Troop 315 December Newsletter

December will be a busy and fun month for NB’s Boy Scouts!


Troop 315 December Newsletter

from Shawn Benjamin, Troop #315 Scout Master
Re charter

End of the year and re charter approaching.  I think I can speak for all of us when I say.  I’m ready for 2020 to end.  So many canceled events and hardship due to the pandemic.  Thanks to the approval of our Charted organization,  Our troop has been able to camp and run program within the guidelines of CDC.  and if not for the leaders who agreed to continue during the COVID yuk.  our troop may have fallen to the same situation as other troops.  So many of our brothers in scouting have stopped and went to virtual which led to many troops loosing over 50% of their membership.  

This year the dues for a year of scouting membership is $66.00.  The Erie shores council has provided a link for families needing assistance with this.  Please;  I encourage as many of you who need it to apply.  The council has been great in past years supporting scouting in this way.

Link    Family-Assist-Application-updated-July-2019 (

The due date for membership renewal is December 31,2020.  Also.  Adults need to renew their YPT Youth protection this year.  Don’t forget to go online to your My,scouting,org account and renew.  National will drop all adult member who do not have this training.  

Law Merit Badge Recap & BG Court House Visit (with photos)

The troop enjoyed a day of learning about our Laws and Citizenship in Nation with Judge Matt Reiger during a Merit Badge day in Bowling Green,   Mr. Larry Bateson and Judge Matt Reiger invited our troop out on November 21 to the Bowling Green Courthouse along with breakfast and lunch.  We are blessed to have people dedicated to educating our young people; both in the professional and volunteer world.  Thank you very much for the invitation.  Since I find architecture of old buildings neat.  Getting a tour of the attic and towers was quite the treat.  

The merit badge will finalize in January when the scouts meet back in B.G. for a mock trial which involves petty theft at a local Wal Mart.  NOT  FOR REAL. Mr Baeson will help the scout prepare for that on December 13 at the meeting

Meat Stick orders

The orders that were turned in November 15 are in.  I will have them at the Bowling party and after to pickup.  see or call me if you miss them at the party.  We will collect one more order before Christmas and have them before the holiday.  That date is December 13 at the meeting.  Also , any money out for these orders needs to be turned in for scout account credit. I will be updating the accounts right at the end of the years and let all families know what’s in their scouts account.  

Training for Camp Alaska

December 6 & 20 will be dedicated to training for Camp Alaska, which has been opted as a floating weekend.  The scouts asked to have a couple weekend winter survival camps this year and we plan on going when there is snow on the ground. The training deals with proper clothing and insulation,  Setting up a shelter, packing proper food,   SKYLER  :)..   and fire/fire safety.  We will let everyone know of dates , based on future weather this winter.   This camp is not an easy one and scouts have done everything from wearing sneakers to pajama bottoms and freezing so pay attention and think before you pack .  

Video Game night December 31

Yep the announcement everyone is wanting to know details about.   Thursday After noon, December 31,  We will have the scout house unlocked at 3pm for everyone to set up their game systems.  We also have the shelter houses to se can socially distance. .  We will be going to Skyzone that afternoon and leaving the scout house at 4pm. Our time slot is from 5pm to 6:30pm   Here is a link for Skyzone and the waiver , all scouts need, to jump.  I will be buying a group pass so don’t pre buy any tickets.  Cost is $20 for 90 minutes of jump  time.  Also.  You will need Skyzone socks or if you have a pair bring them,  Socks cost $3.00

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After words we will go to the theater and have a pizza and a movie night.  I think I’ll have the new Wonder Woman 84 movie and will allow the scouts an early bird showing.    and then…… ROOT BEER CANTINA.   music , dancing . This will take us till approx 10:30pm and will return to scout house for video game lockin.  .  Cleanup will happen at 7am in the morning and all tired scouts can be picked between 7am and 8am.  .  Happy New year everyone.  

The Christmas Scout Story       ( I Post this every year for all to read)
In spite of the fun and laughter, 13-year-old Frank Wilson was not happy. It was true he had received all the presents he wanted. And he enjoyed the traditional Christmas Eve reunions with relatives for the purpose of exchanging gifts and good wishes. But, Frank was not happy because this was his first Christmas without his brother, Steve, who during the year, had been killed by a reckless driver.

Frank missed his brother and the close companionship they had together. Frank said good-bye to his relatives and explained to his parents that he was leaving a little early to see a friend; and from there he could walk home. Since it was cold outside, Frank put on his new plaid jacket. It was his FAVORITE gift. He placed the other presents on his new sled. Then Frank headed out, hoping to find the patrol leader of his Boy Scout troop. Frank always felt understood by him. Though rich in wisdom, he lived in the Flats, the section of town where most of the poor lived, and his patrol leader did odd jobs to help support his family.

To Frank’s disappointment, his friend was not at home. As Frank hiked down the street toward home, he caught glimpses of trees and decorations in many of the small houses. Then, through one front window, he glimpsed a shabby room with limp stockings hanging over an empty fireplace. A woman was seated nearby . . . weeping. The stockings reminded him of the way he and his brother had always hung theirs side by side. The next morning, they would be bursting with presents.

A sudden thought struck Frank : he had not done his ‘good deed’ for the day. Before the impulse passed, he knocked on the door. ‘Yes?’ the sad voice of the woman asked. ‘May I come in?’ asked Frank. ‘You are very welcome,’ she said, seeing his sled full of gifts, and assuming he was making a collection, ‘but I have no food or gifts for you. I have nothing for my own children.’

‘That’s not why I am here,’ Frank replied. ‘Please choose whatever presents you would like for your children from the sled.’

‘Why, God bless you!’ the amazed woman answered gratefully. She selected some candies, a game, the toy airplane and a puzzle. When she took the Scout flashlight, Frank almost cried out. Finally, the stockings were full.

‘Won’t you tell me your name?’ she asked, as Frank was leaving.

‘Just call me the Christmas Scout,’ he replied.

The visit left Frank touched, and with an unexpected flicker of joy in his heart. He understood that his sorrow was not the only sorrow in the world. Before he left the Flats, he had given away the remainder of his gifts. The plaid jacket had gone to a shivering boy.

Now Frank trudged homeward, cold and uneasy. How could he explain to his parents that he had given his presents away? ‘Where are your presents, son?’ asked his father as Frank entered the house.

Frank answered, ‘I gave them away.’

‘The airplane from Aunt Susan? Your coat from Grandma? Your flashlight? We thought you were happy with your gifts.’

‘I was very happy,’ the boy answered quietly.

‘But Frank, how could you be so impulsive?’ his mother asked. ‘How will we explain to the relatives who spent so much time and gave so much love shopping for you?’

His father was firm. ‘You made your choice, Frank. We cannot afford any more presents.’

With his brother gone, and his family disappointed in him, Frank suddenly felt dreadfully alone. He had not expected a reward for his generosity, for he knew that a good deed always should be its own reward. It would be tarnished otherwise. So he did not want his gifts back; however he wondered if he would ever again truly recapture joy in his life. He thought he had this evening, but it had been fleeting. Frank thought of his brother, and sobbed himself to sleep.

The next morning, he came downstairs to find his parents listening to Christmas music on the radio. Then the announcer spoke: ‘Merry Christmas, everybody! The nicest Christmas story we have this morning comes from the Flats. A crippled boy down there has a new sled this morning, another youngster has a fine plaid jacket, and several families report that their children were made happy last night by gifts from a teenage boy who simply called himself the Christmas Scout. No one could identify him, but the children of the Flats claim that the Christmas Scout was a personal representative of old Santa Claus himself.’

Frank felt his father’s arms go around his shoulders, and he saw his mother smiling through her tears. ‘Why didn’t you tell us? We didn’t understand. We are so proud of you, son.’

The carols came over the air again filling the room with music: ‘. . .Praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on Earth.’

Alexis “Lexi” De Los Reyes, 23, NB

… passed away Saturday, November 28, 2020 at the Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.

Alexis “Lexi” De Los Reyes, 23, of North Baltimore, Ohio passed away Saturday, November 28, 2020 at the Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.

Lexi was born on December 28, 1996 in Findlay, Ohio to Tony De Los Reyes and Robyn Lause. Lexi is survived by her mother Robyn (Jason) Frater of McComb; her children: Izabell and Liam, her brother Gabe (Kenzie Carles) De Los Reyes of Bowling Green and a half sister April De Los Reyes of Columbus and a host of loving aunts, uncles and cousins, a special uncle Albert Limas and a special friend Kevin Sours. She was preceded in death by her father Tony De Los Reyes and her grandparents Ronald and Mary Lause.

Lexi attending Penta and North Baltimore High School. She was a vibrant, strong-willed person who was full of laughter, had contagious smile, her unforgettable hugs and had a heart of gold.  Lexi enjoyed listening to music, being on snapchat and who was a daredevil who had no fear. Lexi wanted to be a Veterinarian and loved animals. Her true love was her family, she loved spending time with her children, who were her pride and joy.

Visitation for Lexi will be on Friday, December 4, 2020 from 3:00-7:00 PM in the Hanneman Funeral Home, 370 Park Dr S., McComb, Ohio 45858. Lexi’s Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the New Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore. Lexi’s services will be livestreamed on the Hanneman Funeral Home Findlay & McComb Facebook page. Those attending the visitation and services are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be gifted in Lexi’s honor to her children c/o Hanneman Funeral Home, P.O Box 61, McComb, Ohio 45858.

Online condolences, as well as a fond memory may be shared with Lexi’s family by visiting 

Debra K. Francisco, 64, NB

… passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020, at her residence. 

Debra K. Francisco, 64, of North Baltimore, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020, at her residence. 

She was born on September 21, 1956, in Bowling Green to the late Loren “Bub” and Crystal “Chris” (Layne) Phillips.  She married Ted Francisco on June 24, 1978, and he preceded her in death on July 18, 1994. 

Deb is survived by her sons: Timothy Phillips of Las Vegas, NV and Ted
“Hunker” (Teresa) Francisco, II of North Baltimiore; daughter, Stephanie
(Chet) Clark of North Baltimore; sisters: Jane (Gary) Lanning of North
Baltimore and Kathy (Harry) Lincoln of North Baltimore; grandchildren:
McKenzie, MacKenzie, Karson, Chase (Kendra), Alex (Traci) and Grady;
great-grandchildren: Raylee and Wyatt; brother-in-law, Dave “Chewy” McEwen of North Baltimore; many nieces and nephews. 

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Terry McEwen.

Deb retired from Crush Proof Tubing in McComb.  She was a member of the
Fraternal Order of Eagle #2633, where she was a Past President.  She was
also a member of the North Baltimore American Legion Post 539 Auxiliary.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Thursday at SMITH-CRATES
FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore, where a private family funeral service will
held later.  Burial will be in Weaver Cemetery, Bloom Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Baltimore Volunteer Fire
Department and/or North Baltimore E.M.S.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Duane Stephen Kinder, 48,

…passed away at Blanchard Valley Hospital on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

Duane Stephen Kinder, age 48, passed away at Blanchard Valley Hospital on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

He was born on August 14, 1972, in Royal Oak, MI to Jimmie and Cheryl (Scott) Kinder, and they survive in North Baltimore.

He married LaDonna Miracle on July 30, 2005, and she survives. Duane is also survived by his daughter, Chelsea (Jacob) Dunbar of Findlay; sons: Austin (Allison) Ickes of Weston and Donnie (Mary) Summers of Archbold; brothers: James “Jimmie” (Jodie) Kinder of Findlay and Kevin (Rebecca) Kinder of McComb; sister, Brandi (Paul) Roberts of Delta; beloved grandchildren: Donnie, Jr. and Johnathan Summers; 4 nieces and 1 nephew.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Michelle Kinder; and a niece, Amanda Grose.

Duane was employed at P&A Industries. He was an avid sports fan and craftsman, but his greatest love in life was his family.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 4, 2020, at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore.

Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Deshler. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

NBFD 8th Annual Toys for Tots – Photo Gallery of Past Collections

WHEN: Saturday, December 5th, 8:00am-Noon


NBFD 8th Annual Toys for Tots

You can also drop off donations at the North Baltimore Mid-Wood Hardware & Grain & Tire Shop.

When: Sat. December 5
8 am-Noon

Where: North Baltimore Fire Department
(corner of N. Main & Broadway for Drop-Off)

Bring a new and unwrapped toy for a boy or girl up to 12 years old. Monetary donations will also be will be accepted. The toys and donations are for families in this area only.

PAST TOYS for TOTS Collections by North Baltimore Volunteer Firefighters

NB Local Schools Update COVID Plan

To the North Baltimore Community, Staff, and Students;

To the North Baltimore Community, Staff, and Students;

As the State of Ohio continues to experience a record number of Coronavirus cases, the North Baltimore Local School District’s highest priority remains to ensure staff and student safety, as well as providing the critical education our students need.

As we are heading into the Thanksgiving Break weekend, I want to take a moment and give some updates to the staff and our community:

First, I want to let everyone know how proud I am of the staff, students, and parents for how they have handled this year so far, we know it has not been easy for anyone.

With that being said, community spread in Wood County and in the State of Ohio is at an all-time high right now. The purpose of this letter is to ensure parents and staff members have plans in place in the event we have to make a change in our current mode of instruction.

The plan is to return on Monday, November 30th, and continue with our current 5 days per week in-person learning. However, if the District reaches absences of 15 percent or 107 students and staff for isolation, quarantine, or general illness, this will meet our threshold for going to a full remote learning environment for two weeks. This means all NBLS students will be learning remotely from home for two weeks to curb the spread of illness and then return to 5 days a week of in-person learning. The District is trying to be as transparent as possible with what decisions might be forthcoming.

In the event the District reaches the above threshold of 15 percent or 107 students and staff during the week of November 30th, NBLS will not return to 5 days per week of in-person learning until January 4th, 2021. The reason being, that a two-week remote learning environment will coincide with our Christmas break.

NBLS will continue to use this 15% threshold for the foreseeable future.
In conclusion, please start to make plans for your child/children if the District has to switch our current mode of instruction. The better preparation parents make now, the easier the transition will be if we have to switch to a remote learning environment.

Stay safe and stay healthy,

Ryan Delaney, Supt. NB Local Schools

NBHS Girls Basketball vs. McComb

Results from the other night in The Jungle.

from Suzanne Bucher
High School Girls Basketball Results
McComb @ North Baltimore – 11/24/2020

Varsity Girls
McComb 19-12-12-11—54
North Baltimore 8-3-15-9—35

Kenzie Perez – 14
Mia McCartney – 10
Halie Inbody – 4
Hailey Lennard – 3
Grace Hagemeyer – 2
Lydia Feehan – 2

2-PT FGM-A: 7-22 (32%)
3-PT FGM-A: 5-20 (25%)
FTM-A: 6-12 (50%)

Rebounds: 22 (Hagemeyer 11, Inbody 7)
Assists Leaders: Inbody 2
Steals Leaders: Lennard 2, Perez 2
Turnovers: 19

Varsity Overall Record 0-1, BVC 0-1

JV Girls
NB – 33
McComb – 14
Leia Thomas – 12
Lydia Feehan – 10
Lucy Trout – 4
Alex Greeno – 4
Cadence Andrich – 3
JV Overall Record 2-2, BVC Record 1-1
Thur 12/3 Arlington (home), 6pm
Mon 12/7 @ Holgate, 6pm
Thur 12/10 @ Leipsic, 6pm

LUCAS COUNTY: Construction Update 11/27

Ramp Buck Road to NB I-75 will be closed for reconstruction Friday, December 4 through July 2021.

LUCAS COUNTY: Highway Construction Update


Interstate 75 widening and reconstruction – I-75 between Buck Road and Monroe Street, Toledo/Rossford/Northwood, will be two lanes in each direction for major reconstruction. Lane restrictions and overnight ramp closures possible. Estimated completion: Fall 2023.


New Announcements/Upcoming Impacts

  • Ramp from Buck Road to northbound I-75 will be closed for reconstruction beginning Friday, December 4 through July 2021.
  • Northbound I-75, between Nebraska Ave. and Collingwood Blvd., will be reduced to one lane for the northbound traffic pattern switch on Saturday, December 5.
  • Southbound I-75, between Collingwood Blvd. and Erie St., may be reduced to one lane for bridge deck repair on Saturday, December 5.


Continuing Work

  • South Avenue at Sumner Street is closed on the northern half of the intersection for drainage work through early December. South Avenue traffic will be maintained by temporary signals.
    • Sumner Street detour: Knower Street to Courtland Avenue to South Avenue
  • South Avenue entrance ramp to southbound I-75 is closed through summer 2021.
    • Detour: Northbound I-75 to Detroit Avenue back to I-75 southbound
  • Inbound SR 25/AW Trail near Nebraska Avenue will be reduced to one lane through fall 2021.
  • Southbound/outbound State Route 25/Anthony Wayne Trail will be reduced to one 10-foot lane between I-75 and City Park for reconstruction of Collingwood on-ramp and AW Trail through fall 2021.
  • Nebraska Avenue is closed over I-75 between Division Street and Erie Street for bridge replacement through April 2022.
    • Detour: Erie Street to Collingwood Boulevard to Nebraska Avenue
  • Ramp from northbound/inbound Anthony Wayne Trail to northbound I-75 is closed for ramp reconfiguration through summer 2022.
    • Detour: Anthony Wayne Trail to Washington Street to northbound I-75.
  • Ramp from southbound/outbound Anthony Wayne Trail to southbound I-75 is closed for ramp reconfiguration through summer 2022.
    • Detour: Washington Street to Dorr Street to Collingwood Boulevard to southbound I-75.


Southbound Interstate 280, between Front St. and Greenbelt Pkwy., Toledo, may experience lane restrictions for roadway weather sensor tower maintenance on Tuesday, December 1.


Interstate 475 widening and interchange construction – I-475 between Angola Road and Bancroft Street, Toledo, will be two lanes in each direction for widening work and interchange construction at Dorr Street. Local streets will experience traffic impacts. Estimated completion: August 2021.


Continuing Work

  • Hill Avenue and Dorr Street between Holland-Sylvania Road and McCord Road will experience intermittent, temporary closures for overhead bridge work. Flaggers will maintain traffic control.
    • Detour: King Road to Bancroft Street to Holland-Sylvania Road

Additional restrictions will be announced. 

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U.S. Route 20/Central Avenue at I-475, Toledo, may experience lane restrictions for pavement marking research on Wednesday, December 2. Research conducted by University of Akron.

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U.S. Route 20A, between Weckerly Road and Airport HighwayMonclova/Swanton Township, may experience lane restrictions for finish work. Estimated completion: early December.

State Route 2/Anthony Wayne High Level Bridge dehumidification – The High-Level Bridge between Broadway Street and Clark Street, Toledo, will experience lane restrictions for bridge dehumidification work. Estimated completion: mid-December.

State Route 64/Waterville Bridge replacement work is complete.

State Route 65/Oak Street, between Fassett Street and Buckzo Street, Toledo, may experience lane restrictions for finish work. Estimated completion: mid-December.

Various routes district-wide will experience lane restrictions for routine guardrail, lighting, and pavement maintenance throughout the year.

**All work is weather permitting.**

Huffin For The Stuffin 5k

Thanksgiving morning 9 am Registration and 10 am Starts!

Come on out to North Baltimore Nutrition’s “Huffin’ For The Stuffin’” 5k Turkey Trot!

Thanksgiving morning 9 am – Registration and 10 am Starts!

All proceeds will be donated to the Ohio Treatment Center – North Baltimore!

Let’s come together with social distancing to help those that need a helping hand!

Call Laura Vitt, 419-619-1498, if you have any questions.

OHSAA Confirms Parents Can Attend Athletic Contests

Schools will determine the process for how parents will attend athletic contests, such as how many are permitted and where they will be placed to watch the contest.

OHSAA Confirms Parents Can Attend Athletic Contests

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine asks that no other fans be permitted to attend games through December 31

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following Governor Mike DeWine’s remarks during his news conference on Tuesday (Nov. 24), the OHSAA, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, recommends that schools restrict attendance to only the parents of the participants, or eliminate all spectators, for their winter sports competitions through December 31, 2020, due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

“We want to follow this recommendation so that our kids can continue to compete,” said OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute. “We believe it is crucial that parents be permitted to attend the contests of their children, but large crowds at our indoor athletic contests are not a good idea at this time. We all need to work together to give our kids and schools the best chance at having a full winter season.”

Schools will determine the process for how parents will attend athletic contests, such as how many are permitted and where they will be placed to watch the contest.

Regarding media coverage, the OHSAA asks schools to still permit media coverage of their contests, but the number of media attending should be restricted to those who regularly cover the teams involved. Schools are encouraged to provide live video streaming of their athletic contests for those who cannot attend.

The OHSAA provided the following recommendations for member schools:

  • For those schools that decide to admit parents, list the names of the parents on a roster sheet that is located at your ticket window/admission table. This will help clarify who should/should not be admitted and will hopefully eliminate non-parents from attending.
  • Limit media to those who normally cover your school and consider utilizing a streaming service in order for fans to view your contest(s).
  • There is no prohibition on cheerleaders and pep bands, but schools should make their own decisions on these students’ participation and should strongly consider not sending cheerleaders to away contests.

As administrators were notified last week, the OHSAA winter sports seasons are moving forward as planned. That decision was made after the Executive Director’s Office had discussions with the Governor’s Office, the OHSAA Board of Directors and numerous administrators combined with the results of the membership survey in which 56 percent of the 1,464 respondents recommended that the OHSAA begin all winter sports contests as they are currently planned and scheduled.

The decision for schools to move forward with sports is a local decision. Schools may certainly choose not to participate in a contest or to pause their season(s) for a period and should do what is in their best interest. The OHSAA believes that our member schools provide student-athletes with the safest possible environment to continue participating, and we all recognize the educational, physical and mental health benefits of participation.

New Show at the Virginia Theater Starts Friday

Best Pop Corn in the area! Get a BAG TO GO!!!

All Seats $5!!!

Starts Friday, November 27,
at the Virginia Theater
Croods 2, A New Age.
Rated PG

The prehistoric family the Croods are challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved.
Director: Joel Crawford
Writers: Kevin Hageman (screenplay by), Dan Hageman (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds | See full cast & crew

Friday at 7 pm,

Sat/Sun 1,4,7pm

for 2 weeks
ALL Seats $5!!!