5 Tips to Help Reduce Litter and Protect the Oceans

Taking advantage of reusable containers for food and beverages is one way to live a more eco-friendly life…..

(Family Features) The tide of environmental studies showing the harmful effects of litter and mismanaged waste on oceans are seemingly everywhere. For example, 8 million metric tons of plastics wind up in streams, rivers and waterways each year, according to research published in “Science.”

According to the Ocean Conservancy, plastic product consumption is predicted to double over the next 10 years. With the health of the oceans closely tied to the health of the environment, marine life and humans, making choices that help reduce ocean pollution is one way to make an impact. In fact, research from the Plastic Free July Foundation shows that more than six in 10 people refuse plastic shopping bags, avoid pre-packed fruit and vegetables, pick up litter and avoid buying water in plastic bottles.

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“Mismanaged packaging waste is a threat to our oceans and the overall health of our planet,” said Lynn Bragg, president of the Glass Packaging Institute. “We can all make a difference by changing the type of food and beverage packaging we buy, opting for reusable and refillable containers, following local recycling guidelines and helping keep beaches and waterways clean.”

These tips from the Glass Packaging Institute are just a few ways to contribute:

  1. Think about the packaging you choose. When making a purchase, consider alternatives to plastic like glass or other natural and sustainable packaging. Glass, for example, is made mostly from sand and recycled glass, is reusable, recyclable and does not harm oceans or marine life.
  1. Choose reusable containers. Taking advantage of reusable containers for food and beverages is one way to live a more eco-friendly life. Since only 9 percent of plastic bottles are recycled, according to “National Geographic,” reusable containers can serve as an ideal replacement for bottled water whether at home or on-the-go. Rather than plastic, choose glass or stainless steel, which can hold hot or cold food and beverages, and help protect the contents from any chemicals.
  1. Reduce your single-use footprint. Whenever possible, bring reusable bags and containers to the store. Some foods like cereal, pasta and rice can be purchased from bulk bins and placed in a glass or stainless-steel storage container. To further cut down on plastic waste, consider switching to reusable straws, which are available in glass, stainless steel or bamboo.
  1. Recycle better. Learn what you can and can’t recycle in your community. Certain items like disposable cups, greasy pizza boxes, non-recyclable plastic containers (like those for yogurt) and take-out containers can contaminate entire batches of recycling. About 91 percent of plastic is not recycled and can linger in the environment for hundreds of years, contributing to ocean pollution. Glass containers are 100 percent recyclable; steel and aluminum cans and cardboard are also easily recyclable.
  1. Get involved. Volunteering or donating can help keep local beaches, parks and waterways clean. Getting involved with international and national groups with local chapters are also ways to participate in a local cleanup.

Find out more about the benefits of choosing and reusing glass packaging to help reduce ocean pollution at upgradetoglass.com.


Glass Packaging Institute

Powell Giving Garden Thank You’s

If anyone would like to purchase an engraved brick for this project, please contact Amanda Jacobs at: ajacobs@nbls.org.

The Giving Garden at Powell Elementary

We would like to thank K&L Ready Mix for your generous donation of 10 yards of concrete valued at $1227.64. Your contribution will make a great entrance for our plantings and seating. We appreciate your willingness to help our cause and look forward to doing business with you in the future.

We would also like to thank Josh Long for digging the space, Casey’s Sales and Service for donating the stone, Doug Wickard for his expertise, and Mayor Janet Goldner for supporting this project.

The volunteer crew for the Giving Garden – (L to R):  Joe Stewart, Joey Hagemeyer, Jim Casey, Hank Flores, Jon Eichar, Ryan Clark, Jim Stewart, John Stewart.

If anyone would like to purchase an engraved brick for this project, please contact Amanda Jacobs at:   ajacobs@nbls.org.

Marlene North
Treasurer of The Giving Garden

Wood County Ag-Venture

A Self-Driving Farm Tour throughout Wood County….

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio  –  Agriculture is a vital industry in Wood County. Fields of corn, soybeans, and wheat are seen as we drive through the county or even in our own backyards, yet we know little of how the products are grown and what they are used for.  Products found on the store shelves are made from local products from local farms.


Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is partnering with county organizations and businesses to host a Wood County AG-Venture Self-Driving Farm Tour.  Local agriculture industry leaders are opening their homes and businesses throughout Wood County to highlight Ohio’s #1 Industry – agriculture.


Visit the stops through-out the day at your own pace to sit in farm equipment, pet farm animals, talk to farmers, and taste some farm food, and learn what agriculture is in Wood County.

The Ag-Venture stops include:

Vetter Family Farms, 19604 Mercer Rd., Bowling Green, OH 43402
Hirzel Canning, 411 Lemoyne Rd., Northwood, OH 43619
Luckey Farmers, 11330 Avenue Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551
Moser Farms, 24062 Hull Prairie Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551
Pioneer Seed, 15180 Henry Wood County Rd., Grand Rapids, OH 43522
Schooner Farmers, 14890 Otsego Pike, Weston, OH 43569
Black Swamp Ag, 12057 Mitchell Rd., Bowling Green, OH 43402


Follow Wood County Ag-Venture on Facebook to learn more about the Ag-Venture.  Visit www.woodswcd.com/a-venture to find a printable map. Contact the Wood Soil and Water Conservation with questions at 419-354-5517.

Space Weather News – Perseid Meteor Shower

Earth is entering a stream of debris from giant comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, parent of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Space Weather News

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER: Earth is entering a stream of debris from giant comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, parent of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Although the shower is not expected to peak until the weekend, NASA all-sky cameras are already detecting dozens of Perseid fireballs every night over the USA. This early activity may be a good omen for the nights ahead, especially Aug. 11th-13th when Earth is expected to pass through the densest part of the comet’s debris zone.

Visit Spaceweather.com for more information and observing tips.

Troop 315 August Newsletter

Awards Picnic this Sunday…

The Good Ole Summertime fest was a huge success,  The troop made $2050.00 profit after expenses.  Thank you to all parents and scouts who helped.  These fundraisers help the troop and the scout accounts.  For our new parents.  All fundraisers that earn more than $250.00 get split in half.  Half troop account and Half Scout accounts.  This allows us to pay for cabins, patches, recharter fees and other scout needs.  The scout accounts allow each scout to earn their share of trips, and uniform needs.  I’ve included pics of Bob Latta stopping by for a brat. 
August 5 Sunday @ 5:00 pm Awards Picnic at Shelter House 3 by Football Field,  Potluck w/ hamburgers and hotdogs.  Wear your class A uniform for the ceremony.  We have a new Senior Patrol Leader to announce as well as new leadership among the patrols. 
August 10-12  Mansfield Reformatory– Includes Crime prevention Merit badge.  We will leave  Scout House at 6:00 pm Friday night.  Cost $10.00.  Bring tents, mess kits, camping supplies and your class A uniform shirt.  We will tour the prison Saturday and then off to the Sheriff’s office for a merit badge.  Here is the menu for the event.
        Friday night   Hot dogs / chips/ cookies
        Saturday Breakfast    Mountain man breakfast
        Saturday Lunch       Cold cut subs / chips / cookies at the reformatory
        Saturday  Supper     Stew
        Sunday Breakfast    doughnuts / juice/ milk
Here is the grocery list thus far.  There are 3 items left sausage, turkey, and tater tots.  Let me know
2 pack 30 ct hot dogs BOYCE
8 packs Hot Dog Buns  BOWLING
3 bags chips asst.VANLERBERG  
3 Packages of off brand sandwich cookies CLAYTON
5 bags tater tots  frozen
1 big family bag cheese fiesta CLAYTON
1 onion BOES
2 bag precooked frozen sausages links or patty
6 paks hamburger buns VANLERBERG
1 lettuce head BOWLING
3 tomatoes BOWLING
2 36 ct cheese slice BOWLING
2 lbs sliced or chipped ham GREEN
2 lbs sliced or chipped turkey
5 packs little Debbie doughnuts MOWERY
5 More packs little Debbie doughnuts MOWERY
eggs  BOES
Milk  BOES
Juice BOES
Stew fixins  BOES
August 18 Saturday, 2:00pm @ American Legion… Damon Dotson Eagle Ceremony… Class A uniforms.  this is the highest rank for scouting.  All are encouraged to attend.
August 20, Monday   5:00pm – 7:00pm .  School Open house.  We set up a recruitment table at Powell along with the Cub Scouts.  Any scout who is attending 5th or 6th grade is asked to wear his Class A and spend some time at our booth after he’s done with Meet & Greet with his teachers. 
September 7-9   Bloomdale recruitment camp in village We have been asked to assist Troop 337 Bloomdale, in an effort to grow their troop.  The Village in inviting youth to participate in this camp.  There is no cost and all food is provided.  There will be an outside movie and we will set up our 1950’s tents and wear our class A’s on Saturday.  Games, scout craft cooking and all sorts of fun to be had that weekend.  Let me know if you can attend


Shawn Benjamin

Surge in Japanese Beetles to Dissipate

Those uninvited summer guests that ate much more than expected are on their way out.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Those uninvited summer guests that ate much more than expected are on their way out.

It’s not unusual to spot Japanese beetles in June and July, but the number of them was much higher this summer with outbreaks in Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus as well as in northeast Ohio, said Joe Boggs, an entomologist with Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.

Though Japanese beetles typically thrive on the leaves of linden trees, grape vines and roses, this summer, they branched out, devouring other plants in Ohio including scotch pine and jewelweed.

“Sometimes during outbreaks, they’ll feed on strange things,” Boggs said.

First introduced into the United States in 1916, Japanese beetles seem to have had a resurgence in Ohio during the last three summers, he said. But the populations still do not come close to what Ohio experienced in the 1960s and 1970s, Boggs said.

“Then there were so many beetles, it drove people out of parks.”

At that time, Japanese beetles had no natural enemies. Since then diseases as well as predators, including parasitoid wasps, have caught up with them and helped curb the number of the pests.

After flying to a plant, Japanese beetles send out pheromones, chemicals that once released into the environment, trigger other Japanese beetles to respond to the apparent message of: Free Food.

Then they’ll swarm a plant, munching until the leaves appear skeletonized.

“They’re almost like toddlers,” said Andy Michel, an entomology associate professor in CFAES. “On any given day, you don’t know what they’re going to like to eat.”

One woman who visited a Dayton suburb and later contacted Michel, observed how virtually all of the linden trees in the area were reduced to lacey leaves and referred to it as a “plague.”

With their iridescent copper bodies and green heads, Japanese beetles can be easy to spot, but hard to get rid of.

Flicking them away with your fingers doesn’t always work because they generally return. About the only way to keep them off plants without using pesticides, is to pull them and dunk them into a container of soapy water, Michel said.

In a field of crops, Japanese beetles most often gravitate to the edges. They don’t generally do enough damage to reduce the yield on soybeans and corn, he said.

On a soybean plant, even if they remove the leaves at the top, as long as sun can filter down to the lower leaves, the plant can still perform photosynthesis and remain healthy. For commercial soybean growers, a pesticide isn’t necessary unless about 30 percent of each leaf is gone on the majority of the plant before it has flowered or 20 percent after it has flowered, Michel said.

A pesticide may also be necessary on corn plants if the beetles eat the silk of corn, leaving less than a half inch, or if the beetles are numerous and feeding while fewer than half of the corn plants have been pollinated, he said.

Whatever damage they may have done, Japanese beetle populations are significantly decreasing now as they tend to do in late July and August.

“So if we have good growing conditions and the plant can put on new growth, you might save yourself a spray,” Michel said.


SIGN UP FOR S’MORE SUMMER GIRLS going into grades 1-6

SIGN UP FOR S’MORE SUMMER GIRLS going into grades 1-6

Not quite ready for summer to end?

Attend our summer sampler and be sure to check off all the best activities from your summer bucket list.

Possible activities include:
 Nature Hikes
 Creek Stomping
 Slingshots
 Water Games
 Archery*
 Animal Presentations
 Geocaching
 Fire Building and Outdoor Cooking
 … and more!
*Archery is only permitted for Girl Scout Brownies and

August 9 and 10, 2018, Thursday and Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Cost: $25 per girl – Scholarships are available

Miser Riverview Shelter
William Henry Harrison Park
644 Bierley Avenue
Pemberville, OH 43450

To Register: Contact Anitra Bates at 567.225.3537 or anitrabates@gswo.org, or sign-up online at gswojoin.org.

Make the Most of Outdoor Concerts

Set calendar notifications to remind yourself when tickets go on sale and don’t forget……

(Family Features) For many music lovers, there are few things better than an evening spent at a concert, sprawled out on the lawn with friends. Concerts and interesting venues can also be reasons for traveling and excuses to explore a new city or revisit a favorite location.

Photo courtesy of Cruzan Amphitheatre

Whether you’re checking out a concert near home or building a vacation around concert moments and memories, music expert and entertainment reporter Chelsea Briggs offers these tips so you can rock your outdoor concert experience:        

Plan an Early Arrival
Venues typically allow fans to enter about 90 minutes before the show starts. For venues with open seating, you’ll need to be at the gates early (at least 15 minutes before they open) to nab the best spot on the lawn, get settled and grab refreshments before the concert begins.

Don’t Delay Purchasing Tickets
Set calendar notifications to remind yourself when tickets go on sale and don’t forget to grab an extra ticket for a music-loving friend or family member. An option like Hilton Honors’ Lawn Days program, in partnership with Live Nation, lets members access thousands of lawn seat concert tickets all around the United States for just 10,000 points a pair. Briggs suggests surprising a friend or using the tickets for a date night that won’t break the bank.

No Need to Skip Dinner
Lots of concerts take place during dinnertime, which presents the perfect opportunity to indulge in the venue’s many concession options.

“Recruit your friends to build out a lawn picnic by grabbing bites at the tasty food vendors to help fuel your night,” Briggs said.

Dress for Fun
Concerts are a great place to take fashion risks and have some fun with your style. It’s important to find a balance between comfort and style, so test your outfit a few days in advance to ensure you’re equally comfortable sitting and moving around if you enjoy dancing.

Capture the Moment in Moderation
Taking quality photos of an artist on stage can be challenging and watching the concert through your phone screen interferes with the live experience. Grab a few shots with your friends at the start of the show for those lasting memories then let the professionals capture the shots of the artist.

Rest Your Weary Head
“There’s really no better way to reenergize after an amazing performance, and maybe some post-show celebrating, than by crashing on a comfy bed,” Briggs said.

One way to make the most of your stay is by joining and booking through Hilton Honors, which is free to join and gives members instant benefits with every stay, including exclusive member discounts, free standard Wi-Fi, online check-in through the app and points toward future free nights. Learn more at HiltonHonors.com, where you can also find a full list of Lawn Days Concert Series cities and shows at amphitheaters across the country.



NB GOST 2018 Line-Up

Come one come all!! Full day of fun, food, music and activities for the entire family!

From North Baltimore Chamber of Commerce President and Co-Chair of North Baltimore’s Good Old Summertime Day 2018 – Here is the line-up for the day!

Come one come all!! Full day of fun, food, music and activities for the entire family!

8 am – 5k Race

8 am – Golf Scramble for NBHS Alumni Scholarship fund

9 am – Flag Ceremony and general announcements

10 am – Big Wheel Races – MACU lot

Beer Tent will be operating throughout the day and evening

10 am – Car Show starts on North Main Street

11:15 am – NBHS March Band performance – near the Main Stage (MACU parking lot)

12 – 5 pm – Flower Show at Wolf Community Room at the Library

12 – 3  pm – “Kids Fun Zone” on the NB Library yard

1:00 pm – NBHS Improv Troupe performance – Main Stage

1 – 6 – BINGO at the Fire Hall

Children’s rides located on South Main Street

Flea Market all, as well as food vendors

10:45 – Pet Show near the gazebo

9:45 – Cooper Tire Adult Tricycle Race

Military Vehicle Display on State Street

Outstanding Musical Entertainment Line-Up:

2:30 pm East of Cheyenne (local band)

5:00 pm John King (Nashville recording artist)

7:00 pm Sean Williams (Hometown artist)

10:00 – midnight – Tongue N Groove (NWO Band)

Last but not least, the annual fireworks show at the Village Park, at dark, approximately 10 pm.


GOST activities are subject to changes and weather conditions

GOST Flea & Craft Market 2018 – INFO & Registration Form


GOST 2018 Flea & Craft Market Info

You can right click the form below to initiate a “print command” on most devices. We also include a link below to an online pdf file that you should be able to download and print.

Your questions, comments and concerns should be directed to Liesa  or Jessica, their contact info is below.

GOST 2018 Flea Market form
LEISA ZEIGLER 419-350-1406 / JESSICA RUNYON 419-672-1617