2008 Scenic Ohio Awards
Scenic Ohio, along with First Lady Frances Strickland, recognized the winners of the 2008 Scenic Ohio Award for making significant and sustainable improvements to enhance and protect their communities’ scenic resources. The event took place on Sept.12 at the Ohio Governor's residence.
For outstanding contribution to enhancing the visual quality of Scenic Byways in the State of Ohio, the 2008 Scenic Ohio Award was presented to:
River Sweep - ORSANCO, Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission
Circleville Pumpkin Show Historic Mural - Circleville and Pickaway County
Decorative Paving was a sponsor of this event.
Award Recipients & Pictures
"ORSANCO has created a unique program that protects the health, safety and welfare of Ohioans and all who live in the Ohio River Valley. River Sweep cleans our shorelines, improves water quality, educates people of the importance of the river, keeps our Ohio River Scenic Byways beautiful, enhances tourism in the valley, promotes community involvement and spirit, preserves the unique scenic resource that we all are stewards of, the Ohio River. River Sweep is truly a Great American Story,” said Gary Meisner, Chairman, Scenic Ohio.
ORSANCO began this program in 1989 as a pilot project working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Kentucky Environmental Protection Cabinet – Division of Water. Initially this consisted of a 150-mile shoreline clean-up from Cincinnati to Ashland, Kentucky with 1,000 volunteers. Today the River Sweep is one of the largest environmental clean-ups of its kind in the United States. In 2008 more that 22,000 volunteers participated in cleaning up more that 3,000 miles of the Ohio River and its major tributaries.
“This project is such a great event,” said Jeanne Ison, project director. “It brings together members of the environmental community, industries and government. We have been very fortunate to have so many people volunteer their time, and we have had such great support from corporate sponsors.”
ORSANCO grew out of river clean-up efforts in Cincinnati in 1934. Congress authorized the formation of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Compact in 1936. In 1948 the compact became law and ORSANCO was born with Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia signing the Compact. River Sweep is a six-state program of ORSANCO.
Circleville Pumpkin Show Historic Mural
“The Pumpkin Show has captivated Ohioans for over 100 years. This Mural takes today’s visitors and Pumpkin Show attendees on a visual trip back in time to see those early years of life in Ohio and the common threads that tie past to future. The Mural educates people of the importance of the past and heritage, creates a beautiful work of art, promotes community involvement and spirit, and preserves the unique scenic resource we all treasure -- Ohio’s small communities,” said Gary Meisner, Chairman, Scenic Ohio.
The mural, which was completed in May 2007, depicts the early years of the Pumpkin Show and how it began in 1906 as an event to display locally grown pumpkins and other fall produce. A native of Circleville, nationally recognized artist Eric Henn painted the mural, which covers over 2,000 square feet on a historic building in downtown Circleville. The city is currently in the planning stages for another mural in their downtown area.