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OHIO

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COOPERATIVE Logan County Electric Cooperative

Superfan ALSO INSIDE Making coal cleaner Ohio remembers 9/11 With a name like …

(and more)


Reliable Energy

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Coal-based power plants, such as our Cardinal Plant, are a core component of reliable power generation resources in Ohio. Our power generation teams are dedicated to keeping the lights on, year-round.

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INSIDE FEATURES 26 SUPERFAN Buckeyeman Larry Lokai is equally well known as a Buckeye fan and as a stalwart of Ohio agriculture.

30 WITH A NAME LIKE ... Celebrate 100 years of Smucker’s with a trip to the J.M. Smucker Co. store and café.

34 THE DAY THAT CHANGED THE NATION Memorials throughout the state recall the horror and honor the heroism of Sept. 11, 2001. Cover image on most editions: Larry Lokai gets ready for his 24th year as Ohio State’s superfan, Buckeyeman. But his renown goes well beyond handing out buckeyes (photo courtesy Michael Birt, MB Images). This page: FDNY’s Ladder 18 is part of Motts Military Museum’s collection of 9/11 artifacts, which is the second-largest such collection in the nation — though most of the other items are in storage until funds can be raised to construct buildings to display them (photo by Damaine Vonada).

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UP FRONT

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roducing electricity for the benefit of the communities we serve requires a continual balancing act among cost, reliability, and environmental impact. We take those oftencompeting objectives into account as we make decisions and take action.

As you’ll read in our continuing series on power generation on page 4, your primary source of electricity — our Cardinal Power Plant — endures as one of the cleanest facilities of its kind. It’s the result of sustained investment in a plant that helps keep our power supply both reliable and affordable. The benefits that Cardinal brings to cooperative consumer-members has justified the $1.2 billion in eco-friendly investments we’ve made over the years to reduce the plant’s environmental footprint. Electric cooperatives’ decisions regarding the best way to meet your needs for electricity supply are tempered by thoughtful consideration of our responsibility to the nearly 1 million Ohioans whose lives and livelihoods depend upon both a healthy environment and the provision of affordable, reliable electricity. It’s a charge that we don’t take lightly. In fact, power generation is a 24/7/365 exercise that requires us to dependably adjust our output to meet your needs — regardless of the weather, the time of day, or other conditions affecting supply and demand. Most of all, it takes a steadfast commitment to serve the best interests of our consumer-members.

Remember that September Looking back, we remember — as if we could forget — and honor the victims and families of that unimaginable day 20 years ago that forever changed our country and the world. The term “9/11” will be with us for generations, as we continue to observe the day and learn from the tragedy. We honor the memory of Sept. 11, 2001, in our story on page 34 and in our Member Interactive feature on page 44. Never forget.

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Pat O’Loughlin PRESIDENT & CEO OHIO’S ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES

The term “9/11” will be with us for generations, as we continue to observe the day and learn from the tragedy.


SEPTEMBER 2021 • Volume 63, No. 12

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4 POWER LINES

Cleaner coal: Your co-op’s years of investment lighten Cardinal Plant’s environmental footprint.

8 Fresh face: A well-known food blogger

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is excited to serve at the Farm Science Review cooking demonstration.

10 WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE

Disappearing act: Outdoors Editor Chip Gross looks into the mystery of the vanishing grouse.

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14 CO-OP PEOPLE

Crushing it: Midwest Electric members make some dough with an innovative method of processing grain.

17 GOOD EATS

Coffee cuisine: Give your taste buds a jolt by adding java to the job.

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21 LOCAL PAGES News and information from your electric cooperative.

41 CALENDAR

What’s happening: September/ October events and other things to do around Ohio.

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44 MEMBER INTERACTIVE

Remembering 9/11: That fateful day

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POWER LINES

CLEANER COAL Your co-op’s investment lightens Cardinal Plant’s environmental footprint. BY JODI BORGER

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ears ago, if you drove past Cardinal Power Plant, you likely saw a gray cloud emerging from the towers — that color was caused by fly ash and a few other various byproducts of burning coal. Today, the billowing cloud is pure white and nearly all water vapor. It’s a clearly visible indicator of the investments Buckeye Power has made in emissions control equipment, making Cardinal Power Plant one of the cleanest power plants of its kind in the world. Located along the Ohio River in Brilliant, Ohio, Cardinal is Buckeye Power’s baseload source for power generation, meaning it supplies Ohio’s 25 electric cooperatives with

electricity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s also a main economic driver in the region, providing more than 300 jobs. The coal-fired plant consists of three units: one owned by AEP and two owned by Buckeye Power. All are managed by Buckeye Power.

Good stewards Becoming a clean plant didn’t happen overnight, but Buckeye Power, Cardinal, and Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives are dedicated to providing affordable electricity that’s as environmentally responsible as possible. Years of investment, monitoring, and adapting to changing regulations and requirements brought Cardinal to where it is today and ensures that it can produce electricity for years to come.

Coal-fired steam generator

Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system

SO3 mitigation system

NOx removed

Low-NOx burners

Electrostatic precipitator Ammonia gas injection SO3 removed

Pulverized coal

Fly ash removed

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Ammonia production system


“We want this plant to survive, and we want it to remain one of the cleanest power plants in the world,” says Bethany Schunn, Cardinal Operating Company’s plant manager. “We believe we play an important role in keeping the grid reliable and electricity affordable.”

“We want this plant to survive, and we want it to remain one of the cleanest power plants in the world,” says Bethany Schunn, Cardinal Operating Company’s plant manager. “We believe we play an important role in keeping the grid reliable and electricity affordable.” The environmental affairs department at OEC constantly monitors and reports data to ensure that the plant complies with or even exceeds environmental standards and regulations. “We work individually and with other utilities, along with Ohio EPA, to find common-sense compliance approaches that protect the environment and are in the best interests of our members,” says Caitlin Schiebel, OEC’s director of environmental affairs.

Cooling water vapor plume Flue gas water vapor plume

Reducing emissions One of the first controls to be implemented on all three units at Cardinal was electrostatic precipitators, which remove the fly ash from the exhaust gas stream. Fly ash from burning coal now passes through electrically charged plates, which pull the ash particles out of the stream. When the plates are full, the fly ash is moved to a hopper at the bottom of the plate. The process removes more than 99% of the fly ash particles produced by burning coal.

Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) absorber

Catalyst layers

SO2 removed

Continual Emissions Monitoring System

Induced draft fan Air heater

Limestone Slurry

Cooling tower Gypsum

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In the early 2000s, Buckeye Power and AEP added equipment that works much the same way in which an automobile’s catalytic converter removes nitrogen oxide (NOx) from engine exhaust — thereby reducing Cardinal’s NOx emissions by about 90%. Around 2010, Cardinal began attacking another coal-burning byproduct, sulfur dioxide (SO2), which contributed to acid rain. Known as scrubbers, the system is actually a large tank containing a mixture of limestone and water, and it removes over 98% of SO2 from the plant’s emissions. The process to remove SO2 is like blowing bubbles through a straw. The gases are sent to the bottom of the limestone slurry, and as it bubbles up, the calcium in the limestone reacts with the SO2 to form water and gypsum, which is recycled and sold to wallboard companies. “With that process, not only do we eliminate nearly all sulfur dioxide from our emissions,” Schunn says, “but we can make a little money by selling the gypsum and avoid disposing of it in our landfill.”

Mission control Gas emissions are continuously monitored by an automated mission control system, which helps ensure compliance with clean air requirements for SO2, NOx, and carbon dioxide emissions. “We have systems in place that measure air emissions 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we complete daily and weekly inspections of Cardinal’s facilities,” Schiebel says. “We submit reports on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis that certify our compliance with regulations.” Depending on the political landscape, environmental regulations continue to get stricter, and at the same time,

technology continues to improve — which combine to constantly set new benchmarks for Buckeye Power to reach. Regardless, plant operators stay transparent. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a small thing or a big environmental issue — we make sure to list everything that happens here,” says Schunn. “We share those events each month to help make ourselves even better.”

Cost of doing business Ohio electric cooperatives have invested more than $1 billion of their members’ money over the past 20 years in systems that minimize Cardinal Plant’s environmental impact. The cooperatives collaborated in the 1960s to build the plant to provide electricity to their members and have made constant, consistent investments in the years since to ensure that Cardinal can reliably provide that power in an environmentally responsible way. “It’s extremely important for the co-ops to make sure that their members’ investment isn’t wasted,” says Pat O’Loughlin, CEO of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. “That’s why we need to make sure we do everything we can to keep our largest and most valuable asset doing its job until that investment is paid in full.” Buckeye Power has been working to pay down the debt more quickly in recent years so that it can invest in other power sources — including renewables — as they become cost-effective.

SO2, NOx emissions trend from Cardinal Plant During the time period that Ohio electric cooperatives invested about $1.1 billion in emissions controls. SO2 Emissions (Tons)

According to the United States

120,000

Environmental

100,000

emissions from transportation exceeded that of electricity by 4%.

Tons per Year

Protection Agency, in 2019,

NOx Emissions (Tons)

140,000

80,000

60,000

40,000

20,000 0 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20

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Fresh face A well-known food blogger is excited to serve at the Farm Science Review cooking demo. BY HUNTER GRAFFICE

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rom an early age, Jennifer Osterholdt recognized the importance of farming and agriculture. She lived on a livestock and crop farm and participated in 4-H, where she learned to cook. That was the background she took with her to Ohio State University, where she earned degrees in agriculture and business economics. She’s now a marketing consultant who travels the country for her speaking engagements, serves on the local Farm Bureau board, and helps her own kids on their journeys through 4-H. Along the way, Osterholdt realized that there was a lack of both understanding and positive information available about farming and agriculture. So she decided to start a blog dedicated to her life on the farm. Eventually, she began sharing recipes, which she says afforded her the opportunity not only to share her love of cooking with the world, but also to offer that positive information about farming and agriculture. Now she’ll get to share both with a live audience as she serves as the new host of the cooking demonstrations in the Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives building at the 2021 Farm Science Review, Sept. 21–23 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London.

Osterholdt’s blog draws hundreds of thousands of viewers each month. One of the things she emphasizes for her audience is accessibility. “There are a lot of people who have misconceptions about large farms versus small farms, GMOs, and other things, where there is no easy, single answer,” she says. “I know that we have a safe food supply, so I don’t use specific ingredient requirements in the recipes. I want all families to be able to enjoy my recipes and not have to worry about breaking the bank.” She says she’s excited to make the live appearance at Farm Science Review, where she’ll share recipes prepared in air fryers, pressure cookers, and slow cookers. “It’s going to be a lot of fun because there are a lot of people who want to learn about those tools and how to use them,” Osterholdt says. She plans to make air fryer broccoli, crockpot peanut clusters, Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs, and slow cooker pulled pork. She’s also excited simply to connect. “I look forward to just being with people, especially now,” she says. “I love hearing other people’s ideas and recipes and twists that you can put on food and make it into a completely new dish. I’m always looking for recipes for my family and my community, and getting to share them through my website is so special.”

Co-op members can enter to win a $100 electric bill credit by bringing the entry form found inside the back cover of this magazine to the OEC Education Center on Wheat Street at the 2021 Farm Science Review, Sept. 21–23.

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WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE

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Where have all the grouse gone? STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS

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everal successive Ohio winters in the late 1970s were brutal, with temperatures often dipping below zero and heavy snow lasting for months on end. It also happened to be the time when I was attempting to become a ruffed grouse hunter.

A group of friends had invited me to join them at their hunting cabin in the rugged hills of Meigs County to chase those then-abundant gamebirds for a few days. During one of our hunts, I noticed a neat, round, 4-inch-diameter hole in a snowdrift, and a grouse tail feather lying on the surface of the snow beside the hole. Curious but unsure as to what I was seeing, I bent down to pick up the feather and a ruffed grouse exploded from the hole, showering my face with snow. I was too stunned to raise my shotgun and shoot. All I could do was watch the bird whir away, zigzagging around trees. What I had just learned — the hard way — is that ruffed grouse sometimes dive into snowdrifts to roost during severe weather, the insulating quality of their feathers keeping them cozy and warm. Ruffed grouse were plentiful in Ohio during the second half of the 20th century, but no more. Human hunters are not to blame, as their seasonal take of the birds has always been negligible. Rather, it is the bird’s own habitat that is gradually turning against it, and according to the national Ruffed Grouse Society,

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that change is taking place across much of the ruffed grouse range — some 18 states — from the upper Midwest to New England, the Mid-Atlantic region, and Appalachia.

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“In Ohio, ruffed grouse inhabit the heavily forested eastern and southern counties,” says Mark Wiley, the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s forest gamebird biologist. “It’s about the size of a small chicken, and it prefers young forest habitat that grows after logging, the abandonment of pastures and farmland, or the reclamation of surface mines. Unfortunately, grouse numbers have declined considerably in Ohio since the early 1980s. Ohio’s total forest acreage has increased since that time, but the amount of young forest — prime ruffed grouse habitat — has decreased more than 65%.” Wildlife biologists and foresters call it “succession,” that constant, ongoing, natural transition of forests from seedlings to mid-sized pole timber to mature trees. It’s in the early stages of the process that ruffed grouse populations thrive. But only a small percentage of Ohio is publicly owned, so wildlife managers working to create more grouse habitat on those lands are having only minimal effects on the grouse population. Private landowners, who own 85% of Ohio’s woodlands, must do the majority of the heavy lifting if Ohio’s ruffed grouse population is to be turned around. If you own or control woodland acreage within Ohio’s traditional ruffed grouse range and would like to help, Wiley suggests seeking advice from Ohio’s wildlife and forestry experts. “The ODNR, Division of Wildlife privatelands biologists and Division of Forestry service foresters can bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to forest management decisions — and their advice is free,” he says. “They are professionals who will help you understand your property’s potential, identify problems, and develop plans to achieve your management goals.” “Whether you want to improve populations of ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer, bobcats, or songbirds, it’s very likely that the creation of some amount of young forest habitat will be recommended — in other words, the cutting of some mature trees,” he says. “Young forests benefit various species, and is often the missing habitat component in many areas of our state.” Habitat change, while hindering some wildlife species, such as ruffed grouse in this case, often helps others. For instance, two other popular Ohio birds — wild turkeys and pileated woodpeckers — have benefited from the maturing of the Buckeye State’s forests, their populations increasing notably over the past half-century.

If you’d like to hear the drumming of a ruffed grouse, one can be heard on the Ruffed Grouse Society website: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.

Harvesting timber can help improve ruffed grouse habitat.

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CO-OP PEOPLE

Crushing it Midwest Electric members make some dough with an innovative method of processing grain.

PHOTO FROM GETTY IMAGES

STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARGIE WUEBKER

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C

hris Bihn is a born educator, and while he may have left the classroom, he’s more committed than ever to teaching. These days, his lesson plans involve the production of nutrient-rich and easily digestible food through an innovative process of crushing grain. Bihn, a former high school teacher and a member of St. Marys-based Midwest Electric, heads a family business known as Our Fathers Food, which uses a patented technique for preparing organic grain and seed for human consumption that yields unlimited shelf life without chemicals, preservatives, enrichments, or nutrient loss. Chris’ father, John Bihn, used a background in tooland-die-making, farming, and engineering to design and build the Bihn Incremental Crusher. He received a patent for the machine in 2014, as well as a patent for the actual grain-crushing process three years later. The process is quite different from traditional flour milling, so the younger Bihn often makes it his mission to educate the public about its benefits. He says the innovative technique leaves cells in grains like wheat, corn, oats, flax, buckwheat, and quinoa unbroken — leaving the natural plant oils in the germ unexposed to oxidation and the nutrient breakdown that comes from it.

Chris Bihn uses a machine patented by his father to produce crushed — rather than milled — grains, which don’t require enrichment.

Traditional flour milling involves cutting and heating wheat — steps that curtail a certain amount of the nutritional value. The resulting flour is usually then enriched to restore lost nutrients. “Whatever God puts in grain, we keep it in,” Bihn says. “We don’t take anything out, so we don’t have to put anything back.” Bihn is quick to point out, however, that the company’s whole-cell crushed products can’t be defined as “flour” in accordance with Department of Agriculture guidelines. Instead, they’re labeled by the amount of particles they contain. For instance, the crushed wheat No. 1 has the finest texture, and is a 1:1 replacement for traditional flour. Numbers 2, 3, and 4 contain increasing levels of density and sizes of particles. “My wife, Amy, hasn’t had a bag of traditional flour in the house for at least 10 years,” Bihn says. “She uses our whole-cell crushed products in everything from bread to cookies to noodles.” The family often hosts informational programs as a means of introducing prospective customers to the Our Fathers Food product line — they find that providing samples of bread and cookies usually satisfies any curiosity about taste and texture. They also bring products to the weekly farmers market at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Celina.  Bihn says the majority of the company’s clients are people who want to eat healthy food and those who

deal with health issues like high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, digestive problems, and allergies. He cites Johnson and Wales University food scientist Paula Figoni, who says in her book How Baking Works that when wheat cells are not destroyed, the proteins cannot form gluten. “We have never claimed our bread is gluten free,” Bihn says. “However, we talk to people who are gluten intolerant who report having no problems after eating it.” The Bihns also give crushed grain to their livestock, but they have not pursued the marketing of animal feed. Their goal is to reach people in search of quality food products without additives. “We all need to eat better to feel better,” he says. “That’s what I’m teaching these days.”

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IRISH COFFEE POPSICLES Prep: 10 minutes | Freeze: overnight | Servings: 10–12 2 cups brewed coffee 11/3 cups plain yogurt 2/3 cup Bailey’s Irish 1/3 cup sweetened cream liqueur condensed milk Whisk together all ingredients. Pour into popsicle molds or paper cups. Insert sticks a few hours into the freezing process. Freeze until firm, preferably overnight. When you’re ready to take the popsicles out of the molds, quickly dip the molds in hot water for a few seconds to loosen the popsicles. Per serving: 131 calories, 4 grams fat (3 grams saturated fat), 15 milligrams cholesterol, 55 milligrams sodium, 13 grams total carbohydrates, 0 grams fiber, 3.5 grams protein.

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DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO COOKIES Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 15 minutes | Servings: 24 1 cup flour, spooned and leveled ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon espresso powder 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon coarse salt 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips Note: Finely ground espresso or dark-roast coffee can be substituted for the espresso powder. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside a half cup of the chocolate chips. Place remaining chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl and microwave 20 to 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until almost melted, then stirring one last time. Set melted chocolate aside to cool. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Continue beating while adding eggs, vanilla, and melted chocolate. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture, until just combined. Drop spoonfuls of dough 3 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Top each cookie with some of the remaining chocolate chips. Bake approximately 13 to 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are dry and tops are cracked. Let stand 3 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool. Makes about 2 dozen cookies. Per serving: 314 calories, 16 grams fat (7 grams saturated fat), 51 milligrams cholesterol, 242 milligrams sodium, 42 grams total carbohydrates, 1.5 grams fiber, 3 grams protein.

RED-EYE GRAVY AND HAM Prep: 5 minutes | Cook: 10 minutes | Servings: 4 1 pound thick sliced ham ¼ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons butter or ¼ teaspoon black pepper bacon grease 1/8 teaspoon sugar 3 tablespoons flour 1 cup good-quality brewed coffee Red-eye gravy and ham goes equally well with biscuits, grits, cornbread, or hash browns. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ham on both sides with the butter or bacon grease, about 2 minutes per side. Remove ham and set aside. Turn heat to medium-low and whisk flour into the remaining butter/grease left over in the skillet and brown into a roux, about 2 to 3 minutes, until flour begins to smell nutty. Slowly pour coffee into the pan, whisking constantly. Gravy will begin to thicken. Whisk in salt, black pepper, and sugar, adjusting to taste. If gravy becomes too thick, thin it out with a tablespoon of water at a time until desired thickness is achieved. Serve gravy with the ham slices and your favorite breakfast items. Per serving: 237 calories, 16 grams fat (7 grams saturated fat), 80 milligrams cholesterol, 1,668 milligrams sodium, 5 grams total carbohydrates, 1.5 grams fiber, 19 grams protein.

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COFFEE AND PEPPER SPARERIBS Prep: 10 minutes | Chill: overnight | Cook: 2½ hours | Servings: 4 4 pounds pork spareribs ½ teaspoon garlic powder 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon finely 1 teaspoon cocoa powder ground coffee 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 tablespoon ground 1 tablespoon olive oil black pepper ¼ cup red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons salt ¼ cup tomato paste 1 teaspoon ground ginger Mix 3 tablespoons of the ground coffee, black pepper, salt, ginger, garlic powder, and cocoa powder. Rub this mix on both sides of ribs, cover in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. Remove ribs 20 minutes before cooking. Preheat oven to 350 F. Unwrap ribs and place in a metal oven dish. Cover tightly with foil and cook for 2½ hours. Meanwhile, begin making the barbecue sauce by sautéing onion in olive oil for 5 to 7 minutes until soft. Mix in red wine vinegar and cook until the liquid has mostly evaporated. Mix in remaining ingredients (including the 1 teaspoon of ground coffee) and cook on low, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool, then blend with a hand blender or food processor. After 2½ hours, baste both sides of the ribs with sauce and cook uncovered for 15 minutes, flip, and cook another 15 minutes. Serve with the rest of the barbecue sauce.

¾ cup of honey 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce ½ cup water

1 tablespoon chili powder ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional) ½ teaspoon cumin ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

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

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

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Per serving: 834 calories, 43 grams fat (15 grams saturated fat), 206 milligrams cholesterol, 1,471 milligrams sodium, 46 grams total carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 65 grams protein. SEPTEMBER 2021 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING  19


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LOCAL PAGES LOGAN COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

At Logan County Electric Cooperative, we take pride in delivering power to our members.

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MEMBER AWARE MEETINGS 2021 member aware meeting schedule • Monday, Oct. 18 @ 2 p.m. • Wednesday, Oct. 20 @ 7 p.m. • Thursday, Oct. 21 @ 10 a.m.

Will you join us for this informative member aware meeting? To reserve your seat at one of the three meetings, call the office at 937-592-4781 or email smarthub@logancounty.coop.

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UNRAVELING THE mysterious Knowledge every member needs to understand their electric bill

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he world we live in is filled with mysteries. Places that are puzzling in nature. Events that are not clearly understood. Mysteries that yet remain to be unraveled even by modern science or technological advancement. Mysteries, such as the never-ending storm of Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela; the disappearing water of Devil’s Kettle Falls; and the dancing light in the Hessdalen Valley. While we may not actually have the answers to these incredible mysteries, we want to empower our members with the knowledge to unravel a mysterious component on the electric bill — the generation and transmission charge.

What is this mystery? For many of the cooperative’s residential members, the generation and transmission charge makes up over half of their electric bill. Have you ever stopped to consider why this charge is on your bill? Or why, if you compare the charge month to month, it fluctuates up and down? And if you look at it over time, why is it increasing?

Joe Waltz PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER

We want our members to understand their electric bill, and we encourage you to attend one of these informative meetings.

What to expect Logan County Electric Cooperative president and general manager Joe Waltz will lead the member aware meetings. “I want to personally meet with our members and help them understand what’s behind their electric bill,” Waltz says. “This knowledge will help them distinguish the different charges on their bill and know what the co-op is doing to help control costs.” The member aware meeting are informal meetings that will be held in the community room at the co-op office. Drinks, snacks, and a gift will be provided for each member who attends one of the meetings. For more information or to reserve a seat at a member aware meeting, please call the office at 937-592-4781 or email smarthub@logancounty.coop.

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EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF ELECTRIC GENERATION

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CARDINAL POWER PLANT TOUR Preregistration is required. If you are a member of the co-op and have not yet explored the power plant, please consider joining us on this informative tour. For more information or to reserve a seat on the tour, call 937-592-4781 or email smarthub@logancounty.coop.

THE ITINERARY for Thursday, Sept. 16

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Meet at the co-op at 8 a.m. for a light breakfast and an 8:30 a.m. departure.

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Stop for lunch at Cracker Barrel in St. Clairsville, Ohio

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Continue to Brilliant, Ohio, for our 2 p.m. tour

All-expenses paid trip to Cardinal Power Plant

Be prepared to feel small as you stand next to this massive facility that powers Ohio’s electric cooperatives.

Be prepared to learn about what it takes to generate electricity at the cleanest power plant of its kind in the world.

It is truly a fun day

Some things you need to know 4

Return to the co-op around 7:30 p.m.

CLOTHING Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe walking shoes.

PHOTOGRAPHY You are welcome to take photos of the plant, but not of the workers.

RESTRICTIONS Tour participants must be at least 12 years old and not have significant health concerns.

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Member Recharge Members of all ages gathered at the co-op for an evening filled with food, fellowship, and fun! • Good food from Vic’s Country Cookin’ • Homemade ice cream and cotton candy for dessert • Utility friendly tree raffle — congratulations to the winners! • Many more activities for the whole family

Purpose defines who you are and is the foundation on which you live and make decisions. Logan County Electric Cooperative was established in 1936 by the local community for the sole purpose of serving the local community. We still abide by that purpose 85 years later — serving our members! 22D   OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • SEPTEMBER 2021


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ENERGY EFFICIENCY

DIY PROJECTS TO SAVE ENERGY = SAVING MONEY As fall approaches, consider increasing energy efficiency and implementing cost savings for the colder months ahead.

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rmed with some basic knowledge and a little time, you can conduct a baseline energy audit of your home to identify where you are losing energy — and money. Use a checklist and take notes on problems you find as you walk through your home. But remember, the audit itself won’t save you money unless you act on your findings.

Do it yourself So, where to start? Insulation and air leaks (drafts): Cold air that penetrates your home through cracks, crevices, and holes increases energy consumption. Improving your home’s insulation and sealing air leaks are among the fastest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy waste, potentially reducing your heating costs by as much as 30%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. • Check to see whether there is sufficient insulation in the attic and floors. • Are openings containing piping, ductwork, or a chimney sealed? • Do the windows and door in the home seal tightly when they are closed? Keep in mind that only about 20% of homes built before 1980 are well insulated. Lighting: Check your home for incandescent lights that are turned on every day. Can you replace them with LED upgrades? Bulbs that are left on all night are great candidates for an LED swap because the LED uses very little energy and will last much longer. Thermostat/heating: Heating your home accounts for 36% of an average home’s energy bill. It’s likely the single biggest energy expense in your home. Do you have a programmable thermostat? When was the last time it was programmed? Are the date and time correct? If they aren’t correct, this could throw off the automatic settings. Consider lowering the temperature a few degrees. Turning the thermostat down one degree saves about 2% on your heating bill. Check furnace filters and air vents to ensure filters are clean and vents are unblocked. 22F   OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • SEPTEMBER 2021

Appliances and cleaning: Appliances are large energy users, and if yours are more than 10 years old, they are likely not as energy efficient as today’s options. If you are in the market for a new appliance, make sure you look for the ENERGY STAR label. These products meet strict energy-efficiency guidelines and will save you money. How you use them also makes a difference. Can you wash your clothes in cold water instead of hot water? Make sure your dryer vent isn’t blocked — this will not only save energy, but it may also prevent a fire.

Evaluation Once you have completed the audit, review your findings. Prioritize actions you can take based on your time and budget, weighing where you can get the most impact for your investment. Increasing your home’s energy efficiency will make your family comfortable while saving you money. If you would like to take your audit and savings to the next level, contact Logan County Electric Cooperative at 937-592-4781 for a free home energy evaluation.


HOW MUCH ENERGY DO YOUR APPLIANCES USE? Calculate for yourself how much energy your appliances consume.

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uppose your electric bill was just calculated and you owe $185 to your electric cooperative. Do you know why your bill was $185? Using a spreadsheet, you can calculate how much each item in your home added to your electric bill.

Next, to figure out the cost, figure out the watt hours. This is calculated by multiplying the hours used per month by the watts the item uses. The box fan runs on 70 watts x 720 hours used/month = 50,400 watt hours (wH). The co-op bills based on kilowatt-hour, so divide the watt hours by 1,000. Calculate 50,400 wH ÷ 1,000 = 50.4 kilowatt hours (kWh).

Make a list of each of the items in your home that consume electricity. Each appliance will have the wattage needed to operate listed on the appliance. There should be a data plate on the back of the appliance, listing how many watts, amps, and volts are used.

Finally, multiply the kWh by $.16, the approximate cost per kWh. The cost to operate the box fan is 50.4 kWh x $.12 = $6.05.

When you know the wattage of each item, you can estimate how many hours the items are used each month. If a box fan is running all the time to keep an area from becoming damp, then multiply 24 hours in a day x 30 days in the month = 720 hours used/month.

These formulas can be created in a spreadsheet, which allows the computer to do all the math for you. If you would like my copy of this spreadsheet, please call the office and ask for Michael, 937-592-4781.

Appliance

Quantity

Watts

Hours used per month

Watt hours (hours x watts)

Total ÷ 1,000 (kilowatthours)

$.16 x kWh = Total cost

Space heater

1

1,500

240

360,000

360

$57.60

Water heater

1

4,500

120

540,000

540

$86.40

Heat pump

1

4,800

360

1,728,000

1,728

$276.48

Baseboard

250 watts per foot

1,500

240

360,000

360

$57.60

Air conditioner

1

2,300

240

552,000

552

$88.32

Washer

1

1,000

210

210,000

210

$33.60

Dryer

1

3,400

300

1,020,000

1,020

$163.20

Pool pump

1

1,120

720

806,400

806.4

$129.02

Dehumidifier

1

470

500

235,000

235

$37.60

Oven

1

2,300

12

27,600

27.6

$4.42

Toaster oven

1

1,500

8

12,000

12

$1.92

Well pump

1

900

90

81,000

81

$12.96

Heat lamp

1

250

720

180,000

180

$28.80

Tank heater

1

1,500

720

1,080,000

1,080

$172.80

Sump pump

1

800

240

192,000

192

$30.72

Game console

1

180

90

16,200

16.2

$2.59

LCD TV

1

16

720

11,520

11.52

$1.84

Heat tape

30 ft.

180

720

129,600

129.6

$20.74

Incandescent

1

60

120

7,200

7.2

$1.15

LED

1

9.5

120

1,140

1.14

$0.18

Base charge

1

$37.00

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In addition to being one of the most labor-intensive professions, farming is also considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S.

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griculture is the backbone of our country, and our livelihood greatly depends on the crops provided by American farmers. In addition to being one of the most labor-intensive professions, farming is also considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. The hard work and long hours are tough, but rushing the job to save time can be extremely dangerous — even deadly ­­— when farming near electrical equipment. Every year, we see collisions where tractors and other farming equipment accidentally collide with utility poles and power lines, causing injuries and power outages. These dangerous accidents can be avoided by looking up and around your surroundings when operating large farm machinery. If you’re preparing for harvest season, please keep the following safety tips in mind: • Maintain a 10-foot clearance around all utility equipment in all directions. • Use a spotter and deployed flags to maintain safe distances from power lines and other electrical equipment when working in the field.

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• If your equipment makes contact with an energized or downed power line, contact 9-1-1 immediately and remain inside the vehicle until the power line is de-energized. In case of smoke or fire, exit the cab by jumping out of the cab (without touching it), and hop thirty feet away to safety. • Consider equipment and cargo extensions of your vehicle. Lumber, hay, tree limbs, irrigation pipes, and even bulk materials can conduct electricity, so keep them out of contact with electrical equipment. September 19–25 is National Farm Health and Safety Week, but practicing safety on the farm year-round yields positive results. We hope you never find yourself in a situation where farming equipment contacts power lines or poles, but if you do, we hope you’ll remember these safety tips.


Charging the future of vehicles Electric trucks are coming — soon! The Ford F150 Lightning is changing minds across America about what an electric vehicle can do. In fact, Ford declared this is their best truck to date — not best electric vehicle, but best truck, period. The development of electric pickups has been anticipated for years. Electric vehicle (EV) sales are about 24 times higher than they were 10 years ago, with several factors driving demand: • The instant torque from electric motors boosts acceleration. • The low center of gravity improves handling and reduces rollover risk.

And it’s not just vehicles that are shifting to electric. Electric snow machines and jet skis are arriving soon. Even large construction equipment like excavators, backhoes, and heavy-duty trucks will have electrically fueled models. One remaining hurdle for increased EV adoption in rural areas is sufficient fast-charging stations for longer trips. Most EV owners charge at home, but the growing number of fast-charge stations on rural highways will help address this issue. If you’re interested in an EV, call our office. We can discuss your charging options as well as your electricity needs with your new vehicle.

• The superior traction control of electric motors can increase off-road capability and safety in winter.

Ford’s electric F150 Lightning is scheduled to arrive in spring 2022, starting under $40,000 for the commercial trim package (230-mile range model). A 300+ mile battery is an option, and all models are four-wheel-drive with respectable towing and payload capacities. The Lightning is also equipped to provide 9.6 kW of home backup power or portable power for a job site. Tesla has more than a million preorders for their new Cybertruck, which will likely arrive in 2022. The 250-mile-range, two-wheel-drive model starts under $40,000 and steps up to $50,000 for the 300-mile range four-wheel-drive model. Tesla plans to offer a 500+ mile range version for $70,000 that can tow more than 14,000 pounds. GMC has announced a late 2021 release of an electric Hummer with 1,000 horsepower and additional features for off-road performance. Rivian, a startup backed by billions of dollars from Ford and Amazon, will begin deliveries of their R1T electric pickup later this year.

Ford’s all-electric F150 Lightning, arriving spring 2022, can provide portable power to a job site.

PHOTO COURTESY OF RIVIAN

• The cheaper operating fuel cost per mile (for electricity) compared to gasoline or diesel is another attractive feature for drivers.

PHOTO COURTESY OF FORD

• The upfront cost of an EV purchase is now more competitive with similar internal combustion models, and most EVs qualify for a federal tax credit.

Rivian’s R1T all-electric pickup is available for preorder now.

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Epp CHOSEN AS

general service technician A new general service technician is now serving the members of Logan County Electric Cooperative. On April 12, Cameron “Cam” Epp began working for the cooperative. Cam graduated from Benjamin Logan High School in 200 and worked for Eubanks Electric doing residential electric wiring. His goal is to become a lineman someday, so when a position opened at the co-op, he quickly applied. LCEC members will find that Cam has an outgoing personality and loves to talk. “One the best things about this job is talking to members because the members drive the co-op,” Cam says. “I enjoy learning how the members feel about the co-op.” Cam is also a determined person and enjoys putting his mind to something and making it happen. LCEC appreciates this quality, especially since Cam’s first assignment is to change out all the meters! “I am excited to work at a company that has such a great atmosphere because of the people who work here.” If you see Cam working on your meter, would you help us welcome him to the cooperative?

LOGAN COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE CONTACT

937-592-4781 www.logancounty.coop SECURE AUTOMATED PAYMENT 844-219-1219 OUTAGE HOTLINE

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MANAGEMENT TEAM

Scott Hall

Joe Waltz

Chair

President/General Manager

Janet Blank

Ryan Smith

First Vice Chair

Vice President of Operations

Jerry Fry

Tiffany Stoner

Second Vice Chair

Vice President of Administration and Finance

Doug Comer

Michael Wilson

Secretary-Treasurer

Director of Business Development and Communications

Warren Taylor OREC Representative

OFFICE

1587 County Road 32 N. Bellefontaine, OH 43311 BUSINESS HOURS — LOBBY HOURS

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Jim Rice Assistant Secretary-Treasurer

David Campbell Trustee

Kristen McDonald Director of Member Services

Daniel Ashcraft Director of Operations

Scott Roach Director of Engineering Services


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Superfan Buckeyeman Larry Lokai is equally well known as a Buckeye fan and as a stalwart of Ohio agriculture. BY VICKI JOHNSON; PHOTOS COURTESY OF MICHAEL BIRT/MB IMAGES

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etween Ohio State University football and agriculture education, Urbana resident Larry Lokai has been wholeheartedly living his passion for 23 years.

When the pandemic called an 11-month halt to his attending football games and making myriad public appearances, the 79-year-old icon — also known as Buckeyeman — says he felt like a part of him was missing. “I don’t feel complete,” he says. “I guess that’s the best way to say it.” So as restrictions eased in late spring and early summer, Lokai eased himself back into the game. He donned his trademark scarlet-and-gray wig, painted face, and strings of buckeyes and began making a few personal appearances.

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Now, as football season approaches, he’s ready to go allin and plans to be there once again — a favorite of both fans and television cameras at the games.

Ohio’s 88 counties as well as in several neighboring states and as far away as California. Even during the pandemic, he judged at 21 county fairs.

Along with the hair and face paint, Lokai’s Buckeyeman is best known for handing out buckeyes, the fruit of the Ohio buckeye tree. As he’s expanded the role, he says he’s handed out more than 1.8 million of them.

“I can go to any county in Ohio and know somebody,” he says.

“Every student who’s come through orientation since 2002 on the main campus has received a buckeye from me,” he says. More recently, he’s also begun giving the nuts to new students at the Mansfield and Marion branches. In addition, he’s given away 1,800 buckeye tree seedlings in the last 16 years, all of which he grew in his yard — though that portion of the Buckeyeman legacy ended last year. “I gave up trying to keep up with Johnny Appleseed,” Lokai says.

Agriculture tradition Buckeyeman is much more than a superfan at football games; his reach extends far into the community. Those trademark buckeyes are in fact more of an outgrowth of his agriculture background than a product of his fandom. After earning his bachelor’s (1967) and master’s (1973) degrees from Ohio State, Lokai taught agriculture for 30 years before he retired in 1997. He also was a 4-H advisor and taught hunter education for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife for 25 years.

In 2016, Lokai was honored by OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences with its Distinguished Alumni Award. Through his youth work, Lokai carries over his buckeye tradition, giving away buckeyes.

Birth of Buckeyeman Huge quantities of buckeyes weren’t on Lokai’s mind when he first donned his “uniform.” Buckeyeman was born in 1998 when Lokai scored tickets to the Ohio State-Michigan game right behind the Michigan bench. He decided to go ultra-Ohio State with face paint and a wig. His alter ego got a boost in 2000 when he finished third in a Halls Cough Drops national contest to find the loudest college football fan, and by 2015, he was honored as the NCAA Fan of the Year. Buckeyeman wears four strings of 42 buckeyes each around his neck — one string for each of his children who graduated from Ohio State and 42 because he was born in 1942.

After his retirement — during the same years Buckeyeman arrived on the football scene — Lokai began a new ag career.

In the early days, Lokai said he would rise at 4 a.m. and put on his face paint and costume. “By 6 a.m., I was at Bob Evans for breakfast, and I’d be at the stadium by 6:30 or 7,” he says. “The last few years, I’ve slept in until 5.”

In 1998, he returned to Ohio State as coach of the poultry judging team for three years. In 2002, he returned to consulting with high school ag teams, and when his grandchildren started entering high school, he started working with their ag contest teams.

Another change came eight years ago when Lokai gave up boards and committees to focus on youth activities and Buckeyeman appearances — including his 10-year seat on the Urbana City Council, state and county retired teachers associations, and others.

When his son started teaching ag education in 2013, Lokai decided that instead of competing against him, he’d help with his son’s teams instead. That, in turn, led to working with teams from more high schools.

“I started counting up the meetings,” he says. “By the time I got done, I got out of seven organizations. I had 80 fewer meetings a year in 2014. In January 2014, the sun came up exactly the same.”

Today, he continues to consult with FFA contest teams, and in 2019, four of the teams he worked with took the top four places in state competition. He also judges youth projects at county fairs. To date, he has judged poultry shows in 84 of

As fans gear up for this fall’s season of Ohio State football, Lokai looks forward to returning to his place as a superfan for his 24th year.“I’d like to go to 90 at least,” he says. “I’ll do it until it stops being fun.”

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With a name like … Celebrate 100 years of Smucker’s with a trip to the J.M. Smucker Co. store and café. STORY AND PHOTOS BY DAMAINE VONADA

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Located near U.S. 30, the store sits along a rural road in Wayne County just minutes away from the J.M. Smucker Company’s headquarters in Orrville. The town’s population is less than 10,000, yet it’s home to a Fortune 500 corporation with some 7,000 employees who work in offices and manufacturing facilities spread from Quebec to California. Why Orrville? In 1897, local farmer Jerome Monroe Smucker opened a cider mill there and began making apple butter from concentrated cider. It’s believed Smucker used apples that originated from trees that had been planted decades before in the area by none other than Jonathan “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman himself. Smucker priced his cider apple butter at 25 cents per half-gallon and sold it in clay crocks from a horse-drawn wagon. The crock’s paper caps were tied with string, and Smucker guaranteed his apple butter’s quality and freshness by hand-signing each cap. Of course, Smucker’s cider apple butter and other fruit spreads now come in glass jars instead of crocks, but Fox points out that in a way, the company’s founder is still vouching for his namesake products. “A replica of J.M. Smucker’s signature is embossed on every jar,” she says. While more than 1,500 jelly jars were used to create the store’s two most eye-catching features — a strawberry chandelier (strawberry jam and mint jelly) and a rainbow-colored wall of jam (blueberry, pineapple, and cherry) — customers are often surprised to find considerably more than jams and jellies on the shelves. Indeed, in the hundred years since Smucker incorporated his apple butter business in 1921, the company has grown into a behemoth of brand-name foods consumed not only by people but also by their pets. Its products, which can be found in 90% of the nation’s homes, include the top brands in fruit spreads (Smucker’s), peanut butter (Jif), dog treats (Milk Bone), and coffee (Folgers). A unique shopping experience, the store showcases products from the company’s family of brands and offers a tastefully curated selection of related culinary and lifestyle merchandise. Go to the store’s pet section, for example, and you’ll find collars, leashes, and cat-opoly games displayed among the bags of Meow Mix and Rachael Ray Nutrish morsels and treats. Head to the coffee department for coffee makers and milk frothers as well as Café Bustelo whole beans and 1850 espresso in ready-to-drink cans. Fun PB&J socks that pair images of Smucker’s Concord Grape Jelly and Jif Creamy Peanut Butter are one of the store’s best sellers, but its most popular food item is Dickinson’s Sweet ‘n’ Hot Pepper & Onion Relish. Of course, the store also carries apple butter, which is still made with the same ingredients J.M. Smucker used. Look for it below the wall of jam, among the hundreds of jars of fruit spreads with the trademark gingham-patterned lids (tip: the cider apple butter lids are brown and white). Another surprise for shoppers is that the store doubles as a museum. Two walls of exhibits chronicle the company’s enterprising journey from unknown cider mill to household name, with the Smucker family at the helm through five generations of innovations, acquisitions, and adapting product lines to changing times. With the family’s history and the company’s corporate heritage so strongly intertwined, it’s certainly fitting that Smucker’s Tomato Ketchup is the one product sold exclusively at the store and its online counterpart (https://shop.smucker.com). The ketchup is made from a Smucker family recipe, and its old-fashioned, slightly sweet flavor has garnered quite a following. “People come and buy that ketchup by the case,” The J.M. Smucker Co. store is open 9 a.m. says Fox, “and if the store runs out, they get upset.” to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For

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Memorials throughout the state recall the horror and honor the heroism of Sept. 11, 2001. BY DAMAINE VONADA

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The day that changed the nation


t the Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial, a daylong observance occurs on each anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. The ceremonies always begin at 8:46 a.m., the time hijackers flew the first plane into the World Trade Center, but memorial committee secretary Jill Gosche always gets there well early.

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“I always go early to help lower the flags to half-staff and shine up the memorial’s granite,” Gosche says. “I feel that the site needs to be top-notch and kept clean out of respect for those who gave so much on 9/11.” The Tiffin memorial’s centerpiece is a 17.5-foot-long steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center. It weighs more than 3 tons and rests on a pentagonshaped piece of granite that alludes to the strike on America’s military headquarters. Positioned at an angle of 9.11 degrees, the beam sits low to the ground so people can touch it. “When rust particles drop off that beam, they almost seem like tears,” observes Gosche. Someone once tucked a single red rose into the beam, and that poignant gesture inspired the cover photo of the book Gosche wrote — If the Beam Could Talk — about 9/11 and the effort Tiffin residents put into creating a memorial to both the thousands of lives lost that day and local first responders. Her intention was to ensure that future generations would forget neither the deaths nor the destruction in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. “Every American was affected by 9/11,” Gosche says. “We all felt the attacks that day.” Sept. 11 memorials exist throughout the state. Like Tiffin’s, many of those places of remembrance display pieces of wreckage obtained by everyday Ohioans who were and are dedicated to preserving them as historic artifacts and evidence of the attacks. Each one, however, pays tribute to the heartbreak and heroism of that dreadful day. With 9/11’s 20th anniversary occurring this month, here is a selection of some of Ohio’s memorials.

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Clockwise from top left: The city of Alliance’s 9/11 memorial features panels of the buildings’ aluminum “skin” salvaged from the World Trade Center debris (photo courtesy of W. John Gross); A mangled piece of steel punctuates Beavercreek’s display, which also lists the names of those who died that day (photo courtesy of city of Beavercreek); Volunteers will place one flag at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus (shown from above on the opposite page, photo courtesy of Ohio Statehouse) for every person killed on 9/11 (Ira Graham III Photography); Austintown’s memorial includes relics from all three 9/11 sites, including two twisted beams from the World Trade Center (photo courtesy of Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau). Previous page: Part of the steel skeleton of World Trade Center Tower South at Ground Zero in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack that collapsed the 110-story twin towers in New York City (Terraexplorer via Getty Images); inset: a close-up view of Tiffin’s memorial (photo courtesy of Jill Gosche).

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9/11 Memorial Alliance’s former safety-service director, W. John Gross, spearheaded one of the nation’s most unusual memorials, which was inspired by an American flag planted on mutilated pieces of the twin towers’ aluminum “skin.” Instead of structural steel, it showcases aluminum panels that were salvaged from the debris and installed in a park in the same north-andsouth orientation as the twin towers. www.cityofalliance.com/381/ 911-Memorial

Austintown

9/11 Memorial Park Visitors follow paths to two twisted beams from the World Trade Center, stone from the Pentagon’s rubble, and an urn containing earth from Shanksville’s crash site. Inscribed with the words “Let’s Roll,” the urn’s pedestal recalls the famous words of Todd Beamer, one of the passengers who confronted United Flight 93’s hijackers. www.youngstownlive.com/ attraction/9-11-memorial-park

Beavercreek 9/11 Memorial

A mangled piece of steel once located between the north tower’s 101st and 105th floors now punctuates the memorial at Beavercreek Station bike trail hub. The 25-foot-tall relic is surrounded by panels that display a 9/11 timeline and the names of all who died. www.beavercreekohio.gov/709/ 911-Memorial

Columbus

Ohio Statehouse Flag Display For 9/11’s 20th anniversary, volunteers will place 2,977 American flags — one for every person killed — on the Ohio Statehouse’s west lawn in a pattern that signifies a pentagon-shaped open space surrounded by the twin towers. Between the stylized towers, a strip of grass represents Flight 93’s crash in Shanksville. www.ohiostatehouse.org

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Top: Some of the 500 flags that are part of the 9/11 memorial in Eastlake; below: Gibsonburg’s display includes one of the largest remnants — a 36-foot-long section of the north tower’s antenna.

Eastlake

America Remembers 9/11 Memorial Adjacent to city hall, Eastlake’s memorial includes a lamppost and beam from the World Trade Center, grass from the Shanksville crash site, and granite from the Pentagon. It’s part of Eastlake’s Boulevard of 500 Flags, a stunning red, white, and blue salute to veterans. www.500flags.org/memorial

Gibsonburg

Public Safety Service Memorial One of the World Trade Center’s largest remnants — a 36-footlong, 7,000-pound section of the north tower’s antenna — provides a dramatic focal point for Gibsonburg’s combination 9/11 and first responders memorial. Fittingly enough, a model of New York’s new One World Trade Center (which also was the north tower’s name) supports the hulking antenna. www.sanduskycounty.org/pssm

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9/11 Collection at the Motts Military Museum “When they see the fire truck, I’ve had people cry or step back because it’s such a powerful statement about 9/11,” says Warren Motts, founding director of the Motts Military Museum. Crushed during the north tower’s collapse, the truck is the crumpled remains of the New York Fire Department’s Ladder 18 and the crown jewel of the museum’s considerable collection of 9/11 artifacts. Pending construction of a new wing, the fire engine is housed in a storage building that Motts opens to visitors on Thursdays at 10 a.m. www.mottsmilitarymuseum.org

Hilliard

First Responders Park At a handsome park in the heart of Hilliard, tons of contorted steel from the World Trade Center contrast with sleek, black granite walls engraved with the names of those who perished on 9/11. Also on-site are a reflecting pool and a unique sculpture with metal figures representing victims and first responders. www.hilliardohio.gov/parks/first-responders-park

Swanton

Northwest Ohio 9/11 Memorial, Ohio Air National Guard Base The Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing was activated on Sept. 11, 2001, and today. its base near Toledo is the site of a 9/11 memorial with an ingenious sundial that chronicles the times of each attack. Individual glass stars made by a local artist pay homage to those killed that day (available by appointment only). www.180fw.ang.af.mil

Tiffin

Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial The only tree that withstood Ground Zero is a Callery pear that New York’s parks department rescued and revitalized. Thus, a Callery pear tree now graces the grounds of Tiffin’s memorial, and like the “survivor tree,” it’s a living symbol of rebirth and renewal. www.allpatriots.wordpress.com Top: Motts Military Museum’s 9/11 collection includes the crumpled remains of FDNY’s Ladder 18 (photo by Damaine Vonada); middle: First Responders Park in Hilliard features chunks of mangled steel from Ground Zero and granite walls engraved with the names of those killed in the attacks (photo courtesy of city of Hilliard); bottom: the memorial at the 180th Fighter Wing base in Swanton forms a unique sundial that marks the times of the attacks (photo courtesy of Ohio Air National Guard).

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rides, bounce houses, miniature horse cart rides, pumpkin chuckin’, and corn cannons. 419-423-2995, www.nworrp.org, or www.facebook.com/nworrp. SEP. 25 – Bluffton Fall Festival, various locations in downtown Bluffton, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Kids’ activities, food, horse-drawn wagon rides, antique tractor show, quilt show, farmers market, and much more. www. blufftonfallfestival.com. SEP. 25 – Elida Mennonite School Benefit Breakfast, Lunch, and Auction, 3666 N. Grubb Rd., Delphos, breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m., auction at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a country breakfast featuring local wholeTHROUGH OCT. 9 – The Great Sidney Farmers hog sausage; Elida’s famous pork chops for lunch; Market, Courthouse Square, 109 S. Ohio Ave., every homemade doughnuts, baked goods, kettle corn, Saturday, 8 a.m.–noon. Produce, baked goods, and ice cream, and soft pretzels. See our Facebook page crafts. Follow “Sidney Alive” on Facebook or call for photos of auction items. 567-204-4181 or www. 937-658-6945. facebook.com/emsauction. THROUGH OCT. 30 – Bluffton Farmers Market, SEP. 25–26 – Ghost Town Spring Crafts and Antiques Citizens National Bank parking lot, 102 S. Main St., Festival, 10630 Co. Rd. 40, Findlay, Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., downtown Bluffton, Sat. 8:30 a.m.–noon. Storytime Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 419-673-7783 or www.facebook. with the Bluffton Public Library and live music on select com/Ghost-Town-Findlay-Ohio-1525098627787387. Saturdays. www.explorebluffton.com/farmers-market. SEP. 25–OCT. 24 – Pumpkin Train, Northwest Ohio SEP. 17–18 – Rebel Run, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, Hwy., Lima, Fri. 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. $5; Sat./Sun. 1–5 p.m. $3; ages 12 and under, $2. Take free for 12 and under. Classic car, truck, and motorcycle a ride on a quarter-scale train to the pumpkin patch event. Entertainment, People’s Choice awards, food to find that special pumpkin, then take one more trip vendors, and more. Vintage racing cars Fri. 5 p.m. and around the track to return to the station. Additional Sat. 1 p.m. Camp sites available. www.rebelrunlima.com. charge for pumpkins, but purchase of pumpkin not required. 419-423-2995, www.nworrp.org, or www. SEP. 17–18 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, facebook.com/nworrp. Van Wert Co. Fgds., 1055 S. Washington St., Van Wert. Come see us perform at the Van Wert Bluegrass Festival, SEP. 26 – ABATE Motorcycle Toy Run, Allen Co. Fgds., a weekend filled with jamming, stage shows, vendors, 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima. $15/person, or $10 with a food, and camaraderie. Vernon’s vending booth will be toy donation. Gates open at 10 a.m., bikes leave at 12 open throughout the festival. For information, contact p.m. with sheriff escort, returning to fairgrounds around Steve Scott at 419-594-2816. 3 p.m. The event is to raise money and collect toys to benefit needy children for the holidays. www.abate.com. SEP. 17–19 – Delphos Canal Days and Parade, downtown Delphos, Fri. 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat. 10 a.m.– SEP. 26 – Author Mary Stockwell: “Interrupted midnight, Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free. Kids’ activities, live Odyssey: Ulysses S. Grant and the American music, fair food, car show, and other entertainment. 5K Indians,” Fort Recovery State Museum, 1 Fort Site St., run/walk Sunday at 9 a.m.; parade Sunday at 2 p.m. Fort Recovery, 3 p.m. Free. Stockwell will show how along Second Street. www.delphoscanaldays.com. Grant developed an Indian policy with the help of his close friend Ely Parker, a Seneca Indian, to protect the SEP. 18 – Positively Perrysburg Fest, downtown tribes and welcome them into the nation as citizens. Her Perrysburg, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. Arts and crafts, books will be available for purchase/signing. 419-375marketplace area for businesses/organizations, 4384 or www.fortrecoverymuseum.com. food trucks, family-friendly activities, entertainment, and more. Parade at 10 a.m. 419-874-9147 or www. OCT. 1–2 – Tracks to the Past Antique Machinery perrysburgchamber.com. Show, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, gates open at 9 a.m. $4; SEP. 18–19 – Pumpkin Fest, Northwest Ohio Railroad age 12 and under, $3; admission includes 1 train ticket. Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, Sat./Sun. 12–5 p.m. $10 per person, all-day access. Family-friendly Machinery show only: $2; free for age 12 and under. Antique machinery of all kinds, including steam engines, games, activities, and events, including Pumpkin Train

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SEP. 30–OCT. 3 – Preston County Buckwheat Festival, 115 Brown Ave., Kingwood. Buckwheat cakes and sausage breakfasts served all day. Car show, livestock shows and competitions, carnival rides, art and crafts, and a buckwheat cake eating contest. info@buckwheatfest.com or www. buckwheatfest.com.

gas engines, tractors, doodle bugs, operating sawmill, shingle mill, baker fan, and much more. Ride the Pumpkin Train during the day or the Halloween Express after dark. 419-423-2995, www.nworrp.org, or www. facebook.com/nworrp. OCT. 1–8 – Virtual Gala Fundraiser, Wood County Museum, online event. Bid on fabulous experiences and baskets in this virtual silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Wood County Historical Society and go toward educational programs and exhibits. Auction link: 32Auctions.com/WCMGala2021. For more information: 419-352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org. OCT. 1–30 – Halloween Express, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, Fri./Sat. 6:30–9 p.m. $3; age 12 and under, $2. A non-scary Halloween train ride for the whole family around our tracks to see the Halloween decorations after dark. 419-423-2995, www.nworrp.org, or www. facebook.com/nworrp. OCT. 2–3 – “Christmas in October” Craft Show, Hancock Co. Fgds., 1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $6; under 12 free. Over 300 exhibitors. $1-off coupon at www.cloudshows.biz/ event-calendar. 419-436-1457 or find us on Facebook. OCT. 6 – German-American Day, Wood County Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, 7 p.m. $5 members/$10 non-members. Explore your German-related ancestry. Reservations limited to 15 people; RSVP required. 419-352-0967 or www. woodcountyhistory.org. OCT. 7 – Annual Chocolate Walk, downtown Sidney. Tour downtown businesses and enjoy delicious chocolates. Tickets required. www.sidneyalive.org. OCT. 9 – Boos and Brews Fall Fest, downtown Sidney. Coffee, costumes, trick-or-treat, and the last day of the Great Sidney Farmers Market. Stay tuned for more info! www.sidneyalive.org. OCT. 9 – Van Buren Fall Festival and Lions’ Club Apple Butter Fest, Van Buren School, 217 S. Main St., Van Buren, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Apple butter, bean soup cooked over open fire on-site, food vendors, craft show, village garage sales, and kids’ area. Something for the whole family! 419-299-3628 or vanburenapplebutter@ yahoo.com. OCT. 9 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Ohio State Eagles Rec Park, 5118 U.S. 68, Bellefontaine, 8 p.m.–midnight. $5 at gate. Enjoy lively bluegrass music with lightning-fast instrumentals, close harmonies, and entertaining novelty songs. Tent/camper sites or cabin rentals available. For information, call 937-593-1565 or visit the park’s Facebook page.

Submit listings AT LEAST 90 DAYS prior to the event to Ohio Cooperative Living, 6677 Busch Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229 or events@ohioec.org. Ohio Cooperative Living will not publish listings that don’t include a complete address or a number/ website for more information.

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THROUGH OCT. 30 – “Live Birds of Prey,” Mohican State Park Lodge and Conference Cr., 4700 Goon Rd., Perrysville, every Saturday at 7 p.m. An up-close experience with a variety of Ohio bird species. 419-9385411 or www.discovermohican.com/event. SEP. 5–18 – “Celebrate the Constitution,” Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville, Mon.–Sat 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. 740-283-1787 or www. oldfortsteuben.com. SEP. 17 – Civil War School Day, Historic Zoar Village, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 330-874-3011 or www.historiczoarvillage.com. SEP. 17–18 – Ohio State African Violet Society Show, Kingwood Center Gardens, 50 Trimble Rd., Mansfield. 937654-7014, melsgrice@gmail.com, or www.osavs.org. SEP. 17–19 – Great Mohican Indian Pow-Wow, 23270 Wally Rd., Loudonville, Fri./Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. $8, C. (6–12) $4, under 6 free. Weekend passes available. Native American live music, dancing, drum competitions, storytelling, tomahawk throwing, and fire starting demos. 800-766-2267 or www. mohicanpowwow.com. SEP. 18–19 – Zoar Civil War Reenactment, Historic Zoar Village, 3 miles east of I-77 on St. Rte. 212. $10 ticket good for both days; free for ages 12 and under. Reenacted battles on both days, artillery night fire, Saturday night ball, Civil War–era shops and tavern. Ticket includes museum tours. 330-874-3011 or www.historiczoarvillage.com; for complete schedule, visit www.zoarcivilwar.com.

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THROUGH OCTOBER – Rise and Shine Farmers Market, 2245 Southgate Pkwy., Cambridge, every Friday, 8 a.m.–noon. 740-680-1866 or find us on Facebook. THROUGH DECEMBER – Athens Farmers Market, 1000 E. State St., Athens, every Wednesday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.; every Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. 740-593-6763 or www. athensfarmersmarket.org. SEP. 18 – Guernsey Gospel Jubilee Fall Gospel Sing, Cambridge City Park Pavilion, 1203 N. 8th St., Cambridge. Free admission; love offering only. Free parking. 740-7041487 or www.gospeljubilee.org.

SEP. 19 – Wellington Harvest of the Arts, 101 Willard Memorial Square, Wellington, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., rain or shine. Free admission and parking. Fundraiser for Herrick Memorial Library community programming. About 80 fine and folk art juried vendors, a handmade quilt raffle, and more. 440-647-2120 or www.wellingtonfriends.org. SEP. 25 – Fundraiser at the Painesville Railroad Museum, Painesville (NYC) Depot, 475 Railroad St., Painesville, 3–8 p.m. Tickets $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door: all-you-can-eat buffet dinner and soft drink. Basket raffle and 50/50 raffle. 216-470-5780 or www. painesvillerailroadmuseum.org. SEP. 25 – Oktoberfest, Wolf Creek/Pine Run Grist Mill, St. Rte. 3 S., Loudonville, noon–11 p.m. Ages 21 and over, $5; ages 10–20, $1; under 10 free. Enjoy nearly 100 foreign and domestic beers and wine, live music, and food vendors. www.wolfcreekmill.org. SEP. 29–OCT. 2 – Wooster AAUW and Kiwanis Used Book Sale, Wayne Co. Fgds., 199 Vanover St., Wooster, Wed.–Fri. 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Free. Over 45,000 books, bargain priced, cleaned, and sorted. Friday is half-price day; on Saturday, fill a bag for $5. 330-4392093 or www.woosterkiwanis.org/booksale. OCT. 1–2 – Woosterfest, downtown Wooster, Fri. noon–11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Traditional Oktoberfest celebration, with food, music, contests and games, kids’ activities, cruise-in (Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.), and biergarten/ weingarten. 330-262-5735 or www.woosterfest.com. OCT. 2 – Wayne County Stitchers Sewing Fest, Church of the Cross United Methodist Church, 5100 Cleveland Rd., Wooster. Registration 8:30 a.m., classes 9 a.m.–2 p.m. $10. Pack a lunch or buy there, barb814@sssnet.com. OCT. 2–3 – The Great Berea Train Show, Cuyahoga Co. Fgds., 19201 E. Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $8; under 16 free with adult; $10 for 2-day pass. 700 dealer tables with model trains and supplies for all scales; many operating layouts. info@thegreatbereatrainshow.org or www.thegreatbereatrainshow.org. OCT. 3 – Cleveland Comic Book and Nostalgia Convention, Doubletree by Hilton Cleveland-Westlake,

1100 Crocker Rd., Westlake (I-90 exit 156), 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $5, under 7 free. 330-353-0439, jeff@harpercomics.com, or www.harpercomics.com. OCT. 3–17 – “Riverboats on the Ohio,” Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville, Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Exhibit and programs on the history and folklore of the steamboats that traveled the Ohio River. 740-283-1787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com. OCT. 7–10 – Ohio Mart, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, Thur.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Juried invitational show of fine arts and crafts by talented artisans. See the Stitchery Showcase and “Inspiration in Bloom” floral display in the Manor House. 330-836-5533 or www.stanhywet.org. OCT. 8–10 – Algonquin Mill Fall Festival, Algonquin Mill, 234 Autumn Rd. SW, 4 miles south of Carrollton on St. Rte. 332, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $8 per vehicle. 50th anniversary. Features an operating steam-powered flour mill and sawmill in a pioneer village setting. Demonstrations, kids’ activities, food, and more. www. carrollcountyhistoricalsociety.com. OCT. 9 – Benefit Cruise-In, Waynedale High School, 9048 Dover Rd., Apple Creek, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Fundraiser for the Gideon Guenther Memorial Scholarship and to purchase new band uniforms. Featuring Thunder Buggy, the jet-powered Amish buggy, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. only. Food and music; raffles. Email suzyqorrconstruc@gmail.com. OCT. 9 – Model Trains Flea Market, Painesville Railroad Museum, 475 Railroad St., Painesville, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 216470-5780 (Tom) or www.painesvillerailroadmuseum.org. OCT. 9–10 – Holmes County Antique Festival, downtown Millersburg. Antique markets and auctions, parades, arts and crafts, demonstrations, car show, 5K/Fun Walk. Grand Parade Sunday at 2 p.m. http:// holmescountyantiquefestival.org. OCT. 9–10 – Wayne County Farm Tour, various locations, Sat. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 12:30–6 p.m. Take a free, drive-ityourself tour of various farms and agricultural businesses in southeastern Wayne County. 330-263-7456 or www. ofbf.org/counties/wayne.

SEP. 18–19 – Bean Ride 2021, 34546 Atherton Rd., Macksburg. Raising money for four local veterans organizations. Horse trail rides and ATV/UTV rides on Saturday; horse/wagon rides on Sunday. Live auction, country store, live music. 740-525-6220 or www. facebook.com/Bean-Ride-2019-joins-with-kickincancerto ur-1013849982338970. SEP. 23–26 – Barnesville Pumpkin Festival, 117 Cherry St., Barnesville. Fun contests and activities, live music, car show, giant pumpkin parade, pumpkin-based foods, the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off, and much more! 740-425-2593 or www.barnesvillepumpkinfestival.com. SEP. 25 – Ghost Walk, downtown Chillicothe, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $10. Tour four locations in downtown Chillicothe and discover their haunted history. www. chillicothehalloweenfestival.com/ghost-walk. SEP. 25 – Main Street Fall Festival, downtown Cambridge, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, art, kids’ activities, and more. Beer and wine garden will also be available. 740-439-2238 or http://downtowncambridge.com. SEP. 25 – Woodland Cemetery Historic Walk, Lawrence County Museum, 506 South 6th St., Ironton. Don’t miss this historic walk where visitors encounter Underground Railroad conductors, iron masters, ballerinas, Civil War veterans, and others interred in this beautiful cemetery.

The walk is for all ages and is not scary. Refreshments provided during and after at the museum. www. lawcomuseum.org. SEP. 25–26 – Lucasville Trade Days, Scioto Co. Fgds., 1193 Fairground Rd., Lucasville, Sat. 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.–4 p.m. $5; age 12 and under free. 937-728-6643 or www.lucasvilletradedays.com. OCT. 1–3 – Paul Bunyan Show, Guernsey Co. Fgds., 335 Old National Rd., Lore City (Cambridge), Fri./Sat. 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.–3 p.m. $10; Srs./C. (7–12) $5; under 7 free. The original American forestry show, featuring lumberjack competitions, demonstrations and clinics, wood crafts, and much more. 888-388-7337 or www. ohioforest.org. OCT. 7–10, 14–17 – Clue, Chillicothe Civic Theatre, S. Walnut St., Chillicothe. http://cctchillicothe.com. OCT. 8–10 – Chillicothe Halloween Festival, Yoctangee Park, Chillicothe, 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Vendors, food, inflatables, games, exhibits, costume contest, and the annual Coffin Races. www. chillicothehalloweenfestival.com. OCT. 8–10 – Chillicothe Trade Days, Ross Co. Fgds., 344 Fairgrounds Rd., Chillicothe, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. $5. An oldworld-style flea market. www.chillicothetradedays.com.

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St., Columbus, every Thursday and Friday, 6–9 p.m. (Wed. and Sun. dates available in October). $70. Get hands-on experience blowing glass. All experience levels welcome. 614-715-8000 or www.fpconservatory.org. THROUGH OCT. 31 – Rock Mill Days, Stebelton Park at Rock Mill, 1429 Rockmill Place NW, Lancaster, Wed. and Sat. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Sun. 1–4 p.m. Free. Tour the restored 1824 gristmill and enjoy Hocking River Falls. 740-6817249 or www.fairfieldcountyparks.org. SEP. 15 – “What About Me? The Patient Perspective in Evidence-Based Practice and Shared Decision Making,” online event, 8 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m. $25 half-day session; $40 full day. Part of the Fuld Institute for THROUGH SEP. 25 – Canal Winchester Farmers Evidence-Based Practice National Summit. Sessions will Market, 100 N. High St., Canal Winchester, every help you make better decisions about health care for you Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. 614-270-5053 or go to www. and your loved ones. Learn more and register at go.osu. thecwfm.com. edu/fuldsummit or 614-688-1175. THROUGH SEP. 30 – Pickerington Farmers Market, SEP. 17–19 – Backwoods Fest, 8572 High Point Rd., 89 N. Center St., Pickerington, every Thursday, 4–7 p.m. Thornville, Fri./Sat. 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. www.pickeringtonvillage.com/events. Over 300 vendors, more than 30 different kinds of food, and 3 days of bluegrass music. 740-246-4709 or www. THROUGH OCT. 16 – Lorena Sternwheeler Public thornvillebackwoodsfest.com. Cruises, Zanesville, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. See website for times. $12, Srs. $10, C. (2–12) SEP. 18 – Duck Derby Fundraiser and Student Horse $8. Enjoy a relaxing cruise down the Muskingum River. Show, 2795 N. Moose Eye Rd., Norwich, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 740-455-8282, www.facebook.com/LorenaSternwheeler, $5. Kids’ farm experience, raffles, silent auctions, food, or www.visitzanesville.com/Lorena. Duck Derby races (youth and adult) at noon, followed by horse show. Benefits Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding THROUGH OCT. 17 – Monticello III Canal Boat Rides, Center. 740-607-8425 or www.breakingfreeriding.org. Sat./Sun. 1–4 p.m. $8, Srs. $7, Stds. (6–18) $6, under 6 free. Huge draft horse teams pull the canal boat along SEP. 24 – Jefferson Starship, Marion Palace Theatre, an original section of the Ohio and Erie Canal as the boat 276 W. Center St., Marion, 7:30 p.m. $34–$52. Classic captain entertains you with tall tales and history of 1800s rock concert. 740-383-2101 or www.marionpalace.org. life on the canal. www.visitcoshocton.com/events-list.php. SEP. 24–25 – Country Shop Hop, in the Amanda, THROUGH OCT. 30 – Delaware Farmers Market, 20 Stoutsville, and Tarlton area. Enjoy a ride in the country E. Winter St., Delaware, Sat. 9–12 p.m. 740-362-6050 or visiting 19 area businesses. Special offers at each www.mainstreetdelaware.com/event/farmers-market. business; door prizes. Times both days are 8 a.m.–5 p.m. but may vary for individual businesses. 740-503-2125 or THROUGH OCT. 30 – Zanesville Farmers Market, Adornetto’s, 2224 Maple Ave., Zanesville, every Saturday, www.countryshophop.com. 9 a.m.–noon. www.zanesvillefarmersmarket.org. SEP. 24–25 – Sims Fall Festival, 11300 ChillicotheLancaster Rd., Amanda, Fri. noon–7 p.m., Sat. 10 THROUGH OCT. 31 – Hot Shop Studio Class: a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Bean cook Friday night. Antique farm Pumpkins, Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad

equipment, arts and crafts, antiques, mums, pumpkins, and fall items. Special Civil War encampment. Gen. Sherman’s cannon will be fired Fri. 6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Kids’ games and activities on Saturday. Country Shop Hop participant. 740-969-2225 or www. simsfallfestival.com. SEP. 25 – Oktoberfest, 80 W. Church St., Pickerington, noon–10 p.m. Free. Traditional German celebration. Local brews and wine, food vendors, live music on outdoor stage all day. Fun for all ages! 614-321-8221 or www. pickeringtonvillage.com. SEP. 25–26 – Hocking Hills Artists and Craftsmen Fall Show, Hocking Hills Elementary School, 19197 St. Rte. 664 S., Logan. www.hockinghillsartistsandcraftsmen.com. OCT. 1–3 – Ohio Gourd Show and Festival, Delaware Co. Fgds., 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, Fri. noon–5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $5 per day, $7 for weekend, under 13 free. Gourd artists and vendors, demos and workshop classes, juried art and horticultural competitions, silent auction, and raffle. Free make-and-take Saturday and Sunday; new Family Day on Sunday. www.ohiogourdsociety.com or on Facebook @ OhioGourdShow. OCT. 8–9 – Fall Bang, downtown Larue. Annual community celebration featuring live music, car show, food and drink, tractor pulls, and more! www. laruecommunityalliance.org. OCT. 8–10 – Columbus Italian Festival, St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church, 720 Hamlet St., Columbus, Fri. 5–11 p.m., Sat. noon–11 p.m., Sun. noon–7 p.m. $5, under 12 free. Free parking and shuttle at Columbus State. Food, cooking demos, bocce ball competition, musical performances, and much more! 614294-8259 or www.columbusitalianfestival.com. OCT. 8–17 – 12 Angry Jurors, Wigwam Theater, 10190 Blacklick-Eastern Rd. NW, Pickerington. Presented by Pickerington Community Theatre. Tensions rise as 12 very different personalities interact to obstruct their intentions of reaching a unanimous decision on a murder trial. 614508-0036 or www.pctshows.com.

SEP. 18–19 – Preble County Pork Festival, Preble Co. Fgds., 722 S. Franklin St., Eaton. Free admission/parking. The best pork chops, pulled pork, ham sandwiches, and sausage in the region. Kiddie tractor pull, parade, entertainment, demonstrations, pig races, and more. www.porkfestival.org. SEP. 24 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, 7 p.m. Free. Enjoy an evening of lively bluegrass. Craft beers and food truck available. 513-832-1422 or http:// fibbrew.com. SEP. 24–26 – Tipp City Mum Festival, Community Park, Tipp City. Free. Parade, rides, entertainment, concessions, cruise-in on Friday, “Run for the Mums” 5K run on Saturday, and much more. 937-667-8631 or www. tippcitymumfestival.org. SEP. 24–OCT. 24 – Art at the Mill, 6450 ArcanumBear’s Mill Rd., Greenville. Monthly art program curated to promote local art/artists and create a gathering place for the public. This month we showcase Tim Freeman and his photography on rice paper. Reception for the artist on Sep. 24, 6–8 p.m. 937-548-5112 or www. bearsmill.org. OCT. 1 – Bacchanal Steel Drum Band, First United Methodist Church, 120 S. Broad St., Middletown, noon–1 p.m. Popular band takes the audience on an island adventure with fun classic tunes sure to lift your spirits. Concert is free and open to the public. Handicapped accessible. Brown bag your lunch and enjoy! 513-4234629 or www.myfumc.net. OCT. 2 – Celebrate Fall at the Johnston Farm, 9845 N. Hardin Rd., Piqua, 12–5 p.m. Tour the Johnston home, visit the Historic Indian and Canal Museum, and

take a ride on the General Harrison of Piqua, a replica of a 19th-century canal boat. 800-752-2619 or www. johnstonfarmohio.com. OCT. 2 – Fall Fest, Trenton Community Park and Amphitheater, 440 Dell Dr., Trenton, 2–11 p.m. Live music, fireworks, car show, kids’ zone, video game truck, vendors, plus food and beverages! 513-988-6304 or www.ci.trenton.oh.us. OCT. 2–3 – Apple Butter Festival, Doty Pioneer Farm, Hueston Woods State Park, 6924 Brown Rd., Oxford, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $4. Demos of apple butter making, spinning, weaving, and blacksmithing; food vendors. Entertainment both days by DJ John, 10 a.m.–noon; Hueston Woods naturalist at 12:15 p.m.; 2nd Time Around bluegrass, 2–4 p.m. www.oxfordmuseumassociation. com/apple-butter-festival-hueston-woods. OCT. 9–10 – Fall Farm Fest, Lost Creek Reserve and Knoop Agricultural Learning Ctr., 2385 E. St. Rte. 41, Troy, Sat. noon–7 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m. Free, but charges for some activities. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, scarecrow contest, wagon rides, pony rides, kids’ activities, and more. 937-335-6273 or https://www. miamicountyparks.com/fall-farm-fest. OCT. 9–10 – Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, Waynesville, Sat. 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Sample homemade sauerkraut and many kraut-containing foods. Non-kraut foods also available. 513-897-8855 or https:// sauerkrautfestival.waynesvilleohio.com. OCT. 12–16 – Bradford Pumpkin Show, downtown Bradford. Free. Parades, concessions, rides, and contests. Baking contest Wednesday. Car show and smash-a pumpkin Saturday. www.bradfordpumpkinshow.org.

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T​ HROUGH OCT. 27 – Bluegrass Wednesdays, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, Wed. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Dinner, wine, and an evening of bluegrass by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Reservations strongly recommended. 513-385-9309 or vinokletwinery@fuse.net. SEP. 11 – Troy Porchfest, downtown Troy. Over 40 bands in a variety of styles and genres on 40 porches and patios and in yards throughout the Southwest Historic District. Food trucks and artisan tents. www.troyhayner.org. SEP. 17–19 – WACO Celebration and Fly-In, WACO Historic Airfield and Learning Ctr., 1865 S. Co. Rd. 25A, Troy. WACO owners fly their aircraft back to Troy, the site of their manufacture. Come see these beautiful aircraft close-up, tour the museum, and take a ride in an open cockpit biplane! www.wacoairmuseum.org. SEP. 18 – Taste of Piqua Festival, downtown Piqua, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fine art, crafts, live music, plein air competition, entertainment, kids’ zone, food, and Ohio craft beers. www.piquaartscouncil.org.

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1. We visited the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania, which commemorates the crash of United Airlines Flight 93. Tonya Bess South Central Power Company member 2. St. Paul Chapel stood across the street from Ground Zero. Untouched, it became a resting and recuperating spot for all the volunteers. This fireman’s uniform was left by an unknown fireman, who never returned to claim it. It has since remained in this chapel’s small museum dedicated to 9/11. John Hunter Butler Rural Electric Cooperative member 3. “The Sphere,” now standing in Liberty Park, New York City, is a 25-foot bronze sculpture that stood in the World Trade Center Plaza prior to 9/11. John Hunter Butler Rural Electric Cooperative member

REMEMBERING 9/11

4. This is a small section of the FDNY Memorial Wall. FDNY 10 House is across the street from the World Trade Center site. They were the first to respond and lost six members that day. Angela Raver South Central Power Company member

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Below: Old Glory flying over Lake Erie on a cool, crisp fall morning. Lorie Wilber Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative member

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Send us your picture! For December, send “Christmas morning” by Sept. 15; for January, send “Sledding” by Oct. 15. Upload your photos at www.ohiocoopliving.com/memberinteractive. Your photo may be featured in our magazine or on our website.

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FARM SCIENCE REVIEW September 21–23, 2021

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