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COOPERATIVE Adams Rural Electric Cooperative

First flight

Aspiring pilots get a sneak peek

ALSO INSIDE Dolly Parton’s co-op connection There’s gold in those Ohio hills! Where the child things are

Building the next generation of


We’re building the next generation of leaders by supporting their education through programs like college scholarships, youth leadership programs, Be E3 Smart energy curriculum for elementary through high school classrooms, and energy efficiency demonstrations. Contact your electric cooperative to learn more about its youth programs.



INSIDE FEATURES 14 GIVE A HOOT Professor asks co-op members to help out on a study of Ohio’s owls.

24 GLACIAL GOLD Icy visitors from geologic eras past left Ohio with a tiny but valuable gift.

26 WHERE THE CHILD THINGS ARE Findlay’s Mazza Museum holds the largest collection of picture-book art in the world.

30 WILD HOGS State officials can use your help to hold down the population of feral pigs.

32 20TH-CENTURY AUDUBON Cincinnati’s John Ruthven made his name with detailed illustrations of fauna from far and wide. Cover image on most editions: 12-year-old Sam Gross of West Chester, Ohio, prepares for a flight with Bob Jenkins. Sam’s grandfather, Ohio Cooperative Living Outdoors Editor Chip Gross, writes about the First Flight program on page 8.



Ring in 2021


new year is upon us. Change seems more welcome than in most years.

As we look forward to 2021, we hope for a lessening impact of COVID and a return to “more normal” social interactions. We will take away from 2020 lessons learned on remote and virtual events that provide us with new tools for business and life. The new presidential administration potentially signals a transition in the rules and regulations governing the energy sector, but regardless of the change that may bring, Ohio’s 24 electric cooperatives are poised to respond in the best interests of you, our members. However 2021 unfolds, your electric cooperative has plans for continued improvements in its operations to be safer, more reliable, and more costcompetitive, all with reduced environmental impact. We will continue to emphasize and demonstrate concern for the communities we serve through continuation of long-standing programs like Operation Round Up, as well as via the growth of newer programs. One of our brightest initiatives shines a light on our youngest members. This past year, several Ohio electric cooperatives began a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library — the not-for-profit organization founded in 1995 to bolster childhood literacy by distributing millions of free books to children from birth to age 5. Here in Ohio, the Governor’s Imagination Library program partners with local affiliates like Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, Midwest Electric, North Central Electric Cooperative, Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative, and Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives in Allen, Mercer, Seneca, Van Wert, and Highland counties; to date, we have enrolled nearly 4,000 children. Learn more about it by checking out the story on page 4. Thank you for your continued patronage and support of your local electric cooperative. Wishing each of you a happy and blessed new year!



We will take away from 2020 lessons learned on remote and virtual events that provide us with new tools for business and life.

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A book for every child: Electric cooperatives work with Dolly Parton and Gov. DeWine to expand the Imagination Library across Ohio.



Harrison Rural Electrification Association: West Virginia’s only electric cooperative brings electricity and, soon, broadband to its vibrant community.



First flight: Consolidated Cooperative member shows how taking an airplane ride can change a life.


Red fox, gray fox, and wily coyote: They may seem similar, but each competes differently as a top-tier predator in Ohio.



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A book for every child Electric cooperatives partner with Dolly Parton and Gov. DeWine to expand the Imagination Library across the state. BY JEFF MCCALLISTER


alerie Williams knew she wanted in from the moment she heard that the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library/Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library program was coming to Highland County. As coordinator of the Family and Children First Council and director of Highland County’s Early Head Start program, Williams is keenly aware of the influence of books to power a child’s development — and as a mother of two young children, she wanted every tool at her disposal. When Ohio first lady Fran DeWine announced the program’s expansion into Highland County last March, Williams was not only one of those instrumental in promoting the program in the county, she was among the first to sign up. Her sons, 4-year-old Porter and 1-year-old Moxley, now each get an age-appropriate book in the mail every month at no cost to the family.


“Obviously, Moxley doesn’t realize what a big deal this is yet, but Porter loves getting the books in the mail — he’s so excited it has his name on it — and will sit down with it right away and pretend to read. He’s not quite reading yet, but honestly, getting a book every month has him excited about the prospect, and that’s so important.” Parton and her foundation have gifted more than 150 million books and have 1.7 million participants worldwide. The program is available to every child in Ohio, as partnerships with local funding agencies in all 88 counties match grant money provided by Gov. Mike DeWine and the state legislature to pay the entire cost of sending one book every month to kids from birth through their fifth birthday. “This effort by so many of us is going to make a huge difference for our kids,” Fran DeWine said at the launch of the Highland County program. “Reading is one of the single greatest things we can do for our kids and with our kids. It’s really an indicator of how they’re going to

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library/ Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library has no income restrictions. Visit www.imaginationlibrary.com to enroll. do later on in life. Brain science shows us that by the time a child turns 3 years old, 80% of their brain is developed. We can’t waste those early years — those are critical to their development. We want to make sure every child enters kindergarten with a good, strong start.” Ohio electric cooperatives have been instrumental in making sure books are available across the state. The Community Foundation of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives signed on as the partner in Highland County, while Midwest Electric, Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative, and North Central Electric Cooperative joined as partners in Allen, Mercer, Seneca, and Van Wert counties, where the program was having trouble finding partners. It makes perfect sense for electric cooperatives to have gotten involved, says Patrick O’Loughlin, president and CEO of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, the co-op statewide service organization. “You can see how Dolly Parton’s rural roots align with our rural territory,” O’Loughlin says. “With everything that’s happened in the past year with COVID, what could be better than trying to connect young children and their families by trying to provide them resources?” “Being a community-minded organization, this is one way we thought we could reach out to younger members,” says Matt Berry, general manager at Midwest Electric, which sponsors or co-sponsors programs in three counties. “We understand the core, critical importance of literacy and want to do all we can to help out with that.” At the same time, there’s certainly room to grow. DeWine’s office estimates there are more than 700,000 children eligible to sign up to receive books, but only about a third of them are currently on the rolls. “We know the program makes a difference, and we’re doing everything we can to promote it to every child that we know how to reach,” Williams says. “We would love to see every child in the state sign up to start receiving books.”

Valerie Williams reads with her sons, Porter, 4, and Moxley, 1, from a book they received from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The program provides one book every month to any child from the time they’re born through their fifth birthday.

Ohio co-op sponsors Allen County: sponsored by Midwest Electric and Mid-Ohio Energy Highland County: sponsored by The Community Foundation of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Mercer County: sponsored by Midwest Electric Seneca County: sponsored by North Central Electric Cooperative Van Wert County: sponsored by Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative and Midwest Electric





arrison Rural Electrification Association (HREA) is unique because it is the only electric cooperative in West Virginia. Serving 7,742 consumermembers, HREA spans seven counties on 828 miles of electrical line. With such a wide service area, HREA’s territory contains many attractions and sites that further contribute to the surrounding area.

So much to do The area covered by HREA is a vibrant community. Visitors can explore multiple festivals throughout the year, including the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, the West Virginia Black Heritage Festival, the Greek Food Festival, and events such as the Cecil Jarvis Greater Clarksburg 10K. In Clarksburg, there’s a rich public arts and entertainment industry. Clarksburg Amphitheater hosts live music, movies, and other events. There’s also the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center for productions and programs appealing to all ages.

USDA ReConnect Program Recently, HREA received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a program to bring optical fiber lines to its members. The grant provides funds for construction, facilities, and equipment needed to bring broadband service to rural areas. HREA is firmly committed to its community, and the Broadband ReConnect Program reinforces that ideal. HREA is partnering with Prodigi “Fiber to the Home” for the initiative to bring broadband service to rural areas in West Virginia and ensure access for its consumermembers. The project aims to build over 410 miles of fiber routes to provide high-speed internet, voice, and TV services.

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First Flight Consolidated Cooperative member shows how an airplane ride can change a life. STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS


osh Maihle of Columbus still remembers the first airplane ride he ever took. “I remember I was just 6 years old and riding in the backseat of a small, yellow private plane,” says Maihle. “It was a gorgeous summer evening, and as we left the ground, it was the most amazing feeling I’d ever experienced — I felt like Superman.” The experience shaped the rest of his life. He went on to become a professional flight instructor, which he did for many years. It may never have happened if not for Bob Jenkins of Fredericktown. Bob and his wife, Jill — members of Consolidated Cooperative in north-central Ohio — own two small, vintage aircraft. “We own a 1947 Cessna 120 and a 1946 Piper J-3 Cub,” says Bob. “I also co-own a 1972 Cessna 172 with my son, Shawn.” Jenkins has been flying for more than 50 years, ever since his father taught him to fly. He made his first solo flight at age 16 and earned his private pilot’s license in his early 20s. “What I enjoy most about flying is the feeling of freedom when I’m up in the air, and the different perspective you get looking down on the earth,” Jenkins says. “Flying, for me, can turn a mediocre or even a bad day into a good


“Their reaction is usually one of excitement in anticipating the flight and then, upon landing, they’re very glad they did it. It gives them a real sense of accomplishment.” — Bob Jenkins day. Most of my flights now are not long, cross-country trips, but rather just flying over the neighborhood near our home on evenings with calm winds.” Jenkins also enjoys taking young people on their first airplane ride; he estimates that he has taken hundreds of kids up for their “first flight,” as he did for Maihle way back when. “Their reaction is usually one of excitement in anticipating the flight and then, upon landing, they’re very glad they did it. It gives them a real sense of accomplishment,” he says. “I remember one little girl who at first was hesitant to go up, but once we landed she asked to go again, so I took her for a second ride.”

If you’re a parent or grandparent who would like to give a child the gift of a unique, new experience, there’s a way to arrange a “first flight” for free. “The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is a nationwide organization of aviation enthusiasts with chapters in every state,” says Jenkins. “Many of our members volunteer to take young people on their first airplane ride at no cost. It’s called the Young Eagles program, and more than 2.1 million kids, ages 8 to 18, have safely participated thus far.” Whether a young person eventually decides to become a pilot or not, kids today are in need of positive adult role models and wholesome life experiences more than ever. Who knows, maybe a “first flight” could change the direction of your young person’s life — it did for Josh Maihle. W.H. “Chip” Gross (whchipgross@gmail.com) is Ohio Cooperative Living’s Outdoors Editor.

To contact the Experimental Aircraft Association here in Ohio about a “first flight,” click on www.eaa.org/eaa/ youth/free-ye-flights/ become-a-young-eagle. Coronavirus threat level may reduce availability.

Bob and Jill Jenkins, members of Consolidated Cooperative; opposite page: Bob Jenkins (left) and 12-year-old Sam Gross after a First Flight.



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Red fox, gray fox, and wily coyote They may seem similar, but each competes differently as a top-tier predator. STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS


hen wild animals face a change in their environment, they have three options: adapt, migrate, or die. When those animals happen to be three top-tier predators attempting to occupy the same habitat, things can get dicey. Red and gray foxes have been living alongside one another in what today is the Buckeye State for hundreds of years. Issues started, however, during the last half-century, when eastern coyotes arrived and quickly filled all 88 counties. According to Katie Dennison, furbearer biologist for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, an annual survey indicates “a long-term declining trend in red fox and gray fox sightings since the survey began in 1990, which is indicative of a decline in both fox populations in Ohio. However, the trend does appear to have leveled off during the past five to seven years.” Dennison adds that the survey relies on deer-bowhunter observations, so “is biased toward describing fox population trends in rural areas.” The severe drop in fox numbers is no doubt due, at least in part, to competition by coyotes. As a result, are foxes — especially red foxes — now denning closer to human habitation to avoid coyotes, which are more sensitive to human activity?

Coyotes have been muscling in on the habitats of both red and gray foxes since the last half-century and are now in all 88 counties in Ohio.


The evidence, thus far, is mainly anecdotal, but Dennison knows of at least one recent scientific study in the Buckeye State, conducted on Cleveland Metroparks properties, that has looked at the possibility. “There has been some research in Ohio that has looked into habitat partitioning between red fox and coyote, and it does indeed find support for red fox possibly finding ‘refuge’ from coyotes by using more highly developed areas.”

I have had red foxes denning near my rural home in north-central Ohio for the past several years and know other people who have, as well. My fox family maintains multiple den sites within sight of my house — three that I know of — which my wife and I keep tabs on with binoculars and a trail camera. The dens are spaced about 200 yards apart and are a similar distance from the house. The mother fox, known as a vixen, occasionally moves her young from den to den, which is not unusual for red foxes. Her mate, known as the dog fox, helps by bringing food to the den for the female and kits.

Gray foxes are behaviorally more similar to cats than to dogs and can even climb trees.

As they grow, the young foxes are a hoot to watch. Doing what puppies everywhere do, they spend their days chasing, pouncing, and wrestling with one another — developing muscles and hunting skills they’ll need when they eventually leave the den to strike out on their own. By the way, if you’ve never heard a fox bark, it’s worth doing an online search to hear. A loud, otherworldly sound, it literally makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, especially when emanating from dark

woods at night. It’s as if space aliens, Bigfoot, or both have finally found you and are closing in. Before the arrival of coyotes in Ohio, how did red and gray foxes coexist in the same areas? Behaviorally, gray foxes are more catlike — they can even climb trees for a few feet — whereas red foxes are more doglike. As a result, the two fox species can occupy the same general habitat but primarily use different parts of it, known as niches. For instance, gray foxes prefer mainly dense, brushy areas, while red foxes prefer more open, developed country. Coyotes, on the other hand, will use either habitat — and that, as they say, is the rub. Being nearly twice the size and weight of both fox species, coyotes have essentially become the “big bullies” in the neighborhood, and they are not looking to leave town anytime soon. While nature may seem serene to us as humans, it is anything but — and constantly changing. In reality, life in the wild is a daily struggle for animals to defend territory, find food, and raise young. In short: adapt, migrate, or die.

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hoot Wintering-owl study needs your help. STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS


octurnal, secretive, and steeped in folklore, owls are cryptic wild critters that give up the details of their lives only grudgingly. Blake Mathys, a member of Marysville-based Union Rural Electric Cooperative, hopes to shine a little light on the subject this winter. Saw-whet owl

Mathys, an associate professor of environmental science at Ohio Dominican University, has started the Central Ohio Owl Project (COOP) to better document wintering owls in Ohio — especially rarer species like barn owls, long-eared owls, and northern saw-whet owls. “My main reason for developing the project is that, for a number of reasons, owl sightings often don’t get reported, even by citizen-scientists and serious birders,” Mathys says. “I want to provide a secure outlet to get a better idea of the true numbers of owls in our state during the winter months.”

What Mathys is requesting is that anyone spotting an owl this winter — anywhere, of any species, on private or public land — report the sighting to him online at www. ohiodominican.edu/owlproject, where there’s a form that asks users where they saw the owl, the species (if known), plus a few other basic questions. “If you can get close enough to take a photograph of the owl, that would be helpful for positive identification,” Mathys says. “Your owl sighting might even be eligible for a small cash reward.” Mathys also stresses that the locations provided will be kept strictly confidential and the information used only for research purposes. All three of the study’s main owl species are either threatened in Ohio (barn owl) or a species of special concern (long-eared owl and northern saw-whet owl), so information about their wintering habits, habitats, and numbers could prove helpful in their conservation. Look for barn owls in or near structures, such as old barns, silos, and sheds. Long-eared owls and northern saw-whet owls are found roosting primarily in evergreen trees during winter. “Owls have always been one of my favorite groups of birds, and for a long time I’ve been convinced that there are many more owls around than people realize,” Mathys says. “I would very much appreciate the assistance of any fellow electric co-op members who would like to participate in the study.”

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On the menu You can turn these restaurant favorites into mainstays on your home menu, as well. RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY CATHERINE MURRAY

FRIDAY NIGHT SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 35 minutes | Servings: 10 8 ounces 1/3 less fat cream 10 ounces frozen chopped cheese, softened spinach, thawed and drained 10-ounce jar Alfredo-style 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, pasta sauce drained and chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together cream cheese, Alfredo sauce, garlic, red pepper flakes, spinach, and artichoke hearts, then mix in mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Cover with foil and bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until melted and bubbly. Remove foil and continue baking another 5 to 10 minutes to brown the cheese on top. Serve warm with tortilla chips, baguette, crackers, or cut-up raw vegetables. Per serving: 236 calories, 12 grams fat (7.5 grams saturated fat), 34 milligrams cholesterol, 1,779 milligrams sodium, 18.5 grams total carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 11 grams protein. JANUARY 2021 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  15

DESSERT MENU CRÈME BRÛLÉE Prep: 30 minutes | Cook: 40 minutes | Chill: 2 hours | Servings: 6 2 cups heavy cream 5 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided Pour cream and vanilla into a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Slowly bring to a simmer, stirring every few minutes for 10 to 15 minutes. Cream will be steaming but not boiling and vanilla will be fragrant. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and half of the sugar (1/4 cup) until pale yellow and thick. With whisk in hand, very slowly begin adding cream to yolk mixture, whisking constantly. (If added too quickly, eggs will cook.) Continue until cream is fully incorporated. Preheat oven to 325 F. Divide custard into 6 ramekins, about 3/4 full. (Any shallow, oven-safe dish can be used, or use one large dish, such as a pie pan.) Place ramekins in a tall


roasting pan or casserole dish. Slowly add enough hot water to the bottom of the pan until it comes about halfway up the sides of the ramekins, making sure they don’t begin to float. Bake until barely set (top will have a thin film but underneath it will jiggle a little bit), about 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the depth of the dishes. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for 2 hours. Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of sugar on top of each custard and caramelize with a kitchen torch (or under the broil setting in the oven), being careful not to burn. Serve immediately. Per serving: 247 calories, 19 grams fat (11 grams saturated fat), 230 milligrams cholesterol, 22 milligrams sodium, 18 grams total carbohydrates, 0 grams fiber, 3 grams protein.

ANCHOVY-FREE CAESAR SALAD Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 10 minutes | Servings: 8 4 cups cubed French baguette 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 3/4 cup olive oil, divided 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice Heat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl, toss cubed bread with 1 tablespoon of the grated Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet and bake 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. With a blender or food processor, thoroughly blend remaining grated Parmesan and olive oil, lemon juice, olives and juice, capers, garlic, and basil. Taste and adjust ingredients as

15 green olives, plus 1 tablespoon olive juice 15 capers 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon basil 2 large heads romaine lettuce, washed and chopped into large pieces ¼ cup Parmesan cheese (shredded or shaved) needed. If dressing is too thick, add a few tablespoons water. Refrigerate. Makes about 1 cup of dressing. When ready to serve, toss lettuce in dressing, then top with croutons and shredded/shaved Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Makes 8 side salads. Per serving: 215 calories, 21 grams fat (4 grams saturated fat), 5 milligrams cholesterol, 597 grams sodium, 5.5 grams total carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 3 grams protein.


CLASSIC ITALIAN BRUSCHETTA Prep: 30 minutes | Cook: 10 minutes | Servings: 4 (approximately 4 slices per serving) 1 wide loaf Italian bread 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided 10 roma tomatoes 2 tablespoons balsamic 3 tablespoons extra-virgin vinegar olive oil, divided handful of basil leaves 3 garlic cloves, peeled (one (no stems) cut in half, two minced) 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided Note: Bread can be toasted in the oven or grilled. Leaving the skin on, cut each tomato in half. Using your fingers or a spoon, remove and discard the seeds and excess liquid. Chop tomatoes into quarter-inch chunks. In a medium bowl, lightly toss tomatoes, 1 tablespoon olive oil, minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and balsamic vinegar. Refrigerate. Preheat oven to 450 F. Cut the Italian loaf into ½-inchthick slices. Lightly brush both sides with remaining olive oil. Lay each slice flat on a cookie sheet. Rub garlic halves across the top of the bread and sprinkle tops with remaining salt and pepper. Bake until lightly browned, about 5 minutes per side. Stack basil leaves on top of each other, roll up like a cigar, then thinly slice with a sharp knife. Add basil to tomato mixture right before serving. Top bread with tomatoes; serve immediately. Per serving: 187 calories, 11 grams fat (2 grams saturated fat), 0 milligrams cholesterol, 532 grams sodium, 20 grams total carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, 4 grams protein.

Have you tried one of our recipes? Do you have a recipe to share with other Ohio co-op members? Visit the Member Interactive page on www.ohiocoopliving.com to find recipes submitted by our readers and to upload yours.

www.ohiocoopliving.com While you’re there, see a video of a couple of these tasty dishes being prepared.



My COVID-19 story


his month, I am straying away from the normal article I would write concerning the cooperative or the electric utility industry to tell my story about COVID-19. My hope is that it will encourage everyone to be more cautious, wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and avoid large gatherings. I thought I was doing a good job taking all the precautions, but it didn’t prevent me from getting the virus. That is the reason everyone needs to practice the recommendations from the CDC, the state, and other health agencies. So here is my story. On Monday, Aug. 10, I reported to work as I normally do, and my temperature was taken and was normal. That evening, I began to run a fever and had a dry cough. On Tuesday, I went to my family doctor, and he was pretty certain that I had the coronavirus. He sent me to the local hospital in Hillsboro, where they came to my car and swabbed my nose to test for COVID. Later that day, my doctor called and said I tested positive. He had already prescribed medication, along with recommending zinc and vitamin D supplements. My breathing kept getting worse, so on Aug. 17, I had to call 911 and was transported to the ACRMC. I was then transferred to Mercy Clermont at Batavia because of my serious condition. By this time my breathing had deteriorated to the point that I could not breathe on my own. I was put on a heavy concentration of oxygen and a BiPAP machine to help me breathe. They explained to me the severity of my condition and what could happen. From this point forward I was sedated and in ICU for about five weeks. I was unaware of what went on and didn’t know how sick I had actually gotten until I was out of ICU and could talk to my family. What I was unaware of was that on Aug. 25 I was put on a ventilator and remained on it until Sept. 11 (17 days). In that time, my COVID had turned to COVIDpneumonia, my right lung collapsed, and a chest tube was put in. I also had a feeding tube. I started improving once I was off the ventilator. My lung inflated and the chest tube and feeding tubes were

removed. I was moved out of ICU on Sept. 18. On Sept. 19, the pulmonary (lung) doctor told me I was a miracle! Most people do not survive what I had experienced. Now came my next challenge. Since I had laid so long and not used my muscles, I could Bill Swango not stand or even raise one of GENERAL MANAGER my arms and my legs. I was transferred to Anderson Mercy on Sept. 25 to their acute rehabilitation unit. The first time they got me up didn’t go so well — I almost passed out. They then started working with me on a daily basis with physical and occupational therapy. I worked hard every day to improve, and on Oct. 12, I was released to go home. The biggest problem was my lungs and trying to keep my oxygen level up. I was on oxygen all the time when I went home. Four days after going home, I had a gallbladder attack and ended up at the ER at ACRMC. That has been five weeks ago, and I haven’t had any other gallbladder problems. I’m sure a lot of you have heard the saying that the Lord works in mysterious ways. While having the CT scan for my gallbladder, the scan showed a significant buildup of fluid in my right chest. On Oct. 28, I had a quart of fluid drained from my right side. So if it hadn’t been for my gallbladder, they wouldn’t have detected the fluid buildup. My oxygen levels have improved greatly, and I only need oxygen on long walks. As of Nov. 20, I returned back to work. Please take precautions so you or someone you know doesn’t have to face or go through what my family and I went through! I also want to thank all the churches and individuals who sent cards and kept me in your prayers. The doctors said I was a miracle, and we know that all miracles come from above. I praise the Lord for that!



In Memoriam

Adams Rural Electric Cooperative lost two retired employees in 2020, and both men left a lasting impact on the cooperative. Gerald Shoemaker and Theron Shoemaker were not only co-workers but cousins and lifelong friends. Both men started working for Adams Rural Electric in the late 1940s when they were hired as linemen to build electric lines. They saw many changes in the cooperative, from member growth to the equipment that they had to work with while installing poles and wire during their time at the co-op. Both were responsible for training many different employees, some of whom are still employed at Adams today. Those employees still remark on what they learned from both of the men. Gerald retired as the manager of operations after 44 years of service, and Theron retired after 43 years of service as the line crew foreman. Gerald (above) passed away on March 27, 2020, at the age of 92. Theron (left) passed away on October 21, 2020, at the age of 92. We extend our condolences to their loved ones.

Gerald Shoemaker

Theron Shoemaker

Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month Replace standard power strips with advanced power strips to save energy. Advanced power strips look like ordinary power strips, but they have built-in features that are designed to reduce the amount of energy used by standby electronics that consume energy even when they’re not in use (also known as phantom load). The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates that the average home loses $200 annually to energy wasted by phantom load. Source: www.nrel.gov




2021 GRADS

Are your parents Adams Rural Electric members? You could win a scholarship from

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Children of Members Scholarship •  Visit www.adamsrec.com •  Call the co-op at 800-283-1846 •  Stop by the co-op office •  Ask your guidance counselor Deadline to apply: Feb. 1, 2021 JANUARY 2021  •  OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 21


Walk-up window installed A new walk-up window has been installed so members can now pay their bill without coming in to the main lobby. The window is located next to the after-hours drop box. The lobby will remain closed while Adams County is currently in a red status on the Ohio COVID-19 risk board. Once the county is no longer red, the lobby will be opened back up by appointment only to handle service requests and capital credit applications. Members can use the new window during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 133450010


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Joyce Grooms, cashier, looks forward to assisting members at the new walk-up window.


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PAY YOUR BILL AT 800-809-6352 HIDDEN NUMBER BILL CREDIT We provide three convenient ways to pay: online, by phone, or directly from your bank account. Failure to receive your bill in no way relieves you from paying it. If you don’t receive your bill, contact the office before the due date and we’ll issue another one.


Pay at these collection stations: First State Bank — Georgetown, Hillsboro, Manchester, Peebles, Ripley, Seaman, West Union, and Winchester. National Bank of Adams County — 218 N. Market St., West Union.

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Glacial gold Icy visitors from geologic eras past left Ohio with a tiny but valuable gift. BY CRAIG SPRINGER


ost folks familiar with Ohio’s geography know that glaciers covered two-thirds of the state, sparing only the southeastern portion from the cold crush of a Pleistocene winter. The time span and immensity are difficult to grasp: Milethick ice spread over the Buckeye State for millennia, gouging and shaping the earth as the ice advanced and retreated. Geologists say that 10,000 to 15,000 years ago, the ice melted and left us our current landscape. That includes the pleasant hummocks piled up where the ice stopped, from Reily in Butler County northeasterly to Salem in Mahoning County.


The glaciers also left a little prize that they picked up on the slow slog south: gold. Yes, there is gold in Ohio. You can find it in perhaps most any stream that flows over glaciated Ohio, but the vast majority of the fine flecks of the yellow metal occur where the glaciers advanced their farthest and fell apart — melted — dropping what they had carried along. Ohio Geological Survey geologist Thomas Nash specializes in glacial geology. Nash says that gold in Ohio is an erratic — that is, it’s not native, necessarily, but transported from elsewhere. There’s no mother lode here; for that El Dorado, you have to look way up north, to Canada.

“Any gold that is found in Ohio today was actually formed in Canada billions of years ago,” Nash says. Gold formed in the bowels of the earth in igneous rocks — those forged by heat. “It was only during the Quaternary Period, considered 2.6 million years ago to present, when gold deposits were transported to Ohio.” The weight of the massive, hulking ice sheets and the pull of gravity ripped up rocks in Canada, some of which were infused with gold. The gold found in Ohio is typically tiny, flat flakes with rounded edges. They are small and abraded, having broken apart from larger nuggets during the long,

The gold found in Ohio is typically tiny, flat flakes with rounded edges. Gold flakes as big as a pea have been reported, but those are exquisitely few and far between.

Opposite page: Look closely and you can see glittering specks among the sand. Above, the entrance to a mine near Bethel, Ohio, around 1920. Below, a gold sluice on the Robert Titus farm near Brushy Fork in Clermont County, 1933.

grinding trek. Gold flakes as big as a pea have been reported, but those are exquisitely few and far between. “Gold is a very malleable metal, and the forces and stress that pieces of gold experienced during glacial transport broke the gold down to smaller sizes,” Nash says. “Most gold in Ohio today is found when panning sand in streams and tends to be the same size as the sand grains. It appears as tiny flecks generally less than 2 millimeters.” Ohio gold has another trait, says Nash: its scarcity. “Gold is very rare in Ohio, and prospectors have found it difficult to strike it rich panning for gold. All of the commercial gold mining expeditions in Ohio’s past were financial failures.” Gold was discovered in Ohio in the early to mid-19th century, and newspaper accounts of commercial operations making a run at gold extraction corroborate with what geologists know of the patterns of ice flow. Nash says that two major episodes of glaciation occurred in Ohio, ending in nearly the same places: The most recent flow, called the Wisconsin Episode, almost entirely overlapped an earlier Illinois Episode. That band of exposed Illinois glacial till is where most of the gold has been found, and two places in particular made a fair amount of news through the years, in Clermont and Richland counties. A number of short-lived mines were concentrated close to Batavia in Clermont County and in Bellville in Richland County. These operations relied on the power of moving water to sluice gold from sand and gravel in streams with colorful names such as Stonelick and Brushy creeks, Elk Lick, and Cabin Run in Clermont County. The Elk Lick

operation, located on present-day East Fork State Park, spawned the Batavia Gold Mining Company, functional for a short time in 1868, before it was destroyed by a flood. James Lee, a 49er who returned to Ohio, found gold in Gold Run, also known as Deadmans Run, in 1853. The stream slices through the Illinois till as its waters eventually pour into the Mohican River. The area around Bellville saw intense interest in gold extraction well into the 20th century. While one can still pan for gold, keep in mind that goldbearing creeks purl through private property. Don’t trespass. As of this writing, gold sells for $1,876 per ounce. That’s enticing, but don’t expect a great return on hours of shoveling and stooping and swirling a pan. It’s all been done before — and remember Nash’s words: Gold is scarce. But all that is gold does not glitter, and not all those who wander are lost. Wandering along an Ohio creek bed and turning up stones may reveal other riches — getting to know more about where you live, our natural history, how the past informs the present, and yourself — and that is priceless.


Where the

things are Findlay’s Mazza Museum holds the largest collection of picture-book art in the world. BY VICTORIA ELLWOOD


hat are some lovable wild things, a colorful and very hungry caterpillar, and a big red dog — along with 16,000 of their friends — all doing in Findlay, Ohio? They’re part of the world’s largest collection of artwork from children’s picture books that’s tucked in a special vault — and showcased in gallery exhibitions — at the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum. There, Dan Chudzinski meticulously cares for thousands of works of original art from much-loved books like Where the Wild Things Are; The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Clifford the Big Red Dog series; The Cat in the Hat; Arthur the Aardvark; and many, many more. “By day, I’m the curator here,” says Chudzinski, who also works as a professional artist. “I look after this amazing collection of children’s-


Marsha Gray Carrington, “Page 9,” from Coriander the Contrary Hen, 2006.

book art and give people a reason to care about the art and experience it firsthand.” The internationally known museum dates back to 1982, when the late Jerry Mallett, professor of education, proposed the idea. The collection started in the basement of the college’s library with a gift of four pieces of art from alumni August and Aleda Mazza. Today, their namesake museum encompasses 9,000 square feet of airy and welcoming space within the fine arts pavilion on campus. The immense collection holds nearly 17,000 pieces of children’s-book art — everything from early sketches and storyboards to the original artwork featured in the published books. It’s all safeguarded in the vault, where the temperature, light, humidity, and climate are carefully controlled.

The Laiho Gallery spotlights paper engineering, a method of creating picture books using different paper shapes, sizes, and dimensions.


On view in the Miles Gallery is original artwork and even some personal studio furniture of Hardie Gramatky — an early animator for Walt Disney Studios. He went on to become author and illustrator of 14 picture books, including the Little Toot series; inset: Lizzy Rockwell, “Page 13,” from 100 School Days, Harper Collins, 2001.

“I spend most of my time in the vault,” says Chudzinski, a Fremont native who originally set out to become a lawyer. A study-abroad trip to art-filled Rome changed his mind, though, and he found his calling to become an artist. He joined the Mazza Museum in 2015, and now oversees six galleries, where he curates exhibitions that change twice a year. One of the current exhibitions captivating visitors is the brainchild of Chudzinski, who’s also a sculptor. Titled “Show of Hands,” it features a selection of art from 31 illustrators along with a plaster cast of their hands, allowing visitors to see not only the art, but a replica of the hand that made it. “The idea started when I met Marc Brown, author of Arthur the Aardvark books,” he says. “I asked him if I could make a mold of his hand and he asked why. I told him a hundred years from now, someone might like to see what the hand that drew Arthur looked like. “So, I made a mold of his hand in alginate, and a plaster cast from that. We now make molds of the hands of every artist who comes through here. We have over 80 of them.” He says people have a powerful reaction to seeing the artists’ hands. “Our visitors are often already familiar with the creations of our illustrators, but it can be easy to forget that there is a human face and hand behind each work of art.” Just 3% of the museum’s holdings is on view at any given time, and the displays delight visitors from toddlers to senior citizens. Child-high shelves invite youngsters to leaf through “please touch” books printed with the same illustrations as the art displayed on the gallery walls above them. For


Benjamin Sapp, director of the Mazza Museum (above), and Dan Chudzinski, the museum’s curator, ensure everyone follows safety protocols when visiting the museum.

Watch a video about this unique museum at www.ohiocoopliving.com/mazza.

small adventurers, there’s even a tempting slide leading from an upstairs loft to the museum below.

been known to bring their horses to the parking lot for Sunday Funday events.

“This is a place for everyone who appreciates art and literature and has a love of picture books,” says Ben Sapp, director of the museum.

Sapp, who began working at the Mazza Museum 25 years ago as an undergraduate student, can’t pinpoint his favorite children’s book. But he can reflect on being at the helm of the museum.

In normal years, the museum hosts nearly 300 events. There are weekly Tales for Tots gatherings, school-age art workshops, professional development offerings for teachers, conferences, and visits from authors and artists. There are also collaborations with University of Findlay students — sometimes, equestrian majors have

“What makes this an incredible passion for me? I get to meet the people who create these works of art,” he says. “I meet the people who view the works on our walls, too, and see the impact it has on their lives. It’s really inspiring, and that’s what makes me happy to come in to work every day.”

The Dana Younger Gallery features “Show of Hands,” showcasing not only artwork from various illustrators but also plaster casts of their hands.


State officials can use your help to report feral swine during the pandemic. BY KEVIN WILLIAMS; PHOTOS BY W.H. "CHIP" GROSS


on Swihart cares for 120 hogs on a bucolic farm in rural Preble County. Hog farming is part of the landscape and cultural fabric here in towns like Eaton and West Alexandria. The annual Preble County Pork Festival brings 125,000 visitors to Eaton each year to appreciate (and eat) swine. Swihart, who also teaches science at nearby National Trail High School, has seen the hog farming landscape change over the past few decades. “Fifty years ago, everyone secured their farms with strong fences,” Swihart recalls, because family farmers knew that hogs needed to stay penned. Today, many of the pork producers are larger, corporateowned operations where the pigs are kept indoors and escape is impossible, so many of the fences have disappeared. Swihart’s farm has a 4-foot-high cement wall and double fencing. But, it turns out, the best fences are made from love and happiness. “My hogs don’t want to go anywhere — they are happy here,” Swihart says. He can count the times on one hand


over the decades that a hog has gotten loose, and each time it has come back. His hogs prefer life on the farm over a life on the lam. “They run around for an hour and then miss it here — they have food and friends — so after about an hour I’ll see them pacing on the other side, wanting back in,” Swihart says. State wildlife officials depend on farmers like Swihart to keep their hogs happy and secure, because an escaped pig is destructive. The USDA puts the price tag of crop destruction by feral swine north of $1.5 billion annually. While American black bear, bobcat, bald eagles, beaver, and other animals that were generally wiped out from Ohio in the 1800s are making a welcome comeback in the state, feral hogs are a large mammal that officials do not welcome. On a warm June day in 2016, a truck loaded with thousands of “feeder piglets” careened out of control on U.S. 35 outside Xenia, tipping over a guardrail and rolling down a wooded embankment. The metal truck ripped open like a tin can, and many pigs perished in the crash. But others were

Opposite and below: Wild boars captured during a hunt in southern Ohio.

luckier and escaped, melting into the nearby woods, their haunting squeals piercing the calm day. It can take only a matter of weeks before a piglet transforms from cute-as-Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web into a hairy, tusk-growing rototiller. State wildlife officials set up a perimeter in Greene County to corral the pigs, and that time they were fortunate, as no pigs escaped. State wildlife officer Jared Abele arrived in Vinton County 10 years ago and immediately noticed the pig problem. “My first few years, you could tell the population was rising,” Abele says. The telltale signs of feral hogs were visible throughout the county: flattened corn, rooted-up gardens and crops, and mud rubs on trees. Vinton County was the perfect hog storm, possessing many of the traits feral hogs thrive upon: comparatively few people and plenty of thick woods and rocky ridges crisscrossed by creeks and dotted with ponds. The hogs prefer to come out under cover of twilight or in the early dawn. They spend their summer afternoons soaking in muddy ponds and creek bottoms. Most people don’t see the hogs; they see the after-effects that resemble a small tornado, but Abele has seen them loose in Vinton County. “I came across a couple — they are very elusive. As soon as they saw me, they took off,” Abele recalls. He said the ones he’s seen in the wild in Ohio range anywhere from 100 to 250 pounds, but he has seen photos elsewhere of wild swine approaching 400 pounds. Abele says the ones in Ohio seek refuge in thick oak forests and hickory stands, where they forage on mast. “They are always close to some kind of dense underbrush,” he says.

has pretty much ground to a halt in the age of social distancing and mask wearing. “All outreach is virtual now; we are not able to make eye-to-eye contact with landowners, and that has made the outreach a super difficult process this year,” Genders says. Officials are hopeful that the pigs aren’t regrouping under cover of COVID. There are parallels to COVID-19 and feral swine — both are elusive, and any pockets left uncontained can flare up fast. That’s why outreach is so important. Genders says that there have been reports of feral hogs in Guernsey and Noble counties. Adams, Scioto, and Gallia counties have also had a share of porcine visitors. Chances are a feral hog will see you before you see it, and it’ll slink off into the brush. But if you do find one, the best thing to do is walk away. While encounters with hogs are rare, they do happen. A feral hog attacked a woman in Upper Township in Lawrence County in 2011. It took two shots from the revolver of a responding sheriff’s deputy to subdue the animal. Meanwhile, back on Swihart’s Preble County farm, the focus is on keeping the hogs happy. “Their buddies are here. They may think the grass is greener on the other side, but they quickly realize it is not,” Swihart says.

In Ohio, the feral swine are a motley mix of lucky escapees from pig farms or, more commonly, Eurasian wild boar released on private property for game hunters. While other states have had difficulty tamping down on their wild pig populations, Ohio has thus far managed to get the upper hand. The hogs established a beachhead in Vinton County, and some remain in the southern part of the state, but they’ve largely been contained. “We have made progress in leaps and bounds,” says Tyler Genders, wildlife disease biologist and feral swine coordinator of the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, which oversees the state’s hog containment program. COVID-19 has touched virtually every segment of work in the United States, and the same goes for Ohio’s feral hog containment. Wildlife officials perform outreach to educate folks about the dangers and collect reconnaissance on feral hog movements. That outreach

If you spot a feral hog in rural Ohio, wildlife officials would appreciate your report at 800-WILDLIFE or wildinfo@dnr.state.oh.us.



t the corner of Vine and West 8th in downtown Cincinnati, a giant mural covers the entire side of a six-story building. It depicts a colorful, swirling flock of birds: passenger pigeons, now extinct. The last passenger pigeon, Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo on Sept. 1, 1914. That 2014 mural, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of Martha’s death and the species’ sad passing, was the work of internationally known wildlife artist John Ruthven — one of Cincinnati’s most famous and beloved native sons. Ruthven died Oct. 11, 2020, at the age of 95.



audubon BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS


John Ruthven and Tim Parsley’s Martha, The Last Passenger mural in Cincinnati (photo by Raymond Boyd/Getty Images).

If it has to do with birds in or around Cincinnati, Ruthven probably was part of it.

a decision that he and tens of thousands of wildlife-art enthusiasts never regretted.

Born in 1924, Ruthven knew he wanted to be a professional artist from an early age, preferably a wildlife artist. Like so many young men of that era, however, his dream was deferred by World War II; John enlisted in the U.S. Navy after he graduated from high school in 1943.

Ruthven had always idolized John James Audubon (1785– 1851) and his art. Audubon had even spent time in Cincinnati painting bird portraits. It’s not surprising, then, that Ruthven’s painting style eventually evolved to resemble that of Audubon’s — so much so, that John Ruthven would become known as the “20th-century Audubon.”

After the war, Ruthven returned to Cincinnati, married, began a family, and opened a commercial art business. One of his first jobs was to create the image of the young boy found on cans of Play-Doh, the children’s modeling clay. He also continued to draw and paint wildlife pictures in his spare time. It was in 1960 that he submitted an entry to the federal Duck Stamp contest. The picture depicted a pair of swimming redhead ducks, male and female, followed by their small brood of young ducklings. To Ruthven’s surprise and elation, his painting was chosen as the contest’s winner that year and appeared on the 1960–61 federal Duck Stamp. The win gained Ruthven instant fame as a wildlife artist and changed his art career forever. He made the decision to close his commercial art studio to pursue wildlife art exclusively, full time. It’s


Counting his many sketches, drawings, and completed paintings, Ruthven produced thousands of pictures during a career spanning some 60 years. It was a career that took him around the world in search of new and exotic wild species to paint. In 1972, Ducks Unlimited named Ruthven its first Artist of the Year, and prints from his paintings raised nearly $2 million for North American wetlands preservation. Ruthven also painted Ohio’s first annual Wetlands Habitat Stamp and a cardinal for Ohio’s most popular vehicle license plate, raising millions of dollars for the Ohio Division of Wildlife in the process. Today, Ruthven paintings hang in countless homes, businesses, and museums, including the Smithsonian. Ruthven received commissions to paint three pictures of the bald eagle for presentation to presidents of the

United States — Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush — and the official unveilings all took place at the White House. A fourth president, George W. Bush, presented John Ruthven the 2004 National Medal of Arts. Late in life, Ruthven was asked if he would still paint were it not for the continued commissions he received. “Oh, yes,” was his quick response. “I’d paint for myself. I’d have to. One lifetime is not enough to do it all.”

John and me In 1996, I had the privilege and honor of collaborating with fellow Ohioan John Ruthven to produce the Ohio Wildlife Viewing Guide. Published by Falcon Press, it listed 80 of the Buckeye State’s best wildlife viewing sites, part of the national Watchable Wildlife Program. Ruthven created the original artwork for the 96-page booklet, while I provided the text. I’d never met John before, but quickly learned during the project that he was the consummate professional. Not only was his artwork scientifically accurate and detailed — six full-color plates of six wildlife species each — it was also beautiful. I found John, as most people did, to be extremely outgoing, friendly, and down to earth — quickly able to make you feel as if you were a friend he’d known all his life. — W.H. “Chip” Gross






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JAN. 10, FEB. 7 – Virtual Funday Sundays, University of Findlay Mazza Museum, online. Enjoy virtual activities from the familiar organizations and individuals you see during traditional Funday Sundays at the museum. Videos will be posted on the museum’s website and Facebook pages at 8 a.m. on the day of the event. Be sure to tune in until the end for a chance to win a Mazza prize pack! www. mazzamuseum.org.


FEB. 1 – Living History Trade Fair, Sandusky Co. Fgds., 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont, Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $5/day, $7/ weekend pass. 419-334-8180 or smilingfox@ smilingfoxforge.com. FEB. 3 – Faculty Artist Series: David Bixler, Moore Musical Arts Centre, Bryan Recital Hall, Bowling Green, 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Will also be livestreamed. Bixby is a saxophonist and director of Jazz Studies. 419-3722181 or https://events.bgsu.edu/moore_musical_ arts_center. FEB. 6–7 – Tri-State Gun Show, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima (2 miles east of Lima on St. Rte. 309), Sat. 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $6, members and under 18 free. Over 400 tables of modern and antique guns, edged weapons, and sportsmen equipment. 419-6470067 or www.tristategunshow.org, FEB. 11–14 – Greater Toledo Auto Show, Seagate Convention Ctr., 401 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, Thur. 3–9 p.m., Fri. 12–9 p.m., Sat. 10

JAN. 16 – Hocking Hills Winter Hike, 20160 St. Rte. 664 S., Logan, continuous starts 9–11 a.m. Free. See the beauty of Hocking Hills in the winter as you hike 6 miles from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave, with a stop at Cedar Falls for refreshments. Transportation provided back to parking area. 740-685-6841 or www. hockinghills.com. JAN. 20 – Cookie Decorating with Plenty O’Cookies, Franklin Park Conservatory virtual class, 7–8 p.m. $20–$25. Plenty O’Smiles, a self-taught baker and decorator extraordinaire based in Columbus, will guide you through THROUGH FEB. 28 – Russian Decorative the art of decorating creatively inspired sugar Arts from the Tsars to the USSR, Decorative cookies. Register online at www.fpconservatory. Arts Center of Ohio, 145 E. Main St., Lancaster, org/events/cookie-decorating. Wed.–Fri. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Sat./Sun. 1–4 p.m. JAN. 28 – Victory Gardening, Franklin Park Free. From the decadence of the tsars to the Conservatory virtual class, 6–7:30 p.m. $20– destitute communist-rule years, Russian history is filled with contradictions. During the Bolshevik $25. Class conducted on Zoom. For plant and history lovers alike! Learn the history of victory Revolution (1917–45), a significant amount of gardens and the strict government guidelines Russian-made art was destroyed, lost, or taken and recommendations provided for growing from the country. For the first time, curator Michael Reese will display his incredible private them. You will learn how to create and manage collection. www.destinationdowntownlancaster. your own victory garden. Register at www. fpconservatory.org/events/victory-gardening. com/calendar. JAN. 31 – Columbus Premier Bridal Expo, JAN. 12 – Inventors Network Meeting, Rev1 Hilton Polaris, 8700 Lyra Dr., Columbus, 11 Ventures for Columbus, 1275 Kinnear Rd., a.m.–4 p.m. Free tickets available online, or Columbus, 7 p.m. The focus this month is “How $10 at door. Fabulous fashion show, demos, to Commercialize/Monetize My Invention.” 614cake and food samples, and much more. https:// 470-0144 or www.inventorscolumbus.com. columbusbridalexpo.com.



JAN. 29–30 – West Virginia Winter Music Festival, Lewisburg, WV. $20/night; $30/ weekend pass. More than 50 bands across seven venues. www.wvmusicfestival.org.


a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $8 at door/$6 online; Srs./Stds. $6; under 10 free. Displays of the latest and greatest models and automotive technologies from more than 20 different manufacturers. www.toledoautoshow.org. FEB. 13 – Lima Symphony: “American Voices: Celebrating Black History Month,” Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Ctr., 7 Town Square, Lima, 7:30 p.m. Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings; Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 featuring soprano Katherine Jolly; the songs of Florence Price; and William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 1 “Afro American.” 419-224-1552 or www. limaciviccenter.com. FEB. 14 – Faculty Artist Series: Faculty Chamber Music, Moore Musical Arts Centre, Bryan Recital Hall, Bowling Green, 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Will also be livestreamed. 419-372-2181 or https://events.bgsu.edu/moore_ musical_arts_center.

FEB. 2 – Kaunas Symphony of Lithuania, Secrest Auditorium, 334 Shinnick St, Zanesville, 7–9 p.m. $55. 740-588-0871, zanesvilleconcert@ gmail.com, www.zanesvilleconcertassociation. org, or on Facebook. FEB. 6 – Matryoshka Nested Doll Workshop, Wendel Center for Art Education, 145 E. Main St., Lancaster, ages 5–12: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., ages 13+: 1:30–2:30 p.m. $30. Learn about Russian craft and culture, as well as making your own one-of-a-kind set of matryoshka nesting dolls. Students are encouraged to create their own themes, or to be inspired by their favorite characters from pop culture. www. destinationdowntownlancaster.com/calendar. FEB. 12–14 – Columbus Fishing Expo, Ohio Expo Ctr., Bricker Bldg., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Fri. noon–8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $12, Srs. $10, under 18 free. Military/first responders with ID, $10. Sport fishing education and fun, with educational seminars, speakers, and activities to expand your knowledge of fishing. 614-361-5548 or www.columbusfishingexpo.com. FEB. 14 – Central Ohio Antique Bottle Club Show and Sale, Doubletree Inn, 175 Hutchinson Ave., Columbus, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., $3; early-bird admission 7–9 a.m., $20. 740-703-4913 or 614264-7846.

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imagery and ideas in their creation of a new nation. Registration required. 740-373-3750 or www.campusmartiusmuseum.org. FEB. 12 – The Marshall Tucker Band, Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St., Marietta, 8 p.m. Starting at $42. The Southern rock band from Spartanburg, S.C., that became an institution is still going strong, entertaining old fans and new with their unique blend of blues, country, and jazz. www.peoplesbanktheatre.com. FEB. 13 – Contemporary Gun Makers and Allied Artists, Campus Martius Museum, 601 JAN. 16 –An Insider’s Tour, Campus Martius Second St., Marietta, 9:30 a.m.– 4 p.m. Museum Museum, 601 Second St., Marietta, 1:30–3:30 p.m. admission. Features the work of several dozen Museum admission plus $10. Take a deeper look traditional gunmakers from around the Ohio Valley at the early settlers who are the focus of David as well as several other craftsmen who work in McCullough’s latest book, The Pioneers. Learn the manner of the 18th and 19th centuries. Also about their lives, their possessions, and the home featured: horn makers, hunting bag makers, of General Rufus Putnam. Stories narrated by leather workers, tinsmithers, cabinet makers, William Reynolds, the museum’s historian and a and other allied trades. 740-373-3750 or www. research contributor to McCullough while writing campusmartiusmuseum.org. his book. Registration required. 740-373-3750 or FEB. 14 – Lorrie Morgan, Peoples Bank Theatre, www.campusmartiusmuseum.org. 222 Putnam St., Marietta, 7 p.m. Starting at $37. FEB. 5 – “Rome on the Muskingum: How A child of the Grand Ole Opry, Lorrie staked her Rome Helped Build the United States,” Campus claim as being one of the youngest entertainers to Martius Museum, 601 Second St., Marietta, noon–1 make their debut at the Mother Church of Country, p.m. Free. This presentation discusses how the and the youngest to become a member. She has early settlers of Marietta looked to the Romans become a renaissance woman of the country as they built their new city, and how the founding music genre recognized as royalty by her fans and fathers of the United States called on Roman her peers. www.peoplesbanktheatre.com.

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Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. Available for viewing at www.troyhayner.org. THROUGH FEB. 24 – Bluegrass Wednesdays, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, every Wednesday, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner, wine, and an evening of lively bluegrass music by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Because of COVID precautions, reservations are strongly recommended and should be made early. 513-3859309 or vinokletwinery@fuse.net. JAN. 15–17, 20–24 – The Ford Cincinnati Travel, Sports, and Boat Show, Duke Energy Convention Ctr., 525 Elm St., Cincinnati. Check website for hours and updated schedule of events. Boats, THROUGH JAN. 31 – Virtual Holiday Concert, with campers, ATVs, and motorcycles to adventure sports vocalist Rachael Boezi and David Wion on piano; equipment. www.cincinnatiboatshow.com. online concert recorded on Dec. 12, 2020, at JAN. 22–24, 29–31 – Greater Cincinnati Remodeling Expo, Sharonville Convention Ctr.,

11355 Chester Rd., Sharonville, Fri. 12–8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. $5 (discount available online), under 18 free. The expo brings together the most knowledgeable remodeling and building experts in the community under one roof. See innovative displays showcasing the latest trends in design and product offerings, and get advice to help you with your home improvement projects. www.homeshowcenter.com/overview/Cincinnati. JAN. 30–31 – Lebanon Antique Show and Sale, Warren Co. Fgds., 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon. $6 online, $8 at door; one ticket good for both days! Includes free admission to the Harmon Museum. Large collection of 18th-, 19th-, and early 20thcentury American and Continental furnishings and decorative arts, as well as textiles, jewelry, primitives, folk art, and fine art. 513-932-1817 or www.harmonmuseumohio.org.


FEB. 6 – Mid-Winter Stamp and Coin Show, Ashland Co. Fgds., Mozelle Hall, 2042 Claremont Ave., Ashland, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. Stamp dealers and coin dealers. For more information, contact Tom Zuercher at 419-496-1317. FEB. 6 – Wayne County Farm Toy Show, Smithville High School, 200 Smithie Dr., Smithville, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Annual FFA alumni show featuring dealers selling farm toys, trucking/farm collectibles, and more. 330-669-9455. FEB. 7 – Medina Model Train and Toy Show, 735 Lafayette Rd. (St. Rte. 42), Medina, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $6. 330-948-4400 or www.conraddowdell. com. FEB. 13 – Bow Wow Ball, Pines Golf Club and Restaurant, 1319 Millborne Rd., Orrville, 5:30–10 p.m. The largest fundraiser of the year in support of the Wayne County Dog Shelter. Includes a delicious meal, music, dancing, live and silent auctions, a wine grab, and a program. www. waynedogshelter.org/event/bow-wow-ball. FEB. 13 – Cleveland Ballet: Dance Me to the End of Love, Playhouse Square, 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 8 p.m. $25–$79. A romantic dance performance exploring the four types of love relationships — Transitory, Compromise, Karmic, and Soulmate — brought to life through diverse choreographic creations and paired with an array of musical genres, from Tchaikovsky to Sinatra to Leonard Cohen. 216-241-6000 or www. playhousesquare.org.


the “Boating Experience” Pavilion, try scuba diving, view the 5,000-gallon aquarium, and much more. Don’t miss the Lake Erie Market and Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel! www. clevelandboatshow.com. JAN. 17 – Flea Market of Collectables, Medina County Fgds. Community Ctr., 735 Lafayette Rd. (St. Rte. 42), Medina, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $2. Early bird special admission, 6–9 a.m., $3. A treasure trove of vintage items and collectables. 330-948-4300 or www.conraddowdell.com. JAN. 29–31 – That Golden Girls Show: A THROUGH MAR. 7 – “Colors!” Exhibit, McKinley Puppet Parody, Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Presidential Library and Museum, Keller Gallery, Square, 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Fri. 7:30 800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW, Canton, Tue.– p.m., Sat. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 1:30 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–4 p.m. $8–$10. Features $39–$49. A brand-new show that parodies classic artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection Golden Girls moments — with puppets! 216-241that are grouped by color, ranging from vintage 6000 or www.playhousesquare.org. dresses and hats to glassware and china. FEB. 3 – The Price Is Right Live, KeyBank 330-455-7043 or https://mckinleymuseum.org/ State Theatre, Playhouse Square, 1519 Euclid exhibits/keller-gallery. Ave., Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. $41.50–$61.50. The JAN. 8–17 – Ohio RV and Boat Show, Ohio Expo hit interactive stage show that gives eligible Center, 717 E. 17th St., Columbus, Wed.–Fri. 12–8 individuals the chance to hear their names called p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $14, and “Come On Down!” to win. 216-241-6000 or C. (6–13) $3, under 6 free. Hundreds of campers www.playhousesquare.org. and boats, plus ATVs, motorcycles, golf cars, and FEB. 6 – Winter Hike, Norma Johnson Center, much more. www.ohiorvandboatshow.com. 3976 St. Rte. 39, Dover, 9 a.m.–noon. Take JAN. 14–18 – Cleveland Boat Show, I-X Ctr., 1 a break from being inside and step into I-X Center Dr., Cleveland, Thur./Fri. 12–9 p.m., nature. Three marked trails, from low to high Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon. level of difficulty. 330-339-7976 or https:// 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $14, Srs. $12, under 13 free. Visit normajohnsoncenter.com.

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