COOPERATIVE Pioneer Electric Cooperative
The digital divide Looking for ways to bridge the gap
ALSO INSIDE Co-op member’s amazin’ story Sheriff Maude makes history Ohio’s cradle of rivers
Building a new home?
As an electric cooperative member, you have access to free information on how to save energy. In fact, weâ€™ve been your communityâ€™s trusted source of energy advice for more than 80 years. Contact your cooperative and learn about the latest energy technologies for running your new home efficiently.
OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
INSIDE FEATURES 26 MAKING HISTORY Maude Collins, a descendant of the infamous feuding McCoy clan, was the first woman in Ohio to be elected a county sheriff, in 1926.
32 RISING TO THE TOP The “locavore” movement inspired Dugan Road Creamery’s rebirth as a microdairy.
36 CRADLE OF RIVERS Ohio is home to more than 3,000 named rivers and streams — many springing to life from the same area in the western part of the state. Cover image on most issues: The lack of high-speed internet access in rural areas of the state and nation is increasingly causing people in those areas to be at a disadvantage in their everyday lives. For example, broadband connection allows farmers to take advantage of technology to increase efficiency and yield on their farms.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 1
“Las luces!” (The lights)
hio electric cooperatives have a long history of bringing light to areas where it’s never before been available. In the 1930s, that meant neighbors helping neighbors bring electricity to the farms and homes in those rural parts of the state that for-profit utilities ignored. That spirit has, in more recent times, lit the way for us to carry the tradition beyond our borders. In March, for the third time in five years, lineworkers from across Ohio’s electric cooperative network will venture to Guatemala. Our endeavor, Project Ohio 2020, benefits the 600 residents of Tierra Blanca Sebol, a village in the north-central region of the country, by connecting its 60 households as well as a school and a health post to the electric grid. While every project is different and each village unique, the work will be similar to our accomplishments in La Soledad (2016) and Las Tortugas/San Jorge (2018). We’ll install 3 miles of higher-voltage primary line to the village and 2.5 miles of lower-voltage secondary line throughout the community. We’ll also wire two light sockets and two receptacles into each household. We know the effort will change lives. By any measure, Guatemala is an impoverished country — and in rural areas, incomes are lower and opportunities even fewer. Essentials that we take for granted are unattainable without outside assistance, so electricity and the conveniences that it provides — light, heat, refrigeration, cooking, basic sanitation — are a game-changer for the community. Electricity means healthier food, cleaner water, more opportunity for education, and connection to the rest of the world. It brings light, yes, but more importantly, it brings hope. Without modern equipment, but with help from the village residents, our lineworkers will set poles by hand and climb each one to install transformers, insulators, and wiring. The work will be physical and strenuous, the conditions hot and humid, and the challenge for our lineworkers immense. We’ve seen it before, though, both here in the 1930s and on our previous trips to Guatemala: The first time someone flips that switch and turns on the lights, the work is worth it. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers this month, that we may complete a safe, successful, and enlightening mission.
2 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
Pat O’Loughlin PRESIDENT & CEO OHIO’S ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES
Electricity means healthier food, cleaner water, more opportunity for education, and connection to the rest of the world. It brings light, yes, but more importantly, it brings hope. Volunteer lineworkers talk about Project Ohio 2018: www.ohioec.org/projectohio
MARCH 2020 • Volume 62, No. 6
MORE INSIDE Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives 6677 Busch Blvd. Columbus, OH 43229 614-846-5757 email@example.com www.ohioec.org Patrick O’Loughlin President & CEO Patrick Higgins Director of Communications Jeff McCallister Managing Editor Rebecca Seum Associate Editor Anita Cook Graphic Designer Dava Hennosy Editorial Intern Contributors: Brian Albright, Colleen Romick Clark, W.H. “Chip” Gross, Catherine Murray, Damaine Vonada, and Kevin Williams. OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING (USPS 134-760; ISSN 2572-049X) is published monthly by Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. It is the official commun ication link between the electric cooperatives in Ohio and West Virginia and their members. Subscription cost for members ranges from $5.52 to $6.96 per year, paid from equity accruing to the member. Nothing in this publication may be reproduced in any manner without written permission from Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. All rights reserved.
For all advertising inquiries, contact
Cheryl Solomon American MainStreet Publications 847-749-4875 | firstname.lastname@example.org The fact that a product is advertised in Ohio Cooperative Living should not be taken as an endorsement. If you find an advertisement misleading or a product unsatisfactory, please notify us or the Ohio Attorney General’s Offi ce, Consumer Protection Section, 30 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215. Periodicals postage paid at Columbus, OH, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to editorial and advertising offices at: 6677 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43229-1101
Cooperative members: Please report changes of address to your electric cooperative. Ohio Cooperative Living staff cannot process address changes. Alliance for Audited Media Member
DEPARTMENTS 4 POWER LINES
Connecting the country: Without broadband access, rural America is at a competitive disadvantage compared with the rest of the nation.
6 CO-OP SPOTLIGHT
Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative: The hometown-proud northern Ohio co-op pays particular attention to supporting programs for its community’s youth.
8 CO-OP PEOPLE
An amazin’ story: Carroll Electric Cooperative member Jack DiLauro has fond memories of his time with the “Miracle Mets.”
12 WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE
Woods woman: E. Lucy Braun played a pivotal role in the documentation and preservation of Ohio’s big trees.
17 GOOD EATS
Ranch to table: Local meat producers give an ultra-fresh taste to these hearty main dishes.
21 LOCAL PAGES
News and information from your electric cooperative.
What’s happening: March/April events and other things to do around the state.
44 MEMBER INTERACTIVE
Tip of the hat: Readers flipped their lids at the notion of our subject matter this month.
Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 3
Lack of broadband access is a
BY JEFF McCALLISTER
yle Hicks sat at his computer at his Lancaster-area home, the homework assignment for his College Credit Plus course due in a few hours. He knew he was cutting it close. Not that he didn’t have the assignment done. He’d finished the presentation well ahead of time. The only problem was that it was for an online course, and turning KYLE HICKS it in meant uploading it to a file-sharing site. With all of the images he had to include, it was a large file. Hicks was at the mercy of his internet connection, and he was sweating it. Like a vast number of people in rural areas of Ohio and the rest of the nation, Hicks and his family have limited access to high-speed internet. The one company that provides broadband service where he lives promises connection speeds “up to 5 megabits per second,” but he says tests on the line show it’s rarely above 1 Mbps. What’s more, service in his area, even at that level, is expensive. Satellite broadband could be an option but costs even more. Hicks, a senior at Amanda-Clearcreek High School, has been a vocal advocate for improved broadband coverage
4 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
in rural areas. He’s written to legislators and made public presentations to make the case for rural broadband, and he plans to study agricultural business and political science in college to take on the issue (among others). He got that assignment in on time, but the file took hours to upload, rather than the minutes or even seconds it would have taken on the type of high-speed connection — often 100 Mbps or more — offered in urban and suburban areas. “I feel like I’m fortunate to even have internet access where I live,” says Hicks, who represented South Central Power Company at the 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., and was named the state’s representative on the prestigious Youth Leadership Council. “I know of at least five to seven people just in my class of about 100 who have to find the time and find a way to get to the county library just to get any internet access so they can turn in assignments. It’s a real struggle.” High-speed internet isn’t a luxury. “Access to broadband isn’t a nice-to-have. It’s a need-to-have,” says Brian O’Hara, senior director of telecom and broadband regulatory issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “If there’s a lack of broadband, an employer may not set up shop in that community. Other employers may leave because it’s harder for them to sell their services, and young folks could leave the community for more opportunities.”
familiar problem for rural America.
Hicks also talks about the need for farmers to be connected so they can remain competitive. “Much of the newer technology that is being created for agriculture requires use of the internet, so in order for family farms to implement changes, they need high-speed access,” he says. “Increasing yields and increasing production is needed in order to keep up with the world’s growing population, and that access will give them that power. It’s not just for farmers — that’s a benefit to everyone.” If everybody should have broadband, why don’t they? On the surface, it looks similar to the rural electrification problem that was solved by the creation of electric cooperatives back in the last century, so it’s easy to assume that those same co-ops can, or even should, bridge the digital divide today. Of course, it’s not nearly that easy. As complicated as electrification was in the 1930s and ’40s, broadband is far more so — technologically, logistically, and economically. Electric co-ops, being so closely tied to the communities they serve, are in a strong position to know what’s possible. They may have justifiable concerns about terrain, for example, that make deployment cost-prohibitive. Also, portions of many cooperatives’ territories now include relatively dense populations that are already well-served by competitive high-speed providers, which would limit potential revenue to cover new investment in rural areas.
The staff and management at all of Ohio’s electric cooperatives understand the need is there and are genuine in their desire to help. They also know, however, that a co-op’s money is members’ money, and they all take fiscal responsibility seriously. The solution to electrification came from politics and partnerships — advocates moved the federal government to set up the Rural Electrification Administration — and it’s likely that broadband will need a similar push. There are signs that activity may be picking up on that front. In fact, Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative, based in Rio Grande, recently received a $2.5 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to install optical fiber that could eventually connect residents and businesses in remote areas of six southeastern Ohio counties with highspeed service. Without additional state or federal funding, however, most Ohio cooperatives have found that deploying a meaningful fiber network that could reach all of rural Ohio, without harming the cooperative’s electric business, is not yet a reachable goal. The best current answer, they say, is to intensify their own and their members’ lobbying efforts toward representatives who have the power to make that additional funding available.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 5
LORAIN-MEDINA RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE
ust to the west of Cleveland and a little south of Lake Erie, Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative (LMRE) serves more than 16,700 consumer-members on 1,541 miles of electrical line across five counties. Hometown pride is a defining characteristic of the people in the area, who believe in bettering the community and looking out for one another. LMRE prioritizes providing opportunities for their youth.
Who they serve In addition to residential service, LMRE provides service to some unique companies. They serve Green Circle Growers, one of the largest greenhouses in North America. Green Circle Growers is a familyowned company in Oberlin with over 100 acres of indoor space for growing seasonal crops, tropicals, foliage, succulents, and more. LMRE also serves Goldrush Jerky, a company that originated with its owners selling snacks out of the back of a car. Goldrush Jerky now sells beef jerky and beef smokies in all 50 states. Lorain County Metro Parks is a popular, expansive set of parks with activities and events throughout the year. Members of the community can sign up for activities like tapping sugar maple trees, competing in cook-offs for prizes, and taking in a show at the French Creek Theatre.
Opportunities for youth In 2018, LMRE and its sister cooperative, North Central Electric Cooperative, held their first Youth Day. Patterned after the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., LMRE’s Youth Day trip takes a group of high school sophomores and juniors to Columbus to tour the Ohio Statehouse, meet with legislators, and learn how the decisions made by the state government affect their communities. They also visit the Ohio History Center. Two of the students who attend Youth Day are selected as representatives to attend Youth Tour, and one of those students is offered an internship with the cooperative. LMRE will hold its second annual Youth Day this month.
Co-op Spotlight appears regularly in Ohio Cooperative Living to give a glimpse into the land and the people of Ohio’s 24 electric cooperatives.
6 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
HearClear GO Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aid Technology Only $ 199!*
Se en n
O ! TV
(*Each when you buy a pair)
A) Microphone B) Program Bu�on C) Volume Control D) Magne�c USB Charging Port & Rechargeable Ba�ery E) Digital Processor F) Receiver (Speaker) G) Sound Tube
The new Advanced HearClearTM Go rechargeable hearing aid combines advanced technology with a low price to provide you with outstanding value.
5 Star Reviews! Outstanding Product! “This product is outstanding. Dad loves it, my mom loves it, and I am grateful! Don’t believe that you have to spend a lot of money to get a quality hearing aid” - Gilmore B.
Go Features! Digital sound processing chip provides crystal clear sound and makes speech easier to understand with less feedback than old analog technology Don’t worry about replacing ba�eries! Full Charge Gives 16 Hours of Use! (Free Charging Base Included) Automa�c Noise Reduc�on and Feedback Canceler 100% Money Back Guarantee
Even Better In Pairs! Your brain is designed to use both ears working together. In fact, studies show that you may be able to hear up to 3 �mes be�er in noisy situa�ons when using two hearing aids. Buy a pair for the best results and save $80! HearClear hearing aids have been clinically proven to show signiﬁcant improvement in speech understanding. (University of Memphis, 2018)
High Quality. Easy. Affordable. Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aid - For Only $199!* The new HearClear Go Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aids feature advanced digital technology at an unbelievably affordable price! The Go utilizes the key technologies of high-end digital hearing aids while leaving out fancy bells and whistles that increase cost and require expensive adjustments. With the Go, you’ll hear clearly while saving a lot of money! Your lightweight and discreet Go hearing aids work at a fraction of the cost of name-brand hearing aids, and they’re amazingly convenient! With the Go’s FREE included charging station, you won’t have to keep Charging Stand! buying and replacing tiny hearing aid batteries, and the Go is pre-programmed for most mild to moderate hearing losses— no costly professional adjustments needed. They’re shipped directly to you and help you hear better right out of the box. Simply take them out, put them in, and Go! You can spend thousands on an expensive hearing aid or you can spend just $239 for a hearing aid that’s great for most mild to moderate hearing losses (only $199 each when you buy a pair – hear up to 3 times better than wearing just one). We’re so sure you’ll love your hearing aids we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee - Risk Free if you are not satisfied for any reason.
MONEY SAVING OFFER! Use Coupon Code: CLZ3
*Only $199 Each When You Buy A Pair! (Coupon Code & Price Valid For A Limited Time Only) TM
Aﬀordable Quality Since 1996!
US Company Owned And Operated
Visit and Save: www.AdvancedHearing.com/CLZ3
AM A Z IN ’ story
One Carroll Electric Cooperative member has fond memories of his time with the ‘Miracle Mets.’ BY DAVA HENNOSY; PHOTO BY AL BELLO/GETTY IMAGES
Jack DiLauro talks about his storied career at www.ohioec.org/amazin.
8 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
ack DiLauro hadn’t really thrown a baseball meaningfully for many years, but as a former major leaguer — a World Series champion, no less — he figured it would be like riding a bicycle. DiLauro is a member of Carrollton-based Carroll Electric Cooperative, and he’s also an Akron native and a member of the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame. When Carroll Electric and a few other Ohio co-ops hosted a business development event at an Akron RubberDucks minor league baseball game in 2017, it seemed natural to have him throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
He bounced it — several feet in front of the plate. So, when he got another opportunity at a similar co-op event at a RubberDucks game last season, he took no chances. “I went out and bought a baseball and started throwing it against the wall in the garage to get ready,” he says, adding, in his defense, that he has had hip surgery since his baseball career ended. “I went out to the mound and I bounced it again. I called it a waste pitch because I must have been ahead of the hitter. I still had a great time.” DiLauro spent 10 years playing professional baseball, mostly in the minor leagues in the Detroit Tigers organization. Though his stats were respectable in the minors, DiLauro says he was never overly optimistic about his chances to break onto a major league roster. Then, just before the 1969 season, he was traded to the Mets. The New York Mets had been established as a major league team in 1962 and had been one of the worst teams in baseball up to that point — losing more than 100 games in five of their first seven seasons. Going into 1969, though, the team seemed poised for a breakthrough, in large part because of its stacked pitching staff.
DiLauro decided that he’d had enough. He quit baseball and moved back to Ohio. “I had my roots here, I was married, there was no reason for me to go anywhere else,” he says. DiLauro managed a chain of sporting goods stores after returning. He occasionally serves as an unofficial Carroll Electric coop ambassador at business development events like those minor league baseball outings. He’s slated to appear at two such games this summer, in Akron and Toledo. In his short major league career, DiLauro pitched against some of the biggest names in the history of baseball — like Willie Mays, Willie Stargell, Willie McCovey, Billy Williams, even Hank Aaron. “I only pitched against Willie Mays once, and I don’t know if he was scary [to pitch against], but I was in awe,” he says. “I walked him on four straight pitches. I don’t remember ever doing that.” DiLauro heads back to New York every now and then for “Miracle Mets” reunions, including last year for the 50th anniversary of that “amazin’” year.
“My first reaction was ‘oh crap.’ I’m thinking that I have no way of cracking that lineup,” DiLauro says. “To be honest, I had it in my head that it was going to be my last year. We didn’t make any money in those days, and I was married. It became very stressful.” A funny thing happened, though. DiLauro performed well in spring training, and when young hotshot pitcher (and future Hall of Famer) Nolan Ryan was injured, DiLauro got his chance. He made his major league debut on May 15 — working two scoreless innings in relief against the Atlanta Braves, giving up a single base hit and striking out one batter — and stuck with the roster. DiLauro’s best outing came against the Los Angeles Dodgers in early June. “I started against the Dodgers and I threw a nine-inning, two-hit ballgame, retired the last 16 guys. So that was cloud nine for a while,” he says. Even with their strong pitching, the Mets struggled early in the season. They entered June with more losses than wins, and it looked as if the Chicago Cubs would run away with the division title. In one of the all-time historic turnarounds, however, the “Amazin’ Mets” won 38 of their last 49 games, the Cubs collapsed, and New York went on to become the “Miracle Mets” when they won the 1969 World Series title over the Baltimore Orioles. DiLauro had a respectable season. In 632/3 innings, he compiled a record of one win and four losses with a save and a stellar 2.40 earned-run average. He didn’t pitch at all in the postseason, though, and after the World Series, his rights were claimed by the Houston Astros. He bounced around to a few other minor league teams until 1972, when it became clear to him that he wasn’t going to earn his way back to the majors. At 29 years old,
Jack DiLauro (right) gets ready for introductions of the 1969 “Miracle Mets” during a 50-year reunion celebration last season at Citi Field in New York.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 9
Technical Scholarships Available For adult and high school consumer-members
Rules and applications are available at www.ohioec.org/TechnicalScholarship APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30 10 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
We create safe spaces to play basketball, volleyball, pickleball, tennis and soccer for families and facilities.
From Plan to Play SportScape Builders is the only local builder of courts, gyms and fields with over 5,000 completed projects since 1990. From planning to products to placement — residential or commercial — we’ve got you covered from start to finish. Call 800-858-5446, or visit www.sportscapebuilders.com/ocl to schedule a site visit. We’ll even bring you a free basketball!
“From Plan to Play” www.sportscapebuilders.com 800-858-5446 Exclusive distributor of Sport Court products
WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE
WO O D S WOMAN E. Lucy Braun played a key role in the documentation and preservation of Ohio’s big trees. STORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS
I have a recurring daydream where I try to imagine what it must have been like to see the Ohio country hundreds of years ago, long before European settlement. We know that half a dozen major Indian tribes lived on the land — it would have been interesting to visit their villages and learn their way of life. The birdlife at the time would have been amazing: innumerable flocks of waterfowl and shorebirds inhabiting the extensive Lake Erie marshes and Great Black Swamp. As late as 1813, John James Audubon wrote in his journal of standing on the bank of the Ohio River and watching an estimated one billion (nowextinct) passenger pigeons fly over during migration, darkening the sun and taking three full days to pass. Large apex predators once lived here, too: mountain lions and wolf packs preying upon myriad white-tailed deer and elk. Ohio even had buffalo herds (I’ll write more about those later this year). As fascinating as all of that would have been to experience, I believe it’s the virgin forest itself that would have been most awe-inspiring — trees so large they make most of today’s woodlands trees look like mere sticks. If you’d like to get a sense of what it was like living among those giants, I’d suggest reading Conrad Richter’s
12 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
classic 1940 novel about the Ohio frontier, The Trees, which is the first book in his trilogy, The Awakening Land. Ohio was once nearly totally forested. That vast forest disappeared in the blink of an eye, historically speaking — roughly from 1750 to 1900 — the trees felled to make way for future farms and cities. By the beginning of the 20th century, forest cover had fallen to a sparse 11% of the state’s land. Ohio woodlands have rebounded since then, however, and now cover more than a third of our state. Someone who extensively studied the Buckeye State’s early forests was E. Lucy Braun (1889–1971). Hailing from Cincinnati, Braun and her sister, Annette, were early botanists and ecologists during a time when those professional fields were dominated by men. Her efforts led directly to the establishment of what would become the largest conservation organization in the world — The Nature Conservancy, which would go on to help conserve over 119 million acres worldwide. Among her 180 pieces published, Braun wrote four books — the most memorable being her Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America, a nearly 600-page scientific tome published in 1950. She traveled more than 65,000 miles over 25 years of field research, covering most of that distance in a car she first obtained in 1930 and taught herself to drive. In a letter written to a friend, Braun even boasted of once going as fast as “38 miles per hour.” One of the Ohio woodlands Braun studied was Johnson Woods in Wayne County, a few miles northeast of Orrville. Today, Johnson Woods is a state nature preserve open to the public, and many trees on the property — some of which are more than 400 years old — stand 120 feet tall, with trunks 4 to 5 feet in diameter. It’s still possible to return to the Ohio woodlands of hundreds of years ago and experience the cathedral-like environment of oldgrowth forest. March is a good time to do so, before the leaves grow back on the trees, limiting the view. Thanks to E. Lucy Braun and hundreds of her forward-thinking ilk, small vestiges of such woodlands have been preserved throughout the Buckeye State, and a leisurely visit to any or all of the following locations is highly recommended: • Johnson Woods State Nature Preserve (Wayne County) • Goll Woods State Nature Preserve (Fulton County) • Dysart Woods (Belmont County) • Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve (Preble and Butler counties) • North Chagrin Reservation (Lake and Cuyahoga counties) • Bole Woods, Holden Arboretum (Lake County) • Clear Fork Gorge State Nature Preserve (Ashland County) • Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve (Hardin County) Opposite page: Johnson Woods is home to several of the large trees that were documented and preserved by Lucy Braun (inset). Above, a family enjoys a stroll along the boardwalk trail at Johnson Woods. Fowler Woods (top) boasts plenty of gorgeous scenery, highlighted by its big trees.
• Fowler Woods State Nature Preserve (Richland County) W.H. “Chip” Gross (email@example.com) is a member of Consolidated Cooperative and is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 13
WATERFURNACE UNITS QUALIFY FOR A 26% FEDERAL TAX CREDIT THROUGH 2020
THERE’S A TREASURE IN YOUR BACKYARD You may not realize it, but your home is sitting on a free and renewable supply of energy. A WaterFurnace geothermal comfort system taps into the stored solar energy in your own backyard to provide savings of up to 70% on heating, cooling and hot water. That’s money in the bank and a smart investment in your family’s comfort. Contact your local WaterFurnace dealer today to learn how to tap into your buried treasure.
visit us at waterfurnace.com WaterFurnace is a registered trademark of WaterFurnace International, Inc.
14 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
NEVER SEAL YOUR WOOD OR CONCRETE AGAIN
25% OFF WITH THIS AD
• We clean, restore & permanently preserve your product. • Prevents wood from rotting, decaying and further damage from moisture. • Repels mold, mildew & fungus growth. • Prevents concrete from pitting, ﬂaking, dusting and scaling. • Prevents salt & alkali damage. • Backed by technology.
YOUR LOCAL WATERFURNACE DEALERS Ashland Ashland Comfort Control (419) 281-0144
Dresden Federal Htg & Clg (740) 754-4328
Mansfield Eberts Energy Center (419) 589-2000
Sardis Brian’s Refrigeration (740) 934-2013
East Liberty Reliant Mechanical (937) 666-5800
Marion Wenig’s Inc. (740) 383-5012
Sidney Lochard Inc. (937) 492-8811
Findlay Knueve & Sons Inc. (419) 420-7638
Medina Sisler Heating (330) 722-7101
Groveport Patriot Air (614) 577-1577
Mt. Vernon Cosby Htg & Clg (740) 393-4328
Holgate Holgate Hardware (419) 264-3012
New Knoxville New Knoxville Supply (419) 753-2444
Coldwater Ray’s Refrigeration (419) 678-8711
Kalida Knueve & Sons Inc. (419) 420-7638
Bowling Green United Home Comfort (419) 352-7092 unitedhomecomfort.com
Canal Winchester Kessler Htg & Clg (614) 837-9961 kesslerheating.com
Chillicothe Accurate Htg & Clg (740) 775-5005 accurategeothermal.com
Cincinnati Bill Spade Htg & Clg (513) 941-0075
Columbus Geo Source One (614) 873-1140
Sarka Electric (419) 532-3492
Lancaster Fairfield Heating (740) 653-6421
Defiance Schlatters Plbg & Htg (419) 393-4690
Springfield Danco Enterprises (937) 969-8440 dancoenterprises.com
Toledo Overcashier & Horst (419) 841-3333 ohcomfort.com
Newark Hottinger Geothermal (740) 323-2330 hottingergeothermal.com
Portsmouth Accurate Htg & Clg (740) 353-4328
Waverly Combs Htg & A/C (740) 947-4061 combsgeopro.com
Wellington Wellington Indoor Comfort (440) 647-3421 Westerville Westin Air (614) 794-1259 geothermalcentralohio.com
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 15
Words of Wisdom Back finely etched with “I am so Proud to Call You My Grandson”
Grandson Pendant and Valet Box FREE Personalization FREE Deluxe Wooden Valet Box Solid Stainless Steel & 24K Gold Plating Meaningful Poem
A Custom Design Exclusively from The Bradford Exchange
A Meaningful Message for Your Grandson You have watched your wonderful grandson grow and change—and every moment has filled your life with joy. This personalized keepsake is a timeless gift for that special grandson—an everlasting reminder of your lessons in strength, love, faith, dignity, and in facing life’s challenges head on. The handcrafted solid stainless steel pendant is styled after a classic customized dog tag with raised, sculpted edges to give it a layered effect. Your grandson’s initials are etched front and center, and surrounded by accents ion-plated in 24K gold.
The back of the pendant is etched with the meaningful message, “I am so Proud to Call You My Grandson.” The pendant suspends from a 24" stainless steel chain and arrives in a deluxe wooden valet box. It’s a wonderful way to let your grandson know just how much you care.
An Exclusive Design with a FREE Valet Box! This pendant with deluxe valet box is a remarkable value at just $89.99*, and you can pay for it in 3 easy installments of $30.00. To reserve yours, backed by our 120-day guarantee, send no money now; just mail in the Priority Reservation today!
order today at bradfordexchange.com/28075 PRIORITY RESERVATION
SEND NO MONEY NOW Signature
LIMITED-TIME OFFER Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, firstserved basis. So please respond as soon as possible to reserve your “Words of Wisdom” Grandson Pendant & Valet Box.
©2019 The Bradford Exchange 01-28075-001-BIPR
Mrs. Mr. Ms. Name (Please Print Clearly)
P.O. Box 806, Morton Grove, IL 60053-0806
YES. Please reserve the “Words of Wisdom” Grandson Pendant & Valet Box for me as described in this announcement, City in the quantity indicated below. (Please print initials below). E-Mail (Optional) ❑ 1 Pendant
❑ 2 Pendants
16 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
*Plus a total of $9.98 shipping and service (see bradfordexchange.com). Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery after initial payment for shipment of your jewelry. Sales subject to product availability and order acceptance.
10 ⁄8 1013⁄16 3 10 ⁄4 101⁄2
table Ranch to The bounty of small farms in the state means the main ingredients for these meaty dishes are always right around the corner.
OINK MOO CLUCK FARMS MOROCCAN POT ROAST Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 7 to 9 hours | Servings: 8 1 large yellow onion, diced 11/2 cups water 2 tablespoons olive oil 11/2 teaspoons salt 3 tablespoons paprika 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Price 2 tablespoons garam masala 3 pounds boneless beef chuck roast ❏ 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 5 medium multicolored carrots, cut diagonally 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained 1 small eggplant, cubed Logo & Address 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint ❏ drained and rinsed 6 ounces couscous, cooked Job 2 cubes beef bouillon Code In a skillet over medium heat, sauté onions in oil with paprika, 1 tablespoon garam
masala, and cayenne until tender. Transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker, then stir in
Tracking tomatoes, chickpeas, bouillon, and water. Sprinkle salt, black pepper, and remaining Code 1 tablespoon garam masala onto roast. Place in slow cooker. Add carrots and eggplant.
Cover and cook until meat and vegetables are tender, 7 to 9 hours. Remove roast from
Yellow slow cooker, break into pieces, then return to slow cooker for another 10 minutes. Snipe Sprinkle with mint and serve over couscous.
Per serving: 682 calories, 18 grams fat (5 grams saturated fat), 61 grams total carbohydrates, Shipping 15 grams fiber, 67 grams protein. Service
OINK MOO CLUCK FARMS is a third-generation, smallscale, family operation based in Sunbury, specializing in hogs, beef, and chickens. All butchering is done in-house, and products are available at eight farm markets around central Ohio and for limited home delivery. 614-427-9313; www. oinkmoocluckfarms.com.
10 ⁄4 3
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 17
STONEFIELD NATURALS PORK MEATBALL BAHN MI Prep: 25 minutes | Marinate: 1 hour | Cook: 10 minutes | Servings: 4 1 cup julienned carrots 2 tablespoons fish sauce 1 cup julienned daikon radish (white or purple) 2 teaspoons sugar 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon black pepper ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 2 teaspoons sesame oil 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound ground pork 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro 2 teaspoons Sriracha 3 scallions, chopped fine fresh baguette for 4 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapeno, seeded and thinly sliced 1 tablespoon Sriracha (hot chili sauce) fresh cilantro Toss the julienned carrots and radishes in a medium bowl with 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. Set aside for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. While that’s going, thoroughly combine all meatball ingredients (ground pork through cornstarch) in a bowl, then form into 16 meatballs. Place meatballs on a parchment-lined baking sheet and transfer to the freezer for 20 minutes. After the meatballs have been chilled, heat olive oil in a cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until browned on all sides and cooked through. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and 2 teaspoons Sriracha. Cut baguette into 4 pieces, then split open lengthwise, just enough to open, leaving the two pieces connected in the middle. Scoop out some bread from the middle to make room for sandwich fillings. Place on cookie sheet open side down and broil in the oven for 1 to 3 minutes, until lightly toasted. Spread mayonnaise on insides of bread. Fill each baguette with pickled vegetables, cooked meatballs, jalapeños, and cilantro sprigs. Serve hot. Per serving: 638 calories, 15 grams fat (3 grams saturated fat), 83 grams total carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, 41 grams protein. 18 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
Al Dolder had given up hog farming in the 1980s, but never lost the bug. “After the animals and farm equipment were sold, I missed the hogs and would sneak away to an occasional hog show or drive by a neighbor’s farm just to look at the hogs,” he says. He started up again in 2001, and today, Dolder’s Baltimore-based STONEFIELD NATURALS pork and organic vegetables are available at various farmers markets around the state, as well as through special orders. 740-862-3165; https:// stonefieldnaturals.wixsite. com/pork.
BROWN BROS. FARMS MARYLAND CHICKEN WINGS Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 30 minutes | Servings: 6 3 pounds chicken wings 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning, more for dusting cocktail sauce for dipping, optional Separate wings from drums by breaking the bone and cutting through the skin. Preheat oven to 425 F. Mix together flour, salt, and 1 tablespoon Old Bay together in a large bowl. Wash wings in cold water. Shake off excess water and toss in bowl with flour mixture to coat. Arrange wings in one layer on two baking sheets lined with aluminum foil. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. In the meantime, make sauce by melting butter in a small pot, whisking in 1 teaspoon Old Bay and lemon juice. Let cool to lukewarm. When wings are done, turn on the broiler. Flip wings on the baking sheet and broil 3–4 minutes, or until crispy. Toss wings in butter sauce and set on a plate. Dust with more Old Bay and serve with cocktail sauce. Per serving: 457 calories, 32 grams fat (14 grams saturated fat), 24 grams total carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 17 grams protein.
BROWN BROS. FARMS is a freerange poultry operation that started as an FFA project in Paris, Ohio, and now specializes in pastured chicken and turkey. Available at select farmers markets, for pickup at locations around the state during the holiday season, or for shipping nationwide. 330-771-2679; https://brownbrosfarmsllc.grazecart.com.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 19
PENCIL BISON RANCH BLOODY MARY KABOBS Prep: 10 minutes | Marinate: 24 to 48 hours | Cook: 5 minutes | Servings: 4 1 cup tomato juice 1 teaspoon black pepper (no salt) 1/2 teaspoon garlic 3 tablespoons ground powder horseradish 1 pound bison loin 3 tablespoons olive juice (sirloin steak), cut into pieces 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 pound grape tomatoes 2 tablespoons 8 dill pickle spears, cut Worcestershire sauce in half horizontally 1 teaspoon tabasco 8 large green olives 1 teaspoon celery seed Mix ingredients for marinade (tomato juice through garlic powder) in a medium bowl. Add bison meat and marinate in refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours. The longer it marinates, the more flavor the bison will absorb. Soak wooden skewers in water for 10 minutes. Preheat grill. Alternate skewering one piece of bison and one grape tomato (leaving room for olives and pickle spears once the skewers come off the grill). Place skewers on the grill until steak is cooked medium rare, about 3 to 5 minutes, flipping halfway through. Make sure the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 145 F. Remove from grill and add pickles and green olives to each skewer. Makes about 8 kabobs. Per serving: 233 calories, 8 grams fat (2 grams saturated fat), 11 grams total carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 27 grams protein.
HYPERLOCAL MEAT The herd at PENCIL BISON RANCH in Urbana has a heritage that can be traced to Custer State Park in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota — a lineage that owners Megan and Jeb Pencil say is historically known to produce highquality bison. Available at the ranch store (by appointment) and at various farmers markets around Dayton. 937-788-2333; https://pencilbisonranch.com.
20 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
PIONEER ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
MUTUAL AID: BENEFITING THE COMMUNITY AND OUR LINEMEN If you’ve been following along with co-op happenings, you’ve probably noticed that Pioneer linemen have been assisting with mutual aid on a more local level in the past year. So local, in fact, that we are actually helping restore power to the neighbors of our members — people in the same communities we serve. Pioneer assisted Dayton Power & Light on three occasions — in May following the Memorial Day tornadoes, at the end of December due to high winds, and in mid-January after a small tornado passed through Troy. Pioneer has been fortunate, to say the least, that a combination of luck with Mother Nature and solid preventive maintenance efforts have helped keep our outages in check and allowed us to provide mutual aid to our neighboring investor-owned utility. For Director of Operations and Safety Nick Berger, mutual aid is an opportunity to gain more experience and help people from our communities. “I think anytime you can help, it’s important to do so. One of the Seven Cooperative Principles is Concern for Community — they’re members of our community who need our help. Mutual aid opportunities are also a great training tool for the guys. We’re fairly young, and the more we’re out there troubleshooting and learning from experiences you don’t get from normal, everyday jobs is a plus. Giving them the opportunity to do that is a great benefit to each of them and Pioneer.” When mutual aid needs arise, DP&L will reach out to surrounding electric utilities to see if neighboring electric utility crews are available to help. When it’s possible, DP&L will keep Pioneer crews in the northern part of their territory and are willing
to quickly release any crews needed if an unexpected situation within our own service territory arises. Ron Salyer Their flexibility PRESIDENT & CEO allows us to have our crews back within an hour, in many cases, if our system would endure a high number of outages. As a matter of fact, January brought about the “perfect storm” of bad circumstances, resulting in a galloping conductor in the northern part of our territory. As our outages increased, we were able to bring crews back from DP&L and have them ready to repair any outages that remained after the winds slowed down. Additionally, local mutual aid assistance allows our crews opportunities for overtime as well as the chance to go home at the end of the day, sleep in their own beds, and see their families. Our linemen offered their thoughts on local mutual aid: “I like local mutual aid opportunities because you still get to go home, sleep in your bed, see your kids and wife. However, out-of-state aid has benefits, too.” – Randy Carahan, first class lineman “Mutual aid assistance is a great way to show Pioneer cares. If we have the manpower and our members are taken care of, we can help others too.” – Jacob Schlater, lineman trainee That seems to be the consensus among the linemen at Pioneer Electric — they continually strive to better serve the membership and the communities in which they work and live.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 21
SECOND CHANCE When Chad Gessler worked as a juvenile probation officer in Shelby County, he tried to be a strong male figure for the troubled youth he worked with — someone who they could talk to. It wasn’t long until he discovered his natural ability to get on their level and understand them. He found himself wondering what life would be like for these kids if he could change their environment. Years later, he would have the opportunity to do just that. Gessler was serving on the board of trustees for Clear Creek Farm, a nonprofit children’s home for emotionally or physically orphaned children. In 2011, he and fellow board members found themselves without an executive director. The board asked Gessler if he’d consider filling the role.
“What went through my mind was all those times when I asked myself what if I could get those kids in a different environment, and then I realized this was that environment,” says Gessler. Three weeks later, Gessler found himself sitting in the Clear Creek Farm executive director chair with the opportunity to change lives.
In the early 1980s, Clear Creek Farm, which is served by Pioneer Electric, was the vision of a group of school board members from Shelby and Miami counties. They wanted to create a home for orphaned children who needed emotional, physical, spiritual, and moral support. The board members approached local businessman and philanthropist Paul G. Duke with the idea. He not only supported the organization through involvement, but also financially. “Paul Duke has been a blessing to this place since the beginning,” says Gessler. “Clear Creek Farm was not government funded; it was not state funded — it was Paul Duke funded.” In 1980, Clear Creek Farm was established as a corporation. The first home was built in 1983, and the first kids moved in in 1984. A second house was built in 1986, each with space for 10 children. A majority of the kids who come to Clear Creek Farm are from counties in and around Shelby County, although the organization does accept children from any county in
22 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
the state of Ohio. Clear Creek Farm is licensed to take 6- to 18-year olds. Today, the average age of children at Clear Creek Farm is typically 14–15, with the youngest in the past decade being just 8 years old. Clear Creek Farm was founded on the idea that love, support, and guidance is what every child needs to be successful. When Clear Creek Farm began, they could take children without question, and there was no fee. “At that time, they did not come through the juvenile court system or child services,” says Gessler. “We, as a corporation, have had to adjust our approach as the times have changed.” A low census in 2009 and 2010 forced Clear Creek Farm to close one of their two homes. They needed to change their way of thinking to remain relevant, says Gessler, and that’s what they did. Today, when Clear Creek Farm receives a referral, Gessler and the lodge program coordinator meet with the individual for at least one hour, which helps them get to know the individual and the goals he/she has set for him/herself. “If we can find something in those interviews that tells us the kids want something better for themselves, that they have some goals, we’ll give them a shot,” says Gessler. “I tell them ‘if you come to Clear Creek, you’re going to be given an opportunity, and it’s going to be up to you what you do with it.’” If the child decides to come to Clear Creek Farm, Gessler and the other employees work to set up schooling as well as doctor, dentist, and eye appointments and counseling. They also make an individualized plan for the child, which is reevaluated and discussed every 90 days with them. “In many cases, the kids that come here are school credit deficient,” says Gessler. “We try to do everything that we can to get them caught up and on the right track as quickly as possible.” Children who stay at Clear Creek Farm attend Hardin Houston Schools and are often encouraged to attend Upper Valley Career Center (UVCC) in Piqua. “We tell them to pick a trade, because there are a lot of good jobs in trades right now,” says Gessler. “If they graduate from UVCC, they can start working right away or transfer to college if they want to.”
In 2011, they reopened their second home by establishing their lodge program, which is a stabilization program that all children who go to Clear Creek Farm are required to attend. The program includes three phases that can take between nine months and a year to complete. In the lodge program, employees work with the kids and focus on behavior and academics. “Every kid starts in the lodge program, and when they graduate, they get to decide whether they want to try foster care, live with family — if they have that option — or live in our other house here,” says Gessler. “If they choose to stay here, they are encouraged to look for part-time work and go do normal things.” The other home on the property is staffed by fulltime house parents, who are essentially foster parents on Clear Creek Farm property. Children who stay here are encouraged to get jobs and participate in extracurricular activities. The house parents make themselves available to transport the children wherever they need to go. How long they stay tends to vary. “We’ve had one stay for six years, others have been here for two to four,” says Gessler. No matter how long they stay, one of Clear Creek Farm’s main goals is to help prepare the children to return to their homes if they can. “We don’t recreate the wheel out here,” says Gessler. “We’re a safe place that tries to give kids a second chance.” Clear Creek Farm is governed by an 11-person board and employs 17 people. Fourteen of them work directly with the children either on a full- or part-time basis. “I occasionally have to remind the employees that sometimes it’s the small things — change isn’t immediate; it’s a process,” says Gessler. In addition to the Paul Duke Endowment, Clear Creek Farm receives private donations and holds an annual fundraiser called the Buckeye Bash, typically in September or October in coordination with an Ohio State Buckeyes football game. “Love, support, and guidance — that’s what every child needs to be successful,” says Gessler.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 22A
JOIN US FOR OUR
84TH ANNUAL MEETING For a complete recap of 2019 and what we look forward to in 2020, we invite you to join us for our 84th annual meeting of members on Saturday, March 28, from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. at Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua. Members who attend will receive a $10 bill credit, breakfast, and a chance to win one of eight additional bill credits for attending.
AGENDA + ACTIVITIES 8:15 a.m. Doors open 8:15–9 a.m. Pioneer displays available 8:30–10 a.m. Breakfast 9–10:30 a.m. Business meeting 2019 overview, board election results,
code change proposal
LET US KNOW IF YOU’LL BE JOINING US FOR BREAKFAST AND A COOPERATIVE UPDATE! CALL 800-762-0997 OR EMAIL RSVP@ PIONEEREC.COM TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT BY FRIDAY, MARCH 13!
2020 BOARD ELECTION TRUSTEES + COUNTY BOARD In mid-February, you should have received your 2020 board of trustees and county board election ballots. As a consumer-member of Pioneer Electric, you have the opportunity to elect trustees who represent your interests on the cooperative’s boards. This year, by participating in the board election, you will be helping to select at least two new board trustees to fill the seats of two retiring, term-limited board members — Ron Bair of Miami County and Ron Clark of Champaign County, who have each served for 21 years. Members are encouraged to vote online at www.pioneerec.com or by mail. Results will be announced at Pioneer’s annual meeting on March 28.
DEADLINE TO VOTE IS
MARCH 20! 22B OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
84th annual members’ meeting of Pioneer Electric March 4, 2020 Dear Member: This is your official notice of the Annual Meeting of Members of Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. at Upper Valley Career Center, Piqua, Ohio on Saturday, March 28, 2020 for the following purposes: 1. To hear reports of officers and management. 2. To elect trustees to fill three vacancies. The three terms that expire this year, with the candidates for election, are: Champaign District — Ron Clark. Candidates: Mark Petty and John Vulgamore Miami District — Ron Bair. Candidates: Levi Long and Wade Wilhelm Shelby District — Roger Bertke. Candidates: Roger Bertke and Roger Wehrman Each member (husband or wife) has one vote for each trustee to be elected, one in Champaign District, one in Miami District, one in Shelby District. 3. To vote on recommendations of the Board of Trustees for certain proposed amendments to the cooperative’s Code of Regulations as set forth in the January 2020 issue of Ohio Cooperative Living magazine. 4. To conduct such other business as may properly come before the annual meeting of members. — Terrence Householder, Secretary, Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. OFFICIAL NOTICE 84th Annual Members’ Meeting of Champaign County District Nominating Committee of Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. March 4, 2020 Dear Member: This is your official notice of the Annual Meeting of Members of the Champaign County District Nominating Committee of Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. at Upper Valley Career Center, Piqua, Ohio on Saturday, March 28, 2020 for the purpose of electing trustees and to transact such other business as may properly come before this meeting. Candidates to fill four vacancies on the Champaign County Board in the following geographical areas are: Area 1 — Juanita Weeks, 5439 County Road 64, DeGraff; Connie ‘CJ’ Wilson, 1579 North State Route 560, Urbana Area 2 — Alex Ward, 7041 Old Troy Pike, St. Paris; Ward Wildman, 1518 Childrens Home Road, Urbana Area 3 — Dawn Hodson, 5156 Flatfoot Road, Cable; Steve Yocom, 2272 Kennard Kingscreek Road, Urbana Area 4 — Jon Berry, 857 South Mutual Union Road, Cable; James Cole, 177 McAdams Road, Cable —Matthew W. Bugg, Secretary, Champaign County District Nominating Committee of Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. OFFICIAL NOTICE 84th Annual Members’ Meeting of Miami County District Nominating Committee of Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. March 4, 2020 Dear Member: This is your official notice of the Annual Meeting of Members of the Miami County District Nominating Committee of Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. at Upper Valley Career Center, Piqua, Ohio on Saturday, March 28, 2020 for the purpose of electing trustees and to transact such other business as may properly come before this meeting. Candidates to fill four vacancies on the Miami County Board in the following geographical areas are: Area 5 — Julie Probst, 5790 Springcreek Stringtown Road, Piqua; Teri Slover, 6670 Union Shelby Road, Piqua Area 6 — Dean McClurg, 1730 Raymond Drive, Tipp City; Julie Trick, 11943 Dog Leg Road, Tipp City Area 7 — Thomas Maxson 2635 North Alcony-Conover Road, Casstown; Robert Quinton, 2335 Rudy Road, Troy Area 8 — Robert Lawson, 7805 Singer Road, Dayton; James Sommer, 5377 Rudy Road, Tipp City —James L. Henry, Secretary, Miami County District Nominating Committee of Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. OFFICIAL NOTICE 84th Annual Members’ Meeting of Shelby County District Nominating Committee of Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. March 4, 2020 Dear Member: This is your official notice of the Annual Meeting of Members of the Shelby County District Nominating Committee of Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. at Upper Valley Career Center, Piqua, Ohio on Saturday, March 28, 2020 for the purpose of electing trustees and to transact such other business as may properly come before this meeting. Candidates to fill four vacancies on the Shelby County Board in the following geographical areas are: Area 9 — Vernon Ahrns, 7733 Galley Road, Fort Loramie; Josh Siegel, 2980 Cardo Road, Fort Loramie Area 10 — Robert Crump, 327 State Route 66, Piqua; Roger Lentz, 10603 Kuther Road, Anna Area 11 — Joshua Berning, 13401 Bornhorst Road, Anna; Tom Berning, 8845 Cottonwood Trail, Anna Area 12 — Jon Everett, 747 Caven Road, Conover; Patsy Guenthner, 200 Bulle Road, Piqua —Daniel L. Knasel, Secretary, Shelby County District Nominating Committee of Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 22C
Bair, Clark retire from board after 21 years Ron Bair of Casstown and Ron Clark of Urbana will retire from the Pioneer board of trustees on March 28 at Pioneer’s 84th annual meeting of members. They have reached their term limits, each serving the cooperative for 21 years as a board trustee. Ron Bair became aware of the Pioneer board when he was 23 years old. His father, Paul Bair, was elected to the Miami County board (1972–73) and served 24 years on the board of trustees — that was before term limits were put in place. “My dad would often talk about what it was like to be on the board, of course, never sharing any of the details,” says Bair. “I thought it sounded like something I might have interest in doing.” In 1993, Bair was elected to the Miami County board before being elected to the board of trustees in 1999. He held the board treasurer position for the past 12 years.
“It’s been a pleasure RETIRING BOARD TRUSTEE working with the board and management staff, and while we don’t often interact with the other employees, every time I have, it’s been a pleasure,” says Bair. Bair says throughout his 21 years of service, board trainings, conferences, and meetings became part of his routine. “I never felt like being on the board infringed on my time, I just rearranged things to accommodate it,” says Bair. Bair will miss the inside information necessary for decision-making and the relationships built with the co-op family — local, statewide, regional, and national. “Ron [Bair] has been a steady hand in his duties on the board,” says President and CEO Ron Salyer. “Mr. Bair always had the unique ability to pick the right moment to make a comment to help the board. I will miss his presence on the board as we transition to the future.”
22D OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
Ron Clark’s involvement with the co-op began as a Champaign County board member in 989. He held that position for a decade before being elected to the board of trustees in 1999. He held the board chair position for the past 16 years. “Ron [Clark] has been a great Ron Clark leader transitioning Pioneer RETIRING BOARD TRUSTEE through a time of board turnover the last several years. Knowing he was reaching his term limit, he embraced the challenge to ensure Pioneer, the management staff, and board thrived through this healthy process of change,” says Salyer. “I am thankful for his leadership and dedication to Pioneer from his time on the county board to his seven terms on the Pioneer Board of Trustees.” Clark will admit that when he was first approached to join the county board 31 years ago, he didn’t know much about the responsibilities associated with the board. “After I learned more about it, I thought it might be something I’d be interested in,” says Clark. He encourages anyone with an interest to get involved with one of the boards and learn more about it. Clark will miss the board, management staff, and employees at Pioneer. He looks forward to focusing some of his free time on his new role as bowling coach at Urbana High School. He says that although his time on the board is ending, he will continue to follow what’s going on at the co-op closely. “I’m glad to have been a part of it,” says Clark. “I’ve learned a lot and there’s a lot of camaraderie among the board.” Clark also hopes to enhance the connection between Pioneer’s trustees emeriti and spouses by planning regular outings following his retirement. “I know both Ron Bair and Ron Clark will continue to support us as Pioneer continues to strive to provide the best services possible to our members,” says Salyer. “I can’t thank them enough for a job well done!”
CONSIDER THESE THREE THINGS WHEN PURCHASING A
FURNACE & AIR CONDITIONER Selecting a new heating and cooling system is not a fun task or expense. Many times, it’s very overwhelming: where to start, where to look, what type, what brand — the list goes on. You may end up just choosing the cheapest option out of convenience. But when 48% of energy used in a typical U.S. household comes from heating and cooling systems, it’s crucial to carefully research and consider this investment as you would a car or house.
Energy efficiency ratings Energy efficiency ratings of air conditioning systems (measured in SEER: seasonal energy efficiency ratio) and gas furnaces (measured in AFUE: annual fuel utilization efficiency) determine how efficient the systems are. On a basic level, the higher the number, the more efficient the system is — much like the MPGs with your car. The U.S. Department of Energy requires all air conditioning systems to be 13 SEER and gas furnaces to be 80% AFUE at minimum (these vary depending on location). High-performing conventional air conditioners reach 20 SEER and gas furnaces reach 98% AFUE. This is usually the stopping point for many people in their search, but it shouldn’t be. Geothermal has an efficiency rating of 500%, which is why the EPA says geothermal heat pumps are the most energy-efficient way to heat and cool.
Energy prices When energy prices are low, it’s tempting to think short term and choose a system that’s cheap with a lower installation cost, but keep in mind — cheaper is almost never better in the end. In this case, a traditional furnace and central air conditioning system will have lower efficiencies and a life span of approximately 15 years. So for about 15 years — give our take — you will have to constantly deal with
the fluctuation of energy prices and the increased maintenance at the end of the system’s lifecycle. A geothermal system has a life span of 20 to 25 years with ground loops that can last 100+ years, and you do not have to worry about volatile energy costs because the technology of a geothermal heat pump makes it provide up to 4 units of heating/cooling free for every 1 unit of electricity used. With geothermal, your energy rate will never be dramatically influenced by energy pricing.
Properly sized equipment One common problem that increases energy costs associated with heating and cooling systems is oversized equipment. When the furnace and air conditioner is oversized, the systems will experience cycling loss, which decreases the level of comfort in your home and creates a bigger bill for you at the end of the month. This is why discussing heating and cooling system options, as well as sizing suggestions, with your installer is important. With geothermal, contractors match the load of your home to its heating and cooling requirements. This eliminates cycling loss, creates a much higher level of comfort, and reduces your monthly bill. On average, Americans spend 4,000 to 6,000 hours per year in their home, and heating and cooling costs are the biggest energy expense for homeowners, accounting for almost half of the energy used in homes. Selecting the right heating and cooling system is an investment in your home and family.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 23
Local students selected to attend Youth Tour Felix Bulcher and Nelson Lair have been selected to attend Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives annual Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., from June 19 to 25, 2020. Bulcher, son of Cletus and Bernice Bulcher of Fort Loramie, is a sophomore at Seton Home School. “I’m looking forward to going to the sites and the monuments,” says Bulcher. “I really like American history and Civil War history.”
Nelson Lair, son of Andrew and Melinda Lair of Casstown, is a junior at Troy Christian High School. “I’ve never been to D.C., but I enjoy traveling and meeting new people,” says Lair. In addition to starting his own wedding videography Nelson Lair business, he plays JUNIOR, TROY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL soccer, is a student council representative, and is on the speech and debate club.
Bulcher is SOPHOMORE, SETON HOME SCHOOL employed at Meyer Organic Farm in Fort Loramie, is a member of Brotherhood of Virtue, and participates on the Fort Loramie High School bowling team. He looks forward to gaining public speaking skills and leadership qualities through this trip.
PIONEER RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.
The Youth Tour is a leadership program sponsored by Pioneer Electric Cooperative that gives high school students the opportunity to meet with their congressional leaders at the U.S. Capitol, learn more about the cooperative business model, and see many of the famous Washington, D.C., sights.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Ronald P. Clark CONTACT
Colleen R. Eidemiller First Vice Chair
Mark A. Bailey MAIN OFFICE
Second Vice Chair
344 West U.S. Route 36 Piqua, Ohio 45356
Terrence A. Householder Secretary
Ron L. Bair
Orville J. Bensman Harold T. Covault Donald D. DeWeese Dwain E. Hollingsworth Douglas A. Hurst Edward P. Sanders Paul R. Workman Donald K. Zerkle Trustees Emeritus
767 Three Mile Road Urbana, Ohio 43078
Ronald P. Salyer
Roger J. Bertke Ted R. Black Duane L. Engel John I. Goettemoeller
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
24 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
HAVE A STORY SUGGESTION?
Email your ideas to: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUPER COUPON 1,000+ Stores Nationwide • HarborFreight.com
Handle and Protective Shroud
20 GALLON, 135 PSI OIL-LUBE AIR COMPRESSOR NOW
$ 99 SAVE $ 75 199
ITEM 56241/64857 shown
POWDER-FREE 12¢ NITRILE GLOVES PER PAIR PACK OF 100 • 5 mil thickness NOW
ITEM 37050, 64417, 61363, 68496, 68497, 61360, 61359, 68498, 64418 shown
Item 64446, 64443, 64133, 64954, 64955, 64956
ITEM 69594/69955/64284/42292 shown
• 250 lb. capacity YOUR CHOIRCE OF COLO
SAVE 50% $3999
ITEM 56719 ITEM 63066/62314 shown
*29317578 * 29317578
*29324963 * 29324963
*29330110 * 29330110
LIMIT 5 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
LIMIT 1 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
LIMIT 5 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
LIMIT 3 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
SAVE $ 91
SUPER Customer Rating COUPON
RAPID PUMP 1.5 TON LIGHTWEIGHT ALUMINUM FLOOR JACK • Weighs 33 lbs. 99 NOW $
72" x 80" MOVING BLANKET
130 PIECE TOOL KIT WITH CASE
BLUE HAWK $ 99
K TOOL $ 42
99 COMPARE TO
ITEM 69505/62418/66537 shown
ITEM 64552/64832/64980/64545 shown
SAVE 54% $3999
ITEM 68998/63248/64080/64263/63091 shown
4-1/2" ANGLE GRINDER
PERFORMAX $ 99
9 1499 $9
*29332823 * 29332823
*29336410 * 29336410
*29340455 * 29340455
LIMIT 2 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
LIMIT 4 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
LIMIT 2 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
LIMIT 4 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
40V LITHIUM-ION 14" BRUSHLESS CHAINSAW
• 16 ft. of white LEDs
WIRELESS SECURITY 1750 PSI ELECTRIC ALERT SYSTEM PRESSURE WASHER
SAVE 75% $
SAVE $ 49
ITEM 63941/62533/64625/68353 shown
18999 $1 49
ITEM 64715/64478/63287 shown
99 vFIRST ALERT $ 32 99 SAVE 69% COMPARE TO
• 1.3 GPM • Adjustable spray nozzle
Customer Rating Cust
44 SAVE $94 BRIGGS & $ STRATTON MODEL: 20600 ITEM 63255/63254 shown COMPARE TO
ITEM 61910/62447/93068 shown
*29341448 * 29341448
*29346325 * 29346325
*29392337 * 29392337
*29367575 * 29367575
LIMIT 5 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
LIMIT 1 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
LIMIT 5 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
LIMIT 1 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
6.5 HP (212 cc) OHV HORIZONTAL SHAFT GAS ENGINE NOW
TRIPLE BALL TRAILER HITCH
HONDA $ 99
SAVE $ 230
ITEM 60363/69730 shown ITEM 68121/69727 CALIFORNIA ONLY
REESE TOWPOWER $ 99
4375 WATT MAX. STARTING EXTRA LONG LIFE GAS POWERED • 16 hour run time GENERATOR NOW Customer Rating
$1 9 SAVE 66% $
ITEM 64311/64286 shown
Wheel kit sold separately.
SAVE 1,739 $
ITEM 63963/63962 shown ITEM 63960/63961, CALIFORNIA ONLY
*29387938 * 29387938
*29388208 * 29388208
LIMIT 1 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
LIMIT 4 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
LIMIT 1 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
*29387606 * 29387606
*Original coupon only. No use on prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase or without original receipt. Valid through 5/2/20.
ITEM 69645/60625 shown
*29330241 * 29330241
SOLAR ROPE LIGHT
*29307278 * 29307278
Limit 1 coupon per customer per day. Save 20% on any 1 item purchased. *Cannot be used with other discount, coupon or any of the following items or brands: Inside Track Club membership, Extended Service Plan, gift card, open box item, 3 day Parking Lot Sale item, compressors, floor jacks, safes, storage cabinets, chests or carts, trailers, welders, Admiral, Ames, Atlas, Bauer, Central Machinery, Cobra, CoverPro, Daytona, Diamondback, Earthquake, Fischer, Hercules, Icon, Jupiter, Lynxx, Poulan, Predator, Tailgator, Viking, Vulcan, Zurich. Not valid on prior purchases. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 5/2/20.
*29315121 * 29315121 ®
AVAIL. IN SM, MED, LG, XL, XXL
AUTOMATIC HEAVY DUTY BATTERY FLOAT FOLDABLE ALUMINUM CHARGER SPORTS CHAIRS
VENOM $ 97
44" x 22" DOUBLE BANK EXTRA DEEP CABINETS YOUR CHOICE OF 6 COLORS
*29288737 * 29288737 Cannot be used with other discounts or prior purchases. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 5/2/20 while supplies last. Limit 1 FREE GIFT per customer per day.
LIMIT 1 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
• Super-Strong, Ultra-Lightweight Composite Plastic • Magnetic Base & 360° Swivel Hook for Hands-Free Operation • 3-AAA Batteries (included) • 144 Lumens
ITEM 63878/63991 COMPARE TO $ 52 64005/60566/69567 PERFORMANCE MODEL: W2364 63601/67227 shown TOOL
Rubber Foot Stabilizers
*29309378 * 29309378
WITH ANY PURCHASE
SUPER BRIGHT LED/SMD WORK LIGHT/FLASHLIGHT
ALL IN A SINGLE SUPER POWERFUL LIGHT
Large Rubber Wheels
Easy Access Drain Valve
$ 99 PORTER-CABLE MODEL: 118903799
135 MAX PSI 1.6 Running HP 4.0 SCFM Oil Lube Pump
Powerful Induction Motor “Won’t trip your breaker”
Ideal for Impact Wrench, Finish & Brad Nailers, Stapling, All Purpose Spray Gun & Blow Guns
OVER 5,000 5 STAR REVIEWS Customer Rating
16 OZ. HAMMERS WITH FIBERGLASS HANDLE Customer Rating
SAVE 70% COMPARE TO
KOBALT $ 98
Item 47873 shown TYPE CLAW RIP
$ 49 ITEM 69006/60715/60714/47872 69005/61262/47873
*29389460 * 29389460 LIMIT 4 - Coupon valid through 5/2/20*
At Harbor Freight Tools, the “Compare to” price means that the specified comparison, which is an item with the same or similar function, was advertised for sale at or above the “Compare to” price by another national retailer in the U.S. within the past 90 days. Prices advertised by others may vary by location. No other meaning of “Compare to” should be implied. For more information, go to HarborFreight.com or see store associate.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 25
SHERIFF MAUDE MAKES HISTORY Vinton County’s Maude Collins was the first woman in Ohio to be elected sheriff. BY BRIAN ALBRIGHT
n November 1927, Edgar Foy and Rose Waldron were delivered to the Ohio State Penitentiary for their part in a violent robbery. They were also inadvertent witnesses to a nearly forgotten moment in Ohio history: They were the first prisoners ever escorted to the penitentiary by a woman — Maude Collins, the first woman in state history to be elected sheriff. Originally appointed to the job after her husband, Vinton County Sheriff Fletcher Collins, was murdered, Sheriff Maude (as she was called) was elected by an impressive majority the following year. During her groundbreaking tenure, Maude Collins not only transported a fair number of prisoners, she also took down moonshine stills, investigated five murders, and even took the former marshal of Hamden into custody after he was convicted of killing a suspect.
Widow with a badge Born in 1893, Maude Collins was the granddaughter of Randall McCoy, patriarch of the McCoy clan during its infamous feud with the Hatfields. Maude’s husband, Fletcher, was a former Navy fireman and a popular sheriff. Fletcher, however, was shot in October 1925 while attempting to serve an arrest warrant, leaving Maude to raise their five children alone. When the local coroner (next in line for the position of sheriff) turned down the job,
26 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
Maude Collins (above and at right on the top photo, opposite page) was the first woman to be elected as a county sheriff in Ohio. She first got the job when she inherited it from her husband after he was killed while in office, but was reelected in a landslide and later elected as the county’s clerk of courts.
Ohio’s trailblazing sheriffs Maude Collins’ election was a first in Ohio, but she was almost forgotten outside of Vinton County until 1976, when Kathy Crumbley was elected sheriff of Belmont County, and folks there claimed she was Ohio’s first female elected sheriff. Officials in Vinton County wanted to set the record straight. “After they made a big deal about the Belmont County election, we wanted to make sure people knew about Maude Collins,” says Deanna Tribe of the Vinton County Historical and Genealogical Society. “We didn’t want to create a big fuss, but we wanted the stories to be accurate.”
county officials offered the post to Maude. It was not uncommon at the time for widows to inherit political positions — typically to hold the post for the local political party until the next election. With her husband gone, Maude’s decision to carry on as sheriff likely was a financial one. In Vinton County, the sheriff’s house was adjacent to the jail, and as the sheriff’s wife, Maude would have served as the jail matron, feeding prisoners, cleaning the jail, handling paperwork, and taking care of female prisoners. “When Fletcher was murdered, the county commissioners appointed Maude as sheriff. Had she turned them down, she and her five children would have lost the roof over their heads, and she would have had no other way to support them,” says author Jane Ann Turzillo, who wrote about Collins in her book, Wicked Women of Ohio.
Crumbley, like Collins, has a fascinating story. She was the only female sheriff in the nation when she took office, and gained fame not only for her barrier-breaking election but also for her outspoken personality and her imposing physical presence (she was over 6 feet tall). She demonstrated judo holds on Johnny Carson during an appearance on The Tonight Show, and at one point was even in discussions with Paramount Studios to develop a TV series based on her life story. After serving one term, she later worked as a fraud investigator for the Belmont County Department of Jobs and Family Services. She died in 2011. It would be another 40 years before another woman was elected as sheriff in Ohio. Deb Burchett was elected in Clark County in 2016, and is still the only woman serving as a sheriff in the Buckeye State.
Sheriff Maude served out the last year of her husband’s term and then made the unprecedented decision to run for re-election. Women had only recently gained the right to vote, and while women had made some inroads in law enforcement elsewhere, the few who had been appointed sheriff via widow’s succession had always left the post when their terms were up. In the 1926 election, Collins handily beat her opponent in the Democratic primary (winning 964 votes to 232), and received nearly 60% of the vote in the general election. Continued on page 28
Kathy Crumbley of Belmont County gained fame in the 1970s, when she was the nation’s only woman serving as a sheriff.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 27
Illegal moonshine operations such as this one were among the primary crimes investigated by Maude Collins in her time as Vinton County sheriff. Collins has her own section in Jane Ann Turzillo’s Wicked Women of Ohio.
Continued from page 27
Moonshine and murder Vinton County is a largely rural area with a relatively small population, but Collins’ time as sheriff was far from easy. Prohibition was in full swing, and while moonshine stills had always been common in southeast Ohio, illegal liquor operations in the region had grown in scale and scope and brought an increase in violence. Collins investigated at least five homicides while sheriff. The most notorious of those came in 1927 when Sarah Stout, the wife of local farmer William Stout, was murdered. Collins arrested Stout’s son, Arthur, for the murder of his stepmother that winter. A few months later, after William Stout himself went missing, Collins determined that Arthur Stout’s teenage girlfriend, Inez Palmer, had murdered the elder stout. Collins’ investigation showed that Palmer bludgeoned Stout to death, donned his boots to create footprints in order to fake his disappearance, forged a will, and then dropped his body down a well. The lurid case received attention around the state and nationwide, and it was through reports on the Palmer case that Turzillo first discovered Maude Collins. “The first thing I saw when I started to research the murders was Maude’s picture — the one of her in the Annie Oakley hat,” Turzillo says. “There was something about her expression that drew me to her. There was a confidence there, even a bit of haughtiness, and, of course, the fact that she was the first female sheriff in Ohio.”
28 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
After Collins’ time as sheriff, she was elected twice to the position of clerk of courts in Vinton County, and then served as a matron at the Columbus State School. She later moved to California, but eventually returned to Ohio, where she died in 1972. She is buried in Hamden Cemetery, next to her husband. Collins’ story was presented as a play by the Ohio History Center in 2014 and was given even more exposure via Turzillo’s book. Sheriff Maude was also elected to the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2000.
“I haven’t been this excited since I got my first bicycle!” Introducing ZOOMER!
The portable, folding, battery-powered chair that offers easy one-handed operation Sturdy & Lightweight Frame
One-touch Folding Comfortable Seating
Joystick Control (adaptable left or right)
Remember when you were a child and got your first bicycle? I do. It gave me a sense of independence… I felt like I could go anywhere, and it was so much easier and more enjoyable than walking. Well, at my age, that bike wouldn’t do me much good. Fortunately, there’s a new invention that gives me the freedom and independence to go wherever I want… safely and easily. It’s called the Zoomer, and it’s changed my life. If you are one of the countless Americans who need a little help getting around, there is a safe, simple and easyto-use solution… the Zoomer. It is propelled by small yet powerful dual motors for speeds of 3.7 miles per hour over a variety of terrains, on up to a 10 degree incline. Its innovative airline-safe Lithium Ion battery enables you to go 8 miles on a single charge, and the automatic electromagnetic brakes let you stop on a dime.
Powerful Battery/ Dual Motors
10” Non-Marking Tires
8” Non-Marking Tires
Swivel Away Footrest
The secret to the Zoomer is its intuitive steering system. You operate it with a simple-to-use joystick, giving you precision maneuverability and the ability to navigate tight spaces easily with a 25” turning radius. It is designed to let you pull right up to a table or desk. You no longer have to move to another chair to work or eat at your table. Joystick conveniently rolls beneath table or desk
12” Folds to 12”
What’s more, it folds up easily so it can fit in a trunk or a back seat. Why spend another day watching life pass you by, when instead you could be Zooming around! Call now and a knowledgeable, friendly Zoomer expert will tell you all about it. You’ll be glad you did.
Easy to use joystick control
Ready to get your own Zoomer? We’d love to talk to you. Call now toll free and order one today!
The Zoomer Chair is a personal electric vehicle and is not a medical device nor a wheelchair. Zoomer is not intended for medical purposes to provide mobility to persons restricted to a sitting position. It is not covered by Medicare nor Medicaid. © 2020 first STREET for Boomers and Beyond, Inc.
Please mention code 112644 when ordering.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 29
KILL LAKE WEEDS Before
10 lb. bag treats up to 4,000 sq.ft. $94.00. 50 lb. bag treats up to 20,000 sq.ft. $345.00.
FREE SHIPPING! Certified and approved for use by state agencies. State permit may be required. Registered with the Federal E.P.A.
KillLakeWeeds.com Order online today, or request free information.
Our 65th year
PO Box 10748, DEPT 365 White Bear Lake, MN 55110-0748
The Power of Dreams
Through Honda’s History of Innovation.
Visit HondaHeritageCenter.com for hours and information. Admission is free. 24025 Honda Parkway Marysville, Ohio 43040 937.644.6888 HondaHeritageCenter
Reach 300,000 of your best customers OHIO
COOPERATIVE Adams Rural Electric Cooperative
Mention this ad to receive a FREE GIFT.
Dogs’ best friend Road-tripping for rescues
SCOTTAmerica’s ANTIQUE MARKETS Favorite Treasure Hunts! TM
ALSO INSIDE BrewDog’s accommodations
Ohio’s historic Big Buck Club
Healing, growth for the incarcerated
WHERE ONLINE SELLERS GO TO BUY!
OHIO EXPO CENTER - COLUMBUS, OH
ATLANTA EXPO CENTERS - ATLANTA, GA
2020 Shows MAR 28 & 29 NOV 28 & 29
2020 Shows MAR 12 - 15 JUN 11 - 14 SEP 10 - 13 DEC 10 - 13 APR 9 - 12 JUL 9 - 12 OCT 8 - 11 MAY 7 - 10 AUG 6 - 9 NOV 12 - 15
800-1,200 Exhibit Booths!
DEC 19 & 20
Show Hours: Sat. 9am - 6pm & Sun. 10am - 4pm
Show Hours: Thurs. 10:45am - 6pm, Fri. & Sat. 9am - 6pm, Sun. 10am - 4pm
Directions: I-71 Exit 111 (E 17th Avenue) to Ohio Expo Center.
Directions: 3 miles East of Atlanta Airport, I-285 at Exit 55 (3650 & 3850 Jonesboro Rd SE)
30 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
Ohio Cooperative Living has been a valued presence in rural Ohio homes and businesses for the past 60 years. 83.4% of our readers have taken action from something they have seen in Ohio Cooperative Living.
Clip this offer to apply for coverage!
Now, from United of Omaha Life Insurance Company and Companion Life Insurance Company...
Whole Life Insurance. Are you between the ages of 45 and 85*? Then this GUARANTEED ACCEPTANCE policy is for YOU! >> Choose from 4 benefit levels - up to $25,000! >> Rates “lock-in” at the age you apply - never go up again! >> Call for your FREE all-by-mail application packet! >> Call TOLL-FREE
Or apply online at
NO medical exam!
NO health questions!
Plus... Proceeds paid directly to your beneficiary Builds cash value and is renewable up to age 100!**... Then automatically pays YOU full benefit amount!*** Policy cannot be canceled – EVER – because of changes in health!
Why this policy? Why now? Our graded death benefit whole life insurance policy can be used to pay funeral costs, final medical expenses...or other monthly bills. You know how important it can be to help protect your family from unnecessary burdens after you pass away. Maybe your own parents or loved one did the same for you. OR, maybe they DIDN’T and you sure wish they would have! The important thing is that, right now, you can make a decision that could help make a difficult time a little easier for your loved ones. It’s a responsible, caring and affordable decision. And, right now, it’s something you can do with one simple phone call. You may have been putting off purchasing life insurance, but you don’t have to wait another day. This offer is a great opportunity to help start protecting your family today.
Your affordable monthly rate will “lock-in” at your application age* ... $3,000.00 Benefit
Age 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80-85
Male $10.45 $11.50 $14.20 $17.20 $20.50 $27.40 $37.00 $50.50
Female $8.80 $9.70 $11.95 $13.30 $16.00 $21.40 $30.10 $42.55
Male $16.75 $18.50 $23.00 $28.00 $33.50 $45.00 $61.00 $83.50
Female $14.00 $15.50 $19.25 $21.50 $26.00 $35.00 $49.50 $70.25
$10,000.00 $25,000.00 Benefit
Male Female Male Female $32.50 $27.00 $79.75 $66.00 $36.00 $30.00 $88.50 $73.50 $45.00 $37.50 $111.00 $92.25 $55.00 $42.00 $136.00 $103.50 $66.00 $51.00 $163.50 $126.00 $89.00 $69.00 $221.00 $171.00 $121.00 $98.00 $301.00 $243.50 $166.00 $139.50 $413.50 $347.25
The rates above include a $12 annual policy fee.
This is a solicitation of individual insurance. A licensed insurance agent/producer may contact you by telephone. These
policies contain benefits, reductions, limitations, and exclusions to include a reduction in death benefits during the first two years of policy ownership. In NY, during the first two years, 110% of premiums will be paid. Whole Life Insurance is underwritten by United of Omaha Life Insurance Company, 3300 Mutual of Omaha Plaza, Omaha, NE 68175 which is licensed nationwide except NY. Life insurance policies issued in NY are underwritten by Companion Life Insurance Company, Hauppauge, NY 11788. Each company is responsible for its own financial and contractual obligations. Not available in all states. Benefit amounts vary by state. Policy Form ICC11L059P or state equivalent (7780L-0505 in FL, 828Y-0505 in NY). *Ages 50 to 75 in NY. **In FL policy is renewable until age 121. ***All benefits paid would be less any outstanding loan.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 31
n the pale light of a wintry afternoon, Joyce Nelson leads the way past the milking parlor and into the barn at Dugan Road Creamery. The contented sound of lowing mingles with the faint aroma of hay as two Holstein calves step out of their stalls to greet Joyce and eagerly press their soft, pink muzzles into her outstretched hands. “This is Wilma, and this is Penny,” she says proudly. “Wilma is two weeks old, but Penny was born last week.” Joyce and her husband, Chris, are Pioneer Electric Cooperative members who live on a 22-acre farm near Urbana. They’ve raised Holsteins for decades. Chris grew up on an Arizona dairy farm that boasted one of the largest herds in the nation in the 1950s. “I’ve been milking cows since I was 8 years old,” he says. “I hardly know anything else and always do it the best I can.” Joyce, who is from Ontario, met Chris when he was working on a farm his father had in Canada. The self-described “city girl” fell for Chris — and for dairy farming. “I started out feeding one calf, and before I knew it, I was milking cows every day,” says Joyce. “When our second child was just 6 hours old, she was out in the barn with me while I milked.”
32 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
r ising to t he
‘Locavore’ movement inspires dairy farm’s rebirth as a microdairy. STORY AND PHOTOS BY DAMAINE VONADA
After moving to Champaign County in 1988, the Nelsons worked their family dairy farm with the help of their four children and sold their milk to a national milk-marketing cooperative. In recent years, however, plummeting milk prices soured their profits. The couple made the difficult decision to sell most of their 45 cows and take advantage of the “locavore” trend by changing their business model from a conventional dairy farm to a microdairy processor and retailer. “Microdairies are already big on the East Coast, especially in places like New Hampshire and Vermont,” Chris says. “The appeal is that people want to buy milk directly from a farmer and see for themselves how the animals are treated. Microdairies are much more artisanal than the big commercial operations.” After purchasing a vat pasteurizer and bottler, the Nelsons converted part of their farm’s milk house into a processing plant and opened Dugan Road Creamery in 2017. They now produce fresh whole milk; soft cheeses, such as mozzarella and halloumi; cream cheese in several flavors; Greek-style yogurt; and kefir, a fermented beverage
Dugan Road Creamery currently keeps five Holstein cows that each produce about 8 gallons of milk per day.
with a tart taste. “Kefir is a probiotic drink,” Joyce says. “It’s like Activia times a thousand.” Dugan Road Creamery specializes in creamline milk, which is pasteurized but not homogenized. “With our milk, the cream rises to the top, so you have to give the bottle a good shake before pouring it,” Joyce says. There are people who believe that homogenization compromises milk’s health benefits by using high pressure to break up its fat molecules. “The fat in milk is what helps your stomach digest it,” Joyce says. “People come here because they can’t drink store-bought milk. One guy who was told he was lactose intolerant is so excited because he can drink our creamline milk.” The Nelsons currently have five cows that each produce 70 pounds (about 8 gallons) of milk per day. They’ve expanded their product line to include chocolate, strawberry, orange creamsicle, and cookies-and-cream flavored milk, and in addition to their farm store, which is open most evenings and by appointment, several independent grocers and specialty shops now carry Dugan Road Creamery’s milk and cheese. Like the milkmen of bygone days, Chris even delivers to dozens of businesses and homes. His route extends from Sidney to Lebanon, and individual customers simply put their money in an insulated cooler by their front door.
Chris and Joyce Nelson have raised milk cows for decades and recently converted their Dugan Road dairy farm to a microdairy and creamery that produces milk products they sell in their farm store and at a few independent grocers.
“Operating a microdairy is almost more work than when we were milking 45 cows because we’re processing milk and cheese daily,” Chris says. “That daily processing is what allows us to sell a very fresh product to our customers.” Dugan Road Creamery, 1751 S. Dugan Road, Urbana, OH 43078. 937-653-8041; www.duganroadcreamery.com.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 33
N OR TH AMER I CA’S
1 Selling Walk-In Tub
Featuring our New
Exclusive Shower Package
Now you can finally have all of the soothing benefits of a relaxing warm bath, or enjoy a convenient refreshing shower while seated or standing. Introducing Safe Step Walk-In Tub’s exclusive NEW Shower Package! ✓ First and only walk-in tub available with a customizable shower ✓ Fixed rainfall shower head is adjustable for your height and pivots to offer a seated shower option ✓ Durable frameless tempered glass enclosure available ✓ High-quality tub complete with a comprehensive lifetime warranty on the entire tub ✓ Top-of-the-line installation and service, all included at one low, affordable price
Now you can have the best of both worlds–there isn’t a better, more affordable walk-in tub!
Call today and receive a
FREE SHOWER PACKAGE!
FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Call Toll-Free 1-888-380-9164
www.BuySafeStep.com With purchase of a new Safe Step Walk-In Tub. Not applicable with any previous walk-in tub purchase. Offer available while supplies last. No cash value. Must present offer at time of purchase.
Call Today for Your Free Shower Package
1-888-380-9164 FINANCING AVAILABLE WITH APPROVED CREDIT
CSLB 983603 F13000002885 13HV08744300
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 35
source To the
Ohio’s rivers inspire reflection, inspiration for a modern Ohio explorer. BY KEVIN WILLIAMS
ur state’s very name, translated from the language of its original inhabitants, means “Good River.” While Ohio is named specifically for the mighty waterway that forms its eastern and southern borders, that name serves as an apt description of the entire place. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio is home to more than 3,000 named rivers and streams, and while our namesake obviously is the most acclaimed, each has its own story to tell. Rivers, to me, are analogies of our humanity: They begin as spindly streams, unglamorous trickles, and, like people, they find their way — carving their character as they go, widening and deepening with distance. If a river can have such an ignominious beginning yet end with a glorious, glowing connection to something larger, then couldn’t that be a template for a life well-lived? I grew up on the banks of the Great Miami River, which carves a 160-mile course from Russells Point to Cincinnati. Towns along the Great Miami are still — more than a century later — haunted by the ghosts of 1913, when its waters rampaged. In my hometown of Middletown, the downtown still displays high-water marks from that disaster.
36 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
The tales from old-timers about the Great Flood spurred my interest in rivers, and since that time, I’ve embraced other Ohio waterways. I’ve been tubing in Twin Creek. I’ve gotten stuck in floodwaters on the Wabash. I’ve strolled along both the Stillwater and the Scioto, biked along the Mad, tossed rocks into the Olentangy. I explored the nightclubs and bars along the Cuyahoga when I was a college student and picnicked along the Hocking as an adult. I’ve endlessly entertained my 6-year-old by contemplating the lack of a “Daddy River” while hanging out on the banks of the Maumee. I’ve spent untold hours absorbed in Google Earth, following the routes of my favorite Ohio rivers — tracing those broad strokes that fade to chocolatecolored squiggles and then vanish in a thicket or a field. I always imagined springs bubbling up from nowhere, and being able to leap across the Scioto, for example, in a single bound. I recently realized I needed to jump off of the glowing screen and seek those sources in real life. As I studied the maps, I noticed a pattern to Ohio’s rivers: A bunch of them start in a seeming no-man’sland north of Dayton and south of Toledo. The Great Miami, Stillwater, Mad, Auglaize, St. Mary’s, and Scioto all have their sources there. Even Indiana’s river is Ohio’s — the famed Wabash, whose graceful currents have sparked many a Hoosier ballad, gets its start in the same cradle of rivers, south of Fort Recovery. It seemed only fitting to start my quest with the Scioto. The Scioto is Ohio’s river. Its gracefully swirling waters give the city of Columbus a waterfront, then slice southward toward a watery rendezvous with the Ohio. I had traced its route many times on Google Earth, each time pinning its humble headwaters to a farm field in eastern Auglaize County. But when I got there in real life, it wasn’t the near-spiritual experience of a bubbling spring. I was instead greeted by a drainage ditch in a desolate field. A weathered sign marked the Scioto’s start, but the waters soon drained into underground pipes and disappeared again. Continued on page 39
At left, the Stillwater River widens as it flows through Ansonia. Above, the Stillwater “begins” from a rusty pipe under an unmarked bridge on Zumbrun Road in rural Darke County. At right, Jim Davis of Roundhead, Ohio, watches the Scioto just a few miles from its source. Roundhead is the first town the river reaches after its source. Davis recalls playing in the river as a child and drinking from springs that fed it.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 37
Cradle of rivers That the area of western Ohio between Toledo and Dayton is a source for so many rivers owes to its geological history. Two million years ago, before the start of the last ice age, the giant Teays River flowed from North Carolina toward the north and west all the way to what is now Illinois, including roughly the course that the Scioto and upper part of the Wabash take today. That one long river and its watershed drained most of the Midwest. But as the ice age dawned, glaciers smothered the Teays — the reflow created, among others, the Ohio River. “As the ice sheets were retreating, it reconfigured the surface drainage. You will see the divide between the Great Lakes drainage and the Mississippi drainage. You have a massive watershed divide,” says Wright State University Professor Stephen Jacquemin, an expert on wetlands. The glaciers also left behind rich underground water reservoirs that still bubble up to the surface, as well as a patchwork of ponds and lakes. All of those serve to birth and feed the many trickles that come together and form the cricks, streams, and, eventually, the mightiest of rivers.
The Great Miami River lazily flows near Port Jefferson, which was once a promient stop on the Miami-Erie Canal route.
38 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
Continued from page 37
At least the Scioto’s start, in tribute to being Ohio’s river, is marked with a sign. The Stillwater River begins under a nondescript bridge, water running out of a rusty pipe. Beer bottles were strewn around the bridge when I visited. A bit later, freed from its straitjacket of ditches and field tiles, it snaked as a small stream into a nearby forest. I looked again at the pipe, searching in vain for any trace of a spring. I turned to Stephen Jacquemin, a biology professor at Wright State University and a nationally known expert on wetlands, for answers. Jacquemin says that if I had visited the area before it was cleared for agriculture in the 1800s, I would have found what I was hoping for: groundwater seeping to the surface, a marshy swamp, and a river’s humble headwaters. When settlers came along and decided they needed agricultural land, he says, they buried tiles about 3 feet below the surface. Those tiles drain the naturally occurring springs and wetlands into pipes that then empty into human-made ditches, which only then launch the river into its natural course — leaving behind rich, nutrient-dense farmland. “We have been digging those ditches since we started farming,” Jacquemin says. “Agriprofessionals will channelize the ditch to move water more quickly out of the field.” Not all of the wetlands were drained. Grand Lake and Indian Lake were created out of existing wetlands and made into large lakes to feed the water-hungry Miami and Erie Canal in the 1830s and ’40s. Because of that, the Great Miami gets a bit more of a glamorous start than a field pipe — spilling over a dam on the south side of Indian Lake. Its source would otherwise have been in the same general area, which was a muddy, swampy marsh before the canal was constructed. I went back to find the reemergence of the Scioto, and when I found it, crossing under Ohio Route 385, it looked more like the natural stream I was expecting. I happily leapt across in a single bound and, now satisfied, headed home.
The Scioto begins in this barren drainage ditch on a farm in Auglaize County.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 39
MARKETPLACE OLD BARNS WANTED
Buying barns, bank barns, and granaries. Insured, 20 years experience. 440-315-1985
Post frame building EXPERT Owner/builder ONSITE Siding and metal roof PREFERRED contractor
Serving OH, WV, PA, KY, IND, MICH
Pond Chemicals / Management Certified Aquatic Applicators Custom / Pond Aeration Water Features / Fountains De-Icing www.diversifiedpondsupplies.com
email@example.com OHIO Feb 2020.qxp_Advanced 15069 Blank Pike Rd. Wapakoneta, OH Tree 45895
Fast-Growing Trees For windbreak, screen and shade – some grow up to 6 feet per year!
For FREE brochure or to place an order
ADVANCED TREE TECHNOLOGY 12818 Edgerton Road New Haven, IN 46774
40 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
COMPILED BY COLLEEN ROMICK CLARK
Cleveland’s favorite eateries. 216-862-8803 or www. greaterclevelandaquarium.com. MAR. 20–21 – Militaria Collectors Show, Lakeland Community College, Athletic and Fitness Ctr. Main Gym, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland (Rt. 306 and I-90 exit 193), Fri. 4–8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. $5; students, veterans, and active military with ID, $3. lakelandmilitariashow@ gmail.com or www.facebook.com/lakeland.militaria.show. MAR. 21 – Campbell-Dickinson 5K Run Bike Walk and Kids’ 1K, 201 S. 4th St., Toronto. Proceeds benefit cancer research. 740-537-9500 or www.thegemcity.org. MAR. 21–22 – Chagrin Fall’s Spring Avant-Garde Art THROUGH MAY 31 – “Tying the Knot: The History and Craft Show, Federated Church- Family Life Ctr., of Bridal Fashion,” McKinley Presidential Library and 16349 Chillicothe Rd., Chagrin Falls, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Museum, 800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW, Canton. Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $3, under 12 free. Features a variety Exhibit explores wedding fashions from the 1860s to of local artists and crafters selling their original handmade the present day. Learn more about the history behind items. Full concession stand on site. 440-227-8794 or timeless wedding traditions, such as the bouquet www.avantgardeshows.com. toss, wedding cakes, the engagement ring, the role of the best man, and more! 330-455-7043 or www. MAR. 22 – Flea Market of Collectables, Medina County mckinleymuseum.org/events. Fgds. Community Ctr., 735 Lafayette Rd. (St. Rte. 42), Medina, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $2. Early bird special admission, MAR. 14 – Medina Gun Show, Medina County Fgds. Community Ctr., 735 Lafayette Rd. (St. Rte. 42), Medina, 9 6–9 a.m., $3. A treasure trove of vintage items and collectables. 330-948-4300 or www.conraddowdell.com/ a.m.–3 p.m. $7. 450 tables of displays. 330-948-4400 or event/listing. www.conraddowdell.com/event/listing. APR. 4 – “Did Your Ancestors Wear Tartan?,” MAR. 20 – Adult Swim: Ohio Wine and Beer Tasting, Cleveland History Ctr., 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 2000 Sycamore St., noon. $15. Trace your ancestors from America to Cleveland, 7–10 p.m. $40 admission ($30 for GCA Scotland. www.wrhs.org/events. members) includes food samplings, 20 tasting tickets, and souvenir tasting glass. $20 non-drinking “designated APR. 4 – History on Tap: “A CLE Speakeasy,” Cleveland driver” option also available. Local wineries and breweries History Ctr., 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, 5–9 p.m. are spotlighted, with food from some of Celebrate the Jazz Age as you enjoy a craft cocktail in our historic mansion. We’ll be exploring how Prohibition
closed many Cleveland breweries while also sparking a speakeasy boom and the rise of the Mob era. Dress to impress, wear your dancing shoes, and enjoy an evening out in the Roaring ’20s. www.wrhs.org/events. APR. 4–5 – Strongsville Spring Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Strongsville Ehrnfelt Recreation Ctr., 18100 Royalton Rd., Strongsville, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $3, under 12 free. Features artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. Full concession stand on site. 440-227-8794 or www. avantgardeshows.com. APR. 5 – Teddy Bear Concert: “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” Renaissance Theatre, 138 Park Ave. W., Mansfield, 2:30 p.m. $5. An engaging musical adaptation of the classic tale, featuring audience participation, interactive storytelling with local actors, and live music from the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. 419-522-2726 or www.mansfieldtickets.com. APR. 5 – Train and Toy Show, Medina County Fgds. Community Ctr., 735 Lafayette Rd. (St. Rte. 42), Medina, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $6. 330-948-4400 or www.conraddowdell. com/event/listing. APR. 13 – Cleveland Dyngus Day Festival, Detroit Ave. and West 58th St. (Detroit Shoreway area), Cleveland, 10 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Celebrate Cleveland’s Polka heritage and other Eastern European cultures still thriving in northeast Ohio. Polka bands, authentic Polish food and beer, a designated family area, parade, entertainment, Miss Dyngus Day pageant, Lolly the Trolly free rides, and an avant-garde artisan and crafter market. https:// clevelanddyngus.com.
MAR. 28 – Southeast Ohio Poultry Breeders Assoc. Show, Washington Co. Fgds., 922 Front St., Marietta. 740-444-9505, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.poultryshowcentral.com/Ohio.html. APR. 3 – “The Talking Machine Works,” Campus Martius Museum, 601 Second St., Marietta, noon–1 p.m. Free. Greg Brown discusses the history of recordings and the importance of preserving antique phonographs, gramophones, and records. https:// mariettamuseums.org/events. APR. 4 – Easter Egg Hunt, Buckeye Furnace Historic Site, 123 Buckeye Park Rd., Wellston. Begins at eggsactly 12 noon, so we recommend you come early! Three age groups: 1–4, 5–9, and 10 and up. The Easter Bunny will be there for photo opportunities. email@example.com. APR. 4 – Guided Hike at Gladys Riley Preserve, Tick Ridge-Koenig Hill Rd., Otway. Arrive at 9:45 a.m.; hike is from 10 a.m. sharp to mid-afternoon. See the Golden Star Lily in peak bloom. The preserve is the first refuge specifically created for the protection of this extremely rare and endangered early spring wildflower. Registration required. http://arcofappalachia.org/gladysriley-guided-hike. APR. 4 – Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Stuart’s Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville, 7:30 p.m. $23–$33. 740-753-1924 or www.stuartsoperahouse.org.
singer and songwriter from Dublin, Ireland. 740-371-5152 or www.peoplesbanktheatre.com. MAR. 20 – Living Word Auction and Banquet, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr., 7033 Glenn Hwy., Cambridge. Doors open at 5 p.m., program and dinner at 6 p.m. $30. 740439-2761 or www.livingworddrama.org. MAR. 20–21 – River City Blues Festival, Lafayette Hotel, 101 Front St., Marietta. The festival brings together some of the most talented blues and jazz performers from around the country to perform in front of a longtime and loyal fan base. 740-376-0222 or http://bjfm.org/blues-festival. MAR. 21 – Lorrie Morgan, Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 MAR. 7–8, 21–22, APR. 4–5 – American History Putnam St., Marietta, 8 p.m. Starting at $37. 740-371-5152 Lecture Series, Campus Martius Museum, 601 Second or www.peoplesbanktheatre.com. St., Marietta, Sat. 11 a.m.–12 p.m., Sun. 2–3 p.m. $5. Learn MAR. 21 – Storybook Breakfast, First Presbyterian about the ideas that drove the Founders to establish Church, 725 Steubenville Ave., Cambridge, seatings our republic and set out on the greatest experiment in at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. $5. Bring your children to self-government in history. Lectures by Veritas Academy meet their favorite characters! Every child gets a free co-founder and history instructor Kevin Ritter. https:// autograph book, opportunities for character photos, and mariettamuseums.org/events. a full breakfast. Contact Stephanie at 740-439-2667 or MAR. 14 – National Cambridge Collectors Alluwguernsey@guernseyunitedway.com. Cambridge Benefit Auction, St. Benedict’s Gym, 701 MAR. 22 – Paul Francis Quartet, Majestic Theatre, 45 Steubenville Ave., Cambridge, preview at 8:30 a.m., E. Second St., Chillicothe, 5 p.m. $5–$12. Enjoy the music auction at 9:30 a.m. $2. Over 400 items for auction. 740- of the Grammy Award-winning drummer, educator, and 432-4245 or www.cambridgeglass.org. Chillicothe native, who has worked extensively with some MAR. 15 – King Kong, Athena Grand, 1008 E. State St., of the world’s greatest musicians. 740-772-2041 or www. Athens, 7 p.m. $12.50. The 1933 classic, with exclusive majesticchillicothe.net. insights from Turner Classic Movies. 740-593-8800 or MAR. 22 – Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra: www.athenagrand.com. Children’s Concert, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Ctr., 7033 MAR. 19 – Aoife Scott, Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Glenn Hwy., Cambridge, 3:30 p.m. 740-826-8197 or Putnam St., Marietta, 8 p.m. $19–$44. Award-winning folk www.seoso.org.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 41
Continued from page 41
MAR. 20–22 – Outdoor Life/Field & Stream Expo, Ohio Expo Ctr., Bricker Bldg., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Fri. 2–9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $5–$15, under 6 free. Weekend passes available. Formerly Ohio Deer and Turkey Expo. Hundreds of exhibitors, demos and displays, trophy contests, seminars, shooting ranges, and the latest products. www.fieldandstreamexpo.com. MAR. 21 – 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 for 4-H youth and sewing/quilting enthusiasts of all ages. Over 30 classes and 15 exhibitors. Attend classes of your choice; no pre-registration. Fat THROUGH MAR. 29 – “Chihuly: Celebrating quarter raffle; sewing machine raffle. 740-405-7891, Nature,”Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., firstname.lastname@example.org, or https://perry.osu.edu. Columbus, daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $12–$19, under 3 free. Exhibit featuring the Conservatory’s full collection of the MAR. 22 – Columbus Toy and Collectible Show, Ohio bold and colorful glasswork of Dale Chihuly. 614-715Expo Ctr., Lausche Bldg., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 9 8000 or www.fpconservatory.org. a.m.–4 p.m. $10 (cash only), under 11 free. Early buyer, 8–9 a.m., $14 (cash only). Parking $5. Buy, sell, and trade MAR. 8 – Lancaster Community Band Concert: new and used toys, video games, and collectibles at “Rejoice,” Faith Memorial Church, 2610 W. Fair Ave., Ohio’s largest gathering of vintage collectors and dealers. Lancaster, 2 p.m. Free. 740-756-4430. Video game tournaments, free arcade games, door MAR. 14 – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Parade, prizes. www.ctspromotions.com. downtown Dublin, 7 a.m.–1 p.m. Free. Events take place throughout the city, starting around 7 a.m. with a pancake MAR. 28–29 – Scott Antique Market, Ohio Expo Ctr., breakfast, “Inflation Celebration” at 9 a.m., and parade at Bricker and Celeste Bldgs., 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free admission; 11 a.m. 800-245-8387 or www.irishisanattitude.com. $5 parking. 800 exhibit booths. info@scottantiquemarket. MAR. 19 – Yoga for Gardeners, Pickerington Public Library, Main Branch, 201 Opportunity Way, Pickerington, com or www.scottantiquemarkets.com. APR. 2–5 – Equine Affaire, Ohio Expo Ctr., 717 E. 1 p.m. Hosted by the Pickerington Garden Club. Public is 17th Ave., Columbus, Thur.–Sat. 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 9 welcome. 614-582-4977.
a.m.–5 p.m. $8–$15, under 6 free. The nation’s premier equine exposition, featuring an impressive educational program, the largest horse-related trade show in North America, top equine entertainment and competition, and opportunities to experience, buy, and sell horses of all types. 740-845-0085 or www.equineaffaire.com. APR. 3–4 – Nunsense 2: The Second Coming, Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion. $20 for show only; $42 includes pre-show dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the May Pavilion. The Little Sisters of Hoboken, those humble nuns with a touch of showbiz flair, return in style. 740383-2101 or www.marionpalace.org. APR. 4 – Egg Scramble: An Adult Easter Egg Hunt, Clary Gardens, 588 W. Chestnut St., Coshocton, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For ages 21 and over. Enjoy a social hour with drinks and food prior to your hunt, then rush to find as many eggs as you can! 740-622-6524 or www. visitcoshocton.com. APR. 14 – Inventors Network Meeting, Rev1 Ventures for Columbus, 1275 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, 7 p.m. Educational presentations and discussion about the invention process. Meetings held the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 614-4700144 or www.inventorscolumbus.com. MAY 1–3 – Columbus Audubon’s EcoWeekend, Hocking Hills. The best family nature weekend retreat in Ohio. Pre-registration required. Register by Apr. 7. Contact Maura Rawn at 740-653-8574, email at ecoweekend@ columbusaudubon.org, or visit www.ecoweekend.org.
MAR. 28–29 – Ruffles and Rust Expo, Butler Co. Fgds., 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $5 admission good both days, under 13 free. Vintage items, home decor, handmade items, gourmet food, and boutique clothing and jewelry. www. rufflesandrustexpo.com/ohio. MAR. 31 – Drawing Room Chamber Concert, TroyHayner Cultural Ctr., 301 W. Main St., Troy, 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Steven Aldredge. Kun Dong and Benita TseLeung, the critically acclaimed violin-piano duo, return for an encore performance. www.troyhayner.org/music.html. APR. 3 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Butler County Bluegrass Association, Community Ctr., 5113 Huston Rd., Collinsville, 7–9 p.m. Enjoy lively bluegrass music with lightning-fast instrumentals, close harmonies, and entertaining novelty songs. Food available on site. 513-410-3625 or www.fotmc.com. APR. 4–5 – Dollhouse and Miniatures Show and Sale, EnterTRAINment Junction Expo Room, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. noon–4 p.m. $5, C. (4–12) $3, under 4 free. https://entertrainmentjunction. com/calendar. APR. 5 – Salute to the Railroaders, Bradford Railroad Museum, 200 N. Miami Ave., Bradford, 2–6 p.m. Learn about railroad history. Meet with past and current railroaders to find out what it’s like living the railroad life. www.bradfordrrmuseum.org.
2747, email@example.com, www.apartguild. com, or on Facebook. MAR. 21 – G-Scale Swap Meet, EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Free. Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society. https://entertrainmentjunction.com/calendar. MAR. 21 – Jazz in March: Robin Eubanks and the Keigo Hirakawa Trio, Troy-Hayner Cultural Ctr., 301 W. Main St., Troy, 7 p.m. www.troyhayner.org/music.html. MAR. 21 – LEGO Brick Blowout, WACO Air Museum, 1865 S. Co. Rd. 25A, Troy, noon–5 p.m. Creative event for all ages! Includes a LEGO Build Zone, LEGO Scavenger Hunt, MAR. 11–APR. 15 – Bluegrass Wednesdays, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, every Wednesday, building competition, and much more. wacoairmuseum@ gmail.com or www.wacoairmuseum.org. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner, wine, and an evening of lively bluegrass music by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian MAR. 27 – Community Concert: Jerry and Vaughn Grass. 513-385-9309, firstname.lastname@example.org, or LIVE!, Troy-Hayner Cultural Ctr., 301 W. Main St., Troy, 7:30 www.vinokletwines.com/post/2018/09/30/bluegrassp.m. The duo performs folk songs, oldies, and new songs. wednesdays-spaghetti-meat-balls. They write their own tunes about life, love, and laughter. www.troyhayner.org/music.html. MAR. 17 – St. Patrick’s Day 5K Beer Run, Can’t Stop Running Co., 321 N. Main St., Piqua. Drink a beer — or MAR. 27–29 – Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, a root beer — at every mile. www.cantstoprunningco.com. Roberts Convention Ctr., 123 Gano Rd., Wilmington, doors open at 10 a.m. $35–$65. Award-winning bluegrass, MAR. 20–22 – Quilt, Vintage, and Fabric Arts Show, Warren Co. Fgds., 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon, old-time, and gospel music. 937-372-5804 or http:// somusicfest.com/index.html. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $5 online, $7 at door. Free parking. Browse quilts, quilting and craft supplies, patterns, MAR. 28 – Routes for Roots, Fort Piqua Conference fabrics, vintage textiles, and more. 513-932-1817 or Ctr., 116 W. High St., Piqua. Registration starts at 8 a.m., www.wchsmuseum.org. welcome opening at 8:45 a.m., and classes at 9:15 a.m. Preregistration $25, walk-ins $30. Historical and MAR. 21 – Cabin Fever Arts Festival, Southern State Community College, Patriot Ctr., 100 Hobart Dr., Hillsboro, genealogical workshop presented by the Miami County Historical and Genealogical Society and sponsored by the 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Presented by the Appalachian Piqua Public Library. Four teachers present eight classes. Artisans Guild. More than 60 artists selling handcrafted Door prizes. www.mchgs.org. items. Live music. Food available on campus. 937-393-
42 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
MAR. 14–15 – Maple Syrup Festival, Indian Lake State Park, 12774 St. Rte. 235 N., Lakeview, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast. Learn how maple syrup is extracted from the tree, then it’s on to the Sugar Shack for a demonstration of the process by which sap is transformed into true maple syrup. Pure maple syrup available for purchase. 937-843-2717 or http://parks. ohiodnr.gov/indianlake. MAR. 14–15 – ARRL Great Lakes Convention and Toledo Hamfest, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg, Sat. 8:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Convention forums, banquet, and Wouff Hong on Saturday; Hamfest on Sunday. Register at www.toledoglc.org. MAR. 21 – Camp Creek Poultry Show, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima. 419-3718881, email@example.com, or www. poultryshowcentral.com/Ohio.html.
MAR. 22 – Flag City Model Train Show, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $4; under 13 free if accompanied by adult. Model trains, toy trains, and railroad memorabilia on display and for purchase. Quarter-scale train rides will be available for additional cost: $3 adult, $2 child. 419-4232995, www.nworrp.org or www.facebook.com/nworrp. MAR. 26 – Waitress, Veterans Memorial and Civic Ctr., 7 Town Square, Lima, 8 p.m. $44 and up. A Broadway musical baked from the heart. www.limaciviccenter.com. MAR. 28 – Annual Market Day and Fiber Fair, hosted by Black Swamp Spinners Guild of Northwest Ohio, Wood Co. Fgds., 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $1. For hand spinners, weavers, knitters, crocheters, felters, and anyone with fiber interests. www.facebook.com/blackswampspinnersguild or www. blackswampspinnersguild.org.
the wondrous underwater world of Bubblelandia. www.limaciviccenter.com. APR. 3–5 – Southern Gospel Expo, Trinity Friends Church, 605 N. Franklin St., Van Wert, Fri. 5 p.m., Sat. 4 p.m., Sun. 6:30 (doors open at 4:30 p.m.). Free. Over 25 gospel groups from around the country. Food court available each night. 419-238-2788 or www.trinityvw.com. APR. 4 – Blacksmith Open Forge Demo, Wood County Historical Ctr. and Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Free. 419-352-0967 or http://woodcountyhistory.org. APR. 4–5 – Tri-State Gun Show, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima (2 miles east of Lima on St. Rte. 309), Sat. 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $6, free for members, under 18 free if accompanied by adult. Over 400 tables of modern and antique guns, edged weapons, and sporting equipment. 419-647-0067 or www. MAR. 28 – Dagan Hawkins Purse Bingo Fundraiser, tristategunshow.org. Cairo Gymnasium, 519 Wall St., Cairo, 6 p.m. $35. APR. 9 – “Wood County Bicentennial: Whose History Dagan is 12 years old and was diagnosed with leukemia Is It?” Wood County Historical Ctr. and Museum, 13660 in 2019. Proceeds assist him and his family with County Home Rd., Bowling Green, 2–4 p.m. $23 travel, food, lodging, and other expenses as he goes (museum admission included). Reservations required. through treatment. https://z-m-www.facebook.com/ Hear about some of the lesser-known people and events events/703043446874235. in northwest Ohio’s history as we explore how history MAR. 28 – Maple Syrup Festival, Williams Co. Fgds., 619 “is not what it was.” Includes catered luncheon and tea. E. Main St., Montpelier, 8 a.m.–noon. Contact the Williams 419-352-0967 or http://woodcountyhistory.org. SWCD at 419-636-9395 ext. 3 or email amichaels@ APR. 11 – Easter Egg Hunt on the Square, 100 E williamsswcd.org. Court St., Sidney, 11 a.m. Free. For ages 1 through 11. APR. 3 – B: The Underwater Bubble Show, Held on the Court House lawn. 937-658-6945 or www. Veterans Memorial and Civic Ctr., 7 Town Square, sidneyalive.org. Lima, 7:30 p.m. $25–$65. A modern fairy tale set in
off quilting projects. Spend your days quilting and your nights relaxing by the fire in the lodge lobby. 304-6432931 or www.northbendsp.com. APR. 4 – Civil War Symposium, I.O.O.F. Hall, Beverly. The topic is “Rascals, Rangers, and Swamp Dragons: Civil War Irregulars.” Sponsored by the Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation. Symposium followed by soirée dinner at 6 p.m. at the Beverly Heritage Center. 304637-7424, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www. beverlyheritagecenter.org. APR. 12 – Easter Sunday at North Bend, 202 North Bend Park Rd., Cairo, Visit the Easter Bunny and join in MAR. 22–27 – Quilters’ Retreat, North Bend State for the egg hunt. Fun and games for all ages. 304-643Park, 202 North Bend Park Rd., Cairo. Enjoy the peaceful 2931 or www.northbendsp.com. atmosphere of the park while working on some long-put-
PLEASE NOTE: Ohio Cooperative Living strives for accuracy but urges readers to confirm dates and times before traveling long distances to events.
Make sure you’re included in our calendar! Submit listings AT LEAST 90 DAYS prior to the event to Ohio Cooperative Living, 6677 Busch Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229 or send an email to email@example.com. Ohio Cooperative Living will not publish listings that don’t include a complete address or a number/website for more information.
MARCH 2020 • OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING 43
tip of the 1
1. My first grandson, Alexander “Lex” Hendrix, on his first St. Patrick’s Day in 2011. Joyce Willison South Central Power Company member 2. Our daughter, Rylee, putting a hat on her great-grandpa, who is a 98-year-old World War II veteran! Dana Melvin Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative member 3. My daughter, Molly Prochaska, overcame a devastating illness to dominate in many 5K races. Dena Prochaska South Central Power Company member
4. Our little man, Miles, being festive in his little hat. Linda Iles South Central Power Company member
5. Our sweet granddaughter wearing grandma’s hat! Pat and Larry Quaglia South Central Power Company members 6. My 4-year-old Chihuahua, Cindy Ellen, thinks her hat makes her look all grown up! Bobby L. Barnett Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative member
7. I create fascinator-style hats. This is one of my favorites that I wore for a Mad Hatter’s Ball. Jill Ann Ladrick South Central Power Company member
7 Send us your picture! For June, send “I want to ride my bicycle” by March 15; for July, send “Corn-y” by April 15. Upload your photos at www.ohioec. org/memberinteractive — and remember to include your co-op name and to identify everyone in the photos.
44 OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • MARCH 2020
Electric cooperatives the
Weâ€™ve come a long way from starting cars by hand. Now, we can plug in to motor out. What will they think of next?
Whatever new technology is on the horizon, electric cooperatives will be there to power the future.