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What’s Happening in Chillicothe…
October 26, 2021

Foggy windows, leaves swirling as the winds blow and the temperatures drop...perfect nights to sit around the fire whether you are inside or out. The Spooks and Goblins have been put away for another year. The holidays are fast approaching. The Holiday Maker’s Market will be open on November 6 at 3 Sisters Park. That same day both Chillicothe and Lacon Businesses will be participating in the Winter Shop Hop from 10-5 pm. SHOP LOCAL! 

At the City Council meeting on the 25th the City Clerk read the official census letter from Secretary of State, Jesse White. Officially, as of October 14, 2021, the population of Chillicothe is 6,128 which is an increase of 31 people over the 2010 census. Resident Donna Uebler questioned the City Council regarding some zoning regulations and offered suggestions for increased communication. The Council sent her request to the Judicial Committee to be discussed fully. Aaron Phillips of Phillips, Salmi and Associates presented the 2020-2021 Annual Audit. He reported on the assets and liabilities and reported no financial concerns for the City. He complimented the city staff on internal controls and processes. The City Council approved the purchase of fifteen trees, thirteen to be planted in the City Cemetery and two to be planted in city parks to replace those that had died.

The work on the sidewalk in Cutright Park and ADA ramps Downtown are currently underway. Superintendent Shawn Sutherland reminds us that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to rake leaves out into the street as the wind and rain push them into the street drains causing flooding when precipitation occurs. Moffitt Park is open and available for disposal of leaves until November 29. The Moffitt Park schedule is on the City Website or on the board at City Hall.  

The holiday season is ramping up. Watch for the Optimist Club’s Giving Trees at all their regular spots and start shopping for their Christmas Toy Drive. Crossword Cafe is having a 20-year anniversary celebration on November 18th from 5:30pm-7pm. The Chillicothe Christmas Parade will take place on 2nd Street on November 20 at 1pm with lineup at noon. We have some great places to shop, some new and some oldies but goodies. Shop while you are in town. Small Business Saturday is the 23rd serving as  a reminder to us all to Shop Local!   Pearce will hold its annual Black Friday Fitness Bash on the 26th. The public is invited. While you are in town, make sure you check out the offerings at the Town Theatre. Remember that Theatre tickets make great stocking stuffers or gifts for the guy who mows your grass, the mail lady, or the kids next door.

Busy days ahead!  Spider Hill is open every Friday and Saturday for the rest of the month.  Try a little Karaoke at the American Legion on some Friday nights. The Chillicothe Christian Church is hosting Serve Day on October 24th.  Call to volunteer.  The Fall Craft and Vendor Show at IVC High School will be held on October 23 from 8 am to 3 pm.  Author Dave Kindred will be speaking at the Chillicothe Library on October 26th.  The Chamber of Commerce Merchants Trick or Treat Day is October 29 from 3-5pm.  The Ghost Chase 5K Run and Walk, a fundraiser for the IVC Band programs, will take place on October 30th at Three Sisters Park.  Check out the movies at the Town Theatre every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Have a great October!