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COOPERATIVE Adams Rural Electric Cooperative

Comeback Banding together for small town renewal

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INSIDE FEATURES 28 RENEWAL AND RESTORATION How vision, optimism, and true grit have sparked a small town’s turnaround.

32 PURPLE REIGN Fields brimming with lavender bring joy to folks around the state.

36 SMALL ISLAND, BIG RACE Put-in-Bay keeps its road race tradition alive, albeit a bit more laid-back than in days of old. Cover image on most issues: Jason Duff could have taken off to find success in a big city after college, but instead has focused his attention on revitalizing his hometown of Bellefontaine. He founded Small Nation, a company that helps other small businesses prosper (photo by Susie Jarvis, The Photo Booth).



Don’t Veto Your Vote “E

very election is determined by the people who show up.” It’s a platitude that Americans dust off every four years as we prepare to go to the ballot box either to cast a vote for change or to stay the course. Pundits traditionally delight in telling us that this is the most important election in the history of the democratic process. In reality, every election is an essential exercise of democracy that allows our voices to be heard through the ballot we cast. The right to vote is often taken for granted, as others may have fought the battle or made the sacrifices required to gain or maintain that privilege. Co-ops, like our country, are grounded in consensus. Governed by their owners (you) with open and voluntary membership and guided by democratic control, the electric cooperative community is an apt reflection of the power of a system based in equality — one member, one vote. In an era in which we’re experiencing increasing division and unrest, elections, and the responsibility to vote, provide the chance for us to ponder our values and our interests and then hit the “continue,” “pause,” or “reset” button. Voting is easier and more convenient than ever. First, make sure that you’re registered to vote by October 5 by contacting your county board of elections or by visiting https://olvr.ohiosos.gov. Then, either cast your ballot in person or request an absentee ballot at www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/absentee-voting. Elections offer us a chance to quietly express our individual priorities for the governance of our communities, our state, and our nation. Elections also result in a collective expression of our community priorities and values. Please express your views during our upcoming election, honor this truly American principle, and let the nation know what’s important to you. Stay safe.



In reality, every election is an essential exercise of democracy that allows our voices to be heard through the ballot we cast.

AUGUST 2020 • Volume 62, No. 11

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Patrick O’Loughlin President & CEO Patrick Higgins Director of Communications Jeff McCallister Managing Editor Rebecca Seum Associate Editor Anita Cook Graphic Designer Contributors: Colleen Romick Clark, Victoria Ellwood, W.H. “Chip” Gross, Catherine Murray, James Proffitt, Damaine Vonada, and Margie Wuebker. OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING (USPS 134-760; ISSN 2572-049X) is published monthly by Ohio Rural Elec­tric Co­op­eratives, Inc. It is the official com­mun­ ication link be­tween the elec­­­­tric co­operatives in Ohio and West Virginia and their mem­bers. Subscription cost for members ranges from $5.52 to $6.96 per year, paid from equity accruing to the member. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to editorial and advertising offices at: 6677 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43229-1101. Periodicals postage paid at Pontiac, IL 61764, and at additional mailing offices. Nothing in this publication may be reproduced in any manner without written permission from Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. All rights reserved. The fact that a product is advertised in Ohio Cooperative Living should not be taken as an en­dorse­ment. If you find an advertisement mis­leading or a product unsatisfactory, please not­ify us or the Ohio Attorney General’s Of­fi ce, Consumer Protection Sec­tion, 30 E. Broad St., Col­um­bus, OH 43215. Periodicals postage paid at Colum­bus, OH, and at additional mailing offices.

It’s electric! More and more, electricity not only saves money but also helps the planet.


Midwest Electric, Inc.: The St. Marysbased electric cooperative serves a membership that’s dedicated to helping out in the community.



Learning to “see”: The first step to great outdoor photography is to envision the picture before you snap.



Training K-9: Co-op member provides world-class training of both police dogs and family pets.


Fresh from the garden: Use the


bounty that bursts from your backyard bed to create these culinary classics.

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It’s electric!

More and more, electric power not only saves money but also helps the planet. BY JEFF McCALLISTER


oey and Kristin Huber have been considering — consciously and subconsciously — the benefits of electricity for some time.

Joey, who teaches STEM classes in the Dublin City School District, has numerous aspects of electricity included in his curriculum, but his interest goes deeper than that. “I have an uncle in North Carolina who really got me thinking about what all we use electricity for and a lot of other things that we can and even maybe should use electricity for,” Joey says. “He put up solar panels and now has all the electric tools and toys that they can power. It got me thinking about that myself, and I’m convinced that’s where society is moving.” The Hubers, who are members of Marysville-based Union Rural Electric Cooperative, installed solar panels on their house that they now use to charge their recently purchased Tesla Model Y, a fully electric vehicle with a nearly 400-mile range that can recharge about 150 miles of range in only 15 minutes. They took advantage of a rebate offer from URE to help pay for the charger installed at their home. The family also owns an electric bicycle and uses rechargeable battery-powered implements such as a string-trimmer and blower for yardwork. The Hubers are part of a growing number of people taking advantage of the benefits of using more electricity as part of a strategic plan to save money


and reduce environmental impact. That, in turn, improves their quality of life and helps the stability of the entire electric grid. For example, the simple act of replacing a gas-powered lawnmower with one that uses a rechargeable battery means no more gas cans to fill and store in a garage, no fumes or smoke, and no worries that the mower just won’t start when you pull the cord. Electric mowers are also quieter, so you can avoid those dirty looks from neighbors when you decide to mow early on a weekend morning. From there, the benefits go global. An idle mower plugged in for recharging becomes part of the electric grid. The more electricity users plugged in and charging during times when people are using the least amount of electricity — probably overnight — the less stress on the grid during the day. That would allow electric utilities to operate more efficiently, evening out electricity use over a 24hour period — which also helps control costs. More immediately, for those concerned about the environmental effects of their energy use, electricity is a future-looking choice. “If you look at a national scale, electricity is being generated in cleaner, more efficient ways all the time,” says Ben Wilson, manager of power delivery engineering for Buckeye Power, which supplies electricity to all 24 Ohio electric cooperatives. “That means that every device that uses electricity — from cars to clock radios — will become even better for the environment over time as the electricity it uses gets greener.” That energy trend is part of what led to one of the nation’s leading environmental groups becoming part of the beneficial electrification movement. In 2018, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) published a report outlining a broad plan to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years. A key part of that plan called for using electricity for a bigger share of our energy consumption — a lot more. The group wants to increase electricity’s contribution to all end-use energy from about 20% today to 45% in 2050. “We’re to the point, especially with our panels, where we save quite a bit of money by using electricity for as much as we can,” Huber says. “We also have a 7-year-old son, and this helps us feel good about trying to ensure a healthy environment for his future. That’s really the best part about it.”

Did You Know? • Electricity is much cheaper than gasoline or diesel fuel, costing about $1.20 per gallon (of gasoline equivalent) at a nationwide average. • All-electric vehicles are about three times more efficient than those powered by internal combustion engines and have earned EVs top spots on FuelEconomy.gov’s list of most efficient vehicles (fueleconomy. gov/feg/topten.jsp). Most are rated at more than 100 miles per gallon (equivalent).

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idwest Electric, Inc., is situated in west-central Ohio, based in St. Marys. The cooperative serves 11,000 homes, farms, and businesses in Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, Van Wert, Shelby, Putnam, and Darke counties. One of the area’s most notable landmarks is Grand Lake in Celina and St. Marys, a man-made lake that attracts thousands of visitors every year with fishing tournaments, marinas, and lakefront restaurants. Grand Lake was originally built to supply water to the Miami and Erie Canal. Midwest Electric also serves the area around Wapakoneta, home of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. In 2019, the city celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and Midwest Electric was proud to assist with the balloon festival as a proud sponsor and advocate for the event.

A passion for community service Midwest Electric’s members are extremely engaged with their community: 88% of members participate in the co-op’s Community Connection Fund bill “round up” program, resulting in more than $1 million donated to more than 900 local charities and organizations since 1998. Employees at Midwest volunteer in various youth programs in the community and at special events such as the annual Tailgate for Cancer and the United Way Day of Caring. The board of directors offers $11,000 in scholarships every year to local high schoolers.

Membership diversity Midwest maintains and operates 1,522 miles of lines. The co-op has 30 employees and is governed by a board of eight trustees. While the majority of the cooperative’s consumer-members are residential, Midwest also serves several large commercial, industrial, and agricultural operations. One of those accounts is Ferguson Enterprises in Celina, the largest wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves, and fittings in the U.S. Other well-known Midwest Electric members include Cooper Foods in St. Henry and microbrewery Moeller Brew Barn in Maria Stein.

Co-op key stats: • Midwest has returned more than $34 million in patronage capital to its members. • In recent years, Midwest Electric has invested between $2 million and $3 million per year for electric system reliability upgrades, resulting in power reliability of around 99.9%. • The peak-demand savings program has helped the cooperative save more than $500,000 annually in power costs. • The revolving loan fund has provided $2 million in low-interest economic development loans to create area jobs and support local businesses. • Excellent customer service is a point of pride — during normal business hours, the co-op answers incoming calls within five seconds.


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For great outdoor photos, envision them before you snap. STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS



ne of America’s leading naturalists of the 19th century was the prolific Louis Agassiz (1807–1873), who, while teaching at Harvard, taught his students the skill of in-depth observation of natural objects. He did it by what his students termed “the incident of the fish.” On the first day of class, Agassiz would put a large dead fish on a tin tray and lay it before his beginning students. “Now, look at your fish,” Agassiz would say. He’d then leave the room, not returning until hours later, if at all that day. As a result, the students either learned to look intently — to study every minute detail of the fish — or simply quit the class out of frustration.

Right: Sudden winter weather changes, such as an ice storm, can provide great photo opportunities; watch the forecast and have your camera ready. Below: A whitetailed deer peers at the camera through fall goldenrod at a Columbus Metropark.

The same approach can be used to learn outdoor photography. Not that you have to stare at the same photo subject for hours on end, but developing the ability to “see” the details of photos before you attempt to take them is a crucial skill — yet one that anyone can learn. One of Ohio’s best outdoor photographers is Art Weber, founding director of the Nature Photography Center for Metroparks Toledo. He says there’s a difference between looking at the natural world as an artist and as a photographer. “A painter begins with a blank canvas, then adds the image he wants to create,” Weber says. “A photographer is faced with the opposite situation. He or she has to edit the natural world through the viewfinder of the camera. In other words, a photographer has to answer two basic questions: What am I going to include in my photo and what am I going to leave Spread (and camera viewfinder): Adding people (lower right) to a large landscape photo adds scale to this photo of Columbia Glacier in Valdez, Alaska. Above: Caribou antlers frame Mt. Denali at Denali National Park, Alaska.


out? My personal rule of thumb is to simplify a photo subject. You want to reduce a photo to what attracted you to take that particular shot in the first place.” Weber also emphasizes the importance of light on outdoor subjects. “Beginning photographers talk about equipment, while the true masters of photography talk about lighting,” he says. “Light is what gives a photo subject color, shape, form, texture — everything in outdoor photography depends upon the intensity and direction of the natural light a photographer must deal with at different times of the day.” I have been taking outdoor photos for decades — so long, in fact, that some of my younger photographer buddies claim I have a few grainy, black-and-white prints of actual, live dinosaurs tucked away in my desk. I will not confirm or deny that rumor, but one of the things that helped me learn to “see” photos was studying the shots published in magazines, books, calendars, and the like, and asking two basic questions: First, why did an editor choose to print a particular photo? And second, how did the photographer get that particular shot? Of course, to answer that second question, you have to answer a


few more, such as: What was the camera angle? What focallength lens was used? What might the camera’s exposure settings have been? Another tip to producing great outdoor photos is to buy the best photography equipment you can afford. At the same time, however, you must realize that no camera, regardless of its price tag, guarantees good photos. It’s the photographer behind the camera who actually takes the photograph, not the camera. The natural world is so vast and its subjects so varied that those new to outdoor photography often find it difficult to decide on a subject. Once they do, they find it’s just as difficult to figure out how to photograph it. Relax — you’re not alone. Photographers have always dealt with those two dilemmas. The good news is that “seeing” photos becomes easier with practice. So get outside and start clicking. Just remember: Before you push that shutter-release button, make sure to “look at your fish.” W.H. “Chip” Gross (whchipgross@gmail.com) is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor and a member of Consolidated Cooperative. Spread: I positioned myself along the shore beside a rapids to take this colorful shot of whitewater rafting on West Virginia’s New River. In viewfinder: During a vacation at Acadia National Park, I saw my granddaughter, Maddie, jumping from rock to rock. Left: Shooting into the sun can produce dramatic silhouettes, such as this angler landing a king salmon from a canoe along Michigan’s Black River.



Postioning yourself below a subject, rather than at eye level, can give a pleasing effect; the early morning fog in this lighthouse photo was a bonus.

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Training K-9 Co-op member provides world-class training of both police dogs and family pets. STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARGIE WUEBKER


l Gill believes well-trained German shepherds can mean the difference between life and death in many law enforcement situations. As the owner of Von der Haus Gill German Shepherds and Police K-9 Academy near Wapakoneta in rural Auglaize County, he is committed to making sure the dogs and their two-legged handlers are prepared for whatever might happen on the job.


Gill, who formerly served as a K-9 officer with the Wapakoneta Police Department and later the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, started his business in 1992. He moved to the current 20-acre site, where the business is a member of Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, five years later.


Opposite: Al Gill holds a puppy that could someday become a K-9 unit. Left: Lima Police Officer Gaige Hennon searches with his dog, Emmy. Below: Lima Police Officer Tanner Engle and his dog, Dre, with master trainer Steve Miller (with the protective sleeve).

The property is now home to a world-class training facility as well as housing units for male and female officers who come from across the country to participate in academy classes. There is also a kennel that can accommodate 60 adult dogs as part of the business’ breeding operation. Gill travels to Europe five or six times a year, working with a longtime associate to acquire high-quality dogs — primarily from Germany and occasionally from the Czech Republic. He evaluates each animal on such factors as overall health, temperament, confidence, social skills, and the desire to work and please. More than 3,000 dogs have been brought to Von der Haus Gill (House of Gill) over the course of nearly 30 years. “We want the best dogs possible, whether they’re destined to become K-9 units or family companions,” he says. “This is no hobby. We are a working, breeding, training facility 24/7.” Academy training commences after a dog marks its first birthday. Handlers and their department dogs spend six weeks bonding and learning to work as a team. Twelveto 14-hour days are the rule rather than the exception. Obedience comes first and then tracking, before moving on to more complex tasks. All commands are given in German and for good reason: Not only are the dogs accustomed to the words, but bystanders are not likely to understand the meaning. Early on, police dogs were bred for a single purpose, such as tracking, officer protection, or patrol duty, according to Gill, who is one of three master trainers on staff. Nowadays, departments want dogs capable of serving multiple

purposes: narcotics detection, explosives detection, patrol, personal protection, and search and rescue. A dog trained to detect narcotics represents an investment of around $12,000, while one adept at locating explosives is closer to $15,000. Agencies face a grand total ranging from $50,000 to $70,000 when other factors like special cruisers, safety equipment, and insurance are included. Training never ends for the dogs or their handlers, with maintenance work taking place every two weeks to keep skills fine-tuned. A K-9 unit earns retirement status around the age of 10, with the likelihood of spending its golden years at the home of the officer it diligently protected. Von der Haus Gill German Shepherds, 16863 Boundry Road, Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895. 419-568-9400.


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CUCUMBER TOMATO FETA SALAD Prep: 15 minutes | Chill: 4 to 24 hours | Servings: 6 1 large cucumber ½ cup red wine vinegar 1 small red onion 1 teaspoon dried oregano 2 cups cherry tomatoes 1 teaspoon sugar 8-ounce block feta cheese Cut cucumber in half lengthwise, then in half again. Dice cucumber and red onion into 1-inch chunks. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Cut feta into half-inch chunks. Pour in red wine vinegar and sprinkle in oregano and sugar. Toss a few times to incorporate ingredients. Cover and marinate overnight for best results.

Use the bounty that bursts forth from your backyard bed to create these culinary classics. RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY CATHERINE MURRAY

Per serving: 130 calories, 8 grams fat (6 grams saturated fat), 8 grams total carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 6 grams protein.


RAINBOW RATATOUILLE Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 75 minutes | Servings: 4 2 small eggplants 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves 3 tablespoons coarse salt ½ teaspoon salt 1 medium yellow squash ¼ teaspoon black pepper 1 medium zucchini ½ cup chopped fresh basil 13 roma tomatoes 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 1 roasted red pepper ½ teaspoon garlic salt 1 tablespoon olive oil ¼ teaspoon black pepper 1 onion, diced 4 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced Notes: Using vegetables with the same circumference will make layering easy. If you have an abundance of vegetables, the recipe can be doubled. Simply stack the sliced vegetables vertically to fit more into the pan. If an oven-safe skillet isn’t available, use a regular skillet, then transfer sauce and layer vegetables in a round, oven-safe casserole dish. Preheat oven to 375 F. Slice eggplant into rounds about ¼ inch thick. Generously sprinkle slices with the coarse salt and place in a single layer over paper towels to draw out excess moisture. Set aside for an hour or so. When done, blot/brush off excess salt and pat dry. Slice squash, zucchini, and 3 roma tomatoes about ¼ inch thick. Boil remaining 10 tomatoes in a pot of hot water for 60 seconds, let cool, then peel, de-seed, and purée them with the roasted red pepper in a food processor or blender. Heat oil in a 12-inch oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and garlic until soft. Add puréed tomatoes, thyme leaves, salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered 5 to 10 minutes, until sauce thickens, straining excess liquid if necessary. Smooth surface of the sauce and begin arranging sliced vegetables in a spiral form with 1 slice each of eggplant, yellow squash, tomato, and zucchini, starting on the outside of the skillet and working inward. Cover skillet with foil and bake 30 minutes. Take skillet out of oven and remove foil. Sprinkle top with basil, parsley, garlic salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and 4 tablespoons olive oil. Bake uncovered for another 30 minutes. Serve hot with a loaf of toasted, crusty bread (optional). Per serving: 331 calories, 19 grams fat (3 grams saturated fat), 40 grams total carbohydrates, 17 grams fiber, 8 grams protein.

BERRY ORCHARD CRUMBLE Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 30 minutes | Servings: 6 3 tart apples, chopped 5 tablespoons sugar, divided 2 pears or peaches, sliced ½ cup flour 1½ cups blackberries and/or raspberries ¼ cup unsalted butter, sliced and chilled 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ¼ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ cup chopped fresh basil Note: If you’re not really into measuring ingredients or don’t have the right amount of one of the fruits, not to worry. This recipe is very forgiving; it can be adjusted in lots of different ways and will still turn out great. Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly toss fruit with vinegar, basil, and 3 tablespoons sugar. (If fruit is pretty sour, lean on the side of more sugar.) Pour into 9 x 9-inch oven-safe baking dish. With your hands, crumble together flour, butter, 2 tablespoons sugar, and cinnamon until it resembles small clumps. Top fruit with crumble mixture. Bake 30 minutes, until the crumble is golden and fruit starts to bubble around the edges. Per serving: 259 calories, 8 grams fat (5 grams saturated fat), 47 grams total carbohydrates, 7 grams fiber, 2 grams protein.


GARDEN STUFFED PEPPERS Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 45 minutes | Servings: 6 6 large bell peppers (mixed colors) 15-ounce can tomato sauce 1 medium onion, diced 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning 1 pound ground chicken 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 cup corn ½ teaspoon salt 2 cups chopped collard greens ¼ teaspoon black pepper 1 cup cooked quinoa or brown rice 1½ cups colby jack cheese Note: Look for bell peppers that are of similar size to ensure even cooking time. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom sit better than those with 3 bumps. Preheat oven to 350 F. De-stem and de-seed peppers. Cook whole peppers uncovered in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Remove with tongs, dunk in cold water, and invert to drain well. Cook onion and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add ground chicken, breaking it up as it cooks, about 7 minutes. Drain excess fat. Add remaining ingredients except for cheese, stirring until heated through. Stuff peppers with chicken mixture. Place peppers upright in a casserole dish or roasting pan. (If pepper won’t stand on its own, cut a thin slice off the bottom to make it level.) Cover with aluminum foil and bake 25 minutes. Remove foil, top peppers with cheese, and bake another 5 minutes or so until cheese has melted and begun to brown slightly. Per serving: 470 calories, 19 grams fat (8 grams saturated fat), 40 grams total carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber, 35 grams protein.

Have you tried one of our recipes? Do you have a recipe to share with other Ohio co-op members? Visit the Member Interactive page on www.ohiocoopliving.com to find recipes submitted by our readers and upload yours.

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Adams REC annual meeting


ue to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of things have changed with the way that we perform dayto-day activities, not only here at our cooperative, but in our everyday life. I never thought that I would have to wear a mask at work or want to wear one when I go to the grocery store or anywhere else, but this is the reality right now. How long it will last or will we ever go back to normal is anyone’s guess. Adams Rural Electric is celebrating 80 years of serving the rural communities in the surrounding five counties. Normally we would have a celebration at the annual meeting of the members, but along with everything else that the coronavirus outbreak has changed, how we will conduct the Adams REC annual meeting this year has also changed. With social distancing and mask requirements, we feel that it would be in the best interests of everyone that no members be present at the meeting. We will hold the meeting, as scheduled, on Aug. 22, but not at the Cherry Fork Community Center as originally planned and announced. Instead, it will be held at the cooperative. The board of trustees, management of the cooperative, and other invited guests will attend. The business meeting will be conducted in the same fashion as other years, with reports from the board president and management and the announcement of the election results from Jeff Newman, CPA. The meeting will be recorded, and the

video will be available on social media for our members to view. Although the membership will not attend the business meeting, don’t feel left out — we do have plans for you. Because we know how much our members always like the giveaways at the meetings, we will hold a driveBill Swango through at the cooperative on GENERAL MANAGER the morning of Aug. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. We will hand out items like we would normally do at the meeting, but with no one having to leave their vehicle. Along with the giveaways we will also hand out a food coupon from a local restaurant. 1422050031 You will enter the cooperative from the SR 125 entrance and proceed through the co-op gate into the employee parking area. You will exit onto SR 136. We will have cones set up and employees to direct members through the drive. Please, no early arrivals. We need the time to prepare the various stations so there can be a continual flow of traffic. We can only hope and pray that sometime in the near future we can return to normal!

Trustee election ballots Ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 14, 2020, to be valid. Members will be voting for three candidates — one candidate in each of the three districts that are to be elected. We cannot accept the ballots at our office; they must be sent in the pre-addressed envelope to a local CPA (certified public accountant). The CPA will make sure all ballots are valid by checking for any duplication and making sure the ballots include the member’s signature. He will then be present at the business meeting to announce the results of the voting.



Adams Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Celebrating 80 Years 1940–2020

Annual meeting and drive-through event Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, from 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m. 4800 State Route 125, West Union, Ohio

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 annual meeting will be held and recorded without members present. There will be a drivethrough event on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, from 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m. when members can come to the cooperative and receive a gift and a food coupon from a local restaurant. Please enter from the State Route 125 entrance and stay in your vehicle. Cooperative employees will direct you on where to go. We will practice social distancing, and employees will wear gloves and masks. The annual meeting will be recorded at 11 a.m. and put on Facebook and the cooperative’s website shortly afterward.


ADAMS RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES ADAMS RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC. BALANCE SHEET Years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 (Based on audited financial statements) ASSETS Total utility plant Less: accumulated depreciation Net utility plant Cash Investments Accounts receivable — electric sales Materials and supplies — electric Other deferred debits Other current and accrued assets TOTAL ASSETS LIABILITIES Debt — RUS, CFC, and FFB Obligations under capital leases Current and accrued liabilities TOTAL LIABILITIES Total margins and equity Non-operating margins TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY



$42,921,304 (14,059,721) 28,861,583

$42,679,991 (13,570,737) 29,109,254

91,910 8,574,664 1,453,457 376,542 239,695 585,056 $40,182,907

138,788 8,470,361 1,514,611 368,263 288,394 406,585 $40,296,256

$16,809,288 335,487 2,492,941 19,637,716

$17,295,251 447,296 2,361,889 20,104,436

20,172,905 372,286 $40,182,907

19,844,945 346,875 $40,296,256

ADAMS RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC. STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS Years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 (Based on audited financial statements) 2019 INCOME: Operating revenue $15,493,673 Interest 371,545 Other revenue and patronage capital 519,108 TOTAL INCOME $16,384,326 EXPENSES: Cost of power $8,984,616 Operations and maintenance expense 2,183,900 Administrative and general expense 945,441 Consumer accounting expense 523,781 Customer service and sales expense 48,933 Depreciation expense 1,298,177 Tax expense 491,825 Interest expense 923,167 Miscellaneous expense 9,108 TOTAL EXPENSES $15,408,948 PATRONAGE CAPITAL AND MARGINS $975,378 (A complete copy of the audited financial reports is available upon request)

2018 $15,870,706 347,849 892,760 $17,111,315

$8,951,965 2,136,195 934,379 609,551 44,793 1,296,004 511,000 912,486 9,434 $15,405,807 $1,705,508



Notice Due to COVID-19, the Adams REC annual meeting will not be held at the Cherry Fork Community Center as was previously announced. It will be held at the cooperative as a drive-through event for members and a recorded business meeting.

Capital credits retirements Capital credits refunded to the estates of Adams Rural Electric Co-op members for June 2020 totaled $17,594.08. Estates paid in 2020 to date total $83,372.20. In case of the death of a member of Adams Rural Electric, contact Kacee Cox or Alice Baird at 937544-2305 or 800-283-1846.


937-544-2305 | 800-283-1846 www.adamsrec.com

PLEASE CALL IN YOUR OUTAGES Do not use email or Facebook! If you experience an outage, please call the office at 937-544-2305 or 800-283-1846. If you post on Facebook or email your outage information, it could delay the restoration time. Emails and Facebook are not continuously monitored, especially in the evenings or on weekends.


Donald C. McCarty Sr. President

Charles L. Newman Vice President

Kenneth McCann Secretary


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Stephen Huff Blanchard Campbell William Wylie M. Dale Grooms William Seaman John Wickerham

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PAY YOUR BILL AT 800-809-6352 HIDDEN NUMBER BILL CREDIT We provide three convenient ways to pay: online, by phone, or directly from your bank account. Failure to receive your bill in no way relieves you from paying it. If you don’t receive your bill, contact the office before the due date and we’ll issue another one.


Pay at these collection stations: First State Bank — Georgetown, Hillsboro, Manchester, Peebles, Ripley, Seaman, West Union, and Winchester. National Bank of Adams County — 218 N. Market St., West Union.

Find your account number in the Adams REC local pages (the four center pages of this magazine), then call our office, and you will receive a $20 credit on your electric bill. You must call by the end of the month in which your account number appears. Your call affirms permission to publish your name as a winner in an upcoming issue of Ohio Cooperative Living.


























START WITH A GREAT COFFEE Downtown Bellefontaine is home to two amazing coffee shops. Sweet Aromas, which is located on the Historic Court Avenue and Native Coffee located on West Columbus.


WALK ON THE FIRST CONCRETE STREET IN AMERICA Bellefontaine is home to a lot of history and fun photo opportunities. Bring your camera, stroll down the First Concrete Street in America, the Shortest Street in America, and be sure to stop by Campbell Hill, the highest point in Ohio.


SHOP OHIO’S BEST BOUTIQUES With five downtown shopping boutiques, you will be sure to find your favorite style and clothing options. Peach Tree Boutique was voted and recognized as Ohio’s Best Boutique in 2018. Don’t miss The Hanger Boutique and Twig & Feather.


FIND TREASURES AT LOCAL ANTIQUE STORES Downtown Bellefontaine is a destination for vintage and antique shopping. With three antique malls Nest 1896, Olde Mint, The Silver Elephant and several vintage, handmade, and local shops, there’s plenty of places to shop, trade and explore.


EAT AMAZING AWARD-WINNING FOOD Experience some of Ohio’s Best Pizza at 600 Downtown, or a huge fried bologona sandwich from Brewfontaine! You can find amazing BBQ at 2G’s and the biggest burgers in town at Don’s Diner. If you are looking for dessert you can find frozen custard that is made fresh daily at Whit’s Frozen Custard and homemade pastries and donuts at City Sweets and Creamery.


ENJOY LOCAL BREWS WITH GREAT VIEWS Downtown Bellefontaine is home to the #1 Beer Bar in Ohio, Brewfontaine. Grab a pint and listen for the whistle as the train goes by at Roundhouse Depot Brewing.


BRING THE KIDS AND PLAY A LITTLE If you are planning a trip with your kids we have plenty for them to do! While you are shopping downtown you can stop at The Fun Company, the amazing local toy store. Then you can head over to Putt and Play for some indoor putt putt, laser tag and virtual golf!


TAKE IN A SHOW OR LEARN SOME HISTORY Bellefontaine is home to the historic Holland Theatre, built in 1931. The theatre completed a total renovation in 2019. You can also learn more about early transportation at the Logan County Transportation Museum and History Center. Head over to The Syndicate, downtown’s newest intimate event venue and outdoor entertainment destination!


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Renewal restoration How vision, optimism, and true grit have sparked a small town’s turnaround. BY VICTORIA ELLWOOD; PHOTOS COURTESY OF SMALL NATION


ason Duff stood in the middle of the crumbling, mostly abandoned downtown area of his hometown, Bellefontaine, and saw what everyone else saw.

“Our town was struggling. Like many small towns across America, our downtown was decaying, and our community was hurting,” says Duff, who at the time had just graduated from nearby Ohio Northern University. Unlike many others, though, he was able to look past the despair and see potential. Instead of heading to the brighter lights of bigger, more prosperous Midwestern cities, Duff decided to make a difference. He enlisted friends who shared his vision and his can-do attitude — along with plenty of talents and skills — and built a team to rebuild and revive their hometown. The company that sprang up, Small Nation, soon bought its first vacant building on Main Street for $1. “We rolled up our shirtsleeves and got to work,” says Duff, whose family’s business, Duff Quarry, is a member of Logan County Electric Cooperative, based in Bellefontaine. That was a decade ago, when more than 80% of the ground-floor commercial spaces downtown were empty, businesses were closing, and historic buildings were literally crumbling before their eyes. Armed, however, with a sense of determination and grit, the team began to transform downtown Bellefontaine. By the time the coronavirus hit, Small Nation had painstakingly renovated more than 30 of those historic buildings, attracting more than $19 million in new private


Rather than go off in search of success in a big city, Jason Duff (above) put his efforts into revitalizing his hometown, Bellefontaine. Opposite page, from top: Sisters Hayley Palmer and Alysia Kuba of Peachtree Boutique; Brittany Saxton of 600 Downtown; and Angie Hall of City Sweets and Creamery are among the entrepreneurs who have opened successful businesses with help from Small Nation.

investment. The work created nearly 130 downtown jobs in the 17 new specialty retail shops and seven new eateries that dish up everything from gourmet pizza, baked-daily breads, and comfort food to award-winning craft beer. Of the new business entrepreneurs, 70% are under age 40, and 75% are women. The town was gaining more and more momentum until the pandemic struck, which of course has caused hardships for businesses everywhere. “COVID-19 has challenged our community in ways we could have never imagined or planned for,” Duff says. “There’s no question, terms like ‘essential business’ and even ‘open’ mean so much more to us than ever before. Small businesses are essential to our towns. We are the fabric, the heart, and the reason that so much good happens.”

“We had this vision for a captivating restaurant that would be a destination,” Duff says. “Once it was here, people started imagining what else was possible, and other new businesses followed. We could feel the energy, the excitement, the momentum.” Soon there were eclectic clothing boutiques and fanciful gift shops, yoga studios and chic coffee shops, bakeries and ice cream parlors, a 24-hour fitness center, and more. The efforts have even been lauded nationally in publications like Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Inc. magazines.

Small Nation, the business, is, at its heart, about connecting entrepreneurs with opportunities. That was what jump-started the community’s pre-pandemic turnaround. “We knew we could make an impact by renovating buildings, attracting investors and businesses, and injecting new energy into the community.” The first business to open was a new upscale pizza restaurant, 600 Downtown — owned by young entrepreneur Brittany Saxton — which bakes award-winning gourmet pies in its brick oven; the restaurant and Saxton have even been featured on TV’s Food Network.

The key to Small Nation’s success, though, is pretty simple: “Lots of hard work,” says Adam Rammel, vice president of marketing, who also co-owns Brewfontaine, a downtown restaurant and tap room that’s been voted Ohio’s best craft beer bar four years in a row. “There’s no ‘smoke and mirrors’ here. We’re right in the trenches, helping new business owners every step of the way.” That includes everything from strategic planning, navigating zoning rules, and signage to marketing, branding, and website development — even choosing the right paint colors. All of those efforts have caught the attention not only of travelers from around the state, but even of elected officials. Ohio Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) says, “Bellefontaine is a model for taking a historic courthouse community and making it hip and cool. You have the hometown atmosphere paired with a new, urban energy.” Duff says the last few months, despite their hardships, have inspired businesses to come up with creative strategies to stay connected to their customers. As communities slowly emerge from coronavirus restrictions, those businesses and their owners are excited and proud to be a part of the renewal. The town’s success is no surprise to longtime resident Sandy Musser. “When the community thrives, so does the quality of life,” she says. “Bellefontaine is a survivor.”


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Purple reign Fields brimming with lavender bring joy to folks around the state. BY VICTORIA ELLWOOD


avender has been treasured for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt, it was used in mummification; in medieval France, to perfume the air and ward off infection; and in 16th-century England, it was cherished by monarchs and mentioned by Shakespeare. Today, lavender is as popular as ever: It’s prized for its brilliant blooms, essential oil, and dried flowers and used in scores of health and beauty products — even in food. We talked to several growers across Ohio who cultivate the sometimes-persnickety plants for U-pick stops and summer festivals, wedding bouquets, and beauty products, or simply as captivating spaces to spend a peaceful moment or two.

Lavender Trails The idea for a lavender farm had been rattling around in the minds of Jim and Amy Duxbury — both Orrville high school teachers, of science and English, respectively — for years. In 2018, they leased a 4-acre “brownfield” (a former industrial site) that had been a concrete dumping ground, surrounded by facilities that produced pet food, packaging, and metal fabrication. “We took a brownfield and turned it green, creating a little island in the middle of an industrial park,” Jim says. The couple has planted 1,500 lavender plants in diamond-shaped gardens, boasting eight varieties of lavender with white, dark purple, and light purple flowers. Though this year’s event was canceled because of the coronavirus, the couple aims to host a lavender festival each summer, inviting folks to discover the surprising sanctuary and delightful joys of Wayne County’s first lavender farm. Instead of the festival this year, they began booking daily group appointments to wander the fields for an hour at a time. Armed with a decades-long commitment to education, Jim’s background as an environmental geologist, and a desire to “give back,” the Duxburys embrace a three-stemmed approach to their business. Their goals include making a positive impact on the environment by creating green space, educating others about nature by attracting bees and other pollinators, and community


action by helping to raise money for local schools. Their endeavor is part of “agritourism” — agriculturally related educational efforts that invite the public to join in. “You can’t walk through a lavender field without seeing everybody smiling,” Jim says. “Lavender just makes people happy.” Lavender Trails, 356 Collins Blvd., Orrville, OH 44667. 330-855-1209, www.lavendertrails.com.

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“We had visited gorgeous lavender farms in Oregon and found the relaxing qualities of lavender soothing. So, we decided to plant it as a way to deal with our grief and honor our mom,” Benz explains. But lavender, originally cultivated in Mediterranean climates, can be a bit finicky in Ohio, preferring welldrained, even rocky soil. It dislikes “wet feet.” “We had to figure out if we could grow lavender here; we didn’t want to fight nature,” Benz says.

More than 4,000 lavender plants — mostly English and French varieties — burst into bloom each summer on a 3-acre tract of the tree farm owned by Kim Benz and Amy Farr in southwestern Ohio. The sisters, both retired chemical engineers, established the sweetly scented space as a refuge for all. “We created the lavender field so people could enjoy coming out and visiting. It has a boardwalk, chairs, benches to rest upon, and a fully accessible shop,” says Benz. “We invite people to wander the fields, enjoy the peacefulness, bring a picnic, and perhaps sample some lavender lemonade.” The two are among seven siblings who were “planting things from the time we were about 6 years old,” she says. Three of the sisters purchased the farm back in the 1980s, building their homes as a bucolic place to raise their families. The idea for the lavender farm came after the death of their mom in 2008.

Top: Jim and Amy Duxbury converted a former industrial site into a 4-acre field of relaxation (photo by Parker Duxbury). Above: Onederings Lavender Farm in full bloom (photo by Kim Benz).


Onederings Lavender Farm opened for the season in early June, hoping to provide a stress break during stressful times. To ensure safety, a limited number of vistors will be admitted, so reservations are required (photo by Kim Benz).

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Sunshine Acres Lavender Farm Jennifer and Jeff Clarke settled on a pastoral, 7-acre farm in southwest Ohio as a peaceful place to raise their family. They added a flock of chickens, some Nigerian pygmy goats … and a 2-acre field of lush lavender. It seemed the perfect place for a U-pick lavender destination, so they turned to social media to spread the word about their inaugural event. “The notice went viral,” says Jeff. “All of a sudden, 72,000 people had clicked that they were ‘interested.’ We lost sleep for a couple of nights, worrying about what might happen, especially since our farm is at the end of a one-lane road.”

They’re even partnering with local Two Bucks Coffee Company to add a unique floral note to that morning cup of joe with lavender-roasted ground coffee. “It’s the perfect way to greet the day,” she says. Sunshine Acres Lavender Farm, 2471 Moore Saur Road, Morrow, OH 45152. 513-472-0070. www.sunshineacresfarm.com.

That was in 2017, and the pick-your-own lavender sold out in two short, frenzied hours. “It was a crazy success,” says Jennifer. But the couple learned and evolved, switching to a staggered plan that works. Now, the farm is only open for special events with per-car ticketed time slots that carve out plenty of time for wandering the rows of flowers. The Clarkes’ lavender field is also the picture-perfect setting for an annual, private event — with music from a string quartet, a glass of lavender champagne, and pickyour-own bouquets — to benefit CancerFree Kids. Focusing on a particularly hardy variety of lavender called Phenomenal — first cultivated in 2014 by Peace Tree Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — the couple is branching out with a product line of lotions, goat’s milk soap, and some unique goodies. “We make a lavender honey butter, lavender blueberry simple syrup, and lavender-infused honey,” says Jennifer.


Jeff (left) and Jennifer (right) Clarke were taken by surprise the first time they opened their Sunshine Acres Lavender Farm for a U-pick event (photo by Steph Keller Photography).

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BIG RACE Put-in-Bay keeps its road race tradition alive, albeit a bit more laid-back than in days of old. BY JAMES PROFFITT



ears ago, Lake Erie’s South Bass Island was abuzz with fast, exotic imports once a year for a decade. While more than a thousand spectators stood along a perilous 3.1-mile public road course, racers sped past at up to 140 mph in cars made by Morris Minor, Lotus, Bandini, Porsche, Izetta, Cooper Climax, and Frazer Nash, taming its curves and making its straightaways even straighter. This year, they plan to be there again. If coronavirus doesn’t kill the racing bug (it was still scheduled as of early July), the island will host racers and connoisseurs of cool, vintage small-bore European cars Sept. 22 through 25 for the 12th annual Put-in-Bay Vintage Sports Car Races, known informally as the Road Race Reunion. “I certainly hope it goes forward, because we’re planning for it,” says organizer Manley Ford (who drives a 1952 MG TD). “There’s always a lot of excitement, and we’ve already got quite a few registered.” Since 2009, Ford and others have worked to re-create the historical street races that ran on the island from 1952 to 1959, then once again in 1963. A 1953 Road & Track article dubbed Put-in-Bay “A Little Watkins Glen.” However, try as they may, the days of street racing at Put-in-Bay are over. Most drivers can only hope for a “hot” lap around the old race route and a little exhibition time on the pavement. That doesn’t mean there’s no real, honest-to-goodness, wheel-to-wheel racing — it’s now confined to the island’s airport. The current iteration of the event started as just a reunion in 2009. The next year it was racing again. After receiving permission from regional FAA officials, drivers competed on the runways. Later, racers learned they actually needed FAA permission from Washington, D.C. But that’s all been ironed out. Each autumn, more than 100 vintage race cars land at the airport and have free run of the place. With caveats, of course. Like when the mail comes. “Traditionally, the mail plane arrives at 9 a.m. on a weekday, so we have to let the airplane come and go,” says Ford. That includes removing hay bales and other racing paraphernalia from the runway. “Neither rain nor snow nor heat nor vintage racing stops the U.S. Mail.”

The airport is now home to the races, and although these aren’t airplanes, they still fly (photo by James Proffitt).


Peter Huston, Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce director, describes the event as a well-choreographed celebration of all things vintage cars.

“When you have a common interest, any social standing seems to dissipate in the air. You love seeing them, talking about them, learning about them.”

“There are people here who come with a 1963 Corvair or a 1971 MG and they’re hanging out with people who come with multimillion-dollar collectors’ cars,” he says.

Carol Clemens loves them, too. She used to race. In fact, she’s the only woman ever to compete at Put-in-Bay, having raced the very last year. “When the starter dropped the flag, everyone left but one car, so it was a chain reaction,” she recalls. “I ended up running into the car in front of me, made two passes,


Opposite page, top: Exhibition parades, shows, and other events are still scheduled to take place in September (photo by James Proffitt). Bottom: Carol Clemens signs a gentleman’s car in 2012, the year she was the Grand Marshal (photo courtesy of Robin Banks). Right: One of the minor mishaps on the original road course (photo courtesy of Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion Heritage Society).

then pulled into the pit where my father ripped off the headlights, which were broken, and I went back out. I didn’t want spectators hurt if the lights fell off, so it felt like the right thing to do.” For an average driver, that could have meant finishing near last. But Clemens, who was a qualified Sports Car Club of America driver, placed third. Afterward she reinstalled her windshield and passenger seat and drove back to Michigan, since it was her only car — the one she in fact drove to work every day. “It was a 1961 MGA I bought off the showroom floor for $3,200, white with red interior,” she gushes, with a lilting fondness in her voice, before going on to lament racing politics of the day. “At one point, the SCCA wouldn’t sanction the race because of the dangerous course. They forbade their drivers to race it, threatened to take the season’s points they’d earned.” So, she says, drivers entered under fictitious names. “It was a big joke. We had three Juan Faggios and a Marcus Gofast, and it was just fun,” she laughs. But it was no laughing matter in 1963, when a crash ended the races for good. “The guy was driving an Alva Mark 4. He lost control and ended up crashing into a tree and I don’t know, maybe the steps of the church. The car appeared to be destroyed,” Ford says, referencing historical accounts. Clemens was there. “We got a red flag, which means stop now and pull over immediately,” she says. “On the last race, the one I was in, that was the serious crash.” Not much is known about the legendary (and some say “imaginary”) dog in the roadway, which the driver said he swerved to avoid.

“All I know is apparently when the safety crew got there, he was sitting under a tree smoking a cigarette,” Clemens frowns. “He wasn’t hurt and neither was anyone else, but that nixed it. Straw that broke the camel’s back. No more races at Put-in-Bay.” Though no longer the bucolic farming community it once was, when drivers hit 140 mph on the fan-lined mile-long straightaway, the island’s still perfect for old, loud cars and their admirers. At the sprawling car show at Heineman’s Winery, I wryly inform a 20-something police officer that I’d just witnessed an elderly man lay a mighty patch of rubber on a street nearby. He smiled, dutifully looking left and right across a sea of old, shiny cars, then briefly scanning Catawba Avenue. “I’ll keep my eyes peeled for him, sir.” www.pibroadrace.com



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on the west end of Market Street. 740-455-8282 or www. facebook.com/LorenaSternwheeler. AUG. 14–16 – Coshocton Sunflower Festival, Coshocton KOA, 24688 Co. Rd. 10, Coshocton, Fri. 5–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. noon–7 p.m. Tickets must be purchased online; discounts available. Explore over 40 varieties of sunflowers in the 4-acre field. Enjoy live music, kids’ activities, arts and crafts vendors, a wine and beer garden, and other activities. 740-502-9245 or www. coshoctonsunflowerfestival.com. AUG. 16–22 – Muskingum County Fair, Muskingum Co. Fgds., 1300 Pershing Rd., Zanesville. Join us Aug. 21 for Riley Green and special guest Jon Langston. Full schedule and updated information available at www. muskingumcofair.com. AUG. 22 – Night of Thunder, National Trail Raceway, 2650 National Rd. SW, Hebron, 2–11 p.m. 740-928-5706, https://nationaltrailraceway.com/event-schedule, or find us on Facebook. AUG. 29 – End of Summer Craft/Vendor Fair, Lancaster Campground Activity Bldg., 2151 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Vendors and crafters, food and beverages, auction, bake sale. Proceeds benefit the Fairfield County Genealogical Research Library. 740-653-2573. SEP. 8 – Inventors Network Meeting, Rev1 Ventures for Columbus, 1275 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, 7 p.m. The focus this month is “Designing Around Patents


THROUGH OCT. 24 – Delaware Farmers Market, Delaware Co. Fgds., 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, Sat. 9 a.m.–noon. The market will continue, but it has been temporarily relocated from downtown to the fairgrounds. 740-362-6050 or www.mainstreetdelaware. com/event/farmers-market. THROUGH OCT. 31 – Zanesville Farmers Market, Muskingum Co. Fgds., 1300 Pershing Rd., Zanesville, Sat. 9 a.m.–noon. June through August, the market is also open Wed. 4–7 p.m. at North 4th Street. www. zanesvillefarmersmarket.org. AUG. 7 – Lorena Sternwheeler Public Twilight Cruise, Zanesville, 8:30–9:30 p.m. $10, Srs. $9, C. (2–12) $6. Advance sales only. Enjoy a relaxing cruise down the Muskingum River. Board at Zane’s Landing Park located


AUG. 16, 22, SEP. 13 – Music at the Mound with Steve Free, Serpent Mound, 3850 OH-73, Peebles, 1 p.m. Free. $8 parking fee. Join the acclaimed singer/songwriter for an open air concert. http://arcofappalachia.org/steve-free. AUG. 21–29 – The Great Darke County Fair, Darke Co. Fgds., 800 Sweltzer St., Greenville. $7, under 12 free. $20 for 9-day pass. 937-548-5044 or www. darkecountyfair.com. AUG. 22 – Archaeology Day, Serpent Mound, 3850 OH73, Peebles, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free admission; $8 parking fee. Collections on display, archaeological lectures, and demonstrations of American Indian skills such as flint


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to Avoid Infringement.” 614-470-0144 or www. inventorscolumbus.com. SEP. 11–12 – Lithopolis Honeyfest, Columbus Street, Lithopolis, Fri. 3–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Honey tasting, honey bake-off, queen and princess contest, demos and bee education, mead and wine tasting, beekeepers, music, and much more. 614-829-7355 or www.lithopolishoneyfest.com. SEP. 12 – Duck Derby Fundraiser and Horse Show, 2795 N. Moose Eye Rd., Norwich. Two races with prizes for adults and youth. Benefits Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center. 740-607-8425 or www. breakingfreeriding.org. SEP. 12 – Sewing Smorgasbord, Sheridan Middle School, 8660 Sheridan Rd., Thornville, 9:15 a.m.–3:05 p.m., doors open at 8:30 a.m. $10. For 4-H Youth and sewing and quilting enthusiasts. Over 30 classes and 15 exhibitors; no pre-registration required. Youth Track (beginning projects for youth only), fat quarter raffle, sewing machine raffle, Fabric Fair, and People’s Choice Contest. 740-405-7891, crshuster1@gmail.com (Cindy Shuster), or https://perry.osu.edu. SEP. 12 – Uncaged 3.0, National Trail Raceway, 2650 National Rd. SW, Hebron, noon–3 p.m. 740-928-5706, https://nationaltrailraceway.com/event-schedule, or find us on Facebook.

knapping and atlatl throwing. http://arcofappalachia.org/ archaeology-day. AUG. 22 – Rock the Hill in West Milton, West Milton Municipal Park, 249 E. Tipp Pike, West Milton, 5–9 p.m. Free concert event. Featured music TBD. Beer and wine garden, food, 50/50 drawing, Kids’ Zone. www. homegrowngreat.com/event. AUG. 22 – Tipp City Trans Am Cruise-In, 6 S. 3rd St., Tipp City, 5–9 p.m. Free. Registration 5–7 p.m. ($10); awards and door prizes at 8:30 p.m. Dash plaques to first 250 entries. Open only to Firebirds, Formulas, Firehawks, Trans Ams, and GTAs. Trophies awarded. 50/50 drawing, door prizes, food, entertainment, walking tour, live DJ. www.homegrowngreat.com/event. AUG. 29 – The Tour De Donut, downtown Troy. A fun, unique bicycle event, where your ability to eat donuts is just as important as your ability to ride your bicycle fast. Prizes in several classes. www.thetourdedonut.com. SEP. 4–6 – Springfield Swap Meet and Car Show, Clark Co. Fgds., 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Fri./Sat. 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Find the parts you need to finish your spring and summer projects before the end-of-the year cruise-ins! Show & Shine car show held

THROUGH NOV. 1 – Blennerhassett Voyage Package, North Bend State Park, 202 North Bend Park Rd., Cairo. $130 package includes one night of lodging for two at North Bend, two tickets for sternwheeler ride to and from Blennerhassett Island, wagon ride tour of the island, tour of the mansion, and passes for the museum. 304-643-2931, www.northbendsp.com, or www. blennerhassettislandstatepark.com. SEP. 10–13 – Charleston Ribfest and Regatta, Haddad Riverfront Park, 600 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, Thur. 3–10 p.m., Fri./Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. noon–9 p.m. Free. Enjoy world-class award-winning BBQ ribs and

Saturday and Sunday. 937-376-0111, 937-372-1171 (fax), info@ohioswapmeet.com, or www.ohioswapmeet.com. SEP. 5–6 – Tippapalooza, Tipp City Eagles Park, 3853 Hyattsville Rd., Tipp City, gates open at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. $5. Family-friendly music festival celebrating local music and benefiting charities in and around Tipp City. Food and drink available, but picnicking is encouraged! Pets welcome but must be leashed and used to loud music. www.homegrowngreat.com/event. SEP. 11–13 – Clinton County Corn Festival, Clinton Co. Fgds., 958 W. Main St., Wilmington. $4, under 12 free; weekend pass $7. Featuring Allis Chalmers and related companies. Corn Olympics, antique tractor pulls, horse pulls, antique cars and trucks, hit and miss engines, steam engines, demos, food, crafts, and more. 937-383-5676 (Dale Mayer) or www.cornfestivalonline.com. SEP. 12 – Troy Porchfest, Troy-Hayner Cultural Ctr., 301 W. Main St., Troy, noon–5 p.m. More than 20 bands will be playing throughout the Southwest Historic District on porches, side yards, lots, and patios. Pick up an event map and choose your favorite bands. There will be food trucks and artisan tents as well. Bring cash for donations. www.homegrowngreat.com/event.

chicken and all the fixins, carnival rides, local and national favorite food vendors, artisans, family-friendly activities, and much more! 304-951-3011 or https://wvribfest.com. Submit listings AT LEAST 90 DAYS prior to the event to Ohio Cooperative Living, 6677 Busch Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229 or events@ohioec.org. Ohio Cooperative Living will not publish listings that don’t include a complete address or a number/website for more information.





AUG. 8–9, 15–16, 22–23 – Shaker Woods Festival, 44337 County Line Rd., Columbiana. $8, under 13 free. No pets. More than 200 of the best juried crafters and artisans in the country. Each craftsperson will be dressed in Shaker period clothing while demonstrating and selling their remarkable handmade wares, including Shaker brooms, hand-thrown pottery, blown glass, handmade furniture, and much more! www.shakerwoods.com. AUG. 16 – Northern Ohio Doll and Bear Show and Sale, Holiday Inn, 15471 Royalton Rd., Strongsville, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., early bird 9 a.m. $5, free for children; early bird $15. Antique, vintage, and modern dolls, old toys, bears, clothing, parts/supplies, and accessories. Door prizes. ID/valuation, restringing, minor repair. 440-283-5839 (Eileen Green), phdofdolls@yahoo.com, or www.dollshowUSA.com. AUG. 22 – Buckin’ Ohio, 8154 Garman Rd., Burbank, gates open at 4 p.m. $20–$45, C. (6–12) $10, under 6 free. Professional bull riding, mutton bustin’, barrel racing, ranch bronc riding, and more. www.buckinohio.com. AUG. 23–30 – Lorain County Fair, 23000 Fairgrounds Rd., Wellington. Ohio’s second-largest county fair. 440647-2781 or www.loraincountyfair.com. AUG. 29–30, SEP. 5–7 – Great Trail Arts and Crafts Festival, Great Trail Festival Grounds, St. Rte. 43 between


THROUGH SEP. 25 – Rise and Shine Farmers Market, 2135 Southgate Pkwy. (near Tractor Supply Co.), Cambridge, Fri, 8 a.m.–noon. 740-680-1866 or find us on Facebook. THROUGH OCT. 31 – Chillicothe Farmers Market, 475 Western Ave., Suite F, Chillicothe, Sat. 8 a.m.–noon. The first hour of the market is reserved for high-risk shoppers. http://visitchillicotheohio.com. AUG. 16 – Barton Polkafest, Firemen’s Field, 52176 Center St., Barton, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Free. Featuring Ted Lange with Mollie B & Squeezebox, along with John Gora & Gorale. Polish foods, cash bar, raffles, tips, wine slushies. 740-695-3029. AUG. 16 – Cambridge Classic Cruise-In, downtown Cambridge. Named by Cruisin’ Times magazine as one

Malvern and Carrollton (GPS users: 6331 Canton Rd., Malvern), 10 a.m.–5 p.m., flag raising 11 p.m. A celebration of American folk art, with distinctive arts and crafts, living history, and period music. 330-794-9100 or www. greattrailfestival.com. AUG. 30 – Railroad Memorabilia Show, Painesville Railroad Museum, Painesville Depot, 475 Railroad St., Painesville, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $5, C. (3–12) $3, Family (max. 2 adults, 3 children) $12. Railroad-related items from private collections; some items available for purchase. See Collinwood Engine #999. Food and drinks available. 216-470-5780 (Tom Pescha), prrm@att.net, or www. painesvillerailroadmuseum.org. AUG. 31–SEP. 2 – Made in Ohio Arts and Crafts Festival, Hale Farm and Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd., Bath, Fri. noon–5 p.m., Sat./Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $5–$7; 3-day pass, $10. Over 160 Ohio artisans, local food, Ohio wine and beer, music, and entertainment. www.wrhs.org/ events/made-in-ohio-arts-crafts-festival-2-copy. SEP. 4–6 – Perch and Pilsner Festival, Conneaut Township Park, 480 Lake Rd., Conneaut. Perch fishing tournament, craft and domestic beers, food vendors, local wines, crafts, water ski shows, live musical entertainment, fireworks, and more. www.perchandpilsner.com. SEP. 4–7 – Cleveland Oktoberfest, Cuyahoga Co. Fgds., 19201 E. Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, Fri. 4 p.m.– midnight, Sat./Sun. noon–midnight, Mon. noon–8 p.m. Food, beer, music, races and contests, and much more. www.clevelandoktoberfest.com. SEP. 7–19 – “Celebrate the Constitution” Exhibit, Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville, Mon.– Sat 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free displays and activities commemorating our nation’s founding document. Includes a display on the first 10 amendments, “The Bill of Rights and You!” 740-283-1787 or www. oldfortsteuben.com.

SEP. 12 – Willard Train Fest, downtown Willard, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Model trains, planes, and cars; many layouts and vendors. 419-935-0495, j.heffley1940@hotmail.com, or www.willardtrainfest.com. SEP. 12–13 – Antiques in the Woods, Shaker Woods Grounds, 217 St. Rte. 7 (GPS: 44337 County Line Rd.), Columbiana, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $6, under 13 free. No pets. Top-quality antiques and collectibles, classic car show (Sun. only), tractor pulls, Civil War encampment, and entertainment. 330-550-4190 or www.antiquesinthewoods.com. SEP. 12–13 – Appalachian Ohio Antique Power Club Gathering, Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park, Ohio 519 between U.S. 22 and New Athens (GPS: 43672 Stumptown Rd., Cadiz), Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $3. Antique tractors, hit and miss engines, oil field engines, cars, trucks (semi and pickup), and garden tractors are all welcome. 330-401-5129, ohioantiquepowerclub@yahoo.com, or www.facebook. com/appalachianohioantiquepowershow. SEP. 12–13 – Old Construction and Mining Equipment Show, Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park, Ohio 519 between U.S. 22 and New Athens (GPS: 43672 Stumptown Rd., Cadiz), Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $3. Operating and static displays of antique construction, mining crawler equipment, trucks, and more. 740-312-5385 or 330-618-8032, oldironshow@yahoo. com, or www.facebook.com/ocmes. SEP. 13 – Molto Bella Auto Show, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Rain date: Sep. 20. $5–$14, under 6 free. See an amazing array of Ferraris, Bugattis, Roadsters, and other high-value cars on the Great Meadow. Also features good food, beverages, and a day enjoying the historic estate. 330-836-5533 or www.stanhywet.org/ events/molto-bella-auto-show.

of the best car shows in its category, drawing thousands of car enthusiasts every year. From hot rods to Harleys, there is something for everyone! 740-439-2238 or www. downtowncambridge.com. AUG. 22 – Lewis Family Gorge Guided Hike, Highlands Nature Sanctuary, 7660 Cave Rd., Bainbridge, 10 a.m. sharp through midafternoon (arrive by 9:45 a.m.). Join naturalist John Jaeger on a guided exploration of this spectacular gorge that flows into a scenic tributary of Paint Creek known as Cliff Run. Space is limited and registration is required. https://arcofappalachia.org/lewisgorge-hike. SEP. 3–7 – Easyriders Rodeo Tour, Ross Co. Fgds., 344 Fairgrounds Rd., Chillicothe, Thur. noon–1 a.m., Fri.– Sun. 9 a.m.–1 a.m., Mon. 9 a.m.–noon. $25–$30 daily; weekend passes available. Not your typical rodeo! Races, biker games, stunt shows, rodeo events, contests, music, and more. http://easyridersevents.com/rodeo-2020chillicothe.php.

acclaimed and award-winning storytellers. sostoryfest@ gmail.com or www.sostoryfest.com. SEP. 11–13 – Forest Therapy Weekend, Highlands Nature Sanctuary, 7660 Cave Rd., Bainbridge. Back by popular demand! This program is more than a walk in the woods. Meeting the forest in a state of mindfulness and awareness has proven to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, improve mood, accelerate recovery from surgery or illness, increase energy level, and improve sleep. $299 fee includes six meals and all curriculum. Space is limited and registration is required. https://arcofappalachia.org/forest-therapy. SEP. 11–13 – Ohio River Sternwheel Festival, Front and Greene Sts., Marietta. Sternwheeler races, car show, pageant, 5K run, entertainment, and fireworks. 800-288-2577 or https://ohio-river-sternwheel-festival. myshopify.com. SEP. 12 – Family Fishing Day, Ross County Sportsmen and Wildlife Club, Chillicothe, 9 a.m.–noon. All fishing done at Ross Lake. Event is open to all kids ages 15 and under (must be accompanied by an adult) and to all women. Concessions will be available. 740-649-9614, kim.danny@roadrunner.com, or http:// visitchillicotheohio.com. SEP. 14–20 – Guernsey County Fair, Guernsey Co. Fgds., 335 Old National Rd., Lore City. 740-489-5888 or www.guernseycountyfairgrounds.org.

SEP. 8–13 – Belmont County Fair, Belmont Co. Fgds., 45420 Roscoe Rd., St. Clairsville. A family tradition since 1849. www.belmontcountyfair.org. SEP. 10–12 – Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival, Majestic Theatre Courtyard, 45 E. Second St., Chillicothe. $5–$20, under 6 free. Thursday evening performances free. The festival focuses on the timeless art of spinning tales, featuring concert performances by several highly



PLEASE NOTE: Because of the developing coronavirus situation, many of these planned events may have been postponed or canceled. Please seek updated information before traveling.

THROUGH OCT. 10 – The Great Sidney Farmer’s Market, Courthouse Square, 109 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney, every Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–noon. Free. Fresh produce, crafters, baked goods, jams, jellies. 937-658-6945 or www.sidneyalive.org. AUG. 13–15 – Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival, downtown Bucyrus. Grilled brats and many other festival foods, plus parades, fun contests, and free entertainment. 419562-2728 or www.bucyrusbratwurstfestival.com. AUG. 14–16 – Bremenfest, Crown Pavilion, 2 W. Plum St., New Bremen. Food, rides, entertainment, and smalltown hospitality. Check website for updated schedule. http://bremenfest.com. AUG. 14–16 – Fort Fest: Salute to Our Military, 364 St. Rte. 190, Fort Jennings. Reenactments, artillery and cannon displays, military vehicles, kids’ camp, gun raffle, and more. See updated schedule on website. 419-286-3030 or www.fjfortfest.com. AUG. 15–16 – Revolution on the Ohio Frontier, Fort Meigs, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. $5–$10, under 6 free. See battle reenactments and weapon demos, visit army encampments, and learn what life was like in Ohio during the Revolutionary War. 419-874-4121 or www.fortmeigs.org. AUG. 20–22 – National Tractor Pulling Championships, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green. Advance tickets $20–$40; additional for reserve seating. Kids 10 and under free. The world’s largest truck and tractor pull. 419-354-1434 or www.pulltown. com. AUG. 22 – Camp Potluck, The Great Hall, Walnut Grove Campground, 7325 S. Twp. Rd. 131, Tiffin, 6 p.m. Park visitor fee if not camping: $2.50 per person, 4 yrs. and under free. 419-448-0914 or www. walnutgrovecampground.co. AUG. 27–30 – German-American Festival, Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon, Fri. 4 p.m.–1 a.m., Sat. noon–1 a.m., Sun. noon–11 p.m. Authentic German food, beer, music, folk dancing, and entertainment. www.germanamericanfestival.net. AUG. 29 – River Rat Party, Walnut Grove Campground, 7325 S. Twp. Rd. 131, Tiffin. Donation. Park visitor fee if not camping: $2.50 per person, 4 yrs. and under free. Karaoke, 2–5 p.m. Chili cook-off, 5 p.m.; bring a dish to share. Bands: Acree, 5–7 p.m.; Cherry Bombs, 7:30–11:30 p.m. 419-448-0914 or www. walnutgrovecampground.co. SEP. 3 – Women in Business Luncheon, City Club, 144 S. Main St., Lima, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. $25 for Chamber members, $40 for nonmembers. 419-222-6045. SEP. 4–6 – Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima, 7 a.m.–

midnight. $10 per day, $20 for three-day pass; age 12 and under free. In addition to the races, events include karaoke at the grandstands, golf cart parade, flea market, and food vendors. Schedule of events can be found at http://maxstraderdays.com. SEP. 4–7 – S.C.R.A.P. Antique Tractor Show, White Star Park, St. Rte. 300, enter on Twp. Rd. 60, 1 mile south of Gibsonburg. Featuring John Deere tractors and engines. Antique cars and trucks, tractor pulls, flea market, primitive demonstrations, entertainment, food, flea market, consignment auction, and more! 419-3074265 or www.s-c-r-a-p-inc.org. SEP. 4–10 – Fulton County Fair, Fulton Co. Fgds., 8514 St. Rte. 108, Wauseon. www.fultoncountyfair.com. SEP. 5–7 – Labor Day Weekend, Walnut Grove Campground, 7325 S. Twp. Rd. 131, Tiffin. Park visitor fee if not camping: $2.50 per person, 4 yrs. and under free. Saturday, corn hole tournament, time TBA, $5; camp garage sales, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, poker run/ scramble, 1–3 p.m.; Mac Experience DJ, 8 p.m.–12 a.m. 419-448-0914 or www.walnutgrovecampground.co. SEP. 5–7 – Western Ohio Cluster St. Bernard Specialty Dog Show, Lima Kennel Club, 1050 Thayer Rd., Lima, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. $5 parking. Complete show schedule can be found at www.infodog.com. SEP. 6 – Van Wert County Fair Car Show, Van Wert Co. Fgds., Van Wert, 2–6 p.m. Dash plaques, goody bags, door prizes, ’50s and ’60s music. Entry gives access to all activities at the fair, food, flea market, and more. wrkchevy@hotmail.com. SEP. 7 – Labor Day Parade, downtown Lima, 10 a.m. Lineup begins at Northland at 9 a.m. Parade proceeds down Main Street to the Town Square. Music, clowns, candy, bands, and floats! 419-222-6075 or www. visitgreaterlima.com. SEP. 11–12 – Scout Family/Grandparents Weekend, Walnut Grove Campground, 7325 S. Twp. Rd. 131, Tiffin. Donation. Park visitor fee if not camping: $2.50 per person, 4 yrs. and under free. Fri. 8 p.m., indoor movie night. Sat. 11 a.m., crafts; Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, time TBA; 5:30 p.m., chicken dinner. 419448-0914 or www.walnutgrovecampground.co. SEP. 12 – Ottawa River Cleanup, Lima, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. The route starts at the American Red Cross building, 610 S. Collett St. Volunteers are assigned a small section and receive a free lunch, T-shirt, and certificate of appreciation. Families and students welcome; minors must have a waiver form signed by parent/guardian. Wear old clothes and shoes that can get wet. Gloves are mandatory and will be provided if needed. Call 419-221-5177 or 419-228-1836 to volunteer or for more information. SEP. 12 – Sidney Music and Arts Festival, downtown Sidney. Schedule to be announced; check website for updates. Great music on two stages, talented artists and makers, food vendors, and more. https://sidneyalive. org/musicandartsfest. SEP. 12 – WAR Wrestling: “September to Remember,” Bradfield Community Ctr., 550 S. Collett St., Lima, 7 p.m. Reserved VIP tickets $16, doors open at 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets $10 or 4 for $30, doors open at 6:30 p.m. www.warwrestling.com.

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