Ohio Cooperative Living - May 2021 - Adams

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MAY 2021

COOPERATIVE Adams Rural Electric Cooperative

Skip the hotel Finding outside-the-box accommodations

ALSO INSIDE A man and 80 years and counting his castle

Food from the forest floor

Charging your EV just got easier Which charger is right for you?

Level 1 Using a standard home outlet with a 120-volt alternating current (AC) plug, Level 1 will charge your EV in 15 to 24 hours.

Level 2 A special 240-volt AC outlet cuts charging time down to just 3 to 5 hours.


Level 3 These 480-volt commercial chargers, also called direct current (DC) fast chargers, can “fill” an EV battery in less than an hour.



24 CHANGING WITH THE TIMES Coney Island and Sunlite Pool have a long history of summer fun.

28 SKIP THE HOTEL Ohio property owners offer one-of-a-

kind accommodations as travelers look for something different.

30 SIPS AND SWINGS Huntsville hot spot lets visitors partake in pinot while they practice their putting.

32 FROM THE FOREST FLOOR Edible plants grow on almost any property in Ohio, but the southeast is a forager’s happy hunting ground. This page: The Box Hop’s reclaimed shipping containers make a cozy Hocking Hills getaway destination.





Both Buckeye Power and OREC exist to help your co-op better serve you, your family, and your business.

Ohio Cooperative Living readers know that Ohio’s 24 electric cooperatives are served by a Columbus-based organization known as Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. OEC is composed of Buckeye Power, the wholesale power supplier for the state’s distribution cooperatives (including your local co-op), and Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives (OREC), the statewide trade and service association that works on behalf of the local co-op. While Buckeye Power was formed in 1959, this year marks OREC’s 80th anniversary. Power generation, which Buckeye Power has been doing for 62 years, and trade and service work, like that performed by OREC, together require us to apply both art and science to our work. Lineworker and safety training, marketing campaign assistance, education courses, legislative advocacy, and communications support (including the production of Ohio Cooperative Living) are just a few of the tasks on OREC’s “to do” list. The first item on that list is, and always will be, service to your local cooperative. The bottom line is that both Buckeye Power and OREC exist to help your co-op better serve you, your family, and your business.

Who makes up Ohio’s electric cooperative network? Comprehensively, Buckeye Power and OREC serve about 1 million Ohioans in 77 of the state’s 88 counties. That’s a momentous responsibility, a tremendous opportunity, and an immense privilege. We look forward to the next 80 years. Co-op

Counties served

Adams Rural Electric Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Butler Rural Electric Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carroll Electric Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Consolidated Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Darke Rural Electric Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Energy Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Firelands Electric Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Frontier Power Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative . . . . . . . Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . Logan County Electric Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative. . . . . . . . . Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Adams, Brown, Highland, Pike, Scioto Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton Butler, Hamilton, Montgomery, Preble Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Stark, Tuscarawas Delaware, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Union Darke, Preble Ashland, Coshocton, Delaware, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Muskingum, Perry, Richland Ashland, Huron, Lorain, Richland Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Knox, Licking, Muskingum, Tuscarawas Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas Allen, Erie, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood, Wyandot Ashland, Coshocton, Holmes, Knox, Medina, Stark, Tuscarawas, Wayne Logan Ashland, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Wayne Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Hancock, Hardin, Logan, Marion, Morrow, Union, Wyandot Allen, Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Putnam, Shelby, Van Wert Crawford, Hancock, Huron, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood, Wyandot Defiance, Henry, Paulding, Williams Allen, Defiance, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert (OH); Adams, Allen (IN) Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Logan, Madison, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Shelby, Union Belmont, Fairfield, Franklin, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Monroe, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, and portions of 12 others Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Putnam, Wood Champaign, Delaware, Hardin, Logan, Marion, Union Athens, Guernsey, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Washington

Midwest Electric. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North Central Electric Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North Western Electric Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . South Central Power Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . Union Rural Electric Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Washington Electric Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


MAY 2021 • Volume 63, No. 8

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Patrick O’Loughlin President & CEO Patrick Higgins Director of Communications Jeff McCallister Managing Editor Rebecca Seum Associate Editor Anita Cook Graphic Designer Contributors: Colleen Romick Clark, Randy Edwards, Victoria Ellwood, W.H. “Chip” Gross, Catherine Murray, Jamie Rhein, Kevin Williams, and Patty Yoder. OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING (USPS 134-760; ISSN 2572-049X) is published monthly by Ohio Rural Elec­tric Co­op­eratives, Inc. It is the official com­munication link be­tween the elec­­­­tric co­operatives in Ohio and West Virginia and their mem­bers. Subscription cost for members ranges from $5.52 to $6.96 per year, paid from equity accruing to the member. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to editorial and advertising offices at: 6677 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43229-1101. Periodicals postage paid at Pontiac, IL 61764, and at additional mailing offices. Nothing in this publication may be reproduced in any manner without written permission from Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. All rights reserved. The fact that a product is advertised in Ohio Cooperative Living should not be taken as an en­dorse­ment. If you find an advertisement mis­leading or a product unsatisfactory, please not­ify us or the Ohio Attorney General’s Of­fi ce, Consumer Protection Sec­tion, 30 E. Broad St., Col­um­bus, OH 43215. Periodicals postage paid at Colum­bus, OH, and at additional mailing offices.



Cooperation: After 80 years, Ohio’s statewide electric cooperative association still shows the power of working together.



Steady hand: 25 years after he was first elected, Steve Nelson earns high marks for his leadership of the Buckeye Power board of trustees.



Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative: Operating in one of the most scenic parts of Ohio, BREC prides itself on improving people’s lives.



Fish hawk with fish hooks: With their rotating talons, spiny feet, and memorable technique for catching food, ospreys are unique in the bird world.



A man and his castle: A co-op member’s childhood dream comes to fruition in Washington County.


Honey, do!: Thick and sweet and oh-so-delicious, honey adds tantalizing flavor to every course.

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


Little League: As the weather gets warmer, members and their kids are ready to play ball!


Visit Ohio Cooperative Living magazine online at www.ohiocoopliving.com! Read past issues and watch videos about our articles or our recipes. Our site features an expanded Member Interactive area where you can share your stories, recipes, and photos and find content submitted by other co-op members across the state. MAY 2021 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  3



Electric cooperatives and their members see benefits of the statewide association. BY JEFF McCALLISTER


hortly after the first electric cooperatives formed in the 1930s, their leadership began to see some of the same challenges that small businesses everywhere face — chief among them being a lack of the buying power that larger companies enjoy. Co-ops needed supplies, equipment, insurance — in short, lots of products that larger companies pay less for because they buy them in bulk. The problem was most apparent in the co-ops’ main product: the electricity they provided to their members. Individual cooperatives had to purchase wholesale power from other utilities at whatever rate those utilities charged. The leaders of the co-ops started talking among themselves to find ways to negotiate better contracts to buy electricity, and they saw immediate benefits. It didn’t take long before they began to see real value in working together in other aspects of their business, as well. So, in 1941 — a little more than five years after Piquabased Pioneer Electric Cooperative set the first co-op pole in the nation, and 80 years ago this summer — co-ops officially formed a statewide trade association: Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives. The most significant development to come from the association is undoubtedly the creation of Buckeye Power, a generation and transmission cooperative wholly owned by Ohio’s co-ops. In 2015, the two companies — the power generation co-op and the services co-op — united under one name: Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. “The early cooperative leaders were dedicated to improving the lives of the people in their communities, and I marvel at the initiative and courage it took to make electrification happen,” says Pat O’Loughlin, president and CEO of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. “I also take note every day of the foresight those leaders had when they created this association and gave it the flexibility to evolve and meet challenges that they honestly couldn’t have dreamed of at the time.” In 1959, once the early leadership had well established that they could negotiate better power rates as a group, they soon realized that they had the means to produce the power themselves, and they established Buckeye Power. “Co-ops were at the mercy of AEP,” says Steve Nelson, CEO and general manager of Coshocton-based Frontier Power Company, one of 24 electric distribution


cooperatives that operate in Ohio. “All those pioneers got together and decided they could never get ahead as long as they had to rely on other people for their electricity.” By the time the association’s 25th anniversary rolled around in 1966, construction was nearly complete on two coal-fired generating units in Brilliant, Ohio — one owned by Buckeye Power. The co-ops built a third unit that came online in 1977, and took over full operational control of all three units in 2018. Together, those units can produce up to 1,230 megawatts — more than enough to power all of Ohio’s co-op homes and businesses, even at peak usage. While power rates were the statewide association’s first order of business, its role and capabilities have expanded to a wide array of professional and technical services: • Power, engineering, and technical services, such as load control. • Government relations and lobbying efforts, both in the Ohio Statehouse and in the U.S. Congress. • Mutual aid and disaster recovery coordination. • Education and training programs for co-op employees, from lineworkers to board members. • Scholarship and youth programs, such as the Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. • Communications services, including digital and multimedia projects as well as Ohio Cooperative Living magazine.

Government relations

“The best thing to come out of the association is the unity among the cooperatives. There is a spirit among all of us, to this day, that we are all better together than we would be separately.” — Steve Nelson They’re tasks that the co-ops could do on their own — but it makes more sense for one centralized source to do those jobs, providing expertise, consistency across co-op borders, and economies of scale. “If every small cooperative around the country had to go out individually to hire all of these services, the cost would be astronomical,” says Ed VanHoose, general manager of both Wellington-based Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative and Attica-based North Central Electric Cooperative. “Instead, we have our associated organizations, such as the statewide association, that turn us into a large collective. Instead of having to do everything on our own, we can do it together. Cooperatives just would not be able to provide the level of service we do without them.” “Honestly, the best thing to come out of the association is the unity among the cooperatives,” Nelson says. “There is a spirit among all of us, to this day, that we are all better together than we would be separately.”

Mutual aid and disaster recovery

Employee education

Youth programs


Milestones come and go as Nelson’s consistent leadership provides steadiness at the helm Steve Nelson didn’t necessarily plan to stay long in the job his peers elected him to back in 1996. He had been named general manager of The Frontier Power Company, the Coshocton-based electric distribution cooperative, only four years earlier. In that position, he automatically had a seat on the board of trustees for Buckeye Power, the generation and transmission cooperative that is the source of electricity that co-ops like Frontier Power provide to their members. Even early on, Nelson made a strong impression on the state’s other co-op managers, and he was elected as chairman of the board at a time when Buckeye Power was navigating some tricky issues, such as electricity deregulation and ever-more-stringent environmental regulation. “I never planned to be chairman more than a little while,” says Nelson, now 65, who’s celebrating 25 years as Buckeye’s chairman this year. “I don’t know how much longer I’ll stay at it, but for now, it seems like they still want me, so I’ll keep doing what I can.” Ohio’s 24 electric cooperatives are as diverse in their needs as they are in their geography, so keeping the board running smoothly isn’t always an easy task — but it’s one to which Nelson is particularly suited. “Personally, I see a lot of that job as building unity,” he says. “You put a group of people together with the main goal that they always vote in the best interests of the group as a whole, but they all come from different places and represent a bunch of ideas, and it’s not always easy to look past those ideas. I’ve been around a long time, though, and I can use that sense of history to maybe explain an issue from different angles they might not have seen.” 6   OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  •  MAY 2021

“The term of the chairman is only a year at a time, and Steve keeps getting reelected year after year — so it’s obvious the board values his leadership,” says Pat O’Loughlin, president and CEO of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. “He does such a good job running the board meetings, which is the most visible part of the job, even though it’s certainly not the most important,” O’Loughlin says. “He makes sure that everyone on the board has a voice, that they all get to have input on issues of importance to them, and people appreciate that. Board members respect Steve’s common-sense approach.” Nelson also is generous with the time that he devotes to board business. Running the Buckeye Power board meetings may be the most visible of his duties, but it only takes up a small portion of the time he gives to the cause. As chairman, he’s an ex officio member of all the various board committees, and he represents Buckeye Power in meetings with numerous outside partners, such as American Electric Power — which sometimes add up to four or five extra meetings every month — outside of his full-time job as CEO of Frontier Power. Nelson realizes he’s not going to be at it forever, though. He enjoys traveling with his wife of 45 years, Beth — they were high school sweethearts at River View, just up the road from Coshocton — and plays golf in whatever spare time he comes by. “Steve’s one of the most dedicated people I know to the cooperative ideals,” O’Loughlin says. “He puts in the time, often behind the scenes, to ensure that Ohio’s cooperatives are well represented.”




perating from Rio Grande, Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative covers an expansive territory in southern Ohio, serving 18,562 consumer-members in nine counties: Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton. Buckeye REC’s territory is in the Ohio Appalachians, one of the most scenic parts of the state. The area’s rolling hills and mountains and natural flora and fauna are unmatched for beauty in any season. Buckeye REC’s territory encompasses portions of Wayne National Forest, the only national forest in Ohio, which covers over a quarter-million acres of unglaciated terrain in the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. The forest offers opportunities for outdoors enthusiasts to pursue their passions, including mountain biking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, ATV riding, boating, archery, canoeing and kayaking, or even just soaking in nature’s spectacular sights.

Working for business Buckeye REC proudly supports economic development and job creation within the community. In 2019, Buckeye REC was awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Initiative that will provide funds for fiber optic cable to connect cooperative substations in six counties and pave the way for future broadband expansion to members from internet service providers. Additionally, Buckeye REC recently provided an economic development grant through Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives for site work needed to obtain “construction-ready” SiteOhio authentication at the Dan Evans Industrial Park II, which will allow potential developers to immediately build on the site. The cooperative also used site readiness grant funds to prepare their 13-acre Echo Valley substation property for future development.

Community From offering school visits and teaching electrical safety, to partnering with the Red Cross for a blood drive, Buckeye REC participates in programs to benefit all members of their communities. Buckeye even donated a bucket truck to Buckeye Hills Career Center for use in the center’s power lineman training program. Through the electric cooperative Youth Tour, Buckeye REC sends a high school student to Washington, D.C., each year to learn about our nation. Scholarships for high school seniors (including a recently introduced technical scholarship) provide assistance for children of members to pursue higher education. This past holiday season, when Gallia County Local Schools was unable to hold its annual food drive, Buckeye Rural employees helped fill the need by donating cash to cover the cost of feeding seven families — all part of the co-op’s guiding principle of Concern for Community.


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he first time you see an osprey dive on a fish is one of those memorable birding moments that last a lifetime. With a wingspan of up to 6 feet, ospreys are not small birds of prey. In addition, their distinctive dark-brown and white markings make them readily identifiable as they hover — sometimes 100 feet high — above a lake, river, or other large body of water. Upon spotting a fish swimming near the surface, an osprey folds its wings, drops from the sky, and hits the water feet first, with sharp, unusually long talons extended, creating an impressive splash. The bird may even completely submerge. They’re not always successful at this “plunge-diving” fishing technique, as wildlife biologists term it, but when they are, the bird lumbers from the water manipulating its catch to carry it headfirst, making its prize more aerodynamic in flight.


As it flies, the osprey will also shake itself, much like a dog, removing water from its feathers. The fish feast is then flown to a large, bulky stick nest and shared with its mate/young, or possibly, the fish is simply taken to a stout tree limb where the osprey alights and enjoys a solo meal of the world’s freshest sushi. Like bald eagles, ospreys nearly disappeared from North America when their populations were severely reduced by the unregulated use of agricultural pesticides during the 1950s and 1960s. “Those chemicals contaminated fish and negatively affected reproduction of avian predators at the top of the food chain,” says Jim McCormac, author of the identification guide Birds of Ohio. “By the early 1970s, only a handful of ospreys were seen in Ohio each year.”

The specially developed foot of an osprey has rough spines on its soles and talons that can rotate completely backward — making it the perfect tool for carrying fish.



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!

www.ohiocoopliving.com The good news is that those dark days have passed for Buckeye State ospreys, and the species has recovered. “Ohio’s osprey reintroduction program, begun in 1996, has been a huge success,” says Laura Kearns, research biologist for the Ohio Division of Wildlife. “The program set a goal of having 20 nesting pairs of ospreys in the state by 2010 and that goal was achieved by 2003, seven years ahead of schedule. Today, the osprey population in Ohio continues to do well.” Ospreys are so unique to the bird world that they are the only member in the scientific family Pandionidae. One of the characteristics of the bird that makes it unusual is a large front outer toe on each foot that can rotate backward to help carry a fish. In other words, when the specialized toe is rotated, two talons grasp a fish from behind, balancing the two talons grasping it from the front. Also helping ospreys “get a grip” on slippery fish are scaly, roughened spines on the soles of their feet, known as tubercles. Courtship displays in ospreys are unusual affairs, with the male performing a “fish flight” sky dance for the female. Screaming and holding a fish in its talons, the male alternates hovering with making steep ascents and dives. As a fisherman myself, I have tried that type of nuptial display in front of my wife, but to no avail.

PLACES TO SEE OHIO OSPREYS Migratory ospreys will be returning to the Buckeye State this month, and may be seen at nearly any large body of water. The Ohio Division of Wildlife recommends the following viewing areas: • Alum Creek Lake along Hogback Road (Delaware County) • Lake LaSuAn Wildlife Area (Williams County) • Deer Creek Lake at the Deer Creek Wildlife Area (Pickaway County) • Salt Fork Wildlife Area (Guernsey County) • Portage Lakes (North Reservoir, Long Lake, and Nimisila Reservoir in Summit County) • Acton Lake at Hueston Woods State Park (Butler County)

Butler Rural Electric Cooperative employees installed a pole to be used as an osprey tower beside Hueston Woods State Park’s Acton Lake last fall, along with partners from the Avian Research and Education Institute, Miami University, and the Miami Bird Club, to help the public observe the birds in nature.


CO-OP PEOPLE CO-OP PEOPLE A co-op member’s childhood dream comes to fruition in Washington County. BY RANDY EDWARDS

A man and his castle I

t stands to reason that a man who has made his living battling termites might choose not to build his house of wood. But Bill Grizer, an exterminator from Whipple, Ohio, and a member of Marietta-based Washington Electric Cooperative, wanted no ordinary house made of bricks or stone, either. He dreamed of a castle.

Today, Grizer Castle sits on high ground on Scotts Ridge in Washington County, occupying a site with a defensive position any medieval lord would covet. Polished suits


of armor guard the entrance, and the castle’s Great Hall echoes with the joyous sounds of weddings — or it did, before the great plague recalling the Middle Ages temporarily shut down mass revelry. With towers rising 50 feet above its hilltop foundation, Grizer Castle is the concrete manifestation of a dream that was inspired, as many are, by Hollywood. As an 8-year-old, Grizer was fascinated by the 1968 film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and his obsession with castles was launched while watching Dick Van Dyke pilot his flying car over Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle.

Many 8-year-old boys would have fixated on the flying car; Grizer got all wideeyed about the castle (built by Bavarian monarch “Mad” King Ludwig II in the 19th century). Grizer remembers, “I told my mom, ‘I want that castle!’ ” His mother replied in a way that every mother responds to her son’s pipe dream. “She said, ‘Well, you can’t have that castle, but if you work hard and save your money, you can build your own.’ I decided I would do that.” Demonstrating a focus not typical among preadolescent boys, Grizer didn’t forget his dream. “I’d see someone was tearing down a house or building something and I’d say, ‘I’m Billy Grizer and I’m going to build a castle.’ They would laugh and give me some of their blocks. My mom was good about it. We had a Ford Maverick and she’d drive me around. We could fit maybe six or eight blocks in the trunk.” Grizer, now 56, kept dreaming throughout high school, choosing a masonry program at the local trade school so he could develop his construction skills. While he earned his living as an exterminator — building his own company from the ground up over three decades — he never stopped collecting building materials and never stopped dreaming. He added towers and a stone front to the home in which he and his wife raised their six children. But adding a castellated façade to a suburban-style home just wasn’t enough. In 2014, Grizer’s castle in the sky began to take shape on 80 acres of familyowned land about 20 miles from Marietta. He’s both a licensed contractor and blessed with friends in the skilled trades, and the structure rose slowly, built entirely by Grizer and his friends and family. Friend Jamie Littleton and brother-in-law Jason Myers helped him with laying 46,000 concrete blocks. An electrician friend, Lonnie Kramer, helped him wire the place. Sons and daughters chipped in labor, and his wife, Barbara, used 11,412 small tiles to create a mosaic in the Great Hall showing the forces of good and evil battling in full armor on horseback. His sister, Sarah Myers, manages rentals and marketing.

Bill Grizer started planning his castle when he was 8 years old. The fortress currently includes a hall that can seat 300 (below) and a mosaic created by his wife from more than 11,000 individual pieces of tile (opposite page). He hopes to develop the surrounding land into a full-scale medieval entertainment venue.

Sometimes, Grizer’s friends also helped him keep his imagination in check. He points to the gleaming wooden ceiling of the hall and admits that it pained him to cut through it to install modern lighting. “My buddy said, ‘You’re not going to be able to hang burning torches inside this place,’ and he was right,” Grizer says. The castle, when finished, will encompass about 26,000 square feet of usable space, including the Great Hall, which seats 300. Guests pass through iron gates and a foyer guarded by suits of armor before entering the Great Hall. Off the hall is a warming kitchen, restrooms, and a bridal suite complete with a grilled speakeasy door that allows the bride or her attendants to look out without being revealed. The second-floor living areas, where he and his wife plan to settle down to enjoy retirement, remain unfinished, but will include a library and a bedroom with a sweeping view of the surrounding hills and valleys. Always the dreamer, Grizer doesn’t plan to stop when the castle is complete. He imagines the surrounding land developed as a medieval entertainment attraction, including a working historical village, rustic camping cabins, and hiking trails. “I want this place to be shared by the community,” Grizer says, standing in front of his castle and surveying his estate. “I want people to come out here with their kids, so they can see that the world can be yours — that you can have anything you dream of.”

For more about Grizer Castle and rental opportunities, see www.facebook.com/grizercastle, email wcgrizer@gmail.com, or call 740-516-6536.


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Holiday Favorites

Ground rules • Entrants must be electric cooperative members or residents of an electric cooperative household. • Be sure to include all ingredients and measurements, directions, and number of servings. Then tell us the basic story behind your recipe: Is it a family tradition, passed down through generations? Or did you make it up one day out of thin air? A good back story can never hurt! Finally, take a photo of your finished product.

What’s the one recipe your holiday dinner table can’t do without? We’re looking for unique and delicious dishes along with the story behind the food.

• Submissions may be an original recipe or one adapted from an existing recipe published elsewhere, with at least three distinct changes from the published version.

Upload your recipes and stories to www.ohiocoopliving. com/memberinteractive.

• On each recipe, include your name and address, a phone number and email address where you can be contacted, and the name of your electric cooperative.

The winner will receive a KitchenAid stand mixer, and two runners-up will be awarded a bestselling cookbook to spice up that holiday table even more.

• Entries should be uploaded to www.ohiocoopliving.com/ memberinteractive. If you are unable to submit online, you may submit by mail to Catherine Murray, care of Ohio Cooperative Living, 6677 Busch Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229.

Entry deadline: June 15, 2021.


• Limit of three recipes per entrant. • Contest winners will be announced in the November issue of Ohio Cooperative Living.


Honey, do!

Thick and sweet and oh-so-delicious, honey adds tantalizing flavor to every course.

TART AND SWEET BRUSSELS SPROUT SALAD Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 15 minutes | Servings: 6 to 8 1 cup pecans ½ cup dried cherries 4 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon yellow mustard divided juice of 1 lemon 1 pound Brussels sprouts ¼ cup olive oil 1 tart green apple, cored and diced Preheat oven to 350 F. Stir together pecans and 2 tablespoons of the honey. Spread evenly over a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake approximately 15 minutes, stirring a few times. Allow 5 minutes to cool, then peel pecans off of parchment paper. Set aside. Cut ends off of the Brussels sprouts and slice finely. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with diced apple, pecans, and cherries. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining 2 tablespoons of honey, yellow mustard, lemon juice, and olive oil. Pour dressing over Brussels sprout salad, tossing to coat. Per serving: 363 calories, 22.5 grams fat (3 grams saturated fat), 0 milligrams cholesterol, 50 milligrams sodium, 41 grams total carbohydrates, 6.5 grams fiber, 5 grams protein.


HONEY CINNAMON SHORTBREAD Prep: 20 minutes | Chill: 2 hours | Cook: 12 minutes | Servings: 12 2¼ cups flour ½ cup sugar ½ cup yellow cornmeal 3 tablespoons honey, plus extra for glazing 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 large egg yolks ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup unsalted butter, softened In a small bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, cinnamon, and salt. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a bowl by hand), beat together butter, sugar, and honey until smooth. Mix in egg yolks, then the flour mixture, until dough is smooth and holds together. Form into a 10 x 3-inch cylinder (using a little extra flour if needed), cover in plastic, and refrigerate 1 hour. On a lightly floured surface, press down (or cut with a sharp knife) to create the 6 sides of a honeycomb/hexagon shape. Refrigerate again for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 325 F. Remove dough from refrigerator. Slice into 1/3-inch slices and place a half-inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until shortbread edges are lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes, then lightly brush cookies with warmed honey (optional). Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Makes 24 cookies. Per serving: 296 calories, 16.5 grams fat (10 grams saturated fat), 76 milligrams cholesterol, 210 milligrams sodium, 35 grams total carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 3.5 grams protein.

STICKY SPICY HONEY CHICKEN Prep: 10 minutes | Marinate: 8 hours | Cook: 30 minutes | Servings: 6 ¾ cup honey, divided ¼ cup ketchup 1/3 cup Asian chili sauce (such as 2 tablespoons minced garlic Sriracha), divided 2 teaspoons cornstarch ¼ cup soy sauce, divided ¼ cup diced scallions (greens only) ¼ cup apple cider vinegar lime wedges 2 tablespoons sesame oil 4 pounds chicken thighs and wings (approximately 8 pieces) In a large bowl, whisk together a marinade of 1/2 cup honey, 4 tablespoons chili sauce, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, and sesame oil. Remove chicken from package; rinse and place into the large bowl, making sure all chicken is coated with marinade mixture. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a roasting pan or baking sheet with foil and spread out chicken on top in a single layer. Pour some of the marinade over chicken to coat. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, basting once or twice. Once chicken is done, turn the oven to broil for 2 to 4 minutes to crisp the skin. Meanwhile, in a microwavable bowl, whisk remaining 1/4 cup honey, 2 tablespoons chili sauce, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, ketchup, cornstarch, and garlic. Heat sauce in microwave for 30 seconds at a time until sauce begins to thicken. Brush sauce onto chicken and sprinkle with scallions. Serve with lime wedges and remaining sauce for dipping. Pairs well with vegetables or rice. Per serving: 924 calories, 49 grams fat (13 grams saturated fat), 281 milligrams cholesterol, 645 milligrams sodium, 40 grams total carbohydrates, 0.5 gram fiber, 77 grams protein.


HONEY-ROASTED CARROTS Prep: 5 minutes | Cook: 30 minutes | Servings: 4 to 6 2 pounds small carrots, washed 1 teaspoon ground ginger 3 tablespoons salted butter, melted ½ teaspoon black pepper ¼ cup honey 6 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme) 1 tablespoon olive oil Note: If some carrots are noticeably thicker than others, slice them in half lengthwise. Preheat oven to 400 F. On a large baking sheet, pile up the carrots. In a small bowl, whisk together butter, honey, olive oil, ginger, and black pepper. Pour over carrots and toss to coat. Spread out carrots into a single layer. Top with fresh thyme sprigs (or sprinkle with dried thyme). Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until carrots are tender and beginning to brown. Transfer to a serving dish before honey glaze begins to thicken. If you’re wanting to avoid sugar, leave the excess glaze in the pan — there’s plenty of sweetness in the carrots as they are.

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

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


Per serving: 178 calories, 8 grams fat (4 grams saturated fat), 15 milligrams cholesterol, 146 milligrams sodium, 27 grams total carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, 1.5 grams protein.


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ast month I received a call from a concerned local resident about signs posted on utility poles. I thought this would be a good opportunity to remind everyone that signage of any type mounted on utility poles creates a hazardous condition for all utility employees and especially our co-op employees.

The nails, staples, and tacks used to hold posters and signs to utility poles can interfere with the work of our linemen. 110000405 Our linemen often use boot attachments, called gaffs, to ascend poles. Gaffs are sharp and made of steel and are about an Bill Swango inch and a half long. With the GENERAL MANAGER gaff strapped to each leg, the lineman actually drives the gaff into the wood with each step he takes up the pole. To safely support a lineworker’s weight, the gaff must be driven deep into the wood of the pole. When the gaff encounters an obstruction, such as a nail, staple, or tack, even the most skilled and experienced lineman is in danger of falling. Line work is especially hazardous at night when it is difficult to see obstructions in the pole. Linemen sometimes need to climb a pole in the dark to restore power after an interruption in service. Also, the nails, staples, or tacks used for signs and posters have sharp edges that can tear holes in the protective rubber gloves and sleeves that our linemen wear to protect themselves from electric shock. Even a tiny hole can expose an employee to the hazard. In addition to the hazards created for utility workers, it is actually illegal to post signs or posters in the highway rights-of-way, where many utility poles are located. Our linemen and other utility workers encounter many hazards and obstacles, so please help keep them safe by not placing signage on utility poles.



to save energy outdoors When we think about spring and summer energy efficiency, we most often focus on improvements we can make indoors to save energy in our homes. But don’t overlook the opportunity for cost savings outdoors.

also want to consider replacing older pumps with energy efficient ENERGY STAR-rated ones before they break down. While you’re at it, check for leaks in the water lines, which make your pumps work harder and longer.

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If you have security lighting, there’s a good chance you can save a little energy. Some security lights can be 500 to 1,000 watts. That’s the equivalent of 40 to 80 indoor LED bulbs — quite a lot of energy! Adding timers, motion sensors, and light sensors can reduce your bulb energy use. Plus, when you use your lights less often, your neighbors may appreciate a little less light pollution! Switching to LEDs is another great strategy. Solar lights are also a good way to light walkways, a water feature, or your deck — without having to buy any electricity at all.

Using your oven can raise your kitchen’s temperature up to 10 degrees, increasing the need for running your air conditioner, so grilling outdoors is a great way to save energy. If you like to barbecue or grill your meals, take a moment to think about the fuel you use. Propane is an inexpensive option for grilling outdoors. If natural gas is available in your area, it may be a less expensive fuel than propane, but if you don’t already have gas lines running to your patio or deck, the cost of installing them can be prohibitive.

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Other fuel types like charcoal briquettes or wood take more preparation and can be fussy to work with, and charcoal grills emit three times as much carbon as gas grills.

Many of us have one or more pumps that service our yard or our property. Pumps can supply water for a swimming pool, your lawn and garden, or your septic system or well. It’s easy to let maintenance slip, which cuts the pump’s efficiency and shortens its life. Maintaining pumps involves cleaning the filters or checking oil and belts. If you have multiple pumps and need to hire a professional for assistance, try to do all the maintenance at once to reduce the overall cost. You may


Whichever fuel type you choose for your grill, you can save energy by barbecuing (keeping the lid closed during cooking) rather than grilling (cooking with the lid off at higher heat). Hopefully these ideas will help you enjoy your outdoor living space this summer — and help you save energy!



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WORD BANK: • Do not use any electrical cords that feel warm to the touch or are damaged in any way. • Remind parents or adults in your home to test smoke alarms every month. Alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home.

• Do not overload electrical outlets. Overloading creates a potential fire hazard. • Keep all liquids away from electronics, including TVs, computers, and gaming consoles. • Do not run electrical cords under rugs or carpet. This creates a fire risk.


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

Avoid placing items like lamps and televisions near your thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause your air conditioner to run longer than necessary. Source: www.energy.gov

Capital credits retirements Capital credits refunded to the estates of Adams Rural Electric Co-op members for March 2021 totaled $14,140.17. The total retired for 2021 YTD is $59,405.78.


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Coney Island and Sunlite Pool have a long history of summer fun. BY JAMIE RHEIN


oney Island, the iconic Cincinnati park, has a history of envisioning possibilities and changing with the times — times that have included two world wars, the Great Depression, floods, integration, and now two pandemics. As the second pandemic of its lifetime seems to be on the wane, Coney Island will open yet again come Memorial Day weekend, more than 130 years after folks first gathered on the spot. “When amusement parks do their jobs,” says Tom Rhein, the park’s senior vice president, “they make time and worries disappear.” Coney Island has seen its share of transition during its long history. When James Parker bought a 20-acre apple orchard on the banks of the Ohio River east of Cincinnati in 1867, he planted the seeds of a summer-fun treasure. As the story goes, a few Cincinnati businessmen on horseback asked Parker to rent the orchard for


a picnic and, smelling success, Parker added a dance hall, a bowling alley, and a carousel. Parker’s Grove became a daytrip escape from city bustle. After riverboat captains William and Malcolm McIntyre bought Parker’s paradise in 1886, the amusement park became Ohio Grove. Dubbing it “The Coney Island of the West,” the McIntyres brought passengers there from Cincinnati by steamboat. Over the next few years, Coney Island gained rides and attractions — and popularity. A former cornfield became Lake Como in 1893. By 1925, the park had added an open-air dance palace called Moonlight Gardens and a stone gate to greet passengers arriving by riverboat — including the Island Queen, which brought 4,000 paying customers at a time to the park.

The most impressive addition, however, was Sunlite Pool. Opened May 22, 1925, Sunlite Pool is still the largest recirculating-water swimming pool in the world, covering almost 2 acres. During the Depression, a Coney Island and Sunlite Pool trip was a special treat. “We didn’t go on vacations back then,” recalls 90-year-old Joyce McCord, who grew up near Cincinnati. She and her twin sister, Joan, first visited Coney Island with their parents and 3-year-old twin brothers. The girls were 8. “We loved to go to the pool, and a hot dog always tasted better at Coney Island,” she laughs. Joan’s highlight was soft-serve ice cream and listening to the calliope on the Island Queen. The park’s location by the river, so crucial for its early success and growth, has also been a challenge, as periodic flooding has taken a toll. In 1937, for example, 85 feet of flood water covered Moonlight Gardens, and the park had to be almost entirely rebuilt. Coney Island was also submerged in 1964, and Rhein remembers boating in to his park office after water covered the grounds in 1997. Through it all, Coney Island remained successful, and in fact, may have been a victim of its own success. Because of ever-increasing crowds (and the precarious flood threat), ownership decided the park had outgrown the space, and in 1972, Coney Island’s amusement

park closed upon the opening of King’s Island, north of Cincinnati. Several of Coney Island’s attractions moved there — including the iconic 1926 Grand Carousel. That could have been the end, of course, but a wave of nostalgia brought the reopening of Coney Island’s amusement park by 1976, and the rides stuck it out until 2019. Now, though Coney Island’s rides are gone again, the park lives on as a water park and picnic ground. Along with the renowned Sunlite Pool, the stone gatehouse still stands as a historic landmark, and the Parker’s Grove picnic area offers shelters and catering for group events. Upon the park’s Lake Como, guests can try a Storybook Paddle Boat and glide across the water in gigantic swans or dragons. This summer, Challenge Zone, the largest Aquaglide swimming pool obstacle course in the U.S., will open in Sunlite Pool’s deep end, joining the Twister, Cannonball Cove, and Typhoon Tower as part of Sunlite Adventures. The Silver Bullet, a 30-foot metal slide erected in 1945, also still stands in the middle of the pool.

Coney Island will open to the public May 29. See https://coneyislandpark.com for hours and ticket information.



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SKIP the hotel

Ohio property owners offer one-of-a-kind accommodations as travelers look for something different. BY PATTY YODER


otels and campgrounds are perfectly fine places to stay, but travelers looking beyond the usual accommodations have some unusual options these days, thanks to entrepreneurial imagination and emerging technology. Ohioans are participating as both guests and hosts in the short-term-rental boom, with more than 300 unique Buckeye State properties available on such popular booking websites as VRBO (for renting entire houses), Airbnb (for single rooms and houses), and Hipcamp (for campsites and cabins). Want to wake up on a blueberry farm? There’s a fine spot near Lake Erie. How about a 1950s railroad caboose?

Check Athens. Prefer a tiny home, treehouse, or yurt? Search “Ohio” and “unique stays” to find exactly what you want, from castles to barns. Seth and Emily Britt, owners of two short-term rentals in Hocking County, started out as traditional landlords, renting property for 12 months at a time — but as the private rental business found footing, they saw an opportunity to bring to life an idea from Seth’s college years working for FedEx, when he loaded trucks from massive shipping containers. The Britts built the OG Box Hop and its slightly newer companion, the BoHo Box Hop, from stacked, refurbished shipping containers. Both places have gorgeous interiors, which reviewers call “a work of art” and “as magical as it is cozy” — and feature plenty of windows for natural lighting. Still, the Box Hop isn’t a good fit for everyone, so the couple is candid about what guests can expect: a beautiful, small (400-square-foot) house with a long gravel driveway that has a few steep turns. It’s probably not ideal for large family reunions or expensive sports cars, but it may be perfect for natureloving singles, couples, and small families. “It’s really important to communicate as much as you can upfront,” Emily says. “Being a good host is treating someone like family when they visit.”

Seth and Emily Britt converted some old shipping containers into the Box Hop, a pair of unique residences for rent in the Hocking Hills region.



The Britts built in Rockbridge because they knew the lay of the land, and they thought their shipping containers would stand out from traditional cabins for rent in the area. “It was an easy decision because we chose an area that we love,” Emily says. “When you’re serving people, you

want to bring a fresh perspective. We take a little bit of pride in shedding new light on the area.” “We both love people, and now we’re meeting and interacting with couples every few days, which is fun,” Seth says. “A few couples have even gotten married on the outside deck at the Box Hop.” RV and tent campers know campsites can be peaceful or packed with partiers and loud TVs. Susie Holycross of Bellefontaine listed her 166-acre farm on Airbnb and Hipcamp to give campers another option. West Wind Stables Equine Rescue and Rehab was already put to good use as a home for 20 rescue horses, and Holycross thought she might host an occasional horse lover, which she certainly did. But it didn’t stop there. Polish and Brazilian travelers, windmill farm workers, a house hunter, a student intern, and families all booked stays, from one night to several weeks at a time.

West Wind Stables Equine Rescue and Rehab invites travelers to camp on the property, where they get to help feed the horses that are being rehabilitated.

www.hipcamp.com/discover/ohio/west-wind-stables “Most families don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend to take their kids on vacation,” she says. “This is a nice way to offset improvement costs, but I’d rather keep my price low so everyone can benefit.”

“People seem to like waking up and seeing the horses and feeding them apples,” she says. “They’re enjoying the scenery that I get to enjoy every day.” The property has enough room to host dozens of campers, and Holycross could easily charge more than $25 per night, but she said she’s more interested in meeting new people and giving them a private place to unplug and relax. After paying website fees and insurance, any income she earns goes back into the property.

Airbnb lists a bevy of train cabooses that have been converted to out-of-the-ordinary accommodations around the state, including a vintage C&O car on the grounds of Dutch Creek Winery near Athens.


Searching the sites

For a change of scenery, book one of the 11 treehouse listings on Airbnb. Some are large enough to include multiple bedrooms with king-size beds, including this one at Berlin Woods Treehouses, in Amish country south of Akron.


When looking for a unique place to stay, the Airbnb, VRBO, and Hipcamp websites are good places to start. Travelers can pare down search results by price range, number of bedrooms, type of place, wheelchair accessibility, pet-friendliness, and many more options. There’s also a filter for “superhost,” which shows only the top-rated listings. Before booking, guests should read the reviews to weed out the overhyped properties from the great stays. Five-star rentals often feature beautiful accommodations, stunning views, and thoughtful amenities like good coffee and fancy shampoo.



rinking and driving is never a wise idea, but there is a place in Ohio where it’s, dare we say, par for the course.

SIPS AND SWINGS A Huntsville hot spot lets patrons partake in pinot while they practice their putting. BY VICTORIA ELLWOOD

At Fion Wine Room and Classic Swing Golf Range, a member of Logan County Electric Cooperative, you can sip a glass of chardonnay, a wine slushie, even a wee bit of whiskey … and practice your drive, chip, or putt while you imbibe. The unique destination, the brainchild of Mike and Stacy McVan, is surrounded by Ohio farmland near Huntsville. How did the couple — who live in the Columbus suburb of Dublin — hit upon the concept four years ago? “We have relatives who own a winery in northwest Ohio,” Mike says. “We liked the idea … but decided we didn’t want to make the wine.” Instead, they aimed


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In summer, when the nearby lake is buzzing with visitors, Fion offers a place to gather after a day on the water. Other times, the venue is a spot for hosting parties, corporate events, weddings, and more. “To be honest, people are coming here from all over — Dayton and Columbus and Toledo,” he says. “Fion” is the Irish word for wine, Mike explains. “I’m Irish; St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday.” Granted, the Emerald Isle isn’t exactly known for its vineyards. So, at Fion, they also pour whiskey and other spirits and all kinds of beer, from craft varieties and microbrews to Irish staples like Guinness.

to open a place that would spotlight wines — and other libations — from around the globe.

Fion even has a secret menu, favored by regulars. Especially popular are the chocolate martini and festive, holiday peppermint martini. “It’s a happy place,” Mike says. “Everyone leaves with a smile.”

When a driving range near touristy Indian Lake came up for sale, they seized on the opportunity. “We’ve spent summers at Indian Lake, so it seemed like a natural fit,” Mike says. “We could see its potential, so we bought it at auction that very night. We finalized the deal in the parking lot.” But transforming the venue took a U-turn when they discovered it was smack-dab in the middle of a dry township. “We couldn’t get a liquor license. So, we spent one summer going door to door to gather signatures and get on the ballot.” The year-long process panned out, and after the next election, they were ready. Meanwhile, the McVans had used the downtime to spiff up the place for a wide range of pursuits. In addition to the warm and inviting wine room that seats 100, Fion boasts a covered patio overlooking the countryside, complete with a fire pit and surround sound; two party and special event rooms; and the driving range and putting green. Mike says the wine room attracts lots of folks, from couples out on a date night to groups of women celebrating a girls’ night out. “People have been really excited about our place; it’s kind of upscale and offers a unique place to go.”

Stacy and Mike McVan bought a driving range and converted it into the Fion Wine Room and Classic Swing Golf Range.



from the forest floor Edible plants grow on almost any property in Ohio, but the southeast is a forager’s happy hunting ground.




fter a long winter, the arrival of spring carpets Ohio with blankets of blossoms, festoons trees with brilliant buds, and sprinkles forest floors with spicebush splendor. The season’s beauty seems even more welcome this year, after a snowy and cold pandemic winter. Many folks, however, may not be aware that so much of the splendor is edible.

Integration Acres is located on a wooded, rural, bucolic parcel of hills, where goats lazily graze and the scent of earthy black walnuts drifts through the air. The farm focuses on cultivating locally grown products like pawpaws and other foraged, forest-farmed products. Those include persimmon seeds and spicebush berries (Appalachian allspice). Integration Acres is one of the largest pawpaw processors globally, producing several tons a season.

Toss in a handful of redbud leaves to add garnish to a Chmiel has been at the forefront of raising awareness salad. Fry dandelion flowers into fritters. Make mashed of Ohio’s native edibles. Chmiel started the annual “potatoes” out of Ohio’s only native tuber: the sunchoke Pawpaw Festival in 1999 to celebrate Ohio’s state fruit (better known as the Jerusalem artichoke), or steep at the height of the leaves from its ripeness each spicebush into a September. In 2019, Picking up pawpaws, put ’em in our pockets, refreshing summer the festival attracted tea. Morels, of picking up pawpaws, put ’em in our pockets, 10,000 people curious course, are prized by about Ohio’s native picking up pawpaws, put ’em in our pockets, mushroom-hunters edibles, and though the way down yonder in the pawpaw patch! who covet their pageantry was paused earthy, exotic taste. — Traditional Appalachian folk song for 2020, plans are for The pandemic has the festival to resume this made people take a year, Sept. 17 through 19. closer look at the ground beneath them. Ohio’s native edibles aren’t as well known as others, “The pandemic gave native gardening another shot in mostly owing to the quirks of plant genetic evolution. the arm,” says Chris Chmiel, owner of Integration Acres The native hickory nut, for example, has a beautiful, nutty outside of Albany in Athens County. “It’s a safe activity: Go taste on par with pecan — you could easily justify putting out and do some foraging while social distancing.” hickory nut pie on your Thanksgiving menu. Continued on page 34




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says), but if you have enough, you can freeze them year-round for smoothies, ice cream, and other desserts.


Tanner Filyaw is the sustainable forestry program director for Rural Action, an Athens County nonprofit that develops sustainability in the region’s forests, where conditions and culture have long made native edibles valuable. He says that just about any Ohioan with some natural habitat on their property can usually find something to cultivate and forage, even in Ohio’s glaciated north and west, where native edibles have mostly been cleared for farming over the years. However, he says, the native plant life and biodiversity of Ohio’s Appalachian region have remained mostly intact, and that has created a veritable salad bowl in the hills of Athens, Gallia, Meigs, and other counties in the area where chickweed, wild greens, and violets beckon.

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But hickory nuts, unlike pecans, are time-consuming to shell, even when done by machine, so the nuts have never caught on on a large scale, despite the taste. If you have the time to spare, then get your hands on some Ohio hickory nuts and start shelling; you’ll be rewarded. Even the pawpaw, for all its versatility and fruity splendor, is tough to make commercially viable on a mass scale. “They are super fragile and bruise eaily, so it’s hard to get them to the grocery store,” Chmiel says. In addition to their fragility, their window of ripeness is narrow — so that combination means most people haven’t heard of pawpaws and wouldn’t know what to do with them if they got some. Chmiel says the secret to enjoying pawpaw is to eat them at the right time. If they aren’t ripe, they’ll taste horrible. “When they’re ripe, they’ll fall from the tree, and that’s when you have to get them,” Chmiel says. Eating them fresh is best (“It’s like eating tropical pudding,” Chmiel


“Every property is different, but every property has at least some habitat,” Filyaw says. Much depends on “microclimates” unique to each property: a cool creek bed, a sunny slope, or a dark forest floor. Upon a property owner’s request, Rural Action representatives will come out to a parcel and develop a management plan, matching the best habitats with the most suitable native elements. Many times, the property owners will already have foragable native plants on their property. As a general rule, the north and east slopes of hillsides are where you find prized plants like ramps, morels, sunchokes, and medicinal herbs like ginseng. Pawpaws tend to favor shady stream corridors. Ohio’s Appalachia is steeped in deep traditions surrounding medicinal and food folklore, so there is a receptive audience to Chmiel’s message. “The native-grown foods really bring people together,” Chmiel says.

Above, from left: Spicebush leaves steep for a calming cup of tea. Chris Chmiel sorts homegrown hickory nuts on this Athens County farm. Chmiel checks his farm for wild edibles — he cultivates native plants while also enjoying the natural bounty on his farm. Bottom photo: Chmiel checks out a pawpaw tree growing on his homestead where he has native thickets as well as some planted rows.



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JUN. 5–6 – Huntington Comic and Toy Convention, Mountain Health Arena, 1 Center Plaza, Huntington, Sat./Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $15–$45. Special guest stars and much more! www. huntingtoncomiccon.com. JUN. 11–13 – Fostoria Glass Society of America Convention and Elegant Glass Show, Moundsville Ctr. Bldg., 901 8th St., Moundsville. Held in the historic West Virginia State Penitentiary. 304-8459188 or www.fostoriaglass.org.

Clinton. An array of free live concerts, Kids’ Fishing Derby, Grande Parade, educational programs/ activities, Walleye 5K Run/Walk, carnival rides, and more than 130 vendors from around the nation. 419734-5503 or www.historicportclinton.com. MAY 29 – WAR Wrestling: WAR 18 and HOF 9, Empowered Sports Ctr., 1730 N. Union St., Lima, doors open 4 p.m., Hall of Fame 5:30 p.m., wrestling 7–10 p.m. $21. www.facebook.com/ events/355776152126019. MAY 29–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. JUN. 1–2 – “Majestik Spectacular” Motorcycle Stunt Show, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima. $18–$23. FMX freestyle jumping, motorcycles on the high wire, monster truck jumping, and much more! Come one hour early for fun family activities, food, and music. 813-765-2454 or www. majestikspectacular.com. JUN. 2 – Bike Week Dice Run, 109 W. Lakeshore Dr., Kelleys Island. $10 per person. Take a ferry ride to Kelleys Island ($5), where registration begins at 10 a.m. Tour the island, making various stops to roll the dice. Return a completed scorecard to The Casino by 4:30 p.m. Drawing at 5 p.m. 419-746-2360 or www. kelleysislandchamber.com. JUN. 5–6 – Power of Yesteryear Tractor Show, Wood County Museum Grounds, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Free. Featuring stationary power units and hitand-miss engines. Farm-themed demos and tractors on display. 419-352-0967, www.woodcountyhistory. org, or www.powerofyesteryear.org. 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.

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trucks (semi and pickup), and garden tractors are all welcome. www.hcrhp.org. MAY 29–30 – Great Lakes Fiber Show, Wayne Co. Fgds., 199 Vancouver St., Wooster, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. An array of fiber-related crafts on display, workshops, competitions, wool fleece show and sale, sheep herding demonstrations, children’s activities, food vendors, and more. 330-4660073, info@ greatlakesfibershow.com, or www. greatlakesfibershow.com. MAY 31, JUN. 3–JUL. 29 – Fort Steuben Summer Concert Series, Fort Steuben Park, 120 S. 3rd St., MAY 15 – Heirloom Doll Society Doll Show and Steubenville, Memorial Day and every Thursday Sale, Williamsfield Community Ctr., 5920 U.S. 322, evening. Free. Featuring a variety of live musical Williamsfield, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $4; children 10 and performances. 740-283-1787 or www.oldfortsteuben. under free. Coupons not accepted. Free parking. Handicap accessible. Contact Lynne Morrow at 440- com. 344-7747 or circlemranch25@gmail.com. JUN. 3 – “Coral Reef Exploration,” Greater Cleveland Aquarium virtual event, 4 p.m. Get to MAY 16–JUN. 30 – Ohio Pioneers Exhibit, Historic know one of the most important habitats on earth. Fort Steuben, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville, Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Display based on the acclaimed See fish of all shapes and colors and understand why coral reefs are referred to as the “rainforests David McCoullough book The Pioneers, which chronicles the early settlement of Ohio. 740-283-1787 of the sea.” Buy tickets and register at www. greaterclevelandaquarium.com/event/captain-neosor www.oldfortsteuben.com. kids-club-virtual-programs. MAY 28 – Laura Varcho: “Tunes from the American JUN. 5 – SoundEVR with Daniel Spearman, Uptown Songbook,” Secrest Arboretum Amphitheater, Park, Medina, 7 p.m. Free. Bring your lawn chairs, 2122 Williams Rd., Wooster, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Free. Specializing in brilliant interpretations of select jazz and blankets, and picnics to enjoy this free “Jazz Under the Stars” concert. The ensemble will perform a mix popular standards, Varcho is a featured artist at top jazz clubs and has opened for national artists. She has of original compositions written by Spearman, along with songs from the American Songbook, arranged headlined concerts at Night Town and Cain Park and performed as a featured vocalist at area jazz festivals. to fit the high-energy style of the band. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at United Church of In the event of rain, the concert will be held at Fisher Christ, 217 E. Liberty St., Medina. 419-853-6016 or Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. 419-853www.ormaco.org. 6016 or www.ormaco.org. JUN. 5–6 – Ohio Valley Frontier Days, Historic MAY 29–30 – Appalachian Ohio Antique Power Fort Steuben, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville. $6, C. Club Show, Harrison Coal and Reclamation (6–12) $3, under 6 free. Annual festival featuring Historical Park, 43672 Stumptown Rd., Cadiz, Sat. soldier, settler, surveyor, and Native American 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $3. Antique tractors, engines, hit-and-miss, oilfield engines, cars, reenactors, re-creating life on the Ohio frontier.

Crafts, games, food, and entertainment. 740-2831787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com. JUN. 6 – Kelleys Island 5K and 10K Run/Walk, begins at Memorial Park, 112 Division St., Kelleys Island. Registration begins at 8 a.m., race at 10:45 a.m. Awards ceremony follows the race. Preregistration $20 online, ending one week before race day; day of race, $25. 419-746-2360 or www. kelleysislandchamber.com/events. JUN. 11–13 – Bacon Fest, Kelley’s Island Wine Co., 418 Woodford Rd., Kelleys Island. Our “bacon takeover” menu will be served all weekend. Pig roast, bacon-themed cocktails, and prizes awarded for Best Bacon Attire! 419-746-2678, abbey.kiwineco@gmail. com, or www.kelleysislandchamber.com/events. JUN. 12 – International Wine at the Mill Festival, St. Rte. 3 S., Loudonville, noon–10 p.m. $10 adults over 21, $1 ages 10–20, under 10 free. Over 100 varieties of international and Ohio wines, craft beers, live music, and food vendors. 419-541-0161 or www.wolfcreekmill. org/events.html. See Facebook page for updates. JUN. 13 – Concert in the Country: EEJ Firelands Trio, HeARTland, 8187 Camp Rd., Homerville, 2 p.m. The jazz ensemble will explore the various musical periods of pianist/composer Herbie Hancock’s legendary career. In the event of rain, the program will be held at the Homerville Community Center, 8964 Spencer Rd. 419-8536016 or www.ormaco.org. JUN. 13 – Pulp Fiction Convention, Doubletree Hilton Cleveland-Westlake, 1100 Crocker Rd., Westlake, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $5, age 6 and under free. Free parking. A gathering of book, pulp, and film fans, with dealers and authors selling, buying, and trading all your favorites in pulp fiction: adventure, crime, fantasy, horror, mystery, noir, science fiction, and western. 330-353-0439, jeff@harpercomics.com, or www.harpercomics.com.

$15 reserved seating. The Tony Award-winning masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. www. sorgoperahouse.org. MAY 22 – Food Truck Rally, Miami Co. Fgds., North County Rd. 25A, Troy, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Teams of the area’s finest food trucks will gather to showcase their best dishes and desserts. 937-335-7492 or www.homegrowngreat.com/event/food-truck-rallycompetition. MAY 28 – 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. 3–5 – Milford Frontier Days, American Legion grounds at 450 Victor Stier Dr., Milford, Thur. 6–11 p.m., Fri. 5–11 p.m., Sat. 4–11 p.m. Kickoff parade Thur. at 6 p.m. Each night features local

entertainment, festival food, and family fun. 513-8312411 or www.frontierdaysmilford.com.


THROUGH JUL. 28 – Bluegrass Wednesdays, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, every Wednesday, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner, wine, and an evening of lively bluegrass entertainment by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Because of restricted seating due to COVID precautions, reservations are strongly recommended and should be made early. Call to confirm before driving. 513-385-9309 or vinokletwinery@fuse.net. MAY 19–23 – Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, Sorg Opera House, 63 S. Main St., Middletown, Wed.–Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 2 and 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.


JUN. 4–6, 11–13 – Godspell, Sorg Opera House, 63 S. Main St., Middletown, Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $25. X-Act, Xenia Area Community Theatre, presents the timeless classic, a re-creation of parables from the Gospel of Matthew using comedy, drama, and song. www.sorgoperahouse.org. JUN. 5 – Bradford Railroad Heritage Festival, 200 N. Miami Ave., Bradford, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Familyfriendly event for railroad lovers, featuring railroad history exhibits, WWII railroad art, train layouts, children’s games, and more. 937-552-2196 or www. bradfordrrmuseum.org. JUN. 12–13 – Family Days at the Johnston Farm, Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Rd., Piqua, noon–5 p.m. $4–$9, under 5 free. Explore the family home of John Johnston with hands-on activities, costumed reenactors, and demonstrations; visit the Historic Indian and Canal Museum; and take a relaxing ride on the General Harrison of Piqua. 937-773-2522 or www. johnstonfarmohio.com.


THROUGH SEP. 30 – Pickerington Farmers Market, 89 N. Center St., Pickerington, every Thursday, 4–7 p.m. Fresh produce, baked goods, crafts, and more. www.pickeringtonvillage.com/events. THROUGH OCT. 30 – Summer Farmers Market, Adornetto’s, 2224 Maple Ave., Zanesville, every Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. June through August, the market will be open on North 3rd Street every Wednesday, 4–7 p.m. www. zanesvillefarmersmarket.org. MAY 11, JUN. 8 – Inventors Network Meeting, virtual event, 7 p.m. Educational presentations and discussion about the invention process. The topic for May is “How to Fund My Invention Project”; for June, “How to License an Idea without a Patent.” For more information, call 614-470-0144 or visit www. inventorscolumbus.com. MAY 14–16 – All American Columbus Pet Expo, Ohio Expo Ctr., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. Includes the Pet Expo, All About Cats Expo, Mega Pet Adoption, and much more! Check website for updated schedules. www.columbuspetexpo.com. MAY 15 – America’s Castles: Hearst Castle at San Simeon, Zoom event presented by Zanesville Museum of Art and Reel Meal, 6–8 p.m. View the A&E documentary about William Randolph Hearst’s


THROUGH DECEMBER – Athens Farmers Market, 1000 E. State St., Athens, Wed. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Sat., 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. MAY 22 – Day of Enchantment, 905 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, 3 p.m. $25. Calling all princesses, princes, pirates, and fairies! Celebrate the day in royal style with a tea party, dancing, carriage rides, costumed characters, and more. http://downtowncambridge. com/home/things-to-do/events. MAY 22, JUN. 12 – An Insider’s Tour, Campus Martius Museum, 601 Second St., Marietta, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Museum admission plus $10. Take a deeper look at the early settlers who are the focus of David

California mansion. Afterward, virtually visit the ZMA’s Ayers Gallery to see a beautiful 17th-century English panel room once owned by Hearst, and chat with ZMA docents about its history. Register online by May 10. www.zanesvilleart.org. MAY 20 – “Ohio’s Homefront: WWI,” virtual event, 7–8 p.m. $15; free for members. World War I was a truly far-reaching conflict, with battles taking place from China to Brazil, and the war affected millions of citizens across the globe. Ohio was no exception. Thousands of Ohioans on the “home front” did their best to aid in the war effort, but there were also many who fought against government crackdowns on free speech and blatant persecutions of their fellow citizens. Join OHS educators Andrew Hall and Michael Fouts to learn more about this time in our history. Purchase ticket and register online. 614-297-2300 or www.ohiohistory.org/virtual. MAY 21 – Ohio Camera Collectors Society Show, Sale, and Auction, University Lodge, Suite 631, 2436 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Columbus, noon–5:30 p.m. Large quality auction of antique, vintage, collectible, and usable cameras, photographic equipment, images, and related items. http://historiccamera.com/club/occs or www.cbusauctions.com. MAY 28 – “A Century of Sliders,” virtual event, 6 p.m. $20; $5 for members. Join us as we celebrate White Castle’s 100th anniversary. Hear stories from White Castle founding family members as they share the fun and groundbreaking history of the first fast food restaurant in America. We’ll feature some of our favorite White Castle collections and discuss how White Castle revolutionized the fast food industry. Purchase ticket and register online. 614-297-2300 or www.ohiohistory.org/virtual. MAY 29–30 – Asian Festival, virtual event. A celebration of Asian culture, including dance, music, martial arts, and much more. Due to continuing COVID concerns, the event will be livestreamed this year. Check the website for updates. http://asian-festival.org.

MAY 29–31 – Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival, Ye Olde Mill and Velvet Ice Cream Co., 11324 Mt. Vernon Rd., Utica, Sat./Sun. 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Mon. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $5 per car. Fun-filled weekend for the entire family. Parade, live music, magic shows, pony rides, car show, games, ice cream eating contests, arts and crafts, great food, and ice cream, of course! 740-892-3921 or www. sertomaicecreamfestival.com. MAY 29–SEP. 25 – Canal Winchester Farmers Market, 100 N. High St., Canal Winchester, every Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. Locally grown produce, homebaked goods, fresh meat, and craft items. 614-2705053 or go to www.thecwfm.com. MAY 29–OCT. 17 – Monticello III Canal Boat Rides, Sat./Sun. 1–4 p.m. $8, Srs. $7, Stds. (6–18) $6, under 6 free. Huge draft horse teams pull the canal boat along an original section of the Ohio and Erie Canal as the boat captain entertains you with tall tales and history of 1800s life on the canal. You’ll feel like you’ve actually glided right into the 1830s! You might even get to assist the helmsman in steering the canal boat. www. visitcoshocton.com/events-list.php. MAY 31 – Memorial Day Celebration, Veterans Memorial Park, 95 Landis St., Lockbourne. Join us at the park’s new location. The parade starts at noon, followed by a service honoring generations of military families and all veterans. 614-491-3161. JUN. 10–12 – Hot Air Balloon Festival, Coshocton Co. Fgds., 707 Kenilworth Ave., Coshocton. One of Ohio’s oldest hot air balloon festivals, featuring balloon launches at dawn and dusk, a balloon “night glow,” and a balloon race. Other attractions include musical entertainment, carnival rides, festive foods, and crafts. coshoctonhotairballoonfestival@gmail.com or www. coshoctonhotairballoonfestival.com. JUN. 13 – Summer Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Makoy Event Ctr., 5462 Center St., Hilliard, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $3; 12 and under free. www. avantgardeshows.com.

McCullough’s latest book, The Pioneers. Learn about their lives, their possessions, and the home of General Rufus Putnam. Stories narrated by William Reynolds, the museum’s historian and a research contributor to McCullough while writing his book. Registration required. 740-373-3750 or www. campusmartiusmuseum.org. MAY 26 – Lecture: “Vincent Family of Gunmakers,” Campus Martius Museum, 601 Second St., Marietta, 2–3 p.m. $5. Attend in-person or via Zoom. RSVP required; book online. 740-373-3750 or www. campusmartiusmuseum.org. MAY 28–30 – Feast of the Flowering Moon Festival, Yoctangee Park, Chillicothe. Free. A family-oriented event featuring Native American music, dancing, traders and exhibits, mountainman encampment depicting life in the 19th century, working craftsmen and demos, entertainment, and more. See website for updated schedule. www. feastofthefloweringmoon.org. MAY 28–30 – Muskingum Valley Trade Days, St. Rte. 78, Reinersville. Large flea market. 740-558-2740. JUN. 2–6 – National Road Yard Sale, locations from Bridgeport to Hendrysburg in Belmont County, dawn to dusk. Find bargains, antiques, fresh produce, furniture, and more as you shop the sales along Historic U.S. 40. Call 740-695-4359 for more information or visit www.facebook.com/ nationalroadyardsaleUS40. JUN. 4–6 – Southern Ohio Farm Power of the Past: Antique Tractor and Machinery Show, Pike Co. Fgds., Piketon. Featuring Allis Chalmer tractors and

garden tractors. Vintage tractor and farm equipment and demonstrations, hit-and-miss engines, working sawmill, wood carver and blacksmith, flea market and craft items, food, and kids’ activities. Truck and tractor pulls Saturday at 7 p.m., car show on Sunday. Parts vendor wanted. Contact Steve Dean at 740-289-4124. JUN. 5–6 – National Pike Wagon Train, U.S. 40, Belmont County. The wagon master will lead horsedrawn wagons along Route 40, drawing attention to a way of travel that was common along the original National Road, the nation’s first federally funded highway. 740-695-4359 or www.visitbelmontcounty. com/events. JUN. 11–12 – Southern Ohio Forest Rally, Chillicothe and Portsmouth areas. 740-844-3488 or www. southernohioforestrally.com. JUN. 12 – Jazzin’ Up the Museums, boat dock at 601 Front St., Marietta, 6–9 p.m. $40/single, $75/ couple. Join the Friends of the Museums and delight in a delicious meal, buffet style, on the Valley Gem sternwheeler. Dance the night away while cruising down the Ohio River listening to a live band playing a variety of favorites. Cash bar. Ticket price includes your meal, musical entertainment, and the 21/2-hour cruise. 740-373-3750 or www.campusmartiusmuseum.org. JUN. 12–13 – Lucasville Trade Days, Scioto Co. Fgds., 1193 Fairground Rd., Lucasville, Sat. 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.–4 p.m. $5; age 12 and under free. 937-728-6643 or www.lucasvilletradedays.com.


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1.  Our daughter, Calianna Blevins (age 4), ready for her first T-ball game. Dorothy Blevins Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative member 2.  My grandson, Carter Riley, posing for his baseball card shot. Cathy King Firelands Electric Cooperative member



3.  Our grandson, Ian, playing catcher for Dublin Youth Baseball. Avis Kreais Union Rural Electric Cooperative member 4.  My grandson, Chase, with his dad (coach for the Phantoms) and mom after the playoff game. Gary O’Brien South Central Power Company member 5.  Our granddaughters, Alexa Dupler and MaKenna Dupler, getting ready for a big game. Richard Jones South Central Power Company member



6.  Brock, Brody, and Matthew Verhoff, our grandchildren. Because of their ages, they usually end up on different teams, so it makes for a very busy summer. Robert and Phyllis Verhoff Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative member Below: The last season these cousins were able to play, they all got to be on the same team. Merissa Ferrell South Central Power Company member

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