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The first train whistle that sounded in Ohio marked the beginning of the end for the canals. Railroads could haul freight and passengers faster than canal boats, and also ran year-round; canals were forced to shut down operation several months each winter because of ice. The final blow was the statewide spring flood of 1913 that damaged many of the canals beyond repair.
emnants of Ohio’s two canal systems remain today, and taking a ride on a replica canal boat gives a sense of the slower, more leisurely pace of life more than a century ago: 4 miles per hour, to be exact. The statewide speed limit for canal boats kept erosion-causing wakes to a minimum. You can enjoy an Ohio canal boat ride this summer at the following locations: Historic Roscoe Village, Coshocton Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (ages 60+), $6 for students (ages 6–18), $5 for veterans/active duty with ID. Children 5 and under are free. https://roscoevillage.com/ attractions-activities/horsedrawn-canal-boat-rides
Providence Metropark (Grand Rapids) One-hour boat rides narrated by living history interpreters are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and over) and Metroparks members, $4 for children (3–12); ages 2 and under are free. https://metroparkstoledo.com/ features-and-rentals/canalexperience Canal Fulton Canalway Center (Canal Fulton) Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and veterans, $5 for youth ages 6–17; children 5 and under are free. Arrive a half-hour early to watch the historical movie before the ride. http://cityofcanalfulton-oh. gov/departments/canal-boatoperations
John Johnston Farm, Piqua Farm admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and military members, $4 for children and includes both the farmhouse tour and canal boat ride. www.johnstonfarmohio.com/ Exhibits/exhibits.php
Ohio Cooperative Living magazine is looking for photos from Ohio and West Virginia electric cooperative members to use in its 2020 cooperative calendar. We’re interested in seasonal scenes from each month of the year — images that really “pop” and convey a sense of time and place. Photo subjects must be interesting and the shot well planned and framed. If their images are chosen for publication, amateur co-op photographers could earn $100 or more.
• One photo entry per member. • High-resolution, color, digital images only. • No prints, slides, or proof sheets — no snail mail! Send submissions by email attachment only to firstname.lastname@example.org. • Photo format must be horizontal and capable of filling an 8 x 11-inch image area. • Include an explanation of the photo — the where, what, when — as well as who took the shot. • Include your name, address, phone number, and the name of your co-op. • Shots featuring people who can be identified within the photo must be accompanied by a signed publication release.
Deadline for submission: Aug. 16 • email@example.com 14 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • JULY 2019