Mercy College of Ohio announces Honors List

Congrats to Tori Perez……..

(January 12, 2021) – The following students were awarded honors for the Fall 2020 semester at Mercy College of Ohio. To be named on the Dean’s List, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.3 or higher and be enrolled for 12 or more credit hours. To be named on the Honor’s List, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.3 or higher and be enrolled for 6-11 credit hours. To be named on the President’s List, a student must achieve a 4.0 grade point average and be enrolled for 14 or more credit hours.

Mercy College of Ohio is a Catholic institution with a campus in Toledo, Ohio and a location in Youngstown, Ohio. It focuses on healthcare and health science programs. Mercy College offers graduate degrees in Nursing, Health Administration and Physician Assistant; Bachelor’s degrees in Biology, Healthcare Administration, Medical Imaging and Nursing; Associate degrees in Health Sciences, Health Information Technology, Nursing, and Radiologic Technology; and Certificates in Community Health Worker, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Medical Coding, Ophthalmic Assistant, Paramedic and Polysomnographic Technology and specialty imaging certificates.

North Baltimore, OH

 Tori Perez, BS Nursing Pre-Licensure, Honors List

Nutritional Inspiration for the New Year

For many, the worthwhile challenge of enhancing physical health begins with the foods and beverages you eat and drink.

(Family Features) A new year brings new opportunities for personal changes and improvement from taking steps forward in a career to bettering personal relationships and – perhaps most common – starting on a path toward better health. For many, the worthwhile challenge of enhancing physical health begins with the foods and beverages you eat and drink.

Step one is to leave behind the habit of turning to unhealthy meals and instead focus on dishes that call for fresh fruits and veggies like this Quinoa Salad with Orange Cilantro Salad Dressing. Simply start with cooked quinoa and mix together with your preferred produce like orange slices, grapefruit and diced avocado. Add feta cheese, lime juice and diced red onion to bring the flavor to life and drizzle with the light, zesty dressing.

Making nutritious choices goes beyond just your meals, however. Take your commitment to the next level with beverages that don’t cancel out your effort to eat healthy. This Spiced Citrus Ginger Mocktail combines a concentrate made of orange juice, orange peel, lime juice and lime peel with zero-sugar, zero-calorie ginger ale.

These health-conscious recipes are made possible with the flavor enhancement of Zevia beverages, which are naturally sweetened with stevia and include no artificial ingredients, colors or preservatives. Ranging from sodas to organic teas, energy drinks, sparkling water and mixers for cocktails and mocktails, the zero-sugar beverages fit nearly any lifestyle including eating patterns like paleo, keto, intermittent fasting and gluten-free.

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Quinoa Salad with Orange Cilantro Salad Dressing

Yield: 2 cups


  • 1/2 cup Zevia Orange Soda
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 teaspoon garlic

Quinoa Salad:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • leafy greens (optional)
  • 1 orange, cut into pieces (optional)
  • 1 grapefruit, cut into pieces (optional)
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 1/2 avocado, diced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (optional)
  1. To make dressing: In food processor, pulse orange soda, lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, avocado and garlic until consistency is smooth.
  2. To make quinoa salad: Cook quinoa according to package directions and let cool.
  3. Once quinoa is cool, add to bowl with orange pieces, if desired; grapefruit pieces, if desired; lime juice; avocado, if desired; feta cheese, if desired; and diced onion, if desired. Top with orange cilantro salad dressing.

Spiced Citrus Ginger Mocktail

Yield: 1 mocktail


  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 lime peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns, lightly crushed
  • 5 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, lightly crushed


  • 1/3 cup concentrate
  • 1 can Zevia Ginger Ale
  • ice
  • lime wedge, for garnish (optional)
  • orange wedge, for garnish (optional)
  1. To make concentrate: In small saucepan, combine orange juice, lime juice, orange peel, lime peel, black peppercorns, cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks. Bring to boil over high heat then turn to low; simmer until liquid has reduced by half, 3-4 minutes. Let cool and strain out solids. Transfer to glass jar and store until ready to use.
  2. To make mocktail: Combine concentrate with ginger ale over ice.
  3. Garnish with lime wedge or orange wedge, if desired.


Sandra Lou Cramer, 75

Passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Sandra Lou Cramer, 75, of Fostoria, formerly of North Baltimore, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the Blanchard Valley Hospital.
Sandra was born in Defiance, Ohio on February 4, 1945 to the late William and Bernice (Reichenbaugh) Griffith. She married Eddie Cramer on August 21, 1987 and he survives.
Also surviving are her children: John Doyle Griffith, LaDonna Glary, Lona Wittenmeyer, Luster Howes, Carolyn (Cecil) Thompson, Stephanie Cramer, Holli (Jerry) Thomas and Michael (Deanna) Cramer; step-children: Gay (Dan) Hillard, Dennis (Lori) Cramer, Tina Cramer and Lynne (John Hentorne) Kidd; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; siblings: Roxie (James) Barringer, Donna Atzbach and Lacey Griffith. She was preceded in death by her son Samuel McCartney and siblings: Rose McCartney, Sharon Wittenmeyer, Lucinda Brown, William Griffith II and Sally Peters.
Sandra worked for Choice Motels, retiring after 30 years as a desk clerk. She enjoyed playing a good game of Bingo and was a collector of porcelain cats. She was an avid book lover and enjoyed computer games. The most important part of Sandra’s life was her family. She loved them dearly and cherished the time she spent with them.
Services for Sandra will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted with the Hanneman Funeral Home, 201 Osborn Ave., Findlay, Ohio 45840.
Online condolences, as well as a fond memory may be sent to Sandra’s family by visiting

Polar vortex could be on the way

Or not…..

COLUMBUS, Ohio—If you were thinking this winter has been fairly mild so far, it has been, but gear up. 

Frigid temperatures could be gripping Ohio, the Midwest, and the Northeast around the last week of January. 

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The polar vortex, a wide area of swirling cold air near the North Pole, has weakened and split in two, which happens from time to time when air in the stratosphere above it warms. With the split, forecasts indicate one of the portions of the vortex may drift south toward Canada and the northern United States. 

These weakened polar vortex conditions often drop temperatures well below normal (think single digits and sub-zero) and may lead to more snow, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

“We’re watching this evolve,” Wilson said. “It’s eye-catching from a meteorologist’s standpoint. It can obviously cause some storms and lead to very cold conditions.” 

And it’s possible snow could come with those cold temperatures if the conditions are right, he said. 

That’s because this winter’s weather is also being influenced by La Niña, meaning the temperature of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central and South America is colder than average. Those conditions can influence weather around the world. 

For Ohio, a La Niña year typically means a wetter and warmer-than-average winter and spring. 

Whether that additional precipitation will mean more snow or more rain, is uncertain, Wilson said. 

“We’ve experienced La Niña years where we got a lot of snow and some in which we didn’t.” 

But the trend has been for a bit more snowfall than average during La Niña conditions. 

“We’re not talking about a lot more snow—more like 1 to 3 inches above average for the season,” he said. 

Central Ohio typically gets 25–30 inches of snow, on average, a year, with southern Ohio getting less and northern Ohio much more, with about 60–70 inches of snow near Lake Erie.  

The typically coldest seven-day period of winter in Ohio has yet to come: Jan. 18–25.

The Pet Effect

Facts about the incredible human-animal bond

(BPT) – Do you ever notice how fulfilled you feel when you spend time with your pet? How your pet can inspire joy while also somehow helping you feel less stressed? Or maybe you are thinking of getting a pet hoping for companionship, affection and love? These and many more positives are the result of the pet effect, also known as the human-animal bond.

“Science supports that the pet effect is real for people of all ages,” says PetSmart Charities President Aimee Gilbreath. “However, you don’t need research to see for yourself the benefits a pet can bring a family. Adopting a pet is a life-changing experience. The human-animal bond is a profound thing and many people consider their pets members of the family and welcomingly embrace the many positives they provide.”

Aimee Gilbreath, President of PetSmart Charities, shares some of the top benefits and interesting facts about the pet effect:

Owning a pet has mental and physical benefits

Scientific evidence supporting the emotional health advantages of pet relationships is growing. Pets and therapy animals have been shown to help alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness and social isolation. For example, a study by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and Cohen Research Group found 74% of pet owners reported mental health improvements from pet ownership and 54% of pet owners reported physical health improvements from pet ownership.

Pet ownership reduces U.S. health care costs

About 80 million U.S. households have pets, according to the HABRI Foundation, and that pet ownership has saved the U.S. health care system an estimated $11.7 billion. The largest savings was determined based on a lower incidence of physician office visits by pet owners as compared to non-owners. Additional savings were calculated for increased physical activity for pet owners, such as dog owners who walk their dog five or more times a week.

Pets provide security during times of stress

A Purdue University study found animal-assisted therapies can help provide diversion from anxiety-inducing medical experiences, providing a sense of security, while also encouraging interaction and activity often critical for healing. Something as simple as an affectionate nuzzle or a wag of a tail from a therapy animal can decrease stress and anxiety for patients and the hospital staff. When at home, your own pet can provide a sense of security and peace to help manage stress and anxiety, too.

Pets provide companionship, especially during times of isolation

Companionship is a top reason people own pets. During times of increased isolation such as quarantine and social distancing, this is particularly important. An additional study by HABRI found that pets are part of the solution to social isolation and loneliness, a growing public health epidemic, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 85% of respondents agree that interaction with pets help reduce loneliness and 76% agree that human-pet interactions can help address social isolation, followed by 72% who believe that human-animal interaction is good for their community.

Organizations are stepping up to support pet ownership

Realizing the many benefits of pet ownership, some organizations are doing their part to support the pet effect. For example, PetSmart Charities is providing grants supporting nearly 4,000 animal welfare organizations across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico to provide shelter, socialization and veterinary care to homeless pets to prepare them for adoption, as well as providing resources to help keep pets and the people that love them together.

Since 2012, PetSmart Charities have committed nearly $4 million in grants to support change making local animal welfare organizations across North America.

The largest savings was determined based on a lower incidence of physician office visits by pet owners as compared to non-owners.

Uncovering the Top Mexican Food Trends for 2021

Get ready to dive into deep, rich sauces, including mole, which will continue to grow in popularity….

(Family Features) Many families constantly search for meal inspiration, and one of the best ways is to look toward trendy tastes for new options to add to the menu.

One of the country’s top Hispanic food brands, Cacique, tapped culinary experts and chefs Aarón Sánchez, Bricia Lopez and Santiago Gomez to curate the third annual “What’s Next in Mexican Cuisine” trends forecast uncovering popular flavors, techniques and dishes to expect in the coming year.

“One way we can all honor the impact of Latin culture in America is through food,” Sánchez said. “One easy step you can take to connect with a culture is by using authentic ingredients, like in this Chorizo Ragu with Cheesy Toast, which uses three staple Mexican ingredients – queso fresco, crema Mexicana and chorizo. It’s inspired by my prediction that Mexican comfort foods and deep, rich sauces made from scratch will rise in popularity.”

Consider these top Mexican food trends for 2021 according to Sánchez, Lopez and Gomez along with findings from a survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Cacique:

  • The bread baking craze of 2020 will now include homemade corn and flour tortillas with 55% of Americans reaching for masa harina, flour and tortilla presses to make their own.
  • Americans have a thirst for dehydrated chiles with varieties ranging from pasillas to anchos set to become more popular in American kitchens.
  • Dried chiles, beans and cheeses such as queso fresco will find their way into more American kitchens as people adopt a “from scratch” approach and back-to-basics techniques.
  • Coziness, meet Cozumel as Mexican comfort foods reign supreme and people gravitate toward nostalgic “homemade” style favorites like enchiladas.
  • Get ready to dive into deep, rich sauces, including mole, which will continue to grow in popularity.
  • Salsa macha will share the spotlight thanks to exploration of the breadth of salsa varieties that exist within Mexican cuisine.
  • Food exploration will satisfy Americans’ wanderlust as 55% plan to travel less in 2021, and the same percentage report they’re looking to learn the stories behind famous Mexican recipes.

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Chorizo Ragu with Cheesy Toast

Recipe courtesy of chef Aarón Sánchez

  • 3          bolillo-style rolls or 1 long baguette
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 2-3       carrots, chopped
  • 1⁄2       teaspoon salt
  • 6          cloves garlic, divided
  • 8          ounces white or cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • 2          tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1          tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1          teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1⁄4    pounds ground beef
  • 1          package (9 ounces) Cacique Pork Chorizo
  • 1          can (28 ounces) crushed or pureed tomatoes
  • 6          tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 9          tablespoons Cacique Crema Mexicana, plus additional for serving
  • 1 1⁄2    cups crumbled Cacique Ranchero Queso Fresco
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Halve bread lengthwise.
  2. In heavy-bottomed pot, warm olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and salt then cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables just start to soften, 3-4 minutes. Mince 2 garlic cloves and add to pot with mushrooms; cook about 3 minutes.
  3. Use spoon to push vegetables to edges of pan then add tomato paste, oregano and cumin to center of pan; saute until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  4. Increase heat to high and add beef and pork chorizo. Break meat up with spoon but don’t over-stir. When beef is no longer pink, pour in tomatoes and bring to simmer. Decrease heat to medium-high and let simmer, stirring occasionally.
  5. While ragu simmers, use fork to mash or whip butter with crema until smooth. Mince or finely grate remaining garlic cloves then stir into crema mixture.
  6. Spread crema mixture evenly over bread, trying to cover as much area as possible. Sprinkle crumbled queso fresco all over and place bread on rimmed baking sheet, cheese side up. Toast 4-5 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbling. Finish under broiler 30-60 seconds for deeper browning, if desired. Cut bread into individual portions.
  7. After about 20 minutes of simmering, ragu should thicken and flavors meld. Swirl in additional crema then serve ragu in bowls with cheesy toast or ladle over pieces of toast.


New Year Insurance Review

Evaluate Your Insurance Protections…


COLUMBUS – The start of a new year is the perfect reason to evaluate your insurance protections. Changing life circumstances for you and your family may mean you have different insurance needs. This is an opportunity to potentially save on how much you pay for insurance and to know you have adequate financial protection. 

“Even without significant life changes, conducting an insurance review with an agent and comparison-shopping insurance products could lead to savings and more suitable insurance coverage,” Ohio Department of Insurance interim director Tynesia Dorsey said.

Dorsey shared these insurance considerations for a new year review:

Life Insurance

  • Changes in the areas of marriage, divorce, children, loans, employment, or retirement may mean life insurance alterations.
  • Life events can be a reason to increase or decrease benefits, adjust certain policy features such as insured riders or interest-bearing options, and to update beneficiaries. 
  • Review your annual statement to verify if your current premium meets or exceeds the policy’s costs. Your annual statement also provides information on your outstanding loan amounts. This may affect your cash value or death benefit and interest credited to the policy’s cash value.  

Homeowners and Renters Insurance

  • Your choice of coverage limits, deductibles, and endorsements are important factors impacting the premium amount.
  • Report any recent major home improvements to your agent. This may impact your property value and the amount of insurance to properly insure your home.
  • Flood insurance is not included in standard homeowners and renters policies. It must be purchased separately and a 30-day waiting period applies until coverage begins. Inquire if you have to purchase separate coverage for damage caused by a sewer or drain back-up.
  • Listing your possessions with photos and their values will prove worthwhile in a claim filing situation. A home inventory app and checklist is available via and  

Auto Insurance

  • Review your deductibles for comprehensive and collision coverage. This is the amount you will pay if your car is damaged or totaled without fault of another driver. Raising or lowering this amount can affect your premium.
  • Liability coverage pays for any injury or damage if you cause an accident. If your liability insurance is too low you may be legally exposed for any damages above your liability limits.
  • Download the free WreckCheck app. After an accident it will help you gather necessary information, assist with claim filing and send information to your agent.

Health Insurance

  • If you get a COVID-19 vaccine, you will not have to pay. Vaccine doses purchased with taxpayer dollars will be given to Ohioans at no out-of-pocket cost.
  • You may have recently enrolled or changed your health insurance through your employer, Medicare or Ohio’s federal exchange. Be sure you have new insurance cards and paperwork before visiting a doctor.
  • Check your insurer’s provider lists to be certain your doctors, specialists and hospitals are still covered by your policy. In-network or preferred provider lists can change over time.
  • Read through your documents and make note of co-pays and co-insurance amounts for in-network and out-of-network providers to be prepared for possible out-of-pocket costs.
  • After receiving Explanation of Benefits information following medical care, verify if benefits were correctly applied to your in-network and out-of-network deductible and your out-of-pocket maximum costs. If you disagree with how benefits were applied, contact your health plan directly to request an appeal.

Consumers with insurance questions can contact the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1526 for free and unbiased assistance and visit for information.

NB Staff Selects “Student of the Month”

For January…..

The North Baltimore staff selected Jordan Kimmel to be student of the month for January. Jordan is a strong student, maintaining a 3.23 GPA in his high school coursework. Jordan is active athletically as well. He is a four-year runner on the cross country team where he was captain his senior year. He is also a two-year track runner and jumper and was selected as boy’s MVP for field events his sophomore year.

Jordan is a well-rounded student who plays trombone in the band and is one of two students in the last 16 years to be taller than his director. Additionally, Jordan was a Homecoming attendant his junior year and will always be remembered for some of the best lip syncing performances ever seen at our fall homecoming pep rallies. 

Jordan is also very active in the community, earning the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 315 for designing, building and installing the new sign outside the North Baltimore Historical Society. We applaud his efforts on this project, which was especially impressive to complete during a pandemic. 

While working with Jordan, the staff finds him to be attentive, positive, and polite with a wonderful sense of humor. He is also North Baltimore’s foremost authority on DC comics, movies, and television shows.   

Due to his attitude, character, and involvement, the staff of North Baltimore have selected Jordan to receive this honor. 

After high school, Jordan plans to enlist in the Air Force. Congratulations, Jordan!

NB Library Hosting Virtual History Program

NB Library and WC Museum present 4 part Virtual History on 2nd Thursday of the month (Jan-April)…..

The North Baltimore Public Library will be hosting a 4-part series on the History of Wood County.  The series will be presented by the Wood County Historical Museum via Zoom.  The series will be presented on the second Thursday of each month (Jan – Apr) at 12 pm.  The topics that will be covered are:

Tales from the “Misty Past” Vol. I

Charles W. Evers and the Pioneer Scrap-book of Wood County, Ohio

Hear from noted local historian Charles Evers about Wood County’s last bear hunt, the origin of the “Devil’s Hole,” and Mahlon Meeker’s thrilling escape from a pack of hungry wolves. Although published one year after his death in 1910, Charles Evers’ Pioneer Scrap-book was instrumental in preserving much of Wood County’s local legends and lore.

Tales from the “Misty Past” Vol. II

Charles W. Evers and the Pioneer Scrap-book of Wood County, Ohio

Sheriff and newspaperman Charles Evers spins a tale of ruin and despair on the account of one Jim Slater. Did Slater curse Bairdstown (Bloom Township) in Wood County? Find out what brought about this curse and what the historical record tells us about Jim Slater and Bairdstown.

The History of Wood County – by the way of the life of Charles Evers (Part 1)

Learn about the history of Wood County as told through the experiences of newspaperman Charles Evers. This program covers the settling of the Evers family in Wood County to the period Charles Evers was Sheriff. The historical roots of many of Evers’ tales are revealed.

The History of Wood County – by the way of the life of Charles Evers (Part 2)

The story of Wood County continues. This program covers Charles Evers life as the owner of the Sentinel newspaper, his many business endeavors, and the period of his life as chief storyteller of Wood County.

Each month the link to the zoom meeting will be available at, under library events menu.  You will be asked to download the Zoom Client application to join.  If you have questions feel free to contact the library at 419-257-3621


Here is the link for this week’s program:


5 ideas for helping your community’s teachers

Consider these five steps in supporting teachers and showing you care….

(BPT) – A love of learning and a passion for children is what makes teachers special. As COVID-19 has impacted schools across the country, teachers have proved their agility in shifting gears quickly to teach students as effectively as possible.

Whether your community’s schools are in person, online or a mix of both, it’s the teachers who have the hard work of making school a positive experience no matter the circumstances. This year, it’s critical to support teachers to position them for success so students can thrive. Consider these five steps in supporting teachers and showing you care.

1) Add extra supplies: Go beyond the supplies list and buy extras for the teacher. This might be adding extra glue sticks and pencils, or, making a teacher’s care basket with personal items like hand lotion, sanitizing wipes, tea and coffee, stickers, etc. What’s more, remember that supplies are needed all school year long. A mid-year supply drop-off is sure to be appreciated. You might even consider running a supply drive to help teachers in need throughout the year.

2) Ask about volunteer opportunities: In-person volunteer opportunities may be limited or unavailable right now, so be proactive and ask teachers about virtual or distance volunteering options. You might be able to lead a virtual story time, organize a book club, help by checking digital papers, dropping off items at students’ homes and much more. Simply reach out to your teacher to show your willingness to help and you can discuss volunteer opportunities that match your skills and interests. Beyond the classroom, check out volunteer opportunities at libraries, study halls, community centers and more.

3) Get involved: As a supporter of public school teachers and students since 2009, Sonic provides essential funds needed for learning materials and innovative teaching techniques to inspire creativity. The business donates to public school teacher projects multiple times throughout the school year including during a fall voting campaign and Teacher Appreciation Month in May, as well as through special funding events throughout the year. Visit to learn more about how to get involved and help teachers.

4) Stay up to date: Being informed not only helps you understand what’s happening in your student’s world, it helps you be a more engaged partner in their education. Teachers appreciate parents and caregivers who stay up to date by reading grade newsletters promptly, checking emails from the school often and visiting classroom websites or social media pages regularly. Additionally, consider attending school board meetings, even if it’s virtually, so you know what’s happening in the district.

5) Practice patience and understanding: The 2020-21 school year contains a lot of unknowns. Whether it’s in-person, virtual or hybrid, remember to practice patience and understanding with educators as they navigate these new waters. Everyone is in this together and teachers are doing their best. Remember, the attitude you project about school is what your children will reflect, so make sure to stay positive and make the best of any situation as the year unfolds.