Imagine…“Whirled Peace” (LEFT – Pinwheels for Peace 2016)



Imagine…“Whirled Peace”

September 21, 2019

In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word.  On September 21, 2019, North Baltimore Middle School students plan to take part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace at the entrance to the HS gym. 

Pinwheels for Peace 2016…


Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives.  This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind.  To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”

Middle school students have created pinwheels, and as part of the creation process, the students have written their thoughts about “war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others” on one side. On the other side, they have drawn images to visually express their feelings. The students have assembled these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace they will “plant” their pinwheels at the entrance to the HS gym as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.

On September 21st keep a lookout for the pinwheels as you enter the gym doors for the HS freshman, JV and varsity volleyball games – the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world!

For more information, go to or contact Arica Matthes at 419-257-3464 ext. 1203

Kathryn “Kathy” Baltz, 59, NB

…passed with peace and grace on September 19 with her family at her side.

Baltz, Kathryn (Kathy) Gracia, 59, of North Baltimore, passed with peace and grace on September 19 with her family at her side.

She was born on July 31, 1960, in Yokosuka, Japan and married the love of her life, Skip Baltz, on August 4, 1990. They adoringly celebrated their 29th anniversary last month.

She is survived by her siblings: Dan (Terese) Wells of Prince Frederick, MD, Ruth (Michael) Geer of Brandon, FL, George (Rachel) Grad of Boulder, CO, Lara (Michael) Audibert of San Rafael, CA, Matthew (Shawn) Bowers of West Unity, OH, and Tim Bowers of Detroit, MI. She is also survived by her step-sons: Tim Smith of Findlay, and Shad (Jessica Randall) Baltz of Elida, OH; and her beloved grandchildren: Khilee Baltz, Bryce, Brandon, and Brody Smith, and Matthew and Melissa Baltz. She will also be deeply missed by her Corgi furbaby, Dylan Thomas Baltz.

Kathy was predeceased by her mother, Judith K. (Wells) Bowers; her father, William J. Wells; and her step-mother, Judith A. (DelPero) Wells.

Kathy graduated from Findlay High School in 1978 and BGSU in 1992. She worked for BGSU for the past 29 years. As a long-standing Eastern Stars member, Kathy served three times as Worthy Matron for Morris Chapter 265, North Baltimore, and as Worthy Grand Chaplain for the state of Ohio in 2014.

From a young age, Kathy developed an incredible talent for music. She played in a bluegrass band in the 1990s, played the piano and organ for several area churches, and sang with Eastern Stars Melody Makers. But her passion and true talent for playing the hammer dulcimer, combined with her amazing narrative description and history of the instrument and the music she played, always delighted her audiences with a unique and memorable experience.

A memorial service will be held at Good Shephard United Methodist Church, North Baltimore at 2:00pm on Saturday, October 12, 2019. After the service, friends and family are invited to a gathering to further celebrate Kathy’s extraordinary life at the North Baltimore American Legion, Post 539.

The family asks that donations be made in Kathy’s name to Ohio Eastern Star Home, The Maurer Family Cancer Care Center, or Wood County Humane Society in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements have been entrusted to SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore. Online condolences may be left for the family at

FREE 15TH ANNUAL MUSEUM DAY at Wood County Historical

Free Admission on September 21, 2019 with a downloadable Museum Day ticket


Free Admission on September 21, 2019 with a downloadable Museum Day ticket

 The Wood County Historical Center & Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday September 21, 2019 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2019 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before.

Museum Day tickets are available to download at Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 21, 2019. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at


For more information, please visit


The Wood County Historical Museum is located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green. Groups are welcome and the museum is handicap accessible.


Other museum events are detailed at

NB Volleyball Update

Varsity–One win, two losses……..

by Suzanne Bucher

Here are results from the last couple of volleyball matches for NBHS

HS Volleyball Results vs Vanlue 9/9/19

Vanlue defeats N Baltimore 25-9, 25-17, 25-19

Laura Keegan – 1 pt, 1 dig, 1 assist

Allie McPherson – 3 pts, 1 dig, 2 assists

Grace Hagemyer – 1 Ace, 4 pts, 2 digs, 4 kills

Kealeigh Leady – 2 receptions

Halie Inbody – 2 digs, 4 kills, 1 block

Hailey Lennard – 3 digs, 1 kill

Leia Thomas – 1 dig, 1 kill

Leah Lee – 1 ace, 1 pt, 6 receptions, 7 assists

Maddy Gerdeman – 6 receptions, 2 digs

Grace Stanfield – 3 receptions, 7 digs

Mia McCartney – 1 ace, 3 pts, 11 receptions, 12 digs

JV – NB defeats Vanlue  Van 25 NB 18, NB 25 Van 21, NB 27 Van 25

Freshmen – NB defeats Vanlue 25-23, 25-12

HS Volleyball Results vs Bluffton 9/11/19

Bluffton defeats N Baltimore 25-14, 25-16, 25-13

Laura Keegan – 1 assist

Allie McPherson – 1 pt, 2 assists

Grace Hagemyer – 4 kills, 2 digs

Kealeigh Leady – 1 kill, 5 receptions, 2 digs

Halie Inbody – 2 kills, 1 block, 3 digs

Hailey Lennard – 2 blocks, 2 receptions

Leia Thomas – 3 digs

Leah Lee – 2 aces, 6 pts, 2 kills, 5 assists, 4 receptions, 7 digs

Maddy Gerdeman – 1 ace, 4 pts, 13 receptions, 2 digs

Grace Stanfield – 4 pts, 10 receptions, 4 digs

Mia McCartney – 3 pts, 13 receptions, 11 digs

JV – Bluffton defeats NB 25-10, 25-21

HS Volleyball Results vs Liberty Center 9/14/19

N Baltimore defeats Liberty Center

LC 25 NB 21, NB 26 LC 24, NB 25 LC 23, LC 26 NB 24, NB 15 LC 8

Laura Keegan – 4 serves, 1 pt, 1 attack, 2 assists

Allie McPherson – 14 serves, 1 pt, 2 attacks, 8 assists, 7 digs

Grace Hagemyer – 20 serves, 2 aces, 6 pts, 37 attacks, 13 kills, 12 digs

Kealeigh Leady – 3 attacks, 1 block, 1 dig

Halie Inbody – 30 attacks, 7 kills, 4 blocks, 1 assist, 4 digs

Hailey Lennard – 12 attacks, 5 kills, 7 digs

Leia Thomas – 17 attacks, 1 kill, 1 block 3 digs

Leah Lee – 24 serves, 5 aces, 7 pts, 32 attacks, 5 kills, 17 assists, 16 digs

Maddy Gerdeman – 15 serves, 1 ace, 2 pts, 13 digs

Grace Stanfield – 14 serves, 1 ace, 2 pts, 1 attack, 34 digs

Mia McCartney – 16 serves, 1 ace, 3 pts, 40 digs

JV – Liberty Center defeats NB 25-20, 25-15

Upcoming Volleyball Games

Sat 9/21 Waynesfield Goshen (H), 9:30


Drinking Water & Septic System Clinic

This event is free and open to the community. Please RSVP

Drinking Water & Septic System Clinic

The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a well water and septic system presentation at the Wood SWCD office 1616 E. Wooster St. Suite 32 Bowling Green, OH on Wednesday, September 25, 2019   6–8 PM. 

Jennifer Campos, Registered Sanitarian from the Wood County Health Department, will present on the care for well water and pond water systems, drinking water testing, and septic systems.

This event is free and open to the community. Please RSVP to the district office to ensure proper number of materials.

Register online at, by email at [email protected], or call the office at 419-354-5517 #4.

Sheriffs Office Gives Warning

Phone Scam circulating…..

Bowling Green , OH –People are receiving phone calls from a person who identifies themselves as Captain Terry James of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. This person is telling the recipient that they have missed jury duty and there is a warrant out for their arrest.

These subjects are also using the names of other Wood County Deputies.

Please be aware this is a scam and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office will not call you if you missed Jury Duty.