The Rise of Spring Allergies: Fact or Fiction?

There are many events that can help predict how bothersome the spring allergy season will be and why allergies are increasing….

This spring allergy season could be the worst yet, or at least that is what you might hear or be feeling. Every year is particularly bad for allergy sufferers, but are spring allergies this year really worse?

While it’s true that allergies are on the rise and affecting more Americans than ever, each spring isn’t necessarily worse than the last. The prevalence of allergies is surging upward, with as many as 30 percent of adults and up to 40 percent of children having at least one allergy.

There are many events that can help predict how bothersome the spring allergy season will be and why allergies are increasing:

  • Climate Change– Recent studies have shown pollen levels gradually increase every year. The warmer temperatures and mild winters cause plants to begin producing and releasing pollen earlier. Rain can promote plant and pollen growth, while wind accompanying rainfall can stir pollen and mold into the air, heightening symptoms.

  • Priming Effect – A mild winter can trigger an early release of pollen from trees. Once allergy sufferers are exposed to this early pollen, their immune system is primed to react to the allergens, meaning there will be little relief even if temperatures cool down and this will lead to a longer sneezing season for sufferers.

  • Hygiene Hypothesis – This theory suggests that exposure to bacterial by-products from farm animals, and even dogs, in the first few months of life reduces or delays the onset of allergies and asthma. This may, in part, explain the increasing incidence of allergies worldwide in developed countries.

While over-the-counter medications may work for those with mild symptoms, they can cause a variety of unwanted side effects. If you think you have allergies, see a board-certified allergist. During this time of social distancing, an allergist can provide you with quality care through HIPPA secure Telehealth/virtual visits. They can evaluate, diagnose, and treat allergy sufferers so the spring sneezing season doesn’t have to be so bothersome.

If you think you might be one of the more than 50 million Americans that suffer from allergies and asthma, don’t delay your care, find an allergist in your area who can provide Telehealth/virtual services.

Author: Maria Slack, MD

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NBHS Senior Spring Athletes

Here’s a peek at some of our NBHS athletes who will graduating this week. Congrats to ALL Senior athletes!…

NB Spring Athlete Seniors, from NBHS Athletic Director Dan Davis

Abbi North – Track 

            Plans to attend Miami University of Ohio to major in psychology and minor in social work. Favorite memory from track is all the bus rides with her teammates. She would like to thank her coaches for having her work extra hard and push her to become better, and thank her parents and friends for cheering her on!


Jordan Baker – Softball

            Plans to attend Owens for business. Her favorite memory from softball is making it to the regional tournament. She would like to thank all her coaches throughout her career.


Simone Thompson – Softball

            Plans to attend Bowling Green State University in criminal justice. Her favorite memory from softball is hitting a home run against Carey in the tournament. She would like to thank her parents and coaches for their support.


Chloe Lanning – Track

            Plans to attend Michigan State for pre-veterinary science. Her favorite memory from track is running the 4X4 relay race with a water gun as a baton and reaching 15 feet for long jump during her junior year. She would like to thank Mr. Rowlinson for believing in her and pushing her to do better. He’s the best long jump coach!



Lydia Hartman – Track

            Plans to attend Bowling Green State University for criminal justice. Favorite memory from track is using a water gun as a baton in a relay race. She would like to thank Coach Senour and teammates for always pushing her to do her best and give support.


Sydnee Smith – Track

            Plans to attend the University of Toledo for psychology. Her favorite memory in track is running in the 4X4 relay race at a home meet and using a water gun as a baton. She would like to thank Coach Senour and her teammates for pushing her to be better.


Hope Stanfield – Softball

            Plans to attend Bowling Green State University and major in psychology. Her favorite memory is when Coach Lennard fell at practice and hitting the game winning hit against Van Buren. She would like to thank her mom and dad.


Levi Gazarek – Baseball

            Plans to attend Bowling Green State University and major in sports management. Will play football and baseball for the falcons! Favorite memory is winning the district championship. Would like to thank his dad for pushing me to be the best and all his other coaches and family for support.

Jaden Bucher – Baseball

            Plans to attend Eastern Kentucky to major in golf management. Favorite memory from baseball is winning the district championship. Would like to thank all his coaches for their support.


Levi Trout – Track

            Plans to attend Lourdes University for business and will run cross country and track for the grey wolves! His favorite memory from track is the bus rides and workouts/team runs with the team. He would like to thank all his coaches and teammates.


Kealeigh Leady – Softball

            Plans to attend either Toledo or Bowling Green for nursing. Her favorite memory is playing with her friends and messing around in the dug out. She would like to thank her coaches for their support.


Chloe Hopple – Softball

            Plans to attend Owens for dental hygiene. Favorite memory is when coach Troy got mad at another player for messing with a sign. She would like to thank her coaches, teammates, and family.


Senior athletes not pictured include: Brayden Holloway, Travis Jacobs, Mason Byrd, Brendan Hutchins, Kaleb Spence, and Kirsten Mason (all track athletes).

Keep Maintaining Your Vehicle Even If It Sits Idle

April is National Car Care month…..

With a majority of vehicle owners living in areas of the country that have stay-at-home orders, many vehicles may be sitting idle for days or weeks at a time. The non-profit Car Care Council recommends starting your car at least once a week and keeping up with routine auto care to help prevent potential maintenance issues. 

Just as it is recommended that people stay active during this time of social distancing, your car should get some activity as well. If your vehicle sits idle for too long, the battery could die, the tires can develop flat spots and the engine oil may start to deteriorate. Just a short solo drive once a week and a little car care will keep your car running efficiently and safely.

When starting your car weekly, let it run for at least five minutes. If the vehicle is started in a garage, make sure the garage door is open and there is plenty of ventilation. In addition, the Car Care Council suggests monitoring the following areas of your vehicle if it sits idle for long periods of time.

Battery – Today’s vehicles have several computers that are always in operation, so if a car sits too long without recharging, the battery could die within a couple of weeks.

Tires – Maintain proper tire pressure to improve vehicle performance and gas mileage. Doing so is also important for vehicle safety. Checking the tire pressure frequently is more important if the car is parked for long periods of time. Vehicles that sit idle too long can develop flat spots, so taking a brief drive every once in a while will help prevent bald spots, and recharge the battery, too.

Fuel – Today’s modern fuel systems help preserve the life of the gas in your tank and also prevent fuel oxidation. Keeping a full tank of gas helps limit gas-tank condensation. If you are still concerned about the gas in your tank going bad, a fuel stabilizer may help extend the life of your fuel.


Oil – If a car sits too long, the oil can deteriorate, so continue to change the oil at the proper time intervals, even if you are not driving your normal mileage. It is always best to check the owner’s manual for the maximum time you should wait between oil changes.

Brakes – If a car sits idle, rust can start to form on the brake rotors, especially if the car is parked outside. Driving your car at least once a week will help prevent rust buildup.

Cleaning – Removing the grime and sediment that builds up on the outside of your car helps prevent rust, and cleaning the interior is important, too. Wipe down the dashboard, steering wheel, cup holders, door handles, vents and console with a quality, all-purpose automotive cleaner that will help disinfect the interior areas of your vehicle.

For more helpful information about maintaining your vehicle for safety, dependability and value, visit to order the Car Care Council’s free 80-page Car Care Guide.

Seasonal Home Supplies for Spring

For many people, a major part of spring cleaning revolves around reorganization….

(Family Features) Between spring cleaning and spending additional time outdoors (or both), the spring season can bring a lot of changes to your home. From insect prevention to rethinking home organization and adding style to your favorite spaces, it’s an opportunity to reimagine your living areas while planning ahead for potential problems.

Visit for more ways to spruce up your home for spring.

Combat Carpenter Bees with Early Prevention

Don’t let carpenter bees get a foothold in your home where they can damage wood. One of the easiest ways to prevent carpenter bees from boring into your house is to capture them before they begin multiplying. Traps, like the TrapStik from Rescue!, lure in carpenter bees with appealing colors and patterns then trap them on a sticky surface. Just hang the weather-resistant, pesticide-free traps where carpenter bees are seen or holes can be found. Learn more at

Optimize Home Organization

For many people, a major part of spring cleaning revolves around reorganization. By adding versatile, ventilated storage to pantries, laundry rooms, mudrooms or just about any space in the house, a solution like ClosetMaid’s multi-functional wire drawer organizer kits are perfect for small spaces. Available in 2-, 3- or 4-drawer sizes, the kits can help organize items from food to off-season holiday decorations to toiletries or cleaning supplies. Find more information at

Create a Classic Kitchen

Spring is a perfect opportunity to update your kitchen – or create a look from yesteryear. Consider an option like Elmira Stove Works’ ranges. Available in seven colors and more than 1,000 custom hues with polished nickel or antique copper trim, the ranges complement styles such as farmhouse, Victorian, log cabin and even more contemporary settings. Full-size, self-cleaning ovens are available in electric, convection electric or gas. Complete the look with matching fridges, wall ovens, dishwashers and microwaves. Find more information at

A Pleasant Patio Setting

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The warmer weather of spring often brings with it the desire to be outside and enjoying the season. You can spruce up the entertaining capabilities and comfort of your outdoor areas with patio furniture built to hold up against the weather. Keep it simple with two chairs and a small table or go all-in with loveseats, end tables and more. For added comfort, look for furniture with removable cushions that can be brought inside or stored away when not in use.

Keep the Lawn Clean

As the green grass begins to sprout and add beauty to your yard, so do weeds and other undesirable growth. Mowing the lawn regularly may take care of a majority of issues, but for those hard-to-reach areas, a string trimmer can help you clean up spots that simply can’t be mowed over. Available in gas, electric and battery-powered, a multitude of options means you can choose the right fit for your yard.

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Spring Fingerling Fish Sale.

Payment and order are due to the district office no later than Tuesday, April 21, 2020……

The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a spring fingerling fish sale.

Fish species offered include: Bluegill, Hybrid Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Fathead Minnows, and White Amur.  Order forms are available on the website at or by stopping by the office at 1616 E Wooster Street (Greenwood Centre – The Courtyard) Bowling Green, OH. Please call ahead if stopping by the office, 419-354-5517 #4.  Fish pick-up is Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 9:30 AM at the Wood County Fairgrounds. Payment and order are due to the district office no later than Tuesday, April 21, 2020.


Mud and More Mud

Trudging through the mud is hard work……

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Rain creates mud, and mud creates angst for farmers kept from doing what they value most: getting out in the fields.

2019 ended what was the wettest decade in Ohio on record. This winter has not been as wet as the last one, but it has been warmer, so the ground has not frozen for long, leaving fields saturated. And this spring is projected to bring above-average rainfall to Ohio, which will bring on more mud.

And mud is not simply a gooey mess for the animals and people who trudge through it. Mud can keep farmers from planting and harvesting, lower crop yields, put livestock at higher risk for some diseases, and make it tougher for livestock to gain weight.

Drive on wet soil with heavy equipment such as a planter or harvester and the pore space between the soil particles becomes compressed, leaving the soil less able to support crop growth.

The mud from Ohio’s plentiful rain has led to 10 fewer days when it’s suitable to work in farm fields—five in April, when planting typically occurs, and five in October, the typical harvest period.

“That’s more than a week’s worth of work—time that’s no longer available,” said Chris Zoller, an educator with Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

“It squeezes the time you have in the spring, when you have to plant, and in the fall, when you have to harvest.”

Farmers certainly found that out last year. In 2019, rain led to an unprecedented number of acres that never could be planted. This spring is projected to also bring above-average rainfall, which might bring similar challenges for farmers.

Trudging through the mud is hard work. Cattle, pigs, and other livestock burn more calories stepping through mud and staying warm when cold mud sticks to them. And burning more calories means they weigh less when they go to slaughter, so cattle often have to be fed food that’s higher in nutrients if the animals are dealing with a lot of mud.

“Cattle can handle cold weather better than mud,” said Stephen Boyles, cattle specialist with CFAES. “We complain about cold temperatures, but there can be some benefits because then at least the ground is frozen.”

Weight gain for beef cattle in mud becomes even tougher. Shin-deep in mud, cattle experience a 14% decline in their ability to take on weight. If the mud is up to their bellies, there’s a 35% decline, federal statistics show.

Out on the pasture and sometimes in the feeding areas, ruts and reseeding often are necessary.

Laying down concrete in a feeding area or creating a slope in that area so rainwater rolls off can help, Boyles said.

“If not, about all you can do is reseed and level the feeding area,” Boyles said. “Admittedly, I have not found a perfect answer.”

Winters in Ohio have gradually been warming—and are doing so quicker than summers are—and this winter the ground hardly stayed frozen at all.

“Typically we would still see soil temperatures close to freezing,” said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist with CFAES. “We just haven’t had much of that, overall. It’s been too warm for that to happen.”

Given that the ground is saturated in much of Ohio and the forecast is for a rainier-than-average spring, Wilson advises farmers to take advantage of any day that’s suitable for fieldwork. 

“I tell them, ‘Be prepared and ready to roll when you get those windows to plant in the spring. Don’t take them for granted.”

How to Find the Right Mower for You

One popular option on lawnmowers is a mulching blade, which returns finely cut grass pieces to the lawn as a natural fertilizer.

(Family Features) Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or looking for an upgrade, deciding what lawn mower to purchase deserves careful consideration. Similar to day-to-day life, new technology over the last five years, specifically in the gas mower industry, is making it easier to maintain your lawn.

If you’re in the market for a new mower, consider these tips to find the perfect tool to match your needs.

Yard Size
Looking at the size of your yard is the first step in determining the best mower for your needs. Walk-behind mowers work well for yards that are 1/2 acre or less, but for yards 1-3-acres or larger, a zero-turn rider (ZTR) or riding mower may be appropriate.

A small, flat yard may only require a walk-behind mower. If your yard is sloped or hilly, you may prefer a self-propelled mower rather than one you have to push. A walk-behind mower with big back wheels is easier to maneuver across rough terrain. Riding mowers and ZTRs can handle varied terrain, although some handle better on slopes than others.

Engines are one of the most important factors affecting a mower’s performance, so purchasing one with a quality engine is essential. For example, Briggs & Stratton engines can be found on several brands of lawn mowers, including eight of the top 10 walk-behind brands. As a global leader in gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, these engines power mowers ranging from small walk-behinds to large ZTRs and riding mowers.

Special Features
While certain features may add to the cost of lawn mowers, many provide functions worth considering. One popular option is a mulching blade, which returns finely cut grass pieces to the lawn as a natural fertilizer. Another common choice is a bagging attachment, which is a grass-catching bag that can be affixed to the side or back of the mower to collect grass clippings.

Technology to Get the Job Done
Explore high-tech features that make mowing more manageable with these insights from professional home improvement contractor Jason Cameron, host of DIY Network’s “Desperate Landscapes.”

Avoid disturbing the neighbors. If finding time to mow means you might be inconveniencing your neighbors, a mower designed to operate quietly may be what you need. To take advantage of weekend mornings without bothering others, look into modern models, some of which even feature technology to make the mower quieter than the average gas mower.

Skip oil changes. Seasonal maintenance can help keep your mower in top condition, and new innovations allow you to skip the messiest part: oil changes. Some mowers, specifically those with Briggs & Stratton’s No Oil Changes technology, are built with the intent that you never have to change the oil; you can simply check the level at the beginning of the season and add what you need.

Get an assist starting the engine. You can forget the days when starting a mower was a hassle; many of today’s gas-powered mowers feature the starting reliability of lithium-ion battery technology, so you can unleash the power of gas with the push of a button.

Save space in the garage. If storage is a challenge in your garage, look for a compact model with Briggs & Stratton’s Mow N’ Stow technology, which makes storage easy. This patented design allows owners to fold the mower and store it upright without fuel or oil leaks, saving you up to 70% of the storage space in your garage or shed.

Explore more ways to put technology to work in your yard at

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Wood County Parks Programs for March

Geochaching, Bread Making, The Art of Wandering, much more…….

Here are some of the programs from the Wood County Park District:

PiPs: What Does the Fox Say?
Friday, March 13; 10:00 – 11:00am
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
Friends Green Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Children 3-6 years of age enjoy an activity and craft while learning about the mysterious, yet musical, fox! Adult companions must remain with children for this program. Please register attending child only.
Wild Self-Defense: Bear
Friday, March 13; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
Friends Green Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Encountering wildlife is exhilarating, but if you’re not careful, it can turn dangerous quickly! Learn all about this large creature, including how to avoid too-close-encounters, and have a chance at defending yourself from our very own “animal.” Participants will be chosen to go through physical defensive scenarios by chance or voluntarily. Participants are not required to go through the physical scenario if chosen. All participants must sign a legal release of liability upon arrival at the program. 
The Art of Wandering
Saturday, March 14, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve:
Hankison Great Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Adventure, exploration, discovery, and peace are everywhere around us, if only we open ourselves to them. Wandering is about allowing yourself to see what is already here, and then letting what you see, guide you on where to go. Our experience begins with a slow 1 hr. wander. After wandering, Michelle Pelton will guide us on how to use our curiosity & senses to paint what has inspired us. Please dress VERY warmly for the slow wander.
Wood County Bicentennial: Basic Bread Making
Sunday, March 15; 1:00 – 3:30pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Breadmaking for the total beginner! Learn some of the basics of making and shaping yeast bread dough.
Lucky Charms Open Geochaching
Monday, March 16; 4:00 – 7:00pm
Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve
269040 Lime City Road, Perrysburg
No registration required. Track down spring at this open geocaching! Stop by anytime between 4:00 and 7:00 pm to borrow one of our GPS units or bring your smartphone with the Google Maps app and search for hidden geocaches in the park. Dress for the weather and be prepared for substantial walking and self-guided exploration. No SWAG for exchange necessary. Driver’s license needed to check out GPS units. Suggested age for GPS use is 8 and up. Parents/Guardians encouraged to use GPS while guiding children who search for geocaches if children are unable to use GPS.
No registration needed.
Coffee with the Birds
Wednesday, March 18; 10:00 – 11:30am
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Enjoy coffee from a local business and friendly conversation while checking out the feeders. Afterwards we’ll head into the field to look and listen for spring birds. Bring your own travel mug and fill up to fuel your trip on the trail!
iNaturalist App 101
Wednesday, March 18; 6:00 – 7:30pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
Friends Green Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Learn how to use the phone app iNaturalist to identify plants, animals, and more in your Wood County Parks. Bring your own smartphone.
Wood County Bicentennial: Spring Equinox Woodcock Wander
Thursday, March 19; 7:30 – 9:00pm
Slippery Elm Trail
14810 Freyman Road, Cygnet
As the sun sets a very special bird begins preparing for one the best aerial courtship displays in North America. He goes by names such as: bogsucker, timberdoodle, mudbat and many more. As part of this new series we will also be learning about the cultural and natural history of the park. No dogs permitted. There may be walking off trails.
Archery Skills: M-Archery Madness!
Saturday, March 21; 10:00am – 1:00pm
Arrowwood Archery Range
11126 Linwood Road, Bowling Green
Come anytime between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm for this beginner-friendly skill-builder, where we’ll focus on body posture and aiming, eventually having the opportunity to shoot at moving ball targets! All archery equipment provided, personal gear welcome (inspected at program). We suggest shooters be 7 or older. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
Passport to Paddling:
Kayaks & Gear
Tuesday, March 24; 6:30 – 8:00pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
The amount of options for kayaks, life-jackets and paddles is vast! Learn the reasons behind the diversity of these items as well as other equipment to make educated decisions about your gear and safety. Get connected with our schedule of kayak and canoe trips and classes to take your paddling to the next level!

Many Ohio acres likely to be left unplanted

The delay in planting adds an extra layer of strain on farmers already facing low prices for corn and soybeans….

COLUMBUS, Ohio—To plant or not to plant.

It’s becoming easier for some farmers to decide between the two, with each day that the growing season progresses and forecasts for rain continue.

The last 12 months have been the wettest on record in Ohio, and that has put farmers across the state so far behind in planting corn and soybeans that some are deciding to not plant and to file an insurance claim instead. Only 50% of Ohio’s corn crop and 32% of its soybean crop were planted by June 9, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

More rain in the forecast for the next couple of weeks could further delay or prevent planting. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES)

The delay in planting adds an extra layer of strain on farmers already facing low prices for corn and soybeans, low animal feed supplies, and uncertainty about trade relief aid.

For those who haven’t planted corn by now, it’s possible that the highest returns will come from not planting and, instead, filing a claim for “prevented planting,” said Ben Brown, manager of the Farm Management Program at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

A provision in crop insurance policies known as “prevented planting” allows a farmer who is unable to plant a crop to be eligible to receive 55% or 60% of the guaranteed coverage level.

For those who choose to plant corn or soybeans, crop insurance can provide coverage for low yields or revenue. To receive full coverage, corn growers need to have planted by June 5 and soybean growers by June 20. After those dates, the coverage reduces by 1% per day until a cutoff deadline, which is different for each crop.

So, there’s still time to plant soybeans, but intermittent forecasts for rain during the next couple of weeks could hinder that, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for CFAES.

Growers in Fulton County in the far northwest corner of the state are about 70% behind the normal planting pace for corn and soybeans, because of consistently soggy soil, said Eric Richer, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Fulton County. (OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.)

A lot of farmers are uncertain when or if they’re going to plant soybeans, Richer said.

“Soybeans are still a big question mark right now,” he said.

Ohio’s northwest and west-central regions were the hardest hit with rain this spring, so delays in planting have been severe in both regions. Across Ohio, the vast majority of corn and soybean acres are typically planted each year by May 25.

Not this year.

“Farmers haven’t been able to get into their fields to spray, fertilize, haul manure, or plant,” Richer said.

In Fulton County, it’s quite possible that about half of the typically planted 160,000 acres of corn and soybeans won’t be planted this year, Richer said.

A lot of Fulton County farmers will file insurance claims for prevented planting, but the ones who need the corn and soybeans to feed their livestock are less likely to do that, Richer said.

“They’re the farmers under the most stress right now,” he said.

But planting and finances are on everyone’s mind, Richer said.  

“People are anxious,” he said. “We’re seeing farmers with a tremendous amount of financial, mental, and even physical stress over the delayed planting this year.”

A slowdown in the rain in recent weeks has led some farmers to pull all-nighters on their planters just to get seed into the ground while the soil has been dry enough, said Sam Custer, an OSU Extension educator in Darke County, which borders Indiana in the west-central region of Ohio.

“I watched videos of guys on their planters, and it looked like they could hardly keep their eyes open,” he said.

About 70% of Darke County’s corn crop was planted in a three-day span during the week of June 3, Custer said. Normally, planting takes 10 days to two weeks to complete.

And an estimated 13,000 acres of corn, about 10% of Darke County’s corn crop acres, likely will not be planted this year, Custer said.

“This is very, very rare.”

Reduce Your Residential Risk

Advice to make your home storm-ready

(Family Features) In the United States, more than 100,000 thunderstorms occur each year. These storms, which can be accompanied by high winds, hail and tornadoes, can cause power outages, fires and flooding, all of which pose serious threats to people and property across the country.

When these storms hit, many of the features that make your home more comfortable and enjoyable can also pose serious risks. Learn how to prevent damage and protect your family’s safety from these common hazards.

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Lush, well-developed trees provide valuable curb appeal, but they can also be dangerous in storm conditions. Although it’s virtually impossible to fully prevent damage from falling branches or even entire trees, you can minimize the risk. Prune trees regularly to maintain a safe distance from the house and power lines, and eliminate dead trees or damaged branches that are more susceptible to high winds. Take a similar approach with any large shrubs, bushes or other vegetation that could cause damage to your home or vehicles.

Decorative Features
The strong winds that accompany many storms can turn everyday items in your yard into airborne hazards. If items like decorations and patio furniture aren’t secured, bring them in or safely secure them before the storm hits. Also check for decorative features like shutters, which can shake loose in a strong wind and cause significant damage to your home’s exterior.

Propane Tanks
Numerous variations of severe weather, including floods and strong winds, can cause falling tree limbs or other debris to impair or even destroy a propane tank. More important than the property damage are the potential safety risks, such as gas leaks. In addition to trimming back landscaping that could fall onto a tank, also have a service technician survey your tank for possible risk factors, such as rust, loose fittings or faulty valves.

Doors and Windows
Poorly fitted or sealed doors and windows are especially vulnerable in a storm. They can invite leaks or, even worse, blow in completely when weakened by blustery force. It’s a good idea to give all openings to your home a careful review at least a couple of times a year and again after any major weather event.

For additional information on preparing for severe weather conditions, visit

10 Storm Safety Tips

If your home uses propane, consider these tips from the Propane Education & Research Council to help keep your family safe.

  1. Create an emergency contact list with information for your propane supplier and emergency services, along with instructions for turning off propane, electricity and water. If you do need to turn off your propane, contact a service technician to inspect your propane system prior to turning it back on.
  2. Consider installing UL-listed propane gas detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, which provide you with an additional measure of security. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation, location and maintenance.
  3. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Metal objects such as propane tanks and equipment, tractors and telephone lines can conduct electricity. Do not go near them. If you are caught outside and cannot get to a safe dwelling, find a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects. Make sure the place you choose is not subject to flooding.
  4. In the event of a flood, shut off the gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise). Also, it’s typically a good idea to turn off the gas supply valves located near individual indoor appliances. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances again, have a propane retailer or qualified service technician check the entire system to ensure it is leak-free.
  5. If a tornado is approaching, immediately take action. If you are inside your home or a building, go to the lowest level possible such as a basement or a storm cellar. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level. If you are in a mobile home, trailer or vehicle, get out immediately and seek shelter in a sturdy building or storm shelter.
  6. After the storm passes and it is safe to do so, check the entire area for damaged gas lines or damage to your propane tank. High winds and hail can move, shift or damage gas lines and tanks. If it is dark, use flashlights, not candles. Immediately call your local utility company or propane retailer if any of these hazards exist. Do not attempt repairs yourself.
  7. Never use outdoor propane appliances like portable heaters, barbecue grills or generators indoors or in enclosed areas, particularly during a power outage. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or potentially death. Never store, place or use a propane cylinder indoors or in enclosed areas such as a basement, garage, shed or tent.
  8. Inspect propane appliances for water or other damage, if it is safe to do so. If the appliances have electric components and have been exposed to water, they can create a fire hazard. Do not turn on a light switch, use any power source or inspect your household appliances while standing in water. This can result in electrocution.
  9. Schedule a time for a qualified service technician to perform a complete inspection of your propane system if you suspect any of your propane appliances, equipment or vehicles have been underwater or damaged, or you have turned off your gas supply. Never use or operate appliances, equipment or vehicles, or turn on the gas supply, until your system has been inspected by a qualified service technician.
  10. Exercise sound judgment. Stay calm and use radios, television and telephones to stay informed and connected. If any questions arise, contact your propane retailer or local fire department.

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It’s EARTH Day. Want to help save the planet?

Start with small changes in your home!

Want to help save the planet? Start with small changes in your home!
Celebrate Earth Day

Here are 5 ways you can make your home a greener place to be:

  • Switch to LED lights. Making the switch to LED light bulbs can help you save major energy.
  • Fix leaks. Water is a precious resource-don’t waste it! Check your toilet, sink, and garden hose for leaks.
  • Plant a garden. Planting a garden is a fun and beautiful way to add nature to your home. Just be sure to only plant native and adapted plants.
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  • Replace paper towels. Cutting out your paper towel usage can make a huge environmental difference. Try using washable cloths instead!

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Leisa Zeigler, Realtor

ERA Geyer Noakes Realty Group


Photo Gallery and Track Results

NB at Van Buren….

HS Track Results – Doug Mowery Invite @ Van Buren – 4/5/2019, by Suzanne Bucher

Kiley Brooker breaks Discus school record

On Friday April 5th the NBHS Boys & Girls track teams competed at the Doug Mowery Invitational at Van Buren High School. Eight teams competed. Both the NB Boys and Girls  finished in 6th place.

Senior Kiley Brooker, finishing 2nd in the girls’ discus throwing 112’10”, broke the school record previously set in 2018 by Hailey Powell (110’8”).

Girls Top 8

Discus – 2nd K Brooker 112’10”

Shot – 1st K Brooker 35’5.25”, 3rd L Long 31’9.5”

PV – 4th J Bucher 8’0”

TJ – 5th K Mason 25’3.75”

LJ – 6th M McCartney 13’2.75”, 8th C Lanning 12’11”

4×800 – 6th K Dewulf, R Powell, R Crouse, K Powell 13:38.12

4×200 – 6th J Bucher, C Lanning, K Mason, S Smith 2:00.10

1600 – 6th L Hartman 6:13.72, 7th C Schwartz 6:14.80

400 – 5th S Smith 1:07.23

800 – 8th L Hartman 2:56.21

3200 – 4th C Schwartz 13:51.37, 5th R Crouse 14:54.07

4×400 – 5th L Hartman, K Mason, C Lanning, S Smith 4:45.11

Girls - Team Rankings
1.     Carey – 163
2.     Van Buren – 121
3.     Arlington – 120
4.     Elmwood – 76
5.     Vanlue – 73
6.     N Baltimore – 68
7.     Arcadia – 54
8.     McComb – 19
Boys Top 8

TJ – 4th D Zitzelberger 32’5”

HJ – 3rd J Kimmel 5’4”

4×800 – 6th Z Cook, D Zitzelberger, C Mowery, I Sexton 10:54.22

4×200 – 7th H Vogelsong, G Gazarek, J Kimmel, B Holloway 1:50.31

1600 – 1st L Trout 4:58.07

4×100 – 8th I Sexton, T Schwartz, B Holloway, H Vogelsong 57.25

3200 – 1st L Trout 11:25.13

4×400 – 6th G Gazarek, Z Cook, L Trout, J Kimmel 4:05.43

Boys - Team Rankings
1.     Van Buren – 151.50
2.     McComb – 133
3.     Elmwood – 120.50
4.     Arlington – 120
5.     Carey – 73
6.     N Baltimore – 40
6.     Arcadia – 40
8.     Vanlue – 15

For complete results:

Upcoming NBHS Track Schedule
Tue April 16th @ Hardin Northern Quad, 4:30
Thur April 18th @ Gibsonburg Invite, 4:30

Here are some awesome photos to enjoy from the recent NBHS at Van Buren HS Track Meet. Enjoy.

Fotos by Ferg