Articles by David Dupont

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.”

Hold tight to those signs, high winds predicted for Election Day

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: A very strong storm system will move across the Great Lakes this Tuesday and Tuesday night.  The storm system alone will bring prolonged times of very gusty winds ahead of and behind a cold front.  In addition, ingredients may be possible for strong to even severe thunderstorms to develop ahead of this strong cold front as it will warm (into the 60s) on Tuesday.  Although it is early for details yet, I just wanted  you to be aware of the potential for wind and possibly strong storm issues on Tuesday.  We will be monitoring the situation and we will provide an update on Monday. *** Remember to move your clocks back one hour early Sunday morning (or late Saturday night) for the end of Daylight Savings Time!

Election will show if solid red Fifth is safe from blue wave

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News J. Michael Galbraith, a Democrat challenging, Republican incumbent Bob Latta to represent the Fifth Congressional District, doesn’t want to hear about “a blue wave” in Tuesday’s election. That only fosters the kind of overconfidence that tells Democrats that going to the polls is not necessary. That kind of overconfidence, he said at a meeting in the Lake Township Hall, is what he believes cost Hillary Clinton the 2016 presidential election. That overconfidence is what elected Donald Trump, Galbraith said. And the Democrats antipathy toward Trump was evident in the signs that decorated the podium from which he spoke. Trump, though, isn’t on the ballot. Latta, one of his “foot soldiers,” as Galbraith puts it, is. Galbraith told the partisan gathering that the Republican congressman who has represented the district since winning a special election in December, 2007, will be “retired” in January. The Ohio Fifth hasn’t been represented by a Democrat since 1939. The Democrat’s optimism is based on numbers, not surprising for a financial planner with international experience who has taught finance at Bowling Green State University. Part of those calculations include having “old-school Republicans” casting their ballots for him out of dissatisfaction both with Trump and Latta. (Libertarian Don Kissick is also on the ballot.) Galbraith said the fact that he was standing before voters in an open forum was an important distinction. And he promised if elected he’d continue to meet with the public in such forums. The incumbent has not be available to hear the concerns and fears of those he represents, Galbraith said. Latta, however, has cited more than 1,000 constituent meetings, many one on one, since he’s been in office. Many people prefer these, he said, because they are “intimidated” to speak in public. In a telephone interview from his Washington D.C. office, Latta steered away from talk about Trump and his behavior as president. The president had just announced that he wanted to do away with birthright citizenship, by which anyone born in this country, including to parents here without proper authorization, automatically are US citizens. Latta said he hadn’t heard those comments. Asked about the atmosphere in Washington, he preferred to talk about what he believes are the accomplishments of the past two years. Those include a tax reform bill that’s provided “massive help to the middle class and also helped all the businesses across the district.” For Galbraith that “reform” is rather a “tax scam” that benefits the well off at the expense of the middle class. The most pressing issue in the minds of voters he said is health care. “We should move to single-payer health system ultimately Medicare for all,” he said. He cited a study commissioned by the conservative Koch brothers, which they tried later to quash. That study, Galbraith said, shows that the national debt could be lowered by $500 billion with a single payer system. With all citizens including the young and healthy included premiums would come down. Latta has been a steadfast opponent of the Affordable Care Act, passed during the early years of the Obama Administration. He has voted multiple times to repeal it. Now, though, he said he is in favor of keeping some of its more popular provisions — making sure people with pre-existing conditions can…

Safe Communities urges caution as time changes

From SAFE COMMUNITIES OF WOOD COUNTY Safe Communities announced today that there have been 11 fatal crashes to date compared to the 13 last year at this time. *** As the end of the year approaches, we are now reaching the time of the year everyone enjoys Daylight Savings Time. However, this one-hour change may have negative effects when it comes to road safety. According to the National Safety Council, the risk of being in a fatal crash is three times greater at night. Therefore, with night approaching sooner and the days getting shorter, please take extra caution when driving in the dark. Along with being more cautious at night, every driver should know the warning signs of, and how to avoid, drowsy driving. Having trouble keeping your head up, nodding off, veering into another lane or onto the rumble strip, and frequent yawning — are all signals that you are too drowsy to drive safely. Drowsy driving is estimated to contribute to 1.2 million collisions annually, resulting in potentially 5,000 to 8,000 fatalities per year. Despite these risks, experts agree that drowsy driving is far too prevalent. Lack of sleep slows reaction time, impairs judgment, and increases the risk of dozing off while driving. As we fall back and head towards winter, follow these tips to reduce accidents after the clocks change: • Keep your regular sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time you normally would, so you can benefit from that extra hour of sleep. • Before you pull out of the driveway, clean your headlights, brake lights and signal lights. • Give yourself plenty of time, time to get where you need or want to go. • Approach all crosswalks, intersections and transit stops with caution, as it will be harder to see pedestrians and cyclists • Heed the speed limits and adjust your speed accordingly to the weather conditions. • Maintain a safe following distance so you’re prepared to react under any situation

Tony Vetter named new director of Downtown Bowling Green

From DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN Tony Vetter has been selected as the new Director of Downtown Bowling Green and The Downtown Foundation. He started on October 29, 2018. Downtown Bowling Green is a Special Improvement District within the downtown area. It serves the downtown as a liaison with government offices, other merchants and the media. Downtown BG strives to enhance and stabilize the economic vitality of the Central Business District through long-term improvement projects and ongoing promotional activities that benefit the community and surrounding area. Downtown Bowling Green hosts the Art Walk, Classics on Main Car Show, Farmers Market, the new Winter Market, Community Tree Lightning, Downtown Beautification, Holiday Decorations, and Holly Days along with sponsoring Firefly Nights, Fall Festival and Shop Small Business Saturday. It also supports other events promoted by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, BG Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bowling Green Economic Development (all located in the Four Corners Building) and the city of Bowling Green.  Volunteers for these events shows the strong support the community provides to Downtown Bowling Green. Working with Bowling Green State University and providing internship opportunities has benefited both organizations. Downtown Bowling Green promotes Downtown Dollars which are gift certificates that can be used just like cash in downtown businesses. It also furnishes enhanced maintenance for the downtown business district.   “Mary Hinkelman, new Executive Director of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, has done an excellent job as Director of Downtown Bowling Green and I wish to continue that same level of service along with implementing new ways to serve downtown and the community”, said Tony Vetter. Tony has over 27 years in leadership, sales and marketing experience. Recently he was Director of Sales and Interim President for the Toledo Convention and Visitors Bureau promoting our region to state, regional, national and international groups. Tony earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation in 2016, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the destination marketing industry. The focus of the program is on vision, leadership, productivity and the implementation of business strategies. “Tony Vetter, as CDME graduate, has been awarded the profession’s highest educational standing.” said Richard Nachazel, past President and CEO of Destination Toledo. Tony graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations and started his own business to pay his way through college. He and his wife, Cheryl ,have lived in Bowling Green for over 24 years.  Cheryl has been a business owner in Bowling Green for over 31 years operating Hagemeyer Fine Photography with her sister Kathy Wilhelm. Tony is the son a farmer and grew up in a family of 12 near Hicksville, OH.  

No mistake about it, BGHS Drama Club’s ‘Comedy of Errors’ is hilarious

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News In presenting Shakespeare’s  “The Comedy of Errors”  the Bowling Green High School Drama Club has condensed it to its silliest. The plot involves the unlikely meeting of two sets of identical twins leading to humor from slapstick to clever wordplay. Think Groucho Marx joins the Three Stooges. Directed by Jo Beth Gonzalez, the play has been edited into version that runs about an hour with the tastiest bits left in.  “The Comedy of Errors” opens tonight (Nov. 1) at 7 p.m. in the BG Performing Arts Center, continuing at the same time and place Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $7 and $5 for adults. The play, set in the 1960s, opens with the trial of Egeus (Hailey Kozey), a merchant for Syracuse, captured in Ephesus, which is off-limits to traders from his city. In pleading his case to the duke (Lauren Clifford), he tells his sad tale of family separation. In a shipwreck many years before he and his twin son Antipholus and the infant purchased as the son’s servant, Dromio,, also a twin, were parted from his wife and the other twins, who have the same names. Don’t ask. It’s Shakespeare.   Now the Syracuse Antipholus (Terra Sloane) with the Syracuse Dromio (Charlotte Perez) have gone off to find their lost siblings, and the father has gone off seeking them, and they’ve unbeknownst to each other all landed in Ephesus. And Ephesus just happens to be where the lost siblings they are seeking live. That’s just the start. Now with the Syracuse twins set loose on the street of Ephesus — which seems about the size of Bowling Green given the way people just happen to run into each other — all manner of high jinks ensue. Now this involves a high degree of suspension of disbelief for the audience who are seated close up and personal on the stage. Antipholus of Ephesus (Maddy Depinet) and Dromio of Ephesus (Hudson Pendleton) bear no resemblance to their Syracuse counterparts. Yet no one, master nor friend, nor even wife, can tell them apart. Must be because they’re dressed alike.  So when Syracuse Antipholus sends his servant off to squirrel away some money, and he meets the Ephesus Dromio he’s angry that the servant has not a clue of what he’s talking about. And he beats him about the head.  All this is reported back to Antipholus of Ephesus’ wife Adrianna (Olivia Strang)  who goes off and hauls back the wrong twin. Now this twin is not much taken with his supposed “wife,” but does quite like her sister Luciana (Sophi Hachtel). At this point one thing is clear: It’s good these “twins” don’t resemble each other because otherwise the confusion would be impenetrable. Sloane’s character even asks an audience member to pinch her to make sure she’s not dreaming. All this is played for laughs. Yes, the father languishes in prison facing execution if he can’t pay his fine, but we know this is a comedy and somehow all this will come to a neat conclusion that’s as improbable as all that went before. The cast, which also includes Fran Flores, Katie Partlow, and Allison Nonnemaker, seems to have a great time with all this. They enunciate Shakespeare’s verse with aplomb.  They’ll have the audience,…

Connection Center benefits from St. Aloysius rummage sale

From CONNECTION CENTER OF HARBOR Colleen Schroeder and her Co-Chair Carol Beckley from St. Aloysius recently  presented the Connection Center of Harbor with a  check for $2700 from their annual rummage sale. Although St. Aloysius has conducted an annual rummage sale for many years, Colleen and Carol have co-chaired the Benefit Rummage Sale together for the past nine years. Every year the rummage sale proceeds are split in half; half to fund the St. Aloysius Food Pantry and half donated to a community agency, program or a local charity. This is the fifth time in those nine years proceeds were given to a mental health and/or substance use disorder program. It was Carol’s idea the Connection Center receive the donation this year. As a member of the Connection Center, Carol knew the Center was moving this year into a larger space and needed additional furnishings and supplies for the new building and expanded programming. Verna Mullins, Manager of the Connection Center of Harbor, says “The timing couldn’t be more perfect. We will use this money to purchase furnishings for our new building as well as obtain items for the expansion of our exercise and nutrition programs. Fitness equipment and a group pass to the BG Community Center will be first on our list.” Our community becomes stronger when community collaborations like these, match resources with relevant needs.

Teachers scare up some Halloween thrills for trick-or-treaters

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Back when Shaun Briggs and Josh Iler were just starting their teaching careers about15 years ago they shared a house. Looking for something to do on Halloween they decided to dress up and give trick-or-treaters a bit of a scare along with their candy. Briggs, who said he didn’t have any particular fondness for Halloween, said they had a good time.  “We’ve had more enjoyment seeing the kids faces.” Now with homes of their own they’re continuing the tradition. Every year they decked out Briggs’ home at 1202 Bourgogne Ave. in Bowling Green in all its Halloween finery. Demons, specters,  skeletons, human remains, all manner of things that go bump in the night confront the trick-or-treaters as they tip toe through the tombstones. Be careful because some of those figures might make a move on you. Briggs, a teacher at Eastwood, said they go easy on the littlest ones, ratcheting up the thrills for the older crew. He said it takes him and Iler, a teacher in Bowling Green, about 10 hours to get the yard prepared, and they add something new every year. It’s an occasion for a party with 20 to 30 family and friends joining them for a supper ordered from Mr. Spots. Then the kids hit the streets to trick or treat, and he and Iler start stalking the front yard. Word seems to be spreading about the display. He’s notice cars pulling in and parking with parties coming just to their house. The growing arsenal of scare-ware gets stored in Iler’s shed in the country. The display is a one-day only affair, Briggs said. They need to get it packed away so it doesn’t get damaged by the weather, and is ready to deliver thrills to a new set of trick or treaters next Halloween.

Prevention educator urges yes on ADAMHS levy

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to vote yes for the 1.0 mill replacement levy of the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board (ADAMHS). This is not a new tax, it is a replacement tax, which brings the old tax up to current value. The Wood County Educational Service Center receives over seventy-five percent of their prevention education program dollars from the ADAMHS Board. The Educational Service Center is just one of several quality agencies supported by the ADAMHS Board with your tax dollars. The Wood County Prevention Education Program engages youth leaders, schools, parents, communities and agencies to educate and prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in our youth. The Prevention Education Program also addresses issues relating to bullying, dating and relationship violence, classroom behavior, and improving mental health in our youth. On-site prevention education specialists in 9 school districts monitor trends, identify/implement evidenced-based programs, strategies, support, and early intervention and referral for treatment services as selected by each district for all Wood County youth. Prevention education staff members also make referrals for youth experiencing trauma to on-site school-based mental health counselors also provided with funding by the ADAMHS board. National studies report that evidenced-based prevention education programs have a positive impact on academic achievement, school climate, and safe and healthy youth.  Since 2004, a biennial youth survey is conducted in Wood County for all public school students in grades 5 through 12 and in 2018, virtually all drugs are at their lowest rates of usage since the survey’s inception.  Not only is prevention extremely efficacious, it is also fiscally responsible, as for which each dollar spent on prevention programming up to $64 dollars can be saved on societal costs that would have otherwise been incurred.  Prevention, early and often works. Please vote yes for the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services 1.0 mill replacement levy. The positive impact will be felt by your youth, your schools, and your communities. Kyle D. Clark Prevention Education Program Director Wood County ESC  

‘Most Happy Fella’ at BGSU is a most wonderful show

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Frank Loesser’s “The Most Happy Fella” is a tricky devil of a musical. Or is it an opera? Loesser said it was a musical, and yet it is filled with soaring operatic moments to go along with the toe-tapping numbers.  The Bowling Green Opera Theatre has the talent to do justice to both genres. That will be on display this weekend when “The Most Happy Fella” is performed Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. in Kobacker Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center at Bowling Green State University. For tickets click here. .Directed by Geoffrey Stephenson, the musical compresses the original three acts into two with the elimination of dance numbers. That puts the focus even more on the singing, and the cast comes through, which is no surprise to anyone who follows the sounds emanating from the College of Musical Arts. Leading the cast are Caroline Kouma as Rosabella and Nick Kottman as Tony.  They are an unlikely pair of lovers. The elderly vineyard owner sees her waiting table in a restaurant in San Francisco and falls in love. He leaves a note and keepsake indicating he’d like to develop a relationship. They correspond, and when she asks for a photo he’s afraid she’ll reject him because of his age, instead he sends a photo of the handsome itinerant foreman Joe (Luke Serrano). And when Rosabella — the name given her by Tony — finally  arrives at the Napa Valley vineyard, she finds the wedding feast all spread out and Joe waiting for her. Only then do Joe and Rosabella discover the deception. But not before a couple of the exuberant production numbers that make the show so enjoyable. This leads up the revelation that takes both Joe and Rosabella by surprised. She’s about to leave, despite Joe’s protestations that Tony may be a “grampa,” he’s a nice guy as shown by all his friends gathered to greet his bride. Then Tony arrives, on a stretcher, after his truck overturned. Knowing she has few options in life, Rosabella goes through what may be a deathbed wedding anyway, only to follow it up with an intimate indiscretion with Joe. Rosabella is at a loss and Joe only wants to help, yet they are carried away on waves of emotional confusion. Now in most musicals the old guy, would be the barrier to overcome for the young lovers to be reunited. But “Most Happy Fella” is not just any musical, and not just because of its lush, romantic score. With the mediation of the doctor (Salem Abad) Tony and Rosabella grow closer, as she helps nurse him.  Kottman has to negotiate between his character’s impatience with the rate of his healing, and his genuinely generous spirit. He’s nagged bu concerns, fueled by his jealous dour sister Marie (Alexandra Hegedus), that he is too old for Rosabella. He sends for her waitress friend from San Francisco, Cleo (Madi Short) giving her job so she can keep Rosabella company. She finds her own love interest in Herman (Luke Schmidt), the guy who likes everybody and gets taken advantage of as a result. Schmidt and Short have a wonderful chemistry. Their comic interplay lights up the stage. Kouma lets Rosabella’s affection…