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JUNE 2021

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Life’s a beach! (and you don’t even have to leave the state)

ALSO INSIDE EV road trip Up, up, and away All-American art


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26 BEACH BUCKET LIST Ohio’s Great Lake offers outstanding spots for swimming, sunbathing, and plenty more.

32 UP, UP, AND AWAY Commercial balloon pilots share their passion for the open sky.

36 ALL AMERICAN Louis Zona knows the score at Youngstown’s Butler Institute — the first museum built solely for works by American artists. Cover image on most editions: Ohioans don’t have to leave the state to find sandcastle-worthy beaches (wundervisuals/ via Getty Images).



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eady or not, we are quickly moving into a new era of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). EVs first hit the U.S. market in 2010; today there are more than 1.5 million of them on U.S. roads, and that number is expected to keep growing, with millions more plug-in vehicles put in service in the next five years. The attraction of EVs include clean, quiet, high-performance operation, coupled with lower operating costs. EVs also offer the potential for major reductions in emissions from autos and trucks over the coming decades. Like any new technology, there are still some wrinkles to iron out. The largest obstacle is probably a driver’s “range anxiety”: the fear that the car’s battery charge will deplete itself before the car makes it to the next charging station — if there is a next charging station — thus leaving motorists stranded (on a desolate road or highway, of course). Ohio Cooperative Living Managing Editor Jeff McCallister recently put the rubber to the road on a journey from Columbus to Nashville in a Tesla Model S. Check out the story on page 4 to see how Jeff and his family dealt with range anxiety, located charging stations, and experienced the pros and cons of an all-electric excursion. The good news is that charging station availability is growing fast. Many organizations, including electric cooperatives, have begun adding significantly to the public charging network. Currently, there are about 42,000 public charging stations in the U.S., though as you might expect, nearly a third are in California, where more than 10 times more EVs were sold between 2016 and 2018 than in any other state. Expect to see more chargers sprouting up across Ohio in the next couple of years as more businesses and private individuals move to EVs — including pickup trucks, which are just entering the market. Whatever your mode of transportation, as you’ll see in this issue, the Buckeye State has it all — from beaches to balloons to all-American sports art. Hope you’re able to get out and enjoy Ohio this summer!



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EV road trip: Think an electric vehicle means you have to stick close to home? We put that to the test.




Scholarship winners: Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives awarded over $40,000 in its annual Children of Members Scholarship competition.


Something fishy: Ohio boasts a few connections to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s anniversary celebration.



Wooly Pig Farm: Get acquainted with Bavarian-style beers and an Old World breed in Coshocton County.



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What’s happening: June/July events and other things to do around Ohio.

44 MEMBER INTERACTIVE Ohio landscapes: The state is

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EV ROAD TRIP Think an electric vehicle means you have to stick close to home? We put that to the test. BY JEFF McCALLISTER


n 2010, the first year that plug-in electric vehicles were commercially available, 300 were sold. The following year, that number climbed to almost 18,000, and by 2019, plug-in EV sales totaled 327,000 — about 2% of light-duty automobile sales that year. There’s no question that electric vehicles’ popularity is on the rise. As drivers realize the advantages they present compared with gas-powered cars, and as those benefits become even more pronounced because of improving technology, it’s likely we’re going to see more and more of them on the road. Electric cooperatives across the nation are preparing for the increased EV market share — especially as automakers begin rolling out electric pickup trucks and medium SUV models that are more popular with rural drivers. Several Ohio co-ops have installed chargers at their offices, some offer rebates on home charging equipment, and all include calculators on their websites that help their members determine the potential savings if they switch to EVs from their current combustion model. Ohio Cooperative Living’s staff decided to put an EV to the test: How close are EVs to being able to fully replace internal combustion cars when it comes to family use?


Newer EV models have an average full-charge range of more than 200 miles, so they’re more than capable of daily, in-town use for the average American driver — even in rural areas, the average U.S. driver travels only about 35 to 50 miles per day. But what about those nonaverage days? I figured the real test would be an old-fashioned family road trip. Could an EV carry us to an out-of-state adventure? Eager to find out, I rented a 2018 Tesla Model S through the Turo car-sharing website and coaxed my wife and kids into a 400-mile, long-weekend trip to Nashville. The first thing to report is that the Tesla is extremely fun to drive. The Model S can accelerate from 10 mph to well over the speed limit in the span of about half of a freeway entrance ramp (don’t ask how I know that). The Model S also had plenty of room for two adults, two teenagers, and our luggage for the weekend. The second thing to report is that “range anxiety” is a real thing. The Tesla folks profess that the 2018 Model S gets between 270 and 320 miles on a full charge. Between the car’s internal mapping software and various apps that find chargers along a route, it’s relatively simple to plan stops between Columbus and Nashville that are easily within that range — even adding what I thought was a good bit of wiggle room — to make the trip without even thinking about running out of juice. You know how automobile ads always include “your mileage may vary” in small print? As it turns out, an EV’s mileage can vary quite a bit. We learned over the course of the long weekend that cruising at highway speeds (therefore not engaging the regenerative braking that helps prolong a charge), carrying a heavier load (I had two teenagers in the back seat), running the heater at full blast to cut the February freeze — not to mention using the rear heated seats, of which my kids were big fans — all takes a lot out of that projected mileage. Of course, I don’t blame the EV entirely for my range anxiety; I probably should have made sure I knew the extent of that variance before I set out on the trip and then adjusted my stop schedule accordingly. But that’s just it: When you’re driving an internal combustion car and realize you’re getting low on gas, there’s almost always a filling station around the next bend. For now, at least, charging stations are still fewer and farther between, so you can’t just say, “Oh, we’ll get the next one.” Beyond that, each charging stop requires a longer time investment than filling up a gas tank. The two charging stops we made between Columbus and Nashville and three stops on the

Road trip by the numbers The last time I drove my family to Nashville, we took a gas-powered Ford Fusion, similar in size to the Tesla. How do the two vehicles compare?

Cost for fill-up Tesla: Typically about $0.18–$0.25/kWh at a supercharger, closer to $0.13 on a home charger at regular utility rates. With a capacity of about 75 kWh, a full charge from completely empty would cost about $18.75 at a supercharger or $9.75 at a home charger.

Fusion: The national average gasoline price in February was $2.59 per gallon, so filling a Fusion’s 16.5-gallon tank from empty would have cost about $42.

Time for fill-up Tesla: Tesla recommends only charging the battery to about 80% (about 25–35 minutes) in order to optimize both charging time and battery life. Our charging times on this trip were between 35 and 65 minutes.

Fusion: Fill-ups take only about 4 minutes.

Totals for the road trip Tesla: Including topping off at a supercharger in Nashville before the trip home and a final charge before turning in the Tesla, we charged for a little more than five hours for just under 900 total miles, for around $75 (during more optimal conditions when the car’s range estimates are closer to actual performance, that figure could have been cut nearly in half).

Fusion: The Fusion gets about 30 miles per gallon combined city/highway, so we would need three stops for gas — about $120 and about 10 minutes total.


terrain pushed the battery to its limit. That last stretch took nearly the entire charge. Driving around Nashville to do our touristy things was easy and fun — and all within about 25 miles, so we didn’t have to even think about the battery, which we charged on the hotel’s EV charger. For the trip home, though (having learned my lesson), I allowed even more leeway in the car’s estimated range and added a stop in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to top off after only about 60 miles. We again found ourselves in a Meijer parking lot. The kids browsed the shelves for video games before we set off again.

way home added more than four hours to the round-trip travel compared to when we made the same trip in our Ford Fusion a couple of years ago. The stop time is mostly manageable, though. The charging stations we used on the trip were situated in busy areas, close to things to do. The Cincinnati stop was in a parking lot between a Meijer and a Target store, and while my wife stayed in the car and happily read her book, the kids and I did a little snack shopping. They did not mind the 50-minute stop at all, and while we didn’t charge all the way to 100%, the range indicator told us we had more than enough to get to the next planned stop. By the time we got to that stop, in Louisville, Kentucky, it was around dinnertime. The charging station was in a bank parking lot, with a nice Mexican restaurant nearby. Again, the charging time was time well spent; we ate a leisurely dinner and got a full charge that the on-board computer told me gave us 100 miles more range than we would need to get to Nashville — though that cushion quickly disappeared as the heater and hilly

Later, we had a late lunch/early dinner at a sub shop while the car fully charged in Louisville, but by the time we stopped again 113 miles later in Cincinnati, none of us were in the mood to do anything. Even with the Meijer and the Target right there, we sat playing on our phones for the 45 minutes it took to charge up to a reported 250mile range for the remaining 110 miles of the trip. Even with that much cushion, I spent the rest of the drive watching the range meter plummet and doing math in my head to try to guess how many miles’ worth of charge we actually had left. By the time we pulled into the driveway at home, the Tesla said it had only 38 miles remaining in the battery. Despite the learning curve, my takeaway is that the fun factor, the reduction of my carbon footprint, and the dollars saved on fuel all easily overcame the trepidation about running out of battery power. As storage capacity and charge rates get better and more charging stations go up all the time, less thought will have to go into planning even cross-country trips. The trip left me thinking that purchasing an EV of my own is probably in my future.

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hio’s Electric Cooperatives awarded 24 scholarships to outstanding high school seniors in its annual Children of Members Scholarship competition. Students from member households representing each of the Ohio-based electric distribution cooperatives competed for $41,800 in scholarships. A panel of independent judges reviewed applications and conducted virtual interviews with the students.

First place: Mackenzie Collett, Consolidated Cooperative

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Ranked first in her class at Rutherford B. Hayes High School, Mackenzie involves herself in the community in ways that reflect her interest in her intended major, political science. She served on the Ohio Attorney General Teen Ambassador Board, as an Ohio youth advocate and leader in her local delegation for Ohio Youth and Government, and as a student representative to the Delaware City Schools Board of Education. Her literature teacher says, “A sense of justice is her most commendable trait.”

Second place: Shelby Jones, Union Rural Electric Cooperative Shelby has career aspirations as a veterinarian, and her accomplishments in high school are a strong indicator of her future success. A student in Delaware Area Career Center’s Columbus Zoo and Aquarium School program, Shelby has completed extensive research projects in her field. Her instructor says, “She has proven herself to be a rare mixture of maturity beyond her years, unmatched scientific curiosity, and tenacious ambition.”

Third place: Levi Grimm, Butler Rural Electric Cooperative Shelby Jones

With a heart for service, Levi puts his considerable abilities to work helping others. As the Butler County operations director for JEE Foods, a student-operated food rescue company, Levi has overseen the distribution of more than 3 million pounds of food to families within a 100-mile radius since the beginning of the pandemic. His instructor says, “I think I could solve all the world’s problems if only I had a few more Levi Grimms.”

Other children of members who were awarded statewide scholarships:

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Trevor Bailey, Darke Rural Electric Cooperative; Zachary Balo, The Frontier Power Company; Kiki Barlow, Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative; Emma Bodo, Carroll Electric Cooperative; Anthony Buckley, South Central Power Company; Daniel Burggraf, Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative; Kiersten Cline, North Western Electric Cooperative; Molly Cordonnier, Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative; Raegan Feldner, Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative; Jacob Gutberlet, Washington Electric Cooperative; EricaRae Herrick, Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative; Alyssa Mays, Adams Rural Electric Cooperative; Maxwell Phillips, North Central Electric Cooperative; Evan Powell, The Energy Cooperative; Anna Puster, Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative; Connor Rose, Logan County Electric Cooperative; Zebediah Schafer, Firelands Electric Cooperative; Aislen Setty, Pioneer Electric Cooperative; Lydia Spaeth, Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative; Eric Thornell, Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative; Casey Topp, Midwest Electric.


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Something fishy Ohio boasts a few connections to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s anniversary celebration. BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS

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James Henshall (center) aboard the U.S. Fish Commission ship, Grampus, circa 1890.


n February, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS) turned 150 years old, and to celebrate its sesquicentennial, it has released a new book of its many finny accomplishments titled America’s Bountiful Waters. A compendium of all things piscatorial, the book details the long history of fisheries management in the U.S. and highlights many of the service’s most wellknown employees — including two Ohioans who are prominently featured: Bob Hines and James Henshall. Henshall (1836–1925) is known as the father of bass fishing in the U.S. He was born in Maryland and moved to Cincinnati after graduating high school. He finished medical studies in 1859, just in time for the Civil War, and promptly joined the Union Army medical corps. One of his most memorable adventures was a run-in with Morgan’s Raiders, a Confederate cavalry unit that crossed the Ohio River and was eventually captured near West Point, in Columbiana County.


In addition to his interest in medicine, Henshall began studying fish culture after the war, and he became one of the earliest American authorities on sport fishing. A dedicated angler all his life, he was also a prolific writer — one of the most famous fishing writers of his day — contributing articles to both Forest & Stream and The American Angler, the premier outdoor journals of the era. He is most remembered for his magnum opus, Book of the Black Bass. Published in 1881, it sold nearly half a million copies, with more still being sold today. Hines (1912–1994) was born in Columbus and became interested in the outdoors at a young age. He made it his life’s work while hunting, fishing, and camping close to the Sandusky River near Fremont, Ohio. He was a young staff artist for the Ohio Division of Wildlife in 1948 when he was lured away to work for the USF&WS. No doubt he had gained attention of the agency by designing the art for the 1946 Federal Duck Stamp with his image of redhead


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If you have a fisherman in your family, America’s Bountiful Waters makes a great Father’s Day gift. It’s available on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, or from Rowman & Littlefield. ($49.95, hardcover, 330 pages, 400 images)

Bob Hines produced 21 illustrations for Sport Fishing USA, the book published in honor of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s 100th anniversary in 1971.

ducks. Hines eventually took over leadership of that federal annual art competition, overseeing and improving the event for more than 30 years. Hines produced untold numbers of illustrations during his time with the USF&WS, including the first four U.S. postage stamps to feature species of wildlife: wild turkey, pronghorn antelope, king salmon, and whooping crane. He was especially proud of his 1963 Ducks at a Distance, a waterfowl identification pocket guide for hunters that became a bestseller for the Department of the Interior. He is the only individual in the history of the organization to hold the title of National Wildlife Artist. Hines’ image of a cutthroat trout adorns the cover of the new book (see image above). An interesting sidenote about Hines’ long career with the USF&WS is that his first supervisor was Rachel Carson, who would go on to pen Silent Spring in 1962. The book sounded the alarm concerning indiscriminate

National Fishing and Boating Week begins June 5, and a free fishing weekend (no fishing license required) is scheduled in Ohio for June 19 and 20.

use of pesticides and helped kick-start the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s. America’s Bountiful Waters has another Ohio connection. The book was edited by an expatriot Buckeye, Craig Springer, who now lives in New Mexico. If his name sounds familiar, that could be because he occasionally writes articles for this magazine. Along with editing, Springer also contributed several stories to America’s Bountiful Waters; one of them is a remembrance of catching his first feisty smallmouth bass from Four Mile Creek, near Oxford, which gave him something else in common with Henshall. “James Henshall and I both caught our first smallmouth bass on an Independence Day outing in southwest Ohio,” Springer says. “They just happened more than a century apart.” W.H. “Chip” Gross is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor.



Get acquainted with Bavarian-style beers and an Old World breed in Coshocton County. BY DAMAINE VONADA


n Fridays, Wooly Pig Farm Brewery officially opens at 3 p.m., but by 2:30, friends and neighbors are already sitting down at the natural-edge wooden tables that brewmaster Kevin Ely and his family made from a prodigious elm tree on their property. Young, curly-haired pigs eagerly forage in a pasture above the parking lot, while Herr Fuggle, the farm’s porcine patriarch, snoozes in a pen. Aaron Malenke, Kevin’s brother-in-law and the farmer who tends the pigs, returns from hunting mushrooms just about the time that a food truck starts serving burgers. The first customer to snag a beer is a local woman who

cheerily waves to Kevin and his wife, Jael Malenke. “That lady gave me a haircut yesterday,” Kevin says with a grin. Though only minutes from U.S. 36, Wooly Pig Farm Brewery sits off a windy township road in eastern Coshocton County and seems tucked far away in the countryside. Spread across 90 hilly acres and graced by a red barn built in 1899, it was once a dairy farm owned for more than 150 years by the Norman family. “Aaron and I grew up near this farm,” says Jael. “I remember coming here to sing Christmas carols to the Normans.” When the farm was for sale in 2014, Jael was finishing her Ph.D. in biology at the University of Utah, and Kevin was the brewmaster and production manager at Salt Lake City’s Uinta Brewing Company. Kevin, who has a brewing science degree from the University of California–Davis, often traveled to Bavaria to obtain equipment for Uinta. While there, he also explored historic farm and village breweries in northern Bavaria’s Franconia region. Photos of Franconia that Kevin sent to Jael reminded her of Coshocton County, but the wooly pigs in the photos really caught her eye. They had remarkably thick, sheep-like hair, and says Jael, “The mamas and their striped piglets looked so cute.” At the time, Aaron was at Fort Collins where his wife, Lauren Malenke, was studying to be a large-animal veterinarian at Colorado State. They researched the wooly pigs and identified the breed as Mangalitsa, a heritage line developed in Hungary in the 1800s. Although bred to be pasture-raised, wooly pigs are a natural for breweries because they’re partial to spent grain. “On Franconia’s farms,” notes Kevin, “breweries are always beside pig barns because they use the beer-making byproduct for feed.”


The two couples soon realized that the Norman farm offered them a unique set of resources — affordable farmland, plentiful water, and strong family ties in Coshocton County — and jointly purchased it. While Aaron and Lauren revived the farming operation, Kevin and Jael planned the brewery. The first farm animals they acquired were wooly pigs: a boar and three breeder sows named for varieties of hops — Fuggle, Willamette, Galena, and Nugget. Inspired by Bavaria, Kevin designed the brewery for making lagers, which, according to Germany’s brewing regulations, permit only hops, malt, yeast, and water as ingredients. To maximize production, he installed two boil kettles. In the cold lagering room, extra-large tanks allow for fresh, unfiltered beers with exceptional character and flavor. When Kevin needed additional electricity for the brewery, the cooperative servicing the farm — The Frontier Power Company — proved quite helpful. “Frontier Power gave us lots of good advice,” he says, “and before they ran lines, they were great about asking which trees we’d like to save.” Kevin got to know the linemen then. “Now they come here as patrons,” he says.

a local Amishman, and in summer, Kevin makes peach and pawpaw beers. “We grow the peaches on the farm,” says Jael, “but my dad gives us the pawpaws.” In addition to crafting excellent beers, Kevin and Jael have crafted a destination brewery where people from as far away as Cleveland and Pittsburgh come to enjoy the fresh country air, family atmosphere, and unusual wooly pigs. With a nod to social distancing, they’ve recently added individual roofed huts called salettls. “They’re popular in rural Germany for drinking beer outdoors,” Kevin says. Complete with benches and a table, the salettls have made the brewery an even more appealing place to linger over a lager. “Customers think it’s just great to sit in their own space,” says Jael, “and not worry about rain, wind, or sunburn.”

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While the brewery’s top seller is pale and malty Rustic Helles, Kevin’s repertoire also includes Keller Pils, a hoppy Pilsener, and Rye Dunkel, a full-bodied brown beer. His Maple Sap Cream Ale contains sap supplied by

Kevin and Jael Malenke installed outdoor huts called salettls at their Wooly Pig Farm Brewery near Coshocton, where guests can enjoy locally brewed drinks while they hang out with the farm’s permanent residents — the namesake wooly pigs.




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It’s summer! Who wants to turn on the oven just so you can enjoy a little dessert? RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY CATHERINE MURRAY

CANNOLI CONES Prep: 20 minutes | Servings: 12 1¼ cups mini chocolate chips, divided 12 sugar cones 8 ounces whole-milk ricotta 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature

½ teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup heavy cream ¾ cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon

In a small, microwave-safe bowl that’s wide enough to dip the opening of a cone into, pour ½ cup of the mini chocolate chips. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each time, until just melted. Dip each cone in melted chocolate. Stand the cones upright in tall drinking glasses to let the chocolate solidify. If ricotta is watery, drain through cheesecloth, squeezing out excess liquid. In a large bowl with a mixer, beat cream cheese, ricotta, and vanilla extract. Gradually add heavy cream and beat until light and fluffy. Slowly incorporate powdered sugar and cinnamon until smooth. Fold in ½ cup of mini chocolate chips. Transfer mixture into a piping bag and pipe into cones. Top with remaining mini chocolate chips. Per serving: 399 calories, 23 grams fat (14 grams saturated fat), 70 milligrams cholesterol, 225 milligrams sodium, 36 grams total carbohydrates, 0 grams fiber, 12 grams protein. JUNE 2021 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  17

STOVETOP CHERRY CRISP Prep: 30 minutes | Servings: 6 TOPPING ¾ cup sliced almonds 2/3 cup flour ¼ cup sugar ¼ cup packed brown sugar ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup oats

FILLING 2 pounds sweet cherries (fresh or frozen) 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon almond extract

½ cup sugar ½ teaspoon salt 2 to 3 tablespoons cornstarch

Note: This dessert can also be made over a campfire! To make the topping: Finely chop ¼ cup of the sliced almonds. In a medium bowl, mix the chopped almonds, flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in melted butter and vanilla until the mixture easily crumbles. Mix in oats and remaining almonds. In a medium cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, toast almond/butter mixture, stirring regularly to keep from burning. Once golden and crisp (about 5 minutes), transfer back to bowl and set aside. To make the filling: Wipe off skillet and put back on stove. Add cherries, lemon juice, vanilla, and almond extract. Cook over medium-high heat until cherries are warmed. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine sugar, salt, and cornstarch (2 tablespoons for fresh cherries, 3 for frozen). Add sugar mixture to cherries and continue stirring regularly until cherry juice thickens to a nice syrup consistency, about 10 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes, then spread almond topping evenly over cherries. Garnish with whipped cream if desired and serve. Per serving: 552 calories, 18 grams fat (8 grams saturated fat), 31 milligrams cholesterol, 403 grams sodium, 94 grams total carbohydrates, 3.5 grams fiber, 5.5 grams protein.

UNICORN BARK Prep: 25 minutes | Chill: 1 hour | Servings: 20 12 ounces bright pink candy melts 6 ounces turquoise candy melts 6 ounces lavender candy melts ¼ cup pastel sprinkles 6 ounces white candy melts Notes: The candy melts should be vanilla flavored. Candy will lose its consistency and may not re-solidify if overheated or liquid is added (such as food coloring or milk.) Get creative with the theme of your bark, like red, white, and blue melts for the Fourth of July, superhero bark, peppermint bark, rainbow bark, s’mores bark … the options are endless! Place parchment paper onto a baking sheet and set aside. Pour each color of candy melts into a separate microwave safe bowl and microwave according to package directions. Using a large spoon or spatula, drop a dollop of melted white candy on each corner of the parchment paper and one in the center. With a clean spoon, intersperse dollops of the remaining colors in between the white. Use a flat icing spatula to slowly draw lines through all the colors, blending to create a marbling effect. Drizzle any leftover melted candy across the top. While it’s still tacky, garnish with sprinkles, then let cool at room temperature for 10 minutes. Cover loosely with parchment and place in freezer for 1 hour. Break or cut into pieces of bark. Store in a sealed container. Per serving: 210 calories, 12 grams fat (11 grams saturated fat), 35 milligrams sodium, 0 grams cholesterol, 27 grams total carbohydrates, 0 grams fiber, 0 grams protein.




We’re ready for storm season. Are you? N

ow that summer is in full swing, like many of you, I look forward to more opportunities to be outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather. Summertime means the return of many of our favorite activities, like cooking out with family and friends, hiking, fishing, and simply slowing down a bit to enjoy life. But summer months also make conditions right for dangerous storms. Severe weather events can cause damage to our electrical system, but I want you to know that Adams REC crews are ready to respond, should power outages occur in our area. When major storms knock out power, our line crews take all necessary precautions before they get to work on any downed lines. I would encourage you to also practice safety and preparedness to protect your family during major storms and outages. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends the items below as a starting point for storm and disaster preparedness, but you can visit www. ready.gov for additional resources. • Stock your pantry with a three-day supply of nonperishable food, such as canned goods, energy bars, peanut butter, powdered milk, instant coffee, water, and other essentials (e.g., diapers and toiletries). • Confirm that you have adequate sanitation and hygiene supplies, including towelettes, soap, and hand sanitizer. • Ensure your first-aid kit is stocked with pain relievers, bandages, and other medical essentials and make sure your prescriptions are current. • Set aside basic household items you will need, including flashlights, batteries, a manual can opener, and a portable, battery-powered radio or TV.

• Organize emergency supplies so they are easily accessible in one location. In the event of a prolonged power outage, turn off major appliances, TVs, computers, and other sensitive electronics. This will help prevent damage from a power surge and will also help Bill Swango prevent overloading the circuits GENERAL MANAGER during power restoration. That said, do leave one light on so you will know when power is restored. If you plan to use a small generator, make sure it’s rated to handle the amount of power you will need and always review the manufacturer’s instructions to operate it safely. A generator should not be used in a manner in which it would be capable of putting any current back onto the electrical system. Listen to local news or sign up for NOAA Weather Radio emergency alerts and warnings and check Adams REC’s website for power restoration updates. 230004706 After the storm, avoid downed power lines and walking through flooded areas where power lines could be submerged. Allow ample room for utility crews to safely perform their jobs, including while on your property. Advance planning for severe storms or other emergencies can reduce stress and anxiety caused by the weather event and can lessen the impact of the storm’s effects. I hope we don’t experience severe storms this summer, but we can never predict Mother Nature’s plans. At Adams REC, we recommend that you act today because there is power in planning. From our co-op family to yours, we hope you have a safe and wonderful summer.



As a member, you have a voice Election procedures Adams Rural Electric Cooperative’s policies and procedures are determined by an elected board of directors, who are also member-owners of the cooperative. The Adams REC service territory is made up of nine districts, with one board member representing the cooperative from each district. You, as a cooperative member-owner, have the privilege to vote for the trustees who sit on the board of your cooperative. It is the responsibility of the board of trustees to see that the cooperative remains financially stable. The board must continually look ahead to anticipate the needs of the membership, such as the building of new substations and replacing damaged

Following is information on the nominating and election of trustees, excerpted from Adams REC’s Code of Regulations:

General Powers The entire business and affairs of the cooperative shall be managed by a board of nine (9) trustees which shall exercise all of the powers of the cooperative except such as are: by law, the Articles of Incorporation, or the Code of Regulations conferred upon or reserved to the members.

Election and Tenure of Office The service territory of the cooperative is divided into nine (9) districts; one board member shall serve from each district. Board members shall be elected for three-year terms by mail at the annual meeting of the members, with three trustees elected each year. No person shall be eligible to become or remain a trustee who is not a member and bona fide resident in the district within the service area of the cooperative which they are to represent.

Nomination It shall be the duty of the board to appoint, not less than thirty (30) days nor more than ninety (90) days before the date of the mailing of the notice of the meeting of the members at which members of the board are to be elected, a committee on nominations consisting of not less than five (5) nor more than eleven (11) members who shall be selected so as to ensure equitable


or outdated equipment. They must keep abreast of changing legislature, rising costs, and new technology to make decisions that will not only keep the cooperative financially viable but also able to supply the best electric service possible to the membership. You can make your voice heard each year by casting your votes for trustees by mail-in ballot. The results of the election, as well as updates on the status of the cooperative, are announced at the annual meeting of the members, which is tentatively scheduled to be held this year on Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Wayne Township Community Center in Cherry Fork.

representation on the committee to the geographic areas constituting the service area of the cooperative. Nominations shall include at least two candidates from each district for a board member representing such district, which is to be filled at the next Annual Meeting of the Members. No person shall be voted upon for membership on the board who has not signified his willingness to serve if elected. The notice of the annual meeting of the members, as well as, ballots and instruction for the return of the ballots, shall be mailed at least thirty (30) days before such meeting. Any twenty-five (25) or more members may make other nominations by petition more than fifteen (15) days prior to the mailing of the notice of the meeting of the members. Please contact the office if you have any questions about the election process of your cooperative.


MEDICAL CERTIFICATIONS AVAILABLE Residential consumers of Adams Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. who are facing termination of service due to non-payment of their account can apply for a 30-day Medical Certification in order to retain electric service. Prior to termination, the consumer must provide proper certification from a health care professional, which includes a licensed physician, physician assistant, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse practitioner, or certified nurse midwife. The health care professional must complete a form provided

by Adams REC stating that termination of electric service would be especially dangerous or life threatening to the health of a permanent resident of the premises. The consumer must also enter into an extended payment plan with the cooperative and make all payments due under the plan on time. The cooperative will accept no more that two renewal certifications regarding the health of any resident, for a total maximum certification period of 90 days within any twelve month period. For additional information, please call the office.

Non-Discrimination Statement Adams Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/ complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) Fax:

202-690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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Energy Efficiency

Capital credits refunded to the estates of Adams Rural Electric Co-op members for April 2021 totaled $29,225.80. The total retired for 2021 YTD is $90,799.08.

Tip of the Month

In case of the death of a member of Adams Rural Electric, contact the cooperative at 937-544-2305 or 800-283-1846.

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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.

filter every month (or every two months) to prevent dust buildup, which can lead to even

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Charles L. Newman Vice President

Kenneth McCann Secretary


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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.

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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Ohio’s Great Lake offers outstanding spots for swimming, sunbathing, and more. BY DAMAINE VONADA

Cedar Point Beach, Sandusky

Cedar Point began with its beach in 1870, and today, the amusement park delivers dual fun-in-the-sun experiences: world-class rides plus a mile of smooth, white sand — all enhanced by splendid lake views and refreshing breezes. Open only to Cedar Point guests, the beach offers amenities and activities that range from lounging in an umbrella chair and snapping photos on its grand boardwalk to renting WaveRunners and parasailing high above the sand. TIP: Guided Segway tours depart from the Beach Gate and include Cedar Point’s lighthouse and historic Hotel Breakers.

419-627-2350; www.cedarpoint.com/play/fun-on-the-water/the-cedarpoint-beach


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how of hands: After months of COVID confinement, who wants to lie on a beach towel beside a long stretch of sun-kissed water? Build sandcastles? Paddle around? Go for a long swim? Simply laze away a summer afternoon? You can do all that and more right here in Ohio, on these eight Lake Erie beaches.

East Harbor State Park Beach, Lakeside-Marblehead Extending into Lake Erie from the Marblehead Peninsula, the 1,500-foot beach at East Harbor State Park is protected from strong waves by four breakwaters and boasts fine, barefoot-friendly sand. The designated swimming area has a gentle gradient with no drop-offs, and because of the shallow waters at two sandbars flanking the beach, boaters like to drop anchor and swim from their vessels.

TIP: The park’s beach house has modern facilities, and ramps for launching canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards are located near the beach.

419-734-4424; www.ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/ odnr/go-and-do/plan-a-visit/find-a-property/eastharbor-state-park


East Harbor State Park Beach

Edgewater Beach, Cleveland featuring made-to-order sandwiches and an outdoor bar ideal for people-watching. TIP: Dogs are welcome on the beach’s west end.

www.clevelandmetroparks.com/parks/visit/parks/ lakefront-reservation/edgewater-beach

Edgewater Beach


Minutes from downtown Cleveland, horseshoe-shaped Edgewater Beach is famous for its stunning vistas of both the city’s skyline and Lake Erie’s spellbinding sunsets. The 2,400-foot sand beach is a part of Edgewater Park, which offers a marina, a fishing pier, and walking trails. Rent cabanas and paddleboards at the nature shop or dine lakeside at Edgewater Beach House, a seasonal café

Headlands Beach, Mentor Ohio’s longest natural beach covers a whopping 35 acres and stretches from Headlands Beach State Park into adjacent Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve. It’s a haven for swimmers, sunbathers, and beach glass hunters and also attracts nature-lovers and birders — the lakeshore dunes harbor rare flora and fauna, as well as migrating songbirds and monarch butterflies.

TIP: Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse is visible from the beach and provides an excellent backdrop for photos.

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Headlands Beach (from previous page)

Kelleys Island State Park Beach, Kelleys Island TIP: Walk over to the Glacial Grooves State Memorial to witness eye-popping evidence of the massive ice sheets that carved the Great Lakes.

419-734-4424; www.ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/ odnr/go-and-do/plan-a-visit/find-a-property/kelleysisland-state-park

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Lakeside Beach, Lakeside Chautauqua Lakeside Chautauqua is a gated community dedicated to nurturing the mind, body, and spirit. Thanks to a prime location on the Marblehead Peninsula, it also possesses “Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile.” The delightfully scenic shoreline includes a small, sandy beach adjacent to a large, 700-foot swimming and fishing dock, and you’ll find a raft of recreational options — sailboats, kayaks,


and paddleboards; minigolf; and picnicking in the airy, Victorian-style pavilion — available at or near the water. TIP: Lakeside requires guests and residents to purchase passes, but youngsters under age 12 are admitted free.

419-798-4461, ext. 266; www.lakesideohio.com


What better escape than a beach tucked away on the north bay of an island? Considered one of Lake Erie’s prettiest expanses of sand, the 100-foot swimming beach is surrounded by shade trees and has a gradual slope that is especially favorable for younger children. Slide kayaks into the lake at the convenient launch and pick up soft drinks, snacks, and sunblock at the park office.

Main Street Beach, Vermilion and open-water paddling experience on the 27-mile-long Vermilion-Lorain Water Trail. TIP: It’s an easy walk from the beach to downtown Vermilion’s wealth of indie shops and restaurants.

www.cityofvermilion.com; www.mainstreetvermilion.org

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The fact that Vermilion’s Main Street ends on a beach tells you all you need to know about why the little town is a quintessential Lake Erie destination. Marked by a replica of an erstwhile lighthouse, the popular beach has an observation deck for watching boats, birds, and sunsets, and its kayak launch provides access to a unique river

Nickel Plate Beach, Huron

Nickel Plate Beach

bring your own game equipment to use the permanent pingpong table and cornhole boards. TIP: The parking fee is $6 per vehicle.

419-433-8487; www.cityofhuron.org/government/ departments/parks-and-recreation/parks COURTESY OF HURON PARKS DEPARTMENT

Known for exceptionally soft sand, the beach occupies 12 acres of Nickel Plate Railroad property and has volleyball courts, a playground, a picnic shelter, a designated swimming area, and a good view of the Huron Lighthouse. Rent kayaks and beach gear at the on-site Paddle Shack, but


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Doctor urges seniors to carry medical alert device Seniors snap up new medical alert device that comes with no monthly bills People don’t always do what their doctor says, but when seasoned veteran emergency room physician, Dr. Philip B. Howren says every senior should have a medical alert device, you better listen up. “Seniors are just one fall away from being put in a nursing home,” Dr. Howren said. “With a medical alert device, seniors are never alone. So it keeps them living independently in their own home. That’s why seniors and their family members are snapping up a sleek new medical alert device that comes with no monthly bills ever,” he said. Many seniors refuse to wear old style help buttons because they make them look old. But even worse, those medical alert sys-

tems come with monthly bills. To solve these problems Universal Physicians, a U.S. company went to work to develop a new, modern, state-of-theart medical alert device. It’s called “FastHelp™” and it instantly connects you to free unlimited nationwide help everywhere cell service is available with no contracts, no deposits and no monthly bills ever. “This slick new little device is designed to look like the pagers doctors wear every day. Seniors love them, because it actually makes them look important, not old,” Dr. Howren said. FastHelp is expected to hit store shelves later this year. But special newspaper promotional giveaways are slated for seniors in select areas. ■

■ NO MONTHLY BILLS: “My wife had an old style help button that came with hefty bills every month and she was embarrassed to wear it because it made her look old,” said Frank McDonald, Canton, Ohio. “Now, we both have FastHelp™, the sleek new medical alert device that our grandkids say makes us look ‘cool’ not old,” he said. With FastHelp, seniors never have to worry about being alone and the best part is there are no monthly bills ever.

Seniors born before 1956 get new medical alert device with no monthly bills ever It’s just what seniors have been waiting for; a sleek new medical alert device with no contracts, no deposits and no monthly bills that instantly connects you to free unlimited nationwide help with just the push of a button for a one-time $149 price tag that’s a real steal after today’s instant rebate The phone lines are ringing off the hook. That’s because for seniors born before 1956, it’s a deal too good to pass up. Starting at precisely 8:30am this morning the Pre-Store Release begins for the sleek new medical alert device that comes with the exclusive FastHelp™ One-Touch E 911 Button that instantly connects you to unlimited nationwide help everywhere cell service is available with no contracts, no deposits and no monthly bills ever. “It’s not like old style monitored help buttons that make you talk to a call center and only work when you’re at home and come with hefty bills every month. FastHelp comes with state-of-theart cellular embedded technology. That means ■ FLYING OUT THE DOOR: Trucks are being loaded with the new medical alert devices called FastHelp. They are now it works at home or any- being delivered to lucky seniors who call the National Rebate Center Hotline at 1-866-964-2952 Ext. HELP2758 today. (Continued on next page)

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tons that come with a hefty bill every month. But now Universal Physicians, the U.S. based heavyweight, just delivered a knockout blow sending the top rated contenders to the mat with the unveiling of FastHelp. It’s the sleek new cellular embedded medical alert device that cuts out the middleman by instantly connecting you directly to highly trained 911 operators all across the U.S. There’s absolutely nothing to hook-up or install. You don’t need a land line

and you don’t need a cell phone. Everything is done for you. “FastHelp is a state of the art medical alert device designed to make you look important, not old. Old style monitored help buttons you wear around your neck, or require expensive base station equipment or a landline are the equivalent of a horse and buggy,” Lawrence says. “It’s just outdated.” Millions of seniors fall every year and spend

hours lying on the floor helpless and all alone with no help. But seniors who fall and get immediate help are much more likely to avoid getting sent to a nursing home and get to STAY living in their own home independently. Yet millions of seniors are still risking their safety by not having a medical alert device. That’s because seniors just can’t afford to pay the monthly bills that come with old style med-

ical alert devices. That’s why seniors born before 1956 are rushing to cash in the whopping $150 instant rebate before the 7 day deadline ends. So there’s no need to wait for FastHelp to hit store shelves later this year because seniors born before 1956 can get it now just by using the $150 instant rebate coupon printed in today’s newspaper before the 7-day deadline ends. If lines are busy keep trying, all calls will be answered. ■

HOW TO GET IT: IF BORN BEFORE 1956: Use the rebate coupon below and call this Toll-Free Hotline: 1-866-964-2952 EXT. HELP2758 IF BORN AFTER 1956: You cannot use the rebate coupon below and must pay $299 Call: 1-866-964-2955 EXT. HELP2758 THE BOTTOM LINE: You don’t need to shop around. We’ve done all the leg work, this deal is too good to pass up. FastHelp with the instant rebate is a real steal at just $149 and shipping and there are no monthly bills ever. PROS: It’s the sleek new medical alert device that comes with the exclusive FastHelp One-Touch E 911 Button that instantly connects you to free unlimited nationwide help everywhere cell service is available with no contracts or deposits. It connects you to the vast available network of cellular towers for free and saves seniors a ton of money because there are no monthly bills ever making this deal irresistible. Plus it’s the only medical alert device that makes seniors look important, not old. CONS: Consumers can’t get FastHelp in stores until later this year. That’s why it’s so important for seniors born before 1956 to call the National Rebate Center Hotline within the next 7 days. For those who miss that deadline, the sleek little medical alert device will set you back over $300 bucks. P7201A OF22169R-1



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uring balloon season (mid-April to November), hot air balloonists take to the skies. Soaring across the patterns and shapes of the landscape, riders get a bird’s-eye view of Ohio. Over lakes and rivers, past cityscapes and suburbs, high above farmhouses and weathered barns, fields, and forests, balloonists take passengers where the wind current takes them. Ask a balloonist where balloon love begins, and it’s usually at a festival. Thirty-three years ago, when Penny Suttle and her sister were at the Coshocton Balloon Festival on an early misty morning, a man stepped out of a tent near them and asked, “‘Hey, do you like balloons? I need someone to crew.” Forgetting she was afraid of heights, Suttle became an instant “wire watcher,” keeping an eye out for power lines and other obstacles. “I hopped into the balloon, and it


took off before I knew it. Being able to see the countryside was the most awesome. It was so quiet,” Suttle recalls. She was hooked and crewed all summer. Suttle upped her balloon game when she bought a balloon, became a commercial pilot, and competed in the U.S. Nationals. Out of 100 pilots, she placed 17th in the nation. Suttle, president of the Northeast Ohio Balloon Pilots Association, lives in Tuscarawas County with her husband, Paul, also a pilot. Through their company, Dreams Come True (330-827-2695), they take people on an experience of a lifetime. “They get so excited. Our whole idea is to put smiles on people’s faces.” After Gary Tyo was bitten with balloon love in the early 1970s, he had a decision to make: Buy a balloon or renovate the kitchen. The balloon won. Tyo, along with his wife, Kim, turned piloting fun into Mid-Ohio Balloon Adventures (www.midohioballoon.com; 419-560-7535). Most days, as soon as Tyo and his passengers take off, usually from their Mount Gilead property, “people come out to see,” he says. “Children come running. I remember flying over someone’s house where a man was mowing his backyard. We landed in his front yard. He was so surprised to see us there when we came around the corner.” For Tyo, who flew over 70 flights in 2020, camaraderie and festivals are part of ballooning allure. “Balloonists are a bunch of good people,” he says. If he sees a balloon in the sky, he can’t help but follow it. Like Suttle and Tyo, Stew Gibboney’s balloon passion began at a festival. After 35 years of teaching high school auto mechanics, he turned his longtime balloon hobby into

Places to fall in balloon love Coshocton Balloon Festival June 10–12, 2021 Coshocton County Fairgrounds, Coshocton www.coshoctonhotairballoonfestival.com Over 20 hot air balloons, live music, carnival rides, foods, crafters, and flea market. Ashland Balloonfest June 24–26, 2021 Freer Field, SR 60 (Center St.) and Morgan Ave., Ashland www.ashlandohioballoonfest.com Balloon glow, balloon races, stage performances, food, sports tournaments, and more. All Ohio Balloonfest Aug. 12–14, 2021 Union County Airport, Marysville www.allohioballoonfest.com Balloons, live music, food, and aerial entertainment. Flag City Balloonfest Aug. 13–15, 2021 Emory Adams Park, Findlay www.flagcityballoonfest.com Balloon glow, 5K run, arts activities, food, and live music. a booming business and people magnet. “It’s like being the Pied Piper,” says Gibboney. “I wish I had a nickel for every time someone takes a picture of me.” With five ReMax balloons and nine pilots, his Grove City company, Gibboney’s Aerostation (www.balloonohio.com; 614-2715278), means photo ops aplenty. Gibboney sees ballooning as a growing sport but a pricey investment. “You really have to have a passion for it. If you have more time than money, crewing is a place to start.”

Defiance County Hot Air Balloon Festival Aug. 7, 2021 Defiance County Airport, Defiance www.defianceballoonfest.com Pancake breakfast, balloon glow, 5K run, live music, kids’ fun zone, touch-a-truck, food, and marketplace.

Russ Jurg’s passion began early. At age 4 or 5, his first taste for floating skyward started with his uncle in the Netherlands. “My uncle was a pilot for 45 years in Europe and turned it into an international business.” With his mother’s encouragement, Jurg reached for his childhood dream of becoming a certified FAA hot air balloon commercial pilot and then founded Columbus Aeronauts (www.columbusaeronauts.com; 614-699-1492). In early 2020, Jurg was part of an international 100-balloon-pilot event in Saudi Arabia, landing him on the cover of Ballooning, the national magazine of the Balloon Federation of America. These days, Jurg’s first-time balloon ride thrills come from his passengers. Boyfriends and girlfriends, mothers and daughters, couples double-dating, and bucket list combos keep him busy. “Through ballooning, we touch a lot of people’s lives,” Jurg says. JUNE 2021 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  33


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ALL AMERICAN Louis Zona knows the score at the Butler Institute of American Art. BY DAMAINE VONADA


ouis Zona breathed a sigh of relief a couple of months ago when Snap the Whip safely returned to the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown. Zona is the museum’s executive director, and last year’s worsening pandemic and riots concerned him because the priceless Winslow Homer painting was touring in a national show. “We don’t lend it often, and I worried for months,” he says. Considered Homer’s best work, the 1872 painting depicts high-spirited schoolboys playing an outdoor game. The Butler’s founder, Youngstown industrialist and pioneering American art collector Joseph G. Butler, purchased it shortly before the museum’s 1919 opening. “Snap the Whip is among the country’s most significant paintings because it captures America’s energy and confidence after the Civil War,” says Zona. “Winslow Homer was to painting what Mark Twain was to literature.”


The Butler was the first museum built solely for works by American artists, and for decades, Butler family members augmented its collection with masterpieces such as Albert Bierstadt’s The Oregon Trail and Edward Hopper’s Pennsylvania Coal Town. After Joseph G. Butler III died in 1981, Zona was appointed director. At the time, he chaired Youngstown State University’s art department, but his association with the museum began in the early 1970s. “My dissertation was about museum operations, and I used the Butler for my lab,” says Zona. He also was a model for Americans: Youngstown, Ohio, the museum’s monumental painting by Alfred Leslie that chronicles the devasting impact of the “Black Monday” in 1977 when 5,000 Youngstown steelworkers lost their jobs. Zona helped recruit the grim-faced men and women who appear in the painting. “Alfred wanted people from different backgrounds and told us to dress like we were going to the movies,” he recalls.

In 1987, Zona expanded the museum to include a space to exhibit sports art. Today, the Donnell Gallery showcases the games America plays, with works ranging from End Run, John Steuart Curry’s evocative college football lithograph, to Pete Rose, Andy Warhol’s pop art print. The first of its kind in any museum, the Donnell Gallery also reflects Zona’s fervor for sports. “Youngstown sits in a sports-crazy area that goes from eastern Ohio into western Pennsylvania, and I’m no different from everybody else,” says Zona. “I love baseball, and college football makes me crazy.” Zona grew up 20 miles from Youngstown in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and his boyhood idol was Mickey Mantle. “If Mantle went 0 for 4, I couldn’t sleep,” he says. When the 1960 World Series pitted his beloved Pittsburgh Pirates against Mantle’s New York Yankees, Zona had to make a hard choice, but he admits, “I’m a Pirates fan forever.” Both Mantle and Bill Mazeroski, whose home run clinched the series for the Pirates, are featured in the Donnell Gallery’s centerpiece painting, Baseball Album, by Gary Erbe. The Butler commissioned the piece, and its collage of items — including bats, gloves, and a Kellogg’s Corn Flakes box starring Ted Williams — convey the national pastime’s cultural impact. Zona has stories to share about virtually every work in the gallery. Pausing at Davey Moore, an oil painting of the featherweight champion from Springfield, he says, “The artist is Audrey Flack, who told me her father took her to boxing matches.” At Gowanus Canal, Randy Dudley’s vision of Brooklyn ice skaters, he says, “This was a gift

from a New York dealer, and it’s pure fantasy because the polluted canal never freezes.” At A Gentleman’s Sport, Gary Erbe’s golf canvas, Zona reveals he provided the vintage clubs that are part of the work. “Erbe was looking for old golf clubs,” he says, “and I still had my dad’s set.” His inside-baseball comments speak volumes about the Butler’s status as an all-time-great American institution. “Any museum in the world that is doing a show on American art calls on us,” he declares. For 40 years, Zona has acted as the Butler’s manager, coach, quarterback, scout, trainer, and head cheerleader, and during his tenure, the museum has tripled in size and grown its collection to some 22,000 works by thousands of American artists. “People sometimes ask why I’m not retired,” he says. “I tell them I love art, and I’m always happy when I’m here.”

The Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, Ohio, 44502. 330-7431107; www. butlerart.com.

Above right: Louis Zona with Rhoda Sherbell’s bronze bust of Yogi Berra (photo by Damaine Vonada). Above left: Snap the Whip, by Winslow Homer, 1872 (oil on canvas). Collection of The Butler Institute of American Art. Right: Baseball Album, by Gary Thomas Erbe, 2003 (oil on canvas). Collection of The Butler Institute of American Art.




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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 937-658-6945. 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. JUN. 12–13, JUL. 3–4 – The Fantastic Tiffin Flea Market, Seneca Co. Fgds., 100 Hopewell Ave., Tiffin, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Free admission and parking; handicap accessible. 250 to 400 dealers per show, featuring a wide variety of merchandise. 419-447-9613, tiffinfleamarket@gmail. com, or www.tiffinfleamarket.com. JUN. 18–19 – Pork Rind Heritage Festival, Main Street, Harrod, Fri. 6 p.m.–midnight, Sat. 9 a.m.–midnight. Family fun, live entertainment, and, of course, freshly popped pork rinds! www. porkrindfest.com.


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. Enjoy German food, beer, and music. 513-742-0060 or https://germaniasociety. com/biergarten-experience.

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JUN. 19 – Sidney Welcomes WOBA, downtown Sidney. Come for a day of fun, food, and music as we welcome the Western Ohio Bicycle Adventure. Follow “Sidney Alive” on Facebook or call us at 937-6586945 with questions. JUN. 19–20 – Ghost Town Spring Crafts and Antiques Festival, 10630 Co. Rd. 40, Findlay. A family event featuring crafts and antiques, live music and performances, food and beverages, and kids’ activities. See Facebook page for updated schedules. 419-673-7783 or www.facebook.com/Ghost-TownFindlay-Ohio-1525098627787387. JUN. 23 – Verendah Concert: Nostalgia, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 6:30–8 p.m. Ice cream social at 6:30; concert begins at 7. Free, but donations accepted for ice cream. Vocal ensemble Nostalgia will perform songs from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Please bring your own chair or blanket for seating on the lawn. 419-3322081 or www.rbhayes.org. JUN. 26 – Lake Seneca Annual “Miles of Yard Sales,” off N. St. Rte. 576, 1-1/4 miles north of U.S. 20, Montpelier (Bridgewater Township). Chicken dinners ready around 10:30 a.m. at Arrowhead Lodge with plenty of extras and homemade bake sale items. We will have takeout food per health department regulations, but we can allow a small number of guests inside. If any questions, call 419-485-0393. JUN. 26 – Lima Half-Mile Motorcycle Races, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima, 6:30 p.m. Gates open at 1 p.m. $30–$45. Presale tickets available online. See the Grand National Circuit’s top racers in the nation. Meet the drivers during open pits, watch their teams work, get autographs, and take photos before racing begins. www.limahalfmile.com or www. americanflattrack.com/events. JUN. 27 – Author Kirby Whitacre, Fort Recovery State Museum, 1 Fort Site St., Fort Recovery, 3 p.m.

Free. The title of the presentation is “Characters of the 1790–95 Indian War and the Little-Known Facts That Tie History Together.” His book, The Spirit Traveler: The Northwest Indian War in the Ohio Country, will be available for purchase and signing. 419-375-4384 or www.fortrecoverymuseum.com. JUL. 4 – Independence Day Concert, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 2–3:30 p.m. Free. Celebrate the holiday with this patriotic concert by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band on the verandah of the historic Hayes Home. Bring your own chair or blanket for seating on the lawn. 419-332-2081 or www. rbhayes.org. JUL. 7 – Verandah Concert: Cottonwood Jam String Band, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 6:30–8 p.m. Free. Ice cream social at 6:30; concert begins at 7. Enjoy a free concert of traditional acoustic string music. Donations accepted for ice cream. Bring your own chair or blanket for seating on the lawn. 419-3322081 or www.rbhayes.org. JUL. 9–11 – Flag City Daylily Tour, locations around Findlay, Fri./Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 12–6 p.m. Free. The sixth annual self-guided tour features seven daylily gardens, each with its own personality. Tour at your leisure and see more than 3,000 different registered daylilies. Some gardens will have plants for sale. 419-889-8827, email Mike at anders@findlay. edu, or www.pplantpeddler.com. JUL. 10–11 – Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival, Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 State Park Rd. #2, Oregon. Arts and crafts, live music, kids’ activities, lighthouse stories, food, and more. Boat rides to lighthouse, weather permitting ($30); for reservations, email sandylakeerie@aol.com or text 419-367-1691. www.toledolighthousefestival.com.

JUN. 11–13 – Versailles Poultry Days, 459 S. Center St., Versailles. Free admission and parking. Featuring the world-famous barbecue chicken dinners, plus contests, tournaments, musical entertainment, antique car show and parade, kiddie tractor pull, and much more! 937-526-9773 or www. versaillespoultrydays.com. JUN. 19 – West Milton Triathlon, starting at West Milton Municipal Park and ending at park entrance. Consists of 3.5 miles canoeing, 5 miles running, and 17 miles biking. Compete solo or in teams of two. Registration fee to participate. 937-698-0287 or www.speedy-feet.com. JUN. 25 – 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. JUN. 26–27 – Lebanon Garden Tour, starting at Ohio Train Station, 198 S. Broadway, Lebanon, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $15 advance, $20 day of tour; free for children 12 and under. Stroll through five private gardens plus the gardens at the Glendower Historic Mansion and a beautiful pet cemetery. This year the tour also features a scavenger hunt. 513-932-3430 or www.facebook.com/LebanonGardenTour.

JUL. 4 – Piqua 4th Fest, Lock Nine Park, downtown Piqua, noon–9:30 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. Activities for all ages at this hometown celebration of Independence Day. www.piquaoh.org/piqua-4th-fest. JUL. 5 – Americana Festival, Franklin and Main streets, Centerville. 5K run at 7:30 a.m.; parade at 10 a.m.; street fair 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., featuring 300 art, craft, and food booths. Kick off the festival on the 4th with music and fireworks at Centerville High School Stadium, 500 E. Franklin St.; gates open at 6 p.m. 937-433-5898 or www.americanafestival.org. JUL. 8–11 – Greenville Farm Power of the Past, Darke Co. Fgds., 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville. $5; free for age 12 and under. Featuring International Harvester tractors, equipment, lawn and garden tractors, trucks, and gas engines; Sears lawn and garden tractors; and hot air engines. 937-547-1845 or www.greenvillefarmpower.org. JUL. 9–11 – Kathy Slack Troy Summer Skating Competition, Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy. Figure and freestyle competition. www. troyskatingclub.org. JUL. 10–11 – Dayton Air Show, Dayton International Airport, 3800 Wright Dr., Vandalia. See website for details about the new drive-in format. Starting at $99 for a carload of 6. See the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as well as a lineup of amazing performers. www.daytonairshow.com.




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JUN. 25 – Joe Leaman and Friends, Secrest Arboretum Amphitheater, 2122 Williams Rd., Wooster, 6:30–8:30 pm. Free. The steel drum ensemble brings you the high-energy sounds of the Caribbean. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave. 419853-6016 or www.ormaco.org. JUN. 25–27 – Cy Young Days Festival, Newcomerstown. Food, entertainment, contests and competitions, car show, old-fashioned baseball games, and parade featuring a former Cy Young Award winner. Check website for updates. www. cyyoungdaysfestival.com. THROUGH JUN. 30 – Ohio Pioneers Exhibit, Historic JUN. 26–27 – Kelleys Island Motorcycle Tour, Fort Steuben, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville, Mon.–Fri., throughout Kelleys Island. Begin a self-led ride to the 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Display based on the acclaimed Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line in Marblehead; once David McCullough book The Pioneers, which you arrive on the island, visit all 10 stops to enter the chronicles the early settlement of Ohio. 740-283-1787 grand prize drawing. Registration on Jun. 17, 10 a.m.– or www.oldfortsteuben.com. 2 p.m., at Mad River Harley Davidson, 5316 Milan Rd., THROUGH JUL. 29 – Fort Steuben Summer Sandusky. $10 fee gets you a scorecard and ferry Concert Series, Fort Steuben Park, 120 S. 3rd St., access wristband; $20 per bike for the round-trip ferry Steubenville, every Thursday evening. Free. Featuring ride. 419-746-2360 or www.kelleysislandchamber. a variety of live musical performances. Bring a blanket com. or chair. 740-283-1787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com. JUN. 27 – Bus Trip to Cleveland’s Playhouse THROUGH OCT. 30 – “Live Birds of Prey,” Square: My Fair Lady, departure from Medina at Mohican State Park Lodge and Conference Cr., 11:30 a.m., return trip at 5 p.m. From Lincoln Center 4700 Goon Rd., Perrysville, every Saturday at 7 Theater comes director Bartlett Sher’s glowing p.m. Enjoy an up-close experience with a variety production of the Lerner and Loewe classic. Hop on of Ohio’s bird species. Presented by the Ohio Bird the bus at Buehler’s River Styx in Medina, enjoy a Sanctuary. Free and open to the public. 419-938catered box lunch, flowing beverages, homemade 5411 or www.discovermohican.com/event. cookies, chocolates, a trivia quiz, and more! Seating JUN. 11–13 – Founders’ Day Weekend, Stan Hywet is limited, so book now to avoid disappointment. Orchestra seating, $105; balcony seating, $75. Call Hall and Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron. www. 419-853-6016 or visit www.ormaco.org. stanhywet.org. JUN. 27 – Akron-Canton Comic Con, Chapparell’s JUN. 19 – Opera Under the Stars, Uptown Park, Community Ctr., 2418 S. Arlington Rd., Akron (I-77 Medina, 7 p.m. Members of the Cleveland Opera at exit 120), 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $6; age 6 and under Theater return for the sixth season. Enjoy some of your favorite opera tunes and beloved melodies from free. Cosplay contest! www.harpercomics.com/ conventions.php. operettas and musicals, as well as lesser-known works. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics JUN. 30 – Father’s Day Car Show, Stan Hywet Hall to enjoy this free concert. In the event of rain, the and Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, 9 a.m.–3 concert will be held at the United Church of Christ, 217 p.m. $14, C. (6–17) $6, under 6 free. View 400 E. Liberty St. 419-853-6016 or www.ormaco.org. classic, antique, and collector cars manufactured from 1915 to 1996. New category is stock antique




JUN. 19–20 – Contemporary Muzzleloader Gun Exhibit, Prickett’s Fort, 88 State Park Rd., Fairmont, Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 12–4 p.m. Talk to the makers of these Early American firearms and get their insight on building these beautiful rifles. You will learn about the techniques and materials that are used for 21st-century gun building. 304-363-3030 or www.prickettsfort.org. JUL. 2–4 – Mountain State Art and Craft Fair, Cedar Lakes Conference Ctr., 82 FFA Dr., Ripley. 304514-2609 or https://visitripleywv.com. JUL. 4 – Independence Day Celebration, Prickett’s Fort, 88 State Park Rd., Fairmont, 12–4 p.m. Reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon. Come hear the reading of one of the greatest

motorcycles and production motorcycles, 1985 and earlier. www.stanhywet.org. JUN. 30–JUL. 4 – Orrville Firefighters Fire in the Sky July 4th Celebration, Orr Park, 440 N. Elm St., Orrville. Parade 6/30 at 7 p.m., fireworks 7/4 at 10:15 p.m., softball tournament, carnival, and more. This is what a hometown festival is all about! See website for a full list of festival events and times. 330-684-5051 or www.orrvillefireinthesky.com. JUL. 3 – Red, White & BOOM!, downtown riverfront and the Arena District, Columbus, noon–midnight. Kids’ activities, live music, parade, and much more, ending with Ohio’s largest fireworks display. Subject to cancellation due to COVID concerns, so check website for updates. www.redwhiteandboom.org. JUL. 4 – July 4th Celebration, Fort Steuben Park, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville. Music, food, fireworks, and festivities. 740-283-1787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com. JUL. 8–11 – Olde Canal Days Festival, 123 Tuscarawas St., Canal Fulton, Thur./Fri. 5–11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Parade, fireworks, rides, games, entertainment, arts and crafts, concessions, and St. Helena III canal boat rides. 330-854-9095 or www. discovercanalfulton.com. JUL. 10–11 – Ashland County Yesteryear Machinery Club Annual Show, Ashland County–West Holmes Career Ctr., 1783 St. Rte. 60, Ashland, Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Featuring the Buckeye Allis Club and Allis Chalmers tractors and equipment. All makes tractors/equipment and military vehicles are welcome. R/C pulls, truck and tractor pulls, kiddies’ pedal pull (Sun. noon), threshing, hit-and-miss engines. Food concessions available. Contact Kevin Williard at 330-496-3382. JUL. 11 – Antique Motorcycle Ride In/Display, Towpath Cabinn, 4462 Erie St. NW, Massillon, noon–3 p.m. Bring your antique bike or just come as a spectator. All are welcome! Sponsored by the Buckeye Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. JUL. 13–18 – Trumbull County Fair, 899 Everett Hull Rd., Cortland. An array of grandstand entertainment, daily shows, local bands, exhibits, and rides. 330-6376010 or www.trumbullcountyfair.com.

Submit listings AT LEAST 90 DAYS prior to the event to Ohio Cooperative Living, 6677 Busch Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229 or events@ohioec.org. Ohio Cooperative Living will not publish listings that don’t include a complete address or a number/website for more information.

documents ever written, second only to the United States Constitution. Half-price admission for all U.S. veterans and active military. 304-363-3030 or www. prickettsfort.org.

assist the helmsman in steering the canal boat. www. visitcoshocton.com/events-list.php. THROUGH OCT. 30 – Zanesville Farmers Market, Adornetto’s, 2224 Maple Ave., Zanesville, every Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. June through August, the market will als be open on North 3rd Street every Wednesday, 4–7 p.m. www. zanesvillefarmersmarket.org. JUN. 8, JUL. 13 – Inventors Network Meeting, virtual event, 7 p.m. Educational presentations and discussion about the invention process. The topic for June is “How to License an Idea without a Patent”; for July, “How Industrial Design Could Enhance the Appeal of My Invention.” 614-470-0144 or www. inventorscolumbus.com. THROUGH SEP. 25 – Canal Winchester Farmers Market, 100 N. High St., Canal Winchester, every JUN. 17–19 – Washboard Music Festival, Main Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. Locally grown produce, home- Street, Logan. Free. Ohio’s most unique music and baked goods, fresh meat, and craft items. 614-270arts festival, celebrating the old-fashioned washboard 5053 or go to www.thecwfm.com. as a musical instrument. Featuring music with rub THROUGH SEP. 30 – Pickerington Farmers Market, board or washboard percussion, plus arts/crafts, demonstrations, food concessions, kids’ activities, 89 N. Center St., Pickerington, every Thursday, 4–7 Columbus Washboard Factory tours, and other special p.m. Fresh produce, baked goods, crafts, and more. events. 740-277-1806, washboardfestival@gmail.com, www.pickeringtonvillage.com/events. or www.washboardmusicfestival.com. THROUGH OCT. 16 – Lorena Sternwheeler Public JUN. 18 – United Way Day of Action, downtown Cruises, Zanesville, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Lancaster, 9 a.m.–noon. Free event for kids and Saturdays. See website for schedule. $12, Srs. $10, C. (2–12) $8. Enjoy a relaxing cruise down the Muskingum families. Free T-shirts to the first 250 kids. Event will include games and activities promoting physical activity River. Board at Zane’s Landing Park, located on and fun! 740-653-0643 or www.uwayfairfieldco.org. the west end of Market Street. 740-455-8282, www.facebook.com/LorenaSternwheeler, or www. JUN. 28–JUL. 3 – Marion County Fair, 220 E. visitzanesville.com/Lorena. Fairground St., Marion. Harness racing, truck and THROUGH OCT. 17 – Monticello III Canal Boat Rides, tractor pulls, rodeo, rides, live music, and much more. Enjoy spectacular fireworks at 10 p.m. on the 3rd. 740Sat./Sun. 1–4 p.m. $8, Srs. $7, Stds. (6–18) $6, under 6 free. Huge draft horse teams pull the canal boat along 382-2558 or www.marioncountyfairgrounds.com. an original section of the Ohio and Erie Canal as the JUN. 30–JUL. 4 – Ashville 4th of July Celebration, boat captain entertains you with tall tales and history of Ashville Park (across from 200 E. Station St.), 1800s life on the canal. You’ll feel like you’ve actually Ashville. Our five-day celebration features our glided right into the 1830s! You might even get to famous fish fry, where we’ll be frying over 2,500



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. 740-593-6763 or www. athensfarmersmarket.org. JUN. 11–12 – Southern Ohio Forest Rally, Chillicothe/Scioto Trails (Friday), West

Portsmouth/Shawnee Forest (Saturday). www. southernohioforestrally.com. 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 the legendary Shawnee leader as he defends his sacred homelands in the 1700s. 740-775-4100 or www. tecumsehdrama.com. JUN. 18 – AAP/Millennium Street Rodders Cruise-In, Advance Auto Parts, 1717 Southgate Pkwy., Cambridge, 5 p.m. All years of cars, trucks, motorcycles, and rat rods are welcome. Old-time music and 50/50. 740-435-0144. JUN. 19 – National Road Bike Show and Ribfest, downtown Cambridge, 11.am.–7 p.m. Hot rods, Harleys, Yamahas, and more will take over Wheeling Avenue from 8th Street to 10th Street. Live entertainment, vendors, food trucks, and more. 740439-2238 or www.downtowncambridge.com. JUN. 22–25 – Passport to Fun: Summer Camp at the Museum, Ohio River Museum, 610 Front St., Marietta, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $100 per student. For children ages 7–12. Register at https:// mariettamuseums.org/events. JUL. 1–4 – Beast of the East Baseball Tournament, locations throughout eastern/ southeastern Ohio, as well as West Virginia and

pounds of perch. Free entertainment daily, three parades, lots of great food, and a large midway. Grand Parade at 11 a.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. on the 4th. http://ashville4thofjuly.com. JUL. 3–4 – Stars and Stripes on the River, Zane’s Landing Park, west end of Market Street (along river), Zanesville. Live music, great food, and activities for all ages. Fireworks on the 4th. All proceeds benefit the community. www.zanesvillejaycees.org/Events/StarsStripes-On-The-River-Zanesville-Ohio. JUL. 8–10 – Pottery Lovers Show and Sale, Holiday Inn Express, 1101 Spring St., Zanesville. Join fellow pottery lovers from across the nation at the largest and oldest gathering of pottery collectors and dealers. 609-407-9997, potteryloversinfo@gmail.com, or www. potterylovers.org. JUL. 9-11 – Lilyfest 2021. Celebrate Lilyfest’s 30th anniversary in-person at Bishop Educational Gardens, 13200 Little Cola Road, Rockbridge. Beautiful garden experience and outdoor education combined with Appalachian artwork, folk music, and more. Reservations required in advance at http://www.lilyfest. com, Free admission, $5 parking. JUL. 11 – The Nostalgics, Victoria Opera House, 101 S. Main St., Baltimore, 3 p.m. Under the direction of Dr. Charles Hildreth, this dynamic big band will fill the historic opera house with swinging music from the Great American Songbook! 614-450-0237 or www. baltimoredowntownrestoration.com. JUL. 11 – Union County Master Gardener Tour of Gardens, 18000 OH-4, Marysville, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tickets $8 presale, $10 day of tour. See landscaping examples of perennial, shade, wildflower, and vegetable gardens at residences and the demonstration gardens at the Agricultural Center. There will be educational displays at each site. 937644-8117, https://union.osu.edu, or on Facebook: http:// bit.ly/UCMGFB.

southwestern Pennsylvania. The largest baseball tournament in the country, with over 160 teams. The tournament also offers an annual baseball showcase where participants perform for college coaches and professional baseball scouts. 304281-0525, beastoftheeast@gmail.com, or www. beastoftheeast.org. JUL. 2–3 – Gallipolis River Recreation Festival, Gallipolis City Park, 300 block of Second Ave., Gallipolis. Parade, contests, musical entertainment, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, food, fireworks, and more. 740-446-0596 or www.gallipolisriverrec.com. JUL. 2–4 – Ohio Jeep Fest, Ross Co. Fgds., 344 Fairgrounds Rd., Chillicothe. $10–$30, free for ages 12 and under. Drivers test their wheeling skills and participate in trail-rated challenges. Daily kids’ zone, vendors, obstacle course, mud pits, food, and fun for the whole family. www.ohiojeepfest.com. JUL. 10–11 – Epworth Park Chautauqua Days, Epworth Park, 211 Virginia St., Bethesda. Take a stroll down memory lane and relive the feelings of the days of yore at this historic Methodist Campground. Stroll along the lake, enjoy the beautiful fountain, and reminisce under the majestic oaks at the park. This event features a parade, youth fishing tournament, craft vendors, concession stands, miniature train rides for children, live music, car show, and much more. www.visitbelmontcounty.com/events.





Ohio landscape 1.  Driving the back roads of Washington County. Amy Hacker Washington Electric Cooperative member



2.  Outside of Heritage Park in Colerain Township on a warm, overcast October day. Herman Meyer Butler Rural Electric Cooperative member 3.  One of the trails at Hocking Hills State Park in Logan. Janeen Melroy North Central Electric Cooperative member 4.  Ohio countryside in Tuscarawas County, 2021. Rose Edwards Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative member


5.  Horses and sheep frolic in the meadow in Knox County. Rachel Blevins Consolidated Cooperative member 6.  Located in Tuscarawas County outside Berlin. Jodi Bird South Central Power Company member Below: Countryside cabin off the side roads in Blue Creek.


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