Pandemic Meal Preparation

How parents are coping with kids at home…..

(BPT) – Last March, parents across the country had life flipped upside down. All of a sudden, they had to figure out how to work from home, guide their kids through e-learning, prepare more meals and manage the other regular duties of parenting. Little did these parents know that all those stressors would return in the fall.

Three-fourths of America’s school children were engaged in some form of e-learning in late September, leaving the burden of food preparation on parents for almost every meal. According to a new Castle Wood Reserve consumer survey, seven in ten K-12 students get breakfast at home, while 66% get lunch from home and 74% get snacks at home.

Because of the demand to cook and eat at home more frequently, about one-third of parents said meal preparation is more difficult this school year than it was last year. Parents also cited food availability and the challenge of planning meals as top reasons that meal preparation is more difficult.

The coming months are not going to be any easier on parents. With COVID-19 case counts rising across the country, even more school districts are transitioning to full-time virtual learning. Parents are seeking convenient, delicious solutions that save them time in the kitchen.

Cargill’s Castle Wood Reserve brand is working to satisfy kids on each end of the K-12 spectrum. Cargill chefs have developed an array of quick and easy recipes with time-saving tips. Parents can make roast beef cheeseburger sliders, Monte Cristo rollups or ranch chicken club rollups for their younger kids and offer waffle toasted ham and cheese or a pizza melt to their older kids, who can handle a simple five- or ten-minute meal prep on their own.

Deli meats can also be used to vary your snack routine. Simple snack recipes, like pretzel bites with ham or melon and ham skewers, can be a fun snack time change of pace for kids and help keep them satiated.

Consumers can find a variety of deli meats and premium snack kits at their local retail stores that can make any meal convenient and provide the protein to keep kids full and energized throughout the day. In the survey, for most dayparts, parents cited protein as the most important nutrient that they seek for their kids.

According to the USDA Dietary Reference, the recommended daily allowance of protein is 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight as part of a balanced diet. So, someone who weighs 120 pounds needs about 43 grams of protein each day.

Why is it important to achieve an adequate intake of daily protein? Protein helps repair cells, boosts energy and keeps us satiated longer, so kids are not constantly asking for another snack. Protein also serves a vital function as building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood.

With health and convenience in mind, parents are making the most drastic changes to their lunches and snacks. Three-fourths of parents in the survey reported that lunches in their household had been impacted by returning to school, and 68% said that snacking had been affected.

Planning these meals ahead of time can be a lifesaver for time-crunched parents. Consumers should map out daily meal choices based on activities and school schedules for the week. When students are at home for e-learning, parents can assemble bento boxes or pre-packaged meals, leave them in the refrigerator and allow their kids to grab them once they are hungry.

Smart shoppers will also plan meals before getting groceries and stick to the outside perimeter of the store to purchase fresh ingredients, including vegetables, fruit and lean meats. Creating a shopping game plan leads to healthier meals, while saving time and money. This approach will eliminate extra trips to grab takeout or fast food, while diversifying your cooking routine at home to keep everyone in the family excited for mealtime.

Let’s All Cheer For The Plant And Flower Of The Year

 Here’s a bright idea: Give someone you care for—maybe even yourself—a sunny sunflower and lovely prayer plant.

(NAPSI)—It’s official: has named the sunflower as 2021’s Flower of the Year and the Prayer Plant as Plant of the Year. With everyone looking forward to a fresh start, there’s never been a better time to celebrate the hope, positivity and bright outlook each one of these well-deserved picks brings!

Sunflowers: Radiating Happiness

Sparking instant cheer with big, golden petals, sunflowers naturally turn toward the sun to uplift and inspire. That’s why the team at 1-800-Flowers is proud to give this ever-popular bloom the recognition it deserves.

A Golden Opportunity

At a time when positivity is just what everyone needs, anyone can learn from this trending favorite:

•It’s a powerful reminder to rise, shine and hold your head high.

•All it takes is a bit of brightness to boost someone’s mood.

•Looking on the bright side is something all people can all incorporate into their lives.

Plant Prayers Have Been Answered

This popular houseplant’s unique leaves show off painterly-like veins for a bold splash of color. At night, they fold up, resembling hands in prayer. It’s a powerful reminder of just how far gratitude can go, making this plant a natural choice for such a coveted award.

Inspiration, for Every Day

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the Plant of the Year…giving people even more reason to love it.

•Its vibrant appearance helps celebrate the beauty all around us.

•This plant’s nightly routine can inspire us all pause and reflect

•Opening up again each morning promotes the idea that each day is full of opportunity.

“Plants are the perfect gift to help us relax and be happy,” said Alfred ­Palomares, vice president of merchandising for leading gifting site

Over 40 years ago, was founded on one simple, universal idea: making people smile. And that’s exactly what they’ve become most well known for. Through unique floral arrangements, thoughtful plant gifts, gourmet gift baskets, and so much more, is there to help connect you with loved ones for life’s little and big moments and all those in between.

The Tooth Fairy Is Now Taking Calls

These positive phone messages can be a great tool for helping parents start a dialogue with their children about cavities and the importance of brushing, flossing and nutrition.

(NAPSI)—Good news for families: The Tooth Fairy now has her own phone number to congratulate kids on losing teeth and encourage them to care for their smiles—helping to promote good oral health habits and reduce the incidence of tooth decay.

Parents and guardians can call the Tooth Fairy Hotline toll-free at 1-833-FAIRY-WA for their children, and select from four messages from the tooth fairies. 

Each pre-recorded call features a different tooth fairy with a distinct pediatric dental health message designed just for kids. The messages include:

•First Lost Tooth—this celebrates a child’s first lost tooth and describes the importance of baby teeth

•Lost Tooth—this celebrates a child’s lost tooth and encourages kids to keep up a healthy smile

•Good Dental Exam—this one congratulates children for a good dental exam and prepares them for future appointments 

•Poor Dental Exam—this provides words of encouragement for a child’s next dental exam if the first appointment did not go well.

The new hotline is part of The Tooth Fairy Experience, a free statewide program presented by Delta Dental of Washington. It teaches kids how to keep young smiles healthy and sets them on a path for a lifetime of good oral health through free community and classroom presentations (currently offered virtually), as well as downloadable materials for educators—developed in partnership with the School Nurse Organization of Washington—which are dentist-reviewed and kid-tested.

“The Tooth Fairy is a powerful ally in getting kids to care for their smiles,” said Abbie Goudarzi, DDS, a Delta Dental of Washington dental consultant. “So these positive phone messages can be a great tool for helping parents start a dialogue with their children about cavities and the importance of brushing, flossing and nutrition.”

Additional Ways to Interact 

with the Tooth Fairy

For those looking for more fun ways to engage, the Tooth Fairy offers customized letters for children, You can pick from special message options similar to the hotline. The letters are addressed to each child and mailed to their homes on the Tooth Fairy’s personal stationery with a special Tooth Fairy stamp. 

The Tooth Fairy even has her very own website (, social media channels (Facebook and Instagram @ToothFairyWA) and offers a free quarterly e-newsletter, Grin & Grow, for young fans. The newsletters contain information about the Tooth Fairy’s upcoming appearances, helpful dental health information written for kids, fun tooth facts and much more.

Simply visit and scroll to the bottom of the page to subscribe—and rest assured that you can cancel at any time, your e-mail won’t be shared, and you won’t get any additional unsolicited e-mails.

Additionally, due to COVID-19, the Tooth Fairy is providing free face masks to children upon request. The masks showcase an illustration of the tooth fairies. Parents and guardians can e-mail the Tooth Fairy at to request a mask while supplies last. 

“We’re really excited with the response we’re getting from The Tooth Fairy Experience. Everyone from teachers and librarians, to dentists, parents and most importantly the kids themselves are saying what a wonderful experience this is,” said Kristi Ellefson, senior public relations and brand manager for Delta Dental of Washington. “The Tooth Fairy hotline and letters are just two of the ways the program is making dental health education fun and exciting for kids, helping us achieve our vision for a cavity-free Washington.”

CDC: Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

Tips on preventing the spread of Covid-19 if you are participating in a service project with others…..

If you are celebrating this day of service with people outside your household, make sure you follow steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are some activities that are safer to do.


illustration of people wearing masks while cleaning up a park
  • Drop off a meal to a neighbor.
  • Make hygiene kits for local homeless shelters.
  • Send care packages to deployed troops.
  • Plan an outdoor activity with people who live with you, such as a park cleanup or walk.
  • Attend a virtual speech or event, such as the annual religious ceremony.
  • Share CDC prevention messages with your friends and family.

Record Surges in Opioids

Overdoses Prompts Ohio AG Yost to Urge Vigilance…..


(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — More Ohioans died of an opioid overdose during a three-month period last year than at any time since the epidemic began, according to an analysis by a task force created by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

The analysis by Yost’s Scientific Committee on Opioid Prevention and Education (SCOPE) found the death rate in Ohio from opioid overdose at 11.01 per 100,000 population in the second quarter of 2020 – the  highest rate in 10 years. The previous 10-year high was in the first quarter of 2017 at 10.87 opioid overdoses per 100,000 population.

“Opioid overdoses might have taken a backseat in our minds last year because of COVID-19, but make no mistake: Ohioans are dying at a devastating rate because of opioid overdoses,” Yost said, urging vigilance about how prescription drugs are stored and encouraging people to seek medical care in the event of an overdose – despite concerns about COVID-19.

Surprisingly, the record-setting spike came after Ohio experienced a significant drop in its opioid-related death rate, which had fallen to between 6 and 8 overdose deaths per 100,000 people over the prior 24-month period.

“This is alarming data, and while COVID has rightly captured our attention, we cannot lose sight of the threat the opioid epidemic brings to all areas of Ohio,” Yost said.

The hardest hit counties in the second quarter of 2020 were Scioto (35.22), Fayette (20.67) and Franklin (19.43).

 Opioid maps

The analysis, which found an increase of deaths in 67 percent of Ohio’s counties, can be found here.

The data is gathered by the Ohio Department of Health, which collects opioid overdose numbers. The data may lag by up to six months. 

Addiction to opioids can start with a prescription being brought inside the home. Yost’s office has released guidelines on how to safely store prescription drugs inside your residence.

Unsure about the signs of opioid abuse or addiction? More info can be found here.

BVHS Weekend Column: The COVID-19 Vaccine

Both of these now-approved vaccines require two doses…..

The Covid-19 Vaccine, by Jeffrey Eiden, MD & Leah Eiden, MD, Family Medicine

Vaccine. The word on everyone’s lips these days. As family physicians working during a pandemic, we find ourselves studying the specifics of the COVID-19 vaccines and passing the information on to our patients, answering questions, giving advice, and discounting misinformation. Here is what we’ve been sharing.

Dr. Leah Eiden, Family Medicine

First, a quick word about vaccines in general: vaccines are intended to alert the body’s immune system to potential infection, to allow the immune system to develop memory that will lead to a stronger defense when exposure to the actual virus or bacteria occurs. In most cases, this promotes such a robust response to subsequent exposure that infection is squelched. The virus or bacteria never gets a foothold to allow it to replicate enough to cause any issues. Vaccines do this by presenting a non-infective look at the virus or bacteria.

At present, there are two vaccines approved for COVID-19. Both of these show the body the spike protein of the SARS-CoV2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) as their way of alerting the immune system. The visual representations of SARS-CoV2 show it covered in red spikes – these are the spike proteins that are targeted by the vaccines.

Both vaccines use messenger RNA. Messenger RNA enters the body cells but does not enter the cells’ nucleus, where the DNA is stored. Once in the cell, the messenger RNA is decoded and informs the production of the spike protein by the cell’s own protein production apparatus. After this, the messenger RNA is quickly destroyed. The spike protein moves to the cell surface, where it is then visible to the immune cells. The immune cells make specific antibodies that match the spike protein and allow for the rapid destruction of cells displaying it in the future. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have shown great effectiveness in preventing COVID19 with this process.

Both of these now-approved vaccines require two doses, the Pfizer vaccine two doses three weeks apart, and the Moderna vaccine two doses four weeks apart. The two vaccines cannot be mixed and matched; both doses need to be the same vaccine. As the immune system is processing the vaccine, there can be related symptoms, similar to those experienced with an immune response to other infections. Specifically, some people have aching muscles, low-grade fever, and fatigue that can last for several days.

At this point, the most concerning side effect of the Pfizer vaccine, which has been administered to the public over the last week, is anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction. There have been six cases of anaphylaxis documented thus far. This is being addressed by cautious observation of patients for up to 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine and by recommending that people who have had issues with anaphylaxis previously avoid this vaccine or at least use even more caution when receiving it.

That leads to a discussion of safety. There is a lot of talk in the public and social media about safety concerns. The vaccine development process, while completed in record time, did not shorten or cut corners on the investigation of efficacy or safety. Both of these vaccines have gone through the standard testing protocols, which are used to evaluate the safety of new vaccines. Because of the urgency, it was not difficult to recruit the large numbers of people needed to participate in the clinical studies. The data gained from those studies have been carefully reviewed and can be trusted. The first study subjects received vaccine or placebo in August, so any effect of the vaccines after 3 or 4 months is unknown; however, the nature of how vaccines work and the fact that they are not dosed repeatedly limit adverse effects to the short term.

There is much more that could be said to help you understand what is being offered in these COVID-19 vaccines, but all of it can be summed up with this advice: when you can, get the vaccine. These vaccines work, they are safe and COVID-19 is a serious illness that needs to be stopped. We and our family will be immunized as soon as it is our turn.

Dr. Jeff Eiden, Family Medicine

ODOT: Winter operations stats

 Up slightly over last year……

Snow Plow

BOWLING GREEN (Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2021) – Winter operations stats for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in northwest Ohio indicate we’ve experienced a more active winter this year over last — at least to this point.

Below are the current figures for the 16-county region in northwest Ohio regarding materials used and equipment miles driven during snow and ice control operations within ODOT District 1 and 2 (Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Wyandot, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams and Wood counties).

The stats represent all of this winter season through Jan. 13, 2021:

Northwest overall update Jan.132021

Northwest comparison Jan132021

Did you ever wonder how the salt we use to treat icy roads in winter gets from the truck to the pavement? Learn here how a salt spinner works from Josh Augsburger, highway technician in Wood County.


Know Before You Go!

For more detailed traffic information, and to get personalized traffic alerts for your commute, download the OHGO app or visit


Wood County Habitat for Humanity News

Our committees are an important part of the organization and work all year round to support the mission of Habitat!
Interested in joining a committee?



January 14th, 2021

We build strengthstabilityself-reliancethrough shelter.

Risingsun Project  
Habitat has entered the final phase of the Risingsun project, demolition of the mobile home trailer. The mobile home was the previous residence for homeowner Calvin before moving into the small house. A team worked to remove the home this week. This work signifies a new start for homeowner Calvin and a bright spot for the community.  
Habitat Committee Meetings 
Many of our committees are meeting this week and next with a mix of in person and virtual meetings to kick off the new year.  Our committees are an important part of the organization and work all year round to support the mission of Habitat!
Interested in joining a committee? Contact Jessica Herringshaw for more information-
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COVID-19 Update: Phase 1B Timeline

Phase 1B of Ohio’s vaccination program is set to begin next week with those ages 80 and older…..

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today (1/12/21) provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Governor DeWine today reemphasized the vaccine distribution timeline for Phase 1B of Ohio’s vaccination program which is set to begin next week with those ages 80 and older.

This week: Today, the Ohio Department of Health will receive information from the federal government on Ohio’s vaccine allotment for the upcoming week. This information, including which providers will receive vaccines and how many, will be communicated to local health departments this evening. Each county health department, in partnership with their local emergency management agency and vaccine providers, will communicate vaccine distribution plans with the media and the public on Wednesday and Thursday. The process to vaccinate those in each county will vary depending on the provider. Some are expected to hold walk-up clinics, others may take appointments, etc.

On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health will launch a tool on to assist citizens looking for a provider that has been allotted vaccines. The tool will be searchable by zip code or county, but it will not be updated in real-time. It is critical that those eligible to receive a vaccine consult local sources to determine up-to-date vaccine availability. 

Hospitals that are vaccinating their frontline healthcare workers as part of Phase 1A must complete these vaccinations by Sunday, January 17.

Week of January 18: Vaccine providers will begin receiving their first allotment of vaccines for those ages 80 and older. Vaccines will be delivered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Each provider will begin administering vaccines the day after they receive their shipment. All vaccines must be distributed within seven days.

Week of January 25: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 75 and up following the same process outlined above. Vaccinations will also be available to those with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders. Additional information on how these individuals can choose to receive their vaccines is forthcoming.

Week of February 1: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 70 and up following the same process outlined above. 

Week of February 8: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 65 and up following the same process outlined above. 

Vaccine providers are not expected to vaccinate everyone in each age group in one week. As new age groups are authorized to receive vaccinations, previous age groups will continue receiving the vaccine. 

Senior citizens with questions on the vaccination process are urged to contact the Area Agencies on Aging at or by calling 1-866-243-5678.


To date, 85 percent of Ohio’s nursing homes have been visited by a vaccine provider as part of Phase 1A. Vaccine providers anecdotally tell the Ohio Department of Health that the number of residents and staff accepting the vaccine is increasing. 

In Ohio’s two nursing homes operated by the Ohio Department of Veteran Services, 92 percent of veterans have accepted the vaccine. Regarding staff, 60 percent have opted to receive the vaccine in the Sandusky home and 42 percent have chosen to be vaccinated in the Georgetown home.


Lt. Governor Husted announced today that Southern Ohio Communication Services, Inc., in collaboration with JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) and Pike County Economic & Community Development, plans to invest $3.8 million to provide high-speed Internet service over 64 miles to 1,300 residential and business customers in southern Ohio.  Southern Ohio Communications Service received a $50,000 JobsOhio Inclusion Grant toward building and engineering costs. Learn more about the announcement here.


Lt. Governor Husted also announced that 12 partnerships have been awarded for a total of $2.5 million for the Industry Sector Partnership Award Grant Program. The selected partnerships are located in various regions across Ohio and focus on multiple in-demand industry sectors, including healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, construction and transportation.

“These awards will jumpstart and expand workforce partnerships across Ohio that are helping more individuals earn the skills needed to successfully find employment,” Lt. Governor Husted said. “This is real-world skill development where educators and businesses work together to help people gain the skills they need to get hired for jobs that pay well and have a future. Enhancing meaningful partnerships between the business and education community is key to growing Ohio’s workforce and filling in-demand jobs at a time when many people are looking for opportunities, but not sure where to start.”

Learn more about the Industry Sector Partnership Grant by visiting


In total, there are 792,938 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 9,802 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 41,863 people have been hospitalized throughout the pandemic, including 6,237 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Uncovering the Top Mexican Food Trends for 2021

Get ready to dive into deep, rich sauces, including mole, which will continue to grow in popularity….

(Family Features) Many families constantly search for meal inspiration, and one of the best ways is to look toward trendy tastes for new options to add to the menu.

One of the country’s top Hispanic food brands, Cacique, tapped culinary experts and chefs Aarón Sánchez, Bricia Lopez and Santiago Gomez to curate the third annual “What’s Next in Mexican Cuisine” trends forecast uncovering popular flavors, techniques and dishes to expect in the coming year.

“One way we can all honor the impact of Latin culture in America is through food,” Sánchez said. “One easy step you can take to connect with a culture is by using authentic ingredients, like in this Chorizo Ragu with Cheesy Toast, which uses three staple Mexican ingredients – queso fresco, crema Mexicana and chorizo. It’s inspired by my prediction that Mexican comfort foods and deep, rich sauces made from scratch will rise in popularity.”

Consider these top Mexican food trends for 2021 according to Sánchez, Lopez and Gomez along with findings from a survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Cacique:

  • The bread baking craze of 2020 will now include homemade corn and flour tortillas with 55% of Americans reaching for masa harina, flour and tortilla presses to make their own.
  • Americans have a thirst for dehydrated chiles with varieties ranging from pasillas to anchos set to become more popular in American kitchens.
  • Dried chiles, beans and cheeses such as queso fresco will find their way into more American kitchens as people adopt a “from scratch” approach and back-to-basics techniques.
  • Coziness, meet Cozumel as Mexican comfort foods reign supreme and people gravitate toward nostalgic “homemade” style favorites like enchiladas.
  • Get ready to dive into deep, rich sauces, including mole, which will continue to grow in popularity.
  • Salsa macha will share the spotlight thanks to exploration of the breadth of salsa varieties that exist within Mexican cuisine.
  • Food exploration will satisfy Americans’ wanderlust as 55% plan to travel less in 2021, and the same percentage report they’re looking to learn the stories behind famous Mexican recipes.

To find more trend-inspired recipes, visit

Chorizo Ragu with Cheesy Toast

Recipe courtesy of chef Aarón Sánchez

  • 3          bolillo-style rolls or 1 long baguette
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 2-3       carrots, chopped
  • 1⁄2       teaspoon salt
  • 6          cloves garlic, divided
  • 8          ounces white or cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • 2          tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1          tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1          teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1⁄4    pounds ground beef
  • 1          package (9 ounces) Cacique Pork Chorizo
  • 1          can (28 ounces) crushed or pureed tomatoes
  • 6          tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 9          tablespoons Cacique Crema Mexicana, plus additional for serving
  • 1 1⁄2    cups crumbled Cacique Ranchero Queso Fresco
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Halve bread lengthwise.
  2. In heavy-bottomed pot, warm olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and salt then cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables just start to soften, 3-4 minutes. Mince 2 garlic cloves and add to pot with mushrooms; cook about 3 minutes.
  3. Use spoon to push vegetables to edges of pan then add tomato paste, oregano and cumin to center of pan; saute until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  4. Increase heat to high and add beef and pork chorizo. Break meat up with spoon but don’t over-stir. When beef is no longer pink, pour in tomatoes and bring to simmer. Decrease heat to medium-high and let simmer, stirring occasionally.
  5. While ragu simmers, use fork to mash or whip butter with crema until smooth. Mince or finely grate remaining garlic cloves then stir into crema mixture.
  6. Spread crema mixture evenly over bread, trying to cover as much area as possible. Sprinkle crumbled queso fresco all over and place bread on rimmed baking sheet, cheese side up. Toast 4-5 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbling. Finish under broiler 30-60 seconds for deeper browning, if desired. Cut bread into individual portions.
  7. After about 20 minutes of simmering, ragu should thicken and flavors meld. Swirl in additional crema then serve ragu in bowls with cheesy toast or ladle over pieces of toast.


Teleconference Info for NWWSD

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District Board Meeting is 1/14/21 at 7:30am via conference call.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – In response to safety guidance issued by the Ohio Department of Health, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for Thursday, January 14, at 7:30 a.m., will take place via teleconference call. 

Members of the public can listen in by following these instructions:  

Webinar: On Thursday, January 14, at 7:30 a.m., join the webinar by clicking this link: Password: 664391

Phone only: On Thursday, January 14, at 7:30 a.m., use your phone to dial: 1-301-715 -8592 
When prompted, use ID: 876 8469 6892 and Password: 664391.  

Note that public access is watch/listen-only.  Comments can be emailed to during and after the meeting.

Follow this AGENDA LINK for consideration.  

Follow @NWWSD on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information on how The District is working to provide safe, clean water. More information can be found at

Board of Education Organizes for 2021

Sharninghouse named School Board President. January is School Board Recognition Month…..

The North Baltimore Board of Education met Monday night (1/11/2021) at the High School to organize for the new year. All members were present.

At the December 2020 board meeting Member Jaimye Bushey had been selected to serve as the President Pro Tem of the 2021 Organizational Meeting. She led the Election of Officers  procedure for the first part of the meeting .Jeremy Sharninghouse was elected as President for 2021. Tami Thomas was elected as Vice-President for 2021.

Jeremy Sharninghouse, President, and Tami Thomas, Vice President, were sworn into office at the January meeting of the North Baltimore Local School District for 2021.


The Board will continue to meet the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm at the NBMS/HS. December’s meeting will be the 3rd Tuesday instead of the 4th due to the Christmas Break.

The Board approved a resolution for compensation of Board members as per Board Bylaws #0147. There was no change to the current compensation.

The Board also approved several standard authorizations that are renewed annually.

After the 21 minute Organizational meeting ended, the Board continued with the regular January meeting at 6:00pm. 


#Superintendent’s Report: Ryan Delaney

Mr. Delaney shared he is assisting with having the district prepared for the staff to receive the Covid vaccine.It will be coordinated through the Wood County Health Department and administered with the assistance of the North Baltimore EMS. He asked the district employees to privately respond to the question “Do you plan to get the vaccine when we offer it?” He said 65% responded “Yes.” Although he asked them just to give him a “yes” or “no” many elaborated on their answers to him.

Delaney also said it appears that districts who are not meeting in person at all, will likely be excluded from the list of those receiving the vaccine.

Mr. Delaney also added that 26 of the 51 students who were “Option 4” at the start of the school year, have returned to in-person learning as of the beginning of 2021. 

#Treasurer’s Report: Steven Stewart:

Mr. Stewart reported the financial reports will be updated at the February meeting since this month’s meetings were early. 

Stewart also submitted a resolution to the Board for presenting a renewal of an existing 1% School District Income Tax ( for current expenses)on the ballot to the voters at an upcoming Special Election.

#Powell Elementary Report:    by Jonelle Semancik, Principal EA Powell 

Pop Tab Competition

This month’s Powell vs MS/HS competition is collecting pop tabs for the Ronald Mc Donald House. Winning building gets to wear jeans on Wednesdays in February and gets a catered dinner on conference night. So far it looks like it is a pretty tight race.

Honor Roll

Powell had a total of 67 students in grades 4th through 6th that made the Honor Roll. This means they earned all A’s and B’s on their report cards. Students will receive a t-shirt if they have not earned one from first quarter and they will have an iron on paw print decal for quarter 2.

Thank You!

Our Staff is over the moon excited about our new copiers! Thank you!

Powell students spell O-H-I-O to show their Buckeye spirit

#NBHS Report: by Chad Kiser, NBHS/MS Principal 

January 2021:

  • I would like to personally thank Ryan and Steven. Every tool, every curriculum item, everything my teachers have needed for this crazy year, they have got for them. It is so nice to have such amazing supportive central office staff. They really don’t get told enough how great of a job they do. Thank you so much, you guys are awesome!!!

  • Special thank you to Mrs. Matthes and the cub scouts. They collected hundreds of pounds of bottle caps to get our school 4 new benches. 2 outside the gym entrance and 2 outside the front entrance. Mrs. Matthes worked for weeks and weeks on getting this done. She has done such an amazing job! Thank you for all your hard work!  


Other business from the meeting:

# Approved a one year contract to Hailey Priest, Intervention.
#Approved membership to the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2021-2022 school year as presented.
#Meeting Adjourned at 6:35

January is School Board Recognition Month. Be sure to thank our Board Members when you see them for their service to the North Baltimore Local School District and Community.