Girls Scouts Team Up With Ohio State Parks

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(Columbus) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of the USA, is inviting girls to connect with nature during the third annual Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend.  Events will be held across the country and at Ohio State Parks on Sept. 11 and 12.

“We invite girl scouts of all ages to come out and explore the natural wonders our parks have to offer,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “By exposing young girls to things like hiking, fishing, and archery, we are showing them the beauty of our natural world and encouraging them to strive for conservation of these precious resources.”

ODNR, along with the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), recognizes the importance of exposing girls to the outdoors.  A study done by the Girl Scout Research Institute in 2019 revealed that 70 percent of girls who were not already outdoor enthusiasts at the start of the study increased their confidence, interest, and commitment to the environment through Girl Scouts.

Events are free and open to Girl Scouts, families, and friends. The lessons from Ohio State Parks include: Stream Stomp/Creeking, Keep Our Beaches Beautiful, Milkweed Pod Hunt, She’s a Force of Nature, and more. You can find a full list of events at Ohio State Parks here.

Visit to access the new interactive map of state parks and browse all events.

New Mgr Named For Rocky Fork, Paint Creek & Adams Lake State Parks

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(Georgetown)- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has named Cory Cover the new park manager at Rocky Fork, Paint Creek, and Adams Lake state parks. As park manager, Cover will be responsible for planning and managing the day-to-day operations of each location, as well as overseeing maintenance for facilities at all three state parks.

“I am looking forward to building relationships and working with the various partners at our parks” said Cover. “Together we can make the visitor experience better for every park user.”

Beginning as a corps member with ODNR’s Ohio Civilian Conservation Corps in 2000, Cover has gone on to build a strong law enforcement career. He has served as a watercraft officer on the Maumee River and since 2016, Cover has served as a Natural Resources Officer Sergeant covering a region that includes East Fork State Park.

Cover holds a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Liberty University, as well as two Associate degrees from Hocking College in recreation and wildlife. He currently lives in Brown County with his wife, Kristan, and four children.

Rocky Fork, Paint Creek, and Adams Lake State Park all offer boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, and more. To learn more about the parks visit

The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft provides exceptional outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing outstanding customer service, education, and conservation of Ohio’s 75 state parks and waterways.

Public Hearing Scheduled For Dodson Creek Solar Farm In Highland County

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(Columbus) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will hold a local public hearing regarding Dodson Creek Solar, LLC’s proposal to construct a 117 megawatt solar‑powered electric generation facility in Hamer and Dodson townships in Highland County. The hearing is scheduled for:

Nov. 10, 2021, at 5 p.m. 
Wharton Building 
Highland County Fairgrounds 
604 John Street 
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133

The purpose of the local public hearing is to allow individuals who are not parties to the case to provide sworn testimony regarding the proposed facility. Testimony will be limited to five minutes per witness, and the hearing transcript will become part of the case record considered by the OPSB.

Witnesses will register when they arrive at the hearing and will testify in the order in which they register. If a witness wishes to supplement their testimony with an exhibit, a copy of the document should be provided to the administrative law judge during the hearing.

Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and the May 17, 2021 Ohio Department of Health order, unless otherwise specified by the facility, individuals who are not fully vaccinated should plan to wear a face covering and socially distance.

The Dodson Creek Solar project would consist of solar panel arrays and associated facilities located on approximately 1,429 acres. Included in the project would be electrical collection lines, inverters, a substation and switchyard, a generation interconnect line, weather stations, access roads, and perimeter fencing.

Additional information regarding the proposed solar facility is available on the OPSB website at in case number 20-1814-EL-BGN.

Chillicothe Wins FAC Girls & Minford Takes SOC Boys Golf Match

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In Monday high school golf FAC Girls and SOC Boys league matches were played.

In the Frontier Athletic Conference Girls Match at Washington Court House, the Chillicothe Lady Cavs shot a team score of 207 to win Match #2 of the Girls Frontier Athletic Conference Golf season. Chillicothe’s Isabella Fischer and Miami Trace’s Libby Aleshire were co-medalist with 45’s. Alyssa Butler of Miami Trace was one stroke back while Julie Lemaster of Chillicothe shot a 47.

FAC Girls Match Team Scores:
Chillicothe- 207

Miami Trace- 213
McClain- 235
Jackson- 240
Washington CH- 263
Hillsboro- NA
Co-Medalist- Isabella Fischer of Chillicothe and Miami Trace’s Libby Aleshire (45)

In Boys SOC Golf Monday, Minford came away with the win with a 187. Kam Maple of Oak Hill took medal honors with a 38.

SOC Boys Match Team Scores:
Minford 187
Waverly 200
Oak Hill 206
Portsmouth West 217
Northwest 222
Medalist- Kam Maple of Oak Hill (38)