Wood County Habitat for Humanity News

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HABITAT NEWS

January 14th, 2021

We build strengthstabilityself-reliancethrough shelter.

Risingsun Project  
Habitat has entered the final phase of the Risingsun project, demolition of the mobile home trailer. The mobile home was the previous residence for homeowner Calvin before moving into the small house. A team worked to remove the home this week. This work signifies a new start for homeowner Calvin and a bright spot for the community.  
Habitat Committee Meetings 
Many of our committees are meeting this week and next with a mix of in person and virtual meetings to kick off the new year.  Our committees are an important part of the organization and work all year round to support the mission of Habitat!
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NB Public Utilities Committee Meeting

Public Notice for Committee Meeting on 1/15/2021

Here is information of the NB Public Utilities Committee meeting which will be held Friday, January 15,2021 at 9:00am:

VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMITTEE

 Friday, January 15, 2021

VILLAGE COUNCIL CHAMBER

 

AGENDA

9:00 AM

 

  1. Call to order at 9:00             Aaron Patterson – Chair

 

  • General discussion on utility system

 

2. Adjournment

Village Council Committee Meeting

THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE FINANCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE MEETING is Monday, 1/18/21 at 6:00 P.M.

Here is the agenda for the NB Village Council Finance and Technology Committee Meeting which is scheduled for Monday, January 18,2021:

THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE

FINANCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE MEETING

 Monday, January 18, 2021

6:00 P.M.

VILLAGE FIRE TRAINING ROOM AGENDA

 I.Call to order Tim Engard – Chair

General discussion on 2021 financial needs  

II. Adjournment

COVID-19 Update: Phase 1B Timeline

Phase 1B of Ohio’s vaccination program is set to begin next week with those ages 80 and older…..

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today (1/12/21) provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

PHASE 1B TIMELINE

Governor DeWine today reemphasized the vaccine distribution timeline for Phase 1B of Ohio’s vaccination program which is set to begin next week with those ages 80 and older.

This week: Today, the Ohio Department of Health will receive information from the federal government on Ohio’s vaccine allotment for the upcoming week. This information, including which providers will receive vaccines and how many, will be communicated to local health departments this evening. Each county health department, in partnership with their local emergency management agency and vaccine providers, will communicate vaccine distribution plans with the media and the public on Wednesday and Thursday. The process to vaccinate those in each county will vary depending on the provider. Some are expected to hold walk-up clinics, others may take appointments, etc.

On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health will launch a tool on coronavirus.ohio.gov to assist citizens looking for a provider that has been allotted vaccines. The tool will be searchable by zip code or county, but it will not be updated in real-time. It is critical that those eligible to receive a vaccine consult local sources to determine up-to-date vaccine availability. 

Hospitals that are vaccinating their frontline healthcare workers as part of Phase 1A must complete these vaccinations by Sunday, January 17.

Week of January 18: Vaccine providers will begin receiving their first allotment of vaccines for those ages 80 and older. Vaccines will be delivered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Each provider will begin administering vaccines the day after they receive their shipment. All vaccines must be distributed within seven days.

Week of January 25: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 75 and up following the same process outlined above. Vaccinations will also be available to those with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders. Additional information on how these individuals can choose to receive their vaccines is forthcoming.

Week of February 1: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 70 and up following the same process outlined above. 

Week of February 8: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 65 and up following the same process outlined above. 

Vaccine providers are not expected to vaccinate everyone in each age group in one week. As new age groups are authorized to receive vaccinations, previous age groups will continue receiving the vaccine. 

Senior citizens with questions on the vaccination process are urged to contact the Area Agencies on Aging at www.aging.ohio.gov or by calling 1-866-243-5678.

NURSING HOME VACCINATIONS

To date, 85 percent of Ohio’s nursing homes have been visited by a vaccine provider as part of Phase 1A. Vaccine providers anecdotally tell the Ohio Department of Health that the number of residents and staff accepting the vaccine is increasing. 

In Ohio’s two nursing homes operated by the Ohio Department of Veteran Services, 92 percent of veterans have accepted the vaccine. Regarding staff, 60 percent have opted to receive the vaccine in the Sandusky home and 42 percent have chosen to be vaccinated in the Georgetown home.

BROADBAND EXPANSION INVESTMENT

Lt. Governor Husted announced today that Southern Ohio Communication Services, Inc., in collaboration with JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) and Pike County Economic & Community Development, plans to invest $3.8 million to provide high-speed Internet service over 64 miles to 1,300 residential and business customers in southern Ohio.  Southern Ohio Communications Service received a $50,000 JobsOhio Inclusion Grant toward building and engineering costs. Learn more about the announcement here.

INDUSTRY SECTOR PARTNERSHIP AWARDS

Lt. Governor Husted also announced that 12 partnerships have been awarded for a total of $2.5 million for the Industry Sector Partnership Award Grant Program. The selected partnerships are located in various regions across Ohio and focus on multiple in-demand industry sectors, including healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, construction and transportation.

“These awards will jumpstart and expand workforce partnerships across Ohio that are helping more individuals earn the skills needed to successfully find employment,” Lt. Governor Husted said. “This is real-world skill development where educators and businesses work together to help people gain the skills they need to get hired for jobs that pay well and have a future. Enhancing meaningful partnerships between the business and education community is key to growing Ohio’s workforce and filling in-demand jobs at a time when many people are looking for opportunities, but not sure where to start.”

Learn more about the Industry Sector Partnership Grant by visiting Workforce.Ohio.gov/ISP

CURRENT CASE DATA

In total, there are 792,938 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 9,802 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 41,863 people have been hospitalized throughout the pandemic, including 6,237 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Board of Education Organizes for 2021

Sharninghouse named School Board President. January is School Board Recognition Month…..

The North Baltimore Board of Education met Monday night (1/11/2021) at the High School to organize for the new year. All members were present.

At the December 2020 board meeting Member Jaimye Bushey had been selected to serve as the President Pro Tem of the 2021 Organizational Meeting. She led the Election of Officers  procedure for the first part of the meeting .Jeremy Sharninghouse was elected as President for 2021. Tami Thomas was elected as Vice-President for 2021.

Jeremy Sharninghouse, President, and Tami Thomas, Vice President, were sworn into office at the January meeting of the North Baltimore Local School District for 2021.

 

The Board will continue to meet the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm at the NBMS/HS. December’s meeting will be the 3rd Tuesday instead of the 4th due to the Christmas Break.

The Board approved a resolution for compensation of Board members as per Board Bylaws #0147. There was no change to the current compensation.

The Board also approved several standard authorizations that are renewed annually.

After the 21 minute Organizational meeting ended, the Board continued with the regular January meeting at 6:00pm. 

 

#Superintendent’s Report: Ryan Delaney

Mr. Delaney shared he is assisting with having the district prepared for the staff to receive the Covid vaccine.It will be coordinated through the Wood County Health Department and administered with the assistance of the North Baltimore EMS. He asked the district employees to privately respond to the question “Do you plan to get the vaccine when we offer it?” He said 65% responded “Yes.” Although he asked them just to give him a “yes” or “no” many elaborated on their answers to him.

Delaney also said it appears that districts who are not meeting in person at all, will likely be excluded from the list of those receiving the vaccine.

Mr. Delaney also added that 26 of the 51 students who were “Option 4” at the start of the school year, have returned to in-person learning as of the beginning of 2021. 

#Treasurer’s Report: Steven Stewart:

Mr. Stewart reported the financial reports will be updated at the February meeting since this month’s meetings were early. 

Stewart also submitted a resolution to the Board for presenting a renewal of an existing 1% School District Income Tax ( for current expenses)on the ballot to the voters at an upcoming Special Election.

#Powell Elementary Report:    by Jonelle Semancik, Principal EA Powell 

Pop Tab Competition

This month’s Powell vs MS/HS competition is collecting pop tabs for the Ronald Mc Donald House. Winning building gets to wear jeans on Wednesdays in February and gets a catered dinner on conference night. So far it looks like it is a pretty tight race.

Honor Roll

Powell had a total of 67 students in grades 4th through 6th that made the Honor Roll. This means they earned all A’s and B’s on their report cards. Students will receive a t-shirt if they have not earned one from first quarter and they will have an iron on paw print decal for quarter 2.

Thank You!

Our Staff is over the moon excited about our new copiers! Thank you!

Powell students spell O-H-I-O to show their Buckeye spirit

#NBHS Report: by Chad Kiser, NBHS/MS Principal 

January 2021:

  • I would like to personally thank Ryan and Steven. Every tool, every curriculum item, everything my teachers have needed for this crazy year, they have got for them. It is so nice to have such amazing supportive central office staff. They really don’t get told enough how great of a job they do. Thank you so much, you guys are awesome!!!

  • Special thank you to Mrs. Matthes and the cub scouts. They collected hundreds of pounds of bottle caps to get our school 4 new benches. 2 outside the gym entrance and 2 outside the front entrance. Mrs. Matthes worked for weeks and weeks on getting this done. She has done such an amazing job! Thank you for all your hard work!  

 

Other business from the meeting:

# Approved a one year contract to Hailey Priest, Intervention.
#Approved membership to the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2021-2022 school year as presented.
#Meeting Adjourned at 6:35

January is School Board Recognition Month. Be sure to thank our Board Members when you see them for their service to the North Baltimore Local School District and Community.

 

NB Staff Selects “Student of the Month”

For January…..

The North Baltimore staff selected Jordan Kimmel to be student of the month for January. Jordan is a strong student, maintaining a 3.23 GPA in his high school coursework. Jordan is active athletically as well. He is a four-year runner on the cross country team where he was captain his senior year. He is also a two-year track runner and jumper and was selected as boy’s MVP for field events his sophomore year.



Jordan is a well-rounded student who plays trombone in the band and is one of two students in the last 16 years to be taller than his director. Additionally, Jordan was a Homecoming attendant his junior year and will always be remembered for some of the best lip syncing performances ever seen at our fall homecoming pep rallies. 

Jordan is also very active in the community, earning the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 315 for designing, building and installing the new sign outside the North Baltimore Historical Society. We applaud his efforts on this project, which was especially impressive to complete during a pandemic. 

While working with Jordan, the staff finds him to be attentive, positive, and polite with a wonderful sense of humor. He is also North Baltimore’s foremost authority on DC comics, movies, and television shows.   

Due to his attitude, character, and involvement, the staff of North Baltimore have selected Jordan to receive this honor. 

After high school, Jordan plans to enlist in the Air Force. Congratulations, Jordan!

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects

Drive safely. Utility work can impact roads throughout the service area…..

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 20,000 customers in Wood, Henry, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

Reminder: The District offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

McComb: Waterline Replacement Project
Through January, expect lane restrictions and possible water service interruptions on South Main Street, between Park Drive and Liberty Street, on Todd Street, near the railroad tracks, and on West Cooper Street between Liberty Street and Rader Road.  Project complete: Spring 2021.  Project Investment: $600,000.  

Perrysburg Township: Waterline Replacement
Through March, lane restrictions and water service interruptions are possible on North and South Bramblewood, Bridgewood and Cliffwood Streets in Perrysburg Township for waterline replacement. Residents will be notified of service interruptions. Project complete: April 2021.  Project Investment: $1.5 million.

Perrysburg Township: Sewer Lining
Through January, lane restrictions are possible in Perrysburg Township north of SR 795, west of 75, and south of the turnpike, for sewer rehabilitation.  Project complete:  February 2021.  Project investment: $1,230,000.

Weston: Waterline Replacement
Through January, expect lane restrictions and possible water service interruptions on Main Street, from Evon to Cherry Streets for waterline installation.  Residents will be notified prior to service interruptions.  Project complete: Spring 2021.  Project Investment: $1.5 million.

District Wide: Valve Maintenance *NEW WORK*
Effective today through Friday, January 15, crews will be in and near the Village of Cygnet for waterline maintenance. This type of work involves turning valves on waterlines, which can occasionally cause water to become discolored.  Residents are advised to flush their taps if this occurs.  Valve maintenance work will continue in various locations throughout The District through December. 

Village Council “Organizes” for 2021

Julien remains Council President for 2021. Village saves Big Bucks on Main Street projects……

By Sue Miklovic

 Last Tuesday, January 5, 2021 was the 2021 Organizational Meeting for the Village Council. Council President 2020 Mike Julien was absent, so Councilman Mike Soltis was nominated (by Bill Cook) and voted on (4-1), to serve as President Pro-Tem for the meeting.

Cory Kuhlman was introduced by Mayor Janet Goldner and spoke briefly to the council about filling in for his brother Joel Kuhlman who has served the village as legal counsel but will be leaving as he has been elected to a Common Pleas Judge position. They both are attorneys with the Stearns and Hammer Law Firm. The council is currently accepting applications from interested qualified parties to fill that anticipated soon-vacant position.

The first order of business during the organizational meeting was to elect a president of council for the new year. Councilman Aaron Patterson nominated Mike Julien to remain as council president for 2021 and all council members present voted in favor of the nomination.

The next order of business was for the mayor to assign standing committees for the council members to chair. They are remaining the same as last year. The Standing Committees and Chairs are:

Economic and Community Development-Leisa Zeigler
Public Safety-Mike Soltis
Personnel, Policy, and Ordinance Review-Mike Julien
Public Works-Bill Cook
Public Utilities-Aaron Patterson
Finance and Technology-Tim Engard

Another standard procedure for the first meeting of the year is to have a designated seat for each council member. This is accomplished by a random draw.

Finance Officer Tony Swartz reported great news for the “200 Block of Main Street” project. He said that both the project itself and the cost of the inspection of it have come in “way under the bid. We have saved $100,000! We also have finally got the final sign-off of the “100 Block of Main Street” project and it was under bid too. I will have a recap of 2020 expenses at our next meeting,” he said.

A motion to give permission to advertise for 3 full-time EMS employees was made and approved by vote (4-1)

Mr. Julien, who arrived late and apologized for doing so, commented about the recently formed JEDD with Northpoint and the governing Board for it. “The village is supposed to have a seat on it, we want to make sure we do” he said. Mr. Swartz replied, “I was contacted and asked to attend a meeting. They actually named me the chairman of that board, and Mayor Goldner was appointed to the seat for the Village for the first year. That can be changed after the first year if we want it to be changed.”


The only piece of legislation for the evening was Ordinance 2021-01 which amends the starting time of Council Meetings. (start now at 5:30pm)

This week’s meeting (Jan.12, 2021 at 5:30pm) will be “Committee of the Whole” updates.

Nearly 80,000 pounds of produce grown for food pantries statewide

The produce grown included fruits, vegetables, and herbs and was equivalent to 65,200 meals….

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Master Gardener Volunteers from across Ohio grew nearly 80,000 pounds of produce in 2020 statewide and donated it all to 101 food pantries in cities and towns across the state.

The Master Gardener Volunteer program is a U.S.- and Canada-wide effort that in Ohio is run by Ohio State University Extension, which is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

Master Gardener Volunteers from across Ohio grew nearly 80,000 pounds of produce in 2020 statewide and donated it all to 101 food pantries in cities and towns across the state. Photo: OSU Extension.


Although Master Gardener Volunteers have grown and donated food through this program for 20 years, growers ramped up their production efforts to help deal with the growing issue of food insecurity issues faced by individuals and families in 2020 statewide, said Mike Hogan, an OSU Extension educator who facilitates the program in Franklin County.
The produce grown included fruits, vegetables, and herbs and was equivalent to 65,200 meals, according to Pam Bennett, state master gardener volunteer program director and horticulture educator with OSU Extension.

That’s significant, considering the rising unemployment and other financial hardships people have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused food banks to have increased demand for food but receive fewer food donations from grocery stores, according to research from Zoë Plakias, a CFAES assistant professor of agricultural, environmental, and development economics.

Although grocery stores donate their excess products to food banks, if stores have difficulty keeping their shelves stocked, there can be less available for donation, she said.

In July, nearly 20% of households surveyed nationally said they had children in the home who were not eating enough sometime or often in the past week because they could not afford food. A separate national survey showed that 9.7% of those who responded said they couldn’t afford to buy enough food in the past week.

Due to food insecurity issues, which were worsened by the pandemic, Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers ramped up production of fresh fruits and vegetables in 29 garden projects throughout Franklin County, including at CFAES’ Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory on Ohio State’s Columbus campus, Hogan said.

“In Franklin County alone, Master Gardener Volunteers produced and donated 29,862 pounds of produce for food-insecure families,” he said. “This amounts to nearly 15 tons of food and was an 8,437-pound increase from food produced for donations in 2019.

“This food was donated to 23 food pantries in Franklin County and to individual families and youth in several neighborhoods.”

Ohio’s Master Gardener Volunteer program has more than 3,500 Master Gardener Volunteers in 62 counties statewide who take 50 hours of horticultural training through OSU Extension and in return agree to give 50 hours of service to their county Extension program. Volunteers can be recertified each year with an additional 10 hours of continuing education and a minimum of 20 hours of service, Bennett said.

Some of the service they provide includes staffing phone helplines, speaking at public events, taking photos, giving tours, propagating plants, maintaining gardens, and more, all depending on their interests.

The program has four primary initiatives:

  • Backyard gardening and local foods includes working with community gardens.
  • Integrated pest management includes teaching people best gardening practices and strategies to reduce the use of pesticides.
  • Invasive species includes encouraging people to identify, report, and be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly, Asian longhorned beetle, and other invasive species.
  • Environmental horticulture focuses on stormwater management, how to create rain gardens, and best management practices for backyard gardening.

The produce production for the food donations in 2020 started in March with the early spring crops, while other crops were planted in May after Master Gardener Volunteers received an exemption for this work since it occurred during the statewide stay-at-home orders, Bennett said.

“We were granted exemptions because food security fell under the governor’s guidelines as essential work,” she said. “A few counties still had gardening plots in late December, with cool-season crops such as carrots, lettuce, and other greens.

“All produce grown was given to local food banks and soup kitchens in the county it was produced in immediately after it was harvested,” Bennett said. “Additionally, some of the produce was given directly to families and youth who live in neighborhoods around the community gardens.” 

The food donation program began during the 2008 recession, Hogan said.

“As a result of the strained economy during that time and the growth of the local food movement, the need for donations grew,” he said. “The need significantly increased this year due to the pandemic.”

Possible Training Flights in area tonight

The 180th Fighter Wing appreciates the continued support from the citizens of Ohio and Michigan as we continue to train

The Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct training flights at night, Thurs., Jan. 7, weather permitting. Area residents may see or hear F-16 fighter jets taking off and landing until about 7:30 p.m.

Training flights normally take place during daylight hours, but F-16 pilots and maintenance personnel are required to conduct night operations as part of their overall readiness training. The 180th Fighter Wing appreciates the continued support from the citizens of Ohio and Michigan as we continue to train in support of our mission.

 

State Highway Patrol Releases New Year’s Holiday Report

Traffic Crash Fatalities Increased…..

 

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 10 deaths on Ohio’s roadways during the 2020-2021 New Year’s holiday according to provisional statistics. Two fatalities were the result of not wearing a safety belt when available, four were OVI-related and five were pedestrians. The four-day reporting period began at midnight Thursday, December 31, 2020 and ran through 11:59 p.m. on January 3, 2021. This is higher than the two-day reporting period last year, when four fatalities were reported.

Troopers made 3,979 traffic enforcement contacts; including 303 OVI arrests, 115 distracted driving and 478 safety belt citations.

The public is encouraged to continue using #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity. A statistical analysis of the Patrol’s enforcement activity over the holiday is available at https://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/links/NewYearHoliday2021_PIO.1.pdf.