Wood County Fingerling Fish Sale and Pond Clinic

Fish species offered include: Hybrid Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Yellow Perch, and more….

The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a spring fingerling fish sale and pond clinic.

Fish species offered include: Bluegill, Hybrid Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Yellow Perch, Fathead Minnows, and White Amur. Largemouth Bass is not available.  Order forms are available on the website at www.woodswcd.com or by stopping by the office at 1616 E Wooster Street (Greenwood Centre – The Courtyard) Bowling Green, OH. Fish pick-up is Tuesday, April 27 at 9:30 AM at the Wood County Fairgrounds. Order forms and payment are due to the district office Wednesday, April 21.

The pond clinic is Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM at the Lee Sundermeier residence (15211 Potter Rd, Weston, OH 43569). Matt Ross with CWS Environmental will discuss common sense information for pond management and answer questions. Please register online at www.woodswcd.com,  by calling the office at 419-354-5517 #4, or email julielause@woodswcd.com. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions please wear a mask and social distancing will be observed.

NB Main Street Christmas Lights Fundraising Update

More DONATIONS needed! New Lights are coming for Christmas 2021……

Dear North Baltimore Community,

Have you noticed how nice the downtown looks since the revitalization project is complete? We have something to be proud of and we do not want to stop the progress now.

During the renovations, it became apparent that the Village needed updated holiday lights to be attached to the new light poles. Several options of snowflakes and wreaths have been chosen to light up the holidays this year. All options are priced around $425 each and we have over 24 poles to fill.

This brings the total needed to around $10,000. Of course, if more money was received, the Village could add options of lighted garland, welcome banners, or items to spruce up the new downtown. We are fortunate and have been able to order the lights during the off-season for a discount.

We know many businesses are struggling now more than ever, but we have had some amazing donations so far! If you would like to support this community project, any contribution you could make towards lighting the downtown for the next holiday season would be appreciated.

Thank you,

NB Downtown Lights Committee

Holly Emahiser Ryder

nbdowntownholidaylights@gmail.com

Below is a list of businesses that have donated so far:

Donors $2000 and above

Hancock Wood Electric Cooperative

Donors $1000 and above

North Baltimore Friends of the Library

North Baltimore Rotary Club

Donors $500 and above

HPJ Industries INC.

North Baltimore Lions Club

Millstream Area Credit Union

HAHNCO INC.

Donors $100 and above

Mak & Ali’s

Poggemeyer Design Group, INC.

www.TheNBXpress.com

  All donations can be mailed to:

North Baltimore Downtown Christmas Lights
C/O North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 284
North Baltimore, Ohio 45872

Checks can be made payable to : NBACC Foundation

 

 

Bass Pro Shops Rossford Walleye Roundup Pays Out Over $30,000

The event held on Friday-Saturday, April 2-3, 2021 hosted 48 two-man teams from seven states….

Anglers competed for the largest 2-day catch and other awards at this weekend’s Bass Pro Shops 2021 Rossford Walleye Roundup.  The event held on Friday-Saturday, April 2-3, hosted 48 2-man teams from seven states. Fishermen had two great days on the water reeling in a grand total of 2,450 pounds of walleye.  The average two-day bag for all teams was 51 pounds.

First place winners Ron Royal and Josh Everett of Michigan took home a check for $10,000 plus other awards for their 2-day catch of 70.82 pounds

First place winners Ron Royal and Josh Everett of Michigan took home a check for $10,000 plus other awards for their 2-day catch of 70.82 pounds. They have free entry into next year’s tournament as well as a paid hotel room for the event. 

Second place finishers, Mike Defibaugh and Bryan Lynch of Ohio


The $5,000 prize went to close second place finishers, Mike Defibaugh and Bryan Lynch of Ohio, with a total weight of 70.07 pounds.  They also took home an extra $750 prize for the Largest One-Day Bag award presented by Hollywood Casino for their 41.64-pound bag on Friday.

Philip Maher and Kevin Paduk of Michigan finished in Third Place


Third place went to Philip Maher and Kevin Paduk of Michigan with a total haul of 69.26 pounds.  The tournament paid down 10 places with the 5th place team of Larry Kammerer and Isaac Hanna catching The Biggest Fish of the tournament on Friday, a whopping 13.74 pounds earning them an extra $1,000 prize sponsored by Cabela’s and Tracker Boats. 

Additional sponsors for the tournament included Cisco Fishing Systems, Off Shore Tackle, DiSalle Real Estate Company, ATS Printing, Genoa Bank, Starbucks, and the City of Rossford as well as the tournament partner; the Rossford Convention & Visitors Bureau (RCVB).

This year’s tournament included two husband and wife teams.  Ray Edwards, a previous tournament champion, was joined by his wife Carolyn for the second year.  Mick and Christine Broughton were the second couple, with both teams heralding from Michigan. 

Helping Hands of St. Louis, which feeds over 150 people in need of a meal each day, received over 1,350 pounds of walleye on behalf of the fishermen who donated their catches.

“The sponsorships help us make this really special for the fishermen,” said Beth Genson, director of the RCVB.  “We are able to provide great evening meals for the teams as well as boxed lunches during fishing.  Normally we have evening social events, as well.  We hope to get back to those next year.”  Bass Pro Shops provides incentives and perks for those that enter the tournament by the Early Bird deadline.  “The teams that entered by January 31, 2021 were treated to Bass Pro gift cards and a 20% discount on merchandise during the tournament,” said Genson.  The tournament also provides ‘swag’ for fishermen staying in the Rossford hotels and a secured generator station.

“We can’t wait to see everyone back here next year,” said Genson.  For final scores from this year’s tournament and to watch for information and online registration for 2022, visit the website at: www.RossfordWalleyeRoundup.com .

Wood County Park District Programs

Spring into Nature!….

 

April 2021

 
 
Wood County Park District parks & preserves are open
daily from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset.
 
Activities & Adventures
 
 
Go Green
 
Find the Go Green passport for inspiration, tips, and tricks to participate in Earth-friendly practices. We can all be good stewards of the Earth.
 
Earn a set of Bamboo Utensils by visiting parks and accomplishing at-home green action steps.
 
 
 
Photo Contest
 
Take pictures in the parks and be a part of the fun. Photo submission deadline: November 30, 2021.
Cash prizes sponsored by the Friends of the Parks. Friends of the Parks webpage
 
 
 
 
 
Get the ‘wcparks’ app.
 
Programs
 
 
Earth Day Upcycle Contests
 
Register by April 1
Send photos by April 15
 
During the Great Depression, nothing went to waste. If families needed something, they would either make it, fix it or make do. People would mend clothing and fix furniture to stretch the family budget. Connect to the past and evoke the spirit of the Great Depression by upcycling an item in your own home. Whether it is updating an old piece of furniture, repurposing an item in your home, or creating a new piece of clothing, send Carter Historic Farm a photo of the initial item and your completed project. Photos will be uploaded to Facebook for voting and winners will receive a prize!
 
 
 
 
Slacklining Workshop
 
Monday, April 5,
Wednesday, April 7,
and Friday, April 9: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
 
Learn a new way to play outdoors through slacklining, a modern balancing sport! It is a sport similar to yet distinct from tightrope walking. Join instructors from The Right Direction youth development program in this 3-day introductory course designed for ages 10-17. You’ll learn a variety of movement-based skills in a fun and friendly environment. Please plan on attending all three programs, as skills will build upon each session.
Program fee: $20, or $17 for Friends of the Parks members.
 
 
 
Birdsong I.D.
 
Wednesday, April 7
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Videoconference
 
Learning bird songs can seem daunting, but we’ll look at ways to improve your skills through field experience and the use of technology to learn some common bird songs.
 
 
 
Timberdoodle Trek
 
Thursday, April 8
7:45 – 9:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Rd, Perrysburg
 
As the sun sets a very special bird begins preparing for one the best aerial courtship displays in North America. He goes by names such as: bogsucker, timberdoodle, mudbat and many more. No dogs permitted. This will be a twilight hike under a half moon. There may be walking on soft wet trails. There may be walking off trails.
 
 
 
Birdsong I.D. Field Session
 
Friday, April 9
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Bradner Preserve
11491 Fostoria Rd, Bradner
 
Follow up the bird song ID presentation with a field session listening in the field. We’ll look to familiarize ourselves with early spring residents that are singing to establish breeding territories and communicate with mates or potential mates.
 
 
 
Depression-era Recipe Club
 
Saturday, April 10
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Teleconference
 
Experience new recipes with the Carter Historic Farm. Cook the shared Depression-era recipe prior to the event, then join us online for a social hour to snack, share your experience with the recipe, and talk about what, if any, changes you would expect in a modern recipe. Recipe will be selected based on 1930s healthy diet guidelines and will be shared one week in advance, so registering early is recommended.
 
 
 
Wild Skills:
Survival Shelter Building
 
Thursday, April 15
6:00 – 7:30 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Rd, Perrysburg
 
Protecting yourself from the environment is arguably the most important part of making it out of a wilderness survival situation. Learn the basics of construction and insulation then build your own debris shelter using only materials found in nature.
 
 
 
Hiking for Health
 
Friday, April 16
10:00 – 11:30 am
Bradner Preserve
11491 Fostoria Rd, Bradner
 
Join a naturalist for exercise and the wonder of watching the seasonal changes. The hikes will offer a true mind-body connection. Sign up for one week or all.
 
 
 
Public Climbing
 
Saturday, April 17
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sawyer Quarry Preserve
26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg
 
Did you know that there is a place for outdoor climbing in Wood County? Join us for an adventure at Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve. Learn the basics of top-rope climbing from the adventure staff and try your hand at the walls in the quarry. All equipment is provided by Wood County Parks. The program is designed for ages 14 and up.
Program fee: $15, or $12 for members of the Friends of the Parks
 
 
 
Mountain Bike Skills Camp: Bike Fit & Body Positioning for Kids
 
Sunday, April 18
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Rudolph Bike Park
26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg
 
Take your bike skills to the next level with The Right Direction youth development program pro instructors. Your connection to the bike is crucial to your safety and enjoyment out on the trail and track – don’t overlook this essential skill! Each technique will be broken down into manageable steps with challenges designed to build confidence and biking skill. A properly-fitting helmet and mountain bike are required. Ages 6-13. Masks are required for all participants age six and older and social distancing of 6-10 feet from other participants/units will be observed.
 
 
 
Spring Wildflower Walk
 
Wednesday, April 21
6:45 – 8:00 pm
Sawyer Quarry Preserve
26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg
 
Woodland wildflowers put on a brief but beautiful show on the forest floor. Join us for a naturalist-led stroll to see who is starring this month. Learn why these flowers are called ephemerals.
 
 
 
Archery Skills:
Rainbow and Arrow
 
Saturday, April 24
10:00 – 11:30 am
Arrowwood Archery Range
11126 Linwood Rd, 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. All archery equipment is provided, personal gear welcome (inspected at program). Participants must be 10 or older to attend. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Canvas available, but bring a small canvas, shirt, poster, or anything you’d like splatter-painted! Please register attending archer only. Masks are required for all participants age six and older and social distancing of 6-10 feet from other participants/units will be observed.
Program fee: $5, or $3 for Friends of the Parks members.
 
 
 
Nature Play | Forest Forts!
 
Saturday, April 24
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Rd, Perrysburg
 
Free-play in nature is beneficial for a child’s mental, physical and social development. Bring your child age 3-6 to the Nature Play Area and play the natural way! A focused project, song, or activity will serve as a guide to creativity, critical thinking, choice-challenges and play! Please register participating child only. Adults must stay for the duration of the program. Masks are required for all participants age six and older and social distancing of 6-10 feet from other participants/units will be observed.
 
 
 
Full Pink Moon Walk
 
Monday, April 26; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
William Henry Harrison Park
644 Bierley Ave, Pemberville
 
Enjoy a gentle stroll under the Full Pink moon as we learn moon lore and look and listen for nocturnal wildlife. No dogs permitted.
 
 
 
Hiking for Health
 
Friday, April 30; 10:00 – 11:30 am
Cedar Creeks Preserve
4575 Walbridge Rd, Northwood
 
Join a naturalist for exercise and the wonder of watching the seasonal changes. The hikes will offer a true mind-body connection. Sign up for one week or all.
 

April Troop 315 Newsletter LOTS OF INFO

As the title says, Please be aware of all the date-sensitive material in this newsletter. A lot of scout camps, registration dates, fees and upcoming activities are in here ..

 

Troop 315 April Newsletter

Scoutmasters Minute

As the title says, Please be aware of all the date-sensitive material in this newsletter. A lot of scout camps, registration dates, fees and upcoming activities are in here ..

I just checked our roster with SCOUTBOOK and we have 27 registered scouts in the troop . That’s a pretty strong number and we absolutely love it that N.B. can be one of the biggest troops in Wood County. As Covid hopefully makes its exit, We can go back to all the activities we’re used to. and yes getting back to fundraiser. I have been working with all the groups that allow us to participate in them and GOST, Pemberville Free fair, Apple Butter Fest, Luckey Fest, Armed Forces days are all saying they are gearing up for 2021 festivals.

Life Scout Aaron

Ground breaking ceremony for Aaron B Eagle project will be on April 2nd 3PM at the Village Sewer Plant. Any Leaders or scouts who are available to join them are welcome.

Eagle Scout Alex Trout

(above) Alex Trout receives from Ohio Rep. Haraz Ghanbari his Eagle Scout Award last week at NB Legion Post #539. The Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program of the Boy Scouts of America. (from the North Baltimore Local Schools Facebook page)

Webelos Crossover

Brand new Scouts coming to Troop 315. Blaze K, Camden M, Kale M, Rhys W & Levi V have all crossed over from Cub Scout Pack 372 and will begin their journey with the troop.

Leah T will be joining as a Lone Scout and be able to participate in scouting activity within the community, district and council . We hope that in the near future, there is enough interest so Leah can have a troop of girls in North Baltimore soon.

As it stands. Troop 315, although a traditional troop of young men, Welcomes Leah to participate in all activities, such as merit badges, rank advancements, fundraiser’s and the opportunity to one day become an Eagle scout. My hopes are, she helps out her family with the pack as a Den Chief and helps the other cubs make their way in Scouts BSA a.k.a Boy Scouts of America

Shooting Sports at Camp Berry Findlay

April 16 – 18 We will leave the scout house at 5:30pm Friday, Scouts will need tents , mess kits, sleeping bags, toiletries and change of clothes, No class. A’s. Older scouts will Shoot, Rifle, Shotgun and archery, Crossover scouts will shoot BB guns and archery. We will need an extra driver to transport and camp will pack up at 8:30 Sunday morning

Scouts attending – Joe, Boden, Aaron, Jesse, Zack T. Mitchell, Cole, John Josh F. Daniel, & Jayden, I have one spot left

Crossover scouts coming. Blaze,, Kale , Rhys , Camden Levi & Leah

Friday Supper – Subs w chips
Sat Breakfast – Mountain man
Lunch grilled cheese & soup
Supper Franks lasagna
Breakfast doughnuts w juice/ milk

Grocery List, please select an item to send with your scout to camp. Email me what you are sending so I can fill the list

7 Packs Hamburger buns
3 bags assorted chip (Doritos/cheetos/potato)
2 Head lettuce
4 tomatoes
2 lbs ham
2 lbs roast beef
2 lbs turkey
1 bottle mayo / mustard
16 packs kool aid
2 5lb bags sugar
4 packs sandwich cookies
3 big bags frozen tater tots
2 family bag of mild cheddar cheese
1 onion
2 doz eggs
2 Eckrich smoked sausage
3 loaves bread
1 big tub butter
WE HAVE SOUP
5 boxes lasagna noodles
1 family bag of Mozzarella cheese
5 lbs hamburger
4 cans spaghetti sauce
1 can tomato juice
1 garlic salt seasoning shaker
1 jar parmesan cheese
1 ricotta tub cheese
5 bags Little Debbie assorted doughnuts
3 gal jug choco milk
2 jugs orange juice

Summer Camp

Merit badge selection is set for April at the meetings. This will be the last weekend for seperate patrol meetings meetings,

Eagles meet at 4:00pm w Frank
Dragons at 5:00pm w Shawn
Archer at 6:00pm w Joe

The plans are coming together to go to Camp Frontier this year in Pioneer Ohio on June 27-July 3rd. I’m getting word that , with some Covid safety in place, Erie Shores is trying to provide a, back to normal camping experience in 2021. I know that most all program will be outdoors and Plan B and C cooking will be the only option to keep large groups from storming the chow hall. The leaders guide will have all info regarding camp as well as merit badge options, Our troop will use a meeting to select appropriate options for each scout.

link – Camp Frontier Leaders/Parents Guide | Camp Frontier | Pioneer Scout Reservation | Erie Shores Council (psrweb.org)

Early bird payment this year is set for April 21. Cost is $312 per scout. By paying and committing by the early bird date, Each scouts gets a camp hat and saves $20.00. so let me know if you re going by the deadline, Also first come first serve on merit badge choices.

List of scouts paid & signed up so far; Jesse, Skyler, Josh F. Daniel,, Chris

All scouts will also need an annual physical , not to expire by June 26,2021. They are good for 1 year link – 680-001_abc.pdf (scouting.org)

Michigan registry for PSR requirement

To ALL Scout Troop Leaders, Assistants, and Committee Chairs:

A New requirement for Pioneer Scout Reservation.

This from the Michigan Dept. of Licensing And Regulatory Affairs Office. The State of Michigan has a Requirement to approve and register any and all adults (21 and older) that provide any type leadership or chaperone of youth in their state. This is not a brand new request as PSR has been able to skirt this for the past couple of years. However, with the current pandemic crisis Erie Shores has decided to enforce this requirement. Especially since a good portion of camp is in Michigan. This does not include adults visiting on Family Night. I have attached an explanation of the requirements and the form that needs to be completed. If any Adult is going to be at PSR,or any another Scout Camp, YMCA Camp, Church Camp or 4H Camp Please complete.this form as soon as possible. It is only completed by fax or US Mail. It takes 3-4 weeks to process. This form is in the PSR Summer Camp leaders Guide also. I know several of your were with us last week for the March Round Table as we discussed this at that time, this is reminder.

Thanks for all you do,

Jack Homan
Wood Dist. Commissioner
419-308-9576

Monsoon Lagoon Dilemma

Every year I look for discount tickets for Monsoon Lagoon in June. and this year, nothing…. all tickets are $45.00, up from the $18.00 we’re used too. So.. Do we go or not. Please give feed back through email as to what you’d like to see . Another option take a trip to Henry Ford Museum at $12.00 per ticket, , That’s been a big hit in the past. I’ll go with the majority on this. Let me know.

White Water Rafting details.

Our troop has secured a reservation with Wilderness Voyagers for our white water rafting trip on August 5-7. I’ll need a head count of adults and scouts going. Cost is $105.00 per person. Includes camping, 5 meals and rafting. If you are a driver for the group, your cost is waived . Plans are as follows;

Bring spending money for 2 meals and souvenirs.

Thursday
9:00am Meet as scouthouse and pack trailers
9:30am Depart to Pennsylvania
12:00pm lunch in travel
3 – 4pm arrive at Benners campsite
we will set up camp, cook supper, swim and settle in for the evening

Friday
8:00am Go to Cantina for breakfast
9:00am Rafting on Middle Yough , Lunch on the river
3:00pm return to base and sight see till supper
6:00pm supper at Cantina
7:00pm Back to camp

Saturday
8:00am Breakfast at cantina
9:00am breakdown camp at Benners and depart
12:00pm lunch in travel
4:30ish should be back to N.B.

Committee and leadership of our Troop

For all parents ; Troop info

Charter & Rep Dennis Miller – Rotary Club of N.B.
Committee Chair – Mike Julien
Parent Coordinator – Frank Boes
Eagle coach – Larry Bateson
Treasurer – Tiffany Bowling
Committee members at large – Tammy Trout, James Bowling
Scoutmaster – Shawn Benjamin
Assistants – Billy Trout , Joseph White , Tim Brown

Upcoming calendar

April 4 EASTER no meeting
April 16-18 Shooting sports weekend
April 25 back to one meeting time at 6pm Scout house
May 9 MOTHERS DAY No meeting
May 21 – 23 Armed Forces weekend and fundraiser
May 31 Memorial Day parade CLASS A and march
June 16 Either Monsoon Lagoon or Henry Ford Museum ( Parents input)
June 26 – Jul 3 Summer Camp at Pioneer Scout Reservation
July 18 Awards picnic at the park
July 31 Good Ol Summertime Fundraiser (lots of help needed)
August 5 – 7 Wither Water Rafting in Pennsylvania
August 18-22 ?? Pemberville Free fair Trash detail fundraiser
September 24-26 Luckey Fest Fundraiser
October 5-7?? Apple Butter fest parking lot duty

Remember Meetings are at 6pm unless we have an activity or camp or holiday. There are exceptions

Who is Sr. Robert Baden Powell & what was the Girl Guide movement in 1909?

Lieutenant General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, OM, GCMG, GCVO, KCB, KStJ, DL (/ˈbeɪdən ˈpoʊəl/ BAY-dən POH-əl; 22 February 1857 – 8 January 1941), was a British Army officer, writer, founder and first Chief Scout of the world-wide Scout Movement, and founder, with his sister Agnes, of the world-wide Girl Guide / Girl Scout Movement. Baden-Powell authored the first editions of the seminal work Scouting for Boys, which was an inspiration for the Scout Movement.[4]

Educated at Charterhouse School, Baden-Powell served in the British Army from 1876 until 1910 in India and Africa.[5] In 1899, during the Second Boer War in South Africa, Baden-Powell successfully defended the town in the Siege of Mafeking.[6] Several of his books, written for military reconnaissance and scout training in his African years, were also read by boys. In August 1907, he held a demonstration camp, the Brownsea Island Scout camp, which is now seen as the beginning of Scouting.[7] Based on his earlier books, particularly Aids to Scouting, he wrote Scouting for Boys,[8] published in 1908 by Sir Arthur Pearson, for boy readership. In 1910 Baden-Powell retired from the army and formed The Scout Association.

The first Scout Rally was held at The Crystal Palace in 1909. Girls in Scout uniform attended, telling Baden-Powell that they were the “Girl Scouts”. In 1910, Baden-Powell and his sister Agnes Baden-Powell started the Girl Guide and Girl Scout. In 1912 he married Olave St Clair Soames. He gave guidance to the Scout and Girl Guide movements until retiring in 1937. Baden-Powell lived his last years in Nyeri, Kenya, where he died and was buried in 1941. His grave is a national monument.[9]

Shawn Benjamin – Scoutmaster
Troop 315
nbtroop315@aol.com

Alex Trout Newest NB Eagle Scout

Alex Trout received his Eagle Scout Award last week at NB Legion Post #539.

Alex Trout received his Eagle Scout Award last week at NB Legion Post #539.

The Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program of the Boy Scouts of America.

(from the North Baltimore Local Schools Facebook page)

Griffith Racing Invited to Bristol Motor Speedway

Van Buren’s Bill Griffith has been invited to race at the famed Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. 

 
Van Buren’s Bill Griffith has been invited to race at the famed Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. 
 
Traditionally know as the worlds fastest half mile, the Nascar track has been covered in dirt to provide some of the fastest dirt track speeds in history. 
 
Bill Griffith a long time short track veteran was one of 45 UMP Modified drivers invited in the nation to compete at the NASCAR track. 
Helping him to the event is local sponsors The Brown Company , Propane INC, Toro Lawn mowers from Casey Sales and Service, S and S Auction
 
and Fins Seafood and Grill Restaurant. 
 
The Bristol Bash is set for April 8-10 featuring the World of Outlaw late models and the UMP modifieds.  Follow updates on Bill Griffith on www.facebook.com/Billgriffithracing/

ODOT asking the public to help with litter problem

New PSA features ODOT workers who have to clean up trash

COLUMBUS – On average, Ohio Department of Transportation crews collect more than 400,000 bags of other people’s trash from along our roadsides each year. This effort costs all of us around $4 million each year. Sadly, that time and money goes to address an issue that’s 100 percent preventable.

ODOT has produced a public service announcement in an effort to stop litter at its source.

The same men and women who pick up trash along our roadways also perform other vital work like plowing snow, patching potholes, repairing guardrail, mowing grass, and replacing culverts. Picking up other people’s trash takes them away from those important jobs. That’s why they’re asking for Ohioans to help by doing something most of us learned in elementary school: Use a trash can.

Litter PSA thumbnail

 

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Easter Cactus: Tips For Growing And Getting Beautiful Spring Blooms

These tips will help you care for your potted Easter cactus and get colorful blooms long after the holiday is over…..

Holiday cacti, such as the Thanksgiving cactus or Christmas cactus, are some of the most popular, unique, and beautiful houseplants. They’re easy to care for and when those delicate blooms appear around the holidays, it’s magical. But did you know there’s also an Easter cactus that produces colorful, cheerful blooms?

The Easter cactus (Hatiora gaertneri, formerly known as Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri), or “spring cactus” as it is also called, has flowers that typically bloom—you guessed it—in spring, around the time of Easter. The lovely star-shaped flowers open at sunrise and close at sunset, and come in a variety of colors—brilliant orange, violet, fuchsia, white, or red—to brighten your home just when you need it.

When we think of “cactus” we immediately think of the prickly variety that are native to arid desert climates. But Easter cacti are native to the tropical rainforests of Brazil. In their natural environment, they grow in the crotches of tree branches but they do not damage or take anything from the host tree, so they are not parasitic.

How The Easter Cactus Is Different From Other Holiday Cacti

If you want to know which cactus you have, simply look at the leaves.

While most Christmas and Thanksgiving cacti are labeled incorrectly, there’s a good chance you won’t have that problem when purchasing an Easter cactus.

Caring For Your Easter Cactus

Understanding how the Easter cactus grows in its native environment can go a long way in giving it the best care. The roots do best when they can breathe, so plant them in a loose soil where water and oxygen can easily reach the roots but also drain well. They need more frequent watering than desert cacti but they do well in partial sunlight and dry conditions. Don’t place in a hot window or in direct sunlight.

 

Water your Easter cactus well, and allow the water to drain out of the pot afterwards. The soil should be dry to the touch before you water the plant again. This helps prevent the roots from rotting. During spring blooming, the plant may need more water than it does at other times. You’ll also want to place a saucer under the pot and add a layer of pebbles between the pot and saucer to provide humidity and prevent the stems and roots from sitting in any excess water.

Easter Cactus Repotting Tips 

If you purchase an Easter cactus in the spring, it is most likely already flowering. This cactus should thrive long past its first blooming season. In fact, just like other holiday cacti, it is not uncommon for them to grow for ten years or more.

If you received an Easter cactus as a gift, it may have come in a plastic container. We recommend repotting it. But it’s best to wait a month or two after the spring blooming has stopped. Clay pots are ideal for growing Easter cactus as they allow for good soil aeration and drainage. Use a potting mix suitable for growing succulents or cacti; one that drains well. Light peat mixes also allow proper drainage. You can also add perlite or bark pieces to the potting mix, if it seems too heavy. Easter cacti like to grow snug in its pot, so you probably won’t need to repot it again for a few years.

Should You Fertilize Your Easter Cactus?

Fertilizing enhances plant growth and flowering. Wait a month or so after the blooming season to fertilize your Easter cactus. Use a basic soluble houseplant fertilizer two to three times a year in the spring and summer months, if desired. Or you may add organic compost every spring to the pot instead.

Pruning Tips

Pinch dead flower blooms off as they appear. Pruning isn’t a must unless you want to control the overall size of the plant. Once the plant has reached maximum desired size, trim the outer leaflets of the entire plant to maintain its shape and size.

 
 

How To Get Your Easter Cactus To Bloom

Your Easter cactus need equal amounts of dark and light for eight weeks prior to their spring blooming season. At night, aim for cooler and drier conditions, ideally around 50˚F. And while these plants like the warmth, don’t place your potted cactus near any direct heat source. The warmer your house, however, the sooner the blooming period begins. Like other holiday cacti, you may even get blooms twice a year!

Another bonus: they are considered nontoxic to curious pets, which make the Easter cactus and ideal year-round houseplant.

Source: Farmers Almanac, Deborah Tukua

Bulk Water Station Upgrade Project

Effective Monday, March 22, through Friday, March 26, the bulk water station at the Wood County Landfill will be out of service for maintenance upgrades….. 

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) announces the following update to the bulk water station upgrade project:

Effective Monday, March 22, through Friday, March 26, the bulk water station at the Wood County Landfill, 15150 Tontogany Road, Bowling Green, Ohio will be out of service for maintenance upgrades.  Additional work on the Bays and Lemoyne Road locations will be announced. Work is weather permitting. 

CLICK HERE for alternative locations and more information regarding the bulk water station upgrade project, or go to nwwsd.org.