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

Tomorrow is 2-1-1 Day

2-1-1 is supported by your pledges to United Way

February 11, 2020

Each year, February 11th is celebrated as 2-1-1 Day, as in 2/11/2020.   2-1-1 is the three-digit number that serves as our county’s resource line.  2-1-1 is as easy to remember as 9-1-1.

2-1-1 is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  There is no cost to use 2-1-1.  It connects with important community resources, including in times of disaster.

Locally, 2-1-1 is supported by your pledges to United Way. In 2019, the 2-1-1 call center answered more than 60,000 contacts for the three-county area of Lucas, Wood & Ottawa.  In Wood County, the ADAMHS Board helps to support 2-1-1 as a service to individuals challenged with mental illness and/or substance abuse/addictions.

2-1-1 can Help Callers Access the Following Types of Services:

  • Basic Human Needs Resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance, utility assistance
  • Government information: City, County, State services and programs. Many people are not sure what government office to contact and so 2-1-1 helps point them in the right direction.
  • Health and Mental Health Resources: health insurance programs, maternal health, medical information lines, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention and rehabilitation
  • Employment Support: financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance, education programs
  • Support for Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities: adult day care, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, home health care, transportation, homemaker services
  • Support for Children, Youth and Families: childcare, after-school programs, Head Start, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring, protective services
  • Volunteer Opportunities and Donations: community involvement, volunteer centers, disaster relief
  • Military and Family Support: programs that serve veterans and their families, community resources, mental health resources, counseling
  • Hobby groups and civic/service clubs: for people who have similar interests (gardening clubs, square dance groups, astronomy clubs, etc) or are united by a common cause (political groups, Lions, Rotary Clubs, Elks, Kiwanis, etc.

This service is available through http://www.navigateresources.net/toledo and even by text.  Text your zip code to 898-211 to get started when using the text feature.  2-1-1 may also be reached by an alternative 800 number, 1-800-650-HELP (4357.)

Ohio Dept. of Ed. 2020 Summer Food Service Program Guidelines

…is seeking local nonprofit agencies to participate as sponsors or meal sites.

Ohio Department of Education Announces
2020 Summer Food Service Program

The Ohio Department of Education announced it is seeking local nonprofit agencies to participate as sponsors or meal sites for the 2020 Summer Food Service Program. The Summer Food Service Program ensures that children ages 1-18 continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer break from school, when they do not have access to school breakfast or lunch. Children with disabilities and approved individualized education programs may participate through age 21.

Sponsoring organizations receive reimbursement to cover the costs of providing nutritious meals and snacks to children in eligible areas. In Ohio, participating schools, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, parks, camps, community centers, swimming pools, libraries, low-income housing complexes and more have served as sponsors and meal sites through the Summer Food Service Program. Nonprofit organizations offering summer activities for children living in low-income areas also are encouraged to apply to participate.

“Ohio’s strategic plan for education emphasizes the importance of meeting the needs of the whole child,” said Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction. “Having access to regular, nutritious meals is a basic need that doesn’t go away for our students just because school is not in session over the summer. This program is designed to let students spend their summers playing, growing and exploring instead of worrying about where their next meals are coming from.”

Since 2014, Ohio has increased program participation by more than 10 percent. Despite this growth, the program needs more sponsors to reach all Ohio students who are in need.

Organizations interested in participating as a sponsor must be:

  • A public or nonprofit private school;
  • A public or nonprofit private residential summer camp;
  • A unit of local, municipal, county or state government;
  • A public or nonprofit college or university; or
  • A private nonprofit organization.

The Summer Food Service Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Ohio Department of Education.

Any organization interested in becoming a sponsor or site for the 2020 program should complete the potential sponsor survey.

Adopt-A-Highway groups recognized for service

Litter cleanup program great for groups and taxpayers alike

Adopt-A-Highway groups recognized for service

Litter cleanup program great for groups and taxpayers alike


LIMA, Ohio (Feb. 3, 2020) The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 is recognizing groups who have participated in Adopt-a-Highway for 25 years with service awards signed by ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks and District 1 Deputy Director Chris Hughes.

Today ODOT officials were at Alloway Environmental Testing in Lima to honor the company’s 26 years of service in the program. Since 1994, the company has maintained a two-mile stretch of highway along state Route 65 north of the village of Cairo.

“The long-standing dedication of these Adopt-A-Highway groups demonstrates a passionate commitment for maintaining the beauty of their state,” said Governor Mike DeWine.  “The Adopt-A-Highway program provides an opportunity for anyone to help keep Ohio’s roadways clean and litter-free.”

The Adopt-A-Highway Program began during the summer of 1989 and went statewide in March of 1990. Since then, thousands of groups across the state have helped to keep Ohio beautiful.  Over the last 10 years, the program averages a savings of $240,000 per year for taxpayers.

Across District 1, county administrators are delivering certificates to a handful of unwavering groups that have been maintaining stretches of highway since the early years of the program. 

The following groups are to be credited for more than 25 years of service in Adopt-A-Highway:

Allen County:

  • Alloway Environmental Testing, state Route 65

Defiance County:

  • General Motors /UAW Powertrain has adopted two highways, state Route 18 and state Route 281
  • Defiance Unit International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local #8, state Route 66
  • Williams Family, U.S. 127

Hancock County:

  • Arcadia Lions Club, state Route 12

Hardin County:

  • Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Ohio Northern University, state Route 235
  • Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Theta, Ohio Northern University, state Route 701
  • Ada Lions Club, state Route 309
  • Ada FFA, state Route 81
  • Hardin Northern FCCLA, state Route 81
  • Hardin Northern FFA, U.S. Route 68

Putnam County:

  • American Legion Post 63, state Route 109
  • Fort Jennings Lions Club, state Route 634
  • Columbus Grove Lions Club, state Route 65
  • Glandorf Lions Cub, U.S. Route 224

Van Wert County:

  • Wetzel Motorcycle Club, U.S. Route 224

Wyandot County:

  • Lawrence Insurance Agency, state Route 199
  • Upper Sandusky Lions Club, U.S. Route 23

“We encourage individuals and groups to consider picking up a section of road,” said ODOT District 1 Deputy Director Chris Hughes. “The Adopt-A-Highway program provides groups a way to give back to their communities and saves ODOT money in litter cleanup costs that can be reinvested elsewhere.”

Adopting a highway is free to groups and individuals, but groups should complete four litter pick-up sessions per year to remain active.  ODOT provides vests, grabber tools, trash bags, and trash disposal during litter pick-up sessions.

In 2019, 100 active groups with approximately 1,450 volunteers picked up over 400 bags of trash from along more than 200 miles of highway in District 1, which includes Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.

“The program is good for building camaraderie among club members,” said Dan Klear, a member of the Glandorf Lions Club.  “And the signs at either end promote the group.” 

In 1991, the group adopted a two-mile stretch of U.S. 224 west of Glandorf and Ottawa in Putnam County, but after 28 years of service, they are putting down their safety vests and grabber tools. “We hope another group will take over the route,” said Klear. “We want the main route into town to be clean and beautiful.”

Recently, Dana Inc. and the UAW Local 1765 adopted a section of state Route 115 near U.S. 30 in Allen County to honor Vicky Grace Martin, a service-minded co-worker and service-minded individual who passed away earlier this year.

“She was an advocate for the folks around here,” said Dana Plant Manager Dirk Taylor. “We are proud that the community service committee chose this way to celebrate Vicky.”

ODOT maintenance crews, Adopt-a-Highway groups and inmates from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) pick up over 400,000 bags of litter each year. Statewide, ODOT spends approximately $4 million on average each year on litter clean-up. 

For more information on Adopt-a-Highway in Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert or Wyandot counties, contact Eric Pfenning, ODOT District 1 roadway services engineer, at 419-999-6893 or [email protected].

The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state’s largest man-made asset – the transportation system. ODOT’s mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $3 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction, and snow and ice operations.

Online Water Bill Payment Available in NB

Online services now available!

The Village of North Baltimore is excited to offer residents an easy and convenient method to view and pay their water & sewer bills online.

1.) Go to:  www.northbaltimore.org,

2.) Click on the blue “Pay Water Bills Online” button,


• Let your bills pay themselves – enroll in AutoPay
• Make a payment online, by phone or by text with
credit/debit card or e-check
• Enroll in paperless billing – reduce paper waste for
a better environment
• Pay by phone even when the offi ce is closed –
use our automated system
• A nominal convenience fee is applied to all

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!

Habitat for Humanity to Host Volunteer Orientation

Learn more about how you can join our mission to provide families with decent and affordable housing……

BOWLING GREEN, OH (January 28, 2020) — Join us on Monday, February 10, 2020, 11:00am, at the Wood County District Public Library, 2nd floor meeting room, to learn more about how you can join our mission to provide families with decent and affordable housing. By volunteering and applying your skills, local communities improve and transform. Through this transformation, families achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life.

Volunteers are the backbone to Habitat for Humanity of Wood County’s mission! Builds are slated for Spring and Fall 2020. You can volunteer as a core crew on our projects, join a committee or fill a need as an individual volunteer. Many skills will be needed and every hand makes a difference.

As a Core Crew member, you have more experience with tools and you will help guide fellow volunteers on the build site. Habitat safety training will be provided.

As an Individual or Committee Volunteer you will gain new experiences as you meet others who believe in giving a hand up and not a hand out. Specific opportunities include checking-in volunteers at the construction site, assisting in our administrative offices, coordinating lunches and/or provide lunch for volunteers at build sites, helping to select or support families in the program and helping at Habitat Wood County events.

Details on how you can become a Habitat for Humanity of Wood County Volunteer will be provided at the session:

-Monday, February 10, 2020


-Wood County District Public Library – 251 N. Main, Bowling Green, OH 2nd floor meeting room

 If you are unable to attend the Orientation, though are interested in volunteering, or would like additional information, please call Habitat for Humanity of Wood County office at 419.353-5430 or email [email protected]

Ohio Star Quilters to Meet

Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend…..

Ohio Star Quilters of Findlay will meet on Monday, January 27, 9:30 am in Findlay at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 Tiffin Avenue. 

The day begins with the business meeting followed by Show and Tell.

Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend.  Questions regarding the Ohio Star Quilters Club may be directed to Pat Czaplicki at 567-250-8537. 


“Virginia” Theater Update – Jan 20

The new operator of the Virginia Theater in Downtown NB updates the community…

The new operator of the Virginia Theater (Shawn Benjamin) in Downtown NB updates the community…

Shawn tells TheNBXpress.com:
There has been so much help from community.  A real labor of love for this old theatre. Thanks to all!!!
Dennis Miller paid for new led lights; 
Hank Matthes installed all new lighting; 
Doug Wickard has repaired all neccesary mechanics in theater and fixed the popcorn machine; 
Mandy Slane  cleaned conccession area;
Mary Casey, Kristen Hagemyer, Jim Casey, Mia Mccartney, Emma Cotterman, Maddy Westgate  cleaned bathrooms, kitchen, lobby;
Noah Pelton  dusted all dust bunnies and mopped audtorium;
Dan Grim cleaned storage areas;
Jennifer Olstander cleaned seats;
Tim Brown mopped all cement floors;
Shawn Benjamin shampoo carpets, seats and bleached auditorum; 
Jaymie Wickard is set to help me train in the digital technologies. 
If all goes well  our opening day will be Friday, February 7, 2020  for a 7:00 pm show. then Saturday shows at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm & a Sunday show at 3:00 pm.
Tickets are $5.00 for  all shows!
First run release…
DC Comic’s Birds of Prey
(US Release Date: February 7, 2020)
Starring: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Derek Wilson
Directed By: Cathy Yan
Synopsis: After splitting up with The Joker, Harley Quinn and three other female superheroes – Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya – come together to save the life of a little girl (Cassandra Cain) from an evil crime lord.  
Check out the trailer on this Youtube Link: