NB Schools 4th Grade Beginning Band Night to Be Held

Dear 4th grade students and family,

It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the North Baltimore Schools Band Program.

NB Schools 4th Grade Beginning Band Night to Be Held
Dear 4th grade students and family,
It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the North Baltimore Schools Band Program. Our beginning band night meeting takes place Monday, May 18 at 7pm in the Powell Band Room.
On April 24, the jazz band will visit Powell to give a concert and demonstrate instruments to the fourth grade. After this concert and demonstration, fourth grade students will have the opportunity to try playing three instruments of their choice. By the end of this process, students should try to narrow their instrument choices to two.
At the meeting, May 18th, you will be given rental materials and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. If you already have an instrument you would like to use that is great, but I ask that you please bring it that night so that I can make sure it is in good playing condition.
If you can’t attend this meeting, that is not a problem. Please have a family member contact me as soon as possible. My phone number is 419-257-3464 and my email is bpack@nbls.org.
Director Ben Pack, North Baltimore Schools Instrumental Music Department


Wood County Historical Museum Awarded Best Community Partnership

Bowling Green, OH –  The Wood County Historical Center & Museum was awarded the 2014 Ohio Museum Association (OMA) Award of Achievement for Best Community Partnership under $500,000 for its work done in conjunction with the exhibit ASYLUM: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals.

The Museum hosted the nationally-recognized photography exhibit by Christopher Payne from May 31 to December 19, 2014 along with a series of relevant mental health programming and a book signing by the photographer.

According to OMA’s Executive Director, Johnna McEntee, “(the) entry exhibited the type of outstanding quality and caliber of work that makes Ohio’s museums great, by going ‘above and beyond’ the normal call of duty to support (the) institution, serve (the) public and advance the cause of the museum community.”

The selection committee looked at how the Wood County Historical Museum, with a small staff and budget, used this exhibit as a springboard to bring together community partners in the mental health industries, as well as the world of art and photography, to “shed the light on the dark corners of our society, and (bring) hope for the future.”

This is the second award for this exhibit and related programming; the museum was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Local History Alliance in October, 2014.

Partners included the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Wood County, Bowling Green State University, and the Wood County Historical Society. In addition, funding was provided by the Ohio Humanities Council, the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board, and the Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau.

For more information, contact the Wood County Historical Center & Museum at 419-352-0967 or visit www.woodcountyhistory.org.

“Every One of Us…”

A Devotion by Pastor Ralph J. Mineo, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

There was a fire-and-brimstone preacher who looked down sternly at the worshipers in the pews and said: “Every member of this congregation is going to DIE!” It was to the preacher that everyone had a very somber expression, except for one person. A man in the front pew had a big smile on his face! The preacher’s face grew red and looked squarely at the man in the front pew and said, “I repeat! Every member of this congregation is going to DIE!” The smile on the man’s face grew even brighter! This prompted the preacher to ask the man directly. “May I ask you what you find so AMUSING in my statement that everyone in this congregation is going to die?” The man replied, “I’m not amused. I’m relieved. You see, I’m not a member of this congregation!”

I admit it’s a very silly story, but when you get right down it, the preacher was right. Everyone of us is going to die. Though I’m not considered a “fire-and-brimstone” preacher, I said this very thing in a recent sermon. It needs to be said. It’s part of the cycle of life. But there needs to be more to life than realizing we’re going to die!

We celebrated Easter very recently. Easter is time to celebrate that, beyond death, God offers life to us, ETERNAL Life. Easter means that God loved the world so much that he gave us Jesus, who would sacrifice his life in order to offer to us the gift of Eternal Life. Resurrection is a gift of divine love. At Easter we celebrate: God has loves us and offers us life!

We ought to celebrate Easter more than one day a year. We ought to think of the truth of Easter everyday of our lives.

Faith in Jesus Christ is not only about our moment of death and eternal life. Faith in him is also about living this life in faith. Before we die, we’re called to live, and we’re called to live by loving. We do this because, as the Bible says: “We love because God loved us first.” The resurrection of Jesus calls us to love, because we have first received divine love.

Sorry to say, love sometimes dies within us. It happens. We get selfish. We get self-centered. We get ourselves derailed and off-track. We get disconnected from God. Love can die. But please don’t forget, with God’s help, love can be resurrected in our lives.

At the Last Supper Jesus told us the KIND of love expected of his followers: “A new commandment I give you: love one another as I have loved you.” He goes on to remind us that the way he loved us was by laying down his life for us. God is calling us to sacrificial love.

So yes, every one of us is going to die and, with faith, we will enter eternal life. In the meantime, let it be said that, in faith, every one of us is going to LIVE! Let it be said that every one of us will LOVE! We can only do this by the power of God’s life and love. Will you embrace and receive that life and love now?

Live well, my friends. Live in Christ. Love well. Love in Christ.

National Park Service Announces Centennial Challenge Projects

Cost Share Partnerships grow $10 Million appropriation to $26 Million….

WASHINGTON – From trail repairs to new wayside interpretive panels, road and bridge repairs and restoring the most photographed barn in America, the National Park Service this week announced $26 million for more than 100 initiatives that will help parks prepare for centennial visitors.

The National Park Service received a $10 million Congressional appropriate that was matched with $15.9 million from more than 90 partner organizations. The 106 projects, located at more than 100 parks in 31 states and the District of Columbia, are designed to improve visitor services, support outreach to new audiences, and leverage partnerships to reinvigorate national parks while forging connections with communities.

“As the National Park Service approaches its Centennial in 2016, the National Park Foundation and local park friends groups have pledged to raise private funds to improve the facilities, accessibility, and programs of our national parks, matching the federal appropriation and resulting in a $26 million investment in the parks,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

Among the projects funded with these grants, Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone Park Foundation will improve the connection from Gardiner, Montana, with the park’s iconic Roosevelt Arch entry. The $2 million project with $1.5 million from the Yellowstone Park Foundation and $500,000 of federal funds, will improve the road, parking, walks, signage and pedestrian areas to meet modern road and accessibility standards.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, with $183,403 of federal funds and $198,687 from the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, will build the park’s first off-road single-track bicycle and hike trail. The East Rim Trail, a 21st century recreation opportunity, will become part of a network of major regional long distance bicycle and hiking trails including Summit Metro Park’s Bike & Hike Trail, the Towpath Trail, the Buckeye Trail, and the Cleveland Metropark’s Emerald Necklace Trail.

The Grand Teton National Park Foundation will provide a $23,000 match with $23,000 of centennial challenge funds to address deferred maintenance on the T.A. Moulton Barn and the Reed Moulton Barn, two iconic barns in the Mormon Row Historic District in Grand Teton National Park.

For a complete list of centennial challenge projects and partners please visit http://www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/nps-centennial-challenge-projects.htm


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North Baltimore, OH (April 23, 2015) – Briar Hill Health Campus received the received the Diamond Award for excellence at The Trilogy Health Services 2015 Spring Meeting, which was held April 14-16 in Louisville, Kentucky.   The Award was based on customer satisfaction results from a semi-annual survey that is sent to residents’ family members. Briar Hill Health Campus received recognition for their customer satisfaction scores in Staff Attitude, Quality of Nursing Care, Food Quality, Activity Programming and Appearance/Cleanliness.

“We are excited and pleased to receive such great recognition,” said Valerie Wallen, Executive Director.  “We value the fact that our customers have given us their stamp of approval.  Our goal is to exceed the expectations of our residents and their families every day by delivering the best care possible. I feel very fortunate to lead such a wonderful team of healthcare professionals.”

Companywide, over 7,300 surveys were mailed to family members and other responsible parties.  Nearly 52 percent of the surveys were returned.  Results compared to the campus’ past performance as well as to the performance of other Trilogy campuses.

Briar Hill Health Campus is a Trilogy Health Services community.  We offer a full range of personalized senior living services including short-term rehabilitation, long-term health care, and Assisted Living. Our services are delivered by staff specially trained to honor, and enhance the lives of our residents through compassion and commitment to exceeding customer expectations. For more information or to learn more about our services, please call us at (419) 257-2421, or visit our web site at www.briarhillhc.com.

Tiger Junior High Track Photos

North Baltimore Junior High Track in action at the NB Track at Powell School.

North Baltimore Junior High Track in action at the NB Track at Powell School.
We apologize for not having positive ID on the young athletes. If anyone would like to comment with the correct names, it would be appreciated.
fotos by Ferg

Jr Hi Track 6
Rachel Crouse (?) on a High Jump attempt
Jr Hi Track 5
Abbey Empke (?) with her High Jump attempt
Jr Hi Track 4
Blane Keller or Tyler Durfey in a Long Jump attempt.
Jr Hi Track 3
Jordan Bucher on her approach for a pole vault attempt
Jr Hi Track 2
Hyatt Mowery clears the bar in the high jump
Jr Hi Track 1
Rebecca Gonyer (?) making a Long Jump

Latta Reintroduces Legislation to Mitigate Harmful Algal Blooms in Great Lakes

This legislation is another piece of Congressman Latta’s efforts to improve water quality in Lake Erie and the Great Lakes.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today reintroduced the Protecting Our Great Lakes Act, legislation to help mitigate harmful algal blooms by prohibiting the discharge of dredged material into the waters of the Great Lakes.

“The Protecting Our Great Lakes Act is one step we can take to mitigate harmful algal blooms in our Great Lakes,” said Latta. “The lakes’ health is vital to our region, as millions of people rely on them for drinking water. I remain committed to working with my colleagues to get this legislation passed, so we may protect these national treasures for current and future generations.”

During the dredging process, material is discharged back into the lake, re-suspending buried harmful material as well as disturbing existing bottom sediments and the resting stages of harmful algal bloom species. The Protecting Our Great Lakes Act prohibits the discharge of dredged material into the waters of the Great Lakes.

This legislation is another piece of Congressman Latta’s bipartisan efforts to mitigate algal blooms and improve water quality in Lake Erie and the Great Lakes.  In February, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Congressman Latta’s legislation, H.R. 212, the Drinking Water Protection Act, which requires the U.S. EPA to develop and submit a strategic plan to Congress for assessing and managing the risks associated with algal toxins in drinking water.

He is also the author of H.R. 349, the Great Lakes & Fresh Water Algal Blooms Information Act, to examine the causes of and current mitigation efforts in regards to algal blooms in the Great Lakes and H.R. 1705, the Clean Water Affordability Act, to assist municipalities in more affordably managing their wastewater infrastructure projects.