Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on a Camping Trip

What is better than camping? Going camping with your dog. To ensure a great time, here are a few tips for keeping your dog safe on a camping trip…..

Planning the perfect camping trip for you and your dog? Here are a few tips for keeping your dog safe on a camping trip.

Educate Yourself

This step is important no matter what pet you are taking camping. Making sure that you have a solid understanding of not only the rules and regulations of the location you’re camping at but also are educated on the surrounding environment.

What exactly do we mean? Knowing your location and the environment allows you to prepare and be cautious about possible wildlife you might encounter while on your trip. Being prepared and educated is the smartest and safest option, especially right now with COVID-19 closures and specific guidelines.

Bring a Brush or Comb

Depending on the area where you are camping, you never know what exactly your furry friend is going to encounter. Not only would bringing a brush and a comb allow you to comb out any and all debris that got in your pet’s coat while camping, but it could also serve as a great tool to help make sure that your pet did not get a tick.

Keep Your Pet Cool

The last—but certainly not least—important tip for you all is to keep that dog cool. Pack plenty of water and make sure that they aren’t out in the sun for extended periods of time. Make sure that the dog is hydrated and doesn’t drink any water that it encounters while out in the environment. Finally, protect your dog from the sun.

Doing both tasks allows you to keep your pet cool. Oh, and make sure you don’t forget the water bowl.

To ensure a wonderful camping excursion for you and your pet, make sure to follow these tips for keeping your dog safe on a camping trip. It is our hope that you and your canine companion embark on an incredible adventure together!


Cool Off with Creamy Lemon Goodness

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( Celebrate warm weather outdoors with a refreshing treat like Cool Lemon Lush.

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Cool Lemon Lush

  •             Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2          cups flour
  • 1          cup butter, softened
  • 2          packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese
  • 1          cup sugar
  • 1          lemon, juice only
  • 2          instant lemon pudding mix packages (3 ounces each)
  • 4          cups milk
  • 1          container (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • chopped pecans
  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Grease 9-by-13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, combine flour and butter using pastry cutter. Press into bottom of baking pan. Bake 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely.
  3. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Juice lemon into mixture; continue mixing until blended.
  4. Pour mixture over cooled crust. Set aside.
  5. In medium bowl, whisk pudding mix and milk until thickened. Spread over cream cheese mixture. Spread whipped topping over pudding layer. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.


Garden to Glass: Fresh summer cocktails to make at home

Here are a few new summer cocktails you can try making and enjoying at home……

(BPT) – Nothing says summer better than sipping a fresh, seasonal cocktail while you relax with family or a few friends. And what do you need to craft the perfect warm-weather cocktail? Follow two simple steps:

1. Select the perfect foundation

Start with a versatile base spirit that can serve as the star of your drink — one that will complement the local, seasonal ingredients you will add to the cocktail. The Botanist Gin is the perfect foundation to your seasonal cocktail because it is distilled from a unique combination of hand-foraged, sustainably sourced botanicals that complement a wide range of flavor profiles, whether sweet, citrus, herbal, floral or aromatic. These 22 botanicals are all hand-foraged on the isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland, giving The Botanist a unique flavor that is like an exploration of this wild island in a glass.

2. Source fresh ingredients locally

Once you have your base spirit selected, gather seasonal summer ingredients to give your cocktails a fresh burst of flavor. Consider supporting local growers by visiting a nearby farmer’s market or explore growing some of your own ingredients at home. For an easy way to always have fresh ingredients on hand, consider signing up for a local CSA box — you’ll always have new produce to experiment with in cocktails. Ingredients that are perfect for making cocktails include fruits such as berries and melons, plus fresh herbs like mint, thyme and basil.

Here are a few new summer cocktails you can try making and enjoying at home:

Fresh from the Market

The classic combination of fresh strawberries and mint is super refreshing on a hot day. Use a couple of extra mint leaves to create a beautiful garnish on top.


1.5 ounces The Botanist Gin
.5 ounce honey syrup (1:1 honey to water)
.5 ounce fresh lemon juice
2-3 strawberries (halved)
3-5 fresh mint leaves
2 ounces sparkling water


Add honey syrup and strawberries to a shaker and muddle.
Add the gin, lemon juice, mint and ice, then shake.
Fine strain over ice and top with sparkling water.

Basil Blues

Blueberries and basil are a surprisingly tasty duo that melds beautifully with the balanced flavor of the gin.


1.5 ounces The Botanist Gin
.75 ounce fresh lemon juice
.75 ounce simple syrup
5 blueberries
3 fresh basil leaves


Add simple syrup and blueberries to a shaker and muddle.
Add the remaining ingredients and ice, then shake.
Fine strain over ice, or serve neat. Garnish with basil leaves and blueberries.

It’s Pepper Thyme

For a unique flavor with a refreshing burst of lime, pick up a yellow bell pepper or two and create this one-of-a-kind cocktail.


1.5 ounces The Botanist Gin
.75 ounce fresh lime juice
.75 ounce yellow bell pepper syrup
Fresh thyme leaves (optional)


Add all ingredients to a shaker. Add ice, shake and strain over ice.
Garnish with a lime wedge or slice, and fresh thyme leaves (optional).

How to make yellow bell pepper syrup:

Slice one large yellow bell pepper and blend together with 12 ounces of simple syrup (1:1 sugar to water). Fine strain and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Enjoy the warm days of summer with the perfect cocktails for any occasion. Check out or @thebotanistgin on Instagram to find more recipe ideas and cocktail inspiration. Need to stock up on spirits? Visit


7 ways to save the 7 seas

Both in your home and out and about, reducing your plastic use is essential to helping improve the health of our oceans…..

(BPT) – Beachgoers are heading to the ocean after months of being cooped up due to the health crisis. However, the climate crisis could forever alter future beach treks.


It’s more important now than ever before to take care of our planet — and it starts with you. There are simple steps you can take this summer season to minimize your impact on oceans and the endangered species who call them home.

Here are seven things you can do to save the seven seas:

  1. Cut down on plastics. Both in your home and out and about, reducing your plastic use is essential to helping improve the health of our oceans. Instead of using plastic food storage bags, use reusable glass containers. Another easy way to reduce your plastic use daily is to discontinue plastic bottle use and instead use a reusable one that you can fill up right from your tap.
  2. Use reef-safe sunscreen. When shopping for a sunscreen, look for ones without oxybenzone and octinoxate in listed ingredients. These two chemicals are harmful to coral reefs and can cause coral bleaching. Instead, opt for zinc-based sunscreens and ones marked “reef-safe.”
  3. Clean up trash and plastics. Safely join clean-up efforts and help pick up trash, especially plastics — whenever you see it, especially in ponds, streams, rivers and beaches, when possible.
  4. Consume sustainable seafood. Sustainable seafood is seafood that is caught or farmed in a way that considers the fish species and well-being of the ocean. One of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) accredited aquariums, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, provides tips and insights for consumers — including guides for purchasing sustainable seafood and tips for dining out.
  5. Write to your local government. Make your voice heard and write to your local government about ocean conservation during this important election year. Take action and make your voice heard and spread the word about conservation programs.
  6. Spread awareness. As you continue to educate yourself and become more passionate about ocean conservation, spread the word! Follow conservation organizations on social media and share their messages with your friends and family.
  7. Visit/donate to your AZA-accredited facility. Continue to educate yourself and learn about conservation by visiting (virtually or in-person) an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. When you support the AZA, you become an advocate for sea creatures and the oceans and beaches they call home.

Help save the seven seas by supporting the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and thousands of conservation professionals in a commitment to wildlife conservation. Join us and become an Advocate member today.

Stroll the Street 2.0 – Food Truck Fiesta Returns this Week

Food Truck Fiesta is a weekly event held on Wednesdays from 4:30-7:30 PM in downtown Rossford….

Join the Rossford Convention & Visitors Bureau (RCVB) for Stroll the Street this Wednesday, July 29th.  Each week the event will be held if Wood County is at a Level 2 or below.  Stroll the Street 2.0 – Food Truck Fiesta is a weekly event held on Wednesdays from 4:30-7:30 PM featuring 12 of your favorite NW Ohio vendors along Dixie Highway into Downtown Rossford.  Food trucks are spaced out from Ford Memorial Park to the Rossford Recreation Center with signage for safe distancing as patrons wait in line.


“We are happy to welcome everyone back, with proper safety precautions,” said Beth Genson, director of the Rossford CVB.  “Visitors are directed to follow best practices and state guidelines such as maintaining six feet of distance and wearing masks.  Hand sanitizer stations are available.


Food truck vendors are following health department guidelines including wearing masks and gloves and providing hand sanitizer.  In addition, several hand sanitizer stations are set up along the route.  Parking is available at the United Methodist Church, 270 Dixie Highway and in the IPS Headquarters parking lot at 146 Dixie Highway.  Grab-and-go is suggested.


Food Trucks participating in this year’s event include (listed in order from the Rec Center to Ford Memorial Park):

Country Lane BBQ

Koral Hamburger

Smyles Icy Treats

Cheezy Does It

NeNe’s Sweets

The Loaded Chicken

K & K Concessions

Rusty’s Road Trip

Deet’s BBQ

Rosie’s Rolling Chef

Susie Lynne’s Lemonade

Poppin George


Stroll the Street 2.0 – Wednesdays in Rossford is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and Heban, Murphee & Lewandowski, LLC.  Please follow the Facebook page and our Instagram rossfordohiocvb for weekly updates.


HANCOCK COUNTY: Highway construction update

Be careful as you travel through construction zones…..

HANCOCK COUNTY: Highway construction update

Week of July 20, 2020

LIMA, Ohio (Thursday, July 16, 2020) The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Hancock County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

I-75 Sign 


I-75 Widening and Reconstruction in the city of Findlay: The project to reconstruct and widen I-75 through the city of Findlay beginning just south of Harrison Street/County Road 144, which is just south of the U.S. Route 68/state Route 15 interchange, to the County Road 99 interchange, is entering its fourth and final year. Beaver Excavating, Canton, serves as the general contractor. Visit the project page for more information. Estimated completion: Fall 2020


  • Construction on the following ramps will continue until late fall.
    • I-75 northbound to U.S. 68/state Route 15
    • I-75 northbound to Lima Avenue
    • S. 68/state Route 15 to I-75 southbound
    • Lima Avenue to I-75 southbound
    • Detour: I-75 to the state Route 12 back on I-75 southbound.
  • Between the south end of the project to the U.S. 68/state Route 15 interchange, all four lanes will continue to travel the southbound side until late summer. Two lanes will be maintained in both directions the majority of the time.


Interstate 75 between Napoleon Road and state Route 235, just south of the village of Beaverdam to three miles north of the village of Bluffton, in Allen and Hancock counties, will experience lane restrictions and ramp closures for paving and reconstruction through November 2020. Shelly Company, Findlay is the general contractor. Visit the project page for more information.


  • SR 103 exit ramp from I-75 northbound will close July 20 for five days.
    • Detour: I-75 north to SR 235 to I-75 south back to SR 103 (see map).


  • SR 696 entrance ramp to I-75 southbound will close July 12 for 14 days.
    • Detour: I-75 north to SR103/Bentley Rd. to I-75 south (see map).
  • Lane restrictions will occur between Napoleon Rd. and SR 235.
  • At SR 696 at Beaverdam one lane of I-75 southbound traffic is shifted onto the northbound side of the highway.


  • SR 696 exit ramp from I-75 southbound will close July 6 for 14 days.
    • Detour: I-75 south to Bluelick Rd. to I-75 north to SR 696 (see map).

US 30 small web 


U.S. 30 eastbound entrance ramp from State Route 235, three miles north of the village of Ada, is open following pavement repairs.

US 68 small web 


U.S. 68 at state Route 15south of the city of Findlay, and the median crossovers on SR 15 at County Road 180 and County Road 8 are open following closures for a bridge deck replacement.  Infrequent short-term lane restrictions are possible through early September. Work is being performed by Vernon Nagel, Inc., Napoleon. Visit the project page for more information.



U.S. 68 within the village of Arlington

U.S. 68 from the bridge over Buck Run to just north of Wardwell Street, within the village of Arlington, will close May 4 for approximately four months for a reconstruction project.  

U.S. 68 between Liberty Street and the southern corporation limit, within the village of Arlington, will close May 18 for approximately four months for a reconstruction project.  

Local access will be maintained throughout both projects. Helms and Sons Excavating, Findlay, serves as the general contractor. Visit the project page for more information.


  • State Route 103 will close at U.S. 68 on Tuesday, July 27 for 14 days.
  • SR 103 detour: SR 37 to SR 15 to I-75 to SR 12 to I-75 to SR 235 to SR 103 (see map).


  • S. 68 northbound detour: U.S. 30 to SR 235 to I-75 back to U.S. 68.
  • S. 68 southbound detour: SR 15 to U.S. 23 to U.S. 30 back to U.S. 68 (see maps).


U.S. 68 resurfacing, between the city of Findlay in Hancock County and the city of Kenton in Hardin County, excluding the villages of Arlington and Dunkirk began Mar. 30. Traffic will be maintained through the work zone. Strawser Construction Inc., Columbus, serves as the general contractor. Estimated completion: Fall 2020. Visit the project page for more information.

State Route 12between Township Road 248 and TR 214, one mile southwest of the village of Arcadia, will close July 30 for approximately 30 days for a culvert replacement. Vernon Nagel, Inc., Napoleon, serves as the general contractor.


  • Detour:S. 224 to U.S. 23 back to SR 12 (see map).


State Route 37 over Lynn Creek, between Township Road 149 and Township 147, just south of Riverdale High School will close July 13 for approximately 30 days for a culvert replacement. Miller Contracting Group, Inc., Ottoville, is the general contractor.


  • Detour: SR 103 to U.S. 23 to U.S. 30 back to SR 37 (see map).


State Route 568between County Road 7 and Township Road 245, two miles east of Findlay, will close July 27 for approximately 120 days for a bridge replacement project. R & I Construction, Inc., Tiffin, is the general contractor.


  • Detour: SR 37 to SR 15 to SR 330 back to SR 568 (see map). logo

Know Before You Go!

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Northwest Ohio Soil & Water Conservation Districts Jr. Conservationist Program

Have fun learning about soil, water, plants, animals, community, and nature exploration….

Northwest Ohio Soil & Water Conservation Districts Jr. Conservationist Program

 The Northwest Ohio Soil & Water Conservation Districts offers a free at-home “Do-It-Yourself” Junior Conservationist summer program. The program’s hands-on activities and registration can be found online at

The soon-to-be Junior Conservationist will have fun learning about soil, water, plants, animals, community, and nature exploration by completing the required number of activities in each category and submitting photos of yourself doing the activities or photos of the completed projects by Friday, August 28. Photos will be sent to the Wood SWCD contact: Julie Lause at

Upon completion of the program and received photos, participants will be sent a certificate, and, if wanted, a Junior Conservationist t-shirt. The Wood SWCD is offering a free t-shirt to the first 20 Wood County participates who complete the program.

Those who don’t want to register or receive a t-shirt and certificate can still enjoy the activities on their own. Those interested should contact the district office at 419-354-5517 #4, or visit to register online. 


Get Away Without Going Away

5 family staycation ideas that won’t break your budget….

( Family vacations are a great way to bond and take a step back from the hectic schedules that accompany everyday life, but sometimes time or money (or both) make planning an elaborate trip a non-starter.

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However, a staycation – a vacation you take right in your hometown (or nearby) – can be much less expensive and fit into nearly any amount of available time with the added bonus of skipping out on potentially stressful travel.

Consider these staycation ideas to take advantage of your local area’s attractions and prove you don’t have to go far to spend quality time together.

Visit local landmarks. Just because it’s not a traditional vacation doesn’t mean you can’t pretend to be tourists. Start by visiting the places you recommend to friends and family from out of town or pick up a city guidebook to uncover hidden spots you may not even know exist. Make a plan to seek out historic sites, visit local landmarks like museums or try an out-of-the-way restaurant (or two) you’ve never eaten at before.

Camp out in the backyard. Camping doesn’t have to be done far from home. In fact, it can be done right in your own backyard. Pitch a tent to sleep under the stars and plan a night full of traditional camping activities like roasting s’mores, telling spooky stories by flashlight and trying to identify stars and constellations.

Set up a picnic in the park. Pack a basket with sandwiches, fruit and other treats and head to the park. You can enjoy a casual meal then take advantage of the open space for a family walk or game of tag before retreating to the playground to let the little ones expel any leftover energy.

Have a home spa day. If you’re looking for some relaxation but don’t want to splurge on the full spa treatment, plan an at-home oasis instead. Light some candles, run a bubble bath and break out the facial masks and fingernail polish.

Visit an amusement park. No matter where you live, there’s probably an amusement or water park within driving distance. A quick online search before you arrive can help prepare a strategy for hitting the most popular thrill rides and waterslides while skipping those that may not provide quite the same entertainment value.

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Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects

Stay safe as you travel throughout the area………..

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 20,000 customers in Wood, Henry, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

Perrysburg Township: Ampoint Industrial Park Waterline Replacement*UPDATE*
Effective Tuesday, July 14 through Friday, July 17, Third Street, between J Street and D Street, will be closed for waterline reconnection.  Detour: J Street; First Street; D Street.  Through August, lane restrictions will be possible throughout Aimpoint Industrial Park and on Third Street, between Glenwood Road and D Street for waterline replacement.  Project complete:  August.  Project investment: $994,000.

Perrysburg Township: Sewer Lining
Through December, lane restrictions are possible in Perrysburg Township north of SR 795, west of 75, and south of the turnpike, for sewer rehabilitation.  Project complete:  February 2021.  Project investment: $1,230,000.

Rossford: Waterline Replacement
Through August, lane restrictions are possible on Santus Drive, Valley Drive, and on Glenwood Road in Rossford.  Project complete: October.  Project Investment: $1.5 million.

Rossford – Tree Streets Waterline Replacement
Through August, lane restrictions are possible on Maple Street, Oak Street, Walnut Street, and Superior Street for waterline replacement, installation of new hydrants, and meter pits.  Project complete: September. Project investment $740,000.

Rossford – Dixie Highway Sewer Rehabilitation
Through July, lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on Dixie Highway from Colony Road to Vineyard Drive for sewer rehabilitation.  Project complete: July. Project investment: $150,000.

Rossford – Lime City Road Waterline Replacement
Through July, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Lime City Road between Dixie Highway and Marilyn Drive for waterline replacement.   Through July, lane restrictions are possible on Schreier Road near Lime City Road for waterline replacement.  Project complete:  July.  Project investment: $770,000.

Rossford – Eagle Point Sewer Replacement
Through July, lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on Eagle Point west of Colony Road for restoration work.  Project complete: July. Project investment: $1.2 million.

District-Wide Hydrant Flushing
Through July, weekdays from 7:30 am until 4 pm, crews will be flushing hydrants in various locations throughout Millbury, Northwood, and Lake Township.  Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if the water becomes discolored.  For more information:



Make Your Garden Count For Butterflies

Whether you already find solace in gardening or are looking for a new hobby, you can help make a difference……

(Your Yard)

(NAPSI)­—In this season of social distancing, many Americans are turning to gardening, finding joy and peace in an outdoor activity that can be safely enjoyed from home. “What all gardeners know, and the rest of you may discover, is that if you have even the smallest space, a pot on a window ledge, a front step, a wee yard, there is no balm to the soul greater than planting seeds,” recently wrote Charlotte Mendelsen for The New Yorker. If you haven’t gotten your hands a little dirty yet, now could be the time.

More Milkweed for Monarchs

You can help protect pollinators and enjoy beautiful blooms when you plant milkweed…

This year, you can help feed both your soul and butterflies across the country by planting monarch habitat, including milkweed and other flowers that provide nectar. Milkweed in particular provides an essential source of food and is the only place monarch butterflies will lay their eggs.

Supporting monarchs is critical, as they face many health challenges including climate change, drought and habitat loss. However, anyone can help by planting milkweed and other brightly colored, pollinator-attractant flowers in the garden or even on the balcony.

There are 12 states that monarchs tend to visit during their annual migration. Those who live there can do their part by planting milkweed and recording their efforts in the HabiTally app. These states are:

• Illinois

• Indiana

• Iowa

• Kansas

• Michigan

• Minnesota

• Missouri

• Nebraska

• Oklahoma

• Ohio

• Texas

• Wisconsin

Any monarch habitat planted in these states (by May 31), and recorded in the app will be taken into consideration by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as it evaluates recommending that monarchs join the list of animals protected under the Endangered Species Act. With the help of your conservation efforts, monarch health may become secure enough to not need this designation.

Other Flowers That Butterflies Love

For people who don’t live in one of those 12 states, there are many other flowers they can plant to support butterflies, bees and other pollinators’ health while adding beauty to the garden with bright, happy blooms. These 10 plants attract butterflies and make vibrant, fragrant additions to any garden:

• Sunflowers

• Lavender

• Asters

• Coneflowers

• Black-eyed Susans

• Verbena

• Catnip

• Rosemary

• Sage

• Salvia

Whether you already find solace in gardening or are looking for a new hobby, you can help make a difference. So, plant a few flowers to see what gardening can do for you—and for butterflies—this year.

Learn More

Because monarch butterflies are an important pollinating insect that contribute to both agriculture and biodiversity, the Bayer Bee Care Program is committed to supporting their health, as well the health of other pollinators. You can download the free HabiTally app and get started by visiting the Apple App Store. To be sure you’re planting flowers that are best adapted to your region, visit