BVHS Weekend Column: Spring Allergy Time

If you or your child suffers from spring allergy symptoms, you may want to consider prevention tactics.

Allergy Immunotherapy, by Amber Patterson, MD
ENT & Allergy Specialists of Northwest Ohio

Dr. Amber Patterson

If you or your child suffers from spring allergy symptoms, you may want to consider prevention tactics. Allergen avoidance and allergy medications are the first steps in managing allergies. If these are not completely providing symptom relief, or you prefer minimizing long-term medication use, consider allergy immunotherapy (IT).

This treatment, commonly referred to as “allergy shots,” involves receiving personalized injections of specific allergens over the course of three to five years. These injections are traditionally given under skin. The goal of allergy IT is to change the immune system so that the body tolerates the allergens and no longer interprets them as “foreign invaders.” Treatment schedules vary, but in general, injections are initially given one to two times per week, then spaced out to every four weeks for the remainder of the treatment course. The first injections are considered the “build-up” phase. During build-up, injection doses are very low and progressively increase with each visit until reaching a top dose. This top dose is known as a “maintenance” dose, the term used for the patient’s optimal treatment dose, which he or she will continue to receive with each future injection.

Most people begin noticing benefits within a year of the first injection, including decreased symptoms and needing fewer medications. Allergy IT can also prevent new allergies from forming and allergic rhinitis (nose symptoms from allergies) from progressing to asthma.

While most people tolerate the injections well, common risks of allergy IT include local reactions at the injection sites such as pain, swelling or bleeding. In rare cases, some individuals may experience severe allergic reactions such as swelling or difficult breathing. When these severe reactions do occur, it is typically within 30 minutes of receiving the injection and, if left untreated, could progress to a more life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis.

Because of risks associated with allergens injected under the skin, allergy shots should be administered in a medical setting with proper equipment to treat reactions. Patients should wait in the physician’s office 30 minutes after each injection to ensure accessibility to medical treatment if necessary.

Allergy sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) tablets are a more recent FDA-approved method for administering allergy shots. SLIT tablets are available for individual treatment of grass, ragweed and dust mite. Allergy IT can be used for treating symptoms caused by environmental allergies such as pollen, pet hair/dander, dust mites and more. Additionally, this treatment can alleviate symptoms caused by allergic asthma, eczema or venom from flying insects or fire ants. Speak with your physician to help decide if allergy IT is right for you or your child.

Chowline: Considering a gluten-free diet?

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley, and rye. It also appears in many processed foods.

I am thinking about removing gluten from my diet. Is there anything that I need to consider before making that decision?

Yes. An important thing to consider before going gluten free is the question of why you want to make that change.

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley, and rye. It also appears in many processed foods.

There is often a medical reason—such as wheat allergy, celiac disease, or non-celiac gluten sensitivity—why a person must follow a gluten-free diet, said Shannon Carter, educator, family and consumer sciences, Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

However, some people have adopted a gluten-free diet because they believe it has health benefits, including weight loss. 

“While there is evidence to show that a gluten-free diet can help diminish symptoms associated with certain autoimmune diseases such as dermatitis herpetiformis, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, thyroiditis, and psoriasis, there is no evidence to support gluten-free health claims for the general population,” Carter said in Gluten-Free Eating: Important Considerations, a recent Ohioline fact sheet. 

Ohioline is OSU Extension’s free online information resource and can be found at

Some people who are on a gluten-free diet do not need to be, she said.

“The likelihood of weight loss on a gluten-free diet depends on how a person eliminates gluten,” Carter said. “Avoiding processed foods and refined carbohydrates like bread, crackers, and pasta and replacing them with whole grains will reduce extra calories and increase fiber.

“Gluten free does not necessarily mean healthy. Gluten is found in foods that are part of a healthy diet, which contributes nutrients and fiber.”

Carter offers these points to consider when deciding to go gluten free:

  • Be sure to consult a doctor before going gluten free, since diagnostic tests require active gluten consumption in order to be accurate. A gluten-free diet cannot replace a formal consultation, diagnosis, or recommendation from a physician.
  • Talk with adietitian to understand how a gluten-free diet plays an important role in managing gluten-related disorders. Gluten-free diets might require careful monitoring to ensure a healthy and adequate balance of nutrients and fiber.
  • If you will be the only gluten-free person in your household, will you prepare separate gluten-containing food for others? Will you have adequate space for storing and preparing gluten-free food separately from food containing gluten? 
  • Purchasing or preparing food for a gluten-free diet might take more time. While many grocery stores have a wide variety of gluten-free foods, some products might only be available at specialty stores. 
  • When eating away from home, you might need to prepare food to take with you. When eating out, you must check with the restaurant and inquire about the menu and possible sources of cross-contact, which is when gluten-free food comes into contact with food or surfaces where gluten has been present.
  • Gluten-free substitutes are usually more expensive. One research study by the National Institutes of Health found that gluten-free foods cost almost 2 1/2 times more than regular products.

If you havebeen gluten free and decide it’s no longer for you—and you do not have a medical reason to avoid gluten—Carter says to be careful when reintroducing gluten back into your diet. 

“Do so in sparing amounts, as your body might have difficulty digesting gluten and fructan, a highly fermentable component in wheat,” she said. “When medical diagnoses provide a solid motive for avoiding gluten, the gluten-free diet is inevitable.

“If eliminating gluten is merely a dietary preference, this decision deserves some careful consideration.”

Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or

WCCOA to hold “Matter of Balance” Classes

classes targeted toward preventing falls….

Bowling Green, OH (March 21, 2019) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will be holding a “Matter of Balance” course at the Wood County Senior Center (at 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green) every Tuesday from March 26 to May 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. This course lasts for six (8) weeks, and costs $15 to participate.

Are you experiencing a fear of falling? Are you limiting your activities due to this fear? Are you becoming physically weak? If you answered “yes” to any of these three questions, A Matter of Balance is for you! During this class participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risk at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. Participants will receive a manual for training purposes and a certificate upon completion of the course.

This course is sponsored by Aetna Better Health of Ohio.

Please contact the Programs Department of WCCOA to register by calling 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935, or by e-mailing

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

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

NB Cemetery Clean-Up

It’s that time of year…

Cemetery Clean-Up

A general clean-up shall be conducted twice a year, depending on weather, normally in April and October.  All unsightly pots, flowers, and/or wreaths will be removed. (This is a quote from the Village Cemetery booklet)

Town Hall Meeting in Findlay – Families of Students with Disabilities

Statewide Series of Town Hall Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities to Meet now through April 17

The Ohio Department of Education will host a statewide series of town hall meetings for families of students with disabilities between March 19 and April 17.

Discussion topics will include developing recommendations to improve educational experiences and outcomes for students with disabilities in Ohio.

The meeting is scheduled for:

March 28 — 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. — Findlay Inn, 200 East Main Cross Street, Findlay

Click here for more information.

For general questions about the meeting, please call Wendy Stoica at (614) 644-7307.

Save Your Way to Lower Home Insurance

Most insurance carriers offer multiple policy discounts, which they apply when you insure more than one item…..

(Family Features) If your homeowner insurance rates are creeping up even though you haven’t filed any claims, it may be time to take a look at how you can bring those prices back down.

Research, smart shopping and even some home upgrades can make a noticeable difference in your insurance premiums. Explore the cost-savings potential with these tips from the experts at CertainTeed, a leading manufacturer of exterior and interior building products:

Shop for the best rates. It’s easy to be complacent when you’ve used the same insurance company for years, but if getting the best rate is your objective, it’s a good idea to shop around. To do effective comparison shopping, have a copy of your current policy ready and contact a handful of competitors. Provide them the exact same coverage details so you can compare like rates, but also be ready to listen to information about additional coverage options that may suit your needs.

Combine homeowner insurance with other policies. Most insurance carriers offer multiple policy discounts, which they apply when you insure more than one item. For example, if your homeowner insurance carrier also insures your cars, you’re likely to save money on the rates for protecting both your home and automobiles.

Update your home’s first line of defense. Many homeowners focus on aesthetics when it’s time to make upgrades, but there are some important functional improvements that can make a difference when it comes to your insurance premiums. For example, as extreme weather becomes more commonplace, the first line of defense is often the type of roofing material chosen. Many insurance companies even offer discounts for using impact-resistant shingles. Check with your insurance provider before making a final selection, but in general, look for products that include “impact-resistant” in their name and specs, and “Class IV Impact Resistance,” the highest rating available for roofing materials.

For example, NorthGate Class IV impact-resistant shingles from CertainTeed are engineered to have a higher probability of resisting hail. These shingles are made using rubber-like polymers that offer flexibility and impact resistance, as well as crack and shrink resistance, even in cold weather. So when severe weather strikes, your home can be protected and stay looking good.

Install a home security system. An intruder alarm can provide more than peace of mind. Insurance companies often reward homeowners who take steps to minimize the chances of burglary or vandalism. After all, a well-protected home is less likely to result in a claim for losses. Some companies offer varying degrees of discounts on insurance rates depending on the type of system you install, so be sure to thoroughly research the options. For example, a system that simply emits a loud noise when triggered may generate one level of discount, while a system that dispatches emergency personnel when activated can lead to an even better rate.

Insurance rates are one place to save money on your home costs. Learn more about impact-resistant shingles and how they can save your home and wallet at



Raising Awareness of Food Insecurity in Wood County

The first annual Artists vs. Hunger: Empty Soup Bowl Fundraiser event to benefit the Brown Bag Food Project is planned for Saturday, April 13, from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum. The project is sponsored by the BGSU Ceramics Department and the Wood County Historical Center & Museum. The goal is to raise funds to help fight food insecurity in Wood County.

The BGSU Ceramics Department donated handmade bowls for this event. Tickets for the fundraiser are $15 and include a beautiful handmade bowl and free admission to the Wood County Historical Museum. The meal will be a free will donation. Tickets can be purchased on Brown Bag Food Project’s Facebook page.

The Brown Bag Food Project is a local non-profit that seeks to address issues of food insecurity in Wood County, Ohio.  Brown Bag Food Project provides individuals with a 5-7 day supply of food and vital hygienic items, as well as pet food and supplies, to help meet their immediate needs, along with a resource guide to connect people to additional community resources for long-term support.

The Wood County Historical 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. 

Custom Cut Specials for Easter

Serious Grillin’ weather is coming soon – LAST DAY of WINTER!!!

From the farms to the freezers –
We’ll cut whatever you want!
Let us cut your meat fresh!
NOT Pre-packaged!!


GRAIN FED Beef & Pork!
– Cut YOUR Way!

Beef Sides or Quarters – $2.75# –
Includes Beef* – Cut – Wrap & Freeze

HOGS – Whole or Half – $1.45# –
Includes Pork* – Cut – Wrap & Freeze
*smoking meats is extra

Ground Fresh DAILY!
85% LEAN Ground Beef
– $4.79# –
NOT Pre-Packed!!!

Frozen Ground Beef Patties
85% LEAN
3 to 1 : – “Third-pounders”
4 to 1 : – “Quarter-pounders”

USDA Choice English Chuck Roast – $5.49#

Hickory Smoked Slab Bacon – $5.99#

Asst. Bone-in Pork Chops – $2.89#

Keystone Canned Beef & Pork $7.99 28 oz can / / / Chicken $6.89 can

Old Style Bologna – $5.49# / Garlic – $5.69 / Ham & Cheese Loaf – $5.89#

Boneless Ham Steaks

Sugardale Spiral Cut Hams
with GLAZE pk

Amish Cheese from Walnut Creek
Swiss – Colby – CoJack – Pepper Jack

We accept:
Credit – Debit – EBT

NWSD Project – March 18

McComb – Sewer Line Replacement continues through June…

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 19,000 customers in Wood, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area.  The District will announce updates and when additional projects are under contract.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

Perrysburg Township – Sanitary Sewer Improvements 
Through May, short-term intermittent lane restrictions are possible throughout Perrysburg Township for sewer work and manhole repair.  Project complete: May. Project investment: $998,000.

CLICK for WATER SHED locations!

Lake Township – Waterline & Sewer Installation 
Through September, watch for shoulder restrictions and additional construction traffic along Tracy Road from SR 795 to Keller Road for sewer installation.  Project complete: September.  Project investment: $520,000.

McComb – Sewer Line Replacement 
Through March, lane restrictions and short-term closures are possible at the intersection of Bond and Liberty Streets.  Project complete: June. Project investment: $490,000

Rossford/Northwood – Lead Service Line Removal Project *UPDATE* 
Through Tuesday, March 19, intermittent lane restrictions are possible in Rossford for waterline replacement.  Effective Wednesday, March 20, expect intermittent lane restrictions in Northwood, west of Tracy Road and north of Wales Road for waterline replacement.  Restoration in both Rossford and Northwood will take place following the completion of the waterline replacement work in both cities later this spring.  
Project complete: May. Project investment: $900,000.  For more information and to sign up for email updates go to:

Rossford – Sewer Lining Project
Through June, watch for shoulder restrictions and construction crews on roads north of Eagle Point Road for sewer lining. Project complete: June. Project investment: $767,000. 

Get Ready, Ohio! Severe Weather Awareness Week

March is a Mix of Winter & Spring Weather Conditions

March is a Mix of Winter & Spring Weather Conditions

COLUMBUS, OH — As part of a coordinated effort with the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA), Governor Mike DeWine has proclaimed March 17-23 as Severe Weather Awareness Week and encourages all Ohioans to learn what to do to protect themselves from spring and summer weather hazards, including home emergencies.

“Ohio’s weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be prepared,” said Governor DeWine. “Ohio has already had two tornadoes this year, along with extremely cold weather, heavy snowstorms, and flooding that resulted in a state of emergency in nearly two dozen Ohio counties. Ohio’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is an ideal time to learn about severe weather preparedness and get ready.”

Governor DeWine proclaimed a state of emergency on Monday for the following 20 counties impacted by damaging flooding last month: Adams, Athens, Brown, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Washington. The emergency proclamation authorizes various state departments and agencies to coordinate state and federal response and to assist local government in protecting the lives and property of Ohio residents.

“As we have seen this winter, severe weather, such as tornadoes and flooding, doesn’t keep a calendar. We need to know of all the weather hazards that can impact our state and how to prepare and protect ourselves,” said Ohio Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Sima Merick. “Every minute counts in a disaster, so we encourage you to plan now so you’re prepared. Make emergency plans for the different hazards that can impact your household. Practice tornado and fire drills. Make emergency supply kits for your home or for your car, in case you need to evacuate. Additionally, consider purchasing flood insurance.”

During the weather safety campaign, the state of Ohio will participate in a statewide tornado drill and test its Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, March 20 at 9:50 a.m. During this time, Ohio counties will sound and test their outdoor warning sirens. Schools, businesses and households are encouraged to practice their tornado drills and emergency plans.

What Can Ohioans Do During Severe Weather Awareness Week?

  • Prepare for Weather and Home Emergencies. Homes, schools and businesses should update their safety/ communications plans. Practice tornado and fire drills. Replenish supplies in emergency kits. Be informed – Know the risks about the different disasters and hazards that can affect families where they live, work and go to school. Include children in emergency planning.
  • Know Ohio’s Weather Hazards. Ohio’s spring and summer weather hazards include tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods, and even snowstorms through early spring. Visit the OCSWA website: to view current Ohio weather and to review severe weather safety and preparedness information.
  • Know the Difference between Storm Watches and Warnings. Ensure that everyone knows the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning. A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado is imminent or occurring. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, do not stop to take photos or shoot video. Seek safe shelter immediately. OCSWA Spring & Summer Weather Terms

During tornado drills or actual tornado warnings, remember to DUCK!

D – Go DOWN to the lowest level, stay away from windows

U – Get UNDER something (such as a basement staircase or heavy table or desk)

C – COVER your head

K – KEEP in shelter until the storm has passed

Many Ohio counties have outdoor warning sirens that sound during severe storm and tornado warnings. During storm watches or warnings, listen to your NOAA Weather Radio or your local news for current weather conditions and information.

People also receive notification of severe weather and other emergencies through their cellphones and mobile devices. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency texts sent by authorized government alerting authorities. WEAs can notify you of storm warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts

Chowline: CDC says Avoid “zombie” deer meat

Chronic wasting disease is also called “zombie deer disease,”

I keep hearing about “zombie deer.” What is that?

What you are talking about is chronic wasting disease, a disease that has been featured in numerous national media outlets and news stories in recent weeks.

Chronic wasting disease, which has also been called “zombie deer disease,” rots the brains of deer, elk, and moose, causing them to act lethargic and less afraid of humans before dying, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Photo: Getty Images

While Ohio’s current status designation is “chronic wasting disease-free in the wild,” there have been some reported cases in three surrounding states: Michigan, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the CDC said. The disease has been detected in 24 statesthus far, the CDC said.

“Chronic wasting disease is a highly relevant topic and people are seeking sound science and guidance on this issue, including its impact on deer meat or venison,” said Gabriel Karns, a visiting assistant professor of wildlife ecology and management in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

“To date, there have been no confirmed cases, nor evidence to suggest, that humans are at risk from eating chronic wasting disease-positive meat,“ Karns said. “Because the natural incubation period for chronic wasting disease in animals is 18 months to two years, many harvested animals that may indeed be infected still appear healthy and are consumed as such.”

Nevertheless, the CDC does advise people to take certain precautions when dealing with deer or elk and the meat from those animals in areas where chronic wasting disease is confirmed within the wild herd.

The CDC recommendations include the following.

  • Do not shoot, handle, or eat meat from deer and elk that look sick or are acting strangely or are found dead (roadkill).
  • When field-dressing a deer:
  • wear latex or rubber gloves.
  • minimize how much you handle the organs of the animal, particularly the brain or spinal cord tissues.
  • do not use household knives or other kitchen utensils.
  • check state wildlife and public health guidance to see whether testing of animals is recommended or required. Recommendations vary by state, but information about testing is available from many state wildlife agencies.
  • strongly consider having it tested for chronic wasting disease before eating the meat.
  • If you have your deer or elk commercially processed, consider asking that your animal be processed individually to avoid mixing meat from multiple animals.
  • If your animal tests positive for chronic wasting disease, do not eat its meat.

“For Ohioans, one should not hesitate to eat venison from wild white-tailed deer,” Karns said. 

“Even if and when Ohio documents its first wild case of chronic wasting disease, people should not despair,” he said. “In that hypothetical but not far-fetched scenario, submitting a sample of unhealthy deer or any deer from within a mandated surveillance area will be prudent—if not mandatory—and test results will be sent expeditiously to the hunter. “

The results of a test can then inform the hunter’s decision of whether or not to consume the venison, Karns said.

“While more cautious culinary approaches, such as not cooking deer bone-in roasts from the neck region with spinal cord intact, may eventually become a standard precaution, the fact remains that current evidence does not suggest that chronic wasting disease affects human health,” he said.

Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or

Volunteers sought to help respond to potential emergencies

Training available for Medical Reserve Corps members and anyone interested in joining

BOWLING GREEN — Severe Weather Awareness Week in Ohio begins next week, and Wood County Health Department is seeking volunteers who could be asked to help out during local emergencies.

The health department and Wood County Emergency Management Agency are teaming up to offer “You Are the Help Until Help Arrives” training, which teaches five steps that could help you save someone’s life. The program is meant to recruit volunteers for Wood County Medical Reserve Corps and also serves as a way for current MRC members to meet their periodic training requirement.

“You Are the Help Until Help Arrives” teaches people what to do in an emergency or injury scenario until trained professional responders arrive. National response times average between 6-9 minutes and can grow longer in rural areas. This training, created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, teaches people to call 9-1-1, protect the injured from more harm and position them for breathing, provide comfort, and stop bleeding. Situations where these skills could be applicable include vehicle crashes, home-repair accidents, severe weather and active shooter incidents.

In an emergency, local resources get called upon first. As part of an MRC unit, you can be part of an organized and trained team that will be ready and able to bolster local emergency planning and response capabilities. No special skills or medical experience are required as long as you’re 18 years old, and roles can be tailored to use your own background and experience.

To register for “You Are the Help Until Help Arrives” training, send your name and contact information by March 20 to Alex Aspacher, Wood County MRC coordinator, at To learn more about the Medical Reserve Corps, go to

The mission of Wood County Health Department is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. Our Community Health Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. We welcome all patients, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay, and we accept most third-party insurance. For more information, visit