Fundraiser Blends County Home History with Birthday Festivities

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the County Home at the Birthday Gala Fundraiser,


Fundraiser Blends County Home History with Birthday Festivities

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the County Home at the Birthday Gala Fundraiser, at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd. in Bowling Green on Saturday, December 14 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

Come together at this annual event to enjoy the celebration of the 1869 opening of the County Home with hors d’oeuvers (provided by Penta Culinary Arts Program), cocktails & mocktails from around Ohio, root beer floats, enjoy a candy & popcorn bar and live entertainment by Timmy C & the Game Changers! Guests will also be able to tour the Museum’s award winning exhibit For Comfort & Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio by Way of the Poor Farm.

There will also be a silent auction featuring a variety of themed gift baskets with local experiences from artists, merchants, and restaurants. Some of the items include: a Zamboni ride & tickets to the Toledo Walleye, Art Package from Toledo Museum of Art, Animal Safari Lovers Package (including a VIP pass to the Port Clinton African Safari Wildlife Park), and Sue Shank Cookies. An additional 50-50 raffle will also take place during the event.

Gala tickets are $60/person, walk-ins welcome or purchase tickets in advance by calling 419-352-0967 or online at All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Wood County Historical Society.

Support for this event is provide by: Judy Ennis, Edwin & Irma Wolf, Penta Culinary Arts, Mike & Terri Marsh, Dolores Black, Harold A. Brown, Tim Brown, Pam & Ken Frisch, Mike Sibbersen, Skylight Financial Group, Lynn & Betty Wineland, Andrew Kalmar & Cathy Zwyer, and H.O.T. Printing & Graphics.

Choosing a government commodity program? 

Farmers who grow corn, soybeans, wheat, or other commodities have until…

Choosing a government commodity program? Farmers who grow corn, soybeans, wheat, or other commodities have until March 15, 2020, to choose one of three government commodity programs.

Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) with either county or individual coverage (ARC-CO or ARC-IC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC).

The programs help cover potential financial losses associated with commodity crops. Ohio State University Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency are jointly hosting meetings across Ohio to inform farmers about changes to the ARC and PLC programs.

The meeting facilitators will also discuss decision-making tools and calculators available to help growers determine which program best fits their needs. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES. The meetings end in February.

For a list of all meetings across the state, visit

180th Performing Night Flying

The Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct training flights at night

Toledo Air National Guard Unit Performing Night Flying


(Swanton, Ohio) – The Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct training flights at night beginning Mon., Dec. 9 through Thurs., Dec. 12, weather permitting.

Area residents may see or hear F-16 fighter jets taking off and landing (or passing overhead or off in the distance~nbx) until about 8:00 p.m. this week.

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.

For updated photos and videos of the 180FW visit:

Christmas Tree Lighting Held at The Bridge

The North Baltimore community was invited to share a Christmas Tree Lighting!

Department Chiefs Reports for November 2019

Presented to Mayor and Village Council….

At the beginning of each month, our EMS, Police, and Fire Chiefs present a written report of the activity in their department from the previous month to the Mayor and Village Council. Here are the reports from November 2019:

EMS report submitted by Chief Walter
Fire report submitted by Chief Francisco
Police report submitted by Chief Lafferty

Latta: Unemployment Drops to 50 Year Low

November jobs report showed the unemployment rate dropped to a 50-year low of 3.5%. ……

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Friday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5) provided the following statement on the November jobs report which showed the unemployment rate dropped to a 50-year low of 3.5%. In addition, wages grew 3.1% in the last year and 266,000 jobs were added in November.

 “It has been nearly two years since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law by President Trump and because of our pro-growth policies, our economy is booming. Job creation continued to soar last month and more Americans are joining the workforce. In November alone, manufacturers across the country added 54,000 jobs. My district is unique as it has more than 60,000 manufacturing jobs and I have heard time and time again how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has directly improved folks’ lives back home.

“Americans are feeling more encouraged by the job opportunities available to them because our labor market is strong. Even still, House Democrats fail to see the writing on the wall and refuse to consider the USMCA, a 21st century trade agreement expected to create thousands of jobs, deliver a boost to our economy, and make us stronger on the global stage. We need to continue to support and implement pro-growth policies because we know our country is better off because of them.”


Out of caution, replaces tree that was in declining health…..

BOWLING GREEN, OH – December 4, 2019 – The Wood County Commissioners, Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote, and Ted Bowlus are pleased to announce the planting of a new Heritage Oak tree on the east lawn of the Wood County Courthouse.  All expenses for the new tree were paid by a donor.  North Branch Nursery in Pemberville worked with Steve Blausey, Wood County Facilities Director, to complete the planting.  

In April of this year, two prominent oak trees that had grown in that location for nearly 100 years, were removed due to declining health and out of caution for people, vehicles, and the Courthouse.  As part of the tree removal, viable sections of the tree trunks were salvaged, sawed into lumber, and are currently being dried.  While there is no immediate plan for use of this lumber, it will be saved for future projects of importance to Wood County.

The Commissioners extend their sincere thanks to the donor, and are pleased to begin the next 100 years with an oak tree in this location.

For additional information, please contact Andrew S. Kalmar, Wood County Administrator.

Northwood: Tracy Road Waterline Repair

Utility work can impact roads throughout the area…… 

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

Effective Wednesday, December 4, from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tracy Road from Wales Road to Andrus Road will be closed for waterline repair.  Detour: Wales Road; Oregon Road; Andrus Road.  Local access will be maintained. 

Troop 315 Newsletter – Dec. 2019

Wrapping up 2019 – Looking forward to 2020!

Levi Trout’s Eagle ceremony

Scoutmasters minute

Levi Trout’s Eagle ceremony was a great moment for North Baltimore Scouts. Levi’s speech was so heartfelt and noticing the scouts being so attentive during it was all I needed to know , we are a big family. He spoke of brotherhood, family, mischievous moments and milestones while being a Boy Scout. Noah Pelton, Kyle Gerdeman, Billy Trout and Aiden Gore were also in attendance. Such a great gift to see my older scouts return for these things. Gosh , we miss them.

During the month of December, we will work on winter survival topics during the meetings. The leaders have notice that scouts are forgetting basic Tenderfot items like whipping rope and nots. so we will include these topics during survival training. All of this in in preparation for Camp Alaska and a Klondike camp in January at Camp Lakota in which we will be camping outside, not cabins..

Recharter December 30

All scouts and parents, The dues for scouts have increased to $60.00 and are due by December 30,2019. If your scout has the money in his account, We will deduct from that. I will notify all scouts needing dues this month. .

2nd Meat Stick Turn in

December 15 will be the second meat stick turn in so if any scouts have orders. That will be the last date we can order and have in before Christmas.

Sea Base

The next installment for Seas base is approaching and below are the dates for the next payments. Cost for Sea Base is 960.00 per scout / leader. After the first of year. Mr Boes will be looking for the best deal on plane tickets so be ready for that info as we find the discounts.
Plane tickets will be added later but we will look for deals throughout the year for best price.

Third payment of 270.00 is due by January 15,2020

Final Payment of 270.00 is due by April 15,2020

Video Game Night December 28

Here is the schedule for this event

2pm Saturday, unlock scouthouse for game setup
3pm Leave for Reset Pizza shop 27250 Crossroads Pkwy, Rossford, OH 43460
7pm head home to scouthouse
8pm to 7am Sunday lock in – if there is snow we may go sledding at the reservoir
7am cleanup and all leave no later than 8am Sunday

Calender Dates looking forward

January 19-20 Klondike at Camp Lakota .. link

January 31 – Feb 2 Winter Camp at Miakonda

Feb 19 Court of Honor, Scout ranks. Location TBA

March 7-9 Camp Alaska at Doc Roberts woods

The Christmas Scout Story

In spite of the fun and laughter, 13-year-old Frank Wilson was not happy. It was true he had received all the presents he wanted. And he enjoyed the traditional Christmas Eve reunions with relatives for the purpose of exchanging gifts and good wishes. But, Frank was not happy because this was his first Christmas without his brother, Steve, who during the year, had been killed by a reckless driver.

Frank missed his brother and the close companionship they had together. Frank said good-bye to his relatives and explained to his parents that he was leaving a little early to see a friend; and from there he could walk home. Since it was cold outside, Frank put on his new plaid jacket. It was his FAVORITE gift. He placed the other presents on his new sled. Then Frank headed out, hoping to find the patrol leader of his Boy Scout troop. Frank always felt understood by him. Though rich in wisdom, he lived in the Flats, the section of town where most of the poor lived, and his patrol leader did odd jobs to help support his family.

To Frank’s disappointment, his friend was not at home. As Frank hiked down the street toward home, he caught glimpses of trees and decorations in many of the small houses. Then, through one front window, he glimpsed a shabby room with limp stockings hanging over an empty fireplace. A woman was seated nearby . . . weeping. The stockings reminded him of the way he and his brother had always hung theirs side by side. The next morning, they would be bursting with presents.

A sudden thought struck Frank : he had not done his ‘good deed’ for the day. Before the impulse passed, he knocked on the door. ‘Yes?’ the sad voice of the woman asked. ‘May I come in?’ asked Frank. ‘You are very welcome,’ she said, seeing his sled full of gifts, and assuming he was making a collection, ‘but I have no food or gifts for you. I have nothing for my own children.’

‘That’s not why I am here,’ Frank replied. ‘Please choose whatever presents you would like for your children from the sled.’

‘Why, God bless you!’ the amazed woman answered gratefully. She selected some candies, a game, the toy airplane and a puzzle. When she took the Scout flashlight, Frank almost cried out. Finally, the stockings were full.

‘Won’t you tell me your name?’ she asked, as Frank was leaving.

‘Just call me the Christmas Scout,’ he replied.

The visit left Frank touched, and with an unexpected flicker of joy in his heart. He understood that his sorrow was not the only sorrow in the world. Before he left the Flats, he had given away the remainder of his gifts. The plaid jacket had gone to a shivering boy.

Now Frank trudged homeward, cold and uneasy. How could he explain to his parents that he had given his presents away? ‘Where are your presents, son?’ asked his father as Frank entered the house.

Frank answered, ‘I gave them away.’

‘The airplane from Aunt Susan? Your coat from Grandma? Your flashlight? We thought you were happy with your gifts.’

‘I was very happy,’ the boy answered quietly.

‘But Frank, how could you be so impulsive?’ his mother asked. ‘How will we explain to the relatives who spent so much time and gave so much love shopping for you?’

His father was firm. ‘You made your choice, Frank. We cannot afford any more presents.’

With his brother gone, and his family disappointed in him, Frank suddenly felt dreadfully alone. He had not expected a reward for his generosity, for he knew that a good deed always should be its own reward. It would be tarnished otherwise. So he did not want his gifts back; however he wondered if he would ever again truly recapture joy in his life. He thought he had this evening, but it had been fleeting. Frank thought of his brother, and sobbed himself to sleep.

The next morning, he came downstairs to find his parents listening to Christmas music on the radio. Then the announcer spoke: ‘Merry Christmas, everybody! The nicest Christmas story we have this morning comes from the Flats. A crippled boy down there has a new sled this morning, another youngster has a fine plaid jacket, and several families report that their children were made happy last night by gifts from a teenage boy who simply called himself the Christmas Scout. No one could identify him, but the children of the Flats claim that the Christmas Scout was a personal representative of old Santa Claus himself.’

Frank felt his father’s arms go around his shoulders, and he saw his mother smiling through her tears. ‘Why didn’t you tell us? We didn’t understand. We are so proud of you, son.’

The carols came over the air again filling the room with music: ‘. . .Praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on Earth.’

Patrol Releases Thanksgiving Holiday Report

According to provisional statistics, 15 people were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving holiday.

Patrol Releases Thanksgiving Holiday Report

COLUMBUS – According to provisional statistics, 15 people were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving holiday. During the five-day reporting period, from Wednesday, November 27, at 12 a.m. until Sunday, December 1, at 11:59 p.m., 15 people were killed in 13 fatal crashes. In 2018, seven people were killed in seven fatal crashes.

Of the 15 killed, two were pedestrians, two were not wearing a seat belt, and two involved impaired driving.

“The lack of safety belt usage remains a significant problem,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. “Wearing a safety belt remains the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and your friends from being severely hurt or killed in a crash.”

Troopers arrested 389 people for operating a vehicle while impaired and 172 for drugs. Troopers also issued 1,002 safety belt and 89 distracted driving violations. Throughout the holiday reporting period, troopers also assisted 2,518 motorists.

A statistical analysis of the Patrol’s enforcement activity over the holiday is available at