NW Water and Sewer Projects Update

Some projects now COMPLETE….

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 19,000 customers in Wood, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area.  The District will announce updates and when additional projects are under contract.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

Perrysburg Township – Sanitary Sewer Improvements
Through May, short-term intermittent lane restrictions are possible throughout Perrysburg Township for sewer work and manhole repair.  Project complete: May.

Rossford & Perrysburg Township – Waterline Replacement
Through December, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Vineyard and Groce Streets in Rossford and on Riverbend Court and White Road in Perrysburg Township for waterline replacement.  Restoration work will take place in the spring.  Project complete: December.

Rossford – Lead Service Line Removal Project *UPDATE*
Effective the week of December 17,
through May, intermittent lane restrictions are possible in Rossford for lead service line removal.  Project complete: May.  For more information and to sign up for email updates go to:  https://www.nwwsd.org/what-we-do/water/water-facts/lead/

Weston & Cygnet – Waterline Replacement *PROJECT COMPLETE*
Waterline replacement work in Weston and in Cygnet is now complete.
  Restoration will be completed in the spring.  Project complete: December.

Village Council Meeting –December 4, 2018 (with updates)

Will meet tonight at 5:30pm for the “Committee of the Whole”…..

by Sue Miklovic

The Village council met last Tuesday, December 4 in the Council Chambers, with Council President Art Patterson and Member Aaron Patterson both absent .

Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Pastor Duane Weaver of Church of the Good Shepherd offered a brief meditation and prayer.

Some of the highlights/topics from the meeting included:

% Gave permission for the North Baltimore High School Choir members to sing Christmas Carols on Main Street in front of the Village Hall on December 17, beginning at 7:00pm. The public has been invited to join the students, as well as students from Elmwood and Van Buren. There will be hot chocolate served.

% Allowing the EMS Chief to purchase a Lucas device for the department, not to exceed $4300.00 with the balance to be paid with grant dollars.

% Agreed to pay Brian Roberts,Utility Director, $7200 for unused vacation time he has accumulated. The EPA requires someone with his level of certification to be present at all times, and none of the current employees have attained that level of training/certification yet. In order for Roberts to use the vacation time he has earned, the village would have to hire a temporary  qualified person, which would be extremely expensive for the village.  The 200 hours he is being paid for will help keep him below the maximum allowable carry-over number of hours. The Village had been talking about the best solution to this situation for several months before taking this action.

% Hired two dispatchers, Krista Noykos and Carol Davis, effective December 5, 2018.

% Agreed to vacate a portion of the north end of Central Avenue for Roll Tite to expand parking at their facility on Elm Street.

% Changed  the first meeting of January 2019 from January 1st to January 2nd.

 % Read a resolution authorizing  the village to adopt the federally approved Wood County Hazard Mitigation plan.

 % Read ordinances including contracting with a company for required water  meter maintenance equipment, setting the Annual Appropriations for expenses,  and giving a third reading to ordinance agreeing to an economic development contract with Black Swamp Locations Strategies.

% Agreed to an updated Brush Policy for the village. The new rules will be in effect in January for 2019, and will be followed for the entire year, and revisited.  (Editors note: We will be posting the full policy, with explanations of the changes and updated guidelines, as soon as they are available to us for publication)

The meeting disbanded in order to go into Executive session. After regrouping no action was taken, and the meeting was adjourned.

Since last Tuesday,  the Mayor has announced the Village has hired a new Village Administrator. A separate story is published regarding this action.

Special Council Meeting – 12/11

The Village of North Baltimore will be holding a Special Council Meeting…

The Village of North Baltimore will be holding a Special Council Meeting…
The Meeting will follow the Committee of the Whole meeting the begins at 5:30 pm.

December 11, 2018
After the COTW (PM)


I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll Call

III. Executive Session

__________________ made a motion to enter into executive session at _______ PM for 121.22 G1 to consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, promotion, demotion or compensation of a public employee. Second by _________________. ____ approved.

IV. Return to Regular Session

_______________________ made a motion to return to regular session at ______ PM. Second by _______________. ______ approved.

V. New Business

VI. Old Business

VII. Adjournment

Gavarone Supports Graduation Legislation

Provisions provide clarity to Ohio schools, students & teachers across state…

COLUMBUS—State Representative Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) this week voted in support of legislation that would ease the graduation requirements for this year’s graduating class to match the requirements implemented for last year’s graduating class, addressing a concern brought forward by Ohio schools.

House Bill 491 requires the State Board of Education to issue substitute licenses to speech-language pathologists, audiologists, registered nurses, physical therapists and other professionals. However, the bill was amended to clarify temporary alternative graduation pathways for 2019 and 2020 high school graduations.

Changes include:

  • Extending the options for the class of 2018 to the class of 2019 with no changes
  • Extending those options to the class of 2020 with certain modifications:
    • The GPA requirement would be cumulative 2.5 for the final two years of high school, instead of just the senior year
    • The capstone project would have to comply with ODE (Ohio Department of Education) guidance on the components of a successful project and the process for evaluation. The guidance must ensure that each capstone project is designed as a culmination of the student’s high school experience
    • The work/community service hours would have to comply with ODE guidance on approval and verification of the hours
    • Requires ODE guidance for the class of 2020 changes to be issued by May 31, 2019
  • Requires ODE, in consultation with the business community and as confirmed by resolution of the State Board of Education, to present its recommendations for a long-term graduation fix and transition plan to the House and Senate education committees by April 1, 2019

“This pressing issue was brought up numerous times both in my frequent meetings with Wood County’s superintendents and in calls and emails from constituents across the district,” Gavarone said. “Extending the alternative pathways for graduation to the classes of 2019 and 2020 was a big priority of mine, and I am happy with what we have accomplished for Ohio’s students.”

The bill now goes to the governor for his consideration. 

Chowline: Picky Eating a Normal Part of Early Childhood

Include your children in meal preparation, giving them as much responsibility as appropriate for their age and ability……

My 4-year-old REFUSES to eat anything that is the color red — no red apples, tomatoes, red peppers or even pepperoni on his pizza. He didn’t used to care what color his food was, but within the past couple weeks, he’s taken a distain for red foods. Is this normal?

As frustrating as that may be for you when planning family meals and deciding what to feed your little one, picky eating habits are considered a normal part of a child’s development, according to health professionals.

In fact, up to half of preschoolers have exhibited picky eating habits, from wanting their foods prepared only a certain way, to not wanting to try new foods, and to, yes, refusing to eat foods based on color, research has found.

Up to half of preschoolers have exhibited picky eating habits

This could be in part because as a child’s growth slows between the ages of 2 and 5, most children experience a decrease in appetite, says Carol Smathers, a field specialist in Youth Nutrition and Wellness for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

“Picky eating may also be part of establishing independence during the preschool years,” she said. “The good news is that as long as a child is growing normally and has plenty of energy, chances are that his or her diet is providing the necessary nutrients.

“And fortunately, most children will become willing to eat a much greater range of foods over time.”

There are ways to encourage your little ones to expand their palates and savor a wider range of foods. For example, Smathers says, you can:

  • Take your children grocery shopping and let them choose fruits and vegetables.
  • Offer taste-testing opportunities as a way to introduce your child to new foods before they are served in meals. For produce, you can show your child how the food is grown and let your child compare how it tastes both cooked and raw.
  • Include your children in meal preparation, giving them as much responsibility as appropriate for their age and ability. Let them wash fruits and vegetables, measure and add ingredients, or help stir.
  • Offer realistic options, such as, “Would you like carrots or peas tonight?” instead of asking something like, “Do you want peas?”
  • Talk about how much you enjoy the different foods that are being served and what you like about them.

It may also help if you can focus on making mealtime fun and meaningful for your children and family. Ask your kids how their day has gone, or if they did anything fun that day. If your focus is on the foods they won’t eat and how their picky tastes negatively impact the meal, it could lead to unhealthy attitudes toward food and eating habits.

However, if you have a lingering concern about your child’s picky eating habits, it’s best not to scold your child or argue with them to eat. You could instead have a conversation with your pediatrician, nutritionist or other healthcare provider about your concerns.

Chow Line is a service of the 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 turner.490@osu.edu.

Chamber Announces Bicycle Winners

Six winners…

The North Baltimore Chamber of Commerce has announced the Winners of the Bicycle Giveaway from the Santa visit last Wednesday night.

Congratulations to these lucky children:

1.Large Bike- Girl -Ashley Albright
2.Large Bike- Boy – Connor Coup
3. Medium Bike- Girl – Rosalie Grilliot
4. Medium Bike- Boy – Odin Livingston
5. Small Bike- Girl – Avctavia Taylor
6. Small Boy – Isiah…. 

Also included here are a few pictures from the action:

BVHS Weekend Column: Children’s Migraine and Tension Headaches

Children’s Migraine and Tension Headaches: Massage Therapy Solutions – by Carol Baumhardt, Massage Therapist,

Children’s Migraine and Tension Headaches: Massage Therapy Solutions

by Carol Baumhardt, Massage Therapist, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, an affiliate of Blanchard Valley Health System

Carol Baumhardt, Massage Therapist

Raise your hand if you enjoy having a headache. Silly, right? Nobody likes the pain, frustration and lost time a headache can bring. Yet many of us suffer from them, including children. The National Headache Foundation reports that 1 in 5 U.S. children ages 5 to 17 are prone to headaches. Fifteen percent of those who are prone have headaches labeled as tension and five percent are diagnosed as migraine.

Tension Headaches

Among the list of things that can help relieve the symptoms of an active tension headache are massage and stress management. In addition, massage may also help prevent the frequency, duration and intensity.

The causes for a tension headache in your child are similar to what might cause you to experience one:

  • Poor sleep. Children should be sleeping enoughconsecutive hours in order for their body to repair and rejuvenate.
  • Good and bad stress. Our bodies respond the same way to the anxiety of a big test as to the excitement of the school dance.
  • Poor posture. How many hours a day are your kids looking at a phone or spent hunched over their homework? With the cold weather here for a while, notice if their shoulders are elevated trying to generate warmth.
  • Repetitive use in daily activities. Are they always throwing a ball with the same arm? How many hours in a day are they playing their instruments? Are they gamers?

Just one, or any combination, of the above can lead to tight, tense muscles—a possible cause for tension headaches. What is a great way to help fatigued muscles? Massage!

Migraine Headaches

Receiving a massage during an active migraine may not be appealing due to possible increased sensitivity to touch, light, smell and sound. However, massage might help people recover from an event. Often an individual is left with muscle tension or tenderness as a residual effect of the migraine. Massage can help address these concerns.

Similar to tension headaches, there is a list of potential triggers for the onset of a migraine. If you know that muscle tension is a trigger for the child in your life diagnosed with migraines, it can be beneficial to seek out massage to help relieve some of the muscle tension. Stress can be another trigger. Massage has a general calming effect and has been proven to reduce cortisol, one of the body’s stress hormones.

While massage can be a great tool for those suffering from tension and migraine headaches, please seek out medical intervention if any of the following occur:

  • Pain is waking your child from sleep
  • The headache worsens or becomes more frequent
  • You notice a change in your child’s personality
  • The headache follows an injury
  • Your child is vomiting
  • Your child notes changes in his or her vision
  • Fever

While you encourage the children in your life to improve their sleeping habits or to adjust their posture, it might also be beneficial to work with a licensed massage therapist to help address restrictions within the soft tissues. Massage and stress management are excellent tools to give to your young loved ones as they continue to navigate into adulthood. After all, no one likes a headache. Speak to your family physician or local massage therapist to find out if massage therapy is right for your child.

5 Ways to Support Your Community this Holiday Season

Make a difference by dedicating yourself to one or two causes that excite you the most. Find your passion and pursue it……

(Family Features) Each year, the true spirit of the holidays can seem to get buried further beneath mountains of wrapping paper and drowned out by commercialism.

However, when it comes to the holidays, gifts don’t have to come in glossy paper with crisp edges and hidden tape (though those are nice, too). For example, author Carol Lavin Bernick recommends focusing on gifts that make an impact, such as giving back within your community.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

The former chairman of beauty conglomerate Alberto Culver, Bernick published “Gather As You Go,”a book sharing insights she’s learned through her many roles: corporate leader, working mother, philanthropist and founder of the nonprofit organization Enchanted Backpack.

Consider these tips from Bernick for making a difference without breaking the bank.

  1. It’s About More Than Just Dollars
    Instead of measuring your support by how much money you give, focus on the many ways you can support organizations near and dear to you by spreading the word online and in-person while recruiting new supporters. Alternatively, you can find an organization that puts your knowledge and skills to work. For example, if you’re an artist or IT specialist, find a charity that needs your skill set.
  1. Think Long-Term
    When you’re working with an organization, consider how you can help it find a long-term solution to problems. For example, if you’re interested in helping young girls excel in science and math, work with your local elementary or junior high school to establish or support an after-school STEM program.
  1. Start at Home
    Teach your children the importance of giving back by donating gifts to those in need through charitable programs, volunteering at a food pantry or fundraising through a bake sale.
  1. Shop with Purpose
    This year, you can make an impact with your holiday shopping by buying gifts that give back. For instance, all proceeds from “Gather As You Go”directly benefit Enchanted Backpack.
  1. Focus on Your Passions
    Define your focus and make a difference by dedicating yourself to one or two causes that excite you the most. Find your passion and pursue it.

Find more inspiration to give back at gatherasyougo.com.


Gather As You Go

North Baltimore Has Hired Village Aministrator

From the office of North Baltimore, Ohio Mayor Janet Goldner:

From the office of North Baltimore, Ohio Mayor Janet Goldner:

The Village of North Baltimore would like to announce the hiring of a new Village Administrator.

Mr. Michael Brillhart from Franklin Ohio will be starting with the Village on December 18.

We are excited to have Michael on board and look forward to including him in our vision for growth.

Photos from Chamber Santa Visit to Downtown NB

The North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce along with several sponsors welcomed Santa, Mrs. Claus and several elves to Bob Kelley, Inc. on South Main Street.

The North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce along with several sponsors welcomed Santa, Mrs. Claus and several elves to Bob Kelley, Inc. on South Main Street.

The Chamber offered horse-drawn carriage rides, a chance to share your wish list with that Jolly Old Elf and his Mrs., a chance to win a bicycle, elves and just plain good, cute and well-behaved children! (nod – nod – wink – wink).

Made possible by our generous sponsors:
Bob Kelley Chevy-Buick
Briar Hill Health Campus
Cyber Solutions
Newlove Realty

Enjoy these photos from Katie

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce
124 E Broadway (West of the Post Office alley)
PO Box 284
North Baltimore, OH 45872

Call the Chamber or more information: 419-857-8130

13 Fatal Accidents in Wood County in 2018

Safe Communities of Wood County announced today that there have been 13 fatal crashes in Wood County, compared to the 13 last year at this time. This is a number that is completely preventable.

Safe Communities of Wood County announced today that there have been 13 fatal crashes in Wood County, compared to the 13 last year at this time. This is a number that is completely preventable.

This holiday season, Safe Communities is teaming up with U.S Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind all drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving.

With the holiday festivities and extra office parties taking place, it’s essential to plan a sober ride home before ever leaving for the event. This holiday, as you head out for a night of merrymaking, remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. The holidays should be a time for celebrations and make memories, not a time of nightmares for families. Unfortunately, alcohol at many holiday events contributes to the number of impaired drivers on our roadways. Spread the message: Even one drink is one drink too many.

If you feel buzzed, you are already drunk. Remember these tips to avoid an OVI and keep our roads safe: · Remember it is never okay to drive drunk. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage.

· Plan Ahead! You know whether you’ll attend a party. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver?

Take your role seriously – Your friends are relying on you!

· Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8).

SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up. · Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.