DATES SET FOR ANNUAL WOOD COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY BENEFIT GARAGE SALE

Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 20 & 21 and 9 a.m. to noon on May 22

Donations of clothing, household items, electronics, furniture, toys, collectibles and other good and useful items for the Wood County Humane Society Garage Sale will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 20 & 21 and 9 a.m. to noon on May 22  under the grandstands at the Wood County Fairgrounds.  Early bird donations will also be received at the same location from 5pm – 9pm on Sunday, May 19. All donations to the sale are tax deductible. All donated items are subject to acceptance.

 

The Garage Sale will be held at the same location May 23 & 24 from 9am – 6pm and May 25 from 9am – 2pm. The sale features a wide variety of merchandise under the 13,000 grandstand building at the Wood County Fairgrounds on West Poe Road in Bowling Green. Additionally, the sale will feature 10 cent clothing on May 24 and a $2 “Fill-a-Bag” sale on May 25.

 

The garage sale, now in its 26th year,  is one of the Wood County Humane Society’s larger fundraisers, raising a record $17,310 in 2018 for the care of animals housed in the Minnebelle Conley Shelter, a no-kill humane shelter owned and operated by the Humane Society on Van Camp Road in Bowling Green. For more information about the sale or to volunteer to help, please call (419) 669-0701 or visit www.facebook.com/wchsgs.

 

Who Are Local Farm Families Leading in Conservation?

OHIO DEPT. OF AG SEEKS TO RECOGNIZE FARM FAMILIES LEADING IN CONSERVATION 

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SEEKS TO RECOGNIZE FARM FAMILIES LEADING IN CONSERVATION 

Individuals have until June 3, 2019 to nominate families 

 

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (May 13, 2019) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is accepting nominations to honor Ohio farm families who are leaders in conservation for the 2019 Conservation Farm Family Awards. The Conservation Farm Family Award program has recognized Ohio farm families since 1984 for their efforts in managing natural and human resources while meeting both production and conservation goals.  

“There are many farmers working hard to conserve natural resources, and this is an opportunity to recognize Ohio farm families who are going above and beyond in their conservation efforts,” Governor Mike DeWine said. “We thank farmers for their efforts, and we encourage people to participate in this program.”

“We are always so excited to take a moment and celebrate the Ohio farmers going the extra mile in the conservation practices they use on their farms,” said ODA Director Dorothy Pelanda. “I look forward to seeing the diverse ways our farmers are working to conserve our state’s natural resources and giving them the recognition they deserve.”

Five area finalists will be selected from across the state and will be recognized at the annual Farm Science Review in September. They will also receive a $400 award, courtesy of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and be featured in the September issue of Ohio Farmer Magazine. The following photograph is from the 2018 ceremony.

farm family awards

Individual farmers, partnerships or family farm corporations are eligible for nomination, provided a substantial portion of their income is derived from farming. The judging is based on the nominee’s use of new and traditional conservation techniques, comprehensive management, individual initiative in applying conservation measures and the nominee’s willingness to share conservation information, experiences and philosophy with others.

Nomination forms can be obtained from local county soil and water conservation districts or by visiting ODA’s website at www.agri.ohio.gov. The forms can be submitted by email to dswc@agri.ohio.gov or by mail to Conservation Farm Family Award, C/O Ohio Department of Agriculture 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. The forms must be returned by Monday, June 3.

The awards program is sponsored by the ODA Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Ohio Farmer magazine, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

How Children Can Receive Free or Low-Cost Preventive Care

Medicaid and CHIP benefits include vaccines, regular checkups, dental visits …..


(Family Features) Children are among the most vulnerable populations when it comes to measles and other highly contagious diseases. Giving babies the recommended vaccinations by age 2 is one of the best ways to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, including measles and whooping cough.

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For many families, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can help cover these vaccines and provide free or low-cost health coverage to help keep kids healthy.

Measles is an extremely contagious virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune can also become infected.

During the first three months of 2019, 387 cases of measles were reported, more than the total cases reported for all of 2018. More than 20 states have reported measles cases.

Your child may be one of the millions of uninsured children that are eligible for free or low-cost health coverage through Medicaid and CHIP, which can allow your child to get vaccinated against measles and other serious childhood diseases. He or she can also receive benefits like regular checkups, dental visits, eye exams, emergency services, prescriptions and other preventive care.

Parents with low to moderate incomes (up to nearly $50,000, or even higher in some states) may be able to enroll their children in Medicaid or CHIP. There’s no special open enrollment period; you can enroll your children at any time during the year. To enroll your children, you can apply in-person with your state’s Medicaid or CHIP agency, visit the “Find Coverage for Your Family” section on InsureKidsNow.gov or call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669).

If you need vaccines immediately, contact your state or local health department’s Vaccines for Children program coordinator, or call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) for assistance.

SOURCE:
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

“Jesus Loves Me”

A devotion from Pastor Ralph J. Mineo….

Charlie Brown, the well-known comic strip character, always seems to get the short end of the stick. Life is often unfair for poor Charlie Brown.

One day, he and Peppermint Patty were having a conversation. Patty was lamenting: “I need to talk to someone who knows what it’s like to feel like a fool, someone who knows what it’s like to be humiliated, someone who’s been disgraced, and degraded, someone who’s been there.”

In the final panel of the comic strip, there are no words. Charlie Brown simply had his arm around Patty’s shoulder. He’s been there. He understands.

The New Testament letter to the Hebrews teaches: “Jesus can help us in our sufferings, because of what he suffered.” Many religious leaders and average people of his day considered Jesus to be a complete fool, a blasphemer. Eventually, he was humiliated, disgraced, degraded, and crucified as a common criminal.

Jesus was always connected to the Father, even in suffering (especially in suffering). In the letter to the Hebrews, Jesus is called “the pioneer of our faith.” Not only did he endure the worst for us, he paved the way for us in dealing with suffering, by holding fast to faith.

In comparison to our sufferings, we can, with certainty, say about Jesus: he’s been there! Jesus understands.

We need never be alone in our suffering. Jesus offers a loving arm around our shoulder, no matter how bad life gets. Jesus offers grace, healing, forgiveness, love for our heart, body, mind, soul.

Do you need some comfort today? Do you someone to lean on? Do you need someone who’s been there?

If so, turn to Jesus Christ, the one who is already turning to you! You can always count on him to be there. Nothing can separate you from his love. Jesus is there right now for you!

Let us proclaim this truth every day: Jesus loves me! Jesus loves me! Jesus loves me!


Internet Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Association: 5.5 million Americans over 65 currently live with Alzheimer’s disease


(Family Features) Over the past 10 years, researchers have learned Alzheimer’s disease starts much earlier than the onset of symptoms – 10-20 years before an individual, family member or friend might notice the signs of the debilitating disease.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.5 million Americans, of all races and ethnicities, age 65 and older currently live with Alzheimer’s disease, which is expected to grow to more than 7 million people by 2025.

The first-of-its-kind Alzheimer Prevention Trials Webstudy (APT Webstudy), funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to increase the pace of research by enlisting thousands of healthy volunteers who can quickly be enrolled in clinical trials focused on preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Enrollees in the APT Webstudy can use the internet to help stop the disease while being alerted to changes in their own memory function.

“In order to change the lives of the numerous people and their loved ones who will be affected by Alzheimer’s, we need everyone to get involved with prevention efforts,” said Paul Aisen, MD, co-principal investigator of the APT Webstudy. “The bigger the army of volunteers, the faster we can work to prevent this terrible disease.”

Volunteers can access the Webstudy when and where it is convenient for them, such as on their computer or tablet, or even a public library; anywhere they can access the internet. Volunteers participate in regular online memory testing. If there is a change in memory function, eligible volunteers are alerted and may be invited to a no-cost, in-person evaluation at one of the research sites across the country.

“This is an opportunity for everyone to help future generations avoid the suffering caused by Alzheimer’s,” Aisen said. “With enough volunteers, we will be one step closer to seeing the first Alzheimer’s survivor.”

Researchers are looking for a diverse group of people ages 50 or older who have normal thinking and memory function. Volunteers must be willing to answer a few questions about their family and medical history and provide information about their lifestyles. Volunteers will take online memory tests every three months, each one about 20 minutes long.

If you are interested in participating, visit aptwebstudy.org to learn more.

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Alzheimer’s Prevention Trials

BVHS Weekender: Female Athlete Triad

For female athletes training at any level of play and age, one of the challenges they may face is how to properly fuel with food……

Female Athlete Triad,by Rachel Niermann, RDN, LD
Armes Family Cancer Care Center, Blanchard Valley Health System


Rachel Niermann, RDN, LD

For female athletes training at any level of play and age, one of the challenges they may face is how to properly fuel with food. Nutrition is a vital piece in performing and competing well. If done incorrectly, performance is not the only impacted factor. With time, a female may experience the “female athlete triad,” which is defined as a medical condition involving three interrelated components. These include long-term calorie or energy deficiency with or without disordered eating, menstrual dysfunction, and diminished bone mineral density.

Energy or calorie deficiency is the main cause of the female athlete triad. A deficiency occurs when the number of calories consumed is less than the number of calories exerted during physical activity. This may occur from the desire to achieve leanness, a conscious avoidance of food groups, and problems with body image. These types of thoughts and practices may lead to eating disorders. Among top athletes, studies show that 13.5 percent deal with an eating disorder, far higher than figures reported for the general population. Eating disorders bring athletes down the path of calorie deficits and mental health concerns. On the other hand, sometimes lacking knowledge around the importance of fueling properly when undergoing activity leads females to simply under-eat and inadequately sustain the demands of their training. Either way, when a deficit occurs over an extended period, normal bodily functions begin to be impacted.

When the body is not receiving enough calories, it will adjust by shutting down nonessential functions within the body including menstrual function, a part of reproductive health. Other psychological changes that may occur with time are changes in metabolic rate, bone health, immunity, protein synthesis, cardiovascular health and psychological health. Athletes will most likely notice their overall performance begin to change before they see clinical symptoms. Not eating enough can quickly lead to dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and feelings of fatigue, anxiety and irritation. They may find it hard to concentrate and less motivated to do the activities they enjoy.

The second component of the triad is menstrual dysfunction or amenorrhea (lack of menstrual cycle for three months or more). Women’s bodies require enough calories to sustain adequate estrogen production to induce normal menstruation. With extended calorie deficits, hormonal imbalances occur resulting in either irregular cycles or amenorrhea. There are numerous reasons why a female may experience irregular cycles or amenorrhea besides low energy intake. It is important to ask questions about dietary intakes and menstrual cycles to recognize the symptoms of female athlete triad to get the individual the help they need. When a female is experiencing irregular cycles or amenorrhea, they may be prescribed hormonal contraceptives to prevent or slow bone loss. However, this does not solve the underlying problem. Due to inadequate energy or calorie intake being the main cause of the triad, it is important that athletes are still counseled on how and why they need to increase energy intakes.

The third component of the triad is bone loss or, in the severe form, osteoporosis. As hormonal changes occur due to a prolonged calorie deficit, less estrogen is produced. This is important in maintaining bone health. Calcium and vitamin D are two nutrients vital for bone health as well. Deficiency of calcium and vitamin D intakes may occur due to poor dietary intakes. These risk factors put female athletes at increased risk for stress fractures. From puberty to early twenties, is a vital time for bone-building in females. It is important to recognize and treat symptoms of the female athlete triad to prevent bone loss during a vital period in female lives.

It is not common for a female to experience all three symptoms at the same time, and severities of the components may vary. The triad can be thought of as a spectrum of symptoms with the most severe cases including all three components. Studies have shown awareness and knowledge of the triad and its health implications among female high school athletes and coaches is limited.

Prevention begins with awareness of risks, signs and symptoms of the triad. Begin educating females about nutrition and the importance of practicing a healthy relationship with food at a young age. This can lead to discussion about the triad and why nutrition is vital for safe participation in physical activity.

Chowline: Never a Good Idea to Wash Raw Poultry

Practicing sound, safe food handling is important…..

I saw a discussion on social media this week that said not to wash raw chicken before cooking it. But I always rinse mine with a mixture of lime or lemon juice and vinegar, which my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother did as well. Why should I stop doing that now?

The fact is that you shouldn’t wash or rinse raw chicken or any other raw poultry before cooking it.

Period.

Don’t wash raw poultry. Photo Getty Images

This is because rinsing or washing raw chicken doesn’t kill any bacterial pathogens such as campylobacter, salmonella, or other bacteria that might be on the inside and outside of raw chicken. But when you wash or rinse raw chicken, you are likely splashing chicken juices that can spread those pathogens in the kitchen and contaminate other foods, utensils, and countertops, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In fact, some estimates say the splatter can spread out and land on surfaces up to 3 feet away.

That’s a problem because pathogens such as campylobacter and salmonella can survive on surfaces such as countertops for up to 32 hours, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The only way to kill these potentially dangerous bacteria is to cook the chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

You likely saw the social media discussion the CDC had on Twitter this week, after the government agency sent a tweet advising consumers not to wash raw chicken before cooking it. That tweet was met with more than 1,000 responding comments debating the merits of whether or not to follow the CDC’s advice. 

Although many consumers responded that they’ve always rinsed raw chicken before eating it—with many saying it’s a cultural custom for them to do so—it’s never a good idea to rinse raw poultry if you want to lessen your chance of developing a foodborne illness.

Practicing sound, safe food handling is important, considering that 48 million Americans get sick with a foodborne illness every year, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die, according to the CDC.

Additionally, after handling raw poultry or any other raw meat, it’s important to wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, rinse them under warm running water, and dry them with a clean cloth or paper towel.

You should also wash any surfaces that might have come into contact with the raw chicken or its juices. Use hot, soapy water to rinse off the surfaces, let them dry, and then use a kitchen sanitizer on them.

Lastly, be sure to cook your chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, using a food thermometer to measure the temperature, the CDC advises.

Chow Line is a service of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or turner.490@osu.edu.

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Stream Your Favorite Seasons of a Historic Show

A massive library of films and TV shows are available for viewers, all without the hassle of credit cards and subscription fees, via ad-supported streaming services…


(Family Features) Entertainment seekers hooked on stories of love and romance can indulge in finding some of the early episodes of one of the most popular reality dating shows of all-time for free.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Colton and Cassie Underwood)

For fans of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” watching (or re-watching) the early seasons can be as simple as streaming with Tubi, the largest free video-on-demand service. Now also streaming season five of “Bachelor in Paradise,” viewers can relive how Colton Underwood, who was also a contestant on season 14 of “The Bachelorette,” began his journey toward becoming the Bachelor of season 23.

“I think it’s great that ‘Bachelor’ fans can relive all their favorite moments on a free video service,” Underwood said. “It gives original fans the chance to watch the moments that helped them fall in love with the show while bringing in new viewers to continue building the show’s following.”

A former professional football player, Underwood concluded his season as the Bachelor by giving the “final rose” to Cassie Randolph.

A massive library of films and TV shows are available for viewers, all without the hassle of credit cards and subscription fees, via ad-supported streaming services like Tubi, the largest of its kind, available on virtually every platform from mobile devices to video game consoles and more. With more than 40,000 hours of offerings, including 12,000 movies and television series, viewers can indulge in genres of all kinds on the growing platform from Hollywood blockbusters to independent films and specialty content.

Find more information at Tubi.TV.

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Tubi

Planning for the Future

Taking inventory of your financial health…


(Family Features) Only 28% of Americans are financially healthy, according to the U.S. Financial Health Pulse. Most others will have difficulty reaching long-term financial goals and are more vulnerable to the threat of financial shocks, such as car trouble, unforeseen medical bills or job loss.

Regardless of income or wealth, the road to financial health – how you are able to manage your day-to-day financial life while building for the future – can be a lifelong journey. What you do today can build toward or detract from your long-term resilience and ability to pursue opportunities. Whether you want to take that dream vacation, prepare for retirement or save for college, financial health takes effort to build.

“An overwhelming majority of the country is experiencing financial challenges that have lasting effects on people’s lives, on their ability to weather the inevitable ups and downs and on their chances to pursue their dreams,” said Jennifer Tescher, CEO of the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), the nation’s authority on consumer financial health. “Each year, CFSI and MetLife Foundation join forces on #FinHealthMatters Day to highlight the importance of financial health, especially for the 180 million people who are financially vulnerable.”

These questions can serve as a starting point to take inventory of your financial health:

  1. Are you spending less than you make? Regardless of your income level, it can be difficult to get ahead if you’re among the 47% of Americans that are spending more than or equal to what they earn, according to the U.S. Financial Health Pulse. The ability to manage cash flow directly affects your ability to build savings and deal with unexpected expenses.
  2. Do you pay your bills on time and in full? Falling behind on bills, including credit card payments, can be a significant hindrance to improving your financial health. If all your bills seem to come due at the same time each month or don’t appropriately align with paydays, consider staggering bills based on their priority level with rent and utilities taking precedence over any less necessary items like cable television or subscription services, which could even be eliminated altogether. The ability to keep up with payments shows how well you’re able to manage cash flow and daily financial obligations.
  3. Do you have sufficient liquid, short-term savings? The ability to draw on savings is important for coping with unexpected expenses such as car repairs or medical bills or a setback such as being laid off from a job. Having six or more months of living expenses in savings is considered financially healthy, but 45% of Americans don’t have enough savings to cover even three months, according to the U.S. Financial Health Pulse. Try setting aside 5-10% of your monthly income to build up both your emergency fund and long-term savings account.
  4. Do you have appropriate insurance coverage? Along with sufficient liquid savings, having appropriate insurance can help you withstand an unexpected expense, such as the death of a loved one or a medical emergency. Shop around for the best rates and coverage on everything from homeowners and car insurance to life and disability policies.
  5. Do you plan ahead for expenses? Planning ahead shows you are future-oriented and proactively managing your financial situation, a behavior that is strongly correlated with financial health. Proper future planning behaviors include using a budget, coding expenses, setting up automatic savings transfers and using financial management apps, among other habits.

For more tips to focus on your future financial health, follow #FinHealthMatters on social media or visit cfsinnovation.org/news/finhealthmattersday.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

SOURCE:
Center for Financial Services Innovation

Students Accepted to U.S. Military Service Academies at 180th Fighter Wing

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) recognized students…


(L to R: Rutledge, Lee, Hileman, Thiel, Johns, Stucker, Taylor, Skelton, Congressman Latta

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) recognized students from Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District that were accepted to one of the U.S. Military Service Academies at an event yesterday at the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton. All of the students were nominated by Congressman Latta and have received offers of appointment for the Class of 2023 at their respective academies.

“These young men and women all worked hard and showed tremendous dedication to get to this point, and they should be very proud,” said Latta. “They are all exceptional students, and their desire to serve their country is commendable. I wish them all the best of luck in their next steps.”

Students that were recognized are:

U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Jake Stucker, Bowling Green, Bowling Green High School

Chelsea Taylor, Van Wert, Crestview High School

Devin Thiel, Edgerton, Edgerton High School

U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York

Brendon Johns, Archbold, Archbold High School

Christian Lee, Findlay, Findlay High School

Maxwell Rutledge, Findlay, St. Francis de Sales High School

Olivia Skelton, Convoy, Crestview High School

U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

Nathaniel Erickson, Toledo, Central Catholic High School

Kailyn Grant, Northwood, St. Ursula Academy

Kevin Hileman, Toledo, Ottawa Hills High School

‘Reinvesting in Life’ Presentation Scheduled

Part of the ‘Living Through Loss’ Series at Blanchard Valley Hospital…

The final presentation of the “Living through Loss” series will be held on Monday, May 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and titled “Reinvesting in Life: Discussing Growth, Reconciliation and Renewal.” This presentation will take place in the Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital located at 1900 South Main Street in Findlay.

“Reinvesting in Life” will offer individuals the opportunity to hear from current hospice volunteers and engage in a discussion about growth, reconciliation and renewal. Attendees will listen as volunteers describe what their grief was like and what others might expect as they continue their journeys. Volunteers will discuss what worked and did not work in their grief journeys, how to identify healing, what grief triggers are present and new things learned since the loss.

“Living Through Loss” is a nine-month educational series that focuses on the issues surrounding the death of a loved one. Each monthly presentation is open to the public and registration is not required. Presentations provide information related to the grief process, offer opportunities for discussion and are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital. Although the thought of speaking up in a group can be intimidating, many attendees find the discussion helpful as they discover their questions and concerns are similar to others. A bereavement expert is available to speak with attendees in private following the presentation.

This series is sponsored by Bridge Home Health & Hospice. For questions, to learn upcoming dates or to have a full program brochure sent to you, please contact the Bridge bereavement coordinator at 419.423.5351 or email bridge@bvhealthsystem.org.