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Survival strategy: stock up and hunker down PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER & PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writers   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:07
Lukas Killian chats with customers January 6, 2013 while bagging items at Kazmaier's Market in Perrysburg, Ohio. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
As snow and frigid temperatures sock in much of the region, items ranging from household staples to sleds are flying off area store shelves.
Jackie Siekmann, a spokesperson for Kroger, said that during such conditions people tend to get "the French Toast Syndrome," meaning they purchase "the bread, the eggs, the milk."
Ingredients for chili, such as ground beef and tomatoes, chicken noodle soup, bottled water, and such things as toilet paper, batteries, cigarettes and diapers are popular as well as people hunker down and settle in for what could be days without going out.
Sherry Baranski, assistant manager at Churchill's in Perrysburg, noted that over the past two days "everything" has been selling.
"But we ran out of bread. That was one of them," she said, indicating that there was no real "rhyme or reason" to what was being bought.
Frigid temps tough on tots .... and adults PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA, Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Monday, 06 January 2014 10:03
Shane Rashley of Bowling Green, adjusts the hood of a jacket for his daughter Katelynn, 9, while sledding in Bowling Green on Friday. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Is it safe to let children play outside in the coming frigid weather, or even walk to a nearby school, sports event or lesson?
Bowling Green pediatrician Mike Lemon offered a list of considerations that parents need to keep in mind.
First, are a couple of pre-suppositions:
“We’re presuming the child has no significant medical issues such as a chest issue” like bronchitis, pneumonia or “a lung disease or heart disease.” For those children, exposure to the elements should be avoided entirely.
For healthy children:
“We’re assuming they’re going to be appropriately dressed in multiple layers,” which keep the body much warmer than a single heavy layer of clothing.
Don’t forget the sunscreen, since sun on snow actually causes sunburn.
“Use sunscreen on exposed areas if you’re going to be outside for a significant amount of time, although probably nobody will be in this weather.”
Don’t forget the Chapstick for exposed lips.
Children going outside to play in the snow should be sure to be reasonably well hydrated, Lemon added. “The cold air sucks the water right out of us. Humidity is a lot lower in cold temperatures” so drink plenty of water.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 10:06
Snow shuts down region PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER and PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writers   
Monday, 06 January 2014 10:31
Snow builds as John McAvoy shovels his sidewalk along Poe Road Sunday afternoon. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Wood County was put under a Level 3 Snow Emergency this morning after a winter snow squall dropped seven inches on the area, and winds caused blowing and drifting.
“I’m out on the roads right now and we definitely are starting to have a lot of blowing and drifting,” said Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn this morning. MORE PHOTOS
According to the Sheriff’s Office website, under a Level 3 Snow Emergency, “all municipal, township, county, state and U.S. routes in the county are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions. Those traveling on the roadways may subject themselves to arrest. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work as only employees designated by their employer as essential may go to work and only if their route is passable.”
Wasylyshyn said that while winds died down around 4 a.m. this morning, they began to pick up again between 6:30 and 7 a.m.
After speaking with both Wood County Emergency Management Director Brad Gilbert and Gary Britten, superintendent of the Wood County Highway Garage, it was decided to go to a Level 3.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 10:48
Keep your home safe and warm PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 06 January 2014 10:01
Houses in Bowling Green are seen covered in snow Monday morning. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
With frigid temperatures settling into Wood County, how to keep a home safe from the elements can become a paramount concern.
Neil Gearhart, owner and operator of Gearhart Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in Bowling Green, noted that the greatest issue in such conditions is “property damage from moisture, from the water breaking.”
“Just because it’s 50 degrees on your thermostat, that doesn’t mean it’s 50 degrees in the outside perimeters of your crawl space,” he said.
Unoccupied dwellings can be hardest-hit by the cold conditions – for instance, properties for sale, or left vacant by college students on break.
Gearhart said his company went through 50 such units on one recent day and found three with the heat off – and ice in the toilets.
Such issues, he said can be “an absolute nightmare.”
“Keep the heat up, keep the (interior) doors open,” he said, advising that “when it’s especially cold, I wouldn’t go much less than 70 (degrees) just because it gets that much colder in the outside walls.”
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 11:04
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