GOOD DAY CHILLICOTHE!
The city is entering into the holiday season with a large number of events planned to entertain and excite all ages.
Main Street Chillicothe hosted the 4th annual Memory Tree Lighting and Dedication Service Thursday November 15,
in Silver Moon Plaza. Two childrens' choirs from the First Baptist Church performed Christmas tunes, Reverend Alan Brock gave the message and prayers, and Teri Gardner and Ben White read the names of the departed while Amy Supple and David Goodwin rang the bell.
Last Saturday proved to be a full day of excitement around the town. The morning kicked off with the 72nd annual Holiday Parade through downtown. The theme this year was
"The Sounds of Christmas." Over 100 entries of bands, floats from many different organizations and businesses, equine and motorized units, and other types of displays were led by the city honor guard from our police and fire departments. Our famous local mural artist, Kelly Poling was this
years' grand marshal. My wife Terri and I were also honored to participate in the parade.
The evening was highlighted by the 14th annual Festival of Lights ceremony in Simpson Park. The many light displays grow in number each year. A great number of local volunteers brave the elements along with assistance from the members of the park department, Chillicothe Municipal Utilities, and many business and service clubs to bring these magnificent LED collections to life. The master of ceremonies was my close friend, former Livingston County Commissioner, Ken Lauhoff (he tells me we have known each other for over 56 years since he
traveled to Chillicothe from Rothville). Reverend Aaron Douglas led us in prayer. Santa finished the evening with long lines of children seeking an audience with him beside a roaring fire in the Rotary shelter house.
Parks Director Josh Norris, Mike Wright, Kevin Haney, and I planted new trees in Simpson and Danner Parks to mark the local Arbor Day, November 15. This is in cooperation with the
city's Tree City designation.
The airport has had a longtime issue with the
PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator) light system. This lighting system enables pilots landing, especially at night, to safely navigate the landing procedure. The FAA had estimated it would cost the city a minimum of $25000 to remedy the problem. But with the effort and persistence of airport manager Bill Kiefer and city administrator Darin Chappell and CMU electric distribution department, it will only amount to a few hundred dollars to fix the problem.
The police department has completed the installation of the new radio system and in-car computers in all their patrol units. This capability will decrease officers time spent on reporting and checking the status of vehicles and individuals, thus freeing them to handle the large number of incident responses(100+ per day on average). Our department is the recipient of more awards from grant funding for equipment. More than $19000 from two separate grants has been received. This represents the hard work of individual officers in the department.
Another worthwhile event is the annual
"Shop With A Cop", which is funded by a raffle of two big screen TVs donated by
Wal-Mart. Buy your raffle tickets from the police department to continue to make this a great success. This benefits the underprivileged children of Chillicothe.
The Canadian Pacific Railroad will bring the Holiday Train through Chillicothe on Monday, December 3, at approximately 3:45 PM on the main line track across from
Lowe's Home Improvement. The train is equipped with a box car that transforms into a stage with a band and other amenities will be featured. The show will run from 4:00-4:30 PM. This will benefit the House of Prayer Food Pantry. Please show your usual generous community spirit that makes Chillicothe The Greatest City.
Again, I want to stress that all these wonderful activities and events would not be possible without the time and effort of the great citizens of the Chillicothe area. Many, many thanks to all!