Family is priceless, but the cost of everything seems high these days. As your not-for-profit electric cooperative, we deliver essential electricity at cost so you can spend your hard earned money on what matters most.
24 SQUIRRELS (AND OTHER WILDLIFE) ON FILM
Ohioan Karl Maslowski rose from poverty to become a pioneer in the production of wildlife video footage.
28 A MOVER (BUT NOT A SHAKER)
A Lake Erie-area co-op member specializes in relocating entire structures — very carefully.
Each organ donation story is one of both heartbreak and hope.
Cover image on most editions: Ellen Crayton’s granddaughter, Brenna, is enthralled with butterflies — and sometimes they’re equally enthralled with her, as shown in the photo Ellen submitted for this month’s Member Interactive feature, “Bug’s Life” (see page 40 for more).
This page: Pulitzer Prize-winning Ohio author Louis Bromfield wrote his many books at a folding card table instead of a desk at his Malabar Farm estate, in the heart of Mohican country in Richland County (photograph by W.H. “Chip” Gross — see Chip’s story about Mohican country on page 8).OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2023
Your electric cooperative: Working for you
Electric cooperatives are not-for-profit organizations controlled by local people who are members of the cooperative, elected by the membership to represent the interests of their fellow members. Those interests generally align along the themes of safety, reliability, value, and service.
While each electric cooperative is unique, reflecting the communities it serves, the people it employs, and the history of decisions that have come before, each electric co-op also shares the attributes of democratic local control for the benefit of its members.
Over the years, Ohio’s electric cooperatives have aligned themselves in order to realize the mutual benefits that come from new cooperative organizations — organizations founded, owned, and controlled by the co-ops for the benefit of their members. Some cooperative service organizations are national, providing services such as at-cost financing, insurance, information technology, telecommunications, after-hours call centers, and employee benefits management.
In Ohio, Buckeye Power is the co-ops’ locally based generation and transmission service provider, and Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (OREC), is their state-based trade association. Both are owned and controlled by Ohio’s electric cooperatives and are run for the benefit of the co-ops and their members. Leaders from your electric cooperative provide oversight to Buckeye Power and OREC, ensuring decisions are made that support the themes of safety, reliability, value, and service.
The co-ops have invested in Buckeye Power to be able to jointly own and control power plants that provide a reliable supply of electricity, at cost, and that investment paid off again this year. While costs have increased over the past several months, the outstanding performance of our power plants has allowed Buckeye Power to produce more power than members required, sell the excess, and earn more revenue.
Co-op representatives who govern Buckeye Power have again determined that these additional revenues be returned in the form of lower power costs to members over the next several months. In total, nearly $40 million will be returned to cooperative members to offset some of the increases in power supply costs this year. That comes out to about $5 per month in savings for the average household.
That’s just one way your cooperative works for you — day in and day out, year in and year out. We appreciate your patronage and support, and we are here for you.Pat O’Loughlin PRESIDENT & CEO OHIO’S
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Giving feedback: Members’ participation in surveys lets the co-op know when improvements might be needed.
8 Best in the nation: Ohio Cooperative Living earns a prestigious recognition from the national electric co-op organization.
10 WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE
Mohican country: Full of natural beauty, southeast Richland County oﬀers something for everyone.
12 CO-OP PEOPLE
Man of steel: An Oxford man gains national prominence as he takes his new hobby to the next level.
15 GOOD EATS
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GIVING FEEDBACKBY JODI BORGER
It’s a situation nearly everyone can relate to: Your phone rings, you glance at the unfamiliar number, and you make the quick decision not to answer the call. You don’t realize it immediately — perhaps you never will — but it turns out that call was someone conducting a survey on behalf of your electric cooperative.
For Jane Sanstead, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)’s senior research analyst, that’s been one of the biggest obstacles throughout the past five years of conducting surveys.
“When I first started at NRECA Market Research Services, nearly 18 years ago, 100% of our surveys were being done by phone,” Sanstead says. “In the past five years or so, I feel that members are still more willing to spend time on a survey for their local electric cooperative than they would be for a political survey, but people’s behavior with phones has changed. Many people will not answer their phone if they don’t recognize the number calling them.”
How they work
In most surveys, not all members receive the survey — instead, only a small representative sample makes the list. So, what if by answering that one phone call or responding to an emailed member survey, you could help the co-op recognize areas where they may fall short?
Cooperatives exist for the membership, and surveys are an ideal way to measure their satisfaction. Many co-ops around the state take the time to review surveys and even respond directly to each member’s concerns. In some instances, those survey responses allow co-ops to pinpoint a recurring area of dissatisfaction.
The latter was the case for URE–Union Rural Electric Cooperative in Marysville.
“In past surveys we learned that members felt we didn’t always keep them updated during outages,” says Anthony Smith, URE president/CEO. “That feedback helped us
make the decision to set an estimated time of restoration on outages, begin adding additional information in the phone response system, and increase social media posts during large outages.”
Additionally, for members who signed up for notifications in SmartHub (the smartphone app used by many co-ops), URE began issuing outage status updates in real time. It was simple, consistent feedback received through surveys that led to modifications internally, which, in turn, meant more satisfied members.
“Subsequent surveys have indicated that members appreciate the extra outage communication and give us higher marks in that area now,” Smith says.
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For Midwest Electric in St. Marys, low member satisfaction in the area of outage communication fostered one of the co-op’s main focuses for improved communication.
“On the ACSI survey, the question about outage communications has been our biggest improvement over the years,” says Matt Berry, Midwest Electric CEO. “Many years ago, our members rated us poorly when it came to communicating about power outages, so we made that a focal point and now offer a number of outage communications options. It’s no longer our lowest score area.”
The other helpful part about surveys is that they give co-ops an opportunity to confirm member satisfaction
Members’ participation in surveys lets the co-op know when improvements might be needed.
after they make needed changes or adjustments. Midwest Electric, for example, created a four-question survey called the service order (SO) survey that is sent automatically via email or mail whenever an SO is completed.
“We’ve had employee retirements that we either didn’t replace or we updated the new job description to reflect changing technology, different business needs, or to align with employee talent, so sometimes it can be difficult to recognize when that might create a gap in service,” Berry says. “Whether it’s the comment section in the surveys, or the question of whether we resolved your request to your satisfaction, we’re able to learn immediately if we’re having issues.”
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The feedback allows an employee to follow up and address any issue right away, instead of allowing potential problems with a certain work process to affect overall member satisfaction. Co-ops may also survey members about their use of appliances in their homes, their opinions about Ohio Cooperative Living, or numerous other topics.
Cooperatives throughout the state find value in reviewing and analyzing survey results because those participating in the surveys are owners in the cooperative. Members’ opinions and feedback are important to the overall health of the cooperative. It’s that constant feedback loop that allows the cooperative to adapt as desires, technology, and needs of the membership evolve.
“The surveys are important because they give us insight into how we are performing for our members, whether or not we’re meeting their expectations,” Berry says. “We are member-owned, which means we only need to focus on our members and the job we’re doing for them.”
Surveys are on their way
Cooperatives have learned that letting members know when they are conducting a survey both increases credibility of the cooperative and confirms legitimacy of the survey. One way cooperatives make their members aware of surveys, particularly the ACSI survey, is by communicating through social media channels, their websites, and Ohio Cooperative Living magazine a couple months leading up to the survey.
Scam and telemarketing calls have increased throughout the years and many people just don’t want to talk to someone unless they know who it is.
Survey callers often spend more time dialing the phone than actually doing the surveys, leading to more surveys being done online. Surveys delivered to members through email can be convenient, allowing members to respond to the survey on their own time. But, as with phone calls, the increase in spam and phishing emails has made that method difficult as well.
“I’m glad people are aware that there are bad actors out there, often masquerading as a company they would otherwise trust, but it has certainly made our job more difficult,” says Jane Sanstead, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)’s senior research analyst.
So, as the next round of co-op surveys revs up between March and June, consider answering a call from that unfamiliar number or taking an extra look for the emailed survey, because your cooperative values your feedback.
If you’re ever unsure of the validity of a survey, simply call your electric cooperative to verify its legitimacy.
“In the six or so years that I have been directly working with co-op employees, I have seen firsthand how much they care about their members,” Sanstead says. “A survey is one of just a few ways they can discover their members’ perceptions, needs, and beliefs directly from their members and from the most members possible.”
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Just over a rise in scenic Richland County, Malabar Farm appears in the distance — a stately, historic (and sprawling) main house, rolling hills and fields, and an inviting white barn with horses grazing nearby. The bucolic setting has an intriguing history as the one-time home of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Louis Bromfield and the swanky-yetisolated setting for Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s But the impressive compound has darker side, too. It was the site of a Lizzie Borden-like murder scandal 1896, when teenager Ceely Rose murdered her family in a misguided effort to capture the love of a neighbor boy. The rural setting conjures up plenty of other eerie lore, cemented in long-dead legends and myths. As a matter of fact, Malabar Farm — now an Ohio state park — has been called one of the 10 most haunted places in America. That’s why park naturalists are resurrecting the popular Haunted Hikes this month: creepy, outdoor explorations of ghostly tales and whispered legends shared on three autumn Sundays. The free, two-hour walks at dusk take visitors along the lanes by the park’s restaurant, the Big House, the cemetery, and the Ceely Rose House — and reveal tales scary enough that naturalist Lori Morey says they’re geared to adults and older teens. “We get into some supernatural legends and myths from Native Americans and early settlers,” she says, “including tales of Bigfoot and Windigo, and folklore of giants and rolling heads and little beings that live in the woods. On top of that, there are the local tragedies — like the Rose Things that go in the night! Beautiful, bucolic Malabar Farm shows off its eerie side for Halloween. murders. It can all be pretty scary, especially as you’re walking along the dark woods.” Indoor spots around the farm also offer oddities round that might send a chill up your spine. Daily explore the 13,000-square-foot main house, the restaurant, and the tiny cemetery — all of which known to elicit odd occurrences, according to Mark Sommer, who’s been showing folks around for 13 years. BY VICTORIA ELLWOOD; PHOTO COURTESY MALABAR FARM Haunted Hikes will take place Oct. 16, 23, 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. They are free but require registration. Call 419-892-2784 for details and to register. Pearl Valley’s presence has grown
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The NRECA each year recognizes the electric cooperative statewide consumer publication that best presents “lucid, forthright contributions to electric cooperative objectives.” The award is named for George W. Haggard, first editor of the Texas statewide publication, who was killed in a plane crash in 1951.“People have information flying at them from everywhere these days about some complicated subjects like solar energy, electric vehicles, even the reliability of the electrical grid, and it’s so hard to know what to trust,” McCallister says. “It’s our responsibility to make sure they have honest answers to their questions. This magazine comes from the co-op, and I think most everyone understands that their co-op is the best, most trusted source for that kind of information.”
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In 1896, a baby was born in Mansfield — a boy who would one day grow up to travel the world, become a writer, and win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1927, at just 30 years of age. He would then return to his hometown, purchase three adjacent rundown farms, and transform them into the conservation showplace called Malabar Farm, today known as Malabar Farm State Park. His name was Louis Bromfield.
Fifty-five years later, another baby boy was born in Mansfield who also grew up to be a writer. This one didn’t travel the world, nor did he win the Pulitzer Prize — at least not yet. But what he would do, like Bromfield, is fall in love with the beauty of the natural world, and particularly that area surrounding Malabar. OK, I’m sure you guessed: That second boy is me.
In his 1945 book titled Pleasant Valley, Bromfield wrote of the area:
“It is a pleasant land all about you, valleys where the bottom land is rich, bordered by hills covered with wild and luxuriant forest, the whole filigreed with the silver of the streams called Switzer’s Run, Possum Run, and the Clear Fork; and far down lies the blue shield of Pleasant Hill Lake bordered by the deep red of sandstone bluffs and the blue black of hemlock trees.”
Today, the area is labeled Mohican country by the tourism folks. It still appears much as it did during
Bromfield’s time, and it’s my favorite part of the Buckeye State. It’s a fantastic place for a weekend getaway, relatively easy to access in southeast Richland County. Here are my suggestions for where to stay, where to dine, and what to do to experience a sense of why Bromfield so loved Malabar:
Where to stay: Other than a campground and single cabin — the Maple Syrup Cabin — Malabar Farm State Park has no overnight lodging facilities, so staying at nearby Mohican State Park is convenient. Mohican offers rooms and a restaurant at the lodge overlooking Pleasant Hill Lake, or cabins and campgrounds beside the Clear Fork of the Mohican River, a State Scenic River.
What to see: At Malabar, be sure to take the Big House tour to see Bromfield’s writing office, containing the custom-made desk he seldom used. He complained that the desk was too high for him, so instead he wrote at a small, folding card table. Bromfield was well connected with Hollywood, and you’ll hear the story of film legends Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall marrying at the farm and spending their honeymoon in the second-floor bedroom.
What to eat: Plan to have lunch or supper at Malabar Farm Restaurant just down the road from the entrance to the park. My wife and I consider it our favorite Ohio eatery. Gourmet meals are served on white tablecloths, but the
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atmosphere is casual, so blue jeans and hiking boots are more than acceptable. And no trip to Malabar is complete without making the short drive to the summit of Mount Jeez for a sweeping, panoramic view of the farm and Pleasant Valley. The scene is particularly stunning during the first blush of spring or the peak of autumn color.
What to do: Once back at Mohican, if you’d like to stretch your legs and do some hiking, park your vehicle at the covered bridge and take either of the two trails that parallel the Clear Fork River through the Clear Fork Gorge. Heavily forested, the sandstone gorge measures 1,000 feet across by 300 feet deep, and is recognized by the National Park Service as a Registered National Natural Landmark. Heading northwest, both trails eventually lead
to the top of Pleasant Hill Lake Dam, providing spectacular views of the lake and spillway (as seen in the photo on the opposite page).
During summer, watersports are available on the lake, and several canoe liveries along the Black Fork of the Mohican River are located within a mile of Mohican’s main entrance. Think about scheduling your visit to coincide with Mohican Wildlife Weekend (www.mohicanwildlifeweekend.com), held annually in late April, which offers many free outdoor activities at a number of area venues.
Oh, and one last thing. If you happen to have any influence with anyone serving on this year’s Pulitzer Prize committee, would you mind putting in a good word for me? It seems I’m rapidly running out of time.
Author and conservationist Louis Bromﬁeld named his famous farm Malabar after the beautiful Malabar Coast of India, where he and his family lived for a short time during the early 20th century.
Butler Rural Electric Cooperative member Bill Pyles gave himself a valuable piece of advice after a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity: “Never say never.”
Back in 2016, Bill found himself lying on the couch, recovering from surgery to repair two collapsed vertebrae in his neck, which he believes resulted from years of demolition derbies and bull-riding, plus a few wrecked vehicles in his younger years.
Doing the only thing he could at the time, he surfed TV channels in search of something interesting to keep himself occupied. That’s when he stumbled upon a marathon of the History Channel series Forged in Fire. In each episode of the competition, four bladesmiths compete in a three-round elimination contest to forge bladed weapons.
“After three days of (watching them make blades), I thought, ‘I bet I can do that,’” says Bill, a self-proclaimed tech geek who works for a company in California.
As it turned out, he was right.
Bill has a wife, Judy (who now refers to herself as a forge widow), four kids, four dogs, and two cats. He’s been a volunteer firefighter for Milford Township for 23 years and is also a part-time beekeeper. He seems to excel at anything he sets his mind to.
After he talked to his wife, he purchased his first small forge for $150. He already had everything else he needed.
“I started out using lawn mower blades,” Bill says. “I took any scrap steel I could get my hands on to determine whether or not forging was a hobby that would stick.”
As it turns out, it did. In 2020, Bill named his forging enterprise Overkill Knife Works, a reference to his road name with the Fire & Iron Motorcycle Club, a group of firefighters, first responders, and EMS workers.
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Forging quickly became his stress relief. After a long day of work, he’d head out to his workshop, turn the music up loud, and create unique blades out of scrap steel. He eventually began creating blades from high-carbon, Damascus steel, which is easily recognizable by its wavy patterned design. “I usually start with 8 to 12 layers, stacked up and welded together on the corners,” says Bill. “I heat it to 2,000 degrees, then slowly squish it down into one solid mass. Then I draw it out and chop it all up, and repeat the process — heat, beat, and repeat.”
I’ve learned it’s that I’ll never use the term ‘never’ when it comes to anything,” Bill laughs. “Because somehow, some way, I always end up doing whatever it is.”
When Forged in Fire put out a casting call in August 2021, “I asked myself, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’”
He began talking with producers in late October that year. “It was a long process to get to the competition, but in late November they called and said, ‘Can you be here on Dec. 3 for filming?’” Bill says.
Bill flew to Stamford, Connecticut, where he competed against three other contestants in three different challenges, the first of which involved a knife brought from home, the second being the creation of a push dagger, and lastly, creating a replica blade from a past Forged in Fire champion.
Most of Bill’s projects use 128 to 256 layers of steel. “My favorite part is taking a tiny stack of steel and turning it into something everyone calls absolutely beautiful,” Bill says. “Dipping the piece in the oil (quenching), pulling it out, and seeing what the final product looks like, that’s my joy.”
Bill used to do woodworking before he started forging. “It was great because I could use a blank piece of wood and turn it into scroll saw art,” Bill says. “It gives me the capability to be quite creative, and I’m able to do that now with forging.”
Bill never thought he would forge Damascus steel. He never thought he’d make a sword. And he certainly never thought he’d compete on Forged in Fire. But now, he works almost exclusively with Damascus steel. He has a sword that hangs in his workshop, and he not only managed to make it onto Forged in Fire, but he won. “If there’s anything
Bill’s episode — season 9, episode 7 — aired on May 25, 2022. He took home $10,000 as the episode’s champion and was the winner of Forged in Fire’s first-ever Knife Fight.
“I had a blast, even though it was one of the most stressful things I’ve ever done,” he says. “I have made some lifelong friendships with the smiths that I competed against.”
The gloves he wore during the competition included encouraging messages from his family. They were highlighted during a segment of the show and signed by the judges and hosts.
“Immediately after Forged in Fire, I had orders coming in,” says Bill. “Anything from letter openers to skinning and kitchen knives.”
Bill continues to stay connected with those he met during his Forged in Fire experience. However, when Forged in Fire asked if he’d come back, Bill said he chose his words wisely and responded with “maybe.”Bill Pyles taught himself the art of steel blademaking while he recuperated from surgery, and ended up as a champion on the competition series Forged in Fire, thanks to Damascus steel blades he created such as the one above.
“My favorite part is taking a tiny stack of steel and turning it into something everyone calls absolutely beautiful.”
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BANANA PB&J W R A P
Prep: 5 minutes | Servings: 2
1 8-inch ﬂour tortilla
1 ounce cream cheese
2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
1 tablespoon jelly or jam of choice
1 large banana, peeled
Note: Adjust measurements to your liking — you know your preferred PB&J ratio! These can even be refrigerated for up to 3 days ahead.
Warm up ﬂour tortilla in microwave for 10 seconds to make it easier to roll without cracking. Spread cream cheese evenly over half of the tortilla (to the edges). Spread the peanut butter on the other half (to the edges). Spoon and spread jelly down the middle, then place banana on top. Roll up tightly and seal. Cut in half lengthwise to share. Oﬀ you go with a tasty and ﬁlling snack!
Per serving: 245 calories, 10 grams fat (4 grams saturated fat), 16 milligrams cholesterol, 272 milligrams sodium, 34 grams total carbohydrates, 3 grams ﬁber, 4.5 grams protein.
Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes | Servings: 12
6 ounces zucchini
6 ounces carrot
3 large eggs
¼ cup skim milk
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup bacon bits
1½ cups Bisquick mix
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grate zucchini and carrot by hand or in a food processor. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and milk, then mix in grated vegetables, cheese, and bacon. Fold in Bisquick until incorporated. Spoon batter into a greased or lined cupcake pan. Bake 18 to 22 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Store in fridge or freezer and heat up or eat at room temperature.
Per serving: 124 calories, 6 grams fat (2 grams saturated fat), 55 milligrams cholesterol, 393 milligrams sodium, 12 grams total carbohydrates, 0.5 gram ﬁber, 6 grams protein.
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand ﬁrm.- Abraham Lincoln
The value of PRINCIPLES
Important principles may, and must, be inﬂexible. –By Michael Wilson, Director of Communications
Abuilding along the street of any community will only stand if it is built on a firm foundation. Without a solid foundation, a structure cannot endure the test of time. The same is true in business. Without a foundation of values and principles, a business cannot succeed.
The foundation of the modern cooperative was first laid in 1844, by 28 people who resided in Rochdale, a market town in Greater Manchester, England. These innovators formed a successful business cooperative because they laid a foundation of purpose and guiding principles: member responsibility, member equality, emphasis on education, and concern for the community. Soon, similar successful cooperatives were springing up throughout England and then around the world.
In the 1930 s, the cooperative movement came to rural Ohio, as neighbors joined together with a vision of an electrified rural community. Tired of living life without electricity, the rural residents of Logan County pooled $ 5 startup fees and organized an electric cooperative, using a federal loan program to help cover the rest of the cost. All of us now living in the area continue to benefit from the effort, foresight, and investment of those energy pioneers.
Cooperatives are diﬀerent
The articles of incorporation, first signed in December 1935, established that Logan County Electric Cooperative would follow the member-owned, not-for-profit, community-focused, cooperative business model. The sole purpose of the co-op’s existence was to serve its members and local community by providing reliable electric service at cost. Those same Cooperative Principles the founders embraced underlie all the co-op does today. All electric companies bring power to the communities they serve, and with that power comes a better quality of life for the consumer. However, investor-owned electric companies exist to provide electricity and to profit from those they serve. But the cooperative formed as a notfor-profit organization focused on serving members and committed to returning financial margins to members in the form of capital credits.Abraham Lincoln
One of the greatest assets you have available as a cooperative member is the unique kind of personal service an electric cooperative provides. Member services and billing questions are handled locally, by your neighbors, and money paid to our co-op stays in the community. This electric cooperative was built by local citizens and it still exists today to serve the people of our communities.
Members own the cooperative
When you signed up to receive electricity from Logan County Electric Cooperative, you became more than a consumer of our electricity; you became a member of the cooperative. As a member, you joined the ownership group and gained the opportunity to be involved in the cooperative business model.
Logan County Electric Cooperative is solely owned by its active membership and governed under the exclusive control of our members. Because the co-op belongs to the membership we serve — rather than investors and stockholders — our purpose remains steadfast: serve our members and local communities, and stay committed to the cooperative principles.
Self-governed by the members
One critical principle of a successful cooperative is member responsibility, which gives control and governance of the co-op to a local board of trustees. These governing members determine the defining characteristics of the co-op.
Effective governance is vital to our future success, and it is comforting to know that our co-op is led by trustees who are members committed to ensuring the long-term success of our co-op.
While many electricity consumers pay power bills to companies governed by stockholders who demand a healthy profit every quarter, local members set the direction of our co-op. We aren’t under pressure to keep rates high enough to generate profits for shareholders. Instead, we try to keep bills as low as possible while providing exceptional service. After all, the governing trustees pay the same rates other members do.
The trustees also want to see the communities in Logan County succeed. Why? The answer is simple: They live
here, too. Local people work for local good. Your trustees support locally beneficial policies and projects because what’s good for our community is good for the co-op.
Your co-op was formed by this community and for this community, and it is still governed by your friends and neighbors. Like you, they want to make their communities and their cooperative stronger.
Accountable to our members
Each month, co-op leaders hold ourselves accountable to the trustees during the board meeting. At these meetings, financial reports are presented in detail, work plans are discussed and approved, budgets are set, and business strategies are discussed. The trustees work to ensure that each decision made at the cooperative best serves the membership as a whole, without giving exclusive benefits to any select group.
Additionally, we hold ourselves accountable directly to the membership at the annual meeting, when we report on the financial stability of the co-op, provide results of the trustee election, and transact other business as needed.
Value of trustee election
As a member, you have a say in how the cooperative is run through your participation in the trustee election. These governing members form a democratically elected board made up of seven co-op members.
The members elected to serve as trustees will hold the position for three-year terms. Each decision the trustees make must be for the immediate and long-term benefit of the members, to provide reliable electric service, with exceptional member relations, while ensuring a secure financial standing.
The success of our co-op is dependent on trustees making wise decisions and our members engaging in the democratic control of the cooperative.
2023 trustee election
In 2023, co-op members will elect trustees from District 2 (Richland and McArthur townships) and District 3 (Rushcreek and Bokescreek townships). Both of these districts will have contested elections, and each has an incumbent on the ballot.
By action of the nominating committee, which met Jan. 12, the members listed on pages 20B and 20C have been placed into nomination for trustee of Logan County Electric Cooperative.
Members are encouraged to read each candidate’s biography and participate in the trustee election. Voting will begin May 13, and results will be announced at the annual meeting on June 13. More details regarding the 2023 election will appear in the May edition of Ohio Cooperative Living magazine.
Looking ahead to ’24
For members who live in District 1 (Pleasant, Miami, Union and Liberty townships) and District 4 (Washington and Harrison townships), keep in mind your districts will be up for election next year. The co-op will contact you this fall regarding your interest in serving on the cooperative board of trustees.
The principle of member responsibility is critical to the long-term health of Logan County Electric Cooperative. Please consider how you can be involved in the co-op. Actions such as voting in the trustee election and attending the annual meeting may sound insignificant, but when you participate, you play your part in keeping your co-op locally owned by the membership, locally controlled by the board of trustees, and locally operated by the employees for the benefit of the members.
Jerry Fry graduated from Huntsville High school and retired after farming grain for 60 years. Fry joined the cooperative in 1971 and was first elected to the board of trustees in 1991. Fry has earned the Credentialed Cooperative Director, Board Leadership, and Director Gold certificates.
Fry’s experience helps him understand the responsibilities and challenges that come with being a trustee. He counts this position as the most rewarding thing he has ever done because it has allowed him to be a part of accomplishing something important and lasting for the community.
Fry believes he is the right person to be a trustee because he is level-headed and has 25 years of experience. He also listens well to others and considers their thoughts to help make good decisions.
If elected to the board, Fry would like to help find qualified members to replace trustees who will soon retire. Additionally, he would like the co-op to keep upgrading the electric system to eliminate all old copper wire and to improve reliability by keeping up with tree trimming.
Fry has been very involved in the local community. “It has been my honor to serve on, and hold office with, the Huntsville Volunteer Fire Department, Logan County Fair Board, Logan County Grange, Logan County Farm Service Agency (ASCS), Logan County Farm Bureau, Huntsville Presbyterian Church, and as a McArthur Township voting location manager.”
“I find the job of co-op trustee to be very challenging and yet very rewarding. I feel I’m giving back to a community that has given so much to me.”
Phil Altstaetter grew up on Logan County Electric Cooperative lines and became a member of the co-op in 2004. He graduated from Indian Lake High School and then earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences from Wilmington College. Altstaetter works as crop nutrient manager at Sunrise Cooperative. “One of the biggest things that will help me serve on the board of trustees is my business experience. I manage a large portion of the Sunrise Agronomy business. At the same time, I am a small business owner, farming row crops and raising cattle.”
If elected to the board, Phil is determined to keep the co-op serving the co-op members. “For me, the board must stay focused on our members and keep the power on for them. There are three issues of importance to me.
1. Co-op members must win first and this is done through reliability. The power must stay on
2. The power must also be as affordable as possible
3. The power must be supplied as sustainably as we can.”
Phil is an active member of the local community, attending church at St. Mary’s of the Woods, involved as Vice-President of Indian Lake FFA alumni supporter, a member of Logan County Cattle Association, and a board member on the Logan County Chamber of Commerce.
“I want to serve as a trustee because I feel it is very important to give back to the community where you are able. I greatly appreciate how well the co-op keeps the power on for everyone and I would like to help ensure that continues in the future.”
District 3 TRUSTEE CANDIDATES
Jim Rice has been a cattle and grain farmer for 26 years, and was a dairy farmer. He graduated from Ben Logan High School and earned an associates degree from Ohio State University. Rice joined the cooperative in 1988 and was elected to the board in 2011. Rice has earned the Credentialed Cooperative Director, Board Leadership, and Director Gold certificates.
Rice believes he is the right person to be a trustee because he has learned from retired trustees, remembers the history, and wants to see that level of service continue. “The co-op has a long history of providing great service and value to its members and I want to keep it going strong.”
If elected to the board, Rice would like to keep rates low and be more involved
with members and the community. He would like to see LCEC promote the power stability and value the co-op provides its members, while working with the local community to help bring economic growth.
He would also like to add future stability for the co-op by focusing on cyber security and green energy.
Rice has been involved in the community by serving as a Bokescreek Township trustee, on the Ben Logan athletic boosters, as a youth basketball coach, and as past president of the West Mansfield conservation club.
“It has been an honor to serve LCEC and I am dedicated to this job that I enjoy. I would like to continue serving my local community.”
Jim Wolever graduated from Ben Logan High School and then attended Ohio State University. He is retired from Honda of America, where he worked as associate chief engineer. Wolever became a member of the cooperative in 1990
Wolever’s work experience has prepared him to serve as a co-op trustee. “During my career, I managed a large manufacturing department, served as project leader for large projects, was project evaluator for technical issues, served on a board overseeing over $100 million in endowments, and both presented and led discussions at automotive industry seminars.”
If elected to the board, Jim would like to see the co-op model help advance rural high-speed internet. Additionally, he is concerned about the interaction between rural communities and new grid-connected generation projects. “I think our energy future is changing
and involvement at the local level is very important.”
Understanding how to work with inﬂuence outside our community is also critical. “Electric utilities are a heavily regulated industry and I have experience working in a regulated industry, primarily environmental and occupational health regulations.”
Jim’s biggest involvement in the local community has been serving as a school board member.
“I feel Logan County Electric Cooperative is a well-run operation. Because of that fundamental strength, I think the co-op is well prepared to address our challenging energy future. The role the co-op can play in serving the local community is very important and I would welcome the opportunity to engage with our members, helping to ensure we meet their needs and the future needs of our communities.”
Raise your voice
Co-op nomination and voting process for the annual trustee election
In 2023, Logan County Electric Cooperative members will vote for trustees from districts 2 and 3 to represent them on the co-op’s board. This position holds great responsibility and requires men and women who understand the cooperative business model and the members’ needs. The trustee’s decisions will affect issues such as company policies, electric distribution rates, and work plans.
The board is a democratically elected body of members, nominated and voted into position by members who choose to participate in the trustee elections.
As a member of the co-op, you have the opportunity to express your voice by voting for which members will represent you on the board of trustees. This voting process ensures democratic member control, and makes each elected trustee accountable to the membership.
Would you consider participating in the 2023 election and raise your voice in choosing who will represent you on the board?
Important election dates
JUNE 14, 2022
Nominating committee affirmed by co-op members during the annual meeting.
Articles in Ohio Cooperative Living magazine informing members of 2023 election.
Trustee interest cards soliciting candidates mailed to members in districts 2 and 3
Deadline for trustee interest cards to be returned to the co-op. Members turning in interest cards receive candidate information questionnaire.
Deadline for questionnaire to be returned to co-op.
Orientation with nominating committee to prepare for trustee candidate interviews.
Nominating committee conducts interviews with trustee candidates and selects not more than two candidates from each district to be on the 2023 trustee election ballot
Nominating committee report published in the March edition of Ohio Cooperative Living magazine.
Official notice of annual meeting and election ballots mailed to co-op members.
Deadline for ballots to be returned to the disinterested third party responsible for tallying ballots and declaring election winners.
Results of trustee election announced at the annual meeting of members.
The future is in your hands
Nobel Prize recipient George Bernard Shaw wrote, “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” His inspiring words came from a belief that, “Life is no brief candle.... It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.”
That same community is found in our local electric cooperative. Eighty-eight years ago, this community came together for the benefit of everyone and formed our co-op. That collective spirit endures today as we oversee the cooperative and ensure it burns as brightly as possible before handing it on the future generation.
Overseeing the co-op’s success is a board of trustees consisting of seven co-op members.
What does it mean to serve as a trustee?
Serving on the co-op’s board means you’re making a difference locally, giving your time, talents, and perspective to guide decisions about the co-op that benefit the membership and the larger community.
While day-to-day operational decisions are made by the staff, the direction and policies of the co-op are made by the board, whose mission is to ensure the financial
stability and service reliability of the co-op while benefiting the community we serve.
With the energy industry undergoing major transition, Logan County Electric Cooperative faces big decisions, and board members have an opportunity to help chart a course for our future.
Opportunity to serve
Our board meets on a monthly basis, and we offer specialized training opportunities to help them make informed decisions. Board members gain a deeper understanding of the electric utility industry, the cooperative business model, and local economic development efforts.
Ultimately, our board is the community pulse for the co-op and helps keep us on the right track. We love our community and want to help it thrive. If you share the same commitment and want to contribute to the greater good in a tangible way, we hope you’ll consider serving the local community by running in a future board election. The success of the cooperative relies on the engagement of our members. When you run for a position on the board, vote in the election, attend the annual meeting, or learn about your cooperative through reading this magazine, you are playing an vital role.
Logan County Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees
MEMBER AWARE MEETINGS
Logan County Electric Cooperative’s President/General Manager Tim Street will lead his ﬁrst member meetings. These informative meetings, conducted in the co-op’s Community Room, will include a time for questions and answers.
To reserve your seat for one of the dates listed below, call the office at 937-592-4781
A $10 bill credit will be given to each membership in attendance.
10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 30
6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 30
3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 6 6:30 p.m., Thursday April 6
We want to HEAR from you!
Your thoughts and opinions about Logan County Electric Cooperative help us to serve you better.
In March and April, Logan County Electric Cooperative will be working with NRECA Market Research Services to complete member satisfaction surveys.
The surveys will be both by phone and email, but not everyone will be contacted. If you are contacted, we would appreciate a few minutes of your time to share your thoughts and opinions of the cooperative.
We strive to provide all members with safe, reliable, and affordable electric service. By participating in the survey, you will help us make decisions that benefit you, your family, and your neighbors.
Thank y !
All information is conﬁdential.
Clearing the right-of-way for reliability
Preventive maintenance achieves value of safe, reliable, and affordable electricity
There are many components involved in providing you with safe, reliable electric service from Logan County Electric Cooperative. One of the most crucial components is right-of-way clearing, also known as vegetation management, or simply trimming trees.
A right-of-way (ROW) is a strip of land underneath or around power lines that your electric cooperative has the right and responsibility to maintain and clear. Trees must grow far enough from wires that they will not cause harm to people or disruption to electrical service. Specifications vary, but a general guideline of maintaining a safe ROW is 15 feet of clearance on either side of the utility pole.
If a tree encroaches on the safe distance, our vegetation management team will trim back branches and brush using chainsaws, bucket trucks, tree climbers, brush chippers, and mowers. We can also use chemical control methods to support the growth of low-growing plant species that will out-compete the tall trees growing beneath power lines.
ROW clearing also keeps your family safe by ensuring that tree branches don’t become energized because of contact with power lines. LCEC power lines carry 7,200 volts, and an energized tree branch is incredibly dangerous — even deadly. Be mindful when around trees close to power lines and make sure your kids know not to climb trees near lines, because it is extremely dangerous.
Clearing the ROW is critical to keeping our members’ lights on. Last year, 18% of Logan County Electric Cooperative’s power interruptions occurred when trees came into contact with power lines.
ROW clearing is critical to ensuring that we provide members with affordable electricity. Staying ahead of tree trimming helps us avoid having to restore power outages caused by fallen branches. Remember to contact the co-op if you decide to trim or remove trees near any power service or line. And never trim a tree in the ROW zone.
Visit www.logancounty.coop/content/tree-trimming-and-planting to find out more about our vegetation management program and how you can do your part to keep the ROW clear in LCEC’s service territory.
Plant trees safely
LOW TREE ZONE
Avoid planting within 20 ft. of power lines. If planting is unavoidable, only plant shrubs and small trees that reach a mature height of 15 ft. or less.
Before you dig, call 811 to locate buried utility lines.
MEDIUM TREE ZONE
Plant medium trees (under 40 ft. when mature) at least 25 ft. away from power lines.
LARGE TREE ZONE
Plant large trees (over 40 ft. when mature) at least 50 ft. away from power lines.
Right tree, right place Important
You can help by planting the right tree in the right place.
Before selecting and planting a tree, remember to look up to determine where the tree will be located in relation to overhead utility lines.
A. When landscaping near right-of-way areas, choose low-growth shrubs.
B. Smaller trees can be planted on right-of-way edges, 15 feet from power lines.
C. Medium trees need to be planted at least 35 feet away from lines.
D. Large trees need to be planted at least 45 feet away from overhead lines.
E. Trees planted too close to the lines will always be misshapen, due to pruning of limbs to prevent interference with lines.
Remember, by law, you are required to call the Ohio Utilities Protection Services at 811 or 800-362-2764 before beginning any digging project on your property.
Do’s and Don’ts: Planting Tees
Landscaping for energy efficiency
Awell-designed landscape can provide cooling shade around your home that reduces the need for air conditioning. Or provide a winter wind barrier to help protect against Old Man Winter.
Whether you picked the perfect tree for screening, shade or its beautiful fall colors, it’s time to choose a spot and plant. To get the most out of your tree and keep it healthy, you must plant it in the right spot. But there are a few things to consider before digging a hole and piling on mulch.
PLAN FOR ENERGY CONSERVATION
Pick trees that can help you save energy and money. Leafy trees with large crowns can shade windows on the south and west sides of your house in the summer, and when the leaves fall, let in warming sunlight during the winter. Plant evergreens on the northwest and north sides of your house to block the winter wind.
CONSIDER TREE HEIGHT
Trees need enough space to grow. It may look small now, but that young tree may end up being larger than you’d expect. Consider how tall the tree will be when it reaches maturity as you choose the right spot in your yard.
DON’T: PLANT TREES TOO CLOSE TOGETHER
Give young trees ample space so they don’t crowd each other as they grow. Evergreens planted too close together can succumb to disease, and parts of the trees can even die if they don’t receive enough sunlight.
PLANT UNDER POWER LINES
A tall tree that’s grown into a primary power line presents a huge safety hazard, and the energy company will have to trim your tree to avoid potential fires and other electrical dangers. Low-growing trees can be planted 15 feet away from the power lines, and trees over 35 feet tall should be at least 50 feet away.
DIG TOO DEEP
Planting too shallow can slow a tree’s growth and weaken it, but planting too deep can kill it. Leave a few inches of the root ball above the ground when you plant, and make sure the tree’s taper is visible above the soil.
It’s important to treat the soil and your growing tree properly after planting. Once the roots are fully covered, water the tree with low-pressure water and let the water settle into the soil. All that’s left is to enjoy your beautifully landscaped yard.
How-to at home: selecting a heat pump
If your old HVAC system is no longer doing its job, it may be time to upgrade to a new, more efficient system. Air-source heat pumps are a great option that can help you save money and energy.
Heat pumps provide highly efficient heat and cooling, but there are different types available with different features and levels of performance. Which one is right for you? Here are tips to help you make the best choice.
These heat pumps are the most commonly installed. They work well in moderate climates with mild winters, though advances in technology make them a good option for other regions, as well.
A heat pump has a compressor and two coils — one inside and one outside. In winter, liquid refrigerant in the outdoor coil absorbs heat from the air which turns it into a gas. The indoor coil releases heat from the gas as it condenses back into liquid. In summer, this process is reversed as the heat pump moves warm inside air to the outdoors. Heat pumps move heat, rather than create it.
Levels of performance
Heat pumps are available at different levels of performance — single-stage, two-stage and variable speed. Single-stage units intermittently fill your home with cold or warm air and turn themselves off when the desired temperature is reached. Two-stage units operate at full capacity when you need it, and at a lower level (or turn off) when you don’t.
Variable-speed units blow a low level, continuous stream of conditioned air into your living space to maintain the desired indoor temperature. Whenever higher capacity is needed, it smoothly ramps up to whatever level is required. Variable-speed units rarely turn off completely.
Benefits of multiple speeds
Two-stage and variable-speed heat pumps offer a number of advantages over single-stage units:
• Energy savings. Running motors at slower speed saves a lot of energy. Speeds above 75% of capacity are typically only needed on the hottest or coldest days of the year.
• Better humidity control. Moving air more slowly over cold coils removes more water vapor from the air. Lower indoor humidity allows you to bump up the thermostat in the summer and still feel comfortable.
• Improved indoor air quality. Circulating the air through filters for a longer period results in improved indoor air quality.
• Quieter operation. Running at lower speeds is much quieter than running at full capacity.
• Consistent comfort. A softer start at lower speed avoids sending out a blast of unconditioned air from the ducts every time the unit turns on.
Split ductless heat pumps, also called mini-splits, operate similar to air-source models except that these systems don’t require ductwork, so they’re good options for single-room additions or homes without ducts.
Ductless systems include at least two units, a compressor and condenser outside, and one to four air handlers inside. The quiet, indoor units are often installed high on a wall or on the ceiling. The system is operated by a remote control and circulates refrigerant through tubing that connects the indoor and outdoor units.
Though installing this type of system with multiple indoor units can be costly initially, the lack of ductwork reduces energy losses and provides temperature control of individual rooms. That will save you money on future energy bills.
Upgrading or adding a heat pump is a job for a professional. Contact a qualified HVAC technician who can determine and install the right unit for your home.
5 tips for buying a dehumidifier
Humidity notwithstanding, summer seems to bring out the best of Ohio
The humidity level of your home matters. High humidity can lead to mold, mildew, dust mites and other allergens. In addition, excess moisture in the air has the power to damage electronics, furniture, clothing and even drywall. Ideally, your home should have a humidity level between 30% and 50%.
Dehumidifiers are a great tool for removing extra moisture and preventing allergies and other health issues. Use these tips for purchasing a dehumidifier, and keep your home comfortable all year long:
1. Pinpoint the problem
Before starting your dehumidifier search, uncover the humidity issue in your home. High humidity may be affecting your entire house or just a specific space, like a basement or laundry room. Also, be sure there isn’t a larger issue impacting humidity levels, such as clogged gutters, poor ventilation, leaking dryer hose, or lack of weatherstripping around doors and windows.
2. Compare room size and moisture level
What’s the moisture level and square footage of your space? Look for clear signs of high humidity levels, such as window condensation and damp areas on the walls or ceilings. This will help you determine what capacity dehumidifier is required. Measure the square footage of the space. For small rooms or slightly damp areas, you’ll only need a small-capacity dehumidifier. For larger rooms, or those with more series moisture issues, you’ll want a unit with more capacity.
3. Select the right size
Dehumidifiers come in many shapes and sizes. Most dehumidifiers are available in 30-pint, 50-pint and 70-pint capacities. This is the amount of moisture that can be removed from the air within 24 hours. For a 500-square-foot space, you’ll need a compact dehumidifier with a 10-pint capacity. You’ll need an extra four pints of capacity for each additional 500 square feet.
4. Look for energy efficiency
Save money on your energy bill with an ENERGY STARcertified dehumidifier. These energy-efficient models use about 30% less energy than standard units. In fact, you’ll save around 2,800 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions over the life of the dehumidifier. Energy efficiency is based on how many liters of water are removed per kilowatt-hour of energy consumed.
5. Connect a drain hose
Most dehumidifiers collect water into a bucket that must be emptied by hand. When the bucket is full, your dehumidifier will automatically shut off. Most models, however, come with a drain outlet. To ensure continuous operation, connect a drain hose to the outlet and run it to the nearest drain. If your unit does not include a drain hose, you can purchase one as an accessory or use a standard garden hose.
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Squirrels (and other wildlife) on film
Ohioan Karl Maslowski rose from poverty to become a pioneer in the production of wildlife video footage.BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS; PHOTOS COURTESY MASLOWSKI FAMILY ARCHIVES
Like most wildlife photographers of the early 20th century — though there were only a handful — Karl Maslowski was a hunter before he became a photographer. “The things I’d learned about hunting wild animals with a gun stood me in good stead as I began hunting them with a camera,” he said.
The son of immigrant parents who’d arrived in America from Europe in 1911, Maslowski was born in Atlanta,
Georgia, in 1913. Two years later, the family of three moved to Cincinnati, and he would call the Queen City home for the rest of his long life.
It was in 1935, during the middle of the Great Depression, when 22-year-old Maslowski scraped together enough money to buy his first camera. A used, bulky Graflex, it cost $8 and shot black-and-white still photos. But it was a start, and with that camera, Maslowski taught himself the
basics of photography. He also soon learned that the short lenses and slow shutter speeds of such cameras were no match for quick-moving wildlife.
The answer to his problem, he believed, was acquiring one of those newfangled 16mm movie cameras he had been hearing so much about. “But they were just too expensive, and our family was dirt poor,” Maslowski remembered. Fate, however, sometimes has a way of intervening in such situations.
Maslowski had begun visiting the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History at age 15, fascinated by its collections of mounted wild animals. It was at the museum that Maslowski met Christian J. Goetz, head of the Christian Moerlein Brewery in Cincinnati and a major financial supporter of the museum. Goetz’s hobby was banding birds, mainly waterfowl, and Maslowski began tagging along with him on banding trips.
One day, Goetz casually asked Maslowski what type of 16mm movie camera would be best for photographing their banding activities. The young shutterbug knew exactly what Goetz needed: a Cine-Kodak Special. As a result, Goetz soon purchased one of the new movie
cameras, handed it to Maslowski, and told him to “check it out for me, just to make sure everything’s working okay.” Goetz never asked for the camera to be returned. “Sadly, I didn’t realize what that kind, generous man had done for me until years later,” Maslowski admitted.
With the proper equipment now in hand, Maslowski threw himself into what he hoped would be his new career. Always energetic, he let no obstacle stand in the way of getting the wildlife photos he envisioned. For instance, along the shoreline of Lake Erie, he once constructed an 85-foot tower with a blind on top to film nesting bald eagles at eye level. At Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee, he built an even higher tower, 100 feet tall, to photograph nesting cranes, herons, and cormorants. The resulting unprecedented film footage was sold to high-end clients such as Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventure Series, which turned the footage into wildlife profile stories.
New ways to spread the word
Maslowski also eventually joined the professional lecture circuit, taking his wildlife films on the road nationwide. A gifted speaker with a strong, commanding voice, Maslowski mesmerized his audiences — always leaving them wanting more.
Continued on page 26Karl Maslowski served as a combat cameraman for the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II (left page). He filmed aircraft and camp life at an airbase in Corsica under famed director Capt. William Wyler. Some of Maslowski’s footage was later used in the 1947 film Thunderbolt! Maslowski later focused much of his attention on wildlife found in our backyards. The vivid color photograph on this page, taken by Maslowski in the late 1980s, captures a gray squirrel yawning.
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For the Audubon Screen Tour lecture series, Maslowski joined several other notable naturalhistory speakers — one of the more famous being Roger Tory Peterson, creator of the well-known field guide series. For the National Geographic Society, Maslowski regularly presented his film lectures in Washington, D.C.
There seemed to be no limit to his communication skills. In addition to his films, Maslowski wrote thousands of outdoors- and nature-related newspaper and magazine articles during his lifetime. The Cincinnati Enquirer ran his weekly “Naturalist Afield” column for half a century, from 1937 to 1988
Not surprisingly, Maslowski received many awards during his lifetime. Said one presenter:
Karl Maslowski and his wife, Edna (left), made a formidable team during their early days as wildlife filmmakers. Karl taught Edna about cameras, and she edited his articles. While Karl was in the Army, Edna continued to present their films in a series of lectures. Maslowski used immense patience and stealth to capture wildlife in the field. Below, Maslowski photographs a bittern nest with his Graflex camera near Cincinnati in 1935.
“He interprets to millions the learning of scientists in layperson’s language. All aspects of nature have received the scrutiny of his lenses.”
Near the end of his life, while reflecting on his fulfilling career, Maslowski said, “If I had to come back and live my life over as an animal, I’d want to come back as a red fox. They have outsmarted me so many times. If I had my wish, I’d come back and do the same thing to them.”
Karl Maslowski died in 2006 at the age of 92 His son, Steve, carries on his father’s legacy as an acclaimed wildlife filmmaker yet today. And, yes, the Maslowski film studio is still headquartered in Cincinnati.
To view Wildlife Photographer: The Life of Karl Maslowski, Steve Maslowski’s film tribute to his father, go to www.vimeo. com/668320599.
Karl Maslowski traveled near and far to capture wildlife. Below, he’s seen filming in the Yukon Territory in the 1970s. The photo to the right shows Maslowski hiking through the cypress swamp at Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee, carrying materials for a blind he built 100 feet up in the canopy to film a nesting colony of great egrets. His wildlife writing, photos, and films became part of an environmental movement in America.
A mover (but not a shaker)STORY AND PHOTOS BY JAMES PROFFITT
Jim Klier has been a mover for 39 years. Admittedly, the Wellington resident and Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative member isn’t real good at carefully packing all your possessions, loading them into a big rig, and driving them somewhere else. Instead, he just moves everything at once. Like your entire house. And very carefully.
Jim and the rest of the folks at Klier Structural Movers have made hundreds of such moves over the years. They have transported buildings both commercial and residential, though most are houses. The longest trip was a home that went down the road about 25 miles. The
shortest? About 4 feet (see sidebar story).
Klier has moved plenty of homes for lots of different reasons — some legal, like for zoning issues; others more sentimental. Klier’s moved a lot of older homes. Much timber frame home on Lake Erie.
This co-op member specializes in relocating structures — very carefully.
“Oh, heavens yes,” he says. “A home that’s been in the family for generations, for example. You really have to love the house to do something like that, to go through that process.”
Not all the structures he’s moved are historic or sentimental — or even old. In fact, just the opposite. Some haven’t even been lived in yet or are still under construction. “We’ve done new houses, never occupied. Sometimes they’re not even finished,” he says.
Sometimes builders make mistakes, like putting up a house on the wrong spot, perhaps straddling a property line or facing the wrong direction. Other times, issues arise with a new foundation, or groundwater wells up suddenly, indicating a likely future of constant pumping. Other jobs have included moving a structure out of an existing flood zone or adding a basement where none was.
Occasionally, it’s a combination of sentimentality
of and business.
When Mike Bassett’s investment group purchased waterfront property in Port Clinton, their plan was to build 14 homes on the site, which features a 125-foot sandy Lake Erie beach. But a two-story, 3,300-square-foot home sat directly where the main driveway would be. In Ottawa County, tearing down vintage homes on the water and replacing them with new homes and condominiums has been in vogue for years. But he questioned razing what seemed like such a great old house.
“It’s got high ceilings, very large wood molding, just a lot of charm,” he says. “I just know someone will fall in love with it because it’s very large and well-built. To me it just seemed like it would be a terrible waste to tear it down.”
So Bassett contacted Klier and had the home moved — about 100 feet over the course of a couple months, and in the process, rotated about 90 degrees. Bassett estimated the cost of the raw lumber and materials in the home, circa 1934, would run about $100,000 today. He said after some remodeling and updating, it will be a beautiful nearly century-old home that’s just like a new home.
So just how do you move a structure? According to Klier, the answer is, “Very carefully.” But at its simplest: Jack it up and drag it out. Klier has a yard full of equipment — several hundred tons of steel beams, a fleet of specialized hydraulic dollies, and hundreds of fat, heavy timbers. With these items, experienced Klier crew members place long steel beams beneath a structure, then slowly raise it.
Just a slight twist
When Sally DePerro bought what had originally been an 1880 vacation cottage for a member of the Gamble family (as in Procter & Gamble), it was a beautiful home in a quaint spot overlooking the LaFarge shipping dock, where lake freighters come and go in Marblehead.
“When we bought it, it needed some TLC,” DePerro says. “And also we wanted a garage.”
As it happened, the home sat at a slight angling opposition to neighboring structures so that additions were off-limits, zoning wise. “They were going to add onto the front and the rear of the home,” Klier says. “It wasn’t sitting in line with the property boundaries.”
And so for a pretty penny, which in DePerro’s view was worth a pound of gold, Klier and his crew cocked the nowmassive 4,700 square-foot structure just enough to come into line with zoning rules and leave room for the desired additions. The total distance was about 4 feet — still the
“We push everything up evenly,” Klier says. “The structure rises on a completely level, even plane.”
But first there’s plenty of measuring, planning, contemplating.
“We definitely spend a lot of time figuring out what we’re going to do before we do it,” he says. While they’ve had a few minor mishaps over the years, he says they’ve never dropped a structure or suffered any catastrophic disasters. Moving a structure is not inexpensive, relatively speaking. At the minimum, a shorter, simpler move is likely to run between $30,000 and $40,000, and the price goes up from there, depending on several factors. “It’s very viable in the right situation,” Klier says, “but a terrible waste of money in the wrong one.”
shortest move his company has undertaken. “The move made everything line up,” he says.
“And while all that was happening we dug a deeper basement because it wasn’t a full basement,” DePerro says. “It sounds crazy, but we got a lot out of that. In the end, moving the house just a few feet gave me everything I wanted.”
UnimaginableBY MARGO BARTLETT; PHOTOS COURTESY LIFELINE OF OHIO
Each organ donation story is one of both heartbreak and hope.
Shawana Mitchell and her fiancé, Joe Hedges, were regulars at Circleville’s VFW lodge poker nights, and, as they often did, joined the card-playing crowd one Friday evening in March 2021 with their friend Troy Fletcher.
They were having fun, joking and trash-talking, when suddenly Joe stood up, telling Troy that his chest hurt.
Joe went to Shawana and told her. Thinking “heart attack,” Shawana urged Joe to sit down and headed to the bar for aspirin. Joe started to follow her through the doors that led to the bar, and Troy, seeing Joe begin to fall, caught him in his arms.
Joe said something Troy couldn’t understand. His lips were blue.
The emergency squad arrived, and Joe was taken to Circleville’s Berger Hospital, then flown to Riverside Methodist in Columbus for emergency surgery.
Joe, 52, had suffered an aortic dissection, a tear in the inner layer of the body’s main artery. When Shawana saw him after surgery, his color had improved and she dared to hope. But brain swelling ensued, and Sunday morning, Joe’s family was called to the hospital.
As they got the devastating news, they were introduced to a representative from Lifeline of Ohio, an independent nonprofit organization that promotes and coordinates organ donations in the state. After hearing about the widespread need, Shawana and the family decided Joe would become an organ donor.
That need, it turned out, was closer than they knew. Unbeknownst to them, Troy was on a waiting list for
a kidney transplant. When they found out, the family decided immediately to donate Joe’s kidney to Troy.
Of course, it’s not that simple, says Jessica Peterson, supervisor of media and public relations at Lifeline of Ohio. Donors and recipients must have compatible blood and tissue, just for starters, and for a selected organ recipient to match the donor is extremely rare. In Peterson’s nine years at Lifeline, she says she knew of only one successful directed donation.
But Joe and Troy were a perfect match. Four days after Joe collapsed, Troy was at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to receive his friend’s kidney.
This month, March 2023, is the anniversary of Joe’s sudden death and Troy’s gift of life. Troy, now 40, remains on a waiting list for a pancreas, but he’s feeling healthy and well. “I’ve not had a lick of trouble,” he says. Before receiving Joe’s kidney, Troy says, “I was ready to die. It’s changed my life drastically. I knew God had a plan, and now I really know.”
Troy acknowledges some survivor’s guilt. His friend died, while he’s enjoying better health. In gratitude, Troy said, he and Shawana, 42, are registered organ donors, though Troy laughs about his donation prospects. “If someone wants these terrible eyes, they can have them,” he says.
And there’s a happier end to the story as well. The shared grief over Joe’s death, the several interviews Shawana and Troy have given together, and Troy’s determination to take care of Shawana pulled them together and resulted in another gift: Shawana and Troy are a couple now. “My goal,” he says, “was to make sure she was laughing every day.”
Chris Wasielewski of Delaware County, Ohio, was driving his son, Adam, 6, to school on May 4, 2010, when their car collided with a dump truck. Both were hospitalized; Adam died of his injuries a month later.
The family was struggling with the unimaginable when a Lifeline of Ohio family service coordinator approached the Wasielewskis about donating Adam’s organs.
“Chris and I were registered organ donors at the time of the accident,” Marcia Wasielewski wrote in an email. “We never discussed what that would look like for our children in this situation.”
Jessica Peterson, Lifeline’s spokesperson, said the initial contact with a potential donor family is undertaken with all the sensitivity and care it deserves.
“It’s literally the worst time,” Peterson says. “That’s how donation happens. It happens in the most tragic of circumstances.”
Because the Wasielewskis agreed, Adam’s corneas and heart valves now are giving their recipients better lives.
Marcia Wasielewski said she and her husband do not know who received Adam’s donations, but they have “adopted” other organ recipients as their own.
Adam’s is among the many names engraved on Lifeline’s Donor Memorial at Lifeline of Ohio’s building in Columbus. Nearby is a photograph of Adam as a kindergartner, grinning next to his elementary school sign. The sign’s message reads, “Class of 2022.”
Lifeline’s memorial is unique in Ohio, Peterson says. The state has three other organ donation centers: Life Connection of Ohio, in Dayton and Toledo, serving northwest and west-central Ohio; Lifebanc in Cleveland, serving northeast Ohio; and LifeCenter in Cincinnati, serving southwestern Ohio and parts of Indiana and
Kentucky. The building at 770 Kinnear Road serves central and southeast Ohio. It is the only one with land that accommodates a memorial.
The Wasielewskis remain active Lifeline volunteers.
“I am very passionate about speaking on behalf of Lifeline,” Marcia Wasielewski wrote. “I am always happy to talk about Adam.”
Peterson says the dedication that Lifeline’s many loyal volunteers bring to the organization enhances its mission to save and heal lives through the gift of donation.
“Once they’re with us, they’re with us,” she says. The memorial, designed by Rogers Krajnak Architects, suggests the “ripple effect” that one donor can have on dozens of lives.
Lifeline’s many volunteer-driven programs honor donors and recipients, including the annual 5K Dash for Donation; Shawls of Support, knitted by Lifeline donors, recipients, and community members and given to donor families; and commemorative quilts, whose squares are provided by donor families and pieced by volunteers.
Every Monday, Lifeline staff members gather in the lobby, near a wall on which a tree is painted. As the names of that week’s donors are read aloud, an associate places a leaf on the tree. The leaf’s size indicates the type of donation: organ, eye, or tissue. Smaller leaves represent children.
“We say their names,” Peterson says. “I work with the most compassionate people around.”
In Lifeline’s atrium, shadowboxes honor both organ donors and recipients. Families provide the photographs, mementos, and other keepsakes. The boxes are displayed for a year, and photographs remain on Lifeline’s website after the boxes are returned to their families.
“These are cherished, cherished things,” Peterson says.
Sixty percent of Ohio residents are registered organ donors, more than the national percentage of 50. Peterson credits the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, whose employees ask drivers about organ donation, with helping to spread the message.
However, the vast majority of Ohio’s residents never end up donating organs. A person must die in a hospital, on a ventilator, to be eligible. Only 1% of registered donors meets this requirement.
According to Lifeline, a single person may donate a total of eight organs: the heart, two kidneys, two lungs, the liver, the pancreas, and the small intestine. Eyes and tissue also may be donated.
Donors rarely give all eight. Every donated organ must be viable and healthy, Peterson says. The occasions when it happens, she says, are “very, very special.”
When an unregistered adult or a child dies in the hospital on a ventilator, a Lifeline family services coordinator asks the family about donation. Lifeline associates never look away from the naked pain these families are facing.
“We wrap our arms around them as tightly as we can,” Peterson says.
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MAR. 18 – Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorus: Carmina Burana, Renaissance Theatre, 138 Park Ave. W., Mansfield, 8 p.m. The orchestra and chorus join forces with local choirs to present Carl Orff’s choral masterpiece. https://rentickets.org/events.
MAR. 18 – Pat Campbell Fighting Cancer 5K Fun Run and Walk, 207 N. River Ave., Toronto. $20–$35 entry fee. Proceeds benefit cancer patients with unmet needs throughout the Ohio Valley. 740317-3947 or https://secure.getmeregistered.com/ get_information.php?event_id=137690
presents the best in big band swing. https:// rentickets.org/events.
APR. 1 – April Showers Craft and Vendor Show, Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center, 18100 Royalton Rd., Strongsville, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Free. Crafters, artists, authors, bakers, photographers, wood turners, vendors, and small business owners. www.facebook.com/events/1078708169684469
APR. 1 – Stark Vintage Market, Stark Co. Fgds., 305 Wertz Ave. NW, Canton, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $3, under 5 free. Wide variety of antiques, collectibles, artisan wares, and repurposed household goods. 330-495-3044 or www.starkvintagemarket.com.
MAR. 3, 10, 17, 24 – Beginner Beekeeping Class, Life Church, 1033 Elm St., Grafton, 7–9 p.m. $50 class fee also includes one-year LCBA membership and monthly email newsletter for you and your family; books available for additional $25 fee. Registration form available at www.loraincountybeekeepers.org.
MAR. 4–26 – Chatham Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast, Chatham Memorial Hall, 6299 Avon Lake Rd., Chatham, Sat./Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Adults $12; Srs. $11; under 10, $8. Enjoy special-recipe sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes with local maple syrup. Contact Steve Arters at 330-635-0958 for additional information.
MAR. 4, 11, 18, 25 – Grand River Valley Ice Wine Festival, noon–5 p.m. $8 per person at each stop. Each of the seven participating establishments will provide samples of their wines along with a delicious appetizer. Area maps will be provided to help patrons plan their trail. www.grandrivercellars.com/ upcoming-events/festivals/ice-wine-festival.
MAR. 4–25 – SAA Art Show, Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville, Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., or by appointment. Free. Original works by members of the Steubenville Art Association on display, some for sale. 740-283-1787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com.
MAR. 17–19 – “Hello Spring” by The Modern Vintage Market, Stark Co. Fgds., 305 Wertz Ave. NW, Canton, Sat./Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., special VIP shopping Fri. 3–8 p.m. Vintage, antiques, architectural salvage, home/garden décor, boutique clothing/jewelry, handmades, live music, and much
MAR. 18–19 – Railfest 2023, Lakeland Community College, Athletic and Fitness Center, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $8–$15. Model railroad dealers and exhibitors, operating layouts and displays, flea market, and more. Food available for purchase. 440-357-8890, 216-470-5780, or www.railfest.org.
MAR. 18–19 – Vintage Decoy and Wildlife Art Show and Sale, Holiday Inn Cleveland South, 6001 Rockside Rd., Independence. Largest venue in the Midwest for decoy collectors, competitive carvers, and wildlife/waterfowl artists, featuring 24 carving contests, hands-on demos, Saturday night auction, and more. www.odcca.net.
MAR. 19 – Flea Market of Collectables, Medina Co. Fgds., Community Center, 735 Lafayette Rd., Medina, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $2. Early-bird special admission 6–9 a.m., $3. Vintage items and collectibles. 330-948-4300 (Amanda Whitacre) or www.conraddowdell.com.
MAR. 24–25 – Militaria Collectors Show, Lakeland Community College, Athletic and Fitness Center, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, Fri. 4–8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. $5 adults; $3 students, veterans, and active military (with ID). Buy, sell, swap. Specializing in WWII and Korean memorabilia. 440-525-7529, email@example.com, or www.facebook. com/lakeland.militaria.show.
MAR. 25 – Artistic Jazz Orchestra: “Kings of Swing,” Renaissance Theatre, 138 Park Ave. W., Mansfield, 8 p.m. Mansfield’s premier jazz ensemble
APR. 1–2 – Ohio Spring Button Show: “Heavenly Buttons,” Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St., Akron. Showroom open to the public Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. For button collectors and those who use buttons for quilting, crafts, and sewing. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ohiobuttons. org/SpringShow.html.
APR. 2 – Medina Model Train and Toy Show, 735 Lafayette Rd. (St. Rte. 42), Medina, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $7. Over 250 tables of model trains, planes, cars, and more! 330-948-4400 (Vikki Conrad) or www.conraddowdell.com.
APR. 2 – Steven Jay Miracle: “The Music of Bob Dylan,” Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad St., Wadsworth, 2–3 p.m. Free, but reservations recommended. Register at www.ormaco.org or by calling 419-853-6016
APR. 4–18 – Annual Spring Quilt Show, Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville, Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., or by appointment. Free. 740-2831787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com.
APR. 13–15 – Ohio PinBrew Fest, Metroplex Expo Center, 1620 Motor Inn Dr., Girard, Thur. 4–11 p.m., Fri./Sat. 10 a.m.–midnight. $20–$25, 3-day pass $60, under 12 free. Play over 100 pinball machines, new and old, and other arcade games as you enjoy competitions, food trucks, and the area’s finest craft beer. www.pinbrewfest.com.
MAR. 17–19 – Gathering of the Clans, Oglebay Resort, 465 Lodge Dr., Wheeling. A grand event featuring Celtic food, music, contests, Irish road bowling, and the return of Highland Games. 304-243-4015 (Wendy Hodorowski) or www.oglebay.com/events.
MAR. 18–19 – Maple Syrup Festival, Indian Lake State Park, 13156 St. Rte. 235 N., Lakeview, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Learn how maple syrup is extracted from trees and watch a demonstration of how sap is transformed into true maple syrup. Pancake and sausage breakfast, craft vendors, and pure maple syrup for purchase. 937843-2717 or www.ohiodnr.gov.
MAR. 23 – The Simon and Garfunkle Story, Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center, #7 Town Square, Lima, 7:30 p.m. $24–$70. The immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo. Features a full live band. 419-224-1552 or www.limaciviccenter.com.
MAR. 3, APR. 7 – Star Gazing at Schoonover Observatory, 670 N. Jefferson, Lima, 9 p.m. Free. Come see the stars with us! If you have a telescope, bring it along; members will show you how to use it and will answer any questions. Weather permitting. https://limaastro.com.
MAR. 10–12 – Lima Noon Optimist Community Expo, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima, Fri. 4–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 12–5 p.m. $2 donation. A wide variety of community businesses and organization will be displaying information. Proceeds help fund Lima-area youth activities and Safety City. 419-230-9361 or https://limaoptimist.com.
MAR. 11 – Lima Irish Parade, downtown Lima, noon–1 p.m. Free. www.facebook.com/LimaIrishParade.
MAR. 11 – Spring for the STARS Vendor and Craft Fair, Elida Elementary School, 300 Pioneer Rd., Elida, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $2 donation; kids admitted free. Over 40 vendors offering handcrafted items. Concessions available. For information, email Nicole Oen at noen@ elida.k12.oh.us.
MAR. 18 – Lima Symphony Concert: “Mozart and Salieri,” Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center, #7 Town Square, Lima, 7:30 p.m. The first half highlights Salieri’s music, and the evening ends with Mozart’s Requiem mass. 419-224-1552 or www. limaciviccenter.com.
MAR. 24 – Amy Grant, Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center, #7 Town Square, Lima, 7:30 p.m. $35–$100 419-224-1552 or www.limaciviccenter.com.
MAR. 24–25 – Max’s Mini Swap Meet, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima, noon–7 p.m. $5. Three buildings of crafts, tools, clothing, antiques, animals, guns, and more. www.facebook.com/ maxstraderdaysandwaterdograces.
MAR. 25 – Maple Syrup Festival, Williams Co. Fgds., 619 E. Main St., Montpelier, 8 a.m.–noon. Contact the Williams SWCD at 419-636-9395 for more information or email email@example.com.
MAR. 25 – Spring Craft and Vendor Show, Upper Scioto Valley High School, 510 S. Courtright St., McGuffey, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $2 adults; $1 K–12; 4 and under free. Presented by the Upper Scioto Valley Performing Arts Boosters. Top crafters and vendors. Concessions available. 419-302-6528, 567-204-1083, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAR. 26 – Flag City Spring Model Train Show, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc. 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $5; free for kids 12 and under if accompanied by adult. Vendors will be displaying and selling model trains, toy trains, and railroad memorabilia. Quarter-scale train rides available (adults $3, kids $2). 419-423-2995, www.
Rd., Loveland, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $3, under 12 free. Artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. Full concession stand on-site. 440-227-8794 or www.avantgardeshows.com.
MAR. 19 – Cincinnati’s Premier Wedding Show, Manor House Event Center, 7440 Mason Montgomery Rd., Mason. Meet wedding professionals, taste cake and catering samples, see fashion shows, and register for door prizes. https://ohioweddingshows.com.
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APR. 1 – BluesFest 2023, Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center, #7 Town Square, Lima, 7–11 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. $15. Hosted by the Greater Allen County Blues Society. www.facebook.com/ events/520955333311533
APR. 1–2 – Tri-State Gun Show, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima, Sat. 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Over 400 tables of modern and antique guns, edged weapons, and sportsmen equipment. 419-647-0067 or www.tristategunshow.org.
APR. 8 – NWORRP Easter Egg Hunt, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $3; 12 and under, $2 (includes a train ride). Continuous scavenger egg hunt for all ages, with a chance to win a “Golden Ticket” good for the 2023 season. Quarter-scale train rides continue until 4 p.m. 419-423-2995, www.nworrp.org, or www.facebook. com/nworrp.
APR. 13–16 – Holy Toledo Polka Days, Holiday Inn and Suites Ballroom, 27355 Carronade Dr., Perrysburg. Featuring some of the best polka bands in the industry. See website for schedule of events and locations, beginning with the Opening Night Polka Party and ending with the Sunday Dance. 419-351-5031 or https:// holytoledopolkadays.com.
APR. 14–16 – Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr., Encore Theater, 991 N. Shore Dr., Lima, Fri./ Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $10; ages 10 and under, $5. Presented by McDonald’s Youth Theatre. www. amiltellers.org.
APR. 15 – Lima Symphony Concert: “The Music of John Williams,” Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center, #7 Town Square, Lima, 7:30 p.m. Experience the magic of the movies through the scores of John Williams, including E.T., Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, and many more. 419-224-1552 or www.limaciviccenter.com.
music throughout the day. cabinfeverartsfestival@ gmail.com or www.appartguild.com.
APR. 7 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Butler County Bluegrass Association, Collinsville Community Center, 5113 Huston Rd., Collinsville, 7 p.m. Free. Enjoy an evening of lively bluegrass music. Home-style food available on-site. 937-417-8488
THROUGH APR. 27 – Bluegrass Wednesdays, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, Wed. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Free entertainment by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Reservations recommended. 513-385-9309, vinokletwinery@fuse. net, or www.vinokletwines.com.
MAR. 17 – Bluegrass Night, Fibonacci Brewing Company, 1445 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, 7–9 p.m. Free. Enjoy lively bluegrass music by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, a wide variety of craft beers at the Beer Garden, and food truck eats. 513832-1422 or http://fibbrew.com.
MAR. 19 – Cincinnati Spring Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, R.S.V.P. Event Center, 453 Wards Corner
MAR. 22 – “1805–2023: Our Shaker Legacy,” Harmon Museum, 105 S. Broadway, Lebanon, doors open at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m. $5. Shaker experts and authors Christian Goodwillie and Carol Medlicott lecture on the Shaker legacy in Warren County. Reception and book signing to follow. 513932-1817 or www.wchsmuseum.org.
MAR. 30–APR. 2 – Cincinnati Auto Expo, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati. Showcasing new technology and performance features in new crossovers, EVs, hybrids, sedans, sports cars, SUVs, trucks, and more from your favorite manufacturers. Fun for the whole family! 513-3267100 or www.cincinnatiautoexpo.com.
APR. 1 – Cabin Fever Arts Festival, Patriot Center Hillsboro Campus, Southern State Community College, 100 Hobart Dr., Hillsboro, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Hosted by the Appalachian Artisans Guild. Over 60 vendors selling handmade art and crafts. Food and
APR. 13 – Lawrence Pitzer: Lute, Armstrong Concert Center, 121 S. Broadway, Lebanon, 7 p.m. $5–$15. Part of the Music at the Museum concert series focusing on southwestern Ohio artists. www.wchsmuseum.org/ music.html.
APR. 15 – Spring Fashion Doll Show and Sale, EnterTRAINment Junction Expo Room, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $5, under 12 free. Featuring Barbie, Tonner, Fashion Royalty, Madame Alexander, Monster High, action figures, and other fashion and collectible dolls. One day only! https:// entertrainmentjunction.com/calendar.
APR. 15 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, China Garden Buffet, 1108 W. Kemper Rd., Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., Great Miami Bluegrass Band plays at 7 p.m. Enjoy bluegrass music and a buffet dinner. Early-bird ticket holders get choice of seating. 513-607-1874, email@example.com, or www.eventbrite.com/e/chinese-breakdown-dinnertickets-472324273617
THROUGH AUG. 31 – Exhibit: “Earth, Hand, and Fire,” Ohio Glass Museum, 124 W. Main St., Lancaster. Winter hours: Tues.–Sat., noon–4 p.m. $3–$6, under 6 free. Selections from the museum archives and private collections, including a 104-piece gift of Fenton glass. 740-687-0101 or www.ohioglassmuseum.org.
MAR. 11 – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Parade, downtown Dublin, 7:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Free. Events take place throughout the city, starting with a pancake breakfast, followed by the parade at 11 a.m. www. dublinohiousa.gov/community-events.
MAR. 12, Lancaster Community Band Spring Concert, Faith Memorial Church, 2610 W. Fair Ave, Lancaster, 2 p.m., free. 740-756-4430
MAR. 16–19 – Columbus International Auto Show, Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus, Thur./Fri. noon–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $6–$12; 12 and under free if accompanied by adult. See the latest models and features from more than 30 manufacturers. www. columbusautoshow.com.
MAR. 17–19 – Open Season Sportsman’s Expo, Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. $4–$10, 12 and under free; weekend passes, $8–$18. Hundreds of exhibitors, demos and displays, trophy contests, free
seminars, gear/equipment, shooting and archery ranges, and more. www.openseasonsportsmansexpo.com/ohio.
MAR. 18 – Sewing Smorgasbord, Sheridan Middle School, 8660 Sheridan Rd., Thornville, 9:15 a.m.–3:05 p.m.; doors open at 8:30 a.m. $10. The clothing and textile update of the year! Over 30 classes and 15 exhibitors, a fabric fair, sewing machine raffle, fat quarter raffle, and new this year, a quilt raffle! Attend classes of your choice. No preregistration required; pay fee at door on day of event. 740-405-7891, crshuster1@ gmail.com, or https://perry.osu.edu.
MAR. 19 – Columbus Toy and Collectible Show, Ohio Expo Center, Lausche Bldg., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $12; 10 and under free; early buyer (8–9 a.m.) $16. Buy, sell, and trade new and used toys, retro toys, video games, and collectibles. Door prizes every hour; get photos/autographs from celebrity guests. www.ctspromotions.com.
MAR. 24 – Hotel California, Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, 7:30 p.m. $22–$32. Hear the music of the Eagles performed by the tribute band that has thrilled fans since 1986, with their incredible lead vocal similarity, spot-on instrumental work and harmonies, and exciting live performances. 740-3832101 or www.marionpalace.org.
MAR. 25 – Central Ohio Symphony: “Go for Baroque 2,” Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, 3–5 p.m. Adults $20, students $5. Back by popular demand — the symphony will delight you with an afternoon of music by composers from the Baroque period. 740-383-2101 or www.marionpalace.org.
MAR. 25–26 – Quilt Spectacular 2022: “Where the Heart Is,” Franklin Co. Fgds., 4200 Columbia St., Hilliard, Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $6 per day or $9 for both days. Over 100 quilts. Silent auction, quilting-related demos and vendors, Quilter’s Boutique garage sale, and door prizes. Refreshments available. www.cmquilters.org.
MAR. 17–19, 24, 26 – Jekyll and Hyde, Cambridge Performing Arts Center, 642 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, Fri./Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $13 50. www. cambridgetheater.org.
MAR. 18 – National Cambridge Glass Collectors
“All Cambridge Benefit Auction,” Pritchard Laughlin Center, 7033 John Glenn Hwy., Cambridge, preview at 8:30 a.m., auction at 9:30 a.m. $2. All glass in auction guaranteed to be Cambridge. Links to auction catalog and pictures on www.cambridgeglass.org.
MAR. 26 – Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society Concert, Clintonville Woman’s Club, 3951 N. High St., Columbus. $10–$20. www.cohjs.org.
MAR. 26 – Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Makoy Event Center, 5462 Center St., Hilliard, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $3, under 12 free. Artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. Full concession stand on-site. 440-227-8794 or www. avantgardeshows.com.
MAR. 30 – “The Communal Garden: Seed Starting,” Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, 6–7:30 p.m. Free. Learn everything you need to know to have a successful garden started from seed. Part of the Conservatory’s “Growing to Green” program, which supports and develops community gardens across central Ohio. Register at www. fpconservatory.org/events.
MAR. 31–APR. 2 – Columbus Home Improvement Show, Ohio Expo Center, Kasich Hall, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Fri. noon–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $6, under 18 free. Innovations and design trends from hundreds of exhibitors. Remodeling and building experts from the Columbus area will be on hand to answer your questions. www.homeshowcenter. com/overview/columbushome2
APR. 1–30 – “Best of Pickaway County” Art Contest, ArtsAround Gallery, 135 W. Main St., Circleville. Art from Pickaway County high school students will be on display throughout the month, with prizes being awarded at the end of April. For more information, contact Steve Sawyer at Ssawyer43113@gmail.com.
APR. 13–16 – Equine Affaire, Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. $10–$16; 6 and under free. North America’s premier equine expo and equestrian gathering, featuring training clinics, seminars, and demos as well as horse and farm exhibits, trade show, top equine entertainment and competition, and more. 740-845-0085 or www.equineaffaire.com.
APR. 1 – McGuffey Lane, Majestic Theatre, 45 E. Second St., Chillicothe, 7:30 p.m. $18–$25. Country rock band from central Ohio. 740-772-2041 or www. majesticchillicothe.net.
APR. 1–30 – Monroe Artists 26th Annual April Arts Show, Monroe County Library, 96 Home Ave., Woodsfield, Mon./Wed./Fri. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Tues./Thur. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $3 members, $5 nonmembers. Three art pieces each may be entered. Contact 740-472-4848 with any questions.
MAR. 11 – Motown Sounds of Touch, Majestic Theatre, 45 E. Second St., Chillicothe, 7:30 p.m. $18–$25. The Midwest’s #1 Motown sound vocal group. 740-772-2041 or www.majesticchillicothe.net.
MAR. 12 – Miller’s Automotive Racers Swap Meet and Car Show, Ross Co. Fgds., 344 Fairgrounds Rd., Chillicothe. $8, under 15 free. Race cars, tools, hot rods, apparel, collectibles, and much more! www. millersswapmeet.com.
MAR. 17 – Edgar Loudermilk Band, Pennyroyal Opera House, off I-70 at exit 198, Fairview, 7 p.m. $15 (cash only); 12 and under free. Kitchen and doors open at 5 p.m. Come early for best seating. 740-827-0957 or www.pennyroyalbluegrass.com.
MAR. 17–18 – River City Blues Festival, Lafayette Hotel, 101 Front St., Marietta. $35–$40; weekend pass, $100. Thirtieth anniversary of the festival that brings together some of the most talented blues performers from around the country. 740-376-0222 or http://bjfm. org/blues-festival.
MAR. 18 – Leprechaun Chase, Yoctangee Park, Chillicothe, 9 a.m. (packet pickup 8–9 a.m.). Join us for a shamrock’n good time in support of our charity partner, the Hope Clinic! 740-253-2779 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up at https:// speedysneakers.com/events/the-leprechaun-chase-5k.
MAR. 19 – Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra Children’s Concert, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr., 7033 Glenn Hwy., Cambridge, 3:30 p.m. 740-826-8197 or www.seoso.org.
MAR. 25 – Southeast Ohio Poultry Breeders Association Show, Washington Co. Fgds., 922 Front St., Marietta. www.poultryshowcentral.com/Ohio.html.
MAR. 31 – Waverly Run, Pennyroyal Opera House, off I-70 at exit 198, Fairview, 7 p.m. $15 (cash only); 12 and under free. Kitchen and doors open at 5 p.m. Come early for best seating. 740-827-0957 or https://www. pennyroyalbluegrass.com.
APR. 1 – “Croce Plays Croce,” Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St., Marietta, 8 p.m. $39–$110. A.J. Croce presents a special night of music featuring a complete set of classics by his late father, folk and rock singersongwriter Jim Croce. www.peoplestheatre.com.
APR. 8 – Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St., Marietta, 8 p.m. $55–$145. www.peoplestheatre.com.
APR. 14 – The Tennessee Bluegrass Band, Pennyroyal Opera House, off I-70 at exit 198, Fairview, 7 p.m. $15 (cash only); 12 and under free. Kitchen and doors open at 5 p.m. Come early for best seating. 740827-0957 or www.pennyroyalbluegrass.com.
APR. 14–16 – Wildflower Pilgrimage, Highlands Nature Sanctuary, 7660 Cave Rd., Bainbridge (Ross County). $175. Includes two days of field trips, three meals (pack your own light lunches), and two evening presentations. Registration required. 937-365-1935 or https://arcofappalachia.org/wildflower-pilgrimage.
APR. 15 – “The Amazing World of Bats: Their Diversity, Values, and Needs,” Paxton Theater, 133 E. Main St., Bainbridge (Ross County), 1–2 p.m. Keynote presentation by Dr. Merlin Tuttle; book signing. https:// arcofappalachia.org/arc_education_events.
APR. 15 – Earth Gathering Festival, Pump House Center for the Arts, 1 Enderlin Circle, Chillicothe, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Earth-friendly art, music, food, products, and ideas. 740-772-5783 or www.visitchillicothe.com.