Robert Twining, 67

Passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018….

Robert Twining, 67, of North Baltimore passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at his residence. He was born on December 18, 1950, to the late
Robert E. and Donna (Swope) Lee.

Robert is survived by his daughter, Carrie Dintal;his step-mother, Marilyn Twining; his siblings: John, Harvey, Nancy and Peggy; his cousins: Craig (Elaine) Swope, Gary (Andrea) Swope, Eric (Sandy) Swope, Julie (Harry) Friess and Phyllis (Robert-deceased) James; uncle, Max (Marilyn) Swope of Cygnet and his friends: Oscar and Sheila Muniz; Jeff, Jeremy and Joey Muniz.

He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Clayton “Mike” Twining and uncle, Merlin (Patricia) Swope.

Robert was retired from Whirlpool Corporation, where he worked for over 34 years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, and member of the North Baltimore American Legion Post 539.

Robert enjoyed car shows, drag and street racing, working on cars, traveling (never wanting to go home), and was a Michigan Wolverine fan.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 3, 2018,
at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore. Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, where full military rites will be conducted by theNorth Baltimore American Legion Post 539.

Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday at SMITH-CRATES

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Baltimore American Legion Post 539. Online condolences may be expressed at

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects – Oct. 29

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 19,000 customers in Wood, Sandusky, and Hancock counties. 

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 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.

Perrysburg Township – Starbright Subdivision Waterline Replacement
Through October, short-term, intermittent lane restrictions are possible throughout the Starbright subdivision for restoration work.

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

Rossford & Perrysburg Township – Waterline Replacement
Through November, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Vineyard and Groce Streets in Rossford and on Riverbend Court and White Road in Perrysburg Township for waterline replacement.  Restoration work will take place in the spring.  Project complete: November.

Weston – Waterline Replacement
Through December, lane restrictions are possible on Center Street from Main Street to Euler Road and on Euler Road, between Center Street and Silver Street for waterline replacement.  Waterline work on Cygnet Road in Cygnet will be announced.  Project complete: December.


Hydrant Flushing
Through November, weekdays from 8 am until 3:30 pm, crews will be flushing and testing fire hydrants in Perrysburg Township and Rossford.  Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if the water becomes discolored.  For more information:

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

Friends of the Parks Photo Contest 2018

Enter photos taken at Wood County Park District properties by November 30, 2018. 

2018 Photo Contest
Friends of the Parks Photo Contest
  • $5 entry fee to enter up to 5 photos
  • Friends of the The Friends of the Wood County Parks support our county parks in many ways. Through donations of both funds and people power, the Friends help you and your family enjoy the parks by:
    • organizing and staffing special programs and events
    • assisting with educational and interpretive programs
    • promoting the preservation and development of natural park areas
    • increasing public awareness about legislation and issues that affect our parks


  • 2018 Photo Contest: Enter photos taken at Wood County Park District properties by November 30, 2018.  Photos need to fall into one of the three categories of landscape, wildlife, and/or plant life. Prospectus and entry agreement here.We would like to thank Main Street Photo of Bowling Green for their sponsorship of our Photo Contest.
  • Find the Prospectus Here.

NBHS Fall 2018 Senior Night Bios

The North Baltimore High School Fall Seniors were honored under the Friday night lights at NB’s War Memorial Field.

Thank you to all the seniors and their families! Best of luck to all with their future plans!

Rachel Crouse – Rachel is the daughter of Barb and Ray Crouse.  Rachel is a 4 yr varsity Cross Country letterman and serves as a team captain this year.  Rachel is also a member, squad leader and section leader in the tiger marching band.  Rachel also participates in track and is a member of Paws for a Cause, Tri-M, and National Honor Society.  In her free time Rachel enjoys spending time with her friends, Mali, Brendan, and Wyatt.  Rachel would like to thank her family “for always supporting me in everything I do.”  After graduation Rachel plans to attend college but is undecided as to her major.

Zion Cook – Zion is the Grandson of Pam and Bill Cook.  Zion is a second year varsity cross country member.  Zion also participates in track and works at Beer Barrel Pizza.  Zion would like to thank Mr. Endicott for ”getting me through High School”.  After graduation Zion plans to attend BGSU he is undecided as to his major.

Jordan Bucher – Jordan is the daughter of Suzanne and Bill Bucher.  Jordan is a 2nd year varsity cheerleader and cheer co-captain, a 4th year varsity golf letterman and a 3 year district golf team qualifier.  Jordan also participates in Track and is a member of Paws for a Cause, Student Council, National Honor Society and International club.  Jordan’s favorite memory is making it to districts for golf all 4 years.  Jordan would like to thank her Dad” for pushing me to become better even when I didn’t want to.”  After a graduation Jordan would plans to pursue a career in nursing.

Elias Burleson – Elias is the son of Rachel and Chad Burleson.  Elias favorite memory is of all the relationships he was able to form on the golf course.  Elias would like to thank Coach Bill Bucher and Kathi Bucher for “coming back each year to coach me and my team mates”.

Lilly Westgate – Lilly is the daughter of Laura and Jason Westgate.  Lilly is Co-Captain of the girls golf team and also Serves as Drum major for the tiger marching band.  Lilly is vice president of National Honor Society, President of student Council, President of her 4H Club, Tri –M president and a member of Paws for a cause, Junior Fair Board and is a Sr. Fair board representative.  Lilly’s favorite memories are the “I HAVE A MANGO” cheer that the band does in the stands at every game and of course the mandatory Ice Cream Stops after each golf match.  She would like to thank her mom and dad “for being there for Maddy and I and loving us constantly”.  And her Cotter-gate-ler family for always being there, being the best family ever and for always getting the best pictures”.  After graduation Lilly plans to attend either BGSU or owens to persue a career in either education or the medical field. 

Brittney Biller  – Brittney is the daughter of Renee Blakely and David Biller.  Brittney is a varsity cheerleader.  Brittney also participates in softball and is a member of paws for a cause, national honor society, and art club.  Brittney’s favorite memory is when she forgot to do a toe touch in front of the crowd during a basketball game.  Brittney would like to thank her friends, boyfriend, Hannah Lord, Julie Lord, her family and teachers for all of their support and help, “also to Hannah Main for doing our dance to everytime we touch at games and Hannah Lord for being a great friend and never giving up on me. “

Isabella BuchananIsabella is the daughter of Saundra Buchanan and Chip Freshcorn.  Isabella is a 3rd year member of the cheerleading squad.  Isabella also participates in Volleyball and softball.  Her favorite memory is how her class has come together to become a family.  She would like to thank her parents, teachers, and coaches for “never giving up on me and pushing me to be my best”.  After Graduation Isabella plans to attend Bradford college to study culinary and persue her dream to become a private chef on a cruise ship.

Hannah Main  – Hannah is the daughter of Erica and Chad Main.  Hannah is a first year member of the cheerleading squad.  She is also a member of Paws for a Cause and National Honor Society and enjoys horseback riding.  Hannah’s favorite memory is making up a new dance to the song “Everytime we touch” with Britney Biller just to entertain Coach Kim.  She would like to thank her family, Britney Biller, Hannah and Julie Lord “for always supporting me and cheering me on”.  After graduation Hannah plans to attend the University of Toledo to study nursing. 

Dalton Teaford – Dalton is the son of Stacy Bumpus and Shelly Friel and Forrest Teaford.  Dalton is the percussion squad leader and honorary LL for the tiger marching band.  Dalton’s favorite memories are band camp, learning how to play the shaker and of course being next to Mr. Packs room at Disney.  Dalton would like to thank everyone “who supported me believed in me”.  After Graduation Dalton plans to work at the Toledo Corrections institute as a corrections officer, run for village council and join the police academy at the age of 21. 

Lanie McCartney  – Lanie is the daughter of Kim and Mike Kerwin and Kevin and Bri McCartney.  Lanie is a majorette for the tiger marching band and plays trumpet.  Lanie also participates in Track serves as Tri-M vice president is a member of the Klassy Kids 4H group, pep band and twirls with Kathys classics baton group and is active in her church.  Lanie’s favorite memory will be twirling fire during football games and twirling at the glow show each year.  She would like to give a special thank you to her grandparents “who have always given me their love and support have always been at all of my events and been there when I needed them”.  After graduation Lanie plans on attending the University of Northwestern Ohio.  She is undecided as to her major.

Garrett Byrd – Garrett is the son of Marcy and Jonathon Byrd.  Garrett is a member of the tiger marching band.  Garrett also participates in Quiz Bowl, Paws for a Cause, Jazz band, Drama Club and Improve Club.  Garrett would like to thank Ms. Lauer” for not writing me off as a slacker and helping me not fail myself.”  After graduation Garrett plans to attend Arizona University to study Political Philosophy and obtain his PHD to become a professor.

Bradon Biller  – Brandon is the Son of Renee Blakely and David Biller.  Brandon is a varsity football letterman.  Brandon also participates in wrestling.  Brandons favorite football memory is getting his first win this year.  He would like to thank all of his coaches and teachers “for pushing me hard and allowing me to succeed”.  After graduation Brandon plans to attend college for either electrical engineering or business and join the Marines.

Santos Canales – Santos is the son of Dianna and Benito Canalas.  Santos attends Penta Vocational school where he studies.  Santos also participates in wrestling.  A favorite memory Santos has is going into the locker room on game days while everyone is getting hyped up for the game ahead.  Santos would like to thank Coach Scherdt and coach Walls “ for pushing me and encouraging me to be where I am today”.  After graduation Santos plans to attend business college and start his own business

Harley Cole – Harley is the son of Shelly LaRotonda and Steve and April Cole.  Harley is a 3 year varsity letterman.  Harley is also a member of Paws for a Cause, Student Council, and National Honor Society.  Harley’ favorite would have to be defeating Van Buren 35-7 his Jr. year.  After graduation Harley plans to attend college and major in marketing.

Brendan Cotterman – Brendan is the son of Lori and John Cotterman.  Brendan is a varsity football letterman and 4 year participant.  Brendan also participates in Wrestling and baseball.  Scoring his first touchdown will always be his special memory.  Brendan would like to thank his parents “for teaching me dedication and pushing me to be the best student athlete I can be”.  After graduation Brendan plans to attend college but is undecided as to his major.

Jacob CrawfordJacob is the son of Jessica and Mike Bengela.  Jacob is a 2nd year football letterman.  Jacob also participates in Track.  Jacobs favorite memory is goofing off with coaches during practice.  Jacob would like to thank his parents, grandparents, and girlfriend for “being supportive of my decisions and helping me to do the right thing”.  After graduation Jacob plans to earn a degree in Criminal Justice while continuing his track career at the University of Findlay 

Blayne Keller –Blayne is the son of Jaime and Mark Keller.  Blayne is 3rd year member of the football team.  Bylayne also participates in track.  His favorite memory is going 6-4 last year after not having a winning record in 10 years.  Blayne would like to thank his mom and dad for “being supportive in everything I’ve done.”  After graduation Blayne plans to work on sprint cars and go to tech school.

Bryant Matthes – Bryant is the son of Arica and Matt Matthes.  Bryant is a 2nd year varsity football letterman a captain and 4 year participant.  Bryant is also a member of Student Council and National Honor Society.  Bryant’s favorite football memories are playing with his brother Hank his freshman year and defeating Van Buren his junior year.  Bryant would like to thank his parents and grandparents “for always being there and supporting me.”  After graduation Bryant plans to continue his agriculture career with his great grandpa Kidd and Jim Carter.

Alex Snyder – Alex is the son of Lori and John Snyder.  Alex is a 4 yr varsity football letterman and a team captain.  Alex also participates in baseball.  Alex enjoys fishing and playing football at Donell with Logan and Hunter. He also enjoys spending time with Brenden, Logan and his girlfriend Mallorie.  His favorite football memories are when Zach went to practice in his underwear and Hanging with his team and coaches every day after school.  Alex would like to thank his family, coaches, friends and Tyler Schwartz “ for supporting me and creating memories and bonds that will last a lifetime. “Love you TSWIZZ”.  After graduation Alex plans to college to either become a wildlife officer or a physical education teacher.

Zach Wiliams –Zach is the son of Kim Peters and Randy Williams.  Zach is second year member of the football team.  In his spare time Zach enjoys spending time with his friends, family and girlfriend Grace.  Zach’s favorite memory is of the practice when it was raining outside and the team did their Oklahoma drill in the rain and everyone was laughing and having fun.  Zach would like to thank his mom and dad for “everything they do for me”.  After graduation Zach plans to attend college to persue a career in law enforcement.

Science Made Magical

Consider these simple tricks that help convey the “magic” of science…….

(Family Features) When you see something you can’t explain, it can be easy to mistake those moments for magic, such as a balloon floating into the sky or water disappearing from a surface right before your eyes. However, the truth is these moments aren’t magic but scienceat play. Observing the laws of physics or chemistry can, at first glance, seem too fantastical to be explained, but science can explain a lot.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

These moments serving as creative ways to engage kids in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning may be one of the best tricks of them all. STEM touches many aspects of daily lives, and finding the connections between the classroom and the “magical” STEM moments of day-to-day life can inspire children and pique their interests in these topics.

Consider these simple tricks that help convey the “magic” of science:

Rubber Pencil
By holding an ordinary pencil by the eraser between your thumb and index finger then shaking it at just the right speed, it appears to become made of bendable rubber instead of wood. However, it’s simply an optical illusion. The effect is due to visual persistence, which occurs when many different images blend into a single image in the human mind. This is the same reason people can see a rapid sequence of changing images and recognize it as a movie.

Vanishing Water
There is a popular magic trick in which a magician takes an ordinary looking cup, pours water into it and, after a series of gestures, appears to make the water disappear. The viewer is surprised when the cup is flipped over and no water drips out, as if it has vanished into thin air. The science and answer to this mystery is a substance called sodium polyacrylate. This is a “hygroscopic” substance, which means that it acts like a sponge and absorbs water almost instantly. When the cup is lined with this substance, any water that meets it forms a mixture that is a solid gel. Unassuming audiences think the water has suddenly disappeared, when in fact the mixture is simply stuck to the base of the cup.

The art of talking with the tongue and not moving the mouth or face is called ventriloquism. When a skilled ventriloquist does this sitting beside a puppet that has a moving mouth, the human brain is tricked into thinking the puppet has come to life and is speaking to the audience. It works because humans use their eyes to find sound sources. The area of the brain that processes sounds entering the ears also appears to process stimulus entering the eyes, providing a novel explanation for why many viewers believe ventriloquists have thrown their voices to the mouths of their puppets.

Knowing how the magic works doesn’t necessarily make these tricks any less fun, and these simple tricks help teach children how STEM plays a role in everything, including fun and games. Another way to encourage children with STEM at an early age is encouraging them to participate in a program such as ExploraVision, the only STEM-related competition of its kind. It allows kids of all ages to create ideas for new technological innovations in response to current real-world issues. Participants work on their projects to supplement their science education, while also developing problem-solving, analytical and collaboration skills.

Parents and students can learn more about the competition and how to enter, and teachers can find free tips for engaging students, at



Butcher Shop Specials @ NB Custom Cuts

FREEZER BUNDLES – choose from ALL Beef – ALL Chicken OR 1/2 & 1/2 COMBO – call for details!!!

Come on out!!!

Senior Citizens Tuesdays
10% OFF Any Purchase

From the Farm to the Freezer –
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Raised & Grain Fed

Beef sides or Quarters
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Hogs – Whole or Half
$1.50 lb
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English Chuck Roast – $5.49

USDA Choice Top Sirloin $8.99#
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Assorted Bone-In Chops – $2.29#

OUR OWN Hickory Smoked Bacon – 5.99#

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NB Lions Club Collecting Used Eyeglasses

Please drop them off at the different collection boxes located across the Village……

Do you have old eye glasses that are not being used or broken?

Please drop them off at the different collection boxes located across the Village: at the Powell School, the North Baltimore Grain Elevator or on Saturday Mornings at the North Baltimore Recycling Center.

The North Baltimore Lions Club will then take them to the Eyeglass Sorting Center in Pandora Ohio, there the glasses, lenses, frames and parts are sorted,cleaned, the prescription information is collected, then cataloged and packaged to be re-used. and in the cases where the parts can not be re-used the material is recycled.

The glasses, lenses, frame and parts are then shipped to the various locations, many in third world countries with teams of Volunteer Optometrist where they set up clinics, preform eye examinations and use your old glasses to fill the prescriptions needed to provide the vision to those who were unable to see correctly.

Over 2,000 pairs of glasses are processed per year at Pandora the Ohio Chapter of V.O.S.H site  (Volunteering Optometric  Services to Humanity)

V.O.S.H. believes in the freedom to see. Our mission is to provide the gift of vision and quality eye health to the people of the world.

If you would like more information about V.O.S.H the Ohio Chapter. please see their web  site:

4 Benefits of Pet Adoption

Many adoptable animals are already spayed or neutered and up-to-date on their shots, meaning you won’t need to make a large up-front investment.

(Family Features) Pets have an incomparable ability to improve owners’ lives in a number of ways, so it’s only right that pet parents do the same for them. That’s why, if you’re considering adding a pet to the family, adoption can be a great choice.

Through pet adoption, you can not only help save dogs and cats from homelessness, but also have the opportunity to experience a lifetime of laughs, snuggles and memories. To unite pet owners with their new furry best friends this year, Mars Petcare celebrated its 10th annual adoption weekend, furthering the Mars Petcare purpose of A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™.

Consider these benefits of pet adoption and learn more at

  1. Gain a New Best Friend – When you adopt a pet, you also gain a friend to accompany you on life’s adventures, a family member to share life’s sweetest moments and a therapist to listen when you need an ear. Whether it’s a dog, a cat or one of the many other types of four-legged friends, pets are the perfect sidekicks for activities like walks around the park or cozy cuddle sessions in front of the TV. They also offer comfort and unconditional love during life’s happy moments and challenges.

  1. Find the Right Companion for You – Shelter staff are often familiar with the animals, their personalities and their needs, which allows them to accurately match you with a furry family member that’s compatible with your lifestyle. In addition, many adoptable animals are already spayed or neutered and up-to-date on their shots, meaning you won’t need to make a large up-front investment. There are also several programs and events that cover adoption fees throughout the year. For example, the Mars Petcare BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program holds an annual adoption weekend each August, working with local shelters to cover adoption costs. However, it’s important to remember the necessary daily care costs – as well as the unexpected ones – that come with owning a pet. While costs may be lower when you adopt, pet parents still need to invest time and training in their adopted pets to make sure they are getting the love and attention they need.
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  1. Rescue an Animal – More than 8 million pets end up in shelters nationwide each year, a majority of which are ready to be loving pets or can be ready with veterinary or behavioral care. Through pet adoption, you not only gain a new family member, you can feel the joy of knowing you gave a pet in need a loving forever home.

  1. Build a Strong Community – Pets are not only great companions for playing around in the yard, they also offer adoptive families a sense of community. Research from the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition found that pet owners report stronger social connections in their neighborhoods than non-pet owners and experience social benefits such as friendliness, helpfulness and trust between neighbors. Adopting a pet can also provide motivation that pushes you to get out of the house and increase your daily activity.


Mars Petcare

ODOT reminds motorists about importance of pedestrian safety

2017 was the deadliest in a decade for pedestrians in Ohio……

ODOT reminds motorists about importance of pedestrian safety with upcoming time change – clocks “falling back”

(COLUMBUS, October 29, 2018) — With this week’s time change on Nov. 4 at 2 a.m., Ohioans will gain an extra hour of sleep. It also means it is getting darker even earlier, reducing visibility and making it more important than ever for motorists to watch out for pedestrians during evening commutes, especially in residential areas and near schools.

In 2017, 145 pedestrians were killed on Ohio roadways, with 78% of those deaths happening at dawn, dusk or after dark. This is the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in the state in more than 10 years. November and December are the deadliest months for people walking in the Buckeye State.

“Roadway safety is a shared responsibility and with the time-change impacting visibility for all road users, we are asking drivers to slow down and watch for pedestrians,” said Cait Harley, ODOT’s Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Manager.

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign, Your Move Ohio, offers these safety tips.

Time change safety tips for motorists include:

  • Slow down: During the early morning and evening hours, more time is needed to see pedestrians. Increase the recommended safe distances. The more space, the more time there is to react. Slow down during rain and fog too.
  • Always stop: for pedestrians crossing the street. Do not pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks.
  • Be extra cautious: Decreased visibility calls for more vigilant driving. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians. Know that people who are walking or biking bundled up may not be able to hear or see as well and may take more time to react or maneuver especially with wet or icy conditions. Honking can startle or alarm pedestrians and bicyclists, creating a dangerous situation. Watch for children and families in neighborhoods and along school bus routes, at intersections and when backing out of driveways.
  • Be seen: Turn on headlights to be more visible during early morning and evening hours.
  • Eliminate distractions: Put away the Change the time on car clocks before starting to drive.
  • Beware of glare: Clean windshields inside and out. Dirty windshields can magnify glare. Also keep windows, headlights and mirrors clean. Do not use high beams when other cars or pedestrians are around.

Time change safety tips for pedestrians fall into four main categories:

  • See and be seen: Drivers need to see you to avoid you. Pedestrians can help drivers see them better by wearing reflective clothing and/or accessories. Consider attaching reflective stickers or fluorescent tape to clothing, backpacks, purses and briefcases. These materials reflect light from headlights back to drivers, making it easier to be seen. Carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.
  • Be aware: Avoid distractions – put the phone away and turn down the volume on music players to hear approaching danger. Don’t assume that drivers or bicyclists see pedestrians. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing streets. Do not let umbrellas or jacket hoods block views of approaching traffic.
  • Walk defensively: Ohio law says that motorists must yield to pedestrians crossing a street. However, especially at this time of year, be extra aware of drivers who are driving toward the sunrise or sunset, as it is harder to see pedestrians. Walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If there are not sidewalks, walk on the shoulder or berm, in the opposite direction of traffic.
  • Cross consciously: Remember look left, right, and left again and only cross when it is clear. Always cross at an intersection or crosswalk, where lighting is often better. Watch out for cars at every driveway and intersection.

About Your Move Ohio

Your Move Ohio ( is a response to a multi-year surge in fatal and serious bicycle and pedestrian crashes and epidemic levels of chronic diseases — obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes — in the state. The goal is to encourage more Ohioans to choose active transportation and to make it safer for them to walk, bike and bus.

Photo Gallery: Tiger Football

Final game of the football season for 2018….

Here are a few photos from the cold, rainy NB vs VB game last Friday. It was the final game of the season. Van Buren won 73-14

Fotos by Ferg (Scott Ferguson)

The seniors lead the way onto the field one last time
Harley Cole puts pressure on the Van Buren quarterback
Clayton Heinemen runs with the kick off
Levi Gazarek reaches across the goal line for a touchdown

Editor’s Note: A huge THANK YOU to Scott Ferguson (Fotos by Ferg) for ALL the sports related pictures he has provided during the Fall season.




OHSAA Football Final Computer Ratings – Oct. 28, 2018

The Blanchard Valley Conference was well represented in Final OHSAA Regional Football polls including…

The Blanchard Valley Conference was well represented in Final OHSAA Regional Football polls including McComb, Pandora-Gilboa, Leipsic, Arlington and Riverdale.

Area small school OHSAA playoff brackets in a separate post:  LINK COMING

OHSAA Football Final Computer Ratings – Oct. 28, 2018

Top eight schools from each region in the final report Oct. 28 will qualify for the playoffs. 

The top 12 schools in each region are listed below by division and region with record and average points. The football page at includes an explanation of how the ratings are calculated. The top eight teams in each region qualify for the playoffs.

Division VII – Region 26 – 1. Sycamore Mohawk (10-0) 24, 2. Edgerton (10-0) 21.4, 3. Tiffin Calvert (9-1) 19.55, 4. Hamler Patrick Henry (7-3) 19.1, 5. McComb (9-1) 19.1, 6. Pandora-Gilboa (10-0) 18.85, 7. Norwalk St. Paul (9-1) 18.05, 8. Leipsic (9-1) 15.6, 9. Greenwich South Central (7-3) 11.15, 10. Antwerp (6-4) 10.5, 11. Arlington (7-3) 10.25, 12. Edon (7-3) 9.6

Region 28 – 1. Fort Loramie (9-1) 23.65, 2. Convoy Crestview (9-1) 17.1, 3. Minster (7-3) 15.35, 4. Ansonia (8-2) 13.9, 5. Sidney Lehman Cath. (7-3) 13.05, 6. DeGraff Riverside (6-4) 11.35, 7. Cin. Miami Valley Christian Acad. (7-2) 10.6111, 8. Hamilton New Miami (6-4) 9.5043, 9. New Bremen (6-4) 8.5, 10. Waynesfield Waynesfield-Goshen (5-5) 7.7704, 11. Dola Hardin Northern (4-6) 6.5, 12. Mt. Blanchard Riverdale (5-5) 5.25

Safe Driving for Halloween

Halloween is a time for making memories, not for causing nightmares……

Safe Communities of Wood County announced today that the annual safe driving Halloween National Mobilization is October 31, 2018 to November 1, 2018.

Each year, thousands of trick-or-treaters flock to the streets on Halloween night. Thousands of others head to local bars and restaurants to also partake in the merry- making. Don’t put yourself and others at risk by choosing to drink and drive. To help spread the message that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, Safe Communities of Wood County is teaming up with the U.S Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind everyone of the dangers of drunk driving.

Halloween poses a potentially dangerous threat to pedestrians, as more people are out at night on the hunt for candy. If your night involves alcohol, plan for a sober ride home.

Remember: It’s never safe to drink and get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Between 2012 and 2016, there were 168 drunk-driving fatalities on Halloween night (6

  • October 31 – 5:59 a.m. November 1). In 2016, there were 13 vehicle occupants killed in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night. According to NHTSA, 44 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night from 2012 to 2016 were in crashes involving a drunk driver. Children out trick-or-treating, and those who accompany them, are also at risk, as 14 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night (2012-2016) involved drunk drivers. Younger drivers are most at risk: The 21- to 34-year-old age group accounted for the most fatalities (46%) in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night in 2016.

Halloween is a time for making memories, not for causing nightmares. This Halloween, Safe Communities of Wood County would like to remind everyone to party responsibly and to be safe, while also keeping others safe by refraining from drunk driving.

For More Information:

  • Angel Burgos, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
  • Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator: 419-372-9353 or