Choosing a government commodity program? 

Farmers who grow corn, soybeans, wheat, or other commodities have until…

Choosing a government commodity program? Farmers who grow corn, soybeans, wheat, or other commodities have until March 15, 2020, to choose one of three government commodity programs.

Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) with either county or individual coverage (ARC-CO or ARC-IC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC).

The programs help cover potential financial losses associated with commodity crops. Ohio State University Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency are jointly hosting meetings across Ohio to inform farmers about changes to the ARC and PLC programs.

The meeting facilitators will also discuss decision-making tools and calculators available to help growers determine which program best fits their needs. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES. The meetings end in February.

For a list of all meetings across the state, visit go.osu.edu/farmbillmeetings.

Chowline: Romaine Lettuce alert affects Ohio, other states

Avoid eating or selling any romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, California, growing region….

I saw that there’s been another alert about romaine lettuce. How do I know whether what’s in my fridge is part of the impacted varieties?

Unless you can verify whether the romaine lettuce that’s in your fridge was NOT harvested from Salinas, California, you should throw it out.

That’s per the latest warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which issued an updated food safety alert on Dec.4. The alert advises consumers, restaurants, and retailers to avoid eating or selling any romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, California, growing region. This includes all use-by dates and brands of romaine lettuce from the area. 

The warning is the result of the recent multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce from the region. Since Dec. 4, some 102 reported cases of illness in 23 states including Ohio have been associated with this outbreak, the CDC said. Some 58 hospitalizations have been reported due to the outbreak, with 10 people having developed kidney failure, although, thankfully, no deaths have been reported, the CDC said. 

Of the 102 reported cases of illnesses, 12 were reported in Ohio, the CDC said.

“We had a similar situation just before Thanksgiving holiday last year, when Romaine lettuce that was grown in the Yuma, AZ agricultural region was implicated in an outbreak,” said Sanja Ilic, Food Safety State Specialist, Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

“As a result, all Romaine lettuce was recalled then to prevent illnesses,” she said. 

The difference between that recall and the current one this year, is that the growers are since using traceability labels with the origin of the farm, which has helped to narrow down where the impacted lettuce originated, Ilic said.

“Every lettuce head or a package of lettuce you buy should have a sticker stating where it was produced,” she said. “Unless you can see it where it was grown, do not serve it.

“This is important when eating at home, as well when eating out in a restaurant. You can ask your server to verify that the restaurant is not serving contaminated lettuce before ordering anything that contains lettuce.”

This is the fourth time in two years that romaine lettuce has been associated with an E. coli outbreak. That begs the question, just how does a leafy green vegetable such as lettuce become infected with a pathogen such as this?

As noted in a previous edition of Chow Line, if animal feces are in the irrigation water, the field or in the soil in which the lettuce is grown, or if the lettuce comes into contact with water that contains the pathogen, E. coli can be transferred from the feces onto the lettuce.

It can also be spread if a person who carries the pathogen doesn’t wash his or her hands after using the bathroom, and then that person processes or prepares food.

It’s important to note that washing contaminated greens doesn’t remove all bacteria, food safety experts say. While cooking can eliminate E. coli, most people don’t cook their leafy green salads. For that reason, avoidance is sometimes recommended when the source of an outbreak is identified.

Symptoms of E. coli infection can begin as soon as 24 to 48 hours—or as long as 10 days—after eating contaminated food. Those symptoms include vomiting, severe or bloody diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

So, if you have—or have had—the affected romaine lettuce in your fridge, you should wash and sanitize the drawer, shelf, or other removable part in your refrigerator where the romaine lettuce was stored. You can wash the drawer, shelf, or other removable part by hand with hot, soapy water, the CDC says. You can then sanitize that part using a solution of 1 tablespoon of liquid bleach in 1 gallon of water.

Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line writer Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or turner.490@osu.edu.

Ways to Keep Your Car Clean in the Winter

Some may think that it’s too cold to clean your car, but this is far from the truth……

 (Partnered Content) Learn about some effective ways to keep your car clean in the winter.

There are a lot of things to worry about in the winter months, from the holiday planning to driving in the snow. An additional thing to take note of is how to keep your car clean. No matter the weather, cleaning your car is still a necessary part of car maintenance. Learn the ways to keep your car clean in the winter below.

Apply Snow Foam

Unlike other months, winter has more elements at play that can damage your car’s cosmetics. A major source of harm to your car is salt, which is used to melt roads. Salt can lead to rust damage down the line if you don’t wash your vehicle properly. An excellent way to keep your car clean in the winter is to use foam as you wash it. Snow foam is designed to soften all the particles, such as salt and dirt, that are prone to sticking to your car in the winter. Once it’s off your car’s surface, you can clean it properly.

Clean the Undercarriage

Another part of your car that is susceptible to the winter elements is the undercarriage. For instance, you may notice that blocks of snow and mud will stick to your car’s underside. This problem may be more prevalent if you drive a vehicle that is lower to the ground. Clean your car’s undercarriage by spraying it with a hose.

Use Rubber Floor Mats

However, your car isn’t just disposed to damage on the outside. If you walk through a lot of snow and mud, it’s likely to end up in your car. Placing winter rubber floor mats in your car is an excellent option to keep your car clean in the winter. The floor mats will do a great job keeping all the wintertime debris off your car’s carpet.

Park in a Garage

One more thing you can do for your car is to find coverage for it. Parking it in some type of garage can protect your vehicle year-round. Placing it in a garage at work and at home is a great option, if possible. A garage will provide coverage for your vehicle, so it isn’t exposed to all the winter weather when the snowstorms hit.

Latta: Unemployment Drops to 50 Year Low

November jobs report showed the unemployment rate dropped to a 50-year low of 3.5%. ……

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Friday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5) provided the following statement on the November jobs report which showed the unemployment rate dropped to a 50-year low of 3.5%. In addition, wages grew 3.1% in the last year and 266,000 jobs were added in November.

 “It has been nearly two years since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law by President Trump and because of our pro-growth policies, our economy is booming. Job creation continued to soar last month and more Americans are joining the workforce. In November alone, manufacturers across the country added 54,000 jobs. My district is unique as it has more than 60,000 manufacturing jobs and I have heard time and time again how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has directly improved folks’ lives back home.

“Americans are feeling more encouraged by the job opportunities available to them because our labor market is strong. Even still, House Democrats fail to see the writing on the wall and refuse to consider the USMCA, a 21st century trade agreement expected to create thousands of jobs, deliver a boost to our economy, and make us stronger on the global stage. We need to continue to support and implement pro-growth policies because we know our country is better off because of them.”

3 Reasons to Have a Fence Around Your Home

A fence has many benefits, but these benefits vary depending on the type you install. Here are three universal reasons to have a fence around you home.

 (Partnered Content) Fences are both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Yet, despite this, many people neglect to think of them when it comes to home improvement. Here are three reasons to have a fence around your home.

Safety

Potential burglars and other unwanted guests will have a difficult time entering your property with a high fence standing in their way. Some property owners even resort to using an electric fence. Depending on your area, you might also want to keep out unwanted animals. In either case, a fence will help prevent damages to your yard and home, as it will act as a barrier against intrusion.

If you have pets or young children, a fence can work in a reversed role; it will ensure they don’t run off into the street or get lost wandering.

Privacy

Without a fence around your yard, anyone can just walk up and see what you’re doing. Even if you contain your activity within your house, a passersby can easily see into your windows if you don’t draw the curtains or shut the blinds. A solid fence can remedy this issue because it will block the view, leaving you with more privacy. It gives you peace of mind to freely sit outside (or inside) and go about your business without disturbance.

Appearance

Beyond utility, a nice fence can make your home feel more complete and more beautiful. It will also increase your home’s value should you ever decide to put it up for sale. If this is important to you, opt for a style that complements your home’s exterior and yardwork. Research the different types of fences to make the best choice for you. As you look through the options, check to see if there are any community standards that you must adhere to—ignoring certain guidelines will likely create problems.

DONOR PROVIDES TREE FOR COURTHOUSE LAWN

Out of caution, replaces tree that was in declining health…..

BOWLING GREEN, OH – December 4, 2019 – The Wood County Commissioners, Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote, and Ted Bowlus are pleased to announce the planting of a new Heritage Oak tree on the east lawn of the Wood County Courthouse.  All expenses for the new tree were paid by a donor.  North Branch Nursery in Pemberville worked with Steve Blausey, Wood County Facilities Director, to complete the planting.  

In April of this year, two prominent oak trees that had grown in that location for nearly 100 years, were removed due to declining health and out of caution for people, vehicles, and the Courthouse.  As part of the tree removal, viable sections of the tree trunks were salvaged, sawed into lumber, and are currently being dried.  While there is no immediate plan for use of this lumber, it will be saved for future projects of importance to Wood County.

The Commissioners extend their sincere thanks to the donor, and are pleased to begin the next 100 years with an oak tree in this location.

For additional information, please contact Andrew S. Kalmar, Wood County Administrator.

5 Sommelier-Approved Wine Pairings

Great for Holiday Entertaining……

(Family Features) The holiday season is all about entertaining. This year, take your holiday soiree to the next level with a palate-pleasing wine pairing experience. Invite friends and family to the kitchen for easily pairable tastes of these three favorites: wine, cheese and chocolate.

Before diving into the nearly endless pairing options, focus on delicious, affordable and high-quality ingredients like those at ALDI, where you’ll find all you need for your entertaining spread. As a go-to source for wine, cheese, chocolate and more, you can ensure you have everything you need during the holiday entertaining season.

Consider these five festive wines and tasty pairings shared by sommelier and lifestyle expert Sarah Tracey, which showcase a range of her favorite ALDI-exclusive choices for the holiday season. Find more seasonal entertaining ideas at aldi.us.

  1. Light and Sweet – With aromas and flavors of strawberries and cherries, the sweet finish of Arosa Sparkling Moscato Rosé pairs with soft cheeses like Emporium Selection Baking Brie with Cranberry Glaze and Specially Selected Belgian Cocoa Dusted Truffles.
  1. Crisp and Balanced – The Exquisite Collection Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and well-balanced. To complement the taste properly, try matching it with Emporium Selection Mini Goat Milk Brie or Moser Roth Orange & Almond Chocolate Bars.
  1. Rich and Full – For a bolder, more robust sip, consider Grande Alberone Rosso with flavors of cherry, blackberry and raisin. These notes make it ideal for aligning with stronger tastes like Emporium Selection Truffle Cheddar or Choceur Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries.
  1. Tropical and Toasty – Full-bodied, bright pear and tropical fruit flavors balance out buttery hints of toasty oak and subtle caramel highlights in William Wright Chardonnay. Pair it with sophisticated cheeses like Emporium Selection Champagne Cheddar for a complementary experience, and finish the taste with Choceur Dark Chocolate Coconut Covered Almonds.
  1. Lush and Silky – A medium-bodied wine like William Wright Reserve Pinot Noir, featuring cherry, blackberry and plum aromas with vanilla nuances, pairs well with flavorful cheeses. Try Emporium Selection artisan flavored cheese, like the variety “Got Tea Have It.” Choceur Dark Chocolate Covered Cranberries complement the chocolate pairing nicely.

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A Comforting Casserole

Try this Rotisserie Chicken-Biscuit Casserole with just a handful of ingredients and less than 15 minutes of cook time…..

(Culinary.net) Almost nothing says comfort food quite like a freshly baked casserole. Next time your family asks for a warm, comforting meal, try this Rotisserie Chicken-Biscuit Casserole with just a handful of ingredients and less than 15 minutes of cook time.

Find more comfort food recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Rotisserie Chicken-Biscuit Casserole

  • 1          whole rotisserie chicken
  • 8          refrigerated biscuits
  • 1          can (10 3/4 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2       cup milk
  • 1/4       cup sour cream
  • 2          cups frozen vegetables
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8       teaspoon pepper
  1. Heat oven to 450° F.
  2. Remove meat from rotisserie chicken and shred; set aside. Discard bones.
  3. Cut biscuits into quarters; set aside.
  4. In saucepan, stir soup, milk, sour cream, chicken, vegetables, basil and pepper. Cook until boiling.
  5. Spoon chicken mixture into baking dish. Arrange quartered biscuits over filling.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until biscuits are golden brown.

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Culinary.net

Troop 315 Newsletter – Dec. 2019

Wrapping up 2019 – Looking forward to 2020!

Levi Trout’s Eagle ceremony

Scoutmasters minute

Levi Trout’s Eagle ceremony was a great moment for North Baltimore Scouts. Levi’s speech was so heartfelt and noticing the scouts being so attentive during it was all I needed to know , we are a big family. He spoke of brotherhood, family, mischievous moments and milestones while being a Boy Scout. Noah Pelton, Kyle Gerdeman, Billy Trout and Aiden Gore were also in attendance. Such a great gift to see my older scouts return for these things. Gosh , we miss them.

During the month of December, we will work on winter survival topics during the meetings. The leaders have notice that scouts are forgetting basic Tenderfot items like whipping rope and nots. so we will include these topics during survival training. All of this in in preparation for Camp Alaska and a Klondike camp in January at Camp Lakota in which we will be camping outside, not cabins..

Recharter December 30

All scouts and parents, The dues for scouts have increased to $60.00 and are due by December 30,2019. If your scout has the money in his account, We will deduct from that. I will notify all scouts needing dues this month. .

2nd Meat Stick Turn in

December 15 will be the second meat stick turn in so if any scouts have orders. That will be the last date we can order and have in before Christmas.

Sea Base

The next installment for Seas base is approaching and below are the dates for the next payments. Cost for Sea Base is 960.00 per scout / leader. After the first of year. Mr Boes will be looking for the best deal on plane tickets so be ready for that info as we find the discounts.
Plane tickets will be added later but we will look for deals throughout the year for best price.

Third payment of 270.00 is due by January 15,2020

Final Payment of 270.00 is due by April 15,2020

Video Game Night December 28

Here is the schedule for this event

2pm Saturday, unlock scouthouse for game setup
3pm Leave for Reset Pizza shop 27250 Crossroads Pkwy, Rossford, OH 43460
7pm head home to scouthouse
8pm to 7am Sunday lock in – if there is snow we may go sledding at the reservoir
7am cleanup and all leave no later than 8am Sunday

Calender Dates looking forward

January 19-20 Klondike at Camp Lakota .. link https://www.blackswampbsa.org/event/klondike-derby/2279472

January 31 – Feb 2 Winter Camp at Miakonda

Feb 19 Court of Honor, Scout ranks. Location TBA

March 7-9 Camp Alaska at Doc Roberts woods

The Christmas Scout Story

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.’

Easy Breakfast Casserole

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

(Family Features) You’ve probably heard the saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” 

If the morning rush in your house means grabbing a toaster pastry or skipping breakfast entirely, it’s actually easier than you may think to refuel the body, energize the mind and spend some family time around the table.

Find more breakfast recipes at culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Easy Breakfast Casserole

Recipe courtesy of Bob Evans

  • 1          pound Bob Evans Original Recipe Sausage Roll
  • 1          can (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 2          cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4          eggs, beaten
  • 3/4       cup milk
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/8       teaspoon black pepper
  1. Heat oven to 425° F. In medium skillet over medium heat, crumble and cook sausage until browned. Drain.
  2. Line bottom of greased 13-by-9-inch baking dish with crescent roll dough, firmly pressing perforations to seal. Sprinkle with sausage and cheese.
  3. In medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper until blended; pour over sausage.
  4. Bake 15 minutes, or until set. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting into squares; serve hot. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Culinary.net

5 Tips to Ward Off Cold Weather

Colder weather outside means more skin sensitivities and dryness….

(Family Features) Colder weather brings plenty of changes, especially in the ways you take care of your home and self. Especially when the temperature drops, extreme winter conditions can play havoc not only with your skin and health, but also your family’s comfort.


Take steps to protect your family and household as the weather starts to cool this season with these practical tips:

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Take steps to help prevent the flu.
As temperatures drop, the chances of getting sick rise. That’s partly because certain germs and viruses thrive in colder temperatures, and because the cold puts extra strain on your immune system. When it is cold outside, people are also more likely to spend time indoors (and in closer quarters) where germs are more easily spread. Do your part to help prevent the flu by washing your hands often and covering your mouth or nose when you cough or sneeze. Also be sure to stay home if you’re sick and avoid exposing others to your illness.

Prepare your wardrobe. Colder weather outside means more skin sensitivities and dryness. Long pants and sleeves don’t just add warmth; they also protect your skin from harsh outdoor elements. When you haul your winter wardrobe out of storage, start the season on a comfy note by washing everything with an option like ‘all Free Clear Liquid Detergent or Mighty Pacs. It’s the No. 1 laundry detergent brand recommended by dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians for sensitive skin due to its hypoallergenic formula.

Dress in layers from head to toe. Bundle up with winter accessories to match the daily weather forecast. For chillier mornings and nights, cover exposed areas such as your head with a hat, neck with a scarf and hands with gloves. To accommodate warmer weather during the day, layer flexible clothing options to accommodate temperature shifts.

Stay active. Physical activity naturally warms your body in the short term. In fact, shivering is your body’s natural physical response to generate body heat when you’re cold. Aside from the immediate benefits, keeping active during the colder months can help in other ways, too. A healthy cardiovascular system keeps your blood flow steady and strong, and a good circulatory system plays an important role in keeping your body, and especially your extremities, warm when temperatures take a dip.

Nourish your body and skin. Preventing painful dry cracks and itchy, scaly skin is a job that requires attention inside and out. Externally, moisturize shortly after showering to trap in the water lingering on your skin, use extra lotion throughout the day on areas prone to drying and reapply lotion after washing hands. Remember to protect sensitive spots like your lips that can easily chap and crack. You can also prevent dry skin by ensuring you’re drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet with plenty of essential vitamins and healthy fats.

For more ideas to prepare for changing weather, visit all-laundry.com.

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“View and Chew” at NB Library

Bring a snack or your lunch–December 4th from 12 noon-3pm…..

The North Baltimore Public Library is pleased to announce the December 4th, View and Chew. The movie “Yesterday” with Himesh Patel & Lily James will be shown in h the Wolfe Community Room at Noon. It is about a struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed. Bring a lunch or snack to enjoy during this FREE movie for adults.