Kathy L. Bear, 63

Passed away at 8:05 a.m., on Friday, June 22, 2018…

Kathy L. Bear, 63, of North Baltimore, passed away at 8:05 a.m., on Friday,
June 22, 2018.  She was born on July 21, 1954, in Findlay to the late
Donald D. and Gladys E. (Miller) Santmire.  She married Albert J. Bear on
June 1, 1974, and he survives.

Kathy is also survived by her son, Donald (Diana Stateler) Bear of
Leipsic; her daughters: Julie Ann (Rickey) Bear and Dena M. (John) Gay,
both of North Baltimore; her brother, Ronald Santmire of Findlay; her
grandchildren: Jacob, Joseph, Walter, Maranda, Harmon, Jessica, Jonathon,
Steven, Loretta and Presley; her great-grandchildren: Elaina, Preston and
Bentley; and her beloved 3 fur babies: Teco, Piper and Squirt.

Kathy retired from Clark American Lincoln where she worked from 1979-1992.
She enjoyed fishing, traveling, reading, crocheting and garage sales.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at
SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore. Burial will be in Weaver
Cemetery, Bloom Township.

Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday at
SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, and 1 hour (10-11 a.m.) prior the service

Memorial contributions may be made to:  The Benefit of Kathy Bear, at any
Huntington Bank.  Online condolences may be expressed at

ODOT D-2 Highway Technician Career Fair

Interested people encouraged to apply online in advance

ODOT District 2 to Host Highway Technician Career Fair

Interested people encouraged to apply online in advance

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 2 is in search of full-time highway technicians.

Career fair attendees will be able to apply for a full-time position, have a driving record check completed, take a required physical abilities test and a required reading comprehension & math test, and interview for the position.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent; a valid class A or B commercial driver’s license (CDL), without air brake restriction and with tanker endorsement; and three months of training or experience in basic equipment operation.

The highway technician position includes roadway maintenance and repair activities such as crack sealing, tree trimming, culvert repairs, and maintenance of traffic. Read more about the position and apply here: Highway Technician 1

Those interested in the career fair are encouraged, but not required, to apply in advance at careers.ohio.gov. Filter by “Job Field”, and select “Transportation”. Then filter by “Location”, and select which county(s) you’re interested in.

Summer HT

Lucas County career fair

WHEN: Thursday, June 28, 

WHERE: ODOT Lucas County garage, 4080 Technology Drive, Maumee, Ohio 43537

The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state’s largest man-made asset – the transportation system. ODOT’s mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.

ODOT Work – Toledo – Lucas Co.

All work is weather permitting

Lucas County ODOT Weekly Construction Update

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Updates are highlighted in bold and underlined


Interstate 75

I-75 Widening and Bridge Work 

Project 485-14/PID 77254

Through October


Single lane restrictions possible between I-475 and Lagrange Street

Through August

Haverhill Drive closed between Berdan Ave. and Phillips Ave.

Intersection of Manhattan Blvd. and Phillips Ave. closes

Seek alternate route

Monday, June 25 into Tuesday, June 26


Lane restrictions possible on northbound I-75 between Delaware Ave. and Berdan Ave.

Ramp closed from northbound I-75 to Jeep Pkwy. (Exit 205A)

Detour: Phillips Ave. (Exit 206); Detroit Ave.; Berdan Ave.; Jeep Pkwy.


Lane restrictions possible on eastbound I-475 between Promedica Pkwy. and I-75

Ramp closed from eastbound I-475 to northbound I-75

Detour: Southbound I-75; Detroit Ave. (Exit 203B); Northbound I-75

Through July:

· Ramp from Phillips Ave. to southbound I-75 closed

Detour: northbound I-75; Stickney Ave. (Exit 207); North Expressway Dr.; southbound I-75

· Ramp from Jeep/Willys Pkwy. to southbound I-75 closed

Detour: Detroit Ave.

· Ramp from Jeep/Willys Pkwy. to northbound I-75 closed

Detour: Berdan Ave.; Detroit Ave.; Phillips Ave.

· Ramp from southbound I-75 to Jeep/Willys Pkwy. (Exit 205A) closed

Detour: Detroit Ave. (Exit 203B)

· Lane restrictions possible on Detroit Ave. at I-75

· Lane restrictions possible on Berdan Ave. at I-75

· Willys Pkwy. from Pioneer Ln. to Jeep Pkwy. closed

· Pioneer Ln. at SR 120/Central Ave. closed

Detour: Willys Pkwy.; Berdan Ave.; Jeep Pkwy.; Central Ave.

Through September:

· Interchange ramp from eastbound I-475 to southbound I-75 reduced to one lane

All work is weather permitting


Interstate 75

Indiana Avenue Bridge Replacement

Project 8010-17/PID 86926

Through May 2019

Indiana Ave. over I-75 reduced to one lane

Ramp from southbound I-75 to Washington St./Downtown (Exit 202A) reduced to one lane

7pm-6am: Lane restrictions on I-75 possible between Dorr St. and Nebraska Ave.

Through July: Local and pedestrian access maintained on Indiana Ave.

All work is weather permitting


Interstate 280

Veterans Glass City Skyway Bridge Lighting Upgrades

Project 454-17/PID 102791

Through July

Shoulder restrictions possible

All work is weather permitting


Interstate 280


Veterans Glass City Skyway Bridge Light Pole Replacement

Project 1068-17/PID 104115

Through July

Lane restrictions possible on I-280 between SR 2/Navarre Ave. and Manhattan Blvd.

Wednesday, June 27 through Saturday, June 30

Nightly 9pm-6am: Ramp from Greenbelt Pkwy. to southbound I-280 closed

Detour: northbound I-280; Manhattan Blvd. (Exit 12); southbound I-280

Will be announced

Nightly 9pm-6am: Ramp from Greenbelt Pkwy. to northbound I-280 closed

Detour: southbound I-280; Navarre Ave. (Exit 7); northbound I-280

Will be announced

Nightly 9pm-6am: Ramp from northbound I-280 to Greenbelt Parkway (Exit 11) closed

Detour: Manhattan Blvd. (Exit 12); southbound I-280; Greenbelt Pkwy. (Exit 11)

Will be announced

Nightly 9pm-6am: Ramp from Front St. to northbound I-280 closed

Detour: Front St.; southbound I-280; Navarre Ave. (Exit 7); northbound I-280

All work is weather permitting

I 475

Interstate 475

Promedica Parkway Ramp

Through September

ProMedica Parkway ramp to eastbound I-475 open to access southbound I-75 ONLY

ProMedica Parkway ramp to eastbound I-475 to access northbound I-75 closed

Detour: southbound I-75; Detroit Avenue (Exit 203B); northbound I-75

All work is weather permitting

Interstate 75, 280 & 475

Interstate Maintenance Work

Through December

Overnight lane restrictions are possible

All work is weather permitting

Interstates 280, 475 & US 24

Landscape Maintenance

Project 1021-18/PID 104109

Through June

Should restrictions possible for landscaping work

All work is weather permitting

us route 20

US Route 20/Central Avenue

Resurfacing Finish Work

Project 325-17/PID 95717

*Project Complete*

state route 20

US Route 20/Central Avenue


Project 101-18/PID 102808

Through July

Nightly 8pm-6am lane restrictions possible on US 20 between King Rd. and McCord Rd.

All work is weather permitting

US 24

US Route 24

Turn Lane Modifications

Project 63-18/PID 100995

Through September

Lane restrictions possible at the intersection of US 24 and Monclova Rd.

All work is weather permitting

State Route 2

State Route 2/Anthony Wayne Bridge

Bridge Painting

Project 220-16/PID 92331

Through June

Bridge sidewalk and local road restrictions possible for finish work

All work is weather permitting

State Route 2

State Route 2/Airport Highway

Resurfacing Finish Work

Project 325-17/PID 95717

*Project Complete*

state route 25

State Route 25/Anthony Wayne Trail

Bridge Replacement

Project 142-18/PID 85266

Through October 2019

Lane restrictions on SR 25/Anthony Wayne Trail between Western Ave. and Collingwood Blvd.

Through November

Inbound SR 25 reduced to one, 11-foot lane

Outbound SR 25 remains two lanes

Through October 2019

Emerald Ave. closed between Vinton St. and SR 25/Anthony Wayne Trail and City Park Ave. closed between Greene St. and SR 25/Anthony Wayne Trail

Seek alternate route

Additional lane restrictions may be announced

All work is weather permitting

State Route 51

State Route 51/Monroe Street

Bridge Painting

Project 289-16/PID 79991

Through June

Lane restrictions possible on northbound Monroe St. for finish work

Nightly lane restrictions possible on I-475 under Monroe St.

 All work is weather permitting

state route 64

State Route 64

Waterville Bridge Replacement
Project 567-17/PID 92088

Through September 2020

Lane restrictions possible

Through Friday, August 3

SR 64/SR 65 Intersection closed

SR 64/Mechanic Street at S. River/N. River Intersection closed

Bridge detour: SR 65; SR 295; US 24

SR 64/65 Intersection detour: SR 25; SR 582

One weekend closure in 2019 (dates TBA)

All work is weather permitting

state route 120

State Route 120/Central Avenue

Resurfacing Finish Work

Project 325-17/PID 95717

*Project Complete*

SR 184

State Route 184/Alexis Road


Resurfacing & Drainage Work

Project 262-18/PID 99662

Through December

Lane restrictions possible between Acres Road and Flanders Road

Local roads may be closed at Alexis Road

All work is weather permitting

state route 295

State Route 295

Railroad Crossing Repairs

Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29

SR 295 closed at railroad tracks between Cardinal Lane and Soul Road

Detour: SR 2; SR 64; US 20

All work is weather permitting

Various Routes District-wide

Guardrail & Electrical Maintenance

Projects 1052-17, 1063-17 & 09-18/PIDs 103414, 104107 & 103373

Through December

Lane restrictions are possible district-wide

All work is weather permitting

Gavarone Supports Trafficking Victims Bill

Bill intended to Help Victims of Human Trafficking….

COLUMBUS—State Representative Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) applauded the Ohio House for yesterday’s passage of Senate Bill 4, legislation that establishes a procedure by which victims of human trafficking can apply to the courts for expungement of crimes they were forced to commit due to their trafficking.

Senate Bill 4, sponsored by State Senators Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) and Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton), aims to expand opportunities for expungement and intervention for victims of human trafficking who are working to start over. For individuals convicted of any of six specified offenses, including solicitation and prostitution, the bill expands the statutory language regarding the criminal offenses for which records may be expunged. This process clarifies that the provision generally applies to any offense whereby the offender’s participation was the result of being a victim of human trafficking. The bill stipulates that this process is unavailable to expunge the most serious offenses of aggravated murder, murder, or rape.

Rep. Gavarone introduced companion legislation in the House that makes reforms in this same area. During House discussion of the bill, she spoke in support of its passage on the floor.

“Unfortunately, our legal system currently makes it tough for victims of human trafficking to rebuild their lives because of a court record that follows them for crimes they committed under duress,” Rep. Gavarone said. “This legislation gives our courts another tool that can be used to provide better protection and services to help human trafficking victims get a fresh start on their new lives.”

Senate Bill 4 is supported by a host of individuals and organizations including State Auditor Dave Yost, Judge Paul Herbert, the Office of the Ohio Public Defender, the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, and several victims’ rights groups.


Prepare for a power outage

PUCO offers tips….

COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 21, 2018) – This summer, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is reminding consumers of important outage preparation information.

While the electric distribution system in Ohio is typically safe and reliable, weather conditions such as thunderstorms, high winds or tornados can cause service interruptions.

The PUCO offers these tips for being prepared in the event electric customers experience an outage.

What should I do during a power outage?

All outages should be immediately reported to your electric company.  This will let the utility company know the location and extent of the outage. The company must keep a record of all outages.  Most utilities allow you to report outages by phone, online or even mobile apps.

Unplug all major appliances and electronics, such as computers and televisions, to protect them from a possible power surge when the power comes back on. By leaving one light on, you will be able to tell when your service is restored.

How can I be prepared year-round?

For practical purposes, every home should have a storm kit. The following items should be included for unexpected power interruptions.

  • Portable, battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Manual can opener and bottle opener
  • A supply of non-perishable foods needing little or no cooking (Be sure you pack any special dietary foods, baby food and formula, if needed.)
  • Water stored in clean, non-corrosive, non-breakable, tightly covered containers such as soft drink bottles ― plan for at least two quarts per person per day
  • Personal hygiene products, sanitary supplies, diapers and first aid supplies
  • Ice chest and ice or frozen ice packs
  • Camp stove or canned heat stove, and fuel for three to five days; or hibachi grill and charcoal
  • If possible, have access to a cellular phone. A hardwire or cordless telephone may not work without electricity.

Make sure you know how to manually open and close any electric garage doors, security doors or gates. Have surge protectors on important electrical equipment such as computers, DVD players and televisions. Be aware that during an outage, gas appliances with electronic ignitions will not work because electricity is needed to ignite the natural gas. Appliances requiring fans or other electric devices to run (such as central air conditioning units and gas clothes dryers) will not operate.

For additional tips on being prepared during a power outage visit www.Ready.gov or www.PUCO.ohio.gov. For help with utility-related questions or concerns, call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826).

Opioid Crisis Workshop: Unseen Impact on Older Adults

Wednesday, July 18th from noon – 5:00 p.m. at Penta Career Center, 9301 Buck Road, Perrysburg….

Northwest Ohio (June 20, 2018) – An opioid workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 18th from noon – 5:00 p.m. at Penta Career Center, 9301 Buck Road, Perrysburg, Ohio. Key leaders from Northwest Ohio will discuss the impact of the opioid crisis on middle-aged and older adults. Information on opioid use, misuse, abuse, and dependency will be provided along with information on alternative strategies for pain management and community resources from agencies/organizations in Northwest Ohio. This workshop will also address the unique challenges faced by grandparents who are raising the grandchildren of the opioid epidemic. Naloxone training/distribution will be provided by Dr. Stephanie McGuire Wise from the Zepf Center.

The workshop is free for individuals over the age of 60 and for all grandparents raising their grandchildren. For others, the cost is $25.00 per person, with CEUs available for Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage Family Therapists.

Registration is required. To register, download an application at https://areaofficeonaging.com/event/4930   For questions, call 419-382-0624 or send an email to training@areaofficeonaging.com.


This workshop is sponsored by the Wood County Committee on Aging, the Optimal Aging Institute of Bowling Green State University, and the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio.


For additional information, including the workshop agenda, see https://www.bgsu.edu/content/dam/BGSU/health-and-human-services/document/18HH6535-Opioid-Workshop-Flier.pdf available at www.bgsu.edu/oai

Now is Peak Time for Thunder and Lightning Storms

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 24-30…..

COLUMBUS, OH — In an annual coordinated effort with the National Weather Service (NWS), the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is promoting June 24-30 as National Lightning Safety Awareness Week and encourages all Ohioans to know what to do before, during and after thunderstorms, and to practice severe weather safety and preparedness throughout the summer.

Although lightning strikes can occur at any time during the year, summertime is usually peak season for thunder and lightning storms. Since the inception of Lightning Safety Awareness Week, lightning fatalities in the U.S. have dropped from about 50 per year to an average of 30 or less per year. The NWS attributes this reduction to this weather safety campaign and to a greater awareness of lightning danger, and people seeking safe shelter when thunderstorms threaten.

According to the NWS, as of June 8, there have been five lightning-strike fatalities in the country this year, including a 7-year-old boy from Tennessee. In 2017, there were 16 lightning fatalities in a total of six states, including an 82-year-old man from Brewster, Ohio (Stark County).

There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Lightning safety is an inconvenience that can save your life. So, “When thunder roars, go indoors!” Stop outdoor activities and seek safe shelter immediately.

The NWS and the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness encourage Ohioans to prepare for thunder and lightning storms – and all severe weather events.

If thunder and lightning storms are happening in your area, you should do the following:

  • Listen to current weather reports on local TV or radio stations, or use a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio. Be aware of changing weather conditions. Severe thunderstorms can hail, damaging winds and/or tornadoes.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones and devices, including those plugged into electrical outlets for recharging. Cordless and wireless phones not connected to wall outlets are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. If you can do so safely, unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers, and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing and water. Do not wash your hands, bathe or shower. Do not wash dishes or do laundry. Water and plumbing conduct electricity.

If you’re caught outside:

  • Take shelter in a sturdy, substantial building. Avoid isolated sheds or small structures in open areas, such as baseball dugouts.
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area. Also avoid hilltops or open fields.
  • Avoid being in or near bodies of water such as the beach, a swimming pool, fishing, or on a boat.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal – tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
  • If driving during a severe thunderstorm, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency hazard lights until the heavy rain stops. Avoid flooded roadways – Turn Around Don’t Drown®. Just 12 inches of moving water can sweep away most vehicles.

To minimize the risk of being struck by lightning, just remember “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!” and stay indoors until at least 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder or crack of lightning.

For additional information on lightning safety, visit the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, ReadyOhio, or the NWS site at www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.

OCSWA is comprised of 16 organizations and state agencies that are dedicated in teaching Ohioans severe weather safety and preparedness.

5 Steps to Saving Money Easily

While it sounds simple to create a budget for each month’s expenses, it can actually be pretty hard……


(Family Features) Saving money – it’s one of the most challenging tasks people face month after month, year after year. However, a few simple rules and free personal finance apps can make it easier for you to stay on top of your spending and saving habits.

Consider these simple steps for building up your savings and net worth:

Track Your Spending Habits
If you think you’re spending more than you should but aren’t sure exactly where to start trimming expenses, it can be a good idea to self-audit and see exactly where your money is going. There are multiple websites that can help you connect your accounts in one place and track your spending.

Use Peer Pressure to Your Advantage
Contrary to conventional wisdom, peer pressure doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. In fact, according to research conducted by the University of Chicago and the University of Maryland, peer pressure can actually help you cut back on unnecessary spending. The researchers studied the spending habits of people using a personal finance website called Status Money and found that users who learned they were spending more than their peers reduced their spending by an average of 23 percent. Find more information at statusmoney.com.

Identify Problem Areas
Maybe the newest pair of sneakers on the market have to be yours, or perhaps dining out with friends is just too tantalizing. Once you’ve compared your spending with peers, you can find out if you’re splurging a little too much. Try not to completely deprive yourself of your favorite hobbies or activities, though. See what’s a reasonable budget for you then cut back on things you can live without.

Set a (Logical) Budget
While it sounds simple to create a budget for each month’s expenses, it can actually be pretty hard. Rather than expending time and effort aiming for a goal that isn’t realistic, use online tools to help set a benchmark that’s achievable month-to-month. For example, Status Money can help you set reasonable spending limits and automatically predict your future spending to alert you before you hit or exceed your budget.

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Negotiate and Change Financial Providers
Always be open to deals and financial products that are better suited to your personal situation. Switching providers or negotiating prices can often save you money. You can bargain on everything from a cable bill to purchasing a vehicle – even small savings can add up over time.

Saving money can be a challenge for people in all walks of life, but creating a plan can help you change the outlook of your financial life for the better. Visit statusmoney.com to learn how much you can save.


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