Village Council News from Last Week

“We’re back on schedule”….

by Sue Miklovic

The North Baltimore Village Council “Committee of the Whole” meeting was held last  Tuesday, January 8, at council chambers. Council member Aaron Patterson was absent.

Council President Matt Beegle led the meeting, which included some great news about pending grants for the village.

Some items discussed were:

  • Wireless cameras for the village park
  • Water Bill mix-up–apparently the batch of bills were routed to a different location than normal, resulting in many of them not making their way back to NB mailboxes. The due date remains January 15 and citizens can call the village office for more information.
  • Discussion of village sidewalks– when the village tree commission chooses trees to be planted in the boulevards, they consider the likelihood of each variety to cause sidewalks to “lift”
  • The council is moving forward on its plans for economic development services from Reveille.
  • Pay scales were to be discussed at last week’s Department Head meeting
  • The mayor will be presenting her “State of the Village” address at the next meeting
  • Interim Financial Officer Tony Swartz reported things are moving along pretty good
  • Village Administrator Michael Brillhart reported that he is completing trainings necessary for the administration of the grants that have been awarded to North Baltimore. He also shared reports that indicated we had been moved up on the list for the beginning of some of the projects scheduled to start in 2019. “We’re back on schedule! and moved up to start in Spring” He also shared ideas for a Five Year Capital Improvement list. He shared the council had adopted a capital improvement ordinance in 1998.
  • The special meeting scheduled for last week was not held because there was no agenda . That business will be on this week’s agenda.

Coalition to Build Public Understanding of Automated Vehicles

Groups aim to codify language, ease driver wariness of potentially life-saving technology.

LAS VEGAS – The National Safety Council is pleased to join a nationwide

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coalition of organizations dedicated to raising public awareness about automated vehicles and the safety benefits of advanced driver assistance systems. PAVE – an acronym for Partners for Automated Vehicle Education – will help counter the confusion about current and future technologies so drivers and policymakers are fully educated about the life-saving potential of these advancements.

The PAVE Coalition was unveiled today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

“We are on the brink of the next generation of transportation – creating not just the safer car, but the safer driver,” said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “NSC is proud to join PAVE and work alongside organizations that, like us, believe in the promise of automated vehicle technology for enhanced mobility, improved sustainability and, above all, safety.”

Motor vehicle crashes continue to be a leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 40,000 annually. Technology available in vehicles today holds promise for saving lives, but surveys indicate that many drivers are both confused and resistant to such advancements.

In 2015, the Council launched the first national public education campaign, MyCarDoesWhat?, dedicated to addressing drivers’ questions and fears. Joining the PAVE Coalition further affirms the Council’s commitment to advancing consumer education and partnering with like-minded organizations to promote the life-saving promise of automation.

Other PAVE Coalition members include AAA, American Public Transportation Association, Audi of America, Aurora, Consumer Technology Association, Cruise Automation, Daimler, INRIX, Intel, Mobileye, Munich RE, National Council on Aging, National Federation of the Blind, NVIDIA, SAE International, Securing America’s Future Energy, Toyota, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Volkswagen, Voyage, Waymo and Zoox.

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, at CES, Hersman will participate in an executive keynote panel discussion, The New Mobility Revolution: Getting Consumers Ready.

For more information about PAVE, please visit

About the National Safety Council 
The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.

Patriots Beat Tiger Boys BBK

Patrick Henry over NB in Homecoming game.

North Baltimore High School Boys Basketball Results vs. Patrick Henry in The Jungle at NB – Jan. 12 2019 – non league play for Winter Homecoming 2019


Patrick Henry 23-14-14-19—70
N Baltimore 10-5-6-14—35

Levi Gazarek – 11
Gunner Kepling – 6
Jaden Bucher – 4
Mitch Clark – 4
Johnny Hagemyer – 3
Isaac Sexton – 3
Alex Snyder – 2
Clayton Heineman – 2

FGM-A: 11-42 (26%)
FTM-A: 8-15 (53%)
Rebounds: NB 22 (Gazarek 9), PH 31
Turnovers: NB 12, PH 8

Varsity Overall Record 2-7, BVC 0-4

Patrick Henry
– 43
N Baltimore – 26

JV Overall Record 1-8, BVC 0-4

Upcoming Boys Games
Fri 1/18 @ Arlington, 6:00
Tue 1/22 Seneca East (home), 6:00
Fri 1/25 Cory-Rawson (home), 6:00
Sat 1/26 @ Maumee Valley Country Day, 6:00

Rep. Gavarone Seeks Appointment

DeWine appointments shake-up NW Wood County representation in House & Senate…

Theresa Gavarone, State Representative for Ohio’s 3rd House District, last week announced her intent to seek the appointment to the 2nd Ohio Senate District. The 2nd Senate District seat will be vacated by Senator Randy Gardner who was appointed by Governor Mike DeWine to be the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The district includes the counties of Wood, Ottawa, Erie, Fulton (part) and Lucas (part).

“With the support of my family and at the urging of so many people across the district, I have decided to pursue the appointment to the 2nd Senate District,” Gavarone said. “We have had a lot of success during my time as State Representative and I look forward to the opportunity to serve a larger population and play a bigger role in ensuring North and Northwest Ohio continues to be an amazing place to live, work and raise a family.”

Gavarone, who was appointed to her seat in 2016, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. She previously served on Bowling Green City Council.

In addition to her public service, Theresa is an attorney and the co-owner of Mr. Spots restaurant with her husband, Jim. They have three children and reside in Bowling Green where they attend St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

Take Charge of Your Child’s Vision Health

Regular eye exams very important as child’s eyes develop rapidly…

(Family Features) Although many children receive a vision screening at school or by their pediatricians, those evaluations aren’t enough to identify vision issues and manage overall vision health. Parents who take a proactive role in their child’s vision health can help identify and correct problems before they impact everyday life.

One common issue affecting children is myopia. Better known as nearsightedness, myopia is a condition in which close-up objects appear clear but, at a distance, everything becomes blurry and out of focus. If untreated, over time it can put the eyes at risk for serious vision-threatening conditions including retinal detachment, early cataract development, macular degeneration and glaucoma.

There can be significant short-term impacts, too. Nearly 50 percent of children with myopia experience difficulty in the classroom, and 41 percent of parents with myopic children claim their children struggle with everyday activities, according to a study conducted by MetrixLab on behalf of Essilor of America. However, recognizing those struggles as myopia isn’t always easy. Only 41 percent of parents in the study recognized their children were suffering from myopia.

If your child is suffering from myopia, look for symptoms such as squinting to see distant objects, like the board in the classroom; sitting too close to the TV or holding books and tablets close when reading; and experiencing eyestrain or headaches.

In addition to monitoring symptoms, you can also take proactive steps to protect your child’s vision health with these tips from Dr. Millicent Knight, a mother, optometrist and senior vice president of customer development for Essilor of America.

Schedule a comprehensive eye exam: Regular comprehensive eye exams are particularly important during childhood when eyes are developing rapidly. The American Optometric Association recommends a first eye examination at 6-12 months of age, at least once between ages 3-5 then at least annually between ages 6-18.

Monitor screen time: While technology can be a great tool for learning, all that screen time can lead to digital eyestrain, resulting in tired eyes, headaches, itchy eyes, blurred vision and increased sensitivity to light. To help reduce eyestrain, have children take periodic breaks while using devices and remember to strike a balance between screen time and outdoor time, as studies have shown that kids who play outside may be at a reduced risk of developing vision issues.

Protect eyes from the sun: Parents tend to remember sunscreen when children are outdoors, but they sometimes forget eyes are just as important. Children are at heightened risk for retinal damage when outdoors because their pupils, compared to adults, are larger outdoors and the lens inside the eye is clearer, which enables more harmful blue light from the sun to enter into the eye. Encourage kids to stay inside during the sun’s peak hours, and when they do go outside, have them wear sunglasses with both blue light protection and UV protection that blocks UVA and UVB rays.

For more information on myopia and to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with an eyecare professional, visit

Essilor of America