Articles by David Dupont

BG DECA to work with Conneaut 4th graders as part of Cure JM campaign

From BG DECA BG DECA announced an additional event as a component of their year-long PR Campaign for Cure JM, a campaign mission which aims to raise awareness on Juvenile Myositis and the Cure JM Foundation. The BG DECA Senior Chapter members will partner with Ms. Miller’s 4th grade Conneaut students on Feb. 7th. This campaign is personal to the DECA chapter because it will honor senior DECA member Kloe Atwood and junior Bobcat Makenzie Maxey, who both have JM. During the collaboration, Kloe and Mackenzie will present to their classmates about the struggles associated with living with JM and seniors will partner with 4th graders for reading time. Children’s books about students overcoming challenges have been provided by the Wood County Public Library. This will be a light-hearted, educational opportunity to have the 4th graders interact with senior students. Additionally, on Feb. 7th students will make fleece blankets together and learn about a non-profit organization called “Fleece and Thank You”. The blankets will be sent to children’s hospitals to give to kids who are struggling with diseases such as JM. The Cure JM PR campaign targets the Bowling Green community in an effort to raise awareness for the Cure JM Foundation. This foundation supports affected families, and funds research to find a cure to this disease. Juvenile Myositis (JM), is a rare and life-threatening autoimmune disease, in which the body’s immune system attacks its own cells and tissues. Estimates from various studies suggest that between 1 and 5 children per million will develop this disease each year, which illustrates its rarity. Interested parties can learn more about the Cure JM Foundation at curejm.org. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, management, hospitality and finance. The Bowling Green DECA chapter is a satellite of Penta Career Center.


Soybean farmers look beyond current strife to innovative future

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News These are trying times for soybean farmers. A trade dispute between the United States and China has cut out their largest trading partner. Government help has mitigated the loss, but the damage is real. Local farmer Nathan Eckel, though, was not obsessing on present concerns when he addressed the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club Thursday. An active member of the Ohio Soybean Council, he was eager to talk about the future.  The council, paid for by fees assessed to the farmers, is engaged in making sure farmers like Eckel can keep their operations in business.  Eckel is a fifth generation farmer — Eckel Junction Road was named for the family’s original plot. He also raises other commodity crops and has a 800-head livestock operation, on the 2,000 acres he farms. The future, he told club members, includes funding research into new ways to use soybean. The plant now is used in biodiesel, human food, and animal feed. Eckel, who as a trustee of the council chairs its research committee, said the council is active in funding corporate and academic research.  That research includes replacing petroleum-based oils with sustainable and biodegradable soy oil products. A soy-based floor coating has just come to market, he said. Another project is the development of soy fish meal for fish farms in India.  The research committee sends out calls for proposals, and then writes grants for the most promising projects. “We expect a return on the investment we make,”  Eckel said. The council plugs in money at the very early stages and keeps providing equity until the product goes to market. Then, he said, “we start getting our royalties.” One use of those royalties is funding scholarships through the Ohio Soybean Association, a policy body separately funded by members.  Last year the association awarded $45,000 in scholarships.  Those scholars may not end up growing soybeans, but may instead do research or work in some other agriculture-related occupation. The council is also active in programs to teach young people about agriculture. Through Grow Next Gen, Eckel has conducted virtual farm tours with 625 students in 25 classrooms around the state.  “It’s more than putting a seed in the ground, harvesting and taking it to the elevator.” He uses precision data and GPS as well, all the technology the kids are familiar with.  The council also reaches out to find new markets for the products. Those could include developing countries that are just starting to raise livestock. The importance of seeking new markets has been brought home by the current trade dispute between the United States and China. After the U.S. hiked tariffs on Chinese goods, the Chinese have retaliated by reducing the quantity of American soybeans they import. China represented 60 percent of the state’s soybean imports. This year that’s down to 10 percent. About a…


Storm expected to arrive late Friday and drop up to eight inches

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm WATCH for Wood County effective 4 a.m. Saturday morning through midnight.  Based upon the forecasted snow totals for this storm, it is likely that this watch will be upgraded to a warning (for Saturday) sometime late on Friday.  A new development in the forecast models today show that an upper level low pressure will develop just north of the developing low pressure (storm system) at the surface which will expand the coverage of snow (on the northeast side of the surface storm system) and bring snow into the area earlier than expected. Light snow could begin as early as very late Friday night.  Snow would be fairly light in the overnight hours but will increase in intensity through the morning hours of Saturday.  The heaviest snowfall rates will be in the afternoon and early evening hours of Saturday.  Storm total accumulations still appear to be in the 4”-8” range with the higher range  (6”-8”) being more likely to the southern part of the county.  Winds will steadily increase throughout Saturday with gusts Saturday evening and Sunday morning in the 35 mph range with an occasional 40 mph possible at times.  Blowing and drifting snow will remain an issue most of Sunday.  Dangerous cold air will also settle into the area on Sunday and overnight into Monday with low temperatures around -8 to -10 degrees and dangerous wind chills.  The last update for this storm will be emailed out Friday afternoon and we should have solid forecast information at that time.  We will also detail the forecasted winds in tomorrow’s email.


‘Can’vass Food Drive will go on, but plans are in place in case of snow emergency

Paul Valdez, associate director of BGSU Center for Community and Civic Engagement has issued the following statement: The winter storm this weekend is likely to impact the Annual MLK Jr. Day “Can”vass Food Drive in Bowling Green on January 19 and 20, 2019.  Organizers expect to operate the event as planned and will collect food at Grounds for Thought during the snowfall, but if a Level 2 snow emergency is issued volunteers and donors are requested to remain off the roads and encouraged to drop off donations at the Brown Bag Food Project Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 5-8 pm at 115 West Merry Avenue, Suite B in Bowling Green.  Questions can be directed to brownbagfoodproject@gmail.com.  Please check the Brown Bag Food Project Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/brownbagfoodproject/  for updates. If the drive is canceled Saturday because of a Level 2 snow emergency, but that is lifted on Sunday, the food drive will resume.


Picture book author Lindsay Moore lets young readers travel along with polar bear

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Drawing cadavers might not seem like the way to become a children’s author. For Lindsay Moore, though, medical and scientific illustration helped her hone the drawing skills needed to produce her first children’s book, “Sea Bear.” Lindsay Moore Moore, of Bowling Green, will mark the publication of “Sea Bear” on Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, with an appearance at the Wood County District Public Library, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. The book for ages 4-8 follows the journey of polar bear through the Arctic.  Her inspiration came from a visit to the Toledo Zoo with her three children. Moore found herself fascinated by learning how far a polar bear travels along the edge of ice and sea to keep itself alive. “I thought that was very remarkable.” That was in 2014.  While her background was in medical and scientific illustration, writing children’s books seemed a good fit for her life as a stay-at-home mother. Moore, 35, has children 5, 6, and 8 years old. She moved to Bowling Green with her husband, Tim Davis, who teaches in the biology department and is a lead researcher in the Lake Erie Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health.  “Sea Bear” was not her first foray into writing for children. Her first book about a lobster made the rounds publishers with no success. But she gained experience and insight from the effort. In writing “Sea Bear,” which has the subtitle “A Journey for Survival,” she wanted to present the facts, but keep the story from getting too dark for your readers. So image of the carcass of the seal pup was taken out. Writing about animals, she said, requires care to make it possible for people to relate to them without giving them human traits. “We don’t know why they do certain things,” she said. Moore said she’s been pleased with the early reviews of the book. Moore grew up in northern Michigan. When she was in third grade, a teacher “pulled me aside and told me ‘I think you could be a writer.’” Moore believed her. She loved the work of Madeleine L’Engle. Then as a teenager she learned about how hard it was for even this great author to get her first work published. So Moore redirected her efforts into art and science. She double majored in fine art and marine biology. But she couldn’t see herself creating art for art’s sake, and as much as she loved science, she admits, “I was a disaster in the lab.” Scientific illustration, though, drew on her interests in both, so she headed to Medical College of Georgia, where the art students took the same courses as medical students. In art school, the students were concerned about creating beauty; in medical school, they wanted the drawings to tell a story, a…


Suspects sought in theft of crossbow

From BOWLING GREEN POLICE DIVISION Suspects sought in Dunham’s theft On 01/12/2019 the Bowling Green Police Division responded to the Dunhams store at 1234 N. Main in Bowling Green regarding a theft of a crossbow. The Crossbow is a Horton Legend Ultra Lite, valued at $450. The three males in the photo were identified as being involved in the theft. Anyone having any information related to these incidents is encouraged to contact the Bowling Green Police Division at (419) 352-1131, or Wood County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-54-CRIME.


Winter storm watch updated

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: The storm system moving through the area on Thursday is now trending down towards 1”-2”.  In some areas especially in Northern Wood County, areas may see less than 1” of snow on Thursday. Forecast models today are now trending towards moving the storm track (and heaviest snow band) for Saturday slightly south.  Again, the forecast models will not start providing high confidence storm track data until Thursday, so there is still a chance of a different storm track.  With the slight move southward in the storm track trend today, Wood County is in the 4”-6” snowfall range with the lower amount to the north and higher amount to the south.  Please keep in mind that strong winds will be a big component of the weekend storm that will cause traveling difficulties both Saturday and Sunday.  We should start having high confidence storm track data by early Thursday afternoon for this storm system. Polar air moves into the area on Sunday and into Monday.  Overnight lows on Sunday into Monday will be 8 to 10 degrees below zero with highs in the mid teens both days. We are now tracking another storm system that could have accumulating snow Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. 


What’s happening in your community (updated Jan. 18)

NEWLY POSTED: Sax 4th Avenue performs at St. Tim’s, Jan. 20 Sax 4th Avenue, a saxophone quartet made up of Bowling Green State University graduates, will open the St. Tim’s Discovers, the chamber music series sponsored by St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m.. The concert will be held in the sanctuary of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 871 East Boundary Street, Perrysburg.    NEWLY POSTED: Brazilian jazz trio to perform at museum, Jan. 20 The André Mehmari Trio will perform at the Toledo Museum of Art’s GlasSalon Jan. 20  at 3 p.m. The Brazilian pianist and composer will be joined by Neymar Dias on double bass and Sérgio Reze on drums.  For his January 2019 U.S. tour, Mehmari brings forth his piano trio with a new recording, “Na esquina do Clube com o Sol na Cabeça / Sunbakeheaded at Clube da Esquina,” devoted to the Brazilian recording artists who became known by, Clube da Esquina; the group released an album of the same name in 1972 .  He sees their work, led by Milton Nascimento, as the “utmost representation of humanism” in Brazilian music. A longtime admirer of this “metaphysical club,” Mehmari’s trio explores, extends, and refines its work into new and compelling interpretations, drawing from diverse musical currents— pop, folk music, bossa nova, jazz, and avant-garde classical.   NEWLY POSTED:  St. John XXIII holds climate change program, Jan. 21 A program entitled “Who is My Neighbor in a Climate-Threatened World?” will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at St. John XXIII, 24250 N. Dixie Highway, Perrysburg.  Light refreshments will be served.  RSVP Bob Clark-Phelps at 419-377-1540 or (clarkphelps@verizon.net).   NEWLY POSTED: Mayor to address Exchange Club, Jan. 22 The Exchange Club of Bowling Green will welcome Mayor Richard Edwards as to discussed the state of the city at the club’s weekly luncheon meeting Tuesday, Jan. 22, at noon at the Stone Ridge Golf Club. Meetings are open to visitors that wish to learn more about the civic organization. Edwards took office  on Jan. 1, 2012 and was re-elected to another four-year term that began Jan. 1, 2016.  Prior to being the mayor of BG, Edwards was a Wood County administrator for approximately six years.  Edwards previously worked at BGSU as a journalism teacher, secretary to the Board of Trustees and vice president of University relations. Mayor Edwards has had numerous community involvements and awards, including Member and Past President of the BG Kiwanis Club; Outstanding Citizen of Bowling Green, 2008; Honorary Alumnus of the BGSU School of Journalism and member of the School’s Hall of Fame, 1982; and The Spirit of Wood County Award for Self-Government.   Polar bear story time set for Jan. 19 The Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library is offering a special storytime for babies and toddlers with caregivers on Saturday,  Jan. 19, at 10:30 a.m. Our…


BGSU’s Center for the Future of Forensic Science offers real life setting for students

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Melissa Jollie, who grew up in a “science dominated” family, was inspired to go into forensic science in part by her love of crime shows. Nevada Smith at work in forensics lab at BGSU. A junior in forensics science with a specialty in biology,  Jollie said that closeness to the BCI lab has paid off. “A lot of people who work at BCI will come to our forensic classes and talk about what they do. It’s been a good students  to see what our careers could be.” She wanted to come to Bowling Green State University because of its close ties with the real life work of forensic sciences. Having the Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab which opened on campus in 2014  “was a big component in my being here,” the student from Maryland said.  Now students get even more insight into their careers with the new Center for the Future of Forensic Science. State and university officials celebrated the opening of the lab in the Life Science Building on Tuesday. The lab uses the same equipment and procedures as the nearby state BCI lab. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost Dave Yost, on his first working day as state attorney general, said the center will “advance the frontiers of forensic science.” Also, it will provide “a good pipe line of qualified young people who understand the science and are ready to go to work from day one. The demand for this kind of evidence, this kind of analysis, is just expanding,” he said.  When students graduate and take jobs in BCI labs, they will not have as steep a learning curve because they will be working on familiar equipment and in a familiar environment, he said. “This is going to help Ohio become a leader in forensic science.” Jon Sprague, who directs the center, said it cost $1.2 million to build the center with another $800,000 to equip it. The BCI donated some of the equipment and provided grants to purchase more. Sprague thanked former State Senator Randy Gardner for his help as a legislator to make the center as well as the nearby lab a reality.  Gardner was spending his first full day as Ohio chancellor of higher education on the campus of his alma mater. He said the center would be a model for this kind of partnership. BGSU President Rodney Rogers said in conversations with Mike DeWine, then attorney general, now governor, “we always talked about the importance of getting right” when it came to evidence in criminal trials. “If we can improve the quality of science, we can make sure we get it right.” And this is a core mission of public universities to conduct “relevant and meaningful research driving public good,” Rogers said. Graduate student Nathan Bunch, left, and lab technician Rob Goldsmith The…


More snow headed our way

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: WINTER HAS ARRIVED!  A series of storm systems will be moving through the lower Great Lakes from tonight through Sunday will bring winter weather headaches to NW Ohio. TONIGHT/WEDNESDAY MORNING: A smaller atmospheric disturbance will be moving through the area tonight and into Wednesday morning.  Snow flurries/snow showers are likely; however, there will be some areas that will experience some freezing drizzle as well due to some warmer air trying to move into the mid atmosphere.  Some surfaces could be slippery overnight and for the Wednesday morning commute. THURSDAY/THURSDAY NIGHT: A storm system with a little more energy will move through the area and bring 2” to 3” of new snow to the area.  Snow will likely start Thursday morning and continue into Thursday evening before tapering off in the overnight hours to Friday morning. SATURDAY/SUNDAY: As most people have heard by now, a much stronger storm system is set to take aim at the lower Great Lakes and Ohio Valley on Saturday.  Forecast models are still not in total agreement on the exact storm track, so we will have to wait until Thursday likely before an exact storm track can be determined.  For planning purposes at this time, confidence is high for the Wood County area to be in the 3” to 6” snowfall range.  Again, final storm track determination may cause this estimated total to go up or down from 3” to 6”.  An equal concern will be winds with this storm system.  Winds will increase throughout the day on Saturday with gusts reach 20, 25, or even 30 mph at times by evening and into the overnight hours.  The overnight hours and early morning hours of Sunday could even see wind gusts at times to near 40 mph.  Even though snowfall will diminish in the overnight hours (Saturday to Sunday), please plan on Sunday being difficult travel with blowing/drifting snow with whiteout conditions possible at times…especially in the morning hours and outside of city areas.  We may get some sunshine by late afternoon on Sunday, but the winds and bitterly cold polar air will not help with travel conditions.  The coldest air of the season will settle into the area for late Sunday into Monday with overnight lows just below zero.  Travel will become difficult at times on Saturday and may continue into Sunday with the winds, so please use extra caution when planning any travel for the weekend.


Piano legend Andre Watts to perform with Toledo Symphony

From  TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Legendary pianist André Watts returns to Toledo for his eighth appearance with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and his first in fifteen years. He will perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto on Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater. André Watts has performed with every TSO music director since Serge Fournier in the 1970s. This will be his first performance with TSO’s new music director Alain Trudel. The programs on Friday and Saturday evening will open with Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides ‘Fingal’s Cave,’” a piece that was chosen by TSO audiences, and close with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. André Watts made his professional debut at the age of 16 with Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic on one of the orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts, which was broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV. Two weeks later, Bernstein asked Watts to substitute at the last minute for Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt’s E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, thus launching his career in storybook fashion. More than half a century later, André Watts remains one of America’s most distinguished and celebrated performing artists. “André Watts is a treasure, and we are so lucky to present him in our 75th Anniversary season,” says Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony. “From his exciting debut with Leonard Bernstein in the early 1960s to today, Mr. Watts remains one of the most exciting pianists performing. He is the consummate interpreter of the Romantic concerto, and I think we are all in for a treat to hear him perform the Grieg Concerto.” Mr. Vassar adds, “In this historic year, it is symbolic that we have Mr. Watts with us again. He is the only soloist to have performed with every music director, going back to Serge Fournier. What a better way to tip the hat to history and experience some incredible music in the process!” André Watts made his TSO debut on February 13, 1970, performing Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto under the direction of Serge Fournier who served as the TSO’s Music Director from 1964-1978. The twenty-three year old pianist, at the time, played two concerts at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater and met with over 500 students from all over Toledo for a “Meet the Artist” party held after the rehearsal the night before the concert. “I’m delighted for my friend of many years, André Watts, to return to the Peristyle stage this February,” says Robert Bell, President Emeritus of the Toledo Symphony. “Every time I hear him play, there’s something new to discover. He is an extraordinary artist that has a special connection to our orchestra.” André Watts Returns will take place on Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater. Tickets…


Competition challenges grad students to boil down research into three-minute pitch

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Carren Burkey, a masters degree student in molecular biology, is studying the interaction between a particular pest and soybeans. This is important work given the importance to soybeans on the world stage and locally. The campus is surrounded by bean fields. Burkey would like to better express what she’s working on to people out in the field, as well as the general public. That’s what brought her to an informational session on the Three Minute Thesis competition that will be held Feb. 7 at Bowling Green State University. During the competition masters and doctoral students will get the chance to present their research, but they’ll have only three minutes to do it, and can only use one slide. The goal is to explain their work to a general audience. Graduate College Dean Peggy Booth said the competition began about a decade ago at the University of Queensland in New Zealand. “They started it and it’s been so popular and so effective that they copyrighted it.” It has spread to the United States — Miami University and Kent State both stage competitions.  The Three Minute Thesis has been such a success, Booth wanted to bring it here. The 3MT teaches students to condense their thesis or dissertation. That’s a valuable skill. Sometimes perspective faculty members take a half-hour to explain their scholarship, she said. They need to be able to explain that work in less time and to emphasize why their research matters. The informational session held recently offered guidance on making their presentations. Keith Ramsdell, the director of graduate enrollment who studied theater, offered some basics on presentation. “I’m a layman,” he said.”I want to come and learn about your topic”and the best way to do that is for the scholar to “make it fun and engaging.” Drawing on suggestions from the 3MT website, he offered advice on how to accomplish that. “Avoid jargon and academic language” topped the list. He also said to imagine telling fellow student or a friend, and don’t be afraid to frame the research as a story and draw on personal experience to humanize the subject.  Most of all, he said, “convey your excitement and enthusiasm.” Ramsdell also advised students to be careful not to overload their one slide, which must be static, with information. The goal, Ramsdell said, is to leave the listener with a clear understanding about the work and why its matters. Alberto Gonzalez, a Distinguished Professor of Communications Studies, offered his advice on demeanor. Use hands affectively, he said, but be careful of nervous gestures that distract the listener.  Be confident, he said. “You want to be perceived by the audience as a credible researcher.” “Even if you don’t win the prize,” Gonzalez said, “you’ll learn so much about the presentation process.” The winners will receive cash prizes up to…


Sax 4th Avenue opens St. Tim’s music series

From ST. TIM’S DISCOVERS St. Tim’s Discovers, the chamber music series sponsored by St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, opens 2019 with a recital by Sax 4 th Avenue. Beginning Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m., the concert will be held in the sanctuary of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 871 East Boundary Street, Perrysburg. St. Tim’s Discovers is dedicated to bringing classical music to communities throughout Northwest Ohio. The performance is free and open to the public; doors open to the public at 2:30 p.m. Formed by four BGSU alumni, Sax 4th Avenue is an exciting and innovative saxophone quartet. Since its formation in 1991, the quartet has entertained audiences throughout the Midwest with its unique brand of virtuosity, showmanship and humor. The quartet’s high-energy performances feature the classics of Bach, Haydn and Bizet; the unique jazz-fusion of Phil Woods; and the progressive rock of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Sax 4th Avenue’s expansive repertoire includes the finest in saxophone literature, original compositions, jazz standards and music that incorporates improvisation and choreography. Among the members of the quartet are Bowling Green resident Stan George, who is well-known as a music teacher for in the Perrysburg schools. Another member, Shannon Ford, will be familiar to Toledo area audiences for her many appearances with various ensembles including the Toledo Symphony and local big band Swingmania. Over the years, Sax 4th Avenue has made numerous appearances at community events, concert series, festivals, colleges, and secondary schools throughout Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. The quartet has performed as guest artists for the United States Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and has been featured at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Music Educator’s National Convention, the Ohio Music Education Association’s Queen City Conference and the Bowling Green State University New Music and Art Festival. Sax 4th Avenue has also been featured with the San Luis Potosí Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Symphony Orchestra, the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Concert Band, the Lima Area Concert Band, the Maumee Community Band, the Defiance Community Band, the Fremont North Shore Concert Band and the Monroe Community College Symphonic Band. St. Timothy’s is fully accessible with plenty of convenient parking. Information on all upcoming events in the series is available at www.saint-timothy.net.


Robert Burns Night set to dispel the winter chill with food, poetry, song, & whisky

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Between the end of the holidays and Winter Fest, Bowling Green needs something. That’s part of the reason that Scottish enthusiast and bon vivant Elliot MacFarlane and chef Boby Mitov of Naslada Bistro in downtown have teamed up for the last few years to stage Robert Burns Night.  The fourth Burns Night at Naslada will be presented Saturday, Jan. 19, starting at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 419-373-6050.  The event has sold out in past years. The charge is $110, which includes a four-course meal and four flights of top shelf whisky. The dinner is a more intimate affair than other downtown events. A few dozen revelers will gather in the eatery’s coy confines for a night of poetry, song, traditional Scottish fare prepared with a contemporary International touch, whisky, and the humor, often rude, that the consumption of rounds of liquor often prompts. Boby Mitov carries in the haggis during the 2017 Burns Night. Dinners in honor of Burns, around the time of his Jan. 25 birthday, have been celebrated since the poet’s death in 1796, MacFarlane, a member of the St. Andrews Society, said.  While Burns is the national poet of Scotland, MacFarlane said, his appeal is universal. South African liberationist Nelson Mandela had two books with him when he was imprisoned on Robben Island — a volume of Burns poetry and “The Diary of Anne Frank.” And Abraham Lincoln loved the poet. He recited the Scotsman’s verse as he traveled the circuit from court to court during his days as a lawyer in Illinois. And the night he was shot at Ford’s Theater, he had a book of Burns poetry in his pocket. MacFarlane (aka David Donley) said that Burns’ focus on the lives of common people is the key to his appeal. “I’m surprised at how many people know Robert Burns,” he said. And even those who don’t are aware of the poet’s phrases that have woven themselves into the language. Eliott MacFarlane speaks during 2017 Burns Night. Whether it’s “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men” or “man’s inhumanity to man.” The former comes from the poem “To a Mouse” in which a farmer on discovering a mouse nest while plowing reflects how their plights are similar, both subject to forces outside their control. These works, some set to music, will be central to the Burns Night Celebration. MacFarlane will present the Immortal Memory, a reflection on the life of the poet. At some events this can go on for hours. MacFarlane knows the local audience’s limits. He said this year he plans to focus on Burns’ ties to the United States. During the American Revolution, Burns was involved in raising money to buy cannons for Washington’s army. A piper will be on hand to perform and to lead the procession marking…


Safe Communities committee reviews four fatal accidents

From SAFE COMMUNITIES OF WOOD COUNTY Wood County Safe Communities’ Fatal Data Review Committee met on Tuesday, Jan. 8, to review 4 fatal crashes from the fourth quarter of 2018. The following fatal crashes were reviewed:  9/29/2018 26250 W. River Rd.  10/24/2018 Poe at Wapakoneta  11/15/2018 I-75 at Turnpike off-ramp (SR 795)  11/29/2018 I-475 at I-75 The following countermeasures were established:  Drive within the posted speed limit  Drive for weather conditions  Obey all traffic laws  Remain with your vehicle when disabled on the interstate. Call #677 or 911 for assistance