Take a Drive in your Chevy: 4 Best Places to Ring in the New Year in Ohio


Four ways to celebrate the start of 2017 in Ohio

With another New Year’s Eve on the horizon, it becomes time once again to start setting plans for Dec. 31. If you live in or plan on visiting Ohio when 2016 crosses into 2017, you will be excited to learn that there is no shortage of things to do around the Buckeye State. The following are just a few examples of plans to make in Ohio this New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve 2017 Bash at Michaud’s Catering and Event Center

Michaud’s Catering and Event Center in Cleveland is celebrating the start of 2017 this year with its annual New Year’s Eve Bash. Tickets for the event are $55 per person and includes admission from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. In that time, attendees will be able to enjoy seven rooms of entertainment, which includes four live bands, a DJ and two comedy clubs. The event is BYOB, but the center provides mixers, soda, juice, cups, ice and all other accoutrements for your beverage-enjoyment needs. Food will be provided in the form of appetizers from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and a full buffet from 6:30-9 p.m. For more information on this year’s event, visit http://michaudscatering.com/new-years-2017.

New Year’s Eve Blast at Fountain Square

Fountain Square is where Cincinnati gets together to celebrate, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. The annual New Year’s Eve Blast takes place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and includes everything from music and dancing, to ice skating and delicious meals from local food trucks. Lucky attendees will have the opportunity to play games for prizes on the Fountain Square stage every 30 minutes, but celebrating with friends and loved ones at midnight is guaranteed. To learn more about this year’s event, visit http://myfountainsquare.com/event/new-years-eve-blast-2.

New Year’s Eve: American Vistas

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents its annual New Year’s Eve celebration with a live performance that will include dancers from the Dayton Ballet, singers from the Dayton Opera and the musical accompaniment of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Starting at 8 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. with a colorful balloon drop, the event has become a city staple that brings jubilant throngs to the Schuster Center in droves. Admission prices range from $25 – $74, and seats are likely to fill up quickly; to get your tickets, visit http://daytonperformingarts.org/philharmonic-performance/new-years-eve-american-vistas.

Nelsonville New Year’s Eve Train and Fireworks

One of the more unique New Year’s Eve celebrations takes place aboard the Hocking Scenic Railway in Nelsonville. The annual New Year’s Eve Train and Fireworks display starts at 10:30 p.m. and runs for about two hours, carrying passengers from the Nelsonville depot to East Logan and back, all while fireworks ring in the New Year. Tickets are available for $20 – $35 per person depending on your choice of section. Only adults will be permitted in the Wine and Cheese section, so attendees with children are advised to purchase for the Pizza and Pop section; no other alcohol will be permitted onboard, but outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. To learn more, visit http://hockinghills.com/events/Dec-31-2016_New_Years_Eve_Train_and_Fireworks.html.

Ohio is not just the Heartland of America, but it is also one of the best places to celebrate both the passage of another year gone by and the start of a new beginning.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

 

How to Roast the Perfect Turkey


Tips for an exceptional Thanksgiving dinner culinary centerpiece

The arrival of November means, among other things, that it is time to start considering what you are going to prepare for your impending Thanksgiving feast and how you are going to prepare it. One of the traditional staples of Thanksgiving dinner is turkey, and while it may seem like a simple enough thing to prepare, it is nonetheless a cause of anxiety for those who have either had hiccups in years past or who have never prepared one before.

Generally, the most widely-recommended method for preparing a holiday turkey is roasting. It is a relatively simple endeavor that should result in a delicious bird that should satiate the appetites of everyone at your table and provide more than enough leftovers to provide sandwiches for days.

If you are still uncertain as to how to pull off a perfectly-roasted turkey, consider the following tips.

How to brine

MarthaStewart.com recommends soaking your turkey in a mixture of salt and water overnight to enhance the moisture of the meat, and adding aromatics to your brine solution if you want additional flavor notes. To make brine for an 18 – 20-lb. turkey, you will need 7 quarts of water and 1 1/2 cups of coarse salt at minimum. MarthaStewart.com’s recipe recommends bay leaves, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, crushed garlic and Riesling as just a few ingredients that can be added to the mixture for additional flavor, but you can ultimately make your mixture with any additives you choose.  Place brine in a 5-gallon container lined with a large brining or roasting bag, submerge turkey, allow to sit overnight and remove from brine one hour before cooking.

Prep the turkey

Per Butterball.com, your first task will be draining any juices from the turkey and patting it dry. After this step is completed, place the turkey breast-up in a roasting pan, tucking the wings underneath the body. Season the surface of the bird with salt, pepper or any seasonings you prefer and dress the bird with vegetable oil.

Weight matters

According to Butterball.com, the overall weight of your fresh or thawed turkey will ultimately determine how much time it spends roasting. Whether you choose a regular or convection oven, you will want to set the temperature to 325 degrees.

In a regular oven, expect the following cooking durations for unstuffed turkeys of corresponding weights: 2 – 2.5 hours for 4.5 – 7 lb.; 2.5 – 3 hours for 7 – 9 lb.; 3 – 3.5 hours for 9 – 18 lb.; 3.5 – 4 hours for 18 – 22 lb.; 4 – 4.5 hours for 22 – 24 lb.; and 4.5 – 5 hours for 24 – 30 lb.

With a regular oven and a stuffed turkey, expect the following: 2.25 – 2.75 hours for 4.5 – 7 lb.; 2.75 – 4.5 hours for 7 – 9 lb.; 3.75 – 4.5 hours for 9 – 18 lb.; 4.5 – 5 hours for 18 – 22 lb.; 5 – 5.5 hours for 22 – 24 lb.; and 5.5 – 6 hours for 24 – 30 lb.

For unstuffed turkeys in convection ovens: 1.5 – 2 hours for 6 – 10 lb.; 2 – 2.5 hours for 10 – 18 lb.; 2.5 – 3 hours for 18 – 22 pounds; and 3 – 3.5 hours for 22 – 24 lb.

For stuffed turkeys in convection ovens: 1.75 – 2.5 hours for 6 – 10 lb.; 2.5 – 3.25 hours for 10 – 18 lb.; 3.25 – 3.75 hours for 18 – 22 pounds; and 3.75 – 4.25 hours for 22 – 24 lb.

If your turkey is frozen and stuffed, you can take it directly out of the freezer and pop it into a regular oven without waiting for it to thaw. For this kind of turkey, observe the following times relative to weight: 4 – 4.25 hours for 7 – 9 lb.; 4.25 – 5 hours for 9 – 12 lb.; and 5 – 6 hours for 12 – 14 lb.

Final steps

Prior to placing your bird in the oven, insert a meat thermometer into its breast. You will know that the meat is adequately cooked when the temperature reads 165 degrees. Butterball.com also recommends placing tin foil over the breast and drumsticks when cooking is two-thirds of the way done in order to prevent overcooking.

Once the turkey is finished, move to a platter and let rest for 15 minutes before carving and serving.

By following these instructions, you should have a turkey that is perfectly cooked and delicious in every way. If you are still uncertain, acquire the help of a parent or family member who has successfully prepared Thanksgiving meals in the past and ask for their input.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

 

5 places to go in your Chevrolet


Take a drive in your Chevrolet – 5 Places to Go Canoeing or Kayaking in Ohio 


Though they may be pretty far from both the East and West Coasts, Ohioans still have plenty of water activities to keep them cool and active during the summertime.

From Lake Erie to the Ohio River, the Buckeye State is full of scenic creeks and waterways that are perfect for paddling. Here are just some of the best places in the state to go canoeing or kayaking.

Mohican River

The village of Loudonville, which is located in between Cleveland and Columbus, has actually earned the nickname “Canoe Capital of Ohio” due to the many liveries located along the Mohican River. Paddling down the river will take you through the beautiful Mohican State Park, which contains three separate camping areas for those looking to turn their trip to Loudonville into a weekend-long getaway. And with nearby hiking trails and zip-lining available, there is no reason not to make the most of your visit. Get a list of nearby rental facilities at http://discovermohican.com/what-to-do.php?UID=24.

Lake Erie

There are many potential launching off points for those looking to paddle Lake Erie, but perhaps the most scenic is found in the Marblehead area. On a clear day, those canoeing and kayaking off the shores of Marblehead will enjoy views of the historic Perry’s Monument on South Bass Island, the towering roller coasters at Cedar Point and the picturesque Marblehead Lighthouse which stands on the rocky shores of the peninsula. For those who do not own their own canoe or kayak, there are many boat rental services in the area, including Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals and Kayak the Bay, Ltd on South Bass Island. Learn more about paddling in this area at http://paddling.net/places/showReport.html?2078.

Big Darby Creek

Central Ohio’s Big Darby Creek runs 84 miles from Champaign County down to Franklin County. One of the most biologically diverse aquatic systems in all of the Midwest, the river is home to the only known population of the Scioto madtom species of fish. Those paddling Big Darby Creek should be sure to stop in Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, which is home to bison and other fascinating wildlife. Trapper John’s Canoe Livery in Grove City is one of the most popular boat rental services in the area, and trips and pricing can be found at http://trapperjohnscanoeing.com/#!trips/czpx.

Little Miami River

The 111-mile Little Miami River flows through five counties in southwestern Ohio, beginning in Clark County and emptying into the Ohio River. One of the best stretches of the Little Miami can be enjoyed at Scenic River Canoe Excursions, located in the Greater Cincinnati area. Scenic River Canoe Excursions offers group outings and canoe, kayak and tube rentals for a peaceful, relaxing paddle down one of the state’s most beautiful waterways. To learn more, visit http://scenicrivercanoe.com/.

Hocking River

The rolling Hocking Hills of southeastern Ohio provide some of the most beautiful views in all of Appalachia. While most residents, visitors and students at the nearby Ohio University have hiked through Hocking Hills State Park at one time or another, fewer have experienced the pleasure of paddling down the Hocking River. Fox’s Hocking Hills Canoe Livery in Logan rents out canoes, kayaks and rafts to those wishing to explore the Hocking River, while also providing campsites, cabins and fun Moonlight Tours. For more information, visit http://hockingriver.com/.

From the Big Darby Creek to the Little Miami River, there are waterways of all shapes and sizes in Ohio just waiting to be explored. Hop into a kayak or canoe and paddle your way through some of these scenic spots.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio

 

Vehicle Preview: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV


An attainable long-range electric vehicle

Chevrolet is set to change the automotive landscape yet again when the all-new Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle (EV) goes on sale later this year here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is all new and changes the perception that an electric vehicle has to be expensive. And since it’s a Chevrolet, you know every detail has been obsessed over, and it will bring the reliability and dependability you’ve come to expect from Chevrolet. The Bolt will bring an estimated 200+ mile range per charge, and feature the connectivity, amenities and safety you demand too.

“It was less than a year ago that we revealed the Bolt EV concept and promised to deliver a long-range electric vehicle attainable by the masses,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a press release. “The Bolt EV is capable of using the latest mobile app technology to enable car sharing, advanced GPS routing and gamification, all designed to enhance the ownership experience now and into the future.”

Designed from the ground up, the Bolt balances a wind defying shape with a bold stance. Sculpted bodysides, strong wheel arches, and a flat underbody do their part in helping cheat the wind for excellent aerodynamics.

There will be room for five adults, and a clever interior with fold-flat seats and an available hidden storage compartment help unlocks a maximum 56.6 of cargo space. The Bolt will also feature the latest in Chevrolet technology and connectivity with a 10.2-inch MyLink color touchscreen display, the Rear Camera Mirror, and a Surround Vision System.

Chevrolet designed the Bolt with the feedback and suggestions from the Volt owners and you’ll find Bluetooth low-energy, as well as more accurate driving range projections. And many technologies will be supported by OnStar 4G LTE, including the all-new MyChevrolet Mobile app that lets you remotely start the Bolt, as well as vehicle charge status, cabin pre-conditioning and more. There will also be a “gamification” function that lets you compete with other drivers to see who’s driving most efficiently.

Charging the Bolt is a breeze and when you use an available 240-volt charging unit, you can expect about 25 miles per hour of charge, with a full charge in around nine hours. The battery itself is a nickel-rich lithium-ion battery that manages its temperature for better performance, and the innovative battery cell arrangement maximizes interior space. Its central location gives it an optimal center of gravity for solid ride and handling.

You also get all the safety features you’ve come to expect from Chevrolet including 10 airbags, a high-strength steel frame, and the safety and security of OnStar all standard. Advanced features like Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Forward Pdestrian Alert are all available as well.

More details will be unveiled in the coming months so stay tuned, and if you’d like to know more, let us know and we’ll let you be among the first to see it in person when it arrives in the coming months.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio. http://www.jackmaxton.com 

Jack Maxton Chevrolet Goes to Bat for Olentangy Braves Little League


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Jack Maxton Chevrolet to provide Olentangy Braves Little League with new equipment, monetary contribution and instructional clinics.

 Worthington, April 26, 2016 – Jack Maxton Chevrolet is partnering with the Olentangy Braves Little League in Worthington.  Jack Maxton Chevrolet has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, a monetary contribution, invitations to FREE instructional clinics, and an opportunity for community members to earn additional donations for their league via a Test Drive fundraiser.

“Playing the game of baseball helps kids develop skills like leadership, cooperation and sportsmanship while bringing families and communities together to show their support. Jack Maxton Chevrolet and Chevrolet Youth Baseball are proud to participate in a sport that brings so many smiles to kids and families in Worthington.” said Heather Todd, Marketing Director for Jack Maxton Chevrolet. “Chevrolet believes that in play, there are possibilities and supports the spirit of teamwork that baseball instills in its players.”

2016 marks Chevrolet’s Youth Baseball program’s 11th year, and since its introduction has helped aid local teams, benefiting more than 5 million young people in communities where Chevrolet’s customers live, work and play. In 2015, more than 1,400 Chevrolet dealers participated across the country.

 Jack Maxton Chevrolet will present the Olentangy Braves Little League with an equipment kit that includes useful items such as bags, scorebooks, catcher’s gear and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts. The sponsorship also includes youth clinics featuring current and former MLB/MiLB players and coaches, and instructors from Ripken Baseball.

In addition, Jack Maxton Chevrolet will present a check representing a one-time monetary contribution to Olentangy Braves Little League.  Sponsored leagues across the country will have the chance to earn additional funds as community members take test drives at their partnering dealership to help support the league.

In addition to its commitment to youth baseball, Chevrolet also is the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball™.

“Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built for families, safety and fun, so we encourage young people and their parents to make a Chevrolet the official vehicle of their household,” said Todd.

For more information about Chevrolet Youth Baseball, please visit www.youthsportswired.com.

It is very important to everyone at Jack Maxton Chevrolet that we remain part of the community and not just another dealership. Being in business since 1926 is directly related to the loyalty our customers have shown us throughout the years. We are showing our appreciation by sponsoring and supporting Olentangy Braves Little League, among other events in 2016. We also thank Chevrolet for supporting our efforts through test drive donations and clinics at the Clippers field.   

Enjoy pictures from OBLL opening day celebrations! (Click the picture below.)

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About Chevrolet

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Vehicle Profile: 2015 Chevrolet Camaro


The epitome of affordable sportiness

davislibrary_pic_003037303The great-looking 2015 Chevrolet Camaro, on sale here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, delivers performance in every trim. It offers a lot of choice, including standard V6 and V8 engines, standard coupe and convertible body styles, the track-focused Z/28 and the most powerful Camaro ever, the ZL1.

For 2015, the Camaro Coupe (MSRP from $23,705) offers 1LS, 2LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS and 2SS trims, while the Camaro Convertible (MSRP from $31,205) starts with 1LT and runs through 2SS.

The entry 2015 Camaro 1LS Coupe features crisp, athletic styling underscored by a big 323 hp from the standard 3.6-liter V6. In the 1LS, the direct-injected V6 also twists up 278 lb/ft of torque. In comparison, the standard 3.7-liter V6 in the Ford Mustang produces 300 hp, and the Mustang’s available 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder puts out 310 hp.

In the 2015 Camaro, power goes to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission. With an aggressive first gear ratio, the Aisin AY6 six-speed gets you going with authority. The standard limited-slip differential is a welcome surprise, too, especially since so many other automakers charge you extra for the traction enhancement it offers.

Other 1LS standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-outlet exhaust, Bluetooth wireless technology, steering-wheel controls for audio and cruise, sport suspension, variable-ratio power steering, and four-wheel disc brakes. The standard audio system features six speakers, Graphic Information Display (GID), auxiliary input jack and music navigator.

The Camaro 2LS carries a standard six-speed automatic transmission. It’s an engaging partner, with TAPshift manual control and Performance Algorithm Shifting to sense when you are making aggressive maneuvers and deliver the response to match your behind-the-wheel style. The automatic also features a steeper, 2.92 final drive ratio, versus the 3.27:1 axle in the 1LS. This is how you get a sports car that’s also capable of 30 mpg highway.

Next is the Camaro 1LT, which is outfitted with Sport cloth seats, projector-style foglamps, power-adjustable front seats and either the six-speed manual transmission or the six-speed automatic. Drivers also get the Chevrolet MyLink radio, which means an audio and communication center right in the dash that you control with a seven-inch color touch-screen. MyLink can integrate wirelessly with your Bluetooth-capable phone for hands-free calling and music streaming. You can also share your phone’s data connection to enable features like Pandora Internet Radio and Stitcher SmartRadio. MyLink is easy to use, too, and with both touch and voice-command operation, distractions are minimized.

The Camaro 2LT includes 19-inch Bright Silver painted aluminum wheels, leather seating, a color head-up display (HUD) for the driver, a quartet of auxiliary gauges, and a color Driver Information Center, which shows information like fuel economy, trip mileage and important messages about vehicle systems. A premium Boston Acoustics audio system enhances the entertainment when you’re not too busy wringing the car out.

The Camaro SS models are what you want when nothing but small-block V8 power will do. In the 2015 Camaro 1SS, a 6.2-liter small-block V8 with 426 hp and 420 lb/ft of torque resides behind the SS-specific fascia, ensuring that just about everyone else on the road is going to see a lot of the SS-specific rear fascia. You control all that power with a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission that can cope with the high torque, and the SS also features four-piston Brembo brakes. Every V8 Camaro with manual transmission also carries Launch Control, and the 1SS rolls on 20-inch wheels. In the cabin “SS” embroidery on the seats attests to your good fortune. A standard Sport Suspension gives the excellent chassis a further edge, so it can make the most of the extra performance. Other than the powertrain, equipment in the 1SS is similar to that of the 1LT.

The 2SS is a cushy V8 Camaro, with leather seats, color Driver Information Center, color Head-Up Display, auxiliary gauges, heated exterior mirrors, a premium Boston Acoustics audio system, plus a Rear Vision package.

The standard Camaro model range is just the beginning of the story. The iconic Camaro Z/28 is back, this time as a monster track car. The 2015 Camaro Z/28 takes it inspiration from the original 1967 Z/28, a car that was born for mixing it up in Trans/Am motorsports competition. This time around the Z/28 is better than ever, with a 7.0-liter LS7 V8 providing 505 hp and 481 lb/ft of torque. The V8 is paired with a Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual transmission with closely-spaced ratios, and there’s also a Torsen limited-slip differential.

Racing is what the Z/28 has on its mind, with a dry-sump oiling system, coolers for the oil, transmission and differential that can stand up to track use, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, 19-inch aluminum wheels wearing Pirelli Trofeo high-performance summer tires, and Multimatic DSSV dampers for ultimate control. The Z/28 is available exclusively as a coupe.

Not everyone wants a car so laser-focused on track-based perfection. For those drivers, there’s the ZL1, available in coupe or convertible form. Bringing back another iconic Camaro model designation, the 2015 Camaro ZL1 is the most powerful Camaro you can buy. Its supercharged 6.2-liter Gen IV small-block V8 is 580 hp and 556 lb/ft of torque strong, and it reels in 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Standard Magnetic Ride Control suspension and big Brembo brakes with six-piston front calipers keep things under control. Other standard features for the ZL1 include a Head-Up Display that can also show g-force, a premium nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system, Chevrolet MyLink, dual-mode performance exhaust and black 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels wearing high performance summer-only tires.

This is just the tip of the Camaro iceberg; you can be sure that Chevrolet offers options like navigation, stripe packages, upholstery choices, wheel options, and a selection of packages to let you tailor your Camaro to your individual tastes.

The 2015 Camaro delivers what it has always been known for – great style and exceptional performance. It’s backed up more than ever by the latest generation of sophisticated, powerful V6 and V8 engines that set the standard for the rest of the industry. Discover all the Camaro has to offer for yourself. Schedule your test drive today.

Tech Tips: Cabin Air Filter Replacement


Why you need it and how to help care for it

When people talk about car care and servicing their cars, they’re normally concerned with the regulars like oil changes and tire rotations. One of the most overlooked aspects of car care, however, is changing the filters, especially the cabin air filter.

The cabin air filter cleans outside air coming in through the vents, so the air you breathe inside the cabin is free of allergens and other pollutants. Cabin air filters should be changed every 12,000 to 15,000-miles (at least once per year), but you should check your owner’s manual for your manufacturer’s specific recommendation. The service technicians at your dealership, the people who know your vehicle best, can answer your questions and provide advice.

Here are a few helpful tips:

What’s That Smell?

 

If you notice an unpleasant odor coming through the vents, it’s probably time for a filter change. It’s been said that pollen and other substances can be up to six times more concentrated inside the car. For allergy sufferers or people with respiratory issues, even a little more contamination in the air can be a bit deal.

Get The Right Part

Don’t just settle for any filter. Be sure to get the filter that is made specifically for your vehicle. While generic options are available and may fit, they are not likely to perform to the standards of a manufacturer-recommended filter; it’s best to get the parts that the manufacturer recommends. Your dealer’s Parts Department has everything you need to ensure maximum efficiency, performance and value.

Why Pay More?

 
Take advantage of your dealer’s seasonal service specials to save money and get a quality job done the right way for your vehicle. Factor in the peace of mind that comes from knowing the work is being done by factory-trained technicians, and the value quotient continues to grow.

Make sure the air you breathe while behind the wheel is the cleanest it can be. Check your cabin air filter, and all the filters in your vehicle, regularly.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio. www.jackmaxton.com