Murder and Mayhem in Downtown!

On a night that we thought didn’t happen – didn’t!

On a night that we thought didn’t happen – didn’t!

We just wanted to throw out some “click-bait” to see what happened! Hopefully, you have a sense of humor and thought, “ha – ha, real funny!”

And if we have added to your “grump” for today? Oh well – you clicked it!

Have a wonderful day, stay safe and warm and maybe SMILE!!!

Love you all!


PS – am I delirious??? – darn tootin’!!!

Bluffton Hospital Recognized as a 2019 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

This award is one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence…..

BBluffton Hospital, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital. This award is one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence.

Bluffton Hospital is a licensed 25-bed, short-term acute care facility providing a full range of services including inpatient medical care, 24-hour emergency care, outpatient surgery, women’s care, cosmetic services and diagnostic services. The facility also features a Level 1 obstetrics unit and several physician specialty clinics, including a pelvic pain center.

“As a community hospital, Bluffton Hospital strives to exceed expectations and provide exceptional care for all patients, visitors and associates,” said Chris Keller, president of Bluffton Hospital and vice president of clinical services and supply chain at BVHS. “We are committed to technological advancements, process improvement and patient-centric care. Bluffton Hospital is honored to be recognized as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the United States and vows to continue its path to excellence.”

Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility scored in the top 100 among all Critical Access Hospitals nationally based upon the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX® from iVantage Health Analytics. The INDEX leverages 50 rural-relevant indicators across eight pillars of hospital strength, including inpatient market share, outpatient market chare, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspective and financial stability, to determine an overall score for each hospital.

“Awards like this are a measure of how well we are doing,” concluded Keller. “We do not strive for honors and awards for their own sake. We do it because of our commitment to the community.”

To learn more about the services available at Bluffton Hospital, please call 419.358.9010.


Bluffton Hospital is a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, which provides a total continuum of care to more than 100,000 households in an eight-county area. The BVHS mission is to provide a broad continuum of exceptional health-related services in Northwest Ohio.

Chowline: Protecting Yourself from Hep A

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that infects a person’s liver…..

I just heard about a recent health warning advising people who had visited a central Ohio restaurant last month to get a hepatitis A vaccine. What is hepatitis A, and why would people who were at the restaurant need a vaccine?

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that infects a person’s liver. It can be spread through close contact with a person who has hepatitis A or by eating food prepared by a person with hepatitis A.

The recent warning concerns consumers who patronized Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 479 N. High St. in Columbus, Ohio, from Jan. 1–16 of this year. Columbus Public Health issued the warning after a person who had direct contact with food at the restaurant was diagnosed with hepatitis A.

According to Columbus Public Health, consumers who ate at the restaurant from Jan. 1–16 are encouraged to get a hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible. The agency also said that those same consumers should watch for symptoms of hepatitis A.

Symptoms can include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, jaundice, fatigue, fever, a loss of appetite, joint pain, dark urine, and gray stool. These symptoms can develop from two to six weeks after the infection occurs. During that time, infected people can spread the virus to others.

There were 10,582 confirmed hepatitis A cases nationwide last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is part of an increase in reported cases in recent years, the government agency said.

Between 2015 and 2016, reported cases increased by 44.4 percent from 1,390 in 2015 to 2,007 cases in 2016. The 2016 increase was due to two hepatitis A outbreaks, each of which was linked to imported foods, CDC said. In Ohio alone, there have been at least 1,531 cases of hepatitis A last year, health officials said.

In fact, the Ohio Department of Health “has declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A after observing an increase in cases linked to certain risk factors since the beginning of 2018. Outbreaks of hepatitis A are occurring in several states across the U.S., including neighboring states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia,” the agency shared in a written statement.

Handwashing is one of the most effective means of preventing the spread of hepatitis A, especially for people who are preparing or serving foods or beverages, the CDC says. This is because food and beverages can become contaminated with the hepatitis A virus when microscopic amounts of feces are transferred from an infected person’s hands.

Additionally, the virus can survive on surfaces and isn’t killed when exposed to freezing temperatures, health experts say.

Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and its outreach and research arms, OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or

Fotos: GBK vs Patrick Henry

Foto Gallery from Lady Tiger’s win over the Patriots

Fotos by Ferg (

Lady Tigers beat Patrick Henry in non-league play Feb. 4 – here’s the scoring and stats previously posted:

NB Pioneer Days Series IV:  A First-Person Account

Interesting Pioneer Sketches of the Lack of Religious Services in Pioneer Days

NB Pioneer Days Series IV:  A First-Person Account

By Tom Boltz and 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 William Evilsizer (born 1816–died 1905).  It describes the religious life of pioneer families. This article is directly transcribed from the North Baltimore Beacon of October 18, 1901.

Interesting Pioneer Sketches of the Lack of Religious Services in Pioneer Days

William Evilsizer

Editor Beacon:  The pioneer or first settlers of this part of the state had their privations not only of temporal conveniences but the spiritual welfare was poorly provided for as far as human agencies are concerned.  The churches were scarce and far removed from each other. Those who came from other settlements where preaching was weekly and commodious places of worship provided for their comfort, realized for the first time that it was no small matter to be deprived of the means of grace.  There was but one house of worship in Vanburen in 1850 and a small frame church on the farm of Jacob Dirk.

I was about to leave the county because of society and the mud and water.  I went to Vanburen and bought 10 bushels of corn and paid $7 for it. It took me from noon to dark to get home on account of the mud.  I was determined to leave the country, but my horse died.

(Photo not original to this story – Ed.)

There was preaching at Levi Tarr’s place two or three times in the summer by the Church of God’s minister.  In the fall of 1849 a preacher came and wanted a preaching place. I was living in a double log house and, taking out my furniture, I gave him the use of one end of the house.  He commenced holding a protracted effort in December and all the people in the neighborhood attended. The people came carrying lanterns and hickory bark torches and it being good sleighing about all the time of the meetings, many came from a distance.  There were some very unruly ones. John Lewis had to stand by the window with a revolver in his hand watching his team. This meeting continued six weeks and after a few nights’ preaching the people began to come forward and seek religion, many tried to see who could spit the most tobacco juice when they began to come forward to the mourner’s bench and the preacher had to tell them that folks didn’t want to go to heaven through a flood of tobacco juice.  There were plenty of dogs in the congregation. When the preacher would speak in a loud tone one cur persisted in stepping before him and barking. Charles Grant took him by the fore-leg and carried him out over the people’s heads. We could say with Jacob “Surely God is in this place.” Our meeting resulted in the conversion of thirty-seven and a class of thirty-six was organized.

I spent the winter season largely in hunting and killed a good many deer and turkeys.  There were no roads in the county except the Otsego pike and the road from Findlay to Perrysburg.

NB Board of Ed Meets

Officers elected, Board Calendar set, business taken care of, coaches hired, etc….

Officers elected, Board Calendar set, business taken care of, coaches hired, etc….

by JP Miklovic

The North Baltimore Local Schools Board of Education met Monday, January 14, 2019 in the library on the campus of NBHS.

The first meeting at 5:30 was the Organizational Meeting, highlighted by the election of officers. There were no changes with Tami Thomas continuing as President and Jaimye Bushey serving as the Vice President.

Set the Regular Meeting Schedule for 2019:

The 4th Tuesday of the month – 6:00 pm
at NB MS/HS – 2012 Tiger Drive

With the following date change exceptions: 
February 26
March 26
April 16 (3rd Tuesday due to Spring Break)
May 28
June 25
July 23 
August 27
September 24
October 22 
November 26
December 17  (3rd Tuesday due to Christmas Break)

The Regular meeting ensued at approximately 6:00 pm.

Following approval of December 18, 2018, Regular Meeting Minutes the board took the following action:

Heard monthly building principal reports (posted elsewhere on NBX).

Due to the early date of the Organizational and Regular January Board of Education Meeting, the financial reports will be available at the February Regular Meeting.

Approved supplemental contracts:

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Cyndi Hotaling Indoor Track Coach Volunteer

AJ Knepper Indoor Track Coach Volunteer

Cyndi Hotaling Head Girls Varsity Track Step 5

Mike Senour Head Boys Varsity Track Step 3

Bradlee Rowlinson Assistant Track Coach Step 5

AJ Knepper Jr Hi Track Step 2

Troy Greeno Assistant Softball 50% Step 1

Rob Buchanan Assistant Softball 50% Step 1

Dan Jacobs Assistant Softball Volunteer

Cheyenne Hernandez Assistant Softball Volunteer

Marty Gazarek Head Baseball Coach Step 5

Jeff Long Assistant Baseball 50% Step 2

Randy Boyer Assistant Baseball Volunteer  

ODE Early Learning Program

February 2019 – Newsletter

February 2019 – Newsletter

2019 Early Childhood Systems Conference

Early Childhood Systems Conference Flyer

Registration for the 2019 Early Childhood Cross Systems Conference, to be held on March 25-28, 2019, is now open. For the first time ever, all six of Ohio’s Early Childhood state agencies have partnered together to offer this exciting conference. Cross-systems sessions designed to promote increased collaboration and improved outcomes for young children are among the highlights of the conference. Come and hear Ohio’s new state agency leadership share their vision for Early Childhood and participate in an interactive wellness fair. Visit the conference website to register now: We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

2019 Federal Poverty Guidelines Now Posted

The 2019 Federal Poverty Guidelines are now posted. Early Childhood Education Grant administrators should use these new guidelines for any child that enrolls in their program after February 1, 2019.

Chartered Nonpublic Schools Administering KRA must Register by March 31st

Professional Development Training Requirement

This notification is a reminder that Quarter Two of the biennium is coming to a close June 30, 2019.

All completed Professional Development (PD) hours travel with the professional and remain in the professional’s profile, which is maintained through the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR). If a professional does not complete the required courses by the specified deadline, the program’s rating may be reduced to zero pursuant to OAC rule 5101:2-17-01.

If you have questions regarding the OPR or the calculation of PD hours in the OPR, please contact or 614-396-5959 or toll free at 877-547-6978. Visit the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA) page for more resources:

Program Pages

ECE Photo

Upcoming Dates!

  • February 2, 2019 – Give Kids a Smile Day: A free dental clinic hosted by OSU College of Dentistry
  • 2019 Regional Early Childhood Health Conferences: Registration and conference information can be found here
  • March 7, 2019 – Register to attend a special screening of No Small Matter: A documentary exploring early childhood education. Event details and registration information can be found here.
  • March 18-19, 2019 – 2019 Literacy Academy
  • March 25-28, 2019 – Ohio Early Childhood Systems Conference


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Lady Tigers #4 Seed Fostoria District

NB Girl’s Sectional Basketball game at Fremont Ross H. s.

The North Baltimmore High School Lady Tigers basketball team will have a bye in the first round of the OHSAA Tournament.

NB will play the winner of Lakota vs. New Riegel (that game is Feb. 19 at Fremont Ross) on Feb. 23, 6:15 pm at Fremont Ross High School.

More info from OHSAA:

Tea Party! Adult Craft Night

An hour of relaxing, sharing stories, talking food and just fun! 

It’s a Tea Party! Adult Craft Night
Thursday, February 21, 2019
starting at 6:30 pm
An hour of relaxing, sharing stories, talking food and just fun!
We have a busy year ahead of us with craft nights.
You can call the library to RSVP  419-257-3621 or email Diana at
Looking forward to another great evening!!!