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Electricity revolutionized the way we manage our time. WHAT WILL IT DO NEXT? Electricity. Every day it brings us something new. Something to empower or simplify our lives. Clean. Efficient. Stable. You might call it the essential energy. Now, and for the future.

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Electricity. A world of possibilities.

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CALLED TO SERVICE

In this issue:

Those who serve on the boards of Ohio electric cooperatives are rewarded with a deeper connection to their communities.

8 SHOW ON THE ROAD The Lynn Drive-In near Strasburg is

the second-longest-operating open-air theater in the world.

19 LOCAL PAGES News and information from your electric cooperative.

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Think you’d like to be a fishing guide? Turns out there’s more to it than just knowing where to find those trophies anglers are looking for.

24 CONSERVATION PAST Before airplanes and GPS, a series of towers was the first line of defense against forest fires.

26 A SIMPLER LIFE Walnut Creek — the cradle of Ohio’s Amish Country — is known for its bucolic beauty and tempting treats.

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Bellefontaine (p. 4) Piqua (p. 4) Attica (p. 4) Lancaster (p. 4) Strasburg (p. 8) Montpelier (p. 10) Walnut Creek (p. 26)

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Board members at electric cooperatives may face different challenges today compared with 75 years ago, but their dedication is constant

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ocal control is one of the defining characteristics of your electric cooperative. That control comes from a board that’s elected from the membership — member-consumers like yourself. Much of the success of the electric cooperative program is the result of effective governance by proactive, focused directors, whose primary role is to direct the CEO and the management team, assuring commitment to business success through maintenance of the highest standards of responsibility, service, and ethics. While yesterday’s director wrestled with the challenge of bringing light to rural America, today’s director is wrestling with new challenges, such as ever-increasing expectations for service reliability and convenience; how and when to adopt new technology solutions; the costs and benefits of alternative sources of energy; and how to best integrate the next generation of employees into the organization. The constantly changing energy landscape requires directors to be engaged with members and management to meet the diverse needs of their communities. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association reports that almost half of current board members are over the age of 65. As more retire, the next generation of new leaders is poised to begin filling our boardrooms. The challenges those new directors will face are sure to be more complex and numerous than ever, and the best pathways won’t always be clearly marked. For nearly 80 years, successful electric cooperatives have been led by board members and management teams who demonstrate a high level of engagement with the local community and their membership; those who, in effect, lend their business and life experiences to their respective cooperatives (we report a bit more in depth on that connection beginning on Page 6). Most board members bring something even more important than business credentials to their roles: They bring the desire to serve. More than anything, cooperative board members help their neighbors and fellow members with an eagerness to learn, a willingness to act, and a firm grasp of the cooperative business model that, together, breathes life into the cooperative difference.

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Pat O’Loughlin President & CEO Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives

The constantly changing energy landscape requires directors to be engaged with members and management to meet the diverse needs of their communities.

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DID YOU KNOW? Ohio hosted one of the first 10 drive-ins in the country, the Starlight Auto Theatre, which opened in 1937 in Akron. Within 10 years, Ohio had more than 80 drive-ins and peaked with close to 190 in the late 1960s. In the years since, the state has seen a decline of 87 percent. Yet Ohio still has 24 open drive-ins, giving it the third-most remaining of any state in the country (behind New York and Pennsylvania). Read about one of them, the Lynn, on Page 8.

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BY ADAM SPECHT

POWER LINES

CO-OPS GO TO

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U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (center), of Bowling Green and Ohio’s 5th District, goes over issues important to electric cooperatives and their members during meetings with co-op members, board members, and staff in late April.

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as rolling back EPA regulations and protecting the Rural Utilities Service loan program, to under-the-radar issues impacting cooperatives, such as federal land management policy and the Cadillac tax on health insurance plans.

hio electric cooperative trustees and employees took their policy priorities to Capitol Hill in late April at the NRECA Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Co-op leaders from dozens of states joined Ohio's delegation for the annual conference, which focused this year on building momentum from the successful Co-ops Vote campaign during the 2016 election.

Members and staff from Ohio electric cooperatives pass the Capitol on their way to another legislator visit.

“Rural America stood up with a louder voice than before,” said Jim Matheson, president and CEO of NRECA, in an address to Legislative Conference attendees. “In a time of uncertainty, it’s all the more important for us to remain at the table, be active participants in the policy environment, and assert ourselves as the voice of American consumers.”

In personal meetings with legislators and their aides, Ohio's attendees discussed a broad range of policy topics — including obvious areas of concern, such

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According to Marc Armstrong, director of government affairs for Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, it’s critical for co-op leaders to get face time with their representatives in Congress.

“We can't expect our elected officials to always know what our legislative priorities are,” Armstrong said. “It is important for our leaders to convey — from a local perspective — what issues affect cooperative businesses and our members’ electric service.” While most of Ohio’s members of Congress are aware of a prominent handful of co-ops’ policy priorities, many are not always aware of the breadth of issues facing co-ops. Co-ops are not just power

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In a time of uncertainty, it’s all the more important for us to remain at the table, be active participants in the policy environment, and assert ourselves as the voice of American consumers.

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suppliers to rural Ohioans — they are also employers and economic engines of local economies. "Our co-ops face an array of policy issues — issues that affect our ability to deliver reliable, affordable power to our members, but also issues that can make it difficult for co-ops to provide for their hardworking employees," Armstrong said. "It's important that our policymakers are aware of all these issues and not just the ones that make headlines." While co-op leaders make the trip to Capitol Hill to advocate for members, it does not require a flight to D.C. for a co-op member to make his or her voice heard. Members can visit www.action.coop, where they can educate themselves on energy policy and send messages to their representative and senators on behalf of their cooperative.

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U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs (gesturing), of Holmes County and Ohio’s 7th District, made time for his electric co-op constituents during the annual legislative visits in April.

Topics on the table Ohio’s Legislative Conference attendees had a full list of policy issues to discuss with members of Congress: Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Electric Loan Program: The Rural Utilities Service Electric Loan Program provides affordable capital to electric cooperatives for infrastructure development. Co-op leaders asked members of Congress to show their support of the RUS loan program, and to support future legislation allowing co-ops to pre-pay RUS loans without penalties. Regulatory Relief: The new administration has issued executive orders to review and revise both the Clean Power Plan and The Waters of the United States rules. Electric co-ops welcome the change of direction from these costly and unnecessary regulations. Electric co-ops believe in being good stewards of the environment, but red tape and expensive rulemaking only increase members’ rates. Full “Cadillac Tax” Repeal: Electric cooperatives around the country provide health insurance benefits to more than 100,000 employees, retirees, and their families. Because co-op employees live in rural communities, where limited access to health care drives costs higher, many co-op health insurance plans would be penalized with the “Cadillac tax” included in the Affordable Care Act. Co-ops across the country, including Ohio co-ops, asked their members of Congress to support the growing bipartisan effort to permanently repeal the Cadillac tax.

U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (right) of Ohio’s 15th District stops to chat with Todd Ware of Newark-based The Energy Cooperative.

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Support Improved Federal Land Management Policies: Federal land management policies make it difficult for co-ops to maintain rights-ofway on or near federal property. Co-op leaders urged legislators to support bipartisan legislation that would streamline the rights-of-way review process and reduce the risk of liability.

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BY HEATHER JUZENAS

Lisa Hooker

POWER LINES

Harold Cooper (right), a lieutenant in the Pebble Township VFD, is also a member of the South Central Power Company’s board of directors, and often talks co-op business with other member-owners — such as Chief Jerry Wessel — when he’s out and about.

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eing a board member for an Ohio electric cooperative comes with a sense of pride in service to one’s community. Board members, after all, are the link between owner-members of the cooperative and the services those members receive from the cooperative, and they take that responsibility seriously.

A commitment to service

Harold Cooper has been a member of Lancaster-based South Central Power Company’s board since 1998. He’s also a prominent farmer and is a lieutenant in the Pebble Township Volunteer Fire Department (he served as chief for 19 of his now-30 years there). He says there’s rarely a day when he doesn’t talk about co-op business with his neighbors when he’s out and about in Waverly or elsewhere — even his fellow volunteer firefighters strike up conversations with him about electric service when they get together. “I feel like I can directly affect how the cooperative operates, and I enjoy being the link between the co-

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op and my neighbors,” Cooper says. “I can take their concerns right back to the board and we can act right away if we need to. It’s something you would never see happen at one of the big utility companies.” That local control — rather than control by investors who are hundreds or thousands of miles away from the community — is the cornerstone at the foundation of electric cooperatives. “We are there to look out for our members’ best interests, not to make a profit for shareholders,” Cooper says. “We work to provide a service that is dependable and community-oriented, and I think we’ve done a pretty good job of that. We’ve made several improvements to our lines and the service in my area. Everyone is very appreciative of that.”

In it for the right reasons

Colleen Eidemiller has been on the board at Pioneer Electric Cooperative in Piqua for 11 years and has been a member of the co-op for 17 years. She saw

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Lynn Maniaci Colleen Eidemiller (above, center) says listening to what other Pioneer Electric Cooperative members have to say is both the most important and most enjoyable part of her job on that co-op’s board of directors. Michael Sherger (bottom photo, red shirt), a member of the board at North Central Electric Cooperative, says board members appreciate when neighbors engage and share their issues, because one member’s problems could affect any number of others, and the board is there to help.

—Michael Sherger

North Central Electric Cooperative the co-op’s focus on service within the community — from safety programs and business development to scholarships and in-school electric demonstrations — and was inspired to run for the Pioneer board. “We give back so much to our members and our neighbors that people don’t really even know, because we don’t toot our own horn all the time,” she says. “From a board member’s perspective, I feel proud that I’m able to be a part of that.”

In a position to help

Michael Scherger is nearing the end of his first year on the board of the North Central Electric Cooperative in Attica. The utility industry is new to him, and he

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Ken Holida

The board members live and work in the communities, too, and we get our power from the co-op, just like everyone else.

says being a board member has given him a new appreciation for everything that goes into keeping the power on. Sherger, like most board members, views his role as an opportunity to further serve his community. He encourages members to talk to him about the co-op. “The board members live and work in the communities, too, and we get our power from the co-op just like everyone else,” he says. “The feedback we get is almost always positive, but they know that if they are having a problem, we could just as likely have the same problem, and we’re in a position to help. It’s gratifying to be a part of a good, solid team at the co-op.” HEATHER JUZENAS is a freelance writer from Licking

County and is a member of The Energy Cooperative.

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY DAMAINE VONADA

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Location: 2.5 miles west of Interstate 77 at the junction of U.S. 250 and State Route 21. Provenance: Opened in 1937, the Lynn drive-in movie theatre was originally called Boyer’s Auto Theatre and was one of several neighboring businesses that Roland Boyer owned and operated near Strasburg. After Franklin Ward and Ray McCombs purchased the drive-in in 1948, they renamed it for McCombs’s daughter, Judy Lynn. The Lynn Auto Theatre thrived during the 1950s, when the post-World War II baby boom fueled the popularity of the casual outdoor movie and concession-stand experience. By the time that veteran movie theatre manager Richard “Dick” Reding acquired the Lynn in 1957, there were about 400 drive-ins in Ohio and some 4,000 throughout the United States and Canada. Although competition from VCRs and cable TV closed many drive-ins in the 1970s and 1980s, the Reding family kept the Lynn Auto Theatre open and up-to-date. In 1967, they added a second screen; in 1996, they supplemented its vintage post-mounted speakers with a modern FM stereo sound system; in 2005, they put up a retro-style neon marquee; and most recently, they installed digital projectors for both screens.

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Significance: The Lynn Auto Theatre is both Ohio’s oldest drive-in movie theatre and the world’s second-oldest continuously operated outdoor theatre. It’s also one of the few remaining drive-ins with a grass lot where folks can relax in lawn chairs or spread out blankets. Currently: Dick Reding’s grandsons, Rich Reding and Jamie Reding, own the Lynn and run it with help from family members. With spaces for 245 vehicles at the first screen, and 145 at the other, the theatre features first-run, family-oriented movies. “Kids that once came with their parents have grown up and are now bringing their kids here,” says Rich Reding. While families are welcome to bring snacks, the Lynn’s old-school concession stand serves hot dogs, hamburgers, and popcorn made in a 1962 Cretor popcorn machine. “It’s an Olympic model,” says Reding, “and one of the oldest Cretors still in use.”

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It’s a little-known fact that: The Lynn Auto Theatre’s slogans — “Come As You Are in the Family Car” and “See the Stars under the Stars” — were coined by Dick Reding. Lynn Auto Theatre, 9735 St. Rte. 250 NW, Strasburg, OH 44680. Open April–Oct., days and showtimes vary. For the schedule, admission prices, and other information, call 330-878-5797 or visit www.lynndrivein.com.

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BY JOHN EGAN

CO-OP PEOPLE

Courtesy Chris Kick/Farm and Dairy, Salem, Ohio.

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Chris Weaver, chief operating officer at Bridgewater Dairy in Montpelier, shows part of his herd that now helps produce electricity as well as milk.

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ridgewater Dairy, a family farm in Montpelier, Ohio, has 3,000 dairy cows that produce 30,000 gallons of milk daily. They also produce an estimated 15 million gallons of manure each year. A decade ago, Chris Weaver, Bridgewater Dairy’s chief operating officer, started turning his farm’s animal waste into something valuable — electricity — by installing an anaerobic digester. “I wanted to manage the animals’ manure with an eye to helping the environment,” Weaver says. “I also wanted to improve the comfort of my cows. An anaerobic digester lets me do both.” An anaerobic digester breaks down organic material, such as animal waste, in a sealed, oxygen-free vessel, extracting methane that can be used to fuel an electric generator. Bridgewater’s digester has the capacity to generate 1.2 MW of power. It also drastically cuts down on the manure smell, flies, and risk of water contamination. Weaver says the dairy didn’t build an anaerobic digester to go “off the grid”; the operation still receives all of its electricity from North Western Electric Cooperative. But it sells all the electricity it produces to Buckeye Power, the generation and transmission cooperative that provides wholesale electricity to all of Ohio’s electric co-ops. Three other farms on co-op lines do the same: Wenning Poultry

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in Mercer County (Midwest Electric in St. Marys), Ven Erk Dairy of Paulding County (Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative), and Renergy in Monroe County (Consolidated Electric Cooperative in Mount Gilead). Combined, the four have a capacity of about 3.3 MW. “Bridgewater Dairy has been an excellent member, one of our best,” says Darin Thorp, president and CEO of North Western Electric Cooperative. “We helped them get started by supplying the distribution lines, meters, and switch gear.” None of the cost of the project, however, was passed on to other co-op members. “That was important,” he says. “Each member needs to pay their fair share so that one member doesn’t cross-subsidize another.”

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY JAMIE RHEIN

IN THE GARDEN

THINKING

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With a little imagination, lots of ordinary items can become container gardens

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he first containers Kathleen Killilea remembers planting were terra cotta window boxes with cherub embellishments. “My father lifted me over the wall of a client’s garden and handed them to me,” she recalls. Killilea’s job was to place those flower boxes she had helped to plant. She and her brothers played assistant to their dad, who started working at deMonye’s Greenhouse in Columbus when he was 13 years old and grew up to own it.

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Her early training paid off. Killilea and her brother Brian, now deMonye’s main operators, have an eye for what makes unusual containers work. Among the traditional flower pots and planters that pepper deMonye’s with a sea of colors are the creative and clever. A child’s wagon becomes a fairy garden of creeping thyme and baby angel tears. Another wagon has a succulent combination. On one wall hangs a tennis racket festooned with sedum.

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With a little imagination, even an old bed frame can host a small garden.

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Plant to location needs. Consider shade or sun — or both.

Longtime employee Denny Kaye is also responsible for these creative approaches — using Big Twister Juncus as hair for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bucket, and hens and chicks as a Minion hairdo. He’s also created planters from purses, shoes, and even ceramic picture frames, which he often finds at antique malls and flea markets. “If there is an indentation, he will plant a succulent,” laughs Killilea.

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Choose plants with the same sun, shade and water needs for the same container.

DeMonye’s serves as only one greenhouse inspiration; a trip through the yard of Renee and Tony Kropat’s circa-1880s home in Westerville is another bonanza of creativity. Renee’s background as a student at Columbus College of Arts and Design, and later as a gallery owner, honed her ability to see artistic possibility where others might only see junk.

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A cast-off couch, for example, has become a succulent bed after Kropat stripped away the fabric covering and reworked some of the springs. A vintage school locker painted orange years ago is planted with purple allium. When a theater’s seats were replaced, Kropat snapped up the old ones for planter conversation pieces. Kropat also thinks big when creating fairy An old ladder festooned gardens — an old canoe has new life with gardening tools is a nice on dry land, as Kropat filled it with dirt, conversation piece. In these whimsical planters, the right plant makes perfect potted flowers, plants, and figurines. hair for the characters. Nearby, a full metal bed frame serves as a flower bed, where brightly painted metal cows grin among pink phlox. Repurposing is Kropat’s passion — turning old wooden stairs upside down for a tiered flower box or perching a sink bowl on a weathered pipe to create a pedestal planter. A ladder festooned with old gardening tools and flower boxes made from weathered wood is a garden eye-catcher. “I try to take an object out of its normal approach,” she says. “I like giving a second, third, or fourth life to something before it ends up in a landfill.” JAMIE RHEIN is a freelance writer from Columbus.

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GOOD EATS

HOMEMADE ICE CREAM ½ gallon milk 2 3¾-oz. boxes instant vanilla pudding 1½ cups sugar 1 8-oz. container Cool Whip Beat milk, pudding, and sugar. Stir in Cool Whip and pour into canister of a manual or electric ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Makes 11/2 gallons.

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Variations For fruit-flavored ice cream, add 2 cups of any crushed fruit to mixture before pouring into ice cream maker. For cookies-and-cream ice cream, add 2 cups frozen crushed chocolate sandwich cookies to mixture before pouring into ice cream maker.

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BUTTER PECAN ICE CREAM ¾ cup pecans, chopped 3 Tbsp. melted butter ¹/8 tsp. salt 1 Tbsp. white sugar ½ cup brown sugar, packed 2 Tbsp. cornstarch 2 eggs, beaten

1/3 cup pancake syrup or maple syrup ¼ cup white sugar 2½ cups milk 1 cup whipping cream 2 tsp. vanilla

On a baking sheet, combine pecans, butter, salt, and 1 Tbsp. white sugar. Spread in a single layer. Roast at 350 degrees for 6 minutes. Stir and roast 6 minutes longer. Cool. Combine brown sugar, cornstarch, eggs, syrup, and white sugar in double boiler. Gradually add milk. Cook over boiling water until mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and chill for several hours or overnight. Stir in pecans, whipping cream, and vanilla. Pour into canister of manual or electric ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Makes 1 gallon.

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STRAWBERRY BANANA “ICE CREAM” 2 to 3 very ripe bananas Pinch of salt ¹/8 tsp. vanilla 2 to 4 Tbsp. milk 1 cup fresh strawberries, finely diced

Peel bananas and cut into large pieces; place in airtight bag and freeze. Place frozen bananas in a blender with salt, vanilla, and 1 to 2 tablespoons milk; blend until smooth, adding remaining milk only if necessary to achieve a soft-serve consistency. Fold strawberries into banana mixture. Serve immediately or place in freezer for 20 to 30 minutes for firmer texture. Makes 2 servings. Per serving: 144 calories, 1 g total fat (0.3 g saturated fat), 5 g fiber, 3 g protein

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CHOCOLATE COCONUT MILK ICE CREAM 1 (14 oz.) can full-fat coconut milk 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder 1/4 cup honey or real maple syrup 1 tsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Place in ice cream freezer and follow manufacturer's directions. Process about 20 minutes. Serve immediately. Alternate freezer method: Place in the freezer for 4 to 6 hours. If ice cream gets too firm in the freezer, allow it to thaw at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes before serving. Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 224 calories, 10 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 1.5 g fiber, 2 g protein

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BY PAT KEEGAN AND BRAD THIESSEN

THE EFFICIENCY EXPERT

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omeowners often fret about their older windows, perhaps even original to the house — maybe they let in cold drafts during the winter, or contribute to overheating in the summer. People like the look of the older windows, and replacing them with new ones is expensive. In last month’s column, we talked about replacing windows, but doing so is costly, and it could take 20 years of energy savings to recover the investment. You can, however, make significant improvements to your existing windows without investing a large amount of money or time.

Energy loss and drafts often occur in the cracks between the components of the window. Weatherstripping can be used for areas where a window’s movable parts meet the window frame, where drafts often sneak through. Retailers offer a variety of low-cost, easy-to-apply weatherstripping for different types of windows, and they can pay for themselves in energy savings in as little as one year. The seam between the window frame and the wall is another common source of air leakage. Fill gaps less than ¼ inch wide with caulk; for anything larger, use expanding foam and paint over it. Of course, loose, cracked, or even missing glass panes can mean significant heat losses. If you’re handy, it’s possible to re-glaze a window yourself, or there may be a local shop in your area that will do it. 18

Installing exterior or interior storm windows, which you can order to fit the exact size of your window opening, can sometimes produce as much savings as a full replacement, cutting heating costs by as much as 7 to 12 percent. There are many types of other window coverings, including interior roller shades, cellular shades, or draperies, that can cut heating or cooling expenses by 10 to 16 percent. Draperies are usually less efficient, so make sure they overlap in the middle, are as tight to the window and wall as possible, and run all the way to the floor. The best way to reduce overheating in the summer is to keep the sun’s rays from reaching the window — awnings or overhangs, or window films that adhere to the window surface, can protect the interior from unwanted summer sun. Another low-cost measure for these areas that can produce as much savings as storm windows is to fashion a plastic weather barrier that adheres to the frame. Building supply retailers sell a clear plastic and framing material that can be shrunk into place by using a hair dryer. To learn more about improving the efficiency of older windows, visit www.energystar.gov or www. energy.gov. You may also want to check with your local electric co-op, as many offer incentives and are knowledgeable about local suppliers and contractors. PAT KEEGAN and BRAD THIESSEN write for Collaborative Efficiency, an energy communications company.

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FIRELANDS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES GM’S REPORT

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ENGAGEMENT

Most consumers would not equate active involvement with their electric company with helping their community. But Firelands Electric is not an ordinary utility company. We’re a co-op, and our business model is meant to serve the members and the community in which it operates — not to make a hefty profit for investors five states away. Firelands Electric’s customers are more than consumers; they are members and owners of the cooperative.

Our core purpose and mission is to provide safe, reliable, and 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. We depend on the guidance and perspective of our members and board to help set priorities and guide governance decisions. At our Annual Meeting, we raise issues for voting consideration by the general membership. Our board of directors is comprised of members who live and work in our service area, for they are in a position to know where community investments are most needed. Firelands Electric is controlled by members who

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actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. This is why we value your participation in our Annual Meeting, held this year on June 17. I hope you will consider running for the board of our co-op someday. Your cooperative has numerous ongoing programs that impact the community. Every summer, for example, we participate in Youth Tour and take local high school students to the nation’s capital to meet with lawmakers, enabling students to learn firsthand how our democracy works. We have a scholarship program and are proud to be part of a nationwide veteran hiring initiative, “Serve Our Co-ops, Serve Our Country.” In addition, we support the USO of Northern Ohio, Ronald McDonald House, and Ashland County and Huron County United Way agencies. The cooperative is also a corporate sponsor of school sports teams, community events, holiday parades, county fairs, and 4-H organizations. To continue to innovate and more effectively serve the community, we rely on you, our members, to provide guidance. We value your perspective, and we cannot operate effectively and help our community thrive without you. Please let your voice be heard. Weigh in at the Annual Meeting, and consider joining one of our advisory boards or our board of directors. Contact Firelands Electric at 1-800-533-8658 or visit the cooperative’s website at www.FirelandsEC.com to learn how you can become more involved.

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FIRELANDS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES COOPERATIVE UPDATE

BOARD MEETING

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Firelands Electric Cooperative’s Board of Trustees met March 28 and covered the following items: • Board President Dan McNaull reported there were 32 new membership applications for approval by the board. • Director of Finance and Accounting Tabi Shepherd reviewed February financials and reported on billing department activities.

• Lead Lineman Zack Collins was present to discuss his experience at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Annual Meeting. Zack thanked the board for sending him to the event and discussed various sessions he had attended while at the meeting.

• Brian Stavish from National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) presented Firelands Electric’s 10-year financial forecast, which was approved by the board.

• The board approved the Credentials Committee for the 2017 Annual Meeting election. The committee includes Dennis Rees, District 1; Gary Hunter, District 2; Amy Schwanger, District 3; Delmer Jenkins, District 4; Bob Berry, District 5; Tim Calum, District 6; Gary McFarlin, District 7; David Seese, District 8; and Marion Paramore, District 9.

• The board reviewed and accepted safety and training reports for meeting and workplace observations held Feb. 22 and March 14.

• April Bordas reported that the cooperative’s Operation Round Up program reached its $1 million donation milestone this month.

• General Manager April Bordas provided a building committee update to the board.

• The board reviewed a report prepared by Director of Electric Operations Denny Marugg on recent projects in the operations department, including an update on the Carriage-Hanville 69-kV transmission line project.

• The board directed Bordas to proceed with the cooperative’s option to purchase the 15-acre site located within the Village of New London.

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• The board reviewed an update prepared by Line Superintendent Don Englet, who reported on recent line crew activities in February. • Following the board’s review of the Member Services and Communications Report, Andrea Gravenhorst answered questions on recent communications pieces and discussed upcoming activities involving the cooperative.

In addition to the one-time $100 rebate, Firelands Electric Co-op will credit your bill $10 in June, July, August, and September each year you participate in the program.

Firelands Electric is democratically controlled and governed by local people committed to policies that result in a safe and reliable electric system, fair rates, financial responsibility, and superior member service.

Help control energy costs and get $100. To find out if you qualify, visit our website, www.FirelandsEC.com, or give us a call at 1-800-533-8658. You can be part of the energy solution!

The cooperative’s next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at Firelands Electric’s office, located at One Energy Place, New London.

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NRECA America’s Electric Cooperatives

2016 Annual Report

Firelands Electric People Fund, Inc. MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LOCAL AREA. . . WITH SMALL CHANGE!

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MESSAGE FROM MANAGEMENT 2016 REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER Firelands Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce that 2016 was another successful year. Thanks to management of controllable expenses, we were able to finish the year with margins — the money left after bills have been paid — totaling $1,472,051. Once again, we refunded over $900,000 in capital credits to our members. Since 1948, Firelands Electric has refunded over $13.6 million in capital credits — just one of the many benefits of being a co-op member. Our focus this year was on reliability, technology, and moving forward with constructing a new facility. Your cooperative strives to provide members with safe, reliable, and affordable electricity.

SERVICE RELIABILITY

Beginning our next four-year construction workplan is essential to keeping our service reliable. Our 2016 through 2019 plan will help us rebuild the oldest parts of our service territory for reliability. These improvements will also increase our system’s capacity, enhance reliability to allow for load growth, and upgrade equipment for additional backfeed capabilities. Backfeeding allows us to reroute power to minimize the number of members experiencing an outage. In pursuing greater reliability for our members, Firelands Electric Cooperative and Buckeye Power, the generation and transmission provider serving Ohio’s electric cooperatives, worked with FirstEnergy in 2015 to address concerns in a large portion of your cooperative’s service territory. The resulting new 69-kilovolt transmission line enhances reliability for nearly 4,000 of our cooperative members located in Huron County. The new 11-mile transmission line begins just west of Norwalk and travels through Ridgefield, Peru, Greenfield, and Fairfield townships between two existing Ohio Edison substations, ending north of North Fairfield.

Dan McNaull, President Board of Trustees

April Bordas General Manager

AMI SYSTEM COMPLETION

Further improving service in 2016 was the completion our advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system, which started in November 2014. It was intended to be a four-year project, but thanks to our hardworking team, the metering upgrade project was completed in just 18 months. The new power line carrier AMI technology allows us to know when members are out of power or if there are problems with voltage, and provides more precise hourly use data that is integrated with our online SmartHub system, which helps members better manage their electricity use.

TOP-RANKING MEMBER SATISFACTION

In keeping with our commitment to providing outstanding service, we are proud to announce that Firelands Electric ranks among the top energy utilities in the country when it comes to customer satisfaction. According to the 2016 American Customer Satisfaction Index scores, on a zeroto-100 scale, your cooperative scored 86. This places Firelands Electric 14 points above the national

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average for large investor-owned energy utilities (72) and 18 points above the average for municipal energy utilities (68).

NEW BUILDING PLANS

In 2015, Firelands Electric learned the cooperative’s office building has major structural damage that would be very costly to repair. Over the past two years, we have exercised due diligence and researched costs to maintain and repair our current three facilities versus building a new structure that would incorporate the office and warehouses all under one roof. Having the cooperative’s facilities under one roof would offer improved communications and operating efficiencies to our workforce. A new facility would also provide a longlasting structure to serve the co-op for many years in the future. A building committee was appointed consisting of Board President, District 7 Trustee Dan McNaull, District 5 Trustee Carl Ayers, District 1 Trustee Dan Schloemer, General Manager April Bordas, Director of Member Services and Communications Andrea Gravenhorst, and Line Superintendent Don Englet. The cooperative’s board also hired a consultant to assist management with analyzing proposals and to oversee the project on behalf of the cooperative. After an extensive assessment of our current facilities (age of buildings, land-locked, located in a floodplain, future repair and maintenance costs, etc.) and the financial implications, including current low interest rates, your board moved forward and purchased 15 acres of property located within the Village of New London. We researched the option of relocating Firelands Electric’s headquarters facility further south in its service territory, but found it more advantageous to remain in New London.

your board selected and hired the designbuild firm Janotta & Herner from Monroeville to design a new facility for Firelands Electric. Soil boring tests and environmental studies have been conducted, and the cooperative’s building committee has finalized the design phase with Janotta & Herner, so we can proceed with the building phase and continue to implement due diligence on this project.

COMPLETED METER DATA SYSTEM

In 2016, we completed the setup of the cooperative’s new Meter Data Management (MDM) system that has a personalized dashboard for each user/ department and provides customized reports. As a result, our engineering department can access substation and transformer load data, voltage, line loss, and distributed energy resources. The MDM system enables the member services and billing departments to better assist members with high use, efficiency, and power quality concerns, renewable energy monitoring, and critical peak demand notices. The new system also assists our financial department with power bill analysis, rate studies, unbilled revenue, and reading calculations for end-of-month or end-of-year processes. As a cooperative, we are guided not by shareholders, but by you — our members. Every decision is made with your best interests in mind. We do not cut corners when providing you electric service. We continue to operate as the fiscally responsible, notfor-profit, member-owned organization that was founded eight decades ago.

In order to provide the cooperative’s board and management with accurate cost estimates, four contractors were invited to bid on a facility design project. In January,

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2016 COOPERATIVE HIGHLIGHTS ENGINEERING, OPERATIONS, AND SAFETY

The cooperative works hard to reach its goal of 100 percent reliability by patrolling electric lines and trimming trees across its 995 miles of line in 28 townships across four counties. The continued focus on vegetation maintenance, brush cutting, trimming, and necessary tree removal has reduced the number and frequency of outages — improving service quality for all cooperative members. Electricity arrives at each of the cooperative’s substations at 69,000 volts and is reduced to 7,200 volts by the substation’s power transformer before the electric energy travels through Firelands Electric’s distribution lines to the member’s service transformer. As the transmission line supply voltage varies, or the demand for energy from consumers fluctuates, adjustments are made by the voltage regulators located at each of the cooperative’s substations. In 2016, Firelands Electric rebuilt its Boughtonville substation, which provides electricity to nearly 600 members in Huron County. Upgrades were made to improve power quality to keep up with growing electrical demand and permit backfeed capability. Backfeeding allows the cooperative to reroute power when needed — minimizing the number of members who may be affected by an outage. To further enhance reliability, Firelands Electric updated transmission feeds at its Coulter substation in Ashland County, and Mifflin substation in Richland County. These upgrades will improve power quality and reliability for nearly 1,500 members of the cooperative. At the end of 2016, a new 69-kilovolt transmission line build project was started. The new line, which should be completed in July, will improve the dependability of the region’s transmission system, and the cooperative’s power received through FirstEnergy/Ohio Edison. The new 11-mile transmission line will enhance reliability for nearly half of Firelands Electric’s service territory.

FINANCE, BILLING, AND METERING

In 2016, the cooperative enhanced its SmartHub secure online payment system with Messenger capability. In addition to providing members with detailed electricity use, billing history, and bill comparisons with local weather trends, Messenger on-demand communicates by sending messages to members regarding their electric bills. These secure and efficient messages are sent as e-mails, SMS text messages, and even physical letters that are automated with the cooperative’s billing system — providing members with timely information they can access anywhere (by computer, phone, or tablet). Firelands Electric is continually evolving with technology and enhancing cyber security. The cooperative’s SmartHub downloadable app is safe and secure, encrypting every transaction, and no personal information is stored on your computer or mobile device. Further improving service in 2016 was the completion of the cooperative’s advanced metering infrastructure system, which started in 2014. The cooperative’s new Two-Way Automatic Communications System (TWACS) improves accuracy and performance of the metering system with helpful real-time data that is transmitted through power lines, allowing Firelands Electric to know when members are out of power. It even integrates with SmartHub. The improved metering system also has remote disconnect collars on some meters that were changed out, allowing the billing department to disconnect/ reconnect services without having to dispatch a serviceman and truck. The TWACS system enhances the member experience by providing cooperative employees with more detailed data, to help analyze electric use and better assist members’ billing questions and concerns. Online and phone bill payment methods are offered 24 hours a day, seven days per week. While these options are still popular, over 50 percent of our membership is currently utilizing the benefits of SmartHub.

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MEMBER SERVICES, COMMUNICATIONS, AND COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY

In addition to providing members with reliable electric service, Firelands Electric offers a variety of energy conservation programs, appliance rebates, and incentives. In 2016, the cooperative assisted with 10 lighting upgrades, helped reduce energy use in more than 200 homes, and provided 198 appliance rebates totaling $54,257. That’s big savings! Firelands Electric offers members an annual opportunity for a close-up look at where their power is generated. Last year, 41 co-op members and guests toured the Cardinal Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant located just south of Steubenville. Highlights of the tour included seeing environmental control equipment that makes Cardinal one of the cleanest facilities of its type in the world. This provided members a better understanding of why electric cooperatives across the United States continue to fight stringent regulation mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Communication with our members is vital. Whether you prefer news in printed form, on your computer, or mobile device, Firelands Electric has you covered. In addition to traditional printed media, such as Ohio Cooperative Living, and mailers, the cooperative also keeps its members informed of the latest news through numerous online outlets. Stay connected with Firelands Electric online at www.FirelandsEC. com, and check out the cooperative’s Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Flickr channels. The SmartHub app also provides billing and outage alerts to keep you well informed. Concern for community is another way the electric cooperative distinguishes itself as something more than just a power company. Since 2007, Firelands Electric has been a collection site for the USO of Northern Ohio “Step Up For Soldiers” campaign, where members of the community fill boxes with non-perishable

care package items for soldiers and their families that are distributed during Christmas. In 2016, the cooperative and employees contributed $1,130 to the Ashland County and Huron County United Way agencies. Since 2009, the cooperative has served as a regional pop tab collection site for the Ronald McDonald House of Akron. Last year, Firelands Electric collected 240 pounds of pop tabs — roughly 300,000 tabs — for the local chapter. Charitable giving is also powered by blue jeans and sneakers. For nearly 15 years, co-op office employees have dressed down on Fridays in exchange for $5 a week. Although everyone enjoys wearing jeans to work, the real reason behind their deep pockets is that it’s all for a good cause. The money raised each month is donated to a local charity or family in need — and is distributed to a different cause each month. In 2016, office employee raised $2,745. Firelands’ commitment to community continues with our youth programs, funding $11,000 last year in scholarships for graduating high school seniors, and sponsoring the Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., for high school sophomores and juniors. Educating the next generation of community leaders with a better understanding of energy and its efficient use is our responsibility. Firelands Electric teaches kids about electrical safety and energy efficiency by visiting local schools and supporting youth programs. The cooperative is a corporate sponsor of school sports teams, community events, holiday parades, county fairs, and 4-H organizations.

FIRELANDS ELECTRIC PEOPLE FUND

For 27 years, members of the cooperative have been supporting the Firelands Electric People Fund, known as Operation Round Up. Members allow their electric bills to be “rounded up” to the next dollar, and the average member contributes around 50 cents per month. Firelands Electric’s participation rate is 84 percent of its nearly 9,000 members, which equates to more than $40,000 per year awarded to individuals with special needs and organizations within our local communities. Our members, employees, and communities all work together to make life better, just as our founders did more than 80 years ago.

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OPERATION ROUND UP PROGRAM REACHES $1 MILLION MILESTONE More than 80 years ago, neighbors across America banded together to improve life in their small communities. Their efforts brought power to the countryside and gave rural residents the same electric conveniences that had only been available to residents of larger cities. This emphasis on community has remained an important part of the electric cooperative philosophy over the last eight decades. Energy-efficiency programs, scholarships, electrical safety education, and charity drives are just a few of the many resources offered to cooperative members. Nowhere is this community spirit more evident than in Firelands Electric Co-op’s Operation Round Up®. Started in 1995, the program gives cooperative members the option to have their monthly electric bill rounded up to the next dollar. The average member contributes just 50 cents per month, but with 84 percent of Firelands’ nearly 9,000 members

participating, the program collects more than $40,000 per year. Distributed in the form of charitable grants, these funds are governed by a separate group of volunteers known as the People Fund Board. Appointed by the co-op’s board of trustees for three-year terms, the group meets six times a year to award funds to local organizations and individuals facing extreme hardships. Now in its 27th year, Operation Round Up has contributed to a wide range of worthy causes. Grants have been awarded to local fire, police, and first responder organizations; healthcare facilities; school and youth programs; and civic groups. In March 2017, Firelands’ Operation Round Up made a historic donation. The Mifflin Community Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $6,368.45 grant to assist with the purchase of hose fittings, hand tools,

In March 2017, Firelands Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up awarded a $6,368.45 grant to the Mifflin Community Volunteer Fire Department in Ashland County. With this contribution, the program surpassed $1 million in charitable donations. Pictured with Mifflin’s fire chief, J.J. Bittinger (far right), are members of the People Fund Board and other representatives from the cooperative. From left: Cheri Raphael, Irene Merrilees, Rose Wurm, Kevin Reidy, Toni Swindall, W.E. Anderson, Shelley Magyar, Annis Strine, and April Bordas. 20F OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • JUNE 2017

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and a generator. With this contribution, the program surpassed $1 million in charitable donations! “Firelands Electric Co-op is thrilled to reach this major milestone,” says General Manager April Bordas. “By simply rounding up their bills to the next dollar, members have made over 750 charitable grants since Operation Round Up began in 1995. Their generosity has helped a tremendous number of people in our local communities.” Like the cooperative itself, many of the groups that receive Operation Round Up grants are not-forprofit. The Mifflin Fire Department, for example, is a completely voluntary organization with a very limited budget. Grants, like the one from Operation Round Up, allow them to purchase essential equipment

they might not be able to afford otherwise — which benefits all of the residents and communities that Mifflin serves. “The cooperative is proud of its Operation Round Up program. It is a powerful example of the cooperative spirit, and of our members’ generosity,” says Bordas. If you are affiliated with a local charitable organization or know of an area family that has a special need, contact Firelands’ Operation Round Up at 1-800-533-8658. Applications and information are also available at www.FirelandsEC.com.

ORGANIZATIONS

Firelands Electric People Fund, Inc. MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LOCAL AREA. . . WITH SMALL CHANGE!

Operation Round Up funding can be used to help local fire departments or rescue organizations obtain critical life-saving equipment; support area food banks, educational projects, libraries, or child care programs; or add much-needed community programs. For organizations, the maximum amount awarded is $10,000 per year. The service area for organizations includes Ashland, Huron, and Richland counties, and Rochester and Brighton townships in Lorain County. INDIVIDUALS Operation Round Up can provide financial assistance to individuals facing extreme hardships and circumstances, such as funding to a family devastated by a fire, or special equipment for the blind, paraplegics, or others. It is meant to help with one-time needs that cannot be fully met through other agencies. For individuals, the maximum amount awarded is $2,500 per year. A grant must be used for a specific purpose, and the vendor must be paid directly.

These are some of the fire-fighting tools recently purchased with the help of an Operation Round Up grant from Firelands Electric Co-op.

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The service area for individual applications includes: Ashland and Huron counties; Rochester and Brighton townships in Lorain County; and Blooming Grove, Butler, Cass, Madison, Mifflin, Monroe, Plymouth, and Weller townships in Richland County.

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CREATING POWERFUL CONNECTIONS ATTEND YOUR ANNUAL MEETING ON SATURDAY, JUNE 17 OFFICIAL NOTICE

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the members of Firelands Electric Cooperative, Inc., will be held on Saturday, June 17, at Ashland University Myers Convocation Center, Ashland, Ohio. Members attending Firelands’ Annual Meeting will elect representatives for board districts 1, 3, and 6. Please join us before your Annual Meeting for a complimentary hot breakfast buffet for members and their immediate families. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend the business meeting, but seating for the hot breakfast is limited.

Trustees will be elected this year to represent the following districts: District 1 — Richmond, Norwich, and Greenfield townships District 3 — Peru, Bronson, Fairfield, and Hartland townships, and Fitchville Township west of State Route 250 District 6 — Butler, Clear Creek, Orange, Weller, Milton, Mifflin, and Madison townships north of State Route 42

Members must bring their Official Annual Meeting Registration Card on June 17 to receive a $5 bill credit on their August electric bill, a complimentary membership bag, a pen, an LED light bulb, and a special gift. All registered members will also have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for one of five $100 bill credits (must be present to win). ACRE Co-op Owners® will be recognized for their dedication and will receive a special gift.

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Firelands Electric will be collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House of Akron at the cooperative’s Annual Meeting. Please bring a container or resealable plastic bag filled with pop tabs and help make a difference for those in need.

FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

• Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. • Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. • Streamlined business meeting starts at 9:15 a.m. • Kids’ Zone activities for children ages 10 and under from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

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RSVP BEFORE JUNE 9

Seating is limited for the hot breakfast, so your reservation must be submitted before June 9, which can be completed online at www.FirelandsEC.com/content/annual-meeting-members OR by contacting Firelands Electric’s office at 1-800-533-8658.

Members attending the annual meeting will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of five $100 bill credits! 20H OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • JUNE 2017

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YOUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES District 1 - Richmond, Norwich, and Greenfield townships District 2 - New Haven, Ripley, Greenwich, Ruggles, Cass, and Blooming Grove townships District 3 - Peru, Bronson, Fairfield, and Hartland townships, and Fitchville Township west of State Route 250 District 4 - Clarksfield and Rochester townships, Fitchville Township east of State Route 250, and north of CSX rail in New London municipality and New London Township District 5 - Monroe, Green, and Lake townships District 6 - Butler, Clear Creek, Orange, Weller, Milton, Mifflin, and Madison townships north of State Route 42 District 7 - Vermilion, Mohican, Montgomery, and Perry townships District 8 - Mifflin Township south of State Route 42 in Ashland and Richland counties District 9 - South of CSX rail in New London municipality and New London Township

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RICHMOND

Dan Schloemer District 1

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GREENFIELD

NEW HAVEN

HARTLAND

CLARKSFIELD

FAIRFIELD

FITCHVILLE

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MIFFLIN MIFFLIN

Donna Woodworth District 3

Bruce Leimbach District 4

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Carl Ayers District 5

Dan McNaull District 7

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Larry Messmore District 6

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Neil Winslow District 9

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Firelands Electric Cooperative is governed by a board of trustees that is nominated and elected by our members in accordance with our Code of Regulations. Our service area is divided into nine districts, which are drawn based on equitable representation of the geographic areas served by Firelands.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEE CANDIDATES LEADERSHIP BY MEMBERS OF YOUR COOPERATIVE Firelands Electric Cooperative serves 9,053 meters throughout rural areas of Ashland, Huron, Lorain, and Richland counties. Firelands’ service territory is composed of nine districts, which are each represented by a member who is elected to serve on the board of trustees that governs the operations of the electric cooperative. Each candidate has submitted a valid petition signed by members living within his or her Firelands Electric Cooperative district. All members in attendance at the 2017 Annual Meeting will vote for candidates to represent districts 1, 3, and 6 for the next three years on the board of trustees. Nominations from the floor at the Annual Meeting are not permitted.

District 1 – Richmond, Norwich, and Greenfield townships DAN SCHLOEMER • 2545 Niver Road, Willard, Ohio 44890 Schloemer is a senior vice president chief lending officer for Croghan Colonial Bank, and has 39 years of business and financial management experience. His knowledge and solid background in business and finance areas provide Schloemer with insight to make sound business decisions that benefit the cooperative and its members. He has been a member of Firelands Electric for 32 years and remains active in the Huron County Reach Our Youth mentoring program. Schloemer has served on the cooperative’s board of trustees for the past nine years, and is an ACRE® Century Club member. He looks forward to representing all members-owners, employees, and the community for many years to come. Dan Schloemer

Schloemer believes a major challenge facing the electric utility industry is maintaining reliable and affordable power in an environment where kilowatt-hour sales are expected to be flat in the foreseeable future. The rising costs of energy, as well as increased regulations on traditional fuel sources, are an ongoing concern for all cooperative members, he says.

District 6 – Butler, Clear Creek, Orange, Weller, Milton, Mifflin, and Madison Townships north of

State Route 42

KEVIN REIDY • 1394 Township Road 1008, Ashland, Ohio 44805 Reidy is currently the high school principal at Hillsdale Local Schools. He has been a member of Firelands Electric for 20 years and has been a co-op ACRE member for two years. Reidy has served as treasurer of the Savannah Lions Club, and as membership coordinator for the Ohio Lions District OH-2. He is also a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland.

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As an educational leader who interacts with a variety of stakeholders, Reidy feels his ability to make informed and sound decisions is something he can utilize on the cooperative’s board. Reidy believes the Environmental Protection Agency and federal mandates are constantly changing and will continue to have a significant impact on the price of generating electricity in the utility industry.

Reidy believes maintaining a reliable and affordable supply of electrical energy, while still complying with the ever-changing government regulations, continues to be a challenge for electric cooperatives. Despite this, he hopes to provide information, access to resources, and stewardship to all Firelands Electric Co-op’s members. 20J OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • JUNE 2017

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District 3 – Peru, Bronson, Fairfield, and Hartland townships, and

Fitchville Township west of State Route 250

STEVEN GRAY • 930 Edwards Road, North Fairfield, Ohio 44855

Gray is a co-owner of Grayland Farms, a grain operation he manages with his brother, Kevin. Gray has been a Firelands Electric Co-op member for 41 years. He has been a member of the Huron County Farm Bureau for 42 years, where he served as a past board member. Gray has also served on the Huron/Erie County Farm Service Agency committee for one year. He is an active board member of South Central Local Schools, where he has served for the past 11 years. Being a self-employed farmer has provided Gray with sizable experience in fiscal management and being able to make appropriate business decisions. His willingness to listen to what people need, and finding common sense solutions, are strengths that help him be an effective communicator and leader. Gray looks forward to working with Firelands Electric’s board of trustees and management, to set policies and make financial decisions that will strengthen the cooperative.

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Complying with ever-changing government regulations continues to be a challenge for electric cooperatives. Gray believes that maintaining a reliable and affordable supply of electrical energy for future generations is very important. The cooperative needs to support smart use of coal energy production, while promoting technologies that will help member-owners be more efficient with their energy use, he says.

MARVIN WILHELM • 2376 Fairfield Angling Road, North Fairfield, Ohio 44855 Wilhelm is an electrical contractor and owner of Wilhelm Electric, which he started nearly 50 years ago. He has been doing residential, farm, and small commercial electrical work most of his life, and has been a member of Firelands Electric Co-op for 53 years. Wilhelm assists in community projects with the North Fairfield Lions Club and New London Knights of Columbus, and he has participated in 10 different mission trips over the years. Being a self-employed electrical contractor for nearly a half-century has provided Wilhelm with strong skills that can be used in making wise business decisions on behalf of the cooperative and its members. Wilhelm has a long-term working relationship with Firelands Electric Co-op and its employees. He also has extensive Marvin Wilhelm experience working with other electric co-ops and investor-owned utilities, which provide him with a better understanding of the utility industry. Wilhelm believes federal mandates will continue to have a significant impact on the price of generating electricity in the utility industry. He believes it is important for the co-op to make constructive decisions that are in the best interest of Firelands Electric and its member-owners. This includes maintaining reliable and affordable power for all members of the cooperative, he says.

FIRELANDS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE

MISSION STATEMENT Improving the quality of life of our members by delivering reliable electric service at competitive prices, following the seven Cooperative Principles, while supporting the communities where our members live and work.

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YOUR COOPERATIVE 2016 BY THE NUMBERS

145,903,716 KWHS USED

$1,071,487

CAPITAL CREDITS RETURNED TO MEMBERS

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$54,257

ENERGY EFFICIENCY REBATES PAID TO MEMBERS

9,053 METERS

1,808

NUMBER OF FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS

30

EMPLOYEES

1

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CAPITAL CREDITS PRINCIPLE #3: ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION As a Firelands Electric member-owner you receive electric service at cost, and any margin the cooperative makes — the money left over after all bills are paid — is allocated back to your capital credits account. We invest those capital credits in new poles, wire, transformers, substations, and other infrastructure in order to provide a reliable supply of cost-effective electric power. Those credits are then retired, or paid back, to you as it is financially feasible to do so.

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Your co-op tracks how much electricity you buy and how much you pay for it throughout the year.

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At the end of the year, Firelands completes financial matters and determines whether there is excess revenue, called margins.

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Firelands’ trustees allocate the margins to members as capital credits, based upon their use of electricity during the year.

When Firelands’ financial condition permits, your board of trustees decides to retire, or pay, the capital credits.

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Firelands Electric notifies you of how and when you’ll receive your capital credits retirement.

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CAPITAL CREDITS REFUNDS 1948-2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 TOTAL

$ 4,568,960 $ 240,500 $ 384,275 $ 377,015 $ 367,390 $ 536,005 $ 517,787 $ 300,145 $ 320,580 $ 337,773 $ 125,778 $ 717,451 $ 970,368 $ 962,762 $ 959,541 $ 923,723 $ 1,071,487 $ 13,681,540

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COMPARATIVE BALANCE SHEET FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2016, AND 2015 2016

2015

$ 42,531,133 1,454,865 43,985,998

$ 41,218,273 1,367,411 42,585,684

(14,679,968) 29,306,030

(14,064,972) 28,520,712

8,849,829 709,371 9,559,200

8,909,406 828,008 9,737,414

Cash and cash equivalents Accounts receivable, consumers and other, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $183,567 ($157,873 in 2015) Materials and supplies Accrued utility revenues Other current and accrued assets Total Current Assets

1,120,355

735,528

1,673,157 243,423 403,931 37,239 3,478,105

1,509,988 272,466 415,081 33,970 2,967,033

Total Assets

$ 42,343,335

$ 41,225,159

$ 33,087 20,147,020 1,572,366 21,752,473

$ 34,305 19,713,504 1,313,001 21,060,810

17,426,009

17,222,870

Current portion of long-term debt Accounts payable Consumer deposits Accrued taxes Other current and accrued liabilities Total Current Liabilities

751,774 1,097,204 264,756 671,893 379,226 3,164,853

668,500 1,046,604 247,626 634,746 344,003 2,941,479

Total Equities & Liabilities

$ 42,343,335

$ 41,225,159

Utility Plant

Electric plant in service Construction work in progress

Less: Accumulated provision for depreciation and amortization Net Utility Plant

Investments and Other Assets

ASSETS

Investments in associated organizations Deferred charges Total Noncurrent Assets

Current Assets

Members’ Equities Memberships Patronage capital Other equities Total Equities

EQUITIES & LIABILITIES

Noncurrent Liabilities

Long-term debt

Current Liabilities

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STATEMENTS OF REVENUE & EXPENSES FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2016, AND 2015

2016

2015

$ 19,099,987

$ 18,724,995

Cost of power Distribution expense - operations Distribution expense - maintenance Consumer accounts Administrative and general Depreciation and amortization Taxes Total Operating Expenses

10,637,789 1,352,647 1,486,732 771,200 1,157,072 1,390,767 549,942 17,346,149

10,799,464 1,173,245 1,459,759 841,849 1,126,685 1,230,662 553,244 17,184,908

Operating margins before fixed charges Interest on long-term debt

1,753,838 717,938

1,540,087 700,496

Operating margins after fixed charges Patronage capital assigned by associated organizations Net Operating Margins

1,035,900 393,046 1,428,946

839,591 926,961 1,766,552

36,811 17,588 (11,294) 43,105

31,341 (45,489) (9,188) (23,336)

$ 1,472,051

$ 1,743,216

$ 1,472,051 19,713,504 21,185,555 (1,038,535)

$ 1,743,216 18,902,279 20,645,495 (931,991)

$ 20,147,020

$ 19,713,504

OPERATING REVENUE OPERATING EXPENSES

NON-OPERATING MARGINS Interest income Gain (loss) on sale of assets Other income (expense) Total Non-Operating Margins Net Margins for Period

PATRONAGE CAPITAL & OTHER EQUITY Net Margins Beginning of Year Subtotal Retirement of Capital Credits and Other Contributions (Net) Patronage Capital & Other Equities End of Year

The accounts of your cooperative for the years ended December 31, 2016, and 2015 have been audited. The auditor’s complete report is on file at the office of the cooperative and is available for inspection by the members of the cooperative.

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CREATING POWERFUL CONNECTIONS

FIRELANDS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

GENERAL MANAGER

OUTAGE HOTLINE

Dan McNaull

April Bordas

Lowell Kreager

HAVE A STORY SUGGESTION?

Donna Woodworth

E-mail your ideas to: members@firelandsec.com

1-800-533-8658 OFFICE

One Energy Place P.O. Box 32 New London, OH 44851 419-929-1571

President, District 7

Vice President, District 2 Secretary/Treasurer, District 3

W.E. Anderson District 8

Carl Ayers District 5

OFFICE HOURS

Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.FirelandsEC.com

Bruce Leimbach District 4

Larry Messmore District 6

Dan Schloemer District 1

Neil Winslow District 9

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integrity

accountability

community commitment

innovation

YOUTH PROGRAMS

ACADEMIC

EXCELLENCE

Winners of April drawing receive iTunes gift cards

Education helps shape the leaders of tomorrow. That’s why Firelands Electric includes it as one of our seven core principles. At the beginning of 2017, the cooperative introduced a new program to encourage students in their pursuit of academic excellence. Students in grades 6-8 are invited to become part of “The A Team” and be recognized for their hard work and dedication to education.

Anthony McGrane

Austin Clouse

Ashland Christian School Son of Daneen McGrane

South Central Middle School Son of Aaron and Kelly Clouse

Send us your grade card and win! The next drawing will be held on July 10.

How you can win

Students in grades 6-8 who have a minimum of three A’s on their most recent report card, and whose parents or guardians are members of Firelands Electric Co-op, are eligible to apply. A copy of the report card must be submitted by mail to Firelands Electric Co-op, Attn: The A Team, P.O. Box 32, One Energy Place, New London, OH 44851. Report cards may also be e-mailed to members@firelandsec.com. Be sure to include the student’s name, age, school, grade, address, phone number, the parents’ name(s), and e-mail address on your entry. Complete program details are available at www.firelandsec.com/ content/team.

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Discount Cedar Point tickets available for 2017

Firelands Electric has several discount ticket options available for co-op members who want to experience the thrill and excitement of Cedar Point this summer. These prices are the lowest publicly offered anywhere, including deals like those from supermarkets, organizations, or on pop cans. The popular “Ride & Refresh” is more than just a regular admission ticket for the park, because in addition to a Cedar Point one-day admission, it includes a wristband good for unlimited Coca-Cola fountain beverages! The cooperative has a convenient online store, where members of Firelands Electric can purchase and print Cedar Point and Shores Waterpark tickets at an even greater discount. These exclusive membership discounts can be accessed at www.cedarpoint.com/affiliate, where you will be asked for Firelands Electric’s login information. User Name: FIRELANDSEC | Password: fec (case sensitive) The special online store offers BIG savings on Cedar Point tickets, parking passes, meal plans, Dinosaurs Alive admission, Fast Lane passes, and more! Cedar Point discount tickets may be purchased only by members of Firelands Electric Cooperative (those who have the cooperative as their electricity provider). All sales are final, and any tickets purchased online will be charged sales tax. Tickets are valid any public operating day of the 2017 season, including HalloWeekends. Visit www.FirelandsEC.com for complete pricing information and details.

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HWE celebrates 50 years of serving Kelleys Island Consolidated wins innovation award, Boysel wins Citizen of the Year award

In April, Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative (HWE) celebrated its 50th year of bringing electric service to Kelleys Island, which was added to the HWE service territory in 1967 when HWE absorbed accounts from a failing electric company servicing the island. It is unique for an Ohio electric cooperative to serve an island, as extending reliable electric service can be more challenging.

Mid-Ohio Energy named 2016 Business of the Year

Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative was recently named 2016 Business of the Year by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance. The award was presented at the organization’s 11th annual Mid-Ohio Energy President/ CEO John Metcalf (left) membership and awards and Board Chairman Gene ceremony.

McCluer accepted the Hardin

Since Mid-Ohio’s County Chamber’s Business of the Year award. Community Fund was started in 2006, more than $450,000 has been given directly to schools, first responders, service groups, and more.

BREC’s new smart meters will reduce outage times

Installation of Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative’s new advanced metering infrastructure system is currently underway to provide twoway communications with near-realtime oversight of system operations. Once that is completed, BREC will be able to determine within a matter of minutes which of its more than 18,000 members are without power if a major storm rolls through the service area. Power restoration times will be greatly improved, and crews will operate in a more efficient manner than was possible before.

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Consolidated Electric Cooperative (CEC) won the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce Innovation in Business award at the Chamber’s annual dinner on Feb. 2. Additionally, Dan Boysel, CEC’s director of economic development, won the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year award.

Consolidated Electric Cooperative President and CEO Phil Caskey (left) and Director of Economic Development Dan Boysel received awards at the Delaware Area Chamber’s annual dinner.

The Innovation in Business award is presented to a Chamber member that has used innovation to stand apart, and the Citizen of the Year award is granted to an individual who has made a unique contribution to the community.

Grant for 3D printer given to local school by North Central Electric

What costs $3,200 and helps prepare students for potential technology courses in college? A MakerBot 3D printer, courtesy of North Central Electric Cooperative. The Atticabased co-op’s People Fund recently granted $3,200 to Seneca East Front row: Austin Butler and Hannah Michel. Back row, from Schools for the highleft to right: Tech teacher Jillian tech printer, which will Baker, Gabbi Dixon, Principal Don promote more STEM Vogt, North Central People Fund (science, technology, representative Diane Stallings, and engineering, and math) Aubrey Saylors. concepts and find use in entrepreneurship and marketing courses. The grant provided funds to purchase the 3D printer, software programs to run the equipment, upgrades to a computer that runs the printer, and the initial supply of filament.

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Before airplanes and GPS, staff stood atop watchtowers in Ohio's forests to watch out for telltale plumes of smoke. Continued from Page 25

Only southeast Ohio was spared the press of ice. It’s a province entirely different from the rest of the state, expressed in the people and the places they inhabit. This Appalachian piedmont bounds in hill after hill. Relative vast reaches of woods — forests of white pine, black oak, red maple, sweet gum, hickory, and buckeye — adorn those hills. They are a natural commodity worthy of protection. That protection began with a network of some 39 fire towers that once studded the highest of hills. The towers afforded the broadest, longest views by fire watchers who kept a lookout for “smokes,” those first plumes that signaled a potential forest fire. According to Don Karas with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Forestry, the towers arose in the 1920s from a need for wildland fire suppression. Ohio’s southeast forests were recovering then, regrowing from having been harvested for charcoal used in iron production in the mid-to-late 19th Osbourne Fire Finder century. President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal “alphabet soup agencies” would come into play in forest conservation in Ohio. The federal government’s Resettlement Administration facilitated the removal of families off of small, failed farms where folks were scratching out a living in hollows. Those condemned lands came back into the public domain, today managed by the ODNR or the U.S. Forest Service’s Wayne National Forest. Part of the growing conservation concern then was detection and suppressing of wildfires. Roosevelt deployed his “Tree Army” to the piedmont. That army was the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC), the first of Roosevelt’s New Deal agencies intended to help jump-start the failing economy. The CCC put young men to work in public-works projects across the country.

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“Not only did they plant trees, but they built roads and lodges and bridges,” Karas says. “In an 18-month period between 1933 and 1934, the CCC built 11 steelframe fire towers in southeast Ohio.” They constructed another eight from 1934 until the CCC was disbanded in 1942. But the rise of airplanes and other technology eventually supplanted the need for towers. Since it was cheaper to fly predetermined routes over the forests on the watch for smoke than to maintain and staff towers, the ODNR opted for aerial surveys during fire season. The last of the firewatchers, Marion Sanders, walked out of a Pike County fire tower for the last time in 1978, and over time, the towers fell into disrepair. Fortunately, some have been saved, preserved, and even relocated for public viewing; the Armintrout tower is on permanent display in the ODNR area of the state fairgrounds. “Fire towers, though we don’t need them any longer, are our symbol of forest conservation,” Karas says. “We took great care in preserving this one for all Ohioans to see.” In all, eight of the fire towers have been preserved, and at least one other restoration project is in the works. David White of Lancaster, a member of the Forest Fire Lookout Association, leads an endeavor to relocate the Rock Bridge/Sugar Grove tower to Charles Alley Nature Park in Lancaster. It’s a labor of love, says White, a former park ranger and wildfire fighter. “Towers are part of our history,” he says. “We need to preserve them for education and our heritage.” CRAIG SPRINGER came of age on the glacial moraines in Butler County. Visit him at www.craigspringer.com.

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hile many travelers regard Holmes County as the crux of Ohio’s Amish Country, few realize that Walnut Creek is its cradle. In 1809, Amish farmer Jonas Stutzman migrated from Pennsylvania to present-day Holmes County as the area’s first white settler. More Amish folks soon followed, putting down roots that blossomed into the world’s largest Amish-Mennonite community. Though 190 years have passed since Amish pioneers platted the village of Walnut Creek, the splendor of the land remains obvious. Narrow ridges bordered by undulating valleys present a pastoral mosaic of tidy farmhouses, bountiful fields, and hillside pastures where horses graze. The scenery alone makes Walnut Creek worth visiting; its other attributes — shops, restaurants, entertainment, and genuine encounters with the “plain people” — are bonuses. Some advice: Bring a camera for capturing Walnut Creek’s bucolic beauty and a cooler for keeping the local goodies you’re bound to buy.

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Merle and Lela Hershberger grow peaches and apples to sell at Hillcrest Orchard farm market, but when they retire, their “dawdy haus” will be a restored 1850s log cabin. Until then, lucky lodgers can experience the cabin’s rustic simplicity (gas and electric lights but no TV) and serene orchard setting. 330-401-3185; www.dwellhillcrest.com

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German Culture Museum

With eclectic exhibits that encapsulate Walnut Creek’s Amish and “English” (non-Amish) heritage, the museum is an instructive first stop. Its treasures include chairs made by Jonas (“The Father of Amish Country”) Stutzman, who famously anticipated Christ’s Second Coming by wearing white clothes and building an extra-large chair for Christ to sit in. 330-763-1390

Rebecca Miller’s tasty tomato basil soup is so satisfying it’s a local legend. Her cozy, often crowded eatery occupies a repurposed 1817 log cabin, and even though she seasonally tweaks the “modern farmhouse food” menu, you can’t go wrong with the creamed eggs, quiche, or carrot cake. 330-893-2668; www.rebeccasbistro.com

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A popular State Route 39 shopping destination, it’s clean, modern, and completely indoors. Three attributes set it apart: no repeat merchandise; parking for buggies as well as buses; and the genial atmosphere fostered by the Zimmerman family members who own and operate it. 330852-0181; www. walnutcreekamishfleamarket.com

Der Dutchman Restaurant

When Der Dutchman debuted nearly 50 years ago, its hearty, Amish-style fare helped put Walnut Creek on the tourism map. Regulars rave about its broasted and baked chicken, but homemade noodles over homemade mashed potatoes constitutes comfort food nirvana. Although you may have to wait for a table, your reward is the dining room’s eye-popping view of Goose Bottom Valley. 330-893-2981; www.dhgroup.com/restaurants

The Farm at Walnut Creek

A working Amish farm offers a Noah’s Ark adventure — by car or horse-drawn wagon — that lets families hand-feed some 60 different animals ranging from American bison to zebras. Visitors also can tour the barns and snack on cookies in the main farmhouse. 330-893-4200; www.thefarmatwalnutcreek.com

Walnut Creek Cheese

The phenomenal cheese selection is merely the tip of the foodie iceberg at this State Route 39 megastore, where tourists and locals alike shop for everything from its bakery’s fresh-baked fry pies to its cannery’s apple butter barbecue sauce. Don’t miss the creamery’s homemade custard, the café’s pulled pork, or the test kitchen’s free samples. 330-852-2888; www.walnutcreekcheese.com

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS

WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE

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or once, I was there “yesterday.” If you’re an angler, you know what I mean. How many times have you heard, “Well, the fish aren’t biting today, but had you been here yesterday (or last week, or last month), well…” Putting me on the fish that magical late-summer morning a few years ago was veteran fishing guide Dave Rose. We were fishing a small river in northwest Michigan from a drift boat, casting minnow-imitation lures for king salmon (also known as Chinooks) that were migrating upstream from Lake Michigan to spawn. When we began fishing at dawn that morning, Rose estimated we would see about a hundred salmon moving upstream in the shallow, clear water beneath the boat. But by the end of our 7-mile, half-day float, we’d easily seen 10 times that number — an estimated 1,000 salmon or more.

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“I’ve only seen this happen a time or two during all my 20 years of guiding,” Rose says incredulously. “We were definitely in the right place at the right time.” I hooked half a dozen salmon that day, landing three — which is about the usual ratio for kings. Rose estimated that the salmon I caught weighed 17 to 18 pounds each. Many fishing guides specialize in a specific species, but Dave Rose is a multi-species fisherman, guiding anglers to trout, salmon, smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, pike, perch, and panfish on inland lakes. He lives near Traverse City, Michigan, and attracts most of his clients from that resort town and others within a day’s drive.

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The guiding life

A typical guiding day for Rose begins the evening before the actual trip. “It usually takes me a couple hours to prepare the boat (an 18-foot MirroCraft) with the specific tackle we’ll need for the day, including the safety gear,” says Rose. During summer months, Rose usually has his clients meet him at a particular lake at 5 a.m. He’ll get there a half-hour or so earlier, to launch the boat and be ready. His typical guided fishing trips last about five hours and cost $425 for either one or two anglers. One of the main things Rose likes about guiding is meeting different people. “I really enjoy the camaraderie of fellow fishermen,” he says. “So if you don’t like people, you probably wouldn’t enjoy guiding.” Only about half his clients are experienced fishermen. “And it’s not an easy task to get people to catch fish if they know little or nothing about fishing,” he says. “So if a customer is a newbie, I spend much of our time on the water teaching him/her how to fish. But I enjoy that aspect of the job, especially when guiding a parent and child.”

Not always sunshine and roses

As for the downsides of guiding, Rose mentioned inclement weather. “You never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you,” he says. “Some days are cold, wet, miserable and the fish just aren’t biting.” Rose has a special trick up his sleeve for those tough days. He lowers an underwater camera over the side of the boat to prove to clients that fish really are present. “Regardless of the conditions, my goal every day is to try and get clients the most and biggest fish they’ve ever caught,” he says. “I work hard to make that happen, every trip.” As for the costs of being a fishing guide, Rose says expenses can run quite high. “There is not only the

Outdoors editor Chip Gross displays a king salmon he pulled from a small river during a trip to northwest Michigan.

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Fishing guide Dave Rose (left) and a client show off part of their catch of Green Bay walleyes during a day on the lake.

cost of purchasing a boat, motor(s), and trailer, but the cost of maintenance and gas as well,” Rose says. “Add to that an annual guide’s license, insurance, rods, reels, bait, and other tackle, and expenses really add up quick.” One last thing Rose highly recommends for any potential fishing guide is a fallback plan. “Make sure you have a spouse with a real job,” he says. If you’d like to fish with Dave Rose this summer, he can be reached at 231-633-9875 or by e-mail at paintedfish@wildfishing.com. And tell him I sent you. CHIP GROSS is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor and a member of Consolidated Electric Cooperative. He can be reached by e-mail at whchipgross@gmail.com.

Pro Tactics: Steelhead & Salmon

You can learn more about salmon fishing by reading a copy of Chip Gross’s book Pro Tactics: Steelhead & Salmon. Chock-full of interviews with fishing guides, charter captains, outdoors writers, and just plain good fishermen from the Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska, the book is loaded with fishing advice and techniques, as well as more than 60 color photographs. Priced at $28.60 (includes tax and shipping), personalized copies may be ordered from Chip by mailing a check or money order to: WORDsmith, 6108 Township Road 88, Fredericktown, OH 43019. Please include the name of the person it's for, so it can be personalized.

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JUN. 3–4 – Black Swamp Historical Farm Museum Show, Auglaize Village, 12296 Krouse Rd., Defiance, Sat. 10 a.m.–? p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $5, under 12 free. Gas engines, tractors, and garden tractors are operated and displayed. 419-782-7255, 419-782-1954, or http:// visitdefianceohio.com. JUN. 3–4 – Power of Yesteryear Spring Show, Wood Co. Historical Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green (off I-75, exit 179, east 1/2 mile). 419-819-9355 or www. powerofyesteryear.org.

JUN. 7–10 – Dennison Railroad Festival, Historic Center Street District, downtown Dennison. Car show Sat. noon. Parade Sat. 5 p.m. 740-922-6776 or www.dennisonrailroadfestival.org.

JUN. 8–10 – Cherry Fest Expo, 10802 Waterville St., Whitehouse, Thur. 6–11 p.m., Fri. 1 p.m.–midnight, Sat. 9 a.m.–midnight. Free admission. Cherry pie by the slice, or buy the whole pie! Food, beer and wine garden, horse-drawn carriage

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JUN. 10–JUL. 2 – 61st Annual Wassenberg June Art Exhibition, 214 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Tues.–Sun. 1–5 p.m., Thur. 1–9 p.m. Free. Special reception on June 10, 6–9 p.m., free and open to public. 877-989-2282 or www. wassenbergartcenter.org.

JUN. 15–18 – Blood Brothers, the Musical, Van Wert Civic Theatre, 118 S. Race St., Van Wert, Thur.–Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $10. 419-238-9689 or www.vwct.org.

JUN. 17 – International Jazz Festival: “Take Me to the Rivers,” Kingsbury Park, 118 Auglaize St., Defiance, 6–10:15 p.m. Honors the memory of Wild Bill Davison and Milt Buckner. Free. Gates open at 5 p.m., children’s activities 5:30–7 p.m. Food and beverages for purchase. Bring a chair and enjoy the music. www.defiancejazzfestival.com. JUN. 18 – Antique Tractor Show, Sauder Village, 22611 St. Rte. 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Historic tractors from the 1920s to the 1960s will be on display. Tractor pedal pulls for the kids. 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.

JUN. 19–20 – Auditions for Summer Youth Theatre: Alice in Wonderland, Van Wert Civic Theatre, 118 S. Race St., free. 740-283-1787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com.

JUN. 10 – International Wine at the Mill, Loudonville, noon–11 p.m. Enjoy nearly 100 varieties of international and Ohio wines, domestic beers, live music, and great food. $10 adults over 21, $1 ages 10–20, under 10 free. 419-541-0161 or www.wolfcreekmill.org/events.html.

JUN. 10–11 – 4th Annual Dog Fest of Zoar, 198 Main St., Zoar, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Free admission, $5 parking per vehicle. Buckeye Dock Dogs showcase their Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieval competitions. Bring your pets for the parade, costume contest, pet-friendly vendors, and more. Free museum tours throughout the weekend (pets stay outside). 800-262-6195 or www.historiczoarvillage.com. THROUGH NOV. – Frank Lloyd Wright House Tour, 534 Morgan St., Oberlin, 12–5 p.m. The Weltzheimer/Johnson House is the first Usonian house in Ohio and one of the few in the nation open to the public. $5; college students free; 18 and under free. 440-775-8671. JUN. 3 – Flea Market on Chardon Square, 111 Water St., Chardon, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. More than 100 distinctive vendors. Includes vintage and collectible items. Free. http:// chardonsquareassociation.org.

JUN. 3–4 – Columbia Antique Gas Engine Show and Flea Market, Columbia Twp. Park, 25540 Royalton Rd. (Rte. 82), Columbia Station, Sat. 8 a.m–5 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–3 p.m. 440-236-9053 or www.columbiastation.com/engineshow.html.

JUN. 3–4 – Ohio Valley Frontier Days, Fort Steuben, 120 S. Third St., Steubenville, Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate early American life with soldiers, surveyors, settlers, and Native Americans. Crafts, games, pony rides, music, presentations, and colonial dancing. $6, C. (6-12) $3, under 6

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JUN. 2–4 – Southern Ohio Farm Power of the Past: Antique Tractor and Machinery Show, Pike Co. Fgds. (off U.S. 23), Piketon. Tractor and machinery displays, craft booths, demonstrations, live entertainment, raffles, daily parades, and kids’ games. 740-289-4124. JUN. 3 – Bradford Railroad Museum Festival, 200 N. Miami Ave., Bradford, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. For all age groups and rail fans. 937-552- 2196 or www.ohio.org/ events/bradford-railroad-heritage-festival.

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JUN. 11 – Kelleys Island 5 & 10K Run/Walk, Memorial Park, 112 Division St., Kelleys Island, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Registration begins at 8 p.m., race at 10:45 a.m. Followed by a Fun Run and awards ceremony. Registration $20 online, $25 at site. 419-7462360 or www.kelleysislandchamber.com.

JUN. 15–17 – Tri-State Pottery Festival, Fifth St. at Broadway, East Liverpool. Celebrate the rich heritage of the “Pottery Capital of the World.” Art show, Pottery Olympics, displays and exhibits of locally made wares, and a wide variety of food and live entertainment daily. 330-385-5394. JUN. 15–18 – Dean Martin Festival, various sites, Steubenville. Celebrate the 100th birthday of Steubenville’s famous native son. Features top impersonators and entertainers. Join other Dino fans for food, music, and nostalgia. 740-2834935 or www.deanmartinsteubenville.com. JUN. 17 – Spring Farm Open House, Our Little World Alpacas, 16800 Cowley Rd., Grafton, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Come see the baby alpacas (crias). 440-477-4300 or www. ourlittleworldalpacas.com.

JUN. 3–4 – Troy Strawberry Festival, downtown Troy, Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Voted the 2017 Best Food Festival in Ohio. More than 60 food booths, all showcasing strawberry dishes and products. Also arts and crafts vendors, games for all ages, 10K run, and Jr. Golf Tournament. 937-339-7714 or http:// gostrawberries.com . JUN. 9–10 – Banana Split Festival, 1326 Fife Ave., Wilmington, Fri. 4–10 p.m., Sat. 12–10 p.m. Free. Celebrate the fabulous ’50s and ’60s at the nation’s only banana split festival. Enjoy food booths, live music, games, 5K run, baseball tournament, and, of course, banana splits! Classic car cruise-in Fri. night, car show Sat. 877-428-4748 or www.bananasplitfestival.com. JUN. 10 – 92nd Annual Old Fashioned Strawberry Festival, downtown Shandon, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free admission. Celebrate everything strawberry! Enjoy fresh food and produce, including strawberry shortcake and ice cream. Local vendors and artists, antique tractor show, plus live Welsh harp music and organ music. 513-860-4194 or www.gettothebc.com/ events. JUN. 11–12 – Hueston Woods Arts and Crafts Fair, Hueston Woods State Park, Pioneer Farm Museum, 6929 Brown Rd., Oxford, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $4, 12 and under free. 513-523-8005 or www.gettothebc.com/events.

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JUN. 23–25 – Maria Stein Country Fest, 2291 St. Johns Rd., Maria Stein. Admission, parking, and entertainment are free. Handicap accessible. Featured performance includes two shows: Nojoe’s Circus and Jurassic Kingdom. Also Tractor Square Dancers, games, rides, music, and food. 419-586-1146 or www. mscountryfest.com. JUN. 23–25 – Riverfront Gathering: “Celebrating Our Water Resources,” Confluence of the Rivers, 315 E. River Rd., Defiance, Fri. 5–9 p.m., Sat. 12–10 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Free pontoon rides, children’s Aqua Zone activities, music, food, and river events. Bring your lawn chair. 419-782-0739 or http:// visitdefianceohio.com.

JUN. 24 – Lake Seneca Annual Miles of Yard Sales, off N. St. Rte. 576, 1-1/4 miles north of U.S. Rte. 20, Montpelier. Porta-Pit chicken dinners starting around 11 a.m. at the Arrowhead Lodge with plenty of extras and homemade bake sale items. 419-485-5205, 419-553-7105, or www.lakeseneca.org. JUN. 24–25 – Northwest Ohio’s Picker’s Paradise, Henry Co. Fgds., 821 S. Perry St., Napoleon, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., rain or shine. Free admission, free parking. All-American flea market. Look for us on Facebook. 419-235-3264. JUN. 24–25 – Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $8, under 12 free. Northwest Ohio’s premier fine arts festival features the work of more than 200 artists from across the country. 419-536-5566 or www.toledogarden.org. JUN. 30 – Henry Co. Rib Fest, 611 N. Perry St. Napoleon, 5–11 p.m. $5. From 12 local vendors. 419-592-1786.

JUN. 17 – Steubenville’s Dean Martin Hometown Celebration, S. 4th St., Steubenville, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Street festival featuring music, vendors, food, entertainment, car show, 5K walk/run, trolley tours, and lots of activities for kids young and old. 740-283-4935 or www.visitsteubenville.com. JUN. 17–AUG. 12 – Ohio Light Opera, Freedlander Theatre, 329 E. University St., Wooster, 2 and 7:30 p.m. June shows: Anything Goes, HMS Pinafore, and Music Man. 330-263-2345 or www.ohiolightopera.org.

JUN. 23–24 – Ohio Scottish Games, Lorain Co. Fgds., Wellington. $12–$17, under 10 free. Kids’ games, animals, British cars and bikes, Clan Village, Kilted Mile, and more! New this year is Grass Track Bike Racing. www.ohioscottishgames.com. JUN. 23–25 – Cy Young Days Festival, 102 S Bridge St., Newcomerstown. Long Toss competition, Old Timers game, car show, pet show, and other entertainment. Grand Parade marshal is Jack McDowell of the Chicago White Sox. 740-498-4545, 740498-5261, or www.cyyoungdaysfestival.com.

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JUN. 23–25 – Lorain International Festival and Bazaar, Black River Landing, Black River Ln., Lorain, Fri. 5–11 p.m., Sat. noon–11 p.m., Sun. noon–9 p.m. Ethnic foods, crafts from many homelands, and nonstop entertainment. $3 daily. www. loraininternational.com.

JUN. 24 – Antique Engine Show and Pie Baking Contest, 6304 Avon Lake Rd., Spencer, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Antique engines, pie contest, food, and kids’ games. Pie contest information: 330635-5716. Other information: 330-667-2257. JUN. 24 – Fort Laurens: “Let Them Eat Cake,” 11067 Fort Laurens Rd. NW, Bolivar, 2–4 p.m. $10. Dress in your finest for an afternoon of British teas, desserts, and history of the British Empire. Reservations required. 330-874-2059 or www. fortlaurens.org.

JUN. 16 – Summer Sizzler Speed Horse Show, hosted by Adams Co. Horseman’s Association, Adams Co. Fgds., 836 Boyd Ave., West Union, 7 p.m. 937-695-0550 or e-mail acha.show@gmail.com. JUN. 16–17 – Jungle Jim’s International Beer Fest, Oscar Event Ctr., 5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield, 7–10:30 p.m. $20–$60. 513-674-6000 or www. junglejims.com/beerfest. JUN. 17 – Antique and Artisan Show, Main St., Tipp City, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Stroll historic downtown Tipp City while enjoying a premier display of antiques and vintage wares. Artisans from all over the Midwest. Demonstrations, local food, entertainment, and a farmers market. 937-667-0883 or www.downtowntippcity.org/ events.html. JUN. 24–25 – Brush and Palette Art Guild Annual Art Show, Southern State Community College, Central Campus, 100 Hobart Dr., Hillsboro, 1–5 p.m. Free. Work from both professional and non-professional artists will be on display and for sale. 937-393-4193. JUN. 24–25 – 26th Historic Home and Garden Tour, Urbana. Sponsored by the Champaign Co. Preservation Alliance. 800-791-6010, www. ccpaurbanaohio.com, or find CCPA on Facebook.

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JUN. 3 – Cruise-In for Dialysis, downtown Marion, 12–6 p.m. Registration 12–3 p.m. Awards at 6 p.m. Fundraiser for kidney dialysis patients in the seven-county area. See antique cars and not-so-old cars, trucks, and motorcycles. 740-244-6117 or www. cruisinfordialysis.com. JUN. 3 – H.O.T. Tamale Bike Tour, Community Park, Waldo Fulton Rd., Waldo, start time 8–9 a.m., registration 7–9 a.m. Day ride $20 ages 11 and up, $45 family. 740-382-9952 or www.hot-tamale.org. JUN. 3 – “WWI Home Front” Exhibit Tour, Ohio History Ctr., 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 12:30–1 p.m. Go on a guided tour of the new WWI exhibit to learn about objects related to the American home front and the war effort. $5–$10. 614-297-2300, 800-686-6124, or www.ohiohistory.org. JUN. 7–10 – Commercial Point Homecoming, Community Ctr. grounds, Commercial Point, Wed.–Fri. 4–11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Rides, concessions, beer garden, games, parade, fireworks, and more. Also custom motorcycle raffle and car show. 614-875-5929 or e-mail pprindle48@gmail.com. JUN. 8–10 – Hot Air Balloon Festival, Coshocton Co. Fgds., Coshocton, Thur. 4–9 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.–9:15 p.m. Balloon Night Glow, Sat. 6 a.m.–9:30 p.m. fireworks. 740-622-4877, 800-338-4724, or www. visitcoshocton.com/hot-air-balloon-festival.

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9 a.m.–3 p.m. Meet the Ohio History Connection’s old-building experts and learn how to make informed decisions about repairs and improvements to any home or building built between 1800 and 1955. 800-499-2470, 740-885-8194, or http://buildingdoctor.org. JUN. 9 – Jazzin’ Up the Museum, Valley Gem Sternwheeler, 601 Front St., Marietta, 6:30–9 p.m. $40 single, $75 couple. Join the Friends of the Museums and delight in a delicious buffet meal on the Valley Gem. Dance the night away while cruising down the Ohio River listening to a live band playing songs from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. 740-373-3750 or www. mariettaohio.org.

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JUN. 9–11 – Columbus Arts Festival, downtown riverfront, Columbus, Fri. 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Features nation’s top artists and craftspeople, live music, theater, dance, hands-on art activities, and gourmet food from Columbus’s finest restaurants. 614-224-2606 or http:// columbusartsfestival.org. JUN. 9–11 – 66th Annual Poultry Days, 459 S. Center St., Versailles. Enjoy the festival’s world-famous barbeque chicken dinners and many fun events, including the 36th Annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. www.versaillespoultrydays.com. JUN. 10 – BLISS Series: “Turtles, Dragons, Toads, Oh My!,” Buckeye Lake Historical Society Museum, St. Rte. 79, Buckeye Lake, 1:30–3 p.m. Presented by Nancy Lockhart, “The Turtle Lady.” Kids are encouraged to attend, as there will be live, wiggly things! 740-929-1998 or http://www. buckeyelakehistory.org. JUN. 10 – Cruise-a-Palooza, downtown Amanda, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free admission, $7 registration for contestants. Classic cars from all eras, a 50/50 drawing, baked goods auction, door prize drawings, DJ, and exhibitors of interest to all ages. E-mail philipmstroup@ hotmail.com or http://cruise-a-palooza.com. JUN. 11 – Summer Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Makoy Event Ctr., 5462 Center St., Hilliard, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $3, 12 and under free. Large show featuring artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. Full concessions stand on site. www.avantgardeshows. com. JUN. 15–17 – Washboard Music Festival, Main St., Worthington Park, Logan, Thur. 5–10 p.m., Fri./Sat. noon–11 p.m. Free. Ohio’s most unique music and arts festival, celebrating the old-fashioned washboard as a musical instrument. Also features free carnival rides for kids. 740-777-1445 or www.washboardmusicfestival. com. JUN. 16–17 – Father’s Day Campout, A. W. Marion Park, Circleville. Spend a weekend of relaxation, fishing, movies, games, and activities with Dad. 866-644-6727 or http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/awmarion. JUN. 16–18 – 43rd Annual Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival, Roscoe Village, 600 N. Whitewoman

JUN. 1–4 –Nelsonville Music Festival, Robbins Crossing, Hocking College, 3301 Hocking Pkwy., Nelsonville. Live music on multiple stages, kids’ activities, local arts vendors, food, beer garden, and more. On-site camping. Day pass $55, Sat. $90; weekend pass $75–$350. 740-753-1924 or www.nelsonfest.org. JUN. 2–3 – Guernsey Gospel Jubilee Spring Gospel Sing, Spring Valley Campground, 9000 Dozer Rd., Cambridge, Fri. 6 p.m., Sat. noon. Free will offering, free parking.

JUN. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Guernsey Co. Farmers’ Market, 801 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 740-439-2238 or www.facebook.com/CambridgeMainStreetFarmersMarket. JUN. 8 – Marietta Building Doctor Clinic, The Castle, 418 Fourth St., Marietta, 7–9 p.m. Free with advance registration. On-site consultations by appointment, Fri., Jun. 9,

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JUN. 9–SEPT. 3 – Tecumseh!, Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, 5968 Marietta Rd., Chillicothe, Mon.–Sat. 8 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. $14–$43. Witness the epic life story of the legendary Shawnee leader. Backstage tours starting at 3:45 p.m. ($5), buffet 4:30–7:30 p.m. ($7.95–$14.95). 740-7754100 or www.tecumsehdrama.com. JUN. 9–10, 16–18, 23–24 – Sarah, Plain and Tall, Players Theatre, 299 Putnam St., Marietta, Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $12, Srs./Stds. $10, C. (17 and under) $7. 740-374-9434 or www.midohiovalleyplayers.org.

JUN. 10 – Passport to Fishing, Deerassic Park Education Ctr., 14250 Cadiz Rd., Cambridge, 12–2 p.m. Free. Introduction to fishing. 740-435-3335 or www.deerassic.com. JUN. 10 – Ruff Truck, Guernsey Co. Fgds., Old Washington, 7:30 p.m. $5, 10 and under free. 740-260-9909. JUN. 10, 17, 24 – Tecumseh! “Living History” Tour, Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, 5968 Marietta Rd.,

JUN. 2–4 – Family Trails Weekend, North Bend State Park, 202 North Bend Park Rd., Cairo. Hikes, bike rides, bird walks, and more. 304-643-2931 or www.northbendsp.com. JUN. 3 – Taste of Parkersburg, corner of 3rd and Market Sts., Parkersburg, 5–11 p.m. $15 advance, $20 at site. Savor food, wine, and beer from local restaurants. 304865-0522 or www.downtownpkb.com.

St., Coshocton. Free admission and parking; workshop fee $15. Hear Appalachian and traditional music played on mountain dulcimers, hammered dulcimers, bowed psalteries, fiddles, guitars, banjos, and other instruments. 740-545-6265 or www.coshoctondulcimerdays.com. JUN. 16–AUG. 6 – CAPA Summer Movie Series, Ohio Theatre, 55 E. State St., Columbus, Wed.–Sun. 7:30 p.m., Sun. matinee 2 p.m. America’s longest-running classic film series. 614-469-0939 or www.capa.com. JUN. 17, 23 – 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. 800-743-2303 or www. facebook.com/LorenaSternwheeler. JUN. 22 – “‘Hive Q’: Exploring the Intelligence of a Honey Bee Colony,” Wells Barn, Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, 6–8 p.m. Free. Reservations required. Did you know that a colony of honey bees can actually make decisions? Explore some of the amazing “mechanics of thought” that bees employ at the individual and colony level to make decisions. Includes bee hive visit if weather permits. 614-715-8000 or www.fpconservatory.org. JUN. 24–25 – Vectren Dayton Air Show, 3800 Wright Dr., Vandalia. Features the U.S Air Force Thunderbirds and F-35 Lightning II Heritage Flight, U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet, plus other exciting performances. 937-898-5901, www.facebook.com/ VectrenDaytonAirShow, or www.daytonairshow.com. JUN. 24–25 – Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow, 2301 W. River Rd., Dayton, Sat. 12–8:30 p.m., Sun. 12–5 p.m. American Indian men’s and women’s dances, traditional arts and crafts, and food. $8, Srs./C. (6–16) $6, free under 5. Weekend passes available. 937-2688199 or www.sunwatch.org. JUN. 25 – Dublin Kiwanis Frog Jump, 5200 Emerald Pkwy., Dublin, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 800-245-8387. JUN. 30 – Lancaster Community Band Patriotic Night, Lancaster Bandstand, Broad and Main Sts., Lancaster, 7 p.m. Free. 740-756-4430.

Chillicothe, 3 p.m. $5. The one-hour tour takes you back to late 18th-century Ohio to learn more about the lives of the frontier settlers and Shawnee who shaped our history. Devised, written, and directed by cast members of Tecumseh! 740-775-4100 or www.tecumsehdrama.com. JUN. 17 – Bluegrass Bash, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr., 7033 Glenn Hwy., Cambridge, 7 p.m. $10. 740-439-7009 or www.pritchardlaughlin.com.

JUN. 17 – National Road Bike Show and Ribfest, Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. One of the fastestgrowing motorcycle shows in the region. Bike judging, fun contests, live music. beer garden, and barbecue. 740-439-2238 or www.downtowncambridge.com.

JUN. 23–24 – Kicking Bear One-on-One, Deerassic Park Education Ctr., 14250 Cadiz Rd., Cambridge, Fri. 4–9 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Free. Archery shoot and campout for ages 5 to 15. 740-435-3335 or www.deerassic.com. JUN. 23–24 – National Cambridge Glass Collectors Show and Sale, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr., 7033 Glenn Hwy., Cambridge, Fri. 1–5 p.m., Sat. 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. $5 admission, good for both days. www.cambridgeglass.org/ glassshow.php.

JUN. 23–25 – Muskingum Valley Trade Days, 6602 St. Rte. 78, Reinersville. Large flea market. 740-558-2740 (before show), 740-558-2402 (during show).

JUN. 24 – National Cambridge Collectors Glass Dash, St. Benedict’s Activity Ctr., 220 N. Seventh St., Cambridge, 7–11 a.m. Early-bird admission (first hour), $10; after 8:30 a.m., $4. 740-432-4245 or www.cambridgeglass.org.

JUN. 9–11 – 37th Annual Fostoria Glass Convention, 901 8th St., Moundsville. Elegant glass show and sale, this year featuring Fostoria glassware designed by George Sakier, who pioneered the company’s Art Deco-style glassware. 304-843-4128 or www.fostoriaglass.org. JUN. 29–30, JUL. 1 – Sternwheel Regatta, Point Pleasant. Free. Parade, pageants, concerts, and more. www. pointpleasantregatta.org.

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