Raindrops Keep Falling on Our Heads

Total rainfall in Ohio for 2018 likely will be the third highest on record….

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The soggy truth? Ohio had a really wet year.

After an exceptionally rainy fall in Ohio, the state is on track to have its third wettest year ever, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist with Ohio State University Extension and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

Early September the remnants of Hurricane Gordon moved across Ohio triggering upward of 8 inches of rain in southern Ohio. While October rainfall was closer to average, in November, umbrellas came out again – and often.

With a high rainfall count heading into winter, even if December winds up with average or even below average rain, total rainfall for 2018 likely will be the third highest on record, Wilson said.

“Ohio is not an anomaly,” he said. “It fits the trend toward increased precipitation that we’ve seen across the Midwest and the Northeast.”

Temperatures are getting warmer, and a higher amount of water vapor is in the atmosphere, leading to increased precipitation, Wilson said.

“We’re seeing more intense rainfall events and more overall annual precipitation,” he said.

Autumn’s wet weather kept farmers’ combines inside. Showers led to delays in harvesting corn and soybeans, which is typically wrapped up by early November yet was still in process last week in some parts of the state.

Neither corn nor soybeans can be harvested easily when they’re wet. If they are, they need to be dried before they’re stored or sold, which takes additional time and expense.

“There was a window to harvest, but the window closed and it didn’t really open again for a lot of farmers,” said Laura Lindsey, a soybean specialist with OSU Extension.

Some farmers had to wait until the ground was frozen to harvest.

“At this point, the frozen soil is preferable to wet soil,” Lindsey said.

During the last week of November, about a half million acres of soybeans still had to be harvested across the state, which typically grows 5 million acres of soybeans annually, Lindsey said.

“There were guys who were harvesting last week,” she said.

The longer mature soybeans stay in the field, the higher the risk of pods breaking off and falling to the ground or succumbing to a pest.

Even soybeans that were harvested on time had some problems with quality, and those quality problems will affect the seed for next year’s crop, Lindsey said. Stink bugs pierced some pods to reach the seeds, and other soybean pods opened up prematurely, which led to some losses. 

Even so, farmers are paid based on their yield, not the quality of their crop, unless their crop is severely damaged. So even if there were some damaged soybeans, that likely won’t affect a farmer’s bottom line, Lindsey said.

However, the poor quality of some soybeans will affect the quality of seed that comes from them. Whatever seed growers buy, they need to be sure not to overlook the percentage of seeds that are expected to germinate. If the percentage of germination is slightly lower than usual — say, 90 percent rather than 95 percent — a grower will want to compensate by planting more of that seed.

The average yields of both soybeans and corn are projected to beat the state’s previous record highs. Soybeans, which are estimated to average 60 bushels per acre, are expected to top last year’s average by 19 percent, and the 190 bushel-per-acre average for Ohio corn is up 11 percent from 2017’s average, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This year’s high yields are largely because most Ohio farmers were able to plant at the ideal time, in late April and early May, Lindsey said. For soybeans, the No. 1 factor influencing yields across the Midwest is the planting date, she said.

The one region of the state that planted later was north-central Ohio, where soybeans went in the ground in June. “That’s because they got a lot of rain,” she said.

Council Meets Wednesday – Jan. 2, 2019

Here is the council agenda for Wednesday’s Regular Session!

January 2, 2019
5:30 PM


I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll Call

III. Election of the President of Council

IV. Assignment of Committees by the mayor

V. Assignment of seating by the mayor

VI. Approval of the mayor’s appointments to commissions and committees as  presented

VII. Approval of the Minutes

VIII. Public Participation (5min limit)

IV. Letters and Communications

V. Administrative Reports

Finance Officer:

EMS Chief: Submitted

Fire Chief:

Police Chief: Submitted

Utility Director:

DPW Superintendent:

Village Administrator: submitted


Appointed Legal Counsel:


VI. Standing Committees

Economic and Community Development ( )

Public Safety ( )

Personnel, Policy and Ordinance Review ( )

Public Works ( )

Public Utilities ( )

Finance and Technology ( )

1) Ordinance 147.05 – I believe this to be a policy and not an ordinance. Do not like how it is written and not sure we need it. (Beegle)

VII. New Legislation, Resolutions, Motions or Business

VIII. Second Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions

IX. Third Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions

X. Other New Business

XI. Other Old Business

XII. Payment of the Bills

XIII. Adjournment

DCML Basketball Results

Men’s League- Week 6

Men’s League Week Results 12-16-18:

Game #1:

Wymers Service Master: 65

Patterson Sanitation: 71

Leading Scorers for Wymers:

Chase Drewes with 21

Spencer Smith with 19

Leading Scorers for Patterson Sanitation:

Lane Bishop with 21

Gabe Delosreyes with 21

Game #2

 Hagemyer Trucking: 59

Gerdeman Insurance: 69

Leading scorers for Hagemyer Trucking:

Julian Hagemyer with 24

Joey Hagemyer with 18

Leading scorers for Gerdeman Insurance:

Gage Beaber with 42

Mike Clark with 13

Game #3:

Casey’s Sales: 71

Mak & Ali’s Pizza: 73

Leading Scorers for Casey’s Sales:

Sean Watson with 32

Noah Brian with 18

Leading scorers for Mak & Ali’s Pizza:

Troy Rayle with 30

Josh Fleckner with 22

Game #4:

Miller Insurance: 62

Reineke Family Dealership: 70

Leading Scorers for Miller Insurance:

Brody Naugle with 25

Chase Naugle with 18

Leading Scorers for Reineke Family:

Nick Brossia with 22

Jeff Daniels with 21

Records after week 12-16-18:

Mak and Ali’s Pizza: 1-5

Millers Insurance: 2-4

Casey’s Sales: 3-4

Reineke Family Dealership: 5-1

Patterson Sanitation: 1-5

Gerdeman Insurance: 6-0

Hagemyer Trucking: 3-3

Wymers ServiceMaster: 3-3

submitted by Makayla Light

Tigers Play New Riegel

On the road December 29th…

High School Boys Basketball Results

by Suzanne Bucher


New Riegel  20-5-20-32—77

N Baltimore  10-15-19-19—63

Levi Gazarek – 33

Jaden Bucher – 11

Clayton Heineman – 7

Alex Snyder – 5

Johnny Hagemyer – 5

Zach Weinandy – 2

FGM-A: NB 22-45

FTM-A: NB 13-24 (62%)

Rebounds: NB 23 (Gazarek 10)

Turnovers: NB 15, NR 8

Varsity Overall Record 1-5, BVC 0-2


New Riegel – 43

N Baltimore – 36

Gunner Kepling – 9

Hunter Vogelsong – 7

Hunter Baker – 6

Nick Morales – 6

Mitch Clark – 4

Brayden Holloway – 2

Isaac Sexton – 2

JV Overall Record 1-5, BVC 0-2

Upcoming Boys Games

Fri 1/4 @ Hopewell-Loudon, 6:00

Sat 1/5 Holgate (home), 6:00

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Decking Contractor

Nearly every deck building project requires a permit…..

(Family Features) When it comes to tackling a backyard makeover, there is no time like the present to start planning. Unless you’re planning to build your own deck, one of the first items on your “to-do” list should be hiring a contractor.

Quality deck builders can book up quickly and often have waiting lists by early spring. By doing your research in advance, you can ensure a spot in the project queue and have a brand new deck in time to make the most of outdoor living season.

While many questions are obvious, such as costs and timelines, homeowners sometimes overlook other key considerations when vetting contractors. To help ensure you find the right professional for your project, consider these five often overlooked questions:

1. Are you and your company licensed and insured? Make sure the contractor you choose has insurance and the required licenses to obtain permits by calling his or her insurance company for verification. Without such coverage, you could be held accountable for property damage or injuries that occur on your property.

2. How will the permit process be handled? Nearly every deck building project requires a permit. If you build without the necessary permits, you may have issues with paperwork or have to pay a fine when you try to sell your home. Most deck builders handle the permit process but be sure to obtain a copy for your records.

3. What decking materials do you work with? Your deck is a permanent addition to your home that affects its value, so it’s important to choose a contractor who is skilled and comfortable working with your preferred material. If you want to build with composite, for instance, Trex Company, a leading brand of wood-alternative decking, has an international network of pre-screened and hand-selected contractors, known as TrexPros, who have completed specialized training in working with high-performance, low-maintenance composite decking.

4. Can you provide references? It’s one thing to read online reviews, but to personally speak with a previous customer offers another level of reassurance. Once your preliminary questions have been answered and you feel comfortable with the contractor, take the time to contact a few references to ask questions about the quality of work and overall experience to help ensure you are making a good hiring decision.

5. Do you offer a warranty? Typically, contractor warranties only cover structural damage related to the construction of the deck. Reputable builders should provide a written statement that spells out the type and length of time they will guarantee their workmanship. Be sure to also inquire about any manufacturers’ warranties on the products being used. For example, Trex decking is backed by a 25-year limited fade and stain warranty.

Find more information and other common questions at trex.com.


Photo Gallery: NBHS Girls Basketball

Photos from the NB vs. Miller City game………

Here are some photos for you to enjoy from the NBHS girls basketball contest against Miller City last Thursday. Fotos by Ferg

JH Girls Basketball Results

from December 17th and 19th

by Suzanne Bucher

N Baltimore vs Arlington – 12/17/2018

8th Grade Girls

Arlington – 34

N Baltimore – 7

Lydia Feehan – 4

Hope Carico – 3

7th Grade Girls

Arlington – 17

N Baltimore – 13

Alivia Patterson – 10

Alex Greeno – 3

N Baltimore vs Leipsic – 12/19/2018

8th Grade Girls

Leipsic – 50

N Baltimore – 11

Lydia Feehan – 6

Ari Loera – 3

Alivia Delancy – 2

7th Grade Girls

Leipsic – 39

N Baltimore – 10

Alex Greeno – 6

Sara Casey – 4

Coalition to again provide free rides on New Year’s Eve

4% of all crashes in Wood County as well as statewide involve alcohol…

Wood County Safe Communities announced today that they will again be providing free rides in Bowling Green on New Year’s Eve from 11:00 pm on 12-31-2018 until the last person is home safe on 1-1-2019.

In Wood County, 21% of fatal crashes involve alcohol compared to 26% statewide.  4% of all crashes in Wood County as well as statewide involve alcohol.  We need to do whatever we can to make sure that these numbers do not increase over the New Year’s holiday.

If you are in Bowling Green, please call 419-823-7765 for a home.  We will provide rides within the city limits of Bowling Green and the surrounding 10 mile area.  

Our thanks to Thayer Chevrolet, Wood County Committee on Aging, Wood County Hospital and Wood County Emergency Management for their continued assistance.  This program would not be possible without our coalition members, local businesses, and volunteers who give of their time to make sure this program is a success.

Tiger JH Boys B-ball Fotos vs Leipsic

North Baltimore Junior High Boys in basketball action with Leipsic in The Jungle.

North Baltimore Junior High Boys in basketball action with Leipsic in The Jungle.

No score was reported.

Fotos by Ferg

Owen Clark heads down court

Rowan Spangenberg-Tackett tosses one up

Wyatt Baltz with the shot

Jr. High cheerleaders

Gaige DeWitt with the shot

Kaleb Kelley looks to pass

Austin Leeper drives

BVHS Weekend Column: Bipolar Disorder

Humans experience a spectrum of emotions daily…..

Bipolar Disorder, by Christian Steiner, MD, Psychiatric Center of Northwest Ohio

Dr. Christian Steiner

“You are so bipolar.”

This is a common phrase that has entered colloquialism, typically in reference to a person whose mood changes rather rapidly for an array of reasons. Perhaps we see a friend transform from being angry and upset in the morning to happy and laughing in the afternoon, or a coworker or spouse become upset over something we view as trivial. While a person with two opposite sets of emotion would make this seem like bipolar disorder, this is not the case. Humans experience a spectrum of emotions daily. Any of us in retrospect could take audit of our emotions and find this to be true.

Bipolar disorder as a diagnosis is a serious condition that can impact the patient in many aspects of life. Clinically, the criteria for bipolar disorder diagnosis is given in the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual” by the American Psychiatric Association. True bipolar disorder presents itself with symptoms such as rapid speech, going days without sleep or the need to sleep, excessive spending, impulsive sexual behaviors, hallucinations, paranoia and/or delusions. This diagnosis is arrived at after a comprehensive evaluation by a mental health professional.

It has been reported that as many as half of the patients who believe they have bipolar disorder actually do not. On the other hand, many individuals may have a bipolar diagnosis that go unrecognized. This can create a serious and hazardous scenario where patients are on medications that are not warranted.

Ultimately, if you or a loved one feels that a mental health condition is severe enough that you are giving it a name, it is probably time to seek out a mental health professional. Speak with your local psychiatrist for more information about bipolar disorder.