BVHS Weekend Column: Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The American Academy of Pediatrics has an excellent website that is devoted to helping parents –

By Cheryl Huffman, MD, Pediatrics

Pediatrician Dr. Cheryl Huffman

Being a parent is extremely rewarding; however, it can also be very demanding. The current COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many parents “out of their comfort zone.” Almost all children are out of school at this time. So, while it may seem like an “extended summer vacation,” it comes with additional burdens to parents.

Parents are being asked to help teach their children when most were not trained as teachers. In addition, several subjects – especially math – are no longer “taught the same way” as parents learned, making it increasingly difficult for parents to help their children. Summer vacation comes with plenty of extra time for outdoor activities and sports – and for most students, social distancing makes those activities unavailable at this time. For many families, there are the added burdens of financial stress, as more and more businesses close down due to the pandemic.

Fortunately, help is available for parents. The American Academy of Pediatrics has an excellent website that is devoted to helping parents – It is a wealth of information, which is supported by research data. Almost every imaginable topic is included, and the search option is easy to use.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several new topics have been added. A few that you may find helpful are “Positive Parenting & COVID-19. 10 Tips to Help Keep the Calm at Home,” “Working and Learning from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak,” and “Getting Children Outside While Social Distancing for COVID-19.”

We are all hopeful that the pandemic will soon be behind us and that the world will get back to “normal.” But that “normal” will almost certainly be a “new normal.” can provide help at that time as well.




Ohio Health Order Signed Regarding Sports & Spectators

Director’s Second Amended Order that Provides Mandatory Requirements for Youth, Collegiate, Amateur, Club and Professional Sports


Health Order Signed

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that the following order removing the one-game-per-calendar-day limit on sports competitions has been signed by Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes:

WCCOA Holding Virtual Silver Sneakers classes

Silver Sneakers is a health and fitness program designed for older adults…..

Bowling Green, OH (September 17, 2020) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) is hosting Silver Sneakers exercise classes virtually using the Zoom platform. The classes, taught by Certified Instructor Sheila Brown, are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Sessions begin Monday, October 19 and Wednesday, October 21. Sessions are $15 for the six-week session and free to Silver Sneakers Members.

Silver Sneakers is a health and fitness program designed for older adults. Classes are designed for seniors of all fitness levels and led by trained instructors, with the goal to keep you strong in body, mind and spirit. Regular physical activity keeps your heart, brain, bones, muscles and joints healthy. If you have a chronic condition like arthritic, diabetes, or osteoporosis, safe exercise can help you feel better. Plus, staying social is vital to good health.

 Please contact the Programs Department of WCCOA to register by calling 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935, or by e-mailing  Payment and waiver can be mailed or dropped off to the Wood County Senior Center, 305 North Main St., Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. 

5 Fall Tips for Protecting Your Pet’s Health

If your pet missed his or her annual check-up last spring, consider getting that visit rescheduled……

(BPT) – Whether fall is when you switch out your exercise regimen or schedule your annual flu shot, staying healthy is at the top of most “to do” lists right now. Just remember your four-legged family members when considering seasonal changes to your wellness program. Fall is the perfect time to take steps to keep pets healthy, too.

1) Plan that vet visit. Annual check-ups that include immunizations, physical exams, routine blood work and prescription refills are as important to pet health as they are to human health. Routine wellness visits can also save pet-care dollars in the long run through preventive care and early disease detection. If your pet missed his or her annual check-up last spring, consider getting that visit rescheduled. Most veterinarians offer pet wellness appointments with curbside drop-off and pick-up to help safeguard owners’ health.

2) Get off the couch. Summer’s heat is giving way to cooler temperatures, so resist the temptation to forgo your dog’s evening walk for yet another movie marathon. Not only will outdoor exercise help whittle your pet’s waistline and promote joint health, but getting outside to enjoy the fall colors can boost your own caloric burn and mental outlook as well.

3) Don’t “fall” back on parasite prevention. Just because you aren’t slapping mosquitoes like you did in July doesn’t mean you should stop protecting your pets from parasites. The American Heartworm Society recommends giving heartworm preventives — many of which prevent a host of common parasites — to dogs and cats year-round. While heartworms are spread by mosquitoes, it’s nearly impossible to guess when you’ll see the last one in the fall or the first one next spring. Disease-carrying mosquitoes can also survive as temperatures drop by migrating indoors or to protected areas near houses and other buildings.

4) Rethink your pet’s fall wardrobe. Protective wearables make more than a fashion statement for many pets. Arthritic senior dogs, as well as short-haired dogs or lean breeds that chill easily, will be more comfortable if you slip on a cozy fleece coat when clipping on their leash. Just make sure your pup’s garment has a snug vs. a tight fit — and consider coats with reflective fabric if you favor nighttime walks. And if your fall activities include hunting with your dog, make sure to outfit your four-legged companion with a hunting vest.

5) Hide the Halloween treats. Whether or not your kids go trick-or-treating this year, you may be making plans to stock up on Halloween candy. Just remember that certain human treats may be toxic to your pets. Chocolate is hazardous to both dogs and cats, sugar can throw off your pet’s electrolyte balance and certain artificial sweeteners can cause liver failure in dogs. So go ahead and keep the candy to yourself. Just keep it away from your pets while you’re at it.

Staying healthy has never felt more important than it does this fall. Do your pets a favor and prioritize their health, too.

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects

Be safe as you travel through the impacted areas under service……


BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 20,000 customers in Wood, Henry, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

Perrysburg Township: Sewer Lining
Through December,
 lane restrictions are possible in Perrysburg Township north of SR 795, west of 75, and south of the turnpike, for sewer rehabilitation.  Project complete:  February 2021.  Project investment: $1,230,000.

Rossford: Waterline Replacement *UPDATE*
Through October, lane restrictions are possible on Santus Drive, Valley Drive, and on Glenwood Road in Rossford.  Project complete: November.  Project Investment: $1.5 million.

Rossford – Tree Streets Waterline Replacement
Through September, lane restrictions are possible on Maple Street, Oak Street, Walnut Street, and Superior Street for paving, sidewalk, and restoration work.  Project complete: September. Project investment $740,000.

District-Wide Hydrant Flushing
Through October, weekdays from 7:30 am until 4 pm, crews will be flushing hydrants in various locations throughout Northwood and Rossford.  Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if the water becomes discolored.  For more information:

NB Legion “spruces up” 2 trees

Improved vision on Water Street after tree trimming……

In the interest of safety, NB American Legion Post 539 “elevated” two spruce pines at the end of their driveway toward water st.  The issue was blocked vision up and down water st.  as you drove out.  With the help of Treez Unlimited from Monclova Ohio, Frank Brooks and John Harden, this task was accomplished in little time.  Thanks to Pam and John Cheney for lending us a trailer to haul the clippings. 

submitted by John W Harden

Tips for Navigating Flu Season during COVID-19

There are simple, proactive ways to strengthen our immune systems….

Get vaccinated this fall. The flu shot is a particularly important measure to take this year to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems dealing with COVID-19. By getting the flu vaccine, you protect not only yourself, but the ones you love from a preventable disease. The vaccination can also help lessen the severity of symptoms, should you contract the flu. September or October is an
ideal time to get vaccinated, according to the CDC.

Spot the difference. While both the flu and COVID-19 are contagious respiratory illnesses that share many of the same symptoms (such as a fever, cough, body aches or fatigue), there are few key differences to keep in mind. Symptoms for the coronavirus appear 2-14 days after exposure, whereas flu symptoms come on suddenly. Many people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 report a change or loss of taste and smell. Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and chest pain are warning signs for both illnesses that require immediate medical attention.

Boost your immune system. It’s no surprise that our immune defense systems become weaker as we age. However, there are simple, proactive ways to strengthen our immune systems today in order to give ourselves the best chance at staying healthy tomorrow. Staying active with daily walks
or yoga can help our bodies ward off illnesses such as COVID-19 and influenza. Mental health also has strong implications on the strength of your immune system. By giving your body proper time to rest, you can reduce stress levels and positively impact overall health.

Maintain a nutritious diet. Consuming a nutrient-rich diet is another way to protect your immune system against common illnesses. Fuel your body with healthful foods that contain a high number of vitamins and antioxidants, such as broccoli, strawberries and tomatoes. Consider speaking with your general practitioner or meeting with a dietitian to help build a meal plan that’s
right for you.

Practice healthy habits. The best way to prevent seasonal viruses, aside from vaccination, is by adopting healthy practices to help stop the spread of germs. Simple habits such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing in public, washing hands regularly, covering your nose and mouth and staying away from others when you feel sick can go a long way to prevent illness and avoid

Source: Home Instead Senior Care

Patrol Reminds Drivers to Properly Secure Child Safety Seats

Child Passenger Safety Week is September 20-26….


COLUMBUS  – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists of ways to keep their children safe on our roadways. Child Passenger Safety Week runs September 20 through the 26. The week is designated to make sure your child is in the correct car seat, that it’s properly installed and used, and that it’s registered with its manufacturer to ensure you receive important safety updates.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, from 2017-1019 there were 1,500 unbelted children under age 13 killed or seriously injured in a vehicle where safety equipment was available. Of those, 148 were serious injuries.

During the last three years, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton and Montgomery counties each recorded more than 100 unbelted fatalities and injuries. This accounts for 56 percent of all unbelted children killed or injured in traffic crashes in Ohio.

“Child Passenger Safety Week is a good time to remind Ohioans that every time your family hits the road, everyone in the car needs to be properly buckled, including the younger passengers,” said Governor Mike DeWine.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 59 percent of car seats are misused. Also, the risks of a fatality or injury are exponentially higher for children who are not buckled in the correct car seat for their age and size.

“Ensuring the safety seat is installed correctly is the best way to keep your child safe in a car,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. “It is also important to transitition from one type of car seat to another as your child grows.”

Always remember to register your car seat and booster seat with the manufacturer so you can be notified in the event of a recall.

For a complete breakdown and map of Patrol statistics please visit:

Be prepared: 5 steps to build your emergency fund

The money in your emergency fund should be kept separate from accounts you use for paying bills….

(BPT) – Many of life’s interruptions can’t be predicted. Not having funds set aside for unexpected problems can leave you racking up high credit card debt or putting yourself in other difficult financial straits.

“When it comes to savings best practices, it is especially clear after the pandemic how valuable an emergency savings fund can become at a moment’s notice,” said Jaspreet Chawla, Senior Vice President of Savings Products at Navy Federal Credit Union. “Here are some tips that might help you kick start your emergency savings.”

Here’s how to create an emergency fund to protect your finances.

1. Do the math; set a goal.

If your first instinct is to save an enormous sum that will cover all expenses for many months, think again. While financial experts recommend having between three and six months of living expenses in an emergency fund, this number might not be realistic if you’re just beginning to save. It’s often a good idea to start with a smaller goal — $500 or $1,000. Then, as you get into the habit of saving, you can slowly start to raise your future goals until you reach the three-to six-month threshold.

2. Decide where to put the funds.

The money in your emergency fund should be kept separate from accounts you use for paying bills or making purchases and be easily accessible when an emergency arises. Using just one account may make it far too easy to “borrow” from your emergency fund for non-essential items. Instead, place your emergency funds into an interest-bearing account that’s specifically designated for this purpose. Good options include a savings account or money market account. Either can be easily accessed without penalties and allow your money to grow.

3. Get creative and save.

Building an emergency fund means you’ll need to trim spending elsewhere. Quick fixes like evaluating your cell phone plan, cutting the cord on cable or bringing your lunch to work can help free up money for savings. Or think bigger, like refinancing your home or car. Use a refinance calculator to see whether a new loan will save you money.

4. Save unexpected windfalls.

You can boost the balance of your emergency fund when you least expect it with “found” money. Invest birthday or holiday cash gifts, work bonuses and tax refunds directly into your account and see how quickly you can reach your emergency fund goal. Since this money isn’t part of your typical spending, it’s easy to use it for saving without missing it.

5. Make saving automatic.

We all know that saving money for the unexpected is a good idea, but it’s easy to delay in favor of more pressing concerns. Treat your emergency fund like any other monthly recurring bill and have funds directly deposited into your savings account each month. You’ll be less likely to miss the money and can sleep easy knowing you have a safety net when life interruptions occur.

“We always try to emphasize the importance of savings and financial security, and we want to be a resource for our members when it comes to prepping for financial emergencies,” Chawla continued. “An emergency fund isn’t a luxury; it’s an important way to protect the things that matter most to you. I encourage you to talk to a financial institution you can trust, and get started saving as soon as you can.”

WCCOA Offering Educational Opportunities

And More Through Virtual Learning Academy……

 Wood County, OH (September 18, 2020) – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) is offering various educational and enrichment opportunities through their new LivelyU Virtual Learning Academy (VLA). Virtual programs that fall under this umbrella will be recorded and accessible on the agency website and YouTube channel for participants unable to attend the live program.

The aim of the LivelyU VLA is to reduce social isolation, encourage active engagement, and enhance older adults’ abilities to remain at home while Wood County Senior Centers remain closed. LivelyU VLA is planned to continue after centers have opened as well. Sessions will focus on providing up-to-date information on various topics including public health, nutrition, financial planning, book clubs, cultural programming, caregiver education and more.

If you are interested in joining LivelyU VLA programming, contact the Programs Department at 419.353.5661 or 800.367.4935 or email  Past programs can be viewed at


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.

Three Wood Co. Establishments Cited by OIU for Alcohol Violations

….. after receiving complaints of blatant violations of orders in place to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. 


OIU Cited Seven Establishments Overnight

(Columbus) – Agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) cited seven establishments overnight after receiving complaints of blatant violations of orders in place to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. 

Agents visited the following liquor-permitted establishments and issued citations after witnessing the violations:

Pigskin Bar, Athens, received an administrative citation for after hours consumption – Rule 80 and insanitary conditions (alcoholic beverages not maintained in potable condition). Agents visited the establishment at approximately 11:20 p.m. and observed a group of patrons through the front windows sitting at the bar who appeared to have open alcoholic beverages. Agents observed the on duty bartender retrieve and open two bottles of beer and give one of the alcoholic beverages to a patron at the bar. The bartender kept the other bottle of beer and placed it at the back of the bar. Agents observed as the patron and the bartender both consumed from the bottles of beer. Another patron seated at the bar and was also drinking a bottle of beer. 

1212 West 6th Street LLC., known as The Ivy, Cleveland, received an administrative citations for improper conduct – disorderly activity and after hours sales – Rule 80.  Agents and the Cleveland Division of Police entered the premises at approximately 10:20 p.m. and observed egregious violations of ODH orders occurring throughout the premises. Patrons congregated near tables, in open areas and at the bar. Every bar stool was occupied and numerous patrons were lined up behind watching the live football game, not social distancing and attempting to order drinks. Patrons were permitted to walk freely about the premises while consuming alcoholic beverages and very few patrons were observed wearing masks. Minimal dividers were observed between seating sections, with no efforts made by bar staff to maintain compliance. 

LGCE Holding Group, known as Rumors, Cleveland, received a citations for improper conduct – disorderly activity and after hours sales – Rule 80. Agents and Cleveland Division of Police entered the premises after observing continued alcohol beverage service after 10 p.m.  Numerous bar staff were observed continuing to pour and serve spirituous liquor at approximately 10:40 p.m. Patrons were permitted to walk freely about the premises while consuming alcoholic beverages. Patrons also congregated in open areas without maintaining social distance or separated by physical barriers. The permit holder was also issued a civil summons for violations of Cleveland Department of Public Health orders.

KK Lucky Enterprises, known as Showcase, Garfield Heights, received an administrative citations for after hours consumption – Rule 80. Agents observed the premises open and occupied before midnight. Once inside, agents observed approximately 15 patrons consuming alcoholic beverages.

JDD Enterprises LLC., known as Brathaus, Bowling Green, received citation for improper conduct – disorderly conduct. After receiving a tip from the Bowling Green Police Department, agents visited the location and observed patrons walking throughout the crowd. Numerous patrons were standing in large groups throughout the premises consuming alcoholic beverages. Bar staff did not attempt to enforce social distancing orders.

H P Corporation Inc., known as City Tap / The Attic, Bowling Green, received a citation for after hours consumption – Rule 80. Agents observed several patrons in the bar with one consuming draft beer from a clear glass after 11 p.m.  

Westwood Endeavors LLC., known as Redneck Willy’s, Weston, received a citation for after hours consumption – Rule 80. Agents observed several patrons in the bar consuming alcohol after 11p.m. 

These cases will go before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for potential penalties, including fines and/or the suspension or revocation of liquor permits.

“When egregious violations are observed, enforcement action is taken,” said OIU Enforcement Commander Eric Wolf. “We all need to continue to work together by following the precautions put in place to make these establishments safe and compliant with the directives.”

The Ohio Investigative Unit is made up of fully-sworn, plainclothes peace officers responsible for enforcing Ohio’s alcohol, tobacco, and food stamp fraud laws. Agents conduct compliance checks to ensure the liquor permit premises are compliant with the Ohio Liquor Control Act. Agents also act on complaints of illegal activity on liquor permit premises. In addition to providing the safety checks associated with the COVID-19 directives, OIU agents continue to perform their normal compliance checks to ensure the liquor permit premises are complying with the Ohio Liquor Control Act.

Chowline: Juice or whole fruit?

Eating an orange or an apple will give you the fiber and also the juice…..

Does eating a piece of fruit or squeezing it into a juice to drink offer the same health benefits?

No. Even if you take an orange and squeeze fresh orange juice, drinking the juice of the orange doesn’t offer the same health benefits of eating the orange.

Fruit juice lacks fiber, an important nutrient found in whole fruit, writes Dan Remley, an educator in family and consumer sciences for Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

“Fiber helps the digestive system, lowers cholesterol, promotes a healthy colon, and lowers blood sugar spikes, just to name a few benefits,” Remley writes in The Juice on Juice, a blog post at the Live Healthy Live Well website.

The site, which can be found at, is a free information resource that offers science-based consumer information and insights. It’s written by OSU Extension educators and specialists in family and consumer scienceswho promote health and wellness.

In the blog post, Remley adds, “Eating an orange or an apple will give you the fiber and also the juice.” This is because the dietary fiber, which is found in the pulp and the skin of the fruit, is typically left out of the juice. Dietary fiber within the pulp of the fruit binds to the natural sugars as it travels through your gastrointestinal tract. This process makes it harder for your body to absorb those sugars, resulting in the sugar accumulating in your blood at a slower, lower rate than it would if you were to drink the juice instead.  

Another benefit of eating the pulp and skin of some fruits as opposed to drinking fruit juice is that the pulp and skin are loaded with many vitamins and nutrients. For example, the skin of apples, blueberries, grapes, pears, plums, raspberries, and strawberries contains carotenoids and flavonoids, which are beneficial antioxidants that can protect you from disease and help boost your immune system.

When you choose to drink juice, the best option is to choose 100% juice because vitamins and minerals are higher in 100% juice, Remley writes, noting that, “Some juice products are fortified with calcium and vitamin D, which are helpful to bones and teeth.” 

“Juices such as grape juice have other antioxidants and phytochemicals, which are anti-inflammatory and can also promote healthy cardiovascular systems and prevent some cancers.”

In addition to drinking water, or milk, Remley offers the following alternatives to juice:

  • Fruit- or herb-infused water 
  • A splash of juice in a spritzer
  • Lemon-infused water, with some honey or sweetener
  • Tea

Chow Line is a service of The Ohio State University 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 writer Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or