Announcing the NAMI Basics Education Program

The course is taught by local volunteers who are parents or family caregivers of people who developed a mental health condition as children.

NAMI Wood County, a part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer the NAMI Basics Education Program for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with mental health conditions. The six- session course will begin in Bowling Green, OH on Tuesday, April, 2nd from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the NAMI Wood County Office 541 W Wooster St Bowling Green, OH 43402.

                The peer-led course covers information about mental health conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, conduct disorder, depressive disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, schizophrenia and substance abuse disorders. It provides participants with basic information about treating mental health conditions, listening and communication techniques, problem-solving and coping skills and an overview of the mental health and school systems’ roles in supporting children with mental health conditions. In addition to learning the facts about these conditions, participants benefit from learning from others in similar situations and experience a community of support.

                The course is taught by local volunteers who are parents or family caregivers of people who developed a mental health condition as children. These volunteers have been certified as a course instructors.

                “This course is a wonderful experience!” says NAMI Basics graduate Fall 2017, “it balances facts about mental health conditions and skill training with emotional support, self-care and empowerment. We hope parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with mental health conditions will take advantage of this opportunity.”

                For more information or to register for this class, please call the NAMI Wood County office at 419.352.0626 or email us at info@namiwoodcounty.org

Vaccination Controversy = Measles Outbreak

Study offers more proof that the MMR vaccine is safe, says AMAC

Study offers more proof that the MMR vaccine is safe, says AMAC

Social media, aided by Russian propagandists, is spreading disinformation about the pros and cons of vaccines WASHINGTON, DC, Mar 15 – A teen who defied his mother and got himself vaccinated told the Senate Committee on Health last week that social media duped his mom into believing vaccines are dangerous.

Meanwhile, it is being reported that the Russians may be using robots to sow dissension in the U.S. by spreading anti-vaccine propaganda via the internet. The American Journal of Public Health reported that a study they conducted showed there is credible evidence the Russians seek to “weaponize” the anti-vaccine movement in America and elsewhere. “Russian trolls promoted discord” by disseminating false anti-vaccine messages via social media, the Journal concluded.  

And, the World Health Organization reports that there has been a 30% increase in the numbers of measles cases worldwide as well as a reappearance of measles in countries that had been in the process of eradicating the disease.

The Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] says that 18-year-old Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, OH told the Senate Committee on Health that instead of heeding the advice of credible authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control [CDC], his mother turned to Twitter and Facebook. He said “the information leading people to fear for their children, for themselves, and for their families is causing outbreaks of preventable diseases.”

Lindenberger’s testimony came a day after the Annals of Internal Medicine published the results of a massive Danish study of 657,461 children provided strong evidence that the MMR [measles, mumps and rubella] vaccine is safe. “The study strongly supports that MMR vaccination does not increase the risk for autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children and is not associated with clustering of autism cases after vaccination.”

The study was conducted by Copenhagen’s Staten Serum Institute from 1999 through 2010.

AMAC noted that the lead investigator of the study, epidemiologist Anders Hviid, went so far as to declare emphatically that “MMR does not cause autism,” according to NPR.

Dr. Hviid told NPR that “the idea that vaccines cause autism is still around despite our original and other well-conducted studies. Parents still encounter these claims on social media, by politicians, by celebrities, etc.”
AMAC says that all the empirical evidence shows that the MMR vaccine is safe. In addition, the vast majority of pediatricians urge parents to get their kids vaccinated. Yet, the CDC reports that vaccination rates for American children have dipped. “It is possible that the dip caused a recent resurgence of measles in Washington State.”

Washington declared a state of emergency after 70 cases of measles were reported in in Clark County where a disproportionate number of residents are openly against vaccinations. Things got so bad there that more than 800 students who may have been exposed to the disease and do not have proof of vaccination have been told to stay home.

Meanwhile, there have been more than 260 cases in New York State, including 133 cases in New York City where the anti-vaccine movement has a foothold .

It should be noted, says AMAC, that just days ago a young student in New York City went to school despite the fact that he had the measles and wound up infecting 21 others.

“There’s plenty of scientific evidence that the MMR vaccine works and no empirical proof that it can cause autism. But, hearsay can be powerful, especially if it is being surreptitiously amplified under the state sponsorship of Russia. It has the effect of spreading confusion when it comes to making decisions, especially decisions that impact the health of a loved one.

So, we recommend that if you have doubts, you should ask your doctor about the pros and cons of having your child vaccinated. In fact, the National Vaccine Information Center provides a list of questions that you should put to your physician, questions that may aid in making a decision.”

Kevin L. Nungester, 63

Passed away at 8:34pm on Saturday, March 2, 2019

Kevin L. Nungester, 63, of Findlay and formerly of North Baltimore, passed away at 8:34pm on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. He was born on May 4, 1955, in Bowling Green to the late Virgil and Eileen (Barringer) Nungester.  He married Mary Hurst on October 6, 1979, and she survives. 

Kevin is also survived by his daughters: Amanda (Armando Pena, Jr.)
Nungester of Findlay and Tabitha (Billy) Siferd of McComb; his sisters:
Luella Henning of Bairdstown and Vivian Hackworth of Findlay; his
grandchildren: Tre, Destiny, Gabrielle, Armando III, McKenzy and Bryson; his great-grandchildren: Kamryn and Keaton. 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Nungester; and his sister,
Phyllis Kerr.  

Kevin had worked at the Cookie Factory in McComb and later worked from Clark American Lincoln in Bowling Green.  He was a former member of the North Baltimore Fraternal Order of Eagles #2633.  He was an avid fan of drag racing, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family. 

All services will be private.  Arrangements are entrusted to SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore. 

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. 
Online condolences may be made at www.smithcrates.com.

5 Ways Pets Make Life Happier and Healthier

People who walk their dog tend to get more physical activity more days a week than those who don’t.


(Family Features) More than 84 million U.S. homes have a pet, according to the National Pet Owners Survey, and in many of those homes, pets are a big part of the family. However, there are several barriers that can prevent people from spending time with their furry friends, including outdated housing rules and limited green space in communities.

To help create a more pet-friendly world, Mars Petcare introduced the “BETTER CITY FOR PETS” certification, as an extension of its BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program. The certification celebrates cities that have made progress toward becoming more pet-friendly by evaluating them across four categories: shelters, homes, parks and businesses.

“The presence of pets can help make people healthier – both physically and mentally,” said Mark Johnson, president of Mars Petcare North America. “We hope to inspire more cities to take real action that leads to a better quality of life for people and pets in their communities.”

Consider these benefits of pets, along with research from the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition that shows a number of ways pets make people and communities happier and healthier, and visit BetterCitiesForPets.com to learn more and to find out how to help make your city more pet-friendly.

  1. Ease Kids’ Minds – Pets are beneficial to people of all ages, but especially young children. Kids with pets tend to have less anxiety and loneliness, as well as greater self-esteem and social skills. Kids have also reported feeling more positive when completing a task if their dog is with them.

  1. Provide Stress Relief – As people get older, pets continue to be there for them. Even in the face of significant stressors – such as the loss of a loved one – pets are by their owners’ sides to help them through times of grief.

  1. Offer Therapy in Times of Need – Disasters can take many forms, and people need ways to cope and make sense of it all. That’s where the healing power of pets comes in. After tragedies, communities have brought in therapy pets to be a source of healing for people coping with hardships.

  1. Encourage Socialization for Pets and Owners – Pets help people connect. In fact, dog owners are five times more likely to know their neighbors than non-dog owners. While dogs socialize with people and other furry friends at the dog park, their owners have a chance to build relationships with other local dog owners. People also tend to feel safer in their neighborhood when walking their dog.

Photos courtesy of Fotolia

  1. Encourage Owners to Be Active – People who walk their dog tend to get more physical activity more days a week than those who don’t. Pet ownership can even make a difference in the survival rate for heart attacks. In a Waltham study, 94 percent of heart patients with pets survived serious heart attacks for at least a year, compared to 72 percent without pets.

SOURCE:
Mars Petcare

Bucket List Travel Destinations for 2019

Once you’ve determined how you’d like to spend your time, you can begin to explore some hot travel destinations….


(Family Features) Taking time to go on vacation or to just unplug from everyday life can be beneficial, and there’s certainly no lack of options when it comes to choosing an ideal vacation spot.

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The options for experiencing an amazing vacation are so plentiful, such as exploring a cruise port, eating and drinking your way around a city or simply visiting a new destination, you may find yourself struggling to narrow down the choices.

By focusing first on what type of vacation experience you would enjoy most, the details of the location may more easily fall into place.

“Often, would-be vacationers get so hung up on figuring out where they want to go, they forget to consider what they’ll do when they get there,” said Matthew Phillips, director of travel for AARP Services, Inc. “It makes sense to keep location in mind when it comes to considerations like climate, but knowing what types of activities, entertainment and sights you hope to experience can help ensure you plan a travel experience of a lifetime.”

Once you’ve determined how you’d like to spend your time, you can begin to explore some hot travel destinations, such as these:

California: Rent a car and take a road trip down the California coast and experience sunshine, culture and more as you drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco. It may be one single coastline, but California is filled with scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and tourist attractions, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Hollywood sign.

Caribbean: There are few better ways to escape the cold weather than with a Caribbean cruise, where breathtaking excursions, first-rate cuisine, exciting nightlife and spectacular entertainment fill every day and night. There are dozens of cruise options available, so it’s a good idea to do plenty of research and look into special incentives and offers to complement the experience. For example, the AARP Travel Center powered by Expedia provides exclusive offers to members on select cruises, including up to $1,000 in onboard credit.

Florida Gulf Coast: The warmer seasons are perfect for unplugging and relaxing by the sand and water. Head to the beaches of Florida and get a room with a view so the water is never out of reach. For example, Sarasota, Florida offers miles of beaches, including Siesta Key, known for its majestic waters and luxurious amenities.

Southwest France: Explore the beautiful wine-growing region of Southwest France through a fascinatingly historical and invigorating river cruise. For example, the Uniworld Bordeaux river cruise allows guests to sail three rivers: the Garonne, the Dordogne and the Gironde. The experience blends land and water with archaeological and historical tours, artisanal wine tastings, sprawling gardens and charming villages to explore. Take your experience a step further and see the sights while feeling like a local by going on a spotlight tour, an intimate way to uncover hidden gems.

Singapore: If you want to immerse yourself into a completely new and unique culture, hop on a flight and explore Singapore, commonly referred to as a “shopper’s paradise” for its emerging brands and bargains stores. Enjoy both the urban and natural attractions while indulging in the eclectic dining scene. Singaporean cuisine is full of diverse plates, such as bak kut teh, laksa and friend carrot cake, derived from several ethnic groups.

If you’re ready to start planning a satisfying getaway, a resource like AARP Member Benefits can assist with planning and saving money along the way. Learn more at AARPBenefits.com/travel.

SOURCE:
AARP Services, Inc.

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

…specifically for families of individuals living with a mental illness.

Emalee Mierzwiak, Interns, NAMI Wood County

NAMI will sponsor the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program specifically for families of individuals living with a mental illness. 

The 12 sessions start in Bowling Green on Monday, March 4th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the NAMI Wood County Office, 541 W. Wooster St, Bowling Green, OH 43402. 

The course will cover information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress. 

The curriculum has been written by an experienced family member and mental health professional.  The course will be taught by NAMI volunteers who have taken intensive training as course instructors.

“This course balances basic education and skill-training with emotional support, coping strategies and empowerment.  We hope families with relatives who are living with a mental illness will take advantage of this unique opportunity” says a NAMI Wood County instructor.

The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teen-age and adult sons and daughters, friends, partners, and significant others who are caregivers of persons with severe and persistent mental illness.  The course is not appropriate for individuals who themselves live with a mental illness.

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education course is free.  For more information or to register, go to www.namiwoodcounty.org or contact the Director of Programs at the NAMI Wood County office at (419)-352-0626.

Parents, Are You Ready for Kindergarten? A Guide for Families

By: Wendy Grove

Is there a child in your life who is 5 years old (or turning so soon) who is amazing you with all he or she knows? Mamas, daddies, grandparents and loved ones, that baby of yours is growing up! After surviving midnight feedings, watching them learn to walk and talk and answering their endless questions, it is time to start thinking about kindergarten. February is the time of year most schools start requesting kindergarten registration paperwork.

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Family-Favorite Comfort Foods

3 dairy-inspired dishes for weeknight dinners


(Family Features) Warm meals that come together quickly are a necessity for busy families, especially on weeknights filled with homework, practices, meetings and more. Serving up comfort foods that require less time in the kitchen make for more moments spent together at the table.

Hearty and satisfying, this Chicken and Wild Rice Soup can bring everyone together for a warm, soothing meal, while Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac makes for familiar fare enjoyed by adults and kids alike. For a rich, creamy, one-dish dinner solution, Pasta and Chicken in Garlic Cream Sauce requires less than 45 minutes of kitchen duty, making it an ideal weeknight family-favorite.

These dairy-fueled recipes from Milk Means More of Michigan can be part of a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy and a variety of protein foods.

Find more weeknight meal solutions at milkmeansmore.org.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Pasta and Chicken in Garlic Cream Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Milk Means More
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 4          slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide pieces
  • 3/4       pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 10        ounces (about 4 cups) farfalle (bow tie) pasta
  • 2 1/2    cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2       teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1          cup heavy cream
  • 1          cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3          cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1          cup halved cherry tomatoes, for garnish
  1. Place removable pan inside programmable pressure cooker. Using saute function, cook bacon, uncovered, until crisp. Use slotted spoon to remove bacon from pan. Drain bacon on paper towels. Leave 1 tablespoon drippings in pan; discard remaining.
  2. Add chicken to bacon drippings in pan in two batches. Using saute function, stir-fry chicken 2-3 minutes, or until cooked through. Use slotted spoon to remove chicken from pan. Repeat until all chicken is cooked. Press cancel.
  3. Stir pasta, broth, garlic, Italian seasoning and pepper into drippings in pan. Secure lid and set pressure release to sealing function. Select high pressure setting and cook 5 minutes. Press cancel.
  4. Allow pressure to release naturally 5 minutes. Move pressure release to venting function to release any remaining steam. Remove lid.
  5. Stir cream into pasta mixture. Using saute function, cook and stir, uncovered, until boiling. Boil, uncovered, about 4 minutes, or until sauce generously coats pasta, stirring frequently. Press cancel. Stir in chicken and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Place spinach and bacon in large bowl. Pour pasta mixture over top. Toss until combined. Ladle into serving bowls. Top each serving with tomatoes.

Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac

Recipe courtesy of Milk Means More
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1          tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1          pound lean ground turkey
  • 1          cup chopped onion
  • 1          can (15 1/2 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1          can (15 ounces) no-salt- added tomato sauce
  • 1          can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chili peppers
  • 1 2/3    cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1          tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  • 8          ounces (about 1 3/4 cups) elbow macaroni
  • 1/2       cup 2 percent or whole milk
  • 2          tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2          cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 3/4       cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt or sour cream
  1. Place oil in removable pan of programmable pressure cooker. Place pan in pressure cooker. Using saute function, heat oil until hot. Add turkey and onion. Cook, uncovered, about 5 minutes, or until turkey is no longer pink, stirring to break up. Press cancel.
  2. Stir in beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, broth, chili powder, garlic salt and pepper. Stir in macaroni. Secure lid and set pressure release to sealing function. Select high pressure setting and cook 5 minutes.
  3. Allow pressure to release naturally 2 minutes. Move pressure release to venting function to release any remaining steam. Remove lid.
  4. Stir macaroni mixture. Whisk together milk and flour. Stir into macaroni mixture. Using saute function, cook and stir, uncovered, 1-2 minutes, or until boiling. Press cancel.
  5. Stir cheese into macaroni mixture until melted. Ladle into serving bowls. Spoon dollops of yogurt or sour cream on top.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Recipe courtesy of Milk Means More
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour

  • 1          cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2       cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2       cup sliced celery
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 2          tablespoons butter or clarified butter
  • 4          cups chicken broth
  • 4          ounces (about 2/3 cup) wild rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1          teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  • 12        ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1          cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2          tablespoons flour
  • 1/2       cup whipping cream
  1. In Dutch oven, cook carrots, onion, celery and garlic in hot butter about 2 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir broth, wild rice, thyme, salt and pepper into vegetable mixture. Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 40 minutes. Stir in chicken pieces. Return to simmer, covered, 10-15 minutes, or until rice is tender and chicken is done.
  3. In small bowl, whisk together yogurt and flour. Gradually whisk in cream. Stir into chicken mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat until boiling. Boil 1 minute. Ladle into bowls.

SOURCE:
United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program Offered

Are you a Grandparent raising your Grandchild?? This is for you!

The Wood County Educational Service Center is hosting a “Grandparents Raising grandchildren” program. Thanks to Dr. Bob Falkenstein, NBHS Principal, for sending us this “heads up” Here is the information….

Dear Grandparents of NB Students,

I am writing to invite you to a county program for grandparents who raise grandchildren.  Whether you are a legal guardian or care daily for your grandchild, you are invited to attend.  This program is getting a lot of attention.  So I wanted to let you know about it.

I appreciate you and the love you give to your grandchild.  Plus all the trips to the school, and everything else!  Maybe this program can benefit you in some way.  The program starts on Wednesday, February 13 and takes place in Bowling Green, near the Meijer store.  From I-75 North, exit at Wooster St (Exit 181)and turn right.  At the first stop light on Dunbridge Rd, turn left.  Then turn left on Research Drive and look to your right for Wood County ESC (Tan metal building with green metal roof)

Thank you very much,

Dr. Falkenstein

5 Easy Ways to Say “I Love You”

For many couples, navigating the demands of work, kids and life make spending time together a luxury…..

(Family Features) If gift-giving isn’t your strong suit, occasions like Valentine’s Day are likely to bring on stress and worry, but procrastinating will only serve to elevate your unease.

Follow these steps to simplify your shopping, and while you may not come to love the task of finding the perfect gift, your loved one will undoubtedly appreciate your effort.

  1. Browse for ideas online. Many retailers offer special promotions and gift idea sections on their websites, so finding inspiration can be as easy as visiting the sites of your loved one’s favorite stores. There are also dozens of articles online to help get the ideas flowing. Searches such as “gifts for horse lovers” or “Valentine’s gifts for a new boyfriend” will reveal a long list of ideas to peruse.
  2. Keep it simple. Although the advertising industry works hard to convince consumers otherwise, Valentine’s Day isn’t really all about the bling. Sure, a pretty bauble is a welcome gift, but there are plenty of ways to show your affection that don’t require spending a month’s salary. A heartfelt card paired with a memento of a meaningful event or place in your relationship sends the same loving sentiment.
  3. Make it a (different) date. For many couples, navigating the demands of work, kids and life make spending time together a luxury. Instead of fighting crowds at busy restaurants on the official date, celebrate your love on a day of your own choosing, when you can relax and enjoy the time together without the pressure to rush through dessert so your table can be flipped for the next waiting couple.
  4. Give blooms a boost. A dozen long-stem red roses is a beautiful gesture, but unless your intended rose receiver is a strictly traditional type, try adding a little spice to your floral arrangement. Go for a bouquet in her favorite color, or have the flowers arranged in a practical vessel she can reuse to remember the occasion, such as a cocktail shaker or a watering can.
  5. Go ahead, gift yourself. It may seem counter-intuitive, but finding a gift you’ll enjoy may inspire an idea for your loved one. The trick is finding something you can share together, whether it’s tickets to a show or his and hers mugs for enjoying your favorite brew. Just be sure the item is something your intended will share your enthusiasm for, or you may as well go buy a blender.

Find more ideas to simplify every occasion at eLivingToday.com.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

SOURCE:
eLivingToday.com

Burning Plastic

Cub Scouts heat up the race track at this year’s annual Pinewood Derby


Submitted by Jennifer Vanlerberg

Grandparents, Parents, Aunts, Uncles, and Friends all braved the weather this past Sunday, January 27th for a chance to catch some of North Baltimore’s finest racing competition.  Powell Elementary’s gym was transformed into the Pack #372 Speedway. The races began at 1:15 but contestants were permitted in at 12:30 for a weigh in, compliance check, and any last minute modifications or repairs. The concession stand, manned by Boy Scout Alex Trout, was diligently distributing chips, pop, combos, candy bars and ring pops. The money raised will go towards future events. Twenty one cars checked in, ready to race.

Webelos Two started off the event. Daniel Hinkle’s “Final Ride” came in second and won “Best of Show.” Noah Vanlerberg’s “Chihuahua Racer” won first for their den.

The Webelos One den had four participants. Boden Lanham raced “The Freedom Fighter,” Ian Ramirez sported “Bumblebee”, Joseph Rose’s car was named “Camo” and Liam VanVooren’s entry was named “Copperhead.” Ian won for best in show, Boden raced to third place, Liam took second, and Joseph brought home the win.

The Lion Den came next. The lions also had four racers register. Parker Grillot entered “Slimer”, Adam Mason brought “Ben Ten, Wendell Troutner went with “Fast,” and Zane Williams named his “Ice skating.”

Wendell raced into third place, Adam took second, and Parker’s “Slimer” oozed all the way to first place. Best of show was awarded to Zane.

Tigers sported three race cars, and two Pikachus. Jackson Cook was “Pikachu” while Daniel Crill followed with “Pikachu 2”.  Racing all these Pokemon was Grady Delancy’s “Lightening.” Grady bolted into third place, while “Pikachu One” came in Second, and “Pikachu Two” came in First. Best in show went to Jackson Cook’s original Pikachu.

The Wolf Den was comprised of two entries, Donivan Boyce’s “Beast” and Logan Trout’s “Mario Racer.”  Logan Trout took home the trophy for Best in Show and Second Place, while Donivan’s “Beast” finished first.

The Bears had the largest field of competitors. Six total racers. Connor Coup sported an “Aqua Racer,” Blaze Kline brought “Blazin,” Camden McCartney used “Ursa”, Levi Vanlerberg entered “Ice Cream Sandwich,” and Rhys Williams took his “Turtle car” to the line. Rhys took Best in Show, while Connor sped away with third, Levi sandwiched to second, and Camden brought home the gold.

Joe Novak took first in the Open Race (18 and up) defeating Tim Troutner. Leah Trout was the only open winner in the 17 and under age group.

The overall winner was Daniel Crill.

We would like to thank everyone that came to cheer our scouts on. We would also like to thank the Den Leaders, Den Chiefs-Alex Trout, Jesse Vanlerberg, Zach Trout, Isaiah Boyce, and Leah Trout, The North Baltimore Gleanors, Tammy and Eric Trout, Chris North, and Joe Novak for all of the help with the cars.

All first and second place winners will be eligible to participate in our District Pinewood Derby, which is hosted and held by North Baltimore High School this year. On March 16th, Scouts from all over Wood County will be participating in District Derby Action. Come and cheer them on!