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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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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.


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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What’s the best thing about the state fair?

Circling steers in the show ring, thirstquenching lemonade after hours in the sun, flaky-fried funnel cake goodness, and endless chatter with fellow Buckeyes — welcome to the Ohio State Fair. What do you think is the best part about this annual tradition? Take to our Facebook or Twitter pages to share your memories with our staff, and you may find your answers printed on these pages! Find us by searching for Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives on social media.

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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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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.

Annual legislative visits are a chance for cooperatives to state their case


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


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.

—Jim Matheson NRECA president

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, where they can educate themselves on energy policy and send messages to their representative and senators on behalf of their cooperative.


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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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.




At electric cooperatives, the board of directors is the direct link to owner-members


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-


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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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

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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






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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.

With an eye on the environment, Bridgewater Dairy turns waste into electricity


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


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


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.


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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Creative, unusual planter tips 1

Use quality potting medium with a peat moss mixture.


Good drainage is key. Add a base of rocks to drain excess water. For extra drainage, make holes in the bottom of objects.


When creating a tiered planter, put plants requiring the most water at the bottom layer, since watering the top will send water to the bottom.

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


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.


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.


Use appropriate container depth. Shallow containers are fine for succulents. Plants with a deeper root system need 4 to 5 inches of soil.


Vary plants for a mix of textures, heights, and colors for visual appeal.


Think asymmetrical, fanciful, and fun, but don’t use plants that will hide the container.


Add embellishments or paint for added interest.


As temperatures change, replant to have planters last.

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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June is National Dairy Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a batch of HOMEMADE ICE CREAM?


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The best part of making your own is that you can fix it any way you like: Add fresh fruit or nuts for texture and a tasty appeal, or pile in candy or cookies for an even sweeter treat!

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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.


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

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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 or www. 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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2017 Annual Meeting of Members Thursday, June 29 • West Holmes High School • 10901 State Route 39, Millersburg, Ohio All Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative members are invited to attend the meeting and dinner. Health and Information Fair - 5 p.m. • Dinner - 5:45 p.m. • Business Meeting - 6:30 p.m.


n early June, all HWEC members will receive in the mail a trustee election ballot and an RSVP form for the Annual Meeting dinner. The voting ballot and RSVP form can be returned in the provided postage-paid envelope or online at Each membership (household or business) in attendance at the conclusion of this Annual Meeting will receive a $10 credit to be applied toward their August electric bill. We also will host a food drive at the Annual Meeting. Please feel free to bring a non-perishable item.


Activities of the Evening 1. Dinner 2. Meeting called to order 3. Invocation 4. Minutes approved as in annual report 5. Chairman’s report 6. Financial report for 2016 7. Operation Round Up Foundation financial report for 2016

8. President’s report 9. Guest speaker 10. Scholarship winners presentation 11. Results of trustee election and swearing in of trustees 12. Unfinished business 13. New business 14. Adjournment



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TRUSTEE ELECTIONS Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc.



District 6 Chester and Plain townships in Wayne County

District 5 Hardy, Monroe, and Prairie townships in Holmes County District 4 - Berlin, Clark, Mechanic, and Salt Creek townships in Holmes County

Candidate information is presented as provided by each candidate. HWEC Code of Regulations requires a nominating committee consisting of one member from each of the nine districts to select a minimum of one and maximum of three candidates for the election process.




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Name: Kenneth Conrad Home address: 6383 County

Name: Paul Lahm

E-mail address:

E-mail address:

Road 19, Millersburg, OH

Number of years as HWEC member: 58 years Education and specific degree: Clark High School

1955. Served in the U.S. Army 1958-1960.

Current employment or employment history: Self-employed lifetime farmer & livestock trucking 48 years. Leadership and community activities: Member of Clark Community Church as Elder & Trustee, Mechanic Township Trustee – 12 years, Holmes County Fair Board – 12 years Why are you interested in becoming a member of the HWEC Board of Trustees or serving another term? I have obtained the credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate, Board Leadership Certificate, and successfully completed the Director Gold Program. Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative management staff is one of the best in the state. I am privileged to have served on our board. Being semi-retired, I believe that I have the knowledge and time to continue being an effective board member. Spouse, children, and grandchildren: Wife: Mary (59 years). Children: Karen, Kaye, and Raye. Grandchildren: Mindy, Kristy, Amie, Zach, and Allison. Great Grandchildren: Noah, Myah, Callahan, Grayson, Jordyn, and Piper.

RANDALL RAMSEY Name: Randall (Randy) Ramsey Home address: 1817 S.R. 83, Unit 468, Millersburg, OH 44654

E-mail address:

Number of years as HWEC member: 31 Education and specific degree: Malone College,

B.A. Management Kent State University, A.A.S. Law Enforcement Hiland High School, Diploma

Current employment or employment history:

Owner, Jackson Street Antiques, Millersburg, Ohio, 2015 present. Owner, Antique Emporium, Millersburg, Ohio, 2011 - 2016 Sales, Village Motors, Millersburg, Ohio, 2008 – 2011 Transportation Administrator, (Holmes County Manager, Ohio Department of Transportation) 1997 – 2007 (Retired)

Leadership and community activities: Current


Home address: 2516 State Rte. 83, Millersburg, OH 44654

Number of years as HWEC member: 20 Education and specific degree:

College Graduate – Information Technology. P&C Insurance Agent Certified Insurance Counselor

Current employment or employment history:

Insurance Agent — Self-Employed

Leadership and community activities: Holmes

County Historical Society, Holmes County Catholic Church Council

Why are you interested in becoming a member of the HWEC Board of Trustees or serving another term? Serving the community and county. Any additional information you feel is essential for members to be aware of: Life-long resident of Holmes County.

member of the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce. Responsible for all operations management and budgeting for the O.D.O.T. Holmes County Garage. Served on the county infrastructure committee. Worked as part of a group to develop a safety incentive program that saved over $700,000 in workers compensation claims statewide. Worked with the Holmes County Engineer and Township Trustees on joint projects.

Why are you interested in becoming a member of the HWEC Board of Trustees or serving another term? I am interested in the long-term success

of the co-op, and helping to ensure that electric costs for the membership are as low as possible, while maintaining the integrity of the system.

Any additional information you feel is essential for members to be aware of: I have a background in both public and private sector management. My approach is and always has been very conservative. My business is sound, and while I was Holmes County Manager, our operation was among the most cost-effective in Ohio.

Spouse, children, and grandchildren: Wife Lori. 3 grown children: Ryan, Christina, and Maria. 1 grandson: Rowan JUNE 2017 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING


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RONNIE SCHLEGEL Name: Ronnie R. Schlegel Home address: 8011 T.R. 323, Holmesville, OH 44633 E-mail address: Number of years as HWEC member: 45 Education and specific degree: High School Graduate, Waynedale University of Akron, Wayne General College NRECA CCD Dale Carnegie Sales Training Certificate Current employment or employment history: G&R Schlegel Farms, Rayco, Reberland Equipment, Sheerer Equipment (John Deere), North Central Ag Equipment. Currently Millersburg, Ohio Ag Equipment Store Manager. I have always worked or been employed in Holmes, Wayne, and Ashland Counties. Leadership and community activities: Former 4-H Advisor (10 yrs), Former 4-H County Committee Chairman, Farm Bureau member, and past board

member. Member of Holmesville Methodist Church. Previously member of the County Fairgrounds and Expo Committee. Past board member of Federal Land Bank Association. Why are you interested in becoming a member of the HWEC Board of Trustees or serving another term? I firmly believe in the cooperative business model. I have very strong ties and commitments to the communities served by HWEC. I feel that my 32 years of service on the board, my maturity, my training, and my experience give me the insight and the ability to represent the membership and help guide the cooperative. Any additional information you feel is essential for members to be aware of: In my roles as a business owner and later in my employment at area businesses, I have been exposed to a variety of business models and their procedures and policies. This, along with the continued training I have taken from NRECA as well as outside businesses and educational institutions, has given me the tools, experience, and knowledge to help guide HWEC. Spouse, children, and grandchildren: Wife Sandy (44 yrs). Married daughters Merci and Charity. 5 grandchildren. 5 great-grandchildren.



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Name: Jonathan Berger

Name: Jim Silver

Home address: 8200 Lattasburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

Home address: 3575 Silver Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

E-mail address:

E-mail address:

Education and specific degree: Graduate NW High School. B.S. In Agriculture, OSU.

Education and specific degree: The Ohio State

Number of years as HWEC member: 30+

Current employment or employment history: Self-employed raising and direct marketing beef and pork.

Leadership and community activities: Chair of Pastoral call committee, St. Peter Lutheran Church, 201516, and other church activities. Occasional classroom guest speaker regarding marketing and small farm sustainability. Why are you interested in becoming a member of the HWEC Board of Trustees or serving another term? My first term of serving on the Holmes-Wayne Electric board has been an enjoyable and educational experience. Growing up on the farm, our family was instilled with a strong appreciation of cooperative values, but my knowledge of the electric business didn’t extend very far beyond the meter prior to participation on your board. Stepping into a position amidst an experienced team of board, staff, and employees has allowed me the opportunity of a smooth transition into my own of helping to guide our cooperative as I best see it, helping the members in both the near and long term. It has been an informative and rewarding experience. If the members/owners of HWEC choose to have me continue my service to the co-op, I will commit to keeping myself informed and make decisions representing their interests to the best of my ability.

Number of years as HWEC member: 30 University – Agri-business – Mech & Systems, 1981 Wooster High School, 1977 Designations: Professional Farm Mutual Manager (PFMM) & Farm Mutual Director Certification (FMDC) Current employment or employment history: Pike Mutual Insurance Company – 1997 to present as Secretary/Treasurer – Manager. Pike Mutual Insurance — is co-op by nature since 1878. Leadership and community activities: Ohio Association of Mutual Insurance Companies – Past President, SecretaryTreasurer, and current member 20 yrs. Secretary – Executive Committee Boy Scout Troop 65. Lions Club member 25 yrs. Past President Wayne County Co-op Council. Why are you interested in becoming a member of the HWEC Board of Trustees or serving another term? To help continue to provide the best service to the members of HWEC. I believe this organization is one of if not the best co-op organization that brings an excellent service for a most fair price to its members. Spouse, children, and grandchildren: Wife Linda

Any additional information you feel is essential for members to be aware of: As owners and part of the team of HWEC, we can all be proud of the culture of hard work, safety, reliability, and efficiency that exists within our cooperative. The generosity our members turn into action, which I have been able to witness firsthand as a member of the Operation Round Up Committee, is a testimony to our members’ belief in cooperative principle number 7, Concern for Community. Along with our primary duty of providing safe and reliable electricity, it is just one more way that together we can collectively make a positive difference for those in need in our local area.

Spouse, children, and grandchildren: Wife Debbie, daughter Jessica (Craig) with grandchildren Dominic and Macy, sons Daniel (Anna) and David (Stef).




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Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. Minutes of Annual Meeting June 30, 2016 The Annual meeting of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. was held at the West Holmes High School on Thursday, June 30, 2016. The business meeting was called to order by ViceChairman of the Board of Trustees, David Mann.

It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

It was moved and seconded to approve the minutes of the June 25, 2015, Annual Meeting as presented. Motion carried. Randy Sprang, chairman of the board of trustees, reported on behalf of the board of trustees:

• Retirement of capital credits of over $1,246,981 in 2016. This is a reminder of the principles on which the cooperative was built. • The board and cooperative staff live and work in the community and are actively involved in supporting your community volunteering time and resources. New activities this year included sponsorship of the first Veterans Honor Trip and assistance with the development of Harvest Ridge, the new location of the Holmes County Fairgrounds.

• Beyond the local community, the cooperative took an international role. HWEC Class A lineman Steve Asbury spent more than 2 weeks in La Soledad, Guatemala, bringing lights to the rural village for the first time. • Your board is committed to legislative communication with lawmakers about the facts of our industry and the impact of legislation on you, the members of the cooperative.

• The board of trustees and leadership staff at Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative contribute to the Action Committee for Rural Communication (ACRE®), which supports congressional candidates of both parties who share public policy goals that are consistent with the mission of member-owned electric cooperatives. Half of the contributions to ACRE are returned to statewide associations for use in state elections to express our concerns regarding proposed energy and environmental policies and the devastating impact this would have on our members.

• Our members also have the opportunity to let their congressman know they are concerned about maintaining affordable electricity, and they are committed to promoting policies that will secure the future of our electric cooperative and our community by joining the ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action® program.

• Randy Sprang personally thanked the 359 HolmesWayne Electric Cooperative members who have already taken the step to join Co-op Owners. • As a board, every decision in the board room is based on you, the member. Holmes-Wayne Electric Co-op was established to safely provide reliable, competitively priced electricity to our memberowners to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve. We were established in this mission, and we will continue to thrive based on this simple but powerful philosophy.

AJ Knapp of REA & Associates reviewed the Auditor’s Report for 2015, which resulted in a clean, unqualified opinion. Daniel Mathie, attorney from Critchfield, Critchfield, and Johnston, LTD, and president of Holmes-Wayne Electric Foundation, gave an Operation Round Up status update. Members of the cooperative who are enrolled in Operation Round Up donated over $49,000 in 2015 to local community members and organizations, and over $480,000 since the beginning of the program 10 years ago. Dan Mathie thanked Harold Neuenschwander for the wisdom and insight he provided over the years he has been on the Operation Round Up board. Matt Johnson will be replacing Harold. Dan noted the 10th anniversary celebration booth at the safety and information fair. Glenn W. Miller, CEO of the cooperative, reported on the accomplishments during the past year and future plans: • In 2004, we began a strategic tree-trimming program. This year, we will trim another 404 miles in West Millersburg, Ripley, and Reedsburg substation areas. In 2017, these same areas will be sprayed to minimize growth until the next trimming cycle.

• Last year, we added an ash tree removal program in order to be proactive in taking down trees that have been affected by the Emerald Ash Borer in areas not in the current year tree-trimming program cycle. This helped to reduce outages that may have been caused by the affected trees.



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• 174 new services were added in 2015 for a total of 18,304 services at year’s end. We have seen substantial growth in the commercial load this year, with a good mix of 55 percent residential and 45 percent commercial members. This growth enables us to keep our rates low.

• Last year, additional technologies were added providing customers more ways to communicate with us. Facebook was added, and SmartHub was introduced. SmartHub allows our members to report meter readings, outages, and pay bills through our website and all mobile devices. • Over the last 12 years, cooperative employees have raised and donated $113,000 to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life fund. This year, we changed our focus. We will sponsor and coordinate the first local Honor Bus trip, allowing 24 veterans from our local community to enjoy an all-expensespaid trip to Washington, D.C.

• Our staff remains active in the community by participating in answering phones for the Share a Christmas program and Touch-a-Truck Day in Wayne County, Reality Days in local schools, and parades and concession stands at local ball games. • The cooperative has paid $1.44 million in kWh tax to the state of Ohio, and $1,042,000 in property taxes that benefit 12 local school districts and local governments. • We continue to be active in promoting energy efficiency and safety by visiting local schools and safety fairs, as well as talking with 4-H youth and Scout troops.

• Holmes-Wayne has one of the lowest electric service rates in the state out of 25 electric cooperatives.

• Holmes-Wayne scored an 87 in the American Consumer Satisfaction Index survey. Scoring was excellent or good in all 18 categories and exceeded the national average in all 18 categories. The average score for cooperatives across the state is 80. Investor-owned utilities’ average score is 75, and municipal-owned utilities’ average is 73. • Over the past 10 years, the cost to generate power

has increased mostly because of EPA-imposed regulations on your generation facility, Buckeye Power. Buckeye Power currently has complied with all current regulations. For the second time in 10 years, the power generation cost is not projected to increase for next year.

• Buckeye Power now has one of the cleanest coalfired plants — Cardinal Plant — in the country.

• If the current proposed EPA regulations on existing coal-fired plants are put into law, it will increase the cost of your monthly bill.

• Glenn Miller stated, “As a member-owned company, we feel it is our responsibility to make you aware of the options you have to keep your power safe, clean, and affordable. We will continue to remain vigilant to protect your interests.” Guest speaker Craig Grooms, vice president of market operations at Buckeye Power and Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. provided an overview of Buckeye Power and its generation resources. He also addressed current issues in the industry, specifically the increased transition from coal to natural gas, and increased regulatory activity at all levels of the government. With this current activity, Mr. Grooms assured members that the primary focus of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives continues to be providing safe, reliable electric at a fair price. He encouraged members to stay informed on these issues faced by electric cooperatives. Robyn Tate, HR/PR representative, presented the cooperative’s scholarship awards.

Daniel Mathie, Attorney from Critchfield, Critchfield, and Johnston, LTD, reported the results of the election: • William Grassbaugh – District 2, Barry Jolliff – District 8, David Mann – District 9

Attorney Daniel Mathie administered the oath to all the trustees elected. There was no unfinished business. There was no new business.

Upon motion made and seconded, the meeting was adjourned.





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n January 2006, Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. introduced a new community service program called Operation Round Up. This program allowed for HWEC members to round up their monthly electric bills to the next even dollar. The spare change was placed into a foundation to be distributed to those in need within our community. Eleven years later, members of HWEC have given more than half a million dollars back to the community. This is an amazing testament to our members’ generosity and concern for our community. Applicants for assistance must live within the local community, and all applications are reviewed by a

five-member board. A special thanks to the following board members for volunteering their time: President Dan Mathie; Vice President Jonathan Berger; Secretary Lisa Grassbaugh; and Directors Matt Johnson and Glenn Miller. As your local electric provider, we again want to thank you for allowing us to administer such a worthy program. It is an honor to assist the needs of those in our community and to improve our neighborhoods. On pages 20G and 20H is a summary of the 2016 distributions. If you would like to learn more about the program or how to participate in Operation Round Up, please call the office toll free at 866-674-1055.

Operation Round Up Annual Distribution 2016 — $56,137.27 2015 — $49,449.70 2014 — $48,216.56 2013 — $63,099.06 2012 — $51,343.99 2011 — $63,289.93 2010 — $59,670.87 2009 — $38,794.38 2008 — $38,279.61 2007 — $37,596.26 2006 — $31,986.93

The Operation Round Up Board, pictured from left to right: (front) Glenn Miller, Lisa Grassbaugh, (back) Jonathan Berger, Dan Mathie, and Matt Johnson



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Assist a family with beds for children — Killbuck


Ashland County Cancer Association


Adaptive Sports Program — Hockey Sleds — Wooster


Helping Hands Food Pantry — Loudonville

Assist family with transportation for medical treatments — Millersburg Assist individual medical emergency — Millersburg Assist a family with beds for children — Killbuck

Assist family with transportation for medical treatments — Burbank Moca House Recovery Program for Mental Health — Wooster

$1,000 $500 $250 $468 $250 $500

Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry — Wayne County


58:12 Rescue — Domestic Violence Safe Home — Holmes County


Special Olympics — Field of Dreams — Wooster

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Walk — Holmes County

Assist family with home needs for medical purpose for child — Creston Assist individual with home needs for medical purpose — Killbuck

Assist a family with transportation for medical treatments — Killbuck The Risers — One Eighty Agency — assist with addiction treatment

Assist family with transportation for medical treatments — Holmesville

Assist family with home needs for medical purpose for child — Wooster Community Tennis Court Renovation — Holmes County

Assist individual with transportation for medical treatments — Shreve Mohican Area Community Fund

$250 $500 $775 $500 $250 $500 $250

$2,497 $1,000 $250 $250

Shreve United Methodist Church — Food Pantry


Meals Together — Wooster Methodist Church


Glenmont Food Pantry

Viola Startzman Health Clinic

Church of God — Food Pantry — Millersburg


$1,000 $1,000 $1,000



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Assist individual with transportation for medical treatments — Shreve


Hope for This Step — Suicide and overdose awareness and prevention


Melissa Schultz Nature Preserve


Assist family with home needs for medical purpose — Glenmont


Assist a family with transportation for medical treatments — Millersburg


Adaptive Sports Program — Wooster Holmes County Senior Center — processing of donated fair animals Assist a family with transportation for medical treatments — Wooster Holmes County Home — processing of donated fair animals Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry — Holmes County

$1,000 $1,184.40 $500 $1,315.60 $1,000

Assist family loss of home from fire — Shreve


Assist disabled individual with medical emergency — Holmesville


Wayne County Food Pantry & Agencies — processing of donated fair animals Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry — Coshocton County Love Center Food Pantry — Freezer project — Holmes County

$2,286.68 $500 $5,000

Camp Ohio — 4-H camp


Community trash pickup — Holmes County


YMCA after-school program — Wooster


Assist a family with beds for children — Lakeville


Assist individual with transportation for medical treatments — Shreve


Assist family with wheelchair ramp — Lakeville


Assist a family with bed for a child — Wooster


Shop with a Teacher — Millersburg


Assist a family with beds for children — Wooster Wayne County Underwater Search and Rescue Lifting Hearts Bereavement Program Assist a family with beds for children — Shreve

$548.64 $250 $1,000 $702

Meals on Wheels — Holmes County Senior Center


One Eighty — Every Woman’s House — Holmes County


One Eighty — Every Woman’s House — Wayne County


American Red Cross — Wayne County


Meals and More — West Salem


Hospice — Holmes & Wayne counties


Share-A-Christmas -— Holmes County


West Salem Outreach & Food Pantry


Lighthouse Love Center — Holmes County


Salvation Army — Wayne County


Salvation Army — Holmes County


Town & Country Fire & Rescue Association — West Salem Toy Drive


Christian Children’s Home — Wooster Total

$1,000 $56,137.27



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February 20, 2017 Board of Trustees Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. Millersburg, Ohio 44654 INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REPORT Report on the Financial Statements We have audited the accompanying financial statements of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. which comprise the balance sheets as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, and the related statements of revenue, patronage capital and cash flows for the years then ended and the related notes to the financial statements. Management’s Responsibility for the Financial Statements Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America; this includes the design, implementation, and maintenance of internal control relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error. Auditor’s Responsibility Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement. An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the entity’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity’s internal control. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinions.


Opinion In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the years then ended in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Other Matters During the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Cooperative received $0 and $6,756,989 in long-term loan fund advances from CFC on loans controlled by the CFC Loan Agreement and/or Mortgage or Security Agreement. Our audits were conducted for the purpose of forming an opinion on the financial statements as a whole. The accompanying supplementary graphs included on pages 19 through 25 are presented for purposes of additional analysis and are not a required part of the financial statements. Such information is the responsibility of management and was derived from and relates directly to the underlying accounting and other records used to prepare the financial statements. The information has been subjected to the auditing procedures applied in the audit of the financial statements and certain additional procedures, including comparing and reconciling such information directly to the underlying accounting and other records used to prepare the financial statements or to the financial statements themselves, and other additional procedures in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. In our opinion, the information is fairly stated in all material respects in relation to the financial statements as a whole. Other Reporting Required by Government Auditing Standards In accordance with Government Auditing Standards, we have also issued our report dated February 20, 2017, on our consideration of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s internal control over financial reporting and on our tests of its compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements, and other matters. The purpose of that report is to describe the scope of our testing of internal control over financial reporting and compliance and the results of that testing, and not to provide an opinion on internal control over financial reporting or on compliance. That report is an integral part of an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards in considering HolmesWayne Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s internal control over financial reporting and compliance.



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BALANCE SHEETS AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015 ASSETS 2016 2015 UTILITY PLANT: Electric plant in service $ $ 78,979,654 $ 75,931,593 C onstruction work in progress 634,706 923,333 79,614,360 76,854,926 Less: provision for accumulated depreciation 18,453,523 17,814,953 Net utility plant 61,160,837 59,039,973 OTHER ASSETS AND INVESTMENTS: Retirement security plan prepayment 929,912 1,084,898 I nvestments in associated organizations 2,231,324 2,228,682 Patronage capital from associated organizations 16,427,757 16,507,347 Total other assets and investments 19,588,993 19,820,927 CURRENT ASSETS: Cash and cash equivalents 1,065,225 608,444 Accounts receivable, net of allowance 4,508,921 4,121,171 Materials and supplies 762,568 927,084 Other current assets 165,405 98,986 Total current assets 6,502,119 5,755,685 Total assets $ 87,251,949 $ 84,616,585 EQUITIES AND LIABILITIES 2016 2015 EQUITY: Patronage capital $ 33,941,996 $ 34,041,070 Other equities 1,702,577 1,613,777 Accumulated other comprehensive income (274,400) (274,400) Total equity 35,370,173 35,380,447 LONG-TERM LIABILITIES: Mortgage notes payable 45,043,502 42,368,518 Deferred credits 3,207 3,460 Postretirement benefit obligation 561,408 512,002 Total long-term liabilities 45,608,117 42,883,980 CURRENT LIABILITIES: C urrent maturities of mortgage notes payable 1,506,000 1,791,000 Accounts payable 2,851,888 2,776,677 P ostretirement benefit obligation, current portion 13,700 10,900 Accrued taxes 1,258,087 1,196,008 Customers’ deposits 204,380 200,185 Other current liabilities 439,604 377,388 Total current liabilities 6,273,659 6,352,158 Total Tequities and liabilities $ 87,251,949 $ 84,616,585 otal equities and liabilities




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STATEMENTS OF REVENUE FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015 2016 2015 $ $ 38,963,453 OPERATING REVENUES $ $ 39,317,970 OPERATING EXPENSES: Cost of purchased power 24,952,333 24,898,620 Operations 3,519,005 3,183,964 Maintenance 2,294,690 2,514,685 Consumer accounts 1,003,038 958,889 Customer service and informational expense 72,036 84,817 Administrative and general 1,670,569 1,569,685 Depreciation 2,395,900 2,306,964 Tax expense 1,446,983 1,440,323 Interest - other 6,125 5,957 Other deductions 7,817 4,634 Total cost of electric service 37,368,496 36,968,538 Operating margins before fixed charges 1,949,474 1,994,915 FIXED CHARGES, interest on long-term debt 1,649,102 1,568,732 Operating margins after fixed charges 300,372 426,183 PATRONAGE CAPITAL CREDITS: Generation and transmission credits 825,639 2,045,176 Other credits 82,535 81,152 908,174 2,126,328 Net operating margins 1,208,546 2,552,511 NON-OPERATING MARGINS: Interest income 45,662 41,300 Other (expense) income (60) 912 Loss on disposition of property (14,382) 0 31,220 42,212 Net margins $ 1,239,766 $ 2,594,723


2016 $ $ 34,041,070

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Net margins 1,239,766 2,594,723 Retirement of capital credits (1,338,840) (1,146,672) End of year $ $ 33,941,996 $ $ 34,041,070




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STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015 2016 2015 CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net margins $ 1,239,766 $ 2,594,723 Adjustments to reconcile net margins to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation 2,395,900 2,306,964 Amortization of retirement security plan prepayment 154,986 154,986 Non-cash capital credits received (904,566) (2,114,329) (Increase) decrease in assets: Accounts receivable, net (387,750) 244,297 Other current assets (66,419) 4,900 Increase (decrease) in liabilities: Accounts payable 75,211 533,527 Accrued taxes 62,079 23,192 Customers’ deposits 4,195 1,560 Other current liabilities 62,216 (33,873) Deferred credits (253) (389) Postretirement benefit obligation 52,206 52,033 Total adjustments 1,447,805 1,172,868 Net cash provided by operating activities 2,687,571 3,767,591 CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Construction and acquisition of utility plant (4,516,764) (4,697,497) Decrease (increase) in materials and supplies 164,516 (127,225) Investments in associated organizations (3,144) (11,500) Proceeds from redemption of capital credits 984,156 664,801 Return of investment in associated organizations 502 472 Net cash used in investing activities (3,370,734) (4,170,949) CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Net payments on line of credit 0 (200,000) Proceeds from mortgage notes payable 4,200,000 3,900,000 Principal payments on mortgage notes payable (1,810,016) (1,706,070) Patronage capital credits retired (1,338,840) (1,146,672) Retired capital credits unclaimed 52,027 5,781 Donated capital received 36,773 41,988 Net cash provided by financing activities 1,139,944 895,027 Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 456,781 491,669 608,444 116,775 CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of year CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of year $ 1,065,225 $ 608,444


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NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015 NOTE A: ORGANIZATION Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. (the Cooperative) is a non-profit corporation operating on a cooperative basis. Its primary purpose is to provide electric power and energy to its membership, which includes individuals as well as commercial and industrial businesses. NOTE B: SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES General The Cooperative’s accounting policies conform to generally accepted accounting principles of the United States of America following the accounting procedures common to rural electrical cooperatives and as recommended by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). Uninsured Risk The Cooperative maintains its cash and cash equivalents balances in multiple financial institutions located in central Ohio. Deposits in interestbearing and non-interest-bearing accounts are collectively insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) up to a coverage limit of $250,000 at each FDIC-insured depository institution. As a result, the Cooperative may have balances that exceed the insured limit. Estimates The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Electric Plant, Equipment, and Depreciation The Cooperative records improvements and additions to the distribution plant at cost using continuing property records. Retirements are removed from the asset and accumulated depreciation accounts at a standard cost, which approximates original cost, which is updated periodically. The general plant and equipment is recorded at cost based on the unit method. Any retirements or disposals of general plant and equipment are removed at cost from the asset and accumulated depreciation. Depreciation is provided for by the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the property. The provisions are determined by the use of functional composite rates as follows: Distribution Plant


General Plant: Structure and improvements Office furniture and equipment Computer equipment Transportation equipment Power operating equipment Communications equipment Other general plant

2.0 - 5.0 % 10.0% 25.0% 14.0% 12.0% 10.0% 10.0%

consumer electricity consumption. The Cooperative bills monthly for all consumers. A few commercial consumers have “Demand” meters and are billed based upon meter readings made by Cooperative personnel. All other consumers are billed based upon self-read meter readings. Substantially, all of the cooperative’s consumers are located in Holmes and Wayne counties. The allowance for doubtful accounts at December 31, 2016 and 2015, was $40,000 in both years. Bad debt expense for 2016 and 2015 was $21,910 and $39,649, respectively. Materials and Supplies Inventory of materials and supplies not allocated to construction in progress is valued at average cost. Patronage Capital Net margins arising from operations are allocated to the members in the form of capital credits based on each member’s billings during the year. No portion of the current allocation is paid in cash. Income Taxes The Cooperative is a Rural Electric Cooperative exempt from federal income taxes under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(12). Accordingly, no provision for federal income taxes has been made. An informational tax return, Form 990, is prepared and filed each year with the Internal Revenue Service. The Cooperative presently discloses or recognizes income tax positions based on management’s estimate of whether it is reasonably possible or probable, respectively, that a liability has been incurred for unrecognized income tax benefits. Interest and penalties would be recorded as operating expenses when they are incurred. Statements of Cash Flows For purposes of the statements of cash flows, the Cooperative considers all highly liquid debt instruments with an original maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents. Net cash flows from operating activities include cash payments for interest of $1,649,393 and $1,568,016 for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. There were no payments for federal income taxes for 2016 or 2015. NOTE C: UTILITY PLANT Listed below are the major classes of the electric plant as of December 31: 2016 2015 Intangible Plant $ 248,131 $ 248,131 Distribution Plant 70,204,866 67,310,697 General Plant 8,526,657 8,372,765 Electric Plant in Service 78,979,654 75,931,593 Construction Work in Progress 634,706 923,333 Total Utility Plant at Cost $ 79,614,360 $ 76,854,926

Investments Investments in associated organizations are recorded at cost, which is the same as par value. The investments have no ready market and are included in the financial statements as long-term assets. These investments, for the most part, represent equity contributions in other cooperatives and patronage capital received from other cooperatives. Accounts Receivable and Revenues Revenue from the sale of electricity is recorded monthly based on




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The Cooperative’s patronage capital balances represent 38.9 percent and 40.2 percent of the total assets at December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Capital credit retirements in the amount of $1,338,840 and $1,146,672 were paid in 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Investments in associated organizations consisted of the following on December 31: 2016 2015 The Cooperative received donated capital from members totaling Investments in Associated $36,773 and $41,988 during 2016 and 2015, respectively, which is Organizations: included in the patronage capital retired for the year. Capital term certificates of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Patronage capital at December 31, 2016 and 2015 includes Finance $19,300,774 and $17,951,280, respectively, reinvested in Buckeye Corporation (NRUCFC) $ 630,219 $ 630,721 Power, Inc. which has been restricted by action of the Board of NRUCFC member capital Trustees and members of the Cooperative. This patronage capital securities 200,000 200,000 reinvested in Buckeye Power, Inc. has been separately identified on Equity contribution with the books of the Cooperative and will not be available for retirement Buckeye Power, Inc. 1,209,981 1,209,981 by the Cooperative until retired in cash by Buckeye Power, Inc. NRUCFC membership 1,000 1,000 Cooperative Response Center membership 12,500 12,500 NOTE F: OTHER EQUITIES Rural Electric Supply Cooperative, Inc. At December 31, 2016 and 2015, other equities consisted of: membership 50 50 2016 2015 Heartland Emergency Equipment, Ltd. 150,446 147,302 CoBank common stock 27,128 27,128 Donated capital $ 1,087,139 $ 1,050,366 Retired capital credits unclaimed 615,438 563,411 Total investments in associated organizations 2,231,324 2,228,682 Total other equities $ 1,702,577 $ 1,613,777 Patronage Capital from Associated Organizations: Rural Electric Supply Cooperative, Inc. 389,505 387,072 Buckeye Power, Inc. 15,664,248 15,788,695 NRUCFC 136,922 118,571 National Information Solutions Cooperative 92,981 84,208 Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange 131,978 117,861 Cooperative Response Center membership 12,123 10,940 Total patronage capital from associated organizations Total investments in associated organizations



$ 18,659,081



NOTE E: PATRONAGE CAPITAL At December 31, 2016 and 2015, patronage capital consisted of: Assignable Assigned





$ 1,239,766

$ 2,594,723

NOTE G: BENEFIT PLANS All employees of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Retirement & Security Program, a multi-employer defined benefit pension plan qualified under Section 410 and tax exempt under Section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Cooperative makes annual contributions to the Program equal to the amounts accrued for pension expense except for the period when a moratorium on contributions is in effect. In this Plan, which is available to all member cooperatives of NRECA, the accumulated benefits and plan assets are not determined or allocated separately by individual employer. The pension expense for 2016 and 2015 was $550,784 and $502,417, respectively. All employees of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. are eligible to participate in the selected pension plan and trust defined contribution benefit plan administered by NRECA. The Cooperative contributes 1 percent of all eligible participants’ base salary and wages and matches up to an additional 4 percent of a participant’s voluntary contributions. The Cooperative expensed $125,103 and $117,455 for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

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NOTE H: LONG-TERM DEBT Long-term debt is comprised substantially of mortgage notes payable to the United States of America (RUS & FFB) and supplemental mortgages to NRUCFC. During 2015, the cooperative refinanced $6,756,989 in notes with Rural Utility Service to notes with National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (NRUCFC). Following is a summary of outstanding long-term debt as of December 31, 2016 and 2015: Loan Fixed Interest Rate Maturity Date 2016 2015 RUS advance payments unapplied $ (86) $ (82) CFC 5.050% 7/28/18 58,423 95,941 CFC 6.250% 3/14/26 331,794 358,488 CFC 6.300% 7/28/29 258,876 272,120 CFC 4.400% - 5.150% 4/29/19 91,673 169,012 CFC 3.400% - 4.850% 3/31/18 777,973 841,935 CFC 1.900% 12/31/16 0 424,125 CFC 2.650% - 4.950% 11/25/39 6,331,742 6,536,169 FFB 4.503% 12/31/31 674,002 704,565 FFB 4.120% 12/31/31 1,272,718 1,332,445 FFB 2.736% 12/31/31 628,347 661,645 FFB 4.269% 12/31/31 340,512 356,280 FFB 4.295% 12/31/31 683,333 714,903 FFB 3.879% 12/31/31 662,621 694,390 FFB 2.009% 1/2/35 701,098 733,001 FFB 2.231% 1/2/35 685,337 715,821 FFB 2.795% 1/2/35 700,219 729,599 FFB 4.550% 1/2/35 753,499 779,708 FFB 4.353% 12/31/34 755,913 782,778 FFB 4.543% 12/31/34 1,829,209 1,892,883 FFB 3.889% 12/31/42 5,320,891 5,435,559 FFB 3.849% 12/31/42 2,658,241 2,715,897 FFB 4.419% 12/31/42 1,882,094 1,919,301 FFB 3.873% 1/2/46 1,870,741 1,904,506 FFB 2.763% 1/2/46 1,290,218 1,318,589 FFB 2.702% 1/2/46 1,197,002 1,223,602 FFB 2.330% 1/2/46 1,556,654 1,593,526 FFB 2.421% 1/2/46 1,146,181 1,172,913 FFB 2.777% 1/2/46 2,186,658 2,234,623 FFB 2.256% 1/2/46 921,099 945,276 FFB 2.331% 12/31/48 984,806 1,000,000 FFB 2.813% 12/31/48 1,972,285 2,000,000 FFB 1.965% 12/31/48 1,865,359 1,900,000 FFB 2.384% 12/31/48 2,360,070 0 FFB 2.308% 12/31/48 1,800,000 0 Total mortgage notes 46,549,502 44,159,518 Less: current portion of mortgage notes

$ 1,506,000

$ 1,791,000

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$ 45,043,502

$ 42,368,518

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1,506,000 1,483,000 1,492,000 1,546,000 1,597,000

Thereafter 38,925,502 $ 46,549,502 The Cooperative has available $2,900,000 in loan funds from FFB that have not been advanced to the Cooperative as of December 31, 2016.




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NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (CONT.) DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015 NOTE I: SHORT-TERM DEBT The short-term line of credit of $5,000,000 maximum is available to the Cooperative on loan commitments from NRUCFC at December 31, 2016. The interest rate on the line of credit at December 31, 2016 and 2015 was 2.50 percent and 2.90 percent, respectfully, with outstanding balances on the line of $0 for both years. Substantially all of the assets of the Cooperative are pledged for the mortgage notes payable and the line of credit. Principal and interest installments on the above notes are due either quarterly or monthly. The Cooperative also has a corporate charge card agreement in place with US Bank and NRUCFC. The terms of the agreement state that CFC will extend the Cooperative credit, if needed, at CFC’s current line of credit rate, payable upon demand by CFC.

NOTE J: DEFERRED CREDITS Deferred credits are summarized as follows: 2016 Consumer energy prepayments $ 3,207


$ 3,460


agreement was $142,056 and $144,984 for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

The Cooperative purchases all of its power from Buckeye Power, Inc., a non-profit corporation operating on a cooperative basis whose membership includes Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. Rates for service members of Buckeye Power, Inc. are in accordance with the provisions of the Wholesale Power Agreement. The Cooperative had accounts payable due to Buckeye Power, Inc. of $2,272,033 and $2,022,196 at December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

The Cooperative borrows funds from National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation of which it is a member and owner (see also Note H).

The Cooperative purchases material from the Rural Electric Supply Cooperative, Inc., of which it is an owner and member. Total purchases were $1,596,452 and $1,706,278 for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

The Cooperative has an investment in Cooperative Response Center (CRC). CRC provides after hours emergency telephone services for the Cooperative. Total fees for services were $50,885 and $46,849 for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

The Cooperative has an agreement with National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), St. Louis, Missouri to participate in data processing services offered by NISC. This contract will continue until terminated by written notice given by either party. The total expense under this

The Cooperative has an investment in Heartland Emergency Equipment, Ltd., a limited liability company (LLC). The LLC’s members consist of 12 rural electric cooperatives. The purpose of the LLC is for the cooperatives to pool resources for the provision and use of emergency substation equipment. The investment balance is disclosed in Note D.

The Cooperative maintains insurance coverage through Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange of which it is a member and owner. Total premiums paid were $99,914 and $100,876 for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

NOTE L: EMPLOYEE POSTRETIREMENT BENEFITS The Cooperative sponsors an unfunded defined benefit postretirement medical insurance plan, which covers substantially all employees retiring from the Cooperative. Such a plan requires the recording of the net periodic postretirement benefit cost as employees render services necessary to earn such benefits, and requires the accrual of the postretirement benefit obligation (including any unfunded portion of the plan). RUS is not requiring the Cooperative to fund the plan. The Cooperative is paying benefits to retirees on a “pay-as-you-go” basis. Therefore, there are no assets available for benefits. The following table sets forth the plan’s accrued postretirement benefit obligation (“APBO”) at December 31:


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522,902 $ 16,400 24,925 10,100 4,888 (4,107)

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NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (CONT.) DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015 Benefits expected to be paid, representing expected future service, are as follows: 2017 $ 13,700 2018-2022 $ 41,200 The annual health care cost trend rates, which have a significant effect on the amounts reported, are assumed as follows:

2017 2018 2019 2020 and later

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The weighted-average discount rate used in determining the accumulated postretirement benefit obligation was 4.75 percent.

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At the December 2012 meeting of the I&FS Committee of the NRECA Board of Directors, the Committee approved an option to allow participating cooperatives in the Retirement Security (RS) Plan (a defined benefit multi-employer pension plan) to make a prepayment and reduce future required contributions. The prepayment amount is a cooperative’s share, as of January 1, 2013, of future contributions required to fund the RS Plan’s unfunded value of benefits earned to date using Plan actuarial valuation assumptions. The prepayment amount will typically equal approximately 2.5 times a cooperative’s annual RS Plan required contribution as of January 1, 2013. After making the prepayment, for most cooperatives the billing rate is reduced by approximately 25%, retroactive to January 1, 2013. The 25% differential in billing rates is expected to continue for approximately 15 years. However changes in interest rates, asset returns and other plan experience different from that expected, plan assumption changes, and other factors may have an impact on the differential in billing rates and the 15year period.

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Two prepayment options were available to participating cooperatives: 1. Use current assets to make the prepayment over a period of not more than 4 years 2. Borrow funds sufficient to make the prepayment in a lump sum, with the repayment of the borrowed amount determined by the loan’s amortization schedule. On February 14, 2013, RUS issued a memorandum to all of its borrowers regarding the proper accounting treatment of the RS Plan prepayment. RUS stipulated that the prepayment shall be recorded as a long-term prepayment in Account 186, Miscellaneous Deferred Debits. This prepaid expense shall be amortized to Account 926, Employee Pensions and Benefits, over a ten-year period. Alternatively, RUS borrowers may calculate the amortization period by subtracting the


cooperative’s average age of its workforce as provided by NRECA from the cooperative’s normal retirement age under the RS Plan, up to a maximum period of 20 years. If the entity chooses to finance the prepayment, interest expense associated with the loan shall be recorded in the year incurred as is required under the RUS Uniform System of Accounts (USOA). Section 6.13(e) of the RUS Loan Contract limits the amount of unsecured debt that a borrower may incur to 15% on Net Utility Plant if the equity level of the borrower, after considering such unsecured debt, is below 30% of its Total Assets unless the borrower obtains RUS consent. RUS will consider any unsecured debt associated with the RS Plan prepayment to be “Permitted Debt” and accordingly it will be excluded from the application of Section 6.13(e). On February 28, 2013, the Cooperative made a prepayment of $1,549,855 to the NRECA RS Plan. The cooperative is amortizing this amount over 10 years. The Cooperative obtained a loan through NRUCFC to finance the RS Plan prepayment. Interest expense associated with the prepayment loan is being accounted for in accordance with the RUS USOA. NOTE N: SUBSEQUENT EVENTS Management has evaluated subsequent events through February 20, 2017, the date on which the financial statements were issued. NOTE O: RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS In May, 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09 entitled “Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606),” which may change the Company’s method of revenue recognition. In August 2015, the FASB deferred the effective date of the new standard by one year. This new standard is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, while allowing nonpublic companies an additional year to implement this new standard. Early implementation is permitted, but not before the original implementation date for periods beginning before December 15, 2016. The provisions of this standard will be applied retrospectively. Management has not yet determined whether this new standard will have a material effect on its financial statements. In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-02 entitled “Leases (Topic 842),” which will change the Company’s statement of financial position by adding leaserelated assets and liabilities. This may affect compliance with any contractual agreements and loan covenants. This new standard is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018, while allowing nonpublic companies an additional year to implement this new standard. Early implementation is permitted, but not before the original implementation date for periods beginning before February 25, 2016. Management has not yet determined whether this new standard will have a material effect on its financial statements. JUNE 2017 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING


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NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (CONT.) DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015 February 20, 2017 Board of Trustees Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. Millersburg, Ohio 44654 INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING AND ON COMPLIANCE AND OTHER MATTERS BASED ON AN AUDIT OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS PERFORMED IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT AUDITING STANDARDS. We have audited, in accordance with the auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States, the financial statements of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc., as of and for the years ended December 31, 2016, and the related notes to the financial statements, which collectively comprise Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s basic financial statements, and have issued our report thereon dated February 20, 2017. Internal Control Over Financial Reporting In planning and performing our audit of the financial statements, we considered Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s internal control over financial reporting (internal control) to determine the audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances for the purpose of expressing our opinion on the financial statements, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s internal control. Accordingly, we do not express an opinion on the effectiveness of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s internal control. A deficiency in internal control exists when the design or operation of a control does not allow management or employees, in the normal course of performing their assigned functions, to prevent, or detect and correct, misstatements on a timely basis. A material weakness is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control, such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of the entity’s financial statements will not be prevented, or detected and corrected on a timely basis. A significant deficiency is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control that is less severe than a material weakness, yet important enough to merit attention by those charged with governance. Our consideration of internal control was for the limited purpose described in the first paragraph of this section and was not designed to identify all deficiencies in internal control that might be material weaknesses or significant deficiencies. Given these limitations, during our audit we did not identify any deficiencies in internal control that we consider to be material weaknesses. However, material weaknesses may exist that have not been identified. Compliance and Other Matters As part of obtaining reasonable assurance about whether Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s financial statements are free from material misstatement, we performed tests of its compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements, noncompliance with which could have a direct and material effect on the determination of financial statement amounts. However, providing an opinion on compliance with those provisions was not an objective of our audit, and accordingly, we do not express such an opinion. The results of our tests disclosed no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards. Purpose of this Report The purpose of this report is solely to describe the scope of our testing of internal control and compliance and the results of that testing, and not to provide an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity’s internal control or on compliance. This report is an integral part of an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards in considering the entity’s internal control and compliance. Accordingly, this communication is not suitable for any other purpose.

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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.

Items that students have created with the printer proudly sit on display. JUNE 2017 •  OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 23

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New efforts aim to preserve these artifacts of our conservation past



ur present days are an amalgam of all of our yesterdays: the past is prelude. That adage couldn’t be more true with respect to Ohio’s geologic history. Nearly the entire state felt the cold crush of mile-deep glacial ice pushing on the land.

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Fire towers, though we don’t need them any longer, are our symbol of forest conservation.

—Don Karas

ODNR Division of Forestry

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

Smoke billows from an Ohio forest fire in the 1950s. Airplane use has made the fire watchtowers unnecessary.

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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;


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;


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The inn enjoys a heart-of-Walnut Creek location just a short walk from most village attractions. The exterior resembles a rambling country manor, and its uniquely furnished guest rooms feature comfy Amish-crafted beds. While Walnut Creek bustles on Saturday, the best place for basking in Sunday’s peace and quiet is the inn’s front porch. 855400-2275;

Amish Country Theater

The Conn family’s wholesome and hilarious shows provide entertaining evenings. Grandkids laugh as much as grandparents, and this year’s original, country-style productions are Macho Mule and Show Me the Funny. 888-9887469;

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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.

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;

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;

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;



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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.


“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 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

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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:// 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.

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

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


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.

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

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. 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

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

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

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 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://

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

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


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 events/bradford-railroad-heritage-festival.


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

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 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.

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:// . 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 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 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


Van Wert, 7 p.m. Open to school-age students K–12. Show dates July 28–30. 419-238-9689 or

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. 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://

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 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 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 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

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. 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

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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.

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.

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 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. 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 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., 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. 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 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 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 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.


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 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.



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:// 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. 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. 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@ or 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 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 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 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,


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 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

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 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 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

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 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 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. 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 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, VectrenDaytonAirShow, or 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 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 JUN. 17 – Bluegrass Bash, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr., 7033 Glenn Hwy., Cambridge, 7 p.m. $10. 740-439-7009 or

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

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 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. 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

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 JUN. 29–30, JUL. 1 – Sternwheel Regatta, Point Pleasant. Free. Parade, pageants, concerts, and more. www.

PLEASE NOTE:  Ohio Cooperative Living strives for ac­curacy but strongly urges readers to confirm dates and times before traveling long distances to events. Submit listings AT LEAST 90 DAYS prior to the event by writing to Ohio Cooperative Living, 6677 Busch Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229 or Ohio Cooperative Living will not publish listings that don’t include a complete address of where the event takes place or a number/website for more information.

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CONCERN FOR COMMUNITY Cooperatives are ingrained in their local communities. They support schools, spearhead economic development efforts, and give neighbors a helping hand through community service projects and programs like Operation Round Up, which rounds up consumermembers’ bills to the next dollar and puts the spare change in a fund that supports local groups or individuals. Electric co-ops started in the 1930s with neighbors helping neighbors, and that tradition lives on today.

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