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Logan County Electric Cooperative

Official publication | www.logancounty.coop

JANUARY 2018

In 1936, when utility companies did not want to provide electricity to farms, homes, and businesses in rural Logan County, rural Logan County residents did it themselves. And we’ve been serving them ever since.

No rate increase for 2018 LCEC in solid financial condition

ALSO INSIDE Attend an LCEC Member Aware Meeting Remembering the Blizzard of ’78 Warm drinks to cut the winter chill


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Co-op membership is open to anyone able to use its services.

Co-ops elect their leaders, who collectively make decisions.

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Co-ops are autonomous, and any agreements must maintain their independence.

Co-ops educate and train their members and employees.

Co-ops work with other co-ops to benefit all co-op members.

Co-ops are committed to improving the communities they call home.

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JOIN THE YOUTH TOUR!

There are more reasons than you can count for highschoolers to participate in the annual co-op Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. — but we’ve narrowed it down to the top 8.

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LOCAL PAGES

News and important information from your electric cooperative.

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER

Enjoy conversation with dinner guests straight out of the history books at numerous spots around the state.

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ALL GREEN, NO FUSS

You don’t need a green thumb to grow attractive houseplants during winter or any time of the year.

THE ORIGINAL MOMMY-BLOGGER

Dayton’s Erma Bombeck mused about marriage and motherhood for a flock of faithful followers.

Cover photo on most editions: Ohio students on the 2017 Youth Tour pose for an iconic photo on the steps of the US Capitol Building.


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LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018

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love this time of year. January, for me, is a time of optimism, when I see all the possibilities ahead of us, which both invite us into the unknown and challenge us to improve.

At the same time, the new year affords us the opportunity to look back at the year that was. Before going into our 2018 priorities, let’s celebrate 2017 — which, looking back, turned out to be a historic year for Ohio electric cooperatives. It was a year in which we:

Rolled out the update and new name for this magazine, Ohio Cooperative Living. With your input, we’ve made efforts to provide a fun, interesting, and informative monthly read.

Made significant progress with our regulators on finding more common-sense and affordable ways to meet environmental goals at our power plants.

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Completed the construction of our indoor lineworker training facility near Mt. Gilead. Now we have 72 apprentice lineworkers enrolled in the four-year training program, and have provided advanced training to 43 journeyman lineworkers in new programs.

Maintained a record-high level of member satisfaction, as measured by the American Consumer Satisfaction Index.

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Completed construction of 22 solar installations to supply power to Ohio cooperative members.

All of those things help set the tone for what could be another historic year. Some of our 2018 priorities include:

• Not only assume operational

control of the Cardinal, Mone, and Greenville power plants after reaching an agreement with our long-term partner, AEP, but further improving operations there.

Begin to develop high-voltage grid enhancements in targeted areas of rural Ohio that will improve the reliable delivery of power.

Bring modern electricity supply to the village of Las Tortugas in a remote area of the Guatemala rainforest.

Continue to improve economic opportunities in the communities served by Ohio’s electric cooperatives.

Maintain the power-supply portion of your electric bill at essentially the same rate it’s been since 2012.

Thank you again this year for your continued support and patronage of your electric cooperative. Wishing you God’s blessings and a happy New Year.

Pat O’Loughlin

President & CEO Ohio's Electric Cooperatives

I see all the possibilities ahead of us, which both invite us into the unknown and challenge us to improve.


January 2018 • Volume 60, No. 4

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Contributors: Margo Bartlett, Colleen Romick Clark, W.H. “Chip” Gross, Karen Holcomb, Pat Keegan, Catherine Murray, Adam Specht, Damaine Vonada, Kris Wetherbee, and Rick Wetherbee. OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING (USPS 134-760; ISSN 2572-049X) is published monthly by Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. With a paid circulation of 294,359, it is the official communication link between the electric cooperatives in Ohio and West Virginia and their members. Nothing in this publication may be reproduced in any manner without written permission from Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. All rights reserved.

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MORE INSIDE DEPARTMENTS 6 POWER LINES

STORM OF THE CENTURY: 40 years ago, electric cooperatives

— and the rest of the Midwest — battled the Blizzard of ’78.

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OHIO ICON

DODDS MONUMENTS: Founded by Scottish immigrants, the Xenia monument company is one of the largest in the U.S.

10 CO-OP PEOPLE RECLAIMING GEMS: A Butler County artisan turns otherwise unwanted scrap wood into unique treasures.

15 GOOD EATS WINTER’S WARMERS: A steamy beverage can cut through the

chill on even the iciest winter day.

23 CO-OP OHIO JUMPING UP TO HELP: 40 workers from 11 Ohio electric

cooperatives helped restore power to New Hampshire in November after a windstorm blew through the Granite State.

38 CALENDAR WHAT’S HAPPENING: January events and other things to do.

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 Office, Consumer Protection Section, 30 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215, or call 1-800-282-0515. Periodicals postage paid at Columbus, OH, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to editorial and advertising offices at: 6677 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43229-1101

Cooperative members: Please report changes of address to your electric cooperative. Ohio Cooperative Living staff cannot process address changes.

40 MEMBER INTERACTIVE STAYING WARM: Readers share ways that they avoid the cold.

IN THIS ISSUE

Delaware (p.4, 23) Bellefontaine (p.4) Xenia (p.8) Oxford (p.10) Piqua (p.23) Bryan (p.23) Marion (p.25) Canton (p.26, 28) Mentor (p.26) Niles (p.28) Georgetown (p.27) Dayton (p.34)

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BY ADAM SPECHT; PHOTOGRAPHY BY FORMER YOUTH TOUR PARTICIPANTS

REASONS

YOUTH TOUR IS FOR YOU

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very June for the past 39 years, high school students from co-op families have attended the Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour — a weeklong leadership experience in Washington, D.C., sponsored by their co-op. Youth Tour is an experience unlike any other — full of fun, friends, and memories that last a lifetime. While everyone at Ohio Cooperative Living would be delighted to discover that the high school student in your family already reads our magazine, if that’s not typically the case, we recommend sharing this list of reasons that your high school student should apply for the 2018 Youth Tour.

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IT’S NOT LIKE YOUR SCHOOL TRIP

to D.C. Ohio schools put together trips to Washington all the time. In fact, the majority of students who go on Youth Tour from Ohio have already been there at least once. We specifically plan this trip to be different from those middleschool trips; we go to many places you probably didn’t visit on your school trip, and we give you more time to get an in-depth look at what D.C. has to offer. And unlike school trips…

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YOU’LL MEET NEW PEOPLE — and yourself.

On Youth Tour, you’re not surrounded by people you already know. You’ll meet high school students from around the state and around the country — and you can be yourself in a way that you can’t when you’re around your current friends and classmates. Youth Tour provides an opportunity to come out of your shell and be the person you want to be — not just the person everyone thinks you are. Everyone comes on Youth Tour with a clean slate; it’s a fun, open environment where you can relax and make great new friends.

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YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT CO-OPS

: businesses that put people over profits. Today’s young people don’t just want to work — they want to work with a purpose. Cooperatives, such as

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your electric co-op, are places to do just that. Cooperatives are not-for-profit companies governed by the people they serve — not by Wall Street investors. On Youth Tour, you’ll learn how cooperatives operate, how they make communities like yours a better place, and why they’re great places to build a career.

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YOU CAN TELL CONGRESS WHAT MATTERS TO YOU. Each Youth Tour includes a day on

Capitol Hill, where you’ll be given the opportunity to visit a congressional office. There, you can meet a member of Congress face-to-face and discuss the issues that are important to you. Your office visit will be with a small group, so it’s a prime opportunity to get to know a member of Congress in an unintimidating, personal setting.


You’ll also meet congressional staff members and find out why and how they pursued careers in public service.

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YOU’LL LEARN MORE ABOUT AMERICA’S RICH, COMPLEX HISTORY. Washington is an incredible

melting pot of history and culture — and Youth Tour is the perfect place to engage with it like never before. Youth Tour includes stops at many of D.C.’s incredible museums, monuments, and memorials, including the Smithsonian museums of Air and Space, American History, Natural History, American Indian History, and African American History. We’ll visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Arlington National Cemetery — and also stop by the Gettysburg battlefield for a personal guided tour on our way to D.C. It’s a history buff’s dream.

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IT’S FUN! Youth Tour is a blast. Even with a full

schedule, we still provide plenty of downtime for you to get to know your fellow Youth Tour students — you can hang out, play card games, and just relax and have a good time. The trip also includes several social events where you can meet students from other states.

IT’S FREE!

That’s right — this experience comes at no cost to you and your family. The trip, including meals, is entirely paid for by your cooperative. Just bring some extra money for souvenirs, and that’s it. It’s another amazing perk of your family’s membership in an Ohio electric cooperative.

IT COULD BE JUST THE BEGINNING.

Each state, including Ohio, selects one student to represent the state on the Youth Leadership Council (YLC). If you are chosen by your peers to serve as Ohio’s YLC delegate, you’ll attend a conference with your fellow delegates in D.C. in July — followed by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., in March 2019. Additionally, our YLC delegate will also receive a $1,000 scholarship from Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives.

There are so many reasons to apply for Youth Tour — and these just scratch the surface. To learn more about Youth Tour or other youth programs that your cooperative might offer, call your co-op office or visit its website.

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BY MARGO BARTLETT PHOTOS COURTESY DELAWARE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

STORM OF THE 40 years ago, the record-setting Blizzard of ’78 crippled the Midwest

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or most Ohioans, the first sign that something unusual was happening on that night 40 years ago was the shriek of a fierce, unrelenting wind.

In the late evening of Jan. 25, 1978, a low-pressure system from Canada met another low-pressure system from Texas. Such storms approach from opposite directions several times each winter, according to the National Weather Service. Usually they miss each other. This time they collided, causing what has come to be widely known as “the storm of the century.”

Immediate and devastating Six Midwest states were clobbered with high winds, heavy snow, and wind chills of at least 50 degrees below zero. Gusts of 69 mph were recorded in Dayton and Columbus; Cleveland noted a gust of 82 mph. Four states, including Ohio, activated the National Guard. Thousands of electric customers lost power. According to the Jan. 27 Delaware (Ohio) Gazette, a spokesman for Delaware’s Rural Electric Cooperative (now Consolidated Electric Cooperative) said most of the outages were from “wires being blown together and then short-circuiting.” Falling poles, downed lines, and fallen trees added to the problems. Rural Electric crews “fought the cold and winds through the night to restore electricity,” the Jan. 27 Gazette reported. Then-manager L.D. Ziegler told the newspaper that linemen were having difficulty getting to problem areas: “Everywhere we go, we have to have a grader in front of us,” he said.

Widespread hardship The combination of snowplows and gusting wind built up piles of snow as high as 15 feet high in some areas of Ohio during the record-setting Blizzard of 1978, 40 years ago this month. Many roads were impassable for days afterward, while residents had to move into shelters because of widespread power and water outages.

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Across Ohio, thousands of motorists were stranded in snowbound cars; 22 people in Ohio died after they walked away from their immobilized vehicles. The Ohio Turnpike closed for the only time in its history. Thousands more were evacuated from homes without heat or electricity. They found shelter in churches, schools, and armories.


CENTURY The Guard’s adjutant general at that time, James C. Clem, reported drifts were 15 feet high and 100 yards long in Clermont County. On the Ohio River near Cincinnati, an ice jam 20 feet thick and 2½ miles long shoved 17 barges and towboats against Markland Dam.

Grateful for help The Ohio National Guard magazine, The Buckeye Guard, devoted its April 1978 issue to the blizzard. It included a letter of thanks from Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, the statewide association that serves electric co-ops in the state: “Without the help of the helicopter furnished to us, it would have been several days longer before we were able to return service to many thousands of rural electric consumers in Ohio. We would like to commend the pilots and other personnel who worked long and hard helping us with this effort,” the letter said.

Alternate transportation Emerson Snapp, who was a Logan County Electric Cooperative trustee and a volunteer firefighter in 1978, said he was called to a house fire at 6 a.m. Jan. 26. His wife told him to forget it. “‘It’s been snowing and blowing for hours,’” he recalls her saying. But Snapp thought his four-wheel-drive truck could make it. It couldn’t. The Snapps’ house was in a woods, and when Snapp drove beyond the wooded area, the wind and snow were blinding. He backed up, left the truck, and climbed on his snowmobile. Fortunately, the resident with the fire called back to say she’d put it out herself. Snapp, who recently retired as trustee, spent the next five days delivering food, fuel, and heating oil to people in need.

Clearing the way Meanwhile, the Logan County Electric Cooperative coped with power outages by synchronizing its crews with those of the county garage across the road. “When the snowplows went out, our guys went out behind the snowplows,” Snapp says.

On Monday, five days after the blizzard began, the no-travel order was lifted. However, then-Delaware County Sheriff William Lavery warned, “Things are not back to normal by any means.” “Normal” did return, eventually. But the winter of 1977-78 still holds many records: greatest snow depth, lowest barometric pressure, greatest snowfall in a 24-hour period, the state’s most severe storm for any season, the most snowfall during January, and the snowiest winter. And very possibly, the most stories told. JANUARY 2018 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING

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OHIO ICON

DODDS MONUMENTS XENIA

Location: Downtown Xenia, about one block from the Greene County Courthouse. Provenance: Brothers George and Andrew Dodds, both of whom were stonemasons and immigrants from Scotland, started making memorials in Yellow Springs in 1859. Five years later, they relocated to a building on West Main Street in the railroad hub of Xenia. It’s now one of the nation’s largest monument companies. “At the turn of the 20th century, the company owned three quarries in New England, and besides the main office in Xenia, it had offices in New York City, Chicago, Boston, and St. Louis,” says Neil Fogarty, current Dodds Monuments president. “The New York office was across the street from Grand Central Station.” After the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the Dodds family used lumber and other materials from the exposition’s dismantled pavilions to construct a new building on the site of their original Xenia location. The handsome structure, which still serves as the company’s headquarters, is clad in sturdy Indiana limestone and adorned by marble Corinthian columns. A downtown landmark since 1906, it even survived Xenia’s 1974 tornado — the only building left standing on West Main Street. Then-office manager C.A. Bone purchased the company in the 1930s, and Bone family members operated it until 1984, when Fogarty’s parents, Eric and Becky Fogarty, bought it. “Only three families have run this business in its 153year history,” Fogarty says. “I like to think George Dodds would be happy we’ve stayed true to his personal way of doing things.”

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STORY AND PHOTO BY DAMAINE VONADA

Significance: Dodds Monuments is the oldest continuous business in Greene County, and one of the oldest in Ohio. Known for exceptional workmanship and for using the best grades of granite, it’s also among the oldest and most respected companies in the U.S. monument-building industry. “Many families have been coming here for generations,” Fogarty says. Currently: Although Dodds Monuments has opened seven branches in the Dayton-Cincinnati area, its corporate offices, engraving plant, and main showroom have remained rooted in downtown Xenia. Several years ago, the Fogarty family obtained six stained-glass windows that had once graced a chapel at present-day Bergamo Center near Dayton. “The windows were ordered in 1913 from the F.X. Zettler Royal Bavarian glassworks in Munich,” says Fogarty. “Because World War I started, they had to be smuggled into neutral Belgium and then were shipped down the St. Lawrence River.” Now cleaned, restored, and illuminated night and day, the magnificent windows are on display in custom-made frames at the Xenia showroom. It’s a little-known fact that: Granite from Doddsowned quarries was used to build Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on South Bass Island and the McKinley Memorial in Canton. Dodds Monuments, 123 W. Main St., Xenia, OH 45385. 800-773-6337, 937-372-4408; www. doddsmonuments.com.


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STORY AND PHOTOS BY KAREN HOLCOMB

CO-OP PEOPLE

RECLAIMING GEMS Wood artisan’s work combines form, function, Asian aesthetic

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en Duerksen envisages art amid decay. He rescues cast-off wood pieces from burn piles and salvage yards and transforms them into beautiful objects, including organic sculpture, tableware, furniture, chopsticks, and bento boxes. Duerksen — a Butler Rural Electric Cooperative member — uses what he describes as “gem-quality” reclaimed black cherry, Osage orange, black walnut, and other native species. “All my wood is salvaged,” he says. “Sawmills in the vicinity will let me pick through their burn piles. That’s where some real jewels are found. So basically, I use wood that is not easily marketable,”

Ken Duerksen puts the finishing touches on a lidded box at his garage worktable.

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including dozens of ash trees on his property that were devastated by the emerald ash borer. “The process of decomposition sometimes makes things really beautiful,” Duerksen says, explaining that the unique knotholes, graining, and coloration found on diseased wood enhance its aesthetic quality.

Learning from his dad Duerksen lives in Reilly Township, on the outskirts of Oxford, home to Miami University. A professional archaeologist who consults on construction projects for a living, Duerksen learned the finer points of


Two of Ken Duerksen’s best-selling designs are a rice bowl with chopsticks and a natural-edge serving tray (below) that’s perfect for fruits and vegetables.

off motor. Wood pieces are stacked in piles or lean against the walls, sawdust covers the floor, and a friendly gray cat named Bonabo wanders in and out.

Asian-influenced flair

woodworking from his father, an English professor at Miami. He grew up watching his dad dig trenches, pour concrete, build additions to their home, and create a different wooden Christmas ornament each year for family members. The younger Duerksen continues the holiday tradition to this day. “I’ve been making things out of wood my whole life,” says Duerksen, who designed and built toys as a child. “My dad always let me use his power tools. When I was 10, I would use his old death-trap table saw.”

Use what the wood presents Duerksen loves the organic beauty of wood in its raw state. He leaves the natural edge on his rice bowls and serving trays. He uses the graining to enhance the aesthetics, as well as the functionality, of each piece. Many pieces contain other organic elements. Duerksen’s “Neolithic nutcracker,” for example, includes a space for nuts and two openings that securely hold a pair of rocks to crack open the nuts. His archaeology background also comes into play. Duerksen’s “effigy bowls,” inspired by Native American feast bowls, feature the likeness of an animal, such as a bear or bird, carved on a top edge. He also uses archeological motifssimilar to those discovered on artifacts from the moundbuilding Adena tribe native to southern Ohio.

Duerksen sells his pieces on the internet, at art fairs, and in a shop called Local Yokel Mercantile in the Cincinnati area. His best-selling products include rice bowls fitted with chopsticks, natural-edge trays, and individual chopsticks with a unique holder that he invented. “I just love chopsticks,” Duerksen says. “I like Asian aesthetics.” His other Asian pieces include sushi trays, which double as cheese platters, and bento boxes — Japanese-style lunch trays with compartments for different foods. The oil finish is nontoxic and safe for food use, but customers often use these items as wall hangings because of their natural beauty. Over the decades, Duerksen has gained an encyclopedic knowledge of the aesthetics and functionality of wood, and he skillfully marries the two in each object he carves. He can look at a log and know not only the species, but whether the tree was cut in summer or winter. (The bark stays firmly attached if the tree was cut during summer. The bark separates if the tree was cut during winter.) His attraction to his preferred medium is simple. “It’s everywhere,” Duerksen says. “It’s beautiful. I understand it. I know how the grain works. I love the evocative grains you can get with a knot or a burl. It’s a random, organic beauty.” KAREN HOLCOMB is a freelance writer from Butler County and a member of Butler Rural Electric Cooperative.

Duerksen creates the pieces in an attached garage he converted to a workshop. He utilizes assorted hand tools and a lathe he built 20 years ago from an old cast-

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STORY AND PHOTO BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS

WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE

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MONEY ON THE SHELF Some outdoorsy book titles can be worth a pretty penny to collectors

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ldo Leopold (1887-1948) is considered the father of modern-day wildlife management in North America; his 1933 book, Game Management, is a classic. I’m fortunate to own a copy of the second printing (1936) and recently wondered what it might be worth, so I contacted Jim Casada of Rock Hill, S.C., a fellow outdoors writer and an expert on collectible outdoor books. “I’ve been collecting books all my life, dating to my 10th Christmas when my parents gave me a copy of Zane Grey’s Spirit of the Border,” Casada says. “I still have that particular book, and now somewhere between 12,000 and 15,000 others.”

So how valuable are these books? “There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of outdoor titles that are collectible and have appreciable value,” he says. A few examples would be the “Nash Buckingham” titles published by Derrydale Press, which range in value from about $350 to $400, to as much as $1,000 for a signed and inscribed copy of De Shootin’est Gentman. Casada also points to a couple of turkey hunting books, originals of Henry Edwards Davis’s The American Wild Turkey ($1,200 with dust jacket) or Simon Everitt’s Tales of Wild Turkey Hunting ($800 to $1,000), as notable collectibles. He went on to say that the best way to get an initial idea about the value of a book is to check some of the major online sellers such as Amazon, AbeBooks,

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Biblio, and others to see if the book is listed. “Condition, the edition, whether a book is signed, and whether the dust jacket is present can make a world of difference,” he says. But getting back to the value of my book: Casada says, while it’s nice, it’s not especially rare, and is worth around $50 — more if it was signed. Even unsigned, it has appreciated 10 times its original $5 price tag (which was, by the way, a large amount of money — especially for a book — during the Great Depression when it was first published). Winter in Ohio is the season that bids us to slow down and relax a bit, and there is no better way than to sit down by a fire with a warm drink and a good book. I don’t recommend Game Management, except to professional wildlife managers. Instead, find Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac. Written more for general audiences, it was published posthumously and has sold more than 2 million copies. In it, Leopold chronicles a year spent observing the natural world surrounding his beloved “shack” in southern Wisconsin during the early 20th century. That humble cabin now is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy! W. H. “CHIP” GROSS (whchipgross@gmail.com) is Ohio Cooperati ve Living’s Outdoors Editor and a member of Consolidated Electric Cooperative.

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Kids are the most creative and fearless chefs! Do your kids love concocting new creations in the kitchen? Does your grandchild want to be a chef someday? Then this contest is for them — and you! We want to hear about the dishes your young ones like to prepare — preferably independently, but with a bit of help is fine, too. •  To enter, write down your recipe, including all ingredients and measurements, directions, and number of servings. Then tell us how you came up with the recipe and what you love about it. Is it a part of a family tradition? Do you make it for school lunches? Is it your favorite afternoon snack? •  On each recipe, include the child’s name and the address, phone number, and e-mail address of an adult who can be contacted, and the name of the entrant’s electric cooperative. •  Contest winners will be announced in the June edition of Ohio Cooperative Living. 14

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•  Entries may be submitted by e-mail to memberinteract@ohioec.org, or sent to Catherine Murray, care of Ohio Cooperative Living, 6677 Busch Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229. •  Entrants must be 16 or younger. •  Submissions may be an original recipe or adapted from an existing recipe, with at least three distinct changes. •  Children may collaborate with an adult to help write the directions and keep track of measurements. •  Limit of three recipes per entrant.

Entry Deadline: March 16, 2018. Grand prize winner will receive an Ohio-made KitchenAid stand mixer. Two runners-up will receive kid-friendly cookbooks.


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RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY CATHERINE MURRAY

inter’s armers

The short, frigid days and long, frosty nights this time of the year bring icy temperatures that you can feel right down to your bones. These warm beverages — perhaps in front of a roaring fire — will melt away that winter chill.

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WINTER WASSAIL

1 gallon apple cider 2 apples, thinly sliced with core and peel 2 oranges, thinly sliced with peel 1/4 cup fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced 1/3 cup honey

4 cinnamon sticks (2 Tbsp. ground) 5 star anise (21/2 tsp. ground) 12 cloves (3 tsp. ground) 6 allspice berries (1/4 tsp. ground) 1 tsp. ground nutmeg 1 to 2 cups rum or brandy (optional, to taste)

In a large stockpot or in a slow cooker, combine all ingredients except the rum or brandy. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low. Continue cooking for 1 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Strain fruit, ginger, and whole spices, if desired. Add rum or brandy to taste, if desired. Serve hot. Makes 16 servings. Per serving: 166 calories, 0.5 g total fat (0.2 g saturated fat), 2 g fiber, 0.5 g protein

MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE WITH WHIPPED CREAM 4 cups milk 1 Tbsp. light brown sugar 2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/8 tsp. ground cayenne pepper 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate bar, finely chopped

Whipped Cream Ingredients: 1 cup whipping cream 1 Tbsp. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Pour milk into medium saucepan. Whisk in brown sugar, cinnamon, and cayenne. Heat milk and spices on the stove over medium heat until simmering, taking care not to boil. Slowly add chocolate, continuing to whisk until fully melted. Whipped Cream Directions: In a stand mixer, whisk whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract on high until stiff peaks form, 1 to 3 minutes. If overbeaten, butter will begin to form. Pour hot chocolate into mugs, top with whipped cream, sprinkle with extra cinnamon, and serve hot. Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 285 calories, 13 g total fat (9 g saturated fat), 1.6 g fiber, 10 g protein; whipped cream adds: 102 calories, 9 g total fat (6 g saturated fat), 0 g fiber, <1 g protein

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT LATTE 2 cups milk 4 tsp. chocolate hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)

2 oz. freshly brewed espresso 4 chocolate hazelnut pirouettes (optional)

Heat milk in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chocolate hazelnut spread and whisk until spread is melted and milk is heated through and foaming. Whisk faster to create more foam. With a french press or espresso machine, brew 1 oz. of espresso. Pour espresso into serving cups. Take the back of a long spoon and pour milk into the espresso, holding back the foam. Spoon foam on top. Serve with chocolate hazelnut pirouettes, if desired. Makes 2 servings. Per serving: 186 calories, 9 g total fat (4 g saturated fat), <1 g fiber, 9 g protein

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CHERRY STEAMER 4 cups milk 1⁄2 cup maraschino cherry juice 11⁄2 tsp. almond extract

4 oz. amaretto liqueur (optional) 12 large marshmallows 4 maraschino cherries

Heat milk in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add maraschino cherry juice and almond extract. Heat until simmering. Add amaretto if desired. Pour milk mixture into serving cups, then top with marshmallows and maraschino cherries. Per serving: 221 calories, 5 g total fat (3 g saturated fat), 0.5 g fiber, 9 g protein

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THE ENERGY EXPERT

BY PAT KEEGAN

THERMOSTAT SMARTS I

How ‘smart’ should you get when purchasing a new thermostat?

f you still have an old dial thermostat controlling the temperature in your home, you might take note of new technology available that lets thermostats do things they never could before. That said, it’s worth asking if these new thermostats can save enough money to justify the extra cost. There are three main types of thermostats: manual, programmable, or smart. The main benefits of a manual thermostat are that it’s simple to operate and there are no batteries to wear out and replace. You just have to remember to raise and lower the temperature setting in the morning and evening, and whenever you leave the house.

Programmable thermostats typically allow settings for four different periods each day, and some models can even handle a different schedule for each day of the week. You control the settings so they will suit your climate, schedule, and temperature preferences. A smart, or “learning” thermostat connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network. After installation, you input the basics of your schedule and temperature preferences. Over time, as you change the settings, it learns your schedule and adjusts to minimize energy use. Smart thermostats can also detect when no one is home and can be controlled remotely with an app on your smartphone or tablet. The move to smart technology, though, is a significant investment. Units can cost up to $400, though prices are coming down. It’s also important to note that not all homes have the proper wiring in place to accommodate smart thermostats, so you may need to hire a professional to handle the installation.

Top left, clockwise: A programmable thermostat is only effective if it is programmed correctly; smart thermostats can be controlled remotely through a smart phone or tablet; smart thermostats learn from your behavior to maximize energy savings; a manual thermostat is still a good option for people willing and able to give it frequent attention.

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Michael Wilson, an energy advisor at Logan County Electric Cooperative, demonstrates a programmable thermostat.

How much a thermostat can save depends on how much you spend on heating and cooling your house. You can estimate your heating and cooling expenses by examining the bills related to heating your home. Compare the bills for winter and summer to those for spring and fall. Most of the difference is likely due to heating and cooling. If that amount is more than $900 per year, which is the national average, you have a better chance of a good return on your investment. The second factor that will determine how much you can save is how you are operating your old thermostat. If you are conscientious about adjusting the temperature to save energy when you’re leaving the house or going to bed, the new thermostat may not reduce your bills that much, even if you program it correctly or if it learns your behavior. PAT KEEGAN writes for Collaborative Efficiency, an energy communications company.

Thermostat efficiency Don’t adjust the thermostat temperature drastically in the hopes of making it heat or cool your home more quickly. In winter, keep the temperature at or below 68 degrees while you are home during the day, and cooler during the night; during summer months, keep it at or above 78 degrees while you are home. You can save up to 10 percent off your monthly heating and cooling bill by turning back your thermostat by 7 to 10 degrees for eight hours a day.


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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

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DISTRIBUTION RATE INCREASE FOR 2018

Cooperative found to have solid financial condition

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uring the October board meeting, Logan County Electric Cooperative's (LCEC) Board of Trustees reviewed the financial state of the co-op. Upon determining the co-op’s solid financial condition, the trustees have concluded there is not a need to plan a distribution rate increase in 2018. “The rate adjustments implemented in 2017 (based on the previous year’s Cost of Service Study) and our management’s commitment to contain costs has allowed the board of trustees to make the unanimous decision not to raise members' rates in 2018,” explained LCEC Board Chairman Doug Comer. LCEC employees work hard to provide the best possible price for members by implementing a calculated business strategy, cost management techniques, efficient work practices, business process improvements, and new technology. “Last year’s rate adjustments are proving to be precisely on track with LCEC’s 10-year financial forecast, which should result in minimal distribution system rate increases over the next three years,” said LCEC President/General Manager Rick Petty. “The support of our members during last year’s rate adjustment has made it possible to not only remain financially strong but also to maintain stability with our electric rates moving forward.” As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, LCEC is not in business for financial gain. The co-op exists for the purpose of powering communities and empowering members to improve their quality of life by delivering what our members expect — safe, reliable, affordable electricity — in a manner that exceeds their expectations. LCEC reviews electric rates annually to determine if adjustments are needed to cover costs. For every

$100 electric bill our members receive, $67 is for purchasing electricity from Buckeye Power, our wholesale power provider, which is the biggest determiner when considering rates. Of the remaining $33 available to LCEC, $23 is required for uncontrollable costs such Rick Petty as loan payments, school President/General Manager property taxes, state taxes, lines, poles, transformers, and meter expenses. Only $10 out of every $100 received is used for controllable operational expenses such as salaries, vehicles, tree trimming, and facility maintenance. Containing controllable costs is a priority in minimizing rate increases for LCEC members. Any LCEC member-owner who desires to engage in deeper discussions regarding the cooperative finances is encouraged to come to Member Aware Meetings, the Annual Meeting, schedule a private meeting with the general manager, or join LEARN.coop. These opportunities encourage candid dialogue and inquiry about the cooperative, give understanding about key governance, and explain financial issues involved in managing an electric utility. More information about Member Aware Meetings can be found on Page 21, the Annual Meeting will be held June 12, and President/General Manager Rick Petty can enroll members in LEARN.coop. Feel free to reach out to him.

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LOGAN COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES

YOUTH PROGRAMS

2018 GRADS

FOR RULES AND APPLICATIONS:

You could win more than $2,500 in our Children of Members Scholarship program!

 Visit www.logancounty.coop > Member Benefits > Scholarship Application  Call the co-op at 937-592-4781  Stop by the co-op office  Deadline to apply: March 9, 2018

Interested in a life-changing leadership experience?

HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS:

Youth Tour is an annual leadership program sponsored by Logan County Electric Cooperative. It’s a weeklong, allexpenses-paid (except souvenirs) trip to Washington, D.C., that gives high school students the opportunity to meet with their congressional leaders at the U.S. Capitol, make new friends from across the state and country, and see many of the historic Washington sights.

For more information and to apply, visit www.logancounty.coop or call 937-592-4781.

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EVENTS

MEMBER AWARE MEETINGS CONFRONTING REAL CHALLENGES

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he weather outside might be frightful, but the temperature inside will be delightful for members who attend one of Logan County Electric Cooperative's (LCEC) upcoming Member Aware Meetings. LCEC President/General Manager Rick Petty will lead seven Member Aware Meetings to discuss potentially disruptive realities facing LCEC and the electric industry. Facing challenges is not new to the cooperative. In fact, that is why the cooperative was formed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to face the challenge of bringing electricity to Logan County. One of the strengths of the co-op model is collectively facing challenges with its members. After talking through the challenges facing the cooperative, Petty will allow members to participate

in an open forum and ask him questions. His goal is to always give the members a straight answer to a straight question. Each membership who attends one of the hour-long meetings will receive a $20 bill credit. In addition, a gift will be given to members who attended a Member Aware Meeting in 2016 or 2017 and who bring another member who has never attended a meeting with them to a 2018 meeting. We have a seat waiting to be reserved for you in our Community Room. Will you join us for an informative, interactive Member Aware Meeting? To reserve your seat at one of the dates listed below, e-mail mwilson@logancounty.coop, or call the office at 937-592-4781.

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EMPLOYEE NEWS

SHOEMAKER

CHOSEN TO SERVE AS

member services representative

There is a new member services representative (MSR) at the front desk of Logan County Electric Cooperative (LCEC). On Nov. 13, Carrie Shoemaker began working as the MSR for LCEC, serving as the primary contact for members who call or stop by the office. Shoemaker graduated from West Liberty-Salem High School in 2011 and went on to earn her Managing Cosmetologist License from the Ohio State University School of Cosmetology. Upon completion of her education, she moved back to Logan County and worked in customer To report an outage, callservice positions, most recently at Maryhaven in Marysville.

855-592-4781.

As LCEC members communicate with Shoemaker, they will find an honest, detail-oriented person who enjoys interacting with people and serving each member's individual needs. “I am just extremely thankful this was God’s plan for me,” Shoemaker said. “I am excited to work with all of you.”

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Rick Petty

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Ohio co-op crews help restore power in New Hampshire

COURTESY OF BILL CARTER

With the reconnection of service to an empty cottage on Bear Island in Meredith, New Hampshire, on November 7, power was fully restored to all members of New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) who had lost it — roughly two of every three members — in the worst windstorm on record for the utility, which blew through on Oct. 30. Ohio line crews were instrumental in the effort, as 40 workers from 11 co-ops around the state jumped in for a full week of mutual aid that restored power to 51,000 NHEC members — outages were reported in every one of the 115 towns served by NHEC — and the crews were recognized during television newscasts on WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 4 and Nov. 6. All of the Ohio crews had returned home by Nov. 9 — some had been gone as long as nine days.

Pioneer raises more than $2,000 for Pink Ribbon Girls Throughout October, Pioneer Electric Cooperative employees participated in various events to raise awareness and donations for Pink Ribbon Girls, a local organization created by women with breast cancer to support and empower others who are currently in the fight against breast and reproductive cancers. The group provides meals, housecleaning, transportation, and peer support to individuals with breast and women’s reproductive cancers, free of charge. Employees and trustees purchased T-shirts worn on designated dates throughout the month. Linemen and operations employees also wore pink hard hats throughout October to help spread awareness, and other employees participated in a chili cook-off. Both employees and Pioneer members had the opportunity to add pink ribbons to an honor wall in both of the co-op’s offices, in Urbana and Piqua. Each ribbon displayed the name of someone who has been directly affected by breast cancer.

Consolidated volunteers at camp for the disabled For its annual in-service day, Consolidated Electric Cooperative employees spent a day at Recreation Unlimited, a not-for-profit organization and camp serving individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. Consolidated’s staff cleaned up trails, windows, life jackets, and rafts, and also assisted with office mailings.

NWEC employee retires after nearly half-century of service North Western Electric Cooperative’s Duane Peugeot retired on Nov. 3 after 47 years of service to the co-op. Throughout his career as a lineman, Peugeot served as a mentor to all who worked with him.

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Dinner with the Presidents Marion County Historical Society, Marion Nov. 3 Every autumn, Marion County’s historical society holds a buffet dinner attended by several U.S. presidents depicted by members and volunteers who not only don period clothing (“Thomas Jefferson” wears a waistcoat) but also use appropriate props (“Franklin Roosevelt” arrives in a wheelchair). Dishes made from White House recipes highlight the dinners, and the roster of illustrious invitees ranges from George Washington to Woodrow Wilson. The society also plans to add a luncheon series this year. 740-387-4255; www.marionhistory.com JANUARY 2018 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING

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Poe in Person: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Mentor Oct. 19–20 Just before Halloween, visitors get a rare opportunity to tour President Garfield’s home at night, during which they will enjoy an autumnal dessert of cookies and cider, and see actor David Keltz recite terrifying tales and poems by Edgar Allan Poe. His performances always include “The Raven” and a Poe classic such as “The Pit and the Pendulum.” Tip: Look for Garfield’s own Poe volumes in the site’s Memorial Library. 440-255-8722; www.nps.gov/jaga/

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McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton Canton’s multifaceted McKinley Library & Museum offers prearranged programs for groups that include a meal and a visit to its McKinley Gallery and the world’s largest collection of William McKinley artifacts. In the gallery, education director Christopher Kenney wears McKinley’s signature red carnation while presenting his first-person interpretation of the president. Tip: The Library & Museum occasionally offers McKinley State Dinners, which also feature Kenney. 330-455-7043; www.mckinleymuseum.org

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Thanksgiving Dinner with Abraham Lincoln Hale Farm & Village, Bath Nov. 17 Go over the river (the Cuyahoga) and through the woods (at Cuyahoga Valley National Park) to Hale Farm & Village, where history buff Jerry Payn acts as Abraham Lincoln — who made Thanksgiving a national holiday — during the living history museum’s annual feast. “Lincoln” usually reads his Thanksgiving Proclamation or Gettysburg Address, and costumed educators from Hale Farm & Village sit at the table and discuss life during Lincoln’s time. Dinner includes turkey and pumpkin pie, and some dishes — including the green beans and leeks casserole — are made from vegetables grown at Hale Farm. 330-666-3711; www.wrhs.org

U.S. Grant Days Georgetown Apr. 26–28 Historic Georgetown was the hometown of Ulysses Grant, whose 1820s Boyhood Home and Schoolhouse are now prime attractions. Every April, the village salutes Grant’s birthday with a three-day, Civil War-era observance that includes infantry drills, period foods such as cornbread, ham-and-bean soup, and skillygalee (salt pork and beans); and local folks play-acting as General Sherman, Julia Grant, and other notables. Highlighting the festivities are appearances by the eminent Grant living historian, Curt Fields, who also portrays Grant for the National Park Service. 877-372-8177; www.usgrantboyhoodhome.org

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Canton’s First Ladies’ Library presents elegant teas with staff members and volunteers expertly playing the parts of the presidential wives and hostesses for a beautiful living-history lesson. This year’s White House Weddings Tea re-creates a Victorian wedding reception, and guests even get small boxes containing slices of cake. It honors Frances Folsom Cleveland, the only First Lady married in the White House. For its Mother’s Day high tea, the library serves scones and sandwiches during a three-act play about Canton’s hometown First Lady, Ida Saxton McKinley, and her mother and sister. 330-452-0876; www.firstladies.org

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Erma says: “Seize the moment. Think of all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.” While her print column paved the way for today’s digital mommy-blogs, Erma’s stories were selfdeprecating instead of self-centered. She turned everyday incidents into allegories, and her columns were free of angst, petty complaints, and the names of her three children. “She was skillful at keeping us generic enough that people were able to read about us and still think, ‘That’s my kid,’” says Matthew Bombeck, a California writer and Erma’s youngest offspring. Erma realized that both laughter and families are universal, and because she never made her column overtly personal, women particularly identified with her honest and unpretentious writing style. “She gave a voice to

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ENDS JAN. 7 – Hayes Train Special Exhibit, R.B. Hayes Library and Museums, Spiegel Grove, 1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont, Mon.– Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 12–5 p.m. $7.50, Srs. $6.50, C. (6–12) $3. An operating model train display runs through an intricate Victorian holiday scene. Interactive buttons allow visitors to control aspects of the trains’ movements. 419-332-2081 or www. rbhayes.org. JAN. 5 – Silver Screen Classics: War of the Worlds, Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo, 7:30 p.m. $5. 419-2422787 or www.valentinetheatre.com.

THROUGH FEB. 28 – “Glorious Splendor: Treasures of Early Christian Art,” Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Features some 30 masterpieces of Late Roman art: precious stones, metals, and jewelry. 419-255-8000 or www.toledomuseum.org/exhibitions.

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JAN. 6–7 – Tri-State Gun Show, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima (2 miles east of Lima on St. Rte. 309), Sat. 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $5, under 18 free. Over 400 tables of modern and antique guns, knives, hunting equipment, and associated collectibles for purchase. 419-647-0067 or www. tristategunshow.org. JAN. 12 – Silver Screen Classics: North by Northwest, Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo,7:30 p.m. $5. 419-2422787 or www.valentinetheatre.com. JAN. 12–14 – Civilian Markmanship Program: Camp Perry Open, 1000 N. Lawrence Rd., Port Clinton. A thrilling and unique event for air rifle and air pistol competitors, both adults and juniors. Spectators welcome. 419-635-2141, kharrington@ thecmp.org, or http://thecmp.org. JAN. 20–21 – Lima Symphony: Baroque by Candlelight, Sat. 7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Lima; Sun. 4 p.m., St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster. $20, Stds. $10. 419-2225701 or www.limasymphony.com.

JAN. 18–21 – Mid-America Boat Show, I-X Ctr., 1 I-X Center Dr., Cleveland, Thur.–Fri. 12–9 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. $14, Srs. $12, under 13 free. Features all-new “boating experience” pavilion and Metroparks exhibit. www. clevelandboatshow.com. JAN. 20 – Northern Ohio Fly Fishing Expo, Cuyahoga Valley Career Ctr., 8001 Brecksville Rd., Brecksville, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $10, Youth (13–18) $5, free with military ID. Seminars, fly casting demonstrations and lessons, beginning fly tying, fishing gear and supplies, and more. http://ncff.net/expo/. JAN. 21 – Norwalk & Western RR Winter Model Train Show, German’s Villa, 3330 Liberty Ave., Vermilion,10 a.m.–3 p.m. $5, under 10 free. All scales, operating layouts and displays, model train supplies, railroad historical items, and more. 419706-8038 or www.norwalkandwesternrr.com. JAN. 26–28 – Cleveland Motorcycle Show, I-X Center, One I-X Center Dr., Cleveland, Fri. 3–8 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $16, under 12 free. $10 parking. 216-2657005 or http://motorcycleshows.com. JAN. 27 – Winter Train Meet, presented by Great Lakes Division, Train Collectors Association, UAW Hall, 5615 Chevrolet Blvd., Parma, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Adult $6, Family $8, kids admitted free. Free parking. All-gauge show with over 175 tables. New and old trains to buy, sell, or trade. 440-665-0882 (Ed Mularz), emularz1124@aol.com, or www.greatlakestca.org.

JAN. 14 – Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Stuart’s Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville, 3 p.m. $28–$38. The most award-winning band in bluegrass music history performs at a special Sunday matinee. www.stuartsoperahouse.org. JAN. 20 – “Digging the Past:” Archaeology Day, Campus Martius Museum, 601 Second St., Marietta, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Learn about Quadranaou, a prehistoric earthwork between Third and Fourth streets in Marietta. View original artifacts from the prehistoric to the historic period displayed by local collectors and others from around the state. 740-373-3750 or http:// campusmartiusmuseum.org.

JAN. 14 – Bridal and Prom Showcase, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr., 7033 Glenn Hwy., Cambridge, 12–4 p.m. $5. Caterers, DJs, photographers, realtors, hair salons, makeup artists, and more JAN. 27 – Country on the Carpet, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr., will be available with ideas to make your special day memora7033 Glenn Hwy., Cambridge, 7 p.m. $6 advance, $8 at the ble. 740-439-7009 or www.pritchardlaughlin.com. door. A great lineup of country and bluegrass music for your listening pleasure! 740-439-7009 or www.pritchardlaughlin.com.

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session about the Gahanna Herb Group and the new Earthy Herbal Garden Series. 614-342-4250 or www.gahanna.gov. JAN. 12 – Presidio Brass: “Sounds of the Cinema,” Marion Palace Theatre, May Pavilion, 276 W. Center St., Marion, 7 p.m. $18, Stds. $10. The five-member ensemble combines a brass quintet, piano, and percussion instruments with fresh, original arrangements for a unique sound. Come enjoy this bold new generation of brass entertainment. 740-383-2101 or www.marionpalace.org.

JAN. 5–7 – Columbus Build, Remodel, and Landscape Expo, Greater Columbus Convention Ctr., Halls C and D, 400 N. High St., Columbus, Fri. 12–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $6, under 18 free. From top-quality exhibits, to informative seminars, to insightful demonstrations and more, you’ll discover thousands of smart, stylish, and cost-effective ways to design or renovate your home. www. homeshowcenter.com. JAN. 5–14 – Ohio RV and Boat Show, Ohio Expo Ctr., 717 E. 17th St., Columbus, Wed.–Fri. 12–8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. This year’s event will feature over 21 dealers from all over central Ohio with hundreds of campers and boats. Also includes ATVs, motorcycles, and golf cars, plus camping gear, equipment, and more. www.ohiorvandboatshow.com. JAN. 11 – Herb Center Open House, Ohio Herb Education Ctr., 110 Mill St., Gahanna, 6:30–8 p.m. Free information

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JAN. 12–21 – Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, Columbus Performing Arts Ctr., Van Fleet Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus, 1–2 p.m. Adults $15, kids $10. The perfect show for a family-friendly outing, filled with adventure, song, a beloved stuffed animal, and dancing laundry! 614-469-0939 or www.catco.org. JAN. 19–21 – Midwest Sports Spectacular, Ohio Expo Ctr., Cardinal Hall, 717 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, Fri. 3–8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free admission on Fri., $10 for Sat./Sun. pass. Sports collector cards, vintage and new collectibles, memorabilia, autograph signings. http:// ohiosportsgroup.com/2018-midwest-sports-spectacular/. JAN. 20 – Hocking Hills Winter Hike, 19852 St. Rte. 664 S., Logan, beginning anytime from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free. See the beauty of Hocking Hills in the winter as you hike from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave, with a stop at Cedar Falls for soup and cornbread. 740-685-6841 or www.hockinghills.com. JAN. 20 – Logan Frozen Festival, Main St., Logan, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Free. The festival features more than 30 ice carvings lining Main Street, ice carving demonstrations by

JAN. 6–7 – Wedding Expo and Show, Dayton Convention Ctr., 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, 11 a.m–4 p.m. $5 advance, $8 at door. Fashion shows 12:30 and 3 p.m. www.weddingapolis.com. JAN. 12–14 – Cincinnati Golf Show, Duke Energy Convention Ctr., 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, Fri. 5–9:30 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Find deals on equipment and clothing, get tips from golf pros, find out the best places to golf near and far, and much more. www.cincinnatigolfshow.com. JAN. 12–14, 17–21 – Cincinnati Travel, Sports, and Boat Show, Duke Energy Convention Ctr., 525 Elm St., Cincinnati. Find everything you need to plan your next outdoor adventure! www.cincinnatiboatshow.com.

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JAN. 19–21 – Winter Wonder Weekend, North Bend State Park, 202 North Bend Park Rd., Cairo. Activities for all ages, including hikes, games, contests, arts and crafts, and much more. 304-558-2754 (Emily Fleming) or https://wvstateparks.com/park/north-bend-state-park/. JAN. 26–28 – Huntington RV and Boat Show, Big Sandy Superstore Arena, 1 Center Plaza, Huntington, Fri. 5–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 12–5 p.m. The region’s first and longest continuously running RV and boat expo. 304-7575487 or www.bigsandyarena.com. JAN. 27 – Honey Bee Expo, West Virginia University–Parkersburg, Rte. 47, Parkersburg. $20 advance, $25 at door; age 12 and under, $8. All-day conference dedicated to the honey bee and the hobby of beekeeping. Workshops for all levels of beekeepers, from beginners to advanced. www.movba.org.

the award-winning Rock On Ice, musical entertainment inside and out, plenty of dining options, and a Pop-Up Shop. 800-462-5464. JAN. 26–28 – Johnson’s Log Home and Timber Frame Show, Ohio Expo Ctr., Rhodes Bldg., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Fri. 1–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Registration Sat./Sun. at 9:30 a.m. $12; 18 and under free. www. loghomeshows.com. JAN. 27 – Workshop: “Grafting the Right Way,” Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Rd., Newark, 8–11 a.m. or 1–4 p.m. $40/$30 for members. Learn about the science and art of grafting. Rootstock and scion wood provided; attendees may bring their own scion wood, if appropriate rootstock is available. Participants take home their grafted items to nurture. Appropriate for ages 14 and above. Registration required. 800443-2937 or https://dawesarb.org/learn/calendar. JAN. 27 – “Tap Your Trees:” Maple Syrup Workshop, Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Rd., Newark, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $15/$10 members. Learn the process of making maple syrup. This interactive class explores techniques for tapping trees; collection, storage, and cooking methods; and kits and common items used in maple syruping. Registration required. 800-443-2937 or https://dawesarb.org/learn/calendar. JAN. 27 – Workshop: “Introduction to Essential Oils,” Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Rd., Newark, 1–3 p.m. $10/$5 members. Learn how to safely and effectively use essential oils. Registration required. 800-443-2937 or https://dawesarb.org/learn/calendar.

JAN. 20 – Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 W. Fourth St., Greenville, 8 p.m. $25. The most award-winning band in bluegrass music history. 877-8400457 or www.centerforarts.net. JAN. 21 – Wedding Expo and Show, Dayton Marriott, 1414 South Patterson Blvd., University of Dayton, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $5 advance, $8 at door. Dayton’s premier wedding event. Fashion show 1 p.m., seminar/demo 2:30 p.m., grand prize giveaway 3 p.m. www.weddingapolis.com. JAN. 27–28 – Lebanon Antique Show and Sale, Warren Co. Fgds., 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Browse high-quality antique American and Continental furnishings and decorative arts, textiles, jewelry, primitives, folk art, and fine art. www.wchsmuseum.org.

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STAYING WARM Our Jack Russell Terrier, Maggie, would always sleep with her paws crossed over her nose, as well as her tail, for extra warmth! Anna and Cecilia Coccia, our granddaughters, staying warm in the snow at our cabin near Laurelville. Sharyn Coccia South Central Power Company member

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Thomas, the grandson of Jim and Cheryl Fortman, is all ready for the snow, but can’t move! Cheryl Fortman Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperati ve member Lulu loves to snuggle with Grandma to get cozy-warm for a nap. Brandy Bowers Logan County Electric Cooperati ve member

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