State offers gypsy moth open houses in Northwest Ohio PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 17:04
REYNOLDSBURG - Areas across Ohio are slated to receive gypsy moth aerial treatments by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in early spring to slow the spread of the destructive insect. Department staff members will host several open houses in treatment areas that will offer attendees the opportunity to speak directly with those who work with the program, learn about the pest, and view maps of treatment areas.
Citizens can also visit to learn more about this pest and to view maps of the treatment areas. Those with questions who live near a treatment area in the northwest Ohio region will have the opportunity to talk with experts at the following open houses:
• Van Wert County - Feb. 3, 6 - 8 p.m., Van Wert Municipal Building, 515 East Main Street, Van Wert
• Lucas County - Feb. 4, 6 - 8 p.m, Oak Openings Metro Lodge, 5240 Wilkins Road, Whitehouse
• Hancock County - Feb. 5, 6 - 8 p.m., Delaware Twp. Hall, 601 South Main Street, Mt. Blanchard
• Wyandot County - Feb. 6, 6 - 8 p.m., Upper Sandusky City Hall, 119 North 7th Street, Upper Sandusky
How to become a certified volunteer naturalist PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 25 January 2014 11:13
For those with a strong interest of the natural surroundings, a desire to sharpen their outdoor interpretation skills and a willingness to share their knowledge with others, they may wish to consider becoming a Wood County Park District Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN).
Beginning in early April, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist training will be offered for residents of Wood County and surrounding areas. The OCVN program is a volunteer program which provides an extensive course in the natural sciences in exchange for a donation of volunteer hours to share your skills and knowledge with others through OCVN sponsored activities. The Wood County OCVN program is a cooperative venture between Ohio State University Extension Wood County, and the Wood County Park District.
4-H club news (1-22-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:41
Lucky Charms

On Jan. 12, the Lucky Charms 4-H Club convened for officer elections. Dana Kleman was elected president; Meredith Schultz, vice president/treasurer; Keira Miller secretary/news reporter; Analisa Bihary, health and safety officer; and Duncan Schultz and Avalyn Bihary, recreation officers.
4-H Advisors Amy Hoops and Nada Miller led the club in activities to learn about healthy snacks. Members learned about the five food groups, and categorized their favorite snacks as a fruit, vegetable, grain, protein, dairy, or junk food. For recreation, members played "Button, Button, Who Has the Button," and "Snack Tag," a variation of Freeze Tag, in which members had to shout a healthy snack to avoid being frozen.
January is National Thank-you Month; to celebrate, members signed thank-you cards the Wood County Commissioners, Senator Gardner, Representative Brown, and Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, where they meet. The Lucky Charms realizes that 4-H would not be possible without their support. They would also like to extend their thanks to all 4-H advisors.
The Lucky Charms will have officer installations at their next meeting, which will be Sunday at the church.
County Farmers Union looked forward and backward at its annual meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Farm Editor   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:42
NORTH BALTIMORE - While one of the major topics of the annual meeting of the Wood County Farmers Union was Senate Bill 150 (see related story, beginning on page 1), there were various other things addressed at the meeting held at the Iron Skillet Restaurant in North Baltimore.
At the meeting Julie Baumgarner, the Wood County recorder, was a featured speaker. She updated those in attendance with some of the latest news from the Wood County offices, not just her office. She noted how she has seen the economy moving ahead slowly with some modest improvement in housing sales.
"The economy is getting better as we are seeing some building," Baumgarner said noting one new housing development going up. That is a trend which she has not seen for many years.
She also shared services provided to veterans by her office in regard to filing and accessing discharge papers.
One of the Farmers Union members, Karen Wood, gave a well-received presentation on the history of the Farmers Union, which included information on the national, state and local offices.
WSWCD conference set (1-22-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:41
P-test looks at phosphorous
The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a three-part series on agricultural nutrient management titled "Can You Pass Your 'P' Test?"
"P" is the commonly used abbreviation for phosphorous in the agricultural community. The first meeting is Tuesday, where Nathan Wright from Geophyta will be presenting on "Soil Testing and Reading Your Results."
The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Wood SWCD office, 1616 E. Wooster St., Suite 32.
The second and third sessions will be Feb. 27 and March 25.
One hour of CCA credit is available. For questions and to RSVP please call 419-354-5517
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