Reineke knocked from unbeaten in DCML by Hagemyer Trucking

The Dick Clark Men’s League Basketball ended the Regular Season with a bang, as Reineke was knocked off their pedestal by Hagemyer Trucking, as the only undefeated team in the North Baltimore Men’s b-ball league. Reineke will end up tied for the Regular Season crown with Miller Insurance, both with an 8 – 1 record. The DCML Tournament will commence this Sunday (Jan. 4)

The Dick Clark Men’s League Basketball ended the Regular Season with a bang, as Reineke was knocked off their pedestal by Hagemyer Trucking, as the only undefeated team in the North Baltimore Men’s b-ball league. Reineke will end up tied for the Regular Season crown with Miller Insurance, both with an 8 – 1 record. The DCML Tournament will commence this Sunday (Jan. 4)

Final standings:

Miller Insurance 8 – 1
Reineke 8 – 1
Gerdeman Insurance 5 – 4
Wymer’s Impact Cleaning 5 – 4
Casey’s Sales 4 – 5
Hagemyer Trucking 3 – 6
Patterson Sanitation 3 – 6
Mak & Ali’s 0 – 9

Here are the results for the last week of the regular season for Dick Clark’s Men’s League!

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We will be posting the brackets for the tournament, which begin on January 4.

DCML Basketball League Results – Week 7 (Dec. 21)

Due to the Christmas Holiday, the results for Week 7 (Dec. 21), of the Dick Clark Basketball League, here in North Baltimore, were delayed. They are now presented here:

Due to the Christmas Holiday, the results for Week 7 (Dec. 21), of the Dick Clark Basketball League, here in North Baltimore, were delayed. They are now presented here:

DCML Dec. 21

Photo Gallery: Holiday happenings around the NB Area

You never know for sure what kind of events or happenings or projects will be happening in the North Baltimore, Ohio area. With the holidays upon us, we take note with photos of some of the possibly slightly different or unique events that we happen across from time to time.

You never know for sure what kind of events or happenings or projects will be happening in the North Baltimore, Ohio area. With the holidays upon us, we take note with photos of some of the possibly slightly different or unique events that we happen across from time to time.

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Tiger Boys can’t handle Lima Perry

Lima Perry came to The Jungle at North Baltimore High School Saturday evening, for some non-conference hoops. The Tigers couldn’t erase a big half-time deficit, falling 80 – 71.

Lima Perry came to The Jungle at North Baltimore High School Saturday evening, for some non-conference hoops. The Tigers couldn’t erase a big half-time deficit, falling 80 – 71.

Perry opened up a 17 point lead, 46 to 29, lead at the half, but the Tigers tried to battle back, out scoring LP 42 – 34 in the 2nd half.

Chad Wright led NB with a game high 29 points, as he also grabbed 7 rebounds; Sean Watson scored 13 points. Lane Bishop scored 8 points, along with 4 steals and 4 assists.

Levi Newcomer scored 5 points, Noah Brian and Dekek McMahan each scored 6 points; Skylar Montgomery  and Christian Richmond had 2 points each for NB.

NB slips to 2 – 3 (1 – 1 BVC)

Jared Poling scored 27 and Jakoby Lane-Harvey hit for 24 to lead Perry (3 – 3).

BBB Lima Perry Box score

 

Lima Perry won the Junior Varsity contest 39-18.

photos by Lindsay Ziegler

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Newcomer is going to shoot for “3”
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Wright battling inside for the score
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Bishop takes the ball on the fast break
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Adam Flores taking the ball to the basket
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Flores looking to hit from 3 – point land
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Carl Edwin Mercer, 85, NB

Carl Edwin Mercer, 85 of North Baltimore died at 10:36 a.m. on Friday, December 26, 2014 at his residence.

He was born in Weston on August 22, 1929 to the late Owen E. and Mae V. (Triggs) Mercer. On April 18, 1953 he married Phyllis Everly and she survives along with four children; Robert Otto (Terri) Mercer of Findlay, Carla Rush of North Baltimore, Deborah Mercer, BobbyJo (Johnny) Satterlee both of Findlay, daughter-in-law Cheryl Mercer of Findlay, sister Laverne Tolles of Weston, twelve grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. Carl was preceded in death by his son Terry Mercer and three brothers; Robert, Dale and Howard Mercer.

Carl worked for Food Town for many years. He also was the co-owner of Foodland in North Baltimore and worked part-time on the North Baltimore Police Department.

Carl was a member of the Van Buren United Methodist Church where he was a member of the Keepers Men’s Group. He was also a member of the North Baltimore Lions Club, the North Baltimore American Legion Post #539 and the Bowling Green Elks Lodge. Carl loved baseball and playing golf, but most of all he loved his family.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 29,2014 at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore and for one hour (10:00 – 11:00) prior to the service.

The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Charles Fuerstenau officiating. Burial will follow in New Maplewood Cemetery where full military rites will be conducted by the North Baltimore American Legion Post #539.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Van Buren United Methodist Church, the North Baltimore Historical Society or Bridge Home Health and Hospice. Condolences can be sent via www.coldrencrates.com.

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb)

On Sunday, December 28 “Christmas Isn’t Over” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore and St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb – Please Join us!

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb)

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

“Christmas Isn’t Over” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Sunday, December 28 at 10:15 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

“Christmas Isn’t Over” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Sunday, December 28 at 8:00 a.m. The “Youth Message” will include a variety of Christmas songs. Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. (a joint Sunday School with the McComb United Methodist Church).

Family Fundamentals: Take small steps to save on monthly bills

I have done a good job in 2014 about getting my spending under control. Now I’m looking at my monthly utility bills. What are some of the best ways to trim those costs?

Bills for electricy, gas, phones and water can add up significantly. So can trimming those costs, especially if you widen the scope to include Internet service and cable or satellite television.

Here are just a few ideas to help you begin cutting costs:

  • If you don’t already have one, install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to automatically adjust heat and cool settings to use less energy when you’ll be away from the house, whether it’s during working hours or when you’re away on vacation, and still make sure the house is at a comfortable temperature when you get home. The U.S. Department of Energy says you can save 5 to 15 percent a year on your energy bill using a programmable thermostat. But the trick is to know how to use it: A 2003 study by Carrier, which makes such thermostats, found that more than half of the people who owned them never used the programmable features.
  • Consider getting a home energy audit. A professional can determine if your home has air leaks and needs additional caulking or insulation, and can also provide other guidance. In the past few years, utility companies have offered such audits at a reasonable cost, but those programs may be drawing to a close. Check now with your home heating utility to find out if the service is available. But beware of scams. Someone coming to your door offering a free audit could be a con.
  • Replace regular incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, LEDs or halogen incandescents and you’ll save between 25 and 80 percent in your lighting costs, according to the energy department.
  • To reduce your water bill, be aware that small steps add up. Take shorter showers; run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full; don’t let the water run when hand-washing dishes or brushing your teeth. Outdoors, consider getting a rain barrel to water the garden with during the summer.
  • Study your cable/satellite TV charges and determine if you can sign up for a lower-cost basic plan. Contact your provider to find out if there are any special deals you can sign up for to reduce your bill. If there are certain shows you don’t want to miss, you may be able to watch them through DVD rental or a streaming service for less money. Ask friends and family what they use for television viewing, and if they’re satisfied with the service and the cost.
  • Similarly, check your phone and Internet service. Are there less expensive options you can choose? As with television service, you may be able to cut your bill by talking with a customer service agent with your provider.

Family Fundamentals is a monthly column on family issues. It is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Family Fundamentals, c/o Martha Filipic, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1044, or filipic.3@osu.edu.

Reineke Family Dealerships present check to West Ohio Food Bank

Hunger hurts year round, but during the holidays it is especially painful. It’s vital that we, as a nation, provide as much support as possible to help battle food insecurity. More than 49 million Americans, including 16 million children, are unsure of where their next meal will come from.

Hunger hurts year round, but during the holidays it is especially painful. It’s vital that we, as a nation, provide as much support as possible to help battle food insecurity. More than 49 million Americans, including 16 million children, are unsure of where their next meal will come from.

West Ohio Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, provides food and supplies to more than 214 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters throughout 11 counties in Western Ohio. In 2013 WOFB served 633,057 people in the 11 county region, making a huge impact on hungry families.

Demand for hunger relief services increases year after year and that is why Reineke Family Dealerships, for the past four years, have teamed up with the Food Bank to help bring in large quantities of food over the Holiday season. With the help of our employees and customers, Reineke Family Dealerships were able to donate 40,000 meals (200,000 pounds of food) to the hungry in Western Ohio.

Members of the Reineke family and staff present the check for $5k
Members of the Reineke family and staff present the check for $5k

Santa visits Powell Elementary

Santa Claus visited Powell Elementary on Thursday, December 18, 2014. His visit included the Preschool where he listened to what the students wanted for Christmas.

Santa Claus visited Powell Elementary on Thursday, December 18, 2014. His visit included the Preschool where he listened to what the students wanted for Christmas.

Their gift to him was a song they had learned that was about his favorite reindeer. This is the land of true believers!

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Not “Naughty” students rewarded

Students who have not been “naughty” but instead have been nice and behaved themselves at school were rewarded by their principal, Scott Lockwood, on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

Mr. Lockwood provided a combination of four bounce houses for students to enjoy. Those students who had less than ten discipline demerits for the first semester were given thirty minutes to jump and enjoy right before the semester break. It was a great way to end the first semester and celebrate a winter vacation.

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USDA Releases APH Yield Exclusion Resources to Help Farmers Manage Risk

The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced program details related to a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. Information made available today includes eligible crops, crop years, and counties where producers are eligible to exclude certain yields under the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, a fact sheet, and a list of frequently asked questions.

Eligible Counties and Exclusion Years for New Crop Insurance Option Announced

 WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2014 – The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced program details related to a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. Information made available today includes eligible crops, crop years, and counties where producers are eligible to exclude certain yields under the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, a fact sheet, and a list of frequently asked questions.

The APH Yield Exclusion will be available in the actuarial documents beginning in the 2015 crop year for spring planted corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, barley, canola, sunflowers, peanuts, and popcorn. It will allow eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on their insurance policies through the federal crop insurance program.

“APH Yield Exclusion will provide additional options to producers who have suffered from devastating natural disasters,” said RMA Administrator Brandon Willis. “The resources made available today will help eligible producers get the most benefit out of the new protections created in the 2014 Farm Bill.”

Under the new Farm Bill program, yields can be excluded from farm actual production history when the actuarial documents provide that the county average yield for that crop year is at least 50 percent below the 10 previous consecutive crop years’ average yield.

 

The APH Yield Exclusion allows farmers to exclude yields in exceptionally bad years (such as a year in which a natural disaster or other extreme weather occur) from their production history when calculating yields used to establish their crop insurance coverage. The amount of insurance available to a farmer is based on the farmer’s average historical yields. In the past, a year of particularly low yields that occurred due to severe weather beyond the farmer’s control would reduce the amount of insurance available to the farmer in future years. By excluding unusually bad years, farmers will not have to worry that a natural disaster will reduce their amount of insurance for years to come.

Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. Producers should contact a local crop insurance agent for more information about the program or visit www.rma.usda.gov/news/currentissues/farmbill/index.html. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers or on the RMA website at www.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents/.

Today’s announcement was made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The 2014 Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

Photo Gallery – ‘Breakfast with Santa’ at Petro Travel Mall/Iron Skillet Restaurant

The Petro Iron Skillet Restaurant held Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 20, at the stopping mall on I – 75 at State Route 18.

The Petro Iron Skillet Restaurant held Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 20, at the stopping mall on I – 75 at State Route 18.

The Traveler’s Mall offers the Iron Skillet Restaurant, as well as a Travel Store, fuel and a Taco Bell Express and Pizza Hut Express.

The facility is neat, clean, safe and well maintained for those who travel, but also for locals looking for a meal or a snack.