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INSIDE FEATURES 23 BRICK BY BRICK
A childhood passion for the plastic building blocks grows into a world-class (unofficial) Lego museum in Bellaire, Ohio.
26 GHOST PARKS
Old amusement parks often leave behind reminders of a glorious heyday.
30 EYES IN THE SKY
The UAS Center in Springfield helps Ohio lead the nation in the next generation of aviation innovation.
34 TALL SHIPS
Two tall ships festivals return to Lake Erie this summer, offering vistors a chance to see the old galleys up close.
Cover image on most editions: Lake life is a state of mind — total relaxation for some, fun-filled adventures on the water for others. Sandra Post, a member of Midwest Electric, took this photo of her daughter, Catherine, 13, learning to water-ski at the family cabin. More members’ lake life photos are on page 40. This page: Photographing black bears in the wild can be a thrilling experience, says Outdoors Editor Chip Gross in this month’s Woods, Waters, and Wildlife, but above all else, it must be done with utmost safety in mind (photo by Matt Cuda/Getty Images).
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Hello, sunshine! A
fter a damp and chilly spring, most of us were more than ready for the arrival of bright days filled with warmth and sunshine. Your electric cooperative is ready for summer, too.
Every year at this time, we make sure we’re ready to keep your lights on and your air conditioning powered up — even on the hottest days of the year, when the demand for electricity is typically 20% to 30% higher than on an average summer day. In fact, the demand for electricity between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on those hottest of days can be more than double what it was just a few hours earlier. That means our power generators and distribution equipment needs to be ready for duty. For decades, Ohio’s cooperatives have helped you save money by showing you ways to use electricity wisely and trim unnecessary demand — especially during those peak periods when systems are strained and costs are higher. It’s particularly important now, when we already can expect higher prices due to higher fuel costs. We also recognize that because many older power plants across the country have shut down in recent years, our overall grid is more vulnerable during those peak periods. Rest assured that Ohio’s cooperatives have maintained a sufficient supply of generation to meet your needs every hour of every day of the year, but we are just a small part of the overall grid. So when your cooperative issues a peak alert to let you know summer power is in particularly high demand, you can both save some money and keep our grid more secure by paying attention and doing even small things to reduce your usage (see our story about peak alerts on page 4). Meanwhile, your cooperative will keep working to make sure we meet your needs. We invest in our existing power plants to make them as reliable and environmentally responsible as possible, and we’re also steadily adding new resources to our supply mix. A little later this summer, in fact, our next solar facility, located in Hancock County, will begin to contribute to powering your homes and businesses. It’s just another way we work to maintain a diverse, reliable supply of electricity to keep your lights on and your A/C cool. Hope you all enjoy a great summer.
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PRESIDENT & CEO OHIO’S ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES
When your cooperative issues a peak alert to let you know summer power is in particularly high demand, you can save some money by doing even small things to reduce your usage.
June 2022 • Volume 64, No. 9
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4 POWER LINES
Beat the peak: Reducing electricity usage during summer’s hottest days can make a real difference in members’ bills.
6 Top scholars: Ohio’s Electric
Cooperatives awards $44,200 to children of co-op members.
10 CO-OP PEOPLE
Great clips: When livestock need their nails done, it takes a special kind of manicurist.
12 WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE
Shooting black bears: With a camera, of course! Outdoors Editor Chip Gross explains the best way to get the best images of those majestic — and elusive — creatures.
15 GOOD EATS
Waste not, want not: Kitchen scraps don’t have to go into the garbage. Instead, put them to use in some delicious new ways.
19 LOCAL PAGES
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40 MEMBER INTERACTIVE
Lake life: Fun in the sun or all-out relaxation — members share how they spend time by the water.
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Reducing electricity usage during summer’s hottest days can make a difference in members’ bills. BY JEFF MCCALLISTER
ometime soon — perhaps sometime this month, but certainly in July and August — you’re likely to see a “peak alert” notice from your electric cooperative.
It could be an email or text or it could be on social media. Whatever form that alert takes, members across the state should know that while it’s not an emergency or a shortage of electricity, it IS an opportunity for them to save money. “As we head into the summer months and hot, humid weather, we provide our members with peak alert notifications to help raise awareness of the power grid status, especially during busy periods in the mornings and evenings,” says John Metcalf, president and CEO of MidOhio Energy Cooperative in Kenton.
What’s the peak? It’s important that consumer-members are aware of those peaks because electric rates for the entire year are based on the highest points of usage during the year, referred to as “peak demand.” On the hottest days of the summer, when air conditioners and heat pumps across the state are often turned up full blast (it also happens during the most frigid days of winter), the demand for electricity generation inches higher. When your co-op and Buckeye Power — the generation and transmission cooperative that provides the electricity your co-op brings to its members — see that demand heading toward a new peak, they do everything they can to avoid that peak that would trigger a higher rate for the coming year. While reducing usage during those potential peaks won’t lower rates, it will keep future bills from going higher. Kevin Zemanek, assistant vice president of operations at Buckeye Power, says beating those peaks can save the coops $6.5 million to $7.5 million annually. “As much as 25% of a member’s bill can be affected by those peaks that happen in six hours of the year,” says Ben Wilson, director of power delivery engineering at
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Buckeye Power. “If we’re able to hold them down through our various measures, it saves the co-ops money as they purchase electricity, and of course, the not-for-profit coops in turn pass those savings on to their members.”
All in it together Those peak alerts the co-op sends out are one way to “beat the peak” — asking members to voluntarily reduce their consumption. Consumer-members can help by avoiding the use of high-energy appliances such as clothes dryers, electric ovens, dishwashers, and the like during those times, or by turning the thermostat up a few degrees to run those cooling units a bit less. Turning off unneeded lights and smaller appliances, while always a good idea to reduce your electric bill, also helps during those peak alerts. Co-ops can also decrease some of that usage themselves, by controlling some individual water heaters or airconditioning units. With the member’s permission, some co-ops will install a radio-controlled switch on one or both of the units, and as a potential peak approaches, Buckeye Power can send a signal that cycles those appliances on and off for a short period.
Behind the scenes There are more than 100,000 water heaters and 15,000 A/C units around the state that members have allowed the co-op to enroll in the load management program — often in exchange for a rebate or bill credit (the programs differ around the state, so call your co-op to see if and how they participate). Most members who sign up for the program report that they have never noticed when the switching takes place. While one remote switch on a single water heater may not make a huge difference, the overall impact of the program conserves a large amount of electricity — and saves everyone money. “The reason we do anything is for the benefit of our members,” says Consolidated Cooperative CEO Phil Caskey. “Whether it’s load management, another rebate program, or anything else, our goals are to provide reliable service at a reasonable price and to improve the quality of life for the people we serve.”
How to use less
In times of extremely high electricity usage (usually during the hot afternoon and early evening hours in the summer), consumer-members can help reduce the overall volume and hold down future rate increases with some simple steps: • Defer tasks like doing laundry, running the dishwasher, or charging electric vehicles until after the peak alert has passed. • Use programmable thermostats, with the settings adjusted so your heating/cooling system syncs up with the off-peak rate period — or simply adjust the thermostat a few degrees upward (or downward in frigid weather). • Use automatic timers to run hot tubs, pool pumps, water heaters, and other appliances during off-peak hours. • Close window shades or curtains to keep your house cooler during the hottest parts of the day. • Take shorter showers.
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Children of Members
OTHER WINNERS Ben Olenick Butler Rural Electric Cooperative Megan Westbrook Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative Elyse Wilson Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative
Owen Van Horn
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 $44,200 in scholarships. A panel of independent judges reviewed applications and conducted interviews with the students.
FIRST PLACE: Sara Newsome, South Central Power Company Ranked first in her class at Hillsboro High School, Sara is accomplished academically and personally. Sara is a member of the National Honor Society and student council, serves the local homeless shelter and humane society, and has earned an Associate of Arts degree. After graduation, Sara plans to study psychology and neuroscience in college with a focus on pre-law. One of her high school instructors commends Sara’s ambition, curiosity, and desire to understand how and why concepts connect.
SECOND PLACE: Owen Van Horn, Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative Owen has ambitions to study physics, astrophysics, and astronomy in college, and has spent his high school career fine-tuning the skills and character traits needed to be successful. Within his community, Owen has served the St. Jude Youth Ministry and St. Vincent de Paul Society, participated on the 4-H Board of Directors and student council, and was active with Emerging Rural Leaders and Saints & Scholars. One of his instructors says, “Owen embodies the values of hard work, integrity, leadership, and scholarship.”
THIRD PLACE: Carrie Rhoades, Darke Rural Electric Cooperative
Aiden McDougal North Central Electric Cooperative Lily James Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative Jessi Cramer Carroll Electric Cooperative Bailey Barnette Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative Jared Bradford Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative Caridad Dupote-Fosnot Union Rural Electric Cooperative Sarah Garretson Frontier Power Company Alyssa Heinrichs Midwest Electric Cheyenne Hill Logan County Electric Cooperative Kaitlyn Mull The Energy Cooperative Grace Schroeder North Western Electric Cooperative Jack Sears Consolidated Cooperative Morgan Shupert Adams Rural Electric Cooperative Sheldyn Stewart Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative
An agriculturalist at heart, Carrie has been heavily involved in 4-H, FFA, and the Darke County Fair, and plans to follow her passion to college where she will study agricultural communications and agribusiness. During high school, Carrie has excelled in public speaking competitions and advanced English courses. Carrie’s English teacher says, “She is an excellent student with lots of energy and ambition, and I have no doubt that her academic and personal goals will be achieved.”
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Congratulations to all participants
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Martin Watson prepares to open a gate for his next customer
Great clips When livestock need their nails done, it takes a special kind of manicurist.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARGIE WUEBKER
Joel Litt of Lakeville uses a grinder to remove high spots on a hoof he’s trimming for a farmer in Guernsey County.
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he statuesque fellow known as Number 43 definitely needs a pedicure before heading to the big show. He won’t, however, be strolling into the neighborhood salon. Instead, his technician will be coming to him — in a pickup truck, pulling a trailer full of power sanders, stiff bristle brushes, sharp picks, heavy-duty hydraulic tables, and even a padded chute to help with the job. Number 43 is a 1-year-old Hereford, and his owner relies on the services of hoof trimmers like Joel Litt of Lakeville or Martin Watson of Claysville to get ready for the many fairs and cattle shows that come along during the course of the year.
“First-timers sometimes kick up a fuss,” says Litt, a member of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative. “This one is used to the process and knows its hooves will feel better after I’m done.” Once the animal is calmly on its side on the bed, the process involves using a hook-like tool to remove accumulated debris from the hoof bottom and between the toes. The thick, horny surface is removed with a power grinder, sending forth a spray of keratin flakes not unlike human fingernail material. A power sander then reshapes and smooths the remaining hoof. The entire process takes 20 minutes or less.
“Most people assume county fair season is our busiest time of the year,” says Litt. “Most of our business Martin Watson of Claysville prepares to open a involves show cattle, though, and gate for his next customer. shows take place year-round.” Litt and his ilk, then, are fully accustomed to working in all types of weather conditions, from pelting rain and gusting wind to driving Watson, a member of Guernsey-Muskingum Electric snow or blazing sun. Cooperative in New Concord, says cows have cloven hooves, meaning each has two separate claw-like toes on Watson has been trimming hooves for 35 years. He depends each of their four feet. on word of mouth from satisfied customers and says he’s placed only a single advertisement in all that time. Those hooves grow approximately 2 inches per year, so they need to be trimmed about twice per year — Under the supervision of his father, Litt began trimming especially for cattle who spend considerable time on hard the hooves of the family’s 4-H steers at the age of 12. He surfaces instead of pasture land. The hooves must be continued the work and eventually took a post managing flat on the bottom and equal on each hoof to maintain a dairy herd after graduating from Ohio State University’s optimal balance. Overgrown and uneven hooves can Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. affect the way an animal walks and make it difficult to “I bought my trailer in 2005 because I thought it would get to food and water. Untrimmed hooves can lead to make a good retirement project,” he says. “I was right.” lameness — often temporary but sometimes permanent — which necessitates treatment that’s much more costly Litt generally works seven days a week, with 75% of his than the $25 to $35 hoof trimming. Dairy cattle owners business being show cattle — the rest is mostly dairy often report milk production increases after a cattle and donkeys. He travels 70,000 miles a year, with bovine pedicure. assignments taking him to 73 out of Ohio’s 88 counties as well as to Pennsylvania, Indiana, and West Virginia. The actual trimming process begins before an animal is led into an attached chute. With years of experience Watson used to travel around 50,000 miles a year, under their belts, the trimmers can often spot potential including appointments in Kentucky, Michigan, hoof problems by merely watching the animal walk. A Missouri, Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Now subsequent examination usually confirms their suspicions. he offers owners the opportunity to bring their cattle to him. The arrangement allows him to trim four to five Both men use hydraulic tables for their work. Once an animals per hour without the need to tow his trailer over animal is safely ensconced and belted into the attached sometimes icy and salted roadways. chute, the padded bed is tipped onto its side. Number 43 remains quiet during the process, calmly munching on a “My dad wasn’t sure I could make a living at this,” he says treat. The farrier quickly straps all four legs into sturdy with a smile. “I love working with show cattle, I’m semistraps to prevent flailing hooves from inflicting damage. retired, and I work when I want. I made the right choice.” JUNE 2022 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING
WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE
Shooting black bears!
(...With a camera, of course) STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS
’ve lived in Ohio all my life, spent tons of time in the outdoors, and have never encountered a black bear in the wild in the Buckeye State. That’s not to say they’re not here, of course. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources estimates Ohio’s black bear population at only five to 15 resident individuals and anywhere from 50 to 100 transient bruins. Given the size of our state, that puts the chances of finding a cooperative bear to photograph somewhere near those of me winning a beauty contest.
Predictably unpredictable, black bears are not the bumbling oafs or cuddly teddy bears they are portrayed to be on some television nature programs. No matter where they live, by nature a bear is still a bear, and they are much stronger, smarter, and more adaptive than most people realize. They are also fast, able to run 30 miles per hour for a short distance (the best an Olympic sprinter can do is in the low 20s). It is the wise wildlife photographer who gives bears a wide berth.
There’s another option, however, and not too far from Ohio, for anyone who’s always wanted to photograph, or at least see, a black bear in the wild. But first — and this is important — understand that although photographing a bear is a thrilling experience, it obviously must be done safely, or the encounter could become a bit too thrilling. A sow defending her cubs or a male defending his territory can be particularly dangerous.
How best, then, to safely photograph bears? Shooting bears with a camera is one instance when a telephoto lens is an absolute necessity, as it gives you plenty of working distance yet still allows you to fill the frame of your camera’s viewfinder with the photo subject. So how close is too close? A good rule of thumb is that if your presence changes the natural behavior of a bear, you’re too close.
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My personal choice of photography equipment for bears and other wildlife is a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera body attached to a 100–400 mm Canon zoom lens. Though certainly not the latest and greatest body, this camera was designed for sports/wildlife photography and has been a workhorse for me for years. In fact, most of my photos that have accompanied my features in Ohio Cooperative Living magazine through the years were taken with this camera. In addition, I often mount a 1.4X teleconverter (multiplier) between the body and lens, giving me 560 mm of reach. I sometimes steady the camera and lens with a monopod.
A telephoto lens allows you to fill the frame with the photo subject without getting too close for comfort.
Cade’s Cove, a paved, 11-mile-loop auto and bicycle trail. Visiting during this time of year helps tilt the odds of seeing a bear in your favor, as they’re fattening up — literally “hungry as a bear” — after losing weight during winter hibernation. For a photographer, that means more potential encounters with bears.
Cade’s Cove at Great Smoky Mountains National Park: a sweet spot for shooting black bears.
If you don’t care to invest in traditional photo equipment, some late-model cellphones have excellent zooming capabilities and produce professional-quality images. An added benefit of cellphone photography is that most people carry their phones with them all the time. All that said, what is my suggestion for where and when to shoot photos of black bears? Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP), on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, is within a day’s drive of Ohio. It is the most visited national park in the country, and it’s loaded with bears. As a result, black bears are so used to seeing people that most pay little attention to visitors, often ambling by just a few yards away. GSMNP encompasses a huge area, and bears are where you find them — but a good place to begin looking is
While photographing bears when other photographers are near and working the same subject, remember common courtesy. For instance, just this past spring I was photographing a yearling black bear at Great Smoky Mountains, the bear only a few feet off the road. As I started shooting, however, I heard a vehicle pull up behind me, stop, and a car door open. A young man in his twenties jumped out, ran up with cellphone in hand, positioned himself squarely between me and the bear, and took a selfie with the bear in the background. He then yelled to his buddies in the car, “Got it!” Running back to the vehicle, he jumped in, slammed the door, and the car roared off. The young man was way too close to the bear for his own safety, but fortunately the yearling was spooked into the underbrush and didn’t come at him. Nevertheless, it was game over for me and the other few photographers who had been shooting that particular bear. It should go without saying, but don’t be “that guy.”
Email Chip Gross with your outdoors questions at whchipgross@ gmail.com. Be sure to include “Ask Chip” in the subject of the email. Your question may be answered on www.ohiocoopliving.com!
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GOOD EATS Those kitchen scraps don’t have to go into the garbage — with a little imagination, there are lots of delicious ways to put them to use. RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY CATHERINE MURRAY
SMOKY GREENS AND BEANS
Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 30 minutes | Servings: 4 1 tablespoon olive oil 8 cups coarsely chopped greens 1 large onion, chopped 1 to 3 chunks Parmesan rind 2 garlic cloves, chopped (optional) 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes 2 cups cooked cannellini, great in juice northern, and/or butter beans 1½ cups vegetable or chicken ¼ cup shaved Parmesan cheese broth 1½ teaspoons smoked paprika Heat oil in a large cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until soft and beginning to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes with juice, broth, and smoked paprika. Bring to a boil. Add greens a handful or two at a time, stirring so they begin to wilt. Submerge Parmesan rind in the liquid. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer about 5 minutes. Add beans and simmer 1 to 2 minutes to heat through. Divide among bowls; top with cheese, if desired. Eat solo or serve with Polish or Andouille sausage. Per serving: 507 calories, 11 grams fat (4 grams saturated fat), 14 milligrams cholesterol, 699 milligrams sodium, 72 grams total carbohydrates, 29 grams fiber, 34 grams protein.
When it comes to edible greens, there are the usual suspects: collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, and kale, for instance. But plenty of greens are edible that you might not expect; leaves from beets, turnips, radishes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli are delicious and nutritious. Use one type of green or mix and match multiple kinds. On top of using greens that might have otherwise been discarded, the extra hard rind at the end of your Parmesan wedge, which doesn’t slice or grate as easily as the rest, will infuse terrific flavor into the broth, and the rind becomes soft and scrumptious. Parmesan rinds can be stored in the freezer until ready to use.
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CARROT-TOP PESTO Carrot greens (also called leaves and fronds) look a lot like parsley and taste a bit like it, too. Many herbs and greens can create a variety of pestos: arugula, parsley, basil, spinach, mint, kale, Swiss chard. With different combinations of nuts, cheeses, and oils, the possibilities are endless.
Prep: 15 minutes | Servings: 4 1 large bunch of carrot-top 1/3 cup walnuts greens, stems, and leaves 2 green onions, greens only 1 clove garlic 2+ tablespoons olive oil half a lemon, juiced 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves In a medium pot, boil 5 or so cups of water. Roughly chop carrot-top greens and toss them in the boiling water for about 60 seconds, then immediately strain and rinse with cold water. (This mellows their slight bitterness.) Place all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped and beginning to form a paste, adding enough olive oil to loosen the pesto and make it scoopable. Serve hot or cold with raw or cooked vegetables, on crackers, atop carrot soup, or in pasta like a traditional pesto. Per serving: 146 calories, 13.5 grams fat, 1.5 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 60 milligrams sodium, 5 grams total carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 4 grams protein.
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Do you have bread ends you don’t like eating? Half-eaten baguettes that are a bit too hard? Instead of discarding them, put leftover breads in a ziplock bag in the freezer. Once you’ve collected enough, you can make a variety of stuffings, croutons, breakfast casseroles, and bread puddings. Mix and match — French, Italian, white, wheat, even a bit of rye. Don’t be afraid to use up more ingredients from your fridge. Broccoli, green beans, kale, fresh herbs — it’s hard to go wrong. Along with leftover bread, this recipe is a good way to use up an excess of garden tomatoes (simply blanch, peel, and seed them) along with the last bit of a gallon of milk or bottle of wine.
TOMATO AND HERB SAVORY BREAD PUDDING
Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 45 minutes | Servings: 6 6 cups leftover bread, cut into 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1-inch cubes 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 teaspoons dried basil divided 1 teaspoon oregano 3 eggs 1 teaspoon rosemary ¾ cup whole or 2% milk ½ cup shredded Swiss and/or ¼ cup white wine or chicken stock Gruyère cheese Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 6 ramekins (or a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish) with some of the butter. Melt remaining butter. Spread bread cubes out on a cookie sheet and drizzle melted butter on top. Bake 10 to 15 minutes to toast bread. Let cool a few minutes. In an extra-large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, wine, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in tomatoes, basil, oregano, rosemary, and half the cheese. Toss bread in milk mixture to coat. Using tongs, fill each ramekin (or casserole dish) with bread. Pour any leftover liquid in the middle of each ramekin. Bake until a golden-brown crust forms, 25 to 35 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and bake another 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Serve hot. Per serving: 219 calories, 14.5 grams fat (8 grams saturated fat), 114 milligrams cholesterol, 258 milligrams sodium, 14 grams total carbohydrates, 1.5 grams fiber, 7 grams protein. JUNE 2022 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING
This recipe is a great way to use orange peels before making orange juice, or, if you love eating oranges regularly, peel them in batches and store the fruit wedges to snack on later. This same recipe can be used to candy peels of 3 grapefruits or 6 lemons/limes. Grapefruit should simmer longer than the other fruits. Eat candied peels as is or use them on/in muffins, breads, cakes, and cocktails. A byproduct of making candied peels is a citrus-infused simple syrup to flavor beverages or drizzle over ice cream, pancakes, or snow cones.
CANDIED ORANGE PEELS AND ORANGE-INFUSED SIMPLE SYRUP Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 2 hours | Cool: 12 to 24 hours | Servings: 12 4 large oranges 3 cups sugar, divided 1 to 1½ tablespoons citric acid (optional, for sour candy flavor)
Note: Citric acid is a powder used for many things, including making sour candy. Find it in the canning supplies section. Wash and lightly scrub the outsides of the oranges. Pat dry. Cut off ends, then slice the peel from end to end, sectioning it into quarters. Use your fingers to gently peel off each section. Cut peels into thin, equally sized strips and place in a medium-sized pot. Fill pot with water until peels are covered. Top with a lid and bring to a boil. Continue boiling for another 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and repeat the boiling process with fresh water two more times to eliminate bitterness. After the third time, drain water and leave peels in colander for a few minutes. In the same (now empty) pot, whisk together 2 cups sugar and 1¾ cups water. Turn burner to medium-high and cook until temperature reaches 230 F (10 to 15 minutes). Add the orange peels and continue to simmer on medium-low for 40 to 60 minutes. Check on the peels every 10 minutes or so, swirling the pot occasionally to ensure peels are covered with syrup. (Don’t stir, as stirring may cause crystallization.) When peels become translucent, remove pot from heat. Pour the remaining cup of sugar into a shallow bowl. To give the candied peels a sour-candy kick, mix up to 1½ tablespoons citric acid into the sugar. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove a few of the peels at a time from the pot, letting excess syrup drip off for a few seconds. Toss peels in the sugar to coat, separating any pieces that stick together. Spread candied peels out on wire racks above cookie sheets. Continue process with the rest of the peels. When done coating, pour the remaining sugar into the pot with the leftover syrup, add a touch more water, and heat until sugar has dissolved. (Keep in mind that if you made them sour, you’ll have sour syrup!) Pour syrup into an airtight container and store in fridge for 2 to 3 weeks to use as an orange-infused simple syrup. Let peels continue to dry for 12 to 24 hours, until they are no longer sticky to the touch. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Per serving: 21 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 0 milligrams sodium, 57 grams total carbohydrates, 1.5 grams fiber, 0.5 gram protein.
Have you tried one of our recipes? Do you have a recipe to share with other Ohio co-op members? Visit the Member Interactive page on www.ohiocoopliving.com to find recipes submitted by our readers and to upload yours.
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American coal power
is not the enemy
espite what you hear in the media and from some politicians, electric power generation in America is not a major cause of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Not even close. Yet the affordability and reliability of electricity is under serious attack under the guise of reducing CO2 emissions from coal power plants.
What you will see, however: higher electricity prices and more blackouts as we trade a stable source of electricity for intermittent and less reliable forms of power generation.
The chart on this page is from David Gattie, of the University of Georgia’s College of Engineering and Center for International Trade and Security. According to Gattie, coal accounts for 40.2% of world CO2 emissions. Of that, China is responsible for the most coal-based CO2 emissions. And their share is growing rapidly, as China continues to build coal power plants, while the U.S. shuts down coal power plants. The rest of CO2 emissions come from other fossil fuels — oil, gas, etc.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration:
Coal power in the U.S. accounts for less than 3% of global CO2 emissions! Completely eliminate that 3% (or, in other words, eliminate all coal power plants in the U.S.) and you will see practically no CO2 environmental benefit.
• Meanwhile, world CO2 emissions have increased 7,153 million metric tons from 2005–2018, a 24.7% increase … mostly from China, Russia, and others.
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• U.S. CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use have decreased 853 million metric tons from 2005–2019, a 14% reduction. • U.S. electric power sector CO2 emissions have decreased 798 million metric tons from 2005–2019, a 33% reduction, which accounts for 93% of total U.S. emission reductions during this time
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The entire European Union now emits less carbon than India and about one-third as much as China. In fact, if every American and European stopped emitting carbon entirely and went back to living in caves, the world as a whole would still produce more carbon dioxide now than it did 20 years ago, according to journalist and author Robert Bryce (A Question of Power, 2020). In India, Bryce says, 75% percent of electricity is generated by coal, and they plan to continue to expand that. Jairam Ramesh, the former environment minister of India told the Washington Post, “It would be suicidal on our part to give up on coal ...” Most of the wealthy countries, like the U.S., are outlawing coal at the same time that developing countries are building hundreds of gigawatts of new coal-fired generation capacity. This bifurcation — and coal’s persistence in the global electricity mix — likely poses the single biggest challenge to the politicians and climate activists who want to see dramatic cuts in global CO2 emissions. CO2 emissions are on a downward trend in America, but increasing globally despite whatever America does. The persistence of coal in India, China, and other countries shows that people will do whatever they have to do to get the
electricity they need. And they have every right to do so for their citizens. It also shows that global warming concerns are not as important to people as reliable electricity. Japan also demonstrates coal’s enduring popularity. In 1997, Kyoto was the site of the first international treaty to reduce emissions, the Kyoto Protocol. But Japan continues to rely heavily on coal. In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Japan shuttered all 54 of its nuclear plants (which are all non-carbon-emitting, by the way). By 2018, Japan had restarted just seven of those 54. The loss of that non-carbonemitting nuclear capacity, combined with the need to keep electricity prices in check, led Japan to turn to more coal-fired electricity. Between 2016 and 2018, Japan opened eight new coal power plants, and the country has plans to build about 30 more, thus abandoning its prior pledges. Coal has persisted throughout the world because it can be used to produce the vast quantities of electricity the world demands at prices consumers can afford. Even as the pressures mount from environmental activists and governments, the need for abundant, reliable electricity will continue to be a priority for people all over the world.
Midwest Electric and Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives donate $6,000 to downtown theater restoration This spring, Midwest Electric presented a $3,000 check matched by our statewide organization, Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, to the Friends of the St. Marys Theater and Grand Opera House, for a total of $6,000. OEC’s Site and Community Assistance Fund allows us to give back locally, which is at the core of who we are as a not-for-profit, community-focused cooperative! Stay tuned for the theater’s progress! Soon there will be second-run and classic movies, concerts of all genres, plays, lectures, and comedians in the auditorium. With a completion goal of August 2023, the Grand Ballroom will be available for productions, rentals for wedding receptions, reunions, Christmas parties, and corporate events. We’re excited for the revitalization efforts of downtown St. Marys!
Members of Friends of the St. Marys Theater and Grand Opera House pictured with Midwest Business Development Coordinator Joel Johns (far right) and Staking and Field Planner Mike Dieringer (fifth from left, back row).
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COMMON—BUT FALSE—IDEAS ABOUT ENERGY EFFICIENCY By Dan
Despite what you may think or even have heard, energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult. By focusing on small changes, most people can reduce their energy use in a big way. Start on your own energy-efficiency journey with this list of energy myths.
Myth 1: Setting your
Myth 4: It doesn’t matter where your thermostat is
thermostat above or below your desired temperature will heat or cool your home faster.
installed in your home.
truth: Setting your thermostat
in hopes your home will heat or cool faster will cost you more money and make your system work harder. The kicker: It will still take the same amount of time to get your thermostat to where you want it. To avoid paying more, don’t set your thermostat beyond your desired temperature. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
Myth 2: Closing vents and registers in unused rooms saves energy.
truth: Closing air vents does not save energy. It actually does more harm than good. HVAC systems are designed to heat homes based on their size. Closing vents and registers forces your heating system to work harder to cool or heat the space it is designed for, increasing energy consumption.
Myth 3: Keeping a fan on cools a room. truth: Fans don’t cool rooms. They circulate the air in a room, making the room feel cooler. However, if no one is in the room to be cooled down by the fan, you are wasting energy. Bottom line: Keep fans turned off when you are not in the room with them.
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truth: Location, location, location. If your thermostat is on an outside wall, near a drafty window, or in direct sunlight, it can be tricked into thinking it needs to run more or less often.
Myth 5: Cooling a hot house costs more than leaving the air conditioner set at a cool temperature throughout the day.
truth: Running your air conditioner all day to keep your house comfortable uses far more energy than it does to cool down your house after the air conditioner has been off all day, during the hottest of days. The same is true for heating a cold house during winter months.
Myth 6: If nothing seems to be wrong with your HVAC system, there is no need for a professional to inspect it.
truth: It is important to keep your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning unit performing at its peak. What might seem like a minor issue now could become a major — and expensive — one later if not repaired. Consider buying an annual maintenance plan to keep your system in good condition year-round.
Energy-efficient lightbulbs do not make a significant difference on your electric bill.
Myth 13: Windows are the source of the greatest
truth: LED lights use 75% less energy than incandescent
truth: Windows typically account for 10% to 15% of
bulbs and last 25 times longer. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year.”
Myth 8: Leaving a light on uses less energy than turning it off and on several times.
truth: It doesn’t take any more electricity for a lightbulb to be turned back on. If it is on, it is using electricity. If it is off, it is not using electricity. If you are leaving a room for more than a few minutes, turn off the light; you’ll save energy and money.
Myth 9: Bigger is better. truth: When it comes to choosing the size of your HVAC system, bigger is not always better. According to Trane, the size of your HVAC unit depends on the size of your space. A too-small air-conditioning system will have to work harder to cool your home and wear down sooner. A too-large system will keep turning off and on until it breaks down.
Myth 10: Electronic devices do not use energy when plugged in but turned off.
truth: Most devices continue to use power after they have been turned off. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates standby power accounts for 5% to 10% of household electricity consumption. The simplest way to make sure you are not wasting money and energy on devices not in use is to unplug them after you are done using them or plug them into a power strip that can be switched off.
Myth 11: Leaving your computer, laptop, or other electronic
amount of heat loss in a home. heat loss. According to Energy Central, the major sources of heat loss are walls (35%), roof (20%), windows (15%), ventilation (15%), floor (10%), and doors (5%). The good news for do-it-yourselfers is that gaps around windows and doors can often be taken care of with a few supplies from the hardware store. Caulking and weatherstripping products are quick fixes.
Myth 14: Washing clothes in hot water gets them cleaner.
truth: According to Cold Water Saves, new detergent technology has introduced enzymes that work better in cold water. Some stains — such as grass, makeup, and blood — should only be washed in cold water because hot water could make the stains permanent. If that wasn’t reason enough, about 75% of the energy required to do a load of laundry goes into heating the water. Using cold water saves energy and, as a result, saves you money.
Myth 15: Reducing my energy use is too expensive. truth: Many people believe reducing energy use requires expensive upfront costs, such as buying new, more efficient appliances or upgrading an older home. While that will result in savings, people who make small changes to how they use energy can see a reduction in their overall energy consumption.
*Looking for more ways to save and improve your energy efficiency? We offer energy calculators, rebates on efficient appliances, home audit walk-through DIY checklists, and much more on our website: www.midwestrec.com.
devices on sleep mode saves more energy than powering them on and off.
truth: Leaving any device running will always use more energy than turning it off when you are finished using it and restarting it when you return. Turning off electronics when not in use is the best way to save electricity.
Myth 12: Hand-washing dishes rather than running them through the dishwasher can save you energy.
truth: Dishwashers are designed to be more efficient than hand-washing dishes. According to ENERGY STAR, certified dishwashers use less than 4 gallons per cycle. Washing dishes in the sink uses 4 gallons of water every 2 minutes.
Saving energy is ab out more than just saving money. According to th e U.S. Environmenta l Protection Ag ency, saving energy is one of the most cost-e ffective ways to save m oney, reduce g reenhouse gas emissions, crea te jobs, and m eet growing energy deman ds, making en ergy efficiency something we should all ag ree on.
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A childhood passion for Legos grows into a world-class (unofficial) Lego museum. STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARGO BARTLETT
ike many kids, Conrad Brown loved Legos. He knew his dad shared that love, too. “I didn’t realize how much we were into Legos,” he says, until his father, Dan Brown, bought Bellaire’s former Gravel Hill school in 2007, with the intent to store his Lego collection in the 1915 building. It wasn’t long before the former school became the Toy and Plastic Brick Museum. The original plan had been to open an official Lego museum, says Conrad, now 26, but the Danish toy company ultimately backed out, and so the museum is an “unofficial” Lego site. Nevertheless, its displays include many that have been specifically licensed by
Lego and given to the museum when they were retired from official Lego sites. The building’s main hallway features life-sized Larry Byrd and Kobe Bryant figures, among others. A prone man made of red Legos appears contemplative
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inside a case; nearby, a Lego dragon sits at a Lego campfire, roasting a Lego marshmallow. The school building’s classrooms and wide corridors lend themselves to displays, which have been built by Brown and other masters of the plastic brick, including Brian Korte, founder of Brickworkz.com, who in 2007 helped create a gymnasium-floor-sized mosaic with the help of the Bellaire community, including 250 children. “It was a huge team effort to build it,” Dan Brown says. Almost all the displays are glued — which may be a relief to visitors whose toddlers are given to sudden lunges. Most Lego artists, Dan says, glue each piece as they build their intricate displays. Some of the ever-changing museum exhibits were donated, while others are tracked down and purchased. A few, including a display of Dora the Explorer, with Diego and the monkey Boots, showed up one day at the museum’s door. The Browns were unable to locate the donors. “We’d love to thank them, but we could never find them,” Conrad says. Lego artist Eric Harshbarger created the museum’s portrait of Mona Lisa. On Harshbarger’s own
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internet site, he says he’s the first independent Lego builder to make a living with the plastic bricks. (He also designs puzzles.) Elsewhere in the museum is a Harshbarger chessboard and pieces. Nathan Sawaya, by some accounts the most famous Lego builder in the world, has a signed — and working — Carrier air conditioner, a speedboat that once held a record for size, a Statue of Liberty with a lightsaber, and in the Western room, a cash register. “Getting a Nathan Sawaya piece is very, very hard,” Conrad says. Former classrooms house loosely categorized exhibits. In addition to Sawaya’s cash register, the Western room features four card players around a table and Bart Simpson guarding a jailed Milhouse. The Zoo room holds a banana-eating monkey, Garfield the cat, Winnie the Pooh, and a Lego giraffe and baby. The Aqua room has boats: speedboats, sailing ships, Navy and Coast Guard vessels. The Circus room … but you get the idea. Spider-Man, built by Lego for the 2002 movie of the same name — the Tobey Maguire version — is remarkable in that its plastic blocks look as stretchy
The Toy and Brick Museum is filled with displays that delight old and young alike: Two of the prize pieces are a working air conditioning unit and a once-record-setting boat built by famed Lego Master Nathan Sawaya (left two photos); Dora the Explorer simply showed up on the museum’s doorstep one day, while Spider-Man, Scooby Doo, and Hagrid were once used to promote various movies and TV shows. A red creature whose identity is best decided by the individual viewer is one of the few pieces that was built on-site. Meanwhile, a three-piece band moves and dances to the old Lego theme song, “Just Imagine.”
as elastic. A portrait of Harry Potter, a Hagrid sculpture, a pachyderm physician attending a bedridden elephant, and a Yoda at the controls of a starship are only a few of the sculptures that fill today’s Gravel Hill school. One sculpture was created in the museum itself, by an artist visiting from Alaska. “The most creative people make such cool things,” Conrad Brown says. Its actual identity is open to interpretation — could be a dragon, could be a molting chicken or a space creature or maybe a fluffy robot. In the former principal’s office, near a man in the moon bearing the warning “unglued prototype,” hang the schematics for a trio of leggy musicians — a Lego band that has played gigs all over the museum — currently on a stage in the basement gymnasium, overlooking the giant Lego mosaic created by Dan Brown, Korte, and hundreds of local helpers. When turned on, the band figures light up, play instruments, and sing “Just Imagine” — an old Lego theme song.
A party room is lined with chalkboards, filled with scribbled signatures and comments by celebrants. The gift shop, where visitors also buy tickets, offers a variety of Lego products as well as a bin of loose pieces. Visitors are invited to fill the bag size of their choice. Still, the focus is on displays that run the gamut from a 13,000-piece Glass City Skyway bridge, a collection of all-white architectural pieces made in China, and a lassoing cowboy on a bucking horse. Lego fanatics will be delighted, and even those who don’t know that “Lego” is derived from “leg godt” — Danish for “play well” — will play very well here.
Toy and Plastic Brick Museum, 4597 Noble St., Bellaire, Ohio, www.brickmuseum.com. Open Tuesday–Sunday, May through August, and select hours during the off-season. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children.
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A rusting old Ferris wheel, gradually being obscured by the surrounding forest, was one of the last surviving bits of evidence of the former Chippewa Lake Amusement Park in Medina County (photo by Dana Beveridge/via Flickr).
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Old amusement parks often leave behind reminders of a glorious heyday. BY KEVIN WILLIAMS
heme parks never really die. Even long after the exuberant screams of happy thrillseekers have faded and the last caramel corn has been munched, if you find the right spot, you can still almost hear the sounds of the midway and even recognize some of the physical remains of long-abandoned amusement rides that may have entertained generations of carnival-goers past ... Perhaps no state — except maybe Florida — is more synonymous with amusement parks than Ohio. Cedar Point to the north and Kings Island to the south draw millions of visitors each year and are among the top theme parks in the world. Amusement parks in Ohio date as far back as the mid-1800s. In fact, Cedar Point originally opened as a public beach in 1870. Kings Island, while celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer, traces its origins to nearby Coney Island, which also opened originally in 1870. They are far from the only parks to open and close within the Buckeye State. Along with the 15 or so parks in operation today, the National Amusement Park Historical Association lists nearly 100 “lost” amusement parks in Ohio. Jeffrey Stanton, who runs the website www.lostamusementparks. napha.org, says that smaller parks couldn’t compete with the larger ones. “The younger generation likes only thrill rides, so the big parks remove the older rides that once appealed to my generation and add only thrill rides,” Stanton says. The smaller parks didn’t have the budget to compete, he says, and it didn’t help
that the land they occupied became more valuable than the dollars they could generate. “So rather than make $50,000 a year running the park, some developer offers $10 million for the land,” Stanton says. These amusement parks weren’t just places for families to spend a day in the sun; they also provided first summer jobs for countless kids, from lifeguards to ride supervisors. Carolyn Enderson, 52, remembers working for nine summers — from when she was 16 to age 24 — at Americana Amusement Park outside of Monroe. The park was a rumpled, smaller alternative to the flashier Kings Island, not 20 miles away, with an adjacent park called Fantasy Farm — complete with farm animals and barn-themed rides. Americana was a place for families and corporate picnics, where July days crawled by, and guests bought frozen bananas on a stick to battle the heat. “I liked making new friends each season and meeting lots of people each day,” Enderson says. “I think I prefer the small parks. It’s not so busy, and you can enjoy walking around because it’s smaller.”
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“My first memory of Americana was back when it was called LeSourdsville Lake,” remembers Linda Nienaber. “It was in the spring of 1970, toward the end of first grade. We had a great time there. I remember sliding down a giant slide, riding on the mini roller coaster, and having a picnic on the grounds for our lunch. A couple of years later, my family and I went there for my dad’s company picnic. That was the first time I rode on the roller coaster with my older sister.” One of the biggest and best parks of its day was Woodsdale Island Park, located on a now-long-gone island in the Great Miami River. The late Trenton historian Doris Page often talked of the park as the Kings Island of its day, according to her son, Gary Page, drawing tourists by train from Cincinnati and Dayton to its wooded banks. In its heyday, it boasted a restaurant, merry-go-round, boathouse, and other entertainment amenities. Few people are around today, however, who even know exactly where that park stood — it was wiped out during the great flood of 1913, and the river’s fickle channel has changed often over the years. “I’ve talked to others about the location — no one can give me an answer,” Page says. “I believe the river channel has moved so many times over the years, it’s hard to imagine that there was an island in the river.” Farther north, on the western edge of Dayton in what is now Possum Creek MetroPark, the crumbling remains of a dance floor and rusting hulks of old street cars sit silent sentinel at the site of what used to be Argonne Forest Park. Steps to the park’s old swimming pool can still be seen. Michele Taggart of Youngstown recalls Idora Park, one of the nation’s only urban amusement parks, which operated on the south side of town from 1899 until 1984. “It was so fun — they even had a lion’s mouth on the garbage can, so it was fun to throw away trash,” Taggart says. Chippewa Lake Amusement Park in Medina County has proved nearly impossible to kill off. It operated for a century, beginning in 1878 with a roller coaster that had to be manually pushed to the top of the first hill. After the park closed in 1978, it sat largely intact as nature and the elements took their toll. Today, the skeletons of a few old rides and buildings still haunt the now-overgrown park, but the Medina County Park system owns the land, with plans to open it as a public park and wetland. Some old park structures will survive as historical homage.
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The author of this story explored numerous abandoned Ohio amusement parks with his daughters — finding remains such as the old Sky Ride machinery at the former Americana Park outside Monroe and what’s still left of the old dance floor at Argonne Forest Park, which is now part of Possum Creek MetroPark near Dayton (photos by Kevin Williams).
Mary Boulton grew up in Brunswick, Ohio, and remembers the park well. “I remember when my family, including five siblings, made our yearly trek to Chippewa Lake Amusement Park,” she says. “My dad’s company picnic was held there every summer. We all looked forward to that yearly event, and it would be the one time a year we could catch up with old friends and make new ones.”
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Eyes in the sky The Ohio UAS Center helps lead the nation in the next generation of aviation innovation. BY ALICIA ADAMS
t the beginning of the 20th century, two brothers from Ohio launched a revolution in air technology at Huffman Prairie, a cow pasture located just outside of Dayton. On that grassy field, Orville and Wilbur Wright researched and developed reliable, controllable aviation — and with it, the ability to connect people and businesses across the globe. Ohio has led the nation in airspace innovation ever since. In Springfield, about 30 miles east of Huffman Prairie, sits the Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center, where the state manages and helps develop the next generation of air technology: drones, and the communications and systems that control them. The Ohio Department of Transportation uses drones from the UAS Center to help with a variety of projects. In 2021, the center’s drone flight team logged over 2,200 flights for ODOT, including
Electric cooperatives have been using drones for several years as a way to make up-close inspections of co-op infrastructure such as this substation in Delaware County.
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bridge inspections, construction assessments, facility inspections, mapping, and traffic and roadway monitoring. Why does ODOT use drones? “It’s ultimately about safety, both for drivers on the roads and for people who are working on them,” says Luke Stedke, managing director of communications and policy at DriveOhio, a state organization that serves as a single point of contact for all of Ohio’s smart mobility initatives. “Drones can be used in situations that are potentially dangerous to our crews, such as bridge inspections on busy highways.” Adaptable, efficient, economical, and capable in a variety of tasks, the center’s drones have also conducted roller coaster inspections for the Department of Agriculture, assisted the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency with debris obstructions and spills,
The Ohio Department of Transportation uses drones to inspect bridges and highway systems. Here, pilot David Gallagher of ODOT’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) prepares to inspect the Veterans Glass Bridge in Toledo (photos by Bruce Hull/courtesy of Ohio UAS Center).
and provided disaster relief and searches for the Ohio National Guard. In addition to managing the state’s drone operations, the center offers a high-tech environment for collaboration between government, research, and private industry partners on unmanned aircraft and advanced aviation technologies. FlyOhio, an initiative of DriveOhio that promotes research in lower-altitude airspace technology, oversees testing areas at the nearby Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport. Those areas have special permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned and experimental aircraft beyond the visual line of sight, which is the current FAA regulation. The Ohio UAS Center, in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory, has developed and installed a special low-altitude, detect-and-avoid radar system called SkyVision that allows sensor technology testing as well as tracking of UAS technologies in lower-altitude airspace. That lower altitude (below 2,000 feet) is the area where most commercial drones operate — Continued on page 33
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Top, the control room in the UAS Center’s mobile command vehicle, called the SkyVision Bus. The SkyVision program at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport has enabled the center to aid in testing systems that can allow beyondline-of-sight drone flight. Middle and below, Brent Ransome of Kenton-based Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative examines a radio tower as well as some of the components of one of the coop’s substations using a drone. The drones save time and manpower by identifying needs before crews have to take an up-close look.
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“Technology is evolving and so are the economic opportunities,” Stedke says. “The jobs of tomorrow are going to be in these fields. What we are working toward with the Ohio UAS Center is to ensure the state leads that 21stcentury air mobility accountability by not only encouraging technology and research but also through workforce development programs so we can fill the industry jobs that are being created.” In essence, the center will serve as the state’s one-stop shop for unmanned aircraft operations and advanced aviation technologies. “I truly believe that the Ohio UAS Center is going to be the next Huffman Prairie,” Stedke says, “connecting people and businesses across the world with the next generation of aviation innovation.”
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TALL SHIPS STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS
n Sept. 10, 1813, a few miles northwest of the Bass Islands on Lake Erie, a David-versus-Goliath confrontation pitted the fledgling United States Navy against a fleet of mighty British warships during the War of 1812. The outcome of that battle — the Battle of Lake Erie — was in doubt for hours, but the final result changed the course of American history. Then-28-year-old Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry commanded the fleet of nine U.S. ships in the battle. After his flagship, the Lawrence, was severely damaged and disabled, he transferred to the U.S. Brig
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Niagara, from which he and his crews kept fighting. Shortly after the cannon smoke cleared, Perry scrawled what has since become a famous note on the back of an envelope to send to his commanding officer, Maj. Gen. William Henry Harrison (who would, of course, go on to become the ninth president of the United States): Dear General: We have met the enemy and they are ours. Today, the reproduction of the Niagara is one of the most historically authentic tall ships in America, each summer representing her homeport of Erie, Pennsylvania,
Tall ships festivals are scheduled at two Lake Erie ports this summer: Cleveland in July and Erie, Pennsylvania, in August. In addition to boarding and touring the tall ships, you can also enjoy a brief cruise, if you’d like.
throughout the Great Lakes. It will be one of eight replica and restored fully rigged sailing ships that will be featured at two popular tall ships festivals this summer, both on Lake Erie. They go first to Cleveland on July 7–10, then on to Erie, Pennsylvania, Aug. 25–28. It’s a rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, or, if you choose, even go sailing for a few hours. Along with the Niagara, the 2022 fleet from the U.S., Canada, and Spain is scheduled to include the Appledore IV, Empire Sandy, Inland Seas, Nao Trinidad, Pride of Baltimore II, St. Lawrence II, and Utopia. One of the more majestic moments of the four-day events is always the spectacular arrival of the visiting ships —
known as the Parade of Sail — which occurs late the Thursday afternoon of each festival. The next three days offer opportunities to board and tour the ships, when visitors can chat with the various captains and crews. Some of the crew members are young people, ages 13 to 25, learning to sail.
The 2022 tall ships festivals include the regular fare: food and beverages, live music, street performers, kids’ activities, a marketplace, and other familyfriendly activities. Ticketing, parking, and other information is available at www.tallshipscle.com/ event-details for the Cleveland event or www. tallshipserie.org for Erie.
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THROUGH JUL. 28 – Fort Steuben Summer Concert Series, Berkman Amphitheater, Fort Steuben Park, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville, 7 p.m. Bring a blanket and picnic basket. 740-283-1787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com. JUN. 12–JUL. 24 – “Celebrate Steubenville: 225 Years,” Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville. Free exhibit and programs on the development of one of the oldest cities in the state, from frontier fort to industrial powerhouse to 21st-century changes and adaptations. 740-283-1787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com. JUN. 16–18 – Eastern National John Deere Expo XI, Wayne Co. Fgds., 199 Vancouver St., Wooster, Thur./ Fri. 8 a.m.–9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Everything John Deere! 400 + tractor displays, seminars, antique tractor pull, demos, lawn and garden tractors, parades, tractor games, pedal tractor pull, auction, vendors, food, collectibles, Trading Post. 330-466-0197 or www. ohiotwocylinderclub.org. JUN. 17–18 – Steubenville’s Dean Martin Hometown Celebration, Fort Steuben Park, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville. Free. Music, crafts, food, entertainment, and displays on the life of native son Dean Martin. 740-2831787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com. JUN. 18 – Tom O’Grady: “Lord Dunmore’s War and the Fort Gower Resolves,” Fort Laurens Museum, 11067 Fort Laurens Rd., Bolivar, 11 a.m.–noon. Free. www. fortlaurensmuseum.org. JUN. 18 – Zoar Garden Tour, various locations in Zoar. $10; free for ages 12 and under. Tour the beautiful private gardens of Zoar residents, and be treated to local artist demos and sales throughout those gardens. Featured art includes pottery, paintings, fiber, and photography. Food available from the Zoar Bakery. 800-262-6195 or www. historiczoarvillage.com. JUN. 18–JUL. 31 – The Ohio Light Opera, College of Wooster, Freedlander Theatre, 329 E. University St., Wooster, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Shows include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Hello, Dolly!, The Student Prince, and The Pirates of Penzance, to name a few. 330263-2090 or www.ohiolightopera.org. JUN. 19 – Grace Church Father’s Day Car Show, 4599 Burbank Rd., Wooster, registration 8–10 a.m.; show until 2 p.m. with trophies at 1:30 p.m. No entry fee. All makes,
models, and years; bikes and imports. Free food and music. Rain date: Jun. 26. Services 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Information and registration at https://woostergrace.org or call 345-465-8009. JUN. 24–25 – Ohio Scottish Games, Lorain Co. Fgds., 23000 Fairgrounds Rd., Wellington, Fri. 5–10 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 6–10 p.m. $8–$20, under 5 free. Highland dance and other competitions, whiskey tasting, axe throwing, genealogy, and much more. www. ohioscottishgames.com. JUN. 24–26 – Cy Young Days Festival, Newcomerstown. Food, live music, entertainment, contests and competitions, car show, old-fashioned baseball games, and grand parade. Special guest and parade marshal will be John Denny, 1983 National League Cy Young Award winner. www.cyyoungdaysfestival.com. JUN. 24–26 – Lorain International Festival and Bazaar, Black River Landing, Black River Lane, Lorain, Fri. 5–11 p.m., Sat. 12–11 p.m., Sun. 12–6 p.m. Parade Sun. 11 a.m. $3 daily. www.loraininternational.com. JUN. 25 – All Mopar Car and Truck Show, Car Corral, and Swap Meet, Wayne Co. Fgds., 199 Vanover St., Wooster, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Registration 8–11 a.m.; no preregistration needed. $10 admission for car, driver, and one passenger; each additional passenger $5; kids under 12 free. Spectator admission $5. Free parking. 330-4646613 or www.facebook.com/midohiomopars3. JUN. 25 – Flea Market, Ashland Co. Fgds., Mozelle Hall, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. https://ashlandcountyfair.com/ calendar. JUN. 26 – Akron-Summit Comic Con, Summit Co. Fgds., 229 E. Howe Rd., Tallmadge, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $6, under 7 free. Best all-comic show in northeast Ohio. 330-462-3985, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www. harpercomics.com. JUN. 25–26 – Kelleys Island Motorcycle Tour, throughout Kelleys Island. Registration Jun. 25, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., at Mad River Harley-Davidson dealership in Sandusky; $10 per participant. Grand prize vacation package worth over $1,300! Completed scorecards must be returned to the Mad River dealership by Jun. 26 at 3 p.m. Winner will be drawn on Jun. 27. 419-746-2360 or www.kelleysislandchamber.com. JUN. 29–JUL. 3 – Orrville Firefighters’ Fire in the Sky July 4 Celebration, Orr Park, Orrville. Midway opens at 6 p.m. weekdays and 12 p.m. weekend. Closing time 11 p.m. every day. Parade Jun. 29 at 7 p.m. Fireworks Jul. 3 at 10:15 p.m. 330-684-5051 or www.orrvillefireinthesky.com. JUL. 1 – First Fridays on Fourth, 155 N. 4th St., Steubenville, 6–10 p.m. Free. Monthly themed celebration featuring art, crafts, games, food trucks, live entertainment, and activities to stimulate the imagination. www.theharmoniumproject.org/first-Fridays.
JUN. 29–JUL. 4 – Ripley Fourth of July Celebration, Court Street, Ripley. The USA’s largest small-town Independence Day celebration includes the Firecracker 2-Miler, free concerts, grand parade, carnival, pageants, fireworks, and much more. 304-514-2609 or https:// visitripleywv.com/festivals. JUL. 6–8 – Wild and Wonderful Craft Festival, Jackson Co. Jr. Fgds., Cottageville (6 miles from Ripley). $10. Artisans offering handmade crafts, local musicians, children’s pageant, cruise-in, quilt show, food vendors. 304-531-2009 or https://wvtourism.com/event/wildwonderful-arts-crafts-festival.
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JUL. 1–2 – Loudonville Antique Festival, Central Park, Loudonville. Buy, sell, and trade antiques and collectibles. 419-994-4789 or www.discovermohican.com. JUL. 2 – Annual Classic Car Show, downtown Loudonville, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Over 500 classic cars from all eras. Preregistration and registration fees required for vehicles in the show. 419-994-4789 or www. discovermohican.com. JUL. 7–9 – Olde Canal Days Festival, 123 Tuscarawas St., Canal Fulton, Thur./Fri. 5–11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Rides, games, arts and crafts, concessions, canal boat rides, and more. Grande Parade Sat. 11 a.m., fireworks Sat. 10 p.m. 330-854-9095 or www.discovercanalfulton.com. JUL. 9 – Dan Jungclas: “German Church Book (Kirchenbuch) and Municipal Records,” Historic Zoar Village, School House, Zoar, 11 a.m.–noon. Free. 800-2626195 or www.historiczoarvillage.com. JUL. 9 – Jazz Under the Stars: IndiGo Jazz Ensemble, Uptown Park, Medina, 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland-based vocalist SaVon Bass and her jazz band IndiGo will present popular vocal and instrumental swing, Latin, and jazz standards. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the United Church of Christ, 217 E. Liberty St. 419853-6016 or www.ormaco.org. JUL. 9–10 – Ashland County Yesteryear Machinery Club Show, Ashland Co. Fgds., 2042 Claremont Ave., Ashland. Free admission and parking; donations accepted. Tractors, garden tractors, engines; farm toy show both days; car show Sun. 10 a.m., garden tractor pulling Sun. 12 p.m. 419-651-4109 or www.yesteryearmachinery.org. JUL. 10 – Concert in the Country: James Marron, HeARTland, 8187 Camp Rd., Homerville, 2 p.m. Free. The Akron-based guitarist will present an eclectic selection of classical guitar tunes, including some original compositions. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Homerville United Methodist Church, 8964 Spencer Rd. 419-853-6016 or www.ormaco.org. JUL. 12–16 – Ashland Chautauqua 2022: “The Famous and Infamous,” Ashland. Living history performances and daytime workshops on Lizzie Borden, Malcolm X, Mary Surratt, Marie Curie, and Annie Oakley. Evening performances will be held at the Myers Memorial Band Shell at Brookside Park. email@example.com or www.ashlandchautauqua.org. JUL. 12–17 – Trumbull County Fair, 899 Everett Hull Rd., Cortland. An array of grandstand entertainment, daily shows, local bands, exhibits, and rides. 330-637-6010 or www.trumbullcountyfair.com. JUL. 15–16 – Ohio River Valley Texas Longhorn Show, Wayne Co. Fgds., 199 Vanover St., Wooster, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Fun family event! 330-466-0515 or www.wccvb.com/events.
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JUN. 24–26 – NADD Dock Diving Competition, The Gated Dock-Canine Enrichment Ctr., 7251 OH-98, Shelby. Spectators are welcome at the entertaining North America Diving Dogs competition. 419-961-4711, www. thegateddock.com, or find us on Facebook. JUN. 25 – Annual Lake Seneca “Miles of Garage Sales” and Chicken Dinners, off N. St. Rte. 576, 1-1/4 miles north of U.S. 20, Montpelier (Bridgewater Township). Chicken dinners will be ready around 10:30 a.m. at Arrowhead Lodge, plus other food. Homemade bake sale items sell out quickly, so come early! With COVID-19 restrictions, we may be “carry-out” only. 419-485-0393. THROUGH OCT. 15 – Great Sidney Farmers Market, 109 JUN. 25 – Perrysville Lions Car Show, S. Bridge St., S. Ohio Ave., Sidney, Sat. 8 a.m.–noon. Fresh produce, Perrysville, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Registration 9–10:30 a.m. baked goods, jams and jellies, crafts, plants, and flowers. All makes and models welcome. Dash plaque for first 50 937-658-6945 or www.sidneyalive.org. entries; trophies awarded at 1 p.m. 50/50 drawing, door prizes. 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s music. 419-606-4890. JUN. 11–12, JUL. 2–3 – The Fantastic Tiffin Flea Market, Seneca Co. Fgds., 100 Hopewell Ave., Tiffin, Sat. JUN. 30–JUL. 2 – Old Fashioned Farmers Day, Van 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m., rain or shine. Free; Wert Co. Fgds., 1055 S. Washington St., Van Wert. handicapped accessible. 250 to 400 dealers per show. Tractor pulls, Tug-A-Truck, antique car show, live music, 419-447-9613 or www.tiffinfleamarket.com. kids’ games, food, fireworks, and much more. www. oldfashionedfarmersdays.com or find us on Facebook. JUN. 16–19 – Fort Recovery Harvest Jubilee, Fort Recovery. Rides, games, live music, antique tractor display, JUL. 4 – Independence Day Concert, Rutherford B. food, pie baking contest, pet parade, fireman’s parade, Hayes Presidential Library and Museum, Spiegel Grove, raffle, and more. 419-852-5066, www.fortrecoveryjubilee. Fremont, 2–3:30 p.m. Free patriotic concert performed com, or find us on Facebook. by the Toledo Concert Band on the verandah of the JUN. 17–18 – Sidney Music and Arts Festival, downtown historic Hayes Home. Civil War reenactors will fire cannons in sync with the “1812 Overture.” Bring your Sidney. Two stages, artists and makers, kids’ zone, the own chair or blanket. Food trucks will be on-site. 419Great Sidney Farmers Market, food vendors, and more! 332-2081 or www.rbhayes.org. email@example.com or www.sidneyalive.org. JUL. 8 – Convoy Community Days Car Show, Convoy, JUN. 24–26 – Maria Stein Country Fest, Shrine of 5:30–8:30 p.m. $10. Meet at the Water Tower. Dash the Holy Relics, 2291 St. Johns Rd., Maria Stein. Free plaques to first 75 registered; 23 awards for cars built admission, parking, and entertainment. Tractor Square Dancers, cruise-in car show, live music, horse and wagon before 1987. Food, door prizes, goody bags, 50/50 rides, food, and more. 419-586-1146 (John Garman), www. drawing. Contact Sandy Harting at 419-203-1410. mscountryfest.com, or find us on Facebook.
JUN. 16–SEP. 4 – Tecumseh!, 5968 Marietta Rd., Chillicothe, Mon.–Sat. 8 p.m. $25–$45. www. tecumsehdrama.com. THROUGH SEP. 28 – Courtside Open Air Market, 801 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, Fri. 8 a.m.–noon. 740-6801866 or find us on Facebook. THROUGH DECEMBER – Athens Farmers Market, 1000 E. State St., Athens, Sat. 9 a.m.–noon; Wed. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., April–November. 740-593-6763 or www. athensfarmersmarket.org. JUN. 14 – Cambridge City Band Concert, Harper Cabin, 20 W. Main St., New Concord, 7 p.m. Free. 740-826-7671 or www.facebook.com/Cambridge-CityBand-799535703711168. JUN. 16 – Cambridge City Band: Concert in the Park, Cambridge City Park, 1203 N. 8th St., Cambridge, 7:30 p.m. Free. www.facebook.com/Cambridge-CityBand-799535703711168. 38
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JUN. 16 – “DNA Matching and Sorting,” Guernsey County Genealogical Society, 125 N. 7th St., Cambridge, 6 p.m. Registration required. 740-432-9249 or www. facebook.com/GuernseyGenealogy. JUN. 17 – Fishing Derby, Deerassic Park Education Center, 14250 Cadiz Rd., Cambridge, 6–8 p.m. For ages 5–15. Tackle, bait, and poles will be provided! Come for a night of fishing, food, prizes, and games. 740-435-3335 or www.deerassic.com. JUN. 18 – Bike Show and Ribfest, downtown Cambridge, 11.am.–7 p.m. Hot rods, Harleys, Yamahas, and more. Live entertainment, vendors, food trucks, and more. 740-439-2238 or www.downtowncambridge.com. JUN. 18 – Kenworth Truck Parade, downtown Chillicothe, 8 p.m. Free. Over 50 new, classic, and customized semi-trucks from all over the U.S. and Canada. http://visitchillicotheohio.com. JUN. 25 – Glass Dash, St. Benedict’s Gymnasium, 701 Steubenville Ave., Cambridge, 7–8:30 a.m. early bird admission, $10; 8:30–11 a.m., $5. For more information, visit www.cambridgeglass.org. JUN. 25 – Kicking Bear, Deerassic Park Education Ctr., 14250 Cadiz Rd., Cambridge, Fri. 4–9 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Free event, but preregistration is required. For ages 5–13. 740-435-3335 or www.deerassic.com. JUN. 24–25 – Annual NCC Convention and Glass Show, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Hwy., Cambridge, Fri. 1–5 p.m., Sat. 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. $5. For more information, visit www.cambridgeglass.org.
JUL. 8–9 – World War II Reenactment, Auglaize Village, 12296 Krouse Rd., Defiance. Setup on the 8th. Camp area open to the public; stations with soldier reenactors. Public “battle” Saturday afternoon. Visit www.auglaizevillage.com for details. To participate, contact Bo Johnstone at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bob Mergel at email@example.com. JUL. 8–10 – Flag City Daylily Tour, locations throughout Findlay and Hancock counties. Fri./Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 12–6 p.m. Free. Tour six beautiful daylily gardens at your leisure and see several thousand different registered daylilies. Some sites will have plants for sale. 419-8898827, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pplantpeddler.com, or find Flag City Daylily Tour on Facebook. JUL. 9 – Defiance Jazz Festival, Kingsbury Park, 118 Auglaize St., Defiance, gates open 3:30 p.m., jazz begins at 4 p.m. $10; free for children and students. Will be live streamed free on social media. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food and beverage vendors on site. www.defiancejazzfestival.com or www.facebook.com/ defiancejazz. JUL. 9 – Summer on the Farm, Sauder Village, 22611 St. Rte. 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Bring the kids for this special event. Learn about our farm animals, enjoy nature-themed activities, play old-fashioned games, and try hands-on activities in our historic homes and shop. 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org. JUL. 10 – Motorama, Auglaize Village, 12296 Krouse Rd., Defiance, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Open to self-propelled, motorized, or powered “anything,” including antique cars, custom rods, fire trucks, and cycles. No registration or fee. Cinnamon roll and sausage gravy biscuit breakfast served until 9 a.m.; concession food till 2 p.m. Oldies music with DJ. Key auction at 2 p.m. www. auglaizevillage.com.
JUL. 1–3 – Ohio Jeep Fest, Ross Co. Fgds., 344 Fairgrounds Rd., Chillicothe. $10–$30. Drivers test their wheeling skills and participate in trail-rated challenges. Daily kids’ zone, vendors, obstacle course, mud pits, and much more. www.ohiojeepfest.com. JUL. 2–3 – 4-H Camp Hervida’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, near Waterford. Hiking, dining, singing, vespers, crafting, swimming, reminiscing, flag lowering, ice cream, camp tours, playing in the creek, and activities for all ages. www.camphervida.org. JUL. 3 – 19th-Century Independence Day Celebration, Adena Mansion and Gardens, 847 Adena Rd., Chillicothe, 2–3 p.m. Free. Readings of the Declaration of Independence, poems, , a toast to George Washington, and a 21-gun salute! www.adenamansion.com. JUL. 9 – “Party Like a Geology Rock Star,” Highlands Nature Sanctuary, 7660 Cave Rd., Bainbridge. Free family nature education event. For details, call 937-3651935 or visit www.arcofappalachia.org. JUL. 9 – Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Social, Adena Mansion and Gardens, 847 Adena Rd., Chillicothe, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. $5–$10. Bring your lawn chairs. www. adenamansion.com. JUL. 9 – “Beardsley’s Battery: Civil War Artillery,” Campus Martius, 601 Second St., Marietta, 10 a.m.– noon. $25. Registration required. Reproductions of a cannon and mortar will be charged and fired. 740-3733750 or www.mariettamuseums.org/events.
JUN. 17 – United Way Day of Action, Fountain Square Park, downtown Lancaster, 9 a.m.–noon. 740-653-0643 or www.uwayfairfieldco.org. JUN. 17–18 – Art@Wagnalls, Wagnalls Memorial, 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis, Fri. noon–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Annual art festival featuring a juried art show and sale, performing arts, live music, kids’ art experiences, food trucks, and spirits. 614-837-4765 or www.wagnalls.org. JUN. 17–18 – Dancing Under the Stars, Berlin Park, 4999 Parkwood Dr., Millersburg, 8:30 p.m. $10; under 13, $5. Three short story ballets: Cinderella, Thumbelina, THROUGH SEP. 24 – Sunbury Farmers Market, and The Selkies. Pre-show choral performance at 7 9 E. Granville St., Sunbury Square, Sat. 9 a.m.–noon. p.m., children’s hour at 7:15 p.m. 330-473-2879 or www. 740-513-9192. holmescenterforthearts.org/under-the-stars. THROUGH OCT. 29 – Coshocton Farmers Market, 300 JUN. 18 – Aureum: An Aerial and Acrobatic Adventure block of Main Street, Coshocton, Sat. 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Tale, Knox Memorial Theater, 112 E. High St., Mount www.facebook.com/coshoctonfarmersmarket. Vernon, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30–$50. A high-thrills aerobatic show featuring high-flying actors, an original THROUGH OCT. 29 – Zanesville Farmers Market, soundtrack, dynamic lighting, and a gripping storyline. Adornetto’s, 2224 Maple Ave., Zanesville, Sat. 9 a.m.– noon. Starting in June through August, the market is also 740-462-4278 or www.mvac.org. open Wed. 4–7 p.m. www.zanesvillefarmersmarket.org. JUN. 18 – Marysville Uptown Food Crawl, 131 N. THROUGH OCT. 30 – Rock Mill Days, Stebelton Park at Main St., Marysville, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. $20 advance ticket Rock Mill, 1429 Rockmill Place NW, Lancaster, Wed./Sat. 10 required. Enjoy a stroll around uptown Marysville, sampling signature dishes at eight popular eateries. Call a.m.–2 p.m., Sun. 1–4 p.m. Free. Tour the restored 1824 gristmill, walk on the iconic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, and 937-209-2275, ext. 1, or email email@example.com for more information. enjoy Hocking River Falls. Weather permitting. 740-6817249 or www.fairfieldcountyparks.org. JUL. 1 – Red, White & BOOM!, downtown riverfront and the Arena District, Columbus, noon–midnight. Free. We’re JUN. 14, JUL. 12 – Inventors Network Meeting, back! Come for the parade, street festival, two stages of virtual, 7 p.m. Educational presentations and discussion live musical entertainment, and Ohio’s largest fireworks about the invention process. 614-470-0144 or www. display. www.redwhiteandboom.org. inventorscolumbus.com. JUL. 1–2 – Stars Stripes & Freedom NTPA Truck and JUN. 16–18 – Washboard Music Festival, Main Street, Tractor Pull, Hartford Fairgrounds, 4028 Fairgrounds Logan. Free. Ohio’s most unique music and arts festival, celebrating the old-fashioned washboard. Car show, craft Rd., Croton, 7–11 p.m. $15; free for ages 10 and under. Eight classes and two tracks. Camping, vendors, demos, tours of the washboard factory, food, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, tractor show, and parade. 740-277- concessions, kiddie tractor pull. 740-893-4881 or www. starsstripesandfreedompull.com. 1806 or www.washboardmusicfestival.com.
JUL. 4 – Stars and Stripes on the River, Zane’s Landing Park, west end of Market Street (along river), Zanesville. Live music, food, and activities for all ages. All proceeds benefit the community. www.zanesvillejaycees.org. JUL. 4–9 – Marion County Fair, 220 E. Fairground St., Marion. Rides, livestock shows, tractor and truck pulls, live music, fireworks, and more. 740-382-2558 or www. marioncountyfairgrounds.com. JUL. 8–9 – Coshocton Canal Quilters Quilt Show, Coshocton Christian Tabernacle, 23891 Airport Rd., Coshocton, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $5. Featured quilter is Shirley Stutz. www.facebook.com/Coshocton-Canal-QuiltersQuilt-Show-112729707876945. JUL. 8–9 – Theatre Under the Stars: Clue, Berlin Park, 4999 Parkwood Dr., Millersburg, 8:30 p.m. A play based on the famous board game. Fun for the whole family! 330-473-2879 or www.holmescenterforthearts.org/ under-the-stars. JUL. 8–10 – Lilyfest, Bishop Educational Gardens, 13200 Cola Rd., Rockbridge. Free, but donations appreciated! Gardens, art sculptures, live music, and outdoor education in the Hocking Hills. 740-969-2873 or www.lilyfest.com. JUL. 13–16 – 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www. potterylovers.org. JUL. 14–16 – Picktown Palooza, 300 Opportunity Way, Pickerington, Thur. 5–11 p.m., Fri. 5 p.m.–midnight, Sat. 2 p.m.–midnight. $5 daily, $10 for 3-day pass. Carnival rides, Freedom 5K and kids’ fun run, food vendors, live entertainment, and car, truck, and bike show. 614-3792099 or www.picktownpalooza.org. JUL. 18–25 – Pickaway County Fair, 415 Lancaster Pike, Circleville. $8–$15. 740-474-2085 or www. pickawaycountyfair.org.
JUL. 1 – Concert: “Brett Greenwood Sings Broadway,” First United Methodist Church, 120 S. Broad St., Middletown, noon–1 p.m. Popular southwest Ohio performer shares his favorite songs from 50 years of Broadway hits. Free parking and handicapped accessible. Bring your lunch if you like. 513-423-4629 or www.myfumc.net. JUL. 3–4 – Americana Festival, Franklin and Main streets, Centerville. Free. Concert and fireworks on the 3rd at Centerville High School, 500 E. Franklin St. Festival on the 4th starts at 10 a.m. and features 5K run, parade, arts and crafts street fair, car show, live entertainment, and food booths. 937-433-5898 or www. americanafestival.org. JUL. 4 – Red, White and Blue Ash, Summit Park, Blue Ash, 4–10 p.m. Music, rides, games, food and drink, and family fun. Concerts are followed at 10 p.m. with the biggest and best fireworks in the tri-state area. http:// blueashevents.com. JUL. 7–9 – Hillsboro Festival of the Bells, 238 W. Main St., Hillsboro. Free concerts by Caylee Hammock, Elvie Shane, and Jordan Feliz. Arts and crafts, 5K run/walk, 3 on 3 basketball, cornhole tournament, pet parade, baby parade. www.thefestivalofthebells.com. JUL. 7–10 – Greenville Farm Power of the Past, Darke Co. Fgds., 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville. $5–$10, under 13 free. Featuring Ford, Fordson, Ferguson, MasseyHarris, and Massey-Ferguson tractors and equipment, Fairbanks-Morse engines, side-shaft engines. 937-5471845 or www.greenvillefarmpower.org.
THROUGH JUL. 27 – Bluegrass Wednesdays, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, every Wed. 6:30–8:30 p.m. (not Jun. 15). Enjoy dinner, wine, and an evening of free bluegrass entertainment by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Reservations strongly recommended. 5133-385-9309, vinokletwinery@fuse. net, or www.vinokletwines.com. JUN. 10 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Colerain Park Amphitheater, 4725 Springdale Rd., Colerain, 7–9 p.m. Free. Bring a lawn chair. 513-3857503 or email@example.com. JUN. 10–12 – Versailles Poultry Days, 459 S. Center St., Versailles. Free admission and parking. Enjoy the world-famous barbecue chicken dinners and many fun events. Grand parade Sat. 11 a.m., antique car parade Sun. 2:30 p.m. 937-526-9773 or www. versaillespoultrydays.com.
JUN. 18 – Vintage in the Village, downtown Tipp City, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Unique booths featuring handmade, vintage, and antique items; food trucks; children’s activities. www.downtowntippcity.org. JUN. 18 – Vinoklet Annual Bluegrass Festival, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati. $5. Craft show, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Music, 12–11 p.m. Features Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass and other bluegrass bands. Bring a lawn chair. On-site food, wine, and beer. 513-385-9309, firstname.lastname@example.org, or https://www.vinokletwines.com/post/bluegrass-musiccraft-festival-2. JUN. 24 – Bluegrass Night, Fibonacci Brewing Company, 1445 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, 7–9 p.m. Free. Enjoy an evening of lively bluegrass music by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Wide variety of craft beers and food truck eats available on-site. 513-832-1422 or http://fibbrew.com. JUN. 25 – A Tour of Oxford Gardens, Oxford area, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Five gardens will be open to ticket holders to tour throughout the day. Local artists and nurseries will be selling plants and garden-related art around the home and gardens of the White Garden Inn. For tickets and additional information, visit www.desfleurs.org. JUN. 25–26 – Pioneer Days, Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village, 3999 Pioneer Village Rd., Waynesville, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $6, under 16 free. See demonstrations of different tasks around the village representing how life would have been during the pioneer period. www.ccpv.us/ pioneer-days.
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Jacob, Cloie, and Carlie on the boat, enjoying Lake Erie! Jennifer Sayre | Union Rural Electric Cooperative member
Nathan, Brady, Kathryn, and Ella enjoying Seneca Lake. Fran Booker Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative member
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My daughter, Wendy Preston, son-in-law, Matt Duckson, and grandson, Finn Duckson, paddle boating on Kiser Lake. Brad Huntsman | Pioneer Electric Cooperative member
Brady and Ella in a shaving cream fight at Seneca Lake. Paula Walck Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative member
My sons, Christian and Cayden, enjoying the last days of summer. Gloria Schmitz | South Central Power Company member
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