Governor DeWine Announces  H2Ohio Water Quality Plan

“We have a moral obligation to preserve and protect our natural resources,” DeWine said…

Governor DeWine Announces 
H2Ohio Water Quality Plan

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today unveiled H2Ohio, a comprehensive, data-driven water quality plan to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination. 

“We have a moral obligation to preserve and protect our natural resources,” Governor DeWine said during a speech at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo. “My H2Ohio plan is a dedicated, holistic water quality strategy with long-lasting solutions to address the causes of Ohio’s water problems, not just the symptoms.”

Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio plan is an investment in targeted solutions to help reduce phosphorus runoff and prevent algal blooms through increased implementation of agricultural best practices and the creation of wetlands; improve wastewater infrastructure; replace failing home septic systems; and prevent lead contamination in high-risk daycare centers and schools. The Ohio General Assembly invested $172 million in the plan in July, and since then, H2Ohio experts have been developing strategies for long-term, cost-effective, and permanent water quality solutions.

H2Ohio Targeted Practices

Reducing Agricultural Phosphorus Runoff to Prevent Algal Blooms

The H2Ohio plan will invest substantially to help farmers reduce phosphorus runoff from commercial fertilizer and manure to prevent harmful algal blooms.

Algal blooms in Ohio’s lakes, rivers, and streams can threaten drinking water and impact the health of people and animals. Although studies have shown that phosphorus runoff from farms is the primary reason for algal blooms in Lake Erie, Ohio has not previously placed a significant focus on addressing this problem.

“Ohio has supported many programs to help farmers reduce nutrient loss over the years, but the state hasn’t done nearly enough, nor have previous plans focused enough, on reducing phosphorus runoff from agriculture,” said Governor DeWine. “That changes now.”

As a result of intensive scientific and economic studies, H2Ohio identified the 10 most effective and cost-efficient practices that have been proven to reduce agricultural phosphorus runoff. Through a certification process, H2Ohio will provide economic incentives to farmers who develop a nutrient management plan that includes a combination of the best practices listed below:

H2Ohio Targeted Practices

The H2Ohio phosphorus reduction plan will focus first on reducing runoff into the Maumee River Watershed and Lake Erie and will eventually be offered to other parts of the state in the future. Farmers in the Maumee River Watershed will be able to enroll in H2Ohio programs for funding incentives in time for spring 2020 planting.

“For now, we will not mandate the use of these best practices because we believe our strategy will lead to significant changes within our current laws,” said Governor DeWine. “By helping farmers implement these practices today, H2Ohio will ultimately save them money, increase their profits, and reduce their phosphorus runoff in the future. Although a decrease in Lake Erie algal blooms will take time, we must invest now if we want clean water for future generations.”

Maumee Watershed

As part of the H2Ohio plan, counties in the Maumee River Watershed will each have a localized phosphorus target to help ensure accountability. Individualized nutrient management plans will also be developed for participating farms to identify which H2Ohio best practices will reduce the most phosphorus runoff at each location.

Soil and Water Conservation District Offices in each county will lead local efforts to help farmers enroll in the H2Ohio program and to help them implement the H2Ohio best practices.

The overall progress of the H2Ohio phosphorus reduction plan will be regularly assessed and aggregate data will be publicly available. 

The plan was developed with input from a broad coalition of agriculture, education, research, conservation, and environmental partners. H2Ohio will be led by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Lake Erie Commission with support from the Ohio Agricultural Conservation Initiative, Ohio Farm Bureau, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and others.

Several of the country’s largest agribusiness operations, including Land O’Lakes, Nutrien, and The Andersons, have voiced support for the plan and have agreed to promote H2Ohio to their customers to help increase the number of acres enrolled in best practices.

An Ohio Wetland

Creating Wetlands

In addition to reducing phosphorus runoff, wetlands also offer additional environmental benefits by absorbing pollutants, slowing down the movement of water, offering a natural filtering process, and preventing the further movement of contaminated matter.

H2Ohio will develop new wetlands in strategic, targeted areas throughout the Maumee River Watershed and elsewhere to reduce phosphorus runoff and to reduce nitrogen, store carbons, manage flooding, and offer recreation opportunities. 

H2Ohio’s new wetlands will be monitored and managed but will be primarily self-sustaining once established. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will announce details of new wetlands projects in the coming weeks.

Protecting Ohio's Water

Ensuring Safe, Clean Water

H2Ohio will address water and sewer needs in Ohio, including failing home septic systems in disadvantaged communities and possible lead contamination in high-risk daycare centers and schools.

“Ohio’s communities rely on clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure to protect public health, provide for a high quality of life, and enable economic vitality,” said Governor DeWine. “It is wrong that Ohio children are potentially being exposed to lead in drinking water because of antiquated piping and fixtures in daycare centers or they can’t play outside because their backyards are covered in sewage from failing septic systems. H2Ohio is going to help.”

Under the direction of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, H2Ohio will fund infrastructure projects in disadvantaged communities to help ensure they have safe drinking water and quality sewer infrastructure. 

H2Ohio will also help replace hundreds of failing home sewage treatment systems in low-income households to prevent the release of raw sewage onto property or into waterways.

Additionally, through a combination of state and federal funds, H2Ohio will assess lead exposure in daycare centers and schools in high-risk areas of Ohio and will help replace lead pipes and fixtures.

The Ohio EPA will announce details of new projects in the coming weeks.

For more information on the overall H2Ohio water quality plan, visit

Perfectly Pumpkin

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( Fill your house with the aroma of fall with warm slices of this Pumpkin Loaf dolloped with butter.

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Pumpkin Loaf

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4          eggs
  • 3 1/2    cups flour
  • 2          teaspoons baking soda
  • 2          teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1          teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 2          sticks butter
  • 2          cups sugar
  • 1          can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1          cup chocolate chips
  • 1          cup walnuts, chopped
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Prepare loaf and muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In bowl, whisk eggs. Set aside.
  4. In separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together. Set aside.
  5. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add whisked eggs and mix until blended.
  6. Alternately add flour mixture and pumpkin puree to egg mixture, beating until blended. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  7. Pour batter into loaf and muffin pans. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  8. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans.


Trunk or Treat “Parade” at Briar Hill 2019

A photo gallery from the NBACC – Briar Hill partnership to “save” the Halloween Parade!

NB Pioneer Days Series IV:  A First-Person Account

Indian children the Only Playmates—A Disastrous Frost—Boiled Sugar All Night—Indian Shot by a Settler and Thrown Under a Log

NB Pioneer Days Series IV:  A First-Person Account

By Tom Boltz and North Baltimore Ohio Area Historical Society

In the late 1890s and early 1900s, George W. Wilkinson, the editor of the North Baltimore Beacon, encouraged elderly local residents to write about their experiences in the settling of Henry Township and the founding of North Baltimore, Ohio.  He published their letters in a series of articles which he titled “Interesting Pioneer Sketches.”

 The following article was written by Minerva Decker (born 1818–died 1907).  It describes the early life of the men and women who first settled in Wood County.  This article is directly transcribed from the North Baltimore Beacon of October 18, 1901.


 Gives Some Interesting Facts and Experiences

 Indian children the Only Playmates—A Disastrous Frost—Boiled Sugar All Night—Indian Shot by a Settler and Thrown Under a Log

 Mrs. Minerva Decker

 Upon being asked whether I could relate any of the early history of this country and the hardships which the early settlers were faced with, I will endeavor to give all the information in my power that can be of any possible interest.  I will not describe the country so much but will describe the manner in which the settlers lived and labored in their endeavor to make a home for their families.

I was born in Pennsylvania in the year of 1818 where I lived but two years when my father decided to move to the wilderness in Ohio and chop out a farm and home.  We settled in Crawford County which was at that time one great massive forest and here made our home.  The game was plenty yet and especially the turkeys.  I remember one day my mother was sitting by the window writing a letter and I was out on the porch when I discovered a flock of wild turkeys coming toward the house.  We sat quiet and they went right over the corner of the porch and on past the house to the Sandusky River for water.  Many were the times that whole dish pans full of fine wild turkey meat would be thrown away.

During my childhood days in this country with wilderness abounding on every side I had no playmates except the Indian children who were in our neighborhood.  They always carried small bows and arrows and would shoot at a mark.  An Indian woman near us was confined to her tepee with sickness and mother went over to see her quite often; taking her biscuits, etc.  When the woman got well and able to be about again she made me a pair of fine white moccasins which I would give a great deal for now.  We were very poorly clad in those days and they were a very thankful addition to my wardrobe and were therefore immediately put on and worn out.  The Indians were quite thick around us, but were always friendly.

Just one more incident that happened in my pioneer days in Crawford County and I will then take up the beginning of Wood and Hancock counties as seen and experienced during my early life.  My father received a very hard fall one day in which he broke his collar bone and otherwise injured himself and he was confined to the house for a long time.  He grew impatient as the days passed and he was still unable to get out.  Telling mother to get his gun and come on he started for some turkeys being unable to carry the gun himself.  He shot one, but by this time he was so tired he could hardly get back to our cabin.

I married in Crawford County to Mahlon Decker.  My husband purchased a track of land out here and came here with the purpose of building a cabin and preparing a home for his family before bringing them.  The dismal outlook was too much for him however and he returned to us without having done anything in view of making that trackless wilderness the future home of his family.  He then endeavored to sell the land he had purchased and give up the idea of settling in this vast timberland.  It seems that others as well as he were not favorably impressed with the prospect and his every effort to dispose of his purchase seemed fruitless.  Being unable to dispose of the land, he finally decided move on it.  We packed our belongings in wagons and started on our long journey, which before we reached our destination, we thought would never end.  Great trees lay across our path and those we were unable to move had to be bridged by piling dirt up on each side.  I will not attempt to describe this long and perilous journey, but let it suffice to say that it was an undertaking that we ll might make a brave man’s heart weaken when he sighted the hardships to which his family would be exposed. 

Arriving at last at our destination we stopped at the cabin of an acquaintance who succeeded in making room for us until we could erect our cabin.  The family decided then to take a visit and we stayed in their cabin and took care of their children.  While they were away, we succeeded in clearing three acres of our land on which we planted wheat and also built our cabin.  This was the year the settlers suffered the loss of almost their entire crops and we only got three bushels, half of which we again sowed, leaving one and half bushel for our winter supply.  The settlers suffered much this winter for food and they had no money and no crops.  In cleaning our wheat, we would put it in a sheet with one end tied to the wall and shake it, turning it round and round.  I can well remember also of boiling sugar water many a time all night.  We had to work in those days and there was no fooling around about it.

I never worked in the field helping to clear or farm while my husband lived unless I had no work for my loom.  I remember at one time the children of the people for whom I was to weave cloth were compelled to sit around the fire almost naked until I could weave their cloth.  A lady ahead of them being acquainted with this fact came to my cabin and told me that they could have her turn and she would wait.  When my husband could not work in the fields, he would help me weave.

There were some Indians here yet and I remember one in particular who had ninety-nine scalps hanging at his belt and swore he was going to make it a hundred.  A neighbor vowed to himself that this Indian would never take that final scalp.  A short time after Brown passed my husband with the remark “he had shot a bear and had thrown it under a log.”  The Indian was never heard of after this and we all understood.

In 1874, at which time we had begun to be a little more cheerful, my husband was taken ill with stomach trouble and died.  Left alone with my children to support, I went into the field and farmed, cleared more land, and built fences.  This was the hardest part of my battle and required a great deal of hard labor.  In the meantime, my children were fast becoming old enough to help and things again ran a little better after the discouragement following our cruel blow in the loss of our husband and father.  I am eighty-three years old and am the mother of sixteen children, eight of whom still live.  I think by the above the readers will be fairly well acquainted with my history although this is but a brief description of the early life of the men and women who first settled in what is now a progressing country.  I will close by adding that I am still able to be out and around and take care of myself.

Wood County Parks November Programs

Wild Turkeys, Full Moon Walk, Popcorn stringing, and much more……

Tweenature: Project Feederwatch
Saturday, November 2;
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Learn about how volunteers help scientists understand bird species and how they change over time. We’ll spend some time counting at the feeders and then head out to hike and count birds in the field. 
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, November 2; 1:00 – 2:30 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve:
Friends’ Green Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Join citizen scientists around the world to count wintering birds. A presentation about how to identify and count the birds will be followed by a practice session at the feeders.
EcoLit Book Group Meeting
Thursday, November 7; 7:00 – 9:30 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Friends’ Green Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
For this meeting, please read Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape by Barry Lopez. Group meets once a month. Register for any or all. Discussion leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Senior Lecturer, BGSU English Dept. and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN).
Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Certification Program
Tuesday, November 5; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Otsego Park: Thompson Stone Hall
20000 W. River Road, Bowling Green
This informational session will explain the details of this excellent natural resources education program. This certification program is coupled with community-based volunteer service. Sessions include many topics such as birds, interpretation, ecology, native plants, mammals, insects, geology, and more! Certification co-sponsored by OSU Extension.
Feed Bags into Tote Bags
Thursday, November 7; 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Big Fab Lab: Woodland Mall, 1234 N Main St, Bowling Green
Inspired by the Depression Era women who sewed cotton feed bags into dresses, curtains, and other items, join staff from Carter Historic Farm to sew modern feed bags into convenient grocery totes. All materials provided, as well as sewing machine instruction (some experience helpful but not required). Cost: $25 to cover program materials. Register at:
CPR Certification at the Park
Saturday, November 9;
8:00 am– 12:00 pm
Park District Headquarters:
Community Classroom
18729 Mercer Rd, Bowling Green
Get certified in adult, child and infant CPR and AED use and learn choking relief. This American Heart Association course is taught by certified Park District staff. Participants must be 14 years of age. Registration deadline is Wednesday, November 6th. Card certification cost: $20
Wild Skills: Bow-drill Workshop
Thursday, November 14; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
W. W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Build and test out your own bow-drill fire-starting kit. Learn about the evolution of fire-starting, which materials work best, and how to identify the best wood for the job. Wood provided. Bring your own knife capable of substantial wood carving. Must be 13 years of age or older (minors must have release of liability signed by adult before attending). Carving and knife skills will not be covered in depth – please become familiar and practice before attending. Full-tang knives preferred, with blades less than 5” long. Contact Craig Spicer with any questions – 419-661-1697×3 / [email protected]
Paper ornament Making and Popcorn Stringing
Saturday, November 16; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Help create paper ornaments and popcorn strings to decorate the house for the holidays, and take home a paper ornament of your own. Drop in for as much of the time as you like.
Homeschoolers: Native American Lifeways and Games
Monday, November 18;
10:00 – 11:30 pm
Otsego Park: Stone Building
20000 W. River Road, Bowling Green
Travel back in time to the Great Black Swamp, where the Anishnabe people made a livelihood well before European settlers moved in. Experience the Anishnabe way of life, get hands on with tools, and take part in some fun and games! Appropriate for 3rd grade and up. Contact Craig Spicer with any questions – 419-661-1697×3 or [email protected]
Turkey Tomfoolery
Thursday, November 21; 6:00 – 7:30 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Wild Turkeys are being seen much more frequently here in Wood County. Bring the kids out to learn about one of the largest birds in our parks. We will finish the evening with some games and fun activities.
Intermediate Orienteering
Saturday, November 23;
12:30 – 4:30 pm
Bradner Preserve
11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner
Looking to build on your compass skills? We will introduce map reading, pacing and route planning indoors, and then try out a challenge course spread throughout the park. Prior orienteering experience is great, but not required. Dress for extensive off trail trekking through rough vegetation and wet areas.
Beaver Full Moon Walk
Tuesday, November 12; 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Beaver Creek Preserve
23028 Long Judson Road, Grand Rapids
Be sure to catch what is usually one of the most beautiful moonrises of the year. Join us on a moonlit stroll around the pond and learn some moon lore.
Self-Care Saturday
Saturday November 9; 12:00 – 1:30 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Forest therapy is practicing the connection with yourself and the Earth. By practicing this connection, you reduce stress, depression, anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate, symptoms of OCD and ADHD and increase your sense of well-being, immunity, mental clarity, creativity & concentration. Please dress for the weather, all weather event. Questions? Email [email protected]
The Native American Experience
Tuesday, November 26; 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Otsego Park: Stone Building
20000 W. River Road, Bowling Green
What was life like for Native Americans as they coped with pressure from European settlers? Join guest speaker Taylor Moyer, Toledo School of the Arts humanities teacher and living historian, as he describes the interaction between the two cultures from a Native American perspective. Details of clothing, tools and other artifacts will be woven into the narrative. Taylor will present in historic attire appropriate to the time period.
Commemorative Trail
Say it forever and leave a legacy with a Commemorative Trail Brick.
3 lines of text on a 4 x 8″ brick = $100
5 lines of text on an 8 x 8″ brick = $125
Passports are back!
Pick up your 2019 Passport to the Parks at the Park District headquarters, or any of our park kiosks. This self-stamping passport is a fun way to keep track of the great activities you participate in! Once you have collected 10 or 20 stamps you can redeem your passport at the Park District headquarters for great prizes!

Village: Trick or Treat to Go On as Scheduled

After having concerns about changing Trick or Treat,…


After having concerns about changing Trick or Treat, we have decided to keep it at the scheduled time and date.

Trick or Treat will be October 31 from 6:00pm – 7:30 pm

Hunters Asked to Submit Deer Samples for Testing in Northwest Ohio

FINDLAY, OH – Deer hunters in Lucas, Fulton and Williams counties in northwest Ohio are encouraged to submit samples of harvested deer

Hunters Asked to Submit Deer Samples for Testing in Northwest Ohio


FINDLAY, OH – Deer hunters in Lucas, Fulton and Williams counties in northwest Ohio are encouraged to submit samples of harvested deer to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.


CWD is an incurable fatal neurological disease that affects deer populations. While CWD has not been detected in Ohio’s wild deer herd, Ohio is enhancing surveillance efforts in northwest Ohio after the disease was detected in Michigan. Participation is voluntary and free of charge.


Hunters who participate in the program are asked to remove the head from a harvested deer and drop it off at any one of 12 collection stations. A kiosk at each location provides instructions on how to properly submit the deer head for testing. Hunters will be provided a unique specimen number which can be used to check results in approximately eight weeks. Results can be found at


Only adult deer harvested from Lucas, Fulton and Williams counties will be accepted. Fawns will not be tested. If a deer is sent to a taxidermist, it should not be submitted for testing. To submit a deer, remove the head approximately 4 inches below the bottom jawbone.


Hunters outside of Lucas, Fulton and Williams counties may submit a deer for testing at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory for a small fee. Please call 614-728-6220 for more information.


Collection station kiosks will be available from Saturday, Oct. 20, 2019 to Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. The collection station locations are:


Lucas County

  •        -Cleland’s: 10306 Airport Highway, Swanton, OH 43558
  •        -Spencer Township Fire Department: 9445 Frankfort Road, Holland, OH 43528
  •        -Mallard Club Marsh Wildlife Area: 8349 Cedar Point Road, Oregon, OH 43616
  •        -Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Check Station, Ottawa County: 13299 West State Route 2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449

o   This location is not a kiosk, but all supplies and instructions will be located at the self-serve controlled waterfowl hunt station.

Fulton County

  •        -Pettisville Community Park: 18405 County Road D-E, Pettisville, OH 43553
  •        -ODNR Rest Area: 10601 U.S. 20, Lyons, OH 43533
  •        -Maumee State Forest Headquarters: 3380 County Road D, Swanton, OH 43558
  •        -Franklin Township Garage: 10392 State Route 66, Archbold, OH 43502

Williams County

  •        -Lake LaSuAn Wildlife Area Headquarters: 9455 County Road R, Pioneer, OH 43554
  •        -Williams County Fairgrounds: 619 E. Main Street, Montpelier, OH 43543
  •        -Florence Township Building: 362 S. Michigan Street, Edon, OH 43518
  •        -Pulaski Township Garage: 6646 U.S. 127, Bryan, OH 43506


There is no strong evidence that CWD is transmissible to humans. A deer infected with CWD typically does not immediately show signs of the disease, therefore hunters are encouraged to wear rubber gloves when field dressing deer. Avoid consuming high-risk tissues such as the brain, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils and lymph nodes.


Hunter should dispose of carcasses by double-bagging any high-risk tissues and including them in household trash to be delivered to a landfill. Those who hunt out-of-state can help prevent the spread of CWD by following carcass regulations and not bringing high-risk tissues across state lines.


Visit for more information. If you have questions, please contact the Ohio Division of Wildlife District Two office at 419-424-5000.

The mission of the ODNR Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit to find out more.

5 Tips for Protecting Your Outdoor Space in the Offseason

Snow, sleet, wind, sun and rain, can damage your outdoor essentials and cause them to deteriorate over time…

(Family Features) Regardless of the climate you live in, protecting your patio furnishings and accessories during the colder months is crucial to maintaining a beautiful and functional outdoor living space. Protective outdoor covers can help defend against snow, sleet, wind, sun and rain, which can damage your outdoor essentials and cause them to deteriorate over time.

Consider these five ways to help ensure your outdoor space is protected from whatever weather may come your way:









Protect patio pieces – Investing in high-quality covers can help keep your outdoor furniture pieces functional for years. Look for covers that feature durable fabrics and details like adjustable straps and cord-lock closures for a quick, custom-like fit. To keep water from pooling and seeping into cushions and furnishings, use inflatable airbags to elevate covers and help repel rain, snow and debris.

Keep debris out of your AC – Air conditioning units are built to withstand rain and snow, but not to keep out debris or pests. Select a full cover with air vents to reduce inside condensation, as moisture buildup can freeze the condenser coils or create mold, causing damage over time. If you live in a milder climate and your unit is beneath trees, consider a mesh-top cover to protect your air conditioner from falling sticks and leaves.

Safeguard the grill – Whether you’re putting the grill away for the season or gearing up for winter cookouts, be sure to cover your grill when it’s not in use to help prevent rust and damage. Eliminate the hassles commonly associated with grill covers with an option like the Storigami Easy Fold BBQ Grill Cover, which folds twice as fast as standard covers and takes up one-quarter of the space when stored. Featuring looped, easy-to-grip handles and directional guide arrows to simplify the folding process, the collection allows you to continuously cover and uncover your grill whenever you want to fire it up.

Shield firewood from wind and water – If you use wood to heat your home, keep your logs burn-ready by storing them properly. Take time to stack logs neatly for proper airflow at least 20 feet from your house to prevent bugs from getting inside. Use a rack to keep the stack a few inches off the ground to protect the wood from moisture and insects. Then shield logs with a water-resistant cover with air vents that help reduce wind lofting and condensation.

Simplify storage – Streamline seasonal transitions with functional and flexible storage containers. For example, the Classic Accessories Ravenna Deck Box is a weatherproof storage solution for pool toys, gardening tools, cushions and other outdoor items. Available in three sizes, the series combines capacity with durable construction and fade-resistant materials designed to stand up to the great outdoors. These lightweight units can be easily repositioned or taken apart for convenient offseason storage.

Find more ideas for protecting your outdoor equipment at

Classic Accessories

Prepare for the seasons ahead

Get your landscape and power equipment in order now before the cold and snow hit…

Ready or Not–It’s Coming!

Fall Landscape Prep:

Check your landscape and prune limbs that might fall due to ice and snow

Fuel engines according to manufacturer’s specs – use E10 or less. If using battery equipment, make sure your batteries are charged and ready to go

Aerate your lawn now for lush turf in the spring

When blowing leaves, be mindful of your surroundings and make sure people and pets are out of the area

Winter Equipment Prep:

Protect your equipment in storage – drain or burn off fuel before storing mowers, blowers or other outdoor power equipment

Before the first snow, clear debris from the area where you’ll be using your snow thrower

Make sure your snow thrower is in good working order and fueled with E10 or less

Your outdoor power equipment helps you get the job done right. Check your owner’s manual for the best and safest way to operate it through the changing seasons.

Pipeline Safety Week at the PUCO

… the PUCO enforces the regulations on the more than 77,000 miles of gas pipeline in Ohio.

We’re committed to pipeline safety

It’s Pipeline Safety Week at the PUCO – we’re dedicated to safe, reliable and environmentally sound natural gas pipeline operation.

Gas pipeline inspections

Who regulates gas pipelines?

Natural gas pipeline safety rules are developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The state of Ohio has adopted the federal regulations and the PUCO enforces the regulations on the more than 77,000 miles of gas pipeline in Ohio.


How are pipelines inspected?

PUCO field inspectors perform compliance inspections of gas pipeline operators to ensure they are following design, construction, operation and maintenance safety regulations. 

PUCO field staff inspect each natural gas pipeline system in the state at least once every two years and review records and procedures implemented by utilities. When violations are detected, the PUCO orders corrective action and may assess fines and other penalties.

What conditions are Ohio pipelines in?

The condition of Ohio natural gas pipeline network varies by operator. Pipeline safety regulations do not specify an age limit for pipelines, but instead rely on performance standards to ensure safety. Among other criteria, pipelines must be protected from corrosion, have adequate wall thickness and be free of dents.

The PUCO recently required Ohio’s four major natural gas utilities to gradually update old cast iron and bare steel pipelines with more modern protected steel and plastic lines. 

Pipeline conditions

What about pipelines in populated areas?

The pipeline safety regulations require operators to lower the maximum allowable operating pressure of the pipeline, increase the frequency of leak surveys and odorize gas so leaks can be readily detected.

If you ever smell gas in your area, call 911 immediately.


Preliminary Assessment Values Released on Rover and Nexus Pipelines

Auditor Oestreich states, “These large public utility values are a great financial win for Wood County and the entities involved.”

Preliminary Assessment Values Released on Rover and Nexus Pipelines

Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich is pleased to report that preliminary public utility assessments will potentially add approximately $350 million to Wood County’s total taxable value, making the Rover and Nexus Pipelines the two top-paying taxpayers in Wood County.  Auditor Oestreich states, “These large public utility values are a great financial win for Wood County and the entities involved.” The Rover pipeline consists of two side-by-side pipelines which travel through Bloom, Henry, Jackson, Milton, and Perry townships. With both pipes now fully operational, the preliminary tax assessment is slated to significantly increase to $255 million from last year’s $57.5 million valuation.  The preliminary assessed value of the Nexus pipeline, impacting Troy, Webster, and Middleton Townships, is $92.6 million.  

These assessments are certified annually by the Ohio Department of Taxation.  Public utility taxpayers have the ability to appeal until December 7, 2019.. Auditor Oestreich is extremely cautious about estimating taxes until the appeal window is closed.   Pending no appeals, Wood County’s general fund will see an increase of $680,000.00 over last year. Pipeline values depreciate over a 30-year cycle with the first year being the highest value.  When the tax revenue is received beginning February 2020, Auditor Oestreich encourages local governments to “pay off any debts early or make capital investments that benefit county residents all while lessening the burden on local taxpayers.” 

School Garden Conference

Explore project-based learning related to the school garden…

Explore project-based learning related to the school garden at the sixth annual School Garden Conference, hosted by 4-H personnel from the Franklin County office of OSU Extension. Educators, after-school personnel, and others are invited to attend.

Whether you are a new or an experienced educational gardener, don’t miss the 2019 School Garden Conference.

The $50 registration fee includes lunch and all materials. Register at Cancellations made after Oct. 18 will not be eligible for a refund.

School Garden Conference,  October 25, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio.