Ohio Cooperative Living

The rice stuff

Jambalaya With some imagination, the common grain can become an extraordinary...

Short line railroads: Movers and shakers

Engine 5255, a 100-ton locomotive christened in 1979, is Indiana Eastern Railroad’s "work-horse" that pulls cargo to and from New Haven, Ohio. Layhigh Road is a little-traveled ribbon of asphalt in rural...

Ice delivery: Frozen in time

Wagons like this one from the People’s Ice and Coal Company delivered ice in the 1890s. (Image courtesy Hancock Historical Museum, Findlay) Let's look to the future: It's mid-July and incredibly hot, just...

Island power

Two 4-mile-long underwater cables from Marblehead on the mainland supply power to Kelleys Island. Supplying electricity to an island is no small feat. Supplying reliable electricity to the largest American...

Kelleys Island: Old and new

David Ervin and Knute Lahrs say a big part of their respective jobs is simply to help keep co-op members happy. Ervin is the only full-time HWEC employee stationed on the island, while Lahrs was the...

Game-day buffet

Whether they’re more interested in great plays or great commercials, your guests will appreciate this spread of new flavors and old...

Ohio Icon: These Are My Jewels

Photo courtesy of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board Location: On the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse at the northwest quadrant of Capitol Square. Provenance: Created for an Ohio exhibit at the...

College Corner: A place on the map

West College Corner, Indiana, and its neighbor and sister city, College Corner, Ohio Maps make for good reading. In the names of places, you'll find some history, drama, romance, biography, and even some...

Farm girl with curls

Lauren Schwab Eyre is a member of Butler Rural Electric Cooperative. Lauren Schwab Eyre has carefully and intentionally cultivated her image as a "farm girl with curls." She not only works on her family's...

Snowy winter forecast

Photo by Chip Gross On Thanksgiving Day 2017, an uninvited guest arrived at an Amish farm just a few miles north of Berlin, Ohio — and decided to stay. It was a young snowy owl, and the bird hung around...