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Logan County Electric Cooperative

Official publication | www.logancounty.coop

NOVEMBER 2017

Electrifying education 400 fourth-graders gather at LCEC for hands-on learning

ALSO INSIDE Help after hurricanes Vintage toy stores Holiday gift guide


Holiday Energy Efficiency Tips

Decorate with eco-friendly lights Use LED lights for your tree—one of the best ways to save energy during the Christmas season. LED lights use 70% less electricity than standard lights. Get creative Opt for tinsel, garland, wreaths, even silver bells—holiday decorations that twinkle don’t have to use electricity! Time your lights Set a timer to switch off lights and prevent them from staying on all day or all night. ohioec.org OEC-OCL_NOV 17_FULLCOVERREV.indd 2

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HIGHLIGHTS 4

THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT IN GEORGIA

When Hurricane Irma blew through the southeastern United States in September, Ohio’s electric cooperatives came to the aid of their Georgia brethren.

19 LOCAL PAGES

News and important information from your electric cooperative.

FEATURES 24 SHOPPING BACK IN TIME

There are spots around Ohio and beyond where lovers of vintage toys — and other memorabilia — can find all sorts of childhood treasures.

30 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

We spent the entire year scouring the state to find fun, unique, or just plain useful gifts for anyone on your list.

Cover photo on most editions; Matt Sutton and his dog, Daisy, by Damaine Vonada

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UP FRONT

RESTORING

COMMON SENSE The electric power “grid” that serves our country is a complex and highly technical system that depends on hundreds of organizations working together, each responsible for specific roles, to make it work. Its reliability and stability also depend on common-sense rules from federal regulators and power system operators that direct the actions of electricity providers, both large and small. I have voiced my concerns, on occasion, about ill-conceived or over-reaching regulations that add costs or undermine reliability with little or no benefit to consumers. I’d like to take note of some recent actions by federal regulators to restore some common sense to the rules that govern the functioning of our electric power grid. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has told federal regulators to consider the benefits of baseload coal and nuclear power plants in the design and operation of wholesale power markets. These large plants, which require huge investments to build and maintain, provide the backbone of our power supply system. Yet, for years, the rules of power system operators have favored less-robust sources of supply — such as wind, solar, and natural gas plants — that are designed for operation only during peak-demand periods. Common sense tells us that we need a balance of sources to have the robust and resilient bulk power system we expect. U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has placed under review the so-called “Clean Power Plan” issued by his predecessor. The plan not only was legally questionable, it threatened to make our power system less reliable and more expensive, in exchange for only minimal environmental benefit. More sensible rules can provide less risky and lower-cost ways to reduce emissions. Recently, hurricanes have tested the resilience of our power system with both high winds and flooding in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Puerto Rico. These threats should serve as a reminder not to take our electric power system for granted. All of us who work for Ohio’s electric cooperatives thank you for your patronage and support again this year as we work to overcome the challenges of providing you and your family with clean, safe, reliable, and affordable electricity. Best wishes for the Thanksgiving holiday. 2 2

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Pat O’Loughlin

President & CEO Ohio's Electric Cooperatives

For years, the rules have favored less-robust sources of supply that are designed for operation only during peakdemand periods. Common sense tells us we need a balance of sources.


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MORE INSIDE DEPARTMENTS 8 CO-OP PEOPLE DOGGY DUTIES: An Ohio Northern University program utilizes volunteer labor from students to train puppies how to be service animals.

10 WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE

BEAGLES AND COTTONTAILS: Hunting bunnies with beagles

is becoming a lost art, says W.H. “Chip” Gross.

15 GOOD EATS EXTRAORDINARY: Cranberries don’t have to be a

November-only treat.

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CONCERN FOR COMMUNITY: Electric co-ops around the state take up collections for hurricane relief.

38 CALENDAR

WHAT’S HAPPENING: November events and other things to do.

40 MEMBER INTERACTIVE

THANKFUL: What are you grateful for this holiday season?

DID YOU KNOW?

Service dogs are capable of amazing feats — including saving their owners’ lives. In September, one Ohio service dog did just that. Bella, a two-year-old service dog from North Ridgeville, Ohio, saved her owner Tony Damato’s life by waking him from a nap to alert him to a house fire. According to Fox 8 Cleveland news, Damato said Bella jumped on him to ensure he got up. Though Bella required oxygen and was taken to the animal hospital, she survived and is currently in recovery.

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Ada (p.8) Carrollton (p.8) Xenia (p.6, 9) Paulding (p.23) Mount Gilead (p.23) Lancaster (p.23) Columbus (p.27) Springboro (p.26) West Carrollton (p.26) Maumee (p.27)

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POWER LINES

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BY JEFF MCCALLISTER

NIGHT LIGHTS WENT OUT IN GEORGIA THE

Ohio crews jumped to the aid of southern cooperatives after September’s hurricanes left half a million without power

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huck Chafin has worked on electric lines with the South Central Power Company for 18 years, during which time he’s seen his share of power outages and general destruction both in Ohio, and beyond, caused by extremes in weather. So while he wasn’t particularly surprised at the damage that he and 72 other lineworkers and supervisors from Ohio’s electric cooperative network found in Georgia in the wake of Hurricane Irma in early September, it still presented a big job. “There were poles down, conductor line laying on the ground covered by fallen trees, and we heard stories about transformers swinging from broken poles,” says Chafin, director of field operations at South Central Power. “They said it was the worst storm to come through there in 25 years.” Chafin was among the 40 workers from Ohio tasked with helping Georgia’s TriCounty Electric Membership Corporation, in the central part of the state, to restore electricity to more than 18,000 members — more than 85 percent of its membership — who lost power as the result of the storm. The South Central crew was joined by crews from Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative, Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, Consolidated Electric Cooperative, The Frontier Power Company, Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative, Pioneer Electric Cooperative, and Washington Electric Cooperative giving assistance at Tri-County.

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Linemen from Logan County Electric Cooperative and Midwest Electric Cooperative found a friendly Buckeye face in the midst of Georgia Bulldog country, though all the Ohio workers reported residents were, without exception, friendly and full of gratitude for their efforts.

Another 33 Ohio workers — from Carroll Electric Cooperative, The Energy Cooperative, Firelands Electric Cooperative, Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Logan County Electric Cooperative, Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative, Midwest Electric, North Central Electric Cooperative, North Western Electric Cooperative, and Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative — headed to northeast Georgia’s Jackson EMC, which, with more than 220,000 members, is the second-largest electric cooperative in the nation. More than 115,000 of those members were left without power after Irma blew through, and 70,000 were still dark when Ohio crews arrived. “We plan for this kind of thing all the time,” says Dwight Miller, director of safety and loss control for Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, the statewide association that serves the 25 Ohio-based electric distribution cooperatives. “In this case, we had a decent amount of warning that the storms were on their way, and when the calls went out, our guys were on the trucks and moving.” With the 18 cooperatives and all those men involved, it was the largest single mobilization of manpower and machinery to provide mutual aid in the Ohio association’s history. Only some unfortunate timing kept more Ohio co-ops away — the desire to help in these situations is both strong and universal. “When you see a group of Ohio lineworkers who were not only ready, but eager to answer the call for help from their fellow cooperatives, that’s a big part of the

Ohio lineworkers were greeted with a similar scene wherever they went (opposite page and above) as they helped Georgia’s cooperatives restore power after the early September storms: toppled trees that pulled down power lines, broken poles, and plenty of other wind damage.

cooperative difference,” says Pat O’Loughlin, CEO of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. “We help each other out when we’re needed.” The Ohio crews arrived in Atlanta on Sept. 12 with 21 bucket trucks, 14 digger derricks, and six pole trailers, along with all the tools, chainsaws, and other equipment needed for the task at hand. Jason Woods, safety and loss control consultant at OEC, called it a “small logistical miracle” coordinating the crews and trucks with sleeping and storage arrangements. The Ohio contingent was among an estimated 1,500 co-op lineworkers from 15 states who came to help in Georgia alone, where all 41 of the state’s electric cooperatives suffered enough damage that mutual aid was needed. Continued to Page 6

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Continued from Page 5 “The big thing we emphasize in those situations is the safety of our guys,” Miller says. “So many people are using generators, and if just one of them is hooked up wrong, it can put our workers in an extremely hazardous situation. We’re always careful to emphasize the need for our workers to treat every downed line as if it’s going to become re-energized while they are working on it. The guys made it back without any serious work-related injuries, and we are proud of the professional approach they take daily while their families wait for them back home.” At its peak, more than half a million Georgia co-op members were without power. That number was whittled to only a few thousand by the time the crews headed back north on Sept. 16. “The guys didn’t want to come back when they did, because they felt that there was still a job to do,” Miller says. “That’s just the way they are. They always want to help, and that says a lot about them. But Jackson and Tri-County both felt they had the situation under control, and both of those communities were grateful for the help.” Above: Ohio crews brought 21 bucket trucks, 14 digger derricks, and six pole trailers to Georgia to help two of the state’s 41 electric cooperatives restore power after the hurricane. Right: Linemen from Midwest Electric and Logan County Electric combine their efforts to raise new conductor wire and restore power during the mutual aid effort in Georgia in September.

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Sutton creates legacy of training dogs for service at Ohio Northern

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raduation Day, as it is for most who walk the stage to receive their diplomas, was a proud one for Matt Sutton last year. Not only was he receiving his engineering degree from Ohio Northern University, but he also was able to showcase a program that has become part of his legacy at the Ada school.

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Walking alongside him — and displaying her best puppy manners — was Primrose, a collie Sutton was raising for Polar Paws, a campus organization he had co-founded only a few years before. He was so proud of both the puppy and the program that he had placed a graduation cap on the dog’s head and led her across the stage; she made the walk like a pro.


Laying the groundwork Sutton had set his sights on attending Ohio Northern when he was in seventh grade, after he toured the university with his older brother, Scott, who also studied civil engineering there. “ONU has a gorgeous campus, and it’s surrounded by corn fields,” he says. “Because I grew up on a farm, it felt like home.” The fact that Ada was reminiscent of home also was important to Matt’s father, Harold Sutton, who still runs the farm where his family has raised cattle since the early 1900s. Following in both his father’s and mother’s footsteps, Harold Sutton is on the board of trustees at Carrollton-based Carroll Electric Cooperative, and, in fact, has been the board’s president since 2005. With such close ties to his electric cooperative and its principles that include concern for his community, the younger Sutton started looking for ways to put his passions to work for a good cause, almost as soon as he got to Ohio Northern. That was when he and some of his like-minded, animal-loving friends founded Polar Paws.

Currently, Polar Paws has 34 members who serve either as puppy raisers or puppy sitters, according to Polar Paws adviser Sharyn Zembower, an ONU instructional designer. As service dogs in training, the pups accompany their handlers everywhere, including class and campus events — such as graduation. At ONU, they’re even allowed to live in the dorms. “Under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), the puppies can go anywhere,” Sutton says. “They have equal access rights like humans.”

Lasting impression Polar Paws students train about nine dogs every school year, according to Zembower, and the program has supplied 4 Paws with more than 30 trained service dogs since its inception. Now employed as a transportation engineer in the Indianapolis area, Matt Sutton still keeps tabs on Polar Paws, and he is helping the group plan an on-campus service dog park. When he attended ONU’s homecoming

Polar Paws volunteers show off their trainees for the group’s founder, Matt Sutton (back row, left).

Filling a need Polar Paws is a group of ONU volunteers who foster puppies for the 4 Paws for Ability University Program. 4 Paws for Ability is a Xenia-based nonprofit that provides trained service dogs to children with disabilities and to veterans who have lost their hearing or use of their limbs. By donating their time to raise service puppies, university students make 4 Paws dogs more affordable for recipients.

last September, he brought along his new pet black Labrador, Daisy, that he’s schooling in keeping with Polar Paws’ curriculum. “I got Daisy because of a black Lab named Ziggy I trained for Polar Paws,” he says. “Ziggy was the best dog I ever had, and after fostering him, I had to have my own black Lab.” E-mail Polar Paws at polarpaws@onu.edu. For information about 4 Paws for Ability, call 937-374-0385 or visit www.4pawsforability.org.

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WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE

STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS

BEAGLES COTTONTAILS AND

Do hunting dogs go to heaven?

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Four guys holding on to what is becoming a lost art: Scott Lynch, Dave Miller, Greg Thomas (also shown at left), and Rick Truman, hunting with their beagles.

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or some 25 years, I raised beagles for hunting cottontail rabbits. Reluctantly, I gave it up about a decade ago when my oldest dog died. What I miss most about the sport is the sound of the chase. Hunters call it hound music. My longtime friend and fellow outdoors writer Mike Tontimonia is another who knows the sound well. A member of Carroll Electric Cooperative in eastern Ohio, Tontimonia estimates he’s owned 150 beagles during his lifetime — both hunters and field-trialers — with as many as 20 dogs in his kennel at any one time. “There aren’t as many of us as there used to be,” Tontimonia says, referring to the number of rabbit hunters using dogs today. “Raising and training beagles takes a serious time commitment, and that’s a commodity Americans don’t seem to have much of these days, including most hunters.” Tontimonia has been hunting with beagles so long, he doesn’t even care to take along a shotgun anymore. Instead, he prefers letting others of his hunting party do the shooting. “I just enjoy watching and hearing the dogs work,” he says. Hunting conditions couldn’t have been better that mid-January morning last winter when I joined Mike and a few of his friends for a hunt. The temperature was just above freezing, with no wind, and the ground was moist — excellent scenting conditions for the dogs. Hot, dry, and windy conditions of early fall cause scents to dissipate too quickly. Entering a woody briar patch, we didn’t have to wait long before one of four beagles (we had Brooke, Daisy, Gabby, and Ike with us) crossed a fresh rabbit track and opened up in a long, drawn-out howl. The other three dogs soon joined in, and the first chase of the day was

on, as the beagles filled the woods with their excited yipping and barking. Cottontails in quality habitat live their entire lives within about a quarter-mile section of land. They know that parcel intimately, and seldom venture out of it, since all their needs — food, water, and shelter — can be found within that parcel. That explains why, when a beagle strikes a hot rabbit track, it’s the wise hunter who stays put. He knows that if the rabbit doesn’t dive into a hole during the chase, it will eventually circle back to the original jump point, offering a shot. Tontimonia and his hunting buddies make good use of the rabbits they take, turning them into “hare soup,” a hearty stew with vegetables. “It’s an ugly-sounding name, but the soup’s delicious,” Tontimonia says. Wildlife biologists in Ohio say that even given a daily bag limit of four rabbits per hunter (which is seldom achieved) and a generous annual hunting season of four months (early November through the end of February), there is no concern of overharvest, because cottontails reproduce like…well, like rabbits; they have up to five litters per year. When a hunting dog grows old and dies, it takes a little of a hunter’s heart with it. Years ago, when one of my beagles would die, I’d solemnly slip off its collar and bury the dog in a small woodlot on our property, marking the grave with a few large stones. Today, I can still make out the circle of graves from the house, but only when the leaves are off the trees; only when November gets that certain look — and it’s once again time to hunt. Do hunting dogs go to heaven? If so — and assuming I make it there myself — I should have quite a pack of excellent beagle hounds awaiting me. Look me up. We’ll find a log, sit for a while, and listen to the dogs run. The 2017 Ohio cottontail rabbit hunting season opens November 3. NOVEMBER 2017 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS

FARMERS & HUNTERS

FEEDING THE HUNGRY T

wenty years ago this fall, Rick Wilson was driving along a Virginia highway when he spotted a woman standing beside a car with the trunk open. “From the way she was dressed and by the appearance of the car, it looked like she was not doing too well financially,” Wilson says. “When I stopped and asked if her car was broken down, she said, ‘No, but could you please help me load a deer into the trunk?’” A dead six-point buck lay beside the road, and Wilson asked the woman if she had hit it with her car. When she shook her head no, Wilson explained that unless she first reported the deer to the state police or a wildlife officer, she could be issued a citation for transporting an untagged deer. “She looked into my eyes,” remembers Wilson, “and slowly answered, ‘I don’t care. My kids and me are hungry.’” Thus was born a national organization — Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry — that during the past two decades has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of needy people across America. Hunters in some parts of the country, including in Ohio, are able to harvest more deer than they can eat or share with their friends and family. In addition, farmers are issued management permits to reduce deer numbers that damage their crops. The way the FHFH program works is that those farmers and hunters are encouraged to donate their deer, other big game, or livestock, to approved meat processors that participate with FHFH. The venison and other meat is then given to community agencies such as food pantries, church feeding ministries, the Salvation Army, community food banks, emergency assistance programs, rescue missions, and children’s homes to distribute or serve to their clients. “Our organization has been in Ohio since 2001,” says Josh Wilson, executive director of FHFH and son of the founder, Rick Wilson. “Thus far, we are close to 900,000 pounds of meat donated and distributed to local feeding programs in the Buckeye State, enough for 3.6 million quarter-pound servings.” There are FHFH chapters in 30 states, with 31 chapters in Ohio — the most of any state. The Ohio Division of Wildlife makes an annual matching grant to FHFH, totaling over $700,000 since 2008. Hunters who would like to donate a deer this hunting season, or farmers who would like to donate a livestock animal, should go online to www.fhfh.org/ohio or call 866-438-3434 for more details. There is no charge to donate, financial support is welcome, and volunteers are always needed.

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BY MARGIE WUEBKER; LIGHTER FARE BY DIANE YOAKAM PHOTOGRAPHY BY CATHERINE MURRAY

Extraordinary

Most of us think of the uniquely American cranberry only for its juice or as a saucy complement to holiday roast turkey. But these tart little wonders, used fresh, frozen, or dried, can put a surprising twist on familiar recipes all year long.

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CRANBERRY SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE Coffee Cake: 2 cups all-purpose flour ¾ cup sugar 1½ tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda ¾ cup chopped walnuts 2⁄3 cup sour cream

¼ cup milk 1 large egg ¾ cup chopped cranberries Glaze: ½ cup confectioners’ sugar 2½ tsp. milk

Grease a 9-inch round cake or pie pan. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nuts, sour cream, milk, and egg. Stir until all ingredients are moistened. Spread half of the batter into pan. Spread ½ cup of the chopped cranberries over batter. Spread remaining batter over the cranberries. Top with remaining ¼ cup of chopped cranberries. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before topping with glaze. To make glaze: Combine confectioners’ sugar and water in a small mixing bowl. Stir until smooth. Drizzle over warm cake. Serves 12.

CRANBERRY-PEAR COBBLER ½ cup light corn syrup 1⁄3 cup sugar 1 Tbsp. cornstarch 1½ cups cranberries 2 medium pears, unpeeled and sliced

1 large egg, slightly beaten ¾ cup all-purpose flour ½ cup sugar 1⁄3 cup butter 1 cup quick oats

Grease a 9-inch square baking pan. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium saucepan, combine corn syrup, 1⁄3 cup sugar, and cornstarch. Stir in cranberries. Heat to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes or until cranberries pop open. Stir in sliced pears and mix slightly. Pour fruit mixture into prepared pan. In a mixing bowl, combine flour and ½ cup sugar. Cut in the butter until mixture forms crumbs. Stir in oats; mix well. Add egg and mix until moist. Crumble mixture evenly over the fruit. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Serves 8.

CRANBERRY POPCORN BARS 6 cups popped popcorn 1 Tbsp. butter 3 cups miniature marshmallows

1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup chopped walnuts 2 Tbsp. orange zest ¼ tsp. salt

Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside. In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter; add marshmallows and stir until smooth. Stir in cranberries, walnuts, orange peel, and salt; mix well. Pour over popcorn and toss to coat. Press into a greased 11 x 7 x 2-inch baking pan. Cool. Cut into bars with a serrated knife. Makes 1 dozen. Per serving: 160 calories, 7 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 g fiber, 2 g protein

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LIGHTER FARE

ORANGE-GLAZED TURKEY WITH CRANBERRY RICE 2 cups chicken broth 1 cup dried cranberries 2 cups instant rice, uncooked

1 lb. (8) turkey cutlets ½ cup orange marmalade

In a medium saucepan, combine broth and cranberries; bring to a boil. Add rice; remove from heat, cover, and let stand 5 minutes. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat; add turkey and cook about 2 minutes. Turn and cook over high heat 2 minutes more or until browned. Spoon marmalade over turkey; cook, uncovered, over medium heat 2 additional minutes or until cooked through. Fluff rice with a fork; divide evenly onto 4 plates and top with 2 cutlets. Serves 4. Per serving: 430 calories, 3 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 g fiber, 30 g protein

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THE ENERGY EXPERT

THE

RIGHT

BY PAT KEEGAN

LIGHT

Switch things up with bulbs and fixtures for stylish, efficient lighting for your home

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e often take lighting for granted, but when it’s time to refresh the look of the lighting around the house, it’s important to consider some key issues: how to meet specific lighting needs of the room, how to make fixtures work together, and, of course, how to save money on energy bills. Saving energy starts with choosing the correct bulb. Halogen bulbs, or energy-efficient incandescents, are a step up from older incandescent bulbs, but compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are even more efficient. Energystar.gov estimates that consumers can save $75 a year by replacing the five most-used incandescent bulbs or light fixtures with ENERGY STAR-certified LED or CFL lighting. Of the three types, LEDs tend to save more money over the long run, as LED prices have decreased in recent years. CFLs save nearly as much, but they do contain a small amount of toxic mercury that can be released into your home, if one breaks.

The right mix and strength of ambient and task lighting will result in the best illumination with lowest energy use.

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When considering which type of bulb to buy, consider both watts and lumens. Watts indicate how much energy (and therefore, money) is used to produce light, while lumens indicate how much light the bulb produces. A handy comparison is that a traditional 60-watt incandescent bulb produces about 800 lumens. Bulbs also give off different colors of light, known as color temperature. If a bulb burns out — or in the case of an LED, as it dims over time — it can be challenging to find a replacement that matches other lights in the room. If the variation bothers you, you may want to purchase and install bulbs of the same brand and wattage for the entire room or area at the same time. Installing dimmers instead of on/off light switches is a good way to save energy while giving you greater control of the amount of light in the room. Not all bulbs are dimmable, so be sure to check the label.

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Bulb type

Watts

Lifespan in Hours

Annual Energy Cost*

12

50,000

$1

15

9,000

$1.20

43

1,000

$4.80

60 watt equivalent

LED

CFL

HALOGEN

*Based on two hours per day of use, and an electricity rate of 11 cents per kilowatt-hour

Just as there are differences in bulbs, there are also differences from fixture to fixture. Ambient lights, such as sconces and glass-covered fixtures, provide gentler overall lighting, while directional fixtures, such as pendants, desk lamps, and track lighting, provide task lighting that focuses on areas where work is done. Not all bulbs can be used in an enclosed fixture or work outdoors. Make sure to choose a fixture that can provide the correct level of brightness, with an appropriate size and number of bulbs. It can be disappointing to install a ceiling light with the style you love, only to realize it doesn’t provide enough light for the room; or the opposite, that your room is flooded with too much light, which also wastes energy and money. Pat Keegan writes for Collaborative Efficiency, an energy communications company.

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COOPERATIVE PRINCIPLES

MEMBERS

SERVING MEMBERS

LCEC members can provide assistance to residents of Logan County through Holiday Utility Gifts and Toasty Tots

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he Ohio United Way released a statewide report on the working poor whose income falls above federal poverty levels, but below the cost of living: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) is the acronym used to describe these households. Though the poverty rate in Logan County is 13 percent, an additional 23 percent of Logan County households fall into the ALICE category. This means 36 percent of Logan County households do not earn enough income to be self-sufficient. Logan County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) offers its members two unique ways to assist residents of Logan County: Holiday Utility Gifts and Toasty Tots.

Holiday Utility Gifts Giving a Holiday Utility Gift provides one-time financial assistance to LCEC members. When a member gives a Holiday Utility Gift, it pays for a portion of or the entire LCEC bill of another member. The Holiday Utility Gift program needs your help to meet the financial needs of members who are struggling. When you give to the Holiday Util-

ity Gift program, your act of kindness can be made for a specific member you request or be made to the program’s general fund for LCEC staff to distribute. To make a Holiday Utility Gift payment for an LCEC member, please contact our office at 937-592-4781. LCEC will send a card to each recipient on your behalf, or mark the gift from an anonymous member.

Toasty Tots Toasty Tots is a program that provides snowsuits, winter coats, hats, and gloves to children under the age of six in Logan County. LCEC is receiving donations at our office and will serve as a collection site until Dec. 22. Would you consider giving a donation as part of your holiday giving? There is a need for infant snowsuits, toddler coats, and preschool coats, hats, and gloves. These items are needed in the following sizes: infant, birth to 18 months, toddler 2T-4T, and preschool 4-6 and 6-8. All items will be delivered to the Toasty Tots program, facilitated by the Logan County Family and Children First Council. There is no eligibility criteria for this program. If a child is in need, help is given. Please bring your donation to the LCEC office to help the families and children of Logan County.

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LOGAN COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES

OPERATION ROUND UP

LOCAL GRANTS OFFERED to impact Logan County classrooms

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re you a kindergarten through 12th-grade teacher in a public or private school within Logan County Electric Cooperative’s service territory? Do you have a creative learning idea or project for your classroom? LCEC wants to energize your idea by providing Energizing Education grants.

Energizing Education is funded by Operation Round Up® (ORU) money. When LCEC members contribute to Operation Round Up, their LCEC electric bills are “rounded up” to the next dollar. This small change is added together into grants that make a big difference in our community. The average cost for a member to be involved in ORU is merely $6 per year.

How does the Energizing Education program work? In December, $5,000 in grants will be awarded to educators across Logan County. The grants are given to fund creative learning ideas that are not part of the regular school budget or curriculum. Each teacher may request up to $500 to fund, or partially fund, his or her creative learning idea. Grant Award Criteria •

Innovative, creative learning experiences for students (40 percent)

Benefits and directly involves students (20 percent)

Clearly defined plan of implementation (30 percent)

Provides an adequate budget summary (10 percent)

Energizing Education grant applications now accepted at LCEC.

Please note the deadline for receiving grant applications is Friday, Nov. 17, and the ORU board awards the grants in December. All grant applicants will be contacted during the week of Dec. 18-22. Checks will be made payable to the school, along with a note describing the project being funded. Multiple teachers from the same school may apply; however, individual teachers may apply for only one grant per school year. To request an Energizing Education grant application, or if you have any questions, please contact Ashley Oakley, staff liaison to Operation Round Up, at aoakley@logancounty.coop, or call her at 937-592-4781.

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OPERATION ROUND UP

SMALL CHANGE LEADS TO

BIG

IMPACT

Fire department receives $3,500 grant

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peration Round Up® (ORU) is a grant program funded by Logan County Electric Cooperative members who voluntarily have their monthly electric bills “rounded up” to the nearest dollar. The ORU grant program is also funded by donations. Each month, a participating member’s electric bill will show an amount listed for Operation Round Up, and the bill will be an 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 to the projects. The administrative cost to run Operation Round Up is paid by LCEC as our contribution. The ORU board, consisting of five LCEC members, gave a grant to the only organization that applied this quarter: Bellefontaine Fire Department. The Bellefontaine Fire Department received a $3,500 grant to equip a Mobile Incident Support Unit (MISU) trailer to provide essential support to all Logan County fire departments, emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement.

Consider a “routine” house fire. Such an incident requires 25 to 30 firefighters, four to five EMS personnel, and potentially law enforcement officers for traffic control. All of these responders are likely to be on the scene for several Ashley Oakley hours, during which time Staff Liaison, they will require logistical Operation Round Up support: food, drink, medical monitoring, and an area to cool down or warm up. Such incidents are likely to occur 20 to 25 times each year in Logan County. The MISU will help to ensure that a properly stocked, dedicated rehab support facility can be quickly established for any incident requiring one in Logan County. The trailer will be stocked with medical-monitoring equipment, water, sports drinks, snacks, chairs, portable shade, fans, misters, portable heaters, and blankets. All items will be organized and maintained to provide a quickly deployable, dedicated rehab unit to support emergency incidents anywhere in Logan County. All that will be needed is to hook up the trailer to a utility vehicle, then deploy to the scene.

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YOUTH PROGRAMS

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YOUTH PROGRAMS

OUTDOOR EDUCATION

LCEC welcomes 400 fourth-grade students Logan County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) hosted 400 fourth-grade students for an outdoor education experience. The students came from Logan County schools that elected to participate in the Touchstone Energy® Top of Ohio Ag Tour. LCEC proudly serves as the corporate sponsor for the Ohio Farm Bureau, which organizes the Ag Tour. Driven by the cooperative principle of Education and Training, LCEC invited the Ag Tour to come to the co-op for an interactive electric learning experience. The students’ energy filled the air as they traveled to learning stations led by LCEC employees who taught them about renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric safety, and working on power lines. Standing inches away from the OurSolar solar array, the students learned about renewable energy and electric generation from LCEC Vice President of Operations and Engineering Ryan Smith. After learning about renewable energy and getting an upclose look of the solar panels, the students engaged Ryan with thoughtful questions about renewable energy. They were eager to learn all they could about how the sun can make electricity. Riding the energy bikes, the students experienced how much work is required to light up a lightbulb. LCEC Energy Advisor Shawn Campbell and Director of Communications Michael Wilson each had

an energy bike for the students to ride. These stationary bikes act as a power plant that produces electricity for a panel of lightbulbs. As the lights are turned on and more energy is required, the students have to pedal harder to power the lights. Riding the bike to produce electricity gave the students a real-life understanding that every time you use energy, you directly affect the power plant. Working in linemen’s gloves, using a hot stick, and covering a wire with safety equipment helped the students gain an understanding of the handson work linemen do every day. The students better understand how much work is required to provide Logan County residents with safe and reliable electricity. Finally, the students all came together and watched the operations crew do a live wire safety demonstration. The arcs of electricity, flashes of lights, and flames from articles of clothing catching on fire caused the students to ooh and aah. But the loud BANG of a cut-out fuse blowing made everyone jump in surprise. Whether the students were soaking in solar education, cheering for their classmates as they strained to produce electricity on the energy bike, or diligently trying to close a cut-out fuse with a hot stick, LCEC gladly fulfilled the cooperative principle of Education and Training.

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EVENTS

EXPERIENCING THE POWER PLANT that powers Logan County December 1935 saw the birth of Logan County Power & Light Association. It started by providing power to residents along County Road 1 (Ludlow Road). Today, now as Logan County Electric Cooperative, we have almost 700 miles of electric lines and over 4,500 members. How many of you can remember the day the lights came on? That was a great moment in history. But imagine for a minute life without electricity. You would experience a darkness so complete it might frighten you. Except for the feeble orange glow from a lantern you might carry, there was no light.

Michael Wilson

It was a time of hard work for the people living Director of outside the city limits. Your day began and Communications ended with the rising and setting of the sun. Every chore required labor. There was no indoor plumbing. Water had to be carried from the well. When nature called, one headed outside to the outhouse, where a daily battle was waged with wasps, spiders, and snakes. Every farm operation — from milking the cows to putting the loose hay in the barn loft — had to be done by hand. In the kitchen, it was even worse. Imagine cooking on a wood stove on a hot summer day. The wood stove warmed you in winter and summer, and required incredible skills to keep from burning the biscuits. Of course, someone had to cut the wood, stack it, carry it inside, and carry the ashes out later. Wash day meant hauling more water, heating it in an iron kettle, and then boiling the clothes in the hopes of removing the grime. Then they were scrubbed on a corrugated washboard, taking care not to scrub knuckles as well. The clean clothes were hung on clothes lines outside in the summer, or wherever space could be found inside in the winter. Imagine having to break the ice off your sheets before putting them back on the bed! Ironing was done with the appropriately named “Sad Irons.” These were chunks of iron with a handle that were heated on the wood stove. That was not a fun task to do in the hot days of summer.

This year’s LCEC tour group is dwarfed by the 423-foot-tall cooling tower at Cardinal Station.

While work was hard, life without electricity had a greater concern: fire. Lanterns were used to give light to milk the cows, and if a cow kicked over a lantern, the fire could quickly consume the barn. While the neighbors could be fetched to form a bucket brigade, they would never be able to save the barn. They could hopefully keep the house from catching on fire, though.

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Along came the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) in April of 1935. Their loans gave cooperatives the capital they needed to begin building their electric systems. Then farms were connected to the grid. Initially, houses were wired with just a single bulb hanging from a pull chain with maybe one or two receptacles. It was hard for people to understand electricity. Often, those trying to explain how electricity could move to a remote farm compared it to water moving through a pipe. In a few cases, this backfired. Many rural residents living in valleys refused to sign up because they knew water couldn’t run uphill, and they figured electricity wouldn’t either. I mentioned how the federal government, through REA, loaned money that helped the fledgling cooperatives get established. But it’s important to point out that these were loans. These loans were not a handout. In true rural fashion, they have always been paid back, with interest. To this day, the treasury benefits from the interest payments made by electric cooperatives. One hallmark of those early pioneers was their willingness to get involved in this fight, whether it was taking on a governor or senator who tried to introduce legislation harmful to the cooperatives or some state bureaucrat whose actions threatened to increase rates. They wrote letters, made phone calls, and even showed up in person to rally behind their electric cooperative. Today’s electric cooperative faces similar challenges. You may not have thought about it, but your electric cooperative pays an electric bill, too. Each month, some 60 percent of the cooperative’s revenue is used to pay for its wholesale power. And the price for that power is greatly affected by regulations handed down from Washington, D.C. Over the years, our wholesale power supplier, Buckeye Power — which purchases and generates the power you use — has spent more than a billion dollars cleaning up the emissions from their power plants. About 90 percent of the emissions have been removed from these plants. Today, I want to challenge you to be like those rural electric pioneers who rallied behind their electric cooperatives when called to do so. We need to build a grassroots army that can be called on to ask Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency, and anyone else who threatens the price you pay for electricity to remember the person at the end of the line. This is one of the most important things you can do to control the price you pay for electricity. Would you have the strength and courage to do what those pioneers did in 1936? Could those of you here today turn darkness into daylight by wiring the countryside, even in the face of naysayers who said the job couldn’t be done? Today I would like to ask you for two things. First, those of you who remember what it was like to live without electricity, please share your story with your children and grandchildren. Don’t let this great American success story be forgotten. And second, please step up when we call on you to join this grassroots army. Together, we are strong — that’s the cooperative way.

This year’s LCEC tour group stands on top of a fourstory building overlooking the stockpiles of coal that will power Cardinal Station, the plant that provides electricity to the 25 electric cooperatives serving Ohio.

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LOGAN COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES

The office will be closed Nov. 23–24 for Thanksgiving. For emergency service, please call 855-592-4781.

Top 5 reasons to be grateful for electricity: • 1: Keeps us warm. • 2: Allows for innovative new electronic products. • 3: Is safe, reliable, and affordable. • 4: Provided by hardworking people who keep the lights on for all of us. • 5: Brings friends and family together for the holidays. Electricity literally powers our joyous occasions with friends and family around the holidays — from the cooking and decorating to the music and entertainment we enjoy during these gatherings.

LOGAN COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE CONTACT

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Chair

President/General Manager

Doug Comer

Rick Petty

937-592-4781 www.logancounty.coop

Jerry Fry

Ryan Smith

SECURE AUTOMATED PAYMENT

Jim Rice

Second Vice Chair

Kristen McDonald

Lanny Davis

Tiffany Stoner

Warren Taylor

Michael Wilson

844-219-1219

OUTAGE HOTLINE 855-592-4781 OFFICE

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Co-ops fill trailers for hurricane victims As part of the statewide mutual aid effort, several Ohio electric cooperatives sought the help of their local communities and came together to fill trailers with muchneeded items for those impacted by both Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative, located in Paulding, teamed with Apostolic Christian Church of Junction with the goal of filling one small semi with nonperishable goods. But with the help of their selfless community, PPEC filled the semi three times. Consolidated Electric Cooperative, with offices in both Delaware and Mt. Gilead, also sent a loaded trailer full of nonperishable supplies, donated by employees and community members.

South Central breaks ground on OurSolar project South Central Power Company broke ground on its 4-acre, 1,900-panel OurSolar project — the largest in the state — on Sept. 18. The array’s 1,900 panels, scheduled to be fully installed by the end of the year and operational by early 2018, will produce enough electricity to power about 60 homes. The array is located in Lancaster’s Rock Mill Corporate Park in Fairfield County.

Inspirational speaker stresses safety importance Silence — that was the reaction when Chuck Tiemann, a safety and loss control specialist with Indiana Electric Cooperatives, told his story to Midwest Electric and Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative workers recently. In 1980, at the age of 24, Tiemann was working as a lineman in Oklahoma when he made contact with a live wire he had assumed was dead. In an instant, 7,200 volts of electricity surged through his fingers and body, stopped his heart, and blew a hole out through the big toe of his right foot. He lost his left arm below the elbow and his right leg below the knee. Now, Tiemann travels the country to share his story, showcasing himself as a powerful reminder that safety is crucial. “I want everyone to go home at night to hug and kiss their families,” Tiemann said. “Never make apologies for being safe.”

Cooking out with co-ops Earlier this year, Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, located in Oxford, and Darke Rural Electric Cooperative, based in Greenville, sponsored an exhibitor picnic at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton. Junior fair exhibitors and their families enjoyed hot dogs, chips, cookies, and drinks — a way to relax after a day of hard work.

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STORY AND PHOTO BY BECKY LINHARDT

BACK IN TIME AT

BERDINE’S FIVE & DIME

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arrisville, West Virginia, boasts the oldest operating dime store in the United States. Berdine’s Five & Dime began as a general store in 1908 and has been operating at its current location on Court Street since 1915. It looks to be ready for an even longer stay. Fred Berdine, son of the founder of the store, sold it to the Six family in 1983, and the new owners worked to restore it to its original look and feel. “Their vision was to keep it as living history and as an escape from the contemporary world,” says store manager Karen Harper. “It is and always has been a small family business.” Berdine’s promotes itself as “One Giant Leap Back in Time.” The store is located in a white clapboard building with the green lawn of the 19th-century Ritchie County Courthouse on one side and an 1899 brick building housing law offices on the other. Steps lead up to the porch and a bench outside, while inside, customers find original wood shelving, pressed tin ceilings, and lots of unique products. Adults have a tendency to become kids again as they wander the aisles, finding old favorites along with fun and interesting new items. More than one customer has had to have the “secret” of woven “finger traps” revealed. Grandparents love to buy wooden pop guns, Jacob’s Ladders, and ball-and-cup toys to share with their grandchildren. “We have a large selection of paper dolls, and jack-in-the-boxes sell very well,” Harper says. “We also have contemporary bobbleheads and unique ‘Moving Picture’ books that have images that appear to move like in a movie.” Those who remember pressing their noses against the expansive candy counters at their local five-and-dime will not be disappointed with the Berdine’s experience. Often, visitors responding to a friendly hello from the staff with a “just looking” become customers — buying candy, if nothing else.

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“Customer favorites include real oldfashioned chocolate drops, chocolatecovered English walnuts, and red velvet cherries — dried cherries coated in a red-colored white chocolate,” Harper says. Berdine’s also stocks numerous types of “penny candy” and sour cherry balls. “When I visit Berdine’s, I have to buy coconut bonbons, my husband’s favorite,” says Donna Reaser of Clarksburg. Over the years, Reaser has developed a collection of Christmas ornaments purchased at Berdine’s. “I love the old-time Christmas decorations they have,” she says. Other products that may seem old-fashioned include ladies’ hankies, Rosebud Salve, Unker’s Healing Salve, and Poison Ivy Soap. Kitchen items include measuring spoons marked Pinch, Dab, Nib, and Smidgen. “The owner likes science stuff, so we always have something scientific — but playful,” says Harper. Current stock includes Newton’s cradles, Euler’s Disks (kinetic energy), a wind-power generating kit, science/magic items, and even “spyglasses” — sunglasses with rear-vision mirroring that allows you to see behind you, because, after all, looking back can be fun.

Berdine’s Five & Dime 106 N. Court St., Harrisville, WV 26362. 304-643-2217 or www.berdinesdimestore.com


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TOY STORY

STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARGO BARTLETT

These gems around Ohio take toy shoppers back in time

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o one ever went into the vintage toy business out of dreary obligation.

In fact, many of the people we met during our look at vintage toy stores around Ohio started as hobbyists collecting the memories of their own childhoods. “A hobby turned into a business,” says Mike Patterson, owner of Mike’s Vintage Toys in Springboro, describing his career path Patterson’s small store at 50 Tahlequah Trail is packed with Batman, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, and Marvel Comics figures, as well as Transformers, Cabbage Patch dolls, board games, Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters characters, and Pez dispensers by the tubful. Pez dispensers, it turns out, are a leitmotif running through vintage toy stores. They’re everywhere.

This toy amusement ride was $375 at the Maumee Antique Mall.

Patterson says his business was inspired by his own boyhood toys, but “as an owner, you realize you’ll buy anything you can sell.” Still, his customers tend to be action figure collectors, and they find a kindred spirit in Patterson. Customer Casey Bellman, who collects Star Wars and Marvel Legends pieces, confirmed that. Bellman is dedicated to completing collections that are accurate down to the tiny blaster. Should he learn a piece, or part of a piece, is a reproduction, “my goal is to instantly try to replace it,” Bellman says. “Mike does an excellent job of authenticating his stuff,” Bellman says. “He knows what’s real and what’s not.”

A ride-on horse with wheels was $395 at 580 Antiques in Columbus.

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We visited a neat little shop in West Carrollton, near Dayton, though it’s moving soon to make room for new development. As of early October, Toy FanAddict was still holding out at 1178 E. Dixie Dr., where it was floor-to-ceiling toys, action figures, and paraphernalia from play dates of yesteryear. Olivia Shirley, clerking there recently while owner Tony Bolling was away, took from a locked case a Star Wars comic book dated Feb. 8, 1978. The price then: 10 cents. The price now: $200.


A large — possibly life-sized — Yoda, armed with a long green lightsaber, was $500; a metal truck emblazoned with the words “Bank of America” was $175. But not all items were high-dollar. A Ninja Turtle on a skateboard was only $5, and other small trucks, horses, and board games were $10 to $30. An Annette Funicello doll, legs inexplicably wrapped in foam, had no price that employee Shirley could find. Perhaps her contributions as a 1950s Mouseketeer render her priceless. A small mountain of Pez dispensers was on hand, of course. Toy FanAddict plans to announce a new location on its Facebook page soon. Jason Williams’s business card identifies him as “chief engineer” at Big Fun, 672 N. High St. in Columbus’s Short North neighborhood (the original Big Fun is in Cleveland). Williams offered this rule of thumb: A toy expensive when new will be expensive when vintage. As an example, he cited Transformers. About $100 in the 1980s, an ’80s Transformer recently sold for $500. The buyer was lucky; Williams has sold Transformers for $650 each. G.I. Joes are popular, and lots of Legos are bought and sold, Williams says. We found Pez dispensers here too, some in a locked display case and others tumbled in a bin. Mark Nelson, who has a booth at Off Broadway Antiques, 3369 Indianola Ave., Columbus, says toy shoppers fall into one of two groups: serious collectors willing to pay for rare toys, and browsers, who “ooh and aah” but move on (probably speedily) when they see the price. For that reason, Nelson said, he’s been advertising a $228 Kingsbury ladder truck online, though he may bring it back to his booth if it doesn’t sell. Other Off Broadway vendors offer vintage toys, including a $35 Roy Rogers guitar, a tin trolley, and a Barbie doll dressed as Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara.

Olivia Shirley enjoys showing off the collectible figurines and other wares at Toy FanAddict in the Dayton area.

Debra’s Vintage Toys proprietor Debra Coleman maintains Booth 71 in the Maumee Antique Mall, 1552 S. Reynolds Road, Maumee. Her well-stocked booth recently included board games (Wild Bill Hickok, Happy Days, The Waltons), several Shirley Temple items, a doll wearing a Brownie uniform and beanie, and a James Dean doll. Coleman says her toys can’t be categorized. “Mostly people seek me out,” she says, and her offerings are as varied as her customers. Elsewhere in the mall — a former grocery store — a vintage toy shopper can find books and comics, including Hopalong Cassidy’s “My Horse Topper” and the comic book Girls’ Love Stories. Also on hand recently: a toy amusement ride for $375; $48 Popeye toothbrushes; and a Bart Simpson alarm clock that announces: “Time to go, man!”

Eileen Piurowski owns both Off Broadway Antiques and another antique mall east of Indianola Avenue, 580 Antiques, 580 Oakland Park Ave. “I don’t get huge waves of toys,” Piurowski says. “People kind of hold on to them.” At the Oakland Park mall, an $85 Keystone Ride ’Em Power Shovel and a riding pedal horse with wheeled hooves ($395) awaited new homes. So did a large round-headed doll perched on a couch. “We call her ‘creepy doll,’” Piurowski says. The doll, which had a smile and a $150 price tag, wasn’t all that creepy, but she did resemble — just a bit — Big Baby of Toy Story 3.

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Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative member Karin McGilvery handmakes 50 different bar and liquid soaps using foodgrade oils and organic herbs that she grows on her micro farm. Although Lavender Bud is her best seller, McGilvery’s Peppermint Stick, Eggnog, and Sugar Cookies soaps are perfect stocking stuffers. 419-345-0537; www.abundancesoaps.com.

Owners John and Anne Reese, members of The Energy Cooperative, use original recipes to create exquisite preserves and artisanal cheeses at Black Radish’s commercial kitchen in Granville. They have a shop inside Columbus’s North Market, where favorites include cheese curds and Billionaire preserves made with Ohio strawberries and rhubarb. info@blackradishcreamery.com; www.blackradishcreamery.com.

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Brittany and Timothy Baum produce pretzels with a twist — Bavarian-style snacks that are hand-rolled, preservative-free, and made fresh daily at their Brēzel shops in Columbus’s North Market and Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Choose from 50 varieties, including Jalapeño Cheddar or Cranberry Spice. 614586-0523; 513-407-7916; www.brezelpower.com.

Along with producing artfully designed tableware and decorative items, DeSantis conducts pottery classes and workshops at her Cleveland-area studio. Hands-on options range from parent-child wheel throwing to clay date nights, and gift cards are available. 440-785-5409; www. ginadesantisceramics.com.


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H. Gerstner & Sons Wood Chests and Cases • Dayton

Harry Gerstner started making heirloom-worthy tool chests in 1906. Four generations later, his descendants specialize not only in hardwood chests but also in cabinets, attaché cases, and jewelry chests. With hand-rubbed finishes and tongue-andgroove joinery, Gerstner products are unsurpassed for quality and craftsmanship. 937-228-1662; www.gerstnerusa.com.

Honeyrun Farm Candles • Williamsport

Beekeepers and South Central Power Company members Jayne and Isaac Barnes produce and sell honey, soaps, and candles at their Pickaway County farm. Made of beeswax with cotton wicks, their molded floating star candles and pretty pine cone and pine tree-shaped candles burn naturally merry and bright. 330-763-4752; www.honeyrunfarm.com.

Maverick Chocolate Company • Cincinnati

From organic cocoa beans to whimsically wrapped bars, Paul and Marlene Picton handcraft luscious chocolates at their Findlay Market shop. Mix naughty and nice with Maverick’s Gingerbread White Chocolate bars and bourbon-infused Prohibition Dark Milk Chocolate bars. 513-381-0561; www. maverickchocolate.com.

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Serviced by the Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Quailcrest is a “magical place in the country” where members of the Bruch family delight customers with their farm’s gorgeous gardens and exceptional selection of plants. Quailcrest offers gift certificates that cover anything in the greenhouse; seasonal wreath and centerpiece workshops; or Christmas lunches of homemade soup and herbed bread. 330-345-6722; www.quailcrest.com.

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Rue Farms owners Jeanne and Matt Rue use only local, non-GMO russet potatoes for their kettle-cooked potato chips. The delicious result is golden brown chips that are more crunchy than crispy and come in palate-pleasing flavors like Dill Herb, Back Woods BBQ, and Apple Cider Vinegar. 937-717-6707; www.ruefarms.com.

Her company’s name may give a nod to a historic local bridge, but Lorraine Walker brings coffee beans from around the world to her Gallipolis roasting facility. Smooth-tasting Buckeye Breakfast Buzz, Pumpkin Spice Blend, or Snow Angel, a Yuletide offering with hints of coconut, caramel, hazelnut, and vanilla, fit nicely in any coffee-lover’s stocking. 740-709-1610; www.silverbridgecoffee.com.

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Timothy Michael Kelly transforms slate reclaimed from barns and historic building into rustically beautiful trays and hot plates for serving bread, displaying fruit, holding hot casseroles, and protecting surfaces. Bonus: Kelly engraves each piece with the date of the structure where the slate was originally used. 614-887-7107; www.tmichaelstudio.com.

Owner Carolina Martin crafts hand-dipped chocolate truffles using liquors (for adults) and fruit juices (for kids). The Bom’s Peppermint Schnapps truffles fly off the shelves at Christmas, and Martin’s truffle-making parties make for fun —­and effortless — holiday get-togethers. Just bring friends and your favorite spirit. 216-941-7643; www.thebom.us.


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The Jones Market’s Baby-Friendly Jewelry • Westerville

Twin sisters Karen Shields and Sharen Bauer pay homage to their German heritage with simple, elegant feather trees that are ideal displays for treasured Christmas ornaments. Made of dyed goose feathers or cotton batting, the handcrafted trees range from 18 inches to 7 feet tall, and pre-lighted styles are available. 513-681-9357; www.twinsfeathertree.com.

Candis Jones makes baby-safe necklaces and bracelets from soft jersey and wooden beads. Non-toxic and leadfree, her jewelry is comfy, lightweight, and lovely enough to wear long after the teething-and-tugging stage is over. info@thejonesmarket.com; www.thejonesmarket.com.

University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Items • Dayton

Witty words from America’s funniest mom and famous UD alumna Erma Bombeck emblazon coffee mugs and other items at the campus bookstore. Designed in cooperation with UD’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, the bookstore’s exclusive Erma Bombeck line is chockfull of easy gifts such as coffee cups, wineglasses, and notecards. 937-229-3233; www.udayton.edu/bookstore.

Apparel from The Yarn Barn  • Somerville

Owners Robbie and Carrie Davis, members of Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, operate an alpaca ranch that includes a fiber mill and farm store featuring premium yarns and clothing designed, knit, crocheted, or woven in-house. Customers love the fingerless mittens, cozy hats, scarves, and socks. 937-705-0068; www.ilovetheyarnbarn.com.

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Dryer Balls from Valhalla Acres Fiber Farm • Hopewell

Colorful dryer balls that Jane Evans makes with wool from her own sheep are a sure way to brighten laundry day. The hand-dyed balls reduce static, shorten drying time, and can be used again and again. Incidentally, Evans’s felted balls with jingle bells inside are great cat toys. 740-221-2588; www.valhallaacres.com.

Wishwell Farms Relishes • Bellefontaine

Logan County Electric Cooperative members Jason Wish and Joel Wish concoct hot and sweet relishes from vegetables grown on their family farm. While excellent on burgers and franks, the versatile relishes are a great addition to ham, egg, or tuna salads, and they make a quick, tasty dip when combined with cream cheese. 937-592-2173; www.wishwellfarms.com.

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NOV. 10–11 – Buckeye Farm Antiques Annual Swap Meet, Shelby Co. Fgds., 655 S. Highland Ave., Sidney, Fri. 8 a.m. till dark, Sat. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. $2 per day. Consignment auction Sat. 9 a.m. Tractor parts and related items, crafts, and antiques. 419302-6017, 937-726-2485, or www.buckeyefarmantiques.com.

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NOV. 11 – Blade Holiday Parade, Summit and Jefferson Sts., downtown Toledo, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., staging at 8 a.m. One of the largest and best holiday parades in the Midwest. 419-724-6394, NOV. 24–JAN. 7 – Hayes Train Special Exhibit, Hayes Museum, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 12–5 mpeddicord@toledoblade.com, or www.dotoledo.org/Events/. p.m. $7.50, Srs. $6.50, C. (6–12) $3. This operating model NOV. 11 – Veterans Remembered, Fulton County Museum, 229 train display runs through an intricate Victorian holiday scene. Monroe St., Wauseon, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Free to all who serve or Interactive buttons allow visitors to control aspects of the trains’ have served. 419-337-7922 or www.fultoncountyoh.com. movements. 419-332-2081 or www.rbhayes.org.

NOV. 4–5 – Homespun Holiday Art and Craft Show, Stranahan Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Jump-start your holiday shopping! Also collecting household and food items to benefit Cherry Street Mission Ministries. www.toledocraftsmansguild or 419-842-1925.

NOV. 17–DEC. 31 – Lights Before Christmas, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, Sun.–Thur. 3–8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 3–9 p.m. $14–$17, under 2 free. 419-385-5721 or www.toledozoo.org. NOV. 18–FEB. 2018 – “Glorious Splendor: Treasures of Early Christian Art,” Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Exhibit features some 30 masterpieces of Late Roman art: precious stones, metals, and jewelry. 419-255-8000 or www. toledomuseum.org/exhibitions.

NOV. 25 – Wauseon Christmas Parade, downtown Wauseon, 7 p.m. A beautifully lighted Christmas parade with floats, bands, and horses. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus after the parade at the Wauseon Depot. 419-335-1735.

NOV. 7–9, 11 – “Angels in the Attic” Crafts Show, Ross Historical Ctr., 201 N. Main Ave., Sidney, Tues.–Thur. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $2. A one-of-a-kind show set in a beautiful Victorian mansion that is now the home of the Shelby County Historical Society. Handmade crafts of all kinds by local artists. Reasonable prices, complimentary refreshments, door prizes. 937-498-1653 (Historical Ctr.) or 937-658-1819 (Darla Cabe).

NOV. 25–26 – Crafts for Christmas, Lucas Co. Recreation Ctr. (LineDrive Sportz), 2901 Key St., Maumee, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Our winter spectacular! A showplace of fine handmade juried crafts, gifts, and holiday decorations that will make your season bright. Also collecting donations for Toys for NOV. 19 – Farm Toy Show, Champaign Co. Fgds., 384 Park Ave., Tots. www.toledocraftsmansguild.org or 419-842-1925. Urbana, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 937-826-4201. NOV. 25, DEC. 2, 8, 9 – Holiday Lantern Tours: “A 1920s ChristNOV. 24–DEC. 30 – North Pole Express, 12505 Co. Rd. 99, mas,” Sauder Village, 22611 St. Rte. 2, Archbold, 4–8:30 p.m. Findlay, Fri. and Sat. 5–9 p.m., Sun. 5–8 p.m. $3, C. $2. Closed Reservations required. Experience American Christmas traditions Christmas Eve, open Christmas Day. Take a ride on a quarof the 1920s. 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org. ter-scale locomotive through our festive decorated property, see

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after the show. 440-248-3055 (Sam), jld464@yahoo.com, or www.cleveshows.com.

home décor fill the museum with an unrivaled holiday spectacle. 330-343-7513 or http://thewarthermuseum.com.

NOV. 9–11 – ’Tis the Season Christmas Open House, 4363 St. Rte. 39, Millersburg, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 330-893-3604 or http:// tistheseasonchristmas.com.

NOV. 12 – Fort Laurens Veterans Day Ceremony, 11067 Fort Laurens Rd. NW, Bolivar, 1–4 p.m. Free. Wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot includes honor and color guard, keynote speaker, and lunch provided by Friends of Fort Laurens. 330-874-2059 or www.fortlaurens.org.

NOV. 9–DEC. 16 – Our Christmas Dinner, Ohio Star Theater, Dutch Valley, 1387 Old Rte. 39, Sugarcreek, Wed./Fri. 7 p.m., Thur./Sat. 1 p.m. 855-344-7547 or www.dhgroup.com/theater.

NOV. 1–4 – The Confession Musical, Ohio Star Theater, Dutch Valley, 1387 Old Rte. 39, Sugarcreek, Wed./Fri. 7 p.m., Thur./ Sat. 1 p.m. 855-344-7547 or www.dhgroup.com/theater. NOV. 4 – Buckeye Book Fair, Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. $2. Meet nearly 100 Ohio writers, illustrators, and photographers. Literary activities and events for the whole family. 330-262-2103, buckeyebookfair@ gmail.com, or www.buckeyebookfair.com. NOV. 4 – Building a Model Railroad, Lakeland Community College, Athletic and Fitness Center (AFC) Gym, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Free. Learn the basics of layout framing, laying track, wiring of layout, transformer wiring, and scenery. 440-256-8141 (Bob), promoday@mcr5. org, or www.mcr5.org. NOV. 4 – Canton Fall Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, St. George Serbian Ctr., 4667 Applegrove St. NW, North Canton, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $3, under 12 free. This large show will feature artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. www. avantgardeshows.com/events. NOV. 4 – 2-Rail “O” Scale Train Meet, Lakeland Community College, AFC Auxiliary Gym, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. $7, under 13 free, active military w/ID free. Come see the high end of “O”-gauge model railroading, with over 150 tables to view. Door prizes. Layout tours by reservation

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NOV. 10–12 – Christkindl Market, Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave. N., Canton, Fri./Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $7, under 13 free. Northeast Ohio’s premier juried, holiday-inspired fine arts and crafts show. 330-453-7666 or www.cantonart.org/christkindl. NOV. 11 – “Christmas by the River” Craft Show, Black River Education Ctr., 257 Co. Rd. 40, Sullivan. jmaslanka@blackriver.k12oh.us. NOV. 11 – Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Free Tour, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Complimentary self-guided tour of the estate for all veterans and active military. All other days, members of military receive 50% off regular daytime tour with military ID. 330-315-3294, dspiegler@stanhywet.org, or www.stanhywet.org. NOV. 11 – Strongsville Fall Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Ehrnfelt Recreation Ctr., 18100 Royalton Rd., Strongsville, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $3, under 12 free. This large show will feature artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. www. avantgardeshows.com/events. NOV. 11–12 – Olde Stark Antique Faire, Stark Co. Fgds., Exhibition Bldg., 305 Wertz Ave., Canton, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $5, under 13 free. Early-bird admission Sat. 7 a.m., $7. A large indoor exhibition of quality antiques and collectibles from over 100 dealers and collectors. 330-7949100 or oldestark@neo.rr.com. NOV. 11–19 – Warther’s Christmas Tree Festival, Warther Museum, 331 Karl Ave., Dover, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; 19th only, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $5. Over 100 predecorated trees, wreaths, and

NOV. 1–AUG. 2018 – “A Very Private Collection,” Ohio Glass Museum, 124 W. Main St., Lancaster, Tues.–Sat. 1–4 p.m. Exhibit features a wide variety of vintage glass items from 1875 to 1920 from an anonymous private collection. Glassblowing studio always open during museum hours. 740-687-0101 or https://ohioglassmuseum.org. NOV. 3–5 – The Drowsy Chaperone, Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, Fri./Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $16. A loving musical send-up of the Jazz Age, masterfully poking fun at all the clichés that surround the musical theatre genre. 740-383-2101 or www.marionpalace.org. NOV. 3–19 – Seussical the Musical, Wagnalls Community Theater, 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis, Fri./Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $10–$15. A family-friendly musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss tales. www.wagnalls.org. NOV. 4 – Dinner with the Presidents, Harding High School, 1500 Harding Hwy. E., 5:30–8:30 p.m. $26 single, $47 cou-

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NOV. 17–18 – Season’s Splendor Arts and Crafts Show, Fisher Auditorium, Shisler Conference Ctr., 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Fri. 5–9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Lunch available. 130 booths showcasing handcrafted merchandise, including floral designs, Santas and seasonal décor, jewelry, wooden and fabric items, glass block and wine bottle lights, candies, stained glass, handwoven baskets and rugs, candles, and soaps. 330-682-2926. NOV. 18–19 – Rocky River Fall Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Memorial Hall (next to the Rec. Ctr.), 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $3, under 12 free. This large show will feature artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. Full concession stand. www.avantgardeshows.com/events. NOV. 21–JAN. 7, 2018 – Steubenville Nutcracker Village and Advent Market, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville. Free. See the world’s largest collection of life-size nutcrackers on display at Fort Steuben Park. 866-301-1787 or www.steubenvillenutcrackervillage.com. NOV. 25 – Thanksgiving Train Show, Train Collectors Association–Lake Erie Chapter, UAW Hall, 5615 Chevrolet Blvd., Parma, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $6, under 12 free. New and old trains to buy, sell, or trade. All-gauge show including O, S, HO, N, Z, and large scale. 440-845-2700 (David) or tcalakeerie@earthlink.net. NOV. 25, DEC. 2 – Christmas in the Alpaca Barn, 16800 Cowley Rd., Grafton, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 440-477-4300 or www. ourlittleworldalpacas.com. NOV. 25–DEC. 30 – International Tree and Model Train Display, Black River Transportation Ctr., 421 Black River Lane, Lorain, Fri./Sat. 5–9 p.m., Sun. 3–7 p.m. Free. http://lorainwinterfest.com. ple. Step back in time as you dine with different presidents from U.S. history. 740-387-4255 or www.marionhistory.com. NOV. 9 – “The Original Flim-Flam Man: How Gaston Means Fooled the Nation,” lecture by Jon Anderson, Marion Public Library, Marion, 6:30 p.m. $5 for non-members. Learn about con man Gaston Means, the author of a 1930 book that extensively damaged the reputations of President and Mrs. Harding. 800-600-6894 or www.hardinghome.org. NOV. 11 – Christmas at the Cabin, 1482 Glass Rock Rd., Glenford, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Choose from unique hand-crafted gifts, decorations, and specialty items made by local artists. www.facebook.com/christmasatthecabin/. NOV. 11 – Veterans March and Ceremony, Stradley Park, 36 S. High St., Canal Winchester, 10 a.m. The march begins at Frances Steube Community Ctr., 22 S. Trine St., and ends at Stradley Park for the ceremony. 614-837-8276 or www. canalwinchesterohio.gov.


NOV. 18 – Annual America Recycles Day Eco Art Show, May Pavilion, Palace Theatre, 276 West Center St., Marion, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Shop green for unique holiday gifts. Choose from fine art and hand-crafted gifts made from recycled material. 740-223-4120 or www.wastenotmarion.com.

NOV. 23–DEC. 25 – Christmas by Candlelight, Marion Co. Fgds., 220 E. Fairground St., Marion, Thur.–Sun. 6–10 p.m. Open every night the week of Christmas. $6 per car. Marion’s only drive-through holiday light display featuring animated characters. Live Nativity on Sat. and Sun. nights. 740-3822558 or www.marioncountyfairgrounds.com.

NOV. 18 – Lancaster and Fairfield County Holiday Parade: “A Season of Giving,” Fairfield Co. Fgds., 159 E. Fair Ave., Lancaster, 10 a.m. 740-653-9189 or lancasterholidayparade@ gmail.com. NOV. 19 – Fall Harvest Festival of Bands, Makoy Ctr., 5462 Center St., Hilliard, 1–6:30 p.m. $10–$20. Sponsored by the Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society. 614-794-1977 or www.cohjs.org.

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NOV. 1–JAN. 1, 2018 – Dickens Victorian Village, downtown Cambridge. Stroll the streets to view scenes depicting life in 1850s England, featuring life-sized, handmade mannequins wearing real vintage clothing. 800-933-5480 or www.dickensvictorianvillage.com. NOV. 1–JAN. 1, 2018 – Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Light Show, Cambridge, 5:30–9 p.m. nightly. Four different light and music shows performed each evening. 800-933-5480 or www.dickensvictorianvillage.com.

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NOV. 25–26 – United Ford Owners Super Swap, Ohio Expo Ctr., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $8. Ford and Mercury new and used parts. Car corral. 614-276-4916.

NOV. 10–11 – Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, Roberts Convention Centre, 123 Gano St., Wilmington, noon–11 p.m., doors open at 10 a.m. One of the Midwest’s premier bluegrass events. 937-372-5804 or www.somusicfest.com.

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NOV. 17–19 – Jingle Bell Weekend, 126 W. Second St., Waverly. Luminary Christmas parade, quilt show, holiday craft show, beef and noodle dinners, and much more. 740-947-9650 or www.piketravel.com/JingleBell.

NOV. 4 – Miller’s Automotive Swap Meet and Cruise-In, Ross Co. Fgds., 344 Fairgrounds Rd., Chillicothe, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $7, free for women and for kids under 14. 740-701-2511, 740-7013447, or on Facebook.

NOV. 18 – Gingerbread House Workshop, The Castle, 418 Fourth St., Marietta, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $25 per kit, $5 helper fee. Reservations required by Nov. 4. 740-373-4180 or http:// mariettacastle.org.

NOV. 4 – “Welcome to the Holidays” Craft Show, Sardis Community Ctr., 37184 Mound St., Sardis, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Start your Christmas shopping early! Find unique gifts or treat yourself to something special. www.facebook.com/sardisohcc/.

NOV. 22 – “Gallipolis in Lights” Park Lighting Ceremony, Gallipolis City Park, 300 block of Second Ave., Gallipolis. Pre-lighting activities begin at 5:30 p.m., including refreshments and music by local artists. Lighting at 7:00 p.m. 740-446-6882.

NOV. 8–DEC. 8 – Gingerbread House Contest and Display, Guernsey County Senior Citizens Ctr., Cambridge, Mon.–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Free admission. 740-439-6681.

NOV. 25 – Holiday Open House, National Museum of Cambridge Glass, Cambridge, 12–4 p.m. Free admission. 740-4324245 or www.cambridgeglass.org.

NOV. 11 – Veterans Day BBQ Dinner, hosted by Joseph Freeman American Legion Post 476, 26100 Legion Rd., Langsville, 5–7 p.m. Free for veterans with military ID or VA/Legion/ AMVETS/VFW card.

NOV. 25 – Holiday Parade, Wheeling Ave., downtown Cambridge, begins at 5 p.m. 740-439-2238 or www.downtowncambridge.com.

NOV. 11 – Veterans Day Parade, Cambridge, 10 a.m. Includes a performance by the Cambridge City Band. 740-439-9180.

NOV. 10–11 – Springfield Swap Meet and Car Show, Clark Co. Fgds., Springfield, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. $8. Please note the change to Friday and Saturday this year. 937-376-0111, info@ohioswapmeet.com, or www.ohioswapmeet.com.

NOV. 11 – Holiday Horse Parade, downtown Piqua. Free. Imagine horse-drawn carriages, hitches and riders, all outfitted with holiday lights, making their way down Main Street. Christmas banners and decorated street trees will create an amazing backdrop for this dazzlingly fun family-friendly event. 937-773-9355 or www.mainstreetpiqua.com. NOV. 11 – Veterans Day Ceremony, Adams County Court House, 110 W. Main St., West Union, 11 a.m. 937-386-0293. NOV. 11–12 – A Winter’s Yuletide Gathering, downtown Tipp City. A holiday shopping paradise! Shopkeepers warmly invite you to their open house. Don’t miss the visit by Santa, strolling carolers, musicians, and carriage rides. 937-6670883 or www.downtowntippcity.org.

NOV. 17–DEC. 31 – Christmas Fantasy Light Show, Krodel Park, Point Pleasant. 304-675-3844.

NOV. 26 – Holiday Historic Homes Tour, Fairmont, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $16 in advance, $18 day of tour. See 8 to 12 historic homes that are open to the public for this one day a year. 304-367-5398 or www.marionhistorical.org/pages/ events.php.

NOV. 27 – Christmas Open House, John and Annie Glenn Historic Site, New Concord, 5:30–8 p.m. 740-826-3305 or www. johnglennhome.org.

NOV. 18–20 – Christkindlmarkt, Germania Park, 3529 West Kemper Rd., Cincinnati, Fri. 5–10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 12–5 p.m. $3, under 13 free. The oldest and most authentic German Christmas Market in the Cincinnati region. http://germaniasociety.com/christkindlmarkt. NOV. 24 – Hometown Holiday Celebration, downtown Troy, begins at 6:30 p.m. Free. Parade, Grand Illumination, phone calls to the North Pole, visits with Santa, carriage rides, holiday music, refreshments, shopping, and Mayor Beamish’s special holiday reading. 937-339-5455 or www.troymainstreet.org. NOV. 25 – Hometown HoliDazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival, Main St., Wilmington, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Parade at 7 p.m. 937-302-1528 or www.hometownholidazzle.com. NOV. 25–26 – Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Country, 4872 Cincinnati Brookville Rd., Shandon. Free. Bring the whole family for this Christmas celebration in Ohio’s first Welsh settlement, offering horse-drawn carriage rides, homemade food, signature Welsh cakes, live Welsh harp music, and more. 513-738-4180.

NOV. 18 – Hometown Holiday Horse Parade, S. Broadway, Greenville, 7 p.m. Lighted parade boasts more than 90 entries, including horse-drawn carriages, wagons, riders, and buggies. 937-548-4998 or www.downtowngreenville.org.

NOV. 18–DEC. 31 – Holiday in the Park, City Park and Southwood Park, Parkersburg, 6–9 p.m. A holiday light drivethrough display. 304-480-2655.

NOV. 29–JAN. 1 – “A Storybook Christmas,” Zanesville and Muskingum Co. locations. Visit over 100 unique stores and attractions, and explore the beautifully decorated streets and parks. Stop by to enjoy the nightly “Light & Music Show” at the Muskingum Co. Courthouse, Sun.–Thur. 6–9 p.m., Fri./Sat. 6–10 p.m. 740-455-8282, 800-743-2303, or www. visitzanesville.com.

NOV. 1–30 – Dally Memorial Library Escape Room, 37252 Mound St., Sardis. $15 per person. Find the clues and solve the puzzles in this fun, exciting escape adventure! Call for reservations. 740-483-1288.

NOV. 11 – “Christmas in the Country” Craft Show, Clinton-Massie Middle School, 2556 Lebanon Rd., Clarksville, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $1 admission, or donation of a non-perishable food item. Over 100 vendors, artisans, and crafters. 513-897-1946.

NOV. 4–5 – Dayton Train Show, JC Penney, Upper Valley Mall, 1475 Upper Valley Pike, Springfield, Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11–4 p.m. Sponsored by “Miami Valley” Division 3, MCR, of the National Model Railroad Association. New and pre-owned locomotives, rolling stock, and structures in scales G, O, S, HO, N, and Z. Over 30 model railroad displays/ exhibits, operating in G, O, S, HO, HOn3, N, and Z. www. daytontrainshow.com.

NOV. 25–26 – Scott Antique Market, Ohio Expo Ctr., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free admission, $5 parking. 800–1,200 exhibit booths. www. scottantiquemarket.com.

PLEASE NOTE: Ohio Cooperative Living strives for accuracy but strongly urges readers to confirm dates and times before traveling long distances to events. Submit listings AT LEAST 90 DAYS prior to the event by writing to Ohio Cooperative Living, 6677 Busch Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229 or events@ ohioec.org. Ohio Cooperative Living will not publish listings that don’t include a complete address of where the event takes place or a number/website for more information.

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