To the editor: To the citizens of Walbridge:
Walbridge is celebrating its 100th year of incorporation in 2013. The Centennial Committee wishes to thank the citizens for coming out to our events. We had great weather and an exceptionally successful vintage baseball game and children’s baseball skill contests, topped off by a beautiful fireworks display last Saturday. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks sold for 25 cents each and many families were able to enjoy a family day out.
The committee wishes to thank Ken Gilsdorf, who took on most of the organization of the day’s events. A former CSX employee, member of the Centennial Committee and a Walbridge councilman, Ken was the point man for the fireworks and baseball game between the CSX (which is also celebrating 100 years in Walbridge) and Walbridge players.
Ken spent many hours and attended numerous meetings arranging the details for the events. The committee was also grateful that Ken was able to bring in Tony Mass, who had coached little league in Walbridge for 33 years, to be our honorary coach.
Having fallen into the job as president of this committee, I want to thank the hard-working committee members who stepped up to the plate for each of our events, including at fundraisers and the three-day Fourth of July event that was dampened by days of rainy weather.
This is a great group of people who volunteered hours and hours of their time selflessly for the good of the village. We are not done yet. There will be a quilt show at the VFW Sept. 21, a Halloween costume-judging contest in October, and more to wrap up the centennial year.
Souvenir booklets, centennial cookbooks, a Walbridge-Lake Alumni book, and t-shirts are still available. Visit the Walbridge Library for details.
Darlene Sigler Limmer
The right thing to do
To the editor: There is much discussion about the cause of algae blooms appearing in our state’s waterways.
Many factors contribute to the situation, including waste from failed sewer systems and urban-storm runoff. Phosphorus, contained in nutrients that farmers apply to crops, is another element that has been blamed for encouraging algae growth.
Ohio's farmers have invested more than $1 million in new research led by Ohio State University, matched with an additional $1 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to monitor nutrients entering waterways and identify farming practices that keep nutrients on the field.
The research is being conducted at 32 farms along watersheds throughout the state, including the Maumee River, Upper Scioto River and Grand Lake St. Marys. The findings will provide customized recommendations to help farmers make the best choices for the environment and their crops.
Meanwhile, farmers are taking serious action to improve our state’s waterways. Many employ the four “R’s” of nutrient management, applying the right type and amount of fertilizer at the right time and place.
Ohio grain farmers pride themselves as stewards of the land and continue to lead the charge for water improvement. We do this because we care for the land and because it is the right thing to do.
Brent Hostetler, President
The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association
Plain City, Ohio