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Ladybugs: Garden protectors

Credit: Getty Images In 1975, the Ohio General Assembly chose the ladybug as the official state insect, citing attributes shared with the great people of the Buckeye State. "The ladybug is symbolic of...

Gateway to Hocking Hills

The new Hocking Hills Visitor Center The rugged, natural beauty of the Hocking Hills region in southeastern Ohio attracts more than 4 million visitors annually, so it's not surprising that Hocking Hills...

Safety mission

Russ Beckner and his grandson, Ryland Beckner, have made it their mission to build awareness of potential safety issues on the farm through their Southwest Ohio Family Farm Safety program. Part of their work...

One weird bird

The experience of watching an American bittern in the wild is worth the wait. (Photo by Chip Gross.) I don't consider myself an avid birder, but I understand enough about Ohio birds to know when something...

Orchid empire

https://youtu.be/b_nFBpQUDqI With jade leaves held upright by translucent vases and tall flower spikes laden with buds, Phalaenopsis orchids ride on a conveyor belt inside the orchid range at Green Circle...

The Underground Railroad: Path to freedom

A piece of artwork at the John Parker House museum in Ripley depicts travelers and “conductors” on the Underground Railroad. When Dewey Scott retired from the hustle and bustle of Cincinnati to the...

To the source: Ohio’s rivers inspire reflection

At left, the Stillwater River widens as it flows through Ansonia. Our state's very name, translated from the language of its original inhabitants, means "Good River." While Ohio is named specifically for...

Woods woman: E. Lucy Braun

Johnson Woods is home to several of the large trees that were documented and preserved by Lucy Braun. I have a recurring daydream where I try to imagine what it must have been like to see the Ohio country...

Co-op Spotlight: Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative

Green Circle Growers, one of the largest greenhouses in North America, is an LMRE member. Just to the west of Cleveland and a little south of Lake Erie, Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative (LMRE)...

Sheriff Maude makes history

Maude Collins 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...