Who Are Local Farm Families Leading in Conservation?



Individuals have until June 3, 2019 to nominate families 


REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (May 13, 2019) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is accepting nominations to honor Ohio farm families who are leaders in conservation for the 2019 Conservation Farm Family Awards. The Conservation Farm Family Award program has recognized Ohio farm families since 1984 for their efforts in managing natural and human resources while meeting both production and conservation goals.  

“There are many farmers working hard to conserve natural resources, and this is an opportunity to recognize Ohio farm families who are going above and beyond in their conservation efforts,” Governor Mike DeWine said. “We thank farmers for their efforts, and we encourage people to participate in this program.”

“We are always so excited to take a moment and celebrate the Ohio farmers going the extra mile in the conservation practices they use on their farms,” said ODA Director Dorothy Pelanda. “I look forward to seeing the diverse ways our farmers are working to conserve our state’s natural resources and giving them the recognition they deserve.”

Five area finalists will be selected from across the state and will be recognized at the annual Farm Science Review in September. They will also receive a $400 award, courtesy of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and be featured in the September issue of Ohio Farmer Magazine. The following photograph is from the 2018 ceremony.

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Individual farmers, partnerships or family farm corporations are eligible for nomination, provided a substantial portion of their income is derived from farming. The judging is based on the nominee’s use of new and traditional conservation techniques, comprehensive management, individual initiative in applying conservation measures and the nominee’s willingness to share conservation information, experiences and philosophy with others.

Nomination forms can be obtained from local county soil and water conservation districts or by visiting ODA’s website at www.agri.ohio.gov. The forms can be submitted by email to dswc@agri.ohio.gov or by mail to Conservation Farm Family Award, C/O Ohio Department of Agriculture 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. The forms must be returned by Monday, June 3.

The awards program is sponsored by the ODA Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Ohio Farmer magazine, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Lennard’s Greenhouse IS OPEN – Planting Time is “Here”

The earth shall warm rapidly – FINALLY!!!

Mother’s Day Selections
Stop out for a unique and
“live” gift, that keeps on giving!

Lennards’s Greenhouse, one mile east of I – 75 on State Route 18 in North Baltimore.

Open 7 days per week

9 am – 7 pm

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Hanging Baskets
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Annual Flats

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Lennard’s takes the work out of container gardening.

Lennards Ad 2015 Bedding plants
Get your flats of plants at Lennard’s!

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WC Parks: Plant Sale, Trail Tram Tours

Some cool and unique events over the next week in Wood County!

Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 11th; 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wood County Park District Headquarters
18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green
Purchase Native Plants that are good for pollinators, sequestering carbon, and creating drought and flood resistant raingarden areas. 
Cash and credit are accepted. Proceeds support the Native Plant Program.
Plants are $4 each.
For more information about the Friends of the Parks, visit their website.


Self-Care Saturdays
Saturday, May 11th; 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Forest therapy is practicing the connection with yourself and the Earth. By practicing this connection, you reduce stress, depression, anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate, symptoms of OCD and ADHD and increase your sense of well-being, immunity, mental clarity, creativity & concentration. Please dress for the weather, all weather event. Questions? Email JewelsIsYourGuide@gmail.com


Spatterwork Nature Prints
Saturday, May 11th; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Take a stroll along the woodlot path gathering leaves, then create spatterwork leaf print art to take home. Clothes and shoes that can get dirty recommended. Please REGISTER ATTENDING CHILD ONLY.


Friends’ Migration Fieldtrip
Monday, May 13th; 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Park District Headquarters
18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green
Join the Friends of the Parks on a tour of the parks in search of migrating songbirds. A light lunch will be provided. Space is limited on the park bus however participants may follow behind.


Spring Nature Tram Tours
Tuesday, May 14th; 11:00 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm- 3:00 pm
Black Swamp Preserve:
Slippery Elm Trail
1014 S. Maple Street, Bowling Green
Take a leisurely ride down the Slippery Elm Trail to Rudolph, Ohio to enjoy the springtime sights and sounds. Tram is open sided so dress appropriately. Two sessions available.


Intro to Nature Photography
Tuesday, May 14th; 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bradner Preserve
11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner
Interested in capturing the wonders of the outdoors in photographs, but unsure of how to use those camera settings to your advantage? Bring your camera and practice honing your skills. This session will focus on how to take the best


Archery Skills: Rainbow and Arrow
Wednesday, May 15th;
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Arrowwood Archery Range
11126 Linwood Road, Bowling Green
Improve your archery skills through this short, beginner-friendly instructional program, focusing on the steps of shooting and consistency. Make progress you can see, as we create some archery-art using our newfound skills. Bring a small canvas, shirt, poster, or anything you’d like splatter-painted! All archery equipment provided, personal gear welcome (inspected at program). Must be 10 or older to attend. Minors must be accompanied by legal guardian. Please register attending archer only.

NB Village Reminders:

…about golf cars & grass clippings.

Here are a couple of reminders from North Baltimore Mayor Janet Goldner about golf cars & grass clippings.

PLEASE do not blow your cut grass into streets, road or alleys!

Blow the cut grass back into your lawn.

Bicycle and motorcycle rider safety can depend on your cooperation. AND it IS the “law”!

ALSO – Keep the cut grass out of our storm sewers. This will save on costs and prolong the life of our storm sewer system.

Thanks for your assistance and cooperation! 

GOLF CARTS on Village Streets –

Police pulled over a pink golf cart on Flaxmere Ave, Flaxmere, Hastings, for being unregistered and being used on a public road. They subsequently found out it had been stolen two weeks ago from the Maraenui Golf Course, Napier. 29 September 2015 NEWS Hawke’s Bay Today Photograph by Duncan Brown.

Only street legal and properly licensed golf carts are allowed on the streets here in town.

Golf carts must obey all traffic laws, traffic signals and rules of the road!

Please visit the NB Police Dept. on North Main to have your cart inspected. Also, you must be a licensed driver to drive on village streets in your carts.


Dust off your clubs Ladies–Tuesday night golf is coming soon….

A Tuesday evening ladies golf league will be forming this year at Birch Run Golf Course open to women of all ages. Very informal league with the goal of having fun each week.

There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday May 7th at 6:00pm at Birch Run Golf Course.

The first week of play will be Tuesday May 14th late afternoon/early evening tee times (exact time(s) to soon be determined).

Take Your Workout Outdoors for a Fresh Boost

In warmer weather, your body typically sweats at a higher rate….

(Family Features) As temperatures rise and the sun shines brighter, you might start taking your workouts outside more often. To ensure your body’s comfort and safety, you may need to refresh your fitness regimen.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

These tips can help you safely enjoy your summer workouts:

Wear sweat-proof sunscreen. Protecting your skin is a year-round endeavor, but when it’s hot outside, you’re more likely to lose the protection of sunscreen faster. Use a sunscreen that is designed to withstand your summer workout, whether it’s a good sweaty run or laps in a refreshing pool. Reapply a broad-spectrum formula with an SPF of 15 or higher regularly and be sure you’re using enough. Most people need a full ounce to cover their entire bodies.

Stay hydrated. In warmer weather, your body typically sweats at a higher rate, causing you to lose key electrolytes, like salt and potassium, that are important to keeping your body properly hydrated. Stay hydrated by drinking fluids before, during and after a workout. To mix up your hydration plan, consider choosing a water formulated for fitness, like Propel Vitamin Boost, which is enhanced with 100% of the recommended daily value of vitamins B3, B5, B6, C and E and electrolytes to help replace what is lost in sweat.

Find a workout buddy. There’s power – and safety – in numbers. Whether you grab a friend, coworker or pet, try exploring new places to work out for a change of scenery. Having a buddy by your side not only offers security, but also a boost of motivation. Together, you can work toward a common goal, keep each other accountable and encourage each other to crank up the intensity.

Time workouts for cooler periods. Avoid exercising during the heat of the day. Instead, opt for morning or evening workouts and be conscious of high humidity levels, which can adversely affect your respiration and lead to overheating. It’s also a good idea to acclimate to the warmer temperatures by starting with a brief workout and gradually increasing the duration over the span of a week or two.

Wear appropriate clothes. Switching to summer attire isn’t just about wearing less material; you also need to pay attention to the fabric you wear. The appropriate fit may vary depending on your chosen activity, but generally, breathable fabric in lighter colors is ideal.

Visit propelwater.com to learn more about safely hydrating to tackle warm weather workouts.


First weekend of May is Ohio’s free fishing weekend

Only weekend all year when those 16 years old or older are not required to obtain a fishing license to fish in the state‚Äôs public waters….

COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife recently announced that May 4-5 will be Ohio’s free fishing weekend, when Ohio residents may fish for free in any of Ohio’s public waters, including Lake Erie and the Ohio River.

It is the only weekend all year when those 16 years old or older are not required to obtain a fishing license to fish in the state’s public waters. 

Free fishing weekend in Ohio May 4-5,2019

“Ohio has world-class fishing, and our free fishing weekend is a great opportunity to experience what the state has to offer,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. “I invite Ohioans to take some time to get outside with family and friends to enjoy our wonderful natural resources.”  

The Division of Wildlife’s six fish hatcheries stocked more than 44 million sport fish in public waters in 2018, including walleye, saugeye, steelhead, rainbow trout, brown trout, muskellunge, channel catfish, blue catfish and hybrid striped bass, which will provide opportunities for the estimated 1.3 million Ohio anglers. 

Ohio State Parks is also offering a camping discount during Ohio’s Free Fishing Days. Visitors can receive a 20 percent discount on campsites May 3-4 by using the promotion code 19ANGLER. Make a reservation by going to ohiostateparks.reserveamerica.com or calling 866-OHIOPARKS (866-644-6727). 

The Free Fishing Days weekend offers Ohioans of all ages the chance to experience the fun of catching a fish. Here are some helpful tips for taking a youngster out fishing: 

• Keep the trip simple by considering a child’s age and skill level. 
• Choose a pond, lake or stream where children will be able to easily catch a few fish. 
• Use live bait to increase the chance of catching a fish. Live bait is also more interesting for children.
• Bring a camera and snacks. 
• Be patient – plan on spending time untangling lines, baiting hooks, landing fish and taking pictures.
• Most of all, keep the trip fun. 

Anglers 16 years and older are required to have a valid fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters when not fishing on Ohio’s free fishing weekend. Fishing licenses are available from participating agents and at wildohio.gov. 

The sales of fishing licenses, along with the Sport Fish Restoration program, continue to fund the Division of Wildlife’s fish management operations. No state tax dollars are used for these activities. These are user-pay, user-benefit programs. 

The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit wildohio.gov to find out more.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

Be in The Black Swamp: Outdoor Activities: Today & Tomorrow

Greetings NW Ohio – Hope you can join us on Sunday afternoon and/or Monday morning.

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.  ~Abraham Lincoln

Root Collar Excavation & Air Tool Demonstration

Sunday, April 28, 2019

2:30-4:30 PM
Hurricane Park, 400 South Main Street, Mt. Blanchard, Ohio


No registrations necessary, but a quick RSVP by e-mail to me will be helpful. Drop by even if you decide at the last minute.

Come enjoy the fun. Bring the family – there’s a playground nearby and plenty of space to run around.

 Tawa Tree Service and Advanced Tree Health will show us how they correct deeply-planted trees with their air tools. They’ll even let you give the tools a try! It’s fun. These air tools were developed by the gas and oil industry to cut through soil without damaging underground lines. They work great for tree diagnostics and soil restoration. Cool stuff!

 Things to Bring

Eye protection (glasses, sun glasses, goggles, or safety glasses). Dirt will be flyin’

Ear plugs (optional…it gets a bit loud)

Gloves (we may get a mulching lesson too)


Tree Planting Fun

Monday, April 29, 2019

9:30-11:00 AM
The Learning Forest at Volunteer Park, Pemberville, Ohio

NW of downtown Pemberville on Reese Rd (TR 277) 

About 1/10th of a mile west of the cell tower & 1/4 mile east of Lamoyne Rd (TR 111)

Coordinates: 41.413894, -83.468908 

No RSVP necessary

A generous Boy Scout donated 5 3-gallon, conservation stock trees and I’m planting them Monday morning at our Tree Survival School Learning Forest. Many of you have been interested in seeing these trees grown from seed, so here’s a chance. It won’t take us long to plant and the soils are perfect; So if you’re interested, bring a shovel and some gloves and we’ll get these babies in the ground, mulch them, and put up the deer/people protection. We won’t have running water, so bring something to drink. 


Stephanie Miller, Regional Urban Forester

952-B Lima Avenue
Findlay, OH  45840
Fax: 419-424-5008

AF Drone Flight Testing Research in Ohio

The State of Ohio and AFRL both invested a combined $5 million for the research and development of SkyVision.

Ohio UAS Center, Air Force Research Laboratory to Test Groundbreaking Aviation Technology

The Skyvision RV. (Photo: Ohio UAS Center)

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Major General William Cooley, Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, announced today that the Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center and AFRL will begin testing groundbreaking aviation technology at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport.

This month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed that new technology developed in collaboration between AFRL and the State of Ohio – called SkyVision – safely, accurately, and effectively allows unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”) to detect and avoid other aircraft while in flight. Simply put, SkyVision can be described as an air traffic control system for drones.

Interior of the Skyvision RV. (Photo: Ohio UAS Center)

The validation of this aviation technology led the FAA to grant AFRL a certificate of authorization to test defense-related drone technology without reliance on a visual observer or chase aircraft. Typically, drones can only fly within the uninterrupted line of sight of the person operating the UAS, but this special waiver allows AFRL and the Ohio UAS Center, which is part of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s DriveOhio Initiative, to use SkyVision to test drones beyond the visual line of sight within a 200 square-mile parcel of unrestricted airspace near the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport.

“As our country steps more and more into the unmanned age of flight, this technology is on the forefront of the aviation frontier, making Ohio a critical national asset for the research and development of UAS technology,” said Governor DeWine. “This also opens the door for commercial companies to work with Ohio, AFRL, and the FAA to test their own UAS-related technology using our SkyVision detection system. This is a major step in revolutionizing the transportation industry, with Ohio leading the way in aerospace, defense, and aviation innovation.”

“This is an important development in the progression of unmanned aircraft,” said Major General William Cooley, Commander of AFRL at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  “This waiver provides the latitude to test beyond-line-of-sight keeping AFRL on the leading edge of world-class research, and accelerates the delivery of technology that makes a difference to the warfighter.”

“By enabling our lower-altitude airspace for advanced modes of transportation, we’ll be able to facilitate new opportunities around advanced autonomous aircraft research and development,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “This will bring investment to Ohio and solidifies Ohio’s position as a world-recognized leader in aviation technology.”

Ohio’s SkyVision detection system could potentially be used by the state to develop and test UAS technology to assist citizens in the event of a natural disaster or to significantly enhance the capability of search and rescue teams to find missing persons in time-critical situations. Commercial companies, such as those looking to use drones to survey damaged infrastructure or hoping to launch drone commerce operations, will also now have incentive to move to Ohio to test their own UAS technology.

VyrtX, a company based out of Dayton, is among the first companies that has committed to expand into Springfield to work with AFRL and the Ohio UAS Center. VyrtX is currently developing technology for the potential transport of organ donations between hospitals for transplant surgeries.

UAS test flights will take place at heights ranging from 1,000 feet above ground to 10,000 feet mean sea level. Air traffic control experts from the Ohio UAS Center will operate SkyVision during each flight. The SkyVision detection system is located within a mobile unit so that it can be flexibly placed in optimum positions for each flight.

“Today’s announcement comes after years of hard work and collaboration among an incredible group of partners,” said Jeff Hoagland, President and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition. “AFRL and Ohio had a bold vision to bring UAS into the national airspace for true beyond-visual-line-of-sight flight. The work done here will shape the industry for years to come.”

The State of Ohio and AFRL both invested a combined $5 million for the research and development of SkyVision.

Supported by the Ohio Department of Transportation, DriveOhio works to ensure Ohio’s regulatory environment and public policies are conducive to the development of the infrastructure and technologies needed for smart mobility.

NB Troop #315 Newsletter – May 2019

NB now has the largest troop in Wood County!

Troop 315 May Newsletter
Scoutmasters Minute – Shawn Benjamin
Mike Julien, Tim Brown and I attended the district annual dinner in April and wanted to let the troop know how we are doing logistically.  Troop 315 has earned on average 4.5 merit badges per scout in 2018.    85% of our troop ranked up at least one rank,  Our troop went on at least 1 outing per month last year.  Troop 315 received the Leroy Strausbaugh award and Tim Brown received the W.O.O.D award.  Our leaders are 100% YPT trained. and with our newest scouts joining,  we are at 30 scouts still for 2019.    
We are now the biggest troop in Wood District.  Pretty impressive feat but with all the people who support our troop in North Baltimore, it truly is a blessing to have a scouting program that delivers to our youth.  
May 2  Mock Crash Scene
All scouts in North Baltimore schools in grades 5-8 will be able to participate in the Mock Crash scene being held at the football field.  9-12 will be transported by NB school and troop leaders will transport the others.  Your son will need a permission slip on file with Powell or Jr Hi office next week to participate.  The slip should state that your son can be picked up by Boy Scout troop 315 leader for the purpose of attending the Mock crash scene.  If you are not wanting your son to go. Please let me know. We will call out our troop roster the day of the event.  This event is part of the Emergency Preparedness merit badge Larry Bateson has been teaching.
May 12  Mothers Day — No meeting
May  17 – 19  Armed Forces Weekend
I am aware of the Washington D.C. trip, so anyone who is not going to that can attend .  Location;  Hancock County Fairgrounds. Class B shirt for Saturday breakfast service.  Fundraiser event for the troop  with tent camping throughout the weekend.  
BSA physicals for Summer Camp
Please make sure your son’s has a current BSA physical.  Here is the link :  
  https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/healthsafety/pdf/680-001_abc.pdf.  In addition,  
we will have a talent release form but wont need filled out until we depart for camp.  Summer camp dates are  June 16 – 22.
If you missed the early bird deadline for camp fees. Your cost for camp is $315.00 without camp hat.  Please call me if you need to arrange camp for your scout after the April 28 deadline.
May 27 Memorial Day Parade
All Scouts.  Full Class A uniform,  Meet at fire station at 8:30am. We will march to the Old Maplewood Cometary and then to New Maplewood .  There will be a lunch at the American Legion at around 11:30 ish so all participants in the parade are welcome to eat.
June 12 Monsoon Lagoon
I have secured approx. 30 tickets to Monsoon Lagoon at $18.00.  I do have a list of scouts going so if I haven’t committed to a ticket yet.  Let me know.  
October 25-27  Nuclear Science Merit Badge and Camp
Out troop has 17 spots to  attend Atomic Energy Camporee in Port Clinton Ohio.  We will learn about Nuclear Science at the Davis Besse plant.  If you are interested in this camp please let me know.  Cost is $20 but includes all meals.  I had to reserve early since this camp fills up fast.  More details as it gets closer but here is a link to the camp
Quote from Lord Baden Powell
“The Scoutmaster teaches boys to play the game by doing so himself.”

Today – NB Arbor Celebration

Tree Commission invites YOU… Please come to NB HS-MS…

North Baltimore will be holding the annual Arbor Day celebration at 11 am on Friday, April 26, at the NB High School – Middle School on Tiger Drive. 

The Village Tree Commission is donating a tree to the school in honor of Arbor Day.