Adventurer’s Nature Camp, Farm Camp, more……
3 ways to upgrade your summer sipping routine….
(Family Features) Rosé slushies. Spiked seltzers. Boozy ice pops. Has young adults’ quest for the next party gimmick led to soulless substitutes for real, quality wines?
It’s not hard to find wines with well-balanced natural flavors, according to Leslie Sbrocco, author of “The Simple and Savvy Wine Guide.” She recommends looking for wine from different international regions, like Wines of Sicily, which guarantee value and quality, and are made from more than 400 wineries across the island.
Sbrocco also recommends these wines and entertaining tips to make your spread the center of the party for all the right reasons.
For more food and wine pairings, visit winesofsicily.com.
Prepare an easy, seasonal appetizer with fresh produce from your local farmer’s market. Take this summertime classic sandwich up a notch by topping it with capers and pairing it with a chilled Grillo or Frappato from Sicilia DOC.
Recipe courtesy of Wines of Sicily
Wines of Sicily
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church will have Vacation Bible School July 21-25, from 5-8 pm. Dinner will be provided. Register online at: www.myvbs.org/stlukesnb
or pick up a form at the church.
Program allows families to get produce from local markets….
BOWLING GREEN — Families who participate in the Women, Infants and Children program through Wood County Health Department are eligible to receive $20 in coupons to shop for produce at local farmers markets.
This is the third year for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program offered by Wood County WIC. Pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and children 6 months or older who are participating in WIC are eligible to receive the one-time, $20 benefit to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from authorized farmers until Oct. 31. Coupons will be given to WIC participants on a first-come, first-served basis.
WIC participation improves the length of pregnancy and birth weight, improves the diets of women and children and reduces late fetal deaths. WIC children are better immunized, have better vocabulary and are more likely to have a regular source of health care. Children ages 2-4 who participate in WIC are also less likely to be obese.
WIC staff will be at the downtown farmers market in Bowling Green on Aug. 14 to share program information. Recipe ideas using fresh produce are available at Wood County WIC, located at 639 S. Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green.
If you are interested in becoming an authorized FMNP farmer or want to learn more about the program, call Wood County WIC at 419-354-9661.
The mission of Wood County Health Department is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. Our Community Health Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. We welcome all patients, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay, and we accept most third-party insurance. For more information, visit WoodCountyHealth.org
Kayaking, fishing, stargazing, archery, Nature Camp, Bat Hike, bike tour, and more……
Wood County Parks offer a variety of programs each month.Here are some to kick off July, 2019
Everything is home made…..
Due to the historic rainfall the region has experienced this year, it’s likely that your tomatoes have been impacted by too much moisture.
I’ve grown tomato plants in my central Ohio backyard for the past couple of years, as part of my efforts to make healthier food choices for my family. But this year, the leaves on the tomato plants are discolored and dying. What’s going on with the plants, and can my tomatoes be saved?
It’s wonderful that you are making healthy food choices for your family. Tomatoes are excellent sources of vitamins A, C, and K, and potassium and folate. The tomato is also a wonderful source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to several important health benefits such as reducing your risk of heart disease and some types of cancer, as well as helping you maintain a healthy blood pressure.
Without having seen your specific tomato plants, I can offer some suggestions of what you can do to possibly address the issues occurring in your backyard garden.
Discolored leaves such as this, suggest fungal disease in this tomato plant. The leaves need pruned with sterilized pruners and then discarded into the garbage and not the compost pile. Photo courtesy of Timothy McDermott
Due to the historic rainfall the region has experienced this year, it’s likely that your tomatoes have been impacted by too much moisture.
Tomatoes can suffer several problems related to heavy rainfall, which can shorten their harvest period and affect their yield, said Timothy McDermott, educator, Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
There are, however, a few things that backyard growers, community gardeners, and urban farmers can do to keep their tomato plants healthy and productive through heavy rain periods, McDermott wrote in a recent blog post.
Mulch can be used as a barrier to keep soilborne fungal spores off of lower tomato plant leaves. You can use organic or nonorganic mulch, placed around the base of your plant.
You can also prune the lower leaves of your tomato plant to minimize lower leaf contact with soil, McDermott wrote.
“Pruning promotes air circulation,” he said. “But when pruning, use sterilized pruners to remove any diseased leaves, and put diseased leaves in the garbage, not the compost after pruning.”
Also, take note of any fertility issues that your tomato plants might be facing due to heavy, excessive rainfall, such as what the region has faced this year.
“Constant rainfall can leach fertility from soil, making it unavailable to the plants,” McDermott said. “Make sure you monitor your plant’s growth and health carefully to avoid a nutrient deficiency.
“Foliar feeding can be used when the ground is too saturated to irrigate with water-soluble fertilizer.”
McDermott also cautions that you monitor your tomato plants for signs of blight, removing any affected leaves when you see them.
Chow Line is a service of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ODOT working to remove as many work zones as possible…..
COLUMBUS – With AAA predicting a record 49 million people, including 2.1 million Ohioans, traveling for the July 4th holiday, roadways across Ohio will be more crowded than usual.
To accommodate this extra traffic, the Ohio Department of Transportation will work with contractors to open as many lanes as possible through active work zones.
“From cookouts to fireworks, Ohioans will find plenty of ways to celebrate our great country over the Independence Day holiday. We’ll do our part to make sure their travels are as smooth as possible,” said ODOT Director Dr. Jack Marchbanks.
Projects that could impact travelers are on I-75 in Cincinnati, Findlay, and Toledo, I-271 near Cleveland, I-76 in the Akron area, and I-71/I-70 in Columbus.
ODOT is working on more than 1,000 projects across the state this year, an investment of more than $2 billion. Ninety percent of that work is targeted toward repairing or replacing existing roads and bridges.
“Ohio is a popular destination for tourists looking to explore Ohio’s natural beauty or visit our exciting attractions. We’re working to provide safe and reliable transportation as they travel through our state,” Marchbanks said. “To do that requires adequate funding and we’re thankful for the additional resources provided in the transportation budget to help us fulfill this mission.”
Operators in ODOT’s new state-of-the-art traffic management center will be keeping their eye on more than 700 traffic cameras to ensure traffic is moving as smoothly as possible. They will also be posting traffic alerts to OHGO.com and over 130 digital highway message boards.
The Canoemobile Watershed Festival is at the Walbridge Park Boat Launch. TMACOG is coordinating the programming…..
All ages are invited to this free celebration of the great Maumee River watershed when Canoemobile comes to town, Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
On land, enjoy activity stations with information about the mammals of Ohio rivers; identify bugs and larva living in the river; learn how to manage stormwater in your yard; find out about marine debris and what you can do about it; meet other community partners; try out a food truck!
On the water, groups will explore the Maumee River from the big canoes of Wilderness Inquiry. Expert paddlers will provide all safety gear for a fun, safe trip on the big river. Each canoe can take a whole group of family and friends, up to 10 people in each canoe. Learn about local history, the ecology of northwest Ohio, wildlife on the river, and more.
The Canoemobile Watershed Festival is at the Walbridge Park Boat Launch, behind the Toledo Zoo parking lot on Broadway. Free parking on site.
The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) is coordinating the programming with partners working throughout the greater Toledo area. Funding is through the U.S. EPA Urban Waters program.
Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 23-29
COLUMBUS, OH – In an annual coordinated effort with the National Weather Service (NWS), the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is promoting June 23-29 as National Lightning Safety Awareness Week and encourages all Ohioans to know what to do before, during and after thunderstorms, and to practice severe weather safety and preparedness throughout the summer.
Although lightning strikes can occur at any time during the year, summertime is usually peak season for thunder and lightning storms. Since the inception of Lightning Safety Awareness Week, lightning fatalities in the U.S. have dropped from about 50 per year to an average of 30 or less per year. The NWS attributes this reduction to this weather safety campaign and to a greater awareness of lightning danger, and people seeking safe shelter when thunderstorms threaten.
As of Friday June 14, four people have died after being struck by lightning in the United States this year. In 2018, there were 20 lightning fatalities in a total of 10 states; no fatalities in Ohio (NWS 2019 Lightning Fatalities).
There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Lightning safety is can save your life.
“When thunder roars, go indoors!” Stop outdoor activities and seek safe shelter immediately.
The NWS and the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness encourage Ohioans to prepare for thunder and lightning storms – and all severe weather events.
Thunder & Lightning Safety Information:
Indoor Lightning Safety Tips:
Outdoor Risk-Reduction Tips:
To minimize the risk of being struck by lightning, just remember “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!” and stay indoors until at least 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder or crack of lightning.
OCSWA is comprised of 16 organizations and state agencies that are dedicated in teaching Ohioans severe weather safety and preparedness.
3 games stats in this write-up….
Van Buren traveled to North Baltimore to play in the Tigers’ toughest game yet.
Petunia started on the mound for the Tigers and held VB scoreless for the first 3 innings. Her superb pitching was supported by outstanding defensive play, highlighted by Killer’s outstanding flyball catch to end the top of the 2nd inning.
Beast mode made back-to-back perfect throws to catch two girls stealing to end the top of the 3rd inning.
Van Buren’s pitcher was on fire and struck out 9 Tigers in the 1st three innings. A walk in the 1st and a walk in the 2nd innings enabled Petunia and Band Aid to steal bases and score giving the Tigers a 2-0 advantage going into the 4th inning. Petunia struck out the 1st batter in the 4th and then beaned the 2nd batter.
Red relieved Petunia, allow a couple of back to back singles and gave up 2 runs to tie the game at 2. The Tigers played great defense in the 5th and 6th innings with Band Aid, Petunia, and Red all fielding grounders and an excellent heads up play by Band Aid and Hilda May to pick of a runner at 3rd.
In the bottom of the 5th Hilda May got on base with a dropped 3rd strike followed by the lone hit by Beast Mode, a solid line drive between 2nd and 3rd to knock in the game winning run.
Red scored 3 strike outs in the 7th inning to clench the tough victory. Beast Mode earned the game ball with her excellent catching, catching two players stealing bases, catching a foul pop up behind home plate, and getting the Tigers’ only hit of the game.
NB Black remains undefeated at 7-0.
On Base Percentage
submitted by: James Wilhelm
After a week off due to the weather, Liberty Benton Blue traveled to NB to play the Tigers.
Petunia started the game and struck out 3 of the 5 first batters and allowed no runs. Red, Petunia, and Hilda May all scored hits to start the game for the Tigers. Beast Mode, Killer, and Marsha also scored hits in the 1st to bring in the maximum allowed 7 runs.
Red pitched the 2nd inning and made quick work of LB with a strike out and fielding 2 grounders hit right back at her. Red only threw 11 pitches and participated in all 3 outs. LB played strong defense in the 2nd, with Angelina getting the lone hit and holding the Tigers to a single score.
Hilda May pitched the 3rd inning and allowed the only 2 scores LB had, but ended the inning strong with 2 Ks.
Special K closed the game strong with a strike out, fielding a grounder, and not allowing a run. The Tigers scored 2 in the bottom of the 4th to end the game via mercy rule.
Red received the game ball for her strong pitching performance, excellent defensive play, and solid batting. The Tigers remain undefeated at 6-0.
submitted by James Wilhelm
The Tigers traveled to Risingsun to play the Outlaws.
The Tigers came ready to play; racking up 18 runs with 8 hits and striking out 12 Outlaws. Petunia pitched 2 perfect innings and Red followed up in the 3rd by striking out 3 of the next 5 batters. Red hit the Outlaws first pitch of the game to set the tone and Beast Mode hit a hard flyball to deep center to score the first 2 runs. O knocked in another run leaving the Tigers up 4-0 after 1. The Outlaw pitcher struggled in the 2nd walking the first 4 batters before Hilda May hit a line drive double over the 2nd basemen’s head. There were 2 more walks and popup double hit by Band Aid to end the inning with NB up 11-0. Petunia and Hilda May both had RBIs in the 4th to put the Tigers up by 18. Brynlee came in to close and the Outlaws were able to score 3, her 3rd strike out brought the game to a close via mercy rule.
Petunia received the game ball for her perfect pitching performance and 2 RBIs.
Hilda May and Beast mode both recognized for solid defensive play and combined 5 RBIs. The Tigers remain undefeated at 5-0.
Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives…..
The Wood County Historical Museum will be opening a new traveling exhibit , Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives, on June 16, 2019. Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives features photographs by Riis, a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the twentieth century.
This Riis exhibit is a companion piece to the current exhibit, For Comfort and Convenience. Visitors to the exhibit will experience immersive life-size photographs, as well as artifacts and personal documentation. This exhibit is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Library of Congress, and Edwin & Irma Wolf. The exhibit was adapted and toured for NEH on the Road by Mid-America Arts Alliance.
Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives will be on display from June 16 – August 11, 2019. A grand opening celebration & open house for the exhibit will take place on Wednesday, June 26 from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM.
The museum will be open for self-guided tours Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM and weekends from 1 PM – 4 PM (closed on government holidays). Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, with discounts for seniors, students, and military. Historical Society members receive free admission as well as a gift shop discount. The museum offers free admission to all visitors on the first Friday of each month, courtesy of the Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau. The museum is handicap accessible and group tours are welcome.
All events detailed at woodcountyhistory.org or by following the Wood County Historical Museum on social media. The museum is located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green.