Wow, what a year! We hope you are well. There’s a lot going on. In good news, we turned 96. Not to flex, but we don’t look a day over 95. Honestly though, we are proud to conserve, enhance, interpret, and protect the natural and cultural resources of Wood County. We have more in common than our differences. Our mutual appreciation for nature can help bridge our divides and care for our Earth.
Love nature & be well.
Photo by: William Garrett
Bring your own water. We recommend a reusable water bottle.
A storywalk is a literary nature experience, or a natural literary adventure. Either way, it’s a charming way to read a book. Travel inward from either end of the Slippery Elm Trail, and the story will develop the further you go. Each Storywalk is around one eighth of a mile.
The Slippery Elm Trail is a 13-mile asphalt trail from Bowling Green to North Baltimore open daily from 6:30 am – 30 minutes past sunset.
“My New Red Bike” by James E. Ransome begins at the Bowling Green trailhead with parking at the Montessori School of BG. “Bird Builds a Nest” begins in North Baltimore with parking at the Slippery Elm Trail South Depot.
The North Baltimore Public Library, the Wood County District Public Library, and the Wood County Park District collaborated to create these storywalks for all to enjoy. Thank you to our community partners and volunteers!
Diet & Resources
Aquatic vs. Terrestrial
Sunset over the Maumee
The dynamic field of Ecopsychology can point the way of individual thought and action which benefits the whole. Through Ecopsychology, we can create connection with the natural world and foster an ecological ethic of care for our communities, for our land, and for all the world. Dr. Rodriguez is on the faculty of Viridis Graduate Institute, an international graduate school for Ecopsychology. She also is the Events & Education Coordinator for Black Swamp Conservancy, as well as co-founder of Taproot: A Source, an online community which fosters healthy engagement with ourselves, each other, and our world
– Do not attend if you are feeling unwell, or caring for a sick person.
We respectfully ask that you wear a mask to programs.
Thank you! Be well.
Teddy Bear Making Kit:
Sewing for Kids
Saturday, June 27; 1:00 – 3:00 pm pickup
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Sewing is a basic skill everyone should know, even kids! Visit Carter Historic Farm to pick up a sewing kit with directions to make a felt teddy bear. Once finished, we encourage you to send photos of the finished product to Carter Historic Farm! Leader: Alyssa Garland
Join us for part 1 of our composting journey that will be taking place throughout the summer, and watch as our compost transforms into an organic “black gold” for plants to thrive in! You will learn the fundamentals of composting, various forms of composting, how to make a successful compost, and why composting is important for the environment. This will be a hands-on event for those interested in getting a little dirty, but you are welcome to simply observe as well. Attending all 3 sessions is encouraged but not required. Leader: Stephanie Ross
Get up close and personal with the life in the Portage River as we explore some of its runs, riffles and pools. We will be in the water exploring with our hands and nets so wear quick drying clothes and footwear that can get wet and stay attached to your feet.
Building two homes in Wayne in 2021. Applications are being accepted
We build strength, stability, self-reliance, through shelter.
Accepting Applications – Wayne Ohio
As a reminder, we are building two homes in Wayne in 2021. Applications are being accepted (processed on a first come first serve basis). Call 419.353.5430 for questions or to apply.
Weston Home Build Update
It’s exciting to see the progress of the Weston build. Many thanks to our Core Crew members who have volunteered many hours to this project!
Much Appreciation for the following Weston Home Build Sponsors
We Need a Few Items to Make our New Office Complete
Now that we are settling into our new location, we need a few items for the office. Check out our new AmazonSmile Wish List. To Shop simply do the following: 1. Visit smile.amazon.com/charitylists 2. Visit Charity Lists 3. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials – you may be asked to sign up for AmazonSmile 4. Shop Habitat for Humanity of Wood County OH Charity List 5. Select, donate and ship items to our new location: 326 Industrial Parkway Suite 1, Bowling Green OH 43402
We may be adding items during the next few weeks…We’ll let you know. Thank you for your support! Don’t hesitate to contact the office with any questions 419.353.5430
The declines should mean lower property taxes, on average, for most of the farmers…..
COLUMBUS, Ohio—There’s a bit of good news for Ohio farmers to counter the bad news caused by COVID-19, as well as by last year’s historic rain.
In counties scheduled for property value updates in 2020—about half of Ohio’s 88 counties—the average value of farmland enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program should be about 40% lower than 2017–2019, or about $665 per acre.
“Less money paid in property tax will help reduce farmers’ costs and allow them to keep a greater share of the revenues they bring in,” Dinterman said.
But he noted that CAUV values are “not exactly equal to the property tax someone will pay.” A farm’s total property tax bill, he said, also depends on how many taxing jurisdictions the land is subject to and the tax rate, or millage rate, within those jurisdictions.
There could “certainly be a few cases where an agricultural landowner sees a large reduction in their CAUV value but has a corresponding increase in their millage rate and ends up paying the same in property taxes,” Dinterman said.
Ohio counties update their property values, including their CAUV values, every three years on a rotating basis, with about a third of the counties seeing updates every year. The new values then apply for the next three years.
The state’s CAUV program allows farmland to be taxed based on its agricultural value instead of its full market value. Enrollment in the program, which is voluntary, “normally results in a substantially lower tax bill for working farmers,” an Ohio Department of Taxation website says.
A county’s CAUV values are based, roughly, on a formula using net farm income data from over the past five to seven years. More specifically, the data comes from a hypothetical farm producing soybeans, corn, and wheat during that period.
“In a nutshell, CAUV values are high when the previous five to seven years of farm income were high. CAUV values are low when the previous five to seven years of farm income were low,” Dinterman said.
Farmers had a boom in net income from about 2010-2014, which was partly a major cause of rising CAUV values in the past, he said.
“So now that we have been in a prolonged period of what people might consider low farm incomes, those values start to enter the CAUV formula and in turn lower their values,” Dinterman said.
“Clearly a farmer does not want to have low income, but a bit of good news that comes with that is that at least their tax bills will be a bit lower,” he said.
Dinterman and Katchova’s report also states that based on early projections, the quarter of Ohio counties scheduled for CAUV updates in 2022 will see only a small decrease in their values, about 1%, to $880 per acre.
That ties in with the researchers’ expectation that the CAUV declines won’t continue.
“We should give a bit of a warning to farmers that the recent trend we’ve seen in reduced CAUV values has plateaued,” Dinterman said.
The reason: a major legislative change to the CAUV formula—related to how capitalization rates are calculated—was started in 2017. The change was phased in, and 2020 marks the end of the phase-in.
“That phase-in over 2017–2020 helped ease into the lowest CAUV values we’ve seen since about 2012,” Dinterman said. “We’re likely to stay within a range of about $650–$900 for average CAUV values in the foreseeable future.”
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – At The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) there is nothing more important than providing our customers with safe, reliable water.
As part of this mission, every year we publicize our water quality reports. In 1996, Congress amended the Safe Drinking Water Act by adding a provision requiring all community water systems to deliver a brief annual water quality report. The annual report is referred to as a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR).
Because The District distributes water from multiple sources, we issue a total of thirteen reports across Wood, Hancock, Henry, and Sandusky counties. Note that the reports a summarize information for the previous calendar year. Therefore, the most recently released reports will list the previous year in their title.
The CCR includes information on our source water (i.e., rivers, lakes, reservoirs, or aquifers), the levels of any detected contaminants, compliance with drinking water rules, plus some educational material.
The CCR is developed in accordance with the EPA guidance document which explains all of the requirements for report content, format, and distribution.
Printed copies are available upon request. Contact Emily Freeman at 419-354-9090 EX 156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We ask for everyone’s continued support of the Wood County Fair as we go through these trials together.” (August 3-10, 2020)
To all Wood County Fair Families and Friends June 16, 2020
On behalf of the Wood County Agricultural Society’s Senior Fair Board, I am pleased to announce that we had a very productive meeting last night. We know everyone has been patiently waiting to hear about what will, and will not take place at the 2020 fair. As Directors on the Fair Board, and with our passion for the fair, it is difficult for us to make some of these changes; however, the times we are living in at the moment require us to do so. I ask that you please believe everything we have changed or cut has been done to either comply with regulations from the State of Ohio, or to protect the future of the Agriculture Society as a whole. Here are the results of last nights meeting. 1.) All Jr. Fair livestock shows and static displays will proceed as normal on the normal schedule printed in the fair book. All Jr. fair livestock will be at the fair on display the entire week as normal. Static displays, normally placed in the Jr. Fair Building, can be displayed if the exhibitor wishes; however, there will be no booths, or decorations permitted this year. Items can be brought in and placed in groups on tables accordingly. All premiums will be paid to Jr Fair livestock and static exhibits on display at the fair. 2.) Showmanship Sweepstakes will take place. Some of the details of social distancing and location are still being discussed, but the Board voted that it will proceed. 3.) The Jr Fair livestock sale for 2020 will be an entirely virtual event. It will be a donation only event and not an actual auction. Each exhibitor will have one “page” to list all their market livestock on, and other information that would normally appear in the sale catalog. Champions and Reserve Champions will be noted. This is a work in progress and more information will be provided as it becomes available. The feeder calf base bid sale will proceed as normal with possible release the same day. 4.) Sr. Fair, open class, static exhibits (i.e. Fine Arts, Women’s World, Grange, Antique Tractors, etc…) will be judged and/or displayed, but no premiums will be paid this year. Ribbons only. 5.) Sr Fair, market/breeding livestock, open classes are cancelled. 6.) Sr. Fair, open horse shows will take place. The open riding horse shows are financially self-sufficient. The open draft horse hitch show also has the opportunity this year to be self-sufficient, due to cancelation of the State Fair Draft Horse show (which is always the same weekend). 7.) Commercial Exhibits will be allowed. 8.) Food Concessions will be allowed, but may change locations or directions of service lines to maintain distancing. 9.) Baby land will operate, with strict guidance pertaining to distancing. If an auction is held it will be silent or virtual. Most likely the chainsaw carving auction will be the same. 10.) No bake sales, or homemade pie auction will be held. Any sale of homemade food products is prohibited. 11.) Catch – a – pig contest will be held as usual, with a possible change in location. 12.) There will be no rides this year. Our ride company was not able to maintain a full enough schedule to operate this year as well as inspection and distancing issues. 13.) Cheerleading, The Jr Fair Parade, The Draft Horse and Pony pulls are all cancelled. 14.) Free admission for Veterans and Senior Citizens will be maintained on those designated days. 15.) The lunchtime admission ticket will remain for another year. 16.) Camping will be permitted under the regulations in place for Ohio campgrounds, which includes no boxing or compounding of campers. All campers will be parked straight on their designated lots with the hitch facing the road. You will be asked to move the camper one time, if you do not comply you will be required to leave the grounds, forfeit your camping fee, and lose your reservation for that spot in 2021. The only exception will be campers that rent two or more lots, and are long enough they need to park at an angle to maintain the fire lane. 17.) Harness racing will proceed on the usual schedule, following the regulations placed on them by the State. Due to the change in the regulations from the State last week, and meeting with the Health Dept yesterday, the issues pertaining to grandstand entertainment were not ready to be presented to the Board last night. Those issues will be dealt with in the next few days, and presented to the Board for a decision at our regular meeting on June 25 at 7:30pm. The Board appreciates everyone’s patience in this trying time. We anticipate more changes to come through the last day of fair. We will deal with them as they occur and in a manner that is in the best interest of protecting the integrity of the Agricultural Society, and the future of the Wood County Fair. We understand there are still many questions to be dealt with and ask that you contact a Board member with them. We ask for everyone’s continued support of the Wood County Fair as we go through these trials together.
Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, flies, bats and hummingbirds transfer pollen between flowers and other plants, helping them grow and produce the fruit and vegetables we all eat….
(BPT) – You may already be aware that pollinators are important to everyone on the planet. But did you know that one in every three bites of food is made possible by native pollinators?
Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, flies, bats and hummingbirds transfer pollen between flowers and other plants, helping them grow and produce the fruit and vegetables we all eat — and that our beloved pets eat.
Because pollinators help grow the pumpkins, apples and cranberries used to make Beyond, a sustainability-minded natural pet food, the team has collaborated with The Nature Conservancy to initiate Project Blossom, with the mission of helping protect the declining population of pollinators. Purina’s Beyond has donated $100,000 to The Nature Conservancy to help its mission to support a healthy planet, to protect pollinators.
“The Nature Conservancy works around the globe to protect pollinators from challenges such as the loss and degradation of habitat, climate change and more,” said Chris Helzer, director of science for the Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. “By partnering with Beyond and being a part of Project Blossom, we are advancing our work to support a healthy planet for pollinators and all the other species we rely on for a healthy ecosystem.”
How you can help
Here are some simple things you can do to help pollinators thrive. They are fun, easy and educational projects you can enjoy with the whole family, especially while you’re spending more time at home and in your own yard and garden.
Kids find pollinators fascinating, and there’s a lot to learn about what they do for our ecosystem.
Check out other websites, books or local outdoor gardens to explore native plants and pollinators that live in your area.
Make a list, map and/or photo project to describe what kinds of pollinators help which plants grow in your region.
Seek out resources to learn more about different types of pollinators and the threats they face. For example, when most people talk about bees, they assume honeybee, but there are more than 5,000 species of bees found in North America alone that need our support.
Once you’ve identified regional plants, flowers and shrubs that pollinators love, decide which ones to add to your outdoor space.
Involve the whole family in growing a variety of pollinator-friendly plants outside your home.
Avoid using pesticides in your yard or garden and learn which ones are least likely to affect bees and pollinators.
If you have limited outdoor space, use a small raised garden bed or a planter on your deck, balcony or patio.
Set up a pollinator window box.
Collect supplies, like pieces of wood, and involve your kids in making a small project to help sustain pollinator communities in your own backyard.
Create a fresh water feature like a pond or bird bath that pollinators can use for drinking.
Make a monetary contribution to the cause.
Make a donation to The Nature Conservancy, which helps conserve and protect land and water around the world.
Consider encouraging donations from friends and family.
An easy way to spread awareness about pollinators is to create a conversation about them on social media.
Share the Project Blossom website with friends and family.
Post pictures of your pollinator projects or gardens to inspire others to join your efforts.
“We’re committed to keeping pets healthy and happy, which is why we’re committed to helping protect our planet and ultimately, pollinators that play an important role in our ingredient sourcing,” said Diane Herndon, senior manager of sustainability at Purina Beyond. “At Beyond, we hope Project Blossom will inspire people everywhere to help protect pollinators that play a vital role in nutritious ingredients that go in our cat and dog recipes.”
A key provision of the bill gives local governments the authority to set dates and times a person may use fireworks.
House Bill 253, which the Ohio House passed by a 78-17, would create the Ohio Fire Code Rule Recommendation Committee. This group will advise the state fire marshal on rules around the manufacture, sale and use of fireworks. The committee would include officials at the local and state level.
Current law requires consumers who purchase fireworks in the Buckeye State to transport them out of the Ohio within 48 hours. It also bans anyone from using fireworks – most retail fireworks in Ohio are known as 1.4G fireworks.
The bill “will update our state’s antiquated fireworks laws,” state Rep. Michael O’Brien, D-Warren, said from the House floor. “Ohio firework laws have been largely unchanged for decades while our bordering states permit the sale and use of fireworks. Because of this, our citizens are allowed to purchase fireworks in Ohio, but unfortunately, they’re required to travel to another state to legally set those fireworks off.”
The Ohio Senate will now consider HB 253. If approved and signed into law by the governor, the bill would make Ohio the 49th state in the country to allow fireworks usage according to O’Brien.
While debating the bill, members of the House Commerce and Labor Committee heard from several citizens and organizations, including the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who opposed the proposal. The committee also heard from fireworks companies and other organizations associated with the industry that supported the measure.
The bill imposes a 4 percent fee on fireworks sold in the state starting 100 days after the legislation goes into effect. Seven-eighths of the revenue will go toward firefighter training programs, while the rest goes to cover costs the state fire marshal incurs while administering the law.
A key provision of the bill gives local governments the authority to set dates and times a person may use fireworks. It also requires retailers to give customers safety pamphlets when they purchase fireworks.
“This bill notably eliminates the requirement for Ohioans to take fireworks out of the state once purchasing them within the state,” state Rep. Brian Baldridge, R-Winchester, said in a news release. “Being a firefighter myself, I am proud to support legislation that encourages safety as it relates to fireworks. This legislation is also supportive of the law enforcement community, as it provides funds to firefighter training.”
Be alert. Our utility work can impact roads throughout our 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.
Rossford – Tree Streets Waterline Replacement Through August, lane restrictions are possible on Maple Street, Oak Street, Walnut Street, and Superior Street for waterline replacement, installation of new hydrants, and meter pits. Project complete: September. Project investment $740,000.
Rossford – Dixie Highway Sewer Rehabilitation Through July, lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on Dixie Highway from Colony Road to Vineyard Drive for sewer rehabilitation. Project complete: July. Project investment: $150,000.
Rossford – Lime City Road Waterline Replacement Through June, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Lime City Road between Dixie Highway and Marilyn Drive for waterline replacement. Through June, lane restrictions are possible on Schreier Road near Lime City Road for waterline replacement. Project complete: July. Project investment: $770,000.
Rossford – Eagle Point Sewer Replacement Through June, lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on Eagle Point west of Colony Road for restoration work. Project complete: June. Project investment: $1.2 million.
Perrysburg Township: Ampoint Industrial Park Waterline Replacement Through June, 3rd Street, between Road J and D will be closed for waterline installation. Detour: D Street; 1st Street; J Street. Through August, lane restrictions will be possible throughout Aimpoint Industrial Park and on Third Street, between Glenwood Road and D Street for waterline replacement. Project complete: August. Project investment: $994,000
Perrysburg Township: Sewer Lining *NEW PROJECT* Through December,lane restrictions will be possible in Perrysburg Township north of SR 795, West of 75, south of the turnpike, for sewer rehabilitation. Project complete: February 2021. Project investment: $1,230,000.
“I spent a significant amount of time listening and learning from the youth who participate in our county fair.” ~Haraz Ghanbari
COLUMBUS – State Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) announces an initiative to help the Wood County Fair open this year while supporting youngsters involved in the 4-H Club and the Future Farmers of America. The Wood County Fair is currently scheduled for Aug. 3-10.
“This past year I spent a significant amount of time listening and learning from the youth who participate in our county fair. I was deeply impacted by their commitment and they each left a lasting impression on me,” said Ghanbari. “Agriculture is crucial to the identity of Wood County, and I am thankful that we have a viable path forward for our Wood County Fair.”
To allow fairs to operate in a safe manner consistent with good health practices, each fair that conducts a junior fair this year will receive $50,000, under the plan announced today. Fairs that do not conduct a junior fair this year will receive $15,000 that can be used towards next year’s fair.
Local fair boards who have already cancelled for 2020 can apply for a new date with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
The plan was unveiled jointly by Speaker of the House Larry Householder (R-Glenford), Governor Mike DeWine, Senate President Larry Obhof and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted. As part of the announcement, DeWine issued an executive order detailing guidance on how to conduct fairs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The plan is subject to State Controlling Board approval, which is expected Monday.