Two big high school track and field invitationals were held Thursday.
Chillicothe swept the team championships at the Annual Andy Haines Track & Field Invitational at Paint Valley High School, while Unioto Boys and Circleville Girls took team titles at the Washington CH Invitational.
At Paint Valley, Chillicothe won the boys meet with 123 points, while the Lady Cavs had 112 points in the 12 school meet. Whiteoak Boys were runner-up with 84.5 points and Westfall was second in the girls meet 76.5 points.
At Washington CH, Unioto boys won the team championship with 94.5 points as Greeneview was runner-up with 83 points in the 12 school invite. Circleville won the girls championship with 120 points, well ahead of runner-up Teays Valley with 79.
To see individual contests and all team scoring for the Andy Haines Invitational, go to our link to Baums Page.CLICK HERE:
To see individual contests and all team scoring for the Washington CH Invitational, go to our link to Baums Page. CLICK HERE:
Joe Letsche of the Ross County Park District took to his Facebook page to present a maintenance update on the county’s bike path that stretches between Chillicothe and the Ross/Fayette County line.
Here is Letsche’s full Facebook post, with details of upcoming maintenance plans:
“Just like with any initiative, project, or ‘thing’, there are lots of rumors and misinformation floating around about the bike path. This is understandable and it’s just the nature of the beast…but please allow me to try and clear up a few things in the spirit of minimizing the misunderstandings.”
*1.) The bike path between Chillicothe and Washington CH is owned and maintained by three separate entities. The City of Chillicothe has ownership and maintenance responsibility of approximately 3 miles within the city limits. The Ross County Park District owns approximately 22 miles, from the city corporation limit out to the Fayette County line. (Similarly, the Ross County Park District does not own nor maintain Yoctangee Park, nor any park within the city limits). The remaining 7 miles in Fayette County are owned by the Triangle Trail Association (a non-profit volunteer group).
*2.) The recently awarded grant money ($150,000) that will help construct the new half-mile segment into the Coppel Athletic Complex cannot be used for upgrade or maintenance of the existing bike path or for any other project. It can only be used for the construction of new bike path. Grant money for bike path maintenance and upkeep is extremely difficult to come by. (We look under every rock for funding, and we’ve recently applied for a $1.2 million capital grant from the State of Ohio to help with maintenance. Fingers crossed!)
*3.) The maintenance challenges on the Park District’s 22 mile stretch are complex and extremely expensive. The Park District Board of Commissioners have recently initiated a comprehensive maintenance assessment that will help shape a strategic plan for the bike path over the next 20 years. I am currently seeking cost estimates from engineers and contractors for such things as bridges, asphalt, vegetation control, signage, etc to help provide a financial snapshot of what lies ahead. We’ve recently also deployed people counters at several locations along the trail and the first batch of numbers are in.
“For the period of March 18th – April 10th, the bike path bridge over High Street saw an average of 61 users per day. The Frankfort park area saw 25 users per day. The Ross/Fayette County line saw 1 user per day. These examples demonstrate what you might expect…that the highest bike path use is closer to the city and the lowest use is closer to the Ross/Fayette County line. We’ll use this data, along with cost estimates and other information, to build the strategic plan. Our goal is to have a plan in place by this summer.”
“I’m always happy to answer any questions to the best of my ability. I’m a staunch believer in transparency!”
The First Annual Spring Community Event, sponsored by the Community Action Committee of Pike County (CAC), took place on April 12th at the Pike County Fairgrounds and consisted of Easter holiday-related events, and spotlighted organizations that provided resources and information to event-goers.
The main attraction was the Easter Egg Hunts for all age ranges of children from a few months old to 7 and up, all sectioned off for safety and fairness. Overly excited and eager to grab the brightly colored eggs that were waiting to be plucked from the warm Spring grass, the children gathered around the sectioned areas for the official start of the hunts. With over 3,500 filled plastic eggs scattered throughout the areas, the children were able to walk away with a plentiful bounty of candies and prizes.
During the event, the Easter Bunny was available for photos with the children and families and provided each child with a plush bunny as a keepsake from their visit with the holiday-treasured mascot. Cuddin’ A Rug Goat Farm provided a small petting zoo with young goats, chickens, and rabbits.
Businesses and organizations were present to provide information about the resources, programs, and current job openings that are available to the members of the community that may be in need. Among the organizations represented: The Community Action of Pike County’s programs such as Early Childhood, Social Services, Community Empowerment, Valley View Health Centers, OhioMeansJobs, as well as, Easter Seals, Safe Link, CareSource, Molina Health, ProMedica Heartland, The Recovery Council, Pike County Drug Abuse Prevention and Reentry Coalition, A Change for Love, and Special Touch Home Care. Event attendees spent the time talking with all the organizations’ representatives to gain more information about what they offer. The organizations added to the excitement and fun by providing candy, snacks, crafts, and giveaways for the families and children attending. The Workforce & Business Development Program of CAC provided free hot dogs and chips. The Gus Macker Event members provided water to the attendees during the event at no cost.
The estimated count of attendees was over 400 during the two-hour event. A statement by one of the participating organizations representative eloquently summed up the atmosphere: “This has been such an amazing event for the Community! I don’t remember the last time I have seen so many smiling faces.”