Historical Help Needed by 4-H

Looking for band info from 1933…..Wood County 4-H program celebrating 100 years……Many NB area participants

1933   4-H Band has strong NB connections, by Sue Miklovic

The 4-H staff at the OSU Extension office of Wood County recently asked me if I could help them locate any photos they could borrow and copy for the timeline they are creating for the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Wood County.

They shared an article they had regarding the forming of a Wood County 4-H Band in 1933. The band director was Mr. Todd Simon of North Baltimore. Consequently, several of the band members were also from NB.

Here is the article they shared:

Several names in this clipping from the original article contains many people that are probably familiar with many of you, that have long-time ties to the area.

If anyone has any band pictures, group or individuals, related to this topic, that you would be willing to share for the purpose of making a copy, please contact, Sue Miklovic by leaving a comment here, emailing to [email protected], or phoning at 419-581-9629 to leave  message.

The Wood County 4-H program is celebrating their 100th anniversary in Wood County, Ohio throughout the entire year or 2019.

Reduce Your Residential Risk

Advice to make your home storm-ready

(Family Features) In the United States, more than 100,000 thunderstorms occur each year. These storms, which can be accompanied by high winds, hail and tornadoes, can cause power outages, fires and flooding, all of which pose serious threats to people and property across the country.

When these storms hit, many of the features that make your home more comfortable and enjoyable can also pose serious risks. Learn how to prevent damage and protect your family’s safety from these common hazards.

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Lush, well-developed trees provide valuable curb appeal, but they can also be dangerous in storm conditions. Although it’s virtually impossible to fully prevent damage from falling branches or even entire trees, you can minimize the risk. Prune trees regularly to maintain a safe distance from the house and power lines, and eliminate dead trees or damaged branches that are more susceptible to high winds. Take a similar approach with any large shrubs, bushes or other vegetation that could cause damage to your home or vehicles.

Decorative Features
The strong winds that accompany many storms can turn everyday items in your yard into airborne hazards. If items like decorations and patio furniture aren’t secured, bring them in or safely secure them before the storm hits. Also check for decorative features like shutters, which can shake loose in a strong wind and cause significant damage to your home’s exterior.

Propane Tanks
Numerous variations of severe weather, including floods and strong winds, can cause falling tree limbs or other debris to impair or even destroy a propane tank. More important than the property damage are the potential safety risks, such as gas leaks. In addition to trimming back landscaping that could fall onto a tank, also have a service technician survey your tank for possible risk factors, such as rust, loose fittings or faulty valves.

Doors and Windows
Poorly fitted or sealed doors and windows are especially vulnerable in a storm. They can invite leaks or, even worse, blow in completely when weakened by blustery force. It’s a good idea to give all openings to your home a careful review at least a couple of times a year and again after any major weather event.

For additional information on preparing for severe weather conditions, visit Propane.com/Safety.

10 Storm Safety Tips

If your home uses propane, consider these tips from the Propane Education & Research Council to help keep your family safe.

  1. Create an emergency contact list with information for your propane supplier and emergency services, along with instructions for turning off propane, electricity and water. If you do need to turn off your propane, contact a service technician to inspect your propane system prior to turning it back on.
  2. Consider installing UL-listed propane gas detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, which provide you with an additional measure of security. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation, location and maintenance.
  3. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Metal objects such as propane tanks and equipment, tractors and telephone lines can conduct electricity. Do not go near them. If you are caught outside and cannot get to a safe dwelling, find a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects. Make sure the place you choose is not subject to flooding.
  4. In the event of a flood, shut off the gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise). Also, it’s typically a good idea to turn off the gas supply valves located near individual indoor appliances. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances again, have a propane retailer or qualified service technician check the entire system to ensure it is leak-free.
  5. If a tornado is approaching, immediately take action. If you are inside your home or a building, go to the lowest level possible such as a basement or a storm cellar. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level. If you are in a mobile home, trailer or vehicle, get out immediately and seek shelter in a sturdy building or storm shelter.
  6. After the storm passes and it is safe to do so, check the entire area for damaged gas lines or damage to your propane tank. High winds and hail can move, shift or damage gas lines and tanks. If it is dark, use flashlights, not candles. Immediately call your local utility company or propane retailer if any of these hazards exist. Do not attempt repairs yourself.
  7. Never use outdoor propane appliances like portable heaters, barbecue grills or generators indoors or in enclosed areas, particularly during a power outage. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or potentially death. Never store, place or use a propane cylinder indoors or in enclosed areas such as a basement, garage, shed or tent.
  8. Inspect propane appliances for water or other damage, if it is safe to do so. If the appliances have electric components and have been exposed to water, they can create a fire hazard. Do not turn on a light switch, use any power source or inspect your household appliances while standing in water. This can result in electrocution.
  9. Schedule a time for a qualified service technician to perform a complete inspection of your propane system if you suspect any of your propane appliances, equipment or vehicles have been underwater or damaged, or you have turned off your gas supply. Never use or operate appliances, equipment or vehicles, or turn on the gas supply, until your system has been inspected by a qualified service technician.
  10. Exercise sound judgment. Stay calm and use radios, television and telephones to stay informed and connected. If any questions arise, contact your propane retailer or local fire department.

Propane Education & Research Council

Hanco Achieves EMS Star of Life Award

The team at Hanco EMS will be presented this award at the EMS Star of Life Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 22

Hanco EMS, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, has achieved an EMS Star of Life Award presented by the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire and Transportation Services, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services.

Congratulations to Hanco

This award honors the exceptional work of Hanco EMS and recognizes its remarkable life-saving efforts and patient care performed during a particular incident.

Hanco EMS was one of nine organizations in Ohio to receive an EMS Star of Life Award this year out of more than 60 applicants.

“The personnel at Hanco EMS strive to deliver the fastest, most reliable and highest quality care possible in all situations,” said Craig Spieker, assistant chief at Hanco EMS. “It is our honor to serve those in need of emergency services.”

The team at Hanco EMS will be presented this award at the EMS Star of Life Awards Ceremony to be held on Wednesday, May 22 in Columbus, Ohio. This ceremony will be available for the public to stream live by visiting ems.ohio.gov on the day of the event, and the recording of the ceremony will be kept on the website for six months.

Hanco EMS provides professional and expedient ambulance services and pre-hospital emergency medical care to individuals in Hancock County. The team responds to 911 calls and offers medical transport between care facilities such as nursing homes and the hospital. In addition, Hanco EMS offers medical care at a variety of community events, and its emergency medical technicians take part in continuous medical education and training.

For more information about Hanco EMS, visit bvhealthsystem.org.

Late start on planting may not hurt yields much

During the week that ended May 12, only 1.5 days were suitable for fieldwork due to rain or ground saturation.

Rain across the state has slowed progress on planting. (Photo: Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Despite rain that has stalled the planting of corn and soybeans across the state, yields might not be reduced, according to two grain specialists at The Ohio State University.

That’s because weather later in the growing season can have a bigger impact on yields than the date the seeds go in the ground, said Peter Thomison and Laura Lindsey, both agronomists at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

During July and August, too much or too little rain or really hot temperatures can be detrimental because that’s when corn plants form kernels and soybean plants form beans, Thomison and Lindsey said.

Only 4% of this year’s corn crop has been planted compared to 50% this time last year; 2% of the soybean crop has been planted compared to 28% this time last year, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released May 13.

During the week that ended May 12, only 1.5 days were suitable for fieldwork due to rain or ground saturation. Planting in soggy ground can lead to soil compaction, and seeds tend to develop shallow root systems.

“I think a lot of people would like to be done planting right now,” Lindsey said. “But there’s been several years where it has dragged on.”

In 2017, though corn and soybeans were planted early, some had to be replanted in June because of excessive rain that reduced plant stands, Thomison said. Yet, the state had record high yields for both crops that year.

So, the situation is not yet critical. And farmers don’t yet need to switch to planting a shorter-season variety of corn seed, Thomison said. Corn varieties of varying maturity can adjust their growth and development in response to a shortened growing season, he said.

“I don’t want to be a fear monger,” he said. “If we get our corn planted in late May or early June, and we have good growing conditions, we could still end up with a very good crop.”

In 2011, only 19% of Ohio’s corn crop had been planted by May 30, but the yields were the same as the five-year average, Thomison said.

Soybeans tend to have higher yields when they are planted between the end of April and early May, Lindsey said.

“I want to tell growers not to worry, but it’s hard not to worry,” she said. “It’s hard to wait.”

Soybean farmers can take some measures to try to ensure good yields even with a late start on planting.

If farmers don’t end up being able to plant until sometime in June, they might want to increase the number of seeds per acre from 140,000 to 150,000 or 160,000, Lindsey said.

When planting soybeans in June, making rows that are 7.5 to 15 inches wide can be helpful, Lindsey said. Rows of that width typically produce higher yields than wide rows of 30 inches or so, and the effect becomes even greater when soybeans are planted later, she said.

Narrow rows typically bring greater yields because as the soybean plant grows and its branches and leaves spread out, the canopy covers up the dirt between the rows. That allows little to no soil to be exposed to direct sunlight, which keeps the temperature in the soil down and maintains moisture in the soil.

Selecting the latest-maturing variety of soybean seeds that will reach maturity before the first killing frost can also help compensate for a delayed planting date, Lindsey said.

And it’s important to remember, soybeans are very resilient plants, she said.

“Despite bad weather, they can still maintain relatively good yield.”

Quilters to Meet

All are welcome to attend………

Ohio Star Quilters of Findlay will meet on Monday, May 20, 9:30 am in  Findlay at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 Tiffin Avenue. 

The day begins with the business meeting followed by Show and Tell.

Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend. Questions regarding the Ohio Star Quilters Club may be directed to Pat Czaplicki at 567-250-8537.