Face It exhibit at BGSU takes intimate look at portrait photography

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News   Photographic portraits have always had their allure. Think of those ghostly images staring back at you from 19th century daguerreotypes. Viewers will find the contemporary descendants of those models in Face It: Reimagining Contemporary Portraits now on exhibit at the Bryan Gallery in the Fine Arts Building on the Bowling Green State University campus. Recently this reporter was treated to a tour of the show accompanied by the three curators and two photographers who have work in the exhibit. The seed for Face It was planted with a passing remark by Jacqui Nathan, the gallery director, to Lynn Whitney, who teaches photography at BGSU. How about a portrait show? Nathan asked. That casual suggestion took a couple years…

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What’s happening in your community (updated Sept. 27)

NEWLY POSTED: The Bowling Green City Schools Choral Department announce their upcoming fall choral concerts The Middle School Choral Concert on Tuesday, October 4 will feature the 7th grade choir, 8th grade choir and the High School Madrigals and will begin at 7:00 pm. The High School Choral Concert on Thursday, October 6 will feature the Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, Madrigals and Chorale and will begin at 7:30 pm. Both concerts will take place in the Performing Arts Center and are free and open to the public.   Lois Sonnenberg to Speak at Exchange Club Sept. 27 Lois Sonnenberg will talk about her newest book, ‘Gastown Girl: a Memoir’ at the Tuesday, Sept. 27 meeting of the Exchange Club of Bowling Green.  “Gastown Girl”  is Lois’ second…


Big dairy blamed for busting up rural roads, draining township road budget

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Dave Housholder and his fellow Portage Township Trustees are tired of patching township roads only to have them broken and rutted a few months later. “I’m getting a lot of heck from the citizens,” Housholder told the Wood County Commissioners Thursday morning. The problem, according to Housholder, is that the MSB Dairy, a concentrated animal feeding operation with 2,100 cows, is beating up the surrounding roads with frequent use. Any other type of industry causing such heavy traffic could be held responsible for the road wear and tear, he said. But because of agricultural exemptions, the dairy has no such obligations. Portage Township resident Mike Billmaier joined Housholder to explain the problem to the commissioners. In his…


Library council launches campaign to support state funding

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The Wood County Library is joining libraries around the state to rally their supporters to let legislators know how important libraries are to them and to the state. Library Director Michael Penrod told the library board about the Ohio Library Council’s Protect Public Library Funding advocacy campaign. Penrod said the idea is to let legislators know how important libraries are as the state budget starts to take shape this fall. The governor doesn’t propose the biennium budget until early in the year, but much of the work goes on behind the scenes in fall, said Penrod. The information presented by Penrod shows the general decline in funding from 2008 when it was set at 2.22 percent of the state’s…


BGSU buying spree nets four parcels near campus

From BG INDEPENDENT NEWS Bowling Green State University has purchased four properties in its neighborhood. BGSU bought two rental properties at 141 and 145 Troup Ave., just off East Wooster Street for $280,000, according to university spokesman Dave Kielmeyer. The homes will be used for the university’s growing program in forensic science. The two houses will be used as forensic investigation scenario houses, he said. “We will make improvements to the houses and the landscaping,” he said. The houses are located in the middle of a residential street. The university is also purchasing two empty business properties at 904 and 908 East Wooster Street for $351,000. The buildings are on the corner of College. The Falcon Health Center is just to the west of the…


BG shop owner catches shoplifter with help from strangers

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   This crook didn’t stand a chance. He picked the wrong shop owner to steal from – a marathon runner. He picked the wrong location – next to the police station. And he ran the wrong direction – almost getting hit by the city prosecutor’s car before being nabbed by two strangers. Amy Craft Ahrens has chased down shoplifters before – four times, actually. But on Tuesday, the For Keeps shop owner got a little extra help from bystanders. In the end, two good Samaritans tackled the suspected thief, and Craft Ahrens returned to her shop with the stolen purple Vera Bradley bag. Police were quickly on the scene, since the For Keeps shop shares an alley with…


Trump supporters put trust in promises of greatness

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   As the Donald Trump supporters waited for their candidate to arrive in Toledo on Wednesday, they gushed about the man they believe can make America safe and strong. The fact that he doesn’t speak like other politicians makes him even more appealing. He didn’t disappoint his followers, promising to create a nation of “one people, under one God, saluting one American flag.” He repeated his plans to keep out dangerous immigrants and bring back jobs. “I like the fact he’s not politically correct,” said Vera Wiskochil, of Toledo. “He may not speak correctly, but at least he’s not a liar.” A Vietnam veteran, Mike Vehue, also of Toledo, agreed that Trump “tells it like it is.” And…