Red Cross needs local volunteers

To help respond to disasters due to COVID-19…..  

CLEVELAND, July 13, 2020 — While summer is a time to enjoy the weather and spend quality time outdoors, it is also a time for disasters. Here in Northern Ohio, summer means severe storms and tornados. During COVID-19, the American Red Cross has also seen an increase in local disasters, such as home fires, due to more people staying at home. In addition, experts are warning that the United States can expect busy hurricane and wildfire seasons this summer. To help respond to these disasters, the Red Cross needs volunteers from the region, who are willing to travel when necessary, to lend a helping hand.

“The coronavirus pandemic will make it challenging to deploy trained disaster volunteers to other parts of the country should an emergency occur. In light of this, the Red Cross is asking you to be ready to help your community and communities across the country when disaster strike,” said Tim O’Toole, disaster program manager for the Red Cross of Northern Ohio. “Train now to be a Red Cross volunteer and answer the call to help if the need arises here in our region or elsewhere across the country.”

Full information on volunteer opportunities is available here.

SHELTER HELP NEEDED There is a special need for volunteers to support sheltering efforts. Because of COVID-19, the Red Cross is placing those needing a safe place to stay in emergency hotel lodging when possible. If hotel stays aren’t possible, then the Red Cross will open traditional shelters. To help keep people safe, we have put in place additional precautions and developed special training for our workforce.

 We need volunteers to help staff shelter reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection and other vital tasks to help those we serve. We have both associate and supervisory level opportunities available.

 HEALTH SERVICES SUPPORT NEEDED If you are an RN, LPN, LVN, APRN, NP, EMT, paramedic, MD/DO or PA with an active, current and unencumbered license, the Red Cross needs your support. Volunteers are needed in shelters to help assess people’s health. Daily observation and health screening for COVID-19-like illness among shelter residents may also be required. RNs supervise all clinical tasks.

 Roles are also available for Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Home Health Aides, student nurses and medical students. We need volunteers who can provide care as delegated by a licensed nurse in shelters. This could include assisting with activities of daily living, personal assistance services, providing health education and helping to replace medications, durable medical equipment or consumable medical supplies.

FURRY FRIENDS NEED HELP TOO When people leave their homes during an emergency, they take their pets with them. The Red Cross is looking for established partner organizations to support the pet sheltering effort.

 FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING If you are interested in helping our community should a disaster occur, please go to or contact Gail Wernick at (216) 431-3328.

 Be sure to review the CDC guidance for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, consult your health care provider and follow local guidance. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees, volunteers and the people we serve.


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the Northern Ohio Region:

The Northern Ohio Region of the American Red Cross serves 31 counties and their 5.3 million residents by preventing, preparing for and responding to emergencies 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Subscribe to our blog at, find us at, on Instagram at, at, and follow us @RedCrossNOH on Twitter.

St. Luke’s Worship News

Return to in person worship in the sanctuary………

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore,

Sunday, July 12, 2020 – 10:15 a.m.

Return to in person worship in the sanctuary.

Everyone is required to wear a mask and maintain spatial distancing.

Hand sanitizer will be available.

Pastor Ralph Mineo will offer the message.


Pastor Ralph & Jo will offer an online worship

service at noon at:


Daily Queen Celebrates “Tom” on Tuesday–July 14

60 Years in Business in NB! Hours expanded for “Tom Reynolds Day” scholarship fundraiser…..

Tom Reynolds Day
Tues. July 14th
There will be sandwich combo specials offered throughout the day.
A drawing for an ICE CREAM GIFT Basket
Customer Appreciation Gifts
The profits from the day will be donated to the Thomas Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Tuesday, July 14th, 2020
12:00 noon – 9:00 pm 
130 S. Main St. North Baltimore, OH

Tom Reynolds

Profits and donations from the day will benefit the “Reynolds Raider Biology Scholarship” fund, which awards a Findlay High School student entering college a scholarship to study Biology or a science related major .  Tom taught math and science in the Findlay City Schools for 36 years at both Donnell Jr. High School and the High School.  He was also the Varsity Golf Coach for over 20 years.

The Daily Queen has been a family owned business for 60 years in the same location in downtown NB. The family annually celebrates Tom’s Birthday by hosting this special day.  Tom was the previous owner along with his wife Marjorie who still is involved in the business.

There will be customer appreciation treats and certificates, sandwich combo specials, and an ice cream basket giveaway so please come and support this worthy fundraiser and let the staff of the Daily Queen THANK YOU for your loyal and dedicated patronage for the past 60 years!

The hours of operation on Tuesday will be from 12:00-9:00pm.  The address of the Daily Queen is 130 South Main St., North Baltimore.   

Be sure to stop by and celebrate Tom Reynolds Day with family and friends at the Daily Queen!

Alzheimer’s Association to Hold Virtual Educational Programs

A Variety of Topics July 20-31 for the Community and Families Impacted by the Disease…….

TOLEDO, OH – The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter will be presenting several virtual educational programs to help the community and families impacted by the disease.

These presentations  cover a variety of topics and occur at different times during the day via videoconferencing to allow individuals to participate in the convenience of their homes. They will discuss safety issues in the home, communication, COVID-19 challenges, long-distance caregiving and information on the disease itself. The programs run about an hour and are very helpful for anyone experiencing signs of memory loss or their family members who may be concerned.

All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register for the program, call 800.272.3900

July 20 Activities at Home 1pm

July 21 Caregiving from Afar 10am

July 21 Dementia Discussions Dr. Sara Hunter 4:30pm

July 22 Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia 10am

July 22 Understanding and Responding to Dementia

Related Behavior 2pm                                                                             

July 23 Dementia Conversations 10am

July 23 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s 3pm

July 27 Safety at Home 10am

July 27 Caregiving from Afar 5pm

July 28 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s 2pm

July 28 Simple Communication Tips for Caregivers 4pm

July 29 Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia 10am

July 30 Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips

from the Latest Research9:30am

July 31 Activities at Home 10am


Health and Safety of Participants Must Be Prioritized and Protected During COVID-19….

TOLEDO, Ohio – July 6, 2020 – Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio®, part of the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, today announced that the Findlay and Toledo Race for the Cure events in 2020 will be held virtually. The decision to conduct its signature fundraising series of 5Ks and family walks virtually this year was made in the interest of protecting the health and safety of its participants from COVID-19, many of which are breast cancer survivors and those living with the disease.


“We are heartbroken to not be gathering with our friends and supporters in person this year, but our number one priority is keeping breast cancer survivors, those living with metastatic disease, and others with compromised immune systems safe,” said Mary Westphal, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio. “Despite this change, we are still planning an incredible virtual event, and we need everyone’s help! COVID-19 may have taken a fun weekend from us, but breast cancer robs our friends, loved ones and neighbors of their health, their hair, their bodies, and, for some, even their lives. We can’t stop, because breast cancer doesn’t stop. That’s why we need our community to rise up, register, fundraise, and then celebrate the fight against this terrible disease.”


Registration Details:


  • Registration fees. Registration is $30 for Adults and Survivors/Those Living with Metastatic Disease and $20 for Youths (18 years old and younger). Anyone already registered for either 2020 Race will be automatically registered for the 2020 Toledo and Findlay Virtual Race for the Cure events.


  • Registered participants will receive: A commemorative 2020 Findlay or Toledo Virtual Race for the Cure T-Shirt, a virtual fundraising tips, a gift sheet with gifts from community partners valued at more than $30, a free Komen Northwest Ohio gift (while supplies last), and downloadable Race materials like bibs, window signs, yard signs, and more. New: participants now have the ability to opt out of receiving a T-shirt


o   Breast cancer survivors and those living with metastatic disease will additionally receive a pink feather boa and customized Race Materials.


  • Race Packets (which include T-shirts) may be mailed for $8 per packet. Packets may be collected for free at drive-up pickup locations in September. Locations and dates TBD.

Virtual Event Details:

  • #RaceWhereYouAre Instead of gathering at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay or in Downtown Toledo this year, we encourage participants to walk 3.1 miles in their neighborhoods, local parks, or wherever else socially distancing is possible. One mile equals 1,500 to 2,000 steps.


  • Fundraise. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, many women delayed their screenings, and many more have lost their jobs and health insurance. Komen Northwest Ohio anticipates the breast cancer and breast health needs in our community will be even greater in the coming year and ask for the community to help meet this already-surging need.


  • Download the App. In early August, Susan G. Komen will release an updated mobile app that will allow participants to track their steps, post pictures directly to social media, earn badges, download social media filters, and so much more. Download here.


  • Have Fun. Beginning in August, Komen Northwest Ohio will announce weekly themes and mini virtual events. These “Pink Week” events will continue through September to encourage community engagement and celebrate the fight against breast cancer. Activities will include “Chalk Your Walk” and “Paint the Town Pink”.



  • Komen Virtual Entertainer of the Year. Komen Northwest Ohio invites local, bands, dance troupes, poets, comedians, and other performing artists to register for the Findlay or Toledo Virtual Race and participate in our first-ever Virtual Race for the Cure Entertainers of the Year Contest. Each individual or group may record a 1- to 3-minute video that will be posted on Komen Northwest Ohio’s YouTube Channel. One group or individual from each Race will be named our 2020 Virtual Race for the Cure Entertainer of the Year based on the number of views! Entries must be submitted to by Thursday, Sept. 10. Learn more at Prizes will be announced closer to the event.


  • Race Day. On what would have been our Toledo Race day, Sunday, Sept. 27, all participants are invited to tune into WTOL 11 on TV or online via the live stream for a celebration of the virtual Findlay and Toledo Race for the Cure events. We’ll showcase your amazing photos and videos from social media, recognize top fundraisers, and celebrate survivors!

Further information may be found at or by calling the Komen Northwest Ohio office at 419-724-2873 during business hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

City of Rossford: Stroll the Streets

Food Truck Fiesta starts Wednesday, July 1st……

WHAT:            Stroll the Street 2.0 – Food Truck Fiesta starts                                                                     Wednesday, July 1st

                                12 area food trucks are participating


WHERE:         Dixie Highway, State Route 65 in Downtown Rossford

                        Food trucks will be spaced from the Ford Memorial Park to the                                           Rossford Recreation Center


WHEN:            Wednesdays, July 1 to Sept. 4; 4:30 to 7:30 pm.


WHO:              Sponsored by the Rossford Convention & Visitors Bureau

                           Participating Food Trucks:


  • Cheezy Does It, LLC
  • Country Lane BBQ
  • Deet’s BBQ
  • K & K Concessions
  • Koral Hamburger
  • NeNe’s Sweets
  • Poppin George
  • Rosie’s Rolling Chef
  • Rusty’s Road Trip
  • Smyles Icy Treats
  • Snowie Summers Lemonade
  • The Loaded Chicken

NOTE: Food truck vendors will wear masks and gloves and provide hand sanitizer.  In addition, several hand sanitizer stations will be set up along the route.  Parking is available at the United Methodist Church, 270 Dixie Highway and in the IPS Headquarters parking lot at 146 Dixie Highway. Stroll the Street 2.0 – Food Truck Fiesta is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and Heban, Murphree & Lewandowski, LLC.

Guest Columnist: Have Picky Eaters at Home During Covid-19?

US Navy Veteran, Dad, and BGSU Food, Nutrition and Dietetics Masters Degree student, shares his insight……..

by Aaron Cowell

It is recommended to practice social distancing while we try to curb effects of Covid-19.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests children are affected by the recommendations such as social distancing, quarantines, and nationwide school closures. These adjustments may make these children feel uncertain, isolated, and unsure of what is to come. Since children are not going to school or daycares and restaurants are still adjusting to recommendations, some parents may be feeling the extra stress of cooking at home more often.

Having a picky eater at home is not the easiest thing to deal with especially if your schedules are interrupted. There are many tips and ways to help ease the additional stress.

What to know?

Knowing that picky eating is not uncommon, and many parents deal with similar situations is very important. Nearly 30% of moms describe their children’s eating habits as picky or fussy. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) suggests picky eating behavior is common for children ages 2 to 5 years old. According to a recent study nearly 30% of mothers describe their children as picky eaters. So, many parents have the same difficulties when it comes to eating time with their children. The most common parent reported signs of a picky eater are children’s fear of new food, noted decreased enjoyment in eating, and slow eating.

What is normal development?

Toddlers are naturally more curious as they want to explore the world around them. This is where parents start to think they should try to explore with more foods, but toddlers are also more likely to show a fear of new foods and have their appetite fluctuate meal to meal. Even as they become more skilled at feeding themselves, parents should always modify to food to prevent choking hazards.

Preschool aged children may start to grow out of the fear of new foods and in most cases, it will go away almost entirely. This age group shows more mastery of utensils, chewing, and eventually become more skilled drinkers. While they may try more foods time to time their appetite will continue to vary as they become more away of their eating environment.

School aged children have a fairly developed skill set required to eat meals similar to their parents. They will have a basic understanding of nutrition, food prep., and will have more and more instances where they have the freedom to choose the food they eat, because they are usually eating at least one meal out of the home per day.


As a parent there is a defined role that health professionals have defined it is, “Parents are responsible for what is presented to eat and the manner in which it is presented. Children are responsible for how much they eat, and even whether they eat.”

How to strategize with picky eaters?

Health professionals stress that working with picky eaters can be long process. Being able to set realistic goals and expectations is key. Successful strategies start with a healthy eating environment. Letting the children be more involved in the whole food process can help introduce children to the food before they sit down to eat it. Having fun with kids in the kitchen is a great way to get them involved.

Allowing them to help prep foods such as sprinkling cheese on a pizza or crushing nuts to add to a salad can be ways to getting them involved. Creating playful names and cutting foods into shapes can make mealtime more fun for the children. When trying new foods, offering it to them and pretending like it’s their idea in the first place can make a world of difference. The more often the food is offered and presented the more they become familiar with it and are more likely to try the new food.

                          (eating some homemade pizza, they helped make)


And as always, washing hands is very important. The earlier children get in the habit to wash hands before food prep and eating, the better. Here are some activities that can help introduce washing hands with children.

My name is Aaron Cowell and I am from Sylvania, Ohio. I am a Navy veteran and am currently finishing up my master’s degree in food and nutrition and completing a dietetic internship at BGSU. I am happily married with 2 little girls 4 and 19 months. Upon completing my studies and internship I plan on becoming a dietitian and working to obtain a professional career in the food and nutrition field that would allow me to promote health, personal growth, and independence among the people I am working with.


Latta Announces HHS Contract to  Produce N99 Respirators in Findlay

Contract worth more than $23 million dollars…..

WASHINGTON, D.C. – GVS Filtration Inc. has entered into a contract worth more than $23 million dollars to supply N99 Respirators to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The production of these N99 Respirators has been transferred from GVS’ overseas facilities to Findlay, Ohio.

“We must do all that we can to ensure people in Ohio and across the country can access the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they need as we re-open our economy,” said Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5). “The devastating spread of the coronavirus changed the way we interact with each other, and companies like GVS Filtration Inc. have the capability to produce mass quantities of supplies right here in Ohio that will help people and businesses protect themselves from the spread of infection. Shifting the manufacturing of N99 Respirators to Findlay will benefit the residents of the Fifth Congressional District by boosting our local economy. I am proud of the actions we have taken in Congress to support the development and distribution of additional tools and supplies needed in order to safely respond to and better prepare for the spread of the coronavirus.”

“As GVS Filtration Inc., we are honored to collaborate with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” said Bradley Butler Operation Director at GVS Filtration Inc.. “Respirators are an essential tool in the fight against COVID-19 and we are sincerely proud to be able to support our country in this very particular moment, contributing to protect people and businesses and also to sustain the local economy.”




 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the extension of existing flexibilities for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) through September 30, 2020, as authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

 “We appreciate the Department’s actions to utilize administrative authorities as well as to implement temporary, emergency authorities provided by Congress in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to waive certain regulations in order to more effectively feed children during school closures and support social distancing,” wrote the Senators.

 “WIC program flexibilities granted by the Department for the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, through state agencies, have helped eligible pregnant women, mothers, and their infants and young children access and use food benefits while navigating social-distancing protocols of their own, as well as those followed by state agencies, health providers, and vendors.”

 “Extending these existing state-based waivers through September 30, 2020, would provide certainty and availability to WIC participants, providers and vendors navigating variable phased re-opening procedures across public, private, and health sectors.”

The bipartisan letter was led by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). It was also signed by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-OH), John Boozman (R-AR), Mike Braun (R-IN), Bob Casey (D-PA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Pat Leahy (D-VT), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Tina Smith (D-MN) and John Thune (R-SD).

The full text of the letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue can be read here and below.


Dear Secretary Perdue:

We write today regarding flexibilities provided by Congress, issued by the Secretary of Agriculture, and utilized by state agencies and other stakeholders to continue feeding those in need during this COVID-19 pandemic emergency period. We appreciate the Department’s recent extension of several of those flexibilities, most notably, existing school and summer feeding program waivers.

Therefore, we ask for your continued, shared commitment in providing certainty for those served by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) by also extending existing WIC program flexibilities, provided through emergency measures through September 30, 2020, as authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

We appreciate the Department’s actions to utilize administrative authorities as well as to implement temporary, emergency authorities provided by Congress in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to waive certain regulations in order to more effectively feed children during school closures and support social distancing.

WIC program flexibilities granted by the Department for the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, through state agencies, have helped eligible pregnant women, mothers, and their infants and young children access and use food benefits while navigating social-distancing protocols of their own, as well as those followed by state agencies, health providers, and vendors. Some examples include temporarily: allowing remote and extended benefits issuance to reduce in person paperwork exchanges; suspending the “physical presence” requirement prior to enrollment or re-enrollment to reduce unnecessary in-person visits to state agency or clinic offices, and allowing vendor food substitution and stocking flexibility. Month to month extensions are challenging for states to plan effectively and increase administrative burden.

Extending these existing state-based waivers through September 30, 2020, would provide certainty and availability to WIC participants, providers and vendors navigating variable phased re-opening procedures across public, private, and health sectors.

We appreciate the Food and Nutrition Service’s continued efforts to address this unprecedented challenge, and we encourage the agency to continue engaging with state agencies, participants and stakeholders during this pandemic emergency situation.

Toledo Air National Guard Unit Performing Night Flying

Residents may see or hear F-16 fighter jets taking off and landing from 5:30 p.m. Saturday until about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

The Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct training flights at night, the evening of, Sat., June 20, weather permitting. Area residents may see or hear F-16 fighter jets taking off and landing from 5:30 p.m. Saturday until about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Training flights normally take place during daylight hours, but F-16 pilots and maintenance personnel are required to conduct night operations as part of their overall readiness training. The 180th Fighter Wing appreciates the continued support from the citizens of Ohio and Michigan as we continue to train in support of our mission.