Owens Womens Basketball Wins District 1 Title

NBHS Grad Olivia Frost member of Owens Express Team…………………..

By Chris Schmidbauer, Owens Sports Information Director

Circleville, OH — After last season’s heartbreaking loss to Cincinnati State in the District Final, the Owens Women’s Basketball program vowed this season would be different. Well, Mission Accomplished.

In a tight battle throughout, Owens was able to outlast a late game rally from Sinclair to claim the District I title on Saturday afternoon at Ohio Christian’s Maxwell Center.

The Express led by just four points after the first period at 17-13. In the second period, freshman Da’Vina Shelton would go off from three. She would hit four in the ten minute period and score 12 of the 20 points the Express scored in the quarter. Owens and Sinclair would head to the locker room up just six at 39-33.

Out of the half, Sinclair would cut the Owens lead to just a basket at the 7:34 mark on a three pointer by OCCAC Player of the Year, Amanda Schroeder. Essence Cowan would answer back with a triple of her own to put the Express back up by five just 20 seconds later. Cowan would account for 11 points in the quarter for the Express, hitting two more threes and making a pair of free throws. Owens would close the quarter on a 15-6 run to a take a 57-46 lead heading into the final quarter of play.

In the fourth, Sinclair would score the first seven points of the quarter to get back within just four points of Owens. But that is the closest the Tartan Pride would come. Owens would strengthen their lead back to eight on a Da’Vina Shelton three with 5:04 to play in the game. Kaylah Ivey‘s offensive put back at 1:48 mark would give Owens a double digit lead, and the Express would salt the game away for their seventh Region XII District Championship.

Freshman Da’Vina Shelton was the offensive spark plug for Owens. She scored 21 points on 7-12 shooting and a tremendous 6-11 from three. She also finished with four assists and two steals on the afternoon. When Shelton wasn’t driving the Express offense, sophomore Essence Cowan was. She scored 17 points on 5-11 shooting and hit four three pointer on nine attempts.

Brenda Pennington, who was named the tournament’s MVP, scored 12 points on the afternoon on 5-13 shooting. She finished with a game high eight assists and five rebounds on the day. For the tournament, she averaged 19.5 ppg, 7.5 assists and 6 rebounds on the weekend.

Dai’Shona Polk was in double figures scoring again as well with 11 points, shooting 50% from the floor in 36 minutes of play. Kaylah Ivey scored eight points and was a force on the glass. She grabbed a team high eleven boards for the game.

In total, the Express shot 49.1% (26-53) from the floor for the game and were 40% (10-25) from three. Sinclair shot 42.3% (22-52) from the field and 53.8% (7-13) from beyond the arc. The Tartan Pride were led in scoring by the aforementioned Amanda Schroeder, who finished with 13 points on 4-10 shooting.

NBHS grad Olivia Frost is a member of the team and scored 2 points in the game.

Owens moves to 25-4 and have now won twelve games in a row, which represents their longest winning streak of the season. They will advance to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, which will be played at North Arkansas University in Harrison, Arkansas from March 20-24.

Village Council Meets

A highlight of the meeting was the announcement of an ODOT outpost being built just outside North Baltimore ………………

by Sue Miklovic

The North Baltimore Village Council held its first meeting of the month last Tuesday, March 6. Council President Art Patterson was absent due to illness.

There was no “Public Participation.”

A lot of discussion was held on various topics on the agenda. The first thing getting attention: Councilman Aaron Patterson asked for the $250 fee for ball teams to use village ball fields to be waived. “We don’t offer a lot for kids to do” he said. Council agreed to waive the fees. They will also pick up the tab for the food licenses for the concession stands.

Another topic getting a lot of conversation was concerning health care benefits for part-time employees. The Village paid $98,000 for healthcare because of police department employees working more than 30 hours per week. Police Chief Alan Baer presented a letter to Council, along with his usual monthly report, describing understaffing of dispatchers as contributing in part to the issue. He is trying to keep everyone under 30 hours per week, but already has one employee interviewing for another job, and another on medical leave. The three are long time faithful employees who have given many years of service to the community. The village isn’t required to provide insurance for those working under 30 hours weekly.

A highlight of the meeting was the announcement of an ODOT outpost being built just outside North Baltimore to better serve both District 1 and District 2 crews. With the expansion to six lanes on I-75 in both Wood and Hancock counties,  the outpost will provide a seven thousand ton salt shed, an equipment storage building, wash bay, truck storage, and a state-of-the-art brine system with 70,000 gallon brine storage capabilities. Construction of the nine acre outpost on South Dixie Highway is expected to begin in May, with completion in Spring 2019.  Estimated cost of the project is $5 million, with water service being provided by North Baltimore.

Council debated an ordinance that would approve a zero-interest loan for the design of a new water tower. The design would be good for 10 years. “Some time in the future we’re going to need a water tower,” said Village Administrator Allyson Murray. The ordinance was approved with Patterson the only “no” vote.

Council also:

*Tabled an ordinance to purchase a street sweeper.

*Approved a contract with Civil Engineering Solutions for no more than $18,000 for a state mandated assessment management plan, to be completed by September 2018.

*Moved to executive session after the adjournment of the regular meeting, for the purpose of discussing employee compensation.

*Were reminded that next week’s Council of the Whole meeting will be held at Hancock Wood Electric at 5:30pm, followed by the Community Neighborhood Revitalization grant meeting at 7:00pm.



Bee Swarm Season Approaches

Spring is only two weeks away! That means that the bees will be preparing to swarm soon. Swarming is the way that hives naturally reproduce.

Spring is only two weeks away! That means that the bees will be preparing to swarm soon. Swarming is the way that hives naturally reproduce.

When a hive is strong enough and has a good population of bees, they will produce a new Queen, then the old queen will leave the hive and take half of the bees with her, leaving the new queen and the remaining bees behind.

If you happen to see a swarm of bees, DO NOT PANIC!

A swarm of bees is very docile, as they have no hive, no eggs and no honey to protect.

DO NOT spray them with pesticides!

PLEASE DO call your local beekeeper’s association (info below) and they will be more than happy to send a beekeeper to collect the bees. Once collected, the beekeeper will put them into a hive and help them establish a new colony.

To search for beekeepers in Ohio who will remove swarms or established hives click in the link below:

Swarm Removal


  • Check and make sure they are honey bees. Yellow jackets and wasps are often mistaken for honey bees. See this identification guide for more info.
  • Once a swarm moves into a wall or hollow tree it is no longer a swarm and may need cut out. Many beekeepers do not provide this service due to the difficulty and expertise needed. Look for hive removal or cutout in the search results for beekeepers who will.
  • Don’t expect a beekeeper to remove a swarm for free. A few will depending on location, but free bees often costs more time and gas than purchasing bees. Hive removal and cutouts are rarely free due to the time, expense and liability involved.
  • Beekeepers and companies listed here are not endorsed by the Ohio State Beekeepers Association. They are listed here for information only.
  • Do you remove swarms or established hives?   You must be a current member of OSBA to be included on the list.   Join OSBA or update your membership information  to be included on the swarm list.


Kickstart Healthy Habits

Exercise is one of your strongest weapons against illness. A regular routine that gets your blood pumping is good for overall health and your immune system………..

(Family Features) When it seems that everyone around you is feeling under the weather, you can be your own best line of defense against getting sick. Help ward off sickness for yourself and your family with these self-care tips that help promote healthy habits and fight off illness.

Eat right. A diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables can give your body the immunity-boosting nutrients it needs to function properly. Avoid excess, empty calories and instead aim for meals that deliver a healthy balance of all food groups.

Wash, wash, wash. Kids and bacteria go hand-in-hand, literally. Kids’ hands are everywhere, including some surfaces that may be more susceptible to bacteria. Hand-washing is a simple way to encourage healthy habits all year round, and Softsoap Liquid Hand Soaps make it easy to gently wash away bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand-washing is an important step to help avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. You can find more hand-washing tips and information by visiting CDC.gov/handwashing.

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Get up and move. Exercise is one of your strongest weapons against illness. A regular routine that gets your blood pumping is good for overall health and your immune system. It can help flush toxins and keep your body in top condition.

Just say no. When it comes to protecting yourself and your family, give yourself permission to draw hard lines about spending time with those who aren’t feeling well. Reschedule play dates or other events that might unnecessarily expose your family to germs.

Rest up. When your sleep schedule is off, so is your whole system, and that makes you more susceptible to illness. Everyone’s precise sleep requirements are different; you’ll know you’re getting enough if you feel rested when you wake up. If you’re not, and more overnight rest isn’t realistic, look for ways to sneak in some extra rest time during the day.

Enjoy the outdoors. Even when it’s cooler than you’d like, brief time outdoors can do plenty to lift your spirits and, in turn, your overall well-being. The fresh air and vitamin D from a bright, sunny day are free and easy ways to give your body a boost and help ward off illness.

Kickstart your healthy habits by visiting Softsoap.com .



Best for Preemies

Many people are not aware that babies born prematurely need more calories and protein than breast milk alone can provide…………………

(Family Features) It is widely known that breast milk is best for babies. However, many people are not aware that babies born prematurely need more calories and protein than breast milk alone can provide.

This is why for preemies weighing less than 3 pounds, 5 ounces (1,500 grams), the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends fortifying mother’s milk or pasteurized donor milk, using a product called human milk fortifier (HMF).

This product name can be a cause of confusion for many because it suggests the fortifier is made from human milk. Yet, this is not the case; nearly all commercial HMFs are made from cow milk.

“In the past, we’ve had to rely on bovine milk – cow milk – protein to help preemies grow, and that’s not natural,” said Amy Hair, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, neonatologist and director of the neonatal nutrition program at Texas Children’s Hospital.

While some cow milk-based nutrition may be OK for full-term infants, clinical studies show that the risk of several severe complications, particularly necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), increases with every 10 percent of cow milk in a premature infant’s diet, according to research published in “Breastfeeding Medicine.” NEC is one of the leading causes of death among preterm babies.

In fact, NEC affects 1 in 6 extremely premature infants who receive cow milk-based nutrition in their diet, according to research published in the “Journal of Pediatrics.”

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That is why neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across the country are instead turning to a fortifier from Prolacta Bioscience that is made with 100 percent human donor milk, instead of cow milk. Using a fortifier in the NICU made from human milk is the only way to ensure that extremely premature infants receive an exclusive human milk diet.

“Provision of an exclusively human milk diet during the early postnatal period, a diet devoid of cow milk protein, is associated with lower risks of death, NEC, NEC requiring surgery and sepsis in extremely preterm infants,” said Steven A. Abrams, MD, director of the Dell Pediatric Research Institute and chair of pediatrics at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.

An exclusive human milk diet gives preemies the best chance to grow strong and healthy. Parents should be encouraged to talk with their baby’s care team about fortification and the benefits of a 100 percent human milk-based fortifier. Learn more at prolacta.com.