Wood County Parks Activities – July 18 thru July 31

Check out these great programs & events!
Preschoolers in the Parks (PiPs) – River Critters 
Saturday, July 18; 10 – 10:45 am
Otsego Park – Marlow Overlook
20000 West River Road, Bowling Green
3 – 6 year-olds and their adult companion enjoy an activity, a story, and a short nature hike.
Register Here
Kayak and Rappel Northwest Ohio  
Saturday, July 18; 8 am – 2:30 pm
Sawyer Quarry & Orleans Boat Launch 
Gear up for a day of outdoor adventure with introductory rappelling (closed-toe shoes required) and kayaking to Audubon Islands. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. All participants must be 12 years of age or older. All minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
Stargazing with the Toledo Astronomical Association
Saturday, July 18; after sunset
Beaver Creek Preserve, Observation Deck 
23028 Long Judson Rd., Grand Rapids, OH
See Stars, Nebula & Planets! Viewing equipment provided. Call for information: (419) 535-8775
Herb-alicious Picnic & Campfire
Saturday, July 18; 11 am – 1 pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Every third Saturday, bring the family to harvest from the garden herbs learn about history, how to grow herbs, their culinary uses and medicinal folklore.
Register Here
Intro to Archery   
Sunday, July 19; 2 – 4 pm
J.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve
30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg
Give our brand new archery program a shot and build your skills with beginner-friendly instruction. All archery gear provided. Participants must be 10 years of age or older; minors accompanied by a legal guardian. Cost: $5/FWCP Free. Register Here
Ride with a Ranger 
Sunday, July 19; 4 – 5 pm
Black Swamp Preserve
1014 South Maple Street, Bowling Green
Enjoy a leisurely bike ride on the Slippery Elm Trail from Bowling Green to Portage and back. Meet in the new parking area off South Maple Street.
Register Here
Paddle the Pond
Every Monday, through August 17
Monday, July 20 & 27; 4 – 7:30 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
This is a great program for beginners. Canoes, paddles, life preservers, and instructions are provided. Canoes are first-come, first-served.
Visitors arriving at 7 p.m. may paddle until 8 p.m.
Register Here
Family Fishing Night 
Sunday, July 26; 6 – 8 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Try to catch the big one! A ranger will be on-hand to help with loaner poles and worms if it’s your first time fishing. Children must have adult supervision; adults must be accompanied by a child to fish.
Full Moon Paddle 
Friday, July 31; 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
The pond comes alive when the full
moon shines and we paddle the pond by moonlight and flashlight. A short skills and safety session will precede the paddle. All canoe gear provided. All minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian
Register Here
See us at the Fair! 
The Wood County Park District will be at the Wood County Fair. See us at the, “Grove”. We have activities, exciting new information, giveaways, educational programs and more!
 The Friends of the Wood County Park District, “Focus on Nature” Photography Contest
Categories: Wildlife | People in the Parks | Landscape | Plant Life
Ribbons and prizes awarded to People’s Choice (Facebook voting) and Judge’s Award.
Photos must be taken at a Wood County Park District property or event. Photos of people must have their permission. • No obvious use of Photoshop will be accepted • No embedded names/credit on photos • Maximum four photo submissions per participant. • DEADLINE to submit photos is October 31, 2015. • Photos must be submitted in an electronic format and at least 2 mb file size.
The Wood County Park District reserves the right to use submitted photos for any purpose.
Report Suspicious Activity Please

Report anything suspicious in the parks to the Wood County Park Rangers 1-877-Ranger-Aid (877) 726-4372 

If you have a question for a ranger, send them an e-mail.

Friends of the Wood County Parks

Mission:  Friends of the Wood County Parks will engage the citizens of Wood County in ensuring the preservation of the natural beauty and diversity of the ecosystem by supporting the management and growth of the Wood County Park District.

Great membership benefits and so much more!

Visit the Friends Website to learn more.
Wood County Park District
The mission of the Wood County Park District
is to conserve, enhance and protect the natural and cultural resources of Wood County, while providing quality outdoor recreational and educational opportunities for
Wood County Citizens. 

Tomato Terrorism: The Big Fight Against a Tiny Predator

There is a real and present danger from an insect so insidious, it is invading continents, destroying native tomato crops. It is a danger so real the U.S. government is waging a multistaged war on multiple fronts to keep the insect known as Tuta absoluta from invading America. Inside the International Effort to Save the World’s Favorite Fruit

By Batt Humphreys

Inside the International Effort to Save the World’s Favorite Fruit

By Batt Humphreys

Blacksburg, Virginia-July 6, 2015 – The list of summer’s simple pleasures is long. There is one perennial favorite. To-ma-to, to-mah-to. Our lives would be less without it. Debate the definition of fruit vs. vegetable and cast off the Supreme Court ruling of 1893. Embrace the food politics of the incorrect by lathering white bread with mayonnaise and dropping a thick cut of Big Boy with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

To my palate homegrown tomatoes are priceless. But let’s put a number on it: Tomatoes in America are a two BILLION dollar business in farm cash receipts. We love tomatoes, we love money. What if both went away?

There is a real and present danger from an insect so insidious, it is invading continents, destroying native tomato crops. It is a danger so real the U.S. government is waging a multistaged war on multiple fronts to keep the insect known as Tuta absoluta from invading America.

“The United States is very worried,” says Muni Muniappan, the director of the Virginia Tech-led Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovation Lab. He’s made the fight against this invasive pest his personal crusade. “T. absoluta is spreading and decimating tomato crops in Africa, India, Senegal, Europe, Asia…” his list of countries and continents under assault continues. In fact of the seven continents, the insect known as the tomato leafminer is moving across four with the speed of a Panzer division through Poland. Of the other three, Antarctica is safe, for obvious reasons, Australia and North America are engaged in both defensive and offensive tactics.

Lest you think this is just bother over a moth, the USDA’s topline on T. absoluta reads like a Cold War preamble to a Defcon 2 alert: Any new detection may require the establishment of an Incident Command System to facilitate emergency management. This document is meant to provide the necessary information to launch a response to a detection of the tomato leafminer.

Whoa.

“We’ve issued a federal order to keep it out of the U.S.,” says Devaiah Muruvanda, the senior risk manager for the USDA. “We’ve initiated a systems approach with more than one measure in place to combat T. absoluta.” He’s taken the aggressive approach one step further – he’s banned scientists from even bringing the pest into the U.S. for research. “I will not allow them in,” Devaiah says emphatically.

Think about that. In government and private laboratories across the country, research and experiments exist on some of the most pathological bacteria and viruses known to man; botulism, anthrax, ebola – but not T. absoluta.

“The threat of Tuta absoluta for North America is very real – and very close, as the pest has been found in Costa Rica in 2014,” says Abbey Powell with the USDA. “There are huge trade issues associated with this pest threat.”

Trade involves imported tomatoes. Some countries are completely banned from exporting to the U.S. Others export only fruit with all stems and leaves removed. That is where the moth can hide. The import trade requires one level of vigilance, inspections of foreign packing, shipping and storage facilities. The same occurs at U.S. ports.

Is it time to pull out Dante and “Abandon all Hope” as we enter tomato season?

Not yet. Muniappan with his USAID-funded research and Muruvanda at the USDA know things about T. absoluta that they can’t confess. But Muruvanda grows his own tomatoes at home. “Do I worry? Not about my garden. I think we have good tactics against the tomato leafminer. But when I’m in Home Depot buying my plants, I look at the tags to see where they came from.”

Semper vigilantis. Enjoy your summer tomatoes.

Batt Humphreys (@batthumphreys) is a freelance writer living in South Carolina and Virginia.

SouthWood Farmers Hard Hit by 12″ of Rain in Two Weeks!

So many past July’ maybe the farmers prayed too hard for rain, because all of those prayers have been answered in July 2015! In some rain gauges around North Baltimore and Henry Township there have been upward of 12 inches of rain since late June!

Van Buren Lake S. P. Christmas In July Campout

Van Buren Lake State Park, just three miles southeast of North Baltimore, Ohio will host the Annual Christmas in July Campout, by the Friends of Van Buren State Park. Hay Rides, Birds of Prey, Movies, Potluck, Polar Express Train Ride, Campsite decorating contest and more.

Van Buren Lake State Park, just three miles southeast of North Baltimore, Ohio will host the Annual Christmas in July Campout, by the Friends of Van Buren State Park. Hay Rides, Birds of Prey, Movies, Potluck, Polar Express Train Ride, Campsite decorating contest and more.

The events are this coming weekend, July 17 and 18. Electric sites are available through the DNR website:  Van Buren Lake State Park – Ohio

Questions, please call 419-832-7662.

Hope to see you there!

Van Buren SP Christmas in July 2015 flyer

July Vegetable Garden of the Month – Denny Simon Family

They have a nice variety of vegetables and this garden is really taking off.

The July North Baltimore Vegetable Gardener of the month, as selected by the NB Garden Club, is the Denny Simon Family at 303 E Walnut.

This garden can be viewed from Rhodes Ave., between E. Walnut and E. Broadway.  This block of Rhodes looks like an alley but it is part of Rhodes.

Denny says Jane does all the work and he just eats the harvest.  They have a nice variety of vegetables and this garden is really taking off.  The corn is quite high and the cabbage is huge.

Drive by and take a look!

July NB Flower Gardener – Ron Bean Family

If you drive by and check this garden out, you will not miss the orange!

The July North Baltimore Flower Gardener of the month, as selected by the NB Garden Club, goes to the Ron Bean Family at 702 N Second St.

Ron is a North Baltimore Tiger fan to the bone.

His gardens are all various shades of orange.  He also has several different Tigers and Paw stones included among the plants.  Margaret has one bed that is entirely Hostas.

If you drive by and check this garden out, you will not miss the orange!

Toledo Air National Guard Unit Performing Exercise Flights

Toledo Air National Guard Unit Performing Exercise Flights to Test Response Capability – WEATHER PERMITTING –

(Swanton, Ohio) – Alert fighter jets from the 180th Fighter Wing will conduct a test of the Aerospace Control Alert system on Tuesday, July 7, between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

The purpose of the event is to exercise coordination between the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Federal Aviation Administration and 180th Fighter Wing alert aircraft.

Those living in the areas in and around the Dayton and Middletown area may hear and/or see fighter jets in close proximity to a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, which will be taking on the role of a Track of Interest (TOI).

Although scheduled for the morning, the exercise flights could be delayed due to weather concerns.

These types of exercises are conducted on a routine basis as part of North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Operation Noble Eagle, which was initiated after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Wood County Park District Programs & Events – July

Check out these great programs & events – most are FREE!

Check out these great programs & events!
Feeding Time! Program
Feeding Time!
Wednesday, July 1st 7 – 8 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, Friends’ Green Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg | Leader: Craig Spicer
Children’s program to meet the Eastern Fox Snake, Eastern Box Turtle, Albino Corn Snake, or Tiger Salamander up-close. Enjoy a short hike to discover and learn. FREE
Paddle the Pond 
Monday, July 6th, 4-7:30 pm

Every Monday through August 17th
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
This is free and a great way to learn to Canoe.Canoes, paddles, life preservers and instructions provided. Canoes are first-come, first-served. Visitors arriving at 7 p.m. may paddle until 8 p.m. FREE
Bird Nest at W.W. Knight
Nature Technology:
eBird and iNaturalist 
Tuesday, July 7th 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 
29530 White Road, Perrysburg | Leader: Jim Witter
Take a hike with the naturalist and record what kinds of plants and animals we see. We’ll enter our sightings and share our Wood County Parks findings.
Click here to register. FREE
Fire by the River at Otsego Park
Fire by the River
Friday, July 10; 6-9 pm Otsego Park 20000 West River Road, BG | Leader: Bryan Bockbrader
Enjoy a night along the Maumee River in an amazing setting. Enjoy the fire, make s’mores, play yard games, canoe, and make a dutch oven treat. Bring your chair and insect repellent.
Canoe
Canoe Paddle Skills

Saturday, July 11th 9:30 am – 12:30 pm; 1:30 – 4:30 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, Friends Green Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg | Leader: Craig Spicer
Learn the paddle skills you’ll need to have your canoe dancing on the water! Take this American Canoe Association certified course to understand canoe safety and skills to become a canoe maneuvering master. All canoe gear provided. Participant must be 14 or older; minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Dress for the weather and for swimming.
Click here to register.  Cost: $15/FWCP $10.
Group of tour goers in front of the bus.
Bus Tour of Wood County Parks
Saturday, July 11; 9:00 am – noon
Park District HQ 18729 Mercer Road, BG
Hop on the bus with a naturalist to visit some of the hidden gems of the park system. Each visit will include a brief nature hike. Leader: Jim Witter

Click here to register. FREE

Trail at W.W. Knight
Thoreau Birthday Breakfast 
Saturday, July 11; 10:00 – 11:30 am
W. W. Knight Nature Preserve – Front Porch
29530 White Road, Perrysburg Leader: Pam Menchaca
We’re celebrating this great naturalist a day early. We’ll
provide a light breakfast on the porch then go for a short walk, with readings “Thoreau” along the way.
Click here to register.  FREE
rain barrel
Garden Water Works
Tuesday, July 14; 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Carter Historic Farm | Leader: Tim Gaddie
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Watering a kitchen vegetable garden wasn’t easy in the 1930s. Learn water conservation tricks and garden tips. Help construct rain barrels for the gardens and you can take home a starter kit.
Click here to register. Cost: $35/kit/FWCP $30.
W.W. Knight front porch
Insect Evening Hike
Wednesday, July 15; 8:30 – 9:30 pm
W. W. Knight Nature Preserve – Front Porch
29530 White Road, Perrysburg Leader: Pam Menchaca
Summer symphonies and light shows are happening every
night. Stroll around the wetland and through the woods.
Discover the many insects and other critters that fill our
nights with music and brighten the darkness.
Click here to register. FREE

Ohio Lake Erie Commission Seeking Submissions for Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest

Lake Erie enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of Lake Erie life on camera can enter the Ohio Lake Erie Commission’s (OLEC) 2015 Life on Lake Erie photo contest.

Deadline to enter July 31, 2015 

Lake Erie enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of Lake Erie life on camera can enter the Ohio Lake Erie Commission’s (OLEC) 2015 Life on Lake Erie photo contest.

The OLEC encourages photographers to submit their favorite seasonal photos of Lake Erie and the region including scenes and landscapes, icescapes, ice fishing, thawing, wineries, recreation, people, wildlife and events. Multiple entries are encouraged.

The Life on Lake Erie photo contest is an opportunity for amateur photographers, age 18 and older, to reveal their passion for one of Ohio’s most valuable and dynamic natural features, Lake Erie. Photographs taken between Aug. 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015, in and around the Lake Erie watershed can be submitted to the OLEC through July 31.

Winning photographs will be displayed at various events and through OLEC social media. The photographs may also be used in Commission publications to promote Lake Erie.

To enter send a compact disc (CD) with the electronic image file and a completed entry form to the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, 111 E. Shoreline Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870. Entry forms are available athttp://lakeerie.ohio.gov. Participants may also submit images and electronic form via email to [email protected]. Submissions must be the original work of the photographer. Black and white and color photographs will be accepted. Digitally altered photos will not be accepted.

OLEC was established for the purpose of preserving Lake Erie’s natural resources, protecting the quality of its waters and ecosystem and promoting economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) serves as the commission’s chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development Services, Agriculture, Natural Resources and four additional members appointed by Governor John Kasich.

NB Good Ole Summertime Day – Last Saturday of July – ALWAYS…

The Good Ole Summertime (GOST) Festival has been a North Baltimore, Ohio tradition for over 30 years. This annual festival is always held on the last Saturday of July in downtown North Baltimore

NB GOOD OLE SUMMERTIME FESTIVAL-JULY 25TH

The Good Ole Summertime (GOST) Festival has been a North Baltimore, Ohio tradition for over 30 years. This annual festival is always held on the last Saturday of July in downtown North Baltimore

The day begins with a 2 – person scramble golf tournament at Birch Run Golf Club, which benefits the NB Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and a 5K Run/Walk benefiting the North Baltimore Track Program. There will also be Charity Car Show, with proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of NW Ohio. The first 75 persons registered will receive a 2nd edition license plate dash plaque.

2015 gazebo entertainment (the corner of Broadway & Main) includes One-A-Chord, an “A Cappella doo-wop band” from Barnesville, OH. (performing hits from the 50’s-60’s) This quartet has opened for Little Big Town, The VanDells, and other groups, sang at Pittsburgh Pirates games and performed at many County festivals in Ohio and West Virginia. Evening entertainment will be The Chardon Polka Band, “a polka band with a rock-n-roll attitude”, from Chardon, OH.   The band performs all over the country on the polka circuit and at Octoberfests. They have their own reality sit-com show on the  REELZ channel and have also been featured on Trip Flip (HGTV) and Off-Beat America (Travel Channel) The NBHS Marching Band will also perform at the gazebo mid morning. The Chardon Polka Band Website – Check this out for more information about the bands – GOST Entertainment Article.

There is also a corn hole tournament, sponsored by the NB Rotary Club, with cash payouts to the winning teams. Also check out the craft/retail/flea market, military vehicle display, beer tent, bingo, rides, kids events, a kids craft zone, a variety of food,  and more.

The day ends at the North Baltimore Village Park with the “BEST SMALL TOWN FIREWORKS SHOW IN THE AREA”, sponsored in part by Reineke Family Dealerships. You won’t want to miss this spectacular show! (The NB Village Park is a short walk from Downtown NB)

A 50-50 raffle is also being held. Tickets are on sale NOW at Sisters Junction, Cyber Solutions, NB Village Offices, and the NBACC office, all located in North Baltimore. Early bird drawings will be held July 15th and 22nd and two times the day of the festival, paying out $25 each and the winning ticket goes back in the pot for the main drawing. Tickets will also be available the day of the festival.

Visit Chamber Website for complete festival information, event times, and to obtain registration forms for various events. Also you can find the NB Chamber on facebook- North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you to our Sponsors**

Elite Sponsors: Reineke Family Dealerships

Gold Sponsors: NB American Legion,

Silver Sponsors: First Federal Bank, Bob Kelley Chevrolet Buick, Millstream Area Credit Union, DS Brown, Jack Patterson Family, Propane, Inc

Bronze Sponsors: Don H. Miller Ins. Agency, Smith Crates Funeral Home, Hancock Wood Electric, Brad’s Body Shop, Huntington Bank, Franks Fries/Cindy’s Concessions, Gerdeman Insurance Agency, Thompson & Callejas, Attys.

**For Sponsorship Opportunities contact Tracy Oberst at 567-208-1582 / [email protected]

The Good Ole Summertime Festival is Sponsored by The North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce.

Great Ohio Bike Adventure (GOBA) thru NB Friday

The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure is a bicycle-camping tour and “an adventure on two wheels with 2,999 of your closest friends.” Held annually in June, GOBA features bicycle touring at a leisurely pace, for approximately 50 miles per day through some of the friendliest areas that Ohio offers.

The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure is a bicycle-camping tour and “an adventure on two wheels with 2,999 of your closest friends.” Held annually in June, GOBA features bicycle touring at a leisurely pace, for approximately 50 miles per day through some of the friendliest areas that Ohio offers.

The daily routes lead you to amazing tour attractions and welcoming food stops, while the overnights are spent being entertained by our host towns and camping under a blanket of stars. The week-long Adventure is perfect for you and your family, offering fun, Ohio hospitality, and a challenging and rewarding vacation.

GOBA is an event of Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, a non-profit organization devoted to non-competitive outdoor recreation. Visit outdoor-pursuits.org for activity and membership information.

On Friday, June 26, GOBA will be leaving Bowling Green and heading south on the Slippery Elm Trail, on the way to Deshler and Ottawa. From 6 am to 10 am the GOBA riders will have the option of stopping for breakfast at the North Baltimore Powell Elementary School, located just west of the SET on Cherry Street.

GOBA 2015 Map

NB Eagle Scout Project: Disc Golf Course at the Village Park

North Baltimore Boy Scout Troop 315 continues to have young men working on Eagle Scout Projects. One of the recent projects to be announced is a Disc Golf Course at the NB Village Park, to be constructed by Noah Hetrick.

North Baltimore Boy Scout Troop 315 continues to have young men working on Eagle Scout Projects. One of the recent projects to be announced is a Disc Golf Course at the NB Village Park, to be constructed by Noah Hetrick.

Disc Golf Layout
Here is the layout of the 9 – Hole North Baltimore Disc Golf Course.
Disc Golf Presentation 1
Noah Hetrick (left) presents the layout and plan for his Eagle Scout Project to the Village Council. Noah’s father Tony holds the other end of layout.

The nine hole course will have a Par of 33, with the layout covering 2,700 yards.

The cost of the project is approximately $4000. Sponsorships by individuals or businesses of a hole are available for $400 each. Your name or business name will be listed on a tee sign. You can contact the village office for more information about contacting Noah to make a hole sponsorship or a donation of any size.

The North Baltimore Business Women had previously made a donation to the Village, of $750 as seed money for a disc golf course.

Construction will progress once the fund-raising in completed.

Here is more information about disc golf – Disc Golf Information