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November 13, 2019

At our last Council Meeting, the Chillicothe Rotary Club presented the City with a donation of a wood carving of a new eagle sculpture to be installed at Eagle Landing, the City park on the River at the foot of Elm Street. The eagle sculpture that is currently located there was carved out of a softwood tree and has been deteriorating over the last few years. The new one is carved out of hardwood and should last for many years to come. It will be installed next spring. Thank you Rotary!

Walnut Street serves as the “gateway” from Fourth Street to our Downtown. I mentioned in my last article that installation has started. Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t been cooperating. But the forecast of improved weather should move things along with new plantings at the median in front of Geiger’s and a “Welcome to Historic Downtown” sign facing Fourth Street.

There are a few Holiday events coming up….

Don’t miss the Christmas parade coming up November 23 at 2:00. I hope the weather cooperates. You’re going to like this year’s Santa!

Shop Small Saturday is coming up – November 30. I believe this is a national program promoting small businesses. And, we have a lot of small businesses here in town. Get your Christmas shopping done early and support out retailers!

The last Second Saturday Market will be happening on December 14th. These are being coordinated by the local businesses on Fourth Street and Second Street who will be running specials and buying incentives. The theme for the event is “Countdown to Christmas”. There will be a punch card event with and grand prize of $500 in “chilli bucks”. Get out and shop local!

And, don’t forget about the Chillicothe Police Department’s program called the “Cops and Kids Christmas” which is designed to help those families in our community who are in need. Anyone can write a letter and place it in the mailbox in front of the police department, email or call to let them know about a family who could use some extra help to supply presents to children. During December the officers go out to distribute the gifts to the families.

One of my favorite local charities is the Community Needs Agency, CNA. Their work is especially important during this Holiday season. CAN’s Christmas Basket Drive provides the makings for a complete Christmas dinner for those in need in our local community. Please give!

With this crazy weather, and the early snow, I thought it might be helpful to mention the City’s Snow Route policy. In order to provide a safe means of travel and to restore routes after a heavy snow, certain streets are designated as snow routes. If it snows over two inches, people living on these streets are asked to not park on the street so they can get plowed, and be the first to get plowed. To learn more, and to view a map of the routes, visit the City Web Site – under the “Resident” tab on the home page.

Hey you Ghosts – you made us proud!

That’s all for this time. See you around town!


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