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Beyond the Buckeyes: Ohio’s other nutty mascots

D'Artagnan and the Big Blue Blob cheer on the Xavier University Musketeers at sporting events. Aesculus is hardly a word that would strike fear into anyone’s heart. Yet Ohioans take pride in their...

Jailhouse home

Nelson Smith and the Licking County Governmental Preservation Society are working to restore the residence portion of the Old Licking County Historic Jail to its once-splendorous state. Imagine being 13...

Goosebumps and giggles: R.L. Stine balances humor and horror

(Photo by Getty Images) Scaring children may seem like an odd way to make a living, but Goosebumps author R.L. Stine has a knack for it. “You just sort of feel it,” says Stine, an Ohio native who...

Ohio Icon: Brant’s Apple Orchard

Delicious apple treats are available at Brant's Apple Orchard in Ashtabula. (Photo by Damaine Vonada) Location: Northern Ashtabula County between Lake Erie and Interstate 90. Provenance: Roy and Debbie...

Fun and funny fall festivals

The Official Paul Bunyan Show (Photo courtesy of Charles Blocker) The Official Paul Bunyan Show Just as Paul Bunyan cuts an enormous figure in American folklore, the Paul Bunyan Show has carved out a huge...

The pawpaw king

Visitors enjoy the 2016 Ohio Pawpaw Festival, which included a walking pawpaw tree character. (Photo by Chip Gross) Chilled, it was President George Washington’s favorite dessert. Today, rural folk...

Marking History: Marietta’s Sewah Studios

Sewah Studios owner Bradford Smith with his company’s own marker. (Photo by Damaine Vonada) The ubiquitous historical markers seen on roadsides around the country have their own unique look, state by...

Keeping it simple

Chad Snelling (left) and Jeff Wince have a successful farm and skin-care product business in rural Licking County. (Credit: Marilyn Jones) Greeted by four rescue dogs as I walk toward the 19th-century...

Ohio Icon: End of the Commons General Store

End of the Commons General Store, Mesopotamia (Credit: Damaine Vonada) Location: Intersection of State Routes 534 and 87 near the west end of Mesopotamia’s village green (a.k.a. the...

Dark sky destination

The sky above Observatory Park is often dark enough to catch a spectacular view of the Milky Way, and the park is a favorite spot for amateur and professional photographers alike. (Photo by P. Sisto...