St. Luke’s Lutheran News

We are recommending that everyone wear a mask…..

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore, Sunday Worship, August 1, 2021, in person and live on Facebook @ 10:15 am @ Facebook.com/stlukesnb/.  

Due to new information from the CDC we are recommending that everyone wear a mask.  Communion will be shared using safe handling protocols.  All are welcome!

Plan now to join us on August 8, when we will welcome guest preacher Tammie Showalter, who will share her experiences working with deaf children in Haiti.

CSP: “Women Breaking the Mold”

Five Continental Structural Plastics Professionals Recognized…

Auburn Hills, Michigan – July 28, 2021 — Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), a Teijin Group Company, today announced that five of its female employees have been recognized by Plastics News in the publication’s annual “Women Breaking the Mold” edition. This special issue features women who have made significant contributions to their organizations within the plastics industry.


The CSP 2021 honorees are:

  • Janice Brandenburg, plant controller, Sarepta, Louisiana, operations
  • Deanna Fry, assistant plant manager, North Baltimore, Ohio, operations
  • Jodi Poulson, plant controller, Van Wert, Ohio, operations
  • Roxanne Siebeneck, Human Resources manager, Carey, Ohio, operations
  • Jessica Van Epps, plant manager, Conneaut, Ohio, operations
Deanna Fry, assistant plant manager, North Baltimore, Ohio, operations(at the time of the story-currently: Continuous Improvement Manager)

 

“We are beyond thrilled that these women from CSP were selected to be recognized by Plastics News,” said Steve Rooney, CEO of Continental Structural Plastics and General Manager, Teijin Composites Business Unit. “As an organization that values diversity in its workforce, we truly appreciate the skills, dedication and unique perspectives each of these women bring to the company.”

Roxanne Siebeneck, Human Resources manager, Carey, Ohio, operations


Those recognized were selected from hundreds of applications submitted for consideration. Profiles and photographs of each honoree were included in the July 26, 2021, issue of Plastics News.

The Peak of Summer Season Temps

When outages do occur, it’s rarely due to a lack of available power on the grid…..

The hottest temperature ever recorded in Ohio was 113 degrees on July 21, 1934. While most Ohio summers don’t reach this extreme peak, temperatures in the 90s and 100s affect the demand on the electric grid. Managing that demand and ensuring the continuation of power requires coordination between utilities and regional organizations. 

Ohio’s six PUCO-regulated electric utilities are members of PJM Interconnection, the nation’s largest regional transmission organization that is comprised of over 65 million electricity customers in 13 states and the District of Columbia. PJM and utilities start the grid preparation for both the summer and winter seasons far in advance by conducting operations studies. These seasonal operating studies assess the electric system and attempt to predict the upcoming demand based on several factors.
PJM summer checklist

The image above, from the PJM Learning Center, summarizes the steps in preparation for the season.

For the 2021 summer season, PJM power system operators have forecasted a peak demand at approximately 149,000 MW. The organization then performs reliability studies at even higher levels to make sure the grid can withstand the demand – in this case, over 155,000 MW for 2021. At any time, the PJM’s Market and Operations page also displays the current and forecasted MW load. 

When summer arrives, so does the highest peak usage of electricity for the year. Extended heat waves can lead to an increased power load and more wear on facilities. Dispatchers monitor the grid 24/7 and use computer algorithms to predict what electricity may be needed. PJM also issues Hot Weather Alerts to help prepare transmission and generation facilities for potential problems on the grid before they occur.  

Utilities can help offset demand during peak energy times with programs that reduce the electrical load, known as demand response programs. These demand response programs can engage customers by using time-based rates. Time-based rates rely on supply and demand: as demand increases, so does the real time energy price. When demand is lesser and supply is more generous, in the early morning and late evening, the rate decreases. This in turn incentivizes customers to use less energy at peak times to help reduce costs. 

When outages do occur, it’s rarely due to a lack of available power on the grid. Advanced preparation and real-time monitoring ensure that the electric demands made by high temperatures are met. 

Source: Ohio Public Utilities Commission

August Troop 315 Newsletter

Big plans for the scouts for GOST and the rest of the summer!

 

August Troop 315 Newsletter
 
Pictures are Rafting in 2018
 
 
Scouts;  We are very blessed at all the things our town and troop  represent.  At the end of every newsletter, I end with a quote from our founder Robert Baden Powell,  I do this to show that the basics in scouting are meant to have our boys grow up into productive , fine citizens who can pay it forward , showing the next generation of scouts the same courtesy that was shown them.  
 
Planning every meeting, every camp or outing is an exciting opportunity to work with each other to see everyone’s likes or dislikes and deliver a program that has our troop large and solid.  Your youth leaders are passing the torch to all the newest of scouts and for that , I am very proud of all of you.  That’s what makes the adults who support and participate wanting to volunteer .
 
Now that the pep talk is done.  I am happy all our leaders and parents are coming together at the Festival.  Hard work will pay off.  We do very well .
 
Reminder Festival workers schedule
 
Friday Setup
6:00 – 8:00    Kale & Fam & Aaron B. Fam & Vanlerbergs, Kline Fam.
 
Saturday
10:00 – 12:oopm  Joseph Fam & Boden Fam, Cole C & Fam & Isaiab B. Fam
12:00 – 2:00pm    Cole C. & Fam, Daniel Fam & Josh Fam & Jordan C.Fam
2:00 – 4:00pm  Joseph Fam & Boden Fam & Isaiah B Fam & Zack T.
4:00pm – 6:00pm Zack, Skyler L Fam, Jayden F & Fam & Billy T & Fam
6:00pm – 8:00pm  Skyler L, Rhys W. & Fam, & Jackman Fam.Jesse , Levi, Noah & Fam ?
8:00pm – teardown  J Coup Fam & Aaron B. Fam & Skyler L.
 
August 5-7  We’re Ready,  White Water Rafting
 
Bring spending money for 2 meals and souvenirs.  Tent, Sleeping bag,  Water shoes or grubbys to get wet,  They do have a shower house and swimming pool.  
 
Thursday
9:00am   Meet as scouthouse and pack trailers
9:30am   Depart to Pennsylvania
12:00pm  lunch in travel
3 – 4pm  arrive at Benners campsite
              we will set up camp, cook supper, swim and settle in for the evening
Friday
8:00am  Go to Cantina for breakfast
9:00am   Rafting on Middle Yough , Lunch on the river
3:00pm   return to base and sight see till supper
6:00pm  supper at Cantina
7:00pm   Back to camp
 
Saturday
8:00am  Breakfast at cantina
9:00am  breakdown camp at Benners and depart
12:00pm  lunch in travel
4:30ish  should be back to N.B.
 
Pemberville Free fair August 12- 15.  We are in charge of trash detail, on tractors and emptying cans throughout the day.  If I missed your sign up email.  Refresh my memory,.  Thanks,  We will need some parents to drive tractors during the event
 
Thursday 5 pm to 8pm
Friday  5pm to 9pm
Sat 12 – 4pm /  5pm – 9pm
Sunday  11 – 3pm & 3 – 7pm.
 
So Far            Friday 5-9   Boden & Joe
                       Saturday  12-4  Boden & Joe
                       Sunday 11-3  Skyler & Zack L.
 
August 21.  Cannon painting.
 
Although I haven’t heard since the Legion had asked.  There is a community service project penciled in for that Saturday where we will help renew the cannon at New Maplewood cemetery.  I’ll hopefully know more as they give me updates. Looking forward, The village also asked for us to paint fire hydrants so as this info gets to me I’ll let you all know
 
August 22.  PLC meeting
 
Scouts, your youth leadership will need to sit down and come up with the calendar of events for this year.  This need to happen so the , Then adult committee can approve and discuss program, finances, and membership at its meeting.  
 
Committee meeting
 
It’s been some time since we had one of these but adults who are registered need to schedule a meeting in early September for the items listed in the PLC meeting.  I’ll discuss with Mike Julien on a date for that. 
 
Quote from Lord Baden Powell
 
“Life would pall if it were all sugar; salt is bitter if taken by itself; but when tasted as part of the dish, it savours the meat. Difficulties are the salt of life.”
 
Shawn Benjamin
Scoutmaster

Keeping Pets Safe in the Garden

Consider these hazards that can negatively impact the well-being of your furry friends…..

(Family Features) If you have pets that enjoy spending time outdoors, it’s important to make sure your yard is a safe place for them to be.

Consider these hazards that can negatively impact the well-being of your furry friends.

Poisonous Plants – Some common plants can be dangerous for animals, causing anything from mild oral irritations and upset stomachs to cardiovascular damage and even death. For example, these are some of the toxic plants the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has identified as harmful for either cats or dogs:

  • Aloe – can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, anorexia and depression
  • Azalea – can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, cardiovascular collapse and death
  • Burning bush – can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and weakness, as well as heart rhythm abnormalities with large doses
  • Caladium – can cause burning and irritation of the mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting and difficulty swallowing
  • Daylilies – can cause kidney failure in cats
  • Hibiscus – can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and anorexia

Mulch and Compost – The decomposing elements that make compost good can be bad for pets, according to the National Garden Society. Keep compost in a secure container or fenced off area so pets can’t get to it. Cocoa mulch can be a particular problem for dogs. A byproduct of chocolate production, cocoa mulch can cause digestive problems and even seizures in dogs. Shredded pine or cedar mulch is a safer choice.

Fertilizer and Insecticides – The chemicals used to get rid of pests or make your lawn lush can be toxic to pets. Some of the most dangerous pesticides include snail bait with metaldehyde, fly bait with methomyl, systemic insecticides with disyston or disulfoton, mole or gopher bait with zinc phosphide and most forms of rat poison, according to the ASPCA. Follow all instructions carefully, and store pesticides and fertilizers in a secure area out of the reach of animals.

Fleas and Ticks – In addition to using appropriate flea and tick prevention methods such as collars and sprays, make sure your yard isn’t a welcoming environment for these pests. Keep the lawn trimmed and remove brush and detritus, where fleas and ticks often lurk. Fleas can cause hair loss, scabs, excessive scratching, tapeworms and anemia. Ticks can do all of that, plus bring you and your family in contact with diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.

Find more tips for keeping pets safe in your yard at eLivingtoday.com.

(Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

SOURCE:
eLivingtoday

Virginia Theater Open for GOST 2021

Please remember to stop by the Virginia theater this weekend.

ALL SEATS ONLY $5!!!
 
July 31 thru August 8th Showtimes Friday 7pm. Saturday & Sunday 1/4/7pm
 
July 31 – Aug 8 Jungle Cruise
Aug 13 – 22 Free Guy
Aug 27-29 Suicide Squad —1 week only—
 
Sept 3 – 12 Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings
 
With Good Old Summertime coming up this weekend. We should remember the reason it exists. Back in its infancy. The festival was designed to attract downtown businesses to come out and share their craft and wares in a festival environment. I remember those days. The theater has always struggle to exist , having 5 owners in the past 30 years. We offer this go at it to the community.
 
With that in mind. Please remember to stop by the Virginia theater this weekend.
 
We will be open during the festival for a nice air conditioned movie , soda and popcorn.
 
We have lots of movie posters for sale and welcome carryout customers.
 
Parking in rear since Main St. will be closed
 
Jungle Cruise – – – comes to Virginia Theater this weekend July 31 thru August 8th Showtimes Friday 7pm. Sat/Sun 1/4/7
 
Dr. Lily Houghton embarks on a journey into the Amazon jungle to try and find an ancient tree with fabled healing powers. She hires Frank Wolff to take her on his boat and help her navigate the jungle.
 
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra (Director)
 
Writer: John Requa (Scriptwriter) Glenn Ficarra (Scriptwriter)
 
Cast: Emily Blunt Dwayne Johnson Jesse Plemons Paul Giamatti Édgar Ramírez Veronica Falcón

Deliver Flavor and Nutrition Despite Busy Schedules

These recipes require minimal prep….

(Family Features) As kids and parents return to busy schedules full of sports, homework and weeknight activities, building a plan for nutritious and easy meals can be challenging. Piecing together a menu that fuels active minds without spending hours in the kitchen is a common goal for many families.

These recipes require minimal prep and call for on-hand ingredients like dairy food favorites that provide nutrients people of all ages need to grow and maintain strong bodies and minds.

Whether you enjoy it together in the morning before getting the day started or mix it up with breakfast for dinner, this Sustainable Frittata is called “sustainable” because you can use leftover cheeses, veggies, ham, sausage and more to recycle ingredients you already have on hand.

For a customizable kid-pleaser, turn to Chopped Chicken Taco Salad and garnish with your family’s favorite toppings. When it’s time to put a twist on a classic while changing up your dinner routine, Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are perfect for putting something new on the table. Make supper a cinch with Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese, which lets you put the work in the hands of your slow cooker for a versatile dish that can be served when homework is finished.

Visit milkmeansmore.org to find more recipes perfect for bringing loved ones together.

Chopped Chicken Taco Salad

Recipe courtesy of Megan Gundy of “What Megan’s Making” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Dressing:

  • 1          cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3       cup buttermilk, plus additional (optional)
  • 1          tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice, plus additional (optional)
  • 3          tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2          tablespoons taco seasoning

Salad:

  • 2          pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2          tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          head leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 1          avocado, chopped into bite- sized pieces
  • 1          cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1          cup corn
  • 1          pint grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1          cup shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or Mexican)
  • tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips, for topping
  1. To make dressing: In small bowl, stir yogurt, buttermilk, lime juice, cilantro and taco seasoning until combined. Taste and adjust lime juice and cilantro as needed. If dressing is too thick, add buttermilk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To make salad: Season chicken on both sides with taco seasoning. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add chicken to pan and cook on both sides until outside is golden brown and chicken is cooked through. Remove to cutting board and slice into strips.
  3. On large platter, heap chopped lettuce. Sprinkle chicken over top. Add avocado, beans, corn, tomatoes and shredded cheese. Drizzle dressing on top and sprinkle with tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips.

Sustainable Frittata

Recipe courtesy of Jenn Fillenworth of “Jenny With the Good Eats” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 12        eggs, beaten
  • 1/4       cup whole milk, half and half or heavy cream
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 2          cups shredded cheese, any variety
  • 3          cups assorted cooked vegetables and pre-cooked meats
  • fresh herbs, for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Preheat cast-iron pan or oven-safe skillet over medium heat.
  3. In large bowl, mix eggs, milk and salt then add shredded cheese.
  4. Add cooked vegetables and meats to pan to reheat. Once vegetables have softened, add egg mixture to pan and scramble. Let sit over medium heat 1 minute.
  5. Carefully transfer to oven and bake 10-15 minutes. Frittata is done when eggs have set. Remove from oven and top with fresh herbs.

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Rachel Gurk of “Rachel Cooks” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Servings: 8

  • 16        ounces elbow pasta
  • 4          tablespoons butter
  • 3          ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2          cups whole milk
  • 12        ounces evaporated milk
  • 1/2       cup light sour cream
  • 2          large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4       teaspoon ground mustard
  • pepper, to taste
  • 8          ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8          ounces grated provolone cheese
  1. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain and pour into large slow cooker.
  2. In small saucepan over medium heat, whisk butter and cream cheese until melted. Stir in milk, evaporated milk and sour cream; whisk until combined. Remove from heat; whisk in eggs, ground mustard and pepper, to taste. Stir in cheeses. Pour mixture over cooked macaroni and stir to combine cheese and pasta.
  3. Cover and cook 2 hours on low. Switch to warm until ready to serve.

Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Katie Serbinski of “Mom to Mom Nutrition” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 4          slices French or Italian bread
  • 3          tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 2          large roasted red peppers
  • 4          slices mozzarella cheese
  • 2          tablespoons butter, softened
  1. Preheat skillet or grill pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Spread insides of bread slices evenly with pesto. Stack red peppers and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Spread outer sides of bread with softened butter and grill until toasted and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes per side.
  4. Rest 1 minute before cutting.


SOURCE:
United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Ghanbari Announces Ohio’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday

This yearly event provides additional tax relief for Ohioans during back-to-school season….

COLUMBUS –State Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) announced today(Wednesday) that Ohio’s annual sales tax holiday will begin Aug. 6 and last through Aug. 8.

The annual holiday is always popular with Ohioans, who don’t have to pay state sales tax on certain exempted items during the holiday.

“August is here and our children are soon heading back to school,” said Ghanbari. “As a father myself, I know parents can be hit with lots of expenditures during this time and I hope they take advantage of these discounts when they’re shopping for those school clothes and supplies.”

The holiday exempts clothing items priced up to $75, school supplies up to $20 and school instructional materials at $20 or less. Items for trade or business are not exempt during this holiday.

State lawmakers created the sales tax holiday as a yearly event to provide additional tax relief for Ohioans during back-to-school season.

There is no limit on the number of items, and the exemption is eligible for online purchases as well. With the challenges from COVID-19, online sales could be increasingly vital for some shoppers.

For more information about Ohio’s sales tax holiday and qualifying items, please visit the Ohio Department of Taxation’s website at https://bit.ly/OHSalesTaxHoliday.

Adopting a new cat?

 5 tips for new cat parents….

(BPT) – Welcoming a new cat or kitten into your home is an exciting event. However, like any new experience, it can feel daunting to prepare your home for your new furry family member. Now is the peak season for finding kittens and adult cats available for adoption, as it’s the height of the kitten season. And of course, there are always wonderful adult and senior cats in need of forever homes, all year round.

Cats make excellent pets, especially for those who live in apartments or other areas with limited green space, which would be needed for a dog. Cats are also an excellent option for those with limited mobility who are in need of companionship. If you are considering opening your home to a new cat, here are some tips to help make the transition easier — both for you and for them.

1. Prep your home ahead of time

Before you go to pick up your new cat or kitten, make sure you’re all set up with the appropriate supplies. Here is a quick checklist of things to do and buy:

  • Crate or carrier to safely bring home your new feline friend
  • Food dish and appropriate food for your kitten or adult cat
  • Water dish
  • Quiet area to set up food and water
  • Litter box, litter scoop and litter (if you have more than one cat, supply one box per cat so they have adequate space)
  • Cats are very curious, so remove breakables on shelves or tables that cats could access
  • Make sure you have no ductwork, HVAC registers or other holes that could be hazardous — or cover them up.

2. Choose a “starting room”

When you first introduce your cat to their new home, pick one room to isolate them for a few days so they can slowly get used to the new sights, sounds and smells of your home. It should be the same room where their litter box is kept, so they’ll know that location from the start. Make sure to supply your new furry friend with clean water and food.

After a few days in the starting room, gradually open up more rooms of the house so your cat can explore. If you’re introducing them to other animals in the house, do so very gradually. Let them get used to each other’s smells first by swapping rooms for several days, before allowing any supervised face-to-face interactions.

3. Offer them a cozy hideout

Cats love small, enclosed places where they’ll feel safe and secure. You can leave a cat carrier open or supply a cardboard box or covered cat bed. Make sure the box or carrier is big enough for the cat to stand up and move around in. Put down a soft blanket or towel to make the box comfy.

If possible, position the box or carrier so it faces the door to the room. That way they won’t be startled by people or other pets entering.

4. Set up their first vet appointment

After adopting a new cat, it’s always a good idea to have it checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible. You’ll want to immediately get a sense of health issues and any special care that may be required. If your cat is adopted from an animal shelter, they may have recommendations for vets in your area.

5. Let them come to you

A new cat will likely be nervous at first. Give them time to become accustomed to their surroundings without rushing them or pushing them to be affectionate. If you’re quiet and still, they are more likely to come out and visit. Teach your children to wait patiently for the cat to come to them — and they will be rewarded over time. If your children aren’t used to cats, make sure to supervise them the first few weeks.

You can gently coax your cat to interact with a fun feather toy or tempting treats, and it won’t be too long before they’re ready to socialize — and to show you how happy they are to be living in their welcoming new home.

Are you ready to adopt a new cat or kitten? Learn more about how you can support animal rescue efforts, foster or adopt a new pet at PetSmartCharities.org.

Plan a Memorable Family Reunion

Finding a date that works for everyone may be the biggest hurdle….

(Family Features) Family reunions this summer are sure to take on special meaning as families reunite after months apart. Organizing such a momentous event may feel like a lot of work, but thinking of it in smaller pieces can make it easier to manage.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Finding a date that works for everyone may be the biggest hurdle. Once that essential detail is set, start planning your family get-together with these tips from the travel experts at Vrbo:

Decide on a celebration style. Family reunions come in all shapes and sizes. You might plan a gathering for a single day with a big meal and plenty of time for chatting with relatives, or it may be a multi-day affair filled with activities that get all ages involved.

Pick the place. The location of your reunion depends on many factors. In some cases, families plan for a location that’s easily accessible for the majority, like a midway point or a city where a large branch of the family tree is rooted. Other families build reunions around the head of the family and plan the location around where the eldest members of the family reside. Still other reunions are destination getaways with multiple households in one vacation location.

Choose where you’ll stay. Figuring out what kind of lodging best suits your reunion depends on a variety of considerations, but the larger the group, the more challenging it can be. A vacation rental home may be an option when you’re bringing multiple families together under one roof or plan to stay for several days. Many vacation rentals even offer amenities like pools or hot tubs that can be enjoyed privately rather than shared with the rest of the resort or hotel guests. A tool like Vrbo’s Trip Board of reunion-friendly homes can help you find inspiration for a perfect place.

Plan activities. Depending on your family’s style, planning how everyone will pass the time may be a scheduled itinerary or a loose list of potential things to do. Either way, leave time for casual conversation and simply enjoying a few moments together, as well as lots of entertainment to keep kids occupied while the adults catch up.

Create a menu. From potluck to catering and everything in between, there are numerous options when it comes to feeding a reunion crowd. You might have everyone bring their own food, ask each family take turns serving meals or plan easy bar-style meals like tacos or walking nachos. It’s a good idea to coordinate your menu plans so you don’t waste food or have duplicate ingredients in the refrigerator. Remember to plan for extra snacks and desserts, too. Many homes available through Vrbo include access to refrigerators and fully equipped kitchens, making it easy to store extra food for the gathering.

Incorporate your heritage. What sets a family reunion apart from other types of gatherings is the focus on family. Make your reunion special by incorporating special aspects of your heritage, whether it’s a monogrammed centerpiece for the dining table or photos of multiple generations you scatter around the venue. Another idea for a multi-generational family reunion is a slideshow of photo memories set to music that plays as the precursor to a family movie night under the stars.

Find more inspiration and ideas for organizing your family reunion this summer at vrbo.com/reunion.

SOURCE:
Vrbo

Ways To Make Your Semi a Smoother Ride

For an effortless trip, invest in quality tires…..

Since truckers spend a lot of time in the driver’s seat, a smooth ride is essential. 

To travel easily for long distances, truckers need to make their vehicles as comfortable as possible. They need to make the journey as smooth as possible by reducing bumps and vibrations. While it’s almost impossible to eliminate these irritants entirely, you have plenty of different ways to make your semi a smoother ride.

Use Quality Tires

Truckers often underestimate the importance of quality tires. Tires provide the cushioning necessary for a smooth journey, so cheap ones can make a trip less comfortable and even dangerous. For an effortless trip, invest in quality tires.

Soften Suspension System

Another of the different ways to make your semi a smoother ride is to soften the suspension system. This is one of the most popular ways to make your ride smoother. To do this, you replace the shock absorbers with a new, lighter set. Then, you swap the spring with lower-rated leaf springs. For the best results, purchase adjustable shocks, which can decrease bumps and vibrations.

Lighten the Chassis

Occasionally, the chassis of the vehicle can make your trips rough and unpleasant. If you can, try to use lighter components made from materials like aluminum and carbon fiber. These lighter materials will make it easier to steer the vehicle and soften the impact from holes or rough patches on the road. 

Inspect the Engine

If your engine is running roughly, that may cause the vehicle to run irregularly. To keep your vehicle and engine running smoothly, inspect and replace your engine parts on a regular basis. When choosing your brand for engine parts, remember to research how caterpillar engine parts compare to their industry peers and more.

After following these steps, you’ll notice the improvement from your vehicle’s driver’s seat. The next time you drive a semi that runs roughly, be sure to use these tips for a comfortable and smooth ride.

Gas Cap Testing and Replacement event scheduled in B.G.

Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodland Mall….

Leaky gas caps contribute to local ozone pollution and lost fuel efficiency.

Anyone can get a no-cost test of their vehicle’s gas cap, and a free replacement cap if a leak is found, at an event Thursday offered by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG).

Gas cap testing and replacement will take place Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodland Mall in Bowling Green (1234 N. Main St.)

Leaky gas caps are a preventable cause of ozone pollution. Take this simple step to make sure your passenger car or light truck is not contributing to pollution. A broken or missing gas cap can also reduce fuel efficiency by 1-2 percent and cost you up to a full tank of gas each year.

Drive up to a TMACOG testing site, and staff will do a quick compression test to make sure your cap is sealed. If it’s leaking, you’ll get a replacement on the spot. Receive a bonus gift while supplies last.

Older vehicles are more likely to have a poorly sealed cap, but any vehicle could be leaking. A loose gas cap may trigger the check engine light, so if the light turns on randomly or right after filling up, you might need a new one.

TMACOG is a non-partisan regional planning partnership made up of voluntary members in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Together, TMACOG members work on transportation, water quality, and other economic development endeavors that affect quality of life for everyone in our region. For more information, go to www.tmacog.org.