Lancaster Festival Begins July 21st

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The Lancaster Festival begins Thursday July 21st with a wide variety of musical performances, including rocker Rick Springfield and Country Music Artist Lady A. Springfield performs Saturday July 23rd and Lady A takes the stage a week later, July 30.

The festival has been promoting performing arts since 1985, with street painting, orchestral, jazz, drum circles and small ensemble performances, to the full orchestra experience with top name national music artists.

While many of the performances are free, some are ticketed events. 


Ross County Residents Invited To Virtual Flood Map Open House

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(Chicago) — Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host a Virtual Flood Map Information Open House for communities in Ross County, Ohio, on July 26, 2022, from 5pm–7pm. The open house will give residents the chance to review preliminary version of a recently completed Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).

The FIS and the FIRMs provide base flood (also known as the 1%-annual-chance event) information, designate areas that are subject to significant flood hazards within the county, and offer information that public officials may use to permit development in the floodplain.

At the virtual open house, representatives from various local, state, and federal agencies will provide the most current information about flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development regulations, and the process for floodplain mapping within Ross County. The newly prepared preliminary floodplain maps can also be reviewed at the meeting. Once the maps become effective, they will be used as the basis for flood insurance ratings as well as local flood protection regulations adopted under the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA also intends that they be used as tools to assist planning processes and outreach efforts to quickly respond to and recover from future events. Details for the Ross County meeting are as follows:

WHERE: Visit and enter the following meeting ID and passcode.

Meeting ID: 948 3690 3698 | Password: 668458   

You may also call into the meeting using one of the following telephone numbers and entering the meeting ID and passcode shown above. Long-distance charges may apply.

        (301) 715 8592 US

        (312) 626 6799 US

        (646) 876 9923 US

Property owners, realtors, lenders, and insurance agents are urged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their community. Digital files of the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report can be downloaded from

If you need a reasonable accommodation (sign language interpreters, Braille, CART, etc.), please send an e-mail to at least 48 hours before the event. Last minute requests will be accepted but may not be possible to fulfill.

For more information, contact the FEMA News Desk at

Food Trucks Return to Ashville July 22-23

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The Ashville Food Truck Festival returns July 22nd and 23rd from 5pm to 10pm on the streets of the northern Pickaway County village.

East Main and Bortz Streets will be the main area for the event on the south side of the village.

The proceeds from the festival go to Ohio’s Small Town Museum on Long Street in Ashville.

There are twenty two food trucks schedule for the festival featuring something for everyone: American, Asian, BBQ, German, Mediterranean, Mexican and Pizza.  

Live music begins at 5pm both nights with Maximum Grass and the Paradise Island Band on Friday and The Big Band and Michael Ultimate Elvis Saturday night. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for the festival.

D.O.E. Awards Grant to Scioto Valley-Piketon Area Council of Governments

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(Piketon) – The Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a non-competitive grant to Scioto Valley—Piketon Area Council of Governments (SVPA-COG). The SVPA-COG represents the frontline local governments adjacent to the Portsmouth Site in Piketon, Ohio.

Given the direct impact of DOE cleanup decisions on frontline communities, the COG proposes to use the grant to equip COG members with the means to participate in DOE decision-making, to mitigate environmental justice impacts, and to align the cleanup and Portsmouth Site endstate with the COG’s priorities. 

The grant allows for the establishment of a community liaison that will provide technical and regulatory assistance to the local community and surrounding counties, which aligns with the congressional direction on air and ground water monitoring and reporting, land use planning, and technical support to the community. 

The total estimated value of the grant is $500,000.00 for two Budget Periods from June 30, 2022 through June 29, 2024.

Additional information regarding the project is available at: /pppo/portsmouth-site