Space Weather News – Perseid Meteor Shower

Earth is entering a stream of debris from giant comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, parent of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

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PERSEID METEOR SHOWER: Earth is entering a stream of debris from giant comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, parent of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Although the shower is not expected to peak until the weekend, NASA all-sky cameras are already detecting dozens of Perseid fireballs every night over the USA. This early activity may be a good omen for the nights ahead, especially Aug. 11th-13th when Earth is expected to pass through the densest part of the comet’s debris zone.

Visit Spaceweather.com for more information and observing tips.

County Invests in Bridge and Road Funding

COMMISSIONERS, CLERK OF COURTS HELP ENGINEER WITH ROAD AND BRIDGE FUNDING in Wood County…

 BOWLING GREEN, OH  -The Wood County Commissioners, Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHate, and Ted Bowlus, announced today that they will transfer $2,100,000 to a fund that will be used to assist the County Engineer, John Musteric to build and repair county bridges and roads. For the Commissioners’ initial transfer, $1,800,000 will come from the Wood County Building Inspection cash balance, while $300,000 will come from the conveyance fee that is used to fund the Wood County Office of Economic Development. Additionally, they agreed to dedicate $200,000 of county sales tax revenue annually for five years ($1,000,000 total) to add to the new fund. Clerk of Courts Cindy Hafner also committed $100,000 by transferring revenue from the Auto Title Fund.

In May of this year, following two public hearings that included a presentation on the health of county roads and bridges by M r. Musteric, the Commissioners approved a $5 increase to the county vehicle license fee. This increase will become effective January 1, 2019, and will generate approximately $650,000 annually . When this fee increase was approved, the Commissioners stated that they would review the cash balances of some county departments to determine if additional funding could be made available to the Engineer for roads and bridges. By combining the new vehicle license fee revenue with the funds transferred from the Commissioners and Clerk of Courts, over the next five years the Engineer will have new funding of approximately $6,450,000 to build and repair county bridges and roads.

The Building Inspection cash balance, generated from permit fees, currently has a balance of $3.8 million, amounting to more than two years of current operating costs. With three large-scale industrial projects being announced in Wood County within the past four months the Commissioners anticipate that permit revenue will again outpace expenditures for 2018. The current Building Inspection cash balance has grown due to good management and the sheer volume of Building Inspection permit fees generated over many years. The· construction climate in Wood County continues to be robust, especially with commercial and industrial projects. The Wood County Commissioners believe that putting this surplus revenue to work repairing and building roads and bridges is an excellent investment in Wood County.

Village has Historical Marker placed at Former School Site

Dedicated during the Good Ole Summertime Festival on Saturday, July 28th…

Village Historian, Bonnie Knaggs, with the help of several volunteers, arranged to have an Ohio Historical marker placed  at the site of the former North Baltimore High School (part of it was Elementary school) at the corner of West State Street and South Second Street. The marker was dedicated during the Good Ole Summertime Festival on Saturday, July 28th.

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Photo from facebook    The school historical marker unveiled. L. to R. Richard Harris, former NBHS superintendent, Bonnie Knaggs, Village Historian, Rick Van Mooy and Jim Dean , both former NBHS superintendents.

Thanks from Miss Knaggs (on facebook) :

Thanks Rick for EmCeeing the event, thanks to the American Legion post 539, for the flag pole and flag, (and participating) Boy Scout Troop 315, NBSchool band members and director, Ben Pack, to C.J. and Tracy Cotterman for the tent, Smith-Crates Funeral Home & Jill Guy for the chairs, Village North Baltimore Public Works employees for erecting the marker & flag pole, to North Baltimore Public Employees..Holly Emahiser Ryder, director; Leah McMahan & Diana Patterson for assisting with the research for the historical marker; Art & Cyndi Schwab Hotaling for donating bricks from 1927 school building;Eric Mays for distributing programs, Steve Crouse for donating & printing program covers; April Dick and Courtney Bretz for assembling programs, Allyson Murray, village administrator, for typing program, Stephanie Walters for helping to fill out application for marker, St.Luke’s Lutheran Church for hosting the reception following the dedication, to Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative for refreshments, Brenda Chaffin for desserts, to NB Schools for P.A. system, Mark and Ginger Reichenbach for solar light for flag pole, to Mayor Janet Goldner, Andy Verhoff, Ohio History Connection, for his guidance, Lu Cooke, public liaison for Gov. John Kasich, Village of North Baltimore for assisting and most of all THANKS TO CYNTHIA HARRIS THOMPSON AND HER HUSBAND, DR. DAVID THOMPSON, FOR FUNDING THE MARKER. It took a lot of people doing many different jobs in order to make this project possible THANK YOU ONE AN ALL. ALSO, THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY. sorry if I missed anyone…didn’t know the names of the members of the Boy Scouts and American Legion that participated or the band members…but it took many people to make all this happen.

Editor: and Thanks to You, Bonnie, for leading the way!

Bus Routes Listed for NB Students

Our pick-up and drop-off points are at two (2) locations for our in-town students….

Here are the 2018-19 Bus Routes for NB students:

We will continue to have pick-up and drop-off points at two (2) locations for our in-town students.   Those locations are as follows.  All other country routes will remain relatively the same.

In-Town Pick-up & Drop-off Locations

Board Office – 201 S. Main Street  7:40 AM Pickup

 2:45 PM Drop off

Powell Elementary – 500 N. Main Street   7:45 AM – 2:45 PM (for MS/HS)

 Bus #4 – Sue Phillips  – Preschool Bus Route – Pick up times to be given to parents at Preschool Open House.   Special needs preschool students will be picked up and dropped off door to door – typical preschool students will be transported as available space and time allows on the route. (TBD).  FIRST DAY FOR PRESCHOOL IS SCHEDULED  FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29TH .

Bus #1  – Vicki Grilliot

7:00 AM         Deshler Rd.

7:10 AM         Bairdstown Rd.

7:15 AM         Deshler Rd.

7:20 AM         Galatea Rd.

7:25 AM         Eagleville Rd.

7:30 AM         Poe Rd.

7:35 AM         Poe Rd.

7:40 AM         St. Rt. 18 into town

7:41 AM         North Baltimore Rd. (South)

7:42 AM         Powell Elementary School – Drop Off (Pick up MS/HS Students)

7:45 AM         Board Office – (Pick up MS/HS Students)

7:50 AM         MS/HS Building

Bus #15 – Eloise Matthes  – Findlay & Bowling Green Route – Picked up and dropped off door to door.  Contact the board office for times if needed. First day of school for Bowling Green is Wednesday, August 22nd  and first day for Findlay is Tuesday, August 14th.

Bus #7 – Rhonda Okuley

6:45 AM         Hough Rd.

6:50 AM         Quarry Rd.

6:52 AM         Oil Center Rd.

6:55 AM         Potter Rd.

7:00 AM         Hammansburg Rd.

7:05 AM         E. Freyman Rd.

7:10 AM         Jerry City Rd.

7:15 AM         Ohio Oil Rd.

7:20 AM         Quarry Rd.

7:25 AM         E. Broadway

7:30 AM         Eaglelanding

7:40 AM         Powell School Drop Off – (Pick Up MS/HS Students)

7:50 AM         MS/HS Drop Off

Bus #10 – Sue Mills – Penta Route – Penta students should be at the MS/HS Building for pickup at 6:50 AM – Additional AM pick-ups and PM drop offs will be as scheduled through the board office.   New Penta students begin on Wednesday, August 16th.  Returning Penta students begin Thursday, August 17th.   Penta’s start time is 8:10 AM.

Bus #9 – Bev Breyman

6:45 AM         N. North Baltimore Rd.

6:50 AM         Mitchell Rd.

6:55 AM         Hammansburg (town)

7:00 AM         Mitchell Rd.

7:05 AM         14000 – 13000 Hammansburg Rd.

7:10 AM         13000 Freyman Rd.

7:12 AM         N. Rudolph Rd.

7:15 AM         Oil Center Rd.

7:20 AM         3000 Rudolph Rd.

7:25 AM         Quarry Rd.

7:30 AM         Rudolph Rd.  (Dold home area elementary)

Rudolph Rd.

7:35 AM         Mitchell Rd.

7:40 AM         Water St.

7:42 AM         Board Office Pick Up

7:45 AM         Powell Elementary Drop Off

7:50 AM         MS/HS Drop Off

Students should be ready and out waiting for the buses if weather permits.  Route times may vary the first week of school but the routes have remained relatively the same.

 

 Building Times are as follows:

MS/HS – 8:00 AM – 2:41 PM

Powell – 8:03 AM – 2:30 PM

(Busses unload & breakfast begins at 7:45 AM)

AM Preschool – 8:03 – 10:40

PM Preschool  – 11:55 – 3:05 PM

 We appreciate your cooperation in helping us to meet the transportation needs of our students safely and efficiently.  If you need further bus route information, please contact Sandy Stewart at the Board of Education Office at 419-257-3531.

 

 

School Bus Safety 101

NB Schools will have a propane bus in their fleet this fall…………..

(Family Features) For millions of school-age children in the United States, each day begins – and ends – with a bus ride. While the school bus is the safest way to travel to and from school, according to the National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT), it’s important for parents to teach their children how to stay safe in and around the school bus as obstructed views, distracted drivers and more can put kids at risk.

These tips from the experts at NAPT and the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) provide parents with some additional measures to take and lessons to teach to increase safety going to and from the bus, and even during the ride.

Before the Bus Arrives

  • Ensure backpacks are packed securely so papers and other items don’t scatter as the bus approaches.
  • Create a morning routine that puts kids at the bus stop five minutes before the scheduled pickup time. This helps avoid a last-minute rush, when safety lessons are easily forgotten, and ensures kids are safely in place for boarding.
  • Encourage children to wear bright, contrasting colors so they can be seen easier by drivers.
  • Walk young children to the bus stop or encourage kids to walk in groups. There is safety in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see.
  • If kids must cross a street, driveway or alley, remind them to stop and look both ways before crossing.
  • Verify the bus stop location offers good visibility for the bus driver; if changes are needed, talk with nearby homeowners or school district officials to implement changes. Never let kids wait in a house or car, where the driver may miss seeing them approach the bus.
  • Remind children that the bus stop is not a playground. Balls or other toys could roll into the street and horseplay can result in someone falling into the path of oncoming traffic.
  • Instruct children to stay at least three steps away from the road and allow the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching it.
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On the Bus Ride

  • When boarding the bus, items can get bumped and dropped. Caution children that before picking anything up, they should talk to the driver and follow instructions to safely retrieve their possessions.
  • Teach safe riding habits: stay seated with head, hands and feet inside at all times; keep bags and books out of the aisle and remain seated until the bus stops moving.
  • Instruct children to never throw things on the bus or out the windows and to never play with or block emergency exits.
  • Remind kids that just like when riding in a car, loud noises are off limits so they don’t distract the driver. That includes cellphones and other electronic devices; instruct children to put them on mute or use headphones.

Leaving the Bus

  • Remind children to look before stepping off the bus. If they must cross the street, teach them to do so in front of the bus by taking five big steps (approximately 10 feet) away from the front of the bus, looking up and waiting for the driver to signal that it is safe.
  • For parents who meet their kids at the bus, remember that in their excitement kids may dart across the street. Eliminate the risk by waiting on the side of the street where kids exit the bus.
  • Make the bus ride part of your daily “how was school?” discussion. Encourage kids to talk about the things they see and hear on the bus so you can discuss appropriate behaviors and, if necessary, report any concerns to school administrators. As bullying is prevalent and buses are no exception, ask your child to tell you about any bullying they observe, whether against another child or themselves, and talk about how to shut down bully behaviors.

For more information and additional school bus safety tips, visit BetterOurBuses.com.

An Alternate Form of Transportation

Many school districts are moving away from diesel buses in favor of buses powered by an alternate fuel, like propane, which offers numerous benefits for school districts and their students.

In fact, school buses powered by propane transport approximately 928,000 students to and from school every day at more than 840 public and private school districts in 48 states, according to a vehicle registration report compiled by PERC using IHS Polk new vehicle registration data.

“There’s a lot to like about propane school buses for community stakeholders and school officials, and school districts across the nation continue to take notice,” said Michael Taylor, PERC director of autogas business development. “Compared to other fuels, propane school buses are quieter and offer reduced emissions. Plus, they cost less for the district to operate, so schools can put more money back into the classroom where it helps students most.”

Safety
Among the numerous safety advantages propane school buses provide, engines powered by propane are noticeably quieter than diesel engines, which can help ensure a safe ride. Plus, just like all buses, propane buses are crash tested to ensure they meet U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for side and rear impact. In addition, an automatic shut-off valve prevents the flow of fuel to the engine when it’s not running, even if the ignition is turned on.

Cleanliness
The World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency have identified diesel engine exhaust as a carcinogen, which can cause short- and long-term health effects. With the emergence of alternative fuels like propane, which provides a clean emissions profile compared with diesel and gasoline buses, there is decreased risk of exposing young passengers to harmful particulate matter that can be found in the exhaust in older diesel buses, which can escalate breathing-related issues and aggravate asthma.

Cost-Effectiveness
Financially, propane buses provide school districts with the lowest total cost-of-ownership compared to other fuel types, according to PERC. Even as gas prices continue to fluctuate across the country, propane consistently costs less per gallon than diesel and gasoline, by as much as 50 percent, which saves districts significant money on fuel costs. They also require less maintenance over the lifetime of the vehicle, saving additional money on upkeep. Savings on transportation can help keep more money in the classroom helping students learn.

Start a discussion with your children’s school district about exploring a switch from diesel buses to cleaner alternatives by first downloading resources including fact sheets, videos, a toolkit and more at BetterOurBuses.com.

 

SOURCE:
Propane Education & Research Council