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If you hear thunder, you are close enough to get struck by lightning.

Seek shelter indoors:

• Refrain from using corded electrical devices

• Avoid running water, including baths and showers, and stay away from windows

• Stay in shelter until 30 minutes after the last thunder

If you can’t get to shelter:

• Avoid open fields and hilltops

• Stay away from tall, isolated trees and objects

• Spread out from others if you’re in a group




Ferries get everyone and everything on and off the Lake Erie islands.

Growing delicious tomatoes in your home garden takes care and planning.

Cover image on most editions: Athens County is the starting point for nearly 1,000 miles of fun, challenging routes that draw motorcycle riders from around the country (photograph courtesy of Visit Athens County).

This page: The eastern massasauga rattlesnake is one of three venomous snake species that can be found in Ohio. Outdoors Editor Chip Gross photographed this one in a plastic holding tube as it was being counted by ODNR officials at Kildeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County.

Ohio’s Windy 9 routes offer motorcycle riders a variety of challenging fun.

Staying safe

Every year as winter fades, spring brings the promise of a refresh to our landscape. This year, spring also has brought several deadly tornadoes and strong storms, and Ohio’s electric cooperatives continue to assist in the rebuilding of devastated communities and pray for those who have suffered great loss.

Of course, no one can know when or where such natural disasters may happen, so your co-op constantly prepares for severe events like we’ve experienced this year. While we can’t prevent the havoc that powerful spring and summer storms can cause, there are things we can control, and we have our people trained and ready to step in whenever we’re needed to restore essential electric service to your homes and businesses.

It’s a year-round process to be as ready as possible for the severe weather that we know is likely to come our way.

It starts with engineering and planning to be sure our facilities — poles, wires, structures, substations — are up to date and in good working order. It requires consistent, well-planned clearance of rights-of-way and easements to keep trees and brush clear of those facilities (see our story on page 4).

And when bad weather strikes, it takes dedicated and well-trained employees willing to respond as quickly and safely as possible. Right away, we’ll work to determine the scope of the problem and mobilize people and equipment needed to make the area safe for the public and other first responders (even calling on neighboring co-ops when necessary). Only then can we begin the hard work of rebuilding whatever nature has broken or destroyed. It takes special training and discipline to neutralize the threat that electric facilities can pose when they’re knocked out of their normal operation. That’s why we always ask you to stay clear until we can be on the scene to assess, make safe, and repair.

Rest assured, thanks to our planning and preparation, we’re ready to take on whatever Mother Nature sends us. Please be sure your family has plans in place to stay as safe as possible when severe storms strike, so we can all enjoy the lovely spring and summer days ahead.

It’s a year-round process to be as ready as possible for the severe weather that we know is likely to come our way.


Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives

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Patrick O’Loughlin President & CEO

Caryn Whitney Director of Communications

Jeff McCallister Senior Managing Editor

Amy Howat Assistant Managing Editor

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Tree-liable power: Vegetation management plays an important but often-overlooked role in keeping the lights on.



Snakes on a plain: W.H. “Chip” Gross takes a look at Ohio’s three venomous snake species.



Pole position: Co-op member turns a one-man barn-building business into a thriving five-state operation.



Easy cheats: Pressed for time, or just feeling a little lazy? These dishes are ready in a fraction of the time and effort it takes to make their traditional counterparts.



News and other important information from your electric cooperative.


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


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Mom at her best: Members share photos for a Mother’s Day tribute. At right, Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative member Wayne Klass shared this photo of his mom, Evelyn Lafever, enjoying her new mower.

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MAY 2024 • Volume 66, No. 8

power Tree-liable

Vegetation management plays an important but often-overlooked role in keeping the lights on.

In early March, a spring storm ravaged much of the region served by Logan County Electric Cooperative in Bellefontaine. It was the same storm that spurred the deadly tornado that destroyed a significant part of the community of Indian Lake, and even outside the tornado’s path, high winds snapped trees and brought down limbs and branches all around the area.

As might be expected, power outages were widespread. But upon examination in the following weeks, it seemed as if power had been out less for LCEC members — both fewer and shorter instances — than might have been expected.

“System reliability and safety are extremely important,” says Scott Roach, director of engineering services at LCEC. “With every new project, every work plan, it’s always with that in mind.”

Foliage foibles

One of the most significant factors affecting that reliability is the presence of trees. Of course, properly placed trees not only are beautiful to look at, but they also provide tangible benefits: increasing property values, reducing the cost to heat and cool a home, providing privacy, and even cutting stormwater runoff.

So homeowners are understandably attached to the trees that grow on their property, and Roach,

who directs LCEC’s two-man full-time vegetation management crew that’s charged with keeping trees and other flora away from power lines, knows that co-op members can be quite protective of their foliage.

“We completely understand that trees hold a lot of sentimental value for our members,” Roach says. “At the same time, they need to understand the public safety issue and what impact a tree can have on their ability — and sometimes the ability of all of their neighbors — to turn their lights on.”

Trees can be a contributing factor, if not a direct cause, of as much as 50% of power outages. Problems can develop suddenly, such as when branches break and fall across power lines during wind or ice storms, or over time through natural growth patterns, where tree branches may begin to crowd and rub against those lines.

Investing in reliability

Logan County Electric has one of the best records of reliable power delivery in the country, but it wasn’t always that way. In 2005, a powerful winter storm came through Ohio, bringing with it layers of heavy ice that snapped off limbs and branches and brought down trees across the state.

Many of those branches and trees fell across electric power lines, and as many as 500,000 Ohioans


were without power at one point — including a significant number of LCEC members. Some of those outages lasted 10 days or more.

“That storm taught us an important lesson, and we invested a lot of time and effort in our vegetation management right after that,” says Roach, who was hired in 2006. “We were not maintaining our right-ofway the way it should have been, but we made some changes in our procedures, and it has made a big difference in our outage numbers.”

Professional standards

Part of the co-op’s investment was to hire full-time vegetation management staff to implement a five-year trimming cycle, rather than bringing in contractors as needed.

“Tree trimming is a very difficult, laborintensive job that’s also dangerous because obviously you’re working very close to energized lines,” Roach says, “But at the same time, there’s also an aspect of member service to it. If it’s rainy out and they have to put away the chain saws and chippers, they’re out talking to our members — informing them of what’s in the works and educating them about the public safety dangers of trees and power lines.”

In Ohio, along with LCEC, Adams Rural Electric Cooperative in West Union, The Energy Cooperative in Newark, and Frontier Power Company in Coshocton have full-time vegetation managers on staff. The other Ohio co-ops, for the most part, have long-standing relationships with professional tree contractors who perform the trimming around their lines.

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Dan Craig, a certified line clearance arborist, is one of two full-time staff members at Logan County Electric Cooperative who are charged with the task of trimming trees and other vegetation away from the co-op’s power lines.

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All take great care to perform work that conforms to standards and practices of the National Arborist Association, the American Association of Nurserymen, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The last thing anyone at the co-op wants is to fight with a member about a tree.

“Most people understand the reasons we need to trim their trees and don’t object to us doing what we need to do,” says Dan Craig, a certified line-clearance arborist, who has worked at Logan County Electric since 2015. “But it doesn’t always sit well with everyone, and we give members options and work with them to try to come up with a solution that works for both their needs and our needs.”

Of course, when a powerful storm comes through like the one in March, members are bluntly reminded the effect trees can have on utility lines. Says Roach, “After a storm that causes power outages, members see first-hand both the safety concerns and the importance of clearing vegetation away from power lines. No one likes to be without power.”

Trees and electricity

• The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) requires electric utilities to maintain trees around power lines, pruning or removing vegetation that may damage supply conductors.

• The Occupational Safety and Hazards Act (OSHA), Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) mandate utility companies must keep their power lines safe and reliable.

• Trees account for more than half of all power interruptions.

• Tree damage to power lines can create severe public safety hazards such as fires or electrocution.

• Consider all electrical lines and electrical utility equipment dangerous. Keep away from them and keep all objects (ladders, antennas, kites, etc.) away from them.

• Keeping clear access to utility equipment gives line crews the room to perform inspections and repairs — and keeps everyone safe.


Play Time

From exploring scenic trails to camping under the stars, discover the outdoor world right here in the Greater Parkersburg area.

For two-wheel excitement, head to Mountwood Park for 35 miles of flowing trails surrounding a lake or explore 80 miles of rugged and scenic trails in Wayne National Forest. For a little easier pace, the North Bend Rail Trail takes riders on a journey across 36 bridges and through 10 tunnels.

Grab your paddle and hit the water for scenic kayaking in Parkersburg that the whole family can enjoy. On the Ohio River Water Trail, kayakers can paddle 39 miles of the Ohio River and 18 miles of the Little Kanawha River.

Hikers can traverse a number of well-maintained trails at North Bend State Park and the McDonough Wildlife Refuge, and the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area

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Ohio is home to three venomous serpent species.

Iam not what anyone might call a “snake guy.” But the reptiles do hold a certain fascination for me, especially the three venomous species inhabiting the Buckeye State: timber rattlesnake, copperhead, and eastern massasauga.

The largest and rarest of the trio is the timber rattlesnake. A state endangered species, the timber rattler historically lived in every Ohio county, including on the Lake Erie islands. Only four small, remnant populations remain today, located in the southeastern portion of the state. Timber rattlers can grow to a whopping 6 feet in length, though they’re usually closer to 3 feet.

Copperheads, which grow up to 3 feet in length, are the most common venomous snake in Ohio, with populations widely scattered throughout the unglaciated section of the state. Copperheads have the dubious distinction of having bitten more people in the U.S. than any other venomous snake. That’s not because copperheads are unusually aggressive, but simply because they’re among the most common venomous snake species. Fortunately, few deaths have occurred as a result. That said, the last human snakebite fatality encountered in the wild in Ohio happened in 1947. A young woman near Tar Hollow State Park was bitten on the hand by a copperhead and died a few days later.

Another state (and federally) endangered species is the smallest of Ohio’s three venomous snakes, the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, a name derived from the Chippewa Indian language. It’s also known as the swamp rattler or black snapper — the latter moniker giving some idea of the snake’s dark coloration as well as its aggressive striking behavior upon becoming agitated. Massasaugas measure up to 30 inches in length.

Historically recorded in more than 30 counties, the secretive massasauga inhabited the scattered prairies of glaciated Ohio. One of those prairie-remnant habitats today can be found at the extensive Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County. The Ohio Division of Wildlife conducts annual snake surveys there each May, and I had the good fortune of tagging along last year. (Most people probably wouldn’t consider searching for venomous snakes in waist-high grass “good fortune,” but I’ve never been considered real smart.)

Twenty-seven massasaugas were located by the researchers during the day, a dozen of which were recaptures from earlier in the day or from previous years’ surveys. In addition, we found 36 Kirtland’s snakes, 26 eastern plains garter snakes, and 15 smooth green snakes — all three species are both state endangered and nonvenomous.


Timber rattlesnakes like this one are the rarest of Ohio’s three venomous snake varieties; copperheads, like the one below, are the most common.

“It is difficult to assess the exact population trends of massasaugas at Killdeer Plains, because the population is presumed to be fairly large and recapture rates are so low,” says Eileen Wyza, Ph.D., a biologist with the Division of Wildlife. “However, the Killdeer Plains population appears to at least be stable. Statewide, the trend is much more dire. The remaining populations of massasaugas seem to be in decline or have disappeared entirely during recent years.”

Wyza believes that the threats to massasaugas are primarily habitat-related. Changes in succession — particularly increasing woody growth — constitute one of the largest contributors to the population decline, followed by changes in hydrology. For example, in Ohio, massasaugas rely heavily on terrestrial crayfish burrows

for places to both hide and hibernate, and hydrology shifts that affect those crayfish also heavily impact the snakes.

When hiking or climbing in venomous snake country, it’s a good idea to never place your hands or feet anywhere you can’t see them — for instance, over a downed log or up onto a rock ledge. But if you do happen to be bitten by a snake that you believe might be venomous (chances of that are extremely unlikely in the Buckeye State), the best first aid is your vehicle. You should get to a hospital for an antivenin treatment ASAP!

W.H. “Chip” Gross is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor. Email him 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! Ask chip!


Pole position

Co-op member turns his one-man barn-building business into five-state operation.

he pole barn — as familiar a fixture on modern farms as a pickup truck — is an architectural innovation born in the 1930s, the result of a marriage of necessity and opportunity. Cash-strapped farmers of the Depression needed an inexpensive way to keep tractors and motorized equipment under cover, while the electrification of rural America led to the easy availability of utility poles. The earliest pole barns were rudimentary structures with dirt floors and poles planted directly into the soil around the perimeter, topped with trusses and a sheet metal roof. These post-frame structures could be built quickly and at far less expense than timber-framed barns, and while the continued mechanization of agriculture drove demand for more covered area on the farm, space for a tractor didn’t need to be as fancy and complicated as you’d need for, say, a team of horses.


For decades, the pole barn has reigned supreme on American farms. But the pole-frame structures of today have come a long way from the simple pole barns of the Depression, says Caleb Miller, owner and president of MQS Structures in Lancaster. Pole framing remains a popular design for farm outbuildings, but these days, Miller’s company, a member of Lancaster-based South Central Power Company, may just as likely be using pole-frame construction to build the shell for a far more complex structure.

“When Dad started, a pole-frame building was an agricultural building,” says Miller, who began his training at age 12 by helping his father, John, build barns. “It has evolved into a lot more than that. These days, we’re building event centers, a lot of residential garages. We build ‘shouses’ (a combination of workshop and house) and that’s evolved into the ‘barndominium.’”

In that first year he hired a second salesperson, put together a crew, and built 51 structures. In 2023, with 10 office employees and seven construction crews, the company built 330 buildings over a five-state area. “We have been blessed,” he says. “I never dreamed we could be so blessed.”

Miller credits his company’s success to honesty and hard work, values instilled in him by his Amish-Mennonite father, who moved his family from Geauga County to Perry County in 1966 and raised 11 children, including eight sons. John Miller worked well into his 70s and died five years ago at 83. “We had to work hard, but it didn’t hurt us,” says Caleb, the youngest of the eight sons. “My dad taught me honesty and to take care of the customers, and the good Lord will take care of the rest.”

“I was the owner, the CEO, and the salesman. That’s how I started.”

Barndominiums, or “barndos,” are built on precast concrete columns to support upright poles, creating a solid but inexpensive shell that can cover almost any kind of interior finish. The term was popularized by the HGTV show Fixer Upper in 2016. That was the same year that Miller, who had been building barns most of his life with his father and brothers, found some investors and struck out on his own with MQS Structures.

“In 2016 I was the owner, the CEO, and the salesman. It was me by myself in a pickup truck. That’s how I started,” says Miller, now 47, who lives in Perry County with his wife, Dorcas, and their three sons.

Caleb married Dorcas, the daughter of Mennonite dairy farmers from Tennessee, 15 years ago. The couple lives in a house built by his father on Amish Ridge Road (renamed after his family after they moved there). They farm 180 acres, mostly for beef cattle. Miller jokes that he has two vices: “farming and golf, but farming is what gets me up in the morning.”

The couple’s sons — 11-year-old twins Carter and Colton, and Cayson, 7 — all help out, Miller says, caring for the chickens and keeping up on yard work.

Miller also credits MQS’s employees, nearly all of whom are Amish or Mennonite, for the company’s success. “Our employees make MQS stand out,” he says. “Without them, we could never achieve what we have achieved.”

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Pressed for time, or just feeling a little lazy? These dishes are ready in a fraction of the time and effort it takes to make their traditional counterparts.


Traditional cheesecakes take 90 minutes to make and 6 hours to cool. Satisfy the cheesecake craving much faster with this version.

Prep: 10 minutes | Chill: 2 to 3 hours | Servings: 6

8-ounce block cream cheese, softened to room temperature

¼ cup sour cream

¼ cup powdered sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon lemon juice

4 ounces whipped topping (thawed in fridge)

9-inch prepared graham cracker crust

21-ounce can cherry pie filling

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sour cream, powdered sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. Fold in whipped topping with a rubber spatula. Spread mixture into graham cracker crust, smoothing out the top. Loosely cover and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, cut into slices, plate, and liberally top with cherry pie filling. Cover and refrigerate leftovers.

Per serving: 474 calories, 26 grams fat (12.5 grams saturated fat), 56 grams total carbohydrates, 57 milligrams cholesterol, 274 milligrams sodium, 1 gram fiber, 5 grams protein.



Ready in a fraction of the time it takes to make enchiladas, yet just as satisfying.

Cook: 15 minutes | Servings: 4

10-ounce can red enchilada sauce

15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained*

6 6-inch corn tortillas, cut in half, then sliced into strips

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 green onions, diced (greens only)

In a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, mix together black beans (or meat) and enchilada sauce. Stir and heat until sauce is bubbling. Mix in tortilla strips, stir well, and top with cheese. Reduce heat to low and cover with lid. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove lid, sprinkle diced green onion on top, and serve.

*Cooked ground beef or shredded chicken can be substituted for the black beans.

Per serving: 304 calories, 12 grams fat (5.5 grams saturated fat), 34 grams total carbohydrates, 28 milligrams cholesterol, 827 milligrams sodium, 6 grams fiber, 14 grams protein.


The easiest muffins you'll ever make!

Prep: 10 minutes | Bake: 25 minutes | Servings: 12

15.25-ounce box spice cake mix

15-ounce can pumpkin purée (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

2 tablespoons water

2/3+ cup pecans or chocolate chips (optional)

In a bowl, combine cake mix, pumpkin purée, and water with a spatula until well combined (it'll take a few minutes). Pecans or chocolate chips can all be mixed in now, with some reserved to sprinkle on top.

Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Spoon batter into liners, topping with more nuts or chips (if desired). Bake about 25 minutes. Cool at least 10 minutes before removing from pan. Optional icing: Whisk ½ cup powdered sugar with ½ tablespoon milk and drizzle over cooled muffins. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Per serving: 137 calories, 0.5 grams fat (0 grams saturated fat), 33 grams total carbohydrates, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 286 milligrams sodium, 3 grams fiber, 1 gram protein.



No preplanning required to fulfill your pizza craving in a flash. It's also a great way to use up leftover herbs or yogurt before they turn! Choose precooked toppings, as they'll be in the oven a very short time.

Prep: 5 minutes | Bake: 15 minutes | Servings: 2 to 4

1 cup flour, plus extra for dusting

1½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

½ cup (approximately) Greek yogurt or sour cream

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, garlic powder, salt, and parsley. The moisture content of the Greek yogurt/sour cream will dictate how much is needed — low-fat versions have more moisture. Add ¼ cup yogurt at a time, mixing until dough forms into a ball. Knead 1 minute.

Preheat oven to 450 F. Transfer dough to a floured surface (this can be done on a flat metal baking sheet without edges to skip a step). Roll out to approximately the size of your baking sheet. Lift and flip to ensure it doesn't stick. Bake 7 minutes on middle rack

Suggested toppings

SAUCES: pesto, white pizza sauce, or olive oil with garlic and crushed red pepper

VEGGIES: sun-dried tomatoes, peppers, olives, mushrooms, roasted onion

MEATS: cooked/cured meats — bacon, sausage, pepperoni

CHEESES: shredded or fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, feta

(Shown: pesto with sun-dried tomatoes, shredded mozzarella, and fresh mozzarella)

of oven, then remove to add toppings. Spread sauce to the edges and evenly place chosen toppings. Bake another 7 minutes, keeping a close eye for when the cheese is melted. Serves four as an appetizer or two for dinner.

Per serving (dinner serving, without toppings): 280 calories, 3 grams fat (1 gram saturated fat), 51 grams total carbohydrates, 6 milligrams cholesterol, 677 milligrams sodium, 2 grams fiber, 11 grams protein.

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Board approves $2.7 million member refund

It’s often said that people cannot effectively pursue conflicting goals. This idea can be applied to both individuals and organizations.

For instance, consider the typical business structure. Investors provide capital to a company and expect to receive a return on their investment. The company operates a business providing a service to its customers for a price. That price must cover any expenses, but also includes additional profit. That profit is used to both grow the business and provide some income to those investors. If both the investors and customers are getting what they want, it’s a win-win.

This for-profit model is the basis of capitalism, leading to innovation and more affordable products and services. Yet, without proper oversight, the win-win can break down if companies prioritize profit over service. In that case, the interest of the investor simply doesn’t align with the interest of the customer.

This is exactly what was happening in rural America before the New Deal-era Rural Electrification Act in 1936, which led to the creation of electric cooperatives. Power companies chose to serve only densely populated areas, where they could reach the most customers with the least investment. The resulting problem was that millions of people in rural areas continued living without the modern convenience of electricity. Electric cooperatives changed that. Groups of rural residents formed their own

companies, electric cooperatives, owned by those who would benefit from the electric service. Rather than a distant group of investors reaping the profits from these customers, these “member-owners” pooled their own resources, along with loans from the federal government, and cooperatives sprung up all over the country. Electric cooperative members realize the rewards of both the electric service and ownership.

Thankfully, that electric cooperative business model has persisted for nearly 90 years. One of the nation’s most successful business experiments, electric cooperatives remain stronger than ever. One main reason cooperatives have been so successful is that they prioritize their members above all else. There was never an incentive to overcharge customers to increase profits. As a member of URE, you’re both the customer and an owner.

Annually, URE’s board determines how much they can give back to their members while still securing a strong financial position for the cooperative and providing excellent service to its members. URE has been returning money from their electric operations for decades. Very soon, they hope to also be able to return funds to their gas members, though that division is still relatively young and continues to build needed equity first.

In the March board meeting, your elected board of trustees authorized management to return $2.7 million in funds to electric cooperative members as bill credits on May power bills. This is money a for-profit company would keep for investors, not give back to customers. Thankfully, through the cooperative business model, our customers also own the company. Member economic participation — it’s the Cooperative Difference!





As a member, you are an important part of the decision-making and policy-setting at URE.

And that means you have the right to vote annually for your board of trustees.

URE is democratically governed by the members it serves. The strength of the cooperative lies in having a qualified and committed board of trustees. Trustees serve as elected representatives and are accountable to our members.

Three board seats are up for election in 2024: District 1 (Jackson, Washington, and York townships), District 4 (Liberty and Taylor townships), and District 5 (Dover and Leesburg townships)


Members have the option of casting their votes via mail, online, or using the VOTE NOW button on the SmartHub app.

Check your mailbox — your ballot will be arriving soon. You may vote one of three ways: SmartHub mobile app, online through ure.com, or by mail. If you choose to mail in your vote, please mail your ballot early to ensure delivery by the voting deadline of May 30. Votes will be accepted through 4 p.m. (EST). Winners will be announced at the annual meeting of members on June 1, beginning at 9 a.m.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can watch the annual meeting video recap for a chance to win one of two $100 energy credits.

18 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MAY 2024 dec. jan. feb. mar. apr. may june Official meeting notice in May OCL magazine May 10: Latest ballots can be mailed to members (20 days prior to annual meeting) May 21: Regular May board meeting May 30: Ballots due Final meeting notice in June OCL magazine June 1: Annual meeting, 9 a.m. at URE office June 25: Reorganization June meeting to elect board officers


Rob Mundy | 18470 Cunningham Arbela Rd, Richwood

Employment / Education / Other Experience:

• I have over 40 years of experience in residential, commercial, and industrial electrical systems, backed by an Electrical Engineering degree that offers a unique skillset.

• Industrial Electrician at Tecumseh, Marion Power Shovel, and Honda.

• Focused on budgets, plant startups, equipment reliability, training, and maintenance systems across US plants in my 34-year Honda career as a Maintenance/Equipment Engineer.

• Currently I instruct an Electrical Controls class at Honda and previously developed and taught Programmable Controls at TriRivers Career Center.

What, in your opinion, are the greatest challenges facing the cooperative in the next three to five years? There are several challenges that URE must proactively address to maintain clean, reliable and affordable energy for its Members. URE must address

Members’ needs whether they are residential customers, farmers, or businesses. Engaging all members is crucial to offer programs and services that benefit them. URE must continue to maintain, upgrade and innovate aging infrastructure for distributed generation to modernize the grid for future demands such as electric vehicles. URE must also implement ongoing measures to detect and eliminate Cybersecurity threats.

Why are you interested in becoming a member of the URE Board of Trustees or serving another term? I’m eager to apply my electrical technology expertise to directly benefit URE and its Members. All Members deserve a reliable, affordable source of power in their daily jobs and life. I bring the customer perspective and technical expertise to ensure URE’s success and that Members’ needs are met. I look forward to supporting URE and its members as District 1 Trustee.

Steve Patton | 32593 Winnemac Road, Richwood

Employment / Education / Other Experience:

• Retired- 43 years, Parrott Implement Co. John Deere, Parts and Service Manager

• Active Farmer

• Holder of NRECA CCD, BLC, and Director Gold Accreditations

• Clark County Technical College - Ag business

• North Union Graduate

• URE Board since 2012- Chairman past six years

• Statewide Ohio Electric Cooperative board member

• Jackson Township and Northern Fire and EMS Trustee

What, in your opinion, are the greatest challenges facing the cooperative in the next three to five years? Managing growth & energy security. Union county & central Ohio face critical demands for energy in the near future. Energy security was a term we never worried about. Today we face some uncomfortable facts that electric could be unavailable at critical times. Political, environmental and regulatory issues of electric generation and transmission will continue to affect us all. We need all sources of electric generation. I approve of a commonsense approach to the timing and amount. Above all, it must be reliable & affordable for everyone.

Why are you interested in becoming a member of the URE Board of Trustees or serving another term? NRECA’S continuing education program has elevated trustees to the peak of Cooperative culture and fiduciary duty. Be confident if re-elected that I will use the experience and knowledge acquired to promote safety, reliability, and affordability for our members. It has been an honor to serve a grass roots organization like URE. I would deeply appreciate serving you for another term.


Clifford A. Collins| 20430 Dog Leg Road, Marysville

Employment / Education / Other Experience:

• Program Risk Manager / Ohio Benefits Program, State of Ohio

• Enterprise Risk & Cybersecurity Manager / Franklin University

• Electrical Engineer in Research & Development / AMF Bowling Products

• Lieutenant, Emergency Operations Center / Union County EMA

• Bachelor of Arts, The Ohio State University

• Masters of Business Administration, Franklin University

• President, Central Ohio Chapter of InfraGard (Cyber-partnership with the FBI)

What, in your opinion, are the greatest challenges facing the cooperative in the next three to five years? I believe URE faces four big challenges over the next five years: 1) maintaining reliable services at a price that its members can

Russell Kurtz | 22193 Herd Mcilroy Road,

Employment / Education / Other Experience:

• Senior Market Director for Lucid Hearing overseeing operations in OH/WI/MN.

• Owner of Fancy Farm Wife Mercantile, Raymond OH, specializing in Highland cattle and Berkshire pigs.

• Retail executive for 20+ years between Wal mart Stores, Inc. & Kmart Corp.

• Former Program Director for WPKO/ WBLL Bellefontaine.

• Business Degree University of Phoenix

What, in your opinion, are the greatest challenges facing the cooperative in the next three to five years? As our community continues to grow in both residential and industrial capacity, URE must continue to plan to ensure reliable, yet affordable services to all members. Keeping our member needs centric to any decision will be critical while innovation will assist us in meeting new demands not yet known. Personnel needs will

afford, 2) hardening its infrastructure to cope with natural disasters (weather and CMEs) as well as man-made disasters (terrorism, cyberattacks and EMPs), 3) responsibly expanding its infrastructure ahead of the county’s planned growth, and 4) retaining the excellent staff it has acquired over the years.

Why are you interested in becoming a member of the URE Board of Trustees or serving another term? I have reached a point in my life where I have the time and the desire to assist our Cooperative in meeting its current and upcoming challenges head on, using my decades of work experience in both the public and the private sectors. I would also find it an honor to serve the members in my district and throughout the four counties that URE serves. My goal is to be available to the members to discuss any issues and to be transparent about all of our challenges and opportunities.


require our line crews continue to have the education and reliable equipment needed to meet unforeseen challenges while also reaching out to educate local youth about possible career opportunities.

Why are you interested in becoming a member of the URE Board of Trustees or serving another term? The URE Board of Trustees is a valuable resource bridging our Membership with URE management. As a small business owner who has also worked within corporate structures, one thing has always driven results. Taking the varied opinions of people from different aspects of an organization and finding the solutions that work to benefit the entire organization. My professional success has always centered around listening to others and learning from those before me. As a member of URE, father and grandfather of children in Union County, I would be honored to serve as your Board Member.



Ronald Mitchum | 24956 Patrick Brush Run Rd, Marysville

Employment / Education / Other Experience:

• Retired Union County Business Owner and Rancher

• 23-year Union County Environmental Laboratory Owner

• Careers with Battelle, US EPA, and FDA

• Published author (science writer)

• Doctorate Chemistry –Oklahoma State University

• Advanced studies-Universities Houston, Warwick, and Nebraska

• Three-term ACS Section Chair

• Marysville Church of Christ Member

What, in your opinion, are the greatest challenges facing the cooperative in the next three to five years? The rural electric corporative today is not the one of our grandfathers. Today URE is faced with increasing costs of government regulations and inflation affecting the ability of URE to

supply cost-effective energy to your home and business. Managing the future through legislative awareness and ensuring costeffective operation will be my focus on the board. Managing distribution efficiency and workforce recruitment, training, safety, and employee retention will allow URE to continue as a premier power provider.

Why are you interested in becoming a member of the URE Board of Trustees or serving another term? Your vote is important! I have been a member for 23 years and have relied on URE Energy to make my business successful. Membership on the Board of Trustees is my commitment to the members and the future of URE Rural Energy. As a physical scientist, I understand the aspects of power generation, environmental compliance, and climate mandates. I will work to ensure that URE can meet the future demands of our members. It would be an honor and privilege to serve as the Region 4 URE Board Trustee.

Harold Watters | 24600 Storms Road, Raymond Employment / Education / Other Experience:

• Farmer and Consulting Agronomist

• Emeritus Associate Professor, The Ohio State University

• past employment: OSU Extension Field Specialist Agronomic Systems,

• Agronomic Systems Manager Monsanto Corp and Field Biologist BASF Corp.

• MS Agronomy from The Ohio State University

• BS Natural Resources from The Ohio State University

What, in your opinion, are the greatest challenges facing the cooperative in the next three to five years? 1) Customer service will continue to be a challenge, as we will need more systems to connect our houses, farms, communities, and businesses. Since we have poles set to serve every home and business in the territory we should consider adding other services. 2) Weather extremes also are likely to impact service. 3) Renewable energy is already a consideration and concern. The coop needs to consider whether to invest in renewables, to encourage business and homeowners to invest, or to withdraw.

Why are you interested in becoming a member of the URE Board of Trustees or serving another term? As a 40 plus year customer, I have certainly seen the improvements made to our service. I appreciate the reliability of the system and the capability of UREC to deliver service. UREC needs to continue that great tradition. I wish to serve to make sure the co-op recognizes future opportunities and takes advantage of them. I retired in 2022 from The Ohio State University after 20 plus years of service there. I served on over a dozen committees, chairing some and an active participant in all, and know the work it takes to deliver good decisions to progress into the future. It involves asking customers their needs, evaluating possibilities, making compromises, and coming to a consensus to deliver client needs while also maintaining a sustainable business. As a farmer and practicing agronomist, I also know of the needs of agriculture - the value of information increases daily, I think UREC can be part of the solution.


Christopher Wright | 17430 Martin Welch Road, Marysville

Employment / Education / Other Experience:

I have worked in Digital Media and Information Systems for the last 20 years. I have a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts and an Associates Degree in interactive media. My present work experience is as a lead developer in integration technologies at a fortune 500 company. I have a wide variety of work experience in internet and emerging technologies.

What, in your opinion, are the greatest challenges facing the cooperative in the next three to five years? I think the energy sector will have a lot of interesting challenges and opportunities over the next few years. First of all at least in Union county we are seeing a huge amount of growth in people moving to the area which will mean increasing electricity demand. I anticipate within 5 years we’ll have more and more electric powered vehicles which will mean more folks charging at home or wanting charging stations available, the flip side is there will probably be more landowners and homeowners interested in

solar panel installations. That last piece that could be an opportunity is taking advantage of federal legislation passed to incentivize electrification and green energy. All this adds up to a lot of potential changes over 5 years.

Why are you interested in becoming a member of the URE Board of Trustees or serving another term? I took an interest in serving simply because I have been a very happy member of the Union Rural Electric Cooperative. I decided to raise my hand to volunteer because I think the Coop has done excellent work providing great rates to their customers and improving service. When covid hit I was so impressed with the temporary rate reductions they provided for members to help, this is not something the other profit driven power companies extended to their customers. How I hope I can help is by sharing my expertise in IT and internet technologies. I’ve lived in the county for about 7 years with my wife and two children and am hoping to give back to the community we plan to stay in. Thanks!


Dan Westlake | 17183 Mackan Road, Marysville

Employment / Education / Other Experience:

• Auctioneer/Westlake Livestock and Marketing

• Personal Property Appraiser

• 6 Term Dover Township Trustee

• Farmer and Agribusinessman

• Ohio Township Trustee Leadership Academy

• Completed Credential Cooperative Director, Board Leadership, and Director Gold Programs from NRECA

• Associate Degree

• Care Train of Union County

• 4 Term URE Board of Trustees

• Route 33 Corridor Committee

• Union County Farm Bureau, Past President

• Ohio Delegate National Association of Towns & Townships Conference

• Extension Advisory Board Union County

• District Advisory Health Department Committee, Past President

• Farm Service Agency Committee

What, in your opinion, are the greatest challenges facing the cooperative in the next three to five years? Our cooperative

will continue to face significant challenges amidst the backdrop of inevitable change, growth, and technological advancements. Our effort allows us to navigate towards beneficial electrification while aligning with core values of load growth, member value, embracing new technology, and maintaining our role as a trusted energy advisor. Proactively addressing these challenges positions us for long-term success, delivering reliable and sustainable energy solutions to our members.

Why are you interested in becoming a member of the URE Board of Trustees or serving another term? I seek your trust and support for another term on the URE Board of Trustees. As we progress into 2024 and beyond, our cooperative remains committed to enhancing operational efficiency, safety, reliability, and environmental sustainability. Collaboration among board members fosters synergy, solves challenges, and drives innovative solutions. This collaborative spirit and dedication to serving our community motivates me to seek another term, contributing to our efforts in shaping a brighter future for URE and its members.


Tara Rice


Tara is the daughter of Thorntheera Rice of Milford Center and is a senior at Fairbanks High School. She distinguished herself during the selection process by demonstrating a deep commitment to her community and delivering an engaging interview.

Her English teacher says, “Even in the face of personal hardships, Tara maintains a sunny disposition, always finding the silver lining in difficult situations. Tara is a student who can be described as creative, passionate, perseverant, empathetic, and collaborative. These traits are not merely words on paper but are deeply embedded in her character and academic endeavors.”

Ethan Boylan


Ethan is the son of Perry and Catherine Boylan of Marysville and is a senior at Marysville Early College High School. Ethan is interested in pursuing a degree in aerospace/ mechanical engineering.

The eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft design Ethan created was commended for promising design, and propelled him to Ohio State as well as to the Central Ohio Success Bound Conference to present his idea. His English teacher has described him as “inclusive and kind, while maintaining an admirable sense of individuality rare in a person of such a young age.”


Maci is the daughter of Travis and Jennifer Sherick of Marysville and is a senior at Marysville High School. Maci is interested in following her passion and pursing a degree in exercise science from Maryville College, where she will also be playing soccer.

Maci’s soccer coach stated that “it’s important to note that whatever Maci gets involved in, whether inside or outside of school, she stands out and is looked at as a leader because she has earned it time and time again. I am confident that Maci will always work to stand out and be looked at to lead others by the outstanding way she represents herself and the quality of her work.”

Maci Sherick

The URE scholarship program sought out the best of the best among area high school seniors. URE offers college scholarships for high school seniors who receive electric service from URE.

All candidates this year had outstanding academic records as well as heavy involvement in their community and school activities. These finalists also had to demonstrate verbal communication skills and knowledge of the electric cooperative system in a panel interview.

URE’s first-place winner, Tara Rice, will compete against representatives from each of Ohio’s 24 electric cooperatives in a contest for additional scholarship awards. Statewide winners will be announced next month.

Libby Ramge


Libby is the daughter of Sarah Segoviano and Jan Ramge of Marysville and is a senior at Marysville High School. She left a strong impression on the judges with her engaging interview and deep commitment to sustainable agriculture.

As the lead FFA officer for the National Chapter Application, she played a pivotal role in securing a top 10 national ranking for the Marysville FFA chapter. Her FFA advisor stated, “Libby is an outstanding leader and an excellent role model for all students. She is an exceptional young woman with a lot of potential ahead of her. “

Kennedy Heard


Kennedy is the daughter of Jason and Teri Heard of Marysville and is a senior at Marysville High School. Kennedy is interested in pursuing a degree in nursing from Morehead State University.

Her school athletic trainer noted that “Kennedy demonstrates initiative and leadership skills that many high school students don’t possess. Along with her extracurricular school activities, Kennedy is also involved in 4-H activities, volunteers at Memorial Hospital, and has a job. She will be an excellent representative of the Marysville community as she works to extend her education.”

Samantha Sargeant


Samantha is the daughter of Aaron and Andrea Sargeant of Plain City and is a senior at Dublin Jerome High School. Samantha’s college interest will focus on biology/pre-med.

Her commitment to excellence and thirst for knowledge make her a standout student with a bright future ahead. Described by her science teacher as “always an active member of every group she is involved in, Samantha’s intelligence, desire, selfawareness, and engaging personality are truly remarkable. Her willingness to go the extra mile to help others not only reflects her character but also sets her apart as a future leader in her field.”


URE Values

Since 1936, URE has provided reliable, affordable power to its local communities. As a URE member, you can rest assured your cooperative team is working for the best interests of your family and community.

reasons why your URE membership is valuable:


As a not-for-profit cooperative, URE provides members with reliable, at-cost electricity and manages costs to lessen the impact of rate adjustments. That’s the cooperative difference!


Each year, URE invests in improvements to our electric system to ensure our members have power when they need it most, resulting in a 99.99% rate of power availability.


Our team lives and works in the communities we serve, so we respond to power disruptions quickly! We work around the clock to restore power and provide members with outage updates along the way.

Learn more about how your cooperative serves you at www.ure.com/membership-value


The Added

Your URE membership offers so much more than stable electric and natural gas rates, unmatched power reliability, and timely restoration efforts. URE is proud to provide members with numerous benefits.

1. The Cooperative Difference

Electric co-ops are unique because our members are our owners and we exist to serve you, not to turn a profit. As a not-for-profit electric and natural gas distribution cooperative, URE returns excess revenue to members once operating costs have been covered. These refunds are called “capital credits” and are typically returned in the form of a bill credit. To date, URE has refunded over $34 million to members!

2. Concern For Community

URE is focused on enriching the lives of our members and sustainably developing the communities we serve. One of the ways we demonstrate this commitment is by sponsoring events and donating to local organizations. In 2023, URE was proud to provide over $53,000 in sponsorships and donations!

3. SmartHub Account Management

Members of URE can safely and easily manage their electric and natural gas accounts with SmartHub, a free, online system. With SmartHub, members can pay their bills, monitor energy usage, report power outages, and receive account notifications. Plus, URE offers a $10 one-time bill credit to members who sign up for SmartHub’s AutoPay and Paperless features!

Have questions about your URE membership or account? We are here to help! Reach out by calling 937-642-1826 or stopping by our office.


Your thoughts and opinions on URE help

us better serve you.

In May, URE will be working with NRECA Market Research Services to complete member satisfaction surveys.

The random surveys will be conducted by phone and email, and not everyone will be contacted. If you are contacted, we would greatly appreciate a few minutes of your time to share your opinions about the cooperative. Phone calls will come from 844-291-3410. All information is confidential.

We strive to provide all members with safe, affordable, reliable, and clean electric service. By participating in the survey, you will help us make decisions that benefit you, your family, and your neighbors.

Looking for an easy way to manage home energy use? Smart plugs are inexpensive and o er convenient solutions for scheduling and controlling your favorite electronic devices.

With smart plugs, you can easily manage your co ee maker, lighting, home o ce equipment, video game consoles and more. Smart plugs can help you manage devices through a smart phone app, your home assistant or voice control. By conveniently powering off or scheduling devices, you can save energy (and money).

Source: energystar.gov

We Want To Hear From You!



Are you planning a facility expansion or landscaping project that involves digging? Your location may contain underground utility lines. Call 811 before you dig. Knowing where utility lines are buried can help you avoid injury, service outages, and costly repairs.

Call 811 from anywhere in the country a few days prior to digging, and you will be routed to your local call center. Tell the operator where you will be digging, what type of work you will be doing, and when. Within just a few days, your local utility companies will visit your site and mark the location of any underground lines, free of charge.

Who’s behind the 811 number? The 811 campaign is operated by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), an association created to work with the utility industry to prevent damage to underground utility infrastructure and ensure public safety. Although a private association, CGA grew out of a U.S. Department of Transportation initiative to protect underground utilities.

Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 a few days before each job.



811. They will help you do it safely!



One of most loved things about summer is the opportunity for fresh, homegrown food, whether it’s shopping at the local farmers’ market or sharing the abundance of garden tomatoes with a neighbor. It’s amazing how just a few seeds, some fertilizer, and water can turn into a bounty.

Just like a few seeds can grow into a harvest, a few simple steps toward energy effi ciency can help you reap the rewards of energy savings.

You don’t need to be a farmer or botanist to know that plants need water — just like you don’t have to be a lineworker or engineer to know that adjusting the thermostat or turning off lights can reduce your monthly electric bill. If you read URE’s publications regularly and follow us on social media, you know there are many ways to save electricity and money.

Summer months bring some of the highest energy bills of the year. Cooling your home accounts for a large portion of your energy use, and the hotter it gets, the harder (and longer) your air conditioner works to keep you cool.

There are several ways you can manage energy use at home, and, we’re providing a few tips that can help grow your summer energy savings on the next page.

But we would also like to share a few ways we’re here to help you save — not only during the dog days of summer but throughout the year.

One of the great things about being part of URE is that we’re locally owned by you, our members. So instead of making profits, we can focus on helping

our community. That’s why we’ve developed incentives and programs to help you keep your money in your wallet.

Save money with these easy incentives:

•Rebates – UREoffers eight ways to give you money back for efficient equipment you purchase, like heat pumps, smart thermostats and water heaters. Many of our rebates can be claimed by simply filling out a form. Find a list of all our rebates at ure.com

•Energy Audits – Whether you’re replacing a furnace or water heater, choosing new appliances, or building a new home, making the right choice can mean saving energy and money. As a member of URE, you have access to energysaving tips, calculators and virtual home energy audits 24/7 at ure.com.

•Take Control of Your Use – Use SmartHub to track your energy use. You can even get alerts when your use spikes so you can make changes in real time.

•Ways to Pay – If you’re having a difficult time paying the higher bills that come with increased use in the summer, contact us to learn about our budget billing program.

Most people don’t know everything about electricity, and that’s why we’re here to help you. There are no investors making profits here, just knowledgeable people with local jobs, working for our neighbors to ensure there is electricity available when you need it. Contact us, and we can work with you to find more ways to save energy — and money.



When summer temperatures rise, so do our energy bills. Here are a few ways you can reduce energy use and grow your summer savings.

1. Raise your thermostat. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temp, the more you’ll save.

2. Install window coverings like blinds or light-blocking curtains to prevent indoor heat gain during the day.

Source: Dept. of Energy

Welcome, Brayden

3. Seal leaks with caulk and weatherstripping around windows and exterior doors. Air leaks force your air conditioner to work harder and run longer than necessary.

4. Run ceiling fans for additional cooling but turn them off when you leave the room.

5. Lower your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees to reduce standby heat loss.

URE is excited to introduce our newest team member, Brayden Young, who began in March as a groundworker. He is scheduled to enter the COLT program in the fall of 2024.

In his role, Brayden will assist with the construction, operation, and maintenance of distribution facilities in accordance with established OSHA, NESC, RUS, and cooperative safety policies and practices.

Born in Marysville, Ohio, and raised in Conover, Brayden graduated from Miami East High School in 2022. After graduation, he pursued the power line mechanic program at Warren County Career Center. Prior to this, he gained valuable experience working for Berry Construction. Following the completion of the power line mechanic program, he secured a position as a groundworker with Davis H Elliot, where he worked before transitioning to URE. In his leisure time, he enjoys hunting in the winter and golfing during the summer.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Brayden Young.



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Bikers from all over are attracted to southeast Ohio for its challenging but enjoyable terrain and well-maintained roadways.

Clevelander and motorcycle aficionado Dan Davis and his biker buddies tackled a 7,000-mile roundtrip ride to the West Coast and back in 2022. But last year, they opted for an epic road trip closer to home ... and headed to southeast Ohio’s legendary Windy 9.

“The Windy 9 routes are like roller coasters for motorcycles with twists and hills galore,” Davis says. “Many of the roads require your full attention because they’re full of blind hills and tight turns. Having grown up in northwest Ohio, where the roads are flat and straight, riding the Windy 9 feels like being in another state.”

Ohio’s Windy 9, promoted by the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is a motorcycling destination that encompasses nine routes — nearly 800 miles of winding roads that twist through southeastern Ohio’s hilly Appalachian region. The abundance of curves and the elevation change along the roads make it a hugely popular draw for motorcyclists.

“All of the routes start and end in Athens,” says Amy Spoutz, the bureau's marketing manager. “Riders can start off here, ride, and explore Appalachian Ohio, and end up back in Athens.” Navigating eight counties, riders can choose from routes like the Rim of the World, the Southern Dip, the Black Diamond Run, and the Zaleski Zipper (see next page). The exceedingly popular Triple

Nickel is admiringly compared to North Carolina’s legendary Tail of the Dragon.

Seven years ago, the visitors bureau partnered with Roadrunner magazine to develop the Windy 9 route map (www.windy9.com/routes). The website also includes turn-by-turn directions for the routes as well as roadside attractions, suggested eateries, fuel stations, and places to stay overnight.

“Every time we advertise the map in Roadrunner, we immediately get about 400 requests for information,” says Spoutz, adding that it’s been a strong lure to the Athens area and a boon to local hotels and restaurants, with thousands of riders tackling the routes each year.

The pure fun of riding the routes, plus low traffic and good upkeep of the roads, is what attracts visitors to the Windy 9. “We are packed with riders in the summer,” Spoutz says. “People come from all over. I remember two gentlemen last summer from Nebraska, and one of them said he wished he had put a video camera on his bike when they were riding the Triple Nickel. He said he was like a kid on a roller coaster — he’d holler, then laugh, then holler again.”

Davis, who bought his first motorcycle two decades ago, says, “I’ve owned about a dozen bikes and currently have five. How many motorcycles does one need? Infinity plus one!”


Windy tidbits

The routes

Nine routes loop throughout the hills of southeast Ohio, and all start and end in the hip college town of Athens. Routes vary in length; some are more challenging than others. A few of note:

• The 87-mile Rim of the World loop. The popular, winding route cruises along State Route 78 through Wayne National Forest to McConnelsville, past the Stockport Mill and the Chesterhill Produce Auction.

• The 101-mile Lazy Rivers route. This one snakes along the Ohio River, where riders pass river locks and dams and hit the biker-friendly town of Pomeroy, which boasts excellent river views.

• The Hocking Hills Nipper, about 92 miles. The Nipper showcases the Hocking Hills region, taking riders past Old Man’s Cave and Ash Cave.

• The Triple Nickel (not recommended for beginners). The most technically challenging of the routes, its 92 miles (184 round trip) are twisty, hilly, and scenic, thrilling riders along OH-555.

Pies and more

Quaint towns, unusual attractions, and delectable diners await riders on the Windy 9. A sampling:

• The Blue Bell Diner in McConnelsville offers breakfasts and a top-notch coffee bar.

• The Triple Nickel Diner in Chesterhill is a great place to stop when riding the Triple Nickel, Davis says. “Did you know it’s okay to have pie for breakfast? No, really!”

• More favorite lunch stops listed by the tourism group: Boathouse BBQ in Marietta, the Restaurant at the Mill in Stockport, Court Grill in Pomeroy, and the Lake Hope Lodge in McArthur.

• A few oddities also dot the routes. The Big Muskie Bucket at Miner’s Memorial Park in McConnelsville is the enormous bucket from the largest dragline excavator ever built; navigate the gravel portion of the Zaleski Zipper, and you’ll come to the Moonville Tunnel, said to be haunted by ghosts of railway workers who wave their lanterns at night; and just across the Ohio River from Gallipolis is the Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant, W.Va., devoted to the legendary 7-foot, red-eyed cryptid.

The Athena Ride for Women draws participants from all over to Athens for a weekend full of motorcycle-related activities.

A ride of their own

The annual Athena Ride for Women is a four-day event based in Athens that offers not only a variety of guided and selfguided routes each day, but also workshops, evening activities, games, and educational sessions on everything from confidence building to riding skills and maintenance.

“It’s a lot of fun, and we get women riders of all ages. Last year, we had 130 women taking part, ranging from age 18 to an 83-year-old who rode a trike (motorcycle) with her husband co-piloting on the back. They even camped overnight,” says Amy Spoutz of the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

This year’s Athena Ride for Women is scheduled for July 31 to Aug. 3. The event builds a community of women riders and supports My Sister’s Place, a local domestic violence shelter for women.


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Ferries get everyone and everything on and off the Lake Erie islands.

Nearly a million people visit the tiny cluster of islands at the western end of Lake Erie each year, and most of them arrive by boat — specifically, on one of three ferry services that tote folks across the water from Port Clinton, Catawba, Sandusky, and Marblehead.

All three — Kelleys Island Ferry, Miller Boat Line, and Jet Express — welcome pets and bicycles. Two, Kelleys and Miller, also take freight: cars, motorcycles, large trucks, construction equipment, and tractor trailers. Once, Kelleys transported an entire circus, including tigers and elephants, across the lake on its boats.

The rates are reasonable — though that cost is definitely a consideration for anyone, say, building a house on the island, according to Eddie Ehrbar, a captain for Kelleys Island Ferry. The cost to transport all the workers, equipment, and materials alone could add as much as $20,000 to the price tag of a new house, compared to what it might cost to build on the mainland.

Ehrbar is one of a half-dozen full-time Kelleys captains, who, along with nine part-timers, keep the service’s five boats running from Marblehead to Kelleys Island nearly year-round. “In season, we’re running a boat every 30 minutes — we just raise the ramp and go,” Ehrbar says. “But in the off-season, we’ll give a couple minutes leeway here or there.”

Of course, the trips are at the captain’s discretion when things get rough. “Most of the guys will run in 6- to 8-foot seas,” he says, noting that most passengers stay dry by entering the cabin or staying inside vehicles when it’s that rough, though some prefer to get wet standing on the deck.


The Jet Express is a different animal than the other two. It’s only for people, pets, bicycles — and speed. The Express operates four boats with capacities between 149 and 385 passengers, and each is propelled by diesel water jets situated in catamaran hulls. One of the company’s boats, the Jet Express IV, was formerly owned by a New York City operation (it was named M/V Monmouth at that time) and was involved in the emergency sea lift of thousands after the 9/ 11 terrorist attack.

“[The Jet Express boats] can do what no other boat line in this region can do, and that is to cover a vast distance in a very short amount of time with a large number of people on board,” says Chase Eagleson, marketing manager for the Jet during the 2023 season. “The fastest boat can top out over 40 mph.”

Jet Express services carry a higher price tag, but folks say it’s worth it, especially for a day trip or a quick dinner on the island.

For all three ferry services, business is full throttle from May until autumn — though at times, people there joke that the islands may sink if any more people arrive.

“There comes a point where businesses and infrastructure simply cannot support any more traffic, and we’ve had moments where they said, ‘Hey, you’ve got to stop bringing people over,’” he says. “It’s kind of hard to plan for until you’re there; you just have to play your cards.”

Most of the time, the ferry business is a ho-hum affair. Every now and then, however, something extraordinary happens. In August 2010, for example, when a Cessna airplane carrying a pilot and three passengers hit the water just short of the South Bass Island runway, Miller Boat Line Captain Steve Rose sprang into action, and the resulting rescue video hit newscasts and spread across the internet like wildfire.

“I just thought, ‘We need to get over there and get the people out of the water,’” Rose told reporters after a ceremony honoring Miller employees. “I just want to thank my crew. They really hopped into action. All the training we do really pays off in the end.”

The captains have great views of the lake from the bridges of their ferries. Passengers on the upper deck of this Miller’s Boat Line ferry are all smiles as they leave Put-in-Bay. Most passengers tend to stay in the ships’ cabins when the waters get rough (right inset). With boats running past 9:30 on summer evenings, there are plenty of opportunities for some spectacular sunset views on the lake (left inset).

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Tired of losing tomatoes to unwanted garden pests? Worried you’ll need to sacrifice excellent taste for improved yield? Take a deep breath and relax: This year, you can have your tomato and eat it, too. With the help of a few new varieties and field-proven tactics, you’ll be on your way to growing the best tomato crop yet.

If you want to grow delicious, homegrown tomatoes this year, simply focus your attention on these three stages of gardening: planning, preparing, and protecting.

Stage 1: Plan

Planning for a successful tomato harvest starts with choosing the right varieties to grow in your garden.

Many gardeners claim that if you want great flavor, you’ll need to plant heirloom varieties. People selected these landrace tomato plants long ago for traits such as shape, size, and taste, so the claim has a basis. In pursuit of a better-tasting tomato, however, significant factors like resistance to insects and disease resistance were overlooked.

If you’ve grown heirlooms, you know how challenging the process can be. This bittersweet truth has left many gardeners wondering if old-timey taste is a thing of the past. Well, there’s good news. Consumer demand for resilient, flavorful tomatoes has not fallen on deaf ears. Plant breeders have come up with several improved tomato varieties — but with so many options available, how do you make the best choice?

A nonprofit organization called All-America Selections (AAS) may have the answer. The group tests new varieties before they hit the market, and their trial notes will tell you everything you need to know.

How does it work? Professional horticulturists across the country volunteer to grow test plots of new tomato varieties and compare notes on disease resistance, yields, and taste alongside established varieties.

“Our judges rate taste and texture first, then everything else second,” says Diane Blazek, executive director of AllAmerica Selections and the National Garden Bureau. “You can have the most prolific, cute, unique new tomato, but if it doesn’t taste good, nobody wants it.”

Stage 2: Prepare

Proper site selection and planting techniques are vital to tomato gardening success.

Your tomato garden needs access to full sun (6 to 8 hours a day) and should have good drainage. Tomato plants hate wet feet and often succumb to root rot when left in waterlogged soils. They do, however, need regular watering throughout the growing season, so select a spot with easy access to water. Irrigating deeply but infrequently strengthens plants and encourages deep, healthy root systems for hot summer days.

Avoid using a place where tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, and other solanaceous crops have been grown within the past three years. Many pests overwinter in the soil adjacent to plants and will terrorize unsuspecting gardeners.

Once you’ve selected the right spot, make sure to test your soil and amend the ground as indicated. Your local extension agent can help you arrange a test and interpret


the results. Tomatoes are nutrient hogs that require a good supply of nutrients from start to finish, so you’ll likely need to fertilize before and during the growing cycle.

Adequate moisture is necessary for nutrient uptake. Drip irrigation works well and doesn’t soak leaves, which often leads to disease issues.

And don’t forget to deal with weeds. They are an oftenoverlooked source of tomato pests. After clearing the site of any weeds, spread mulch 3 to 4 inches deep and keep it a palm-width away from the bases of tomato stems.

Tomatoes should be planted after the last frost, according to The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. In central Ohio, the ideal planting time is around May 20. In the southern part of the state, it’s one to two weeks earlier, and to the north, it’s a week later.

Stage 3: Protect

Like the rising of the sun, pests — insects and diseases — are to be expected in every garden. The good news: They can be controlled or even avoided using integrated pest management (IPM), a commonsense approach to gardening that treads lightly on the environment and minimizes use of garden chemicals.

Heirlooms for Ohio

Here are a few AAS winning tomato varieties to consider growing this season. To find seed suppliers and garden centers that carry these and other AASrecommended varieties, visit www.allamericaselections.org/buy-winners.

Purple Zebra. If you want a tomato that looks just as good as it tastes, search no more. According to AAS, Purple Zebra is a national winner with fruit that is “firm in texture, complex in flavor and has a taste more sweet than acidic.” This variety has high resistance to tomato mosaic virus, verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt, and late blight. Start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks

Monitor and identify. Get to know your garden and what lives in it. Talk to your local extension agent for a precise understanding of the insects and diseases to watch out for. Remember that beneficial insects like praying mantis and lady beetles naturally keep damaging insects in check. Don’t resort to pesticides at the first sign of something that flies or crawls.

Make an evaluation. If you do spot harmful pests or damage on tomatoes, evaluate whether real damage is being done to the landscape. They may be annoying, but small pest populations can often be tolerated. Set thresholds to guide your treatment decisions. For example, you may decide there’s little benefit to treating a pest problem if there is less than 10% damage to the plant.

Choose a wise treatment. If treatment is necessary, use the least toxic measure first. Cultural methods such as proper watering, plant spacing, and fertilization can help prevent or reduce the number of pests. Mechanical means are another option that requires the physical removal of pests and can be useful for small populations. For example, hornworms are easily removable by hand-picking, and aphids are often washed away by a good squirt from a water hose.

If these approaches fail, reach out to your local extension agent for advice on pesticides and follow all label directions. Pesticide labels are the law, and many chemicals may be unethical or even illegal to use on fruitbearing plants. Err on the side of caution.

before the last frost for best results. In the garden, space transplants no less than 2 feet apart or, if using containers, select 5-gallon pots with drainage. This variety produces 150 to 200 green-striped, purple tomatoes and requires staking. Most gardeners can begin harvesting tomatoes 80 to 85 days after transplant.

As for disease resistance, this variety has superior tolerance to late blight. Transplants should be spaced at least 2 feet apart in the garden and will benefit from staking.

Celano. Another national winner, Celano, is an early-producing, high-yielding grape-type tomato for your patio or garden. According to AAS trial notes, Celano developed fruit much earlier and produced much longer than comparable varieties. Deepred, oblong tomatoes typically weigh a little over half an ounce and taste sweet.

Early Resilience. Another national winner, Early Resilience, is a fantastic selection for canning enthusiasts. Each plant will produce roughly 25 tomatoes with good-quality flesh and excellent flavor. This variety displays high resistance to blossom-end rot and numerous diseases. From transplant, gardeners can expect to harvest tomatoes after 70 to 115 days. For best results, space each plant at least 2 feet apart. Staking may help but is not required.

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MAY 18–19 – Family Fun Weekend: “End of the School Year,” Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, 1–4 p.m. $5. Games, quarter-scale train rides, bounce house, and other family-friendly activities and events. 419-423-2995, www.nworrp.org, or www.facebook.com/nworrp.

MAY 1, JUN. 5 – Down on the Farm Story Time, Proving Ground Farm, 5670 E. Twp. Rd. 138, Tiffin, 10 a.m. Stories and activities are geared for preschool-age children and focus on farming and nature in a picturesque outdoor setting. Families welcome! 419-447-7073, www.conservesenecacounty.com, or follow Seneca Conservation District on Facebook.

MAY 4–SEP. 15 – NWORRP Museum Summer Hours, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, Sat./Sun. 1–4 p.m. $3; 12 and under, $2 (includes 1 train ride ticket per admission). Museum tours, quarter-scale train rides, model train displays, games, play area, and more. 419-423-2995, www.nworrp.org, or www.facebook.com/nworrp.

MAY 16–19 – The Findlay Show: Armed Forces Day Celebration, Hancock Co. Fgds., 1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay. $10; ages 6–17, $5; under 6 free. Reenactments, living history displays, American Huey 369 and UH-1B Gunship 049, military vehicles, and more. www. findlaymilitaryshow.org.

MAY 17–19 – Settlers’ Encampment, AuGlaize Village, 12296 Krouse Rd., Defiance. Step back in time to 1750–1815 and see how settlers survived. Demonstrations and instructions on topics ranging from plant dyeing and


MAY 18 – West Liberty Fire Sales, downtown West Liberty. Relive history and find unique treasures at West Liberty’s village-wide garage sale! Commemorate the “Day of the Fire,” May 13, 1880, and explore the charming shops from a bygone era. www.mywestliberty.com.

MAY 19 – Shelby County Coin Club Coin Show, American Legion Post 217, 1265 Fourth Ave., Sidney, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. For more information, call 937-339-5437

MAY 23 – Fourth Thursdays Salute to Service, downtown Lakeview. Welcome in the summer season and pay homage to the USA, the “Home of the Free Because of the Brave”! Enjoy food trucks and live music while you stroll the downtown streets collecting stamps on your shopping passport. www.facebook.com/ downtownlakeviewohio.

MAY 25–26 – Findlay Flea Market, Hancock Co. Fgds., 1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Free admission. Variety of merchandise: new, used, vintage items, crafts, and more. Vendors welcome! Contact Christine at 419-619-0041 or findlayfleamarket@ gmail.com for more information.

MAY 27 – Memorial Day Service, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, 93 Delaware Ave., Put-inBay, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Free. 419-285-2184 or www.nps.gov/ pevi/index.htm.

JUN. 1 – Findlay Craft Beer Fest and Wine Tasting, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co.

MAY 18 – John Randolph Spring Arts Kick Off, Fort New Salem, 81 Settlers Lane, Salem, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Features live demonstrations by various artisans. 304-695-2220, director@fortnewsalemfoundation.org, or www.fortnewsalemfoundation.org.

MAY 18 – Taste of Parkersburg, corner of 3rd and Market Sts., Parkersburg, 6–11 p.m. Food, wine, beer, and live music. 304-865-0522 or www.downtownpkb.com.

Rd. 99, Findlay, 5–8 p.m. (VIP early admission at 4 p.m.). Must be 21+. Sample offerings from several local craft breweries and a local winery; enjoy refreshments and entertainment. In case of rain, the event will be held in the train barn. 419-423-2995, www.nworrp.org, or www.facebook.com/nworrp.

JUN. 6 – Defiance Community Band: Park Concert, Kingsbury Park, 102 Auglaize St., Defiance, 7:30 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chair. Contact Erin Redick at defiancecommunityband@gmail.com.

JUN. 7 – First Fridays Pineapple Palooza, downtown Bellefontaine. Zipline down Main Street, bounce in our inflatables, shop the vendor fair, and fill your belly at the dozen-plus food trucks. Don’t forget a selfie with the giant pineapple! www.firstfridaysbellefontaine.com.

JUN. 8 – Fleurette Garden Club Flower Show and Plant Sale, 600 N. Main St., Bellefontaine. Plant sale 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Silent auction of selected container plants. Flower show 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.; judging begins at 12 p.m. To receive a show schedule and entry information, send request to fleurettesgc@gmail.com. Entries to show must be completed by Jun. 1

JUN. 8–9 – Antique Tractor Show/Pulls, Flea Market, and Fiber Show, AuGlaize Village, 12296 Krouse Rd., Defiance. 419-990-0107 or www.auglaizevillage.com. Antique tractor pulls Sat. 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; small hitch fee. Trophies and prize money awarded. Participants and vendors contact us through Facebook Messenger or email at villageauglaize@gmail.com or rgoyings@live.com (Randy Goyings). Fiber Show: We will be demonstrating period spinning, weaving, sewing, and quilting on various types of fiber equipment from various eras. Participants and vendors contact us at villageauglaize.com or loriekonopka@yahoo.com (Lorie Konopka).

JUN. 15 – Summer Garden Tour, West Liberty. Come explore the town’s gorgeous and secret gardens. Bask in the beauty of nature, breathe in the fresh air, and escape from reality! www.mywestliberty.com.

JUN. 7–9 – Fostoria Glass Society of America Glass Show and Sale, Moundsville Ctr. Bldg., 901 8th St., Moundsville, Sat. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $8. Held in the historic West Virginia State Penitentiary. Auction Sat. 5 p.m., flea market Sun. 7 a.m.–noon. 304-845-9188 or www.fostoriaglass.org.

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THROUGH OCT. 27 – Rock Mill Days, Stebelton Park at Rock Mill, 1429 Rockmill Place NW, Lancaster, Wed./ Sat. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Sun. 1–4 p.m. Tour the restored 1824 gristmill, walk the Rock Mill Covered Bridge, and view the waterfall near the headwaters of the Hocking River. On the last Sunday of each month, see how corn was ground like it was done 200 years ago. 614-321-4833 ext. 103 or www.fairfieldcountyparks.org/events.

MAY 3, JUN. 7 – First Friday Art Walk, downtown Zanesville, 5–8 p.m. Come downtown on the first Friday of each month, when all our participating galleries, studios, and small businesses are open at the same time! Visit the Artist Colony of Zanesville’s website for a map of current participants: https://artcoz.org/arts-district-map.

MAY 4–OCT. 26 – Coshocton Farmers Market, 22442 Co. Rd. 1A, Coshocton, Sat. 8:30 a.m.–noon. Fresh, locally grown, in-season produce; baked goods; and handmade artisan crafts. For the most up-to-date information about vendors who will be attending the market, visit www. facebook.com/coshoctonfarmersmarket or email market. manager@coshfarmmarket.org.

MAY 9, JUN. 13 – Inventors Network Meetings, Rusty Bucket, 3901 Britton Parkway, Hilliard, 43026 (614-7775868, MyRustyBucket.com), 7 p.m. Informal meetings for networking and invention-related discussion. 614-470-0144 or www.inventorscolumbus.com.

MAY 11 – Sunbury Farmers Market Vendors and Food Truck Meet-N-Greet, Sunbury Community Library, 44 Burrer Dr., Sunbury, 10 a.m.–noon. Sign-up day. Refreshments served. 740-513-9192 or sunburyohiofarmersmarket@gmail.com.

MAY 17 – AHA Waffles Saturday Breakfast, Union County Airport (KMRT), 760 Clymer Rd., Marysville, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Free admission. Fly or drive on over for a breakfast featuring AHA Waffles specials: waffles, home fries, breakfast sandwiches, and more! The airport has a covered outdoor eating area and capacity for up to 50 planes at a time to park on the ramp. Local aviation groups will also be supporting the event.


MAY 18 – Art on the Canal Art Stroll, Historic Downtown Canal Winchester, noon–6 p.m. The downtown will come alive with music, dancing, exhibits, and performances, along with a variety of exquisite works of art and fine crafts from central Ohio artists. As you stroll the sidewalks of our quaint city, stop and enjoy some local food, drinks, and shopping, as well as Robert Warren’s Art Studio. 614-270-5053 or www.destinationcw.org.

MAY 19 – Martinsburg Activity Center Motorcycle, Truck, and Car Show, 422 W. Liberty St., Martinsburg. Registration 8 a.m.–12 p.m. ($10 fee); awards 2 p.m. 50/50, door prizes, raffle prizes, 50 trophy giveaways, 100 dash plaques, DJ Eddie Powell. Breakfast sandwiches and lunch available for purchase. 740-398-0907

MAY 24–26 – Coshocton Flint Festival/Flint Ridge Knap-In, Coshocton Co. Fgds., 724 S. 7th St., Coshocton,

9 a.m.–5 p.m. The ancient art of chipping arrowheads; other native crafts; gems; handmade items; family fun and entertainment! Contact: 330-473-7041 or 419-632-1274

MAY 25–26 – Asian Festival, Franklin Park, 1755 E. Broad St., Columbus. Free. A celebration of Asian culture, including dance, music, martial arts, food, and much more. http://asian-festival.org.

MAY 25–SEP. 28 – Sunbury Farmers Market, 36 Cherry St., on the Square of Sunbury, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Offering local products — handmade, homemade, or homegrown. Vendors welcome. 740-513-9192 or sunburyohiofarmersmarket@gmail.com.

MAY 27 – Memorial Day Celebration, Veterans Memorial Park, 95 Landis St., Lockbourne. Parade starts at noon, followed by a service featuring the Rickenbacker 121st Air Refueling Wing. For more information, call the Municipal Offices at 614-491-3161 or visit www.lockbourneohio.us

JUN. 2 – Summer Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Makoy Event Ctr., 5462 Center St., Hilliard, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $3, under 12 free. www.avantgardeshows.com.

JUN. 6–8 – Hot Air Balloon Festival, Coshocton Co. Fgds., 707 Kenilworth Ave., Coshocton. Balloon launches at dawn and dusk, night glow, food vendors, kiddie rides, craft booths, fireworks, and more. www. coshoctonhotairballoonfestival.com.

JUN. 13–15 – Eastern National Expo XII, Fairfield Co. Fgds., 157 E. Fair Ave., Lancaster, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Featuring John Deere tractors and equipment. www. ohiotwocylinderclub.org.

JUN. 13–15 – Washboard Music Festival, downtown Logan. Free. Ohio’s most unique music and arts festival, celebrating the old-fashioned washboard as a musical instrument. 740-277-1806, washboardfestival@gmail. com, or www.washboardmusicfestival.com.

THROUGH JUN. 26 – Bluegrass Wednesdays, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, Wed. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner, wine, and an evening of free entertainment by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Reservations recommended. 513-385-9309, vinokletwinery@fuse.net, or www.vinokletwines.com.

MAY 11 – Strong Beer Fest, Liberty Home German Society, 2361 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, 2–10 p.m. Gerhard Albinus, 2–6 p.m.; Polka Cola, 6–10 p.m. https:// libertyhome.net or follow Liberty Home Association on Facebook.

MAY 17, JUN. 21 – Bluegrass Night, Fibonacci Brewing Company, 1445 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, 7–9 p.m. Free. Enjoy lively bluegrass music by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, a wide variety of craft beers at the Beer Garden, and food truck eats. 513-832-1422 or http://fibbrew.com.

MAY 25–26 – Celtic Heritage Festival, Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Rd., Piqua. 937-7732522 or www.johnstonfarmohio.com.

MAY 26 – White Water Shaker Village Tour, 11813 Oxford Rd., Harrison, 2–5 p.m. Free. Established in 1823, White Water is one of the 24 Shaker communal villages founded in the United States. Learn about the daily life of a Shaker; discover the styles of businesses they conducted; and check out our collections of Shaker goods. Explore the property to see the stable, barns, and historic outbuildings of this 200-year-old village.  www.whitewatervillage.org.

MAY 30–JUN. 1 – Milford Frontier Days, Riverside Park, 425 Victor Stier Dr., Milford. Kickoff parade, live music, food, kids’ activities, Youth Makers Market, and family fun. 513-831-2411 or www.frontierdaysmilford.com.

MAY 31 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, May Fest, Alms Park Pavilion, 710 Tusculum Ave., Cincinnati, 6–9 p.m. Free. Enjoy an evening of lively bluegrass music with lightning-fast instrumentals, close harmonies, and entertaining novelty songs. Spectacular view of the Ohio River, children’s playground nearby, food trucks, and more! Bring a lawn chair. www.fotmc.com.

JUN. 1 – Biergarten Band Night, Liberty Home German Society, 2361 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, 5–10 p.m. M*A*M*B (Middle Aged Man Band), 6–10 p.m. https:// libertyhome.net or follow Liberty Home Association on Facebook.

JUN. 1–2 – Troy Strawberry Festival, downtown Troy, Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. This premier festival features strawberry cuisine along with a wide variety of foods offered by area nonprofits, arts and crafts, games, competitions, and much more. 937-3397714 or www.gostrawberries.com.

JUN. 8 – Canal Music Fest, Tipp City Park, 35 Park Ave., Tipp City, gates open at 5 p.m. Free family-friendly concert featuring Draw the Line, an Aerosmith tribute band, and Michael Williams, a Middletown musician and contestant on The Voice and American Idol. Bring your chairs or blankets. No coolers! 937-543-5115 or www.canalmusicfest.com.

JUN. 8 – “Fascinating Fossils,” Wagers’ Memorial Park (Devil’s Backbone), 1301 OH-725 W., Camden, 11 a.m. Free adult program presented by naturalists Doug and Ann Horvath. Registration required. 937-962-5561, pcpdevents@gmail.com, or www. preblecountyparks.org.

JUN. 8–9 – “Whaur Aur Ye Frae,” Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Rd., Piqua. Immerse yourself in John Johnston’s Ulter Scots heritage through tales and music. 937-773-2522 or www. johnstonfarmohio.com.

JUN. 14 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Butler County Bluegrass Association, Collinsville Community Center, 5113 Huston Rd., Collinsville, 7–9 p.m. Free. Enjoy an evening of lively bluegrass music. Good, reasonably priced home-style food available on-site. 937-417-8488


THROUGH NOV. 2 – Athens Farmers Market, Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St., Athens, Wed. 9 a.m.–noon. Open year-round Sat. 9 a.m.–noon. Voted Ohio’s #1 favorite farmers market! 740-593-6763 or www. athensfarmersmarket.org.

MAY 4–19 – Heirloom Plant Sale, Adena Mansion and Gardens, 847 Adena Rd., Chillicothe, Wed.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 12–5 p.m. The annual sale focuses on plant varieties raised and passed on before the advent of industrial farming, with many going back at least as far as Thomas Worthington’s time. www.adenamansion.com.

MAY 11–12 – Gus Macker Returns, downtown Chillicothe. Gus Macker 3on3 Basketball celebrates its 50th year and returns to the downtown streets. All ages and skill levels can participate. Cost: $180. www.macker. com/local/chillicothe-oh.

MAY 17 – The Best of Bon Jovi and Journey, featuring Don Jovi’s Journey, Majestic Theatre, 45 E. Second St., Chillicothe, 7:30 p.m. $39–$69. Covering the hits of two of the most popular American rock bands in history, the


MAY 18 – World Bee Day Fun Day, Cuyahoga Co. Fgds., Bee Barn, 19201 E. Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. World Bee Day celebration raises awareness of the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the planet healthy, and of the many challenges they face today. https:// loraincountybeekeepers.org or follow us on Facebook.

MAY 24–AUG. 3 – Woodcarver’s Exhibit, McCook House Museum, 15 S. Lisbon St., Carrollton, Fri./Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Exhibit included in museum admission: $3; ages 5–12, $2. Co-organizers of the event are master carvers Ken Grigsby and Keith Shumaker. For further information, call 330-437-9715 or 330-627-3345

MAY 25–26 – Great Lakes Fiber Show, Wayne Co. Fgds., 199 Vancouver St., Wooster. Free. Competitions, fleece show and sale, children’s activities, workshops ($45–$80), fibers, supplies, handcrafted goods, and more. Food available for purchase. www.greatlakesfibershow.com.

MAY 30–AUG. 1 – Fort Steuben Summer Concert Series, Fort Steuben Park, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville, Thur. 7–9 p.m. Bring a blanket and picnic basket and enjoy a free concert at this site overlooking the Ohio River. 740-2831787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com.

group has established itself as one of the premier party bands. www.majesticchillicothe.net.

MAY 24–26 – Bash for Cash, Ross Co. Fgds., 344 Fairgrounds Rd., Chillicothe. Smash It Demolition Derby raises the bar in the demolition derby industry and presents a huge weekend of entertainment. www.smashitderby.com/bash-for-cash.

MAY 24–26 – Feast of the Flowering Moon, Yoctangee Park, Enderlin Circle, Chillicothe, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Free. Family-friendly entertainment featuring Native American music, dancing, a wide assortment of vendors, a Mountain Men Encampment, and much more! www.feastofthefloweringmoon.org.

MAY 25–26 – Pre-1840 Rendezvous, Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, 1362 Caves Rd., Jackson, Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–noon. Free and open to the public. Participants in period dress will be portraying life in the periods of 1700–1840. Camping fee for participants: $15 members, $20 non-members. For additional information, call 740-773-3891

MAY 31–JUN. 2 – ELEVATE: A Wellness Event, McConnelsville. Healing arts, wellness education, holistic nutrition, health, fitness, and more. Healers, practitioners, and experts will be offering private and group sessions as well as free presentations. Bring a friend, participate in the wellness offerings, and enjoy the local community arts, entertainment, food, and drink. www.facebook.com/ events/1327419717942503

MAY 31–JUN. 2 – Southern Ohio Farm Power of the Past Antique Tractor and Machinery Show, Pike Co. Fgds., Piketon. Hosting IH Chapter 6 state show. Featuring Farmall tractors and equipment. Vintage tractors and farm equipment demos, hit and miss engines, working sawmill, truck and tractor pulls Sat. 7 p.m., car show Sunday, flea market/craft items, food,

MAY 31 – Alla Boara: “Italian Folk Songs,” John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, 2122 Williams Rd., Wooster, 6:30 p.m. Free, but registration recommended. The Clevelandbased ensemble reimagines Italian folk songs by adding elements of modern jazz and world music. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave. Register at www.ormaco.org or by calling 419-853-6016

MAY 29 – Bike Week Dice Run, Kelleys Island. Participants will experience an exciting tour of the island while completing a scavenger hunt and collecting dice rolls at a variety of local businesses. 419-746-2360 or www.kelleysislandchamber.com.

JUN. 1 – Jazz Under the Stars: The Dan Zola Orchestra, Uptown Park, 79–89 Public Square, Medina, 7–9 p.m. Free. Musical director Eric Dregne will lead this highenergy group in an evening of big band favorites. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 317 E. Liberty St. 419-853-6016

JUN. 1 – LCBA Annual Beekeeping Field Day, Queen Right Colonies, 43655 St. Rte. 162, Spencer, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Beekeeping industry leaders Randy Oliver and Ray Olivarez will be the featured speakers. Peer beekeeping sessions, food, fun, raffles, door prizes. https:// loraincountybeekeepers.org or follow us on Facebook.

JUN. 1–2 – Ohio Valley Frontier Days, Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville. $6; ages 6–12, $3; under 6 free. Annual festival featuring soldier, settler, surveyor, and artisan reenactors, re-creating life on the Ohio frontier; crafts, games, food, and entertainment. 740-283-1787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com.

JUN. 2 – Cleveland Comic Book and Nostalgia Festival, Doubletree by Hilton Cleveland/Westlake, 1100 Crocker Rd., Westlake, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $5; 6 and under free. Comic and toy vendors, guest comic creators, hourly prizes. 330-462-3985, jeff@harpercomics.com, or www. harpercomics.com.

kids’ activities. Contact Steve Dean, pres., at 740-289-4124

JUN. 1 – “Base Ball”: Adena Worthingtons vs. The Ohio Village Muffins, Adena Mansion & Gardens, 847 Adena Rd., Chillicothe, 2 p.m. Free. Doubleheader exhibition of vintage baseball played by 19th-century rules. www.adenamansion.com.

JUN. 1 – Chillicothe BrewFest, North Paint Street, Chillicothe, 1:30–7 p.m. $20–$50. Sample beer from area breweries and listen to live local music. This year the event will partner with Fifty West Brewing Company and Race Penguin for the Chillicothe Half Marathon and 5K. www.downtownchillicothe.com.

JUN. 1 – Metahqua 24 Trail Races, Metahqua Nature Preserve, 3663 Walnut Creek Rd., Chillicothe, 9 a.m. $35–$320. Beautiful 2-mile trail with race options: 2-mile, 24-hour solo race, and 24-hour 4-person relay race. https://visitchillicotheohio.com/event/metahqua-24

JUN. 6–8 – Southern Ohio Forest Rally, Yoctangee Park and other locations. Free. www. southernohioforestrally.com.

JUN. 8 – Chillicothe Jazz, Funk, and Blues Concert, Majestic Theatre, 45 E. Second St., Chillicothe, 6 p.m. $40. Five bands performing include Yoctangee Fire, YOLO Band, Thump Daddy Funk Band, Urban Jazz Coalition, and Hitman Blues Band. Proceeds benefit two local nonprofits. www.majesticchillicothe.net.

JUN. 14–15 – Art Festival, Historic Village Square, 419 West St., Caldwell. Free. Arts and crafts for sale Fri. 6–8 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Cruise-in and Marquis 66 band (60s music) Fri. 6–8 p.m., Laura Cramblett (dulcimer) on Saturday. 740-732-5288 or director@ visitnoblecountyohio.com.

JUN. 7 – 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. 8 – Secrest Garden Fair, Secrest Arboretum, 2122 Williams Rd., Wooster, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Over 50 arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, crafts for kids, gardenthemed workshops, and tours of the arboretum.  www.friendsofsecrest.com.

JUN. 8 – Burton Antiques Festival, Geauga Co. Fgds., 14373 Cheshire St., Burton, early buyers 8–10 a.m., $25; general admission 10 a.m.–1 p.m., $10; 1–4 p.m., $5. Antique, vintage, and midcentury furniture will be offered along with vintage jewelry, primitives, stoneware, postcards, and much more. You buy it, we load it for you! Contact Kay Puchstein at 740-998-5300 or puchs2@yahoo.com for more info or visit www. burtonantiquesmarket.com.

JUN. 9 – Hichem Ferrah, Guitar: “Algerian-Inspired Music,” Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth, 2–3 p.m. Free, but reservations recommended. Register at www.ormaco.org or by calling 419-853-6016. Seating is on a first-come, firstserved basis.

JUN. 12–14 – Holy Trinity Greek Food Festival, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 300 S. 4th St., Steubenville, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Music, tours of the church, outdoor dining, and takeout. 740-282-7770 or https://holytrinitygreekfest.com.

JUN. 14–15 – Simply Slavic Festival, Federal Plaza East, downtown Youngstown, Fri. 5–11 p.m., Sat. noon to midnight. $5; 12 and under free. Live music, folk dance performances, homemade food, children’s learning areas, educational exhibits, and ethnic vendors. www. simplyslavic.org.


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1 Such delight on the face of my mom, Alice, when celebrating 87 years of life!

Sandra Troester, Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative member

2 Joan Rench, my mom — a rose amongst the tulips.

Beverly Rench, Darke Rural Electric Cooperative member

3 Shafer and Theo Fronckowiak listen to their bedtime story read by Grammie Bobby Bender.

Bobby Bender, Pioneer Electric Cooperative member

4 My mother, Gladys Kill, watering her flowers beside the pear tree. Karen Pugh, Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative member

5 Blessed to celebrate my mom’s 88th birthday in September and looking forward to Mother’s Day.

Tonya Bess, South Central Power Company member




6 My mom, Deanna Phillips, doing what she’s always done best: rocking babies. She is a mom of eight, grandma to 27, and great-grandma to 41. Here she’s rocking her 37th greatgrandchild (and my fourth grandchild), Maeve Elizabeth Brown. Elizabeth McDougle, North Central Electric Cooperative member

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Right TREE, right PLACE

to locate underground electric or other utility lines. This is a free service and it’s the law!

Before you buy a tree, look up and around. See any power lines? That’s your cue to plant far away — use the chart below as a guide.


Avoid planting shrubs and flowers around green transformer boxes and electric meters. Your co-op needs access for meters, and it’s safer to keep the space clear.

Small-tree zone: Less than 25 feet in height and spread; at least 25 feet from lines.

Medium-tree zone: 25-40 feet in height and spread; at least 40 feet from lines.

Large-tree zone: Larger than 40 feet in height and spread; at least 60 feet from lines.

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