Ghanbari Honors POWs

Holds First Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee Meeting…


 COLUMBUS – State Representative and Ohio House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Chairman Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) held the first committee meeting where he honored Prisoners of War (POWs) and those service members who are Missing in Action (MIA).

As chairman, Ghanbari decided to have a permanently unoccupied chair in a location of prominence and honor during committee meetings to remember our nation’s POWs and those who are MIA.

“This empty chair shall serve a constant reminder that we shall spare no effort to secure the release of any American Prisoners of War from captivity, and the repatriation of the remains of our Missing in Action and those who died bravely in defense of liberty, and that our nation shall provide a full accounting to the families and loved ones of those missing in action,” Ghanbari said.

Ghanbari also thanked Ranking Member Adam Miller (D-Columbus) for his service and support on the committee. Miller is a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.

The committee heard testimony on House Bill 29, which permits Ohio law to match federal law in allowing members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Space Force the ability to obtain veteran ID cards.

Additionally, near the end of the meeting, Ghanbari called for bipartisanship amongst the members of the General Assembly.

Inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2018, Ghanbari has nearly two decades of military service combined between his Army and Navy service. He is currently a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve.

“There is no partisan way to take care of our veterans,” Ghanbari added. “And so I look forward to working collaboratively with each and every one of you on ideas that we have.”

6 tips for controlling your high blood pressure

The likelihood of suffering from high blood pressure increases with age…

(BPT) – Did you know high blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and “The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Control Hypertension,” nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, yet only 1 in 4 has their hypertension under control.

High blood pressure is called a silent killer, as it frequently shows no signs or symptoms. Uncontrolled high blood pressure puts people at higher risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the U.S.

Who is at risk? The likelihood of suffering from high blood pressure increases with age, but all adults are at risk. African Americans are more likely than White Americans to have high blood pressure, develop it when younger, and have worse outcomes.

The good news? It is possible to control high blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and other conditions.

“High blood pressure is dangerous, and unfortunately all too common,” said Janet Wright, M.D., acting director, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at CDC. “Regularly checking your blood pressure and working with your healthcare team are vital first steps to help keep your high blood pressure under control.”

In honor of American Heart Month, here are tips for achieving lower blood pressure and supporting your heart health.

1. Get your checkups

If you’ve put off regular wellness exams, take time to catch up. Talk to your healthcare provider about hypertension, especially if you’ve had high blood pressure readings, high blood pressure associated with a pregnancy or family history of hypertension.

For checkups, use telemedicine if available, or communicate with your provider by phone or email.

If you must visit in-person, protect yourself and others.

  • Before making an appointment, call your healthcare provider or check their website to see what measures they are taking to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when you must go out in public.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home.

2. Know your numbers

At your next checkup, ask your healthcare provider what your blood pressure numbers are, what they mean, and if you are at risk. If your blood pressure is high or borderline high, ask what actions can help lower your blood pressure.

You can also ask your provider about using a home blood pressure monitor. Learn how to obtain one and use it. Ask your provider about electronic health record portals or other ways to track your numbers and how you can receive clinical advice to manage your hypertension.

3. Take medications as prescribed

Medications are often an important part of blood pressure control plans. Follow your provider’s instructions carefully. If you experience problems getting or taking your medicines, talk with your healthcare team.

4. Make positive lifestyle changes

While medications may be prescribed to help control your high blood pressure, these lifestyle changes may also help:

  • Boost your physical activity — Start small, like adding a daily walk
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet — Include more vegetables, fruits and whole grains
  • Watch your salt intake — Read food labels and choose foods with less sodium (salt)

5. Reduce your stress

Taking care of yourself is always important, especially during challenging times. Stress can contribute to health conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses. How can you reduce your stress levels for better health?

  • Be aware of stress. Do you have headaches, muscle tension or other symptoms? Observing what causes you stress and how your body responds is the first step.
  • Move more. Physical activity can help reduce stress, whether intense exercise or a walk around the block.
  • Try relaxation tools. Whether deep breathing, meditation or yoga — relaxation tools can help you let go of stress. Find what works for you!
  • Talk to someone. Call a friend or mental health professional. Talking out a problem can help to reduce your tension.

6. Quit smoking

If you smoke, now is the perfect time to quit. According to the CDC, smoking increases your risk of:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Ask your healthcare provider for support for quitting smoking.

Visit for health tips, blood pressure logs and more.

Bulk Water Station Upgrade Project

NB location next to CSX facility out of service on March 2…..

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) announces the following update to the bulk water station upgrade project:

Effective Monday, March 1 through Friday, March 12, the bulk water station in Weston (12805 Van Tassel Road) will be out of service for maintenance upgrades.  Additionally, on Tuesday, March 2, the bulk water station at the CSX facility (18920 Deshler Road) will be out of service for maintenance upgrade.  Work is weather permitting.

WCCOA to hold NEW “Dynamic Balance Through Dance” movement class

No equipment or prior experience is needed for participation in this class.

Bowling Green, OH (February 23, 2021) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will be holding a Dynamic Balance Through Dance movement class virtually using the Zoom platform. The class, taught by Certified Instructor Tammy Starr, will be held on Wednesdays from March 3 to April 7 at 6:30 p.m. This course lasts for six (6) weeks, and costs $15 to participate.

Join in this class to work on range of motion, strength, balance, and functional movement and to have fun! Participants may sit or stand during the class. Proper shoes are recommended for safety. No equipment or prior experience is needed for participation in this class.

Please contact the Programs Department of WCCOA to register by calling 419.353.5661 or 1.800.367.4935, or by e-mailing  Payment and waiver can be mailed or dropped off to the Wood County Senior Center, 305 North Main St., Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. 

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.

For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935 or

Only the Best for Brunch

Watch video to see how to make this delicious Cranberry (or Dried Cherry) Strata recipe!

( Nearly nothing is better than a perfectly planned brunch. This delicious, sweet recipe could be the cherry on top of your brunch bash.

As you see your friends and family members take their first bites, you will see their faces light up with delight as they devour this Cranberry Strata. It’s made with fluffy, baked French bread, smooth cream cheese, sweet and tangy maple syrup and, of course, dried cranberries.

This recipe is easy to make and even easier to eat. With only a handful of ingredients and just a few simple steps, this dish is one you can quickly whip up when you’re in a pinch.

Plus, the end result will have you and brunch goers asking, “Why is this so good?” It’s wholesome, rich and delicious. With two layers of bread sandwiched around layers of cranberries and cream cheese, this dish is almost certain to be a new brunch favorite.

Start by mixing eggs, maple syrup and milk together in a bowl. Then in a baking dish, add a layer of French bread and top it with chunks of cream cheese. Spread the cranberries on top.

Then layer on your second sheet of French bread. Next pour your egg mixture over top of everything, making sure the bread is absorbing the flavors. Top with a dash of cinnamon and bake.

Pull it out of the oven and serve warm. You will have a gooey, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth strata on your hands.

This dish is wonderful for brunch, however, it is versatile enough to be served as a family dessert, scrumptious breakfast or treat on a cold day.

Between the dairy, grains and sprinkle of fruit, this dish is a star for any occasion throughout the year.

For more recipe ideas for any occasion, visit

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Cranberry Strata

  • 8 cups           French Bread (Crusty)
  • 1 8 oz           package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup         dried cranberries
  • 6                   eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups       milk
  • 1/3 cup         maple syrup
  • ½ tsp            ground cinnamon or nutmeg
  1. In a greased 2-quart rectangular baking dish, arrange half of the bread pieces, about 4 cups.
  2. Cut cream cheese into 8-10 slices and arrange over the bread chunks.
  3. Sprinkle cranberries over bread chunks.
  4. Top with remaining bread pieces (4 cups).
  5. In a medium bowl beat together eggs, milk and maple syrup.
  6. Pour over bread in dish.
  7. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon or nutmeg.
  8. With back of spoon or spatula, lightly press down to saturate bread with egg mixture.
  9. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours.
  10. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  11. Bake covered for 45 minutes.
  12. Uncover then bake for 20 minutes more.
  13. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  14. Serve warm and topped with maple syrup, if desired.


Gov. DeWine Orders Flags Lowered

Lowered in Honor of ODNR Officer Jason Lagore….

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—In honor of the life and service of Ohio Department of Natural Resources Officer Jason Lagore, Governor DeWine has ordered that the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds in Highland County, and at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus. Flags should remain lowered until sunset on the day of Officer Lagore’s funeral.

All other public buildings and grounds throughout the state may fly U.S. and Ohio flags at half-staff at their discretion for the same time period. 

This order will run concurrently with yesterday’s order to lower flags in honor of the more than 500,000 Americans who died due to COVID-19. Flags on public buildings and grounds in Highland County and at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes State Office Tower should remain lowered after February 26, 2021, if Officer Lagore’s funeral has not yet taken place.

Ohio Will Develop a New State Park

New Ohio State Park will
Invest in the Future by Preserving the Past

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz announced Tuesday that Ohio will develop a new state park around an important, yet often overlooked historical site in Greene County.

Tecumseh Memorial Marker

Oldtown, located at what is now the site of the Tecumseh Motel at 1575 U.S. 68 in Xenia, is the site of one of the largest-known Shawnee settlements in Ohio and is often cited by historians as the birthplace of Tecumseh.

Yesterday, the State Controlling Board approved ODNR’s proposal to purchase the motel for $260,000 to transform the half-acre property into Ohio’s 76th state park.

“Preserving this site gives us a unique opportunity to connect today’s generation of Ohioans with the past,” said Governor DeWine. “By protecting this property, we are preserving Tecumseh’s legacy and Ohio’s long, rich history.”

Tecumseh established himself as a Shawnee military and political leader who fought to preserve native land against American westward expansion and the U.S. military.

“By turning this historic land into a new state park, it’s our goal to restore and preserve Oldtown for the public to enjoy,” said ODNR Director Mertz. 

ODNR plans to engage with the three sovereign and federally recognized Shawnee Tribes – the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, the Shawnee Tribe, and the Absentee Shawnee – to preserve and highlight this important historical site. The state park will include an interpretive center, and several markers memorializing historical events at Oldtown, including the marker pictured above, will be preserved.

Most Common Causes of a Sinking Foundation

Avoid the significant damage that can occur…

If there’s one part of your home you don’t want to get damaged, it’s the foundation. Because your entire house rests on it, any foundation problems will likely result in damage to numerous other areas of your home as well. Foundation issues can pose a serious safety threat if it ultimately collapses. As such, all homeowners should take precautions to protect this vital part of their house. One of the most common issues is a sinking foundation. To avoid this problem, take a look at these most common causes of a sinking foundation.

Weak Soil

A very common source of foundation issues is weak soil. If the soil your home was built on isn’t  strong enough to support its weight, the slab of your home will begin to sink and shift overtime. Some of the most common reasons for weak soil include the presence of decomposing plant matter, a lack of compaction, and—most commonly—a poor balance of water, air, matter, and mineral pieces in the soil’s composition.

Potential options for resolving this include using drainage tiles to drain excess moisture out, installing a reinforcing grid, or tilling the soil. You could also use an excavator with yard-appropriate tracks to dig into the subgrade and replace the soil with a base material that’ll help bridge the unstable soils. To determine which option is best suited for your yard and home, contact a foundation professional for advice.

Extreme Moisture Changes In Soil

Another one of the most common causes of a sinking foundation is extreme moisture changes in the soil around your home. When soils dry out, they contract. When they take on water, they expand. The extent at which soil expands or contracts will largely depend on its makeup.

Since soil conditions change throughout the year, small movements are normal. Substantial changes in moisture can cause large movement to occur and damage the foundation. If your home withstands an abnormally large or small amount of rain, speak to a foundation professional about the moisture content of your soil.

Poor Yard Drainage

A sinking foundation may also be caused by poor drainage. As previously stated, excess water can cause a foundation’s soil to weaken or expand. If a yard doesn’t have adequate drainage, excess water will pool around one’s foundation and cause it to shift or sink. If you notice that water tends to pool around your home, take measures to improve your yard’s drainage. Examples of effective ways to do so include improving the grading of your yard, extending your downspout, and installing a French drain or dry well.

“District” Board Teleconference

Thursday, February 25, at 7:30 a.m.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District
Board Meeting Teleconference Information

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – In response to safety guidance issued by the Ohio Department of Health, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for Thursday, February 25, at 7:30 a.m., will take place via teleconference call. 

Members of the public can listen in by following these instructions:  

Webinar: On Thursday, February 25, at 7:30 a.m., join the webinar by clicking this link: Password: 664391

Phone only: On Thursday, February 25, at 7:30 a.m., use your phone to dial: 1-301-715 -8592 
When prompted, use ID: 876 8469 6892 and Password: 664391.  

Note that public access is watch/listen-only.  Comments can be emailed to during and after the meeting.

Follow this AGENDA LINK for consideration.  

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