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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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24 STAYING IN THE GAME Ohio AgrAbility helps disabled farmers keep doing the work that they love.
28 TREASURE HUNT Legends of buried booty stoke imagination and curiosity around the state.
30 SEASON OF GIVING We searched the state for unique, thoughtful, Ohio-made products fit for anyone and everyone on your list. Cover image on most editions: When Jeff Austin’s spine was crushed by a cancerous tumor, leaving him paralyzed below the waist, doctors called it a “nontraumatic spinal cord injury.” Of course, it was extremely traumatic for him and his family. The Ohio AgrAbility program helped him obtain an Action Trackchair and other equipment that has allowed him to continue raising corn, soybeans, and wheat on the family farm in Harrod. Photo by Randy Joseph, courtesy of Easter Seals TriState.
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Gratitude is its own gift T
his has been a year of unexpected changes, unwelcome developments, and unforeseen adaptations. Like the 10 months that preceded it, November will likely bring more surprises. Sometime this month, we will likely know the results of state and national elections. The seemingly endless pandemic continues to exert unwelcome authority over our lives. Societal unrest has caused us to ponder our assumptions about the way things are, the way things should be, and how to bring about positive change in our community. Despite these trials and tribulations, we are surrounded by so much to be grateful for as we look ahead. Our democratic system is tried and true — representative democracy ultimately works. Hardship and challenge brought neighbors together nearly 90 years ago to form our electric cooperatives, bringing light and power to rural America during the depths of the Great Depression. The “can-do” attitude of people and small businesses in our communities are helping us find new and often better ways to overcome the challenges of the day. The dedication of our employees to find ways to work safely to keep your lights on through 2020’s challenges has been inspiring. It’s been a tough year for the small businesses in our local communities — the backbone of our economy — so we hope that you’ll support our local merchants this holiday season. Our annual gift guide is compiled by one of our regular contributors, who finds hidden gems as she traverses the state in search of stories. Featuring only independent businesses, the guide is a perennial reader favorite, filled with one-of-a-kind items that are born and bred of Buckeye inspiration and ingenuity. Also, in the event that you aren’t comfortable venturing out to the individual stores, we’ve made sure all the gifts are available for order online. Finally, as we gather this month to give thanks, it’s worth noting that gratitude is its own gift — it turns what we have into enough. Ohio’s 24 electric cooperatives are thankful for the opportunity to serve, represent, and advocate for scores of members across the Buckeye State. Our power emanates from your light. Best wishes for a safe, happy, and blessed Thanksgiving.
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Pat O’Loughlin PRESIDENT & CEO OHIO’S ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES
Ohio’s 24 electric cooperatives are thankful for the opportunity to serve, represent, and advocate for scores of members across the Buckeye State. Our power emanates from your light.
NOVEMBER 2020 • Volume 63, No. 2
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In the know: Strong communications are a vital part of the cooperative difference.
6 CO-OP SPOTLIGHT
Firelands Electric Cooperative: The northern Ohio co-op serves an area originally settled by New England residents displaced during the Revolutionary War.
10 CO-OP PEOPLE
Healthy innovation: Marysville’s Soda Pharm promotes food as medicine and medicine as food.
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12 WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE
On the prowl: Bobcats make a comeback in Ohio’s rural forestland.
15 GOOD EATS
Hiding in plain sight: Here are some dishes loaded with “hidden” vegetables that your family will gobble up — and they’ll come back for more.
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Young chefs: Members show off the talents of their kids in the kitchen.
CORRECTION: Our October feature on Ohio’s presidential historic sites referred to the James A. Garfield House as being in Medina. It is in Mentor.
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In the know Communications efforts are a vital part of the cooperative difference. BY JEFF MCCALLISTER
or customers of an investor-owned utility like AEP or Dayton Power and Light, communication with their electric company probably extends no further than paying their bill or finding out how long an outage might last. Certainly, these are important aspects of communication, but consumer-members of an electric cooperative find they have opportunities to engage on a deeper level. “Members who are engaged are the ones who will attend the annual meeting — for more than just the chance of getting a bill credit,” says Michael Wilson, director of communications at Logan County Electric Cooperative, based in Bellefontaine. “Without engaged and educated members, the cooperative business model could not exist.” Effective communications, then, is one of the most important services a cooperative can provide. “For outages, timely communication is key,” says Mark Owen, communications manager at Lancaster-based South Central Power Company. “Members want to know what’s happening with outage situations in near real time, and fortunately, today’s technology helps us do that.” Communicating with members on a regular basis, however, also allows them to understand the real value they receive from Good communications efforts help members understand the workings of the co-op and lead to increased satisfaction and participation in governance — such as at this pre-pandemic annual meeting.
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the co-op — beyond just having the lights come on when they flip a switch or finding out that a tree branch has fallen on a line and caused an outage. “We have been long focused on providing not just the information we think our members need to have and understand, but on identifying and delivering the information they think they need and want,” says Nanci McMaken, vice president and chief communications officer at Pioneer Electric Cooperative in Piqua. “It’s really at the heart of everything we do in communications.” “Members may see the price per kilowatt-hour on their bills and might think that’s where the value stops,” Wilson says. “Do they know about the scholarships we provide to local students, the grants offered through Operation Round Up, the sponsorships we provide to local organizations, the safety and energy efficiency education we provide? Every co-op was created by the local community, and our service goes well beyond just a light switch and a bill. All of those pieces go into what makes the co-op different, and we try to communicate that as often and in as many ways as we can.” Engaged members who know and understand issues are able — and hopefully willing — to advocate on behalf of the co-op, either with public officials in the face of adverse legislation or with neighbors in the face of unreasonable complaints. More than that, they will make informed votes in trustee elections and perhaps even go even further and run for the board of trustees themselves. Democratic member control is one of the guiding principles of all cooperatives, and that would be impossible without members who understand what the co-op is all about.
Electric cooperatives have tools at their disposal to send immediate messaging when unexpected outages happen.
Ohio electric cooperatives have numerous methods at their disposal to be able to reach as many of their members as possible. The immediacy of text messaging, social media, and app notifications is crucial when members lose power unexpectedly, but not every medium works for every message. Ohio Cooperative Living magazine, for example, is the first place many members find news about the co-op — dates of important meetings, changes in business practices, alerts about utility scams, efficiency tips, and more. Co-ops also place inserts with members’ electric bills, send out direct-mail pieces, post to social media, and update their individual websites. “The more ways we can communicate with our members, the better,” says Leslie Guisinger, director of marketing and communications at Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, based in North Baltimore. “We want to get information out as soon as possible and use every appropriate avenue. The sooner we begin to let people know we intend to enact a rate change, for example, the more time they can prepare. We also do a lot of communicating about capital credits, because that’s an important part of co-op membership.” Of course, talking with members is still one of the most important tools in the box, one that cooperatives know makes a difference when it comes to their members’ experience versus that of an investor-owned utility customer. “One of the most critical communicators for the co-op is the operations team member who engages with frustrated members,” Wilson says. “That face-to-face communication in a difficult time can do more to explain the cooperative difference than a thousand words written on a page.”
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FIRELANDS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE
irelands Electric Cooperative serves over 9,100 homes and businesses on more than 900 miles of power lines in rural areas of Ashland, Huron, Lorain, and Richland counties. In 2019, Firelands Electric moved to a new all-in-one facility with a combination office and warehouse, with larger and more secure outside storage and a 152-panel community solar field.
History behind the co-op name In 1792, the Connecticut legislature set aside 500,000 acres in northern Ohio for Connecticut residents whose homes were burned by British forces during the Revolutionary War. Known as the Fire Lands, or Sufferers’ Lands, the tract was located at the western end of the Connecticut Western Reserve in what is now the state of Ohio. The land was intended as financial restitution for residents of the Connecticut towns of Danbury, Fairfield, Greenwich, Groton, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, and Ridgefield. Most of the settlement of the area did not occur until after the War of 1812, and the name was later shortened to one word — Firelands. Some of the original townships in the Firelands territory took their names from locations in Connecticut.
Our members Firelands Electric serves homes, farms, and businesses, including several nature-based organizations. Honey Haven Farm began as a family dairy farm, but the owners stopped dairy operations in 2003 to concentrate on grain farming. They also began adding to a fledgling pumpkin crop, and today, that simple pumpkin patch has grown into a one-of-a-kind fall festival, spring greenhouse, and summer farm market. Fitch Pharm Farm maple syrup has been in production since 1989. The farm has turned to science and modern technology to help run the business. These advancements have made the work less time-consuming than the traditional bucket-and-tap methods of yesterday, but have kept the syrup just as sweet. Firelands Electric also serves Green Valley Growers. Located outside of Ashland, they sow over 2 million seeds every year. Open to the public from April 1 until mid-June, the retail greenhouse offers bedding annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetable plants, and much more.
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Soda Pharm in Marysville, owned by Dawn and Carson Combs (opposite page, inset), features some typical coffeehouse fare but also offers innovative self-care items such as functional food and natural medicine herbs.
t first glance, the interior of Soda Pharm looks like your typical coffeehouse: exposed brick wall, comfy chairs and couches that welcome lingering stays, and a variety of chalkboards displaying the seasonal menu and the daily coffee roast. But then, alongside the espresso and treats selection, you’ll notice some not-so-typical offerings: probiotic lemonade, elderberry handcrafted soda, and a fire cider shooter. Welcome to Soda Pharm, where the old-fashioned pharmacy soda fountain concept is reborn — this time with the modern twist of innovative self-care through functional food and natural medicinal herbs. Dawn Combs and her husband, Carson, members of Marysville-based Union Rural Electric Cooperative, own the Marysville-based storefront apothecary. “We wanted to bring health to the level where you are — make it accessible in a way that hasn’t been done before,” says Combs, a certified herbalist who holds an M.A. in ethnobotany and is a nationally recognized functional food specialist. “We approach it from a completely nonjudgmental angle. You don’t want to give up your weekly Big Mac and fries? No problem. But let’s replace the Diet Coke with a healthy, tasty soda made with an herbal syrup that will help your digestion.”
well,” she says. “You can’t just focus on the physical only and expect to fully heal. It has to be more holistic: spiritual, psychological, and nutritional.” Dawn’s passion for health originated from her own struggles with infertility issues. Her quest for answers took her beyond the idea of eating vegetables and exercising to fully understanding the complex relationship between the modern environment and the human body, including reproductive health. Now the mother of two children, she’s poured her knowledge into articles, podcasts, an online study school, and three books on health and herbalism. She has been nationally recognized for her therapeutic honey spreads and other herbal products — all of which come from the Combses’ herb and honey farm, Mockingbird Meadows, also a URE member. “Our motto here at Soda Pharm is, ‘Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food,’” Combs says. “You’ll leave a little healthier than when you came in.” Soda Pharm, 123 N. Main St., Marysville, OH 43040. Fall hours are Tue.–Fri. 8 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–4 p.m. 614-354-5163; https://mockingbirdmeadows.com/soda-pharm.
Whether it is the genuine sourdough bread, the syrup and seltzer sodas that are made to order right in front of you, or the medicinal product selection, Soda Pharm provides a unique and tasty space to explore health. The store shelves feature Dawn’s own herbal tinctures and syrups with names like “Happy” and “Revive,” honey-and-herb mixtures like “Focus,” and a selection of loose-leaf teas with labels that read, “Headache Ease,” “Good Night,” and “Swallowed Emotions.” “When I do a personal consult with my clients, I address not only the physical side but the emotional side as
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WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE
On the prowl Bobcats make a comeback in Ohio’s rural forestland. STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS
obcats were supposedly extirpated from Ohio by 1850, but that may not actually have been the case — especially in the extreme eastern part of the state, particularly Belmont County. “In talking to some real oldtimers here, they tell me there have always been bobcats around,” says Bryan Postlethwait. “Just more now.” A field supervisor for the Division of Wildlife, Postlethwait oversees state wildlife officers in six southeastern counties, and in doing so, he logs a lot of driving time in his 4-wheel-drive pickup truck. “Bobcats certainly aren’t behind every tree,” he says, “but in the last few years, I’ve lost count of the number I’ve seen while driving, both live ’cats and roadkills.” Bobcats were taken off the state-endangered list in 2014. At the time of delisting, the population in Ohio
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was about 1,000 individuals, and since that time, the bobcat population has continued to increase in both size and distribution. The main reason for the growth is that Ohio still has a large amount of ideal yet unfilled bobcat habitat. While the bobcat population is well established in southeastern and southern Ohio, bobcats continue to expand and repopulate areas in the northeastern and western parts of the state. In addition, bobcats from neighboring states are augmenting the Ohio population. Traci Keller, wildlife care assistant manager at Lake Metroparks Wildlife Center, located east of Cleveland in Lake County, knows bobcats well. The rehabilitation center has worked with half a dozen bobcats over the past seven years.
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www.ohiocoopliving.com “We are the only wildlife rehab facility in Ohio that works with bobcats, which we began doing in 2013,” says Keller. “Those first two cats, both females, were radio-collared prior to release as part of a study with the Division of Wildlife. We were able to track them for a year, and during that time, both had a litter of kittens. We also know through radio-telemetry data that one of the cats even swam the Muskingum River.” The last two cats that the center worked with — a male and female — were raised and then released back to the wild just this past May. I was fortunate to tag along that day to take the photos for this story. The two were found orphaned as 8-week-old kittens last fall in Belmont County. “They weighed just 2 pounds each when we received them and they definitely did not want anything to do with people — which is a good thing,” Keller says. “We began feeding them formula, which they lapped, then eventually added meat to their diet.” The bobcats were fed and cared for in a way that limited their exposure to humans. “We use specialized outdoor caging facilities with feeding chutes, and that helps us safely care for the cats with minimum human contact,” Keller says. “In fact, to keep them as wild as possible, we were not in direct contact with these last two bobcats for six months prior to their release.” The large cage where the cats were reared was outfitted with cameras so that caregivers could keep an eye on
them. There was also a webcam on the center’s website that allowed the public to check on them, too. The cats were released on a remote state wildlife area in Belmont County, an ideal habitat of dense forest with plenty of prey species and water nearby. They were not radio-collared but did have a microchip inserted beneath the skin at the base of the neck, so if ever found again, they can be individually identified. “It gave me goose bumps to watch them leave their transport crates and take their first steps back into the wild as adults,” Keller says. “After all our work with them over the past year, being able to return a pair of elusive apex predators back into the Ohio bobcat population is very exciting and rewarding.” W.H. “Chip” Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor and a member of Consolidated Cooperative.
Lake Metroparks employees Becca Moseley and Traci Keller (left) and Division of Wildlife employees Jeff Porter and Bryan Postlethwait (right) transport bobcats for release.
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Hiding in plain sight Looking for ways to get folks to eat their veggies? Here are some dishes loaded with “hidden” vegetables that your family will gobble up — and they’ll come back for more. RECIPES AND PHOTOS BY CATHERINE MURRAY
PURPLE POWER SMOOTHIE Prep: 2 minutes | Servings: 4 2 cups chopped red cabbage 1 frozen banana 1 cup diced cucumber 6 ounces low-fat vanilla yogurt ¼ cup water fresh blueberries for garnish 3 cups frozen blueberries In a blender or food processor, purée cabbage, cucumber, and water. Add frozen blueberries, frozen banana, and vanilla yogurt. Purée again until smooth. Garnish with fresh blueberries. To add more sweetness and a creamier texture, use an additional frozen banana. Per serving: 131 calories, 1 gram fat (0.5 gram saturated fat), 3 milligrams cholesterol, 38 milligrams sodium, 29 grams total carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, 4 grams protein.
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CHEESE AND BACON SMUGGLERS Prep: 30 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes | Servings: 6 1 baking potato ¼ teaspoon black pepper 1 turnip 1 cup shredded cheddar 1 parsnip 8 slices cooked bacon, finely chopped 1 zucchini 1 leek (white part only), sliced 1 cup panko bread crumbs 2 to 4 large eggs ½ cup flour sour cream or applesauce (optional) ½ teaspoon salt Note: Vegetables listed in this recipe can be mixed and matched depending on what you have on hand. Colby jack or Swiss cheese could be used in place of cheddar. Coarsely grate potato, turnip, parsnip, and zucchini. In small batches, take handfuls of the mixture and squeeze out excess liquid into the sink. In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs, flour, salt, and pepper. Mix in grated vegetables, cheddar, bacon, and leek, reserving some bacon and cheddar for garnish. Crack one egg into the mixture at a time, mixing until loose patties can be formed. Carefully drop a handful of vegetable mixture into a greased skillet over medium-high heat and flatten out with spatula. Cook in batches, spaced 1 inch apart, 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until goldenbrown and crispy. Top with extra crumbled bacon, cheddar, sour cream, or applesauce, if desired. Per serving: 402 calories, 16.5 grams fat (5.5 grams saturated fat), 156 milligrams cholesterol, 1,099 milligrams sodium, 39 grams total carbohydrates, 5 grams fiber, 24 grams protein.
FAMILY-STYLE SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS Prep: 30 minutes | Cook: 30 minutes | Servings: 6 8 ounces white mushrooms ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese ¾ cup mashed sweet potato 1 egg 1 pound ground turkey 2 cups fresh spinach 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 2 cups chopped cauliflower 1 teaspoon garlic powder 32-ounce jar pasta sauce ½ teaspoon salt 12 ounces spaghetti, cooked ½ cup bread crumbs Note: If you’re not so sure about hiding vegetables in both the meatballs and the sauce, try out one at a time. Meatballs can be made ahead in batches and frozen for up to 3 months. Preheat oven to 425 F. Grind mushrooms in a food processor. Transfer to a large, dry skillet, sprinkle with a dash of salt (optional), and sauté mushrooms on medium-high for 3 to 5 minutes to remove some of the moisture. Set aside and let cool. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix mushrooms, sweet potato, ground turkey, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and egg. Create 20 to 25 1½-inch meatballs; space evenly on a baking sheet with edges and bake until fully cooked through, about 20 minutes. In a food processor, purée spinach and cauliflower. Steam in large skillet with a few tablespoons of water for about 5 minutes. Add pasta sauce and meatballs to skillet; stir and cook until heated through. Top pasta with meatballs and sauce. Serve sprinkled with cheese, if desired. Per serving: 548 calories, 16 grams fat (3.5 grams saturated fat), 153 milligrams cholesterol, 1,050 milligrams sodium, 68 grams total carbohydrates, 7 grams fiber, 36 grams protein.
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SUPERHERO OATMEAL Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 6 to 8 hours | Servings: 8 4 cups rolled oats 2 large carrots, peeled ½ cup packed brown sugar ¼ cup chopped dates or raisins 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 cups milk or alternative milk ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 cups water ¼ teaspoon ground cloves walnuts, diced apple, dates, or raisins (optional toppings) ½ teaspoon salt 2 large apples, peeled Coat inside of slow cooker with cooking spray. Mix together oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Grate apples and carrots in a food processor or hand grater. Place all ingredients into slow cooker (except for toppings); stir well to combine. Cover with lid and cook on low 6 to 8 hours. If desired, serve topped with walnuts, diced apple, dates, or raisins. Per serving: 274 calories, 4 grams fat (2 grams saturated fat), 5 milligrams cholesterol, 195 milligrams sodium, 53 grams total carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber, 8 grams protein.
Have you tried one of our recipes? Do you have a recipe to share with other Ohio co-op members? Visit the Member Interactive page on www.ohiocoopliving.com to find recipes submitted by our readers and upload yours.
www.ohiocoopliving.com While you’re there, see a video of a couple of these tasty dishes being prepared.
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National Renewables Cooperative Organization
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ven though I work in the energy industry, I still don’t think much about the electricity I use. Like most people, I expect the lights to turn on when I flip the switch and the coffeemaker to work each morning. Because electricity is so abundant, we don’t think about it. Since many of us have been spending more time at home over the past few months, we have likely been using more energy. And yet, we still expect an endless supply of power with uninterrupted service 24/7. The only time we really think about electricity is when the power goes out or perhaps when the monthly bill arrives.
Given how electricity powers our modern MANAGER OF FINANCE lifestyle every day, it’s a great value, especially AND ADMINISTRATION when compared to other common services and expenses. For example, think back to the cost of a gallon of gasoline 20 years ago. Consider the cost of groceries from a few years back. In comparison, the cost of electricity has remained largely flat, unlike most other consumer goods. Like many of you, I have a cellphone to stay connected, and I subscribe to cable channels so I can enjoy more viewing options. Many of us consider these to be necessities for modern-day life. We can see what we’re getting for our money, and we pay the price for those services. In contrast, when we use electricity, we don’t necessarily “see” all that we’re getting for our money. But considering what electricity does for us, it’s a tremendous value for our quality of life as well as our budgets. Consider that the average rent increase from 2014 to 2019 was nearly 4%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index (CPI). The cost of medical care increased 3% during this time, and education was not too far behind at 2.6%. Where did electricity rank? According to the CPI, electricity increased by less than half a percentage point — just 0.4%. The bottom line: Electricity brings everyday value. Considering that electricity is something that we all use around the clock, I’m very proud of our track record in keeping outages to a minimum and as short a duration as possible. At the same time, we are striving to increase our service reliability, reduce those brief interruptions, and reduce costs. We are continually working to improve our operations to ensure a smarter grid. Adams Rural Electric Cooperative provides the reliable service you expect and deserve as valued members of the co-op. And as your trusted energy advisor, we want to help you save energy and money. We recognize that the past few months have been challenging for many of our members, and we’re here to help. If you have questions about your account, please give us a call. Adams REC is your electric co-op, and our sole purpose is to serve you and the needs of our community. That’s everyday value.
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This-n-That BY ALICE L. BAIRD
Prepare for winter
restore power to you. Keep in mind that the network of wires, poles, transformers, etc. is an intricate web. You may have a neighbor fairly close to you, but that does not mean that his electricity is fed from the same line. So, sometimes you may have power when your neighbor doesn’t or vice versa. 3500425101
It’s November already. This year has been such a strange twist of our normal lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we conduct almost every portion of our lives. But some things have not changed. It seems like only a few days ago that people were complaining about the heat, and now winter is about here. Last year, the winter was pretty mild, but who knows what this year may hold. I have heard some folks predict that it will be really bad. I hope not too bad. As for me, I would just like to have a little snow on Christmas.
While we may not be able to be fully prepared for what nature may hand us, there are some preparations that can make things easier, such as keeping ample supplies on hand, such as:
With bad weather comes the possibility of power outages. We at the co-op realize that it is an inconvenience and sometimes a health hazard to be without electricity. Our employees brave the elements to restore your power as quickly as possible; however, there are some things that are beyond their control. For example, though we purchase our power from Buckeye Power Inc., we depend on the transmission lines of American Electric Power (AEP) to deliver that power to our substations and metering points. From there, Adams REC then distributes it to you, the members.
Use extreme caution when trying to heat your home when the power is out:
If AEP lines are down, Adams Rural Electric Cooperative is playing the same waiting game as the members. In that instance, restoring your electricity is temporarily out of our control. If we have broken poles, trees down, or lines down in a remote area, it will understandably take more time to
• Flashlights, extra batteries, and a battery-powered radio • Extra food, bottled water, and a manual can opener • Extra medications, baby items, and first-aid supplies • Backup heating source, such as a fireplace or wood stove
• NEVER try to heat a room using a gas stove or oven, or use a charcoal or propane grill indoors • Have proper and ample ventilation when using a natural gas, propane, or oil-fired appliance • Use extreme caution if you use a portable heater or generator • If you or someone in your home is dependent upon electricity for life support, the best plan is to try to move them to a dwelling that has power, especially if it appears that the power will be off for a considerable amount of time I hope that you have a blessed Thanksgiving and that your winter passes with you being healthy, happy, and warm.
Fall back! Daylight savings ends Nov. 1. Don’t forget to change your clocks!
Adams Rural Electric has much to be thankful for! Our office will be closed for Thanksgiving on Nov. 26 and Nov. 27. In case of emergency, call 937-544-2305 or 800-283-1846
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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 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.
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 30-day Medical Certification in order to retain electric service. 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.
Capital credits retirements Capital credits refunded to the estates of Adams Rural Electric Co-op members for September 2020 totaled $14,713.97. Estates paid in 2020 to date total $120,959.99. In case of the death of a member of Adams Rural Electric, contact the capital credits department at 937-544-2305 or 800-283-1846.
Veterans Day is Nov. 11. Please join us in honoring our nation’s heroes.
PLEASE CALL IN YOUR OUTAGES Do not use email or Facebook! If you experience an outage, please call the office at 937-544-2305 or 800-283-1846. If you post on Facebook or email your outage information, it could delay the restoration time. Emails and Facebook are not continuously monitored, especially in the evenings or on weekends.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS NOVEMBER
11 Veterans Day Ceremony. Courthouse in West Union. Starts at 2 p.m. with line-up for the parade at 1:15 p.m. at the old hospital in West Union. Contact 973-544-5005. 28–29 Adams County Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Sponsored by the West Union Lions Club — “Christmas 2020 on the Adams County Courthouse Square” in West Union, Ohio.
5 Peebles Christmas Celebration. Lighting of the Christmas tree and other events start at 6 p.m. on Main Street. 12 Jo Dee Messina will perform at the Red Barn Convention Center at 7 p.m. Contact 800-823-9197 ext. 121; 2223 Russellville Road, Winchester, Ohio.
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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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STAYING IN THE GAME
Ohio AgrAbility helps disabled farmers keep doing the work they love. BY MARGARET BURANEN
ineteen-year-old Kane Lewis’ life changed instantly on Nov. 16, 2019. While he was on a hunting trip, he had a seizure that caused him to fall from his tree stand — breaking his back and leaving him paralyzed.
PHOTO BY RACHEL JARMAN
The fall was devastating for the Wilmington College student, a fifthgeneration farmer. At the hospital, Lewis wondered how he would be able to take over the family farm in West Portsmouth. He has only one
sibling, who does not farm, so “it’s definitely on my shoulders,” he says. Shortly after spinal surgery, doctors and therapists told him about Ohio AgrAbility. Like AgrAbility in other states, Ohio AgrAbility is a partnership between a land grant university (in this case, Ohio State University) and a nonprofit (Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati), funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
PHOTO BY MATT LEWIS
Working with state agencies, AgrAbility helped Lewis get a lift to put him on farm machinery, an Action Trackchair that will go over any terrain, and an automatic barn door opener.
A fall left Kane Lewis paralyzed, with his ability to take over the family farm in doubt, but Ohio AgrAbility and its rural rehabilitation specialist, Rachel Jarman, helped him obtain accessibility equipment that has allowed him to keep working.
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“AgrAbility has given me so much more freedom than I could have expected,” Lewis says. “I didn’t [have to] slow down.” Just a month and a week after his accident, Lewis was back in college, where his classmates raised $13,000 to buy him an electric wheelchair to get around campus easily. By spring, he was back planting corn and soybeans.
Ohio AgrAbility helped Jeff Austin and his wife, Kristi, after a tumor crushed his spinal cord and left him paralyzed below the waist.
“Our goal is to help farmers continue to do what they love to do and to live independently,” says Dee Jepsen, Ohio AgrAbility’s program director. Jeff Austin, a third-generation farmer, grows corn, soybeans, and wheat in Harrod, Ohio. Back in April 2013, he had just gotten a new combine and was eagerly anticipating the fall harvest so he could put it to use. But that July, a cancerous tumor crushed his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed below the waist. Austin’s first thought was that he would never drive that combine again. He worried about how he would support his four children. “The doctors called it a ‘nontraumatic spinal cord injury,’” says his wife, Kristi, “but it was pretty traumatic for us.” That September, Austin’s dad, Gary, and a family friend, Gene McClure, visited the AgrAbility tent at Farm Science Review. The brochures and information they brought back gave Austin hope.
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AgrAbility worked with state agencies to secure funding for the lift that he now uses to get onto several farm machines. With his Action Trackchair, “I can stand up to repair equipment and go anywhere on the farm.” To Austin, AgrAbility “means getting back my independence, having the freedom to go where I want to go. It’s given me a sense of freedom and purpose.” Continued on page 26
Jeff Austin uses his Standing Action Trackchair to help him perform routine maintenance and light repair and has a custom lift by Life Essentials for easy access to his farm truck.
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After back surgery, Len Vondenhaar (left) was unable to get around the farm he works with his son, Alan (right) and his grandson, Adam, until a tip from Adam led him to get assistance from Ohio AgrAbility.
Ohio AgrAbility worked with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) to get Vonderhaar a lift, a camera, and other attachments to make driving the combine safer and easier. He also has a scooter that helps him go from building to building on the farm. “I can’t say enough about how much OOD and AgrAbility have helped me — not only with physical help, but mentally, to do what I like to do,” Vonderhaar says. Continued from page 25
Len Vonderhaar has similar praise for the program. “AgrAbility prolonged my life, because I’m now able to do things that I couldn’t do, and I have a greater outlook on life,” he says. With his son and grandson, he raises corn, soybeans, and alfalfa hay near Camden, Ohio. One of their farm’s grain bins is powered by Butler Rural Electric Cooperative. Vonderhaar needed back surgery to fuse five of his vertebrae, and it left him unable to do the farming work he had always done. He could walk only short distances, and climbing aboard his combine was nearly impossible. His grandson, Adam, an Ohio State graduate, remembered learning about AgrAbility in a farm safety course, and he urged his grandfather to reach out.
At Ohio AgrAbility, “we’re advocates, we’re connectors,” explains Rachel Jarman, rural rehabilitation coordinator. “I can help [vocational rehabilitation] counselors understand why a farmer needs this equipment, help them understand the farmer’s job and what challenges he has.” She says that a serious disability or accident “is crushing to a farmer. I’m their lifeline to getting back to what they need to be doing. It’s really rewarding to see how happy and grateful they are.” “This is our 11th year of USDA grant funding,” says Laura Akgerman, Ohio AgrAbility’s disability services coordinator. “Since 2009, we have helped about 400 farmers — and that’s not including the thousands of people we interact with briefly, with a quick phone call or when they stop by our booth at a farming event.” For additional information, visit agrability.osu.edu or call 614-292-0622.
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Treasure hunt Legends of buried booty stoke imagination and curiosity. BY KEVIN WILLIAMS
e all know that Ohio is full of treasures. From Cincinnati chili to Cedar Point to the hollows of Hocking Hills, the gems gleam. Legends abound, however, of treasure in the more traditional sense — buried or stashed around the Ohio countryside. From legends of James Dillinger stashing away money to Civil War gold, Ohio is crawling with tales of buried treasure. After sifting through scores of Ohio tales, we found five we think are the most compelling.
Stark treasure It was 1755, and the French had been trying desperately to repel attacks by the British on Fort Duquesne, France’s outpost in Pittsburgh. Fearing the fort’s imminent fall (it actually held out until 1758), some French soldiers started
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Jared Shank, a member of the Dayton Diggers, still ventures out occasionally to check out a new tip on the location of the lost Shawnee silver.
to evacuate valuables from Fort Duquesne — including a hoard of gold and silver used for military payroll. The British pursued, and about halfway to Fort Detroit, with the Redcoats gaining on them, the French reportedly buried everything right there on the spot — around the present-day site of Minerva, in Stark County — with a plan to return later to retrieve the riches. Unfortunately, the terrain makes their directions difficult to follow and, despite numerous attempts, no treasure has ever been found. Roger Bartley, a Minerva historian who has sought the treasure, thinks it’s still out there somewhere. “Treasure hunters come through a couple of times a year,” he says. “They all have their own theories.”
Shawnee silver According to Shawnee and frontiersmen lore, there’s a stash of priceless silver somewhere near the Little Miami River in Greene County. Or it could be farther north. Or east. That’s the problem: The history of the silver stash is a little hazy. While there are variations on the tale, Ohio resident and treasure hunter Jared Shank, a member of the Dayton Diggers treasure-hunting club, says that when the Shawnee were preparing to flee after the Battle of Pickaway near present-day Springfield, they gathered all their silver — they used it in trading, and some estimates say they had more than a ton — and buried it near the Little Miami River to keep it out of the hands of Gen. George Rogers Clark, who was in pursuit. “The first portion they buried in a small pit; they just threw everything into a hole, covered it with brush, and burned it,” he says. “Warriors buried the other part of it near the river.” Shank says as time has passed, many people have speculated about where all the silver is buried, and the Shawnee, who no longer have a presence in Ohio, have expressed interest in it if it’s ever found.
The Bridge family pot of gold In 1995, Popular Mechanics caused a stir in Preble County by including a
well-known local treasure tale in a list of Top 5 stories of hidden riches. As legend has it, sometime in the 1790s, the Bridge family buried an iron cooking pot filled with at least $100,000 in gold coins on their farm southwest of Eaton. Local historian Stephen Pope told the Dayton Daily News in 1995 that the story of the hidden treasure crops up every 15 years or so, but the treasure remains elusive.
Gallia County river treasure The pre-Civil War Ohio River was often lawless, yet laden with valuable commerce, which made the rural stretches in southeast Ohio, with its hidden coves and bluffs, irresistible to pirates who are rumored to have stashed treasures in caches along the river. They are also known to have scuttled a riverboat or two. Treasure hunters to this day report finding gold and silver coins washing up near the town of Cheshire from a sunken riverboat, but the source has never been located.
Dillinger’s money Outlaw James Dillinger and his gang crisscrossed Ohio in the 1930s, robbing banks and generally sowing terror. One of Dillinger’s associates, James Pierpont, used his family farm outside of Leipsic as a base from which to launch dozens of bank robberies across northwest Ohio, and the gang used the farm as a stash house. There’s also rumored to be $825,000 of Dillinger money buried on a farm near Jackson, where a former associate lived.
If you dig Searching for treasure with a metal detector isn’t as easy as just powering up the device and digging; there’s a lot to consider: • Many park systems — like Montgomery’s Five Rivers MetroParks — don’t allow metal detectors in parks. Others, such as Cuyahoga County’s park system, require a permit. Franklin County MetroParks does allow metal-detecting. Bottom line: check the rules. • If you go on private land, get permission from the landowner or else you are trespassing. • Theft of artifacts from private property and transporting them across state lines may also be a violation of the Archeological Resources Protection Act, a federal law. • Watch out for utilities. PUCO has a pretty robust enforcement, so be alert for buried pipes and utility lines.
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Holiday Gift Guide BY DAMAINE VONADA
You’ve been earning and learning in your pajamas, so why not do your holiday shopping in them, too? Artisans, craftspeople, and entrepreneurs throughout Ohio produce a wide range of exceptional items that you can buy online or by telephone. No mask is needed, and you’ll be giving twice — once to family and friends and again to Ohio’s economy.
7Thirty8 Apparel, Zanesfield
Designer Eric Schultz creates rustic and highly original home décor from reclaimed wood and metal. His Ohio-shaped cutouts cleverly showcase both materials and can be made to your specifications. If you like his style but don’t know what to choose, Antiquation offers gift cards that come in a string-drawn burlap sack. 330-722-4339.
Designer and screen printer Matt Overholt makes every T-shirt, hoodie, and sweatshirt that he sells. People love the softness and quality of his garments, and Matt’s Ohio Adventure Club line combines state-themed graphics with his love of the outdoors. He also takes custom orders, and for special events, his food truck-inspired mobile print shop serves up made-to-order tees and tote bags. email@example.com.
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Blue Jacket Dairy, Bellefontaine Angel and Jim King not only turn local cow and goat milk into artisan cheeses but also give their products names — like Hull’s Trace, a semi-hard cheddar — that reference Ohio history. Their fresh cheese curds come in several yummy flavors; Gretna Grillin’ tastes like a toasted cheese sandwich without the bread, and spreadable Cranberry Quark glides onto crackers for an easy appetizer. 937-292-7327.
Copper Moon Studio, Holland Led by Stacy and Dan Owen, the artists at Copper Moon Studio excel at creating fun and functional items — including clocks, coasters, and suncatchers — from metal and fused glass. Their “Family Is Forever Tree” is a customer favorite that features a plasmacut steel tree with multicolored glass leaf magnets that you can personalize with names and dates. 419-867-0683.
Dietsch Brothers, Findlay Making fine chocolates and ice cream for generations, the Dietsch family operates two landmark sweet shops in Findlay, where their famous chocolate-covered pretzels and exclusive Snowballs — vanilla cream dipped in dark chocolate and hand-rolled in coconut — are sold year-round. Dietsch’s Candy Cane Bark is ideal for stuffing stocking, but be advised: Its scrumptious brittles — peanut, coconut, and sea salt caramel — are available only from mid-October to Christmas. 419-422-4474; 419-423-3221.
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Pizzelles are a beloved Christmas cookie in Italy, but Christina Benton offers more than the traditional flavors of anise, vanilla, amaretto, and lemon. She bakes the world’s largest selection of pizzelles — more than 90 different kinds ranging from Apple Butter to White Chocolate Raspberry. Her holiday assortments include handwritten gift cards and festive flavor options such as Candy Cane, Gingerbread, and Sugar Plum. 330-638-8707.
Customers call Lisa Inglert’s necklaces, bracelets, and earrings “happy jewelry,” because her vibrant colors and whimsical designs brighten their day whenever they wear them. Joking that she plays with fire in her studio, Lisa handcrafts dazzling glass beads that she envelops in sterling silver and goldfilled metal. Her bestselling collection — Secret Garden — features enchanting butterflies, bees, and blossoms. 513-252-3453.
Lucky Levi’s Leather, Logan At his workshop in the Hocking Hills, leatherworker and South Central Power Company member Jerry Swank expertly crafts Old West holsters and gun belts year-round. At Christmas, he makes splendidlooking stockings from suede and vegetable-tanned leather. Available in various colors, the stockings can be personalized and are sturdy enough to hold plenty of goodies ... or lumps of coal. 740-380-6190. www.luckylevisleather.com
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Melody Elizabeth, Hamilton Melody Elizabeth Doyel has been sewing since age 7. She loves antique textiles and is a fashion aficionado. Doyel employs those traits to transform vintage needlepoints and tapestries into handbags and totes. Add leather backings and feminine details like bejeweled ribbons, tassel fringe, and rhinestone closures, and — voila! — her items are durable, beautiful, and unique. 513-907-1752. www.melodyelizabeth.com
Michael’s Artisan Chocolates, Bexley Since chocolatier Michael Gillam specializes in little works of edible art, it’s no surprise that customers often say his Belgian chocolates look almost too pretty to eat. Michael’s vividly colored pecan turtles truly are eye candy, and his spicy caramel collection — handmade soft caramel infused with ghost chili and other peppers — delivers a sweet-spicy flavor combination like no other chocolate. 614-558-1190.
Packer Creek Pottery, Genoa and Perrysburg Holiday cheer takes on a whole new meaning with Packer Creek Pottery’s bright and boldly colored majolica. Founder Jan Pugh and owner/artist Julie Harbal produce imaginatively patterned pieces — including realistic cabbage leaf platters and bowls in red and green — at their Genoa studio and display their gorgeous wares at galleries in Genoa and Perrysburg. 419-855-3858; 419-806-1355.
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Prospect Jam Co., Cincinnati Owner Emily Hutton crafts jam and marmalade from locally grown fruits and organic cane sugar and takes pride in using the traditional French method of small batches cooked in copper pots. Her repertoire of innovative flavors includes Black Currant Preserves with Bergamot and Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Jam with Rosemary and Terroir Gin, Blood Orange Marmalade with Rye Whiskey and Vanilla Bean, and Yuletide favorite Red Pear with Gingerbread Spice and Molasses.
STEM Handmade Soap, Lakewood and Shaker Heights Using natural ingredients and formulations developed in-house, owners Dave Willet and Steve Meka make wonderfully aromatic artisan soaps, body butters, and bath bombs. Holiday scents include Sugar Plum and Frankincense and Myrrh, but for a one-of-a-kind gift, get their six-pack of beer soap. It’s made from local microbrews and includes an IPA, lager, pilsner, stout, hefeweizen, and lambic. 216-505-553.
The Fat Cat Factory, Parma Forget about trite and tiresome tomato-shaped pincushions. Kathleen Schmid sews pincushions with personality. Based on her fat cat, Spooky, Kathleen’s original patterns include animals, occupations, hobbies, and holidays, and with their weighted bottoms and large bellies, her pincushions are practical as well as playful. Tip: Her new Plague Doctor pincushion makes a perfect 2020 memento. thefatcatfactory www.etsy.com/shop/thefatcatfactory @gmail.com.
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The Happy Groundhog Studio, Cincinnati
White Collar Woodsmen, Monroe
Groundhogs and narwhals and owls, oh my! Art Academy of Cincinnati graduate Melissa Bracken hand-stitches cute and cuddly stuffed creatures and pillows made from eco-friendly felts and upcycled sweaters. Everything Melissa creates — even her three-eyed monsters — has a small red heart that signifies the love she puts into her work.
In 2015, Patrick Gorden made his first scented beard oil for the groomsmen at his wedding. Today, he and his wife, Sarah, hand-make an entire line of affordable beard oils and waxes that smell great and feel luxurious. White Collar Woodsmen’s signature gift set features five popular scents — including After the Storm, a refreshing blend of jasmine, lemon, and rosemary — handsomely packaged in a charred wine box or crate. 937-514-1295.
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NOV. 20–DEC. 31 – Lights Before Christmas, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, Sun.–Thur. 3–8 p.m., Fri./ Sat. 3–9 p.m. Over 1 million lights, the award-winning Big Tree, and more than 200 illuminated animal images. 419-385-5721 or www.toledozoo.org. NOV. 25 – Holiday Lights Grand Illumination, downtown Sidney, 6 p.m. www.sidneyalive.org/events. NOV. 27–JAN. 3 – North Pole Express, 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, Fri./Sat. 5:30–9:30 p.m., Sun. 5:30–8:30 p.m. $4; under 13, $3. Hop on board our quarter-scale locomotive for a trip through a winter wonderland of
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sparkling lights and festive decorations. See operating model trains and hundreds of decorated trees, plus a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus on select days. 419-4232995 or www.nworrp.org. NOV. 28–JAN. 1 – Blaze of Lights Festival, N. Main St., Bluffton, 5–8 p.m. Free. Celebrate the season with holiday lights and vintage folk art displays, food and shopping, entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, and train rides for the kids. Opening parade on Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. 419-369-2985 or www.explorebluffton.com. DEC. 5 – Winter Wonderland Parade and Christmas of Yesteryear, downtown Sidney. The downtown is all dressed up and lit up for your enjoyment, with shopping, horse and carriage rides, and an evening parade, complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Reason for the Season lighting ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m., parade at 7:30 p.m. 937-658-6945 or www. sidneyalive.org. DEC. 5–6, 12 – Christmas Open House, Logan County History Center, 521 E. Columbus Ave., Bellefontaine, 1–5 p.m. Free; donations accepted. The 1906 neoclassical Orr Mansion is beautifully decorated
NOV. 24–JAN. 9 – 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. Market open on weekends. 740-283-1787 or www.steubenvillenutcrackervillage.com. NOV. 27–DEC. 30 – Deck the Hall: “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron. Over 1 million lights illuminate the estate in a spectacular display, and the historic Manor House is decorated in style for the season. See website for times and updated event information. NOV. 12–15 – Northeast Ohio PierogiFest, Cuyahoga 330-836-5533 or www.stanhywet.org/events. Co. Fgds., 19201 E. Bagley Rd., Berea, Thur./Fri. 5–9 NOV. 27–DEC. 27 – Drive-Thru Holiday Lights, p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Polish Medina Co. Fgds., 720 W. Smith Rd., Medina, Fri.–Sun. food and music festival featuring a selection from the 6–10 p.m. www.mainstreetmedina.com. area’s best places for authentic Polish cuisine, Polish NOV. 28, DEC. 5 – Christmas in the Alpaca Barn, beer, authentic Polish dancers, shopping bazaar, and 16800 Cowley Rd., Grafton, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Come kids’ activities. Find us on Facebook. enjoy an up-close and personal look at these NOV. 16–DEC. 31 – Holidays at the Mansion, wonderful peaceful creatures. Shop for unique Victorian House Museum, 484 Wooster Rd., gifts at the Farm Store. 440-477-4300 or www. Millersburg, Sun.– Fri. 1–4 p.m., Sat. 1–8 p.m. ourlittleworldalpacas.com. Tour the 28-room mansion, transformed into NOV. 29 – Reverse Holiday Parade of Lights, a holiday wonderland. 330-674-0022, www. Medina Co. Fgds., Community Center parking lot, 735 holmeshistory.com/events, or www.facebook.com/ Lafayette Rd., Medina, 6–9 p.m. The annual event has VictorianHouseMuseum. been altered because of coronavirus precautions: The NOV. 20 – Window Wonderland, downtown parade floats will be parked and stationary, while the Wooster, 6:30–9 p.m. Free. Horse-drawn carriage audience drives past. www.mainstreetmedina.com. rides, decorated storefront windows, Santa DEC. 3 – “Women and Philanthropy: The Monied descending from the rooftop, hot chocolate, live Women of Cleveland and Their Impact,” presented reindeer, lights, and holiday activities. 330-262-6222 by Cleveland History Center, 7–8:30 p.m. via Zoom. or www.mainstreetwooster.org. Dr. Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, visiting professor at Case NOV. 20–22 – Medina Candlelight Walk, downtown Western Reserve University, will examine the role of Medina. Community Christmas tree, lights and the Wade family women and their milieu in shaping decorations, shopping, visits with Santa, photo ops, late 19th-century Cleveland. RSVP information and over 2,000 luminaries. “Run, Santa, Run!” 5K fun available at www.wrhs.org/events/cleveland-civicsrun Nov. 22. www.mainstreetmedina.com. history-series-women-philanthropy.
for the holidays, and the hallways are lined with decorated Christmas trees. Musical entertainment and kids’ crafts. 937-593-7557, www.loganhistory.org, or www.facebook.com/logancountyhistorycenter. DEC. 10 – A Presidential Christmas, Hayes Library and Museums, Spiegel Grove, 1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont. Outdoor tree lighting at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments to follow (free). Horse-drawn sleigh rides 5:30–7:30 p.m. ($5.50 for ages 3 and over). Museum and the “Hayes Train Special” model train display will be open till 8 p.m. ($5–$13, under 6 free). 419-3322081 or www.rbhayes.org. DEC. 10–23 – Winter Wonderland Light Display, Sandusky Co. Fgds., 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont, 6–8 p.m. Display is drive-through only this year. $5 per vehicle. Food items accepted for donation to food pantry. 419-332-5604 or www.sanduskycountyfair.com. DEC. 12 – “Bells, Brass, and Bows,” 7 Town Square, Lima, 7:30 p.m. The Lima Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present their beloved holiday concert featuring traditional favorites and holiday singalongs, 419-2225701 or www.limasymphony.com.
DEC. 4 – Historic Downtown Church Walking Tour, 377 W. Liberty St., Wooster, 5–8 p.m. Start the tour at your leisure; no reservations required. At each church, participants can sing a Christmas carol, hear a bit of the church’s history, and admire their Christmas decorations. 330-262-6222 or www. mainstreetwooster.org. DEC. 4–13 – Candlelight Holiday Tours of Malabar Farm, 4050 Bromfield Rd., Lucas, Fri./Sat. 4–8 p.m., Sun. 1–4 p.m. Tour Louis Bromfield’s Big House, all decked out for the holiday. Enjoy freshly baked cookies and hot cider. You might even see Santa himself! 419892-2784 or www.malabarfarm.org/events. DEC. 5 – Christmas Down on the Farm, Tis the Season and Schrock’s Amish Farm, 4363 St. Rte. 39, Berlin. Bring the family out for sleigh rides, gingerbread house decorating, Christmas cookies, and more. 330893-3604 or www.schrocksvillage.com. DEC. 5 – Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic Parade, downtown Steubenville, noon–1 p.m. M any 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. 5–23 – Holiday Lantern Tours, Hale Farm and Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd., Bath, 5:40–9 p.m. $12– $20. Take a lantern-lit tour of the Village and visit the historic houses, decorated for the season. Experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of Christmas as celebrated in the 19th-century Western Reserve. Tours depart every 20 minutes. Dress appropriately for this indoor/outdoor activity. Reservations required! 330-666-3711 ext.1720, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.wrhs.org/events.
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NOV. 11, 18, 25, DEC. 2, 9 – Bluegrass Wednesdays, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner, wine, and an evening of lively bluegrass music by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Restricted seating because of COVID precautions, early reservations are recommended. 513-385-9309 or vinokletwinery@ fuse.net. NOV. 20–22 – 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. 21 – Hometown Holiday Horse Parade, S. Broadway, Greenville, 7 p.m. The lighted parade
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includes horse-drawn carriages, wagons, riders, and buggies. Voted Best Community Parade for 2019 by readers of Ohio magazine. 937-548-4998 or www.downtowngreenville.org. NOV. 22 – Farm Toy Show, Champaign Co. Fgds., 384 Park Ave., Urbana, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $2. 937-826-4201. NOV. 26–DEC. 31 – Light Up Middletown, Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown, 6–10 p.m. daily. A drive-through fantasy light display. See Santa and Mrs. Claus every Friday and Saturday evening, 7–9 p.m. www.lightupmiddletown.org. NOV. 27–DEC. 27 – Holiday Lights at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 St. Rte. 41, Troy, Fri./Sat. 6–10 p.m., Sun. 6–9 p.m. $10 per car, $15 per van. Be transported into a winter wonderland filled with over 60 animated light displays. The 1.25mile driving tour takes you through the woods, down charming farm lanes, and past the historic Knoop Homestead aglow with lights. www. homegrowngreat.com. NOV. 27 – Hometown Holiday and Grand Illumination, downtown Troy, 5–8:30 p.m. Children of all ages enjoy visits with Santa in the Santa House, carriage rides, holiday music, hot cocoa and refreshments, shopping at our local merchants, and, of course, the lighting of the
Christmas tree (6:45 p.m.). 937-339-5455 or www. troymainstreet.org. DEC. 4 – Christmas on the Green, downtown Piqua, 6–9 p.m. Community caroling, horsedrawn carriage rides, children’s activities, and live entertainment. 937-773-9355 or www. mainstreetpiqua.com. DEC. 4–6 – 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. 513-897-8855 or www. waynesvilleohio.com. DEC. 5 – Lebanon Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade and Festival, downtown Lebanon, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Parades at 1, 4, and 7 p.m. Find us on Facebook: @lebanoncarriageparade. DEC. 5 – Piqua Holiday Parade, downtown Piqua, 2–3 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season with an old-fashioned hometown parade. Kids can visit with Santa afterward in the lobby of the Fort Piqua Plaza. www.mainstreetpiqua.com. DEC. 12–13 – 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. 937-2239013 or www.daytongermanclub.org.
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NOV. 8 – Echoes in Time Theatre Drive-In: “Military,” Ohio History Center and Ohio Village parking lot, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 1 and 3:30 p.m. $10 per car. Enjoy back-to-back performances from the safety and comfort of your car! Featuring “The Truth About Hangar 18,” “Courage in the Skies: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen,” and “The ‘Meat Grinder’ War — The Korean Conflict.” 614-297-2300 or www.ohiohistory.org/participate/event-calendar.
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. Many Village activities have been curtailed due to coronavirus concerns; check website for updates. 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.
NOV. 14 – 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, studiome. email@example.com, or www.artcoz.org. NOV. 28 – Small Business Saturday, Pickerington, 9 a.m.–11 p.m. Support your local businesses by shopping at the Village. 614-321-8221 or www. pickeringtonvillage.com. NOV. 28–29 – Scott Antique Market, Ohio Expo Ctr., Bricker and Celeste Bldgs., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free admission; $5 parking. 800 exhibit booths. firstname.lastname@example.org or www. scottantiquemarkets.com. DEC. 5, 12 – Christmas Candlelighting Ceremony, Roscoe Village, Main Stage, 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, 6 p.m. Free. Begins at the base of the 35-foot tree. Light your candle and sing “Silent Night”
with other guests as you celebrate this heartwarming holiday tradition. 740-622-7644, 800-877-1830, or www.roscoevillage.com. DEC. 8 – Inventors Network Meeting, Rev1 Ventures for Columbus, 1275 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, 7 p.m. The focus this month is “When NOT to Apply for a Patent.” 614-470-0144 or www.inventorscolumbus.com. DEC. 11 – Care Train of Union County Auction, McAuliffe’s Ace Hardware, 1299 W. Fifth St., Marysville. Begins at 9 a.m. online. Proceeds go toward the purchase of food vouchers for financially needy families, seniors, and disabled adults in Union County at Christmastime. 937-303-9453 or www.caretrain.org. DEC. 12 – Annual Holiday Cookie Walk, Fairfield County Genealogical Research Library, 503 Lenwood Dr., Lancaster, 1–4 p.m. Select from a great variety of cookies for $6 a pound. Stock up for the holidays! 740-653-2573.
NOV. 14 – Virtual Gingerbread House Workshop, http://mariettacastle.org, 10 a.m.–noon. $12.50–$20. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Kits can be purchased Nov. 12–13 at The Castle’s Carriage House Gift Shop, 418 Fourth St., Marietta. Call 740-373-4180 or visit our website for more information. NOV. 28 – Holiday Parade, Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, begins at 5 p.m. The theme is “Home for the Holidays.” 740-439-2238 or www. downtowncambridge.com. NOV. 28–DEC. 20 – 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 on Dec. 4. $16–$21, under 3 free. www.hvsry.org/trainlist/#santa. DEC. 5 – Lancaster WinterFest and Tree Lighting, downtown Lancaster, 12–4:30 p.m. Enjoy shopping and giveaways, dining, music, entertainment, and horse-drawn carriage rides; visit with Santa; and stay for the tree lighting. https://visitfairfieldcounty.org. DEC. 5 – Logan Christmas Parade, Main Street, Logan, begins at 2 p.m. Come see Santa and cheer on this year’s floats! 740-385-6836 or http:// explorehockinghills.com.
DEC. 5–20 – Santa House, Logan, Fri.–Sun., 6–8 p.m. Visit Santa in the newly built warm house in Worthington Park. 740-385-6836 or http:// explorehockinghills.com. DEC. 12 – Christmas in Ash Cave, St. Rte. 56, Logan. Free. Step away from the hectic holiday season and come bundled for the weather while enjoying a lighted stroll back to Ash Cave. Once you arrive at the cave, warm up with refreshments by an open fire. Listen to our holiday music, have the kids visit with an old-fashioned Santa, or help to decorate our Christmas tree for wildlife. 740-385-6841 or www.explorehockinghills.com/festivals-events/ christmas-in-ash-cave. DEC. 12 – Deerassic Park’s Winter Giveaway, 6 p.m. online. Aims to provide funding to complete the final stages of the Ohio Whitetail Hall of Fame and open it to the public in the spring of 2021. The event will be live-streamed on the website and our Facebook page. For tickets, call 740-435-9500, visit www.deerassic.com, or write to/stop by the office at 14250 Cadiz Rd., Cambridge, 43725.
THROUGH JAN. 1 – Winter Festival of Lights, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling. Featuring 300 acres of twinkling lights over a 6-mile drive. 3D holographic eyewear transforms every point of light into a magical display. Per-car donation requested; valid for the entire festival season. 877-436-1797 or https://oglebay. com/events/festival-of-lights. NOV. 14–DEC. 27 – 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. New: Walkers Nights every Thursday, Nov. 19–Dec. 17, 6–10 p.m. 304-366-4550 or www.celebrationoflightswv.com.
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1. Our daughter, London, loves making chocolate chip cookies! Sam and Keisha Towns South Central Power Company members 2. My granddaughter, Janie Grace, loves baking with her aunt. Teresa Gebhart South Central Power Company member 3. Our son, Cooper (5), helping bake cookies. Kerry Hansen North Central Electric Cooperative member 4. Addie Houser, my granddaughter, making purple cupcakes. Lynda Houser South Central Power Company member 5. My grandson, Bolden, is learning to bake cookies. Jill Briem Pioneer Electric Cooperative member 6. My daughter, Noelle, whipping up some tasty frosting. Jessica Brasee Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative member 7. Our grandson, Karsten, loves to cook! Philip and Sheryl Godwin Logan County Electric Cooperative 8. My granddaughter, Kathryn Booker, helps her mom and dad in the kitchen all the time! Fran Booker Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative member 9. My daughter, Roslyn Moore, making pecan tassies for Thanksgiving. She loves to bake and has created so many yummy things for her friends and family. Kami Moore Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative member 10. Our son, JJ, wanted to decorate cupcakes. Marie Raynes South Central Power Company member 11. O ur grandsons, Oliver, 4, and Graham, 2, making their famous chocolate chip cookies. Mark and Kathryne McConnell Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative members 12. Our granddaughter, Anna, made homemade tortillas. Emily Lantz Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative member 13. (in box below) My daughter, Heidi, helping to make her birthday cake. Kendra Smith Midwest Electric member
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