UPDATED–Photo Gallery: 4-Hers say “Thanks”

“Thank you Essential Workers”…….More photos added

The Ohio State University Extension 4-H staff in Wood County shared a few pictures with theNBXpress, along with this message: “Our Wood County    4-H Members are reaching out to thank Essential workers during these challenging times.”  #4happreciatesyou       #4hgrowshere

Thank you farmers for continuing to raise animals and getting ready for Spring planting”
“Thank you Doctors and Nurses”
Thank you Essential Workers” (These siblings are the Westgates from NB)


Jenny Morlock , 4-H Program Assistant for OSU Extension in Wood County said ” I just want to reach as many people as possible to let them know how much they are appreciated and teach our kids we can still reach out to others no matter what obstacles we have. Oh, and these kids are all from the  Klassy Kids 4-H Club from your neck of the woods (Southern Wood  County)!”

Recycle Plastic Caps for Pack #372 Community Project

Cub Scout Pack #372, boys and girls, have put it to a vote and they want to start collecting caps to keep them out of the landfill.

from Eric Trout, Cut Scout Leader Pack #372

What to Recycle or not to Recycle?

As of March, 2020 the NB Recycling Center is CLOSED due to COVID-19

A lot of community members of North Baltimore pull up to the recycling center south of the Village Park on Saturday mornings. Some get out of their cars while others wait for someone to help them get their recyclings out of their car. There are a half dozen dedicated men that run the recycling center every week. They take almost everything for recycling, almost everything.

Cub Scout Pack #372 has helped them out numerous times throughout the year and the boys and girls of our pack always enjoy helping sort the cans, bottles and magazines into the different bins.

This last time that a few of us were up there we learned something new. There is one item that many recycling centers will not accept, PLASTIC CAPS. Many of you probably didn’t know that. The helpers at the recycling center normally take any of the caps off of the bottles and containers before they sort them. The plastic cap is something that gets tossed in a separate bag to go to the landfill or if someone else needs them they are set aside.

Well it has been brought to my attention through one of the village’s recyclers that there is an organization that will take plastic caps and turn them into benches, trash receptacles, planters, picnic tables, etc. This organization is Green Tree Plastics located in Evansville, Indiana. Cub Scout Pack #372, boys and girls, have put it to a vote and they want to start collecting caps to keep them out of the landfill and make something useful.

Currently, I think the pack is leaning towards a bench or a trash receptacle that could be given back to the community. Below is the amount of caps that we need to collect to transport to Evansville:

6 feet long bench with back – 200 lbs caps

Trash Receptacle – 250 lbs caps

There is a fee associated with the manufacturing of each bench, but our concern right now is collecting the significant amount of caps needed. We will be setting up locations around town for you to drop off the caps, but for now continue to take them to the recycling center on Saturday mornings and the pack will get them from them. We will keep you updated on our collection and future drop points set up.

If you are interested in seeing what Green Tree Plastics can do, check out their website: https://www.greentreeplastics.com/

No Metal TRASH……………ANY
drink bottles
prescription bottles
ALL food containers
Cardboard Liners
plastic Ziplock typebags soap pumps
trigger sprayers lotion pumps
ALL fast food drinklids grocerybags
Plastic thatis not a capor
lid, plastic pieces and
Caps or lids with (1) (3)
(6) or(7) recycle
Human or Animal Medical
K-Cups and Straws

POSTPONED – NB Youth League Uniform Fittings This Week

Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday FITTINGS POSTPONED!!!

We have an update on this weeks fittings.  We apologize for all these changes, but we are looking out for the best interest of everyone, during these trying times.

**In light of everything this is going on, the league has decided to cancel Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday’s uniform fittings. We will keep you up to date as soon as a new date is established.  As always, thank you for your support.**

With school being closed the next 3 weeks, the North Baltimore Youth League  will be rearranging the uniform fitting dates. North Baltimore Eagles 2633 will be the new location, in the side room. We want the children to have access to a restroom, to be able to try jerseys on. They will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, March 17th: 5-6:30pm

Wednesday, March 18th: 5-6:30pm

Thursday, March 19th: 5-6:30pm

We will have a form for the parents to sign off on, to ensure the correct size is ordered. No fittings will be held past March 19th. The league has decided to continue on with our season, so we have to get uniforms ordered ASAP!

As new officers not everything was turned over to us. We will be collecting birth certificates for ALL players. Please bring a copy with you to uniform fittings. We will not have access to a printer and will need to have them by the beginning of the season. We appreciate your understanding and help with this.

As always, please contact an officer with any questions. Please feel free to share this post, to help us get the word out.


Pack #372 Blue and Gold Ceremony and Webelos Two Crossover

Next up for the Pack, District Derby!!! See your favorite local racers at Otsego on March 21st……

Submitted by Jennifer Vanlerberg

The American Legion was the location of the 2020 Blue and Gold Ceremony. This past Sunday, March 8th, scout families were treated to both a taco bar and cake buffet. Delicious, whipped, light and fluffy chocolate and vanilla cake. Melt in your mouth cake. Where was I? Oh, yes, friends and relatives gathered to celebrate both our first year scouts during the Bobcat Ceremony, as well as those Cub scouts moving on to Boy Scout Troop #315.

This year, our pack had nine new scouts eligible for the Bobcat Rank Advancement. Shawn Albright, Ashley Albright, Parker Grilliot, Jayden Huff, Ethan Maloy, Adam Mason, Leah Trout, Wendell Troutner, and Kiean Wheeler. Congrats, Cubs!

Nine new scouts eligible for the Bobcat Rank Advancement


We also have four boys eligible to join our local Boy Scout troop. Boden Lanham, Joseph Rose, and Liam VanVooren participated in the Webelos Two Crossover and Arrow of the Light Ceremony, with Ian Ramirez also finishing up his final year in scouts. Guest Eagle Scout and archer Levi Trout assisted with the crossover, and our cub scouts were welcomed with open arms and left handed hand shakes.

Webelos Two Crossover ceremony


Cubmaster Eric Trout also shared a new and exciting project with the scouts. The cubs voted to support this endeavor, and we are happy to share it with all of you, so that you can help as well! For now, keep those plastic drink caps and look for more information soon!

Blue and Gold Scout Ceremony
Blue and Gold Scout Ceremony
Older Scouts welcome the Younger Scouts to Boy Scout Troop #315

We would like to thank our Den leaders. Without volunteers, we couldn’t do what we do! Thanks to Tammy and Eric Trout, Jessica Cook, Candace Boyce, Brian Vanlerberg. Kelly Kaufman, and Stephanie Rose. Den Chiefs are also play an important role in our scouting year. Thanks to Alex Trout, Daniel Hinkle, Zachary Trout, Isaiah Boyce, and Jesse Vanlerberg for your service as well! We would like to thank Shawn Benjamin, and all of the volunteer leaders of Troop 315, as well as our Charter Rep Mike Julien. Committee Members Arica Matthes, Becky Walter, Doreen Switzer are deserving of our thanks as well. Finally, parents and family members you have our gratitude for making it to the events, participating in fund raisers and donating your time.

Next up for the Pack, District Derby!!! See your favorite local racers at Otsego on March 21st.

Klassy Kids 4-H Club News

We are looking for new members. Enrollment is open until March 15th….

Klassy Kids 4H Club held their first meeting of the year on February 9th. Fifteen members were in attendance, including 2 new members. During the meeting we discussed basic club rules and expectations, 4H opportunities outside of our club, tentative meeting schedule for the year and also upcoming club plans. 

A safety tip was provided by Garrett Ziegler. He stressed the importance of always being aware of your surroundings. Emma Cotterman provided a current event: talking about the reopening of North Baltimore’s Virginia Theater, and Maddy Westgate provided a health tip: using a black light. Club members saw how fast germs can travel, and they also learned that germs can be found in some of the strangest places. 
Club president, Lilly Westgate ran the meeting with the support of the leadership team which consists of Emma Cotterman, Maddy Westgate and Garrett Ziegler. Club advisors are Laura Westgate, Lindsay Ziegler, Tracy Cotterman and Crystal Hubbs.   
4H membership is based on a child’s age and school grade as of January 1st of the current year. Cloverbud members must be age 5 AND enrolled in Kindergarden as of January 1st and Club Membership begins when a child is age 8 AND enrolled in 3rd grade as of January 1st. Enrollment is open until March 15th and we are gladly accepting new members.   
In an attempt to promote Wood County 4H and encourage enrollment older club members will be visiting Powell elementary students in grades 2-6 on February 19th to talk about 4H and the opportunities it’s provided them.  
Contact  Wood County 4H Extension Office 419-354-9050 or email the club at [email protected] for information on joining. 
Garrett Ziegler
Klassy Kids 4H Club
News Reporter

Impounded Pinewood Derby Cars

Hey Scouts: Did you forget to reclaim your Pinewood Derby car?

Attention former Cub Scouts! Every year all Pinewood Derby cars are impounded after the Pack Derby in case the owner/driver would be called up to represent Pack 372 at the District Derby. 

After the District Derby all cars are available to be taken out of impound, this is usually done at any Pack events following the District Derby.  Some owners, over the last several years, have not picked up their impounded cars.

Please take a look at the following pictures to see if you recognize any of these forgotten cars.  If you do recognize one or more please contact Eric Trout at 419-262-3967 or [email protected].  Don’t worry there is no storage cost on these impounded vehicles. We just want to get them back to their owners.

Unclaimed Derby Cars
More Unclaimed Derby Cars
Still More Unclaimed Derby Cars

Boy Scout Troop 315 February Newsletter

Scouts are busy as usual……camp, badges, service projects, court of honor, and more……

February is one of those months that resets the scouting year.  We receive the charter paperwork and scouts are registered for 2020 calendar year. 

This month also initiates summer camp kick off with a council wide meeting with troops and their youth leadership.  We also have a ceremony in the middle of the month to celebrate all scouts achievements up to date.  

Our troop has evolved over the past 10 years to be what you see.  Leadership invested many hours of time to see these young men grow into Eagle scouts and leaders in their own rite.  
With one payment left for Sea base scouts and a plane ticket away.  We will also talk about finalizing the Swa Base trip at the Court of Honor with parents.  There is a chance we will fly out of Detroit airport on Friday and stay in Florida at a hotel before we venture out to the islands.  Mr Boes will talk with you on Feb 16 .
Jan 31 – Feb 2
Camp Miakonda is hosting a Winter weekend for all council troops. Scout will be challenged in First Aid, Fire Building and other scout craft while camping in cabins.  We will leave at 6:30pm from the scout house,  All scouts make sure you have your mess kits , sleeping bag, class A shirt and your basic needs stuff.  We will return home Sunday morning around 930am
Home improvement merit badge

Mike Julien is wanting to teach Home improvement as a merit badge while doing some upgrades to our scouthouse in March.  If any parents can volunteer their talents to this venture,  plans are to replace windows, finish the kitchen area with sink installed,  replace water heater and remodel the bathrooms.  Either contact Mike Julien or let me know and I can refer you to him for a pan .
Feb 16  Court of Honor
We will meet at normal scout time at the Virginia Theater for a court of honor.  Full class A uniform for the event.  Note.  The theater will be open to the public at 3pm with a movie so we wont be able to start early however. I still would like to show a movie for free for the scouts after the ceremony.  We’ll discuss at the meeting after camp.  I may be missing info on some rank stuff per scout so be prepared to discuss your current rank and merit badges with me at the meeting after camp
Feb 26  Groundhog dinner
Our youth leadership and scoutmaster will be attending the annual summer camp kick off event at Miakonda.  All material will be given to us for this years summer program.  Looks like Aaron, Alex T. are the SPL and ASPL who get to go
March 7-8 Camp Alaska
We will hike out from Joe Whites house .25 mile to Doc Roberts woods for a 24 hr survival camp.  Scouts are required to build  ashelter, fire and  spend 24 hours in a survival environment.  
Baden Powell Quote

Pack #372 Pinewood Derby

Sunday, January 26th was the perfect afternoon for racing…..

Submitted by Jennifer Vanlerberg

Sunday, January 26th was the perfect afternoon for racing. There was a slight chill in the Powell Gym, and the smell of freshly opened Fritos and Doritos hung in the air. Fans came from far and wide to watch the scouts of Pack #372 participate in their annual Pinewood Derby.


With only one Lion, that race had a predetermined winner. Henry Engard propelled his car down twice unopposed, winning both first place and best of show. 

This happened again with Bear, Doni Boyce’s “Tiger” car. Since both cars achieved first place, they were able to compete in the overall championship race. 

For the Tiger Den, Parker Grilliot won Best of Show. Adam Mason took home first, Parker won second, and Shawn Albright took home third.

In the Wolf Den, Ethan Maloy took home Best of Show. Jayden Huff won the first place trophy, and Jackson Cook took second. In third, raced Kiean Wheeler.

The Webelos One group had the most competition as usual. Seven racers competed for three spots. Blaze Kline won best of show for this crowded field. Camden McCartney took first in a super close one to Leah Trout’s “Captain Marvel” car, which finished second. Levi Vanlerberg’s baconater came in third. Kale McDonald, Reese Williams, and Conner Coup also created some speedy racers to round out that den.

The final den was the Webelos Two. Ian Ramirez won Best of Show. Joseph Rose took first, and Liam Vanvooren  raced to second. Boden Lanham took home third.

There were also two Open races. The “17 and under race” saw Viv Ford versus Jackson Cook. Viv came up with the win. In the slightly older open, Joe Novak competed against Michael Boyce. In the closest race of the afternoon, Joe earned first. The overall champion for 2020 was Joseph Rose with “Buck.”

The boys of Troop 315 helped out by serving both as race  judges and assistants, and ran the concessions.  Josh Fennell helped prepare the cubs for their big entrance and the reciting of the Pledge. They helped the derby run smoothly, and did an excellent job.

We would like to thank Tammy and Eric Trout, Announcer Hank Matthes, the Boy Scouts of Troop 315, Custodian Chad Wright, and the North Baltimore Arbor Gleanors for their help with judging and registration.

Thanks to all the parents and families for putting in the time for the cars and for all of the support. The top two racers for each group will be invited to race at Districts at Otsego this spring. Way to go, Scouts!

Virginia Theater FREE Movie “Soft Opening” Sunday

Robert Devall and Michael Caine!!!

The Virginia Theater is welcoming our community to a soft opening of the Virginia Theatre. 
The people of North Baltimore have been working hard to bring this project back to life and our School basketball team got a sneak peak on Sunday, Jan 27. 
It is now time to give the community the same invite.  We will hold a free event on Sunday, Feb 2 at 6:00pm  
Concessions will be on sale and fully stocked . 
Remember the movie is FREE ADMISSION.  
Movie:  Secondhand Lions
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A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas
Director:    Tim McCanlies
The pictures below show Hank Matthes back at the popcorn machine and Mandy Slane manning drinks and register while North Baltimore’s youth line up to watch the show, in the recently cleaned up theater!    

Boy Scout Troop 315 Newsletter

2020 January Troop 315 Newsletter

Latest news for Scouts in Troop 315
Scoutmaster minute
Are we ready for a new year?  I’m gonna ask a non scout question to all my parents.  One of my new projects in 2020 is to re open the Virginia Theater here in North Baltimore.  You may have heard some talk about it.  One really big task I’ll need to address is a full cleaning of the theater.  Now this is a private business venture but will open to the community.  We plan on having $1.00 movies, as well as first run.  I’m asking all older scouts and adults who can.  to give me a hand in this.  The big job requires us to shampoo all the seats and cloth materials to remove dirt and mildew..  So far.  Rich Rose is furnishing the commercial cleaner and Officer Mandy is stepping in.  Doug Wickard will be helping me with the food service stuff and getting the projector up a and running.  There is so much to do and a several days in January will be set aside for this to happen.  The goal is to open in February.  This leads to the next bit of info..  If the timing works. out,  We will have our February Court of honor at the theater followed by a free movie that evening.  I’ll even throw in the popcorn and pop.  To my parents, please think about your availability and let me know if you are interested.  
Sea Base payment due
All scouts who are going to sea base are required to turn in the 2nd payment of $270.00 no later than January 15,2020.  Mr Boes is looking at plane ticket prices and we probably will fly out of Detroit Airport.  estimated cost is 240.00 for the ticket .  All scouts going will need to pass a BSA swim test and re certify at Sea base and a current BSA Physical.  All 18 and older scouts will be required to fill out an adult BSA application and take Youth protection online prior to flying out.  Also need a state ID or license / temp permit.  We will split into 2 crews.  Mr. Boes leading one and me the other with equal split of 18 and over young adult participants with our scouts.  That means Wyatt and Jordan will be adult leaders alongside Frank and I
Please review the participation guide in preparation for the trip.  http://www.bsaseabase.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-Sailing-Participant-Guide-FINAL.pdf
Wood District First Aid Meeting?When: Friday, January 10, 2020 Registration begins at 7 p.m., meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.
Who: Boy Scouts, Venturers, Explorers, Webelos Scouts, and Girl Scouts (Juniors and above)
There will be two divisions this year: First division is Webelos Scouts, T21 or first year Scouts*, Juniors, and Cadettes* Second division is Older Boy Scouts, Venturers, Explorers, Seniors, and Ambassadors
Why: Review and practice life-saving first aid skills
How: All skills and scenarios will be in line with the information available in the current Boy Scout Handbook and First Aid Merit Badge book. The theme is back to basics.
While there will be a small amount of instruction/ review during the night, everyone is expected to be prepared by learning and practicing first aid skills. You’ll have the most fun and get the most out of the night if you are prepared.
What to bring: Scouts in uniform, personal and troop first aid kits (reference Boy Scout Handbook First Aid chapter), do you carry your Scout ESSENTIALS when you are out, if so maybe that’s a good idea to have along? (reference Boy Scout Handbook Hiking chapter)
January 12  Cub Lock In at B.G. Field house
2020 Lock-In is Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 8:00 PM at the Perry Field House on the campus of Bowling Green State University. All volunteer scouts , wear class B t-shirt .  and bring water bottle and snacks.  You will get hungry.  We are in charge of Human Battle ship and Ga Ga ball this year.  First 8 scouts who respond get to assist and we will be done at 2am Sunday morning.  Leaders will drop off all scouts at home after the event.  No meeting the following Sunday.  
Check-in opens at 8:00 PM
January 17-19  Black Swamp Klondike Derby
Excitement is mounting in anticipation of the Black Swamp Area Council Klondike Derby to be held January 18, 2020 at Camp Lakota in Defiance, Ohio. Participation in the annual Black Swamp Area Council Klondike Derby will get your Scout Troop and Venture Crew off to a running start for the New Year.  Mark your Scouting Calendar now, announce the event at your next Troop meeting and watch the enthusiasm mount as your Scouts prepare for this great winter event! We will camp outdoors and leave the scouthouse on Friday at 6:30pm.  A list of groceries is listed below.  Please sign up for an item your family can send for this camp.  All scouts have been trained in cold weather camping so we hope they all have been paying attention.
    Grocery list
    3 bags frozen tater tots
    2 packs smoked sausage Eckrich or simalar
    1 big bag family cheese Monterey / cheddar blend
    2 onion
    2 doz eggs (BOES)
    3 lbs ground hamburger,  browned and bagged
    2 cans tomato paste large
    3 cans tomato sauce
    3 large cans kidney beans
    3 large cans chili beans
    2 boxes crackers
    3 pak hot dogs 8ct
    3 pak hot dog buns 8ct
    2 gal choco milk (BOES)
    5 bags little Debbie small doughnuts
    3 gal juice  (BOES)
January 31 – Feb 2  Wood District Winter weekend at Miakonda
We have a cabin reserved for this event so no cold weather camping however.  The program will require scouts to be outdoors all day, so cold weather attire including boots, gloves, and hats.  We will leave for camp at 6:30pm Friday night.  Class A only needed for closing campfire.  We will also need a grocery list for this event as well so when responding. please let me know which items for which camp you are opting to send with your scouts
    6 Grands biscuits pre baked and bagged
    3 bags of bagged sausage gravy, in freezer section
    4 packs hamburger buns
    2 lbs sliced ham
    2 lbs sliced turkey
    2 lbs sliced roast beef
    1 head lettuce
    3 tomatoes
    1 onion
    1 jar Sandwich pickles
    bottle mustard
    bottle mayonnaise
    2 box lasagna noodles
    3 jars spaghetti sauce
    1 family bag mozzarella cheese
    1 ricotta cheese
    3 lbs browned and bagged ground beef
    3 gal choco milk (BOES)
    3 gal fruit juice (BOES)
    7 bags little Debbie doughnuts
Quote from Lord Baden Powell
    “The Scoutmaster teaches boys to play the game by doing so himself.”