Senior Housing Becoming “Unaffordable”?

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

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


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



Imagine…“Whirled Peace”

September 21, 2019

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

Pinwheels for Peace 2016…


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

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

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

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

FREE 15TH ANNUAL MUSEUM DAY at Wood County Historical

Free Admission on September 21, 2019 with a downloadable Museum Day ticket


Free Admission on September 21, 2019 with a downloadable Museum Day ticket

 The Wood County Historical Center & Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday September 21, 2019 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2019 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before.

Museum Day tickets are available to download at Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 21, 2019. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at


For more information, please visit


The Wood County Historical Museum is located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green. Groups are welcome and the museum is handicap accessible.


Other museum events are detailed at

Drinking Water & Septic System Clinic

This event is free and open to the community. Please RSVP

Drinking Water & Septic System Clinic

The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a well water and septic system presentation at the Wood SWCD office 1616 E. Wooster St. Suite 32 Bowling Green, OH on Wednesday, September 25, 2019   6–8 PM. 

Jennifer Campos, Registered Sanitarian from the Wood County Health Department, will present on the care for well water and pond water systems, drinking water testing, and septic systems.

This event is free and open to the community. Please RSVP to the district office to ensure proper number of materials.

Register online at, by email at, or call the office at 419-354-5517 #4.

NB Halloween 2019 Parade Info

The parade is Saturday, Oct. 26…

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

Photos from past North Baltimore Halloween Parades:

Custom Cuts Ad for Sept. 17-21

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Hemp holds potential for Ohio farmers

Hemp holds potential for farmers in the state…


LONDON, Ohio—Ohio’s recent legalization of growing and processing hemp comes at a time when the state’s farmers might be especially interested in finding more sources of income.

Though costly to grow, hemp can be profitable particularly as a source for cannabidiol (CBD) oil, an extract produced from hemp seeds and used to treat various illnesses, said Peggy Hall, agricultural and resource law field specialist for The Ohio State Universtiy College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

Markets for Ohio-grown hemp products are just starting to be developed. Still, hemp holds potential for farmers in the state, Hall said.

An unprecedented number of Ohio farmers this year had to either plant late in the season or could not plant at all because of unrelenting spring rain and an extremely wet year.

“There’s a lot of interest in it,” Hall said. “Many see hemp as a possible high-dollar crop that can sustain a small farm and allow a larger farm to diversify.”

Before producers can grow hemp, they need a license from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The licenses aren’t yet available because the U.S. Department of Agriculture has to finalize its internal regulations before approving state programs.

“So, Ohio farmers still can’t grow hemp yet,” Hall said.

State licenses are expected to be available before next spring when seed will go into the ground, she said.

Anyone considering growing hemp can learn more about the crop Sept. 17–19 at Farm Science Review, an annual farm show sponsored by CFAES. Hall’s talk, “The Legal Buzz on Hemp,” will be part of the Ask the Expert series of annual talks during FSR.

Also, she and Lee Beers, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Trumbull County, will give another talk, “Industrial Hemp in Ohio—What It Is and Is It Legal?” as part of the Small Farms Center Tent presentations at FSR. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.

Besides legalizing the growing and selling of hemp, the federal farm bill passed in December 2018 added hemp to the list of crops for which farmers can get crop insurance. The previous federal farm bill, which was passed in 2014, gave universities and other institutions the authority to grow it for research purposes.

Both hemp and marijuana come from cannabis plants. Hemp looks and smells like marijuana. But unlike marijuana, hemp is low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that can trigger a high. Hemp has 0.3% THC while marijuana plants have much more than that, some as much as 30%.

In Ohio, growing hemp might be particularly appealing to tobacco farmers in the southern part of the state because the crop typically grows in fields that are not necessarily suited for row crops, Beers said. Plus hemp, if it’s used for CBD oil, needs to be dried out, and tobacco farmers usually have special barns for drying.

Though hemp could bring in extra income for farmers, it is unlikely to become a major cash crop in Ohio, replacing corn and soybeans, Beers said.

“Do a lot of research and then possibly wait before investing in growing hemp,” he said. “It might not be as large a cash crop as people think.”


“The Legal Buzz on Hemp” will be Sept. 17 from 11:40 a.m. to noon; Sept. 18 from 10:20–10:40 a.m.; and Sept. 19 from 11–11:20 a.m. All three talks will be at 426 Friday Ave. at the FSR site. “Industrial Hemp in Ohio—What It Is and Is It Legal?” will be Sept. 18 from noon to 12:55 p.m. at the Small Farms Center Tent at the corner of Corn Ave. and Beef Street.

FSR hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 17–18 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19. Tickets for the event are $7 online and at OSU Extension county offices and participating agribusinesses, or $10 at the gate. Children ages 5 and under are free.

For more information on FSR, visit

Planting alternative grasses that can handle lots of rain

Supplies for hay and traditional forage grasses are exceptionally low…

 Switchgrass and Indiangrass, both prairie grasses, can survive flooded conditions and even drought. (Photo: CFAES) 

Planting alternative grasses that can handle lots of rain

Published on September 9, 2019

LONDON, Ohio—Like many of us, farm animals want to eat what they’re used to.

And because livestock are not adventurous eaters, farmers have to train them to try something new by limiting their access to the food they’re most familiar with. That can be done by growing new grasses in a different field, and then moving the livestock to graze on that field.

It’s kind of like when parents don’t give the option of chicken fingers and buttered spaghetti to their picky child and instead serve just roast and broccoli.

Many farmers in Ohio might be trying to grow and feed their animals different grasses this year, as supplies for hay and traditional forage grasses are exceptionally low. Ohio’s hay supply is the lowest since the 2012 drought, and the fourth lowest in 70 years. This past spring was persistently wet, which hindered the growth and cutting of hay and other forage grasses.

“Nobody can control the weather, but we can somewhat control what we’re growing on the farm,” said Christine Gelley, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Noble County. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

“If we can become more flexible in terms of what we grow and how we move our animals around, that can increase our options for feeding them,” she said.

Gelley is hosting a talk on how to do that: “Forages for the Extremes—Drought and Flood Tolerant Options” on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19 at the 2019 Farm Science Review near London, Ohio. FSR is sponsored by CFAES.

Typically, Ohio farmers grow cool-season grasses for their cows, sheep, and other livestock, including orchardgrass and Kentucky bluegrass, Gelley said. The problem is that those grasses can’t always withstand an abundance of rain, which has become increasingly common in recent years. Ohio experienced its wettest yearlong period on record from June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019, which left soils persistently saturated. 

Unlike cool-season grasses, prairie grasses have extensive root systems that help them survive in flooded conditions and even drought, Gelley said. The downside is that prairie grasses can take three years to get established.

“It’s not something we could plant this fall and expect to sustain our animals next spring. But once they’re established, they can last for decades,” Gelley said.

Reed canarygrass, a cool-season grass not commonly used for grazing, can be a good source of food for animals and is very tolerant of chronically wet soils, Gelley said. Anyone who plants reed canarygrass should be aware that it’s an invasive species and can easily take over a field unless animals get in there to graze it often, she said.

Tall fescue, the most common grass in Ohio, also can withstand soggy soil, but certain varieties of the grass can limit weight gain in livestock that eat it. Tall fescue contains a fungus that makes the plant more resistant to drought but also can limit weight gain. However, some varieties, while still containing the fungus, do not have that effect on animals’ weight, Gelley said.

With many of the alternative grasses, there are tradeoffs to consider before planting them.

“But which would you rather have during extreme weather events: nothing for your animals to eat or something with issues that we know we can work around?” Gelley said.




REYNOLDSBURG, OH (Sept. 9, 2019) – In an effort to protect horses and other livestock in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is not allowing the import of horses from counties within states with confirmed and suspected cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV). This restriction includes the All American Quarter Horse Congress, which is scheduled to begin in Columbus on October 1.

“VSV has not been detected in Ohio and we are taking every precaution possible to keep it that way,”  said ODA State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey.  “With the All American Quarter Horse Congress coming, we thought it was important to restrict further movement to prevent the disease’s potential spread.” 

VSV is a viral disease that primarily affects horses, but can also infect cattle, swine, sheep, and goats. The disease causes blister-like lesions, which burst and leave open wounds. It is extremely painful to animals and can result in the inability to eat and drink and even lameness.

VSV is highly contagious, with biting insects being the most common method of transmission. Humans can also contract VSV by coming into contact with lesions, saliva, or nasal secretions from infected animals. In people, the disease causes flu-like symptoms such as fever, muscle ache, headache, and nausea.

Currently, VSV has been detected in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming with confirmed or suspected cases in specific counties across those states. A current list of suspect and confirmed cases can be found in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly situation report.

For more information on the disease, visit the USDA’s VSV resource page.

Asian Longhorned Beetle and Sudden Oak Death Updates

Both of these have been found/detected in Ohio.

Asian Longhorned Beetle and Sudden Oak Death Updates 

Both of these have been found/detected in Ohio.

Check out the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Asian Longhorned Beetle Program please join us at one of the 6 times/locations.

September 25-26 (1.5 hours each)

Upper Sandusky, Lima, Van Wert, Napoleon, Bowling Green, Fremont

ISA and SAF credits

Details on the Ohio Division of Forestry’s Event Calendar.

Intermodal Traffic Slump Seen as Continuing

by csanders429

Three intermodal traffic analysts predicted this week that intermodal freight volumes will remain depressed for the remainder of this year.

The analysts cited a host of factors including the trade war between the United States and China and a slowing economy…

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Intermodal Traffic Slump Seen as Continuing

Tree Care Seminar in BG

The Bowling Green Tree Commission will be hosting a class on “Improving Soil Health” on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9-11 am at Simpson Garden Park – 1291 Conneaut.

The event is free to the public.

The class will be held in the classroom and outside. Attendees will learn about how to improve the growing conditions for their trees by adding organic matter to improve soil health and how to property apply fertilizer to address nutrient deficiencies. Please contact the Bowling Green Arborist at or 419.353.4101 if you have any questions.