Governor DeWine Announces  H2Ohio Water Quality Plan

“We have a moral obligation to preserve and protect our natural resources,” DeWine said…

Governor DeWine Announces 
H2Ohio Water Quality Plan

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today unveiled H2Ohio, a comprehensive, data-driven water quality plan to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination. 

“We have a moral obligation to preserve and protect our natural resources,” Governor DeWine said during a speech at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo. “My H2Ohio plan is a dedicated, holistic water quality strategy with long-lasting solutions to address the causes of Ohio’s water problems, not just the symptoms.”

Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio plan is an investment in targeted solutions to help reduce phosphorus runoff and prevent algal blooms through increased implementation of agricultural best practices and the creation of wetlands; improve wastewater infrastructure; replace failing home septic systems; and prevent lead contamination in high-risk daycare centers and schools. The Ohio General Assembly invested $172 million in the plan in July, and since then, H2Ohio experts have been developing strategies for long-term, cost-effective, and permanent water quality solutions.

H2Ohio Targeted Practices

Reducing Agricultural Phosphorus Runoff to Prevent Algal Blooms

The H2Ohio plan will invest substantially to help farmers reduce phosphorus runoff from commercial fertilizer and manure to prevent harmful algal blooms.

Algal blooms in Ohio’s lakes, rivers, and streams can threaten drinking water and impact the health of people and animals. Although studies have shown that phosphorus runoff from farms is the primary reason for algal blooms in Lake Erie, Ohio has not previously placed a significant focus on addressing this problem.

“Ohio has supported many programs to help farmers reduce nutrient loss over the years, but the state hasn’t done nearly enough, nor have previous plans focused enough, on reducing phosphorus runoff from agriculture,” said Governor DeWine. “That changes now.”

As a result of intensive scientific and economic studies, H2Ohio identified the 10 most effective and cost-efficient practices that have been proven to reduce agricultural phosphorus runoff. Through a certification process, H2Ohio will provide economic incentives to farmers who develop a nutrient management plan that includes a combination of the best practices listed below:

H2Ohio Targeted Practices

The H2Ohio phosphorus reduction plan will focus first on reducing runoff into the Maumee River Watershed and Lake Erie and will eventually be offered to other parts of the state in the future. Farmers in the Maumee River Watershed will be able to enroll in H2Ohio programs for funding incentives in time for spring 2020 planting.

“For now, we will not mandate the use of these best practices because we believe our strategy will lead to significant changes within our current laws,” said Governor DeWine. “By helping farmers implement these practices today, H2Ohio will ultimately save them money, increase their profits, and reduce their phosphorus runoff in the future. Although a decrease in Lake Erie algal blooms will take time, we must invest now if we want clean water for future generations.”

Maumee Watershed

As part of the H2Ohio plan, counties in the Maumee River Watershed will each have a localized phosphorus target to help ensure accountability. Individualized nutrient management plans will also be developed for participating farms to identify which H2Ohio best practices will reduce the most phosphorus runoff at each location.

Soil and Water Conservation District Offices in each county will lead local efforts to help farmers enroll in the H2Ohio program and to help them implement the H2Ohio best practices.

The overall progress of the H2Ohio phosphorus reduction plan will be regularly assessed and aggregate data will be publicly available. 

The plan was developed with input from a broad coalition of agriculture, education, research, conservation, and environmental partners. H2Ohio will be led by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Lake Erie Commission with support from the Ohio Agricultural Conservation Initiative, Ohio Farm Bureau, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and others.

Several of the country’s largest agribusiness operations, including Land O’Lakes, Nutrien, and The Andersons, have voiced support for the plan and have agreed to promote H2Ohio to their customers to help increase the number of acres enrolled in best practices.

An Ohio Wetland

Creating Wetlands

In addition to reducing phosphorus runoff, wetlands also offer additional environmental benefits by absorbing pollutants, slowing down the movement of water, offering a natural filtering process, and preventing the further movement of contaminated matter.

H2Ohio will develop new wetlands in strategic, targeted areas throughout the Maumee River Watershed and elsewhere to reduce phosphorus runoff and to reduce nitrogen, store carbons, manage flooding, and offer recreation opportunities. 

H2Ohio’s new wetlands will be monitored and managed but will be primarily self-sustaining once established. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will announce details of new wetlands projects in the coming weeks.

Protecting Ohio's Water

Ensuring Safe, Clean Water

H2Ohio will address water and sewer needs in Ohio, including failing home septic systems in disadvantaged communities and possible lead contamination in high-risk daycare centers and schools.

“Ohio’s communities rely on clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure to protect public health, provide for a high quality of life, and enable economic vitality,” said Governor DeWine. “It is wrong that Ohio children are potentially being exposed to lead in drinking water because of antiquated piping and fixtures in daycare centers or they can’t play outside because their backyards are covered in sewage from failing septic systems. H2Ohio is going to help.”

Under the direction of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, H2Ohio will fund infrastructure projects in disadvantaged communities to help ensure they have safe drinking water and quality sewer infrastructure. 

H2Ohio will also help replace hundreds of failing home sewage treatment systems in low-income households to prevent the release of raw sewage onto property or into waterways.

Additionally, through a combination of state and federal funds, H2Ohio will assess lead exposure in daycare centers and schools in high-risk areas of Ohio and will help replace lead pipes and fixtures.

The Ohio EPA will announce details of new projects in the coming weeks.

For more information on the overall H2Ohio water quality plan, visit

UPDATED with PHOTOS: National Beef Observes Veterans Day

North Baltimore Employees/Military veterans receive recognition, inspire donation to national organization….

National Beef Observes Veterans Day with Tribute to Employees

Military veterans receive recognition, inspire donation to national organization

As America’s premier beef company, National Beef is uniquely positioned to bring people together not just over dinner tables, but in the communities in which we live and work. For the first time, the North Baltimore facility is honoring military veteran employees. Eight veterans identified at the facility chose to participate in the event, which included a special meal, complete with patriotic music and  words of appreciation from General Manager Tim Hadding. “They gave their all in serving the country. On Veterans Day, we are honored to serve them a special meal in recognition of their military service”said Hadding.  National Beef Packing Company, LLC (National Beef) is pleased to make a $50 donation in honor of each to Mission 22, an organization working to end veteran suicide through awareness and treatment.


 National Beef has a longstanding commitment to veterans’ support initiatives. This year’s observance will take place in 12 cities, building on what was originally proposed as a local effort at National Beef’s Hummels Wharf, Pa., facility and adopted across the entire company in 2018.

 “As a National Beef employee and combat veteran, it’s rewarding to work for a company that understands the issues faced by fellow service members,” said Ward Allen, Jr., a Marine Corps veteran with three military tours and a supervisor at National Beef Leathers in St. Joseph, Mo. “The recognition of the service of National Beef employees who’ve served our country, as well as the donation to the important work of Mission 22, brings awareness to an important cause. I hope it also reduces stigma and encourages more treatment for those in need.”

 “What started as a way to recognize employees who not only serve our company, but also our country, has become something that allows National Beef and the communities we call home to rally around a cause,” said Terry Wilkerson, himself a former Army Sergeant and now executive vice president of operations for National Beef. “It’s been rewarding to see the anticipation for this year’s event as we celebrate and appreciate these employees and their fellow service members.”

 “National Beef continues to be a supportive partner, providing a life-saving gift of more than $13,000 to the men and women served by Mission 22,” said Diane McCall, public relations director for Mission 22. “Post-traumatic stress treatment is a huge need for veterans, and the donation from National Beef in honor of its employees helps us meet that need.”

 National Beef will also present its military veteran employees with a commemorative Mission 22 coffee mug and fly a Mission 22 flag on Veterans Day as a token of gratitude for their service to the country and commitment to National Beef.

 About National Beef

National Beef Packing Company, LLC, based in Kansas City, Missouri, has operations in Liberal, Dodge City, and Kansas City, Kansas; Tama, Ohio; Hummels Wharf, Pennsylvania; Moultrie, Georgia; North Baltimore, Ohio and St. Joseph, Missouri. National Beef, with approximately 9,500 employees, processes and markets fresh beef, beef by-products, consumer-ready products and wet blue leather for domestic and international markets. In fiscal year 2018, National Beef generated sales of $7.5 billion. More information about National Beef is available at

 About Mission 22

Each day 22 veterans take their own life. Mission 22 aims to win the war against veteran suicide through awareness, treatment and support. More information is available at

Dorothy M. McCartney, 87, NB

Dorothy M. McCartney, 87 of North Baltimore passed away on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Wood County Hospital. 

Dorothy M. McCartney, 87 of North Baltimore passed away on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Wood County Hospital. 

She was born on Feb. 6, 1932 to the late Charles Curtis and Annalee (Holmes) Rader in Mt. Blanchard, Ohio. She first married Lawrence Ball, Jr. and he is deceased.  On Feb. 6, 1965, she married Kenneth McCartney and he preceded her in death on Dec. 31, 1994.

Surviving her are four daughters, Judy (Gary) Cupp of Perrysburg, Debra Lee Howard of Alabama, Dawn (Frederick) Finkenbiner of North Baltimore and Jody Lynn (Robert) Coop of North Baltimore; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and a sister, Barbara Smith of Indiana. 

She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Nancy Ann (Ball) Mitchell and infant, Kelly Sue McCartney; a great-grandson, Jeryd Cotterman and two sisters, Saphronia Biller and Margaret Landversicht.

Mrs. McCartney was a waitress and nurses’ aide for years before ending her career at North Baltimore and Powell Schools and also worked as a self-contractor for the Village of North Baltimore.  She collected for various charitable organizations throughout her adult life. She was a girl scout leader for many years and loved picnics, going out to eat and doing for others in need. Kenneth and Dorothy spend a lot of time singing to his guitar.

She was a former member of the Crystal Ave. Baptist Church and attended the Beecher Street Church. Funeral services will be held at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore at 11:00am Saturday, November 16, 2019 with Pastor Bill Cook officiating.

Burial will follow in New Maplewood Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00pm Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and online condolences can be shared by visiting

Custom Cut Specials Nov. 12 – 15

Seniors 55+ get 10% OFF Tuesdays…

Senior Citizen Tuesdays
10% OFF ANY Purchase

From the Farms to your Freezers
We’ll Cut whatever you want!

OUR Hand Trimmed
Ground Beef






Chuck Roast

Beef Chuck
English Roast

Pork Butt Roast – $2.99#
Pork Steak – $2.79#
Boneless Pork Chops – $3.99#
Assorted Bone-In Pork Chops – $2.89#
Fresh Pork Side – $4.99#

OUR Hickory Smoked Bacon – $5.99#

Extra Meaty Smoked Ham Hocks – $1.99#

Keystone Canned Meats 28 oz.
Beef/Pork                      Chicken
$7.99 ea.                          $6.89 

Deli Cheeses
Swiss – Pepper Jack – Colby – CoJack

Tasty Taters Potato Chips
Regular- BBQ – Dippers

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NB School CLOSED: 3 – 5″ of Crusty Icy Snow

I 75 at Eagleville Rd Clear and moving well this morning!


I 75 at Eagleville Rd Clear and moving well this morning!
I 75 at Eagleville Rd Clear and moving well this morning!

North Baltimore Local Schools have CLOSED for Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Wood County is under a Level One road condition safety warning due to a layer of crusty ice, with some loose and blowing snow on many surfaces. 3 – 5 inches fell throughout The SouthWood. Temperatures will continue to drop into the single digits for a “record” low tonight! CAUTION is advised for driving AND walking!!! Give yourself extra time – this is not a race… getting their unharmed should be the objective!

ODOT Live Cam i 75 @ Oil Center Rd.

Many country roads and secondary routes are NOT in particularly good shape. Many State Routes will be icy until treatments activate and melt surfaces…

P/T Route Driver South/North Baltimore

Part-time (25 hour per week) position based at our North Baltimore site.

Position Posting

Route Driver South/North Baltimore

Part-time (25 hour per week) position based at our North Baltimore site. Examples of duties include: Packaging, prep and delivery of home-delivered and congregate meals, and maintaining cleanliness of vehicle and facility. Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds consistently. Requires lifting, bending, stooping, reaching and standing for extended periods of time, and carrying hot pans/trays of food. 

Qualifications:  Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, a proven record of working harmoniously with older adults as well as colleagues, be eligible for bonding and insurable under agency policy, possess a valid Ohio driver’s license with proof of auto coverage (state minimum), must have a minimum of 5 years driving experience and a demonstrated ability to operate large vehicles (CDL not required).  Successful candidate must successfully complete BMV and BCII background checks.

Applications available at WCCOA, 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio.  Downloadable format available at   Completed applications can be directed to the Manager of Human Resources.  Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

The Wood County Committee on Aging, a non-profit organization, is an Equal Opportunity Employer

F/T Production Cook Needed

Cook for the Wood County Committee on Aging is a 40 hour per week position at the WCCOA production kitchen…

Position Posting – Cook

Cook for the Wood County Committee on Aging is a 40 hour per week position at the WCCOA production kitchen in Bowling Green. Responsibilities include preparation of appealing and nutritious meals following all guidelines and procedures of the WCCOA. 

Qualifications and Essential Skills:

Must have a high school diploma/GED equivalent. Minimum two years experience in bulk food preparation. Must complete required ServSafe for Managers food safety training. Demonstrate proficiency with basic reading and math functions. 

Minimum Requirements:

Must have a proven record of working harmoniously with older adults as well as colleagues.  Must be eligible for bonding and insurable under agency policy.  Must possess a valid Ohio Driver’s license with proof of auto insurance (state minimum).  Must meet the requirements contained in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 173-3-06.6 (B)(3).  Compliance shall be reviewed not less than annually.  Must successfully complete Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) records check, as defined in OAC 173-9-01.

Abilities Required: 

Must demonstrate fluency in English, both written and oral.  Requires lifting, bending, stooping, reaching, and standing for extended periods of time, and carrying hot pans/trays of food.  Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.  Requires normal range of hearing and vision.  Must be able to work in kitchen environment with heat and steam.  

Applications available at WCCOA, 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio or at   Completed applications can be directed to the Manager of HR.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. EOE


MEMORY CONCERNS? Get Screened. Get Information.

MEMORY CONCERNS? Get Screened. Get Information.
Sponsored by Kingston of Perrysburg
Register today for your screening appointment.
Call 1.800.367.4935 or 419.353.5661 or email

*Memory screenings are similar to other routine health check-ups.
*Each memory screening takes approximately 30 minutes and while
the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see
a physician for a full evaluation.
The National Memory Screening Program is an initiative of:
Presented by:
Brain Health Fair
November 12, 2019
Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main Bowling Green, Ohio
9 a.m. Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries, Presented by the
Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio
Andrea Lusiak Sheehy is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist. She received both her Bachelor and
Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green,
Ohio. Since then she has had extensive training and experience working with individuals who have
had a Neurological injury such as Stroke and Acquired/ Traumatic Brain Injuries.
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Memory Screenings by Kingston of Perrysburg
Vendors booths by Right at Home Health Care, Aetna, Buckeye Health
Plan, and Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio.

Veteran’s Day Brunch at Briar Hill

Veterans, let us honor you! Join us for a complimentary brunch prepared by our chef. Please RSVP by November 8.

You’re invited to our Veteran’s Day Brunch!

Veterans, let us honor you! Join us for a complimentary brunch prepared by our chef.

To RSVP or for more information, please call 419-257-2421. Please RSVP by November 8.

NB Tigers Fighting Alzheimer’s at Briar Hill with SOUP!

Come hungry and leave with a warm bowl of soup and full heart!

You’re invited to our fundraiser to benefit North Baltimore Tigers Fighting Alzheimer’s.

Friday, November 8 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Briar Hill Health Campus

Come hungry and leave with a warm bowl of soup and full heart!

We will be selling Beef Veggie Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup or Bean Soup for $5 per container to raise funds for NB Tigers Fighting Alzheimer’s. All soup will be served with your choice of french bread or corn bread.

Please call 419-257-2421 for information and ordering availability.

There will also be soup available for day of ordering.

Delivery will be available for local orders of $25 or more or you can pick up soup from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on November 8.

We will accept card, cash or checks.

Taking Care of Your Tools So They Take Care of You

“Take care of your tools, and they will take care of you.”…..

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(Logical Position)Taking care of your tools is important for their performance and longevity. Broken and malfunctioning tools won’t do the job you need them to.

No matter what you use them for or how many you have, taking care of your tools is important. If you have tools in your home for repairs and improvements or you need them for your career, it’s vital to clean and take care of them. There’s an adage that says, “take care of your tools, and they will take care of you.” That means that if your tools are in good shape, they will work properly and be able to do the job you need them to. Tools that aren’t taken care of won’t last very long, and you’ll have to buy new ones. Buy a tool once and take care of it so you won’t have to keep repurchasing the same thing.

Store Them Properly

Storing your tools properly keeps them organized and in good condition. Designate a specific place in your home to keep your tools so you know where they are always. You will be limited to the space you have when storing them. Pegboards are a great way to keep your tools handy and ready to use. Get a toolbox to keep smaller hand tools in so they aren’t cluttering up space.

It’s important to keep your tools in a dry place. Water and moisture will lead to rust on your tools, and that is public enemy number one. Rust developing on tools renders them useless. Store any power tools you have in their original case. The hard-plastic case will protect against humidity and protect the tools better in general.

Use Them Properly

Tools have a specific job to do, and if you use it for some other purpose you could break it or injure yourself. Use a tool for the specific reason it was designed to keep them in good condition. Saw blades, for example, will dull faster and can be dangerous if misused. Stressing the blade and overheating it will cause it to dull prematurely and force you to buy a new one sooner than necessary.

Clean Them After Use

After a long day of work, taking the time to clean your tools is probably the last thing you want to do, but it’s important. It only takes a few seconds for each tool, but it will add years to their life. Oil, grease, sawdust, and other chemicals are corrosive and will slowly eat away at the tool. Keeping them clean will extend their life and have them ready to go the next time you want to use them—saving you precious time.

Repair if Necessary

You can’t use a broken tool for anything. If your power tools are broken or have even a small defect, get them repaired. Small machine repair shops can fix just about anything and their prices are less than replacing the tool. Frayed cords, broken handles, and corrosion are all things that need fixing. The tool will perform better and make the job easier when it’s operating at 100 percent.

NB Custom Cuts Specials Nov. 4 – 8

Stop out on Insley Rd. just off the Eagleville Rd. Exit on I-75

Senior Citizen Tuesday’s

10% OFF any purchase!

From the Farms to the Freezers
We’ll cut what ever you want!

Winter is NEAR!!!

It's time to fill your freezer with LOCALLY raised, grain fed Beef & Pork

Sides / Quarters

includes processing

Hogs – Whole OR Half


includes processing

Call for details – 419-257-3529

Chuck or English
Beef Roasts

Eye of Round
Steak or Roast



HAND – Trimmed
Ground Beef

Hickory Smoked


Pork Butt

Western Style
Pork Ribs

Pork Chop


Tasty Taters Potato Chips
Regular – BBQ – Dippers








We Accept
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