Highland County Chamber of Commerce representatives are pictured with John and Beth Ingersoll and staff of Buckeye Boat Repair and Mobile Service. (Submitted photos)
Highland County Chamber of Commerce representatives are pictured with John and Beth Ingersoll and staff of Buckeye Boat Repair and Mobile Service. (Submitted photos)
The Highland County Chamber of Commerce started August off with a bang by holding three ribbon-cuttings on the first of the month.

The first was held at Buckeye Boat Repair and Mobile Service on state Route 124 in Hillsboro. Owner John Ingersoll moved to Hillsboro from Michigan in 2015 and opened the shop shortly after. 

Since opening, the business has had great success, requiring two additions and remodeling work for more space. The new shop has a reception desk and showroom, which will hold all the necessary boating essentials once the shelving is completed, as well as a three-bay repair garage. Before the newest addition, a 60x150 storage building, was even completed, it was over 50-percent reserved. Less than a year after completion, it has been filled, and Ingersoll says they are looking into the possibility of even more space as there is such a high demand for safe, indoor boat storage.

While Ingersoll has his hands full with a busy, growing business, he doesn't let that stop him from being an active, hands-on participant in trying to grow and foster a community feeling in the Rocky Fork Lake area, which he now calls home. With the help of his wife and daughter, Sarah Roe of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Buckeye Boat Repair organized the inaugural July 4 parade at Rocky Fork Lake this year.

“We came from a small town, and it was one of the summer events that everyone looked forward to,” Beth Ingersoll (John Ingersoll’s wife) said. “There were a lot of floats that would compete for trophies. There was a marching band, police, rescue and firefighters, candy for the kids, free ice cream cones from a local hardware store and so much more. But more importantly, we came together to honor all who have served and are still serving this great country. It was like a huge birthday celebration for our country." 

And they did just that, right here in Hillsboro.

John Ingersoll told the Chamber that helping grow the Rocky Fork Lake area is very important to him, as he lives here and does business here. He is an active Chamber member and sees the benefit to his business. So, in order to try to get more Chamber members from the Rocky Fork Lake area, Buckeye Boat Repair sponsored a one-year membership to the Chamber for three other Rocky Fork businesses: Bayview Campgrounds, Cottages, Bait and Tackle; Beechwood Carryout and Pizza; and the Rustic Cabin Restaurant, two of which chose to do ribbon-cuttings following Ingersoll's.

Buckeye Boat Repair and Mobile Service is currently searching for new talent to join their team. For more information on how to apply, call (937) 661-4570. Find them on Facebook for upcoming events, business information, and of course, hilarious pictures and videos of boating successes and failures.  

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One of the recipients of Buckeye Boat Repair and Mobile Service's one-year sponsored memberships to the Highland County Chamber of Commerce was Bayview on North Shore Drive. They were the second stop on the Rocky Fork Lake ribbon-cutting day on Aug. 1.

Bayview has 31 campsites, two cottages and six cabins for lodging just a short distance from the lake.

They also have a fully stocked bait and tackle shop with everything you need to go fishing on the lake, from poles and bobbers, to live and frozen bait, to hooks, to snacks and drinks to keep you fishing all day long. Manager Todd Warren gives a “fishing forecast,” complete with water temperature and what's biting.

Stop by 11104 North Shore Drive and see Todd, Amy and their “school” of helpers. For information on tournaments and all things fishing, find them on Facebook at “Bayview at Rocky Fork Lake.”

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The final stop on the Aug. 1 Rocky Fork ribbon-cutting day trail was Beechwood Carryout and Pizza, another recipient of Buckeye Boat Repair's generous sponsorship to the Chamber.

Beechwood has been open for 13 years, and as the name suggests, you can get cold drinks and fresh-made pizza, but there is much more on the menu. Whether you're looking for sub sandwiches, wings, salad or appetizers, Beechwood has it all.

Call ahead to order and take your food out on the lake, or enjoy the covered outdoor seating area if you prefer to eat in. Beechwood also has Bike Night and specials on Wednesdays, as well as happy hour beer prices.

Currently, the hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, 3-9 p.m.; Saturday, noon-9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Owner Tim Rosselott said they are looking to hire, and the hours may change when they have more coverage.

Information on specials and changes in business hours are updated on Facebook, and you can call (937) 393-4353 to order or inquire about applying for a job.

The Chamber would like to thank Ingersoll and Buckeye Boat Repair for their generosity and helping expand the Chamber’s membership reach. For the most up-to-date membership directory, visit www.thehighlandchamber.com.

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The Rustic Cabin restaurant was the third Rocky Fork business to receive a sponsored Chamber of Commerce membership from Buckeye Boat Repair and Mobile Service.

Owner Brian Cowdrey has lived in Hillsboro for 43 years, during which time he has collected some unique, unidentified antiques. In fact, some of the wall decor remains a mystery as to the original purpose of the antique. When you choose to eat inside the Rustic Cabin, you can see some of these items on display and offer your theory to identify the pieces.

They offer a variety of food, from hot sandwiches to their home-cooked Friday night specials, and what many have called "the best burger and fries around for only $4.50.”

The Rustic Cabin is open from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m., then closes and reopens from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. With a convenient pick-up window, you can call ahead and pick up your order to go. Visit the Rustic Cabin at 10925 North Shore Drive or call (937) 509-5529.