Articles by David Dupont

Library trivia night kicks off Book Bingo

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Do you love books and love to share fun facts about them?  The Wood County District Public Library is sponsoring its second trivia contest on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. and has geared all the questions toward books. “This is our second trivia contest,” said Marnie Pratt, local history librarian and trivia event organizer.  “The first one covered music and was a lot of fun.  This time, questions will cover famous quotes from books, cover art, books made into movies, and a couple of other categories.” Teams of up to four people can enjoy snacks while competing for Downtown Dollars, which will be awarded to the top two teams.  People who need team members can also attend and teams will be formed that evening, if there are enough attendees.  “Not only are we going to have fun testing your book knowledge, this event is also the start of our winter Book Bingo game,”  said Michele Raine, WCDPL Assistant Director.  “There are some pretty interesting categories on the bingo card, and we hope people find new authors to enjoy this winter. We would love to make recommendations and find the right book for the square you are working on,” said Raine.  Information and Book Bingo rules can be found at the library’s website, cards can be picked up at the library during Book Trivia Night or downloaded from the library’s website after January 15.   Book Trivia Night starts at 6 p.m. at the library, 251 N. Main, Bowling Green.  For questions about the event, contact the library at 419-352-5050.

Latta: $5.7 billion will pay for more than a wall

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) is standing behind President Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to fund border security. That money, Latta contends, isn’t just for a wall. Latta, in an interview Thursday, called the proposal multi-layered, and said Trump “is willing to negotiate.” It’s the Democratic leadership that’s not putting a counter proposal on the table, and that’s what’s needed to move toward an end to the stalemate that has idled some federal workers, while others are working without pay. National parks, if open, are filling with trash while assistance to farmers and those eligible for SNAP benefits are endangered as the partial federal government shutdown drags on. Latta said he has not collected his pay since the beginning of the shutdown. Latta described the $5.7 million as “a multilayered approach,” not “just a contiguous wall.” He said the plan would construct about 250 miles of barriers.  It would also pay to construct all-weather roads and purchase technology, including sensors and cameras. “It’s not just for one thing.” Most importantly, he said, it would pay for the personnel needed to guard the border. Latta praised those federal agents working on the border. Based on a trip to the border last July, he was impressed how they handled those coming over. He described a former big box store that has been transformed to house immigrants. Conditions on the border, he said, need to be addressed. A funding bill passed by the House, once the Democrats took control, did not have adequate funding, so he voted against it. The bill went nowhere because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to take it up, saying Trump would veto it. It was “a show piece,” Latta said. The Bowling Green Republican said that in the past prominent Democrats such as then Senator Barack Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and current Minority Leader Sen. Charles Schumer backed a wall. That’s a reference to 2006 legislation that called for  fencing along the border, which Schumer and Obama did support, though Pelosi did not. Those barriers were built. As Latta noted in an interview before the November election, he believes there’s a lot of bipartisan cooperation that doesn’t get attention. On Dec. 31 a bill that he sponsored intended to find ways to combat vehicular terrorism was signed by Trump after bipartisan support in the House and Senate. He also cited legislation on providing more broadband service to rural areas to support precision agriculture, cyber security, and the recently passed farm bill as examples of legislators working across the aisle. Currently he’s working with U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) on self-driving vehicle legislation. It’s important that the United States develop this technology and not let China become the dominant player. Ohio has a facility for testing autonomous vehicles. “We want that technology developed here…

No Bravo! at BGSU this spring

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News When Bowling Green State University announced its premier arts events for the spring semester there was one particularly notable event, and one notable absence. Oscar-winning actress and BGSU alumna Eva Marie Saint will return to campus on March 29, a year after her last visit. Eva Marie Saint (left) speaks during a question and answer session moderated by Lesa Lockford at the 2018 Bravo! BGSU. The Oscar-winning actress will return to campus March 29 for the re-dedication of the Gish Theatre. During that 2018 appearance, she took part in Bravo! BGSU, an arts gala that raised funds for scholarships in the arts. Bravo! Is no more. While the event was successful in raising annually  just under $60,000 for scholarships that benefit dozens of students, the cost of staging the event was disproportionate to what it raised. “Each year it got better,” said Dean William Mathis, of the College of Musical Arts. “We got better at it. It really hit its stride. … Artistically it really started to flow.” The event had been initiated by President Mary Ellen Mazey, and remained a presidential event. Mazey expressed the hope that it would become the premier arts event in the region. But the organization fell more and more to the arts units on campus. “The event started take on some tradition and people started to recognize it. We were very proud of the content and the quality,” Mathis said. “It was really started on a shoe string … and as it gained more momentum and got more people involved, we really needed to sit back and analyze what we were doing.” That analysis by the arts coordination committee co-chaired by Mathis and Dean Ray Craig of the College of Arts and Sciences started last summer, now with a new president, Rodney Rogers, at the helm of the university.  “Because of the time and resources that it took, we weren’t sure we were getting return on the investment,” Mathis said. Later, Mathis added that “Bravo! wasn’t expanding our audience.” Some who attended were regulars at university arts events, but Bravo! didn’t encourage those who weren’t to come for other performances or exhibits. The decision was made to focus more on the premier arts events that were already built into the schedule. Here’s what’s scheduled for spring semester. ° Apollo’s Fire will present “A Night at Bach’s Coffeehouse” on Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall as part of the Cleveland-based ensemble’s Hansen Musical Arts Series residency.  ° A reception and special appearance by Eva Marie Saint will be held March 29 at 7 p.m. in the new Gish Film Theater, 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The event will mark the re-dedication of the theater following its relocation from Hanna Hall. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. The event is free but …

Scott Hamilton to return to BGSU to raise money for cancer research

From BGSU ATHLETICS Figure skating icon and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton has been leading the cause, lacing up skates, and skating in honor of loved ones in an effort to encourage people to raise funds for world class research to improve cancer survivorship as part of the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation’s Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer program. Join Scott Hamilton and guests for Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer as the community gathers together to raise money for cancer research on Feb. 9. Believing that together it’s possible to turn cancer upside down, in the same way that Hamilton captured the adoration of crowds with his jaw-dropping backflips, his foundation introduced this peer-to-peer fundraising campaign in 2015. Over 60 successful events have already been held and more are scheduled across the nation.  The Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 c (3) dedicated to changing the future of cancer by funding advanced, innovative research that treats the cancer while sparing the patient. For information about the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation including finances please contact us.  Your contribution is deductible to the extent permitted by federal law. Below is specific information on the Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer fundraiser in BOWLING GREEN, OHIO FEBRUARY 9TH The following are specific steps to join: Step 1: Go to and click the Bowling Green, OH location and register today! Step 2: Donate – Self donate Step 3: Ask friends and family to donate and support you through your personal page and website.  Step 5: Repeat the ‘Asks’ until you achieve your goal Tickets on sale now! For those who cannot attend, digital support is available through For more information on the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation and its Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer program, visit

Drowsy driving as dangerous as drunk driving

From SAFE COMMUNITIES OF WOOD COUNTY Safe Communities of Wood County wants to remind you that driving drowsy can be as deadly as driving drunk. As the darkness of winter season continues into the start of 2019, Safe Communities wants to remind you it’s essential to make sure you are always aware and alert while driving. Drowsy driving can be deadly so: Take a Break. Drive Awake. Everyone is vulnerable to the stress of life and lack of sleep. Unfortunately, drowsy driving is far too prevalent and is estimated to contribute to as many of 1.2 million collisions and 5,000 to 8,000 fatalities per year. Adults typically need 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night to be well rested and ready for the road; however, there are periods in the day, regardless of the previous night’s sleep, when people are most likely to feel sleepy: mid afternoon (2-6p.m.) and from midnight till 6 a.m. Spread the message: sleep is the only remedy for drowsy driving.The warning signs of drowsy driving include: o Having trouble keeping your eyes open and focused or the inability to keep your head up o Daydreaming or having wandering, disconnected thoughts o Drifting from your lane or off the road, or tailgating o Yawning frequently or rubbing your eyes repeatedly o Missing or not remembering signs of your intended turn or exit or how far you have traveled o Being unable to remember how far you have traveled, or landmarks you have passed If Driving While Drowsy – Take a Break. Drive Awake. • Sleep is the only remedy for drowsy driving • Rolling down the window, turning up the radio or AC, or drinking a caffeinated beverage is not enough to stave off drowsiness. • Take a break to recharge with exercise. Physical activity such as a brisk walk or moving around gives a natural boost of energy. On long trips, schedule breaks every two hours or 100 miles to stretch and move around. • Do not drive alone. Vehicles in which the driver is accompanied by a passenger are nearly 5o percent less likely to be involved in a drowsy-driving-related crash.

WGTE-FM to air daily poetry feature

From WGTE PUBLIC MEDIA WGTE Public Media is pleased to offer the broadcast of the celebrated podcast “The Slowdown” to public radio listeners. Hosted by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and produced by American Public Media (APM), “The Slowdown” has been bringing the power of poetry to listeners across the globe as a weekday podcast since its launch in November 2018. The radio feature of “The Slowdown” will present the same five-minute program, encouraging listeners to make a daily space for poetry in an increasingly busy and chaotic world. “The Slowdown” will air Monday, January 14 at 9 a.m. and is made possible through funding by the Poetry Foundation, a national independent literary organization and publisher of Poetry magazine, and the support of the Library of Congress, which appoints the nation’s poet laureate. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, is serving her second year as the nation’s 22nd poet laureate. In this role, she has focused on connecting with rural areas by visiting states across the country through her project “American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities.” Smith aims to spark conversations that prove poetry helps readers and listeners low down, think more passionately and deeply, and see the world through the eyes of others. Previous episodes of “The Slowdown” can be heard by visiting 

BG, BGSU lay out plans to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Service projects in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will continue this year, though on a smaller scale. This will be the 11th year for Bowling green State University to encourage students to have a day on, rather than a day off, on the holiday honoring King, said Paul Valdez, associate director for the BGSU Center for Community and Civic Engagement.  In the past decade hundreds of students to participate in projects in the community.   This year, however, because of winter session few students are on campus. Undeterred the center, Valdez said, encouraging students who are able to participate in the “Can”vass,  food drive which is now coordinated by the Brown Bag Food Project. And one group of students who are on campus — athletes — will be spending Monday, Jan. 21, working with local high school athletes. Details for  local commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. were  discussed during a taping for the WBGU-PBS program “The Journal.” The public affairs program, hosted by Steve Kendall, will air Thursday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. then Friday at noon, and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. as well as online at The King commemoration will begin with the city’s program at the Wood County District Public Library, Friday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Christina Lunceford, Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion at Bowling Green State University.  The Drum Major for Peace Award will also be presented during the ceremony. The tribute to the civil rights leader hosted by the city’s Human Relations Commission began 30 years ago, Mayor Richard Edwards said. Then the ceremony was held in city council chambers. Now it is presented in the atrium of the library, and includes musical performances. This year, Edward Duling, organist at the First Presbyterian Church, will play the piano. “It’s an uplifting event,” Edwards said. The “Can”vass food drive will take place Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20, each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The drive started in 2009 when a group of local residents responded to newly elected President Barack Obama. Brown Bag Food Project has been coordinating the effort for the past three years.  The food collected will be distributed to a half dozen food pantries in the community. Last year about 200 students and community members volunteered. Most went out into neighborhoods soliciting donations of non-perishable food items. Others stayed back at Grounds for Thought, and sorted and checked the items collected, said Brown Bag founder Amy Jo Holland. That wasn’t enough to reach all neighborhoods, said Amy Jeffers, a Brown Bag board  member who has participated in the food drive since its inception. Marty Sears, who works in the BGSU Center for Civic and Community Engagement, said that with fewer students…

Painter Aaron Pickens’ Toy Stories opens at 20 North Gallery in Toledo

From 20 NORTH GALLERY On Friday, January 11, 20 North Gallery will open “Toy Stories,” an exhibition of captivating oil paintings by Toledo area artist Aaron Pickens. The exhibit will continue through March 30, 2019. A free public reception will be held Friday, Jan. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. The “Toy Stories” exhibit features joyful and insouciant paintings with a whimsical sense of playfulness that belies the serious narratives they symbolize. Pickens’ paintings are created through dedicated observation of toy tableaux that the artist has built. With an emphasis on light and materiality, he carefully constructs these still life compositions to captivate the viewer. Pickens weaves an additional layer of depth into these bright, bold paintings with the toys and their depicted actions symbolizing and commenting on social issues relevant to today. A motif in Pickens’ artwork is to critique from a self-effacing position. Pickens states, “One of the unifying themes in my artwork has always been the desire to quietly disrupt some form of artistic convention in a highly refined manner, often using humor to do so.” Activism, art criticism, gun rights and environmental issues are examples of topics addressed in these vibrant works that entice and encourage the viewer to look longer and discover the underlying commentary. 20 North Gallery art director Condessa Croninger remarks, “We are proud to ring in the New Year and an exciting twenty-sixth exhibition season with celebrated and rising talent, Aaron Pickens. An artist with local roots, Pickens has an admirable dedication to the arts, fostering new talent through his role as an adjunct instructor at Adrian College among other institutions of higher education. As he expands his artistic career, we are delighted to be a venue hosting his popular and thought-provoking paintings that exhibit a strong duality. The way each viewer may bring a new perspective to each artwork is a true testament to the artist’s innate ability to create multi-layered paintings that discuss matters of social justice, yet are accessible to the child within all of us.” Aaron Pickens (Toledo, Ohio) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in digital arts from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in 2011 and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania) in 2015. Aaron currently resides in Grand Rapids, Ohio and, in addition to his fine art painting, works as a studio assistant for a digital installation artist. Also, as an adjunct instructor, Pickens has taught art courses at Owens Community College (Perrysburg, Ohio) and Adrian College (Michigan). With a background in both digital and traditional media, Pickens’ two main bodies of artwork comprise toy tableaux still life and alla prima plein air oil paintings, both of which have been accepted into juried exhibitions throughout the United States. Recently, Pickens was awarded best of show at both NOWOH (The Annual Northwest Ohio Community Art Exhibition) 10 and NOWOH 11 held at Bowling Green…

Eva Marie Saint to help dedicate new Gish Theater

From THE ARTS AT BGSU BGSU alumna and Academy Award-winning actress Eva Marie Saint will return to campus as part of the celebration of the re-opening of the Gish Film Theater—the newly renovated cinema now located in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. The original Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall was dedicated in 1976 to honor the achievements of Ohio natives Dorothy and Lillian Gish, renowned actresses of the stage and screen. The evening will include a reception at 6 p.m. and a special appearance by Saint, who appeared with Lillian Gish in the classic television movie, “The Trip to Bountiful. “ The event is free; however, because there is limited seating, tickets are required and may be claimed by visiting our ticketing site. For more information, call 419-372-2222.

Owens exhibit casts light on teen years of celebrated NYC artist Basquiat

From CONTEMPORARY ART TOLEDO Contemporary Art Toledo and Owens Community College will present Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat. This extraordinary exhibition focuses on the creative community Jean-Michel Basquiat helped galvanize in gritty, pre-AIDS, downtown New York—A time when decay and dissolution fueled a boom in creativity and where the definition of fame, success, and power was not based on money, Facebook likes, or self-promotion. Zeitgeist complements and amplifies the film by Sara Driver, BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat  released from Magnolia Pictures last May.  Driver teamed with culture critic Carlo McCormick and Mary-Ann Monforton associate publisher of BOMB Magazine, along with the New York gallery Howl! Happening to curate this expansive exhibition which features works and ephemera by Basquiat himself and more than 3o friends and contemporaries, including Nan Goldin, Kenny Scharf, Al Diaz, and Lee Quiñones. Zeitgiest runs from January 25 through March 22. A public reception for the exhibition will be held on Feb. 9 from 5-7 p.m. followed by a public screening of the film BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat.  Special guest for both the exhibition reception and the film will be curator Carlo McCormick.   Known today for his outsized role in the rise of Neo Expressionism and recent record breaking auction sales, the late Jean-Michel Basquiat was first recognized for his graffiti work in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In the emerging artistic circles there, the focus was not on creating content the established art market could readily digest and profit from, but on creating a community that stood in opposition –  fostering unfiltered, uninhibited expression. Basquiat’s work illuminated the contradictions of society – its opposing realities, inequalities, injustices – through a mix of disparate artistic traditions and unrefined, raw emotion fueled by the punk and hip-hop movements of the time. In only a few years, he went from supporting himself through panhandling and selling painted t shirts and postcards while homeless, to being one of the most celebrated artists in New York, bringing the street level politics of what was an underground counter-culture collective with him into the spotlight. Zeitgeist offers a unique opportunity to revisit the explosive, pre-fame period of Basquiat and his contemporaries. For these creators, to be a penniless published poet or a musician gigging at a local club was the height of success. In the rawness of the work, the focus on street art and graffiti, and the experimentation and cross-pollination of styles and disciplines, the era has become a flash point for younger generations seeking to learn about and understand the authenticity, closeness, and community expressed in the work of the artists in this truly unique exhibition. Featured artists and friends in both the film and exhibition include: Alexis Adler, Charlie Ahearn, Ted Barron, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Carrithers, Henry Chalfant, Brett De Palma,  Al Diaz, Barbara Ess, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Fab…

Collab Lab director Jerry Schnepp tunes into the forces of innovation

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Jerry Schnepp reached this stage of his career taking an unusual path. That’s fitting for someone who leads the Collab Lab, an initiative to spark creative thinking. The rocker by night and innovation initiator by day recently received the Faculty Excellence Award for 2018 from the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering. Schnepp, 42, splits his time between teaching courses in visual communications technology and directing the Collab Lab at Bowling Green State University. The lab opened just over a year ago. “We call the Collab Lab an idea accelerator, not a maker space,  not a business  incubator, an idea accelerator. It’s a place people can get together with people from other disciplines and develop prototypes. It’s a place we can try things out and not be afraid of failing, and build on that learning experience to develop innovations.” To date the lab helped launch an opioid teach-in on campus, which was both an academic and a civic endeavor. The lab also put together an electronic art summer workshop at the Toledo Museum of Art. Schnepp said the lab has been hosting creative thinking workshops for classes, student organizations and industry partners. A design team from First Solar did a creative thinking workshop with the lab. “It was really valuable to them,” Schnepp said. “This is something we’ll offer to other industry partners.” Schnepp was invited to make a presentation at Epic Toledo’s leadership summit. Epic Toledo is an organization of young professionals and young entrepreneurs who are involved in the community. That invitation, Schnepp said, was gratifying because it recognized that the Collab Lab is viewed as a regional resource, not just a university program. He expects in the future the lab will be able to tell stories about ideas hatched there that have grown into thriving businesses. “That’s what we envision it to be,” he said. “More importantly it’s helping to create a culture of innovation on campus and in the community.”   Schnepp marched to his own tune to get to this point. He grew up in Chicago, and started playing rock music as a 12 year old. That proved his entry into the digital world. This was a time when multi-track recording software and graphics programs including Photoshop and Illustrator were appearing on the market, and he put them to good use. “I just got interested in using computers to make music and do graphic design for my band and other bands.”  It was the last days of dial-up internet service.  “People started using the internet in everything.” He attended the University of Illinois Chicago in Communications, graduating in 2000. He didn’t find a job to his liking, so he pursued graduate studies in human computer interaction at DePaul University in Chicago. The program combined art, psychology, and computer science to study of how…

BGSU winter session lifts off

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News With only about 350 students enrolled in classes on campus, a visitor would be forgiven for thinking the Bowling Green State University is on break. But on Wednesday BGSU welcomed the new calendar year with the newest twist in its calendar, winter session. Despite appearances the new short session has exceeded enrollment expectations. Assistant Vice Provost Paul Cesarini said based on other schools’ experiences with a winter session, the university expected 600-700 students to enroll. Instead the final number came in at 1,076. “It’s going really well. We didn’t know what to expect going in,” he said. Those students just aren’t in Bowling Green. Emily Alderman leads a tour of campus. They may be off in China or New Zealand or other foreign and domestic locations on study abroad trips. Or they may just be at home in their pajamas catching up on a course or getting ahead through an online class. Cesarini said the face-to-face classes were always expected to be a small part of the session’s academic package. “That is not a bad thing.” The expectation was never that a lot of students would spend the session on campus.  Graduate students also are using the break to work on their dissertations. Betsy Winters, eCampus program coordinator, said that courses that fill the BG Perspective requirement are the most popular. Those include writing and math, and a number of other disciplines. An Italian course attracted enough students to be offered, she noted. It fulfills two BG Perspective requirements. While a number of courses were proposed, many were not offered because too few students expressed interest. About 700 students are taking online classes during the session. Overall, junior and seniors represent more than 60 percent of the students enrolled during winter session. Not every course is conducive to being offered in the shorter winter session window, Cesarini said. That would be true for lab-based science courses, he said.  Students had about a dozen study abroad opportunities. Those included studying marine and aquatic sciences in Curacao, architecture and design in Spain, art and the environment in New Zealand, and culture and mathematics in China. In all, 116 students are participating in study abroad. While Cesarini is hesitant to gaze into the future, he expects the growth in winter session will be in online learning and experiential learning, which includes domestic and international travel as well as practicums, and field experience. When the change was proposed administrators said the longer break in January will give students who elect not to enroll for winter session course more time to work.  He noted a couple new study abroad trips are already well on their way through the system to be approved for winter session, 2020. He said it is important winter session study abroad opportunities do not duplicate and compete with those offered…

Pictures of the past being preserved for the future in the Wood County courthouse

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Stefan Dedecek is applying a mix of art, science, and craftsmanship to preserve a piece of Wood County history. For the past several weeks, Dedecek, a conservator with McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory in Oberlin, has been scaling a jungle gym of scaffolding to reach the mural depicting Fort Meigs that overlooks the third floor of the county courthouse.  As the wheels of justice spin on the floors below, he is painstakingly working to clean the mural’s surface.  In areas where the original painted image is gone, he will fill in the missing patches matching the style of the original artist, I.M. Taylor, a former mayor of Bowling Green. The murals * show the signs of age as well as a previous attempt to preserve them. “Somebody worked on it before me, and that’s the worst thing,” he said during a break from his work. That restorer some 40 or so years ago applied a thick layer of varnish over the painting. There’s dirt underneath that varnish, Dedecek said. Both need to come off. That was one of the surprises that a conservator finds, he said. Until the scaffolding had been erected, he hadn’t been able to get a close look at the mural, which depicts Fort Meigs in 1813. The mural was in worse shape than he anticipated. Still, he’s said he’s about half done removing the varnish. The mural was painted in oil, not a common medium, directly onto the wall. This contrasts with the way many famous murals such as those in the Sistine Chapel were done. Those had the pigment directly applied on wet surfaces so the paint suffuses the surface. Here the paint sits on top. As the building settles, and the temperature and humidity changes, the paint can flake off. Dedecek uses a syringe to inject adhesive directly into the concrete. He’ll use a variety of materials with pigment to fill in patches. Oil field mural He expects to finish the Fort Meigs mural later this month. Then the scaffolding will be moved to the other staircase, and he’ll work on the mural that depicts an oil field in 1904 during the county’s oil boom. He expects to have that completed by the end of February. The county commissioners have appropriated about $70,000 to the project — about $22,000 for the scaffolding and the $47,390 for McKay Lodge. When the funding was approved Wood County Administrator Andrew Kalmar said the murals are an integral part of the courthouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Dedecek casts an approving eye on the building with its main glass skylight and outside, its stone roof. As the descendant of Czech clockmakers he especially admires the clock tower. He grew up surrounded by art in a historic Czech city. He came to the United States…

Parks district offers winter activities

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT The Wood County Parks District is offering a full slate of programs to help young and old to get the most out of winter. Polar Parks Mini-Camp Wednesday – Friday, January 2 – 4; 9:00 am – noon W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 25930 White Road, Perrysburg Experience a wild Wood County winter through this 3-day mini-camp! Each day highlights a different educational theme and seeks to explore through hands-on and outdoor activities. Cost: $12/$10 FWCP per day, or $30/$25 FWCP for all three days. Ages 8-13. The registration deadline is one week before the beginning of the camp day. Leaders: Jim Witter and Craig Spicer Register at, or call (419) 353-1897 Introduction to Orienteering Sunday, January 6; 1:00 – 3:00 pm Bradner Interpretive Center 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner Find out what else the magnetic compass can do besides show you which way is north. This reliable low-tech tool can help you get from point A to point B. We will learn the basics indoors and then take it outside on a short orienteering course. Leader: Bill Hoefflin Register at, or call (419) 353-1897 EcoLit Book Group Meeting Thursday, January 10; 7:00 – 9:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg For this meeting, please read The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen. Discussion leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Senior Lecturer, BGSU English Dept. and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) Register at, or call (419) 353-1897 Homeschoolers: Project Feederwatch Friday, January 11; 10:00 – 11:00 am Bradner Interpretive Center 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner Learn how Wood County Park’s volunteers count birds at our windows on wildlife and how you can help scientists learn about bird populations in Wood County. Leader: Jim Witter Register at, or call (419) 353-1897 Native American Moccasin Making Workshop Series Saturdays, January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Carter Historic Farm 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green Learn the skill of making authentic Native American moccasins over the course of four sessions. The Plains two-piece style will be featured. Cost for series: $30. Leader: Stewart Orr Register at, or call (419) 353-1897 Arctic Open Archery Saturday, January 12; 12:30 – 3:00 pm Arrowwood Archery Range 11126 Linwood Road, Bowling Green Arrows fly in the crisp winter air! Arrive anytime between 12:30 and 3:00 to give this cool archery a shot. Leader: Craig Spicer This is an open program. There is no need to register. Ice Age Mammals of Ohio Tuesday, January 15; 6:30 – 8:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg An impressive array of extinct animals used to call Ohio home following the retreat of the last glacier. Discover these megafauna and learn about some of the theories behind their extinction.  Leader: Bill HoefflinRegister at, or call…

Wood County Hospital welcomes two New Year’s babies

By BG INDEPENDENT NEWS It was a boy, and then it was a girl at Wood County Hospital on the second day of 2019. The first baby of the year born was Adrian Jacari Lofton, son of Caitlin Blunk and William Lofton, of Bowling Green. He arrived Jan. 2 at 8:24 a.m. Anne Bechstein An hour later Anne Bechstein, daughter of Adam and Jana Bechstein, of Bowling Green, was born. In both cases the mothers were scheduled to deliver by Cesarean section. Bechstein’s operation came on schedule, not so for Blunk. She was scheduled to deliver on Jan. 10 but at about 3 a.m. Wednesday her water broke. She was staying with her mother Karah Thomason, who got her to the hospital. Adrian joins a 4-year-old brother Jaiden Nuzum, who is quite the proud brother, his mother said. “He thinks it’s his baby.” Adrian weighed in at eight pounds, eight ounces and measured 20.5 inches. Anne weighed seven pounds, seven ounces and 19 inches in length. She joins three siblings in the Bechstein household, Michael, 9, who was born on New Year’s Eve in 2009, Joseph, 3, and Mary, 22 months.  Lisa Barndt, the hospital’s head of obstetrics, said the parents of the first born baby were treated to a fine meal by the hospital’s head chef.  The families also received hand knit hats from Donald Navarre, a blanket knit by Retonia Westray, and special outfits made by Amanda Barndt.