Ohio Cooperative Living

Water heater efficiency and maintenance

Insulating your water heater and keeping the temperature at 120 degrees or below are two ways to save money on your utility bill. When a water heater reaches a certain age, it can be easy to assume it’s...

Raising reindeer

Nathan Kleer (yellow jacket) and his wife, Brienna, are among the Kleer family members who help man the farm and manage the herd during the busy holiday season. By far, the question Kevin and Debbie Kleer...

White Pillars: The Christmas Experience

Keith Taylor and his wife, Yolanda, put final touches on one of the numerous displays in their Norwich shop. They pride themselves on providing a festive, personal experience for their customers. Keith...

Ohio Icon: Spangler Candy Company

Photo courtesy of Spangler Candy Location: Bryan, in northwest Ohio, the Williams County seat and home to about 9,000 people. Provenance: In 1906, Arthur Spangler used $450 he’d earned on a paper...

Former OEC chief executive finds a calling in service

Tony Ahern, former CEO of Ohio's Electric Cooperatives, is using his engineering expertise to help people around the world. For Tony Ahern, volunteer service work truly was a leap of faith. It has led him...

Holiday bonus: Returning money to co-op members

Roger Rhonemus, an Adams Rural Electric Cooperative member, receives capital credits annually from his co-op. To Roger Rhonemus, it’s almost like a Christmas bonus. Every year for about 20 years now,...

What’s the difference?

Credit: Getty Images Pat O'Loughlin, president and CEO of Ohio's Electric Cooperatives Electric co-ops were established to provide electricity to people living in rural communities. Folks in rural...

It’s Christmastime in the city

Ohio’s major cities host a variety of signature holiday events. Some are old favorites as nostalgic and treasured as a childhood Christmas stocking. Others are as shiny and exciting as a new toy. But all...

Spreading cheer with holiday cookies

Candy cane cookies (Photography by Catherine Murray) Baking cookies is a time-honored — and delicious — holiday tradition in households everywhere. While friends, neighbors, teachers, and co-workers...

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Black Radish Creamery's fruit preserves are just one of many great ideas for Ohio-based holiday gifts. You won’t need to go dashing through the snow to do your Christmas shopping. We’ve searched the...