Surprise Open House Birthday Party Planned

Jerry Rensch is turning 80 and his family wants you to help them SURPRISE him…………..

The Family of Jerry Rensch is planning a SURPRISE Birthday Open House for his 80th Birthday on Saturday, December 30th.

Please mark your calendar and plan to come help him (and them) celebrate at the Wolfe Community Room at the NB Library!

Jerry , as a youngster.
Shhhhhhhh……………….IT IS A SURPRISE! Everyone is invited to come wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Jerry is a New Year’s Day Birthday Boy–Born on January 1st!

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3 Tips for Cooking Up a Healthy New Year

There’s no time like the New Year to adopt some new, healthy habits…………………..

(Family Features) After a holiday season filled with indulgent food and limited time for exercise, there’s no time like the New Year to adopt some new, healthy habits.

These additional tips can help you get a healthy start to the New Year:

Change up your routine. Start by making a few lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthier diet or increasing your exercise regimen. Maybe you’d like to shed a few pounds or tone up before the weather gets warmer. Changing up your eating (and drinking) habits can be the first step on the path to success.

Start at the tap. Make sure your healthy eating habits include cooking with the best-tasting water possible. That means you could be washing your fruits and vegetables or making soups and smoothies with water that contains impurities. Contrary to what some people may think, boiling water does not completely remove certain contaminants like lead from water.

“Drinking water daily is an important component to staying healthy, as water keeps you hydrated, aids in digestion and transports vitamins and other nutrients. I prefer drinking filtered water to make sure I avoid potentially unwanted contaminants,” said Keri Glassman, a registered dietitian, nutritionist and PUR spokesperson. “I recommend installing a faucet filtration system that won’t break the bank, such as the PUR Advanced Faucet Filtration System, for a superior, on-demand solution for clean, healthy and great-tasting water right from the tap.”

Visit to learn more about superior faucet filtration systems and how to get cleaner, better-tasting water.

Create healthy, hearty recipes. There are plenty of delicious and nutritious recipes that can help fuel your body all year long. For example, this hearty soup is full of tasty, powerful ingredients like protein-rich chicken sausage; nutrient-dense kale and butternut squash, which are excellent sources of fiber; plus vitamins and minerals. Garlic, onions and cloves add a kick of antioxidants and flavor.

White Bean Soup with Spicy Chorizo

Recipe courtesy of Keri Glassman

Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 4          cups kale, chopped
  • 1          medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1          can (14 ounces) cannellini beans, drained
  • 2          cups PUR filtered water, plus additional for rinsing
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          medium onion, chopped
  • 2          garlic cloves, minced
  • 2          links precooked chicken sausage, diced
  • 3 1/2    cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Rinse kale, squash and cannellini beans in filtered water. Set aside.
  2. In pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and garlic, stirring frequently until softened, about 5 minutes. Add sausage and saute 2 minutes, or until warmed through and slightly browned.
  3. Add squash, kale, broth and 2 cups filtered water. Cook, partially covered, 15-20 minutes, or until squash is softened.
  4. Reduce heat to low. Add beans and gently simmer uncovered 3 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste, before serving.


ODOT Construction Update – District 2

This is the final weekly construction update for the 2017 season.  ODOT will send monthly updates and/or issue updates as needed.

Lucas County ODOT Weekly Construction Update

This is the final District 2 weekly construction update for the 2017 season.  ODOT will send monthly updates and/or issue updates as needed.

Updates are highlighted in bold and underlined.

I 75

Interstate 75: Widening

Lucas County (485-14): Through October 2018, overnight, 7pm through 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75, from I-475 in Toledo to Lagrange Street for widening and bridge work.

The following ramps are restricted/closed:

· Through July 2018, the ramp from Phillips Avenue to southbound I-75 is closed.  Detour: northbound I-75; Stickney Avenue (Exit 207); North Expressway Drive; southbound I-75.

· Through July 2018, the ramp from Jeep/Willys Parkway to southbound I-75 is closed.  Detour: Detroit Avenue.

· Through July 2018, the ramp from Jeep/Willys Parkway to northbound I-75 is closed.  Detour: Berdan Avenue; Detroit Avenue; Phillips Avenue.

· Through July 2018, the ramp from southbound I-75 to Jeep/Willys Parkway (Exit 205A) is closed.  Detour: Detroit Avenue (Exit 203B).

· Through September 2018, the interchange ramp from eastbound I-475 to southbound I-75 is reduced to one lane.

Local Streets:

Through July 2018, Pioneer Lane at SR 120/Central Avenue, will be closed. Detour: Willys Parkway; Berdan Avenue; Jeep Parkway; Central Avenue.

Through July 2018, lane restrictions are possible on Detroit Avenue at I-75 for bridge work.

Through July 2018, expect lane restrictions on Berdan Avenue at I-75 for bridge work.

Through July 2018, Willys Parkway from Pioneer Lane to Jeep Parkway is closed.

Project complete: September 2018.  All work is weather permitting.

I 75

Interstate 75: Bridge Deck Repair *PROJECT COMPLETE*

Lucas County: Lane restrictions on I-75, between SR 25 (Exit 201B) and SR 65 (Exit 199), for bridge deck repair are lifted.

I 280

Interstate 280: Lighting Upgrade

Lucas County (454-17): Through March 2018, shoulder restrictions are possible on the I-280 Veterans Glass City Skyway bridge, between North Summit Street and Front Street, for lighting upgrade. Project Complete: March 2018. All work is weather permitting.

I 475

Interstate 475: ProMedica Parkway Ramp

Lucas County: The ramp from ProMedica Parkway to eastbound I-475 is open to access southbound I-75 only. Through September 2018, the ramp from ProMedica Parkway to eastbound I-475 to access northbound I-75 is closed. Detour: southbound I-75; Detroit Avenue (Exit 203B); northbound I-75.  All work is weather permitting.

Interstate Maintenance Work

Lucas and Wood Counties: Through December, intermittent overnight lane restrictions are possible on I-75, I-280 and I-475 in Lucas and Wood counties for maintenance work. Project complete: December.  All work is weather permitting.

state route 64

State Route 64: Resurfacing and Bridge Repair

Lucas County (290-17): Through January, lane restrictions are possible on SR 64, between US 24 and SR 64 North, for finish work. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers. Work will resume in spring 2018. Project complete: June 2018. All work is weather permitting.

state route 295

State Route 295: Resurfacing and Bridge Repair 

Lucas County (622-16): Through January 2018, lane restrictions are possible on SR 295, between South River Road and SR 64, for finish work. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers. Work will resume spring 2018. Project complete: June 2018. All work is weather permitting.

I 75

Indiana Avenue: Bridge Replacement

Lucas County (8010-17): Through May 2019, nightly from 7pm until 6am, lane restrictions are possible on I-75, between Dorr Street and Nebraska Avenue, for bridge replacement. Additionally at this time, the ramp from southbound I-75 to Washington Street/Downtown (Exit 202A), will be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement.

Through July 2018, Indiana Avenue, between Division Street and Washington Street, over I-75, will be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement. Local and pedestrian access will be maintained.

Project complete: June 2019. All work is weather permitting.

Various Routes: Guardrail & Electrical Maintenance

District Wide (1052-17 & 1063-17): Through December, intermittent lane restrictions are possible district wide for guardrail and electrical maintenance.  Project complete: December.  All work is weather permitting.

Simple Solutions to Combat Winter Skin Sensitivity

Lock in moisture and protect your skin from wind, rain and snow by wearing layers whenever you venture outside…………

(Family Features) The winter season is here, and it’s important to get in the habit of taking care of your skin. Cold weather brings low humidity levels and dry air, which can suck the moisture from your skin, and without proper care, skin can become dry, cracked and irritated, causing discomfort.

This winter, focus on a regimen that helps protect and hydrate skin so you can spend time enjoying the benefits of winter like family game night, snow days and snuggling by the fire.

Prepare your family for cold weather with these simple tips that can be easily incorporated into your family’s daily routine, keeping skin feeling soft and healthy all winter long.

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Hydrate Inside and Out. Staying hydrated during the hot, summer months is a given, but it is also important to remember that cold winter air can leave your skin parched. Use a humidifier to keep skin hydrated during the dry months and be sure to lather on moisturizer. Natural moisturizers like coconut oil and shea butter can act as protective barriers against harsh elements, sealing in moisture. In addition to hydrating on the outside, it is just as important to stay hydrated on the inside. By drinking water throughout the day, your skin can stay healthy and moisturized.

Switch to a Mild Laundry Detergent. Many common detergents can be abrasive to sensitive skin, especially when it is more vulnerable to irritation during the harsh winter months. Wash bed linens, towels and clothes with a mild detergent like all Free Clear year-round, especially during the winter months. As the No. 1 recommended detergent brand by dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians for sensitive skin, all Free Clear includes no dyes, fragrances or irritating residues. Using the power of stainlifters to fight tough stains, it is also safe for the whole family to use, keeping laundry clean while being gentle on skin.

Avoid Toxins, Specifically Allergens and Irritants. Products that contain toxins, allergens and irritants should be avoided during months when skin is most sensitive. Choose moisturizers and skin care products that don’t contain common irritants, and opt for mild cleansers and moisturizers that are specifically labeled for sensitive skin. Castor oil is another moisturizer alternative that is natural and can be used on both the face and body.

Layer Up. Lock in moisture and protect your skin from wind, rain and snow by wearing layers whenever you venture outside. The skin on your neck, face and hands is thinner than other areas of the body and therefore more sensitive to the effects of winter weather. Thermals, scarves and gloves can keep you warm and protect your skin from the cold, dry air. For those with sensitive skin, avoid synthetic fabrics and itchy materials like wool, and wash clothes with a dermatologist-recommended detergent like all Free Clear.

By implementing these best practices for skin sensitivity, you can minimize redness, dryness and discomfort to help skin stay healthy and glowing throughout the winter season. Visit to learn more.



Sheriffs Department: Wood County Jail is in Compliance with all State Standards

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction notified the Wood County Sheriff that the Wood County Jail is in compliance with all 113 standards checked by the state…………..

The Wood County Jail had its annual inspection by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on 10/05/2017. The Sheriff received a letter last week notifying him the Wood County Jail is in compliance with all 113 standards checked by the state.

Mark Wasylyshyn, Wood County Sheriff, is very pleased that we are 100% in compliance with all the standards and that we had zero deficiencies. Sheriff Wasylyshyn gives the credit to the outstanding deputies and staff working in the jail day in and day out and to the Wood County Board of Commissioners for giving us the funding to properly operate the facility.

The group of standards being inspected focused on Reception & Release, Classification, Security, Housing, Sanitation and Environmental Conditions, Communication, Visitation, Medical and Mental Health Services, Food Service, Recreation and Programming, Inmate Discipline, Administrative Segregation, Grievance, Staffing, and Staff Training. The inspection consisted of this Inspector receiving and/or reviewing requested documentation and/or materials, touring selected areas of the jail, and having discussions with various jail staff.

The total actual general housing capacity for the Wood County Jail is 220. On the date of the jail inspection, there were 148 inmates incarcerated in the Wood County Jail.

NB Tiger Ladies Win at Miller City

Note: The Friday JV game at Carey has been moved up to 5:00pm, with the Varsity to follow the JV game around 6:30pm…………..

The NBHS Lady Tigers traveled to Miller City on a very cold Winter Break evening to hoop it up with the Wildcats on Wednesday. NB won the contest 64-52

North Baltimore1412152364
Miller City61362752


Leading North Baltimore :

Alivia Light-27 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals, 5 assists
Katelyn Weinandy-20 points, 5 steals, 4 assists
Simone Thompson-6 points
Leah Lee-2 points
Mia McCartney-2 points

The JV fell 28-21 in their game

The Tigers are now 6-3, 2-2 in the BVC

Note: The Friday game at Carey has been moved up to 5:00pm, with the Varsity to follow the JV game.

DCML Fotos by Ferg Gallery

 The North Baltimore Dick Clark Men’s Basketball League is underway for the 2017 – 18 season. Scott Ferguson shares some Fotos by Ferg, of the “old men” in action!

 The North Baltimore Dick Clark Men’s Basketball League is underway for the 2017 – 18 season. Scott Ferguson shares some Fotos by Ferg, of the “old men” in action!

New Show Starts at Virginia Theater

The Virginia Theater in Downtown North Baltimore is starting another new movie run.

Having finally gotten used to each other’s existence, Brad and Dusty must now deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.

STARTS DEC. 28, 2017 THRU JAN. 4, 2018

The Virginia Theater in Downtown North Baltimore is starting another new movie run.

All seats only $5 (In 2 – D)!


Friday        7:00

Sat  1:00  |  4:00  |  7:00

Sun  1:00  |  4:00  |  7:00

Tues & Thurs    7:00

We hope to see you at the movies!

Thank you for your continued patronage and support!

Troop 315 January 2018 Newsletter

< Another NB Eagle Scout - - - Shawn says the newsletter is a bit early bit to get the word out for the Annual Video Game Night December 30, 2017!

North Baltimore Boy Scout Troop 315 – January 2018 Newsletter

A bit early bit also wanted to detail our video game night December 30, 2017!

Scout house opens at 3:00pm. maybe a bit earlier…

– you may bring game systems, board games, music and cold weather clothes since there is snow.

Depart to Ohio Skate in Maumee at 3:30pm

Skate til 6:30pm then off to Pizza Hut by 7:00pm

Head back to scout house at 8:00ish

Video game lock til 8:00am Sunday morning. – we will start cleaning up at 7:30am

Cost $15.00 for all except drivers. Let me know if you are to use your scout funds. I will collect before we leave

Eagle scout

Aiden Gore has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, as of December 19,2017. Aiden, I am very proud of you and I know your parents are so thrilled of your achievement. Aiden… Don’t be to embarrassed over the pics I’ve included 🙂 Aiden did quite a bit of remodeling to St James United Methodist church, which took a year to complete. Aiden used his leader ship skills as well as carpentry to work with a group to improve certain elements of N.B.’s historic old church. Job well Done Aiden. We look forward to your Eagle Ceremony to celebrate your Highest rank. Aiden also earned a bronze, silver and gold palm for his medal.

Scoutmaster’s minute

Happy New Year to all the scouts and parents. Are you ready for an awesome scouting year, I am ! !. 2017 was awesome with our continued growth in scout membership, active colander of events, fundraising and troop meeting attendance. All scouts earned quite a bit in their accounts so I know summer camp will be easier to afford than in the past. Keep attending these things so mom and dad don’t have to dig too deep into wallets for your active program. Parents. Other than summer camp, we really try hard to have events that are low to no cost but some events such as Go carting can be upwards to $25.00. usually $5.00 – to $10.00 is the norm but you get so much. from that. Here is a list of some new things coming to Troop 315 Calendar

3 options for Summer camps –

Scouts from our troop will have 3 ways to enjoy camp in 2018. 1:) Pioneer Scout reservation from June 17 thru 23 in Pioneer Ohio Cost 287.00 Option 2:) Camp Berry in Findlay July 1st thru 7th. Cost 295.00 Option 3:) 2 weeks of camp, going to both Berry and Pioneer Cost – $582.00 Either way you choose, We can also do a pre payment plan into your accounts to spread out paying for camp. All prices are based on Early bird registration paying on our before May 1st.

Scoutmaster Scholarships for Eagle scouts

A very kind and generous donor wants to re enforce the power of Eagle in our troop. By this we are excited to allow our young , aged out scouts help select an Eagle scout getting ready to attend college to receive a $500.00 college scholarship direct from the troop. All candidates will have become Eagle and age out at 18 that current year, then be recommended by a committee of older scouts who are aged out of youth scouting and are also Eagle scouts. I Shawn Benjamin, Scoutmaster of Troop 315 am humbled by this annual gift, I am able to present to someone each year and will ensure we choose each candidate carefully based on merit and dedication to Boy Scouts in North Baltimore. I also thank people who believe in scouting and do wonderful things like this for our future leaders. We will select our 1st scout to receive this by July of 2018 .

Uniform push

FYI boys, We are one of the few troops who have relaxed rules on uniforms, I understand that we come from a variety of events before troop meetings but to be recognized as scouts by wearing our class A uniform is as Americana as it gets. So.. I encourage all the troop to wear your Class A’s shirt to meetings, Class B blue shirts to activities and fundraisers, Class A full uniforms to all ceremonial and marching events. Full uniform can include Shirt, pants, shorts, sash kneckerchief , socks, hat (Campaign, garrison, beret or ball cap). I may start asking where is your shirt. but also may spring for a pizza party or ice cream thing if we can get this uniform thing into high gear… and keep it there…

2 part Camp Alaska

On the 1st weekend of March, Scouts will go to Camp Berry for a cabin camp weekend but also, A camp Alaska for scout who choose to opt for winter survival nearby in the woods. Younger scouts can attempt the survival camp but by having a cabin nearby can seek help and warmth if needed. Camp Alaska is one of the hardest camps due to the challenges of cold weather camping. With all our new scouts, I felt having a duo opportunity, We can show scouts how to survive in arctic conditions We have done this a few years back and felt it a good time due to number of crossovers this year.

Return to Mansfield reformatory

Last weekend of July will be our trip to the Mansfield Reformatory prison and camp at nearby camp site. Scouts and parents alike love going here to tour the old prison. It’s a self paced tour . cost is about $10.00 for the weekend

January 12 First Aid Meet

Troop 315 will participate in a First Aid meet being help by Wood District in B.G. Meet starts a 7:00pm We will leave scout house at 6:30pm. Scout will return home by 9:00 – 9:30pm that evening. We will stop at Mc D’s for supper after the event so make sure your scout has a couple bucks for that. No cost for the meet

January 13 Cub Lock In

Our troop volunteers to run a station for the Wood District Cub Lock in. We are in charge of human hamster balls this year. The event will run from 8:00pm to 2:30am. I will drop off each scout at home after the lock in. I will be at scout house at 7:00pm to pick up scouts to go to Field house at BGSU. We are fed but scouts are encouraged to bring snacks and drink . They are still hungry after the slice of pizza and small nachos.

February 2-4 Winter camporee

Troop 315 will go to Camp Miakonda for their annual Winter camporee. Sled races, and other winter activities are scheduled including music and root beer at the end. Cost is $10.00. We will cook 3 meals and set up menu in upcoming meetings. We will leave scout house Friday at 6:30pm and return Sunday around 10:00am

February 19th Court of Honor

Scouts who earned merit badges and ranked up will recieve their badges on Sunday February 19th..5:00pm at American Legion Hall. I’d like to ask a parent to help make shredded chicken sandwiches but also open it up for a potluck supper . Troop will provide table service.

Baden Powell Quote

“There is no teaching to compare with example.”

Actions always speak louder than words… and your attitude is contagious. Baden-Powell also said, “show me a poorly unifomed troop, and I’ll show your a poorly uniformed leader.” Remember that the way you present and conduct yourself will be reflected by your Scouts

I felt this fitting based on my uniform segment.

Shawn Benjamin