Thanksgiving & Christmas Applications will be accepted from October 1st thru November 27th.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 (BOWLING GREEN OHIO) – The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance from October 1st to November 27th. Families can apply to receive a food basket for Thanksgiving and Christmas (limited assistance on a first come, first serve basis) as well as toys for children 14 years of age and younger.

Applications for families living in Wood County will be taken Monday through Thursday 9:00 am-11:00 am & 1:00 pm -3:00 pm at The Salvation Army office located at 1045 N. Main Street, Bowling Green Ohio.

Applicants must bring the following documentation:

Photo ID for all Adults in the Household

Proof of Age for all Children in Household: ex. Birth Certificates, Shot Record, School Papers

Proof of Household Income within the last 30 Days

Proof of Address within the last 30 days: ex. Copy of Lease, Utility Bill, Mortgage Papers


The Salvation Army is also looking for local businesses, churches and organizations to participate in the Christmas Adopt-A-Family and Angel Tree programs as well as our Red Kettle Bell Ringing Campaign. To learn more about The Salvation Army or these programs, please contact our office at (419) 352-5918.

About The Salvation Army in Northwest Ohio

The Salvation Army, founded internationally in 1865 and established locally in 1887, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. It has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 126 years in Northwest Ohio. Nearly 40,000 individuals throughout Northwest Ohio receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for those who are hungry, relief for victims of disasters, assistance for those who are disabled, outreach to those who are elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the those who are homeless, opportunities for children who are underserved, and alcohol and drug counseling for those who are struggling with addictions. 88 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services. For more information, go to

Senior Housing Becoming “Unaffordable”?

Assisted living and similar facilities need to restrict yearly price increases, says AMAC

Assisted living and similar facilities need to
restrict yearly price increases, says AMAC
WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 19 — “It’s a fact that the cost of providing services at senior citizen facilities increases annually for any of a variety of reasons. It’s also a fact, however, that most seniors living in assisted living facilities and senior housing don’t have the resources to pay steadily increasing rates, particularly when they exceed the annual Cost Price Index [CPI]. Something’s gotta give lest the nation’s elderly join the ranks of the homeless,” according to senior advocate Dan Weber.
Weber, who is founder and president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC], cites the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued earlier this month. It concludes that its “all items [CPI] index increased 1.7 percent for the 12 months ending August.” 
Yet, notes Weber, the most recent National Senior Living Cost Index prepared by the senior-living referral service, A Place for Mom, shows that the cost for independent living facilities rose 2.6%. Assisted living costs were up by 2.4% and the costs for memory care facilities were up by 3.2%.
According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2018 “the national median cost for assisted living per month is $4,000, which breaks down to around $133 per day (and adds up to $48,000 per year).” Meanwhile, the Pension Rights Center reports that fifty percent of older Americans over 65 had, at most, an annual income of about $24,224   in 2018. 
“Consider the fact that 2019 Social Security Recipients received the highest Cost Of Living Adjustment since 2012, 2.8%. In 2009, 2010 and 2015 benefits were stagnant as the Obama administration chose to not offer a COLA and relenting in 2016 they decided to increase the Social Security COLA by a mere .3%. So It has been a harsh existence for too many senior citizens over the better part of a decade,” says Weber.
The nation is aging at a rate of new 65-year-olds a day and that growth will continue through the year 2030. “It’s a population that creates a fast growing and lucrative market for the senior living sector and if the industry wants to maximize returns, it should take measures to make sure senior housing is affordable. One suggestion: keep annual cost increases at or below the COLA. Better yet, how about keeping increases at or below the CPI,” Weber suggests.

Weekend Column: What is Telehealth?

With the use of telehealth, providers can deliver a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services….



What is Telehealth? by Michelle Kindle RN,BSN, Bridge Home Health & Hospice

Today, there are roughly seven million older adults striving to be independent, yet have difficulty leaving home and do not want to put stress on family members.

Telehealth is a method of remote health care provided in the home to improve access to quality care, reduce hospitalizations and lower costs. Recently, telehealth applications have expanded to improve access to care and communication, especially for remote, vulnerable, or marginalized populations.

Telehealth provides a wide range of services such as transitional care for those with heart failure and other chronic illnesses, palliative care, home-based care, behavioral and mental health services.

With the use of telehealth, providers can deliver a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic management services. Examples of such services include virtual visits via live video, remote monitoring, and provider-to-patient communication and messaging tools. These technologies are designed to be patient specific.

Virtual visits and remote monitoring can reduce the frequency of home visits by health care clinicians, reduce cost and reduce the burden of transportation for those with mobility limitations. Both the patient and family will be provided with education and other support tools for managing care at home.

Although telehealth began more than four decades ago with a small number of hospitals providing services to those in remote areas, it is still limited. However, as policy makers reduce regulatory barriers and providers focus on improving telehealth strategies, it is likely that telehealth will be implemented universally.

By improving access to health care, telehealth can help reduce unmet needs and improve quality of life for the patient and their families.



Imagine…“Whirled Peace” (LEFT – Pinwheels for Peace 2016)



Imagine…“Whirled Peace”

September 21, 2019

In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word.  On September 21, 2019, North Baltimore Middle School students plan to take part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace at the entrance to the HS gym. 

Pinwheels for Peace 2016…


Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives.  This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind.  To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”

Middle school students have created pinwheels, and as part of the creation process, the students have written their thoughts about “war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others” on one side. On the other side, they have drawn images to visually express their feelings. The students have assembled these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace they will “plant” their pinwheels at the entrance to the HS gym as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.

On September 21st keep a lookout for the pinwheels as you enter the gym doors for the HS freshman, JV and varsity volleyball games – the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world!

For more information, go to or contact Arica Matthes at 419-257-3464 ext. 1203

Sterlings Celebrate 50 Years

1969-2019…..WOW!! 50 years and counting…..

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary Doug & Margie Sterling

God blessed you together
these Fifty years
memories of much love,
full of laughter and tears
children and grandchildren
family and friends
a love for each other
a love without end
Through commitment and love
God answered your prayers
You help those in need
and always care
May your blessings be beautiful
and friendships grow
You are loved by many
more than you know.

Congratulations to Doug and Margie Sterling on their 50th Wedding Anniversary

Race For the Cure

Join the fight against breast cancer….

Join the fight against breast cancer. Save Lives in Northwest Ohio at theSusan G. Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure® events in Findlay and Toledo

Saturday, Sept. 28 in Findlay, Ohio Sunday, Sept. 29 in Downtown Toledo, Ohio

TOLEDO, OHIO. Sept. 10, 2019– Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio invites the Northwest Ohio community to join the fight against breast cancer at the Race for the Cure® 5K and Walk events in Findlay on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 and in Toledo on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019.

While these events are wonderful celebrations full of fun, hope, and fitness, they exist for a serious reason. The Findlay and Toledo Race for the Cure events provide year-round funding for women and men in our 24-county service area who need breast cancer screenings, breast cancer treatments, childcare and transportation for patients, breast health education, advocacy, and so much more.

Those who register and donate to the Race also help to energize the best breast cancer research aimed at finding the cures for breast cancer, including research happening right here in Northwest Ohio.

7th Annual Susan G. Komen Findlay Race for the Cure®

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
    • Registration opens at 7:00 a.m., the Race begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: Blanchard Valley Hospital Campus (1900 S Main St, Findlay, OH 45840)
  • Registration: Adult, Survivor, and Virtual: $30 per person (includes T-shirt). Youth: $20 (includes T-shirt).

26th Annual Susan G. Komen Toledo Race for the Cure®

  • When: 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019
    • Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., the Race begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • Where: Corner of Summit Street and Monroe Street in Downtown Toledo
  • Registration: Adult, Survivor, and Virtual: $30 per person (includes T-shirt). Youth: $20 (includes T-shirt).

How to register:

  • OnlineGo to or
  • Phone: Call 419-724-2873 or 1-877-604-2873
  • In-personSee In-person registration and packet pickup information below.

Findlay Race Registration Sites (new registrations only)

Saturday, Sept., 14 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Findlay Registration and Packet Pickup (including Race T-shirts)

Thursday, Sept., 26 – Friday, Sept, 27

  • Dave’s Running Shop (1817 Tiffin Ave, Findlay, OH 45840)
    • Thursday, September 26 – 11am to 7pm (new registrations and packet pickup)
    • Friday, September 27 – 11am to 4pm (new registrations and packet pickup)

Saturday, Sept. 28 from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.

Toledo Race Registration Sites (new registrations only)

Saturday, September 14 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Toledo Registration and Packet Pickup Sites

Saturday, Sept., 21 – Sunday, Sept, 22

Thursday, Sept., 26 – Saturday, Sept, 28

  • Brondes Ford Maumee (1475 Arrowhead Rd, Maumee, OH 43537)
    • Thursday, September 26 – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, September 27 – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 28 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 29 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

Fun for the Entire Family:

The Findlay and Toledo Race for the Cure events have something for everyone! From the Kid Zone to Hope Village (formerly Survivor Tent) to the competitive 5K Run and Walk and more, everyone can find something fun to do on Race Day!

Findlay Race for the Cure Schedule:

7:00 a.m. ……………… Team Tailgate Begins!

7:00 – 8:30 a.m. ……… On-Site Registration 

7:00 – 11:00 a.m. ……. Blanchard Valley Health System Hope Village

7:30 – 10:30 a.m. ……. Local Sponsor Tents Open

8:00 – 11:00 a.m. ……. Kids Zone open

8:00 a.m. ………………. Survivor Photo

8:15 – 8:30 a.m. ……… Survivor Parade

8:30 a.m. ………………. Opening Ceremony

9:00 a.m. ………………. 5K Walk + Run

9:15 a.m. ………………. Family Fun Walk

10:00 a.m. …………….. Race Results and Awards

10:15 a.m. …………….. Kids Dash (following awards)

Toledo Race for the Cure Schedule:

6:00 a.m…………………All vehicles must be parked in Team Tailgate 

7:00 a.m…………………Team Tailgate begins! 

7:00- 11:00 a.m……….Mercy Health Hope Village

7:00- 9:00 a.m…………VIP Event (Invitation only)

7:00- 9:30 a.m…………Sponsor Expo

7:00- 9:30 a.m…………Kids Zone at Fifth Third Field

7:30- 9:00 a.m…………On-site registration open

8:00 a.m…………………Survivor Ribbon Photo at Fifth Third Field

8:15 a.m…………………Survivor Parade

9:00 a.m…………………Opening Ceremony

9:30 a.m…………………5K Run then 5K Walk (line up on Summit St.)

9:45 a.m…………………Family Fun Walk (line up on Monroe St.)

10:30 a.m……………….Race Results and Awards

Important Deadlines:

  • Wednesday, Sept 11 – Paper registrations must be postmarked in order to have a T-shirt mailed.
  • Monday, Sept. 16 – Last day to register online and have a T-shirt mailed.
  • Friday, Sept. 27 at 4:00 p.m. – Findlay online registration closes
  • Saturday, Sept. 28 at 4:00 p.m. – Toledo online registration closes

Race Day registration

  • Race Day registration and packet pickup will be at Fifth Third Field’s Home Plate Gate from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Registration on Race day is $45.

Kids Zone and Kids Dash:

All registered kids 12 years old and under are welcome to the Kids Zone! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Snacks and activities will be provided. Registered kids are also invited to participate in the Kids Dash! In Findlay, kids will have the chance to participate in their own, special race. In Toledo, kids can run the bases at Fifth Third Field.

 Hope Village (Formerly Survivor Tent):

This year, Komen Northwest Ohio decided to change the name of the “Survivor Tent” to “Hope Village”. Komen recognizes that every individual’s breast cancer journey is different, and the new name reflects those diverse experiences. Hope Village will provide a warm and inclusive atmosphere to everyone who battled breast cancer in the past and everyone who is currently fighting.

 Maps and Parking Information

Please visit or respectively for information regarding parking, event maps, and course maps at the Toledo and Findlay Race for the Cure events.

“Food Insecurity in Wood County” Conference at BGSU

Exploring the issues of food insecurity in Wood County, along with organizations supporting those in need…..

Bowling Green State University, OH., October 3rd, 2019

On October 3 from 9 am – 3:30 pm at Bowling Green State University, the Bridging the Gap of Food Insecurity in Wood County will be held at the Bowen Thompson Student Union. This conference will explore the issues of food insecurity in Wood County, along with organizations supporting those in need. We are excited to have two subject matter expert keynote speakers including

Shannon Fisher – Social Services Supervisor Wood County of the Wood County Department of Jobs and Family Services


Chloe Plummer, MS, RD, LD a Clinical Dietitian with ProMedica Advocacy and Community Health

The conference will also include question and answer panels with area programs who work directly with those experiencing food insecurity. These groups include representatives from WIC, Salvation Army, The United Way, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Connecting with Kids, and many more.

Break-out sessions include cooking demonstrations, challenges with different populations, and the concept of food pharmacies.

Registration for the event is $10 per person with all proceeds going to the Mobile Food Pantry on BGSU’s campus. 

For more information and to register, go to

The conference is sponsored by Bowling Green State University, BGSU Dining, BGSU Conference and Event Services, BGSU Parking Services, BGSU Center for Public Impact, and Chartwells Higher Education.

NB Halloween 2019 Parade Info

The parade is Saturday, Oct. 26…

The Halloween Parade is on Saturday, October 26th at 7:00 pm. The theme is: “Space: The Frightful Frontier!” Honoring 50 years since the moon and the new “push” for space exploration… (according to Mayor Janet Goldner)

Photos from past North Baltimore Halloween Parades:

US Route 6 Safety Problems

Focus on the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer”…..

US 6 continues to be a problem roadway throughout Wood, Henry, and Sandusky Counties in Northwest Ohio.  From 2013 to 2018, there have been six fatal crashes with 319 total crashes being investigated along this deadly route.  Additionally, 67% of people killed along US 6 were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash.  This is unacceptable.

Law enforcement, ODOT, and community partners established a collaborative in 2018 to address the issues on US 6 during the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer”, focusing their efforts from Memorial Day Weekend thru the Labor Day Holiday.  This partnership focuses on education, awareness, and high visibility enforcement.  In addition, a Distracted Driving Corridor was established from I-75 in Wood County east to the Erie County Line in 2019.  ODOT erected signage along US 6 to raise awareness and advise motorists of strict enforcement.

As a result of their collaborative efforts, Deputies and Troopers made over 2,522 traffic stops along US 6 with 1,291 citations being issued for various violations.  In addition, nine individuals were arrested for impaired driving, and officers handled 89 crashes with two resulting in a fatality. 

The collaborative reminds the public to not drink and drive and wear their seatbelt.

For More Information: 

  • Lt. Angel Burgos, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
  • Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator:419-372-9353 or

Chowline: Fall Vegetable Options

Seasonal fruits and vegetables are typically cheaper to purchase…..

 I love to eat seasonal produce such as strawberries in the spring and sweet corn in the summer, but besides apples, I’m not sure what’s in season now. Can you tell me which fruits and vegetables are seasonal in the fall?

Your question is very similar to another that was asked in a “Chow Line” column from September 2017, so it’s best answered by reissuing that column here.

Fall is a good time to start looking to buy pears, apples, and hard squash, among many other seasonal fruits and vegetables. In fact, those are some of the items that many grocery stores typically start to promote heavily at discounted prices in their grocery aisles, according to the National Retail Report, a weekly roundup of advertised retail pricing information compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

While improved technology and agricultural innovations mean that consumers can access fresh fruits and vegetables year-round, fruits and vegetables naturally grow in cycles and ripen during specific seasons. When ripe, produce is fresher and typically has its best taste. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are also typically cheaper to purchase because they are easier to produce than fruits and vegetables that are grown out of season.

So how do you know which fruits and vegetables are in season?

To find seasonal foods near you, try using the app and website developed by Grace Communications Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advocates for sustainable foods. The app compiles data from the USDA and the Natural Resources Defense Council on over 140 varieties of produce to show users which fruits, vegetables, herbs, and nuts are in season on a state-by-state basis.

Called the Seasonal Food Guide, the app and website allow users to check which produce is in season in half-month increments in each state. Other sources to check for what’s in season include the USDA Seasonal Produce Guide, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and Ohio Proud, among others.

While this is not an all-inclusive list, generally speaking, the following produce (among others) is in season in Ohio in the fall:

  • Apples
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Onions
  • Peaches
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Summer Squash
  • Turnips
  • Winter Squash

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, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Health

Gain more confidence in the health and cleanliness of your home with these tips….

(Family Features) Maintaining a healthy home is a goal most Americans share, but not all are confident they’re doing the best job they can to protect their home’s health.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images


According to a survey conducted by Second Nature, the nation’s largest home wellness subscription service, 62% of respondents admitted they could do a better job of attaining a healthy home, with clean air ranked as the most critical factor in achieving home wellness.









Gain more confidence in the health and cleanliness of your home with these tips:

  • Remove your shoes when you enter the house. Add entryway seating to encourage guests to take off their shoes. The bottom of a pair of shoes can contain anything from fecal matter to E. coli and pesticides. Leaving shoes at an entryway is one of the easiest ways to combat home pollution and promote a healthy home.
  • Replace air filters regularly. The air filter in your home dictates the air you breathe and ensures that it is healthy enough for ingestion. More often than not, air filters are not top of mind when thinking about home wellness, but they are crucial to every home. That’s why it’s important to replace air filters on schedule – every three months as recommended by the National Institutes of Health.

If you’re like many homeowners who struggle to remember when it’s time to change your filter, or never have a filter handy when you do remember, you may benefit from a service like Second Nature, which provides a home delivery subscription that ensures your air filters are replaced on time. The company’s high-quality air filters help reduce the risk of contracting allergies, sickness and infection while also ultimately lowering costs associated with energy bills, repairs and health-related expenses.

  • Change out your light bulbs. Choose the right color temperature for a calmer home and use energy-efficient bulbs. The selection for light bulbs is massive, and with smart home technologies that allow you to change the color of your bulb with the swipe of a finger, you can also easily control your mood. Warm lighting typically has an overall positive effect on everyone in the home. One of the keys to home wellness is ensuring you are truly happy in your home, and lighting can play a pivotal role in cultivating this emotion.
  • Open windows on good weather days. Most Americans (61%) believe the air inside their homes is cleaner than it is outside, according to the survey. However, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside. This is in part because Americans tend to enclose themselves indoors, where the same air is recycled over an extended time. The smell of the meal you cooked for dinner, the trash in the garbage can and the candle you light on your nightstand all have an impact on the air quality in your home. Opening windows allows for polluted air to release itself from the home and, in turn, allows for cleaner air to circulate the space.
  • Filter your water. Water is essential to any healthy lifestyle, and drinking clean water is a luxury that is often overlooked. However, what is also overlooked is how many chemicals and toxins that can affect your health are in the tap water you drink on a daily basis. Filtering your water is one simple step that can benefit not only your own health, but the health of everyone in the home.

Find more tips and advice for creating a healthier home environment at

Second Nature

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church News

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m. ……

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore,Sunday, September 15, 2019, 10:15 a.m.

Pastor Ralph Mineo will offer a message titled “There’s No Place Like Lost.” based on Luke 15:1-10. 

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m. 

See you Sunday!