Articles by David Dupont

Inmate located

The Sheriff’s Office has announced at 4:09 p.m. that deputies have located Zachary Strall, 22, an inmate who walked away from Greenline, Portage, where he was going to work.

Rally to protest moves to anti-choice legislation set for Toledo

A COLLECTively Stop the Bans Day of Action rally hosted by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio will be held Wednesday, May 22 at 5 p.m. in front of 1 Government Center in Toledo to protest recent anti-abortion legislation. According to organizers: “We are here to declare that abortion is moral, abortion is pro-life, abortion is healthcare, and safe and legal abortion is mandatory. “ Community members that will be speaking include Kristin Hady, volunteer coordinator of the volunteer clinic escorts; Sheena Barnes, community advocate;Schuyler Beckwith, Practice Manager of Capital Care Network of Toledo; Anita Rios, the Agnes Reynolds Jackson Fund; and Kristen Robideaux, of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio.

Sheriff seeking inmate who walked from job

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a Northwest Ohio Community Corrections Center inmate who walked away from a job assignment this morning (May 20) at 8 a.m. Deputies are seeking Zachary Strall, 22, 5’6″ black male with black hair nd brown eyes. Last seen wearing a blue and white hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and boots. Was seen getting into a blue/green ford Taurus. Subject is possibly in the Bowling Green or Napoleon area. Strall was dropped off this morning at Greenline, Portage, where he was going to work. At approximately 8 a.m., he walked in the Greenline, and was seen walking out to the parking lot at about 08:15. If located, please contact the Wood County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau

Journalist Mizell Stewart talks up the importance of life’s lows in speech to BGSU grads

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News In introducing Mizell Stewart III as speaker for the Saturday morning commencement at Bowling Green State University, Provost Joe Whitehead hit all the high points of the journalist’s career, the executive positions and the Pulitzer Prize. When Stewart took to the podium he referenced that biography. “I made sure to share all the good stuff,” he said, and that included “marrying the smartest and sweetest woman in the world”  —Valerie Morgan-Stewart. Mizell Stewart addresses graduates The speech to the graduates from the College of Arts and Science and the College of Musical Arts, who themselves were experiencing a peak in their lives, was not about those high points. Just as important, more important even, than those achievements are the valleys the students will have to go through over the course of their lives, Stewart said.  “The trajectory your life is less about what happens to you, but how you respond to whatever the world throws your way.” Biographies are lies, he said, quoting evangelist TD Jakes. They are lies because they only include the peaks. Stewart opened by describing a cartoon he has saved on his phone. One side shows a stick figure about to climb a mountain, a flag ready at the top to signify triumph. The path is straight. That’s the plan. The other side of the drawing, has ups and downs, and detours. That’s reality. Aaron Hill sings the National Anthem as Elainie Lillios, who served as mace bearer and university marshall stands by and, far left, Marta Crow provides the sign language interpretation. Stewart said as a member of the BGSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, he’s familiar with the challenges many of these graduates have faced. Many problems were out of their control — financial struggles, naysayers, the “crazy family relationships,” the deaths of loved ones who should be joining them in celebrating, and the “health issues that will dog you well into the future.” He told the graduates that “time and again you demonstrated perseverance and grit.” Some just made “lousy life choices.” Stewart said he knows all about that. He entered BGSU in 1983; he didn’t graduate until 1994. “My GPA was so low it was almost under water.” And, he said,…

Severe winds possible as weather system from Texas moves into the area

Jeff Klein, Emergency Management Agency  director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: We have been following today’s weather patterns the last few days.  We do have the potential for severe weather with the biggest threat being strong winds.  This is the same system that had damaging winds and tornados Texas saw yesterday. Starting later this morning the we will see the winds increasing with the storms arriving in our area around 3pm today (5-19-19).  Expect damage you would normally see for your area; predominantly power lines down and tree  damage. Even though rain could be heavy at times, it should not be enough to produce wide spread flooding.  Sporadic localized flooding is possible. We will be monitoring conditions and provide updates should conditions change.  Please monitor local conditions and media for your community. What you should know: 1.     Slight risk for severe storms this afternoon and evening for northwestern Ohio.  2.     A broken line of strong to severe storms will likely impact NW Ohio between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. 3.     Isolated damaging wind gusts up to 65 mph and large hail up to half dollar size will be the main hazards. 4.     Wind Advisory for this afternoon and evening for areas west of I-71. 5.     South to southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph possible in the Wind Advisory area.

Firefly Nights summer festival series springs into action with 5K after dark

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News The second season of Firefly Nights summer festivals kicked off Friday night with the 5K run/walk. Organizers estimate more than 270 runners participated in the event. Decked out with glowing bands, the runners and walkers stepped off at 9 p.m.  That’s a significant increase over the 193 runners who participated last year. “We’re exceptionally pleased,” said Laura Wicks, a member of the organizing committee And while Mathew Cheboi,  a Kenyan runner who trains with Dave’s Running in Perrysburg, came in first in the race, the event itself was a winner. The weather was in the 60s, and dry, aside from a few isolated rain drops.  Second place finisher Steve Tapyrik approaches the finish line. Stacie Banfield, one of the organizers, said that the run is important because it provides needed funds to support the festival. Beside the sponsorships and fees paid by street vendors, this is the main fundraiser. “And it brings a ton of awareness,” Banfield said. Wicks, Banfield, Katie Thompson and Gayle Walterbach are the quartet of downtown business women who conceived of the idea. As with last year the summer festivals will be presented the third Friday of the summer months — June 21, July 19, Aug. 16 — and then, after a month’s break, return for a fall festival on Oct. 18. From 6 to 10 p.m. each evening, the events will feature vendors, a beer garden, musical performers, food trucks, and kids activities as well as dining and shopping in downtown establishments.  Bands featured on June 21 will be: Drew Joseph, 6 p.m.; Vester Frey, 7p.m.; The Barn Cats, 8 p.m.; and Corduroy Road, 9 p.m. 

Student quintet adds a touch of brass to BGSU graduation

By ABBY SHIFLEY BG Independent Correspondent “I see the graduate brass quintet as this great bridge for the university, and the town, the College of Musical Arts with the university. It’s one of the few musical ambassadors in the College of Musical Arts,” Andrew Pelletier, faculty director of the quintet and BGSU professor of horn, said. In three out of four BGSU commencements, the graduate brass quintet will be performing music ranging from “easy listening” to the National Anthem. BGSU Firelands’ commencement will be the only ceremony to miss out on the music. The quintet has some jazz music prepared, and simple, catchy tunes that audiences can listen to comfortably in the background. “Stuff that puts you in a good mood,” Pelletier said, which is appropriate considering many graduates and their friends and families will be in high spirits during the ceremony. The quintet performs at the commencement ceremonies in both the fall and spring, has a full concert performance each semester and has professional recording sessions at the end of the semester. These high quality recordings can be used by the students professionally later in their lives. The quintet started in 2013.  It was “born out of necessity,” Pelletier said. Before the graduate brass quintet existed, the commencement involving College of Musical Arts graduates was done by one of the BGSU bands, and the other commencements were done by non-BGSU ensembles. However, the president’s office wanted to switch over to BGSU ensembles only, and because commencements were moved to the Stroh Center from Anderson Arena, a group smaller than the Concert Band or Wind Symphony was needed because of the  lack of space. “It was an opportunity for us in the CMA to kind of go into partnership with the university,” Pelletier said. It was a chance to not only provide music for commencement but also create a graduate-level ensemble that brings in some of the best brass students in the country. The quintet has also performed at the Toledo School of the Arts and the Toledo Museum of Art, and presents concerts and hosts master classes when high school honors band come to BGSU. That further contributes to its “CMA ambassador” reputation. “They’re a good public face for the college in the community,”…

What’s happening in your community (updated May 20)

NEWLY POSTED: Horizon presents ‘Phantom Tollbooth’ preview, May 25 The cast and crew of Horizon Youth Theatre’s “The Phantom Tollbooth” will present a special preview of their production in the Children’s Place on Saturday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. Adapted from the beloved children’s novel by Norton Juster, “The Phantom Tollbooth” tells the story of Milo, a bored young boy who journeys to the Land of Wisdom, where he must help warring brothers reconcile by rescuing the banished Princesses Rhyme and Reason, and restoring order to the world. HYT’s production of “The Phantom Tollbooth” will be performed at Otsego High School on June 6, 7, and 8 at 7 p.m. each night.  For more information about this program, contact the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.   NEWLY POSTED: Opera on Wheels brings ‘Romeo & Juliet’ to library, May 22 A performance of “Romeo and Juliet,” will be presented by The Toledo Opera on Wheels in the Atrium of the Wood County District Public Library on Wednesday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m. This touring show presents the story of “Two households…in fair Verona,” rival families who want nothing to do with one another. And yet, when Romeo sneaks into a party at Juliet’s house, the two young people meet, fall in love, and change their families’ history forever. Based on the opera by Charles Gounod, the play by William Shakespeare, and every tale of forbidden love the world over, this adaptation of the classic Romeo and Juliet story deals with the timeless themes of love, justice, compassion and more. This live performance is free to the public and will last approximately 45 minutes.  The performance is made possible by generous gifts from The Shakespeare Round Table and The Marjorie Conrad Estate. For more information, contact the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253. NEWLY POSTED: Chamber, BGSU team up for Lunch & Learn on 2020 census, June 5 Lunch and Learn on Census 2020 will be held June 5, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bowen Thompson Student Union, Room 308, 1001 E. Wooster St.,  Bowling Green. Census 2020 will be presented by Wendy D. Manning, Director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research, at BGSU.   She will be speaking on why the U.S. Census is…

Senior studio celebrates end of the year

The Bowling Green High School art program concluded its senior studio show with presentation of annual awards. Joanne Fyfe and daughter, Anna, look at the work of Hannah Bowlus during awards reception for the BGHS senior studio. 2019 Senior Artists were: Garrett Aungst, Emma Bahnsen, Hannah Bowlus, Kate Bozzo, Kerica Bucks, JP Celis, Mikayla Conforto, Katie Devine, Gracen Dixon, Mitchell Drumm, Kathryn Fyfe, Etta Gallaway, Katie Glomski, Kat Griffith, Kaylee Harris, Darrin Kirchner,  Lindsay Lumpkin,  Sophie Pineau, Logan Robinson, Alex Rood, Sharisa Savage-Brown, and Leah Schumacher.  PTO Purchase Award Sophie Pineau, “Smush,” Acrylic PTO Purchase Award Kate Bozzo, “Odyssey,” Brass and Enameling 2-D Purchase Award  courtesy of Black Swamp Arts Festival Katherine Devine, “Panera?” Acrylic 3-D Award  courtesy of Black Swamp Arts Festival Kerica Bucks, “Not Quite Paradise…Enough,” Clay and Acrylic Judge Reger Award courtesy of Matthew Reger, Wood County Common Pleas Judge Hannah Bowlus, “Grinnin’,” Clay and Acrylic Outstanding Technical Merit  courtesy of Waddington Jewelers Hannah Bowlus, “Fish,” Formed Metal People’s Choice Award  courtesy of Floyd Craft,  Ben Franklin Kate Bozzo, “In Your Face,” Acrylic Superintendent Award courtesy of Mr.  Francis Scruci Etta Gallaway, “Duck,” Acrylic Piece will be on permanent display at the Central Administration Building. Board of Education Award Etta Gallaway, “Farmer’s Market,” Acrylic Piece will be on permanent display in High School Conference Room

PEO awards scholarships to assist female students

From CHAPTER EJ of PEO Chapter EJ of PEO, a philanthropic  sisterhood that provides scholarships for women in various stages of their education, has recently awarded a total of $2,690 in 2019-2020 PEO Ohio Scholarships. Scholarship recipients are: • Callie Spears, University of Cincinnati, Communication Design, anticipates graduation 2021, daughter of Chuck & Sherry Spears. • Avery Lewis, will attend University of Dayton, Pre-Med/Bachelor of Science, anticipates graduation 2023, daughter of William & Jennifer Lewis. • Jordyn Lenox, BGSU, Middle Childhood Education, anticipates graduation 2022, daughter of Jonathon & Carol Lenox. • Sarah Kerr, BGSU, Business, anticipates graduation 2022, daughter of Stacey & Matt Kerr.

Universe of Stories is theme for summer reading program

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Explore a Universe of Stories this summer with the Wood County District Public Library Children’s Place!  Registration for the Youth Summer Reading Program, “A Universe of Stories,” begins Friday, May 31st. The Summer Reading Program will blast off with a Moon Bounce in the Library Atrium on Friday, May 31st, between 1 and 5 p.m.  Registration for the Youth Summer Reading Program continues throughout the summer. Each youth participant will receive a free one-day pool pass to the BG City Pool and Waterpark upon registration as well as a one-day pass to the Wood County Fair toward the end of summer.  Photos pinned on a world map show the light emanating from urban areas at night. Reading minutes can be recorded in the Children’s Place “Mission Control,” or online at Incentive prizes and coupons from local businesses will be awarded at various levels as readers rocket through the solar system.  A final end of summer raffle will include all registered readers with more chances to win to those with more minutes.  The Children’s Place is challenging everyone to begin as soon as possible and consider completing a reading log that will take them from Mercury to Neptune, and beyond.  Preschool Storytimes on Tuesdays at 10:30am and again at 7:00pm as well as Baby & Toddler Storytimes on Thursdays at 10:00am and again at 2:00pm continue all summer.   The Children’s Place is offering a weekly reading program, “Star Readers,” as well as a weekly hands-on STEM program, “Cosmic Kids STEM Lab,” “Star Readers” offers students ages five and up an opportunity to practice reading aloud with reading buddies each Thursday from 11am to 12pm. “Cosmic Kids STEM Lab” offers students ages five and up a variety of experiments, demonstrations, and hands-on explorations about the wonder of space each Wednesday from 11am to 12pm. A complete calendar of events, movies, parties, and programs through August is available online at and can be found in the WCDPL Family CONNECT magazine.  WCDPL Youth Summer Reading Program is generously supported by the Friends of the Library as well thoughtful donors, wish-list givers, local businesses, organizations, and an amazing crew of Volunteens! Please call the Children’s Place desk at 419-352-8253 with any questions.

Lee McLaird to serve as secretary to board of Ohio League of Women Voters

BOWLING GREEN LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS The Ohio League of Women Voters has elected Bowling Green resident Lee McLaird as secretary of the Board of Directors. McLaird joined the Bowling Green League in 2004 and has served as secretary and two terms as president.  Lee has been very active in registering new voters at various venues in Wood County and preparing for the 2020 Census. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of South Dakota and a Master of Librarianship from Emporia Kansas State University.  For 25 years she was the reference archivist and rare books curator at Bowling Green State University where she assisted researchers using local government records and the official records of some state legislators and U.S. congressional representatives. The League of Women Voters US was founded 100 years ago, just before the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.  Now, as then, the mission of the US, Ohio, and Bowling Green Leagues is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government and selected governmental issues.   The League is non-partisan and supports issue only after through study. All are welcome to join.  For information go to

Film scholars question whether BGSU will act against other ‘Birth of a Nation’ cast members

“An Immodest Proposal” Now that Bowling Green State University’s Board of Trustees are of one mind about the importance of presentism in viewing the past, we would suggest that they pursue the path towards a more complete obliteration of troublesome matters from our cinemetic past.  In their collective wisdom, though, the Board of Trustees in removing the names of Dorthy and Lillian Gish from the movie theatre in the BGSU student union, refrained from eliminating the Lillian Gish scholarship, revoking her honorary doctorate, or dispersing the Gish archives.  Quite Solomon like, indeed. (But was an educational opportunity lost?) However, they have more work to do.  Surely their research before their unanimous vote revealed, as did ours, that the following actors also had roles in Birth of a Nation: Mae Marsh Henry B. Walthal Miriam Cooper George Siegmann Walter Long Wallace Reid Donald Crisp Spottiswoode Aitkin Elmo Lincoln Eugene Pallette Raoul Walsh Jules White Monte Blue John Ford Gibson Gowland Charles King (A conservative tally of the movies these actors appeared in, outside of Birth of a Nation, is 2,565 films.) John Ford (KKK Rider) and Raoul Walsh (John Wilkes Booth) are especially notable in they they are considered two of the greatest directors of Hollywood’s Golden Age.  Ford is often described as America’s greatest director. To be consistent, therefore, others who have appeared in Birth of a Nation should have their films stricken from any list of films to be screened in the now unnamed theatre in the BGSU student union.  That their 2,500 plus films represent a significant proportion of films in the history of American movies should not keep the Board of Trustees from establishing this list of forbidden films so that those who say history is not important will be able to fully wrap themselves in presentism. John G. Nachbar Co-founder of the Journal of Popular Film and Television Former Director of the Film Studies Program at BGSU Michael T. Marsden Co-editor of the Journal of Popular Film and Television Professors Emeritus of Popular Culture at BGSU (The opinions stated here are, of course, those of individuals who should not be construed to be spokespersons in any way for BGSU or any other organization or institution.)

Wood County at ‘slight’ risk of severe thunderstorms, hail

Jeff Klein, Emergency Management Agency  director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: The NWS Cleveland has expanded the area for the “Slight Risk” of possible severe thunderstorms.  Earlier today we were on the borderline of potential severe weather. Now the line has expanded eastward increasing our threat of  severe weather.   The main threat to this storm will be damaging winds and large hail.  However, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Please monitor local weather conditions, weather radio and local media for the most up to date weather information.  We will be monitoring weather conditions and will provide updates should conditions worsen. 

Firefighters to convene at BGSU for training

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS More than 350 firefighters will arrive at Bowling Green State University to sharpen their skills in technical rescue, practice ventilation and search in vacant buildings, recognize and preserve arson scenarios, perfect their fire officer skills and learn life-saving techniques to save themselves or fellow firefighters as part of the weeklong State Fire School scheduled May 20-24. “As always, State Fire School week is an exciting time for this community and we pride ourselves on providing the most up-to-date training in this fast-paced and dangerous environment,” said Kerry Fisher, program director of State Fire School in the College of Arts and Sciences. State Fire School has been under the direction of BGSU since 1974. “Our unique training environment gives students the opportunity to network with first responders from all over Ohio and learn from the best instructors in the country,” Fisher said. “The hands-on training at BGSU exposes students to firefighting and technical rescue scenarios that may save a life in their community. After an intense week of training, we encourage them to take their knowledge and expertise back to their communities and train other firefighters.” Fire School is made possible by not only eager students from all over the state, but also local fire departments who donate equipment, time and supplies for hands-on classes. This year, the school is receiving support from Bowling Green, Toledo, Maumee, Sylvania Township, Perrysburg Township and Oregon fire departments. BGSU State Fire School employs an elite group of instructors from eight states, including Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and New York, and one instructor from Canada, to instruct a variety of cutting-edge classes. At a time when many fire department training budgets have been cut or eliminated, some firefighters are attending classes courtesy of grants from the State Farm Foundation and other funding sources. Major sponsors of State Fire School include Paratech, Tuff Tread and Sutphen Corporation. The opening ceremony will take place at 8 a.m. Monday, May 20, in Olscamp Hall.  Speakers include BGSU President Rodney Rogers, Bowling Green Mayor Richard Edwards and Bowling Green Fire Chief William Moorman. The ceremony will open with the presenting of the colors by fire science students from Penta Career Center and Black Swamp…