Daisy Marie Smith, 87

Passed away on Monday May 14 , 2018……………

Daisy Marie Smith, 87, of North Baltimore, passed away on Monday May 14, 2018, at the Briar Hill Health Campus, North Baltimore.  She was born on August 27, 1930, in Wood County to the late Charles and Edith (Mathias) Echelberger.  She married Carol “Shorty” L. Smith on June 26, 1948 and he preceded her in death on February 26, 2010.

Daisy is survived by her daughter, Patricia “Patti” Grilliot of North Baltimore; her sons: Chris (Dolly) Smith and Joe (Sheila) Smith, both of North Baltimore; her sister, Ruth (Dean) Simon of North Baltimore; her sister-in-law, Viola Smith; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Welch; and her son-in-law, Worth Grilliot.

Daisy retired from the Budd Company.  Her greatest love and joy in life was her family, especially her grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 18, 2018, at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore, with Reverend Susan Kronbach officiating.  Burial will be in Weaver Cemetery, Bloom Township.

Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be expressed at www.smithcrates.com.

NB Custom Cut Specials

We’ll Cut Whatever YOU Want!

Tuesday is Senior Discount Day

– 10% off of ALL purchases!

– Stop on out!


We’ll Cut Whatever YOU Want!

– Ground FRESH Daily – 
85% Lean Ground Beef



USDA Choice New York Strip – $11.99#

USDA Choice Ribeyes – $12.99#

USDA Choice Top Sirloin – $8.99#


Baby Back Pork Ribs
– $2.59# –

Boneless Pork Chops
– $3.99# –

Pork Steak
– $2.79# –

Pork Cutlets
– $3.99# –

1 – pound pkg.
Whole Hog Sausage
Mild Country – Spicy – Southern – Salt n Pepper
$3.29 each


Chicken Salad = $5.79#

Sandwich Spread – $5.49

Potato Salad – $3.99

Macaroni Salad – $3.99


CUSTOM Bun Length Brats
Regular – Cheddar –  Pepper Jack – Italian
just $1.50 ea.


Walnut Creek Natural Casing Hot Dogs – $5.99#

Old Style Bologna
Regular – $5.49
Garlic – $5.69


Deli Cheeses
Colby – Swiss – Pepper Jack – Co-Jack
– $5.49# –

We accept –
Credit – Debit – EBT 

2018 North Baltimore Baccalaureate

Come on out and celebrate the graduation of our seniors.

2018 North Baltimore Baccalaureate

from Mike Soltis, The Bridge Assembly

The 2018 North Baltimore Baccalaureate will be Sunday, May 20, at 7:00 pm, In the NB High School/Middle School Auditeria.

Alfonso and Nathan, our speakers from BGSU, have confirmed their attendance and the team has organized the service.

The class has chosen business casual/no jeans for attire.

Come on out and celebrate the graduation of our seniors.

The Bridge Assembly on the corner of North Tarr and East Broadway in North Baltimore, Ohio – (also home to the NB Food Pantry)

NBHS Holds Academic Awards Program

The awards were all sponsored by generous donations from North Baltimore American Legion Post #539 and Ladies Auxiliary……..

Last Wednesday evening the NBHS/MS hosted an Academic Awards program, including induction of new National Honor Society members, at both the high school and junior high level; Tri-M Music awards; Honor roll recognition; and GPA(grade point average) honors.

The awards were all sponsored by generous donations from North Baltimore American Legion Post #539 and Ladies Auxiliary, and Mrs. Cheryl Cotterman.

Academic Awards–Congratulations!
Sophomores. Juniors, and Seniors received plaques for achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Academic Awards p.2–Congratulations!
Academic Awards p.3–Congratulations!
NBHS National Honor Society
NBMS National Honor Society–Congratulations!
Noah Cotterman leads the induction ceremony for NHS
Congratulations to Ms. Janet Goldner (Mayor of NB) who was recognized for her countless hours of dedication to the betterment of North Baltimore Musical Arts, both through the school and community. She was awarded an honorary membership to the Tri-M Honor Society

Congratulations to Mr. Joe Kepling who was recognized by the OHSAA for his countless hours of dedication to the betterment of North Baltimore sports, both through the school and community.

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects – May 14

The District will announce updates and when additional projects are under contract.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined. 

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 19,000 customers in Wood, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our construction and maintenance projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area.  The District will announce updates and when additional projects are under contract.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

Middleton and Plain Townships – Potter Road Waterline Installation
Through May, restoration and pavement work will continue on Potter Road from Poe Road to Long-Judson Road with minimal impact to traffic.  Project complete: May.

Millbury – Sanitary Sewer Improvements
Through June, short-term, intermittent lane restrictions are possible throughout the Village of Millbury for sewer work and manhole repairs.  Project complete: June.

Perrysburg Township – Hamlet Waterline Replacement
Through June, short-term intermittent lane restrictions and closures are possible in the Hamlet subdivision for waterline installation and restoration work.  Local access will be maintained.  Project complete: August.

Perrysburg Township – Sanitary Sewer Improvements
Through October, short-term intermittent lane restrictions are possible throughout Perrysburg Township, north of SR 795, for sewer work and manhole repair.  Project complete: October.

Rossford & Perrysburg Township – Waterline Replacement *NEW PROJECT*
Effective today through August, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Vineyard and Groce Streets in Rossford and on Riverbend Court and White Street in Perrysburg Township for waterline replacement.  The one day closure of Superior Street at White Street will be announced.  Project complete: August.

Rossford – Buck and Lime City Road Water Line Relocation and Improvements 
Through May, short-term, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Buck Road between I-75 and Lime City Road and on Lime City Road between I -75 and Marilyn Drive for restoration work.  Project complete: May. 

Weston – Waterline Project 
Through May, short-term intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Silver Street between Sugar Lane and Euler Street for restoration. Project complete: June.

Weston – Pump Station Project
Through May, intermittent, short-term lane restrictions are possible on Main Street, between Russ Street and Weston Road for restorations.  Project complete:  May.


Liberty Township – Bulk Water Station Closure
Through May, The District Bulk Water station at Bays Road near I-75 is closed for water tower painting.  For alternative Bulk Water Stations, click here.

Smoke Testing  McComb
Effective Tuesday, May 15, through Friday, May 25, District crews will be smoke testing sewer system in the Village of McComb.  Crews will be using non-toxic smoke in the sewer system to identify potential defects and cross-connections to the storm sewer system.

Hydrant Flushing
Through June, weekdays from 8 am until 3:30 pm, crews will be flushing and testing fire hydrants in southern Wood County and in McComb in Hancock County.  Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if the water becomes discolored.  For more information: http://www.nwwsd.org/what-we-do/water/water-facts/hydrant-main-line-flushing-info/

For a full list of projects on and off road, please visit our website:

Some More Interesting Recollections of Bygone Days

……………Then my great desire was to hire a mule by the week to kick me, but there was no mule to be had and I hadn’t the money to pay for that kind of amusement if there had been.

NB Pioneer Days Series III: A First-Person Account
By Tom Boltz and the North Baltimore Ohio Area Historical Society

In the late 1890s and early 1900s, George W. Wilkinson, the editor of the North Baltimore Beacon, encouraged elderly local residents to write about their experiences in the settling of Henry Township and the founding of North Baltimore, Ohio. He published their letters in a series of articles which he titled “Interesting Pioneer Sketches.”

The following article was written by W. H. Roberts. It describes life in Henry Township and northern Hancock County adjacent to Henry Township in the 1860s. This article is directly transcribed from the North Baltimore Beacon of September 20, 1901.

Some More Interesting Recollections of Bygone Days

The Use of Cow Bells—
All Was Not Drudgery but People Enjoyed Themselves—
Experience with a Deer—
Value of Walnut Trees in ‘60

Editor Beacon: It seems that there has not been as liberal response to your call for pioneer letters as there should have been. The letters from Mr. Hugh Campbell and Mr. DeRodes have awakened recollections which I in my poor way will endeavor to record for the information and amusement of the BEACON readers. Of course, as the Queen of Sheba said when she first saw Solomon’s Temple, “The half has not been told.”

It is fact that those that came here when Mr. Campbell did, saw harder times, but clearing was the same in 1860 several commenced one and one-half miles south of North Baltimore. Our cattle ran to the woods for their living and after our day’s work we would listen for the sound of their bells. Everyone had bells on their cows and could easily recognize their own bells. Sometimes we would find them where Thomas or Deming now lives, sometimes over where Borough now lives and at times failed to find them for several days at a time, but we had the long walk all the same.

Many of the readers have cleared land and helped to raise log cabins and barns, but there are many who have not. There was a great deal of sport as well as hard work when we got the logs together. Four men were chosen for corner and some tall hustling was done among the men on the ground, there being always some rivalry to see who could make the best corner and some tall hustling was done among the men on the ground, each end anxious to get their end up first. It was generally a day’s work to build a barn of this kind for we often laid the clapboards and fastened them down with weight poles. Those buildings have been replaced by white houses and large red barns.

I think it was in 1863 that E. M. Heminger and myself were building a house for him where William Weisel now lives. Ephraim then lived on the farm now owned by Furtwangler. His wife came down to my cabin and with my wife started to find the new home, they got as far as they could about where that nice corn field is east of the house of L. A. Heminger and could get no farther for logs and water. They called for us and Ephraim went and piloted them over the logs, for we had a chain of logs that kept us out of the water. They were not very well pleased with the location but concluded that home would be home even in the woods.

There is one incident that after the lapse of forty years I feel very sensitive about, and that is how I shot a deer. I then lived where John Lyon now lives and in the winter of 1859 I went to the field north of the house to haul some straw for my horses and while loading I saw a fine deer grazing on the wheat field nearby, slipping off the stack I took my team to the house, I had no gun but had learned that Lewis John had one, after borrowing the gun I found there were no balls for it, but fortune favors the brave and I soon made some and started for the deer, a half mile away. The last forty rods I crawled on my hands and knees for fear it would see me and leave. Finally, I got to the place on the opposite side of the fence from the game. I then lay flat down, I had heard of buck fever and thought I noticed the symptoms, but I took a sight on the deer and my recollections are that it looked as large as the front of the Beacon Block, but after trying several times I let go and down came the deer. It is no use to try to describe my feelings after I had rested for some time and loaded the gun. After I had time to cut its throat several times it got out and dragged off to the fence and I walked around to shoot it again, but it saw me as I raised the gun and it turned its tail over its back that was the last I saw of it.

Frederick Heminger was then running a sawmill near where John Lyon now lives, and I went and told him of the incident. He said he would help me get it, so we tracked it by the blood as far as the Nelson Copus farm and lost track of it, men and dogs having there taken the track.

Then my great desire was to hire a mule by the week to kick me, but there was no mule to be had and I hadn’t the money to pay for that kind of amusement if there had been.

To give some idea of the value of timber at that time I will relate an incident that occurred in 1860. I went to Mrs. Ausenbaugh then living two-mile south of North Baltimore, to buy a walnut tree. She told me to pick out the one I wanted, and she would set a price on it. I showed her the tree and she said she thought it worth one dollar and a half (I thought so too) and that was a fair price at that time.

There was no sale for timber in any shape to any extent. We cut some cord wood and hauled it to Vanburen and got $1.25 a cord in trade at the mill or stores.

Tick Season Has Officially Started in Ohio

Increasing the Risk of Lyme Disease

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The weather’s finally warm, the sun is out, and now, so are the ticks.

And this year, tick season in Ohio is expected to be pretty bad, says Glen Needham, a retired entomologist and tick expert formerly with Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.

Already, Needham has collected the first blacklegged or deer tick nymph of the season in Coshocton County, and he said that this is just the beginning of what people can expect to see as tick season ramps up.

“With the extended winter cold we’ve experienced this year and the slower to develop spring weather, you can expect to see a lot of ticks starting to come out all at once,” Needham said. “Think of it as kind of a tick logjam.

“Although we’ve experienced a longer than normal winter, we really didn’t have a polar vortex come through and kill back the ticks, which typically are pretty cold hardy.”

For example, soil temperatures have to reach zero to minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit to freeze dog ticks, he said.

“So really, all the extended cold weather did was just delay tick emergence,” Needham said. “With these 70- and 80-degree days we’re now experiencing, ticks are going to be active and very hungry.”

With the rising tick population comes the risk of contracting tickborne illnesses such as Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the major threat associated with deer tick bites. Most Lyme disease cases occur during the summer when the poppy seed-sized nymphs are most active.

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected deer ticks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms of Lyme disease, which can appear days to months after a tick bite, typically include fever, headache, neck stiffness, joint pain, facial palsy, heart palpitations, dizziness, fatigue and a characteristic skin rash.

Lyme disease and other arthropod-borne diseases spread by ticks, fleas and mosquitos have tripled in the last 12 years, with Ohio among the states with high rates of infections, according to a new report from the CDC.

From 2004 to 2016, Ohio had 1,358 reported cases of tickborne diseases and 1,359 cases of mosquito-borne diseases, the CDC said

Lyme disease specifically is on the rise in Ohio, Needham said, with more than 270 reported cases in 2017 alone, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

“And the CDC states that you can add a zero to that number, making it closer to 3,000 unreported new cases in Ohio last year,” he said. “That compares to 44 probable and confirmed cases in 2010.”

While Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics, it can be an arduous, debilitating disease, Needham said.

The best way to beat Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites, he said. This goes for pets too, with dogs being vulnerable to Lyme disease infection. Use of veterinarian-recommended anti-tick products and Lyme vaccines are even more important with the expansion of infected tick populations.

“It’s important to know the kinds of ticks, how to prevent getting bit, and if you are bitten, how to remove them, considering that deer ticks have been reported in some 70 of Ohio’s 88 counties,” he said.

Pictured: a deer tick crawling on a penny. Photo: Glen Needham

Deer ticks are typically found in wooded areas, while American dog ticks are found in grassy habitat next to woods, road edges and paths, feeding on animals including deer, birds and rodents. They can range from poppy seed-sized in the nymph stage, to watermelon seed-sized in the unfed adult stage, to grape-sized when fed, Needham said.

“They can climb onto your skin or clothes if you happen to brush against the vegetation and you might not even feel it,” he said. “If you protect yourself and your pet, you can lessen your risk of getting a tickborne disease.”

To prevent tick bites when in areas prone to ticks, you should:

  • Wear light-colored clothes including shirts with long sleeves with the hem tucked into your pants and long pants tucked into your socks or boots.
  • Apply a tick repellent according to label instructions.
  • Do frequent tick checks of your body while outside and a thorough inspection at shower time.
  • Protect your pets with an anti-tick product recommended by a veterinarian.
  • Keep dogs on a leash and avoid weeds.

If you find a tick attached:

  • Do not crush or puncture it.
  • Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible using pointy tweezers, a tick removal tool, or your finger and thumb. Pull straight up and out with steady, even pressure.
  • Thoroughly wash the bite site, your hands and the tweezers with warm soap and water.
  • Place the tick in a container with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer. Record the day the tick was likely to have attached.
  • Take the specimen with you to a healthcare professional if you develop flu-like symptoms, a rash or anything that is unusual for you.

To help Ohioans learn more about ticks and how to keep people and pets safe, OSU Extension has developed a webinar and website with information about tick biology, tick identification and tickborne diseases. The site can be accessed at u.osu.edu/tick/.