Gene Heilman, 75

passed away Friday, February 19, 2021….

Gene Heilman, 75, of North Baltimore, passed away at 8:49 a.m., Friday, February 19, 2021, at his residence. He was born on March 6, 1945, in Bowling Green to the late Jacob J. and Dorothy (Haas) Heilman.

Gene is survived by his daughter, Shelley (Scott) Gonyer of Cygnet; son, Dean (Amanda) Heilman of Weston; brother, Larry (Esther) Heilman of Custar; sister, Carol (Ronald) Barnes of Enumclaw, WA; grandchildren: Ashley (Zach) Gonyer, Allison (David) Gonyer and Abby (James) Benschoter; great-grandchildren: Hunter, Dakota, Jaxon, Georgia and Autumn; step-daughter, Alisa (Anthony) Groves of SC; step-grandchildren: Zach (Emily) Groves, Brittney Groves, Jefrey Groves and Lily Groves; 5 step-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews: Cheryl Heilman, Steve (Sandy) Heilman, Todd (Arlene) Heilman, Erin Barnes, Laura (Donnie) McMaster and Sarah (Steve) Strang; and his brother-in-law and best friend, Jack Wickard.

Gene was a retired cable and telephone technician. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunter and motorcycle enthusiast.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 24, 2020, at the South Liberty United Methodist Church (corner of Bays & Potter Roads), where visitation will be held 2 hours (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) prior to the service. Pastor Gary Yarbrough is officiating. Burial will be in Milton Township Cemetery, Custar. Arrangements are being handled by SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Baltimore E.M.S. and/or South Liberty United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at

5 Ways to Create an Accessible Lifestyle

Watch the video for more ideas to promote independence and mobility…

Mobility is a major factor in a person’s independence, but when illness or injury hinders free movement, even a simple task like running to the store becomes a challenge.

Fortunately, there are numerous options like these you can explore to improve mobility and accessibility if you or a loved one becomes reliant on a wheelchair or other assisted mobility. Find more ideas to promote independence and mobility at


Expert Tips for Welcoming a Kitten

The new sights, sounds and smells in your home, and the separation from her mother, may make your kitten feel stressed.

(Family Features) Fostering kittens and cats has risen in popularity during these unprecedented times, and many pet lovers are becoming fosters to help overcrowded animal shelters. Fostering a kitten can be a fun and exciting time, but it may also come with a learning curve.

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Among the 43% of respondents to a Royal Canin survey, who have fostered a pet, 6 in 10 have “foster failed” and permanently adopted the pet they were fostering. Most pet owners who responded also agree the first year of pet ownership is the most important, but 64% believe it is the most difficult, as well.

Whether you’re fostering or adopting a kitten, learn how to give your kitten proper care during her first weeks and months with you with this advice from the experts at Royal Canin.

Arriving Home
The new sights, sounds and smells in your home, and the separation from her mother, may make your kitten feel stressed. Keeping the environment calm and quiet can ease the transition.

When you arrive home, put the cat carrier in the room you’ve prepared for the kitten with the kitten still inside, allowing her to get acclimated before opening the door. Then allow the kitten to explore a closed-off area. Resist the urge to cuddle your kitten right away.

As your kitten gains confidence in its new surroundings, she will want to explore more. Make sure the environment is prepared with electrical wires and outlets covered; windows, balconies and stairs secured; and small or sharp objects put away so she can safely explore with your supervision. If there are possible hazards, a designated room with windows and plenty of social contact for the first few weeks may be better.

Creating a Safe Place
Kittens can tire easily. After a little exploration time, give your kitten access to a bed in a cozy, quiet place with access to water, food and a litter box. Turning out the light helps establish sleep patterns, but on the first night you might want to leave a night light on to help with the adjustment.

Provide somewhere quiet to eat. This should be somewhere your kitten feels secure, away from where you and any other pets eat. Cats don’t like to eat too near their litter boxes and should always have fresh water available.

As kittens grow rapidly, their digestive and immune systems develop slowly and they have specific nutritional needs that are different from adult cats. Any sudden changes in your kitten’s diet can cause digestive trouble, so for the first few days, keep the same feeding routine as the previous caretaker. You can slowly switch to a different routine, if you choose, and transition to kitten food suitable for the appropriate growth stage. For example, Royal Canin Kitten formulas are tailor-made with optimal vitamins and minerals to support healthy development.

Ongoing Care
Your kitten should see a veterinarian as soon as possible. In addition to a general health check, your vet can help you create a vaccination schedule and give advice on deworming, nutrition and more. Always use a carrier to transport your kitten safely while in the car and into the vet’s office.

Gradually introducing your kitten to new experiences can help with socialization. New sounds can startle a kitten, so be ready to offer plenty of reassurance. You may also need to introduce new terrain like stairs or unfamiliar surfaces. Gentle play and careful handling can help your kitten become more comfortable with being touched.

Learn more about proper cat nutrition and how to create a welcoming home at

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5 ways America’s most loved vegetable loves you back

It’s not just America that has enjoyed a long-lasting love affair with the potato….

(BPT) – You don’t have to choose between foods that taste good and foods that are good for you. In fact, America’s most loved vegetable — the potato — loves you right back. Whether you’re fixing a romantic dinner for two, a family meal or a tasty snack, this versatile nutrient-dense vegetable brings a lot to the table.

For home cooks inspired by plant-based ingredients, potatoes add so much to an array of recipes, ranging from special occasion entrees to globally inspired dishes and more.

Here are the top five ways potatoes love you back:

1. Potatoes show your body love.

As a nutrient-dense vegetable, potatoes can stay at the top of your grocery list in February and beyond. A 110-calorie, skin-on medium (5.3 ounces) potato delivers:

  • 26 grams of good carbs to fuel you — whether you’re working out or just running errands.
  • 3 grams of protein, as an affordable and plant-based protein option.
  • More potassium than a banana: Potassium is an important mineral for an overall heart-healthy eating pattern. Potatoes are a food with one of the highest levels of potassium and are considered a good source, providing 15% of your recommended daily value per serving (620 mg).
  • 30% of your daily recommended vitamin C requirement, especially top of mind this winter season.
  • ZERO fat, cholesterol, gluten or sodium, to suit your health goals.

2. Potatoes have good carbs that love you back.

The fact is, not all carbs are created equal. Some emerging research suggests the starch in potatoes that’s greatly increased through heating and cooling them, called resistant starch, may deliver similar health benefits to dietary fiber. Dietary fiber, like the 2 grams found in a skin-on medium potato, has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including leaving you feeling satisfied and not hungry again for a while.

Registered Dietitian Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD, advises including foods you love, like potatoes, in your daily diet and that all foods — yes, including your favorites — belong in your diet.

“Carbs should have a place on your plate every day. Not all carbs are created equal, so whenever possible, reach for an option that provides key nutrients too,” said Harbstreet. “Potatoes deliver a nutritional punch and are easy to incorporate into special occasion meals and everyday eating.”

3. Potatoes show your wallet some love, too.

Not only do potatoes taste great, they’re also an affordable, nutrient-dense vegetable that provides more nutrients per penny than most other vegetables. And, if you are looking to amp up the fiber content of your daily diet, potatoes are one of the least expensive sources of fiber out there.

4. Potatoes are beloved the world over.

It’s not just America that has enjoyed a long-lasting love affair with the potato. Potatoes are a staple in nearly every cultural cuisine, so they’re uniquely suited to deliver today’s most on-trend and craveable global flavors. Using the familiar potato as your base, you can honor and explore plenty of tantalizing cuisines from around the globe.

5. Potatoes create dishes you and your loved ones will love.

From the classic fluffy baked potato to the nutty and buttery fingerling, the many varieties of the potato have inspired — and continue to inspire — endless recipes using fresh, frozen or dehydrated potatoes. From the simple to the complex, potatoes elevate any dish with amazing taste and good nutrition.

No matter your nutrition goals or eating preferences, all foods fit within a balanced diet and you don’t have to sacrifice those you love. By creating your meals around whole foods you already enjoy, like potatoes, you can sprinkle in some fun. For example, for a romantic meal, pair Chimichurri Twice Baked Potatoes with a steak and leafy greens. Or enjoy Salt and Pepper Air Fryer Chips with a whole food-based dip — like guacamole or hummus.

No matter how you slice it, potatoes are a good carb and nutrient-dense vegetable that loves you back in so many ways. For more amazing recipe ideas using nutritious, delicious potatoes, visit

Ohio: Gov. DeWine Week in Review

For the week ending February 20, 2021…