Cincinnati Art Museum “Monuments Men” Exhibit Has Local Ties

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WATCH Margaret Planton talk about the exhibit featuring the work of her father, Walter Farmer and the Monuments Men who worked to save masterpieces during World War II. The exhibit is on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum through October 3rd, 2021.

The father of former Chillicothe Mayor Margaret Planton is the theme of a Cincinnati Art Museum exhibit that details the work of Captain Walter Farmer’s role at the end of World War II, as he helped retrieve valuable German art works that had been confiscated by the Nazis.

Captain Farmer was attached to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, when in June of 1945 he saw the stories about art work discovered in salt mines, where the Nazis hid them after taking them from the Berlin Art Museum.

He transferred to the “Monuments Men”, which Wiesbaden Collecting Point, which is where the art was being received out of the salt mines.

He needed someone who spoke German, French and Dutch, and hired a German woman, who would later become Mrs. Walter Farmer and years later, gave birth to Margaret.

In November, 1945, the group received a telegram stating that they were ordered to send 202 pieces of the art to the United States for keeping. Captain Farmer refused, and got 32 other Monuments Men to sign the Wiesbaden Manifesto, which protested the transfer of this art to America.

Captain Walter Farmer viewing Nefertiti Bust. Photo courtesy Margaret Planton

Germany recognized the Manifesto in 1996, which led to Walter Farmer receiving the German Cross for his action.

The paintings sat in the National Gallery in Washington D.C. for many years and were also shown around the U.S. in the late 1940’s.

Due to Walter Farmer and many other people’s efforts, all of the art eventually made it back to the Berlin Art Gallery.

This story is currently being told with an exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum, due to Walter Farmer’s being a native Cincinnati native.

The show will be up now through October 3rd. Margaret Planton was actively involved in the archival work for this exhibit, including the display of his medals, which Margaret had in her possession. At least four of the paintings retrieved after the war and eventually sent back to Germany, and on loan for this Cincinnati exhibit from the Berlin Art Gallery. 

Horizon Expands Fiber-Optic Network To Circleville

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(CHILLICOTHE) – Horizon, an Ohio-based regional fiber broadband company, began expanding its regional fiber-optic network with the construction of a state-of-the-art fiber-optic network to the residents and businesses in Circleville, Ohio.

Horizon has been building telecommunications networks and serving communities for over 125 years. Horizon recently kicked off the first of many projects in the region, constructing a 100% fiber-optic network in Circleville, Ohio. Soon the homes and businesses in will have access to Horizon’s symmetrical GIGABIT+ fiber service- the fastest, most reliable internet service in the area. This expansion of Horizon’s fiber network is a cutting-edge system designed to meet the ever-increasing internet demands of today and into the future.

“We are very excited to bring the first symmetrical GIGABIT+ internet network to the residents and businesses of Circleville.” Said Jim Capuano, Chief Executive Officer at Horizon. “Horizon believes this Fiber-To-The- Home/Business network is designed to surpass all customer expectations for quality, reliability, and speed. This project, in addition to our builds in Chillicothe, is the first project of many we have planned in the region. The support of the residents, who have shared their appreciation for the importance of high-quality internet service, and Mayor Don McIlroy and the local government of Circleville, who understands the economic impact this network will have on their community, makes Circleville an obvious place to kick off our initiative. This has been a true Resident Public-Private partnership from the beginning.”

The lack of fast, high-quality, reliable internet service has an impact on local economies, education, telework, and public health. Horizon’s new fiber service provides the speed businesses and residential customers need to run multiple devices, simultaneously. This ensures everyone has the bandwidth they need to do what they do even better.

“Broadband access and quality of service has never been more important to our residents and businesses than it is right now,” says Ryan Scribner, Executive Director of Pickaway Progress Partnership. “I’m thankful for the investment Horizon is making in the City of Circleville and am sure it will pay dividends in our efforts to promote positive development in the community.”

City and county officials agree that access to high-speed fiber internet is crucial to residents and businesses in the area. Circleville Mayor Don McIlroy commented, “As you have noticed, Horizon has been installing fiber throughout the city of Circleville. This fiber infrastructure is critical to facilitate the delivery of fast broadband to our citizens, businesses, and to our visitors. This super- fast broadband has the ability to provide internet service to our citizens at a very high speed, everyone will benefit through choice and faster access to services.”

Circleville residents can pre-register now for this exciting new service, visit and sign up today! An official ribbon cutting ceremony for this project is scheduled for July 22, 2021, in downtown Circleville. For more information, call 866-416-7163.

Blood Shortage Brings Out Plea For Donors From Red Cross

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The American Red Cross is reporting a “severe blood shortage” and needs donors. Through July 31st, if you schedule yourself to donate, you will receive a gift card and become eligible to win free gasoline for one year. 

While donors go on summer vacations, many appointment slots are still empty. If you’re already on a trip, check out the chances to give blood near your vacation spot. It’ll only require about an hour of your time, but it could change someone’s life forever. 

To thank you for your blood donation through July 31st, the American Red Cross will present you with a $10 Gift Card*by email.

Your donation can help pump up the blood supply this month. And, when you come to give by July 31st, you will also be automatically entered for a chance to win gas for a year (a $5,000 value). There will be three winners, so hurry in to help end the severe shortage and get your shot at this prize.

Upcoming opportunities to give blood near you:
Adena Greenfield Medical Center 910 N 5th Street, Greenfield, OH
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Sponsor Code: AdenaGreenfieldMC

In Honor of Becky McDonald 23 W Springfield St., Frankfort, OH
Friday, July 23, 2021
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Sponsor Code: BeckyM

Frankfort Community 23 W Springfield St., Frankfort, OH
Saturday, July 24, 2021
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sponsor Code: FrankfortCommunity

Tar Hollow State Park Adds Kayak Launch

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(LAURELVILLE)- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is making upgrades at Tar Hollow State Park, including a new accessible kayak launch that will give people of all abilities a chance to better enjoy the water.
“ODNR is focused on improving boating and park facilities across the state,” said ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft Chief Glen Cobb. “We are especially committed to making sure that boaters of all skill levels can enjoy their favorite on-the-water activities.”
The new accessible kayak launch was installed at the park’s existing boat ramp on Pine Lake, near the public beach. Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats can be rented from the General Store at the park.
The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft used funds provided by the Waterway Safety Fund to purchase this launch through EZ Dock. EZ Dock creates decks, boat launches, and more for users of all abilities.
Other improvements at Tar Hollow include modernizing the restrooms at the campground and replacing the camp lodge roof.
Tar Hollow State Park has many other activities for visitors to enjoy, including hunting, camping, fishing, and more. To learn more about Tar Hollow State Park, please visit