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Electricity Revolutionized the Way We Play. WHAT WILL IT DO NEXT? Electricity. Every day it brings us something new. Something to empower or simplify our lives. Clean. Efficient. And stable. You might call it the essential energy. Now, and for the future. Electricity. A world of possibilities.

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With a heavy dose of action and adrenaline, Ohio’s paintball parks give players the sense that they’ve been dropped into a live-action video game.

FEATURES 4 CO-OPS SAVE THE DAY From house fires to massive power

24 THE ‘OTHER’ COLUMBUS Just three hours from Ohio’s capital

15 GRABBABLE GRUB When life has you on the go-go-

32 CAUGHT IN FLIGHT Outdoors editor Chip Gross offers tips

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Around the neighborhood and across the country, cooperatives work together to keep electricity flowing


t sounds simple enough — “keep the lights on” is is our Job 1. It’s the most fundamental aspect of our service to you. However, we’ve all woken up at some time and realized that the power has gone out during the night. For cooperative members, that generally doesn’t happen often, but there are times when seemingly random outages do occur. Usually, we have no idea why. It may have been caused by a car accident, a weather event, a fallen tree, or something else out of our control.

When these things happen, it’s your cooperative that Remember: springs into action — Lineworker lineworkers head out at all hours, in all kinds of Appreciation weather, to take care of Day is April 10. downed lines. Meanwhile, member service representatives answer calls to ensure members that help is on the way; engineers and operations folks make sure that working conditions are safe and that re-routed power flows — all while the lines are restored. But it’s not just locally that we’re called to serve. When there’s been a natural disaster of larger proportions — a hurricane or series of tornadoes,



for example — your coop’s linemen have packed up their trucks and headed off to help other cooperatives, both around the state and around the country. When trouble strikes closer to home, we can count on our cooperative neighbors to lend a hand. Cooperatives Pat O’Loughlin are in a unique position President & CEO, to provide that help to Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives each other, partly because “cooperation among cooperatives” is one of our guiding principles. Check out page 4 to find out more about the ways we help each other. Lineworker Appreciation Day is April 10: The next time you flip the switch to bring a dark room to life, power up your cell phone or iPad, or even when the alarm wakes you up in the morning, remember that people power your co-op. The dedication of the lineworkers and the rest of your co-op staff to Job 1 is what keeps the lights on. Think of us, because we’re always thinking of you — our consumer-members.

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Splat! Action and adrenaline draw crowds to Ohio’s paintball parks ALSO INSIDE Co-op heroes are everywhere Architectural wonder in the ‘other’ Columbus Bird photography: A how-to guide

Splat! Action and adrenaline draw crowds to Ohio’s paintball parks ALSO INSIDE Co-op heroes are everywhere Architectural wonder in the ‘other’ Columbus Bird photography: A how-to guide

Where is your favorite Ohio fishing hole? Let us in on your secret!

Finding a beautiful, quiet location to fish that isn’t too far away from home can be challenging. Take to our Facebook or Twitter pages to share your perfect spots with our staff. Find us by searching for Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives.

DID YOU KNOW? About 56 percent of all paintball participants list “private property” as the most-often-used venue to play the sport, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. Paintball is popular worldwide and is played in over 100 countries.

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When storms hit and power goes out, cooperatives mobilize to help one another and get it restored


t the beginning of March 2017, after what had been, to that point, an unusually mild winter, a huge storm system came through southern Ohio and northern Kentucky, bringing with it winds that brought down trees and power lines, causing power outages in large swaths of the area. Electric cooperatives do everything they can — regular maintenance, tree-trimming, etc. — to prevent such outages, but sometimes, Mother Nature has her own ideas. When outages do happen, the coops are ready. Every co-op has an emergency plan, and part of that planning includes what is both a unique and an effective approach to emergency management and disaster recovery: mutual assistance. When disaster strikes, co-ops quickly deploy support staff and equipment to emergency and recovery zones to help sister co-ops restore power.



“Cooperation among cooperatives is one of our guiding principles for a good reason: It helps to make everyone’s jobs easier and makes their lives better,” says Dwight Miller, director of safety and loss control at Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, the statewide association that provides services to each electric cooperative in the state.

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Just that first week of March, crews from Consolidated Electric Cooperative, based in Mount Gilead, and from Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, based in Millersburg, sent crews to help with power

‘...cooperation, to us, is not just words on paper. It’s what we do.’

restoration in the area served by South Central Power Company, based in Lancaster. A five-man crew from Oxford-based Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, based in Oxford, went to help storm-struck Owen Electric, in Walton, Ky. Crews from The Frontier Power Company in Coshocton and GuernseyMuskingum Electric in New Concord headed to the Lexington, Ky., area to help restore power to Blue Grass Energy members.

Consistent systems

Because the national network of transmission and distribution infrastructure owned by electric cooperatives has been built to federal standards, line crews from any co-op in America can arrive on the scene ready to provide emergency support, secure in their knowledge of the system’s engineering. “You never know exactly what you’re going to find when you get out there,” says Phil Crowdy, operations and engineering manager at Frontier Power. “The exact situation’s going to be different from place to place and event to event, but our guys know that they’ll be familiar with the systems wherever they go.”

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“One of the main reasons we make sure to be available as a company is that, if things happen to go bad here, we know that help is available,” he says. “We’ve only had to ask for help once in the last 10 years, but the one time we had to make the call, we had guys here from other co-ops that same day. When I called the guys in to see who would go to Kentucky, every hand in the room went up.” Calls for help had been issued that morning, and all of those Ohio crews had mobilized before lunchtime. For the most part, they had helped fully restore power and were back to their own co-ops within a couple of days. “We see about six or seven of those events per year, where we may need to move small crews around to help out,” Miller says. “But we also have major events every few years, like the derecho of 2012 or the ice storm of 2005, where we have to send a lot of crews all over the country, and they may be gone for a couple of weeks at a time. It can be pretty difficult, but that cooperation, to us, is not just words on paper. It’s what we do.”

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Crowdy says Frontier’s linemen, just like crews from

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“She was trying to jump a dirt hill, but didn’t make it,” Jeremy says. “When I got to her, she was nonresponsive. Jake called 911 and we stabilized her until the first responders arrived.” Jeremy never learned exactly what injuries the rider suffered that day in One Ohio cooperative sponsored a pair of honor March 2015, but when the flights that sent veterans to Washington, D.C. first responders arrived, they strapped her to a back board, immobilizing her head and spine, and air-lifted her to the hospital. He and Jake found out later that she had recovered. As a journeyman lineman, Jeremy gets plenty of safety training from Tricounty. He knows cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), advanced first aid, and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). But Jeremy deflected the thought that he did something unique, or even out of the ordinary. “I was glad I was there,” he says. “Pretty much any co-op employee would have done what they could to help.” Jeremy’s right. There is no shortage of heroes working at Ohio’s electric cooperatives: • Employees at Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative raised over $160,000 last year to send more than 170 World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C., on Honor Flights, so they could see the memorials built to honor their service. “Our employees are heroes for seeing a need and getting the community to rally behind them,” says Erika Willitzer, marketing and economic development manager for PPEC. • Last September, JR McCoy, a crew leader and first class lineman for The Frontier Power Company, and his crewmate, Matthew Compton, were performing routine utility maintenance when they saw that a nearby house was on fire. After a call to 911, Compton kicked in the front door, to make sure no one was trapped inside the home (no one was). McCoy grabbed a garden hose, broke a window, and began spraying water on the fire. Meanwhile, Compton disconnected the electricity at the meter to make sure that a bad situation didn’t get worse. • Brad Myers, a cable locater at Consolidated Electric Cooperative, in separate acts: rescued a man from a burning house; pulled a man out of a burning car; tended to someone who fell off his riding mower; and performed the Heimlich maneuver on a 10-year-old boy who was choking in a restaurant. JOHN EGAN is president of Egan Energy Communications (, a national energy communications firm.



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Location: On the east side of Cleveland in Lake View Cemetery. Provenance: Founded in 1869, Lake View Cemetery was among the nation’s first gardenstyle cemeteries, and President James A. Garfield, who was born and raised near Cleveland, had expressed his desire to make its scenic grounds his final resting place. Shortly after his inauguration, Garfield was shot by a disappointed office-seeker and lingered for two months before dying on Sept. 19, 1881. Garfield’s body initially was placed in a vault in Lake View Cemetery, and it was permanently moved to the newly completed Garfield Memorial on Memorial Day 1890. Significance: The Garfield Memorial not only is the first mausoleum built for a U.S. president, but also is a Cleveland landmark that attracts some 40,000 visitors every year. “The Memorial is 180 feet high and sits on the cemetery’s highest point,” says Lake View president and CEO Katharine Goss. “From its balcony, you can see Cleveland’s skyline and Lake Erie.” Reflecting the Gilded Age as well as grief for a fallen leader, the exceptionally ornate presidential monument cost $225,000, and individuals in the United States and foreign countries provided much of its funding. Architect George Keller’s towering structure combines Romanesque, Gothic, and Byzantine design elements, and its base features



bas relief panels by sculptor Caspar Buberl that depict Garfield’s multi-faceted life as a teacher, Union general, congressman, and president. Inside the Memorial are richly colored mosaics representing “War” and “Peace;” stained-glass windows symbolizing Ohio and the 13 original states; and a 12-foot-tall statue of Garfield. Steubenville native Alexander Doyle sculpted the statue in white Carrara marble obtained from the same Italian quarries Leonardo da Vinci used. The Memorial’s crypt contains the bronze caskets of Garfield and his wife Lucretia, as well as urns holding the ashes of their daughter Mary “Molly” Garfield Stanley-Brown and her husband, Joseph Stanley-Brown, who had been Garfield’s secretary. Currently: Opening to visitors on April 1 every year, the Garfield Memorial is staffed by knowledgeable guides, who happily answer questions and point people to the graves of some other famous “residents” — including John D. Rockefeller and Eliot Ness. It’s a little-known fact that: The Memorial’s exterior was built from Ohio’s Berea sandstone, which has become damaged and discolored by more than a century of weathering and pollution. Thus, the Lake View Cemetery Foundation recently launched the Garfield Campaign to raise capital needed for repairs.

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hen Dawn Combs whips up an herbal matcha for visitors at Mockingbird Meadows Farm, she starts by selecting one of the jars arrayed on simple wooden shelves in the space of her home that serves as a combination shop, herb apothecary, and classroom. The jars, called TEAshots, are powdered herb blends that she developed from whole plants, including bark and roots, that she and her husband, Carson, raise at Mockingbird Meadows. Dawn formulates each blend to support the body’s natural processes, and they have descriptive names like “Sleepy” and “Tummy Love.” The Combses have been Union Rural Electric Cooperative members since 2005, when they moved to a house on 3.5 acres between Marysville and Plain City. Back then, Dawn worked for a Columbus bank, and Carson was a city planner in Dublin. Their plan was to pursue a healthier, more self-sufficient lifestyle and start a small honey business, as well as a family.

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Carson and Dawn Combs live their close-to-the-land philosophy at their homestead outside Marysville, where playful honeybee artwork greets visitors (top photo).

free beekeeping methods in central Ohio, and we use our own herbs to treat our own hives,” Carson says. While he manages the farm and markets its FDAcompliant botanical supplements, Dawn, who's a certified herbalist and ethnobotanist, shares her expertise by writing, speaking, and presenting workshops on herb folklore and science. “We honestly experience what we believe about living close to the land,” she says. In addition to 35 beehives, Mockingbird Meadows has 150 varieties of herbs. Signature items include honey spreads, matchas, and herbal infused honey. All Mockingbird Meadows products are made and shipped on-site, and they’re sold at the farm, select retail stores, and online. Mockingbird Meadows Farm, 16671 Burns Rd., Marysville, OH 43040. Call 614-354-5163 or visit


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Cypress Vine: Annual twining vine to 20 feet with fern-like foliage and clusters of bright tubular flowers in red or scarlet. Similar to cardinal climber, but with somewhat smaller flowers. Grow in full sun to partial shade.

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Choosing the right home air conditioner saves money and makes sense


f you have an aging central air conditioner — even if it’s still working — it might pay off to look into replacing it sooner rather than waiting until it fails.

Replacing an inefficient AC unit with a more efficient model could significantly reduce your electric bill; new units are likely to be 20 to 40 percent more efficient than one from the 1990s. ENERGY STARcertified systems are even more efficient. Replacing an aging system now, before summer starts, could help you avoid delays or price premiums. How much money you save by replacing your current AC unit depends both on how often your AC runs and on your electric rate. If you’re in a hot climate and keep your home’s temperature in the low 70s, your cost of cooling will be substantial, and so will the potential savings from replacing your old unit with an efficient new one.

The best way to determine possible savings is to have an inhome assessment conducted by a qualified heating, ventilating, and air A mini-split heat conditioning (HVAC) professional or a pump brings outdoor certified energy auditor. Electric co-ops air to up to four zones are interested in reducing peak summer in your home through loads and offer information, rebates, blowers such as this or a list of qualified professionals. one. It’s a plus if the contractor has North



American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification. Contractors should be knowledgeable about energyefficient systems and have references. Your contractor needs to size the system to your home. Ken Maleski, the residential advisor at Central Electric Cooperative in Pennsylvania, says a unit that is too small will not cool your home to the levels you want. If it’s too large, it may not dehumidify your home sufficiently, and it will cycle on and off more frequently, which can increase wear and tear on the system and shorten its life significantly. In order to size the system, the contractor will need to look at the efficiency of the home by checking insulation levels. If you add insulation where it’s most needed, you may be able to install a smaller AC unit, and you should enjoy greater comfort and lower cooling costs. The HVAC contractor you hire should also assess your ductwork, which is often poorly designed, leaky, or inadequately insulated. Replacing an aging air conditioner is a great way to improve comfort, cut energy costs, and reduce peak energy demand. Your co-op may be able to help, and you can learn a lot from the information resources available on our website and on the ENERGY STAR and websites. PAT KEEGAN and AMY WHEELESS write for Collaborative Efficiency. For more information visit



Saturday, April 22 Fairview High School, 6289 US HWY 127, Sherwood

Doors Open

VOTE for three of your trustees HEAR from your co-op leaders LEARN about the benefits of your membership ENJOY dinner, gifts and a chance to win a prize There is no charge for this event; however, we do ask that you make a reservation so we can plan accordingly. Reservation deadline is April 12.

Making a reservation is EASY!

5 p.m. Dinner

6 p.m. Meeting

• Mail the reservation card you received with your bill. • Call 419-636-5051 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Sign up online. Visit our website at You will receive instant confirmation that your reservation was accepted.

7 p.m.

Kids Program (Ages 2-12 years) While the adults are enjoying their dinner and the meeting, kids can enjoy dinner and fun activities just down the hall.

• Available beginning at 5 p.m. • Child care services provided by Four County Career Center • Two lucky kids will win a $100 gift certificate • Reservation required

NWEC will be CLOSED Good Friday, April 14. To report an outage, please call 1-888-636-5051. APRIL 2017 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING

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Official Notice of Annual Meeting of Members

North Western Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting April 22, 2017

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The annual meeting of the members of North Western Electric Cooperative, Inc. will be held on

Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Fairview High School, Sherwood, Ohio. Registration will begin at 5 pm, cafeteria-style dinner will begin at 6 pm, and a business meeting will follow at 7 pm to take action on the following matters: 1. Reading of Notice of Meeting and minutes of last annual meeting; 2. The election of three (3) trustees of the cooperative; 3. Reports from the chairman, auditor and president; 4. Industry update by a representative of Buckeye Power/OEC; 5. Announcement of winners of scholarship and Youth Tour programs; 6. Awarding of door prizes — energy credits and one grand prize; 7. All other business which may come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof. In connection with the election of three trustees scheduled for this meeting, the following members have been nominated for trustees by the Nominating Committee appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Cooperative pursuant to the Code:




W a t o o o t p o a

District #4 (Brady, Center, Jefferson & Pulaski townships)

Dean Harrington* 15327 County Rd. I Bryan, OH 43506

Ronald Ritchey-Moore 8824 County Rd. 16 Bryan, OH 43506


District #5 (Crane, Farmer & Mark townships)

Charles (Tom) Case* 6738 Behnfeldt Rd. Sherwood, OH 43556


I m c w o s s i p s n n ( l M p d t a

Jeff Panico 8221 Huber Rd. Hicksville, OH 43526

District #6 (Adams, Ridgeville, Springfield and Tiffin townships)

Jordan Ruffer* 22886 County Rd. C Stryker, OH 43557

Jeff Woolace 2866 County Rd. 23.50 Stryker, OH 43557

* Incumbent There is no charge for the meal, however, reservations are required. Reservations will be accepted until 4 pm on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 and can be made by: 1. Mailing in your reservation card or including it in your payment envelope. 2. Calling 419-636-5051 or 1-800-647-6932 during normal business hours. 3. Visiting our website, and completing the online reservation form.

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Proposed changes to Code of Regulations The following changes to the Code of Regulations are proposed by the NWEC Board of Trustees for approval by the membership at the Annual Meeting of the Members to be held April 22, 2017. These changes will be presented by the legal counsel of the Cooperative, and time for discussion will be allowed at the meeting.

Proposed Changes Added change is in bold print. The deleted change is in strike-through print.

ARTICLE III, SECTION 3. Notice of Members’ Meetings Written or printed notice stating the place, day and hour of the meeting and, in case of a special meeting or an annual meeting at which business requiring special notice is to be transacted, the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, shall be delivered not less than ten (10) days nor more than forty five days before the date of the meeting, either personally or by mail (including publication within a magazine mailed to the members), by or at the direction of the Secretary, or upon a default in duty by the Secretary, by the Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Cooperative, to each member. If mailed, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited in the United States mail, addressed to the member’s address as it appears on the records of the Cooperative, with postage prepaid. If personally delivered, the notice shall be hand delivered to the member. Notice of adjournment of a members’ meeting need not be given if the time and place to which it is adjourned are fixed and announced at such meeting. Present article listed below, followed by the proposed changes in bold print on the next page.

Current: ARTICLE IV, SECTION 4. Nominations It shall be the duty of the Board to appoint, not less than 105 nor more than 150 days before the date of the meeting of the members at which members of the Board are to be elected, a Committee on Nominations consisting of not less than six (6) members; at least two (2) members who are residents from each district for which a Trustee is to elected shall be members of the Committee. No member of the Board or Officer may serve on such Committee. The Committee shall prepare and post at the principal office of the Cooperative at least seventy-five (75) days prior to the meeting of the members, a list of nominations for Board Membership which shall include at least two candidates from each district for each board position representing such district which is to be filled at the next annual meeting of the members, with any meeting held in lieu thereof as hereinbefore provided. The Secretary shall be responsible for providing with the notice of the meeting of the members a statement of the number of Board members to be elected and the names and addresses of the candidates nominated by the Committee on Nominations. Any fifteen (15) or more members from a district for which a nomination is to be made may make other nominations by petition filed with the Secretary not less than fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting of the members. The Secretary shall post such other nominations at the same location as the list of nominations by the Committee is posted. The Secretary shall include with the Notice of the Meeting the names and addresses of any persons so nominated which are received more than sixty (60) days prior to date of the meeting. At the meeting at which Board Members are to be elected, the Chairman or his or her designee shall call for additional nominations from the floor. No person shall be voted upon for membership on the Board who has not signified a willingness to serve if elected. Nothing contained in this Section shall affect in any manner whatsoever any action taken by the Board.

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Proposed changes to Code of Regulations Proposed Change: ARTICLE IV, SECTION 4. Nominations Trustees shall be nominated by a procedure commencing with the mailing of a letter by the Secretary or a designee to each member residing within the district or being eligible to vote within the district for which a trustee is to be elected not less than one hundred twenty (120) days prior to the annual meeting. Each letter shall contain all necessary instructions for obtaining and completing a Nominating Petition and the name of the trustee whose term is expiring. Any member residing within the district for which a trustee is elected and who is qualified shall be eligible to complete the Nominating Petition. If an incumbent chooses to remain a candidate and is still eligible, then he or she will automatically be placed on the ballot and will not need to submit a Nominating Petition. A Nominating Petition shall include all of the following to be considered complete: 1. Name, address and account number of eligible qualified member who consents to be nominated. 2. District for which the trustee is to be elected. 3. Signature, name and address of no fewer than twenty (20) members residing in the district from which the trustee is to be elected. 4. Signature of member consenting to and submitting the Nominating Petition. 5. Copy of the Code of Regulations sections on the qualifications and election process for trustees. 6. Date of the annual meeting at which the election results will be announced. All Nominating Petitions must be delivered to the principal office of the Cooperative in Bryan, Ohio, no later than ninety (90) days prior to the annual meeting of the members. The Election Committee (with assistance from Cooperative personnel), which consists of the Secretary and two (2) other members of the board named by the board, shall meet to review and verify all Nominating Petitions and all member signatures. If necessary, the Cooperative attorney may be called upon for legal advice regarding a Nominating Petition qualification(s). The Secretary or designee shall prepare and post at the principal office of the Cooperative at least 75 days prior to the annual meeting a list of eligible candidates and their addresses, which shall be placed on the ballot to be voted on at the next annual meeting of the members. Should there be (a) no incumbent eligible and only one Nominating Petition submitted or (b) only the eligible incumbent and no Nominating Petition submitted, then that member shall be considered elected by affirmation and no election shall be deemed necessary for that particular district. Should there be no incumbent and no Nominating Petition submitted for a district, then this shall be considered a vacancy and will be treated as such. At the meeting at which Board Members are to be elected, the Chairman or his or her designee shall call for additional nominations from the floor. No person shall be voted upon for membership on the Board who has not signified a willingness to serve if elected. Nothing contained in this Section shall affect in any manner whatsoever any action taken by the Board. 20B OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • APRIL 2017

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Candidates for Board of Trustees District #4 Brady, Center, Jefferson and Pulaski townships Dean Harrington (Incumbent) Dean Harrington and his wife, Barbara, live in Jefferson Township and have three children and six grandchildren. He is 64 years old and is employed by Spangler Candy Company. Dean is completing his fourth term as a NWEC Board Trustee. He has successfully completed training and received the Credentialed Cooperative Director certification. Dean attends the West Bethseda Presbyterian Church in Montpelier..

Ronald Ritchey-Moore Ronald Ritchey-Moore and his wife, Dorothy, reside in Jefferson Township and have two children. He is 57 years old and is employed by Shearer Plumbing and Heating. Ronald earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from The University of Toledo. He serves on the NWEC Round Up Board and the Sanctuary committee. Ronald attends the Salem Mennonite Church.

District #5 Crane, Farmer and Mark townships Tom Case (Incumbent)

Tom Case and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Farmer Township and have two children. He is 67 years old, is employed as a farmer and is a ConAgra retiree. Tom is a Northwest State Community College graduate. Completing his second term as a NWEC Board Trustee, Tom has earned the Credentialed Cooperative Director certification. He attends St. John Lutheran Church in Sherwood.

Jeff Panico Jeff Panico and his wife, Maria, live in Farmer Township and have seven children and ten grandchildren. He is 61 years old and is employed by Bryan City Schools. Jeff attended classes at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. He serves as a Farmer Township Trustee. Jeff attends the Gateway Chapel in Hicksville. Only those members who attend the annual meeting on April 22 will be casting a vote. Let your voice be heard! Come prepared to vote.

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Candidates for Board of Trustees District #6 Adams, Ridgeville, Springfield and Tiffin townships Jordan Ruffer (Incumbent) Jordan and his wife, Tracy, reside in Springfield Township with their three children. He is 34 years old and is employed at Miller Bros. Construction. Jordan is completing his second three-year term as a NWEC Board Trustee. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. Jordan attends St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ridgeville.

Jeff Woolace Jeff and his wife, Sue, live in Springfield Township. They have five children and six grandchildren. He is 58 years old and is employed by the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio and Town and Country. Jeff is involved in high school sporting events and is a former 4-H advisor.

All members who attend the meeting on April 22 may vote for one candidate from District 4, one candidate from District 5 and one candidate from District 6. You do not need to reside in those districts to vote.

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SECOND-CHANCE WINNERS If you attended the last annual meeting and did not win a prize that night, your name has been entered in our Second-Chance Drawing! We draw two names each month, and those members will receive a $20 bill credit. You do not have to contact us to receive the credit — it will automatically be applied to your main NWEC account. This month’s winners are:

ROBERT MCCLELLAN STEPHEN MINNEY Congratulations and thank you for attending your meeting!


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2016 Annual Report



years of service

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Executive Report

Financial Strength and stability appropriately describe North Western Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NWEC), and its financial performance in 2016. Total net margins were $1.64 million, which includes the NWEC portion of Buckeye Power’s margin allocation Andrew Farnham to its member cooperatives. Of Chairman of the Board course, the margins of NWEC belong to our members and are returned in the future in the form of capital credits. Attaining adequate margins each year is critical to the vitality of the organization and is necessary to maintaining the financial metrics expected by our lenders. The cost of power purchased by the cooperative and the cost to distribute it are about 60 cents of every dollar spent by our members on their electricity. Certain expenses are inherently associated with the distribution of electricity by the cooperative, such as property taxes, depreciation of physical assets and interest on longterm debt. These expenses make up another 15 cents of every dollar spent by our members. Still other expenses, referred to as “controllable costs,” amount to around 17 percent of members’ monthly bills. These expenses include operating and maintenance costs, personnel and benefits, plus administrative and general expenses. The management of NWEC believes in operating in an efficient yet effective manner. While still focused on service, the cooperative has been able to effectively contain costs. In 2016, operating revenue was $14.2 million, an increase of 2.5 percent from 2015. The value of the cooperative’s assets grew by 9.15 percent and now surpasses $35.6 million. NWEC sold 117.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2016, an increase of 2.78 percent. Despite the effects of a still-sluggish economy, our cooperative did see modest growth in new services, mostly due to new housing and irrigation systems. Our cooperative continues to remain financially sound and able to meet all key financial targets required by our financial partners, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service (RUS) and the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC). Cooperatives are different in that we return excess margins to our members. During 2015, the NWEC Board of Trustees approved general capital credits refunds of $788,084. Our cooperative also distributed refunds to estates of deceased members, which totaled $140,574. The total capital credits refunds to date now exceed $16 million. Both estate and general capital credits refunds have been made annually since 1978. North Western Electric Cooperative, Inc., is a strong

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and stable organization, wellpositioned to continue to safely provide reliable, competitively priced electric service to its member-owners well into the future. Rates NWEC’s Board of Trustees, Darin Thorp management and employees work President/CEO hard to deliver electric power that is not only safe and reliable but also cost competitive with our neighboring utilities. Members can be assured that their cooperative is keeping rates competitive while balancing the replacement of aging infrastructure to improve service reliability. Based on financial projections for 2017 and beyond, no rate adjustment is necessary for residential members. The wholesale power cost adjustment component, which is based on the cost of electricity we purchase from our wholesale power supplier, decreased in 2016 from an average of $0.000084 per kWh in 2015 to an average of negative $0.0005092 per kWh. Buckeye Power, a cooperative itself, is the electricity provider for Ohio’s electric cooperatives. Buckeye’s costs were on the rise in previous years because of investments for environmental compliance at its power plants. Buckeye has completed the required modifications and does not anticipate raising costs in the near future, provided no new regulations are enacted by our government. Member Service Our cooperative received the highest member satisfaction marks in our history during a 2016 random survey. We realize that we have always scored very high marks in the area of reliability, but this year, we showed great improvement in member satisfaction in the areas of “resolving any issues or problems”, “friendly, courteous employees” and “dedication and support of the local community.” We will continue to strive to meet and exceed our members’ expectations. In late 2011, we began offering online bill pay, which has enabled our members to take greater control of their finances and payment options. Last year, our online system was upgraded to SmartHub®. As of this report, over 1,700 members have signed up to use SmartHub — that’s over 29 percent of the NWEC membership. Online bill pay, used in conjunction with our paperless billing statements, helped us reduce the cooperative’s printing and postage fees. SmartHub has made it more convenient for our members to check their usage and pay their bills. This is just another way your cooperative is committed to member service.

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Reliability NWEC continues to invest in maintenance and capital improvement projects. In 2016, our cooperative invested more than $3.4 million in capital improvements to our system. Some of these improvements included replacing 9 miles of copper line and rebuilding 11 miles of transmission line.  Safety The safety of our members, employees and community is a high priority for our cooperative — so high that safety is a vital part of our overall strategic plan. Our cooperative continues its safety education services. In 2016, your cooperative conducted several demonstrations showing the danger of high-voltage electricity at local libraries, campgrounds and county offices. Over 1,000 members of our local communities received high-voltage awareness training in 2016. Our goal is to keep all our members and communities aware of the dangers involved in dealing with electricity. Legislation In early 2016, the United States Supreme Court took an unprecedented step by granting a “stay request” on behalf of more than two dozen states, utility companies and coal companies, which took away the ability of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce the Clean Power Plan. While the stay isn’t the end of the road for the Clean Power Plan, it is a significant blow and at the very least buys utilities more time to comply with whatever rule survives the court challenges. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) will continue to fight the plan in court and continue working with the EPA on alternate rules to protect the environment in a way that accounts for economic realities. Cooperative members had a bigger say than ever in the presidential election. Experts and pundits from across the nation have hailed the “rural vote” as a key to President Trump’s victory. Ohio co-ops were proud to partner with NRECA’s grassroots program “Co-ops Vote” to ensure that co-op members were up to date on issues, voter registration, polling locations and election dates. This program helped increase rural voter turnout, which had fallen in each of the last two presidential election cycles. Community One of the seven cooperative principles is “Concern for Community.” NWEC is committed to supporting our community and our future leaders. That’s why we’re proud to continue to offer local high schoolers a spot on the Rural Electric Youth Tour. Last summer, we sent Rachel and Rebecca Schroeder, both sophomores at Edgerton High School, to Washington, D.C., to learn about leadership, teamwork, electric cooperatives and the ideals on which our nation was founded.

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NWEC also provided six scholarships to area students in 2016. Receiving Children of Members Scholarships were: Claire Keber of Tinora and Travis Lysaght of Hicksville, $1,500 each; and Tayla Davis of Tinora and Brayden Dietrich of Fairview, $750 each. Lysaght also received a $1,500 statewide scholarship from Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. The Touchstone Energy® Special Achievement Scholarship was created to reward those students who have committed themselves to pursuing a college education despite unique personal challenges. NWEC awarded the $1,000 scholarship to Breanna Davis of Edon in 2016. All scholarships are earmarked for collegerelated expenses. In 2016, NWEC introduced a new award, the POWERUP Scholarship. This scholarship was created to encourage and reward students who have successfully completed a vocational training program at either Four County Career Center or Vantage Career Center. Autumn Rowe, a Four County Career Center student, received the inaugural $1,000 POWERUP Scholarship. NWEC also offers the Give Us an “A” Program. In 2016, 16 area students each received a $25 gift certificate for receiving at least one “A” on their report cards. NWEC cares about improving the quality of life in the areas we serve. We work together with you, our members, on efforts like Operation Round Up®, which rounds up members’ electric bills to the nearest dollar and donates the spare change to local groups, organizations, schools and individuals. 2016 saw $21,345 donated, all right in our area. NWEC members have donated over $399,938 since 2001.

Closing For over 80 years, your cooperative has been committed to providing our members with safe, reliable and affordable electricity. We are excited about the projects, programs and services designed to enhance the quality of life for our members and communities. Our employees continue to put safety first and are committed to providing excellent service to our members and local communities.

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How your dollar

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1936 - 2016 Seven local farmers gathered together to create a co-op that would provide electric service to rural northwestern Ohio.

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The co-op now serves 5,892 consumers with 992 miles of distribution lines and 68 miles of transmission lines.

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Servicefor the future MISSION STATEMENT

North Western Electric Cooperative is a member-owned business providing energy and related services to its customers. Our dedicated employees deliver high quality, reliable services at competitive prices. We will be your provider of choice.

Andrew Farnham District #1

Mitch Headley District #2

Kim Shoup

Dean Harrington

Chairman of the Board

Vice Chairman of the Board

Secretary of the Board

District #3

District #4

Tom Case

Jordan Ruffer

District #5

District #6

Richard Polter

Darin Thorp

District #7


Andrew Overman, Director of Finance & Accounting Angela Bolen, Member Services Representative Bob Carter, Staking/Field Engineering Technician Chad Livensparger, Apprentice Lineman Chris Everetts, System Engineer Debra Towne, Director of Human Resources Doug Dulle, Journeyman Lineman Doug Hammond, Utility Person/Custodian Duane Peugeot, Journeyman Lineman Dustin Everetts, Director of Operations & Engineering Joe Belcher, Journeyman Lineman Lee Keppeler, Journeyman Lineman Nikki Fenicle, Plant Accountant Pearl Rakes, Director of Marketing & Communications Ryan Belton, Apprentice Lineman Todd Long, Journeyman Lineman Tom Clark, Journeyman Lineman Tracey Carter, Communications Specialist

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News and notes from electric cooperatives around the state

Studer, North Western’s oldest member, dies at 109 Gertrude Studer, the oldest member of North Western Electric Cooperative, passed away on Feb. 1 at the age of 109.
A resident of Edgerton, Studer was honored by the cooperative for attending every North Western annual meeting since its formation, an accomplishment that was noted in her obituary.

 Survivors include three sons, two daughters, 19 grandchildren, 83 greatgrandchildren, 39 great-great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-great-grandchildren. Darin Thorp, above, president and CEO of North Western Electric Cooperative, says "hello" to member Gertrude Studer at a recent co-op annual meeting.

URE gains new CEO

Anthony Smith, former vice president of engineering operations and Honda affairs at Union Rural Electric Cooperative, has been promoted to CEO/president at URE. Smith replaces Roger Anthony Smith Yoder, who retired after serving as president of the co-op for 25 years.

Firelands EC launches “The A Team” incentive program South Central Power was the recipient of the 2016 PACC Business of the Year. Pictured above are South Central Director of Key Accounts Jeff Campbell, PACC President Theresa Byers, South Central President and CEO Rick Lemonds, and South Central Vice President of Member Services Allison Saffle.

South Central Power chosen as 2016 Business of the Year by Pickerington Chamber

South Central Power was honored to be selected as the 2016 Business of the Year by the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC) at the organization's annual meeting. PACC serves businesses in the northwest Fairfield County communities of Pickerington and Violet Township.

Firelands Electric Cooperative introduced a program to encourage students in grades 6-8 to strive for academic excellence. Students of members are invited to join “The A Team” to be recognized for their hard work if they have a minimum of three A’s on their most recent report card. Report card entries are put into a drawing for each grading period. Drawings will take place on April 10, July 10, and Dec. 10, with three students winning an iTunes gift card at each drawing.

Carroll Electric’s pilot program aims to increase member satisfaction

Carroll Electric Cooperative recently launched a member engagement committee, as part of an initiative to increase member satisfaction, while enhancing understanding of the cooperative principles and values. Nine coop members (one from each of Carroll’s districts) were selected to attend quarterly committee meetings. APRIL 2017 •  OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING





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Two stunning architectural works, side-by-side in Columbus: The Bartholomew County Courthouse and Veterans Memorial are must-sees on a tour of the city.

Indiana’s namesake of Ohio’s capital city is an architectural Mecca


hen Americans conjure a place called “Columbus,” many imagine Ohio — home of The Ohio State University and its legions of Buckeye football fans. There is, however, another Columbus not too far away — west across the state line to just south of Indianapolis. While its population is only about 45,000, the town enjoys an outsized reputation as a modern architectural Mecca. Located just three hours from Ohio’s capital, this Hoosier hamlet has long been a transportation hub — especially for railroads. Its major employer, Cummins, Inc. (f.k.a. Cummins



Engine) is an integral part of why this small municipality boasts more than 70 buildings and landscapes designed by celebrity architects from around the globe. Family vacation planners take note: Columbus captivates kids with a massive indoor playground and a three-story children’s museum. The whole family can indulge their sweet teeth at an old-fashioned ice cream parlor with vintage soda fountains. The best place to start exploring is the Visitors Center on Fifth Street, where visitors may view films on Columbus’ architectural significance and preview one of its crown jewels, the Miller House and Garden. The Visitors Center offers two-hour bus tours that include historic and contemporary structures and tells the backstory

For the kids

The building at 301 Washington Street was the office of Irwin Miller, the community benefactor largely responsible for the city’s status as an architectual mecca.

of how this place came to be ranked among the world’s top destinations for innovative design. A brief summary: Local businessman J. Irwin Miller suddenly became the CEO of Cummins Engine during World War II when his great uncle died unexpectedly. After the war, Columbus experienced rapid family growth, and projected a need for new schools. The first two prefabricated schools were built hurriedly. So Miller offered funding for the design of the next one, as long as school board officials would select an architect from a list provided by the Cummins Foundation (the company’s Columbus, IN charitable arm). That was the start of renowned modern architects building public structures and art there: I.M. Pei’s Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, Kevin Roche’s Columbus Post Office, and sculptor Henry Moore’s “Large Arch” that unifies the plaza between the groundbreaking First Christian Church (designed by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen) and the library.

In keeping with the design theme, it offers hands-on exhibits that allow visitors to design their own communities, while subtly exposing them to tenets of architecture and urban planning. There’s a 17-foot climbing wall and Bubble-ology — a contraption that creates body-sized bubbles. Kids Children and adults alike can can let off even become transfixed at “Chaos,” more steam at a sculpture at kidscommons The Commons, children’s museum in Columa community bus, while the Luckey Climber (below) is for kids only. gathering space with a 5,000 square-foot indoor playground featuring a Luckey Climber — a free-of-charge multi-story structure laced with mazes and jungle gyms, designed by the late architect and sculptor, Tom Luckey. When hunger pangs set in, Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum, across from The Commons, should help. The institution was started in 1900 by three brothers. After they attended the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, they were inspired to buy two ornate soda fountains. Today, “soda jerks” still draw carbonated water from these machines to make handcrafted ice cream delights.

Sarah Jaquay

A must-see is the Miller House and Garden designed by Eero Saarinen, Eliel’s son. Eero gained international recognition for St. Louis’s Gateway Arch and the TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport, and was crucial in selecting Jorn Utzon to design the Sydney Opera House. Among architecture aficionados, Miller Continued on Page 26 >

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Columbus Area Visitors Center

After a large dose of architecture, visitors with kids can head for Washington Street, where they’ll discover “kidscommons,” the three-story, 12,000 square-foot children’s museum.



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Paintball draws crowds of players in a video game come-to-life


ead to Splatter Park near Mt. Gilead on a crisp, fall day, or pre-spring, before trees bud, and you’ll almost always find at least a little company. By summer, though, you’ll join as many as 600 other paintball warriors at a time looking to splatter their foes. People ages 10 to 70 (and sometimes beyond) don face masks and load their paintball guns with gelatin-shell paint pellets, then head to one of the park’s 12 themed game areas for an adrenaline rush of fun. Mike Miller, a member of Consolidated Electric Cooperative, owns the place, and seems to have perfected the art of recreational paintball. “It’s like stepping into a video game where you’re the action,” he says.



From Splatter Park to Pinnacle Woods in Chardon, which were among the first on Ohio’s paintball scene, to LVL Up Sports that opened last year near Grove City, players can find a place to play across the state. Whether one is a recreational or a competitive player, there’s an experience to match the skill-set. For Lucas de Leon, who first played at a Splatter Park birthday party when he was 12, paintball has turned into a job as one of the park’s greenshirted referees — matching players for the best fit to keep the atmosphere safe and friendly. “Refs make sure that you get in the right group, based on age and skill level,” de Leon says. “They’ll make sure that parents and their kids are on teams together, if they want to be.”

Masks on! Roll out!

As soon players are sorted onto teams and issued armbands, the call is issued: “Masks on! Let’s roll out,” and “Call of Duty” comes to life.

Players duck behind trees, peer over barriers, and dart from cover to cover as they seek their opponents invading from the other direction. Once a player is hit, that player is out, and must leave the playing area until a game’s end. In the meantime, rapid-fire rat-a-tat-tats, as well as more-measured shots, send paintballs flying toward satisfying splats. Oh, and those splats: they can sting like a rubber-band snap. Long sleeved shirts, pants, and gloves are recommended for that reason, and masks that cover from forehead to past the chin are a must, because there have been instances of serious eye injuries. Refs watch games like hawks, making sure that play stays safe. Whenever they see a mask get lifted to clean it off during play, there’s a “Masks down,” reminder. Every playing field has safe areas for mask-cleaning and breaks. Splatter Park hosts games that are more laid-back, But there are other spots, such as Pinnacle Woods and LVL Up Sports, where fun is also a focus, but competition gets fierce.

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The next level

On any weekend, at both LVL Up Sports and Pinnacle better, you have to Woods, teams practice and play X-Ball games on a field play with people who of large inflatable structures are set up to match are better than you.” that professional tournament games — the players drawn to these fields are experts, with customized paintball guns that are designed to fire faster and with more accuracy. “If you want to get better, you have to play with people who are better than you,” says Dave Pando, owner of LVL Up Sports. He knows. Pando was on the No. 2 college team in the U.S. during his days at Ohio University. He liked the game so much, he signed a long-term lease on some farmland in Grove City and LVL Up Sports was born.

At Pinnacle Woods, paintball is a family business that started in 1982, when Cathie and Tony Pisek played their first game in Conneaut Park in Pennsylvania. Almost before they got home, they decided to open their own paintball park. Their son, Steve, and two daughters, Chrissy and Jenny, now run the business. Steve has even played paintball professionally, competing across the United States and internationally. They’re just more examples of the sport’s evergrowing popularity, showing that once players get a taste of the action, they often keep coming back. Okeme Bassett, for example, knew nothing about paintball when she came to Splatter Park with her two teens and their friends for a late-fall game last year. “I had on a pink Columbus State shirt [and] was a moving target,” she says with a laugh. She left already planning a return trip with her girlfriends.

If You Go

Participants must sign a waiver (parents sign for minors age 10 and above). Costs are $25 to $50, depending upon equipment rental and how many paintballs are used. Typical games last 15 minutes with short breaks. Each park has open play on weekends. Call or check park websites for details. Birthday parties and other private events — such as Splatter Park’s Zombie Park in the fall — are offered at each. A shop to buy equipment, paintballs, and snacks is at each site. JAMIE RHEIN is a freelance writer from Columbus.

Eye protection is a must at all times while on the field of play during a paintball game.

Splatter Park, 5560 County Road 109, Mount Gilead. 419-946-4964 or 614-784-2657; splatterpark. com. Closed third week of December to first week of March. LVL Up Sports, 5390 Harrisburg Pike, Grove City. 614-313-1382; Year round. Pinnacle Woods, 10241 Old State Rd., Chardon.440-974-0077; pinnaclewoodspaintball. com. Year round.



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s a wildlife photographer, I sometimes envy wedding photographers. They take photos of beautiful brides, and the brides don’t try to run away during the process, let alone fly. If wildlife photography is a college course, then bird photography — especially capturing birds in flight — is graduate school.

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Birds nearly always make interesting photo subjects, and each scientific family of birds has its own photographic challenges. If you maintain a home bird feeder, that’s a wise place to begin your avian photography. Shooting through windows is a good way to learn the basics, but eventually you’ll want to get outdoors. Doing so will not only move you closer to the birds, but will also make for sharper, clearer photos that fill the frame of your camera’s viewfinder.

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I use a homemade blind for most of my bird photography near feeders. Most songbirds are very trusting of a blind, often approaching within a few feet to grab a tidbit of food. I also use a blind for wild turkey photography, placing it in the woods during early spring, when gobblers are displaying. For photographing other types of birds, I simply walk through likely-looking habitat, often wearing camouflage clothing. The birds know I’m there, but when I move slowly and stop often, they’re more likely to go about their daily activities unalarmed. Keep in mind, too, that birds are used to seeing people in public places. That makes national, state, and local parks, wildlife refuges, arboretums, and similar public locations, even suburbs, excellent places for bird photography.

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Photography equipment for birds can be as simple as a cell-phone camera. Point-andshoot cameras — those cameras without interchangeable lenses — are the next step up the technology ladder, often doing a good job at an inexpensive price. However, most serious bird photographers use a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera body with a telephoto zoom lens attached. Yes, those cameras and lenses can be expensive, but the quality of your images will improve greatly. When purchasing photo equipment, keep in mind this bit of wisdom from one of America’s leading professional bird photographers, Arthur Morris. “Owning the latest, greatest lens or camera body does not guarantee you anything. Everyone needs to learn to make the best images possible with the gear they have in their hands.”

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After learning how to take shots of stationary birds, the ultimate challenge in bird photo-graphy is capturing photos of birds on the wing. To do so, put as many of the variables as possible in your favor. Choose a sunny day and approach the bird with the sun at your back, your shadow pointing at the bird. When the bird flies within range, keep it in the middle of your camera’s viewfinder and fire a burst of several shots, not just one. It also helps tremendously if your camera has a continuousautofocus feature. Any photography is fun, but taking great wildlife shots will give you a sense of satisfaction and provide you with many challenges for years to come. The process itself will also get you outdoors, and that alone is worth the price of admission — maybe a new camera and lens? W.H. “CHIP” GROSS, Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor, is a member of Consolidated Electric Cooperative. Share outdoors story ideas at whchipgross@; or visit

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Electric cooperatives and the Ohio Farm Bureau have a long history of cooperation


t’s a little-known fact that several Ohio agricultural cooperatives — livestock producers, dairy farmers, and crop associations — can trace their roots to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. The same holds true for Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives (OEC) members. The organizations share a history that, with a flip of a switch, elevated the standard of living for thousands of rural families and farmers. That early relationship is reflected today in each group’s democratic principles and the passion with which they advocate on behalf of members.

Common constituents

There are, for instance, many Farm Bureau members who also are members of an electric co-op, and vice versa. Each organization is committed to working for Ohio’s rural communities.


Many rural families celebrated their improved quality of life (top photo) and then symbolically buried their old kerosene lamps, after the formation of the Rural Electrification Administration.

“Where we cross over is with the people whom we serve. We both have our constituents in mind,” says Doug Miller, OEC’s vice president of statewide services.

development, protecting property rights, workable regulations for business, and the safeguarding of Ohio’s natural resources, among others. It’s not a stretch to argue that the two contributed greatly to rural economic development over the years, he adds.

Indeed. Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp ticks off issues the groups share: energy

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which are critical to the development and infrastructure of rural areas,” Sharp says.

to give electric co-ops the opportunity to build power plants.

Along that line, the Ohio Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan, launched in January 2017, harkens to its early cooperative days. In the 1920s, Farm Bureau started a mutual vehicle insurance company because mainline insurers gouged farmers on premium costs. Today, that venture is known as Nationwide Insurance.

So when the REA formed, Farm Bureau created the Farm Bureau Rural Electrification Cooperative to educate communities about the REA program, help organize their electric cooperative, The Farm Bureau disbanded its own electric cooperaccess the government’s ative around the time when the Ohio Rural Electric money, and supply financial, Cooperative association was founded. construction, and engineering work, and refrigeration. Monthly assistance. Labor Review wrote in April 1939 that communities celebrated the Cooperative difference installation of electrical service with The primary motivations for Farm ceremonies including “the burial of Bureau’s enthusiasm were that a kerosene lamp as a symbol of the getting electricity to rural homes drudgery being abolished.” was a quality-of-life issue, and that investor-owned utilities either Farm Bureau disbanded its electric ignored pleas for service or they cooperative affiliate in 1942 and charged exorbitant rates. urged existing electric co-ops to form a statewide group. In 1941, the Ohio Later that year, the first electric pole Rural Electric Cooperative association funded with REA money was erected was begun. in Miami County, and on June 15, 1936, the Charles McKenney family of Piqua became the first recipients of electrical service, provided through Grind Away ANY Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative.

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Farm Bureau’s and OEC’s entwined path might have never been, if the federal Rural Electrification Administration (REA) hadn’t formed in May 1935 to extend electrical lines and service into greater swaths of America’s countryside. The Rural Electrification Act followed in 1936, making low-interest loans available

The response was immediate, and by Jan. 26, 1937, 57 rural Ohio electric co-ops existed. Overall, nearly all of the first $5.5 million disbursed by REA went to Ohio co-ops.



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APR. 9 – 31st Annual Farm Toy Show, Champaign Co. Fgds., 384 Park Ave., Urbana, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $2, under 12 free. Look, buy, sell, or trade. Over 120 tables. Door prizes. Contact Lowell Morningstar at 937-826-4201.


APR. 22–23 – African Violet Show and Sale, Eastgate Mall, Batavia (I-275 and St. Rte. 32) , Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 12–6 p.m. Presented by the Cincinnati African Violet Society and the African Violet Society of Dayton. View amazing and beautiful plants. Hard-to-find varieties and growing supplies will be available for purchase. One-on-one horticultural consultation and periodic demos will also be offered both days. 513-325-0395 or



MAR. 24–APR. 17 – I-X Indoor Amusement Park, IX Center, One I-X Dr., Cleveland. Twenty acres of fun, all indoors! Thrilling amusement rides, including the 443-foot Soaring Eagle Zipline. Live family entertainment and much more. For dates and times, visit www. APR. 8 – Painesville Railroad Museum Fundraiser, Harry Buffalo, 2119 Mentor Ave., Painesville, 3–5 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include all-you-can-eat appetizers and drinks. Chinese raffle and 50/30-20 raffle. Len Kessler at 440417-6746 or Tom Pescha at 216-470-5780. APR. 8 – Sunrise Farm’s Easter Eggstravaganza, Glasshouse Pavilion, 13115 Kinsman Rd. (Rte. 87), Burton, 11 a.m. Free. Easter egg hunts for the kids, while the adults can enjoy the market’s spring décor, Easter candies, and Easter baskets. 440-834-1298 or APR. 8 – Spring Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Strongsville Ehrnfelt Recreation Ctr., 18100 Royalton Rd., Strongsville, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $3, under 12 free. Features artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. Full concession stand. 440-227-8794 or APR. 20 – “The Story of Robert Long (A Civil War Soldier and POW),” Ohio Genealogical Society, Richland Co. Chapter, OGS Library, 611 St. Rte. 97 W., Bellville, 7 p.m. Free lecture by Pat Drouhard. 419-566-4560, Sunda1960@, or www.rootsweb.ancestry. com/~ohrichgs/. APR. 21–23 – The Little Mermaid, Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, 101 Water St., Chardon, Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $18, Stds./Srs. $15, $10 C. (12 and under). 440-286-2255 or www.



Easter-egg hunts are the order of the day in early April, with events all around the state. Sunrise Farm (pictured), 13115 Kinsman Rd., in Burton, in Geauga County, hosts a free hunt for children 10 and under in its Glasshouse Pavilion at 11 a.m. sharp on April 8. Call 440-834-1298 for details. APR. 22 – EarthFest, Cuyahoga Co. Fgds., 19021 Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $8, C. (2–11) $4, under 2 free. Celebrate the Year of Vibrant Green Space at Ohio’s largest environmental education event and the longest-running Earth Day celebration in the nation. Workshops, speakers, free tree giveaways, biodiesel-powered amusement park rides, petting zoos, urban farm animals, and much more. 216-281-6468 or www. APR. 22 – 23rd Annual Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park Dinner/ Auction, Wallace Lodge, Sally Buffalo Park, 100 College Way, Cadiz, 5–10 p.m. $18. Buffet-style dinner, keynote speaker, and auction. Auction items may include items related to construction, mining, and agriculture such as models, antique or vintage, modern memorabilia, photos, collectibles, and more. For reservations or information, contact Marilyn at 740-942-3895, Dale at 740-391-4135, or www. APR. 27–30 – Geauga County Maple Festival, Historic Chardon Square, Chardon,

APR. 16 – Easter Buffet, North Bend State Park, 202 North Bend Park Rd., Cairo, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. $21.95. Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. 304-643-2931 or APR. 26 – Administrative Professionals Day Buffet, North Bend State Park, 202 North Bend Park Rd., Cairo, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. $10.95. 304-643-2931 or

Thur. noon–10 p.m., Fri./Sat. 10 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. (weather permitting). A festival celebrating “everything maple”! Features arts and crafts, lumberjack competition, bathtub races, and other fun events and contests. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes at Pancakes in the Park, Fri.–Sun., 8 a.m.–2 p.m. 440-286-3007 or APR. 29 – Troll Mania at Main, Troll Hole Museum, 228 E Main St., Alliance, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. World-record troll doll collection and troll memorabilia.Pick up your treasure map and then visit over 14 shops on Main St. to find the hidden trolls to win prizes. 330-929-1071or APR. 22 – Spring 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. Features artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. Full concession stand. 440-227-8794 or www.

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Cute Easter Kids “My little fur baby, Tator Tot, weighed a pound-and-ahalf full grown, but what a terror! He was the baddest Chihuahua I’ve ever had, and I loved every minute of it!”

“My nephew, Tucker, posing as the Easter bunny.”

Natalie Jones Frontier Power Company member

Tonya Moran Bess South Central Power Company member

“Sitting in her Uncle Dick’s flower garden, Price Bush, daughter of Erica Bush, finds a snack at her first Easter egg hunt.” Richard Crawford South Central Power Company member “Then 4-month-old Kelsey Weigel celebrates Easter back in April 1990.” Don and Michelle Weigel Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative members

“Cousins Aiden and Elizabeth are on the hunt for Easter eggs at grandma’s house.” Beth Schey Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative member

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