Operation Whiskers Tops $200,000 in Donations

Litter Quality Propane’s Operation Whiskers has reached a new milestone of $201,086.91. Operation Whiskers is a program sponsored by Chillicothe based Litter Quality Propane, the parent company of Litter Media.

A portion of every gallon of propane sold is turned into a donation to area animal shelters throughout the Litter Quality Propane service area.

In the photo above you’ll see the shelters which are benefactors of Operation Whiskers.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OPERATION WHISKERS

Moving Forward During the Pandemic: What questions do you have?

As Ohio transitions back to work after weeks of the stay at home order, the state moves into the next phase during the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, Litter Media’s Dan Ramey will host a forum with leaders from the Ross County community to discuss where we are and where we’re headed in the move forward.

We’re reaching out to our viewers and followers for your questions for our panel. Submit your questions to littermedia@littercorp.com. The panel session will be available Friday on the Litter Media YouTube channel. 

A “New Stage”: DeWine Introduces Stay Safe Ohio Order

The Stay-At-Home Order set to expire at midnight tonight (May 1st). Ohio’s new Stay Safe Order is slightly different.

“We’ve reached a new stage, I think that’s good news for everybody” Governor DeWine stated in his daily news conference Friday afternoon. “It doesn’t mean the virus has gone away. It doesn’t mean we don’t have to exercise good judgement.” 

DeWine urged Ohioans to continue to apply the basic principles his office has been promoting of physical distancing, wearing face coverings and washing of hands. “Those things still very, very much apply… is not a Stay-At-Home Order, it’s a Stay-Safe-Ohio Order. Those are things we need to do.”

The new order has an expiration date of May 29th, 2020. It still has many of the same limitations of the previous order however, including limiting gatherings to 10 people or less. 

What’s changed is the word “essential”. “We no longer use the words essential, non-essential” said Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. “That’s gone from this conversation, we’ve moved on.”

Earlier in the week, DeWine’s plan gave guidelines for businesses in manufacturing, distribution and construction as well as general office environments and some retail outlets. While some have reopened with limited services, the new order still has closings for schools, restaurants and bars, barbers and styling salons, entertainment businesses and venues, gyms, child care services adult day support and habilitation services as well as adult day care services and senior centers.

READ THE STAY SAFE OHIO ORDER HERE

OU Frosh Duo Teams Up For MUSICAL DELIGHT!

Trombonists William Balusik (Huntington HS ’19) and Madisyn Mason (Edison HS ’19) arranged Pavel Chesnokov’s “Salvation is Created” as a freshman project to start the spring semester at Ohio University. The intent was to pay homage to their fellow members of OU’s Marching 110.

Then came the coronavirus pandemic.

“I was a bit disappointed because I thought we’d never be able to perform this” Balusik wrote in a Facebook post. The piece, appearing to be shelved till the pandemic was over, came to life in a whole new way.

“Honestly, we did it kinda on a whim” Balusik told Litter Media, “over some fries, we decided we wanted to arrange this and it kinda came to be from there.”

WATCH THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH BALUSIK AND MASON

The two music education majors took that conversation and ran with it. “William said that we should arrange ‘Salvation’ in a trombone quartet for the freshman trombone supply” said Mason, “but then I said, why don’t we just arrange it for the trombone choir, and then we can perform it with everyone instead of just us?”

Balusik and Mason also help to make up the 18 member OU Trombone Choir performing in the video.

Professor Lucas Borges jumped on board and the idea grew legs.

Balusik says the tweaking to his original score came when the decision was made to play the piece on line, a few adjustments had to be made, such as metronome settings for timing.

“I had to add a few measures near the beginning so we that we had a common time add a click track so that everyone could hear a metronome while it was going on” Balusik explained “and then separate all the parts so everyone could read their individual parts and record it themselves.”

The eighteen players then sent their recordings to OU grad student Calyton Yoshifuku (who also plays on the piece) for production with Sara May for the finished product.

OU Trombone Choir – "Salvation Is Created"

2019-2020 was a challenging academic year. At the beginning of the spring semester freshman William Balusik and Madisyn Mason wrote an arrangement of "Salvation is Created " to pay homage to their fellow students at The Ohio University Marching 110. The piece has deep meaning to members of the band. It seemed appropriate to extend to homage to everyone now.Especial thank you to graduate student Clayton Yoshifuku and his partner Sara Maebeth for putting it all together!P.S: use headphones!Ohio University School of Music Society of Alumni & Friends Ohio University School of Music Ohio University Bands

Posted by Ohio University Trombone Studio on Monday, April 27, 2020

The effort also meant something new, playing with headphones. “Oh, I hate it” said a chuckling Mason. “I tried to play with both earpieces on until one of my lessons with my professor, and he’s like ‘You know, you should move one to the side so you can hear your sound. But also, you can hear me speaking to you and hearing the recording that you’re making.’ So, it was a big adjustment for me.”

In the recorded interview, the two also reflect on their first year of participating in the Marching 110 and of their trip to Japan which was cancelled due to the world wide coronavirus pandemic.