ODOT urging drivers to plan ahead for busy highways…………

COLUMBUS (Thursday, December 21, 2017) – The Christmas holiday is the second most traveled of the year with Ohio Department of Transportation traffic count stations recording a 37 percent increase in traffic volume. The last time Christmas fell on a Monday was 2006. That year, the biggest increases in traffic were seen on Saturday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 26.

“The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has all of us in a hurry to get where we need to go, but patience will be key to traveling safely,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.

As of this week, Ohio has recorded 1,136 traffic deaths. Excessive speed has been a contributing factor in 30 percent of deadly crashes this year. In total, 26,909 crashes have been directly linked to speed in Ohio during 2017.

ODOT makes every effort to reduce the size of work zones during holidays with a high number of travelers. However, in areas where that is not possible, drivers are urged to be extra alert.

“Work zones require the maximum amount of attention from drivers because they can include changes in traffic patterns, narrow lanes, and reduced speeds. It is vital that motorists obey the signs and speed limits, especially in work zones,” said Wray.

Traffic operators in the ODOT 24/7 Traffic Management Center will be monitoring more than 600 traffic cameras, speed sensors, and working with law enforcement to ensure that traffic moves a smoothly as possible.

Travelers can also see traffic cameras, current speeds, traffic alerts, and work zone information on or with the OHGO app (available at

Auditor Oestreich Recaps Annexations

The Auditor’s Real Estate Division performs annexations……………

The Wood County Auditor’s Office completed six annexations comprising 15 parcels during the year 2017. These annexations included:
* existing homes on 1.25 acres in Plain Township annexed by the City of Bowling Green;
* Center Township parcels comprising 103.05 acres were annexed by the City of Bowling Green for the construction of a warehouse facility in the city and other potential industrial development;
* Washington Township acreage comprising 5.72 acres was annexed by the Village of Tontogany for a housing development;
* and six Perrysburg Heights lots were annexed by the City of Perrysburg for the construction of a AAA building.

“These annexations indicate the strength of our expanding local economy,” Auditor Matthew Oestreich said. The Auditor’s Real Estate Division performs annexations under Chapter 709 of the Ohio Revised Code.

NBVFD 5th Annual Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots program that benefits local children…

The North Baltimore Fire Department 5th Annual Toys for Tots collected 3 bikes, $1747 in cash, and 19 boxes of toys for the 2017 Toys for Tots program, that benefits local children.

3 bikes and 19 boxes of toys…
NB Volunteer Fire Fighters Toys for Tots 2017
Drive-up service is always available!

Fotos Added – Boys Invade Polar Bear Country

Pick up Win over Hardin-Northern………

The Tigers traveled to Hardin Northern High School for a match up  on Saturday night, and won 70-33.

North Baltimore251621870
Hardin Northern23131533

Scoring for the Tigers:
J. Hagemyer-24
L. Gazarek-21
A. Flores-10
B. Rader-7
A. Ogg-3
T. Durfey-2
N. Cotterman-2
C. Williams-1

submitted by Coach Burris

Fotos by Ferg (visit Ferg’s site)

Austin Ogg shoots
Brady Rader manages to steal the ball and get it to Julian Hagemyer
Tyler Durfey goes in for a lay up
Logan Gunter takes a shot
Zach Weinandy lays it up and in
Kaleb Spence looks to pass


Open meeting. Public invited. Your input and ideas are welcomed

The next meeting for the 2018 Good Ole Summertime Festival (GOST) will be:

Date: Thursday, December 21st
Place: NB Village Offices
Time: 7 pm
Please enter through the EMS door at the back of the Municipal Bldg.
Carnival rides down by Kelley Chevrolet
Open meeting. Public invited. Your input and ideas are welcomed
* If you have ideas, input, questions regarding the festival – we want you!
* If you are interested in volunteering/helping in some way for the 2018 GOST festival – we want you!
* If you are interested in possibly chairing an event – we want you!
* If you have a new event to add to the festival – we want you!
If you cant make the meeting but have questions, concerns, input, ideas, let us know.
MORE THAN 150 vehicles were in this years Car Show!!!


The Good Ole Summertime Committee

North Baltimore Board of Education Holds December Meeting

Held a week ahead of regular time due to upcoming holidays………………….

by Sue Miklovic

The agenda was relatively short on Tuesday evening, for the December meeting of the NBLS Board meeting.


* This is a slow time of the year for money coming in to the district. It will pick up from January through April as tax money comes in.
* Approved a Disability Retirement Leave for Scott Lockwood. Superintendent Ryan Delaney assured everyone “We do not pay anything for this (from our monies)”
* Approved the revised agreement with Wood County Educational Services Center for FY 18, at an increased amount of $600,000. This is mainly due to high numbers in the pre-school program.
* Accepted the resignation of employee Jacqueline Miller for personal reasons, effective December 22, 2017.

Superintendent Ryan Delaney’s Report

* “We are having a great Winter Sports Kick-off” he said. The numbers are up in our wrestling program this year. Girls and Boys basketball are both having winning seasons so far.
* Mr. Delaney is impressed with the “Powell Spirit Cart” and the enthusiasm of the reorganized Powell Parent Teacher Organization for this school year.

NBHS Principal’s Report-Dr. Bob Falkenstein

  1. End of Course Exam make-ups are completed (required for some seniors).
  2. Exams are tomorrow(Wednesday) and Thursday with our teacher work day on Friday.
  3. We have TONS of events going on, including our band concert at 7:00 tonight. See for the complete listing.
  4. Our state required safety plans were submitted; all state safety requirements/drills are being met.
  5. We’re already planning for next year by examining curriculum options, college credit plus, dual enrollment options, and gearing up for scheduling for next year.
  6. Paws for a Cause donated gifts to 3 NB families this year!
  7. Student Council gave treat trays to our staff members for Christmas!
  8. NJHS bought new Ellison Dies for our staff!

Powell Principal’s Report-Mr. Lange

I would like to apologize for missing the last two board meetings.  If you remember, I was at 6th grade camp during the October meeting, and I was ill during your last one.   It is good to be back!

Since the last board meeting, photographers have visited to get the candid and group shots of our students for the Powell yearbook.  It is currently being designed at Lifetouch studios in Lima.  We will have a spring sales period before we wrap up the sale around the end of February.

On December 6th, the Brotherhood of Honorable Men along with some of the students from the high school went to a Toledo Walleyes ice hockey game.  Thanks to Mr. Scherdt and Mr. Green for making the trip possible for the Brotherhood.  The REALLY exciting surprise was that our group got to ride on the Funzoni  around the rink and had our two minutes of fame!  We all received a commemorative Funzoni ice puck as a momento!

We had a packed crowd for the K-3 sing-a-long on December 11th.  There were plenty of folks that had to stand at the back of the gym.  I think great time was had by all and there was certainly plenty of Christmas cheer to go around.

Last Wednesday, 4-12 students held their annual holiday choral concert.  It was another excellent performance that brought community members into the school to see the many great things that our students are doing.

The Powell show choir and the PK classes went and sang to seniors including Bonnie Knaggs.  The residents seemed to greatly appreciate the visitors and the students loved having a new audience!  Thanks to Niki Aukerman, Marina Williford, and crew as well as Ms. Meyerson for their willingness to take our students out into the community and share their talents.

Tonight at 7 pm is our annual holiday band concert here in the auditeria.  It begins as 7 and includes grades 5-12.  You are mere steps from the excitement.

Powell PTA has a meeting tonight as well.  I would like to thank the officers of the organization for breathing life back into the group.  They have a “spirit cart” fund-raiser that they are holding at home athletic events or by appointment.  The cart is stocked with locally-produced school spirit merchandise and is a great way to show your Tiger Pride!

We have an assembly coming tomorrow that is being funded by the Ohio Soybean Council.  Mrs. Eckel, second grade teacher, is the wife of one of the board members of the OSC.  He was able to select a school to participate in a STEM assembly funded by the organization and he chose us!  A great time is anticipated as the presentation is reportedly very engaging and very much hands-on.

My Christmas luncheon is Friday about 11:30.  The board is welcome to attend.  There should be enough smoked pulled pork for all!

Lastly, I need to recognize my entire staff for their generosity this holiday season.  Two times a year I collect money from them.  Their donation goes to support the Powell Christmas Cheer program that provides gifts to those that might not have much under the Christmas tree otherwise.  They have supported the fund drive beyond what anyone could have expected.  We are also able to provide bags of groceries to many of the families that are most in need.  I have had teachers buy gifts, buy groceries, and wrap presents.  This is a true sense of what it means to give back to the community unselfishly.  In return, I have allowed staff to wear jeans on Fridays for the remainder of the year.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and best wishes for a fantastic 2018!


The Board of Education will hold an Organizational Meeting for 2018 on January 10 at 5:30pm. Current Board President Tami Thomas will serve as the President Pro-Tem during the reorganization. The regular January Board of Education meeting will follow at 6:00pm.

NB Library and Powell Elementary to Host “Noon Year’s Eve”

Annual Celebration………………..



Wednesday, December 27 from 11 am to 12:30 pm for children & families –  NOON YEAR’S EVE @ POWELL ELEMENTARY

We’re planning to Ring in the New Year a little early!  Children of all ages, parents, grandparents & caregivers are all invited to attend the NB Library & Powell School’s annual celebration of the New Year!  There will be crafts, games, and snacks to entertain for the first hour.

At Noon, there will be a big countdown to a festive balloon drop!  Don’t be late and miss this fun event for everyone!


Latta: Passage of Historic Tax Reform Legislation a Big Win for Ohio Families

A highlight of the Tax Cut: Provides a tax cut of $2,415 for a family of four making the median income in Ohio’s 5th Congressional District…….

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, legislation 31 years in the making that would reform the nation’s broken tax code and provide needed tax relief for middle class families, grow the economy, and create jobs. The passage of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 1 – The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, means it now moves to the U.S. Senate for approval.

“One of the top pledges of this Congress was to provide needed tax relief to middle-class families and the small businesses that drive our economy and create jobs,” said Latta. “The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will mean a family of four in Ohio’s 5th Congressional District, making the median income, will keep $2,415 more of their hard-earned money. While the defenders of the status quo have used misdirection and misinformation to try to stop tax reform, our efforts to fix a broken tax code and provide needed tax relief won’t be derailed.

“At the same time, the legislation has provisions to grow our economy including a new deduction for our nation’s small businesses and farmers that are pass-through entities and ensuring that American businesses are on a level playing field with their foreign competitors. It’s taken 31 years since the last overhaul of the tax code, and the passage of this bill is a big win for the people of Ohio.”

Highlights of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

  • Provides a tax cut of $2,415 for a family of four making the median income in Ohio’s 5th Congressional District.
  • Nearly doubles the standard deduction, allowing Americans to protect more of their income AND making it so 9 out of 10 taxpayers can file on a form the size of a postcard.
  • Doubles the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000, ensuring more tax relief will go to middle-class families.
  • Protects graduate tuition waivers from taxation.
  • Protects the deduction for student loan interest.
  • Expands the deduction for qualified medical expenses.
  • Establishes a new pass-through deduction to provide tax relief to small businesses, the engines of our economy.
  • Eliminates the individual mandate which disproportionately punishes lower-income and middle-income taxpayers – 79% of taxpayers that are forced to pay this fine make less than $50,000.
  • Doubles the exemption for the ‘death tax’ to provide more relief for family farms and small businesses.