Favorite Ohio Small Town

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Hovenaut's picture

Defiance.

The hometown, and driving along the Maumee is one of my earliest memories.

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BradentonBuck's picture

Pizza at Primos and fishing at the Power Dam or 5 Span Bridge (yellow belly catfish be damned), those were my summers for quite a while.

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Hovenaut's picture

Beautiful scenes.

Haven't been on the river since I was a kid, had an uncle near Toledo who had a boat and we'd (my dad and I) go out for walleye.

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Defiance J's picture

Grew up there as well. Always bring back some Cashmans BBQ sauce when I visit. 

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Hovenaut's picture

Aw man...now you're talking. 

I haven't had Cashman's in years - my uncle used that stuff on his ribs (from Fort Defiance meats). 

I don't see them online, wonder if they ship...would love to pick some up. 

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Defiance J's picture

They are a little tricky. Come in glass jars or large plastic containers - maybe a gallon. I wrapped them in newspaper to put in checked luggage. Been letting my friends in FL sample. 

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Hovenaut's picture

Got it - will see what I can find out via the Googlemachine. 

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Buckeye1996's picture

Hey Hove. My wife is from Delphos and I'm from Pandora. I just got back from a fishing trip out of Turtle Creek Marina. My father has a boat at the dock and a nice trailer as the homestead up there. I have pictures and will post them down below.

I have so many memories growing up in NW Ohio and it makes a bit sad every time I go back. I moved away nearly 24 years ago. This trip marks 10 years since I've been back.

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Jumar's picture

Pandora? My wife has a lot of family from there and I grew up a town over.

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Buckeye1996's picture

Grove or Bluffton?

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Jumar's picture

Grove. Live closer to Bluffton now though.

Bluffton is a great small town. The farmers market Saturday mornings is small but top notch. Shannon Theater, Shirley's Popcorn and Luke's make for a good date night.

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mizzer's picture

We live in the Pandora school district.  My wife is a teacher at Columbus Grove high school. ;)

Another vote for Grand Rapids.  On a spring day, lunch on the back patio at La Roe's and then a stroll by the river is hard to beat.

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Jumar's picture

Small world Mizzer. I have a lot of family that work at CG school.

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

A cheap date night at that. Shannon Theater is a (somehow) well kept secret. Who ever heard of seeing a movie, buying popcorn and a drink and not dropping $30?

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Jumar's picture

No kidding. I need something cheap with so many kids. $3 tickets and $6 for a tub of popcorn and two drinks is awesome.

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BradentonBuck's picture

I like Delphos.  Topp Chalet pizza is the bomb, followed by a walk to The Creamery for ice cream.  I'm from Van Wert so we did that almost every Sunday. 

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albinomosquito's picture

I went to elementary at St. John's and graduated HS from Ottoville.  My dad and brother are Fire/EMS in Delphos and they're getting hit pretty hard with the drug epidemic these days.  Putnam County is still full of beer drinkers and where I prefer to spend my time when I go home..

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BradentonBuck's picture

I agree with that sentiment. I worked in Ottawa for about I years and love Putnam County. The large Catholic contingent know how to party correctly.

Van Wert is suffering similar issues with the Heroin as well as Meth, it's pretty bad. I check the Obits online pretty regularly and there seems to be a 20 something in there almost daily. It's not just a poverty crisis either, there are some prominent families dealing with this crap also. Sad for sure.

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JasonR's picture

I'm also from Putnam Co. (Leipsic), and also have some great memories of growing up there. Kind of makes me sad to go back these days but for a different reason. Just not what it used to be.

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

It did not take long for Putnam County to show up in this thread. You can guess by my username where I'm from as well.

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mizzer's picture

Yes, of course.

Also, "tater" does not rhyme with "Schroeder". ;)

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SlickityDarza's picture

You a fan of Stinky's Country Well?

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

Who isn't?

Within hours of being married, my new wife and I were dancing on Stinky's bar.

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SlickityDarza's picture

Is that a picture of you on Stinky's google page? lol

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moxywoxy's picture

Born and raised in Defiance. Great memories, but that town has seen better days. Visit 3-4 times per year to see my parents. Just not the same anymore.

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Hovenaut's picture

I hope to get my son there soon, as I feel like I'm in a race against time.

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DCDDC's picture

Do it Hove, just do it.

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SlickityDarza's picture

There's probably a very slim chance of you seeing this, but if you do... What makes you say Defiance has seen better days?

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moxywoxy's picture

Population has declined. Much of the "history" is being erased. And like many small towns, definitely feeling the epidemic.

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SlickityDarza's picture

Huh, didn't know the population has declined. Can you give me an example of "history" being erased? Not trying to be argumentative, just genuinely curious.

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awlinBrutus's picture

Sugarcreek. Love that amish cheese. 

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

25 years ago, absolutely.

It's a crowded tourist nightmare on weekends these days.

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Hondo's picture

Interesting. What is there to tour in Yellow Springs?

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

The art galleries, little craft stores, brewery, winery & cafes are like crack for city hipsters. Young's Dairy has also grown massively in the past couple of decades

It's practically a theme park on Saturdays these days.

I grew up in the area during the late 70s & 80s & spent more time in YS than just about anyone who didn't live there. It is a very different place these days.

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BuckeyeInDenver's picture

This echoes a lot of what my parents have told me about Yellow Springs. I still have family in the area, and it's cool to stop by downtown YS and see Dave Chappelle hanging out at Dino's or the Emporium, but it sounds like things have changed considerably over the years.

My dad is probably around your age, and he has some crazy stories from YS back in the day--most of which center around drinking underage at the Trail Tavern.
 

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Damn I need an editor. I said "these days" three times in two posts.

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Buckaroo Banzai's picture

What is there to tour in Yellow Springs?

How about a field of sunflowers (nearly 400,00 of them) at 4633 U.S. Route 68 North, just north of Yellow Springs.

From 2016:

Bobbing for french fries.

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Bighemdog's picture

The Berkley of the Midwest for sure.  

OH!

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

"Yello Springs, the Berkley of the Midwest"

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BuckeyeInDenver's picture

Lol. Considerably less expensive than Berkeley, though.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Guess which is UCB & which is Antioch. Prepare to be shocked.

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

The in vs out of state gives it away, and the housing is a clear tell. It's amazing how inexpensive yet top notch the UC system is out here.

What's amazing to me is when I hear aboit the students protesting about the rising costs, yet they don't realize how cheap it is compared to other schools.

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BuckeyeInDenver's picture

I should clarify: I was talking about the cost of living in Berkeley, CA, vs. Yellow Springs. Wasn't comparing UC Berkeley with Antioch.

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Buctor's picture

Have never lived there, but visited a few times to look around and eat.

Not sure how close, but Young's Dairy is a must!  Bull shake or bust.  Knew a young air officer that lived there, he just about burst out of his uniforms due to frequent Bull shakes.

Edit, missed SL above, but YD, though way more crowed still makes great ice cream.  It's the cow type!  Heavy cream producers.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Beat me to it - I am sitting in CF right now.

Had a great lunch at M Italian yesterday.

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Whoa Nellie's picture

You're in town and didn't tell me? WTF? ;-)

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Seattle Linga's picture

Sorry my man - you've not been on for awhile that I have seen - gonna have to catch you next time.

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Jay Lawerence's Laugh's picture

CF is pretty in the winter time. Living in the south I miss the white stuff.

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SilvioDante's picture

I consider Athens too large now and Yellow Springs is the popular vote.

Dresden use to be something before longaberger went down.

For me, it's Logan and Nelsonville.

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Jumar's picture

Logan is nice with Hocking Hills. Nelsonville has a cheap theater.

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SilvioDante's picture

Both have seen better days, and the opioid crisis is strong in those parts, but it's familiarity, childhood nostalgia that does it for me.

Also, Wayne National Forest is Ohio's playground.

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85ydsofcrushedhope's picture

Messed my ankle up on those trails.  Great times.

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Defiance J's picture

My liver hurts just thinking about it. 

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James Grega's picture

Was there two weekends ago. Always a magical place. 

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Jimmy77's picture

Thank you!  It's been a long time.

Jimmy77

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ELYBUCK's picture

Waldo,Ohio G&R Tavern fried bologna sandwich

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UFest57's picture

Everyone who speaks of Waldo speaks of that sandwich. I need to check it out when passing through next time. 

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albinomosquito's picture

I live just outside of Waldo.  Never been a fan of the thick bolgna sandwich, but G&R has the "Country Boy" which is delicious.  It's a cheeseburger sandwiched between two slices of thin-cut bologna on a bun.  Absolutely amazing.  Bring cash because they don't take credit card!

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

I bring the family to the G&R every time we are in Marion to see my mom. They love it. 

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xbuceye's picture

I grew up close to Millersburg. Spent a lot of time around the Amish. Always enjoy visiting Millersburg and Charm area when i'm back in Coshocton.

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Buckeye0905's picture

My girlfriend’s dad works close to Millersburg. It is a beautiful area. Have you been to the brewery?

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85ydsofcrushedhope's picture

I’m currently living in Fresno.  Millersburg is really nice.  Bags is a nice treat.  It’s right next to the brewery.  We tend to hit that area before we go to amishville (charm).  Nice day trip

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Buckeye0905's picture

My girlfriend and I were going to stop at Wooly Pig but unfortunately it was closed. We did stop at a local market I believe called Mckenna’s. We absolutely loved the place and most produce was just a fraction of Kroger’s price. 

How do you like living in the area? We can pretty much live anywhere in Ohio and will be looking for more land here soon. Amish Country area is near the top of our list. 

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85ydsofcrushedhope's picture

My wife grew up in Fresno, I'm from Hamilton. I wanted to raise our two sons in the better place. I've always loved nature/woods, so it was an easy choice for us. The boys are graduated and leaving the nest so I'm ready to move on. I was a military kid, so I'm not used to staying in one area. I could not say anything about the area because I have great memories and great friends here. If you love deer hunting, you cant beat the area as it's one of the best in the US. We live halfway between Columbus and Pittsburgh, so weekend trips are easy if you like the city. If you can find a good paying job here and you love the country life, go for it.

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xbuceye's picture

I haven't been to the brewery. I was up several weeks ago while my dad had surgery in Zanesville. I was going to go to Wooly Pig Farms Brewery in Fresno as it's only 15 or so minutes from my parents house, but they kept him in the hospital 1 day longer than was expected and I never got a chance.

I did pick up a couple of Millersburg Brewery beers to bring home with me. I had the Lot 21 Blonde and 7 Lick Hill Wheat and liked them both.

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85ydsofcrushedhope's picture

Wooly pig is awesome. Small, but really good beer. No food yet, but every so often they bring in food trucks.

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tcm1968's picture

I'll go with Chagrin Falls as well.. although if memory serves it's a village not a town :) So maybe that's cheating...

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BuckInChicago's picture

Kent will always hold a special place in my heart (If you haven't been since they redeveloped the campus/downtown area it's totally different than 10 years ago.)

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analyticalguy's picture

Kent is too big to be a small town.  But they have certainly done a nice job on the makeover. When I attended grad school there in the 70s it was WAY different.

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AngryWoody's picture

Wilmington in Clinton County is absolutely beautiful. It's lost a little luster since DHL left, but it's still gotta be the nicest town down the 71 stretch between Cincy and Columbus.

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Hondo's picture

Spent last Sunday knocking around Wooster. The College of Wooster campus is pretty spectacular.

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Seattle Linga's picture

In the Summer time anywhere on Lake Erie is perfect for me. 

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buckzilla1's picture

Loudonville. Beano's Buckeye Ballroom is the shiznit.

Senecaville. Undiscovered and certainly unspoiled gem of Guernsey/Noble County is Seneca Lake. 

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SilvioDante's picture

Undiscovered? Been going to Seneca Lake for 3 decades now! So much busier than growing up.

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85ydsofcrushedhope's picture

We do our annual cabrewing down the Mohican.  Great time

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RK84's picture

Shhhh don't let anyone know about Seneca. Perfect size, perfect feel, damn it I just did it too.

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allinosu's picture

Circleville always held a big place in my heart with the pumpkin festival.

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osudray's picture

It’s the pumpkin SHOW :)

growing up in circleville we were taught to take that very seriously 

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NOLABuckeye's picture

My sister lives there and jumped on me for calling it a festival.

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allinosu's picture

I haven't been since early 80s (lots sin the 60s and 70s)and I do miss it. I don't remember anyone there calling it a show. When did that happen?

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osudray's picture

I am 27 and it has always been called "The greatest free show on earth" it's super clique but still what it's referred as none the less. My grandpa is 80 and if you say anything other than show, he is ready to smack you. It really is fighting words to the older crowd, and has rubbed off enough that I always correct anyone that says it differently

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Buck298's picture

My favorite Circleville story is from going to a strip club in Columbus for my bachelor party. We took the new young guy from the office, he was the epitome of wholesome and naive. We didn’t tell him about going to a strip club and so his reaction to the first dancer was wide eyed and stupefied. All he could say was, Oh my, Oh my, Oh my. Well they get to the 6th dancer “Amber”. He goes white and can’t even speak. I give him credit because she really was beautiful. After her dance he continues to stare straight ahead and doesn’t move or speak. She walks up from behind him and says, Hi Trent, and gives him a kiss. All he can do is stutter. H-h-h-hi. 

Turns out these two were the King and Queen of the Circleville Pumpkin Show a few years before. 

All of the rest of us just lost it. There was no topping that. I will never forget that look on his face. 

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The Rill Dill's picture

The housekeeper (Berta) on Two And A Half Men is from Circleville.

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85ydsofcrushedhope's picture

Knew I was connected to her somehow. Haha

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buckeyeboy31's picture

Love the thread, grew up just south of Bolivar in the Dover area and then Newcomerstown...the hometown of Woody Hayes and Cy Young gets my vote 

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bucknut8's picture

Go Tornadoes! Born and raised in a dover. 

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Spivan's picture

Leetonia.

But only because I grew up there.

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scooby22's picture

nice ... greenford boy right here ... we're almost neighbors (although i just moved to north lima)!  now those are some SMALL towns!!!

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Spivan's picture

Used to be almost neighbors.  I'm in Georgia now.

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AirAssaultBuckeye's picture

Columbiana here.

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Buckeyeplumber's picture

From New Waterford originally

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OHinTN's picture

Nice to see Columbiana County representing!  I lived in East Palestine, Columbiana and Hanoverton growing up (went to HS at United Local).  My dad carried mail in Leetonia in the late 80's/early 90's.  I still have family in East Palestine.

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NoVAsmitty's picture

Salem here, but never returned after college. Have a few cousins left in the area. 

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stxbuck's picture

I lived in Burton for about 3 years when I was very young. Very cool area-country/rural w/out a lot of country attitude from some places.

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Jay Lawerence's Laugh's picture

Geauga county fair is a great “to do” in Burton. 

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Jumar's picture

Grand Rapids is a nice little town with good ice cream.

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MercyTex's picture

I caught my first fish downstream from the dam.  Local legend Jim Meeker trained me to swim over 40 years ago.  He later became my high school football coach back in 1979-80.  He passed away way too young.  

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niblick's picture

my dad lives in bolivar, helluva lil place.

and sublime smoke and lockport are must stops if youre there, you nailed it.

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0H-10's picture

Deshler, Ohio 43516. The Corn City of my childhood and youth though, not today's Deshler; though there are still some great people, the town has changed dramatically.

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BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Granville 

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GranvilleBuck's picture

Not as good now as it was, but still a nice place.

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Grande Gustavo's picture

Yea I'll go with the Village as well.  If only because I grew up there.

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Il_Padrino's picture

Great discussion - love the suggestions herein.

For those of you in the small towns - world news reports enormous heroin issues all over Ohio, WV, etc. = have you witnessed it in the small towns you commented on?  Some scary stuff (the way it is reported) so just wanted to know.  Thx.

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Buckeye0905's picture

I created this thread and mentioned Bolivar because it seems like a great small town which has not been impacted by the epidemic. 

I grew up in Eastern Ohio about 20 minutes from Wheeling, WV. My native town, and pretty much each one surrounding it, has suffered through the consequences of opiates. More than a few people I went to school with have OD’d and passed away, including a few popular cheerleaders from well-to-do families. Plenty more have been through treatment. It doesn’t discriminate. My family’s house has been robbed on multiple occasions for shit to pawn and they live in a rural, middle class area. 

I have no clue where/how it all started. I understand some people are over prescribed by shady medical professionals but I think young people back home just seem to get bored and try it out when they’re around people they shouldn’t be hanging with. 

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Il_Padrino's picture

Sorry to hear about your hometown.  WV has been decimated by this horrible thing so not a wonder it pulled your nearby town in. 

Thanks for sharing and a quick sidebar does not constitute hijacking - this is an important thing to talk about as we all ponder our favorite small towns. 

Kind regards.

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stxbuck's picture

Heroin is everywhere. You don't see violence or gun play associated w/ the drug trade, but pretty much every small town is inundated w/ the crap. I grew up in Lebanon, and in the 80s/90s there was the normal weed and small time coke, but nothing extreme or especially noticeable. Now heroin is everywhere-public ODs, police putting up road signs flashing 'Turn in your local dealer", and everyone knows someone-my parents had junkies renting the house next door to them, a good friends sister in law is every bad cliche come to life regarding junkies,etc,etc. Very sad.

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osurox's picture

I too hail from Lebanon; lived there in the 90's until graduating from high school in early 2000s.  

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stxbuck's picture

Yeah, I think you mentioned that on another board. Town doesn't change much, but you notice more stuff when you are an adult than when you were a kid!

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osurox's picture

Perhaps I did on the old scout forum.  You are right though, it hasn't changed that much outside of a bigger Walmart and a few more subdivisions.  Although, I heard they tore down my old elementary school (Louisa Wright).  

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stxbuck's picture

Yup, all the grades are in K-2, 3-5, 4-6, Jr. high schools now. They tore down the old HS-was the jr high and built a new jr. high next door. I am a Holbrook alum, fwiw.

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osurox's picture

I hadn't heard about the old high school going away.  I graduated from that not too long ago; or are you talking about Berry?  I don't go back there anymore, outside of holidays to visit my mom, and never go through town...although the Horse Drawn Carriage parade is something I have wanted to take my wife to; it just happens to be on the BT Championship weekend and we go to Indy for the game every year.  The two places I miss are the Village Ice Cream Parlor, and the Donut Shop.   

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stxbuck's picture

No, Berry is still there-I think it is historically protected/significant. They built a new HS on Drake Rd, the old HS became the jr high, and last year they tore down the old hs/jr high and opened a new jr. high next door on the same land.

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osurox's picture

Thanks for the updates!  Maybe I need to get back and drive around town here soon, just to see all the changes.

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outnumberedSCBuckeye's picture

I lived in Lebanon until the 4th grade, when we moved down south. Its still a fun town to drive through and visit, esp the village ice cream parlor(my mom worked there while we were there). Fortunately I was too young to notice that stuff back then(left 1999). Its a shame what is going on up there. I still have family in the area.

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

Catawba Island, all though now it's turning into a who has the greenest grass and biggest boat show.

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Buctor's picture

Most Mercer or Auglaize county small towns.  A few have great restaurants and a few have craft breweries.  

Could also throw in a few in Dark and Shelby county too.  

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apack614's picture

Canal Winchester

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SilvioDante's picture

Shades and Kingys (although not technically CW)

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RK84's picture

Cambridge -Byesville-Old Washington pretty much all of Guernsey County.

3 beautiful lakes within driving distance - Salt Fork, Seneca, Piedmont.

Fall is a beautiful drive through the country roads.

Great food, steak houses, pizza, winery, bars, etc.

Cool stories about its history and Civil Warl ties.

But the people, hometown bias aside, the people are genuinely nice and always have a smile and a suggestion.

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buckzilla1's picture

Nice of you to plug my home county. I don't get home often and look at it as an outsider now. It has a lot to offer for those looking for something different The Wilds in Cumberland for example. 

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RK84's picture

I grew up down there, was just back last weekend. I go "home" every chance I get. Its much different now, better, but not in a way that it needed to be better, just better.

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Buckeye0905's picture

I believe we talked about this in another thread but my dad works in Cambridge and I grew up around St.C. I have plenty of friends who are Bobcats and Warriors. 

I, too love the food around the area and try to make it home as much as possible. Traveling just a few hours East helps me completely decompress and I don’t know if it’s just hills or the slower pace of life. Funny how I used to get so bored growing up but now I yearn for a few hours to sit on the back deck and take in the wilderness. Can’t think of a better day than floating around Seneca or Tappan with friends and a cooler of beverages. 

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RK84's picture

Exactly. Growing up I couldn't wait to get out, now I love going back. Find a quiet nook at Seneca, throw the anchor and enjoy.

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SOF_Buckeye's picture

My hometown. I don't get there much, but when I do, there's always a tray (or two) of Wally's Pizza, and boxes from Kennedy's Bakery (THE best bakery, period). Summertime in the aforementioned lakes were a blast. A true small town.

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Woody Hayes

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Justin ipple's picture

Stewart. Poston's is a hot little spot.

I've been through Ann arbor one time. I pulled over at a gas station and forced a poop.

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cecsix's picture

Stewart's pretty great, but it's tough to beat a place called Coolville

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Justin ipple's picture

True that

I've been through Ann arbor one time. I pulled over at a gas station and forced a poop.

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Numbers's picture

perrysburg would be up there except thats where Harbuagh was spawned

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1MechEng's picture

And it's not really small any more!

Trust me! I'm an Engineer.

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buckguyfan1's picture

Long live the small town.  I grew up in a great small town in North Central Ohio.  I left for 4 years at TOSU and never looked back... until recently.  For the last 29 years I lived, worked and raised a family in busy growing communities from the Cincinnati(Mason) area to Naples in SWFL.  While I've loved where we've lived, I realize I long for the small town feeling once again.  My wife and I are building on some land now in Northern Florida centered between to little towns that remind me very much of where I grew up.  Don't know if I'll ever move there full time, but in a very short time I've grown to love and appreciate the communities and people up there.  There is no perfect place, but thank God for small towns and good people.

Simplify...

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SilvioDante's picture

Which town?

"Tina, you fat lard, come get some DINNER!... Tina, eat. Food. Eat the FOOD!"

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cecsix's picture

Slightly off topic: What's your favorite song about small towns? Some possibilities (not mentioning country songs since every single one of them is about small towns) 

Small Town by John Cougar Mellancamp

Small Town by Lou Reed

Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town by Pearl Jam

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

In A Town Like This by John Prine

"You can't steal a kiss/In a place like this/How the rumors do fly/In a town this size"

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Bighemdog's picture

Grew up in Tiffin - great town to grow up in!

One of its best qualities is its closeness to New Riegel - best rib joint in the state IMHO.  New Riegel cafe is run by some women who have perfected the dry-rub ribs/chicken (keep the chicken) and everything comes in a paper basket.  It's a cash only business and is jam packed almost every night.

OH!

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Buckeye1996's picture

Dang. I was just in Tiffin over the weekend. We got our hotel there for the drive up to the marina for a couple of days of fishing. Wish I knew about the the ribs...lol.

"Most Noahs have two of everything, he's got four tonight" - Gus Johnson on Noah Brown's 4 TD catches against Oklahoma.

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buckguyfan1's picture

It's been 35 or so years since I've had those ribs.  Damn Bighemdog!  You just brought back some memories.

Simplify...

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Bighemdog's picture

Dude - I live in Fairbanks, AK now and there is one or two decent rib joints but nothing compared to New Riegel.  I cannot locate a place like the Clover Club to just go hang and drink a few beers without somebody wanting to fight.  At 57 I'm not down with that at all - too much stuff aches.  Nahahmsayin?

OH!

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AirAssaultBuckeye's picture

Fyi...Clover Club has fantastic food now too!!!

Rendezvous With Destiny

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HOLYbucknut's picture

Ugh New Riegel ribs. You either love em or hate em. I am of the latter. Cool to see other people know of  Tiffin here though.

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AirAssaultBuckeye's picture

Wife is from Tiffin and we were married in St. Joseph's.  Great town indeed and we go back often because her parents and 2 of her 6 siblings still live there and New Riegel Cafe has great BBQ indeed.

Rendezvous With Destiny

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Buckeye1996's picture
Just getting started out of Turtle Creek Marina just north of Fremont (went this past weekend. Just got back today).

Running a little on the small side this trip (16 - 18 inches)

Village of Pandora. Hasn't changed much. Grew up here.

On the way back, showed the southern boys my old stomping grounds. Pandora, Ohio. This is where I was a welder (used to be Clymer Enterprise) for nearly 11 years - through High School and into 1996. My back is still messed up, and the thought I that concrete floor makes it hurt more...lol.

A little R&R in Athens while heading back to North Carolina.

Hanging in the bowling alley in Pandora, Ohio. I miss home at times.

"Most Noahs have two of everything, he's got four tonight" - Gus Johnson on Noah Brown's 4 TD catches against Oklahoma.

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Jumar's picture

Pandora is a nice little town. Decent ice cream, great playground for the kids and Harlans.

If you continue to think what you always thought, you will continue to get what you always got. #AlumforStaff

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Buckeye1996's picture

Harlan's chicken? Is that still around?

"Most Noahs have two of everything, he's got four tonight" - Gus Johnson on Noah Brown's 4 TD catches against Oklahoma.

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Jumar's picture

Sure is. Still as good as ever.

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Buckeye1996's picture

Holy smokes. It has been 35 years since I've eaten Harlan's chicken. My parents had a lot of kids and not much money so I only got to try it every now and again.

"Most Noahs have two of everything, he's got four tonight" - Gus Johnson on Noah Brown's 4 TD catches against Oklahoma.

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Jumar's picture

You can buy their seasoning now.

If you continue to think what you always thought, you will continue to get what you always got. #AlumforStaff

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Buckeye1996's picture

Hey thanks for the link Jumar. I used to work for Harlans and they kept the seasoning recipe in a secret safe..lol. I think Harlan sold it to a guy with the last name of Frick when I started helping them. It has been so long ago that I can't remember for sure though.

"Most Noahs have two of everything, he's got four tonight" - Gus Johnson on Noah Brown's 4 TD catches against Oklahoma.

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Jumar's picture

No problem. Frick is from CG and his daughters were a few years behind me in school. They are good people.

If you continue to think what you always thought, you will continue to get what you always got. #AlumforStaff

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Buckeye1996's picture

Yeah. Bruce Frick. I checked the website you provided. He was just getting started and hired me very part time while I was in HS. He is a freak'n good chef and made some awesome dishes. I got to sample some of his experiments. I think he was co-owner with his brother of a restaurant right there in Pandora for a spell and then he moved in on Harlans. Smart move it was. Seems like he has added to the menu too and expanded a bit geographically.

"Most Noahs have two of everything, he's got four tonight" - Gus Johnson on Noah Brown's 4 TD catches against Oklahoma.

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Buckeye0905's picture

Thanks for sharing, looks like a hell of a trip. 

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Hovenaut's picture

Hey '96 - thanks for sharing all the pics here, looks like you had a great trip home.

Other than an aunt and uncle in Lima, and extended family scattered throughout NW Ohio (my dad from Liberty Center), there's not much left for me back home.

Did get to Columbus last fall, and hope to do so again this year, but look forward to making a trek back to where it all started at some point - would like my son to see where his roots originated.

Again thanks for sharing the pics, brings back some memories.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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Buckeye1996's picture

Thanks for the reply Hove. Life blows by for sure and it would be well worth the trip to share with your son. That area has a charm about it that I can't wrap my head around just yet. For me, melancholy mixed with a sense of weird pride/longing. I just can't quite put a label on my feelings when I go back...lol.

"Most Noahs have two of everything, he's got four tonight" - Gus Johnson on Noah Brown's 4 TD catches against Oklahoma.

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Hovenaut's picture

Right there with you.

As mentioned, I did make it to Columbus last fall, but haven't been to NW Ohio since my paternal grandmother passed in early 2006. My wife (fiance at the time) and I did go back the previous summer - it was the last family reunion (dad's side) I've been able to make it to.

Got to see some of my extended family, where my father grew up and the farm my grandfather ran...I only have these scattered memories from my childhood, but I'm drawn to them.

I don't want those memories to fade. My son understands how much I love Ohio State, but the feelings go so much deeper than just football.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

There are times where the worst thing that can be spread is misinformation

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analyticalguy's picture

Not a bad place, and Jim Otis's hometown, but do they still drink lake water?

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James Grega's picture

Marblehead, Ohio is my favorite place to be in the summertime. Love being on the water. 

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Oregon. Heading over to Pearson park (I think that was the name of it) with my grandpa to go fishing. 

You're too stupid to have a good time. -Dalton

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RocketDan's picture

Bryan, Ohio.  Former home of the Etch A Sketch, and home of the dum dum sucker!

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MercyTex's picture

I have pictures of the courthouse decorated for Christmas with snow flurries.  It looks like a Noman Rockwell portrait.  Funny thing was they had a nice TexMex restaurant off the square in 2014.  I am particular and had to compliment the owner for sticking to the real deal.  Back in the day, Lesters and Eberharts were family go-tos when visiting my grandparents.  I never made it to Sam's in Pulaski but I heard it was special.

Our people are everywhere, Esto Dignus.

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scriptingwins's picture

Sams is in blakeslee the half mile of smile. It’s the other small town northwest of Bryan and Pulaski is northeast of Bryan 

excuses are the nails that build the house of failure.

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Buckeyeplumber's picture

Bought my Harley from a guy in Bryan

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AzBuckeye73's picture

I also grew up in Bryan and worked at Spanglers for two summers while attending OSU.  Could not eat candy for several years after that experience.  My wife was from Delta and we were married in Archbold.  Make it back to the area a couple times a year.

When All Is Said And Done, There’s A Lot More Said Than Done - Aesop

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creekman's picture

My grandparents lived in Conneaut. I remember t being a cozy little town.  There used ot be a root beer stand called the White Turkey, that served their home made root beer in frosty mugs.

My Grandpa worked on the docks, it was always a thrill to go see the large freighters.  We could ride our bikes all day and it felt like Mayberry to me.

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Bugsyk's picture

Jackson Center - Home of Airstream
 

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SoulPatrol32's picture

My uncle works for Airstream. Trying to get a good deal on one. 

Jack Tatum hates targeting penalties. 

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albinomosquito's picture

Minster.  I didn't grow up there, but I've always enjoyed visiting.  Plus Octoberfest!?!  Great little town..

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bucks15's picture

Biased growing up close to the area, but Minster's Oktoberfest is fantastic.  

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stripedwarrior's picture

Graduated from Minster, and moved back before our kids started school. Great small town, as is every town in the area. MACland is special. Most people hear about it, but unless they love it, they cannot understand it.

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BuckDigger's picture

Buds Pizza. Love that place. Used to be at Eldora a few times a year and we always had to go to Buds at some point during the weekend.

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Buctor's picture

In that part of the world, try the Wooden Shoe for fried chicken, Willy's for  pizza too and a place on the same street as Buds and Wooden Shoe, but near the canal for turtle soup (at least I think that's the place, someone correct if wrong).

The Inn at Versailles (pronounced like in Europe) in Versailles, Ohio (pronounced like versales).

17 West in New Bremen.  This small town is in unbelievable shape.  Check out the bicycle museum, not always open, but a huge collection including some very unusual things.

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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DuckBuck's picture

North Lewisburg, Delaware, and Bell-Fountain (I know).

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Buck61's picture

Somewhat surprised no one has mentioned Ohio's first town, Marietta.

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Jay Lawerence's Laugh's picture

I haven’t been in a long time, but it was a “cute town”. Has plenty of history as well.

Ohio, the greatest state in the Union!

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Buck298's picture

My family is from near there. In the summers I would ride along with Grandpa as he drove to “the big city” of Marietta to go the bank or get stuff he couldn’t get in Caldwell. Been back a few times, always enjoyable. 

Send the Earth Reverberating

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Buck61's picture

my grandparents settled in belle valley, my brother still lives there

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Homey1970's picture

‘With a name like Smuckers, Bobby Knight had to be right.’

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DowntownBuck's picture

Canfield/Poland....a little slice of Americana

Those who stir the shit pot should have to lick the spoon.

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teddyballgame's picture

Indeed.  My grandmother lived in Struthers which is like quintessential small town Ohio.  I grew up in Boardman which was sort of between Struthers and Canfield.

It was interesting to learn about the Belichick family legacy with Struthers.  Bill donated $50k to the football team a few years back I think

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Jay Lawerence's Laugh's picture

I remember playing baseball in struthers (I believe) as a high schooler. Cene park home of Astro Flacons.

Ohio, the greatest state in the Union!

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Sir Beard's picture

Reading this in Canfield now. 

attempting to be an adult

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Brutus Buckeye's picture

Bellefontaine. Hands down.

Indian Lake in the Summer. Mad River Mtn in the Winter. 

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SoulPatrol32's picture

I was born at Mary Rutan Hospital and approve this post. 

Jack Tatum hates targeting penalties. 

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RK84's picture

Had my elbow rehab at the Rutan

It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

Learned to ski at Mad River (shout-out to the Miami East HS ski club), even fancied myself a competent skier as I could handle their black diamonds with ease; an assessment I seemingly validated with ski trips to Gaylord, MI in college. And then I went to Colorado and learned what REAL skiing is, a story my wife loves to tell... Midwest black diamonds wouldn't even qualify as greens in Colorado.

Shandy is not beer

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DCDDC's picture

I was in Marietta for a couple of days not long ago and decided I will be going back there soon for a long weekend just to check it out.  Seems like a lot in a small history rich area.

m GO BLOW!!!

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

Belle Valley, OH. Don't @ me!

But seriously, if you even know where that is I will be impressed.  My mom and dad grew up there and my entire extended family lives in Nobel County, so for me... It is where I call home.  I don't claim Kentucky.

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Buck61's picture

my parents are from there and my brother still lives there. last visited just after memorial day. still have cousins there as well. I own some land on tr 6 between belle valley and caldwell.

Spent a lot of my youth at the plaza.

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

This is awesome.  So you know about the original Walley's Pizza.  My grandfather owned the Shell station in Belle Valley back in the 60's and 70's and my other grandfather owned the Marathon/Mobile station in Caldwell. My family is scattered throughout rural Nobel County.  I usually make it back more often in the fall.  Fair time is around the corner and that means Buckeye football is almost upon us.  Good times in southeast Ohio right there.

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Buck61's picture

are you part of the Varhola family? My grandparents built / ran the plaza for years and the general store across the alley.

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

Yes, yes I am. My mom was a Varhola. Obviously your ties run deep in the area so you may know the other side of my family as well as my father is a Mitchell. It’s nice to have a fellow 11W know my back home roots. Love hearing stories. My dad tells me stories of Woody visiting his brother back in the day and being spotted in Caldwell.

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BuckIDave's picture

My hometown, Portsmouth. Shawnee State Forest/Park, Portsmouth Raceway Park (dirt track), Shawnee State University, two hospitals (rare for a town this size), the mighty Ohio River, The Scioto Ribber restaurant, and most times a generally moderate winter compared to many other places in Ohio.  Also has the highest hill within a corporation limit in Ohio (1,020 ft. just east of Vern Riffe school).Yes, there are drugs and crime like everywhere else, but Portsmouth is a much better place than how it is portrayed. 

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

I can verify the Scioto Ribber is amazing.. A buddy of mine was married there and we had the reception at the brewery there... Ribber catered it... So much fun and they made a great steak.

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BeneckeBuck5's picture

Ridgeville Corners, Archbold, and Bluffton are all great.

And Toledo still sucks.

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SonOfSam's picture

Two words... "Giannmore's Pizza" Look it up, try it, love it. Enough said.

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AFDBUCK's picture

Sylvania, Home of J&G Pizza Palace!  Stop there every time we are near!  

TFK

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AzBuckeye45's picture

Clear Fork Valley area. 50 minutes north of Columbus and 10 minutes south of Mansfield.

"Cause I couldn't go for three!"
Woody Hayes-1968

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Guts's picture

None. I look down my nose at all you hillbillies.

Just kidding. But, I really don't spend any time at in small town Ohio.

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BuckDigger's picture

Not really a small town but this weekend every year. Bowling Green. No place like it. But we could have done without all the rain today. I wouldn't trade this week in BG for anywhere else in the world.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Im partial to my hometown because thats where my family is but Ive enjoyed my time in Orville, Marietta, and Athens. I also used to work near Middlefield and Burton, Ohio which have a very cool vibe and great food with the Amish nearby.

"I find your lack of kalua disturbing" - Darth Lebowski

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