Bbbrrrrrr…….. Mid November Winter Weather in the SouthWood

To you in the warmer climes, HEY from YOUR hometown in Northwest Ohio!


Because it’s cold in North Baltimore, been like Winter for a couple of weeks now…

To you in the warmer climes, we say “HEY” from YOUR hometown in Northwest Ohio!

photos by Chip Dimund

A definition of “pret·ty”
  1. 1.
    attractive in a delicate way without being truly beautiful or handsome.
    “The snow is pretty, I’ve had enough already, and I can’t wait for Spring!”
The freezing rain could be “pretty”, if not on walk and roadways!
The “light” coating of ice on trees and bushes, likewise is “pretty” as long as it doesn’t weigh them down and break limbs.
The Wood County Park District’s Slippery Elm Trail is “pretty” no matter the weather!
Pine trees usually look “pretty” with a light layer of snow…
The CSX “depot” and the former Whistle Stop (and a POD) in Downtown NB.

A different kind of “pretty”…

Henry Twp construction Mov 2018 Rudolph Rd. – Oil Center intersection – this might be done “pretty” soon…


Fundraiser Blends 1920s History with Holiday Festivities………………

Relive the Jazz Age at a Roaring 20s Gala Fundraiser at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd. in Bowling Green on Saturday, December 1 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

Come together at this annual event to enjoy the ritzy festivities of a speakeasy with 1920’s-inspired hors d’oeuvers, cocktails & mocktails, live music, and a holiday gift courtesy of the Historical Society Gift Shop.

There will also be a silent auction featuring a variety of themed Gift Baskets with local goodies from artists, merchants, and restaurants at the event. Some of the items include: a Zamboni ride & tickets to the Toledo Walleye, Glass Bowl from Toledo Museum of Art & a House Jazz Concert, courtesy of Jeffrey Halsey. An additional 50-50 raffle will also take place during the event.

Live entertainment will be provided by the BGSU Chamber Jazz Quartet.

The gala will take place throughout the museum, where visitors can have the last tour of the WWI exhibit “Over There! Send Word, the Wood County Boys are Coming!”  andThe Return to Normalcy: A Life of Leisure in Wood County.”

Gala tickets are $60/person. For tickets, please call 419-352-0967 or purchase online at

Event Gold Sponsors: Ed & Irma Wolf, Michael Penrod & Ken Housholder, and

Mike & Terri Marsh


Safe Communities of Wood County: Click It or Ticket

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year…….

This Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads, eager to spend time with family and friends. This Thanksgiving, Safe Communities is teaming up with the U.S Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on high-visibility Click It or Ticket campaign to work toward reducing the number of fatalities that occur when vehicle passengers fail to buckle up.

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. With millions of Americans on the road en route to visit friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday, it is more essential than ever to ensure all vehicle passengers are buckled up. With more vehicles on the roads, the chances of being involved in a vehicle crash increase greatly. For this reason, law enforcement will be patrolling the streets, looking for unbuckled passengers. If they spot you, they will pull you over and issue a ticket.

During the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend (6 p.m. Wednesday, November 23, to 5:59 a.m. Monday, November 28), 341 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide. Tragically, 49 percent of those killed were unbuckled, representing a decrease in seat belt use compared to the same weekend in 2015, when 52 percent of those killed in traffic crashes were unrestrained. Nighttime proved even more deadly, with 55 percent of Thanksgiving weekend crashes occurring at night.

Much like drunk driving, these deaths represent needless tragedies for families across America. These deaths could have been completely prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.

“We hope Thanksgiving only brings happy memories for our community member, but sadly we suffer from vehicle crash-related losses each year, and many are a result of drivers and passenger refusing to buckle up,” said Sandy Wiechman. “Nearly half of all drivers and passengers killed in crashed on Thanksgiving weekend 2016 were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crash. This statistic is just acceptable when we know that seat belt use is one of the simplest ways to stay safe while riding in a vehicle.”

“Every day, we see the effects of unbuckled vehicle crashes.” “Whether you’re driving cross-country or across the street, you must wear your seat belt. This Thanksgiving and every day of the year remember: Click It or Ticket

 For More Information:

  • Angel Burgos, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
  • Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator: 419-372-9353 or

Holiday Entertainment with Friends and Family of All Ages

It can be a big job playing host during the holidays…….

(Family Features) Holiday entertaining is no small chore. From feeding the masses to keeping everyone happy and engaged, it can be a big job playing host during the holidays.

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From time-saving meal options to ideas that encourage everybody to take part in the festivities, consider these tips to help make it easy to keep guests of all ages entertained:

Simply catch up. Once the whole crew gets together, make a game out of giving everyone the chance to catch up. Put topics in a hat and draw to determine which category you’ll hear about, such as “favorite vacation this year” or “the latest on the grandkids.” Go around the room and give each guest a turn to share.

Go out for a change. Rather than trying to cook at home, save time by finding a restaurant or take-out option that suits everyone’s tastes. Keep pricing in mind, as a large group can rack up quite the bill if you don’t plan ahead. Several restaurants offer special deals, such as the 10 percent discount available at select eateries for AARP members. From Italian to seafood, finding the right spot for a bite to eat with grandkids or longtime friends can be a breeze.

Catch the newest release. When you feel like getting out of the house, heading to a movie theater can provide a chance to relax, especially for family members who have traveled long distances to join the group. Re-makes of classic favorites and holiday blockbusters can put a smile on just about anyone’s face. Additionally, some theaters offer discounts for ordering tickets online ahead of time.

Deck the halls. Adding a touch of festive flair can make guests feel welcome and ready to celebrate the occasion. But you don’t have to spend hours dragging out boxes of decorations to get your home holiday-ready. Colorful flower arrangements can add instant seasonal character and cheer to a room. Some floral services make it easy and affordable to have those bouquets delivered straight to your door, so all you have to do is find the perfect spot to showcase the pretty blooms.

Head to the mall. Shopping is another option for those looking to leave cramped quarters behind, and finding last-minute holiday deals could appeal to the procrastination-inclined gift givers. Take advantage of stores offering special deals or discounts with your AARP membership.

Find more solutions for your entertaining and holiday needs at



Chowline: Holiday Indulgence in Moderation

Try to understand that not all of your holiday eating habits are going to be perfect, so cut yourself some slack and enjoy the season….

Do you have any tips on how I can indulge in all the holiday food festivities without overdoing it?

You aren’t the only one wondering about this issue. With the holidays approaching, many people are concerned about trying to stay healthy while also enjoying all the delicious foods and traditions associated with the many celebrations that are or will be soon occurring.

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Many people are looking for ways to either avoid temptation or make better choices that will allow them to maintain a healthy weight while they navigate all the indulgence of the season, said Jenny Lobb, a family and consumer sciences educator for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

With that in mind, Lobb offers the following tips that can help you enjoy the holidays and still meet your food-related health goals.

  • Use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate dietary guidelines as your guide to healthy eating. MyPlate encourages people to eat more fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains, including advocating that people make half of the food on their plate fruits and vegetables. So look for fruits and vegetables when you go to holiday gatherings and when you are planning your own meals. Filling up on those foods first might help you eat less of the other richer foods that you might encounter later.
  • Plan ahead—whether you are packing a lunch or snacks—for your workday. When you bring your own food, you might be less likely to pass through the break room and indulge in some of the sweets that other people bring in. Plan ahead for any parties you might attend as well. Doing so might help you avoid some of the sweets or rich foods offered there.
  • Survey your options. If you go to a party, take a look to see what is available before filling up your plate. Then, strategically choose what you want to indulge in.
  • Keep an eye on your portions. In the words of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, “enjoy your foods, but eat less.” You can still enjoy those special holiday treats, but keep an eye on the portions and try not to overdo it. Filling up on fruits and vegetables first might help you stick to smaller portions of the richer foods you choose to eat.
  • Limit your liquid calories. Lots of holiday drinks such as alcoholic beverages, eggnog, and festive coffee drinks contain more calories and sugar than some desserts. So keep an eye on the beverages that you’re choosing, try to fill up on water first, and then treat those richer drinks more like desserts or sweets.

Lastly, try to understand that not all of your holiday eating habits are going to be perfect, so cut yourself some slack and enjoy the season. Don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day.

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

WBGU-TV Rescan Day Planned for November 27

Over-the-air viewers need to rescan to access station……….

BOWLING GREEN, OH – WBGU-TV is moving its broadcast frequency beginning at 11:30 a.m., Nov. 27, 2018, and viewers who watch using an over-the-air antenna must rescan their TVs to continue accessing the station. Previously, the station had indicated that it would be moving its channel number, however, it still will appear as Channel 27.

Rescanning is simply using the TV remote to scan/find all the available channels in the area. Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services, and those who watch WBGU-TV via cable or satellite (DISH Network, DIRECTTV, Spectrum, etc.) do not need to rescan, said Anthony Short, WBGU-TV co-general manager.

The frequency move is a result of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 2016 incentive auction. While Bowling Green State University, WBGU-TV’s licensee, voluntarily withdrew from the auction in 2017, the FCC is requiring WBGU-TV and nearly 1,000 others across the country, to move as part of a “repacking process.” This process is designed to free up spectrum space to improve wireless broadband connectivity in the United States.  The FCC is funding any equipment or technical services needed for stations to move their frequencies.

“We’ve been a part of the community since 1964, and we know that the viewers in our 19-county area rely on us for the best in local public television and national PBS programming,” said Tina Simon, WBGU-TV co-general manager. “Our goal is to make the transition as easy as possible for viewers so they can continue to watch shows they love like The Journal, BGSU Brain Game, PBS NewsHour or Antiques Roadshow.”

Short added, another bonus to rescanning is that viewers may discover other channels in their lineup that they didn’t know were missing.

WBGU-TV also will continue to air its two sub-channels – Encore (27.1) and Create (27.2). Encore offers re-broadcasts of PBS and programing and airs the Ohio Government Channel (OGT). Create features how-to-programs on topics including cooking, woodworking, sewing, crafting and gardening.

To rescan, viewers should follow these general steps. However, given the variety of television brands and remotes, it may be necessary to consult the owner’s manual for the television or converter box.

Go to menu or home on the remote.

Go to channels or settings – channels

Select one of the following:

  Auto scan

  Auto search

  Auto program

  Channel search


Scanning should begin and will take several minutes. Once the scan is complete, WBGU-TV should appear in the channel listing.

WBGU-TV is providing additional information about the rescan process on its website and social media accounts. For more information, visit or the  National Association of Broadcasters’ website at

WBGU-TV 27 is a PBS affiliate and partner of Bowling Green State University serving a 19-county region with award-winning programming and educational resources. For more information, visit


Community Christmas Tree Lighting Scheduled

Collecting non-perishable food and toiletry items to support local needs………….

The Bridge Fellowship announces the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree located at 123 East Broadway, NB on Sunday, December 2 at 7:00pm.

Come enjoy the fun and enjoy hot chocolate and caroling, too.

The Bridge will be collecting non-perishable food  and toiletry items to support local needs.

Lutheran Church News for November 18

Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “The Time Has Come” …….

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

On Sunday, November 18, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “The Time Has Come” based on Mark 13:1-8 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. Please join us. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

On Sunday, November 18, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “The Time Has Come” based on Mark 13:1-8 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. Please join us. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

BVHS Weekend Column: Getting the Skinny on Fatty Liver Disease

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disorder in developed countries……

Getting the Skinny on Fatty Liver Disease, by Brenda Keller, CNP, Gastroenterology Associates of Northwest Ohio

Brenda Keller, CNP

If you have been told that you have “fatty liver disease,” you are among 25 percent of people in the United States and 24 percent of people worldwide who have this condition. Fatty liver disease occurs when fat is deposited in the liver due to causes other than excessive alcohol use. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one type of fatty liver. NAFLD is the most common liver disorder in developed countries. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the most extreme and fastest progressing subtype of NAFLD.

NASH and NAFLD are the leading causes of chronic liver disease. NAFLD is associated with insulin resistance, increasing body mass index (BMI) and age, and metabolic syndrome (obesity, combined hyperlipidemia, Type II diabetes mellitus and high blood pressure) as well as hypoxia caused by obstructive sleep apnea. Being male might also be a risk factor for NAFLD, as NAFLD has been observed to be more prevalent in men than women.

A liver biopsy is the only test widely accepted as distinguishing NASH from other forms of liver disease and can be used to assess the severity of the inflammation and the fibrosis that results from the disease. Since liver biopsy is associated with risks, and since most NAFLD patients are asymptomatic, other methods of diagnosis are preferred such as liver sonography (ultrasound). Routine liver function (blood) tests are not sensitive enough to detect NAFLD.

For those who have fatty liver with associated inflammatory injury (steatohepatitis), blood tests are usually indicated to rule out viral hepatitis (A, B and/or C), rubella and autoimmune diseases. Low thyroid activity is more prevalent in NASH patients and is detected by determining the thyroid stimulating hormone.

Imaging studies including liver ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the abdomen and magnetic resonance elastography can all be useful, noninvasive methods of detecting fatty liver disease.

Treatment for NAFLD involves treating the underlying cause. Weight reduction, increased activity and control of lipids and blood glucose are all beneficial. Daily vitamin E may also be prescribed for some patients with NAFLD. A diet that is plant-based may reduce symptoms. Patients with NAFLD should consider diets rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. Limiting alcohol intake is also recommended. The absorption of alcohol can cause fat to accumulate on the liver and lead to inflammation.

If you feel discouraged because you have been told that you have fatty liver disease, cling to the “better-late-than-never” principle. It is better to lose excess weight, increase physical activity and make the necessary diet adjustments whenever you can, rather than not at all. Even small changes can make a big difference when it comes to your liver health.

A.G. DeWine Offers Holiday Shopping Tips for Consumers

Commonly reported problems include refund issues, complaints about products not being delivered, and billing disputes…..

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today offered consumer protection tips for the holiday shopping season.

Consumers are expected to spend an average of about $1,000 during this year’s holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation, and complaints about shopping (both in stores and online) are one of the most common types of complaints filed with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Commonly reported problems include refund issues, complaints about products not being delivered, and billing disputes.

“We’re reminding people to take some common-sense steps to avoid problems when they’re doing their holiday shopping,” Attorney General DeWine said. “A little bit of effort up front can help prevent headaches later.”

Tips for consumers include:

  • Beware of scams. Watch for phony “Black Friday” coupons, such as those offering hundreds of dollars to spend at a store, and other claims that sound too good to be true. Be wary if someone asks you to pay using gift cards or wire transfers, which are commonly requested by scam artists.
  • Check refund policies before you buy. Under Ohio consumer protection laws, stores are not required to provide refunds or to have a specific type of return policy, but if they do have a return policy, they must clearly tell you what it is before you complete the purchase. (For example, the return policy shouldn’t be posted only on the back of a receipt or after you’ve checked out.)
  • Research sellers carefully. Search for complaints filed with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau. Also look up customer reviews online and find out what previous customers have said about the seller.
  • Look for exclusions and limitations in ads. Important exclusions and limitations should be clearly disclosed. Check to see if an offer is valid only during certain hours, if limited quantities are available, or if other terms and conditions apply. If a seller advertises a product at a certain price but sells out of it by the time you respond to the ad, you may have the right to a rain check. However, sellers are not required to provide rain checks if they clearly disclose the number of goods available at that price or if they clearly state that no rain checks will be given.
  • Understand differences among gift cards. Gift cards are the most requested type of gift, according to the National Retail Federation, but not all gift cards have the same features or functions. A gift card that is branded by a credit card company and can be used almost anywhere may reduce in value faster than a single-store gift card. Also, promotional cards, such as those that come free with a purchase, may not carry the same protections as other cards and may last only a short period of time. If you receive a gift card, it’s generally best to use it as quickly as possible to reduce the chance it will be lost, stolen, or otherwise reduced in value.
  • Keep cybersecurity in mind. Don’t use free, public Wi-Fi when entering sensitive information like your credit card number, keep apps, software, and operating systems up to date, and use secure websites when you need to enter personal information. (Find additional cybersecurity tips on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.)
  • Consider paying with a credit card, if possible. Paying with a credit card usually offers greater protections from unauthorized charges compared to other kinds of payment methods. In general, with a credit card, your responsibility for unauthorized charges is limited to $50 and you have certain rights to dispute charges that you may not have with a debit card or other form of payment.

Consumers who want to learn more or get help addressing a consumer problem should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at or 800-282-0515.

Christmas Toy and Mac & Cheese Drive

Sponsored by: Paws for a Cause..

Sponsored by: Paws for a Cause
Students will be collecting new and gently used toys to be donated to the University of Toledo’s Snowpile group throughout November.

Christian Richmond, a former NBLS student, is the President of the group and has requested new toys they can then take to area hospitals. While there, they will visit with the children and spread some Christmas cheer.

Gently used toys will be donated to Findlay’s City Mission, so the child residents have a merry Christmas as well. The mac & cheese will be donated to local families to help provide a better holiday season for them as well.

Please drop off any and all donations to the NB high school. If you would like them to go to a certain grade for the ice cream party competition, just let them know that. Any donations toward the ice cream party competition must be received by Nov. 19th; otherwise, items will be collected until the end of November.

Bluffton Hospital Receives National Recognition

For overall excellence in quality and patient perspectives………..

Bluffton Hospital Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Quality and Patient Perspectives

Bluffton Hospital, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in quality and patient perspectives for the fourth time, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

Bluffton Hospital ER

Bluffton Hospital is a licensed 25-bed, short-term acute care facility providing a full range of services including inpatient medical care, 24-hour emergency care, outpatient surgery, women’s care, cosmetic services and diagnostic services. The facility also features a Level 1 obstetrics unit and several physician specialty clinics, including a pelvic pain center.

“Bluffton Hospital is honored and humbled to accept this award for the fourth time,” said Chris Keller, president of Bluffton Hospital and vice president of clinical services and supply chain at BVHS. “Our patients at Bluffton Hospital are our top priority. We continuously strive to provide the highest quality care to our rural communities with the use of updated technology and advanced medicine.”

The Performance Leadership Awards are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Leveraging data from public data sources, the INDEX aggregates data from 50 rural-relevant metrics across eight pillars to derive a single overall percentile rating for all Critical Access Hospitals and Rural & Community Hospitals. The Performance Leadership awards spotlight top performance in the areas of Quality, Outcomes and Patient Perspective.

“We’re thrilled to partner with NOSORH on this program and commend this year’s recipients who are working diligently to provide quality care within their communities,” said Michael Topchik, national leader at The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

To learn more about the services available at Bluffton Hospital, please call 419.358.9010.


Bluffton Hospital is a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, which provides a total continuum of care to more than 100,000 households in an eight-county area. The BVHS mission is to provide a broad continuum of exceptional health-related services in Northwest Ohio.