Leaving legacy of learning & loving at Wood Lane

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   When Melanie Stretchbery walks out on the floor of Wood Lane Industries, she is swarmed by workers wanting to give her hugs and high-fives. They talk about birthdays, knitting projects and their work day. These are the people who convinced Stretchbery to start her career working with the developmentally disabled 33 years ago. She didn’t plan this career path. “I was going to work in criminal justice,” she said, initially doing some work as a parole officer. But something didn’t feel right. “I didn’t feel hope working in corrections,” Stretchbery said. So she tried a new career path working with people with developmental disabilities. There, she found the hope she was looking for. “It’s everywhere,” Stretchbery said,…

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Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite … reports of bed bugs on the rise

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Warning: Reading this story may create an irresistible urge to itch. The Wood County Health District is seeing an increase in the number of complaints on bed bugs. Feeling itchy yet? “Bed bugs were almost eradicated at one point, but they’ve been making a comeback,” said Tom Rutter, registered sanitarian with the health district. “It seems like bed bugs are becoming more and more prevalent each year.” Some weeks the health district gets several complaints of the pesky bugs. “They’re pretty frequent,” Rutter said. Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, are flat, and range from tan to dark brown. Their eggs may not be visible to the naked eye, but the adults are….


What’s happening in your community (updated Aug. 23)

NEWLY POSTED: Pemberville Opera House elevator to be dedicated, Sunday, Aug. 28 The Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society will hold the Pemberville Opera House Elevator Tower Dedication & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Pemberville Opera House Elevator Project Sunday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Pemberville Town Hall, 115 Main St.,  Pemberville. Fundraising began in earnest in 2014 and the groundbreaking took place last summer.  Construction began in September 2015. Two major grants were received totaling $272,000.00 and the remainder of approximately $128,000was  raised through private contributions. The Historical Society continues to raise funds to complete the restrooms in the new tower. The emcee for the evening will be David Marsh, Pemberville. Mayor Gordon Bowman will provide opening remarks and the invocation will be provided by Rev. Peter Johnston….


Renovations bring new life to the heart of the BGSU campus

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News To get a good view of the future of Bowling Green State University, all you have to do is arrange a tour of two of its oldest buildings. That will require donning a hard hat since University Hall, which opened in 1915 and Moseley Hall, which opened in 1916, are both construction sites. And it takes a little imagination to see what the future holds in the haze of dust, walls stripped to bare stone, metal girders and even gaping empty sections. Still a year from now, these buildings will welcome students, and prospective students, to their lives as Falcons. Brian Swope, assistant director of office of construction and design, said it was an honor to be involved in turning…


Mayor and Mazey ask BGSU students to behave

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Still in her pajama shorts at 1:30 Friday afternoon, Lacy Hoening wasn’t expecting the mayor and university president to come knocking on her front door. “I saw you coming down the street and said, ‘the president’s coming,’” Hoening said as she welcomed to her front porch BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey, Mayor Dick Edwards and Vice President of Student Affairs and Vice Provost Thomas Gibson. “We just want everyone to be on their good behavior,” Mazey told Hoening. They chatted about classes and hometowns, shared hugs and handshakes. One house down, many more to go. The door-to-door visits by the mayor, university president and vice provost were not just to welcome new students. They were to establish…


Can Ohio farmers get in on craft beer market?

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   It took intense “hops sensory observations” – otherwise known as sitting around drinking beer – for some Ohio agriculture experts to raise a question. Why aren’t Ohio farmers raising hops to supply all the craft beer makers popping up around the state? “We got to thinking, can this be done in Ohio?” said Brad Bergefurd, a horticulture specialist with OSU Extension in Piketon. The answer is, yes, he told a crowded room at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast north of Bowling Green on Thursday. Truth is, hops used to be grown in Ohio a century ago. But three factors shut down the beer-making crop – prohibition, downy mildew and pesky aphids. The hops market in Washington and…


Gavarone gets quick course on county issues

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Wood County’s new state representative got a lesson in county government last week from advocates who fight on behalf of counties all across Ohio. State Rep. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, met with members of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio and Wood County’s commissioners to learn about challenges faced by county governments. They wanted to make sure Gavarone, a former Bowling Green City Council member, doesn’t forget about counties as she takes her post in Columbus. “That’s why I’m here. I want to know what’s going on,” Gavarone said to CCAO officials. The top priorities right now include replacing voting equipment, preserving sales tax, responding to the opiate epidemic, and funding infrastructure. Gavarone said she has a…