V.A. Offers Virtual Healthy Teaching Kitchen For Women Female Vets

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(Chillicothe) – The Chillicothe VA Medical Center Nutrition and Food Services is hosting a Virtual Healthy Teaching Kitchen program for all Women Veterans.  The special program is a 6-week series that will be held every Wednesday, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., starting September 1, 2021.

Two Registered Dietitian Nutritionists from the VA will be providing instruction on preparing delicious meals and participants will be provided a box of non-perishables, small cooking equipment and a gift card to purchase the perishable foods used in the recipes.  The Healthy Teaching Kitchen will be virtual from the Chillicothe VA to each participant’s home.

During the Healthy Teaching Kitchen session, discussions will be held on topics that are unique to women.  

For more information and to register, Women Veterans can call (740) 773-1141, extension 16351.  Veterans can participate at any time during the series.  General Healthy Teaching Kitchen sessions are also available to all Veterans by calling the number above to register.

Ohio OK’s Funds To Improve Campus Security

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that the state is awarding 27 institutions of higher education a total of $5 million in grants to fund security enhancements on their campuses.

“The commitment to school safety is one that I take seriously,” said Governor DeWine. “By awarding these grants, campuses can go beyond identifying areas that need to be improved by developing and executing plans that promote the wellbeing of staff and students.”

The awarded funds are part of the 2021 Campus Safety Grant Program funded as part of Senate Bill 310 of the 133rd General Assembly. The Ohio School Safety Center reviewed the campus safety grant applications in consultation with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and the Ohio Controlling Board approved the release of the funds today. 

Campus Safety Grants

“I want to thank the Governor and the General Assembly for their leadership and for making campus safety a priority,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “It is important as we begin a new school year to provide this opportunity to enhance security and make our campuses even safer for students, staff, and families.” 

“The safety and security upgrades will assist campus law enforcement agencies and area first responders better prepare for and respond quicker to emergencies,” said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath. 

To be eligible for grant funding, schools conducted a security and vulnerability assessment to identify potential areas for improvement. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to improved lighting in parking lots, security cameras at building entrances, and secure doors.

The Campus Safety Grant Program is one of two new school safety programs launched by the Ohio School Safety Center this year. The 2021 K-12 School Safety Grant Program, administered in partnership with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), will award an additional $5 million to qualifying public K-12 schools for similar school safety expenses. Eligible school districts are being contacted by OFCC today via email. Grant applications will be accepted until November 1, 2021, with awardees being announced in early 2022. Additional information on the K-12 School Safety Grant Program is available at ofcc.ohio.gov

Governor DeWine created the Ohio School Safety Center in 2019. It is housed in the Ohio Homeland Security Division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety and works to assist local schools, colleges and universities, and law enforcement agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to threats and acts of violence, including self-harm, through a holistic, solutions-based approach to improving school safety.

Institutions of higher education receiving a grant are:

College/University Grant AwardCollege/UniversityGrant Award
Bowling Green          State University$102,964Owens Community College$102,800
Belmont College$50,000Rhodes State College$161,200
Central Ohio Technical College $135,000Rio Grande Community College$185,446
Central State University$231,750Shawnee State University$153,998
Cincinnati State Technical andCommunity College $162,500Southern State Community College$149,500
Columbus State Community College $160,000Stark State College$170,100
Hocking College$104,000Terra State Community College$224,783
Kent State University$210,400University of Akron$430,000
Lakeland Community College$117,168University of Cincinnati$430,000
Lorain County Community College$155,350University of Toledo$205,330
Miami University$120,095Washington State Community College$316,719
Northwest State Community College$174,779Youngstown State University$118,528
Ohio University$168,770Zane State College$88,920
Ohio State University$369,900 

Our Town-Chillicothe Preview Rescheduled For March 2022

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(Athens) — Due to increasing illness rates in Ohio from the COVID-19 pandemic, WOUB Public Media is postponing the premiere screening of Our Town: Chillicothe which was originally scheduled for September 26 at the Majestic Theatre. 

It has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 3 p.m. at the same location. 

“We are saddened to have to postpone this premiere screening because we know how excited people are to see the film,” said WOUB General Manager Mark Brewer. “We have nearly 300 people registered to attend the event, and we want to celebrate this documentary with all of those people at the Majestic in Chillicothe when we know that we’ll all be safe being together.”

“Postponing the event makes sense, since it is such a large event and cases are surging now due to the highly contagious Delta variant,” said Ohio University’s Special Assistant to the President for Public Health Operations Gillian Ice. “Masks and distancing are needed at indoor events to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Melody Young, Executive Director of the Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitors Bureau and Majestic Theatre board member echoed Brewer’s sentiments. “We’re sorry it’s being postponed” Young told Litter Media. “But we’re excited we’ll get to see it in March, and still get to see it first.” Our Town: Chillicothe was to originally air on WOUB September 27th after making its screening debut at The Majestic.

It gives us more time to anticipate what we’ll see in March” said Young, keeping a positive outlook.

The movie features the work of award winning film maker Evan Shaw and his WOUB production team. READ MORE about “Our Town: Chillicothehere and WATCH Litter Media’s interview with Shaw from his visit last June to the Litter Media Studios.

WOUB will also be rescheduling the broadcast premiere of the program for March 28 at 8 p.m. 

Our Town: Chillicothe 
FREE Premiere Screening 
Sunday, March 27, 2022
3 p.m.
Majestic Theatre, Chillicothe