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September 28, 2018
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Energy Department Approves Extension of 
Portsmouth Site Cleanup Contract

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that it has exercised its option to extend the contract with Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) for decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) for a period of 30 months beyond the current expiration date of September 30, 2018.

The estimated value of the option period is approximately $850 million. The initial five-year base contract with FBP commenced in March 2011. An initial 30-month option was exercised on March 28, 2016. Today's new option period will extend FBP's current engagement through March 28, 2021. During the ensuing period, a follow-on contract for the D&D Project will be competitively procured.

The Department's objective in exercising the option on the contract is to fulfill DOE's requirement for the continuation of services and execution of the D&D Project, including deactivation and preparation for demolition and disposal of all GDP facilities, process equipment, related process buildings, and other ancillary facilities, and to continue environmental remediation, uranium stewardship, and community outreach programs.

In its determination for the option, the Department found that the option execution is the most cost-effective and best alternative for continued uninterrupted services as well as continuing momentum on important projects and workforce stability. The option also ensures accountability for excellent performance and cost containment.

Beaver Oktoberfest
October 4 - 7
Billboard designed by
Courtesy of Rocket VII Interactive

Business After Hours
hosted by  SOMC
October 16

Papa John's Waverly
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October 1
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FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG)

The 2018 AFG application period has opened and will close on Friday, October 26 at 5:00 PM EST. Begin preparing for the FY 2018 open application period by reviewing the available application assistance tools below.
  • 2018 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • 2018 AFG Cost Share Calculator
  • 2018 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide - Application
  • 2018 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide - Narrative
  • 2018 AFG Self Evaluation Vehicle Acquisition
  • 2018 AFG Self Evaluation Operations Safety
  • 2018 AFG Application Checklist
Live AFG Webinars:
AFGP staff will host two live webinar series to educate organizations on what is new for FY 2018. The Application Workshop webinars will teach attendees about the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, its mission, which organizations and activities are eligible, and how to apply.
A Fire Program Analyst will provide updates that apply to the FY 2018 application and some help tips in preparing your application. We will also have our Application Walk-thru webinars which gives attendees a section by section view of the application with AFG staff to explain and answer questions.
FY 2018 Application Workshop Presentation
     *Friday, September 21st - October 5th at  9:00 a.m. EDT and 4:00 p.m. EDT
FY 2018 Application Walk-thru
     *Friday, September 21st - October 5th at 10:00 a.m. EDT and 1:00 p.m. EDT
Follow @FEMAGrants on Twitter:
Did you know that the FEMA Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) has an official active Twitter feed @FEMAGrants?  You can get the latest news and announcements concerning AFG and other Preparedness grants in real time.  Information concerning all FEMA grants including application dates, award announcements, and breaking news is updated and monitored.  Stay up-to-date on what's happening.

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) recently announced updated guidelines for the Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup, including a program restructure that creates two grant categories: Assessment/Corrective Action and Cleanup and Remediation. The maximum Assessment/Corrective Action grant award is $250,000 and may include property assessment activities and cleanup or remediation activities. The maximum Cleanup and Remediation grant award is $500,000 and is restricted to cleanup or remediation activities.

Eligible applicants may apply for both Assessment/Corrective Action and Cleanup and Remediation grants for an eligible property.

To access the full updated guidelines, application and scoring matrix, please  click here .
For more information or questions about the program, please contact April Stevens at 614.466.4007 or via email at .

EPA Seeks Applicants for Local Foods Local Places -Webinar on Oct 4

Communities can now apply for technical assistance to help revitalize their economy, improve health, and protect the environment. Local Foods, Local Places helps communities revitalize neighborhoods through development of local food systems. To date, 94 communities have benefited from assistance with support from EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Delta Regional Authority, among others. In 2018, the Northern Border Regional Commission will join as a program sponsor.

Eligibility:  Eligible applicants include local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions and organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size anywhere in the United States. Special consideration will be given to communities in the northern border region of Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont, and the Delta region of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on  October 22, 2018.
How to apply: See complete application instructions at
EPA will host a webinar to explain more about the program and selection process on October 4, 2018, from 3:00-4:00 EDT. To register for the webinar, visit:

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC) has announced the launch of AdvancingCities, a $500 million, five-year initiative to advance lasting solutions that will lead to more people connected to jobs with a career pathway and living with financial security, more small business owners growing and hiring, and economically vibrant neighborhoods.  The firm will invest in cities where conditions exist to help those who have not benefited from economic growth. This includes demonstrated, strong collaboration across the public and private sectors on solutions that create opportunity for people at risk of being left out of economic growth. Proposals must incorporate at least two areas of focus within JPMorgan Chase's  Model for Impact Solutions will help break down silos between local programs, strengthen underlying systems and advance holistic solutions to create more widely-shared prosperity.

Cities interested in applying for the AdvancingCities Challenge should visit The RFP went live and closes on November 30, 2018. Winners will be announced in the spring of 2019.

Area Agency on Aging to Hold Public Hearing on Strategic Plan

The Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. (AAA7) will hold a Public Hearing on its Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019 - 2022 on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 1:00 pm at the Pike County Government Building, 230 Waverly Plaza, Waverly. Registration will begin at 12:30 pm.

The Strategic Plan outlines the Agency's proposed goals and objectives for service delivery utilizing federal and state funds for Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton Counties.

Senior citizens, service providers, and other interested individuals are encouraged to attend and provide written or oral comment.

Area Agency on Aging District 7 Receives an
Aging Achievement Award from the National Association 
of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)

The Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) in Ohio was honored recently with an Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The awards program was supported by WellCare Health Plans. The AAA7 was among 45 local aging programs to receive honors at the n4a Annual Conference & Tradeshow that was recently held in Chicago, IL. The AAA7 was recognized for achievements with their Hospital2Home program.

The 2018 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognizes Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Title VI Native American aging programs that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. A part of the criteria for the selection of the honorees was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities.

Scioto Society Prepares To Open Sleepy Hollow Experience,
Most Ambitious Project in Over 40 Years

The folks at The Scioto Society are hard at work preparing to open The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Haunted Mountain , its most ambitious theatrical production since it opened Tecumseh!  in 1973.

The Sleepy Hollow Experience will take over Haunted Mountain in an immersive theatrical experience co-produced with Brian Clowdus Experiences. This groundbreaking production of a classic American story has been mounted by Clowdus near Atlanta at the Serenbe Playhouse and near Boston at Old Sturbridge Village.  The production in Chillicothe will be unique in that the entire Haunted Mountain experience will be revamped to fit the Sleepy Hollow theme.  Clowdus has re-imagined The Haunted Trail, Escape Rooms and even the concessions and box office areas to create a fully immersive experience.

Upcoming Events Upcoming
October 4-7
Beaver, Ohio

55th Annual
October 12 - 13

Unique Creations by the residents of Bristol Village
 Handmade Jewelry  - Toys -  Paintings - Quilts - Stained Glass

Friday:  8am-3pm 
Saturday:  9am-Noon

Free Admission:   Information: Cherie Daniels (740) 947-2118

Monday, October 29
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Mark Your Calendars
The Festival of Trees
November 8
Bristol Village - Glenn Center

November 16 - 18
Waverly, Ohio

Events Include

Quilt Show - Beef and Noodle Dinner

Holiday 5K Run - Holdiay Craft Show

Queen tours - Various Shops Open

Pike Heritage Museum displays and Music

Wine Tasting and Art Show - Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull

Queen's Luncheon - Luminary Parade

Meet Santa and Friends - Lantern Tours

plus lots more...

Natural Resources & AgricultureAg
Way Farms
Farmers' Markets
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S ports - Health - Well Being
Chronic Disease Self-Management
Diabetes Empowerment Education
Pike County - Starting October 8th
Diabetes Self-Management
Gallia County - Starting October 3rd
Jackson County - Starting October 3rd

Chronic Pain Self-Management
Gallia County - Starting October 1st
Jackson County - Starting October 1st
Matter of Balance Falls Management
Adams County - Starting October 1st
Jackson County - Starting October 30th
Lawrence County - Starting October 11th
Ross County - Starting October 11th
Scioto County - Starting October 11th
Tools for Caregivers
Lawrence County - Starting October 5th
Jenni Dovyak-Lewis
Director of Community Outreach and Training
Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.
F32-URG PO Box 500
Rio Grande, Ohio  45674
Office - 1.800.582.7277 Extension 224
Fax - 740.245.5844
E-Mail -
Website -
Helping You Age Better!

Feeding the Community
Accepting Donations at the YMCA
Health and Wellness Program 
offered by BWC

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Kroger - Amazon
Community Rewards Programs

Training Opportunities Employment Train
October - November
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Employment Opportunities Employment

Employment Opportunities