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Youth movement The next generation in agriculture

ALSO INSIDE Farm Science Review Reader recipe contest winners Fly-in fun


INSIDE FEATURES 26 NEXT GENERATION From soybeans, beef, and bees to battling the brutal Ohio weather: It’s all in a day’s work for these young farmers.

30 BIRTH AND REBIRTH Restoring and creating trails in Ohio’s most popular state park can be a test of patience and perseverance.

34 FLY-IN FUN Small-plane pilots flock together for food and camaraderie at airstrip gatherings like this one in Cardington.

38 A BIT ABOUT BUCKEYES The state tree and mascot of Ohio’s largest university has a relatively short scientific history.

Cover image on most issues: Tyler and Jessica Basham are raising their children on the family farm near New Concord.




e’ve all heard some form of the notion that a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil can set in motion a chain of events that causes a hurricane in China. It’s a way to express how complex systems like our weather or the environment are tied together by complex relationships that are difficult to recognize or understand. This past year, much of Ohio experienced above-normal precipitation. Many of our farmers were severely impacted — the unusual weather disrupted their planting season and production routines and affected their livelihood. Ohio farmers (especially in the northwestern part of the state) have spread only a small fraction of manure and applied a greatly reduced quantity of fertilizer on their fields as compared to recent years. Yet, destructive algae blooms in Lake Erie will again present a major problem. While many experts have been saying reduced application of manure and fertilizer to fields in northwest Ohio is the answer to Lake Erie’s woes, it appears that is not the case. It goes to show that this issue, like many others, is far more complicated than it might seem at a first glance. Solutions to environmental and other complex problems (such as climate change, immigration, opioid addiction, and more) are never quite as easy as some folks claim. We’d all like the answers to our difficult problems to be easy, but they rarely are. Generators of electricity, such as Buckeye Power, often feel that same pinch. We’ve invested more than $1.5 billion to make our operations cleaner and cleaner and to reduce our environmental impact. We believe it’s the right thing to do — both as your trusted energy source and as your neighbor. We strive for nothing less than to produce safe, reliable, and affordable electricity with a minimal environmental footprint, but each change to the system has its own set of consequences. It can be difficult or even dangerous to assume an easy solution to a complicated situation. We will continue to do our due diligence in anticipating those consequences as we focus on our mission of providing electricity to Ohio’s cooperative consumer-members.



Solutions to environmental and other complex problems (such as climate change, immigration, opioid addiction, and more) are never quite as easy as some folks claim.

SEPTEMBER 2019 • Volume 61, No. 12


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Poppin’ good time: Popcorn draws ’em in, but OEC’s Education Center has something for everyone at the Farm Science Review.

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South Central Power Company: Ohio’s largest electric cooperative stretches across almost the entire southern half of the state.

Contributors: Colleen Romick Clark, Victoria Ellwood, W.H. “Chip” Gross, Sarah Jaquay, Catherine Murray, Craig Springer, Damaine Vonada, Kris Wetherbee, and Rick Wetherbee.

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8 OHIO ICON Carew Tower: The “city within a city” is a beloved Cincinnati symbol and the quintessential feature of its skyline.



Ben’s Mustard: Electric cooperative members turn a campground condiment into a booming business.


Addition through division: Gain new plants and increase blooms by dividing those overcrowded perennials.



Comeback story: Sandhill cranes, prevalent elsewhere, are now on the rise in Ohio.



Soup’s on: Colorful borscht takes top honors in our reader recipe contest.


News and important information from your electric cooperative.



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


Back to school: Time once again for kids to head to the classroom and hit those books!




Poppin’ good time Midwest Electric director’s crop helps make memories at Farm Science Review. BY JEFF MCCALLISTER

Roger Rank donates every kernel of the popcorn served in the Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Education Center at Farm Science Review.


oger Rank has grown popcorn on his fields near Van Wert for almost 40 years. For much of that time, the early part of each harvest has had to go to waste in order to comply with some of the regulations and demands of the distributors who bought the crop. But lately, he’s found a use for those first kernels of the season. Instead of disposing of them, he donates a portion of that crop to various organizations.


Anyone who visits the Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Education Center at the 2019 Farm Science Review Sept. 17–19 in London will know exactly where part of that donation has gone. “The smell of popcorn popping is one of the lasting memories people take away from our building,” says Janet Rehberg, director of cooperative development at OEC. “People come back and visit us year after year, and

Sherri Bickel (left) and Patty Miller will appear in the OEC Education Center for their 30th year of creating microwave magic.

one of the first things they do is head for the popcorn stand. So we’re grateful to Roger, who has been very generous in donating the popcorn we’ve served for the past couple of years now.” Rank, who also grows field corn, soybeans, and wheat on about 1,800 acres, sells the majority of his popcorn crop to Weaver Popcorn, though demand has fallen in recent seasons — leaving plenty for him to provide for area schools to use at their concession stands and for serving to visitors at Farm Science Review. “People always liked it and thought it tasted good,” says Rank, who’s also a co-op member and on the board of directors at Midwest Electric in St. Marys. “I’ve really enjoyed being able to make the donation and see people enjoy it and groups benefit from it.”

The OEC building, however, has gotten a comfort boost thanks to Enertech and Geo-Flo, which donated an entire geothermal heating and cooling system; and Hydron Module dealers Danco Enterprises of Springfield and Shafer Heating and Cooling of Hillsboro, which donated all labor for the installation of the system for use — and demonstration — in the building. Farm Science Review attracts upward of 140,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada to the Molly Caren Agricultural Center. The review includes 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors and features the latest in agricultural production. The 80-acre exhibit area allows visitors and exhibitors to experience all aspects of agricultural production. Inside the exhibit area are static displays, but Farm Science Review dedicates over 600 acres of land for field demonstrations, such as corn and soybean combines, tillage, nutrient and lime applications, and drainage installations. Tickets are $7 in advance at, or $10 at the gate. Ohio electric cooperative members can enter to win a $100 bill credit by completing the entry form on the inside back cover of their August or September edition of Ohio Cooperative Living and bringing it to the OEC building.

The popcorn is just part of a wider food theme inside the OEC building. There will be a full slate of cooking demonstrations as familiar faces Patty Miller and Sherri Bickel appear for their 30th year of microwave magic. They’ll be joined by educators from Ohio State University Extension’s 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences programs during the course of the event. The chefs won’t be the only OSU feature in the OEC building, either. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro modified by the OSU Center for Automotive Research team that won the national EcoCAR 3 competition will be on hand as well. Regular attendees at the review know the weather in mid-September isn’t always at its most cooperative.

Attendees can get an up-close look at the Chevrolet Camaro that was a national champion for Ohio State University in the EcoCAR 3 challenge.





s the largest co-op in Ohio, South Central Power Company serves a broad population. From suburban city life to the beautiful greenery of Hocking Hills, South Central Power serves more than 120,000 residential, industrial, and commercial consumers across 24 counties. Founded in 1936, South Central Power started small. The cooperative doubled in size after a merger with Ohio-Midland in 1962 and grew once more following a merger with Inter-County. In 1992, they merged with Belmont Electric Cooperative, expanding to the east. Today, South Central Power stretches as far east as Jefferson County and as far west as Clermont County.

Suburban city life Pickerington and Canal Winchester are two of the biggest cities in South Central Power territory. A suburb of Columbus, Canal Winchester features city-centric attractions while offering natural scenery. Canal Winchester is full of historical landmarks, including the National Barber Museum and the Bergstresser/Dietz Covered Bridge, the last remaining covered bridge in Franklin County. It’s also home to Slate Run Metro Park, a 1,705-acre park featuring open grasslands, wetlands, and meadows. Slate Run offers day camps and horseback riding to its visitors, in addition to free activities like fishing and picnicking. Just south of Columbus, South Central Power serves Rickenbacker International Airport and many of the surrounding businesses and industries in logistics, distribution, and advanced manufacturing. Additionally, it serves energy-intensive members in industry sectors such as oil and gas, automotive suppliers, food and beverage, and more.

Rural living Hocking Hills State Park is perhaps one of the most beautiful parks in the state of Ohio and is served by South Central Power. An activity-packed destination perfect for avid hikers, campers, and anyone who wants to explore the great outdoors, the park offers activities from canoeing to ziplining to horseback riding. For visitors interested in hiking, there are paths for beginners and paths for the most experienced hikers. Old Man’s Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, Ash Cave, and more can be found in the state park. Hikers can expect to see huge rock formations, cliffs, and even waterfalls. There’s lodging for every preference, including cabins, lodges, RVs and campers, and classic tent camping. Co-op Spotlight appears regularly in Ohio Cooperative Living to give a glimpse into the land and the people of Ohio’s 24 electric cooperatives.


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Emery as a “city within a city,” Carew Tower was dedicated in 1930 and pioneered the idea of a mixed-use skyscraper complex, anchored by a common base. It originally included a 49-story office tower, the 29-story Netherland Plaza hotel, an 18-story parking garage, the Mabley & Carew department store, and an upscale shopping arcade. Carew Tower derived its name from retail magnate Joseph T. Carew, while “Netherland” alluded to the hotel’s location in the basin between the Ohio River and the crescent of hills that shape Cincinnati’s landscape.

Emery planned Carew Tower during the economic boom of the Roaring ’20s, but the concept was so new and expensive that no bank would fund it. Certain of success, he liquidated investments to underwrite the $33 million project shortly before the stock market crashed. Carew Tower thus not only saved Emery from financial ruin but also provided sorely needed jobs during the Great Depression. Built with a steel skeleton covered by limestone and buff-colored brick, the complex had a prestigious pedigree. Principal architect Walter W. Ahlschlager, who had designed the luxurious Peabody Hotel in Memphis and the InterContinental hotel on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, created its art deco styling. The contractor was Starrett Brothers Inc., which also constructed the Lincoln Memorial and the Empire State Building. Pre-dating New York’s Rockefeller Center, Carew Tower cemented Cincinnati’s image as a modern and progressive city. The 574-foot-high skyscraper reigned as the Queen City’s tallest building for 80 years, before being usurped by the 665-foot Great American Tower in 2011. The complex has had only three owners (the Emery family, 8   OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  •  SEPTEMBER 2019

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Belvedere Corporation, and commercial real estate broker Greg Power), and its most significant change was the parking tower’s demolition in the 1980s.

Significance: Epitomizing skyscraper modernism, Carew Tower is a beloved Cincinnati symbol and quintessential feature of its skyline. It became a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

Currently: The Carew Tower complex houses offices, shops, restaurants, and the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel, with wow-worthy French art deco décor. A charter member of the Historic Hotels of America, Netherland Plaza’s guests have ranged from Winston Churchill and George H.W. Bush to Elvis Presley and Natalie Portman. Its flagship restaurant — Orchids at Palm Court — is Ohio’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant and one of only 67 in North America.

It’s a little-known fact that: Carew Tower’s 49th-floor observation deck affords visitors spectacular views of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.


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BEN’S MUSTARD It’s a sweet — with heat! — success story for Bruce and Karen Neff.



ccording to the wall clock in the Ben’s Mustard cannery, it’s 1 p.m., but owners Bruce and Karen Neff have already put in a full day’s work.

The South Central Power Company members live in the Ross County village of Kingston, in a Civil War-era house that’s only steps away from the cannery they built in the


backyard in 2005. In addition to helping some longtime neighbors move and getting shipments ready for a UPS pickup, the Neffs spent the morning making 80 gallons of their signature product, Ben’s Sweet & Hot Mustard. They were in the middle of pouring it into jars when three women searching for Ben’s Mustard showed up.

mustard on a hot dog or brat,” says Karen, “it’s a perfect combination of salty and sweet that everyone just loves.” After operating the campground for 18 years, the Neffs sold it and moved to Kingston. Instead of slowing down, however, they decided to turn Karen’s homemade mustard into a business by building the 960-square-foot cannery and obtaining the required commercial kitchen license and canner certifications. The whole family pitched in to make the mustard a success. While Nathan served samples on hot dogs at trade shows, county fairs, and festivals, Shawn and Natalie took a plastic container packed with meat, cheese, crackers, and mustard to independent grocers and asked them to taste it. “On our very first day,” says Shawn, “we got Ben’s Mustard into 10 local stores.”

Opposite: Karen Neff enjoys a Ben’s Mustard snack on the porch of her home. Above: Bruce Neff with frozen jalapeno peppers. Below: Shawn Neff labels jars of Ben’s Mustard.

“We always tell people to call before they come because we’re not always here,” says Bruce. “Luckily, we were able to help those ladies because they said they like our mustard so much that they drove from Columbus just to buy some.”

Today, Ben’s Sweet & Hot Mustard is available in the made-in-Ohio section of Kroger stores, as well as numerous Amish markets and regional grocery chains. With Karen’s culinary input, the Neffs have introduced additional specialty foods — including Ben’s Meat Rub and Ben’s Sweet & Hotter Habanero Mustard — and sell their company’s entire line to customers around the world via their website. Ben’s Sweet & Hot Mustard is still their most popular item,

When the Neffs finally take a break, they settle into chairs on their home’s back porch, a shady and inviting spot lavished with old-fashioned latticework straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Their son Shawn, who works in the cannery and handles sales and marketing, joins them as Karen prepares snacks garnished with golden dollops of the family business. “We put jalapeno peppers in the mustard, but use just enough to make it tantalizing,” she says. “You get two flavors in one bite: first sweet, then a bit of heat.” Karen created Sweet & Hot Mustard at the campground near Circleville that the Neffs purchased in 1984. Because Bruce worked full time at the Kenworth truck plant in Chillicothe, Karen ran the campground while raising Shawn and his younger siblings, Nathan and Natalie. Although she is an accomplished home cook who routinely cans tomatoes, beans, and other foods, it took Karen five years to refine the mustard’s recipe. “We called the first batch I made the ‘towering inferno’ because I used 40 jalapenos, which was way too much,” Karen recalls with a laugh. Because she dislikes strong, vinegary mustard, Karen developed a mellow-tasting version and gave it the acronym “Ben’s” by combining the first letters of her husband’s full name — Bruce Edward Neff. The sweet-hot condiment quickly became a hit at picnics with their campground guests. “When you put the

and they not only produce 8,400 gallons annually, but also grow all the peppers needed to make it. This year alone, the Neffs will harvest peppers from 300 plants. “We don’t use pesticides, insecticides, or herbicides,” notes Shawn. “They’re grown with sunshine, dirt, and a little bit of God’s love.” Ben’s Mustard, 10 Church St., Kingston, OH 45644 740-642-6334;



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for dividing perennials

Fill the empty spaces of your yard and beautify your outdoor space by dividing overcrowded perennials that already exist in your garden. BY KRIS WETHERBEE; PHOTO BY RICK WETHERBEE

ooking for a quick and easy way to rejuvenate your garden and generate more plants? Then it’s time to dig in and divide your old or overcrowded perennials. It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways to gain more plants. Division not only helps to control the size of aggressive perennials but will also revitalize new divisions so they bloom more freely and increase the overall performance for years to come.


5. Have the right tools on hand

1. Start with the right plants

6. Prepare holes ahead of time

Not all perennials are suited for dividing and replanting. For starters, they need to be herbaceous plants that have fleshy aboveground growth, as opposed to woody stems. You most likely have a few perennials of your own that are good candidates. Some perennials that can be divided in fall include asters, bee balm, catmint, chrysanthemums, coreopsis, daylilies, gaillardia, hostas, iris, ornamental grasses, purple coneflower, rudbeckia, salvia, and yarrow.

To get new divisions off to a strong start, be sure to prepare the planting space ahead of time, making sure to amend the area or planting holes with compost.

2. Know your roots Some plants, such as iris, grow from rhizomes, which are swollen underground stems that grow horizontally. Astilbe, daylily, and other plants have thick fleshy crowns and a clumping root system with multiple growing points. Plants such as asters and rudbeckia have spreading and/ or fibrous root systems. Knowing the type of root system will give you a clue as to whether plants will pull apart easily or require a knife or spade.

3. Look for signs Most fully grown herbaceous perennials can be divided every three to five years. Prime signs for division include a plant with smaller than usual blooms or blooms that are fewer in number, bottom foliage that looks sparse or inadequate, or the plant’s center appearing woody, barren, or dead..

4. Timing counts September is a great month for dividing spring and summer bloomers when the cooler nights have set in; perennials that bloom in fall should be divided in early spring, after growing tips have emerged.


Essential tools of the trade begin with a sturdy shovel or spade for digging and dividing. You will also need a sharp knife and a pruning saw or billhook, which is a versatile tool used for cutting, clearing, trimming, and dividing. Pruners, trimmers, or sharp scissors, as well as a garden hose and watering nozzle with spray settings dialed to mist or shower, will also come in handy.

7. Dig in The best time to dig and divide is on a cloudy day. Use a shovel or spade to dig all the way around the plant, then gently lift it from the ground, keeping as much of the roots intact as possible. Remove or shake off any loose soil so you can easily see the crown and roots.

8. Time to divide Divide the plant into smaller clumps or pieces using your hands or a sturdy knife, sharp spade, or billhook. Each division should have at least two to five vigorous shoots with ample roots attached. In other words, more roots than shoots.

9. Trim and top Remove any damaged or dead areas, then cut back the top growth down to about 6 inches or half the plant’s height.

10. Plant your new divisions Immediately replant the newly divided pieces directly in their new location. Leave the top of the rhizome exposed when replanting iris divisions. Set each plant at the same depth as before. Water thoroughly and keep the soil evenly moist, while the newly divided plants re-establish themselves. Mulch to keep soil from drying out and to protect plant roots from hard frost. If you have extra divisions remaining, simply plant them in pots filled with potting mix and give them as gifts.

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Sandhills, common in the western and southern U.S., are on the rise in the Buckeye State. STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS


tanding 4 feet tall with a wingspan up to 7 feet, sandhill cranes are hard to miss. To make identification even easier, adults sport the colors of a certain prominent college football team: scarlet and gray. Young cranes, known as colts, begin life as little balls of golden-brown fluff. Unfortunately, there are relatively few of these birds in Ohio. So few, in fact, they’re considered a state-threatened


species. That’s not the case nationally, as sandhill cranes are so numerous in some southern states and many states west of the Mississippi, they’re considered game birds, with hunting seasons set annually. The good news is that the population of sandhill cranes in Ohio has increased in recent years. “Sandhill’s a wetland-dependent species, and its numbers were low for a long time in the Great Lakes region and eastern U.S.,” says Laura Kearns, a wildlife biologist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife. “But with protection from unregulated hunting, coupled with wetlands protection and restoration, they have been gradually increasing since the mid-1900s. Populations in neighboring states and

Where to see the sandhill crane If you’d like to see sandhill cranes in the wild, grab your binoculars and visit any of these Ohio wildlife areas or refuges: • Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area (Wayne County) • Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (Ottawa County) • Sandy Ridge Reservation of Lorain County Metro Parks (Lorain County) • Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area (Trumbull County) • Lake La Su An Wildlife Area (Williams County) • Deer Creek Wildlife Area (Pickaway County)

provinces like Michigan and Ontario have been increasing dramatically, so there is some spillover into Ohio from those populations, as well.” Kearns says the sandhill cranes migrating through Ohio each fall — beginning as early as September — are headed south to spend the winter in states such as Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. Although most of the sandhills returning north through Ohio again in the spring do not nest here, more and more reproduction is being documented. Last year, 45 breeding pairs and 25 young were observed statewide. Kearns says those are conservative estimates, based largely on reports from the public.

If you’re in the mood for a longer road trip, JasperPulaski Fish and Wildlife Area in northwest Indiana is highly recommended. Migrating sandhill cranes pile into the refuge by the thousands from surrounding crop fields each evening during fall, with November being the peak month. So many birds use the refuge annually that a huge observation platform has been built for viewing. As flock after flock of cranes wings in, circling and calling to one another, the sights and sounds are truly spectacular — a wildlife experience you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Perhaps the most unique characteristic of the sandhill crane is its tendency to “dance.” Although it’s an integral part of their courtship display, the birds can be seen pirouetting any time of year. The dance of the sandhill includes many quick steps, wings half-spread, with an occasional leap into the air as high as 8 feet off the ground. Part of this ceremony also includes bowing toward one another. It’s an important part of the bird’s spring courtship, but researchers aren’t sure why the behavior often continues throughout the year. Sandhill cranes migrate during daylight hours and at high altitudes, usually thousands of feet in the air. Surprisingly, they don’t flap their wings much when doing so. Instead, they prefer to spiral up on heat thermals then gradually glide down, repeating that sequence time after time until they get where they want to go. Even though thousands of cranes may be on the move simultaneously, they are migrating in relatively small flocks of only a dozen or so birds per group. Unlike with many other birds, crane migration routes are a learned behavior, meaning the adults must show the young where to go their first fall and where to return the following spring. W.H. “Chip” Gross, a Consolidated Cooperative member, is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor and may be reached at







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Colorful borscht takes top honor for meatless main dish in our 2019 reader recipe contest. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CATHERINE MURRAY

Beth Wallace loves to cook — and she really loves to cook soup. That’s a great thing for her husband, Victor, who says his wife’s soups make up the majority of his favorite meals. But her borscht is THE favorite. Its flavors are as bright as its beet-red color, and since its ingredients can be tweaked depending on what’s in season, it makes a great meal any time of year. It’s also the winner in Ohio Cooperative Living’s Meatless Main Dish 2019 reader recipe contest, earning a new Ohio-made KitchenAid stand mixer for Wallace, a Carroll Electric Cooperative member from Malvern. “I love to put soup on in the morning and let it simmer all day,” she says. “The house fills with the wonderful aroma while we’re working on different things and has us looking forward to dinner the whole time.” Wallace says she doesn’t remember which of the more than 800 cookbooks she has owned at one time or another that the recipe came from (her current stash is “only” about 150), but it doesn’t really matter because she tweaks the ingredients almost every time she makes it. “I may throw in turnips or parsnips instead of carrots or potatoes on any given day, or use different kinds of mushrooms or leave them out altogether,” she says, “but the point is that it’s really hearty, even though there’s no meat in it.” Continued on page 18


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Findlay resident Lauren Hoffa, a member of HancockWood Electric Cooperative, has spent more than a year tweaking a recipe she found online, and the resulting version of Thai cabbage salad earned one of the runnerup honors in the contest. “My husband and I are becoming more intentional with our daily vegetable intake,” Hoffa says. “When I make a meal, I try to maximize the vegetables while I pack in a lot of flavor and texture. I love the crunch of cabbage and the buttery texture of the avocado in this salad.”

Firelands Electric Cooperative member Judy White got her recipe for winter squash pizza, the other runner-up dish, from her sister, Jo, who Judy says often re-creates restaurant dishes she particularly enjoys. The addition of feta instead of mozzarella or even goat cheese gives it an unexpected twang of flavor. “We like to cook out of our own garden, so we make this pizza all fall and winter after we bring in the butternut harvest,” White says. “It fills the kitchen with a wonderful aroma, especially if you use fresh rosemary.” Both runners-up received vegetarian cookbooks for their entries.

BORSCHT Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 50 minutes | Servings: 8 to 10 6 cups water or vegetable stock 3 stalks celery, diced  5 tablespoons olive oil 4-ounce can sliced mushrooms 2 large onions, diced 2 bay leaves 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tablespoon sugar salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup lemon juice 3 large potatoes, in medium 1 tablespoon white vinegar chunks 20 peppercorns 2 large carrots, chopped 3 or 4 large beets (fresh is best), 1 bell pepper, any color, chopped peeled and grated 28-ounce can diced tomatoes sour cream and sliced green olives for garnish (optional) 1 small head cabbage, chopped dark crusty rolls or rye bread, 1/4 cup each dill and parsley, fresh for serving or dried


Heat water (or vegetable stock) until steaming in a stockpot. In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add onions and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until tender. Add potatoes and sauté until tender. Transfer entire mixture to stockpot. Add carrots and bell pepper to skillet and sauté until tender. Add to stockpot. Add tomatoes with liquid to pot. Add cabbage to pot and simmer 30 minutes. Add dill, parsley, celery, mushrooms, bay leaves, sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, and peppercorns. Add grated beets and simmer 15 minutes. Re-season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle soup into bowls and top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of green olives. Serve with rolls or bread. Per serving: 287 calories, 95 grams fat (1.5 grams saturated fat), 48 grams total carbs, 11 grams fiber, 7 grams protein.

THAI CABBAGE SALAD WITH PEANUT DRESSING Prep: 20 minutes | Servings: 4 to 6 FOR THE DRESSING 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar zest of 1 lime (approx. 1–2 tablespoons) 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon soy sauce 2 tablespoons honey

21/2 tablespoons sugar 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped 1-inch-square piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro leaves (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until completely smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve. FOR THE SALAD 1 small cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded and 4 cups chopped napa cabbage or thinly sliced shredded coleslaw mix 1 cup cooked and shelled 1 cup prepared shredded carrots edamame (can use frozen) 1 avocado, roughly chopped 15-ounce can yellow corn, drained 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into 2 medium scallions, thinly sliced bite-sized pieces

Note: I like to toss in a little shredded red cabbage for color. Combine ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine. If serving right away, drizzle the peanut dressing over top and toss; otherwise, serve the dressing on the side so the salad doesn’t get soggy. Per serving: 349 calories, 18 grams fat (3 grams saturated fat), 42 grams total carbs, 8 grams fiber, 13 grams protein.

WINTER SQUASH PIZZA Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 75 minutes | Servings: 4 to 6 11/2 pounds (or more) winter 3 tablespoons olive oil squash, peeled and sliced 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil into thin pieces  1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1 large onion, sliced very thin 1/2 teaspoon salt (not diced) 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary 1 large or 2 medium pizza crusts (or 1 tablespoon dried) 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon dried crumbled sage 1 cup crumbled feta cheese 1 teaspoon salt (or more) 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper (or less) Mix the squash, onion, rosemary, sage, salt, pepper, and 3 tablespoons olive oil and place in a 9 x 13-inch pan, cover with foil, and bake at 325 F for about an hour, until tender but not mushy. If you take off the foil for 10 minutes near the end, the onions will caramelize and become sweeter, but that is optional. Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil, chopped garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and spread on pizza crust(s). Sprinkle Parmesan on top. Arrange the squash/onion mixture onto the crust. Finally, top with crumbled feta cheese. Bake at 375 F for about 15 minutes or until as brown as you like it. Per serving: 339 calories, 21 grams fat (9 grams saturated fat), 23 grams total carbs, 3.5 grams fiber, 14 grams protein.



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Join us for an all-expenses-paid tour of Cardinal Power Plant n Thursday, Oct. 3, Logan County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) will take members on an all-expenses-paid guided tour of Cardinal Power Plant in Brilliant, Ohio.


footwear designed for walking that covers the entire foot; must wear the provided eye, head, and hearing protection; and must not have significant health concerns or need assistance walking or climbing stairs.

The tour will leave LCEC at 8:30 a.m. for a 2 p.m. tour and return to the co-op by 7 p.m. Breakfast will be provided at 8 a.m., and lunch will be provided on the way to the power plant. To ensure a timely return to Logan County, snacks will be provided on the bus after the tour.

Preregistration is required. If you are a member of LCEC and have not yet explored the power plant, please consider joining us on this informative tour. To fill the bus, a waiting list will be made for members who have attended but wish to return.


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WE’RE FOCUSED ON OUR COMMUNITIES Living here means living the life you love, whether you’re chasing your kids or relaxing as the sun sets over the lake. We get it — because we live here, too.

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here’s a quiet transformation happening across the nation. America’s smaller communities are changing in remarkable ways — while holding steadfastly to the values that, for generations, have made them the places people choose to build a life for themselves and their families: To embrace the beauty of a rural lifestyle. To live independently; yet, to also be part of a community that looks out for neighbors. To grow in new ways, in new directions. To feed the world, change the world, and build the future. America’s rural communities may seem quiet — but scratch below the surface, and you’ll find a whole lot happening. There’s a new energy here to go along with the more affordable, down-to-earth way to live that’s been here all along. And the opportunities to create something new have never been greater. These are the communities served by America’s electric cooperatives. You might think of us as the local electric company, and you’d be right, but we are more than an electric company: We’re led by members like you, created by and for the communities we serve. Electric cooperatives are community-focused organizations that work to deliver local, safe, reliable, and affordable electricity to our members. In a community, neighbors watch out for neighbors, families take care of families, and we all work together toward the common good. That’s why we are proud to be part of the community. We’re member-focused, and our goal is to efficiently power the lives of the people who count on us. We’re local, owned by the membership, and we’re independent, governed by active members. But we’re not alone: Across the country, local cooperatives work

together and learn from one another to develop new technologies and infrastructure. And in the process, America’s electric cooperatives bring electricity to one in eight Americans and over 19 million homes, businesses, farms, and schools in 47 states. Co-ops themselves provide 71,000 great jobs, invest billions in local economies every year, and are a driving force in helping attract and grow business and industry in rural America. And America’s electric cooperatives aren’t just economic engines. They’re innovators, developing new ways to incorporate the benefits of cooperative solar, wind, and other sources of renewable energy into a balanced energy mix. And we’re always looking for new ways to help our members save energy, save money, and take advantage of the technology that’s changed the way we live. It’s all part of the cooperative spirit that’s always been one of the best things about living in our community. Neighbors looking out for neighbors. People working for the common good. Even as we celebrate our differences and our individual achievements, knowing that we can’t do everything alone — we’re all in this together. And we are stronger and better for it. That’s community. That’s what fueled the co-op movement so many years ago — and it’s the source of our new energy today. The power of community is what being an electric cooperative is all about. To Logan County Electric Cooperative, the power of a community comes from the people who live here. People who love where they are and love being together. And all of us at your local electric cooperative are glad to be a part of this community.


Small change adds up to large impact for organizations that serve residents of Logan County


peration Round Up (ORU) is a grant program funded by Logan County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) members who voluntarily have their monthly electric bills “rounded up” to the next dollar. Each month, a participating member’s electric bill will show an amount listed for Operation Round Up, and the bill will be rounded up to the next even dollar amount. For example, if a member’s monthly bill comes to $124.66, LCEC rounds up the bill to $125. The extra $0.34 goes directly to the ORU fund. When LCEC members contribute a small amount to ORU, large changes become possible. This small change is added together into grants that make a big difference in our community. Every penny donated by LCEC members is given toward community projects. The administrative cost to run ORU is paid by LCEC. We hope every Logan County Electric Cooperative member will participate in ORU. When more members contribute, more help can be given. Being involved in ORU only costs a member approximately $6 per year.

The ORU grant program is also funded by donations. To give a donation or to sign up to contribute monthly to ORU, please contact LCEC. This year, the small change rounded up by LCEC members has so far totaled over $13,000 in grant money given to organizations in Logan County.


The ORU board, consisting of OPERATION ROUND UP five LCEC members, awarded grants to the following organizations: Myeerah Nature Preserve, Chippewa Neighborhood Outreach Center, Indian Lake Emergency Medical Services, Lakeview Fire Department, RTC Services, and Soteria House of Consolidated Care.

MYEERAH NATURE PRESERVE The Bellefontaine Joint Recreation District (BJRD) is proposing improvements to the trail system at Myeerah Nature Preserve. The preserve has 450 acres set aside for activities such as hiking, fishing, outdoor weddings, or simply enjoying the beauty of rural Logan County. The proposed improvements will include a new stairway, boardwalk, and stream crossing within the park, which will enhance park accessibility for all visitors who use the trails, either for educational or recreational purposes.


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NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH The Chippewa Neighborhood Outreach Centers of Logan County requested funding to replace the roof of the shelter. During the summer, the center is open Monday through Friday and averages 15 to 20 youth per day who attend programs including neighborhood cleanup, tutoring, reading, arts and crafts, summer food programs, family activity nights, parent dinners, and gardening. The centers also provide transportation to local area attractions.

INDIAN LAKE EMS Indian Lake EMS Joint Ambulance District serves as the primary EMS response for the villages of Russells Point and Lakeview and the townships of Washington, Stokes, and Bloomfield in Logan County and Goshen Township in Auglaize County. They requested funds to furnish their newly constructed squad house with an in-house laundry facility. The laundry facility will ensure all first responders can immediately clean material that has been exposed harmful substances.

RTC SERVICES There comes a time in life when adult children must have difficult and emotional conversations with their parents about whether or not to give up the car keys. Most senior drivers equate giving up driving with giving up their independence and dignity. However, there is a way for the senior driver to maintain their dignity by being part of the decision. RTC is bringing the Beyond Driving with Dignity program to Logan County to help families through these difficult decisions.

SOTERIA HOUSE The Soteria House of Consolidated Care serves as a place to protect the lives of domestic violence victims. The house was in need of an alarm system to protect residents from smoke and fire. The ORU grant will help fund the installation of wireless smoke and heat detectors that will be placed outside every sleeping area. Upon completion of this project and approval by the building authority, a new certificate of occupancy will be granted to Soteria House.

LAKEVIEW FIRE DEPT. Lakeview Fire Department sought funding from Operation Round Up to purchase a computer and projector. This equipment will allow the department to hold trainings and outreach classes at their facility. The Lakeview Fire Department has been proudly serving the Village of Lakeview and surrounding areas since the early 1900s. The department is a volunteer organization under the direction of Chief Norm Spring, with approximately 16 trained volunteers who are well-prepared for emergency situations.


light To see or not to see by the

Shining light on energy savings


hen it comes to lighting, the potential for energy efficiency is just too great to ignore. Around the home, changing bulbs can change your electric bills, and the monthly savings can add up quickly. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration, nearly 130 billion kilowatthours (kWh) of electricity are consumed by residential lighting each year, representing about 9% of all home energy use. To get an idea of your potential for energy savings, complete a home inventory. Don’t just count fixtures — count bulbs and check their wattage and whether they are dimmable, three-way, or require special bases. Also note the type of bulb currently in use: incandescent, halogen, or compact florescent lights. There’s a good chance your total bulb count for the average single-family home will be between 50 and 75, including hallways, garages, and storage areas.

Savings add up In 2009, 58% of U.S. households had at least one energy-efficient bulb indoors. By the spring of 2016, 86% of all households used at least one LED bulb, and nearly 20% of all households had completely abandoned incandescent bulb use. While LED lighting was initially expensive and limited to warm white or a few color temperatures and designs, market acceptance and continued research have forced prices down and led to an expanded variety of products.

What is LED lighting? LED stands for light-emitting diode. The technology in an LED bulb does not contain a filament like an incandescent bulb or gas like a high-pressure sodium bulb. Instead, an LED uses an electronic device that emits light when electrical current passes through it. While LEDs seem like new technology, they have actually been around for more than 50 years. At its inception, an LED could only produce red light. Other colors were produced as technology advanced, and LEDs began to be used in applications like electronic signs, clock displays, and traffic lights.


of an LED

LED technology that produced white light was first available in 2006, ranging from the soft white light used in most homes to the super cool white used in hospitals. Today you find LED technology all around — in televisions, cellphones, flashlights, streetlights, and even LED wallpaper.

Lumens not watts Cashing in on lighting efficiency can get easier if we rethink the way we buy and use lighting products. When it comes to lighting, thinking lumens instead of watts makes sense because it could save you dollars and cents. Once people know that lumens are a measurement of the amount of light given off by a bulb, they understand that the lower the lumens, the dimmer the light. Cool white, soft white, dimmable, decorative, and threeway are now among the options, with LEDs taking up an increasing share of shelf space in the lighting sections of hardware, discount, and home improvement stores.

First things first: Replace old bulbs with LEDs If the United States were to install LED lights along public roads nationwide, the amount of energy used for lighting in this country would be cut in half, according to a report from Trans-Lux Energy. In India, the desire to conserve energy has taken the form of a lighting revolution. The government there has a goal of replacing 770 million traditional incandescent bulbs with LED lightbulbs. This one action would conserve 25 billion kWh annually. How much energy is 25 billion kWh? That’s more energy than Ireland produces in a year. If you want to conserve energy in your home, consider starting your own lighting revolution. Begin replacing your old bulbs, the ones you use most frequently, with LED bulbs. And please remember that LCEC wants to help members conserve energy. Contact the office at 937-592-4781 to schedule a free home energy audit and learn about ways you can potentially save money on your electric bill.

Lighting Labels and Lingo

These days, consumers have endless options when it comes to purchasing light bulbs, but the labels can be confusing! Use the information below as a helpful guide for browsing bulbs.

Lighting Facts Per Bulb Brightness

655 lumens

Estimated Yearly Energy Cost


Based on 3 hrs/day 11c/kWh Cost depends on rates and use


Based on 3 hrs/day

22.8 years

Light Appearance Warm


2700 K

Energy Used

9 watts

Source: U.S. Department of Energy

Read the Label Under the Energy Labeling Rule, all light bulb manufacturers are required to give consumers key, easy-to-understand information on bulb efficiency. Take advantage of the Lighting Facts label, which gives you the information you need to buy the most energy-efficient bulb to meet your lighting needs. The label includes information on the bulb’s brightness, energy cost, life, light appearance and energy used (wattage).

Save Energy Bulbs are available in many shapes and sizes to fit your home’s needs. Choosing more efficient bulbs can help reduce energy consumption and save you money! • LEDs use 25%-30% of the energy and last eight to 25 times longer than halogen incandescent bulbs. • Purchase ENERGY STAR-rated bulbs to maximize energy efficiency.

Buy Lumens, not Watts Lumens measure the amount of light produced by the bulb. Watts measure energy consumption. Tip: To replace a 100-watt incandescent bulb, look for a bulb that produces about 1,600 lumens.

Incandescent 100 watt 1,600 lumens

LED 14 – 20 watt 1,600 lumens


DON’T WAIT. Be prepared before the storm.


t’s your worst-case scenario: A major storm was predicted, and this time, the predictions were right. Many power lines are down, and your electricity may be out for several days. You’re low on everything — food, pet supplies, toilet paper, batteries, diapers, and your medication. Imagine how you would feel in this situation. While you can’t predict which weather forecast will come true, you can plan ahead so that when a severe weather event strikes, you have the tools and resources to effectively weather the storm. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security offers several resources to help you prepare for major weather events and natural disasters. Visit www.

Preparedness actions and items • Stock your pantry with a three-day supply of nonperishable food (such as canned goods, energy bars, peanut butter, powdered milk, instant coffee, and water) and other essentials (like diapers and toiletries). • Confirm that you have adequate sanitation and hygiene supplies, including towelettes, soap, and hand sanitizer. • Ensure your first-aid kit is stocked with pain relievers, bandages, and other medical essentials, and make sure your prescriptions are current. • Set aside basic household items you will need, including flashlights, batteries, a manual can opener, and a portable, battery-powered radio or TV. • Organize emergency supplies so they are together in an easily accessible location.

With advance warning If a severe storm with high winds and sustained rain is expected, you may need to take extra steps to safeguard 22F   OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • SEPTEMBER 2019

your home. Shutter windows and securely close exterior doors. Fully charge all cellphones, laptops, and devices so you have maximum power in the event of a power outage. If you plan to use a small generator, make sure it’s rated to handle the amount of power you will need, and always review the manufacturer’s instructions to operate it safely.

During a prolonged outage In the event of an outage, turn off appliances, TVs, computers, and other sensitive electronics. This will help avoid damage from a power surge and will also help prevent overloading the circuits during power restoration. That said, do leave one light on so you will know when power is restored. If using a small household generator, consider using LED holiday lights to illuminate a living area. A strand of 100 white lights draws little energy yet produces considerable light. Solar lights also work, if they can receive some sunlight during the day for charging. During thunderstorms, the American Red Cross recommends avoiding electrical equipment and landbased telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead. Keep away from windows. Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates or check Logan County Electric Cooperative’s website or Facebook page for restoration updates. After the storm, avoid downed power lines and walking through flooded areas where power lines could be submerged. Allow ample room for utility crews to safely perform their jobs — including on your property.

Power in planning Advance planning for severe storms or other emergencies can reduce stress and anxiety caused by the weather event and can lessen the impact of the storm’s effects. Act today, because there is power in planning.

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Some disasters strike without any warning. Have you thought about those supplies you’ll need the most? They will usually be the hardest to come by. Enlist your children to help gather supplies for your family’s emergency kit. It’ll bring you a sense of relief, and your kids a feeling of empowerment.

If a big storm is coming...

Make sure you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Think about where you live and your needs. Consider having a large kit at home, and smaller portable kit in the car or your workplace.

Fill your car with gas Fill plastic bags with water and place them in the freezer Get extra cash out of the bank Fill prescriptions

Emergency Supplies List 3-day supply of non-perishable food (dried fruit, canned tuna fish, peanut butter, etc.) Can opener Paper plates, plastic cups and utensils, paper towels Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation Water – at least a gallon per person, per day for drinking and hygiene First aid kit Prescription medication and glasses Sleeping bag or warm blanket for everyone in your family Change of clothes to last for at least 3 days, including sturdy shoes; consider the weather where you live Matches in a waterproof container Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and other personal items Feminine hygiene supplies Fire extinguisher Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities Dust mask, and plastic sheeting and duct tape, to help filter contaminated air Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and extra batteries Flashlights and extra batteries Cell phone with charger, extra battery and solar charger

Whistle to signal for help Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper (when diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.) Local maps Cash or traveler’s checks Emergency reference material such as first aid book or information from Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, ID, and bank records in a waterproof, portable container Pet supplies Infant formula and diapers Paper and pencil Books, games or puzzles (let your kids pick these out themselves!) Your child’s favorite stuffed animal or security blanket Pet food and extra water for your pet

Don’t forget to think about infants, elderly, pets, or any family members with special needs!



ach year since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This recognition has been an annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council and has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. president since Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first document. The 2019 theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear.” Each day has a topic of focus, with webinars held daily at noon. • Monday: Tractor safety and rural roadway safety • Tuesday: Farmer health and opioid/suicide prevention • Wednesday: Safety and health for youth in agriculture • Thursday: Confined spaces in agriculture • Friday: Safety and health for women in agriculture


The theme “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear” is one that resonates and reminds us that it is everyone’s responsibility to prioritize safety on the farm and the rural roadways of America. The 2017 data for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 581 fatalities, which equals 23 deaths per 100,000 workers. As we recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week this September, please join us in promoting safe and healthy practices on our farms and ranches as producers enter the harvest season across the U.S. and beyond. Courtesy of The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS). Find more information at



• Maintain a 10-foot clearance around all utility equipment in all directions. • Use a spotter and deployed flags to maintain safe distances from power lines and other electrical equipment when doing field work. • If your equipment makes contact with an energized or downed power line, contact us immediately by phone and remain inside the vehicle until the power line is de-energized. In case of fire, exit the cab by jumping to the ground, without touching the equipment at the same time, then hop 30 feet away for safety. • Consider equipment and cargo extensions of your vehicle. Lumber, hay, tree limbs, irrigation pipe, and even bulk materials can conduct electricity — ensure they do not contact electrical equipment.

Source: Safe Electricity


Trump administration offers rule to manage power plant carbon emissions


he Trump administration recently issued a rule to reduce power plant carbon emissions. Known as the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, the new regulation will require power plants to work with state regulators to assess steps that can be taken to cut emissions through energy efficiency improvements. America’s electric cooperatives welcomed the new rule, noting that it is far preferable to an earlier and far costlier attempt to regulate carbon emissions that ultimately was put on hold by the Supreme Court. “The ACE rule represents a more flexible path forward that will minimize the cost to consumers and preserve the reliability of the electric grid as electric co-ops work to promote a healthy environment and vibrant rural communities,” says Jim Matheson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “Electric cooperatives have invested billions of dollars in diverse energy sources and emission-reduction technology to meet the electricity needs of their local communities while protecting the environment,” Matheson says. “The ACE rule gives electric cooperatives the ability to adopt evolving technology and respond to market and consumer demands while continuing to

serve as engines of economic development for one in eight Americans.” Matheson stressed that the ACE rule will allow electric co-ops to ensure that affordable and reliable power remains available throughout our communities. Power plant emissions have steadily declined due to market forces and evolving consumer expectations. Nearly 60% of the electricity supplied by electric co-ops comes from low- or no-emission energy sources. Electric cooperatives have reduced carbon emissions 9% since 2009, even while increasing electric generation by more than 12 million megawatt-hours. Cardinal Power Plant, the generating plant that supplies the majority of the electricity for Ohio electric cooperatives, has invested heavily in technology to reduce emissions. Electric cooperatives work hard to minimize the cost of new regulations to reduce the impact on electric rates for their consumer-members. In this instance, the ACE rule is consistent with our mission to provide consumermembers with safe, reliable, and affordable power, while continuing to reduce emissions and meet other important environmental goals.






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Soybeans, beef, bees, and battling the weather More and more, younger Ohioans are moving back to work on the farm. BY VICTORIA ELLWOOD

ome members of today’s younger generations — millennials and Gen Zers, if you will — favor a trendier, urban lifestyle, with conveniences like Uber rides and food trucks, bike-sharing, live entertainment, and ethnic eateries. But we found some young adults who prefer working the land, carrying on centuries-old legacies, rearing kids with an appreciation for nature, and growing acres (and acres!) of crops, raising livestock — even tending bees. We talked to three young farm families — each of them a member of an Ohio electric cooperative. They’re among more than 30,200 farmers aged 44 and under across the state, according to 2017 USDA agriculture census data. Their numbers are growing. Five years prior, the same age group came in at about 26,300 farmers.

Jessica and Tyler Basham with their children, Wyatt, McKenzie, and baby Dallas.

What’s it like to be a young farmer today?

Tyler and Jessica Basham (Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative)

I wanted to be self-sufficient. I enjoy being outside, and I’ve always liked equipment and animals.”

The rolling, 112-acre farm near New Concord has been part of Tyler Basham’s family for over a century — but the last family member to actually labor the land was his great-grandfather. Until now.

Put those interests together, and Tyler’s career was hatched. He had helped a neighbor farm in the past, but he admits he didn’t have an agriculture background. “I learned a lot just by doing it — and sometimes by doing it wrong the first time.”

Tyler lives with his wife, Jessica, and their three young children in a pole-building-style home, from which he has happily taken over farm operations. His grandparents still live in the original farmhouse, and his parents also built a home on the property. “The fields had been rented to neighbors for many years,” Tyler says, “but farming has always interested me.


Today, he raises show pigs and crop-farms hundreds of acres. His sows produce up to 150 piglets each year, sold in the spring to local 4-H kids who bid on the 12-week-old animals. “Once the pig sale is over, we get out in the fields,” Tyler says. He plants corn and soybeans on 500 to 600 acres (his own plus rented fields). He also raises cattle.




He and Jessica — whose first date was at a tractor pull at the county fair — have a son, 6, and daughter, 4, who are “all about being outside,” Tyler says. Their newborn son, Dallas, is named after Tyler’s great-grandfather. “I really enjoy farming — the whole lifestyle,” he says. “But it has its ups and downs like any job.” Biggest struggle? “The weather. Without a doubt,” he says. “Anyone who works outside will tell you the weather is the most challenging thing. You have no control over it. But (the work) always gets done … even if we have to pull a few all-nighters.”

Josh is a big proponent of farm life. “I like everything about it,” he says. “It’s great to be able to be outside and work the land. You see the crops grow, see the livestock grow.” At the same time, the things that make farming good are also sometimes a challenge. “You’ve got the weather and the pests to deal with,” he says. “But we’re working to improve nature, to improve the land. It’s very rewarding.”

Josh and Cristen Fiebiger Josh Fiebiger is the eighth generation of his family to farm land that straddles Miami, Shelby, and Champaign counties in western Ohio. A descendant of immigrants hailing from Caven County, Ireland, Josh and his family oversee row crops on their land, offer customapplication of crops, run a seed dealership, and raise beef cattle and show-calves. “We all live close — Grandma and Grandpa live north, Dad lives south, and Cristen and I live right in the middle,” he says. The couple grew up in the close-knit farm community, and they were set up on their first date by their moms. They are now raising their 17-month-old son, the next generation of the farm family. “Farming is really rewarding, especially when you have young kids,” Cristen says. “It’s good working together, but it can also mean long hours apart, depending on the day and the season. You can do a lot together as a family, though — our son even helped plant seeds this year.”

Josh and Cristen Fiebiger with their son, Garner.


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The farm also produces herbal-infused honey, handcrafted soap, lip balm and salves, and beeswax candles. Products are sold online and at central Ohio grocery stores and farm markets. The Barnes also lend their bees to help pollinate other crops, trucking the hives during the night to fruit orchards and pumpkin patches. The bees orient themselves in the morning, do their job during the day, and return to the hives at night.


Like other farmers, Isaac says weather is the biggest challenge. “During a dry year, bees may produce 110 pounds of honey per hive. But in years that are rainy and wet, they might produce only about half that much. Looking back, I didn’t expect the years to be so variable.” Even so, the family fully embraces their beekeeping endeavor. “I love working for myself and building our family business. Every day and every season are different,” Isaac says. “There’s a peacefulness that comes from this kind of work. You pay attention to the life around you.” A little summer honey drizzled on toast in the morning isn’t bad either.

Isaac and Jayne Barnes (South Central Power Company) Thirty-four million bees. That’s right — 34 million. In 700 hives. Producing roughly 50,000 pounds of honey each year. That sums up Isaac and Jayne Barnes’ Honeyrun Farm near Williamsport, about an hour south of Columbus. The two both grew up in farming families, in different parts of the state. They met in college and now have four children — Mason, Maizy, Bridger, and Eden. Early in their courtship, Jayne gave Isaac a beehive for Christmas. “He liked honey, he liked projects, and he liked science,” she says. The rest is history.

Back in Ohio, they settled on Isaac’s family land and set their sights on beekeeping. Before long, he quit his job as a high-school science teacher and the two established their thriving Honeyrun Farm. Honeyrun has three “honey flows” a year, yielding different varieties of raw honey. Depending on what flowers the bees are visiting at the time, each is distinctive: a delicate, light spring honey; the mild and “typical” summer honey; and a dark, rich fall honey.



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BIRTH AND REBIRTH Restoring (and creating) trails in Ohio’s most popular state park. BY SARAH JAQUAY


im Schaefer is a northeast Ohio native who’s dedicated his life to “improving Ohio.” Jim and his wife, Joan, have a particular passion for Hocking Hills State Park, where their family has visited for more than 30 years.

Indeed, the Schaefers’ enthusiasm for the undulating, sylvan southeast corner of Ohio is widely shared. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources doesn’t track visitation because the entire state park system is free, but Hocking Hills Tourism Association estimates more than 4 million people visit annually, making it Ohio’s most popular state park. Hocking Hills is nationally known for its interesting geological formations and waterfalls, such as Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave, and Cedar Falls. Since 2017, another pair of hiking destinations have been drawing crowds — and their story is one of persistence and timing. The Schaefers were a driving force in getting the previously unused Hemlock Bridge Trail reopened and in starting the process that led to the opening of a new spur trail to the little-known but astonishing Whispering Cave — one of Ohio’s largest recessed caves. Jim is a retired Cleveland businessman. He’s never worked for ODNR nor any park system. He is, however, a self-described change agent, with the skills to get complicated projects done. When asked what it takes to get a new state park trail or an old one restored, Schaefer is succinct: “Persistence.” In 2014, he read an article in The Plain Dealer calling for suggestions about new services in Ohio’s parks. Schaefer proposed restoring a then-dilapidated trail that started at Hocking Hills Lodge’s former dining hall (which burned down in 2016 but is being rebuilt as part of an overnight lodge and conference center, slated to break ground in 2020) and led to an observation deck and ultimately to Old Man’s Cave. He articulated three advantages to reopening Hemlock Bridge: It would increase trail mileage in Ohio’s most popular park, it would increase patronage at the desolate dining hall (which has an adjacent


180-space parking lot), and it would ease parking congestion at Old Man’s Cave’s crowded lot because hikers could park at the lodge and walk the half mile to Old Man’s Cave. Schaefer encountered reluctance because of the amount of staff that would be required to restore and maintain the trails, but he had answers for every objection. He found an energetic ally in Gary Obermiller, ODNR’s chief of state parks at the time. The pair hiked Hemlock Bridge Trail together and Obermiller immediately got on board. “Hocking Hills is our premier state park and anytime we [ODNR] can offer additional recreational opportunities — well, that’s our job,” he says. Along the way, Schaefer and Obermiller discovered a remarkable recessed cave that hardly anyone knew about — some local firefighters practiced rappelling there, but that was about it.

The restoration process was complex. It required building a new swing bridge over a small, flood-prone creek along the Hemlock Trail and getting people and equipment down to Whispering Cave — which required rappelling. Schaefer says the Hocking Hills maintenance staff loved working on the project because of that. Since the two trails opened in May 2017, Obermiller, now retired from ODNR, says he can’t even quantify all the positive feedback the department received about them. “It was worth all the effort. Even most of the Hocking Hills staff didn’t know about these trails, and now they’re among the most popular there. I’m a big believer that we’re public servants. Anytime we [ODNR] have the chance to redistribute people on our trail system, we’re interested.” See for general information and for a video about the opening.

Opposite page, bottom: Joan Schaefer was one of the driving forces behind the restoration of the Hemlock Bridge Trail at Hocking Hills State Park. Staff at the park enjoyed working on the project because some of it required a rappel to carry in materials. This page: Jim Schaefer shows off the swinging bridge that’s now part of the Hemlock Bridge Trail — the restoration of which led to, among other things, the discovery of a fascinating but mostly forgotten recessed cave nearby.



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cattered across the rural landscape of the Buckeye State are hundreds of small, grass airstrips, their owners housing vintage airplanes in nearby hangars and barns. A private plane, even though dated, is not inexpensive to purchase or maintain; the pilots — both men and women — do so for one simple reason: their love of flying. Like birds of a feather, they also enjoy flocking together. Their gatherings are known as fly-ins, where like-minded pilots arrive via their aircraft to share a meal and spend a day talking all things aviation. Fly-ins are the airplane equivalent of cruise-ins for classic car owners. Continued on page 36

Top: Dan Hempy of Marion flies his RV-7 experimental airplane with its smoke system activated. Above: Dewey Davenport stands on the wing of his red 1930 New Standard D-25 biplane while he awaits a passenger for a ride. Right: Jerry McKnight of Centerburg flies an open cockpit airplane, which requires goggles and a leather flying helmet. Opposite: Crowds file in to Joe Dreyer’s fly-in while Stephen Beaver flies his Bücker Jungmann biplane over the crowd.


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One of the larger local fly-ins in the state takes place annually at the farm of Joe Dreyer, a Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative member who lives near Cardington.

Clockwise, from bottom: Flying machines of all shapes, sizes, and colors attend Dreyer’s flyin. Jim Baldwin, an experienced builder and owner, along with young and old alike, enjoys watching the take-offs and landings throughout the day. Above: John Wolfe of Marysville flies his modern-day gyrocopter to the event.

“This will be our seventh year, and each year the fly-in seems to grow a little larger,” Dreyer says. “Last year, about 100 planes flew in and out during the day, and we estimate 1,000 people attended, many of them driving in. We also fed everyone, so that’s 1,000 free meals served. It’s family-friendly fun in a rural setting — a way for us to give something back to aviation, our friends, and neighbors.” Bob and Jill Jenkins have attended Dreyer’s fly-ins for years. The Consolidated Cooperative members have three aircraft in their family. “We own a 1947 Cessna 120 and a 1946 Piper J-3 Cub,” Bob says. “I also co-own a 1972 Cessna 172 with my son, Shawn.” Jill Jenkins enjoys the camaraderie of fly-ins. “You can talk to most anyone, and within a few minutes, feel as if you’ve known them for years,” she says. “It really makes for a relaxed, fun fall day.” 36   OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  •  SEPTEMBER 2019

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he nasally call of summer insects has begun to fade away, and the shiny wax coating of tree leaves is beginning to lose its luster. As summer turns toward fall, buckeye seeds come to rest on the forest floor, where they will sink into the soil and take root, as they’ve done since the Pleistocene winter of 10,000 years ago. Coded in that inedible promise of a would-be tree lies all the information the seed needs in order to make a living in Ohio’s rich and varied soils — just add water and light. Where there’s natural water in the bottomlands or moist hillsides, you’re sure to find Ohio’s official state tree, says retired state parks naturalist and ranger Chris Grupenhof. He spent a 27-year career teaching park visitors about Ohio’s natural wonders — and he knows his trees, having worked at Burr Oak and Hocking Hills state parks, some of the most heavily treed parks in the state. “Buckeye trees prefer limestone soil versus acidic soil that’s most common in the southeast,” says Grupenhof. “They like to have their feet wet, and they occur naturally with silver and red maples, hackberry, and black walnut.”

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THROUGH SEPTEMBER – Quest Class: Kayaking Basics, North Bend State Park, 202 North Bend Park Rd., Cairo. Two-hour kayaking excursion to introduce and improve basic kayaking skills. $175 fee includes one-night lodging for two, kayak rentals, guide,

SEPT. 28 – Bluffton Fall Festival, downtown Bluffton, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Kids’ activities, food, horse-drawn wagon rides, antique tractor show, quilt show, farmers market, and much more. SEPT. 28 – Elida Mennonite School Benefit Breakfast, Lunch, and Auction, Delphos, 7:30 a.m.–3? p.m. Enjoy a country breakfast featuring locally made whole-hog sausage; Elida’s famous 1-lb. smoked pork chops for lunch; homemade doughnuts, pies, and other baked goods; softserve ice cream and kettle corn; and apple butter made on site! Kids’ entertainment includes barrel train rides and bounce house (weather permitting). Auctioned items will include Amish crafted furniture, locally made products, antiques, home-canned foods, and more. 419-233-0567 or SEPT. 28 – Fostoria Rail Festival, Fostoria Jr./Sr. High School, 1001 Park Ave., Fostoria, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $4, under 10 free. Model train displays, train merchandise and memorabilia, historic rail tours, kids’ train rides, photo contest. 419-435-1781 or SEPT. 28–29 – Pumpkin Fest with Tracks to the Past, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $10. Pumpkin Train rides, pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, miniature horse cart rides, antique power show. 419-423-2995, www.nworrp. org, or OCT. 4–5, 11–12 – Lima Lantern Tours, historic downtown Lima. Walking tours start at 5:30 p.m., trolley tours at 6:30 p.m. Allow approximately three hours for the tour. $15–$25. 419-222-6075 or www. OCT. 5 – Annual Downtown Chocolate Walk, downtown Sidney. $15. For ages 21 and over. Tour downtown businesses while enjoying samples of delicious chocolate treats. Limited number of tickets; available on website. 937-658-6945 or OCT. 5 – Henry County Ducks Unlimited: Annual Banquet Dinner, Napoleon Area Legion, 500 Glenwood Ave., Napoleon, doors open at 5:30 p.m. Contact TJ Hershberger for more information: 419-966-1054. taxes and fees. Register at 304-643-2931 or www. THROUGH OCT. 27 – Blennerhassett Voyage Package, 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 Blennerhassett Mansion, and passes for the Blennerhassett Regional History Museum. 304-643-2931,, or www. SEPT. 26–29 – Preston County Buckwheat Festival, 115 Brown Ave., Kingwood. Buckwheat cakes and sausage breakfast served all day. Car show, livestock shows and competitions, carnival rides, art and crafts, and a buckwheat cake eating contest. info@ or

OCT. 5–6 – “Christmas in October” Craft Show, Hancock Co. Fgds., 1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., rain or shine. $6; under 12 free. Over 300 exhibitors. Repurposed goods and furniture, vintage, shabby chic, farmhouse decor, Americana, and much more; food, live music, and kids’ entertainment. $1-off coupon available at 419-436-1457 or find us on Facebook. OCT. 5–6 – The Fantastic Tiffin Flea Market, Seneca Co. Fgds., 100 Hopewell Ave., Tiffin, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Free admission and parking; handicap accessible. 250 to 400 dealers per show. 419-447-9613,, or OCT. 5–6 – Johnny Appleseed Festival, Auglaize Village and Farm Museum, 12296 Krouse Rd., Defiance. Step back in time to the pioneer days. Demonstrations, cooking, apple cider making, vendors, and food. 419-9900107 or OCT. 6 – Farm Toy Show, Van Wert Co. Fgds., 1055 S. Washington St. (U.S. 127), Van Wert, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $2; under 12 free. Food and drink available. Parts dealer present. 937-826-4201. OCT. 6 – Gymanfa Ganu: The Welsh Singing Festival, Gomer Congregational Church, 7350 Gomer Rd., Gomer, 7 p.m. Free. Contact Susan Siefker at 419-642-2681. OCT. 12 – Sidney Fall Festival, 109 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Costume contest for ages 0–12 years. Candy and activities at various locations downtown. 937658-6945 or OCT. 12 – Van Buren Lions Club Apple Butter Fest, Van Buren High School, 217 S. Main St., Van Buren, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. Enjoy apple butter and bean soup cooked over open fire on-site. Food vendors, craft and quilt show, farmers market, popcorn and nuts, kids’ area, Wind Beneath Our Wings animals, and Buttons the Clown with balloons. Something for the whole family! 419-299-3628 or

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SEPT. 27–28 – Ohio State African Violet Society Show and Sale, Kingwood Center Gardens, 50 Trimble Rd., Mansfield, Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (sale), 1–5 p.m. (show); Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (show and sale). 937-654-7014, melsgrice@, or SEPT. 27–28 – Woosterfest, downtown Wooster, Fri. noon–11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Traditional Oktoberfest celebration. 330-262-5735 or SEPT. 28 – Oktoberfest, Wolf Creek/Pine Run Grist Mill, St. Rte. 3 S., Loudonville, noon–11 p.m. Ages 21+, $5; ages 10–20, $1; under 10 free. Beer, wine, live music all day, SEPT. 9–22 – “Celebrate the Constitution,” Historic Fort and food vendors. Steuben, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville, Mon.–Sat 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free displays and activities. 740- OCT. 5 – Lorain County Beekeepers Association 100th Anniversary, Lorain Co. Fgds., 23000 Fairgrounds Rd., 283-1787 or Bldg. #19, 5 p.m. SEPT. 20 – Adult Swim: Greater Cleveland OCT. 5 – Richard Haldi, “The Ohio and Erie Canal: Ohio’s Aquarium, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, 7–10 p.m. First Super Highway,” Zoar Schoolhouse, 254 4th St., Zoar, $30–$40. Light hors d’oeuvres, 20 tasting tickets, 11 a.m.–noon. Free. and a souvenir tasting glass. 216-862-8803 or www. OCT. 5–6 – The Great Berea Train Show, Cuyahoga Co. SEPT. 20–22 – Great Mohican Indian Pow-Wow, 23270 Fgds., 19201 E. Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $8; under 16 free with adult; $10 for 2-day pass. Over Wally Rd., Loudonville, Fri./Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. $8, C. (6–12) $4, under 6 free. 800-766-2267 500 dealers featuring model trains, accessories, and supplies, for all scales. or OCT. 5–6 – Holmes County Antique Festival, downtown SEPT. 21–22 – Zoar Civil War Re-enactment, Zoar, Sat. Millersburg. Antique markets, parades, arts and crafts, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $10; free for ages 12 and under. The largest Civil War event in Ohio, battles Sat. demonstrations, car show, 5K and Fun Walk. Parade Sun. at 2 p.m. and Sun., with Sat. night ball and artillery night fire. 330874-3011 or OCT. 5–6, 12–13, 19–20 – Fall Foliage Tours, Lorain and West Virginia Railway, 46485 St. Rte. 18, Wellington, SEPT. 21–NOV. 2 – Corn Maze, Beriswill Farms, 2200 1:30 p.m. Tickets available at the station. 440-647-6660 or Station Rd., Valley City, Tues.–Sun. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Flashlight nights Saturdays during October. 330-350-2486 or

OCT. 7–19 – “Riverboats on the Ohio” Exhibit and Programs, Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville, Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. 740-283-1787 or OCT. 11–13 – Algonquin Mill Fall Festival, Algonquin Mill, 234 Autumn Rd. SW, Carrollton, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $8 per vehicle. A family-oriented festival in a reconstructed pioneer village. Petting zoo, model railroad, car show, kids’ activities, and homemade sauerkraut. www. OCT. 12 – Oktoberfest, Painesville Depot, 475 Railroad St., Painesville, noon–10 p.m. $5, kids (3–12) $3, family $12. German brats and krauts, potato salad, and beer. Music and German dancing. 216-470-5780 or www. OCT. 12–13 – Annual Apple Stirrin’ Festival, Unionport Grange, Co. Rd. 39, Unionport. Everything apples! Open-fire apple butter, cider, fritters, and more! Crafts, demonstrations, food, and entertainment. 740-944-1533.


contests, pie and cake auction, judging for pies, cakes, and cookies. 740-384-3537. OCT. 5–6 – Lucasville Trade Days, Scioto Co. Fgds., 1193 Fairground Rd., Lucasville, Sat. 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.–4 p.m. $4; free for 12 and under. 937-728-6643 or OCT. 5–6 – Paul Bunyan Show, Guernsey Co. Fgds., 335 Old National Rd., Lore City, Fri./Sat. 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.–3 p.m. $10; free for 6 and under. Lumberjack competitions, demonstrations and clinics, wood crafts, and more. 888-388-7337 or OCT. 10 – Ladies’ Night Out, Deerassic Park Education Ctr., Cambridge, 5–8 p.m. $25. Join us for a night out to support United Way. Luau theme. Food, drinks, vendors, games, music, 50/50 and more. Only 150 tickets sold! Tickets must be ordered in advance Call United Way at 740-439-2667. OCT. 10–13 – The Crucible, Chillicothe Civic Theatre, S. Walnut St., Chillicothe, Thur.–Sat. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. $12–$15. The 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller is a dramatized story of the Salem witch trials. OCT. 11–13 – Chillicothe Halloween Festival, Yoctangee Park, Chillicothe, Fri. 5–11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Haunted attractions, themed merchandise, bands, speakers, celebrity appearances, exhibits, contests. www. OCT. 12–13 – Monroe County Fall Festival, 46760 St. Rte. 26, Woodsfield. Free admission to grounds; $10 for track events. Crafts, antique tractors, petting zoo, corn grinding, antique/classic car show, chili, ribs, pumpkin decorating, pie baking contests, square dance, 5K walk/ run, truck and tractor pull. 740-926-1466 or 740-458-1694.

SEPT. 21–22 – Old Iron Power Club Power Show and Appalachian Foothills Fall Festival, Noble Co. Fgds., Caldwell, just off I-77, exit 25. Featuring Minneapolis-Moline, Cockshutt, oil pull tractors, New Holland engines, and a fall craft festival. Contact Darlene Bettinger at 740-585-2645. SEPT. 26–29 – Barnesville Pumpkin Festival, 117 Cherry St., Barnesville. Parade, fun contests and activities, music, pumpkin-based food, and the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off. 740-425-2593 or SEPT. 27–29 – Fall Women’s Retreat, Highlands Nature Sanctuary, 7660 Cave Rd., Bainbridge. Enjoy the company of other like-minded women and get back to nature in the way that suits you best. Space is limited. Register at 937THROUGH SEPT. 27 – Rise and Shine Farmers Market, 365-1935 or 2135 Southgate Pkwy., Cambridge, Fridays 8 a.m.–noon. SEPT. 28 – Lore City Car Show, Lore City, 1–3 p.m. 740-680-1866. Registration 10 a.m.–1 p.m. 740-685-1053. SEPT. 7–JAN. 5, 2020 – “Space: A Journey to Our SEPT. 28 – Main Street Fall Festival, downtown Future,” Bossard Library, 7 Spruce St., Gallipolis. Free. Interactive exhibition as seen at the Smithsonian National Cambridge, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. 740-439-2238 or http:// Air and Space Museum. Presented in cooperation with NASA. SEPT. 28 – OUC Health and Safety Fair/Touch a Truck Experience, OU Chillicothe Shoemaker Gym and SEPT. 13–15 – Forest Therapy: A Weekend of Mindfulness Practices, Nature Immersion, and Poetry, parking lot, 101 University Dr., Chillicothe, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Free. 740-774-7200, or www.ohio. Highlands Nature Sanctuary, 7660 Cave Rd., Bainbridge. edu/chillicothe. Join us this weekend to celebrate our connection with each other and our living natural communities. SEPT. 29 – Artists in Residence Gallery Show, Registration is required. 937-365-1935 or http:// Highlands Nature Sanctuary, 7660 Cave Rd., Bainbridge. Showcase and sale of paintings by the nationally known Ohio plein air artists-in-residence during their stay at the SEPT. 21 – Ghost Walk, Chillicothe, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. $10. Tour buildings in downtown Chillicothe and discover their Sanctuary. Artists will be available for conversation and haunted history. Meet the paranormal investigators. www. questions. OCT. 5 – Buckeye Furnace Historic Site Fall Festival, 123 Buckeye Park Rd., Wellston, 10 a.m.–4 SEPT. 21 – Guernsey Gospel Jubilee Fall Gospel Sing, p.m. Free. Bluegrass music (bring chairs), food, City Park Pavilion, 1203 N. 8th St., Cambridge. Free; farmers market, crafts. Kids’ activities, pie-eating offering only. 740-704-1487 or 42   OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  •  SEPTEMBER 2019

OCT. 12–13 – Olde Stark Antique Faire, Stark Co. Fgds., Exhibition Bldg., 305 Wertz Ave. NW, Canton, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $5; under 13 free. Antiques and collectibles. 330-794-9100 or on Facebook. OCT. 12–13 – Wayne County Farm Tour. Self-driven tour of area farms and agricultural businesses. For a booklet, call 330-263-7456 or email OCT. 13 – Ohio Village Muffins vs. Historic Zoar Village, ballfield on corner of 1st and Park, Zoar, 2–4 p.m. Vintage baseball game with old-time costumes and 1860s rules. Donations appreciated. 330-874-3011, zoarinfo@, or

Details at The Olde Barn at Garrett’s Mountain, Amanda, Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., or SEPT. 20–21 – Sims Fall Festival, 11300 ChillicotheLancaster Rd., Amanda, Fri. noon–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Free. Bean cook Friday. Antique farm equipment, arts and crafts, mums, pumpkins. Civil War encampment. General Sherman’s cannon fired Fri. 6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Kids’ activities on Saturday. 740-969-2225 or SEPT. 20–22 – Backwoods Fest, 8572 High Point Rd., Thornville, Fri./Sat. 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. $9; 10 and under free. Free parking. Arts, crafts, music, and food! 740-246-4709, SEPT. 21 – Oktoberfest, 80 W. Church St., Pickerington, noon–10 p.m. Free admission. Local brews and wine, food and business vendors, live music outdoors all day. Family-friendly event! SEPT. 21–22 – Harvest Celebration, Smeck Park, 7395 Basil Rd, Baltimore. Free. Featuring harvesting demonstrations by the Fairfield County Antique Tractor Club. 740-681-7249 ext. 105 or www.fairfieldcountyparks. org/events/special-events. SEPT. 27–28 – Scott Antique Markets, Fayette Co. Fgds., 213 Fairview Ave., Washington Court House, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $1 admission, good all weekend. Free parking. America’s favorite treasure hunt! 740569-4112,, or www. SEPT. 28–29 – Fly-In and Drive-In Car Show, Zanesville Municipal Airport, 850 Airport Rd., Zanesville. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Ride on a “Whisky 7”/C-47! $95/per ride, 14 people at once. 740954-0059,, or www. OCT. 4–5 – Heart of Ohio Quilt Guild Biennial Quilt Show, Bryn Du Mansion Carriage House, 537 Jones Rd., Granville, Fri. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $6, Srs. $5, under 12 free. Theme: “Make New Quilts, but Keep the Old.” Quilt raffle, tutorials, quilt challenge blocks, refreshments, and quilt appraisers. https:// or see our Facebook page.

OCT. 4–6 – Disney’s Frozen Jr., Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion. Adults $15; age 12 and under, $12. Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle come to life onstage. Cast of children directed by Kristi Wink. 740-383-2101 or OCT. 5 – Crafts for a Cure for Alzheimer’s, Isla Grande Farm Auction Barn, 2730 Harding Hwy. W., Marion, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Crafts, vendors, food, raffles. All indoors! 740-262-2286 or OCT. 5–6 – Ohio Makes Festival, Zane State College, 1555 Newark Rd., Zanesville, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free admission. Makers and manufacturers will be offering their products for sale — all Ohio-made products! Demonstrations, food trucks, live music, and fun for the entire family. OCT. 11–13 – Columbus Italian Festival, St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church, 720 Hamlet St., Columbus, Fri. 5–11 p.m., Sat. noon–11 p.m., Sun. noon–7 p.m. $5, under 12 free. 614-294-8259 or www. OCT. 11–13, 18–19 – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Renner Theatre, 148 N. 7th St., Zanesville, Fri./ Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. C.S. Lewis’ classic tale, set in the land of Narnia. OCT. 11–12 – Historic Ghost Tour, presented by the Canal Winchester Historical Society, Frances Steube Senior Ctr., 22 S. Trine St., Canal Winchester. Tickets sale begins at 6 p.m., tours start at 6:30 p.m., with the last one at 7:30. 614-833-1846 or OCT. 12 – Gatsby at Wagnalls, Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis. $50; early ticket, $45. Come dressed in your finest Roaring Twenties attire or Gatsby-themed couture. Benefits Wagnalls Memorial Foundation. Silent auction. Contact, call 216-7411533, or visit OCT. 12 – Grandma Gatewood’s Fall Colors Hike, Hocking Hills State Park, 19852 St. Rte. 664 S., Logan, 9 a.m. A strenuous hike that spans 6 miles, from Old Man’s Cave to Cedar Falls and back. 740-385-6841 or www.

SEPT. 18 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, 6:30– 8:30 p.m. Free. Dinner and bluegrass music. Reservations recommended. 513-385-9309 or SEPT. 18–21 – Seaman Fall Festival, Seaman, day and night. Free. Contests, rides, entertainment, flea market, floral hall, horse/miniature horse and pony pulls, tractor pulls, food. Contact 937-386-2083. SEPT. 20–22 – WACO Celebration and Fly-In, WACO Historic Airfield and Learning Ctr., 1865 S. Co. Rd. 25A, Troy. WACO owners fly to Troy. See the beautiful aircraft, talk to the owners, tour the renovated museum, ride in an open THROUGH SEPT. 26 – Uptown Music Concert Series, cockpit biplane! Food available. Uptown Park, Oxford, every Thur. 7–9:30 p.m. Free. 513SEPT. 21 – Piqua Arts and Ale Fest, Canal Place, Piqua. 523-8687 or Fine art, crafts, plein air competition, entertainment, food SEPT. 7 – Astronomy Event, Serpent Mound, 3850 and drinks, kids’ zone. OH-73, Peebles, 6:30–11 p.m. Free, $8 parking. Tour of the night sky the staff of the Cincinnati Observatory. http:// SEPT. 21–22 – Preble County Pork Festival, Preble Co. Fgds., 722 S. Franklin St., Eaton. Free. Parade Sat. SEPT. 8 – Music at the Mound with Steve Free, Serpent 10:30 a.m. Pork chops, pulled pork, ham sandwiches, and sausage. Petting zoo, kiddie tractor pull, magic show, and Mound, 3850 OH-73, Peebles, 1 p.m. Free admission; $8 racing pigs! parking. SEPT. 14 – Bret Michaels: Unbroken World Tour, Hobart SEPT. 27 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Brown Co. Fgds., Danny Gray Activity Ctr., 325 W. State St., Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy. Georgetown, 3:30 p.m. $10. SEPT. 14 – Troy Porchfest, downtown Troy. More than 20 bands in a variety of genres play in the Southwest Historic SEPT. 27–29 – Tipp City Mum Festival, Community Park, Tipp City. Free. Parade, rides, entertainment, district. Walkable maps available.

concessions, and more. Cruise-in on Friday; 5K run on Saturday. 937-667-8631 or OCT. 5 – Celebrate Fall at the Johnston Farm, 9845 N. Hardin Rd., Piqua, 12–5:30 p.m. Johnston home and Historic Indian and Canal Museum tours; rides on the General Harrison of Piqua, a 19th-century canal boat replica, at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 800-752-2619 or www. OCT. 8–12 – Bradford Pumpkin Show, downtown Bradford. Free. Parades, concessions, rides, and contests. Baking contest on Wednesday. Car show and smash-apumpkin on Saturday. OCT. 12–13 – Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, Waynesville, Sat. 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Homemade sauerkraut and many kraut-containing foods. Nonkraut foods also available. 513-897-8855 or https:// OCT. 12–13 – Fall Farm Fest, Lost Creek Reserve and Knoop Agricultural Learning Ctr., 2385 E. St. Rte. 41, Troy, Sat. 12–7 p.m., Sun. 12–5 p.m. Free. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, scarecrow contest, wagon and pony rides, kids’ activities, and more. 937-335-6273 or https://www.


THROUGH OCT. 26 – Delaware Farmers Market, N. Sandusky St. (between William and Winter), Delaware, Wed. 3–6 p.m., Sat. 9–12 p.m. 740-362-6050 or www. THROUGH OCT. 26 – Zanesville Farmers Market, Muskingum Co. Fgds., 1300 Pershing Rd., Zanesville, every Sat. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Through September, the market is also open every Wed. 4–7 p.m. at N. 3rd Street. www. THROUGH OCT. 27 – Rock Mill Weekends, Stebelton Park at Rock Mill, 1429 Rockmill Place NW, Lancaster, every Sat. and Sun. 12–4 p.m. Free. Tour the restored gristmill, walk on the covered bridge, and enjoy the falls. 740-681-7249 or SEPT. 14–OCT. 31 – Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, McDonald’s Greenhouse and Corn Maze, 3220 Adamsville Rd., Zanesville. $7. 740-452-4858 or www. SEPT. 20 – The Guess Who, Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, 7:30 p.m. $32–$50. 740-383-2101 or SEPT. 15 – North Side Jazz Band Concert, Clintonville Woman’s Club, 3951 N. High St., Columbus, 2–5 p.m. $20, members $15, music teachers/students free. BYOB, but food and soft drinks available to purchase. SEPT. 20–21 – The Country Shop Hop, in Amanda, Stoutsville, and Tarlton. Special offers from 14 businesses to all shop hoppers. Visit 10 locations to enter a prize drawing.





1. Our granddaughter, Malia, wasn’t too excited about her first day of school, having just moved from California to Ohio. Malia Brooks Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative member


2. My son, Colton, is super excited to start school. Missy Dean Washington Electric Cooperative member 3. My grandson, Camden, getting on the school bus for his first day of kindergarten. Katie Grubba South Central Power Company member



4. Our children and their neighbor friends walking down the driveway on the first day of school. From left to right: our son, Cade; his friends, James, Josie, Jenna, and Jake; and our daughter, Anna. Julie Bryant Union Rural Electric Cooperative member 6



5. Kayla Kellar, 7, gets to the school bus stop by way of her dad, Steve Kellar, towing her across the flooded waters of Seneca Lake, following hurricanes Ivan and Frances. Toni Kellar Washington Electric Cooperative member 6. Our grandchildren, Jaime and Jeffrey, running to the bus for their first day of school. Patty and Larry Quaglia South Central Power Company members 7. Stella and Emma are seeing their little brother, James, off to kindergarten. Amy Fifer Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative member

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8. Local Amish kids going back to school. Kathy DeHass Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative member

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