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VETERANS DAY NOVEMBER 11
Electric cooperatives across Ohio join the nation this month in honoring veterans of the U.S. armed forces — America’s courageous protectors, defenders, and heroes. Not only do we acknowledge veterans’ dedication to our country, but we are truly grateful for the unique strengths and noble characteristics they bring to the cooperative network.
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INSIDE FEATURES 24 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Our annual collection includes a sleighful of made-in-Ohio treasures to delight anyone on your list.
30 ALAKAZAM! Traveling magicians put a little piece of themselves into every show, every bit of magic, that they perform.
34 THE TOLEDO WAR A quirky and often forgotten bit of American history set the stage for what has become one of the country’s most iconic rivalries.
Cover image on most issues: U.S. Army veteran Bill Pike enjoys the serenity at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center’s healing garden, which was built thanks in part to a grant from the South Central Power Company.
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ne of the things I love about working for Ohio’s electric cooperatives is the opportunity to see honest caring in action in the communities we serve.
Yes, concern for the community is one of the seven principles that all cooperatives operate under, but our concern for our communities doesn’t just happen because it’s in the company handbook or posted on the walls — it’s the genuine attitude of the people who come to work with us every day. Co-op employees across Ohio are involved in service organizations, they help sponsor local events, participate in fundraising activities, and provide support for the less fortunate through community-based charities. The employees of South Central Power Company didn’t work so hard to help build a healing garden at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center (see our story on page 4) because a co-op principle compelled them to do so; instead, like dozens of other examples, cooperative employees saw a need in their community and responded out of a sense of compassion and gratitude. This past month, the employees of Buckeye Power and our statewide association in Columbus showed the power of working together. We’ve thrown our collective support behind the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), as one of our family members has been battling blood cancer for many years. I was proud that our employees set an ambitious fundraising goal of $25,000 for the LLS 2019 Light the Night Walk in Columbus. But I was blown away that our employees were so successful in their efforts. More than 80 of our people participated and actually raised more than $30,000, which was among the highest participation and fundraising total of any group for the event! Special thanks goes to our corporate partners, such as Campbell Transportation and George V. Hamilton Inc., whose sponsorship helped us exceed our goal. I’m grateful that Concern for Community is not a company slogan but a description of the people who work for electric cooperatives throughout Ohio. Thank you for your patronage and support of your electric cooperative. I hope you and yours have a safe and fulfilling Thanksgiving.
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Pat O’Loughlin PRESIDENT & CEO OHIO’S ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES
Special thanks goes to our corporate partners, such as Campbell Transportation and George V. Hamilton Inc., whose sponsorship helped us exceed our goal.
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Co-ops care: Cooperatives across the state show concern for their communities in a multitude of ways.
6 CO-OP SPOTLIGHT
North Western Electric: Serving large and small consumer-members, the coop works to empower the communities in and around Bryan, where it’s based.
8 OHIO ICON
Moore’s Farm Toys: The Dresden manufacturer is one of the only places in the world that specializes in producing ag-related die-cast toys.
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Cutlery craftsman: Despite his limitations, sculptor Gary Hovey has carved out his artistic niche working in a unique medium.
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Wolverines: What’s up with those weasels that Buckeyes everywhere love to hate?
16 GOOD EATS
Make-ahead breakfasts: A little advance work lets you start your day with a hearty meal, even when those morning minutes slip away.
19 LOCAL PAGES
News and information from your electric cooperative.
What’s happening: November/ December events and other things to do around the state.
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Thankful: Gratitude abounds in the season of Thanksgiving.
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Member-funded charitable programs can make a big difference to the communities cooperatives serve. BY DAVA HENNOSY
South Central Power Company members and employees were instrumental in the development and construction of the Peace Garden at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center.
fter serving the Army in the Vietnam War in 1968–69, Bill Pike returned to his home near Greenfield to get on with a normal life.
Partly because of exposure to Agent Orange, but also for other maladies, he’s needed the type of medical services offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, so he’s been a regular visitor to the Chillicothe VA Medical Center for treatment, physical therapy, and regular checkups through the years. “I really enjoy going there,” Pike says. “We’re always with the other veterans. It’s really about being with your peers.” The Chillicothe VA Medical Center has been a place of healing for veterans for almost a century. In 2016, the Ross County Veterans Council built a gazebo and later added a healing garden designed to connect the facility with the beautiful surrounding nature of southern Ohio.
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“I mostly use it for walking and relaxing. It’s really something to see. It sits on a hill and overlooks the golf course. The layout is just beautiful,” says Pike. “It’s really used as a getaway, a calming place to get away from the world. It’s so quiet with a great view. It really puts you in a great frame of mind.” Research sponsored by the VA and others has found that gardens are therapeutic through the fragrance, beauty, colors, and sounds of nature, as well as the opportunity for exercise. Nature is an important part of the healing process. “The garden is designed for veterans suffering from PTSD,” says Michelle Schatzman, project manager. “It’s a place where they can meditate and clear their minds.” The garden is also home to events like the Veterans in Transitions Family Fun Day, an event for veterans and their families to gather for music, games, food, and prizes. It hosted the Ross County National Guard deployment, where families spent time together before the unit deployed. The gazebo and healing garden were made possible in part by $10,000 in grants from the South Central Power Company Foundation. The foundation is funded through Lancaster-based South Central Power
Company’s Operation Round Up — where consumermembers voluntarily round their electric bills up to the next dollar to make a donation to the foundation. Money donated through the program supports schools, civic groups, charitable organizations, food pantries, fire departments, and more in communities throughout the co-op’s service territory. The program is inspired by the seventh cooperative principle, Concern for Community, which all electric cooperatives honor. Most co-ops around the state have similar programs and stories that give testament to coops’ devotion to that principle.
The Rothhaar Family Eastin Rothhaar, a sixth grader at Wynford Local Schools, received a life-changing gift, thanks to Attica-based North Central Electric Cooperative’s People Fund. Maple, a female golden retriever-Labrador mix, now serves as a service dog for Eastin, who is on the autism spectrum. The family needed to raise $15,000 to cover the cost of Maple from 4 Paws for Ability. North Central Electric Cooperative’s People Fund donated $3,000 to the worthy cause. Maple is trained to assist Eastin by providing calming and comforting interactions on the handler’s command. Maple can recognize a wide range of Eastin’s emotions, approach him, and cuddle or provide kisses for comfort.
First responders of the Highland County North JFAD and their South Central Power Company-provided hydraulic rescue tool.
The donation will help cover registration fees, uniforms, umpires, field maintenance, equipment, and more. With their registration fees covered, families won’t have to worry about getting turned away because of finances.
The Highland County North Joint Fire and Ambulance District The South Central Power Company Foundation also provided funds to the Highland County North Joint Fire and Ambulance District (HCNJFAD). The district used the money to purchase a new power unit and hightensile steel cutters, spreaders, and hoses, which enable the HCNJFAD to perform extractions on newer-model automobiles that are made with stronger materials. The district’s first responders put the new equipment to use just four days after it arrived, when they were called to assist at the scene of a motor vehicle accident — a rollover with heavy damage and entrapment. With the new apparatus, the team extracted the victim in only 12 minutes. The person survived after being flown by medical transport to a trauma facility. “Thanks to the generosity of South Central Power members, our capabilities will no longer be hampered by old, obsolete equipment when seconds matter,” says Assistant Chief Erica D. Hurless-Miller, Highland County EMS coordinator.
“This co-op isn’t just about providing electricity — it’s about people caring about other people,” says Sarah Rothhaar, Eastin’s mom. “When you round up on your bill, positive outcomes happen, just like with Eastin and Maple.”
Kenton Little League Kenton Little League’s motto is “No kid gets turned away,” so the league raises funds to cover the registration fees for children from families in need. Kenton Little League works to provide children and families a safe, healthy, and fun place to spend time together. The Community Fund, another member-funded charitable program — this one at Kenton-based MidOhio Energy Cooperative — awarded $1,000 to sponsor youth baseball players.
Mid-Ohio Energy helps the Kenton Little League ensure that every kid has a spot.
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NORTH WESTERN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE
orth Western Electric Cooperative (NWEC) is nestled in the northwestern corner of Ohio and serves all of Williams County and the northern part of Defiance County, also delivering power to parts of Paulding, Fulton, and Henry counties. Its headquarters is located just west of Bryan, 50 miles from Toledo and 55 miles from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Bryan is well known as the home of Spangler Candy Company, which makes the worldrenowned Dum Dums lollipops, as well as Circus Peanuts and Spangler Candy Canes. Bryan is also home to Ohio Art Company, where the nostalgic Etch A Sketch is made.
A passion for community service North Western Electric is heavily invested in the communities that it serves. Last year, NWEC returned more than $1 million in excess revenue to members. Community sponsorships stay local, injecting capital into events and organizations. The co-op, for example, is a presenting sponsor for both the Montpelier Bean Days Balloon Festival and Defiance County Hot Air Balloon Festival, where it awards two members a balloon ride they’ll never forget. That investment, in turn, helps the community in other ways. The Defiance County Hot Air Balloon Festival serves as a fundraiser for the United Way’s Community Engagement Center, which invested an estimated $20,700 into the community during its second year, through volunteerism from 35 different agencies.
Membership diversity North Western Electric maintains and operates 1,076 miles of line that serve 5,935 metered accounts. It has a diverse workforce with 18 employees and seven trustees. While the area is mainly residential, the co-op also serves several large agricultural operations. Hillandale Farms, one of the nation’s leading suppliers of shell eggs to retailers and distributors, produces 3.2 million eggs per day from its 4 million hens. Other top accounts in NWEC territory include two school systems; Altenloh, Brinck & Co. U.S., which manufactures fasteners for the construction market; and the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio. Bridgewater Dairy, another major account, also houses an anaerobic biodigester that produces up to 1.2 MW of electricity for Ohio’s electric cooperatives from the methane gas produced by cow manure.
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Despite limitations, this sculptor has carved out his niche working in a unique medium. BY MARGIE WUEBKER
Artist Gary Hovey, his wife, Tonnie, and assistant Jim Perrine display a heron sculpted entirely of flatware. The tabletop on which the heron sits was made with more than 200 spoons.
ary Hovey has had to make some adjustments to his life because of Parkinson’s disease. He can no longer drive a car or work a full-time job. But he has a passion and a purpose that transcends the progressive disease — Hovey sculpts intricately detailed animals and delicately petaled flowers using what many people consider an unusual medium: stainless steel eating utensils.
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Hovey, who grew up in a military family, traces his interest in art to his grade school days, when a teacher introduced him to working with clay. He later acquired welding and bronze-casting skills while in the workforce. When his wife, Tonnie, enrolled in commercial art school in Oklahoma, Hovey went to work at a foundry that does fine art casting for sculptors. Employees were permitted to use equipment and materials for their own projects; it was at that point that his medium began to change from clay to metal. He credits artist John Kearney, who crafts animal sculptures from car bumpers, as inspiration. Hovey created his first piece, a running dog, in January 2004 and sold it for $200, establishing his Hoveyware brand. A shed at the home of a friend, Midwest Electric member Jim Perrine, served as his workshop for nearly eight years. The two men have become a team as Hovey deals with Parkinson’s. Each piece Hovey creates is unique. He works on only one project at a time and does so without the aid of molds. He lays out a new idea on his shop floor and then carefully welds the desired form. His works range from whimsical chicks that fetch $50 to a towering bear standing on its hind legs. The bear’s nearly $10,000 price tag is equally impressive. “I like to capture an animal’s personality and attitude,” Hovey says. “Sense of movement is also important. For fish and frogs, I include their habitat, such as lily pads.” Though he goes through copious amounts of flatware, he says it’s never been a problem finding enough. His father discovered flea markets, garage sales, and auctions to be treasure troves, and friends and acquaintances also keep the workshop well-stocked with nearly a ton of supplies on site. People often ask whether Hovey can make something using their heirloom silver or silverplate. He explains that it’s not possible because silver melts at a lower temperature and would be destroyed by the high heat from the welder.
Customers come from near and far after seeing the sculptures on the Hoveyware website and at sculpture tours throughout the country. He hopes to have a celebrity purchase some of his handiwork one day, but so far, the closest he has come is selling five Hoveyware animals to the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium at Universal Studios in Orlando. Herons are his top seller, but he also enjoys creating eagles, dogs, deer, gorillas, squirrels, raccoons, turkeys, lions, owls, and even giraffes. He shies away from creatures like octopuses and snakes, pointing out that some animals are more challenging than others. Hovey has made some concessions because of Parkinson’s disease. Moving the workshop to just steps from his back door has helped. He no longer works long hours at a time, but he has no intention of pulling the plug on his welder. “Producing and showing my work is both challenging and therapeutic,” he says. “It helps to maintain my skills and functionality and gives me a purpose. I want my story to inspire others to look for what they can do despite what has happened to them.” See Gary Hovey’s gallery and purchase works at www.hoveyware.com.
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WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE
WOLVERINES What’s up with those weasels that Buckeyes everywhere love to hate? STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS
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ater this month, when Ohio State University plays the University of Michigan in their annual football rivalry, the contest will be the 116th meeting of the two teams, with those pesky Wolverines holding the edge in wins: 58 to 51, with 6 ties. But what exactly is a wolverine, and are they really as fearsome as their reputation? A true wilderness animal of the high-mountain West, Alaska, and Canada’s far north, no wolverines live in Ohio. More surprisingly, their existence in Michigan — the Wolverine State — is questionable, even in the rugged, remote Upper Peninsula. “Actually, there is no reliable evidence that wolverines are even native to Michigan,” says Adam Bump, a furbearer biologist with the Michigan DNR, Wildlife Division. “There is debate about their historical presence, but likely they were, or are, only accidental visitors to Michigan.” Bump added that the last known and perhaps the only instance of a wolverine in the wild in Michigan was the one spotted in the northern portion of the “Thumb” region in 2004. “A necropsy showed that the animal later died of congestive heart failure, basically old age, and was potentially a captive escape or a release, although we have not determined its origins.” As in Ohio, the Michigan woods these days are covered with trail cameras placed on trees by deer hunters. Could a trail camera have possibly recorded a wolverine somewhere in the state recently? “Again,” insisted Bump, “there are no wolverines known to be in Michigan at the present time. We have not verified any trail-camera photos of wolverines other than the one animal previously mentioned.”
That’s not to say a wolverine couldn’t show up at any time in either Michigan or Ohio, as males in particular can travel hundreds of miles in search of new territory. For instance, in 2009, a wolverine captured near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming was tracked by wildlife biologists using radio-telemetry equipment. The critter covered an astounding 550 miles during just two months, April and May, successfully crossing highways and scaling mountain ranges to become the first wolverine seen in Colorado since 1919. The largest member of the weasel family, wolverines weigh from 65 pounds for a large, adult male to about half that size for an adult female — either sex a formidable animal. However, their size belies their tremendous strength and aggressiveness. A wolverine won’t hesitate fighting wolves or a bear over a kill, and given the right deep-snow conditions, are even capable of taking down a moose, a feat wolverine researchers liken to “a house cat bringing down a deer.” Some fans humorously describe the annual OSU versus U of M football game as a battle of poorly chosen mascots: Buckeyes (a worthless nut) versus Wolverines (an overgrown weasel with an attitude). One more thing: Like all members of the weasel family, wolverines have a strong, rank odor — but if you’re a Buckeye fan, you already knew that. W.H. “Chip” Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor, a member of Consolidated Cooperative, and an OSU alumnus.
Wolverines are so secretive and inhabit such remote areas that even catching a glimpse of one in the wild is next to impossible. That said, if you’d like to see a live wolverine or two, try the North America exhibit at the Columbus Zoo, where Chip Gross took the photos for this story.
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breakfasts A little advance work lets you start your day with a hearty meal, even when those morning minutes slip away. RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY CATHERINE MURRAY
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TURKEY AND SWISS SCONES Prep: 20 minutes; Cook: 20 minutes; Servings: 8 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese 1 tablespoon sugar 1½ cups finely shredded or 1 tablespoon baking chopped turkey powder 3/ 4 to 1 cup buttermilk 1 tablespoon thyme 1 tablespoon coarse salt 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into thin slices
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Preheat oven to 425 F. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, thyme, and ½ teaspoon salt. Add cold butter, using your fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs. Quickly mix in cheese and turkey. Stir in 3/4 cup buttermilk and mix with hands until a soft dough forms. If the dough isn’t coming together, add more buttermilk a tablespoon at a time. Working on a floured surface, pat dough down until it’s a 1-inch-tall circle. (For softer, thicker scones, pat down into a 2-inch-tall circle and bake a little longer.) Cut circle into 8 wedges, like pizza slices. Space scones at least an inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. Pop in the refrigerator while the oven preheats, so the butter doesn’t begin to melt. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until firm to the touch and lightly browned. Allow to cool completely, then freeze in freezer-safe containers. Remove one or more and thaw overnight in fridge. Warm in the microwave for 30 seconds. Serve with pepper jelly, if desired.
BREAKFAST BURRITOS Prep: 20 minutes; Cook: 15 minutes; Servings: 6 12 pieces bacon 1 tablespoon butter 12 eggs 2 scallions, chopped 1/2 cup milk 1 red bell pepper, finely diced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup shredded colby jack cheese In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until it has reached desired crispness. Set bacon aside on paper towels to catch excess grease. In a large bowl, whisk eggs with milk and salt. Over medium heat, melt butter. Add scallions and bell pepper and sauté for 2 minutes. Lower heat to medium low and add egg mixture to skillet. Let eggs begin to set on the bottom, then stir every few minutes until eggs are no longer runny but slightly glossy. Remove skillet from stovetop. Have a tray handy to place wrapped burritos on. Scoop 3 large spoonfuls of egg mixture onto the bottom third of each tortilla.
8 10-inch flour tortillas salsa, optional
Top eggs with a generous sprinkling of cheese and two slices of bacon. Tightly roll the tortilla starting with the filled end, folding sides in toward the middle halfway through, then continuing to roll tightly. Place each burrito seam-side down on the tray. When all burritos are assembled, wrap them individually in pieces of aluminum foil, covering completely. Transfer burritos to freezer bags. Store for up to a month. To reheat, remove foil and microwave seam-side up for 1 minute, then flip over and microwave for another minute. Let stand 1 minute before eating. Top with salsa, if desired. NOVEMBER 2019 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 17
OVERNIGHT PUMPKIN SPICE OATMEAL Prep: 5 minutes; Servings: 5 2 cups steel-cut oats 2 cups milk 1 cup canned pumpkin 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1/8 teaspoon salt additional milk, as needed
Mix together all ingredients in a large container. Cover with a lid and store in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, add more milk for desired thickness. When ready to eat, keep oatmeal cold or warm it up in microwave for 1 minute per serving. Suggested toppings: banana slices, dried cranberries, and pepitas.
CHERRY ALMOND CHIA SEED PARFAIT Prep: 10 minutes; Chill: 1 hour; Servings: 8 12 ounces (1½ cups) cherries, frozen or fresh 3 cups almond milk 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 3/4 cup chia seeds 1 tablespoon honey 4 tablespoons slivered or sliced almonds Blend 1 cup of the cherries, 2 cups of the almond milk, and the almond extract in a blender. In a container with a lid, combine blended cherries with 1/2 cup of the chia seeds and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to set (the chia seeds will soften and absorb the liquid). In a separate container with a lid, mix 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1 cup almond milk, and honey. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour to set. Remove both chia mixtures from refrigerator and stir well. Layer cherry chia and vanilla chia in parfait glasses or Mason jars. Top with remaining cherries and slivered almonds, if desired. Eat immediately or cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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ADAMS RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER
REDUCING YOUR WINTER HEATING BILL
any consumers are looking for ways to reduce their winter electric bill. The first step in reducing your electric bill is reducing your use. While some look for the one big answer, most of the time, it is a lot of little things that can be done to reduce energy consumption. It’s November already, so if you have not done so, begin by checking your heating system to make sure it is ready for the cold winter season. Changing your furnace filters is vital to the efficient operation of your heating system. Check all ductwork to make sure it is all sealed and tight. Adjust your thermostat as low as is comfortable when you are home. When you’re asleep or not home, turn your thermostat down a few degrees for more savings. Check windows and doors to ensure there are no problems with the seals that could let cold air in or let heat escape out. Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaky doors and windows. Cover windows with heavy-duty clear plastic, if possible. Use insulating drapes or shades, if windows still feel drafty after you’ve weatherized them. Open your curtains on south-facing windows during the day to let the sun help to heat your home naturally.
How well your home is insulated is one of the main factors when considering the amount of energy you use for heating and cooling. Many sources have found that you can save as much as 50% on your heating and cooling bills by using spray foam insulation. Insulation will keep the hot air Bill Swango GENERAL MANAGER out in the summer, which helps keep your cooling bills lower, as well as keeping the warm air in during the winter. If you have a farm and use a lot of energy in your barns and buildings, you may consider energy-efficient lighting as well as dusk-to-dawn or motion-sensing lighting as an option. November kicks off the start of the holiday season, and I know there are a lot of things we like about this time of year. Food, gifts, travel — but the most precious is family. It seems at times that with all the hustle and bustle, time slips away. This year make sure you take time to enjoy your family during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.
Happy Thanksgiving Adams Rural Electric Cooperative will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, to observe the Thanksgiving holiday. For outages, call 937-544-2305 or 800-283-1846.
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This-n-That BY ALICE L. BAIRD
Daylight saving time Don’t forget to set your time back one hour on Nov. 3, when daylight saving time ends. I told you all this before, but it is still funny — a few years ago, in the spring when we set our clocks ahead an hour, I diligently went around setting all the clocks before I went to bed. What I didn’t realize is that the clock by our bed actually sets itself. So, I was rushing to get ready for church, when my husband pointed out to me that I was carrying my enthusiasm for getting to church early just a little too far. Of course, I probably looked like a deer caught in the headlights when he told me what time it really was. I have always said that I’d rather be an hour early than a minute late. When you set your time back, take a little time to check your smoke alarms and make sure they are in good working order. 2020002608
Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. Make it a point to thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice. We should all be very thoughtful of the freedoms that we have because men and women have been willing to serve our country.
that our employees can enjoy Thanksgiving with their families and friends. In the case of an outage during the holidays, the answering service will be available, so just call the office. As always, if you need information concerning the youth programs, capital credits, or any other questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at the office by phone at 937-544-2305 or email at email@example.com.
Adams County Neediest Kids and Angel Tree Adams Rural Electric Cooperative is taking part in the Adams County Neediest Kids/Angel Tree Program. The program provides Christmas gifts for children of families struggling through the holidays. A box has been placed in the lobby. Please bring in new, not-wrapped toys to help provide needy children with new toys for Christmas. The pick-up date is Monday, Dec. 16. Let’s put a smile on the face of a child this Christmas!
Is it just me, or does the mention of Thanksgiving conjure up the smell of a turkey roasting in the oven and the aroma of freshly baked pumpkin pies for you, too? I can almost taste the turkey gravy over mashed potatoes and cornbread stuffing, blackberry jam cake, ham … yum, yum! I’m getting hungry. I hope your Thanksgiving holiday is truly blessed and wonderful! Please keep in mind that our office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29, so
STOP ELECTRICITY THEFT It is estimated that up to $4 billion of electricity is stolen annually nationwide. And just like with shoplifting, it’s the honest people who end up paying for it. In Ohio, theft of electricity is a first-degree misdemeanor if the value of the stolen electricity, plus any equipment repair, is less than $300. It’s a fourth-degree felony if more than $300, or if the offender was previously convicted of the charge. Tampering with an electric meter carries similar penalties. The offender doesn’t have to be caught in the act. The law states that reconnecting a meter disconnected by a utility or tampering with a meter is prima facie evidence that the user intended to defraud the utility. Conviction can mean
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from six months in jail and a $1,000 fine to five years in jail and a $2,500 fine. Tampering with an electric meter is not just illegal; it also is dangerous. There have been cases of serious injury or death from electrocution. If you suspect someone of tampering with an electric meter, contact Adams REC immediately. Your call will be kept confidential.
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MEDICAL CERTIFICATIONS AVAILABLE Residential consumers of Adams Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. who are facing termination of service due to non-payment of their account can apply for a 30day Medical Certification in order to retain electric service.
Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11. Adams REC expresses our gratitude to the country’s veterans for their service!
Three ways to pay with: No stamps No envelopes No driving ONLINE AT OUR WEBSITE BY PHONE DIRECT PAYMENT FROM YOUR BANK ACCOUNT • Pay online at www.adamsrec.com. Just click on the “Pay Your Bill” link and follow the instructions. You can pay by credit or debit card or from your checking or savings account. • Pay by phone with our payment hotline. Dial 800809-6352 and follow the directions. You can pay by credit or debit card or from your checking or savings account. • Contact the office to sign up for direct payment from your bank. If you have any questions, call the office at 937-544-2305.
Prior to termination, the consumer must provide proper certification from a health care professional, which includes a licensed physician, physician assistant, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse practitioner, or certified nurse midwife. The health care professional must complete a form provided by Adams REC stating that termination of electric service would be especially dangerous or life threatening to the health of a permanent resident of the premises. The consumer must also enter into an extended payment plan with the cooperative and make all payments due under the plan on time. The cooperative will accept no more that two renewal certifications regarding the health of any resident, for a total maximum certification period of 90 days within any twelve month period. For additional information, please call the office.
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.
Capital credits retirements Capital credits refunded to the estates of Adams Rural Electric Co-op members for September 2019 totaled $24,214.11. Estates paid in 2019 to date total $192,524.88. 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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CALENDAR OF EVENTS November
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.
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.
Peebles Christmas Celebration. Main Street, Peebles. Lighting of the Christmas tree and other events starts at 6 p.m.
7 Dailey and Vincent will perform at the Red Barn Convention Center at 7 p.m. Contact 800-823-9197 ext. 121.
Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 3. Remember to set your clocks back one hour!
ADAMS RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC. CONTACT
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Donald C. McCarty Sr. President
Charles L. Newman Vice President
Kenneth McCann Secretary
4800 St. Rte. 125 P.O. Box 247 West Union, OH 45693 OFFICE HOURS
Mon.–Fri., 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Stephen Huff Blanchard Campbell William Wylie M. Dale Grooms William Seaman John Wickerham
PAY YOUR BILL AT 800-809-6352 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.
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Erika Ackley Jacob Alexander Alice Baird Nathan Colvin Kacee Cox Joan Drummond Joyce Grooms John Hayslip David Henry Steve Hoop Randy Johnson Samuel Kimmerly
Dave Kirker Rodney Little Dave McChesney Johnny Moles Kristina Orr Alicia Phillips David Ralston Cody Rigdon Zachary Rowe Dewayne Sexton Mike Whitley
Bill Swango General Manager
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.
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.
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2019 Holiday Who needs cheeks like roses or a nose like a cherry? Fill your sleigh with made-in-Ohio gifts that will not only delight your friends and family but also support local artisans, craftspeople, and entrepreneurs.
Heartland Heirloom Woodworks
Erick’s Wood-n-Barrel, Hamilton
Specializing in “handmade gifts with history,” Dave Brooker makes mantle and shelf clocks using beams and other wood he reclaimed from Ohio barns that date to the 1830s. His finely crafted clocks are available in old-growth black cherry or rare American chestnut and have quartz mechanisms and authentic characteristics such as wormholes and saw marks. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.heartlandheirloomwoodworks.com
Veteran woodworker Erick Combs transforms bourbon barrels from Kentucky into handsome home furnishings with distinctive textures, colors, and patinas. While his bestsellers include barrel ring wine bottle holders and bistro sets featuring a barrel lid table and barrel stave folding chairs, he also constructs barrel stave Christmas trees and card holders for the holidays. email@example.com; www.facebook.com/Ericks-Wood-n-Barrel-957957827696860
Kozy Mittens by Vicki, Sullivan
Branch Line Leather Co., Worthington
Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative member Vicki Rickett upcycles old wool sweaters into cuteas-a-button mittens that come in every conceivable color and fit everyone from infants to oldsters. Her wide-ranging repertoire includes fleece-lined mittens, fingerless mittens, driving mittens with leather palms, hunting mittens with trigger fingers, specialty mittens for hard-to-fit hands, and smittens, an ingenious mitten made for two that lets sweethearts hold hands while keeping warm. 616-836-7991; www.kozymittens.com
Nothing is more personal than designing a gift for someone, and Branch Line Leather studio excels at customization. Owner Elaine Coifman handcrafts gorgeous leather totes and bags but lets you select the color, style, strap, hardware, and pocket configuration. Also available are leather journals and wallets, Ohio-themed coasters and keychains, clever Mason jar mugs, and unique beer holsters. 614-547-3398; www.branchlineleather.com
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Gift Guide BY DAMAINE VONADA
Get Hosed Apparel, Helena
C McDonough Designs, Rutland
Using retired turnout gear obtained from fire departments, former firefighter Jay Ernsberger and his wife, Staci, design and make everything from toiletry bags to backpacks. Although the couple operates Get Hosed out of their garage, boutiques as far away as Australia and Chile carry customer favorites such as their rugged Chief’s Tote and Jet Setter carry-on bag. 419-552-1006; www.gethosedapparel.com
Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative member Carol McDonough is an award-winning ceramist who creates nature-inspired pottery and sculpture at her farm-based studio. Although her leafy Greenman and Greenwoman are her signature garden items, she also does darling wood sprites, colorful owls and turtles, a fanciful frog that doubles as a key hider, and innovative EZ Clean bird feeders that resemble Victorian houses. 740-742-2546; www.cmcddesigns.com
Hemisphere Coffee Roasters, Mechanicsburg
Doscher’s Candy Co., Newtown
For Paul and Grace Kurtz, Hemisphere Coffee Roasters is both a business and a way to help coffeegrowing communities throughout the world. They import beans directly from farmers, and Paul, a certified Coffee Quality Institute grader, oversees roasting at their Mechanicsburg facility. In addition to Hemisphere’s flagship Nicaragua and Thailand coffees, the company makes flavorful Jamaican Me Crazy and Pumpkin Pie Spice. 937-834-3230; www.hemispherecoffeeroasters.com
Started in 1871 by a fellow with the fitting first name Claus, Doscher’s is the nation’s oldest candy cane manufacturer, rolling, kneading, and striping candy canes that still are handmade and cooked in copper kettles according to Claus’ original recipe. Doscher’s peppermint candy canes are a Christmas classic, but the company also makes merry-and-bright-looking canes in assorted fruit flavors. 513-381-8656; www.doscherscandies.com
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Hunky Dory Studio, Cincinnati
Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm, Martinsville
Add a warm glow to a long winter’s night with a fused glass night light from the hands of artist Amy Flesher. Pretty as well as practical, the night lights are adorned with images ranging from Alice in Wonderland to zoo animals, and Amy also makes custom night lights based on photos of family members, pets, and even entertainers. 513-288-1477; www.hunkydorystudio.com
In addition to organic and natural ingredients, the bath and body items made by reflexologist Kym Prell contain lavender that’s grown on her family’s farm. Her product line includes Pain Relief Salve, Calming Headache Relief Ointment, Soothing Lavender Natural Body Lotion, and a wonderfully aromatic Lavender Eye Pillow to encourage long winter’s naps. 513-322-2415; www.peacefulacreslavenderfarm.com
Lake Erie Candle Company, Port Clinton
Cliff Original, Columbus
Tamara Buczkowski and her family proudly make 100%-soy-wax candles that are sourced from grownin-the-USA soybeans and sold in recyclable tins and glass jars. Fragrances include year-round favorites such as musky Lake Erie Sunset and fruity Catawba Breeze, but for something that smells a lot like Christmas, get pine-like Christmas at the Lake or snickerdoodle-scented ’Tis the Season. 419-635-7575; www.lakeeriecandle.com
Inspired by his Grandpa Cliff, Jared Friesner founded a company that uses local beeswax, goat’s milk, and other natural ingredients to make beard care, hair care, and skincare products. Its popular Wax Pomade gives hair a healthy shine; vitamin-rich Shave Oil conditions skin; and the Utility Wash Brick is a hand-poured and cured soap splendidly scented with mint, cedar musk, or bay rum. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.clifforiginal.com
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Joe Schmo’s Kitchen, Austintown
Honey Sweetie Acres Artisan Skincare, Goshen
Amanda and Barry Franks rely on locally sourced ingredients and a shared-use commercial kitchen in Youngstown to produce flavorful sausage mixes, rubs, seasonings, and hot pepper jellies. Their specialty is Donofrio’s Hot Peppers in Oil, an Italian dish that maintains the traditional taste and crisp peppers of the version that Barry’s grandfather — Joseph Donofrio — has always made. 330-506-2146; www.joeschmoskitchen.com
Who knew that Nigerian Dwarf goats have the highest butterfat milk of any breed? Regina and Steve Bauscher knew because they raise Nigerian Dwarfs and turn the milk into premium soaps and lotions in a dedicated facility on their farm. The creamy lotions make great stocking stuffers, and the skinfriendly soaps come in luscious scents like cherry almond and hot buttered rum. 513-313-1110; www.honeysweetieacres.com
The Jam and Jelly Lady, Lebanon
Brownwood Farms, Athens
Looking for a culinary gift par excellence? You can’t go wrong with the jams and preserves that Sonya Staffan makes in the country cannery where she has taught canning classes for years. Her berry-filled Christmas Jam is bliss in a jar, but spread even more joy with a Christmas trio consisting of Christmas Jam, spicy St. Nick’s Kick, and cranberry-cinnamon Winterberry Jam. 513-932-8246; www.jamandjellylady.com
Brownwood Farms prides itself on premium products made with ingredients sourced primarily from Ohio and other Great Lakes states. Tried-and-true favorites include Cherry BBQ Sauce (a flavorful fusion of heat and sweet); mouthwatering blueberry preserves; and a trio of tantalizing mustards — Famous Kream, Kickin’ Kream, and Golden Ale — that also make great dips and glazes. 866-589-6456; www.brownwoodfarms.com
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ALAKAZAM! BY MARGO BARTLETT
ho travels for a living? Truck drivers, certainly. Commercial airline pilots. The people who fix office copy machines. Also, magicians. Yes, magicians. Ohio is home to many magicians who take their shows on the road — to fairs, festivals, corporate retreats, birthday parties, business meetings, libraries, college campuses, camps, restaurants — any place they’re invited to perform. These four Ohio magicians share a peek behind the curtain.
Traveling magicians put a little piece of themselves into every show, every bit of magic, that they perform.
David Anthony, Broadview Heights www.danthonymagic.com “As kids, we have a sense of wonder,” says Cleveland-area magician David Anthony. “As adults, we start to lose that wonder.” To renew that wonder, if only for a while, is one reason Anthony performs magic — close magic, stage shows, and comedy hypnosis. Styling himself as an elegant, updated, Rat Pack spin-off (radio station WKYC called him “the Sinatra of magic”), Anthony’s hallmark is casual sophistication, even when he dresses down for college audiences. Developing his own ideas — working up a three-minute trick, perfecting it, and then adding music, choreography, and “rehearsal, rehearsal, rehearsal” — usually requires months, Anthony says. Anthony often gives onstage credit to his parents, who have supported him since he was 12. “I always wanted to be a doctor, but my parents begged me to be a magician,” he jokes to audiences. Anthony performs often at Cleveland’s Alex Theater — his last eight shows there have sold out — as well as at corporate events, banquets, school assemblies, casinos, and summer camps. While he’s proud of Cleveland and its support of the arts, Anthony hopes to become a known name far beyond Cuyahoga County. The ultimate goal? “To be a household name,” Anthony says, and his wife, Alicia, echoes him: “To be a national name.”
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Carroll Baker, Columbus www.carrollbaker.net As a child, Carroll Baker won a contest at vacation Bible school. The prize: a Susan B. Anthony silver dollar and lunch with Harry Blackstone Jr. — which led to a one-off as a magician’s assistant when Blackstone visited Columbus’ Children’s Hospital, now Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It certainly set things in motion. These days, at Gahanna’s Old Bag of Nails restaurant, Baker moves from table to table, joking, teasing, and performing tricks — though magicians prefer not to talk about doing tricks: “Dogs do tricks,” Baker says. “Magicians perform magic.” “What grade are you in? Seventh? For the first time? Good for you! What’s your favorite subject?” he asks a young girl out with her family. “Oh, boy,” says the middle schooler, pausing to think. Baker pounces. “Oh, boys!” he says. He admits to having “a head full of one-liners,” thanks to 28 years in bars and restaurants. While he jokes, he asks customers to think of an invisible card, then pulls that card from his own very real deck. He has people autograph playing cards that somehow, some way, wind up on the ceiling of the restaurant. As for what 6-year-old Baker did to win an afternoon with Blackstone: He memorized Bible verses — 23 verses to the second-place winner’s four. “I try to have fun with everything I do,” he says.
“Magic Nate” LeGros, Delaware TheMagicNate@gmail.com Here’s the thing about Magic Nate: He’s funny, he’s friendly, and he performs to music without speaking a word. LeGros says a show for deaf students was his first experience doing magic to music — realizing he had to figure out a way to perform without talking. The show was a hit, and Magic Nate made wordless magic his thing. He chooses the music carefully and times even small movements to the notes, to good effect. During a show at the Delaware Country District Library, he incorporates every child and several adults in the audience into his wordless performance. “That’s crazy good!” a child exclaims as Magic Nate makes a series of small balls appear and disappear. He closes the program with his signature act: the balloon swallow. He blows up a long, skinny balloon, the end of which ultimately winds up in his mouth. Slowly and ceremoniously, with much working of his jaws, he consumes the whole thing. The kicker, LeGros points out, is that he doesn’t produce the balloon from behind somebody’s ear or under a chair. It’s G-O-N-E gone. Magic is endlessly variable, LeGros says. “Once you know the basics of magic,” he says, “you can pretty much do anything.”
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Cinde Wolf, Cincinnati email@example.com “The Amazing Cindini” performs on a Sunday evening at Mac’s Pizza Pub in Mason. The moment she pulls out three lengths of rope and asks a child to sprinkle them with magic dust, a crowd gathers around her. Cindini gives each child the chance to sprinkle magic. Female magicians may be somewhat rare, but they do exist, says Wolf. “Being a female magician really helped me get started,” she says. “I get a lot of calls specifically because I am a female.” Cindini picked up her wand 25 years ago. Two of her cousins were professional magicians, and she’d always been intrigued. Her cousins, though, were never willing to teach her the secrets of the trade. “They just wanted me to enjoy it,” she says. She has a different approach: encourage children who are interested in the craft. To that end, she teaches magic at workshops and summer camps. One of her favorite stories has to do with teaching a child a magic trick. The child performed the trick, then said, “But when are we going to do magic?” The magical part of magic isn’t just the trick itself, Cindini says. A good magician hones her act, gives it personality, and makes it her own. “Just because you know the secret and you know the trick doesn’t mean you’re going to be a good performer.” When magic is performed well, she says, “it’s things that change right before your eyes. That’s why I love it so much.”
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THE TOLEDO WAR A quirky bit of American history set the stage for one of the nation’s best rivalries. BY CRAIG SPRINGER
hen the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines take to the field in Michigan Stadium this month, battling for territory up and down the gridiron, they will, in essence, reenact an event that is among the oddest in American history.
Lake Erie is only a few miles wide; it includes towns such as Pioneer and Fayette that were claimed by Michigan in its pre-statehood era. “Toledo, Michigan” just doesn’t have a proper sound to it, but that city, too, was claimed by the neighbor up north to be its own.
The so-called Toledo War was a quirky chapter in the story of Ohio that likely laid the groundwork for one of the nation’s most fierce sporting rivalries; the event certainly still lived in the memories of some of the states’ oldest residents by the time the Bucks and Wolverines met on the football field for the first time in 1897.
The land dispute reached a crescendo in March 1835 when the governor of the Michigan Territory called out the militia, approximately 900 armed men. Ohio’s governor, Robert Lucas, did the same, and 600 Ohio militiamen trekked to the Maumee Valley.
The Team Up North holds a 58-51-6 advantage against Ohio State in what is known simply as “The Game.” In the realm of state boundary disputes, however, it’s Ohio 1, Michigan 0. Ohio won the Toledo War, securing several hundred square miles of prime farmland. The long, thin rectangle of territory between Indiana and
The militias stood against one another along the Maumee River, but while the Michigan militia fired a few warning shots that punched musketball holes in the sky, no one was injured. In fact, one could argue there’s been more blood shed by warriors in the 113 games on the gridiron than in the Toledo War — which was, in reality, more political posturing than gun play.
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The land dispute originated in poorly understood baseline maps of the day. Stream banks and lake shore waterlines make horrible political boundaries. It’s because moving water is a powerfully corrosive force that moves land masses you might otherwise think to be stable and permanent. A lake point or river bend might be there one season and moved appreciably the next.
The Ohio-Michigan state line was for a time anchored on a line jutting into Lake Erie, which spanned westward to the north-south meridian laid by Israel Ludlow (who had surveyed the Symmes Purchase and laid out the towns of Cincinnati and Dayton many years before) that started near the northern bend in the Ohio River, west of Cincinnati. Where the two imaginary lines intersect would make the tri-corner of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. It was the eastern point of the line in Lake Erie that was in dispute. It may seem like a paltry piece of property to exert so much force to hold, especially between neighboring states, but whichever possessed Toledo and more Lake Erie waterfront held an economic advantage. Michigan wanted it. Ohio got it. President Andrew Jackson intervened, and Congress eventually rectified the boundary dispute and settled upon the current state boundary. However, while Michigan may have lost that long strip of checkerboard, loamy soil, it turned out that Wisconsin may have been the biggest loser in the Toledo War. In the compromise that gave that disputed yardage to Ohio, Michigan was granted from the Wisconsin Territory what is today the Upper Peninsula — rich in timber and ore and destinations desired by tourists. Former Ohio resident Craig Springer lives in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, former province of Comanche Indians, and formerly claimed by Spain, Mexico, and Texas.
The border dispute between Ohio and pre-statehood Michigan may well be the basis for what is one of the nation’s best football rivalries, despite the jovial truce proclaimed by governors Woodbridge Ferris of Michigan and Frank Willis of Ohio over state line markers erected in 1915.
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NOV. 12, DEC. 10 – Inventors Network Meetings, Rev1 Ventures for Columbus, 1275 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, 7 p.m. Educational presentations and discussion about the invention process. Meetings held the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 614-470-0144 or www.inventorscolumbus.com. NOV. 16 – Holiday Artfest, Welcome Center, 205 N. 5th St., Zanesville, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Art for display and sale includes glass, sculpture, paintings, photography, mixed media, collage, wood, felt, fabric, and other handmade art items. 919-621-9732 (Jessica McKee), studiome. email@example.com (Liz Darby), or www.artcoz.org. NOV. 16 – “UFOS Are Real,” Wagnalls Memorial, 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis, 1–3 p.m. Free. A discussion on the UFO phenomenon both past and present, looking at the best evidence and most amazing encounters. Hosted by Cameron Jones. 614-837-4765 or www.wagnalls.org. NOV. 30–DEC. 1 – Scott Antique Markets, Ohio Expo Ctr., Bricker and Celeste Bldgs., Columbus, Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free; $5 parking. 800–1,200 exhibit booths. www.scottantiquemarkets.com. DEC. 4–JAN. 1 – “A Storybook Christmas,” Zanesville and Muskingum Co. locations. Over 100 participating businesses. Drive or walk by to view the decorations or to visit. Nightly light and music show at the courthouse, Sun.–Thur. 6–9 p.m., Fri./Sat. 6–10 p.m. 740-455-8282, 800-743-2303, or www.visitzanesville.com. DEC. 4– JAN. 2 – State Auto’s Christmas Corner, 518 E. Broad St., Columbus. Free. Historic life-sized Nativity display. Official lighting is Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m., with performance by Columbus Children’s Choir. Hours and schedule of events at www.stateauto.com/Christmas.
THROUGH JAN. 1 – Winter Festival of Lights, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling. View 300 acres of twinkling lights over a 6-mile drive. 3D holographic eyewear transforms every
DEC. 5 – Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert, Secrest Auditorium, 334 Shinnick St., Zanesville, 7 p.m. www.secrestauditorium.com. DEC. 6 – Festival of Trees Auction, Zanesville– Muskingum County Welcome Ctr., 205 N. 5th St., Zanesville, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Over 200 trees. Join us all day long for networking, bidding, and holiday cheer! “Happy Hour,” 3:30–6 p.m. Listen to WHIZ AM 1240 and call 740-450-1990 to bid. Auction schedule posted at www. zmchamber.com. Call 740-455-8282 for more info. DEC. 6 – Pickerington Holiday Gathering, Columbus and Center Streets, Pickerington, 5–8 p.m. City tree lighting at 7 p.m. Family-friendly activities all around the Olde Village: horse-drawn wagon rides, ice carving, reindeer petting, circulating trolley, cookie decorating, games and stories for kids, mini train rides, strolling carolers, Holiday Gift Market, and more. 614-321-8221 or www.pickeringtonvillage.com. DEC. 6–8 – Christmas at the Palace: “Ring in the Season,” Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, Fri./Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Adult $19–$23; child under 13, $12. Join us on a journey to the North Pole where Santa, Mrs. Claus, and a whole host of elves stand ready to greet you. Then travel back in celebration of that Holy Night that changed the lives of humanity. 740-3832101 or www.marionpalace.org. DEC. 6–7 – Lancaster Camp Ground Christmas Walk, 2151 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster, 4–8 p.m. Tiny house and historical buildings, Nativity drama, holiday shopping, Santa’s workshop, and more. Featuring our candlelight dinner with live music: adult $15, child $8. Prepaid reservations requested; cost is higher at the door. 740653-2119 or www.lancastercampground.com. DEC. 7 – Worthington Chorus: “Christmas Around the World,” McConnell Arts Ctr., 777 Evening St., Worthington, 1:30 and 4 p.m. $10, under 13 free with a paying adult. Tickets available online or at the door. www.worthingtonchorus.org, www.facebook.com/ worthingtonchorus, or firstname.lastname@example.org. DEC. 7, 14 – Christmas Candlelighting Ceremony, Roscoe Village, Main Stage, 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, 6 p.m. Free. Share in the evening’s tradition of lighting the 30-foot Christmas tree. A Christmas of Yesteryear lantern tour follows at 7 p.m. (admission fee); reservations must be made in advance. 740-622-7644, 800-877-1830, or www.roscoevillage.com.
point of light into a magical display. Per-car donation requested; valid for the entire festival season. 877-4361797 or https://oglebay.com/events/festival-of-lights. NOV. 22–DEC. 28 – Celebration of Lights, Morris Park, Fairmont, Fri.–Sun., 6–10 p.m. Suggested donation of $10 per car. See over 475 holiday light displays in this drive-through tour. 304-366-4550 or www. celebrationoflightswv.com. DEC. 6–7 – Elizabethtown Festival, Moundsville, Fri. 4–8 p.m. ($2), Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (free). Celebrate the traditions and customs of the past with bread-making, quilt displays, weaving, craft items, demos of historic trades, food, musical entertainment, cooking and baking contests, and more! 304-845-6200 or https://wvpentours. com/events/special-events/elizabethtown-festival.
DEC. 7–8, 14–15 – Dickens of a Christmas, Ohio Village, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Sat. 5:30–9 p.m., Sun. 12–5 p.m. $12–$16. See Charles Dickens’ festive and enduring vision of Christmas come to life. 800-686-1541 or www.ohiohistory.org. DEC. 7–8 – Santa Visit and Christmas Open House, Nelson T. Gant Home, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville. 740868-8680 or www.nelsontgantfoundation.org. DEC. 8 – Lancaster Community Band: “Christmas Is Coming,” Faith Memorial Church, 2610 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster, 2 p.m. Free. 740-756-4430. DEC. 14 – Care Train Benefit Concert, Marysville High School Auditorium, 800 Amrine Mill Rd., Marysville, 7:30 p.m. Proceeds go toward the purchase of food vouchers for families, seniors, and disabled adults in Union County who are in need at Christmastime. 937-303-9453 or www.caretrain.org. DEC. 14 – Care Train Live and Online Auction, McAuliffe’s Ace Hardware, 1299 W. Fifth St., Marysville, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Proceeds go toward the purchase of food vouchers for families, seniors, and disabled adults in Union County who are in need at Christmastime. 937303-9453 or www.caretrain.org. DEC. 14 – Annual Holiday Cookie Walk, Fairfield County Genealogical Research Library, 503 Lenwood Dr., Lancaster, 12–4 p.m. Stock up for the holidays. Great variety! 740-653-2573. DEC. 14 – Christmas Open House, Wagnalls Memorial, 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Free. Meet Santa and participate in family-friendly holiday activities. 614-837-4765 or www.wagnalls.org. DEC. 14 – Simply Christmas in Lithopolis, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Enjoy a variety of holiday events throughout the village, including the Wagnalls Memorial Open House (see above) and Holly-Day Shop Hop on Columbus Street, featuring specials, door prizes, treats, gazebo lighting, and more. 614-837-4705 or on Facebook (search for Simply Christmas). DEC. 15 – Lisa Rock: “A Carpenters Christmas,” Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, 4 p.m. Adult $20–$28, student $12. Based on the music from the famous duo’s holiday albums and Christmas variety shows. A local children’s choir will accompany the band. 740-383-2101 or www.marionpalace.org.
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NOV. 15–16 – Madrigal Feaste, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County, 3186 Burbank Rd., Wooster. $35/person; multiple tickets $30 each. Doors open Fri. at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7; Sat. at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6. Tickets must be ordered in advance. 330-262-9194 or www.uufwc.com. NOV. 15–16 – Season’s Splendor Arts and Crafts Show, Fisher Auditorium, Shisler Conference Ctr., 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Fri. 5–9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. 140 local artists and crafters. 330-682-2926 or www. facebook.com/events/2486634764900230. NOV. 16–DEC. 31 – Holidays at the Mansion: “Old Fashioned Christmas,” The Victorian House Museum, 484 Wooster Rd., Millersburg, Sun.–Thur. 1–4 p.m., Fri./Sat. 1–8 p.m. $10; seniors and veterans/active military, $9; under 12 free. Tour the 28-room mansion, transformed into a holiday wonderland. Open house is Nov. 16, 4–8 p.m.; $5. “Santa and Friend — Celebrate the Season!” is Dec. 7. 330-674-0022 or www. victorianhousemuseum.org. NOV. 16 – Thanksgiving Dinner with Abraham Lincoln, Hale Farm and Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd., Bath, 3:30–6 p.m. $20–$45. Thanksgiving feast with President Lincoln and costumed interpreters. 330-666-3711 ext. 1720, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.wrhs.org/events. NOV. 22 – Window Wonderland, downtown Wooster,
THROUGH 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. THROUGH 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 JAN. 5 – “Space: A Journey to Our Future,” Bossard Library, 7 Spruce St., Gallipolis. Free. Presented in cooperation with NASA and as seen at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. www.bossardlibrary.org.
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7 p.m. Free. Horse-drawn carriage rides, decorated storefront windows, Santa descending from the rooftop, hot chocolate, live reindeer, lights, and holiday activities. 330-262-6222 or www.mainstreetwooster.org. NOV. 23 – Christmas Ales and Ciders, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, 7–10 p.m. $40. Includes 20 tasting tickets, souvenir tasting glass, and light hors d’oeuvres. $20 non-drinking “designated driver” option also available. 216-862-8803 or www. greaterclevelandaquarium.com. NOV. 29–JAN. 4 – Steubenville Nutcracker Village and Advent Market, Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville. Free. Over 150 unique, life-size nutcrackers in an outdoor display with lights and music. 740-283-1787 or www.steubenvillenutcrackervillage.com. NOV. 29–JAN. 4 – Christmas Wonderland and Gift Shop, Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville, Mon.–Thur. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Christmas gifts, nutcrackers, Nutcracker Village memorabilia, and Christmas décor. 740-283-1787 or www.steubenvillenutcrackervillage.com. NOV. 30 – The Handmade Market, Historic Painesville Railroad Museum, 475 Railroad St., Painesville, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Art and craft show, bake sale, and auction. 440-655-4455, PRRMevent@att.net, or www. painesvillerailroadmuseum.org. NOV. 30, DEC. 7 – Christmas in the Alpaca Barn, 16800 Cowley Rd., Grafton, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Enjoy an up-close and personal look at these peaceful creatures. Shop for unique gifts at the Farm Store. 440-477-4300 or www. ourlittleworldalpacas.com. DEC. 6–7, 13–14; DEC. 8, 15 – Candlelight Holiday Tours of Malabar Farm, 4050 Bromfield Rd., Lucas, Fri./ Sat. 5–9 p.m., Sun. 12–5 p.m. $5, C. (6–17) $3, under 6 free. Tour Louis Bromfield’s Big House, all decked out for the holidays. Enjoy freshly baked cookies and hot cider. You might even see Santa! 419-892-2784 or www. malabarfarm.org/events.
DEC. 7 – Christmas Down on the Farm, Tis the Season and Schrock’s Amish Farm, 4363 St. Rte. 39, Berlin, noon–5 p.m. Bring the family out for sleigh rides, gingerbread house decorating, Christmas cookies, and more. 330-893-3604 or www.schrocksvillage.com. DEC. 7–8 – Christmas in Zoar, Sat. 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. $10, under 13 free. Live music, a juried craft show, horse-drawn wagon rides, museum tours, private home tours, and visits with Belsnickle, Santa, and Kristkind! Candlelight church service at the Historic Zoar Meeting House on Saturday, followed by a tree lighting ceremony in the Historic Zoar Garden. 330-874-3011 or www.historiczoarvillage.com/events. DEC. 8 – Massillon Train and Toy Show, Massillon Knights of Columbus Hall, 988 Cherry Rd. NW, Massillon, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $5, under 13 free. Free parking. Trains of all gauges, parts, running layouts, farm and vintage toys, diecast models, NASCAR items, and more. Food and drink available. 330-262-7488 or http://cjtrains.com/shows.
NOV. 8–DEC. 13 – Gingerbread House Contest and Display, Guernsey County Senior Citizens Ctr., Cambridge. Free. Winners announced on Dec. 13. 740439-6681 or www.guernseysenior.org. NOV. 16 – Gingerbread House Workshop, The Castle, 418 Fourth St., Marietta, 10 a.m.–noon. $20 per kit, $5 helper fee. For ages 8 and up. Reservations required by Nov. 12. 740-373-4180 or http://mariettacastle.org. NOV. 22–24 – Jingle Bell Weekend, 126 W. Second St., Waverly. Luminary parade, quilt and craft shows, beef and noodle dinners, 5K run. www.piketravel.com/JingleBell. NOV. 23 – Grand Holiday Ball, Eagles Club, 1930 E. Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, 7 p.m. $25/single, $45/couple. Groups of 5 or more: $20 per person. 740-435-0400 or 740-432-4550. NOV. 23 – Salt Fork Gospel Jubilee, Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Ctr., 14755 Cadiz Rd., Lore City, 6 p.m. Free. Call 740-432-3787 or 740-439-2751 for room rates. NOV. 23–24 – Holiday Open House, National Museum of Cambridge Glass, 136 S. 9th St., Cambridge, 12–4 p.m. Free. 740-432-4245 or www.cambridgeglass.org. NOV. 25 – Christmas Open House, John and Annie Glenn Historic Site, 72 W. Main St., New Concord, 5:30–8 p.m. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served on the front porch. 740-826-3305 or www.johnglennhome.org. NOV. 29–30 – Salt Fork Holiday Craft Show, Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Ctr., 14755 Cadiz Rd., Lore City, Fri.
10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. 740-439-2751, www.saltforkstateparklodge.com. NOV. 29–30 – Deerassic Fall Craft and Home Show, Deerassic Park Education Ctr., 14250 Cadiz Rd., Cambridge, Fri. 8 a.m.–1 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–noon. Free. 740-435-3335 or https://deerassic.com. NOV. 30 – Holiday Parade, Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, 5 p.m. The theme is “Candy Canes and Christmas Carols.” 740-439-2238 or www.downtowncambridge.com. NOV. 30–DEC. 22 – Santa Train, Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Nelsonville Depot, 33 W. Canal St., Nelsonville, every Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and every Fri. at 6 p.m. beginning Nov. 30. $16–$21, under 3 free. www. hvsry.org/trainlist/#santa. DEC. 1 – National Road and Zane Grey Museum Holiday Open House, 8850 East Pike, Norwich, 1–4 p.m. 740-872-3143 or www.ohiohistory.org. DEC. 7 – Cookies with Santa/Little Dickens Day, Deerassic Park Education Ctr., 14250 Cadiz Rd., Cambridge, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Make a $5 donation to Secret Santa or bring a toy in exchange for a dozen sugar cookies that you can decorate on site! 740-435-3335 or www.deerassic.com. DEC. 7 – Logan Santa Parade, Main Street, Logan, 2–7 p.m. Watch for Santa at the end of the parade, and visit with him afterward in Worthington Park. 740-385-6836 or http://explorehockinghills.com.
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DEC. 11 – Lolley the Trolley Lights Tour, 255 Park Ave., Amherst, 6–8 p.m. $5 per person per ride; tickets must be pre-purchased. Hop aboard the trolley and ride through Amherst to see the city’s most beautiful light displays. 440-984-6709 or http://mainstreetamherst.org/trolley. DEC. 14 – Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic Parade, downtown Steubenville, noon–1 p.m. Many floats and dancers will feature nutcracker-themed decorations and characters, and some of our life-size Village Nutcrackers will be making special appearances! www.facebook.com/SteubenvilleChristmasParade. DEC. 15 – Christmas Train and Toy Show, Lakeland Community College (AFC) Main Gym, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Adults $6, Family $15, C. (6–12) $3, under 6 free. Active military free. Model trains of all gauges, antique toys, and diecast toys. Operating train layouts in many different scales and dioramas. Free face painting. Meet Santa Claus, 12:30–2 p.m. 216-470-5780, email@example.com, or www.christmastrainshow.com.
NOV. 30 – Blaze of Lights Festival, N. Main Street, Bluffton, 5–8 p.m. Free. Kick off the Christmas season with a parade, beautiful lights, food and shopping, entertainment, and horse-drawn wagon rides. Parade starts at 5 p.m. 419-369-2985 or www. explorebluffton.com/event. NOV. 30 – Shop Small Saturday, downtown Sidney. Support downtown merchants. Giveaways while supplies last. 937-658-6945 or www.sidneyalive.org. NOV. 30–DEC. 1 – “Crafts for Christmas” Craft Show, Lucas Co. Recreation Ctr., 2901 Key St., Maumee, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free admission NOV. 6–9 – “Angels in the Attic” Crafts Show, Ross and parking. Our winter spectacular! Fine handmade Historical Ctr., 201 N. Main Ave., Sidney, Wed.–Fri. 10 crafts, gifts, and holiday decorations. Also collecting a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $2. Handmade crafts by donations for Toys for Tots. 419-842-1925 or www. local artists. Reasonable prices, free refreshments, door toledocraftsmansguild.org. prizes. Gifts to the first 25 shoppers each day. 937-658DEC. 1–26 – Lake of Lights, Saulisbery Park, 13344 St. 1819 (Darla Cabe) or 937-498- 1653 (Historical Ctr.). Rte. 67 W., Kenton, 6–9 p.m. $5 per car. Special events on NOV. 17 – Toledo Doll, Bear, and Toy Show, Lucas Sat. and Sun. evenings. 419-675-2547 or www.facebook. Co. Fgds., Maumee Rec. Ctr., 2901 Key St., Maumee, 10 com/LakeOfLights. a.m.–4 p.m., early admission 8:30 a.m. $6; early bird $20. Free parking. Door prizes, raffles, appraisals, and on-site DEC. 4 – Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas Tour, Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. doll stringing. 734-282-0152, firstname.lastname@example.org, Main Cross St., Findlay, 7:30 p.m. Starting at $54. The or www.toledodollshow.com. most successful all-female group in Irish history joins NOV. 22–DEC. 31 – Lights Before Christmas, Toledo with the Lima Symphony Orchestra for a memorable Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, Sun.–Thur. 3–8 p.m., Fri./Sat. Christmas celebration. 330-595-4650 or www. 3–9 p.m. $16–$19, under 2 free. Over 1 million lights, the marathoncenterarts.org. award-winning Big Tree, and more than 200 illuminated DEC. 6–7 – “Yuletides of Yesteryear” Holiday Lantern animal images. 419-385-5721 or www.toledozoo.org. Tour, Sauder Village, 22611 St. Rte. 2, Archbold, tours NOV. 29–JAN. 5 – North Pole Express, 12505 Co. Rd. leave every half hour from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Adult $13, child 99, Findlay, Fri./Sat. 5:30–9:30 p.m., Sun. 5:30–8:30 $7, free for 5 and under. Reservations required. 800-590p.m. Adult $4, child $3. Hop on board our quarter-scale 9755 or www.saudervillage.org. locomotive for a trip through a winter wonderland of DEC. 7 – Findlay Altrusa Holiday Vendor and Craft sparkling lights and festive decorations. See operating model trains and hundreds of decorated trees, plus a visit Fair, Findlay Moose Lodge, 1028 W. Main Cross, Findlay, with Santa and Mrs. Claus (on select days). 419-423-2995 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. 25 vendors indoors, under one roof! Lunch and 50/50 available. Proceeds benefit or www.nworrp.org.
NOV. 21–24 – West Milton Holiday Open House, Thur. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Fri./Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 12–4 p.m. Visit the Shoppes of West Milton and enter to win daily door prizes. www.homegrowngreat.com/event/westmilton-holiday-open-house. NOV. 22–24 – Christkindlmarkt, Germania Park, 3529 West Kemper Rd., Cincinnati, Fri. 5–10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 12–5 p.m. $3, under 13 free. The oldest and most authentic German Christmas market in the region. http://germaniasociety.com/ christkindlmarkt. NOV. 23 – Hometown Holiday Horse Parade, S. Broadway, Greenville, 7 p.m. The lighted parade includes horse-drawn carriages, wagons, riders, and buggies. 937548-4998 or www.downtowngreenville.org. NOV. 24 – Farm Toy Show, Champaign Co. Fgds., 384 Park Ave., Urbana, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $2, under 12 free. 125
tables. Door prizes. Parts dealer will be present. Contact Lowell Morningstar at 937-826-4201. NOV. 29–DEC. 24 – Christmas in the Greenhouse, Milford Garden Center (in the Milford Shopping Center), 1025 Lila Ave., Milford. Free. The greenhouse turns into a Christmas store, with cut and live trees for sale, crafts and goods made by local vendors, wreath-making classes, a large train display, and trains for purchase. Santa visits on Saturdays! Check website or call for updated hours. 513-248-4531 or www.grantsgreenhouses.com. NOV. 29 – Hometown Holiday and Grand Illumination, downtown Troy. Visits with Santa in the Santa House, carriage rides, holiday music, hot cocoa and refreshments, shopping at our local merchants, and the lighting of the Christmas tree. www.troymainstreet.org. NOV. 30 – Hometown HoliDazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival, downtown Wilmington, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Parade begins at 7 p.m. www.hometownholidazzle.com. DEC. 6 – Christmas on the Green, downtown Piqua, 6–9 p.m. Community caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, children’s activities, and live entertainment. 937-773-9355 or www.mainstreetpiqua.com. DEC. 6 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Butler County Bluegrass Association, 5113 Huston Rd., Collinsville, 7 p.m. Free. An evening of lively bluegrass music with lightning-fast instrumentals, close harmonies, and entertaining novelty songs. Food available on site. 513-410-3625 or www.fotmc.com.
Findlay Altrusa community projects. For info, email FindlayAltrusa@yahoo.com. DEC. 7 – Christmas of Yesteryear and Winter Wonderland Parade, downtown Sidney. See our downtown all dressed up for the holidays! Enjoy shopping, horse and carriage rides, and a wonderful evening parade, complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Reason for the Season lighting ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m., with the parade at 7:30 p.m. 937-658-6945 or www. sidneyalive.org. DEC. 7–8, 14–15 – Christmas at the Logan County History Center, 521 E. Columbus Ave., Bellefontaine, 1–4 p.m. Free; donations accepted. The 1906 neoclassical Orr Mansion is beautifully decorated for the holidays, and the Museum’s hallways are lined with approx. 35 decorated Christmas trees. Musical entertainment and kids’ crafts. 937-593-7557, www.loganhistory.org, or www.facebook. com/logancountyhistorycenter. DEC. 12 – Celtic Angels Christmas, 7 Town Square, Lima, 7:30 p.m. $29–$49. A celebration of Christmas in Ireland, featuring vocal and instrumental performances of seasonal and Irish favorites along with spectacular worldclass champion Irish dancing. 419-222-5701 or www. limasymphony.com. DEC. 12–15, 19–22 – Winter Wonderland Light Display, Sandusky Co. Fgds., 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Drive-through Thur./Sun. 6–8 p.m.; walk-through Fri./ Sat. 6–9 p.m. $1, under 12 free. Craft show, games, horse rides, train rides, music, popcorn, cookies, hot chocolate, and Santa! Food items accepted for donation to food pantry. 419-332-5604 or www.sanduskycountyfair.com. DEC. 14 – Christmas Carousel Ride-A-Thon, MerryGo-Round Museum, 301 Jackson St., Sandusky, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $1 carousel rides. Kids’ crafts, visits from Santa, and much more! 419-626-6111 or www. merrygoroundmuseum.org.
DEC. 6–8 – Christmas in the Village, downtown Waynesville. Shopping, dining, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and choirs, costumed characters, a heated entertainment tent, and daily visits from Santa Claus. 513897-8855 or www.waynesvilleohio.com. DEC. 7 – Lebanon Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade and Festival, downtown Lebanon. Parades at 1 and 7 p.m. Festival 10 a.m.–8 p.m. www.lebanonchamber.org/ carriage-parade. DEC. 7 – Piqua Holiday Parade, downtown Piqua, 2 p.m. Kids can visit with Santa after the parade in the lobby of the Fort Piqua Plaza. www.mainstreetpiqua.com. DEC. 7 – Oxford Holiday Festival, Oxford Community Arts Ctr., 10 S. College Ave., Oxford, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Free. Events take place all through uptown Oxford. Visits with Santa, carriage rides, live reindeer. www.gettothebc.com. DEC. 7 – Christmas Tour of Homes, Williamsburg, 12–5 p.m. $10. Self-guided tour of six homes and the Harmony Hill Historic Museum, highlighting the history of Clermont County and Major General William Lytle, the “Father of Clermont County.” Light refreshments and snacks and raffle drawings at each home. Purchase tickets at Rustic Rose or Wrinkles in Time in Williamsburg, from William Garden Club members, or by calling 513-305-0607. DEC. 14–15 – Dayton Christkindlmarkt, 1400 E. Fifth St., Dayton, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 12–4 p.m. Celebrate the centuries-old Christmas market tradition that originated in Germany. 937-223-9013 or www.daytongermanclub.org.
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1. Wilma J. Woltz (my grandmother), her dog Jaz, and my son Maddix David. I’m thankful for all the memories my son has been able to make with my best friend. Kristin Hinkle South Central Power Company member
2. Our son (Sgt. Bishop Chamberlin) in the Ohio National Guard being promoted to Sergeant by his father (Spc. Jason Chamberlin), who was in the same unit 20 years ago. Jason Chamberlin South Central Power Company member
3. I am thankful for nature’s beauty in the land of the free. Susan Green Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative member
4. Thankful for good health, grandkids, and family! Precancer surgery and one year later. Nana, Lane, Luke, Lily, and Owen. Life is full of blessings during the ugliness of a disease. Kathy DeHass Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative member
5. Thankful for the faith of a child. On this Sunday morning, our little Mason, who isn’t actually reading yet, sure is convincing with his nose in the Bible. Tabatha Mack Adams Rural Electric Cooperative member
Send us your picture! For February, send “Coming Up Roses” by Nov. 15; for March, send “Tip of the Hat” by Dec. 15. Upload your photos at www.ohioec.org/ memberinteractive — and remember to include your co-op name and to identify everyone in the photos.
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6. My family at Thanksgiving — so much to be thankful for! Margo Rowen Consolidated Cooperative member
7. Harvest display in Berlin, Ohio. Rachel Blevins Consolidated Cooperative member
Two Ohio electric cooperative nominees have been named winners in a national contest sponsored by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, the nationwide alliance of more than 730 consumer-owned electric cooperatives. Touchstone Energy sponsors the #WhoPowersYou contest to honor co-op members for demonstrating their concern for their communities, which is one of Touchstone Energyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core values. The awards come with cash prizes to help the winners continue their valuable work.
YOU 3rd Ronnie Kahle Sr. of Kalida, Ohio, is a member of Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative.
Midge and Bob Custer of Woodstock, Ohio, are members of Pioneer Electric Cooperative.