Tiger boys fall to Findlay Liberty-Benton in BVC play

The Eagles of Findlay Liberty-Benton (official OHSAA name designation) came to The Jungle on the campus of North Baltimore High School for the first time in many years, for some varsity basketball. It was a sloppy game from the start, with lots of whistles and plenty of foul shots.

The Tigers came out flat, with the their leading scorer Chad Wright getting into early foul trouble, attempting to block shots, then taking a seat on the bench. L –  B looked like they could pour it on, with a pressure defense, but didn’t, and the Tigers were down just six after the first quarter.

It was  much the same in the 2nd quarter, with players from both teams being whistled for more fouls. NB was able to keep pace as Sean Watson was hitting his shots, picking up the scoring slack for the Tigers. Watson hit 7 of his game high 24 points, to keep it relatively close going into the half, 30 – 23.

In the 3rd quarter L – B tried to get off to a quick start, wanting to bury the NB boys, but the Tigers had some tenacity of their own, outscoring the Eagles 18 – 17, behind the continued hot shooting by Watson.

Early in the 4th, NB tried to cut into the six point lead, but missed some key opportunities to challenge FLB, who hit foul shot down the stretch to pick up the 14 point win.

Watson led NB with the 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Chad Wright added 11 points and 8 rebounds; Lane Bishop had 4 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists; Derek McMahon scored 8 points; Levi Newcomer and Noah Brian scored 3 points each; Christian Richmond had 2 assists.





NB falls to 2 – 2 overall, 1 – 1 in the BVC.

FLB was led by Jon Dager with 16 points and 5 rebounds. They improved to 2 – 1 and 2- 0 BVC.

FLB won the Junior Varsity contest 59 – 22.

Memorial Donations Given to North Baltimore Public Library

The lastest list for November 2014…

Here is the latest list of memorials presented to the NB Public Library:

Picture Perfect Parties: Annette Joseph’s Stylish Solutions for Entertaining

In Memory of: Jo Kelley

Given by: Jim & Pat Gerdeman & Joanne Gerdeman

Small, Medium and Large

In Memory of Miss Kathy

Given by: Miss Cheryl

The Family of Jesus

In Memory of: Ron Switzer

Given By: Tony, Angie, Jackie, Jenna, and Joel Swartz

Puppy’s First Christmas

In Memory of: Ron Switzer

Given By: Tony, Angie, Jackie, Jenna, and Joel Swartz

Somewhere Angels

In Memory of: Braylyn Mareches

Given By: Kenny and Betty Stemen and Family

James and the Giant Peach

In Memory of: Braylyn Mareches

Given By: Kenny and Betty Stemen and Family


The Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook

In Memory of: Jo Kelley

Given By: John and Nancy Sponsler

Remembering Elvis 30 years later

In Memory of: Phillip Carl Bucher

Given By: Rick Mays

Little House in the Big Woods (book on CD)

In Memory of: Stephen Cram

Given By: Cheryl Heilman

Little House on the Prarie (book on CD)

In Memory of: Stephen Cram

Given By: Cheryl Heilman

“What I Want For Christmas”

A devotion written by Pastor Ralph J. Mineo, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

Christmas Carols are basically hymns or songs which tell the basic spiritual message of Christmas, that Jesus was God born as a human being into our world. Over the centuries, Christmas Carols were used as part of worship, and could even be heard in the cities and towns, as church-goers would travel to share the story of Christmas to friends, family, and virtually anyone in the community. Many church groups still go Christmas Caroling.

As I type this short devotion, I just finished caroling with a group of church members. We went to nursing homes, homes of some church members, and even sang to a member over the phone. I love this time because it’s really a spiritual, uplifting experience to see the joy in the eyes of so many! Tonight, I greeted someone I know, who is in the local nursing home. She is suffering from Alzheimer’s, but was receiving the music with joy. I put my arm around her shoulder and asked her to sing along with us. She smiled, and sang every single word of “The First Noel.” What a blessing it was to so clearly connect spiritually with a fellow believer who sometimes has trouble making connections!

We sang a couple dozen songs tonight including “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Two phrases kept jumping out at me (or rather into me) as we sang the hymns. They felt so important to the message we were conveying. From a verse of “Silent Night” was the phrase, “the dawn of redeeming grace.” It felt so amazing. Something new and amazing was dawning in the town of Bethlehem. And that new and amazing thing is grace that brings redemption, forgiveness, salvation to the people of God. That redeeming grace, I realized, has been placed within us by God. The spiritual darkness of the world could end with this new dawn! Singing those words tonight opened my soul in thanksgiving for what God is giving us. Grace. Redeeming grace.

The second phrase that I heard loudly and clearly tonight is from “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” In that carol is the phrase, “God and sinners reconciled.” That’s what I want for Christmas, more than any electronic device, more than any sweet and savory treat, more than any special meal. I want to be reconciled to God. And I want to be reconciled to the people of God around me. Reconciled. Forgiven. Loved. Spiritually connected.

Redeeming grace! Yes, really, this is what I want for this Christmas this year: redeeming grace and reconciliation with God and people. Any other gifts are fine, icing on the cake, so to speak, but they will mean so much more if I receive redeeming grace and reconciliation for Christmas! Let’s pray for these gifts for each other. May we all receive redeeming grace and reconciliation in the greatest possible measure!