Ohio Cooperative Living

Toy Story: Ohio’s vintage toy shops

A ride-on horse with wheels was $395 at 580 Antiques in Columbus. (Photo by Margo Bartlett) No one ever went into the vintage toy business out of dreary obligation. In fact, many of the people we met...

Back in time at Berdine’s Five & Dime

Berdine's Five & Dime (photo by Becky Linhardt) Harrisville, West Virginia, boasts the oldest operating dime store in the United States. Berdine’s Five & Dime began as a general store in 1908 and...

Farmers and hunters: Feeding the hungry

(Photo by Chip Gross) Twenty years ago this fall, Rick Wilson was driving along a Virginia highway when he spotted a woman standing beside a car with the trunk open. “From the way she was dressed and by...

Beagles and cottontails

Four guys holding on to what is becoming a lost art: Scott Lynch, Dave Miller, Greg Thomas (also shown at left), and Rick Truman, hunting with their beagles. (Photo by Chip Gross) For some 25 years, I...

Campus canines

Polar Paws volunteers show off their trainees for the group’s founder, Matt Sutton, back row, left. (Photo by Damaine Vonada) Graduation Day, as it is for most who walk the stage to receive their...

The night the lights went out in Georgia

Linemen from Logan County Electric Cooperative and Midwest Electric Cooperative found a friendly Buckeye face in the midst of Georgia Bulldog country, though all the Ohio workers reported residents were,...

Restoring common sense

Pat O'Loughlin, president and CEO of Ohio's Electric Cooperatives The electric power “grid” that serves our country is a complex and highly technical system that depends on hundreds of organizations...

Extraordinary cranberries

Cranberry-Pear Cobbler (photos by Catherine Murray) Most of us think of the uniquely American cranberry only for its juice or as a saucy complement to holiday roast turkey. But these tart little wonders,...

Have a funny wildlife story to tell?

Photo by Chip Gross As Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor, I hear some pretty humorous tales about wildlife in the Buckeye State. For instance, take a look at the photo above. At first glance it...

Lustron: Midcentury Modern

Columbus-based Lustron Homes filled a need for housing when veterans began returning at the end of World War II. The company built more than 2,600 homes that were shipped across the country and around the...