Reservations Now Being Accepted For New Hocking Hills State Park Lodge

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(Logan) – Reservations are now being accepted for lodge rooms at the new Hocking Hills State Park Lodge, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).  

The new lodge, expected to open in early autumn, has 81 rooms available for reservations beginning Nov. 1, 2022. Hocking Hills State Park enthusiasts are encouraged to visit hockinghillsparklodge.com or call 1-800-AT-A-PARK (1-800-282-7275) as demand for overnight accommodations is expected to be high. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance. As we approach the anticipated fall opening date, earlier reservation dates will become available. 

“With the opening of new lodge reservations, Hocking Hills State Park enthusiasts have an opportunity to be some of the first guests at the new Hocking Hills Lodge,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “We are looking forward to providing Ohioans with another opportunity to spend time outside with family and friends, surrounded by the wonders of the Hocking Hills region.” 

Room designs include king, double queen, king bunk, and queen bunk rooms; many of the rooms have patios or balconies. Each room offers a full bath with a shower, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, high-definition TV, and other traditional hotel amenities.  

Additionally, four two-room suites will be available and offer a separate living area with a pull-out sofa and kitchenette. The lodge also offers several accessible king and double queen rooms.  

Lodge operations will be managed by U.S. Hotel and Resort Management, which will also manage the state park’s cabins beginning Aug. 1, 2022. Cabin guests will have access to all of the lodge’s amenities. They also operate Burr Oak, Deer Creek, Hueston Woods, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson, Salt Fork, and Shawnee State Park lodges. The Lodge at Geneva is operated by Delaware North. 

“We are excited to begin accepting lodge room reservations for Ohio State Park’s newest lodge at Hocking Hills,” said Tom Biegler, President, U.S. Hotel and Resort Management. “Our staff is thrilled to offer the same first-rate overnight amenities and superb hospitality offered across Ohio’s state park lodges at Hocking Hills Lodge.” 

Like other Ohio State Park lodges, the Hocking Hills Lodge will offer a large public lobby with oversized fireplaces, event space for over 200, a dining room & lounge, grab-and-go café, fitness center, gift shop, and indoor and outdoor pool complexes, both featuring all-season hot tubs.  

The lodge has been under construction since 2020. Nearly complete, the architecture incorporates the surrounding woods and natural landscape into its rustic design.  

Goodwill Offers Adult Day Camp in August

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Goodwill of South Central Ohio will be hosting a day camp for adults with disabilities in August.

Dream Retreat will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1-5, 2022, at Buzzard’s Roost, 514 Red Bird Lane in Chillicothe. The camp is open to individuals with disabilities ages 18 and older who reside in Ross or Pike counties. There is no cost to attend.

Campers will participate in a variety of activities during the week including: hiking; a scavenger hunt; cornhole and other games; arts and crafts; music and dancing; gardening; tie-dye; karaoke; and off-site trips interacting with community agencies.

Those individuals interested in attending should contact their SSA for more details and to complete an application. Anyone with questions may also call Goodwill’s Mission Coordinator Cana Horner at 740-702-4000 Ext. 144.

Goodwill has been offering a summer day camp for individuals with disabilities since 2020. The camp is a joint venture between Goodwill, the Ross County Park District, and the board of developmental disabilities in Ross and Pike counties.

John Hicks smiles while picking out ingredients during an activity about pollen during Camp Dream. Photo provided by Goodwill

2022 Wildlife Legacy Stamp Features Bald Eagle

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(Columbus) – A photo of a bald eagle and its eaglet is featured on the 13th annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp, on sale now at wildohio.gov and the HuntFish OH mobile application, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Caption: Purchase an Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp to support the Wildlife Diversity Fun

Adult bald eagles are easily recognizable by their 6-foot wingspan and white head and tail. Immature eagles have mostly brown plumage and develop the characteristic white plumage after about five years. These majestic birds thrive where they can find clean water and abundant habitat. That includes Ohio’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands where they feed on fish and carrion.
 
The winning eagle photo for the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp Photo Contest was submitted by Jennifer Beck, of Lyndhurst in Cuyahoga County. Her photo was judged based on originality, technical excellence, composition, and overall impact. The Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp can be purchased online through Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System, at any location that sells hunting and fishing licenses, and the HuntFish OH app. A mail-in form is also available at wildohio.gov.
 
The bald eagle represents a remarkable success story in endangered species recovery. In 1979, Ohio had just four breeding pairs. America’s national symbol was once on the verge of extinction but can now be found in each of Ohio’s 88 counties and across most of the nation. Over the last few decades, conservation efforts have restored bald eagles to healthy population numbers. The bird was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in 2007, and from Ohio’s list in 2012.
 
A 2021 nest survey estimated 806 bald eagle nests in the Buckeye State. This is an estimated increase of 14% from the 707 bald eagle nests documented in Ohio from the 2020 citizen science survey coordinated by the Division of Wildlife. Bald eagle nesting success was at an estimated rate of 82% in the spring of 2021, and the number of young per nest was 1.6, well above the number of 1 per nest needed to sustain the population.
 
Fourteen dollars of every $15 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp sold are invested in the state’s Wildlife Diversity Fund. This fund supports habitat restoration, wildlife and habitat research projects, free wildlife educational materials, and efforts to restore and conserve endangered and threatened species such as the lake sturgeon, Karner blue butterfly, Indiana bat, and eastern hellbender. The fund ensures that important species like the bald eagle have the habitat, resources, and protection necessary to succeed in Ohio’s diverse ecosystems.
 
Ohio residents can anticipate entering the 14th annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp Photo Contest in August, with the winner being featured on the 2023 Legacy Stamp.

Waverly Tennis Trio State Bound With District Championships

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Three Waverly Boys Tennis players won district championships over the weekend at Ohio University, and now advance to the State Tournament this weekend.

Penn Morrison won the district singles title, beating Athens’ Luke Frost 6-1/6-0. Morrison only lost 2 games all weekend, and never dropped a set. Frost advanced to the final with a three-set win over Minford’s Charlie Neal. Frost will also qualify for the state tournament with his runner-up finish.

The Tigers’ doubles team of Waylon Lamerson and Caden Nibert won their title match over the team from East Liverpool 6-2/7-5.

The OHSAA State Tournament will be May 27-28 at The Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.