Ross Humane Society Unveils $1.5 Million Capital Improvement Plan

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The Ross County Humane Society has announced they are launching a $1.5 million capital campaign for a new building.

Watch the interview between Litter Media’s Dan Ramey and Ross County Humane Society Executive Director Jenn Thomas in the following link. CLICK HERE:

Jenn Thomas, Executive Director, says the building has been long in disrepair and over the past several years have been discussing this move.

The Humane Society helps over 1,400 animals each year in a shelter constructed in the late 1990’s. Thomas says the current building’s walls are crumbling and the building is in disrepair.

A new 7,000 square feet facility with air quality, noise reduction, and enhanced disease control measures would bring a significant improvement in both the physical and weak being if the animals who are being housed in the current facility.

Thomas says the proposed new facility features:
*Increased kennel space
*Natural light for dogs
*Adopter room
*Dedicated intake area
*Flex space for behavior assessments
*Isolation area
*Cross contamination control
*Surgery suite
*Dedicated hospital
*Office/space for employees
*Increased storage

Bainbridge Fall Festival Of Leaves Crowns 2021 Queen & Court

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Activities at the 2021 Bainbridge Fall Festival of Leaves opened Thursday evening, which included the crowning of this year’s pageant queen and court. The event was held at the historic Paxton Theatre.

(Pictured left to right: Averi McFadden, Aly Murphy, Queen Samantha Truitt, Madisyn Hollen, Morgan Whitley)

Samantha Truitt and her court will preside over the 54th festival throughout this weekend. Truitt, a graduate of Unioto High School and currently attending Shawnee State University. She is the winner of a $1,000 scholarship.

1st attendant is Aly Murphy is a senior at McClain High School and is the winner of a $500 scholarship.

2nd attendant Averi McFadden is a junior at Paint Valley High School, winner of a $400 scholarship.

3rd attendant Madisyn Hollen is a sophomore at Hillsboro High School and received a $300 scholarship.

4th attendant Morgan Whitley is a senior at Western High School and received a $200 scholarship.

Special recognition went to Samantha Truitt for Best Evening Gown as selected by the judges and Leah Mettler, selected Miss Congeniality by the contestants.

2021 Miss FFL Samantha Truitt received Best Evening Gown and Leah Mettler was selected Miss Congeniality. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Hocking State Forest Fall Color Tour

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(Columbus) – Families will have a chance to soak up prime fall color during this year’s Hocking State Forest Fall Color Tour on Saturday, Oct. 23.  The event, hosted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry, is free and will provide plenty of fun for the entire family in the beautiful setting of Hocking State Forest.

“We are pleased to give visitors the opportunity to learn about Ohio’s forests under a canopy of fall foliage,” said David Parrott, fall color forester with the ODNR Division of Forestry. “Foresters and other natural resources professionals are ready to explain the science and history behind the management of one of Ohio’s greatest resources— our forestland.”
The Hocking State Forest Fall Color Tour event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It features wagon tours around the state forest highlighting tree identification, natural oak regeneration, forest practices to encourage healthy tree growth and wildlife habitat, tips for woodland owners, threats to the Hocking region’s hemlock trees and successful efforts to preserve them, invasive species control, and much more. The event also includes displays, refreshments, chainsaw demonstrations, and wildfire fighting equipment.
The tour begins at the historic Hocking State Forest Cabin, located at 19275 State Rt. 374, Rockbridge, OH 43149. A vehicle parking area is available at the site. For more information, contact Hocking State Forest Manager David Glass at (740) 385-4402.