Articles by David Dupont

Holocaust survivor Erna Gorman digs up story of her family’s horrific past

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News After taking a few sips from her water, Erna (Blitzer) Gorman, ever the grandmother, told her audience, “I wish had a bottle for each of you.” Then, she added, if anyone was feeling parched, “the bottle’s there.” “I’m healthy,” she said, drawing a laugh from those gathered in the ballroom of Bowen-Thompson Student Union Monday evening. Then the Holocaust survivor explained why she made jokes, even as she told of the horrors she and her family and other Jews endured. That helped her tell the story. Inside, Gorman said, her stomach was in knots. Hers is a story that needs to be told. Asked later how to deal with those who questioned whether the Holocaust happened, Gorman said, to respond that they had heard her story. This was the seventh year the Bowling Green State University Hillel had brought a Holocaust survivor to speak on campus.  Rachel Feldman, Hillel cultural chair, said that the Jewish organization would continue to do so as long as there are survivors to speak. Gorman, now 85 — though she claims 29 — was only a child in 1939 when she, her parents and her older sister, Suzanne, left Metz, France, near the German and Luxembourg borders to join her father’s family in Poland. That was a large extended family, led by a pious patriarch. When Hitler broke his pledge and invaded Poland, Gorman’s family headed east to Ukraine to join her mother’s parents. Gorman remembers her grandmother as a tiny woman in a white apron who baked bread. And she had “a pudgy grandfather” who would hold her in his arms. Erna Gorman concludes the program at BGSU. “My parents were aloof,” she said. “They did not have time to cuddle. They just said ‘obey.’ They didn’t have time for anything else.” A German officer, known for his hatred of Jews, arrived in Monastyriska. The Jews were pushed out to a ghetto. Those that survived the disease and hunger were pushed to another ghetto. One day Gorman’s father and all other able-bodied men were rounded up and sent into the forest where they dug a mass grave. Jews from the ghetto, including Gorman’s grandparents, were rounded up brought into the forest, told to strip and then shot, one by one.  The able bodied men were told to bury them up. When her father returned, Gorman said, she heard him tell her mother about her parents’ fate. She recalls her mother’s tears as her parents quietly recited the prayer for the dead. Gorman said even now when she sees photographs of fields in Ukraine and Poland in full bloom, “I think to myself if you dig far enough someone would find my grandfather’s grave.” The survivors in the ghetto were moved to another place. There Gorman’s family had a corner spot in a house on the ground floor. They pulled up the floor boards, and dug into the dirt below. They dug out a space just large enough for the four of them to hide. One night they heard screams and shots. The Germans and “local thugs who were more than happy to help” were rousing the inhabitants forcing them out, killing some on the spot. The four members of her family hid below the floor. It was, she said, like being buried alive. “I knew, as young as I was, I would die if I cried out.” Gorman said she’s uncertain how the next crucial step of the story occurred. But a local Christian farmer rescued them — “he’s an angel” — and hid them in a loft…


Dinner dialogue to serve up food for thought on opioid crisis

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS On April 28, members from the Bowling Green community and Bowling Green State University will engage in important discussions about how they can work together to address the opioid crisis in the community.  Free and open to the public, this dinner dialogue will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Family Life Center at St. Mark’s Church, 316 S. College Dr.  The opioid crisis is a pervasive problem that disproportionately affects people in Ohio. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that 3,613 people in Ohio died of opioid-related overdoses in 2016, making Ohio one of the top five states for opioid-related overdose deaths. This crisis is impacting individuals who are coping with addiction as well as their families, loved ones and the surrounding community.  Recognizing the need to address the opioid crisis, there have been multiple events at BGSU such as the 2018 Opioid Teach-In and in the Bowling Green community like the Opioid Addiction Community Program at First United Methodist Church and the Opioid Forum and Panel Discussion. The Dinner Dialogue on April 28 aims to build on the positive momentum of these events by bringing community and University members together to share ideas, brainstorm solutions and build stronger networks of care. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and dinner from South Side Six will be provided. Opening remarks will be delivered at 5:30 p.m. by Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green), Wood County Commissioner Dr. Ted Bowlus, BGSU President Rodney Rogers and BG Council Member Bruce Jeffers. Guests will have opportunities to participate in several rounds of small group discussions where they will share their experiences and expertise, ask questions and identify potential collaborative strategies to address this issue in the community.  The event and dinner are free, but seats are limited. People interested in attending should register at http://tinyurl.com/BGSUdialogue. 


Mike Aspacher endorses Bruce Jeffers for another term on council

I am writing to express my support for the re-election of Bruce Jeffers as at-large representative to Bowling Green City Council. It has been my great pleasure to serve along with Bruce during his eight-year tenure on City Council. During this time, Bruce has proven to be a dedicated and hardworking representative for the entire Bowling Green community. Bruce has been a consistent advocate and supporter of the city’s efforts to enrich its sustainable energy portfolio, and he voted to enable the construction of our solar field, which is currently the largest in the state of Ohio. Bruce has been a strong guiding voice as the city has considered issues and opportunities related to planning, land use and neighborhood revitalization, demonstrating the vision and patience required to consider these critical, long-range issues. Bruce has also been a leader in the development of the city’s Welcome BG initiative. This process, which is intended to build on council’s resolution designating Bowling Green as welcoming city, provides exciting opportunities to supplement our local work force, a critical need as we continue to develop our business community. Bruce has served on council’s municipal utility committee and the planning and zoning committee, and he is the current chairman of the finance committee. He has demonstrated the ability to grasp the many complicated issues and activities that these committees assume responsibility for. It is my strong opinion that the sum of Bruce’s experience and demonstrated leadership qualities makes him the clear choice to continue to serve the citizens of Bowling Green as an at-large representative. I hope you will join me in voting for Bruce Jeffers on May 7.  Mike Aspacher Bowling Green


Safe Communities reviews fatal accidents

Wood County Safe Communities’ Fatal Data Review Committee met on Tuesday, April 9 to review 3 fatal crashes from the first quarter of 2019. The following fatal crashes were reviewed: Bays and Bradner RoadsI-75 at MP 198I75 at MP 183 The following countermeasures were established: Drive for weather conditionsRemain inside your vehicle when disabled on the interstate.  Call #677 or 911 for assistanceDon’t drive distractedMove Over/Slow Down


Needle Hall the setting for ‘Desire for the Intangible’ digital video art exhibit

Submitted by ADVANCED DIGITAL VIDEO ART The Bowling Green State University Advanced Digital Video Art 2019 will present a two-day exhibit “Desire for the Intangible” in Needle Hall in City Park, 520 Conneaut Ave., April 25 and 26. A public reception will be held Thursday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. Light refreshments provided. A public critique with guest critic Cameron Granger will be held Friday,  April 26, 5-7 p.m.“Desire for the Intangible” features the work of the Advanced Digital Video Art class at Bowling Green State University. This is an open invitation to explore the metaphysical. Through various media including video installations, photography, video, animatics, and illustrations, the artists have conceptualized their desire to connect with the ethereal. Is it possible to embody harmonious existence with nature, trauma, art, spirituality,capitalism, technology, alienation, and communication?In housing the exhibition at the historic Needle Hall, the artists challenge goers’ expectations by bringing them into a beautiful recreation hall. Celebrating this gallery’s gathering potential, many of the artworks will tread against the natural surroundings as digital pieces, forging a coalescence with electronics and earth within the subliminal space. A moment with each work will reveal an inclination for self-reflection: a conversation with the present image and one’s past and future.


County Park District will conduct planned burns at several properties

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT Wood County Park District is planning to conduct prescribed fires on several park properties this spring. Potential locations are the following properties: Baldwin Woods Preserve at 14080 Range Line Road in Weston, Bradner Preserve at 11491 Fostoria Road/SR 23 in Bradner, and Cricket Frog Cove at 14810 Freyman Road in Cygnet. The exact timing of the fires will be determined by weather factors to ensure the most effective and safe conditions, including smoke mitigation. All of our prescribed fire practices are conducted under waiver through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, notification of the Ohio EPA, as well as, direct supervision by an Ohio Certified Prescribed Fire Manager. Local fire departments for each site are aware of these plans and will be directly notified at least 24 hours before the fire and also on the day of the fire by our fire manager.The purpose of the fires is for the benefit of the natural areas and native ecosystems. Prescribed fires can restore nutrients and lead to more desirable future plant growth. All fire management is completed with best management practices. Call 419-575-7339, or email alowien@wcparks.org, with any questions directly involving our prescribed fire practices. For more information about the 20 parks and nature preserves in the Wood County Park District system and about the public programs offered, please visit www.wcparks.org, download the free app ‘wcparks’ or call 419-353-1897.


Sexual assault reported on campus

A female Bowling Green State University student reported that she was sexually assaulted in Founders Hall on April 10, 2019, according to campus police. The suspect is a male who is known to the student. In issuing the alert on the incident, BGSU police stated that: “The University shares this information so that members of the community can take appropriate precautions. Campus notifications are made in compliance with the provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Certain details in this alert are omitted to to protect the privacy of the reporting party.”


Synesthetic Oil Spill plans psychedelic takeover of Howard’s

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News When Billy  Gruber was in high school he loved classic rock, and he loved the scene it spawned. Think the Monterey Pop Festival. Now about a decade later, he’s ready to stage his own happening on April 20, a counterculture holiday. Lighting the way will be his Synesthetic Oil Spill show. “I’ve had an idea of the pop show in my mind for a long time just because of my interest in that music and in that art scene,” he said. The Synesthetic Oil Spill 4/20 Music & Arts Takeover will be staged at Howard’s Club H from 4:20 p.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday morning. The takeover will include a full slate of bands from contemporary concert music to hip hop with all the stops along the way. All acts will perform to the swirling glow of Gruber’s old-school analog light show. Gruber, who grew up in the Dayton area, described himself as a “a kid from a corn field.” He started music in the middle school band program on percussion. “I wasn’t the greatest at sports,” he said. So he quit football to be in the marching band, and then quit wrestling to be in the pep band.  When it came time for college, he headed north to Bowling Green State University where he earned a degree in World Music with a minor in philosophy. As a hand drummer he played with Indian Opinion and Tree No Leaves, one of the bands featured on Saturday’s bill. Also performing will be former bandmate Benji Katz, a poet and rock musician, now based in Cincinnati.  Billy Gruber, Christian Michael, and JP Stebal work the light show earlier this year. (Photo by Abbey Becker/provided) After graduating in 2016, Gruber returned to Dayton where he tried to plug into the local music scene. He played some drum set, but there wasn’t much call for his specialty, auxiliary percussion.  “The lights seemed the coolest way to jam along,” he said. So he found a YouTube by Steve Pavlovsky of the Liquid Light Lab in New York City.  The materials are easy to assemble. His father is a teacher so he could get an overhead projector.  “I put on an  analog light show with overhead projectors, slide projectors and glass clock faces. You mix water and mineral oil and a little bit of colors,” he said. “I’m in a very analog position.”  In the two years, he’s been doing the light show, he’s worked with about 50 bands. For Saturday’s takeover, Gruber has booked nine local and regional acts. Scheduled to perform are:  • Tree No Leaves (psychedelic rock);  • Nick Zoulek (contemporary saxophone performance) • Rovr (Toledo glitch punk) •Masakiio (hip hop) •MuAmin Collective (Cleveland hip hop) •Baccano (Toledo jam rock) •Benji Katz (Cincinnati poet rock) •Douggy (hip hop) •Nessy the Rilla & GrowBoyz (Detroit hip hop) •watchTV (Toledo hip hop) Also on hand will be a dozen vendors featuring food, crafts, and art.  As an artist himself, Gruber said, he’s interested in promoting other creators’ work.  “I have a ton of creative friends and want to get their work out there and try and make a profit. For me it was to try to include as many artists from as many media as possible.” Vendors who will be on hand are: •The Cookie Jar BG •Virginia Rieth Art (who did our poster art as well) •Lindsay Jo Durham •Alycia Bardwell  •Blue Tiger Gems •P.G.W Creations •Maddie Cox •Andrew Vogelpohl •High Spirit Woodworks •Otaku Drawing Chick •STREETWALKINCHEETAH •Chelsea Ford


Wood County library welcomes writer and editor for Marvel comics

By ABBY SHIFLEY BG Independent Correspondent BGSU alumnus Marc Sumerak returned to Bowling Green to present a comic book workshop. Sumerak started as a creative writing major at BGSU, then an intern at Marvel and has since written and edited hundreds of comic books. He now works as a freelance writer. Saturday, he led a comic book workshop in the Wood County District Public Library for the Bowling Green community, specifically targeted at children. The event was in partnership with the Batman in Popular Culture Conference hosted by the BGSU Department of Popular Culture and the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies, which took place April 12-13. “We wanted a component that spoke to a wider audience,” Sumerak said about the workshop. The conference as a whole was for academics; so, having an event for children was a nice contrast. “I am thrilled to have Marc as an addition to the Batman Conference. He provides a cool perspective for the younger generation,” Matthew Donahue, co-organizer of the conference, said. “I grew up reading comics,” Sumerak said. Sumerak took a semester off in his junior year at BGSU to intern at Marvel’s office in New York City. He said his early work on web comics made him stand out from the other candidates for the internship. “Web comics are what got my foot in the door,” Sumerak said. When he was in college, he and one of his friends would create seven web comics a month. After his internship, Sumerak went on to write his first book for Marvel by his senior year and was offered a job on their editorial staff two months before graduation. Since then, Sumerak has worked on The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, X-Men, as well as Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Walking Dead. Some of his works were on display at the workshop. Sumerak stressed that he was not an artist — that’s not what comic book writers do. But they also do more than most people think. “They do more than just put words in the balloons,” Sumerak said. “What a comic book writer does is craft the story behind the comics.” A comic book writer has to not only create the dialogue, but also describe the scene of each panel so the artist knows what to draw. Another large part of creating a comic book is collaboration, which is something Sumerak loves about the profession. “When I write a book, it’s just me,” he said. “It’s just me behind the computer typing and typing and typing until I’m done. When I’m working on a comic, it is a collaborative art form, and what that means is I work with lots of other talented people.” Sumerak then went on to describe the different components of a comic book, with lots of interaction between him and his young audience. One young boy was enthusiastic about the “staples” used to connect all the comic book pages together, and Sumerak confirmed this step is very important. Sumerak closed his talk with advice on how to create comics and get into the business, emphasizing the importance of storytelling and good character development. “You can tell great stories about super heroes fighting each other, but if people don’t connect to those characters, if they don’t care about the characters, they’re not going to come back,” Sumerak said. Steve Ammidown, an archivist for the popular culture library, was at the workshop with his daughter, June, who is 4 years old. “She’s a big comic book fan,” Ammidown said. “She’s a Wonder Woman fan, but she…


Ziggython 2019 total tops $250,000

Ziggython, Bowling Green State University’s version of Dance Marathon, raised $255,198.28 for Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo over the past year. That total was announced after participants completed 24 hours of dancing in the Perry Field House from Saturday through Sunday. The organization also said that over the past 24 years, Dance Marathon at BGSU has raised more than $5 million.


Heavy rain could bring localized flooding later Sunday

Jeff Klein, Emergency Management Agency  director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: Rain will be moving through Wood County most of today.  Morning storms will not be severe, however that may change.  The best chance for severe weather in our area will be 3-10pm.  We can expect rain up to 1.5” with localized flooding, hail as well as an isolated tornado. Wind gusts up to 40 mph can be expected.  The positive is regardless of the weather model used, the majority of Wood County  is on the northwestern border of this system.  The farther east and south you travel, expect the weather conditions to worsen.  The Wood County EMA will be monitoring local conditions and providing updates impacting our County as they occur.


Batman finds love at BGSU Popular Culture conference

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News In his 80 years as a super hero, Batman has captured the hearts of fans. Not just a fling, fans’ love of the Caped Crusader is a long standing affair. The arrival of about 300 scholars and Caped Crusader devotees at Bowling Green State University this weekend for the Batman in Popular Culture conference is testament to that. Tim Young, who hosts the podcast “To the Batpoles” with his brother, came from Tokyo to attend. Like others at the conference, he had his personal Batman story. Young, who teaches English, and his brother Paul, who teaches film studies at Dartmouth College, are devotees of the 1960s TV series. They watched it in reruns as kids in the 1970s. They played Batman. They collected Batman action figures. They created a Batmobile from a cardboard refrigerator crate. “It changed our lives,” Young said. That obsession helped shape their adult preoccupations. Their podcast, which they call “a research project into Batman ’66,” delves deeply into the arcana of the childhood favorite. They study scripts from the initial treatment to the final script and how it appeared to viewers across the nation. At BGSU he was surrounded by folks who shared his passion. Matthew Donahue, one of the Popular Culture faculty members who organized the conference, said the event drew presenters and attendees from around the globe, including Germany, India, and England, as well as from across the United States. The 85 presenters were there to discuss “all things Batman, everything you can imagine,” Donahue said. That included Batman in religion, politics, and philosophy, including a panel on “Batman and Structural Supervillains: Patriarchy, Capitalism, Surveillance and Imperialism in Batman’s World.” The character’s longevity has a lot to do with his appeal, Donahue said. “There’s a Batman for everybody because there’s been so many iterations of Batman over the decades.” The Caped Crusader is “a super hero anybody can be.” He is Bruce Wayne and doesn’t have super powers. Instead he uses his brain, brawn and expertise with technology to fight crime.  “So in that regard Batman relates to folks.”  Charles Coletta, also an instructor in Popular Culture, said when he and Donahue started talking about the conference he wasn’t sure there would be enough interest to draw people to BGSU. “Apparently there is,” he said.  “It shows you how rich the character is,” he said. Given all the iterations of the super hero,“there’s a Batman for everybody,” he said. “People look at it as kids stuff, but people take it seriously. People just love this character.” That may be true, but Batman himself has been unlucky in love. That was the theme of Friday’s keynote address “Holy Bat Heartbreak: The Long Dark Knight of the Soul” by Jenny Swartz-Levine, dean of Lake Erie College in Pennsylvania. Bruce Wayne, she said, has had “a complicated love life since 1939” when his first love interest, Julie Madison, appears. “The wealthiest man in Gotham is also the loneliest due to fractured relationships and perpetual heartbreak. … Bruce keeps finding love only to be betrayed by it.” That pattern continues in the latest storylines. Swartz-Levine warned those who hadn’t read the new issue “The Wedding” that she was going to spoil the ending of Batman’s affair with Catwoman. Time and again, his love of Gotham proves stronger than his romantic love. The women come in many types, Swartz-Levine said. They are social workers, socialites, and sociopaths.  They include Silver  St. Cloud, who in one story line also carries on with Elmer Fudd, who is depicted as a hitman who wants to go…


The Hatch provides opportunities for BGSU student entrepreneurs

By ABBY SHIFLEY BG Independent Correspondent At BGSU’s “Shark Tank”-like event called The Hatch, alumni were busy investing money in student entrepreneurs. Out of eight entrepreneurs, referred to as “hatchlings,” six received funding for their products. This year, the event was put on live TV for the first time with WBGU-TV. (See album of Hatch photos.) The investors were all successful BGSU alumni, including Nico Cottone CEO of SurfTech Inc.; George Heath, the retired group president at Sherwin-Williams; Earle Malm of HighMark Funds; falcon flames Matthew Yourkivitch and Michelle Drerup; and Mark West of Shared Clarity. “Tonight [the hatchlings] will get a chance to, in four minutes, try to overwhelm us with their business idea and the potential of it,” Malm, who is also the lead investor, said. “It’s sort of like ‘Shark Tank,’ but it’s not. “We’ve all been successful. We’ve all developed our own businesses. We all are putting in our own money. We don’t have any pull or capital that the university’s giving us — this is real-time money that we put in that we’ve earned, and that’s the same. Where it’s different is that the ‘Shark Tank,’ most ideas have already earned revenue and they’re operating businesses. We’re predominately looking at ideas.” Investor Mark West, on camera, makes an offer to student entrepreneur Jacob Clark. For the first time, The Hatch was broadcast live. The evening started out on a low note, because the first entrepreneur did not receive funding for her idea. Ramsha Rashid, senior management major, had an idea called Toybox — a website where parents could either donate old children’s toys or purchase bundles of used toys. Rashid’s main goals were to declutter people’s home and be environmentally friendly by sustaining a “circle of play.” However, investors found her idea too broad and thought she needed to review the market further. “It’s a great idea. My question is, are you familiar with Toygaroo?” Yourkivitch asked. Toygaroo was a very similar idea to Rashid’s and appeared on “Shark Tank.” “It was a great idea, it got a $250,000 investment from Mark Cuban, and it was bankrupt a year later,” Yourkivitch said. This comparison made many of the investors drop out. The next presentation was Spit-Pac, a double-sided backpack invented by junior management major Phillip Forest. Forest had visual aids to go along with his presentation, having one of his friends model the backpack for the investors. “This pack design can be applied to many other fields besides camping, such as travel ware, military, school bags and more,” Forest said. Investors had a few questions about the product, such as its cost and what the competition is like. However, they ultimately came to the conclusion that the product was extremely unique and the market for it was large. Forest walked away with $10,000 in exchange for 10 percent of the company, with his initial offer being $10,000 for 5 percent. Laura Dworning, senior dietetics major, presenting to the judges on a wristband for children with diabetes called Sevas. (Abby Shifley photo) Laura Dworning, senior dietetics major, presented the judges with a wristband for children with diabetes. The company’s name was Sevas (“saves” spelled backward), and the band uses a color-coded system to warn children if their blood sugar is low. “I have personally conducted interviews with parents whose children have type 1 diabetes and one response, I quote, ‘100 percent yes, I want my child to have this device,’” Dworning said. “Based on the other initial responses, I am certain there is a need for my product. “Back in March of 2018, Medtronic released their…


Black students speak of pain of having reminder of racist film in student union

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News For those who oppose changing the name of the Gish Film Theater on campus, Lillian Gish represents a link to the history of film, the queen of the silent age. She graced the Bowling Green State University Campus with her presence four times, starting in 1976 when the theater was dedicated. For the black students who spoke at the town hall called to discuss the changing the name of the theater, Gish’s association with the 1915 film, “The Birth of a Nation,” represents a history of anti-black violence by the Ku Klux Klan and others. The blockbuster film, directed by D.W. Griffith based on the novel “The Clansman” is credited with helping with the revival and spread of the Ku Klux Klan. That racism is not dead, students said, and is still evident on the BGSU campus. At the beginning of the meeting, hosted by the Black Student Union, Kyle Thompson, the group’s president, flashed images of hate speech found on campus and the online news story about the racially motivated assault that occurred nearby last week. “Students don’t feel safe on or off campus,” he said. Several other black students echoed that sentiment. Ky Wilson said as a black student she faces constant reminders that this is a setting dominated by whites.  “It’s exhausting to be a black person on this campus.” Having the reminder of a racist film in the heart of the student union, exacerbates that. Raymond Craig, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said that “there’s no slam dunk” in deciding the issue.  “If this was named the D.W. Griffith theater, we would have solved this problem a long time ago,” he said.  The film presents “a particular construction of race that’s problematic.” That includes promoting the image of black men preying on vulnerable white women, including the character played by Lillian Gish. The theater is named for Lillian Gish as well as her sister Dorothy. Lillian Gish had a long career as an actor and advocate for preserving films. “She spoke to the power of film,” Craig said. Craig was charged by BGSU President Rodney Rogers with forming a task force, which is made up half of students and half of faculty and staff, to consider the naming after the BSU brought the issue to the forefront in February. The 12-member task force, Craig said, will give Rogers its report next Wednesday, by close of business.  Rogers will issue a statement accepting or rejecting the task force’s recommendation before the end of the term, Craig said. Ultimately the issue will be presented to the university’s Board of Trustees. Near the front sat a row of supporters of the retaining the theater’s name including retired English professor Ralph Haven Wolfe, who founded the theater as part of his advocacy for having film studies be part of the curriculum. Wolfe did not speak during the 90-meeting session. But later reiterated his belief that “Birth of Nation” was but one of more than 100 films Gish made in her career that spanned more than 80 years. Taking the Gish name off, including that of Dorothy Gish, who was not in “The Birth of a Nation,” amounted to guilt by association.  And he said Lillian Gish had little idea of the totality of the film. Wolfe said she refused to make promotional appearances for it. Frances Brent said Gish career extended beyond acting. She engaged in the business side of film at a time when that was unusual for women, and as such is a model for women today. Several students…


High winds expected for rainy spring day

Jeff Klein, Emergency Management Agency  director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: The National Storm Prediction Center has Wood County in a risk of thunderstorms now through this afternoon.  Along with potential thunderstorms and associated rainfall, wind damage will be our primary concern.  This should just be a typical rainy spring day for our area.   However, east of I-71 NWS Cleveland is expecting wind gusts up to 60/ 70 mph.  Should this system form earlier than expected, there is a potential strong winds creating power disruption as well as tree damage on roadways.  We recommend all outdoor items be secured to prevent damage from becoming flying objects.  While tornados may be a possibility, NWS Cleveland does not believe it to be a high risk During this time please monitor weather conditions for any sudden changes.  The Wood County EMA is activity monitoring this weather pattern and will provide updates as they occur. We are also monitoring potential severe weather the afternoon and evening of Sunday April 14, 2019.  As with this system, we are currently on the northwest edge in the lowest thunderstorm category .  Updates will be provided as they become available.