Park district to host event at new leash-free dog play area

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Chillicothe Gazette

Published 3:44 p.m. ET June 18, 2021


Ross County Park District is hosting an event in the new leash-free dog play area

Woofstock begins on Saturday, June 26th (June 27th is the rainy date) at 10 a.m. at the new John & Doris Corcoran Dog Play Area Grand Opening at Maple Grove Prairie, 44 Anderson Station Road in Chillicothe. (Photo courtesy of Ross County Park District)

CHILLICOTHE – The Ross County Park District invites you and your canine companion to Woofstock ’21, taking place on Saturday June 26th from 10am to 3pm in the new John and Doris Corcoran Dog Play Area.

The event is set to celebrate the opening of the newest park edition and includes dog yoga, dog training, and a canine agility demonstration. There will also be food trucks, artisans, and more.

After that, visitors are invited to let go of their pet and explore the new 55-acre, leash-free dog play area with access to North Fork Paint Creek.

This event is free to the public and there is ample parking available. It takes place at Maple Grove Prairie, 44 Station Road, in Chillicothe. Parking is also open at the Hopewell Mound Group. The rainy day is for Sunday, 27.

Adena offers sports and wellness exams

CHILLICOTHE – As many parents and young athletes know, doing an exercise before the start of a new school sports season is a standard requirement. Whether your student is in elementary school or college, physical exercise is required to reduce sports-related injuries, discover underlying health problems, and prevent existing medical conditions that could lead to serious or even fatal physical problems.

To help student athletes and parents, Adena offers convenient facilities for sports and wellness exams through Adena Pediatrics and Adena Family Medicine. If a child is due for an annual wellness check-up, a sports check-up can be carried out at all Adena Family Medicine and Pediatrics locations at the same time. Most insurances even cover this as part of a wellness visit without incurring any costs.

Doing a sports exercise helps set a baseline for young athletes. As students get older, their bodies change. Caring for or awareness of early potential problems such as metabolic changes, pain from bone growth or joints can enable Adena doctors to take preventative measures. Young athletes who know they have a problem, weakness, or sensitivity can exercise to overcome or avoid certain physical ailments.

Adena’s Sport Physicals are comprehensive exams, not just basic screenings. Patients are examined by a doctor or an experienced practice provider who is specifically trained in the assessment techniques used in these examinations, such as:

  • Complete medical history and physical exam
  • Discussion of the child’s weight, height and body mass index
  • Diet, sleeping habits, physical development and activity
  • Health and Safety Risks and Preventive Health Recommendations
  • Chronic Illness Status
  • Vaccination updates

There is also an opportunity to discuss important topics such as avoiding drugs, tobacco and alcohol. It helps to build an open, trusting relationship with parents and patients so that they can turn to their provider with any questions or concerns.

Further information and options for making an appointment can be found at

District auditor Tom Spetnagel announces new website

ROSS COUNTY – Ross County Auditor Tom Spetnagel has announced a brand new, completely redesigned website at It can be accessed from any web browser and is optimized for use on mobile devices and tablets.

“The new website is a major technological advance and enables us to offer more data availability and more functionality in the future,” said Spetnagel.

Users will find that the new website improves property search functionality and improves interactive map search to make it easier to find the information you need. It also includes useful calculator tools to help estimate property taxes and transfer fees, as well as a catalog of all the forms, reports, and other important documents published by the Court of Auditors.

The website was developed by Pivot Point of Ohio, a company that worked directly with Auditor Spetnagel to create the website. “I sought input directly from our local real estate professionals and home buyers and then worked with Pivot Point to meet their needs,” said Spetnagel. The finished product is the result of months of planning and teamwork, and it truly reflects a collaborative approach to addressing residents’ changing needs.

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