School Mornings Made Easy

Start the school year off right by giving your kids a breakfast they’ll love that also provides the protein they need to kick-start their day…….

 

(Family Features) Most parents know the first few weeks of school season and new daily routines can be hectic. From stocking up on school supplies to finishing up homework, there’s few unused minutes in the day.

One thing that’s particularly easy to forget in the mad dash to catch the bus or make it to morning drop-off is a well-balanced, protein-packed breakfast. According to a No Kid Hungry study, when students have a balanced breakfast in the morning, they are more likely to attend school and perform better on standardized tests.

Start the school year off right by giving your kids a breakfast they’ll love that also provides the protein they need to kick-start their day. Recipes like Simple Ham and Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches or Baked Eggs in Avocado can be ready in minutes and provide fuel long past the first morning school bell.

As a simple time-saver, Smithfield offers pre-diced, cubed and sliced ham that can make breakfast a breeze any day of the week. Incorporate it into a simple breakfast sandwich for a protein boost you can enjoy on-the-go. Served crispy or chewy depending on your preference, Thick Cut Bacon also puts a savory spin on nearly any breakfast plate, whether paired with eggs and avocado or a simple side of toast.

For more information and breakfast ideas, visit smithfield.com.

Simple Ham and Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches

Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 8 frozen prepared waffles, toasted
  • 8 ounces Smithfield Anytime Favorites Quarter Boneless Sliced Ham, any flavor
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 slices cheddar or American cheese
  • maple syrup (optional)
  1. Prepare waffles according to package directions; keep warm.
  2. In nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook ham slices until lightly browned, about 30 seconds per side; keep warm. In same skillet over medium heat, fry eggs until desired doneness.
  3. Lay out four waffles and top each with sliced cheese, ham and fried egg, topping with remaining waffles to finish. Serve warm with maple syrup, if desired.

Tip: Try spreading fruit jam on your sandwich for a change of pace.

Baked Eggs in Avocado

Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 large avocados
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 strips Smithfield Thick Cut Bacon, diced and cooked until crispy
  • 1 cup blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  1. Heat oven to 450 F. Spray baking sheet or glass baking pan with cooking spray. Cut avocados in half. Scoop out 1-2 tablespoons of avocado to create well for eggs. Place avocados flesh-side up on prepared baking sheet or glass pan.
  2. Gently crack one egg in each avocado well, making sure to keep yolk intact. Bake 10 minutes, or until eggs reach desired temperature. Remove.
  3. Top with bacon pieces, blue cheese and cilantro.

SOURCE:
Smithfield

5 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition

From weekly meetings to extracurricular activities and weekend sports, try using lists and charts to stay organized…..

(Family Features) Just when it seems like you have gotten into your summer groove, it’s time to get back into your school routine, which can be cause both relief and stress at the same time for parents and students alike. Even if your kids are fairly adaptable, big changes like heading back to school after a summer of limited scheduling can be stressful.

Head off potential problems as you transition into the busy back-to-school season with these family-friendly tips to get everyone back on the school-time track:

Set a Family Schedule
Rather than rushing into school season all at once, try to plan your schedule ahead of time. Easing into school season can make for a much smoother transition. This means gradually tapering off later bedtimes and enforcing an earlier wake up call. If meal times have gotten lax, it’s also a good idea to start working back toward your school-time schedule.

Pack Easier
Getting everyone up and on their way can be one of the greatest challenges on school days. Serve breakfast, pack lunches and make it out the door with a cup of still-hot coffee with an option like the Chinet Comfort Cup insulated hot cup. It’s designed to help keep drinks the perfect temperature while remaining cool to the touch, and with the snap-and-go lid, you can avoid messes during busy mornings.

Stay Organized
From weekly meetings to extracurricular activities and weekend sports, try using lists and charts to stay organized. Especially as kids grow older and their activities lists and school deadlines expand, keeping track of everyone can become a real chore. Find a place in the house where you can post calendars and lists that everyone can see. Try color-coding by child or type of activity (school, work, sports, etc.) for extra organization.

List Family Goals
Have each person in the family list out his or her goals for this school year. They can be small or challenging, but it can give everyone something to strive for. It’s also a good way to remind kids about family values like encouraging one another and making time to support everyone’s individual interests.

Buy Supplies Ahead of Time
Don’t wait until the last minute to search for school supplies like notebooks, pencils and paper or the bigger ticket items like backpacks. Seeking out necessary items ahead of time can alleviate the stress of not being able to find what you need, and spreading out purchases over time can eliminate a major one-time hit to the family budget.

Find more ideas to ease your family’s transition back to school at MyChinet.com.

SOURCE:
Chinet

Council Joins Up for First August Meeting

Village to hire new Police Chief…

By Sue Miklovic

The Village Council met last Tuesday for the first of two regularly scheduled meetings for August. All members were present.

Among the topics discussed was the hiring of a replacement for Police Chief Allan Baer who is leaving the village after almost 11 years of service.

Village Administrator Allyson Murray asked for a motion to authorize her to advertise for the Police Chief position. Council was not in favor of doing that until they had the opportunity to see if anyone qualified already within that department was interested in the job.

“I think we need to look at an interim position” said Councilman Matt Beegle. Councilman Ty Carles suggested hiring from within with a probationary period, “Like we did for the Water Superintendent position.” Mayor Goldner added, “We have people who are qualified and interested inside the Village”

The mayor said, “Chief Baer has given exemplary service to the Village. He was truly an asset and will be sorely missed.”

Other conversations and topics of note:

%- Income tax receipts for July 2018 are up 15% compared to July 2017.

%- The returned check fee has been changed to $30.00

%-Allyson Murray is seeking bill payment options to accommodate those who would like to pay water bills online.

%-The Village will continue its agreement with the NB Local School District to provide a SRO( School Resource Officer)This is a win-win for the village and the school.

School Resource Officer Mandy Slane shared a report of additional SRO training she received this Summer with Council members .

% The Village authorized the Administrator to advertise for an open position in the water/sewer department.

%- The village is recommending that customers do NOT place CASH in the night drop box.

%-The Council members voiced their disappointment with the lack of quality workmanship on the ADA upgrades to the concession stand in the park. Council paid $13,000—1/4th of the total cost for the Community Development Block Grant project. “We were scammed” said Councilman Aaron Patterson.

%- V.A. Murray and Public Works Superintendent Doug Wickard have compiled a street inventory for the purpose of developing a plan to pay for much need improvements.

%- Councilman Matt Beegle suggested the village declare the Saturday in June before Village-Wide trash Pick be named “Garage Sale Day”

%-Councilman Aaron Patterson announced that he had received a copy of the contract from Skip Baltz, representing the NB Masonic Lodge, in regards to the long standing Recycling Program in NB.

%- A special meeting was scheduled to immediately follow the Council of the Whole meeting on August 14th.

%-Dalton Teaford, NBHS Student Representative on the Village Council was thanked for his service. His term is now complete, since he is a Senior, and the position is to be held by a Junior. (Editor’s note: He did an outstanding job! Typically when the school year ends in the Spring, the student is finished. Dalton had the desire to continue throughout the Summer months as well. Well Done, Dalton!)

The regular meeting was adjourned and followed by an executive session for the purpose of discussing Employee Compensation.

WC Sheriff’s Office Plans OVI Sobriety Checkpoint this Week

The exact location of the checkpoint will be announced the morning of the checkpoint……

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office announced today that Deputies will operate an OVI Checkpoint to deter and intercept impaired drivers this week.

The location of the checkpoint will be announced the day prior to the checkpoint. The exact location of the checkpoint will be announced the morning of the checkpoint.

If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. Don’t let another life be lost for senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.

Operational support for the sobriety checkpoint will be provided by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, Haskins Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office reminds you to call 911 if you suspect an impaired driver.

 

BG Shelter Chosen for “Cat Pawsitive Pro” Program

Wood County Humane Society is One of 6 Shelters Selected for Innovative Training Program to Increase Cat Adoptions…..

(Bowling Green, OH)—Wood County Humane Society is selected by The Jackson Galaxy Project (JGP), a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, to participate in the Autumn 2018 Semester of Cat Pawsitive Pro, a life-saving initiative that introduces positive-reinforcement training to shelter cats. Supported by the Petco Foundation and Halo® pet food, this innovative training program for shelter cats aims to increase feline adoption rates as well as educate the shelter staff and volunteers on how to implement it.

Jackson Galaxy (star of the television show My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet, and founder of JGP) developed Cat Pawsitive Pro with a team of feline behavior experts. Highlights of the program include:

  • Improving cat “adoptability” and feline social skills, particularly for shy or fearful cats and long-term residents
  • Enriching day-to-day life for cats in shelters with physical and mental activity
  • Promoting the human-cat bond
  • Teaching and empowering animal shelter staff and volunteers

 

“The genesis of Cat Pawsitive Pro stemmed from the simple desire to duplicate the “AHA!” moment I had in the early stages of my life with cats as a shelter worker,” said Jackson Galaxy. “By utilizing the training concepts that were, to that point, only used for the dogs in our care, not only were the cats stimulated, motivated and energized, but so was I. That, along with the most important result, lives being saved, was the win-win I envisioned passing on to as many cats and shelters as I possibly could. So today I am filled with an indescribable mix of joy and anticipation as we enter the Autumn semester of The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive Pro program.”

Cats who are exposed to reward-based training methods of Cat Pawsitive Pro gain confidence, experience reduced stress level and build connections with staff, volunteers and potential adopters.  The program can help a shy cat learn to feel comfortable coming up to the front of her cage to meet an adopter, a feisty cat learn to play nice, and an outgoing kitty learn to give an endearing “high five” to his visitors to seal an adoption deal.

 

“We at The Wood County Humane Society are thrilled to have been selected for the Autumn 2018 Cat Pawsitive Pro Program. This program will fundamentally change the lives of the many cats that come into our shelter and find it difficult to acclimate to that environment and ultimately their forever homes. By being selected for this innovative training initiative, our staff will be significantly better equipped to alleviate the stress that these animals experience while in shelter. This program also will ensure that such animals find their forever homes much more quickly and integrate to those forever homes much more seamlessly, thereby better enabling all of us, as an organization, to fulfill our mission of bringing about the best possible treatment and quality of life for all animals in Wood County,” said Heath Diehl, Board President of Wood County Humane Society.

Lisa Stemcosky, a feline behavior expert hand-picked by The JGP, will lead the program for the shelter beginning August 23rd.  Throughout the Autumn, Wood County Humane Society staff and volunteers will participate in weekly seminars with Stemcosky and will have direct access to the entire training team for specialized consultations about the cats in their care.

 

Galaxy will be sharing highlights of the program on The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Learn more about Cat Pawsitive at www.catpawsitive.org.

 

 

About The Jackson Galaxy Project
The Jackson Galaxy Project, founded in 2014, is a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Project is the realization of Jackson’s long-standing dream of improving the lives of animals at risk and helping the people who care for them.

 

About GreaterGood.org
GreaterGood.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. Over the last 10 years, GreaterGood.org has given over $100 million in cash and in-kind grants to over 3,000 charitable partners worldwide.  To learn more, visit GreaterGood.org

or follow us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

 

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $200 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

About Halo, Purely for Pets®
For over 30 years, Halo® has insisted on creating only holistic pet foods that rely first on real WHOLE meat, poultry or fish…never ANY rendered “meat meal”… making these recipes fundamentally different from the kibble found in almost all leading “natural” pet food brands. Halo uses OrigiNative™ GAP and MSC-certified proteins that say NO to factory farming and offer Superior Digestibility. Halo uses Non-GMO Vegetables in its pet food. Plus, Halo feeds it forward (#HaloFeeditForward), donating a bowl of Halo to shelter pets every time consumers buy, in partnership with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org. Halo invites pet parents to “Feed for 14 Days, Love it or it’s Free!” Learn more about Halo’s HOLISTIC. WHOLE. HUMANE. pet food for dogs and cats at HaloPets.com. Learn more about Halo: https://halopets.com. Join Halo on social: https://www.facebook.com/HaloPets/

Village Public Notice: Special Meeting Agenda

NB Village Council – Tuesday, August 14th…

The North Baltimore Village Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, immediately following the regularly scheduled Committee Of the Whole Meeting at 5:30 pm to discuss and vote on proposed legislation.

VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE
SPECIAL
COUNCIL MEETING

August 14, 2018 – immediately following COTW @ 5:30pm

AGENDA

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

New Legislation, Motions or Business

ORDINANCE 2018-27 AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CERTIFICATION OF GRASS MOWING AS SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS TO THE WOOD COUNTY AUDITOR AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

ORDINANCE 2018-28 AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE REMOVAL OF A DELINQUENT UTILITY ACCOUNT, NOT TO BE CERTIFIED TO THE WOOD COUNTY AUDITOR DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

ORDINANCE 2018-29 AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CERTIFICATION OF DELINQUENT UTILITY ACCOUNTS AS SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS TO THE WOOD COUNTY AUDITOR DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

ORDINANCE 2018-30 AN ORDINANCE ENACTING A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE COST AND EXPENSE OF LIGHTING OF THE STREETS, ALLEYS, WAYS AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES IN THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE FOR 2019, AUTHORIZING CERTIFICATION OF SAME TO THE WOOD COUNTY AUDITOR DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

ORDINANCE 2018-31 AN ORDINANCE ENACTING A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE COST AND EXPENSE OF TRIMMING, MAINTAINING AND PLANTING OF TREES ALONG THE STREETS, ALLEYS, WAYS AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES IN THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE FOR 2019, AUTHORIZING CERTIFICATION OF SAME TO THE WOOD COUNTY AUDITOR AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

ORDINANCE 2018-32 AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION ACCOUNTS FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2018, PROVIDING EXPENDITURE OF THE DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION FUND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

ORDINANCE 2018-33 AN ORDINANCE ENACTING A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE COST AND EXPENSE OF CLEANING THE STREETS, ALLEYS, WAYS AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES IN THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE FOR 2019, AUTHORIZING CERTIFICATION OF SAME TO THE WOOD COUNTY AUDITOR DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

Other New Business

Other Old Business

VII. Adjournment

YOUTHEATRE TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR FALL PRODUCTION

MARY POPPINS JR. to be staged October 19-21………….

YOUTHEATRE TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR FALL PRODUCTION OF MARY POPPINS JR.

 

Findlay, Ohio, August 9, 2018—Marathon Center for the Performing Arts will be holding auditions for Youtheatre’s fall production of Mary Poppins Jr. later this month. Auditions are open to students in grades 6-12 including an on-stage cast of no more than 40 students in addition to positions on the production’s technical crew.

Auditions for the on-stage cast will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 28 at Marathon Center for the Performing Arts located at 200 W. Main Cross Street in Findlay. Check-in will begin at 5:30 p.m. and auditions will run until 8 p.m. All participants are expected to stay for the entirety of the audition period.

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

All students in grades 6-12 who wish to audition or apply for the technical crew must register and complete the required forms which can be found on the Youtheatre page of the MCPA’s website: MarathonCenterArts.org/Education/Youtheatre.

Students only need to attend one night of auditions. Those auditioning for the on-stage cast need to come prepared for movement. Youth interested in technical crew will only need to register online with the audition form.

Youtheatre’s production of Mary Poppins Jr. will be directed by Samantha Henry. The production staff includes: Zachary Thomas as music director, Brenda Hoyt-Brackman as choreographer, Isaac Steinhour as technical director and Debra Searls as costumer. The performances are slated for October 19-21 at Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, times still to be determined.

Chowline: Back-to-School? Food Safety Tips for Packed Lunches

Prepare snack-sized bags of fruits and veggies in advance and let your children choose which ones they want in their lunch that day….

My kids are starting back to school next week, and this year they are packing their lunch for the first time. Any tips on what I need to do to make sure their packed lunch is safe and healthy?

Photo: Getty Images

Wow – is it that time of year already?

If your child wants to bring a packed lunch to school, there are several ways to make sure their lunch is both healthy and safe from pathogens that could cause a foodborne illness.

This is an important distinction to make, as children are among the most vulnerable to food poisoning. That’s partly due to the fact that their immune systems are not as effective at fighting off bacteria and viruses compared to those of adults, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

When packing a lunch for your child to take to school, it’s important to remember that cold foods need to stay cold and hot foods need to stay hot, to avoid the development of harmful bacteria that could cause a foodborne illness.

In order to make sure your child’s perishable foods stay cold until lunchtime, the U.S. Department of Agriculture advises that you pack two cold sources that will keep the contents out of the Danger Zone, which is when a food’s temperature reaches between 40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, at which bacteria grows most rapidly.

Frozen water bottles or frozen juice boxes can count as a cold source, as well as a freezer pack that you stick in their lunch box. Lunches that contain perishable food items like luncheon meats, eggs, cheese, or yogurt should be kept cold in this manner.

If you plan to send soup, stew or chili for your child’s lunch, you will need to use an insulated container. Before adding in the hot item, you can fill the container with boiling water, let it stand for a few minutes, empty it and then add the hot food, advises the USDA. Also, tell your child to keep the lid on the container closed until lunchtime to help prevent bacterial contamination and growth.

Other safe lunch-packing tips from USDA and FDA include:

  • If you pack your child’s lunch the night before, leave it in the refrigerator overnight. The meal will stay cold longer because everything will be refrigerator temperature when it is placed in the lunchbox.
  • Clean the insulated box or bag with hot soapy water after each use, and don’t re-use paper bags.
  • If possible, your child’s lunch should be stored in a refrigerator or cooler with ice upon arrival at school. Leave the lid of the lunchbox or bag open in the fridge so that cold air can better circulate and keep the food cold.
  • While it’s best if your children wash their hands before eating lunch, that doesn’t always happen at school right before lunchtime. So make sure you pack disposable wipes for your children to wipe their hands before and after eating lunch.
  • After lunch, make sure your children discard any leftover food, used food packaging, and paper bags. Don’t reuse the packaging because it could contaminate other food and cause foodborne illness.

Remember, healthy lunches include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products. If preparing sandwiches, opt for whole grain bread and add veggies for toppings. Additionally, you can make sandwiches fun for your children by cutting them into shapes using a cookie cutter.

As far as sides are concerned, prepare snack-sized bags of fruits and veggies in advance and let your children choose which ones they want in their lunch that day. Whole fruit such as apples, peaches, pears, bananas and tangerines are also good choices.

Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences 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 turner.490@osu.edu.