Toledo Air National Guard Unit Performing Exercise Flights to Test Response Capability

Aerospace Control includes maintaining air sovereignty and air defense through the surveillance and control of airspace over Canada and the U.S. The purpose of the event is to exercise coordination between the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Federal Aviation Administration and 180th Fighter Wing.

(Swanton, Ohio) – Alert fighter jets from the 180th Fighter Wing will conduct a test of the Aerospace Control Alert system on Wednesday, April 27, between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.

Aerospace Control includes maintaining air sovereignty and air defense through the surveillance and control of airspace over Canada and the U.S. The purpose of the event is to exercise coordination between the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Federal Aviation Administration and 180th Fighter Wing.

Those living in and around the Toledo and Sandusky areas may hear and/or see fighter jets in close proximity to a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, which will be taking on the role of a Track of Interest (TOI). A TOI is an aircraft that has been identified as a potential threat. Although scheduled for the morning, the exercise flights could be delayed due to weather concerns.

These types of exercises are conducted on a routine basis as part of North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Operation Noble Eagle, which was initiated after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

NB Board of Education Holds April Meeting

Teachers and staff get new contracts. Powell students to get School supplies! District to get profit from donated crops, 100% of Seniors eligible to graduate,…………

The Board of Education meeting for April was called to order by President Tami Thomas at 6:05pm Tuesday night. Mrs. Bushey, Mr. Archer, and Mr. Bretz were present. Mrs. Cotterman was absent.

It was mostly business as usual at the meeting. Two people, both of whom are school employees, asked to have permission to address the Board.

First up was Band Director Ben Pack, who had student Seth Thompson at the meeting also. They talked about the band’s Spring Break Trip to Disney World, and shared some comments about the experience and showed a video of the North Baltimore High School Marching Band leading the parade in front of approximately 10,000 visitors. Mr. Pack thanked the Board for their support.

The second person granted permission to address the Board was Second Grade teacher Misty Schinsky, who is President of the North Baltimore Education Association. She read a prepared statement  sharing that the union has unanimously voted to accept the contract offered by the Board and thanked them for negotiating fairly with the staff, “without needing a mediator” There were also about a dozen other teachers/staff members in attendance.

Misty Schinsky addresses the Board of Education

The Board approved an agreement with the North Baltimore Education Association for the Certified and Classified Union operations as presented, by a vote of 4-0.

During the Superintendents Comments, Mr. Delaney mentioned:
*All Testing is done. There was much less testing done this year compared to last year.
*Work on the Sports Fields at the School should resume soon—weather permitting
*The Junior High Girls Track Team won first place last week at the Northwood Invitational, “That’s a Big Deal,”he said.
*”Thanks to Misty and the negotiation team. Thanks for showing up tonight”

Dr. Falkenstein’s report and Mrs. Van Mooy’s report are posted as separate articles here on theNBXpress.

Other items of interest:

*Board accepted resignation for retirement from Shirlee Swartz, transportation aide.

*Approved the list of 2016 seniors eligible to graduate, pending completion of NBHS requirements. There are 56 students with 100% of the class eligible to graduate (Well done, students!)*Approved a service being provided at no charge from Mike Trout, Casey Farms, and Mid-Wood Inc to farm 18 acres of ground owned by the district and donate the harvested crop to the district for the 2016 growing season.

*Mrs. Van Mooy announced the anonymous donor who has purchased school supplies for all Powell students, has already stepped up to the plate to do so again this fall (2016-2017 school year), for Pre-school through 6th grade!

*The American Legion and Legion Auxiliary have donated the money to fund the Academic Honors Program on May 5th. “Thank you to the Legion. They’ve been supporting  this program for 30 years!” said Mr. DeLaney.

There were no Board Committee reports. The meeting was adjourned at 6:51, so the Board could move to Executive Session

High School Principal’s Report to the Board of Education from Last Night’s Meeting

Congratulations to Meg Empke who was the recipient of the Linette Butler Award, given to the outstanding Quiz Bowl participant of the season…….

Principal’s Report to the Board of Education

April 26, 2016

Dr. Falkenstein


State AIR Testing is over halfway completed.  Our technology is working great, staff members have embraced their role in proctoring, and students are exceeding expectations.


Our ACT scores are skyrocketing!  With the implementation of College Readiness I and II, we are seeing direct benefits for students.  We had students raise their original scores by 5 points in less than one year.  The tracking being done by Miss Huffman assigns an estimated score based on practice tests.  Those scores were within 1 point of actual scores!  This ultimately opens college access even wider and provides much needed scholarship money for families.


Spring sports are turning the final corner of their seasons.  Tournament schedules will be announced via social media and text alerts.


Thanks for Jonathon Patterson, we have new rules for who gets to sit at our outdoor picnic tables during lunch!  He gave a stellar presentation to me about making a few changes.


April 14 at 6:30: 21st Annual Wood County ESC Recognition Banquet at Penta Career Center.  Tyler Stimmel chose Mr. Pack.  Kylie Hiser selected Miss Lauer.


May 4: Safety Awareness Assembly for juniors and seniors in the morning.  SRO Slane is preparing the entire event, which will take place while Grades 9-10 are testing.  We are having the Ohio State Patrol, Wood County Presecutor’s Office, and North Baltimore Police Chief Baer coming to speak about making good choices and the consequences of making poor choices.  We will also offer a simulator for students to experience that makes them experience impaired driving.


May 5 at 7:00: Academic Honors Night.  Thank you North Baltimore American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary for financial support of the entire program!


May 7 at 6:00-11:00: Prom at Stacy’s Place in Fostoria

May 12 at 1:45: Senior Awards Ceremony

May 14: Middle School Dance with 6th graders invited to attend

May 17-19: Penta Senior Recognition Ceremonies.  We will have NB

administrative representation at all 6 ceremonies.

May 18 at 5-8: McDonalds fundraiser for DC trip

May 18 at 7:00: Baccalaureate Service at Good Shepherd Church

May 22 at 3:00: Fine Arts Awards

May 23: NB Senior Exams

May 23 at 7:00: Baseball/Softball Awards Night

May 24: NB Seniors Last Day for Rehearsal and Picnic

May 24 at 7:00: Track Awards Night

May 26: Penta Last Day

May 26-27: NB Exams for non-seniors

May 27: NB Last Day for non-seniors

May 29 at 2:00: Commencement

May 31: Teacher’s last day



Powell Elementary Principal’s Report to the Board of Education

Muffins for Moms returning in May, School supplies being donated again next school year………………………..

In March we began registering kindergarten students for 2016-2017. On April 14, 2016 the kindergarten teachers held a parent’s meeting in the evening. They gave parents packets of expectations that they can be working on prior to the assessments they will do in the fall. Parents also signed up for those assessment times, which will take place prior to school starting in August. At this point we have 42 students registered.

A Family Make It Take It Night took place on March 21 from 6:30-8 pm. Parents and their children worked on art and music activities. Ms. Meyerson taught a bucket drumming session and Ms. Miklovic taught a blind drawing class. Everyone had a great time!

Powell Arts Night
Powell Arts Night
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Powell Arts Night
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Powell Arts Night
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Powell Arts Night


The mobile Dentist visited Powell School recently. A number of students were seen, which was a real help to parents. Mrs. Emahiser coordinated this event.

Powell DentalVisitApril 1
Mobile Dentist visited Powell
Powell DentalVisitApril 2
Mobile Dentist visited Powell

April begins the official testing month at Powell! We have already finished the 3rd grade tests! Most of the tests are taken on the Chrome books and have gone pretty well. The students do report that these tests are hard.


This month we are pleased to announce a visit from Jeanette and Christopher Canyon. These talented illustrators from Columbus will be giving several talks to students on April 28th. They will then do a presentation for parents and students at 6:45pm in the evening. Everyone is invited to come to hear how these talented artists research and create their art for their books. We will be having an art show on display during the same time!


Teachers are busy preparing for the end of this school year and looking forward to next year. We have streamlined the grade card for next year, looked over the special area teacher’s schedule, and started to look at class assignments for next year.


We are pleased to announce that the anonymous donor who has generously provided all of the school supplies for our Preschool through 6th grade students for the last few years has once again notified us that they want to continue the tradition for next year. This can be a huge financial burden to parents in the fall. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Muffins for Moms will be held on May 13, 2016 at 7:15 am. Children and their mom, stepmom, or grandma are encouraged to send in their reservation for this traditional event at Powell!


Field Trips have been planned for our grade levels that tie to an educational standard or unit of study. This experience outside the classroom is very important as it opens up the world outside North Baltimore for our children. We do take chaperones but are limiting them to parents, step-parents or grandparents. All must be listed our emergency medical forms.


We also have many important activities planned as we rush toward the end of the year! Only 23 days left but who is counting!


Great things are happening at Powell !!
Pam Van Mooy


Columbia Gas of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Share Safe and Easy Planting Guidelines…………

COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 25, 2016) – Planting a tree for Arbor Day is easy, right? Not so fast!

“If you want to spend years enjoying the shade and beauty of your new tree, as well as help our environment, make sure it gets off to a good start,” said Robert Boyles, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) state forester. “Seek expert advice to choose the best species of tree to grow in the space you have selected. Remember that in the years to come, your tree will grow tall and wide so choose a planting site where the tree’s crown won’t interfere with powerlines and where the roots will have room to grow.”

Boyles suggests the following tips when planting trees for Arbor Day (this Friday, April 29, 2016):


  • Know what’s below Always call 811 two business days prior to starting any digging project to have utility lines properly marked. “People probably think ‘I’ve got this, let me grab a shovel and plant a tree,’” said Dan Creekmur, president of Columbia Gas of Ohio. “Calling 811 two days before Arbor Day or any digging project is easy, free and it’s the law.”
  • Discover your roots The rootball package (bare roots, containerized or balled and burlapped) of our tree will determine how to plant it. There are planting tips for each type of package at
  • How low should you go? Planting too deep could harm your tree. Locate the top-most root on your tree and dig the hole to a depth so that this root is at or near ground level. The wider the hole, the better, is the “green” rule of thumb when planting.
  • Remove the rootball package – Remove twine, burlap, wire basket and any other material from the tree before backfilling the planting hole.
  • Watering is the most important step – Once the tree is secure and soil has been placed firmly (but not hard-packed) supporting the tree, create a water-holding basin around the tree and give it a healthy drink. Soil should be moist but not soggy, and trees should be watered with five gallons (plus five gallons for each trunk inch diameter) every week while they have their leaves depending on weather conditions.
  • Don’t forget to mulch – Mulch the planting surface with composted bark about 3 inches deep, leaving 3 inches adjacent to the trunk free of mulch.
  • Avoid using fertilizer – Do not fertilize your tree! Fertilizer, potting soil and chemicals may harm your newly planted tree.
  • Bask in the shade of your tree’s loveliness. Seek professional help from an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist for pruning, and remember to enjoy your new tree.


To celebrate a job well done, share a picture of your Arbor Day planting project and enter Columbia Gas of Ohio’s #ICalled811 contest on social media. The winner will receive $811 and have the opportunity to select a local emergency responder to receive $811 as well.


For complete #ICalled811 contest rules, regulations and eligibility, please visit


No purchase necessary. See Official Contest Rules. Subject to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Terms & Conditions. Visa, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram do not endorse, sponsor or administer the Contest.

Wood County Humane Society Launches Shoe Collection Drive

Shoe donations will also support micro-enterprises in developing nations and reduce what goes into landfills

Shoe donations will also support micro-enterprises in developing nations and reduce what goes into landfills

Bowling Green, Ohio, April 10, 2016: The Wood County Humane Society is conducting a shoe collection drive starting April 15th to raise funds for the animals of Wood County.   The organization will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated goods.  Those dollars will benefit the Wood County Humane Society. Through the generosity of their donors, the Wood County Humane Society is able to enrich the shelter environment while the animals wait for their forever homes, as well as provide services to the community. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at the shelter, 801 Van Camp Rd. Bowling Green Ohio 43402.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations.  Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Bethany DeLuca, Fundraising Committee Chair. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets, and it doesn’t cost anything! It also is great to help those less fortunate become self-sufficient.  It’s a win-win for everyone,” added Bethany.

By donating shoes to the Wood County Humane Society, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives.

Local organizations interested in learning more about conducting a shoe drive of their own can visit