Scout planting Memorial trees and building pergola near water Treatment Plant, off East Broadway near bridge…..
Last weekend ground was broken to start the construction of another Boy Scout Eagle Scout project. Read more about it here, in the words of the Scout himself:
My name is Aaron Boes and I’m a sophomore from Elmwood High School. I am a part of the North Baltimore Boy Scout Troop 315.
For my Eagle Scout project, I am building a pergola and drinking fountain at the village sewer plant. It will be a part of the Memorial Tree Park. It will be a place where people can buy a tree in memory of a person, relax and remember them.
BROWN TO LEAD READING OF DR. MLK”S 1963 LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL….
WASHINGTON, DC — WEDNESDAY, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will lead a bipartisan reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail on the floor of the United States Senate chamber.
In April 1963, Dr. King penned the letter from his cell at the Birmingham Jail, where he and other protestors were detained for leading a series of nonviolent protests and boycotts in Birmingham to put pressure on the business community to end discriminatory hiring practices. He wrote the letter as a response to eight white clergymen from Alabama, who had urged him to abandon his efforts in Birmingham, calling his protests “unwise and untimely”. Dr. King rejected the notion that African-Americans should remain patient in the struggle to shed the bonds of oppression and daily indignities inflicted by Jim Crow laws in the South. In his letter, he famously responded, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Brown participated in the bipartisan reading last year when it was led by former Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), who asked Brown to continue this tradition.
Joining Brown for the letter reading will be: Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Alex Padilla (D-CA), and Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-GA).
U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Alex Padilla (D-CA), and Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-GA).
Third annual bipartisan reading of the Letter from Birmingham Jail in the Senate chamber
Bowling Green, OH – The Wood County Museum received a Gold Visual Communication Award from the Ohio Museums Association (OMA) for the video of the Utopia: A Visual Storytelling of Our Home.
The OMA Awards program is an annual celebration of the outstanding achievements of Ohio museums in visual communications, individual and institutional achievement, and the tireless work museum professionals undertake to help advance Ohio’s museum community both locally, and on a national level.
“Utopia” exhibit is a celebration of Wood County’s bicentennial (2020), and is not an exercise in looking back, but a symbol of the many possibilities waiting ahead. Young people are full of hope, and the journey of local photographer, Taylor Houpt Ayres, is told visually through beautiful landscapes, vibrant cityscapes, and a multitude of back road barns and farm fields.
Winning the award is the creative short film, “Utopia: A Visual Storytelling of Our Home”, showcasing the story of how the exhibit developed, its purpose, and what made “Utopia” come to life. The video was produced and created by local videographer and filmmaker Zak Kolhoff, of Zak Films.
The exhibit was made possible with support from American Frame, the Wood County Historical Society, and with a generous in-kind donation of videography services by Zak Films.
This is the second award for this exhibit; the Museum was recognized by the Toledo City Paper as Runner-Up for Best Art Exhibit of 2020.
“What I saw at the southern border was staggering,” said Latta. “What is happening is a humanitarian disaster. ”
BOWLING GREEN, OH – Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5) returned from a congressional delegation trip to the southern border led by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA1) on Friday evening. The trip included nine other House members who were able to see firsthand the ongoing issues the nation is facing on its border. There were over 172,000 migrants apprehended at the US-Mexico border in March – a 71% increase over a year ago.
“What I saw at the southern border was staggering,” said Latta. “What is happening is a humanitarian disaster. We visited the Donna, Texas Migrant Processing Facility which was meant to hold 250 people-right now it’s holding 3,500. 51 countries were represented at the facility. While the professionalism of the Custom and Border Patrol (CBP), Texas State Troopers, other federal and state law enforcement, and the Texas National Guard keep this from being even worse, there is no doubt from anyone who has seen this can call it anything but a massive crisis.”
“I saw holding ‘pods’ that are only designed to hold 33 Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) with 452 little kids in them,” continued Latta. “The week before, one pod had over 600 little girls in it. As of March 25th of this year, the CBP had 5,500 UAC’s in their custody. They are only supposed to have them for 72 hours. One small girl has been there for 28 days. Again, this is not the fault of the CBP. As a parent, you can’t imagine your own children in this situation.”
“My question is this: Where is the President? Where is the Vice President? Why won’t they come to the border? The American people must demand it,” continued Latta.
“This crisis can be tied directly to the policies and the words of the Biden Administration,” concluded Latta. “They need to reverse course, secure our border, and make clear to those who want to come our country that they must go through the proper legal channels.”
On Thursday evening, Latta participated in evening ride-along tours with the National Border Patrol Council and a riverine tour with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Latta was briefed that 40% percent of CBP has been pulled off of patrol duty to deal with the migrant surge. That means less officers doing their normal duties to stop criminals, terrorists, and illegal narcotics from coming across the border. Criminal organizations are estimated to have made over $400 million in February of this year on trafficking activities at the border according to CBP.
Latta and the other delegation members also toured the Donna Migrant Processing Facility, the border wall in McAllen, and met with Border Patrol Agents.
The following members joined the delegation:
Republican Leader of the House Administration Committee Rodney Davis (R-IL13)
Republican Leader of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Michael McCaul (R-TX10)
Republican Leader of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-CA22)
House Republican Conference Secretary Richard Hudson (R-NC8)
Playing games, visiting museums, movies and theater, virtual tours, and much more…
(Family Features) Building an appreciation for history is one way to help kids understand and connect with the world around them. History not only shows how people lived long ago, but it also gives clues about how society evolved into what it is today.
From playing games and visiting museums to exploring cultural heritage sites virtually, there’s no shortage of ways to engage kids in fun history lessons.
Historical literature From traditional bound books to digital formats, there’s a practically endless list of titles dedicated to historical people, places and events. If your child has an interest in a particular topic, consider starting with an age-appropriate non-fiction book that gives a high-level perspective of the topic. Then delve deeper by looking into biographies about the people involved and even related fictional tales to build knowledge and a broader perspective.
Movies or theater Like books, there are hundreds of options for historically themed movies and theatrical productions. All you need to do is pick a topic or era. It can also be fun to look at how different movies depict the same historical topic at different points in time. Watching different genres can help give a fuller picture of an event or topic. Informative documentaries and entertaining historical dramas are also options for looking into the past.
Virtual tours Another way to look at history is through visiting historical destinations with cultural significance. Travel isn’t always practical, but you can go nearly anywhere in the world with a virtual tour where you can move around sites and monuments to see the details up close. An option like Flyover Zone’s app-based tours even take you a step beyond seeing the monuments as they look today. You can see ruins as they are today and beautiful virtual reconstructions of how they originally looked.
One example is “Baalbek Reborn,” a tour of Baalbek, a World Heritage Site in Lebanon, that dates back thousands of years. With this free virtual tour, you can explore the ancient city of Heliopolis, meaning “City of the Sun,” in Roman times. Experts from the German Archaeological Institute who explored the site guide you through the tour and show you treasures that have been compared to some of Rome’s most impressive landmarks.
Online classes Numerous organizations offer online classes that let you learn about a wide range of historical subjects. Some may offer credit toward a diploma or college degree, but many are simply for the joy of learning. Check with your local library and search the internet for options. Many classes are offered for free and, in most cases, available to do at your own pace in spare time.
Cultural events Events that celebrate cultural heritage provide a unique look at history and the way it influences modern times. These celebrations often include a well-rounded sampling of everything from traditions to culinary and artistic styles. You can find lectures, demonstrations, performances, sampling and more as you explore the diverse aspects of almost any chosen culture.
Historical games Play is an important way kids learn, and historical games can provide insight to the past. While some are more historically accurate than others, games set in a historic time period can provide insight about the scenery, lifestyle and customs of the era. Historic video and board games can even pique an interest in learning more about history through other methods.
Museum exploration Collections of actual artifacts (or replicas) in museums can bring history to life in a tangible way. Especially for younger children, understanding historical details can be difficult. However, seeing museum displays about the kinds of homes or dishes or utensils a historic family used lets kids connect a visual reference with stories they’ve heard, lending a greater sense of reality.
Find more opportunities to immerse your family in history at flyoverzone.org.
Interest in reducing the nation’s emissions of carbon dioxide has resurged since February when the United States reentered the Paris Agreement.
COLUMBUS, Ohio—In the fight against climate change, expanding and better managing the nation’s forests are the cheapest and easiest steps to cutting carbon dioxide emissions, according to new research at The Ohio State University.
Across the United States, trees take up about 12% of the carbon dioxide that cars, planes, factories, and other sources generate every year, said Brent Sohngen, a professor of natural resources and environmental economics at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).
But trees could do even more, Sohngen said—possibly taking up as much as 16%of the nation’s annual carbon dioxide emissions—nearly a one-third increase. That would happen by planting more trees across the country; allowing some existing stands to grow longer before they’re cut; and managing some stands more intensively with weed and pest control, fertilizer, thinning, and other measures, he said.
Within a decade of adding up to 7 million more acres of forests and more intensively managing 50–70 million acres of forestland, an additional 160 million tons of carbon dioxide would be taken out of the atmosphere every year, Sohngen said.
Over time, the carbon uptake potential of the trees would increase—rising to 200 million tons per year after two decades.
“It’s not just going out and sticking a bunch of trees in the ground. It’s about managing them better,” Sohngen said. “If you spend more effort keeping down the weeds and other pests, they’ll grow better, and you’ll get a better return.”
The price tag for such measures is estimated to be $8 billion per year for the next decade or two, he said.
“These costs are substantially lower than the costs some companies may face if they try to go carbon neutral all on their own,” Sohngen said, referring to the goal of some companies to offset their emissions by funding projects beneficial to the environment.
Interest in reducing the nation’s emissions of carbon dioxide has resurged since February when the United States reentered the Paris Agreement. The international treaty requires all participating countries to decrease emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that have caused the Earth’s average temperature to rise over the past century. The first round of reductions must be achieved by 2030.
During an April 29 webinar, Sohngen and other leading forestry and environmental experts from various universities and organizations will discuss their views and research findings on the role trees can play in combating climate change.
Those who attend the two-hour webinar hosted by CFAES will learn more about what forests are already doing to help the world’s climate as well as how much more they could do, at what cost, and where.
Christine Dragisic, acting branch chief in the Office of Global Change of the U.S. Department of State
Adam Daigneault, an assistant professor at the School of Forest Resources, University of Maine
Justin Baker, an associate professor at the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University.
Greg Latta, Department of Natural Resources and Society, University of Idaho
Sara Ohrel, an economist in the Climate Change Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Suzi Kerr, chief economist for the Environmental Defense Fund
Zach Parisa, founder and chief executive officer of SilviaTerra Carbon, a San Francisco-based company
Of the 682 million acres of forestland in the United States, 43 million are intensively managed timber plantations, mostly owned by businesses and small landowners, Sohngen said. If those timbering acres were expanded by 10–20 million acres, that would not only reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but would also increase the supply of wood and wood products on the market, making them cheaper to buy, he said.
“There’s a lot of things we can build houses and furniture out of, but from a climate perspective, we’re better off doing it out of wood.”
Trees and plants, in general, take up carbon dioxide and convert the gas into carbon that’s retained in plants and soil. Plants then release oxygen, having changed carbon dioxide, one of the gases causing climate shift, into oxygen, a gas that’s beneficial.
Trees aren’t the only solution to reducing emissions of carbon dioxide. However, they could offer the least expensive boost in the fight against the warming of global temperatures, Sohngen said.
To get the same amount of reduction in carbon dioxide emissions that planting more trees and managing them better would provide would require having significantly more new renewable energy sources on the electric grid, having more people drive electric cars and hybrids, and increasing fuel efficiency in gas-run vehicles, Sohngen said.
“All of that can be done and should be done,” he said. “But that will be very expensive and take a lot of time.”
Guests will get to explore areas that are not typically open to the public
The Wood County Museum will be hosting guided behind the scenes tours on Wednesday, April 21, starting at 6:00 PM. Tours will take place every 30 minutes and last about an hour. They will be led by Museum Director, Kelli Kling and Education Coordinator, Mike McMaster. Guests will get to explore areas that are not typically open to the public, including the basement, attic and all floors of the Museum.
Each tour group will be limited to 12 people to allow for social distancing. Due to state and county COVID-19 restrictions, masks are required inside the museum buildings at all times.
Tickets are $10/Members & $15/Non-Members. Tours must be reserved ahead of time by calling 419-352-0967 or stopping into the Museum to purchase a ticket.
The museum’s normal hours for self-guided tours are Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM and weekends from 1 PM – 4 PM (closed on government holidays & weekends in January).
The Museum is handicap accessible with an elevator, handicap restrooms, and ample parking in the visitor lot as well as behind the museum (south side). The south elevator entrance is also behind the museum.
All events detailed at woodcountyhistory.org or by following the Wood County Historical Museum on social media. The museum is located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green.
Stop in at 127 South Main Street. Normal Sunday hours are 11am-4pm
by Sue Miklovic
Today(4/11/2021) is Day 2 of this weekend’s Open House at 127 South Main Street, North Baltimore. Backroad Madhouse Reptile Supply Company has been open since January 16, 2021.
Owner Richard Stevenson and his wife Julie were on hand when I stopped in Saturday afternoon to visit. Co-Owner is Angel Johnson. Mr. Stevenson said he is happy with how things have been going since they opened their door for business.
Richard told me he loves when he gets the opportunity to educate others, including groups and clubs, about his reptiles and other exotic pets available for sale at the business.
The Stevensons have 20 years experience with reptiles, and Richard has been breeding for fifteen years. Not only does he have this business, he also participates in a once-a-month Exotic Reptile Expo in Fremont, held at Terra Community College.
The fish they have at the store are mainly feeders. Richard also said, “We don’t have anything furry that’s not food”
The owners are passionate and enthusiastic about their new venture. Stop in and welcome them to North Baltimore.
We wish the owners Richard and Angel much success!