Sporadic Power Outage In NB

Apparently there was a power outage in North Baltimore early this morning.

Apparently there was a power outage in North Baltimore early this morning.

It appears it was limited to the north end of town, in the vicinity of North Main and Cherry Streets.

It was reported that power came back on around 5 am.

If any further details become available, we will post them if needed.

Windy day, much water around…

Be safe!

Rep. Gavarone Honored for Legislative Work on Child Support Issues

Rep. Gavarone was recognized by the CSEA for her work on House Bill 366, legislation that modernizes Ohio law regarding child support………………

COLUMBUS—State Representative Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) this week was honored with the “Key to Success” Award by the Ohio Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) Directors’ Association for her legislative work in the Ohio House.

 

The Ohio CSEA Directors’ Association represents county child support enforcement agencies and works to strengthen the state’s child support program. They are dedicated to helping inform state legislators and the public about Ohio’s current child support system and provide assistance on new legislation and regulatory initiatives.

 

Rep. Gavarone was recognized by the CSEA for her work on House Bill 366, legislation that modernizes Ohio law regarding child support. The bill updates the economic tables, makes parenting time adjustments, modernizes health insurance coverage in these situations, equalizes multiple family orders and proposes a childcare credit cap.

“As an attorney, I have been helping people with the issue of child support for over 20 years, but it has been even longer since child support guidelines were updated in Ohio,” Gavarone said.  “I am so honored to receive this award and thankful for people like Wood County CSEA Director Frank McLaughlin who have helped push this legislation towards the finish line.”

 

House Bill 366 was reported unanimously out of the House Community and Family Advancement Committee and now awaits consideration for a vote on the House floor.

Chowline: Healthy Eating on a Budget

So I’ve been trying to stick to my New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, but I’m finding that’s its been pretty expensive to do so far. Do you have any tips on how I can eat right, but on a budget?

So I’ve been trying to stick to my New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, but I’m finding that’s its been pretty expensive to do so far. Do you have any tips on how I can eat right, but on a budget?

I’m glad to see that you’ve made moves to eat healthier and are adhering to your healthy resolutions. And while many people may think that eating healthy means a hefty, expensive grocery bill, that’s not always the case.

In fact, it costs less than $2 more per day per person to eat healthier, according to a 2013 study by the Harvard University School of Public Health. The study found that by swapping out some less expensive, and less healthy foods, for fresher and more nutritious ones added up to only about $1.50 more per day.

Getting the most nutrition and value for your money at the grocery store starts with planning before you head out to the store. For example, plan your meals and snacks for the week and then check your pantry to see what foods you already have. Then make a list of what you need to purchase, advises the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. And then, stick to the list when shopping.

It’s also important to make an informed choice as to which grocery store you are planning to shop. Take a look at the grocery ads to see which store may have the items on your list on sale or offered at a discount.

Once at the store, compare the prices of different brands and different sizes of the same brand to see which item has a lower unit price, which is typically located on the shelf directly below the product, advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Other money saving tips from USDA and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

  • Shop for foods that are in season, which are typically less expensive. But, you should buy small amounts of fresh foods at a time, as some fresh fruits and vegetables don’t last long. This helps you avoid having to throw away spoiled produce.
  • Try canned or frozen produce. For canned items, choose fruit canned in 100 percent fruit juice and vegetables with “low sodium” or “no salt added” on the label.
  • Buy in bulk. Smart choices are family packs of chicken, steak, or fish and larger bags of potatoes and frozen vegetables.
  • Make your own healthy snacks. Convenience costs money, so many snacks usually cost more when sold individually. Buy large tubs of low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese and divide them into one-cup containers. For trail mix, combine nuts, dried fruit and whole grain pretzels or cereal; store small portions in airtight containers.
  • Air-popped popcorn, and whole fresh fruits and vegetables in season also tend to cost less compared to prepackaged or pre-cut items.
  • Certain foods are typically low-cost options year round. For vegetables, carrots, greens, or potatoes are good options. As for fruits, apples and bananas are good choices.
  • Try weekly meal prep. Prepare a large batch of your favorite recipes. Freeze portions in individual containers to eat throughout the week and you won’t have to spend money on take-out meals.

If you do chose to go out to eat, look for coupons, “2 for 1” deals, early bird specials or even going out to lunch instead of dinner, all of which can provide savings. And order water with your meal, which is not only free, but a healthy option.

Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or turner.490@osu.edu.

Assistive Technology

Tools to improve the everyday……………

(Family Features) Most Americans want to stay in their homes as they age. Not a bad plan, but what if your home doesn’t fit you as well as it once did?

Often, aging can be accompanied by a change in your ability to manage and move around in your home. That’s where assistive technology – better known as AT –  comes in. No matter your age or what type of disability you may have, chances are there is an AT device out there that can help you with everyday tasks.

AT isn’t a new concept. In fact, most people have probably used an assistive device without realizing it. Smartphones, voice command technology and certain types of software all fall under the AT umbrella. AT also includes plenty of low-tech devices, like adapted pencil grips for students with disabilities.

There’s an ever-growing variety of AT tools available to help with household chores, work functions, getting around, seeing, hearing, learning and living independently in general. These devices and technologies are designed to help older adults and people with disabilities, but you may find that these tools can make life easier for anyone.

Examples of AT devices and tools include:

  • Hearing aids
  • Vehicle modifications, such as hand controls or wheelchair lifts
  • Devices that help with bathing and eating
  • Software modifications for those with hearing and visual challenges
  • Equipment, such as grab bars in a shower, to help prevent falls
  • Eye glasses and magnification devices to help individuals with low vision
  • Communication devices for individuals with speech disabilities
  • Wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices

The right AT for you
At first, trying to find the right AT tools and solutions can feel overwhelming. The network of State Assistive Technology Act Programs is a good place to start. Your state AT Act program can provide information and support to help you identify and acquire AT that meets your needs.

These programs offer:

  • Device demonstration and short-term loan programs that allow you to try out equipment before purchasing
  • Reuse programs that provide gently used devices at substantial savings
  • Financing options, such as cash loan programs, that can help you get the AT devices you need

You can find the AT Act Program in your state or territory at acl.gov/AT. You’ll also find additional information on state AT programs, data about the network of state AT programs and additional resources to help you find and obtain AT that fits your needs.

With more research and awareness around the importance of AT, the future possibilities for living independently in the place of your choosing are almost limitless.

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SOURCE:
Administration for Community Living