NB Receives 24th Tree City Award

…presented by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.

Way to go NB!!!

The Village of North Baltimore was recognized as a Tree City USA in the Northwest Ohio awards ceremony hosted by the Village of Crestline and their Tree Commission on April 17th.  This is the 24th time our community has been honored with this nationally recognized award.

The awards were presented to the Tree City and Tree Campus USA communities by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.  Featured speaker, Dr. David Kramer of OSU Mansfield, shared the historical significance of the Ohio buckeye tree. John Chapman, AKA Johnny Appleseed portrayed by Crawford County Park District Director Josh Dyer, also made an appearance to congratulate the awardees.

The title of Tree City USA was bestowed upon our community for its ongoing efforts to maintain and improved the quality of life through a comprehensive tree managements program.  The program is guided by the Tree Commission and the municipal government.

The Ohio DNR, Division of Forestry’s Urban forestry Assistance Program acts as a guiding hand in helping a community to become qualified as a Tree City USA.  The Regional Urban Forester recommends a community to the Arbor Day Foundation for this standing. In order to achieve the title and the honors, a community must meet four standards.

  • A Tree Ordinance
  • An active Tree Commission or forestry department
  • A comprehensive urban forestry program supported by a minimum of two dollars per capita
  • An annual Arbor Day proclamation and public observance

Ohio boasts the greatest number of Tree Cities in the country with a grand total of 240.  This marks Ohio’s 42nd consecutive year as the top Tree City USA state, according to the Ohio Division of Forestry.  50 Northwest Ohio communities are Tree Cities and two universities are honored as Tree Campus USAs (Ohio Northern University and the University of Findlay.)  All were recognized for their achievements at the awards ceremony in Crestline.

For additional information about the Tree City USA program or the Arbor Day Foundations, visit www.arborday.org .

North Baltimore will be holding the annual Arbor Day celebration at 11 am on Friday, April 26, at the NB High School – Middle School on Tiger Drive. The Village Tree Commission is donating a tree to the school in honor of Arbor Day.

Bradly A. Tidd, 48, NB

…passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Bradly A. Tidd, 48, of North Baltimore passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Brad was born in Bowling Green on March 5, 1971 to Barry and Teri Tidd.

He was a 1990 graduate of North Baltimore High School where he participated in football and wrestling.

He worked for Best Buy Distribution Center, Findlay.

He is survived by his parents, Barry and Teri Tidd of North Baltimore; brother, Chris Tidd of North Baltimore; sister, Heather (Ryan) Thomas of Findlay; one niece; and two nephews. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Doris Nigh.

Brad was an avid Ohio State and Steelers fan, and loved spending time with his niece and nephews. He was known to many as the “Gentle Giant” and will be missed by all.

A funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2019 at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore, where the family will receive friends for two hours (11:00am-1:00pm) prior to the service.

Burial will follow in New Maplewood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the family, c/o Smith-Crates Funeral Home.

Online condolences can be expressed to the family by visiting www.smithcrates.com.

BVHS Weekend Column: Hemorrhoids

Rarely do hemorrhoids require surgery…..

by Douglas Yoder, MD; Surgical Associates of Northwest Ohio

Dr. Douglas Yoder

Health care providers frequently see patients who have noticed they have passed blood into the toilet. It can be surprising and distressing, but many people are not concerned and blame the bleeding on hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are clusters of veins that are normal and present in the lowest part of the intestinal tract where stool exits the body. They function to serve as a shock absorber so that bowel movements can leave the body easily.

Occasionally, they enlarge and bleed. Situations where this happen are when people frequently strain due to constipation or heavy lifting. Pregnancy also causes hemorrhoids to enlarge, and for many women, may be the time in their lives when hemorrhoids begin. Frequently, swollen hemorrhoids can be felt when cleaning after a bowel movement. In many situations, there may not be a cause that can be identified.

If there is swelling but not pain or bleeding after a bowel movement, no treatment may be needed. Increasing the fluids and/or raw fruits and vegetables in your diet can often improve the quality of your bowel movement and allow for the swelling or pain to improve. Swelling and pain can occur from time to time, but if symptoms persist, they are signs that you should speak with your physician.  

If you notice bleeding in a bowel movement, on the toilet tissue or in the toilet bowl, this may be more significant. It may be a hemorrhoid but can also be a sign of something far more important. People may pass a large amount of blood or even clots, and this can be sudden and surprising. This can be associated with abdominal cramping. If this occurs, especially if is associated with dizziness, it is important to see your physician right away or go to the emergency room.  

A small amount of blood occasionally is not an emergency, but it is still important. If the bleeding persists, it is important to speak with your physician. An examination of the area may simply reveal hemorrhoids, fissures (cuts in the lining of the anus) or a fistula (abnormal channel connected to the anus). Treatment for these conditions can be provided by your physician and involves increasing fluid and fiber intake, possibly utilizing stool softener or hemorrhoid cream, minimizing straining, and warm bath tub soaks. Rarely do hemorrhoids require surgery.  

If bleeding continues despite easy treatment, further evaluation is needed. Inflammation of the intestines and polyps or tumors of the intestines are important, potentially life-threatening problems that can be identified with additional testing, such as a colonoscopy. While some of these conditions occur in older patients, even teenagers can show signs of bleeding as a result of inflammation.

Fortunately, life-threatening problems are not commonly a cause for rectal bleeding, but it is important to tell you physician if it occurs. Your physician can perform a quick and easy examination to determine the cause of the bleeding. If the cause appears to be hemorrhoids, treatment can be started. If hemorrhoids are not the problem, your physician can refer you to a specialist who can help identify the cause of bleeding. Not all rectal bleeding results from hemorrhoids, but most of the time it does. If not, it is important to figure why you are bleeding. It could save your life!

UPDATED-Saturday – 1st Village Brush “Drop Off” > > NO Pick-Up

At Village Complex south of park off High Street.

The Village of North Baltimore Brush Drop Off and Pick Up Policy

“Brush” is defined according to this policy as:

Cut off, trimmed or fallen branches of trees not to exceed 4 inches in diameter and 6 feet in length.

The Village of North Baltimore is committed to providing affordable and effective service to accommodate the residents of the Village of North Baltimore with the following brush drop off and pick up policy.

The following schedule shall apply –

WE ARE HERE:  The 3rd Saturday in April (April 20 – Easter Weekend)- Drop off brush behind the public works building between 8 am and 11 am.

The 3rd Monday in May– Public work employees will pick up brush placed
in the boulevard throughout the village.

The 3rd Saturday in June – Drop off brush behind the public works building between 8 am and 11 am.

The 3rd Saturday in July – Drop off brush behind the public works building
between 8 am and 11 am.

The 3rd Monday in August – Public work employees will pick up brush placed in the boulevard throughout the village.

The 3rd Saturday in September –  Drop off brush behind the public works building between 8 am and 11 am.

The 3rd Saturday in Oct – Drop off brush behind the public works building
between 8 am and ll am.

The 3rd Monday in Nov – Public work employees will pick up brush placed
in the boulevard throughout the village.

No brush will be picked up by the village or allowed to be dropped off at the brush drop off area that is not from a resident of North Baltimore’s property.

Any resident of North Baltimore that uses the brush drop off area will be permitted one visit per month according to the drop off schedule and shall be allowed no more than an 8 ft x 16 ft trailer per visit.

No brush will be accepted at the Village drop off area or picked up by village employees that consist of thorns, poison ivy, poison oak, trash or yard waste.

In the months that the village employees pick up brush within the village, they will accept and remove no more than 1 pi!e of brush, no more than 6 feet long and 6 feet wide.

Residents that use the village drop off area may be required to show proof of residency.

According to a conversation with Department of Public Works Superintendent Doug Wickard, The village will continue to pick up branches that fall during storms at curbside. Wickard said, ” We will give residents a couple of days to get it to the curb. If a storm happens over the weekend, we will not  pick things up on Monday. If it happens early–like Monday, Tuesday, then we will pick it up later that same week.”

The Village or its representative reserves the right to refuse service specific to this policy for any resident that violates any
aforementioned provisions outlined in this policy.

BVHS Service of Remembrance to be Held

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

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

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

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

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

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

For questions or more information, contact Schilling at cschilling@bvhealthsystem.org.


Lennard’s Greenhouse opens TODAY – April 19

The last frost date in Northwest Ohio is in early May, so smart gardeners wait until at least mid-April to even think about buying their plants and flowers.

The last frost date in Northwest Ohio is in early May, so smart gardeners wait until at least mid-April to even think about buying their plants and flowers.

Just like your friends at Lennards’s Greenhouse, one mile east of I – 75 on State Route 18 in North Baltimore.

Lennard’s will open this year on Friday, April 19, at 9 AM!

Open 7 days per week

9 am – 7 pm

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Hanging Baskets

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Annual Flats

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Lennard’s takes the work out of container gardening.

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Get your flats of plants at Lennard’s!

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Infant Immunization Week

Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools for preventing disease and death…

Wood County Health Department encouraging vaccines during National Infant Immunization Week

Appointments available for children whose doctors don’t offer immunizations

BOWLING GREEN — Parents should begin making plans now for vaccines that their children will need when they return to school in the fall.

Physician offices often become busy with immunization appointments, so Wood County Health Department is encouraging parents during National Infant Immunization Week (April 23-29) to begin making their vaccine plans now.

Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools for preventing disease and death. They help protect vaccinated individuals as well as entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

Giving babies their recommended immunizations by age 2 and throughout childhood is the best way to protect them from many serious diseases, such as whooping cough and measles. Parents should ask their child’s doctor about what vaccines are recommended for their age.

Wood County Health Department provides immunizations to children ages 0 through 18 whose doctors do not offer them. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on May 8 and June 4, and from 1-3:30 p.m. on May 23 and June 20.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 419-352-8402. Most insurance and Medicaid is accepted, and the cost without insurance is $20 per vaccine. If you or your child does not have a medical provider, Wood County Community Health Center is accepting new patients. Call 419-354-9049 to schedule an appointment.

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 www.WoodCountyHealth.org


An Easter devotion by Pastor Ralph J. Mineo

An Easter devotion by Pastor Ralph J. Mineo

I get surprised all the time, especially by God. It’s not unusual for me use an expression like this when God surprises me: “The Holy Spirit slapped me up side of the head to get my attention.” This happens most often when I make a firm decision, but God has something else in mind.

Such divine nudges don’t really hurt, but they ARE surprising. Truth be told, this happens all the time. Sometimes, part of the surprise is realizing I’ve relied too much on myself. Trusting God, relying on God, is basic to the call of being a follower of Jesus.

So, God shows up and surprises! There’s nothing more beautiful in this life when God shows up!

In a few days, no one will be surprised it’s Easter Sunday. Not really. But the first Easter was a HUGE surprise! The first disciples weren’t expecting the resurrection. Jesus died on the day we call “Good Friday.” He really, truly, actually died. As an ancient Christian hymn (quoted by Paul in Philippians chapter 2) says, “he was obedient to death.” Jesus died.

The first disciples weren’t waiting around to see it happen! They certainly wouldn’t bring embalming spices for a dead body if they were expecting a resurrection. No, death happened. When they arrived at the tomb, they were surprised by LIFE! They were REALLY surprised!

We have many images of resurrection, eternal life, heaven: pearly gates (some envision St. Peter there to greet them), clouds and angels, golden streets (as in the Book of Revelation), a huge mansion with many rooms (as described by Jesus), and so on. It’s very helpful for our human minds to have practical images of heaven. That’s why they’re in the Bible for us. They help our finite minds focus on the infinite gift. But we should never forget that every human image falls short of what the reality will be. We can’t fathom eternity!

There’s a popular contemporary song by Lutheran composer, John Ylvisaker, titled “Borning Cry.” God is the speaker, promising to be with us at every moment of life’s journey. When the song talks about the moment of death, we hear God say, “I’ll be there with just one more surprise.” I LOVE that phrase! It’s my favorite phrase to use about eternity, “just one more surprise.”

Just as the resurrection of Jesus was a surprise to the first disciples, our entrance into eternal life will be nothing less than a huge, glorious, divine God-surprise! No matter how much we think we have it figured out now, it will be a divine surprise.

In the meantime, as we journey through our lives, God gives us glimpses of the eternal surprise. God gives us holy moments and experiences. God is all about surprising us!

I close with a blessing: May God’s Holy Spirit slap you up the side of the head this Easter, and SURPRISE you with amazing grace, love, forgiveness, healing, peace, joy, and all that you need to appreciate God’s gift of eternal life.

EASTER Hams at NB Custom Cut

Grillin’ – Chillin’ – Hammin’…

North Baltimore Custom Cuts – Weekly Specials – April 16 – 20, 2019

Seniors Save 10% EVERY Tuesday!

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From the Farms to the Freezers –
We’ll Cut whatever YOU Want!!!


Ribeyes – $12.99#

N. Y. Strip – $11.99#

T-Bone – $10.99#

Porterhouse – $11.99#

Top Sirloin – $8.99#



Our Bulk Ground Beef is GROUND FRESHevery day!

85% lean (perfect for the best flavor)


NOT pre-packed!


Asstd. Bone-In Chops


Western Style RIBS

Pork Steak




Leg Quarters

$ .99 per #

Spiral Cut Ham
with Glaze Packs

Semi-Boneless Hams


Bun Length Brats

(a meal in itself!)

Regular – Cheddar –
Bahama Mama

$1.50 each


AMISH Deli Cheeses
from Walnut Creek


Swiss – Colby
Pepper Jack & Co-Jack



Old Style
Garlic Bologna-$5.69

Ham & Cheese-$5.89

We accept Credit – Debit & EBT

Help Wanted: NB Public Library

Part time position……..

The North Baltimore Public Library is looking for an energetic and creative person to serve as Assistant to Youth Services Coordinator.  High school diploma and some experience working with children of various ages required.  Basic knowledge of children’s literature and library practices helpful. 

Part-time position must be flexible to work some evenings and Saturdays. Contact Holly for more information (holly@nbpubliclibrary.org).

Applications can be picked up at the Adult Circulation Desk. Those wishing to apply for this position should have their applications in by May 10th.

NB Village Employees Win Safety Award

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) honored thirteen local employers for reaching one year without workplace injuries or illnesses that kept workers away from work for more than a day.

Other Wood County employers, including Bates Recycling, Inc. in Cygnet, have earned workplace safety recognition

BOWLING GREEN – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) honored thirteen local employers for reaching one year without workplace injuries or illnesses that kept workers away from work for more than a day.

The employers, members of the Wood County Safety Council, received BWC’s 100% Award during the Safety Council’s annual awards ceremony today.

“A healthy workforce is crucial to ensuring that Ohio’s economy remains strong, and I applaud these businesses for their commitment to workplace safety,” said Governor DeWine. “These Wood County employers have demonstrated a commitment to safety, and I congratulate them on this special recognition.”

Local employers recognized with the the 100% Award include:

  • B&B Repairs
  • Bates Recycling, Inc., Cygnet
  • Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce
  • Bowling Green Flight Center
  • Control Design Solutions Ltd.
  • Dunipace Buildings
  • First Insurance Group
  • John Newlove Real Estate, Inc.
  • MCM Precision Castings, Inc.
  • The Employers’ Association
  • The Village of North Baltimore
  • United Way in Wood County
  • Bowling Green Community Development Fdn.

“Running a business is demanding, and I congratulate these employers for understanding there can be no compromising when it comes to workplace safety,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud. “Their success in preventing injuries is paying off with this recognition. More importantly, their workers are returning home each day injury free.” 

Recipients of the 100% Award are among 24 local businesses that received awards. The council also honored employers in three other award categories.

The Wood County Safety Council is one of more than 80 across the state that partner with BWC to educate employers and workers about the importance of workplace safety. Visitbwc.ohio.gov to learn more about Ohio’s Safety Council Program.