Week 14: 2/2/20
Reineke (1 loss in tournament) heads to championship game vs. Gerdeman’s (no losses in tournament). If Gerdeman’s win, they will the championship; if Reineke wins, they have to play a second time to determine the champion.
With higher risk of flu complications, prevention is key for older adults and those who spend time with them…..
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Health reported last week that there have been more than 4,400 hospitalizations due to flu in Ohio during the 2019-2020 flu season. Older adults are at increased risk of complications from the flu, which can include pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, and more. Flu can also make chronic health conditions like asthma and heart failure worse. These complications can lead to serious illness and even death.
The Ohio Department of Aging advises older Ohioans and anyone who spends time with older adults to take steps to avoid getting and spreading the flu.
“Each older Ohioan should take every precaution possible to protect themselves from the flu. This includes getting a flu shot and adopting healthy habits,” said Ursel McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “Likewise, anyone who lives with or cares for an older adult should take steps to prevent getting the flu and passing it to those around them.”
Flu season is typically from October through May in Ohio. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated current flu activity in Ohio as “widespread.” The Ohio Department of Health called the flu Ohio’s primary infectious disease threat.
It is not too late to get a flu shot. A shot today can provide protection for the remainder of the season. Shots are still widely available and are covered by Medicare Part B with no copay for adults age 65 and older.
Much attention is being given to the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV). Ohio health officials point out that Ohioans are much more likely to get sick from the flu than 2019 nCoV. However, the general public can take the usual, recommended actions to prevent infection.
Flu symptoms may come on quickly and include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you think you may have the flu, limit the time you spend with others until you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine. Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a health care professional) and avoid close contact with others. Call ahead to doctor’s offices, nursing homes, and senior centers to see if they have visitation restrictions for those who have flu-like symptoms. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
If you get the flu, proper care can lessen symptoms and decrease the time you are ill. Drink plenty of liquids to replace fluids lost through fever and sweating. Talk to your health care provider about medicines you can take to manage your symptoms and how they may interact with other medicines you take.
Visit www.flu.ohio.gov for information and resources to help you fight the flu.
About ODA – The Ohio Department of Aging serves and advocates for the needs of Ohioans age 60 and older, as well as their families, caregivers and communities. Programs include home and community based long-term supports and services, as well as initiatives to promote health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.
Screenings are available at three of the agency’s eight senior centers….
Wood County, Ohio (February 10, 2020) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. has scheduled their cholesterol screening clinics for March. You must be a resident of Wood County and 25 years of age or older. The cost is $20 for those 60 and over and $25 for those 25-59. These screenings require an appointment and pre-test instructions must be followed.
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.
Screenings are available at three of the agency’s eight senior centers and are scheduled as follows:
Wood County Senior Center (Bowling Green): 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Perrysburg Area Senior Center 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Rossford Area Senior Center 9:30 am to 11:30 am
To schedule an appointment, please call 1.800.367.4935 or 419.353.5661 and ask for the Social Services Department.
The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.
For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935, or online at www.wccoa.net.
March 2 – 8
(FINDLAY, OH, February 11, 2020) The Greater Findlay Restaurant Week is back for its third year in Findlay and Hancock County. Once again, area restaurants are offering three-course meals on a prix-fixe menu at different price points. Diners are encouraged to try something new or support their favorite restaurants during this special week.
Twenty-one restaurants are participating in this annual event, set March 2-8. Price points for the participating restaurants are $10, $20, $30, and $40 per diner, and vary per restaurant.
Those interested in taking part in Restaurant Week simply need to visit the restaurant of their choice during dinner hours and ask for the Restaurant Week Menu. Diners will then select one option per course and be charged the restaurant’s set price. Prices do not include tax, gratuity, or drinks; however, many locations are running drink specials. Restaurants will also be serving their regular menu.
Restaurant Week menu items and prices are valid for dine-in only. No tickets are necessary, but reservations are suggested at many locations. Menus and hours are subject to change without notice.
Among the 21 Restaurant Week locations are many returning favorites, however several new restaurants, including Wildcat Café, Cheeky Bear, Bourbon Affair, City Club, R&J’s Cheesecake Shoppe, and Hurricane Pub are first-time Restaurant Week participants.
For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit VisitFindlay.com/RestaurantWeek. For more information, call 419-422-3315 or email [email protected]
Check out some of the best home upgrades that increase home value. There are dozens of quick things you can do to make your house more valuable.
No one wants to live in a dumpy, dated, creaky old house that looks like something out of “That 70s Show.” Fortunately, there’s an entire industry built around home improvements and DIY-lovers. Making substantial changes to your home can cost as little or as much money as you want. It all depends on you, your handiness level, your budget, and what changes you want to make. Take a look at some of the best home upgrades that increase home value and be proud of your fresh new house.
We spend a lot of time in the bathroom, so it should be comfortable and user-friendly. Make some changes to the bathroom and create a space you’ll never want to leave. Small things such as a new vanity or coat of paint will freshen it up for less money. Alternatively, you can go all-in with a full remodel and ultra-chic design.
Smart homes are the next evolution of technology and home design. The Internet of Things (IoT) is making normally mundane appliances into smart appliances that all talk to each other. Now there are smart thermostats that you can set and operate with a smartphone from anywhere in the world. Ditto for garage door openers. You don’t have to wonder if you left the door open when you left—look on the camera and close it with the push of a button from the office.
Bringing in some new appliances is a quick and easy way to make the kitchen look new without going through major renovations. Appliances that aren’t working well and slowly dying aren’t doing you any good. If they’re too old, they’ll have dated colors and looks that will age the kitchen, too. Adding modern appliances will freshen the look and give you some new tools that you may end up loving—you may even wonder how you ever lived without them.
Curb appeal is a big deal, and how your house looks from the street means a lot. Make some real improvements to your property beyond a coat of paint or new siding. Adding or removing trees and ground cover will change the look of the yard and really dial it in. Add a patio or deck to the back of the house and transform it into a gathering place and not just where you keep the grill and lawn chairs.
This may not jump out at anyone as a great improvement, but it truly is. Putting in new windows with a better energy rating will make your house more energy-efficient. if you have an older house with leaky windows, putting in new ones will lower your energy consumption in heating and cooling and save money. Eventually, the windows will pay for themselves in lower bills.
51,000 square foot building, containing independent living, accessible housing units for seniors age 55 and older…..
Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will be working in conjunction with Pennrose Holdings, LLC to construct EasternWoods Senior, a 50-unit residential development. The future site of the expansion will be located at 0 Birchaven Lane, Findlay.
EasternWoods Senior will be a 51,000 square foot building, containing independent living, accessible housing units for seniors age 55 and older. The development will sit adjacent to the existing Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) on the campus of Birchaven Village.
“We are elated to be bringing affordable housing to the area for those 55 and over,” shared Bridgett Mundy, director of residential care at Birchaven and Independence House. “A residential development like this is incredibly needed within the community right now.”
The groundbreaking for EasternWoods Senior is expected to take place within this year. For more information on senior services currently available through Blanchard Valley Health System, please visit bvhealthsystem.org.
Birchaven Village and Independence House are a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, which provides a total continuum of care to more than 100,000 households in an eight-county area
Cooking once and eating twice (or more) is an easy equation for saving time.
(Family Features) If coordinating schedules to gather the family around the dinner table is a victory in its own right, finding enough time to prepare a well-rounded, flavorful meal may just be a medal-worthy accomplishment.
Whether a weeknight dinner or special occasion, you can shave precious minutes off your kitchen work and dedicate more moments to doing the things you love with these time-saving ideas that don’t sacrifice quality.
Plan Meals Ahead of Time
Organizing your thoughts and scouring the kitchen for ingredients can take as much time as preparing the meal itself. Instead of wondering what you’ll make and whether you have what you need to make it, take time to plan meals a week ahead whenever possible. Think through a complete menu, including main dishes and sides, and take inventory of the pantry and refrigerator so you can build an efficient grocery list.
Use Ingredients in Multiple Recipes
When planning and shopping for your weekly meals, consider which ingredients you may be able to repurpose. Not only does using ingredients across multiple dishes help minimize waste, it cuts down on prep time. If you’ll be using chopped onion in multiple recipes, go ahead and chop enough for every meal and save the unused portions in the refrigerator or freezer.
Turn to Your Pantry for Simple Sides
Flavorful side dishes can be surprisingly simple. For example, Idahoan helps you put real mashed potatoes on the table in just 5 minutes. They start with 100% real Idaho potatoes from local growers then wash, peel, boil and mash them like you would at home. After cooking each batch, they simply fresh-dry the mashed potatoes so they’re ready for you to prepare at home.
Make Larger Portions
Cooking once and eating twice (or more) is an easy equation for saving time. Intentionally making more than you need ensures fuss-free lunches or plenty of leftovers you can heat up quickly for nights when the family is running in different directions.
For many meals, the main dish protein takes the longest to prepare. If you can carve out some time over the weekend or one night a week, multitask and make several batches of proteins to use later in the week. Cooking the proteins concurrently lets you pack multiple days of preparation time into a single super-sized session.
Use Time-Saving Tools
Traditional methods have their time and place, but a weekday dinner isn’t it. Rely on tools to get the job done faster, like a slow cooker that works hard all day so you can enjoy its labor when you return home or a food processor that takes the effort out of slicing and dicing.
Mashed potatoes are a crowd-pleasing dish that can be incorporated in a wide range of menus. While they can often be time-consuming, an option like Idahoan can help you put real mashed potatoes on the table in just 5 minutes because they take the time to create mashed potatoes from scratch so you don’t have to. This allows you to embrace the staple side dish’s versatility by freeing up time for you to incorporate simple twists like these.
Mix it up with all the fixings. From vegetables like corn or caramelized onions to classic garnishes like chopped fresh herbs, you can mix and match toppings for a new take on a loaded smashed sensation.
Embrace Tex-Mex flair. Create your own version of ethnic favorites like traditional Mexican papas. Add lightly sauteed red and green peppers, green onion, green chilis and shredded cheese for a Tex-Mex potato dish perfect for pairing with tacos or enchiladas.
Get garlicky. Add minced garlic and grated Parmesan cheese for a savory burst of flavor that complements the traditional potato taste.
Find more ideas to put meals on the table quickly at Idahoan.com.
2-1-1 is supported by your pledges to United Way
February 11, 2020
Each year, February 11th is celebrated as 2-1-1 Day, as in 2/11/2020. 2-1-1 is the three-digit number that serves as our county’s resource line. 2-1-1 is as easy to remember as 9-1-1.
2-1-1 is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no cost to use 2-1-1. It connects with important community resources, including in times of disaster.
Locally, 2-1-1 is supported by your pledges to United Way. In 2019, the 2-1-1 call center answered more than 60,000 contacts for the three-county area of Lucas, Wood & Ottawa. In Wood County, the ADAMHS Board helps to support 2-1-1 as a service to individuals challenged with mental illness and/or substance abuse/addictions.
2-1-1 can Help Callers Access the Following Types of Services:
This service is available through http://www.navigateresources.net/toledo and even by text. Text your zip code to 898-211 to get started when using the text feature. 2-1-1 may also be reached by an alternative 800 number, 1-800-650-HELP (4357.)
February 12th 7-8:30 pm in the NBHS Media Lab…..
Watch video to see how to make this recipe!….
(Family Features) Add some sweetness to your breakfast routine with this delicious and easy-to-make Cherry Coffee Cake.
Find more breakfast recipes at Culinary.net.
Although broths and stocks can be purchased in cans and cartons at the grocery store, it is fairly easy to make your own at home…..
My dad asked me to pick up chicken stock from the store for a meal that he wants to make for dinner. When I got to the store, I bought chicken broth and brought it home. He sent me back to the store because he said stock and broth aren’t the same thing. But aren’t they really?
No, they are not.
Your dad is correct. There is a difference between broth and stock, and depending on which recipe he was making, the difference between the two could have an impact on the outcome of the meal. This is because, generally speaking, broth is lighter and more flavorful, while stock is thicker.
To understand the difference, it’s important to understand what stocks and broths are. Stocks and broths are liquids used to make sauces, soups, stews, and other recipes.
The main differences between stock and broth are the use of bones or meat, the length of cooking time, and the type of seasonings added, writes Jenny Lobb, an educator in family and consumer sciences for Ohio State University Extension.
“Unless it’s a vegetable stock, stock is made using bones, water, and a mixture of aromatic vegetables including onions, carrots, and celery. It’s simmered for two to six hours and generally has added seasonings,” Lobb wrote in Broth versus Stock, a blog posted at Live Healthy Live Well.
The site, which can be found at livehealthyosu.com, is a free information resource that offers science-based consumer information and insights. It’s written by OSU Extension educators and specialists in family and consumer sciences who are concerned with health and wellness. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).
The boiling of the bones—generally chicken, beef, or pork—allows the bone marrow and collagen to be released from the bones, thus making stock much thicker than broth.
However, “broth, on the other hand,” Lobb writes, “takes less time to make, and contains meat (unless it’s a vegetable broth), vegetables, and seasonings, and is generally simmered on the stove top for no more than two hours.”
Stock is typically used in sauces, gravies, stews, and as a braising liquid for meat, while broth works well as a base for soups, stir-fry dishes, dumplings, stuffing, and for cooking grains and legumes, she said.
“Although broths and stocks can be purchased in cans and cartons at the grocery store, it is fairly easy to make your own at home,” Lobb said, noting that, “making broths and stocks from scratch can be a cost-saving activity if you save and utilize meat and vegetable scraps that would otherwise be thrown away.”
And with the cold days ahead during the remainder of this winter, soups and stews are a great comfort food to keep you warm on the inside!
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 writer Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or [email protected].
Truck Stop Ministries invites you to the concert at 6:00pm……
Stop out to the Iron Skillet Restaurant at the Petro Truck Stop Sunday Night: