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
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.
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.”
Specimen drop off: July 30, 5pm-7pm and July 31, 9am-10am
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:
HouseplantsOutside planters and hanging basketsFairy gardens
Floral arrangements: miniature < 6 inches, large > 6 inchesCacti and Succulent Garden
Specimen flowers, foliage, and plants: annual, perennial, roseTerrarium
Entry blanks along with official category specifications and requirements are available by contacting Tracy Cotterman at firstname.lastname@example.org or can be picked up at the following locations: NB Public Library and NB Nutrition.
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.
Annual or Indoor Hanging BasketHouse PlantsSmall Cacti or Succulent Garden
Large Floor PlantsAfrican VioletFlowering House Plants
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
Clematis: any variety, 1 bloomRudbeckia: any color, 2 blooms
Coreopsis: any variety, 3 bloomsEchinacea: any color, 1 stock
Daisy: any variety, 2 bloomsHosta: any variety, 1 leaf
Delphinium: 1 stockButterfly Bush: 1 stem
Day Lily: 1 scapeOriental/Asiatic Lily: 1 stem
All other perennial, not listed: Small = 2 blooms, Large = 1 bloom
Hybrid Tea: 1 bloomGrandiflora: 1 spray
Floribunda: 1 sprayMiniature: 1 spray
Landscape/shrub/Knock-out: 1 spray
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
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
Keep your cats indoors at all times, and ask the neighbors to do the same.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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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%
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 ohiodnr.gov.