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ALSO INSIDE Adding power to the grid The most important meal of the day Chestnut: An American comeback?

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Electricity Revolutionized the Way We Cook. WHAT WILL IT DO NEXT? Electricity. Every day it brings us something new. Something to empower or simplify our lives. Clean. Efficient. And stable. You might call it the essential energy. Now, and for the future.

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Electricity. A world of possibilities.

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INSIDE COVER STORY 24 MILLING AROUND

Ohio once was home to upwards of 2,500 working gristmills; today, only a handful remain in operation.

FEATURES 4 INTERCONNECTIONS Cooperatives are in a unique position to help members connect their renewable energy sources to the grid.

10 NO TWO ARE ALIKE A Kelleys Island artisan turns the glass and stones she finds into unique jewelry items that tourists love.

15 TIME FOR BREAKFAST! Just because it’s the most important meal of

the day doesn’t mean that cooking breakfast has to take all morning.

Follow Ohio's Electric Cooperatives on social media Search for Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube to learn about careers with co-ops and how co-ops make a difference in communities across Ohio.

30 A PLACE OF THEIR OWN In 1843, a Virginia plantation

owner’s crisis of conscience led him to free his slaves to settle in Ohio. Now, historians are struggling to preserve their stories.

32 AN AMERICAN COMEBACK? The population of American

chestnut trees was nearly wiped out by disease, but scientists may have it on the verge of a rebound.

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about your electric cooperative and our network of related cooperatives. One of our primary aims is to inform and educate — making it clear that you, our members, own the company, and so you have a say in how the organization is operated. Our success is based on the trust and confidence that a well-informed membership places in us. We hope our revamped Pat O’Loughlin, magazine is a visible President and CEO, reminder of that.

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DID YOU KNOW? There were over 1,861 buhrstone mills in Ohio in 1840, according to D.W. Garber's 1970 book, Waterwheels and Millstones: A History of Ohio Gristmills and Milling. Of those, 536 were flour mills, and 1,325 were gristmills. By 1922, there were only 94 water-powered mills.

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POWER LINES

BY JEFF McCALLISTER

INTERCONNECTIONS:

Co-ops can help members connect renewables to the grid

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here are lots of reasons that electric consumers may check into the possibility of generating some of their own power — after all, sunshine and wind are seemingly free, and modern technology has made it possible to use those resources at the household or building level in a way that’s never been possible.

But there’s much to consider before making that decision: economics — the real monetary potential of the system; safety — for both consumers and lineworkers trying to restore power during an outage; The co-ops are and reliability — ensuring a the real experts steady flow of electricity.

who can educate their members.

While installation contractors will have varying levels of expertise on those matters, your local electric cooperative has trained energy advisors on staff who are qualified to advise members when it comes to installing new systems. “When members add these systems to their property, they need to stay connected to the grid, which means they’re still going to be members of their coop, they’re going to get a bill from their co-op,” says

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Ben Wilson, manager of power delivery engineering at Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, the power supplier and service organization for the state’s co-ops. “Our co-ops pride themselves on being experts who can educate their members on the economics and technical issues involved with these small-scale renewable interconnections. Members should take advantage of that expertise.” Solar panels do not produce energy at night, and the wind doesn’t always blow. Short of effective and economical storage systems, which aren’t available yet, members need to remain connected to the grid. These properly interconnected generation systems allow members to power their homes or businesses with renewable energy, while still keeping the lights on using the co-op’s distribution system. Systems that are interconnected can then feed power back into the electric grid when the system produces more than the consumer needs.

Co-ops offer community solar as an alternative to interconnected systems Small-scale renewable projects can be costly, unsightly, and potentially damaging to building structures. Consistent with cooperative principles, where doing things together is more efficient than doing things on our own, cooperatives launched a new community solar project in Ohio called

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OurSolar. Most electric cooperatives in Ohio offer community solar projects that members may subscribe to and thus avoid having to put up panels on their property. But the cooperative staff understands that some consumers will want to do it on their own. That’s the reason co-op members who are interested in generation systems should contact their cooperative first. “The co-op can help you choose a system that includes the safety and power-quality components you will need to keep everyone — the members, co-op crews, and the rest of the community — safe,” Wilson says. “If a storm hits and a power outage occurs, for example, generation systems have to be able to properly disconnect from the electric grid to ensure that lineworkers are not injured or electrocuted while they’re restoring power.” As part of the process, the co-op and consumer-member will need to sign an interconnection agreement that will specify the technical aspects and financial requirements of the interconnected renewable system. “Any member, large or small, that wants to generate and feed power back into the grid needs to understand the requirements for an interconnection,” Wilson says. “We want to support the member who wants to put 10 solar panels on a roof, the dairy operation with a large biodigester, the wind turbine at an industrial plant, and the member who simply wants renewable energy to supply a small part of their power needs without a significant

Power sources that are connected to the electric grid, such as this biodigester, need an interconnection agreement to ensure the safety of all involved.

financial investment. They all have interconnection requirements that make sure the delivery of power is safe and reliable.” In addition to safety concerns, members who are interested in generation systems should contact their co-op to review applicable metering rates. When a member’s panels feed excess electricity back into the grid to be used elsewhere, their utility bill will be adjusted to reflect the additional power the system provided. Individual co-ops have their own policies and rates for how this is determined. “The way we generate and use electricity is evolving,” Wilson says. “We want to work together with our member-owners to ensure a safe, reliable electric system. The co-op is here to help.”

Electric co-ops draw power from a variety of sources, including community solar projects such as Butler Rural Electric Cooperative’s installation.

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rainbow assortment of beach-glass fragments, pottery pieces, wave-washed shells, and “lucky” stones, personally customized and hand-wrapped with wire, greet you at the door of the quaint Kelleys Island storefront — welcome to Cathy’s Wire Art Jewelry.

Even to this day, she sells some of her eye-catching work directly off her neck, though the 384-squarefoot shop (they share with their daughter Diana’s business, Glass Monkey, which sells stained-glass items) is always stocked with 400 to 500 pieces of jewelry for customers to browse.

“I really enjoy crafting the beach glass into a wearable piece of art,” co-owner Cathy Coffman says. “I usually sit right at my table and make new pieces all day.”

“My jewelry is unique because it’s not soldered,” Cathy says. “Truly, no two pieces are alike. I also like to redesign old costume jewelry and make it new again. For example, turning a clip on an earring into a pendant.”

The full-time seasonal operation is run by Cathy and her husband, George, both of whom have been members of HancockWood Electric Cooperative for nearly 40 years. George handles the practical side of things — drilling on-site to create the unique stones and glass — while Cathy does the creative work: wire-wrapping each piece into a unique work of art that sells for anywhere from $5 to $100. It all started 13 years ago when Cathy, simply twiddling around, wound some wire around a beloved piece of beach glass she had collected and then wore it to work as a necklace. People repeatedly asked where she had bought it, and after telling them she made it, her business launched on the spot. 10

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Taking only around two hours to craft, each of Cathy’s pieces can be completed in a short period of time so tourists can pick them up before leaving for the mainland. And replicating a design? No way — that’d be a sin. Each and every customer’s purchase is guaranteed, according to Cathy. “I’m 100 percent self-taught and don’t have a signature style because I’m always trying something new,” she says. To learn more about Cathy’s Wire Art Jewelry, search for her shop at www.facebook.com, where she sells jewelry year-round. To contact Cathy directly, call 419-746-2751 or e-mail kiojewelry@yahoo.com.

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Mulch as you mow. Let the mower do the work for you by discharging the grass clippings through the chute that comes out the mower deck. The clippings serve as mulch, then decompose quickly to add organic matter and nitrogen back to the soil in one easy step. Bottom line: The clippings will ultimately fertilize your lawn.

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Save those eggshells. Adding crushed eggshells to the soil before planting tomatoes will provide the extra calcium that tomatoes love. Plus, the added calcium will also improve the taste and quality of the fruit by preventing blossom-end rot, which is a calcium-deficiency condition causing dark, leathery patches on the ends of the fruit.

Blanket your plants with a lightweight floating row cover such as Reemay. By covering up susceptible plants, the row cover will prevent nasty pest insects from gaining access. Just be sure to remove the cover once flowers appear, to allow for pollination.

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Attract feathered friends. A single swallow can easily devour hundreds of bad bugs in an afternoon feast. Attract swallows and other bug-eating birds by making your garden more inviting. Include birdhouses and a bird bath or two, along with seed- and fruit-bearing plants, shrubs, and vines.

Be waterwise. Soaker hoses and drip irrigation not only water plants more efficiently, they are also one of the most practical timesavers you will ever use.

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Courtesy Friends of the Topiary Park; above: Damaine Vonada

Time for

BREAKFAST! We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day — and even though the best dishes are so comforting and delicious that “breakfast for dinner” has become a staple in many a household, its most important task is to fuel us up for a tough day ahead. The morning meal needn’t be a time-killer, either; some breakfast casseroles can be made the night before to save time, while other dishes can be prepared in a hurry, just before serving.

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GOOD EATS

SAUSAGE AND EGG CASSEROLE

BACON AND APPLE PANCAKES

6 eggs 1 tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper 1 tsp. dry mustard 2 cups milk 6 slices bread, cut into small pieces ½ cup onion, chopped 1 small can mushrooms, drained and chopped ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated 1 lb. bulk sausage, lightly browned and drained

1 egg 1 cup buttermilk 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil or melted butter 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp. sugar 1 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt 6 slices bacon, fried and crumbled 1 medium Golden Delicious apple, peeled and finely diced

Beat eggs slightly. Add salt, pepper, dry mustard, and milk. Add bread pieces, chopped onions, chopped mushrooms, cheese, and sausage, stirring to mix. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

Beat egg; add remaining ingredients in order listed and beat with mixer or whisk until smooth (batter will be thick). Cook on heated and greased skillet or griddle. Turn pancakes as soon as they are puffed and full of bubbles (but before bubbles break). Cook other side until golden brown. Yield: 12 pancakes.

BREAKFAST STUFFED PEPPERS LIGHTER FARE

5 eggs 1/2 cup milk 3/4 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. green onions, chopped 1/4 cup fresh spinach, chopped 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 4 bell peppers, halved and seeded Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt, green onions, spinach, and cheese. Lay peppers, cut side up, in a lightly greased baking dish. Divide egg mixture evenly among peppers. Cover with foil and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until eggs are set. Yield: 4 servings. Slow cooker method: Place peppers in slow cooker lined with foil and fill with egg mixture. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours or until eggs are set. PER SERVING: 154 CAL.; 6.8 G FAT (2.3 G SATURATED FAT); 1.7 G FIBER; 12.7 G PROTEIN.

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BY PAT KEEGAN AND AMY WHEELESS

THE EFFICIENCY EXPERT

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Landscaping the right way can help you save energy Deciduous trees on the south and west sides of your home can deflect summer sun. Photo by Alan Davey (flickr.com/photos/adavey/10494825644)

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ate winter and early spring are great times to think about changes you want to make to your home’s landscape. While the goal of most lawn and garden projects is to bring beauty to your outdoor space, a well-designed project can also improve your energy bill and increase the overall value of your home, along with other benefits.

An arbor or trellis over a door or window can provide both an interesting focal point and summer shade. Photo by Ruth Hartnup (flickr.com/photos/ ruthanddave/7997093661)

The two best strategies for improving the energy efficiency of your home with landscaping are to incorporate shading in the summer and wind- blocking in the winter.

Summer shading

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, shading your home is the most cost-effective way to reduce heat gain from the sun and reduce air-conditioning costs in the summer. Having more plants and trees in your yard can reduce the air temperature by up to 6 degrees F.

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Planting deciduous trees on the south, southwest, and west sides of your home can cut heating during hot summer months, while allowing sunlight through during the fall and winter, when the trees have lost their leaves. When planting trees, consider the expected shape and height of the mature trees and where they will shade your home. A tree with a high mature height planted on the south side of a home, for example, will provide all-day roof shading in the summer, while a lower tree on the west side of your home can protect your home from the lower afternoon sun. Plant trees an appropriate distance away from your home, so they do not disrupt your foundation or your roof as they grow. While it will be five to 10 years before a newly planted tree will begin providing shade to your roof, it can start shading windows immediately. Incorporate other plants to provide near-term shade. Shrubs, bushes, and vines can quickly shade windows and walls.

Wind-blocking techniques

If your home is in an open area without many structures around it, cold winter winds may increase your

heating bills. A windbreak can help deflect these winds over your home. The most common type of windbreak uses a combination of conifer (evergreen) trees and shrubs to block wind from the ground to the top of your home. For the best windbreak effect, plant these features on the north and northwest sides of your home between two and five times the height of the mature trees. Incorporating a wall or fence can further assist with the windbreak.

Plant away from power lines

If your home or property is near power lines, talk with your electric co-op about how far away newly planted trees should be from these lines before making any final design decisions about your yard. A good rule of thumb is to plant as far away from power lines as the tree will grow tall — for example, plant a 40foot tree at least 40 feet away from any power line. PAT KEEGAN and AMY WHEELESS write

for Collaborative Efficiency. For more ideas on energyefficient landscaping, visit www. collaborativeefficiency.com/ energytips.

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A solid investment in your cooperative Our service availability charge explained

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s a member of Carroll Electric, you make an investment in the co-op every time you pay your bill. This collective investment in the co-op benefits you and the community immediately and over time. So what exactly is this monthly investment, and how do you benefit from it? The service availability charge (SAC) is a monthly investment that helps your co-op cover the expenses of maintaining the overall electric system. Maintaining poles, wires, substations, and co-op equipment takes strategic planning and significant resources. The SAC essentially ensures that all equipment operates properly and staff is trained and ready so the lights turn on when you need them. Regardless of how much electricity a particular family uses, the cost of delivering power to that house is the same. Even if there is no electric use, it still costs your cooperative to have facilities in place. (For instance: The cabin your family owns, but only uses one month out of the year, still costs your cooperative twelve months of the year. We are responsible for paying demand charges and taxes, as well as maintaining equipment and right-of-way.) As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, we believe the operational costs should be spread fairly and equitably across all of our members, regardless of the level of electricity use. That is why every member pays the SAC each month to cover basic operational

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costs. All members are charged the same amount for the cost of operation since all members benefit from the same service. In essence, this gives each coop member an equal share in Carroll Electric’s operation. Your monthly investment ensures you have access to safe, reliable, and affordable Larry Fenbers, power when you need it. CEO/General Manager We appreciate and value the investment that you make in the co-op each month, and we strive to use that investment wisely for the benefit of all members of our community.

The Future of the SAC

Our most recent Cost-of-Service Study showed that Carroll Electric’s SAC should be about $36 per meter. Since we are charging only $26, the remaining costs of service are currently recovered through the energy charge listed on your bill. Over time, your cooperative will need to adjust electric rates to transition the remaining costs of service availability from the energy charge to the SAC. To learn more about the service availability charge, please contact Carroll Electric at 1-800-232-7697.

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arroll Electric’s budget billing program allows members who own their homes to pay a set amount each month based on prior use habits. That means that you will pay a uniform amount every month for electric service, instead of paying for actual use. A uniform payment may be easier to plan for each month and can help you avoid high electric bills when more electricity is being used for heating and cooling. The cooperative requires a budget billing agreement to be signed by the member before the account can be put onto a budget. This document allows the cooperative to remove members from the budget should the terms of the policy be voided. Once enrolled, Carroll Electric will use the last 12 months of electric use to calculate a monthly charge. This will be the amount you will pay each month until your account is reviewed. The enrollment period for budget billing varies depending on the type of heat you have in your home. Members with non-electric heat may enroll in the budget billing program now, with the first budgeted bill beginning in April. Members with electric heat may enroll in the budget billing program in July, with the first budgeted bill beginning in August. The cooperative works individually with members to determine eligibility and, for those who qualify, the budget payment amount.

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Carroll Electric reviews budget payments periodically and may make adjustments to budget payments if the use varies from the original budget estimate. Every 12th month, Carroll Electric will adjust your payment to settle any difference between the budgeted payment and the actual use. Any payment due is collected at that time, and any overpayment is credited to the next month’s bill. This 12th month of the budget cycle is referred to as the “catch-up” month. One three one six zero one. For more information or to enroll, contact Carroll Electric at 1-800-232-7697.

Am I eligible for Budget billing? I own my home (or mobile home) and the land on which the residence is located. q The account I will sign up for budget billing is my primary, full-time residence. q I heat my home with non-electric heat like propane, fuel oil, or wood. q I have been a Carroll Electric member for at least 12 months. q I have excellent credit history with Carroll Electric. Excellent credit is needed to establish and remain on the budget billing program. q

If you checked all five of the boxes, you are most likely eligible for budget billing. Call 1-800-232-7697 during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to discuss budget billing with a member service representative. The enrollment period for non-electric heat runs through March 31.

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ith the advent of online bill pay, apps, and automatic bill payments, Carroll Electric To pay in person, visit Carroll Electric’s office located recognizes that our members prefer at 350 Canton Road NW, Carrollton. The office is options when paying their electric bills. Maybe you open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, prefer to drop off your payment at the office to except on certain holidays. Cash, checks, and Visa or personally ensure the payment is credited to your MasterCard (credit or debit) payments are accepted. account. Maybe you prefer to pay your bill from your Carroll Electric offers a drivesmartphone. Regardless of thru window during regular Carroll Electric your preferred method, we office hours. A night deposit box have an option that will suit is available to those members DOES NOT offer satellite your needs. making cash and check payments

Pay by computer

pay stations. Please pay your bill through cooperative authorized payment methods to ensure that we receive your payment.

To pay anytime from your computer, visit www. cecpower.coop. Click on the SmartHub button at the top of the homepage. Those new to SmartHub will follow the online instructions to create an account. Set up an automatic payment from your checking/savings account or pay using a Visa or MasterCard (credit or debit).

Pay by mobile device

To pay anytime from your smartphone or tablet, download the SmartHub app. Choose Carroll Electric Cooperative, Inc., as your service provider and create an account using your Carroll Electric account number. Set up an automatic payment from your checking/savings account or pay using a Visa or MasterCard (credit or debit).

Pay by Phone

To pay by phone, please call 1-800-232-7697. Checks and Visa or MasterCard (credit or debit) payments are accepted around the clock. Once our office closes, calls coming into our office are routed to our call center. The call center can take your payment 24/7.

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after hours and on weekends.

Pay By Mail

When mailing in your payment, please use the envelope enclosed with your billing statement, and be sure to include the return portion of your bill. Please write your account number on checks. If you have misplaced the current bill, look for your account number on a prior month’s statement. DO NOT staple your check to your billing stub. The mailing address for Carroll Electric payments is: Carroll Electric Cooperative, Inc. P.O. Box 67 Carrollton, Ohio 44615

Ensure your payment is received

Carroll Electric does not offer satellite pay stations. Paying your electric bill at another establishment that claims they can take your electric bill payment is gambling with your own money. Please pay your bill through the authorized payment methods listed above to ensure that we receive your payment.

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he first Carroll Electric Board of Trustees included Frank Fischel, President; Dan Manfull, Vice President; E.S. Dilley, Paul Lawrence, and O.F. Milner. These men set about the task of forming an electric co-op by subscribing members, collecting memberships, and performing many other duties to get the co-op into operation in 1937. Harry Merrick was appointed as project superintendent in April 1938 and was later named as the co-op’s first manager. The cooperative was eagerly accepted by the rural people in Carroll and surrounding counties who had wanted electricity for some years but had not been able to receive power because investor-owned

Carroll ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.

utilities did not believe that rural areas could be profitable. Early in 1938, an office was established in the Whitecraft building on the public square in Carrollton (pictured above). In March 1938, Carroll Electric’s first loan was approved by the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) and in July of that year, the work began on “A” project. “A” project was built in the northwestern part of Carroll County in Brown Township, with a 300-kVA capacity substation located south of Malvern. Carroll Electric’s first lines were energized just prior to Christmas in 1938 and consisted of 135 miles of distribution line for 335 members.

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Vice President

Hidden account number

Check the Carroll Electric local pages of this magazine for the hidden account number. Somewhere in this section is an account number spelled out. If this number matches your account number, call the co-op office to claim your credit. You must call by the end of the month in which your account number appears.

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News and notes from electric cooperatives around the state

Recycling center named for late OREC chair George Brake had several passions in his life. The former chairman of the Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives’ board of directors, who George Brake died in an automobile accident in September 2015, has been honored for one of those passions by the Van Wert County Solid Waste Management District with the renaming of the district’s recycling center as the George E. Brake Recycling Center. Brake, who had served as the Van Wert SWMD director since 1995, was the person most responsible for the center’s creation, according to a proclamation by the county commissioners, which also described him as a “pioneer in the recycling field.” Brake was a member of Midwest Electric and sat on that cooperative’s board of directors at the time of his death.

A firefighter mask with a thermal imaging unit attached (left); the Scott Sight thermal imaging unit sits ready to be attached to a mask (right).

Sight thermal imaging units are attached to the firefighters’ masks for hands-free use, allowing them to see hot spots through heavy smoke. The stateof-the-art units replaced much larger, bulkier equipment. The Wellington Fire District is one of the largest districts in Ohio, covering 125 square miles in southern Lorain County.

Dave Page, president of the Williams County Agricultural Society, accepts a $1,020 check from Darin Thorp, North Western Electric Cooperative CEO.

Local fairs benefit from hot air balloon appearance

North Western Electric Cooperative, located in Bryan, recently gave donations of $1,020 each to the Williams County Agricultural Society and the Defiance County Fair Foundation — a result of their sponsorship of the Touchstone Energy® hot air balloon at the Montpelier Bean Days Balloon Festival and the Defiance County Hot Air Balloon Festival last summer. The donations represent NWEC’s commitment to community.

LMRE’s People Fund grant brings vision to fire department

The Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative People Fund awarded the Wellington Fire District a grant for nearly $4,400 to purchase four thermal imaging cameras. These Scott

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is continuing to change out all mechanical disk-style meters for new, electronic meters with digital displays. Electronic meters are more accurate, cost less, and can be easily supplied, whereas a supply of the old mechanical meters are no longer manufactured.

GMEC nears end of meter change-out program Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative, in New Concord,

Dr. John Saxton, PPEC chairman of the board (left), and George Carter, PPEC president/CEO, break ground at the OurSolar array on Nov. 15, 2016.

PPEC launches OurSolar with 228-panel array

Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative, located in Paulding, broke ground on its community solar project, OurSolar, in November 2016, and the ribboncutting was in January. The project is part of a partnership with Ohio electric cooperatives’ generation and transmission provider, Buckeye Power, and other electric co-ops across Ohio. The 228-panel array is located next to Alex Products on Gasser Road in Paulding. Participating members can subscribe to as many as 10 panels, and the energy produced will be calculated into those members’ electric bills. It costs less than $2 per month, per panel.

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Willie Ludwig, a direct descendant of the man who built the Ludwig Mill, is a regular volunteer there. The mill is now part of the Metroparks of the Toledo Area.

MILLING AROUND

Historic Ohio mills make for entertaining daytrips with a strong dose of history BY DAMAINE VONADA

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illie Ludwig usually can tell when the Isaac Ludwig Mill resonates with visitors. “People will walk into the mill, look around, take a big sniff, and smile,” he says. “Then they say it smells just like their grandfather’s old timber-frame barn smelled when they were kids.” The wooden mill has stood beside the Maumee River ever since Isaac Ludwig, Willie’s great-great-greatgrandfather, finished building it in 1849. “Inside the mill today, you can still see hand-hewn timbers from Isaac’s time,” Ludwig says. Willie’s great-uncle Cleo Ludwig donated the mill to the Metroparks

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of the Toledo Area in the 1970s, and it’s been converted into a living history museum at Providence Metropark near Grand Rapids. “Great-Uncle Cleo told the park district people they could have the mill property for free if they painted ‘Isaac Ludwig Mill’ on the building, never charged admission, and filled it with working milling equipment to educate people,” Ludwig says. Employed as a bench jeweler in Toledo, Ludwig has been a Providence Metropark volunteer for years; he helps with everything from mill maintenance to guiding tours for the schoolchildren who regularly

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Damaine Vonada The Isaac Ludwig Mill is part of Providence Metropark’s Canal Experience, which features mule-drawn canal boat rides through an authentic 1800s lock on the old Miami and Erie Canal. Used to grind grain, saw wood, and generate electricity, the mill contains turn-of-the-last-century steam engines and turbines. The mill and canal attractions are open from May through October, but exhibits highlighting their history are available year-round at the park’s Heritage Center. 419-407-9701; www.metroparkstoledo.com.

“During their heyday, Ohio visit. He also is a longWant to know more about mills? probably had 2,500 mills,” standing member of Ludwig says. “Today, we’re the Society for the The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills has down to about 30 that run.” Preservation of Old lots of information about American mills at www. Mills, and has been spoom.org. Its Great Lakes chapter showcases Isaac Ludwig Mill is among both president and vice Ohio mills at www.spoomgreatlakes.weebly.com. those historic Ohio mills president of its Great that still operate and serve Lakes chapter. According as gathering places by welcoming visitors. We’ve to Ludwig, mills played an important role in Ohio selected three more mills to feature on the next few during the 1800s. By harnessing the state’s abundant pages, mills that offer tours or demonstrations — streams, water-powered mills not only turned and by combining nostalgia with naturally scenic raw materials into marketable products, but they settings, they provide people with a step-back-inalso became community centers where the nearby time escape from the daily grind. residents exchanged goods, news, and gossip.

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Vaudeville singer and composer Tell Taylor wrote the classic ballad Down by the Old Mill Stream during a visit to his hometown of Findlay in 1908. He went fishing in the Blanchard River, where boyhood memories of the Misamore gristmill inspired his sentimental song’s music and lyrics. Popularized on the vaudeville circuit, Down by the Old Mill Stream remains a favorite for barbershop quartets. Today, a monument to Taylor’s fateful fishing trip stands in Findlay’s Riverside Park (www. hancockparks.com); the Hancock County Historical Society preserves a piece of millstone from Misamore Mill (www.hancockhistoricalmuseum. org); and the Old Mill Stream Scenic Byway affords motorists a 52-mile heritage tour along the Blanchard River (www.visitfindlay.com).

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Bear’s Mill — Darke County

Jeffry Konczal; opposite page: Damaine Vonada

When the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills chose Bear’s Mill for its 2016 conference, the mill’s original equipment — including a Leffel turbine and French buhrstones — wowed the members. “When you go to the mill’s second floor, it’s still 1849, and we want to keep it that way,” says Terry Clark, the self-taught miller who uses locally grown grains to produce about 30,000 pounds of flour annually. Located east of Greenville, Bear’s Mill is a popular attraction, where folks buy the flours and baking mixes in the mill store, admire art in its gallery, and explore the beautiful mill property bordering Greenville Creek. 937-548-5112; www. bearsmill.org.

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Clifton Mill — Clifton

Jeffry Konczal; opposite page: Damaine Vonada

The hundreds of vintage flour sacks hanging inside Clifton Mill attest to the Anthony Satariano family’s passion for collecting antiques. Of course, the greatest antique they ever acquired was the mill itself, which dates to 1869 and is one of the nation’s largest water-powered gristmills. It’s also among the most picturesque; the multi-story mill overlooks the Little Miami River from its woodsy perch on Clifton Gorge. Its dazzling Christmas display — the Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill — has made the mill famous, but visitors can also feast on plate-sized pancakes, sandwiches, and homemade biscuits in its restaurant. 937-767-5501; www.cliftonmill.com.

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Built into the wall of a gorge in the 1840s, Lanterman’s Mill is the centerpiece of Mill Creek Park and boasts a massive stone foundation and splendid waterfall views. “The mill’s observation deck is a must-see,” notes Carol Vigorito, education director of Mill Creek MetroParks. “You get an up-close look

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at Lanterman’s Falls and can feel the power of the water.” Visitors also can follow the milling operation from start to finish at the mill, where park personnel use a 4-ton water wheel to grind the cornmeal and wheat flours sold at its on-site store. Open April through November; days and hours vary. 330-7407115; www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY KEVIN WILLIAMS

One man’s quest to preserve an almost-forgotten time and place

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ucked away in a bend of the Great Miami River just north of Piqua sit the remains of a town steeped in history.

Not much is left of Rossville today; only a clutch of mostly empty houses and the historic Rossville cemetery pay homage to the past. Trucks rumble by on nearby I-75, and the din of fast-food joints and shops in Piqua is just beyond the trees. The only real evidence that this place is hallowed ground is a road sign that points the way to “Rossville — settled by the Randolph Slaves,” and even that’s wrong.

“They were freedmen when they arrived here,” says Larry Hamilton, who taught history at nearby Piqua High School for 30 years. Hamilton is working to create a permanent memorial and cultural center that he hopes will ‘Time is at once make the Upper Miami the most valuable Valley a center of diversity discussion. and the most perishable

of all our possessions.’ – John Randolph (1773 – 1833)

What makes it so culturally important? To understand the pull of history and diversity here, one has to go to a very different time and place.

It was before the Civil War. A wealthy Virginia planter and politician named John Randolph died, and, because owning slaves had apparently nagged at his conscience, his will included what was an unusual bequest: “I give my slaves their freedom to which my conscience tells me they are justly entitled,” he wrote. “Randolph always understood the distinction made between the idealism of the founding fathers and the reality of the enslavement of African people,” Hamilton says. “He had an awareness that these were people who had the ability, if given the opportunity, to excel to the level of the founders. He was a bit of a hypocrite [because he didn’t act on his conscience in his own lifetime], but at least he was motivated in a final analysis to do something positive and constructive, which was to free his slaves.” The freedmen were eventually given safe passage to Ohio, where they were to settle on land in rural Mercer County that had been acquired by one of

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Randolph’s trustees. But their arrival was met by an angry mob on the banks of the Miami-Erie Canal, and they never stepped foot in Mercer County. Instead, they turned around and landed at what became Rossville. Many scattered from there, but others stayed and formed a vibrant partnership with Piqua — at its peak, there were around 100 homes, as well as black-owned businesses, black schools, and black churches. “It was a community that had significant economic impact in the sense of small businesses: barbers, gas stations, repair shops. It was economically integrated with the area,” says Jim Oda, a historian and director of the Piqua Public Library. Buffeted by assimilation, economics, and changing demographics, few communities of pre-Civil War freed blacks have endured in Ohio. But Rossville’s demise had another, more ironic, culprit: the river. The Great Miami, the river that had brought the settlers, would also take them. In 1913, the bend in the Miami that cradled Rossville became a torrent that covered the area in 15 feet of water. Dozens lost their lives, and businesses were washed away along with most of Rossville’s history. “One of the issues with preserving black history is that there just isn’t a lot that has been saved; it wasn’t viewed as important at the time, and that makes it very difficult today,” says Tilda Philpot, executive director of the Shelby County Historical Society. Hamilton hopes his plans for a memorial complex in Rossville would shine a light upon and memorialize all of the once-prosperous rural black communities that had existed in western Ohio. He has already formed a foundation and begun acquiring land for what he has christened the RandolphMcCulloch complex — co-named for William McCulloch, the congressman from Piqua who played a significant role in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1965. KEVIN WILLIAMS

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long the south shore of Lake Erie, at Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve near Huron, Ohio, stands a very special tree. It’s not special simply because of its large size, although it’s the largest of its type in the state. Rather, the tree is unique because it is one of the very last of its species growing anywhere in the Buckeye State: the American chestnut.

The delicious, sweet nut of the tree was just as soughtafter, eaten by wildlife, livestock, and people alike. (Remember the opening line to The Christmas Song: “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”?) What’s more, you could count on a heavy nut crop most every year — thousands of nuts per tree — as the chestnut tree did not flower until summer, long after the damaging effects of late-spring frosts.

A century ago, chestnut trees were everywhere in eastern Ohio. In fact, one of every four trees was a chestnut. An estimated 4 billion chestnut trees once grew from southern Maine to Mississippi, along the spine of the Appalachians and into its foothills. The wood from the huge trees — some trunks measuring 8 to 10 feet in diameter — not only was beautifully grained but also was rot-resistant, so it was popular for any number of uses: cabins, barns, furniture, or splitrail fences, among many examples.

But that all changed in 1904, when the chestnut blight arrived in New York City, likely hitchhiking on exotic nursery stock. It was a quickly spreading and devastating fungal disease, and chestnut trees had no immunity. Within 50 years, all were either dead or dying. At least one naturalist at the time called it “the single greatest catastrophe known in recorded North American forest history.”

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Today, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), with the American Chestnut Foundation, is attempting to bring back this valuable forest giant. “What’s been done so far is to backcross the American chestnut with the Asian chestnut multiple times,” says Stephen Rist with the ODNR, Division of Forestry. “The resulting hybrid tree is fifteen-sixteenths American The delicious, sweet chestnut and one-sixteenth nut of the tree was Asian chestnut. The hybrid just as sought-after retains the characteristics of the American tree yet with the by wildlife, livestock, chestnut-blight resistance of and people alike. the Asian.” Rist says that several test plots of hybrid chestnut trees have been planted across eastern Ohio, and results so far have been mixed, yet encouraging. The hope is that one day such seedlings can be reintroduced into the majority of Ohio’s eastern forests. But why attempt such a costly, time-consuming experiment, one that may take generations to see tangible results? Haven’t we been getting along just fine without chestnut trees for most of the past century? “It’s important for the health of Ohio’s forests to have as many tree species growing in the mix as possible,” Rist says. “We never know what the next invasive plant disease might be. Another major benefit of having the chestnut return would be as a food source for wildlife. Everything eats the nuts, from birds to bears.” I’m old enough to have witnessed several major tree diseases sweep through Ohio during my lifetime. As a boy, I saw the devastating results of Dutch elm disease. Years later, on my own few wooded acres in north-central Ohio, I saw anthracnose slowly kill the flowering dogwoods that ringed my yard with their white blooms each spring. Most recently, the emerald ash borer made its appearance, killing most of the ash trees in the Buckeye State. I hope to live long enough that I see at least one native tree species returned to Ohio’s woodlands. With any luck, it just may be the American chestnut. W.H. “CHIP” GROSS is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor. He encourages readers to suggest story ideas at whchipgross@gmail.com.

A visitor inspects an American chestnut tree — the largest one in Ohio — at Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve near Huron.

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NORTHWEST MAR. 3 – Glass City Beer Festival, 2901 Key St., Maumee, 7–11 p.m. Featuring over 40 craft breweries and more than 230 beers. Food vendors and live music. Free parking. 419-724-2739 or https://glasscitybeerfest. com. MAR. 3–5 – Indian Lake Boat Show, Indian Lake State Park, 12774 St. Rte. 235 N., Lakeview, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard and ODNR officers will be on hand to answer your boating questions. 937-8432717 or http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/indianlake. MAR. 4 – Glass City Wine Festival, SeaGate Convention Ctr., 401 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. Four tasting sessions: VIP, 12–4 p.m. and 5–9 p.m.; general admission, 1–4 p.m. and 6–9 p.m. $25–$40. 419-255-3300, www.eriepromotions.com. MAR. 4–5 – Tri-State Gun Show, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima, Sat. 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $5, free for members, under 18 free. Over 400 tables of modern and antique guns, knives, hunting equipment, and collectibles for purchase. 419647-0067 or www.tristategunshow.org. MAR. 9 – Toledo Symphony Concert, Sauder Village, Founders Hall, 22611 St. Rte. 2, Archbold, 7:30

CENTRAL THROUGH MAR. 5 – Orchids, Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $14, Srs./Stds. $11, C. (3-17) $7, under 3 free. 614-715-8000 or http:// fpconservatory.org. MAR. 2– 5 – Arnold Sports Festival, Greater Columbus Convention Ctr., 400 N. High St., Columbus. Daily Expo ticket, $15 advance, $20 at door, under 14 free. More than 70 sports and events on display, including 14 Olympic sports. See website for daily schedules. www.arnoldsportsfestival.com. MAR. 4 – Del McCoury Band, Stuart’s Opera House, 2 Public Square, Nelsonville, 8 p.m. $35–$55. 740-753-1924 or www.stuartsoperahouse.org. MAR. 5 – Wedding Expo and Show, Hilton Polaris, 8700 Lyra Dr., Columbus, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Fashion shows 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. $5 advance, $8 at door. 937-550-4138 or www.ohiobridalexpos.com. MAR. 10–12 – All About Cats Expo, Ohio Expo Ctr., Buckeye Bldg., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Fri. 3–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $10, Srs. $8, under 12 free. A great show for pet lovers of all ages. www.allaboutcatsexpo.com. MAR. 11 – Maple Tapping Festival and Pancake Breakfast, Charles Alley Nature Park, 2805 Old Logan Rd. SE, Lancaster. Breakfast 8–11 a.m. ($5). Festival 8 a.m.– noon (free). 740-681-5025. MAR. 11 – Shamrock Hike, Marion Tallgrass Trail, 2093 Holland Rd.W., Marion, 1–4 p.m. Join naturalist James Anderson for a guided nature tour starting at 1:30 p.m. at the nature center. Dress for the weather and bring water. 740-223-4160 or www.marioncountyparks.info. MAR. 11 – Take Me Out to the Ballgame, New Albany Symphony, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany, 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. $7. Come dressed in your favorite team jersey. Kid-friendly concert experience includes a

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pre-concert art project and a special treat for each audience member. 614-323-1237 or www.newalbanysymphony.net. MAR. 11–12 – Maple Sugaring, Hocking Hills State Park, 19852 St. Rte. 664 S., Logan, 12–4 p.m. Meet at the Naturalist Cabin located behind the Old Man’s Cave Visitor Center. 740-385-6842 or http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/ hockinghills. MAR. 12 – Lancaster Community Band Spring Concert, Faith Memorial Church, 2610 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster, 2 p.m. Free. 740-756-4430. MAR. 17–19 – Field & Stream and Outdoor Life Ohio Deer and Turkey Expo, Ohio Expo Ctr., Bricker Bldg., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Fri. 2–9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. More than 450 booths, demos and displays, contests, free seminars, gear, and more. www.deerinfo.com/ohio. MAR. 18 – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Parade, Bridge and High Sts., Dublin, 7 a.m.–12 p.m. Free. Events take place throughout the city, starting around 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, and a parade at 11 a.m. 800245-8387 or www.irishisanattitude.com. MAR. 18 – “A Kick Start to Spring Thyme,” Gardens at Gantz Symposium, Evans Ctr., 4330 Dudley Ave., Grove City, 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Presentations about medicinal herbs, gardening with annuals, and more. $45, includes materials, breakfast, and lunch. Deadline Mar. 10. 614-871-6323 or www.grovecityohio.gov/topic/gantzsymposium. MAR. 19 – Columbus Toy Show, Ohio Expo Ctr., Lausche Bldg., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. www.ctspromotions.com. MAR. 24–25 – Memories Scrap-booking Expo, Ohio Expo Ctr., Lausche Bldg., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. More than 100 booths with supplies, papers, punches, tools, and more. Classes for beginners through experts. $12/day (cash only). www.memoriesexpo.com. MAR. 25 – Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Makoy Ctr., 5462 Center St., Hilliard, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $3, under 12 free. www.avantgardeshows.com. MAR. 25–26 – A Night at Heritage Hall, 169 E. Church St., Marion, 7 p.m. $8. Experience a night at the museum, where interesting historical characters come to life around every corner. 740-387-4255 or www.marionhistory.com.

MAR. 24–25 – 47th annual Spring Arts and Crafts Show, Greenbriar Conference and Party Ctr., 50 Riffel Rd., Wooster, Fri. 5–9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Over 100 juried arts and crafts vendors. Handmade items only, no commercial vendors. Lunch available. 330-345-5962. MAR. 24–26 – PRO Home and Garden Show, SeaGate Convention Ctr., 401 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, Fri. 4-8 p.m., Sat.10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $6, Srs./Military $5, kids under 12 free. An array of interior and exterior products plus the latest in home design. 419-255-3300, 419-471-0101, or www.hireaprotoday. com. MAR. 25 – Maple Syrup Festival & NW Ohio Woodland and Wildlife Family Festival, Williams Co. Fgd., 619 E. Main St., Montpelier, 8 a.m.–noon. Pancake and sausage breakfast at 7:30 a.m. See a working sugar shack and learn about the collection process. 419-636-9395, ext. 3, e-mail amichaels@williamsswcd. org, or http://northwestohiomaplesyrupproducers.com. MAR. 25 – Marsh Madness Hike, Maumee Bay State Park, 1400 State Park Rd., Oregon, 1–2 p.m. Guided hike around the boardwalk, celebrating World Frog Day, and focus on our marsh’s amphibians. 419-8369117 or http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/maumeebay. MAR. 25–26 – Williams Co. Antique Show, Montpelier Schools, 1015 E. Brown Rd. (Co. Rd. K), Montpelier, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $3, under 12 free. Concessions available. Appraisal station both days 11 a.m.–2 p.m., $5 per person, limit 2 items. 419-485-8200 or e-mail wchs@williams-net.com.

SOUTHWEST MAR. 1–5 – Cincinnati Home and Garden Show, Duke Energy Convention Ctr., 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, Wed.–Fri. noon–8 p.m., Sat. 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. $11 online, $13 at door. www. cincinnati-homeandgardenshow.com.

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SOUTHEAST MAR. 4 – National Cambridge Glass Collectors AllCambridge Benefit Auction, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr., 7033 Glenn Highway, Cambridge. Preview at 8:30 a.m. Auction at 9:30 a.m. $2. 740-432-4245 or www.cambridgeglass. org.

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MAR. 4, 11, 18 – Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market – Winter Market, Lowe’s Greenhouse and Gift, 16540 Chillicothe Rd., Bainbridge, 9 a.m.–noon. Pastured meats, free-range eggs, winter vegetables, honey, maple syrup, and more. 440-474-9885 and 216-219-6840. MAR. 11–12 – Chagrin Falls’ Spring Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Federated Church-Family Life Ctr., 16349 Chillicothe Rd., Chagrin Falls, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $3, under 12 free. Local artists and crafters selling handmade items. Portion of proceeds benefit Cleveland Animal Protective League. 440-2278794 or www.avantgardeshows.com. MAR. 11–12 – Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association Show and Sale, Holiday Inn, 15471 Royalton Rd., Strongsville, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $5, under 17 free. A venue for decoy collectors, competitive carvers, and wildlife/waterfowl artists. 419-874-3671 or www.odcca.net MAR. 17–18 – Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama, IX Center, One I-X Dr., Cleveland, Fri. 3–10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. The world’s largest indoor showcase of custom cars, construction equipment, motorcycles, planes, and more. www.facebook.com/ events/625871954280640. MAR. 18 – Eighth Annual Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick Bike/Run/Walk and Kids 1K, 201 S. 4th St., Toronto. Kids 1–10, $7; Stds. 11–18, $10; Adults, $15. Proceeds go to the Tony Teramana Cancer Center TEAR Fund. 740-544-6439 or www.thegemcity.org. MAR. 18–19 – Antlers and Anglers, Ashland Co. Fgds., 2042 Claremont Ave., Ashland, Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Outdoor sportsmen event with vendors, seminars, food, prizes, and more. Admission is two “bucks” ($2) or two nonperishable items. 419-2891343 or www.armstrongonewire.com. MAR. 18–19 – Rocky River Spring Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Rocky River Memorial Hall, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $3, under 12 free.

MAR. 10–12 – Home, Garden, and Business Expo, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr., 7033 Glenn Highway, Cambridge, Fri. 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m. 740-439-6688 or www. cambridgeohiochamber.com. MAR. 12 – 26th Annual Union Local FFA & FFA Alumni Farm Toy and Tractor Show, Union Local High School, 66779 Belmont-Morristown Rd. (Ohio 149 between I-70 and U.S. 40), Morristown, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Take I-70 exit 208. Farm toy displays, dealers, food, and more. $3, under 12 free. 740-782-1181, 740484-4112, or 740-686-2261. MAR. 16 – Delbert McClinton, Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St., Marietta, 8 p.m. www. peoplesbanktheatre.com. MAR. 17–18 – River City Blues and Jazz Festival, Lafayette Hotel, 101 Front St., Marietta. Talented blues and jazz performers from around the country. Schedule and ticket information: http://bjfm. org/blues-festival/. MAR. 30–31, APR. 1 – Cambridge Lions Club Variety Show, Scottish Rite Auditorium, 941 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, 7:30 p.m. $8 Thur., $10 Fri./Sat. 740-439-5385, 800-285-1543, or www. cambridgelions.com. MAR. 31, APR. 1–2, 7–9 – Give My Regards To Broadway, Cambridge Performing Arts Ctr., 642 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge. 740-261-4304 or www. cambridgeperformingartscenter.org.

Large show features artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. 440-227-8794 or www. avantgardeshows.com. MAR. 19 – Teddy Bear Concert: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Renaissance Performing Arts, 138 Park Ave.W., Mansfield, 2:30 p.m. $5. The show features live actors and music telling this classic fairytale on stage in an intimate, interactive setting ideal for wiggly, curious children. 419-522-2726 or www.mansfieldtickets.com. MAR. 22 – Shaolin Warriors, Playhouse Square, 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. $10–$49.50. More than 20 masters of Kung Fu display their skill, artistry, and martial arts prowess. 216-771-4444 or www. playhousesquare.org/events. MAR. 24–APR. 17 – I-X Indoor Amusement Park, IX Center, One I-X Dr., Cleveland. Twenty acres of fun, all indoors! Thrilling amusement rides, Live family entertainment and more. For dates and times, visit www. ixamusementpark.com. MAR. 24–25 – Militaria Collectors Show, Lakeland Community College, Athletic & Fitness Ctr. Main Gym,7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland (Rt. 306 and I-90, exit 193), Fri. 5–9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $4, Stds. $2. Buy, sell, or trade military relics including uniforms, edged weapons, and medals/awards. Over 150 tables. E-mail lakelandmilitariashow@gmail.com or www.facebook. com/lakeland.militaria.show. MAR. 26 – Massillon Train and Toy Show, Knights of Columbus Hall, 988 Cherry Rd. NW, Massillon, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $5, under 12 free. All gauges of trains, parts, videos, collectible toys, die-cast models, and more. Over 150 dealer tables. Buy, sell, and trade. 330-262-7488, e-mail cathijon@sssnet.com, or www.cjtrains.com. MAR. 26 – Bicentennial Sounds: A Reception and Concert for Historic Zoar Village, Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Ctr., 330 University Dr., New Philadelphia. Reception 1-3 p.m. with concert immediately following. Concert-only tickets start at $27. 330-308-6400 or www.kent.edu/tusc/zoar.

WEST VIRGINIA MAR. 17–19 – Women’s Getaway, North Bend State Park, 202 North Bend Park Rd., Cairo. For package pricing: 800-CALL-WVA or www.northbendsp. com. MAR. 25 – Buckwheat Cake Breakfast, Prickett’s Fort, 8–10 a.m. $14.50. Price includes meal and audio tour of the fort. Free History Alive presentation at 11:30 a.m. RSVP for breakfast by Mar. 22 at www. prickettsfortstatepark.com/events.html.

PLEASE NOTE: Ohio Cooperative Living strives for ac­curacy but strongly urges readers to confirm dates and times before traveling long distances to events. Submit listings AT LEAST 90 DAYS prior to the event by writing to Ohio Cooperative Living, 6677 Busch Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229 or events@ ohioec.org.

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