Wood County Park Programs

Still many programs during the second half of March….

PiPs – Preschoolers in the Parks: What Does the Fox Say?
Friday, March 22; 10:00 – 11:00 am
Bradner Preserve11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner
Children 3-6 years of age enjoy an activity and craft while learning about the mysterious, yet musical, fox! Adult companions must remain with children for this program. Please register attending child only.
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Wildflowers and WildsideBeer and Trivia
Friday, March 22; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Test your knowledge with a great pairing of microbrew and a wildflower identification competition in a natural setting. Brewmaster Nick Scott will discuss the different beers offered, including the biology of brewing and beer. Prizes will be awarded to the top three groups in the trivia contest.
Register Here

Spring-fling Open Geocaching
Tuesday, March 26; 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg
Track down spring at this open geocaching! Stop by anytime between 4:00 and 7:00 pm to borrow one of our GPS units or bring your smartphone with the Google Maps app and search for hidden geocaches in the park. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Dress for the weather and be prepared for substantial walking and self-guided exploration. No SWAG for exchange necessary. Driver’s license needed to check out GPS units. Suggested age for GPS use is 8 and up. Parents/Guardians encouraged to use GPS while guiding children who search for geocaches if children are unable to use GPS.
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Passport to Paddling:Pre-Season Safety
Thursday, March 28; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Get ready for paddling this season as we cover the plans, gear, boats, and safety considerations you’ll need to insure you’re prepared for a safe and enjoyable adventure. Also, get connected with our schedule of kayak and canoe trips and classes to take your paddling to the next level!
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Bird Song I.D.
Saturday, March 30; 9:00 – 12:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Learning bird songs can seem daunting, but we’ll look at ways to improve your skills through field experience and the use of technology to learn some common bird songs.
Register Here

Friends Plant Sale
Pre-order annual plants to brighten your doorway and garden.
Order forms will be available at the Friends website.
Pick-up day is the same day as the
Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 11; 9:00 am – 2:00 pmPark District Headquarters18729 Mercer Road, Bowling GreenPurchase native plants that are good for pollinator and wildlife habitats, sequestering carbon, and creating raingardens.

Summer Nature Camps
Explore, learn, and get dirty at our half-day nature camps!
Trail Tikes, ages 5 – 6,
Explorers, ages 7 – 8,
Discoverers, ages 9 – 10, connect to the outdoors with active education.
Farm Camp for ages 7 – 8, 9 – 10, and 11 – 12 year-olds.
Adventure, ages 11 – 12, paddling, bouldering, archery, geocaching, and more.
Voyagers, ages 13 – 15, backcountry exploration and historic outdoor survival skills.
Register for summer camp here.

Commemorative Trail
Say it forever and leave a legacy with a Commemorative Trail Brick.
3 lines of text on a 4 x 8″ brick = $1005 lines of text on an 8 x 8″ brick = $125

Find an order form here.

Passport to the Parks
Pick up your 2019 Passport to the Parks
at the Park District Headquarters, or any of our park kiosks.
This self-stamping passport is a fun way to keep track of the great
activities you participate in!
Once you have collected 10 or 20 stamps you can redeem your passport at the park district headquarters for great prizes!

Chowline: CDC says Avoid “zombie” deer meat

Chronic wasting disease is also called “zombie deer disease,”

I keep hearing about “zombie deer.” What is that?

What you are talking about is chronic wasting disease, a disease that has been featured in numerous national media outlets and news stories in recent weeks.

Chronic wasting disease, which has also been called “zombie deer disease,” rots the brains of deer, elk, and moose, causing them to act lethargic and less afraid of humans before dying, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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While Ohio’s current status designation is “chronic wasting disease-free in the wild,” there have been some reported cases in three surrounding states: Michigan, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the CDC said. The disease has been detected in 24 statesthus far, the CDC said.

“Chronic wasting disease is a highly relevant topic and people are seeking sound science and guidance on this issue, including its impact on deer meat or venison,” said Gabriel Karns, a visiting assistant professor of wildlife ecology and management in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

“To date, there have been no confirmed cases, nor evidence to suggest, that humans are at risk from eating chronic wasting disease-positive meat,“ Karns said. “Because the natural incubation period for chronic wasting disease in animals is 18 months to two years, many harvested animals that may indeed be infected still appear healthy and are consumed as such.”

Nevertheless, the CDC does advise people to take certain precautions when dealing with deer or elk and the meat from those animals in areas where chronic wasting disease is confirmed within the wild herd.

The CDC recommendations include the following.

  • Do not shoot, handle, or eat meat from deer and elk that look sick or are acting strangely or are found dead (roadkill).
  • When field-dressing a deer:
  • wear latex or rubber gloves.
  • minimize how much you handle the organs of the animal, particularly the brain or spinal cord tissues.
  • do not use household knives or other kitchen utensils.
  • check state wildlife and public health guidance to see whether testing of animals is recommended or required. Recommendations vary by state, but information about testing is available from many state wildlife agencies.
  • strongly consider having it tested for chronic wasting disease before eating the meat.
  • If you have your deer or elk commercially processed, consider asking that your animal be processed individually to avoid mixing meat from multiple animals.
  • If your animal tests positive for chronic wasting disease, do not eat its meat.

“For Ohioans, one should not hesitate to eat venison from wild white-tailed deer,” Karns said. 

“Even if and when Ohio documents its first wild case of chronic wasting disease, people should not despair,” he said. “In that hypothetical but not far-fetched scenario, submitting a sample of unhealthy deer or any deer from within a mandated surveillance area will be prudent—if not mandatory—and test results will be sent expeditiously to the hunter. “

The results of a test can then inform the hunter’s decision of whether or not to consume the venison, Karns said.

“While more cautious culinary approaches, such as not cooking deer bone-in roasts from the neck region with spinal cord intact, may eventually become a standard precaution, the fact remains that current evidence does not suggest that chronic wasting disease affects human health,” he said.

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, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or turner.490@osu.edu.

Over 1400 Prom Dresses Donated

Read about this great annual event that helps girls find prom dresses. Photos included….

Summary of the Don’t Stress Over the Dress event sponsored by The Shelly Company, Chopin Hall and the Findlay Mall, provided the Shelly Company

Well, another year has come and gone.  Some may say, “You’ve seen one dress you’ve seen them all”, but with close to 500 dresses donated this season, this was not the case. We started the event with 1417 dresses.

The “Don’t Stress Over the Dress” event was held on March 8th, 9th and 10th at the Findlay Mall. We sponsored  this event again this year with Chopin Hall & the Findlay Mall.

We had  237 girls register from 58 different schools in Ohio.  We were able to provide 188 dresses to girls from 45 different schools. 

We opened up Sunday’s event to the public for those ladies who might need a formal dress for a special event (wedding or banquet) and we had 11 people register with 10 ladies taking a dress.

At the end of the event, we were able to donate 100 dresses to the West Toledo Library Branch for their prom dress event which will be held in April.  The person organizing the event contacted our office yesterday and will displaying The Shelly Co. on their sponsor banner for the event. He was very appreciative of our donation and could not thank us enough  We were also able to provide 25 dresses to a sorority which collects dresses for Fairy Godmothers organization (another prom event).

This event would not be possible without the support and the help from everyone who volunteered.  We greatly appreciate your time and energy!!

It’s Time to Fix a Leak!

In the average home, household leaks waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year. That’s the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry!

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – Nearly 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from easy-to-fix leaks. That’s why The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) is participating in Fix a Leak Week, March 18 through March 24, 2019, and we encourage you to join us.

Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week is an opportunity to improve the water efficiency of your home by finding and fixing leaks. In the average home, household leaks waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year. That’s the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry!

Here’s how to identify leaks around your home:

  • Monitor your water use on your phone or laptop with AquaHawk.  You can also sign up to receive notifications on your phone or email for high use!  Best part, it’s FREE!
  • Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
  • Winter months are the prime time to check water use and see if you may have a leak. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month in the winter, you probably have leaks!

Here’s how you can address leaks found at home:

  • Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if it appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too.
  • Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom faucet, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.
  • Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

As a WaterSense partner concerned with preserving our nation’s water supply, The District can help you learn more.   We encourage all District customers to sign up for leak alerts and high usage notifications with AquaHawk.  These alerts are FREE and could help you avoid high water bills due to leaks. 

Get Involved

Mark your calendar: Fix a Leak Week is March 18 through March 24, 2019. Grab a wrench or contact your favorite handy person, plumber, or certified irrigation professional to address leaking toilets, faucets, showerheads, and irrigation systems around your home.

Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

es over the St. Paddy’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. Ma

This St. Paddy’s Day, Don’t Rely on the Luck o’ the Irish:

For decades, Americans across the country have come together to celebrate their Irish heritage (Irish or not) over a pint of green beer and community festivities. Sadly, all this merry-making can lead to dangerous driving conditions as party-goers head home.

In 2017 alone, 59 people were killed in drunk-driving crashrch 18). The selfish act of drinking and driving can rip people from their friends and loved ones forever.

For this reason, Wood County Safe Communities is working to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving. Even one drink can be one too many. If you’re heading out for the Irish festivities, plan ahead and remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.  

Tragically, March 17 has become a dangerous holiday on our nation’s roads. According to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, more than one-third (37%) of all motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. The early hours of March 18, 2017, were the most dangerous. Between midnight and 5:59 a.m., three-fourths (75%) of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. In fact, from 2013 to 2017, over one-third (35%) of the drunk-driving fatalities during this holiday period involved drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations well above the .08 limit, with 234 drunk-driving fatalities total.

Drivers should also keep an eye out for pedestrians who have had too much to drink. Walking while intoxicated can also be deadly, as lack of attention to their surroundings could put pedestrians at risk of getting hit by a vehicle.

Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road: Drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem on our nation’s roads. If drivers are impaired by any substance—alcohol or drugs—they should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Driving while impaired is illegal, period. The bottom line is this: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. It’s that simple.

Drinking and driving should never be combined. It’s essential to plan a sober ride in advance if the holiday celebration will include alcohol. The alternative could change your life, not to mention the lives of your passengers, of pedestrians, or of other drivers and passengers nearby.
This holiday season, Wood County Safe Communities, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and NHTSA urge drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving.

Party with a Plan
First and foremost: Plan ahead. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously—your friends are relying on you.

  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
  • Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8). SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911 or #677
  • Have a friend who is about to drive after drinking? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

If you are buzzed, do not drive. Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. For more information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.

OPEN House by Leisa Z in NB

An OPEN HOUSE is scheduled – check out this ONE of a kind… Victorian Style home with original character.

Open House – 313 S Main St. North Baltimore

Sunday, March 17th, 2019 1-3 pm.

One of a kind… Victorian Style home with original character.

Leisa Zeigler, REALTOR

Call or text 419.350.1406

Email: leisa.zeigler@era.com

 Web:    http://www.leisaz.com

This home has been well preserved over the years with many updates.

Boasts of 10 foot high ceilings, tall doors, 10”rosette trim, transom window, beautiful archways, large windows with natural light, lots of storage and built ins.

Original bath tile. 

Mostly new windows throughout the home, updated electric service, new gas hot water heater 2015, sewer line replaced, water lines replaced, gas line replaced, newer roof, interior paint and all original hardwood flooring refinished.

Beautiful open front porch with four season enclosed porch. Large lot.

Reasonable utilities. Located within walking distance of downtown, city park, and golf club.

Seller offering home warranty with an acceptable offer. Ideal location.

Fifteen easy minutes from Findlay and Bowling Green.

Contact listing agent Leisa Zeigler for details……….

Reminder: Community Lenten Lunch Wednesday

Begins at 12:00 noon……

The weekly Community Lenten Lunch on Wednesday, March 13th is at Good Shepherd Church, 119 W. Broadway, NB.

The Lenten Lunch is hosted by Praise Chapel Pentecostal Church this week. There is NO cost for the meal. A freewill offering will be received for the North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry, which includes our Community Food Pantry.

Custom Cut Specials This Week!

Who’s thinking about GRILLING some BEEF or PORK???


From the farms to the freezers –
We’ll cut whatever you want!
Let us cut your meat fresh!
NOT Pre-packaged!!


GRAIN FED Beef & Pork!
– Cut YOUR Way!


Beef Sides or Quarters – $2.75# –
Includes Beef* – Cut – Wrap & Freeze

HOGS – Whole or Half – $1.45# –
Includes Pork* – Cut – Wrap & Freeze
*smoking meats is extra


Flat Iron Steaks > Baker’s Dozen (13) 8 oz. – $49

N. Y. Strip Steaks > Baker’s Dozen (13) 8 oz. – $69

Grillin’ 6 – Pack
6 each >
8 oz. NY Strip Steaks & Brats (your choice) & Pork Chops & Leg Qtrs. & 3 to 1 Ground Beef Patties
ONLY – $59.00

ANY Combination of 20 brats
Regular – Cheddar – Bhahma Mama
Only $30.00

Ground Fresh DAILY!
85% LEAN Ground Beef
– $4.79# –

Frozen Ground Beef Patties
85% LEAN
– Half-pounders
– Third-pounders
– Quarter-pounders
– 6 to 1 burgers
(perfect for the kids or DOUBLE BURGERS!)

USDA Choice English Chuck Roast – $5.49#

Hickory Smoked Slab Bacon – $5.99# SLICED FREE – YOUR WAY!


Boneless Ham Steaks

Sugardale Spiral Cut Hams
with GLAZE pk

Amish Cheese from Walnut Creek
Swiss – Colby – CoJack – Pepper Jack

We accept:
Credit – Debit – EBT

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Entertainment Options for Cord-Cutters

According to eMarketer, 33 million people have canceled their cable or satellite services – or “cut the cord”

(Family Features) With cable and satellite subscription costs continuing to rise, many people are turning to the internet for alternative entertainment options.

Photo: Alicia Malone

According to eMarketer, 33 million people have canceled their cable or satellite services – or “cut the cord” – and that number is expected to grow to 55.1 million by 2022.

In addition to popular streaming services that charge a monthly fee, entertainment fans can now stream thousands of movies and TV shows for free. A massive library of films and TV shows are available at viewers’ fingertips, all without the hassle of credit cards and subscription fees, via advertiser-supported streaming services.

The largest of these ad-supported services is Tubi, which offers a rapidly growing collection of more than 12,000 movies and TV shows. With content from Hollywood studios such as Paramount, MGM, Lionsgate and more, its offerings include everything from Hollywood blockbusters to smaller independent and foreign films. Fans of specialty content can even find selections in categories such as anime, martial arts, classic TV, cult films and more.

“A service like Tubi truly has something for everyone,” said film journalist and TV host Alicia Malone. “I love that I can watch Oscar-winning films, old Hollywood musicals or even classic British TV shows. There’s even a whole category of movies and TV shows that you can’t find on other streaming services.”

In addition to the breadth of available content, many people enjoy streaming movies and TV shows online due to the convenience it provides in allowing them to watch while they’re on the go, on any device. For example, Tubi is accessible on nearly every device, including Android and iOS mobile devices, video game consoles, plug-and-play streaming devices and more.

If you’re interested in cutting the cord, or want to find additional free entertainment options, visit Tubi.TV.


Chowline: Modeling healthy eating is beneficial

Research has shown that parents’ eating choices can have a major influence on their children……

My little boy is at the age where he has decided he does not like to eat vegetables. As a parent, how can I instill better eating habits in my child?

While it’s normal for young children to be picky eaters, there are ways that you can help them develop healthier eating habits. One easy way is through modeling healthy eating habits yourself. One of the most common ways that children learn new things is by watching and imitating parents’ actions.

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In fact, research has shown that parents’ eating choices can have a major influence on their children, said Ingrid Adams, state specialist in food, health, and human behavior for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Studies have found that parental modeling of healthy food choices has been positively associated with those same parents’ children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables. And children whose parents modeled healthy eating behaviors were more likely to meet their recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, Adams said.

“By modeling unhealthy eating behaviors, parents may increase the likelihood of their children being overweight or obese, putting them at greater risk for chronic diseases that can affect their health now and in the future,” she said in Modeling at Mealtime, a recent Ohioline fact sheet. Ohioline is OSU Extension’s free online information resource and can be found at ohioline.osu.edu.

Adams offers these helpful tips for parents to model healthy eating habits in children:

  • Be willing to try new and healthy food options yourself. Offer new foods without forcing or bribing your child to eat them.
  • Show your kids how to make healthy choices during meals and snack times by choosing nutritious foods—and avoiding “junk foods”—yourself.
  • Choose fruits and vegetables as snacks in place of chips and candies, and replace sodas and other sugary, sweetened drinks with water. In other words, make water your dink of choice.
  • Make meals nutrient dense by including foods from each of the five good groups: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, and dairy.
  • Take kids with you when you go grocery shopping. Show them how to choose fresh produce, compare nutrition labels on foods, and how to shop on a budget. This can help them understand where their food comes from, how to make healthy choices, and how to use money wisely.

“Planning and making healthy meals with your children is another way to teach healthy eating habits. It is also a great way for children to learn about nutrition and food safety, and develop cooking skills and creativity,” Adams said. “Encourage creativity by having children create a new menu item from a list of ingredients you picked out together.”

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, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or turner.490@osu.edu.

TONIGHT-Daylight Saving Time 2019 Begins

Are you ready to spring forward?

Don’t forget to “Spring Forward” at 2:00 am Sunday. Set your clock ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. We will lose an hour of sleep.

Many smartphones, computers and other electronic devices will self-adjust, while some of the older models of clocks and timers will need to be manually changed. It’s also a great time of the year to check the batteries in your smoke alarms.