Forfeited Land Sale includes old Norbalt, some NB land, an NB home

The sale will be a public auction and the parcels which are being offered due to non-payment of taxes will be sold to the highest bidder. Each property has been forfeited to the State after failing to sell at Sheriff’s sale.

A list of parcels is available at the Wood County Auditor’s Office or online at www.co.wood.oh.us/auditor/. These parcels are located in seven different taxing districts in the County as follows: Henry Twp. North Baltimore Lake Twp. Middleton Twp. Haskins Northwood Perrysburg Twp.

Michael Sibbersen, Wood County Auditor will hold a forfeited land sale December 3, 2014, beginning at 10:00 am in the hearing room on the fifth floor of the County Office Building in Bowling Green, Ohio.

The sale will be a public auction and the parcels which are being offered due to non-payment of taxes will be sold to the highest bidder. Each property has been forfeited to the State after failing to sell at Sheriff’s sale.

A list of parcels is available at the Wood County Auditor’s Office or online at www.co.wood.oh.us/auditor/. These parcels are located in seven different taxing districts in the County as follows:
Henry Twp. North Baltimore Lake Twp. Middleton Twp. Haskins Northwood Perrysburg Twp.

There are 27 parcels listed for sale at this date. However, if prior to sale time, the delinquent tax charges are paid by the owner the parcel will be removed from the list. Included among the properties for sale are the former Steve and Barry’s/Hills department store on Woodville Road, the former Johnson Rubber Company in North Baltimore and a home also in North Baltimore.

Registration for the sale will begin at 9:00 am in the fifth floor hearing room. Interested parties are encouraged to make prior inquiries to be assured of the location of the property. The successful bidder will receive an Auditor’s Deed for each parcel for the purchase price plus $5.50 deed and transfer fee, giving clear and perfect title. Bidders are cautioned that this would not necessarily extinguish any federal tax liens that may have been imposed on the parcel.

The successful bidder will have no delinquent real estate tax liability for the parcels purchased and will receive the tax bill for the first half 2014 tax statement due February 2015. More information can be found online at www.co.wood.oh.us/auditor/. The link for the auction will display a list of properties and by clicking on a parcel number you will be directed to more specific information about that property.

WC Humane Society Awarded Grant for Spay/Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP)

The Wood County Humane Society (WCHS) recently received a grant from the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS) and PetSmart Charities to assist in managing the free-roaming feline population in Wood County.

(Bowling Green)—The Wood County Humane Society (WCHS) recently received a grant from the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS) and PetSmart Charities to assist in managing the free-roaming feline population in Wood County.

The grant period runs through February 2015 and the grant monies specifically are earmarked for providing free spay/neuter services and rabies vaccines of free-roaming, outdoor cats in the 43402 zip code. The organization’s goal for this pilot program is to spay/neuter 250 free-roaming felines while partnering with Humane Ohio, which is a low-cost, high-quality, accessible spay/neuter clinic in the Greater Toledo Area. The WCHS also hopes that its efforts will provide resources for and promote responsible pet care.

After the pilot program is completed in February of next year, the WCHS plans to expand the program to include all of Wood County. Expanding the program will depend largely on the organization’s successful fulfillment of the grant conditions for its pilot program, as well as additional fundraising efforts for the cause. The WCHS is accepting donations for their “Spay it Forward” campaign to be able to help assist with future spay/neuter surgeries for free-roaming cats.

According to Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, felines can start reproducing at four months of age, and have up to three litters a year. By spaying and neutering just one female and one male cat, area residents will be preventing more than 2,000 unwanted births in just four years. The rewards of spaying and neutering free-roaming cats are worth it, too. Colonies that are involved in Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) diminish in size over time, and their population quickly stabilizes by instantly ending reproduction. TNR relieves cats of the constant stresses of mating and pregnancy, and mating behaviors cease, like roaming, yowling, spraying, and fighting. Cats’ physical health improves, and the cats are vaccinated against rabies. Attempts to permanently remove cats from an area (their home) always fail because of a natural and scientifically-documented phenomenon known as the vacuum effect. In basic terms, whenever cats are removed, new cats move in, or the surviving cats left behind, breed to capacity. This grant will assist the WCHS in its mission to alleviate some of these problems in the 43402 zip code, but only with the support of local residents, as Shelter Manager Erin McKibben reminds. She urges, “Help us to help everyone be a part of the solution!”

Citizens of Wood County, who reside in the 43402 zip code, should contact the shelter at 419-352-7339 or WCHSSNIP@gmail.com to inquire about the full grant details and to set up an appointment for having free-roaming cat(s) spayed/neutered. The WCHS recommends that individuals schedule appointments as soon as possible, as space and funding are limited for this pilot program.

The WCHS, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, is a full-service, no-kill shelter providing care for homeless and abused pets and investigating cruelty complaints in Wood County. In addition, the organization assists Wood County residents with its Safe Haven and food assistance programs, spay/neuter transport, and educational presentations. The WCHS provides care for hundreds of animals each year—from dogs and cats, to horses, goats, and pocket pets. The non-profit organization is funded predominantly through donations from local individuals and businesses, Community Shares of Northwest Ohio (a workplace giving campaign), and fundraisers. The Wood County Commissioners help fund a Humane Agent, but the organization receives no additional funding from national humane organizations or the government. For more information on adopting and/or volunteering, see: http://www.woodcountyhumanesociety.org.

 

Humane Society Sign

NBHS Paws for a Cause for UNICEF trick-or-treating Update and THANKS

NBHS Paws for a Cause would like to thank everyone that donated money to UNICEF during trick-or-treat night. We had 13 high school students dress up and walk around town to collect money door to door and ended up collecting $225.30 for this great organization.

NBHS Paws for a Cause would like to thank everyone that donated money to UNICEF during trick-or-treat night. We had 13 high school students dress up and walk around town to collect money door to door and ended up collecting $225.30 for this great organization.
UNICEF provides support to children in over 190 countries around the world through education, food, clothing, disease prevention, and more. Paws for a Cause hopes to make this an annual event, so make sure to have your spare change ready next year at Halloween time!
Thanks again,
Nathan Flores
Paws for a Cause Historian
NBHS T or T for Unicef 480
Paws for the Cause for UNICEF Trick or Treating: Mariah Leonard, Morgan Oakley, Makayla Rein and Maddie Ray out for the cause.

Stephen Paul Cram, 58, NB (UPDATED)

Official obituary and service information: Stephan Paul Cram Passed away this morning at November 20, 2014 at 7 am. He was laying quietly beside his wife of 25 years. May you hold her in your prayers now.

Official obituary and service information:

Stephen Paul Cram, 58 of North Baltimore went to Heaven quietly as he lay at home with his wife, Gloria of 25 1/2 years at 7:40 a.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2014.

He was born on March 11, 1956, in Laconia, NH, to the late Herbert and Bernice (Fields) Cram.

He married Gloria Herbert on June 10, 1989, and she survives. Stephen is also survived by his previous wife, Rose (Nick) Osmer of Findlay; his sons: David (Lynett) Cram of OK and Samuel (Rachel) Chouinard of KS; his daughters: Sherry Reed of Findlay, Debbie (Matt) Mansfield of FL, Rebecca (Jonathan) Gill of NH and Cathy (Brandon) Rutherford of NH; his brothers: Leon (Sheron) Cram of NH, Lenny (Carol) Cram of NH and Jeff (Deb) Cram of PA; his sister-in-law, Lois Cram of NH; his grandchildren: SPC Christopher Paul (Kayla) Reed, Nicholas Allen Reed, Sebastian Cram, Cammeron Kaiser, Anthony Kaiser, Matthew Mansfield, Jonathan Mansfield, David Mansfield, Amithyst Golden, Josh Golden, Tristan Golden, Raina Chouinard, Ewan Rutherford and Hayden Rutherford; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Cram and his brother, Mal Cram.

Stephen was the Facility Coordinator for the North Baltimore Public Library. He was an active member and foundational member of Praise Chapel P.C.G. in North Baltimore, where he taught Sunday School.

The family asks that if Stephen has touched your life in some way, to please write a letter and drop it off to the North Baltimore Public Library to be posted and read at his celebration of life.

They would like to extend a heart felt thank you to Bridge Home Health and Hospice for all of their care. A celebration of Stephen’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the Praise Chapel P.C.G., 500 West Broadway Street, North Baltimore, with Pastor Jon Rhinehart officiating. Burial will be private.

Arrangements are entrusted to SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benefit of Stephen Cram, at any Huntington Bank.

The following was the initial Facebook post regarding Steve’s passing, that was shared on NBX:

Steve Cram

Stephan Paul Cram Passed away this morning at November 20, 2014 at 7 am. He was laying quietly beside his wife of 25 years. May you hold her in your prayers now.

She knows he is sitting with His Lord and Savior, holding on his lap, his little girl. Standing to his right is his brother, and his little dog Lisa, is there at his feet too. My Daddy got to say his goodbyes to his Great, Wonderful, Awesome Army Sons Sam and David. And on his lap sat his Wonderful, Smiling Grankids. He spent some wonderful days with them and thank God, he got to be a happy Granfather for awhile.

His life will be celebrated not saddened. He’s happy and healthy right now in Heaven. He would want everyone to not shed tears for his passing, but to rejoice, that he’s no longer in pain and he is now in a much better place then here. My Mom says she’s jealous that she had to stay behind and be strong for us, Her Family. But I know with our help she’ll be OK!!!

I also ask of North Baltimore and Others that may have known my dad Stephen Cram, if in some way my Dad’s life has touched yours, even if he just smiled at you as he walked by, please write a short letter and address it to him and leave it either here, or on Steve’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/stephen.cram?fref=ts) or at North Baltimore Public Library. I’ll read them at his Memorial Service. Title it “Remember Me”. Remember, if in some way my dad has touched your life, even if he just fixed your PC or texted his devotion to you, then write a short letter about his life, was able to change yours.

The family will be starting a Fund to raise money for his Memorial service and his Cremation. Details will be made available on TheNBXress and other publications.

Submitted by – Sherry Ann Reed (minor edit by JP Miklovic)

 

Conservation fighting rural poverty, farming resiliency, and more

Farmers Lead on Climate Resiliency
Jerry Peckumn farms in Jefferson, Iowa. He plants perennials on his steepest land and maintains buffer strips to prevent erosion. For many farmers, taking steps like these in the face of a changing climate comes naturally.

Farmers Lead on Climate Resiliency

Jerry Peckumn farms in Jefferson, Iowa. He plants perennials on his steepest land and maintains buffer strips to prevent erosion. For many farmers, taking steps like these in the face of a changing climate comes naturally.

Farmers Lead on Climate Resiliency

Jerry Peckumn farms in Jefferson, Iowa. He plants perennials on his steepest land and maintains buffer strips to prevent erosion. For many farmers, taking steps like these in the face of a changing climate comes naturally.

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Impact of Earned Income Tax Credit Significant

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ODOT District 2 Construction Update – Nov. 21

ODOT District Two Construction Update – Nov. 21

ODOT District Two Construction Update – Nov. 21

Lucas/Wood Counties

 

1. Interstate 75: Widening
Wood & Hancock Counties (170-14, 199-14, 237-14 & 3000-14):
Interstate Restrictions

Through 2016, southbound I-75 is reduced to two lanes from US 20 to I-475 Perrysburg.  Through November, overnight from 7pm until 6am, single lane restrictions and traffic shifts are possible on I-75, from US 20 in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County, for pavement repair.  Through 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between US 20 in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County.

State/Local Route Restrictions

·         Through December, Bays Road at I-75, and Jerry City Road at I-75 are closed for bridge work.  Detour:  SR 25; SR 281; Solether Road.

Additional restrictions will be announced.  Project complete: August 2017.  All work is weather permitting.

2. Interstate 75: Pavement Rehabilitation
Lucas County (268-14):
  Through July 2015, I-75, from the I-75/475 split in Toledo to the Anthony Wayne Trail, is reduced to two lanes. Through April 2015, Oakwood Avenue, between Wells Street and Grove Place, will be closed for bridge work.  Seek alternate route. Through July 2016, the following ramps will be restricted or closed:

·         The interchange ramp from eastbound I-475 to southbound I-75 is reduced to one lane.

·         The interchange ramp from northbound I-75 to westbound I-475 is reduced to one lane.

·         The ramp from Detroit Avenue to southbound I-75 is closed.  Detour: Monroe Street; Michigan Avenue; SR 25.

All work is weather permitting.  Project complete: July 2016

3. Interstate 75: Bridge Deck Repair *UPDATE*
Lucas County (1090-14):
Effective tonight at 7pm through Friday, November 21 at 6am, the ramp from eastbound I-475 to northbound 75 will be closed for bridge deck repair.  Detour: southbound I-75; Detroit Avenue (Exit 203).  Additionally, at this time, lane restrictions are possible on I-75 and I-475 near the I-75/I-475 split in Toledo.  Through December, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on I-75 from Wales Road to I-280. Project complete: May 2015.

4. Interstate 75: Slope Repair  *UPDATE*
Lucas County:
Work on southbound I-75, between Ottawa River Road and I-280 for slope repair is now complete.

5. Interstate 475/U.S. Route 23: Interchange Upgrade
Lucas County (184-14):
 Through December 2015, overnight from 8pm until 6am, shoulder and overnight lane restrictions are possible at the interchange of I-475/US 23 from Central Avenue to N. Holland Sylvania Road.  Through November, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Blossman Road, between Fairbanks Avenue and Plainview Drive, for bridge work. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.  Additional closures and restrictions will be announced.  Project complete: December 2015.  All work is weather permitting.

6. Interstate 475: Bridge Widening                          

Lucas County (251-13 & 235-14): Interstate Restrictions

Through May 2016, overnight from 8pm until 6am, lane restrictions are possible on I-475, between Angola Road and Salsibury Road/Dussel Drive.  11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-475, between Angola Road and Salsibury Road/Dussel Drive.  Through June 2016, lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on the Ohio Turnpike (I-80/I-90) at the I-475 bridge.
Local Route Restrictions

·         Through, November, Angola Road will be closed at I-475 for bridge widening.  Detour: McCord Road; Airport Highway; Holland Sylvania Road.

·         Through June 2015, Manley Road at the Ohio Turnpike Bridge will be closed.

Project complete: June 2016.  All work is weather permitting.

7. Interstate 475: Resurfacing Project  *UPDATE*

Lucas and Wood Counties (32-14): Work on I-475 from SR 25 to US 20A will resume spring 2015.  Project complete: June 2015.

8.  Interstate 475: Noise Wall Installation

Lucas County (314-14): Through June of 2015, shoulder restrictions are possible on I-475, from Corey Road to Woodley Road, for noise wall installation.  Overnight lane restrictions on I-475 will be announced.  Project complete: June 2015.  All work is weather permitting.

9. Interstate 280: Resurfacing and Bridge Repair *PROJECT COMPLETE*
Wood County (174-13):
 Work on I-280, between Woodville Road and SR 2 for drainage repair is now complete.

10. State Route 2: Anthony Wayne Bridge Project

Lucas County (58-13): Through September 2015, the Anthony Wayne Bridge is closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  Detour: Oak Street; Fassett Street; Miami Street; I-75; Anthony Wayne Trail (Exit 201B);

Monroe Street; Summit Street.

 Local Route Restrictions

·         Through November, Miami Street, between Stratton Street and Greenwood Avenue will be closed for bridge work. Detour: Fassett Street; Oak Street.

·         Through November, daytime intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Boers-Boyer Way.   Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.

Project complete: December 2015.  All work is weather permitting.

11. State Route 65: Bridge Inspection  

Lucas County: On Monday, December 1, and Tuesday, December 2, daily from 9am until 3pm, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on the Craig Bridge for paint inspection.   All work is weather permitting. 

12. U.S. Route 20: Holland Sylvania Road & Reynolds Road Intersection Improvements

Lucas County (145-14 & 252-14):  Through December, lane and shoulder restrictions are possible at the intersection of Central Avenue and Holland Sylvania Road for utility work and widening.  Left turn lanes will be maintained.  Through December, intermittent lane restrictions are possible at the intersection of Central Avenue and Reynolds Road for safety improvements.  Project complete: July 2015.   All work is weather permitting.

13. McCord Road: Underpass Construction *UPDATE*

Lucas County (236-14): Through November, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on McCord Road, from Hall Street to Kipling Drive, for rail and road work.  On Monday, December 1, through December, southbound McCord Road, between Angola Road and Hall Street/North Mall Drive, will be reduced to one lane for soil boring.  Project complete November 2016.  All work is weather permitting.

14.  U.S. Route 6: Pavement Reconstruction
Wood County (14-170):
  Through April 2015, the following ramps are closed for pavement reconstruction:

·         The ramp from southbound I-75 to eastbound US 6.  Detour: westbound US 6; SR 25.

·         The ramp from northbound I-75 to westbound US 6.  Detour: eastbound US 6; Dunbridge Road; Wooster Street (SR 105); southbound I-75.

Through April 2015, US 6, between SR 25 and Dunbridge road, will be reduced to one lane in each direction.  Motorists should be aware of traffic shifts in this area.  Lane widths will be restricted to 11ft in this work zone.  Work complete: May 2015.

15. State Route 18: Resurfacing
Wood County (402-14):
Through November, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on SR 18, from Mitchel Road in North Baltimore to Rose Street, in Bloomdale for finish work.  Project complete: November.  All work is weather permitting.

16. State Route 64: Signal Upgrade

Wood County (90-14): Through November, weekday intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Wooster Street (SR 64), from Dunbridge Road to Thurstin Avenue.   Intermittent weekday lane restrictions are also possible on SR 25 at Newton Road.  Project complete: November.  All work is weather permitting.

17. State Route 65: Resurfacing & Bridge Work

Wood County (159-14): Through November, lane restrictions are possible on SR 65, from W. Boundary Street (SR 25) to SR 64 (Waterville bridge), for finish work.  Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.  Project complete:  November.  All work is weather permitting.

18. State Route 420: Safety Improvements

Wood County (423-14): Through December, lane restrictions are possible on SR 420, between SR 163 to

I-280, for widening. Project complete: July 2015.  All work is weather permitting.

19. State Route 795: Intersection Safety Improvement
Wood County (8022-14):
  Through December, lane restrictions are possible on the ramp from SR 795 to southbound I-75.  Project complete: December.  All work is weather permitting.

20. Gypsy Lane Road: Bridge Repair

Wood County: Through December, Gypsy Lane Road over I-75 is closed for bridge repair.   Detour: Dunbridge Road; Napoleon Road; Campbell Hill Road.  All work is weather permitting.

21. Various Routes: County Bridge Replacement

Wood County (3013-14): The following bridges are closed for replacement:

·         Through November, Jerry City Road, between Emerson Road and Linhart Road, will be closed.  Detour: Emerson Road; Cygnet Road; SR-199.

·         Through November, Owen Road, between Walbridge Road and Plumey Road, will be closed.  Detour: Walbridge Road; Pemberville Road; SR 51.

·         Through November, Bradner Road, between SR 795 and Collins Road, will be closed.  Detour: SR 795; Pemberville Road; Collins Road.

Project complete: December.  All work is weather permitting.

 Ottawa/Sandusky/Seneca Counties

22. State Route 2: Mine Remediation

Ottawa County (27-13):  Through May 2015, SR 2 between SR 163 and SR 53 is reduced to one lane in each direction for mine remediation.  Additionally, at this time, the ramp from southbound SR 53 to westbound SR 2 is closed.  Detour: SR 53; SR 163.  Project complete: May 2016.  All work is weather permitting.  

23. State Route 2: Resurfacing and Bridge Repair  *PROJECT COMPLETE*
Ottawa County (611-13):
Work on SR 2, between West Camp Perry Western Road and North Camp Perry Eastern Road for resurfacing and bridge repair is now complete. 

24. State Route 2 : Lighting Maintenance

Ottawa County: On Wednesday, December 3, from 9am until 3pm, westbound SR 2, between SR 269 and US 6, the Thomas A. Edison Memorial Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for lighting maintenance.   All work is weather permitting.

Williams/Fulton/Henry Counties

25. State Route 2: Railroad Repair   

Williams County: Through Saturday, November 22, SR 2 between West Lynn Street and South Depot Street will be closed for railroad repair.  Detour SR 191; US 20A; SR 127; SR 34.  All work is weather permitting.

26. County Road 424: Stone Arch Replacement
Henry County (607-12)
Through April 2015, CR 424, between SR 109 and TR 6C, will be closed for stone arch repair.  Detour: SR 295; US 24; SR 109.  Project complete: April 2015.  All work is weather permitting. 

District Wide  

27. Various Routes: Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) *UPDATE*

Lucas County (86-12): Through March 2015, intermittent shoulder restrictions are possible on various routes in the Toledo Metro area for the installation of devices associated with the ITS project.  Project complete: March 2015.  All work is weather permitting.

28. Various Routes: Guardrail & Electrical Maintenance

District Wide (1025-13 & 1022-13): Through December, intermittent lane restrictions are possible district wide for guardrail and electrical maintenance.  All work is weather permitting.