When outages do occur, it’s rarely due to a lack of available power on the grid…..
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Ohio was 113 degrees on July 21, 1934. While most Ohio summers don’t reach this extreme peak, temperatures in the 90s and 100s affect the demand on the electric grid. Managing that demand and ensuring the continuation of power requires coordination between utilities and regional organizations.
Ohio’s six PUCO-regulated electric utilities are members of PJM Interconnection, the nation’s largest regional transmission organization that is comprised of over 65 million electricity customers in 13 states and the District of Columbia. PJM and utilities start the grid preparation for both the summer and winter seasons far in advance by conducting operations studies. These seasonal operating studies assess the electric system and attempt to predict the upcoming demand based on several factors.
The image above, from the PJM Learning Center, summarizes the steps in preparation for the season.
For the 2021 summer season, PJM power system operators have forecasted a peak demand at approximately 149,000 MW. The organization then performs reliability studies at even higher levels to make sure the grid can withstand the demand – in this case, over 155,000 MW for 2021. At any time, the PJM’s Market and Operations page also displays the current and forecasted MW load.
When summer arrives, so does the highest peak usage of electricity for the year. Extended heat waves can lead to an increased power load and more wear on facilities. Dispatchers monitor the grid 24/7 and use computer algorithms to predict what electricity may be needed. PJM also issues Hot Weather Alerts to help prepare transmission and generation facilities for potential problems on the grid before they occur.
Utilities can help offset demand during peak energy times with programs that reduce the electrical load, known as demand response programs. These demand response programs can engage customers by using time-based rates. Time-based rates rely on supply and demand: as demand increases, so does the real time energy price. When demand is lesser and supply is more generous, in the early morning and late evening, the rate decreases. This in turn incentivizes customers to use less energy at peak times to help reduce costs.
When outages do occur, it’s rarely due to a lack of available power on the grid. Advanced preparation and real-time monitoring ensure that the electric demands made by high temperatures are met.
Finding a date that works for everyone may be the biggest hurdle….
(Family Features) Family reunions this summer are sure to take on special meaning as families reunite after months apart. Organizing such a momentous event may feel like a lot of work, but thinking of it in smaller pieces can make it easier to manage.
Finding a date that works for everyone may be the biggest hurdle. Once that essential detail is set, start planning your family get-together with these tips from the travel experts at Vrbo:
Decide on a celebration style. Family reunions come in all shapes and sizes. You might plan a gathering for a single day with a big meal and plenty of time for chatting with relatives, or it may be a multi-day affair filled with activities that get all ages involved.
Pick the place. The location of your reunion depends on many factors. In some cases, families plan for a location that’s easily accessible for the majority, like a midway point or a city where a large branch of the family tree is rooted. Other families build reunions around the head of the family and plan the location around where the eldest members of the family reside. Still other reunions are destination getaways with multiple households in one vacation location.
Choose where you’ll stay. Figuring out what kind of lodging best suits your reunion depends on a variety of considerations, but the larger the group, the more challenging it can be. A vacation rental home may be an option when you’re bringing multiple families together under one roof or plan to stay for several days. Many vacation rentals even offer amenities like pools or hot tubs that can be enjoyed privately rather than shared with the rest of the resort or hotel guests. A tool like Vrbo’s Trip Board of reunion-friendly homes can help you find inspiration for a perfect place.
Plan activities. Depending on your family’s style, planning how everyone will pass the time may be a scheduled itinerary or a loose list of potential things to do. Either way, leave time for casual conversation and simply enjoying a few moments together, as well as lots of entertainment to keep kids occupied while the adults catch up.
Create a menu. From potluck to catering and everything in between, there are numerous options when it comes to feeding a reunion crowd. You might have everyone bring their own food, ask each family take turns serving meals or plan easy bar-style meals like tacos or walking nachos. It’s a good idea to coordinate your menu plans so you don’t waste food or have duplicate ingredients in the refrigerator. Remember to plan for extra snacks and desserts, too. Many homes available through Vrbo include access to refrigerators and fully equipped kitchens, making it easy to store extra food for the gathering.
Incorporate your heritage. What sets a family reunion apart from other types of gatherings is the focus on family. Make your reunion special by incorporating special aspects of your heritage, whether it’s a monogrammed centerpiece for the dining table or photos of multiple generations you scatter around the venue. Another idea for a multi-generational family reunion is a slideshow of photo memories set to music that plays as the precursor to a family movie night under the stars.
Find more inspiration and ideas for organizing your family reunion this summer at vrbo.com/reunion.
Each step in the family meal process helps children develop a love and commitment to the family meal time….
Make Menu Planning a Family Affair Kids love to be part of the things we do, so menu planning as a family makes the meal more meaningful to your kids. Children are also more apt to try new foods when it’s something they’ve helped plan and prepare. Let them browse online for fun recipes or get out the old cookbooks!
Bring Up Your Own Little Sous Chefs One of my favorite things to do as a kid was to be my mom’s little sous chef. She would tell me what I needed to do, teach me what I didn’t know and really let me be part of the whole cooking process. Get your own kids involved by having them wash the veggies, help make the marinade for the meat, thread the kabobs, learn to season the meat and veggies and begin doing some chopping and dicing with a kid safe knife. There’s no definitive time when a child is deemed ready to use a real knife—use your own judgement and gage the readiness and maturity of your child. They can practice by using a butter knife and a banana or a stick of butter.
Prep the Grill Together As you know, grills get very hot! Teaching your child the potential dangers of being around a hot grill is crucial. They need to know how far to stand back from it when it’s on, what it can potentially do if you’re not careful and how to handle injuries associated to the grill. While it’s still important to have an adult with a child around a grill at all time, they can be part of the initial set-up of the grill, where to put wood chips, charcoal, propane. It’s also important to explain how it all works to help you cook delicious foods. Once familiar with being around the grill while heated, they can help flip the burgers, rotate the veggies,
It’s the Perfect “Season” to Grill Together
Creating marinades and seasoning the meat and veggies before they go on the grill is one of the most perfect jobs for kids. It’s a fairly easy, fun task for younger kids, it helps them learn measurements, and how different flavors and spices can work together to make some of their favorite foods yummy! Developing a taste for different spices is super beneficial for their ever changing and growing palate.
Set a Fun and Festive Tablescape Together
Setting the table in a festive way for your family meal is half the fun. Let the kids lay out a tablecloth, the plates and silverware, fill the glasses with water or lemonade and make homemade place cards with each family member’s name on it. Each step in the family meal process helps children develop a love and commitment to the family meal time. The more important you make it, the more important it will become to them as the traditions become permanent.
Clean-up, Clean-up, Everybody Clean-up!
While not as fun as cooking, cleaning up is an important part of the cooking process. Teach your kids young that cleaning up is a family event and they’ll grow up knowing it’s just something you do together. They can help with washing, drying, and putting away dishes. Be creative and don’t be afraid to make this part of the process fun!
4 Yummy Recipes to Grill with Your Kids
Hobo Potato Packs
Create small foil boats for holding the potatoes to grill.
Dice up several potatoes and divide amongst the packets (one for each person).
Add butter, salt & pepper, rosemary or other favorite spices.
Include any other toss-ins like diced sweet peppers, onions, bacon pieces or zucchini.
Cover foil boats with additional foil.
Cook over fire for about 20 minutes. Cooking potatoes in foil packets over the fire makes them tender and flavorful.
Chicken, Pineapple, Onion & Pepper Kabobs
Chop up pieces of chicken, pineapple, onion and sweet peppers.
Thread them onto a kabob stick. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 20 minutes or until meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees. Around the halfway mark, start basting the kabobs in the Homemade Teriyaki Sauce (below).
Homemade Teriyaki Marinade
1 cup water
¼ cup soy sauce
5 teaspoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon garlic
2 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ cup cold water
Combine water, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger, and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for about 1 minute. Mix cornstarch and 1/4 cold water together in a cup; stir until dissolved. Add to the saucepan. Cook and stir sauce until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes.
Mexican Street Corn
6 to 8 medium ears sweet corn, husks removed
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
Lime wedges, to serve
Heat grill to 400 degrees.
Place the husked corn directly onto grill grates. Grill the corn for about 3 minutes, undisturbed or until kernels begin to turn golden brown and look charred. Turn over and repeat. When all sides are browned, remove from the grill onto a plate.
Whisk together the sauce:
In a bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic, chipotle pepper, lime zest and lime juice. Taste and season the mixture with salt if needed. Set aside.
Using a brush or a spoon, coat each ear of corn with the crema mixture. Sprinkle with crumbled cojita cheese. Sprinkle with additional chipotle pepper, if desired. Serve immediately with extra lime wedges.
Neil Edley didn’t choose this sweet life, it chose him. Since Neil was 15 years old, he’s been operating Sugar Plum confections with his mother Frann in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Neil is still dreaming up innovative culinary ideas as their business grows by leaps and bounds. Willing to experiment with creative combinations, whether it’s bourbon caramel pretzel chocolate, Caribbean jerk peanuts or the perfect BBQ rub, Neil team specializes in custom-crafted products. Neil perfected his craft at renowned culinary college Johnson & Wales, and continues to expand upon his knowledge and creativity by making the best chocolates and nuts possible. His hope is that his confections provide the world with a little taste of happiness. His creations can be found at https://www.sugar-plum.com/.
Good Ole SummerTime Golf Outing supports NBHS Scholarship Fund…..
The Good Ole Summertime Golf Outing will return this summer after taking a break for the Covid pandemic in 2020.
The event is sponsored by the NBHS Alumni Association and the proceeds are used to provide scholarships for NB students. You do NOT have to be an NBHS graduate to play in this event. Here is more info:
Outdoor education and skill building courses for women returns…
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 7th Annual Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventures weekend will kick off on Friday, September 17 and run through Sunday, September 19 at Salt Fork State Park. This annual event held by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) combines boating, fishing, and outdoor skills with other activities focused on nature and conservation activities.
“We’re excited to offer another weekend full of outdoor recreation skill building, networking, and fun at this year’s OWOA weekend,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “As a past participant, I highly encourage women of all ages to join us for a weekend of discovering new outdoor pursuits and making new friends.”
Hosted by ODNR divisions of Parks and Watercraft and Wildlife, the weekend gives women a chance to try activities they may have never done before. This year’s program features stand up paddling, kayaking, power boating, fly fishing, shoreline fishing, gun safety and range shooting, archery, dutch oven cooking, hiking, blue birds, nature photography and more.
Participants will stay the weekend at the Salt Fork State Park Lodge and Conference Center, located outside of Cambridge in eastern Ohio. Salt Fork’s thousands of land and water acres provide plenty of areas for exploration. Guests will have access to the indoor and outdoor pools, exercise room, restaurant and lounge, and professional golf course.
The event is open to all women aged 16 and older (minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). The cost is $330 per person and includes lodging, five meals, t-shirt, transportation between venues, and evening activities. There are 95 spots open for this year’s event. Registration opens for first time participants on July 15 and registration for past participants begins on July 22. A complete listing of sessions and registration details may be viewed here.
ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is responsible for managing Ohio’s 75 state parks and providing the finest outdoor recreational opportunities including first-class boat services, facilities and law enforcement for users of Ohio’s waterways and public lands.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
Turning your summertime snack into an all-the-time staple….
(BPT) – Fresh sweet Northwest cherries are a tasty summertime superfruit packed with nutrients. It’s easy to find fresh cherries during the summer, but the rest of the year may leave you yearning for the delicious and nutritious snack. Stock up on fresh cherries now and preserve their flavor and health benefits for year-round enjoyment.
Four reasons to stock up on sweet cherries while they’re fresh!
Sweet Northwest cherries are as healthy as they are delectable, making them the perfect treat to satisfy a sweet craving without the sugar spike. Northwest cherries boast incredible health benefits for the mind and body, including:
1. Fighting chronic inflammatory diseases
Sweet cherries can help prevent chronic inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer. Inflammation has also been tied to increased risk factors of cancer and research is suggesting that sweet cherries may possess cancer-fighting properties.
2. Exercise recovery
Sweet cherries contain anthocyanins, which appear to shut down enzymes that cause tissue inflammation in a similar manner to ibuprofen and naproxen. Those anti-inflammatory properties also make cherries a great workout recovery snack.
3. Low glycemic, big on nutrients!
Sweet cherries boast a lower glycemic index than almost any other fruit and promote healthy blood glucose by releasing glucose slowly and evenly so blood sugar levels stay steady longer. According to a 2019 article in Trends in Food Science & Technology, cherry extracts reduce glucose blood levels and protect pancreatic beta-cells from oxidative damage, enabling them to continue balanced production of insulin.
4. Enhanced cognitive function
The anthocyanins found in sweet cherries may improve memory and cognition in older adults with mild-to-moderate dementia. Also, cherry phenolics appear to protect cells from damaging stress while the cherry’s serotonin reduces stress and improves mood.
Enjoy the sweet taste of summer all throughout the year.
Preserving sweet cherries can be quick and easy, and a great way to extend their short peak season. Two popular ways to preserve sweet cherries are freezing and drying.
Freezing sweet cherries
The first step in the freezing process is to rinse firm, ripe cherries — stems and all — in cold water and drain thoroughly. Next, decide how you’re most likely to use them. For snacking, you can leave them whole and just enjoy them off the stem later. If smoothies and sauces are your game, then pitting the cherries at this point will save time and mess later. Once that’s decided, pack the cherries in plastic freezer bags or freezer-proof containers, remove excess air, seal the package and freeze.
Drying fresh cherries
For dried sweet cherries, the simplest step is to use your oven to preserve this summertime superfruit, or even invest in a food dehydrator. The Northwest Cherry Growers recommend drying at 140-degrees Fahrenheit for six to 12 hours, low and slow. Once dry, they can be stored in plastic bags with the excess air removed, and stored in a dark, dry, cool place. Enjoy them straight, tossed into trail mix, as a sweet-tart topping for granola or oatmeal, or substituted for raisins in a favorite cookie recipe.
For more tips on turning your summertime snack into an all-the-time staple of a nutritious diet, or to learn more about the numerous health benefits of sweet cherries, visit the Northwest Cherry Growers website at nwcherries.com/sweethealth.
Watch video to see how to make this recipe for Fresh Veggie Summer Rolls!…..
(Family Features) For many parts of the country, warmer weather comes with more options for fresh produce, which is why it’s a perfect time to add fruits and vegetables to recipes.
These easy-to-make Fresh Vegetable Summer Rolls are a vegetarian version of a classic dish – made with tofu coupled with lettuce, carrots, cucumber, sprouts and mint leaves.
A healthy eating plan is especially important for the 34 million people in the U.S. living with diabetes. People living with diabetes are twice as likely to develop and die from cardiovascular disease, such as heart attacks, heart failure and strokes, than people who do not have diabetes, according to the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. Through eating healthy, getting regular physical activity and making a plan with their health care professionals, people can manage their type 2 diabetes and lower their risk for heart disease and stroke.
Prep time: 25 minutes Serves: 12 (1 roll per serving)
1 head Boston or oak leaf lettuce, ribs discarded (12 leaves)
1 pound firm tofu, drained and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick planks
1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
1/2 English or hothouse cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into 2-inch long matchsticks
2 cups mung bean or clover sprouts, blanched
24 medium-large mint leaves
12 round (8 inches) rice papers
Fill flat, round cake pan with water. Place clean, smooth kitchen towel on work surface. On plate, arrange lettuce, tofu, carrots, cucumber, sprouts and mint in individual piles.
Put one rice paper in water. Soak until pliable. Place rice paper on top of kitchen towel. Blot dry. Paper should be sticky, not slippery. Stack ingredients on side of rice paper closest to you as follows: one lettuce leaf, one tofu plank, carrot, cucumber, sprouts and two mint leaves next to each other.
Fold farther side of paper tightly over filling. Be careful not to tear it. Fold in sides and roll to end. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Nutritional information per serving: 85 calories; 20 calories from fat; 2 g total fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 0.5 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 55 mg sodium; 155 mg potassium; 13 g total carbohydrates; 1 g dietary fiber; 2 g total sugar; 0 g added sugar; 5 g protein; 75 mg phosphorus. Choices/Exchanges: 1 starch
The North Baltimore Alumni Banquet has been scheduled for Friday, July 30, 2021 at the NB American Legion Hall, 539 American Legion Drive.
Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and the buffet will begin at 6:00 p.m.
For only $20 per person, you can enjoy reminiscing with former classmates and friends.
The deadline for reservations is July 19, 2021.
Reservations after this date will be $25, but you might run the risk of not getting a reservation as there is a limited amount of seating! Once this limit is reached, we will not take any last-minute reservations.
Checks should be made payable to the North Baltimore Alumni Association and mailed to the address above.
Information needed –
Name, Maiden name, Graduation Year, E-mail, Spouse/Guest’s Name (grad year and maiden if NBHS graduate) –
mail check and information to P. O. Box 204, North Baltimore, OH 45872
The Hidden Dangers of Boating “Pay attention and know the rules. Things happen so fast on the water”
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is warning everyone about the hidden dangers that can occur during a day on the lake, stream, or river. Carbon monoxide poisoning and propeller strikes pose unseen risks for boaters.
“These hazards are especially dangerous because people can’t see them coming,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “We have unfortunately had several recent incidents where carbon monoxide led to tragedy. It’s situations like those that make us realize how safe we really need to be and we want to help people prepare for that.”
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas, making it hard to detect. According to the most recent data from the Coast Guard it affected 31 people aboard boats, and of those people, five of them died from carbon monoxide poisoning in 2019.
“Every year we see deaths caused by carbon monoxide on boats and it’s truly tragic,” said Captain Schaad Johnson of ODNR’s Division of Parks and Watercreaft. “These losses are often preventable if boaters are cautious and keep themselves and their children away from the dangerous exhaust coming from a boat’s engine.”
Boaters should check that their vessel has carbon monoxide detectors. The CDC recommends taking several other precautions to help prevent a carbon monoxide buildup on your vessel:
Properly install and maintain all fuel-burning engines and appliances.
Educate all passengers about the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning.
Swim and play away from areas where engines vent their exhaust.
Watch children closely when they play on rear swim decks or water platforms.
Never block exhaust outlets. Blocking outlets can cause CO to build up in the cabin and cockpit areas–even when hatches, windows, portholes, and doors are closed.
Dock, beach, or anchor at least 20 feet away from the nearest boat that is running a generator or engine. Exhaust from a nearby vessel can send CO into the cabin and cockpit of a boat.
You can read more about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide here.
Another danger boaters may not think about is a propeller strike beneath the water’s surface. A typical recreational propeller can travel from head to toe on an average person in less than one-tenth of a second. James Knipl of Toledo learned about the dangers of propeller strikes while on the Maumee River this Spring. He hopes no one has to learn the lesson about this hidden danger the way he did.
“I was on the front of the boat when it was going full throttle and all of a sudden I was in the water,” Knipl said. “My friend helped me get back on the boat and all I could see was blood.”
The propeller struck James on his left arm, severing muscle and arteries. His friends rushed him to the nearest docks while calling 911. He was taken to the nearest hospital, but doctors say it could be years before he regains full use of his arm, if ever. James now undergoes physical therapy two times a week.
“The best advice I can give people is to pay attention and know the rules before you head out onto the water and any time someone falls in, put the boat in neutral,” Knipl said. “I am an avid fisherman and after this I will never be able to step foot on a boat again.”
Most propeller strikes are preventable if boaters take a few safety steps:
Turn off the engine when passengers are boarding or disembarking. Propellers should not be spinning when a passenger is in a vulnerable situation.
Prevent passengers from being thrown overboard accidentally.
Never start a boat with the engine in gear.
Never ride on a seat back, gunwale, transom, or bow.
Make sure all passengers are seated properly before getting underway. Some operators cause injuries by putting the engine in gear while people are still swimming or diving from the boat.
Assign a responsible adult to watch any children in the boat and sound the alarm if a child falls overboard.
Maintain a proper lookout for people in the water. The primary cause of propeller strike accidents is operator inattention or carelessness.
Slow down when approaching congested areas and anchorages. In congested areas, always be alert for swimmers and divers.
Learn to recognize warning buoys that mark swimming and other hazardous areas.
Keep the boat away from marked swimming and diving areas. Become familiar with the red flag with a white diagonal stripe and the blue-and-white “Alfa” flag—both signal that divers are down.
For a list of safety devices you can use to avoid this kind of accident visit ohiodnr.gov.
The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft provides exceptional outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing outstanding customer service, education, and conservation of Ohio’s 75 state parks and waterways.
The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.