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Just Visitin’

With the Editor

Happy Mother’s Day Happy Mother’s Day to all of our readers who enjoy the opportunity of holding the most precious title of all, “mother.” Hats off to the mothers of tiny babies who keep them up all night! For the mothers whose toddlers have them on the go from morning ‘til night! For the mothers whose lives are ruled by the carpool schedule! For the mothers who make it to every game, to every show and to every open house! For the mothers who worry endlessly about SAT scores and college admissions! For the mothers who, somehow, juggle kids and careers, and for those moms who have more than a fulltime job at home with their little ones! For the “empty nest” mothers of college students and for the really “empty nest” mothers whose grown children have moved on and out! For the mothers who now have that very special gift of grandchildren! I pay tribute to you with this issue. I found a website that calculates the monetary value of work that moms do. It is The salary amounts are based on how many children you have and where you live. According to this website, the work that a stay-at-home mom with two kids would warrant a salary of $125,840 a year. My sister posted on facebook that I’d like to share called “A Promise to my Children” “As long as I live, I am your parent first - your friend second. There are times when I will stalk you, flip out on you, lecture you, drive you insane, be your worst nightmare and hunt you down like a bloodhound when needed because I LOVE YOU...You will never find someone who loves, prays, cares and worries about you more than I do. If you don’t hate me at least once in your life, then I’m not doing my job properly. Yep...sounds like my Mom. So remember to take your Mom out for Mother’s day to one of the many places to go, things to do, and places to see suggested in this issue. Enjoy!

Michael - Editor

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About the Cover : Remember Mom on Mother’s Day this year. (May 13) What qualities do you remember most about your mother? Like us on facebook and share your favorite memory about your mother to qualify for this month’s FREE weekend getaway for the whole family: Tickets to African Safari in Port Clinton. Now on Facebook!

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Wines of South America Tasting Thursday, May 10, 2012 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Schuster Center - NCR Donor Lounges Cost: $45 (Includes Tax, Tip and Parking) Join us for a foray into the wines of South America, featuring producers such as Catena, Montes, and Achaval Ferrer. You'll have the opportunity to try ten wines including Cabernet, Malbec, and Pinot Noir as well as more unique varieties such as Torrontes and Carmenere. Enjoy your wines with South American inspired hors d'oeuvres provided by Citilites Restaurant & Bar.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Eric Heilman at

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Places to Go:

COSHOCTON – Save time, money and gas this summer by spending time close to home enjoying some great family fun in Coshocton. You'll find affordable getaway packages and free events in Coshocton perfect for your family. From balloons to corvettes, to traditional Appalachian music, Coshocton is just the place to spend your summer getaway. On June 8-10, visitors can enjoy the oldest hot air balloon event in Ohio—The Coshocton 31st Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, sponsored by Frontier Power, which takes place at the Coshocton Co. Fairgrounds at 707 Kenilworth Ave. Admission and entertainment are free. This family fun affair features midway attractions, craft booths, carnival rides, fireworks, photo contest, kiddie tractor pull, karaoke, food vendors and many other family-oriented activities. On Friday night, enjoy free musical entertainment including a 'Johnny Cash' tribute by Kevin Oliver, and music from the local country band Route 83. Saturday entertainment runs from 3 to 9 p.m. with a variety of live music from several groups including the Page 6

Band It Band, Lonesome Meadow, Timothy Paul, and the Flat River Band. The popular balloon 'Night Glow' then takes place around 9:15 p.m. Throughout the day Saturday and Sunday, R & D Productions will hold karaoke competitions. Balloon launches and fly-ins will take place (weather permitting) on Friday, June 8 around 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, June 9, around 6:00 a.m. and again around 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, June 10, around 6:00 a.m. For more information go to Corvette enthusiasts will love the Corvettes at Roscoe Cruise-In on June 10. Over 200 corvettes will converge on the street in Historic Roscoe Village at this event hosted by the Classic Glass Corvette Club. Spectator admission is free. Visitors will enjoy strolling along the street admiring the cars while listening to the tunes of 50s and 60s music. For more information, visit Coshocton County is also the host of the longest running heritage music festival in Ohio— Coshocton Dulcimer Days, which is also the second oldest event of

its kind in the United States. This year marks the 38th Anniversary of this nationally significant Appalachian musical event, which will be held in Historic Roscoe Village on June 15-17. The event features the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships, concerts, music vendors, artists' booths and traditional Appalachian music, open stage times, raffles, and a Sunday morning gospel sing and service. Admission and parking are free. There is a $15 fee per workshop and a freewill offering will be collected for the Saturday night concert featuring dulcimer players Jan Hammond and Mark Alan Wade. For more details visit Enjoy your summer at these free, family-fun events and find out why Coshocton has twice been named by Midwest Living magazine as 'One of the 100 top towns to visit.' To learn more about affordable and fun getaway packages, the Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride, Historic Roscoe Village, Unusual Junction, Coshocton's five wineries, family-fun events and more, call 1-800-338-4724 or go to May, 2012

Places to Go: Kings Island summer and features more than 50 water activities, including thrill rides, family attractions, kids’ play areas and plenty of lounging room for grown ups. Tidal Wave Bay, a 650,000-gallon wave pool, and the interactive Splash River highlight the new attractions in Soak City. You’ll also enjoy the many new amenities like playing sand volleyball with CINCINNATTI - Enjoy unlimited admission to your kids, or relaxing in style with our five-star Kings Island this summer with the best entertainchair-side waiter service. Soak City hours during ment value around – a 2012 Gold Season Pass! For the Preview Weekend are from 11:00am to 7:00pm. as low as three monthly payments of just $28.33, experience all the thrills Kings Island has to offer like the Beast and Diamondback roller coasters, the 11-time, award-winning Planet Snoopy kids’ area, and the all-new Soak City Waterpark. Gold Season Passes include free season-long parking – a $39.99 value – and VIP perks like one hour of early ride time on 10 attractions every public operating day, And the Golden Ticket goes to … Kings Island! Bring a Friend days for just $9.99 May 13 and June The Golden Ticket Award – the amusement and 17, plus free admission in the fall to the most immer- theme park industry’s equivalent of the Academy

sive horror experience around, Halloween Haunt. Hurry! This offer ends May 28. Buy your Gold Season Pass online today! Buy your Kings Island Gold Season Pass today and be among the first to find out why the all-new Soak City is the premier waterpark in the region during an exclusive VIP Preview Weekend May 19-20. Soak City is the place to go for aquatic thrill-seekers this May, 2012

Award – has gone to Kings Island for the “Best Kids’ Area in the World” category for 11 consecutive years. The Planet Snoopy kids’ area features an elaborate collection of PEANUTS-themed rides and attractions for every age, including four children’s roller coasters, a live stage show “Charlie Brown’s All-Stars”, and daily meet and greet opportunities with PEANUTS characters like Charlie Brown, Lucy van Pelt, Linus van Pelt, Sallow Brown, Schroeder, Franklin and Peppermint Patty. Upcoming Events: EDUCATION DAYS May 11, 14-18. The perfect opportunity for students to experience curriculum in action!For more information, tickets, hours of operation and other specials, visit online at or call 513-754-5700.

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Things to Do: See Wicked

May 30-June 24 at the Schuster Center

DAYTON - Great seats are still available for Wicked but they're flying out the door quickly. So don't miss out! Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emeraldgreen skin, is smart, fiery, and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious, and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Back by "Popular" demand. Variety calls WICKED "a cultural phenomenon," and when it last played Dayton in 2010, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is "Broadway's biggest blockbuster" (The New York Times). This May, Broadway's biggest blockbuster flies into Dayton for 4 weeks only. Showtimes are: Tuesday through Friday – 8 p.m. Page 08

Thursday, May 31 – 2 p.m. matinee Saturday – 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sunday – 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Visit to buy your tickets today! Prices range from $45-121, depending on seating placement. You can also call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or (888) 228-3630 or buy tickets at the Ticket Center Stage Box Office. The Ticket Center Stage Box Office is located in the Schuster Center Wintergarden at 1 West Second Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402. Phone and Box Office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m. Ticket Center Stage is your only OFFICIAL TICKETING SOURCE for tickets to WICKED in Dayton. If you purchase tickets from another source, you will 1) likely pay too much for your tickets, 2) possibly not have valid tickets, and 3) not be able to get help from the box office.

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Things to Do: Camp Out

Try camping out under the stars at one of the many great Ohio campgrounds! Walnut Creek Campground, Chillicothe The outdoor pool is also a popular meeting place. "A Fun Family Campground". Rustic beauty in a peaceful, clean atmosphere is the secret to this Family Retreat. The serene splendor of Mother Nature is your reward for visiting Walnut Creek. Fish - Swim - Play - Paddle boat Walk the trails - Enjoy the Beautiful Creek that runs through - Or just sit back and relax. Bring your golf cart to enjoy miles of safe trails through various terrains. Clean showers, Flush toilets, laundry facilities, camp store, and shelter house are all available for your convenience. Pet sites available. 740-774-1203

Happy Hills Campground, Nelsonville Everything you want at a family campground: planned weekend activities, fishing lake (no license required), paddle boats, row boats, fun boat rentals, swimming pool, free WI/FI, gameroom, clean bathhouse, laundromat, camping cabins, vacation farmhouse rental, hiking trails, 45 acres for relaxation and good times. Within 8 miles of the ATV trails. Open for hunting season. 740-385-6720 /

Hocking Hills State Park, Logan State Park campground with 172 sites, electric and nonelectric, available. Naturalist programs, pool, camper cabins and group camp available. Basketball, fishing, hiking trails, kids programs, and nature trails are just a few of teh Amenities listed. May, 2012


Cedarbrook Campground Big Rig Friendly! A Family Owned Campground For Over 40 Years! Open year round, this is the closest campground to Kings Island. The owner’s goal is to provide the latest accomodations to the modern camper, while keeping the same friendly service that has separated them from the rest for over fourdecades! The Camp Store stocks RV and food supplies at reasonable prices. And of course, we have camp firewood, ice and propane available for purchase. MEMORIAL DAY EARLY DROP OFF AND PRE-REGISTRATION is offered. This is a great opportunity, especially for those who live locally, to avoid the Friday afternoon lines and crowds. 866-999-6433 /

Top O’ The Caves This 60 acre resort in the heart of the beautiful Hocking Hills is everyone's favorite destination stop. There are a full range of overnight accommodations from primitive tent sites, to full hook-up for the larger R.V.'s. There are also small to fully equipped log cabins that feature a/c and fireplaces and a larger lodge for groups - all reasonably priced. A short walk through the woods on the famous "Buckeye Trail" (adjacent to the facility) takes you to awesome Ash Cave or beautiful Cedar Falls or the incomparable Old Man's Cave. 800-967-2434

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West Chester, OH — USA Triathlon and the Butler County Visitors Bureau (BCVB) are proud to announce that Voice of America Park in West Chester, Ohio, will host the nation’s top upand-coming triathletes at the 2012 USA Triathlon Junior and Youth National Championship on Aug. 11-12, 2012. Athletes ages 7-19 will compete at age-appropriate distances in a number of races over the course of the two-day event. Saturday, Aug. 11 will feature the draft-legal Youth Elite (ages 13-15) and Junior Elite (ages 16-19) National Championships. The Youth National Championships for ages 7-15, as well as the always-exciting draft-legal mixed team relay for ages 13-19, will be held Sunday, Aug. 12. “USA Triathlon is excited to bring the Junior and Youth National Championship to West Chester,” said Jeff Dyrek, USA Triathlon National Events Director. “This event offers a race for athletes ranging from first-time youth triathletes to the nation’s future Olympic hopefuls. We’ve experienced record participation numbers in recent years and hope to achieve the same in Ohio.” “We are thrilled to serve as the host for this National Championship,” says Mark Hecquet, Executive Director of the BCVB. “ With an expected 600 competitors and their families the economic impact will be felt across the county through our hotels, restaurants, attractions, and shopping venues.” West Chester was chosen to host the event following a successful bid by the BCVB. “There were a number of cities across the US vying to host this May, 2012

event”, says, Jason Williams, BCVB Senior Sports Sales Manager, “Being chosen to host this event further illustrates Butler County as a premier youth sporting event destination”. “To have a sporting event of this magnitude and prestige come to West Chester is very exciting” stated Judi Boyko, West Chester Township Administrator. “We look forward to hosting these athletes and their families during this two day event.” More than 600 athletes competed at the 2011 USA Triathlon Junior and Youth National Championship in Chula Vista, Calif. The economic impact of the event is estimated at $700,000. Visit for full event details. About USA Triathlon Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon — one of the fastest growing sports in the world — as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions 3,500 races and connects with more than 150,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including ITU World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the International Triathlon Union and the United States Olympic Committee.

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Peopp l e To S ee:: The Clowns A cr ob ats Animal Trainers 141 Years of Tradition, Excitement And Wonder... COLUMBUS - The Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Circus: Fully Charged show will be at the Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on May 10-13, 2012. Tickets are on sale through Since its first show in 1871, the spirit of artists performing in what has become known as The Greatest Show On Earth® has fascinated onlookers and established the foundation for success of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum &

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Bailey® Circus. The all live performances, full of comedy, grace, color, precision, athleticism, suspense, music and the harmonious interaction of humans and animals, bring people back time and time again. Ringling Bros.® is part of the American cultural heritage and is the only show business phenomenon to run in three consecutive centuries. Ringling Bros. is a 141-year tradition that combines the classics –

extraordinary animal performances, captivating clown escapades and daring high-wire acts – with contemporary surprises and thrills to make the circus-going experience memorably unique. Families can depend upon Ringling Bros. to return the same time every year with a new show, and it is a family tradition handed down from generation to generation. Ringling Bros. has three independent units, the Red, Blue and Gold. Ringling Bros. hosts millions of visitors and travels to more than 90 cities in North America each year. Because animals are an integral part of The Greatest Show On Earth, Feld Entertainment is committed to the highest standards in the care of all animal performers. Many years of successfully working and living with animals have given the company a solid foundation of practical and scientific knowledge about exotic, domestic and endangered species. The animal care staff consists of animal May, 2012

People to See: at Rock on the Range COLUMBUS-The day-by-day lineup for the massive sixth annual ROCK ON THE RANGE can now be revealed. Incubus, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch and Slash lead the Saturday bill and Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Megadeth and Anthrax close out Sunday (the full schedule for this potent lineup covering the rock spectrum is below). This year, ROTR will be hosted by hard rock aficionado Jose Mangin of Sirius XM and Headbangers Ball. Hard rock music fans will also now have the chance to purchase single-day tickets and ROTR s firstever

4Pack Special when these tickets go on sale Friday, March 16 for America s premier destination rock festival, held May 18-20 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH. Single-day tickets are $59.50, plus service fees. In addition, this year

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ROTR will be offering the firstever 4-Pack Special (which includes a lower service charge with every 4 tickets) for $199, plus service fees. These tickets go on sale Friday, March 16 at 10:00 AM (ET) at the festival s website, Ticketmaster and the Crew Stadium Box Office. All tickets include free entry to the second annual Friday Night 4Play pre-show party. The day-by-day breakdown is as follows: FRIDAY NIGHT 4PLAY: Hairball; Foxy Shazam; Black Tide; Hells Bells tribute to AC/DC. SATURDAY, MAY 19: Incubus; Shinedown; Five Finger Death Punch; Slash; Cypress Hill; Chevelle; Theory of a Deadman; Halestorm; P.O.D.; Adelitas Way; Cavo; Bobaflex; Falling In Reverse; In T h i s Moment; N e w Medicine; Kyng; Otherwise; Rival Sons; Emphatic; (Fox TV winner TBA). SUNDAY, MAY 20: Rob Zombie; Marilyn Manson; Megadeth;

Anthrax; Mastodon; Volbeat; The Darkness; Down; Escape The Fate; Lacuna Coil; Black Stone Cherry; Attack Attack!; Trivium; Redlight King; James Durbin; Aranda; 12 Stones; SOiL; Eve To Adam; Ghosts Of August. Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, ROCK ON THE RANGE is a multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent line-up of bands on three stages. The nationally renowned festival centrally located in the heart of the country has annually drawn weekend crowds in excess of

70,000 since its inception in 2007. Visit,, and for the most up-to-date information. Page 13

Calendar of Events: SCCA LAND SPEED RACING May 6/WILMINGTON - Catch the exhilaration and excitement of the SCCA races this season. The next race will be held from 9 am to 5 pm and admission is free for all spectators. Bring your lawnchairs and follow all the action in person. Wilmington Air Park, Airborne Rd. Call 937-728-6557 for additional information.

included in the ticket price. Order online at Cafe or call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630. Park in the Arts Garage on the corner of Second and Ludlow Streets, and pick-up a $3 parking voucher when you check in at the event registration table.


May 13/ALL TOWNS USA - Remember to tell your May 15/DAYTON - Closing the season with a look at mother how much you care! the creative work and development of The Human Race WINDOWS AND MIRRORS Theatre Company’s newest show, Band Geeks! (The Loft May/WILMINGTON - The Quaker Heritage Center Theatre, May 31-June 17). With music by Gaby Alter, Mark Allen and Tommy Newman, Band Geeks! is a high- invites you to view Windows and Mirrors: Reflections This art exhibit memorialstepping tribute to high school marching bands and misfits on the War in Afghanistan. everywhere. Mid-Day Arts Caf welcomes members of izes Afghan civilian casualties and provides a forum to the cast and creative team behind Band Geeks! along with address the true cost of this war. This free exhibit is part The Human Race Producing Artistic Director Kevin of a national tour sponsored by the American Friends Moore, who will share the development and inspiration Service Committee, a Quaker organization dedicated to peace and nonviolence. The Center is open Mon. - Fri., behind this triumphant musical for all ages. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m. with 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Located at the Wilmington College. For the performance and lunch lasting from noon to 1 p.m. more information, visit . 937Tickets are $12 and must be purchased in advance. A com- 382-6661 x 719. plete box lunch provided by Citilites Restaurant & Bar is


FEAST OF THE FLOWERING MOON May 25-27/CHILLICOTHE - Yoctangee Park, in historic downtown, makes a perfect setting for this family oriented event featuring Native American music, dancing, traders and exhibits, a mountain men encampment rendezvous with working craftsmen and demonstrations, an extensive arts and crafts show with over 80 crafter s and commercial exhibits. Entertainment, food, fun, games and contests for the whole family to enjoy. This is an educational experience for the entire family. All events are FREE to the public. These events include: Main Stage Entertainment, Kid s Fun Run (Saturday), Senior Citizens Day & Bingo (Friday), Gospel Day (Sunday), Memorial Day Parade, Duck Race (ducks are free at the Hospice Booth), & more. For more information, visit Page 14

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