Richard Edison Hogston, 63, NB

Richard Edison Hogston, 63, of North Baltimore, son of Rosalie Wolfe Hogston, deceased in February, 2011 and Edison Hogston, deceased in March, 2017, died at Briar Hill Health Campus, North Balimore, on Monday, November 13, 2017.  

Richard Edison Hogston, 63, of North Baltimore, son of Rosalie Wolfe Hogston, deceased in February, 2011 and Edison Hogston, deceased in March, 2017, died at Briar Hill Health Campus, North Balimore, on Monday, November 13, 2017.

Richard was born on June 1, 1954 and attended school in North Baltimore, and graduated with the class of 1973.  After graduation, he remained living with his parents until he entered Briar Hill Health Campus with his father in 2015.

Richard was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, United Methodist in North Baltimore.  He is survived by his Uncle, Dr. Ralph Haven Wolfe of North Baltimore and seven cousins who live elsewhere.

A private graveside service will be held in New Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore.  There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are being handled by SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore.

Richard very much appreciated being at Briar Hill and he and his Uncle Ralph are most grateful to the entire staff at Briar Hill who gave Richard superb care.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist and/or North Baltimore Public Library.

Online condolences may be expressed at

TODAY: NB Library Parking Lot Closed

Necessary for repairs on roof…………..

The North Baltimore Public Library parking lots will be closed for the morning and maybe into the afternoon. The library will remain open at this time. They are getting new AC Units on the roof and  need to close off the parking lot to get the crane and semi truck in.

Thank you for your understanding.

180th to Perform Night Flying

…….through Thurs., Nov. 16, weather permitting.

(Swanton, Ohio) – The Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct training flights at night beginning Mon., Nov. 13 through Thurs., Nov. 16, weather permitting.

Area residents may see or hear F-16 fighter jets taking off and landing until about 10:00 p.m. this week.

Training flights normally take place during daylight hours, but F-16 pilots and maintenance personnel are required to conduct night operations as part of their overall readiness training. The
180th Fighter Wing appreciates the continued support from the citizens of Ohio and Michigan as we continue to train in support of our mission.

For updated photos and videos of the 180FW visit:

Weinandy in Fostoria Booster All-Star Match

North Baltimore High School Volleyball was represented at the 24th annual Fostoria Athletic Boosters All-Star Volleyball Match last Sunday.

North Baltimore High School Volleyball was represented at the 24th annual Fostoria Athletic Boosters All-Star Volleyball Match last Sunday.

Representing the Tigers were player Katelyn Weinandy and coach Brooke Stover.

There were 64 players, from 36 area schools, competing in two matches, the East and West Gold teams and West and East Red all-star teams.

Here are the rosters and coaches for the Gold West All-Stars – Alyssa Jordan, Addy Lafferty, Olivia Griggs, Arlington; Kadalena Duran, Chloe Spoon, McComb; Lydia Reineke, Van Buren; Amanda Clymer, Madi Yeater, Vanlue; Katelyn Weinandy, North Baltimore; Emma Saltzman, Karly Rentz, Arcadia; Roni Risner, Cory-Rawson; Paige Fenstermaker, Kayla Ferguson, Pandora-Gilboa; Madison Robson, Emily Jones, Hardin Northern; Kierra Meyer, Emily Butler, Leipsic.

COACHES — Ashley Siefer, Pandora-Gilboa; Brooke Stover, North Baltimore.

fotos by Ferg

Katelyn is #5 knelling in the front row. Coach Stover is first on the left standing.
Katelyn bumps…

NB Police Seek Full-Time Officer – Deadline Friday

The Village of North Baltimore, Ohio is hiring a Full-time Police Officer – the deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 17!

The Village of North Baltimore, Ohio is hiring a Full-time Police Officer (Due to pending resignation).
This is an hourly, non-exempt full-time position.  The Village of North Baltimore offers a competitive compensation package including; Health Insurance, Comp Time, Sick Time, and paid Vacation.  Ohio Police and Fire Retirement system.
The Village also offers shift differential pay for night shifts.  Starting Salary is $15.56 hr. with step increases.
Qualifications:  No prior felony convictions, or misdemeanor convictions of a crime of theft or violence. Must be O.P.O.T.A. certified.
Applications are available in the North Baltimore Police Department, 203 North Main St. North Baltimore, Ohio  45872.
Resumes may be included, but will not substitute for a completed application.  ONLY COMPLETED APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  A full job description will be provided.
Applications will be accepted until 4:30pm on Friday November 17th, 2017.  (419)257-2181; email  AA.EEO.

Family-Focused Foods

Hearty meals to bring the family together………..

(Family Features) Gathering the family around the table with delicious, traditional meals is the ultimate combination for many home chefs like Catherine Lowe, winner of the 17th season of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”

Lowe, who partnered as a celebrity spokesperson with Bertolli to create this Roasted Garlic Marinara Braised Chicken with Linguine recipe, enjoys adding authenticity to the table with recipes that provide homemade taste and layers of flavor.

“I pride myself on my strong Italian roots,” Lowe said. “My dad taught me how to cook at a young age, and growing up, it was an event to make and enjoy dinner with his side of the family. It’s important for me to remember and celebrate that heritage.”

Full of hearty vegetables you can see and taste, and inspired by the simple goodness of Tuscan cooking, Bertolli Rustic Cut Pasta sauces help bring homemade flavor to your table. Offered in four varieties – Marinara with Traditional Vegetables, Spicy Marinara with Traditional Vegetables, Roasted Garlic Marinara with Garden Vegetables and Sweet Peppers with Portobello Mushrooms – it’s Lowe’s secret ingredient to helping make family meals more enjoyable.

Find more family-friendly recipes to bring everyone together at

Roasted Garlic Marinara Braised Chicken with Linguine

Recipe courtesy of Sean and Catherine Lowe
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Servings: 4-6

  • 23        ounces Bertolli Rustic Cut Roasted Garlic Marinara Sauce
  • 6-8       bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1          pound whole-wheat linguine
  • 8          ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1/2       cup small diced onion
  • 1/4       cup white wine (optional)
  • 3          ounces baby kale
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In 3-quart Dutch oven over medium heat, heat sauce. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add chicken, skin-side down, and cook 3-5 minutes, or until skin is crisp and deep golden-brown. Turn chicken over and cook 3-5 minutes until golden-brown on second side.
  4. Remove chicken from skillet, leaving fat in pan. Set aside skillet to be used later.
  5. Add chicken to sauce in Dutch oven in single layer, skin-side up, with skin just above surface of sauce. Cover and bake 40 minutes. Begin to boil water for pasta.
  6. Remove cover from Dutch oven and cook in oven 10 minutes.
  7. Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions. Drain.
  8. Heat reserved skillet and fat over medium-high heat; add cremini mushrooms and onions; saute until lightly browned. Deglaze with white wine, if desired, and cook until dry. Add kale to mushrooms and toss gently to wilt.
  9. Remove Dutch oven from oven and gently transfer chicken to large plate. Add pasta to sauce in Dutch oven and stir gently to coat.
  10. Place portion of pasta in pasta bowl and make well in middle. Spoon mushroom-kale mixture into center of well and top with one piece of chicken.
  11. Shave Parmesan cheese over dish to finish.
  12. Spoon polenta into serving dish and make a well in middle. Place mushroom-kale mixture in well. Top with marinara sauce and one piece of chicken.

Substitution: Portobello, shiitake or button mushrooms may be used in place of cremini mushrooms.

Tip: Serve with creamy polenta instead of pasta. In saucepan, combine 2 cups chicken stock, 2 cups milk, 2 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Bring to boil and whisk in 1 cup instant polenta and cook, while stirring, 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese and whisk to combine.

Grilled Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 2          tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2    cups (10 ounces) uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1          can (14 1/2 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1          jar (23 ounces) Bertolli Rustic Cut Spicy Marinara with Traditional Vegetables Sauce, divided
  • 6          ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2       cup (2 ounces) coarsely chopped smoked almonds
  • 1/2       cup chopped fresh mint, divided
  • 6          large red, yellow or orange bell peppers, top 1/2 inch removed and seeded
  1. Heat grill to high.
  2. In medium skillet on medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add pasta; cook and stir 2-3 minutes, or until light golden brown. Stir in broth and 1 cup sauce; bring to boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low; cover. Cook 4 minutes, or until pasta is al dente, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
  4. Stir in cheese, almonds and 1/4 cup mint. Brush outsides of peppers with remaining oil. Grill 4-6 minutes, or until crisp tender and lightly marked on all sides, turning frequently; cool slightly.
  5. Place peppers in center of 12-by-12-inch square of heavy duty foil. Bring sides of foil up and shape foil around each pepper, leaving tops open. Shape foil into stable base to secure peppers firmly. Keep upright while grilling.
  6. Fill each pepper with 1 tablespoon sauce and about 3/4 cup orzo mixture. Grill peppers 8-10 minutes, or until filling is heated through. Remove from foil. Warm remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining mint before serving with warmed sauce.
  7. To prepare peppers: Heat oven to 400° F. Prepare orzo mixture as directed but do not grill peppers. Fill raw peppers with orzo mixture and place on foil squares. Bring sides of foil up and seal tops to fully enclose each pepper.
  8. Arrange on rimmed baking sheet and bake 20-25 minutes, or until peppers are soft and filling is heated through.

Three-Cheese Farmstand Cups

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 2          cups cooked mini penne pasta
  • 1          cup small broccoli florets, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4       cup mascarpone cheese
  • 3          eggs, beaten
  • 1/2       cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1          jar (23 ounces) Bertolli Rustic Cut Sweet Peppers and Portobello Mushroom Sauce, divided
  • 1 1/2    cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4       cup chopped fresh basil
  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Divide penne pasta and broccoli evenly between 12 standard muffin cups sprayed with cooking spray. Whisk in mascarpone until smooth; gradually whisk in eggs.
  2. Stir in Parmesan, 2 cups sauce and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Spoon 1/4 cup egg mixture over pasta and broccoli in each cup; with spoon press filling down gently. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until set.
  3. Sprinkle tops with remaining mozzarella cheese halfway through bake time. Let stand 3 minutes before unmolding. Warm remaining sauce and serve over top of cups with basil.


The Most Dangerous Time to Drive

As we ‘Fall Back’ to Shorter Days, Take Extra Care on the Road………..

Shorter days, fatigue, compromised night vision, rush hour and impaired drivers all contribute to making driving at night more dangerous than any other time of day. In fact, the risk of a fatal crash is three times greater at night, according to National Safety Council research.

  • Darkness

    When Daylight Saving Time ended ( for 2017, that was on Sunday, Nov. 5) – many people will find themselves spending more time driving in the dark. Depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision can be compromised in the dark, and the glare of headlights from an oncoming vehicle can temporarily blind a driver.

    Even with high-beam headlights on, visibility is limited to about 500 feet (250 feet for normal headlights) creating less time to react to something in the road, especially when driving at higher speeds.

    What should you do to combat darkness?

    • Aim your headlights correctly, and make sure they’re clean
    • Dim your dashboard
    • Look away from oncoming lights
    • If you wear glasses, make sure they’re anti-reflective
    • Clean the windshield to eliminate streaks
    • Slow down to compensate for limited visibility and reduced stopping time

    Compromised Night Vision

    Night vision is the ability to see well in low-light conditions. As we age, we have greater difficulty seeing at night. A 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see as well as a 30-year-old. At age 60 and older, driving can become even more difficult, according to the American Optometric Association. Some older drivers also may have compromised vision due to cataracts and degenerative eye diseases.

    The AOA recommends older drivers:

    • Have annual vision exams
    • Reduce speed
    • Take a driving course; even experienced drivers can benefit from a refresher course, and some of the rules have probably changed
    • Minimize distractions, like talking with passengers or listening to the radio
    • Check with your doctor about side effects of prescription drugs
    • Limit driving to daytime hours if necessary


    A National Sleep Foundation poll says 60% of adults have driven while they were tired, and another 37%, or 103 million people, have fallen asleep at the wheel. Of those, 13% say they fall asleep while driving at least once a month, and 4% say they have caused a crash by falling asleep while driving.

    The reasons are many – shift work, lack of quality sleep, long work hours, sleep disorders – and it doesn’t only happen on lengthy trips.

    These staggering numbers are backed up by a report by NHTSA that 100,000 police-reported crashes are a result of driver fatigue. Most crashes or near-misses happen at the times you would expect drivers to be tired: 4 to 6 a.m., midnight to 2 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., according to NSF.

    Drowsy driving puts everyone on the road at risk. Losing two hours of sleep has the same effect on driving as having three beers, and tired drivers are three times more likely to be in a car crash if they are fatigued.

    Nov. 5-12, 2017, was Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. The National Sleep Foundation offers this advice:

    • Get seven or more hours of sleep a night
    • Don’t drive if you’ve been awake for 24 hours or more
    • Stop every two hours to rest
    • Pull over and take a nap if you’re drowsy
    • Travel during times you are normally awake

    Rush Hour

    Evening rush hour (between 4 and 7 p.m. weekdays) is a dangerous time to drive due to crowded roadways and drivers eager to get home after work. In winter, it’s dark during rush hour, compounding an already dangerous driving situation.How can you make it home safely during rush hour?

    • Don’t be an impatient driver; slow down
    • Stay in your lane and beware of drivers who dart from lane to lane
    • Even though the route may be familiar, don’t go on autopilot; stay alert
    • In unfamiliar areas, consult a map before you go and memorize your route
    • Don’t touch your phone, eat, drink or do other things that are distracting

    Impaired Drivers

    Nearly 30 people die every day in crashes that involve a driver impaired by alcohol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drivers impaired by prescription medicines and other drugs increase that number significantly. Impaired drivers are most frequently on the road after dark – particularly between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. on weekends.

    While drunk driving has declined by about one-third since 2007, the number of drivers under the influence of drugs has increased. Between 2013 and 2014, 22% of drivers tested positive for a drug that would cause impairment, according to a roadside survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA also found that the prevalence of THC (found in marijuana) among drivers on weekend nights increased 48% since 2007, from 8.6% of drivers to 12.6%. Many states have not yet updated their impaired driving laws to address this growing problem.

    Stay Alert, Stay Alive

    While we do only one quarter of our driving at night, 50% of traffic deaths happen at night. It doesn’t matter whether the road is familiar or not, driving at night is always more dangerous.

    More than 35,500 people were killed in car crashes, according to Injury Facts 2016.  By taking some extra precautions, we can all contribute to reducing these numbers.

Source; National safety Council

7 Steps for a Healthier Home

These tips can help you create a healthier, more earth-friendly indoor environment………..

(Family Features) As homeowners become increasingly aware of the impact their homes can have on the environment – and on their health – making eco-conscious choices is as important as ever. From controlling the types of materials used within your home to keeping an eye on indoor air quality, these tips can help you create a healthier, more earth-friendly indoor environment.

Use a water filter. Depending on where you live, different contaminants could reside in your tap water. Rather than risk consuming these contaminants or drinking bottled water, which can generate significant waste, consider purchasing a refrigerator with a filtered water option, attaching a water filtration device to your faucet or using a filtered water pitcher.

Ditch plastic food containers. Some plastics are not as high quality as many think and may contain toxic materials, making them potentially harmful – especially when used for storing food. Instead, opt for glass, silicone, cloth or stainless steel storage containers, which are friendlier to the environment and pose fewer toxicity risks. Plus, many of these containers can be placed directly in an oven or microwave to safely reheat food.

Install eco-friendly insulation. Certain materials in your home, such as insulation, can be replaced with sustainable options that also improve indoor air quality. Consider replacing your existing attic insulation with sheep’s wool insulation, such as all-natural options from Havelock Wool. This renewable, high-performing and safe-to-handle material excels at managing moisture while improving indoor air quality through the absorption of formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide and other harmful substances. Learn more at

Clean “green.” Cleaning products can be made with ingredients that are harmful to the environment, as well as your family’s health. Make sure you know what is in your household cleaners before using them and, whenever possible, look for cleaners that have been certified as green.

Deal with dust. Even if you don’t struggle with allergies or asthma, over time, dust particles can be unhealthy for you and your family. Vacuum frequently and use a wet mop on floors without carpet to limit the formation of dust bunnies throughout your home. Clean and replace your vacuum’s filter frequently to ensure you’re trapping maximum dust. Also regularly wash towels, linens and other textiles, including window treatments.

Replace air filters. Older, dirty air filters can circulate dust, pollen and other particles throughout your home. They can also cause your air conditioner and heater to run less efficiently, which can result in higher energy consumption. Rather than pushing potentially harmful dust particles into your house and causing your systems to work overtime, inspect your air filter often and change it regularly. You might also want to consider installing a whole-home air purifier or placing portable air purifiers in frequently used rooms.

Reduce energy and natural resource usage. Try installing timers on your lights so they turn on only at specified times. To take it a step further, consider installing lighting with vacancy sensors that automatically shut off the lights when a room isn’t being used. Choose energy-efficient appliances, low-flow toilets and consider adding a rain barrel outside to collect rainwater, which can be used for chores such as watering plants, irrigating the lawn or washing your car.

Although it may not be practical to implement all of these ideas at once, little by little you can make small changes that add up to a big difference.

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