August Troop 315 Newsletter

Big plans for the scouts for GOST and the rest of the summer!


August Troop 315 Newsletter
Pictures are Rafting in 2018
Scouts;  We are very blessed at all the things our town and troop  represent.  At the end of every newsletter, I end with a quote from our founder Robert Baden Powell,  I do this to show that the basics in scouting are meant to have our boys grow up into productive , fine citizens who can pay it forward , showing the next generation of scouts the same courtesy that was shown them.  
Planning every meeting, every camp or outing is an exciting opportunity to work with each other to see everyone’s likes or dislikes and deliver a program that has our troop large and solid.  Your youth leaders are passing the torch to all the newest of scouts and for that , I am very proud of all of you.  That’s what makes the adults who support and participate wanting to volunteer .
Now that the pep talk is done.  I am happy all our leaders and parents are coming together at the Festival.  Hard work will pay off.  We do very well .
Reminder Festival workers schedule
Friday Setup
6:00 – 8:00    Kale & Fam & Aaron B. Fam & Vanlerbergs, Kline Fam.
10:00 – 12:oopm  Joseph Fam & Boden Fam, Cole C & Fam & Isaiab B. Fam
12:00 – 2:00pm    Cole C. & Fam, Daniel Fam & Josh Fam & Jordan C.Fam
2:00 – 4:00pm  Joseph Fam & Boden Fam & Isaiah B Fam & Zack T.
4:00pm – 6:00pm Zack, Skyler L Fam, Jayden F & Fam & Billy T & Fam
6:00pm – 8:00pm  Skyler L, Rhys W. & Fam, & Jackman Fam.Jesse , Levi, Noah & Fam ?
8:00pm – teardown  J Coup Fam & Aaron B. Fam & Skyler L.
August 5-7  We’re Ready,  White Water Rafting
Bring spending money for 2 meals and souvenirs.  Tent, Sleeping bag,  Water shoes or grubbys to get wet,  They do have a shower house and swimming pool.  
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
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
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.
Pemberville Free fair August 12- 15.  We are in charge of trash detail, on tractors and emptying cans throughout the day.  If I missed your sign up email.  Refresh my memory,.  Thanks,  We will need some parents to drive tractors during the event
Thursday 5 pm to 8pm
Friday  5pm to 9pm
Sat 12 – 4pm /  5pm – 9pm
Sunday  11 – 3pm & 3 – 7pm.
So Far            Friday 5-9   Boden & Joe
                       Saturday  12-4  Boden & Joe
                       Sunday 11-3  Skyler & Zack L.
August 21.  Cannon painting.
Although I haven’t heard since the Legion had asked.  There is a community service project penciled in for that Saturday where we will help renew the cannon at New Maplewood cemetery.  I’ll hopefully know more as they give me updates. Looking forward, The village also asked for us to paint fire hydrants so as this info gets to me I’ll let you all know
August 22.  PLC meeting
Scouts, your youth leadership will need to sit down and come up with the calendar of events for this year.  This need to happen so the , Then adult committee can approve and discuss program, finances, and membership at its meeting.  
Committee meeting
It’s been some time since we had one of these but adults who are registered need to schedule a meeting in early September for the items listed in the PLC meeting.  I’ll discuss with Mike Julien on a date for that. 
Quote from Lord Baden Powell
“Life would pall if it were all sugar; salt is bitter if taken by itself; but when tasted as part of the dish, it savours the meat. Difficulties are the salt of life.”
Shawn Benjamin

Rides Again Coming to GOST > NEW Location

D & D Amusement’s and Putting … coming to GOST for many years now!


GOST 2021 featuring D & D Amusement’s and Putting … coming to GOST for many years now!
Rides will be located on the north side of the CSX RR Tracks…in the
Village of North Baltimore parking lot and onto N Main St.
Ponies rides will be located in front of the Virginia Theatre.
The amusement rides are very popular (GOST 2016 photo by JP Miklovic).

GOST Flower Show 2021 INFO & FORMS


North Baltimore Garden Club Flower Show

NB Public Library Community Room

Saturday, July 31, 2021

12:00pm – 5:00pm

Specimen drop off: July 30, 5pm-7pm and July 31, 9am-10am

Garden Club Flower Show

The North Baltimore Garden Club in conjunction with the Good ‘Ole Summertime Festival is pleased to announce that their annual Flower Show will be returning for 2021. It will be  held on July 31, 2021 at the North Baltimore Public Library Community Room. Doors will be open from 12pm-5pm. 

All gardeners are invited to enter specimens into the competition. 

Specimens will be collected at the Community Room on Friday, July 30th, 5pm-7pm and again on Saturday, July 31st, 9am-10am. The Community Room will be closed from 10am-12pm for judging. Entries must be picked up between 5pm-6pm after the show unless arrangements are made at the time of drop-off. 

This year’s categories are as follows:

Houseplants Outside planters and hanging baskets Fairy gardens

Floral arrangements: miniature < 6 inches, large > 6 inches Cacti and Succulent Garden

Specimen flowers, foliage, and plants: annual, perennial, rose Terrarium

Entry blanks along with official category specifications and requirements are available by contacting Tracy Cotterman at or can be picked up at the following locations: NB Public Library and NB Nutrition.

Show Requirements:

All flower and foliage specimens must be in a clear vase or jar. There will be vases available to borrow at the time of drop off. Please remove all spent flowers prior to judging. Please have the required number of blooms for category specific entries. Roses will need to be labeled with their sub-category at time of drop off. The North Baltimore Garden Club in conjunction with the judge reserves the right to add or subtract categories based on entries.

Plant Categories:

Annual or Indoor Hanging Basket House Plants Small Cacti or Succulent Garden

Fairy Garden Orchid Bonsai

Large Floor Plants African Violet Flowering House Plants

Begonia Geranium Terrarium Garden

Annual Specifications:

Marigold: Large = 1 bloom, dwarf =  2 blooms

Petunia: Single = 2 flowers, one color   Double = 2 flowers, one color

Zinnia: Dwarf = 2 blooms one color   Large = 1 bloom

Snapdragon: 1 stem

Salvia: 1 stem

Sunflower: Small = 2 blooms   Large = 1 bloom

Gladiolus: any variety nt to exceed 20 inches

All other annuals, not listed: Small = 2 blooms   Large = 1 bloom

Perennial Specifications:

Clematis: any variety, 1 bloom Rudbeckia: any color, 2 blooms

Coreopsis: any variety, 3 blooms Echinacea: any color, 1 stock

Daisy: any variety, 2 blooms Hosta: any variety, 1 leaf

Delphinium: 1 stock Butterfly Bush: 1 stem

Day Lily: 1 scape Oriental/Asiatic Lily: 1 stem

All other perennial, not listed: Small = 2 blooms, Large = 1 bloom

Rose Specifications:

Hybrid Tea: 1 bloom Grandiflora: 1 spray

Floribunda: 1 spray Miniature: 1 spray

Landscape/shrub/Knock-out: 1 spray

Arrangement Specifications:

Large: greater than 6 inches

Small: less than 6 inches

Patriotic Theme: any size

Specimen pick-up: July 31, 5pm-6pm, unless other arrangements are made at time of drop-off


GOST 5K Foot Race for 2021

NB’s “Good Ole Summer Time Festival” is having a 5K Foot Race!


North Baltimore’s “Good Ole SummerTime Festival” is having a 5K Foot Race!
North Baltimore Nutrition and North Baltimore Medical & Diagnostic Center are co-sponsoring the GOST 5K Foot Race as part of North Baltimore, Ohio‘s ‘Good Ole Summerime Festival. The proceeds of the race benefit the North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce.
7 AM – Race Packets available at @North Baltimore Nutrition
7:30 AM Zumba warm-up session
8 AM Race start time
$20 entry fee benefits the NBACC – North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce

7 Easy Ways To Protect Songbirds In Your Yard

Want to protect songbirds in your yard?…

Protecting songbirds starts in your backyard. Here’s a list of some easy things you can do to keep your feathered friends safe.


If you are a backyard birder, you probably do a lot to attract birds of all types to your yard with feeders, plants and flowers, birdbaths, and more. But while you’ve created an oasis for them, there are still many threats that loom large every day. Public enemy number one is the domestic feline, for example. So how can you help? Here is a list of things you can do to protect songbirds and keep them coming back year after year.

7 Easy Things You Can Do To Protect Songbirds In Your Yard

  1. Keep your cats indoors at all times, and ask the neighbors to do the same.
  2. If you are unable to keep cats indoors, have them wear a bell on their collar. It gives birds the alert they need (and studies show bells do not cause hearing loss in cats).
  3. Keep strays out. If you have a problem with stray cats coming into your yard, try placing fencing four to six feet high around your birdfeeder, though some cats are agile climbers and this might discourage only the lazier ones.
  4. Protect birds from windows. Birds will sometimes hit windows and get injured or killed. They don’t see the clear glass and fly into it by accident, or they see their own reflections and get hurt fighting with that “other bird.” Half-opened blinds or screens can help make your windows less reflective. You can also purchase window decals at your local garden center.
  5. Purchase a window feeder that attaches right to the exterior glass. This helps the birds know the windows are there and allows you an up-close look at the birds from inside your house.
  6. Give them a chance against hawks. Hawks are another songbird predator. You can provide natural cover, such as dense trees or shrubs, where birds can hide from hawks circling overhead. Make sure this shelter is within ten feet of feeders so birds can flee in time when threatened. You might also want to shield your feeders under an awning, umbrella, gazebo, or low tree branches, so hawks can’t see the songbirds from above. If hawks are a frequent threat, avoid ground feeding, which makes songbirds especially vulnerable.
  7. Manage the Bully Birds. By putting out feeders to attract cute little songbirds, you might also be inviting starlings, blackbirds, grackles, house sparrows, and pigeons. These greedy birds are known as “bully birds” because they dominate at feeders, scaring off smaller birds.

While some jostling at feeders is normal, if bully birds are keeping songbirds away, you can take steps to help out the little guys. Most bully birds have different food preferences than songbirds. Bullies tend to like sunflower seeds, corn, wheat, and millet. Putting out birdfeed the bully birds don’t like (but songbirds do) will help dissuade the bully crowd.

To attract finches, for example, fill hanging tube feeders with only thistle seed. To feed cardinals and nuthatches, fill hopper or tray feeders with safflower seed.

Bully birds are usually larger than desirable songbirds, so it helps to enclose feeders with hardware cloth or chicken wire that only has openings big enough to allow smaller birds through, but keeps bully birds out. There are also cage-style tube and tray feeders available. Make sure the feeder’s seed holder is a few inches inside the cage so bullies can’t reach the seed with their long beaks. Look out below your feeders, too. Bully birds are often eager to get at the seeds songbirds have spilled onto the ground, so keep the area clean.

What do you do to protect songbirds in your yard? Share your ideas with us in the comments below!

for Farmers Almanac

6 Tips to Get Grilling with Your Kids This Summer

Each step in the family meal process helps children develop a love and commitment to the family meal time….

Make Menu Planning a Family Affair
Kids love to be part of the things we do, so menu planning as a family makes the meal more meaningful to your kids. Children are also more apt to try new foods when it’s something they’ve helped plan and prepare. Let them browse online for fun recipes or get out the old cookbooks!

Bring Up Your Own Little Sous Chefs
One of my favorite things to do as a kid was to be my mom’s little sous chef. She would tell me what I needed to do, teach me what I didn’t know and really let me be part of the whole cooking process. Get your own kids involved by having them wash the veggies, help make the marinade for the meat, thread the kabobs, learn to season the meat and veggies and begin doing some chopping and dicing with a kid safe knife. There’s no definitive time when a child is deemed ready to use a real knife—use your own judgement and gage the readiness and maturity of your child. They can practice by using a butter knife and a banana or a stick of butter.

Prep the Grill Together
As you know, grills get very hot! Teaching your child the potential dangers of being around a hot grill is crucial. They need to know how far to stand back from it when it’s on, what it can potentially do if you’re not careful and how to handle injuries associated to the grill. While it’s still important to have an adult with a child around a grill at all time, they can be part of the initial set-up of the grill, where to put wood chips, charcoal, propane. It’s also important to explain how it all works to help you cook delicious foods. Once familiar with being around the grill while heated, they can help flip the burgers, rotate the veggies, 

It’s the Perfect “Season” to Grill Together

Creating marinades and seasoning the meat and veggies before they go on the grill is one of the most perfect jobs for kids. It’s a fairly easy, fun task for younger kids, it helps them learn measurements, and how different flavors and spices can work together to make some of their favorite foods yummy! Developing a taste for different spices is super beneficial for their ever changing and growing palate.

Set a Fun and Festive Tablescape Together

Setting the table in a festive way for your family meal is half the fun. Let the kids lay out a tablecloth, the plates and silverware, fill the glasses with water or lemonade and make homemade place cards with each family member’s name on it. Each step in the family meal process helps children develop a love and commitment to the family meal time. The more important you make it, the more important it will become to them as the traditions become permanent. 

Clean-up, Clean-up, Everybody Clean-up!

While not as fun as cooking, cleaning up is an important part of the cooking process. Teach your kids young that cleaning up is a family event and they’ll grow up knowing it’s just something you do together. They can help with washing, drying, and putting away dishes. Be creative and don’t be afraid to make this part of the process fun!


4 Yummy Recipes to Grill with Your Kids


Hobo Potato Packs

Create small foil boats for holding the potatoes to grill.

Dice up several potatoes and divide amongst the packets (one for each person).

Add butter, salt & pepper, rosemary or other favorite spices.

Include any other toss-ins like diced sweet peppers, onions, bacon pieces or zucchini.

Cover foil boats with additional foil. 

Cook over fire for about 20 minutes. Cooking potatoes in foil packets over the fire makes them tender and flavorful.

Chicken, Pineapple, Onion & Pepper Kabobs

Chop up pieces of chicken, pineapple, onion and sweet peppers. 

Thread them onto a kabob stick. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 20 minutes or until meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees. Around the halfway mark, start basting the kabobs in the Homemade Teriyaki Sauce (below).

Homemade Teriyaki Marinade

Mix together:

1 cup water

¼ cup soy sauce

5 teaspoons packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon honey

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon garlic 

2 tablespoons cornstarch

¼ cup cold water

Combine water, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger, and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for about 1 minute. Mix cornstarch and 1/4 cold water together in a cup; stir until dissolved. Add to the saucepan. Cook and stir sauce until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes.  

Mexican Street Corn

6 to 8 medium ears sweet corn, husks removed

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper

2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest

2 tablespoons lime juice

1/2 cup cotija cheese, crumbled

Lime wedges, to serve


Heat grill to 400 degrees.

Place the husked corn directly onto grill grates. Grill the corn for about 3 minutes, undisturbed or until kernels begin to turn golden brown and look charred. Turn over and repeat. When all sides are browned, remove from the grill onto a plate.

Whisk together the sauce:

In a bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic, chipotle pepper, lime zest and lime juice. Taste and season the mixture with salt if needed. Set aside.

Using a brush or a spoon, coat each ear of corn with the crema mixture. Sprinkle with crumbled cojita cheese. Sprinkle with additional chipotle pepper, if desired. Serve immediately with extra lime wedges.



Neil Edley didn’t choose this sweet life, it chose him. Since Neil was 15 years old, he’s been operating Sugar Plum confections with his mother Frann in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Neil is still dreaming up innovative culinary ideas as their business grows by leaps and bounds. Willing to experiment with creative combinations, whether it’s bourbon caramel pretzel chocolate, Caribbean jerk peanuts or the perfect BBQ rub, Neil team specializes in custom-crafted products. Neil perfected his craft at renowned culinary college Johnson & Wales, and continues to expand upon his knowledge and creativity by making the best chocolates and nuts possible. His hope is that his confections provide the world with a little taste of happiness. His creations can be found at


There Were 649 Wildfires in Ohio Last Year

The National Park Service has attributed nearly 85% of wildfires to human activity……

Wildfires have ravaged the American West in the recent past. Of the 10 costliest wildfires on record, only two occurred prior to 2017, according to the Insurance Information Institute. And this year is shaping up to be more of the same. When considering total acres burned, 2020 was very close to being the most destructive wildfire year on record; as of the start of summer, 2021 is on pace to exceed last year’s numbers.

The defining wildfire event of 2020—the August Complex Fire—was started by a series of Northern California lightning strikes, and quickly became the largest wildfire event in the state’s history. While California gets much of the attention for wildfires, several other states have been severely impacted as well. Behind California’s 4.1 million acres burned in 2020 were 1.1 million acres in Oregon, almost 1 million acres in Arizona, and 842,000 acres in Washington.

Nationwide, the number of acres burned each year over the past 15 years is up considerably compared to the same timeframe prior to 2005, even though the number of fires has noticeably declined.


While lightning is an obvious cause of wildfires, the National Park Service has attributed nearly 85% of wildfires to human activity, including campfires, debris fires, powerlines, electrical malfunctions, cigarettes, and arson. When assessing the damage done by wildfires, though, lightning-caused fires have historically been more destructive. Data from the National Interagency Fire Center shows that lightning accounted for the great majority of burned acres since 2001, though there have been several years where more land area was burned by human-caused fires, including 2020.



The severity of wildfires is largely affected by climate conditions, and in 2021, several western states remain trapped in a persistent “megadrought.” Large portions of the region—including parts of Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, New Mexico, Colorado, and Oregon—face “exceptional” levels of drought, which is the U.S. Drought Monitor’s most severe category.

Based on recent trends, California has been the state most threatened by wildfires, as 40% of all burned acres last year fell within its borders. California also had the most properties at risk of wildfire damage by a significant margin. Its 2 million at-risk properties was nearly three times as many as the 718,000 in Texas, 371,000 in Colorado, and 238,000 in Arizona, according to the Insurance Information Institute.



However, wildfires affect each state differently. More sparsely populated states like Montana and Idaho, for example, have only the fifth-highest and ninth-highest number of properties at risk for wildfire damage, yet those properties represent between a quarter and a third of all properties in the state, whereas only 15% of properties in California are estimated to be at risk.

To determine the impact that wildfires have had on various states, researchers at Filterbuy compiled data from the National Interagency Fire Center and the U.S. Census Bureau for 2020, then ranked states by the total number of acres burned. Related data included in the analysis were the total number of fires, the burned acreage as a proportion of the state’s total land area, and human-caused fire acreage as a proportion of total fire acreage.

The analysis found that in 2020, 649 different fires burned a total of 1,551 acres of Ohio land. Here is a summary of the data for Ohio:

  • Total acres burned: 1,551
  • Total number of fires: 649
  • Burned acreage as a proportion of total land area: 0.01%
  • Human-caused fire acreage as a proportion of total fire acreage: 98.9%

For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States:

  • Total acres burned: 10,122,336
  • Total number of fires: 58,950
  • Burned acreage as a proportion of total land area: 4.49%
  • Human-caused fire acreage as a proportion of total fire acreage: 59.3%

For more information, a detailed methodology, and complete results, you can find the original report on Filterbuy’s website:


GOST 2021 Car Show Information

North Main Street North Baltimore Ohio – July 31, 2021


—$15.00 Registration Fee

On Walnut Street & North Main Street down (Enter at Cherry Street/North Main Street by Powell Elementary.

See Map RIGHT >>>>>>>

GOST 2021 Car Show Map/Directions

—For more information:
Tim Pelton at 419.857.1268/
Paul King at 419.575.3597/
Mike Soltis at 419.806.2116/

—Music by DJ Larry Reese
—Classic Slot Car Races
Pro-Tinker Toys
—Festival & Organizers not responsible for any damage at event

—Posters printed by
North Baltimore, Ohio

July 31, 2021
Registration – 8:30 Am till 11 Am
Car Show – 11 Am till 3:30 Pm
Awards – 3 Pm
Good Ole Summertime Festival


With Trucks, Tractors, Jeeps and Cycles too!



GOST 2021 Schedules

Here are the schedules, attractions, activities at GOST #42 (when is it???)

Additional info for any registrations and sign-ups is forthcoming (as far as we know…):

7am – GOST 5K Race Packets – North Baltimore Nutrition
8am – Race begins

8am- Alumni Association Golf Scramble – Birch Run Golf Course

8:30-11am- Car Show Registration – North Main Street

9am – Flag raising, prayer, and national anthem – Gazebo 

9:00a – 8:00p – Street Market 120 Block North Main

9am-4pm Military Vehicles Display – West Broadway/Good Shepherd Lot

9:15am-5K Awards – North Baltimore Nutrition

11:00am-3:30pm- Car Show – North Main Cherry to Walnut

10:00am-11pm: Rides – North Main past Cherry Street/Powell School

11:15am-Marching Band and Cheerleaders at Millstream Lot

12-1pm: Talent Show – Main Stage

12-5pm: Flower Show – NB Library – Wolfe Community Room

2-4pm- East of Cheyenne – Main Stage

3pm- Car Show Awards – TBA

12pm-11:30pm- Beer Tent Open – East Broadway

1-6pm- Bingo (NBVFD Firehall)

3-5pm- Basketball tournament (games tba) Huntington Bank lot

5-7:30- Swingmania – Main Stage

8:30-11:30 Tongue n’ Groove – Main State

10pm- Fireworks – NB Village Park

*Sponsorship announcements will be made between bands.


Outdoor education and skill building courses for women returns…

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 7th Annual Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventures weekend will kick off on Friday, September 17 and run through Sunday, September 19 at Salt Fork State Park. This annual event held by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) combines boating, fishing, and outdoor skills with other activities focused on nature and conservation activities.

“We’re excited to offer another weekend full of outdoor recreation skill building, networking, and fun at this year’s OWOA weekend,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “As a past participant, I highly encourage women of all ages to join us for a weekend of discovering new outdoor pursuits and making new friends.”

Hosted by ODNR divisions of Parks and Watercraft and Wildlife, the weekend gives women a chance to try activities they may have never done before. This year’s program features stand up paddling, kayaking, power boating, fly fishing, shoreline fishing, gun safety and range shooting, archery, dutch oven cooking, hiking, blue birds, nature photography and more.

Participants will stay the weekend at the Salt Fork State Park Lodge and Conference Center, located outside of Cambridge in eastern Ohio. Salt Fork’s thousands of land and water acres provide plenty of areas for exploration. Guests will have access to the indoor and outdoor pools, exercise room, restaurant and lounge, and professional golf course.

The event is open to all women aged 16 and older (minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). The cost is $330 per person and includes lodging, five meals, t-shirt, transportation between venues, and evening activities. There are 95 spots open for this year’s event. Registration opens for first time participants on July 15 and registration for past participants begins on July 22. A complete listing of sessions and registration details may be viewed here.

ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is responsible for managing Ohio’s 75 state parks and providing the finest outdoor recreational opportunities including first-class boat services, facilities and law enforcement for users of Ohio’s waterways and public lands.

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