Spring Is Here..Along With Flowers And Some Really Good Hot Wings

With Spring finally pushing winter out of northern Ohio we know that many folks are now thinking of gardens. We visit one of the countries leading mail-order garden nursury in Madison, ohio. Bluestone Perrenials is gearing up in the next few weeks to start answering orders from not only Ohio but all over the world. We also take time to stop at one of my all-time favorite restaurants, Roman’s IV in Madison-on-the-Lake to try some of their famous chicken wings. I hope you will take a look.

Fish Farm, Air Museum All Free And Pie To Boot

This week’s One Tank Trip goes to Urbana, Ohio, west of Columbus. We’re visiting the largest indoor fish hatchery in Ohio for some farm-raised Rainbow Trout. It’s also a place that is kid-friendly, with “Fluffy” the alligator and a tank of rare Sturgeon that you can actually pet. We’ll also stop at the Champaign County Air Museum which is free and unlike some many museums, this one welcomes you to touch the exhibits and the kids can even climb into a rare WWII transport plane. We wrap up the trip with a stop at the airport restaurant that is famous for their made-from-scratch pies each day. So good that people have been known to fly in to the airport just for a piece of home-made pie.

We Go In Search Of Castles…and A Really Big Hamburger

We going exploring the “castles” of Ohio again this week. The response to our castle series over the last year has been so good that we will try to find a few more that are open to the public. Just like today in our trip to Massillon, Ohio and a visit to the castle-like home that houses the Massillon Women’s Club. It’s a fascinating place that once even attracted the President of the United States.
We will also take a look at The Cameo Grill, a favorite Massillon eating spot that has been around since World War II. The big thing here is hamburgers and the secret ingredient is a saucy, spicy pepper that they put on the burger. If you missed our appearance on Fox 8′s New Day Cleveland at 10 AM on March 11th, here’s a chance to see it again.

The Town Where The Woollybears Roam

Yeah, I know, we are all sick of winter and snow. But, hey, it’s Ohio and this is what an Ohio winter looks like. For this weeks One Tank Trip we decided to take a look at things to do in a town that is usually busy during spring, summer and fall. Especially when it comes time for the Woollybear Festival. We’re talking about Vermilion and even with much snow on the ground there are lots of places to see and do. Join us for another look at what we did this morning, Tuesday, February 25th on New Day Cleveland on Fox 8 TV.

A Winter One Tank Trip Onto Lake Erie..We’re Going Ice-Fishing

This week we put on our long-johns, a couple of pairs of socks and several sweaters as we ventured out onto frozen Lake Erie to join our friend, Captain Tony Muscioni in his Air1 Airboat as we went ice fishing. You can’t believe just how cold it is out there on a day the temperature was 4 degrees above zero and the wind had gusts to 20 miles per hour, causing occassional whiteouts. It was an exciting day for me and our crew, whom had never been ice fishing before. The best part, Joe Lowther from Uniontown, Ohio, whom we followed onto the ice caught a three pound walleye and several other fishermen we met also had some good luck. Take a look at the story as it appeared on New Day Cleveland on Fox 8 Tuesday, February 11th.

We Are Back! A Romantic Trip to Switzerland In Ohio

With Valentine’s Day approaching we take a trip to the Doughty Valley of Holmes County and a place where you can take a romantic moon-light horse-drawn sleigh ride, sample some wines at one of Ohio’s newest wineries and also taste some cheese make by a world-famous cheesemaker’s family.
What we discover is the Swiss Heritage of Holmes County and a great place to spend a weekend with your Valentine.

Heading Back On The Road

Just got the word this week. Thanks to Triple-A, the auto club and Fox 8 TV, I will be heading back out on the road again as part of the New Day Cleveland Show on Fox 8 TV for a third consecutive year!! My deep thanks to Triple-A and Kevin Salyer, VP at Fox 8 who runs “New Day Cleveland, for having faith in me and keeping me traveling. We have a lot of new places to go this year and I hope all of you will not only watch but also give us your ideas of where you would like to see us visit.
I am looking forward to an exciting year.

An Electric Train Paradise For The Holidays

We head to southwest Ohio to take an encore look at one of my favorite spots to celebrate the holidays. Entertrainment Junction is a place that if you ever had an electric train display when you were a kid, well be prepared. This is the largest indoor electric train display in America and it is well worth a Christmas-time One Tank Trip.

Allison and I Turn On The Lights Of The Season

My granddaughter, Allison McCallister and I got to turn on the lights at the iconic Clifton Mill this last Friday Night to start their holiday season with almost 3.8 Million lights covering the mill and grounds near Dayton, Ohio.
It was 17 years ago when Allison was just three years old that we did it the first time. It was a real kick for me to get to do it again with Allison now that she is a 20-year old college junior Also in the last scene you will see many of my real family, as well as my Fox 8 “family”. The folks include my wife, Bonnie, my son, Craig, My Grandson, Bryan McCallister, Allison and her Dad, Ernie McCallister, as well as my producer, Tomi Ambrose, and her son, Jackson.
The Clifton Mill has become a holiday icon for two generations and just gets bigger and brighter each year.

Ohio’s City of Museums

If there is a place in Ohio that deserves the title “Museum City”, it is Dover. The Tuscarawas County town has probably more museums per capita than any other place in the state. And they are not just run-of-the-mill collections of fossils and paintings. This town has real oddities: Like a hand-carved model of Lincoln’s Funeral Train; A place where old gas pumps go and a repository of local radio and television history. But the most fun is a collection at a local funeral home of the programs from the funerals of world-famous people. In case you missed the show on Fox 8′s New Day Cleveland here is an encore on today’s One Tank Trip.