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People of a certain age may be enamored by a state that chose "Hang On Sloopy" as their official state rock tune. Folks of all ages can appreciate the professional sports teams located in the Buckeye State, like The Cincinnati Reds (Major League Baseball), the Cleveland Indians (also Major League Baseball), the Cincinnati Bengals (National Football League), the Cleveland Browns (also National Football League) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (National Basketball Association). And don''t forget their professional hockey and soccer teams. Besides rooting for their sports teams, Ohioans like to participate in outdoor recreation too.
You can play ball, go swimming, golfing, hiking, birding, canoeing and camping, if you wish. In the state''s national parks, you can also enjoy native plants and wildlife along the Cuyahoga River in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and view displays associated with Orville and Wilbur Right at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park.
Flying still reigns in Dayton. The sixth largest employer, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is located there. Ohio''s five largest employers include Wal-Mart, Cleveland Clinic Health System, Kroger Company, Catholic Healthcare Partners and Ohio State University. Main industries here run the gamut from the manufacturing of steel, cars, airplanes, rubber products, chemicals and plastics to the mining of coal and farming. Crops grow well in the Buckeye state''s temperate climate.
The southern portion has the longest growing season - an average of 198 days. Situated in the humid continental zone, Ohio winters can be cold while summers remain mild in the eastern highlands. More than half the annual rainfall occurs between the months of May and October. Chances of rain when college starts in the fall are good.
The Buckeye state has one of the largest, comprehensive public systems of higher education in the nation. Everything from getting a GED to completing a Ph.D. is available. Ohio universities and colleges are currently making plans to allow students to complete a bachelor''s degree in three years. The most recent Quality Counts Report ranked the state''s K-12 schools close to average. Lots of those kids probably like peanut butter and jelly because...
The J. M. Smucker Company, makers of Smucker''s Jam, was founded in Ohio in the late 1800s. The family-run company maintains its headquarters in Orrville.
By: Michael Danzig