Proposed Observation Deck at Buzzard’s Roost Nature Preserve

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The cliff overlooking the Paint Creek Gorge from the Southpoint Lookout Trail at Earl H. Barnhart Buzzard’s Roost Nature Preserve. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Ross County Park District’s Earl H. Barnhart Buzzard’s Roost Nature Preserve includes five miles of trails through one of the most scenic locations in Southern Ohio, the Paint Creek Gorge.

Director Joe Letsche gave Litter Media a look at where a proposed observation deck will be located near the sandstone cliffs on the Southpoint Lookout Trail.

Letsche explains adding a structure like a deck increases the accessibility for people to connect to nature. The wheelchair accessible deck would give seniors and hikers with children a look over the gorge without getting near the cliff’s edge.

Funding for the project would come from a Nature Works Grant.

“The vast majority of people are in favor of the increased access” Letsche said. He added the deck would not block the view of the Paint Creek Gorge because “it’s going to be back up against the trail, not down on that rock. So, the view is not going to be impeded in any way.”

Learn more about Buzzard’s Root and the other parks managed by the District at www.rosscountyparkdistrict.com.

The area selected for a proposed observation deck near the cliff overlooking the Paint Creek Gorge from the Southpoint Lookout Trail at Earl H. Barnhart Buzzard’s Roost Nature Preserve. Dan Ramey/Litter Media
The view from the cliff overlooking the Paint Creek Gorge from the Southpoint Lookout Trail at Earl H. Barnhart Buzzard’s Roost Nature Preserve. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Motorists Urged To Watch For More Motorcycles This Time of Year

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(Columbus) –May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – a time to remind drivers that more motorcycle riders will be on the road now that we are entering Ohio’s warmer months. 

Officials from the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), and Motorcycle Ohio joined together today to remind motorists that motorcycle safety is the responsibility of both motorcyclists and other drivers.

Drivers should remember to give motorcyclists a full lane of travel; look for motorcyclists on the highway, at intersections, and any time you are changing lanes; and always leave plenty of space between your vehicle and any motorcyclists driving in front of you.

“Now is a great opportunity to remind motorcyclists to ride SMART (Sober, Motorcycle Endorsed, Alert, Right Gear, and Trained),” said Charlie Norman, Registrar of Ohio BMV.  “With over 400,000 registered motorcycles on Ohio’s roadways, all Ohio drivers, no matter their mode of transportation, should always stay aware and alert.”

In 2021, there were more than 4,000 motorcycle-related crashes on Ohio roads in which more than 200 people were killed.

In addition to raising awareness about motorcycle safety, Motorcycle Ohio presented the Saved by the Helmet award to Joe Burgi (Lewis Center).  Burgi was involved in a serious crash and credits the use of his helmet with saving his life. 

Red Cross Plans Area June Blood Drives

Presented By Atomic Speedway

The American Red Cross is inviting blood donors to book their donation spot at Camp Do Good this summer. Be part of something big this summer. Hike in to a blood drive to make a life changing donation for patients across the country. Donors are especially needed now to address a decline in blood donations in late spring which could begin to impact the blood supply as summer starts.

All who come to give in June will receive a $5 e-gift card to a merchant of choice. All who come to give June 1-30 will also be entered for a chance to win a VIP trip to Memphis and Graceland for two, including a three-night stay at The Guest House at Graceland, Elvis Entourage VIP tour and more! Terms apply: rcblood.org/elvismovie

Below are the seven blood drives open to the public in Ross County during the month of June.

  • Scioto 6 F&AM & Ross County Shrine Club – 500 Belleview Ave.
    Wednesday June 1st               
    12:30pm-6:30pm
    To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: MasonsShrine
  • iHeartMEDIA Blood Bash – South Central Ohio Chapter Friedman Donor Room
    FREE Cedar Fair Ticket For ALL Donors
    Friday June 10th                  
    9:00am-7:00pm
    To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: SCOC
  • South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room
    Friday June 17th                      
    9:30am-3:30pm
    To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: SCOC
  • Tabernacle Baptist Church – 221 E. Main Street
    Monday June 20th               
    12:30pm-5:30pm
    To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: TBC
  • Christian Life Tabernacle – Fellowship Hall
    Monday June 20th     
    1:00pm-6:00pm
    To schedule an appointment call Dian Smith at (740)773-6044, 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: CLTabernacle
  • South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room
    Friday June 24th                      
    11:00am-5:00pm
    To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: SCOC
  • Adena Regional Medical Center – PACCAR Building
    Wednesday June 29th                 
    9:00am-3:00pm
    To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: AdenaRegionalMCSouth

Below are the three blood drives open to the public in Fayette County during the month of June.

  • Jeffersonville Lions Club and Masonic Lodge– 23 S. Main Street
    Saturday June 4th                  
    8am-1pm
    To schedule an appointment call Kathy Shriver at (740)463-3521, 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: Jefferlions
  • Grace United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall
    Tuesday June 7th              
    10am-4pm
    To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS, (740)437-7106 or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: GraceUMC
  • Adena Fayette Medical Center – Medical Arts Conference Room, Building #2
    Thursday June 9th               
    1pm-6pm
    To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: AFMC

Pike County Students Receive Fluor-BWXT Scholarships

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(Pike County) -Three Pike County students were the recipients of the 2022 Fluor-BWXT (FBP) STEAM Scholarship, a one-time, $2,000 award. Each year, Fluor-BWXT awards 12 college scholarships to area high school students pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). More than 100 applications for the scholarships were received this year.

Britton Kritzwiser, one of Waverly High School’s valedictorians, a soccer player, member of the school news team, and past participant in the Department of Energy’s Science Bowl, plans to attend The Ohio State University and major in physics/astrophysics.

Britton Kritzwiser/Scholarship committee member Tim Poe

Tyler Sowards, Piketon High School, will be majoring in mechanical engineering at Wright State University. He is a member of the National Honor Society, an active youth leader and has twice secured first place in robotics engineering projects for 4-H.  

Grace Amato, Piketon High School, maintained a 4.0 grade point average while operating her own baking business. She plans to continue providing desserts to local shops and individuals to help cover educational expenses while pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Shawnee State University in a STEAM-related field of study.

Tyler Sowards, Scholarship committee member Tim Poe & Grace Amato

“While forging their paths and immersing themselves into their communities, our scholarship winners are working to enhance the quality of life for themselves and others,” Portsmouth Site Project Director JD Dowell said. “We are extremely proud of their accomplishments and look forward to seeing them continue to succeed.”

Since 2011, FBP has awarded $264,000 to graduating seniors pursuing careers in the STEAM field.