Community Survey for Facilities at NB High-Middle School

This is a VERY SHORT survey – it could take as little as 30 seconds!

This is a VERY SHORT survey – it could take as little as 30 seconds!

The deadline to respond is Friday, Feb. 14.

Go to or Click here to take a Community Survey.

Your input is needed by the board and administration of our schools!


Adopt-A-Highway groups recognized for service

Litter cleanup program great for groups and taxpayers alike

Adopt-A-Highway groups recognized for service

Litter cleanup program great for groups and taxpayers alike

LIMA, Ohio (Feb. 3, 2020) The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 is recognizing groups who have participated in Adopt-a-Highway for 25 years with service awards signed by ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks and District 1 Deputy Director Chris Hughes.

Today ODOT officials were at Alloway Environmental Testing in Lima to honor the company’s 26 years of service in the program. Since 1994, the company has maintained a two-mile stretch of highway along state Route 65 north of the village of Cairo.

“The long-standing dedication of these Adopt-A-Highway groups demonstrates a passionate commitment for maintaining the beauty of their state,” said Governor Mike DeWine.  “The Adopt-A-Highway program provides an opportunity for anyone to help keep Ohio’s roadways clean and litter-free.”

The Adopt-A-Highway Program began during the summer of 1989 and went statewide in March of 1990. Since then, thousands of groups across the state have helped to keep Ohio beautiful.  Over the last 10 years, the program averages a savings of $240,000 per year for taxpayers.

Across District 1, county administrators are delivering certificates to a handful of unwavering groups that have been maintaining stretches of highway since the early years of the program. 

The following groups are to be credited for more than 25 years of service in Adopt-A-Highway:

Allen County:

  • Alloway Environmental Testing, state Route 65

Defiance County:

  • General Motors /UAW Powertrain has adopted two highways, state Route 18 and state Route 281
  • Defiance Unit International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local #8, state Route 66
  • Williams Family, U.S. 127

Hancock County:

  • Arcadia Lions Club, state Route 12

Hardin County:

  • Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Ohio Northern University, state Route 235
  • Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Theta, Ohio Northern University, state Route 701
  • Ada Lions Club, state Route 309
  • Ada FFA, state Route 81
  • Hardin Northern FCCLA, state Route 81
  • Hardin Northern FFA, U.S. Route 68

Putnam County:

  • American Legion Post 63, state Route 109
  • Fort Jennings Lions Club, state Route 634
  • Columbus Grove Lions Club, state Route 65
  • Glandorf Lions Cub, U.S. Route 224

Van Wert County:

  • Wetzel Motorcycle Club, U.S. Route 224

Wyandot County:

  • Lawrence Insurance Agency, state Route 199
  • Upper Sandusky Lions Club, U.S. Route 23

“We encourage individuals and groups to consider picking up a section of road,” said ODOT District 1 Deputy Director Chris Hughes. “The Adopt-A-Highway program provides groups a way to give back to their communities and saves ODOT money in litter cleanup costs that can be reinvested elsewhere.”

Adopting a highway is free to groups and individuals, but groups should complete four litter pick-up sessions per year to remain active.  ODOT provides vests, grabber tools, trash bags, and trash disposal during litter pick-up sessions.

In 2019, 100 active groups with approximately 1,450 volunteers picked up over 400 bags of trash from along more than 200 miles of highway in District 1, which includes Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.

“The program is good for building camaraderie among club members,” said Dan Klear, a member of the Glandorf Lions Club.  “And the signs at either end promote the group.” 

In 1991, the group adopted a two-mile stretch of U.S. 224 west of Glandorf and Ottawa in Putnam County, but after 28 years of service, they are putting down their safety vests and grabber tools. “We hope another group will take over the route,” said Klear. “We want the main route into town to be clean and beautiful.”

Recently, Dana Inc. and the UAW Local 1765 adopted a section of state Route 115 near U.S. 30 in Allen County to honor Vicky Grace Martin, a service-minded co-worker and service-minded individual who passed away earlier this year.

“She was an advocate for the folks around here,” said Dana Plant Manager Dirk Taylor. “We are proud that the community service committee chose this way to celebrate Vicky.”

ODOT maintenance crews, Adopt-a-Highway groups and inmates from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) pick up over 400,000 bags of litter each year. Statewide, ODOT spends approximately $4 million on average each year on litter clean-up. 

For more information on Adopt-a-Highway in Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert or Wyandot counties, contact Eric Pfenning, ODOT District 1 roadway services engineer, at 419-999-6893 or [email protected].

The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state’s largest man-made asset – the transportation system. ODOT’s mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $3 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction, and snow and ice operations.

NB School CLOSED – Feb. 6

Due to road conditions related to the weather…

Due to road conditions related to the weather…

North Baltimore Local School have CLOSED for the day, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 joining most other area schools.

Area counties including Wood are at Level I Snow Emergency. 

Commencing last evening, sleet and freezing rain mixed with snow and frozen mist giving most things outside a pain in the butt coating of icy stuff!



Temps will warm slightly through the day… Winter is still happening in The SouthWood!

February Programs

Wood County Park District…..

Wood County Park District has a full schedule of classes and adventures, waiting for you:

Decoy Painting Class

Saturday, February 1; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg

EcoLit Book Group Meeting

Thursday, February 6; 7:00 – 9:30 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Friends’ Green Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
For this meeting, please read The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love of Nature by J. Drew Lanham. Group meets once per month. Register for any or all. Discussion leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Teaching Professor, BGSU English Dept. and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist. 

Beginning Spinning

Saturday, February 8; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Learn the history of spinning, beginning with the drop spindle. Drop spindles will be available to borrow or purchase, and multiple types of spinning wheels will be available to try. Cost: $10 for materials. Leader: Deb Yeagle of the Black Swamp Spinners Guild

Escape the Nature Center II

Tuesday, February 11; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Bradner Interpretive Center
11491 North Fostoria Road, Bradner
Ready for a challenge? New for 2020, new location, new puzzles and sure to be a great time. Use your wits, nature knowledge and teamwork skills to solve the puzzles and escape the nature center. Cost: $10/person. Leaders: Bill Hoefflin and Nicole Sarver  

Wild Self Defense: Moose & Deer

Friday, February 14; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve:
Friends’ Green Room
25930 White Road, Perrysburg
Encountering wildlife is exhilarating, but if you’re not careful, it can turn dangerous quickly! Learn all about these large creatures, including how to avoid too-close encounters and have a chance at defending yourself from our very own “animal.” Leader: Craig Spicer 

Winter Bird Count for Kids

Winter Bird Count For Kids
Saturday, January 18; 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve:
Friends’ Green Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
We will search out and count as many birds as possible, and then feast on pizza while we make our countdown list.
Leader: Jim Witter

Intermediate Orienteering

Sunday, February 16; 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Bradner Interpretive Center
11491 North Fostoria Road, Bradner
Looking to build on your compass skills? We will introduce map reading, pacing and route planning indoors, and then try out a challenge course spread throughout the park. Leader: Bill Hoefflin 

Is Beekeeping for You?

Tuesday, February 25; 5:30 – 8:00 pm
J.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve
30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg
Have you been thinking about taking up beekeeping as a hobby? Maybe you are just interested in honeybees? This is the program for you! Learn what is involved with becoming a beekeeper, including the sticky parts and the sweet rewards. 
Leader: Mike Soboleski, Stewardship Staff 

Animals of the Nature Center

Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve:
Friends Green Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
You may have seen some of the nature center’s resident creatures in their displays, but this evening we will be taking them out and meeting them up close as we learn a little bit about each one. This is a family friendly program and you will have the opportunity to gently touch the program critters. Leader: Bill Hoefflin
Commemorative Trail
Say it forever and leave a legacy with a Commemorative Trail Brick.
3 text lines on a 4 x 8″ brick = $100
5 text lines on an 8 x 8″ brick = $125
Start taking photos now for the 2020 Photo Contest by the Friends of the Parks. Find the prospectus here.

Ohio Hemp growers: Tread slowly

A plant with more than 0.3% THC is considered marijuana and is illegal to grow in Ohio and some other states; therefore, it must be destroyed.

Ohio Hemp growers: Tread slowly

Published on January 30, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Got a hankering to grow hemp?

Consider the gamble: The crop could generate hundreds, even thousands, of dollars per acre. Or, quite possibly, nothing at all.

The market price for CBD oil, which is derived from hemp flowers, has declined recently because of an oversupply on the market. Farmers in some states are awaiting payment for hemp they grew but could not sell. Some other growers are finding it can be very easy for hemp to exceed the legal limit of 0.3% THC; when this happens, the plants must be destroyed.  

“Don’t jump in,” said Peggy Hall, an agricultural and resource law field specialist for Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

“There are a lot of lawsuits already, and we can learn from those if we proceed with caution.”

Now that it’s legal to grow hemp in Ohio, a lot of people are interested in growing the crop, particularly to turn it into CBD oil, lured by high profit potential.  

But the risks of growing hemp should be carefully weighed against the possible profits, said Hall, who was among the speakers at the “Growing Hemp in Ohio” conference sponsored by CFAES in Wooster on Jan 24.

Anyone who does decide to grow hemp should work with an attorney regarding the terms of the contracts with both the seed company as well as the company that will buy the harvested crop, Hall said.

Having a contract between the farmer and the seed or seedling provider is critical to protect the farmer should something go amiss with the plants, Hall said. If the purchased seeds produce male plants instead of female plants, they can’t be used for CBD oil. Female hemp plants produce the flowers that are needed for CBD; male plants just produce more seed.

And if a plant comes from a seed without the proper genetics, it might be more apt to produce more than the legal limit of 0.3% THC. A plant with more than 0.3% THC is considered marijuana and is illegal to grow in Ohio and some other states; therefore, it must be destroyed.

“There are many different considerations to be made because of the unique nature of this crop,” Hall said. “This is not like a typical grain contract.”

Contracts need to be clear on who’s responsible if the harvested plant tests over the THC limit, Hall said. A contract with a buyer likely will specify the field where hemp will be grown. Hemp grown for CBD oil cannot be within one mile of any medical marijuana plants because of the risk of cross-pollination that could spike the THC levels in the CBD plants, Hall said.

“If the plants test over the THC limit, who’s responsible for the loss of that crop?” Hall said.

A farmer’s contract with a buyer should specify that, she said.

Before any contracts are signed, a prospective hemp grower should thoroughly investigate the financial standing and background of any company the farmer plans to contract with, Hall said.

“We’ve already seen some fly-by-night type companies spring up and leave a grower empty-handed,” she said. “Whenever there is a lot of money to be made on something, we see that.”

How much money can be made from hemp grown for CBD oil is unclear in the current market given the oversupply, said Brad Bergefurd, a CFAES horticulture specialist.

When CBD oil prices were at their peak, $45,000 to $65,000 per acre was possible, but in 2019, prices have dropped 60% to 80%, Bergefurd said. At the same time, the cost of planting and harvesting hemp for CBD oil is high, ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 per acre, he said.

“That’s part of why I feel uneasy about this crop,” he said.

Beginning in 2014, universities and private companies could grow hemp if the state where they were located applied for a license. Ohio was not among the states that did so. As a result, it was not legal to grow here until late last year just after the federal government made it legal for any state to grow it.  

“That might have been a good thing Ohio didn’t get in on hemp earlier,” Bergefurd said.

Some hemp farmers in other states are still trying to sell the crop they harvested, he said.

“In Ohio, we didn’t cash in on the early gold rush of hemp, but now we can sit back and learn from some of the problems states that did are facing.” 

For more information about growing hemp, see CFAES will host a hemp production and marketing opportunities workshop on Ohio State’s Columbus campus on Feb. 17 from 7–8:30 p.m. at the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building, 2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio, at CFAES’ Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. For more information, contact Peggy Hall at [email protected] or 937-645-3123; or Lee Beers, OSU Extension educator, at [email protected] or 330-638-6783.

NB Youth League Registrations Start Jan. 29

2020 Registration Dates are as follows, and will be held at the NB Fire Department.

2020 Registration Dates are as follows, and will be held at the NB Fire Department.

Wednesday, January 29th: 6-8pm

Thursday, January 30th: 6-8pm

Saturday, February 1st: 9am-1pm

Monday, February 3rd: 6-8pm

Saturday, February 15th: 11:30am-12:30PM

Registrations will not be accepted after February 16, 2020.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

$55.00 for Co-Ed T-Ball

$65 for Baseball & Softball

$10 discount per additional child

$40.00 fee if you choose not to work the concession stand, during the 2020 season.

Registration forms were delivered to Powell and the High School, posted on the leagues Facebook page, will be available at registration, or can be emailed.

OFFICERS for 2020:

Andy Allison-President

Michael Boyce-Vice President

Heather Dewulf-Secretary

Baley Thiel-Treasurer

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Northwest Ohio Crops Day 2020

Find answers to your agronomy questions, obtain private pesticide applicator and fertilizer recertification, and CCA education hours as you prepare for the next growing season.

Northwest Ohio Crops Day 2020,

Join OSU Extension at the Bavarian Haus, just outside of Deshler, Ohio on Friday, February 7, 2020, starting at 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 for the third annual Northwest Ohio Crops Day.  

Find answers to your agronomy questions, obtain private pesticide applicator and fertilizer recertification, and CCA education hours as you prepare for the next growing season.

Feb. 7, 2020, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bavarian Haus, 3814 State Route 18, Deshler, Ohio.

Cost is $35 by Jan. 31 and $45 after that date; the fee includes lunch.

Education credits offered include 1 hour Ohio Department of Agriculture recertification; 3 hours of pesticide recertification for categories 1, 2, and 6 Core; 2.5 hours of commercial pesticide CEU Core, 2c and 10c; and 4.5 hours of CCA credits.

For more information, contact Garth Ruff, 419-592-0806 or [email protected].

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Wood Soil and Water District Tree Sale

Packets are $12 with ten seedlings per packet…..also Tree Workshop

The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District Holds Annual Tree Sale and Tree Workshop

The 2020 tree seedling sale offers Conifers: American Arborvitae, Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, and Bald Cypress; Hardwoods: Red Maple, Shagbark Hickory, Swamp White Oak, and Tulip Poplar; Wildlife Shrubs: Black Chokeberry, Butterfly Bush, and Redbud. Packets are $12 with ten seedlings per packet.

The order and payment deadline is February 28, 2020.  Order forms are available on the website at, on Facebook, or at the district office: 1616 E Wooster Street (Greenwood Centre – The Courtyard).

A tree workshop is being offered Tuesday, February 11 at Ag Incubator Foundation (AIF) 13737 Middleton Pike Bowling Green, OH 43402. Doors open at 6:00 PM.  The program begins at 6:30 PM. Sam Kaiser, ODNR Service Forester, will give a brief presentation and answer questions. Please register online at or call the district office at 419-354-5517 #4. It is free and open to the community.