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An Honest Day’s Work

keim family market amish store ohio

And Amish Way of Life

By Rocco Satullo, your tour guide to fun!

Keim Family Market is owned by Dan Miller, an Amish man. This is a story about his culture, community, business and family. It’s about an honest day’s work and the Amish way of life.

In the mid-1970s, an Amish wagon-train of sorts left the Northeast Ohio Amish heartland and arrived in rural Adams County, Ohio about an hour east of Cincinnati. The fledgling community built its homes and dug into the land to farm at the edge of Appalachia. In the early 1980s, hard times fell on Roy Keim so he took his wife Mattie’s homemade pies to sell along State Route 32. He earned $68 from truckers with a sweet tooth. And it is with that humble beginning, Keim grew a popular bakery, furniture and bulk food store.  Click here to read the rest of the story.

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Rubbermaid by the Truckloads

The Original Everything Rubbermaid Building in Wooster Ohio

at Home & Garden Show

Everything Rubbermaid Store in Wooster, Ohio sets up for its annual Truckload Sale at the Wayne County Home and Garden Show on April 30 and May 1, 2016.

“Oh we have all kinds of stuff from the store and its priced dirt cheap,” said Karen Voores, manager of the historic Everything Rubbermaid Store. “People come in droves and leave with armloads of Everything Rubbermaid products.”

The Home & Garden Show expects 10,000 people and will feature 200 exhibitors. It is a family weekend event offering new car displays, floral displays and competitions, a children’s garden and traditional fair food. On Saturday, April 30th the show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, May 1st it opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. It is located at the Wayne County Fairgrounds and offers free parking and free admission.

Not only is Everything Rubbermaid the anchor of the Home & Garden show, it is the anchor store of the downtown.

Good shopping districts and malls know the secret to gaining consumers – offer an appealing anchor store. A magnet! Which is just what Everything Rubbermaid Store has been for Wooster, Ohio for the last 23 years.

The four-story building is a landmark building at the town square and is a strong part of Wooster’s past and present. It’s a good neighbor, a giving citizen, and is a strong part of the region’s history dating back well over 100 years. Rubbermaid began as Wooster Rubber in 1920.  Five businessmen started the company by making toy balloons, paving the way for Rubbermaid.

Everything Rubbermaid Store opens its doors daily to those seeking selection and savings for one of America’s most recognized brands.   In addition to selection and savings, the store provides full-shipping services and an indoor playground.

The historic store’s original purpose was to test customer response to new Rubbermaid products being manufactured in the former nearby factory.  The first such product was a patented rubber dustpan in 1933.  Since then, Rubbermaid, now Newell Brands remains a leader in developing cutting-edge technologies and products that have organized the lives of nearly every American for decades.

The store truly represents its name – Everything Rubbermaid – by offering the largest assortment of Rubbermaid products anywhere in the world.  The 24,000 square feet of shopping has an enormous assortment of items that cannot be found anywhere else.  The product line has grown to provide something for everyone.  The selection includes items from Irwin Tools, Sharpie, Goody, Rubbermaid Commercial, Graco, Calphalon and, of course, the full line of Rubbermaid Home Products and Food Storage.

On closer inspection, signs of a storied history appear throughout the store.  For example, there are old air tubes that were used by sales clerks to send payment from the customer up to the fourth floor to process the receipt for purchases and return change.  Today, the tube system is used at Christmas time as a fun way for children to send their Christmas lists to Santa at the North Pole and receive an instant reply …and a treat.

The store’s “look” often changes with the influx of new products coming to market. Every visitor is instructed to start at the top and work their way down.  The top, or 4th floor, is “Bargain Land”.  This wonderful world of savings features discontinued items and special purchases galore, with savings ranging from 30% to 50%.  The bargain merchandise, which is continually changing, makes each trip to the store a new adventure.

The third floor is the only floor that houses non Rubbermaid Products.  On the third floor there is an indoor playground where the children get a chance to try out the toys, expend some energy and make a lot of noise.

The second floor features home organization, laundry and kitchen products, as well as a full line of cleaning items.  The options seem as endless as the selection!

The first floor features products for Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Rubbermaid storage sheds, toolboxes, tools, painting supplies, and Goody hair care items.  This floor also has mail boxes and Garden Hoppers from Step 2.

This one of a kind store also makes shopping easier than ever by offering shipping for any and all items purchased.  Everything Rubbermaid’s Mail Order Department serves the United States and Canada, through phone and fax orders.  For questions or to place an order, call 330-264-7119 ext 5967 (Mon-Fri 9:30-4:30 EST) everythingrubbermaid@hotmail.com. You can also order selected items from the Everything Rubbermaid EBay Store at http://stores.ebay.com/everythingrubbermaid01.

The Everything Rubbermaid Store and the many other Wooster Merchants welcome bus tours and has a convenient loading zone directly in front of the Everything Rubbermaid Store. Contact the store to schedule a bus tour.  All bus tours receive a discount and a small gift.

Everyday is Senior Citizens Day at the Everything Rubbermaid Store.  All that is needed to get a Senior Citizens Discount is a Golden Buckeye Card (Ohio Residents) or a driver’s license verifying the shopper is 60 years old or older for out of state shoppers.

Everything Rubbermaid is located at 115 S. Market Street in
Wooster, Ohio. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 6:00, Saturday from 9:30 to 5:00, and Sunday from 12:00to 5:00 (April-Dec).  The store is closed on major holidays.  For visitor information call 330-264-7119, email everythingrubbermaid@hotmail.com or visit everythingrubbermaidstore.com/.

Spend a Day or Night in Space


A Day or Night at the
Armstrong Air & Space Museum

In the dark vacuum of space, no one can hear a scream. At the Armstrong Air & Space Museum though, the stillness of night is often broken by the sounds of Scout troops camping at the museum. This program, offered since 2011, allows groups of Scouts a more in-depth museum experience and a chance to spend the night with spacecraft, a moon rock, and other extra-terrestrial artifacts.

Christopher Moynihan has seen the overnight program expand during his years working for the museum. Now Director of Programming and Education, he describes a typical overnight experience as starting soon after the museum has closed to the public. “The kids are always excited when they first get to the museum.” Scouts are let in and unpack before taking an extended tour of the museum, its artifacts, and the stories behind those artifacts. A moon rock, space suits, and the actual capsule that first took Neil Armstrong to space illustrate the Cold War, Space Race and, of course, the life of the first man to set foot on the moon. A short film in the museum’s unique domed theater further captures the excitement of that historic day in July 1969. Following the tour and film, Scouts can work on requirements for astronomy and engineering badges, complete challenge activities, or learn more about any particular aspect of space exploration.

New in 2016 is the Astronaut Training Program, where campers simulate an exploration of the moon’s surface. One group of Scouts are helped into heavy, replica Apollo spacesuits to look for geological evidence of life on the “lunar surface”, while other Scouts act as mission control monitoring the astronauts’ health and mission status. Astronauts must quickly find the rocks, evaluate their scientific potential, and bring the best sample back to their base. Mission control communicates with the astronauts, alerting them to remaining time in the mission, oxygen use, and lunar environment dangers. The Scouts have to work together to make smart decisions quickly. Will the mission find evidence of life? Will the oxygen run out or spacesuits fail? It is really up to mission control and the astronauts themselves as to how the mission ends.

When the evening activities are over, everyone is ready for snacks (no campfire inside!) and sleep. “Even though the kids are all wound up when they get here, by bedtime they are tired out,” says Moynihan. The background noise of exhibits and flight simulators in the Modern Space Gallery replace the more typical camp sounds of crickets and owls. This unique indoor camping area allows Scouts to sleep among the artifacts, resting in their sleeping bags next to a space shuttle tire, pressure suits, and astronaut food.

Morning brings a light breakfast and packing up. One final activity and yet another group of Scouts end their overnight visit to this unique campground, the Armstrong Air & Space Museum.  

Programs and tours of the Armstrong Air & Space Museum may be scheduled through the Education Department at 419-738-8811 or education@armstrongmuseum.org.

Click here for more information about Scout Overnight programs.

Rare Oceanic Mask

Saibai Island, Torres Strait (Northern Islands, Australia), Mask, 1870, wood, human hair, shell, seedpod, fiber, pigment, melo shell and coix seeds, Toledo Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 2015.

Saibai Island, Torres Strait (Northern Islands, Australia), Mask, 1870, wood, human hair, shell, seedpod, fiber, pigment, melo shell and coix seeds, Toledo Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 2015.

This masterwork of Oceanic art has been added to the collection at the Toledo Museum of Art. The extremely rare oceanic mask is one of four known distinguished examples from Saibai Island in the Torres Straits and has been heralded by scholars as the most notable. The Saibai Island Masks are among the rarest and most spectacular works of art created by the artists of the Torres Straits.

The earliest written record of a Saibai Island mask was in 1606 when Spanish explorer Don Diego de Prado y Tovar wrote of a turtle shell example while on exploration voyage with Luís Vaz de Torres, for whom the region is named.

Masks in this style are called “mawa,” meaning “face,” and are believed to represent mythical heroes whose appearances signal important events and rites of passage. The “mawa” ceremony was held to celebrate the ripening of fruits and other crops around the month of September. The masks were carved from wood and distinct because they do not have sight apertures for the wearer, meaning that they were likely worn on the top of the head by a dancer wearing a costume of coconut leaves. They could also have been used as a kind of architectural ornament. There are only three other examples in this style, two in the Australian Museum in Sydney and one in Barbier Mueller Museum in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Brian Kennedy, president, director and CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art, commented that “This is an extraordinary, spectacular example of the sculptural tradition of mask making in the Torres Strait Islands. We have rarely seen such a striking and memorable mask. We are thrilled to have acquired an object of such rarity which expands the global range of the Toledo Museum of Art’s celebrated art collections.”

This example, from the Jolika Collection, demonstrates the powerful proportions used in Torres Strait Islander art. It is revered as the best and most remarkable example of an extremely rare body of Torres Strait art. The mask measures almost three times the size of a human face and the trapezoidal shape combined with shell eyes glowing against the dark brown wood create a haunting expression and make this one of the most memorable among masks from the South Seas.

Wooden masks in the Torres Straits are particular to the Western island of Saibai, unlike the more typical turtle shell masks of the South Seas. This is attributed to the proximity of Saibai Island to the sculptural wood tradition of New Guinea.

About the artists of the Torres Straits

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have the oldest continuous culture in the world, with a legacy of tens of thousands of years. Their art is often referred to as the oldest in human history.

What began as rock carving and body painting evolved to ritual and ceremonial objects carved from wood to modern art forms today such as ceramics and glassware.

The story behind individual works of indigenous art is often a direct tie to a sacred ceremony, historical traditions and geographic landscape. Works of art show the cultural diversity among communities, differences in language and what material resources were available for making objects.

More about Saibai Masks


Admission to the Museum is free. The Museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.; and is closed Monday and major holidays. Thursday evening hours are sponsored by Huntington Wealth Advisors. Friday evening hours are made possible by Fifth Third Bank.

The Museum is located at 2445 Monroe Street at Scottwood Avenue, just west of the downtown business district and one block off I-75 with exit designations posted. For general information, visitors can call 419-255-8000 or 800-644-6862, or visit toledomuseum.org.

Carrousel Park Turns 25


Richland Carrousel Park in Mansfield, Ohio has commissioned Todd Goings from Carousels & Carvings in Marion, Ohio to carve a 25th Anniversary Horse.

Todd is the gentleman who maintains the Carrousel to keep it in top working condition. About two years ago, Todd was called by cell phone because one of the carrousel operators heard an unusual noise. Todd said put the cell phone where the noise was coming from. After a few seconds, he said, “Shut her down; I’m on my way.” Two and a half days later, the carrousel reopened.

The Carrousel first opened August 31, 1991. Thousands of people lined the streets to ride. The 25th Anniversary Celebration will be on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate and be one of the first to ride the 25th Anniversary Horse. It’s the first new animal since the Carrousel opened.

While you’re there, enjoying carrousel music and rides, be sure to stop in the gift shop. There’s also a concession stand featuring soda, popcorn, warm pecans & almonds, candy, fresh cotton candy, chips, slush drinks, tea, Starbucks and assorted vintage small candies.

The Richland Carrousel was the first new, hand-carved carrousel to be built and operated in the United States since the 1930’s. It is located in its own pavilion in the heart of downtown Mansfield.

The carrousel figures were carved in the style of G. A. Dentzel, one of the most revered carvers of the early 1900’s. All 52 figures were designed, carved and painted by Carousel Works of Mansfield. Carrousel Works also restored the antique rounding boards, mirrors and mural frames. There are 30 horses and 22 menagerie figures, including four bears, four ostriches, four cats, four rabbits, a goat, giraffe, lion, tiger, zebra and a mythical hippocampus (part horse, part fish). A Stinson Band Organ, made by the Stinson Pipe Organ Co. of Bellefontaine, Ohio, provides rousing music for carrousel riders. The inside animals on the carrousel go 3.71 miles per hour while the outside animals go 6.77 MPH.

The scenery panels atop the carrousel depict past and present attractions in Mansfield. Tridico Silk Screening in Mansfield painted the colorful, picturesque scenes. Represented on the 18 panels are: Malabar Farm; the old Richland County Courthouse; Johnny Appleseed; the Public Library; Kingwood Center; Oak Hill Cottage; famous author Louis Bromfield; Brigadier General Frank Purdy Lahm; Mid-Ohio Race Track; the old Roller Coaster from Mansfield’s Casino Park; Lyons Falls; Vasbinder Fountain; the Central Park Bandstand; the Blockhouse; Snow Trails & Clear Fork ski areas; and Uncle Sam. A replica of a 1907 Dentzel panel and a sign stating the original low price of 50 cents per ride complete the collection.

Guarding the entrance of the carrousel are two bronze horses. They arrived in early 2003. The horses were cast from antique horses and were given by an anonymous donor. Eight picnic tables bordered by pink rose bushes surround the exterior.

Richland Carrousel Park is one of the few carrousels which is accessible to the handicapped. The horse in front of each of the chariots swivel, and the chariot seat flips up to accommodate a wheelchair. Its open 7 days a week year-round with the exception of New Years Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

For more information, visit richlandcarrousel.com/ or call 419-522-4223.

Contest for History Sleuths!


The Oberlin College Archives and Oberlin Heritage Center are pairing up to host a local competition this spring as a first step toward the statewide “I Found It in the Archives” contest sponsored by the Society of Ohio Archivists.  Contestants should have visited the College Archives or the Heritage Center to conduct research, describing how their quest for information led to the discovery of a special item or materials, and how this experience has made a difference in their lives.

Entries should be sent by April 30, 2016 to Ken Grossi, Oberlin College Archivist, at kgrossi@oberlin.edu.   Up to three finalists will have their essays or videos posted online for a public vote in early May.  The essay or video with the most votes will be declared the winner and will receive a prize from both the Archives and the Heritage Center, and may go on to compete in the statewide contest later in the year.  Click here for full contest rules and a registration form.

For more information, e-mail Liz Schultz, Executive Director of the Oberlin Heritage Center, at liz.schultz@oberlinheritage.org or Ken Grossi, Oberlin College Archivist, at kgrossi@oberlin.edu.

100 years of National Parks

100 years of national parks

Cincinnati Museum Center is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service on the big screen and now in a new exhibit. Our National Parks: Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service is open in the Ruthven Gallery at Cincinnati Museum Center.

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill that created an agency “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” That agency was the National Park Service, who today oversees 59 national parks.

Our National Parks celebrates the wide open spaces and wildlife that haven been protected and preserved over the past century. From the deserts of Arizona to the swamps of Florida to the hot springs of Wyoming, Our National Parks uses objects, art and photographs to showcase the untamed beauty of the national parks and the animals that inhabit them. Animal specimens include a beaver, sidewinder rattlesnake, bald eagle and black bear. Geological artifacts like stalagmites, Sulphur and St. Louis limestone represent the rocks and minerals that have shaped and formed iconic features of the parks we love. The exhibit also features fossils like a diplodocus vertebra and fossilized footprints that litter the landscape of prehistoric North America.

While the National Park Service has created a playground for naturalists, environmentalists and the casual outdoorsperson, they have also provided boundless inspiration for artists. Nature was Charley Harper’s muse. He painted a series of posters for the National Park Service in his classic geometric style, including a multi-piece alligator painting forEverglades National Park. Reproductions of Harper’s National Park Service posters dot the walls of the exhibit.

In addition to America’s 59 national parks, the National Park Service oversees more than 300 other sites of national importance. Battlefields, historic homes, national monuments, national heritage areas and more all fall under the protection of the National Park Service. One such site is the William Howard Taft National Historic Site , which preserves the two-story Greek revival home of the Cincinnati native and the nation’s 27th President. The William Howard Taft National Historic Site has generously loaned items from their collection to illustrate the full scope of the National Park Service and to help tell the story of the only person to serve as both President of the United States and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Our National Parks is a celebration of not only the agency but the many sites it protects. Within our nation’s parks are the stories of people and wildlife that came before us. They are awe-inspiring examples of nature’s beauty and power, shaping the landscape into breathtaking canyons, rippling sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes and incredible natural monuments like Devil’s Tower and Delicate Arch.

Our National Parks: Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service is the perfect companion exhibit to the film National Parks Adventure, now showing in the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater at Cincinnati Museum Center. The film takes viewers on an awe-inspiring visual and musical journey through several of the nation’s most iconic national parks, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Arches and Pictured Rocks.  For ticket information and show times visit click here.

Our National Parks: Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service is open through June 19, 2016. Exhibit admission is free but does not include admission to the OMNIMAX® film National Parks Adventure. For more information about Our National Parks: Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service click here.

Ohio Butterflies Found in Mexico



The Toledo Zoo made it to Mexico. Well, at least nine tagged monarch butterflies released by the Zoo’s conservation initiative, Wild Toledo, completed the 2,200+ mile migration to their historic overwintering grounds south of the border. Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus plexippus) are easily recognizable because of their orange and black coloring. However, monarchs are also a declining species because of loss of habitat and food sources, making this recorded migration a true success for biologists and butterflies alike.

Nine Toledo Zoo tags were recovered in El Rosario Butterfly Reserve, located inAngangueo, Michoacan, Mexico. Data shows that the recovered tags were from seven males and two females that were released on Zoo grounds between August 30 and September 7, 2015. The recovery of these tags means that at least those nine butterflies completed the entire journey from Toledo to Mexico, which if one were to walk the believed route would take almost 700 hours! However, as Wild Toledo coordinator, Ryan Walsh, hypothesizes, finding these nine tags together in an area probably means that the monarchs stayed together throughout the migration and that a lot more actually made it but were not recovered. He went on to point out that it is still early in the typical recovery period, so more tags may be located.

Tag recovery rates vary year to year but are typically quite low due to the incredible density of monarchs in the protected land and the small groups of locals and eco-tourists collecting the tags. Reports and pictures from the area show huge Cozumel fir trees completely covered in butterflies with branches drooping from the weight of the humongous monarch colonies. In 2014, the Zoo released 280 tagged monarchs and no tags were recovered. In 2015, 760 monarchs were tagged and released, meaning 1 in approximately every 85 butterflies were recovered. That is an incredible increase from when tagging began and only 1 in 1,000 tags were recovered! Walsh chuckled: “We’re not sure exactly why we had such a good year, but that doesn’t take away from how incredible it is to have these tags recovered.”

All monarch butterflies reared at the Toledo Zoo are raised from eggs collected in the native prairies on Zoo grounds and feed on milkweed grown from seed inside the greenhouse to control the possibility of disease. Before release each monarch butterfly is tagged by hand with a small sticker indicating an individual identification number from Monarch Watch, a dedicated group of students, scientists and citizen scientists committed to the conservation of the iconic butterfly species. Each tag displays three letters and three numbers along with an email address to report the finding. Each identification number corresponds to a record entered into the database that contains information such as sex, captive or wild-reared and the release date. Once recovered, tag numbers are recorded and the results released online so contributing institutions may track their own progress.

The increase in monarchs being reared in the greenhouse at the Toledo Zoo is thanks in part to the Zoo PAL (Proud Animal Lover) sponsorship program that enables the public to symbolically adopt a monarch for a nominal fee. Walsh assures that he is emailing the “monarch parents” from 2015 to relay this exciting news and that the Zoo is already preparing for another release this summer. “We will definitely do it again. We are very excited and encouraged by our results and can’t wait to continue sharing this incredible natural wonder!”

Full Deck of Women Aviators


The International Women’s Air & Space Museum  in Cleveland, Ohio is working to create a deck of playing cards that will feature 56 unique photos and educational facts about women in aerospace fields on the face of each card.

All 56 of the card faces may be sponsored by anyone who is interested. Individuals may want to put, “In Memory of,” or even “In Honor of,” on a card. The sponsorships vary in price from $85 to $250.

These limited edition playing cards will highlight the aerospace community as well as raise funds and bring awareness for the museum. The deck of cards will be sold in the gift shop and at various local events for $10 each.

To be a sponsor, call 216-623-1111 to reserve your card.

The museum offers free admission. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
seven days a week. Office, gift shop and research center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum is located in the terminal of Burke Lakefront Airport, only seconds from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center.

The mission of IWASM is to preserve the history of women in aviation and space and to document their continuing contributions today and in the future. In 1986 the museum opened in Centerville, Ohio. IWASM was welcomed to the City of Cleveland, Ohio in 1998, where you will find their home at Burke Lakefront

Airport. Exhibits are in the lobby at Burke, as well as the west concourse, and are accessible seven days a week. For additional information please visit www.iwasm.org.

Tiger Cubs in Columbus

columbus zoo tiger cubs

Three Amur tiger cubs were born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium last month. Based on observations from a remote camera the newborn cubs appear to be healthy and are nursing in a behind-the-scenes denning area with their mother.

This is the second litter of cubs for eleven-year-old female, Irisa, who gave birth to a litter last year.

Father to this new litter is eight-year-old Jupiter who arrived at the Columbus Zoo in March, 2015 from the Czech Republic. Jupiter’s move to the Columbus Zoo was through a partnership with the European Endangered Species Program(EEP) and the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) in an effort to increase the genetic health and diversity of tigers in human care. This birth marks the second litter sired by Jupiter but his first in a North American zoo.

“Welcoming tiger cubs at the Zoo is always exciting but it is also a time when we proceed with cautious optimism,” said President/CEO Tom Stalf. “Tiger cubs are very fragile at birth, however they appear to be thriving and Irisa is being an attentive mother.”

With the addition of the three cubs there are currently seven Amur tigers at the Columbus Zoo.

The tiger is the largest of all cat species. Native to Asia there are six living and three extinct subspecies of tiger. Currently there are fewer than 150 Amur tigers in 49 AZA institutions in North America. These tigers are considered pedigreed since they have a known ancestry and breeding recommendations to maintain genetic diversity are managed by a studbook.

Amur tigers (Panthera tigris altaica), also historically referred to as Siberian tigers, are critically endangered; fewer than 400 individuals are believed to exist in the forests of the Russian Far East. Their populations are dwindling due to overhunting of prey species such as deer and wild boar, habitat loss, and poaching for skins and body parts used in traditional Chinese medicine. Humans directly cause 75 to 85 percent of tiger deaths.

The Columbus Zoo is a long-term supporter of the Siberian Tiger Project which was established in 1992 by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The Zoo’s privately raised funding contributes to improving human-tiger conflict mitigation, increasing capacity for young Russian scientists, and biological monitoring of tigers through camera trapping, track surveys and radio collaring.

Home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 600 species from around the globe, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium leads and inspires by connecting people and wildlife. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Course. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates the Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio.

Bear’s Mill is a Standout!

bears-mill-Timothy Clopp Photography - Darke CVB

Bear’s Mill is to the art community what flour is to baking. This standout in Ohio tourism has been around since 1849. And it is still operational today. The four story grist mill stands strong with its weathered look wearing its history in plain sight. Its photogenic features, inside and out have drawn national attention. Its shop – the Mill Market – and special events have drawn fans from near and far. Visitors are treated with history, food and art. Exhibits rotate photography, paintings, pottery and sculpture. Tours and demonstrations are available year round. Complete information is available at http://bearsmill.org/.


This award recognizes Ohio’s standouts in tourism. More details about the award and all award recipients are at ohiotraveler.com/standouts-in-ohio-tourism/.