UPDATED–Photo Gallery: 4-Hers say “Thanks”

“Thank you Essential Workers”…….More photos added

The Ohio State University Extension 4-H staff in Wood County shared a few pictures with theNBXpress, along with this message: “Our Wood County    4-H Members are reaching out to thank Essential workers during these challenging times.”  #4happreciatesyou       #4hgrowshere

Thank you farmers for continuing to raise animals and getting ready for Spring planting”
“Thank you Doctors and Nurses”
Thank you Essential Workers” (These siblings are the Westgates from NB)

 

Jenny Morlock , 4-H Program Assistant for OSU Extension in Wood County said ” I just want to reach as many people as possible to let them know how much they are appreciated and teach our kids we can still reach out to others no matter what obstacles we have. Oh, and these kids are all from the  Klassy Kids 4-H Club from your neck of the woods (Southern Wood  County)!”

Komen Northwest Ohio Remains Optimistic

2020 Race for the Cure Events will Hopefully Take Place as Scheduled….

Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio Remains Optimistic
2020 Findlay and Toledo Race for the Cure Events will Take Place as Scheduled

 TOLEDO, OHIO. Thursday, April 2, 2020 – Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio® takes the health and safety of breast cancer patients and our supporters, volunteers and staff very seriously. 

After careful consideration of the ongoing novel coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) crisis, Komen Northwest Ohio leadership remains optimistic that the 2020 Race for the Cure events will take place as scheduled on Saturday, September 26 in Findlay and on Sunday, September 27 in Toledo.

As previously scheduled, registration for the Findlay and Toledo events opened yesterday, Wednesday, April 1. Those interested in registering for the Toledo or Findlay Races may do so at komennwohio.org/race or by calling 419-724-2873. Early special registration remains at $25 for all adults and $15 for youth (ages 3 to 18), and the first 200 people to register will receive free T-shirt shipping.

We realize that times are challenging and there are many unknowns. Komen Northwest Ohio leadership will continue to consult with national and local health experts throughout the coming weeks and months and will provide updates if changes arise.

Komen Northwest Ohio would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to all of the medical professionals, first responders, and other essential workers throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan who have been working diligently to combat COVID-19.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to all who have been affected by this ongoing crisis. Although this must be our focus, the work of Komen Northwest Ohio will go on. Breast cancer doesn’t stop, and neither will we.

Komen Northwest Ohio continues to help women and men battling breast cancer in our 24-county service area, and we are putting plans in place to ensure funds are raised to support the most vulnerable among us as they battle breast cancer.

We would also like to thank our Komen Northwest Ohio family for their patience and commitment to the fight against breast cancer as we respond to this evolving situation together. 

 

About Susan G. Komen® and Komen Northwest Ohio
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Northwest Ohio is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Komen Northwest Ohio has invested more than $13 million in community breast health programs in 24 counties and has contributed more than $4 million to breast cancer research.

Spring Fingerling Fish Sale.

Payment and order are due to the district office no later than Tuesday, April 21, 2020……

The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a spring fingerling fish sale.

Fish species offered include: Bluegill, Hybrid Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Fathead Minnows, and White Amur.  Order forms are available on the website at www.woodswcd.com or by stopping by the office at 1616 E Wooster Street (Greenwood Centre – The Courtyard) Bowling Green, OH. Please call ahead if stopping by the office, 419-354-5517 #4.  Fish pick-up is Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 9:30 AM at the Wood County Fairgrounds. Payment and order are due to the district office no later than Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

 

NBHS 50 Year Club Update

NB 50 Year Club gathering on June 6, 2020 CANCELLED

After talking with the committee, I need  to inform everyone that the 50 Year Club will not be meeting this year on the first Saturday in June 2020, June 6th

With the COVID19 virus, the President and Ohio Governor both mandating stay at home orders for the month of April, and Ohio predicting that it will peak mid May, this seems to be the right call.  Considering the age of our members, I do not want anyone to take any health risks. 

We have over 700 people on our roster, and that makes it an expensive project to do a mailing, so I’m asking all of you to pass the word.  We will plan to reunite on June 5, 2021.

Kathy Eninger, Secretary

Social Security Recipients WILL get Stimulus Checks

“It’s the ONE question nearly all Social Security recipients are asking: Will I get a Coronavirus stimulus check? 

Social Security Recipients WILL get Stimulus Checks
 
WASHINGTON, DC, Mar 31 — “It’s the ONE question nearly all Social Security recipients are asking: Will I get a Coronavirus stimulus check? If yes, do I get one even if I haven’t filed a tax return in recent years? The answers are YES and YES!, says Jeff Szymanski, political analyst at the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].
 
The “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) passed by Congress provides for substantial stabilization of America’s economy during the unprecedented medical crisis now sweeping the country. The Act provides critically needed funding in key areas like expanded unemployment benefits and specific aid to many business segments facing extraordinary disruption, along with financial relief payments to most Americans, subject to income guidelines below.
 
“Under the Act’s provisions, Americans having a valid Social Security number will receive direct cash assistance, specifically including those who receive welfare and Social Security benefits. Relief payments will be $1,200 for individuals, $2,400 for couples, and $500 per child, for individuals with incomes at or below $75,000 ($112,500 for heads of household) and couples with income at or below $150,000. Individuals earning up to $99,000 and couples up to $198,000 will receive a reduced payment, prorated according their higher income level,” according to Szymanski.
 
The procedural details on how the approved payments will get into the hands of recipients are still being finalized, but these are the general elements:
 
·      According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, most payments should be in the hands of recipients within three weeks
 
·      Eligibility for cash payments is based on income as reported in your most recent income tax return (note: adjusted gross income is the figure used)
 
·      If you did not file tax returns and are receiving Social Security payments, the IRS can use your Form SSA-1099 Social Security Benefit Statement or your Form RRB-1099 Social Security Equivalent Benefit Statement to send your check
 
·      If you have received a tax refund in the last two years by direct deposit, that’s where your money will be sent. If not, the IRS will mail a check to your “last known address”
 
·      The IRS will mail a notice confirming distribution of your payment, along with IRS contact information if you haven’t actually received the confirmed payment
 
·      You do not need to do anything in advance. For many recipients, the IRS has your banking information and will likely execute direct transfers to your account
 
AMAC’s sister organization, The AMAC Foundation, updates a site five days a week entitled The Social Security Report. For the absolute latest daily information on this vital program, visit www.socialsecurityreport.org. Many of this week’s headline and latest news posts on The Social Security Report deal specifically with The CARES Act (Stimulus Bill), and those seeking more detailed information will find it a valuable resource.
 
But to reiterate, reports Szymanski, “YES, Social Security recipients are eligible and need do nothing at all to receive their $1,200 per person relief payments due them. If you are required to file a tax form, it is likely that having done so already may speed up delivery of the payment.”

Tap into Employer Benefit Resources in Times of Uncertainty

Now’s a good time to take stock of your physical and mental health and familiarize yourself with the resources available from your employer…..

(Family Features) For many American workers, how they do their jobs dramatically changed with the spread of COVID-19. Some have shifted to working from home while others moved to part-time or reduced hours.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images


With uncertainty abound, now’s a good time to take stock of your physical and mental health and familiarize yourself with the resources available from your employer.

As part of a report on mental health, employee benefits company Unum found nearly three-quarters (74%) of working adults feel big life events can have a major impact on their mental health. Some top mental health triggers include a person’s health (69%), finances (67%), relationships (59%) and job satisfaction (52%).

“With so many people experiencing major shifts in not only their work lives, but also potentially their health, finances and personal lives, now is a good time to know what resources are available,” said Laurie Mitchell, assistant vice president of global wellbeing and health at Unum.

Often linked with a health care or disability plan’s coverage, employee assistance programs, telemedicine or tele-behavioral health and app-based programs are low-cost solutions that allow people to connect with a professional on their own time when they’re experiencing a problem.

Employee Assistance Programs
An employee assistance program (EAP) often offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals and follow-up services to people who have personal or work-related concerns. EAPs address a wide range of issues affecting mental and emotional wellbeing, such as alcohol and other substance abuse, stress, grief, family problems and psychological disorders. Many EAPs also provide services to help caregivers, assist with financial planning or offer child care resources.

Telemedicine and App-Based Mental Health Solutions
Telemedicine services can make accessing medical and mental health resources easier. There are even apps that can target specific mental health needs, and people can access them on their own time when they need the services. These types of tools can be effective complements to traditional care and help with everything from increasing positivity and efficiency to reducing stress and anxiety.

“Employees should ask their human resources department what resources are available and be supportive of colleagues who may be struggling as well,” Mitchell said. “Especially during this time of uncertainty, offering support to others and knowing where to direct them can improve lives and help create a more inclusive work environment.”

In addition, the report found 93% of human resources professionals say their companies offer an EAP, yet only 38% of employees said they’re aware of the resource. More than half of human resources professionals also said they offer financial counseling, legal services and telemedicine services, but only a fraction of employees reported being aware these services exist.

As businesses chart new ways of working, these types of tools can help employees establish new ways of interacting with support services when in-person options may not be available. Even if you’re not struggling now, as you navigate this uncertain time, consider asking your employer what resources you have access to that can help support your physical and mental wellbeing.

To download the mental health report and learn about other employee benefit resources, visit Unum.com/workwell.

 

SOURCE:
Unum

Mud and More Mud

Trudging through the mud is hard work……

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Rain creates mud, and mud creates angst for farmers kept from doing what they value most: getting out in the fields.

2019 ended what was the wettest decade in Ohio on record. This winter has not been as wet as the last one, but it has been warmer, so the ground has not frozen for long, leaving fields saturated. And this spring is projected to bring above-average rainfall to Ohio, which will bring on more mud.

And mud is not simply a gooey mess for the animals and people who trudge through it. Mud can keep farmers from planting and harvesting, lower crop yields, put livestock at higher risk for some diseases, and make it tougher for livestock to gain weight.

Drive on wet soil with heavy equipment such as a planter or harvester and the pore space between the soil particles becomes compressed, leaving the soil less able to support crop growth.

The mud from Ohio’s plentiful rain has led to 10 fewer days when it’s suitable to work in farm fields—five in April, when planting typically occurs, and five in October, the typical harvest period.

“That’s more than a week’s worth of work—time that’s no longer available,” said Chris Zoller, an educator with Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

“It squeezes the time you have in the spring, when you have to plant, and in the fall, when you have to harvest.”

Farmers certainly found that out last year. In 2019, rain led to an unprecedented number of acres that never could be planted. This spring is projected to also bring above-average rainfall, which might bring similar challenges for farmers.

Trudging through the mud is hard work. Cattle, pigs, and other livestock burn more calories stepping through mud and staying warm when cold mud sticks to them. And burning more calories means they weigh less when they go to slaughter, so cattle often have to be fed food that’s higher in nutrients if the animals are dealing with a lot of mud.

“Cattle can handle cold weather better than mud,” said Stephen Boyles, cattle specialist with CFAES. “We complain about cold temperatures, but there can be some benefits because then at least the ground is frozen.”

Weight gain for beef cattle in mud becomes even tougher. Shin-deep in mud, cattle experience a 14% decline in their ability to take on weight. If the mud is up to their bellies, there’s a 35% decline, federal statistics show.

Out on the pasture and sometimes in the feeding areas, ruts and reseeding often are necessary.

Laying down concrete in a feeding area or creating a slope in that area so rainwater rolls off can help, Boyles said.

“If not, about all you can do is reseed and level the feeding area,” Boyles said. “Admittedly, I have not found a perfect answer.”

Winters in Ohio have gradually been warming—and are doing so quicker than summers are—and this winter the ground hardly stayed frozen at all.

“Typically we would still see soil temperatures close to freezing,” said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist with CFAES. “We just haven’t had much of that, overall. It’s been too warm for that to happen.”

Given that the ground is saturated in much of Ohio and the forecast is for a rainier-than-average spring, Wilson advises farmers to take advantage of any day that’s suitable for fieldwork. 

“I tell them, ‘Be prepared and ready to roll when you get those windows to plant in the spring. Don’t take them for granted.”

Custom Cuts is Open for Curb-Side Pick-Up

Special Announcement:

 

We want to thank all of you for your continued support and patience as we try to provide you with the best and safest service possible.

As of April 1, 2020 we will be taking CALL IN meat orders only – for curbside pickup.

Our hours will remain the same:
Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
And Saturday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

We apologize for any inconvenience!

North Baltimore Custom Cuts

This week’s SPECIALS:

Specials for the week of March 31 – April 4th

Senior Citizens’ Tuesday 
10% OFF on purchases!

From the farms to your freezers we will cut whatever you want!

Daisyfield semi-boneless fully cooked Easter hams
$2.59

Extra meaty smoked ham hocks $1.99
Our  Hickory smoked bacon $5.99  
Bacon ends and pieces $2.99
Center cut pork chops $2.89
Boneless pork chops $3.99
Pork spare ribs $2.99

1# packs of whole hog sausage $3.29.

Boneless chicken breast $2.89

Steaks

Porterhouse $11.99
Rib-eyes $12.99
T-bones $10.99
Cube steak $4.99
Skirt steak $5.99
Chuck Eye steak $5.59

New York strip steak special
8 ounce
only $6 each
cut fresh to your order

Beef brisket $4.09 

OUR chicken salad $5.99 — Sandwich spread $5.49

Deli cheeses

Swiss – Colby – pepper Jack – Co-Jack

$5.49

Keystone canned beef and pork $7.99 .
Chicken $2.89 28 oh zy Cam

Rudy’s famous chili dog sauce $4.50

Tasty Tater Potato Chips
Regular And Dippers
$4

We accept Debit – Credit and EBT

Recycle Plastic Caps for Pack #372 Community Project

Cub Scout Pack #372, boys and girls, have put it to a vote and they want to start collecting caps to keep them out of the landfill.

from Eric Trout, Cut Scout Leader Pack #372

What to Recycle or not to Recycle?

As of March, 2020 the NB Recycling Center is CLOSED due to COVID-19

A lot of community members of North Baltimore pull up to the recycling center south of the Village Park on Saturday mornings. Some get out of their cars while others wait for someone to help them get their recyclings out of their car. There are a half dozen dedicated men that run the recycling center every week. They take almost everything for recycling, almost everything.

Cub Scout Pack #372 has helped them out numerous times throughout the year and the boys and girls of our pack always enjoy helping sort the cans, bottles and magazines into the different bins.

This last time that a few of us were up there we learned something new. There is one item that many recycling centers will not accept, PLASTIC CAPS. Many of you probably didn’t know that. The helpers at the recycling center normally take any of the caps off of the bottles and containers before they sort them. The plastic cap is something that gets tossed in a separate bag to go to the landfill or if someone else needs them they are set aside.

Well it has been brought to my attention through one of the village’s recyclers that there is an organization that will take plastic caps and turn them into benches, trash receptacles, planters, picnic tables, etc. This organization is Green Tree Plastics located in Evansville, Indiana. Cub Scout Pack #372, boys and girls, have put it to a vote and they want to start collecting caps to keep them out of the landfill and make something useful.

Currently, I think the pack is leaning towards a bench or a trash receptacle that could be given back to the community. Below is the amount of caps that we need to collect to transport to Evansville:

6 feet long bench with back – 200 lbs caps

Trash Receptacle – 250 lbs caps

There is a fee associated with the manufacturing of each bench, but our concern right now is collecting the significant amount of caps needed. We will be setting up locations around town for you to drop off the caps, but for now continue to take them to the recycling center on Saturday mornings and the pack will get them from them. We will keep you updated on our collection and future drop points set up.

If you are interested in seeing what Green Tree Plastics can do, check out their website: https://www.greentreeplastics.com/

No Metal TRASH……………ANY
drink bottles
prescription bottles
ALL food containers
Cardboard Liners
plastic Ziplock typebags soap pumps
trigger sprayers lotion pumps
ALL fast food drinklids grocerybags
Plastic thatis not a capor
lid, plastic pieces and
parts
Caps or lids with (1) (3)
(6) or(7) recycle
number
Human or Animal Medical
Supplies
K-Cups and Straws
METAL…………….ANY PAPER……………ANY

Places to Eat In and Around North Baltimore, Ohio

Here are the “current” options for grabbing a bite to eat in and around our little village. As a public service we list local eateries…

Here are the “current” options for grabbing a bite to eat in and around our little village. As a public service we list local eateries…

We do not guarantee and have not verified anything concerning the operations of these facilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We get most of our info off of Facebook and word of mouth… (I know, right?)

Please contact these businesses for more information – they have Facebook pages and in come cases a website (Google search is a wonderful thing). 

Downtown North Baltimore (coming from South Main going North):

OPEN – Crossroads Cafe – South Main Street

CLOSED – Daily Queen (seasonal) – South Main Street

CLOSED – COVID 19 – Ten Pin Lanes & Lounge (seasonal) – South Main Street

OPEN – NB Marathon – at the 4 – way

CLOSED – Subway – North Main Street

CLOSED COVID-19 – China City – North Main Street

CLOSED COVID-19 –  NB Eagles – North Main Street

OPEN – Mak & Ali’s Pizza – North Main Street

Heading towards the hi-way (I – 75):

CLOSED – Legion Bar & Grill – American Legion Drive –

Great Scot Deli & Kitchen – SR 18 East

Out at the hi-way on SR 18 Exit:

OPEN – NB McDonald’s

OPEN – Arby’s – In the Love’s Plaza

OPEN – The Iron Skillet at Petro Plaza

OPEN – Taco Bell Express/Pizza Hut Express at Petro Plaza

Out-of-town Deliveries:

There are several options for having food delivered to your home, both in town and out-of-town!

If any eateries or delivery services would like to enhance their presence (advertise) on TheNBXpress.com (AND on our Facebook pages: north baltimore news and more and NBXpress) – contact JP or Sue about advertising. We regularly reach more than 5,000 families within 15 miles of NB!

Call 419-581-9629 (please leave a message).

You can also drop an email to: [email protected]

 

 

St. Luke’s Wed. Night Message

Join Pastor Ralph– Wed at 7:00pm on facebook for  “The Journey Ahead” based on Acts 28:30-31…..

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore,

Wednesday April 1, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Pastor Ralph Mineo will offer a message titled

 “The Journey Ahead” based on Acts 28:30-31.

Please join Pastor Ralph at www.facebook.com/ralph.j.mineo

as we continue our journey through Lent together.