Upcoming Cholesterol Clinics

During November……

Wood County, Ohio – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. is currently scheduling their cholesterol screening clinics for November.  You must be a resident of Wood County and 25 years of age or older.  The cost is $20 for those 60 and over, $25 for those 25-59. These screenings require an appointment and pretest instructions.

The screening panel includes:  Total Cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), Triglycerides, Total Cholesterol/HDL ratio and a blood glucose level.  Results will be immediately available and discussed with clients by a Registered Nurse.

Bowling Green Senior Center:  9:00 am to 11:00 am

  • November 1, 2019
  • November 7, 2019
  • November 19, 2019


Perrysburg Senior Center 9:30 am to 11:30 am

  • November 13, 2019


Grand Rapids Senior Center 9:30 am to 11:30 am

  • November 21, 2019

To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-367-4935 or 419-353-5661 and ask for the Social Services Department. 

About the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc

The Wood County Committee on Aging was founded in September of 1973, and is dedicated to the planning and development of programs and services that will allow older adults of  Wood County to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. As Ohio’s first nationally accredited senior center, the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. is working to encourage older adults to enjoy, enrich and explore this season of life.  

UPDATE: Powell PTA Important Dates

TONIGHT…PTA Spirit cart will NOT be open at the Homecoming football game, due to probable rain. Will be there NEXT week….

10/11 – PTA Spirit cart will be open at the Homecoming football game(CANCELLED due to probable rain–rescheduled for next week’s game)

10/15 – PTA Meeting at 7:00 in Powell Art Room, childcare provided.

10/19 – Mother/Son Dance from 3:00-5:00 at Powell.  Information available at: https://www.thenbxpress.com/powell-pta-dance-planned/


Governor DeWine Orders Flags Lowered on Sunday

for National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service ….

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—In honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service and in accordance with orders issued by the President of the United States of America, Governor DeWine has ordered that all U.S. and Ohio flags be flown at half-staff on all public buildings and grounds throughout the state from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

Troop 315 October Newsletter

Parades, camps, merit badges, and of course, fun……..

submitted by Scoutmaster Shawn Benjamin

So here we are; a very busy October.  As stated in September’s newsletter,  There are a lot of things going on both with school functions as well as Scouting. 

We will hand out Wreath and Meat Stick forms for the fundraiser the goes through November this Sunday.  Speaking of November.  A bowling party is in the works and Larry Bateson has a friend in B.G. who want to teach Law merit badge at the courthouse so stay tuned for  more details on that event . 

The cub scouts have volunteered to help up with scouting for food collection.  The attached pictures are from trash detail at this years Luckey Festival.  but wait there’s more !!!

October 6 &13

Mrs. Ginger Povenmire will teach Nuclear Science pre requisites for the upcoming Davis Basse Camporee for merit badge.   To earn the badge, these classes will fulfill all requirements  along with the camp.  You will get a partial if you miss these upcoming meetings.

October 11  Homecoming Parade.

We will line up at Powell school at 5:00pm  Step off is at 5:30pm.  All scouts are invited to march with us in full class A uniform to the Football field.  Parents can pick up there.  Anyone who is not with band or other group is welcome to participate, including parents. 

October 12 Soccer Tournament Parking

We need 8 scouts to assist in Van Buren for their annual Soccer Tournament.  This is a fundraiser and scouts can sign up to assist parking cars and with trash .  We will need to leave N.B. at 6:30am and will last until 3pm Saturday afternoon.  I will transport from Scout house. Class B T shirt

October 13   Apple Butter parking

We need 8 scouts to help park cars during Grand Rapids Apple Butter Fest.  We will need to leave N.B. at 6:15am and will be done at 4pm.  Please let me know if you would like to sign up for either of these  but please , for now,  pick one of them, I will take a list of scouts who would like do both but will use if we are short.  I will email everyone as the detail fills up.  With these kind of work responsibilities, be aware that parking cars requires scouts to be very aware of their surroundings and mature enough, so, if you have concerns about being too young  we try to ask that scouts be at least 12 years old. We will accept younger but will talk to parents individually about each scouts’ abilities.   Wear Class B t Shirt

October 18 – 20 Penta Merit Badge Camp

Cost $15.00   This camp will allow scouts to earn merit badges that can be offered and completed in one day, Please se attachments for schedule , and pre req’s .  This event has turned into a day camp for us due to other school related functions happening that weekend.  We will leave the scout house at 7:00am .  Class A. Uniform.  Closing campfire and root beer cantina will end the day at 10:00pm.  We will drop off scouts directly to their houses.   I’ll need a list of merit badges from scouts who are going.  Lunch is included and we have been invited to Troop 337 for supper.  Just bring your mess kit.

Penta Merit Badge List
Penta Merit Badge List

October 25-27  Davis Besse Camporee

Link    http://dbaec.org/   Cost $25.00  Includes all meals

Reminder that Mr. Pack has granted all scouts wanting to go to this a free pass, excused from the football game and parade.  We will leave N.B. at 6:00 p.m.  There are 20 spots reserved.  Here is a list of who I have going so far. Class A for the day for this camp

Jesse V, Noah V., Josh F. Josh C. Daniel H. Isaiah B. David R. Skyler L. Zack L.Conner B.Anthony C. Chris J. Corey J.  Please let me know if I need to add or delete your name from this lest.  Drivers,  Shawn Benjamin, Billy Trout, Joe White  so far

Quote from Lord Baden Powell

“The uniform makes for brotherhood, since when universally adopted it covers up all differences of class and country. “


Toledo Alzheimer Walk

Toledo Regional Walk to End Alzheimer’s Brings Advocates for Alzheimer’s Cure Together

TOLEDO, OH. –  Metro Toledo will experience the largest local gathering of advocates for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease at the Toledo Regional Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 12.

More than 1,700 Lucas and Wood county residents are expected to converge on Promenade Park in downtown Toledo as caregivers, those living with the disease, people who have lost a loved one and supporters come together with one voice and one purpose. The Walk is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

The Walk is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter. Julia Pechlivanos, Executive Director, said, “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a great opportunity for those whose families have been impacted by memory loss to engage in the cause to end Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We come together to remember and honor our loved ones, and to celebrate the vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.” 

“People attending The Walk to End Alzheimer’s tell us they leave feeling energized, hopeful, and not so alone,” Pechlivanos said. “Caregiving can be a very isolating experience. The Walk celebrates caregivers to those with dementia and offers everyone inspiration to keep up the fight against the disease.”

While at the Walk, participants can learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with a poignant tribute known as the Promise Garden ceremony. Last year’s event raised more than $300,000.

Nashville Singer-Songwriter Jay Allen will be a special guest at this year’s Walk. Allen, who is a Celebrity Champion for the Alzheimer’s Association, is best known for his song “Blank Stares,” which pays tribute to his late mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease.

This year’s Walk Chair is Steven M. Cavanaugh, Chief Financial Officer of ProMedica. Cavanaugh said, “ProMedica is proud to be part of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, not only here in Toledo, but in the communities we serve across the country.  Many of us have a loved one or know someone with a family member who has been affected by this devastating disease.  We are honored to join the Alzheimer’s Association in their pursuit for preventing and curing Alzheimer’s and related dementias.”

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. In the United States, more than 5.8 million people live with Alzheimer’s disease. In Northwest Ohio, there are 32,000 living with the disease and there are 96,000 caregivers.

Participants can pre-register for the Walk at alz.org/nwohio/walk. Registration is free. Day-of registration begins at 9 a.m. and the Walk Ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Promenade Park is located at 400 Water St., Toledo.

District Employees Finish Strong in National Competition

The District’s team competed against 46 teams from around the nation and the world…….

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) announces that “Dirty Deeds”, our competitive operations team of five licensed water and wastewater operators placed thirteenth in the National Operations Challenge held in Chicago at the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC).

“We are proud of the “Dirty Deeds” team and all of our water professionals at The District who care about making clean water for Northwest Ohio,” said District Superintendent Dan Wickard.     

The team, made up of Claud Barringer, Brian Martikan, Tom McGrain, Jared Myers, and Todd Saums competed against 46 teams from around the nation and the world. 

Teams were tested in five events that mimic water professionals’ real-world job responsibilities.  The events include:

  • performing maintenance on simulated collection systems and other equipment,
  • demonstrating familiarity with laboratory procedures,
  • bringing an impaired pump station back to working condition,
  • answering process control questions and successfully troubleshooting problems in a water resource recovery facility simulation, and
  • rescuing a victim from the bottom of a manhole.

The team’s trip to Chicago was fully-funded by the Ohio Water Environment Association, a non-profit, wastewater related organization with over 2,000 members dedicated to the education, preservation, and enhancement of our most precious natural resource … WATER.

Polling Locations Have Changed

Wood County Board of Elections announces Polling Location changes for the November 2019 General Election. Did you get your official notification in your mailbox?

Wood County Board of Elections announces precinct consolidations
and Polling Location changes for the November 2019 General

Beginning in 2017 the Wood County Board of Elections initiated a program to equalize and consolidate the number precincts and reduce the overall number of polling locations in Wood County. The first round of changes were initiated in Bowling Green City followed by consolidations in Perrysburg City, Rossford City, Troy Township and Lake Township.

There were three main factors that led to the need for this consolidation.
Population Shift and Precinct Equalization – The continued population growth in the northern areas of Wood County has made the average precinct size approximately 50% larger than the precincts in the southern half of the county which have remained static. This has resulted in significantly higher administrative and equipment costs for the smaller southern precincts.
Precinct Election Worker Shortages – The pool of registered voters willing or choosing to serve as precinct election officials has continued to go down with the continued rise in the number of multi-income households and the increase in working retirees.
Vote by Mail/Absentee – The expanded availability and increase in the percentage of voters voting by mail or early voting at the Board of Elections has reduced the number of people at the polls on Election Day. Voters may request a ballot by mail or come to the Board of Elections office during the 30 day period prior to each election to vote during the early in-person voting.

These consolidations benefit voters by providing more cost-effective elections and better voter service at each location. Fewer polling locations allow the Board of Elections to reduce equipment delivery costs, reduce the number of voting units that needed to be purchased by the county and reduce the required number of precinct elections officials. Now all polling locations have more than one precinct and can provide a more consistent voter experience with better distribution of on-site technical staffing. Overall, multi-precinct locations improve allocation of voting equipment, offer a more accessible voting environment for voters with disabilities, as well allow for improved redundancy of resources resulting in a more secure and safe election.

In May of this year, the Board authorized the staff to begin to the process of identifying and visiting new locations, updating voter records and preparing new precinct maps. In total 25 precinct and polling location changes will be affected.

Polling Location Moves for November 2019
Bloom Township (Including Bairdstown Village, Bloomdale Village, Cygnet Village, Bloom Township portion of Jerry City Village) will be voting at the Elmwood Community Center, 7650 Jerry City Rd., Bloomdale.
Perry Township (Elmwood School District voters including West Millgrove Village) will be voting at the Elmwood Community Center, 7650 Jerry City Rd., Bloomdale.
Perry Township (Fostoria School District and Lakota School District voters) will be voting at Stacy’s Place, 625 Plaza Dr., Fostoria.
Montgomery Township West (Elmwood School District voters including Wayne Village) will be voting at the Elmwood Community Center, 7650 Jerry City Rd., Bloomdale.
Montgomery Township Southeast (southern portion of Lakota School District voters including Risingsun Village) will be voting at Stacy’s Place, 625 Plaza Dr., Fostoria.
Montgomery Township Northeast (northern portion of Lakota School District voters including Bradner Village) will be voting at Pemberville American Legion #183, 405 E. Front St., Pemberville.
Portage Township (Elmwood School District voters including Portage Township portion of Jerry City Village) will be voting at the Elmwood Community Center, 7650 Jerry City Rd., Bloomdale.
Portage Township (Bowling Green School District voters) will be voting at the Portage Christ UM Church, 301 W Main St., Portage.
Liberty Township will be voting at the Portage Christ UM Church, 301 W Main St., Portage.
North Baltimore Village will be voting at Hancock-Wood Electrical Co-op, 1399 Business Park Dr., S, North Baltimore.
Jackson Township (including Hoytville Village) will be voting at Hancock-Wood Electrical Co-op, 1399 Business Park Dr., S, North Baltimore.
Milton Township (Including Custar Village and Milton Center Village) will be voting at Weston Emergency Services Building, 20761 Taylor St., Weston.
Plain Township will be voting at Junior Fair Building, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. PoeRd., Bowling Green.
Center Township will be voting at Junior Fair Building, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green.
Webster Township will be voting at Pemberville American Legion #183, 405 E. Front St., Pemberville.
Freedom Township (including Pemberville Village) will be voting at Pemberville American Legion #183, 405 E. Front St., Pemberville.
Northwood City will be voting at Northwood Local School District Offices, 700 Lemoyne Rd., Northwood.

Voter Notifications
All voters that have a new precinct number or polling location change will be mailed a postcard that they should receive by no later than the end of September. This post card will inform the voter of their new precinct and/or polling location and the address. Voters who wish to look up their precinct and polling location may also do so on the Board of Elections website at:
www.co.wood.oh.us/BOE/ Updated Precinct maps are also available.

Absentee/Early Vote Options
All Wood County voters may also take advantage of the option to vote by mail. Voters that wish to vote by mail can download an Absentee Application Form from either the Board of Elections website or the Ohio Secretary of State website at: voteohio.gov Voters can complete the application and then mail it to the Wood County Board of Elections, One Courthouse Square,
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Ballots are mailed beginning 30 days prior to each election andcontinue until the Saturday before Election Day.
Voters can choose to vote early in-person at the Board of Elections office located at the Wood County Courthouse in Bowling Green. Early Voting hours are: Oct. 8th – Oct. 25th M – F 8 a.m. -5 p.m.; Oct. 28th – Nov. 1st M – F 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday Nov. 2nd 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday Nov. 3rd 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Mon. Nov. 4th 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.


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 www.salvationarmynwohio.org.


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 http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com or contact Arica Matthes at 419-257-3464 ext. 1203

W.C. Senior Center “Groundbreaking” is Friday

New $8M facility to serve Wood County…..

Please join us as we launch the building project which will serve older adults throughout Wood County.

When:  Friday,  September  20,  2019 
at 10:30 a.m.

Where:  Wood County Committee on Aging  Wood County Senior Center building site,  140 South Grove Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

The total cost of the project to build the new facility which will house the operations of the Wood County Committee on Aging (WCCOA) and the Wood County Senior Center is $8 million.

On February 26, 2018, then State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Theresa Gavarone announced that the project would receive $1.6 million from the 2018 State of Ohio capital appropriations budget.  The WCCOA Governing Board set a goal of $1.2 million for a capital campaign and will continue to accept donations after that goal is reached.  The balance of the project is financed by State Bank and Trust of Defiance.

This project is made possible by the efforts of the following:

  • State Senator – Theresa Gavarone
  • Chancellor of Ohio Higher Education – Randy Gardner
  • State of Ohio – 2018 State Capital Budget
  • Bowling Green State University – Optimal Aging Institute
  • Wood County Board of Commissioners
  • City of Bowling Green
  • Friends of WCCOA
  • State Bank and Trust of Defiance
  • MemoryLane Care Services
  • Duket|Architects|Planners
  • Mannik & Smith Group
  • Donors from throughout Wood County

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.

Student Leadership Conference Oct. 1

The Ohio Union at OSU will host 1,500 students from OHSAA member schools…..

COLUMBUS, Ohio – “Respect” is the theme of the 2019 OHSAA Foundation Student Leadership Conference, which will be held October 1 at the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University when a capacity crowd of 1,500 students will gather, making it once again the largest student leadership conference in the nation.

Led by professional speaker and event coordinator Harvey Alston, the conference will feature individuals who will speak about leadership, achievement and overcoming adversity. The conference is free to attend for the first 1,500 students and is geared toward students in grades 9 through 11.

“The student leadership conference is one of the highlights of the year for the OHSAA,” said OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass. “This is a big part of what school sports are all about. Leadership is one of the many values that can be established by participation in school sports. I know that the messages and inspiration that these students take back to their communities will make an impact all over Ohio.” 

Registration information has been sent to member schools. Media are welcome to attend and conduct interviews with student-athletes, speakers and OHSAA staff.

2019 OHSAA Foundation Student Leadership Conference Speakers

Harvey Alston – Conference Coordinator and National Motivational Speaker

8:30 – Jerry Snodgrass, OHSAA Executive Director; Mike Richards, OHSAA Foundation President

9:00 – Dr. Mike Thomson

9:45 – Devon Harris

10:30 – Beacon

11:15 – Julie Carrier

12:00 – Brian Williams

12:45 – Harvey Alston  

OHSAA Foundation Website: https://ohsaa.org/aboutohsaa/ohsaafoundation