LOCAL BRIEFS


VA town hall meeting slated

To address issues and concerns veterans have regarding their health care and other VA benefits, the Veterans Administration has made a number of changes regarding availability and processes. These changes are fluid, which sometimes causes misinformation and confusion.

Therefore, Wilmington Veterans Post 49 and the Chillicothe VA Medical Center have announced a VA Town Hall Meeting for Wednesday, Sept. 30 beginning at 6 p.m. in the upstairs hall of the Post, 140 E. Locust St., Wilmington.

The panel will be describing the changes to existing benefits and new programs available to veterans, as well as answering questions and addressing the concerns some may have about their current VA health care and/or benefits.

The Medical Center will be represented by the assistant director, patient advocates, primary care, and eligibility professionals. The Cleveland Office for VA Benefits will be on hand to answer questions regarding pension and compensation claims and the Ohio Department of Veteran Services and the Military Liaison to U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers will be providing information and updates on state and federal initiatives.

All veterans, their spouses, and families are invited and welcome. To check eligibility or register with the VA, the veteran will need a copy of their DD-214.

One OVI arrest at checkpoint

The Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted an OVI checkpoint on US-22 in Clinton County Friday night. During the checkpoint, 699 vehicles came through the checkpoint location. One driver was arrested for OVI.

Funded by federal grant funds, it was conducted to deter and intercept impaired drivers. This checkpoint was also held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes.

Master Gardener program topic at A.M. Rotary

Faye Mahaffey was the guest speaker at the Sept. 11 A.M. Rotary Meeting in Wilmington.

Mahaffey is a retired teacher who taught elementary music for 30 years. She became involved with a Master Gardener class in 2006, which provided her intensive training in horticulture. Rick Stanforth is a former horticulturalist at the governor’s residence and he got Faye involved in the labeling of plants and developing an accession policy for the donated plants and trees.

The Heritage Garden Ambassador Program was developed in 2006 to assist with the promotion of Ohio’s first garden, as well as the use of native plants. Since then, more than 80 presentations have been made to over 2200 people about the Governor’s Residence and Heritage Gardens. The number of visitors to the residence has tripled.

Wilmington Council sets special meeting

Wilmington Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. till the end of business in council chambers.

The items on the agenda supplemental appropriations, transfers, elected officials’ salaries, a road phase dedication and an urban paving project.

Most of the items were discussed at council’s regular meeting Thursday and are up for subsequent readings. Council members said then that the items are time sensitive. Another special meeting is expected this week.

Medication Take Back Day set

There will be a Medication Take Back Day at locations in Wilmington and Sabina Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. People can drop off any expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications, samples and patches. Law enforcement will then dispose of the medications in a safe, legal and environmentally conscious manner.

People can drop of medications at 31 Farquhar Ave. in Wilmington and 440 E. Washington St. in Sabina.

Wagon rides, corn maze, more at Bonnybrook

Bonnybrook Farms’ family-friendly Lantern Light Wagon Rides & Corn Maze will be held 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Climb aboard the farm wagon for a spooky lantern light ride along the old stone roads of this historic farm. Bring a flashlight to find your way through the Corn Maze. Also enjoy some good food. Cost ranges from $8-$21.

Bonnybrook Farms’ Fall Farm Days is noon-6 p.m. Oct. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31. It features Adventure Wagon Rides, Corn Maze, Pumpkins & Ponies, Pumpkin Chuckin’, Slingshots, Archery and more. Plus the Farm Kitchen Café is open all day. Admission and parking are free; fees vary for some activities.

For more information, visit www.bonnybrookfarms.com or call 937-289-2500. Bonnybrook Farms is at 3779 SR 132, Clarksville.