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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
The Tesla Model S had a surprising amount of cargo and passenger space for the author’s family of four.
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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
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:
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
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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.”
Wooly Pig Farm Brewery, 23631 Township Road 167, Fresno, Ohio, 43824. 740-693-5050; www. woolypigfarmbrewery.com.
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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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.
18 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • JUNE 2021
Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees has canceled the 2021 public annual meeting. The election of candidates will remain the same, and results of the election will be published on HWEC’s website on June 24, 2021, and in the August edition of Ohio Cooperative Living. All key information, including messages from the president/CEO and trustee chairman, that would have been presented at the meeting will be published in the August Ohio Cooperative Living magazine and posted on our website at www.hwecoop.com.
HOLMES-WAYNE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE 2020 ANNUAL REPORT
JUNE 2021 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 21
TRUSTEE TRUSTEEELECTIONS ELECTIONS
BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTION
Congress Township in Wayne County and Jackson Township in Ashland County
Paint and Walnut Creek townships in Holmes County, Paint Township in Wayne County, Wayne Township in Tuscarawas County, and Sugarcreek Township in Stark County
Perry, Mohican, Lake, and Hanover townships in Ashland County, Washington and Ripley townships in Holmes County, and Clinton Township in Wayne County
Candidate information is presented as provided by each candidate. HWEC Code of Regulations requires a nominating committee consisting of one member from each of the nine districts to select a minimum of one and maximum of three candidates for the election process.
22 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • JUNE 2021
TRUSTEE TRUSTEEELECTIONS ELECTIONS
Name: Randy Sprang (Incumbent) Home address: 1601 County Road 200, Dundee, OH 44624 Email address: email@example.com Number of years as a member of the cooperative: 44
Any additional information you feel is essential for members to be aware of: My wife and I are active members of the Agape Fellowship Church in Berlin. I served 10 years on the leadership team. Spouse, children and/or grandchildren: Wife, Dora. We have been married for 45 years. 3 sons, 2 daughters, and 11 grandchildren. Name: Matt Johnson Home address: 1844 Township Road 675, Dundee, OH 44624
Cooperative voting district: 1
Education and specific degree: High School Graduate, West Holmes High School - 1972
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Number of years as a member of the cooperative: 14
Current employment or employment history: Retired from the Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center in Wooster, OH after 37 years of service. I continue to work there as a seasonal employee. Leadership and community activities: I have been on the HWEC board of trustees for 18 years. I am currently serving as board chairman. I have also served as a Paint Township Trustee for the past 27 years. Why are you interested in becoming a member of the HWEC Board of Trustees or serving another term? I am a proud member of the HWEC board of trustees. I believe my experience and knowledge will continue to benefit the members of HWEC. Any additional information you feel is essential for members to be aware of: I have successfully completed the Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate, the Board Leadership Certificate and the Director Gold Certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Spouse, children and/or grandchildren: Wife, Bonnie. Children Brian, Cliff (Missy), Dan (Lacey), and 4 grandchildren. Name: Henry Beachy Home address: 10154 Lower Trail Road, Dundee, OH 44624 Email address: email@example.com Number of years as a member of the cooperative: 35 Cooperative voting district: 1 Current employment or employment history: Grew up on a farm, owned & operated the farm until 2008. Founder of Holmes Rental Station, Inc. with three locations in Sugarcreek, Millersburg, and Mount Vernon. Had this business for 24 years now two of our sons are taking this over and our oldest son is taking over the farm.
Cooperative voting district: 1 Education and specific degree: Bachelor of Science, civil engineering, University of Kentucky; Master of Science, civil engineering, University of Kentucky
Current employment or employment history: I have been employed by Palmer Engineering for 21 years. For the past 14 years, I have served as the manager of Palmer Engineering’s Eastern Ohio operations. My position involves managing bridge, roadway, and other infrastructure engineering projects throughout eastern Ohio. Leadership and community activities: I currently serve as a ruling elder at Zion Reformed Church, as the sexton of the Winesburg Westlawn Cemetery, as a member of the Winesburg Parks & Recreation Association, as a member of the board of directors of the Cuyahoga Valley Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers, and as the Vice President of the Holmes County Republican Party Central Committee. Why are you interested in becoming a member of the HWEC Board of Trustees or serving another term? As an engineer involved in the decision and construction of infrastructure, I appreciate the importance of reliable, cost-effective electricity; I also appreciate the important contributions our co-op makes to the community through education, scholarships, and encouraging wise, sustainable development. I would like to apply my background and skills to assist the co-op in these missions. Spouse, children and/or grandchildren: Wife, Holley who is the Executive Director of the Holmes Center for the Arts. Children - Gus, Phinehas, and Lydia who are all students in the East Holmes District.
Leadership and community activities: Started Holmes Rental and took it to 3 locations and 45 employees. Did not participate in many community activities. Why are you interested in becoming a member of the HWEC Board of Trustees or serving another term? I have always enjoyed being involved in business management and decision making.
JUNE 2021 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 22A
Name: Jackie McKee (Incumbent) Home address: 8249 State Route 754, Shreve, OH 44676 Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Number of years as a member of the cooperative: 38 Cooperative voting district: 3
Education and specific degree: Graduate of University of Akron/Wayne College in business management and accounting.
Current employment or employment history: Currently serving 22nd year as Holmes County Auditor. Served 8 years as Ripley Township Fiscal Officer prior. Leadership and community activities: Farm Bureau member and past director for 9 years, past 4-H advisor, member of Wooster Methodist Church, member of Holmes County Chamber of Commerce, serve on executive committee of County Auditor Association of Ohio, past president of Northeast Auditors Association. Why are you interested in becoming a member of the HWEC Board of Trustees or serving another term? I am grateful for the opportunity to serve cooperative members as a trustee. I believe in the cooperative model and membership representation. I appreciate working with an organization that practices good management and has a commitment to the community. My background and experience will allow me to ensure the mission of HWEC continues by providing its members reliable and affordable electric service. Any additional information you feel is essential for members to be aware of: I have attended educational classes to advance my industry knowledge and better serve the HWEC membership. I have obtained the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Credentialed Cooperative Director Certification, the Board Leadership Certificate and most recently the Director Gold Credential. Spouse, children and/or grandchildren: Husband, Dale; children – Joel (Brittney) McKee, Jessica (Joey) Franklin; grandchildren – Kade, Korbin and Josie.
Education and specific degree: High School Graduate, Loudonville High School; Tech Training at old NCTC in Mansfield Current employment or employment history: Currently working at TC Energy (old Columbia Gas) for 25 years. Worked at Mansfield Plumbing from 1975-1995 as a Tool & Die Maker Leadership and community activities: NRA Member. Looking to get more involved in community activities when I retire this year. Why are you interested in becoming a member of the HWEC Board of Trustees or serving another term? Going to retire this year and will have time to invest. Any additional information you feel is essential for members to be aware of: Have a lot to learn about HWEC. But willing to give it my best. Spouse, children and/or grandchildren: Wife, Doreen; children – Kenneth, Marcia, LeighAnn; grandchildren – Emlyn, Ruth, Charolette, Henry, Leo and Mave. Name: Barb Landis Home address: 14734 Township Road 453, Lakeville, OH 44634 Email address: email@example.com Number of years as a member of the cooperative: 19 Cooperative voting district: 3 Education and specific degree: High School Graduate, Northwestern High School; Bachelor of Science, nursing; Master of Business Administration
Current employment or employment history: Retired from Wooster Community Hospital Leadership and community activities: Teach young adult Sunday School & previously served on church council (various positions) at St. John Lutheran. Coordinate Helping Hands Food Pantry (Loudonville). Master gardener – volunteer at Big Prairie Memorial Park. Before pandemic volunteered at Nashville Elementary. Member of Mohican Quilt Club.
Name: Jonathan Edmondson
Why are you interested in becoming a member of the HWEC Board of Trustees or serving another term? I believe in serving the community in which I live.
Home address: 3106 County Road 529, Loudonville, OH 44842
Spouse, children and/or grandchildren: Husband, Richard; 3 sons; grandchildren & great grandchildren.
Email address: Jonathan_Edmondson@ tcenergy.com Number of years as a member of the cooperative: 35+ Cooperative voting district: 3
22B OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • JUNE 2021
Name: David Tegtmeier (Incumbent) Home address: 11360 Franchester Road, West Salem, OH 44287
Spouse, children and/or grandchildren: Wife, Rita; son – Luke (Kathrine), son Mark, daughter Jill (Dennis) with granddaughters Savanna and Lacey.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Michael Haley
Number of years as a member of the cooperative: 38
Home address: 11203 Mullinix Road, West Salem, OH 44287
Cooperative voting district: 7
Email address: email@example.com
Education and specific degree: High School Graduate, Northwestern High School; Associate degree, computer programming, North Central Technical College
Number of years as a member of the cooperative: 9
Current employment or employment history: Employed at Ashland University as a senior audio/visual technician.; self employed part-time farmer (soybeans, hay, corn, and wheat), previously employed by First Merit/Peoples Federal; and served in the United State Air Force. Leadership and community activities: Served on Congress Township committees, active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in New Pittsburg, member of the Wayne County Farm Bureau and NRA. Why are you interested in becoming a member of the HWEC Board of Trustees or serving another term? I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to serve as a trustee for the past six years. It has been an informative and fulfilling time. I like the cooperative business model because it works. As a member/owner like you, we can be very proud to be part of an organization that is one of Ohio’s best electric cooperatives when it comes to rates, safety, reliability, and growth. Any additional information you feel is essential for members to be aware of: There are seven cooperative principles with one being education of members and employees. I have obtained the credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate and Board Leadership Certificate. If re-elected, I will continue the classes provided by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Cooperative voting district: 7
Michael Haley Education and specific degree: Bachelor of Science, agricultural business and applied economics, Ohio State University Current employment or employment history: Managing Member Haley Farms; Partner – Haley Bros Partnership Leadership and community activities: Farm Bureau member, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association member, Ohio Simmental Association member, former trustee for Wayne County Farm Bureau. Why are you interested in becoming a member of the HWEC Board of Trustees or serving another term? I am a firm believer that cooperatives should have a strong & engaged board of trustees that is member led. As trustee I would strive to keep competitive rates and excellent service to the community as the cooperative plans for future changes in how our electric is provided, distributed, and used. Spouse, children and/or grandchildren: Wife, Pam; children – Samantha & Charles
MINUTES FROM THE ANNUAL MEETING
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees canceled the 2020 public annual meeting. The election of candidates remained the same, and results of the election were published on HWEC’s website on June 25, 2020, and in the August edition of Ohio Cooperative Living. All key information, including messages from the president/CEO and trustee chairman, that would have been presented at the June 25, 2020, meeting was published in the August Ohio Cooperative Living magazine and posted on our website at www.hwecoop.com.
JUNE 2021 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 22C
OPERATION ROUND UP
OPERATION ROUND UP SUMMARY
Hearts of our members! We are honored to share how the big hearts of our Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative members are changing our community. Through the HWEC Operation Round Up Foundation, members are using a simple program to change lives. In 2020, the foundation donated over $58,000 to local individuals, families, and organizations in our community. So, how does the foundation work? Over 7,200 HWEC members have chosen to have their monthly electric bill rounded up to the next dollar. That spare change is placed into the Operation Round Up Foundation. A five-member community board reviews the applications and selects distributions based on the mission of the foundation. Can you believe that since the foundation’s inception in 2006, over $750,000 has been distributed back to our
local counties? The program is successful because the donation is not a large burden on anyone and it stays local. This is the same concept of how your electric cooperative was founded. Local community members came together to bring electricity to the rural area. Now, through Operation Round Up, we are helping each other out during difficult and unexpected medical emergencies, house fires, and situations that have fallen through the cracks of other agencies. We take care of our own! If you want to join this program, it’s easy. Just give us a call toll-free at 866-674-1055. We can easily enroll you in the program. Also, if you are aware of someone in need, you can find our application on our website at hwecoop.com or you can give us a call. Thank you for your continued commitment to our great community!
The Operation Round Up board, pictured from left to right: (front) Glenn Miller, Lisa Grassbaugh, (back) Jonathan Berger, Dan Mathie, and Matt Johnson.
22D OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • JUNE 2021
OPERATION ROUND UP Assist individual with medical condition – West Salem $500 Adaptive Sports Program, sled hockey – Wooster $1,000 Assist family with bed for child – Millersburg $213.76 Assist a family with transportation for medical appointments – Wooster $500 National Alliance for Mental Illness – Wayne and Holmes counties $500 YMCA, after-school program – Wooster $1,000 Camp fees for children with disabilities – Wooster $500 Assist individual with home needs for a medical condition – West Salem $1,062.87 Assist family with beds for children – Millersburg $510 West Salem Outreach and Food Pantry, emergency funds for COVID $1,000 Light House Love Center, emergency funds for COVID – Millersburg $1,000 St. Stephans Church Meals and More, emergency funds for COVID – West Salem $1,000 Millersburg Church of God Food Pantry, emergency funds for COVID $1,000 Wooster Methodist Meals Together Inc., emergency funds for COVID $1,000 Glenmont Food Pantry, emergency funds for COVID $1,000 Shreve United Methodist Food Pantry, emergency funds for COVID $1,000 The Lord’s Pantry, emergency funds for COVID – West Salem $1,000 Apple Creek United Methodist Church Food Pantry, emergency funds For COVID $1,000 Assist family with beds for children – Millersburg $510 Assist family with basic needs after house fire – Big Prairie $1,500 Pomerene Health Auxiliary $1,000 OneEighty, assist with addiction treatment programs $500 United Way, Imagination Library, books for children $500 Assist individual with home needs – Wooster $381.27 Holmes County Sheriff and Millersburg Police Dept., K9 unit and trauma equipment $1,000 Pomerene Health Foundation $500 Holmes County Home and Senior Center – processing of donated fair animals $2,500 Adaptive Sports Program, wheelchair basketball – Wooster $1,000 Ashland/Wayne Young Ag Professionals, holiday toy drive $250 American Red Cross – Festival of Trees Fundraiser $1,500 West Salem Police Auxiliary $1,000 Holmes County Center for Arts $1,500 The Lord’s Pantry – West Salem $1,000 Wayne County Agencies – processing of donated fair animals $2,500 Assist family with beds for children – Wooster $280 Assist individual with home needs for a medical condition – Wooster $2,000 Assist family with beds for children – Wooster $765 Share-A-Christmas – Holmes County $1,000 West Salem Outreach and Food Pantry $1,000 Light House Love Center – Holmes County $1,000 Salvation Army – Wayne County $1,000 Salvation Army – Holmes County $1,000 Town and Country Fire & Rescue, West Salem Toy Drive $1,000 Christian Children’s Home – Wooster $1,000 Meals and More – West Salem $1,000
JUNE 2021 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 22E
OPERATION ROUND UP Meals on Wheels – Holmes County Senior Center $1,000 OneEighty, domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health services – Holmes County $1,000 OneEighty, domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health services – Wayne County $1,000 American Red Cross $1,000 Hospice – Holmes and Wayne counties $1,000 Viola Startzman Health Clinic – Wooster $1,000 Church of God, food pantry – Millersburg $1,000 Meals Together, Wooster Methodist Church – Wooster $1,000 Glenmont Food Pantry $1,000 Shreve United Methodist Church, food pantry $1,000 Mohican Area Community Fund $250 Goodwill Industries of Wayne and Holmes Counties Inc. $1,000 The Lord’s Pantry – West Salem $1,000 New Leaf Center, clinic for special needs children – Mount Eaton $1,000 Apple Creek United Methodist Church Food Pantry $500 Community Christmas Outreach – ACUMC Church $500 Nick Amster Workshop – Wayne County $1,000 Hillsdale CARES food drive $500 TOTAL $58,722.90
Operation Round Up annual distribution 2020 – $58,722.90 2019 – $62,101.43 2018 – $59,807.74 2017 – $52,659.98 2016 – $56,137.27 2015 – $49,449.70 2014 – $48,216.56 2013 – $63,099.06 2012 – $51,343.99 2011 – $63,289.93 2010 – $59,670.87 2009 – $38,794.38 2008 – $38,279.61 2007 – $37,596.26 2006 – $31,986.93
22F OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • JUNE 2021
February 17, 2021 Board of Trustees Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. Millersburg, Ohio 44654
INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REPORT Report on the Financial Statements We have audited the accompanying financial statements of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. which comprise the balance sheets as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, and the related statements of revenue and expense, patronage capital and cash flows for the years then ended and the related notes to the financial statements.
Management’s Responsibility for the Financial Statements Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America; this includes the design, implementation, and maintenance of internal control relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
Auditor’s Responsibility Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement. An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the entity’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity’s internal control. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies
used and the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion.
Opinion In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the years then ended in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
Other Matter During the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, the Cooperative received $1,000,000 and $0, respectively, in long-term loan fund advances from CFC on loans controlled by the CFC Loan Agreement and/or Mortgage or Security Agreement.
Other Reporting Required by Government Auditing Standards In accordance with Government Auditing Standards, we have also issued our report dated February 17, 2021 on our consideration of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s internal control over financial reporting and on our tests of its compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements and other matters. The purpose of that report is to solely describe the scope of our testing of internal control over financial reporting and compliance and the results of that testing, and not to provide an opinion on the effectiveness of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative Inc.’s internal control over financial reporting or on compliance. That report is an integral part of an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards in considering HolmesWayne Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s internal control over financial reporting and compliance.
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JUNE 2021 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 22G
AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2020 AND 2019
UTILITY PLANT: Electric plant in service Construction work in progress Less: provision for accumulated depreciation Net utility plant
$ 93,220,999 3,473,729 96,694,728 23,149,366 73,545,362
$ 87,983,228 1,820,559 89,803,787 22,110,054 67,693,733
OTHER ASSETS AND INVESTMENTS: Retirement security plan prepayment Investments in associated organizations Patronage capital from associated organizations Total other assets and investments
309,971 2,227,264 20,028,896 22,566,131
464,956 2,253,680 19,887,678 22,606,314
705,784 5,214,324 1,018,005 123,322 7,061,435 $ 103,172,928
321,711 4,516,427 1,031,892 178,537 6,048,567 96,348,614
CURRENT ASSETS: Cash and cash equivalents Accounts receivable, net of allowance Materials and supplies Other current assets Total current assets Total assets
EQUITIES AND LIABILITIES
$ 40,768,367 1,986,371 (131,100) 42,623,638
$ 39,205,932 1,957,151 (137,400) 41,025,683
51,601,975 16,456 648,239 52,266,670
47,651,744 29,878 605,199 48,286,821
EQUITY: Patronage capital Other equities Accumulated other comprehensive loss Total equity
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES: Mortgage notes payable Deferred credits Postretirement benefit obligation Total long-term liabilities
CURRENT LIABILITIES: Current maturities of mortgage notes payable Line of credit Accounts payable Postretirement benefit obligation, current portion Accrued taxes Customers’ deposits Other current liabilities Total current liabilities Total equities and liabilities
1,909,000 1,000,000 3,200,264 20,100 1,424,510 145,585 583,161 8,282,620 $ 103,172,928 $
(The accompanying notes are an integral part of this statement.)
22H OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • JUNE 2021
1,680,000 3,286,422 12,200 1,373,109 164,670 519,709 7,036,110 96,348,614
STATEMENTS OF REVENUE AND EXPENSE
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2020 AND 2019
OPERATING REVENUES OPERATING EXPENSES:
Cost of purchased power 26,283,419 25,848,206 Operations 3,852,430 3,626,566 Maintenance 3,402,338 2,955,734 Consumer accounts 1,057,688 1,058,066 Customer service and informational expense 99,640 103,240 Administrative and general 1,871,262 1,870,098 Depreciation 2,785,256 2,693,439 Tax expense 1,482,179 1,486,274 Interest - other 4,683 5,081 Other deductions 1,000 2,597 Total cost of electric service 40,839,895 39,649,301 Operating margins before fixed charges 2,730,050 2,198,165 FIXED CHARGES, interest on long-term debt 1,728,851 1,717,200 Operating margins after fixed charges 1,001,199 480,965 PATRONAGE CAPITAL CREDITS: Generation and transmission credits, Buckeye Power, Inc. 1,351,484 1,228,289 Other credits 45,222 55,415 1,396,706 1,283,704 Net operating margins 2,397,905 1,764,669 NON-OPERATING MARGINS: Interest income 48,068 57,521 Other income 92,291 53,387 Gain on disposition of property 5,219 19,317 145,578 130,225 Net margins $ 2,543,483 $ 1,894,894 (The accompanying notes are an integral part of this statement.)
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2020 AND 2019
PATRONAGE CAPITAL, beginning of year
Net margins Retirement of capital credits PATRONAGE CAPITAL, end of year
2020 $ 39,205,932 2,543,483 (981,048) $ 40,768,367
2019 $ 38,638,584 1,894,894 (1,327,546) $ 39,205,932
(The accompanying notes are an integral part of this statement.)
JUNE 2021 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 22I
STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND 2018
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net margins Adjustments to reconcile net margins to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation Amortization of retirement security plan prepayment Non-cash capital credits received (Increase) decrease in assets: Accounts receivable, net Other current assets Increase (decrease) in liabilities: Accounts payable Accrued taxes Customers’ deposits Other current liabilities Deferred credits Postretirement benefit obligation Total adjustments Net cash provided by operating activities CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Construction and acquisition of utility plant Decrease (increase) in materials and supplies Investments in associated organizations Proceeds from redemption of capital credits Return of investment in associated organizations Net cash used in investing activities CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
2,785,256 154,985 (1,823,612) (697,897) 55,215
(86,158) 51,401 (19,085) 63,452 (13,422) 50,940 521,075 3,064,558
45,955 26,382 (8,595) 31,753 (2,454) 43,417 1,793,246 3,688,140
(8,636,885) 13,887 (7,255) 1,682,394 33,671 (6,914,188)
(5,248,611) (159,099) (6,843) 855,277 604 (4,558,672)
Net proceeds on line of credit Proceeds from mortgage notes payable Principal payments on mortgage notes payable Patronage capital credits retired Retired capital credits (claimed) unclaimed Donated capital received Actuarial gain on postretirement benefits Net cash provided by financing activities Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of year
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of year
1,000,000 5,950,000 3,000,000 (1,770,769) (1,554,636) (981,048) (1,327,546) (24,963) 14,491 54,183 49,602 6,300 6,300 4,233,703 188,211 384,073 (682,321) 321,711 1,004,032 $
(The accompanying notes are an integral part of this statement.)
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2,693,439 154,986 (1,298,254)
NOTES TO FINANCIALS
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS Investments
NOTE A: ORGANIZATION Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. (the Cooperative) is a non-profit corporation operating on a cooperative basis. Its primary purpose is to provide electric power and energy to its membership which includes individuals as well as commercial and industrial businesses.
NOTE B: SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
Investments in associated organizations are recorded at cost, which is the same as par value. The investments have no ready market and are included in the financial statements as long-term assets. These investments, for the most part, represent equity contributions in other cooperatives and patronage capital received from other cooperatives.
Materials and Supplies Inventory of materials and supplies not allocated to construction in progress is valued at average cost.
General The Cooperative’s accounting policies conform to generally accepted accounting principles of the United States of America following the accounting procedures common to rural electrical cooperatives and as recommended by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS).
The Cooperative maintains its cash and cash equivalents balances in multiple financial institution located in central Ohio. Deposits in interest-bearing and non-interest-bearing accounts are collectively insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) up to a coverage limit of $250,000 at each FDIC-insured depository institution. As a result, the Cooperative may have balances that exceed the insured limit.
The Cooperative is a Rural Electric Cooperative exempt from federal income taxes under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c) (12). Accordingly, no provision for federal income taxes has been made. An informational tax return, Form 990, is prepared and filed each year with the Internal Revenue Service. The Cooperative presently discloses or recognizes income tax positions based on management’s estimate of whether it is reasonably possible or probable, respectively, that a liability has been incurred for unrecognized income tax benefits. Interest and penalties would be recorded as operating expenses when they are incurred.
Estimates The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles general accepted in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
Electric Plant, Equipment and Depreciation The Cooperative records improvements and additions to the distribution plant at cost using continuing property records. Retirements are removed from the asset and accumulated depreciation accounts at a standard cost, which approximates original cost, which is updated periodically. The general plant and equipment is recorded at cost based on the unit method. Any retirements or disposals of general plant and equipment are removed at cost from the asset and accumulated depreciation. Depreciation is provided for by the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the property. The provisions are determined by the use of functional composite rates as follows: Distribution Plant General Plant: Structure and improvements Office furniture and equipment Computer equipment Transportation equipment Power operating equipment Communications equipment Other general plant
3.2% 2.0 - 5.0 % 10.0% 25.0% 14.0% 12.0% 10.0% 10.0%
Net margins arising from operations are allocated to the members in the form of capital credits based on each member’s billings during the year. No portion of the current allocation is paid in cash.
Statements of Cash Flows For purposes of the statements of cash flows, the Cooperative considers all highly liquid debt instruments with an original maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents. Net cash flows from operating activities include cash payments for interest of $1,730,240 and $1,719,627 for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. There were no payments for federal income taxes for 2020 or 2019.
Workers’ compensation During 2020, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation approved three dividends. The dividend in late April represented a rebate for the 2018 policy year. The dividend in October represented a rebate for the 2019 policy year. The November dividend was not a rebate of premium for any given year. The Cooperative has elected to record rebates of policy years in other income. As such the April and October dividends of $12,136 and $10,343, respectively, are recorded in other income. The November dividend of $35,277 does not relate to any one premium year and is therefore also recorded as other income.
NOTE C: REVENUE Revenue from the sale of electricity is recorded monthly based on consumer electricity consumption. The Cooperative bills monthly for all consumers. Commercial consumers with capacity in excess of 15 kW have “Demand” meters and are billed based upon automated meter readings taken at the end of each calendar month. All other consumers are billed based upon self-read meter readings. Substantially all of the
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NOTES TO FINANCIALS cooperative’s consumers are located in Holmes and Wayne counties. The allowance for doubtful accounts at December 31, 2020 and 2019 was $30,000. Bad debt expense for 2020 and 2019 was $11,031 and $19,454, respectively. The Cooperative derives its revenues primarily from sales of electricity. For such revenues, the Cooperative recognizes revenues in an amount derived from the electricity delivered to customers. The Cooperative calculates revenue earned but not yet billed based on the number of days not billed in the month, the estimated amount of energy delivered during those days and the estimated average price per customer class for that month. Differences between actual and estimated unbilled revenue are immaterial. The performance obligation in all arrangements is satisfied over time because the customer simultaneously receives and consumes the benefits as the Cooperative delivers or sells the electricity. The Cooperative records revenue for all of those sales based upon the volume delivered, which corresponds to the amount that the Cooperative has a right to invoice. There are no material initial incremental costs of obtaining a contract in any of the arrangements. The Cooperative does not adjust the promised consideration for the effects of a significant financing component if it expects, at contract inception, that the time between the delivery of promised goods or service and customer payment will be one year or less. The Cooperative does not have any material significant payment terms because it receives payment at or shortly after the point of sale. The Cooperative also has various other sources of revenue including billing, collection, other administrative charges, rent of utility property, and miscellaneous revenue. It classifies such revenues as other ASC 606 revenues to the extent they are not related to revenue generating activities from leasing.
NOTE D: UTILITY PLANT Listed below are the major classes of the electric plant as of December 31: Intangible Plant Distribution Plant General Plant Electric Plant in Service Construction Work in Progress
Total Utility Plant at Cost
2020 2019 $ 248,131 $ 248,131 82,912,604 78,456,220 10,060,264 9,278,877 93,220,999 87,983,228 3,473,729 1,820,559 $ 96,694,728
NOTE E: INVESTMENTS IN ASSOCIATED ORGANIZATIONS Investments in associated organizations consisted of the following on December 31: 2020 2019 Investments in Associated Organizations: Capital term certificates of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (NRUCFC) $ 622,020 $ 628,513 NRUCFC member capital securities 200,000 200,000 Equity contribution with Buckeye Power, Inc. 1,209,981 1,209,981 NRUCFC membership 1,000 1,000 Cooperative Response Center membership 12,500 12,500
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Rural Electric Supply Cooperative, Inc. membership - Heartland Emergency Equipment, Ltd. 181,763 CoBank common stock - Total investments in associated organizations $ 2,227,264
50 174,508 27,128 $ 2,253,680
NOTE F: PATRONAGE CAPITAL FROM ASSOCIATED ORGANIZATIONS Patronage Capital from associated organizations consisted of the following on December 31: 2020 2019 Patronage Capital from Associated Organizations: Rural Electric Supply Cooperative, Inc. $ - $ 408,096 Buckeye Power, Inc. 19,156,739 19,010,299 NRUCFC 192,583 181,924 National Information Solutions Cooperative 119,084 116,313 Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange 161,890 154,393 Cooperative Response Center membership 17,770 16,653 United Utility Supply Cooperative Corporation 380,830 Total patronage capital from associated organizations $ 20,028,896 $ 19,887,678
NOTE G: PATRONAGE CAPITAL At December 31, 2020 and 2019, patronage capital consisted of: Assignable Assigned Retired Total patronage capital
2020 2019 $ 2,543,483 $ 1,894,894 66,175,102 64,280,208 68,718,585 66,175,102 (27,950,218) (26,969,170) $ 40,768,367 $ 39,205,932
The Cooperative’s patronage capital balances represent 40 and 41 percent, respectively, of the total assets at December 31, 2020 and 2019. Capital credit retirements in the amount of $981,048 and $1,327,546 were paid in 2020 and 2019, respectively. The Cooperative received donated capital from members totaling $54,183 and $49,602 during 2020 and 2019, respectively, which is included in the patronage capital retired for the year. Patronage capital at December 31, 2020 and 2019 includes $22,451,975 and $21,946,833, respectively, reinvested in Buckeye Power, Inc. which has been restricted by action of the Board of Trustees and members of the Cooperative. This patronage capital reinvested in Buckeye Power, Inc. has been separately identified on the books of the Cooperative and will not be available for retirement by the Cooperative until retired in cash by Buckeye Power, Inc.
NOTES TO FINANCIALS NOTE H: OTHER EQUITIES At December 31, 2020 and 2019, other equities consisted of:
2020 2019 $ 1,284,610 $ 1,230,427
Donated capital Retired capital credits unclaimed Total other equities
701,761 $ 1,986,371
726,724 $ 1,957,151
NOTE I: BENEFIT PLANS All employees of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Retirement & Security Program, a multiemployer defined benefit pension plan qualified under Section 410 and tax exempt under Section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Cooperative makes annual contributions to the Program equal to the amounts accrued for pension expense except for the period when a moratorium on contributions is in effect. In this Plan, which is available to all member cooperatives of NRECA, the accumulated benefits and plan assets are not determined or allocated separately by individual employer. The pension expense for 2020 and 2019 was $724,481 and $657,180, respectively. All employees of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. are eligible to participate in the selected pension plan and trust defined contribution benefit plan administered by NRECA. The Cooperative contributes 1 percent of all eligible participants’ base salary and wages and matches up to an additional 4 percent of a participant’s voluntary contributions. The Cooperative expensed $153,521 and $143,275 for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
NOTE J: LONG-TERM DEBT Long-term debt is comprised substantially of mortgage notes payable to the United States of America (RUS & FFB) and supplemental mortgages to NRUCFC. Following is a summary of outstanding long-term debt as of December 31, 2020 and 2019: Loan Fixed Interest Rate Maturity Date RUS ADVANCE PAYMENTS UNAPPLIED CFC 6.250% 3/14/26 CFC 6.300% 7/28/29 CFC 4.100% - 4.850% 9/23/26 CFC 3.550% - 4.950% 11/25/39 FFB 4.503% 12/31/31 FFB 4.120% 12/31/31 FFB 2.736% 12/31/31 FFB 4.269% 12/31/31 FFB 4.295% 12/31/31 FFB 3.879% 12/31/31 FFB 2.009% 1/2/35 FFB 2.231% 1/2/35 FFB 2.795% 1/2/35 FFB 4.550% 1/2/35 FFB 4.353% 12/31/34 FFB 4.543% 12/31/34 FFB 3.889% 12/31/42 FFB 3.849% 12/31/42 FFB 4.419% 12/31/42 FFB 3.873% 1/2/46 FFB 2.763% 1/2/46 FFB 2.702% 1/2/46 FFB 2.330% 1/2/46 FFB 2.421% 1/2/46 FFB 2.777% 1/2/46 FFB 2.256% 1/2/46 FFB 2.331% 12/31/48 FFB 2.813% 12/31/48 FFB 1.965% 12/31/48 FFB 2.384% 12/31/48 FFB 2.308% 12/31/48 FFB 2.791% 12/31/48 FFB 2.936% 12/31/48 FFB 2.941% 12/31/52 MORTGAGE NOTES SUBTOTAL
2020 $(105) 206,813 196,789 487,521 5,445,890 535,733 1,005,417 484,945 269,645 541,345 521,398 566,293 555,726 573,314 634,421 634,561 1,539,969 4,805,994 2,399,681 1,712,064 1,718,677 1,167,046 1,081,738 1,398,735 1,031,369 1,978,320 826,690 897,713 1,810,730 1,690,705 2,153,087 1,640,237 1,761,603 947,291 1,479,366 $ 44,700,721
2019 $ (100) 241,022 213,795 565,635 5,678,874 572,592 1,076,297 522,240 288,476 579,087 558,721 600,985 589,187 606,338 666,169 666,829 1,617,077 4,941,853 2,467,868 1,757,239 1,758,767 1,199,049 1,111,662 1,439,527 1,061,062 2,032,460 851,052 920,203 1,852,717 1,735,585 2,206,576 1,681,481 1,802,597 968,822 1,500,000 $ 46,331,744
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NOTES TO FINANCIALS NOTE J: LONG-TERM DEBT (continued) MORTGAGE NOTES SUBTOTAL $ 44,700,721 $ 46,331,744 FFB 1.862% 12/31/52 2,949,814 3,000,000 FFB 1.175% 12/31/52 1,961,736 FFB 1.071% 12/31/52 1,960,482 FFB 1.208% 12/31/52 1,938,222 TOTAL MORTGAGE NOTES 53,510,975 49,331,744 LESS: CURRENT PORTION OF MORTGAGE NOTES 1,909,000 1,680,000 LONG-TERM MORTGAGE NOTES PAYABLE $ 51,601,975 $ 47,651,744 The annual maturities of long-term debt for the next five years are as follows: 2021 $ 1,909,000 2022 2,446,000 2023 2,005,000 2024 2,131,000 2025 2,182,000 Thereafter 42,837,975 $ 53,510,975 The Cooperative has available $5,550,000 in loan funds from FFB that have not been advanced to the Cooperative as of December 31, 2020.
NOTE K: SHORT-TERM DEBT The short-term line of credit of $10,000,000 and $5,000,000 maximum is available to the Cooperative on loan commitments from NRUCFC at December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. The interest rate on the line of credit at December 31, 2020 and 2019 was 2.45 percent and 3.25 percent, respectively, with outstanding balances on the line of $1,000,000 and $0, for 2020 and 2019, respectively. Substantially all of the assets of the Cooperative are pledged for the mortgage notes payable and the line of credit. Principal and interest installments on the above notes are due either quarterly or monthly. The Cooperative also has a corporate charge card agreement in place with US Bank and NRUCFC. The terms of the agreement state that CFC will extend the Cooperative credit, if needed, at CFC’s current line of credit rate, payable upon demand by CFC.
NOTE L: DEFERRED CREDITS Deferred credits are summarized as follows: Consumer energy prepayments Construction deposits
2020 2019 $ 1,498 $ 1,773 14,958 28,105 $ 16,456 $ 29,878
NOTE M: COMMITMENTS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS The Cooperative purchases all of its power from Buckeye Power, Inc., a non-profit corporation operating on a cooperative basis whose membership includes HolmesWayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. Rates for service members of Buckeye Power, Inc. are in accordance with the provisions of the Wholesale Power Agreement. The Cooperative had
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accounts payable due to Buckeye Power, Inc. of $2,355,205 and $2,188,563 at December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. The Cooperative purchases material from United Utility Supply Cooperative Corporation, formerly, Rural Electric Supply Cooperative, Inc., of which it is an owner and member. Total purchases were $1,513,221 and $1,536,435 for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. The Cooperative has an agreement with National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), St. Louis, Missouri to participate in data processing services offered by NISC. This contract will continue until terminated by written notice given by either party. The total expense under this agreement was $182,602 and $180,489 for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. The Cooperative borrows funds from National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation of which it is a member and owner (see also Note J and K). The Cooperative has an investment in Heartland Emergency Equipment, Ltd., a limited liability company (LLC). The LLC’s members consist of 12 rural electric cooperatives. The purpose of the LLC is for the cooperatives to pool resources for the provision and use of emergency substation equipment. The investment balance is disclosed in Note E. The Cooperative has an investment in Cooperative Response Center (CRC). CRC provides after hours emergency telephone services for the Cooperative. Total fees for services were $43,915 and $47,534 for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. The Cooperative maintains insurance coverage through Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange of which it is a member and owner. Total premiums paid were $114,730 and $112,812 for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
NOTES TO FINANCIALS NOTE N: ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
The following table sets forth the accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) at December 31: 2020 2019 Accumulated other comprehensive loss, beginning of year $ (137,400) $ (143,700) Actuarial gain on postretirement benefits 6,300 6,300 Accumulated other comprehensive loss, end of year $ (131,100) $ (137,400)
NOTE O: EMPLOYEE POSTRETIREMENT BENEFITS The Cooperative sponsors an unfunded defined benefit postretirement medical insurance plan, which covers substantially all employees retiring from the Cooperative. Such a plan requires the recording of the net periodic postretirement benefit cost as employees render services necessary to earn such benefits, and requires the accrual of the postretirement benefit obligation (including any unfunded portion of the plan). RUS is not requiring the Cooperative to fund the plan. The Cooperative is paying benefits to retirees on a “pay-as-yougo” basis. Therefore, there are no assets available for benefits. The following table sets forth the plan’s accrued postretirement benefit obligation (“APBO”) at December 31: APBO, beginning of year Service cost Interest cost Amortization Additional expenses Less: actual cash payments and actuarial adjustment APBO, end of year Less: current portion APBO, long-term portion
2020 2019 $ 617,399 $ 573,982 31,000 31,000 26,240 24,394 (6,300) (6,300) - 785 - 668,339 (20,100) $ 648,239
(6,462) 617,399 (12,200) $ 605,199
Benefits expected to be paid, representing expected future service, are as follows: 2021 $ 20,100 2022 31,400 2023-2027 352,700 The annual health care cost trend rates, which have a significant effect on the amounts reported, are assumed as follows: Medical / Drugs 2020 7.00% 2021 6.50% 2022 6.25% 2023 6.00% 2024 5.75% 2025 5.50% 2026 5.25% 2027 and later 5.00% The weighted-average discount rate used in determining the accumulated postretirement benefit obligation was 4.25 percent.
NOTE P: RETIREMENT SECURITY PLAN PREPAYMENT At the December 2012 meeting of the I&FS Committee of the NRECA Board of Directors, the Committee approved an option
to allow participating cooperatives in the Retirement Security (RS) Plan (a defined benefit multiemployer pension plan) to make a prepayment and reduce future required contributions. The prepayment amount is a cooperative’s share, as of January 1, 2013, of future contributions required to fund the RS Plan’s unfunded value of benefits earned to date using Plan actuarial valuation assumptions. The prepayment amount will typically equal approximately 2.5 times a cooperative’s annual RS Plan required contribution as of January 1, 2013. After making the prepayment, for most cooperatives the billing rate is reduced by approximately 25%, retroactive to January 1, 2013. The 25% differential in billing rates is expected to continue for approximately 15 years. However changes in interest rates, asset returns and other plan experience different from that expected, plan assumption changes, and other factors may have an impact on the differential in billing rates and the 15 year period. On February 28, 2013 the Cooperative made a prepayment of $1,549,855 to the NRECA RS Plan. The cooperative is amortizing this amount over 10 years. The Cooperative obtained a loan through NRUCFC to finance the RS Plan prepayment. Interest expense associated with the prepayment loan was accounted for in accordance with the RUS USOA.
NOTE Q: SUBSEQUENT EVENTS Management has evaluated subsequent events through February 17, 2021, the date on which the financial statements were issued.
NOTE R: RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-02 entitled “Leases (Topic 842),” which will change the Cooperative’s balance sheet by adding lease-related assets and liabilities. This may affect compliance with any contractual agreements and loan covenants. This new standard is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2021 with early implementation permitted. Management has not yet determined whether this new standard will have a material effect on its financial statements.
NOTE S: COVID-19 In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic which continues to spread throughout the United States and the world. The Cooperative is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and the related business and travel restrictions, as well as changes to behavior intended to reduce its spread and its impact on the Cooperative’s employees. Due to the rapid development and fluidity of this situation, the magnitude and duration of the pandemic and its impact on the Cooperative’s operations and liquidity is uncertain as of the date of this report. No adjustments have been made to the amounts reported in these financial statements as a result of this matter.
NOTE T: RECLASSIFICATION Certain amounts previously reported in December 31, 2019 financial statements have been reclassified to conform to the reporting presentation of the financial statements at December 31, 2020.
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February 17, 2021 Board of Trustees • Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. • Millersburg, Ohio 44654 INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING AND ON COMPLIANCE AND OTHER MATTERS BASED ON AN AUDIT OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS PERFORMED IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT AUDITING STANDARDS We have audited, in accordance with the auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States, the financial statements of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc., as of and for the year ended December 31, 2020, and the related notes to the financial statements, which collectively comprise Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s basic financial statements, and have issued our report thereon dated February 17, 2021.
Internal Control Over Financial Reporting In planning and performing our audit of the financial statements, we considered Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s internal control over financial reporting (internal control) as a basis for designing the audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances for the purpose of expressing our opinion on the financial statements, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s internal control. Accordingly, we do not express an opinion on the effectiveness of HolmesWayne Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s internal control. A deficiency in internal control exists when the design or operation of a control does not allow management or employees, in the normal course of performing their assigned functions, to prevent, or detect and correct, misstatements on a timely basis. A material weakness is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control, such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of the entity’s financial statements will not be prevented, or detected and corrected on a timely basis. A significant deficiency is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control that is less severe than a material weakness, yet important enough to merit attention by those charged with governance. Our consideration of internal control was for the limited purpose described in the first paragraph of this section
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and was not designed to identify all deficiencies in internal control that might be material weaknesses or significant deficiencies. Given these limitations, during our audit we did not identify any deficiencies in internal control that we consider to be material weaknesses. However, material weaknesses may exist that have not been identified.
Compliance and Other Matters As part of obtaining reasonable assurance about whether Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s financial statements are free from material misstatement, we performed tests of its compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements, noncompliance with which could have a direct and material effect on the financial statements. However, providing an opinion on compliance with those provisions was not an objective of our audit, and accordingly, we do not express such an opinion. The results of our tests disclosed no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.
Purpose of this Report The purpose of this report is solely to describe the scope of our testing of internal control and compliance and the results of that testing, and not to provide an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity’s internal control or on compliance. This report is an integral part of an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards in considering the entity’s internal control and compliance. Accordingly, this communication is not suitable for any other purpose.
Rea & Associates, Inc. Millersburg, OH
February 17, 2021 Board of Trustees Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. Millersburg, Ohio 44654
INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REPORT ON COMPLIANCE WITH ASPECTS OF CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENTS AND REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR ELECTRIC BORROWERS
We have audited, in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States, the financial statements of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. (the Cooperative), which comprise the balance sheet as of December 31, 2020, and the related statements of revenue, patronage capital, and cash flows for the year then ended, and the related notes to the financial statements, and have issued our report thereon dated February 15, 2021. In accordance with Government Auditing Standards, we have also issued our report dated February 15, 2021, on our consideration of the Cooperative’s internal control over financial reporting and on our tests of its compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts and grant agreements and other matters. No reports other than the reports referred to above have been furnished to management. In connection with our audit, nothing came to our attention that caused us to believe that the Cooperative failed to comply with the terms, covenants, provisions, or conditions of their loan, grant, and security instruments as set forth in 7 CFR Part 1773, Policy on Audits of Rural Utilities Service Borrowers, §1773.33 and clarified in the RUS policy memorandum dated February 7, 2014, insofar as they relate to accounting matters as enumerated below. However, our audit was not directed primarily toward obtaining knowledge of noncompliance. Accordingly, had we performed additional procedures, other matters may have come to our attention regarding the Cooperative’s noncompliance with the abovereferenced terms, covenants, provisions, or conditions of the contractual agreements and regulatory requirements, insofar as they relate to accounting matters. In connection with our audit, we noted no matters regarding the Cooperative’s accounting and records to indicate that the Cooperative did not: • Maintain adequate and effective accounting procedures; • Utilize adequate and fair methods for accumulating and recording labor, material, and overhead costs, and the distribution of these costs to construction, retirement,
and maintenance or other expense accounts; • Reconcile continuing property records to the controlling general ledger plant accounts; • Clear construction accounts and accrue depreciation on completed construction; • Record and properly price the retirement of plant; • Seek approval of the sale, lease or transfer of capital assets and disposition of proceeds for the sale or lease of plant, material, or scrap; • Maintain adequate control over materials and supplies; • Prepare accurate and timely Financial and Operating Reports; • Obtain written RUS approval to enter into any contract for the management, operation, or maintenance of the borrower’s system if the contract covers all or substantially all of the electric system; • Disclose material related party transactions in the financial statements, in accordance with requirements for related parties in generally accepted accounting principles; • Record depreciation in accordance with RUS requirements (See RUS Bulletin 183-1, Depreciation Rates and Procedures); • Comply with the requirements for the detailed schedule of deferred debits and deferred credits; and • Comply with the requirements for the detailed schedule of investments. This report is intended solely for the information and use of the board of trustees, management, and the RUS and supplemental lenders and is not intended to be and should not be used by anyone other than these specified parties. However, this report is a matter of public record and its distribution is not limited.
Rea & Associates, Inc. Millersburg, OH February 15, 2021
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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.
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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
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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.
KYLE LANZER/CLEVELAND METROPARKS
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.
440-466-8400; www.ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/ gov/odnr/go-and-do/plan-a-visit/find-a-property/ headlands-beach-state-park Continued on page 28
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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
Kelleys Island State Park Beach
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,
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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
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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.
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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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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
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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.”
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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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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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.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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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.
Sharon Coleman Adams Rural Electric Cooperative member
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