Wood Co. Parks June 18 – 30

Water Quality
Tuesday, June 18th; 6:00pm – 8:00pm
William Henry Harrison Park
Learn about water quality of the Portage River by finding and identifying macro-invertebrates from the water. You must be prepared to go into knee deep water with close-toed shoes. No experience needed. Must be 10 years of age and up to participate. Minors need an adult present. Participants must be able to walk on uneven terrain. Event is dependent on water levels.
Thursday, June 20th; 6:30pm – 9:30pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Teen participants will assist with a stewardship project and learn about our iNaturalist program at Wood County Parks. Bring your phone to take photos and add them to our WC Parks or iNaturalist apps. Enjoy snacks and conversation after our return to the nature center. This is a drop-off program; you are encouraged to leave your teen with us and return for pickup.
Scenic River Canoeing
Friday, June 21st; 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Orleans Boat Launch:
E. Harrison Ave, Perrysburg
Enjoy a scenic paddle on the Maumee River around the Audubon Islands State Nature Preserve with naturalists and ODNR stream scientists, who will point out interesting river features. Experience how experts evaluate the health of the river by investigating the critters that call it home. Previous canoeing experience highly recommended. Must be 6 years old to ride in middle, 10 years old to paddle at the bow (front), 14 years old to paddle without an adult in the same boat (must have liability form signed by legal guardian before attending the program). Please make arrangements with program leader for center riders or special needs.
Wilderness First Aid Course
Saturday & Sunday, June 22nd – 23rd; 8:30am – 7:00PM
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Learn how to save life and limb when mired in an area far from the hospital or in a natural area miles from an access point in this class provided by MEDIC SOLO. Classroom instruction and hands-on problem-solving are blended into this rescue scenario training. Gain care-giving confidence and the SOLO 2-year certification. No prerequisites. More information and registration at solowfa.com
Explorers Farm Summer Camp (7-8 yrs)
Monday- Friday, June 24th – June 28th; 9:00am – 12:00pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Experience the summer life of old-time play and homestead chores for children growing up on a 1930s farm. Whether feeding the livestock, baking Dutch oven cookies, tending the vegetable patch, or playing ringolevio in the woodlot, campers will learn about the reward of farm work and the joy of outdoors play. Sign up for both Farm and Nature Camp and we will transport your camper between parks. Please provide a reliable email address or phone number; additional necessary information will be sent to you following your registration. Scholarships are available for families needing assistance with camp fees. Contact Program Coordinator Jim Witter at 419-661-1697×1 or at jwitter@wcparks.org prior to registration for more information.
Explorers Nature Summe Camp (7-8 yrs)
Monday – Friday, June 24th – 28th; 1:00pm – 4:00pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Explore, learn, and get dirty at our half-day Nature Camps! Every day offers new educational and entertaining activities to connect campers to the outdoors and all the things that call it home. A field trip to another Wood County Park expands the exploration of the outdoors, and the joy of discovery! Please provide a reliable email address or phone number; additional necessary information will be sent to you following your registration. Scholarships are available for families needing assistance with camp fees. Contact Program Coordinator Jim Witter at 419-661-1697×1 or at jwitter@wcparks.org prior to registration for more information.
Paddle the Pond
Monday, June 24th; 4:00pm – 7:30pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
No Registration Required. Enjoy a float on the pond at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve; perfect for a family outing, comfort-builder for beginners, or relaxing exercise! An instructor will be available for introductory safety and skills education. All boats, life-jackets, and paddles provided. Boats and gear on a first-come-first-served basis. Enjoy a nature walk while you wait! The last Monday of every month will feature kayaks along with canoes: June 24, July 29, August 26. Must be 4 years of age or older to ride, 12 years old for kayaks. Call ahead for special needs accommodations. Kayaking programs made possible with ODNR Division of Watercraft.
No Registration Required
Cycle Werks Basics
Wednesday, June 26th; 6:00pm – 7:45pm
CycleWerks Bicycle & Fitness: 248 South Main Street, Bowling Green
Bike upkeep is crucial to ensuring your rides are smooth and safe. Let the experts from CycleWerks tune-up your skills in maintenance fundamentals in this hands-on workshop. Bring your own bike for hands-on practice. All other materials provided.
Coastal Kayaking: Skills, Rescues, Safety
Sunday, Thursday, Friday, June 27th – 30th; 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Three Meadows Pond: 700 Three Meadows Drive, Perrysburg
Join American Canoe Association instructors to advance your kayak safety and rescue skills in an open water/coastal environment. Kayakers with novice to intermediate ability are encouraged to participate in this three-session class. June 27 & 28 (6-9 pm) June 30 (8 am-2 pm) The first two classes include basic stroke instruction, practice, and rescues on inland waters at Three Meadows Pond in Perrysburg. The third class will take place on open water in the Woodtick Peninsula area of Maumee Bay where students can practice in a coastal/open water environment. Must be 18 years of age or older. This course will include water submersion and basic rescue techniques. All kayaks and gear provided; personal equipment welcome, check with leader beforehand. Dress for the weather and for frequent swimming. Student must be comfortable and confident in their kayak paddling ability, with thorough experience and/or have successfully completed a previous kayak paddling skills course and meet Essential Eligibility Criteria (abilities and characteristics deemed fundamental for participation). See program details by clicking, “Register Here”. Kayaking programs made possible with ODNR Division of Watercraft.
Cost: $75
Commemorative Trail
Say it forever and leave a legacy with a Commemorative Trail Brick.
3 lines of text on a 4 x 8″ brick = $100
5 lines of text on an 8 x 8″ brick = $125
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!

Ruth Jane Roberts Day Held at NB Library

The Children’s Room of the North Baltimore Public Library has been named for Mrs. Ruth Jane Roberts….

Despite a day of multiple storms and tornado sirens, the North Baltimore Public Library hosted Ruth Jane Roberts Day on Wednesday, June 5th. The evening was set aside to honor Ruth Jane Roberts who the children’s collection is named for and to continue our 100th Birthday Celebration.  Bounce houses, balloons, activities and treats were enjoyed by all ages. The festivities were moved inside due to the rain. 

At the party it was announced that the Children’s Room will now also be named for Mrs. Ruth Jane Roberts in addition to the Children’s Collection that currently bears her name.

Ruth Jane Roberts Day….


Refreshments for All…


Young and Old alike enjoyed the adventures….


Ruth Jane Roberts Day at the NBPL…
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the fabulous North Baltimore Public Library….


The Roberts Family was on hand for the Celebration…

We would like to thank the Robert’s family for all of their contributions to the North Baltimore Public Library both past and present.  We appreciate everyone that came out to celebrate with us as well as those that helped with the activities.



Help Wanted-NB Local Schools

Cheerleading Advisors

North Baltimore Local Schools is seeking both jr high and varsity cheerleading advisors for the upcoming school year.

Please send a resume and reference list to Dan Davis, Athletic Director – ddavis@nbls.org.

Upon selection, applicants would be required to obtain a pupil activity permit and submit FBI/BCI background checks.

NB Village Help Wanted

NEEDED: Finance Clerk 1

North Baltimore is a historic family-friendly community located in northwest Ohio between Bowling Green and Findlay, Ohio. The Village is currently recruiting and accepting applications for the following position:

  • Finance Clerk 1:
    • Responsible for preparing the monthly utility bills, processes utility payments, maintains utility records; reconciles payments with receipts and cash; prepares bank deposit slips and makes deposits; and responds to inquiries regarding services or billings.
    • Performs clerical and financial duties for the Mayor’s court, village cemeteries and zoning functions as well as other miscellaneous duties as assigned.
    • Qualifications include, but are not limited to, knowledge of bookkeeping; Excel; office practices and procedures; data processing techniques; and records management.  Computer operations, telephone, cash register, and customer service experience is required.
    • This is a full-time position with benefits.  Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

Interested applicants can contact staff for an application at (419) 257 2394.    A properly completed application, with references, must be submitted to Michael Brillhart at the Village of North Baltimore, 205 North Main Street, North Baltimore, Ohio 45872.

NBHS Alumni to Sponsor Festival Golf Tourney

Get a team together, and play in the Good Ole Summertime Festival Golf Tournament to help support NB students……

The North Baltimore Alumni Association sponsors the Good Ole Summertime Festival Golf Tournament. Funds from the event sponsor two $750 awards for graduates of NBHS each Spring.

All the details are here:

If you would like to send a donation for the scholarship fund, or sponsor a hole during the tournament, send to PO Box 204, North Baltimore, Ohio or email: nbhsalumni@ymail.com

NB Alumni Dinner is July 26

Annual Dinner event expecting to sell out. All are welcome! Get your reservations in ASAP.

The annual North Baltimore Alumni Association dinner is planned for Friday, July 26th, at the NB American Legion. This is the evening before the Good Ole Summertime Festival in NB, on Saturday.

This year there will not be a featured speaker, allowing those in attendance to have more time for socialization. 

Also, seating is limited to only 200 people. Please get your reservations turned in early so you don’t get shut out.

This years scholarship recipients of the North Baltimore Alumni Association $750.00 award  are Christina Morales and Sierrah Johnson, from the NBHS Class of 2019. They will be present to receive their checks.

Here are the details for the event:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any member of the Committee on the above insert.

See an additional post here on TheNBXpress about the Good Ole Summertime Golf Tournament, which is on Saturday morning, after this Friday night event. The golf tourney is sponsored by the NB Alumni Association ans helps fund the scholarships awarded each Spring. Donations for the scholarship fund are also welcome to be mailed in with your dinner reservations.


8 Recipes to Take Summer Gatherings to the Next Level

Host a brunch, relax by the pool or throw a backyard bash……

(Family Features) The summer months offer seemingly endless opportunities to enjoy the warm weather with friends and family. Serving crowd-pleasing foods and drinks can go a long way toward a successful gathering, whether you’re hosting a brunch, relaxing by the pool or throwing a backyard bash.

Regardless of the occasion, a store like ALDI has everything you need to savor summer, including entertaining items and high-quality ingredients, without the premium price tag. When you make this one-stop shop your destination for summer essentials, you can get more of what you love for less.

Find more seasonal recipe ideas like these appetizers, main dishes, desserts and drinks at ALDI.us.

Grilled Avocados with Vegetable RelishBoost a favorite summer flavor like avocado by using your grill. Start by slicing the avocados and removing the pits before grilling flesh-side down. Fill with a vegetable relish mixture of tomatoes, bell peppers and onions then sprinkle with feta cheese.

Citrus Popping Kale SaladThis light and refreshing salad is a perfect make-ahead meal-starter. Made with a quinoa base, the combination of kale, mangoes, cranberries, toasted almonds and crumbled goat cheese provides a unique mix of flavors.

Grilled Strip Steak Skewers with Pear SlawSkewers are a summertime favorite that can be easily customized to meet the tastes of your guests. This version features steak marinated in a soy sauce mixture, cooked on a grill pan and served over a bed of cabbage, carrots, radishes, onions and julienned pears.

Grilled Pear and Apple Pork TenderloinCombining a sweet yet savory glazed pork tenderloin with a side of fresh apple and pear (or peach) wedges, this simple dish is an ideal accompaniment to a day or night spent dining al fresco.

Frozen Greek Yogurt with BlueberriesSummer calls for frozen treats, and you can put a healthier spin on dessert by substituting frozen yogurt for ice cream. Just blend blueberries, lemon juice and vanilla with Greek yogurt and freeze for a perfect indulgence on a warm afternoon.

Freezie Fruit PopsMix and match assorted fruits like kiwi, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, pineapple, peaches and more with fruit juices. Once mixed, freeze to create healthy fruit pops. For a grown-up version, substitute wine for the juice.

Very Berry Chiller with Lemonade Ice CubesWhen looking for a way to cool off on a hot summer day, reach for a combination of classic summer flavors. Freeze lemonade overnight in an ice cube tray then drop the cubes in a pitcher of blended blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries for a sweet, refreshing beverage.

SanGritaA refreshing twist on a traditional Spanish punch, this adults-only beverage calls for blending frozen lime bars with sangria and garnishing with strawberries and blueberries to your liking.


BGSU Deans List For Spring Semester

Fifteen NB residents listed for Spring…..

Congratulations to the MANY students from the 45872 zip code whose name appeared on the latest BGSU Deans List. 

Wood Soil & Water Conservation District Prevent Plant Cover Crop Program

Producers who were unable to plant their corn or soybeans should contact the district about adding cover crops to their fields.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio  –  The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is announcing a prevent plant cover crop program for cost share on cover crops.  Producers who were unable to plant their corn or soybeans should contact the district about adding cover crops to their fields.

Kris Swartz, Wood SWCD board supervisor, thinks cover crops are the clear winner for the situation.  Cover crops are a good agronomic practice; they hold the soil and nutrients that have already been applied. Cover crops support the soil health initiative as well.  

Follow Wood Soil & Water Conservation District on Facebook, go to www.woodswcd.com, visit the district office at 1616 E. Wooster St. Suite 32 Bowling Green, OH, or call 419-354-5517#4 for assistance in selecting your cover crops and enrolling in the program. 

Get Grilling with Fresh Ingredients

Home cooks can quickly put grilled family meals together…..

(Family Features) Grilling season provides ample opportunities to put flavorful fare on the table, but it doesn’t have to be a lengthy cooking process. By planning ahead, having the right equipment on-hand and using ready-to-go ingredients, home cooks can quickly put family meals together.

With an option like Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork, which is perfectly seasoned and ready to throw on the grill, you can have a delicious meal ready in 30 minutes or less. Available in a variety of flavors and quality cuts, it’s ideal for grilling, roasting or sauteing any night of the week. To get ready for your next grilling occasion, try something new like Grilled Pork Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce or Grilled Pork and Potato Planks.

To help make this a successful grilling season, visit SmithfieldGetGrilling.com for more grilling tips and a chance to win $5,000.

Grilled Pork Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6

  • 1          Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Pork Loin Filet, cut into 1 1/4-inch cubes
  • 3          small zucchini squash, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 2          large red bell peppers, cut into 1 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1          large red onion, cut into 1 1/4-inch wedges
  • bamboo skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes
  • olive oil
  • 2          medium cucumbers, peeled
  • 1          clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2    cups whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/2       lemon juice
  • 2          teaspoons chopped fresh dill weed
  • 1/2       teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped fresh parsley
  1. Heat grill to 375° F. Alternately thread fresh pork cubes, zucchini, peppers and onions onto bamboo skewers. Brush kebabs lightly with olive oil.
  2. In food processor, process cucumbers and garlic until finely chopped. Drain liquid from cucumbers. Stir cucumbers with yogurt, lemon juice, dill, sea salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Grill fresh pork skewers approximately 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until char marks form and pork is cooked through.
  4. Garnish skewers with parsley and serve with tzatziki sauce for dipping.

Grilled Pork and Potato Planks

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 22 minutes
Serves: 4

  •             Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2          Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Cracked Black Pepper Pork Tenderloins
  • 2          pounds Yukon Gold or red potatoes, cut lengthwise into 3/4-inch-thick slices
  • 2          tablespoons canola oil
  • 3/4       cup shredded reduced-fat or regular sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2       cup sour cream
  • 1/4       cup finely chopped green onions
  1. Heat charcoal or gas grill to medium; spray grates with nonstick cooking spray. Grill tenderloins until internal temperature reaches 150° F, turning occasionally, about 20 minutes.
  2. Brush both sides of potato slices with oil; grill 15-20 minutes until just tender, turning occasionally. Remove potatoes and pork from grill.
  3. Top potatoes with cheese, sour cream and onions. Serve with tenderloins cut into 1/4-inch thick slices.



Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives…..

The Wood County Historical Museum will be opening a new traveling exhibit , Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives, on June 16, 2019. Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives features photographs by Riis, a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the twentieth century.

This Riis exhibit is a companion piece to the current exhibit, For Comfort and Convenience. Visitors to the exhibit will experience immersive life-size photographs, as well as artifacts and personal documentation. This exhibit is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Library of Congress, and Edwin & Irma Wolf. The exhibit was adapted and toured for NEH on the Road by Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives will be on display from June 16 – August 11, 2019. A grand opening celebration & open house for the exhibit will take place on Wednesday, June 26 from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM.

The museum will be open for self-guided tours Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM and weekends from 1 PM – 4 PM (closed on government holidays). Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, with discounts for seniors, students, and military. Historical Society members receive free admission as well as a gift shop discount. The museum offers free admission to all visitors on the first Friday of each month, courtesy of the Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau. The museum is handicap accessible and group tours are welcome. 

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.