A grand opening celebration & open house for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM….

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. 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.


If inclement weather arises, the outdoor ceremony will be cancelled, but will be available on the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Facebook for online viewing. Limited capacity tours of the Bach exhibit will still be available during the open house.


RSVP’s appreciated, send to

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.


The museum is open for self-guided tours Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM and weekends from 1 PM – 4 PM (closed on government holidays). Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, with discounts for seniors, students, and military. Historical Society members receive free admission as well as a gift shop discount. The museum is handicap accessible and group tours are welcome.



All events detailed at or by following the Wood County Museum on social media. The museum is located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green.

TONIGHT: “A Night of Praise” Benefit Concert

Basic Truth & Cedar Creek Churches to bring awesome music to rural Cygnet, Ohio – Benefiting NB Food Pantry…


Basic Truth Church and Cedar Creek Church will bring awesome music to rural Cygnet, Ohio – To benefit the North Baltimore Food Pantry & Christian Clearing House.

Ohio Department of Aging challenges Ohioans to take 10 BIG Steps to Prevent Falls

One in four Ohioans over age 65 will fall this year. Sept. 21-25 is Falls Prevention Awareness Week…..

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Aging has a friendly challenge for all older Ohioans: take 10 BIG Steps to Prevent Falls during Fall Prevention Awareness Week, Sept. 21-25, 2020.

“One in four Ohioans over age 65 will fall this year. That fall can have long-ranging impacts on the individual as well as their family and community,” said Ursel J. McElroy, director of the department. “There are simple things all Ohioans can do right now to decrease their risk of a life-changing fall.”

10 BIG Steps to Prevent Falls is part of the department’s STEADY U Ohio falls prevention initiative. The week-long campaign pairs five free, daily, online learning opportunities with five personal action steps to promote different aspects of falls prevention. Each day, participants will learn about a unique topic from falls prevention and other experts. Then, they will be provided with a checklist, planning template, or other activity to apply the information to their daily lives.

Individuals can learn more, register for online learning opportunities, and download related personal action items on the STEADY U Ohio web page.

The 10 BIG Steps to Prevent Falls:

Monday, Sept. 21: Know your falls risk factors

Step 1:    Learn about the factors that increase your risk of falling and steps to reduce your risk.

Step 2:    Complete a falls-risk self-assessment and discuss the results with your family and care providers.

Tuesday, Sept. 22: Exercises to reduce your falls risk

Step 3:    Learn about exercises and other physical activity that can reduce your risk of falling.

Step 4:    Create a personal exercise plan and try a new exercise.

Wednesday, Sept. 23: Fall-proof your home

Step 5:    Learn how to identify and remove falls risks in and around your home.

Step 6:    Complete a home hazard walk-through and checklist.

Thursday, Sept. 24: Eat well to prevent falls

Step 7:    Learn how a healthy diet can help lower your risk of falling.

Step 8:    Create a meal plan to prevent falls.

Friday, Sept. 25: Talk with your health care providers

Step 9:    Learn how to talk to your doctor and other health care providers about falls.

Step 10: Complete a medication inventory and discuss it with your health care provider or pharmacist.

Since September 2013, the Ohio Department of Aging’s STEADY U Ohio initiative has helped older adults, families, caregivers, professionals, and community leaders understand and recognize age-related factors that increase the risk of falling and fall-related complications. Individuals and organizations can find falls prevention information and resources at

About ODA – The Ohio Department of Aging serves and advocates for the needs of Ohioans age 60 and older, as well as their families, caregivers and communities. Programs include home and community based long-term supports and services, as well as initiatives to promote health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Visit

Party in the Park Meeting TONIGHT!

Please come – IN PERSON Tonight, Thurs., Sept. 10 2020 at 6:15 pm.


Thursday, September 10, 2020

6:15 PM

The Bridge Church – Fellowship Hall
123 E. Broadway Street


I. Welcome and opening remarks
II. “Party in the Park” event – scheduled for October 10, 2020
III. Adjournment


Please come – IN PERSON Tonight, Thurs., Sept. 10 2020 at 6:15 pm.

The meeting will be about the Oct. 10th, 2020 Party in the Park.

The meeting is at the Bridge Chuch Fellowship Hall on the SW corner of 123 East Broadway and North Tarr. St.

This is a community event: we hope to have the concession trailers and a 50s type band to provide music and such.

All who have ideas, or would like to volunteer please come to this meeting!


BG Drive-Thru Art Loop

Art, Food and Music!…….

Art & Art History | Occidental College

Two locations in Bowling Green, Ohio will host a Covid compliant art fair on Saturday, September 12th from 10 am – 4 pm, the same Saturday that was originally slated for the now cancelled Black Swamp Arts Festival.

Join 15 artists at the Art Supply Depo at 435 E. Wooster and more than 20 artists at BiG Fab Lab at the Woodland Mall parking lot, 1234 N. Main St in Bowling Green.

Most artists have seen summer art festivals shut down due to the pandemic. These drive-thru loops will help the artists with sales and will assist the consumer in finding fun and unique items in all media including painting, drawing, quilting, jewelry, glass, pottery, and photography.

The Art Supply Depo will also host entertainment by Ryan F. Erard, jazz piano musician from noon – 3 pm. Entertainment at the BiG Fab Lab to be announced soon. Food should be available at the BiG Fab Lab location.

These events are organized along with the host venues by artists Mary Jane Erard and Jim Zalewski.

Make plans to visit both BG locations in your car or walk through if you’re wearing a mask and maintaining 2 meters of social distancing. All artists will be wearing masks and maintaining proper social distancing as well. The organizers had wonderful reviews of their first Drive-Thru Art Loop in May 2020 and hope to set up events like this on a regular basis. A rain date is scheduled for Saturday, September 19th 10 am. – 4 pm.

* Contact Judy at the BiG Fab Lab (419-971-4244) if you are interested in selling your artwork during this event. We are accepting applications until Sept 1st.


17th Annual Living History Program Highlights some of Wood County’s “Firsts”…..

The 17th annual Wood County Living History Day is Sunday, August 23 at 2:00 pm. The event will take place on the Wood County Museum grounds. Local residents will portray early citizens of Wood County.  2020 honorees were chosen as we honor Wood County’s bicentennial celebration. This event is free and open to the public.

“A Joyful Noise” will provide music before the event. Parking is available in the Museum’s parking lot. The Wood County Sheriff’s Auxiliary will provide free rides from the parking lot to the program location. This year due to COVID-19, those attending are asked to bring a lawn chair and mask.  In case of heavy rain, the program will be moved inside the Museum’s meeting room (limited capacity of 35 to adhere to social distancing guidelines).

2020 Honorees are:

HARRIET COVERT BATTLES – President of the first Wood County Women’s Suffrage Club. Portrayed by Joyce Coutinho

SHERIFF GEORGE MURRAY BROWN – Wood County Sheriff (1882-1887) oversaw the hanging of Carl Bach (Wood County Courthouse) and Arthur J. Glover (Ohio Penitentiary) Portrayed by: Sheriff Mark Waslyshyn

CHARLES EVERS – Former editor of the Wood County Sentinel & Author of “Pioneer Scrapbook of Wood County”.  Portrayed by: Thomas Edge

PETER KRAMP – The “Oil Prince of Wood County”. Portrayed by: Geoff Howes

ELIZABETH LAFARRIE- A pioneer wife who overcame death and disease to clear the swamp in 1832. Portrayed by: Heather Bloom

CHARLES SUMNER VAN TASSEL – Former editor of the Wood County Sentinel & Author of “The First One Hundred Years of Bowling Green”.  Portrayed by: Bob Midden

JOHN WHITEHEADProminent doctor in early Wood County; commemorated by the Cunning & Whitehead Building in Downtown Bowling Green. Portrayed by: Gus Coutinho

DOTTIE ZIMMERMAN – A teacher for 50-years starting with the Portage Village one-room school, Weston Township DeWeese, and Weston School. Portrayed by: Alyssa Garland

 Event details and past honorees can be found at

Support for this program was provide by, Exchange Club of Bowling Green, Portage Center Arbor Gleaners 524, Wood County Genealogical Society, Michele Raine, Mike Sibbersen, Frisch Family Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation , Wood County Historical Society, With additional support from: City of Bowling Green, Wood County Sheriff & Auxiliary, DBD Sound Reinforcement, and the Living History Day committee.  Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020.

Aug. 8 Town Hall Meeting Summary

According to Bill Cook (edited by JP Miklovic) “Saturday’s North Baltimore Town Hall style meeting at the Village Park went very well!”

According to Bill Cook (edited by JP Miklovic) “Saturday’s North Baltimore Town Hall style meeting at the Village Park went very well!”

“The 15 folks were there had a great discussion about having community events (festivals) and it was a great discussion! Everybody went away with homework…”.

“Our downtown and village park are user friendly for festivals, food vendors, etc.

When the renovations on the 200 block of N. Main Street are completed, the set-up will be a bit different, but it will still work for G.O.S.T. and other events.

The Park is just as user-friendly for events but is more subject to water problems in the event of rain. There are many pluses to each location and very few negatives.

The next COMMUNITY meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 5th, NB Village Park, 8:00 AM. Shelterhouse #3.”

Alzheimer’s Association to Hold Virtual Educational Programs

Variety of Topics August 17-31 for the Community and Families Impacted by the Disease…

TOLEDO, OH – The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter will be presenting several virtual educational programs to help the community and families impacted by the disease.

These presentations  cover a variety of topics and occur at different times during the day via videoconferencing to allow individuals to participate in the convenience of their homes. They will discuss topics such as legal/financial issues families face, what to expect in the different stages of the disease, and how to have difficult conversations.  The programs are very helpful for anyone experiencing signs of memory loss, their family members who may be concerned and the community member looking for more education. 

All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register for the program, call 800.272.3900


 August 17 Living with Alzheimer’s – Late Stage for Caregivers  Part 1  11am

August 18    10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s 2pm

August 18    Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia 6:30pm


August 19Legal and Financial  Part 212:30pm

August 19     Living with Alzheimer’s – Middle Stage for Caregivers Part 3 3:30pm

August 20 Living with Alzheimer’s – Early Stage for Caregivers – Part 3 3:30pm

August 24 Living With Alzheimer’s – Late Stage for Caregivers Part 2 11am

 August 24 Activities at Home 2pm

August 25 Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior 11am

August 25 Effective Communication Strategies 2pm

August 25 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s 6:30pm

August 27 Dementia Conversations 6:30pm

August 31 Dementia Conversations 4:30pm

Stroll the Street 2.0 – Food Truck Fiesta Returns this Week

Food Truck Fiesta is a weekly event held on Wednesdays from 4:30-7:30 PM in downtown Rossford….

Join the Rossford Convention & Visitors Bureau (RCVB) for Stroll the Street this Wednesday, July 29th.  Each week the event will be held if Wood County is at a Level 2 or below.  Stroll the Street 2.0 – Food Truck Fiesta is a weekly event held on Wednesdays from 4:30-7:30 PM featuring 12 of your favorite NW Ohio vendors along Dixie Highway into Downtown Rossford.  Food trucks are spaced out from Ford Memorial Park to the Rossford Recreation Center with signage for safe distancing as patrons wait in line.


“We are happy to welcome everyone back, with proper safety precautions,” said Beth Genson, director of the Rossford CVB.  “Visitors are directed to follow best practices and state guidelines such as maintaining six feet of distance and wearing masks.  Hand sanitizer stations are available.


Food truck vendors are following health department guidelines including wearing masks and gloves and providing hand sanitizer.  In addition, several hand sanitizer stations are set up along the route.  Parking is available at the United Methodist Church, 270 Dixie Highway and in the IPS Headquarters parking lot at 146 Dixie Highway.  Grab-and-go is suggested.


Food Trucks participating in this year’s event include (listed in order from the Rec Center to Ford Memorial Park):

Country Lane BBQ

Koral Hamburger

Smyles Icy Treats

Cheezy Does It

NeNe’s Sweets

The Loaded Chicken

K & K Concessions

Rusty’s Road Trip

Deet’s BBQ

Rosie’s Rolling Chef

Susie Lynne’s Lemonade

Poppin George


Stroll the Street 2.0 – Wednesdays in Rossford is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and Heban, Murphee & Lewandowski, LLC.  Please follow the Facebook page and our Instagram rossfordohiocvb for weekly updates.


Quilt Day at the Wood County Fair

Cancelled for 2020…..

Wood County Fair is fast approaching. The thrill of a fair has its challenges in this Covid 19 world.  After much deliberation and discussion the Quilt Day Committee has decided to cancel Quilt Day  at the  2020 fair. We thank everyone for  being part of quilt day and viewing the treasurers  displayed for over twenty years. We will be back in 2021.

We have many great volunteers and enjoy the activities offered during the day and the opportunities to view creative works.  For the safety of all those volunteering, the quilted items, and our dedicated audience we have decided to wait and see everyone at the 2021 fair. 

In 2021 will be the 125th year of the Courthouse and theme for the year will be historical aspects of the county.  Begin your projects now that exemplify the court house and other great historical locations in Wood County.

Wood County Park District News

There is much to enjoy in Wood County nature…………

                                                           Hello, Summer 2020

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.
Nature Quest
Nature Quest is a series of activities.
*New: Virtual Escape Room.
First edition: Multi-park scavenger hunt. Clue: “Where life on a Depression-era farm is recreated, including chores, farm animals, cooking, and even school.”
Status Update:
+ Parks open daily 8:00 am – 30 min. past sunset.
+ Restrooms are open. Please wear a mask inside.
+ Playgrounds are open. Please wash hands immediately before & after use.
+ Please observe 6-10 feet of social distancing.
+ Indoor facilities are closed.
+ Facility rentals are cancelled through August 2. 
+ Bring water. Water fountains are off.
+ Volunteering has resumed for self-guided activities.
“Imagine Your Story” is the theme to the storywalks and the many engaging summer reading programs available to all ages.
Learn about the libraries and their summer reading programs.
Wood County District Public Library:, 419-352-5104.
North Baltimore Public Library:, 419-257-3621
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!
Turtle Time
Turtle Time: Camouflage
Turtle Time: Diet & Resources
Diet & Resources
Turtle Time: The Shell
The Shell
Turtle Time: Aquatic vs Terrestrial
Aquatic vs. Terrestrial
Just Nature
Just Nature: A Sunset over the Maumee
Sunset over the Maumee
Ecopsychology Talk Part 1 v3
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
Ecopsychology Talk Part 3
Ecopsychology Talk - Part 2 of 3
In-person Program Guidelines:
Please do:
+ Register first at
+ Wear a mask to programs.
+ Bring a water bottle with you.
+ Be courteous to others.
+ Wash hands frequently.
+ Let us know if you cannot attend.
– 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
Composting 101 Series
Sunday, June 28; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
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
Buckwheat Planting
Sunday, July 5; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 
and 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Watch historic equipment in action! Learn how buckwheat was planted using an early wooden 1900’s grain drill. Leader: Chris Dauer
Photo by: Tony Everhardt.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 – 2:00 pm
River Wading
Tuesday, June 30; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
William Henry Harrison Park
644 Bierley Avenue, Pemberville
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.
Leaders: Bill Hoefflin and Nicole Sarver
Carter Historic Farm
Check out these fun farm activities and facts from the Carter Historic Farm. For video updates on the new chicks on the farm, check out the Facebook page.
Learn how to make strawberry jam and what life is like on a Depression-era farm.
Friends of the Parks
Commemorative Trail
Say it forever and leave a legacy with a Commemorative Trail Brick.
3 text lines on a 4 x 8″ brick = $100
5 text lines on an 8 x 8″ brick = $125
Photo Contest
Start taking photos now for the 2020 Photo Contest by the Friends of the Parks. Find the prospectus here.
Rudolph Bike Park
Wellness | Community | Adventure.
With three pump tracks and one mountain bike skills course, there will be cycling development and fun for everyone. Be a part of this exciting community project.

Habitat for Humanity News Update

Building two homes in Wayne in 2021. Applications are being accepted



We build strengthstabilityself-reliancethrough 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 
2. Visit Charity Lists
3. Sign in with your 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