Imagine…“Whirled Peace” (LEFT – Pinwheels for Peace 2016)



Imagine…“Whirled Peace”

September 21, 2019

In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word.  On September 21, 2019, North Baltimore Middle School students plan to take part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace at the entrance to the HS gym. 

Pinwheels for Peace 2016…


Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives.  This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind.  To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”

Middle school students have created pinwheels, and as part of the creation process, the students have written their thoughts about “war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others” on one side. On the other side, they have drawn images to visually express their feelings. The students have assembled these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace they will “plant” their pinwheels at the entrance to the HS gym as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.

On September 21st keep a lookout for the pinwheels as you enter the gym doors for the HS freshman, JV and varsity volleyball games – the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world!

For more information, go to or contact Arica Matthes at 419-257-3464 ext. 1203

Drinking Water & Septic System Clinic

This event is free and open to the community. Please RSVP

Drinking Water & Septic System Clinic

The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a well water and septic system presentation at the Wood SWCD office 1616 E. Wooster St. Suite 32 Bowling Green, OH on Wednesday, September 25, 2019   6–8 PM. 

Jennifer Campos, Registered Sanitarian from the Wood County Health Department, will present on the care for well water and pond water systems, drinking water testing, and septic systems.

This event is free and open to the community. Please RSVP to the district office to ensure proper number of materials.

Register online at, by email at, or call the office at 419-354-5517 #4.

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects

Work continues throughout the area…..

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 19,000 customers in Wood, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area. The District will announce updates and when additional projects are under contract. Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

McComb – Stormwater Separation Project

Through November, lane and alley restrictions are possible north and south of Main Street between High and Center Streets in McComb for stormwater separation.  Project complete: December.  Project investment: $152,000.

Millbury – Sewer Lining *UPDATE*
Through December, short-term intermittent lane restrictions are possible throughout the Village of Millbury for sewer lining. Project complete: January. Project investment: $840,000.

Northwood – East Broadway Water Valve Installation *UPDATE*
Through November, shoulder restrictions are possible on Wales and Andrus Roads for water valve installation. Project complete: December. Project investment: $480,000.

Rossford – Vernis Street Sewer Replacement Project *NEW PROJECT*
Effective September 23, through November, lane restrictions are possible on Vernis Street for sewer replacement.  Project complete: November.  Project investment: $115,000.

Rossford – Eagle Point Sewer Replacement *NEW PROJECT*
Through April 2020, construction crews and lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on Eagle Point west of Colony Road for sewer replacement. Project complete: April 2020. Project investment: $1.2million.

Rossford – Sewer Lining Project
Through September, watch for shoulder restrictions and construction crews on roads north of Eagle Point Road for sewer lining. Project complete: September. Project investment: $767,000. 

Rossford – Deimling Road Water & Sewer Line Installation

Through December, lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on Deimling Road, from Simmons to Lime City Roads, for water and sewer line installation near the Amazon construction site. Project complete: January 2020. Project investment: $502,000.

Troy Township – Pemberville Road Waterline Installation
Through November, lane restrictions are possible on Pemberville Road, from US 23 to SR 582 for waterline installation at the NSG facility. Project complete: November. Project investment: $760,000.

Weston – Meter/Meter Pit Relocation
Through October, short-term water service shut-offs and pressure fluctuations are possible in various locations throughout the Village of Weston for meter pit relocation:  Project complete: November.  Project investment: $303,000

District-Wide Hydrant Flushing
Through September, weekdays from 8 am until 3:30 pm, crews will be flushing hydrants in Rossford and Perrysburg Township. Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if the water becomes discolored.  For more information:

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Hemp holds potential for Ohio farmers

Hemp holds potential for farmers in the state…


LONDON, Ohio—Ohio’s recent legalization of growing and processing hemp comes at a time when the state’s farmers might be especially interested in finding more sources of income.

Though costly to grow, hemp can be profitable particularly as a source for cannabidiol (CBD) oil, an extract produced from hemp seeds and used to treat various illnesses, said Peggy Hall, agricultural and resource law field specialist for The Ohio State Universtiy College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

Markets for Ohio-grown hemp products are just starting to be developed. Still, hemp holds potential for farmers in the state, Hall said.

An unprecedented number of Ohio farmers this year had to either plant late in the season or could not plant at all because of unrelenting spring rain and an extremely wet year.

“There’s a lot of interest in it,” Hall said. “Many see hemp as a possible high-dollar crop that can sustain a small farm and allow a larger farm to diversify.”

Before producers can grow hemp, they need a license from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The licenses aren’t yet available because the U.S. Department of Agriculture has to finalize its internal regulations before approving state programs.

“So, Ohio farmers still can’t grow hemp yet,” Hall said.

State licenses are expected to be available before next spring when seed will go into the ground, she said.

Anyone considering growing hemp can learn more about the crop Sept. 17–19 at Farm Science Review, an annual farm show sponsored by CFAES. Hall’s talk, “The Legal Buzz on Hemp,” will be part of the Ask the Expert series of annual talks during FSR.

Also, she and Lee Beers, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Trumbull County, will give another talk, “Industrial Hemp in Ohio—What It Is and Is It Legal?” as part of the Small Farms Center Tent presentations at FSR. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.

Besides legalizing the growing and selling of hemp, the federal farm bill passed in December 2018 added hemp to the list of crops for which farmers can get crop insurance. The previous federal farm bill, which was passed in 2014, gave universities and other institutions the authority to grow it for research purposes.

Both hemp and marijuana come from cannabis plants. Hemp looks and smells like marijuana. But unlike marijuana, hemp is low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that can trigger a high. Hemp has 0.3% THC while marijuana plants have much more than that, some as much as 30%.

In Ohio, growing hemp might be particularly appealing to tobacco farmers in the southern part of the state because the crop typically grows in fields that are not necessarily suited for row crops, Beers said. Plus hemp, if it’s used for CBD oil, needs to be dried out, and tobacco farmers usually have special barns for drying.

Though hemp could bring in extra income for farmers, it is unlikely to become a major cash crop in Ohio, replacing corn and soybeans, Beers said.

“Do a lot of research and then possibly wait before investing in growing hemp,” he said. “It might not be as large a cash crop as people think.”


“The Legal Buzz on Hemp” will be Sept. 17 from 11:40 a.m. to noon; Sept. 18 from 10:20–10:40 a.m.; and Sept. 19 from 11–11:20 a.m. All three talks will be at 426 Friday Ave. at the FSR site. “Industrial Hemp in Ohio—What It Is and Is It Legal?” will be Sept. 18 from noon to 12:55 p.m. at the Small Farms Center Tent at the corner of Corn Ave. and Beef Street.

FSR hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 17–18 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19. Tickets for the event are $7 online and at OSU Extension county offices and participating agribusinesses, or $10 at the gate. Children ages 5 and under are free.

For more information on FSR, visit

Planting alternative grasses that can handle lots of rain

Supplies for hay and traditional forage grasses are exceptionally low…

 Switchgrass and Indiangrass, both prairie grasses, can survive flooded conditions and even drought. (Photo: CFAES) 

Planting alternative grasses that can handle lots of rain

Published on September 9, 2019

LONDON, Ohio—Like many of us, farm animals want to eat what they’re used to.

And because livestock are not adventurous eaters, farmers have to train them to try something new by limiting their access to the food they’re most familiar with. That can be done by growing new grasses in a different field, and then moving the livestock to graze on that field.

It’s kind of like when parents don’t give the option of chicken fingers and buttered spaghetti to their picky child and instead serve just roast and broccoli.

Many farmers in Ohio might be trying to grow and feed their animals different grasses this year, as supplies for hay and traditional forage grasses are exceptionally low. Ohio’s hay supply is the lowest since the 2012 drought, and the fourth lowest in 70 years. This past spring was persistently wet, which hindered the growth and cutting of hay and other forage grasses.

“Nobody can control the weather, but we can somewhat control what we’re growing on the farm,” said Christine Gelley, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Noble County. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

“If we can become more flexible in terms of what we grow and how we move our animals around, that can increase our options for feeding them,” she said.

Gelley is hosting a talk on how to do that: “Forages for the Extremes—Drought and Flood Tolerant Options” on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19 at the 2019 Farm Science Review near London, Ohio. FSR is sponsored by CFAES.

Typically, Ohio farmers grow cool-season grasses for their cows, sheep, and other livestock, including orchardgrass and Kentucky bluegrass, Gelley said. The problem is that those grasses can’t always withstand an abundance of rain, which has become increasingly common in recent years. Ohio experienced its wettest yearlong period on record from June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019, which left soils persistently saturated. 

Unlike cool-season grasses, prairie grasses have extensive root systems that help them survive in flooded conditions and even drought, Gelley said. The downside is that prairie grasses can take three years to get established.

“It’s not something we could plant this fall and expect to sustain our animals next spring. But once they’re established, they can last for decades,” Gelley said.

Reed canarygrass, a cool-season grass not commonly used for grazing, can be a good source of food for animals and is very tolerant of chronically wet soils, Gelley said. Anyone who plants reed canarygrass should be aware that it’s an invasive species and can easily take over a field unless animals get in there to graze it often, she said.

Tall fescue, the most common grass in Ohio, also can withstand soggy soil, but certain varieties of the grass can limit weight gain in livestock that eat it. Tall fescue contains a fungus that makes the plant more resistant to drought but also can limit weight gain. However, some varieties, while still containing the fungus, do not have that effect on animals’ weight, Gelley said.

With many of the alternative grasses, there are tradeoffs to consider before planting them.

“But which would you rather have during extreme weather events: nothing for your animals to eat or something with issues that we know we can work around?” Gelley said.

5 Fall Tips for a Healthy Yard

Grass continues to grow until the first frost, so it’s important to keep mowing throughout the fall……

( While many homeowners think lawns need less care during the fall months, it’s actually the perfect time to give your yard the extra boost in needs to make it through a dormant winter.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images….

Giving your lawn a little autumn attention as it works to absorb energy, moisture and nutrients to sustain it through the colder months can pay dividends with a lush, healthy yard next spring. Consider these tips to take advantage of the fall growing period:

Grass continues to grow until the first frost, so it’s important to keep mowing throughout the fall. Ideally, you should keep your yard at 2 1/2-3 inches in height, which is short enough to prevent matting and fungi like snow mold yet long enough to keep the root system deep enough to withstand the cold and dryness of winter. Leaving small clippings on the yard can also add organic matter, moisture and nutrients to the soil.

Because your yard typically suffers some degree of soil compaction and heat stress, which can lead to brown or thinned grass, regular aeration can prevent soil from compacting and defend against thatch – a layer of roots, stems and debris – that blocks water, oxygen and fertilizer from reaching the roots. The process of aerating removes soil plugs from the yard to encourage root growth and free up passageways for nutrients.

When leaves fall on your lawn, they can block out sunlight and, if left too long, stick together to form a suffocating mat on your grass, potentially leading to fungal diseases. Start raking as soon as leaves begin to fall or blow into your yard, and rake at least weekly. Alternatively, use your lawnmower fitted with a collection bag attachment to remove leaves from your lawn’s surface.

Because grass grows slower as the weather cools, fall is the ideal time to fertilize. In mid-to-late-fall, apply a dry fertilizer to your grassy areas to provide necessary nutrients and encourage deep roots and denser growth that can better compete with weeds and tolerate disease and insects. For optimum coverage, use a drop spreader, though crank-style broadcast spreaders also work.

A dense lawn not only looks good, but also helps protect against weeds. Over-seeding your existing turf can help fill in any thin or bare spots and also introduces the resilient grass seed. For best results, over-seed immediately after aerating when the ground is still warm, nights are cooler and the sun is not as hot during the day.

For more strategies to build a healthy, better looking lawn, visit .





REYNOLDSBURG, OH (Sept. 9, 2019) – In an effort to protect horses and other livestock in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is not allowing the import of horses from counties within states with confirmed and suspected cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV). This restriction includes the All American Quarter Horse Congress, which is scheduled to begin in Columbus on October 1.

“VSV has not been detected in Ohio and we are taking every precaution possible to keep it that way,”  said ODA State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey.  “With the All American Quarter Horse Congress coming, we thought it was important to restrict further movement to prevent the disease’s potential spread.” 

VSV is a viral disease that primarily affects horses, but can also infect cattle, swine, sheep, and goats. The disease causes blister-like lesions, which burst and leave open wounds. It is extremely painful to animals and can result in the inability to eat and drink and even lameness.

VSV is highly contagious, with biting insects being the most common method of transmission. Humans can also contract VSV by coming into contact with lesions, saliva, or nasal secretions from infected animals. In people, the disease causes flu-like symptoms such as fever, muscle ache, headache, and nausea.

Currently, VSV has been detected in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming with confirmed or suspected cases in specific counties across those states. A current list of suspect and confirmed cases can be found in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly situation report.

For more information on the disease, visit the USDA’s VSV resource page.

Asian Longhorned Beetle and Sudden Oak Death Updates

Both of these have been found/detected in Ohio.

Asian Longhorned Beetle and Sudden Oak Death Updates 

Both of these have been found/detected in Ohio.

Check out the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Asian Longhorned Beetle Program please join us at one of the 6 times/locations.

September 25-26 (1.5 hours each)

Upper Sandusky, Lima, Van Wert, Napoleon, Bowling Green, Fremont

ISA and SAF credits

Details on the Ohio Division of Forestry’s Event Calendar.

Tree Care Seminar in BG

The Bowling Green Tree Commission will be hosting a class on “Improving Soil Health” on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9-11 am at Simpson Garden Park – 1291 Conneaut.

The event is free to the public.

The class will be held in the classroom and outside. Attendees will learn about how to improve the growing conditions for their trees by adding organic matter to improve soil health and how to property apply fertilizer to address nutrient deficiencies. Please contact the Bowling Green Arborist at or 419.353.4101 if you have any questions.

Celebrating 70 years of Conservation

Banquet Sept. 12th. Contact the district office for banquet tickets….

The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting the 70th Annual Banquet & Election on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Nazareth Hall, Grand Rapids.

Doors open at 5:30 PM with voting for two supervisors 5:30—6:30 PM. Dinner served at 6:00 PM. The guest speaker is Ryan Wichman, Meteorologist with WTOL11.  Ryan hails from Wood County and has a passion for all things weather and the outdoors. The banquet includes the recognition of Randy Gardner for his efforts in maintaining a positive relationship with the agricultural community and conservationists as the legislators and residents work to improve the quality of our local natural resources. 

The first county-wide Ag-Venture self-driving farm tour held September 2018 welcomed over 1,700 visits to local Wood County farms and ag-businesses.  The Wood SWCD supervisors and staff will recognize the seven stop-hosts who opened their barn doors and ag-businesses to educated and entertain the public on local agriculture.  Thank you to Vetter Family Farms, Hirzel Canning Company, Luckey Farmers, Inc., Moser Farms, Pioneer Seed, Schooner Farms, and Black Swamp Ag, Inc.

As the evening concludes, the results of the election of Board will be announced. Two supervisors will be elected to serve a three year term. Residents or landowners, firms, and corporations that own land or occupy land in the Wood Soil and Water Conservation District and are 18 years of age and older may vote for Supervisor. A non-resident landowner, firm, or corporation must provide an affidavit* of eligibility, which includes designation of a voting representative, prior to casting a ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested by mail or by visiting the district office at 1616 E. Wooster St. Suite 32 Bowling Green, OH 43402.

Contact the district office for banquet tickets. Tickets for the adult banquet are $20 each. Children’s tickets are $10. A ticket is not required for voting.

Visit the district website at or Facebook for additional information on the candidates for the Wood SWCD Board of Supervisors.

180th Overhead in Southwood: Track of Interest (TOI) Excercise

Those living in and around the Lima and west central Ohio areas may have heard and/or seen fighter jets in close proximity to a Civil Air Patrol aircraft,…

Alert fighter jets from the 180th Fighter Wing conducted a test of the Aerospace Control Alert system on Mon., Sept. 9, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

The purpose of the event is to exercise coordination between the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Federal Aviation Administration and 180FW.

Those living in and around the Lima and west central Ohio areas may have heard and/or seen fighter jets in close proximity to a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, which will be taking on the role of a Track of Interest (TOI). A TOI is an aircraft that has been identified as a potential threat.

Aerospace Control includes maintaining air sovereignty and air defense through the surveillance and control of airspace over Canada and the U.S.

These types of exercises are conducted on a routine basis as part of North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Operation Noble Eagle, which was initiated after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

For current photos and videos of the 180FW, visit: