The 2019 Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) renewal forms have been mailed…

Matthew Oestreich, Wood County Auditor has announced that the 2019 Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) renewal forms have been mailed to property owners currently enrolled in the program.  Eligible property owners, who are not currently enrolled, may also apply for the program now.

In accordance with Ohio law, CAUV applications are to be filed with the County Auditor’s office by the first Monday in March, this year by March 4, 2019.  Eligible property owners must reapply each year with no renewal fee. There is a $25.00 initial filing fee for all new applications. If renewal forms are not returned by March 4th, the County Auditor will be required by law to value the property at its market value and recoup the tax savings for the past three years.

Current Agricultural Use Value authorizes the County Auditor to assess farmland at its crop production value rather than its market value.  It protects and preserves farming operations by gearing the tax base to the production of the land rather than its potential for development.   Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment which created the program and since 1974 most of the state’s agricultural land has been taxed at this value instead of market value.

CAUV soil values are set by the Ohio Department of Taxation and are adjusted every three years for each County.  New values were issued for all parcels in the CAUV program in Wood County for the 2017 tax year which was payable in 2018.

With the passage of the 2017 Budget Bill, the Ohio Legislature made a significant change to how land used exclusively for “conservation practices” is valued under the CAUV program.  Land enrolled in the CAUV program that is used for “conservation practices” will be valued at the lowest value in the soil value table, which is $230 per acre, rather than the value for the individual soil type.  For example, for Hoytville Clay soil, the tillable soil value is $3,110 per acre. If it is used exclusively for “conservation practices” the value for that land would instead be $230 per acre.

“Wood County has 9,617 individual real estate parcels on Ag Use,” Mr. Oestreich noted.  “A total of 317,960 acres in this program brought a tax savings to agricultural landowners last year of over $12,000,000,”  Auditor Oestreich added.

If you are not currently enrolled in the CAUV program and you believe you may be eligible, please contact the Wood County Auditor’s Office at 419-354-9174 for more information.

2 HR Delay in NB Wednesday

Roads – sidewalks and other stuff outside are getting a layer of freezing precipitation!

Winter is back – get used to it!

Two-hour DELAY for North Baltimore Local Schools!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Roads – sidewalks and other stuff outside are getting a layer of freezing precipitation!


…dog license time!

Notice to Wood County Dog Owners

Matthew Oestreich, Wood County Auditor reminds dog owners that January 31, is the deadline for 2019 dog registrations.

A registration fee of $14.00 must be paid with the application for each dog registered.  The information necessary for registration is age, sex, spayed or neutered, color, length of hair, breed of the dog and the name, address and phone number of the owner.  A kennel fee of $70.00 must be paid with the application for each kennel registered and additional tags are available for $1.00 each for kennels with more than five dogs.  

**RECENT CHANGE**  Dogs may be registered for a 1 year or 3 year term or a permanent license (for the dog’s life). When completing the application, choose your “Term” (1 Year, 3 Year or Permanent). Fees are:  1 Year License =$14.00, 3 Year License =$42.00 and Permanent License =$140.00.  No Refunds Permitted

Penalty fees will be collected on registrations received after January 31, in the amount equal to the registration fee for each type of license.  Therefore the penalty would be $14.00 for regular licenses and $70.00 for kennel licenses in addition to the regular registration fee.

Persons acquiring dogs after January 31 have 30 days after the date of acquisition or the date that the dog reaches three months of age to register with the Auditor’s Office.

The 2019 dog registration may be filed by mail, in person, or on the internet.  When mailing the application please include the license fee, dog information (as stated above) and a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of the license with a postmark of January 3l or before.  Licenses can be purchased in person at the Wood County Auditor’s Office, 2nd floor of the county office building between 8:30 and 4:30 Monday thru Friday or at the Wood County Dog Shelter. Internet applications may be made at and does require an additional $2.00 processing fee per license which goes to the online firm processing the credit card purchase.  Please do not send cash with your mail-in application. If you have questions regarding a dog license please contact 419-354-9150.

The Wood County District Board of Health has adopted a regulation requiring all dogs be immunized against rabies. Please provide the rabies information in the application process.

Click on the form – then Right click the form – Depending on your set-up you MAY be able to print.

*Color choices: Black, White, Gray, Brindle, Tan, Brown, Yellow, Red, Fawn


P O BOX 368

SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL:                                                             419-354-9150 or toll free at 1-866-860-4140


Ohio Maple Days are Coming….

A chance to prep for syrup season….

WOOSTER, Ohio—What will Ohio’s recent weather—wet last year, warmish this winter—mean for the coming maple syrup season?

CFAES is sponsoring its annual Ohio Maple Days program at three locations in January. (Photo: Getty Images.)

It’s one of the topics at this year’s Ohio Maple Days program, an educational event for syrup producers set for three dates in three locations: Jan. 17 in Fulton, Jan. 18 in Fredericksburg, and Jan. 19 in Middlefield. The program will be the same at all three locations.

Last year, Ohio ranked eighth nationally in maple syrup production, with a reported yield of 90,000 gallons, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Weather effects, new maple science

Featured speaker Tim Perkins, director of the University of Vermont’s Proctor Maple Research Center, will discuss what Ohio’s soggy 2018 and un-winter-like winter so far could mean to this year’s sap yields, for good or for bad. Ohio had its third-wettest year ever last year, capped by an especially rainy fall.

Perkins also will share the center’s long-term research findings on spout and tubing sanitation, including the santitation’s effects on sap yields and net profits and how producers can calculate its benefits. Those findings show that the economic benefits of improving sanitation outweigh the costs, said Ohio Maple Days organizer Gary Graham.

“Sanitation plays a key role in maple production,” said Graham, who leads the Maple Syrup Program at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Otherwise, “all mold and bacteria need to grow is moisture and food, both of which are in maple sap and syrup.”

New food safety regulations

Another featured speaker, Dan Milo, will explain new portions of the Food Safety Modernization Act, set to be implemented this year, that affect producers of maple syrup. Milo is food safety supervisor with the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Food Safety and is a hobby syrup producer himself.

Graham will present a session called “Maple Nuggets” during which he’ll share additional news and updates and answer producers’ questions.

There will be a trade show at each location; reports by the Ohio Maple Producers Association and by Ohio State University Extension, which is the outreach arm of CFAES; and free testing of hydrometers, refractometers, and Vermont Temporary Maple Syrup Grading Kits that attendees are invited to bring.

3 dates, 3 locations

The Jan. 17 event will be at Lutheran Memorial Camp, 2790 State Route 61, in Fulton.

On Jan. 18, the program takes place at the Mennonite Christian Assembly Church, 10664 Fryburg Road, in Fredericksburg.

The Jan. 19 event is set for the Huntsburg Community Center, 12396 Madison Road, in Middlefield, which is a new location from previous years.

The hours for all three events are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How to register

Attendees can preregister by mail through Jan. 11, which costs $35 and includes lunch; preregister by phone after Jan. 11, which costs $35 and includes lunch; or register at the door, which costs $40 but doesn’t guarantee lunch.

For details, including how to register, visit or call Ashley Gerber, 330-674-3015.

AG DeWine Action to Protect Great Lakes from Asian Carp

Lake Erie is considered especially susceptible to invasive Asian carp…

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to act quickly to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes and to use federal funding for the project. 

In comments submitted to the Corps today, Attorney General DeWine weighed in on the Corps’ final report and plan for preventing nuisance species like Asian carp from moving from the Mississippi River basin to the Great Lakes.

“Time and time again those of us who care about the health and vitality of the Great Lakes and the tremendous economy they support have sounded the alarm on the need for fast, effective action to prevent the spread of Asian carp and other aquatic nuisance species to one of our country’s most valuable natural resources,” Attorney General DeWine wrote. “If the Army Corps moves forward with the Recommended Plan, it should do so urgently, effectively, and under full federal sponsorship.”

The Corps’ recommended plan involves the use of electrical fences, noise, and water jets at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, to keep invasive species from reaching the Great Lakes. In today’s comments and in previous comments, Attorney General DeWine said the better plan would be to close the lock. He also said that most, if not all, of the funding for the project should come from the federal government, and in addition to action at Brandon Lock, the Corps should look for other ways to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp.

Lake Erie is considered especially susceptible to invasive Asian carp, which could compete with native species, cause extensive damage to the ecosystem, and devastate the fishing and tourism industries.

Mike DeWine has long been an advocate for protecting the Great Lakes. As a U.S. Senator, he introduced both the National Aquatic Invasive Species Act and the Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act to address invasive species attacking Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes.

Ohio Urban Forestry News

It’s imperative to have quality specifications and contracts for all of your community’s tree care activities….

From Stephanie Miler, Regional Urban Forester, Ohio DNR

It is a new year and there are many opportunities to grow and learn in 2019.  Below are just a few events and articles!   

Young Tree Structural Pruning Class- Findlay

January 9, 2019

Donnell Lodge, Camp Berry, 11716 Co Rd 40, Findlay (enter west entrance)

Want to learn one of the easiest, most cost-effective tree maintenance activities your community, agency, or company can do? Young tree structural pruning takes a little bit to learn, but has a lifetime of benefits by improving the value of your trees & tree canopy and heading off costly storm damage. Join us for this hands-on experience…and you get to meet other cool people doing tree stuff!


Lunch with voluntary donation (because we’re a little way from town we’re bringing it in)

Dress for the weather

Bring hand tools if you have them (nothing power…these are baby trees)

RSVP not required, but REALLY appreciated to (want to make sure we have enough lunch for everyone)

ISA CEUs available

Tree Commission Academy Celebrates 10 Years

This one-of-a-kind class is a must for anyone making or helping to make public tree care decisions. Developed in Ohio for Ohio public administrators/managers, tree commissioners, urban foresters, and tree commissioners. Visit the TCA website for details. Make sure to check out the TCA Catalogue too. Hope to see you and your team at a TCA in 2019.

Freshman Day 2 Class – Bryan

January 17, 2019

Thank you to the City of Bryan for working with us to find a new date for day 2. Hopefully no ice storm this time! I’ll mail new maps and syllabuses soon. We’ll be scheduling the sophomore class on this day and will let everyone know the dates soon thereafter.

Freshman Class – Oak Harbor

Date and time TBD, but it will be an after-hours class for working folks. The Snow Birds should also be back to Ohio too. Watch for more details.

Sophomore Class – Tipp City

January 16-17, 2019

Hey sophomores! Here’s an opportunity to continue your TCA experience. Return your applications by January 9th for your seat. 

Senior Class – Whitehouse

January 18, 2019

March 7, 2019 Graduation date

If you’ve completed the Freshman-Junior TCA classes, we have one last senior class scheduled for this season. I’ll be sending updated applications to all candidates next week. If you have representatives from your community graduating, please watch your mailboxes for invitations to their graduation ceremony. They’ve invested a lot of their time into this unique experience on behalf of your local program, so it’s wonderful to have you there to celebrate their accomplishments.

TCA Alums

Remember that if you’ve taken the class, you may take any again for free. We do ask that you donate a little to the host for lunch if you’re able. Let me know via e-mail if you’re interested in any of the upcoming classes.

2018 Tree City USAs

I’ll send an updated list of all the Tree Cities and Campuses next week. Login contacts, check your e-mails for revision requests.

2019 Tree City USA Awards Program

April 17, 2019

Crestline, Ohio

Mark your calendars today for Northwest Ohio’s largest Urban Forestry gathering! We hope that all Tree Cities, Tree Campuses, and Tree Line utilities will join us to receive your 2018 award. It’s a tree-mendous way to meet others who do the same kinds of things and to continue to strengthen NW Ohio’s tree care community. All communities are welcome to join us for this day of celebration and sharing. It’s a wonderful way to show your tree commission/board volunteers, staff, and officials how much you appreciate the work they do! 

Invitations will be mailed to all Tree City community Mayors/Executives and local contact persons in February. All past Tree Cities as well as towns who meet most of the standards will also receive an invitation via US Post. Invitations will be e-mailed to everyone on my contact list then also. Crestline is planning a fun day for us all, so watch your mailboxes and e-mails in February for invitations.

Ohio Urban Forestry 40th Anniversary Forum

June 21, 2019

Ohio State Fairgrounds Natural Resources Park

Instead of the NW Ohio Urban Forestry Seminar, this year we’ll be gathering statewide to celebrate YOU! We have a lot in the works for this special anniversary celebration including distinguished guests, a walking tour, yummy food, and some fun take-home stuff. We’re excited to announce that Dr. Jason Graboski of Rutgers (one of THE most entertaining and knowledgeable speakers on trees and urban forestry) will be our guest presenter. 

Watch for details.  Let’s have a big turnout from our corner of the state!

Video Training: Tree Risk Assessment and Management

The Nebraska Forest Service recently developed and hosted a series of tree risk assessment and management workshops throughout the state.  These “hands-on” workshops were developed to assist those who manage trees in their community to better understand potential risk, how to address it, and how to proactively manage the community forest.  

Click here for more information about this series

All of these seminars are now available for (free) viewing and sharing and can be found online.

Tighten up Those Tree Specifications and Contracts

Quality work starts with good planning. It’s imperative to have quality specifications and contracts for all of your community’s tree care activities. Visit the Ohio Urban Forestry Toolbox for a series of helpful samples and resources. Contact me if you can’t find what you need or if you’d like an extra set of eyes for your documents. Quality specs and contracts help protect your community, citizens, and the contractors by clarifying work expectations and ensuring safe practices. They are a very wise investment in your urban forestry program.

Here are a few of the most popular items:

ANSI Standards and BMP Guides (because we all should have a copy of these in our town hall)

Risk Mitigation and Street Clearance Pruning

Planting (full specs) (ONLA/Division of Forestry specs included)

Why Hire an Arborist (because we need to stop paying unqualified people to do tree work)

Find and Arborist and Verify Credentials (I suggest using Postal Code with 50-75 mile radius)

Hazards of tree felling and trimming operations PERRP Safety Alert

Raindrops Keep Falling on Our Heads

Total rainfall in Ohio for 2018 likely will be the third highest on record….

Photo: Getty Images

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The soggy truth? Ohio had a really wet year.

After an exceptionally rainy fall in Ohio, the state is on track to have its third wettest year ever, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist with Ohio State University Extension and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

Early September the remnants of Hurricane Gordon moved across Ohio triggering upward of 8 inches of rain in southern Ohio. While October rainfall was closer to average, in November, umbrellas came out again – and often.

With a high rainfall count heading into winter, even if December winds up with average or even below average rain, total rainfall for 2018 likely will be the third highest on record, Wilson said.

“Ohio is not an anomaly,” he said. “It fits the trend toward increased precipitation that we’ve seen across the Midwest and the Northeast.”

Temperatures are getting warmer, and a higher amount of water vapor is in the atmosphere, leading to increased precipitation, Wilson said.

“We’re seeing more intense rainfall events and more overall annual precipitation,” he said.

Autumn’s wet weather kept farmers’ combines inside. Showers led to delays in harvesting corn and soybeans, which is typically wrapped up by early November yet was still in process last week in some parts of the state.

Neither corn nor soybeans can be harvested easily when they’re wet. If they are, they need to be dried before they’re stored or sold, which takes additional time and expense.

“There was a window to harvest, but the window closed and it didn’t really open again for a lot of farmers,” said Laura Lindsey, a soybean specialist with OSU Extension.

Some farmers had to wait until the ground was frozen to harvest.

“At this point, the frozen soil is preferable to wet soil,” Lindsey said.

During the last week of November, about a half million acres of soybeans still had to be harvested across the state, which typically grows 5 million acres of soybeans annually, Lindsey said.

“There were guys who were harvesting last week,” she said.

The longer mature soybeans stay in the field, the higher the risk of pods breaking off and falling to the ground or succumbing to a pest.

Even soybeans that were harvested on time had some problems with quality, and those quality problems will affect the seed for next year’s crop, Lindsey said. Stink bugs pierced some pods to reach the seeds, and other soybean pods opened up prematurely, which led to some losses. 

Even so, farmers are paid based on their yield, not the quality of their crop, unless their crop is severely damaged. So even if there were some damaged soybeans, that likely won’t affect a farmer’s bottom line, Lindsey said.

However, the poor quality of some soybeans will affect the quality of seed that comes from them. Whatever seed growers buy, they need to be sure not to overlook the percentage of seeds that are expected to germinate. If the percentage of germination is slightly lower than usual — say, 90 percent rather than 95 percent — a grower will want to compensate by planting more of that seed.

The average yields of both soybeans and corn are projected to beat the state’s previous record highs. Soybeans, which are estimated to average 60 bushels per acre, are expected to top last year’s average by 19 percent, and the 190 bushel-per-acre average for Ohio corn is up 11 percent from 2017’s average, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This year’s high yields are largely because most Ohio farmers were able to plant at the ideal time, in late April and early May, Lindsey said. For soybeans, the No. 1 factor influencing yields across the Midwest is the planting date, she said.

The one region of the state that planted later was north-central Ohio, where soybeans went in the ground in June. “That’s because they got a lot of rain,” she said.

Wood County Park District

Programs available for January, 2019…..

Polar Parks Mini-Camp
Wednesday-Friday January 2-4; 9:00 am – Noon 29530 White Road, Perrysburg  
Wednesday, January 2: Register Here
Thursday, January 3: Register Here
Friday, January 4: Register Here  

Experience a wild Wood County winter through this 3-day mini-camp!
Each day highlights a different educational theme and seeks to explore through hands-on and outdoor activities. Cost: $12/$10 FWCP per day. Ages 8-13. The registration deadline is one week before the beginning of the camp day. Leaders: Jim Witter, Bill Hoefflin, and Craig Spicer

Introduction to Orienteering

Sundayday, January 6; 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Bradner Interpretive Center

11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner

Find out what else the magnetic compass can do besides show you which way is north. This reliable low-tech tool can help you get from point A to point B. We will learn the basics indoors and then take it outside on a short orienteering course.

Leaders: Jim Witter, Bill Hoefflin, and Craig Spicer

Register Here

EcoLit Book Group Meeting
Thursday, January 10; 7:00 – 9:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg   For this meeting, please read The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen. Discussion leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Senior Lecturer, BGSU English Dept. and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist    Register Here
Homeschoolers: Project Feederwatch
Friday, January 11; 10:00 – 11:00 am Bradner Interpretive Center 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner   Learn how Wood County Park’s volunteers count birds at our windows on wildlife and how you can help scientists learn about bird populations in Wood County. Leader: Jim Witter   Register Here
Native American Moccasin Making Workshop Series
Saturdays, January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Carter Historic Farm 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green   Learn the skill of making authentic Native American moccasins over the course of four sessions. The Plains two-piece style will be featured. Cost for series: $30. Leader: Stewart Orr   Register Here
Arctic Open Archery
Saturday, January 12; 12:30- 3:00 pm Arrowwood Archery Range 11126 Linwood Road, Bowling Green   Arrows fly in the crisp winter air! Arrive anytime between 12:30 and 3:00 to give this cool archery a shot. Leader: Craig Spicer   No Registration Needed
Ice Age Mammals of Ohio
Tuesday, January 15; 6:30 – 8:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg   An impressive array of extinct animals used to call Ohio home following the retreat of the last glacier. Discover these megafauna and learn about some of the theories behind their extinction.  Leader: Bill Hoefflin   Register Here
A Stitch in Time Saves Nine
Thursday, January 17; 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Carter Historic Farm 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green   Explore the lost art of mending, a time-honored skill of the Depression Era homemaker. Bring an item to mend, thread, needle, and a willingness to learn! Leader: Virginia Dean  
Register Here
Wild Skills: Fire Building
Friday, January 18 6:30 – 8:00 pm Wood County Historical Center: Adam Phillips Shelter 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green   Fire is one of the best tools to have on your adventures, providing clean water, heat for cooking and a positive attitude. Learn hands-on how to start and maintain one safely and successfully in a variety of different situations. Leader: Craig Spicer   Register Here

Need to Recycle a Christmas Tree?

from December 26th through January 31st….

You can recycle your used Christmas tree at the Slippery Elm Trail in North Baltimore or at other locations, now through January 31, 2019.

Christmas Tree Recycling
December 26th – January 31st  

Park District Headquarters  18729 Mercer Rd., Bowling Green
(419) 353-1897

Otsego Park 20000 West River Road, Bowling Green

W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 29530 White Road, Perrysburg

William Henry Harrison Park 644 Bierley Avenue, Pemberville

Slippery Elm Trail 218 E. Broadway, North Baltimore
*All ornaments, tinsel, and lights must be removed! 

Custom Cut New Year’s Pork!!!

Get your New Year’s Pork at NB Custom Cuts!

Get your New Year’s Pork at NB Custom Cuts!

Holiday Hours –
Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,
Dec. 26 – 28: 8:00 – 5:00;
Saturday, Dec. 29 – 8:00 – 1:00;
Sunday, Dec. 30 – CLOSED
Monday, Dec. 31 – 8:00 – 1:00
Tuedsay, Jan. 1 – CLOSED

Whole Boneless Pork Loin –
2.59# – CUT Free

Boneless Pork Loin Roast – $3.99
-will cut ANY size you want-

Pork Butt Roasts – $2.99#
Pork Western Style Rigs – $3.39#
Pork Steak – $2.79#
Boneless Prl Chops – $3.99#
Pork Cutlets – $3.99#
Pork Spare Ribs – $2.69#

Bun Length BRATS – $1.50

Sugardale Spiral Cut Hams
with Glaze Pack

Daiseyfield Smoked Picnic Hams

85% Lean Ground Beef – $4.79#

USDA Choice English Chuck Roast

Walnut Creek Deli Cheeses
Swiss – Colby – PepperJack – Co-Jack

Deer Processing
TAG & DEPOSIT Required

We accept –
Credit – Debit – EBT

Caroling in Downtown NB Tonight!

The NBHS Music Department invites you to come out TONIGHT Dec. 17 for Christmas Caroling in Downtown North Baltimore!

Join in for caroling in front of the Fire Hall!

The North Baltimore Music Department invites you to come out TONIGHT Dec. 17 for Christmas Caroling in Downtown North Baltimore!

 On Monday, December 17 at 7pm, please join the high school choir for Christmas caroling outside the fire hall. Hot chocolate will be provided.

Please bring a canned good to donate. 

On Tuesday, December 18 at 7pm, the North Baltimore Bands grades 5-12 will present their annual Holiday concert in the high school auditeria. Both of these events are free and open to the public!