Make Canal Park A Destination On Your Next Visit To Circleville

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If you are into hiking, canoeing, a going on a picnic, you might consider Canal Park a place to visit on your next trip to the Circleville area.

Canal Park is approximately 16 acres, located along the Scioto River. This park features historic canal features, a walking path and scenic views of the Scioto River.

Located only two miles south-west of Circleville on Canal Road, Canal Park has a large open shelter house that can be reserved for events. The park also has a fire pit, a large flat greenspace, historic canal features, access to the Scioto River, a two-mile Towpath Trail and a 0.3 mile Scioto River Trail.

It is a great destination for picnicking, hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, as well as those wanting to see a historic piece of the Ohio–Erie Canal.  All of which is pet friendly.

Trails:

Map of Canal Park

New Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program

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(COLUMBUS) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced the launch of a new grant program that will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the future of water infrastructure across the state.

The Ohio Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program, which is part of Governor DeWine’s initiative to strategically invest in Ohio’s future, is open to public and non-public entities that operate water systems across the state, with emphasis placed on addressing the needs of economically disadvantaged communities.  

“It is wrong that there are places in this state where clean water is not readily available, where sewage systems are crumbling, and where much-needed improvements are long overdue,” said Governor DeWine. “Working with our local leaders, we’re going to invest in the Ohio communities that need significant infrastructure upgrades to ensure that they have access to clean, safe drinking water and reliable sewer infrastructure.”

Grants Now Open

The Ohio Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program will award approximately $250 million to provide safe, reliable drinking water in areas that lack infrastructure, bring sewage treatment capacity to unsewered areas, and develop regional infrastructure to serve multiple communities.

The Ohio General Assembly funded the grant program in House Bill 168, sponsored by State Representatives Mark Fraizer (R-Newark) and Mike Loychik (R-Bazetta), with money that was appropriated through the American Rescue Plan Act. Governor DeWine signed the bill into law in June. 

“Investments in critical infrastructure have long-term benefits for our communities,” said Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Ohio Department of Development.  “It will make Ohio more competitive for business development projects, while also improving the quality of life for our residents.”

“This program will make a difference in our communities and in the lives of Ohioans,” said Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson. “Many Ohio communities need this assistance to help their water and wastewater infrastructure projects move forward.”

Water and wastewater construction projects are eligible for up to $5 million in grant funding, and infrastructure engineering design projects are eligible for up to $250,000. Examples of water infrastructure constructions projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Sewer/wastewater treatment plant improvements/expansion
  • New/replacement sanitary sewer lines
  • Excess sanitary sewer infiltration/inflow correction
  • Improvements to public drinking water treatment facilities
  • Drinking water line improvements or extensions
  • Repair, replacement, and construction of drinking water storage towers

The Ohio Department of Development, with support from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, is administering the Ohio Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program.  The application, program guidelines, and a list of FAQ about the grant process are available at InvestinginOhiosFuture.Ohio.gov. Applications will be accepted until all the funding is depleted. 

Small Tornado Confirmed In Pickaway County

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(Wilmington) — The National Weather Service, with assistance and support from the Pickaway County Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and Pic-A-Fay Fire Department confirms a brief and weak tornado touched down near New Holland during the afternoon of Thursday, July 29, 2021.

Based on aerial footage and photos, the tornado appears to have initially touched down in a field just northwest of Dick Road, crossing Dick Road and producing damage on a farm. Some roof damage was noted on the single story residence on Dick Road, while a large outbuilding was destroyed.

Aerial footage confirmed evidence of the tornado in the grass and field between Dick Road and Mouser Road. Debris from the outbuilding was also scattered throughout the field between Dick Road and Mouser Road. Additional damage occurred on a property on Mouser Road where two barns were completely destroyed.

The tornado is believed to have lifted shortly after destroying the barns on Mouser Road. While the tornado lifted before reaching US Route 22, debris from the destroyed Mouser Road barns was thrown about one quarter mile and was noted on the other side of US 22.

Based on an evaluation of the damage, winds associated with this brief tornado were around 85 mph. Additional storm damage within the village of New Holland was a result of straight-line winds.

Pike Community Action Teams With SSU For Student Loan Workshop

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The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Financial Literacy Programs of the Workforce & Business Development Program at Community Action Committee of Pike County will be partnering with Shawnee State University to offer an evening workshop reviewing the various options regarding student loan information available to new, current, and graduated students.

This workshop will be held at the OhioMeansJobs Career Center at 941 Market Street in Piketon from 5pm to 7pm on August 18th.  

Tracy Rice, Instructor at Shawnee State will be instructing the workshop covering the types of student loans, the importance of FAFSA, grants, payment options, discharges/forgiveness, and Scholarships. This workshop is no cost to anyone who wishes to attend; however, registration is required.  

To register for this class, please contact Ashley Stewart at (740) 289 – 2371 ext. 7034 or email astewart@pikecac.org.