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Maple syrup time ALSO INSIDE What’s it take to be a co-op trustee? A century of the iconic KitchenAids Saving forests, one parcel at a time

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INSIDE HIGHLIGHT 10 MAPLE SYRUP TIME As the days get longer, those telltale

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The most common type of squirrel in our state is one that most Ohioans have never seen.

31 MISSION TO PRESERVE Arc of Appalachia’s mission is to make sure Ohio’s undeveloped forest land stays that way, in perpetuity. Cover image on most issues: Sap buckets hanging from sugar maples are a sure sign of spring. Outdoors Editor Chip Gross takes a look at some Ohio sugar bush operations in Woods, Waters, and Wildlife on page 10.


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hey say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. However, the opposite holds true for Ohio Cooperative Living. This month marks the two-year anniversary of the publication’s debut, when we quietly but deliberately retired the magazine’s predecessor in favor of a contemporary redesign, a closer focus on our members, and, most notably, a new name. Even though the evolution was the result of considerable reader input and with the approval of Ohio’s 24-member electric cooperative network, we held our breath when the March 2017 issue was unveiled in your mailboxes — would our loyal readers notice the difference, and would you like it? You did, and you do. Apparently, the electric cooperative industry took notice as well. We’re honored that Ohio Cooperative Living has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the George W. Haggard Memorial Journalism Award. An annual distinction presented by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and named for the first editor of the Texas statewide periodical, the award recognizes an electric cooperative statewide consumer publication that best presents “lucid, forthright contributions to electric cooperative objectives.” I couldn’t agree more. Congratulations and “hats off” to: Managing Editor Jeff McCallister Associate Editor Rebecca Seum Associate Editor Samantha Kuhn Graphic Designer Anita Cook Communications Director Patrick Higgins Vice President of Statewide Services Doug Miller

Ohio Cooperative Living is a true collaborative effort among the Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives staff, our member cooperatives, and our readers — the 1 million consumer-members whom we’re privileged to serve. Thank you for allowing us a peek inside your lives and the pleasure of producing a magazine that celebrates the best of electric cooperatives — you. Happy reading. 2   OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  •  MARCH 2019


Ohio Cooperative Living is a true collaborative effort among the Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives staff, our member cooperatives, and our readers.

March 2019 • Volume 61, No. 6

Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives 6677 Busch Blvd. Columbus, OH 43229 614-846-5757 memberinteract@ohioec.org 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, James Proffitt, and Damaine Vonada. OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING (USPS 134-760; ISSN 2572-049X) is published monthly by Ohio Rural Elec­tric Co­op­eratives, Inc. It is the official com­mun­ication 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.


TRUSTED VOICES: Cooperative trustees are motivated by a desire to help their communities.

6 #WHOPOWERSYOU: Two winners of Touchstone Energy’s national contest hail from the Buckeye State. 8

OHIO ICON A CENTURY OF KITCHENAID: The Ohio-made stand mixer, one of the most iconic kitchen gadgets there is, turns 100 this year.


PEDAL PUSHERS: One cooperative couple’s love for adventure takes them cross-country on a tandem bicycle.

15 GOOD EATS GRIDDLE GOODIES: Take those same-old breakfast standbys to

the next level with a few surprise ingredients.


PIONEER ELECTRIC: The nation’s first electric cooperative is a celebrity among co-ops, if there can be such a thing.

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News and important information from your electric cooperative.

28 IN THE GARDEN EASY EGGPLANT: Plant your own and enjoy them all summer!

38 CALENDAR 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

Cooperative members: Please report changes of address to your electric cooperative. Ohio Cooperative Living staff cannot process address changes. Alliance for Audited Media Member Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

WHAT’S HAPPENING: March/April events and other things to do.

40 MEMBER INTERACTIVE CHANGE IN THE WEATHER: Readers share some dramatic photos.

IN THIS ISSUE New London (p.4) Rio Grande (p.4, 24) Kenton (p.4) Piqua (p.4, 6, 18) Kalida (p.6) Greenville (p.8) Chardon (p.10) Mount Gilead (p.12) Bainbridge (p.31) MARCH 2019  •  OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING   3


STRONG VOICES GUIDING HANDS Cooperative trustees are motivated by desire to help their communities BY JEFF MCCALLISTER


ohn Martin braved one of those arctic January Ohio mornings to come from his home near New London to Columbus for training that would help him in his newest position. Martin, a retired CSX signaling supervisor, had been elected to the Firelands Electric Cooperative board of directors only a few months earlier. Since a director’s decisions impact issues such as service rates, rights-of-way, and work plans, it’s a position of great responsibility. It requires people who understand their community’s needs and have a desire to serve the cooperative consumer-members’ best interests. The class Martin and other directors and trustees from around the state were attending was designed specifically to help them think about strategic planning. “When the cooperative’s members look at our trustees, they might not realize all the things that go into the job,” Martin says. “All of us in here took this job so we can help our cooperative and help our community, and we take these classes to make sure we know what we need to so we can do the best job possible.” About 40 trustees from around the state came for that day’s class. They came from diverse backgrounds — teachers, retirees, homemakers, engineers, you name it — but they all came for that same reason. “I think the main reason you become a trustee is because you’re community-minded, and you feel like you can help improve the quality of life for the people around you,” says Roberta Duncan, a trustee at Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative in Rio Grande. “That’s what the coop is there for, really, not just to provide electricity, but


to make the whole community a better place, and the trustees have to play a big part in that.” Mark Bailey spent 40 years working in the electric utility industry, including many of those for co-ops in different parts of the country. “In my case, I was looking for a way to give back to my community and my industry,” says Bailey, who is first vice chair of the board at Pioneer Electric Cooperative in Piqua. “I think that good board members have to be good listeners so they know what the members are thinking, and they have to be willing to work hard for the good of the cooperative and all its members.” Brice Turner says being elected to the board at Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative in Kenton was eye-opening. “Looking at the board from outside, you see the trustees having their meetings and maybe being out in the community, but there’s a lot more to the job than those things,” he says. “You have to make sure you understand all the issues that you deal with, so you put in a lot of time doing your own research or coming to these education and training sessions. It’s a lot of work, but not many people know or understand that’s part of being a trustee.” Bailey also says there’s nothing special about the people who take on the responsibility, other than their willingness to do so. “Everyone around the board table at every cooperative is a member, just like every other member,” he says. “We all get our electric service from the cooperative, and that’s important because everyone should know that our decisions affect us just as much as they affect everyone else.”

Mark Bailey Pioneer Electric Cooperative “Directors bring their own life experience to this job, and all those different ideas and perspectives help us to enact policies that could potentially keep our community strong.”

Roberta Duncan Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative “As an educator, I came into my job as a director with an understanding of the importance of electricity and technology in our everyday lives and that’s motivated me to push the cooperative to stay as current and modern as we can possibly be.”

Brice Turner Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative “From the start, the co-ops had directors who thought about both short-term and long-term goals, and that helped them get where they are today. Now it’s my job to do the same thing and set the stage for the future.”

John Martin Firelands Electric Cooperative “I’ve always been someone who was asking whether there was a better way of doing something, and I think trustees should always think that way, always be on the lookout for ways to improve the cooperative.”



wo Ohio electric cooperative nominees have been named winners in a national contest by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, the nationwide alliance of more than 730 consumer-owned electric cooperatives. Touchstone sponsors the #WhoPowersYou contest to honor co-op members for demonstrating their concern for their respective communities, which is one of Touchstone’s core values. The awards come with cash prizes to help the winners continue their valuable work.

Grand-prize winners: Bob and Midge Custer, Pioneer Electric Cooperative Pioneer Electric Cooperative members Bob and Midge Custer of Woodstock, Ohio, were named the grandprize winners from more than 300 entries nationwide. The Custers operate Downsize Farm, a Medicaidcertified agency that helps those with developmental disabilities to “learn by doing.” The Custers know there are providers in larger cities with good services, but they strongly believe that local individuals should experience their own communities — and in Champaign County and four surrounding counties served by Downsize Farm, those communities are rural. The Custers and their more than 30 employees aim to allow those with disabilities to act not only as consumers but also as contributors. A staff member works with each client individually to determine his or her interests and connect them with productive activities, including volunteer initiatives, that can translate into real jobs. In addition, Downsize Farm’s “Just Right Jobs” program focuses on supported employment positions and allows local, community-based businesses to hire Downsize Farm clients. Bob, Midge, and their team are making a true impact.

Midge and Bob Custer, of Woodstock, Ohio, operate Downsize Farm.

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives is a national network of electric cooperatives that provides resources and leverages partnerships to help member cooperatives and their employees better engage and serve their members. By working together, Touchstone Energy cooperatives stand as a source of power and information every day.

Third-place winner: Ronnie Kahle Sr., Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative Ronnie Kahle Sr., the third-place national winner, has dedicated his retirement years to volunteering in his hometown of Kalida. In addition to Lions Club activities and fundraising, volunteering for the Pioneer Days festival, and other community service projects, Kahle has been instrumental in the development of Four Seasons Park and the Plum Creek Nature Area in Kalida. He’s been involved with this extensive community project for the past decade, arranging the purchase of the properties and designing and constructing the 80-acre park — including installing the underground utilities and overseeing construction of buildings.


Ronnie Kahle Sr., of Kalida, is a member of Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative.





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Location: The only place in the world where KitchenAid stand mixers are produced is the KitchenAid factory at 1701 KitchenAid Way in Greenville. Provenance: After observing a baker hand-mix dough in 1908, Herbert Johnston, an engineer at Hobart Manufacturing in Troy, devised the first electric mixer for commercial use. His Model H stand mixer debuted in 1914 and was quickly adopted by professional bakers and even by the U.S. Navy, which made it standard equipment on ships. Because of the Model H’s success, Hobart launched a smaller version — Model H-5 — for home cooks in 1919. A pioneering appliance, the H-5 employed “planetary action,” an innovative and exclusive feature that turns the beater in one direction as it simultaneously circles the bowl in the opposite direction. The mixer also had slicer and juicer attachments that converted it into a versatile “food preparer.” Wives of Hobart executives tested the H-5 in their own kitchens, and after one of them described it as “the best kitchen aid I have ever had,” the KitchenAid brand was born. KitchenAid’s recipe for success continued in the 1930s, when famed industrial designer Egmont Arens created the Model K, a lighter, lower-cost mixer with a streamlined shape that became the archetype for future stand mixer silhouettes. After World War II, production moved to Greenville, where in addition to standard white, KitchenAid rolled out stand mixers in five new colors — petal pink, island green, sunny yellow, satin chrome, and antique copper — in 1955. Whirlpool Corporation acquired KitchenAid in 1986 and subsequently constructed the state-of-the-art facility where millions of KitchenAid stand mixers and other small appliances are manufactured annually. Significance: A hundred years after introducing the first home stand mixer, KitchenAid is the world’s leading mixer brand. Now made in 84 colors, KitchenAid stand mixers are available in 115 countries and sell at the rate of five per minute. Currently: To celebrate the stand mixer’s centennial, KitchenAid is providing two limited-edition mixers in Misty Blue, a retro color with a hint of green. One model comes with a ceramic bowl ($649.99), while the other has a white-coated stainless-steel bowl ($519.99). 8   OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  •  MARCH 2019

It’s a little-known fact that: The KitchenAid mixer factory offers tours, and in downtown Greenville, the KitchenAid Experience retail center carries a complete line of stand mixers and other countertop appliances. For additional information about the KitchenAid stand mixer and other products, visit www.kitchenaid.com. To learn about factory tours and the KitchenAid Experience, call 800-961-0959 or 888-8868318 or click on www.kitchenaid.com/experience-retail-center.


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Maple syrup time! High-tech or low-tech, the syrup is just as sweet STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS


hen billowing clouds of steam begin rising from family sugar bush operations that dot the landscape this time of year, you know two things: Winter’s grip is finally beginning to ease a bit, and underneath all that steam is one of the tastiest treats there is. Poured over pancakes or drizzled over ice cream, there is no better seasonal treat than pure Ohio maple syrup, and Geauga County produces more of the stuff than any other county in the state. The two main reasons: many mature sugar maple trees and many Amish farms — most of which operate a sugar bush. Gary McDonald is not Amish, but his family’s farm near Chardon has produced maple syrup for five generations. “We gave up gathering sap in buckets years ago and now tap our trees with plastic tubing,” McDonald says. “Other


than that, we’re pretty much a low-tech operation. We light our sugar house at night with lanterns and still fire our evaporator with wood.” In fact, it takes cords and

Clockwise, from lower-left: Gordon McDonald checks a sap bucket on his brother Gary’s farm near Chardon; Tessa Baker stokes the evaporator fire in the McDonald family’s sugar shack; the finished product flows on the McDonald farm; Daniel McFerren checks and adjusts his state-ofthe-art fuel-oil evaporator at his family’s operation in Richland County; center: a sugar shack, with cords and cords of wood stacked outside, goes full steam at Malabar Farm State Park.

cords of wood. Maple sap usually contains only about 2 percent sugar, so 40 to 50 gallons of sap must be boiled to produce just a gallon of syrup. The McDonald family makes several hundred gallons of maple syrup each year, the sale of which supplements their farm income during the slower months. “We also do it for fun,” McDonald says. “It’s a family tradition we hope to continue long into the future.” A second sugar house is operated next door by McDonald’s nephew, Adam McKinney. McDonald recently took steps to make sure their family tradition will continue, by placing his 200 acres into long-term conservation easements with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. The agreement ensures that the land will remain as fields and forests permanently. A few counties to the southwest, the McFerren family has also been making maple syrup for generations, but their operation is decidedly more high-tech. Recently relocating their facility from Morrow County to Richland County, they not only tap trees using plastic tubing but also extract sap from their maple trees via a vacuum system. “It doesn’t harm the trees, and we get more sap that way,” says Jim McFerren.

“Once the sap arrives at our sugar house, we run it through a reverse-osmosis machine to remove much of the water before we boil,” says McFerren. “We no longer use wood to fire our evaporator as we did at our old sugar house; instead, we now use fuel oil.” The McFerrens’ large, new evaporator is state of the art, saving them both time and labor. “Three of us — my two sons and I — can run the entire operation,” McFerren says. “Before, it took half a dozen people, and no more boiling into the wee hours of the morning. We can now get the same amount of syrup made in a relatively few hours.” The McFerrens, Consolidated Cooperative members, produce anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 gallons or more of maple syrup each year. One of life’s true pleasures is tasting fresh maple syrup — nature’s natural nectar — still warm from the evaporator. If you’ve never experienced such a delight, many state and local parks offer maple syrup-making demonstrations and festivals this time of year. Don’t put off your visit, as the season usually lasts only a month or less. “When the spring peepers begin singing,” McFerren says, “sugar season is about over.” W.H. “CHIP” GROSS is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor; he may be reached at whchipgross@gmail.com.



Pedal Pushers BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS


ike many middle-aged married couples, Consolidated Cooperative members Bruce and Karen Beck of Mount Gilead enjoy long, leisurely bike rides together. Their rides, however, are a little longer than most — the last one covered 6,500 miles and took four months to complete. They have another such ride scheduled later this year. In May 2014, the Becks boarded a train bound for Seattle, Washington, packing along their da Vinci tandem bicycle, then biked down the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco. From there, they headed east and north, pedaling all the way to Nova Scotia, Canada, then south to their final destination, Boston. Bruce made his first cross-country bike trip — Maine to California — in 1981. “When I first met Karen, I told her about that trip and suggested that one day we might make a cross-country ride together. She was totally against it.” “I just couldn’t imagine myself riding all the way across the U.S. on a bicycle,” Karen says. It took 20 years to talk her into it. “I looked at the trip as an escape,” she says. “Our family was going through troubled times, and I needed to get away for a while.” The Becks averaged 50 to 60 miles per day, usually riding six days per week and avoiding large metropolitan areas whenever possible. Self-contained, they carried everything from clothing, a tent, and camping gear to food and repair equipment in their bike packs. “We tried keeping the total weight of our gear down to 80 pounds,” Bruce says. Surprisingly, they only had five flat tires during that coastto-coast trip. “But three of those five flats happened on


the same day, in Wyoming,” says Bruce. “We think it was asphalt shards we were continually running over.” Asked about their most dangerous encounters while on the road, the Becks mention two. “Logging trucks passing us on the narrow roads and switchbacks of the Pacific Northwest were always scary,” Karen says. “An 18-wheeler semi driver with an attitude in Iowa forced us off the road. We didn’t crash, thankfully, but that Iowa incident was a very close call. It shook both of us up pretty bad.” As for the highlights of the trip, Karen says, “The many natural wonders of America — God’s creation — was definitely a highlight, especially the California redwoods.” Bruce also points to the people they met along the way: “We came across people from all cultures and walks of life. A few folks even became our friends who we still keep in touch with. Our bike just seems to be a magnet; everywhere we stop, people walk over and want to talk. Some people even invited us to their homes for a hot shower, a meal, or even an overnight stay. It might sound cliché, but the trip really renewed our faith in humanity.” The Becks are looking forward to their upcoming trip, planning

on hitting the road again this summer. Their previous route took them across the northern states, but this next one, officially known as the Southern Tier Bike Route, begins in southern California and ends in St. Augustine, Florida, requiring about two and a half months to complete. “With no set schedule, there is a sense of freedom on the road that you don’t experience in any other way,” says Karen. “On a bike, you’re moving at a pace much slower than in a vehicle, seeing the details of the natural world, sleeping under the stars, dealing with weather changes. It’s a very primitive type of travel; you literally take your life one day at a time.” If a long-distance bike trip with your spouse sounds enticing, Karen adds this last bit of sobering advice. “A crosscountry bicycle trip — especially on a tandem — is either a marriage maker or marriage breaker,” she says. “Bruce and I certainly had our moments, but we also know that our marriage is stronger for having done it.”

Karen and Bruce Beck of Mount Gilead have ridden from sea to shining sea on their tandem bicycle and are preparing for a second crosscountry trip later this year.


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CHAI SPICED WAFFLES Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 15 minutes | Servings: 6 1/2 teaspoon white pepper 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 31/2 teaspoons baking powder 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 cups whole milk 2 teaspoons ginger 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon cardamom 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon cloves 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg Preheat the waffle maker. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and spices. In a separate bowl, mix brown sugar, eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Spray waffle maker with nonstick cooking spray. Bake according to manufacturer’s directions, until golden brown. Top with your favorite waffle toppings, like banana slices and whipped cream.  Per serving: 420 calories; 23 grams fat (6 grams saturated fat); 45 grams total carbs; 2 grams fiber; 9 grams protein.


GRAND MARNIER AND BRIE FRENCH TOAST Prep: 5 minutes | Cook: 15 minutes | Servings: 12 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 eggs 1 tablespoon water 1 cup skim milk 1 cup pecans 12 slices bread (thick, such as Texas toast or brioche) 8 tablespoons unsalted butter  7 ounces brie cheese, sliced ½ cup Grand Marnier (or other orange liqueur)  In a small saucepan, heat brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, salt, and water until liquid and smooth. Toss in pecans to coat. Spread pecans out on a baking sheet to cool. Set aside.  In a small saucepan, gently heat butter until melted. Whisk in Grand Marnier, vanilla, and powdered sugar until smooth.  In a shallow container, whisk together eggs, milk, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Heat a lightly oiled skillet (or griddle) over medium-high heat. Quickly coat enough bread slices to fill skillet. Cook until golden brown on each side, 2 to 3 minutes. Top with slices of brie and candied pecans and drizzle with Grand Marnier sauce. Serve immediately. Per serving: 558 calories; 43 grams fat (18 grams saturated fat); 30 grams total carbs; 2.5 grams fiber; 15.5 grams protein.

LIGHT LAVENDER AND LEMON PANCAKES Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes | Servings: 4 (12 medium pancakes) 4 eggs, separated 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 cup ricotta cheese 1/2 cup sugar 3/4 cup milk 1 to 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 to 2 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon lavender buds (more 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for sprinkling) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 2 tablespoons sugar 1 pint blueberries (optional) Heat lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with water until a paste is formed. Add a little cornstarch paste to the lemon mixture until it thickens into a syrup, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat, set aside.  In a large bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks, ricotta cheese, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and stir until well blended. Lightly muddle or chop lavender buds and add to the mixture along with lemon zest. Let batter sit 15 minutes. In another bowl, whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form (7 to 10 minutes). Fold into batter.  Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Working in batches, form each pancake by spooning batter onto skillet. Cook until most of the air bubbles have popped, then flip and cook until pancakes are easy to remove with a spatula, about 5 minutes total. Drizzle with lemon sauce and sprinkle with lavender and blueberries.  Per serving: 538 calories; 18 grams fat (7 grams saturated fat); 77 grams total carbs; 3.6 grams fiber; 18.5 grams protein. 16   OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  •  MARCH 2019

SMOKED SALMON AND HOLLANDAISE CREPES Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 30 minutes | Servings: 4 to 6 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon olive oil dash cayenne pepper 1 bunch asparagus spears dash salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 2 eggs 4 egg yolks 11/2 cups milk 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add asparagus and garlic salt. Cook on medium high until tender and lightly charred.  In a heat-safe bowl, whisk 4 egg yolks and lemon juice until thickened and doubled in volume. In a small saucepan, melt butter, being careful not to overheat. Add a small spoonful of melted butter to the egg mixture and whisk until fully incorporated. Continue adding butter to egg mixture one spoonful at a time, whisking constantly so eggs won’t curdle. Once butter is incorporated, return the sauce to saucepan and cook on very low heat, stirring constantly for 30 seconds. If sauce isn’t thick enough, heat slightly longer. Remove from heat and whisk in dash of cayenne and salt.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup all-purpose flour 4 ounces smoked salmon fresh dill, for garnish

In a measuring cup with a spout, mix eggs, milk, oil, salt, and flour with a fork (or immersion blender) until smooth. Heat a 12-inch round crepe maker or nonstick skillet on medium. Pour 1/2 cup batter and spread out with a heatproof spatula until very thin or lift and rotate skillet until batter is spread to the edges. Cook 1 to 3 minutes. When the crepe easily releases with a spatula, flip and cook another minute. Transfer onto a plate. Repeat until batter is gone, carefully stacking crepes. Top each crepe with slice of salmon, asparagus spears, and a drizzle of hollandaise (if hollandaise is too thick, add a little bit of water and stir). Fold crepes into triangles or roll closed. Garnish with fresh dill. Serve hot or at room temperature. Per serving: 453 calories; 28 grams fat (12 grams saturated fat); 32 grams total carbs; 2 grams fiber; 18 grams protein.



PIONEER ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE Service, generosity are traditions at the home of the first REA utility pole in the country Pioneer Electric Cooperative, based in Piqua, is a celebrity among cooperatives, if there can be such a thing. On Nov. 14, 1935, just six months after President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order creating the Rural Electrification Administration, a crowd of more than 500 farmers, businessmen, and statesmen from around the country gathered in Piqua to watch workers set the first REA utility pole in the nation. Pioneer Electric has progressed since that day, in manner true to its name and its heritage as a trailblazer among cooperatives.

Tech innovators Pioneer is often at the forefront in the use of new technology for the good of its consumer-members. It was the first electric cooperative in the nation to test radiocontrolled management of members’ electric water heaters in an effort to hold the line on rising energy costs in the 1970s, and later was the first in the nation to offer use of the SmartHub app, giving members convenient account access, bill-pay options, and two-way communication with the coop. Pioneer also was an early adopter of the SCADA system and its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), which both helps consumers better understand their energy use and improves the reliability of Pioneer’s electric service.

Diverse membership Based in Piqua, Pioneer Electric serves 16,754 consumermembers in 11 counties in the west-central part of the state. The region relies strongly on agriculture, and like many cooperatives, many Pioneer members are farmers. Pioneer, however, boasts a diverse membership that includes several large industrial consumers such as a Honda engine plant in Anna, KTH Parts in St. Paris, the Upper Valley


Medical Center in Troy, and Proctor and Gamble’s logistics and distribution center in Union. It also serves tourist destinations such as Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, Lake Loramie State Park, and Charleston Falls Preserve. Pioneer even provides the electrical service at the annual three-day Country Concert in Fort Loramie each July.

Part of the community The cooperative’s 61 employees are actively involved in the communities they serve. They’ve rallied together to purchase gifts for area families in need for more than 25 years, and the co-op’s “Powering Possibilities” committee has coordinated donations to the local Alzheimer’s Association, area food pantries, and Pink Ribbon Girls, which supports the fight against breast and reproductive cancers. “Great employees lead to great service,” says Pioneer CEO Ron Salyer. “Our employees continually show their generosity not only through their contributions but also through the extra efforts made outside their normal dayto-day duties to demonstrate their commitment to the communities that we serve.”


In the 1980s, then General Manager Joe Uher sat down with some former employees to collect accounts of happenings “in the good ole days” at Frontier Power. We thought our members would enjoy learning about how things were early on in the formation of our cooperative. We will be featuring these accounts intermittently in our local pages of Ohio Cooperative Living throughout the year. To start, Edith Baab’s “Fifty years of progress” gives us a wonderful glimpse into life at the cooperative in its beginning stages through the early 1980s.



graduated from Coshocton High School in 1934 and then came job hunting. Jobs were hard to find in those days. I finally got three part-time jobs that I worked daily: two jobs four hours daily and one job two hours daily. It was while I was working as a waitress in a restaurant on Fifth Street that I met Ruth Anne Rea, who came to Coshocton from Cambridge to work for the electric cooperative that was being organized. It was called the Muskingum Valley Farm Bureau Electric Cooperative. Ruth and I became close friends, and in the fall of 1938, she married Kenneth Case. She decided to leave her job to become a wife and mother. I lost no time applying for the job, and at that time, all job applicants had to be approved by the Rural Electrification Administration, Washington, D.C. I was extremely happy when I was approved by REA but apprehensive after attending the Ohio Accountants’ Meeting at Lancaster, Ohio, in October 1938 and hearing the discussion on loans, amortization, appreciation, depreciation, etc. Could I do this job? I decided I must give it a try. If I had been told then that my accounting career would continue for forty years to retirement on April 1, 1978, I would never have believed it. Mr. Lewis Buehler was manager at that time, and he hired me at a pay rate of 30 cents per hour. I thought the pay was very good and I could save a little each pay and have money left over, but that changed as prices kept getting higher and higher. The Rural Electric Act of 1936 authorized loans to farms to build their own power lines through organization

of rural electric cooperatives. Before this, folks living in rural areas where a few power lines had been built could get power only by paying cash for the cost of construction and by paying high utility bills. Our first promotion and organization meeting for rural electrification was held on June 5, 1936. Incorporation under the laws of the state of Ohio was on June 28, 1938, as a nonprofit corporation. Our original office was located at 233 Main St. and was very small. Our original office force was Manager Lewis E. Buehler, Ruth Anne Rea, Edith Kiser, and Mildred Ramsey. Back in those early days, it was difficult to get the farmers to grant rights-of-way and pay a $5 membership. It was necessary to have the rights-of-way and paid memberships in order to get loans from REA, however. Mr. Buehler’s tireless efforts eventually paid off. The first lines were energized on March 10, 1938, and covered 32 miles of line, serving 102 members. Our original line crew was LeRoy Ehmsen, Marion Berkey, Peet Saad, and Charles Kiser. In those early days, we were plagued with outages. The men worked hard to keep trouble at a minimum, but we had no two-way radio communication at that time and the men called the office at a predetermined time each day to pick up any trouble calls. Many times, calls would start coming in just after the men had contacted the office. It was then that Mr. Buehler would get the map location where the men were working and travel out to send them on their way to clear the trouble. Continued on page 20



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The first few months after the lines were energized and the customers were hooked up, we prepared the bills by hand, but as we energized additional lines and hooked up customers, we started typing bills. This seemed to take care of our immediate needs. After March 1938, lines were constructed, completed, and energized. As each project was completed, another was ready to be started, until the war stopped mass construction. We had some bad years in the 1940s. There was a time when we couldn’t write a check without first looking at the balance in the cash account. When the war ended, it was our plan to build by contract to any and all who wished electric service. On October 10, 1945, a project of 102 miles to serve 310 homes, known as the “F Project,” was to be let for bid. No bids were received, since the contractors knew the uncertainty of delivery on materials. The cooperative then ordered materials and equipment and started building lines as fast as materials became available. Despite the war, the cooperative idea of getting electric service to the more sparsely populated parts of the country measured up to the early plans that rural folks would use electrical equipment if given a chance. For this expanding program, larger quarters were needed for office space, materials, and transportation equipment. In 1947, we borrowed the money from REA and purchased and remodeled the former Ford Garage building, which was located at the corner of Seventh and Walnut streets. This was very nice and had so much room. We were happy to have a nice headquarters building after working in our crowded quarters on Main Street. We then purchased new billing machines, and this made the billing so much easier. We thought this would be the answer to our billing needs forever. We could get totals of kilowatt hours sold and gross billing. This included all miscellaneous charges, and therefore it was necessary for us to run adding machine tapes on the bills to arrive at our energy sales figure each month. We started having breakdowns, slow operation, and because of the limited totals, we again purchased new billing machines. These machines took care of our consumer billing needs until we switched to computers in 1972. Our bills are now done


by Central Area Data Processing, located in St. Louis, Missouri. Meter reading and payments are entered on a terminal, which is located in our office. This information is transmitted by phone line to the terminal in St. Louis. The bills are then processed and mailed to us to be mailed to the customer by the 25th of each month. Our record-keeping is based on the Uniform System of Accounts as prescribed by the Federal Power Commission and set up by REA for electric borrowers operating on a cooperative nonprofit basis. The accounts are audited on an annual basis. It was during these annual audits by various certified public accountants and REA field representatives that I found how much I had learned and how much I had yet to learn. In 1955, Mr. Buehler passed away very suddenly, and Mr. Owen Manning became manager. It was the decision of Mr. Manning and the board of directors that we needed additional space, and a piece of ground was purchased on S. Second Street. A new headquarters building was constructed, and we moved to our new and present location in 1958. Again, we were happy with the many improvements over our former location — we could have our pole yard on our own premises; a drive-up pay window; inter-office communication; and two-way radio speakers located in the manager’s office, engineer’s office, and general office so that the trucks could be contacted without using a master set, which was located in the line superintendent’s office. Mr. Owen Manning retired on Jan. 1, 1982, and passed away March 21, 1982. Mr. Joseph J. Uher then became manager and, under his supervision, the progress made in the past will continue into the future. The goal of meeting the needs and dreams of rural folks will always hold priority. Those formidable terms I heard at the 1938 Ohio Accountants’ Meeting fell into place over the years, and I enjoyed my work very much. There were times when the pressures and workload were heavy, but working together, we survived and moved forward. I have fond memories of my co-workers and associates at The Frontier Power Company and the PROGRESS that was made over the past 50 years.


Bob Haines retires after 44 years January marked the end of an era when Line Superintendent Bob Haines retired from Frontier Power Company, 44 years after beginning his career in January of 1975. Frontier Power held a retirement breakfast in the community room to honor him on Jan. 18, 2019. Bob was first hired at the age of 19 to work the right-of-way tractor crew with Tom Barcroft, and he remembers his first day of work was on York View Road in Tuscarawas County. Bob continued in the right-of-way department with another crew, clearing line. Bob’s next position was in the meter department, and he began his lineman career after that. Working his way through training from a fourth-class lineman to a first-class lineman, Bob eventually became a crew leader. In 2007, Bob was promoted to line superintendent. Bob says he’s cherished working with some of the best fellow workers in any business. With teamwork, he and the crews have overcome some of the most adverse conditions nature can dish out. He has enjoyed working with our great consumer-members in a rural setting and could not imagine line work in a large city. In his retirement, Bob plans to spend time with Jackie, the love of his life, and his son, Nathan (Cheyene), and twin grandchildren, Addison and Jase. Bob looks forward to having the time to do some woodworking, traveling, hunting, and fishing, and his favorite pastime — mushroom hunting. We wish Bob the very best in his retirement and thank him for his many years of service!



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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Robert Wise President

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Tim Anderson Jim Buxton Bill Daugherty Ann Gano Trustees

CEO/GENERAL MANAGER Steven K. Nelson ATTORNEY Michael D. Manning


PERSONNEL Kimberly Bethel Kyle Cramblett Phil Crowdy Jason Dolick F. Scott Dunn Mark Fabian Michelle Fischer Tyler Frazer Rick Haines Josh Haumschild Ethan Helmick Ken Hunter Tim Keirns

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The most common type of squirrel in Ohio is one most of its citizens have never seen



e’re accustomed to sharing our outdoors with gray squirrels and fox squirrels, but the most common type of squirrel in Ohio is one you’ve probably never seen — the southern flying squirrel. While other squirrels will boldly venture among humans, southern flying squirrels are both shy and nocturnal, making them difficult to spot. Smaller than gray squirrels, with big, black eyes and a tail that’s flat and furry rather than bushy, the southern flying squirrel has a wide flap of skin from its wrist down to its ankle on each side. These nighttime critters are awkward on the ground, making them vulnerable to predators, because that flap of skin is sort of like having ropes tied from their front to their hind feet. However, once those squirrels are airborne (they actually glide rather than fly), their maneuverability is amazing, says Don Althoff, a professor of wildlife conservation at the University of Rio Grande. Althoff is doing a long-


term research project looking at population trends of southern flying squirrels. “I’ve seen these squirrels not only travel 50 yards in the air, sometimes without losing any altitude, but I’ve seen them take 90-degree turns between a set of trees, come up to that tree, and like a hovercraft, turn at a 90-degree angle and do the perfect landing on the tree,” Althoff says. A couple of times a week in winter, in the snow and ice, Althoff and a cluster of students from the University of Rio Grande and Hocking College trek through the Hocking County hills to check southern flying squirrel nest boxes. They check each of 14 box sites every winter — about 340 boxes in all. The students eagerly volunteer to participate in the project. “Every box has always had some use within a year,” Althoff says. “The squirrels may not nest in it, but they’ll turn it into a cafeteria. They’ll eat nuts and leave the shells there. Once in a while they may use it as a latrine, but most of the time, it is either as a nesting box, rest site, or as a place to feed.

I find very few uncut, unopened acorns or hickory nuts.” Althoff and the students record what they find inside. If it’s a squirrel — or maybe as many as seven to 10 — they ear-tag it and determine its sex and weight. When the critter is released, it zips away to find a tree to climb. “Flying squirrels want to go up,” Althoff says. “If you put them on the ground, they are looking for the highest spot to launch from.”

Flying squirrels will eat almost anything, but their favorite is hickory nuts — they nibble a hole through the shell to get to the nutmeat. They also eat acorns, buckeyes, and walnuts. When available, buds, insects, mushrooms, and eggs are on the menu. If you’d like to feed a flying squirrel, stash some treats up in the branches of a tree, since they won’t venture down on the ground unless they have to. CELESTE BAUMGARTNER is a freelance writer from Concinnati. A couple of times per week during the winter, University of Rio Grande Professor Don Althoff (above right, on ladder) takes a group of students from Rio Grande and nearby Hocking College to nearby wooded areas to check nesting boxes and study the habits of the resident flying squirrels.



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The easy way to great-tasting eggplant with no bitterness is to grow your own. BY KRIS WETHERBEE; PHOTOS BY RICK WETHERBEE


ears ago, I discovered that there is a lot to like about eggplant. Aesthetically captivating, the plant’s gorgeous lavender flowers, followed by a glistening display of purple to purplish-black fruit, are a striking addition to the garden. Additional fruit color options include pearly white, soft orchid, and bright orange. Some varieties also produce fruits in various interesting shapes, from the classic oval to an elongated teardrop to long and slender or curved like a banana and even round balls that are the perfect size for shish kebabs.

This 2- to 4-foot-tall warm-season annual is easy to grow where summers are long and warm. For gardeners whose summers are a bit shorter, there are also varieties that mature quickly or are well-suited to growing in containers. Eggplant excels with two to three months of warm summer days and nighttime temperatures that frequently remain above 60 degrees.

Getting started Wait until the weather has warmed and all danger of frost has passed before planting. Ideally, it’s best to wait a couple of weeks after tomatoes have been planted before putting eggplant in the ground. Starting with 8- to 10-week-old transplants will give you a jump on the season, or you can start plants indoors from seed about eight weeks in advance of planting. For best success, choose a sunny, well-drained site with fertile soil rich in organic matter. To help reduce disease, be sure


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Planting Eggplant is a heavy feeder, so rich soil is imperative to growing healthy plants and tasty fruit. Start by digging in a 1- to 2-inch layer of rotted manure or compost into the growing area or to each hole before planting, then water well. Plants also flourish in soil rich in minerals, which can easily be added to the planting hole via rock dust and/or greensand. Space transplants 18 to 24 inches between plants, depending on the variety, and 2 to 3 feet between rows. For gardeners growing in raised beds or using the squarefoot method, plant 18 to 24 inches apart in all directions. Be sure to place transplants slightly deeper in the ground than they were in the pot. Then stake or cage plants so they have support as they grow to prevent them from falling over when laden with fruit.

Growing guide Feed plants lightly with composted animal manure or a complete organic fertilizer suitable for tomatoes about six weeks after planting, then side-dress with additional fertilizer after the first fruits form. Water deeply and always keep the soil evenly moist but not wet, for best-quality fruits. Using a soaker hose or drip system at ground level is ideal. Also, be sure to add a layer of mulch, such as straw or compost, once plants become established. The mulch will keep soil moisture levels more even and help suppress weeds.

Harvest tips While warm, rich soil and uniform moisture along with warm air temperatures are all necessary for growing bitter-free fruit and quality yields, all can be lost if the fruits are overdeveloped when harvested. The texture can easily become spongy, pithy, and bitter once the fruit is too mature. This is one case where smaller is better, as young fruits usually have the best texture and flavor. As such, harvest fruits while young and firm and after they develop their color, but before they lose their shine. Fruits are too bitter once the skin turns dull. Glossy and richly colored is best. Be gentle when harvesting to avoid bruising fruits. Use heavy-duty shears, hand pruners, or a sharp knife and cut about an inch above the calyx (cap) so that a short piece of the stem remains intact. Most varieties are prickly on the stems, but you can easily avoid irritation by wearing gloves or long sleeves when picking fruit. KRIS WETHERBEE is a master gardener who lives in Oregon.


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sk Nancy Stranahan, “What’s the point of preserving plain old woods?” and you’re certain to get an earful.

“I’d say guilty as charged, except for the word ‘plain,’” Stranahan says, explaining that southern Ohio’s hardwood forests are the last best chance


to save an ecosystem that has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. “The fact that 100,000 multicellular native organisms are at stake takes ‘plain’ out of the discussion.” By the way, they’re not “woods,” either, as Stranahan also points out — call them “eastern deciduous forest.” Her more important point, though: Whatever you call them, they’re a mighty precious commodity. Because of that, she’s been latching onto and saving them, acre by acre, for more than two decades since founding Arc of Appalachia in 1995. Arc of Appalachia’s land holdings are ever-expanding as the group, mostly volunteers, works to acquire crucial parcels, with all the stunning views, massive old-growth trees, and forest floors and canopies teeming with life that come with them.

Inspiring natural beauty Few are as deeply connected to Arc of Appalachia as Jean Farkas, the current board president. A decade ago, she read a friend’s email referencing a hike at an Arc site. “I saw a reference to a land stewardship program and immediately knew I was going to do that,” she says. “I placed a phone call and that weekend drove down. I was smitten.” Farkas said she hikes Arc trails often. Just because. Who wouldn’t? They are tracts of intractably wild land, lush with the sounds, smells, sights, and feels of all things not modern world: leaves, bark, water, lichens and mosses, fungi, stone in all its forms, and the gravity that comes from


Jean Farkas, president of Arc of Appalachia’s board of directors, says she was smitten with the program from the first time she heard about it.

being up close and personal with a system of life so much more immense than us. They are also brimming with exquisite wildlife: elusive bobcats, threatened bat colonies, an army of tiny, delicate frogs and toads, slippery salamanders and newts, and rare timber rattlesnakes. There are flocks of visiting warblers, waterfowl, and regal birds of prey like hawks, owls, and eagles. “We place a priority on purchasing land contiguous to already-owned properties,” Farkas says. “It’s more friendly to plants and wildlife. We’re a small, nimble organization and can make quick decisions.”

Ready to pounce Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks Resource Manager John Watts can attest to that ability. “In Hocking County, a piece known as Fern Gully came available adjacent to Clear Creek’s 5,000 acres of mostly wilderness,” he says. “It was probably only going to be on the market for 48 to 72 hours. Arc was able to jump right in and buy it, or that land might have gone to someone not as interested in preserving it.” The parcel is home to deep ravines awash with hemlocks and rare (believe it or not) tropical ferns. It is flush with towering stone outcrops, truck-sized boulders, and the pristine waters of meandering Clear Creek. “Fern Gully’s met on three sides by Metro Parks’ Clear Creek, so it’s great that Arc was able to move quickly to secure and preserve the land,” Watts says. Arc turned the Continued on page 35


Nancy Stranahan, co-founder and director of Arc of Appalachia, cultivates a statewide citizen advocacy network to support the purchase and, therefore, preservation of natural areas around the state.

Artistic impression While acquisition and education are front and center at Arc of Appalachia, so is art. “What a dream!” exclaims Wendy Vickers, a poet who spent a couple weeks at an Arc artist-in-residence program. “Our task was to make art and share our experience and skills with local schoolchildren.” A free room at Arc meant free rein to write. “The Highlands residency experience brought me back to my roots, revitalized me in ways I could never have foreseen,” Vickers says.

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Just beyond the woods, we hear water calling. What does it have to say to us today? The old song: passage and presence; moving on and staying attuned. Heraclitus told us you cannot step twice into the same river. The river keeps moving, you keep changing. A few days ago, this creek roared its power to the top of the bluff and beyond, to the sky. Engorged with rain, it tore through its banks, snapping at grasses and trees. It said: look, don’t touch. It said: you can come to my door, but you’d better not enter. It tossed out a dare we were too wise to take. — written by Wendy Vickers during her Highlands residency 34   OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  •  MARCH 2019

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land over to Metro Parks and was recompensated and will use those funds in turn to buy up even more forest, or perhaps some bit of centuries-old Native American earthworks — another frequent target of Arc acquisition.

Where and how it all happens Arc’s home base is the 2,600-acre Highlands Nature Sanctuary, the largest of its 18 properties, straddling Rocky Fork Creek. There, visitors can take in all things Arc: shiver-good nature, caves and grottos, natural springs, and all the accouterments of nature in the wild. During spring months, a brief just-weeks-long window affords legions of wildflowers just enough time to soak up sunshine and bloom before the forest’s dense canopy steals the light. Spring wildflowers and autumn foliage make for the busiest times at Highlands, where folks can visit for a hike or they can stay; a handful of cottages and homes owned by Arc offer perfect retreats without a commercial, touristy theme — just real “plain” woods and their associated residents. Not all of the land Arc acquires is purchased — some is gifted, free-and-clear, such as the 75-acre farm in Pike County, donated by the Samson family in 2005, and an adjacent 70 acres donated by Marjorie Obrist a decade later. Both parcels had been in the respective families since the 1800s, and interestingly, throughout the Samson family’s history, not a single owner had ever timbered the land — they’d only farmed the open fields.

The continuing mission Of course, they’re not making land anymore, at least in Ohio, and land donors don’t just appear every day, so buying what’s there can be pricey. Arc raises money mostly from private donors, whose generosity is often motivated by a deep and abiding love of nature and all its immeasurable qualities. Then, utilizing the Clean Ohio Fund, Arc also gets $3 in return for each $1 it raises. The program was approved by Ohio voters in 2000 and helps fund a number of projects, including preservation of stream corridors and ecologically sensitive areas. That puts Arc in good position when it comes to loving and saving Ohio lands. Since its inception, Arc has raised more than $13 million and preserved 6,200 acres at 18 sites. It also offers a woody menu of forest-oriented programs, including wildflower and other guided hikes, live music, holistic forest events, birding, butterfly and firefly gatherings, and plant and insect identification workshops, among others. “What we are doing is very much for humanity,” Stranahan says. “It’s not just for the sake of all of those living things that call the forests home. It’s for our own sakes, too.” JAMES PROFFITT is a freelance writer from Marblehead.


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THROUGH APR. 28 – “Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus,” Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Both historical and contemporary Native American art is featured, including new acquisitions and a large-scale work by the artist James Lavadour, on loan for this exhibition. 419-255-8000 or www. toledomuseum.org. MAR. 7 – Toledo Symphony Concert, Sauder Village, Founder’s Hall, 22611 St. Rte. 2, Archbold, 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets recommended. 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org. MAR. 7–10, 14–17 – The Sunshine Boys, Van Wert Civic Theatre, 118 S. Race St., Van Wert, Thur.–Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $13. 419-2389689 or www.vwct.org. MAR. 8–10, 15–17 – Miracle on South Division Street, Encore Theater, 991 N. Shore Dr., Lima, Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. A heartfelt and hilarious comedy. www.amiltellers.org. MAR. 9 – Spring Festival of Crafts, Stranahan Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Free admission and parking. See the new crafts, gifts, and decorating ideas that our crafters and artists have made just for you. Drop off your household

MAR. 16 – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, 109 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney. Time to be determined. 937-658-6945 or www.sidneyalive.org. MAR. 22–24 – PRO Home and Garden Show, SeaGate Convention Ctr., 401 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, Fri. 4-8 p.m., Sat.10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Interior and exterior products for your new or ready home, plus the latest in home design. 419-4710101 or www.hireaprotoday.com. MAR. 23 – Maple Syrup Festival, Williams Co. Fgds., 619 E. Main St., Montpelier, 8 a.m.–noon . Contact the Williams SWCD at 419636-9395 ext. 3, or email amichaels@williamsswcd.org. MAR. 23 – Market Day and Fiber Fair, Junior Fair Building, Wood Co. Fgds., 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $1 admission. Demonstrations, roving, fleeces, exotic fibers, handcrafted items, homespun yarns, books, dyes, spinning and weaving equipment and supplies. www.facebook.com/ BlackSwampSpinnersGuild or www.blackswampspinnersguild.org. MAR. 24 – Flag City Model Train Show, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $4, under 13 free (must be accompanied by an adult). Model trains, toy trains,


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MAR. 8 – Golden Dragon Acrobats, Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, 7 p.m. $12–$30. This must-see spellbinding production combines award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music, and theatrical techniques. 740-383-2101 or www.marionpalace.org. MAR. 8–10 – All American Columbus Pet Expo, Ohio Expo Ctr., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Fri. 1–8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission $6–$10 daily; $12–$20 weekend pass. $5 parking/day; $14 weekend pass. Includes the Pet Expo, the All About Cats Expo, and the Mega Pet Adoption. www. allaboutcatsexpo.com. MAR. 8–10 – New Albany Symphony Orchestra: Sleeping Beauty, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany, Fri./Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance, Sat. 2 p.m. Featuring the dancers of the New Albany Children’s Ballet Theatre. www. newalbanysymphony.net. MAR. 9–10 – Maple Sugaring, Hocking Hills State Park, 19852 St. Rte. 664 S., Logan, 12–4 p.m. Savor the taste of the season as we boil down our local maple sap. Discover the many methods used


MAR. 10 – Maple Tapping Festival and Pancake Breakfast, Charles Alley Nature Park, 2805 Old Logan Rd. SE, Lancaster. Breakfast served 8–11 a.m. ($5). Festival 8 a.m.–noon (free). www. ci.lancaster.oh.us/551/Calendar-of-Events. MAR. 15–17 – Outdoor Life/Field & Stream Expo, Ohio Expo Ctr., Bricker Bldg., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Fri. 2–9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $5–$15, under 6 free. Formerly Ohio Deer and Turkey Expo. Hundreds of exhibitors, demos and displays, trophy contests, free seminars, gear and equipment, shooting ranges, and more. www.deerinfo.com/ohio. MAR. 16 – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Parade, downtown Dublin, 7 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Free. Events take place throughout the city, starting around 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, followed by the parade at 11 a.m. 800-245-8387 or www. irishisanattitude.com. MAR. 16–SEPT. 8 – “It Started with Pencil and Paper,” Ohio Glass Museum’s Gallery, 124 W. Main St., Lancaster, Tues.–Sun. 1–4 p.m. and by appointment. $6, Srs. $5, C. (6–18) $3, under 6 free. The exhibition will feature the ideas of the designers of established, well-known manufactured glass patterns. Sketches and/or patents

MAR. 9 – Hodgesville Lions Club’s “Eat a Bite for Sight,” Pancake & Sausage/Sausage, Gravy & Biscuit Day, Warren District Community Ctr., Hodgesville (7 miles north of Buckhannon on Rte. 20), 7 a.m.–1 p.m. Pancakes, regular and buckwheat; sausage; sausage gravy; biscuit; and drinks. Please bring your old eyeglasses for recycling. Brooms for sale. 304-472-3455. MAR. 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Buffet, North Bend State Park, 202 North Bend Park Rd., Cairo, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. $12.95. Includes sauerkraut and pork. 304-643-2931 or www.northbendsp.com. APR. 6 – Wheeling Jamboree Anniversary Show, Capitol Theatre, 1015 Main St., Wheeling, 7–10 p.m. $20–$65. This annual event celebrates the occasion when Wheeling’s legendary country music program left the radio studio to become the second-oldest country broadcast stage show in history. 304-243-4470 or www. capitoltheatrewheeling.com.


and railroad memorabilia on display and for purchase. Quarter-scale train rides will be available for additional cost: $3 Adults, $2 Children. 419-423-2995, www.nworrp.org, or www.facebook.com/nworrp. MAR. 24 – Church Basement Ladies: Rise Up, O Men, Niswonger Performing Arts Ctr., 10700 St. Rte. 118 S., Van Wert, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $25–$40. An all-new musical comedy, the sixth in the popular Church Basement Ladies series. 419-238-6722 or www.npacvw.org. MAR. 30 – Spring Crafter’s Showcase, Tam O’ Shanter Exhibition Building, 7060 Sylvania Ave. (1/2 mile west of McCord Rd.), Sylvania, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Fill your Mother’s Day, graduation, or spring decorating needs. Win gift certificates and look for Balloon Bonanza show specials! 419-842-1925 or www. toledocraftsmansguild.org/shows.html. APR. 6 – Lima Symphony Concert: Triumph and Farewell to Crafton Beck, Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Ctr., 7 Town Square, Lima, 7:30 p.m. $15–$30. Featured work is Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony. 419-222-5701 or www.limasymphony.com. APR. 6 – On Holy Ground: Lima Church Choir Invitational, St. John Catholic Church, 777 S. Main St., Lima, 7–10:30 p.m. Free. Introducing Christian singer/songwriter — and Lima St. John’s own — MaryBlanche. 419-236-1484. APR. 6–7 – Spring Thaw Sale of Treasures, sponsored by Williams County Agricultural Society, Williams Co. Fgds., Montpelier, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. More than 150 booths. Household, antiques, crafts, bric-a-brac, tools, and many other treasures for sale! 419-630-6388, 419-551-0950, or www.wcofair.com. APR. 6–7 – Tri-State Gun Show, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima (2 miles east of Lima on St. Rte. 309), Sat. 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $6, free for members, under 18 free if accompanied by adult. Over 400 tables of modern and antique guns, edged weapons, and sporting equipment. 419-647-0067 or www. tristategunshow.org.

and blueprints will accompany finished examples of glassware produced. 740-687-0101 or www.ohioglassmuseum.org. MAR. 17 – Columbus Toy and Collectible Show, Ohio Expo Ctr., Lausche Bldg., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $7 (cash only), under 11 free. Early admission, 8–9 a.m., $10 (cash only). Buy, sell, and trade new and used toys, video games, and collectibles at Ohio’s largest gathering of vintage collectors and dealers. Cosplayers get $1 off admission! www.ctspromotions.com. MAR. 17 – Lancaster Community Band Concert. Faith Memorial Church, 2610 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster, 2 p.m. Free admission. 740-856-4430. MAR. 17 – St. Paddy’s Day with Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers, Clintonville Woman’s Club, 3951 N. High St., Columbus, 2–5 p.m. Sponsored by the Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society. 614-558-2212 or www.cohjs.org. MAR. 19 – Reynoldsburg KidsFest, Reynoldsburg Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Rd., Reynoldburg, 5–8 p.m. Great familyfriendly event featuring camp options from throughout central Ohio, family activities, and much more. 877-543-7801 or www. kidslinked.com. APR. 4–6 – Dinner Theatre: Twelve Angry Men, Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, 6:30 p.m. $40. The Emmyaward winning classic drama comes to life in the May Pavilion. Rated PG-13. 740-383-2101 or www.marionpalace.org. APR. 11–14 – Equine Affaire, Ohio Expo Ctr., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. $8–$15, under 6 free. Experience the nation’s premier equine exposition, featuring an impressive educational program, the largest horse-related trade show in North America, top equine entertainment and competition, and endless opportunities to experience, buy, and sell horses of all types. 740-845-0085 or www. equineaffaire.com.

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MAR. 9 – “Opening the Door to Family History,” Cleveland History Ctr., 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, noon–3 p.m. $15. Presented by the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Genealogical Committee. A class designed for the beginning family researcher. www.wrhs.org/events. MAR. 9–10 – Chagrin Fall’s Spring Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Federated Church – Family Life Ctr., 16349 Chillicothe Rd., Chagrin Falls, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $3, under 12 free. Features a variety of local artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. Full concession stand on site. 440-2278794 or www.avantgardeshows.com. MAR. 9–10 – Maple Syrup Festival, Malabar Farm State Park, 4050 Bromfield Rd., Lucas, 12–4 p.m. Free. Experience sugar camp with live historical demonstrations. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides. Food and maple products for sale. Donations to the horse group appreciated. Bringing cash is recommended. 419-892-2784 or www.malabarfarm.org. MAR. 9–10 – Ohio Decoy Collectors and​Carvers Association Show and Sale, Holiday Inn, 15471 Royalton Rd., ​Strongsville, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $5, under 17 free. A venue


for decoy collectors, competitive carvers, and wildlife/waterfowl artists. Competition entries will include over 1,200 beautifully carved and painted duck decoys, shorebirds, fish decoys, songbirds, and more. Members-only events begin Fri., March 8. 419-874-3671 or www.odcca.net.

MAR. 23 – Mt. Hope Train and Toy Show, 8076 St. Rte. 241, Mt. Hope, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $5, under 13 free. Over 600 dealer tables. All gauges and parts, running layouts, farm and vintage toys, die-cast models, and much more. Food catered by Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen. 330262-7488, cathijon@sssnet.com, or www.cjtrains.com.

MAR. 9–10 – Olde Stark Antique Faire, Stark Co. Fgds., 305 Wertz Ave. NW, Canton, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Come and explore the wide choice of antiques offered by over 100 select dealers and collectors. 330-794-9100 or find us on Facebook.

MAR. 23–24 – Rocky River Spring Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Rocky River Memorial Hall, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $3, under 12 free. Features artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. Full concession stand on site. 440-227-8794 or www. avantgardeshows.com.

MAR. 9–10, 16–17 – Maple Sugar Festival and Pancake Breakfast, Hale Farm and Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd., Bath, Adults $15, C. (3–12) $10, Members $5. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and then head out into the Sugaring Camp to learn about tree tapping and the maple sugar process. See oxen demonstrations and view period arts and crafts demonstrations such as glassblowing, blacksmithing, spinning, and weaving. Breakfast served 10 a.m.–3 p.m. www.wrhs.org/events. MAR. 16 – Annual Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick’s Run Bike Walk and Kids’ 1K Fun Run, 201 S. 4th St., Toronto. Proceeds benefit cancer research. 740-317-3947 or www.thegemcity.org. MAR. 17 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Renaissance Theatre, 138 Park Ave. W., Mansfield, 3 p.m. $5. The classic film starring Gene Wilder. 419-522-2726 or www.mansfieldtickets.com. MAR. 22 – Adult Swim: Ohio Beer and Wine, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, 7–10 p.m. $40 admission ($30 for GCA passholders) includes light hors d’oeuvres, 20 tasting tickets, and a souvenir tasting glass. $20 non-drinking “designated driver” option also available. This tasting spotlights local wineries and breweries. 216-862-8803 or www.greaterclevelandaquarium.com. MAR. 22–23 – Militaria/Police/Fire EMS Collectors Show, Lakeland Community College, Athletic and Fitness Center Main Gym, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland (Rt. 306 and I-90 exit 193), Fri. 5–9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $5, Stds. $3; veterans and active military with ID, $3. 440-525-7529, lakelandmilitariashow@gmail.com, or www.facebook.com/lakeland.militaria.show.

MAR. 15–16 – River City Blues and Jazz Festival, Lafayette Hotel, 101 Front St., Marietta. The festival brings together some of the most talented blues and jazz performers from around the country to perform in front of a longtime and loyal fan base. http:// bjfm.org/blues-festival/. MAR. 16 – The Leprechaun Chase: St. Patrick’s Day Run, 9:30 a.m. $30–$35. Two distances: 2-mile run/walk (1 loop) and 4-mile run/walk (2 loops). https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Chillicothe/ MuddyLeprechaun4MileRunWalk. MAR. 16 – Runa, Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St., Marietta, 8 p.m. $22–$38. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, Luna offers a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. www. peoplesbanktheatre.com.

MAR. 8–10 – Home, Garden, and Business Expo, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr., 7033 Glenn Hwy., Cambridge, Fri. 11 a.m.– 8 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m. 740-439-6688 or www. cambridgeohiochamber.com.

MAR. 22–23 – 10th Annual Writers at the Crossroads Conference, Crossroads Branch Library, 63500 Byesville Rd., Cambridge, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Free and open to the public. 740-4327536 or www.guernseycountylibrary.org.

MAR. 9– Golden Dragon Acrobats, Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St., Marietta, 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. $22–$42. This must-see spellbinding production combines award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music, and theatrical techniques. www.peoplesbanktheatre.com.

MAR. 23 – National Cambridge Glass Collectors “All Cambridge Benefit Auction,” St. Benedict’s Gym, 233 N. Seventh St., Cambridge, preview at 8:30 a.m., auction at 9:30 a.m. $2 admission. 740-432-4245 or www.cambridgeglass.org.

MAR. 24 – Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra Children’s MAR. 15 – Living Word Banquet and Auction, Pritchard Laughlin Concert, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr., 7033 Glenn Hwy., Cambridge, 3:30 p.m. 740-826-8197 or www.seoso.org. Civic Ctr., 7033 Glenn Hwy., Cambridge, doors open at 5 p.m. 740439-2761 or www.livingworddrama.org.


Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $5 online, $7 at door. Free parking. Quilts, quilting and craft supplies, patterns, fabrics, vintage textiles, and more. 513-932-1817 or www.wchsmuseum.org. MAR. 9 – Cabin Fever Arts Festival, Southern State Community College, Patriot Ctr., 100 Hobart Dr., Hillsboro, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free admission. Over 60 artisans exhibiting their handcrafted work, with most items available for purchase. Live music by Steve Free. Food truck on site. cabinfeverartsfestival@gmail.com or www.appartguild.com.

THROUGH MAR. 17 – Around the World in 80 Days, Loft Theater, 126 N. Main St., Dayton. Jules Verne’s classic tale springs to life in this clever, fast-paced comedy for the whole family. www. humanracetheatre.org. MAR. 6, 13, 20, 27 – 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. MAR. 8–9 – Quilt and Fabric Arts Show, Butler Co. Fgds., 1715

MAR. 29–APR. 22 – I-X Indoor Amusement Park, IX Center, One I-X Dr., Cleveland. Annual spring event offers a full day of family fun at a budget-friendly price! Over 20 acres of rides, games, food, and attractions, all under one roof. 216-265-2586 or www. ixamusementpark.com. MAR. 31 – North Coast Military Collectors’ Spring Show, MAPS Air Museum, 2260 International Parkway, North Canton, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $5, under 13 free. Admission to show gives full access to museum. More than 250 tables of field gear, patches, insignia, ephemera, weapons, uniforms, and more from all eras and numerous countries. Meet collectors, authors, artists, and local veterans. 330-546-3085, northcoastmilitary@att.net, or www. facebook.com/NCMCUSA. MAR. 31 – Teddy Bear Concert: “The Science of Sound,” Renaissance Theatre, 138 Park Ave. W., Mansfield, 2:30 p.m. $5. In partnership with Little Buckeye Children’s Museum. See, hear, and feel sound waves with this interactive concert featuring members of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. 419-522-2726 or www. mansfieldtickets.com. APR. 6–7 – Strongsville Spring Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Strongsville Ehrnfelt Recreation Ctr., 18100 Royalton Rd., Strongsville, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $3, under 12 free. Features artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. Full concession stand on site. 440-227-8794 or www. avantgardeshows.com. MAR. 27 – To Kill a Mockingbird, Athena Grand, 1008 E. State St., Athens, 7 p.m. $12.50. 740-593-8800 or www.athenagrand.com. MAR. 28–30 – Cambridge Lions Club Variety Show, Scottish Rite Auditorium, 941 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, 7:30 p.m. $10. 740260-1149 or www.cambridgelions.com. MAR. 30 – Southeast Ohio Poultry Breeders Association Show, Washington Co. Fgds., 922 Front St., Marietta. www. poultryshowcentral.com/Ohio.html. MAR. 31 – Guided Hike at Gladys Riley Preserve, Tick Ridge-Koenig Hill Rd., Otway. The preserve is the first refuge specifically created for the protection of the Golden Star Lily, an extremely rare and endangered early spring wildflower that is sheltered inside the preserve. Join naturalists John Jaeger and Dave Kuehner for a guided hike to catch these rare wildflowers in peak bloom. Space is limited and registration is required. http:// arcofappalachia.org/gladys-riley-guided-hike. APR. 6 – Guernsey County Ducks Unlimited Banquet, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr., 7033 Glenn Hwy., Cambridge. 740-439-7009 or www.pritchardlaughlin.com. APR. 6 – The Shawshank Redemption, Majestic Theatre, 45 E. Second St., Chillicothe, 7 p.m. $5. 740-772-2041 or www. majesticchillicothe.net. APR. 9 – Hayes Carll, Stuart’s Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville, 7:30 p.m. $24–$32. 740-753-1924 or www. stuartsoperahouse.org.

MAR. 24 – Spring Bling Dayton Women’s Shopping Expo, Wright State University’s Nutter Center, McLin Gym, 3640 Colonel Glen Hwy., Dayton, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. www.facebook.com/ events/199479367322534/. MAR. 29–30 – Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, Roberts Ctr., 123 Gano Rd., Wilmington. Doors open at 10 a.m. $35–$65. Award-winning bluegrass, old-time, and gospel music combined with family fun and educational opportunities. 800-965-9324 or http://somusicfest.com/index.html.

MAR. 9 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Haddix Hall (next to Hunter’s Pizzeria), 4165 St. Rte. 122, Franklin, 6–8 p.m. $5. Enjoy an evening of lively bluegrass music with lightning-fast instrumentals, close harmonies, and entertaining novelty songs. 937-746-5415, haddixmusic@yahoo.com, or www.facebook.com/HaddixHall.

MAR. 30 – Queen City Beautiful Doll Club: Fashion Doll Show and Sale, EnterTRAINment Junction Expo Room, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $5, under 12 free. Free parking. Fashion dolls, clothes, and accessories from all eras. Many other dolls and toys too. Free 1:6 scale “Let’s Play” exhibit in the lobby. 513-2078409, askmargie@aol.com, or find us on Facebook.

MAR. 16 – G-Scale Swap Meet, EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Free admission. The perfect time to find all those hard-to-find items for your Garden Railway. Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society. https://entertrainmentjunction.com/calendar.

MAR. 30–31 – Ruffles and Rust Expo, Butler Co. Fgds., 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $6 admission (good both days), under 13 free. Vintage items, home decor, handmade items, gourmet food, and boutique items. www. rufflesandrustexpo.com/ohio.

MAR. 23–24 – Scale Model Expo, EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. noon–4 p.m. Free. Operating steam and gas engines, 1/6-scale figures and dioramas, live steam locomotives, models, military items, and more. https://entertrainmentjunction.com/calendar.

APR. 6–7 – Dollhouse and Miniatures Show and Sale, EnterTRAINment Junction Expo Room, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. noon–4 p.m. $5, C. (4–12) $3, under 4 free. https://entertrainmentjunction.com/calendar.



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1.  Our grandson, Wyatt, takes advantage of a change in the weather to go fly his kite. Dawn Heath South Central Power Company member

2.  Shelf cloud over the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm in Akron, Ohio. Donald Weyrick Carroll Electric Cooperative member


Send us your picture! For June, send “Creature Comfort” (animals, but not pets) by March 15; for July, send “Load Up the Car” by April 15. Upload your photos at www.ohioec.org/memberinteractive and remember to include your co-op name and to identify everyone in your photos.


3.  My father, Ted Neptune, on a cool, crisp autumn morning. Every time I see this picture, it brings back so many good memories of growing up on a farm. Dad is a hard-working, honest man who has always loved farming. Pamela Davis Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative member

4.  Brady Ann, best dog ever, loves the feeling that she’s flying on a windy day! Jamie Anderson Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative member



before you dig

to locate underground electric or other utility lines. This is a free service and it’s the law!

Before you buy a tree, look up and around. See any power lines? That’s your cue to plant far away — use the chart below as a guide. SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS Avoid planting shrubs and flowers around green transformer boxes and electric meters. Your co-op needs access for meters, and it’s safer to keep the space clear.

Tree Planting Guide 50' 40' 30'


20' 10' 0'





Small-tree zone: Less than 25' in height and spread; at least 25' from lines.


50' Medium-tree zone: 25'-40' in height and spread; at least 40' from lines.


70' Large-tree zone: Larger than 40' in height and spread; at least 60' from lines.

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