Colleen P Sterling, 90

Died on Monday, December 24, 2018….

Colleen Phyllis Sterling, 90, of North Baltimore, entered into eternal peace on Monday, December 24, 2018, at the Briar Hill Health Campus, North Baltimore. She was born on July 12, 1928, in Findlay to the late Lorenz “Skip” and Mary E. (Bender) Spaeth.

She married Robert “Elmer” Sterling on October 21, 1951, and they later divorced. Colleen is survived by her sons: Kole “Kasey” (Mary) Sterling of Cygnet and John (Sally) Sterling of North Baltimore; her sister, Darlene (Denny) Toland of Cridersville, OH; 9 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Spaeth; her sister, Carol Griffith; and her granddaughter, Tara Sterling.

Colleen was a 1946 graduate of Findlay High School. She retired from Norbalt Rubber company, and formerly had worked for Canning Company. She was a longtime member and secretary for St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Baltimore. She was very active in the church and had taught Vacation Bible School and Sunday School. Colleen was an avid Ohio State Buckeye and North Baltimore Tiger fan, but her greatest love was her family. She never missed her grandchildren’s athletic or academic events. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 31, 2018, at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Baltimore. Pastor Ralph Mineo will officiate. Burial will be in Weaver Cemetery, Bloom Township. Visitation will be from 1:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 30 at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Tiger Girls JH Basketball Fotos vs. Arlington

The North Baltimore Junior High Girls Basketball teams played Arlington in The Jungle.

The North Baltimore Junior High Girls Basketball teams played Arlington in The Jungle.

Fotos by Scott Ferguson

PUCO Seek Commissioner Applicants

PUCO Nominating Council seeks applicants for commissioner position

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Dec. 17, 2018) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Nominating Council is seeking applications for the position of commissioner of the PUCO to fill a five-year term that begins on April 11, 2019. Applications must be delivered to the Nominating Council no later than 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 17, 2019.

The PUCO Nominating Council is a broad-based 12-member panel that screens candidates for the position of PUCO commissioner. The PUCO is comprised of five commissioners appointed to rotating, five-year terms by the governor. The commissioners are responsible for regulating Ohio’s investor-owned public utilities.

After reviewing the résumés of all applicants, the Nominating Council will narrow the list to those most qualified for the position. On Jan. 31, 2019, the Nominating Council will meet to interview the selected applicants and recommend four finalists to Gov. Mike DeWine. The governor will have 30 days to either appoint a commissioner from the list or request a new list from the Nominating Council. The governor’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Ohio Senate.

The full text of the commissioner position posting is provided below. For additional information about the PUCO appointment process please visit

Need to Recycle a Christmas Tree?

from December 26th through January 31st….

You can recycle your used Christmas tree at the Slippery Elm Trail in North Baltimore or at other locations, now through January 31, 2019.

Christmas Tree Recycling
December 26th – January 31st  

Park District Headquarters  18729 Mercer Rd., Bowling Green
(419) 353-1897

Otsego Park 20000 West River Road, Bowling Green

W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 29530 White Road, Perrysburg

William Henry Harrison Park 644 Bierley Avenue, Pemberville

Slippery Elm Trail 218 E. Broadway, North Baltimore
*All ornaments, tinsel, and lights must be removed! 

Brian E. Wright, 34

Died on Friday, December 21, 2018…

Brian Edward Wright, 34, of North Baltimore passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018 in North Baltimore. He was born on June 18, 1984, to Bert, Jr. and Molly (Nungester) Wright.

Brian is survived by his mother, Molly Wright of North Baltimore; his father, Bert Wright, Jr. of North Baltimore; his son, Brody Wright of Bowling Green; his daughter, Baylee Wright of Bowling Green; his brother, Matthew Wright of North Baltimore; his maternal grandmother, Patricia Nungester of Findlay; paternal step-grandmother, Jean Ann Wright of Findlay; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ivan Nungester; and his paternal grandparents: Bert Wright, Sr. and Della Zechman. Brian was working at Continental Structural Plastics in North Baltimore. He was an avid San Francisco 49ers and Michigan Wolverine fan. He loved spending time with his kids, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2018 at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, where a funeral service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Reverend Bill Cook will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Smith-Crates Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Ohio Partner to Provide Free Access to New Digital Resources

Gale’s ChiltonLibrary and Kids InfoBits Resources Now Available at More Than 2,500 Libraries Across Ohio….

COLUMBUS, Ohio & FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – December 19, 2018Libraries Connect Ohio (LCO) has partnered with Gale, a Cengage company, to provide more than 2,500 school, academic and public libraries throughout Ohio with free access to Gale digital resources through LCO and its partners – OhioLINK, OPLIN and InfOhio. These new resources provide Ohio residents and students with reliable, high-quality content that supports education and teaching, lifelong learning, research and personal enrichment. Read more about this partnership on Gale’s blog. Gale resources now available to Ohioans include: Gale’s ChiltonLibrary: Provides access to automotive repair, maintenance and service information for more than 2,600 makes and models of the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today, including many new vehicles. This continuously updated resource provides step-by-step repair procedures, troubleshooting guides, diagnostic trouble codes, photos, illustrations, diagrams and multimedia (videos and animations) to simplify even the most complicated tasks. Gale’s Kids InfoBits: An intuitive resource that introduces students to database researching. Students can explore age-appropriate content that’s continuously updated to match elementary-level curricula that helps with research and homework needs. Students can dive into key subjects by exploring categories like animals, arts, geography, health, literature, social studies, people, technology and more. Ohioans can access these new resources through the Ohio Web Library website. “We are excited to bring these new digital resources to Ohio library users,” said Beverly Cain, State Librarian of Ohio. “Gale is helping us transform learning for Ohioans in new innovative ways by providing easy and equal access to reliable, quality content for education success.” With a library card, Ohioans can access Gale’s digital resources 24/7 from any computer or mobile device. Additionally, some of the resources feature integrated workflow tools from Google and Microsoft, as well as language translation, downloadable audio and easy ways to share and save content. “Libraries are the nucleus of knowledge and learning and a key driver of economic and workforce development within communities,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “We are proud to partner with Libraries Connect Ohio and together we will transform the learning experience for libraries and patrons statewide with easy access to educational resources that empower learning and change.” “We are particularly proud that Ohio’s citizens can freely access such a wide spectrum of valued resources at their local libraries, through this groundbreaking collaboration between OhioLINK, OPLIN and INFOhio,” said OhioLINK Deputy Director Amy Pawlowski. About Cengage and Gale Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when, and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit Follow Gale on: Twitter Gale Blog Facebook  About OhioLINK Connecting libraries, learning and discovery. Established in 1992, the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) is Ohio’s statewide academic library consortium serving 118 libraries, 89 institutions of higher education, the State Library of Ohio and more than 570,000 end users. Delivering both IT infrastructure and content negotiation, OhioLINK provides students, researchers, faculty and staff with access to digital research collections rivaling top university libraries in the United States and internationally—at a fraction of the cost. OhioLINK also connects library services, print and digital collections among its member institutions and manages collaborative services, including eTutoring, statewide Affordable Learning textbook initiatives, and Open Educational Resources. A member of the Ohio Technology Consortium of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, OhioLINK creates a competitive advantage for its members and supports student and researcher success in the state of Ohio. Learn more at  About Libraries Connect Ohio Libraries Connect Ohio (LCO) is a partnership of Ohio libraries and library organizations that work together to provide a core collection of information resources and library services that will help all Ohioans compete in the global knowledge economy. This collection of resources supports quality education, a skilled workforce, business growth, and lifelong learning in Ohio. By providing resources statewide, LCO can cost-effectively provide necessary information resources to all Ohioans, regardless of their location, age, education, or economic status For more information, please visit: