Ride Across America Headed This Way

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Motorists on US Route 50 will need to be mindful of sharing the road this week. And that includes Western Avenue and Main Street through Chillicothe.

Ride Across America Riders (RAAM) are rolling through Southern Ohio this week, beginning Tuesday.

Some will be individual cyclists while other are teaming for the trek from the Pacific Ocean coast traveling east to Chesapeake Bay. Solo riders pushed off June 14th while Teams began pedaling last Saturday.

The challenging course stretches from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland.

Some may remember the “Go, Joe. Go” signs in recent years, cheering on Chillicothe’s own Joe Lawhorn as he road through town. In an interview with Litter Media, Lawhorn, a professional cyclist, said “I knew once I hit Chillicothe, I’d just be on fire. I only had 500 miles left.”

Joe Lawhorn talks with Litter Media’s Dan Ramey about his RAAM experience. He completed the 3,000 mile trek in 2018.

Lawhorn said it was the ninth day of the journey and he fought back tears of joy when he reached home. “To get to Chillicothe, I’d ridden 2,500 miles. I know I’m skinny, but I looked worse than I do now, just skeleton. It was a good thing I had that visor on my helmet, so nobody could see… ’cause when I hit Slate Mills, oh… it was just a fountain (of tears).

Tuesday, Lawhorn reminded locals on social media to be courteous to riders.

Professional cyclist, Joe Lawhorn encourages motorists to be courteous on the road ways as RAAM riders are traveling through Southern Ohio this week.

The RAAM website says “The World’s Toughest Race” is more than 3,000 miles and has over 170,000 feet of climbing coast-to-coast across America.

When you see a rider and/or a team of cyclists this week, give them room on the road and an encouraging wave or a word… they’re reaching the Alleghenies and are nearing the finish line, with 500 miles to go.

Weekend Historical Events In Chillicothe

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(Chillicothe) – A couple of events are coming this weekend in Chillicothe, that are likely interests to the historical community.

The 2022 Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Lucy Hayes Heritage Center is 2pm-4pm Saturday, June 25th.  

The brief business meeting at the Lucy House will cover a few annual items for members to vote on, followed by light refreshments – including “Lemonade Lucy’s” drink.  

Historian and tour guide Vice President Kevin Coleman is stepping up as president, and he will speak on the past and future of the Lucy House…the empowered woman it stands for…and how to best fulfill the mission of the birthplace of Chillicothe’s own national First Lady.  

The event is free and the public is welcome.  Learn more in the “Lucy Webb Hayes Heritage Center” Facebook page or by calling (740 ) 775-LUCY.  

Lucy Ware Webb Hayes was the wife of three-term Ohio Governor and 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes.  She was born in Chillicothe in 1831 in the wood frame house, now the “Lucy Hayes Heritage Center,” located at 90 West 6th Street.  

On Sunday, June 26th, join Kevin Coleman on a walking tour of some of its history.  

Meet at the gazebo to walk past and learn about the sulphur well under it, the eagles on the bandstand, the park lake and its outlet through a stone arch, the throwaway glass bottles under the park entrance, the industries that overlooked the former river channel, the famous baseball game at diamond number one, flooded cannons, the story of Memorial Hall & Armory and its monuments, and hints of the Pump House’s watery history.  

Two times on Sunday, June 26th, 2022: a cool morning tour from 9am-11am, and then an afternoon tour to prep you for a downtown dinner from 3pm-5pm.  

$10 for adults, $5 for students, $15 for families (with children).  This is not the big park event by the Chillicothe Restoration Foundation, but a walking tour by Kevin Coleman.  

Contact Kevin Coleman at ihs@horizonview.net, phone (740) 775-4036, text (740) 771-8574, or message from the “Intrepid Heritage Services” page on Facebook.  If the weather is inclement, the tour will be rescheduled and those who have contacted Kevin Coleman will be notified. 

Masonic Lodge #6 Presents Donation To Ross Special Olympics

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Pictured left to right: Courtney Davis, future RCBDD Special Olympics & Special Projects Director, Chris Hiles, current Ross County Special Olympics Coordinator, and Worshipful Master, Steven Grant.

(Chillicothe) – The local Chillicothe Masonic Lodge #6 recently presented a generous donation to the Ross County Special Olympics. These funds were collected from the previous two Chicken Noodle Dinners sponsored by the local Masonic Lodge. The dinner is held annually in the spring at the Ross County Shrine Club and is open to the community.

These funds will be used to continue providing sports training to Special Olympics athletes. The Ross County Special Olympics program has been operating as two entities — Ross County Public, which is geared to adults with disabilities, and Pioneer School, which includes students. With the support of the Ross County Board, the future goal is to bring both entities together and build a unified program for the Ross County community that will represent at the local, regional, state, and national levels.

People that qualify to participate will be provided opportunities to build interest and skills in sports recognized by Special Olympics. The next step will be creating an advisory committee to help oversee the mission and direction of the local group. The Special Olympics group is looking forward to building a successful program by receiving support from the Ross County community.

If any local business or community member has interest in being involved in the future growth of Ross County Special Olympics, contact Courtney Davis at cdavis@rossdd.org or 740-273-1219.

Bristol Village Celebrates 60th Anniversary

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Activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Waverly, Ohio based Bristol Village, run June 22-26.

Here is a schedule of activities:

June 22 – 10:30am – Stroll Run or Roll Benefits the Bristol Village Foundation and kicks off our week of celebrations, Registration: $40. 

12:00 Noon – Celebration Picnic at the Melligan Pavilion for all Villagers. Enjoy an Amish picnic menu, $5 per person. Join the fun in the afternoon with your neighbors along with outdoor games. 

June 23 – 12:00 Noon: Multipurpose Room-Glenn Center. Luncheon for 2nd generation families. 

3:00pm: Afternoon celebration at Healthcare Center with sundae bar, music and recognition celebration for 90’s and 1 00’s and former employees who live in the Village. 

6:30-8:30pm: Special Edition Enrichment Hour, Glenn Center -BV history videos, intermission and refreshments, special recognition for those 90’s and 1 00’s, skits and BV puzzle winners. 

June 24 – 1:00-4:00pm: Open House for all Villagers and games. Follow the map in your Passport and get stamped at the highlighted locations and activities for prizes. Visit natural areas of the Village, Museum Cottage, Marketing tour of model homes, Resident Garden Tour, Scioto Valley Model Railroad Club, sporting demonstrations and much more. Have fun exploring your Village! 

June 25 – 11:00am-3:00pm: Classic Car Show and food trucks. Travel back in time and reminisce with classic car owners from all over the area. Car Show located in. the grassy area behind the Glenn Center. Free to attend, purchase your own lunch and treats. 

5:15pm: Glenn Center. Dinner/Potluck with 60’s trivia, fashion show, and photo booth. Wear your 60’s attire! Bring a dish to share-pizza will also be available. Cost: free. 

June 26 – 10:00am-2:00pm: Founder’s Day at the Healthcare Center with family fun activities. 

2:30pm: Concert at Healthcare Center presented by Bristol Village musicians. Refreshments served. 

6:00pm: Tranquility Park Candlelight remembrance and blessing. Join Chaplain Paul Girdley and resident presenters for a time of remembrance and memorial. All residences welcome.