Chamber of Commerce Hosts Santa Visit last Wednesday

Names of Bike Winners listed…………

The North Baltimore Chamber of Commerce hosted a visit of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus last Wednesday evening at Bob Kelley Chevrolet Buick, Inc.

Here are some photos, shared by John Kelley of Bob Kelley, Inc, for you to enjoy:

Santa and Mrs. Claus visited North Baltimore, Ohio December 6, 2017
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited North Baltimore, Ohio December 6, 2017
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited North Baltimore, Ohio December 6, 2017
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited North Baltimore, Ohio December 6, 2017
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited North Baltimore, Ohio December 6, 2017
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited North Baltimore, Ohio December 6, 2017
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited North Baltimore, Ohio December 6, 2017
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited North Baltimore, Ohio December 6, 2017
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited North Baltimore, Ohio December 6, 2017
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited North Baltimore, Ohio December 6, 2017
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited North Baltimore, Ohio December 6, 2017. They were helped by these Elves (Boy Scouts)

The Winners from the Bike Give Away are:

Large Bikes
girl – Linda Bloom, 9 yrs old
boy – Jack Clark, 9 yrs old
 
Medium Bikes
girl – Kassidy Krites, 4 yrs old
boy – Conner Coup – 7 yrs old
 
Small Bikes
girl – Quinn Ishmael. 21 mths
boy – Ziair Kizer, 1 1/2 yrs old

December EMT Spotlight

Meet Ms. Mariah Waaland, EMT-B………………

I am proud to introduce Mariah Waaland, EMT-B as North Baltimore EMS’s December Spotlight EMT. Mariah joined the North Baltimore EMS in April of 2017, after completing her EMT-B class.


This was her first position in the field of Emergency Medical Services, and has gone on to work part time for Bloomdale EMS as well. Mariah advised me that she took a CPR class the summer after graduation from High School which was the beginning of her interest in becoming an EMT.

Mariah is currently a junior at BGSU where she is pursuing a degree in neuroscience and a minor in Chemistry. She wishes to enter a Physician’s Assistant program upon completion of her degree. Mariah had been awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Presidential Award on two occasions during her time at BGSU, and has been accepted for a research assistantship in the spring of 2018 for an accredited EEG Lab.

Mariah has presented herself as a great asset to the Village of North Baltimore in her short tenure. I wish her great success in her studies, as well as her career path.

Note:

The North Baltimore EMS Spotlight has been created to introduce the members of the North Baltimore EMS, to the citizens of North Baltimore and Henry Twp. My goal is for all the citizens to recognize all the members of the EMS. In my experience it is always good to see a familiar face in those times when the EMS is need. 

 

submitted by Phil Walter II, NB EMS Chief

CAUV FILING TIME NEARS

2018 Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) renewal forms have been mailed to property owners currently enrolled in the program. Eligible property owners, who are not currently enrolled, may also apply for the program now…….

Matthew Oestreich, Wood County Auditor has announced that the 2018 Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) renewal forms have been mailed to property owners currently enrolled in the program.  Eligible property owners, who are not currently enrolled, may also apply for the program now.

In accordance with Ohio law, CAUV applications are to be filed with the County Auditor’s office by the first Monday in March, this year by March 5, 2018.  Eligible property owners must reapply each year with no renewal fee.  There is a $25.00 initial filing fee for all new applications.  If renewal forms are not returned by March 5th, the County Auditor will be required by law to value the property at its market value and recoup the tax savings for the past three years.

Current Agricultural Use Value authorizes the County Auditor to assess farmland at its crop production value rather than its market value.  It protects and preserves farming operations by gearing the tax base to the production of the land rather than its potential for development.   Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment which created the program and since 1974 most of the state’s agricultural land has been taxed at this value instead of market value.

CAUV soil values are set by the Ohio Department of Taxation and are adjusted every three years for each County.  New values were issued for all parcels in the CAUV program in Wood County for the 2017 tax year which is payable in 2018.

With the passage of the 2017 Budget Bill, the Ohio Legislature made a significant change to how land used exclusively for “conservation practices” is valued under the CAUV program.  Land enrolled in the CAUV program that is used for “conservation practices” will be valued at the lowest value in the soil value table, which is $230 per acre, rather than the value for the individual soil type.

For example, for Hoytville Clay soil, the tillable soil value for the 2017 tax year is $3,110 per acre.  If it is used exclusively for “conservation practices” the value for that land would instead be $230 per acre.

“Wood County has 9,609 individual real estate parcels on Ag Use,” Mr. Oestreich noted.  “A total of 318,357 acres in this program brought a tax savings to agricultural landowners last year of over $3,000,000,”  Auditor Oestreich added.

If you are not currently enrolled in the CAUV program and you believe you may be eligible, please contact the Wood County Auditor’s Office at 419-354-9174 for more information.

Are Conservatives “Welcome” on U. S. University Campuses?

Free speech is a right guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights-even if you are a conservative… (opinion piece from AMAC)

by Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]
America’s schools foster intolerance.  They’ve become places where students are taught not to seek out the truth or the thoughts and opinions of others who disagree with them.
Rather, our schools – particularly our colleges and universities – have become hotbeds of “hard left fascism,” as Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass put it in an opinion article last spring.
The notion that a progressive, leftist culture is firmly entrenched in our schools came to the fore yet again recently when a Rhodes scholar complained that the prestigious scholarship program is biased against conservative viewpoints.  Dan Lubrich, who represents the Rhodes Scholars for Intellectual Diversity, a group advocating for free speech and different viewpoints, went public with a letter he wrote to the Rhodes trust.  In it, he accused the program of seeking to silence conservative opinion.
The group, itself, states plainly in its online mission statement that the management of the Rhodes scholarship trustees openly oppose diversity of opinion.  “Dissent is all too frequently not countered with facts and reasoned arguments, but with baseless accusations, ad hominem fallacies and outright insults.  Rhodes Scholars for Intellectual Diversity aims to stand firm against the danger of an intellectual mono-culture which this entails.”
One recent report, based on a study by the Higher Education Research Institute, shows that liberal professors on our college campuses outnumber conservatives by about five to one.
The virus of leftist bigotry, meanwhile, is spreading.  Across the country, institutions of higher learning are prohibiting anyone with a conservative view from lecturing on campus.  And, in those instances where a conservative is invited to speak, they are likely to be met with violent opposition.
“It’s there in front of you, the thuggish mobs of the left killing free speech at American universities.  The thugs call themselves antifa, for anti-fascists.  They beat people up and break things and set fires and intimidate.  These are not anti-fascists.  These are fascists.  This is what fascists do,” Kass wrote in his column.
As bad as the violence is, the suppression of free speech has potentially disastrous long-term implications for the nation.  Groups such as antifa have an agenda – to take down our government.  And, if our liberal educators – wittingly or unwittingly – do not stand up for the rights of those who disagree with their views, our kids will have a grim future to look forward to.
One antifa unit in Texas, the Red Guards Austin, makes no bones about the intent of their movement: to bring down our duly elected government and replace it with a Communist regime.
We must be aware of these threats against our freedom and not hesitate to stand up for our rights when necessary.