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Lancaster Tour of Downtown Churches

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(Lancaster) — ‘Hear the Joyful Refrains’ of Christmas music performed in six historic churches, with guides leading you along candlelit streets in Downtown Lancaster, Ohio.

(Lancaster Tour of Historic Downtown Churches)

The evening begins at 6pm on December 11th at First United Methodist Church. The audience will be divided into four groups that will lead you to First Presbyterian, St. Peter’s Lutheran, First English Lutheran and Emanuel Lutheran. All groups then come together for a finale at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church.

Buy tickets early and save. Order at www.FairfieldHeritage.com; call 740-654-9923; or stop by the Sherman House Museum or the Fairfield Heritage office at the Georgian Museum. Adults: $10; students 5-18: $4. Tickets sold at First United Methodist Church that night will be $12 for adults; $4 for students.

Military Veterans Offered Free Museum Tours and Park Discounts

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Veterans, active duty members, and their families are being offered a host of offers for freebies and discounts as we approach Veterans Day.

(William “Tecumseh” Sherman)

In Lancaster, Ohio- A free tour of the Sherman House Museum and Georgian Museum in Lancaster.

The free tours of the Sherman House Museum will be conducted on November 11th, with tours at noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Free tours at the Georgian Museum that day are at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

For more information and reservations, veterans can call (740) 654-9923.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is also getting in on the act with discounts offered to military veterans.

In honor of Veterans Day, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in cooperation with U.S. Hotels, will offer U.S. military, both active duty and veterans, a 30% discount off one camping, getaway rental, state-operated cabin, or resort lodge stay during the month of November. 

“It is an honor to support the men and women who are and have proudly served our country,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “This is a great way for these heroes to make amazing memories with their families and friends at our state parks.” 

To check availability or to make a reservation for state-operated camping, cabins, and other facilities, visit reserveohio.com. Use the promo code “VETERAN21” to receive the 30% discount. This offer is subject to availability and applies to new reservations at open campgrounds, as well as new cabin reservations at Buck Creek, Cowan Lake, Dillon, Lake Hope, Hocking Hills, Malabar Farm, Mohican, Pike Lake, and Pymatuning state parks. 

Great Ohio Lodges, a division of U.S. Hotels, will also offer a 30% discount to all veterans and active duty military personnel throughout November on lodge rooms and select cabins at their eight properties (Burr Oak Lodge, Deer Creek Lodge, Hueston Woods Lodge, Maumee Bay Lodge, Mohican Lodge, Punderson Manor Lodge, Salt Fork Lodge, and Shawnee Lodge).  To check availability or make a reservation, visit www.greatohiolodges.com, select the park you are interested in, and use promo code “VETERAN21” when making a reservation online or call the Great Ohio Lodges reservation line at 1-800-ATAPARK (282-7275).

Fairfield County Fair Closes Ohio Fair Season

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As it has done for many years, the Fairfield County Fair in Lancaster is closing the Ohio county fair season with their annual run through October 16th.

This is year 171 for the Fairfield County Fair.

Attractions include bull riding, truck & tractor pull, horse pull, demolition derbies, mule races and harness racing. There are also exhibits and rides for all ages.

Auto Demo Derby concludes the fair, with Friday and Saturday events at 7:30pm each night.

(View from Mount Pleasant)

For a full slate of activities and entertainment, go to our link to the. Fairfield County Fair website. CLICK HERE:

Area Independence Fireworks Shows

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As the July 4th holiday weekend approaches, many people wanting to watch community fireworks exhibits will have several to choose from in the Scioto Valley region.

With Columbus’ “Red, White and Boom” postponed from their typical July 3rd show, it makes smaller communities more of the places to be to celebrate America’s Independence holiday weekend.

The City of Columbus says there is a possibility they could conduct their show later in 2021, although nothing official has been determined.

For Chillicothe’s July 4th fireworks, the city had already approved $15,000 for the show, as they have in recent years. Mayor Luke Feeney says this year’s donations have been very good.

The restricted area for Chillicothe’s Yoctangee Park.
The map for getting in and out of Yoctangee Park in Chillicothe.

As a side note, the Jeep Fest will also be taking place during the day July 4th at the Ross County Fairgrounds. But, Mayor Feeney added that Jeep Fest won’t be ramped up in the city as big as 2019 due to the lack of planning time, since we are just coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

The 2021 City of Chillicothe fireworks will be on the 4th of July at approximately 9:45pm. 

The best place to observe the fireworks is from the floodwall in the park.  

Those viewing from the floodwall should not place tents or other items that will completely block the blacktop portion of the wall. Blocking the path creates a safety hazard for those trying to walk and hampers emergency personnel from getting through.  

After fireworks are over, traffic will be under the direction of police officers and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. See attached map for details on traffic patterns.   There will be NO left turns for N/B traffic on High St. and Yoctangee Parkway.   Police Officers on bikes, UTVs and cruisers will be providing security and traffic control.   Please see attached map.  

As always, no alcohol is to be consumed in Yoctangee Park. Illegal/prohibited Fireworks are also strictly prohibited as we want everyone to have a safe 4th. We also discourage the public from setting off explosive fireworks in neighborhoods as it disturbs animals and residents alike. 

The Chillicothe Fire Department has also asked fireworks viewers to stay out of restricted areas, this includes the waterway behind the city park annex, which will be patrolled.  See attached map provided by the FD.  The annex will be closed in the early morning of the 4th to allow setup.   

We remind everyone not to drink and drive and have a designated driver.  If ride share is available, it should be utilized, along with local Taxi services.   

Here is a list of area Independence fireworks shows still planned for 2021:

(July 2)
The Chillicothe Country Club will be having their annual Fireworks. Only members are allowed on the property, but they encourage everyone to find a spot off of the property where you can enjoy the show. 

(July 3)
Washington Court House
Chillicothe Paints (after the game)

(July 4th)

(July 5th)

Most of the shows begin at 10pm at the latest, with some starting at dusk.

Division Of Forestry Grants Come To Area Fire Departments

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(COLUMBUS) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry has passed along some grants to assist some area fire departments and the communities.

Through the Community Wildfire Risk Reduction (CWRR) Grant program, the Division of Forestry recently approved grant funding for 37 projects totaling $75,718 for fire departments in eastern and southern Ohio.
CWRR Grant projects are focused on supporting hazard mitigation, emergency preparedness, public education, and firefighter training for Ohio fire departments. Items that fire departments will procure through these grants include computers, tablets, GPS units, outdoor signs, training room equipment, and other technology that support emergency preparedness. The Ohio Division of Forestry is a proud partner of Ohio’s fire departments and supports their mission to build safer communities and better prepared first responders.
Some of the grants include:

  • Nelsonville (Hocking County) received $2,531 for a laptop, camera, and LED sign
  • Zaleski (Vinton County) received $2,166 to purchase a sign board and a four-gas detector
  • Lancaster (Fairfield County) received $2,141 to purchase a laptop and accessories
  • New Marshfield (Athens County) received $1,262 to purchase tablets and a laptop
  • Franklin Township (Ross County) received $1,892 to purchase computer and tablets
  • Madison Jefferson Joint Fire District (Jackson County) received $3,000 to purchase LED sign board
  • Huntington Township (Ross County) received $664 to purchase tablet and projector
  • Piketon Seal Township (Pike County) received $1,400 to purchase training supplies
  • Glenford (Perry County) received $2,773 to purchase training room items and drone
  • Johnstown (Licking County) received $2,997 to purchase tablets

    A full list of recipients and projects can be found here.

    Many fire departments in Ohio have very tight budgets and the majority of their limited resources must be focused on absolute essentials and keeping emergency services up and running. ODNR Forestry’s CWRR grant program allows for cost share to help make important ancillary programs like community outreach, risk reduction, and safety campaigns possible. 

    CWRR grant funding is provided to ODNR Forestry from the U.S. Forest Service.