BVC League Track Results

BVC Championship – 5/14/2021….

 HS Track Results – BVC Championship – 5/14/2021, by Suzanne Bucher

The BVC track championship was held Friday, May 14th @ Liberty-Benton High School. Caitlin Schwartz (Jr) placed 1st in the 3200m (2-mile) and 2nd in the 1600m (1-mile). Lexi Long (Sr) placed 3rd in the shot put. Gabe Gazarek (Sr) placed 5th in the 400m.

 Caitlin Schwartz broke the 1600 meter school record running 5:38.80 and re-broke the 3200 meter school record running 12:02.33.

Girls Top 8

Shot Put – 3rd L Long 34’6”

4×800 – 6th A Delancy, R Powell, H Carico, C Schwartz 12:47.36

1600 – 2nd C Schwartz 5:38.80

3200 – 1st C Schwartz 12:02.33

Girls Team Rankings

1st – Liberty-Benton 190.5

2nd – Leipsic 104

3rd – Riverdale 92

4th – Van Buren 81.5

5th – Arcadia 48

6th – Vanlue 33

7th – Pandora-Gilboa 32

8th – N Baltimore 29

9th – McComb 21

10th – Arlington 18

11th – Cory-Rawson 11


Boys Top 8

High Jump – 8th J Kimmel 5’4”

4×800 – 7th D Zitzelberger, A Trout, J Vanlerberg, C Mowery 10:44.59

400 – 5th G Gazarek 54.73

4×400 – 5th G Dewitt, J Kimmel, B Woodward, G Gazarek 3:52.92


Boys Team Rankings

1st – Liberty-Benton 163

2nd – Van Buren 122

3rd – Arlington 74

4th – McComb 66

5th – Leipsic 53

6th – Vanlue 51

7th – Riverdale 50

8th – Pandora-Gilboa 47

9th – Arcadia 16

10th – N Baltimore 15

11th – Cory-Rawson 6


For complete results:

Upcoming HS Track Meets

Wed 5/19 & Fri 5/21 Girls Districts @ Findlay HS

Thur 5/20 & Sat 5/22 Boys Districts @ Gibsonburg


Make Nutrition a Priority for Your Pet

look for recipes that are minimally processed….

(Family Features) As a dog or cat parent, you are responsible for your pet’s well-being and making good decisions about what’s best for him or her. Providing your cherished companion with a high-quality, nutritionally balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your pet lives a happy and healthy life.

A balanced pet food recipe formulated with high-quality ingredients provides your pet with the optimal mix of the proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals he or she needs to thrive. For premium quality, look for recipes that are minimally processed; made with fresh meats, poultry and fish; and contain no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors.

While the quality of ingredients is important, it’s also crucial to choose a recipe that is specific to your pet’s life stage and breed size. This helps ensure it contains the right balance of nutrients to meet your pet’s specific needs, including hip and joint support and weight management as he or she gets older.

Puppy and kitten recipes are specially formulated with higher levels of protein and essential fats to help support the needs of growing pets. Conversely, adult and senior pets may benefit from diets that are lower in calories and fats to help maintain a healthy weight as their metabolisms and activity levels slow.

Large breed dogs may also benefit from ingredients in their diets like glucosamine, chondroitin and green-lipped mussels to support healthy hips and joints as they age. Smaller kibble and breath freshening ingredients like parsley and peppermint are often well-suited for small breed dogs.

By choosing carefully balanced pet foods made with premium ingredients, you can take nutrition to another level for your pet. One example is Now Fresh recipes for dogs and cats. Each kibble recipe is made using fresh, de-boned muscle meat and no by-product or meat meals. The recipes also feature more than 20 nutrient-rich superfood ingredients.

Consider the important benefits superfoods can provide your pet and look for ingredients such as:

  • Whole nest-laid eggs: Eggs are a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids in the optimal amounts dogs and cats need.
  • Pumpkin: Rich in beta-carotene and prebiotic fiber, pumpkin helps support healthy digestion.
  • Blueberries: A great source of essential fiber and manganese, blueberries are also rich in antioxidants that help support healthy immune systems.
  • Pomegranate: This fruit is rich in antioxidants and a good source of dietary fiber, folate, vitamin C and vitamin K.
  • Papaya: A tropical fruit, papaya is a natural source of digestive enzymes.
  • Cranberries: With antioxidants to support immunity and antimicrobial properties, which can help support urinary tract health.
  • Strawberries: An excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C, B vitamins, dietary fiber and essential minerals.

Proper Puppy Nutrition

Choosing the right food is an important part of providing your pet with good nutrition, but there are other aspects of feeding that can help ensure your pet is getting the most out of every meal.

Puppies need smaller, frequent meals consistently spaced throughout the day. This helps them learn routines while continually replenishing their fast-growing bodies with energy and nutrients. At 6 months, you can consider reducing your puppy’s meals to two per day.

You can reinforce routines and help set good bathroom habits by always taking your puppy for a potty break after a meal.

Keeping your puppy well hydrated is also important. Always leave a bowl of fresh water where he or she can access it during the day then pick it up a few hours before bedtime to help with house training. Incorporating wet food can also increase water intake, but be sure to balance it out by reducing the dry food you offer so you’re not adding excess calories.

When selecting the right food for your pet, look for a statement on the packaging that confirms it has been formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. An option like Now Fresh also clearly indicates on the package which life stage and breed size the recipe has been formulated for.

Learn more about pet nutrition at


This Spring Promises an Abundant California Avocado Season

It’s California avocado season…..

(NAPSI)—Springtime in California brings a plethora of vibrant, local ingredients, including fresh California avocados, for home and professional chefs alike to elevate their seasonal dishes. This year, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) anticipates an abundance of fruit, available now through summer, and encourages consumers to take advantage of locally grown California avocados to help enhance every meal for any occasion. 

The visionary behind some of the most well-known restaurants across Southern California and beyond, such as Herb & Wood, ANIMAE and Herb & Sea, Chef Brian Malarkey joins CAC in celebrating the season kickoff by developing a fresh, coastal recipe inspired by the heart-healthy superfood. 

“During my time living on the West Coast, I developed a strong appreciation for fresh, local produce and ingredients, which you’ll find throughout my menu offerings at my restaurants,” said Chef Malarkey. “When California avocado season rolls around, I seek out these delicious avocados to shape my cuisine, adding vibrant color, creamy texture and one-of-a-kind flavor to my dishes. There’s comfort in selecting foods that are locally sourced because they’re freshly picked and at their richest flavor, all while supporting the local community.”

Dungeness Crab Stuffed California Avocado


Chef Malarkey’s love of fresh, coastal cuisine is highlighted in his Dungeness Crab Stuffed California Avocado recipe, which pairs a Pacific seafood delicacy with delicious in-season California avocados. To view more of Chef Malarkey’s recipes or learn about California avocados, visit 

Dungeness Crab Stuffed  California Avocado 

Recipe created by Chef Brian Malarkey for the California Avocado Commission 

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes 

Cook time: 10 minutes 

Total time: 20 minutes


2 small shallots

2 Tbsp. avocado oil

1 cup cherry tomatoes, whole

1/4 cup sherry vinegar

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 Tbsp. sea salt flakes, divided 

2 sprigs tarragon

4 sprigs dill

8 chives, chopped 

1 medium lemon 

12 oz. lump Dungeness crab meat

2 ripe, Fresh California Avocados, cut in half, seeded and peeled


1. Remove the outer skin of the shallots, and slice them crosswise into thin rings.

2. Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat with avocado oil.

3. Add the cherry tomatoes and shallot slices to the skillet, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until caramelized and shallot is translucent.

4. Transfer the tomato-shallot mixture into a blender and puree by slowly adding the sherry vinegar and half of the olive oil until it becomes an emulsified mixture. Season with a bit of the sea salt to taste. Set aside.

5. In a small bowl, pick the tarragon and dill off the stems, and add half of the chopped chives. Zest the lemon on top of the hand-picked herbs. Set aside. 

6. Segment the lemon by cutting off one end so it sits flat. Then trim the peel off the sides, removing the pith and seeds (reserve the peels, do not discard). Cut the lemon into six pieces and set aside.

7. There will be leftover lemon juice on the cutting board from segmenting the lemon. Add this juice, along with the juice from the reserved peels to the bowl with the herbs. 

8. Add the crab meat and remaining olive oil to the bowl. Gently toss together until combined. Add a little sea salt to taste. 

9. To plate the dish, sprinkle a little sea salt over each avocado half, and spoon a generous amount of the tomato vinaigrette on top (you will have leftover vinaigrette). Add the crab mixture to each half and garnish with lemon segments, remaining chopped chives and remaining sea salt to taste.

*Large avocados are recommended for these recipes. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.


Make Health a Priority When Remodeling

The complete removal of all hazardous materials is the preferred approach….

(Family Features) When you tackle a remodeling project, there are many unknowns, including what types of materials you might uncover. Hazardous materials must be addressed, and possibly removed, if exposed during a remodeling project. There are also some materials that should be removed to create a healthier home environment.

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Whether materials “must be” or “should be” removed depends on several factors. It is always wise to consult with trained professionals, such as members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, when you encounter hazardous materials.

The complete removal of all hazardous materials is the preferred approach, but budget is often a hindrance. Thoroughly exploring your options may reveal a lower level of acceptable and more affordable mitigation.

Most common residential hazardous materials are not hazardous if they remain in a dormant or undisturbed location. Typically, they become hazardous during the demolition phase when they are ground, cut, bumped, scraped or disturbed in some way, causing the materials to become airborne and inhaled.

Examples of common hazardous materials include:

  • Lead-based paint, which can be found on be anything that is painted or varnished such as windows, millwork, cabinets, siding, walls and other surfaces.
  • Lead water lines, which are primarily hazardous after water sits in the lines for some time prior to consumption, although contamination still occurs during normal flow rates.
  • Asbestos, which was once commonly used in a wide range of materials such as pipe or duct insulation; flooring tiles or sheet goods; ceiling tiles and plaster; wall and attic insulation; and plaster used as a binder.
  • Silica, which is exceptionally dangerous during saw cutting processes where dust is created.
  • Mold, which is not hazardous until the spores are disturbed, become airborne and are inhaled or ingested. Any visible or detectable mold should be removed, and the surfaces cleaned or removed. High concentrations of mold should be addressed by trained professionals, as it can be hazardous if not handled properly.
  • Dust, which can be hazardous to some individuals who are sensitive or have breathing-related issues. Dust barriers and negative air enclosures can help minimize, but not eliminate, dust contamination to the rest of the home. Commercial dust “scrubber” filtering systems can significantly reduce dust contamination.

Once the existing hazardous materials are appropriately addressed, new materials will be placed in your home to replace or enhance the project. Due to strong demand by homeowners, you’re likely to find many options for healthy products.

For example, prefinished materials (that can be painted, stained or varnished off-site) aid in the reduction of on-site fumes and vapors.

Other products to look for when you’re remodeling with health in mind include:

  • Low volatile organic compounds, which limit the amount of off-gassing of the materials used in the manufacturing process. Typically, these are paints, stains, varnishes, carpeting and vinyl products.
  • Renewable products, which can be replenished quickly.
  • Heat recovery ventilation systems that exchange the thermal qualities of the interior air with fresh air brought into the home.
  • Air purification systems, which may involve ozone, pleated filters, high-micron filters, electrostatic filters or UV light systems, among others.
  • Dehumidification systems designed to keep the relative humidity levels in a safe range to prevent mold growth.
  • Exhaust fans in baths, kitchens, lower levels and workshops, installed to discharge smells, smoke, fumes and humidity.
  • Radon systems designed to exhaust radon gases to the exterior.

Find more advice to navigate a health-conscious home remodel at

National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Weekend Column from BVHS: Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are like “mini computers” that are worn in or behind the ears….

Hearing Aids, a Weekend Column from Blanchard Valley Health System

“These hearing aids don’t work!”  I bet most of us have heard that from someone at one time or another.  Hearing aids have gotten a bad rap for years.  However, there are actually scores of people who successfully wear hearing aids and wouldn’t want to be without them.  Hearing aid manufacturers continually work to improve their size and technology.  Most hearing aids are barely noticeable now, as they are quite discreet and blend in with hair/skin tones. 

What most people don’t understand, however, is that hearing aids are like “mini computers” that are worn in or behind their ears.  As with all electronics, they are not conducive to getting wet.  Since most people wear their hearing aids the majority of the day, it is not uncommon for them to be used 12 to 15 to 17 hours a day!  Dirt, earwax, and moisture from body oils/perspiration are common causes for hearing aids to become obstructed and not perform properly.  More often than not, hearing aids are thought to be “broken” or “not working” when they actually are just clogged with debris/moisture. 

Cleaning your hearing aids daily after use will help alleviate this.  Add it to your nighttime regimen along with cleaning your contacts/glasses and brushing your teeth.  Routine maintenance from your audiologist/hearing aid specialist is also recommended.

Since the implementation of wearing facemasks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, communication has become more difficult.  This has not only affected hearing aid users, but also those with mild/moderate hearing loss which may have gone undiagnosed, as they have relied on lip reading –possibly without even realizing it.  Facemasks have also become a hindrance for hearing aid users, as the ear loops often become tangled up with behind-the-ear hearing aids.  This has caused receiver cables to break, earmold tubing to come apart, and hearing aids to fall off and become lost.  Use extreme caution when taking facemasks on and off.  If at all possible, wait to remove facemasks after leaving a facility until you are seated in your vehicle.  If anything accidentally falls off, hopefully it will end up in your lap or at least be noticeable.  Use of a neck strap for facemasks would also help avoid interference with hearing aids.  Ear loops are attached to a strap worn across the neck so they do not go over the ears.  This way you can stay protected while safeguarding your hearing aids.

 If you or someone you know is struggling to hear, ask to be referred for testing.  If your hearing aids do not seem to be working to their full potential, schedule an appointment with your audiologist/hearing aid specialist for routine maintenance.  Ask for tips on how to clean them at home if you are not sure how to do this.  As your local audiology experts, we’re here to help you hear!

Melinda Jimenez, Audiology Technician, Blanchard Valley Health System


Exciting news about summer camps!

Summer Camps On-Campus and At-Home…..

Summer Camps
On-Campus and At-Home
           Rhodes State College is excited to bring back Rhodesology Summer Camps for 2021! Rising students entering grades 5-8 can experience exciting, hands-on summer camps focused on art, biology, manufacturing, STEM, chemistry, and more. Additionally, rising students entering grades 2-8 can opt for At-Home, DIY camp kits with up to 11 different activities that campers and parents/guardians can do together at their own pace.   
           The annual Rhodesology camp staff is excited to come alongside students to create masterpieces, learn survival tactics, tour manufacturing facilities, get into a laboratory and experiment with chemicals, robotics, and more!
“Rhodesology” On-Campus Camps:
Students entering grades 5-8
Camps are $69 for the Half-Day Option; lunch is not included, or $129 for the Full-Day Option; lunch is provided.
Every camper will receive a T-shirt, backpack and lanyard.
Space is limited due to COVID requirements.
  • Artists @Work – Tap into your creative side and create masterpieces all week long!
  • Nature’s Heroes – Learn survival tactics from nature and make your own environmentally-friendly outdoor projects.
  • Manufacturing Plant Tours – Each day of camp, tour various manufacturing facilities.
  • Build, Create & Move with STEM – Drones, Legos, CNC, Electricity & more!
  • Mad Scientists – Come join other mad scientists for fun in the laboratory!
To register, visit
“Rhodesology” At-Home Camp Kits:
All kits are $49, include a T-shirt, and can be picked up on the RSC campus or delivered to your home for a shipping fee.
  • Grades 2-4: Children’s Art Studio, Down to a Science, Experimenting with Food Science, Jurassic World, Lego World, Minute to Win It, Ooey, Gooey Science
  • Grades 5-8: Anatomy 101, Art Studio, Cool Chemistry, Drones & Rocket Science, Exploring Engineering, Nature’s Heroes with Johnny Appleseed Metro. Park District, Outside the Lines
Visit for more information.
Questions about Rhodesology camps and camp kits can be directed to:
Ashley Hunter
Coordinator, Youth and Community Programming

5 eczema body care tips from a trusted top dermatologist

Eczema is more common than you may think…..

(BPT) – As summer approaches, it’s time to get outside and bask in the warmth and sunshine. But it’s not easy to bare your body when you have eczema. Those with eczema-prone skin know the signs and symptoms — the itchiness, redness and dryness that indicates a flare-up. Nothing can be more irritating, especially during summer months when you want to get out and show a little more skin.

Eczema is more common than you may think. According to the National Eczema Association (NEA), around 31 million people in America live with eczema, and one in 10 will develop eczema during their lifetime. The NEA cites a recent study that surveyed adults with moderate to severe eczema and found that nearly 86% reported daily itching. These symptoms can affect your comfort during the day, interrupt your sleep at night and even have a negative impact on your mental well-being.

“While some find their eczema is less problematic in the summer, for others, high temps and outdoor activities can cause eczema flare-ups,” said board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sheila Farhang. “Revamp your body care routine to adapt to the changing seasons. I recommend products made with dermatologist-recommend ingredients for long-lasting hydration to improve the look and feel of dry skin.”

Here are Dr. Sheila’s tips to help get you ready to bare that bod in time for summer.

1. Go easy on the showers

It’s natural to want to shower more frequently in the summertime. But if you’re not careful, over-showering can lead to dry, irritated skin. Take shorter, cooler showers — and avoid soap. Instead, choose a body wash that’s both gentle on your skin AND provides long-lasting hydration. Olay Body’s new Dermatologist Designed Collection is designed for people with sensitive skin. It’s made with dermatologist-recommended ingredients to address specific dry skin concerns, like Olay’s Soothing Body Wash with Oat Extract for eczema-prone skin, which delivers soothing hydration, leaving dry skin with long-lasting relief, and has been awarded the Seal of Acceptance™ from the National Eczema Association.

2. Protect your skin from the sun

Skin health experts agree that sunscreen is an essential tool in your summer body care arsenal. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that provides broad-spectrum protection (against UVA and UVB rays) for any exposed skin — even on cloudy days. The National Eczema Association further recommends choosing a sunscreen that is alcohol free with mineral-based ingredients like titanium dioxide (TiO2) and zinc oxide (ZnO). Remember to reapply as directed or as recommended by your dermatologist.

3. Keep it cool

Cooling towels, breathable, loose-fitting or moisture-wicking clothing, and a wide-brimmed hat can help keep you cool physically, but did you know keeping it cool mentally is important too? Stress is a common eczema trigger, so consider mindful meditation, deep breathing, a good night’s sleep or some self-care to help lower stress and the potential for a flare-up.

4. Moisturize your skin while it’s damp

I love this tip! Moisturize immediately after showering, or better yet, before you even leave the shower. Moisture can evaporate from skin’s surface within a few minutes of bathing, and managing moisture is key for eczema-prone skin. Look for rinse-off body conditioners made with the #1 dermatologist-recommended moisturizing ingredient, petrolatum, for long-lasting hydration.

5. Hydrate from the inside to nourish the outside

Whether you’re lounging in the shade with your sun-protective gear or you’re staying active with outdoor activities, be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Limit sugary and alcoholic beverages since these can be dehydrating.

Looking to refresh your body care routine for summer? Check out more ways to prepare to be bare at

To build your savings, start with small goals

The good news is there are simple steps you can take to establish a savings account….

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Building a savings account can seem daunting. Many people believe they should have a high amount of savings tucked away, but then often become overwhelmed thinking about that goal. By shifting your mindset and taking small, achievable steps, you can reach your savings goals and more.

Keep in mind, if your savings is low or nonexistent, you’re not alone. Fewer than 40% of Americans could pay an unexpected $1,000 bill with their savings, according to a recent survey. The pandemic has presented countless challenges for many people, and even if you tapped your savings to make ends meet, you can always restart and refocus.

The good news is there are simple steps you can take to establish a savings account and help you reach other goals like a down payment on a new home, or extra payments on the principal balance of an existing mortgage loan. Vanderbilt Mortgage is happy to share its 2021 Home Loan Guide created to help educate and prepare homebuyers for a mortgage.

Here are three simple steps to start a successful savings plan:

Set a realistic goal

It may not be realistic for you to start saving $500 a month, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save an amount that makes you comfortable. Consider $50, $25 or even $5 if that sounds reasonable. Starting with a small, realistic goal can help you stick to a savings plan. Tracking your goals builds excitement, whether that’s for an emergency fund or to buy a new home. Visibly seeing progress reinforces your goals and you can be proud of building momentum.

Create and stick to a budget

There is power in knowing the exact amount of money coming in and going out each month, so budgeting is an essential step in understanding your finances and guiding your saving efforts. If you budget and find a surplus, consider using that extra money to bolster your savings. If there is a deficit, reevaluate and decide what adjustments can be made. Understand necessities versus nice-to-have expenses and find ways to make your money work for your situation.

Know your “why”

Building a savings takes time, but having a motivation for your commitment can support your success. Whether it’s to have a safety net or you’re saving for a down payment on a home, a goal can help keep you focused, which means you are more likely to follow through.

If you’re interested in buying a new home, you might not need as much down payment as you think. Apply now at Vanderbilt Mortgage and learn about financing programs that fit your budget. If you already have a loan with Vanderbilt, consider paying ahead or even paying extra towards your principal balance; this will help you pay your mortgage loan off earlier.

These three initial steps can give anyone a guiding start to building a savings account to help them reach their goals. To access the 2021 Home Loan Guide and to get more details about smart steps you can take to save, visit Remember, just like a runner needs to train from completing a mile to completing a marathon, the best way to build a savings account is with consistent, achievable steps.

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Spruce Up for Spring: Fresh ideas for home upgrades

Fresh ideas for home upgrades….

(Family Features) Spring means it’s time to start sprucing up your home and garden with a little TLC inside and out.

If you’re unsure where to begin, consider these tips:

Make function a priority. While aesthetic changes may boost value and please the eye, be sure to consider upgrades that make living easier, like organization units that give you more space or upgrades that create additional living space.

Keep budget in mind. Make a list of the projects you’d like to complete and estimate how much each will cost. Use the list to determine what you can afford to complete now.

Do your research. If you’ll be making a significant purchase such as a new vacuum or grill, be sure to explore your options, read reviews and shop around for the best prices for greater confidence in what you choose.

Set yourself up for a more enjoyable spring with more home and garden tips at

Hands Free Spring Cleaning

For busy households, an all in one vacuum and mop robot like the Deebot N8+ is a perfect daily companion to help automate spring cleaning. It features high suction power (but low noise), TrueMapping technology to create an efficient cleaning path and the OZMO Mopping System to remove 99.26% of bacteria with dual vacuuming and mopping. Controllable with a smartphone app, it includes an Auto Empty Station for months of hands- and maintenance-free cleaning. Learn more at .

Enhance the Space Under Your Deck

Optimize the space beneath an elevated deck by adding a drainage system such as Trex RainEscape. Designed to capture and divert water, this system protects a deck’s substructure from moisture damage while creating dry space usable for storage or an additional living area. Homeowners can safely add gas lines and wiring to accommodate grills, appliances, ceiling fans, lights and entertainment components to create an outdoor oasis. For more information, visit .

Perfect Your Pantry

Cleaning out your pantry is an important step during spring cleaning as it allows you to discard expired items and rethink the space. Start by reorganizing and simplifying the area with ClosetMaid ventilated shelving like this Pantry Organizer. Built with the ShelfTrack system for a fully adjustable space along with close mesh to help prevent items from tipping over, it includes four 4-foot-by-16-inch shelves, a hang track and all necessary hardware. Find more information at .

Get Ready to Grill

A grill’s lifespan depends on many factors, including where and how it is stored and your climate. When it’s time to upgrade, you’ll have some decisions to make. The biggest is which heating style you prefer: gas, electric or charcoal. Other considerations include the overall size, number of burners and grate quality. Also be sure to compare available features, such as side burners and igniters, which are fairly common, and upgrades like lighting and fuel gauges.

When to Update Home and Garden Goods

Investing in quality products, properly maintaining and storing them all have an impact on how long they’ll stay in good working condition. As you tackle spring cleaning this year, take stock of your common home and garden equipment to determine what may need updating.

Lawn Mower: If your mower needs a repair that exceeds its value, it’s time for a replacement. However, there may be other signs that an upgrade is warranted. Rough operation, frequent breakdowns or other indications of faulty performance deserve a second look. Before you buy new, remember to check your warranty to determine whether repairs might be covered.

Vacuum: Many homeowners discard their used vacuum when it stops picking up dirt and debris as efficiently as it did originally. Before you move on, be sure to check that performance issues aren’t the result of clogged hoses or a filter than needs cleaning or replacing. A belt may also be worn or need adjusting. Other signs it may be time to replace the vacuum include damaged or frayed cords, motor issues like overheating or making strange noises.

Grill: A grill may last anywhere from 5-15 years, depending on the quality of the materials and how it is maintained. However, it’s common to have to replace parts along the way. Signs you may need a new grill include a firebox (the main enclosure) with cracks, rust or holes and burners that distribute heat unevenly. Damaged grates can affect even grilling if they’re warped or if they’re flaky or rusted, they can contaminate food. If you’re not able to replace the grates, or any other essential part, including hoses and connectors for a gas grill, you’ll be better off replacing the unit.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images (house and grill)


Lady Tigers Beat Kalida in Sectional Final

@ North Baltimore …….

 by Suzanne Bucher
North Baltimore – 10
Kalida – 0
WP – Ariana Loera (NB)
LP – Nienberg (Kal)
Lady Tigers will play Wayne Trace in the District Semi-Finals @ Elida on Tue, May 18th @ 4:00.
Complete Division IV Elida Sectional/District Bracket can be found at:

High School Varsity Baseball Results



Waynesfield Goshen @ North Baltimore – 5/11/2021

 Waynesfield Goshen   0-0-0-0-0  –  0 2 3

North Baltimore            4-4-4-9 – 21 13 2


WP (NB) – Kepling – 2 Hits, 10 K’s

LP  (WG) – Dewitt


NB Top Hitters

Gunner Kepling 1-2B, 2-1B

Zach Weinandy 3-1B

North Baltimore @ Upper Scioto Valley – 5/12/2021


North Baltimore        0-1-6-0-0-0-2 – 9 6 1

Upper Scioto Valley 1-0-3-0-0-0-1 – 5 4 1


WP (NB) – Leeper

LP  (USV) – Lenord


NB Top Hitters

Zach Weinandy 2B

Mitch Clark 2B

Jeremiah Suman 1B

Varsity Overall Record 9-9

Upcoming Baseball Games

Sat 5/15 @ Maumee Valley Country Day, 11am

Tue 5/18 @ Holgate (Sectional Semi-Final), 5pm