Special Notice: Ohio State Highway Patrol -VOTE for Vehicle

OSHP Looks to Regain ‘Best Looking Cruiser’  in Nationwide Contest

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol needs your help to regain the title of “Best Looking Cruiser.” The American Association of State Troopers’ (AAST) annual Best Looking Cruiser Contest began on July 15 and will end at 3 p.m. on July 30.

This year the voting will be done through Survey Monkey. Once you’re on the page, scroll to the bottom and then choose Ohio in the drop down menu. You can vote once from each device.

Go to https://bit.ly/2kbibqv and vote for your Ohio State Highway Patrol! 

Blood Drive at Hancock-Wood Friday 7/19

Blood donors are desperately needed!


Contact NB Blood Drive Coordinator Stephanie Walters to register or to volunteer:  stephanie.walters@briarhillhc.com

Date – July 19, 2019

Location – Hancock-Wood Electric Community Room

Time – 10 AM – 4 PM

Each donor or volunteer will be entered into a raffle to win a Red Cross T-Shirt!

Briar Hill Blood Drive July 2019 flyer

Steak Sale $2 Off @ Custom Cuts!

Strips Steaks – Sirloin Steaks – Rib-Eye Steaks – Cut Fresh for you!

Senior Citizens Tuesdays
10% OFF ANY Purchase


North Baltimore Custom Cuts 

From the farms to the freezers – We’ll cut whatever you want FRESH!!!
NOT Pre-Packaged!



SAVE $2.00 per pound!
NY Strip – $9.99#
Top Sirloin – $6.99#
Ribeyes – $10.99#



85% LEAN Ground Beef


Ground Beef Patties
85% lean
4 to a pound
3 to a pound


Our Bun Length Brats
Regular – Cheddar – Pepper Jack – Bahama Mama
$1.50 each
(a meal in itself!)


Western Style Ribs  – $3.39#
Pork Steak – $2.79#
Assorted Bon-In Pork Chops – $2.89#

Whole Chickens

Split Chickens

Boneless Chicken Breast

Chicken Leg Quarters


Our Own Hickory Smoked


Sliced – Rindless Jowl Bacon


Amish Natural Casing Hot Dog – $5.99#


Our Own CHICKEN SALAD – $5.99
Our Own Sandwich Spread – $5.49


Deli Cheeses from Walnut Creek
Swiss-Colby-Pepper Jack-CoJack

We accept Credit – Debit – EBT

Grief Trails

Program for grieved children, with horses…


 Notification of a hands-on horse program for children, working through grief:

Date: Friday, August 9, 2019

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Challenged Champions

                11913 County Road 6

                Ottawa, Ohio 45875

Registration due: August 1, 2019

Although children may appear to be less affected by the death of a loved one, there are many questions, fears and worries as they attempt to make sense of the loss and deal with the changes.

Grief Trails is a program that allows children, ages 6-12 years old, to learn about the importance of communicating their emotions and needs to others while working hands-on with gentle horses.

The children come together with their peers in an encouraging environment and participate in activities that will help them express their feelings, learn effective communication tools and have fun at the same time.

Bereavement Coordinator, Kristi Beall, along with trained volunteers, guide the children through conversation, horseback riding and creating keepsakes. This year, participants will learn to “Be Your Own Superhero” as they explore how to take care of themselves in the ups and downs of grief. This event is being offered through Bridge’s Group S.T.A.R. (Special Times Always Remembered) at no cost to the family, with all materials provided.

For more information and registration forms, please call Bridge Bereavement Services at 419.423.5351 or email bridge@bvhealthsystem.org. Registration for this event is required by August 1, 2019.

BVHS Weekend Column: Code Status

A code status is a decision you can make today….


by Karen Bishop, RN, ADON, The Heights at Birchaven

Maybe you or a family member have been asked by a health care professional, “What is your code status?” Most people respond by saying they have a living will. Let us discuss the difference between a living will and a code status.

A living will is in effect when you can no longer make any decisions on your own. While you are still able to make your own end-of-life decisions, you may want to put in writing some of your wishes. Do you wish to be put on life-support, such as a breathing machine (ventilator)? Do you wish to have fluids given to you such as a tube feeding or IV fluids? Do you wish to have pain medications? Those are the kind of questions you answer when you make out a living will. Again, these wishes do not take effect until you can no longer make a decision for yourself.

A code status is a decision you can make today. When you are admitted to a nursing facility, this question will come up. Your code status will inform the medical professionals of your present wishes. If a medical emergency were to happen to you, what would you like the medical professionals to do? Do you want them to start CPR? Do you want them to shock you with the pads/paddles in an attempt to restart your heart? Do you want a tube put down your throat to assist with your breathing if you stop breathing? Or do you have a condition where you would just like to be kept comfortable? Talk with your physician and family about these options.

A code status comes in three types. Full code, DNR-CCA and DNR-CC. (Some institutions may have more options.)

A full code means that medical personal would do everything possible to save your life in a medical emergency. In the event that you stop breathing and your heart stops, everything possible will be done to sustain your life. CPR will begin, oxygen will be given, a breathing tube inserted may be inserted, and an automated external defibrillator (AED) may be used. These are a few of the life-saving measures that will be used.

A DRN-CCA (comfort care arrest) is another option. In the event of a change in your condition like breathing or cardiac problems, you would seek medical treatment. You would go to the emergency department of the nearest hospital and have testing done. You may receive oxygen but not administered with a breathing tube. You may get an IV. You will not receive shocks delivered from the AED or heart compressions as preformed in CPR. You would receive treatment until your heart stops beating.

A DNR-CC (comfort care) is yet another option. In the event of a severe change in your condition or a terminal illness, life-saving measures would not be initiated. A physician would order medications to keep you as comfortable as possible.

Talk with your physician about these options. Take the time to discuss your wishes with your family. It is better to be prepared!

Blanchard Valley Hospital Receives Stroke Distinctions

Hospital earned the Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus achievement by meeting specific quality measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients….

Blanchard Valley Hospital has recently been named a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, as well as the Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. These awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to national guidelines and standards.

Blanchard Valley Hospital earned the Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus achievement by meeting specific quality measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. These measures include proper use of medications, making sure stroke treatments align with the most up-to-date guidelines, and meeting a goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients also must receive education on managing their health and other care transition interventions.

“Blanchard Valley Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Initiative,” said Cody Price, chest pain/stroke programs coordinator. “The tools and resources the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association provides, help us track and measure our success by meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines, developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Cody Price, chest pain/stroke programs coordinator


Blanchard Valley Hospital additionally received the association’s Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed that reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment to ischemic strokes.

For more information about Blanchard Valley Hospital’s Stroke Program, visit bvhealthsystem.org.

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

FCC Robocall Ruling Offers Hope

…in the meantime, just hang up on dodgy callers, says AMAC.

FCC robocall ruling offers hope; in the meantime,
just hang up on dodgy callers, says AMAC
Report shows 5 million seniors lose $27.4 a year to phone scammers
WASHINGTON, DC, July 8 — Seniors may get robocall relief if a new Federal Communications Commission [FCC] ruling prompts phone companies to implement technologies that automatically block them. Dan Weber, an advocate for older Americans, says the ruling is a step in the right direction.
The president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] reports that “while it is still early days, it appears the major phone service providers are ready to cooperate. It was good news when Verizon was quick to ‘welcome’ the ruling.”
Verizon issued a statement hours after the FCC announced its decision. In it, the company stated that it is “putting robocallers on notice. We’ve got their number and we’re taking big steps to stop them from doing what they’re doing.”
Meanwhile, Apple has announced a new software update will be available in the fall that can automatically block unwanted spam callers.
Weber says, however, that he is taking a wait and see attitude regarding these latest efforts to rein in phone scammers. “It’s a lucrative crime and the perpetrators are tech savvy enough to find new ways to prey on the elderly.”
He cites an article on the FCC ruling published by Politico, which noted that: “experts warn that callers slinging bogus tax bills and insurance schemes might still find a way to get through. Calls originating from overseas could present a technical challenge. And the measures are voluntary: phone companies won’t be required to take advantage of the call-blocking systems that the FCC is encouraging and could charge consumers fees for using them.”
Tech journalist and privacy advocate Paul Bischoff recently prepared an elder fraud analysis of phone scams targeting seniors for the technology research firm, CompariTech. The Bischoff report provides an eye-opening state-by-state assessment of elder fraud. He told AMAC that the FCC ruling to stop unwanted robocalls “is a step in the right direction but ultimately might not have the desired impact for consumers.”
The report revealed that seniors are primary targets for fraudsters accounting for 38% of scams and that there are an estimated 5 million cases of elder fraud annually resulting in $27.4 billion in losses.
“We are hopeful that the new focus on protecting the elderly from phone scammers will have a positive effect going forward. In the meantime, just hang up if a caller starts asking for personal information or makes threats. Don’t take their word for it if they say they are calling on official business. No official will ever ask for you to reveal account numbers, Social Security numbers, Medicare id’s over the phone.”

Custom Cuts July 9 – 16

TODAY is Senior Citizen Tuesday – 10% OFF your purchase! If you’re not grillin’ you’re not chillin’!

Senior Citizens Tuesdays
10% OFF ANY Purchase


North Baltimore Custom Cuts 

From the farms to the freezers – We’ll cut whatever you want FRESH!!!
NOT Pre-Packaged!



NY Strip – $11.99#
Top Sirloin – $8.99#
Ribeyes – $12.99#
T-Bone – $10.99#

85% LEAN Ground Beef


Beef Brisket – $4.09#


6 each:
8 oz. NY Strip Steaks
Pork Chops
Leg Quarters
3 to 1 Burgers
Our Own Brats


Pork Spare Ribs – $2.99#
Western Style Ribs  – $3.39#
Pork Steak – $2.79#


Our Bun Length Brats
Regular – Cheddar – Pepper Jack – Bahama Mama
$1.50 each
(a meal in itself!)


Boneless Chicken Breasts – $2.89#
Chicken Leg Quarters 99¢

1 # packs of Whole Hog Sausage
Plain – Mild – Southern – Salt & Pepper


Amish Natural Casing Hot Dog – $5.99#

Rudy’s Famous Chili Dog Sauce


Harlan’s B-B-Q Rub – $7.59

JR Tasty Taters Chips

We accept Credit – Debit – EBT

NWSD District-Wide Hydrant Flushing 

Construction Project Updates…

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.

Northwood/Perrysburg & Lake Townships – Water Main Installation 
Through July, lane restrictions are possible at Tracy and McNerney Roads for water main installation.  Additionally, at this time, lane restrictions are possible at the intersection of Oregon Road and Caple Boulevard.  Project complete: July.  Project investment: $155,000.

Perrysburg Township – Sanitary Sewer Improvements 
Through August, short-term intermittent lane restrictions are possible throughout Perrysburg Township for restoration.  Project complete: August.  Project investment: $998,000.

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

Northwood – East Broadway Valve
Through October, watch for shoulder restrictions and construction crews between Wales and Andrus roads for valve installation. Project complete: October. Project investment: $480,000.

District-Wide Hydrant Flushing 
Through October, weekdays from 8 am until 3:30 pm, crews will be flushing hydrants in various locations throughout Wood County.  Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if the water becomes discolored.  For more information: http://www.nwwsd.org/what-we-do/water/water-facts/hydrant-main-line-flushing-info/

Ask Rusty – Age Seventy hasn’t yet applied for Social Security

You’ve already maximized your monthly Social Security benefit by waiting until age 70 to apply.

Ask Rusty – Age Seventy hasn’t yet applied for Social Security
Dear Rusty: How can I maximize my monthly Social Security benefit? I’m already 70 years old – almost 71 now. Signed: Ready to Apply.
Dear Ready to Apply: You’ve already maximized your monthly Social Security benefit by waiting until age 70 to apply. Age 70 is when you stop earning delayed retirement credits, which have boosted your monthly benefit amount by 32% over what you would have received at your full retirement age of 66, and by 76% over what you would have received if you had claimed benefits early at age 62. Your maximum Social Security benefit is reached in the month you turn 70 years of age, so you shouldn’t delay any longer. Since you’re now actually more than 70 (almost 71), you should immediately claim your Social Security benefit and you should also ask for 6 months of retroactive benefits, which SS will give you in a lump-sum. You can claim your benefits by contacting the Social Security office (find your local office at www.ssa.gov/locator) and making an appointment to apply for benefits, or you can apply online at www.ssa.gov. To apply online, you’ll have to first set up your personal “My Social Security” online account at www.ssa.gov, and then complete and submit your application online. You should specify your “benefit start month” as six months before the date you apply to get the retroactive benefits. 
If you are married, since you have not yet applied for benefits your wife is not yet receiving spousal benefits from your record. Assuming she has reached her full retirement age, her spousal benefit will be half of the benefit you were eligible to receive at your full retirement age, if that amount is more than she is entitled to on her own lifetime work record. If your wife was born on or before January 1st, 1954 she should contact your local Social Security office to file for her spousal benefit. If your wife was born January 2nd, 1954 or later, her spousal benefit should be automatically added to her own benefit when you claim, and she should not need to contact Social Security to apply. I encourage you both to claim these benefits as soon as possible, because each month you delay you are losing benefits which you are entitled to. This is true even if one or both of you are still working, because there is no penalty for working after you have reached full retirement age. And even if you’re still working and paying FICA taxes monthly, your benefit will not increase just because you are still paying into Social Security.
This article is intended for information purposes only and does not represent legal or financial guidance. It presents the opinions and interpretations of the AMAC Foundation’s staff, trained and accredited by the National Social Security Association (NSSA). NSSA and the AMAC Foundation and its staff are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Social Security Administration or any other governmental entity. To submit a question, visit our website or email us.

New Carey Medical and Diagnostic Center Community Open House

Community open house on Wednesday, July 31 from 4 pm to 6 pm in Carey……

 The recently-constructed Carey Medical & Diagnostic Center will be hosting a community open house on Wednesday, July 31 from 4 pm to 6 pm. The new address of the facility is 930 Sheriden Drive (Carey). The general public is cordially invited to tour the facility, meet the providers and care team and learn about future health offerings of the center.

Carey Medical Center


This very special program will feature a welcome by BVHS President and CEO, Scott Malaney and additional remarks by Kelly Shroll, president of Blanchard Valley Medical Practices. The first 300 attendees to complete a tour of the new facility will receive a commemorative gift. A Carey Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting will immediately follow.

For more information, please email events@bvhealthsystem.org or call 419.423.5551.

Opinion: Alzheimer’s disease: more needs to be done

“Your parents, grandparents and even you are at risk considering the fact that 10,000 Americans turn 65 each and every day…”

Alzheimer’s disease: more needs to be done, says AMAC
Finding solutions need to be a priority for all Americans
WASHINGTON, DC, July 5 — June was Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month but, says senior advocate Dan Weber, “it’s not enough to be aware that it is a devastating, deadly infirmity. It is imperative that we raise our voices in support of decisive action to offer real support for its nearly six million victims and their caregivers.”
In a statement backing legislative efforts focused on Alzheimer’s, the president of the two-million-member Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] urges Congress to put political differences aside and get cracking on new legislation that could make a difference.
“It was heartening to see the House, the Senate and President Trump on the same page when the BOLD [Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure] legislation was enacted on New Year’s Day. The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act provides $100 million dollars to fund new and potentially more effective ways to treat the disease and provide aid for besieged caregivers. But it is clearly not enough when we are at war with a disease that is spreading at such a dangerously fast pace.”
Two additional Alzheimer’s bills have been introduced in Congress.  The Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act expands the availability of resources to younger seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementias, resources that are currently available only to patients over 60 years of age. The Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act would expand comprehensive Alzheimer’s disease care planning services for patients.
“Both merit attention by lawmakers in a timely fashion.”
Weber says that more needs to be done to stop what is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and which targets the nation’s fastest growing population — senior citizens. He cites Alzheimer’s Association statistics showing that the overwhelming majority of victims are seniors. Nearly one-million older Americans between 65 and 74, 2.5 million between 75 and 84 years of age and 2.1 million over 85 have the disease. “Your parents, grandparents and even you are at risk considering the fact that 10,000 Americans turn 65 each and every day, a growth rate that will continue for ten or more years, according to theCensus Bureau.
And, adds Weber, if that is not enough for lawmakers to get together and provide support and solutions, consideration needs to be given to the financial impact the disease is having on the economy. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it’s is the most expensive illness plaguing America today. It is costing more than cancer and heart disease. 
The Association estimates that Medicare and Medicaid will spend $195 billion on Alzheimer’s in 2019 and that by 2050 the disease will cost these two agencies $770 billion.  To learn more and join the fight to end Alzheimer’s, visit alz.org/advocacy.