Bart Herrnstein Named Entrepreneur of the Year By Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce

Presented By Horizon Connects

The highest honor bestowed each year by the Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce is for Entrepreneur of the Year. The 2022 honor was given to Bart Herrnstein of Herrnstein Auto Group, 17 years after his father Bill won the same honor.

Bart Herrnstein talked with Litter Media’s Mike Smith after the chamber’s annual banquet Monday evening, saying it’s hard to describe his emotion, receiving the same honor as his father.

Herrnstein said that he has purchased the former CARRS auto shop on West Water Street, which was the original location of the Herrnstein Family Dealership opened in 1945. Thus far, there is no plans on how they will utilize that location.

The Herrnstein Family gather for a photo following the chamber award ceremony:

Other awards presented by the chamber of commerce were as follows:

Young Professional of the Year- Jade Berry

Corporate Citizenship Award- Dr. Blake Lloyd

Legacy Award- Crispie Creme Donuts (Renison Family started the business in 1929 and brought it to Chillicothe in the 1950’s)

Special Recognition Award- Carvel Simmons

Pickaway County Among 9 Counties Approved for H2Ohio Funds

Presented By Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz announced today that $3 million in H2Ohio grant funding will be directed to nine wetland projects to help improve water quality in the Ohio River Basin. 

Awards will go to projects in Athens, Butler, Clark, Delaware, Franklin, Mahoning, Montgomery, Pickaway, and Wayne counties to create wetlands, restore wetlands on hydric soils, and/or enhance water quality at existing wetlands and floodplains. 

The Pickaway County project is for $490,000 to the Cooks Creek Floodplain and Wetland Restoration.

“By expanding the reach of H2Ohio, we are working not only toward water quality, but also to a better quality of life for all Ohioans,” said Governor DeWine.  “Water issues exist everywhere, and these new projects will ensure more communities get the opportunity to experience the benefits these wetlands provide for water quality, wildlife, and recreational purposes.”

This is the second round of H2Ohio grants focused exclusively on the Ohio River Basin. In round one, ten wetland projects were awarded a total of $4.3 million to address nutrient loading and contribute to water quality improvement in the Ohio River and its tributaries. 

“It’s exciting to share the nature-based approach to water quality we have been implementing in the northern part of the state with even more communities,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz.  “It has always been our goal to extend the H2Ohio initiative across the entire state, and we are glad to be able to support these new projects in the Ohio River Basin.”

Wetland Project Map

MORE INFORMATION: Award Summary & Project Details

Wetlands help improve water quality by trapping, filtering, and removing excess pollutants and nutrients, like phosphorus, from the water before they flow into waterways and contribute to harmful algal blooms. Right now, there are more than 80 H2Ohio wetland projects underway.

The Ohio River Basin H2Ohio Wetland Grant Program is funded as part of Ohio’s 2022-2023 operating budget which was passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Governor DeWine.

ODNR Conservation Teen Advisory Council Accepting Applications

Presented By McDonald’s

(Columbus) – Highly-motivated high school students with a passion for Ohio’s great outdoors are invited to serve on the Conservation Teen Advisory Council (ConTAC).  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 class of conservationists.

“I’m so excited to meet a new group of young people who understand the importance of protecting our natural world,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “ConTAC students come to learn from ODNR experts, but these bright, passionate students always bring with them a fresh perspective on the conservation work we do. We appreciate their energy and their drive.” 

ConTAC is a statewide network of student leaders working together to enhance ODNR’s youth outreach and program efforts. Members will develop and implement innovative and practical ideas that empower young people to protect and preserve Ohio’s natural resources. They will also provide feedback and make recommendations to enhance outdoor outreach.  Council members also get the chance to explore careers in the natural resources sector and develop valuable networking and leadership skills.

A new class of thirty teens will be selected to serve on ConTAC for the 2022-2023 academic year. Those selected will join several current members who will continue to serve as the group moves into its third year. Membership will reflect the diverse interests of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the state of Ohio.

The teams will begin meeting later this summer and will meet monthly, virtually or in-person, depending on health orders.

Students enrolled in high school for the 2022-2023 school year are eligible to apply. ConTAC is a great place for students to meet new peers, virtually or in-person, from across the state with similar interests.

How to Apply
High school students for the 2022-2023 school year interested in ConTAC should click here for information on how to apply. Applications are due by June 20, 2022.

Ohio Women Veterans Conference Coming to Columbus This Summer

Presented By Classic Brands

(Columbus) – The 2022 Ohio Women Veterans Conference will be held August 6th at the Ohio Union, with registration going in now.

Ohio Veterans Services

Special guest speakers will be highlighted throughout the day and registration also covers the cost of a boxed lunch, breakout sessions, a resource expo, and much more. This conference is packed with content, networking, and resources for women veterans.

When last held back in 2019, the conference, one of the largest of its kind in the country, drew more than 400 registrants. With approximately 67,000 women veterans in Ohio and a first-class venue all set, we’re ready to welcome even more women of service this year. Don’t delay. Register now!

Parking and hotel fees are not included in registration cost.

Conference attendees also can enjoy reduced rates at two nearby hotels. You can book your hotel now at: Marriott Spring Hill and Hyatt Regency Downtown.

Network with fellow veterans and learn about the benefits, resources, and opportunities you have earned with your military service. You will find information about Ohio’s new fast track to jobs and education for veterans, services available locally through 88 County Veterans Service Offices, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will share information on its Women Veterans programs and benefits.