First Choir Concert of School Year is Tuesday

Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00pm……

The North Baltimore Middle and High School Choirs are readily preparing for their premiere concert of the year.

The concert, featuring the theme of connection, will take place Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the NBHS Auditeria. The concert is free and open to the public.

Football–NB vs. Mc Comb

Panthers Spoil Homecoming……

NBHS Football – McComb @ North Baltimore 10/11/19-by Suzanne Bucher

North Baltimore  7-6-0-0—13

McComb              28-14-7-12—61

1st QTR

Mc – TD, pass (kick)

NB – TD, 79yd pass to Heineman (Gazarek kick)

Mc – TD, pass (kick)

Mc – TD, pass (kick)

Mc – TD, run (kick)

2nd QTR

Mc – TD, run (kick)

Mc – TD, run (kick)

NB – TD, 1yd run Gazarek (kick failed)

3rd QTR

Mc – TD, run (kick)

4th QTR

Mc – TD, run (kick failed)

Mc – TD, run

Levi Gazarek – 5 of 10 attempts for 79yds passing,13 carries for 62yds rushing

NB Record: 3-4 Overall, 2-2 BVC

McComb Record: 7-0 Overall, 5-0 BVC

Upcoming Games

Fri 10/18 Arcadia (home), 7pm (Senior Night)

Fri 10/25 @ Liberty-Benton, 7pm

Fri 11/1 @ Riverdale, 7pm

NBHS Volleyball Results

Recent matches–NB vs. Pandora-Gilboa and Patrick Henry…..

Volleyball results, by Suzanne Bucher

HS Volleyball Results vs Pandora-Gilboa 10/7/19

Pandora-Gilboa defeats N Baltimore – 25-6, 25-8, 25-5

Halie Inbody – 3 kills, 1 block

Laura Keegan – 1 assist

Leah Lee – 2 assists, 1 point

Mia McCartney – 17 digs

HS Volleyball Results vs Patrick Henry 10/10/19

Patrick Henry defeats N Baltimore – 25-10, 25-2, 25-14

Laura Keegan – 1 kill, 2 assists, 5 digs

Grace Hagemyer – 1 kill, 2 aces, 3 pts, 2 digs

Halie Inbody – 2 kills, 5 blocks

Hailey Lennard – 1 kill, 3 digs

Leia Thomas – 1 kill, 1 block

JV – PH defeats NB 25-12, 25-16

Freshmen – PH defeats NB 25-10, 25-7

Chowline: Pawpaws making a comeback in Ohio, other markets

Pawpaws can be eaten by slicing the fruit open and removing the large, oval-shaped black seeds…..

What is a pawpaw, and is it healthy for you?

The pawpaw is the largest edible fruit that is native to the United States, grown indigenous in some 26 states nationwide including Ohio. The majority of pawpaws are grown from the Great Lakes to the Florida Panhandle, with mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states being the primary growing region. Grown on trees, pawpaws ripen in the fall and are generally harvested from late August to mid-October.

Not to be confused with papayas, the skin color of ripe pawpaws can range from green to brown or black on the outside and is yellow on the inside, with a ripe pawpaw about the size of a large potato. The meat of the fruit, which is soft and mushy like an avocado, has been described as tasting a little like a rich, custardy tropical blend of banana, mango, and pineapple, according to Brad Bergefurd, a horticulture specialist with Ohio State University Extension. 

OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, (CFAES).

Pawpaws are a very healthy option, as they are naturally high in vitamins C and B-6, and are great sources of magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese. They’re also are a good source of potassium, and they contain significant amounts of riboflavin, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc.

Although pawpaws are native to Ohio and were once a key part of the diet of Native Americans, now they’re not typically found in grocery stores. But the fruit is gaining in popularity as part of the healthy food movement and can sometimes be found at farmers markets. Pawpaws can be cultivated and can also be found growing wild in pawpaw patches in woodlands across Ohio and other states.

Because of the resurgence in consumer interest in pawpaws, CFAES researchers including Bergefurd see pawpaw’s potential as a crop for Ohio farmers and have established research studies to help proliferate the fruit into more consumer markets. 

Those studies include, the Marketing and Orchard Resource Efficiency (MORE) Ohio Pawpaw, which began in 2016 and is offering farmers and nurseries the know-how to establish productive pawpaw orchards and find markets for their fruit; and the Improved Pawpaw Cultural and Post-harvest Practices Enhancing Orchard Establishment, Productivity, Fruit Quality and Marketability study. 

“Though the demand for fresh and processed pawpaw is strong, the supply is limited in Ohio because prospective growers don’t know enough about either growing or selling the product to invest in trying,” Bergefurd said in recent CFAES story. “We want to provide unbiased research-based information so farmers can make the best management decisions and maybe cash in on this crop.

“Right now, the market is there. As long as the farmer does a good job in establishing markets, the potential is there.” 

Pawpaws can be eaten by slicing the fruit open and removing the large, oval-shaped black seeds. They can also be made into breads, pies, cakes, cookies, muffins, puddings, jam, butter, salsa, ice cream, and for a growing list of microbrewers, into craft beers.

Chow Line is a service of The Ohio State University 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

A DIY Halloween Creation

Carve out some quality time to make memories during the eeriest time of the year with this Scary Sweet Cemetery….

(Family Features) When it comes to family fun, it’s hard to beat Halloween, and with all the candy flying around, it’s an opportunity to add something nutritious and delicious to festive celebrations.   

Chocolate milk can provide the best of both worlds. It satisfies kids’ sweet tooth while providing all the nutrients of classic white milk, like calcium, vitamin D and high-quality protein to help keep little skeletons strong, making it a Halloween hit for kids and parents alike.

Carve out some quality time to make memories during the eeriest time of the year with this Scary Sweet Cemetery – including chocolate pudding, gummy worms and sandwich cookies – to get kids cooking and crafting, all while nourishing their bodies and bones with nutritious chocolate milk.

Visit for more kid-friendly, DIY Halloween treats.

Scary Sweet Cemetery

Recipe courtesy of MilkPEP
Servings: 6


  • 2          tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2          tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2          cups cold chocolate milk
  • 1          pinch salt
  • 1          large egg
  • 4          ounces chopped semisweet chocolate (about 3/4 cup)
  • 10        ounces chocolate vanilla sandwich cookies (about 20 cookies)
  • 12        gummy worms
  1. In large saucepan over high heat, stir cocoa powder, cornstarch, chocolate milk and salt to incorporate dry ingredients into milk. Cook until mixture starts to boil then reduce heat to simmer until mixture starts to thicken, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. In large bowl, using whisk, beat egg, slowly drizzling hot chocolate mixture into bowl, whisking continuously. Fold in chopped chocolate and stir until chocolate has completely melted.
  3. Pour pudding mixture into glass baking dish. Place piece of parchment paper on top of surface of pudding. Chill in refrigerator 3 hours, or overnight.
  4. To prepare “dirt,” place chocolate vanilla sandwich cookies in large re-sealable bag. Using rolling pin, crush cookies into crumbs. 
  5. When ready to serve, sprinkle cookie crumbs over pudding and place gummy worms on cookie crumb layer, making sure to “bury” parts of gummy worm ends as if worms are coming out of dirt.

Nutritional information per serving: 460 calories; 18 g fat; 8 g saturated fat; 35 mg cholesterol; 6 g protein; 75 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 250 mg sodium; 104 mg calcium. Nutrition figures based on using low-fat chocolate milk.


BVHS joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Blanchard Valley Health System is the first Ohio-based health care facility to become a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network….

FINDLAY, Ohio — Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) and Mayo Clinic announced Friday, October 11, that Blanchard Valley Health System has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Blanchard Valley Health System is the first Ohio-based health care facility to become a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a group of carefully vetted, independent health care systems that have special access to Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise.


“Blanchard Valley Health System is excited to become a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network,” says Scott Malaney, President & CEO of Blanchard Valley Health System. “The opportunity to collaborate with Mayo Clinic, and 40 plus other independent organizations from around the world working to improve the care we provide patients, is compelling. The knowledge, resources and commitment that stand behind the care network is truly impressive. We are honored to join the quest for an unparalleled level of clinical quality for our patients.”

Left to Right: Lenae Barkey, chair, provider relations of Mayo Clinic Care Network, Dr. Mark Larson, Midwest region medical director of Mayo Clinic Care Network, Scott Malaney, CEO and president of Blanchard Valley Health System, Michael Denike, MD, chief medical officer of Blanchard Valley Health System.

Physicians from Blanchard Valley Health System will be able to combine their understanding of their patients’ medical needs with Mayo Clinic expertise, so patients get exactly the care they need, close to home. There is no additional cost to patients.

“Mayo Clinic is pleased to welcome Blanchard Valley Health System to the Mayo Clinic Care Network,” says Mark Larson, M.D., medical director, Midwest region, Mayo Clinic Care Network. “Blanchard Valley Health System has a long-standing commitment to serving the health care needs of its community. Collaboration has been part of the vision, and we look forward to working closely together.”

As a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Blanchard Valley Health System will have access to:


  • AskMayoExpert
    AskMayoExert is a point-of-care tool that offers concise clinical information on hundreds of medical conditions, and includes medical protocols, treatment recommendations and medical references. The database can be used wherever health care is provided.


  • eConsults enable Blanchard Valley Health System physicians to contact Mayo Clinic specialists for second opinions on specific patient cases when they believe additional input will benefit their patients.
  • eBoards
    The live video conferences enable Blanchard Valley Health System’s medical teams to review and discuss complex cases with a Mayo Clinic multidisciplinary panel and other doctors in the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

 Health Care Consulting

  • Blanchard Valley Health System can access Mayo’s extensive experience, knowledge and subspecialty expertise to attain clinical, operational and business goals.

Staff from Blanchard Valley Health System also can use educational materials designed for patients, and access opportunities for professional development and continuous medical education.

Created in 2011, the Mayo Clinic Care Network has more than 40 member organizations across the U.S., and in Asia, Mexico and the Middle East.


About Blanchard Valley Health System

 Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) is a non-profit, integrated regional health system based in Findlay, a unique micropolitan community in Northwest Ohio. BVHS is one of the largest employers in the area with more than 3,000 associates and serves an eight-county area that includes Hancock, Allen, Putnam, Henry, Wood, Seneca, Wyandot and Hardin counties. The BVHS mission is to provide “Caring for a lifetime.bvhs”

About Mayo Clinic

 Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education and research, and providing compassion, expertise and answers to everyone who needs healing. Visit the Mayo Clinic News Network for additional Mayo Clinic news and An Inside Look at Mayo Clinic for more information about Mayo.

4 Ways to Treat and Trick Your Pet this Fall

While taking advantage of all the season has to offer, there are also ways to incorporate your furry friend into your favorite fall activities…..

(Family Features) The autumn season offers plenty of reasons to celebrate: nostalgic flavors, pretty leaves and a seasonal wardrobe change. Fall also typically features event calendars full of festivals, trips to pumpkin patches and hikes to take in the crisp air.

While taking advantage of all the season has to offer, there are also ways to incorporate your furry friend into your favorite fall activities. Consider these tips for making the most out of the season, and visit and for more information on treating your pet.

Get Cozy with Your Pet
If the sound of a good book when the weather cools piques your interest, try making a day of it. You may not be basking in the sun, but a cup of warm cider or a pumpkin-spiced drink can help you appreciate the feeling of fall. Bring your pets in on the relaxation by helping them get cozy, too. Find extra blankets and open windows to let them observe any squirrels or neighbors that might pass by. Your pups or cats can enjoy snuggling, sleeping or watching the leaves fall while you’re fixed on your book.

Celebrate Festive Fall Flavors
Pick up a fall-themed cookbook or browse the web for ideas to put you in a festive autumn mood. Your pet’s nose may perk up from the scents coming from your stovetop, so include him or her in the fun with pet-friendly, fall-flavored treats. For example, GREENIES Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Flavor Dental Treats for dogs and TEMPTATIONS Holiday Dinner Turkey and Sweet Potato Flavor treats for cats are two mouthwatering options to keep your furry family members seasonally satisfied.

Take Up a New Hobby
With cooler temperatures most likely ushering you indoors, consider taking up a new hobby, such as crafting or learning new skills in the kitchen. You could also use the time to bond with your pet. Try teaching him or her new tricks by using favorite fall treats as positive reinforcements.

Photos courtesy of Adobe Stock

Explore the Outdoors
A fun way to trick yourself (and your pup) into stretching your legs is by going on an outdoor adventure. With leaves changing and many regions boasting pumpkin patches, apple orchards and hiking trails, there are nearly countless opportunities to spend quality time with your pup while enjoying the cozy fall weather.

Mars Petcare

Upcoming Cholesterol Clinics

During November……

Wood County, Ohio – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. is currently scheduling their cholesterol screening clinics for November.  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 Senior Center:  9:00 am to 11:00 am

  • November 1, 2019
  • November 7, 2019
  • November 19, 2019


Perrysburg Senior Center 9:30 am to 11:30 am

  • November 13, 2019


Grand Rapids Senior Center 9:30 am to 11:30 am

  • November 21, 2019

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

About the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc

The Wood County Committee on Aging was founded in September of 1973, and is dedicated to the planning and development of programs and services that will allow older adults of  Wood County to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. As Ohio’s first nationally accredited senior center, the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. is working to encourage older adults to enjoy, enrich and explore this season of life.  

Energy Awareness Month Video Contest

Open to Ohio students – from kindergarten to college….

Contest allows students to demonstrate energy knowledge and compete for cash prizes 

Granville, OH – Ohio K-12 and college, technical or trade students are invited to participate in the 2019 Ohio Energy Awareness video contest. Sponsored by the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP), the competition gives students and teachers the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and energy knowledge during National Energy Awareness Month.

Submissions may come from individual students or from classes grades K-12. In addition, college, technical or trade students may also submit videos.  All participants have until October 31 to submit a two to three-minute video that demonstrates how everyday tasks rely on petroleum-based products.

“When you consider that over 6,000 products, many of which are items we all use every day, come from petroleum-based materials, students have a lot work with to create a compelling video,” said Rhonda Reda, OOGEEP Executive Director.

Each entry will be reviewed, and the top awards will be determined by OOGEEP representatives. A total of 26 winners will be selected from two categories; K-12 school/classroom submissions and college, technical or trade submissions. Cash prizes will be distributed to both categories as follows:

  • Grand Prize (1) $1,000
  • Gold Prizes (2) $500
  • Silver Prizes (4) $250
  • Bronze Prizes (4) $100
  • Honorable Mentions (2) $25

Students under the age of 18 must have a teacher of a classroom or club submit their video. Students over age 18 may submit their own video. All videos must be uploaded to or emailed to

The contest ends October 31 at 5:00 p.m. and contest details, rules and information about how students and teachers may enter are all available on the OOGEEP website, Contest winners will be announced by January 2020.   

2019 OOGEEP Energy Awareness Video Contest recap:

  • Open to K-12, college, trade and technical students
  • Deadline is 5pm, October 31, 2019
  • Videos should be two – three minutes
  • Teacher must submit for students under 18
  • Upload videos to: or email to:
  • Winners announced January 2020

The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) is a non-profit statewide education and public outreach program. Created in 1998, OOGEEP provides a variety of programs throughout the State of Ohio. These programs primarily focus on teacher workshops, scholarships, science fair, firefighter training, industry training, career and workforce development, research and guest speaker programs.

NB Staff Selects “Student of the Month”

For September and October…..

The “Student of the Month” for September and October have been announced by NBHS. This honor is selected by the North Baltimore staff.

September:  Alysia Horner

The North Baltimore staff selected Alysia Horner to be the student of the month for September.  Alysia is a member of National Honor Society and has maintained a 3.98 GPA throughout her high school career.  She has also been a standout member of the quiz bowl team and a key contributor to the publications staff while attending North Baltimore High School.  She has incredible character and is respectful and kind to all of her fellow students.  After she graduates this coming May, Alysia plans on pursuing a career in education with a focus on English Language Arts.

October: Levi Trout 

The North Baltimore staff selected Levi Trout to be the student of the month for October.  Levi is a very solid student academically and has set a tremendous example for his peers and underclassman while attending North Baltimore.  As a member of the cross country, wrestling, and track teams, Levi has proven himself as a strong competitor and leader.  He is also extremely engaged with his surrounding community through 4-H and recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.  Levi is interested in the fields of sports management and coaching but is still undecided on where he will be attending college.

Congratulations to Levi Tout and Alysia Horner

BVHS Weekend Column: My Achy, Breaky…Back

Many will be familiar with the feelings of a stiff, sore back after a wrong twist, a bad bend or an intensive workout….

My Achy, Breaky…Back , by Andrius Giedraitis, MD
Blanchard Valley Pain Management

Dr. Andrius Giedraitis, MD 


 Back pain, whether in the neck or lower back, has become ubiquitous. The National Institute of Health estimate that 80 percent of all Americans have suffered from back pain at some point in their lives, and the number of adults whose life is markedly affected continues to grow.

Many will be familiar with the feelings of a stiff, sore back after a wrong twist, a bad bend or an intensive workout. These pains are usually musculoskeletal in origin and will heal over time with rest, ice/heat and over-the-counter medications.

However, chronic back pain, or the type of pain that persists for more than three months, typically has different origins. While the reasons for these aches abound, many patients are unaware that there are several treatment options available to decrease their pain, restore functionality and improve their quality of life.

Both neck and lower back pain are often a result of degenerative or arthritic changes in the spine. While these terms may sound intimidating, these changes are commonly a product of time, as they become more prevalent with age. These specific types of pain may be accompanied by radiating pain, numbness or tingling into the arms or legs, respectively.

At times, these pains may be so severe or debilitating that they require surgery. However, many causes of pain may be treated with less invasive procedures by a pain management specialist. These interventions are very safe, do not require a hospital stay, and allow for the patient to walk out the door shortly after the procedure. With the growing concern about the long-term consequences of opioid medications, these interventions are an increasingly appealing therapy for the appropriate patient.

As an added benefit, the pain relief achievable with a procedure may help patients discontinue the use of other medications used for pain. Patients should be advocates for their health and well-being, so explore with your primary care physician whether you would benefit from evaluation.


Blanchard Valley Health System provides a total continuum of care to more than 100,000 households in an eight-county area.

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects

REMINDER: The District office will be closed, Monday, October 14th in observance of Columbus Day…..

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 20,000 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, October 14th in observance of Columbus Day. 

McComb – Stormwater Separation Project

Through November, lane and alley restrictions are possible north and south of Main Street between High and Center Streets in McComb for stormwater separation.  Project complete: December.  Project investment: $152,000.

Millbury – Sewer Lining
Through December, short-term intermittent lane restrictions are possible throughout the Village of Millbury for sewer lining. Project complete: January. Project investment: $840,000.

Northwood – East Broadway Water Valve Installation
Through November, shoulder restrictions are possible on Wales and Andrus Roads for water valve installation. Project complete: December. Project investment: $480,000.

Rossford – Vernis Street Sewer Replacement Project
Through November, lane restrictions are possible on Vernis Street for sewer replacement.  Project complete: November.  Project investment: $115,000.

Rossford – Eagle Point Sewer Replacement
Through April 2020, construction crews and lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on Eagle Point west of Colony Road for sewer replacement. Project complete: April 2020. Project investment: $1.2million.

Rossford – Deimling Road Water & Sewer Line Installation

Through December, lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on Deimling Road, from Simmons to Lime City Roads, for water and sewer line installation near the Amazon construction site. Project complete: January 2020. Project investment: $502,000.


Troy Township – Pemberville Road Waterline Installation
Through November, lane restrictions are possible on Pemberville Road, from US 23 to SR 582 for waterline installation at the NSG facility. Project complete: November. Project investment: $760,000.

Weston – Meter/Meter Pit Relocation *UPDATE*
Through November, short-term water service shut-offs and pressure fluctuations are possible in various locations throughout the Village of Weston for meter pit relocation:  Project complete: November.  Project investment: $303,000

District-Wide Hydrant Flushing
Through November, weekdays from 8 am until 3:30 pm, crews will be flushing hydrants in Rossford and Perrysburg Township. Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if the water becomes discolored.  For more information: