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With the goal to create a holistic approach to healthcare, Mercy Health is adding Behavioral Health Consultation to services in the Toledo area.

Behavioral health consultants (BHCs) who are licensed independent social workers are being integrated into the primary care team.

Rhonie Black, one of three behavioral health consultants for the Toledo-area Mercy Health facilities, sees patients at the Oregon Clinic and Bay Meadows Family Medicine facility. She explains that the role of the BHC is twofold. A BHC is a consultant for physicians about mental and behavioral health while also being a clinician for patients, dealing in cognitive and behavioral therapy.

Behavioral, mental, and physical health are connected, she said. “They influence each other.”

The month of November, with its crisp, cool days; clear, blue skies and multi-colored trees, marks the inevitable end of summer and the transition to the colder, harsher weather ahead. Fallen leaves spread a cloth of red and gold over our yards and the open fields are cinnamon and brown – at rest after their summer crops are gone.

Not surprisingly, November’s birth flower is the chrysanthemum. With their many colors and compact, mounded shapes, “mums” are so pretty in yards now – a bright spot of color before the hard frosts turn our outdoor world to brown. This flower comes in a lovely range of colors, such as yellow, pink, white, bronze, red, burgundy, lavender, and gold and they also come in a variety of flower forms.

Santa’s friends from the Portage Fire Department will guide him through the streets of Oak Harbor Saturday, Dec. 3 at 4:15 to kick off the village’s Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration.

At 5 p.m., Santa will arrive at the Log Cabin, where he will light the village Christmas tree. Then children will have the chance to visit with him and share their Christmas wish lists. Afterward, they’ll each receive Santa Bucks which will enable them to shop for two free gift items for their loved ones at downtown businesses.

Pemberville to celebrate Christmas in the Village Nov. 26-27

Pemberville will celebrate Christmas in the Village Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 27 from noon-6 p.m.
The celebration will include horse and carriage rides, a meet and greet with Santa, holiday music and more.

Other highlights include:

• A Festival of Trees themed, “Christmas Through A Child’s Eyes,” held at the Historic Opera House ($5 admission);
• Breakfast with the Elf and Tea with Mrs. Claus at Higher Ground Cafe;

With the holiday season upon us, Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) is once again asking area residents to “Give the Best Gift Ever” to help children who are victims of abuse and neglect.

The agency is kicking off its annual Holiday Gift Drive, which is co-sponsored by the Friends of Lucas County Children Services (FLCCS) and several community partners. The community-based campaign is expected to provide gifts to as many as 2,000 children being served by LCCS.

The drive, which runs through Dec. 19, provides gifts for children living in foster care, with relatives or with their families under LCCS supervision.

Finance Christmas

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