Updated: BACK TO SCHOOL–Tax Free Weekend is here

NB Supply lists included in this story. This weekend is your chance to save money on clothing, materials, and supplies…

Want to save some money on school supplies, instructional materials and back-to-school clothing? (Who Doesn’t) Then you will want to take advantage of Ohio’s sales tax holiday this weekend.

The Ohio General Assembly adopted a legislation to create the “holiday” for this weekend. In future years, the sales tax exemption period will also occur on the first weekend of each August.

The 2018 holiday is from 12 a.m. Friday, August 3rd until to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 5th.

School supplies like binders, book bags, calculators, cellophane tape, blackboard chalk, compasses, composition books, writing tablets, legal pads, notebooks, crayons, erasers, folders (expandable, pocket, plastic and manila), glue, glue sticks, highlighters, index cards, index card boxes, lunch boxes, markers, paper (loose-leaf, copy, colored, tracing, manila, construction and graph paper), poster board, pencils, pens, pencil boxes, other school supply boxes, pencil sharpeners, protractors, rulers and scissors should all be tax-free.

The state defines school instructional materials as : reference books, reference maps, globes, textbooks and workbooks. The limit is $20 per item to get the sales tax break.

Clothing and uniforms, athletic uniforms, shoes, belts, underwear, socks, jackets and other items of clothing priced at $75 or less will be tax-free this weekend.

Keep in mind the per-item exemption is strictly at $75 or less. If you pay $76 for  shoes, you will have to pay sales tax on all of it.

The Ohio Department of Taxation says there’s no limit on the total purchase. The limit is on the cost of each item.

For a complete list of what is allowed, and what is excluded: https://www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/salestaxholiday/holidayfaq.aspx

Here is the supply list for North Baltimore Middle School:

Here is the supply list for Powell Elementary:


Here is the NBHS  Supply List

Click on List to enlarge

Troop 315 August Newsletter

Awards Picnic this Sunday…

The Good Ole Summertime fest was a huge success,  The troop made $2050.00 profit after expenses.  Thank you to all parents and scouts who helped.  These fundraisers help the troop and the scout accounts.  For our new parents.  All fundraisers that earn more than $250.00 get split in half.  Half troop account and Half Scout accounts.  This allows us to pay for cabins, patches, recharter fees and other scout needs.  The scout accounts allow each scout to earn their share of trips, and uniform needs.  I’ve included pics of Bob Latta stopping by for a brat. 
August 5 Sunday @ 5:00 pm Awards Picnic at Shelter House 3 by Football Field,  Potluck w/ hamburgers and hotdogs.  Wear your class A uniform for the ceremony.  We have a new Senior Patrol Leader to announce as well as new leadership among the patrols. 
August 10-12  Mansfield Reformatory– Includes Crime prevention Merit badge.  We will leave  Scout House at 6:00 pm Friday night.  Cost $10.00.  Bring tents, mess kits, camping supplies and your class A uniform shirt.  We will tour the prison Saturday and then off to the Sheriff’s office for a merit badge.  Here is the menu for the event.
        Friday night   Hot dogs / chips/ cookies
        Saturday Breakfast    Mountain man breakfast
        Saturday Lunch       Cold cut subs / chips / cookies at the reformatory
        Saturday  Supper     Stew
        Sunday Breakfast    doughnuts / juice/ milk
Here is the grocery list thus far.  There are 3 items left sausage, turkey, and tater tots.  Let me know
2 pack 30 ct hot dogs BOYCE
8 packs Hot Dog Buns  BOWLING
3 bags chips asst.VANLERBERG  
3 Packages of off brand sandwich cookies CLAYTON
5 bags tater tots  frozen
1 big family bag cheese fiesta CLAYTON
1 onion BOES
2 bag precooked frozen sausages links or patty
6 paks hamburger buns VANLERBERG
1 lettuce head BOWLING
3 tomatoes BOWLING
2 36 ct cheese slice BOWLING
2 lbs sliced or chipped ham GREEN
2 lbs sliced or chipped turkey
5 packs little Debbie doughnuts MOWERY
5 More packs little Debbie doughnuts MOWERY
eggs  BOES
Milk  BOES
Juice BOES
Stew fixins  BOES
August 18 Saturday, 2:00pm @ American Legion… Damon Dotson Eagle Ceremony… Class A uniforms.  this is the highest rank for scouting.  All are encouraged to attend.
August 20, Monday   5:00pm – 7:00pm .  School Open house.  We set up a recruitment table at Powell along with the Cub Scouts.  Any scout who is attending 5th or 6th grade is asked to wear his Class A and spend some time at our booth after he’s done with Meet & Greet with his teachers. 
September 7-9   Bloomdale recruitment camp in village We have been asked to assist Troop 337 Bloomdale, in an effort to grow their troop.  The Village in inviting youth to participate in this camp.  There is no cost and all food is provided.  There will be an outside movie and we will set up our 1950’s tents and wear our class A’s on Saturday.  Games, scout craft cooking and all sorts of fun to be had that weekend.  Let me know if you can attend


Shawn Benjamin

NBHS Fall 2018 “Meet the Teams Night”

North Baltimore High School Co-Athletic Director Dan Davis has announced the Fall 2018 “Meet the Teams Night” 

North Baltimore High School Co-Athletic Director Dan Davis has announced the Fall 2018 “Meet the Teams Night”

The FREE and OPEN to the public event is Friday, August 10, 7:30 pm at the Memorial Field.

Players will arrive after the Discount Card Sale “Blitz” which starts at
6:30 pm in town (details coming soon)

The players and coaches from all Fall teams will line up on the field and be introduced.

Order of presentation:
NBHS Marching Band
Cross Country

Pictures will be taken on the field.

A hot dog dinner to follow – Sponsors: Great Scot & Athletic Boosters

Surge in Japanese Beetles to Dissipate

Those uninvited summer guests that ate much more than expected are on their way out.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Those uninvited summer guests that ate much more than expected are on their way out.

It’s not unusual to spot Japanese beetles in June and July, but the number of them was much higher this summer with outbreaks in Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus as well as in northeast Ohio, said Joe Boggs, an entomologist with Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.

Though Japanese beetles typically thrive on the leaves of linden trees, grape vines and roses, this summer, they branched out, devouring other plants in Ohio including scotch pine and jewelweed.

“Sometimes during outbreaks, they’ll feed on strange things,” Boggs said.

First introduced into the United States in 1916, Japanese beetles seem to have had a resurgence in Ohio during the last three summers, he said. But the populations still do not come close to what Ohio experienced in the 1960s and 1970s, Boggs said.

“Then there were so many beetles, it drove people out of parks.”

At that time, Japanese beetles had no natural enemies. Since then diseases as well as predators, including parasitoid wasps, have caught up with them and helped curb the number of the pests.

After flying to a plant, Japanese beetles send out pheromones, chemicals that once released into the environment, trigger other Japanese beetles to respond to the apparent message of: Free Food.

Then they’ll swarm a plant, munching until the leaves appear skeletonized.

“They’re almost like toddlers,” said Andy Michel, an entomology associate professor in CFAES. “On any given day, you don’t know what they’re going to like to eat.”

One woman who visited a Dayton suburb and later contacted Michel, observed how virtually all of the linden trees in the area were reduced to lacey leaves and referred to it as a “plague.”

With their iridescent copper bodies and green heads, Japanese beetles can be easy to spot, but hard to get rid of.

Flicking them away with your fingers doesn’t always work because they generally return. About the only way to keep them off plants without using pesticides, is to pull them and dunk them into a container of soapy water, Michel said.

In a field of crops, Japanese beetles most often gravitate to the edges. They don’t generally do enough damage to reduce the yield on soybeans and corn, he said.

On a soybean plant, even if they remove the leaves at the top, as long as sun can filter down to the lower leaves, the plant can still perform photosynthesis and remain healthy. For commercial soybean growers, a pesticide isn’t necessary unless about 30 percent of each leaf is gone on the majority of the plant before it has flowered or 20 percent after it has flowered, Michel said.

A pesticide may also be necessary on corn plants if the beetles eat the silk of corn, leaving less than a half inch, or if the beetles are numerous and feeding while fewer than half of the corn plants have been pollinated, he said.

Whatever damage they may have done, Japanese beetle populations are significantly decreasing now as they tend to do in late July and August.

“So if we have good growing conditions and the plant can put on new growth, you might save yourself a spray,” Michel said.

Lutheran Church News

For Sunday, August 5th….

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, August 5, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “In a Spirit of Love” based on Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. Please join us. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, August 5, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “In a Spirit of Love” based on Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

BVHS: Defining a Whole Grain

Making the switch from refined grains to whole grains can lead you on the path to a healthier lifestyle…..

Blanchard Valley Health System’s Clinical Nutrition Manager Martha Gonzalez , RD,LD,CLC  shares some information to better  understand whole grains, and why we should eat them.

Whole grains are part of a well-rounded diet. They provide many nutrients such as fiber, vitamins and minerals, and they help keep our bodies healthy by reducing our risk of diseases. Eating fiber-rich whole grains also keeps us fuller longer and feeds healthy bacteria. The most common types of whole grains used in the United States are wheat, rice, corn and oats. Other types include barley, rye, buckwheat, bulgur, quinoa, spelt and many more grown around the world.

To understand whole grains, it is necessary to comprehend their anatomy. There are three parts of a wheat kernel: the bran, endosperm and germ. The bran is the outer shell of the grain and is high in fiber and B vitamin. Inside the bran is the endosperm, which makes up most of the kernel and mainly contains starch. Also inside the bran is the germ, which is the nutrient powerhouse of the grain. It contains vitamin E, healthy fats, antioxidants, minerals and B vitamins.

When making processed wheat flour, the bran and the germ are removed along with their nutrients, leaving only the endosperm. You can purchase enriched, processed wheat flour, which means some of the nutrients lost in processing are re-added such as B vitamins and iron. Nutrients still missing from enriched wheat flour include fiber, vitamin E, healthy fats and antioxidants.

Finding whole grain products at the store can be confusing, but there ways to read labels that make it easier. First, look for the word “whole.” Many times you may find bread titled “Wheat Bread,” but this does not mean it is “whole” wheat bread. Second, look for the “100%” mark. You might see products that say “made with whole grains” or “contains whole wheat.” While these may contain some whole grains, most are made with refined white flour. Third, look at the first ingredient. The ingredients are listed by weight with the heaviest first, and the whole grain ingredient should be listed as the very first one. Additionally, check the fiber content on the nutrition facts label. A quality whole grain bread will have at least 2-3 grams of fiber per slice. Furthermore, be careful of the misleading word “multigrain,” as it simply refers to the fact that the product contains a variety of grains, not necessarily including whole grain. Finally, do not judge a product by its color. Bread that looks brown does not automatically mean it is made with a whole grain.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests making at least half your grains whole. You can increase your whole grains by switching to whole grain bread or pasta, using brown rice instead of white rice, or trying new recipes that use grains like bulger or quinoa. Making the switch from refined grains to whole grains can lead you on the path to a healthier lifestyle. Talk with your dietician for more information about the benefits of adding whole grains to your diet.