Taking the proper precautions can make all the difference
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chevrolet Silverado, like many other models in the brand’s lineup, is an American icon, and it gets even better for 2017.
The full-size 2017 Chevrolet Silverado starts at an MSRP of $27,585 and is available in six trim levels: WT, LS, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country. There are three cab styles with Regular Cab, Double Cab and Crew Cab, three box lengths (5’8”, 6’6” and 8’) and all models can be equipped with four-wheel drive.
With all of the recent additions to the Silverado lineup, AutoTrader noted “the latest Silverado makes an excellent case for itself as one of today’s top pickup trucks.” That’s no surprise for the pickup that was named “Highest Ranked Large Light Duty Pickup in Initial Quality, Two Years in a Row” by J.D. Power.
That didn’t stop Chevrolet from making the 2017 model even better. There are two new exterior colors (Pepperdust Metallic and Graphite Metallic) and a capless fuel fill, and the newest model is standard with the Teen Driver feature that promotes safe driving habits by letting parents view various driving information during their child’s time out with their vehicle. The Enhanced Driver Alert Package now features Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, and Crew Cab models now have the segment’s best max trailering rating of 12,500 pounds.
Safety is a Silverado highlight with six airbags, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Rollover Mitigation technology, Hill Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control, all standard. A rear vision camera is available. The Enhanced Driver Alert Package (standard on High Country models) adds IntelliBeam headlamps with automatic high-beam control, Front and Rear Park Assist, the Safety Alert Driver Seat, Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Alert, and the new Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking. You also get the peace of mind that comes with the OnStar® vehicle telematics system.
There are three engines available for the Silverado, including a 4.3-liter V6, 5.3-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8. The V6 makes 285 hp and 305 lb/ft of torque, while stepping up to the 5.3-liter V8 gets you 355 hp and 383 lb/ft of torque, with more than 300 lb/ft of torque available from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm. The 6.2-liter V8 produces a potent 420 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque. All engines employ a trifecta of technologies including direct injection, Continuously Variable Valve Timing and Active Fuel Management to make the most out of every drop of fuel. An eight-speed automatic transmission is also available.
The exterior of the Silverado is rugged yet refined with available unique features like the CornerStep rear bumper, EZ Lift and Lower Locking Tailgate, cargo box LED lighting, and power-articulating running boards. Wheels range from 17-inches to 20-inches so you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Inside, Chevrolet MyLink® with an eight-inch color touch screen helps keep you connected and you can also add supple leather upholstery. Wireless phone charging, a Bose® sound system, Bluetooth® wireless connectivity, dual zone automatic climate control and a heated steering wheel are also available. You can also add an abundance of packages and accessories to make the Silverado as unique as you are.
Add in two years/24,000-miles of complimentary maintenance (two visits), a three-year/36,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty and five-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty with courtesy transportation and roadside assistance, and the Silverado is hard to beat.
Stop by today to let us know you’re interested in the Silverado and we’ll show you some of the impressive models that can help you get the job done.
This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.
A refined rocket
The reinvented, sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is all-new, and the 2017 Camaro ZL1 was purpose-built to take on the most advanced sports cars on the road, whether on street or track.
Powering the newest ZL1 is a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine. The V8’s estimated 650 hp and 650 lb/ft of torque make the 2017 ZL1 the most powerful Camaro ever. The ZL1 can be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission or a new 10-speed automatic.
Offered in fixed-roof coupe and soft-top convertible body styles and built to dominate, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 gets from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and covers a quarter mile in 11.4 seconds (at 127 mph). The platform is lighter and stiffer than that of the previous generation, and the ZL1 is now equipped with an electronic limited-slip differential, Magnetic Ride Suspension, and Performance Traction Management. The new ZL1 brakes from 60 mph to zero in 107 feet, thanks in part to Brembo® six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes and the grip of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires wrapped around 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.
The ZL1 features a driver focused cockpit with standard RECARO performance seats, and a suede-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. There’s also an emphasis on technology. The available Chevrolet Performance Data Recorder gives you performance data and logs video of your driving. The same system also has a valet mode, so you don’t have to worry what’s happening to your ZL1 if you ever hand the keys over. You also get Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ to help manage your smartphone while driving, and you can stay connected with OnStar® 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi. If you drive the ZL1 convertible, you can lower the automatic soft-top while driving at speeds up to 30 mph.
“The Camaro ZL1 offers supercar performance with daily-driver refinement, a combination that stacks up against any other sports coupe – at any price – around the world,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet marketing.
The new 2017 Camaro ZL1 will be available later this year. Check back for more product details and stop in for the latest on availability, so you can be one of the first to see and drive the new ZL1 when it arrives.
This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, 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.
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.
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/.
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
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.
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