NB Public Library Celebrates 100 Years

First of several celebrations held last Sunday, with great community turn out!….

On Sunday, The North Baltimore Public Library kicked off their year-long celebration of their 100th anniversary with a standing-room-only crowd . The library opened for tours before the ceremony which began at 2:30 pm in the Wolfe Community Room. Library Board President Richard Van Mooy served as Master of Ceremonies.

The event included a flag ceremony by NB Boy Scout Troop 315, an invocation led by Reverend Ralph Mineo of St Luke’s Lutheran Church, and several words of congratulations from area dignitaries.

Among those present were: Mayor of North Baltimore Janet Goldner , who presented a proclamation; County Commissioner Doris Herringshaw; Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education Randy Gardner; Ohio State Senator for District 2 Theresa Gavarone;
US Congressman for the 5th District Robert Latta; Superintendent of North Baltimore Local Schools Ryan Delaney; NB Board of Education Representative Jeremy Sharninghouse; Library Board Vice- President Dennis Miller, who presented a special award.

Also in attendance and recognized were Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn, NB Village Council members and Clerk, all former North Baltimore Public Library directors, and all current and former North Baltimore Public Library staff members, as well as all members of the Library Board.

Closing remarks for the program were given by current Director of North Baltimore Public Library Mrs. Holly Ryder.

Following the ceremony the public was invited to participate in refreshments and performances by NBHS jazz band and NBHS choir and guitar ensemble under the direction of Mr. Ben Pack and Ms. Emily Meyerson.

Here are some quotes from some of the guests present at the event:

Randy Gardner “The millionaire and the unemployed both have access to our public libraries”

Theresa Gavarone “The crowd here today is a testament to the importance of this library to this community”

Bob Latta “4000 patrons at this library is fantastic. My dad would have been in the first class at the original library in the school in 1927. His family lived here before moving to McComb.”

Ryan Delaney “When I came here five years ago I asked people, “What are the best assets of this community?” When they said, “our library” I said, ” You mean the public library?” ” I had no clue why, but now I know. The people who work here are fun! “

Doris Herringshaw, “On behalf of the Wood County Commissioners we know you are very relevant to the community. We wish you best wishes for 100 more”

Rick Van Mooy ” I hope you will all join us at the celebration for the next 100 years in 2119. By the way, it’s a Friday. You’ll need to take a vacation day from work” 

Holly Ryder “My mission is to meet the needs of our patrons”

Stay tuned for additional planned celebrations throughout the year.

Here is a photo gallery to enjoy:


An Evening of Contemporary Piano in Findlay Wednesday night

America’s Funniest Pianist!

The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Findlay City Schools and the Findlay- Hancock County Community Foundation proudly announces a concert event scheduled for Wednesday, March 13 when Jason Farnham performs his signature piano show “An Evening of Contemporary Piano” at Donnell Middle School, 301 Baldwin Ave., at 7p.m. This concert is free and open to the public.

Jason Farnham of San Francisco Bay, CA is truly the “International Entertainer of Contemporary Piano Music”. Fans have affectionately dubbed him “Schroeder” from Peanuts because of his toy piano, his witty Victor Borge-style piano comedy antics and the clever way he interacts with the audience. The newest addition to his piano show has become his staple track:

Fur Elise with a techno-rock beat: “Fur Crying Out Loud Elise, Let’s Dance!” And Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca has now become “Rondo Alla Techno”. Fans of Mannheim Steamroller and rich piano instrumentals will find much to love here.

Jason Farnham is a first-class entertainer, and his show is sure to leave the audience smiling. Kathy Parsons of MainlyPiano.com says, “Think Schroeder from Peanuts meets George Winston meets Victor Borge meets a guy who makes techno remixes out of classical tunes.”

Jason Farnham is providing a week-long Artist in Residency Program at 10 schools in Findlay and Hancock County.

Variety Show at NB Schools – “Who We Anyway…”

Held in the unique NB MS-HS Auditeria, the show features the NB Improv Troupe

North Baltimore Local Schools will present their Annual Improv and Variety Show “Who We Anyway…”.

Tickets are available at the high school office for just $8.

Held in the unique NB MS-HS Auditeria, the show features the NB Improv Troupe, along with acts from Powell, the Middle and High Schools.

Today’s Tune to Get Your Day Going!

Enjoy this music video from YouTube, selected especially for YOU!

The Time – Spring 1974
The Place – WLFC-FM
Findlay College Radio

Please enjoy this upbeat tune to maybe help get your day off to a better start.

Or, if it’s later in the day and you need a pick-me-up?

Donald Fagen from the album The Nightfly. “New Frontier”

I bet you can’t not tap your foot to the beat…


Although this tune (New Frontier – 1983) was not part of the playlist back in 1974, at WLFC, the group Steely Dan WAS very much on my playlists in those days (and still to this day).

Along with Donald Becker and recording studios were full of some of the greatest session musicians and “stars” to record with other bands, just because they could…, Donald Fagen and “the Dan” jammed liked no one else… ever…

Thank you for your time and viewership and have a blessed day – JP

NB Music and Drama Busy

Concerts, performances, improv, Jazz festival, more……..

Students in the North Baltimore music and drama departments will be busy during the months of February and March. We invite the community to join us! 

Sunday, February 17: Several middle school and high school band and choir members will perform in the OMEA District I Honors Festival at Toledo’s Stranahan Theatre. The middle school performance is at 2:30pm and the high school performance is at 7pm. Both concerts are free and open to the public. 

Saturday, March 2: The North Baltimore Choir will perform the National Anthem at the Bowling Green State University hockey game. For tickets, visit bgsufalcons.com 

Monday, March 4: Band Concert grades 7-12, 7pm, North Baltimore Auditeria 

Friday, March 8: Variety Show/Improv Night, 7pm- Check out some of the most talented and wittiest students in Northwest Ohio. Fans of Whose Line is It Anyway will love this show! Tickets will go on sale in the high school office February 25.    

Monday, March 11: Choir Concert, 7pm, North Baltimore Auditeria. The choirs present a concert of world music!

Saturday, March 30: Jazz Night, North Baltimore Auditeria, 6pm. The Edon, Montpelier, Elmwood, and North Baltimore Jazz Bands will present a showcase of live jazz music. The University of Findlay Jazz Ensemble will conclude the evening. Cost:    $15 for entertainment only$20 for entertainment and a catered meal from Crossroads Café Anyone wanting the meal option MUST purchase a ticket by February 28. For tickets, please stop by the High School office or call 419-257-3464. Entertainment-Only tickets will also be available at the door.

Cost:    $15 for entertainment only$20 for entertainment and a catered meal from Crossroads Café.  Anyone wanting the meal option MUST purchase a ticket by February 28. For tickets, please stop by the High School office or call 419-257-3464. Entertainment-Only tickets will also be available at the door.

RESCHEDULED – Powell K-3rd Winter Musical

NEW DATE – K – 3rd grade students at Powell will present a winter musical, “Flakes”

Kindergarten through third-grade students at Powell Elementary School will present a winter musical, “Flakes”, WAS CANCELLED (due to weather) on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. IT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR Tuesday, Jan. 29 (weather permitting).

The musical will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Powell gymnasium and will be free and open to the public.

Siberian Solstice to Perform at Stranahan Theater

Presented courtesy of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Toledo

The Stranahan Theater will be the location for a FREE concert on December 23rd, featuring Siberian Solstice. The group is a Trans Siberian Orchestra tribute band, and performs throughout the northwest Ohio area during the holiday season. Here are the details:

Free Will Offering collected for Diabetes Youth Services

NB Schools Upcoming Concerts Dec. 12, 17 & 18

The North Baltimore Music Department would like to invite you to three upcoming performances this month!

Join in for caroling in front of the Fire Hall!

The North Baltimore Music Department would like to invite you to three upcoming performances this month!

On Wednesday, December 12, at 7pm, the North Baltimore Choirs grades 4-12 will present their annual Holiday concert in the high school auditeria.

On Monday, December 17 at 7pm, please join the high school choir for Christmas caroling outside the fire hall. Hot chocolate will be provided. Please bring a canned good to donate.

On Tuesday, December 18 at 7pm, the North Baltimore Bands grades 5-12 will present their annual Holiday concert in the high school auditeria.

All of these events are free and open to the public!

Community Choir Presents “A Journey Through Advent”

December 16th at 7:00pm at Holy Family Church.

The North Baltimore area community is invited to a special presentation by the recently formed Community Choir of “A Journey Through Advent”

Come, listen, enjoy!


 Don’t miss this one!

You won’t believe your ears!

December 16th  at 7:00 pm

  Holy Family Catholic Church

115 E.Cherry St., NorthBaltimore, OH

Refreshments served right after the performance!

GOST 2019 Organizational Meeting

Please come and join us for our first organizational meeting of the 2019 GOST Festival.

Please come and join us for our first organizational meeting of the 2019 GOST Festival.
Date: Thursday, November, 29th, 2018
Time: 6 pm
Where: North Baltimore Village Hall.
Who: All Volunteers
We look forward to another great year!
Thank you!

North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce
124 E Broadway
PO Box 284
North Baltimore, OH 45872

Call the Chamber or more information: 419-857-8130

Community Christmas Tree Lighting Scheduled

Collecting non-perishable food and toiletry items to support local needs………….

The Bridge Fellowship announces the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree located at 123 East Broadway, NB on Sunday, December 2 at 7:00pm.

Come enjoy the fun and enjoy hot chocolate and caroling, too.

The Bridge will be collecting non-perishable food  and toiletry items to support local needs.

Black Swamp Players To Hold Auditions For The Music Man

Sunday, November 18 and Monday, November 19. Audition times for both dates will run from 6:30 until 9 PM. …………

(Bowling Green)—The Black Swamp Players will hold auditions for the second production of its fifty-first season, The Music Man, during the week of November 18.

Open auditions for the production will be held on the following dates: Sunday, November 18 and Monday, November 19. Audition times for both dates will run from 6:30 until 9 PM.

The script calls for a large cast of both children and adults of various ages. All auditions will be held at the First United Methodist Church on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green. Those who want to audition should prepare 16 bars of a Broadway showtune, and should bring copies of their music to the audition.

Additionally, individuals who audition will be asked to cold read from the script and learn some dance/movement sequences.

All who are interested in auditioning should dress comfortably for the audition.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize–this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. Hill’s plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

Written by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, The Music Man has been entertaining audiences since 1957, when it premiered on Broadway. The musical earned eight Tony-award nominations in 1958 and went on to win six Tonys, including nods for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, and Best Performance by a Leading Actress.

The Black Swamp Players production of The Music Man will be directed by Amy Spaulding-Heuring.

The Music Man will open on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 PM. Additional performance dates include: Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 PM; Friday, February 22 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 PM; and Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 PM. All performances will take place at the First United Methodist Church, Bowling Green.

Tickets for all performances are $15/adults, $12/seniors and students. All tickets can be purchased on the organization’s website and at the door on the day of the performance.

The Music Man is the second of three productions to be mounted by The Black Swamp Players for its 2018-2019 season. The Players will close their 51st season with the world premiere of an original play by local F. Scott Regan, titled Peanuts and Crackerjacks. Regan’s play will be performed in April/May 2019.

Black Swamp Players is nonprofit corporation that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theatre in all its many aspects. Founded in 1968, Black Swamp Players has been providing community theatre to the Bowling Green and surrounding areas for the past fifty years. Those interested in volunteering for the organization should send an e-mail query to president@blackswampplayers.org.