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JULY 2021

COOPERATIVE Adams Rural Electric Cooperative

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24 STARS AND STRIPES One of the nation’s oldest flag manufacturers, Cincinnati’s National Flag Company has been in operation since 1869.

26 SYMBOLICALLY SPEAKING How well do you know Ohio’s official state symbols?

28 A SLICE OF HISTORY A small family farm in north-central Ohio boasts the last living tree planted by Johnny Appleseed.

32 ’ROUND AND ’ROUND Ohio runs circles around the rest as a carousel capital. Cover image on most editions: Ohio is home to one of the nation’s oldest flagmakers, Cincinnati’s National Flag Company, which specializes in U.S. flags of all sizes — including those handed out at parades around the country (portsmouthnhcharley/via Getty Images). This page: Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative member Eric Kemper shot this image from the boardwalk at Ocean City, Maryland, while he and his family were attending the Endless Summer Cruisin last October. More members’ “Day at the Beach” photos can be found on page 40 and online at www.ohiocoopliving.com.



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t’s clear that coal is no longer “king.” It’s also clear, though, as our associate editor, Rebecca Seum, explains succinctly in her story on page 4, that it’s still an essential element of a reliable power generation system.

The use of coal as a fuel source for electricity production has been on the decline because of increasing environmental requirements and the decreased costs for alternatives like natural gas and renewable generation sources. Concerns about the level of carbon dioxide emissions from coal generation further limit its future use, but the practicality and, yes, the reliability, of coal are undeniable. The truth of the matter is that fossil fuels, including coal, play an essential role in keeping the nation’s lights on. In fact, it’s coal that not only makes the integration of renewable power — namely, wind and solar sources — possible, but allows use of those sources to expand. Coal generation is “dispatchable,” meaning it can be controlled by electric grid operators. Coal can produce more energy when demand goes up or when other intermittent supplies wane. We can’t “turn up” the sun if demand spikes on a cloudy day, so fossil fuels, especially coal, provide the backbone of our regional supply mix. A balanced approach is the key to reliable, affordable power generation — just look at what happened in California and Texas recently. Ohio’s electric cooperative network, as well as most of the country’s electric cooperatives, employ an “all of the above” approach — fossil fuels, biomass, hydropower, wind, and solar generation all play a role in providing your electric supply needs. The benefits of continuing to cultivate our use of renewable generation sources are clear — wind and solar power are clean and inexhaustible supplies of energy — but they also have some clear shortcomings: Wind and solar power simply are not always available, and without dispatchable generation to pick up the slack, they’re simply not reliable enough to do the whole job. We need a comprehensive fuel mix, which includes continuing growth in renewable resources. Decisions about that mix, however, must be based in realities, such as affordability to consumers, risk management, environmental impact, and reliability of supply. Today, we depend more than ever on a steady supply of electricity to power our homes and businesses and to keep us safe and secure. When the weather threatens us, when the stakes are high, we can count on coal. Now, more than ever, we need to get the mix right.



It’s coal that not only makes the integration of renewable power — namely, wind and solar sources — possible, but allows use of those sources to expand.

JULY 2021 • Volume 63, No. 10

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Why do we (still) need coal? The black rock is a necessary element of reliable electricity ... for now.




Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative: The small but mighty northern Ohio co-op prides itself on unparalleled customer service.



Serene acres: Safe Haven Farms in Butler County provides options for adults with autism spectrum disorder.


Nature’s rainmaker: The gray treefrog’s call, heard all over the state, is a sure sign of damp weather.



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An important thing to know about electricity is that it’s produced as you’re using it.


Why do we STILL need coal? The black rock is a necessary element of reliable electricity … for now. BY REBECCA SEUM


onsumer-members of Ohio electric cooperatives understand the benefits of renewable energy sources like wind and solar — endless supplies that can’t be used up, with little to no carbon footprint. Why, then, can’t Buckeye Power, the generation cooperative that provides electricity to the 25 member cooperatives in the state, switch to all renewable resources? This month, we attempt to answer why coal must remain an important part of our energy generation resources.

Why can’t we switch to all renewables? In a word, reliability. Ryan Strom, manager of power delivery engineering services for Buckeye Power, says, “A lot of people don’t realize when they’re using electricity at home, there is a power plant actively running to support that.” Electricity is produced as you’re using it, not stored for when you need it. The demand for electricity fluctuates minute by minute and hour by hour, depending on a variety of factors. A temperature above 90 F in the middle of the day creates the highest demand. A cool night with low humidity creates much less. A prolonged winter storm with below freezing temperatures drives up demand. Whatever the conditions, the supply of electricity must be able to match the demand. “Reliability isn’t just about convenience,” says Kevin Zemanek, director of system operations. While it’s important that the light comes on when you flip the switch, there are far bigger stakes. Factories depend on electricity being available to run their equipment and manufacture goods — their employees can count on coming to work and earning a paycheck for the day because the electricity will be on. Hospitals can perform surgeries and other medical procedures — the lights or the electric-powered life support equipment won’t fail just because it’s a day of high electricity demand. You can have safe food to eat because your refrigerator and freezer don’t just operate intermittently, when there’s enough electricity — they’re on all the time. “That’s because we use generation sources that are available to us all of the time, not just in ideal conditions,” Zemanek says. Craig Grooms, Buckeye Power’s vice president of engineering and operations, explains the shortcomings of renewable sources. “Renewables are intermittent,” he

says. “Resources show up when the wind’s blowing, but they’re not there when the wind is not blowing. The same is true for solar — when the sun’s shining, that resource is there.” When conditions are just right, those resources can produce at their maximum effectiveness. When night falls, when the sky is cloudy, or when the wind isn’t blowing, something else has to produce our energy.

Why is coal so much more reliable? Coal provides “fuel security” — the assurance that fuel is always available to use. “Baseload resources provide power generation whenever you need it,” says Grooms. “That’s one attribute of a coal plant that we count on, not just for ourselves, but for the grid. So fuel security is about supplying energy to the grid when it needs it, and coal is a very stable, low-cost fuel that’s stored on-site.” Natural gas is another resource that doesn’t depend on weather conditions, but there are limitations. Natural gas depends on the pipelines running smoothly, for one thing, but additionally, in very cold temperatures, the demand for natural gas rises quickly because many homes and businesses use it for heat. When the temperatures drop, those homes and businesses are using more of the available natural gas, which leaves less available for electricity generation.

What about batteries? If energy were stored instead of produced as it was needed, intermittent resources could comprise a larger percentage of generation. But the technology doesn’t yet exist. Large-scale battery storage is in its infancy. Grooms says, “A small amount is being used for utility-scale purposes, but it still provides a tiny, tiny amount of the overall energy to the grid.” The batteries that do exist hold only a few hours of supply. After that, additional energy is needed — enough to use right now plus enough to recharge the batteries. That wouldn’t be possible during a prolonged weather event. Additionally, Grooms points out, “It’s very energy intensive to develop batteries, and there’s a lot of rare earth materials that go into batteries, which aren’t necessarily coming from the U.S. So you’re putting your supply chain reliability on other countries that may or may not be stable.”


Back-of-theenvelope math Demand cannot exceed supply Weather-related energy crises in California and Texas last summer and winter are a consequence of a situation in which demand exceeded supply. A combination of events — an extreme heat wave and prolonged windy conditions in California and bitterly cold temperatures and ice storms in Texas — drove up demand and kneecapped supply as production systems were knocked offline. Rolling blackouts were instituted to prevent collapse of the grid. The loss of power had devastating effects: The Houston Chronicle estimates that nearly 200 people lost their lives during the storm, most of them from hypothermia, and frozen pipes caused untold millions of dollars in property damage.

Looking forward As renewable energy technology advances, more of these sources can be added to the grid and to Buckeye Power’s portfolio of generation. Buckeye Power remains committed to an all-of-the-above generation strategy, which includes renewable resources, natural gas, and the coal-fired Cardinal Power Plant. Above all, we remain committed to providing our consumer-members with safe, reliable, affordable electricity.

This month’s article is the first of a four-part series on energy generation. Coming up: August: Buckeye Power’s generation sources September: Environmental controls at Cardinal Power Plant October: OurSolar II initiative


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he smallest of Ohio’s electric cooperatives with just over 4,400 members, Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative is a nimble, lean machine. Manager Brett Perkins leads a team of 10 employees who are well practiced at wearing multiple hats, filling in wherever needed, and answering the call for all hands on deck. Although the name suggests otherwise, Tricounty serves members in five counties: Henry, Fulton, Wood, Putnam, and Lucas. The cooperative office is located in Malinta in Henry County, which was named for founding father Patrick Henry, often remembered for his passionate declaration, “Give me liberty or give me death!”

Away from the hubbub, but not too far away The area has a rich agricultural history and enjoys a rural setting while benefiting from close proximity to Toledo and to Lake Erie, making for easy day trips. The Toledo Zoo, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the National Museum of the Great Lakes are popular destinations in this area of the state. Maumee State Forest, the only state forest in northwest Ohio, is partly located in Tricounty’s territory. The park maintains trails for horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, and all-purpose vehicles. A popular pastime in spring is morel mushroom hunting. Careful and methodic hunting in the area can uncover these hidden treasures that are easily identified by their completely hollow body and their honeycomb-textured caps. They have a nutty, meaty flavor and can’t be cultivated — foraging is the only way to snag a bag of the coveted fungi.

Small but mighty The small size of the cooperative may create challenges, but there are benefits as well, including personalized service and the ability to react quickly to unexpected situations. The small-town, in-person culture shows its worth. Dedication to reliability and affordability has contributed to Tricounty’s excellent customer satisfaction rating — the highest in the state among its peers. Tricounty celebrates National Family Month in June by holding a prize giveaway drawing for its members. In 2019, the cooperative gave away family four-packs of tickets to nearby attractions, such as the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium, Sauder Village, and a Toledo Mud Hens baseball game. Last year, the cooperative gave away athome activities for families to do together. Additionally, the cooperative awards scholarships to select high school seniors and sends a deserving student on the electric cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.


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Serene acres Safe Haven Farms provides options for adults with autism spectrum disorder. BY PATTY YODER; PHOTOS COURTESY OF SAFE HAVEN FARMS


ucked away in the western part of the state is an idyllic 60-acre farm, complete with chickens, horses, alpacas, and a miniature horse named Jack. The human residents here — like all farmers — tend to a wide variety of daily and seasonal tasks. This group, however, receives a helping hand from some 40 staff members, aides, and volunteers. Safe Haven Farms, a member of Oxford-based Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, provides housing for people with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. The nonprofit, located near Middletown, is a labor of love created by parents so their adult children and other people with developmental disabilities have a safe place to live their best lives. ASD is a lifelong condition that affects one in 54 people. Symptoms vary but can include trouble communicating, repeated rocking, and strong reactions to sounds, scents, or tastes. It’s common for an autism diagnosis to include other disorders, such as epilepsy, obsessive-


compulsive disorder, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. Depending on the severity of someone’s symptoms, it can be difficult to hold a conversation, maintain a friendship, or keep a job. Kids can rely on school resources until they turn 22, after which parents and social service agencies try to find housing and programs to support them as adults, which takes trial, error, and determination. A solution that’s a good fit for one person can be a disaster for someone else. In 2007, seven Ohio families who had exhausted their options decided to build a solution themselves. Some parents knew about Bittersweet Farms in northwest Ohio, the first U.S. farm for adults with autism. Bittersweet and similar programs served as mentors as the seven families raised money and met with officials to form the nonprofit. After several years of effort, Safe Haven Farms opened its gates in 2011.

Today, 16 residents live in four autism-friendly houses with large, separate bedrooms and soundproof walls. It’s a structured environment in a natural setting that’s miles away from city noises that can cause stress. When life becomes stressful anyway, residents can find calming activities outside, such as hiking, gardening, or hanging out with the horses. The farm provides organic produce, fresh eggs, and herbs to local restaurants and homes through its community-supported agriculture program. Residents can choose to help with farm work, based on their abilities and interests. Repetitive tasks — like poking a hole in the soil, adding a seed, and covering it with more soil — can be appealing to people with ASD, says Pam Lockwood, board president and co-founder.

Residents of Safe Haven Farms tend to a variety of seasonal tasks that rely on repetition and routine.

“There is a lot of repetition in farm work, and there is a beginning and an end. You plant it, you feed it, you watch it grow,” she says. “There’s no rush to learn a task here like there would be at a regular job. If it takes a year to learn something, that’s fine.” Nonresidents can participate in day programs, including a therapeutic equestrian program. Safe Haven also looks for opportunities to bring people out to the farm, such as inviting speech therapists to a holiday party to gain experience working with autistic adults. This summer, the new farm store will sell alpaca nesting balls, hand-painted garden signs, colorful firestarter cups, and various other resident-made wares. Lockwood grew up in Cincinnati, so she learned about farm life along with her son, one of the original resident farmers. David, now in his 30s, had been living in a St. Louis home, and more than once, Lockwood found herself on a five-hour road trip after a medical or other emergency. The house there was also close to the street, so David had to spend much of his time indoors due to safety precautions. That setup can work for some people. It just wasn’t the right fit for her family. “Everyone is different,” Lockwood says, “and everyone is entitled to live somewhere that works for them.” In 2011, it was time for Safe Haven Farms to be put to the test. So many people had worked for years to bring the farm to life. Would it be worth all the effort? Lockwood got her answer shortly after David moved in. She watched his expression slowly change as he realized he could walk around 60 acres of farmland whenever he wanted. He looked happy. Safe Haven Farms was the right fit.

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Nature’s rainmaker T he gray treefrog’s call, heard all over the state, is a sure sign of damp weather. S TORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS


ven if you didn’t quite recognize it, you’ve likely heard the sound. Just before or after a summer rain shower, a loud, short trill — just 1 to 3 seconds long — emanates from a nearby tree. Was it a bird? It may have sounded something like a red-bellied or red-headed woodpecker. In reality, it’s a gray treefrog, making one of the most distinctive sounds of summer. Why do gray treefrog calls usually coincide with rainfall? “As an amphibian, gray treefrogs need to maintain their moist skin to survive,” says Greg Lipps, a member of Malinta-based Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative, who is also the amphibian and reptile conservation coordinator at Ohio State University. “Rainfall fulfills that moisturizing requirement for the frogs, so precipitation often spurs activity, such as calling and breeding.”


Some gray treefrogs also call outside of the breeding season — generally April through June in Ohio — but why they do so is a mystery. “It isn’t uncommon to hear a male calling from high in the trees in late summer or early fall,” Lipps says. Measuring no more than 2 inches long, the gray treefrog is the largest treefrog in the northern United States; it’s found throughout Ohio. Mainly arboreal, the frogs come down out of the trees during breeding season, congregating in vernal pools. “Those temporary spring pools, swamp forests, the margins of ponds and lakes, flooded agricultural fields, and even water-filled tire ruts are all used for egg deposition,” says Lipps. “In general, the main requirements are that the water is not flowing and



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www.ohiocoopliving.com will remain long enough for the eggs to hatch and the tadpoles to complete their metamorphosis into young frogs, which usually takes about six weeks.” Gray treefrogs are masters of camouflage. Even if one is close to eye level in a shrub or tree and calling continually, finding it can be a real challenge. You’d swear it was right in front of you — which it probably is — but you still can’t see it. The frogs have chameleon-like capabilities, changing their skin color from a neon green to a splotchy pearl-gray, depending upon the background they’re against (especially lichens). The transition is not instantaneous, usually taking one to several hours to complete, but is nevertheless dramatic. A light-colored spot on each side of their head, however, just below the eyes, doesn’t change color, nor does the bright yellow on the inside of their thighs. Sticky adhesive toe disks allow a gray treefrog to make a series of serious acrobatic moves when catching insects.

The frog may even dangle from one foot for a few seconds before righting itself and regaining its balance. The cute little critters have one more distinctive behavior, having to do with hibernation. “Most frog species avoid freezing by spending the winter underwater or underground, below the frost line,” says Lipps, “but not the gray treefrog. Instead, it burrows under leaf litter, passing the winter at the interface of leaf litter and soil. During cold weather, glycogen in its liver is converted to glucose and glycerol, which prevents the frog from completely freezing. Amazingly, up to half of the water in its body may freeze without killing the frog.” A second Ohio treefrog species — Cope’s gray treefrog — is found in the southern third of the Buckeye State. It looks identical to its northern relative, but the Cope’s has a faster, harsher trill than that of the melodious, mellow gray treefrog. A southern Ohio accent, perhaps? W.H. “Chip” Gross is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor and a member of Consolidated Cooperative.

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SOUTHWEST PORK TENDERLOIN Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 35 minutes | Servings: 8 2-pound pork loin 2 pounds zucchini 4 tablespoons olive oil ¼ teaspoon garlic salt 2 tablespoons (1 packet) ¼ teaspoon pepper taco seasoning 8 ears of fresh corn, shucked Preheat grill to 350 F. Rub pork loin with some of the olive oil and then season with taco seasoning, making sure to cover the entire loin. Let rest for 15 minutes before grilling. Thickly slice the zucchini lengthwise, lightly brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Set aside. Grill pork loin for 30 minutes, rotating occasionally, until thermometer reaches an internal temperature of 145 F. Remove from grill and let rest 10 minutes before slicing. Meanwhile, lightly oil grate and place zucchini and corn directly on the grill. Keep a close eye, flipping after a minute or two. Once they have grill marks and are tender, they’re done. Per serving: 496 calories, 25 grams fat (7 grams saturated fat), 91 milligrams cholesterol, 383 milligrams sodium, 35 grams total carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber, 37 grams protein.


GRILLED CHICKEN FAJITAS Prep: 15 minutes | Chill: 2 to 4 hours | Cook: 15 minutes | Servings: 4 1 pound boneless skinless ½ teaspoon cumin chicken breasts ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 lime, zested and juiced ½ teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra 1 large onion for brushing 3 large bell peppers 2 teaspoons dried oregano 12 small tortillas 1 teaspoon garlic salt Optional toppings and side dishes: guacamole, sour cream, salsa, fresh cilantro, rice, or beans. Cut large chicken breasts in half width-wise and pound until an even thickness. Place in a large ziplock bag. Whisk together marinade ingredients (lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, oregano, garlic salt, cumin, crushed red pepper, and black pepper). Pour marinade over chicken, zip bag, and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours (not longer than 5 hours). Cut whole onion into strips, leaving the root intact. Core peppers, remove seeds, and cut in half lengthwise. Generously oil the grill grates and preheat grill to medium. Place the onions and peppers on the grill and cook until tender-crisp, about 7 minutes for the peppers and 12 minutes for the onion, flipping halfway through. Simultaneously cook the chicken breast 7 to 8 minutes per side or until cooked through and chicken reaches 165 F. Set chicken aside to rest for a few minutes so the juices can redistribute. The grill can be turned off, using the residual heat to warm the tortillas wrapped in foil. Thinly slice the breasts and peppers and cut the root off the onion. Display on a platter for everyone to serve themselves. Per serving: 749 calories, 25 grams fat (6 grams saturated fat), 101 milligrams cholesterol, 1,302 milligrams sodium, 85 grams total carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber, 46 grams protein.

MEDITERRANEAN LAMB CHOPS Prep: 20 minutes | Marinate: 1 to 8 hours | Cook: 15 minutes | Servings: 4 3 sprigs fresh dill ¾ teaspoon salt (divided) 2 sprigs fresh mint ¾ teaspoon pepper (divided) ½ small cucumber 8 lamb chops 1 cup (10 ounces) plain Greek yogurt 3 teaspoons dried oregano 4 cloves garlic, minced (divided) 2 tablespoons crushed rosemary ¼ cup lemon juice (divided) 2 tablespoons olive oil Remove bigger stems from dill and mint, then finely chop, along with the cucumber. Mix together with Greek yogurt, 1 clove of the minced garlic, half the lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Pat lamb chops dry with a paper towel and place in a large resealable plastic bag or a glass dish. Add the remaining garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and the oregano, rosemary, and olive oil to the bag or dish and toss lamb chops to ensure they are evenly coated with marinade. Refrigerate 1 to 8 hours. When you’re ready to grill, let meat sit out at room temperature for 20 minutes and preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill 4 to 5 minutes per side, until caramelized on the outside and slightly pink in the center and a meat thermometer reads 155 F in the center. Remove from heat and let rest 10 minutes before serving. Per serving: 938 calories, 27 grams fat (12 grams saturated fat), 50 milligrams cholesterol, 697 milligrams sodium, 28 grams total carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 143 grams protein.


BACON-WRAPPED SCALLOPS Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 12 minutes | Servings: 6 12 slices bacon 2 cloves garlic, minced 12 large sea scallops 1 teaspoon lemon pepper (not bay scallops) metal or wooden skewers 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted Tips: If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes to prevent them from burning. Choose scallops of similar size so they will cook evenly. Scallops should be opaque and have a pleasant ocean smell. Fry bacon on the stovetop for 3 to 4 minutes per side, until soft and not too crispy to wrap around the scallop. Set aside to cool for a minute. Pat scallops dry. Wrap bacon around the scallops and thread scallops onto skewers. In a small bowl, mix butter, garlic, and lemon pepper. Preheat grill to medium heat. Place scallop skewers on grill, carefully spooning butter sauce on top of each. Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side or just until bacon is crispy, spooning butter sauce onto opposite side when flipping. Serve immediately.

GOOD EATS See a video of some of our tasty dishes being prepared.

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.


Per serving: 295 calories, 20 grams fat (8 grams saturated fat), 72 milligrams cholesterol, 1,002 milligrams sodium, 2.5 grams total carbohydrates, 0 grams fiber, 24 grams protein.


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This year’s annual meeting is approaching


he 2021 annual meeting will be held in like fashion as the 2020 annual meeting. With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact the cooperative’s annual meeting must be announced well ahead of time, the decision was made to repeat last year’s event. The business meeting will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, with the drive-through for the members beginning at 9:30 a.m. The business meeting will be held prior to the drivethrough and will be videoed and made available for members to view at a later time. While I was not able to attend because of being hospitalized with COVID last year, I was told by a lot of employees and members that they thought the drive-through was a big success. The drive-through will be held at the cooperative that morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. We will hand out items like we normally would at the meeting, but with no one having to leave their vehicle. Along with the giveaways, we will

also hand out a food coupon from a local restaurant. You will need to enter the cooperative from the SR 125 entrance and will proceed through the co-op gate into the employee parking area and exit onto SR 136. We will have cones set up and employees to direct members through the drive. Please, no early arrivals, so we can have the different stations ready and can have a continual flow of traffic.


With the cases of COVID on the decline and many having received vaccinations for the virus, we can only hope that things return to normal and we can once again have the old fashioned annual meeting where co-op board members and employees can talk and visit with all our members and their families. 1422650012

Official Notice 81st Annual Meeting of Adams Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. This is your official notice of the annual meeting of members of Adams Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. to be held virtually at the cooperative office at 4800 State Route 125 West Union, Ohio at 8 a.m., Saturday Aug. 21, 2021 for the purposes listed below. 1. Reading of the notice of the meeting and proof of the due publication or mailing thereof.

District No. 1 – Blanchard (Buck) Campbell and Alex Rosselot

2. Reading of the unapproved minutes of previous meeting of the members and the taking of necessary action thereof.

District No. 5 – Kenneth McCann and Tom Thomas

3. Presentation and consideration of the reports of the officers, board members, and committees.

6. New business.

District No. 8 – Steve Huff and Bill Mullins 5. Unfinished business.

4. Results of the election of board members.

7. To conduct such other business as may properly come before the annual meeting of the members.

The three terms that expire this year, with the candidates for election, are:

8. Adjournment.

- Kenneth McCann, Secretary



Report of the nominating committee A meeting of the nominating committee, appointed by the board of trustees, was held on Monday, April 26, 2021, at 7 p.m. by teleconference, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the committee present by teleconference were Wendell Cole, Ed Scott, Brian Grooms, Roger Davis, and Roger Rhonemus. As a result of the committee meeting, the following members were placed into nomination for:

District No. 5 – Kenneth McCann and Tom Thomas District No. 8 – Steve Huff and Bill Mullins All nominees were contacted and agreed to run and accept the position if elected. Voting will take place by mail with the election results announced at the annual meeting of the membership on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, at the cooperative office, 4800 State Route 125, West Union, Ohio.

District No. 1 – Blanchard (Buck) Campbell and Alex Rosselot

District 1 Blanchard (Buck) Campbell – West Union Buck has been a lifelong resident of Adams County. He was one of nine children and currently resides on Chapparal Road in West Union. Buck was married to the late Janet (Perrin) Campbell for 54 years. He has two children, Marie and Craig, and five grandsons. Buck retired from Emerson Electric, Browning Division, Maysville, Kentucky, after 36 years of service. He greatly enjoys golf and college sports. He is a member of the West Union Bible Baptist Church. Buck has served on the Adams Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. Board of Trustees for 15 years and has completed and passed the necessary National Rural Electric Cooperative Association courses to earn the Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate, the Board Leadership Certificate, and the Director Gold Credential. Alexander (Alex) Rosselot – Winchester Alex was born in Cincinnati and grew up in Winchester. While growing up, he was involved in Boy Scouts, 4-H, and FFA. After graduating from college, Alex was employed by Hacker and Jones Blacktopping and later by Trupointe in Wilmington. Alex currently is employed by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Adams County, in West Union. He and his wife, Ashley, will celebrate their eleventh wedding anniversary this month. They have two daughters: Whitley, who will be eight in November, and Audrey, who turned five in March.


ADAMS RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES District 5 Kenneth McCann – West Union Kenny is a lifelong resident of Adams County. He currently resides on Compton Hill, but also has a small farm just outside of West Union, where he raises beef cattle. He and Judith, his wife of 45 years, have three children: Rachel, Eric, and Aaron, and five grandchildren: Alyson, Drew, Peighton, Eli, and Easton. Kenny and his family attend the Stone Chapel United Methodist Church, where he is superintendent. He is retired from General Electric Peebles Test Operation. Kenny served six years in the Ohio Army National Guard located in Manchester. e has served on the Adams Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. Board of Trustees for 15 years and H has completed and passed all the required National Rural Electric Cooperative Association courses necessary to earn the Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate, the Board Leadership Certificate, and the Director Gold Credential. Tommy D. Thomas – West Union Tommy has been a lifelong resident of Adams County. He was raised on his family’s farm in Peebles and currently owns a family farm in West Union with his beloved wife of 47 years, Cathy. Cathy’s family previously owned the farm, and it is now home to four generations of the HowellThomas family. Tommy has three sons, three granddaughters, and a great granddaughter. Two of the sons, two of the granddaughters, and the great granddaughter also call the farm home. ommy is a well-known name and face in Adams County, having worked 41 years for the T Adams County Ohio Valley School District. He retired after 31 years and then returned to work an additional 10 years for the school district. Tommy was a Grange member for 30 years and a 4-H advisor for 14 years, having made many wonderful memories and lifelong friends.

District 8 Stephen Huff – Russellville Steve lives in Byrd Township, on the family farm, in the house where he was born and raised. Steve and Susan, his wife of 46 years, have five children: Jason, Adam, Jared, Abigail, and Zachary; and 12 grandchildren. Steve is retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation after 27 years as a transportation manager at the Brown County Maintenance Facility. He is the president of the Byrd Township School Preservation Committee, a member of the Brown County Cattlemen’s Association, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, and the Brown County Master Gardener Program. teve has served on the Adams Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. Board of Trustees for 12 years S and has completed and passed the necessary National Rural Electric Cooperative Association courses to earn the Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate, the Board Leadership Certificate, and the Director Gold Credential. Bill Mullins – Russellville Bill resides near Russellville with his wife of 55 years, Gayla, where they raised their three children, Bill, Steve, and Melissa, all graduates of Eastern Brown High School. They also have eight grandchildren. Bill is a retired facility maintenance manager/consultant from Cincinnati Milacron and Viox-Services, with 44 years of experience working with budgets, projects, preventive maintenance processes, and customers. He still works part time as a consultant for Effective Management Services. e served in the U.S. Army, is a former member of the Russellville EMS, has served on the H village council, and as mayor of the Village of Russellville. He is a member of the F&AM Russellville Lodge #166 and attends the Church of Christ in Russellville. Bill feels that his planning, organizational, and time management skills, as well as his experience makes him a good candidate for a position on the board of trustees of Adams REC. JULY 2021 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  21

ADAMS RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES Capital credits retirements Capital credits refunded to the estates of Adams Rural Electric Co-op members for May 2021 totaled $14,891.32. The total retired for 2021 YTD is $105,690.40. In case of the death of a member of Adams Rural Electric, contact the cooperative at 937-544-2305 or 800-283-1846.

PLEASE CALL IN YOUR OUTAGES Do not use email or Facebook! If you experience an outage, please call the office at 937-544-2305 or 800283-1846. If you post on Facebook or email your outage information, it could delay the restoration time. Emails and Facebook are not continuously monitored, especially in the evenings or on weekends.

Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month During summer months, run large appliances that emit heat (like clothes dryers and dishwashers) during the evening when it’s cooler. This will minimize indoor heat during the day when outdoor temperatures are highest. Source: www.energy.gov

Adams Rural Electric Cooperative will be closed July 5. We wish our members a safe and happy holiday weekend!

July 4th

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Donald C. McCarty Sr. President

Charles L. Newman Vice President

Kenneth McCann Secretary


4800 St. Rte. 125 P.O. Box 247 West Union, OH 45693 OFFICE HOURS

Mon.–Fri., 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Stephen Huff Blanchard Campbell William Wylie M. Dale Grooms William Seaman John Wickerham

Erika Ackley Jacob Alexander Alice Baird Jennifer Baughey Nathan Colvin Kacee Cox Brett Fawns Joyce Grooms John Hayslip David Henry Steve Hoop Randy Johnson

Samuel Kimmerly Dave Kirker Rodney Little Dave McChesney Kristina Orr David Ralston Cody Rigdon Zachary Rowe Dewayne Sexton Mike Whitley Jordan Williams

Bill Swango General Manager

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.

Find your account number in the Adams REC local pages (the four center pages of this magazine), then call our office, and you will receive a $20 credit on your electric bill. You must call by the end of the month in which your account number appears. Your call affirms permission to publish your name as a winner in an upcoming issue of Ohio Cooperative Living.



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Stars and Stripes forever Cincinnati’s National Flag Company dates to 1869. STORY AND PHOTOS BY DAMAINE VONADA

The National Flag Company, led by Artie Schaller (left) and his dad, Art Schaller Jr., produces more than a million flags and banners annually.


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sk Artie Schaller how many stars the American flag had in 1869, and he instantaneously answers, “Thirty-seven.” The question would stump most people, but Schaller has a distinct advantage: He grew up in a family business that’s one of the nation’s oldest flag manufacturers. The National Flag Company originated with a Cincinnati printing business that opened in 1869. “Our founders printed all kinds of things but also made flags on the side,” says Schaller. “By 1894, flags were their most popular item, so they incorporated The National Flag Company.” The Schallers’ involvement started in 1903, when 12-year-old George Schaller was hired as a stock boy. He became National Flag’s president in 1948. Today, Artie serves as general manager, and his father — Art Schaller Jr. — is president. Although National Flag produces more than a million flags and banners annually, it remains a small, customeroriented business, with 21 employees. “They’ve been here an average of 17 years, and six have been with us more than 30 years,” says Schaller. Phone calls to the company are answered by a real person, and the public is welcome to walk into its factory building in Cincinnati’s West End and purchase flags at the front office’s service counter. National Flag made some 5 million American flags for the 1976 bicentennial, but demand for Old Glory skyrocketed after the 2001 terrorist attacks. “When 9/11 happened, we sold every flag we had in two-and-a-half days,” recalls Schaller. “Then people lined up to buy flags as soon as we finished making them.”

National Flag focuses on manufacturing handheld “stick” flags commonly used for parades, July Fourth festivities, and other patriotic events. Using a century-old press, employees print the miniature American flags and affix them to wooden dowels. The company also creates made-to-measure American flags and, of course, state flags. With the only swallowtail state flag, Ohio presents something of a challenge. “Because of Ohio’s burgee cut, it’s not the easiest flag to make and takes extra time,” says Schaller. Since National Flag’s forte is customization, its equipment ranges from a digital printer for producing vinyl banners to hand-operated sewing machines used for its nylon, polyester, and cotton flags. Recent projects include 20-foot by 30-foot American flags designed to hang in Amazon warehouses and flags for a Disney hotel that feature appliquéd artwork and letters. “There are four rows of double stitching on each letter,” says Schaller, “and every flag takes about 20 hours of sewing.” In addition to its 152 years of signifying the pride and passions of individuals, organizations, businesses, and nations, National Flag has branched out to installing residential and commercial flagpoles. “We’ve evolved,” observes Schaller, “into a full-service flag company.”

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outdoor symbols quiz

Swimming in the ancient ocean that once covered the Buckeye State was a true sea monster; today’s paleontologists recognize it as Dunkleosteus terrelli. Measuring 30 feet long and weighing some 4 tons, this fearsome, prehistoric fish was recently named Ohio’s official fossil fish by Governor Mike DeWine. Some of the world’s best fossil specimens of the extinct fish have been collected from Lorain and Cuyahoga counties and are on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, where a reassembled skull has acquired the nickname “Dunk.” How well do you know Ohio’s other state symbols? Take our 10-question quiz to find out. We’ll start with a few easier questions, then get a bit more difficult as we go. If you have kids at home, get them involved, too; they may know more than you do. The answers are below, but don’t peek ahead — we’ll know!

1. What is Ohio’s official state tree? O _ _ _ B _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. What is Ohio’s official state mammal? W _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ D _ _ _ 3. What is Ohio’s official state wildflower? W _ _ _ _ T _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4. What is Ohio’s official state bird? C _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 5. What is Ohio’s official state native fruit? P _ _ _ _ _ 6. What is Ohio’s official state amphibian? S _ _ _ _ _ _ S _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 7. What is Ohio’s official state frog? B _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 8. What is Ohio’s official state insect? L _ _ _ _ _ _ 9. What is Ohio’s official state fossil? I _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 10. What is Ohio’s official state gemstone? O _ _ _ F _ _ _ _ Bonus point: What is the name of Ohio’s most famous groundhog? B _ _ _ _ _ _ C _ _ _ _


Well, how did you do? 0 to 3 correct: You’re from Michigan, aren’t you? 3 to 5 correct: You bleed scarlet, but not gray 6 to 8 correct: True Buckeye! 9 to 11 correct: Hall of famer (Pro football and Rock & Roll)

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A slice of The last living Johnny Appleseed tree still produces fruit in Ashland County. BY ALICIA ADAMS


ucked off County Road 658 in Ashland County, not far from the northward-flowing Vermillion River, a squat, knobby tree stump sits near a modest white farmhouse. The stump is flanked by two newer trunks sprouting from its remains, their branches reaching above the nearby roofline. At first glance, it looks like a typical, if rather inelegant, tree. But to assume it as such would literally be a mistake of historic proportions, because this particular tree is none other than the last living apple tree planted by John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed. Folklore paints Johnny Appleseed as an eccentric nature lover, scattering apple seeds while wandering barefoot and wearing a tin pot as a hat. While he was a devout conservationist, he was also a calculating and successful orchardist whose passion sprang from a blend of religious devotion, humanitarianism, and strategic economic thought. Traveling as a missionary and orchard specialist throughout the Midwest in the early 1800s allowed him to spread the message of his beloved Swedenborgian religion while simultaneously planting apple orchards to ensure a consistent food supply for the incoming wave of pioneers. Those orchards also served as legal proof for homesteaders to stake an official claim on the land they settled. From the time Chapman started his mission in 1797 at the age of 23


until his death in 1845, it’s estimated he planted more than 6 million apple seeds — including the one that sprouted into the tree standing today on what is now known as the Harvey-Algeo Farm. Patti Algeo Young represents the sixth of nine HarveyAlgeo generations that have looked after the tree. She is the great-great-grandchild of John and Jane Harvey, who traveled from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, to find suitable farmland among the serene rolling hills near Ashland. The Harvey-Algeo family still has the original land grant signed by John Quincy Adams in 1837. “I found it in a tin box in the attic,” Patti says. “My grandparents didn’t think anything was wrong with storing it like that. I put it in between glass to better preserve it.” The family has passed down stories from generation to generation, recalling the times Johnny Appleseed came to visit. Patti remembers her father, Richard Algeo, telling the stories that his great-grandmother told him. “Johnny would drop in when he was visiting his sister, who lived nearby,” she says. “He would eat dinner with the Harveys but would always sleep in the barn — the same one that is not far from the tree,” she says. “He preferred to be as close to nature as possible.” Tradition has it that Johnny, grateful for the hospitality the Harvey family showed him, planted an orchard of Rambo apple trees on the farm, similar to the orchards he planted in Savannah and Ashland.

Apple trees normally have a life span of about 35 years. Weather and old age eventually felled the trees Johnny planted in Ohio and across the neighboring states, with the exception of this one single tree. What is so special about it? There are a couple of theories, but Patti and the rest of the family think they know the secret. “It’s planted right on top of an aquifer. We think its roots grew down to the water and nutrient supply,” Patti says, also speculating that the house and the other nearby outbuildings helped shield the tree from wind damage and added to its unusual longevity. At roughly 190 years old, the tree still occasionally produces apples, although now only a handful at a time, even in the years when it does produce. While the days advance the tree toward its inevitable end, its legacy will continue to live on beyond the farm. The tree has been independently certified as

genuine by the Johnny Appleseed Museum, the Ohio Historical Society, and the Washington, D.C., nonprofit organization American Forests. The Harvey-Algeo family supplies tree grafts for the purpose of keeping history alive. The last living apple tree of Johnny Appleseed will continue to live on in the form of thousands of genetically identical offspring trees that are available to the public so they, too, can plant a little history in their backyard. “Although our family is the steward of this tree, it is really meant for everyone. It’s a part of our history, but it’s also part of American history, and that means it belongs to everyone,” says Algeo. “Johnny Appleseed shared it with us, and it’s only fitting that we share it, too.” Grafts from the last known surviving Johnny Appleseed tree are available at https://shopjohnnyappleseed.com.

Two offshoots growing from an old, decaying stump are all that’s left of the last living tree planted by Johnny Appleseed, which still occasionally produces fruit in Ashland County.


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Ohio runs circles around the rest as a carousel capital. BY DAMAINE VONADA


n the United States, the golden age of carousels lasted

like an Ohio State University horse. It’s also home to a leading

roughly from 1880 to 1925 and generated more than 3,000

merry-go-round manufacturer, Carousels and Carvings in

of the enchantingly colorful and musical rides — of which

Marion, which repairs, restores, and creates entire carousels.

only about 150 have survived. Ohio, in fact, is a wellspring of whirligigs: home to numerous historic carousels, as well as modern ones that flaunt figures with a decidedly local spin —

Since July 25 is National Carousel Day, we’ve assembled a sampling of Ohio’s carousels. These timeless attractions are poetry in motion and fun for young and old alike.


Cedar Point’s Terrific Trio Amusement parks often brag about possessing one classic carousel, so how special is it that Cedar Point owns three? Built in 1912, the Midway Carousel (shown at left) is Cedar Point’s oldest operating ride. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places and offers 60 horses that are rare examples of master carver Daniel Muller’s handiwork. Also on the National Register, Kiddy Kingdom Carousel, created in the 1920s by William Dentzel, includes the exquisite king-armored horse that was selected for a U.S. postage stamp. Cedar Downs is one of only two working racing derby carousels in the United States. Made by Prior and Church in 1920, it features 64 dashing steeds atop a giant turntable.

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Carousel of Dayton Innovation COURTESY OF DAYTON HISTORY

Saluting iconic Dayton businesses and the city’s “Birthplace of Aviation” reputation, the carousel at Carillon Historical Park delivers a ride like no other. Its clever figures include Orville Wright’s beloved Saint Bernard, Scipio; a Huffy bicycle; an NCR cash register; and a box of Esther Price candy.



Columbus Zoo Grand Carousel Originally manufactured by the W.F. Mangels Company in 1914, this restored carousel features 53 horses originally carved by Marcus Illions (aka “the Michelangelo of carousel carvers”). It has a prime location near the zoo’s Manatee Coast and beckons riders with the nostalgic sound of its Wurlitzer 153 band organ.



Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel Though Euclid Beach closed decades ago, its 1910 Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel (aka PTC No. 19) whirls on inside a pavilion at the Cleveland History Center. The carousel’s ornate horses have been restored to their original glory, and its hand-painted panels showcase Terminal Tower, the West Side Market, and other local scenes.

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In 1975, George Stoiber purchased a wooden 1917 Allan Herschell carousel and made it a downtown Put-in-Bay attraction named for his baby daughter. Kim Stoiber Morrison now operates the carousel, whose ever-popular Petey the Perch has delighted generations of South Bass Island tourists.


Memphis Kiddie Park Merry-Go-Round COURTESY OF MEMPHIS KIDDIE PARK

The Allan Herschell carousel with 30 hand-painted horses has captivated Cleveland families since 1952, when Stuart Wintner opened Memphis Kiddie Park in suburban Brooklyn. Today, it’s operated by Russell Wintner, who, fittingly enough, was born on the day his dad installed the ride’s horses.



Sandusky’s former post office provides a handsome setting for displays of 70 carousel animals dating to 1890. Visitors can ride a 1939 Allan Herschel carousel outfitted with horses from numerous carvers. The lead horse is “Stargazer,” a circa 1915 C.W. Parker specimen whose noble head stretches toward the sky.



When it opened in downtown Mansfield in 1991, Richland Carrousel Park featured the first hand-carved carousel built and operated in the United States since the 1930s. The site’s 52 horses and menagerie figures — including a mythical hippocampus — mimic the style of pioneering carousel carver Gustav Dentzel.



Richland Carrousel Park

The botanical garden that Otto Schoepfle founded in the 1930s became Lorain County Metro Park with a one-of-akind carousel in its Children’s Garden. Reflecting Schoepfle’s interests, the garden is musically themed, and the 1960s Theel carousel’s animals feature painted flowers — including petunias, asters, and daisies — that can be found on the grounds.



Schoepfle Garden Carousel

The nation’s only indoor, all-Africananimals carousel debuted in 2003. It’s near the Safari Railway and has 42 figures — including a mandrill, giraffe, and leopard — representing more than 20 different species.



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THROUGH OCT. 9 – The Great Sidney Farmers Market, Courthouse Square, 109 S. Ohio Ave., every Saturday, 8 a.m.–noon. Produce, baked goods, and crafts. Follow “Sidney Alive” on Facebook or call 937658-6945. THROUGH OCT. 30 – Bluffton Farmers Market, Citizens National Bank parking lot, 102 S. Main St., downtown Bluffton (2 mins. from I-75 exits 140 and 142), every Saturday, rain or shine, 8:30 a.m.–noon. Outdoor market offering local produce, plants, and cottage foods. Storytime with the Bluffton Public Library and live music on select Saturdays. www.explorebluffton.com/ farmers-market. JUL. 11–17 – Logan County Fair, Logan Co. Fgds., 301 E. Lake Ave., Bellefontaine. 937-599-4178 or www. locofair.org. JUL. 12–18 – Lucas County Fair, Lucas Co. Fgds., 1406 Key St., Maumee. 419-893-2127 or https:// lucascountyfair.com. JUL. 16–17 – The Moon Market, Auglaize Street, Wapakoneta, Fri. 4–9 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Shop


THROUGH JUL. 28 – 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 entertainment by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Because of restricted seating due to COVID precautions, reservations are strongly recommended and should be made early. Call to confirm before driving. 513-385-9309 or vinokletwinery@fuse.net. THROUGH AUG. 7 – German Biergarten Experience, Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Rd., Cincinnati, 5–10 p.m. German food, beer, and music. 513-742-0060 or https://germaniasociety.com/biergarten-experience. JUL. 13, 27, AUG. 10, 24 – Movies in the Park, The Park at Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty, 9–11 p.m. Free. www.liberty-center.com. JUL. 20 – Christmas in July Campout, East Fork State Park, 2834 Old St. Rte. 32., Batavia, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Decorate your campsite for Christmas. For

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more than 50 vendors. Live music, food vendors. For questions, call Riverside Art Center at 419738-2352 or visit www.facebook.com/The-MoonMarket-101791285311307. JUL. 19–25 – Ottawa County Fair, Ottawa Co. Fgds., 7870 W. St. Rte. 163, Oak Harbor. 419-898-1971 or www. ottawacountyfair.org. JUL. 24–25 – Van Wert Railroad Heritage Weekend, Van Wert Co. Fgds., 1055 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $6; 2-day admission, $8; free for ages 12 and under. 200 vendor tables with more than a dozen operating layouts and displays. Food court and/or food trucks. Free stuff for the kids! 260-760-1666 or railcarman@frontier.com. JUL. 25 – Joe Beatty: “The Northwest Ordinance, 1787,” Fort Recovery State Museum, 1 Fort Site St., Fort Recovery, 3 p.m. Free. Beatty, a history enthusiast and popular presenter, is the descendant of Ensign Samuel Beatty and Captain Erkuries Beatty, both of whom served in the armies that fought in the Battle of the Wabash/St. Clair’s Defeat. 419-375-4384 or www. fortrecoverymuseum.com. JUL. 25–31 – Shelby County Fair, Shelby Co. Fgds., 701 S. Highland Ave., Sidney. $9 daily admission, includes rides. 937-492-7385 or www.shelbycountyfair.com. JUL. 26–AUG. 1 – Seneca County Fair, Seneca Co. Fgds., 100 Hopewell Ave., Tiffin. 419-447-7888 or www. senecacountyfair.org. AUG. 1–7 – Auglaize County Fair, Auglaize Co. Fgds., 1001 Fairview Dr., Wapakoneta. 419-738-2515, www. auglaizecountyfair.org, or find us on Facebook. AUG. 2–9 – 148th Annual Wood County Fair, Wood Co. Fgds., 13800 Poe Rd., Bowling Green. 419-352-0441 or www.woodcounty-fair.com. registered campers. 513-724-6521 or http://parks. ohiodnr.gov. JUL. 23–25 – Annie Oakley Festival, Darke Co. Fgds., South Show Arena Area, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville, Fri. 5–9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. A family-friendly festival honoring Darke County’s most famous daughter, featuring western arts, cowboy-mounted shooting, musical performances, car show, food trucks, craft vendors, and much more. www.annieoakleyfestival.org. JUL. 23–25 – Gathering at Garst, 205 N. Broadway, Greenville, Fri. 4–10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Living history encampment with reenactors representing eras ranging from the French and Indian War to the American Civil War. Antiques, live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors. 937-548-5250 or www.gatheringatgarst.com. JUL. 23–25 – History Alive at the Johnston Farm, 9845 N. Hardin Rd., Piqua, 12–5 p.m. Reenactors present a historical timeline of the years 1748 (Pickawillany) to 1862 (Camp Piqua), bringing to life people and events that affected American and Ohio history. Visit the Johnston home, tour the Indian and Canal Museum, and ride on the General Harrison of Piqua. 800-752-2619 or www.johnstonfarmohio.com. JUL. 25–31 – Butler County Fair, Butler Co. Fgds., 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton. 513-892-1423 or https:// butlercountyohfair.org. JUL. 25–31 – Clermont County Fair, Clermont Co. Fgds., 1000 Locust St., Owensville. 513-732-0522 or www.clermontcountyfair.org.

AUG. 3 – National Night Out, downtown Sidney. Find us on the square for fun activities and food, all to promote police-community partnerships; crime, drug, and violence prevention; safety; and neighborhood unity. 937-658-6945 or www.sidneyalive.org. AUG. 5–8 – Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association Show, Hancock Co. Fgds., 1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay. Tractors, engines, scooters, garden tractors, arts and crafts, consignment sales. This year we are hosting “The Gathering of the Orange,” the Allis Chalmers State Show. 419-722-4698 or www.facebook.com/ NorthwestOhioAntiqueMachineryAssociation. AUG. 7 – Defiance County Hot Air Balloon Festival, 20399 Airport Rd., Defiance. $10 per car. Tethered hot air balloon rides, live music, kids’ fun zone, food, marketplace, and more. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. 419-782-3510 or www. defianceballoonfest.com. AUG. 11–12 – NOW Marketing: Social Media Week Conference, UNOH Event Ctr., 1450 N. Cable Rd., Lima, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Join leading social media and marketing experts as we discuss the topic of authenticity, or being #UNFILTERED — all about your online community and how you relate to them authentically. Learn about relationship marketing while getting hands-on help and cheat sheets for success. https://nowmarketinggroup. com/social-media-week-lima. AUG. 12–14 – Lincoln Highway “Buy-Way” Yard Sales, locations along and near U.S. 30 across the state, including Crawford, Wyandot, Hardin, Hancock, Allen, and Van Wert counties. www.historicbyway.com.

JUL. 30 – Bluegrass Night, Fibonacci Brewing Company, 1445 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, 7–9 p.m. Free. Enjoy an evening of craft beers and lively bluegrass music by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Food truck available on site. Schedule may change due to COVID restrictions; please verify before traveling. 513-832-1422 or http://fibbrew.com. JUL. 31–AUG. 7 – Preble County Fair, Preble Co. Fgds., 722 S. Franklin St., Eaton. 937-456-3748 or www.facebook.com/preblecountyfairgrounds. AUG. 2–7 – Greene County Fair, Greene Co. Fgds., 120 Fairground Rd., Xenia. 937-372-8621 or www. greenecountyfairgrounds.com. AUG. 5–8 – World’s Longest Yard Sale, locations along U.S. 127 through Greenville. www.127yardsale.com. AUG. 6–13 – Champaign County Fair, Champaign Co. Fgds., 384 Park Ave., Urbana. 937-653-2640 or www. champaigncountyfair.com. AUG. 7 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, McCoy’s Colerain, 6008 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, 7–10 p.m. Free. Lively bluegrass; food and drink served on-site. Contact Sherrie at 513-237-4583 or visit www. facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010118115223. AUG. 13–19 – Miami County Fair, Miami Co. Fgds., 650 N. County Rd. 25A, Troy. 937-335-7492 or www. miamicountyohiofair.com. AUG. 14 – Down a River, Down a Beer, 919 S. Main St., Piqua. 100 craft beers, river activities, and a silent auction. www.downariverdownabeer.com.




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JUL. 15 – Speaking of Cleveland Talk & Tour: “The Apollo Program,” Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, 6–8 p.m. Join chief curator Eric Rivet to discover the triumphs and tragedies of the Apollo program and learn about the men and machines that made it possible for us to leave Earth. Attend either in-person or through Zoom. Register at www.wrhs.org/events. JUL. 20–25 – Carroll County Fair, Carroll Co. Fgds., 160 Kensington Rd. NE, Carrollton. 330-627-2300 or www. carrollcountyfairohio.com. JUL. 22–24 – Doughty Valley Steam Show, 5023 St. Rte. 557, Charm. Free. Steam engines, antique tractor pull, demonstrations, steam engine and tractor games, plowing, AUG. 1 – Millersburg Food Run 10K/5K/1-Mile, Hipp threshing, cross-country tractor parade, food vendors, and Station, 62 Grant St., Millersburg, starting at 8 a.m. Benefits more. www.facebook.com/events/474021747325506. the Love Center Food Pantry. Gift basket giveaway ticket JUL. 23 – Off the Vine: An Evening Pairing of Food and for all participants. https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/ Wine, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Millersburg/MillersburgFoodRun. Akron, 6–9 p.m. $65. Enjoy a glass of bubbly upon arrival, THROUGH JUL. 29 – Fort Steuben Summer Concert and samples of wines at stations in the gardens, tapasSeries, Fort Steuben Park, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville, style appetizers, as well as cheese and dessert stations. every Thursday evening. Free. Featuring a variety of live For ages 21 and over. www.stanhywet.org. musical performances. Bring a blanket or chair. 740-283JUL. 24–25 – “The Babies Are Here” Open House, Our 1787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com. Little World Alpacas LLC, 16800 Cowley Rd., Grafton, 10 THROUGH OCT. 30 – “Live Birds of Prey,” Mohican a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Come see our newest crias (babies). State Park Lodge and Conference Cr., 4700 Goon Rd., Learn about alpaca care and feeding and about processing Perrysville, every Saturday at 7 p.m. Enjoy an up-close the fiber. Locally hand-knitted products for sale. 440-724experience with a variety of Ohio’s bird species. Presented 7070 or www.ourlittleworldalpacas.com. by the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. Free and open to the public. JUL. 27–AUG. 1 – Lake County Fair, Lake Co. Fgds., 1301 419-938-5411 or www.discovermohican.com/event. Mentor Ave., Painesville Township. 440-354-3339 or www. JUL. 11 – Hobo Day and Model Trains Flea Market, lakecountyfair.org. Painesville Railroad Museum, 475 Railroad St., Painesville, JUL. 27–AUG. 1 – Summit County Fair, Summit Co. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Costume contest with prizes. Food and Fgds., 229 E. Howe Rd., Tallmadge. 330-633-6200 or drink available for small donation: hamburgers and hot www.summitfair.com. dogs; hobo stew and hobo beans cooked over an open wood fire. And don’t forget it’s a day of railfanning! 216JUL. 31–AUG. 1 – Zoar Harvest Festival, downtown 470-5780 or www.painesvillerailroadmuseum.org. Zoar, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Antique show with more than 60 dealers of high-quality country JUL. 13–18 – Trumbull County Fair, Trumbull Co. Fgds., antiques; artisans showcase tent featuring handmade folk 899 Everett Hull Rd., Cortland. 330-637-6010 or www. art, furniture, and fine crafts. Additional attractions include trumbullcountyfair.com. historic tours. www.historiczoarvillage.com.



AUG. 2–6 – Hearth Cooking, Prickett’s Fort, 88 State Park Rd., Fairmont, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. daily. Tour the fort and smell the food cooking over an open hearth as historic interpreter and hearth cook Heather Schneider demonstrates various cooking techniques and recipes of the 18th century. Regular admission applies. 304-363-3030 or www. prickettsfort.org.


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AUG. 2–8 – Columbiana County Fair, Columbia Co. Fgds., 225 Lee Ave., Lisbon. 330-424-5531 or www. columbianacountyfair.org. AUG. 2–8 – Medina County Fair, Medina Co. Fgds., 720 W. Smith Rd., Medina. 330-723-9633 or www. medinaohiofair.com. AUG. 5–7 – Silver King Festival, downtown Plymouth. Hosted by the Silver King of Yesteryear Tractor Club. The show will feature Plymouth and Silver King tractors, as well as other Fate-Root-Heath items. For questions, contact Jim Dierksheide at 567-275-1105 or email silverkingtractors@gmail.com. AUG. 6–7 – Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale, Wayne Co. Fgds., 199 Vanover St., Wooster, Fri. 4–9 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.–4 p.m. All money raised through sales of food, wood and tools, quilts and other items, the children’s auction, as well as monetary donations goes toward supporting relief efforts around the world through the Mennonite Central Committee. 330-933-6372 or www.ohiomccreliefsale.org. AUG. 6–8 – Twins Day Festival, 9825 Ravenna Rd., Twinsburg. The world’s largest annual gathering of twins. 330-425-3652 or www.twinsdays.org. AUG. 8–14 – Richland County Fair, Richland Co. Fgds., 750 Home Rd. N., Mansfield. 419-747-3717 or www. richlandcountyfair.com. AUG. 10–15 – Ashtabula County Fair, Ashtabula Co. Fgds., 127 N. Elm St., Jefferson. 440-576-7626 or www. ashtabulafair.com. AUG. 10–15 – Cuyahoga County Fair, Cuyahoga Co. Fgds., 164 Eastland Rd., Berea. 440-243-0090 or www. cuyfair.com. AUG. 12–14 – Lincoln Highway “Buy-Way” Yard Sales, locations along and near U.S. 30 across the state, including through Columbiana, Stark, Wayne, Ashland, and Richland counties. Rediscover this historic road while shopping for bargains along the way. Hotels, restaurants, and businesses will be offering special deals. 800-3626474 or www.historicbyway.com.


THROUGH OCTOBER – Rise and Shine Farmers Market, 2245 Southgate Pkwy., Cambridge, every Friday, 8 a.m.– noon. 740-680-1866 or find us on Facebook. THROUGH DECEMBER – Athens Farmers Market, 1000 E. State St., Athens, every Wednesday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.; every Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. Buy local and support your local economy. The market showcases farmers, orchardists, specialty food producers, bakers, horticulturalists, cheese makers, and many other food-based entrepreneurs. 740593-6763 or www.athensfarmersmarket.org. JUN. 17–SEP. 5 – Tecumseh!, Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, 5968 Marietta Rd., Chillicothe, Mon.– Sat. 8 p.m. $21–$50. Witness the epic life story of

JUL. 4, 11, 18, 25, AUG. 1 – Sunset Bagpipe Concerts, Ariel-Foundation Park, Mount Vernon, 8:30 p.m. Free 30-minute concerts feature Scottish tunes, hymns, and patriotic songs. Please bring your own chairs. If rain occurs, concerts will take place at one of the picnic shelters by the lake. www.arielfoundationpark.org. JUL. 10 – Hank Kabel Sarcoma 5K Walk/Run Fest, Fairfield Co. Fgds., 157 E. Fair Ave., Lancaster, 7:30 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. opening ceremony. Raise money and awareness for canine cancer and sarcoma. Silent auction and fest. Registration $25 in advance, $30 day of race. Text questions to Amy Kabel at 740THROUGH SEP. 25 – Canal Winchester Farmers 974-2811. http://hankkabelsarcomafoundation.com. Market, 100 N. High St., Canal Winchester, every JUL. 10–17 – Madison County Fair, Madison Co. Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. Locally grown produce, home- Fgds., 205 Elm St., London. 740-852-1654 or www. baked goods, fresh meat, and craft items. 614-270madisoncountyfairoh.com. 5053 or go to www.thecwfm.com. JUL. 10–18 – Happy Days, A New Musical, Marion THROUGH SEP. 30 – Pickerington Farmers Market, Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, Fri./Sat. 7:30 89 N. Center St., Pickerington, every Thursday, 4–7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $12–$50. Family-friendly musical p.m. Fresh produce, baked goods, crafts, and more. featuring your favorite characters from the hit TV show. www.pickeringtonvillage.com/events. 740-383-2101 or www.marionpalace.org. THROUGH OCT. 16 – Lorena Sternwheeler Cruises, JUL. 15–17– Crooksville/Roseville Pottery Festival, Zanesville, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. See Roseville. Pottery vendors, demonstrations, and website for schedule. $12, Srs. $10, C. (2–12) $8. exhibits. Amusement rides, live entertainment, 5K run/ Cruise down the Muskingum River. Board at Zane’s walk, queen’s court, and family fun! 740-517-0137 or Landing Park on the west end of Market Street. 740www.potteryfestival.org. 455-8282, www.facebook.com/LorenaSternwheeler, JUL. 15–17 – Picktown Palooza, 300 Opportunity Way or www.visitzanesville.com/Lorena. (new location), Pickerington. Fun and family-oriented THROUGH OCT. 17 – Monticello III Canal Boat event featuring live entertainment, carnival rides, car Rides, Sat./Sun. 1–4 p.m. $8, Srs. $7, Stds. (6–18) $6, and bike show, 5K and fun run, and food vendors. 614under 6 free. Huge draft horse teams pull the canal 379-2099 or www.picktownpalooza.org. boat along an original section of the Ohio and Erie JUL. 15–18 – Miami Valley Steam Threshers Canal as the boat captain entertains you with tall tales and history of 1800s life on the canal. You’ll feel Association Annual Show and Reunion, Pastime Park, Plain City, Thur.–Sat. 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. like you’ve actually glided right into the 1830s! You 8 a.m.–1 p.m. $5; free for children 12 and under. might even get to help steer the canal boat. www. Steam engines, gas engines, antique tractors, live visitcoshocton.com/events-list.php. demos, truck/tractor pulls, kids’ games, and family THROUGH OCT. 30 – Delaware Farmers Market, 20 fun. Featuring Massey Ferguson and Massey-Harris. E. Winter St., Delaware, Sat. 9–12 p.m. 740-362-6050 or 614-270-0007, mvstashow@gmail.com, or www. www.mainstreetdelaware.com/event/farmers-market. miamivalleysteamshow.org. THROUGH OCT. 30 – Zanesville Farmers Market, JUL. 18 – Buckeye Comic Con, Courtyard Marriott Adornetto’s, 2224 Maple Ave., Zanesville, every Columbus West, 2350 Westbelt Dr. (I-270 at Roberts Rd. Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. Through August, the market exit 10), Columbus, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $5; age 6 and under will be open on North 3rd Street every Wednesday, free. Featuring local guest creators. www.facebook. 4–7 p.m. www.zanesvillefarmersmarket.org. com/Buckeye-Comic-Con-1917494808540660.


the legendary Shawnee leader as he defends his sacred homelands in the 1700s. 740-775-4100 or www.tecumsehdrama.com. JUL. 10 – Noah Cox Memorial Truck and Tractor Pull, Athens Co. Fgds., 286 W. Union St., Athens. Proceeds go to the Noah Cox Memorial Fund. noahsmemorialpull@gmail.com or www. facebook.com/Noah-Cox-Memorial-Truck-TractorPull-152877232176753. JUL. 10 – Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Social, Adena Mansion and Gardens, 847 Adena Rd., Chillicothe, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $10, Srs. $9, C. (6–12) $5, free for members and for children 5 and under. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and sit back and relax while you listen to the live music and enjoy homemade fruit cobblers and root beer floats. Tours hourly beginning at 9:30 a.m. www. adenamansion.com. JUL. 10–17 – Lawrence County Fair, Lawrence Co. Fgds., 7755 Co. Rd. 107, Proctorville. www. lawrencecountyohiofair.com. JUL. 11 – “Base Ball”: Adena Worthingtons vs. Ohio Village Muffins, Adena Mansion and Gardens, 847 Adena Rd., Chillicothe, 2 p.m. Free. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and join us on the grounds for

an exhibition game of vintage baseball, played by 19th-century rules. www.adenamansion.com. JUL. 16–17 – Blame My Roots Country Music Festival, Valley View Campgrounds, 43263 National Rd., Belmont. Lineup includes headliner Miranda Lambert, fan-favorite Neal McCoy, Lee Brice, Jo Dee Messina, Niko Moon, Tenille Townes, Adam Doleac, Walker Montgomery, and Allie Colleen. For updates and announcements: www.facebook. com/BlameMyRootsFest. For tickets and camping reservations: www.blamemyrootsfestival.com. JUL. 31–AUG. 7 – Pike County Fair, Pike Co. Fgds., 311 Mill St., Piketon. 740-947-2149 or www. facebook.com/pikecountyfairgrounds. AUG. 6–7 – Deerassic Classic Giveaway and Outdoor Expo, Deerassic Park Education Ctr., 14250 Cadiz Rd./U.S. 22, Cambridge. 1-day gate pass, $30; 2-day, $50. Over 120 outdoor exhibitors, stage shows, raffles, prizes, food, and entertainment. 740435-9500 or https://deerassic.com. AUG. 6–14 – Athens County Fair, Athens Co. Fgds., 286 W. Union St., Athens. www.athenscofair.org. AUG. 7–14 – Ross County Fair, Ross Co. Fgds., 344 Fairgrounds Rd., Chillicothe. www.rosscountyfair.com.

JUL. 19–24 – Perry County Fair, Perry Co. Fgds., 5445 St. Rte. 37 W., New Lexington. 740-342-3047 or https://perrycountyfairgrounds.com/thefair. JUL. 19–25 – Franklin County Fair, Franklin Co. Fgds., 4100 Columbia St., Hilliard. 614-876-7235 or www.fcfair.org. JUL. 28–31 – Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, Cardinal Center Campground, 616 St. Rte. 61, Marengo. $40 single-day ticket, $110 for 4-day ticket; half-price for ages 11–15, free for 10 and under. Lineup features over 40 top artists. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 740-548-4199 or http:// bluegrassclassic.com. AUG. 6–8 – Dublin Irish Days, throughout Dublin. A citywide celebration of all things Irish, incorporating in-person and virtual events, both ticketed and free. Tickets available online. www.dublinirishfestival.org. AUG. 6–8 – Farm Days, Morrow Co. Fgds., St. Rte. 42, Mount Gilead. $3, under 12 free. Featuring John Deere tractors and equipment. Flea market, crafts, farming demonstrations of threshing and baling, truck and tractor pulls, figure-8 race, skillet toss, and more. 419-946-2277 (Larry Welsh) or www. morrowcountytractor.com. AUG. 7 – Dresden Melon Festival, St. Rte. 208/ Muskingum Ave., Dresden. $1 till 4 p.m.; $2 after 4. Family-friendly day of entertainment, food, and activities for all ages, on the banks of the beautiful Muskingum River. 740-607-8780 or www. dresdenmelonfestival.com. AUG. 12–14 – All Ohio Balloon Fest, Union Co. Airport, 760 Clymer Rd., Marysville. Hot air balloon launches, including Nightly Glow, and aerial entertainment. Kidz City on Friday and Saturday; musical performances daily. Bring your own lawn chairs. Hot air balloon, bi-plane, and helicopter rides available. 937-243-5833 or www. allohioballoonfest.com. AUG. 14 – Airplane and Car Show, 1200 Fairview Rd., Zanesville, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (Rain date: Aug. 15.) Share in our 50 years of success. No registration fee for show cars or airplanes. Food and beverages available, as well as a pancake breakfast. All are welcome. 740-6837498 or www.parrairport.com.

AUG. 13–15 – Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival, Cambridge City Park, Cambridge, Fri. 12–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. A juried festival that showcases high-quality art in a variety of mediums by artists from around the country. Entertainment, concessions, marketplace, and programs for kids. 740-630-8935 or www. saltforkfestival.org. AUG. 14 – Annual Rio Grande Civil War Bean Dinner, University of Rio Grande Shelter House, Rio Grande, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. $4; free for ages 9 and under; veterans and active military free. Join us for soup beans cooked in Civil War–era pots, cornbread, and other food. Demonstrations of loading and firing Civil War muskets and a Union and Confederate skirmish reenactment along with period music. Participate in the Mountain Bike Time Trial or the Grandma Gatewood 10K Run, or hike on our walking trails. 740-245-7491 or 800-282-7201. AUG. 9–14 – Scioto County Fair, Scioto Co. Fgds., 1193 Fairground Rd., Lucasville. 740-259-2726 or www.facebook.com/sciotocountyfair.



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1.  Marty, our Pyrenees, went to the beach for the first time this winter. He loved it! Roger and Karen Baker Adams Rural Electric Cooperative members 2.  My granddaughter, Josie Bell, during a family vacation at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Robin Beaver South Central Power Company member


3.  My daughters, Audrey and Taylor, at Pensacola Beach, Florida. Stacy Cowdery South Central Power Company member


4.  My husband, Blaine Klaus, holding our 8-month-old son, Riggs, on the beach in Venice, Florida, March 2021. Katherine Klaus Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative member



5.  Me and my oldest grandson, Lane Shaffer, enjoying fun in the ocean at Myrtle Beach in June 2017. Kathy DeHass Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative member 6.  Corolla wild horses in the Outer Banks, North Carolina — what a sight to see! Tonya Bess South Central Power Company member 7.  Cool shot on a hot day with our grandson, Jaxon, visiting the boneyard beach at Big Talbot Island State Park, Florida. Chris Starr Carroll Electric Cooperative member

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