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Throwback: 42nd anniversary of “Great Blizzard of 1978”

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It has been 42 years since the “Great Blizzard of 1978” that wrecked havoc through Ohio Valley and Great Lakes.

The storm on January 26, 1978 dumped huge amounts of snow—up to 15 feet drifts in some places—and blew at near-hurricane strength, leaving nearly $210 million in damage.

On the eve of the storm, the temperature in Columbus rose to 41 degrees and .65 inches of rain fell. But then, a system of arctic air came through, producing some of the lowest pressure readings ever recorded in the United States mainland that were not associated with hurricanes, reports 10TV.

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Wind gusts averaged 50 to 60 mph during the day as wind chills dropped down to about -50 degrees.

Visibility was near zero which stopped traffic, planes, and left thousands of people stranded.

In the end, the storm claimed 70 lives—51 of them from here in Ohio. This is still the strongest storm in Ohio history.

See below for footage of the “Great Blizzard of 1978.”

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Tastebud Traveling: Free tasting event coming to North Market

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Take a family tastebud trip with the return of Kalamata’s Kitchen Tasting Tour at the North Market this weekend.

Kalamata’s Kitchen will kick off a 12-month, 12-city tasting tour in Columbus on Saturday, February 22. This premier event for kids and families will feature tasty bites from North Market vendors representing food from around the world.

According to a release, every child participant is treated like a VIP as they discover new foods and learn about unique perspectives from celebrated chefs. Kids receive a VIP badge and a Food Adventure Passport that is stamped each time they try a new food. They will also have the opportunity to meet Sarah Thomas, co-founder and author of the Kalamata’s Kitchen book series.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit kalamataskitchen.com and/or northmarket.com.

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Ohio Plans Statewide St. Patrick’s Day Party at the Polls

Linda Lee Baird

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You may be so busy making St. Patrick’s Day plans that you’ve forgotten another important event happening on Tuesday, March 17. That’s right: it’s the Ohio primary!

You have until Tuesday, February 18 to register to vote or update your registration in time to vote in the primary. The state has made it very easy for you to register right now, from wherever you’re sitting, without having to go anywhere on this snowy day. Just grab your ID, and click here

Then make a plan to vote on March 17, and reward yourself with a green beer afterwards. Sláinte! 

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“Different kind of luxury,” offered at The Mohicans newest treehouse

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From the open road to the campground, Airstream's iconic, Ohio-built trailers are among the most stylish camper options on the market.

Now, The Mohicans Treehouse Resort and Wedding Venue wants you to enjoy the Airstream experience like you've never seen it before—25 feet off the ground.

Built from a 31-foot re-purposed 1978 Airstream trailer, the "Silver Bullet" is the latest in the resort's lineup of luxurious treetop cabins. Equipped with black walnut flooring, recycled barn siding walls, indoor and outdoor showers, a skylight and a sauna, this cabin mixes the old with the new by blending vintage materials with the aluminum details of the classic aerodynamic trailer. 

"This is something I've thought about doing for a long time," The Mohicans owner Kevin Mooney said in a statement. "A few years ago, Airstreams were considered the ultimate in camping luxury. My other treehouses were built with luxury features, like hardwood walls and trim, black walnut flooring, cherry ceilings, ornate windows and quality furnishings. The Airstream offers a different kind of luxury."

Those interested in reserving this or one of The Mohicans other spaces can contact (740) 599-9030 or [email protected] for pricing and availability.

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