ODNR Hosts Winter Hike Challenge

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(Columbus) – Ohio is a beautiful place to explore, especially in the winter.  From the rare birds wintering along the Lake Erie shores to the snow-covered bridge at Mohican State Park- you can see it all with the Ohio State Parks 2022 Winter Hike Challenge hosted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

(Photo: Ash Cave at Hocking State Park/ODNR)

“The state of Ohio has unmatched scenery, especially in winter,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “From the frozen falls at Old Man’s Cave to the scenic tales being told on our Storybook Trails, there are majestic winter sights all across our beautiful state. So, bundle up, grab a friend, and join us for a few hikes this winter!”
To complete the challenge, download the DETOUR Ohio Trails App, available at detour.ohiodnr.gov or in the Apple app or Google Play store. If you’ve already downloaded DETOUR, you’re ready. Hit the trails!
Participate in hikes at state parks in three different regions of our state between Jan. 1 and March 1, 2022. We have plenty of options! You can join us for guided hikes, or you can head out on your own.  Just make sure you visit parks in three different regions. We have so many different trails to explore, you can make this challenge your own. You can even explore one of our Storybook Trails if you are hiking as a family! Find all the details on our Winter Hike Challenge webpage.
When you have completed the challenge, let us know by submitting your information here. The first 500 adventurers to complete the challenge will receive a free limited-edition Ohio State Parks Winter Hiker sticker. Ohio State Parks are hosting hikes throughout the season.  You can find a full list of activities across the state here.
Your hiking trip may take you off the beaten path but remember to play it safe and stay on the trail. The winter months can have hikers facing snow, ice, and extreme cold. Some things to remember before hitting the trail:

  • Check the forecast and research your hike before you leave the house
  • Dress in layers, keeping your head, neck, and hands covered
  • Stay hydrated and bring snacks
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return

ODNR has a list of safety tips for anyone who wants to head out to the trails this winter.  You can find those here.

ODNR is also promoting what they call First Day Hike. Spending time outdoors is a great way to reduce stress and reconnect with nature and burn off some holiday calories.

Choose one of the naturalist-led hikes coordinated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) or surround yourself with Ohio’s wintry splendor on New Year’s Day at your favorite Ohio State Park.

Southeast Ohio

Lake Hope State Park, 10:00 a.m. This 3-mile hike, led by the park naturalist, begins at the Hope Furnace with the naturalist. 

Salt Fork State Park, 1:00 p.m. The 2-mile guided hike along the Kennedy Stonehouse Nature Trail is followed by a warm fire and hot chocolate at the historic Kennedy Stonehouse. Meet at the Kennedy Stonehouse Nature Trail parking lot. 

Southwest Ohio

Hueston Woods State Park, 2:00 p.m. Take a hike through the wintry woods. Meet the naturalist at the nature center.  

Shawnee State Park, 1:00 p.m. An easy 1-mile hike is followed by hot chocolate and cookies in front of the state park lodge fireplace. Meet in the lodge lobby. 

Caesar Creek State Park, 1:00 p.m. A 3-mile guided hike to the Swinging Bridge and Horseshoe Falls. Meet at the Nature Center. 

Check the weather before you go hiking. Coats and sturdy shoes are encouraged for cold weather hiking. To learn more about each hike, please visit: https://ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/odnr/home/news-and-events/all-events/

Chillicothe Grad To Direct UC Marching Band In CFB National Semi

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Chillicothe High School Alumnus Hayley Drewyor-Voorhees will be directing the University of Cincinnati Marching Band at the College Football Playoff National Semifinal vs Alabama, Friday.

Hayley is a 2012 graduate of CHS and the daughter of Randy and Jill Drewyor. Randy is a former Chillicothe City School Board of Education Member and local businessman.

Hayley’s passion for music appears to have come from her mother, Jill Drewyor. Jill was the praise team leader at Walnut Street United Methodist Church and worked with Chillicothe High School Music and Drama Department, along with providing music for Chillicothe Civic Theatre.

According to Hayley’s Facebook site, Hayley studied at UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning and BS Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She also studied Not for Profit Organizational Leadership at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a Master’s of Leadership Development. She is also the Founder, President at Make Music Cincinnati.

Hayley Dreyor-Voorhees is leading the band at Friday’s game in the absence of the acting UC Marching Band Director.

Chillicothe Recycling Collection Continues Despite Truck Equipment Failure

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(Chillicothe)- Chillicothe Safety Service Director Jeff Carman says due to an unforeseen equipment failure, a recycling collection truck is out of service for the City of Chillicothe. However, the City will temporarily be using an ORANGE refuse truck to pick up RECYCLING, beginning Thursday, December 30th.

Recycling customers can be assured that their recycling will get recycled and not taken as refuse.

Also, please be reminded that the City Administration Building is closed for the holidays, but will reopen Monday, January 3rd.

If you have any questions concerning the above press release, contact the City Safety Department by calling (740) 773-2700.

Patrol Warns Against Driving Impaired On New Year’s Holiday

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(Columbus) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging drivers who intend to celebrate the New Year’s holiday to plan ahead and designate a sober driver. The Patrol’s zero-tolerance policy is part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign.

The New Year’s holiday reporting period begins Thursday, December 30 at midnight and ends on Sunday, January 2 at 11:59 p.m.

During the four-day 2020-2021 New Year’s reporting period, there were 14 fatal crashes that killed 14 people. Of those, alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in 10 fatal crashes, while speed played a role in three of the crashes. Of the seven fatalities in which seat belts were available, five were unbelted. There were six pedestrians and one ATV/UTV driver killed during the holiday period.

“We want everyone to have a great start to the new year,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “If you plan on drinking, please don’t get behind the wheel.”

During last year’s reporting period, the Patrol made 309 arrests for OVI. Last year’s reporting period ran from Thursday, December 31 through Sunday, January 3. 

“Tragically, last year’s New Year’s holiday was the deadliest in nine years,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. “Safety is a shared responsibility and we need your commitment to help make our roads safe.”

Additional crash information is available on the Ohio Statistics and Analytics for Traffic Safety (OSTATS) crash dashboard at: https://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/ostats.aspx.

The Patrol reminds drivers to plan ahead, designate a sober driver or make other arrangements.

Motorists are encouraged to report impaired drivers and drug activity to the Patrol by calling #677.