The World Animal Foundation of Vermilion, Ohio is encouraging Vermilion residents and visitors to leave baby animals alone.
Each spring there are baby animals in nests and burrows all around us. Your children may find a fledgling bird or a baby rabbit and bring it home. If your child brings home some poor creature that has fallen from the nest or wandered away from its mother, the animal should be immediately returned to the same location from which it was taken.
More often than not, the mother is nearby. If you find a featherless baby bird that appears to have fallen from the nest, find the nest, and put the baby back. It is a myth that birds will abandon their babies because of human smell. Most birds have a very poor sense of smell. The parents will continue to care for the baby.
If you see that the nest has fallen on the ground with the babies, pick it up, place it and the babies in a small berry basket and nail the basket to a tree branch. You can also use a plastic bowl. If the nest came apart when it fell and the nesting material is scattered, gather up as much as you can, then line the berry basket or bowl with tissues before you put everything you picked up, and the babies, into the basket.
Birds very rarely abandon their babies. Even when you don't see the parents, if you hear the babies making sounds in the nest, then they are being cared for. Baby birds need to eat every 20 minutes. They would die very quickly without their parents to feed them. If you can still hear the babies making sounds hours after you return them to the nest, you will know that the parents are doing their job.
Sometimes young birds fly out of the nest before they are able to fly back again. A young bird that is completely covered with feathers does not need help and should never be picked up. These "fledgling" birds will hop into undergrowth for cover, where their parents will continue to feed and protect them until they are strong enough to fly, usually within a day or two.
Never allow your child to take eggs out of a nest. Put any they may bring home back in the nest they came from right away.
Baby mammals will also sometimes leave the nest or burrow, before they have learned to take care of themselves. They may have wandered away, while the mother was off foraging for food. She will find her baby when she returns. If the baby is in an unsafe location, like the middle of the road or in a parking lot, pick it up (use gloves) and place it in nearby vegetation.
Never handle a wild animal without gloves. Cute as they may be, even adorable babies may bite, especially if injured. Also, some animals carry parasites or diseases that can be transmitted to humans.
Turtles do sometimes need our help. If you see a turtle crossing a busy road where a car could hit it, use gloves and put it on the side of the road that it was heading. Turtles know where they are going. If you put a turtle back where it came from, it will just try to cross the road again. Don't put the turtle in water. Box turtles belong on dry land and can drown in only a few inches of water.
Children will often capture a frog for the fun of it. It is our job to teach our children that no animal should ever be caught and removed from its habitat. A captured animal teaches your child nothing but cruelty.
If you find a baby animal that appears obviously injured, using gloves, gently place the baby in a cardboard box, lined with a towel. Call a forest ranger or rehabber as soon as possible.
When to help mammals:
The mother has been removed, relocated or is dead.
The mother is injured.
The nest, burrow or den has been destroyed and the mother has not returned to move her young. (Give her a full 24 hours if possible. Mothers can carry only one baby at a time. Give her time to remove all her young before believing that she is not returning for those babies that still remain.)
The baby is in a dangerous place, (lying in water, in the road, wandering a parking lot, etc.)
We must teach our children that meddling in the natural process of life and death, however well meaning, should be avoided whenever possible.
Disco Inferno will perform at the Festival of the Fish on Friday, June 14th from 7 pm to 11 pm on the Main Stage in downtown Vermilion, Ohio (corner of Main and Ohio Streets.)
Disco Inferno is Sonny D. Lite, Joey "Hollywood" D. Lite, Bjorn Z. Free, and Rocky Bucacci. They are all a cast of professional entertainers from Perfect World Entertainment.
Disco Inferno was formed in 1995 after Sonny relocated from Southern California to the Cleveland, Ohio area. Sonny was an original member of the Boogie Knights, the band that started the disco band craze in 1992. Perfect World Entertainment was formed to manage the Boogie Knights and now has several disco bands worldwide under its management. Disco Inferno performs over 150 shows a year regionally and across the nation.
The City of Vermilion celebrates the Festival of the Fish Father's Day weekend, June 14 - June 16, 2019. Join in this celebration of the sea in downtown Vermilion with free, daily entertainment, kid’s games, food and marketplace, fireworks, and parades. Don't miss the lighted boat parade, pet parade, sand castle building contest, crazy craft race, Queens’s pageant, antique wooden boat parade and firefighters water fights.
On Friday young girls vie for the coveted title of guppy, princess, little miss and queen in one of the largest festival pageants in the county. Kids games take place at the gazebo. At noon the Midway opens with delicious foods and spectacular craft vendors. The pet parade steps off at 12:30 pm. The princess pageant begins at 2:30 pm with the opening ceremonies following at 6:00 pm. The Queens Pageant begins at 6:30 pm.
On Saturday the day kicks off with a 5 K run and 1 – mile walk sponsored by the YMCA, and a sand castle contest at Main Street Beach. Crazy craft races take place at 1 pm on the Vermilion River. The event is open to all, so all you need is a little imagination to build whatever vessel inspires you. The annual lighted boat parade sails at dusk on the Vermilion River. Enjoy the wonderful boats as they move from the Port Authority docks to the break wall.
On Sunday, the annual Father’s Day Parade steps off at 12:30 pm. Don’t miss the wet and wild firefighters water fight immediately following the parade.
Food, entertainment, vendors, games and beverages are offered each day beginning at noon in and around Victory Park. Live entertainment is offered nightly on the main stage.
Brought to you by the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call (440) 967-4477, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.vermilionohio.com.
Fruit trees can offer more return on effort than anything else in the garden. A single apple tree can produce up to 500 apples each season. Several fruit trees can offer 8 months of fruit for your family. Growing your own fruit saves you money, and ensures your fruit isn't laced with toxic chemicals.
The World Animal Foundation of Vermilion, Ohio offers these tips for planting fruit trees:
Fruit trees can be planted in early spring or in fall and are available in two options: bare-root and in containers. Bare-root trees are common through online and mail-order sources. They are usually less expensive, and there is a greater variety available then containerized trees from a local nursery. When ordered, they are lifted from the ground at the nursery, the soil washed from the roots, then wrapped in moist peat or a similar material to keep them from drying out. Bare-root trees must be planted while dormant in late winter or early spring.
Containerized trees, usually purchased from local nurseries, are fully rooted in a pot and are available for a greater period of time spring through summer. Only the most popular varieties are usually available. Being established, they are easier to grow.
Fruit trees do best in full sun. Most need well-drained soil, though apples, plums and pears are more tolerant of poor drainage. Some fruit trees are self-pollinating, others require another variety to pollinate. Ask the nursery about the pollinating requirements for your trees.
Plant bare-root trees as soon as possible. Soak the roots in a bucket of water for a few hours before planting. Keep containerized trees well watered until planted. Dig holes twice as wide as the roots to help roots grow easily. The depth of the hole should be as deep, but not deeper, than the roots. Compost can be mixed into the hole if the soil is poor, but don't fertilize new fruit trees. Spread the roots out in the hole and tamp the soil around them firmly. Water thoroughly when first planted, then whenever the top 2 inches of soil are dry.
Fruit trees need an open shape to receive sufficient sunlight. They can be pruned when first planted, and each year in late winter before new growth begins. Remove any crossing, dead or diseased branches to create an open tree. Bare-root trees are usually pruned before you receive them, sometimes with all branches removed.
When fruit begins to appear, remove some of the fruit to ensure larger, better fruit growth. In early and late spring, each year, you can fertilize established fruit trees...though if they are doing well on their own, fertilizing may not be necessary.
Learn to use Kanopy, the new on-demand, video streaming service at hands-on classes at Ritter Public Library on Tuesday, May 28 at 3 pm and Wednesday, June 5 at 7 pm. Called “a garden of cinematic delights” by the New York Times, it offers thousands of film-festival favorites and indie and classic films.
It's different from Netflix - and it's free with your Ritter card.
Ritter Public Library is located at 5680 Liberty Avenue in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.
The monthly average water level on Lake Erie for 2019 is now nearing record levels set in May of 1986, according to the National Weather Service. This spring has brought very saturated conditions to much of the Great Lakes region. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers May report, precipitation across the Lake Erie basin was at 137% of average for April. Lake Erie is forecast to reach it’s annual peak during the month of May.
Water levels fluctuate on seasonal, monthly, and daily time scales. Seasonal and monthly water level averages are driven by the amount of water flowing into and out of the Great Lakes (via precipitation into the lakes or surrounding watersheds or evaporation). On time scales of days or even hours, meteorological conditions can lead to locally varying water levels. This can pose a threat to life and property from lakeshore flooding and beach and shore erosion.
Recently, the combination of the lake level running above normal and elevated winds, local surges in water levels have impacted coastal communities. The National Weather Service is responsible for alerting these communities of threats to life and/or property and this includes the issuance of Lakeshore Flood Warnings.
Flooding from a localized rise in lake level can cause road closures, flood water damage to businesses and homes, cause marinas and beaches to be inaccessible, and produce significant property/shore erosion. While recent flooding has been focused on the western lakeshore, these impacts can also take place across any part of the lakeshore with the right meteorological and lake level conditions.
The National Weather Service is working closely with local emergency managers to relay impacts from the lakeshore flooding.
Vermilion Arts Guild celebrates the opening of their "Spring into Summer" Art Show. Join in an evening of fine art, refreshments and fellowship. Meet the artists. The Opening Reception of "Spring Into Summer Art Show" takes place on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Main Street Vermilion, 685 Main Street in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.
Art and creativity play an important part in historic downtown Vermilion. The Main Street Vermilion Arts Guild inspires and encourages artistic expression through their members—all local artists and craftsmen who display their work at the gallery inside the Main Street Vermilion Building at 685 Main Street. The gallery features watercolors and acrylics, photography, original jewelry, woodworking, ceramics and pottery and more and changes with each approaching season.
During show dates, The Vermilion Arts Guild Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 12 pm to 4 pm and Saturday-Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm. Look for these special shows featuring original works of arts from local artists and fine craftsmen. Shows change seasonally.
Birds in Art Show: April 27 - May 19
Spring into Summer Show: May 25 - July 7
Sea and Shore Art Show: July 13 - September 8
Nature's Bounty Art Show: September 14 - November 3
Holiday Art Show and Sale: November 9 - December 22
For more information, visit www.mainstreetvermilion.org.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the National Safe Boating Council are kicking off the annual Safe Boating Campaign the weekend before Memorial Day with National Safe Boating Week held May 18-24, with important safety reminders for Vermilion, Ohio boaters as the busy boating season gears up.
“Don’t just have your life jacket close by, wear it,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “If an accident occurs and you suddenly end up overboard, a life jacket will help keep your head above water and could save your life.”
State of Ohio statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of the death in 50 percent of all boating fatalities in 2018. Of those, 75 percent were reported as not wearing their life jackets. The Wear It Ohio campaign encourages Vermilion boaters and water enthusiasts alike to always wear a life jacket when in or around water!
“We are excited to join forces with partners around the world to encourage everyone to wear a life jacket when on the water and always boat responsibly because the best boating experience is a safe boating experience,” said Peg Phillips, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council.
National Safe Boating Week kicks off with Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day on Friday, May 17. This annual event is a fun, educational way to heighten life jacket awareness and highlight the various styles of life jackets available. Vermilion boating enthusiasts are encouraged to wear their life jacket to work, snap a picture and share their photo on social media using the hashtags #LifeJacket2Work and #SafeBoating.
The Safe Boating Campaign reminds Vermilion boaters to follow these safety tips:
Take a boating safety course.
Wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.
Watch the weather.
No distracted boating.
Travel at safe speeds.
Never boat under the influence.
Have more than one communication device that works when wet.
Many gardeners grow perennial plants and flowers, enjoying their ornamental beauty year after year. But did you know there are a variety of perennial vegetables that can also be planted once and enjoyed for years to come? They are also among the healthiest veggies and are an inexpensive, one-time purchase.
Easy-to-grow perennial vegetables offer a healthy food source that comes back year after year. Here is a list of 10 perennial veggies from the World Animal Foundation of Vermilion, Ohio:
Scarlet Runner Beans: Scarlet runner beans are grown as ornamentals and are also edible as green beans and dried beans. The flowers are edible too, when cooked.
Sea Kale: Sea Kale is ornamental and the shoots, young leaves and flowers are edible.
Sorrel: Sorrel is an herb with tart, lemon-flavored leaves used in salads, soups, and sauces.
Jerusalem Artichoke: Jerusalem artichoke underground tubers can be eaten raw or cooked like potatoes.
Groundnut: Groundnut is a 6-foot vine with high-protein tubers that taste like nuttyflavored potatoes.
Bunching or Egyptian Onions: These onions continue to produce new onions even after being harvested.
Ostrich Fern: Ostrich ferns are ornamental and delicious.
Ramps or Wild Leeks: Ramps are an onion with edible leaves and bulbs.
Daylilies: Daylilies are primarily grown as ornamentals, and are common in the wild, but the flowers are also delicious in salads or battered and fried.
Good King Henry: Good King Henry is a European spinach with tasty shoots, leaves and flowers.
Third Thursdays kicked off the 2019 season in downtown Vermilion on May 16 with dozens of musicians performing live. Vermilion has become known throughout the region for its fabulous Third Thursday Music, Flowers & A Sunset concerts which take place May through September with an exciting array of free musical entertainment scattered throughout Harbour Town. Many local musicians provide music, including rock, jazz, pop, country, oldies, ethnic, gospel and much more! Mark the third Thursdays on your calendar - May through September - for Vermilion's Third Thursdays. It is a celebration of music, flowers and a sunset in beautiful Vermilion, Ohio brought to you by the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is warning Vermilion, Ohio residents about the risk for tick bites as they get more active in the Vermilion area during the spring and summer seasons. Officials are asking Vermilion residents to educate themselves on different species and how to protect yourself.
While ticks are present in Vermilion year-round, residents and visitors are most at risk during late spring and summer when the nymphs and adults are most active. Ticks can be found in long grass and wooded areas where they wait to latch onto a host that brushes past them. They can detect breath, body odor, body heat, and vibrations to sense when a host is nearby. Once a tick attaches itself, it may spend several hours or days feeding. Although ticks may attach themselves anywhere on your body, the underarms, waist, head, and legs are common locations to find them.
How to protect yourself:
Know when and where to expect ticks. (Blacklegged ticks are found in the woods; dog ticks are in grassy areas and road edges.)
Use repellents according to labels.
Tuck your pants into your socks and boots and tuck your shirt into your pants.
Check yourself, family, and companion animals regularly and remove ticks immediately.
Use anti-tick products on your animals.
Ask your veterinarian about Lyme vaccines for companion animals.
Create a tick-safe zone in your yard.
Ticks & Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is caused by an infection with a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. In Ohio, B. burgdorferi is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis.
Lyme disease cases are increasing in Ohio as the range of blacklegged tick populations continues to expand in the state and encounters with this tick occur more frequently, particularly in the forest habitats preferred by this tick, according to the Ohio Department Of Health.
Most humans are infected through the bites of immature ticks calls nymphs. Nymphs are tiny (less than 2 mm) and difficult to see; they feed during the spring and summer months. Adult ticks can also transmit Lyme disease bacteria, but they are much larger and are more likely to be discovered and removed before they have had time to transmit the bacteria. Adult blacklegged ticks are most active during the cooler months of the year.
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites. If you find a tick on your body, remove it quickly to reduce the risk of contracting Lyme disease. See a healthcare provider if you do get sick. Early diagnosis and treatment are important in fighting Lyme disease.
The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce members and Board of Directors joined Mayor James Forthofer and Miss Vermilion 2018/2019 Morgan Bennett in welcoming Jim's Pizza Box to Vermilion, Ohio with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday.
Jim West Jr. did the honor of cutting the ribbon, while co-owner Mike Watson was also present. Miss Vermilion Morgan Bennett put her stamp of approval on their delicious pizza.
Jim's Pizza Box is located at 4503 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, Ohio. The restaurant opened following major renovations to the building previously housing Sloopy's. The renovations included a wrap around 18 seat bar, a main feature of the new Jim's Pizza Box. Locally owned and operated, the family business offers pizza, pasta, sandwiches, homemade soups, and comfort food specials.
Owners are Jim West Jr., Adam Zadell and Mike Watson. Ben Washburn handles operations.
The spring season has arrived, offering many opportunities for Vermilion residents and visitors to help protect young wildlife. Each year, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife offers this simple advice: enjoy wildlife from a distance and leave young animals alone. Wild animals are born to live their lives in the wild, and sometimes good intentions can hurt their chances of survival.
A young wild animal’s best chance for survival is with the mother. Most wildlife taken in by people do not survive, except when handled by specially-trained personnel. In many cases, a young animal collected by a human was not lost or abandoned, but was simply waiting for a parent to return.
Many adult wild animals will leave their young alone while they forage for food or to divert the attention of predators away from their vulnerable young, especially during daylight hours. In the case of white-tailed deer, a doe will hide her young from predators by leaving him alone in a secluded spot, such as a grassy meadow or a flower bed. A hidden fawn has virtually no scent, and when the fawn is left alone, they are difficult for predators to find. The doe is usually nearby and will tend to the fawn at night.
Baby birds that have fallen from their nests are one of the most common wildlife species that are removed from the wild by humans. Contrary to popular belief, human scent will not prevent the parents from returning to care for their young. Individuals should return baby birds back to their nests and walk away so the parents can continue to feed the birds without fear of humans.
If individuals find a young animal that is visibly injured or clearly in severe distress and may need assistance, visit wildohio.gov/staywild before taking any action. Specific information for commonly encountered wildlife species is available to help guide people on how to best help the animal.
State and federal laws protect and regulate wildlife in Ohio, and only specially trained and licensed wildlife rehabilitators, with special permits issued by the Division of Wildlife, may possess and care for native wild animals. These laws are in place for the benefit of humans as well as wild animals.
To further protect young and vulnerable wild animals, keep companion animals under control so they do not raid nests or injure wild animals. Also, remember to keep your animals inoculated against parasites and diseases before venturing out this spring.
Be on the lookout for turtles on the roadway, especially during the months of May and June when turtles are looking for nesting sites. If it is safe, individuals can help a turtle cross the road. Move them in the direction in which they are traveling. However, do not make a wild turtle your pet! Removing turtles from their home can cause stress and make them sick. Understand that wild animals are born to live their lives in the wild – not in a house or cage.
Contact a local wildlife official before taking action. Call 800-WILDLIFE (800-945-3543) or visit wildohio.gov/staywild to connect with the proper individuals and to read about species-specific guidance. Human intervention is always a wild animal’s last hope for survival, never its best hope.
Vermilion In Bloom (VIB) is in need of volunteers to help water the hanging baskets in Vermilion this summer. It usually takes volunteers three hours to water, beginning early in the morning. Volunteers can help out every week, once per month or even once a summer.
The dedication of the watering volunteers is what keeps the flowers in Vermilion looking amazing all summer long. It is a fun activity to do with a friend. Vermilion In Bloom is always looking for subs as well. If you belong to a church or civic organization or social club that is looking for a community service project, consider volunteering for VIB.
The dates that need to be filled on the VIB watering schedule are as follows:
Weekends (Saturday or Sunday morning): the first weekend in June, July, August, September and October; the third weekend in June, July, August, September; the fifth weekend in June; the fifth weekend in August.
Week Days: Monday, July 29; Monday, September 30; Tuesday, July 30; Thursday, August 29; Friday, May 31; Friday, August 30.
To volunteer, contact Tina Swinehart at email@example.com, or call the Main Street Vermilion office at (440) 963-0772.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding all Vermilion, Ohio motorists to Share the Road with motorcyclists.
With thousands of deaths each year, motorcyclists are significantly overrepresented in traffic crashes and fatalities. In fact, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 27 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash, and 5 times more likely to be injured. It is essential that vehicle drivers pay complete attention on the roads: Even the smallest momentary lapse in a vehicle driver’s awareness can result in the death of an unseen motorcyclist.
Vermilion vehicle drivers are urged to keep an eye out for motorcyclists and to always remember to Share the Road. It can be easy to overlook a motorcycle due to their smaller size. For this reason, it’s all the more vital to put forth extra effort in keeping watch.
Motorcyclists are urged to always wear a helmet. Just like motorists buckling their seat belts, using a helmet can drastically increase survival rates in the event of a vehicle crash.
Tips for Motorists
Because vehicle drivers control a much larger machine, it is imperative that they keep close watch for motorcyclists who may be riding nearby. Drivers may follow these tips to prevent a fatal crash with a motorcycle:
Though a motorcycle is a small vehicle, its operator still has the same rights of the road as any other motorist. Allow the motorcycle the full width of a lane at all times.
Always use a turn signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful: motorcycle signals are often non-canceling and the motorcyclist could have forgotten to turn it off. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
Always allow more follow distance — three to four seconds — when behind a motorcycle. This gives them more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
Never drive distracted or impaired.
Tips for Motorcyclists
At the same time, motorcyclists must take extra precautions to guard against drivers who may not see them. Motorcyclists may follow these tips to prevent a fatal crash with a vehicle:
Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear.
Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed.
Use hand and turn signals at every lane change or turn.
Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective tape to increase visibility.
Ride in the middle of the lane where you will be more visible to drivers.
View the live webcam overlooking Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. You can access the live feed 24 hours a day from mainstreetvermilion.org or discoververmilion.org and watch activity on the beach, the lake and in the harbor, storms, sailboat racing, Third Thursdays and more.
The live webcam is a project of Main Street Vermilion and was provided by Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands. The City of Vermilion and Dale Reising assisted in making it operational.
The City of Vermilion Police Department is currently accepting registrations for this year's Safety Town. Safety Town is June 10-21st.
Registration forms are available at schools and at the police department. They can also be requested by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Safety Town is a ten-day class in safety education open to all children who will be attending kindergarten. Under guidance, they practice and experience “real life” situations before being confronted with the situation in their life.
Instruction includes pedestrian, motorist, bus, fire railroad crossing, bicycle, toy, playground, drug, and general home safety, as well as a field trip to the police station.
Safety Town is actually a miniature town built to the scale of a small child and has buildings, streets, sidewalks, crosswalks, vehicles, traffic signs, and a traffic light. It is in the small town where the children practice what they learn in our classrooms.
Hear stories of the infamous Fourth of July flood when local residents Mario and Tim Rini speak at a special program at Ritter Public Library Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. They were there in 1969 when the flood struck the Olympic Outing Club on the banks of the river. Hear their stories of shock and rescue and see pictures of the mayhem.
Stories, photos and other mementoes of that epic day in Vermilion history are being collected and preserved by the library in partnership with the Vermilion Area Archival Society and the Vermilion History Museum. If you have a story to share, call (440) 967-3798 or email email@example.com.
Local residents Eileen Bulan and Anne Maiden are hosting a potluck that is open to the public at the Vermilion Boat Club Sunday, July 7. You're invited to reminisce about the flood. Bring your stories and photos and a dish to share.