How to find Polaris for Star Trail Photography

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Shooting for the stars with astronomers at the Perkins Observatory in Delaware, Ohio Jim Varadi doesn’t need a Star Chart app on his iPhone to identify stars an constellations in the night sky. The amateur astronomer knows instinctively where to look. So, when I got an assignment to photograph a night-time program at the PerkinsRead more

Create-Your-Own Ohio State Park Vacation

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While state parks are known for their camping facilities, there are comfy lodges that put you smack-dab in the middle of nature without the discomfort of bugs or sleeping on the hard ground. Here’s how to choose the state park and lodge that’s right for you and your family. If you live in Ohio, chancesRead more

Extreme Traveler: Kristian Campana — farflungtravels

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For most people, travel is fun or a work necessity. For others, travel is an obsession. Kristian Campana, founder of, started blogging about festivals in 2009 to help satisfy his travel bug. Since then, he has driven enough miles to circle the globe once. Later this month, he will celebrate his 300th festival atRead more

Can this caterpillar predict the future?

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Some say the woollybear is the “Punxsutawney Phil” for winter forecasting . . . After spotting this little guy on the sidewalk this morning, it reminded me that the Woollybear Festival in Vermilion, Ohio, is coming up on October 6. Ohio’s largest one-day festival is dedicated to the fuzzy larvae of the Tiger moth, whichRead more

Mansfield to host ‘Shawshank’ reunion this weekend

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The town that served as the backdrop for “The Shawshank Redemption” will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its filming this Labor Day weekend. Mansfield, Ohio, and its iconic Ohio State Reformatory, hosted Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, who starred in the 1994 film as convicted murderers. The reunion festivities include events and tours taking placeRead more

Art of Glass

Toledo, Ohio, has never been hotter. And there’s no place where that is more evident than at the glass-blowing studio at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion, where the ovens are cranked up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Each day, the resident artisans shape molten glass into beautiful works of art in front of crowdsRead more

Invasive plant threatens summer fun

Two weeks ago, my friend and I packed a picnic and made plans to take her kids to Wallace Lake in Berea, Ohio, for a day at the beach, complete with paddleboat rides on the water. When we got there, the boats were chained up on the shore — apparently grounded until further notice. “NoRead more

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