BVHS Service of Remembrance to be Held

The service allows families to remember and express gratitude for the lives of the people they have loved….

BVHS Service of Remembrance to be held at First Presbyterian Church of Findlay

The eighteenth annual Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, April 28 starting at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Findlay, located at 2230 South Main Street in Findlay, Ohio. This interfaith memorial service will honor BVHS patients and residents who passed away in 2018. All are welcome to attend the service, which will be followed by a reception.

“The community is welcome each year to join us as we remember the individuals we have been honored to serve throughout Blanchard Valley Health System,” said Chris Schilling, chaplain at Blanchard Valley Hospital. “We have had the privilege of taking part in the lives of these patients, residents, associates and friends of BVHS during very sacred times. Service of Remembrance is an opportunity for us to honor their lives and our relationships with them.”

This is the eighteenth year that the service has commemorated the lives of patients and residents cared for throughout Blanchard Valley Health System, including Bridge Home Health & Hospice, Birchaven Retirement Village, Blanchard Valley Hospital, Bluffton Hospital and Independence House.

The service allows families, friends and community members to remember and express gratitude for the lives of the people they have loved. It is also an opportunity for BVHS associates, administrators and providers to remember the patients and families for whom they have had the privilege to meet and provide care.

For questions or more information, contact Schilling at


‘Grief and Tough Topics’ Presentation

Part of the ‘Living Through Loss’ Series at Blanchard Valley Hospital…

The April presentation of the “Living through Loss” series will be held on Monday, April 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and titled “Grief and Tough Topics.” This presentation will take place in the Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital located at 1900 South Main Street in Findlay.

“Grief and Tough Topics” will offer discussion on difficult questions and how to answer them, how to deal with difficult family members and much more. Some topics may truly be tough to discuss, but attendees will learn how to approach them, respond in a healthy way and continue forward.

Kristi Beall, bereavement coordinator at Bridge Home Health & Hospice, will broach the tough topics related to grief and offer ways to make the journey more tolerable. The evening will include opportunities for all views, thoughts and opinions to be heard and a chance for others to learn from those who have personally walked the journey through grief.

“Living Through Loss” is a nine-month educational series that focuses on the issues surrounding the death of a loved one. Each monthly presentation is open to the public and registration is not required. Presentations provide information related to the grief process, offer opportunities for discussion and are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital. Although the thought of speaking up in a group can be intimidating, many attendees find the discussion helpful as they discover their questions and concerns are similar to others. A bereavement expert is available to speak with attendees in private following the presentation.

This series is sponsored by Bridge Home Health & Hospice. For questions, to learn upcoming dates or to have a full program brochure sent to you, please contact the Bridge bereavement coordinator at 419.423.5351 or email


Bridge Bereavement Services is a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, which provides a total continuum of care to more than 100,000 households in an eight-county area.

Wood SWCD hosting pond clinic and fish sale.

Monday, April 15 at 6:30 PM ….

The Wood Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting a pond clinic on Monday, April 15 at 6:30 PM at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation 13737 Middleton Pike Bowling Green. The pond clinic is free and open to the community.  Please RVSP to the district office at 419-354-5517 #4 or online at

The district is also offering a spring fingerling fish sale.  Fish species offered include: Bluegill, Hybrid Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Fathead Minnows, and Triploid White Amur.  Order forms are available on the website at or by stopping by the office at 1616 E Wooster Street (Greenwood Centre – The Courtyard) Bowling Green, OH. Fish pick-up is Tuesday, April 30 at 9:30 AM at the Wood County Fairgrounds. Orders are due to the district office no later than Wednesday, April 24. 

Additional information is found on the district website

Bridge Home Health & Hospice Presentation on Advance Directives

National Healthcare Decisions Day event on April 18…..

Social workers and care navigators from Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will offer a brief presentation regarding advance care planning and advance directive forms at a National Healthcare Decisions Day event on April 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. This event will take place at 50 North, located at 339 East Melrose Avenue, Findlay. The presentation will also provide individuals with assistance in the completion of advance directives.

In an effort to highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making, BVHS and 50 North, along with other organizations across the nation, will provide information and tools for the public to discuss their wishes with family, friends and health care providers. Additionally, individuals will learn to execute written advance directives (health care power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Ohio state laws.

“With this event, more people in our community will be equipped to have thoughtful conversations about their health care decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Niki Sidle, LISW-S at Bridge Home Health & Hospice, a division of BVHS. “Fewer families and providers will have to struggle with making difficult health care decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient. Providers and facilities will be better prepared to address advance health care planning issues before a crisis and better honor patient wishes when the time comes.”

For more information, call Bridge Home Health & Hospice at 419.423.5351.

NB Public Library Celebrates 100 Years

First of several celebrations held last Sunday, with great community turn out!….

On Sunday, The North Baltimore Public Library kicked off their year-long celebration of their 100th anniversary with a standing-room-only crowd . The library opened for tours before the ceremony which began at 2:30 pm in the Wolfe Community Room. Library Board President Richard Van Mooy served as Master of Ceremonies.

The event included a flag ceremony by NB Boy Scout Troop 315, an invocation led by Reverend Ralph Mineo of St Luke’s Lutheran Church, and several words of congratulations from area dignitaries.

Among those present were: Mayor of North Baltimore Janet Goldner , who presented a proclamation; County Commissioner Doris Herringshaw; Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education Randy Gardner; Ohio State Senator for District 2 Theresa Gavarone;
US Congressman for the 5th District Robert Latta; Superintendent of North Baltimore Local Schools Ryan Delaney; NB Board of Education Representative Jeremy Sharninghouse; Library Board Vice- President Dennis Miller, who presented a special award.

Also in attendance and recognized were Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn, NB Village Council members and Clerk, all former North Baltimore Public Library directors, and all current and former North Baltimore Public Library staff members, as well as all members of the Library Board.

Closing remarks for the program were given by current Director of North Baltimore Public Library Mrs. Holly Ryder.

Following the ceremony the public was invited to participate in refreshments and performances by NBHS jazz band and NBHS choir and guitar ensemble under the direction of Mr. Ben Pack and Ms. Emily Meyerson.

Here are some quotes from some of the guests present at the event:

Randy Gardner “The millionaire and the unemployed both have access to our public libraries”

Theresa Gavarone “The crowd here today is a testament to the importance of this library to this community”

Bob Latta “4000 patrons at this library is fantastic. My dad would have been in the first class at the original library in the school in 1927. His family lived here before moving to McComb.”

Ryan Delaney “When I came here five years ago I asked people, “What are the best assets of this community?” When they said, “our library” I said, ” You mean the public library?” ” I had no clue why, but now I know. The people who work here are fun! “

Doris Herringshaw, “On behalf of the Wood County Commissioners we know you are very relevant to the community. We wish you best wishes for 100 more”

Rick Van Mooy ” I hope you will all join us at the celebration for the next 100 years in 2119. By the way, it’s a Friday. You’ll need to take a vacation day from work” 

Holly Ryder “My mission is to meet the needs of our patrons”

Stay tuned for additional planned celebrations throughout the year.

Here is a photo gallery to enjoy:

TONIGHT-Daylight Saving Time 2019 Begins

Are you ready to spring forward?

Don’t forget to “Spring Forward” at 2:00 am Sunday. Set your clock ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. We will lose an hour of sleep.

Many smartphones, computers and other electronic devices will self-adjust, while some of the older models of clocks and timers will need to be manually changed. It’s also a great time of the year to check the batteries in your smoke alarms.

NB Music and Drama Busy

Concerts, performances, improv, Jazz festival, more……..

Students in the North Baltimore music and drama departments will be busy during the months of February and March. We invite the community to join us! 

Sunday, February 17: Several middle school and high school band and choir members will perform in the OMEA District I Honors Festival at Toledo’s Stranahan Theatre. The middle school performance is at 2:30pm and the high school performance is at 7pm. Both concerts are free and open to the public. 

Saturday, March 2: The North Baltimore Choir will perform the National Anthem at the Bowling Green State University hockey game. For tickets, visit 

Monday, March 4: Band Concert grades 7-12, 7pm, North Baltimore Auditeria 

Friday, March 8: Variety Show/Improv Night, 7pm- Check out some of the most talented and wittiest students in Northwest Ohio. Fans of Whose Line is It Anyway will love this show! Tickets will go on sale in the high school office February 25.    

Monday, March 11: Choir Concert, 7pm, North Baltimore Auditeria. The choirs present a concert of world music!

Saturday, March 30: Jazz Night, North Baltimore Auditeria, 6pm. The Edon, Montpelier, Elmwood, and North Baltimore Jazz Bands will present a showcase of live jazz music. The University of Findlay Jazz Ensemble will conclude the evening. Cost:    $15 for entertainment only$20 for entertainment and a catered meal from Crossroads Café Anyone wanting the meal option MUST purchase a ticket by February 28. For tickets, please stop by the High School office or call 419-257-3464. Entertainment-Only tickets will also be available at the door.

Cost:    $15 for entertainment only$20 for entertainment and a catered meal from Crossroads Café.  Anyone wanting the meal option MUST purchase a ticket by February 28. For tickets, please stop by the High School office or call 419-257-3464. Entertainment-Only tickets will also be available at the door.

Ribbon Cutting Planned


New Exhibit Opening:” For Comfort & Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio by Way of the Poor Farm”

A grand opening celebration for the new exhibit, For Comfort & Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio by Way of the Poor Farm, will take place on Friday, February 22 with a ribbon cutting at 4:45 PM followed by a public reception and self-guided tours from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Exhibit photographer Jeffrey Hall will share remarks at 6:00 PM about his 5,000 mile journey to Ohio’s poor farm sites. This event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit depicts Ohio’s earliest form of public charity, the poor farm, by representing all of Ohio’s 88 counties. Historical documentation shared from many counties can be seen within diorama-style exhibits, along with 120 modern-day photographs of each county taken by local photographer Jeffrey Hall over the last two years.

This exhibit was made possible by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Humanities Council.

The museum will be open for self-guided tours Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM and weekends from 1 PM – 4 PM (closed on government holidays). Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, with discounts for seniors, students, and military. Historical Society members receive free admission as well as a gift shop discount. The museum offers free admission to all visitors on the first Friday of each month, courtesy of the Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau. The museum is handicap accessible and group tours are welcome.  

All events detailed at or by following the Wood County Historical Museum on social media. The museum is located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green. 

Latta Announces Annual Congressional Art Competition

High school students living in or attend school in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District are encouraged to submit!

BOWLING GREEN, OH – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has announced details for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. High school students that live or attend school in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District are encouraged to submit a piece of art for this year’s competition. All artwork will be displayed at Owens Community College in Perrysburg Township.

The deadline for submission is Monday, March 4.

A previous winner with Mr. Latta

More than 650,000 high school students have participated in the competition nationwide since it began in 1982. The winning piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. for one year, and three honorable mention pieces will be displayed in Latta’s three district offices. Submissions can be dropped off at any of those offices, listed below:

Bowling Green – 1045 N. Main Street, Suite 6, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Defiance – 101 Clinton Street, Suite 1200, Defiance, Ohio 43512
Findlay – 318 Dorney Plaza, Room 302, Findlay, Ohio 45840

Each student is allowed one entry. Eligible artwork includes the following:

Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
Collage: must be two dimensional
Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, etc.
Computer Generated Art

District Staff is also available to pick up artwork from students. To obtain an entry form, further information, or to arrange a pick-up time, contact the Findlay office at (419) 422-7791.

BVH ‘Healthy Living with Diabetes’ Presentation

You are invited – Mark your calendars!

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will host “Healthy Living with Diabetes,” part of the “Live and Learn” series, to educate the community about methods of coping with diabetes that promote healthy lifestyles. This event will be held on Tuesday, March 12 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Marathon Auditorium of Blanchard Valley Hospital and led by Thomas Grace, MD from the Blanchard Valley Diabetes Center, a division of BVHS.

A boxed lunch will be provided and seating is limited. RSVP is required by Tuesday, March 5 and can be made by emailing events or calling 419.423.5551.

Attendees will enjoy an informative program on methods of controlling diabetes and improving their quality of life.

Dr. Grace achieved his master’s degree in medical sciences at Wayne State Medical School and his Doctor of Medicine at American University of the Caribbean (St. Maarten, DWI). He fulfilled his family medicine residency at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Burning Plastic

Cub Scouts heat up the race track at this year’s annual Pinewood Derby

Submitted by Jennifer Vanlerberg

Grandparents, Parents, Aunts, Uncles, and Friends all braved the weather this past Sunday, January 27th for a chance to catch some of North Baltimore’s finest racing competition.  Powell Elementary’s gym was transformed into the Pack #372 Speedway. The races began at 1:15 but contestants were permitted in at 12:30 for a weigh in, compliance check, and any last minute modifications or repairs. The concession stand, manned by Boy Scout Alex Trout, was diligently distributing chips, pop, combos, candy bars and ring pops. The money raised will go towards future events. Twenty one cars checked in, ready to race.

Webelos Two started off the event. Daniel Hinkle’s “Final Ride” came in second and won “Best of Show.” Noah Vanlerberg’s “Chihuahua Racer” won first for their den.

The Webelos One den had four participants. Boden Lanham raced “The Freedom Fighter,” Ian Ramirez sported “Bumblebee”, Joseph Rose’s car was named “Camo” and Liam VanVooren’s entry was named “Copperhead.” Ian won for best in show, Boden raced to third place, Liam took second, and Joseph brought home the win.

The Lion Den came next. The lions also had four racers register. Parker Grillot entered “Slimer”, Adam Mason brought “Ben Ten, Wendell Troutner went with “Fast,” and Zane Williams named his “Ice skating.”

Wendell raced into third place, Adam took second, and Parker’s “Slimer” oozed all the way to first place. Best of show was awarded to Zane.

Tigers sported three race cars, and two Pikachus. Jackson Cook was “Pikachu” while Daniel Crill followed with “Pikachu 2”.  Racing all these Pokemon was Grady Delancy’s “Lightening.” Grady bolted into third place, while “Pikachu One” came in Second, and “Pikachu Two” came in First. Best in show went to Jackson Cook’s original Pikachu.

The Wolf Den was comprised of two entries, Donivan Boyce’s “Beast” and Logan Trout’s “Mario Racer.”  Logan Trout took home the trophy for Best in Show and Second Place, while Donivan’s “Beast” finished first.

The Bears had the largest field of competitors. Six total racers. Connor Coup sported an “Aqua Racer,” Blaze Kline brought “Blazin,” Camden McCartney used “Ursa”, Levi Vanlerberg entered “Ice Cream Sandwich,” and Rhys Williams took his “Turtle car” to the line. Rhys took Best in Show, while Connor sped away with third, Levi sandwiched to second, and Camden brought home the gold.

Joe Novak took first in the Open Race (18 and up) defeating Tim Troutner. Leah Trout was the only open winner in the 17 and under age group.

The overall winner was Daniel Crill.

We would like to thank everyone that came to cheer our scouts on. We would also like to thank the Den Leaders, Den Chiefs-Alex Trout, Jesse Vanlerberg, Zach Trout, Isaiah Boyce, and Leah Trout, The North Baltimore Gleanors, Tammy and Eric Trout, Chris North, and Joe Novak for all of the help with the cars.

All first and second place winners will be eligible to participate in our District Pinewood Derby, which is hosted and held by North Baltimore High School this year. On March 16th, Scouts from all over Wood County will be participating in District Derby Action. Come and cheer them on!  

REMINDER: GOST Meeting/Update

Together we can make North Baltimore a great place to Live, Work, Play, and Raise a Family!”

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 5:30pm. North Baltimore Village Hall.
North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce is meeting with updates for the Good Ole Summertime Festival to be held Downtown North Baltimore, OH on Saturday, July 27th, 2019.
We love community participation, commitment, and volunteers!
“Together we can make North Baltimore a great place to Live, Work, Play, and Raise a Family!”