Articles by David Dupont

Votes all in

10:17 p.m. All the votes in. Levies & incumbents win big.   10:10 p.m. With 94 percent of precincts reporting, little has changed. Gavarone and Oesterich winning. Wood County voters back Republicans statewide. Margin for Galbraith closer in county than Latta’s two to one margin districtwide. 9:50 p.m. Finally 78 percent of precincts reporting. Republican Theresa Gavarone topping Aidan Hubbell-Staeble for Ohio House. Republican auditor Matthew Oestreich leads challenger Buddy Ritson, 60 to 40 percent.. Democrat Joel Kuhlman and Republican Gene Zmuda neck and neck with Zmuda ahead by 338 votes. Both ADAMHS and Woodland levies winning by two to one margins.   9:21 p.m. Republican Bob Latta has opened up a 2-1 lead over Democrat Michael Galbraith to retain his seat in the U.S. House.   8:42 p.m. Stopped by polling station in BGSU student union earlier this evening. Veteran poll worker said the turnout was very good. 8 p.m. Early results, including absentee ballots,  have the Woodlane and ADAMHS levies passing by large margins. In the race for state representative, Republican incumbent Theresa Gavarone leads Democratic challenger 57-43 percent. In statewide races, local voters are tilting Democratic. In Wood County, Democratic Michael Galbraith has a slender lead over incumbent Fifth District U.S. Rep Bob Latta, who has a substantial lead districtwide.

SPLICE Ensemble brings heart & soul to electroacoustic music

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Even music that relies on circuitry needs the human touch.  “It’s really that live concert that can make music live and breathe and survive the test of time,” said Keith Kirchoff, of the SPLICE Ensemble. “It’s the performer that’s going to take this music into the next generation.  We still need to go to concerts, and it’s this concert experience that’s driven by a compelling performer … that makes it an immediately relatable art form.” The SPLICE Ensemble will headline the SPLICE Festival  this week at Bowling Green State University. The festival convenes Thursday, Nov. 8 on the Bowling Green State University, and continues through Saturday, Nov. 10. SPLICE will perform a free concert on the last night at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall. The festival is devoted to electroacoustic music. Kirchoff defines electroacoustic music as classical music using electronics that’s “designed for the concert stage, for concentrated listening, intentional listening as opposed to being in the background or for dancing.” The festival, Kirchoff said, is a mix of performances and workshops. “We wanted to create a ground where  the education is an intrinsic part of the festival.” The festival is one branch of the umbrella SPLICE organization. It started as a one-week summer institute, branched out into the festival, and soon will have an academy program. The ensemble grew out of the institute, Kirchoff said. SPLICE was launched about five years ago by composer Christopher Biggs and Kirchoff, a pianist. “I felt there weren’t very many, if any, opportunities for performers to become comfortable integrating electronics into their performances,” Kirchoff said. The ensemble is an outgrowth of the festival. Kirchoff and Biggs  “wanted to have a performance faculty that was really good at their instruments and really good at electronics.” That, Kirchoff said, turned out to be himself, Kirchoff and fellow institute faculty, Adam Vidiksis, percussion, and  Sam Wells, trumpet.  “We really enjoyed working together,” the pianist said. They realized that they had a distinctive sound. Only one composition existed for their particular instrumentation.They set about soliciting composers to write for them. That process was facilitated by the institute and the festival. The SPLICE Festival is in its second year. Last year it was presented at Western Michigan University where Biggs teaches. Bringing it to BGSU was a natural. Elainie Lillios, of the BGSU composition faculty, teaches at the SPLICE Institute. She’s been “the boots on the ground” to coordinate the event. “BGSU is fertile ground for a lot of new music,” Kirchoff said. “It’s awesome to me that there’s so much going on.” Thanks to the Fromm Foundation, Lillios will be writing a major piece for the SPLICE Ensemble. The trio will perform six pieces on its Saturday recital. Most of them were commissioned specifically for the festival. Flannery Cunningham’s “Eh/k/oh” has the percussionist and pianist singing in harmony with the trumpet.  Jeff Herriott’s “eyes, sewn, await the sun” started life as a duo for percussion and piano. The composer integrated the trumpet into the work at SPLICE’s request. “It’s very slow and with a lush sound and really gorgeous atmosphere in electronics,” Kirchoff said. The trio came worked with Iranian composer Bahar Royaee at the institute. “Kücha-lar” explores an Iranian folk song in meditative fashion with Kirchoff plays inside the piano. Robert…

Library offers chance to meet children’s book author Jane Yolen

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Bestselling and award-winning children’s book author, Jane Yolen will talk about her work at the Wood County District Public Library on Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. Jane Yolen is the best-selling author of over 365 children’s, middle grade and young adult novels, picture books, story collections, and poetry anthologies. Her works include award-winner The Devil’s Arithmetic, the bestselling picture book series How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night, Caldecott Honor winner Owl Moon, and hundreds more. For a complete list of her titles, as well as a Jane Yolen calendar that recommends one title a day for a full year, please visit her website, Jane Yolen’s visit is supported through a gift from the estate of Majorie Conrad, along with BGSU’s Literacy in the Park and University Libraries. During her visit to Wood County District Public Library, Ms. Yolen will speak, answer questions, and be available to autograph books. Six of Ms. Yolen’s titles will be available for purchase that evening through the Friends of the Library. Available for purchase will be Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten, How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends, What to do with a Box, and Fly with Me, published in October 2018 The audience is encouraged to bring any personal copies of Ms. Yolen’s books for signing as well. For more information, contact the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.

BGSU investigating bias incident on Halloween

Bowling Green State University’s Office of Student Affairs is investigating a case of students dressing up for Halloween as Mexican gang members and mocking the concept of cultural appropriation. In a statement to the university community, President Rodney Rogers said “the bias incident” was captured on a number of social media posts. “While the University is committed to protecting everyone’s right to free speech, we can, and will, speak out against individuals or groups that espouse racism, intolerance or hate,” Rogers wrote in the statement. “The students’ actions were offensive, inappropriate and not representative of BGSU’s Core Values.” If administrators determine that the students violated the student code of conduct that would be subject to punishment. Violations of the student code of conduct can be as severe as expulsion from the university. Rogers went on to say that a fundamental part of the strategic plan now being discussed “is the objective of supporting all individuals to build a quality learning community that fosters diversity and inclusion, collaboration, creativity, and excellence. This is an important opportunity for dialogue among students, faculty and staff about what it really means to be a diverse, inclusive community.” He continued: “The awareness and critical discussions that are needed to address these difficult subjects must continue to occur for BGSU to be a welcoming and supportive community for all.” Rogers thanks those who reported the incident. Help for those affected is available. He urged members of the campus community to report other instances of “bias or concern” through the See It. Hear It. Report It. page on the BGSU website.

Tony Vetter jumps right into leading Downtown BG

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Tony Vetter hit the ground running as executive director of Downtown Bowling Green. He had no choice. This, he said, is the busiest time of the year. He has to find volunteers to help spruce up the downtown for the holidays. Then there’s the holiday tree lighting, collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce on the holiday parade, and after that the kickoff to Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. Vetter started in his new position, taking over from Mary Hinkelman, on Oct. 29. Hinkelman switched offices in the Four Corners Center to become director of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. “I’m just getting up to speed.” Though Vetter has recently started, he’s familiar with the various entities that call the Four Corners Center home. As director of Destination Toledo he worked closely with Wendy Chambers who heads up the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau. Though Vetter has been working in Toledo,  he’s lived in Bowling Green for the past 24 years with his wife, Cheryl, co-owner of Hagemeyer Fine Photography. Vetter said he’s always done his shopping in Bowling Green and has taken part in the various events, including the Black Swamp Arts Festival, that fill up the city’s calendar. The 26-year-old festival like the newly hatched Firefly Nights are staged by independent groups. They add to the luster of downtown, along with the lineup of events that Downtown Bowling Green presents, including Art Walk and Winterfest Chillabration.  “It’s a collaborative effort,” Vetter said. “It’s a very vibrant community. Some other cities that would give their eye teeth for what Bowling Green has.” A healthy downtown isn’t just important for the merchants and downtown businesses, but for the health of the community as a whole. A company trying to recruit new employees does not want have them see a downtown full of empty or boarded up store fronts. Downtown Bowling Green works to keep that from happening. The Special Improvement District is funded by a tax imposed on property owners. Vetter was attracted to the job in part because of the passion of the members of the Downtown BG Board. “They want what’s best for this city. That’s here their hearts are. Same with the mayor. They’re all on the same page.They want to make Bowling Green a better place.” Greg Halamay, who chairs the Downtown Bowing Green board, said that Vetter stood out from the other applicants because he offered fresh ideas. “That made the critical difference in our decision making. … That’s what our board was looking for.” Halamay said that the job posting drew a strong field of applicants, including about half from outside Bowling Green. Vetter’s ties to the community were also a plus. The historic district is small. “He displayed the desire to reach out beyond those six or eight blocks to the rest of the community,” Halamay said. “He wants to create a stronger outreach.” Asked about any plans he has for downtown, Vetter demurred. He’s still setting in. Ask in six months, he suggested. Vetter grew up as one of 10 children on a farm in Hicksville, in Defiance County near the Indiana border. He first came to Bowling Green in the 1980s to spend a year at the St. Aloysius Parish as part of…

BGSU Arts Events through Nov. 28

At the galleries – “The Shodo Way of Writing: Calligraphy Scrolls from the BGSU Asian Studies Collection” exhibition continues through Nov. 18 in the Willard Wankelman Gallery at the Fine Arts Center. Presented by the BGSU Galleries, the exhibition includes 30 calligraphy scrolls by contemporary Japanese masters of these traditional arts.  Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Nov. 7 – Award-winning documentary filmmaker Dr. Matthew Donahue, a lecturer in popular culture, will present and screen “The Amsterdam T-Shirt Project,” highlighting the artists, vendors and creators of souvenir T-shirts in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the souvenir T-shirt capital of the world. The presentation and screening will begin at 1 p.m. in the Pallister Conference Room, Jerome Library. Nov. 7 – The Faculty Artist Series presents Caroline Chin on violin. She is an assistant professor and has been described by the Chicago Sun Times as “riveting and insightful, who lights up in passages of violin pyrotechnics.” She has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 8 – The Prout Reading Series presents readings by MFA students Erin Carlyle and Katy Cesarotti. Carlyle, a poet, and Cesarotti, a fiction writer, are MFA students in the creative writing program. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Nov. 8 – The BGSU Early Music Ensemble and Graduate String Quartet will present a recital at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 8 – The College of Musical Arts hosts the SPLICE Festival 2018, featuring music written for instruments and electronics. The first concert is at 8 p.m. in the Cla-zel Theatre, 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. The festival runs through Nov. 10. For a complete listing of events, visit Nov. 9 – The SPLICE Festival 2018 continues with a concert at 10:30 a.m. and a talk at 1:30 p.m., both in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center; a workshop at 3:30 p.m. in 0108 Moore Center, and a concert at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall. Free Nov. 10 – The SPLICE Festival will present its final day of events in Moore Musical Arts Center starting with a concert at 10:30 a.m. and a talk at 1:30 p.m., both in Bryan Recital Hall; a workshop at 3:30 p.m. in Room 0108, and ending with a Music at the Forefront concert by the SPLICE Ensemble at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, sponsored by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music. Free Nov. 11 – The Student Reed Quintet, with students Andrew Hosler, Ava Wirth, Kendra Sachs, Nicole Grimone and Jennifer Bouck, will give a recital at 4 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 13 – Tunisian hip hop artist “Medusa” Boutheina El Aloudi will be on campus to share her unique views on an industry dominated by male artists. She will perform at 10:30 a.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center and will present a Q&A session at 12:30 p.m. in the Choral Rehearsal Hall in the Moore Center. Free Nov. 13 – The College of Musical Arts Guest Artist Series welcomes Yu-Fang Chen on…

Storm headed this way tonight & into Tuesday

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: A strong storm system moving into the lower Great Lakes late tonight and Tuesday will bring windy conditions overnight and into the day on Tuesday.  The latest forecast models indicate a little better news than what we expected a few days ago.  Although a thunderstorm cannot be ruled out especially overnight tonight, the widespread severe weather threat will stay well south and southeast of NW Ohio.  Rain (with some isolated thunderstorms) will move into the area late tonight and it could be heavy at times overnight, but there are indications that the steady rain will move east of the area by the mid-morning hours with just widely scattered showers possible into the mid-afternoon.  Winds will increase and be sustained at 20-30 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph.  Winds should subside slowly (but still breezy) towards Tuesday evening and Tuesday night. Get ready for some winter-like temperatures this upcoming weekend.  Time to bring in the garden hoses and those type of things that are susceptible to freezing!    

Park District offers November events

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT The Wood County Park District is offering a variety of programming during November including events tied to Native American Heritage Month. Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Certification Program Tuesday, November 6; 7:00 – 9:00 pm Park District Headquarters 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green This informational session will explain the details of this excellent natural resources education program. Beginning in April, this certification program is coupled with community-based volunteer service. Sessions include many topics such as birds, interpretation, ecology, native plants, mammals, insects, geology, and more! Certification co-sponsored by OSU Extension.Register at, or call (419) 353-1897   Turkey Tomfoolery Thursday, November 8, 6:00 – 7:30 pm Otsego Park Thompson Stone Hall 20000 W. River Road, Bowling Green Wild turkeys are being seen much more frequently here in Wood County. Bring the kids out to learn about one of the largest birds in our parks, we will finish the evening with some games and fun activities. Register at, or call (419) 353-1897   EcoLit Book Group Meeting Thursday, November 8, 7:00 – 9:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve Friends’ Green Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg For this meeting, please read Mind of the Raven by Bernd Heinrich. Group meets once a month. Register for any or all. Discussion leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Senior Lecturer, BGSU English Dept. and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN). Register at, or call (419) 353-1897   Wild Skills: Shelter-Skelter Saturday, November 10; 10:00 – 11:30 am W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 25930 White Road, Perrysburg Be prepared for when your adventure turns south. Having a shelter to get out of the elements can be a life saver! Get hands on and learn to build one using only the nature around you. Register at, or call (419) 353-1897   The Native American Experience Tuesday, November 13; 7:00 – 8:00 pm Otsego Park: Thompson Stone Hall 20000 W. River Road, Bowling Green What was life like for Native Americans as they coped with pressure from European settlers? Join guest speaker Taylor Moyer, Toledo School of the Arts humanities teacher and living historian, as he describes the interaction between the two cultures from a Native American perspective. Details of clothing, tools and other artifacts will be woven into the narrative.Register at, or call (419) 353-1897   Fly tying by Wildwood Anglers Thursday, November 15, 6:00 – 7:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve Friends’ Green Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg Join Brad Dunkle, local fly fishing guide and owner of Wildwood Anglers, for a small group intro to fly tying. All material and tools provided. Registration required, no walk–ins. Cost: $12, FWCP $8. Register at, or call (419) 353-1897   Wild Skills: Bow-drill Workshop Friday, November 16; 6:00 – 8:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 25930 White Road, Perrysburg Build and test out your own bow-drill fire-starting kit. Learn about the evolution of fire-starting, which materials work best, and how to identify the best wood for the job. Wood provided. Bring your own knife capable of substantial wood carving. $10/$5 FWCP. Leader: Craig Spicer Emerge: Cap 20. Must be 13 years of age or older (minors must have release of liability sign by adult before attending). Carving and knife skills will not be covered in depth – please become familiar and practice before attending….

NAMI director urges ‘yes’ vote on ADAMHS levy

I am writing today to encourage you to vote yes on the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board 1 mill Replacement Levy on Tuesday, November 6th if you haven’t done so already. This is not a new tax, it would bring the old tax up to current value. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Wood County receives a majority of its funding from the ADAMHS Board to provide support, education, and advocacy for individuals affected by mental illness. One in five people are living with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness. Of these one in five, there are many more family members, friends, and colleagues affected by their loved ones condition. NAMI is able to provide support and education for all of the above mentioned. NAMI Wood County provides twice yearly free classes for family members and individuals living with mental health conditions through the support from ADAMHS. These classes and ongoing support groups are invaluable to those that utilize them. Many times, people attend a program and announce that they’ve not shared their story elsewhere. NAMI can provide that safe space for people to share, be heard, and feel supported by peers. Among the many peer programs that NAMI provides, there are a great deal of community education programs offered due to Levy support.  Mental Health First Aid teaches individuals how to provide assistance and access help for a person in a mental health crisis. Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trainings are coordinated by NAMI as well. This community program offered twice yearly provides law enforcement officers information in working with individuals in a mental health crisis. CIT companion courses hosted by NAMI include: Fire and Rescue Workers, Dispatchers, Behavioral Health Clinicians, Advanced Trainings, and Resiliency Trainings. The evidence based prevention and recovery programs that NAMI Wood County provides are national programs with statistics that have shown reductions in recidivism rates in both jails and hospitals. By supporting the ADAMHS Board Levy, you are making a difference in the lives of people affected by mental illness and the Wood County community. Jessica Schmitt Executive Director NAMI Wood County

Visiting master demonstrates how art & words come together in Japanese calligraphy

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Kyoko Fujii started studying calligraphy when she was 6 growing up in Hiroshima, Japan. It was a popular after school activity, she said. Most students after a few years move onto other hobbies. Fujii however continued to study. For her doing calligraphy was like eating or breathing. She took weekly lessons for many years with a master calligrapher. Despite her abiding interest, she didn’t reflect on her art much. It was only when she was 24 and her employer, a securities and banking firm, sent her abroad to the southern United States that she realized that what she did was something special, something beautiful, a way to reach out and connect with people. Now a master instructor herself, Fujii visited Bowling Green State University on Saturday to teach the art as part of the opening of an exhibit of calligraphy scrolls given to the Asian Studies Program by the Japanese counsel general in Detroit. “Shodo Way of Writing: Calligraphy Scrolls from the BGSU Asian Studies Collection” will be on display in the Willard Wankelman Gallery in the Fine Arts Center through Nov. 18.  Fujii, who now lives in Novi, Michigan, said it was an honor to demonstrate her art amidst so many fine examples of both traditional and contemporary calligraphy. She has mastered both kohitsu (pen writing) and mohitsu (brush writing) techniques,and demonstrated both. She started by writing out the lyrics of a popular children’s song about maple trees in fall. She had painted yellow and red maple leaves in the margins of her paper beforehand. Then as the song played on her iPod, the Japanese characters appeared. More than a simple letter, each character is a combination of images that together create the meaning of the word. And the character is executed with a flourish that’s a visual representation of the meaning. Fujii said her American husband always wants to know what the words and meanings are of her paintings, she said. This came through in the second part of Fujii’s presentation. Taking individual words, she painted them, and explained how they are constructed. The word “work” included symbols for human, heart, and power. When writing the word for wind or breeze, the way the character is drawn shows the kind of wind it is. She concluded her demonstration by switching to a gold pen to write out a Buddhist prayer. The entire prayer would take a day to copy, so she did the beginning lines. When asked, she chanted prayer in Japanese. Raymond Craig, dean of the College of Arts and Science, said this is an important part of what the college does. More than exposing students to other cultures, it gives them first-hand knowledge and hands-on experience in elements of that culture.

BGSU student optimizing his business acumen to earn millions for clients

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Ask Donovan J. Greening to describe search-engine optimization, better known as SEO, and his eyes will light up and his explanation speeds faster than his Porsche Cayenne. When he sees your eyes glaze over in confusion, he’ll hit the brakes, slow it down and give you enough examples until you both are sharing the same road. “Did that answer your question?” He doesn’t demean; he’s sincere in wanting to share his mastery of digital marketing and what it’s done for him, what it can do for companies behind the scenes and what he hopes it can do for Bowling Green State University. Then he laughs and says, “I’m the nerdiest person ever. I’m a super geek!” Greening, 20, is an entrepreneur, consultant and full-time college student. He is the founder of Greening Corporation United, a full-service digital marketing agency he started at the age of 15 that focuses on law firm digital marketing. In 2017, he helped generate several million dollars in new cases and revenue for his clients and law firms while also helping multiple victims of mesothelioma and lung cancer find justice. A junior, he is majoring in management of information systems in the Bowling Green State University College of Business. He grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and attended Brother Rice High School. While in high school, he founded two online companies. “I taught myself how to make a website based on my YouTube channel, XVSound, when I was 15,” Greening said. “I would take music artists that weren’t that cool and find cool movie clips and chop them up and make footage to kind of go along with the song, almost like mood music. That channel started to blow up and to date that channel has 3.9 million views in total and has more than 10,000 subscribers.” That positive experience got him thinking: How could he make this into a brand? The result was XVTech, which focused on web design and social media marketing. Greening quickly turned around three local clients, a juice shop, Chris Huff from P80Fitness Studio, and DJ BJ 3525 from Hot 107.5. His next client was a hydro light factory in Warren, Michigan, which sells hydroponic lighting for large indoor agricultural facilities. “I developed for them a brand-new website and an e-commerce system,” Greening said. “I also helped them map out a shipping logistics system to make their business more efficient. That business had made over $600,000 of revenue two months after launching that website. Then, I was like, OK, now I can actually make people some money.” It was about this time that Greening enrolled at BGSU, which he said was perfect because, “I wanted to get away from home, but not too far from home. And it’s a university my mother is really happy with, and only 90 minutes from home. Plus, there are few distractions.” Once he arrived at the University, he decided to delve deeper into online marketing. Now, Greening Corporation United specializes in online marketing and rankings as well as public relations and content creation for law firms and large corporations. One of Greening’s clients is Goldberg, Persky, and White P.C., a national mesothelioma law firm specializing in mesothelioma and asbestos litigation. He began to work with one of their managing partners while…

Jennifer Karches: GOP smear campaign in State House race shows the evils of ‘dark money’

I confronted Theresa Charters-Gavarone yesterday at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast on her misleading and pathetic campaign flyers and commercials against Aidan Hubbell-Staeble. Just like she told me after her similar smear campaign with Kelly Wicks, Theresa said after the first mailer she contacted the Ohio Republican party (who paid for this slop) to stop! She had NO control over this. Right. It looks like the Ohio Republican party bought “the works” from a dark money group…the amazing thing is Republicans are totally fine being identified with this filth! To get a riveting education on dark money, watch PBS’s POV “Dark Money”. Unfortunately it can now only be watched online with a $60 Passport membership to WBGU-TV, but it is well worth it if you just watch this program alone. Here’s the link to view the trailer: We need to have ALL money out of politics and have a political system that works for the people. Imagine if our only source of info on political candidates was televised debates and impartial articles in our community newspapers. Imagine having our elected representatives actually work more days than not in a year representing us, their constituents, and working hard to solve OUR problems and issues instead of constantly chasing money to fund their next campaign. Our broken political system needs a major reform, and Ms. Gavarone is clearly not a part of that reform. Please vote for Aidan Hubbell-Staeble.   Jennifer Karches Bowling Green

Black Swamp Players presenting musical ‘Clue’

From BLACK SWAMP PLAYERS The Black Swamp Players will open its fifty-first season with Clue: The Musical, which takes the stage beginning this Friday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m.  Based on the 1949 board game of the same name, Clue: The Musical concerns the murder of Mr. Boddy (Heath A. Diehl), who also serves as the host of the evening’s performance. The first act of the musical introduces the colorful characters made famous by Parker Brothers and their motives for possibly murdering Mr. Boddy. There also is an interactive component in which audience members randomly select cards that will determine which suspect committed the murder, which weapon was used, and where the murder took place. The show has 216 possible endings. The second act introduces a new character, the Detective (Mac Ramsey), who along with the cast and audience, work to solve the murder of Mr. Boddy. In addition to Diehl and Ramsey, the cast also includes: Andrew Varney (Colonel Mustard); Garrett Hummell (Mr. Green); Karla Richardson (Mrs. Peacock); Matt Crawford (Professor Plum); Annelise Mason (Miss Scarlet); and Monica Hiris (Mrs. White). The production is directed by Melissa Shaffer and Anna Chowattanakul is the music director and accompanist. Clue: The Musical briefly ran Off-Broadway in 1997 and has since been a popular choice for community theater groups throughout the country. A contributor to Broadway World dubbed it “an entertaining, humorous, and interactive musical that is not to be missed.” Clue: The Musical will open on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. Additional performance dates include: Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. ; Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. ; Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. ; Sunday, November 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. Both Saturday evening performances will be preceded by a dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. , that will benefit the First United Methodist Church. All performances will be held at the First United Methodist Church on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green. Tickets for the Friday and Sunday performances are $15/adults, $12/seniors and students. Tickets for the Saturday “Dinner and a Show” performances are $25/person and must be purchased one week or more prior to the show. All tickets can be purchased on the organization’s website. The Dinner and a Show performances, which are co-hosted by the First United Methodist Church, will feature either meatloaf or a vegetarian quiche and will also include potatoes, vegetables, applesauce, bread, and various desserts. Clue: The Musical is the first of three productions to be mounted by The Black Swamp Players for its 2018-2019 season. Clue will be followed by a production of Meredith Wilson’s 1957 Tony-Award-winning musical, The Music Man, which will be performed at the First United Methodist Church in February 2019. The Players will close their 51st season with the world premiere of an original play by local F. Scott Regan, titled Peanuts and Crackerjacks. Regan’s play will be performed in April/May 2019. Black Swamp Players is nonprofit corporation that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theatre in all its many aspects. Founded in 1968, Black Swamp Players has been providing community theatre to the Bowling Green and surrounding areas for the past fifty years. Those interested in volunteering for the organization should send an e-mail query to

Black Swamp Players get investor grant from Chamber

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce has selected the Black Swamp Players, Inc.  as the recipient of its Third Quarter Investor Grant of $1000.   The application for the grant was submitted by Deb Shaffer, Vice President.  The funds they receive will be used to purchase equipment to help them continue to present excellent productions.  The organization was in need of new wireless microphones, which are used in the musicals so the singers can be heard over the band.  Some of their current equipment is 15-20 years old.  The need is immediate for them for their very next production. The Black Swamp Players are starting their 51st season this fall with “Clue: The Musical.” They look forward to being able to use the new equipment for many years to come. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce offers this $1000 Investor Grant every quarter and the application process is very simple.  Investors can download an application from our website at   For additional information about the grant or membership, you can contact us at 419-353-7945. The mission of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce shall be to support an environment for the development and success of business within the Bowling Green area.

Photographers feel money should be no object in capturing family memories

By. DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Alyssa Stahl has been sponsoring a family for Christmas for the past several years. This year the professional photographer has decided to give her philantrophy a different look. Stahl said she follows a number of other photographers on social media and she was inspired by Jeremy Cowart, a photographer and activist, who sets up his gear in low income neighborhoods to take portraits of the residents. So this year, Stahl to put her photographic skills to work through The Memories Project.  Stahl and two other photographers, China Parry and Katie Heuerman will set up shop at three locations on the grounds of the Wood County Historical Center on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will take photos of families or individuals who couldn’t otherwise afford to get pictures taken.  The event is a collaboration with the Brown Bag Food Project, which will help spread the word and line up participants. Those wishing to make an appointment should call Brown Bag at (419) 960-5345. They will receive a CD with several images, and a photo release that will give them permission to get the portraits reprinted. The CDs will be available at Brown Bag’s office at 115 W. Merry Ave., Bowling Green. “This is a way to help multiple families,” Stahl said. “It doesn’t have to be a family. It could be elderly person. Just anyone who wouldn’t have the means to get that done,” Stahl said. Her love of people is what led her to take up photography. She grew up in Liberty Center. Her mother and her aunt did sports photography for local papers.  Stahl said she got started manipulating photos using Photoshop and doing digital design. She attended Bowling Green State University to study graphic design. While at BGSU seven years ago, she started taking photos, especially of families and friends. Four years ago she started her own business Alyssa Danielle Photography and Design. “It’s really cool to do a wedding or watch somebody’s kid grow up and to take pictures over a period of time and capture their personalities,” Stahl said. “It’s just nice to have that updated picture of themselves. People don’t take pictures that often and don’t think about it until something happens,” she said. “Being able to give that to somebody is heartwarming.”