Area Fireworks for Independence Day Celebrations

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If you are looking for Independence Day Celebrations that will be conducting a fireworks show, there are several being held in our area to choose from.

Here is the list of area communities conducting evening fireworks exhibitions:

July 1- Red, White & Boom in Columbus
July 2- Village of Waverly and the Chillicothe Country Club
July 3- Cities of Washington CH and Hillsboro
July 4- City of Chillicothe and Village of Ashville

Most of these shows begin at approximately 9:45pm-10pm.

Tour To Tell Story of Carlisle Hill

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(Chillicothe) – If you want to watch the Chillicothe fireworks from Carlisle Hill…how about learning about the hill?  And the curious, cantankerous, canted steps that meander up it?  As well as the bedrock that slips under it, the working-class neighborhood on it that has been largely erased, the scenic Victorian and Art & Crafts homes atop it, and what you see from its hilltop.  Also…the story of the Star.  

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Join Kevin Coleman for two identical tours on the Carlisle Hill Steps: Sunday morning to get cool air and morning sun, and Monday evening to get to the top in time for the big show.  Tours are 9am to 11am Sunday July 3rd, and 7pm to 9pm Monday July 4th, 2022.  

Photo courtesy of Kevin Coleman

Half of the steps are steep and very uneven, so only those who are healthy, nimble, and daring are encouraged.  

Meet at the bottom, at West 5th Street and Belleview Avenue, to head up the 5th Street Steps, jog downhill on Carlisle Place (the winding street up the hill), head up the “Terrace Walk” steps behind Rose Lane to Highland Avenue, and end at the Star on Highland Avenue at West Main.

You can walk back down with Kevin on Sunday.  On Monday, the city fireworks are set to start about 9:30pm, so bring flashlights, and expect to return on your own on sidewalks along streets.  

$10 for adults, $5 for students, $15 for families (with children).  Contact Kevin at, phone (740) 775-4036, text (740) 771-8574, or message from the “Intrepid Heritage Services” Facebook page – where you can find videos, photos, and some history on the topic.   

Creating Healthy Communities Conducts Ross County Survey

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(Chillicothe) – The Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) program (funded by Ross County Health District) is requesting community input on the selection of 2023 healthy eating and active living projects to help reduce chronic disease in Ross County. Please complete this year’s survey by July 15 to make sure your voice is heard.

A link to the survey can be found via the RCHD’s Creating Healthy Communities page by CLICKING HERE:

By implementing sustainable strategies, CHC helps improve access and affordability of healthful food, increase opportunities for physical activity, and assure tobacco-free living.

CHC has already implemented: Ross County’s Active Transportation Plan; Paint Valley Local School District’s Elementary playground updates to include ADA accessibility ramps; two food service guidelines policies to offer healthful food alternatives within the Paint Valley Preschool and the RCHD; Chillicothe Farmers Market Online Ordering System; Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library Book-a-Bike Bike Share Program; Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library edible orchard and community garden.

CHC’s current projects include expansion of the Chillicothe Farmers Market to the village of Bainbridge, development of Chillicothe’s Complete Streets policy, and implementation of the Mt Logan Community Garden.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Creating Healthy Communities program or participating to make Ross County a healthier community for all is welcome join the next coalition meeting on Monday, July 11th at 11:00 am at the RCHD located at 150 East Second Street in Chillicothe.

For more information, contact CHC grant coordinator, Ciara Fox at

New Xenia Area State Park To Have Chillicothe Connection

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(Xenia)- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently broke ground on Great Council State Park, which will feature a 12,000-square-foot interpretive center with an architectural design based on a council house historically used by the Shawnee tribes. It will be on the site of the birthplace of the Shawnee Chief Tecumseh.

Photo courtesy of ODNR

Inside, visitors will find three floors of exhibits, a theater area, a living stream, and a gallery. The displays will honor the Shawnee tribes of the past and allow present-day members of the Shawnee nation to share their stories. The expected opening is 2023.

Talon Silverhorn, Cultural Programs Manager for the ODNR and overseeing the development of this park, will be speaking at Mound City Visitor Center of the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park on July 23, 2022 at 11am. The event is open and free to the public.  A Friends of Hopewell Culture NHP informal reception is being hosted for members only at 10am before the public presentation.

To become a member of the Friends group email