NB Board of Education Meets for September

Wow! Free breakfast and lunch for students through December 31,2020….

By Sue Miklovic, www.theNBXpress.com

The Board of Education met at 2012 Tiger Drive for their September meeting last Tuesday evening. All board members were present.

The mood was light and the air was filled with positivity as the administrators talked about a “smooth opening” to the 2020-2021 school year despite the challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

From NBLS Superintendent Ryan Delaney:
*Free Breakfast and Lunch for students until end of December 2020!  See the related letter published here on theNBXpress earlier this week by following this link:  https://www.thenbxpress.com/message-from-nb-superintendent/

*One student is in self-isolation
 *Trees that were recently donated to the school are in the process of being planted

From NBHS Principal Chad Kiser
:

September 2020:

  • Huge thank you to Mrs. Lisa Reider for making all the positive signs in the restrooms around the school. It looks great!

  • Another thank you to Ms. Krista Ducat for putting Tiger Paws on our floors, bleachers, and cafeteria for social distancing. Such a great job!

  • Big thank you to Mr. Phillip Stefanka for putting down the new carpet here in the boardroom. He did a great job!

  • National Juniors Honor Society is having an MS movie night tonight at the movie theater. 

  • Senior nights for all fall sports went amazing!

  • Our band concert Saturday night was a huge success. Mr. Pack always does such a great job!

  • The school year is going just about as perfect as it can!

From Powell Elementary Principal Jonelle Semancik:

Mumkins

Our Mumkin sale did really well considering it was all online. We made a profit of $4,148.75. This will go towards Tiger Way Prizes, Powell Signage, Honor Roll T-Shirts, and staff supplies.  Delivery day is October 2nd and 3rd.

Step It Up!

To help the staff stay healthy and promote mental health, Mr. Kiser and I started a challenge between the buildings. We are kicking it off with the step challenge. The team with the most steps in a week will get the privilege of wearing jeans on Thursday the following week. The overall winners will receive the “Bragging Rights Trophy”.

Zones of Regulation

Mrs. Sattler is working with our 3rd through 6th grade students on a new program for our district called Zones of Regulation. The point of the program is to help students recognize and identify how they are feeling as well as what they may need in order to be ready to learn “green zone”. This is a tier 1 program targeting the social and emotional standards. From here Mrs. Sattler creates small groups if further intervention is needed. Mrs. Sattler has worked extremely hard on this for the past year. We are excited to see what the results will be.

Office Art Gallary

We have purchased frames and shelves for the main office at Powell. We will be displaying student art work that will be changed out quarterly. This is a way to show off the talents of our students at Powell.

(The building Principals both reported they have had NO referrals to their offices yet this year!)

From District Treasurer Steven Stewart:
*This is the time of year we have a lot of expenditures
*Rover Pipeline is challenging the valuations of the pipeline. We may have to give some money back in the event of a Rover victory. This case will probably end up in the Supreme Court of Ohio. Board member Marcy Byrd said, “Thank you for not suggesting or leading us to borrow millions in anticipation of money that we may not end up getting. It could have been disastrous. “
*Mr. Stewart says the District is in strong position to weather this storm-currently trimming expenses and scaling back on PPE expenditures.
*He will present the 5 year Forecast at next month’s meeting.

Other business:

* Maternity leave approved for Holli Sattler
* Leslie Hetrick was hired as the Elementary School Secretary
* Many various types of supplemental contracts were approved
*  The Board briefly discussed holding a special meeting to be held prior to the October 16th deadline they set for re-evaluating the back-to-school-schedules during the pandemic.  They will revisit their choices and make a  decision on the best way to continue after considering the many possible options available.
*Briefly talked about the “Covid-slide”(Kids reverting back to their pre-covid/March learning levels)and also the “medically fragile” students who need and receive special services and therapies that are  available on Wednesdays, even though this is not a regular day for students to attend. 

 

 

October at the Wood County Museum

New exhibit, German-American day, and more……

UPCOMING FALL EVENTS

The Wood County Museum will be opening a new permanent exhibit, The Mary & Carl Bach Story, on October 1, 2020.
“The Mary & Carl Bach Story”
Exhibit opens: October 1, 2020

The Wood County Museum will be opening a new permanent exhibit, The Mary & Carl Bach Story, on October 1, 2020.

This exhibit confronts the folklore surrounding the most recognized object in the museum’s collection – Mary’s fingers. Human remains exhibited in unnatural circumstances can be emotionally concerning while inexplicably fascinating to visitors, but there is more to the story. This exhibit contextualizes how Carl & Mary met, what led to the murder, and what the trial transcripts reveal.

A grand opening celebration & open house for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. A ribbon cutting, courtesy of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, will be held at 4:00 PM on the museum lawn.

THIS IS EVENT IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

In addition to the ribbon cutting, The Cocoon will display “The Wood County Clothesline Project” on the Museum front lawn.

Visitors will be expected to wear a facemask or covering and respect a six-foot distance from other visitors. The 30,000 square-foot museum building provides ample room for social distancing. RSVP’s appreciated, send to marketing@woodcountyhistory.org

This exhibit was made possible with support from Anonymous, Mike & Terri Marsh, Alicia’s Voice, The Cocoon, Wood County ADAMHS Board & NAMI, Doug & Sandy Kerr, Kelli Kling, Melissa Krieger, Michael Sibbersen, Elizabeth Geer, Michael Penrod, Patricia Limes, Corey & Jodi Speweik, and the Wood County Historical Society. Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020.

Continued support of quality and innovative programs, like this exhibit, can be made by visiting the museum’s website at woodcountyhistory.org

German-American Day
October 7th 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

On Wednesday, October 7th, 2020, from 7-9PM, the Wood County Museum is holding its 17th annual German-American Day program.  This year’s topic is, “German Genes?  How Deutsch is your DNA?”  Have you ever taken DNA test to determine your heritage?  Have the results, whether confirming or denying your German heritage, affected your sense of German or German-American identity?  If so, please RSVP to attend this year’s German-American Day and share your story.  Each registered participant will be give time to tell their story about their German heritage, or lack thereof. 
 
Due to state and county Covid restrictions, this event is limited to the first 15 registered guests.  If you wish to attend, please call the Wood County Museum at 419-352-0967 and RSVP with your name, the number of guests attending, and your phone number.  A $10 donation for non-members, and a $5 donation for members is requested.  The museum will remain open the night of German-American Day until 9PM for registered guests.  Masks are required at all times in the building.

Brought to you by the Wood County Historical Society with support from Melissa Krieger and Larry & Fran Weiss.

Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020.
 
The Wood County Museum is open for self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 10-4, and Saturday and Sunday from 1-4.  Please visit your Wood County Museum’s website at woodcountyhistory.org or follow us on Facebook & Instagram at Wood County Museum.

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Member benefits: Free Museum Admission, Admission discounts on teas and other programs, Invitations to member-only events, Chanticleer quarterly newsletter, 10% off Gift Shop items, Satisfaction of supporting the educational programs and preservation efforts of the Society.

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Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020

Ghanbari to Dedicate Highway for Medal of Honor Recipient Ed Byers, Jr.

“Master Chief Byers grew up along State Route 65 right here in Wood County,” said Ghanbari.

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) is scheduled to dedicate the Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers, Jr. Medal of Honor Recipient Highway during a ceremony Thursday at Otsego Park in Bowling Green.

 “Master Chief Byers grew up along State Route 65 right here in Wood County,” said Ghanbari. “He served our country with honor and distinction as a United States Navy SEAL and earned our military’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions in Afghanistan. This dedication is a fitting tribute to Byers, who is an example of the best Ohio, and our country, has to offer.”

Last year, Ghanbari introduced House Bill 276 to designate a portion of State Route 65 in Wood County as the “Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers, Jr. Medal of Honor Recipient Highway.” The legislation received unanimous support from both the House (96-0), and the Senate (33-0), and was signed into law by Governor DeWine on March 4.

Byers is the sixth Navy SEAL, and the first living Navy SEAL since the Vietnam War, to receive the Medal of Honor. A chief petty officer at the time of the mission on Dec. 8, 2012, Byers was serving as a Hostage Rescue Force Team Member in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His SEAL teammate, Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, was killed in action during the rescue mission and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

The sign dedication is scheduled for Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. at Otsego Park located at 20000 West River Road in Bowling Green.

Message from NB Superintendent

North Baltimore Local School District will have breakfast and lunch meals offered to them at no cost beginning today-9/23/2020…….



Hello North Baltimore families we have a very exciting announcement:

The USDA and ODE have extended the feeding programs that we provided in the spring after the shutdown. What this means for us is that students enrolled in North Baltimore Local School District will have breakfast and lunch meals offered to them at no cost. This will begin September 23rd and go until December 31, 2020 or until the federal funds are depleted. There is no paperwork on the parent’s end that needs completed. Although we do encourage you to fill out a free/ reduced application so that when January hits it is on file. At this time we will go back to charging students for their meals.

For breakfast, the students need to simply come through the serving line and tell the cashier if they are in elementary, middle, or high school.

For lunch, we will continue as we have in the past, but a full lunch will not be charged to any student. Ala carte items and extras will be charged to the student’s account.

This does not affect fee waivers. You would still need to qualify for free status for this waiver to happen.

We want to stress that this would not cover the cost of milk, if packing, or extra entrees. This only includes students who take a full reimbursable lunch or breakfast.

Thank you and please email us with any questions at rdelaney@nbls.org or glanning@nbls.org

Ruth Babel-Smith: There is a choice when you vote for Sheriff

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Ruth Babel-Smith wants you to know that there is a choice when you vote for Sheriff.  Having retired from the Wood County Sheriff’s Office at the rank of Lieutenant, Ms. Babel-Smith had served the residents of Wood County for 25 years. 

Additionally, she has been an instructor and commander for over 25 years with the Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Program.  Currently, she teaches in this program at Owens State Community College.  During her career, in addition to completing her various State certifications, she completed her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Tiffin University and completed the Police Executive Leadership College.

Ruth J. Babel-Smith for Wood County Sheriff



Ms. Babel-Smith is the recipient of two WCSO Certificates of Appreciation and a Certificate of Merit for excellence in duty. She is a member of the Fraternal Oder of Police, Lodge #109, the Ohio Police Benevolent Association, and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives. Other organizations include:  President, AMVETS #711 Ladies Auxiliary; Madame Conductor, Fraternal Order of Eagles #2180 Ladies Auxiliary; member, VFW Paul Ladd Post Ladies Auxiliary; Past officer, Daughters of the American Revolution. 

Academically, Ms. Babel-Smith is the recipient of the Mark A. Earley Qualitative Research Award, a member of Gold Key and Honor Society, and is currently a doctorial candidate in the Leadership Studies program at Bowling Green State University.  Born in Toledo, Ms. Babel-Smith has been a resident of Bowling Green Ohio for nearly 40 years, and lives there with her husband.

“It is my pledge to keep the citizens of Wood County as my primary concern.  The Sheriff’s Office is to serve ALL citizens, all the time, in all situations with respect and dignity” (Ruth Babel-Smith).  The current Sheriff has lost sight of this basic principle, setting corporations and the elite as his primary concern. 

Instead of serving the citizens who live out in the county, he has Deputies patrolling areas that have their own law enforcement agencies. This prevents Deputies from responding to a citizen’s call for help in a timely manner.  The lack of leadership and direction from the current Sheriff has resulted in critical errors at all levels.  This contributes to the constant staff turnovers and lack of consistency.  This constant turnover in staffing causes the Sheriff’s Office to lose connection with the people they serve.

Additionally, the current Sheriff has spent countless taxpayer dollars without accountability.  A sprawling jail expansion that has no end in sight.  Taking over court security, then going over budget every year, violating one of the conditions of that agreement.  Using his county issued vehicle for personal use, a violation of State law as established in court rulings.  This Sheriff also has the highest statistics overall regarding lawsuits.

Ms. Babel-Smith has a plan. 1.) Promote an atmosphere of transparency and accountability to the citizens of Wood County.  Citizens are entitled to answers, information and explanations. 2.) Evaluate the staffing levels throughout the Sheriff’s Office and make adjustments where needed.  This will keep all citizens and Deputies safer and promote service longevity among the Deputies, ending high turnover rates. 2.) Review the jail expansion and develop a plan to finish the project with minimal additional cost to the tax payers.  3.) Create an atmosphere of trust and respect within the Sheriff’s Office where Deputies are valued for their skills and talent.  4.) Reestablish a working relationship based on mutual respect with all law enforcement agencies in Wood County and beyond.

It is time Wood County had a sheriff who will work for them.  Ruth Babel-Smith can and will make that happen.  Public safety – NOT politics. 

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The District Board Meeting Teleconference Information

Scheduled for Thursday, September 24, at 7:30 a.m………

 

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – In response to safety guidance issued by the Ohio Department of Health, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for Thursday, September 24, at 7:30 a.m., will take place via teleconference call. 

Members of the public can listen in by following these instructions:  

Webinar: On Thursday, September 24, at 7:30 a.m., join the webinar by clicking this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87684696892?pwd=SEVRYVZmRGNVc20xU3lPN0NsOXRtUT09 Password: 664391

Phone only: On Thursday, September 24, at 7:30 a.m., use your phone to dial: 1-301-715 -8592 
When prompted, use ID: 876 8469 6892 and Password: 664391.  

Note that public access is watch/listen-only.  Comments can be emailed to publicinfo@nwwsd.org during and after the meeting.

Follow this AGENDA LINK for consideration.  

Follow @NWWSD on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information on how The District is working to provide safe, clean water during this crisis. More information can be found at http://www.nwwsd.org/coronavirus/

Wood County New Values Open For Inspection 

Average Residential Properties Percentage Change…..

 Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich announced Monday that the 2020 Triennial Update values have received state approval.  Countywide residential properties have received an average increase of 13%.   Ohio law requires that each county in the state conducts a reappraisal every six years.  Generally in every third year following a revaluation a “triennial update” of values by neighborhood is mandated to better reflect the current market conditions.   Wood County conducted a countywide reappraisal in 2017 and is required to update the values for the 2020 tax year.

Auditor Oestreich indicated that it is important to remember that property value adjustments are reviewed by neighborhood, so one parcel may increase more or less than the average due to location, desirability, and condition.  An increase in value does not necessarily compute to a comparable increase in tax.   Ohio legislation ensures that approximately the same amount is collected each year for the voted millage.  Therefore, levy millage rates will be factored up or down by the Department of Taxation so that the total amount collected will remain consistent with the amount originally voted.   “This is an important concept to understand because the reappraisal law is designed to equalize all values among taxpayers, not to enhance revenue for the taxing authorities.  In other words, this is not a means of raising taxes or lowering taxes; it’s a rebalancing of the tax value burden among individual properties and classes,” Auditor Oestreich stressed.

Sales data from 2017, 2018, and 2019 were used to complete the 2020 Triennial Update.  The increase in Wood County values represent a continuing trend of increasing sale prices since 2011.  “Wood County is a desirable place to live and prospective buyers are willing to pay higher prices in return for high-quality schools, lower taxes, and rural living,” Auditor Oestreich stated.  He also added, “The real estate market in Wood County has been very robust for the past several years.  It’s certainly been a seller’s market.  Homes are selling quickly, frequently with multiple offers, and often times at or above the list price.”

The trend of increasing prices has continued in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic.  Fewer homes are selling in 2020, but median prices continue to increase.  The Toledo Board of Realtors report in their Wood County July Housing Statistic Update that the median sales price in July 2020 was 15.9% higher than July 2019.

An estimation of tax cannot be determined at this time due to the above mentioned tax reduction factors and tax levies that are currently on the November 2020 ballot.  The Department of Taxation does not release factored tax rates until county election results have been certified and until the certification of values is completed for taxing authorities that overlap adjoining counties.

In addition to an increase in residential property values, an average zero change was seen in industrial and commercial property throughout the county.  The county will see a decrease in agricultural land valuation for all properties enrolled in the CAUV tax savings program.   The CAUV soil values are determined by the Ohio Department of Taxation and updated in conjunction with the county’s reappraisal cycle.   Not all Ohio counties are scheduled for reappraisal in the same year.

Beginning September 28, 2020 property owners may review their property valuation during the open inspection period.  The new 2020 value will be available on the auditor’s real estate website at http://auditor.co.wood.oh.us.  Property searches can be done using owner name, address, or parcel number.   Once the property is found and selected, the previous tax value and new tax value will be shown in the valuation section.  Property owners are encouraged to review all of the property characteristics to ensure accuracy.

Property owners may also review their property value in person in the auditor’s office on the second floor of the county office building between the hours of 8:30 to 4:30 weekdays or by calling the office at 419-354-9173 or toll free 1-866-860-4140 ext. 9173.

WCCOA is looking for Caregiver Nominations for Golden Care Awards!

The virtual ceremony will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, November 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Bowling Green, OH (September 15, 2020) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will be collaborating with Bowling Green Manor, Briar Hill Health Care Campus, Bridge Home Health and Hospice, Brookdale of Bowling Green, Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center, and Wood Haven Health Care to host the Golden Care Awards in honor of National Caregivers Month. The virtual ceremony will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, November 24 at 2:00 p.m.

A caregiver is someone who provides direct care and tends to the needs of an older adult. This event will recognize the caregiving heroes in our communities and one winner will be awarded in each of the following categories:  

  • Caregivers working in a facility or home care setting (Medical or Professional Staff)
  • Caregivers working in a facility or home care setting (Support Staff: volunteer, companion caregiver, housekeeper, dietary, salon, activity, maintenance personnel)
  • COVID Champions who have been working on the front lines during the pandemic
  • Community Caregiver (nominated by any community member or a facility)

Nominated “Caregiver Heroes” must have been working in a facility/home care setting, or an active caregiver for a family member, friend or neighbor within the last year. Self-nominations will not be accepted. It is encouraged that the person nominating the caregiver provides a thorough explanation of why the nominee is an outstanding caregiver. The panel of judges will base their decisions on the written information provided on the nomination form.  

Nomination forms are available online at www.wccoa.net/activities/special-events or by mail, and the deadline for submissions is Monday, October 19. Submit fillable PDF nomination forms and a JPEG photo of the nominee to programs@wccoa.net  A 30-second video nomination may be sent in lieu of a written nomination. Information may also be submitted to the WCCOA Dropbox by request. These materials will be used to create a video honoring the nominees.  All nominees will receive a certificate, flower, event brochure and their laminated nomination form.

For more information, contact the Wood County Committee on Aging’s Programs Department through the above e-mail or by calling 419-353-5661 OR 800-367-4935.

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.

For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935 or www.wccoa.net.

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects

Be safe as you travel through the impacted areas under service……

 

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.


Perrysburg Township: Sewer Lining
Through December,
 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.

Rossford: Waterline Replacement *UPDATE*
Through October, lane restrictions are possible on Santus Drive, Valley Drive, and on Glenwood Road in Rossford.  Project complete: November.  Project Investment: $1.5 million.

Rossford – Tree Streets Waterline Replacement
Through September, lane restrictions are possible on Maple Street, Oak Street, Walnut Street, and Superior Street for paving, sidewalk, and restoration work.  Project complete: September. Project investment $740,000.

District-Wide Hydrant Flushing
Through October, weekdays from 7:30 am until 4 pm, crews will be flushing hydrants in various locations throughout Northwood and Rossford.  Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if the water becomes discolored.  For more information:  https://nwwsd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=17eef70e88ca43a4ac3b8649fb263199

NB Legion “spruces up” 2 trees

Improved vision on Water Street after tree trimming……

In the interest of safety, NB American Legion Post 539 “elevated” two spruce pines at the end of their driveway toward water st.  The issue was blocked vision up and down water st.  as you drove out.  With the help of Treez Unlimited from Monclova Ohio, Frank Brooks and John Harden, this task was accomplished in little time.  Thanks to Pam and John Cheney for lending us a trailer to haul the clippings. 



submitted by John W Harden

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WCCOA Offering Educational Opportunities

And More Through Virtual Learning Academy……

 Wood County, OH (September 18, 2020) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) is offering various educational and enrichment opportunities through their new LivelyU Virtual Learning Academy (VLA). Virtual programs that fall under this umbrella will be recorded and accessible on the agency website and YouTube channel for participants unable to attend the live program.

The aim of the LivelyU VLA is to reduce social isolation, encourage active engagement, and enhance older adults’ abilities to remain at home while Wood County Senior Centers remain closed. LivelyU VLA is planned to continue after centers have opened as well. Sessions will focus on providing up-to-date information on various topics including public health, nutrition, financial planning, book clubs, cultural programming, caregiver education and more.

If you are interested in joining LivelyU VLA programming, contact the Programs Department at 419.353.5661 or 800.367.4935 or email programs@wccoa.net  Past programs can be viewed at http://wccoa.net/video-library/

 

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.