Open House at Northwestern Water & Sewer

There will be an Open House at The District. The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is planning an open house…

There will be an Open House at The District. The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is planning an open house…

It is scheduled for May 6, from 1:00 – 4 p.m.

It will be at the Northwestern Water and Sewer District district office, 12560 Middleton Pike.

PLEASE RSVP to tpollick@nwwsd.org. as the Open House includes food, giveaways, tours, kids activities and more.

Help Wanted – Village Finance Officer

The Village of North Baltimore Ohio has an opening for a full-time Financial Officer.

Village Finance Officer Position

The Village of North Baltimore Ohio has an opening for a full-time Financial Officer.

Minimum Qualifications:  Completion of Associate’s Degree with major coursework in accounting or business, as well as advanced experience in Excel and five (5) years’ experience in governmental accounting or equivalent combination of training and/or experience.

Successful candidates must be able to interact with all Village employees and the public in a

professional and courteous manner at all times, and pass a background check and be bondable.

Pay range is $43,614-$56,698 and previous experience is preferred.

Interested parties should forward a resume and letter of interest to;

amurray@northbaltimore.net  by 5pm on Friday May 4, 2018.

Village Finance Officer Chris Kirk Leaves Position

Mayor makes proclamation, Kirk heads to Columbus for a position with The Ohio State University………………………………….

Christopher C. Kirk worked for and represented the Village of North Baltimore as our Financial Officer from 2012-2018. He was  an employee who stepped up to take a leadership position for the good of the community, knowledgeable regarding Ohio law, an expert on the accounts here in the Village.

I, Janet L. Goldner, Mayor of the Village of North Baltimore, do hereby proclaim April 27, 2018 as Christopher C. Kirk Appreciation Day

In conjunction with Arbor Day a tree will be planted to honor his valuable contributions to the management of this Village.

Chris Kirk, left, with Leisa Zeigler, Doug Wickard, Mayor Janet Goldner.

NB Golf Cart Rules “by” the State of Ohio

REMINDER >>> In 2017, as requested by village council, North Baltimore Chief of Police Allan Baer released the following statement regarding the operation of ATV’s (4-wheelers) and Golf Carts (Low Speed Vehicles):

In 2017, as requested by village council, North Baltimore Chief of Police Allan Baer released the following statement regarding the operation of ATV’s (4-wheelers) and Golf Carts (Low Speed Vehicles):

STATE OF OHIO rules for off-highway vehicles (ATV’s) and low-speed vehicles (golf carts and side by side utility vehicles with a bed).

Low-Speed Vehicles (golf-carts)

As enacted effective January 1st, 2017 by the State of Ohio, low-speed vehicles are not permitted to be operated on public roadways (highways, streets, and alleys) UNLESS a specific local ordinance permitting such operation is enacted by the village. If such an ordinance is enacted, low-speed vehicles must be, per BMV regulations, properly equipped (headlights, tail lights, mirrors, etc.) , inspected, registered (licensed) and insured.  Unless and until such an ordinance is enacted, NO low speed vehicles are permitted on village streets, again, per state code.

Off-Highway Vehicles (ATV’s)

As has been the case for many years now, OHV’s are not permitted to be operated on public roadways, streets, and alleys within the village. This includes riding directly from your residence to the village limit, gas station, or friend’s house.  When ridden anywhere within the State of Ohio on publicly accessible land, OHV’s are required to be equipped with a headlight, tail light, muffler and registered with the BMV.

These regulations were passed by the State of Ohio as a public safety measure. Operating of an OHV or low-speed vehicle on a roadway is inherently more dangerous than operation of a car. In the case of accident, the operator of an OHV or low-speed vehicle is MUCH more likely to be gravely injured.  It is only after careful consideration that a local municipality (village) may pass an ordinance allowing the operation of low-speed vehicles (golf carts), but not OHV’s (ATV’s)  within the village.

Contact NB Police with questions, for information and to schedule inspections of golf carts, ATV’s and 4 – wheelers – 419-257-2181

Links to related reference in the Ohio Revised Code:

ORC 4511.214 [Effective 1/1/2017] Operation of low-speed, under-speed, or utility vehicle, or a mini-truck.

ORC 4511.215 [Effective 1/1/2017] Local authorization for operation of low-speed, under-speed, or utility vehicle, or a mini-truck.

ORC 4513.02 Unsafe vehicles

Link to Golf Cart/ATV section from North Baltimore Codified Ordinances – NB Golf carts and ATV Ordinances

from COUNCIL MEETING May 16, 2017 MINUTES: ORDINANCE 2017- 12 AN ORDINANCE ENACTING TO PERMIT AND REGULATE THE OPERATIONS OF CERTAIN GOLF CARTS AND OTHER UNDER SPEED VEHICLES IN THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE, WOOD COUNTY, OHIO. – This passed unanimously. 


Editor added photo by Duncan Brown Hastings, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

5 Health Tips for Your Feline Friend

Spending quality time with your furry friend can be as easy as allowing them to curl up with you on the couch at the end of a long day……….

(Family Features) It’s always a good time to pay attention to your family’s health and happiness, and that includes your feline friends, too. Regular exercise and wholesome nutritional choices can help ensure your cat is happy and healthy all year long.

These five tips can help keep your cat purring for years to come. For more information on keeping your cat happy and healthy, visit IAMS.com.

1. Create a Space for Your Cat – As most cat owners know, cats have energy they need to exert throughout the day. Create a space specifically for your cat that includes a cat tree and toys, which allows them to climb around, expel extra energy or use this space to do what cats do best, take a catnap.

2. Provide Healthy and Tasty Meals – Nutrition is a major player in the overall health and happiness of cats. They are natural carnivores and need the proper amount of protein in their diets. Providing your cat a diet with high-quality, animal-sourced protein, such as IAMS™ High Protein cat food, can help them maintain healthy vitality and fuel their carnivorous spirit.

3. Find the Perfect Toys – Cats are curious creatures and love being on the prowl. Make sure you have a variety of toys on-hand for your cat to play with, including laser pointers, stuffed mice and feather wands. These items will not only keep them busy, but they offer a great form of exercise to keep them active.

4. Give Them Some Love – Spending quality time with your furry friend can be as easy as allowing them to curl up with you on the couch at the end of a long day. Show some love by treating them to a nightly brushing, which can help maintain coat health and shininess.

Photos courtesy of Fotolia

5. Visit the Vet – One of the easiest, and often overlooked, tips for maintaining your feline friend’s health is taking them to the veterinarian at least once a year rather than simply waiting for signs of illness. Scheduling yearly checkups can help identify any problems that may go unnoticed.

 

SOURCE:
IAMS

Ohio Doctor Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking Charges

“Needlessly prescribing prescription drugs is just as bad as selling them on the street,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “

(HILLSBORO, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Friday that a former Hillsboro urgent care doctor has pleaded guilty to improperly prescribing opioids to patients.

Dr. Timothy Manuel, 59, pleaded guilty in Highland County Common Pleas Court this morning to four counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of workers’ compensation fraud.

The case was prosecuted by attorneys with Attorney General DeWine’s Special Prosecutions Section.

The defendant, who now lives in Missouri, was indicted last year after an investigation by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) found that he prescribed large amounts of medically-unnecessary oxycodone to numerous patients while working as a doctor at Hillsboro Urgent Care.  He also billed the Ohio BWC for medical services that were never provided.

“Needlessly prescribing prescription drugs is just as bad as selling them on the street,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “Those in my office are working each day to combat Ohio’s drug epidemic, and we will continue to hold accountable those who have contributed to this epidemic by carelessly and improperly prescribing drugs.”

Manuel will be sentenced on May 24, 2018.

The case was investigated with the assistance of the State Medical Board of Ohio, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administratio

Boston Cream Pie Crepes

yummy………………….


Turn your morning breakfast crepes into a delicious and totally satisfying dessert with creamy custard filling and decadent chocolate sauce.    Find more dessert recipes at culinary.net

Boston Cream Pie Crepes

To make filling:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  1. Saucepan: milk, sugar, cornstarch and salt over medium heat. Stir until thickens.
  2. Pour 1/3 of sugar mixture into egg whites and stir, return to saucepan and heat for 1 minute.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat and pour in vanilla.
  4. Transfer filling to medium bowl, cover and press plastic wrap to the top of the mixture. Refrigerate 1-2 hours.
  5. Whip heavy whipping cream till stiff peaks are formed. Fold into the filling mixture.

To make crepe batter:

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 8 tsp butter
  1. Whisk milk and eggs.
  2. Combine flour, sugar and salt then add to milk mixture.
  3. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Coat pan with butter. Pour about 2 TBS of batter into pan. Lift and move pan around to coat with batter.
  5. Cook batter until top looks dry then flip and then transfer to plate.
  6. Spoon or pipe filling down center of crepe and fold over.  Drizzle with your favorite chocolate sauce, serve immediately.

Recipes adapted from Taste of Home and Girl Inspired.

SOURCE:
Culinary.net

Tree City USA

This is the 23rd time our community has been honored with this nationally recognized award………….

April 24, 2018

The Village of North Baltimore was recognized as a Tree City USA in the Northwest Ohio awards ceremony hosted by the City of Upper Sandusky and their Tree Commission on April 18th.  This is the 23rd time our community has been honored with this nationally recognized award.

Chris Kirk, Councilmember Lisa Zeigler, Department of Public Works Superintendent Doug Wickard, and Mayor Janet Goldner plant a tree near the Little League Baseball field in honor of Arbor Day 2018.

The awards were presented to the Tree City USA communities by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.  Featured speaker, Mr. Jim Chatfield, OSU Associate Professor and Horticulture Specialist, shared an entertaining and enlightening presentation about the importance of trees in the communities.

The title of Tree City USA was bestowed upon our community for its ongoing efforts to maintain and improved the quality of life through a comprehensive tree managements program.  The program is guided by the Tree Commission and the municipal government.

Doug Wickard, DPW employee Dan Kline, Councilmember Lisa Zeigler, Mayor Janet Goldner and Chris Kirk pause by the Tree City Flag after planting a tree near the village Little League Field in honor of Arbor Day 2018. North Baltimore has been awarded the ” Tree City” designation for 23 years.

 

The Ohio DNR, Division of Forestry’s Urban forestry Assistance Program acts as a guiding hand in helping a community to become qualified as a Tree City USA.  The Regional Urban Forester recommends a community to the Arbor Day Foundation for this standing.  In order to achieve the title and the honors, a community must meet four standards.

  • A Tree Ordinance
  • An active Tree Commission or forestry department
  • A comprehensive urban forestry program supported by a minimum of two dollars per capita
  • An annual Arbor Day proclamation and public observance

Ohio boasts the greatest number of Tree Cities in the country with a grand total of 240.  This marks Ohio’s 41st consecutive year as the top Tree City USA state, according to the Ohio Division of Forestry.  53 Northwest Ohio’s communities are Tree Cities and boasts two Tree Campus USAs (Ohio Northern University and the University of Findlay) and one Tree Line USA (FirstEnergy).  All were recognized for their achievements at the awards ceremony in Upper Sandusky.

For additional information about the Tree City USA program or the Arbor Day Foundations, visit www.arborday.org .

 

 

Chowline: Spring Planting Urban Landscapes You Can Eat

Most edible plants require a certain amount of attention to produce well, including a little extra watering, pruning, fertilizing or pest management………

My neighbor said she wants to plant edible landscaping this year to spruce up her front yard, but I’ve never heard of doing that. Is it true you can eat your landscape bushes?

Yes, but it depends on what bushes you are talking about!

It seems that your neighbor is embracing a growing trend in gardening that allows people to both beautify their homes and grow delicious, healthy foods. Edible landscaping involves growing food-producing plants in residential landscapes. Designs can include berry bushes, fruit and nut trees, edible flowers, fruiting vines, vegetables, and herbs.

“People have a renewed interest in growing plants that not only look nice but also can be used for food,” said Paul Snyder, program coordinator with Secrest Arboretum at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, in Wooster. OARDC is the research arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.

Some of the benefits of edible landscapes include being able to choose the kind of pesticides and herbicides that you use on your foods, if you use them at all; eating fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables; and savings at the grocery store, advocates say.

Another advantage of edible landscaping is that it can make your home look beautiful, and you can grow plant varieties that are hard to find or may be too expensive to purchase on a regular basis at the grocery store.

Edible flowers such as nasturtium are a good option for an edible landscape. Considering that today Friday was Arbor Day (April 27), why not mark the occasion by planning and then planting an edible landscape?

With edible landscaping, you don’t need a large space to grow your own food.

In fact, a small area about 25 feet by 25 feet can be planted almost entirely with edibles that have ornamental value, according to an Ohio State University Extension Factsheet. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES. And for those in apartments, condominiums or other homes without yards, you can plant vegetables, herbs and edible flowers in container or window boxes.

Most fruits and vegetables thrive in well-drained soil and require at least six hours of sunlight to produce, according to OSU Extension. Trellises, fences and arbors can be used to provide vertical space on which to grow edible trees, shrubs and vines.

Some plants that you can incorporate into your edible landscape include:

  • Edible shrubs and hedges such as blueberry, gooseberry, currant and black raspberry
  • Small fruiting trees such as paw paw, apple, pear, plum, fig, dwarf cherry, weeping mulberry and elderberry
  • Edible flowers such as nasturtium, viola, borage, daylily and calendula

So how can you get started?

You could consider using the substitution method in your existing landscape, OSU Extension advises. For example, you can replace a shade tree with a fruit tree, replace an existing shrub with a currant or hazelnut plant, or where you’ve always had chrysanthemums, plant edible bachelor’s buttons instead.

You can also plant cherry tomatoes in a window box or hanging basket; grow chives around your mailbox; plant lettuce, radishes or other short-lived greens in a flower bed; or train raspberries up your fence.

There are some considerations to remember, however.

Most edible plants require a certain amount of attention to produce well, including a little extra watering, pruning, fertilizing or pest management. The time required doesn’t need to be extensive, however.

So, considering that Friday was Arbor Day (April 27), why not mark the occasion by planning and then planting an edible landscape?

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.

Registration open for online Homefront Classes, presented by NAMI

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions……………

Registration open for online Homefront classes
NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions.
There are four classes to choose from this spring:
  • Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., 04/30/2018, – 06/11/2018
  • Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., 05/02/2018, – 06/06/2018
  • Thursdays, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m., 5/03/2018, – 06/07/2018
  • Mondays, 9:30 – 11:30 p.m., 04/30/2018, – 06/11/2018
CLICK HERE to register.
The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/Veteran. The class is free but you are expected to attend all six sessions. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. Audio will be telephone, a headset or headphones with mike are recommended.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited. All participants are screened to ensure this program is appropriate for their needs.
Questions? Contact the NAMI Homefront Team
Phone: 703-524-7600
Thank you, affiliate leaders, for all that you do.
Respectfully,
Peg Morrison
Director of Programs
NAMI Ohio
Thanks for your support!.
Sincerely,
NAMI Wood County
NAMI Wood County
541 W. Wooster, Bowling Green, Ohio, 43402
www.namiwoodcounty.org

 

Rebalance Your Diet

As you look to rebalance certain aspects of your life during the spring season, don’t forget to take your diet into consideration as well……

 

(Family Features) Striking a balance between work and home life, friends and family, and hobbies and errands can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. As you look to rebalance certain aspects of your life during the spring season, don’t forget to take your diet into consideration as well.

Including grain-based foods as part of a balanced diet – along with proper exercise – can be an essential part of living a healthier lifestyle and can provide numerous health benefits. In fact, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a 50-50 balance between whole and enriched grains per day for optimal health. Furthermore, research from the Grain Foods Foundation suggests whole and enriched grains supply a variety of key vitamins and minerals, like thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, zinc, selenium and magnesium, and important shortfall nutrients like dietary fiber, iron and folate.

Incorporating grains into meals throughout the day, including these under-500 calorie recipes for Grilled Cinnamon French Toast with Granola Crunch and Roast Beef and Arugula Sandwiches featuring whole and enriched grains, can aid in maintaining a healthy weight. Additional benefits of consuming grains include lowering cholesterol and supporting digestion, while also providing anti-inflammatory nutrients and fiber, which helps fight belly fat.

Find more nutritionist-developed, balanced and budget-friendly recipes for every meal at grainfoodsfoundation.org.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Grilled Cinnamon French Toast with Granola Crunch

Recipe courtesy of Oroweat on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation
Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 1/2       cup orange juice
  • 1/4       cup light brown sugar
  • 2          tablespoons butter
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla
  • 1          cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1          banana, thinly sliced
  • 3/4       cup milk
  • 1          egg
  • 1          teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4          slices whole-grain nut bread
  • 1/4       cup granola, for garnish
  1. To make sauce: In saucepan, stir together orange juice, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, strawberries and banana. Simmer over medium heat 5-6 minutes, or until flavors have combined, stirring occasionally.
  2. To make French toast: In shallow bowl, whisk together milk, egg and cinnamon. Dip slices of bread into milk mixture and cook 2 minutes on each side over medium heat on flat griddle or grill, or until golden brown.
  3. Serve French toast with strawberry-banana sauce and top with granola.

 

Roast Beef and Arugula Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Roman Meal on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation
Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 1          tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2          teaspoons horseradish
  • 4          slices whole- or multi-grain bread, toasted
  • 4          slices tomato
  • 4          ounces lean roast beef, thinly sliced
  • 1          cup arugula or wild greens
  1. Spread mayonnaise and horseradish evenly over two bread slices.
  2. Layer tomato, roast beef and arugula on top of mayonnaise and horseradish. Top with remaining slices of bread.

 

SOURCE:
Grain Foods Foundation

Select Wines that Match Your Style

 

(Family Features) For a novice, simply distinguishing a wine preference – white or red, sweet or dry – may be the extent of his or her comfort level. However, a more experienced wine enthusiast knows there is an entire world to explore when it comes to discovering interesting wine styles.

For example, winemakers in the Spanish wine regions of Ribera del Duero and Rueda draw on hundreds of years of history perfecting the art of winemaking. Together, these regions produce an array of flavorful, full-bodied reds and crisp, refreshing white wines. Recently, these regions have garnered attention for their wines’ value and versatility, making them solid choices for someone looking to explore and develop his or her palate without breaking the bank.

“The wines of Ribera del Duero are generally made in a more generous, international style that would make them a natural transition for a traditional drinker of Cabernet Sauvignon,” said Brahm Callahan, master sommelier and Ribera del Duero y Rueda ambassador. “The same can be said for Rueda. The wines have bright, ripe fruit, great weight and texture, and offer an excellent alternative for someone who likes Sauvignon Blanc.”

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Ribera del Duero
There are 300 wineries in Ribera del Duero, which surrounds the Duero River for 100 miles across the region. The semi-arid terrain and climate create optimal ripening conditions for the Tempranillo grapes that define the region’s wines’ distinctive character. If you like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, the big, rich, bold red wines of the region may be to your liking.

  • For the party host: A highly rated red that is soft juicy and impressively flavorful is sure to impress guests. Encourage guests to explore beyond their go-to with a Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero.
  • For the gift-giver: For a special occasion (either as a reward for yourself or someone else), the critically acclaimed Vega Sicilia Unico is a quality choice. This wine boasts the perfect proportion of fruit (plums and berries), tannins and acidity for a true splurge.
  • For the casual wine drinker: A clean, bright blush rosé with notes of raspberries and strawberries is an enjoyable option throughout the day, from brunch to cocktail hour and onto the patio at twilight.

Rueda
One of the hallmarks of Rueda’s refreshing white wines is versatility. With just the right amount of fruit and a refreshing finish, wines from Rueda are clean, bright and complex, yet effortlessly drinkable. The region is home to 70 wineries clustered on the plateau of Castilla y Leon at a high altitude of about 2,300-2,600 feet above sea level. The difficult growing environment, mineral-filled gravel soils and abundance of sunshine help create a crisp white wine with character.

  • For the environmentalist: If organic and sustainable winemaking appeals to you, Menade Verdejo is well-known as a flavorful wine made with the environment in mind. These fifth-generation sibling winemakers are pioneers in organic viticulture with an organic certification for their winery and vineyard.
  • For the bubble lover: Light bubbles are perfect alone or paired with fish and fruits, and a varietal featuring the Verdejo grape is a less common but delightful way to enjoy a little bubbly.
  • For the warm weather enthusiast: A crisp, refreshing glass of an option likeVerdejo offers minerality and intense fruit flavors to unveil an intense palate with a refreshing acidity that is ideal for a hot day.

Learn more about the region and its wines at riberaruedawine.com.

 

SOURCE:
Ribera del Duero y Rueda