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Harvest Homecoming Date

Please note, this event was incorrectly listed as taking place tomorrow, Saturday Oct. 3, in Thursday’s edition of the Chillicothe Gazette. The event is taking place this Sunday, as listed in the flyer.

Harvest Homecoming



Canvas Creations at Carver Community Center 

Two large black lines were carved across a canvas nearly 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall in a curve reminiscent of some local country roads. It was difficult at that point to see where everyone would end up but it was clear it would be a rewarding journey.

Twenty art enthusiasts met in the gymnasium at Carver Community Center in downtown Chillicothe last Wednesday to create paintings for a follow-the-leader-style class. The event was the second in a series of activities designed to increase community integration for adults in our community with developmental disabilities.

Carol Uhrig, a former teacher at The Pioneer Center, led the class, with assistance from Patti Smith, a veteran teacher at Pioneer who undertakes a number of art projects with her class throughout the school year. Several members of the public joined the group, all of whom walked away with a new connection and a piece or art (some of whom jokingly admitted they were reluctant to call their painted canvas by that three-letter word). By the end of the two-hour class, the road that Ms. Uhrig was leading the participants down had become clear – a bevy of beautiful flowers filled the canvases and Carver Community Center’s gymnasium.

For more information on upcoming events and how to get involved, contact Ric McConnell at 740-773-2165.


Tigers & ‘Toppers Take the Field

While the “boys of summer” may be winding down their season (in Ohio anyway), for the students at The Pioneer Center, September marks the time to take the field. Coach George Beck, Head Coach for the Ohio University Hilltoppers Softball Team, and 6 of his players invited some Pioneer Tigers to join them for a special practice and exhibition at VA Memorial Stadium, home of the Chillicothe Paints, last Friday.

Six Freshman players took part in the outing: Kyia Burgin, Outfield; Brantly Warren, Second Base; Hannah Ray, Catcher/Third Base; Kendra Barnes, Shortstop; Jessica Harold, Pitcher/First Base, and Brooke Blevins, a Senior at Unioto, who joined the players for this special day.

After the players introduced themselves to students, it was time to get their blood pumping with a lap around the infield, followed by a series of stretching exercises before moving on to various drills including a trip to the batting cages. For many of the Pioneer Tigers, it was their first time on Astroturf or having the opportunity to play on a field so large. For those reasons, and many more evidenced by the smiles in the accompanying photos, it was indeed a day to remember.

Thank you to Coach George, the players, and everyone who had a hand in making this special event happen!


Take Our Strategic Planning Survey

The Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities (RCBDD), also known as the Pioneer Center, is completing a strategic plan to guide the agency’s future work.  Input from people we serve, families, partners and community members is very important to us and will be used when creating our strategic plan.  Please follow the link below to complete the survey (it will only take 2 minutes). If you have any problems with the survey or questions, please contact Patrick McFadden. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts!