This week was it for annual maple syrup production at Richardson Family Maple Farm in Jefferson Township. As Craig Richardson, the farm’s owner — a self-described hobbyist — stoked the fire inside the wood stove to process some of the last sugar maple sap of the season, he said it’s been a great season for local producers as well as those around the Buckeye State. “We’ve had the perfect weather pattern,” he said. “You want cold nights and warm, sunny days. “It’s been ideal.” Any variation on that and the sap won’t run, he added. Richardson checks in with fellow maple producers online to gauge how the season is progressing around the state and in other areas. He said producers in colder climes north of Ohio are still waiting for the first sap of the season. Producers in Michigan, Maine and Ontario haven’t seen any yet, he said. The farm’s sugar shack can process about 20 gallons of sap in an hour. … [Read more...] about So far, so sweet as central Ohio maple syrup season winds down
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A Caribbean dancer interacts with the audience during a performance. Credit: Courtesy of Karl Francis A stretch of the Scioto Mile downtown was converted into a tour of the Caribbean islands last weekend, where visitors could experience the smells, sounds and sights of the Caribbean. The second annual Columbus Caribbean Festival, a three-day event, offered a chance for Columbus residents to experience and learn more about the culture and heritage of the islands through food, performances and shopping. “It’s celebrating the culture and heritage of Caribbean islands right here in Columbus,” said Trish Drake, one of the event producers. “The Caribbean islands are a top vacation spot, so now people can celebrate here in Ohio.” Festival attendees shopped at a variety of vendor stands and food trucks during the festival. Vendors sold items such as Caribbean-made clothing and artisan goods, flags and jewelry. Food trucks also supplied a taste of the Caribbean … [Read more...] about Columbus Caribbean Festival brings the islands to central Ohio
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Cincinnati weather: Chance of thunderstorms all week It could be a wet week with thunderstorms. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Sarah Brookbank, [email protected] Published 10:15 a.m. ET May 14, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE It could be a wet week with scattered thunderstorms. Early forecasts from the National Weather Service have scattered showers and thunderstorms hitting Greater Cincinnati every day this week. Chances of precipitation range from 30 percent to 60 … [Read more...] about Cincinnati weather: Chance of thunderstorms all week
Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor score first victory for Acura ARX-05 prototype Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron complete 1-2 sweep for Acura Team Penske Alvaro Parente, Katherine Legge take their Acura NSX GT3 to second in GTD class Acura Team Penske completed a nearly perfect weekend for the manufacturer as major sports car racing returned to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor heading a 1-2 result at Sunday's Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio. In GTD, Alvaro Parente and Katherine Legge combined for a thrilling second-place result, finishing just 0.191 seconds away from a double win for Acura at the end of the two-hour, 40-minute contest. Acura Team Penske Prototype In a weekend-long command performance, the pair of Acura Team Penske prototypes ran 1-2 in every practice session, qualified first and second, and led the way from start to finish. Castroneves and Taylor were at the point throughout, while teammates Juan Pablo Montoya … [Read more...] about Castroneves, Taylor Lead Acura Sweep at Mid-Ohio
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Dry air and windy conditions are contributing to an increased risk of wildfires today in parts of northwest and north-central Ohio. The National Weather Service in Cleveland issued a "red flag warning" to alert locals and fire managers that outdoor burning, or prescribed burns, are not recommended through the evening. It's not your usual warning from the weather service, and they are definitely not common in northern Ohio. Fire weather watch upgraded to red flag warning for majority of Ohio today due to increased risk of wildfires Typically, a fire weather watch is issued first in advance of the weather forecast to contribute to the risk of wildfires, and once the conditions are ongoing, the watch will be upgraded to a red flag warning. They have always been a product of the National Weather Service in Cleveland but we haven't experienced one in about six years. "They are not common," said Karen Oudeman from the weather forecasting office at Cleveland Hopkins … [Read more...] about ‘Red flag warning’ in effect for parts of northern Ohio; what are they, how often are they issued here?