Ohio Cooperative Living - October 2019 - Adams

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Adams Rural Electric Cooperative

Halloween spirit ALSO INSIDE What exactly IS a cooperative? Out-of-theordinary apple recipes Edison’s bulb turns 140


Every October, we celebrate you.

After all, co-ops were built by members, for members, and are still owned by members like you. Thank you for being a part of your co-op!



INSIDE FEATURES 24 HALLOWEEN HAUNTS Head to one of these unusual Ohio attractions for a break from the regular pumpkin picking and hayrides.

30 SNUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL Far from being blood-sucking terrors of the night, vampire bats are actually models of cooperation.

32 HUNTING WORKS One Ohio group preaches the benefits — not just environmental, but also economic — that the sport brings to all areas of the state.

34 BRIGHT IDEA Happy 140th birthday to the lightbulb! Celebrate at the Edison Birthplace Museum in Milan.

Cover image on most issues: Kaylee Smith, daughter of South Central Power Company members Amy and Kris Smith of Carroll, poses on the perfect pumpkin during her preschool field trip to Pigeon Roost Farm in Hebron.



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eople working together for a common cause is nothing new. For those efforts to be sustainable over time requires operating principles — tenets that guide our actions and decisions. During October, we celebrate National Cooperative Month, recognizing that since the mid-1800s, our cooperative business model has not merely endured but flourished because it has remained committed to our values. While there seems to be a day or month celebrating nearly everything under the sun, National Cooperative Month is a bit different. At your electric cooperative and elsewhere, those 31 days are an opportunity for members, employees, trustees — everyone involved with the co-op — to renew our connection with each other and with the seven principles that guide us: Voluntary and Open Membership; Democratic Member Control; Members’ Economic Participation; Autonomy and Independence; Education, Training, and Information; Cooperation Among Cooperatives; and Concern for Community. Cooperatives operate in just about every sector of the economy, competing against privately held or investor-owned businesses in the process. It’s those seven principles, however, that set co-ops — whether your electric utility, the Ace Hardware store, the local credit union, or Land O’Lakes — apart from other businesses. We were formed by and exist solely for the benefit of our members. While we take special note of the value of our cooperative in October, we are honored to be an enduring and thriving part of our community, delivering vital services to you, all year long.



Cooperatives operate in just about every sector of the economy, competing against privately held or investor-owned businesses in the process.

OCTOBER 2019 • Volume 62, No. 1


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All about co-ops: Cooperatives of all kinds celebrate during National Cooperative Month.


Patrick O’Loughlin President & CEO Patrick Higgins Director of Communications Jeff McCallister Managing Editor Rebecca Seum Associate Editor Anita Cook Graphic Designer Dava Hennosy Editorial Intern

Butler Rural Electric: Beneficial partnerships help the co-op improve the quality of life in and around Oxford, where it’s based.

Contributors: Brian Albright, Margo Bartlett, Colleen Romick Clark, Randy Edwards, W.H. “Chip” Gross, Catherine Murray, Damaine Vonada, and Patty Yoder.

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8 CO-OP PEOPLE Feeling ‘Rustacious’: Whether singing, composing, or painting gigantic murals, Holmes County’s Renaissance man enjoys the fruits of his artistic passions.

River monsters: Deep in the channels of the mighty Ohio River lie some of the largest freshwater fish in the country.

Uncommonly good: Our October

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recipes may help you think of apples in a whole new light.


News and important information from your electric cooperative.


What’s happening: October/ November events and other things to do around the state.



Pumpkin patch: Readers and their kids and grandkids scatter far and wide to find the perfect gourd for holiday decorations.


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So … what exactly is a BY PATTY YODER


he moment they open the door, Pattycake Bakery patrons are greeted with the smell of freshly baked Marry Me Blueberry muffins and Thrilla Vanilla cupcakes. Located in Columbus’ Clintonville neighborhood, the popular bakery strives to be conscientious in everything it does, like using all-natural ingredients, delivering orders by bicycle, and, in 2013, becoming a worker-owned cooperative. A cooperative is a business that is owned by and operated for the benefit of those who use it. With a worker-owned cooperative, workerowners have a say in business decisions and reap larger rewards for their efforts than



they would as employees. For Pattycake founder Jennie Scheinbach, converting her business into a co-op was an ethical decision. “A co-op creates a more democratic work environment,” Scheinbach says. “When you remove the manageremployee power dynamic from the equation, you operate as equals, and the result is more genuine, more authentic relationships. The business feels more like a family now.” There are some 65,000 co-ops in the United States, according to the National Cooperative Business Association. Pattycake is an example of a worker cooperative, one of the fastest-growing segments of businesses that use the cooperative model. The largest cooperatives are producer co-ops, a segment that includes such well-known brands as Ocean Spray, Ace Hardware, and Land O’Lakes — where, for example, dairy farmers collaborate to more efficiently process, market, and distribute their goods under a common label.

Seven Cooperative Principles 1. Open and Voluntary Membership 2. Democratic Member Control 3. Members’ Economic Participation 4. Autonomy and Independence 5. Education, Training, and Information 6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives 7. Concern for Community The most well-known type of cooperative is a consumer co-op, which often takes the form of retail outlets, such as local grocery stores, that are owned and operated by the consumers that purchase their goods. The nation’s nearly 900 private, independently owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives are another type of consumer coop, owned by and serving an estimated 42 million people in 48 states. The 24 Ohio-based electric distribution cooperatives serve more than 380,000 homes and businesses — around 1 million people — in 77 of the state’s 88 counties, providing electric service to areas that for-profit utilities are generally reluctant to serve because of a lower profit potential.

for the betterment of those communities. Many create charitable foundations that their members contribute to, which then award grants to help those in need.

Instead of being profit-driven, though, cooperatives run on shared values. Every member has a right to participate in the governance process by voting for the board members who make decisions in the best interests of the co-op. Since they’re owned by and governed by their members, cooperatives are hyperfocused on service to those consumer-members — and in survey after survey, co-op customers report higher satisfaction rates than customers of similar for-profit companies.

Co-ops help communities thrive

Staying true to their values also allows cooperatives to forge their own paths and travel where corporate businesses cannot tread. In 2015, outdoor retail co-op Recreational Equipment, Inc. — better known as REI — made headlines for being closed on Black Friday, while its competitors kicked off holiday sales as early as Thanksgiving afternoon. Member-owners decided it was more important for REI employees to enjoy the holiday with their families, so they bucked the long-standing shopping tradition. How did consumers respond to such a radical move? By joining REI. The co-op saw a 9.3% increase in membership. Electric cooperatives, both owned and staffed by people who live in the communities they serve, work constantly

The cooperative structure offers other benefits, too. After paying its bills and setting aside funds for the future, the business distributes any remaining funds back to its members in the form of capital credits. Also, because coop shares are not traded on Wall Street, they’re not under pressure to show ever-increasing quarterly earnings, which means they can focus on long-term objectives.

A new co-op is bringing fresh food and sustainable jobs to Dayton’s Salem Avenue Corridor, a community that needs both. When construction is finished next year, Gem City Market will be a modern, welcoming, 15,000-square-foot grocery store. Until then, the market is hosting regular farm stands, community conversations, and walking groups to encourage people to join and to promote healthy living. Kenya Baker is outreach director of Co-op Dayton, the nonprofit that’s developing Gem City Market. Baker says the cooperative model will show people what they can do when they work together. “The members are the catalyst that drives the engine. They’re going to be part of this beautiful structure that offers quality service — and know that they made it happen,” she says. “This will open up a world of possibilities about other ways they can affect their communities. I am excited to watch them do this for themselves.”





ocated between Cincinnati and Dayton, Butler Rural Electric Cooperative (BREC) serves over 11,600 consumer-members in an area that values higher education and offers plenty of opportunity to get back to nature. BREC has built beneficial relationships to help improve the quality of life in and around Oxford, where the co-op is based.

Education first Butler Rural Electric maintains a long-standing relationship with Miami University’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, which allows the cooperative to stay informed on environmental issues. Each year, BREC awards a $3,000 scholarship to a student in the IES graduate program. Also, students from Miami’s School of Engineering use data from the co-op’s community solar array for a variety of research projects.

Outdoors The 3,000-acre Hueston Woods State Park, which lies in BREC territory, is perfect for outdoors enthusiasts, corporate outings, family getaways, and more. The park’s nature center is home to hawks, owls, and even a cougar. Fossil hunters can search the collection areas and take home any treasures they find. Acton Lake, in the center of the park, provides visitors with the opportunity to fish, boat, and swim and is also the launching point for the annual Fireworks Extravaganza, sponsored each year by BREC. The cooperative also provides electricity to Wilderness Ridge at PVM Retreat Center in Camden, an 83-acre campus in a picturesque setting with woods, a creek, and scenic waterfalls. The retreat has an open-air chapel, a cobblestone amphitheater, a pond, and a brand-new lodge that holds 200 people. The center hosts business events, corporate retreats, youth camps, and weddings.

Commitment to community Butler Rural Electric’s mission is to improve the quality of life in its community. Butler Rural Community Connection, a fund created to benefit nonprofit groups in the cooperative’s service territory, awarded more than $74,000 in grants to local organizations in 2018. The cooperative also awards local high school scholarships each year and supports and participates in local events. Cooperative employees and trustees volunteer for charities and youth activities and are a visible presence at events throughout the year.


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‘RUSTACIOUS’ Holmes County’s Renaissance man enjoys the fruit of his artistic passion. STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARGO BARTLETT


usty Baker’s earnest love for life and his willingness to take chances have led him along a path few others could tread.

“Where my two feet are is the greatest place on earth,” says Baker, a Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative member — and it’s easy to believe he means what he says. Baker is a musician, world traveler, and self-taught artist whose work resides in more than 200 cities around the globe. Perhaps the most iconic and the most personal, however, is his own barn on Holmes County Road 150. Largerthan-life paintings of music legends from Beethoven to the Beatles and Janis Joplin to Minnie Pearl cover the walls.

“Passion is what drives this,” he says, adding that “passion” means not being afraid to take a risk and having confidence in yourself. “Ego’s good. Ego’s your atomic energy.” The barn’s enclosed entranceway features portraits of Ohio music greats, including Marilyn Manson, John Legend, Tracy Chapman, Rick Derringer, and others. The portraits are done in wood stain, using a technique Baker developed himself. The tricky part, he says, is fixing mistakes, since stain permeates wood immediately and can’t be wiped off. He’s figured out a way to do it, though he’s keeping his secret to himself. Inside, in the center of a vast open room, is a welcoming cluster of leather couches and chairs. Guitars and other instruments hang on every wall. A grand piano is in one corner, a drum set in another, ready-to-play guitars in a third. The fourth corner is a kitchen, with dozens of wines — some of them, like a complete set of Marilyn Merlot wines, not for everyday sipping.

Rusty Baker plays along with the ambient music during a tour of his barn in Holmes County, which is filled with a collection of various instruments and adorned outside with generations of music legends painted by Baker in giant murals — Hank Williams’ hat (opposite page, with the author posing in front), for example, is 10 feet wide.


People often send him things, Baker says, pointing out signed guitars (Gordon Lightfoot, Dave Mason); a Helen Baker banjo by P.W. McKinley (it’s as heavy as a sledgehammer, giving one new respect for Helen, who was inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame in 2010); a dulcimer made by C.P. Pritchard, inventor of the mountain dulcimer; and guitars, violins, mandolins, and sitars from all over the world. “I don’t really go looking for these things; they come looking for me,” Baker says. He puts on one of his own CDs — he’s recorded dozens of his own songs — and plays a sitar along with the recorded music. He opens a door to a room he calls “the vault,” full of cased guitars, including a Gibson Les Paul Robot, an instrument that tunes itself. Baker discusses painting and the challenges posed by “porosity and density” with the same enthusiasm he brings to life itself. “The secret to life is productivity,” he says, and notes that when he talks to young people, he tells them life’s three most important elements are opportunity, productivity, and the chance to enjoy what you’ve done. He grew up 5 miles from his current home, where he lives with his wife, Claudia Rozuk, a radiologist, and painted his first commissioned mural in McConnellsville in 1984. His current success, he stresses, didn’t come easy after he left the family oil business to pursue his artistic passions. “I did struggle, and I struggled a hell of a lot,” he says. Even so, he has this saying planned for his gravestone: “Every day is the best day of my life.” The philosophy is manifest as even a day of mundane chores gives him

an opportunity for joy. On a drive into town, for example, he pulls over several times to speak to friends and acquaintances: “Roger-Dodger and Scotty!” he hollers to men measuring a utility line in one of Baker’s own fields. Another friend is pushing a lawnmower. “Get a goat!” Baker shouts. At the lumber company, he strides upstairs to chat with people in the main offices, then back to the cafeteria. Along the way, he readily shares bits of his personal philosophy: “When you’re self-taught, you’re the teacher” and “People who read instructions don’t have a natural intuitive perception.” Then there’s the word he coined himself: rustacious. He describes it as, “When you wake up in the morning, stand up straight, and admit you’re going to be wrong all day.” “I’m feeling rustacious!” Baker says, and though he might claim to be doing it all wrong, it seems like he’s got something right.


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OHIO RIVER The river’s legendary for the giant catfish that roam the depths. BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS


tories of huge catfish — channel cats, flatheads, and blues — lurking in the deep, murky, mysterious pools of the Ohio River have been whispered from angler to angler for hundreds of years. For instance, David Zeisberger, a missionary to the Delaware Indians in what would one day become Ohio, recorded in his 1780 book, History of the Northern American Indians, the following fish story: “In the Ohio [River] … [catfish] grow to an unusual size. In Pittsburgh, a man who had gone fishing at night, having bound the line to his arm and gone to sleep in his canoe, was dragged into the water by the catfish and lost his life. Man and fish were found close together several days later.”

Another large Ohio River catfish during pioneer times even provoked an Indian attack. In July 1782, near Wheeling, Tom Mills Sr. and two other men were fishing from a boat at the mouth of Glen’s Run, a small tributary of the Ohio along the north shore, when he hooked and landed a large flathead catfish. Unfortunately, a nearby war party of some 30 Shawnee Indians heard the trio whooping, celebrating their catch, and crept through the dense woods to investigate. Cocking their flintlock rifles, the Indians took aim and fired simultaneously, hitting Mills no less than 17 times. Miraculously, only one of the other two men was wounded, and Mills somehow survived his many injuries. Upon

Chris Rolph of Williamsburg and the 96-pound current Ohio state-record blue catfish, caught from the Ohio River in 2009. (photo by Tom Cross)


Ohio’s state-record fish The Outdoor Writers of Ohio (OWO) is the official keeper of record-fish statistics in the Buckeye State. To view a list of all 47 species of Ohio’s state-record fish, or to download an Ohio Record Fish Official Application Form, click on the Programs and Events section of the OWO website (www. outdoorwritersofohio.org).

Carl Morris Jr. (left) of Johnstown and Rob Parsons (right) of Mount Vernon show off their Alabama blue catfish caught earlier this year that weighed nearly 115 pounds.

later learning that his trophy flathead catfish weighed 87 pounds, Mills quipped, “Almost makes it worth it.” Giant Ohio River catfish are not just a thing of the past. The largest fish currently on Ohio’s state-record list is a blue cat caught by Chris Rolph of Williamsburg on June 11, 2009, near Cincinnati. It weighed a whopping 96 pounds and measured 54.5 inches long! “It took me half an hour to land the big cat,” remembers Rolph. “When my fishing buddy, Jon Owens of Amelia, netted the fish, he immediately knew I had a new state record. We headed back to the dock to find a certified scale and have the fish weighed as soon as possible.” The fish was so large that the only place Rolph found to weigh it was a feed store. The record blue catfish was then released into a farm pond.

Peter Gross of West Chester hooks into an Ohio River catfish.

Two other Ohioans who are pretty good at catching large catfish are Rob Parsons of Mount Vernon and his fishing partner, Carl Morris Jr. of Johnstown. Earlier this year, the pair landed a blue cat that tipped the scales at 114.96 pounds. Unfortunately, the fish was not a new Ohio record, because it was caught from Wheeler Lake in Alabama, part of the Tennessee River system. “It stands as the largest catfish ever caught in the history of the Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail,” Parsons says. “All the catfish caught during the tournament were released following the official weighin, so some other lucky angler may catch that fish again someday — and by then it will be even larger.” Surprisingly, even with their big catch, Parsons and Morris did not win the one-day Alabama tournament. The winner was determined by the total weight of five catfish, and they caught only three that day, so they finished second. If you’d like to try your luck at catching your own trophy catfish, the annual Monsters on the Ohio (www. monstersontheohio.com) catfish tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Ohio River fishing guide Dale Broughton throws a cast net to catch baitfish for catfishing.

W.H. “CHIP” GROSS is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor.







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The crunch of a fresh apple eaten out of hand is one of the pleasures of early fall, but these recipes might inspire you to think of the luscious fruit in a whole new way. RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY CATHERINE MURRAY


SNAP PEA AND APPLE SALAD Prep: 15 minutes | Servings: 4 1/2 pound radishes, sliced into thin rounds 3 medium Crispin or Shizuka apples, sliced thin 1/2 pound sugar snap peas, some chopped, some split open 1/4 cup fennel bulb, sliced thin 4 tablespoons goat cheese

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2 tablespoons fennel fronds, chopped 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup water 2 tablespoons honey 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Loosely arrange radish slices, apple slices, sugar snap peas, and chopped fennel on serving plates. Top with crumbled goat cheese and fennel fronds. In a small jar with a lid, shake or whisk olive oil, vinegar, water, honey, salt, and pepper together. Pour dressing over salads. For a milder flavor, marinate salad with the dressing overnight. Serve with focaccia bread (optional). Per serving: 329 calories, 18 grams fat (5 grams saturated fat), 39 grams total carbs, 7 grams fiber, 7 grams protein.

SPICED APPLE PORK LOIN Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 1 hour, 30 minutes | Servings: 12 4-pound pork loin 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 5 large Braeburn or Pink Lady apples, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder sliced 1/2 inch thick 1 teaspoon salt 2 large sweet onions, sliced 1/4 inch thick 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup honey With fat side up, cut 10 to 12 apple-length slits in pork loin, approximately 3 inches deep into top of the pork. Set aside 12 apple slices. Place remaining apple and onion slices into the bottom of an oven-safe roasting pan with tall sides. Place pork loin on top of apples and onion slices, then slide reserved apple slices into the slits on the top of the pork loin. Mix together cinnamon, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Sprinkle seasoning mix over entire dish, then drizzle honey on top. Loosely cover pan with aluminum foil and place in 375 F oven on the middle rack for about an hour and a half or until middle of meat reaches 160 F with thermometer. Skim fat off with a small mesh strainer. Let meat rest 10 minutes before slicing. Note: This dish can be made in a slow cooker following the same instructions; cook 5 hours on low. Per serving: 469 calories, 21 grams fat (8 grams saturated fat), 27 grams total carbs, 3 grams fiber, 42 grams protein.

APPLE CHEDDAR TART Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes | Servings: 4 8-ounce puff pastry sheet 2 tablespoons salted sunflower seeds 1/2 cup applesauce 2 tablespoons raisins dash of cinnamon 1 medium Cameo, Cortland, or Baldwin apple, sliced thin 3/4 cup shredded cheddar Thaw puff pastry and roll out onto a piece of parchment in a rectangle shape. Place on a baking sheet. Spread applesauce evenly over puff pastry. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top, then 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, sunflower seeds, and raisins. Evenly distribute apple slices and remaining 1/4 cup cheddar on top. Bake in oven at 400 F for 15 to 20 minutes or until pastry has risen and is golden brown and cheese has melted. Per serving: 428 calories, 25 grams fat (7 grams saturated fat), 41 grams total carbs, 3 grams fiber, 11 grams protein. 16   OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  •  OCTOBER 2019

CARAMEL AND CRISP STUFFED APPLES Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 30 minutes | Servings: 4 4 large Gala, Honeycrisp, or 1/4 cup flour Granny Smith apples 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/4 cup chopped pecans 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon lemon juice 3 tablespoons unsalted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract butter, cold 4 tablespoons caramel sauce Cut off the tops of 4 apples. Using a knife, core the apples, creating a bowl (leaving the bottoms intact). Using a grapefruit spoon, dig out the inside. Place hollowed apples onto a baking sheet or pan. Cut apple insides and tops into small chunks. In a bowl, combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Mix until combined. Mix apple chunks, lemon juice, and vanilla into sugar mixture until coated. Spoon filling into the hollowed-out apples and pour 1 tablespoon caramel sauce into each apple. In a bowl, whisk together flour, oats, pecans, brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cut in the cold butter until small clumps form. Sprinkle streusel over top of stuffed apples, allowing excess streusel to fall onto the bottom of the baking sheet. Place apples in a 375 F oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until streusel is browned and filling is bubbly. Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before serving. Top with vanilla ice cream and more caramel sauce, if desired. Per serving: 429 calories, 12 grams fat (6 grams saturated fat), 80 grams total carbs, 8 grams fiber, 5 grams protein.


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he 79th Adams REC annual meeting of the members is now history. The business meeting opened this year with the invocation by Rev. Ron Baker, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and once again the national anthem by State Representative Doug Green, who delivered a fantastic performance and invited everyone to join in.

Board President Donald McCarty thanked cooperative employees for their hard work to make sure our members have power. He commended them for their willingness to work in good and bad situations to keep the electricity flowing. Donald also commented on the duties of the board of trustees. Each trustee is also a member of Adams REC. It is their responsibility to make sure the cooperative remains stable and financially sound. When it was my turn to give the general manager’s report, I pointed out that we have had successes in the midst of challenges over the past year. We were able to face the challenges because of the technology advancements that have been put in place in recent years. These advances make it possible for us to stay on top of potential problems with the system. We are able to more quickly respond to outages and therefore get your power back on as soon as possible. Despite all that we do, there are, however, some power outages that are caused by conditions that are beyond our reach, such as outages that are caused by issues with the transmission. As American Electric Power (AEP) makes upgrades to the transmission system, we expect to experience fewer incidents and increased reliability.

I also wanted to share that our American Customer Satisfaction Index score of 80 shows an increase of 8 points Bill Swango over the previous survey in GENERAL MANAGER 2015. I think that shows that Adams REC is moving in the right direction with our upgrades and improvements. Erika Ackley, manager of finance and administration, gave her report of the cooperative’s financial condition. Erika reported that the cooperative had a 4.04% increase in kilowatt-hour sales from 2017. She also stated that the cooperative had a margin, or profit, of $1,705,508 for 2018, a 5.54% increase from 2017 margins. Those margins were allocated to the members who had service in 2018 in March 2019. Erika reported that the biggest expense of the cooperative is the cost of purchased power. We spent almost $9 million, or 56%, of the total revenue to get the power to our system in 2018. The cost of purchasing power is a pass-through to the consumer and shows on your monthly bill as the “Generation and Transmission Charge.” The charge does change monthly and can be found in the messages section of the bill. Thomas Alban, vice president of power generation for Buckeye Power, spoke about the changes in responsibility of operations at the Cardinal Power Plant from AEP to Buckeye Power. He also reported that as a whole, the cooperatives in Ohio returned $34 million in capital credits to their members in 2018.

Thanks to all who attended the annual meeting. We hope you enjoyed it!

William Seaman, District 4; M. Dale Grooms, District 3; and John Wickerham, District 7.




79th annual meeting The 79th Adams Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. annual meeting of the members was held at the Cherry Fork Community Center. As the members registered, they received an annual report and a ticket for the drawing for one of eight $50 bill credits. As they moved on to the next table to register for the drawings, they received a goody bag, a Mason jar mug, an Adams REC hat, and a filled bookbag for each child.

another three-year term are William Seaman, District 4; Dale Grooms, District 3; and John Wickerham, District 7. When the business part of the meeting was finished, everyone enjoyed delicious pulled pork sandwiches provided by JT's Stovetop BBQ. I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this year’s annual meeting a success.

Reminders Please remember to update your mailing address and telephone number. We always try to contact you before we disconnect service. A good phone number could make the difference in your power staying on or being shut off. 1812900035 A good mailing address helps to ensure that you receive your monthly bill, Ohio Cooperative Living magazine, ballots, and capital credit checks. Daylight saving time ends on Nov. 3. As you make sure your clocks are turned back, it is also a good time to check your smoke alarms.

Member Lucy Morgan and her nine-day old great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Rose Meyer.

As a new twist for the event this year, the business meeting came first. President Donald McCarty welcomed the membership and guests. This year our guests included State Representative Doug Green; State Representative Brian Baldridge; Lisa Newman, Adams County Treasurer; Lisa Baldridge, the southern Ohio regional liaison for Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose; Vice President of Power Generation, Ohio Electric Cooperatives/Buckeye Power Inc. Thomas Alban; OEC Associate Editor, Rebecca Seum; Greg Caudill, CPA, Caudill & Associates; and Jeff Newman, CPA. AREC retirees joining us were Theron Shoemaker, Faye Parker, and Dale Grooms. Our youngest attendee this year was Elizabeth Rose Meyer, nine-day old daughter of members Stephen and Laura Meyer. Pictured with her great-grandmother, member Lucy Morgan, she was also surrounded by her six siblings, Nathan, Colleen, Titus, Andrew, Luke, and Timothy. Toward the end of the meeting, Board President Donald McCarty introduced Jeff Newman, CPA, to announce the results of the mail-ballot voting for trustees. Reelected for


As always, if you need information concerning the scholarship program, capital credits, calendar of events, or any other questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at 937-544-2305 or aliceb@adamsrec.com.

Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month Heating requires more energy than any other system in your home, typically making up about 42% of your energy bill. With proper equipment maintenance and upgrades like additional insulation and air sealing, you can save about 30% on your energy bill. Source: energy.gov

ADAMS RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES PLEASE CALL IN YOUR OUTAGES Do not use email or Facebook, as they are not continuously monitored. 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.

Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 3. Remember to “fall back” and set your clocks back one hour!

Capital credits retirements Capital credits refunded to the estates of Adams Rural Electric Co-op members for August 2019 totaled $37,893.51. Estates paid in 2019 to date total $168,310.77. In case of the death of a member of Adams Rural Electric, contact Kacee Cox or Alice Baird at 937-544-2305 or 800-283-1846.

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The Liverpool Legends will be doing “A Tribute to The Beatles” at the Red Barn Convention Center on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Contact 800-823-9197 ext. 121.


42nd Annual Miller’s Anniversary Customer Appreciation Day at Miller Bakery & Furniture, 960 Wheat Ridge Road. Contact 937-544-8524.


11th Annual Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair & Harvest Celebration. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 817 Tater Ridge Road. Contact Kim Erwin at 937-544-8252.


Southern Ohio Mounted Desperados, 10 a.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds. The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) is the fastest-growing equestrian sport in the nation. Contact Dora Psiakis at 513-616-5135 or dora@diamondmules.com.


Jeep Adventure Tour. Tour Adams County in all of its beauty. Registration starts at 12 p.m., ride starts at 1 p.m. Meal served at the end of the ride. Silent auction and split-the-pot proceeds benefit the Mid-West Dream Center. Contact Rhonda Burton at 513-218-9759.


Music at Serpent Mound. Steve Free Open Air Concert at 1 p.m.




The Bellamy Brothers will perform at the Red Barn Convention Center at 7 p.m. Contact 800-823-9197 ext. 121.


Adams Country Christmas. On the Courthouse Square in West Union. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Welcoming ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Veterans Day Ceremony. Courthouse in West Union. Starts at 2 p.m. with line-up for the parade at 1:15 at the Old Hospital in West Union. Contact 973-544-5005.


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HIDDEN NUMBER BILL CREDIT 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.

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Tired of standard-issue pumpkin picking and haunted hayrides? Head to one of these unusual Halloween attractions. BY BRIAN ALBRIGHT


alloween is an increasingly popular holiday, and more and more people are looking for ways to celebrate. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2018 data, spending on Halloween

has nearly tripled since 2005, growing from roughly $3 billion to more than $9 billion. In addition to the costumes and the candy, people are also looking for Halloween experiences — like haunted houses, corn mazes, pumpkin picking, ghost walks, and hayrides. If you’re looking for something a little different, however, Ohio has plenty of options that can help add a spooky twist to your Halloween itinerary this year.


The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Haunted Mountain Summer at Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre in Chillicothe means Tecumseh! — the outdoor drama that has been entertaining audiences for decades. When the leaves start to turn and the autumn wind begins to blow, the theater turns into Haunted Mountain, and things get much spookier.

Sugarloaf began running Halloween programming five years ago. What started as a traditional haunted attraction has turned into a fully interactive and immersive theatrical experience built around Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The program now includes a haunted trail, an escape room, and a play based on the Irving story, which can be Continued on page 26

Audiences get an immersive experience with the cast during performances of The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre in Chillicothe.


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experienced individually or via a combo ticket. “The play itself is not a traditional play,” says Brandon Smith, CEO of the Scioto Society, which runs the theater. “The audience moves onto the stage for a scene and then into the parking area for the final sequence. It’s an immersive experience, and the story continues if you go to the haunted trail.” Smith says the play is suitable for the same age range as Tecumseh! (6 and up), although that will depend on the individual child. The haunted trail is also PG-rated. “We do traditional old-school scares,” Smith says. “It’s family friendly. It will scare people, but we’re not going for the gross-out.” The Sleepy Hollow Experience, Thursday to Sunday, Oct. 3–Nov. 2, Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, 5968 Marietta Road, Chillicothe, Ohio. Tickets are $30–$40. www.hauntedmountain.org

The presence and year-round popularity of Foy’s Halloween Store in Fairborn has spurred the creation of one of the largest Halloween festivals in the state.

Fairborn Halloween craze. “Foy’s has six stores downtown, and they are busy all year round,” Owen says. “We asked ourselves, ‘Why aren’t we hosting the Halloween festival to end all Halloween festivals?’ But we had no idea it was going to get this big.”

Fairborn Halloween Festival For those who are really serious about Halloween, a trip to Fairborn during the season should be in the works. According to Matt Owen, executive director of Fairborn’s Chamber of Commerce, the town’s Halloween festival is one of the largest in the state, drawing more than 10,000 visitors. At the center of it all — literally — is a wild, old-fashioned five-and-dime store called Foy’s. The store is run by Mike Foy, the third-generation owner of the 90-yearold business, and its footprint has expanded to include Foy’s Halloween Store, as well as adult- and kid-oriented costume shops. Foy’s gets the credit for starting the


The Foy family made a concerted effort to embrace the holiday. The store’s decorations are a prominent part of Fairborn’s Main Street, and the tourists who have been drawn to the stores inspired the town to kick off the Halloween festival eight years ago. The festival is decidedly family friendly. All of the downtown shops are open, as well as a host of street vendors, crafts, and art. There’s live entertainment, both on-stage and around downtown, as well as street performances such as Irish dancing and belly dancing. The festival also includes a beer garden, food trucks, and Halloween parade. “We’re also having the Zombie Mobile back, which was a big hit for us last year,” Owen says. The vehicle is a 1930s-style paddy wagon full of animatronic zombies. Fairborn Halloween Festival, October 18–20, downtown Fairborn. www.facebook.com/events/2443842752511798/ or www.foyshalloweenstore.com.

Shock Around the Clock If you love horror movies and have a spare 24 hours, then the Shock Around the Clock movie marathon at the Drexel Theatre in Bexley is right up your alley. The guest of honor at this year’s event will be acclaimed cinematographer Michael Gornick, who will introduce two of his films, Day of the Dead and Creepshow. The marathon features a dozen movies, including classics from the 1940s (Frankenstein Meets Wolfman) through current creepers (Ohio premieres of The Wretched and The Dark Red) with lots of cult favorites (Crash, Shaun of the Dead, Hitchcock’s The Birds) and more. There’s also a costume contest and a scream contest, with lots of prizes. Those who survive the entire 24-hour experience will be issued an official “Shock Certificate” as a testament to their dedication and stamina. Shock Around the Clock, noon to noon, October 12–13, Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St., Columbus. Tickets are $47 and usually go pretty quickly (seating is limited). www.horrormarathon.com

All Hallows’ Eve The Ohio Village at Columbus’ Ohio History Center provides Victorian-era chills (and an appearance by the Headless Horseman) over two weekends in October. The village is a bit of a time machine on a normal day, but near Halloween, the staff transform the location into a spooky carnival with plenty of activities for adults and kids. You can learn about the history of popular Halloween traditions in the U.S. while carving pumpkins and making masks. There are fortune-tellers, Victorian parlor games, traditional dancing, and a 19th-century-style masquerade

party. Costumed historical characters roam the village and share stories about Halloweens of the past (as well as classic ghost stories). You can even visit the vintage funeral parlor and meet the top-hatted undertaker. The event is capped off with a live reading of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” around a bonfire — watch out for a dramatic appearance by the Headless Horseman himself. All Hallows’ Eve, 5:30–9:30 p.m., Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, Ohio History Center/Ohio Village, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for kids 4 to 12 (3 and under are free). www. ohiohistory.org/participate/event-calendar/ohio-village/hallows

Halloween campouts There is no shortage of scary movies based around illfated camping trips. You’re alone in the woods at night, miles from civilization and reliable cellphone coverage. What was that noise outside the tent? An animal? Or … something else? Fall camping is always fun, but Hocking Hills State Park adds a seasonal element with its annual Halloween Campout. The event includes a ghost hunt at Ash Cave, pumpkin decorating, a hayride, trick-or-treating at Old Man’s Cave, a costume contest, and a family-friendly spooky movie. There are also Halloween campouts at East Harbor (Oct. 4–5 and Oct. 11–12), Lake Loramie (Oct. 11–12), Paint Creek (Oct. 11–12), Mohican (Oct. 18–19), Indian Lake (Oct. 19–20), Continued on page 28


The Halloween Express You’ve heard of the Polar Express, but what about the Halloween Express? Each fall, the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation operates a non-scary Halloween train ride for kids and adults. The volunteer group operates quarter-scale steam and diesel locomotives (which are used for the rides), and also has a museum and displays of full-size railroad equipment. Continued from page 27

and a number of other state parks. Visit parks.ohiodnr. gov/calendar for more information.

Escape From Blood Prison (Ohio State Reformatory) Scary haunted house attractions are everywhere in October, but few could boast the ambiance of the shuttered Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. For the past several years, the 19th-century prison, which closed in 1990, has hosted an intense haunted house attraction from late September through early November. Visitors wind their way through the cell blocks of the massive facility for a roughly 30-minute tour that includes encounters with axe-wielding maniacs, ghost inmates, and scary clowns. There is usually a live band playing outside, and this year the haunt also features the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Review, which includes circus performers, magicians, and modern-day “freaks” like the tattooed Lizard Man. The reformatory also offers private and public ghost hunts on select Fridays throughout the year, as well as both guided and self-guided tours. Escape From Blood Prison, Sept. 27–Nov. 3, Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield. Tickets are $25. www.bloodprison.com


Guests ride on a scale model 1950s steamliner called the Riverside Train (owned by the Hancock Historical Museum) and can view Halloween-themed light displays and other types of holiday displays along the tracks. The train operates from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The group also offers a Trick or Treat Halloween Train (afternoon and evening runs) on Oct. 19 and 26 that includes stops around the track so costumed riders can collect treats. Halloween Express, Oct. 5–Oct. 26, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, 12505 C.R. 99, Findlay. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. A Pumpkin Train ride on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 20 includes a stop for pumpkin picking (for an additional charge). www.nworrp.org


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Far from blood-sucking terrors, vampire bats are models of cooperation. BY RANDY EDWARDS; PHOTOS COURTESY OF GERALD CARTER

long with skeletons and zombies, the fanged and hog-nosed visage of a bat is one of the most popular images for conjuring up fright at Halloween — and the vampire bat is the most celebrated of all bats known to the science of scaring.


even with those who are not related. Understanding why cooperation can enhance survival and reproduction in the bat colony helps us appreciate why other mammals, including humans, benefit from what Carter calls “the snuggle for survival.”

There’s no reason to be frightened, though: There are no vampire bats in Ohio, or even in Count Dracula’s Transylvania. The only three species of vampire bat haunt only the tropical forests of Central and South America.

“We often think humans are special because we are smart. But it’s our social smarts that really allow us to have the modern civilization that we do today,” Carter says. “If you took the smartest adult human and left them alone in a completely foreign environment, their best chance of survival is not to use their intelligence to fend for themselves, it would be to find a local tribe and then use their social intelligence to integrate into that society.”

Since they rarely target humans, there’s not much chance that an Ohioan will ever encounter one — unless that Ohioan is Gerald Carter, assistant professor in the department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at Ohio State University. Carter studies bats, specifically vampire bats, and spent the past summer as he often does — capturing and studying vampire bats in the tropical forests of Central America. His research has helped us understand that far from being monsters, vampire bats are good parents, forge strong “friendships” with other bats, and generally are models of cooperation, altruism, and social bonding. The two-ounce bats form long-term bonds and frequently help one another in ways that are costly to themselves,


Cooperation is essential to evolutionary success throughout nature. Social grooming is well-documented across species. Many animals regurgitate food for offspring, which helps to ensure the survival of the juveniles and continuation of the parents’ genes. What makes vampire bats worthy of research is that they often will share their meal (which is, of course, another animal’s blood) with bats who are not related to them. This is no token gift — vampire bats are small (the common vampire bat weighs less than 2 ounces as an adult) and

therefore can’t store a lot of energy. Missing meals for more than a day or two could end in starvation or reproductive failure. So wouldn’t evolution tell us that bats most willing to share would be most likely to die off? The strategy seems to work, however, especially when the bat’s primary foodsharing partner is removed from the picture. Those bats with the most extensive network of food-sharing “friends” are the most likely to survive and their offspring to flourish. “The question is then, what prevents cheating?” Carter asks. “Why not just take others’ help and not help anyone else?” These are the questions Carter seeks to answer with his research, along with questions about how the social bonds form in the first place. One recent inquiry found that the development of social bonding is accelerated when two bat strangers are forced to live in close quarters (think college roommates, Carter says). As previously noted, there are no vampire bats in Ohio. Ohio’s 13 bat species, all of which feast solely on insects, are not known to share food or groom one another, at least not in the way the subjects of Carter’s research do.

Still, there’s much to admire about Ohio’s bats. They huddle for warmth in their nursery colonies and they care diligently for their young. But Carter doesn’t feel the need to defend bats. Despite the persistent and erroneous treatment of bats at Halloween, hostility toward bats is fading, he says. “Kids really love bats,” he says. “It seems to me sometimes that they are almost like the new dinosaurs. If you go to a library and look in the animal section of the kids area, you’ll see multiple books about bats and why we should care for them.”

Professor Gerald Carter’s research into vampire bats reveals a kind, nurturing nature to these creatures often used for Halloween scarefests.



Ohio group spreads the word about the economic benefits of the sport.



or decades, hunters have done a great job of telling others what they, as a group, have done for wildlife conservation in America. If it weren’t for sport hunters gathering together more than a century ago and demanding hunting seasons, bag limits, and other such regulations, there would be little wildlife left in this country. It’s an inspiring story, and one that needs to be retold continually. But frankly, what hunters have not been good at in the past is telling their story in dollars and cents — how much sport-hunting benefits our national, state, and local economies. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is attempting to correct that by sponsoring a nationwide program: Hunting Works for America. Begun in 2010, 18 states now have Hunting Works organizations, with two or three more states joining yearly. Ohio’s effort is led by six co-chairs, including sportsman and business owner Tom Vorisek. “It’s time for hunters to stand up and tell the public — the average person in America who may not hunt or


know much about the outdoors — what hunters and hunting means to them economically,” says Vorisek. “People should understand that they have a financial stake in hunting, even if they don’t hunt.” Melinda Huntley, executive director of the Ohio Travel Association, another Hunting Works for Ohio co-chair, lists some impressive statistics: • More than 400,000 people hunt in Ohio annually, 42,000 of whom are nonresidents. • Ohio hunters spend $321 million on trip-related expenses annually. • Ohio hunters spend $274 million on hunting equipment annually. • Each hunter spends an average of $1,400 per year in Ohio. • Hunter spending translates to $490 million in salaries and wages. • Hunting in Ohio supports more than 2,0 jobs. • Hunters generate $97 million in state and local taxes annually.

in rural areas. In Ohio, for instance, the top three counties for hunting-license sales are urban/suburban counties. So what’s the ultimate goal? Hunting Works for America and its many state affiliates plan to monitor public policy decisions and weigh in on hunting-related issues that impact jobs. Vorisek makes it clear that Hunting Works is not another political lobbying organization.

“My point is that hunters are very important to the Buckeye State economy,” Huntley says. “The ripple effect from sport hunting in Ohio is $1.4 billion annually.” Ohio, like other states in the program, is signing on partners to spread the message. “We started a year ago with a kickoff at the Ohio Statehouse and already have 58 businesses signed on,” Vorisek says. “Sporting retailers, restaurant owners, hotel and resort operators, gas stations and convenience stores, hunting and shooting organizations, and chambers of commerce, to name just a few.” There is no cost for a business to join a Hunting Works organization, and another benefit is the free advertising that joining provides. Also, the initiative should not be thought of as just for businesses or organizations located

“Our primary objective is public education,” he says. “Hunting Works does not get involved in endorsing various political candidates, but what we are doing and will continue to do in the coming years is to explain to people who do not hunt why they should care about the continuation of sport hunting in America.” Vorisek says Hunting Works for Ohio will continue to spread the word about the economic value of hunting in the Buckeye State. “If we can raise the consciousness of the public concerning the financial value of sport hunting, hopefully people will be more favorable toward the sport in the future.” If you’re a business owner or the head of an organization and would like to help, visit www.huntingworksforoh.com and sign on as a partner. Individual volunteers are also needed.

Hunting attracts a wide demographic, and it provides a huge economic boost to state and local economies.


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Celebrate the 140th anniversary of the incandescent lightbulb with an illuminating visit to the Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum. STORY AND PHOTOS BY DAMAINE VONADA


t took thousands of experiments before 32-year-old Thomas Edison finally succeeded in creating the first practical incandescent lightbulb. His eureka moment came 140 years ago, on Oct. 21, 1879, when he used electricity to heat a carbonized cotton thread housed in a glass vacuum bulb. The filament glowed continuously for 13.5 hours before burning out, and on New Year’s Eve 1879, Edison gave the first public demonstration of his “electric-lamp” at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey — dazzling visitors with his bright idea and telling a newspaper reporter, “We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.” Edison’s lightbulb would sever humanity’s dependence on daylight for work and play. It extinguished the age-old link between light and flames by rendering candles, kerosene, whale oil, and gaslights obsolete. After Edison patented the lightbulb in January 1880, his next stroke of genius was devising an efficient, cost-effective


electrical distribution system to make it feasible to use. Edison opened the first American station for generating and delivering electricity in New York City in 1882, which sparked not only the electrical utility industry but also the power grid that energized the world. Although he was acclaimed as the “Wizard of Menlo Park,” Edison was an Ohioan. He was born in 1847 to Samuel and Nancy Edison in a modest red brick house that his father built in the then-booming canal town of Milan. Designed for schooners, the short but deep Milan Canal went directly to Lake Erie, and it turned Milan into an important lake port and shipbuilding center. “Just down the hill from the Edisons’ house was a canal basin with warehouses and shipyards, and farmers came to town with wagons filled with grain and produce,” says Edison Birthplace Museum director Lois Wolf. “It had to be a fascinating place for a little kid like Thomas Edison.” When he was 7, his parents moved the family to Michigan, but decades later, Edison bought back the house where he first saw the light of day. After he died in 1931, his second wife, Mina, and daughter Madeleine turned Edison’s birthplace into a museum. As its first administrator, Madeleine Edison Sloane acquired many of its artifacts, with a goal to inspire others. “She wanted people to know Edison as being not just a famous inventor, but as someone who had initiative, persistence, and endless curiosity about the world around him,” says Wolf. Since the Edison Birthplace highlights his early childhood, its remarkable collection includes items ranging from the family Bible to household furnishings. Tour guides highlight the small bedroom off the family sitting room where Edison was born, and they often tell visitors stories about the inquisitive boy who tried to hatch chicken eggs by sitting on a nest, tumbled into the canal and nearly drowned, and set fire to a barn just to see what would happen. “Milan,” notes Wolf, “was really Edison’s first laboratory.” The Edison Birthplace exhibits also include numerous examples of the prodigious array of inventions — including the phonograph, motion picture camera, alkaline storage battery, and of course, lightbulb — that his incessant experimenting produced. “Edison had 1,093 U.S. patents and hundreds of European patents, too,” says Wolfe.

The Edison Birthplace Museum in Milan is an unassuming building that houses artifacts from the inventor’s life, such as Edison’s hat and motoring cape (above). Inside the museum, tour guide Rhyan Opel shows visitors a soapstone used to warm beds. Ouside the Milan Town Hall stands a statue of Edison holding his two most well-known inventions: the lightbulb and phonograph.

During his last visit to Milan in 1923, the inventor of the lightbulb made an astonishing discovery — his birthplace was still illuminated with candles. “Edison immediately ordered the person living there to get electric lighting,” says Wolf. “It was certainly one of the great ironies of history.” The Edison Birthplace Museum, 9 N. Edison Drive, Milan, OH 44846. 419-499-2135; www.tomedison.org.


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OCT. 13–14 – Oak Harbor Apple Festival, downtown Oak Harbor. Parade, contests, kiddie tractor pull, classic car show, 5K Apple Run, 1-mile kids’ run, and more. “Applepalooza” Sat. 8 p.m., $5: live bands and beer tent. 419-898-0479 or www.oakharborohio.net. OCT. 18–19 – Van Wert County Apple Festival, Van Wert Co. Fgds., 1055 S. Washington St. (Rte. 127), Van Wert. Free. Everything apple, fun, and shopping! Wagon rides, cider making, 5K run, 1-mile kids’ fun run, crafts, and entertainment for all ages. www.visitvanwert.org. OCT. 18–20 – Disney’s Jungle Book Kids, Encore Theatre, 991 N. Shore Dr., Lima, Fri./Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. The jungle is jumpin’ with song and dance in this exciting stage adaptation of the Disney classic musical. 419-223-8866 or www.amiltellers.org. OCT. 18–20 – World War Two Living History Weekend, Lauer Farms 1944, 800 Roush Rd., Lima, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free. A living history event set during the Lorraine Campaign, Battle of Metz, October 1944. www.facebook. com/LauerFarms1944. OCT. 19 – Folklore and Funfest, Wood County Historical Ctr. and Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, 4–9 p.m. Free. Horse-drawn wagon rides, kid-friendly activities in Boo-ville, apple cider press, working oil derrick, and tricks and treats for all ages. 419-352-0967 or www. woodcountyhistory.org. OCT. 19–20 – Oak Ridge Festival, 15498 E. Twp. Rd. 104, Attica, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $7, Srs./C. (8–12) $5, under 8 free. Military vehicles and weaponry, antique farm equipment, handmade crafts, kids’ activities, and live entertainment. 419-426-0611 or www.oakridgefestival.com. OCT. 19, 26 – Trick or Treat Halloween Train, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, 6:30–9 p.m. (19th and 26th), 1–4 p.m. (26th). $3, ages 12 and under $2. Take a ride around our tracks and enjoy the Halloween displays as our train makes trick-or-treat stops. No scary sights — just fun and treats for all! 419-423-2995, www.nworrp.org, or www.facebook.com/nworrp.


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OCT. 20 – Pumpkin Train, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, 1–5 p.m. $3; ages 12 and under, $2. Ride a quarter-scale train to the pumpkin patch to find that special pumpkin, then take one more trip around the track to return to the station. Pumpkins $5 each, but no purchase required for the train ride. 419-423-2995, www.nworrp.org, or www.facebook.com/nworrp. OCT. 24 – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Ctr., #7 Town Square, Lima, 7:30 p.m. The inspiring true story of one woman’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, featuring over two dozen of her pop classics. www.limaciviccenter.com. OCT. 25 – Friday Night Folklore Trick, Treat, and Tour, Wood County Historical Ctr. & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, 7–10 p.m. $15. Reservations appreciated but walk-ins welcome. Bring a flashlight! 419352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org. OCT. 26 – Makerfest, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., 9 a.m.–12 p.m. A career expo to celebrate our “maker community” as a catalyst for building our workforce in advanced manufacturing, design, engineering, and the skilled trades. Open to all professionals, local employers, interns, students, and job seekers of all ages. http://linklima.com. OCT. 26 – Murder/Mystery Dinner Theater: “Murder Under the Big Top,” Sidney, 6:30–10 p.m. Location to be determined. Tickets available online. 937-658-6945 or www.sidneyalive.org. OCT. 26–27 – Woodcarver’s Show and Sale, Sauder Village, 22611 St. Rte. 2, Archbold, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Skilled woodcarvers showcase handcrafted wildlife, fish, birds, bowls, ornaments, pens, and much more. Vendors, demos, workshops, and live music. 800590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org. NOV. 1 – First Fridays Downtown, 109 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney. Participating shops and restaurants stay open later and many offer a First Friday discount. 937-658-6945 or www.sidneyalive.org. NOV. 2–3 – Homespun Holiday Art and Craft Show, Stranahan Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Jump-start your holiday shopping with handmade crafts and gifts. Bring household/food items to benefit Cherry Street Mission Ministries. 419-842-1925 or www. toledocraftsmansguild.org. NOV. 8–9 – Buckeye Farm Antiques Annual Swap Meet, Shelby Co. Fgds., 655 S. Highland Ave., Sidney, Fri. 8 a.m. till dark, Sat. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Tractor parts and related items, crafts, and antiques. 419-302-6017, 937-726-2485, or www. buckeyefarmantiques.com.

North Bend Park Rd., Cairo. $130 package includes one night of lodging for two at North Bend, two tickets for a sternwheeler ride to and from Blennerhassett Island, a wagon ride tour of the island, a tour of the mansion, and museum passes. 304-643-2931, www.northbendsp.com, or www. blennerhassettislandstatepark.com. OCT. 17–20 – Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, Martinsburg. Pie baking contest, pop-up shops and art fair, contests, music, square dancing,

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NOV. 2 – Buckeye Book Fair, Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. $2. Nearly 100 Ohio writers, illustrators, and photographers will be on hand to meet readers and sign copies of their newest books. Workshops, presentations, and activities for the whole family. 330-262-2103, buckeyebookfair@gmail.com or www.buckeyebookfair.com. NOV. 2 – Traci Manning: “The Pivotal Right: A History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement,” Zoar Schoolhouse, 254 4th St., Zoar, 11 a.m.–noon. Free. Learn about the brave and outspoken women who fought to gain voting rights in the 19th and early 20th centuries. https://historiczoarvillage.com. NOV. 9 – “Christmas by the River” Craft Show, Black River Education Ctr., 257 Co. Rd. 40, Sullivan, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Contact Joanne Maslanka at 419-736-3304. NOV. 9 – North East Train Society Model Train Show, Highland Heights Community Ctr., 5827 Highland Rd., Highland Heights, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $5, under 12 free. All-gauge show. New and old trains to buy, sell, or trade; parts, repair manuals, kits, and more for purchase. Operating layouts in O gauge, HO scale, and N scale. 440-357-8890 (Jim Wendorf), wendorf@cvelimited.com, or www.northeasttrainsociety.com. NOV. 9–10 – Olde Stark Antique Faire, Stark Co. Fgds., Exhibition Bldg., 305 Wertz Ave. NW, Canton, Sat. 9 a.m.– 4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $5; under 13 free. Antiques and collectibles from over 100 dealers and collectors. Free appraisals. 330-794-9100 or find us on Facebook.


NOV. 2 – “Welcome to the Holidays” Craft Show, Sardis Community Ctr., 37184 Mound St., Sardis, 10 a.m–3 p.m. Crafts and homemade food. 740-213-5843 or www. facebook.com/sardisohcc. NOV. 2 – Miller’s Automotive Swap Meet and Cruise-In, Ross Co. Fgds., 344 Fairgrounds Rd., Chillicothe, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (vendors admitted 7 a.m.). $7; free for women and children under 14. Free parking. Cars, trucks, tools, parts, signs, race parts, rat rod, and more. Vendor info: call Nate Miller at 740-701-3447 or Brian Miller at 740-701-2511. Car show info: call John Rogers at 740-703-2589. www. millersswapmeet.com or find us on Facebook. NOV. 2–DEC. 15 – National Museum of Cambridge Glass: Winter Hours, 136 S. 9th St., Cambridge, Fri./Sat. 12–4 p.m. $5, Srs. $4, under 12 free. 740-432-4245 or CambridgeGlass.org. NOV. 3 – Gingerbread House Class, Guernsey County Senior Citizens Ctr., Cambridge, 1–3 p.m. $15 per adult and includes up to two children ages 6 and up. 740-4396681 or www.guernseysenior.org. NOV. 5–16 – “Wonderland of Trees” Gala Dinner and Auction, Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Ctr./ Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr., Cambridge. Nov. 5–15: trees available for viewing at SEORMC. Fri., Nov. 16: gala dinner at 6:30 p.m. with auction to follow at Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr. 740-439-7009 or www.pritchardlaughlin.com. NOV. 8–DEC. 13 – Gingerbread House Contest and Display, Guernsey County Senior Citizens Ctr., Cambridge. Free. Winners announced on Dec. 13. 740-439-6681 or www.guernseysenior.org. NOV. 11 – Veterans Day Parade, Historic Downtown Cambridge, 10 a.m. Includes a performance by the Cambridge City Band. 740-439-9180.

THROUGH NOV. 2 – The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Haunted Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, 5968 Marietta Rd., Chillicothe, Thur.–Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $30–$45. The Headless Horseman rides into Sugarloaf Mountain on a quest for his next victim! www.tecumsehdrama.com. THROUGH JAN. 5 – “Space: A Journey to Our Future,” Bossard Library, 7 Spruce St., Gallipolis. Free. Interactive exhibition as seen at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Presented in cooperation with NASA. www.bossardlibrary.org. OCT. 18–20 – Fall Festival of Leaves, downtown Bainbridge, Fri./Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Celebrate the beauty of the season and region while enjoying arts and crafts, entertainment, midways, parades, pedal tractor pull, and more. Take the four self-guided Paint Valley Skyline Drive tours to see the fall foliage. www.fallfestivalofleaves.com. OCT. 18–20 – Tractor, Toy, and Machinery Show, 202 N. Main St. (east of the Historical Society building), Bainbridge. Hosted by the Paint Valley Antique Machinery Club during the Fall Festival of Leaves. 740-634-2162 or 270-792-8417.


OCT. 18–20 – Muskingum Valley Trade Days, 6602 St. Rte. 78, Reinersville. Large flea market. 740-558-2740. OCT. 26 – Chillicothe Halloween Parade, downtown Chillicothe, 7–8:30 p.m. Annual parade presented by the Chillicothe Jaycees and Lions Club. http:// visitchillicotheohio.com. OCT. 26 – ROAR Day (Rural Ohio Appalachia Revisited), Lake Hope State Park, McArthur, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. A celebration of Appalachian culture through food, crafts, music, and traditional skills. 740-596-4938 or https://vintoncountytravel.com/roar-day. OCT. 26 – Trail of Treats, Deerassic Park Education Ctr., 14250 Cadiz Rd., Cambridge, 2–3 p.m. Local businesses pass out goodies on our kid-friendly trail, geared for those under 14. 740-435-3335 or www.deerassic.com. OCT. 27 – Annual Toy and Craft Show, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr., 7033 Glenn Highway, Cambridge, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. 740-439-7009 or www. pritchardlaughlin.com. NOV. 1–2 – Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Weekend, downtown Cambridge. 740-432-2022 or www. visitguernseycounty.com. NOV. 1–JAN. 1 – Dickens Victorian Village, downtown Cambridge. Stroll the streets to view scenes depicting life in 1850s England, featuring life-sized, handmade mannequins wearing real vintage clothing. 800-933-5480 or www.dickensvictorianvillage.com. NOV. 1–JAN. 1 – Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Light Show, Cambridge, 5:30–9 p.m. nightly. Four different light and music shows performed each evening. 800-933-5480 or www.dickensvictorianvillage.com.


THROUGH OCT. 26 – Delaware Farmers Market, N. Sandusky St. (between William and Winter), Delaware, Wed. 3–6 p.m., Sat. 9–12 p.m. 740-362-6050 or www. mainstreetdelaware.com/event/farmers-market. THROUGH OCT. 26 – Zanesville Farmers Market, Muskingum Co. Fgds., 1300 Pershing Rd., Zanesville, every Sat. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. www.zanesvillefarmersmarket.org. THROUGH OCT. 27 – Rock Mill Weekends, Stebelton Park at Rock Mill, 1429 Rockmill Place NW, Lancaster, every Sat. and Sun. 12–4 p.m. Free. Tour the restored 1824 gristmill, walk on the iconic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, and enjoy Hocking River Falls. 740-681-7249 or www.fairfieldcountyparks.org. THROUGH OCT. 31 – Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, McDonald’s Greenhouse and Corn Maze, 3220 Adamsville Rd., Zanesville. $7. 740-452-4858 or www. mcdonaldsgreenhouse.com. OCT. 11–12 – Historic Ghost Tour, presented by the Canal Winchester Historical Society, Frances Steube Senior Ctr., 22 S. Trine St., Canal Winchester. Tickets on sale beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tours start at 7 p.m., with the last one at 7:30. 614-833-1846 or http://cwhistory.org. OCT. 16–19 – Circleville Pumpkin Show, downtown Circleville. Free. Ohio’s oldest and largest pumpkin celebration. Seven different parades. 740-474-7000 or www.pumpkinshow.com.


OCT. 18–20 – Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival, Historic Roscoe Village, 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, Fri./ Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $5, under 12 free. Sample fresh apple butter cooked over an open fire. Handmade crafts, exhibits and demonstrations, outdoor stage entertainment, canal boat rides, and other activities. Lantern tours Fri./Sat. 7 p.m. 740-622-7664 or www.roscoevillage.com. OCT. 19 – A Grand Night Entertainment and Wine Tasting, Marion Palace Theatre May Pavilion, 276 W. Center St., Marion, 7:30 p.m. $16 show; $5 flight of 4 wines; $15 cheese/food board. 740-383-2101 or www. marionpalace.org. OCT. 19–20 – Education of Yesterday Farm Show, 3685 Cass Irish Ridge Rd. (intersection of St. Rtes. 16 and 60), Dresden, Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Parking donation. Antique tractors, trucks, and train rides. 740-754-6248, educationofyesterday@gmail.com, or www.facebook.com/EducationofYesterday. OCT. 25–26 – Halloween Campout, Dillon State Park, 5265 Dillon Hills Dr., Nashport. Join us for this frightfully good time! Costume contest, site decorating contest, pumpkin decorating, and trick-or-treating. http://parks. ohiodnr.gov/dillon. OCT. 26 – Applebutter and Horseradish Day, Lawrence Orchards, 2634 Smeltzer Rd., Marion, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. Apple butter is cooked in a copper kettle over a wood fire, while the horseradish crop is ground fresh. 740-3893019 or www.lawrenceorchards.com. OCT. 26 – Family Funday Monster Mash, Marion Palace Theatre May Pavilion, 276 W. Center St., Marion, 5 p.m. $12 for a family of 4; each additional member $3. Enjoy a spooky (but not too spooky) event featuring party music, line dancing, games, goody bags, and a costume contest. 740-383-2101 or www.marionpalace.org. NOV. 1 – First Friday Art Walk, downtown Zanesville, 5–8 p.m. First Friday each month (except August), stroll the streets of downtown while touring over 35

Club Halloween parade at 7 p.m. 513-867-5835 or www. gettothebc.com/events/uptown-trick-or-treat. NOV. 1 – Bluegrass at Butler County Bluegrass Association, 5113 Huston Rd., Collinsville, 7–9 p.m. Free. Enjoy an evening of lively bluegrass music with the lightning-fast instrumentals, close harmonies, and entertaining novelty songs of Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. 513-410-3625 or www.fotmc.com. NOV. 8 – Atwater-Donnelly Duo Concert, Germantown Church of God, 760 Farmersville Pike, Germantown, 7 p.m. $10. Traditional American, Celtic, and old-time duets by Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly. Mountain OCT. 5, 12, 19, 26 – Lantern Light Wagon Ride and dulcimer, banjo, guitar, harmonica, tin whistle. 937Corn Maze, Bonnybrook Farms, 779 St. Rte. 132, 689-9855, st.carney4@gmail.com or daksm53@gmail. Clarksville, 7:30–10:30 p.m. Wagon ride $14; corn maze com, www.atwater-donnelly.com, or on Facebook: $8; combo $21. Under 5 free. 937-289-2500 or www. Germantown Dulcimer Society. bonnybrookfarms.com. NOV. 8–9 – Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, OCT. 19 – Tipp City Harvest Fest, downtown Tipp City. Roberts Convention Centre, 123 Gano St., Wilmington, Free. For age 21 and older with ID. Be prepared for a noon–11 p.m., doors open at 10 a.m. $35–$75. One of the spooktacular night filled with costume contests, live music, food, and a beer tent! www.downtowntippcity.org. Midwest’s premier bluegrass events. 937-372-5804 or www.somusicfest.com. OCT. 20 – Music at the Mound with Steve Free, Serpent Mound, 3850 OH-73, Peebles, 1 p.m. Free with $8 parking NOV. 8–9 – Springfield Swap Meet and Car Show, Clark Co. Fgds., 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, fee. http://arcofappalachia.org/steve-free. Fri. 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–3 p.m. $8, under 12 OCT. 24 – Uptown Trick-or-Treat, 14 W. Park Place, free. 937-376-0111, info@ohioswapmeet.com, or www. Oxford, 5–9 p.m. Free. Family-friendly entertainment ohioswapmeet.com. for all! Trick-or-treating, pet costume contest, and Lions

participating galleries, studios, and local businesses. Many offer demonstrations, make-and-take activities, and complimentary refreshments. Free shuttle service available as well. www.artcoz.org. NOV. 1 – John Michael Montgomery, Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, 7:30 p.m. $32–$50. 740-383-2101 or www.marionpalace.org. NOV. 2 – Dinner with the Presidents, Dayspring Wesleyan Church, 2431 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd., Marion, 5:30–8:30 p.m. $32–$38. Presented by Marion County Historical Society. Buffet dinner of favorite foods of the featured presidents taken from the White House Cookbook, followed by presentations from those presidents. 740-387-4255 or www.marionhistory.com/ event/dinner-with-the-presidents. NOV. 2 – Oakthorpe Church Annual Craft Fair, 6075 Oakthorpe Rd., Thornville, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. Handicap accessible. Hand-quilted items, handmade cards, wood crafts, Christmas and fall décor, and much more. Baked goods and lunch served all day. 740-475-7708 or joycemoyer59@gmail.com. NOV. 9 – Veterans March and Ceremony, Canal Winchester, 10 a.m. March begins at Frances Steube Community Ctr., 22 S. Trine St., and ends at Stradley Place, 36 S. High St., for the ceremony. Free pancake breakfast for veterans and their families 8:30–10 a.m. at the Community Ctr. 614-834-9915 or www. canalwinchesterohio.gov. PLEASE NOTE: Ohio Cooperative Living strives for accuracy but urges readers to confirm dates and times before traveling long distances to events. 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. NOV. 8–DEC. 22 – Holiday Welcome Weekends, locations throughout Miami County. Visit five towns and 100-plus unique shops, restaurants, and events over multiple weekends. www.homegrowngreat.com. NOV. 9 – Atwater-Donnelly Duo Workshops, Germantown Church of God, 760 Farmersville Pike, Germantown, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $20/person for each workshop. Traditional American and folk music, singing, and playing. 937-689-9855, st.carney4@gmail.com or daksm53@gmail.com, www.atwater-donnelly.com, or on Facebook: Germantown Dulcimer Society. NOV. 9 – Holiday Horse Parade, downtown Piqua. Free. See horse-drawn carriages, hitches, and riders, all outfitted with holiday lights, making their way down Main Street. Christmas banners and decorated street trees will create an amazing backdrop for this dazzlingly fun family-friendly event. 937-773-9355 or www.mainstreetpiqua.com. NOV. 9–10 – A Winter’s Yuletide Gathering, downtown Tipp City. The perfect start to the holiday season awaits you in the historic downtown, where the shopkeepers warmly invite you to their open house. Don’t miss the visit by Santa, strolling carolers, musicians, and carriage rides. 937-667-0883 or www.downtowntippcity.org.




3 1. My grandchildren, Lucas, Dexter, and Amelia, picking pumpkins at Young’s Jersey Dairy. Betty Bonnoront Pioneer Electric Cooperative member 2. Our granddaughter, Gabriella Conley, sitting on some pumpkins. Skip and Ellen Conley Logan County Electric Cooperative members


3. This picture was taken with a pumpkin that we grew in our own garden. Our oldest has now graduated and this is still one of my favorite pictures of our girls, Laura, Amber, Maria, and Lucy. Kendra Stoller Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative member 4. We had my granddaughter Lily sit on one of the giant pumpkins at our local produce auction in Mt. Hope. Kathy DeHass Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative member

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5. Here is the pumpkin I would pick! Cutest one in the patch! This is my youngest grandson, Cohen Evans. Sue Priest Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative member 6. My granddaughter, Alizah, picked the special pumpkins she wanted at Aunt Helen’s house — her own private pumpkin patch. Catherine Grubba South Central Power Company member



7. Our grandchildren, Jaime and Jeffrey, harvesting pumpkins that they planted in our backyard. Patty and Larry Quaglia South Central Power Company members 8. Pumpkins! I love fall. Michelle Wittensoldner The Frontier Power Company member


9. These are my two grandchildren, Noah and Jonah, helping with the pumpkins from the garden. Carla Callehan Carroll Electric Cooperative member

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10. Miss Millie Gore, a special little friend of the family, contemplating her very important pumpkin choice at ECO Center’s fall festival. Emily Ollervides Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative member


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