NB  Local Schools Evacuate in under 30 Seconds Using Alertus

Enhanced Notification System Gives Officials Instant Access to Emergency Alerts

North Baltimore, OH, February 11 – North Baltimore Local Schools ran an emergency evacuation drill, clearing the entire school of nearly 300 students in a matter of just 30 seconds using the Alertus Enhanced Notification System. Superintendent Ryan Delaney ran this drill with the Regional Director of Homeland Security, along with other top safety officials from Wood County. From the parking lot, Delaney opened the Alertus app on his phone, selected the emergency message, tapped the button, and in under 30 seconds, the entire building was evacuated.

Alertus Enhanced Notification System works seamlessly with a school’s existing infrastructure, partnering with other technologies like desktop computers, digital signage, PA systems, fire alarm panels, speakers, and VoIP phones to communicate quickly, consistently, and effectively. This means that with a simple tap of a button, school officials can reach students and staff instantly to notify them of an active shooter, severe weather issue, and can even send other more mundane announcements.

At Delaney’s schools, approximately five staff members have the ability to send out notifications via Alertus. To other superintendents, Delaney would say, “To be honest, you might not have time to get to your PA. The Alertus button alone would save numerous lives. I did this drill from my phone, and everyone has their phone on them.” He called the drill “perfect,” explaining that really nothing went wrong. “The flashing of the Alertus system itself let everyone know. There was no panic; it ran smoothly,” Delaney said. Prior to setting up Alertus, Delaney explained that the school would use a basic PA system for emergency evacuations. The lag time between realizing there is an incident, communicating it to someone, and having them get it over the PA is far longer than the swiftness of sending an alert with the tap of a button. Delaney set up Alertus at North Baltimore Local Schools through the DriveMind Group.

The DriveMind Group is a hub for educational tools and services that are designed to help schools run safely, efficiently and ensure that students and educators have what they need to truly thrive. From building safety to curriculum enhancement, the DriveMind Group recommends solutions that can empower and protect school leadership, teachers and students.

Village Council Gearing Up for Busy Spring and Summer

Several grants getting ready to roll……

By Sue Miklovic

The village council met for their final meeting of February on Tuesday evening in council chambers. After the roll call, pledge of allegiance, and approval of the minutes, the meeting moved on to public participation.

The mayor introduced Seth Thompson of Panda Technologies who made a presentation to the council members about adding online bill-paying as a possibility for residents of the community for their water bill payments. Mr. Thompson explained the ins and outs on how the payment system would work and discussed issues such as Internet security and service fees charged by credit-card companies and assuring that payments are credited to the proper date of payment. He also answered questions from the council members who were extremely interested in the possibility of this option. Mayor Goldner said, “We’ve had of a lot of inquiries from residents who have asked when we were going to add this feature to their options for paying their water bill.” The Council will continue to investigate their options.  

The council moved on to administrative reports.The council approved the hiring of two new volunteer firefighters for the NBFD. They approved the hiring of Bryant Matthes and Chad Wright.

Next the Village Administrator updated the council on all that he has been busy with since the last meeting. His report was dominated by all the grant work that he has been following up on. Here are some of the highlights:

* The village expects the Park Grant that they received to be implemented during March. A $12,394 grant for basketball hoops and goal posts will be installed on the recently repaved former tennis court area. The work  will be completed as weather permits in March. There’s also the possibility that additional seating may be added in the area for spectators.

*Next Mr. Brillhart discussed  the Safe Routes to School Grant and explained  that the village hopes to be opening the bids that will begin the sidewalk construction project on March 29th. The project, which will be on Maple Street,  begins at Rhodes Avenue and continues to Rudolph Road. He expects the project will be completed within six months of the beginning date.

* Following that, he talked about the Downtown Revitalization Grant which has previously been delayed a couple of times. Current plans have been submitted to Columbus and the Village is hoping to hear within 4 to 5 weeks on the status of their plans. Hopefully at that time construction can begin and move forward. ODOT will oversee all phases of this grant. Councilman Aaron Patterson said,” I want to remind everyone we will incur cost on this grant and we need to make sure we have money set aside, isn’t that right Mr. Brillhart?” Administrator Brillhart concurred, “Yes, it’s an 80% 20% split”

*Also mentioned by Brillhart was that the Ohio Public Works grant that the village received last Summer will not have the money available until 2020 because it is currently tied up in funding issues. It has been promised to be provided to the village for the purpose of paving the 200 block of Main Street . The 100 block of Main Street will be paved this summer as part of the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant that the village received last year and will also begin in late spring or early summer of 2019.

*Other topics addressed by The village administrator included a cross- training in customer service program that will be implemented in the village offices, also beginning phases of preparation for renewal of the village Street Levy which was approved in 2014 and expires in 2020. He reminded council  the county Board of Elections needs their plan for renewal of the levy. If they expect it to be on the November 2019 ballot, they need to submit it by July 2019.

*Also discussed was a salary summary survey which compared employee salaries of villages of comparable size to North Baltimore. This has been a hot topic amongst the council members for at least the last 3 months.

* Finance Committee chair Leisa Zeigler has called a work session for next Tuesday at 5:30 at council chambers where the council members will gather to discuss and identify the needs of where they need to change the salary scale in many different job positions.

*Ty Carles introduced Todd Dickerson with Reveille Planning and Economic Development who was present and spoke and actually created some excitement with the council members. He reported he has had several meetings with the village administrator and has already had several meetings with area businesses and has had inquiries from at least a couple of trucking businesses who are looking for office space in the North Baltimore area. He continued by reporting he’s had meetings with ODOT,  BGSU, Hancock-Wood Electric, 3 developers, Jobs Ohio, and is ready to have interaction with AEP, CSX, and the local school system officials.

Chowline: Dietary supplements to gain scrutiny

There are now close to 80,000 dietary supplements on the market….

I’ve been thinking about adding a dietary supplement as part of my daily routine. But I’m not sure how or if dietary supplements are regulated.

Unlike over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements are regulated more like food products than like drugs. Supplements, which are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, will now be subject to “new enforcement strategies,” including a new rapid-response tool that can alert consumers to unsafe products, the FDA said in a written statement this week.

Photo: Getty Images

The move is “one of the most significant modernizations of dietary supplement regulation and oversight in more than 25 years,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said. “FDA’s priorities for dietary supplements are to ensure that they’re safe, contain the ingredients listed on the label, and are made according to quality standards.”

This is significant, considering that there are now close to 80,000 dietary supplements on the market, with three of every four American consumers now taking a dietary supplement regularly. For older Americans, the rate is four out of every five.

Dietary supplements regulated by the FDA include vitamins, minerals, and herbs. In the 25 years since Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which gave the FDA the authority to regulate dietary supplements, the dietary supplement market has grown significantly, the agency said.

“As the popularity of supplements has grown, so have the number of entities marketing potentially dangerous products, or making unproven or misleading claims about the health benefits they may deliver,” Gottlieb said.

Some of the new FDA oversight steps will include:

  • communicating to the public as soon as possible when there is a concern about a dietary supplement on the market.
  • ensuring that the FDA’s regulatory framework is flexible enough to evaluate product safety while promoting innovation.
  • developing new enforcement strategies.
  • continuing to engage in a public dialogue to get valuable feedback from dietary supplement stakeholders.

For example, the FDA recently sent 12 warning letters to certain supplement companies whose products the FDA considered as being “illegally marketed as unapproved, new drugs” because they claim to “prevent, treat, or cure Alzheimer’s disease, as well as health conditions like diabetes and cancer.”

Per Commissioner Gottlieb, “Dietary supplements can, when substantiated, claim a number of potential benefits to consumer health. They, however, cannot claim to prevent, treat, or cure diseases like Alzheimer’s.”

Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University 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 turner.490@osu.edu.

Tigers vs. Tigers in The Jungle

Seneca East @ North Baltimore – 2/18/19

High School Boys Basketball Results by Suzanne Bucher

Varsity Boys

Seneca East  16-15-15-27—73

North Baltimore  16-18-18-11—63

Mitch Clark – 15

Johnny Hagemyer – 14

Clayton Heineman – 9

Levi Gazarek – 8

Jaden Bucher – 8

Isaac Sexton – 5

Zach Weinandy – 2

Alex Snyder – 2

FGM-A:  24-62 (39%)

FTM-A:  8-13 (62%)

3PM-A:  7-25 (Hagemyer 4)

Rebounds: 22 (Gazarek 7, Clark 7)

Assist Leader: Hagemyer 4

Turnovers: NB 10

NB Overall Record 3-17

SE Overall Record 8-13


Seneca East – 55

N Baltimore – 22

Nick Morales – 7

Hunter Vogelsong – 7

Gunner Kepling – 6

Diego Rodrigo – 2

JV Overall Record 1-19

Upcoming Boys Games

Fri 2/22 Liberty-Benton (H), 6:00 (Senior Night)

Wed 2/27 NB vs Cory-Rawson @ Van Buren, 8pm (Tournaments)

Fuel Your Morning with Protein-Packed Recipes

Overnight oats are popular for breakfast………….

(Family Features) As you prepare to take on the day, one of the most beneficial ways to energize yourself each morning is by fueling your body with the proper nutrients, including protein.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team High-Performance Dietitian Allen Tran works with top athletes and recognizes the key role protein plays in their diets. Developed by Tran, these breakfast recipes can provide the nutrition necessary for journeying through your day with energy and verve. Protein Waffles include Rockin’ Protein Builder for an easy boost of protein. The 12-ounce shakes, which are low in carbs and sugar, are made with fresh milk and have 30 grams of high-quality protein to help build muscle without a chalky after-taste.

If you’re looking to make healthier choices or live an active lifestyle and are short on time, a premade recipe may allow for additional productivity. Recipes that can be made in advance – like the night before – may aid your goal to consume necessary nutrients without putting a rush on your morning routine.

Chocolate Cherry and Banana Overnight Oats are made with Shamrock Farms Chocolate Milk and are a source of protein, calcium and vitamin D. Plus, they can be made in advance, allowing you to grab a healthy, ready-made breakfast to take on the go. Adding milk to your diet helps serve as a source of energy while building and repairing muscles.

Find more tips and recipes to help enhance your nutrition at shamrockfarms.net.

Chocolate Cherry and Banana Overnight Oats

Yield: 2 jars

  • 1/2       cup frozen dark sweet cherries
  • 1 1/2    cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1          container (12 ounces) Shamrock Farms Chocolate Milk
  • 1          ripe banana, sliced
  • 1          pinch salt
  1. In two mason jars, add 1/4 cup frozen cherries in each. In microwave, thaw 30 seconds.
  2. Divide rolled oats, milk, banana and salt between jars. Cover with lids and shake until combined.
  3. Store in refrigerator overnight or at least several hours.
  4. Serve cold or warm in microwave.

Protein Waffles

Yield: 8-10 waffles

  • 2          cups pancake mix
  • 2          large eggs
  • 1          container (12 ounces) Vanilla or Chocolate Rockin’ Protein Builder
  • 1/4       cup canola oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Heat waffle iron.
  2. Place pancake mix in bowl. In separate bowl, whisk eggs, protein shake and oil. Stir into pancake mix until just combined.
  3. Bake in waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown.

Tip: To freeze for later consumption, cool waffles on wire racks. Freeze between layers of waxed paper in re-sealable plastic freezer bag. In toaster oven or microwave, heat waffles until heated through.

Shamrock Farms

Cholesterol Screening Clinics Offered

You must be a resident of Wood County and 25 years of age or older.

Wood County, Ohio – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. is currently scheduling their cholesterol screening clinics for March.  You must be a resident of Wood County and 25 years of age or older.  The cost is $20 for those 60 and over, $25 for those 25-59.

These screenings require an appointment and pretest instructions.

The screening panel includes:  Total Cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), Triglycerides, Total Cholesterol/HDL ratio and a blood glucose level.  Results will be immediately available and discussed with clients by a Registered Nurse.

Bowling Green:  9:00 am to 11:00 am

  • Tuesday March 5, 2019
  • Tuesday March 12, 2019
  • Friday March 22, 2019

Perrysburg: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

  • Wednesday March 13, 2019

Grand Rapids:  9:30am to 11:30am

  • Tuesday March 19, 2019

To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-367-4935 or 419-353-5661 and ask for the Social Services Department.  

NB Music and Drama Busy

Concerts, performances, improv, Jazz festival, more……..

Students in the North Baltimore music and drama departments will be busy during the months of February and March. We invite the community to join us! 

Sunday, February 17: Several middle school and high school band and choir members will perform in the OMEA District I Honors Festival at Toledo’s Stranahan Theatre. The middle school performance is at 2:30pm and the high school performance is at 7pm. Both concerts are free and open to the public. 

Saturday, March 2: The North Baltimore Choir will perform the National Anthem at the Bowling Green State University hockey game. For tickets, visit bgsufalcons.com 

Monday, March 4: Band Concert grades 7-12, 7pm, North Baltimore Auditeria 

Friday, March 8: Variety Show/Improv Night, 7pm- Check out some of the most talented and wittiest students in Northwest Ohio. Fans of Whose Line is It Anyway will love this show! Tickets will go on sale in the high school office February 25.    

Monday, March 11: Choir Concert, 7pm, North Baltimore Auditeria. The choirs present a concert of world music!

Saturday, March 30: Jazz Night, North Baltimore Auditeria, 6pm. The Edon, Montpelier, Elmwood, and North Baltimore Jazz Bands will present a showcase of live jazz music. The University of Findlay Jazz Ensemble will conclude the evening. Cost:    $15 for entertainment only$20 for entertainment and a catered meal from Crossroads Café Anyone wanting the meal option MUST purchase a ticket by February 28. For tickets, please stop by the High School office or call 419-257-3464. Entertainment-Only tickets will also be available at the door.

Cost:    $15 for entertainment only$20 for entertainment and a catered meal from Crossroads Café.  Anyone wanting the meal option MUST purchase a ticket by February 28. For tickets, please stop by the High School office or call 419-257-3464. Entertainment-Only tickets will also be available at the door.

Tigers Fall on the Road

Monday and Friday(Senior Night) are last 2 home games…

High School Boys Basketball Results by Suzanne Bucher

Upper Scioto Valley @ North Baltimore – 2/16/19


USV  22-19-29-20—90

N Baltimore  19-11-11-26—67

Levi Gazarek – 23

Jaden Bucher – 16

Johnny Hagemyer – 9

Isaac Sexton – 5

Clayton Heineman – 5

Mitch Clark – 4

Gunner Kepling – 3

Alex Snyder – 2

FGM-A:  20-47 (43%)

FTM-A:  14-24 (58%)

3PM-A:  13-22 (Bucher 5, Hagemyer 3, Gazarek 2)

Rebounds: 18 (Gazarek 6)

Assist Leader: Weinandy 4

Turnovers: NB 12

NB Overall Record 3-16

USV Overall Record 15-5


USV – 52

N Baltimore – 25

Gunner Kepling – 8

Brayden Holloway – 4

Cayce Trout – 3

Hunter Baker – 3

Hunter Vogelsong – 3

Nick Morales – 2

Diego Rodrigo – 2

JV Overall Record 1-18

Upcoming Boys Games

Mon 2/18 Seneca East (H), 6:00

Fri 2/22 Liberty-Benton (H), 6:00 (Senior Night)

Ribbon Cutting Planned


New Exhibit Opening:” For Comfort & Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio by Way of the Poor Farm”

A grand opening celebration for the new exhibit, For Comfort & Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio by Way of the Poor Farm, will take place on Friday, February 22 with a ribbon cutting at 4:45 PM followed by a public reception and self-guided tours from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Exhibit photographer Jeffrey Hall will share remarks at 6:00 PM about his 5,000 mile journey to Ohio’s poor farm sites. This event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit depicts Ohio’s earliest form of public charity, the poor farm, by representing all of Ohio’s 88 counties. Historical documentation shared from many counties can be seen within diorama-style exhibits, along with 120 modern-day photographs of each county taken by local photographer Jeffrey Hall over the last two years.

This exhibit was made possible by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Humanities Council.

The museum will be open for self-guided tours Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM and weekends from 1 PM – 4 PM (closed on government holidays). Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, with discounts for seniors, students, and military. Historical Society members receive free admission as well as a gift shop discount. The museum offers free admission to all visitors on the first Friday of each month, courtesy of the Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau. The museum is handicap accessible and group tours are welcome.  

All events detailed at woodcountyhistory.org or by following the Wood County Historical Museum on social media. The museum is located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green. 

Wood Soil & Water Office Ag Update Breakfast

Dollars and Sense of Nutrient Management…..

BOWLING GREEN, OH – The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is offering an Ag Update Breakfast on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 AM at Bob Evans in Bowling Green. Kip Studer, Nutrient Management Specialist with ODA, will start the discussion on the dollars and sense of having a nutrient management plan for your operation and the environment. A cup of coffee or beverage of choice is compliments of the Wood Soil and Water Conservation District. Breakfast is to be purchased by the attendee.

RSVP to 419-354-5517 or email abbywensink@woodswcd.com.

Follow Wood Soil and Water Conservation District on Facebook or visit woodswcd.com for events and services.

NW Water and Sewer District Projects-Update

Reminder: The District office will be closed Monday, February 18 for Presidents’ Day.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 19,000 customers in Wood, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area.  The District will announce updates and when additional projects are under contract.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

Reminder: The District office will be closed Monday, February 18 for Presidents’ Day.   

Perrysburg Township – Sanitary Sewer Improvements 
Through May, short-term intermittent lane restrictions are possible throughout Perrysburg Township for sewer work and manhole repair.  Project complete: May. Project investment: $998,000.

Lake Township – Waterline & Sewer Installation 
Through September, watch for shoulder restrictions and additional construction traffic along Tracy Road from SR 795 to Keller Road for sewer installation.  Project complete: September.  Project investment: $520,000.

McComb – Sewer Line Replacement 
Through February, lane restrictions and short-term closures are possible at the intersection of Bond and Liberty Streets.  Project complete: June. Project investment: $490,000

Rossford – Lead Service Line Removal Project 
Through May, intermittent lane restrictions are possible in Rossford for lead service line removal.  Project complete: May. Project investment: $900,000.  For more information and to sign up for email updates go to:  https://www.nwwsd.org/what-we-do/water/water-facts/lead/

Rossford – Sewer Lining Project
Through June, watch for shoulder restrictions and construction crews on roads north of Eagle Point Road for sewer lining. Project complete: May. Project investment: $767,000

Tiger Boys Win

North Baltimore @ Vanlue

High School Boys Basketball Results, by Suzanne Bucher

North Baltimore @ Vanlue – 2/15/19


N Baltimore  23-20-13-24—80

Vanlue  8-20-16-25—69

Levi Gazarek – 39

Alex Snyder – 11

Jaden Bucher – 11

Johnny Hagemyer – 6

Isaac Sexton – 6

Clayton Heineman – 5

Mitch Clark – 2

FGM-A:  26-67 (39%)

FTM-A:  21-29 (72%)

3PM-A:  7-21 (Gazarek 3, Bucher 3)

Rebounds: 32 (Gazarek 11)

Assist Leader: Heineman 5

Turnovers: NB 19, VAN 19

NB Overall Record 3-15, BVC 1-8

Vanlue Overall Record 2-17, BVC 0-10


Vanlue – 49

N Baltimore – 43

Gunner Kepling – 16

Brayden Holloway – 6

Cayce Trout – 6

Nick Morales – 5

Hunter Vogelsong – 5

Hunter Baker – 3

Brock Baltz – 2

NB JV Overall Record 1-18, BVC 0-9