Ghanbari to Dedicate Highway for Medal of Honor Recipient Ed Byers, Jr.

“Master Chief Byers grew up along State Route 65 right here in Wood County,” said Ghanbari.

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) is scheduled to dedicate the Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers, Jr. Medal of Honor Recipient Highway during a ceremony Thursday at Otsego Park in Bowling Green.

 “Master Chief Byers grew up along State Route 65 right here in Wood County,” said Ghanbari. “He served our country with honor and distinction as a United States Navy SEAL and earned our military’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions in Afghanistan. This dedication is a fitting tribute to Byers, who is an example of the best Ohio, and our country, has to offer.”

Last year, Ghanbari introduced House Bill 276 to designate a portion of State Route 65 in Wood County as the “Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers, Jr. Medal of Honor Recipient Highway.” The legislation received unanimous support from both the House (96-0), and the Senate (33-0), and was signed into law by Governor DeWine on March 4.

Byers is the sixth Navy SEAL, and the first living Navy SEAL since the Vietnam War, to receive the Medal of Honor. A chief petty officer at the time of the mission on Dec. 8, 2012, Byers was serving as a Hostage Rescue Force Team Member in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His SEAL teammate, Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, was killed in action during the rescue mission and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

The sign dedication is scheduled for Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. at Otsego Park located at 20000 West River Road in Bowling Green.

Practical Tips on How to Become a Firefighter

Does protecting your community sound like the ideal job? What about fighting fires? For aspiring heroes, here are some tips on how to become a firefighter…..

Firefighters are society’s first line of defense against fires, whether in the home or out in the wild. They save countless lives and prevent businesses and homes from property damage. If you have a burning urge to fight fires and protect your community, here are some helpful tips on how to become a firefighter.

Meet the Basic Requirements

If you’re interested in becoming a firefighter, you’ll want to make sure you meet the basic requirements of the job. Firehouses require candidates to be 18 years of age or older, hold a valid driver’s license, and possess a clean criminal record. While a high school diploma or GED is a necessity, a degree in fire science or other related fields can further improve your candidacy.

Some fire departments seek candidates with EMT certification or even a paramedic’s license. Others prefer to hire candidates that have gone through a fire academy and have already obtained their firefighter certification.

Join a Fire Academy

Obtaining your firefighter certification from an esteemed fire academy can significantly boost your chances of landing the job. If you want to get into a fire academy, you’ll have to send in your application, pass a short physical test, and ace an oral interview.

Before applying, you’ll want to get your schedule and finances in order. The average fire academy training program can take anywhere from three to four months. If you’re working or have any other time-consuming obligations, you’ll need to make sure you can attend your classes. While a fire academy is cheaper than a traditional college or university, tuition can still be several thousand dollars.

Determine the Kind of Role You Want

Another good tip on how to become a firefighter is to choose a role you enjoy and are well-suited for. Firefighters can have a wide variety of specializations. Apart from the traditional firefighter role, candidates can apply as a public information officer, safety inspector, investigator, engineer, or EMT. Likewise, wildlife firefighters have a considerable range of options available to them.

Get the Job

Meeting the basic requirements and passing the interview aren’t the only steps to getting the job. Since you’ll need to pass a physical ability test, it’s wise to practice your running, climbing, and carrying techniques, and also work on strengthening your physical endurance and overall strength. If you’re not in good shape, your chances of being accepted are slim.

Along with passing the physical exam, you’ll need to prepare for both written and psychological evaluations. The written test generally consists of general-aptitude questions, ranging from math and reading comprehension to more specific skills such as map reading. Unless the department requires an EMT license or firefighter certification, you’re unlikely to encounter questions about fire or EMS as well. The psychological test is to confirm you can handle the mental strain of the job.

If you pass all your examinations with flying colors, congrats! Once you’ve become a firefighter, continue to take all the opportunities you can get. Earn helpful certifications, advance your training, and get promoted through the ranks.

WCCOA is looking for Caregiver Nominations for Golden Care Awards!

The virtual ceremony will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, November 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Bowling Green, OH (September 15, 2020) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will be collaborating with Bowling Green Manor, Briar Hill Health Care Campus, Bridge Home Health and Hospice, Brookdale of Bowling Green, Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center, and Wood Haven Health Care to host the Golden Care Awards in honor of National Caregivers Month. The virtual ceremony will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, November 24 at 2:00 p.m.

A caregiver is someone who provides direct care and tends to the needs of an older adult. This event will recognize the caregiving heroes in our communities and one winner will be awarded in each of the following categories:  

  • Caregivers working in a facility or home care setting (Medical or Professional Staff)
  • Caregivers working in a facility or home care setting (Support Staff: volunteer, companion caregiver, housekeeper, dietary, salon, activity, maintenance personnel)
  • COVID Champions who have been working on the front lines during the pandemic
  • Community Caregiver (nominated by any community member or a facility)

Nominated “Caregiver Heroes” must have been working in a facility/home care setting, or an active caregiver for a family member, friend or neighbor within the last year. Self-nominations will not be accepted. It is encouraged that the person nominating the caregiver provides a thorough explanation of why the nominee is an outstanding caregiver. The panel of judges will base their decisions on the written information provided on the nomination form.  

Nomination forms are available online at www.wccoa.net/activities/special-events or by mail, and the deadline for submissions is Monday, October 19. Submit fillable PDF nomination forms and a JPEG photo of the nominee to programs@wccoa.net  A 30-second video nomination may be sent in lieu of a written nomination. Information may also be submitted to the WCCOA Dropbox by request. These materials will be used to create a video honoring the nominees.  All nominees will receive a certificate, flower, event brochure and their laminated nomination form.

For more information, contact the Wood County Committee on Aging’s Programs Department through the above e-mail or by calling 419-353-5661 OR 800-367-4935.

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.

For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935 or www.wccoa.net.

WOW! Cool Items to Bid On

Hockey for Habitat (Habitat for Humanity-Wood County Ohio)

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Hockey for Habitat Fundraiser
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The Recteq RT-700 is the gold standard in pellet grilling. By focusing on flavor, convenience, and versatility, the RT-700 makes all other grills obsolete with its superior build quality, components, warranty, temperature control, and customer service. With all the flavor and none of the hassle, recteq offers better flavor than charcoal and is more convenient than gas. You can bake, smoke, sear, grill, and even dehydrate, all with the push of a button. It’s that easy!
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The Warrior Q20 Wheel Bag is a massive, durable bag. The exterior is made from high-quality 600D polyester. Each lower end is reinforced with a waterproof tarpaulin coating, has four plastic grommets for ventilation and is closed with two heavy-duty zippers along the U shaped main opening. This bag is equipped with standard 2″ webbed carry straps as well as two grab handles at each end for convenient lifting and loading. It’s also equipped with two stout rubber supports giving it a strong roller base, as well as heavy-duty all-terrain wheels.​ Has an External ID window. ​On the inside is a mesh pocket broken into two compartments at one end and a smaller zipper accessory pouch at the top. The interior nylon liner of the Q20 has a striking grey, black and lime pattern on it.  Click HERE to Bid on.

Stanley Cup Champion Darren McCarty will take the two of you golfing. Date is 2021 and the course is to be determined, but it will be a private club. What a chance of a lifetime to play golf with this Hockey Legend!  

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WC Museum Scarecrow Contest

Individuals, families, and organizations are invited to show their community spirit by creating a scarecrow for display on the grounds of the Wood County Museum….

An autumn community tradition is back for its 19th season. Individuals, families, and organizations are invited to show their community spirit by creating a scarecrow for display on the grounds of the Wood County Museum. The contest is free to enter. Cash prizes are provided by sponsors. Registration is required and can easily be completed by visiting wcparks.org, or calling 419-353-1897.

While at home, with a little straw and some imagination, make your creation “come to life.” Once completed, bring your finished creation on

Tuesday, October 13 from 4:00 – 7:30 pm to display at the Wood County Museum, 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green. Fence posts will be provided. Scarecrow straw, clothing, and parts will not be provided.

1st prize: $100 sponsored by Robert K. Miller Insurance Agency, Inc.

2nd prize: $50 sponsored by Kathrens Insurance Agency

3rd prize: $25 sponsored by InTech IT Solutions

16 & under prize: $25 sponsored by Grounds for Thought

Scarecrows will be displayed on the Museum lawn October 14-25. Museum grounds are open daily from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Registration deadline is Sunday, October 11. For contest rules & regulations and information about additional programs, adventures, and activities, visit wcparks.org.

 

 

Northern Ohio disaster workers continue to deploy to several relief efforts

9 working virtually; 18 have physically deployed….

CLEVELAND, September 14, 2020 — With Tropical Storm Sally approaching the Gulf Coast, the American Red Cross continues to respond to the California and Oregon wildfires, as well as the Hurricane Laura relief efforts in Louisiana and Texas.

One disaster worker has deployed to California, while nine have deployed to help with the Oregon wildfires.

In addition, the Hurricane Laura relief efforts have received three disaster workers responding in Texas and 14 in Louisiana respectively.

Northern Ohio Region leadership team members Mike Parks, CEO and Tim O’Toole, Regional Disaster Officer, are among the disaster workers assigned to assist with two separate disaster responses. Parks has deployed to the Hurricane Laura response. O’Toole was assigned to respond to the wildfire in Oregon. Both are working virtually currently.

To date, as part of the Hurricane Laura and the west coast wildfires disaster relief efforts, the Red Cross has provided emergency lodging to more than 29,600 residents, and with the help of partners, the Red Cross has also served more than 769,000 meals and snacks and distributed more than 174,000 relief items.

Additional volunteers are needed to train for disaster responses, specifically to respond to home fires locally and to staff shelters during national disaster responses. Licensed health care professionals are also needed to help people in disaster shelters. People in good health and who are willing and able to receive free Red Cross training and can deploy are invited to attend a virtual volunteer information session on Friday, September 18 from 10 to 11 a.m. For more information and to register, email Melanie Collins at melanie.collins4@redcross.org or call 330-204-6615.

If you are unable to deploy but you would like to support the Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts, donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

About the American Red Cross of Northern Ohio:

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 nohredcross.org, find us at Facebook.com/NOHRedCross, at LinkedIn.com/in/nohredcross, and follow us @RedCrossNOH on Twitter.

Hancock County Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 19

Will Raise Money for Alzheimer’s Research and Support….

FINDLAY, OH –  Stephanie Walters sees the devastating side of Alzheimer’s every day through her work and in her personal life through her grandfather’s diagnosis. She is thankful for the hope that the Alzheimer’s Association can provide for families and caregivers.

Jessica Montague, who has served on the Hancock County Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee for eight years, said she serves on the Committee because “she is inspired by each individual she has met on this journey and desires to use her voice to be an advocate of change in the fight against Alzheimer’s.”

This year’s Hancock County Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 19 is being chaired by Walters and Montague and they are encouraging residents to join them in the fight for a cure.

Hancock County Alzheimers Walk Chairs-Jessica Montague,Left, and Stephanie Walters, Right

 

Purple Alzheimer’s shirts will be seen all over Hancock and Putnam counties as participants in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s show their support for Alzheimer’s research, care and support. Registration is now open for this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. While the Alzheimer’s Association is not gathering a large crowd because of COVID-19 restrictions, participants are encouraged to walk individually in their neighborhoods to join the movement.

“We are excited for the Walk is Everywhere format this year, giving everyone the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the cause right in their own neighborhoods or local parks,” said Julia Pechlivanos, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter.

“The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is not only about the funds that are raised, although the donations are tremendously important. The Alzheimer’s Association is building a movement to end Alzheimer’s and all dementia, and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is perhaps the best way to engage hundreds of thousands of Americans in the cause,” she said.

This year’s goal is to raise $60,000. Money raised during the Walk allows the Association to offer free Alzheimer’s education and support resources. In addition, Walk funds help pay for Alzheimer’s research.

The Walk Ceremony, with the traditional Promise Garden Ceremony, will occur at 10 a.m. and will be livestreamed. The site of the view-only Promise Garden location will be St. Marks United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St., Findlay. Participants can drive by from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Promise Garden has different color flowers to represent one’s connection to the disease.

People can go to alz.org/nwohio/walk to register for the event. On Walk Day, participants are encouraged to:

  • Log onto Mainstage, the event’s interactive online experience
  • Livestream the opening Promise Garden Ceremony
  • Walk in your neighborhood
  • Track your steps using the Walk to End Alzheimer’s app
  • Visit the Promise Garden location

The Hancock County Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of eight Walks the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is having this year. Last year, nearly 4,000 Northwest Ohio residents participated in those Walks. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive, fatal disease that kills nerve cells and tissues in the brain, affecting an individual’s ability to remember, think and plan. The Northwest Ohio Chapter makes care and support available to 32,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the chapter area, and an additional 96,000 people affected through their role as caregivers.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association has mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s. 

 

 

 

Patrol Reports Fatal Crashes During Labor Day

Troopers arrested 538 drivers for OVI and issued 3,289 safety belt citations. Troopers also made 477 drug arrests and 170 felony apprehensions…..

 

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 8 fatal traffic crashes which claimed 10 lives over the Labor Day Holiday according to provisional data.

Troopers arrested 538 drivers for OVI and issued 3,289 safety belt citations. Troopers also made 477 drug arrests and 170 felony apprehensions.

A total of 26,035 traffic enforcement stops were conducted along with 14,533 non-enforcement stops. Troopers also provided assistance to 2,944 motorists. The Labor Day reporting period began Friday, September 4 at 12 a.m. and ended Monday, September 7 at 11:59 p.m.

For a complete breakdown of the Patrol’s Labor Day enforcement, please visit: https://statepatrol.ohio.gov/links/LaborDay2020.pdf.

GREAT LAKES TASK FORCES URGE CONGRESS TO SUPPORT GREAT LAKES FISHERIES

Republicans and Democrats Join Together to Ask that Fisheries in the Great Lakes Basin are Eligible for Future Covid-19 Emergency Funding from Congress…..

IN NEXT COVID-19 PACKAGE….

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined the bipartisan Senate and House Great Lakes Task Forces requesting that tribal, commercial, charter and recreational fisheries in the Great Lakes be made eligible for future emergency funding provided by Congress because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Previous emergency packages, like the CARES Act, have provided money to help fisheries across the country, but the law has been interpreted so that fisheries in the Great Lakes basin do not qualify for assistance.

 

“As in the rest of the country, the economic calamity stemming from the pandemic is significantly harming our commercial, charter, recreational, and tribal fisheries. It is estimated that these fisheries and charter businesses have suffered up to $50 million in losses over the last few months,” wrote the bipartisan group of lawmakers. “We support your efforts to help our nation’s fisheries, tribes, and commercial and recreational fishing industries, and ask that you work with us to ensure any future coronavirus assistance is also available to our tribes and businesses in the Great Lakes basin.”

 

The lawmakers who signed the letter include Senator Stabenow (D-MI), Senator Portman (R-OH), Senator Peters (D-MI), Senator Durbin (D-IL), Senator Duckworth (D-IL), Senator Brown (D-OH), Senator Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Smith (D-MN), Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-09), Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI-02), Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12), Congressman David P. Joyce (R-OH-14), Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL-05), Congressman Peter J. Visclosky (R-IN-01), Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), Congressman Jack Bergman (R-MI-01), Congresswoman Haley M. Stevens (D-MI-11), Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI-06), Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-16), Congressman Daniel T. Kildee (D-MI-05), Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH-11), Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02), Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL-11) and Congressman John Moolenaar (R-MI-04).

 

The Senate version is addressed to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Leahy and House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Lowey and Ranking Member Granger. The House version is addressed to Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy. The Senate letter can be found here and the House letter can be found here. The text of the letters are pasted below.

 

Dear Chairmen Shelby and Lowey and Ranking Members Leahy and Granger:

 

As members representing states and districts throughout the Great Lakes basin, we write to request that our tribal, commercial, charter, and recreational fisheries are made eligible for any future assistance Congress provides for fisheries in response to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted earlier this year provided $300 million to the Department of Commerce to aid tribal, subsistence, commercial, and charter fishery participants affected by the pandemic. However, the Department of Commerce has interpreted the law in a manner that disqualified our region from qualifying for CARES Act fishery assistance. We are disappointed that both the HEROES Act and the HEALS Act would continue this interpretation of excluding the Great Lakes, despite Great Lakes’ fisheries existing partnerships with federal agencies, including the Department of Commerce.

 

As in the rest of the country, the economic calamity stemming from the pandemic is significantly harming our commercial, charter, recreational, and tribal fisheries. It is estimated that these fisheries and charter businesses have suffered up to $50 million in losses over the last few months.

 

We support your efforts to help our nation’s fisheries, tribes, and commercial and recreational fishing industries, and ask that you work with us to ensure any future coronavirus assistance is also available to our tribes and businesses in the Great Lakes basin.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy:

 

As members representing states and districts throughout the Great Lakes basin, we write to request that our tribal, commercial, charter, and recreational fisheries are made eligible for any future assistance Congress provides for fisheries in response to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted earlier this year provided $300 million to the Department of Commerce to aid tribal, subsistence, commercial, and charter fishery participants affected by the pandemic. However, the Department of Commerce has interpreted the law in a manner that disqualified our region from qualifying for CARES Act fishery assistance. We are disappointed that both the HEROES Act and the HEALS Act would continue this interpretation of excluding the Great Lakes, despite Great Lakes’ fisheries existing partnerships with federal agencies, including the Department of Commerce.

 

As in the rest of the country, the economic calamity stemming from the pandemic is significantly harming our commercial, charter, recreational, and tribal fisheries. It is estimated that these fisheries and charter businesses have suffered up to $50 million in losses over the last few months.

 

We support your efforts to help our nation’s fisheries, tribes, and commercial and recreational fishing industries, and ask that you work with us to ensure any future coronavirus assistance is also available to our tribes and businesses in the Great Lakes basin.

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP MEETING This Saturday

Join the Village Council at 8:00AM at Shelter House #3………

VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE COUNCIL

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP MEETING

 

Saturday September 5, 2020

8:00 AM

 

Shelter House #3 – at Municipal Park

 

AGENDA

 

 

  1. “Bringing Back Main Street” project update

 

  1. “Party in the Park” event – Fall 2020

 

  • “Rib Festival” – Planned for 2021

     

  1. Adjournment