Tom S. Cooperrider Kent Bog State Nature Preserve

In Kent, Ohio there is a fantastic nature preserve with unique features for hikers to enjoy: the Tom S. Cooperrider Kent Bog State Nature Preserve. The bog was carved out by the Wisconsin Glaciation. And the Kent Bog is a true bog in that it has acidic waters. The bog also contains the largest community of tamarack trees in the state of Ohio.

There is a boardwalk trail that loops around the bog leaving hikers back at the parking lot. Along the trail there are plenty of educational signs describing the unique plant and animal life. The signs also discuss the geological creation of the bog.

The bog is named for Tom S. Cooperrider. He was a botanist, author, and emeritus professor of biology at Kent State University. He made many contributions in studying the bog as well as other flora in the state. You can read about his study of the Kent Bog in his 2010 book, Botanical Essays from Kent.

The bog formed when the Wisconsin Glacier retreated. A piece of the glacial ice broke and was buried in sediment which formed a ridge around the ice. This created a deep kettle hole lake. The original size of the kettle-hole was about 50 acres.

The climate then warmed, and plant life spread over the lake. Much of this was sphagnum moss. This allowed the process by which the lake became a bog as the moss decomposed into peat. Now very little standing water is visible from the boardwalk.

The forest is coniferous. It is a boreal forest that includes spruce, fir and tamarack trees. Tamarack are trees more common to upper parts of Canada and Alaska. Tamarack are able to withstand very cold temperatures. It sheds it needles in winter unlike conifers and deciduous trees. This changes the look of the bog throughout the seasons.

Kent State University Fashion Timeline Exhibit, Kent OH

Located on Kent Campus, the Kent State University Museum presents one of a kind exhibit of historic fashion which brings together two centuries of fashion history. The exhibition contextualizes the changes in fashion through the lens of politics, technology and cultural evolution.

Gallery one looks at the late 18th and early 19th century styles. American and French Revolutions radically changed the political landscapes while the industrial revolution transformed how clothing and textiles were made. The gallery exhibits the transition from rococo excess to romanticism and neoclassicism.

The next room includes the second half of the nineteenth century to the dawn of World War I. Synthetic dyes opened up a world of color and the sewing machine facilitated the application of yards of ruffles, pleats, and fringe. The upholstered, heavy styles of the Victorian era eventually gave way to Edwardian froth and lace.

The final gallery finishes the timeline with fashions of the early twentieth century. While it may have been a period of world wars and depression, fashions also reflected the heydays of jazz and swing, the boldness of Art Deco, and the endless possibilities of technology from plastics to rockets.

In addition to the garments on view in the Palmer and Mull Galleries, an array of accessories, particularly shoes and hats, line the hallways. The silhouettes are the most obvious changes that can be seen, but there are also changes in textiles and colors. The display is intended to be a permanent feature at the museum, but the individual pieces will be rotated frequently so there is always something new to see.

Local Teen to Run Charity Marathon Despite His Cancer

Here is a story of an in inspiring young man from Ohio – Kent, Ohio resident Ben O’Daniel despite his leukemia and and aggressive chemotherapy treatments. Even more amazingly, last year O’Daniel needed to leg braces to walk. Aggressive chemotherapy left him with weakened muscles and loss of strength, flexibility and balance.

Now he is training, between cancer treatments, to run with athletes from all over the country in part of an ultra-marathon.

16 year old Ben is joining Akron native and endurance athlete Larry DeWitt this weekend to run the last mile of the Burning River 100. This 100 mile trail race begins Saturday morning in Willoughby and ends the next day in Cuyahoga Falls.

O’Daniel and DeWitt are looking to raise at least ten-thousand dollars through the even to benefit the Akron Children’s Hospital’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders—this is where O’Daniel has been receiving his treatments and other care since being diagnosed with leukemia in 2012.

While O’Daniel hopes to inspire other people who are going through his situation and raise money for a positive cause he has ended up inspiring everyone who hears his story.

Jody Victor