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COOPERATIVE Spooky season

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Every October, we celebrate you. After all, co-ops were built by members, for members, and are still owned by members like you. Thank you for being a part of your co-op!




24 OHIO CRYPTIDS The Mothman cometh — not to mention Dogman, Grassman, South Bass Bessie, and a bevy of other creatures.

26 THE SQUASHCARVER Mammoth pumpkins become a canvas-in-the-round for co-op member Gus Smithhisler.

28 PRESIDENTIAL PILGRIMAGE Ohio boasts numerous spots that highlight the legacies of the state’s “eminent eight” commanders-in-chief. OCTOBER 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  1


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t’s safe to say that we are not surprised when we flip the switch and our lights come on. We are surprised, disappointed — even angry — if they don’t. California recently went through an unusual once-in-a-decade heat wave. Despite paying among the highest rates in the country for electricity, hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses had their electricity supplies turned off because of a power supply shortage. The event followed a disaster last year in which power to millions of consumers was shut off because of the threat of wildfires in areas of the state where the grid was poorly maintained or where trees had not been cleared away from high-voltage power lines. The recent electricity blackouts in California are a prime example of getting what we vote for. The Golden State has adopted policies that have forced power providers to close fossil and nuclear power plants, while relying on intermittent renewable resources supplemented by imported power from neighboring states. Basic grid maintenance has been deferred in favor of more politically popular initiatives. Californians hoped that it would all work out. Predictably, solar power supply plummets in the evening, when the sun goes down but when demand remains near its highest. Neighboring states have less excess supply to share during a heat wave. The result? The combination of poorly considered but politically popular policies and the limitations of renewable energy resources created rolling blackouts, leaving millions of Californians without power during some of the hottest evenings in years. In comparison, Ohio’s electric cooperatives’ dependable “all of the above” approach to power generation — coal, natural gas, biomass, hydropower, and solar energy — means that electricity is available 24/7, and at affordable rates. It’s not exactly rocket science, and it’s certainly not magic. Power supplies need to be planned in order to be resilient under a variety of conditions, especially during extreme weather. If we don’t vote, we get the polices for which others vote; but don’t take my word for it. Penn State University estimates that approximately 138 million Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election — only 58.1% of the nation’s voting-eligible population. According to PBS, Ohio voter turnout in the 2016 presidential election was 4% lower than in the 2012 race, yet rural counties saw a spike in voter turnout. In the 30 elections that took place between 1900 and 2016, Ohio voters cast ballots for the winning presidential candidate in 28 of them — more than any state in the country. Please be sure that your vote gets counted this year.



Ohio’s electric cooperatives’ dependable “all of the above” approach to power generation — coal, natural gas, biomass, hydropower, and solar energy — means that electricity is available 24/7, and at affordable rates.

OCTOBER 2020 • Volume 63, No. 1

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


COVID rules: Electric cooperatives have made changes big and small to keep electricity flowing in the age of COVID-19.



The Frontier Power Company: The eastern Ohio co-op provides reliable electric service, with a side of coffee and frozen custard.


Smashing pumpkins: Jack Pine Studio has made a name for itself with spectacular handblown glass gourds.



The BIG one: Anglers try to reel in records at the Walleye Fall Brawl.



Spicy: Fiery, fragrant, fresh, and flavorful, these zesty meals promise to turn up the taste.

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What’s happening: October/ November events and other things to do around the state.


Scary: Members adorn themselves with costumes of all sorts.


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

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COVID rules Co-op pandemic adaptations help keep members and employees safe, maintain reliable power. BY JEFF MCCALLISTER


Atkinson arrives to work at Carroll Electric Cooperative in Carrollton the same as he has every day since he was hired as the coop’s manager of marketing and member services — but it’s different lately. In the months since the COVID-19 pandemic began disrupting normal life, electric cooperatives across the state and around the country have made adaptations big and small to keep electricity flowing, and some of the changes could be permanent. “I think everyone understands that it’s important to do what we can to help contain the virus,” Atkinson says. “People may have thought this was more of a city problem early on, but rural areas are now seeing the effects of the disease, and people are doing their part.” At Carroll Electric, that meant a new office schedule that included a rotation of staff members working remotely so that those in the office would be able to maintain plenty of distance. While the full staff has now returned to a normal five-day on-site week, all are expected to wear masks when on the grounds, and office hours have been reduced to try to further limit close contact through the day. At Midwest Electric in St. Marys, the entire staff went to a remote schedule at the onset of the pandemic, and General Manager Matt Berry says that the change went off without a hiccup. The staff has since returned to a schedule of three days in the office and two days remote, which has reduced the number of staff physically present by enough that masks are only required in common areas. Adams Rural Electric employees are required to wear masks in their West Union office unless they are in their personal office with the door closed. Social distancing is


required, and occupancy limits have been assigned to every room in the building. “We’re also having employees report no more than 10 minutes before their start time, and they go directly to their office or their vehicle, so we can limit the amount of close contact,” says Erika Ackley, manager of finance and administration. Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative also had employees work remotely at the beginning of the pandemic. General Manager Brian Hill says the co-op had high plexiglass barriers installed around cubicles and open spaces so employees could return to working in the office. “We had hoped this was going to be a temporary issue, but it looks like a lot of our changes will be more permanent in nature,” Hill says. Pandemic response has also meant broad changes in the ways line crews, service techs, and even vegetation management personnel do their jobs. Several co-ops now have their linemen report for staggered start times to their shifts to limit the number of people in common areas at the same time. Formerly, crews rode out to jobs in the same vehicle; now, in many cases, each lineman travels to work sites in a separate vehicle. “Our linemen are having their morning meeting remotely via Zoom,” Berry says. “They get their job assignments electronically, then drive directly to the job site individually in their own co-op vehicle, and they’ll come to the office only if they need supplies.” Changes have not been limited to the distribution cooperatives around the state. The co-ops get the majority of the electricity for their members from the Cardinal Plant in Brilliant, Ohio. Knowing that an outbreak there could have devastating effects on the plant’s ability to continue delivering that reliable power, Plant Manager Bethany

Schunn implemented new protocols — in addition to alreadystrict safety measures — early on in the pandemic. All employees, contractors, and the limited number of visitors to the plant must have their temperature taken at the security gates before they’re allowed on the grounds. Schunn and her staff also restricted access to all of the plant’s control rooms, changed various dayshift employee schedules to rotating shifts to ensure adequate department coverage, and initiated weekly COVID-19 update calls between plant and corporate management. “We knew we had to stay on top of this thing from the start,” Schunn says. “Of course we’re following all CDC guidelines, but lots of times we go well beyond because we know our members count on us to stay up and running.”

Top two photos: Among several COVID-related measures, Carroll Electric Cooperative provided co-op branded masks for employees to wear while at work. Above and below: Employees at the Cardinal Plant implemented safety protocols early on to ensure the plant stays up and running during the pandemic.








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ocated in Coshocton, in the Appalachian foothills, The Frontier Power Company employs 39 people and has a service territory reaching into seven counties. Most of their 9,045 members are in Coshocton and Tuscarawas counties, with more in Guernsey, Holmes, Knox, Licking, and Wayne counties. In addition to the electric cooperative, Frontier Power has a management agreement with several other businesses located on its property: Frontier Propane, a locally owned and operated propane cooperative; Frontier Supply, which incorporates an electrical and plumbing supply store; Whit’s Frozen Custard; Progressive Water; and Coshocton Coffee Connection.

Businesses and attractions The small businesses in Frontier Power’s service territory are as diverse and varied as the people themselves: Tool fabricating shops, glassmakers, teardrop camper manufacturers, hickory rocker makers, a coyote trap manufacturer, a reclaimed wood sign maker, a quilt finisher, a wildlife management business, and a fish hatchery all call Frontier Power’s territory their home. Local residents and travelers alike can learn all they need to know about raising koi at veteran-owned Amore’s Koi Farm or about how Twig Archery makes custom bows and arrows for customers around the world. Cooperative-served businesses offer tasty and unique food items and meals, award-winning wines, and even specialty cheeses. Sportsmen can find plenty to keep them busy while in Frontier Power’s service territory: Gamekeepers Retrievers is well known for training retrievers, River Greens and Hickory Flats are both challenging golf courses, and there are many bodies of water where you can spend a leisurely afternoon fishing. The Coshocton County Heritage Quilt Barn Trail is an excellent way to see the beautiful scenery throughout the hills of the county — Frontier Power employees hung the quilt squares as a service to the community. Don’t forget a visit to the Old Stone Fort, reportedly Ohio’s oldest building, when you’re in the area. There are also a number of bedand-breakfasts and other cozy locations for overnight lodging.

Events Frontier Power is a proud sponsor of the annual Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival — a free event that features hot air balloons floating through the hills of Coshocton County, fireworks, and food vendors. Wings Over Coshocton is also a flying event held every few years at the Richard Downing Airport, another member of Frontier Power.

Giving to the community Since 2012, Frontier Power’s members have been giving back to the community through the Frontier Community Connection Fund. To date, members have donated over $310,000 to community organizations. The Frontier Power Company also hosts an annual customer appreciation day for the entire community. Approximately 1,000 people, members and nonmembers alike, are welcomed at the co-op for lunch and appreciation gifts.


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Smashing pumpkins Jack Pine Studio has made a name for itself with spectacular handblown glass gourds. STORY AND PHOTOS BY W. H. “CHIP” GROSS



or only the fourth time in its more than century-long history, there will be no Circleville Pumpkin Show this year — yet another scheduling casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

No one is more disappointed than Jack Pine. A master glass-blower and craftsman, Pine and his artisans create some 2,500 special pumpkins annually for the Circleville show. The exquisite works of handblown glass that have been purchased by showgoers are cherished in homes throughout the Buckeye State and many states beyond. Born in rural Tarlton in southern Ohio, Pine began studying glass-blowing decades ago in Seattle, Washington, and says he’s still perfecting the process to this day at his studio in Laurelville, where he’s a member of South Central Power Company. “I knew I was in love with glass-blowing from the start, as it involves everything I enjoy as an artist,” Pine says. “It’s a mystical medium, and I was drawn to it immediately. You take a glob of hot, molten glass from the furnace and turn it into a gorgeous work of art — that initial experience was magical to me and continues to be.” Years ago, while still in Seattle, a friend asked Pine to make a glass pumpkin, so he crafted a traditional orange pumpkin with a green stem. “It looked pretty good,” he says. “That’s when I remembered the Pumpkin Show back home in Ohio and a light went on in my head.” Pine attended his first Circleville Pumpkin Show in 1994; he brought several hundred small, glass pumpkins with him and sold every one. “I even sold a few broken and cracked pumpkins that people knew were damaged. It didn’t seem to bother them, and that’s when I knew I had something special.” Initially, Pine didn’t think folks would pay much more than $30 to $40 for a glass pumpkin, but today he has pumpkins at every price point. Some of his more elaborate and elegant creations sell for hundreds of dollars, with his most expensive pumpkins priced at $1,200. His palette has also evolved to include a rainbow of colors. What makes Jack Pine pumpkins so beautiful is the technique he’s perfected of iridizing glass to give the exterior of his creations such lustrous, bright hues. “The more elaborate and more non-pumpkin the colors, the more people seem to like them,” Pine says. “After traditional orange, white is our most popular color. White goes with most any home décor, and people seem to appreciate its elegant appearance.” This would have been Pine’s 26th year exhibiting at the Circleville Pumpkin Show. Since that’s not possible this time around, a visit to his studio — open year-round — is well worth the road trip. Along with daily glass-blowing demonstrations is a gallery of Jack’s work and the art of 25 other artists from throughout the country, all of which is for sale. You can even attend a hands-on “experience” glass-blowing class, as Jack terms it. His merchandise is also available at www.jackpinestudio.com. Keeping with the natural beauty of the Hocking Hills, Pine plans to combine his love of both glass and ceramics by creating wild seeds and seedpods on a largerthan-life scale. “I’m thinking I’d like the finished product to be the size of a table’s centerpiece,” he says. “The seedpods will be made out of ceramic and the seeds out of glass. I love working in both mediums, and it seems a natural fit.” Not surprisingly, Pine has high praise for the Circleville Pumpkin Show and its management. “I’m very thankful for the town’s continued support of me and my artwork,” he says. “They helped me get started years ago — gave me a chance — and I will be forever grateful. I look forward to seeing everyone back at the show again next fall.” OCTOBER 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  11

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The Walleye Fall Brawl is Ohio’s largest fishing derby. BY W. H. “CHIP” GROSS

Above: Most Fall Brawl fishermen troll, but some anglers cast from shore along piers and breakwalls. Left: Brycen Burkhart of Green won the 2019 Fall Brawl Kids Division and its $1,000 top prize.

fishing has done for me through the years. That’s why there is 100% payback of all the entry fees to the top five derby winners.” Nearly 8,000 anglers participated last year, and Murphy anticipates as many as 10,000 will this year, each plunking down $30 for the privilege. Do the math, and that’s $300,000 in prize money that gets split five ways.


f you’re an angler, how would you like to catch one walleye worth over $100,000? James Atkinson Jr. of Streetsboro did exactly that last fall, his whopper walleye weighing 12.395 pounds and measuring 31.5 inches. What has become known as the Walleye Fall Brawl began a decade ago when a group of 50 friends each tossed a few bucks into a pot as a friendly wager to see who could catch the largest walleye. From that simple beginning has steadily grown the largest fishing derby not only on Lake Erie but in the Midwest — and possibly the entire country. The Fall Brawl is coordinated by Frank Murphy of North Royalton, who volunteers his time — lots of it. A fisherman all his life, Murphy says, “I just want to give something back to the fishing community for what


Here’s how the derby works: Once an angler has paid the entry fee, they then have six weeks to fish as much as they want, anywhere in the Ohio waters of Lake Erie. The 2020 Fall Brawl begins Friday, Oct. 16, at 12:01 a.m., and ends Sunday, Nov. 29, at 8 a.m. “That’s a month and a half of fishing opportunity, including seven weekends,” Murphy points out. It’s a one-walleye-takes-all contest, determined strictly by weight. Anglers are allowed to weigh as many walleyes as they’d like, but all the fish must be officially weighed at only one location: Erie Outfitters, a bait and tackle shop located along the south shore of Lake Erie, just west of Cleveland in Sheffield Lake. Murphy chooses to hold the derby in autumn for two reasons. “First, because walleyes are packing on weight this time of year,” he says. “They just keep getting heavier as fall goes on, which builds anticipation in the derby week by week. The final few days get crazy, with people fishing nonstop, around the clock. Second, there are constant fishing tournaments on Lake Erie in the spring through summer, but very few during fall, so I



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thought fall was the perfect time.” By the way, those anglers finishing in the top five spots must pass a polygraph test before collecting their winnings. Two of the initial top-five finishers last year flunked and were disqualified, allowing Atkinson to move up and claim the top prize. “I believe the polygraph requirement is one of the main reasons the Fall Brawl has grown as big and quickly as it has,” Murphy says. “Fishermen know it’s on the up-and-up, and that the rules are strictly enforced.” Atkinson caught his winning walleye on the day after Thanksgiving, trolling a plastic minnow-imitation lure he had hand-painted blue. He and a buddy, Matt Bunch, were fishing about 1.5 miles north of Cleveland when the big fish hit. “It was the only fish we caught all day,” Atkinson says. Last year was also the first time Atkinson had entered the Fall Brawl, which goes to show that anyone can win — it only takes one fish. You don’t necessarily even need to be fishing from a boat. Most years, at least one of the top-five anglers manages to catch a winning fish from shore. If you’d like to try your luck in the 2020 Walleye Fall Brawl, registration is open. Details can be found at www.lakeeriefishingderby.com.

This is what a $100,000 walleye looks like; holding his 2019 first-place, prize-winning catch is James Atkinson Jr. of Streetsboro. Above: Yet another large fall Lake Erie walleye comes to the net.




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Spicy! CHICKEN AND POBLANO POZOLE Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 6 to 8 hours | Servings: 4 11/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs 4 cups chicken broth 2 poblano peppers, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped 1 red onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons ground coriander 1 tablespoon cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon oregano 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 28-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes 1 lime, zested and juiced 29 ounces hominy, drained and rinsed salt and pepper to taste

Fiery, fragrant, fresh, and flavorful, these zesty meals promise to turn up the taste! RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY CATHERINE MURRAY

Note: For extra spice, leave in the poblano pepper seeds. Place all ingredients except hominy and garnishes into a 5-quart or larger slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, until the chicken is tender and cooked through. Take chicken out of slow cooker and let cool for a few minutes. Pull meat off the bone and shred with two forks. Discard skin and bones and return to the slow cooker along with hominy and cook another 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle pozole into bowls and garnish with any combination of sliced radishes, shredded cabbage, fresh cilantro, tortilla strips, and lime. Per serving: 567 calories, 16 grams fat (4 grams saturated fat), 42 grams total carbohydrates, 8 grams fiber, 59 grams protein. OCTOBER 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  15

PEPPER JELLY-GLAZED PORK CHOPS Soak: 1 to 2 hours | Cook: 30 minutes | Servings: 4 1/4 cup salt 4 tablespoons red pepper jelly 4 cups water 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 2 pounds bone-in pork chops 2 tablespoons fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon ground thyme) 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 fresh peaches, pitted and sliced 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 jalapeño or red chili pepper, sliced 3 tablespoons olive oil (optional) 1 shallot, chopped fine fresh thyme sprigs (for garnish) 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar Brine pork chops in a shallow dish filled with salt and water. If there’s not enough liquid to cover the pork chops, add a solution of 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of salt until submerged. Place in refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours. Remove chops from brine, rinse thoroughly, and pat dry. Sprinkle each side with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook pork chops 3 to 7 minutes on each side (depending on thickness), or until they reach an inner temperature of 135 F. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Sauté shallot until soft. Pour in vinegar to deglaze pan. Whisk in pepper jelly, crushed red pepper, and thyme until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Toss in peaches and simmer on low a few more minutes. Brush some peach glaze on the bottom side of each pork chop. Plate pork chops and pour remaining pepper/peach glaze over top. Garnish with thyme sprigs and jalapeño slices. Per serving: 489 calories, 24 grams fat (6 grams saturated fat), 29 grams total carbohydrates, 2.5 grams fiber, 40 grams protein.

CLASSIC RED BEANS AND RICE Prep: 15 minutes | Soak: 8 hours | Cook: 2 hours, 15 minutes | Servings: 6 1 pound dried red beans 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon paprika 14 ounces andouille sausage, sliced 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1 large onion, diced 1 teaspoon salt 2 large celery stalks, diced 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 bell pepper, chopped 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 4 garlic cloves, minced 4 cups water 1 teaspoon oregano 2 cups cooked long-grain white rice 1 teaspoon thyme 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley Place red beans in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Soak for 8 hours. Heat oil in a large pot on medium high. Add sausage and sear about 3 minutes per side. Remove sausage from pot and turn heat down to medium. Sauté onion, celery, and bell pepper 10 minutes or until tender and caramelized. Transfer sausage back to pot with vegetables and stir in all spices (minced garlic through cayenne). Drain red beans and add them to pot. Stir in 4 cups of water. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer about 2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. Partially mash some of the red beans against the side of the pot with a wooden spoon to increase thickness. Add more water if mixture becomes too thick. When ready, top with rice and chopped parsley. Serve with cornbread, coleslaw, or collard greens. Per serving: 775 calories, 24 grams fat (7 grams saturated fat), 105 grams total carbohydrates, 14 grams fiber, 35 grams protein.


SPICY RIGATONI WITH SWEET POTATOES Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 25 minutes | Servings: 5 4 cups cubed sweet potatoes 10 ounces dried rigatoni 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 6 green onions, whites and greens separated and diced 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 4 ounces diced pancetta (or bacon) 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/3 cup peanut butter 1 tablespoon olive oil Preheat oven to 450 F. Place sweet potato cubes on a baking sheet, sprinkle with chili powder, cinnamon, ginger, and sugar, then drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat, then roast in oven for 20 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving hot pasta water. In a large skillet, sauté onion whites and pancetta over medium heat until pancetta is almost crisp. Add minced garlic and cook another minute or so. Lower heat. Add peanut butter, cream

8 ounces lower-fat cream cheese 2 tablespoons spicy Asian chili sauce (like Sriracha) 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground sage

cheese, chili sauce, and soy sauce. Slowly stir in 1 cup pasta water, continuing to stir until smooth and creamy. If sauce is too thick, whisk in additional water a few tablespoons at a time. Add black pepper and sage. Plate pasta, top with sauce and sweet potatoes, and sprinkle with diced green onion. Per serving: 717 calories, 31 grams fat (11 grams saturated fat), 86 grams total carbohydrates, 9 grams fiber, 25 grams protein.

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

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ctober brings beautiful fall foliage, pumpkin spice, and cooler weather. However, many people do not know that October is also National Co-op Month, a time to celebrate the cooperative way of doing business. As an electric cooperative, Adams Rural Electric has been operating under the cooperative model for 80 years. It is what guides the board of trustees, management, and employees to provide reliable electric service to our members at an affordable cost. On a Monday night, July 1, 1940, a meeting was held in West Union by a group of sixty-five people from Adams, Brown, and Scioto counties. The goal of their meeting was to find a way to provide electricity to their rural communities. The type of organization those present decided to establish was a cooperative, to be incorporated under the rural electrification program established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on May 11, 1935. Cooperatives are designed to put the needs of our members first. In 1940, there was a need for electric service in our area when other utilities did not want to serve the rural area. In the first year the cooperative was formed, members worked to sign up 543 members in Adams, Brown, and Scioto counties who would require 217 miles of electric line to get electricity to them. It was a slow process in those days to build the electric lines. The first stakes were driven around Marble Furnace and proceeded southward at a rate of two miles of electric line built per day. In November 1941, transformers started to be hung. The first shipment of

wire came in January 1942, nine months after it was ordered. The first lines were energized and homes had electricity the Erika Ackley week of Dec. 3, 1942.


AND ADMINISTRATION The cooperative business model is designed to anticipate the future needs of its members. I am sure back in 1940, those 65 people who formed Adams Rural Electric would have never imagined what the cooperative would look like eighty years later. At the end of July 2020, the cooperative had 5,994 members and 7,542 meters billed over parts of Adams, Brown, Highland, Pike, and Scioto counties. There are over 1,328 miles of electric line on the system today. The line crews can very easily hook up several services in one day. And it is not uncommon to contact our materials supplier and have electric wire delivered the next day.

One thing is certain — over the last eighty years, the principles that guide a cooperative are still being used. Membership is open to anyone who needs service in Adams Rural Electric’s service territory. The board of trustees is elected by the membership to set policy and make decisions that represent their interests in the cooperative. The cooperative operates on a not-forprofit basis where any profit that is made is allocated to members’ patronage capital credit accounts and eventually retired to them over time. Adams Rural Electric is still a huge part of the communities that we serve. We look forward to serving our members for another 80 years!

Celebrating 80 years of service OCTOBER 2020  •  OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 19


80th annual meeting BY ALICE L. BAIRD


dams Rural Electric is celebrating 80 years of service. Founded in 1940, each successive cooperative board and employees have worked hard to continue the vision of those who dreamed of a time when electricity would be available to everyone. Most people today cannot comprehend a time when there was no electric power in the rural areas. We should all be thankful for those who had the vision and for those who have continued to make it a reality. The 80th Adams Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., annual meeting of the members was different than any other in the cooperative’s history. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to be creative and find a way to carry on while social distancing and mask wearing. Erika Ackley, manager of finance and administration at Adams REC, had the idea of a drive-through event for our members. And that is what we did! We set up tents along the path as each member entered the cooperative from the State Route 125 side. They were then directed by employees wearing masks and keeping their distance to the next tent station, where


masked employees handed them an insulated bag and commemorative mug. At the next station, they received food coupons for Frisch’s restaurant. Traveling on, they received a cooperative hat or cooler, and each child received a filled pencil pouch. Cooperative equipment was set out for them to view as they made their way around and out the State Route 136 side gate. Eight members each received a $50 bill credit. Everyone who came out appeared to enjoy the festival-like setting. We had many nice comments. 3500307502 The business meeting was broadcast live on Facebook. It was held in the cooperative warehouse with no members attending, due to COVID-19 and necessary social distancing. Board President Donald McCarty called the meeting to order and thanked the members for participating in the drive-through event. Toward the end of the meeting, he introduced Jeff Newman, CPA, to announce the results of the mail-in ballot voting for trustees. Reelected for another three-year term are: William Wylie, District 2; Donald McCarty, District 6; and Charles Newman, District 9.


Reelected for another three-year term are: William Wylie, District 2; Donald McCarty, District 6; and Charles Newman, District 9. This photo was taken in 2017. No photo was taken at this year’s meeting, due to social distancing.

Don’t forget to fall back Nov. 1! Capital credits retirements Capital credits refunded to the estates of Adams Rural Electric Cooperative members for August 2020 totaled $4,725.59. Estates paid in 2020 to date total $105,701.58. In case of the death of a member of Adams Rural Electric, contact Kacee Cox or Alice Baird at 937-544-2305 or 800-283-1846.

PLEASE CALL IN YOUR OUTAGES Do not use email or Facebook! If you experience an outage, please call the office at 937-544-2305 or 800-283-1846. If you post on Facebook or email your outage information, it could delay the restoration time. Emails and Facebook are not continuously monitored, especially in the evenings or on weekends.




3 43rd Annual Miller’s Anniversary Customer Appreciation Day. Cookout at Miller Bakery & Furniture at 960 Wheat Ridge Road. Menu: BBQ chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, ice cream, pie, coffee, and soft drinks. Contact Miller’s at 937-544-8524. 9–11 12th Annual Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Celebration. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 817 Tater Ridge Road. Fresh herbs, herbal products, food, crafts, antiques, live music, pumpkin cannon, antique tractors, and of course, pumpkins! Contact Kim Erwin at 937-544-8252.

10 Hike for Health at Edge of Appalachia Preserve at Adams County’s Buzzard Roost Rock Trail located approximately seven miles east of West Union near Lynx on State Route 125. 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. hike. You must register by Sept. 28. Contact the Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition, Attn: Registration/ ACMF, 230 Medical Center Drive, Seaman, Ohio, 45679

17 Josh Turner will perform at the Red Barn Convention Center at 7 p.m. Contact 800-823-9197, ext. 121. 2223 Russellville Road, Winchester, Ohio.

18 Music at Serpent Mound. Steve Free open-air concert at 1 p.m.; free admission.

24 Roots & Boots will perform at the Red Barn Convention Center at 7 p.m. Contact 800-823-9197 ext. 121. 2223 Russellville Road, Winchester, Ohio.


11 Veterans Day Ceremony. Courthouse in West Union. Starts at 2 p.m. with line up for the parade at 1:15 at the Old Hospital in West Union. Contact 973-544-5005.

28–29 Adams County Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Sponsored by the West Union Lions Club. “Christmas 2020 on the Adams County Courthouse Square” in West Union, Ohio.


937-544-2305 | 800-283-1846 www.adamsrec.com


Donald C. McCarty Sr. President

Charles L. Newman Vice President

Kenneth McCann Secretary


4800 St. Rte. 125 P.O. Box 247 West Union, OH 45693 OFFICE HOURS

Mon.–Fri., 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Stephen Huff Blanchard Campbell William Wylie M. Dale Grooms William Seaman John Wickerham

Erika Ackley Jacob Alexander Alice Baird Jennifer Baughey Nathan Colvin Kacee Cox Joan Drummond Brett Fawns Joyce Grooms John Hayslip David Henry Steve Hoop

Randy Johnson Samuel Kimmerly Dave Kirker Rodney Little Dave McChesney Kristina Orr David Ralston Cody Rigdon Zachary Rowe Dewayne Sexton Mike Whitley Jordan Williams

Bill Swango General Manager

PAY YOUR BILL AT 800-809-6352 HIDDEN NUMBER BILL CREDIT We provide three convenient ways to pay: online, by phone, or directly from your bank account. Failure to receive your bill in no way relieves you from paying it. If you don’t receive your bill, contact the office before the due date and we’ll issue another one.


Pay at these collection stations: First State Bank — Georgetown, Hillsboro, Manchester, Peebles, Ripley, Seaman, West Union, and Winchester. National Bank of Adams County — 218 N. Market St., West Union.

Find your account number in the Adams REC local pages (the four center pages of this magazine), then call our office, and you will receive a $20 credit on your electric bill. You must call by the end of the month in which your account number appears. Your call affirms permission to publish your name as a winner in an upcoming issue of Ohio Cooperative Living.


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Cryptid Ohio The Mothman cometh — not to mention Dogman, Grassman, South Bass Bessie, and a bevy of other creatures. BY DAMAINE VONADA; PHOTOS COURTESY HAYES PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUMS

CRYPTIDS [crip – tidz]: Animals or other creatures whose existence is only assumed or believed in based upon anecdotal or other non-compelling evidence.


n July 1913, some fishermen claimed they captured a strange creature near the Marblehead Peninsula. The animal resembled a sea lion but had several legs and spotted skin. Though they snared it with a net, the beast twisted free and dived back into Lake Erie. Those fishermen weren’t the first — or last — folks to report the mysterious monster, whose nicknames now include “South Bass Bessie” and “Lake Erie Larry.” In 1817, two brothers found a scaly, 30-foot critter on a beach near Toledo; in 1892, sailors on a westbound ship saw a gigantic serpent with “viciously sparkling” eyes on Lake Erie; and during 1990, several people sighted a snake-like being with multiple humps swimming off Cedar Point. Today, Ohio’s answer to the Loch Ness monster looms large in popular culture; it inspired the name of not only the Cleveland Monsters ice hockey team but also Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Lake Erie Monster IPA, labeled with a glaring green serpent. Since President Rutherford B. Hayes owned a Lake Erie island where his family vacationed, he quite possibly heard tales about South Bass Bessie. Maybe he even saw the creature (though he never reported it if he did). The Ohio native and his wife, Lucy, left the White House in 1881 and retired to a country estate that is now the Rutherford


B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums in Fremont. With a nod to Hayes’ enthusiasm for studying history and cultures, the museum is presenting an original exhibit — “Ohio: An Unnatural History” — that explores the state’s rich array of folklore creatures. While mainstream science has never proven the existence of such cryptids, the stories surrounding them have survived for generations. “Legends have made Ohio cryptids part of local history, and they appeal to a wide audience,” says Kristina Smith, the museum’s communications manager. The exhibit features artwork by Dan Chudzinski, whose fantastic images deliver a beast of a show that will make you wonder if you might — or might not — encounter any of the following Ohio oddities.

Dogman of Defiance A canine-like humanoid that purportedly stood upright and brandished a stick hounded Defiance during 1972. Seen only at night, the “werewolf” petrified railroad workers and townspeople alike. Dogman disappeared, but the lore endures.

Loveland Frog With sightings from the Little Miami River in 1955 to Lake Isabella in 2016, rumors about frog-faced things that go jump in the night persist around Loveland. The fabled frog even prompted a bluegrass musical — Hot Damn! It’s the Loveland Frog! — in 2014.



Loveland Frog

Mothman of Gallia County Six feet tall with red eyes and 10-foot wings, Mothman was hatched in West Virginia in 1966, then apparently crossed the Ohio River to terrorize Gallia County. Some think Mothman portended the deadly collapse of the Silver Bridge connecting Gallipolis to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in 1967.

Pukwudgies In Native American folklore, Pukwudgies are quillbacked creatures that shoot poison arrows and collect human souls. Longfellow mentioned Pukwudgies in “The Song of Hiawatha,” and they’re alleged to have caused mischief from New England to Ohio.

Melonheads Residents of Kirtland and Chardon contend that juvenile creatures with huge bald heads skulk around the woods. Are they extraterrestrials? Products of a failed government experiment? Ghosts of orphans killed by fire? Nobody knows, but Wisner Road is their favorite haunt.

Ohio Grassman Ohio’s version of Sasquatch has been spotted in 66 of the state’s 88 counties. The hairy hominid seems especially fond of southeastern Ohio, where Salt Fork State Park hosts the world’s longest-running Bigfoot conference each May. “Ohio: An Unnatural History” runs through Oct. 31, 2021, at the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. 419-332-2081; rbhayes.org.

Dogman of Defiance


The Squashcarver one side and the Indiana Pumpkin Growers logo on the other. Two years later, he was commissioned to carve an Indianapolis Motor Speedway design in a pumpkin that topped 400 pounds. An engineer for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Smithhisler hasn’t had much in the way of formal art training (he had one drawing class as an undergrad at Ohio State University). As it turns out, though, engineering and pumpkin art are a perfect pairing. Since his on-a-whim inauguration into a pumpkin carving profession, Smithhisler’s skills have taken him far: to the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; Philadelphia’s Longwood Gardens; Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago; and the Country Living Fairs in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and Columbus. Franklin Park Conservatory, the Ohio State Fair, and various

Mammoth pumpkins become a canvas-in-the-round for co-op member Gus Smithhisler. BY JAMIE RHEIN


hen fall brings pumpkin season, Gus Smithhisler picks up his carving tools, eyes the possibilities, and gets busy.

Since 2002, Smithhisler, who lives just outside of Pataskala and is a member of Newark-based The Energy Cooperative, has turned pumpkins into art — and not just any pumpkins: Mammoth pumpkins that can grow from 300 to more than 2,000 pounds are perfect for this squashcarver’s canvas. Smithhisler’s journey to “Gus the Squashcarver” fame began when his daughter was in kindergarten. He grew a huge pumpkin at her urging, then hauled their success story from Ohio to the pumpkin weigh-in at the Indiana State Fair. Over the two-day event, as Gus eyed the orangish bounty of soft-skin bigness, the muse hit. He recalls saying, “Someone should carve one.” So, he did. In three hours, using an 8-inch hunting knife, Smithhisler carved the Indiana State Fair logo in


festivals are included on his Ohio resumé. In the mix of gargantuan greatness was an appearance on season six of the Food Network’s Halloween Wars and at last year’s Monster Pumpkin Festival in Pittsburgh. Naturally, the Circleville Pumpkin Show, where monster pumpkins reign, is a given Ohio fit, but the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is another favorite gig. Over the three weekends of the annual Boo at the Zoo, Smithhisler carves six pumpkins, one each day, each one unique. Because of his close-to-the-entrance setup, guests can follow his progress from when they arrive to when they leave. “It takes me about four hours to carve a 500-pound pumpkin,” he says. Mammoth pumpkins can sag like deflated balloons or be lumpy in their massiveness, while others are almost jack-o’-lantern perfect. All are fair game. “I carve whatever shows up.”

shapes and anomalies within the individual squash. The stemless handle of a pumpkin might become a rooster’s eye; green streaks emerge as a lion’s mane.

Also, unless there is a specific order, such as a logo, he carves where the pumpkin takes him. Like Michelangelo, who saw sculptures in the stone before he chipped away marble, Smithhisler usually lets a pumpkin’s shape and colors reveal what it wants to be. “Because some pumpkins are gross and ugly or a beautiful orange, that affects the design,” he says.

With a mix of clay-carving tools and a filet knife, Smithhisler uses a subtractive technique, taking away pieces and slivers of pumpkin skin and flesh. “I create shadows and dimension with deep cuts,” he says. The effect of his work is a performance-art-meets-static-art venture. No matter the venue, pumpkin carving is a crowd-pleaser. For Gus, interacting with the audience and giving people a turn at carving is the best part of the job.

Working off guidelines made to scale to get proportions right, Smithhisler uses a soft litho crayon to mark what he envisions on the pumpkin’s surface. The soft skin is a major feature, as well as interesting

Since rendering the Indiana State Fair logo, his repertoire has included tributes to Jack Hanna, the Battle of Iwo Jima, and Smokey Bear. Nature and animals have been favored subjects since childhood, when Gus first started sketching. “The animals are fun to carve,” Smithhisler says, counting a gorilla and an eagle as his favorites. Dragons are another specialty. Check out more of Smithhisler’s work at www.squashcarver.com or follow him on Facebook. He also carves for private hire.


Eminent eight Producing plentiful presidents is a proud part of Ohio’s past. BY DAMAINE VONADA


hy is Ohio called the “Mother of Presidents”? Consider this: Since 1776, there have been upward of 500 million Americans; some 12,000

served in Congress, but only 44 have been sworn in as President of the United States. Of those 44, eight came from Ohio, and during the half-century between Reconstruction and the Roaring Twenties, seven of those Ohioans — all Republicans — dominated the White House and influenced the nation in matters great and small. Since 2020 is a presidential election year and the 100th anniversary of the last time an Ohioan — Warren G. Harding in 1920 — won the White House, it’s an especially good time to take stock of the state’s eminent eight. We hereby present a compendium of Ohio presidents that includes destinations where you can learn more about their rare and remarkable lives.


William Henry Harrison 9th President (1841) Born: 1773, Virginia Resumé: Joined Army in 1791 and sent to Ohio Territory to fight in Indian wars. Eloped with a Cincinnati land baron’s daughter; settled on a North Bend farm. Fought in Battle of Fallen Timbers. Victorious general, battles of Tippecanoe and Thames. Indiana Territory governor. Congressman. Ohio senator. U.S. senator.


Presidency: Whig candidate Harrison’s “log cabin” campaign introduced rambunctious rallies and catchy slogans (“Tippecanoe and Tyler Too”) to presidential politics. Delivered 105-minute inauguration address in a snowstorm; got pneumonia and died 32 days later. Facts: First president to perish in office. Gave longest inaugural oration; served shortest term. Must-see: Marked by a limestone obelisk, the Harrison Tomb in North Bend commands panoramic views of the Ohio River and three states. The nearby HarrisonSymmes Memorial Foundation Museum displays campaign memorabilia such as a soup bowl showing Harrison’s likeness. 844-288-7709; http://hsmfmuseum.org.

Limestone obelisk marking Harrison’s tomb.

Ulysses S. Grant 18th President (1869–1877) Born: 1822, Point Pleasant, Ohio Resumé: West Point graduate. Farmer. Businessman. Commanding General, Union Army. Presidency: Pro Reconstruction and Fifteenth Amendment. Created Justice Department to fight for civil rights. Though a master military strategist, Grant was a raw recruit politically, and scandal-ridden appointees disgraced his White House tours of duty. Continued on page 30



Grant’s boyhood home was slated for demolition in 1982, but was spared and is now owned by the Ohio History Connection. Continued from page 29

Facts: First four-star Army general. First president to run against a woman. Valiantly conquered bankruptcy by writing his bestselling autobiography while dying of cancer. Must-see: The U.S. Grant Birthplace was probably the nation’s first mobile home; after the Civil War, the Point Pleasant cottage toured the U.S. on flatcar. In Georgetown,

the U.S. Grant Boyhood Home and Grant Schoolhouse contain memorabilia ranging from the family cradle to his childhood drawings, and an animatron of Grant at age 15 tells visitors stories about his love of horses and favorite subject (math). 877-372-8177; www.usgrantboyhoodhome.org.


19th President (1877–1881) Born: 1822, Delaware, Ohio Resumé: Lawyer. Brevet Major General, Union Army. Congressman. Ohio governor. Presidency: Nicknamed “Rutherfraud” because of the hotly disputed 1876 election; Democrats conceded after Hayes agreed to effectively end Reconstruction by removing federal troops from the South. Declined second term. Facts: Helped establish Ohio State University. Installed first White House telephone; started Easter Egg Roll. Wife, Lucy, was first presidential spouse called “First Lady.” Must-see: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums occupies Spiegel Grove, the sylvan Fremont estate where the Hayeses resided post-White House. The complex boasts the nation’s first public presidential library, and the splendid Hayes Home is chock-full of items — including beds, books, and Bierstadt paintings — they owned. “People come here curious and leave amazed,” says marketing manager Kristina Smith. 800-998-7737; www.rbhayes.org. The tomb of Rutherford B. Hayes.


The family’s 31-room mansion is the centerpiece of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

James Abram Garfield 20th President (1881) Born: 1831, present-day Moreland Hills, Ohio Resumé: Muleskinner. Professor. Lawyer. Ohio senator. Major General, Union Army. Congressman. Presidency: A dark horse candidate, Garfield won the 1880 election’s popular vote by a nose. He pledged to end the spoils system but shortly after taking office was shot, ironically, by a disgruntled office seeker. Garfield’s deathwatch was likely the nation’s first media event.

Must-see: The James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Medina, where he invented the front porch campaign at his farmhouse. “Train tracks ran through Garfield’s farm,” says Todd Arrington, site manager, “and 20,000 people came here to see him.” His widow, Lucretia, returned to the farmhouse and pioneered presidential libraries by building a beautiful addition to preserve his books, correspondence, and mementos, like the funeral wreath Queen Victoria sent. 440-2558722; www.nps.gov/jaga.


Facts: Last president born in a log cabin. Phi Beta Kappa. Could simultaneously write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other.

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William McKinley 25th President (1897–1901) Born: 1843, Niles, Ohio Resumé: Brevet Major, Union Army. Lawyer. Congressman. Ohio governor. Presidency: Made U.S. a global power by winning SpanishAmerican War. Open Door Policy with China. Shot by an anarchist at Pan-American Exposition.

Must-see: The National McKinley Birthplace Memorial in Niles looks like a Greek temple and houses a museum (330-652-4273; www. mckinleybirthplacemuseum.org). In Canton, the McKinley Memorial majestically surrounds his tomb and rivals any monument in Washington, D.C. The adjacent McKinley Presidential Library & Museum has the world’s largest collection of McKinley artifacts — including a diamond tiara obtained from Pawn Stars star Rick Harrison — and a family-friendly, interactive science center. “It’s the most unusual presidential library you’ll ever visit because the focus is not solely on a president,” says Kimberly Kenney, executive director. 330-455-7043; www.mckinleymuseum.org.


Facts: Last Civil War veteran in White House. A devoted husband, McKinley campaigned from the front porch of his Canton home, rather than leave his invalid wife. After his assassination, Ohio made McKinley’s trademark red carnation the state flower.


Above, the McKinley Memorial in Canton is the final resting place of William McKinley; his wife, Ida; and their two young daughters.


Left, the court of honor at the McKinley Birthplace Memorial in Niles is supported by 28 Greekstyle columns.

27th President (1909–1913) Born: 1857, Cincinnati Resumé: Lawyer. Solicitor general. Court of Appeals judge. Governor-general, Philippines. Secretary of war. Supreme Court justice. Presidency: Trust-buster; initiated Dollar Diplomacy; appointed six Supreme Court justices. His reelection bid bombed after Theodore Roosevelt ran as a progressive Bull Moose, but Taft achieved his lifelong ambition when President Harding put him on the Supreme Court.

Facts: First president buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Only person to serve as president and chief justice. At 300-plus pounds, Taft was a political heavyweight, but the story that he got stuck in a White House bathtub doesn’t hold water.

Must-see: Cincinnati’s William Howard Taft National Historic Site preserves the handsome house where he was born and raised, and guides tell visitors about his love of baseball. “Few people realize,” says Reginald Murray, acting operations chief, “that he started the tradition of throwing out the first pitch.” 513-684-3262; www.nps.gov/wiho.


William Howard Taft

Taft was born and raised in this Cincinnati house.

Warren Gamaliel Harding 29th President (1921–1923) Born: 1865, present-day Blooming Grove, Ohio Resumé: Publisher/ editor. Ohio senator. Ohio lieutenant governor. U.S. senator. Presidency: Promised “return to normalcy” while campaigning in Marion from his home’s front porch. Championed civil rights. Established Budget and Veterans bureaus. Convened first disarmament conference. Picked stellar cabinet members, including Herbert Hoover, but corrupt cronies spawned scandals — particularly Teapot Dome — that stigmatized him.

Facts: First president elected after women’s suffrage, making Florence Harding the first presidential wife to vote for her husband. First president to ride to inauguration in automobile. Lost White House china in poker game. Must-see: Celebrate the centennial of Harding’s 1920 election at the Warren G. Harding Presidential Sites in Marion: the Harding Memorial, which houses the Hardings’ graves; the meticulously restored Harding Home; and the new Harding Presidential Library & Museum. Sherry Hall, site manager, says, “Harding ushered in America’s modern era, and the museum puts him and his presidency in context for the first time.” 800-600-6894; www.hardingpresidentialsites.org.

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Harding wished to be buried under a tree and under the stars.

Benjamin Harrison 23rd President (1889–1893) Born: 1833, North Bend, Ohio Resumé: Studied law in Cincinnati, moved to Indianapolis to practice. Brevet Brigadier General, Union Army. Indiana Supreme Court reporter. U.S. senator.


Presidency: First billion-dollar budget. Supported national forest reserves. Expanded Navy to shore up national defense. An unpopular tariff and tepid economy doomed Harrison’s reelection. Facts: Great-grandfather signed the Declaration of Independence. Grandfather was President William Henry Harrison, on whose farm he was born. First president to have White House Christmas tree. Last president with a beard.


Must-see: Built by Harrison and his first wife, Caroline, in the 1870s, the gorgeous Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is a textbook example of residential Italianate architecture. Its vast collection of Harrison artifacts includes a unique longhorn chair with a wildcat-fur seat. “The chair was a gift from a Texas rancher,” says site president Charles Hyde. “It’s pure presidential bling.” 317-631-1888; www.bhpsite.org.

The Harrison home originally was surrounded by 153 feet of fencing, but the pickets were taken as souvenirs by crowds that gathered for his presidential campaign speeches in 1888.

First Ladies National Historic Site, Canton


The only museum dedicated to all of the nation’s First Ladies consists of two historic buildings: the Saxton-McKinley House, where William and Ida McKinley lived in Victorian splendor during the late 1800s; and an 1895 bank building that houses the National First Ladies Library Education and Research Center. The site tells the stories of the 52 women who have fulfilled the role of First Lady with exhibits and experiences that range from their ever-popular dresses to Smithsonian films. 330-452-0876; www.nps.gov/fila.

The Saxton-McKinley House was built by Ida Saxton McKinley’s grandfather in 1841 and was inherited by the women in Ida’s family.

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THROUGH OCT. 24 – Delaware Farmers Market, Delaware Co. Fgds., 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, Sat. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. The market will continue, but it has been temporarily relocated to the fairgrounds. 740-362-6050 or www. mainstreetdelaware.com/event/farmers-market. THROUGH OCT. 31 – Zanesville Farmers Market, Muskingum Co. Fgds., 1300 Pershing Rd., Zanesville, every Sat., 9 a.m.–12 p.m. www. zanesvillefarmersmarket.org. OCT. 11–17 – Lancaster County Fair, Lancaster Co. Fgds., 157 E. Fair Ave., Lancaster, Sun. 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. One of the last county fairs of the year — and one of the best! www. fairfieldcountyfair.org. OCT. 16–17 – Historic Ghost Tour, downtown Canal Winchester, 7–9 p .m. $10, C. (6–18) $5, under 6 free. Tours depart from the Community Center, 22 S. Trine St. 614-833-1846 or www.canalwinchesterohio.gov. OCT. 17 – Grandma Gatewood’s Fall Colors Hike, Hocking Hills State Park, 19852 St. Rte. 664 S., Logan, starts at 9 a.m. A strenuous hike that spans 6 miles,


OCT. 14, 21, 28 – Bluegrass Wednesdays, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner, wine, and an evening of lively bluegrass music by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Reservations strongly recommended. 513-385-9309, vinokletwinery@fuse.net, or www. vinokletwines.com/post/2018/09/30/bluegrasswednesdays-spaghetti-meat-balls. OCT. 17 – Harvest Days, downtown Piqua, all day. Pumpkins, scarecrows, and lots of fall fun. Live music, local food, and family-friendly activities. www.homegrowngreat.com/event/harvest-days-indowntown-piqua.

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from Old Man’s Cave to Cedar Falls and back. Approx. 3–4 hours. 740-385-6841 or www.thehockinghills.org/ Events.htm. OCT. 17–18 – Lorena Sternwheeler Fall Foliage Cruise, Zanesville, 2–3 p.m. $10, Srs. $9, C. (2–12) $6. Advance sales only. Enjoy a relaxing cruise down the Muskingum River to see the fall colors. Board at Zane’s Landing Park located on the west end of Market Street. 740-455-8282 or www.facebook.com/ LorenaSternwheeler. OCT. 17–18 – Education of Yesterday Farm Show, 3685 Cass Irish Ridge Rd. (intersection of St. Rtes. 16 and 60), Dresden, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission is a donation. Train rides available for $1. Our mission is to preserve old machinery, to teach and show the younger generation how things were done in the past. Something for everyone! 740-754-6248 or www. facebook.com/EducationofYesterday. OCT. 20 – “Our Heirloom Quilts,” St. Leonard’s Catholic Church, 57 Dorsey Mill Drive E., Hebron, 7–9 p.m. Expanded show-and-tell session in which guild members share their family heirloom quilts and the stories associated with them. The older the quilt, the better! https://heartofohioquilters.com/event/ourheirloom-quilts. OCT. 24 – Applebutter and Horseradish Day, Lawrence Orchards, 2634 Smeltzer Rd., Marion, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. We start cooking the apple butter in a copper kettle over a wood fire at daybreak, and the butter is ready for processing by midafternoon. We grind the horseradish crop at the same time — downwind from the apple butter! Come enjoy the tastes and smells of farm life. 740-389-3019 or www. lawrenceorchards.com.

OCT. 24–25 – Special Ops Gun Show, Lancaster Co. Fgds., Farm Bureau Bldg., 157 E. Fair Ave., Lancaster, Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 614-374-7771 or www.fairfieldcountyfair.org. NOV. 4–7 – Freedom’s Never Free, Lancaster Co. Fgds., Farm Bureau Bldg., 157 E. Fair Ave., Lancaster. Free. An appreciation celebration for our veterans, military, and first responders. www. freedomsneverfree.com. NOV. 7 – Dinner with the Presidents, Dayspring Wesleyan Church, 2431 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd., Marion, 5:30–8:30 p.m. $32–$38. Presented by the Marion County Historical Society. Buffet dinner of the featured presidents’ favorite foods, with recipes taken from the White House Cookbook. Dinner is followed by presentations from those presidents. 740-387-4255 or www.marionhistory.com/event/ dinner-with-the-presidents. NOV. 7 – Veterans March and Ceremony, Canal Winchester, 10 a.m. March begins at Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St., and ends at Stradley Place, 36 S. High St., for the ceremony. Free pancake breakfast for veterans and their families 8:30–10 a.m. at the Community Center. 614-8349915 or www.canalwinchesterohio.gov. NOV. 10 – Inventors Network Meeting, Rev1 Ventures for Columbus, 1275 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, 7 p.m. The focus this month is “Invention Licensing for Dummies.” 614-470-0144 or www.inventorscolumbus.com.

OCT. 18 – Music at the Mound with Steve Free, Serpent Mound, 3850 OH-73, Peebles, 1 p.m. Free admission; $8 parking. http://arcofappalachia.org/ steve-free. OCT. 30 – Bluegrass Night, Fibonacci Brewing Company, 1445 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, 7–9 p.m. Free. Enjoy an evening of craft beers and lively bluegrass music by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Food truck available on site. 513-832-1422 or http://fibbrew.com. NOV. 7–8 – Cincinnati Carvers Guild Annual Woodcarving Show, Clarion Hotel, 3855 Hauck Rd., Sharonville. $5; free for ages 12 and under and for Scouts in uniform. About 50 carvers will display their amazing art, answer questions, and demonstrate how tools are used and kept razor sharp. Wood, tools, and books for sale. Raffle and free door prizes every half hour. 513-521-0059 or www.cincinnaticarversguild.org.

NOV. 14 – Holiday Horse Parade, downtown Piqua, 7–9 p.m. Free. See horse-drawn carriages, hitches, and riders, all outfitted with holiday lights, making their way down Main Street. Christmas banners and decorated street trees will create an amazing backdrop for this dazzlingly fun family-friendly event. 937-773-9355 or www.mainstreetpiqua.com. NOV. 14 – Springfield Swap Meet and Car Show, Clark Co. Fgds., 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield (exit 59 off I-70), 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Be part of the largest and most exciting swap meet in the Midwest! Find the parts you need to finish your current projects during the winter months. 937-376-0111, fax 937-372-1171, or www.ohioswapmeet.com.

NOV. 11–14 – A Winter’s Yuletide Gathering, downtown Tipp City. The perfect start to the holiday season awaits you in the historic downtown, where the shopkeepers warmly invite you to their open house. Don’t miss the visit by Santa, strolling carolers, musicians, and carriage rides. 937-667-0883 or www. downtowntippcity.org.

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NORTHEAST (Rte. 6), Kirtland, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Family-friendly thrills, chills, and adventure! Tickets must be purchased in advance online. 440-358-7275 or www.lakemetroparks.com/events-activities/events/ halloween-hayrides. OCT. 16 – Fall School Day: “Zoar and the Presidents,” Historic Zoar Village. $7 per student with one free adult admission per group; each additional adult $7. Students will meet U.S. presidents from various eras covering Zoar’s history. Presidential activities, games, museum tours, and demonstrations. Open to all public, private, and homeschool students. THROUGH NOV. 1 – Corn Maze, Beriswill Farms, Reservations are requested. 330-874-3011 or 2200 Station Rd., Valley City, Tues.– Sun. 11 a.m.–6 800-262-6195, or on Facebook. https:// p.m. $5–$9, free for kids under 3 and seniors. Test historiczoarvillage.com. your sense of direction in this 5-acre maze. Open till 10 p.m. on Flashlight Nights, Saturdays in October. OCT. 17 – Kidron Red Beet Festival, Sonnenberg 330-350-2486 or http://beriswillfarms.com. Village, 13515 Hackett Rd., Kidron. 330-857-9111 or www.kidronhistoricalsociety.org. OCT. 4–17 – “Riverboats on the Ohio,” Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville, Mon.–Sat. OCT. 17–18 – Colonial Trade Fair, Schoenbrunn 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free exhibit and Village, 1984 E. High Ave., New Philadelphia. programs. 740-283-1787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com. Experience what life was like on the Ohio frontier in OCT. 9–11, 16–18 – Corn and Pumpkin Weekends, the 18th century! See period reenactors and natives Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. displaying their trade goods; cooking, weaving, and musket demonstrations; an apothecary; an (Rte. 6), Kirtland, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $6–$8. Help husk, shell, and grind corn or plow behind draft horses while 18th-century church service on Sunday; and more. younger visitors make handmade corn husk dolls and 330-663-6610 or www.schoenbrunnvillagefair.org. paint pumpkins, navigate the hay maze, and play in OCT. 23–24, 30–31 – Ghost Tours of Zoar, 198 Main the kids’ areas. Enjoy harvest activities throughout the St., Zoar. Tour the buildings of historic Zoar by lantern weekends and cooking demonstrations on Sundays. light as the ghosts of Zoar tell you their haunted tales. www.lakemetroparks.com/events-activities/events. Reservations required. 330-874-3011, 800-262-6195, or https://historiczoarvillage.com. OCT. 9–NOV. 1 – Halloween Drive-Thru, Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd.

OCT. 24 – Annual Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park Dinner/Auction, Hopedale VFD Social Hall, 103 Firehouse Lane, Hopedale. Rescheduled from May. $20. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with buffetstyle dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by speaker Chris Runyan and auction at 7:30 p.m. For info./reservations or to donate items: 740-391-4135, 740-942-3895, or info@hcrhp.org. Or mail reservations to: HCRHP, 143 S. Main St., Cadiz, OH 43907. www.hcrhp.org, www. coalpark.org, or www.facebook.com/HCRHP. OCT. 24 – Witch’s Night Out, Beriswill Farms, 2200 Station Rd., Valley City, 6–8:30 p.m. $25/$30. A special girls’ night out! Enjoy festive food and a special Witch’s Brew along with shopping from select vendors such as Color Street, Avon, LaLa Leggings, and more. www.beriswillfarms.com/special-events. NOV. 6–7 – Buckeye Book Fair, Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Fri. 5–8 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. $2. Over 100 Ohio authors, illustrators, and photographers will be on hand to meet readers and sign copies of their newest books. Workshops, presentations, and activities for the whole family. 330-249-1455, buckeyebookfair@gmail.com, or www. buckeyebookfair.com. NOV. 7 – “Zoar Archaeology,” Zoar Schoolhouse, 221 E. 4th St., Zoar, 11 a.m.–noon. Free. Nathan White is the speaker. https://historiczoarvillage.com. NOV. 14–15 – Olde Stark Antique Faire, Stark Co. Fgds., Exhibition Bldg., 305 Wertz Ave. NW, Canton, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $5; under 13 free. Antiques and collectibles from over 100 dealers. 330-794-9100 or find us on Facebook.


roaming spooks, and a demonstration of paranormal investigation techniques. https://vintoncountytravel. com/midnight-at-moonville-2020. OCT. 16–18 – Muskingum Valley Trade Days, 6602 St. Rte. 78, Reinersville. 740-558-2740. OCT. 17 – Trail of Treats, Deerassic Park Education Ctr., 14250 Cadiz Rd., Cambridge, 1 p.m. Local businesses pass out goodies, geared for those under 14. 740-435-3335 or www.deerassic.com. NOV. 1–JAN. 1 – Dickens Victorian Village, downtown Cambridge. Stroll the streets to view scenes depicting life in 1850s England, featuring life-sized, handmade mannequins wearing real vintage clothing. 800-933-5480 or www. dickensvictorianvillage.com. NOV. 1–JAN. 1 – Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Light Show, Cambridge, 5:30–9 p.m. nightly. Four different light and music shows

performed each evening. 800-933-5480 or www. dickensvictorianvillage.com. NOV. 6 – First Friday: Community Harvest, downtown Marietta, 5–9 p.m. Food drive to help feed our community in gratitude for the community’s support all year. www.mariettamainstreet.org/events. NOV. 7 – Appraisal Clinic, Campus Martius Museum, 601 Second St., Marietta, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Museum admission plus $5 per item for appraisal. Bring your heirlooms, garage sale purchases, or sentimental objects to have them identified and appraised. 740373-3750 or https://mariettamuseums.org. NOV. 7 – Miller’s Automotive Swap Meet and Cruise-In, Ross Co. Fgds., 344 Fairgrounds Rd., Chillicothe, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $7; free for women and for children under 14. Cars, trucks, tools, parts, signs, and more. 740-701-3447, www.millersswapmeet.com, or find us on Facebook.

THROUGH NOV. 1 – Blennerhassett Voyage Package, North Bend State Park, 202 North Bend Park Rd., Cairo. $130 package includes one night of lodging for two at North Bend, two tickets for sternwheeler ride to and from Blennerhassett Island, wagon ride tour of the island, tour of the mansion, and passes for the museum. 304643-2931, www.northbendsp.com, or www. blennerhassettislandstatepark.com. OCT. 15–18 – Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, Martinsburg. Pie baking contest, pop-up

shops and art fair, contests, music, square dancing, car show, and more. www.msahf.com. NOV. 5–JAN. 1 – Winter Festival of Lights, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling. Featuring 300 acres of twinkling lights over a 6-mile drive. 3D holographic eyewear transforms every point of light into a magical display. Per-car donation requested; valid for the entire festival season. https://oglebay.com/events/festival-of-lights. 877-436-1797.

THROUGH OCT. 31 – Chillicothe Farmers Market, 475 Western Ave., Suite F, Chillicothe, 8 a.m.–noon. First hour reserved for high-risk shoppers. http:// visitchillicotheohio.com. OCT. 10 – Midnight at Moonville, 71945 Shea Rd., McArthur, 3 p.m.–midnight. Most activities free; $5 parking. Halloween-themed event featuring storytelling, wagon rides, craft vendors, music,




p.m. Family event geared toward truck enthusiasts. More than 2,000 4-wheel-drive vehicles, everything from monster trucks to tough truck racing, mud bogging, show trucks, and more! 317-236-6515 or www.4wheeljamboree.com. OCT. 24 – Safety City Trick or Treat, 700 S. Collett, Lima, 12–2 p.m. Free. Local businesses and other organizations hand out candy and kid-friendly items as kids walk through Safety City. Lima Police will provide security during the event. 419-228-5474, 419235-8153, or www.facebook.com/SafetyCity. THROUGH OCT. 10 – The Great Sidney Farmer’s OCT. 24–25 – Woodcarvers’ Show and Sale, Market, Courthouse Square, 109 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney, Sauder Village, 22611 St. Rte. 2, Archbold, Sat. every Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–noon. Free. Fresh produce, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Woodcarvers crafters, baked goods, jams, jellies. 937-658-6945 or showcase handcrafted wildlife, fish, birds, bowls, www.sidneyalive.org. ornaments, pens, and much more. Vendors, demos, workshops, and live music. 800-590-9755 or www. THROUGH OCT. 25 – Pumpkin Train, Northwest saudervillage.org. Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, Sat./Sun. 1–5 p.m. $3; ages 12 and under, $2. OCT. 24, 31 – Trick-or-Treat Train, Northwest Ohio Ride a train to the pumpkin patch to find that special Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, pumpkin; load it on the train’s flatcar and return to the 6:30–9 p.m. (24th and 31st), 1–4 p.m. (31st). $3; ages station. Pumpkins $5 each, but no purchase required 12 and under, $2. Take a ride around our tracks on the for the train ride. 419-423-2995, www.nworrp.org, or Halloween Express and enjoy the displays as our train www.facebook.com/nworrp. makes trick-or-treat stops. No scary sites — just fun and treats for all! 419-423-2995, www.nworrp.org, or THROUGH OCT. 31 – Bluffton Farmers Market, www.facebook.com/nworrp. Citizens National Bank parking lot, 102 S. Main St., Bluffton, 9 a.m.–noon; 8:30–9 a.m. for seniors NOV. 5 – Lima Chamberfest, Veterans Memorial and at-risk shoppers. www.explorebluffton.com/ Civic & Convention Ctr., #7 Town Square, Lima, farmers-market. 5:30–10 p.m. $25 presale, $35 at the door. Annual OCT. 10 – Boos and Brews Fall Festival, downtown Las Vegas-style night features free samples of cuisine from local restaurants and caterers, a full Sidney, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. 937-658-6945 or www. casino with interactive games, Texas Hold ’Em tables, sidneyalive.org. celebrity dealers, a fully stocked beer garden, and OCT. 10–11 – Oak Harbor Apple Festival, downtown auctions. Ticket includes “Chamber Cash,” beverage Oak Harbor. Parade, cornhole tournament, baby/ tickets, and a chance to win the grand prize! www. toddler contest, talent show, and more on Saturday; limaciviccenter.com. live bands and beer tent starting 8 p.m. ($5). 5K Apple Run, 1-mile kids’ run, and classic car show on Sunday. NOV. 6–7 – Buckeye Farm Antiques Annual Swap Meet, Shelby Co. Fgds., 655 S. Highland Ave., Sidney, 419-898-0479 or www.oakharborohio.net. Fri. 8 a.m. till dark, Sat. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Tractor parts OCT. 13 – Scarecrow Making Workshop, Wood and related items, consignment auction, crafts, and County Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling flea market. 419-302-6017, 937-726-2485, or www. Green, 5–7 p.m. Straw, string, support pole, and buckeyefarmantiques.com. refreshments provided; you bring clothes, decoration, NOV. 7–8 – Homespun Holiday Art and Craft and support for the scarecrow’s back and arms. Show, Stranahan Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Take it home or enter it in the annual Scarecrow Blvd., Toledo, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 Contest to win prizes. www.woodcountyhistory.org/ p.m. Free admission and parking. Jump-start your event_folklore.html. holiday shopping with handmade crafts and gifts. 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1.  Our granddaughter, Harper, ready to help Jessie and Buzz Lightyear find some missing toys! Patricia Borland South Central Power Company member 2.  My grandkids (Gage and Gezzy Kidston) and me setting up for the annual Halloween party I have for them. We like to make it extra spooky! Linda Kidston North Western Electric Cooperative member 3.  My grandson, Beau, during Delaware State Park’s Fall Harvest trick or treat. Janeen Melroy North Central Electric Cooperative member





4.  Our not-so-scary scarecrow, Westin Farmer. Wesley Farmer Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative member 1


5.  My grandchildren, Spencer Kirk (scary clown) and Ella Kirk (crazy cat lady). Tom Fitzpatrick Consolidated Cooperative member 6.  Me dressed as a crazy cat lady. Darla Cabe Pioneer Electric Cooperative member 7.  My son, Lucas, dressed up as a zombie for Halloween. He really played up the part! Gina Fogt Pioneer Electric Cooperative member





8.  Ready for trick or treat. Cheryl Evans Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative member







9. G houls, like my son, Jacob, have invaded Area 51, and now not even the aliens are safe. Cynthia Boles South Central Power Company member 10. My grandson, Locklan, is a big bad lion at Halloween. Diana Sieb Darke Rural Electric Cooperative member 11. My grandson, Luke, getting his face painted with a scary spider. Karin Moran Frontier Power Company member

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