Ohio Cooperative Living – April 2024 - Holmes-Wayne

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At their best

Appreciating our HWEC lineworkers

Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative
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INSIDE OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • APRIL 2024 Cover image on most editions: Electric cooperatives across the country take time this month to honor the dedication and contributions of the lineworkers who toil to keep the lights on. This page: This map of the April 1974 Super Outbreak shows how quickly the Xenia twister (No. 37) gained strength after it touched down. APRIL 2024 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  1

Growing together

The work of electric cooperatives is interesting, challenging, meaningful, and rewarding. Yet it’s not for everyone. We work hard to bring together a group of people with the skills and personal attributes necessary to fulfill our obligation to the communities we serve: to provide safe, reliable, cost-competitive, and environmentally responsible electric service to every member, every day. This requires a broad range of job skills, from accounting and engineering to construction and maintenance.

The teams of employees at electric cooperatives across the state are unique, yet they share some common traits. At each co-op, for example, you’ll find people with a strong sense of service, a commitment to the local community, and a desire to continue to learn and grow.

Electric cooperatives across the country have adopted a set of values, including accountability, integrity, innovation, and commitment to community, which are reinforced by the managers entrusted to operate the cooperative and by the people you elect as directors of the cooperative board.

It’s important that those values are shared by the people who work for the cooperative. Not everyone fits, but when we find people who do, we provide them with opportunities not only to grow in their current job, but also to prepare for potential other roles.

The emphasis we place on workforce development helps your electric cooperative adapt to the changing world we live in. When we provide opportunities for our team members to build their skills and knowledge, they learn to make better decisions, to evaluate new technologies, and to weigh costs and benefits, and, ultimately, that makes our service better and more affordable.

It’s just one of the many ways we’re preparing to handle challenges and take advantage of opportunities, both today and into the future.

Providing opportunities for our team members to build their skills and knowledge ultimately makes our service better and more affordable.

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Growing by degrees: Higher-ed partnership puts co-op lineworkers on a path toward leadership.



The camera in your pocket: You don’t always need fancy gear to take magnificent outdoor photos.


Mind, body, and goats: Animals enhance yogis’ connection to the land during classes at member’s farm.


Pucker up! If you’re on Team Tart, put these tangy tastes on your table.



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APRIL 2024 • Volume 66, No. 7

Growing by degrees

When Brian Bick was fresh out of high school, he started taking college classes but soon discovered he didn’t enjoy spending his days in a classroom. He decided to pursue a career as an electric lineworker.

“Being a full-time student just wasn’t for me,” says Bick, now a line foreman at Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative in Malinta, in north-central Ohio. “But I’ve always loved to learn and grow to improve myself.”

Now, Bick has been able to leverage his 10 years of training and experience as a cooperative lineworker along with online classes to earn his Associate of Applied Science degree in technical studies. He’s one of eight graduates so far from a partnership between the Central Ohio Lineworker Training (COLT) program and West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Twenty additional cooperative lineworkers are pursuing degrees through the program.

“This opportunity was really amazing,” says Bick, who graduated last spring. “In this career, you never stop learning, whether it’s through classes or learning from other lineworkers or other co-ops. This program is an extension of that learning, and I hope it can open more windows of opportunity for me in the future.”

The joint degree program provides both advancement potential for lineworkers and short- and long-term benefits for Ohio’s electric cooperatives, says Kyle Hoffman, manager of COLT. “Most people think of line work as a trade that doesn’t require continuing education. That’s far from the case,” he says. “The linemen who work for our Ohio electric cooperatives are some of the brightest and most energetic people in our industry. For many of them coming out of high school, college wasn’t a great fit, but they’ve built a depth of knowledge and developed hands-on skills to do their jobs safely and efficiently. The WVU-P partnership allows them to apply the training and skills gained as lineworkers to the college degree.

“Investing in employees this way helps our cooperatives retain lineworkers who may be seeking career advancement opportunities,” Hoffman says. “It’s a benefit for everybody.”

A well-rounded education

Hoffman worked to develop the partnership with WVU-P in 2021 after graduating from a similar program there. He then continued his education through the COLT program’s “2+2” option to achieve a bachelor’s degree in supervisory management.

Ben Jones of South Central Power is finishing his associate degree through the COLT/WVU-P partnership. He plans to continue through the program and earn a bachelor’s degree.

“WVU-P looked at our entire COLT curriculum and determined our 12 classes, along with the 8,000 total training hours apprentice lineworkers complete through COLT, would translate to 45 of the required 60 college credit hours needed to obtain a degree,” Hoffman says.

“The COLT program is very knowledge-based and focused on hands-on skills,” Hoffman says. “The WVU-P classes complement our curriculum with their requirements, tailored to each person’s needs.”

Students must complete five college classes, in English/ communications and math/science, along with elective options that include workplace ethics, psychology, leadership, management, and business. All classes are online, and WVU-P, which is just across the Ohio River, offers in-state tuition to lineworkers from all across Ohio.

“I took a computer class that taught me about applications I use all the time in my job now, and one in environmental science that provided insight into how to protect the planet, which is relevant to our industry,” Bick says.

Ben Jones, a line servicer who joined South Central Power in 2015, is in his final class required for his associate degree and plans to continue through his bachelor’s degree.

“I appreciate that there’s a ton of flexibility,” Jones says. “You can pick the classes that will make you a better manager or supervisor in the future. I’ve learned key leadership skills, and it’s helped me with problemsolving. I also took a class in public speaking, which has really helped me because I teach a line school class. I took a course on all the Microsoft applications, which is technology we’re using here at South Central, so I was ahead of the curve.”

Jones appreciates the freedom of online classes. “The professors at WVU-P understand what I do for a living, that I’m always on call,” he says. “I have deadlines for classes but can do the work whenever it suits my schedule.”

All lineworkers who have graduated from COLT since 2004 are eligible for the joint degree program, Hoffman says. They can take the classes after completing COLT, or concurrently with COLT training.

Dave Sumpter, a lead lineman who has worked for Firelands Electric Cooperative in New London for 18 years, received his diploma in May 2023

“I finished COLT in 2009,” Sumpter says. “For me, it was a shock to my system to be doing homework and writing papers again. Never did I think, as a 45-year-old guy, I would be starting college, but it was a good change for me. I took business ethics, English composition, industrial math, and speech classes.”

The program’s flexibility made it feasible for Sumpter as well. “I took one class at a time and did my homework late at night or at my kids’ wrestling practices.” His two sons, in fact, provide motivation for Sumpter. “One is in eighth grade, and one’s in fifth. I’m always emphasizing to them the importance of education, and I’m able to lead by example,” he says. “I always made sure we all got our homework done before we messed around.”

Sean Luellen, a crew leader for Union Rural Electric in Marysville, says earning his degree was the logical next step, but it wasn’t easy. “I graduated with the first class from COLT in 2004, and I’d always wanted to go back to college. With work, always being on call, two kids, and two trips to Guatemala (to bring electricity to remote areas through Project Ohio), I was really busy.”

“It was the most stressful year of my life,” Luellen says. “But with all of the heartache and headaches, it was

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Sean Luellen, who juggled schoolwork with his job at URE, time with his two kids, and two trips to Guatemala, says the effort to graduate was well worth the work and sacrifice.
Higher-ed partnership puts co-op lineworkers on a path toward leadership.

worth it. I wanted to show my two boys that if you apply yourself, make sacrifices, and work hard, you can accomplish anything. I hope by completing my associate degree and spreading the message on the importance of education, I can inspire more linemen to take advantage of the amazing partnership between COLT and WVU-P.”

The joint degree program provides a bridge between handson, practical learning and academic education. “This is just adding to the knowledge I’ve gained from COLT,” Jones says. “The four-year COLT apprenticeship is very hands-on. It involves lots of thinking and problem-solving. I’m continuing my education from there, and it’s been a positive experience.”

Investing in the future

Brett Perkins, general manager at Tricounty Electric, says the COLT/WVU-P partnership is one way Ohio’s electric cooperatives are investing in their employees with an eye to the future.

“This is one of the many training tools we have in our toolbox,” Perkins says. “That includes safety programs, leadership programs, and COLT, which is recognized across the country as an outstanding program. This degree program makes these lineworkers more well-rounded and provides them with more opportunities to advance their careers.”

Perkins stresses that it’s also a benefit to the co-ops.

“Continued education and training allow for future leadership to come from within,” he says. “We invest a lot of time and money in developing employees because we want to keep them. Pursuing this degree shows their initiative and desire to move up the ranks.”

That’s what attracted Bick. “My goal is to pursue management opportunities. I want to grow along with the co-op, and this degree shows I’ve worked to prepare for that,” he says. “This shows that cooperatives care about us and about the future.”

Hoffman said the degree program is a bridge between lineworker positions and co-op leadership jobs. “We have future leaders on our line crews right now,” he says. “This closes the gap between those with boots-on-the-ground experience and the college-educated. It gives lineworkers the opportunity to develop as leaders, so they can elevate themselves into critical roles at our co-ops in the future.”

Jones looks forward to sharing what he’s learned for the benefit of his co-op. “Building a positive work environment and encouraging younger guys in their own growth and development within South Central is very important to me,” he says. “I want to pass my knowledge on and motivate team members to do great work, build trust, and communicate well.”

Dave Sumpter (top) says his two sons helped to motivate him to pursue a college degree. Kyle Hoffman (center), COLT’s manager, earned his bachelor’s degree through the program’s partnership with West Virginia University-Parkersburg. Brian Bick (bottom) applied his knowlege and skills to help electrify villages in Guatemala.
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The camera in your pocket

You don’t always need fancy gear to take magnificent outdoor photos.

Some of the many formats and ranges for which smartphone cameras are particularly useful (clockwise from top left): a rainbow shot from far across an Ohio farm field; a milkweed plant, shot at mid-range, a few feet away; scarlet cup fungus, shot from just inches away.

For years, I’ve been using two Canon digital singlelens reflex (DSLR) cameras to take photos for “Woods, Waters, and Wildlife.” The twin bodies and assorted lenses produce exceptional photos, but they have a drawback: The equipment is heavy. Add in a tripod and monopod that hold the cameras steady, and my entire kit weighs a whopping 25 pounds!

To be honest, there are days when I don’t feel like lugging all that bulky gear from my house to my vehicle, let alone out into the field. Which leads me to the dirty little secret of outdoor photography today (especially landscape photography): More and more photographers, professionals and amateurs alike, are turning to their cellphones. Like most folks, I always have my trusty smartphone handy, and it weighs only a few ounces.

One of the most prolific professional landscape and nature photographers in the Buckeye State is Ian Adams of Cuyahoga Falls. During the past 31 years, Adams has written and illustrated 23 photography books and published dozens of Ohio calendars. More than 6,000 of his color photographs have appeared in magazines and other media. Recently, he’s been offering popular iPhone photography workshops, sharing his hard-won expertise with the public.

Adams believes there are six key elements to a good landscape or outdoor photograph:

• An interesting or beautiful subject

• Great lighting

• Strong composition

• Optimal sharpness and depth of field

• Optimal exposure (not too light or too dark)

• Pleasing color

“The first three elements listed are independent of the brand and model of smartphone you use,” he says. “In other words, you choose the photo’s subject, what natural

light it’s in when you photograph it, and how to compose the photo. However, the features and settings with respect to the last three essential elements — the ability to capture optimal sharpness and depth of field, optimal exposure, and pleasing color — will vary from one smartphone brand to another.”

Modern cellphones are such marvels of technology that they adjust those last three elements automatically. In short, pick up any new cellphone, and after just a few minutes of familiarization, you can take excellent landscape and outdoor photos. Even panorama shots are now easy. That said, there remains one specialized type of outdoor photography that Adams does not recommend using cellphones for, at least not yet.

“The beautiful wildlife images that grace the pages of Audubon, National Geographic, and other such magazines were not made with smartphones, but with 35mm DSLR cameras equipped with long, expensive telephoto lenses mounted on sturdy tripods or monopods,” Adams says. “I don’t think even the latest, most sophisticated smartphones can adequately replicate those photos. But I’m sure that time is not too far in the future.”

I took the photos accompanying this story with my “ancient” iPhone 8, illustrating its versatility with a closeup shot (scarlet cup fungus), a mid-range shot (milkweed plant), and a long-range landscape (rainbow).

Yes, I could have taken any of those photos with my traditional gear, but I didn’t happen to have it with me when those photo-ops suddenly appeared. My cellphone saved the day.

It almost seems like cheating.

Check out Ian Adams’ work on his website: www.ianadamsphotography.com.

W.H. “Chip” Gross is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor. Email him with your outdoors questions at whchipgross@gmail. com. Be sure to include “Ask Chip” in the subject of the email. Your question may be answered on www.ohiocoopliving.com!



and goats Mind , bo d y ,

Animals enhance yogis’ connection to the land during classes at member’s farm.

On Katherine Harrison’s farm in Groveport, every animal has a job. The chickens offer eggs. The cats provide comfort. And the goats help teach yoga.

Later this month, Harrison Farm will begin its ninth season of Goat Yoga, an outdoor beginner-friendly vinyasa yoga class paired with curious goats, a chance to explore the farm, and plenty of opportunities for goat selfies.

The idea for the program arose organically, says Harrison, owner and operator of Harrison Farm. (Her secondary title, she says, is “chief minion” to the goats.) She met yoga instructor Dana Bernstein in 2016 while she was planning Bernstein’s wedding, and the two hit it off.

A working farm

Harrison Farm, which primarily raises sheep, goats, and chickens, has a mission to connect people to both animals and farming. Beyond Goat Yoga, the farm features agritourism programs and educational opportunities, often hosting interns who take on their own projects, such as raising ducks, rabbits, pigs, and honeybees.

“I knew nothing about goats,” says Helen Cosner, a teacher at South-Western City Schools near Columbus who has taken more than 10 classes. “Now I’m obsessed.”

Cosner hosted her 40th birthday party on the farm, and called it “epic.”

Of the 150 goats on the farm, 30 are “yoga goats” — primarily goats that were bottle-fed by humans when they were young, a result of a mother not being able to care for them. The human-to-goat bonding that happens during the bottle-feeding period allows the young goats to look to people as a source of food, comfort, and attention. “Because of [the bonding], they’re perfect for yoga, because they know when they’re around humans, good things will follow,” Harrison says.

And some goats self-select into the program.

Ruth, for example, is one of Bernstein’s favorite goats. At the age of 10 (a goat’s average life span is about 8 years), the geriatric goat, who had always been nice to humans, decided that she would take part in the weekly festivities. “She does make a whooping sound when people get around her food,” says Bernstein, “but she’s really sweet to the yogis.”

Harrison prefers a 1-to-3 goat-to-human ratio for yoga classes, though it’s not always predictable. Goats, in general, are hard to predict, and Bernstein and Harrison have learned to let them take the lead during the classes.


“Sometimes they cause chaos and run across mats and bump into people,” says Bernstein. “Other times, they’ll chill, relax, sit, or even fall asleep during class.”

Outdoor asana

Bernstein teaches several types of yoga in studios around Columbus, including vinyasa, power, and ashtanga, but she holds Goat Yoga near to her heart.

“I love teaching outdoors; it brings a different element to the class,” Bernstein says. “Goat Yoga is a low-pressure introduction for beginners, but it also is a fun adventure for experienced yoga practitioners, and it offers a direct connection to nature.”

That connection is what makes the class attractive, says Cosner, who had dabbled in yoga for a few years before attending Goat Yoga. “It was completely different than what I expected. I thought I would be jumped on by pygmy goats. I had no idea that I would be experiencing a refreshing mindfulness experience and feel so connected to the land.”

Cosner enjoys the unexpectedness of the class. “The goats might come sit on your mat, and you can pet them when you’re doing downward dog. Or they might come up right next to your friend while they’re doing a

sun salutation.” Cosner has plenty of photos of these encounters, and says that they all contain the best smiles.

“It’s a full body and mind experience, and a break from the racing mind,” she says. “I love it.”

The details

Harrison and Bernstein invite their Goat Yoga guests to the farm half an hour before the one-hour class begins, and afterward, visitors are welcome to explore, meeting animals and feeding bottle babies, says Harrison. Most guests bring their own outdoor-worthy mats, but the farm does have a few extras for folks who come empty-handed. And usually, they won’t leave with empty stomachs. When time allows, Harrison provides homemade chocolate chip cookies alongside coffee and tea. Farm goods, including fresh eggs and honey, are always for sale.

Goat Yoga classes run from late April to early October and cost $26 per person. Registration opens a month before each class, and dates are listed at www.facebook. com/harrisonfarm13. Email harrisonfarm13@gmail.com for reservations. In case of rain, classes are moved to the farm’s airplane hangar.

About 30 of the 150 goats that live at Harrison Farm in Groveport are “Yoga Goats” that are free to roam among the students taking yoga classes there (photograph courtesy of Dana Bernstein).
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If you’re on Team Tart, put these tangy tastes on your table.


Lemon curd is great on scones, biscuits, pancakes, and pavlovas, or simply served with fresh berries. A little goes a long way — a spoonful adds a major punch of flavor.

Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes | Servings: 32

1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon cornstarch

½ cup fresh lemon juice

2 large eggs

2 large egg yolks

1 tablespoon lemon zest

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks

Set up a double boiler. (Fill a pot with simmering water, then set another pot or bowl on top.) In the top bowl/pot, mix sugar and cornstarch together with a large whisk. Gradually whisk in fresh lemon juice. Add eggs and egg yolks, continuing to whisk steadily over medium to medium-high heat, 10 to 18 minutes, until mixture thickens enough that it’s difficult to whisk and when dipped, curd sticks to the back of a spoon. (If it’s not thickening, increase heat slowly, being careful not to reach boiling.)

Add butter; once melted, whisk another 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in lemon zest. Immediately transfer to a heat-safe container with lid, setting the lid on top but not sealing yet. Let cool 10 to 20 minutes before sealing and refrigerating. Lemon curd will thicken when chilled. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks (best to store in the far back where it’s coldest) or freeze up to 2 months. Makes approximately 2 cups.

Per serving: 52 calories, 3 grams fat (1.5 grams saturated fat), 7 grams total carbohydrates, 5 milligrams sodium, 29 milligrams cholesterol, 0 grams fiber, 0.5 gram protein.


two tart cocktails


A blend of grapefruit and orange, this cocktail is named for the upcoming 2024 solar eclipse on April 8.

Prep: 5 minutes | Servings: 1

¼ cup sugar (for dipping rim of glass) handful of ice 2 ounces gin

1½ ounces fresh red grapefruit juice

2 dashes orange bitters

1 slice fresh orange

Spread sugar on a small flat plate. Wet rim of glass with a bit of grapefruit juice. Turn glass upside down and dip rim in sugar. Place ice in cocktail shaker. Pour gin, grapefruit juice, and orange bitters over ice, cover with lid, and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain cocktail into glass. Make a small cut through the orange slice and slide upright on the edge of the glass for garnish.


Prep: 5 minutes | Servings: 1 handful of ice

2 ounces gin

1 ounce fresh red grapefruit juice

¼ ounce fresh lemon juice

¼ ounce Grand Marnier

1 dash orange bitters curled lemon peel

Place ice in cocktail shaker. Pour gin, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, Grand Marnier, and orange bitters over ice, cover with lid, and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain cocktail into glass. Hook the lemon peel over the rim of the glass.

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Prep: 10 minutes | Servings: 4

1 pound shredded chicken, heated

1 teaspoon taco seasoning

5 kiwis, peeled and diced

1 tablespoon minced jalapeño

1 tablespoon minced red onion

1 tablespoon minced cilantro

1 small lime, juiced

½ teaspoon salt

1½ avocados, pitted and sliced

12 hard taco shells

Tart fools date back to the 15th century. If you’ve never made one, it's as simple as cooking fruit with sugar and making whipped cream. Rhubarb tastes a bit like a cranberry/cherry hybrid.

Prep: 20 minutes | Cool: 1 to 2 hours | Servings: 4

1 pound fresh rhubarb, ends trimmed, leaves removed, diced ¼ cup water

1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar

Sprinkle shredded chicken with taco seasoning. To make salsa, lightly toss together diced kiwi, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Evenly fill taco shells with seasoned shredded chicken, avocado slices, and kiwi salsa.

Per serving: 450 calories, 25 grams fat (7 grams saturated fat), 39 grams total carbohydrates, 518 milligrams sodium, 56 milligrams cholesterol, 8 grams fiber, 18 grams protein.


1 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Note: While rhubarb often cooks up pink/red, don’t be alarmed if the color is muted; as long as it was firm like celery when chopping, the color won’t affect the taste.

In a medium pot, bring rhubarb and water to a low boil, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, add 1/3 cup sugar, and continue to stir and mash chunks against the side of the pot with a spoon to aid it in breaking down. Once the rhubarb chunks have lost their definition and resemble more of a semi-smooth applesauce texture, taste for preferred sweetness level and add a bit more sugar if needed until dissolved, then remove from stove. When it’s cool enough to touch, transfer to a covered container and place in fridge for an hour or two. With an electric mixer, beat heavy cream, 1 tablespoon sugar, and vanilla on low, moving up to medium-high just until stiff peaks hold their shape without wilting. (Keep a close eye; overbeating will turn the cream into butter.) Store rhubarb and whipped cream separately in fridge until ready to serve. Layer in small glasses or bowls. The layers will likely swirl into each other a bit. Serve immediately. Per serving: 290 calories, 22 grams fat (14 grams saturated fat), 23 grams total carbohydrates, 20 milligrams sodium, 67 milligrams cholesterol, 2 grams fiber, 2.5 grams protein.

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Whatever it takes: Powering life, from a lineworker’s perspective

Being an electric lineworker is ranked as one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the country. The linemen at HolmesWayne Electric Cooperative work rain or shine, often in challenging conditions, to ensure you have reliable electricity. We’re celebrating Lineworker Appreciation Day on April 8, 2024. The following column provides valuable information and perspective from two HWEC linemen, Josh Johnson and Greg “Fuzz” Lemon.

My name is Josh Johnson and I work at our West Salem location, and I’m Greg Lemon (most people know me as Fuzz) and I work out of our Millersburg location. As linemen, we work any day, in any weather, to make sure our community has the power to live their lives. It’s hard work, but it’s very rewarding. We hope this will give you a better look into what we face and, more importantly, why we do it.

The danger

Many people know line work is dangerous because we work near high-voltage electricity. Move just the wrong way or lose focus for a split second, and it could be deadly. We often work on energized power lines, and you can’t always tell they are energized by just looking at them. We work with an element of danger that requires concentration, and there is no margin for error. The environment compounds the pressure, because when you need power most is usually when the weather is worst. We often work in storms with rain and wind, in extreme heat and cold, in the dark, or on the side of the road next to fast-moving traffic. Yes, it’s dangerous, but that’s what we’re trained to do.

Many may not realize it, but we undergo years of training. At HWEC, a lineworker starts as an apprentice, which requires 8,000 hours of on-the-job specific training as well as completion of classroom work and testing at COLT (Central Ohio Lineworker Training). Becoming a Class A lineman after completing this training doesn’t mean our education ends. Learning is ongoing. Lineworkers continuously receive training to stay mindful of safety requirements and up to date on the latest equipment and procedures.

The physical demand

The daily expectations of a lineworker are physically demanding, but we don’t complain. We know what we signed up for — loading heavy materials, climbing poles,

and in and out of buckets. Often, we go places the trucks can’t, maybe hiking through the woods loaded down with 40 pounds of personal protective equipment. But that’s the job. Most days, we’re just glad to be outside.

The sacrifices

There are some sacrifices to being a lineworker. One of the most difficult scenarios is being first on the scene of an emergency, seeing things that are devastating, like car accidents, structure fires, and damage from severe storms. We don’t know what type of situation we’re going to face. We get calls at all hours. We can all share times when we’ve missed a lot of our kids’ sporting events, social activities, and family dinners, but we are so fortunate to have families that are very supportive. We understand together that our job allows us to help our friends and neighbors get back to normal life.

It’s worth it

One thing that makes this job worthwhile is the camaraderie. We both agree that HWEC is our second family, and the line crews are a brotherhood. In this work, we depend on the person beside us in life-or-death circumstances. It’s a culture of trust, teamwork, and service. It’s all about keeping the teammate beside you safe and the lights on for everybody else.

We have a lot of pride in our work. There’s a lot of satisfaction in hearing someone yell “thank you” from the house, or bring out some cookies and coffee when you’ve been working long hours after a storm.

HWEC and its employees are members of this community. We live in the same neighborhoods. We shop at the same stores. Our kids go to the same schools. If your lights are off, there is a good chance ours are off, too. So, you can trust that we are doing our best to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, so you can get back to enjoying all the day-to-day benefits electricity provides.

Greg “Fuzz” Lemon LINEWORKER

Thank you, lineworkers!

Holmes-Wayne Electric is recognizing and expressing our appreciation to our lineworkers and their families for their dedication and commitment to our community.

Our lineworkers (shown on the front cover of this magazine) are:

Steve Asbury

Zach Condren

Alec Eldridge

Bowe Firebaugh

Hunter Flinner

Logan Huffman

Steve James

Josh Johnson

Greg Lemon

Cole Marley

Mike Martin

Michael Maurer

Matt Morris

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Nathan Shaffer

Garrett Smith

Zach Snow

Cody Spreng

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Spring safety tips for farmers

We serve a beautiful agriculture community. Farmers, don’t forget to look up during planting season. Always maintain a minimum of 10 feet of clearance from power lines. Avoid raising the arms of planters and sprayers near power lines.

If your equipment makes contact with an energized or downed power line, contact us immediately and remain inside the cab until the power line is de-energized. In case of smoke or fire, exit the cab by making a solid jump out of the cab, without touching it at the same time, and hop away to safety.

To the rest of us, don’t forget to allow proper distance and space in sharing the roadways with large agricultural equipment.


Protect new trees by putting them in safe places

“Why can’t they just leave my trees alone?”

If you’ve ever wondered that as you’ve watched a tree-trimming crew change the look of your favorite tree, you’ll find the reason in rural Ohio. On the steamy afternoon of August 14, 2003 — with everyone’s air conditioners cranked up to their highest settings — a sagging transmission power line in the state came in contact with nearby tree branches. In minutes, 45 million Americans and 10 million Canadians had no electricity and no air conditioning.

Transmission lines, which crisscross North America, are a critical element of the U.S. power grid. The giant wires suspended from poles or towers can carry enough electricity to power more than a million homes, moving it from distant power plants to electric cooperatives and other users.

Federal regulators placed most of the blame for the 2003 blackout on technology that failed to reroute power properly after the line touched the trees. But they also recognized the problem wouldn’t have happened if those trees had been a safe distance away from the line. The outage led to strict rules your electric co-op and other utilities are required to follow to prevent blackouts. Co-ops must document that all equipment and power lines are a safe distance from trees and other vegetation. If one of our tree-trimming crews visited your home, it was likely because your trees were closer to power lines than the rules allow, and we are legally required to act.

The last thing we want to do is alter or remove a prized part of your landscaping. We’d rather help you avoid conflict between electricity and greenery altogether. How? By reminding you to plant your new trees, shrubs, or other vegetation where they won’t grow into power lines or other electric equipment.

When you want to plant a tree or shrub, consider how it’s going to grow over the next 20 or 30 years. Consider both the eventual height and how wide the canopy of branches is likely to spread. Even small trees and shrubs that can reach 15 feet tall should be planted at least 20 feet from power lines. Trees that will be 40 feet high or less should be at least 25 feet from electricity, and larger trees should be at least 50 feet away.

Considering what’s above the ground is only part of treeplanting safety. Before you start digging, contact 8-1-1 to have underground utility lines marked so you won’t accidentally cut into any lines.

In case of problems, crews need clear access to padmounted transformers. That’s why, if you have one in your yard, you should keep plantings at least 10 feet from the transformer’s doors and at least 4 feet from its sides.

Finally, if you notice your trees or other vegetation have grown dangerously close to power lines or equipment, don’t try to trim them on your own. Let your local electric co-op know or hire a professional arborist. Tree-trimming is more dangerous than most people realize, and you don’t want to find yourself in the emergency room — or be the person who plunges your neighbors into the dark!





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Xenia lives

Fifty years ago, a southwest Ohio town suffered — and survived — a legendary tornado.

On permanent exhibit at the Greene County Ohio Historical Society in Xenia is a tattered American flag that had been used to mark the slab foundation where a house had stood before the afternoon of April 3, 1974 — 50 years ago this month — when one of the most devastating tornadoes in U.S. history ripped Xenia apart.

Joyce Behnken, 22 years old and pregnant at the time, resided in that house in the Arrowhead subdivision where the tornado first unleashed its full fury; she died when the storm picked up her house and smashed it to bits.

Nearby in that same subdivision, Catherine Wilson rode out the storm huddled with her mother and sister in the bathtub of their Pueblo Drive home. Wilson was only 9,

but she still remembers the terrifying gray cloud that boiled like a pot and sucked up everything in its path.

“The tornado probably passed over our house in 30 seconds, but it seemed like forever,” says Wilson, now the director of the Greene County Historical Society. “We heard windows breaking and the roof being torn off. The tornado roared like a jet engine.” Her home sustained serious damage, but the tornado obliterated nearby houses and turned the neighborhood into a nightmarish scene. Familiar landmarks were gone. Debris was everywhere. Children cried and dazed adults sifted through shattered dwellings in hopes of salvaging belongings.

“I remember being what the British call ‘gobsmacked’ by what I saw,” Wilson says. “Downed trees looked like


scattered sticks. A boat trailer was upside down, but the boat had disappeared.”

Xenia’s tornado was part of a “Super Outbreak” that stretched from Alabama to Ontario, Canada. An astounding 148 twisters — including an unprecedented seven F5 and 23 F4 tornadoes — touched down within 24 hours, killing more than 300 people. Fifty years later, it remains the benchmark for massive tornadic events.

“The Super Outbreak was the biggest one that our nation and possibly the world has ever seen,” says Andy Hatzos, a meteorologist and tornado forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. “Leveling half the town, [Xenia’s] was the Super Outbreak’s deadliest tornado and made Xenia the unwilling but definitive symbol for that catastrophic weather event.”

Working just 20 miles south of Xenia, Hatzos knows all about the multi-vortex F5 monster that attacked the town of 25,000 at about 4:40 p.m. that day. “If I were doing a Mount Rushmore for tornadoes, Xenia’s would certainly be on it.”

The tornado touched down to the east and a bit north of Bellbrook and traveled 32 miles before dissipating near South Vienna in Clark County. As it barreled through Xenia, it reached a half-mile wide and packed winds exceeding 200 miles per hour.

In four ferocious minutes, it derailed a freight train; heaved a school bus into the high school’s auditorium; hurled a tractor-trailer onto a roof; and hammered a beloved landmark — the circa 1799 Galloway Log House that the great Shawnee leader Tecumseh had once visited. It damaged or destroyed 3 ,400 homes and 159 businesses.

Hundreds were injured, and 35 people, including Joyce Behnken, lost their lives. Among the others: 12 children; two National Guardsmen who were killed by a flash fire in a furniture store; Central State University freshman Lura Lee Hull, who was driving home when the tornado crushed her car; Clyde Hyatt, a World War II Marine, who died helping youngsters take cover; Johnnie Mott, who perished in her real estate office; and Paul and Sue Ann Wisecup, their 16-month-old daughter, Amy, and two waitresses who all were sheltering in a root beer stand that was demolished.

Xenia Daily Gazette reporter Rich Heiland pecked out his story for the next day’s edition by candlelight, on a manual typewriter, as rain dripped through the newspaper office’s fractured roof. The town had no electricity. The column was titled “We Should All Be Dead Today.” Now semi-retired, Heiland vividly recalls marveling that the tornado had spared the lives of his wife, infant son, and 5-year-old daughter.

The Heilands also lived in Arrowhead, and before leaving the newsroom to cover the tornado, Heiland had hastily called his wife and told her to get the children and lie down in the laundry room. After watching the tornado dismantle St. Brigid church, he feared the worst. “When I finally got to my house, it was a wreck, and I froze, thinking they were dead,” says Heiland. But then, “like seeing a ray of sunshine,” he heard his wife’s voice. The house had disintegrated around them, but they were unharmed. Heiland drove his family to his parents’ home in Wilmington, then returned to Xenia to help look for casualties, but instead of finding bodies, he found survivors. “I saw all kinds of people who were determined to carry on, doing whatever needed to be done,” he says.


An American flag that once marked the location of a home destroyed by the 1974 Xenia tornado now hangs on permanent display at the Greene County Ohio Historical Society (photograph by Damaine Vonada).

The tornado destroyed nine of the 12 school buildings in Xenia, including the high school (right), but mercifully struck an hour after students had been dismissed for the day (photograph courtesy of the National Weather Service).


The city manager, not knowing whether his own loved ones were safe, commanded rescue and cleanup efforts. A café owner made coffee on a camp stove and gave it away. And the Gazette staff worked all night on tornado news that was rushed to Middletown and printed at a sister newspaper. On April 4, the Gazette’s front page declared, “Xenia Digging Out From Day of Horror.”

If the mind can fathom anything fortunate about a whirlwind violent enough to devastate nine of Xenia’s 12 schools, it certainly would be that the tornado struck an hour after 8,300 students were dismissed. With inexplicable serendipity, the tornado likewise both spared Xenia’s hospital and smashed its power plant. “Many destroyed houses had natural gas, and if electricity had been sparking, Xenia would have had terrible explosions and fires,” says Heiland.

Fourth-grader Ron Ward was lucky to not be at home when the tornado flattened the Tomahawk Trail house where he lived with his mom, Norine; dad, Duteil; and brother, Bill. A cousin had recently passed away, and Norine decided to briefly leave her sons at home while she took food to her aunt. She made it only as far as the corner before she turned around and fetched her boys. “But for the grace of God,” reflects Ward, “I would have died.” After they arrived at the aunt’s house on Second Street, someone spotted the tornado. All the relatives crowded into a bedroom and prayed. “I saw the front door get blown away and then just closed my eyes,” Ward says.

No one in the house was seriously hurt, but the structure was eventually condemned. In a cold rain and on streets strewn with hazards and debris, they walked to another family member’s house. Duteil, who had been working in Dayton, found them there hours later.

The Wards lost practically everything, and decided to tackle the rubble that was once their home by themselves. One day, Duteil gathered a piece of scrap plywood and some spray paint and made a sign that declared, “With the help of the Lord, good friends, and hard work, we shall return. The Wards.” With its simple statement of faith and purpose, that crude sign became an iconic representation of Xenia’s resolve to rebuild.

“My dad was not going to let a natural phenomenon beat us,” says Ward, “and that same attitude permeated the community.” Despite disagreements about redevelopment, people put “Xenia Lives” stickers everywhere. And the courthouse, the grand stone structure that has anchored Xenia since 1902 — battered, broken, and surrounded by ruin, but still standing — seemed to encourage residents to persevere.

“Xenia’s got plenty of heart,” Wilson says. “We all pulled together and supported each other.” Townspeople who worked for utility companies immediately got to work; Galliger’s Supper Club and Joe’s Diner provided thousands of free meals; folks with spare bedrooms took in strangers. Wilson’s father, who served with the Ohio Air National Guard in Springfield, protected Arrowhead from looters, and Ron Ward’s wife, Connie, remembers her dad helping board up neighbors’ windows.

Shortly after the tornado, President Richard Nixon helicoptered into Xenia for his only visit to a Super Outbreak site. Nixon remarked that its devastation was worse than anything he saw after Alaska’s earthquake or Hurricane Camille and promised federal aid. In December, entertainer Bob Hope hosted a benefit show at the University of Dayton Arena. With headliners like Debbie Reynolds and Nancy Wilson and appearances


Bench, and Woody Hayes, it raised $100,000. Xenians gratefully named the auditorium in their new high school auditorium after Hope.

Xenia’s tornado had far-reaching repercussions. For his pioneering research on suction funnels and downbursts, Dr. Ted Fujita, who created the F-scale that ranks tornado intensity, analyzed a home movie of the tornado that 16-year-old Bruce Boyd made in his front yard on Ridgebury Drive. In 1975, the Xenia Daily Gazette staff received a Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting.

Also, because the tornado made headlines everywhere, Xenians received attention they neither sought nor wanted. Ward, for example, spent 24 years in the Air Force at duty stations ranging from Korea to Germany, yet no matter where he went, the mere mention of Xenia elicited curiosity and questions about the tornado. “I tried explaining what happened,” says Ward, “but most people can’t wrap their heads around the devastation.”

Xenia once had the reputation as a railroad center; now, it’s known as the town that survived a legendary storm. After the tornado, Xenia’s once-ubiquitous railroad tracks gave way to trails, and it’s become both a bicycling hub and a place uniquely and forever reshaped by that ruthless event. Here and there, a street oddly ends in a stub. Blank spaces — mostly parking lots — linger where folks once lived and worked. On leafy Victorian-era streets, 1970 s ranches and tri-levels incongruously coexist with handsome Italianate and Queen Anne houses. And when Xenia religiously tests

its tornado sirens on the first Monday of every month, everyone in town heeds their cautionary wail.

The tornado also continues to affect people. Hatzos, who wasn’t born until the 1980s, gives talks about how and why it happened and often refers to a Super Outbreak map that Fujita made. “Xenia’s tornado is number 37 on the map, and Dr. Fujita’s hand-drawn F-scale figures show how quickly it gained strength.” After the Air Force, Ward and his wife came home to Xenia, and the family lore they share with their grandchildren includes Duteil’s sign and how the tornado demolished a relative’s home but left intact the new Harley that had been in the garage. When the bodies of the National Guardsmen who died in the fire were recovered, Heiland wept for the loss of life and the overwhelming loss in a town that began in 1803 as the Greene County seat. Later, some guardsmen who were leaving town gave him a key fob with the National Guard emblem. “That key fob is still on my keychain, and I carry it with me every day,” he says.

For Wilson, the tornado is part and parcel of her life and work. When the tornado’s notoriety brings visitors to the historical society, she shows them relics — that flag, a stained-glass window from St. Brigid church, the high school clock that stopped when the tornado hit — from the biggest thing that ever happened in Xenia. She also gives tours of the restored Galloway Log House, where a historical marker tells the story of a founding family and recounts the fateful day when death and destruction came to town. Its text concludes, “This marker stands directly in the path taken by the tornado and serves to remind us that ‘Xenia Lives.’”

A sign erected by Duteil Ward became the iconic representation of Xenia’s resolve to rebuild after the 1974 tornado (photograph by Al Wilson of the Dayton Journal Herald/courtesy of the Greene County Ohio Historical Society).

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E-bikes let Ohio cyclists go


as far with half the work.’

Anyone who recalls the thrill of getting a good push while learning to ride a bicycle can appreciate the growing popularity of electric bikes — bicycles outfitted with electric motors that lend extra oomph to your pedaling.

“E-bike” sales are booming, adding ease to urban commutes and adventure to global travel.

many models available for less than $1,000. What’s more, after early conflicts with traditional cyclists, e-bikes are gaining acceptance on bike paths and public lands, with the National Park Service, for example, blessing the use of most e-bikes in 2020. Local rules vary, however, even in the national parks, so make sure to check before you ride.

In 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, there were 1.1 million e-bikes sold in the United States, quadrupling sales figures from 2019. Options are expanding as well, with models available in almost every bicycle style, from lightweight commuter bikes to heavyduty mountain bikes. And although they remain relatively pricey compared to conventional bicycles, there are now

In 2023, my wife and I were contemplating a “bike and boat” tour of the Dalmatian Islands, a string of rocky gems lining the southern coast of Croatia in the crystalline waters of the Adriatic Sea. Let’s be honest about our fitness level: We’re both nearing retirement age, and most of our limited cycling experience has been on the flat-land bike paths of central Ohio (and our favorite destination is a brew pub) — not exactly the training regimen for the Tour de France. As we studied photos of the steep, twisty roads over craggy peaks on


islands like Hvar and Korčula, I wasn’t sure we could make the climbs. The tour company, however, suggested that e-bikes might just get us up those hills.

We signed up, paying a bit more for the extra power. We’d never ridden e-bikes, though, so we went in search of experience.

Our first venture onto e-bikes was with Hocking Hills Bike Rentals (www.hockinghillsbikerentals.com), a company that rents both commuter-style e-bikes and electric mountain bikes. Owner Doug Ellis, who started the company in 2021, met us in Nelsonville, where we hopped on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, a rail trail connecting Nelsonville and Athens.

With e-bikes, “you can go twice as far with half the work,” says Ellis. “If you do the whole bikeway, that’s 36 miles, and if you ride [a conventional bike] 36 miles and you’re not used to it, you’re going to want to sit down the rest of the day. If you ride it on an e-bike, you can go out dancing later.”

The rail trail was smooth and scenic, and we grew comfortable with the bikes easily, learning fairly quickly that these bikes will go faster than we were used to, a good thing to know when approaching a curve or a stop.

We wanted more practice on hills than a rail trail could offer, so our next trip was to Ohio’s Amish country, where Charged Ride (www.chargedride. com), in Holmesville, caters to Amish and non-Amish riders alike. Joel Chupp, manager of the Holmesville location, says most of the Amish congregations in the area have accepted e-bikes as appropriate technology, so we saw many young people in “plain” dress on e-bikes scooting about the little village of Shreve, where we stopped for lunch.

Ohio e-biking

Opportunities to rent and ride e-bikes are expanding rapidly, but here are a few other spots where you can get your first experience on an e-bike while taking in some of the best scenery Ohio has to offer. Rental prices vary by the location, the type of bike, and the number of hours. In general, hourly rates are roughly $18 to $25, with additional costs for specialty bikes. Many locations are closed or have limited hours in the winter.

There are multiple options for e-bike rentals within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In Peninsula, Century Cycles (www. centurycycles.com) and Pedego Peninsula (www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/dealers/ peninsula) are adjacent to more than 90 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail (including 20 miles within the national park). Valley Bike Rental (www.valleybikerental.com) occupies a spot on the park’s 35 -mile Bike and Hike Trail, with access to Brandywine Falls and a connection to the Towpath Trail via local roads. Farther south, Outspoken E-Bike Rentals (www. outspokenebikerentals.com) near Akron will get you on the Towpath Trail as well.

Youngstown, Cruise the Creek (www. cruisethecreek.com) will open a new location in May, providing a second access to the 2,600 -acre Mill Creek Park, including the 11mile Mill Creek MetroParks Bikeway.

Most people who rent the e-bikes use them to ride the Holmes County Trail, Chupp says. One section of this rail trail can be reached through an easy ride from the store, and riders can travel 30 miles out and back, visiting the popular Amish towns of Fredericksburg and Millersburg along the way.

A misconception about e-bikes is that they don’t provide exercise, but most e-bikes allow riders to dial back the assistance and choose the challenge they prefer, Chupp says. “You can still get your exercise, but you can triple your distance and still get home on time.”

In Marietta, the Marietta Adventure Co. (www.mariettaadventurecompany.com) rents e-mountain bikes for use on the growing Marietta Trail Network.

In Xenia, K&G Bike Center (www.kgbikes. com) rents e-bikes with easy access to the 78 -mile Little Miami Scenic Trail.

In addition, many urban bike share companies are now offering e-bikes, including Link Dayton Bike Share, which in 2022 added 140 e-bikes to its fleet of bikes in Dayton.

Writer Randy Edwards and his wife, Mary, toured Croatia’s Dalmatian Islands on e-bikes (left page). Hocking Hills Bike Rentals (below) offers e-bikes both for cruising rail trails and for mountain biking.

Grant ’s day

Ohio is known as the “Mother of Presidents” because eight of the nation’s 46 chief executives called it home. The first of them, Ulysses S. Grant, now has a state holiday in his honor.

April 27, which this year marks his 202nd birthday, is officially “Ulysses S. Grant Day” in the Buckeye State. That distinction reflects Grant’s considerable military and political impact as well as his deep roots in southern Ohio, where three Ohio History Connection sites illustrate how his upbringing shaped his life and legacy. In the hamlet of Point Pleasant, on the Ohio River in Clermont County, the U.S. Grant Birthplace preserves the humble cottage where he came into the world. About 25 miles away, in Georgetown, the Brown County seat, stand the restored Grant Boyhood Home and two-room Grant Schoolhouse. Grant lived in Georgetown from age 1 until he left to attend West Point — spending more years there than in any other place in his lifetime.

The idea for Grant Day came from State Sen. Terry Johnson (R-Scioto County), whose 14th District covers Clermont, Brown, Adams, and Scioto counties. “I was attending Grant’s 200th birthday celebration in Georgetown and got to thinking it would be nice to make his birthday a state holiday,” Johnson says. Adam Bird, who represents House District 63 in southern Ohio, wholeheartedly agreed, and in May 2022, the two legislators introduced companion bills proposing Grant

New state holiday honors the former president and hero of the Civil War.

Day. They worked together as their bills moved through the legislative process, and Gov. Mike DeWine signed it into law in early 2023, to begin observance this year.

Johnson, a retired physician, and Bird, a former educator, have much in common. Their respective districts overlap in Clermont and Brown counties, and they’re both history buffs and Grant admirers. Bird, in fact, considers Grant to be Ohio’s greatest native son. “In Grant, President Lincoln finally found a general with the resolve, skill, and leadership ability to win battles and change the course of the Civil War,” he says. “Grant also wrote the South’s terms of surrender, and they were conciliatory to help the nation heal.”

Although Grant Day is a commemorative rather than legal holiday, Johnson thinks it provides an important reminder of Ohio’s rich history and a resolute Ohioan who made history. Grant’s steadfast determination to rebuild his shattered country — from his “Let Us Have Peace” campaign slogan to protecting African Americans’ civil rights to approving Yellowstone as the first national park — made him a popular, two-term president. “As we say here in southern Ohio,” Johnson says, “Grant was tough as a pine knot.”

Apparently, Grant Day started a trend, because in October 2023, Gov. Mike DeWine authorized James A. Garfield Day (Nov. 19) to honor the president born in 1831 in present-day Moreland Hills.

Want to observe Grant Day?

The U.S. Grant Homestead Association schedules tours of the Grant Boyhood Home and Schoolhouse and hosts a four-day U.S. Grant Celebration for his birthday. Festivities include patriotic music performances, programming by U.S. Grant living historian Curt Fields, and fireworks on April 27. 877-372-8177; see www.usgrantboyhoodhome.org/ grant-days-2024 for details.

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APR. 3, MAY 1 – Down on the Farm Story Time, Proving Ground Farm, 5670 E. Twp. Rd. 138, Tiffin, 10 a.m. Stories and activities are geared for preschoolage children and focus on farming and nature in a picturesque outdoor setting. Families welcome! 419-4477073, www.conservesenecacounty.com, or follow Seneca Conservation District on Facebook.

APR. 18 – Jesus Christ Superstar, Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center, #7 Town Square, Lima, 8 p.m. $50+. A new, mesmerizing production of the iconic musical phenomenon returns to the stage. www. limaciviccenter.com.

APR. 19–20 – World War II Reenactment, AuGlaize Village, 12296 Krouse Rd., Defiance. There will be a camp area, open to the public, and then stations where reenactors will discuss aspects of being an Allied or Axis soldier during different points of the war. Public “battles” will demonstrate some of the different skills and tactics used, and just how difficult combat could be for soldiers. School Day on Friday. 419-990-0107, villageauglaize@gmail.com, or www.auglaizevillage.com. For participant information, contact Robert Mergel at rjmergek@gmail.com.

APR. 20 – Foghat: Road Fever Tour, Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin, 7:30 p.m. $30–$60 419-448-8544, info@ritztheatre.org. or www.ritztheatre.org.


APR. 20–21 – Findlay Flea Market, Hancock Co. Fgds., 1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. New, used, and vintage items, crafts, and more. Vendors welcome! For more information, contact Christine at 419-619-0041 or findlayfleamarket@ gmail.com.

APR. 21 – NW Ohio Low Brass Collective Spring Concert, Allen East High School Auditeria, 9105 Harding Hwy., Harrod, 4 p.m. Free. Come hear musicians from around northwest Ohio and beyond play themes from your favorite movies! www.facebook.com/people/NWOhio-Low-Brass-Collective/100085554007401

APR. 21 – Sing, Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center, #7 Town Square, Lima, 3 p.m. $5 See the computer-animated musical comedy on our 60-foot screen. Cash concessions and drinks. www. limaciviccenter.com/groupiemovies.

APR. 25 – Fourth Thursdays Spring Fling, downtown Lakeview. Grab dinner from one of many food trucks and enjoy live music while shopping local vendors for a chance to win a gift basket full of springtime goodies. www.facebook.com/downtownlakeviewohio.

APR. 25 – 2024 Legislative Breakfast, Camden Falls Reception and Conference Center, 2460 OH-231, Tiffin, 8 a.m. Join Senator Bill Reineke, State Representative Gary Click, the president of the Seneca County Board of Commissioners, and the mayor of the City of Tiffin to hear their annual messages. Registration required. www. senecaregionalchamber.com.

APR. 27 – “Arbor Day, Trees: Past, Present, and Future,” Mac-A-Cheek Castle, 10051 Township Rd. 47, West Liberty, 9 a.m. Free. Celebrate Arbor Day by investigating petrified wood, beautifully crafted historical woodwork, and living trees, and by planting a tree for the future. 937-465-2821, 937-844-3480, or www. piattcastle.org.

APR. 27 – Defiance Community Band: Cabaret Concert, Defiance High School Gym, 1755 Palmer Dr., Defiance, 7 p.m. $12. Hors d’oeuvres included. Reservations needed by Apr. 15. Contact Linda Schatz at 419-769-4808

APR. 27 – “Homegrown Habitat: Bringing Nature to Your Community,” University of Findlay, Winebrenner, 950 N. Main St., Findlay, 9 a.m. $10–$25. Presentation by author Doug Tallamy, Q&A session, book signings and sales, exhibits, resource fair. Admission includes native plant and continental breakfast. Register by Apr. 12 at www.homegrownhabitat.org.

MAY 2–12 – Live Theatre: Hands on a Hardbody, Van Wert Civic Theatre, 118 S. Race St., Van Wert, Thur.–Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $16 419-238-9689 or ww.vwct.org.

MAY 3 – First Fridays Brewfest, downtown Bellefontaine. Sample 10 unique Ohio beers as you make your way through downtown. Food trucks and full-sized limited-edition pours are also available. Don’t miss the adult-only fun! www.firstfridaysbellefontaine.com.

MAY 3–12 – Biggest Week in American Birding, Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Ctr., 1750 State Park Rd., Oregon. Free. Come to the “Warbler Capital of the World” for spectacular birding activities, including morning flight counts, workshops, field trips, and more. Register at www.biggestweekinamericanbirding.com.

MAY 4–SEP. 15 – NWORRP Museum Summer Hours, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, Sat./Sun. 1–4 p.m. $3; 12 and under, $2 (includes 1 train ride ticket per admission). Museum tours, ¼ scale train rides, model train displays, games, play area, and more. 419-423-2995, www.nworrp.org, or www.facebook.com/nworrp.

MAY 11 – Lilac Festival and Street Fair, Clinton Street, Defiance, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Celebrate the official flower of Defiance with the community’s largest arts and crafts fair. Free lilacs to the first 750 attendees. 419-7820739 or http://visitdefianceohio.com/annual-events.

MAY 3–5 – Kanawha Valley Railroad Association

Model Train and Craft Show, Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, 200 Civic Center Dr., Charleston, Fri. 12–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.


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APR. 13 – Hamfest and Computer Show, Emidio & Sons Expo Center, 48 E. Bath Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. $8. VE testing will be available. Talk-In: 147 270+ and 444 850+ (both PL 110 9). Contact: Bruce Ferry, AK8B, 2907 Lee Rd., Silver Lake, OH 44224 330-790-1680, hamfest2024@w8vpv.org, or www.w8vpv.org/hamfest.

APR. 18–20 – Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, I-X Center, 1 I-X Center Dr., Cleveland, Thur./Fri. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. See the latest in sewing, quilt making, and embroidery. Special presentations, classes/ workshops, runway fashion shows, shopping, and more. www.sewingexpo.com/Events/Cleveland-OH.

APR. 19 – Home School Day, 254 E. 4th St., Zoar, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $7. Open to all public, private, and homeschool students. Learn how the Zoar Separatists prepared for spring. Bread relay, butter churning, planting seeds, and tin smithing. Reservations requested. 800262-6195 or www.historiczoarvillage.com.

APR. 19 – Tribute Concert: “Ricky Nelson Remembered,” Ohio Star Theater, 1387 Old Rte. 39, Sugarcreek, 7 p.m. Unique multimedia event featuring Ricky Nelson’s hit songs performed by his twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar. Tickets are available at www. ohiostartheater.com and by phone at 855-344-7547

APR. 21 – World Tour of Music: Fire & Grace, AkronSummit County Public Library, 60 S. High St., Akron, 2–3


APR. 19 – KANSAS: The 50th Anniversary Tour, Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St., Marietta, 8 p.m. $68+. www.peoplesbanktheatre.com.

APR. 19–NOV. 2 – Athens Farmers Market, Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St., Athens, Wed. 9 a.m.–noon. Open year-round Sat. 9 a.m.–noon. Voted Ohio’s #1 favorite farmers market! 740-593-6763 or www.athensfarmersmarket.org.

APR. 20–21 – Lucasville Trade Days, Scioto Co. Fgds., 1193 Fairground Rd., Lucasville, Sat. 7 a.m.,

p.m. Guitarist William Coulter and violinist Edwin Huizinga explore the connective musical elements of classical, folk, and contemporary traditions from around the world. 419-853-6016 or www.ormaco.org.

APR. 25–26 – Jeff Allen, Ohio Star Theater, 1387 Old Rte. 39, Sugarcreek, 7 p.m. Christian comedian whose rapid-fire humor centers on marriage and family, appealing to all ages. Tickets available at www. ohiostartheater.com and by phone at 855-344-7547

APR. 25–28 – Geauga County Maple Festival, Historic Chardon Square, Chardon. A festival for celebrating “everything maple”! Arts and crafts, lumberjack competition, beard and mustache contest, bathtub races, pageants, and other fun activities. Enjoy all-you-can-eat Pancakes in the Park every day, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. ($10, under 6 free). 440-332-7055 or www.maplefestival.com.

APR. 26 – Archaeology School Day, 11067 Fort Laurens Rd. NW, Bolivar, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. $7. Open to all public, private, and homeschool students in grades 4–8. Learn the importance of archaeology, how it is conducted, and how it affects other fields of study. Reservations requested. 330-874-2059 or www.fortlaurens.org.

APR. 26–27 – Earlier Times Antiques and Folk Art Show, Harvest Ridge, Holmes Co. Fgds., 8880 St. Rte. 39, Millersburg, Fri. 4–7 p.m., Sat. 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $7. For more information, contact Cheryl Williams at 614-989-5811

APR. 26–27 – International Watch Fob Association Show and Sale, Lakeside Sand & Gravel, 3540 Frost Rd., Mantua, Fri./Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. World’s largest watch fob, construction equipment memorabilia, and toy show. Combined with Lakeside Sand & Gravel Open House and Antique Equipment Show on Saturday. 50/50 raffles both days. See equipment as old as 1910, take gravel pit tours, enjoy food and refreshments, and watch live demos of antique construction and mining equipment. 440-816-1882 (Chuck Sword), chuck@dhsdiecast.com, www.watchfob.com, or www.facebook.com/IWFAI.

MAY 3–4 – Dandelion May Fest, The Tool Shed at Breitenbach Vineyards, 5773 Old Rte. 39 NW, Dover,

Fri. noon–7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Dandelion food and wine, cooking demos, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. 5K and 10K on Saturday. 330-343-3603 or www.breitenbachwine.com/dandelion-festival.

MAY 4–5 – Ohio Civil War Show, Richland Co. Fgds., 750 N. Home Rd., Mansfield, Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $7, under 12 free. Seven buildings with 750 tables of military items, relics, and memorabilia to buy, sell, or trade. Cannon firing demos, WWII small arms demos, Civil War battleground encampments, and much more. www.ohiocivilwarshow.com.

MAY 5 – Carol Leslie: “Women with Cinematic Impact,” Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad St., Wadsworth, 2–3 p.m. Free, but reservations recommended. This presentation will highlight many of the biggest movie theme songs ever produced, and the women who sang them. Register at www.ormaco.org or by calling 419-853-6016.

MAY 10–11 – Holmes County Training Center Benefit Auction and Spring Festival, 8001 Township Rd. 574, Holmesville. Proceeds benefit children and adults in Holmes County DD facilities and those in the community. Furniture, quilt, silent, and special auctions; raffle prizes; children’s games. Volleyball, food stands, and musical entertainment Friday night. Breakfast, chicken barbeque, food court on Saturday. 330-674-8045 or www.holmesdd.org.

MAY 11 – German Maifest, Historic Zoar Village, 198 Main St., Zoar, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $5; 11 and under free. German food and drink, music, make-and-take art projects, spring tours of the village, and German car show featuring a variety of antique German-made vehicles. 800-262-6195 or www.historiczoarvillage.com.

MAY 11 – Plant Discovery Day Sale, Secrest Arboretum, 2122 Williams Rd., Wooster, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Free. Unique, rare trees and shrubs along with fruit and nut trees, conifers, native plants, perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, vegetables, and herbs. Orchids and carnivorous houseplants will also be available for purchase. www. friendsofsecrest.com.

Sun. 7 a.m.–4 p.m. $7; 12 and under free. Earlybird shopping Fri. 3–7 p.m. 937-728-6643 or www. lucasvilletradedays.com.

APR. 25 – The Guess Who, Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St., Marietta, 8 p.m. $54+. www. peoplesbanktheatre.com.

APR. 26–28 – Pike County Dogwood Festival, Pike Co. Fgds., Piketon. Free. Live music, food, royalty contest, bike race, parade, and more. Email pikecountydogwood@yahoo.com or follow us on Facebook.

MAY 2–5 – Wild Turkey Festival, downtown McArthur, Thur. 5–11 p.m., Fri./Sat. noon–11 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m. Nightly entertainment, midway, car and bike shows, queen and baby contests, karaoke contests, and more. Grand parade Sat. 6 p.m., followed by crowning of the festival queen. wildturkeyfestival@outlook.com or www. wildturkeyfestival.com.

MAY 4 – The Big Deal at Great Seal, Great Seal State Park, 4908 Marietta Rd., Chillicothe, 7 a.m. $45–$99 This course is a 25K loop of nearly 100% single track. Each 25K loop comes with roughly 2,800 feet of elevation gain of southern Ohio’s Appalachian foothills.


MAY 4–19 – Heirloom Plant Sale, Adena Mansion and Gardens, 847 Adena Rd., Chillicothe, Wed.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 12–5 p.m. The annual sale focuses on plants that are varieties raised and passed on before the advent of industrial farming, with many going back at least as far as Thomas Worthington’s time. www. adenamansion.com.

MAY 10–12 – Chillicothe Trade Days, Ross Co. Fgds., 344 Fairgrounds Rd., Chillicothe, dawn to dusk. $5. Huge event with hundreds of vendors offering a wide range of products and even animals. www. chillicothetradedays.com.

MAY 11 – Mother’s Day Plant Sale, Bellavenue Manor, 207 S. 10th St., McConnelsville, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Join Flora by Fawn Flower Farm on the front lawn of the manor, where Fawn will be offering a unique assortment of annuals and perennials for one day only! New this year: cutting garden flower trays. 419-571-9303 or florabyfawn@gmail.com.

MAY 11 – Three Dog Night, Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St., Marietta, 8 p.m. $62+. www. peoplesbanktheatre.com.



APR. 5, MAY 3 – First Friday Art Walk, downtown Zanesville, 5–8 p.m. Come downtown on the first Friday of each month, when all our participating galleries, studios, and small businesses are open at the same time! Visit the Artist Colony of Zanesville’s website for a map of current participants: https://artcoz.org/arts-district-map.

APR. 11, MAY 9 – Inventors Network Meetings, Rusty Bucket, 3901 Britton Parkway, Hilliard, 43026 (614-7775868, MyRustyBucket.com), 7 p.m. Informal meetings for networking and invention-related discussion. 614-4700144 or www.inventorscolumbus.com.

APR. 19 – The Malpass Brothers, Cornerstone Global Methodist Church, 207 S. Court St., Marysville, doors open 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Part of the Marysville Winter Bluegrass Series. Entertainment, food, homemade pies on-site. 937-642-4712 or www. marysvillewinterbluegrass.com.

APR. 20 – Ohioana Book Festival, Columbus Metropolitan Main Library, 96 S. Grant, Columbus. Free. This festival celebrating Ohio’s authors will bring more than 100 authors together with readers of all ages for a day of panel discussions, readings, a book fair, children’s activities, prizes, entertainment, and food. 614-466-3831 or www.ohioana.org/programs/ohioana-book-festival.


THROUGH MAY 29 – Bluegrass Wednesdays, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, Wed. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner, wine, and an evening of free entertainment by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Reservations recommended. 513-385-9309, vinokletwinery@fuse.net, or www.vinokletwines.com.

APR. 19, MAY 17 – Bluegrass Night, Fibonacci Brewing Company, 1445 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, 7–9 p.m. Free. Enjoy lively bluegrass music by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, a wide variety of craft beers at the Beer Garden, and food truck eats. 513-832-1422 or http://fibbrew.com.

APR. 19–20 – Midwest Ceramic Association Show, Butler Co. Exhibition Bldg., Butler Co. Fgds., 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Ohio’s original ceramic show. www.midwestceramics.org.

APR. 19–21 – Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, downtown Bellbrook, Fri. 5–10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 12–5 p.m. Parade Sat. 10:30 a.m., pancake breakfast Sat. 8–10:30 a.m., children’s activities,

APR. 20 – Pickerington Community Chorus: Spring Concert, Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Rd. N., Pickerington, 4 p.m. Free admission; free-will offering will be taken. www.pickeringtoncommunitychorus.com.

APR. 20 – Quilters Market Day: A Flea Market for Quilters, Fredericktown Schools, 111 Stadium Dr., Fredericktown, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $5. Buy and sell quilting tools, books, patterns, fat quarters, quilted items. Fat quarter drawing, quilt show, and quilting demos. Lunch available for purchase. For more information, call Patty at 740-694-6140 or visit https://fredericktown.org/qmd.

APR. 20 – Sunbury Piece Corps Quilt Show, Sunbury United Methodist Church, 100 W. Cherry St., Sunbury (NE corner of Rtes. 3 and 37), 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $5. Quilts made by guild members on display, vendors, fabric rummage sale, and demonstrations. Lunch available. For more information, email sunburypiececorps@aol.com.

APR. 21 – Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra Concert, Brown Chapel, College Dr., New Concord, 7 p.m. $20. Season finale! 740-826-8197, www.seoso.org, or find us on Facebook.

APR. 26–27 – Spring at the Round Barn: Vintage and Made Market, Fairfield Co. Fgds., 157 E. Fair Ave., Lancaster, Fri. 4–8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $7. Open-air and barn markets showcasing 125+ modern makers, vendors of authentic vintage finds, clothing boutiques, designers, growers, food trucks, and live music. 614-2961621 or www.thevintageandmademarket.com.

APR. 28 – Marysville Toy Show, Union Co. Fgds., Beef Barn, 845 N. Main St., Marysville, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $6; 12 and under free; early buyer (8-9 a.m.) $12. Diecast cars, action figures, model kits, farm toys, toys old and new. For more information, follow Marysville Toy Show on Facebook.

5K, dog show, beer garden, and much more. www. sugarmaplefestival.com.

APR. 20 – “Invasive Species Removal,” Hueston Woods State Park, 6301 Park Office Rd., College Corner, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Rain date Apr. 27. Free. Join Audubon Miami Valley and park staff to celebrate Earth Day by taking action against invasive plants. Meet at the Maple Grove Picnic Area. Please wear long pants and boots and bring a water bottle. Tools and gloves will be provided. Call 513-523-6347 or email greynolds27@ gmail.com to sign up as a volunteer.

APR. 26–27 – Grassy Run Heritage Rendezvous, Cook Log Cabin Heritage Center, 6707 Goshen Rd., Goshen. Pre-1840 encampment that brings to life the pioneers who settled here and the crafts and skills they needed to survive. Friday is School Day ($2 per student). Open to the public Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. $5 per person; family $10 513-520-2882, grassyrun@gmail.com, www. grassy-run.org, or see our Facebook page.

APR. 27 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, North Second Tap & Bottle, 134 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 8–11 p.m. Enjoy an evening of lively bluegrass music with lightning-fast instrumentals, close harmonies, and entertaining novelty songs. 513-805-7796

MAY 3 – First Friday Concert: Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, First United Methodist Church, 120 S. Broad St., Middletown, noon–1 p.m. Free. Bring a lunch and enjoy the show! 513-423-4629 or www. myfumc.net/first-fridays-concert-series.

MAY 3 – McIntyre Bluegrass Trio, Hamilton’s Urban Backyard Taproom, 501 Main St., Hamilton, 7–10 p.m. Free. Enjoy an evening of lively bluegrass

MAY 3 – Pickerington Chocolate Hop, Olde Pickerington Village, 6–8:30 p.m. A $5 donation gets you a map of locations where you will receive a little chocolate treat as a thank-you. Begin on the plaza at Columbus and Center Sts. Limited number of maps; donate in advance to reserve one. For more information, visit www.pickeringtonvillage.com.

MAY 4–OCT. 26 – Coshocton Farmers Market, 22442 Co. Rd. 1A, Coshocton, Sat. 8:30 a.m.–noon. Fresh, locally grown, in-season produce; baked goods; and handmade artisan crafts. For the most up-to-date information about vendors who will be attending the market, visit www. facebook.com/coshoctonfarmersmarket or email market. manager@coshfarmmarket.org.

MAY 9–11 – Ham and Eggs Music and Comedy Show, Ohio University Lancaster, 1570 Granville Pike, Lancaster, Thur./Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 3 p.m. $10 presale, $12 at the door. Join us for fun music and lots of laughter as we raise money for college scholarships. Original comedy sketches featuring a group of grannies trying to get into “The Hammys,” followed by a concert of pop and Broadways songs from the ’70s and ’80s. www. lancastermenschorus.org.

MAY 11 – Boogie on the Blacktop Concert: North to Nashville, Circleville Eagles, 135 E. Main St., Circleville, 7–11 p.m. $5. Outdoor concert with food vendors and drinks. www.pickaway.com.

MAY 11 – Fly-In BBQ Lunch, Union County Airport (KMRT), 760 Clymer Rd., Marysville, 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Free. Fly or drive on over for a great BBQ lunch featuring Triple P Barbeque Co.! EAA Chapter 1629 will be giving Young Eagles rides. The Commemorative Air Force CAF Buckeye Wing will be meeting and have their WWII PT-26 airplane on static display. www.unioncountyohio.gov/ Airport-Authority.

music by Vernon and Kitty McIntyre and guest Robert Campbell. 513-893-9482, info@hubhamilton.com, or www.hubhamilton.com.

MAY 4 – Bird Walk/Hike, Garber Nature Center, 9691 OH-503 N., Lewisburg, 9 a.m. Free, but registration required. Join naturalist and nature photographer Tom Hissong. 937-962-5561, pcpdevents@gmail.com, or www.preblecountyparks.org.

MAY 4 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Clifton Opry House, 5 S. Clay St., Clifton, 7–9 p.m. $10 937-342-2175, schasnov@netzero.net, or www. villageofclifton.com/clifton-opera-house.

MAY 7 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. 4th St., Cincinnati, 12:10–12:50 p.m. Free. Part of the Music Live at Lunch series. Bring your own lunch or purchase a box lunch on-site for only $5 513-842-2066, sroby@cccath.org, or https:// cincinnaticathedral.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/ Music-Brochure-2023-2024.pdf.

MAY 11 – Bird Walk/Hike, Wagers’ Memorial Park (Devil’s Backbone), 1301 OH-725 W., Camden, 9 a.m. Free, but registration required. Join naturalist and nature photographer Tom Hissong. 937962-5561, pcpdevents@gmail.com, or www. preblecountyparks.org.

MAY 11–12 – Appalachian Festival, Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $5–$15; 4 and under free. Handmade crafts, down-home food, Living History Village, educational exhibits, music, old-time dance and storytelling, and more. Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass will perform on Sunday. 513-251-3378 or www. appalachianfestival.org.




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