Holy Week Thursday Services Today at Lutheran Churches

Maundy Thursday, March 29

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore will commemorate the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon will be: “A Taste of Heaven.” Following Holy Communion, the Altar Guild will conduct the traditional stripping of the Altar, a symbolic ritual of the humility Christ endured.


St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb will commemorate the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 5:00 p.m. Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon will be: “A Taste of Heaven.” Following Holy Communion, the Altar Guild will conduct the traditional stripping of the Altar, a symbolic ritual of the humility Christ endured.


…any outside project needs to have a zoning permit prior to beginning construction!

From the Village of North Baltimore:  With the weather hopefully warming up, it’s that time of year again when village residents want to get out and complete their outside projects.  While we love seeing the amazing improvements our citizens are making to their properties we want to remind residents that there are zoning codes in the Village of North Baltimore and that any outside project needs to have a zoning permit prior to beginning construction.

Please read below for an outline of the Village of North Baltimore zoning permit procedures:


  1. The Village of North Baltimore requires citizens to obtain a zoning permit when they are completing projects outside of their homes.  These projects include (but are not limited to); swimming pools, decks, trellis, terraces, driveways, sidewalks, sheds, fences, building additions, accessory buildings, porches, etc.
  1. The Village of North Baltimore requires citizens to fill out an application for a zoning permit and submit the application, along with a sketch of the proposed project to the zoning inspector at the village office between 8:00am-4:30pm M-F.
  1. Once the application is submitted to the village office, the village zoning inspector and staff will visit the proposed project site to ascertain if the proposed project is allowable within the village zoning code and to ensure the proposed project will not interfere with village utility easements or right of ways.
  1. The zoning inspector shall, within twenty days after receipt of the application, approve or deny the application in conformance with the provisions of this zoning code (Chapter 1107.02 (3) of Codified Ordinances of the Village of North Baltimore, Ohio).  In most cases the zoning inspector will approve or deny the application with 5-7 business days.
  1. If application is approved a zoning permit will be issued and applicant will be notified by the village office that the permit is ready for pick up and the citizen can pay for the permit at the time of pick up.  The village accepts cash or checks only, no credit/debit cards.
  1. Obtaining a Village of North Baltimore ZONING PERMIT is only the first step in the building process.  Any structure or building is required to also have a BUILDING PERMIT issued from Wood County Building Inspection, 419-354-9190, http://wcbinspect.co.wood.oh.us/
  1. The Village of North Baltimore issues ZONING PERMITS only.  Wood County requires structures to also have a BUILDING PERMIT which can only be obtained from Wood County Building Inspection Department.
  1. Should you have questions or concerns regarding your proposed project or Village of North Baltimore Zoning Code, please contact Allyson at the village office 419-257-2394 or amurray@northbaltimore.net
  1. Residents who do not obtain a permit prior to construction can be charged up to $150.00 per day for violating Chapter 1107.02 and 1107.99 of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of North Baltimore, Ohio.

Link to Village website

Village of NB – Zoning Application (pdf)

Photo Gallery: All Star Basketball Game

Last Sunday–BVC vs. PCL……………………………………

On Sunday, Katelyn Weinandy and Julian Hagemyer played in the BVC-Blanchard Valley Conference vs PCL-Putnam County League all-star games and here are a couple of pics for you to enjoy

Fotos by Ferg (Scott Ferguson)

Katelyn fires up a 3 ball
Julian takes inside for two


Latta Announces Winner of Congressional Art Competition at Ceremony in Perrysburg Township

The winning artwork, Rosie will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Tunnel for one year………………

BOWLING GREEN, OH – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) announced Bella Brandstatter, a student at Ottawa Hills High School, as the winner of Ohio’s Fifth District 2018 Congressional Art Competition at an event on Saturday in Perrysburg Township.

In a ceremony at Owens Community College, Latta also announced that pieces by Audrey Boes, Samantha Greenhill, and Katie Veenstra were Honorable Mentions. The winning artwork, Rosie will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Tunnel for one year. The three Honorable Mention pieces will be displayed in each of Latta’s district offices.

L to R: Samantha Greenhill, Audrey Boes, Katie Veenstra, Rep. Bob Latta

“The high quality of the artwork submitted by the students this year made it a very difficult decision for our judges,” said Latta. “Congratulations to Bella on winning the Grand Prize — Rosie will be a welcome addition to the Capitol this year. The art competition fully displays the tremendous talent that young people in Northwest and West Central Ohio possess, and it was a joy to see so many family and friends attend this ceremony on Saturday in support of these students.”

2018 Art Competition Results – Ohio’s 5th Congressional District
Overall Winner:
Rosie, Bella Brandstatter, Ottawa Hills High School

Honorable Mentions:
All the Bright Places, Samantha Greenhill, Woodmore High School
Thorton Twist, Audrey Boes, Upper Sandusky High School
Obituaries, Katie Veenstra, Liberty-Benton High School

Brunch Made Easy

Pre-plan your brunch get-together………………………………

(Family Features) Gathering friends and family doesn’t need to be fancy. With its prime positioning between breakfast and lunch, brunch is a more casual and lighter alternative to the typical dinner party.

When charged with hosting a mid-day gathering, a little pre-planning can go a long way toward ensuring your brunch get-together is as simple as it is scrumptious.

Get creative with decor. When prepping your tablescape, think outside the box. Opt for unexpected serving dishes such as tartlet tins and vases, and transfer syrups and jams from their everyday containers to glass bowls or creamers. Fresh flowers and produce can add natural pops of color to the table and a bowl of fruit can make for an eye-catching centerpiece.

Plan a variety of dishes. Make sure you have a mix of both sweet and savory dishes on the menu that can please a wide variety of palates. Earmarking some recipes that can be made ahead, like pastries and casseroles, can be a simple way to avoid waking up extra early to prepare. Save the morning of your event for dishes that are best served fresh, like this Herbed Spanish Omelet, which features potatoes; fresh, spring herbs; and red onions, and packs protein, B-vitamins and cancer-protective phytochemicals.

Serve it buffet-style. Setting your spread out on the counter and allowing guests to help themselves not only makes it easier for the host to mingle, but it allows guests to customize their meals as they wish and gives the gathering a more casual vibe. Try themed stations, such as a coffee or mimosa bar, parfait bar or bread bar, in addition to more traditional dishes to let guests take the customization to the next level.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

For more brunch ideas and recipes, visit Culinary.net.

Herbed Spanish Omelet

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research
Servings: 4

  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and diced or shredded
  • water
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 large whole eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • salt, to taste (optional)
  • fresh herb sprigs, for garnish (optional)
  1. Place potatoes in large pan. Cover with water. Bring to boil and cook, uncovered, 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand about 10 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Drain well.
  2. In deep, 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and garlic. Cook about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add potatoes and cook 5 minutes.
  3. Combine whole eggs and egg whites. Stir in parsley, basil and chives. Season with salt, to taste, if desired. Pour mixture over potatoes in hot skillet. Reduce heat and cook, uncovered, about 10 minutes, or until bottom of omelet is golden.
  4. If desired, brown top under toaster oven. Garnish with fresh herb sprigs, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving: 260 calories; 12 g total fat (2 g saturated fat); 28 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 2 g dietary fiber; 106 mg sodium.



Grandparents are stepping up into a parenting role increasingly as parents overdose or enter recovery for addiction……………………

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) cosponsored to support grandparents now raising children in light of the opioid epidemic. The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, introduced by U.S. Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), passed the Senate by unanimous consent last week.

“Among the victims of the opioid epidemic are the kids whose parents are struggling with addiction or whose parents have been taken far too soon by this public health crisis,” said Brown. “We need to learn more about the challenges facing grandparents and other relatives in Ohio who have stepped up to take their grandkids into their care, so we can support them as they raise these children.”

Grandparents are stepping up into a parenting role increasingly as parents overdose or enter recovery for addiction. In response to this trend, the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act would establish a Federal Task Force to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren to identify, coordinate and share information and resources to help grandparents and other relatives who are stepping up to raise children meet the needs of kids in their care while maintaining their own health and well-being.

The formation of this task force complements last week’s spending bill that was signed into law, which includes funding to ramp up response to the opioid epidemic. The package includes $65 million to fund opioid detection devices and equipment called for in Brown’s INTERDICT Act, which President Trump signed into law earlier this year. The devices will help Customs and Border Agents detect and stop dangerous drugs like fentanyl before they enter the U.S.

Brown also worked to ensure that Ohio will be among the first in line to receive the opioid funding included in the agreement. Brown originally announced $6 billion in opioid funding as part of the long-term spending agreement Congress reached earlier this year. The spending package Congress passed allocates the first $3 billion of that money will be spent. At Brown’s urging, the package specifically prioritizes the hardest-hit states, like Ohio.

6 Easy Spring Seafood Dinners

More recipes to make your weeknight meals easier…………………

(Family Features) Sheet pan and one-pot dinners can be perfect in a pinch, so it’s no wonder they’ve become a go-to for busy families. Cleanup is typically a breeze with just one pan, and it’s a quick way to get vegetables and protein all in one step. Combine your key ingredients with rich spices, herbs and sauces to create a flavorful meal in no time.

Visit McCormick.com or find McCormick on Facebook and Pinterest for more recipes to make your weeknight meals easier.

Orange Chili Sheet Pan Salmon
Salmon gets a sweet and spicy kick with this crowd-pleasing dish. Chili seasoning mix brings the heat while orange extract, brown sugar and red bell pepper create balance with tang and citrus flavors. Even sweeter: This recipe is made in one pan for an easy, weeknight-friendly meal.

Sheet Pan Shrimp Scampi
Garlic, butter and white wine create a winning flavor combination, which is freshened up with lemon juice, broccoli and cherry tomatoes in this sheet pan version of an Italian classic.

Sheet Pan Tuna Melt
Being short on time doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor. These tuna melts can be on the table in less than 15 minutes. Swap out mayonnaise for tartar sauce in the tuna salad as a better-for-you option with an extra kick.

Parmesan Herb Shrimp
In one pan, saute shrimp with Parmesan cheese, white wine and herbs, and serve over a bed of fluffy rice. This surprisingly simple, gourmet-tasting dish can be whipped up by nearly any home chef.

Basil Shrimp and Pasta Alfredo
Whisk up a creamy Alfredo sauce with fresh shrimp, bright green peas and crisp basil in just a few minutes. Simply toss with pasta in the same pan and you’re done.

Sheet Pan Lemon Butter Dill Tilapia
This white fish dish gets its flavor from a citrusy, lemon butter dill sauce that adds extra zest. Serve alongside asparagus, shallots and green beans for added veggie goodness.