Earth Day At Powell

Celebrating Earth Day At Powell Elementary in North Baltimore – April 22, 2015

Celebrating Earth Day At Powell Elementary in North Baltimore – April 22, 2015

This year we are going to clean up the yard and do some planting!

The students will be responsible for digging the holes, planting and watering all plants. The plants/flowers will be used in one of the two planter boxes, to decorate the Pergola area or go around the Wymer Memorial and sidewalks. We want to do our part to make our earth and school beautiful. Each class will be assigned a duty.

We are in need of plants/flowers. We are asking as a family if you would help by donating either money($3.00/family) or plants for us to use. We are looking for nice hardy plants as we will not be around for the summer to water them. Or will we?

Please send the donations in by April 17th.

Earth Day at Powell

12th ANNUAL VAN BUREN STATE PARK EASTER EGG HUNT

12th ANNUAL VAN BUREN STATE PARK EASTER EGG HUNT – – –

RAIN OR SHINE OR SNOW! – – –

FREE FOR ALL TO ENJOY!

12th ANNUAL VAN BUREN STATE PARK EASTER EGG HUNT

RAIN OR SHINE OR SNOW!

FREE FOR ALL TO ENJOY!

Van Buren SP Easter Egg Hunt flyer

SATURDAY APRIL 4, 2015

Meet at the West End Parking Lot by the Dam

Ages 12 and under

Bring a basket to collect eggs

Return plastic eggs empty and get a reward!

AGES 10-12:         10:00AM

AGES 7-9               10:15 AM

AGES 4-6               10:30 AM

AGES 1-3               10:45 AM

Sponsored by the Friends of Van Buren State Park Inc.  All donations greatly appreciated. 

Questions?  Contact Clara Pargeon at: clarapargeon@yahoo.com

FUNDS ANNOUNCED TO FIGHT LAKE ERIE ALGAE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded federal resources to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to combat harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), an interagency effort to protect the Great Lakes.

BROWN ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $4.3 MILLION IN GREAT LAKES RESTORATION FUNDS TO FIGHT LAKE ERIE ALGAE BLOOMS IN NORTHWEST OHIO

More Than $5.3 Million in Great Lakes Restoration Funding Awarded Statewide 

Brown Helped Secure $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Last Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded federal resources to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to combat harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), an interagency effort to protect the Great Lakes.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was awarded $3,696,182 to prevent phosphorous from flowing into Lake Erie from the Maumee River watershed through cropland retirement, stream and wetland restoration, and stabilization of eroding stream banks; and $689,060 to stop nutrient runoff and soil erosion in the Sandusky River watershed.

“We saw last summer how harmful algae in Lake Erie can threaten our water supply and our economy,” Brown said. “These federal resources will help support the proactive role we’ve seen northwest Ohio take in protecting our lake. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is critical in our fight to keep Lake Erie healthy and we must ensure its continued funding.”

According to the State of Ohio, more than $10 billion of the state’s nearly $40 billion tourism industry is derived from counties along the Lake Erie shoreline. Restoration efforts in the region are essential to maintaining a strong economy along the Ohio coast. The EPA awarded a total of $5,313,721 for invasive plant species control projects across Ohio. Below is a full list of awardees:

Award RecipientAward AmountProject Area
Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.
City of Wickliffe
Cleveland Metroparks
$178,479Deer Creek/Gully Brook Watershed
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency$3,696,182Maumee River Watershed
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency$689,060Sandusky River Watershed
Western Reserve Land Conservancy$750,000Grand River Watershed

Brown recognizes the importance of preserving our Great Lakes. Last month, Brown cosponsored the Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act (GLEEPA), bipartisan legislation that would protect the Great Lakes – and the millions of jobs they support – by formally authorizing the GLRI. Last year, Brown helped secure more than $300 million in bipartisan Omnibus Bill funds for the GLRI. After the release of President Obama’s budget proposal which recommends a reduction in GLRI funding from $300 million to $250 million, Brown again highlighted the importance of the program.

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

Alert fighter jets from the 180th Fighter Wing will conduct a test of the Aerospace Control Alert system on Friday, March 27, 2015, between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

(Swanton, Ohio) – Alert fighter jets from the 180th Fighter Wing will conduct a test of the Aerospace Control Alert system on Friday, March 27, 2015, between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

The purpose of the event is 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 Flint, Detroit, and Toledo metro areas 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 they are 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.

What was the “boom” last night?

People of the SouthWood have been asking about a “boom” Tuesday evening around 8:00 pm. I was at a meeting at the North Baltimore Village Hall and we did not hear or feel it.

People of the SouthWood have been asking about a “boom” Tuesday evening around 8:00 pm. I was at a meeting at the North Baltimore Village Hall and we did not hear or feel it.

The breeze was from the east. It sounds like it originated from the east of NB, according to the reports of it being heard/felt in Bloomdale and Bairdstown areas.

But I hear so much banging and bumping and clamber at my home in Downtown NB, that I am impervious to the cacophony.

Anyone know what it was?

Sonic booms have been mentioned, but they are “not allowed” (with exceptions, of course). I believe that the 180th ANG would let us know if there were a sonic boom.

An Evening with Mark Bays & the Oklahoma City Survivor Tree

The Toledo Urban Forestry Commission and Findlay Shade Tree Commissions invite all of Northwest Ohio to special encore presentations of the Survivor Tree program. The story of an American Elm in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, the people that saved it, and the healing of a community.

The Toledo Urban Forestry Commission and Findlay Shade Tree Commissions invite all of Northwest Ohio to special encore presentations of the Survivor Tree program.
Come  celebrate Arbor Day in a unique way, by attending this incredible presentation on April 29th and 30th, 7:00-9:00 PM.
It will be an evening to remember…
 
Both events are free and open to the public.
MarkBaysEvent Toledo & Findlay flyer
 
TOLEDO
April 29, 2015
University of Toledo, Snyder Memorial
Room 2100
Lot 10 by Glass Bowl Stadium
2801 W Bancroft St
Toledo, OH 43606
FINDLAY
April 30, 2015
University of Findlay, Ritz Auditorium
1000 N. Main St.
Findlay, OH  45840
SPONSORED BY
Toledo Urban Forestry Commission
Findlay Shade Tree Commission
University of Toledo Dept. of Geography & Planning
University of Findlay
SURVIVOR TREE
2 SPECIAL EVENING EVENTS
The story of an American Elm in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, the people that saved it, and the healing of a community.
April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City was the site of one of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil, killing 168 people and injuring more than 680. The blast radius spread over 16 city blocks, causing $652 mil-lion in damages.
Adjacent to the site of the attack stood an 80 year old American Elm, beloved for providing the only shade to the area. Damaged in the blast and covered in potential evidence, the tree was nearly destroyed.
Join us as Mark Bays, Urban Forestry Coordinator, Oklahoma Forestry Service, tells the story of the Survivor Tree―a story of human resilience, recovery, and the healing of a community.
Mark Bays is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, in Forest Manage-ment. He has been with Oklahoma Forestry Services for the past 18 years, and has been directly involved with Oklahoma City National Memo-rial Foundation since 1996.
Survivor Tree, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Photo credit: www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org

Something for the “To Do List”

It’s the first day of Spring and time to think about cleaning up! Saturday is going to be a real decent day, so you may want to consider a visit to the cemeteries!

 

It’s the first day of Spring and time to think about cleaning up! Saturday is going to be a real decent day, so you may want to consider a visit to the cemeteries!

Village Cemetery clean up flyer

Wood Country Park District Programs March 26 – April 7

***Please note: Buttonwood/Betty C. Black Recreation Area will be closed until further notice due to significant flood and ice damage. Hull Prairie Road is completely washed out north of River Road, and is also closed until further notice.***

***Please note:  Buttonwood/Betty C. Black Recreation Area will be closed until further notice due to significant flood and ice damage. Hull Prairie Road is completely washed out north of River Road, and is also closed until further notice.***

Your Wood County Parks are open 365 days a year.  Nature trails, educational programs, canoe livery, fishing, volunteering, birding and many other opportunites invite you to explore, discover and enjoy.

Butterfly/Plant Monitoring

Thursday, March 26, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Park District Headquarters

18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green

Learn about the monitoring volunteer opportunities that will be offered through the butterfly and native plant programs. Monitoring begins April 1st. If you are unable to make the meeting but wish to monitor with one or both of these programs, please contact the stewardship department at 419-661-5113.  Please register online at www.wcparks.org or call 419-353-1897.

Woody Plant Removal

Saturday, March 28; 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Beaver Creek Preserve

23028 Long Judson Rd., Grand Rapids

Help us improve wildlife habitat by removing unwanted woody plants.  Dress to work outdoors and bring gloves if you have them.  No experience necessary.  Please register online at www.wcparks.org or call 419-353-1897.

PiPs – Little Green Thumbs

Saturday, March 28; 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Reuthinger Preserve:  Greenhouse

30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg

Preschoolers in the Parks (3-6 years of age) enjoy a story, then plant seeds into little pots to take home, care for, and watch grow in a sunny window.  Plant them outside after frost for summer blooms. Leader: Pam Menchaca  Please register online at www.wcparks.org or call 419-353-1897.

Home Brewing with Sugar Ridge Brewery

Tuesday, March 31; 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Otsego Park: Thompson Stone Hall

20000 West River Road, Bowling Green

With a nod to maple sugar season, Sugar Ridge Brewery of Bowling Green will give a presentation on brewing basics, including the science and nature of brewing.  A few samples of beer will be offered. Cost: $10, FWCP $5 Leader: Jim Witter Please register online at www.wcparks.org or call 419-353-1897.

April Fools Into the Night

Wednesday, April 1; 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Otsego Park

20000 West River Road, Bowling Green

Are you going to fall for nature’s tom-foolery?  Come down to the river to find out what tricks the evening shadows play at sunset. Leader: Pam MenchacaPlease register online at www.wcparks.org or call 419-353-1897. 

Sawyer Quarry Public Meeting

Tuesday, April 7; 7:00 p.m.

W.W. Knight Nature Preserve

29530 White Road, Perrysburg

Join us for an informational meeting about the Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve.  Learn about the quarry’s unique features and our land management plans.  Public input is welcome as we move forward in developing this property.

for more information: http://www.wcparks.org/

A TRIBUTE TO WOOD COUNTY’S ROLE IN THE CIVIL WAR

The Wood County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and the Wood County Commissioners will honor Wood County’s Civil War veterans with a commemorative plaque at a ceremony.

Dedication of a Legacy Plaque at the Wood County Courthouse

The Wood County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and the Wood County Commissioners will honor Wood County’s Civil War veterans with a commemorative plaque at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 11:00 AM, at the Wood County Courthouse Atrium, 1 Courthouse Square, Bowling Green, Ohio. This dedication honors the 2,000 Wood County soldiers, civilians, and sailors who served in the American Civil war and led the Union Military to victory, along with the families and the townships that helped preserve Wood County during the time of hardship and struggle. Wood County citizens were very dedicated to Abraham Lincoln and his efforts to preserve the United Starts as one nation.

The Wood County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee was formed in 2010 to observe the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War with exhibits and public programs from 2011-2015. Developing a memorial to honor Wood County’s contribution to the war is a lasting memory for present generations and generations to come.

Wood County’s sesquicentennial committee includes Tom Boltz (North Baltimore Historical Society), Millie Broka (Wood County Genealogy Society), Joel Burg (Civil War re-enactor), Judy Justus and Joann Ward (Perrysburg Area Historic Museum), Dana Nemeth and Michael McMaster (Wood County Historical Society), and Bernie Scott (Grand Rapids Area Historical Society).

For more information contact the Wood County Historical Center at 419-352-0967 or visit www.woodcountyhistory.org

Crowdfunding Boosts Farm Efforts

Crowdfunding – a popular form of Internet-based donations, loans, or investments – has come to farm country. One couple was able to raise over $10,000 to build a creamery.

Center for Rural Affairs – Your rural news source for over 40 years.

But it’s no substitute for hard work.

Crowdfunding – a popular form of Internet-based donations, loans, or investments – has come to farm country. One couple was able to raise over $10,000 to build a creamery.

This link will take you to the complete article:

http://www.cfra.org/news/150306/crowdfunding-boosts-farm-efforts-no-substitute-hard-work

Wood Country Park District Events March 13 – 21

Here are theWood Country Park District Events scheduled for March 13 – 21.

The Park Market

Friday, March 13, 1:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 14, 9:00 am – 3:00 p.m.

W.W. Knight Nature Preserve – 29530 White Road, Perrysburg

An alternative to the Green Garage Sale, enjoy shopping in a market-like atmosphere where vendors sell gently used items from vintage collectibles to clothing and toys.

Lucky Charms Geocaching

Saturday, March 14; 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Otsego Park

20000 West River Road, Bowling Green

Come on a modern treasure hunt! Learn how to use provided GPS units to explore Otsego Park in a way you never have before. Dress for the outdoors and be prepared for a brief self-guided exploration off trail on potentially rougher terrain. Participants should expect to walk over 1 mile. Hot beverages at the stone shelter will be provided. Leader: Craig Spicer.

How to Grow Plants from Seed

Thursday, March 19; 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Reuthinger Preserve:  Greenhouse

30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg

Ever wanted to try to grow your own plants from seed? Come out to the Greenhouse at the Reuthinger Preserve and we will share some secrets you can use to start your plants at home. Leader: Eric Scott.

Equinox River Hike

Friday, March 20; 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.

Otsego Park

20000 West River Road, Bowling Green

“Spring arrives at the close of a winter day” (Elizabeth Bowen) and it starts in 2015 at 6:45.  Celebrate on a sunset hike along the Maumee to look for nature’s signs that warm weather and longer days are on the way. Leader: Pam Menchaca.

Brown Bag Lunch and Seed Cleaning

Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Park District Headquarters:  Community Classroom

18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green

Pack your lunch (refrigerator and microwave available) and come help us clean the last of the native seeds for the season.  You can stay part of the time or all 4 hours.  These seeds were collected by volunteers to be propagated in the greenhouse or sown out in the parks. No experience needed and all the work will be done indoors in the heat.  Leader:  Lori Parratt .

Upcoming Programs- Click here to register.

(Programs are free unless otherwise stated.)