NAMI Mental Health Conference Series

The conference is in Perrysburg on Friday, May 3rd from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

NAMI Wood County will be hosting the NAMI Mental Health Conference Series for adults who are wanting to learn more about NAMI Wood County and hear personal stories of people who have been affected by mental illness. 

The conference is in Perrysburg on Friday, May 3rd from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at BGSU at Levis Commons, 1655 N. Wilksinson Way, Perrysburg. OH 43551. 

The different sessions include NAMI Family and Friends session, panel testimonials, explaining NAMI Wood County and our marketing efforts in the community, and NAMI Wood County programs and our impact. The Family and Friends session is led by trained people with lived experiences of supporting a family member with a mental health condition.  The session will cover topics such as understanding diagnoses, treatment, and recovery, effective communication strategies, the importance of self-care, crisis preparation strategies, and NAMI and community resources.  The marketing session will showcase why NAMI Wood County markets to the community the way it does and compares local mental health advertising impacts.  The panel testimonial session is where individuals share their story, how they became involved with NAMI Wood County, its effect on them and the local community, and how they’re staying involved today.  The last session highlights NAMI Wood County’s educational and support programming and explores its lasting impact on our community.

The NAMI Mental Health Conference Series is $35.00 per registrant and it includes lunch and CEU’s (pending approval).  The doors open at 8:00 am.  The deadline to register is April 26th, 2019.

It’s EARTH Day. Want to help save the planet?

Start with small changes in your home!

Want to help save the planet? Start with small changes in your home!
Celebrate Earth Day

Here are 5 ways you can make your home a greener place to be:

  • Switch to LED lights. Making the switch to LED light bulbs can help you save major energy.
  • Fix leaks. Water is a precious resource-don’t waste it! Check your toilet, sink, and garden hose for leaks.
  • Plant a garden. Planting a garden is a fun and beautiful way to add nature to your home. Just be sure to only plant native and adapted plants.
  • Seal gaps. Seal any gaps around your windows and doors to prevent energy loss, reduce your energy costs, and help save the earth.
  • Replace paper towels. Cutting out your paper towel usage can make a huge environmental difference. Try using washable cloths instead!

Submitted by:

Leisa Zeigler, Realtor

ERA Geyer Noakes Realty Group


Village Council Met Last Tuesday for Third Monthly Meeting

Lots of needs at Water Department…

The third meeting of the month for NB Village Council was last Tuesday, April 16th. Before the meeting began, Pastor Ralph Mineo of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church offered prayer for the Village and those who serve.

Council President Matt Beegle was absent and Councilman Art Patterson was elected to serve as President pro-tem for the meeting.

No administrative reports were due at the meeting, however Finance Officer Tony Swartz presented a list of proposed 2018 Year End Funds Transfers to be made in 2019. He also shared a list of recently paid bills, and a historical comparison of transferred funds from the last 10 years.

Village Administrator Michael Brillhart also shared a few items from a prepared(but not required) report, including updates on the Neighborhood Revitlization grant, Downtown Revitalization project, Ohio Public Works Commission grant for use in 2020, and an upcoming draft of a “Bulk Water Rate Study”.

Most of the additional conversation of the evening centered on the Water Department and many imminent needs, including a chlorination system repair needed because of a failure the previous weekend. Other pending planned expenses discussed included: Clarifier gear drives, tank painting, Lime lagoon application, GIS Utility Mapping system, valve exerciser. Some of these items are EPA mandated. All appear to be appropriated in the budget.

The council agreed to hire Chad Smith as a part-time advanced EMT effective immediately.

They also heard the reading of a few resolutions and ordinances that pertained to :
-a request for the Wood County Auditor to certify the amount of funds to be raised if the question of renewing the 5 year 2 mill levy for street and road repairs was placed on the November 2019 general election ballot
– approving the transfer of funds as appropriated
– approving the edition and inclusion of certain ordinances as parts of the various component codes of the codified ordinances of the Village of North Baltimore, Ohio

Council member Ty Carles inquired why the piles of crushed concrete has not been moved from the parking areas at the reservoirs yet. Utility Director Brian Roberts responded it has been too wet for it to be placed without causing damage.

Lots of helmets going to children across Ohio

Bicycle-related fatalities in Ohio are up 22 percent since 2009…..

COLUMBUS – Nearly 9,000 bicycle helmets will be going to children across Ohio this spring thanks to the Put A Lid On It! campaign, a continued partnership between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. ODOT contributed approximately 6,500 of the helmets. Thanks in part to a $12,000 grant from Honda of America Marysville, these helmets will be provided at no cost to children across Ohio to keep them safe while enjoying a bicycle ride.

Partners from law enforcement agencies and community organizations, Safe Routes to School Programs, Safe Communities Programs, and others, applied for helmets through a competitive application process. Awardees were selected to receive helmets based on need.

According to available data, Wood County Park District received some of these helmets

While bicycle related fatalities only represent 4 percent of roadway fatalities, they are on the rise statewide. Between 2009-2018, 182 Ohioans were killed while riding a bicycle, a 22 percent increase. Twelve percent of bicycle-related fatalities in the last five years were children between the ages of 5 to 14.

The goal of the partnership is to ensure access to helmets and reduce injury and fatality among children who are biking in communities across the state.

These resources complement local approaches to improving safety for people biking, combined with other educational programs, enforcement activities, and engineering solutions. However, more needs to be done to reduce crashes. Motorists should always:

  • Slow down and drive at a safe speed
  • Look for people biking when turning
  • Changes lanes to pass
  • Put the phone away!

In Ohio, bikes are vehicles and people on bikes have the same roadway rights and responsibilities as other vehicles.

Since 2008, ODOT has invested $4 million annually into the Safe Routes to School program which builds sidewalks and improves street crossings and encourages children to safely walk or bike to school.

Editor’s Note: North Baltimore is the recipient of one the Safe Routes to School grants that is actually “in the process” of beginning right now. Sidewalks will be constructed along parts of Maple Street to help provide a safer walk to school.

To learn more about Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week, visit the Put A Lid On It page at the Ohio AAP’s website at To learn more about the Ohio Safe Routes to School program visit:

Preventing Injuries in Youth Baseball Players

“A lot of kids are playing baseball year round, which can leave them vulnerable to injury,” ……

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – April is Youth Sports Safety Month, and with some little league baseball players experiencing injuries typically only seen amongst the professionals, athletic trainers are making early injury prevention a top priority.

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, an injury prevention program is using video analysis to see how an athlete’s body moves at every point of the throw. It’s a more personalized, comprehensive approach to helping kids make small changes with big results. In fact, less than 10 percent of kids in the program suffered a throwing related injury by the end of the season compared to the usual 40-60 percent national average.

Athletic trainers hope schools and baseball leagues nationwide will use this program as a model to help keep kids in the game for life!

Arm and shoulder injuries in youth baseball players continue to rise despite efforts to prevent overuse. In fact, about 75 percent of youth baseball players report having arm pain. However, a unique new approach to training may help prevent these injuries and help keep kids on the field and out of the doctor’s office.

Athletic trainer, Michael Macatangay, takes a video of Jeremiah Cangelosi pitching. The video will help pinpoint and correct any issues with Jeremiah’s throwing form that may put extra strain on his arm and lead to injury.

    “A lot of kids are playing baseball year round, which can leave them vulnerable to injury,” said Michael Macatangay, a certified athletic trainer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “The injury prevention program that we’ve developed monitors how much they’re throwing, and perhaps more importantly, finds and fixes issues with their throwing form that can lead to injuries.”

    The program uses video analysis to show players their exact body position at every point of their throw. By making small changes to their foundation and mechanics, athletic trainers can help ease the strain on their arm. “Every player has a different throwing angle,” said Macatangay. “It’s important to pinpoint issues for each individual and personalize a plan based on their unique style.”

    Macatangay says the program not only prevents injuries, but can also improve players’ skills. Players who participate are monitored throughout the season to see how the changes to their throwing style are keeping them healthy and to ensure they’re getting plenty of rest and recovery between games and practices. Athletictrainers are hoping schools and baseball leagues nationwide will use the program as a model to help kids avoid painful injuries and continue to enjoy the game.


3 fatal crashes from the first quarter of 2019 in Wood County

Wood County Safe Communities announced recently that the Fatal Data Review Committee met on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 to review 3 fatal crashes from the first quarter of 2019.
The following fatal crashes were reviewed:

  • Bays and Bradner Roads
  • I-75 at MP 198
  • I75 at MP 183

The following countermeasures were established:

  • Drive for weather conditions
  • Remain inside your vehicle when disabled on the interstate.  Call #677 or 911 for assistance
  • Don’t drive distracted
  • Move Over/Slow Down

For More Information: 

  • Lt. Angel Burgos, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
  • Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator: 419-372-9353 or

Let’s strive for zero fatal crashes in 2019!

5 Ways to Curb Food Waste

Take small steps like these on Earth Day and every day….

(Family Features) A little extra time in the kitchen before you put groceries away can save a ton of time over the course of a week, while also helping you do your part to protect the environment as Earth Day approaches. Research has shown that shoppers who meal plan and prep have lower grocery bills and make fewer shopping trips, resulting in less wasted food.

Taking small steps like these on Earth Day and every day let you prep and protect the food you buy to save money, time and the environment.

  1. Store food in plain sight. It can be easy to overlook newly purchased foods or leftovers when you can’t see them. Use clear containers in the refrigerator so you can easily identify the items you need when you need them.
  1. Keep leafy produce fresh longer. Don’t rinse or remove the stem from leafy produce like kale before storing. Wrap leaves in dry paper towels and seal in a Glad Bag, squeezing out as much air as possible when sealing. Store cut kale in a sealed container in the coldest part of the refrigerator, and keep items like whole Brussels sprouts in a bowl covered with ClingWrap with air holes.
  1. Make ahead and freeze. Many foods hold quite well when frozen. You can prepare and even cook many perishable items ahead of time then freeze them for use at a later time. This approach works well for individual ingredients, complete meals like casseroles and seasoned meats.
  1. Repurpose foods that are fading. Remember that many foods are still quite useful past their prime. A brown banana may not make for an appetizing snack, but it’s perfect for a batch of muffins.
  1. Make salads and sides ahead of time. When you arrive home from the store, whip up some of the dishes you’re planning for the week to ensure the ingredients are fresh and you don’t run out of time later. An option like this Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad is sturdy enough to hold in a tightly sealed Glad container, dressed, for at least a day without getting soggy.

Find more tips to help keep your food fresh for days and reduce waste at
Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad
Recipe courtesy of Ayesha Curry on behalf of Glad


  • 3          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1          tablespoon whole-grain mustard
  • 1          teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2       cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • small GladWare container
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste


  • 3/4       pound Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, outer leaves removed and sliced thin
  • 1          head Lacinato kale, tough ribs removed and sliced thin
  • 3/4       cup coarsely chopped, roasted, salted almonds
  • 1/2       cup dried cherries
  • sealable GladWare container
  1. To make dressing: Place lemon juice, mustard, syrup and olive oil in small container or jar and shake vigorously. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper, and shake again.
  2. To make salad: In mixing bowl, toss Brussels sprouts, kale, almonds and cherries together. Mix in dressing and toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately.

Tip: If making ahead, store dressed salad in sealed container for up to 24 hours.


New WaterShed Coming to BG

The new WaterShed is expected to be open in July.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is proud to announce the location of the eleventh WaterShed in Northwest Ohio.  The new WaterShed will be installed at the former Watermill Express location at 989 South Main Street in Bowling Green. 

This Monday, crews began demolition and by today, concrete was poured for the foundation.  The new WaterShed is expected to be open in July.  

WaterShed’s are known in the area for great tasting purified drinking water at a low price.

“We are asking customers to use the Poe Road WaterShed location while crews work on building the new WaterShed,” requests District President, Jerry Greiner. 

Over a decade ago, The District began building WaterSheds as an alternative source of drinking water for residents in rural Wood County on private water systems with poor water quality.  To date, WaterShed sales total over $1.3 million.  The income is used to maintain the WaterShed properties and invested into The District’s operational budget. 

Click on the link below for more on WaterSheds.

Chowline: Hard-boiled eggs safer choice for Easter

If you are making Easter eggs that will be eaten, it is important that you make sure the eggs are thoroughly cooked.

I prefer the texture of soft-boiled eggs versus hard-boiled eggs. Is it OK to use soft-boiled eggs for dyeing Easter eggs?

Well, that really depends on whether you plan to eat the Easter eggs or just use them for decoration.

Eggs are an important source of protein and are delicious to eat. However, they must be handled safely to prevent the chance of contracting a foodborne illness.

While it’s understandable that some people prefer the taste of soft-boiled eggs versus hard-boiled eggs, from a food safety standpoint, it is safer to use hard-boiled eggs for dyeing Easter eggs that you plan to eat. In fact, you should cook the eggs until both the yolk and the white are firm, not runny.

This is because eggs can contain salmonella, which is an organism that causes foodborne illness, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Salmonella can be found on both the outside and inside of eggs, and it can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, and fever, which can last for a couple of days to a week, the USDA says. 

The symptoms can be worse for people with weakened immune systems, young children, and older adults, and they can result in severe illness, including death, said Kate Shumaker, an Ohio State University Extension educator and registered dietitian. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

To help lessen your chances of developing a foodborne illness, it’s best to cook eggs before eating them, as cooking reduces the number of bacteria present in an egg. However, a lightly or softly cooked egg with a runny egg white or yolk poses a greater risk than a thoroughly or hard-cooked egg, the USDA says. 

Lightly cooked egg whites and yolks have both caused outbreaks of salmonella infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s because partially cooking an egg can result in some harmful bacteria surviving the cooking process, which can cause illness. 

Likewise, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates that 79,000 cases of foodborne illnesses and 30 deaths each year are caused by eating eggs contaminated with salmonella.

While the chances of foodborne illnesses are small, you still need to practice safe food handling when dealing with raw eggs in preparation for dyeing and eating Easter eggs,Shumaker said.       

If you are making Easter eggs that will be eaten, it is important that you make sure the eggs are thoroughly cooked. This can be done by placing fresh eggs with intact shells—never use eggs with cracked shells—in a saucepan and covering them with at least 1 inch of water.

Cook the eggs until the yolks and whites are firm: Cooking times can vary based on the sizes of the eggs. Then, run cold water over the eggs and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to decorate them.

Here are some other safety tips from the USDA to keep in mind:

  • Be sure to use only food-grade dye if you plan to eat the eggs you decorate. 
  • The USDA recommends making two sets of eggs: one for decorating and hiding, and another for eating. You could also use plastic eggs for hiding. 
  • If you plan to eat the eggs, after hard-boiling them, dye them and return them to the refrigerator within two hours.
  • If you plan to use the eggs for decorations and they will be out of the refrigerator for more than two hours, it’s best not to eat them.

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

BVHS Weekend Column: Hemorrhoids

Rarely do hemorrhoids require surgery…..

by Douglas Yoder, MD; Surgical Associates of Northwest Ohio

Dr. Douglas Yoder

Health care providers frequently see patients who have noticed they have passed blood into the toilet. It can be surprising and distressing, but many people are not concerned and blame the bleeding on hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are clusters of veins that are normal and present in the lowest part of the intestinal tract where stool exits the body. They function to serve as a shock absorber so that bowel movements can leave the body easily.

Occasionally, they enlarge and bleed. Situations where this happen are when people frequently strain due to constipation or heavy lifting. Pregnancy also causes hemorrhoids to enlarge, and for many women, may be the time in their lives when hemorrhoids begin. Frequently, swollen hemorrhoids can be felt when cleaning after a bowel movement. In many situations, there may not be a cause that can be identified.

If there is swelling but not pain or bleeding after a bowel movement, no treatment may be needed. Increasing the fluids and/or raw fruits and vegetables in your diet can often improve the quality of your bowel movement and allow for the swelling or pain to improve. Swelling and pain can occur from time to time, but if symptoms persist, they are signs that you should speak with your physician.  

If you notice bleeding in a bowel movement, on the toilet tissue or in the toilet bowl, this may be more significant. It may be a hemorrhoid but can also be a sign of something far more important. People may pass a large amount of blood or even clots, and this can be sudden and surprising. This can be associated with abdominal cramping. If this occurs, especially if is associated with dizziness, it is important to see your physician right away or go to the emergency room.  

A small amount of blood occasionally is not an emergency, but it is still important. If the bleeding persists, it is important to speak with your physician. An examination of the area may simply reveal hemorrhoids, fissures (cuts in the lining of the anus) or a fistula (abnormal channel connected to the anus). Treatment for these conditions can be provided by your physician and involves increasing fluid and fiber intake, possibly utilizing stool softener or hemorrhoid cream, minimizing straining, and warm bath tub soaks. Rarely do hemorrhoids require surgery.  

If bleeding continues despite easy treatment, further evaluation is needed. Inflammation of the intestines and polyps or tumors of the intestines are important, potentially life-threatening problems that can be identified with additional testing, such as a colonoscopy. While some of these conditions occur in older patients, even teenagers can show signs of bleeding as a result of inflammation.

Fortunately, life-threatening problems are not commonly a cause for rectal bleeding, but it is important to tell you physician if it occurs. Your physician can perform a quick and easy examination to determine the cause of the bleeding. If the cause appears to be hemorrhoids, treatment can be started. If hemorrhoids are not the problem, your physician can refer you to a specialist who can help identify the cause of bleeding. Not all rectal bleeding results from hemorrhoids, but most of the time it does. If not, it is important to figure why you are bleeding. It could save your life!

How to Make Ricotta Puff Pastries with Strawberry Compote

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe! Enjoy…

(Family Features) Perfect for a party or simply indulging yourself, these addictive pastry puffs make it hard to stop at one.
Easy to assemble with these step-by-step instructions, the ricotta mixture and fresh strawberry compote are dynamic together, and provide a generous touch of sweetness.

For the full video and instructions, plus more dessert recipe ideas, visit .

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Ricotta Puff Pastries with Strawberry Compote

  • 2                      sheets puff pastry
  • 1/2                   cup, plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/2                   cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1                      tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1                      tablespoon water
  • 1                      package of fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2                   cup homemade, part-skim or whole milk Ricotta cheese
  • 1/4                   cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2                   teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Cut both puff pastry sheets into nine squares.  Make slit in corner of each square toward middle of the pastry.  Fold corners to other corners to create pinwheel shape.  Brush pastry with 1 tablespoon heavy cream.  Combine granulated 1/4 cup granulated sugar and ground cinnamon then sprinkle on each puff pastry.
  3. Bake 12-15 minutes, until pastry is golden brown and raised.
  4. In medium saucepan on medium to high heat, pour in remaining granulated sugar and water.   Once sugar is dissolved, pour in fresh strawberries.  Bring mixture to boil then simmer 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until strawberries are broken apart and semi-thick sauce is created.  Let chill in refrigerator 2 hours.  To chill faster, put in freezer 45 minutes.
  5. In medium bowl, using mixer, whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.  In separate medium bowl, combine ricotta, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix until fluffy. Return whipped cream to ricotta mixture and whip for 1-2 minutes until mixture is light and fluffy.
  6. Spoon ricotta cream into the center of each puff pastry pinwheel. Spoon strawberry compote in middle of ricotta mixture.

Recipe adapted from Milk Means More.