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King of Coasters The Beast turns 40
ALSO INSIDE A peek inside your co-op magazine Ohio’s man on the moon Country Concert packs ’em in
Concern for Community Thatâ€™s the cooperative diďŹ€erence.
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INSIDE FEATURES 24 SHOWTIME The annual Country Concert brings big-name stars and tens of thousands of fans to rural Shelby County.
28 MOTHAPALOOZA Every other year, Ohio’s “moth-ers” gather at Shawnee State Forest to see a multitude of their favorite bugs.
30 WINK AT THE MOON
PHOTO BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS
Neil Armstrong’s hometown of Wapakoneta celebrates the 50th anniversary of his “one small step.”
Cover image on most issues: When The Beast first opened at King’s Island in 1979, it was the longest and fastest roller coaster in the world. Now 40 years old, it still holds the title of the longest wooden coaster in the world at 7,359 feet. This page: The Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta is easily recognized by its signature white dome.
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TEAMWORK WORKS C
ooperation among cooperatives is one of the principles upon which our industry is founded. Think of it as teamwork — sounds nice, but it’s more than just a neighborly way to conduct business. We’re more effective when we work together cooperatively to achieve common goals. Ohio Cooperative Living magazine is just one example that shows how team effort really works to hold down costs and improve the quality of our service. Member education and information is another cooperative principle. A cooperative is more effective when its members know what their cooperative is doing — when, where, and why. Nearly every electric cooperative has bylaws that require regular communication with its members. Ohio’s electric co-ops share information with their members by teaming with the statewide association to produce Ohio Cooperative Living. By collaborating with each other, co-ops share costs and retain a professional staff that produces a quality product at a much lower cost than any single co-op could on its own. Our editorial team works with the staff at your local distribution cooperative to find the perfect mix of information, education, and entertainment to put on these pages each month — and, like our readers, we’re consistently pleased with the result. This year, our team was honored for its work when Managing Editor Jeff McCallister and the staff of Ohio Cooperative Living earned the George W. Haggard Memorial Journalism Award from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The commendation from our national association is an annual distinction that recognizes the best statewide co-op publication. Ohio Cooperative Living is just one way that electric cooperatives work together to share costs and to tell your collective stories. Our statewide association also provides services, such as training in the areas of job safety, professional development, and governance practices. We communicate peak alerts, when cutting back electric use for a few hours can reduce the cost of providing electricity all year. We share a government relations staff that advocates on behalf of electric cooperatives to elected officials who are considering laws and regulations that affect our business. By working together, we provide top-notch business services at a fraction of the cost. Check out our story on page 4 to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Ohio Cooperative Living team in action.
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Pat O’Loughlin PRESIDENT & CEO OHIO'S ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES
By collaborating with each other, co-ops share costs and retain a professional staff that produces a quality product at a much lower cost than any single co-op could on its own.
July 2019 • Volume 61, No. 10
DEPARTMENTS Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives 6677 Busch Blvd. Columbus, OH 43229 614-846-5757 email@example.com www.ohioec.org Patrick O’Loughlin President & CEO Patrick Higgins Director of Communications Jeff McCallister Managing Editor Rebecca Seum Associate Editor Anita Cook Graphic Designer Contributors: Celeste Baumgartner, Colleen Romick Clark, W.H. “Chip” Gross, Catherine Murray, Damaine Vonada, and Margie Wuebker. OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING (USPS 134-760; ISSN 2572-049X) is published monthly by Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. It is the official commun ication link between the electric cooperatives in Ohio and West Virginia and their members. Subscription cost for members ranges from $5.52 to $6.96 per year, paid from equity accruing to the member. Nothing in this publication may be reproduced in any manner without written permission from Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. All rights reserved.
4 POWER LINES
Behind the scenes: Award-winning Ohio Cooperative Living magazine takes a collaborative effort to produce.
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8 OHIO ICON
The Beast: King’s Island’s iconic wooden roller coaster turns 40.
10 CO-OP PEOPLE
Shooting stars: A pair of championship clay shooters sets up shop using power from Consolidated Cooperative.
12 WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE
Treasure in the trees Unique lodging in Knox County
ALSO INSIDE Managing the Cardinal Plant A ride on The Wilds side Cincinnati’s Lazarus lizards
Old-time canal boats: Several Ohio destinations offer a glimpse at the original interstate “highway” system.
15 GOOD EATS
Pack a picnic: ’Tis the season for a light, flavorful — and totally portable — meal on the go.
18 CO-OP SPOTLIGHT For all advertising inquiries, contact
Cheryl Solomon American MainStreet Publications 847-749-4875 | firstname.lastname@example.org The fact that a product is advertised in Ohio Cooperative Living should not be taken as an endorsement. If you find an advertisement misleading or a product unsatisfactory, please notify us or the Ohio Attorney General’s Offi ce, Consumer Protection Section, 30 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215. Periodicals postage paid at Columbus, OH, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to editorial and advertising offices at: 6677 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43229-1101
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Future leaders: With terrain that’s flat and rich, the agricultural heritage runs deep at Paulding-Putnam Electric.
19 LOCAL PAGES
News and important information from
your electric cooperative.
What’s happening: July/August events and other things to do around the state.
40 MEMBER INTERACTIVE
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July means vacation time, and their pictures show they’re rarin’ to go.
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The men behind the
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An insider’s look at Ohio Cooperative Living magazine
arry and Gloria Brunk have a pretty good sense of what’s happening at their local electric cooperative. They’ve been members of Midwest Electric, in the northwest part of the state, for more than 45 years and like to keep up with the goings-on at the co-op.
Sasquatch watchers Giving vinyl a spin Scientist captains
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“We read the co-op magazine every month,” Gloria Brunk says. “There’s so much in there. We read everything — about animals and insects, recipes, and places to visit, and we enjoy the tidbits about when people get promoted or retire from the co-op. There are times when I get it from the mailbox and don’t put it down until I’ve read the whole thing.”
Livin’ the lake life Camping and kayaking in co-op country
ALSO INSIDE Reconnecting city with country Moonshine goes legit Inside the National Veterans Memorial
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Ohio Cooperative Living magazine exists, very simply, as a way for electric co-ops around the state to get news to their members. While the staff does its best to provide entertaining, informative content about the state’s events, personalities, and history, it also serves as most co-ops’ official, legal means of informing members about such things as their annual meeting, capital credits, trustee elections, and more. “This magazine is like a guest in our readers’ homes,” says Jeff McCallister, the managing editor. “They welcome us every month, with both grace and enthusiasm, and we try to repay that hospitality by creating a magazine that’s worthy of their time.” Those efforts are being recognized not only by readers like the Brunks, but also by industry experts. Ohio Cooperative Living, in fact, was awarded the George W. Haggard Memorial Journalism Award at the 2019 4 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • JULY 2019
Treasure in the trees Unique lodging in Knox County
ALSO INSIDE Managing the Cardinal Plant A ride on The Wilds side Cincinnati’s Lazarus lizards
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association annual meeting in Orlando. That award honors the co-op publication that demonstrates the “most forthright, concise, and balanced presentation of ideas advancing co-ops and their consumermembers.” It’s the highest award given to a statewide magazine by the NRECA. “This is an amazingly polished, professional magazine,” wrote one of the judges who awarded the Haggard. “The covers are beautiful … writing is strong, photography and artwork are powerful, with a story mix tailor-made to invite readers of all interests and ages.” Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, the statewide association that provides services to the 24 distribution cooperatives that operate in Ohio, has published the magazine for 60 years — the first 58 under the name Country Living.
pages per month, with all the editions combined). Award-winning Graphic Designer Anita Cook creatively lays out the magazine, including many of the local sections, to ensure their style is consistent with the overall feel of the rest of the pages. Much of the statewide content is produced by contributors, including regulars such as Outdoors Editor Chip Gross and freelancer Damaine Vonada, who has written history- and travelrelated stories since 2002. The ever-popular recipe section is the work of Catherine Murray, a professional photographer who writes original recipes specifically for Ohio Cooperative Living before photographing them for the layout.
During the readership focus-group studies that led to the name change and redesign of the graphic look, researchers heard over and over that readers consider the magazine one of the best perks of their co-op membership, and data from scientific surveys back up the opinions of the focus groups. According to GfK MRI, one of the largest research firms in the world, 93% of those who get the magazine read all or part of at least three of the last four issues, which is a number nearly unheard of in the magazine industry. The magazine staff — in close collaboration with the staffs at the local cooperatives — actually produces 24 individual editions of each monthly issue, specific to each of the individual co-ops whose members receive the magazine. The co-op staffs are responsible for the local section in the center, which is different in each of the editions, while the threeperson statewide staff produces the rest. McCallister decides the overall content of the statewide pages and manages the business operations of the magazine. Associate Editor Rebecca Seum not only collects and manages all the content for the local cooperative pages, but also edits and proofreads every page (more than 200
Often the staff is working on two or even three months’ issues at the same time, as several steps in the production process overlap on the calendar. By the time readers see this, the July issue, work will be well underway on parts of the September magazine.
Ohio Cooperative Living staff, from left, Rebecca Seum, Jeff McCallister, and Anita Cook.
“There are so many pieces we have to fit together to be able to give our readers the best experience possible, but it’s worth it,” McCallister says. “Electric cooperative members have a genuine affection for Ohio Cooperative Living, and there’s not really anything that could make us more proud of the work we do.”
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Provenance: With input from renowned wooden roller coaster designer John C. Allen, Kings Island personnel created and constructed The Beast during the late 1970s at a cost of $3.8 million (about $22 million today). The massive “terrain coaster” roars through the hills and ravines of 35 densely wooded acres. Building it required 650,000 boardfeet of southern pine lumber, 37,500 pounds of nails, 82,480 bolts and washers, and 2,432 cubic yards of concrete. Its awe-inspiring name was prompted by workers who called the coaster a “beast of a project.”
minute and 10 second ride time, The Beast runs at nearly 65 mph, leaps down drops as high as 141.5 feet, tackles eight sharply banked turns, and plunges through 1,022 feet of darkness in three different tunnels. It’s a little-known fact that: Since the day it opened in 1979, The Beast has provided more than 54 million rides. Its trains have logged upward of 900,000 miles, a distance comparable to traveling around Earth roughly 35 times.
Significance: Unleashed on April 14, 1979, The Beast made a colossal impression and was considered the nation’s ultimate roller coaster. It not only offered riders unprecedented thrills with its twists, turns, and tunnels, but also set new records as the world’s longest, highest, and fastest wooden roller coaster. Although its design and operation have been modified during the last four decades, The Beast remains a legendary coaster and an enormously popular Kings Island attraction. The American Coaster Enthusiasts honored The Beast with its Coaster Landmark Award in 2004.
Currently: In celebration of The Beast’s 40th anniversary this year, its three trains once again are sporting their original red, orange, and yellow colors. With 7,359 feet of track, The Beast still holds the Guinness World Records title for longest wooden roller coaster. During its 4
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SHOOTING stars CO-OP PEOPLE
A pair of national-caliber shotgunners ply their trade at Eagle’s Nest
STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS
or years, competitive shooter and professional shotgun shooting coach Dan Bailey of Mount Vernon dreamed of building and owning his own commercial clay-target shooting range. That dream came true in the summer of 2017 when he and his wife, Peggy, opened Eagle’s Nest Sporting Grounds, an 85-acre, stateof-the-art shooting facility located near Mount Gilead in central Ohio, served by Consolidated Cooperative. “We offer three different courses for clay-target shooters,” says Bailey: “five-stand, sporting clays, and FITASC.” That’s pronounced Fee-task, and is the European equivalent of sporting clays.
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Just how accomplished a shotgunner is Bailey? Among his many honors, he won the 2018 American FITASC National Championship last summer in Oklahoma by breaking an astounding 191 of 200 flying targets in one of the toughest clay-target sports in the world. For their range manager, the Baileys hired fellow shooting competitor Christina Loudenslager, who hails from central Michigan. “I met Dan at a FITASC event,” Loudenslager says. “After watching him shoot, I knew I wanted him to mentor me.” Bailey was reluctant to agree to the idea at first. “I wanted to make sure that Christina was serious about competitive
shotgun shooting and had the drive required to be successful,” he says. “I needn’t have worried; she’s just as competitive as I am, and we are constantly pushing each other to be better shooters. She even beats me every once in a while.” As with Bailey, Loudenslager has a long list of shotgunning competition wins under her belt. Suffice to say she is a fourtime All-American FITASC Team member and three-time AllAmerican Sporting Clay Team member. Loudenslager and Bailey both shoot 12-gauge, double-barrel, over-and-under, Italianmade Zoli shotguns. It’s been said that amateurs in any sport practice until they get it right, whereas professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong. Bailey and Loudenslager have adopted that intense approach to their shooting practice. When preparing for an upcoming competition, they force themselves to break five targets in a row — either singles or doubles — before moving on to the next shooting station. Also, they must break them in the same place every time along the target’s flight path. “We do that to build consistency,” Bailey says. “At times, we may shoot several cases of shells per day to accomplish it.” Once they’re satisfied, they then practice breaking targets in different locations along the target’s flight path, because during competition, they may or may not be able to break a target where they want. “For instance, on certain shooting ranges, a tree or other obstacle may be in the way, or the sun may be in our eyes. We try to practice for every conceivable target contingency,” Loudenslager says. Eagle’s Nest Sporting Grounds is semi-private, meaning that the club has regular members — about 100 and growing — but is also open to nonmembers, on a limited basis. “Nonmembers may shoot up to three times per year, and don’t need to be accompanied by a member,” Bailey says. “All shotgun shooters are welcome, and we have targets for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced competitor.” Eagle’s Nest Sporting Grounds is open year-round, seven days a week, from dawn to dusk for members; nonmembers may shoot five days per week, Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, go online to www.eaglesnestsportinggrounds.com or call 330-275-0083. W.H. “Chip” Gross (email@example.com) is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor.
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WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE
take a ride on a
historic canal boat STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS
nly a few years ago, when Buckeye Lake in central Ohio was being drawn down for dam repair, workers made a historic find: Hidden in those murky depths was a sunken canal boat called the Black Diamond. “It’s the first archaeological-documented canal boat discovery in Ohio,” says Andy Sewell, historian with Columbus-based Lawhon and Associates, an environmental consulting firm associated with the dam project. Ohio’s historic canal era spanned nearly a century (1825 to 1913), but its heyday was the 23 years from 1827 to 1850. Described as “the ditch that brought the world to the wilderness,” canals literally transformed the Buckeye State from a struggling backwoods economy to an agricultural and industrial powerhouse. There actually were two canal systems: the Miami & Erie Canal in western Ohio, and the Ohio & Erie Canal in the central and eastern part of the state. The narrow, ribbon-like waterways — the Interstate Highway System of its time — connected the Ohio River with Lake Erie, providing a way for farmers to access larger markets with their products.
(Above) Canal boat ride at historic Roscoe Village.
Salt pork, lard, iron ore, coal, pig iron, whiskey, flour, lumber, and food staples were shipped south to New Orleans or east to New York and other large cities. Some cargo made it even as far as Europe. As a result, business boomed and life was good. Canal boats also hauled passengers, and the going fee of less than two cents per mile included meals and lodging. A typical trip from Cleveland on Lake Erie to Portsmouth on the Ohio River could take more than three days — that same trip today requires only about four hours by automobile.
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(Left) The small cabins on canal boats made for cramped quarters.
Thousands of Irish and German immigrants — who didn’t seem to like each other much — provided most of the workforce that built Ohio’s canals, mostly using simple picks, shovels, and wheelbarrows. It was backbreaking work, and water-related diseases such as malaria were rampant. “It’s been said that one worker perished for each mile of canal built,” says Jim Vetter, a canal boat interpreter at the historic John Johnston Farm near Piqua. With more than 1,000 miles of canals in Ohio, that added up to a lot of suffering and death. The canals were built to exacting standards: 26 feet wide at the bottom, 40 feet wide at the waterline, and a minimum of 4 feet deep. These dimensions provided room for two canal boats to pass one another. The boats measured 60 to 80 feet long and 14 feet wide and could carry up to 80 tons of cargo. They were pulled by one to three mules or horses walking a towpath beside the canal.
(Above right) A canal boat on the Miami & Erie canal waits to load passengers and freight. (Left) A boat heading downstream drops its towline into the water to let another boat pass.
Because the 10-foot-wide towpath ran along only one side of the canal, protocol was such that the upstream boat had priority. The downstream boat was supposed to lower its towline into the water and let the other boat pass. But canal men, being the rough characters they were, often settled the question of who lowered their line with a fistfight. Continued on page 14
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Continued from page 13
The first train whistle that sounded in Ohio marked the beginning of the end for the canals. Railroads could haul freight and passengers faster than canal boats, and also ran year-round; canals were forced to shut down operation several months each winter because of ice. The final blow was the statewide spring flood of 1913 that damaged many of the canals beyond repair.
emnants of Ohio’s two canal systems remain today, and taking a ride on a replica canal boat gives a sense of the slower, more leisurely pace of life more than a century ago: 4 miles per hour, to be exact. The statewide speed limit for canal boats kept erosion-causing wakes to a minimum. You can enjoy an Ohio canal boat ride this summer at the following locations: Historic Roscoe Village, Coshocton Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (ages 60+), $6 for students (ages 6–18), $5 for veterans/active duty with ID. Children 5 and under are free. https://roscoevillage.com/ attractions-activities/horsedrawn-canal-boat-rides
Providence Metropark (Grand Rapids) One-hour boat rides narrated by living history interpreters are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and over) and Metroparks members, $4 for children (3–12); ages 2 and under are free. https://metroparkstoledo.com/ features-and-rentals/canalexperience Canal Fulton Canalway Center (Canal Fulton) Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and veterans, $5 for youth ages 6–17; children 5 and under are free. Arrive a half-hour early to watch the historical movie before the ride. http://cityofcanalfulton-oh. gov/departments/canal-boatoperations
John Johnston Farm, Piqua Farm admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and military members, $4 for children and includes both the farmhouse tour and canal boat ride. www.johnstonfarmohio.com/ Exhibits/exhibits.php
Ohio Cooperative Living magazine is looking for photos from Ohio and West Virginia electric cooperative members to use in its 2020 cooperative calendar. We’re interested in seasonal scenes from each month of the year — images that really “pop” and convey a sense of time and place. Photo subjects must be interesting and the shot well planned and framed. If their images are chosen for publication, amateur co-op photographers could earn $100 or more.
• One photo entry per member. • High-resolution, color, digital images only. • No prints, slides, or proof sheets — no snail mail! Send submissions by email attachment only to firstname.lastname@example.org. • Photo format must be horizontal and capable of filling an 8 x 11-inch image area. • Include an explanation of the photo — the where, what, when — as well as who took the shot. • Include your name, address, phone number, and the name of your co-op. • Shots featuring people who can be identified within the photo must be accompanied by a signed publication release.
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Pack a picnic
’Tis the season for a light, flavorful — and totally portable — meal on the go. RECIPES AND PHOTOS BY CATHERINE MURRAY
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TOMATO ONION TART Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 40 minutes | Servings: 6 2 large tomatoes 2 eggs, beaten 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced ½ cup milk 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 teaspoon salt 1 8-inch pie crust ¼ teaspoon pepper 1½ cups shredded Swiss cheese Slice tomatoes and place onto towels to pull out excess moisture. Sauté onion in skillet with butter until soft and golden, approximately 10 to 12 minutes. Evenly line ungreased 9-inch pie pan or tart pan with pie crust. Bake crust at 425 F for 8 minutes on bottom or middle shelf of oven. Let cool. Spread alternate layers of onion, cheese, and tomatoes on top of pie crust, reserving ½ cup of cheese. Combine eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Beat lightly, then pour over tart. Top with remaining shredded cheese. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes, removing foil for last 5 minutes to brown cheese. Serve hot or at room temperature. Per serving: 293 calories, 18 grams fat (8 grams saturated fat), 21 grams total carbs, 2 grams fiber, 12 grams protein
MIXED BEAN SALAD (Shown on page 15) Prep Time: 10 minutes | Servings: 8 (as side dish) 15.5-ounce can kidney beans, ¼ cup olive oil drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 15.5-ounce can garbanzo beans/ 1 tablespoon dried onions chickpeas, drained and rinsed ¼ cup lemon juice (approx. 2 lemons) 14-ounce can quartered artichoke 2 tablespoons chopped garlic hearts, drained ½ teaspoon salt 12-ounce frozen shelled edamame/ ¼ teaspoon pepper soybeans, thawed Toss together beans, artichoke hearts, and edamame in a large bowl. Whisk all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Adjust seasonings to taste. Keep refrigerated for up to 7 days. Per serving: 211 calories, 8 grams fat (1 gram saturated fat), 26 grams total carbs, 7 grams fiber, 10 grams protein
ANTIPASTO SKEWERS Prep: 15 minutes | Servings: 15 16-ounce can garlic and dill pepperoncini peppers 8 ounces fresh mozzarella pearls 6.5-ounce jar herbed artichokes 6 ounces large black olives 6 ounces large green olives 8 ounces cherry tomatoes 1 cucumber, cut into chunks
8 ounces fresh mushrooms 16 ounces focaccia bread, cubed 5 ounces salami or summer sausage, cubed 5 ounces cubed provolone wooden skewers balsamic vinegar reduction, optional Italian herbs, optional
Drain peppers, fresh mozzarella, artichokes, and olives. Cut mushrooms if they’re quite large; otherwise leave whole. Assemble skewers by alternating ingredients of your choosing. If you’re looking for more flavor, sprinkle with Italian herbs or balsamic reduction. Serve immediately. Per serving: 226 calories, 11 grams fat (5 grams saturated fat), 22 grams total carbs, 2 grams fiber, 10.5 grams protein
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GOLDEN CARROT SALAD Prep: 10 minutes | Chill: 2 hours | Servings: 4 10 ounces shredded carrots 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained 2 tablespoons lemon juice ½ cup golden raisins pinch salt 3 teaspoons rice wine vinegar 6 cups fresh spinach 2 tablespoons honey Shred carrots with a food processor attachment or a peeler. Combine all ingredients except spinach. Stir well and chill for a few hours. Store carrot mixture and spinach separately and assemble when ready to eat. Per serving: 152 calories, 0.5 gram fat (0 saturated fat), 38 grams total carbs, 4 grams fiber, 3 grams protein
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PAULDING PUTNAM ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE
aulding Putnam Electric Cooperative (PPEC) straddles the state line in northwest Ohio and northeast Indiana, serving 13,063 consumer-members between both states. Their membership profile straddles a line as well, with 60% residential members and the rest commercial and industrial. Because of its flat, rich, open terrain — ground just right for farming — the area has a deep-rooted agricultural heritage. That same terrain also makes the area quite windy, and Paulding County is home to multiple wind turbines, many of which are served by PPEC. Companies like Amazon, General Motors, and Microsoft purchase energy from turbines there.
Diversity PPEC serves a diverse range of residential customers, providing reliable power to not only Century Farms and rural residents, but also to several urban neighborhoods located in New Haven, Indiana. PPEC’s strength in serving its residential members does not relegate larger members, such as Cooper Farms and Baughman Tile in Paulding County, or manufacturers, such as Steel Technologies, Silgan Plastics, and Whirlpool, all based in Ottawa, to any lesser level of service. Likewise, larger Indiana-based companies such as SDI La Farga and Superior Aluminum, both subsidiaries of OmniSource/ Steel Dynamics, enjoy the benefits of their PPEC membership as well.
A drive and a passion for community service In October 2015, PPEC employees discovered there was a waiting list of more than 400 veterans who hoped to go on an Honor Flight to see their armed service memorials in Washington, D.C. The employees set a goal to raise the needed funds to send 86 veterans on the trip. What happened next was pure patriotism at its core. Local communities joined the cause: Organizers held concerts to raise funds, kids built lemonade stands, and numerous local businesses partnered with PPEC — and soon the idea had snowballed into a community-wide effort. Before they knew it, PPEC employees and their many partners had raised over $170,000, enough to send 475 veterans on a trip they so rightfully deserved. The grassroots effort earned PPEC the National Co-op Purpose Award at the 2018 NRECA annual meeting.
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Who’s in charge of the co-op?
have been assigned the title of CEO/general manager. I oversee the day-to-day operations, and I’m the person employees look to for guidance, but I can’t claim the role of being “in charge,” because I take my marching orders from the Carroll Electric Board of Trustees. They, in turn, take their direction from you and the other 8,800 or so cooperative members. Members — owners of the business — receive service from the cooperative and are rewarded with capital credits allocations each year. That $10 membership fee you paid to Carroll Electric was your initial investment in the member-owned cooperative.
How do we know what you want? Obviously, we know you want reliable, affordable, and safe electricity. We wouldn’t have a cooperative if you wanted to live without electricity. We utilize annual member satisfaction surveys to find out what part of our business you like the most, where improvements are needed, and what new services you might be interested in receiving. The staff uses additional metrics and analyses to determine what rebates and incentive programs to offer, which geographic locations need equipment upgrades or tree trimming, and what software (such as our website and SmartHub) needs to be in place to better serve you. I will remind each of you that by voting in the trustee election this August, you are exercising your right as an owner of the cooperative. Voting is how you voice your opinion and effect change for the betterment of all members. Your vote is your voice saying, “I’m in charge.”
Election process Carroll Electric’s trustee election begins Aug. 1 and runs through the annual membership meeting on Aug. 24. Members will have the opportunity to vote for the trustees who best represent their interests on the board. The Carroll Electric trustee election is a little different from your typical political election, because we allow our members to vote for all districts, not just the one in which they live. That means that you will be able to
vote for one candidate in each district up for election, choosing those who best represent your interests in the cooperative.
When and where to vote Carroll Electric members have the opportunity to vote for nearly a month, making it possible for everyone to find a moment to cast a ballot for trustee candidates. Beginning Aug. 1, you may vote online, by phone, or by mail. Mail-in ballots must be Larry Fenbers returned by Aug. 16 to be counted. CEO/GENERAL MANAGER Members attending the annual membership meeting will have the opportunity to vote in person prior to the meeting on Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m. (The ending time is approximate, because the board president will make a motion to close the election during the business meeting.) More election information, including candidate biographies, can be found on pages 20–21.
Annual membership meeting Being in charge comes with perks, including capital credits, rebates, and an annual membership meeting, where you’ll learn about the financial state of the cooperative. This is the one time of the year I ask membership to attend the annual meeting to hear about what the cooperative staff and I have confronted during the past year. The annual membership meeting is also the time to discuss the future of cooperative business. It’s a time to reminisce with old friends and meet the employees who keep the lights on. Join us Aug. 24 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds for your annual membership meeting. Details will follow in the August issue of Ohio Cooperative Living magazine.
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Exercise your right to vote
heck this month’s magazine for candidate biographies and the many ways to vote for the members who will represent your interests on the Carroll Electric Board of Trustees. Election polls open Aug. 1. Winners will be announced at the annual membership meeting Aug. 24, at the Carroll County Fairgrounds, Carrollton.
Trustee election summary
All candidates were asked to provide the following information:
Kevin Tullis, incumbent, running unopposed
• List of employment, education, leadership, and business experience
Robert McCort, incumbent Mark E. Brannon
• Why are you interested in becoming a member of the Carroll Electric Board of Trustees or serving another term?
All members vote for all districts. The election begins Aug. 1.
District 3 Harold Barber, incumbent Daniel L. (Dan) Devitt
District 5 District 6
• What, in your opinion, are the greatest challenges facing the cooperative in the near future?
DISTRICT 3 CANDIDATE Employment, leadership, and business experience
Incumbent Harold Barber FOX TOWNSHIP, CARROLL COUNTY
Member since 1974 Trustee since 2007 Currently serves as secretary/treasurer Co-op certifications CCD, BLC, and Gold Co-op memberships ACRE and OECPAC See page 21 for acronym definitions
Harold retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation after 30 years of service. He received his real estate license in 1998 and is an active agent for Baer Auctioneers Realty LLC. He is also a licensed insurance agent with West and Knox Mutual Insurance Company. Harold serves as pastor for the Greenbrier Interdenominational Church. He served on the Carroll County Fair Board for 18 years, with his primary responsibility being concession manager for 16 years. Harold was appointed a lifetime fair board member. He has also been active with the Fox Township Homecoming for more than 40 years. He is a Fox Township Fire Department trustee. Harold and his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth, reside in Fox Township, Carroll County. They have two daughters, Maria Hall and Melanie Osborn.
Education Graduate of Kent State University at Tuscarawas Graduate of Hondros College of Business
Why are you interested in serving another term? The board certification programs offer a level of education that cannot be gained without experience, and I want to use what I have already learned from these programs to make informed decisions for the betterment of our cooperative and our consumer-members. In addition, I am committed to becoming more knowledgeable about green energy sources and broadband.
What are challenges facing the cooperative in the near future? The greatest challenges facing Carroll Electric are maintaining affordable rates and reliable service given the ever-changing environmental policies. In addition, I see renewable energy sources and broadband playing a role in the cooperative’s future.
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DISTRICT 3 CANDIDATE Employment, leadership, and business experience Together, Dan and his wife, Barbara, own and operate Chase Chickens, a 150,000 broiler grow-out operation, which includes 383 acres in Lee Township, Carroll County. Dan currently serves as the president/CEO of Cervus Solutions, a business and technical consulting firm. He has 26 years of experience in project management, holding leadership positions at Fortune 100 companies, and has successfully managed large budgets and staff.
Education Graduate of Carrollton High School Graduate of Akron University with a degree in computer science
Why are you interested in becoming a board trustee?
Daniel L. (Dan) Devitt
I would like the opportunity to bring a new and unique perspective to our Carroll Electric Board of Trustees to help bring additional value to the consumers and the community where we live and work.
LEE TOWNSHIP, CARROLL COUNTY
Member since 1997
What are challenges facing the cooperative in the near future? Three challenges facing our co-op are operations, planning, and community outreach. Optimization of the day-to-day operations and maintenance duties will help free up resources needed to support and expand the community outreach programs that directly benefit our consumers. Additional strategic planning will focus efforts on value-added initiatives that further improve efficiencies.
YOU’RE INVITED Carroll Electric Annual Membership Meeting Sat., Aug. 24, 2019 • Carroll County Fairgrounds, Carrollton 9 a.m. • Registration & exhibits 10:30 a.m. • Business meeting A light lunch and safety presentation will follow the business meeting. Each membership represented receives a $5 energy credit. Energy credit drawings take place throughout the event.
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DISTRICT 5 CANDIDATE Employment, leadership, and business experience Kevin and his wife, Kristy, own and operate Shaland Holsteins LLC, where they milk 80 registered Holsteins and raise their own replacement heifers. The farm includes 800 acres of corn, beans, wheat, and hay. Kevin serves on the board of directors for the Carrollton Farmers Exchange and is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Holstein Association, and Carrollton First United Methodist Church.
Incumbent Kevin Tullis PERRY TOWNSHIP, CARROLL COUNTY
Member since 1998 Trustee since 2009 Co-op certifications CCD and BLC Co-op memberships ACRE and OECPAC See page 21 for acronym definitions
Kevin and Kristy have two children, Kelsie (Zach) Kethchum and Kolby.
Education Graduate of United High School Graduate of OSU Agricultural Technical Institute with a degree in dairy science
Why are you interested in serving another term? I believe I am able to listen without prejudice to the concerns of our consumer-members and communicate those concerns to the board for consideration. Through cooperative education programs, I have learned a tremendous amount about the electric industry and the cooperative business model, and I believe that knowledge will help me lead the cooperative into a sustainable future.
What are challenges facing the cooperative in the near future? I feel the greatest challenge will still include EPA regulations on coal-fired power plants. Regulations are established for every type of generation and can impact the cost of electric bills. We need to keep operating costs down to provide affordable and reliable electricity, while being cognizant of the ever-changing landscape of distributed generation. Consumers want options, and it’s Carroll Electric’s role to help consumers manage their energy use — not just for electricity, but for the future of our cooperative.
1st official notice The Carroll Electric Cooperative, Inc., annual membership meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at the Carroll County Fairgrounds, Carrollton, to take action on the following matters:
Election polls open Aug. 1 Vote online, by mail, by telephone, or in person at the annual meeting.
1 The reports of the officers, trustees, and the nominating committee. 2 The election of three trustees of the cooperative — districts 3, 5, and 6. 3 All other business that may come before the meeting or an adjournment thereof. Harold Barber, Secretary-Treasurer Carroll Electric Cooperative, Inc., Board of Trustees
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DISTRICT 6 CANDIDATE Employment, leadership, and business experience Bob and his wife, Martha, reside on a farm south of Carrollton in Union Township, Carroll County. Bob retired in 1996 after 29 years of service with the Minerva Local School District as a vocational agriculture teacher. He retired as a Union Township trustee, after serving 20 years. Bob is a member of the Ohio Township Association and is an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Carrollton. Bob and Martha have two daughters, two sons, and 13 grandchildren.
Graduate of Carrollton High School Graduate of The Ohio State University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in vocational education
Robert McCort UNION TOWNSHIP, CARROLL COUNTY
Why are you interested in serving another term?
Member since 1990 Trustee since 1998
I am seeking reelection because I have dedicated the time required to educate and prepare myself to make difficult decisions that affect every cooperative member.
Co-op certifications CCD, BLC, and Gold
What are challenges facing the cooperative in the near future? Oil and gas development issues, regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency, meeting state and national mandates, and providing reliable electric power at competitive rates for our entire membership will continue to be challenges faced by Carroll Electric.
Co-op memberships ACRE, OECPAC, and serves on the OREC Board of Directors
DISTRICT 6 CANDIDATE Employment, leadership, and business experience Mark and his wife, Peggy, reside in Monroe Township, Carroll County. Mark has worked for the Carroll County Highway Department for the past 19 years, with the last two years in the capacity of sign department manager. Mark was a Monroe Township trustee for 16 years. He has raised purebred English bulldogs since 1995. Mark serves as the president of the Tuscarawas County Sportsmen Club and the Ohio Sportsmen and Sporting Dog Association. Through these two affiliations, Mark is involved with college scholarship and youth competitions and Susan G. Komen breast cancer and Children’s Hospital benefits.
Mark E. Brannon
Graduate of Carrollton High School
MONROE TOWNSHIP, CARROLL COUNTY
Why are you interested in becoming a board trustee?
Member since 1999
I want to serve the hard-working co-op members by meeting their daily electricity needs and providing quick action in emergency situations.
What are challenges facing the cooperative in the near future? Providing the best service at the most reasonable cost, while staying in the confines of national and state regulations.
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Your voting questions answered When does voting begin?
Where can I vote?
Online, telephone, and mail-in voting begins Aug. 1. Inperson voting begins at 9:30 a.m., Aug. 24, at the annual membership meeting.
You can vote through our website, www.cecpower.coop, or via the SmartHub app on your mobile device. You can also vote by telephone or request to have a paper ballot mailed to you by calling 1-855-340-1786. Or, vote in person at the annual meeting of members scheduled for Aug. 24 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds.
Why is my SSN required? The last four digits of your social security number (SSN) serve as the unique identifier that ties you with your account. This is how we know it’s you casting the vote and not someone else. Online and telephone voting require the last four digits of your SSN to gain access to the ballot.
Do I have to provide my SSN? Carroll Electric understands that not everyone is comfortable providing a portion of their SSN. Therefore, you may request to have a paper ballot mailed to the residence on file with the cooperative or vote in person at the annual meeting without providing the last four digits of your SSN.
Voting begins Aug. 1 Vote online. Vote at www.cecpower.coop or through the SmartHub app on your mobile device.
Vote by mail. Call 1-855-340-1786 to request a ballot be mailed to you.
Vote by phone. Call 1-855-340-1786 to cast your ballot.
Vote in person. Vote at the annual meeting Aug. 24.
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Are proxies allowed? No. Proxies were eliminated when the new voting methods were introduced. With nearly one month to cast a vote, more than ample time is provided for every member to find a moment to vote.
How many trustee candidates can I vote for? You may vote for one candidate in each district up for election, regardless of the district in which you reside. All members vote for all trustee candidates.
How many ballots can I cast? Only one ballot per membership may be cast.
What happens if I change my mind after I’ve already voted? You are unable to change a ballot once it has been cast. Attempting to cast a second ballot will not be allowed.
When does voting end? Voting ends at the annual membership meeting, once the Carroll Electric board president closes the election Aug. 24 (approximately 11 a.m.).
Will employees or board members know how I voted? Carroll Electric has hired Co-op Ballot, a third-party election services vendor, to implement the election. At no time will Carroll Electric employees or board members have access to any information that would permit them to determine the voting of an individual.
How do you know a member will only cast one ballot? Co-op Ballot, the third-party election services vendor hired to implement the election, has checks and balances in place that will catch any attempt to cast a second ballot, regardless of voting method. Co-op Ballot will closely monitor the election for voter fraud.
Enough with the acronyms Just explain what they mean
cronyms are prevalent in many businesses and government organizations — think NASA or EPA — abbreviations are everywhere, and each set of acronyms is specific to a given industry. The electric industry is no different, and here we will address the subject of acronyms as they pertain to cooperative trustees. Carroll Electric recommends that every co-op trustee receive educational training so that he or she is versed in the electric industry to help serve you, our consumer-members. In addition, trustees are asked to join political action committees to speak on behalf of our members.
two-year period from the time their last Director Gold credential was awarded.
The Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE) ACRE is the political action committee (PAC) of the nation’s electric cooperatives. Founded in 1966 by the approximately 1,000 cooperatives of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, it supports candidates for state and federal office — those in office now and running for office — who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperatives and their consumer-members.
OECPAC GOLD CCD
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Director Certificate programs are specifically designed to help electric cooperative directors, at every state of their service, understand their roles and responsibilities, stay up to date on the key issues and trends in the industry, and prepare to meet the challenges facing electric cooperatives now and in the future.
Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Political Action Committee (OECPAC) OECPAC is the political action committee of Ohio’s electric cooperatives. Formed by the 24 Ohio electric cooperatives, it supports candidates, just like ACRE, except on a more local level.
The Director Certificate programs are offered in three parts, taken in progression from fundamental to advanced. Seven nine four one zero four.
Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) The CCD curriculum consists of five courses designed to provide essential knowledge and skills required of cooperative directors.
Board Leadership Certificate (BLC) The BLC is the next step in advancing the knowledge and experience trustees need to govern their board effectively. The BLC can be attained after earning the CCD and then completing a total of 10 credits from courses including grassroots, power supply, cooperative business model, governance, finance, communications, technology, and risk management.
Director Gold (Gold) The Gold program recognizes directors who have earned their CCD and BLC credentials and are committed to continuing their education throughout their service on the board. Directors must earn three credits from a list of approved continuing education programs within a
INDEPENDENCE DAY Our office will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Emergency service is available by calling 1-800-232-7697.
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Budget billing sign-up going on now Consumer-members who heat their homes with electric heat are encouraged to sign up for our levelized budget billing program. The program allows members who own 3025 their homes to pay a set amount each month based on 252.0833 prior use habits. This means that you will pay a uniform amount every month for Levelize your electric service, instead of paying for actual use. payments with $400 A uniform payment may BUDGET BILLING be easier to plan for each $200 month and can help you $150 $150 $125 $100 avoid high electric bills when more electricity is being used for heating and cooling. To qualify for budget billing, you need to own your home (or mobile home) and the land on which it is located. In addition, the account you wish to sign up must be your primary, full-time residence. Enrollment is contingent on excellent credit history with the cooperative for the past 12 months. The cooperative requires the member to sign a budget billing agreement before the account can be put onto a budget. This document allows the cooperative to remove members from the budget, should the terms of the policy be voided. Once enrolled, Carroll Electric will use the last 12 months of electric use to calculate a monthly charge. This will be the amount you will pay each month until your account is reviewed.
CARROLL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.
1-800-232-7697 | 330-627-2116 www.cecpower.coop REPORT OUTAGES 24/7 TO:
350 Canton Rd. NW P.O. Box 67 Carrollton, Ohio 44615 OFFICE HOURS
7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Enrollment period The enrollment period for budget billing varies depending on the type of heat you have in your home. Members with electric heat may enroll now through July 25, with the first budgeted bill beginning in August. Sign-up happens $500 $500 just once per year for $400 electric heat. If you heat $300 with propane, natural gas, or another non-electric $100 $100 heat source, you may sign up for budget billing in March of each year.
Catch-up month Carroll Electric reviews budget payments periodically and may make adjustments if the use varies from the original budget estimate. Every 12th month, Carroll Electric will adjust your payment to settle any difference between the budgeted payment and actual use. Any payment due is collected at that time, and any overpayment is credited to the next month’s bill. The cooperative works individually with members to determine eligibility and, for those who qualify, the budget payment amount. For more information or to enroll, contact Carroll Electric at 1-800-232-7697.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
HAVE A STORY SUGGESTION? Email your ideas to:
Todd Brown William Casper Frank Chiurco Robert McCort Diane Tarka Kevin Tullis
HIDDEN ACCOUNT NUMBER
Larry J. Fenbers CEO/General Manager
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Check the Carroll Electric local pages of this magazine for the hidden account number. Somewhere in this section is an account number spelled out. If this number matches your account number, call the co-op office to claim your credit. You must call by the end of the month in which your account number appears.
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SHOWTIME! The annual Country Concert brings big-name stars and tens of thousands of fans to rural Shelby County BY MARGIE WUEBKER
Fans came there to enjoy headliners, old favorites, and newcomers to the country music scene, to camp out and have fun with friends, and to share their love for the music with a massive crowd. “It is so rewarding,” Barhorst often remarked to friends and family, “to watch thousands of people take a shared emotional journey through the power of a song.” Barhorst, who died in March 2015 at the age of 77, instilled a passion for continuing his legacy in his wife, Mary Jo, and their five sons — Tony, Brian, Mark, Scott, and Paul — who have assumed the challenge. The family will once again roll out the welcome mat this month for popular recording artists and appreciative fans alike, as Country Concert ’19 takes place July 11 to 13 at Hickory Hill Lakes, their 500-acre complex located along State Route 66 near Fort Loramie. This marks the 39th year of the event. Headliners include Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock, Thomas Rhett, Gary Allan, Dustin Lynch, and the Roots and Boots trio featuring Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, and Collin Raye. They are among 30 performers scheduled to appear during the weekend. The event, which drew folks from 47 states and seven countries in 2018, began on a decidedly smaller scale at the picturesque campground that the Barhorsts established in 1971 in the midst of Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative territory. They hosted an annual
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ichael Barhorst never tired of standing near the covered stage in the natural amphitheater on his property in rural Shelby County, watching thousands of country music fans enjoy the Country Concert he organized every year.
Country music fans gather and camp at Hickory Hill Lakes near Fort Loramie each year for the Country Concert.
party to celebrate their wedding anniversary and to show their appreciation for seasonal campers with local talent and tasty food. In July 1981, the couple expanded their party into a full-day concert featuring three performers: Louise Mandrell, R.C. Bannon, and Johnny Russell. The overwhelming response paved the way for further expansion to the current three-day format that consistently brings between 20,000 and 25,000 fans per day. Paul Barhorst, who serves as president of the family corporation, spent 10 years planning concerts with his parents. He and his brothers also had a hand in many of the site improvements over the years. “The planning never stops,” he says. “We already have offers out for the lineup for the 40th anniversary concert in 2020.” Barhorst says he won’t release those names until later this year, but fans can expect the same careful planning that goes into the event every year.
Mike and Mary Jo Barhorst, who started Country Concert in the Hills, display the award they received in Nashville in 2015 recognizing their work in promoting country music over the decades.
“Dad and Mom believed the concert should feature a mix of new performers, established stars, and country legends,” he says. “Each year, we ask fans to complete surveys listing who they want to see here, and we try very hard to act on those requests. We want to put on as big a show as possible.” Fans, many of whom have come for decades, fondly recall “newcomers” Reba McIntire, Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and Kenny Chesney serving as opening acts before they attained headliner status. Country legends such as Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Kenny Rogers, Conway Twitty, and Tom T. Hall have also graced the stage. Fifteen miles of all-weather roads facilitate movement in, out, and around Hickory Hill Lakes. A state-of-the-art sound Kip Moore (left) will appear on opening night at the 2019 Country Concert, as part of his Room to Spare tour.
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Country Concert 2019 lineup July 11 Kid Rock Kip Moore Aaron Lewis Carly Pearce
July 12 Chris Stapleton Gary Allan Granger Smith (featuring Earl Dibbles Jr.) Chris Lane
July 13 Thomas Rhett Dustin Lynch Roots and Boots (featuring Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, and Collin Raye) Dylan Scott
tower and six jumbo screens ensure visitors don’t miss any of the action. When shows outgrew the original covered pavilion, the Barhorsts built a 109-foot-wide covered stage. Two more stages — the Saloon and the Home Grown Honky Tonk — have space for entertainment before each day’s show and between acts. The family has expanded parking facilities adjacent to the main stage several times, to accommodate the entertainers’ entourages. “In the early years, performers were lucky to have a bus,” Paul Barhorst says. “Now they come with 10 or 12 semis and six buses.” Organizations like the Fort Loramie Fire Department, the Newport Sportsmen’s Club, the Jackson Center Boosters, the Red Cross, and Shelby County Relay for Life step up each year to handle various assignments. The Fort Loramie High School football and volleyball teams clean up the grounds throughout the weekend. In exchange, the Barhorsts make generous donations to those groups, in addition to supporting other area charities. “It takes more than one person or one family to put on a concert,” Barhorst says. “It takes a community of people to make this happen. Dad and Mom took a leap of faith when it came to starting this tradition. We like to say Dad is sitting back and watching our efforts from the best seat in the house.”
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“I’ve never been to Mothapalooza, and I’m looking forward to meeting some of the people I have been interacting with over the years,” she says.
n Ohio, there are an estimated 2,500 species of moths, compared to fewer than 140 butterfly species. An enthusiastic group of Ohio “mothers” (people who enjoy moths, rather than a maternal parent) is looking forward to celebrating these nighttime flyers during Mothapalooza, a bi-annual event taking place July 12 to 14 at Shawnee Lodge and Conference Center near West Portsmouth.
McCormac emphasizes the importance of moths to other native species. “When you add up those 2,500 species of moths and all the caterpillars, that’s bird food. If they suddenly went extinct overnight, we’d lose virtually all of our songbirds.” He adds, “We’re trying to educate people about the diversity of moths. Everyone comes away with a richer appreciation of moths, ecology, and the value of native plants.” For information, visit www.mothapalooza.org.
Participants can expect to see a “blizzard of moths,” says Jim McCormac, one of the event’s founders and organizers. The most popular events are the field trips. “We leave around 10 p.m. and often don’t get back until 3 a.m.,” he says. “Shawnee State Forest is one of the most biodiverse areas in the eastern United States because it’s got so many native plants. Native plants drive moth diversity, so we know it’s going to be good.” The organizers establish eight stations, with mercury vapor and ultraviolet lights shining on a sheet and a mothing expert to help with identification. The stations are set in different habitats, so they draw different species of moths.
As an adult, Kahn still appreciates the appeal of moths. Every night in the summer, she sets up her own lamps and sheet to draw moths. The next morning, or even during the night, she photographs them. Sometimes she posts online, looking for help in identifying her subjects.
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Alice Kahn, a member of Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, found an appreciation for moths one night at her grandmother’s house when she was a child. “She had a screened porch; I looked up and saw the biggest moth,” Kahn says. “It was beautiful, it was green, and it had long tails. It was a luna moth. That just impressed me.”
Judy Ganance (left) and Mary Ann Barnett examine some of the moths that were spotted (including a pandorus sphinx and an io, shown above) during the 2017 Mothapalooza.
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Neil Armstrong’s hometown celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. BY DAMAINE VONADA
he whole world watched on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong planted his left foot in the virgin lunar dust. That “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” rocketed Armstrong to instant immortality. As the first person to stand on a celestial body, Armstrong fulfilled the late
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President Kennedy’s goal of putting an American on the moon and rendered the United States the winner in its space race with the Soviet Union. In Armstrong’s hometown of Wapakoneta, hordes of newscasters surrounded his parents’ house. As souvenir hunters pulled grass from their lawn, Stephen and Viola
Armstrong hosted a splashdown party on July 24, when their son and his crewmates, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, returned to Earth. Stephen Armstrong even passed out cigars with wrappers reading, “It’s a boy and he landed safely.” Weeks later, 80,000 people descended on the town of 5,000 for Wapakoneta’s homecoming parade. Although it lacked the ticker tape featured in other Apollo 11 parades in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Wapakoneta’s grand marshal was comedian Bob Hope, and the folks crowding Auglaize Street were close enough to the convertible carrying Armstrong that they could reach out and shake his hand. High above the bunting and flags, a giant photo of Armstrong was emblazoned with the caption “OUR HERO.” With 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of Armstrong’s “small step,” Wapakoneta will host a 10-day-long celebration July 12–21. Coinciding with the community’s annual Summer Moon Festival, the “First on the Moon” activities will commence with hot air balloons and culminate with a Wink at the Moon Concert (after Armstrong’s 2012 death, his family requested that people “think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink” when looking at the moon). The 50th anniversary parade on July 14 will duplicate the 1969 parade route, saluting the out-of-thisworld feat that President Kennedy said would be “the measure of the best of our energies and skills.”
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July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of Wapakoneta native Neil Armstrong’s “one small step for a man.”
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When then-Governor James Rhodes proposed a museum to honor the achievement, Wapakonetans raised much of the money needed to construct it. With futuristic architecture resembling a moon base, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum debuted on July 20, 1972, exactly three years after Armstrong landed in the Sea of Tranquility. Though ever the reluctant hero, he attended the opening ceremonies. Many of the 50th anniversary observances will revolve around the museum, which honors Armstrong and highlights Ohio’s contributions to aviation and space exploration. Fittingly enough, several space shuttle astronauts — including Ohioans Gregory H. Johnson and Donald A. Thomas — will join in the festivities.
The futuristic architecture of the Armstrong Air and Space Museum (above) was meant to resemble a moon base. The museum houses, among other artifacts, the Gemini 8 capsule that Armstrong flew in 1966.
The museum’s collection of Armstrong memorabilia includes such mundane items as his first grade lunch pail and his high school yearbook, which lists his extracurricular activities (band, glee club, student council) and contains the telling notation, “He thinks, he acts, ’tis done.” Also on display is the bicycle he rode to flying lessons — he obtained his pilot’s license before he got a driver’s license — as well as the Aeronca Champion in which he learned to fly. Two other aircraft Armstrong actually piloted — a rare experimental jet and the 1966 Gemini 8 space capsule that infamously spun out of control while docking — are there as well.
During July, Wapakoneta restaurants are featuring Apollo 11-themed fare such as CinnaMoon pancakes, and visitors can take an Armstrong driving tour to sites that include his family’s church, which kept a prayer vigil for his safe return throughout the mission, and the house — now graced by a historic marker — where Armstrong lived. “It’s a beautiful little house that conveys a sense of his all-American background and upbringing,” says Donna Grube of Auglaize and Mercer counties’ Greater Grand Lake Visitors Region.
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“Armstrong’s walking on the moon was a triumph,” says Grube. “People everywhere were joyous because mankind had made it to another place.”
More than 80,000 supporters turned out to honor Armstrong at a homecoming parade on Sept. 6, 1969.
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While the euphoria that Wapakoneta’s newspaper captured in the headline “NEIL STEPS ON THE MOON” has waned, the town’s appreciation for Armstrong never has. In fact, the first man on the moon remains a steady presence in Wapakoneta: Armstrong images hang in Wapakoneta’s post office; there are streets in town called Lunar Drive and Apollo Drive; and the nearest airport is the Neil Armstrong Airport in nearby New Knoxville. “Armstrong is a major figure in history,” says Dante Centuori, the Armstrong museum’s director. “Wapakoneta retains the natural affection and pride that occurs when someone close to you accomplishes something significant.” For a schedule of 50th anniversary events and activities, visit www.firstonthemoon.org or www.greatergrandlakeregion.com. For information about the Armstrong Air and Space Museum,
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THROUGH OCT. 27 – Blennerhassett Voyage, North Bend State Park, 202 North Bend Park
Rd., Cairo. $130 package includes one night of lodging for two at North Bend, plus two tickets for a sternwheeler ride to and from Blennerhassett Island, a wagon ride tour of the island, a tour of the Mansion, and passes for the Blennerhassett Museum. 304-643-2931, www.northbendsp.com, or www. blennerhassettislandsatatepark.com. AUG. 1–3 – West Virginia Blackberry Festival, Clarksburg City Park, Nutter Fort, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Blackberry dishes and other foods, arts and crafts, pet parade, 5K run, free concerts and entertainment, and fireworks on the 3rd. Kick off the festival by attending the Mark Mills Memorial Car Show at the Nutter Fort School parking lot, July 27, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. www. wvblackberry.com.
JUL. 26–27 – Night Fire Cruise and Civil War Reenactment/Encampment, Zane’s Landing Park, west end of Market Street, Zanesville. $15. Join us aboard the Lorena sternwheeler for a Civil War reenactment and encampment on the Mighty Muskingum. Night fire cruise Fri. 9:30 p.m. Rides begin Sat. at 10 a.m. 800-743-2303, 740-455-8282, or www.visitzanesville.com/Explore/ Destinations/133/Lorena-Sternwheeler. AUG. 1–3 – Goodtime Quilters Guild’s Annual Quilt Show, Ohio Christian University, 1476 Lancaster Pike, Circleville, Thur./Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $6 daily, 3-day admission $10. 150 quilt displays, raffles, door prizes, silent auction, knife sharpening. www. goodtimequilters.org. AUG. 2–3 – Y-Bridge Arts Festival, Zane’s Landing Park, west end of Market St., Zanesville, Fri. 2 p.m. till dark, Sat. 11 a.m. till dark. Free. Contemporary arts and crafts, live entertainment, food and beverages, and hands-on activities for kids. http://ybridgeartsfestival.com. AUG. 2–4 – Dublin Irish Festival, Coffman Park, 5600 Post Rd., Dublin, Fri. 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat. 11 a.m.– midnight, Sun. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $10–$15, under 13 free; $25 for 3-day pass. www.dublinirishfestival.org. AUG. 3 – Dresden Melon Festival, St. Rte. 208/ Muskingum Ave., Dresden, 9:15 a.m.–11 p.m. $1. Family activities, live music, food. 740-607-8780 or www. dresdenmelonfestival.com. AUG. 8–10 – All Ohio Balloon Fest, Union Co. Airport, 760 Clymer Rd., Marysville. Thur. pass, $20; includes 38 Special concert. Fri./Sat. pass, $10. 6 p.m. Nightly Launch, 9 p.m. Nightly Glow. Bring your own lawn chairs. 937-2435833 or www.allohioballoonfest.com. AUG. 10 – Food Truck and Family Fun Fest, Pickaway County Main Library Parking Lot, Circleville, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Food trucks, children’s activities, and live music with Marty Hayes and X-Perience Music. 740-474-3636 or www. pickaway.com. AUG. 10 – Union County Master Gardeners Plant Sale, Armory Building at the Union Co. Fgds., 845 N. Main St., Marysville, 8 a.m.–noon. Sun and shade perennials, native plants, shrubs and trees, grasses, bulbs, and daylilies. 937-644-8117 or https://union.osu.edu. AUG. 11 – Lancaster Community Band Concert, Rising Park, Lancaster, 4 p.m. Free. 740-756-4430.
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THROUGH OCT. 12 – The Great Sidney Farmer’s Market, 109 S. Ohio Ave., every Sat. 8 a.m.–noon. Fresh farm produce, homemade crafts, fresh baked goods, jams and jellies, plants, and flowers. 937-658-6945 or www.sidneyalive.org. THROUGH NOV. 1 – First Fridays Downtown, downtown Sidney. Participating shops and restaurants stay open later and offer a First Friday discount. 937-6586945 or www.sidneyalive.org. JUL. 19–20 – Pizza Palooza, Centennial Terrace, 5773 Centennial Rd., Sylvania, Fri. 5–11 p.m., Sat. 4–11 p.m. $6, C. (5–12) $4, under 5 free. One of northwest Ohio’s premier and largest events. Live music, a pizza-eating challenge, costumed characters, kids’ activities, and more. Pizza sold by the slice; $1.50 for cheese, $2 for specialty; whole pizza $10–$12. www.sylvaniachamber. org/chamber-events/ or find us on Facebook.
JUL. 12–13 – “Wine on Rails,” Lorain & West Virginia Railway, 46485 St. Rte. 18, Wellington, Fri. 7 p.m., Sat 6 p.m. Ride lasts approx. 1-1/2 hours. Enjoy an evening aboard the train as we roll though the countryside while tasting different wines from Matus Winery. Tickets available on website. 440-647-6660 or www.lwvry.org. JUL. 19–20 – Quilt Show: “Sew a Memory,” presented by the Mansfield Millennium Quilt Guild, Malabar Middle School, 205 W. Cook Rd., Mansfield, Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $5. Merchant mall, raffle quilt, demos, Second Time Around Shop. Lunch available. Handicap accessible. 419-989-3460, 419-631-4941, or email@example.com. JUL. 19–21 – Island Fest, Memorial Park, 112 Division St., Kelleys Island, Fri./Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. A waterfront craft festival featuring Ohio artisans and local crafters, DJ, street dances, parade, and fireworks. Food and beer available for purchase. This year’s fest commemorates the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. 419-746-2360 or www. kelleysislandchamber.com. JUL. 20 – Rockabilly at the Railroad, Lorain & West Virginia Railway, 46485 St. Rte. 18, Wellington. Time of the event to be determined. Enjoy a train ride, food, and music at our 50s/60s-themed party. Dress in attire from 38 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • JULY 2019
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JUL. 27 – Good Ole Summertime Festival, downtown North Baltimore, 8 a.m.–midnight. Car show, craft/flea market, 5K run, golf tournament, games, live music, and food. Festival ends with fireworks display at the park. Find us on Facebook. JUL. 27–28 – Van Wert Railroad Heritage Weekend, Van Wert Co. Fgds., 1055 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $6; Scouts in uniform and kids 12 and under free. 2-day admission, $8. Over 200 vendor tables. All gauges and scales. Railroad memorabilia and railfan items. At least 12 model railroad layouts and displays. New this year: locomotive races. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or 260-760-1666. AUG. 1–4 – Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association Show, Hancock Co. Fgds., 1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay. 419-722-4698 or www.facebook.com/ NorthwestOhioAntiqueMachineryAssociation. AUG. 3 – Annual Doll and Teddy Bear Show and Sale, Sauder Village Founders Hall, 22611 St. Rte. 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $8. Features antique dolls and teddy bears, modern collectibles, accessories and supplies, doll appraisals and re-stringing, and doll-themed activities. 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org. AUG. 3 – Defiance County Hot Air Balloon Festival, 20399 Airport Rd., Defiance. $10 per car. Tethered hot air balloon rides, marketplace for shopping, festival food, inflatables and carnival rides for the kids. 419-782-3510 or www.defianceballoonfest.com. the era and bring your classic cars! 440-647-6660, or www.lwvry.org. JUL. 21 – Hale Farm and Village Car Meet, Hale Farm and Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd., Bath, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $5– $10. Explore cars from car clubs, car enthusiasts, private collectors, and the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum. Admission includes access to living history museum as well. 330-666-3711 ext. 1737, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www. wrhs.org/events. JUL. 26–28 – F.A.R.M. Tractor Show, New London Rec Park, New London. Admission by donation. Featuring Oliver-Hart Parr and Cockshutt tractors. Antique tractors of all makes and models, gas engines, working demos, model train layout, operating sawmill, kiddie pedal tractor pull, tractor parade and tractor games, flea market, wagon rides, square dancing, Kiddie Power Wheels demo derby for ages 2–8. 419-541-6064. JUL. 27 – Hobo Day, Painesville Railroad Museum, 475 Railroad St., Painesville, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. $5 Adults, C. (3–12) $3, $12 Family (max. 2 adults, 3 children). Costume contest, free face painting, music 1–3 p.m. by the Miracle Band. Food and beverages available for small donation: 12–8 p.m., hamburgers and hot dogs; 4–8 p.m., hobo stew and hobo beans cooked over an open wood fire. And don’t forget it’s a day of railfanning! 216-470-5780, email@example.com, or www.painesvillerailroadmuseum.org. JUL. 27–28 – Zoar Harvest Festival, downtown Zoar, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $10, free for ages 12 and under. One of the nation’s most prestigious antiques shows, with more than 60 dealers from across the country. Artisan showcase tent; handmade folk art, furniture, and fine crafts; horse-drawn wagon rides; food and beverages; live music; and museum tours. https:// historiczoarvillage.com. JUL. 29–AUG. 4 – Columbiana County Fair, 225 Lee Ave., Libson. 330-424-5531 or www.columbianacountyfair.org. JUL. 29–AUG. 4 – Medina County Fair, 720 W. Smith Rd., Medina. 330-723-9633 or www.medina-fair.com.
AUG. 3 – “Veterans Helping Veterans,” VFW Post 8445, 712 N. Dixie Hwy., Wapakoneta, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., rain or shine. Registration 9 a.m.–noon; registration fee $10. Free to spectators. Any make, model, or year of cars, trucks, motorcycles, and antique tractors. Dash plaques to first 100. Awards, DJ, refreshments, 50/50 raffle. Proceeds benefit Honor Guard and local veterans. 440-796-3683 (Wanda Link) or firstname.lastname@example.org. AUG. 4 – Stryker Sportsman Club 3-D Archery Shoot, 02638 Co. Rd. 20, Bryan (1/4 mile north of St. Rte. 6 on the right), registration 9 a.m.–noon. 419-579-4878, 419212-1509, or find us on Facebook. AUG. 4 – “Unlikely General: ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America,” Fort Recovery State Museum, Community Room, 1 Fort Site St., Fort Recovery, 3 p.m. Free lecture by author Mary Stockwell. 419-375-4384, www.fortrecoverymuseum.com, or find us on Facebook. AUG. 6 – National Night Out, 109 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney, 5:30–10 p.m. Join 16,000 other communities to promote partnership with our local police to fight crime, drugs, and violence. 937-658-6945 or www.sidneyalive.org. AUG. 8–10 – Lincoln Highway “Buy-Way” Yard Sale, locations along and near U.S. 30 across the state, including Crawford, Wyandot, Hardin, Hancock, Allen, and Van Wert counties. www.historicbyway.com.
AUG. 1–3 – Community Hospice Giant Garage Sale, Tuscarawas Co. Fgds., 259 S. Tuscarawas St., Dover, Thur. 3–8 p.m. (First Choice Night, $5 admission), Fri. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–noon. Funds raised benefit Community Hospice, a nonprofit organization. 330-343-7605. AUG. 2–3 – Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale and Auction, Wayne Co. Fgds., 199 Vanover St., Wooster. 330-464-8867 or www.ohiomccreliefsale.org. AUG. 2–4 – Twins Day Festival, 9825 Ravenna Rd., Twinsburg. The world’s largest annual gathering of twins. 330-425-3652 or www.twinsdays.org. AUG. 3 – Free Speaker Series: Cindy McShane, Zoar Schoolhouse, 221 E. 4th St., Zoar, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Historical interpreter Cindy McShane will present a first-person portrayal of Marie Tepe (aka French Mary), a forgotten Civil War hero and vivandière (sutler or canteen keeper) who served in at least 13 different battles and was one of only two women to be awarded the Kearney Cross for courage under fire. https://historiczoarvillage.com. AUG. 3–4 – Home and Garden Tour, 342 Union St., Mount Pleasant, Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 1–5 p.m. $15, Stds. $7. Visit the unique homes and gardens in this historic village. 800-752-2631. AUG. 4 – Chardon Arts Festival, Chardon Square (intersection of Rtes. 4 and 66), 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free admission. Juried show hosts over 100 artists, both local and out of state, featuring works in a variety of mediums. http://chardonsquareassociation.org. AUG. 8–10 – Lincoln Highway “Buy-Way” Yard Sales, locations along and near historic U.S. 30 across the state, including through Columbiana, Stark, Wayne, Ashland, and Richland counties. www.historicbyway.com. AUG. 10 – Painesville Railroad Museum Fundraiser, Harry Buffalo, 2119 Mentor Ave., Painesville, 4–6 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. All-you-can-eat appetizers and drinks. Basket raffle, 50/50 raffle. Tickets are limited. Contact Staci Jacob at 440-812-3310 or stacijacob2008@ gmail.com, or Tom Pescha at 216-470-5780.
or 6 for $5. For more information, call Connie Storer at 937-393-9758. JUL. 26 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Bluegrass Night at Fibonacci Brewing Company, 1445 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, 7–9 p.m. Free. Lively bluegrass music featuring lightning-fast instrumentals, close harmonies, and entertaining novelty songs. Craft beers and food available for purchase during the show. 513832-1422 or http://fibbrew.com. JUL. 26–28 – Annie Oakley Festival, Darke Co. Fgds., South Show Arena Area, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville. Honoring Darke County’s most famous daughter. Shooting contests, fast draw competitions, bullwhip exhibitions, Little Miss and Mr. contests, food, car show, and more. www.annieoakleyfestival.org. JUL. 27–28 – Gathering at Garst, 205 N. Broadway, Greenville, Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Living history encampment with reenactors representing eras ranging from the French and Indian War to the American Civil War. Antiques, live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors. 937-5485250 or www.gatheringatgarst.com. JUL. 29 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Haddix Hall (next to Hunter’s Pizzeria), 4165 St. Rte. 122, Franklin, 6–8 p.m. $5. Lively bluegrass music featuring lightning-fast instrumentals, close harmonies, and entertaining novelty songs. Food available on site. 937-746-5415, haddixmusic@ yahoo.com, or www.facebook.com/HaddixHall. AUG. 1–4 – World’s Longest Yard Sale, locations along U.S. 127 through Greenville. www.127yardsale.com.
AUG. 3 – Art in the Park, Tipp City Community Park, 225 Parkwood Dr., Tipp City, 12–8 p.m. A celebration of the arts complete with entertainment, artist vendors, food truck, and children’s art activities. 937-339-1044 or www. homegrowngreat.com/event/art-in-the-park. AUG. 9 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Oxford Community Ctr.,, 10 S. College Ave., Oxford, 6–9 p.m. Free. Enjoy an evening of lively bluegrass music and new art exhibitions. 513-524-8506, info@oxarts. org, or www.oxarts.org. AUG. 9–10 – Miami Valley Music Fest, Eagles Campground, 2252 Troy-Urbana Rd., Troy. Diverse music from some of the region’s best musicians and artists. www.miamivalleymusicfest.com. AUG. 9–15 – Miami County Fair, Miami Co. Fgds., 650 N. County Rd. 25A, Troy. $5 day pass; under 9 free. Competitions, entertainment, harness racing, tractor pulls, art exhibits, games and rides, and great food. 937-3357492 or www.miamicountyohiofair.com. AUG. 10 – “Down a River, Down a Beer,” 919 S. Main St., Piqua, 6–10 p.m. $30. Beer tastings (99 beer choices available), food trucks, and silent auction of beer memorabilia. www.mainstreetpiqua.com. AUG. 10 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, McCoy’s Colerain, 6008 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, 7–10 p.m. Free. Lively bluegrass music featuring lightning-fast instrumentals, close harmonies, and entertaining novelty songs. Food available on site. 513-237-4583 (Sherrie) or www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010118115223.
a.m.–8 p.m. Enjoy fresh local roasted sweet corn. See antique tractors and gas engines or take part in the pedal tractor pull, corn hole tournament, and corn eating contest. Car and truck show Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. www. mariettasweetcorn.com. JUL. 21 – “MADE on the Farm” Dinner, Adena Mansion and Gardens, 847 Adena Rd., Chillicothe. Social time 5 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. $50 Farm Bureau members; $60 nonmembers; under 13, $20. Benefits the student program MADE (My Attitude Determines Everything). Purchase tickets at Eventbrite.com by searching “MADE on the Farm” or by contacting the Ross County Farm THROUGH SEPT. 27 – Rise and Shine Farmers Market, Bureau office at 740-474-6284 or email@example.com. 2135 Southgate Pkwy., Cambridge, Fridays 8 a.m.–noon. JUL. 21 – Shakespeare on Sugarloaf: The Winter’s 740-680-1866. Tale, Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, 5968 Marietta JUL. 6 – Noah Cox Memorial Truck and Tractor Pull, Rd., Chillicothe, 8 p.m. Free. Performed by the cast of Athens Co. Fgds., 286 W. Union St., Athens. Pit and Tecumseh!, Shakespeare on Sugarloaf is a major initiative grandstand admission, $10; free for ages 5 and under. of The Scioto Society to provide free Shakespeare to Gates open 10 a.m., registration 12 p.m., pull begins 2 southern Ohio. www.tecumsehdrama.com. p.m. Proceeds go to the Noah Cox Memorial Fund. 740JUL. 26–28 – Frankfort Sunflower Festival, downtown 818-8439 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Frankfort, Fri. 5–10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 10 JUL. 10–14 – The Tree Course: “Mastering the Trees of a.m.–6 p.m. Free. Concessions, a car show, antique the Great Eastern Forest,” Highlands Nature Sanctuary, tractors, games, live music, a parade, and, of course, a 7660 Cave Rd., Bainbridge. This course will teach you to sunflower contest! www.sunflowerfestival.net. recognize the most widespread trees of the eastern U.S. Topics of forest ecology, natural history, and conservation JUL. 27 – Mud Ninja Extreme Challenge, J.L. Parker Farm, 2093 Pricer Ridge Rd., South Salem, 9 a.m. $55+. are imbedded in this thoroughly field-oriented curriculum. Registration required. 937-365-1935 or http:// An action-packed day of fun and excitement with over 25 obstacles –5 km of muddy insanity! www.mudninja.com. arcofappalachia.org/tree-course-home. JUL. 19–20 – Sweet Corn Festival, Muskingum Park, 300 block of Front St., Marietta, Fri. 5–9 p.m., Sat. 11
AUG. 1–3 – Antrim Community Fire Department Festival, Antrim, begins at 5 p.m. each night. Free admission. 740-498-6923. AUG. 2–3 – Deerassic Classic Giveaway and Expo, Deerassic Park Education Ctr., 14250 Cadiz Rd./U.S. 22, Cambridge. Please call for ticket information. Outdoor exhibitors, stage shows, raffles, prizes, food, and entertainment. 740-435-9500 or https://deerassic.com. AUG. 3–4 – Family and Friends Jubilee, Cambridge City Park Big Pavilion, Cambridge, Sat. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. church service 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 740-432-7590 (Carol Houston) or 740-255-5280 (Pam Porcha). AUG. 3–10 – Ross County Fair, Ross Co. Fgds., 344 Fairgrounds Rd., Chillicothe. www.rosscountyfair.com. AUG. 4 – Barton Polkafest, Fireman’s Field, 52176 Center St., Barton, 12–8 p.m., rain or shine. Sponsored by the Barton Vol. Fire Dept. Free admission. Polka bands, Polish foods and other concessions, raffles, kids’ games and face painting, door prizes, cash bar. 740-695-3029. AUG. 8–11 – Rivers, Trails, and Ales Fest, Muskingum Park, 300 block of Front St., Marietta. A full weekend of paddling, road and mountain biking, and enjoying fine local ales in Ohio’s #1 destination for outdoor adventure — Marietta! www.facebook.com/RTAfest/. AUG. 10–12 – Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival, Cambridge City Park, Cambridge, Fri. 12–8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. A juried festival that showcases high-quality art in a variety of mediums. Entertainment, concessions, and programs for kids. 740705-6866 or www.saltforkfestival.org.
THROUGH AUG. 27 – Movies in the Park, The Park at Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty, 8–11 p.m. Free. www.liberty-center.com. THROUGH SEPT. 26 – Uptown Music Concert Series, Uptown Park, Oxford, every Thur. 7–9:30 p.m. Free. 513523-8687 or www.enjoyoxford.org. JUL. 7 – Music at the Mound with Steve Free, Serpent Mound, 3850 OH-73, Peebles, 1 p.m. Join the acclaimed singer/songwriter for an open air concert. Free with $8/ vehicle parking fee. http://arcofappalachia.org/steve-free. JUL. 10, 17, 24, 31 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Free admission. Enjoy dinner and an evening of lively bluegrass music. Reservations recommended. 513-385-9309 or www.vinokletwines.com. JUL. 19–20 – Quilts of Highland County Quilt Show, Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro. Quilt raffle ticket $1
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1. My golden retrievers love to ride in the Jeep. Say the word “Jeep,” and I have a full load. Linda Harris Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative member
2. A literal interpretation! Our son, Daniel, (middle) was a crew member on a C-141 that transported Vice President Dan Quayle’s car from Washington, D.C., to Columbus. Later, the Secret Service let my wife, Jane (left), and me ride in the car with Daniel to the Columbus airport. Bernard Paumier South Central Power Company member 3. T his is a photo of our beloved dog, Maggie, who was excited to go to the park. My husband, Ray, is in the front seat. Jill Ann Ladrick South Central Power Company member
5. M y husband, Neal Thomas, at an old gas station with our 1960 Chrysler 300F. The trunk is so large, it can hold five full-size tires in it. Janice Thomas South Central Power Company member
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4. Our sweet C was so proud of herself for helping catch and load the broiler chickens in those crates before we took them to butcher. This was our first summer on our new homestead — we had no idea what we were doing and we were wildly unprepared! Jessica Arnold Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative member
6. A picture of cousins Lane Gamble and Noelle Johnson in the car on their way to their next adventure! Renee Taylor-Johnson Butler Rural Electric Cooperative member 7. My grandson, Jayden, loading up his truck for his next project. Katie Grubba South Central Power Company member 8. My daughter, Camille, got tired of waiting to leave for a family vacation. She crawled into the back with a good book to help her pass the time. Chris Kemmerer South Central Power Company member
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