Chamber of Commerce GOST 50 – 50 Raffle Winners

Here are the winners of the Good Ole SummerTime (GOST) 50 – 50 Raffle sponsored by the North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACC).

Here are the winners of the Good Ole SummerTime (GOST) 50 – 50 Raffle sponsored by the North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACC).

Grand Prize Winner – Jake Trevino of North Baltimore

2nd Prize Winner – Dennis Miller of North Baltimore

3rd Prize Winner – Roxie Emahiser of North Baltimore

There were also some Early Bird Drawing Winners (four), but the names are NA at this time.

 

 

ODOT Update – U.S. Route 6 in Wood County

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District Two announces the following update to the U.S. Route 6 resurfacing and bridge work in Wood County. Updates are highlighted in bold and underlined:

U.S. Route 6: Resurfacing and Bridge Work

U.S. Route 6 in Wood County

BOWLING GREEN (Friday, July 31, 2015) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District Two announces the following update to the U.S. Route 6 resurfacing and bridge work in Wood County.  Updates are highlighted in bold and underlined:

U.S. Route 6:  Resurfacing and Bridge Work
Wood County (434-14):  The ramp from SR 25 to eastbound US 6 is now open.  The bridge repair is complete.  Through August, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on US 6, between County Home Road and SR 199 for resurfacing.  Traffic is maintained by flaggers.  Through August, US 6, between Rudolph Road and Klopfenstein Road is reduced to one lane in each direction for bridge repair.  Project complete: September.  All work is weather permitting.

U.S. Route 6: Pavement Reconstruction and Bridge Work
Wood County (170-14):
  Through October, the ramp from southbound I-75 to eastbound US 6 is closed. Detour: westbound US 6; SR 25.  Through October, US 6, between SR 25 and Dunbridge road, is reduced to one lane in each direction.  Lane widths are restricted to 11ft in this work zone.  Work complete: October.  All work is weather permitting.

Ohio EPA Outlines Public Notification Guidelines forĀ Algal Bloom-affected Drinking Waters

A new multi-tiered advisory system to notify the public if microcystin, and other compounds produced by blue-green algae, is detected in treated drinking water at local public water systems throughout the state has been developed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) as part of its annual review.

A new multi-tiered advisory system to notify the public if microcystin, and other compounds produced by blue-green algae, is detected in treated drinking water at local public water systems throughout the state has been developed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) as part of its annual review.

The new advisory system is part of a strategy that has been updated annually since it was first created in 2011. As it has in years past, it includes a number of changes that build on the State’s experience and knowledge of harmful algal blooms. This year’s strategy includes new health advisory levels from U.S. EPA.

Earlier this summer, the U.S. EPA established national health advisory levels for microcystin and cylindrospermopsin based on drinking water over a 10 day period. While exceeding these advisory levels may not trigger an immediate do not drink advisory, potential health effects can occur from longer exposure to higher levels of these compounds in drinking water. In response, Ohio EPA and partnering agencies have established public notification protocols based on U.S. EPA’s proposed guidelines as part of a Public Water System Harmful Algal Bloom Response Strategy. New Ohio communication protocols include initial alerts when microcystin is first detected, consumption and use advisories for public water systems to follow, which are outlined below:

  • Microcystin detected in treated water – Use or consumption of water is not restricted. An advisory is not in effect. The public water system is adjusting its treatment efforts to bring microcystin levels down. Additional sampling and testing are ongoing as Ohio EPA and the public water system work together to keep the public informed as the situation is resolved.
  • Microcystin detected in treated drinking water at higher than 0.3 micrograms/liter (µg/l) over a period of time – the following individuals should not drink the water: bottle-fed infants and children younger than school age, pregnant women, nursing mothers, those with pre-existing liver conditions and those receiving dialysis treatment. These individuals may be more susceptible than the general population to the health effects of microcystins. For these individuals, alternative water should be used for drinking, making infant formula, making ice, brushing teeth, and preparing food. As a precautionary measure, the elderly and immune-compromised individuals may want to consider using an alternate water source for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and preparing food. The public water system, Ohio EPA, local and state public health and emergency response agencies are working together to respond and the public water system is working to reduce microcystin levels and will keep the public informed as the situation is resolved.
  • Microcystin detected in treated drinking water at higher than 1.6 µg/l over a period of time. – do not drink the water. For all age groups, alternative water should be used for drinking, making infant formula, making ice, brushing teeth, and preparing food. The public water system, Ohio EPA, local and state public health and emergency response agencies are working together to respond and the public water system is working to reduce microcystin levels and will keep the public informed as the situation is resolved.

In the event that any of these advisories are issued, additional instructions will be provided concerning water use, information on actions being taken to resolve the situation and notification when the advisory is lifted. All use advisories due to harmful algal blooms are available at ohioalgaeinfo.com.

Already this year, Ohio has made historic reforms to protect Lake Erie water quality, including:

  • Requiring that all dredge material be diverted from open-lake disposal by 2020.
  • Prohibiting manure or fertilizer from being applied to frozen, snow-covered or rain soaked ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin.
  • Modifying new and existing wastewater discharge permits for major public wastewater treatment plants to expand monitoring and continue to limit phosphorus discharges in state waters.
  • Requiring anyone applying livestock manure from the largest farms to obtain a certificate or an agricultural fertilizer applicator certificate to ensure that it is being done properly.
  • Signing a new collaborative agreement with Michigan and Ontario to achieve a 40 percent reduction in the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie’s western basin by 2025.

ODOT D – 1 Construction and Maintenance Projects – Week of August 3

The following is a weekly report concerning construction and maintenance work on state highways within the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 which includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot. This report is issued each week beginning in April and continues through November.

The following is a weekly report concerning construction and maintenance work on state highways within the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 which includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot. This report is issued each week beginning in April and continues through November.

For the latest in statewide construction visit www.ohgo.com. Please contact us at 419-999-6803 with any information needs.

ODOT D – 1 Construction and Maintenance Projects – Week of August 3, 2015

Allen County

Interstate 75 Reconstruction project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County please visitwww.odotlima75.org.

Ohio 12 between Ohio 115 and Ohio 65 which was closed for a culvert replacement has reopened.

Ohio 81 between Sugar Street and Neubrecht Road will continue to be restricted through October as pavement repairs, curb and resurfacing work continues. Two lanes of traffic are traveling in the eastbound direction and one lane in the westbound direction. Work is being performed by R.B. Jergens Contractors Inc., Dayton.

Defiance County

Ohio 18 from just east of U.S. 127 to just west of Ohio 15 will be restricted to one lane for pavement repairs. Work is being performed by the Defiance County ODOT maintenance garage.

Ohio 15 from the Williams County line to U.S. 24 will be restricted to one lane for sealing of cracks in the pavement. Work is being performed by the Defiance County ODOT maintenance garage.

Ohio 2/18/49 in the village of Hicksville is restricted for a pavement repair and resurfacing project. Work will take place on Ohio 2 from its junction with Ohio 49 at the south edge of town to the south just outside of the village limits. On Ohio 49 work will occur from inside the village to the Williams County line, and on Ohio 18 from within the village to just outside the village limits. Work is being performed by Brooks Construction, Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Hancock County

Ohio 15 both eastbound and westbound just north of Lima Avenue, south of Findlay, could have occasional stoppages of traffic on Friday, August 7 to allow electrical lines to be placed across the highway. Traffic will be affected by the work beginning at 9 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday. Law enforcement will assist with traffic control. Work is being performed by American Electric Power, Gahanna.

Ohio 12/U.S. 224 in Findlay just west of North Blanchard Street at the railroad crossing closed July 22 for approximately two weeks for a railroad crossing repair. Traffic is detoured onto Interstate 75, County Road 99, County Road 212 and Bright Road back to Ohio 12 (Fostoria Avenue) or U.S. 224 (Tiffin Avenue). Work is being performed by CSX Railroad.

Ohio 37 (Lincoln Street) in Findlay between Grand Avenue and South Blanchard Street which was closed at the railroad crossing for repairs has been reopened to traffic.

Interstate 75 northbound and southbound south of Findlay, from three miles south of the rest areas to the Interstate 75/Ohio 15 interchange is restricted to one lane in each direction for a joint repair and resurfacing project.  Work is currently occurring in the northbound and southbound passing lanes and will continue for the next several weeks. The driving lane has been shifted so that traffic is straddling the rumble strips in both directions. Also as a part of this project the rest areas will close sometime in the coming weeks. Work will continue through late fall. Work is being performed by Shelly Company, Findlay.

Ohio 15 from the Findlay airport to Ohio 37 eastbound and westbound will remain restricted through the end of summer for a resurfacing project. Work is being performed by the Shelly Company, Findlay.

Ohio 12 from Arcadia to the Seneca County line, Ohio 18 from Fostoria west to the Seneca County line and Ohio 613 from Ohio 235 at McComb to Interstate 75 will be restricted through the work zone for pavement repair and resurfacing which began June 1. The Ohio 613 portion of this project has been completed and work is now being done on Ohio 12 and Ohio 18. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

Ohio 15 northbound east of the U.S. 68 junction is one lane through the work zone for a roadside slide repair project which is expected to be completed within the next two weeks. Work is being performed by Sand Ridge Excavating, Cloverdale.

Interstate 75 in Wood and Hancock counties: Through 2016, southbound I-75 is reduced to two lanes from US 20 to I-475 in Perrysburg. Through November, from 8pm until 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75 between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Through 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between US 20 in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County.  Project complete: October 2017. All work is weather permitting.

Special events . . .

  • Effective Monday, April 27, through December, Township Road 101 in Hancock County, between CR 220 and TR 142, will be closed for bridge work on I-75.

Hardin County

Ohio 81 from the Allen County line to Dunkirk will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for a chip seal project. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

Ohio 67 north of the village of Roundhead just east of Ohio 235 closed June 15 for approximately three months for a bridge repair project over the Scioto River. Traffic detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 309 and U.S. 68 back to Ohio 67. Work is being performed by Eagle Bridge Co., Sidney.

Paulding County

Ohio 637 from south of Ohio 111 to County Road 111 will be restricted to one lane for drainage work. Work is being performed by the Paulding County ODOT maintenance garage.

U.S. 127 between Garfield Avenue and Jackson Street in the village of Paulding closed April 13 for approximately eight months for a sewer separation project. Traffic is detoured onto Ohio 111, Ohio 637 and Ohio 114 back onto U.S. 127. Work is being performed by VTF Excavation, Celina.

Putnam County

Ohio 12 east of Pandora, just east of Road 4, will be closed for five days beginning on August 17 for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 235, Interstate 75 and Ohio 696 back to Ohio 12. Work is being performed by the Putnam County ODOT maintenance garage.

Ohio 114 between Cloverdale and the north corporation limit of Kalida will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for resurfacing beginning August 3. Work is expected to continue until mid-September. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

U.S. 224 between Ohio 634 and Ohio 190 which was originally scheduled to close on August 3 for 30 days for a culvert replacement has been postponed until August 10. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 634 and Ohio 190 back to U.S. 224. Vernon Nagel, Napoleon.

Ohio 189 at the east edge of Ottoville closed May 27 for an emergency culvert repair. The road is closed for an indefinite amount of time. Traffic is being detoured onto Ohio 190, Ohio 634 and U.S. 224 back to Ohio 189.

Van Wert County

Ohio 49 between Ohio 81 and U.S. 224 will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for berm work. Work will be performed by the Van Wert County ODOT maintenance garage.

Ohio 697 west of Middle Point Wetzel Road, approximately five miles west of the city of Delphos, is now open following a bridge replacement.

Wyandot County

Ohio 67 between Township Highway 31 and County Highway 30 will be closed beginning August 3 for approximately five days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 103 and Ohio 53. Work will be performed by the Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage.

U.S. 23/30 northbound and southbound at Upper Sandusky is currently reduced to one lane through the work zone for bridge and pavement repair and resurfacing. On U.S. 23 the zone extends from south of Ohio 182 to just south of County Road 47, and on U.S. 30 from the U.S. 23 split to Township Highway 103. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.

U.S. 23 interchange with Ohio 199, Upper Sandusky Bridge deck repairs and resurfacing will impact the interchange as follows. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus:

  • U.S. 23 northbound entrance ramp from Ohio 199 closed July 20 for approximately three weeks. Traffic is detoured to Ohio 53/67 to U.S. 23 north back to Ohio 199.
  • U.S. 23 southbound exit ramp to Ohio 199 will be closed beginning on August 3 for four days. The ramp will reopen for the weekend and then will be closed again on August 10 for 24 hours. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 53/Ohio 67 to U.S. 23 back to Ohio 199.

NB GOST 5k Results

Here are the results from the North Baltimore Good Ole Summertime Jack Patterson Memorial 5k.

Here are the results from the North Baltimore Good Ole Summertime Jack Patterson Memorial 5k.

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Anyone with results from GOST events – PLEASE email – editor@thenbxpress.com!

ODOT District Two Weekly Construction Update – July 31

Left – Jerry City Road is CLOSED going east from 25 (Dixie Hi-way) – Use Soleather Rd. to get to Bates Recycling!

ODOT District Two Weekly Construction Update – July 31

Updates are highlighted in bold and underlined.

Left – Jerry City Road is CLOSED going east from 25 (Dixie Hi-way) – Use Solether Rd. to get to Bates Recycling!

ODOT District Two Weekly Construction Update – July 31 

Updates are highlighted in bold and underlined.

Lucas/Wood Counties

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

Interstate Restrictions:
Through November, overnight, from 7pm until 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75 between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg and CR 99 in Hancock County.

Through December, one lane of northbound I-75 traffic, from Roachton Road to US 20, is maintained in the northbound lane and one lane of northbound I-75 traffic, from Roachton Road to US 20, is maintained on southbound I-75.  Through 2016, southbound I-75 is reduced to two lanes from US 20 to I-475 in Perrysburg. Through 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between US 20 in Perrysburg and CR 99 in Hancock County.

Ramp Restrictions:
Effective Monday, August 10, through September, the ramp from northbound I-75 to SR 582 will be closed for pavement widening.  Detour: SR 795; I-75 southbound.  Additionally at this time, the ramp from SR 582 to northbound I-75 will be closed for pavement widening.  Detour: I-75 southbound; SR 64/SR 105.

Through July 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on the ramps from northbound I-75 to Cygnet Road (Exit 171) and from Cygnet Road to northbound I-75.

Through December, the ramp from southbound I-75 to westbound I-475 is reduced to one lane.  The ramp from eastbound I-475 to northbound I-75 is permanently reduced to one lane.

Local Routes:
Through November, Jerry City Road at I-75 is closed for bridge work.  Detour: SR 25; SR 281; Solether Road.

Through December, Township Road 101 in Hancock County, between CR 220 and TR 142, is closed for bridge work over I-75.  Project complete: October 2017.  All work is weather permitting.

2. Interstate 75: Widening
Lucas County (485-14, 536-14):
  Through July 2018, overnight, 7pm through 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75, from I-475 in Toledo to I-280 for bridge work.  Through fall 2016, one lane of I-75 traffic is maintained in the current northbound lane and one lane of traffic is relocated to southbound I-75 and separated by barrier wall.

The following ramps are closed:

·         Through November 2016, the ramp from northbound I-75 to Phillips Avenue (Exit 206).  Detour: south Expressway Drive (Exit 207); Stickney Avenue; North Expressway Drive.

·         Through June 2016, the ramp from southbound I-75 to Phillips Avenue (Exit 206).  Detour: North Expressway Drive (Exit 207); Stickney Avenue; South Expressway Drive.

·         Through June 2016, the ramp from Phillips Avenue to northbound I-75.  Detour: Manhattan Boulevard; Lagrange Street; South Expressway Drive.

·         Through July 2016, the ramp from northbound I-75 to Jeep Parkway (Exit 205A).  Detour: Berdan Avenue (Exit 205B); Detroit Avenue.

·         Through July 2018, the ramp from Jeep Parkway to southbound I-75.  Detour: Berdan Avenue.

·         Through July 2018, the ramp from Willys Parkway to northbound I-75.  Detour: Berdan Avenue; Detroit Avenue; Phillips Avenue.

·         Through July 2018, the ramp from southbound I-75 to Willys Parkway (Exit 205A).  Detour: Detroit Avenue (Exit 203B).

Local Streets:
Effective tonight from 9pm, until Friday, July 31 at 6am, Phillips Avenue, between I-75 and Manhattan Boulevard, will be closed for drainage work.  Detour: Manhattan Boulevard; Detroit Avenue.   Access to the ramp from Phillips Avenue to southbound I-75 will be maintained.

Through November 2016, the ramp from northbound I-75 to Berdan Avenue is restricted to right turn only movements.  Suggested alternate route: Berdan Avenue; Detroit Avenue; Phillips Avenue; Haverhill Drive.

Through May 2017, the Polish Village Overpass is closed for bridge work.  Detour: North Expressway Drive; Stickney Avenue; South Expressway Drive.

Through July, expect lane restrictions on Phillips Avenue at I-75, on Lagrange Street at I-75, and on Stickney Avenue at I-75 for bridge work.

Through October, South Expressway Drive is restricted to a single lane between Stickney Avenue and Lagrange Street.

Through June 2016, Jeep Parkway from Central Avenue to Berdan Avenue is closed.  Central Avenue; Detroit Avenue; Berdan Avenue.

Through July 2018, Willys Parkway from Pioneer Lane to Jeep Parkway is closed.

Project complete: July 2018.  All work is weather permitting.

3. Interstate 75: Pavement Rehabilitation
Lucas County (268-14):
Through July, I-75, from the I-75/475 split in Toledo to the Anthony Wayne Trail, is reduced to two lanes. Overnight, 10pm through 6am, single lane restrictions are possible in this work zone.

Ramp closures:

•      Through August, the ramp from northbound I-75 to Bancroft Street is closed.  Detour: Berdan Ave (Exit 205B); Detroit Avenue. 

•      Through August, the ramp from Collingwood Boulevard to northbound I-75 is closed.  Detour:  Dorr Street; Washington Street; 14th Street.

Through August 2016, the following ramps are 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.

·         The ramp from Detroit Avenue to northbound I-75 is closed.  Detour: Monroe Street; 14th Street.

Through May 2016, Oakwood Avenue, between Wells Street and Grove Place, is closed for bridge work.  Seek alternate route.  Project complete: August 2016.  All work is weather permitting.

4. Interstate 475: ProMedica Parkway Ramp
Lucas County:
  Through 2016, the ramp from ProMedica Parkway to eastbound I-475 is closed for traffic control.  Detour: westbound I-475; Douglas Road.  All work is weather permitting.

5. Interstate 475/U.S. Route 23: Interchange Upgrade *UPDATE*
Lucas County (184-14 & 210-15):
Overnight lane restrictions are possible at the interchange of I-475/US 23 from Central Avenue to N. Holland Sylvania Road.  Through October, lane restrictions are possible on Blossman Road, between Moffet Road and Plainview Drive for bridge work.  Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.  Project complete: December.  All work is weather permitting.

6. Interstate 475: Bridge Widening *UPDATE*
Lucas County (251-13 & 235-14):
 Through October, the ramp from westbound Airport Highway to northbound I-475 is closed.   Detour: southbound I-475; Salisbury Road/Dussel Drive (Exit 6).

Through May 2016, overnight from 8pm until 6am, lane restrictions are possible on I-475, between Angola Road and Salisbury Road/Dussel Drive.  11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-475, between Angola Road and Salisbury 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.  Through mid-August, Manley Road at the Ohio Turnpike Bridge is closed.  Project complete: August 2016.  All work is weather permitting.  

7. Interstate 475: Noise Wall Installation

Lucas County (314-14): Through October, overnight, 9pm through 6am, lane restrictions are possible on I-475 from Corey Road to Woodley Road for noise wall installation.  Additional daytime lane and shoulder restrictions will be announced. Project complete: October.  All work is weather permitting.

8. Interstate 475: Bridge Deck Replacement
Lucas County (480-14):
Through August, overnight from 9pm until 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-475 at Bancroft Street for bridge replacement.  Through August, expect lane restrictions on Bancroft Street at I-475 for finish work.  Project complete: August.  All work is weather permitting.

9. Interstate 475: Pavement Work

Wood County: Through August, overnight from 7pm to 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-475 in both directions between SR 25 and US 24 for pavement work.  Weekend work will be announced.  All ramps will remain open.  All work is weather permitting.

10. Interstate Maintenance Work

Lucas and Wood Counties:  Through December, intermittent overnight lane restrictions are possible on I-75, I-280 and I-475 in Lucas and Wood counties for maintenance work.  Project complete: December.  All work is weather permitting.

11. U.S. Route 20: Holland Sylvania Road & Reynolds Road Intersection Improvements
Lucas County (145-14 & 252-14):
 Through August, lane restrictions are possible on Central Avenue from Fairbanks Avenue to Reynolds Road for median installation.  Additionally, through August, expect lane restrictions on Holland-Sylvania Road, between Huntingfield Boulevard to Bonsels Parkway for median installation.  Through August, intermittent lane restrictions are possible at the intersection of Central Avenue and Reynolds Road for safety improvements.  Project complete: August.  All work is weather permitting.

12. U.S. Route 20: Central Avenue Interchange Project *PROJECT BEGINS MONDAY*
Lucas County (210-15): 
Effective Monday, August 3 through September 2017, overnight from 9pm until 6am, lane restrictions are possible on I-475/US 23 between Dorr Street and the I-475/US 23 interchange.  11-foot lane width restrictions will be in place within the work zone. Additional restrictions will be announced.  Project complete: September 2017.  All work is weather permitting. 

13. U.S. Route 20A: Eber Road Roundabout Project *UPDATE*
Lucas County (184-15):
  Effective Monday, August 10, through September, US 20A, between Weckerly Road and Eber Road, will be closed for culvert repair.  A 45-day closure of US 20A at Eber Road will follow in September.  Project complete: November.  All work is weather permitting.

14. State Route 2: Anthony Wayne Bridge Project

Lucas County (58-13):  Miami Street, between Nevada Street and Greenwood Avenue, is open.  Additional short-term, intermittent closures on Miami Street, between Nevada Street and Greenwood Avenue, will be announced.  Through October, short-term intermittent, closures are possible on Yondota Street, Utah Street, Morris Street and Ottawa Street for bridge work.  Through November, 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.  Project complete: December.  All work is weather permitting.

15. State Route 25: Safety Project *UPDATE*
Lucas County (299-15):
  Through November 2016, the Anthony Wayne Trail, between Hippo Way and City Park Boulevard, is reduced to two lanes for intersection safety improvements and pavement replacement.  Effective Friday, August 7 at 7pm, through Monday, August 10 at 6am, South Avenue at the Anthony Wayne Trail will be closed to through traffic.  Access to the Anthony Wayne Trail from South Avenue will be maintained through right turn movements only.  Additional closures will be announced.  Project complete: November 2016.  All work is weather permitting.

16. State Route 64: Roundabout and Realignment *TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGE TODAY*

Lucas County (143-15): Through August, SR 64, at Finzel Road is closed for roundabout construction.  Detour: SR 295; US 24.  Effective today, through August, Finzel Road north of SR 64 will be closed.  Local access to businesses will be maintained.  Effective today, through August, Finzel Road south of SR 64 will be open to traffic through the new roundabout.   Project complete: October.  All work is weather permitting.    

17. McCord Road: Underpass Construction
Lucas County (236-14):
Through August, North Mall Drive/Hall Street at McCord Road is closed.  Local business access is maintained.  Through September 2016, McCord Road between North Mall Drive/Hall Road and Spectrum Drive is closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  Detour: Airport Highway; Holland Sylvania; Angola Road.   Project complete: November 2016.  All work is weather permitting.

18. Various Routes: Bridge Painting
Lucas County (8027-14):
  Through July, overnight 6pm through 6am, lane restrictions are possible on US 24 at Fallen Timbers Lane for bridge painting.  Through July, the right turn lane from Summit Street to Oliver Street in Toledo will be restricted for bridge painting.  Project complete: December.  All work is weather permitting.

19. U.S. Route 6: Pavement Reconstruction and Bridge Work *UPDATE*
Wood County (170-14):
  Through October, the ramp from southbound I-75 to eastbound US 6 is closed.  Detour: westbound US 6; SR 25; Cygnet Road; I-75.  Through October, US 6, between SR 25 and Dunbridge road, is reduced to one lane in each direction.  Lane widths are restricted to 11ft in this work zone.  Work complete: October.  All work is weather permitting.

20. U.S. Route 6:  Resurfacing and Bridge Work
Wood County (434-14): Through August, the ramp from SR 25 to eastbound US 6 is closed for bridge repair.  Detour: Cygnet Road; I-75. Through July, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on US 6, between County Home Road and SR 199 for resurfacing.  Traffic is maintained by flaggers.  Through August, US 6, between Rudolph Road and Klopfenstein Road is reduced to one lane in each direction for bridge repair.  Project complete: September.  All work is weather permitting.

21. U.S. Route 20: Culvert Replacement *ROAD OPEN*
Wood County (8002-15):
  US 20, between SR 163 and SR 420, is open.  Intermittent lane restrictions are possible in this area for finish work.  Project complete: August.  All work is weather permitting.

22. State Route 64: Slide Repair
Wood County (155-15):
  Through August, a temporary traffic signal will be used to maintain one lane of traffic through the work area.  Through September, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on SR 64, between Reitz Road and SR 64/65 Waterville Bridge for slide repair.  Project complete: November.  All work is weather permitting.

23. State Route 65:  Slope Repair

Wood County (119-15):  Through September, SR 65, between Weston Road through Benschoter Road, is closed for slope repair.  Detour: SR 235; US 6; SR 65.  Project complete: September.  All work is weather permitting.

24. State Route 65: Culvert Replacement *NEW PROJECT*

Wood County (313-15):  Effective Tuesday, August 4, through August, short-term lane restrictions are possible on SR 65, between Five Point Road and River View Place, for culvert replacement.  Project Complete: September.  All work is weather permitting.

25. State Route 105: Resurfacing *PROJECT BEGINS MONDAY*

Wood County (99-15): Effective Monday, August 3, through September, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on SR 105, between Pemberville Road and US 23, for resurfacing.  Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.  Project complete: September.  All work is weather permitting.

26. State Route 420: Safety Improvements *UPDATE*

Wood County (423-14):  The ramp from the Ohio Turnpike to northbound I-280 is now open.  Through July, southbound I-280, between SR 795 and Libbey Road, will be reduced to one lane for barrier wall and guardrail work.  Through August 14, intermittent lane restrictions and delays are possible on SR 420, between SR 163 and I-80/I-90, for pavement work.  The left turn lane from southbound SR 420 to Libbey Road ispermanently closed.  Motorists should use the newly built turnaround. 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on northbound SR 420.  Project complete: August.  All work is weather permitting.

27. State Route 582: Bridge Rehabilitation

Wood County (154-15):   Through August, SR 582, between Stony Ridge Road and Layman Road is closed for bridge rehabilitation.  Detour: SR 199; SR 105; US 23.  Project complete: September.

All work is weather permitting. 

28. Gypsy Lane Road: Bridge Repair *UPDATE*

Wood County (1093-14): Through August, Gypsy Lane Road over I-75 is reduced to one lane for bridge repair.  Traffic is maintained by automated signal.  Project complete: August.  All work is weather permitting.

29. Park Avenue: Bridge Replacement

Wood County (3028-15): Through August, Park Avenue in Fostoria, between Lincoln Avenue and Kennedy Lane is closed for bridge replacement.  Detour: North County Line Road (US 23/SR 199); Summit Street; Vine Street.  Project complete: August.  All work is weather permitting.

30. Jerry City Road: Bridge Replacement *NEW PROJECT*

Wood County (3028-15):  Effective Monday, August 10, through September, Jerry City Road, between Rudolph Road and Mitchell Road, is closed for bridge replacement.  Detour: Rudolph Road; Cygnet Road; Mitchell Road.  Project complete: October.  All work is weather permitting.

Ottawa/Sandusky/Seneca Counties

31. State Route 2: Lightner Road Bridge Widening

Ottawa County (232-15):  Through August 2016, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on SR 2, between SR 53/SE Catawba Road and SR 269, for bridge work.  Additionally, Lightner Road, between Kirk Road and East State Road, may be reduced to one lane for temporary pavement construction.  Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.  Additional restrictions will be announced.  Project complete: September 2016.  All work is weather permitting.

32. State Route 53: Bridge Repair *UPDATE*

Ottawa County: Lane restrictions on the ramp from SR 53/West Fremont Road to eastbound SR 2 for pavement work are complete.  Additional lane restrictions on the ramp from SR 53/West Fremont Road to eastbound SR 2 will be announced for pavement striping.  Ramp access will be maintained.  All work is weather permitting.

33. U.S. Route 6: Roundabout Construction
Sandusky County (8018-15
):  Through August, shoulder restrictions are possible on US 6/SR 53, between Napoleon Road to W. State Street, for roundabout construction.  The closure of Muskellunge Creek Road will be announced.  Project complete: November.  All work is weather permitting.

34. State Route 412: Chip Sealing *PROJECT COMPLETE*

Sandusky County (324-14):  Chip sealing on SR 412, between TR 274 and SR 101, is complete.

35. State Route 590: Bridge Replacement *PROJECT COMPLETE*
Sandusky County (534-14):  SR 590, between Burgoon Road and Kenan-Hite Road, is now open.  The bridge replacement project is complete. 

36. State Route 18: Resurfacing

Seneca County (97-15):  Through August, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on SR 18, between TR 159 and SR 67/SR 18 for resurfacing.  Project complete: September.  All work is weather permitting.

37. State Route 19: Culvert Replacement *NEW PROJECT*

Seneca County (237-15): Effective Monday, August 10, through August, SR 19, between TR 44 and Crawford Seneca Countyline Road, will be closed for culvert replacement.  Detour: SR 67; SR 100; SR 103.  Project complete: September.  All work is weather permitting.

38. State Route 53: Railroad Repair *PROJECT COMPLETE*
Seneca County:
 SR 53, between CR 40 and CR 51, is now open.  The railroad repair is complete.

39. State Route 100: Culvert Replacement
Seneca County (236-15):
  Through August, SR 100, between SR 67 and TR 44, is closed for culvert replacement.  Detour: SR 67; SR 100.  Project complete: August.  All work is weather permitting.

40. U.S. Route 224: Resurfacing *PROJECT COMPLETE*

Seneca County (50-15):  Finish work on US 224, between Miller Drive and Township Road 197, is complete.

41. State Route 587: Culvert Replacement
Seneca County (281-15 &
55-15):  Through August, SR 587, between TR 90/Sauber Road and TR 56/Arendt Road, is closed for culvert replacement.  Through August, SR 587 between CR 18 and TR 112, is closed for culvert replacement.  Detour: SR 53; US 224; SR 18.  Project complete: October.  All work is weather permitting.

Williams/Fulton/Henry Counties

42. U.S. Route 6: Culvert Replacement *PROJECT COMPLETE*
Williams County (534-14):
 US 6, between CR 5.5 and CR 7, is now open.  The culvert replacement is complete.

43. State Route 107: Bridge Rehabilitation
Williams County (153-15):
 Through August, SR 107, between CR 8 and CR 9, is closed for bridge rehabilitation.  Detour: SR 49; US 20; SR 576.  Project complete: September.  All work is weather permitting.

44. State Route 65: Culvert Replacement
Henry County:
 Through August, SR 65, between CR K and CR N, is closed for culvert replacement.  Detour: US 6; SR 109; SR 281. All work is weather permitting.

45. State Route 65: Culvert Replacement
Henry County (67-15):
 Through August, SR 65, between CR J and CR K, is closed for culvert replacement.  Detour: US 6; SR 109; SR 281. All work is weather permitting.

46. State Route 65: Culvert Replacement *WORK POSTPONED*

Henry County:  The culvert replacement on SR 65, between CR P and CR Q, is postponed.  Date to be announced.

47. State Route 109: Damascus Bridge: Bridge Replacement
Henry County (1-15):
  Through October 2017, motorists should watch for additional truck traffic near SR 109 at the Damascus bridge for bridge work.  Work impacting traffic will be announced.  Project complete: October 2017.  All work is weather permitting.

48. State Route 281: Culvert Replacement
Henry County (179-15):
 Through August, SR 281, between CR 17 and CR 19 is closed for culvert replacement.  Detour: SR 108; SR 18.  Additionally, CR 18 is closed one mile north and one mile south of SR 281.  Project complete: August.  All work is weather permitting.

District Wide 

49. Various Routes: Guardrail & Electrical Maintenance

District Wide (1071-14 & 1076-14): Through December, intermittent lane restrictions are possible district wide for guardrail and electrical maintenance.  Project complete: December. All work is weather permitting.

NBLS District Monthly Meeting News for July

The Board accepted an anonymous donation valued at approximately $8000. for the purchase of all necessary consumable school supplies to be given to students in PreK through Grade 6, and hired a Special Services Director……

The North Baltimore Local Schools Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting last Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the MS/HS Building.

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All Board Members were present for this month’s meeting.

Board President Tami Thomas called the meeting to order shortly after 6:00pm. All members were present this month.

Mr. Lockwood and Dr. Falkenstein, Principals, are still on Summer Break, and were not in attendance. The only Administrative report was given by Superintendent Mr. Delaney. In his comments he shared:

-20 kids attended Summer School

-Sports teams are beginning practices. “It seems like each year it gets more and more early, “Mr. Delaney said.

-The 240 Chromebooks the district ordered have arrived and they will all be ready to go for the first day of school.

-The athletic council has received blueprints for the baseball and softball fields at the school. The village Zoning Board will review them, with Village Administrator Donna Dettling.

– August 4 and 5 will be screening of Kindergarten students.

-Open enrollment early estimates seem to indicate an increase from last year.

In other business:
The Board accepted the resignation of Elizabeth Trigg, Elementary teacher, and hired, Rachel Smith as her replacement.

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Newly Hired Special Services Director Laura Warden

The Board also hired Laura Warden as the District Special Services Director, with a two year-administrative contract offered (220 days per year, 5 days per week, $66,000). She will be responsible as head of all special services offered. Previously the district had separate supervisors at the pre-school, elementary and high school levels. Ms. Warden will assume all those roles in her position. “North Baltimore has 23 to 24% special education population (and related services, like occupational and speech therapy) in our district, which is high. We have streamlined for efficiency” Delaney said. “It should save us over $40,000 annually.”

The Board approved Powell fees at $46 per student. Parents can receive a $5 discount by paying fees before the end of the first grading period.

The Board approved paying $1500 to high school student Seth Thompson (Panda Technologies) for website services.

The Board selected Russell Bretz as their Delegate and Tim Archer as the Alternate to the Ohio School Boards Association annual Business meeting

The Board accepted an anonymous donation valued at approximately $8000. for the purchase of all necessary consumable school supplies to be given to students in PreK through Grade 6.

The meeting adjourned at 6:39pm in order for the Board to go into Executive Session.

The First day of school for the District is August 18th.

OHSAA Fall Sports Practices Begin Saturday

Schools reminded of new football contact regulations, preseason requirements and heat index regulation…LOTS of information in this article for ALL fall sports………

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The official start of fall sports practices is Saturday for member schools of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. August 1 is the annual start date for all OHSAA sanctioned fall sports, which include girls tennis, girls and boys golf, girls and boys cross country, field hockey, boys and girls soccer, volleyball and football.

OHSAA Adopts National Recommendations to Minimize Concussion Risks in Football Practice

http://www.ohsaa.org/news/20150713OHSAAModifiesFootballPracticeGuidelines.pdf

Football Notes and Playoff Updates

Of the OHSAA’s 822 member schools, 717 sponsor football teams. Schools are reminded of the five-day acclimatization period prior to any contact drills. Only helmets are permitted on the first and second days of practice. Shoulder pads may be added on days three and four. Full pads may be worn on the fifth day. Full contact is permitted on the sixth day. August 2, 9 and 16 are mandatory days off. The regular-season kicks off the week of August 24.

 

FOOTBALL HOME: Statewide composite schedules (sorted by week and by school), regional playoff boundary maps, schools in each division, statewide radio broadcast listing and more: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/default.asp

 

A total of 224 schools – 32 in each Division – will qualify for the playoffs when the final computer ratings are announced Sunday morning, Nov. 1. Divisions II, III, V and VII will play on Fridays during the playoffs, while Divisions I, IV and VI will play on Saturdays. The 2015 football state championship games return to Ohio Stadium in Columbus December 3, 4 and 5. The finals schedule will be announced after the state semifinals.

OHSAA Radio Network Information: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/Radio/radiohome.asp

OHSAA Football All-Time Playoff Database: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/history/FT/FootballParticipants.pdf

 

School Sports Schedules: http://schedules.myohsaa.org/

Type in the first few letters of a school into the search bar, select the school and then click “Search.” Click on the “School Information” button in the upper right corner for the list of sports and schedules.

 

Fall Sports Practices Begin Saturday, August 1

All fall sports can begin practice (which include tryouts) on Saturday, August 1.

  1. All student-athletes must have a pre-participation physical: http://www.ohsaa.org/medicine/physicalform.htm
  2. All coaches, paid and volunteer, must be certified by the ODE: http://www.ohsaa.org/members/coachescorner.htm
  3. OHSAA inclement weather regulations: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/OHSAAInclementWeatherPolicy.pdf
  4. OHSAA heat regulations: SEE BELOW
  5. Preseason parent meetings information: http://www.ohsaa.org/members/default.htm
  6. See the respective sport pages at OHSAA.org for online rules meetings, OHSAA sport regulations, OHSAA general sports regulations, preseason coaches manuals, etc.

 

Fall Sports Coaches and Athletic Directors Manuals

Attention Coaches: Please check the sport pages at OHSAA.org for links to the online rules interpretation meetings.

Golf Manual – http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/go/gomanual.pdf

Girls Tennis Manualhttp://www.ohsaa.org/sports/te/girls/gtemanual.pdf

Cross Country Manual – http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/cc/ccmanual.pdf

Field Hockey Manual – http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/fh/girls/fhmanual.pdf

Soccer Manual http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/so/SOCoachesManual.pdf

Volleyball Manualhttp://www.ohsaa.org/sports/vb/girls/vbmanual.pdf

Football Manual – http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/ftmanual.pdf

 

What is Friday Night Futbol? Check it Out! http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/so/FridayNightFutbol.pdf

 

Regional Update Meetings Scheduled for August

The OHSAA has scheduled four Regional Update Meetings in August for school administrators. Commissioner Dan Ross will provide updates on current topics, Associate Commissioner Deborah Moore will review student eligibility guidelines and OHSAA general counsel Steve Craig will discuss current legal issues. All meetings will last approximately two hours and there is no cost to attend. Click here for details: http://www.ohsaa.org/members/Memos/20150625.pdf

 

OIAAA and OHSAA Workshops Scheduled for Aug. 3 & 4

The OHSAA’s annual New Administrator Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Columbus. New this year is an additional workshop conducted by the Ohio Interscholastic Administrators Association (OIAAA) the day before, which is set for Monday, Aug. 3. Details are posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/meetings/NewAdminWorkshop/registration.asp. Note: Google Chrome is not recommended to use when registering due to issues some browsers have with the online form.

 

OHSAA Inclement Weather Regulation: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/OHSAAInclementWeatherPolicy.pdf

 

OHSAA Heat Regulations

This procedure is to be used until such time as the temperature is below 84 degrees as no combination of heat and humidity at that level will result in a need to curtail activity.

  1. Thirty minutes prior to the start of activity, temperature and humidity readings should be taken at the site.
  2. The temperature and humidity should be factored into the Heat Index Calculation and Chart and a determination made as to the Heat Index. If schools are utilizing a digital sling psychrometer that calculates the Heat Index, that number may be used to apply to the table.
  3. If a reading is determined whereby activity is to be decreased (above 95 degrees Heat Index), then rereadings would be required every thirty minutes to determine if further activity should be eliminated or preventative steps taken, or if an increased level of activity can resume.
  4. Using the following table, activity should be altered and/or eliminated based on this Heat Index as determined:

 

Under 95 degrees Heat Index—

  • Optional water breaks every 30 minutes for 10 minutes in duration to allow hydration as a group.
  • Have towels with ice for cooling of athletes as needed.
  • Watch/monitor athletes carefully for necessary action.
  • Re-check temperature and humidity every 30 minutes if temperature rises in order to monitor for increased Heat Index.

 

95 degrees to 99 degrees Heat Index—

  • Water shall always be available and athletes shall be able to take in as much water as they desire.
  • Mandatory water breaks every 30 minutes for 10 minutes in duration to allow for hydration as a group.
  • Have towels with ice for cooling of athletes as needed.
  • Watch/monitor athletes carefully for necessary action.
  • Helmets and other equipment should be removed when athlete not directly involved with competition, drill or practice and it is not otherwise required by rule.

Notes: Reduce time of outside activity. Consider postponing practice to later in the day. Re-check temperature and humidity every 30 minutes to monitor for increased Heat Index.

 

100 degrees (above 99 degrees) to 104 degrees Heat Index—

  • Water shall always be available and athletes shall be able to take in as much water as they desire.
  • Mandatory water breaks every 30 minutes for 10 minutes in duration to allow hydration as a group.
  • Have towels with ice for cooling of athletes as needed.
  • Watch/monitor athletes carefully for necessary action.
  • Alter uniform by removing items if possible and permissible by rules.
  • Allow athletes to change to dry shirts and shorts at defined intervals.
  • Reduce time of outside activity as well as indoor activity if air conditioning is unavailable.
  • Postpone practice to later in day.
  • If helmets or other protective requirement are required to be worn by rule or normal practice, suspend practice or competition immediately.

Note: Re-check temperature and humidity every 30 minutes to monitor for changes in Heat Index.

 

Above 104 degrees Heat Index—

  • Stop all outside activity in practice and/or play, and stop all inside activity if air conditioning is unavailable.

 

 

Anne A. Bland, 95, NB

Anne A. Bland, 95, of North Baltimore, died on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.

Anne A. Bland, 95, of North Baltimore, died on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.

She was born on June 21, 1920, in North Baltimore, OH to the late Donald W. and Alta Marie (McEvoy) Peters. She married Deloy E. Bland on June 4, 1947, and he preceded her in death on September 16, 1992.

Anne is survived by her daughter, Ruth Ann (Raymond) Leathers of Hermosa
Beach, CA; her son, Robert E. Bland of North Baltimore; her grandson, Greg
Leathers; and her great-grandson, Mark Leathers. She was preceded in death
by her brothers: Donald and Richard Peters; and her sisters: Rachael
Bushey and Jane Darrough.

A private graveside service was held in Maplewood Cemetery, North
Baltimore. Arrangements have been entrusted to SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME,
North Baltimore. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bowling Green
Care Center. Online condolences may be made at www.smithcrates.com.

GOST Photo Gallery

By most accounts the North Baltimore Good Ole SummerTime Day Festival was a success. The weather was hot and dry with a breeze keeping the air moving for the most part, most of the day. Good crowds came out to enjoy the many events, happenings, displays, programs, groups, games, rides, food and most of all the fireworks!

Here is a sampling of photos from the day. We plan to post additional photos along with the results from the various events as they become available or are submitted  (EMAIL:   editor@thenbxpress.com).

Click on a photo to enlarge (photos by JP Miklovic)

Marshal Mullins, NBHS ’64

Marshal Mullins, formerly of NB, passed away at his home in Westcliffe, Colorado, on July 22nd, 2015, after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Marshal Mullins passed away at his home in Westcliffe, Colorado, on July 22nd, 2015, after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Marshall was born in Wyco, West Virginia to Denver Colorado and Grace (Worley) Mullins on February 1, 1946. Marshall graduated from North Baltimore High School in 1964. He was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as a Life Support Specialist in the 18th Special Operation Squadron from 1964 to 1972. After completing his military service, he lived in Ohio and worked as an over-­the-­road truck driver for 15 years before settling down in Chicago to work for the United States Post Office for 20 years.

He and his wife Marilyn have lived in Colorado for the past 15 years, where he loved the quiet beauty of the Rocky Mountains. He was a devoted fan of the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He loved animal’s including his beloved adopted sheltie Marlee, dachshund Coco and cats Okie and Jerry ­ and spent the last six years volunteering with Pet Project, a nonprofit pet adoption group in Westcliffe, to help in its spaying and neutering program. He regularly attended annual military reunions of the AC­-119 Gunship Association.

One of Marshall’s biggest passions was riding motorcycles. His prized possession was Harley Davidson trike custom painted to honor the men in his unit in Vietnam; both those who died and survived. He traveled with his trike all over the country to motorcycle shows and veterans’ gatherings to remember his fellow soldiers and advocate for prostate cancer awareness. He won top honors at several of the bike shows that he attended. Marshall and his bike where featured in the October 2014 issue of Healthmonitor’s “Guide to Living with Advanced Prostate Cancer,” as well as a fundraising brochure that was put out by the Prostate Cancer Foundation. He was also featured in an online video that recognized Marshall’s service and advocacy, this video can be viewed at www.vimeo.com/72275992.

Marshall is survived by his wife Marilyn of Westcliffe, CO; his sister Audrey Bankey of Cygnet; his much loved children Stephen Mullins and Tanya Mullins both of Richmond, VA; Grandchildren Antonio, Alexis and Brandon Taylor also of Richmond, VA; Great Grandson Aiden Warriner-­Taylor of Cumberland, VA; several stepchildren including Dawn Mulder of Florida and Tricia Bisoux of MO. Marshall is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents; brother Carl Mullins and sister Joyce Hickok. Marshall has donated his body to science for prostate cancer research. There will be a memorial service to honor Marshall at the North Baltimore American Legion Post #539 on Saturday August 8th, 2015 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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Colleges and Universities Offering Football Increases to All-Time High of 773

Four new schools will take the gridiron in the fall, including three in the NCAA and one in the NAIA.

 

 

IRVING, Texas (July 23, 2015) – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) highlighted today that four new college football teams will take the field for the first time this season,increasing the number of schools among all NCAA divisions, the NAIA and independents offering football to 773, an all-time high.

Since 1978 when the NCAA changed its method for tracking attendance figures, the number of schools playing NCAA football (FBS, FCS, DII and DII) has steadily increased by 179 schools from 484 in 1978 to a record high of 663 in 2014, or an average increase of 4.9 schools per year. With the addition of the NAIA and independent schools playing football and the schools across all levels of play who have announced the addition of programs in the coming years, the number of colleges and universities now offering football has been increased to the all-time high 773. In the past four seasonsalone (2011-14), 32 football programs have been added at NCAA, NAIA or independent institutions.All 773 schools will be represented on the helmet wall at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.


Numbers reflect schools playing football at all levels of the NCAA (FBS, FCS, DII and DII). Excludes NAIA and independents.

Universities and colleges are adding football at all levels, and administrators have developed sound plans, ensuring the new programs address the unique financial, academic and long-term objectives of their respective schools. The 61 institutions listed below, who have implemented firm plans during the past few years, coupled together with the more than 20 schools with exploratory committees, create a clear and undeniable trend that presidents and trustees nationwide see the value of a football program as part of their overall academic mission.

“No other sport contributes more to the vibrancy of a college campus than football, and we are very pleased to highlight those schools that have added our great game,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “University and college presidents clearly see the value of having programs on their campuses, and we applaud them for understanding the role football can play in the educational experience of all their students.”

The rationale for adding football varies at each institution, and all of the decision makers who helped develop a plan for launching a program explain that an in-depth study played a critical role in finding the right level of play and the proper financial balance. Small colleges may cite increasing enrollment and addressing gender imbalances while larger universities might highlight the role of football in raising the institution’s profile and its ability to attract research grants. All mention creating a more vibrant on-campus community and connecting with alumni.

“With more than one million high school students playing football and more than 70,000 spots on college teams, there is plenty of room for expansion,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “Many of these colleges clearly recognize that football can play an important role in encouraging students to continue their educations by enticing them to enroll.”

The schools have added programs at all levels of play in every region of the country, experiencing successes that run the gamut. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas, has successfully raised the $9.5 million it needed, and it will officially launch its football program in 2016 as a member of NCAA Division II’s Lone Star Conference. Morthland College in West Frankfort, Ill., hopes to begin play in the next two years, and it purchased land in January on which it plans to build a $500,000 football stadium and $7.5 million athletic field house.

Colorado State University-Pueblo won the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship in just its seventh season since bringing back its football program in 2008 after a more than 20-year absence. In all, the 51 programs that have added football from 2008-14 have combined for 14 conference championships and 18 postseason appearances.

These are just some of the impressive achievements at schools that have recently added football. Others include notching impressive attendance figures; attracting increased enrollment; garnering national publicity; expanding their donor bases; and receiving invitations to join conferences at the next level.

This is not the first go around with football for some of the schools listed below. Avid fan and donor support helped reinstate football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) just six months after the program had been shut down. UAB announced June 1 it plans to field a team again starting in 2017.

“I am so excited that UAB Football will return to FBS competition in 2017,” head football coach Bill Clark said in July. “We want a program that is here to stay. We have to start by building a new, stronger foundation. We need to take our time to do it right, then we can compete for conference and bowl championships.”

A couple of FCS schools adding football programs have received great support from some of college football’s biggest names. College Football Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer has been an important consultant for East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., which will return to the gridiron this fall for the first time since the 2003 season. The Buccaneers will play their first game on Sept. 3 against fellow start-up program Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., which received key guidance from Hall of Fame coach Vince Dooley.

“It is an honor to be a part of Kennesaw State’s journey toward starting a football program,” Dooley said when the school announced the addition of its program in 2013. “Historically, football has defined the unique culture of an institution through its proud colors, mascot, songs, and traditions. In my experience, football provides a sense of pride and point of connection to a broad audience of supporters in the community and around the state.”

Well-thought-out plans have allowed both universities to move swiftly in fielding teams and both have received large financial and fan support. ETSU announced plans for a $26.6 million football stadium which will seat more than 10,000 fans. Meanwhile, Kennesaw State has surpassed 4,000 season ticket deposits, assuring it will play before a capacity crowd at every home game this fall. Both schools are extremely pleased with the early results and look forward to what football can do for their respective campuses this fall.

“Football is an American tradition,” said ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland. “It builds school spirit, it builds school pride, and it builds engagement – engagement with our students, with our community and with our alumni.”

ETSU will play as an FCS independent this season before joining the Southern Conference in 2016, while Kennesaw State will immediately join the Big South Conference. A lot of the schools’ early success can be traced to the experienced coaches put in place to build these football programs from scratch. ETSU’s Carl Torbush, a former head coach at Louisiana Tech and North Carolina, and Kennesaw State’s Brian Bohannon, a longtime coach with stints on the staffs at Georgia Tech and Navy, were both excited at the prospect and challenges of putting their marks on a football program.

“Most times, you’re changing a culture,” Bohannon told The Sports Network. “We get to create one here. I think that’s the most exciting thing about what we’re doing – how we want it to look, it’s all on us. Getting a start-up from ground zero, I’ve really enjoyed it.”

Increasing enrollment is almost always cited as one of the prime reasons for adding football programs, especially at much smaller colleges and universities. Both Finlandia University in Hancock, Mich., and Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., begin intercollegiate play this fall. Both schools see the addition of football as a great path to increasing their small enrollment numbers.

Beginning with football, Finlandia will be launching seven Division III athletic programs over the next seven years to increase its enrollment from its current student body of 485 students. The university hopes to bring in 217 additional student-athletes (44 percent increase) over those seven years, and football leads the way with a target of 70 new enrollees when the Lions take the field in September.

The 713-student Lyon College enrolled 72 students to restart its football program, which will take the field this fall for the first time since 1951. Athletics Director Kevin Jenkins believes football will not only increase enrollment, but it will also enhance community support and school spirit at the NAIA institution. The Scots have already made great strides in gaining public support, attracting 2,000 people to their scrimmages last fall, about 10 times more than anticipated.

“Our athletic program is expected to double in two years,” Jenkins told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “It’s not just our football team; it’s the community’s team. It’s exciting, but it can be a challenge.”

The addition of a football program often entails a long, calculated process that frequently begins with studies conducted by task forces. Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, announced in January that it has begun the process of fielding a team for the 2018 season after a task force found football would not only increase enrollment at the 1,200-student university, but it would also increase vibrancy and school spirit. Specifically, football is expected to increase the male student population at Clarke, which transitioned to a coeducational institution in 1979 yet remains 70 percent female.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us; a challenge and exciting adventure that will move Clarke University forward,” said Clarke President Joanne Burrows. “Beginning football at a university founded by religious women may at first seem to be a daring decision, but the history of Clarke University – making the move to a coeducational institution, changing the name from college to university – is filled with similarly bold choices.”

Clarke’s task force studied other universities that have added football in recent years and found that each of them experienced a significant increase in enrollment. The NAIA has seen an especially large growth in football as 23 programs have either been added or announced since 2008. Clarke announced it will join the Heart of America Athletic Conference, and it is currently searching for a head coach to start recruiting in 2017.

“The time is right for football at Clarke University,” said Athletics Director Curt Long. “It will help foster a full college experience and further develop the campus atmosphere we are striving to create. Football will complement our existing athletic programs well and provide us with new scheduling opportunities through a new conference affiliation.”

Four Programs Launching in 2015

  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, Tenn.): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Independent (Subsequently joining Southern Conference in 2016) – President Brian Noland, Athletics Director Richard Sander, Head Coach Carl Torbush.
  • Finlandia University (Hancock, Mich.): NCAA Division III, Independent – President Philip Johnson, Athletics Director Chris Salani, Head Coach Tim Driscoll.
  • Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, Ga.): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Big South Conference – President Daniel S. Papp, Athletics Director Vaughn Williams, Head Coach Brain Bohannon.
  • Lyon College (Batesville, Ark.): NAIA, Central States Football League – President Donald Weatherman, Athletics Director Kevin Jenkins, Head Coach Kirk Kelley.


Eight Programs Launching from 2016-18
(Listed chronologically and then alphabetically.)

  • Cincinnati Christian University (Cincinnati, Ohio): NAIA, Conference TBA (2016) – PresidentKen Tracy, Athletics Director Beth Rogers, Head Coach David Fulcher.
  • Davenport University (Grand Rapids, Mich.): NAIA, Conference TBA (2016) – PresidentRichard J. Pappas, Athletics Director Paul Lowden, Head Coach Lou Esposito.
  • Morthland College (West Frankfort, Ill.): Division TBA, Conference TBA (JV Schedule in 2015, full varsity schedule in 2016) – President Tim Morthland, Athletics Director and Head CoachMike Rude.
  • University of Texas of the Permian Basin (Odessa, Texas): NCAA Division II, Lone Star Conference (2016) – President W. David Watts, Athletics Director Steve Aicinena, Head Coach Justin Carrigan.
  • University of West Florida (Pensacola, Fla.): NCAA Division II, Gulf South Conference (2016) – President Judith Bense, Athletics Director Dave Scott, Head Coach Pete Shinnick.
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, Ala.): NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, Conference USA (2017) – President Ray L. Watts, Athletics Director Mark Ingram, Head Coach Bill Clark.
  • University of New England (Biddeford, Maine): NCAA Division III, Conference TBA (2017) – President Danielle N. Ripich, Athletics Director Jack McDonald, Head Coach TBA.
  • Clarke University (Dubuque, Iowa): NAIA, Heart of America Athletic Conference (2018) – President Joanne Burrows, Athletics Director Curt Long, Head Coach TBA.

Six Programs Launched in 2014

  • Arizona Christian University (Phoenix, Ariz.): NAIA, Central States Football League
  • College of Idaho (Caldwell, Idaho): NAIA, Frontier Conference
  • George Fox University (Newberg, Ore.): NCAA Division III, Northwest Conference
  • Limestone College (Gaffney, S.C.): NCAA Division II, Independent
  • Missouri Baptist University (Saint Louis, Mo.): NAIA, Mid-States Football Association
  • Southeastern University (Lakeland, Fla.): NAIA, The Sun Conference

12 Programs Launched in 2013

  • Alderson Broaddus University (Philippi, W.Va.): NCAA Division II, Independent
  • Berry College (Mount Berry, Ga.): NCAA Division III, Southern Athletic Association
  • Florida Tech (Melbourne, Fla.): NCAA Division II, Gulf South Conference
  • Hendrix College (Conway, Ark.): NCAA Division III, Southern Athletic Association
  • Houston Baptist University (Houston, Texas): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Southland Conference
  • Mercer University (Macon, Ga.): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Southern Conference
  • Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee, Okla.): NCAA Division II, Great American Conference
  • Reinhardt University (Waleska, Ga.): NAIA, Mid-South Conference
  • Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas): NCAA Division III, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
  • Stetson University (DeLand, Fla.): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Pioneer Football League
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.): NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, Conference USA
  • Warner University (Lake Wales, Fla.): NAIA, The Sun Conference

Five Programs Launched in 2012

  • Bluefield College (Bluefield, Va.): NAIA, Mid-South Conference
  • Lindenwood University-Belleville (Belleville,Ill.): NAIA, Mid-States Football Association
  • Misericordia University (Dallas, Pa.): NCAA Division III, Middle Atlantic Conferences
  • Point University (West Point, Ga.): NAIA, The Sun Conference
  • Wayland Baptist University (Plainview, Texas):  NAIA, Central States Football League

Nine Programs Launched in 2011

  • Ave Maria University (Ave Maria, Fla.): NAIA, The Sun Conference
  • Concordia University Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, Mich.): NAIA, Mid-States Football Association
  • Ohio Mid-Western College (Sharonville, Ohio): Independent
  • Presentation College (Aberdeen, S.D.): NAIA, North Star Athletic Association
  • Robert Morris University (Chicago, Ill.): NAIA, Mid-States Football Association
  • Siena Heights University (Adrian, Mich.):  NAIA, Mid-States Football Association
  • Stevenson University (Owings Mills, Md.): NCAA Division III, Middle Atlantic Conferences
  • University of Texas at San Antonio (San Antonio, Texas):  NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, Conference USA
  • Virginia University of Lynchburg (Lynchburg, Va.): Independent

Six Programs Launched in 2010

  • Georgia State University (Atlanta, Ga.): NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, Sun Belt Conference
  • Lamar University (Beaumont, Texas): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Southland Conference
  • Lindsey Wilson College (Columbia, Ky.): NAIA, Mid-South Conference
  • Notre Dame College (South Euclid, Ohio): NCAA Division II, Mountain East Conference
  • Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.): NCAA Division III, Northwest Conference
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile, Ala.): NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, Sun Belt Conference

Five Programs Launched in 2009

  • Anna Maria College (Paxton, Mass.): NCAA Division III, Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
  • Castleton State College (Castleton, Vt.): NCAA Division III, Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
  • Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.): NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, Conference USA
  • University of New Haven (West Haven, Conn.): NCAA Division II, Northeast-10 Conference
  • University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, Texas): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Southland Conference

Eight Programs Launched in 2008

  • Campbell University (Buies Creek, N.C.): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Pioneer Football League
  • College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, Minn.): NCAA Division III, Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
  • Colorado State University–Pueblo (Pueblo, Colo.): NCAA Division II, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
  • Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa): NAIA, Great Plains Athletic Conference
  • Grand View University (Des Moines, Iowa): NAIA, Heart of America Athletic Conference
  • Kentucky Christian University (Grayson, Ky.): NAIA, Mid-South Conference
  • Lake Erie College (Painesville, Ohio): NCAA Division II, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
  • The Lincoln University (Lincoln University, Pa.): NCAA Division II, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

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