Paint Creek & Lake White Projects Approved

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(Columbus) —State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington CH) has announced controlling board approval of $1 million for the construction of a new maintenance shop and boat storage facility at Paint Creek State Park in Highland County. 

This project will construct a new maintenance shop and office space, consisting of five pull-through bays with heated shop space, an office, kitchenette and open meeting space. In addition, the project will include a new boat storage building for the Law Enforcement staff. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft has statewide construction and dredge operations crews that provide large scale maintenance and dredging services for all the state parks.

In addition, controlling board also approved $251,000 for the construction of a new Boater Education Center at the Lake White State Park in Pike County.  This project replaces a previous facility that had been removed and will include the construction of a new 2,020 square foot park shelter with storage rooms, restrooms, patios, and a pavilion area. The work is expected to be completed by June 23, 2022.   

“Well maintained parks contribute to an enhanced quality of life for area residents and help spur our local tourism industry,” said Peterson. “Ohio’s vibrant park system is one of the finest in the nation, thanks to important investments like these.” 

Adena Health Foundation Delivers Coats For Kids

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(Chillicothe) – The holiday season is often a favorite time of year for those able to wrap themselves in its comfort, warmth and joy.

For those with more limited means, however, the season also brings with it the return of bitter cold temperatures that make the warmth enjoyed by so many very hard to come by.

The Adena Health Foundation, in conjunction with the physicians, advanced practice providers and other caregivers throughout Adena Health System, recognizes the need that exists in our schools and communities and for roughly the last dozen years have sought to do something about it through the Coats for Kids program. Recently, more than 1,000 coats purchased and then donated by Adena caregivers were delivered to school districts across the region that had identified students in need of a winter coat.

“I cannot even explain our need for this kind of stuff in our district,” said a guidance counselor at one of the schools where some of the coats were delivered. “Your staff is so appreciated for doing this outreach, I’m sure it’s a ton of work but it’s so needed. When students need coats, it’s a true need, and some of our population does without and we work extra hard just to feed them and get their basic needs covered. Thank you so much.”

In the lead-up to the holiday season, the Health Foundation asks for lists from several area schools of coat sizes and quantities needed for those facing the most difficult financial circumstances within their districts. Students supported by the program are identified by teachers, principals, bus drivers and others who may know of a family’s financial situation or notice that a child may not have proper clothing to ward off the cold.

The Health Foundation then asks Health System employees interested in participating to purchase at least one new coat for students on the list. The coats are collected, prepared and then delivered to the individual school districts for distribution.

They are welcomed with excitement. Megan Miller, a Caregiver Relationship Analyst with Adena, noted that a staff member at Chillicothe Primary School told her, “Coat day is the best day of the year” while another person assisting in the distribution at the school suggested it may be better than Christmas for some. At Piketon High School, Miller added, a parent had called just that morning asking about the coats, while some staff members in Waverly were surprised at the amount of coats piled in the van.

“All in all, it was a wonderful morning filled with tons of smiles,” Miller said, a sentiment shared by several who helped with the deliveries.

Some of the stories of students shared with Adena from past program years clearly show the difference a warm coat can have on a child.

Take, for instance, one little girl who was so excited to receive her coat that she said she would sleep in it, thus allowing her brother to use the blanket that night. Or the response of a 16-year-old girl who cried when receiving her coat, saying nobody had ever bought her anything that nice. Or another instance in which children wore their new coats at recess in unseasonably warm weather because they were so excited to receive them.

Adena’s original participation in the coat drive started as a community project for Nurses Week under the oversight of Sharon Wills and involved slightly less than 300 coats. Over the years, the Health Foundation has expanded its outreach to an increasing number of area schools to the point that following this year’s coat drive, it is estimated that more than 13,000 children will have received coats from Health System employees since the program’s inception.

“It is a project I have done or been a part of for more years than I can remember and one of the most rewarding projects I do,” said Robin Berno, Health Foundation Director of Major Giving. “Giving these kids hope and showing them the love of strangers warms my heart.

“I have had our own caregivers tell me they give and buy coats because they or their children were once recipients of a coat or coats and they want to give back. I always say these kids will pay it forward one day and, when I hear stories like that, I know we are doing the right thing.”

Coats for Kids marks just one of many contributions made by the Adena Health Foundation in its commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. In addition to receiving contributions from generous donors in the community, funding to meet those needs is also provided by Adena Health System employees during an annual caregiver fundraising campaign conducted every spring. Funds from that campaign not only help in the community, but also provide additional resources to enhance patient care and meet emergency needs of Health System caregivers.

Adena Health System employees and the Adena Health Foundation are happy to provide their warm embrace to students who will benefit from this year’s Coats for Kids campaign, and wish everyone a cozy and joyous holiday season.

For more on how you can help the Adena Health Foundation, email foundation@adena.org or call 740-779-7528.

Chillicothe Minister & Auctioneer Gathering Relief Supplies For Kentucky Tornado Survivors

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Dan DeGarmo appears with Dan Ramey on Litter Media LIVE Special Edition concerning Kentucky Tornado Relief

Southern Ohio area residents and businesses are being asked to do what they can to help with sending aid to tornado survivors in Kentucky. The Blue Grass State was one of several impacted by devastating storms over the weekend, which saw some of the worst destruction and death toll in Kentucky.

Dan DeGarmo, minister of The Church In Chillicothe and owner/operator of Double ‘D’ Auction House, is putting together a caravan of supply trucks to take to Bowling Green, Kentucky- which also suffered damage in the weekend tornadoes. The Bowling Green area also suffered damage from the storms, as it is located approximately 150 miles east of the much reported destruction of Mayfield, Kentucky.

Watch Dan Ramey’s Litter Media LIVE Special Edition interview with Dan DeGarmo, about the effort to take relief supplies to Bowling Green, Kentucky.

On Tuesday, December 14th, between 10am to 6pm, Double D’s box truck and trailers will be open and ready for anyone who would like to donate items for this relief effort. Located at 2000 Western Ave. in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Wednesday, December 15th – Trucks and trailers leave out at 9am to arrive at a predetermined location and begin the distribution of these needed items. Depending on time, we may head back on this day or we may grab a motel and head back in the morning on Thursday, December 16th.

WHAT IS NEEDED – Non-perishable foods, Toiletries, Water, Food & Gas Cards, Cash (I will be personally responsible and provide full accounting), New pillows, sleeping bags, blankets, Paper towels, toilet paper, Baby wipes, Disinfectant wipes, Cleaning supplies.

NOTE – If anyone else is interested in joining this convoy, please be present with your vehicles by 8:30am Wednesday. LOCATION – Double D’s Auction House. 2000 Western Ave. Chillicothe, OH 45601. You can contact DeGarmo at (740) 412-7866.

To see information on how to help The American Red Cross on other ways to contribute in assisting victims of the storms, go to our previous Litter Media story. CLICK HERE: