Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects

Stay safe as you travel throughout the area………..

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 20,000 customers in Wood, 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.

Perrysburg Township: Ampoint Industrial Park Waterline Replacement*UPDATE*
Effective Tuesday, July 14 through Friday, July 17, Third Street, between J Street and D Street, will be closed for waterline reconnection.  Detour: J Street; First Street; D 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
Through December, lane restrictions are possible in Perrysburg Township north of SR 795, west of 75, and south of the turnpike, for sewer rehabilitation.  Project complete:  February 2021.  Project investment: $1,230,000.

Rossford: Waterline Replacement
Through August, lane restrictions are possible on Santus Drive, Valley Drive, and on Glenwood Road in Rossford.  Project complete: October.  Project Investment: $1.5 million.

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 July, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Lime City Road between Dixie Highway and Marilyn Drive for waterline replacement.   Through July, 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 July, lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on Eagle Point west of Colony Road for restoration work.  Project complete: July. Project investment: $1.2 million.

District-Wide Hydrant Flushing
Through July, weekdays from 7:30 am until 4 pm, crews will be flushing hydrants in various locations throughout Millbury, Northwood, and Lake Township.  Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if the water becomes discolored.  For more information:  https://nwwsd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=17eef70e88ca43a4ac3b8649fb263199

 

 

A NEW CHAPTER: WOOD COUNTY MUSEUM ADOPTS NEW NAME & LOGO

The new logo will be easier to identify the museum on smaller screens…..

The Wood County Historical Center & Museum is emerging from quarantine with some exciting initiatives and topping the list is a new name & logo – the Wood County Museum.

The shorter name was adopted because of the ever-changing communication needs & technology. Today, most people get their information on small screens, such as smartphones and tablets, where simplicity is important for clarity and readability. The new logo will be easier to identify the museum on these smaller screens as we usher in a new era.

Following trends set by other museums to simplify their name, the word ‘Historical’ can seem exclusive, while the word ‘Museum’ feels more inclusive, especially to younger generations. The simpler name better reflects what the Museum is actually doing, which is being an ever-evolving repository of learning for things about Wood County, Ohio, and the County Home.

The new logo pays tribute to the original infirmary site depicting the iconic porch railings that adorn the north and east sides of the building. Although the current porches and railings were rebuilt in 2008, the design mimics the original railings that were built around 1900. Local graphic designer, Abby Bender, designed the new logo.

The Wood County Museum is also taking a more active role on social media. You can find more information by following them on Facebook & Instagram.

The new name and logo are part of the Museum’s first phase of the rebrand. A new website will follow shortly.

Questions can be answered by museum staff by calling 419-352-0967 or email marketing@woodcountyhistory.org .

As always, the grounds are a public park maintained by the Wood County Park District and are open daily at 8am until 30 minutes past sunset.  The Wood County Museum is located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Wood County Road Construction Update

Access to Dunbridge exists eastbound…

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U.S. Route 6, between County Home Road and Huffman Road, Bowling Green, will be closed for bridge rehabilitation through July. Estimated completion: July

Detour: SR 25 to SR 281 to U.S. 6.


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U.S. Route 6, between southern leg of State Route 199 and Pemberville Road, will be closed for a culvert replacement at Wayne Road through July. Lane restrictions possible between southern leg of SR 199 and U.S. 23 for resurfacing. Estimated completion: August

  • Detour: SR 281 to SR 25
  • Wayne Road closed at U.S. 6. Seek alternate route.

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*New Work* 

U.S. Route 20/23 to southbound Interstate 75, Perrysburg, will be closed for ramp work overnight, Monday, July 20 through Sunday, August 9, 9 p.m.-6 a.m. 


State Route 25, between SR 582 and Roachton Road will experience lane restrictions for resurfacing through September. Estimated completion: September 

  • Northbound SR 25 at Five Point Road, Perrysburg, will be closed for drainage work through Saturday, July 11. 
    • Detour: SR 582 to I-75 to I-475 to SR 25 

State Route 64/Waterville Bridge replacement – SR 64 may experience lane restrictions for bridge construction over the Maumee River. Memorial Park in Waterville is closed. Additional restrictions may be announced. Estimated completion: September


State Route 281 over Interstate 75, Rudolph,will experience lane restrictions for finish work. Estimated completion: July


Various routes district-wide will experience lane restrictions for routine guardrail, lighting, and pavement markings and maintenance throughout the year.

HANCOCK COUNTY: Highway construction update

Be alert in construction zones!

HANCOCK COUNTY: Highway construction update

Week of July 13, 2020

LIMA, Ohio (Thursday, July 9, 2020) The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Hancock County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.


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INTERSTATE 75 PROJECTS

I-75 Widening and Reconstruction in the city of Findlay: The project to reconstruct and widen I-75 through the city of Findlay beginning just south of Harrison Street/County Road 144, which is just south of the U.S. Route 68/state Route 15 interchange, to the County Road 99 interchange, is entering its fourth and final year. Beaver Excavating, Canton, serves as the general contractor. Visit the project page for more information. Estimated completion: Fall 2020

CONTINUING IMPACTS

  • Construction on the following ramps will continue until late fall.
    • I-75 northbound to U.S. 68/state Route 15
    • I-75 northbound to Lima Avenue
    • S. 68/state Route 15 to I-75 southbound
    • Lima Avenue to I-75 southbound
    • Detour: I-75 to the state Route 12 back on I-75 southbound.
  • Between the south end of the project to the U.S. 68/state Route 15 interchange, all four lanes will continue to travel the southbound side until late summer. Two lanes will be maintained in both directions the majority of the time.

Interstate 75 between Napoleon Road and state Route 235, just south of the village of Beaverdam to three miles north of the village of Bluffton, in Allen and Hancock counties, will experience lane restrictions and ramp closures for paving and reconstruction through November 2020. Shelly Company, Findlay is the general contractor. Visit the project page for more information.

NEW IMPACT

  • SR 696 entrance ramp to I-75 southbound will close July 12 for 14 days.
    • Detour: I-75 north to SR103/Bentley Rd. to I-75 south (see map).

CONTINUING IMPACTS

  • SR 696 exit ramp from I-75 southbound will close July 6 for 14 days.
    • Detour: I-75 south to Bluelick Rd. to I-75 north to SR 696 (see map).
  • Lane restrictions will occur between Napoleon Rd. and SR 235.
  • At SR 696 at Beaverdam one lane of I-75 southbound traffic is shifted onto the northbound side of the highway.

ENDING IMPACT

  • Bentley Road entrance ramp to I-75 southbound will close July 6 for five days, reopening expected July 10.
    • Detour: I-75 north to SR 103 to I-75 south (see map).
  • Bentley Road exit ramp from I-75 northbound will close July 6 for five days reopening expected July 10.
    • Detour: I-75 north to SR 103 to I-75 south to Bentley road (see map).

 

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U.S. 30 PROJECTS

U.S. 30 eastbound entrance ramp from State Route 235, three miles north of the village of Ada, will close July 13 for two days for pavement repairs. The work will be performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage.

NEW IMPACT

  • Detour: SR 235 to CR 304 to U.S. 68 to U.S. 30 (see map).

U.S. 30 in both directions, between State Route 235 and U.S. 68 will have lane restrictions for pavement repairs. The work will be performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage.


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U.S. 68 PROJECTS

U.S. 68 at state Route 15, south of the city of Findlay, closed March 16 for approximately four months for a bridge deck replacement. Ramps at the interchange will remain open. Work is being performed by Vernon Nagel, Inc., Napoleon. Visit the project page for more information.

CONTINUING IMPACTS

  • CR 8 and CR 180 will be limited to right turns only at their intersections with SR 15. Through traffic on the county roads will not be able to cross SR 15. Traffic will not be able to turn left onto or off SR 15.
  • SR 15 will be maintained under the bridge. Periodic lane closures may be necessary.
  • U.S. 68 Detour:
    • U.S. 68 northbound traffic will be detoured onto SR 15 eastbound to SR 37 to SR 15 westbound back to U.S. 68.
    • Main Street southbound traffic will be detoured onto U.S. 68 north/SR 15 west to I-75 northbound to SR 12 to I-75 southbound back to U.S. 68 (see map).
    • U.S. 68 southbound traffic will not be impacted.

U.S. 68 within the village of Arlington

U.S. 68 from the bridge over Buck Run to just north of Wardwell Street, within the village of Arlington, will close May 4 for approximately four months for a reconstruction project.  

U.S. 68 between Liberty Street and the southern corporation limit, within the village of Arlington, will close May 18 for approximately four months for a reconstruction project.  

Local access will be maintained throughout both projects. Helms and Sons Excavating, Findlay, serves as the general contractor. Visit the project page for more information.

NEW IMPACT

  • State Route 103 will close at U.S. 68 on Tuesday, July 20 for 14 days.
  • SR 103 detour: SR 37 to SR 15 to I-75 to SR 12 to I-75 to SR 235 to SR 103 (see map).

CONTINUING IMPACT

  • U.S. 68 northbound detour: U.S. 30 to SR 235 to I-75 back to U.S. 68.
  • U.S. 68 southbound detour: SR 15 to U.S. 23 to U.S. 30 back to U.S. 68 (see maps).

U.S. 68 resurfacing, between the city of Findlay in Hancock County and the city of Kenton in Hardin County, excluding the villages of Arlington and Dunkirk began Mar. 30. Traffic will be maintained through the work zone. Strawser Construction Inc., Columbus, serves as the general contractor. Estimated completion: Fall 2020. Visit the project page for more information.


State Route 37 over Lynn Creek, between Township Road 149 and Township 147, just south of Riverdale High School will close July 13 for approximately 30 days for a culvert replacement. Miller Contracting Group, Inc., Ottoville, is the general contractor.

UPCOMING IMPACT

  • Detour: SR 103 to U.S. 23 to U.S. 30 back to SR 37 (see map).

State Route 568 between County Road 7 and Township Road 245, two miles east of Findlay, will close July 27 for approximately 120 days for a bridge replacement project. R & I Construction, Inc., Tiffin, is the general contractor.

UPCOMING IMPACT

  • Detour: SR 37 to SR 15 to SR 330 back to SR 568 (see map).

4 Mood-Boosting Benefits of Pet Ownership

Research has shown decreased blood pressure as a health benefit of pet ownership

(Family Features) While there are many ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, pet ownership offers a plethora of mental and physical health benefits and adds value to your quality of life. A pet can be a constant companion around the house as a snuggle buddy on the couch, a friendly face when you walk into the room and a great partner to stay active with.

With a goal of making communities happier and healthier for pets, the Mars Petcare BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program is all about celebrating the benefits of pets and, in turn, making their environments more accommodating and pet-friendly. With that mission in mind, consider these four expert ways pets can help improve your mood. To thank your four-legged friends for the joy they bring to your life, visit cesar.com for ideas on how to treat them to a special meal.

Photos courtesy of Adobe Stock

Offer Stimulation
Spending time with a furry companion can help pass the time at home, and doing different activities together can help strengthen the bond between owner and pet. Try creating obstacle courses, playing hide and seek or playing a game of fetch to connect with your pet and stay entertained.

Mitigate Loneliness
Pets’ unique personalities and comforting presence make them ideal companions. Spending time at home with them offers friendship and can reduce feelings of loneliness. Enjoying a shared moment by having dinner together can be a fun way to thank them for their companionship. With recipes that match some human favorites, such as beef stew and rotisserie chicken, an option like CESAR® dog food allows you and your pups to truly “share” a meal together.

Reduce Stress
A defined routine and sense of responsibility can help lives feel meaningful, organized and less stressed. Pet ownership can help establish a daily schedule, bringing consistency to owners’ lives. Furthermore, research has shown decreased blood pressure as a health benefit of pet ownership, in addition to a reduction in other stressors like anxiety, depression and loneliness.

Improve Health, Increase Happiness
Pets often get their owners up and moving, which can go a long way toward improving their owners’ health and happiness. Whether it’s playing in the backyard in the sunshine, snuggling or grooming your pet, taking care of a pet’s health often encourages owners to take care of their own health in fun and smile-inducing ways. Encouraging a healthful, happy lifestyle is just another way four-legged friends can help create a shared benefit for pets and owners alike.

SOURCE:
Cesar

LUCAS COUNTY: Highway Construction Update

 I-75 between Buck Rd. and Monroe St., Toledo/Rossford/Northwood, will be two lanes in each direction for major reconstruction.

LUCAS COUNTY: Highway Construction Update


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Interstate 75 widening and bridge work – I-75 between Buck Rd. and Monroe St., Toledo/Rossford/Northwood, will be two lanes in each direction for major reconstruction. Lane restrictions and overnight ramp closures possible. Estimated completion: Fall 2023

 

New Announcements/Upcoming Impacts

  • Southbound I-75, between I-475 and Nebraska Avenue, will experience lane restrictions for traffic pattern change preparation oWednesday, July 15 through Friday, July 17, nightly 7 p.m.-6 a.m.
    • Ramp from ProMedica Parkway to eastbound I-475 will be closed on Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 16, nightly 7 p.m.-6 a.m. 
    • Ramp from eastbound I-475 to southbound I-75 will be closed on Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 16, nightly 8 p.m.-6 a.m. Detour: northbound I-75 to Phillips Avenue (Exit 206) to southbound I-75 
    • Ramp from Lawrence Avenue to southbound I-75 will be closed on Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 16, nightly 8 p.m.-6 a.m. 
    • Ramp from southbound I-75 to Washington Street/Downtown (Exit 202A) will be closed on Thursday, July 16, 8 p.m.- midnight 
    • Ramp from southbound I-75 to southbound SR 25/Anthony Wayne Trail (Exit 201A) will be closed on Thursday, July 16, 8 p.m.- midnight 
  • Southbound I-75, between Washington Street/Downtown (Exit 202A) and Nebraska Avenue, will experience lane restrictions on Monday, July 20 through Friday, August 7, nightly 7 p.m.-6 a.m.
  • Miami Street under I-75 nightly closures bridge beam setting has been postponed.
  • Erie Street under I-75 will be closed for roadway work beginning Monday, July 20 through Wednesday, July 29.
    • Emerald Avenue under I-75 reopens Monday, July 20 

 

Continuing Work

  • Inbound SR 25/AW Trail near Nebraska Avenue will be reduced to one lane through August. 
  • Southbound I-75 exit ramp to South Avenue (Exit 200) is closed through July for ramp reconstruction.
    • Detour: Southbound I-75; Miami Street (Exit 199A); Northbound I-75; South Avenue (Exit 200) 
  • South Avenue at Sumner Street is closed on the northern half of the intersection for drainage work through July. South Avenue traffic will be maintained by temporary signals.
    • Sumner Street detour: Knower Street to Courtland Avenue to South Avenue 
  • Collingwood Boulevard entrance ramp to southbound I-75 is closed through summer. 
    • Detour: Collingwood Boulevard to Erie Street to Washington Street to SR 25 back to southbound I-75 
  • Segur Avenue are closed under I-75 through summer. 
  • Southbound I-75 entrance ramp from Wales Road will be closed for ramp reconstruction through mid-September.  
  • Southbound I-75 exit ramp to Wales Road (Exit 198) will be closed for ramp reconstruction through September. 
  • Northbound I-75 under Nebraska Avenue has a height restriction of 13’ 9” for bridge replacement through September. 
  • South Avenue entrance ramp to southbound I-75 is closed through December. 
    • Detour: Northbound I-75 to Detroit Avenue back to I-75 southbound 
  • Nebraska Avenue is closed over I-75 between Division Street and Erie Street for bridge replacement through April 2022. 
    • Detour: Erie Street to Collingwood Boulevard to Nebraska Avenue

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Interstate 75 between I-475 and I-280, Toledo, may experience daytime and overnight lane restrictions for sealing finish work and pavement striping. Estimated completion: July


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*New Work*

Northbound Interstate 75 ramp to Ohio Turnpike (Exit 195B) will be closed for pavement repairs beginning Monday, July 20 through Thursday, July 23.


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Interstate 280 Veterans’ Glass City Skyway resurfacing – I-280 between Greenbelt Parkway and Seaman Road, Toledo, will experience lane restrictions for resurfacing. Additional lane and ramp closures will be announced. Estimated completion: October 2021

 

New Announcements/Upcoming Impacts

  • Southbound I-280 reduced to one lane for a deck pour overnight Thursday, July 9, 9 p.m.-6 a.m.
  •  Southbound I-280 reduced to one lane for a deck pour overnight Wednesday, July 15, and Thursday, July 16, 9 p.m.-6 a.m. 

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Interstate 280/Veterans Glass City Skyway, over the Maumee River, may experience lane restrictions and its ramps may have short-term closures for annual bridge inspections through Wednesday, July 22, weekdaily from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  

  • Ramp from southbound I-280 to Front Street (Exit 9) may experience short-term ramp closures for bridge inspection Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14, daily 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 
  • Ramp from Front Street to northbound I-280 may experience short-term ramp closures for bridge inspection Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14, daily 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 
  • Ramp from Greenbelt Parkway to southbound I-280 may experience short-term ramp closures for bridge inspection Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15, daily 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 
  • Ramp from northbound I-280 to Greenbelt Parkway (Exit 11) may experience short-term ramp closures for bridge inspection Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15, daily 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 

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Interstate 475 widening and interchange construction – I-475 between Angola Road and Bancroft Street, Toledo, will be two lanes in each direction for widening work and interchange construction at Dorr Street. Local streets will experience traffic impacts. Estimated completion: August 2021 

 

New Announcements/Upcoming Impacts 

  • I-475, between Angola Road and Bancroft Street, will experience lane restrictions to move traffic from the two outside lanes to the two newly-built inside lanes of I-475 on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, nightly 6 p.m.-6 a.m. 
  • Ramp from Central Avenue to southbound I-475 will be closed Saturday, July 11, 6 p.m.-6 a.m. Detour: northbound I-475 to Monroe Street (Exit 234) to southbound US 23 

 

Continuing Work 

  • Hill Avenue and Dorr Street between Holland-Sylvania Road and McCord Road will experience intermittent, temporary closures for overhead bridge work. Flaggers will maintain traffic control.  
  • Eastbound Dorr Street closed between Holland-Sylvania Road and King Road through October. Westbound Dorr Street reopened. 
    • Detour: King Road to Bancroft Street to Holland-Sylvania Road 
  • Southbound McCord Road closed 2,000 feet north and south of Dorr Street intersection for reconstruction through October. Northbound McCord Road reopened. 
    • Detour: Bancroft Street to King Road to Nebraska Avenue 
 

Additional restrictions will be announced. 


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Southbound Interstate 475, between Airport Highway and Maumee River, will experience lane restrictions for crack sealing through Friday, July 10, nightly from 9 p.m.-6 a.m. 


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U.S. Route 20, Central Avenue at Reynolds Road, Sylvania Township, will experience lane restrictions for intersection improvements. Estimated completion: September


State Route 2/Anthony Wayne High Level Bridge dehumidification – The High-Level Bridge between Broadway Street and Clark Street, Toledo, will experience lane restrictions for bridge dehumidification work. Estimated completion: September


State Route 25/Anthony Wayne Trail bridge replacement – SR 25/AW Trail between Western Avenue and Collingwood Boulevard will experience lane restrictions for bridge replacement over the railroad. Estimated completion: summer

 

Continuing Impacts

  • Outbound/southbound AW Trail remains two lanes but switched to the new bridge
  • Inbound/northbound AW Trail reduced to one lane through early July
  • Emerald Avenue closed between Vinton Street and AW Trail through July
  • City Park Avenue closed between Greene Street and AW Trail through July

State Route 64/Waterville Bridge replacement – SR 64 may experience lane restrictions for bridge construction over the Maumee River. Memorial Park in Waterville is closed. Additional restrictions may be announced. Estimated completion: September


State Route 65/Oak Street bridge replacement – SR 65/Oak Street between Fassett Street and Buckzo Street will experience lane restrictions for bridge replacement. Earl Street at Oak Street is closed. Pedestrian access is maintained. Estimated completion: October


State Route 184/Alexis Road, Acres Road and Elliott Drivewill experience lane restrictions for minor widening and traffic signal installation. Additional restrictions may be announced. Estimated completion: August


Various routes district-wide will experience lane restrictions for routine guardrail, lighting, and pavement maintenance throughout the year.


**All work is weather permitting.**

 

RV Owners are the Surprise Financial Success Story of the Year

Unprecedented RV rental demand from cautious travelers has made owning an RV the go-to entrepreneurial venture of the year…

(Money Matters) Thursday, July 9, 2020

(NAPSI)—Millions of Americans who own an RV have it parked in their driveway or a storage facility for the better part of the year. With many families wary of airplanes and hotels these days, it may be time to consider renting your rig to make some serious cash.

Unprecedented RV rental demand from cautious travelers has made owning an RV the go-to entrepreneurial venture of the year.

 

According to peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace RVshare, RV bookings have reached unprecedented levels of demand, increasing more than 1,600% since the beginning of April and already tripling 2019 figures. As a result, RV owners are poised to capitalize on the surge of families discovering the unique and adventurous nature of RV travel for the first time.

In fact, the average RV owner who rents on the RVshare platform can earn up to $60,000 a year in rental income. The amount of money you can make from renting your RV can vary based on the type of vehicle you own. 

The most in-demand rentals on RVshare are Class C vehicles, which strike a great balance between features and price, making them popular with first-time renters. Class C rentals have an earning potential of $38,000 a year.  Class B vehicles, or camper vans, are the fastest growing in popularity on RVshare. With demand skyrocketing for these units, Class B rentals can earn up to $30,000 a year when listed on RVshare.

“During this time of financial instability, an RV can be converted into a significant money-making asset that many owners may not have previously considered,” said RVshare CEO Jon Gray. “For those who do not own an RV, now may be the time to invest. It’s not just pocket change that RV rentals can bring in.”

You can offset much or all of the cost of RV ownership from rental income. A survey of RV owners found that more than half (51%) are able to cover 76% or more of their RV’s financing cost through renting to travelers, with more than a third (35%) covering all or more of their financing cost.

RVshare’s Earnings Calculator can help evaluate the income potential of renting your RV, and to ease the minds of those new to the practice, RVshare provides owners with several tools and features to protect vehicles and their owners including:

•$1,000,000 Liability Insurance

•User Verification

•Secure Payments

•One-on-One Rental Coaching

•24/7 roadside assistance

Additional information on how to get started renting an RV can be found at https://rvshare.com/list-your-rv.

Make Your Garden Count For Butterflies

Whether you already find solace in gardening or are looking for a new hobby, you can help make a difference……

(Your Yard)

(NAPSI)­—In this season of social distancing, many Americans are turning to gardening, finding joy and peace in an outdoor activity that can be safely enjoyed from home. “What all gardeners know, and the rest of you may discover, is that if you have even the smallest space, a pot on a window ledge, a front step, a wee yard, there is no balm to the soul greater than planting seeds,” recently wrote Charlotte Mendelsen for The New Yorker. If you haven’t gotten your hands a little dirty yet, now could be the time.

More Milkweed for Monarchs

You can help protect pollinators and enjoy beautiful blooms when you plant milkweed…

This year, you can help feed both your soul and butterflies across the country by planting monarch habitat, including milkweed and other flowers that provide nectar. Milkweed in particular provides an essential source of food and is the only place monarch butterflies will lay their eggs.

Supporting monarchs is critical, as they face many health challenges including climate change, drought and habitat loss. However, anyone can help by planting milkweed and other brightly colored, pollinator-attractant flowers in the garden or even on the balcony.

There are 12 states that monarchs tend to visit during their annual migration. Those who live there can do their part by planting milkweed and recording their efforts in the HabiTally app. These states are:

• Illinois

• Indiana

• Iowa

• Kansas

• Michigan

• Minnesota

• Missouri

• Nebraska

• Oklahoma

• Ohio

• Texas

• Wisconsin

Any monarch habitat planted in these states (by May 31), and recorded in the app will be taken into consideration by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as it evaluates recommending that monarchs join the list of animals protected under the Endangered Species Act. With the help of your conservation efforts, monarch health may become secure enough to not need this designation.

Other Flowers That Butterflies Love

For people who don’t live in one of those 12 states, there are many other flowers they can plant to support butterflies, bees and other pollinators’ health while adding beauty to the garden with bright, happy blooms. These 10 plants attract butterflies and make vibrant, fragrant additions to any garden:

• Sunflowers

• Lavender

• Asters

• Coneflowers

• Black-eyed Susans

• Verbena

• Catnip

• Rosemary

• Sage

• Salvia

Whether you already find solace in gardening or are looking for a new hobby, you can help make a difference. So, plant a few flowers to see what gardening can do for you—and for butterflies—this year.

Learn More

Because monarch butterflies are an important pollinating insect that contribute to both agriculture and biodiversity, the Bayer Bee Care Program is committed to supporting their health, as well the health of other pollinators. You can download the free HabiTally app and get started by visiting the Apple App Store. To be sure you’re planting flowers that are best adapted to your region, visit www.Pollinator.org.

Daily Queen Celebrates “Tom” on Tuesday–July 14

60 Years in Business in NB! Hours expanded for “Tom Reynolds Day” scholarship fundraiser…..

Tom Reynolds Day
Tues. July 14th
12noon-9:00pm
There will be sandwich combo specials offered throughout the day.
A drawing for an ICE CREAM GIFT Basket
Customer Appreciation Gifts
The profits from the day will be donated to the Thomas Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund.
 

 TOM REYNOLDS DAY

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020
12:00 noon – 9:00 pm 
at the DAILY QUEEN 
130 S. Main St. North Baltimore, OH

Tom Reynolds

Profits and donations from the day will benefit the “Reynolds Raider Biology Scholarship” fund, which awards a Findlay High School student entering college a scholarship to study Biology or a science related major .  Tom taught math and science in the Findlay City Schools for 36 years at both Donnell Jr. High School and the High School.  He was also the Varsity Golf Coach for over 20 years.

The Daily Queen has been a family owned business for 60 years in the same location in downtown NB. The family annually celebrates Tom’s Birthday by hosting this special day.  Tom was the previous owner along with his wife Marjorie who still is involved in the business.

There will be customer appreciation treats and certificates, sandwich combo specials, and an ice cream basket giveaway so please come and support this worthy fundraiser and let the staff of the Daily Queen THANK YOU for your loyal and dedicated patronage for the past 60 years!

The hours of operation on Tuesday will be from 12:00-9:00pm.  The address of the Daily Queen is 130 South Main St., North Baltimore.   

Be sure to stop by and celebrate Tom Reynolds Day with family and friends at the Daily Queen!

Five Questions College Students Should Ask If the Pandemic Closes Their Classrooms This Fall

As COVID-19 forces college education out of the classroom, a university with 20 years’ experience with online learning offers some advice…..

COLUMBUS, OH – As the COVID-19 pandemic forces college campuses across the state to make hard decisions about whether to teach in-person classes this fall,  one Ohio university is mostly business as usual. Western Governors University Ohio (WGU) draws on two decades of institutional knowledge about the techniques and technology of online learning.  

“Having years of experience as a nonprofit, online-only institution, WGU is not only skilled at online learning, we also know the kind of supports and assurances students are looking for when they consider pursuing an online education,” said K.L. Allen, state director of WGU Ohio. 

With thousands of Ohio college students facing uncertainty this fall about where and how their classes will be taught, Allen suggested five questions they should ask about taking college-level courses online.

1.Will I have the help and mentoring I need if I’m not face-to-face with my instructors?  As an exclusively online university from its start, WGU knows that students thrive when they have support. Learning online doesn’t mean learning alone.  But that means students must feel connected, even when they’re working on their own schedule, in their own way. To succeed, a student needs someone to check on their progress, help them with any needs, and keep them connected to the career path.

2. Will I be in control of my online learning? Many college students must balance coursework with demands of work or family obligations – often both.  To reach that balance, students need to know they’re in control of their education. For effective online learning, students need to do their work when and where it is best for them so they can manage jobs and families alongside their schooling.

 3. Does my online degree have value? When it comes to online higher education, students want to know their degree holds the same value as one earned in a traditional classroom. More than ever, accredited online degree programs are well-received by employers. But many online schooling programs aren’t accredited, which can make their degrees less valuable as career builders.

 4. Is an online college education cost-effective?  In the face of the pandemic’s economic turndown, students are looking for a degree program that meets their needs without breaking the bank.  With no campus or classrooms, an accredited, online-only school like WGU can keep tuition costs low. A school’s accreditation matters here as well, since it opens federal tuition assistance, loans and grants that non-accredited schools cannot offer.

5.  Will I have transfer options for any earlier college credits?  Transfer options for previous college-level work, including advanced high school courses, are important to help students who want to apply those credits toward their online degree. For example, WGU’s transfer policy allows students to use their past course work to waive courses. With or without waivers, the competency-based education model, an approach pioneered at scale by WGU, lets students use their experience to move more quickly toward a degree.

Western Governors University was established in 1997 by a partnership of 19 state governors to offer students, particularly adult learners, the chance to go to college while working and caring for their families. In 2018, Ohio became the eighth state to join the WGU partnership, part of policymakers’ efforts to close Ohio’s skills gap with a new pathway for adults to seek careers in such in-demand careers as healthcare and nursing, business, teaching and information technology.