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Co-op members share their favorite patriotic pics ALSO INSIDE Curbing peak power use Blue-ribbon recipes History, beauty on the Muskingum

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When we asked you, our readers, to share your favorite patriotic pictures, you responded in droves!

In this issue:



When the summer heat ramps up, electric cooperative members can play a part in keeping rates down for everyone.

8 LAKE ERIE LIFER The islands of Ohio’s Great Lake are known as vacation meccas — but imagine living there year-round for the last 60 years.

15 BLUE-RIBBON RECIPES It’s fair season in Ohio, when Buckeye bakers put forth their most delectable recipes in search of that top award.

30 HISTORY AND BEAUTY A road trip up the Muskingum River from

New Concord (p. 4) Millersburg (p. 6) South Bass Island (p. 8) Mt. Victory (p. 10) Marietta (p. 30) Columbus (p. 34)

Marietta reveals incredible scenery and an old-time system of locks and dams.

34 STAY ON THE SKYLINE A new hotel in an iconic Columbus building may be a splurge, but it was designed to leave a lasting impression.

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began writing about industry issues in this magazine two years ago, shortly after I became president and CEO of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. I noted then that these are “interesting times.”

Actually, these times are more than simply “interesting.” Fact is, we’ve gone through a period of historic change: Older coal plants have been cleaned up or closed, while natural gas, wind, and solar power generation have increased, surpassing the role that coal once played as the leading source of power generation. The electric power that’s produced today is cleaner than it has ever been. The approach taken by our federal government to further regulate fossil fuel use and development has changed recently. The most extreme and expensive environmental regulations that would have affected future electricity production are getting a second look. I remain hopeful that the result will be a more balanced approach that considers the high cost of making incremental improvements, as well as the impact of over-regulation on the reliability of power supply. While some headlines and sound bites may express grave concerns about the consequences of reviewing recent regulations, the long-term trend toward an even cleaner supply of electricity will continue. There are common-sense solutions available that will allow us to have an electricity supply that is both clean and affordable. Your electric cooperative leaders, representing you — our member-consumers — will continue to pursue balanced solutions. For example, Ohio electric cooperatives have developed the OurSolar program to take advantage of the latest advances in technology with only a modest investment. We apply best-in-class technology to scrub pollutants from our coal-fired power plant emissions, and we continue to take advantage of a cleaner-burning and (for now) relatively inexpensive supply of natural gas. Finally, we empower you, our members, to help hold down the collective cost of electricity by reducing demand at peak usage times. It’s a small, but important, step that means lower electric bills year-round. We explain how in more detail beginning on Page 4.

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These are interesting times, and as they keep changing, you can be assured that we’re making every effort to keep costs down and service reliable.

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Co-op members share their favorite patriotic pics ALSO INSIDE Curbing peak power use Blue ribbon recipes History, beauty on the Muskingum



American spirit

Co-op members share their favorite patriotic pics ALSO INSIDE Curbing peak power use Blue ribbon recipes History, beauty on the Muskingum

We asked, you responded:

Where is your favorite Ohio fishing hole? “Auglaize River. I like to catch crappie and bluegill, which are good for eating. I used to fish there three times a week with my dad.”

“Vermillion River”

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— Billy Merritt

“Lake Erie” — Duane Frankart

“I like Lake La Su An in Pioneer, Ohio, for the bluegill bass. It used to be privately owned, but the DNR has taken it over. The lake is known for its bluegill bass, perch, and walleye.” — Robert Panning

The fact that a product is advertised in Ohio Cooperative Living should not be taken as an en­dorse­ment. If you find an advertisement mis­leading or a product unsatisfactory, please not­ify us or the Ohio Attorney General’s Of­fi ce, Consumer Protection Sec­tion, 30 E. Broad St., Col­um­bus, OH 43215, 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. Alliance for Audited Media Member

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Did you know? Ohio is home to the Herb Society of America (HSA), founded in 1933 by seven women studying under Dr. Edgar Anderson of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. The society is headquartered in Kirtland, in one of the oldest stone houses in northeast Ohio — a structure built in 1841 using local sandstone. To find an easy way to grow herbs at home, see Page 12.


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Teresa Harshbarger of New Concord, daughter Alexa, and the family’s puppy, Ashley, say they never notice that their home’s water heater is cycled on and off with a remote switch from a radio tower at the local co-op (both as seen below), to conserve power during times of peak use.


hen Teresa Harshbarger and her family built their home outside of New Concord several years ago, they bought their water heater from Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative (GMEC). It came equipped with a radio-controlled switch that allows the cooperative to remotely turn off the heater to curtail electricity use during times of heavy demand. Though she says she’s sure the switch has been activated from time to time, she has never noticed when it happens. “We know our cooperative has our best interests in mind, and they are conserving energy without us even knowing it,” she says. “There are some ways the co-op seems like a family, and we trust the decisions they make.”

Why manage demand?

Electric cooperatives in Ohio began using radiocontrolled remote switches as far back as the 1970s to help manage their electricity load. That load management is important because rates for the entire year are set based on the highest points of usage during the year — ­ called the peak demand — so cutting back as the load level



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Our goals are to provide reliable service for a reasonable price and to improve the quality of life for the people we serve.

— Phil Caskey

CEO, Consolidated Electric Cooperative

approaches that peak helps avoid establishing a new one. By turning off water heaters, air conditioners, and heat pumps during times of high demand, cooperatives and their members across the state can save a substantial amount of money on electricity costs. Peak demands typically occur on the hottest summer days, between 2 and 6 p.m., when heavy use of air conditioners draws large amounts of power, or on bitterly cold winter days. “During peak times of use, we will issue a peak alert, and a signal goes out from our tower to the radio boxes on the units,” explains Brian Bennett, manager of marketing and member services at GMEC. “Some members notice when it happens, others never notice anything.” The signal shuts down water heaters until the peak alert passes. Similar switches will cycle power on and off to members’ air-conditioning units or heat pumps for the duration of the alert.

It happens in the background

Sue Rayburn has been a member of Consolidated Electric Cooperative, based in Mt. Gilead, for more than 40 years. She has a remote switch installed on her water heater, and she says she has never been inconvenienced or even noticed an interruption in her service. “I can’t tell if my water heater has ever been turned off,” she says. “We have never, ever, been without hot water.” She’s been so happy with the program, she opted to have a second switch installed on her heat pump. Similarly, Jim and Yvonne Danison, longtime GMEC members, have had a remote switch on their heat pump for more than 20 years. “There was one time when it was very cold outside, and the temperature on our thermostat went down a few degrees,” Yvonne says. “We noticed it, but it wasn’t an inconvenience.” The Danisons also had a second switch installed on

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Jim and Yvonne Danison of New Concord (above) say they notice their heat pump switching off only occasionally, and they like the load management program so much they had a second switch installed on their water heater. At left, GuernseyMuskingum’s marketing and member services manager, Brian Bennett, displays switches from yesterday and today.

their water heater, and they say they have never noticed a shortage of hot water — they say even if the cooperative turns their water heater off during a peak alert, their 80-gallon tank has plenty to last until it passes. Many Ohio cooperatives use the technology, and typically offer bill credits or rebates for members who participate. The programs differ around the state, so call your co-op for details.

Little actions make a big difference

While one remote switch on a single water heater may not make a huge difference, the overall program conserves a significant amount of electricity — there are more than 100,000 switches installed on cooperative members’ water heaters and more than 15,000 air conditioners — ­ and saves everyone money. “The reason we do anything is for the benefit of our members,” says Consolidated Electric Cooperative CEO Phil Caskey. “Whether it’s load management, or any other rebate program, our goals are to provide reliable service for a reasonable price and to improve the quality of life for the people we serve.”



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THE AMISH & MENNONITE HERITAGE CENTER’S Location: Inside Mural Hall at Holmes County’s Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center museum and library. Provenance: Completed by self-taught artist Heinz Gaugel in 1992, Behalt is a cyclorama that illustrates the saga of the Mennonite, Amish, and Hutterite people who believe in adult baptism, and shows significant events in the history of Christianity. Gaugel, who spent 14 years researching and painting the circular mural, derived its title from the German word behalten, which means “to keep” or “to remember.” The Heritage Center’s Mural Hall was built to house Gaugel’s epic painting, and in 1993, he created a second work of art for its exterior: Immigrants’ Arrival in the New World, which features oversized sgraffito figures of 18th-century settlers from Switzerland and Germany. Significance: Behalt is a unique pictorial narrative designed to acquaint visitors with the origins of the faith-based, family-centered “plain people” who live and work in northeast Ohio’s Amish Country. Measuring 10 feet tall and 265 feet long, the oil-on-canvas painting vividly depicts more than 1,200 historic individuals, including Jesus Christ; the Roman Emperor Constantine; Martin Luther; the Anabaptist martyr Dirk Willems; Jonas



Stutzman, who was Holmes County’s first Amish settler; and Gaugel himself, whose selfportrait shows him with paint brushes. One of the few cycloramas in North America, Behalt is the only one executed by a single artist. Currently: As both a major Amish Country attraction and the Heritage Center’s focal point, Behalt attracts thousands of visitors every year. “We get people from all 50 states and from around the world,” says Executive Director Marcus Yoder. The Heritage Center also has numerous exhibits about Amish customs, clothing, and religious practices; a bookstore specializing in Anabaptist literature and videos; and a gift shop that carries baskets, brooms, toys, and other handcrafted Amish-Mennonite items. Displayed on its grounds are a historic Amish school and a pioneer barn containing a Conestoga wagon. It’s a little-known fact that: Gaugel varied the size of the people he portrayed in Behalt according to their relative importance. Thus, Christ is by far the largest figure, while Constantine and Luther are smaller than Christ but larger than Stutzman. BEHALT at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center, 5798 County Rd. 77, Millersburg. Open year-round Mon.–Sat.; 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Mar.– Nov.; 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Dec.–Feb. Behalt guided tour admission: Adults, $8.75; Children, $4.25. Admission to museum, gift shop, and informational video is free. For additional information, call 330-893-3192 or visit www.


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Summer vacationers are drawn to the Ohio islands of Lake Erie like mayflies and walleyes — by the tens of thousands. But what would it be like to live on those islands year-round? Better yet, what would it be like to live there your entire life? Steve Riddle, a resident of South Bass Island, has lived the island life for 60 years.

“My parents moved our family — I had five siblings — from Michigan to Middle Bass Island when I was just 3 years old, so I’ve never known living anywhere else but the islands,” says Riddle. “When I was old enough to attend school, I did so in a one-room schoolhouse on Middle Bass, and I had the same teacher for seven of the eight years I was in elementary school. During all those years, there was never another student in the same grade I was. In fact, there were only six or eight kids in the entire school.” When Riddle advanced to high school, he had to travel from Middle Bass to South Bass Island each day. “During the fall and spring I’d ride the ferry boat to school, but during winter when the ferries didn’t run because of ice on the lake, I’d ride the mail plane back and forth,” he says. The airplane Riddle rode was an old Ford Trimotor, a dependable but slow-flying passenger aircraft affectionately known as the “Tin Goose.” Steve Riddle


One of the more pleasant memories of Riddle’s boyhood was of fishing. “During the summer, my family and I fished off the dock at Lonz Winery on Middle Bass, where my father worked,” says Riddle. “The fishing was usually always good, and we had fresh yellow perch and walleyes for supper, almost whenever we

wanted them. My best icefishing memory was of catching over 300 perch in just 90 minutes. The fish were biting so fast they were hitting a bare hook. Of course, that was long before the current limit of 30 perch per person.” Riddle moved to South Bass in 1970, and after high school he eventually began working for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), first at the state fish hatchery on the island — today an aquatic visitor center — and then as assistant manager at the state park. Over the years, he advanced through the ranks to become manager of all five state parks on the Lake Erie islands (South Bass, Oak Point, North Bass, Middle Bass, and Kelleys Island), retiring in 2015 after a 40-year career with ODNR. Today, Riddle is the police chief of Putin-Bay. Kelleys Island, incidentally, is serviced by Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative.

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“I really did have an idyllic childhood, but at the time I didn’t realize how lucky I was,” Riddle said. “I just assumed everyone lived the same way my family and all my friends lived. My only regret is that my grandkids won’t have the opportunity to have the same experiences I did as a kid. Life on the islands has definitely changed since those long-ago days.” Outdoors editor W.H. “Chip” Gross is a member of Consolidated Electric Cooperative.


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hen the Directors Guild of America recently presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Ridley Scott, the Hollywood banquet featured wines from Ohio’s Ravenhurst Champagne Cellars.

Shipping Ohio wines to California may seem counterintuitive, but for Ravenhurst vintner Chuck Harris, the Guild’s order acknowledged that he and his wife, Nina Busch, produce premium estate wines amid Union and Hardin counties’ farm fields near Mt. Victory. “It shows that great wine is great wine regardless of where it comes from,” he says.

French influence

Harris and Busch are members of Union Rural Electric Cooperative, based in Marysville. They grew Chuck Harris and his wife, Nina Busch, enjoy up in Van Wert, and in the 1970s, both worked at a a glass of Ravenhurst's bubbly. French restaurant — he as a chef, she as a baker — in New York City. They learned to appreciate fine wine by drinking Dom Pérignon with friends and colleagues, but they realized the Big Apple was not for them. “New York was exciting,” allows Busch, “but we couldn’t live there because we had no place to garden.” In 1980, they transplanted themselves to Union County to grow organic gardens and grapes. Busch’s fondness for champagne prompted Harris to start making his own. “I married a woman who


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The perfect spot

Ravenhurst is situated east of Campbell Hill in Hardin County, and because that peak is Ohio’s highest elevation, it affects weather patterns, effectively creating a microclimate with scant rainfall in July and August. “We’re in an 11-mile-wide strip that farmers around here jokingly call ‘Death Valley,’” says Harris. Though adverse for field crops, those environmental conditions benefit vineyards. “Less rain yields smaller grapes with a high skin-to-juice ratio,” says Harris. “That means good wine because the skin has all the color and flavor.”

Busch and Harris cultivate four viniferas — Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay — to make still and sparkling wines. Their specialty is méthode champenoise sparkling wine, which requires fermenting first in the barrel and again in the bottle. “We’re making classic, French-style champagne with American fruit,” says Harris. While a biscuit or toast taste typifies French champagne, Harris aims for fruitier versions. “I want some fruit flavor there,” he says, “like jam on a biscuit.” Ravenhurst wines are sold primarily to a “Patron’s List” of connoisseurs, but its tasting room on Yoakum Road is periodically open to the public between March and December. Unlike most wineries, Ravenhurst has no food, entertainment, or gift shop. It’s simply about enjoying excellent wines. Says Harris, “The program here is visit the winery, taste the wine, like the wine, buy the wine, and go home.” For more information, call 937-354-5151 or e-mail


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Containers full of lush, green, fragrant foliage not only make a convenient, fresh pantry, they turn any open space into a conversation spot.

Growing herbs in containers puts a stash of fresh seasonings right within reach


ou may have room to grow culinary herbs in your garden, but a group of potted herbs growing right outside your door offers both portability and easy access to your favorite herbal seasonings in the kitchen. Growing herbs in containers also solves many gardening problems: it allows easy improvement of poor soil; curbs invasive herbs such as mint; and even spares gardeners the agony of sore knees.

Choose what to grow

Just about any culinary herb can be grown in a container. Even tender edible perennials can handle a spot in your outdoor potted garden, as long as you bring them to a sheltered area or overwinter them indoors before cold weather arrives.

Some herbs, however, are more suited to growing in pots than others. These include familiar favorites like chives, mint, oregano, sage, rosemary, and thyme; annual must-haves such as basil, parsley, summer savory, and dill; stately or tender herbs like bay, pineapple sage, or horseradish; and even edible flowering herbs that may be somewhat unfamiliar as seasonings, such as borage, calendula, lavender, nasturtiums, and scented geraniums.


Plants such as rosemary and thyme are among the herbs particularly well-suited to growing in pots.


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If properly cared for, basil grown in a pot will continue to produce flavorful leaves all season long.

Give them a good home

Most any pot or container at least 6 inches wide or larger can be used for growing herbs, as long as it has drainage holes. Choose the largest pot possible to provide more room for growing roots, which will ultimately give you a bigger plant to harvest from. Be sure to fill your containers with a lightweight potting mix. (Garden soil is too heavy and will compact in containers and smother plant roots.) Look for a premium mix that includes ingredients such as perlite, vermiculite, or pumice to help loosen and aerate the final mix.

Potting pointers for top production

When planting your containers, fill the pot two-thirds full with moistened potting mix, then plant herbs so that the top of the plant’s root ball sits about 1 to 2 inches below the container’s rim. Fill with additional potting mix as needed, press plants firmly in place, and then water thoroughly until you see water come out the drainage holes.

Maintaining season-long growth

When it comes to how often to water plants, allow the potting mix to dry slightly between waterings for Mediterranean plants (rosemary, thyme, etc.) and other drought-tolerant herbs, but keep the mix slightly moist at all times (like a wellwrung sponge) for basil, chives, and other herbal seasonings with moderate to average moisture needs. Since water needs vary by the pot’s type and size, location, outdoor temperature, and the type of herbs being grown, use a moisture meter or your finger as a guide. If the soil feels dry 1 to 2 inches below the surface, then it’s probably time to water. Feed plants during the growing season every three to four weeks with a liquid organic fertilizer, or apply a slow-release organic fertilizer two to three times a year. Remember to remove flowers as they fade. Doing so will encourage plants to bloom over a longer period of time. Plants will also be more productive if you pinch back leggy stems and occasionally prune and harvest the foliage. The bonus for you is a bushier, healthier plant and more abundant harvests for seasoning a variety of foods.

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OF LEMON When it comes to potted seasonings for the kitchen, a growing lemonlover’s medley of fresh herbs will bring an enticing citrus fragrance, ornamental attraction, and refreshing lemon flavor to your garden and table. Here's the lemony lowdown on some of the best. Lemon verbena is a tender perennial perfect for growing in a pot, as it can easily be overwintered indoors. Delicious lemon-like scent and flavor enhance a variety of foods, from appetizers to desserts. Lemon grass can also be overwintered indoors. The tender leaves and white bulb are best for adding to stir-fries, curries, and other Asian-inspired dishes; brew leaf buds and chopped stems into a flavorful lemonade or iced tea. Lemon thyme has a strong lemon scent and flavor, somewhat reminiscent of lemon-pepper seasoning. Sprinkle fresh or dried leaves into soups or stir-fries, over grilled chicken or fish, or as a topping for pizza, salads, or baked potatoes. Lemon basil is a sun-loving annual bursting with the heavenly essence of lemon and fresh basil. Use in stirfries, casseroles, baked goods, grilled meats, iced beverages, and hot teas, or to make herbal vinegar or a tasty lemony pesto.



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The summer months mean fair season is underway throughout Ohio, bringing with it the colorful midways, amusement rides, and food stands selling all kinds of festival fare. Fair season also is the time Buckeye bakers set their sights on coveted blue ribbons with their cakes, pies, and other homemade treats — and here are some surefire winners!


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Cake: Softened butter for baking pans 2 cups water 1 cup unsweet. cocoa powder ½ cup unsalted butter, softened 13/4 cups granulated sugar 3 large eggs, room temp. 11/2 tsp. vanilla extract 21/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt

Filling: 2 cups powdered sugar 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract

For the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter three 9-inch round nonstick cake pans and line bottoms with waxed paper. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, add cocoa powder, and whisk until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Beat 1/2 cup butter in large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 1 minute. Add granulated sugar and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Alternately add dry ingredients and cooled cocoa mixture to butter mixture in three additions. Beat until thoroughly mixed. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in centers of layers comes out clean. Transfer pans to wire racks and let cool for 10 minutes. Remove cake layers from

Frosting: ¾ cup chocolate chips ½ cup heavy cream 4 Tbsp. butter 21/2 cups powdered sugar

pans and carefully peel off waxed paper. Let cool. For filling: Beat together powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla until smooth and spreadable. Set aside. For frosting: Combine chocolate chips, heavy cream, and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking until melted. Gradually add powdered sugar and whisk thoroughly. Place pan in a large bowl partially filled with ice to cool, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent frosting from becoming too stiff. To assemble: Place one layer on serving plate and use a serrated knife to trim to a level surface if needed. Spread half the filling over first layer before using the remainder on the second layer. Top with third cake layer. Spread cooled frosting over top and sides of cake. Serve immediately or cover cake and refrigerate up to 3 days. Let cake stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Serves 12.

BLUE-RIBBON CHERRY PIE Crust: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. sugar 1 tsp. salt 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. shortening ½ cup ice water 1 egg, slightly beaten 1 Tbsp. vinegar

Filling: 1 cup cherry juice (drained from cherries) 1 cup sugar ¼ cup cornstarch 4 cups frozen red sour pitted cherries, thawed and drained 2 Tbsp. butter ½ tsp. almond extract Glaze: ½ tsp. vanilla Milk For the filling: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In 1 or 2 drops red food Sugar saucepan, combine cherry juice, sugar, and cornstarch. coloring Cook until mixture begins to thicken (it does not need For the crust: Combine flour, sugar, and salt in large to boil). Allow to cool slightly. Add cherries, butter, bowl. Cut in shortening until all flour is blended to flavoring, and food coloring. Roll out bottom crust and form pea-size chunks. Combine water, egg, and vinegar place in 9-inch pie plate. Roll out top crust and cut into in small bowl. Sprinkle over flour mixture 1 tablespoon strips to form lattice crust. Spoon filling into pastryat a time. Toss lightly with a fork until dough forms a lined pan and dot with butter. Top with lattice crust. ball (you may not need all the liquid). Divide dough Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 35 to 40 into 2 pieces. Flatten each piece and wrap in plastic. minutes or until filling in center is bubbly and crust is Refrigerate until chilled. golden brown. Serves 6 to 8. 16


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Drain pineapple, reserving juice in a 2-cup measuring cup. Set pineapple aside. Add enough water to juice to measure 11/2 cups; transfer to a saucepan. Whisk in the pudding mix and gelatin until combined. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in pineapple. Remove from heat; cool for 10 minutes. Add strawberries; toss gently to coat. Pour into crust. Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours. Top each piece with 1 tablespoon whipped topping. Refrigerate leftovers. Makes 8 servings. Per serving: 159

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square cake pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and chocolate chips. In a separate bowl, whisk together nut butter, yogurt, and vanilla; gradually whisk in water. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until just combined; don't overmix. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes or until batter has risen and a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out mostly clean. Remove from oven and cool completely; top with your favorite light cream cheese frosting. Place in refrigerator to chill overnight. Makes 9 servings. Per serving: 95 calories, 4 g total fat (1 g saturated

8 oz. unsweetened crushed pineapple 1 (0.8 oz.) pkg. sugar-free cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix 1 (0.3 oz.) pkg. sugar-free strawberry gelatin

3 cups sliced fresh strawberries 1 reduced-fat graham cracker crust 1/2 cup light whipped topping

calories, 4 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.

1 cup all-purpose, pastry, or cake flour 6 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips 1/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter 1/4 cup plain yogurt 2 tsp. vanilla 3/4 cup water

fat), 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.


October means Oktoberfest in communities across the state, bringing with it delicious Bavarian fare. With that in mind, Ohio Cooperative Living’s next reader recipe contest celebrates all foods German. Dig through those favorite recipes, from schnitzel and sauerbraten to strudel and Spritzkuchen, and submit up to three of your best. The winner will receive a KitchenAid stand mixer, while two runners-up also will receive gifts. The recipes will appear in the October edition of Ohio Cooperative Living. Make sure to include complete directions, the

number of servings, and a few sentences about the origin of the recipe and why it’s so popular with family members and friends. Entries must include the name and address of the entrant, the entrant’s electric cooperative, and a telephone number, in case there are questions about the recipe. Recipes arriving without the required information could be disqualified. Entries may be submitted by e-mail to, or sent to Margie Wuebker, care of Ohio Cooperative Living, 6677 Busch Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43229.

DEADLINE is Aug. 1.

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Carroll Electric Cooperative LOCAL PAGES

Exercise your right to vote The Carroll Electric Cooperative, Inc. election begins July 24 at noon. Let your voice be heard. Vote online, by phone, or by mail-in ballot.


arroll Electric is not an ordinary utility company. We’re a co-op, and our business model is meant to serve the members and community in which it operates. Carroll Electric’s customers are more than consumers; they are members of the cooperative.

Members will be voting for board of trustees candidates and an amendment to the Code of Regulations. You’ll find trustee candidate Larry Fenbers, bios on pages CEO/General Manager 20D through 20G and the proposed amendment (Exhibit A) details on page 20C.

Our core purpose and mission is to provide safe, reliable, and ELECTION 2017 affordable power to our members. But as a co-op, we are motivated by service to the community, rather than profits. After meeting our annual expenses, we invest the extra money back into the co-op and the wider community. Polls for this year’s cooperative election open on July 24 at noon. Ballots may be cast online, by telephone, We depend on the guidance and perspective of our members and board to help set priorities for the or by mail-in until noon on Aug. 18. Members attending the Aug. 26 annual meeting may cast a co-op and guide governance decisions. Our board of paper ballot at the event. However, members are trustees is comprised of members who live and work encouraged to vote prior to the annual meeting to in our service area. avoid standing in line. Carroll Electric is controlled by members who actively participate in setting policies and making We value your perspective, and we cannot operate effectively without you. Please let your voice be decisions. This is why we value your participation in our annual meeting and in other co-op events. heard. Exercise your right to vote and attend your annual meeting of members.

Annual Meeting of Members

Sat., Aug. 26 • Carroll County Fairgrounds • Carrollton 9 a.m. Exhibits open 9:30 a.m. Registration and voting 10:30 a.m. Business meeting Live line safety demonstration Free lunch prepared by Ponderosa Election results Door prizes, kids-only prizes, and cash prizes • $5 bill credit and gift to all members attending

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Carroll Electric Cooperative, Inc.

An n ual Mee ting Notice The Annual Meeting of the Members of Carroll Electric Cooperative, Inc., will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at the Carroll County Fairgrounds, Carrollton, to take action on the following matters: 1. 2. 3. 4.

The reports of the officers, trustees, and the nominating committee. Election of three trustees of the cooperative — districts 2, 7, and 9. Voting on a proposed change to the Code of Regulations. All other business that may come before the meeting or an adjournment thereof.

Harold Barber, Secretary-Treasurer Carroll Electric Cooperative, Inc. Board of Trustees

> Outage alerts available through SmartHub Are you interested in receiving text or e-mail alerts when your power is out and when your power is restored? three five seven two zero five. Carroll Electric members can receive outage alerts through the SmartHub bill pay system. Just log in to SmartHub at our website, Click on the SmartHub button on the top of our website, then follow the instructions to create your SmartHub account. Once you have your account set up, go to the notifications tab and select “manage contact.” Then “add e-mail contact” or “add text message contact.” You can manage the type of notifications you want through the “manage notifications” tab.



Receive a utomatic n otifi by text an d e-mail w cations hen your power is o ut and wh e n your power is re stored. How? Log in to S m at www.ce artHub bill pay op, go to the noti fica select “ma tions tab and na Then “add ge contact.” e-mail con tact” or “add te xt messag e contact.” M anage the type of no tifications you want throu gh the “m anage notificatio ns” tab.


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2017 Election Summary Carroll Electric members will have the opportunity to vote on trustee candidates representing districts 2, 7, and 9, as well as a proposed amendment to the Carroll Electric Code of Regulations.

Trustee Candidates Summary

Exhibit A Summary

District 2 Diane Tarka, incumbent

The current Code of Regulations allows the cooperative to offer a variety of voting methods, but requires all of those voting methods to stop seven days prior to the annual meeting. This seven-day window makes sense for mail-in ballots, because time is needed to receive and count those ballots. However, the language prevents members from voting online and by telephone during the seven days prior to, and during, the annual meeting. Since online and telephone ballots are received and counted instantaneously, there is no need to have these voting methods end prior to the annual meeting.

Members have the opportunity to vote for the board candidates who will serve their interests. Members may vote for one candidate in each of the districts up for election.

District 7 Todd Brown and Will Handrich District 9 Bill Casper, incumbent; Eric Howland and Brad Luckey The candidates listed above were nominated, pursuant to the Carroll Electric Code of Regulations, by a nominating committee consisting of cooperative members. Candidate biographies can be found on pages 20D-20G.

The proposed amendment to the Carroll Electric Cooperative, Inc. Code of Regulations eliminates the language that requires all ballots to be returned seven days prior to the annual meeting.

See the proposed amendment (Exhibit A) language on page 20C.

Online, telephone, and mail-in voting begins July 24 at noon and runs through Aug. 18 at noon. For voting details, check out page 20B.

Vote online. Vote by phone. Vote by mail. Vote in person. or SmartHub.

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Call 1-888-219-6049 to cast your ballot.

Call 1-888-219-6049 to request a ballot.

Vote at the annual meeting Aug. 26.



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VOtING Q&A When does voting begin?

Online, telephone, and mail-in voting begins July 24 at noon. In-person voting at the annual meeting begins at 9:30 a.m., Aug. 26.

Why is my SSN required?

The last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN) serve as the unique identifier that ties you with your account. This is how we know it’s you casting the vote and not someone else. Online and telephone voting require the last four digits of your SSN to gain access to the ballot.

Do I have to provide my SSN?

Carroll Electric understands that not everyone is comfortable providing a portion of their SSN. Therefore, you may request to have a paper ballot mailed to the residence on file with the cooperative, or vote in person at the annual meeting without providing the last four digits of your SSN.

Where can I vote?

You can vote through our website located at www. or via the SmartHub app on your mobile device. You can also vote by telephone or request to have a paper ballot mailed to you by calling 1-888-219-6049. Or, vote in person at the annual meeting of members scheduled for Aug. 26 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds.

Are proxies allowed?

No. Proxies were eliminated when the new voting methods were introduced. With nearly one month to cast a vote, it is more than ample time for every member to find a moment to vote.

How many trustee candidates can I vote for?

You may vote for one candidate in each district up for election, regardless of the district in which you reside.

How many times can I vote?

Only one ballot per membership may be cast.

What happens if I change my mind after I’ve already voted?

You are unable to change a ballot once it has been cast. Attempting to cast a second ballot will not be allowed.

When does voting end?

Online, telephone, and mail-in voting ends Aug. 18 at noon. In-person voting at the annual meeting ends once the Carroll Electric board president closes the election Aug. 26. (approximately 11 a.m.)

Why doesn’t all voting end at the same time?

According to the Carroll Electric Code of Regulations, amended and adopted Aug. 29, 2015, voting by mail or authorized communications equipment must be returned to the cooperative at least seven days prior to the annual meeting of the members. Therefore, we must close the online, telephone, and mail-in voting a week before the annual meeting. The proposed amendment on this year’s election ballot addresses this issue.

Will employees or board members know how I voted?

Carroll Electric has hired Co-op Ballot, a third-party election services vendor, to implement the election. At no time will Carroll Electric employees or board members have access to any information that will permit them to determine the voting of an individual.

How do you know a member will only cast one ballot?

Co-op Ballot, the third-party election services vendor hired to implement the election, has checks and balances in place that will catch any attempt to cast a second ballot, regardless of voting method. Co-op Ballot will closely monitor the election for voter fraud.


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Exhibit A (Proposed Amendment) The Board of Trustees recommends the adoption of the following resolution. Vote YES to accept the change as presented. Resolved, that the Code of Regulations of Carroll Electric Cooperative, Inc. be, and the same hereby is, amended as follows: In each designated provision of the Code of Regulations set forth below, the words with a line drawn through them are deleted (e.g. deletion) and the words that are double-underlined are added (e.g. addition) so that the designated provisions read as follows:

Revised code of regulations of Carroll Electric Cooperative, Inc. Article III — Trustees Section 4. Nominations. It shall be the duty of the Board of Trustees to appoint not less than 120 days before the date of a meeting of the members at which trustees are to be elected, a committee on nominations consisting of not less than five (5) nor more than eleven (11) members who shall be appointed so as to give equitable representation on the committee to the districts from which board members are to be elected and to the geographical areas served or to be served by the Cooperative. No officer or member of the Board of Trustees shall be appointed a member of such committee. The committee shall prepare and post at the principal office of the Cooperative at least 90 days before the meeting a list of nominations for trustee (such list to include not more than three (3) nominees for each position), but any fifteen (15) or more members may make other nominations in writing over their signatures not less than 60 days prior to the meeting and the Secretary shall post the same at the same place where the list of nominations made by the committee is posted. The Secretary shall

deliver with the notice of the meeting a statement of the number of trustees to be elected and showing separately the nominations made by the committee on nominations and nominations made by the petition, if any. In the case of voting by mail or by authorized communications equipment, the Secretary shall also deliver a ballot (and instructions for completing and returning the ballot to the Cooperative) with the notice of the meeting of members, or, separately, at approximately the same time that the notice of the meeting of members is delivered. In the case of voting by mail or authorized communications equipment, all ballots must be voted on and returned to the Cooperative at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting of members. Additional nominations from the floor at any meeting of the members shall not be permitted. Notwithstanding anything in this section contained, failure to comply with any of the provisions of this section shall not affect in any manner whosoever the validity of any election of trustees.

Resolved further, that any provisions of the Code of Regulations of Carroll Electric Cooperative, Inc. not amended by deletion or addition as indicated above by strikethrough (e.g. deletion) or double-underline (e.g. addition) shall remain unchanged and in full force and effect.

The Carroll Electric Code of Regulations, in its entirety, is available at or by calling 1-800-232-7697.

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District 2 CANDIDATE

Representing all of Columbiana County along with East Township in Carroll County and Brush Creek Township in Jefferson County

Diane Tarka incumbent Franklin Township Columbiana County

Diane Tarka owns and operates Franklin View Farms LLC, a 575 acre hay and grain farm with a small beef operation. She has extensive experience in the agricultural industry and computer services, including being self-employed as a computerized accounting consultant since 1992. Tarka was co-owner of Midwest Communication Towers, LLC, and owner-operator of Double R Dairy with her late husband, Roy Brown. Tarka rounds out her professional experience in education, teaching high school math and computer science at Carrollton Exempted Village Schools from 1984 to 1993. Tarka is a member of St. John the Evangelist Church and the Columbiana County Dairy Boosters. She also volunteers for the Columbiana County 4-H and Carrollton Track. Tarka has been a Carroll Electric member since 1984 and a cooperative trustee since 2014. She has been working toward her Certified Cooperative Director* (CCD) designation, hoping to complete the program in 2018. Tarka believes her role as a trustee is to oversee the business activities of the cooperative, such that its financial condition shall be sound and secure to provide economical and reliable electric services for many years to come. She believes the biggest challenge facing Carroll Electric is ensuring our generation and transmission costs remain steady and we continue our diligence with our right-of-way clearing plan and new technology work plan.

Nondiscrimination Statement In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/ parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at

202-720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at t.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: 202-690-7442; or (3) e-mail: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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District 7 CANDIDATE Representing all of Tuscarawas County

Todd Brown, 54, has been a self-employed dairy farmer for 36 years. He and his wife, Jennifer, own and operate Jenn’s Custom Meat Processing LLC on Johnstown Road, Mineral City.

William “Todd” Brown Fairfield Township Tuscarawas County

Brown has been an active lifelong member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Philadelphia, serving as chair and co-chair of the personnel committee and also serves on the Endowment Committee there. He has been a member of the Schoenbrunn Valley Barbershop Chorus for the last 39 years and has been a member of the Fairfield Grange for 40 years. In addition, Brown is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association. Brown has been a Carroll Electric member since 1989. His father, Kenneth, has served on the Carroll Electric Board of Trustees for 36 years. Brown believes the role of a trustee is to do what is right for the co-op as a whole. Brown believes that the biggest challenge for Carroll Electric is to keep electricity affordable while maintaining and updating the electric grid.

District 7 CANDIDATE Representing all of Tuscarawas County

William “Will” Handrich Fairfield Township Tuscarawas County

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Will Handrich is a semi-retired farmer and insurance consultant. He served as president for Handrich Insurance and Handrich Investment Services, Inc. until recently selling each business. Handrich retired as a Major from the US Air Force after 27 years of service. Will has experience with flight test evaluation, engineering research, and industrial management, as well as grant writing. Handrich received a Master of Arts degree in public administration from Central Michigan University. He also received a bachelor’s degree and two associates degrees from Kent State University. Handrich currently serves as president of the Bisel UM Church council and is a legislative affairs officer with the Military Officers Association. He has served as a board member for the Buckeye Career Center and Dover City School board. In addition, he served as a member of the Tuscarawas Valley Strategic Planning Team and Finance Committee and Harrison/Carroll/ Tuscarawas County Family and Children First Council. Handrich has been a member of Carroll Electric since 1989. He believes the role of a trustee is to represent the best interests of Carroll Electric members, become knowledgeable of problem areas relating to the distribution of electric services, and monitor the fiscal health of the cooperative. Handrich believes the biggest challenge for Carroll Electric is efficient use of coal and natural gas resources pending the evaluation, development, and phasing in of future resources (wind, solar, bio-fuels, etc.) resulting in a multi-source redundant power supply system. JULY 2017 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING


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District 9 Candidate

Representing all of Augusta Township in Carroll County along with sections 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36 of Brown Township in Carroll County and all of Lake Mohawk

William “Bill” Casper incumbent Brown Township Carroll County

Bill Casper, a full-time farmer, owns a 200-acre farm where he raises dairy heifers and beef. He also rents 700 acres where he harvests corn, soybeans, hay, and wheat. He belongs to the St. Francis Xavier Church near Malvern and is a member of the Carroll County Farm Bureau. Casper has been a member of Carroll Electric since 1986 and has been a cooperative trustee since 2008. He completed his certification as a Credentialed Cooperative Director* (CCD) in 2011 and has started his board leadership certificate*. Casper believes his role as a trustee is to bring new ideas to the table, expand communication with members, and find ways to reduce operating costs, while providing affordable and reliable electric service. He believes the biggest challenge facing the electric industry is the uncertainty of regulations like the Clean Power Plan, which could lead to higher electric bills for Carroll Electric members. Casper has been married to Roxanne for 31 years. Together they have two sons, Clint and Codi, and recently welcomed a grandson, Easton.

District 9 Candidate

Representing all of Augusta Township in Carroll County along with sections 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36 of Brown Township in Carroll County and all of Lake Mohawk

Eric Howland Brown Township Carroll County


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Eric Howland retired from Thomas Steel after serving five years as manager of environmental affairs. Prior to his work for Thomas Steel, Howland served as manager of environmental affairs and manager of power and utilities for Republic Steel. He also has experience as a general foreman for electrical construction, including high-voltage and substation work. Howland has an associate degree in electrical engineering technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology. He is a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War era. He served aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Midway CVA-41 as a first-class electronics technician. Howland has also served as a board member for Lake Mohawk from 2010 to 2011. Howland has been a member of Carroll Electric since 2008. He believes the role of a trustee is to represent members’ best interests in cooperative issues. Howland believes the biggest challenge facing the electric industry is environmental regulatory requirements for air, water, and solid waste.


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District 9 Candidate

Representing all of Augusta Township in Carroll County along with sections 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36 of Brown Township in Carroll County and all of Lake Mohawk

Robert “Brad” Luckey Brown Township Carroll County

Brad Luckey, who is retired, worked for the Imperial Irrigation District in Imperial, California, for 12 years and has extensive experience in government, regulatory, and public affairs. He was also a self-employed farmer for 22 years with Luckey Farms in Brawley, California. The 1,655acre farm produced alfalfa, wheat, onions, carrots, and other crops. Luckey attended California Polytechnic State University and studied agricultural business management. He is a past member of the Imperial County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and has been an active member of the Association of California Water Agencies, serving as vice-chairman and chairman for Region 9. In addition, Luckey has been a member of the Imperial Grain Growers, Inc., Planters Ginning Company, and has served on a number of advisory boards for the University of California. He is currently a Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor and serves as treasurer for the Carroll County Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He continues his service with the Navy League of the U.S. Imperial Valley. Luckey has been a member of Carroll Electric since 2013. He believes the role of a trustee is to develop policy, guide its implementation, and support co-op employees by ensuring they have the proper tools and funding to complete their jobs with the greatest efficiency. He believes the biggest challenges facing the electric industry are the continued federal and state government regulations, lack of land use policy to guide development to the best areas based on services that are available, and continue to modernize the system without raising rates too high or too fast.

*Trustee Education NRECA’s Director Certificate Programs are specifically designed to help electric cooperative directors at every stage of their service, understand their roles and responsibilities, stay up-to-date on the key issues and trends in the industry, and prepare them to meet the challenges facing electric cooperatives now and in the future. The Director Certificate Programs are offered in three parts, taken in progression from fundamental to advanced: The Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) curriculum consists of five courses designed to provide essential knowledge and skills required of cooperative directors. The Board Leadership Certificate (BLC) is the next step in advancing the knowledge and experience

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directors need to govern their board effectively. The BLC can be attained after earning the CCD and then completing a total of 10 credits from courses including grassroots, power supply, cooperative business model, governance, finance, communications, technology, and risk management. The Director Gold Program recognizes directors who have earned their CCD and BLC credentials and are committed to continuing their education throughout their service on the board. Directors must earn three credits from a list of approved continuing education programs within a two-year period from the time their last Director Gold credential was awarded. Carroll Electric strongly suggests that every co-op trustee receive educational training so that her or she is versed in the electric industry to help serve you, our member-consumers, better. JULY 2017 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING


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Appreciating Electricity A penny at a time By Curtis Condon, editor of Ruralite magazine in Hillsboro, Oregon


’m old enough to remember when penny candy actually cost a penny. For a nickel, you could buy enough candy to rot your teeth out, as my mother used to say. But what does a penny buy these days? Not much. The government can’t even make a penny for a penny anymore. According to the U.S. Mint, it now costs 1.5 cents to produce one.

Electricity is about the only thing you can buy and still get value for just a penny’s worth.

About the only thing of value you can still get for a penny is electricity. You might call it “penny electricity.” No, I’m not kidding. Think about it. To make the math easier, let’s say the average rate for a kilowatt-hour of electricity is 10 cents. That is 60 minutes of 1,000 watts of electricity for a dime, so a penny of electricity equates to 100 watts. It’s enough to power a 9-watt LED lightbulb — the equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent bulb — for 11 hours, all for only a penny. Where else can you get that kind of value? How many eggs will a penny buy? How much milk, bread, coffee, medicine, or gasoline? Gas has come down from its stratospheric levels of several years ago, but there is still no comparison to the value of electricity. For example, if a gallon of gas costs $2.50 and your car gets 25 miles to the gallon, you can drive 176 yards — about two blocks — on a penny’s worth of gas. I will take 11 hours of lighting for a penny over a two-block drive any day.

The value is just as evident when powering things other than lighting. Take, for instance, your smartphone. Using the same 10 cents per kWh price, penny electricity allows you to fully charge your iPhone more than 18 times for a penny. You can charge it once every day of the year for about 20 cents total.

Not impressed? Well, how about these other examples of what you can do with just a penny’s worth of electricity: power a 1,000watt microwave on high for 6 minutes; run a 200watt desktop computer for 30 minutes; watch 2.5 hours of your favorite shows on a 40-watt, 32-inch LED television or 1.3 hours on a 75-watt, 75-inch mega TV. The examples are endless. We are fortunate electricity is such an excellent value because we have a huge appetite for it. We tend to forget that. Electricity is not expensive. It’s that we use it for so many different things: lighting, heating, cooking, cooling, refrigeration, cleaning, washing, pumping, entertainment, communications — even transportation these days. Few corners of our lives are left untouched by electricity. Unfortunately, we don’t always appreciate it. When our monthly electric bill comes, we open it and may complain about the cost. It’s a knee-jerk reaction ingrained in us as consumers. We don’t stop to think about the value we received for the money.


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Early in my career, I had the pleasure to interview an elderly woman who vividly remembered the day electricity came to her farm. Her name escapes me, but I do remember she proudly showed me the worn, dog-eared membership certificate the co-op issued to her husband.


“You young people will never know what it was like to have electricity for the very first time,” she said. “It was glorious. Nowadays, you take it for granted.” Her farm was energized in 1940. She said the price of electricity at the time was slightly less than a penny a kilowatt-hour — true penny electricity. A lot has changed since then. Wages and the cost of living today are a far cry from 1940, when the average annual wage was less than $150 a month and the average cost of a house was $3,920. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the value of electricity. In 77 years, its price has risen much slower than the rate of inflation. A penny in 1940 had as much buying power as 17 cents today, which means the residential price of electricity — which now averages 12 cents a kWh nationally and less than 10 cents in the Pacific Northwest — is actually a better deal today than it was in 1940. So to my way of thinking, the value of electricity is like the bygone days of penny candy, and it’s OK to indulge yourself a little. But, unlike penny candy, penny electricity won’t rot your teeth out.

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Vote by mail. Call 1-888-219-6049 to request a ballot.

Vote in person. Vote at the Carroll Electric annual meeting Aug. 26. Your account number is necessary to vote. The last four digits of the primary account holder’s SSN or Tax ID number is required to vote online or by phone.

Voting begins July 24 at Noon.

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his picture was taken in 1955 during a Carroll Electric safety education training. This type of training was very important, particularly for all linemen.


breathing apparatus has been paralyzed from electric shock or drowning. Artificial respiration supplies the victim’s body with oxygen until the body reacts and takes over.

This photo shows back pressure arm lift resuscitation, or artificial respiration, that is performed where the

Today, all Carroll Electric employees are certified in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).



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Energy efficiency should be a factor when when searching for a new home

The energy efficiency of your new home will impact your energy bills and comfort for years.


any times, prospective homebuyers are so caught up examining other aspects of the houses they see, they don’t consider energy costs (such as electricity, gas, and propane) in their decision. They ought to, since the average home costs about $2,000 in energy expenses per year — that’s a lot of money over the life of the home.

Matthew G. Bisanz

The size of a home is one of the most important factors that will determine energy costs. As square footage increases, lighting requirements increase, and more importantly, the burden on heating and cooling equipment increases.

A home’s insulation levels will significantly impact heating and cooling needs.

Also, while newer homes generally have better energy performance, buying a new home does not guarantee efficiency. If energy efficiency or green features are a high priority, buyers should look for homes that have ENERGY STAR, Built Green, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications.

For manufactured homes, newer ones are typically much more efficient than older ones, but they still don’t have to meet the same energy code requirements of site-built homes. Residents of manufactured homes spend about 70 percent more on energy per square foot of living space than do residents of site-built homes. Once a buyer is interested in a specific home, one of the first factors to consider is how the energy performance of that home compares to similar homes. Although buyers may request electricity, natural gas, or propane bills from the sellers, they’re not a precise measure of home energy performance. The Home Energy Rating


Kanyon Payne, a home energy rater with United Cooperative Service, uses an infrared camera to show consumers where energy losses occur.

System (HERS) Index allows consumers to comparison shop based on energy performance, similar to the way they comparison shop for cars. A certified home energy rater will need to inspect the home to develop a HERS rating. It can be done during the inspection process, or a rating may be requested from the seller. Although many homebuyers focus on energy features that have the strongest impact on the aesthetics of the home (think windows and lighting fixtures), it’s the hidden systems, such as appliances, that have the most impact on energy performance. Heating and cooling systems consume about half of a home’s energy use and are costly to replace. If the home’s heating system, for example, is more than 10 years old, it may be necessary to replace it in the near term, a factor that buyers need to consider. It can be helpful to call your local electric cooperative for advice. Many electric co-ops can assist with energy audits and offer incentives for energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. PAT KEEGAN writes for Collaborative Efficiency, an energy communications company.


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Ohio sends 37 students to D.C. on Youth Tour Ohio electric cooperatives sent 37 rising high school juniors and seniors on a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., in June for the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. For more than 50 years, cooperatives across the country have sent students to learn about government and the cooperative business model, gain leadership skills, make friends from across the state — and, of course, see the famous capital sights. Ohio’s students were among 1,700 high schoolers from 47 states to convene in Washington, D.C., for the week. The trip is coordinated by Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, the trade association for the 24 cooperatives serving Ohio.

Berry named Midwest Electric CEO

The Midwest Electric Board of Trustees has named Matt Berry as new chief executive officer. Berry began his tenure with the 11,000-member co-op in 2000 as manager of customer and community relations. He has served as interim manager/CEO since February. Matt Berry Berry also serves as executive secretary of Midwest Electric’s Community Connection Fund and as chair of the Midwest Electric Revolving Loan Fund. Berry’s leadership reach extends to community-based initiatives as well. He is president-elect of the Greater Grand Lake Region Board of Trustees, and he has served in various executive and leadership capacities on the board of the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce.

Gross earns awards for outdoors columns Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor, W.H. “Chip” Gross, recently won five writing and photography awards from the Outdoor Writers of Ohio, for stories and photos that appeared in Country Living (now Ohio Cooperative Living) in 2016.

• Best Magazine Article (1st place), Shipwrecked: Reflections of the Sole W.H. “Chip” Gross Survivor, November. • Best How-To Article (1st), Become a Purple Martin Landlord, August. • Best Travel Article (1st), America’s Best Idea: The National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years, July. • Best Group or Series of Photographs (2nd), America’s Best Idea: The National Park Service Celebrates 100 years, July. • Best Column (3rd), “Woods, Waters & Wildlife.” “We are continually proud of the work Chip does for us,” OCL editor Jeff McCallister says. “Our readers have told us for years how much they love ‘Woods, Waters, and Wildlife.’ It’s gratifying to see it more widely recognized.”

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Ohio’s Youth Tour delegation of 37 students, at one of the trip’s most anticipated stops.

SmartHub launch simplifies members’ lives

Important electric notifications will soon be a screen tap away. Several Ohio electric cooperatives, including Logan County Electric Cooperative in Bellefontaine, Washington Electric Cooperative in Marietta, Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative in Paulding, and Harrison Rural Electrification Association in northern West Virginia, are launching a new online platform called SmartHub in an effort to enhance management, response time, bill payment options, and reliability for members. SmartHub is a free app for IOS or Android devices, as well as a web interface much like the one members are already used to using. The service allows members to manage their accounts and pay bills anywhere at any time; report outages and receive live restoration updates; and monitor monthly electric usage.

Other co-ops around the state already use the program. To check if yours offers SmartHub, visit the co-op website or call the office for more information.

Pioneer Electric welcomes first-grader with a passion for electricity Jacob Eckert, a first-grader at Conrad Elementary School in Troy, can’t get enough of electricity — learning how it works, that is. Sevenyear-old Jacob, along with his dad and grandfather, recently visited Pioneer Electric Jacob Eckert Cooperative’s Piqua facility to see how electrical equipment works and to talk with Pioneer’s operations staff. Eckert’s father says Jacob has been fascinated with electricity since he was just 1 year old, building his own power plants out of cardboard boxes. Today, he has his own electrical panel and works with Snap Circuits, hoping to one day be an electrical engineer. JULY 2017 •  OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING


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“At the Loudonville Fourth of July parade with our grandchildren!” Scott VanHorn


Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative member


“Pictured is my son, William, sitting in a rocking chair belonging to his great-grandfather, First Lieutenant William Lylle Emerson. We remember Grandpa as our World War II hero, having made the ultimate sacrifice in Normandy at the age of 25. My son was named after him and they even share the same birthday.” Kira Davis Midwest Electric member

“Behtzie Brite is ready for the Fourth of July fireworks!” Tamara Rollin




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“Waiting for the Wooster fireworks and decided to take some pictures using sparklers with my friends!” Thomas Wenger

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“Self-described American patriot, Sydney, dressed up as Lady Liberty.” Leslie Jones South Central Power Company member

“This is our youngest granddaughter, Cora. Her mother serves in the U.S. Army Reserve. This photo shows our family’s patriotic spirit and tradition of service to our country.” Jim and Suzy Kline

North Western Electric Cooperative members


Brooklyn Turley of Fostoria, 2 years old. Lori Conine Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative member


“Our granddaughter, Taylor, attending a Fourth of July celebration. She was about 20 months old in this picture.” Donna LaCroix Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative member



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“This is Carson. I thought it would be cute for the Fourth of July to dress him up. He did not mind — he was a very chill cat.” Tamara Rollin Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative member

“Our little firecracker grandson, Brody, in 2009.” Dave Griffin Washington Electric

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“My Cub Scout grandson, Benjamin, honoring veterans in the Memorial Day parade in Marengo.” Teresa Garlinger


Consolidated Electric Cooperative member


“My husband and seven of our grandchildren after participating in the annual Memorial Day parade in Liberty Center, Ohio.” Eva Saneholtz Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative member


“My grandson, Jensen.” Emma Williams Washington Electric Cooperative member

“My husband, Scott, and myself alongside our son, Clayton, at his graduation day from the Air Force basic training in San Antonio, Texas. So proud of his commitment!” Christy Biller North Central Electric Cooperative member



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“Welcoming home our bowling teammate Irv, who is now 91 years old, with a sign that I made for him from the 2013 Honor Flight for WWII veterans.” Janice Thomas South Central Power Company member


“Our granddaughter enjoying her first Fourth of July at our family picnic.” Catherine Grubba South Central Power Company member


“Our dog, Cosmo, loves the flag and showing his patriotic spirit!” Lee Hundley

Union Rural Electric Cooperative member


“Ready to haul the grand marshal in the Circleville Memorial Day parade.” Forrest “Tim” Coey (88 years old, Korean Conflict veteran)

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“My fur-legged kids being patriotic!” Natalie Jones Frontier Power Company member

Send us your pictures!

Upload your photos at memberinteractive. For December, send photos representing the 12 Days of Christmas by Sept. 15; for January, send your photos of “Staying warm” by Oct. 15. Make sure to include your name, mailing address, phone number or e-mail, the name of your electric co-op, and who the person(s) in the photo is, as well as an explanation of the photo.

“Healing Field in commemoration of 9/11 at the Spiritual Center of Maria Stein.” Christopher Killian South Central Power Company member



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Thursday, June 29, 4–8 p.m. A day of intergenerational racing: grandparents race grandchildren, aunts and uncles race nieces and nephews, parents race their kids, and siblings and their friends race each other. Participants of all ages are welcome, but children must be at least 7 years of age, 46 inches tall, and able to operate a Soap Box Derby car on their own. Tickets are $5 (for adults or children) and may be purchased from the Active Adult office at 220 South Balch Street in Akron, 44302.

United Way Corporate Derby Challenge

Thursday, July 13, 6:30–8:30 p.m. and Friday, July 14, noon–8:30 p.m. A great team-building opportunity and guaranteed fun. Proceeds benefit the Soap Box Derby’s Bill Speeg Memorial Scholarship Fund and support at-risk youth in Summit County.

Open Hill

Thursday, July 20, 3–5 p.m., Whitey Wahl Pavilion Starting Line As part of the 80th All-American Soap Box Derby, you’ll have a chance to ride down the Derby Downs track in an adult or youth Soap Box Derby car (for $20 per ride), plus have the opportunity to meet some of the Derby champions from around the world.

Inclusion Day

Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. A free event, but registration is required. Individuals with disabilities and their siblings have the opportunity to take a ride down the Derby Downs track in a ride-along Soap Box Derby car.

Soap Box Derby Senior Day

Thursday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. In addition to a ride down the world-famous Derby Downs track, seniors will have the opportunity to interact with doctors from Cleveland Clinic Akron General at the on-site health and wellness fair. Lunch will be served 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Rain date: Thursday, September 7. Admission $14. www.

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Ohio’s historic Muskingum River lock system provides history lessons alongside the spectacular views

The Stockport Mill (above right), at the sixth of the series of locks and dams on the Muskingum River, offers a picturesque setting and the perfect spot for a quick snack on the trip. Insets show the Lowell single-chamber lock and canal (top) and the Rokeby dam.



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Fishermen reap the bounty of the Devola dam, the farthest downriver dam remaining on the Muskingum.


ncompassing four counties, the Muskingum River lock system is on the National Register of Historic Places as the first Navigation Historic District in the United States. Originally built to connect the Ohio & Erie Canal to the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, the system lives on, though the canals are long gone.

by boat is something that should be researched with the regional state park office in the area of choice. The full distance when driving the roads along the river is 112 miles from Marietta to Coshocton — not exactly a day trip, but certainly possible as a weekend excursion (unless you take advantage of all the great things to do and see along the way).

What makes this state treasure unique is the fact that today — 176 years after construction — the locks are still hand-operated and functional.

Built between 1837 and 1841, each of the 11 locks has its own story and appeal. Follow the winding Muskingum River from the mouth at Marietta, where the original Lock & Dam No. 1 was removed after it became obsolete. Route 60 takes you upriver to Lock & Dam No. 2 at Devola, named after one of the first families to settle there. The dam is a favorite fishing spot.

At its zenith, the Muskingum River locking system gave the state and the entire Midwest access to trade and development. Today, through maintenance and care by the Ohio State Parks system, more than 7,000 recreational boaters can enjoy fishing, picnicking, and hiking in the beautiful Muskingum Valley of southeastern Ohio. Any of these historical sites would make for a nice day trip, but the adventurous should take the time to explore the full length of the Muskingum River Water Trail.

Following the trail

One has the choice of either boating or driving to enjoy the full historical experience of the Muskingum River Water Trail — though navigating the waterways

Continuing north a little over 8 miles will bring you to Lock & Dam No. 3 at Lowell. The single-chamber lock and bypass canal form Buell’s Island, the largest of the river islands. This is a great spot for a day trip, as the island boasts 11 historical buildings, including a restored school. Lock & Dam No. 4 at Beverly has the sad history of being the site of a horrendous riverboat explosion on November 12, 1852. The side-wheeler Buckeye Belle was a complete loss, the death toll was great,

Many of the hand-operated gears of the lock system, such as this one at Devola (left), are still operational, 176 years after their construction. At right, the original tender's house still stands on an island next to the lock in Zanesville.

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Philo's dam was one of the first constructed to power a saw and flour mill. It also offers stunning photo opportunities.

and scores of other passengers were badly wounded. The park has a boat ramp, restrooms, and picnic areas. The suggested pathway leaves Route 60 at that point, moving instead to Washington County Road 32 or 102 (off State Route 339) to gain access to the most remote of the Muskingum River locks — Luke Chute Lock & Dam No. 5. The wildness and beauty of this area is well worth the drive off the beaten path. Continue on Route 266 to Big Bottom State Memorial, which is an excellent site for paddling access. The floodplain here was the site of a 1791 massacre of Ohio Company settlers by Native Americans trying to expel them from native land, beginning four years of frontier warfare. Picturesque Stockport Lock & Dam No. 6 offers a perfect spot to stop for lunch at the restored Stockport Mill. It’s the only remaining mill of many that once were common sights along the Muskingum River. A boat ramp and picnic facilities are available, and the Buckeye Trail These ruins are all that remain where the Ohio & Erie Canal con- is accessible from this site. nected with the Muskingum and Tuscarawas rivers.

McConnelsville Lock & Dam No. 7 was constructed in 1830 at the village founded by Revolutionary War General Robert McConnel. Cut masonry stone formed the lock, and the inner wall formed a common wall with the McConnel Mill. Many remnants of original structures are still visible. Civil War history shines at Rokeby Lock & Dam No. 8. In 1863, Confederate General John H. Morgan and hundreds of his cavalry forded the Muskingum

River at this very spot, raiding farms and taking horses as they fled. Morgan’s raid was the northernmost excursion ever made by Confederate forces. Traveling again on Route 60, head north to Philo Lock & Dam No. 9, one of the first dams constructed to provide power to a saw and flour mill. The original was known as the Taylorsville Dam. This park has limited facilities, but offers a picnic area, water, and parking. Approaching Zanesville, one can visit Putnam Landing. While not a lock, the park is in the Putnam Historic District, established in 1800 and considered one of the oldest in Ohio — well worth the stop. Zanesville Lock & Dam No. 10 is the only tandem lock in the system, and has mitered wood gates. The original lock tender’s house sits on a long, narrow island next to the lock, and a former towpath provides nice views of the system. The final lock in the system is Ellis Lock & Dam No. 11, north of Zanesville, off Route 60. This lock is not operational — it was damaged by flooding long ago and was not repaired. The retirement of this lock breaks up the full trip from Marietta to Coshocton. The park area offers fishing, boating, restrooms, water, camping, and picnicking, with plenty of parking. While there are no more locks or dams after Ellis, the remainder of the river trail extends up through Dresden and into Coshocton. At the Dresden Ramp, there’s a pedestrian suspension bridge that was constructed in 1914 and is on the National Historic Register. At Coshocton, you’ll see remnants of the Ohio & Erie Canal where it connected with the Muskingum and Tuscarawas rivers, making a navigable waterway from Marietta on the Ohio River all the way to Lake Erie.

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RULES Ohio Cooperative Living magazine is looking for photos from Ohio and West Virginia electric cooperative members to use in its 2018 cooperative calendar. We’re interested in seasonal scenes from each month of the year–images that really “pop” and convey a sense of time and place. Photo subjects must be interesting and the shot well-planned and framed. If their images are chosen for publication, amateur co-op photographers could earn $100 or more.

One (1) photo entry per member. High-resolution color digital images only. No prints, slides, or proof sheets–no snail mail! Send submissions by e-mail attachment only. Photo format must be horizontal and capable of filling an 8 x 11-inch image area. Include explanation of photo (where, what, when) and who took the shot. Include name, address, phone number, and co-op membership in e-mail message. Shots featuring people who can be identified within the photo must be accompanied by a signed publication release.

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Hotel LeVeque blends art deco, nautical theme in an iconic Columbus building


sing a classic art deco backdrop and modern accoutrements, Hotel LeVeque is trying to distinguish itself in the competitive downtown Columbus lodging market and beckoning to those vising the capital city in search of a unique experience. Hotel LeVeque is among Marriott International’s luxury brand, Autograph Collection Hotels. The 149-room boutique hotel occupies floors 5 through 10 of the 47-story LeVeque Tower, the history of which was cast in stone nearly a century ago.

The structure dates to 1927, when it was built as the American Insurance Union Citadel, designed by architect Charles Howard Crane. It went through many name changes over the years, but has been known simply as the LeVeque Tower since 1945.

Indelible impression

At the northeast corner of East Broad Street and South Front Street, the hotel has myriad personal The LeVeque Tower is perhaps touches designed to leave the iconic building on the an indelible impression Columbus skyline. on the guest, says Michael Shannon, director of sales and marketing for Hotel LeVeque.“Everyone’s a VIP,” he says.

With a celestial theme woven throughout the facility, the hotel offers telescopes in each room. A nightstand projector broadcasts a moving

constellation on the ceiling of each bedroom. Both sweet and savory treats, made locally by Sadie Baby Sweets, are placed bedside.

There are 50 variations of room styles, from traditional guest rooms to suites, all with whitetile bathrooms, glass shower enclosures, and customized spray systems. Many rooms have a striking view of the Scioto Mile, the downtown park along the banks of the Scioto River.


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The hotel itself features three meeting rooms with a total of nearly 2,000 square feet, seating 45 to 65, depending on how they’re configured.

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patriotic songs played on the reed organ. A Naturalization Ceremony will be held Tues. at 11 a.m. 800-590-9755 or www. JUL. 4 – Independence Day Concert, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 2–3:30 p.m. Free. Bring your own chair or blanket for this patriotic concert, performed by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band on the verandah of the historic Hayes Home. 419-3322081 or

THROUGH SEPT. 4 – Marblehead Lighthouse Tours, Marblehead Lake State Park, 1100 Lighthouse Dr., daily 12–4 p.m. Free tours of Keeper’s House and Lifesaving Station. $3 tour charge to climb the tower; under age 6 free. 419-7344424, ext. 2, or

JUL. 1 – Beach Spectacular and Fireworks, Indian Lake State Park, Old Field Beach, Russells Point, beginning 11 a.m. A day of sun in the fun, with pageants, food, swimming, games, and more. Classic car cruise-in registration 10 a.m.–1 p.m.; fee $10; awards at 3 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. 937-843-5392 or JUL. 1–4 – Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Weekend, Sauder Village, 22611 St. Rte. 2, Archbold, Sat./Mon./ Tues. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. noon–4 p.m. $17, C. (6–16) $11, under 6 free. Veterans and active-duty military admitted free all weekend. Kids age 16 and under admitted free on Sun. Enjoy hand-cranked ice cream, old-fashioned games, and


JUL. 7–9 – 2nd annual Flag City Daylily Tour, Findlay and Hancock Co., Fri./Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. noon–6 p.m. Free. Features six (two new) daylily gardens, each with its own special personality. Tour at your leisure and see at least 3,000 different registered daylilies. “Flag City Daylily Tour” on Facebook,, 419-889-8827, or e-mail JUL. 7–9 – Huron River Fest, Huron Boat Basin, 330 N. Main St., Huron. Free. Competitions and parade, live entertainment, games, 5K/Fun Run, Road Show, and other activities. Fireworks Fri. 10:15 p.m.

JUL. 8 – Classics on Main Car Show, 130 S. Main St., Bowling Green, 12–4 p.m., vehicle check-in 8 a.m.–noon. Free admission/parking. Features close to 400 vehicles from vintage 1920s models to modern electrics. Trophies awarded in 21 categories. 419-354-4332 or JUL. 8–9 – Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival, Maumee Bay State Park, Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. hours TBA. Boat rides, live entertainment, kids’ activities, and good food. More than 50 nautical artists and crafters. 419-691-3788 or JUL. 9 – Putt Around the Lake, Indian Lake State Park,

JUN. 30–JUL. 4 – Rib, White, and Blue, Lock 3, 200 S. Main St., Akron, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Free admission. Celebrate Independence Day weekend with rib vendors from all over the state, music, and fireworks. 330-375-2877 or www.lock3live. com. JUL. 1–2 – Loudonville Car Show, Fireworks, and Antique Festival, Central Park, Loudonville. Free. Awardwinning car show, plus fireworks, on Sat., antique festival Sat.–Sun. Live entertainment, food, and more. 419-994-2519 or

JUL. 4–8 – Orrville Firefighters Independence Day Celebration, Orr Park, Orrville. Parade on the 4th at 4 p.m., fireworks on the 8th at 10:15 p.m. 330-684-5051 or www.

JUL. 7–9 – 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. Two- and three-day passes available. Native American live music, dancing, and drum competitions; storytelling and tomahawk throwing; and fire starting demos. 800-766-2267 or JUL. 7–9 – Cain Park Arts Festival, 14591 Superior Rd., Cleveland Heights, Fri. 3–8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 12–5 p.m. Free Fri.; Sat./Sun. $5, under 13 free. Meet 150 artists displaying their jewelry, paintings, sculptures, clay and glass works, and more at one of America’s top-rated arts festivals. Enjoy gourmet food and live entertainment too. 216371-3000 or


tee-off at 10 a.m. $60 per four-person team. By boat or by car, teams putt around to 18 different establishments at the lake. Choose your nine best hole scores to win. 937-843-5392 or


JUL. 15 – 15th Annual Malinta Festival, Monroe Twp. Fire House, Malinta, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Flea market, car show, BBQ, kids’ area, live entertainment, auctions, and lots more. 419-966-2392.

JUL. 16 – Lakeside Wooden Boat Show and Plein Air Art Festival, 150 Maple Ave., Lakeside, 12-4 p.m. Gate fee applies. More than 50 wooden boats, each classified on the year of the model, will be featured. The festival also hosts more than 30 plein air artists from across the Midwest, whom you can watch paint. Artwork can be purchased. 419-798-4461 or www. JUL. 22 – The Ohio State University Alumni Band, Hoover Auditorium, 115 Third St., Lakeside, 8:15–10:30 p.m. Hear fan favorites such as “Buckeye Battle Cry” and “Hang On Sloopy,” along with jazz, marches, contemporary music, and big band hits. 419-798-4461 or JUL. 23 – Upper Valley Community Orchestra, Historic Sidney Theater, 120 W. Poplar St., Sidney, 3 p.m. 937-6381466.

JUL. 28–30 – Alice in Wonderland, Van Wert Civic Theatre, 118 S. Race St., Van Wert, Thur.–Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $10. 419-238-9689 or JUL. 29 – Good Ole Summertime Festival, downtown North Baltimore, 8 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Golf tourney, car show, craft/flea market, 5K run, games, live music, and food. Concert at 7 p.m. features Nashville recording artist Sean Williams. Festival ends with fireworks display at the park.


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JU JUL. 8–9 – 25th Annual Ashland Co. Yesteryear Machinery Club Show, Ashland Co.–West Holmes Career Ctr., 1783 St. Rte. 60 S., Ashland. Free; donations appreciated. Show features Minneapolis Moline tractors and equipment, Gravely tractors, and Briggs & Stratton engines. All military vehicles welcome. Kiddie pedal pull Sun. at 1 p.m., registration at noon. or

JUL. 8–9 – Summer Festival of the Arts, Youngstown University, 1 University Plaza, Youngstown, Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. A celebration of the performing and visual arts, including a juried art show featuring the works of local, regional, and national artists. Enjoy live music, food, and more. 330-941-2307 or THROUGH AUG. 12 – Ohio Light Opera, Freedlander Theatre, 329 E. University St., Wooster, 7:30 p.m., matinees 2 p.m. 330-263-2345 or


JUL. 9–16 – Trumbull County Fair, 899 Everett Hull Rd., Cortland, daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m. $8. Traditional county fair with youth activities, entertainment, rides, games, and food. 330637-6010 or

JUL. 13–15 – Olde Canal Days Festival, 123 Tuscarawas St., Canal Fulton, Thur./Fri. 5–11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Free admission. Rides $1 each, or $15 all-day wrist band. Ride the St. Helena III, tour historical sites, and enjoy fun activities and entertainment for the whole family. 330-854-9095 or www. JUL. 14 – Library “Lock-In,” Ohio Genealogical Society Meeting, Richland Co. Chapter, OGS Library, 611 St. Rte. 97 W., Bellville, 6–11 p.m. $10 fee, includes meal. Use of materials and computers for the evening. Open to the public. Register by Jul. 7: call Sundra Peters at 419-524-0924. www.rootsweb. JUL. 14–16 – Island Fest, Memorial Park, 112 Division St., Kelleys Island, Fri. 4–11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free admission. Waterfront craft fair, live entertainment, nighttime street dances, parade, fireworks, a variety of food and snacks, and a beer tent. 419-7462360, e-mail, and www.

JUL. 19 – Field Trip to Columbus Metropolitan Library, Ohio Genealogical Society Meeting, Richland Co. Chapter, OGS Library, 611 St. Rte. 97 W., Bellville. Meet at 9 a.m. to car pool together. Open to the public. Register by Jul. 18: call Sundra Peters at 419-524-0924. www.rootsweb.ancestry. com/~ohrichgs/.

Advance tickets $22, or $34 weekend pass. Showcases over 150 wines as well as select craft beers and spirits, plus music, food, and seminars. 330-256-8704 or JUL. 21–23 – Doughty Valley Steam Days, 5025 St. Rte. 557, Millersburg (Holmes Co.). Between Berlin and Charm, 4 miles south of St. Rte. 39/557 intersection, near Guggisburg Cheese. $4/day, 12 and under free. See antique farm machinery, tractors, and a large gathering of steam engines in action. Horse pull Thur. evening, antique tractor pull Fri. evening. Food available from local vendors. 330-763-0303.

JUL. 22 – Love Fest Music Festival, Historic Chardon Square, Chardon, 2–10 p.m. Open-air music festival that gives stage to local, up-and-coming stars of the next generation of music. Family-friendly environment. 440-632-1538 or http://

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JUL. 22–23 – 22nd Annual F.A.R.M. Tractor Show, Recreation Park, New London. Antique tractors, gas engines, tractor parade, kids’ pedal tractor pull, and more. Featuring Massey Harris–Ferguson Wheel Horse tractors and equipment. All makes and models welcome. 419-929-0502.

JUL. 23 – Bellissimo: Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Show, Gervasi Vineyard, 1700 55th St. NE, Canton, 12–5 p.m. Free. Over 50 local visual artists and artisans will be featured at the Outdoor Pavilion. 330-497-1000 or Events/. JUL. 28–30 – Antique Power and Steam Show, 14653 E. Park St., Burton, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Displays of steam engines, gas engines, construction equipment, tractors, and many other types of machinery. 440-669-2578 or www.

JUL. 29–30 – Zoar Harvest Festival, 198 Main St., Zoar, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $9 for adults. One of the nation’s most prestigious antiques shows with more than 60 dealers of high-quality country antiques. Includes juried artisan showcase, contemporary crafts, historical demos, and museum tours. Antique car show Sun. only. 800-262-6195 or www. JUL. 31–AUG. 6 – Medina County Fair, 720 W. Smith Rd., Medina, Mon.–Sat. 8 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.–8 p.m. $6, Srs./C. (2–11) $3, under 2 free. Entertainment for the whole family. 330-242-4056 or

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JUN. 30, JUL. 1–2 – Wild and Wonderful Craft Festival, Evans Rd., Cottageville. A festival like no other, featuring an impressive range of crafts and tunes by some of the country’s most talented artisans. 304-531-2009 or www.

JUL. 4 – Wheeling Symphony: “Celebrate America!,”

Heritage Port, 1201 Water St., Wheeling, 7–11 p.m. Free. Concert followed by fireworks. 304-232-6191 or www.

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JUL. 8–9 – Coshocton County Antique Power

Association Annual Summer Show, 707 Kenilworth Ave., Coshocton. Free. Antique tractors and equipment on display. Featuring John Deere. 740-545-7792 or www.visitcoshocton. com/events.

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JUL. 8 – BLISS Series: “Backyard Conservation,” with

Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, Fri./Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. A Palace Production of the classic tale, directed by Clare Cooke and featuring a large cast of local talent. $18–$40 adults, $12 for ages 12 and under. 740-383-2101 or www.

THROUGH AUG. 6 – CAPA Summer Movie Series, Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Columbus, Wed.–Sun. 7:30 p.m., Sun. matinee 2 p.m. $5, Srs. $4. America’s longest-running classic film series. 614-469-0939 or

JUL. 13 – “The Real Facts of the Sam Sheppard

Schoenbrunn Amphitheatre, 1600 Trumpet Dr. NE, New Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. $10–$20. 330-339-1132 or www.

JUL. 14–15 – Harding Symposium: “The Great War:

Pavilion, McKinley Park, 1000 McKinley Park Dr., Marion, 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, sit back, and enjoy the sounds of music in the park. 740-360-2213 or Marion-Concert-Band-352283439203/.

JUL. 14–16 – Miami Valley Steam Threshers

the Arena District, Columbus, noon–midnight. Kids’ activities, live music, parade, and much more, ending with Ohio’s largest fireworks display. 614-299-9221 or www.redwhiteandboom. org.

JUL. 14–16 – Lilyfest, Bishop Educational Gardens, 13200

THROUGH AUG. 19 – Trumpet in the Land,

JUL. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Marion Concert Series, Erickson

JUL. 3 – Red, White & BOOM!, downtown riverfront and

JUL. 3–8 – Marion County Fair, 220 E. Fairground St.,

Marion. Rides, livestock shows, tractor pulls, demo derby, and live music. Buildings with displays of 4-H projects, flowers, vegetables, and fine wood projects. Fireworks at 10 p.m. on the 4th! 740-382-2558 or

JUL. 7–9 – 12th Annual Outville Power Show,

Harrison Twp. Complex, 6750 Outville Rd. SW, Pataskala. Working antique construction, mining, and farm equipment on display all days. Truck and tractor pulls, semi drag racing, car and truck show, and more. 614-207-1781, 614-309-3310,, or outvillepowershow.


Case,” with Judge Luann Cooperrider, Somerset Artists’ Coop, 206 S. Market St., Somerset, 7 p.m. Donations accepted as admission. E-mail

How America Came of Age,” Ohio State Marion, 1465 Mount Vernon Ave., Marion. Exploration of America’s role in World War I. Register by Jul. 8. 740-725-6253 or http:// Association 68th Annual Show and Reunion, Pastime Park, Plain City. $5. Displays and demos of steam engines, antique tractors, gas engines, and more. 614-270-0007 or Little Cola Rd., Rockbridge, Fri. 10 a.m. –6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.– 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Over 60 artists, a variety of music, food, a butterfly house, plus Master Gardeners and Ohio Volunteer Certified Naturalists. Gardens open without vendors on Jul. 9–12, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 740-969-2873 or www.

JUL. 15 – Annual Presidential Wreath Laying, Harding Memorial, corner of Delaware Ave. (St. Rte. 423) and Vernon Heights Blvd., Marion, 10:30 a.m. rain or shine. This moving event honors the memory and service of President Warren G. Harding. A brigadier general leads the ceremony and places the official wreath. 740-387-9630 or

JUL. 6–8 – Ohio Hills Folk Festival, Fair and South Sts., Quaker City, 10 a.m.–11 p.m. Parades, car show, live entertainment, rides, flea market, country store, and more. 740-679-2704 or


105 N. High St., Hillsboro, Thur. 4–10:30 p.m., Fri./Sat. 10 a.m.–10:30 p.m. 5K run Sat. 8 a.m. Free concerts, parade, car show, games and rides, historical displays, and many crafters and food vendors.

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JUL. 21 – Taste of Worthington, 450 W. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, 5:30–10 p.m. $3 (or $5 for two), under 6 free. Annual food sampling festival promoting local restaurants. 614-888-3040 or www.experienceworthington. com.

JUL. 23 – Music and Art in the Park, Buckeye Lake Yacht Club (grass area), Buckeye Lake, 2–7 p.m. Free admission. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the concert. Also a beer garden, food, and local art vendors. 740-929-1998 or JUL. 26–AUG. 6 – Ohio State Fair, Ohio State Fgds., 717

E. 17th Ave., Columbus, daily 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Advance ticket $6. At gate: $10, Srs./C. (5–12) $8, under 5 free. $5 parking. 888-646-3976 or

JUL. 28–29 – Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest,

downtown Canal Winchester, Fri. 5–11 p.m., Sat. noon–11 p.m. Free. A street celebration featuring live blues music, world-class ribs, a wide variety of quality non-rib food options, children’s activities, fan-cooled dining areas, and a beer and wine garden for ages 21 and over. 614-270-5053 or www.

JUL. 28–31 – AKC Dog Show, Marion Co. Fgds.,

220 E. Fairground St., Marion. 740-387-2394 or www.

JUL. 28–29 – Civil War Reenactment and Encampment Cruises, Lorena Sternwheeler, Zanesville. $15, reservations required. 800-743-2303 or

JUL. 30 – “Sunday Drive” Car Show, Malabar Farm State Park, 4050 Bromfield Rd., Lucas, 12–4 p.m. Free admission; entrance fee for those entering a car. Take a Sunday drive to a bygone era to enjoy the cars, music, and some old-fashioned foods. 419-892-2784 or

JUL. 13–16 – Jamboree in the Hills, 43510 National Rd., Belmont. The nation’s longest-running and most popular country music festival. Lineup features some of country music’s best-known artists. 800-624-5456 or www.jamboreeinthehills. com.

JUL. 28-30 – International Sunflower Festival, Frankfort, Fri. 5–9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Free. Sunflower contest and show, grand parade, princess pageant, baby contest, car show, and other fun activities. www.

JUL. 14–15 – Sweet Corn Festival, Muskingum Park, downtown Marietta, Fri. 5–9 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Enjoy fresh local roasted sweet corn. See antique tractors and gas engines or take part in the pedal tractor pull, corn hole tournament, and corn eating contest. www.mariettasweetcorn. com. JUL. 15 – Railroad Days Rendezvous, Pike Lake State Park, 1847 Pike Lake Rd., Bainbridge (Ross Co.), 10

JUL. 8–9 – History Alive at the Johnston Farm,

9845 N. Hardin Rd., Piqua,12–5 p.m. Reenactors present a historical timeline of the years 1748 (Pickawillany) to 1862 (Camp Piqua), bringing to life people and events that had great impact on both American and Ohio history. Visit the Johnston home, tour the Indian and Canal Museum, and ride on the canal boat General Harrison of Piqua. 800-752-2619 or

Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy. This figure and freestyle competition is part of the Future Champions Series and will host over 300 participants from all over the U.S. 937-3398521 or

JUL. 6–8 – Festival of the Bells, Courthouse Square,

Free entertainment, nightly fish fry, grand parade Sat. 6 p.m. 740-332-6033,, or find us on Facebook.

a.m.–3 p.m. Free. Displays of model railroads, collectibles, memorabilia, exhibits, and model train displays. Games and live music with refreshments. 740-493-2212 or www.piketravel. com.

JUL. 13–16 –Troy Summer Skating Competition,

JUL. 5, 12, 19, 26 – Weekly Wednesday Bluegrass Night, Pit to Plate BBQ, 8021 Hamilton Ave., Mt. Healthy, 7–9 p.m. Free. Hosted by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Bring your instrument and join the band to pick a good bluegrass number. 513-931-9100.

JUL. 19–22 – Fireman’s Old Time Festival, Laurelville.

JUL. 8 – Moonlight Canoe Tour, 31251 Chieftain Dr., Logan, 6:45–10:30 p.m. $45 per canoe for two people. Reservations required. Experience the Hocking River as it quietly settles in for the night. The full moon shines bright to lead the way. 800-634-6820 or JUL. 8–9 – Riverfront Roar, Marietta. Free. Come enjoy the best in tunnel boat racing, see the powerboats close-up, and meet the drivers and crews. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs and stay all day. “Run for the Roar” 5K, Sat. 8 a.m. 740-3735178 or

JUL. 3–4 – Gallipolis River Recreation Festival, 300 Second Ave., Gallipolis, 9 a.m.–11 p.m. Contests and races, food, arts and crafts, parade, and fireworks. 740-446-0596 or

JUL. 19 – Lorena Sternwheeler Dinner Cruise, Zanesville, 6–8 p.m. $35. Board at Zane’s Landing Park located on the west end of Market St. Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance. Children’s menu also available. 800-7432303 or

JUL. 14–15 – Quilts of Highland County, Hillsboro High

School, 550 U.S. Rte. 62 S., Hillsboro, Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. $5. Beautiful quilt displays, quilt raffle, door prizes, silent auction, and vendors. 937-393-9758.

JUL. 15 – Adams County Fair Open Horse Show, Adams Co. Fgds., West Union, beginning 12 p.m. 937-6950550 or e-mail

JUL. 21 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, City Park, 7700 Perry St., Mt. Healthy, 7–9 p.m. Bring a lawnchair and enjoy an evening of lively bluegrass music. 513-931-

JUL. 22 – New Moon Glow Float, 31251 Chieftain Dr., Logan, 6:45–10:30 p.m. $45 per canoe for two people. Reservations required. Paddle your canoe from sunset to darkness, lit only by the glow sticks reflecting on the water. One glow stick provided per person. 800-634-6820 or www.

JUL. 28–30 – Ohio River Ferryboat Festival, Fly, OH (Monroe Co.), and Sisterville, WV (Tyler Co.), 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Come celebrate the 200th year of this ferryboat connection between the states, the only ferry still operating on the Ohio River between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Food, vendors and crafts, free entertainment, and prizes. 740-472-4848 or www.

8840, e-mail, or departments/parks/.

JUL. 21–22 – Miami Valley Music Fest, Eagles

Campground, 2252 Troy-Urbana Rd., Troy. Features some of the region’s best musicians. 937-371-7228 or www.

JUL. 22 – Buckeye Craft Beer and BBQ Festival, Renaissance Park, 10542 E. St. Rte. 73, Waynesville, noon–11 p.m. $5. Lip-smacking BBQ, 60-plus craft beers, and live music. 513-932-1817 or JUL. 25–30 – 54th Annual Annie Oakley Festival,

York Woods, 6129 Reed Rd.,Versailles. A festival honoring Darke Co.’s most famous daughter. Shooting contests, fast draw competitions, bullwhip exhibitions, and much more! Parade Sat. 10 a.m. in downtown Greenville. www.

JUL. 29–30 – Gathering at Garst, 205 N. Broadway,

Greenville, Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m, Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Living history encampment with reenactors representing eras ranging from the French and Indian War to the American Civil War. Antique auction, live music, plus a wide range of vendors. 937-548-5250 or



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