Articles by Jan Larson McLaughlin

Cocoon turns to community to continue phone safety net

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   For years, Verizon has provided a lifeline to survivors of domestic violence. But the company will soon be discontinuing its phone donation recycling program called HopeLine. Locally, the program has helped domestic violence survivors served by The Cocoon. In the last two years, the local shelter has received between 100 and 150 phones with pre-paid minutes and text messaging, said Kathy Mull, executive director of The Cocoon. “It’s really been a benefit to us in supporting survivors who we serve,” Mull said on Friday. “It really does provide a valuable service.” The cell phones play a vital role in several survivors’ safety plans. Phones can help victims of abuse feel safer and less isolated by giving them a way to call emergency or support services, employers, family and friends. But on Dec. 31, that HopeLine program will be ended by Verizon. The change is being attributed to several factors, including a decrease in phone donations as more customers opt to trade in older cell phones for newer models, and also by the declining availability of feature phones, which had been provided to domestic violence survivors by the HopeLine program. So The Cocoon is looking for other phone options. Mull explained that the agency works with survivors to get their own sustainable resources. But in the meantime, The Cocoon will be turning to the community for help. “We are really exploring all of our options,” Mull said. The Wood County community has been very supportive of the domestic violence agency, and Mull is hoping that response continues for this need. “We will be asking the community to donate to help folks who don’t have other options – to provide them with that safety net,” Mull said. Anyone interested in donating old cell phones with pre-paid minutes may call The Cocoon office at 419-373-1730 to arrange a drop-off. Phones may also be dropped off at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on South College Street in Bowling Green. “The community has been really gracious to us,” Mull said. Though the end of Verizon’s HopeLine program is unfortunate, Mull said she is thankful for all the company has done for survivors of domestic violence. “We are extremely grateful for Verizon,” she said. It is estimated that in the U.S., one in every four women and one in every seven men have experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner, and each year more than 15 million children witness violence in their homes. Verizon Wireless’ commitment to preventing domestic violence began in 1995…

Next ‘slow roll’ community bike ride to have pizza theme

(Submitted by Amanda Gamby, BG sustainability coordinator) The second of a series of themed “slow roll” bike rides will be held Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m.  This ride titled, Home Slice, will include stops themed around pizza. Pizza Pub 516 has promised a small slice for those who venture out with us.  Riders will also receive a behind the scenes tour of BGSU’s The Oaks’ rooftop herb garden. The ride will meet and end at Ridge Park, 225 Ridge Street.  Rides are free, family-friendly, and open to everyone. Each rider is required to wear a properly-fitted helmet and ride a correctly-sized bicycle in safe, working mechanical order.  The route for this ride covers 5 miles, with the longest distance between stops being 1-2 miles.  It is highly recommended that young riders, not able to travel these distances on their own, participate via a tow behind trailer or child bike seat.  These rides are meant to be more recreational in nature and will travel at a speed comfortable for all riders. While designed for fun and exploration, monthly rides will also stress the importance of safe riding practices and responsibilities of riders while navigating city streets.  Multiple trained leaders will facilitate the ride to ensure that all riders complete the route, including providing assistance for mechanical or personal issues that may arise. Please register all riders at the link below: Additional monthly rides are planned for August through October and will take place on the last Sunday of each month at 2 p.m.  Stay tuned for more fun themes including story books, Halloween, and more.

Fire shuts down production line at Cooper plant

A fire this morning on a production line at the Cooper plant on North Main Street, Bowling Green, has closed down that line. Most fires at Cooper are handled by the company fire brigade, said BG Fire Captain Dave Hagemeyer. So when the call came in this morning around 11,  Hagemeyer knew it was serious. “They have a good fire brigade,” he said. “So generally when we get a call for a fire there, that means they can’t handle it.” Bowling Green Fire Division responded with two engines and its aerial truck. When they arrived on the scene, the fire was fully involved with heavy smoke coming from the stack. Employees had already been evacuated from the building. The production line on fire was located on the east side of the building, near the company entrance, which made it easier for firefighters to access the site and put water on it. The aerial truck was used to get access to the roof, where firefighters ventilated the area, Hagemeyer said. Firefighters remained on the scene about 90 minutes. Hagemeyer said he expected the company to be back in operation soon. “I think they’ll be in production today.” A couple Cooper employees were treated at the scene for possible smoke inhalation, but were not transported to the hospital. The BG fire division was assisted with automatic aid by Middleton Township Fire Department, which sent two engines to the scene. Ambulance 120 also responded. During the fire at Cooper, an EMS call came in that Bowling Green had to transfer to Middleton Township EMS. “We were stretched pretty thin right then,” Hagemeyer said. “We really appreciated the help.”

New director of radiation oncology at Maurer Family Cancer Center

(Submitted by Wood County Hospital) Dhaval Parikh, M.D. has joined the Maurer Family Cancer Care Center as the director of radiation oncology. Dr. Parikh is board certified in radiation oncology and has practiced for over 20 years. He served the Toledo and surrounding communities for the past 15 years. Dr. Parikh provides care for patients with all types of cancers through highly conformal radiation therapies, which matches the radiation beams to the shape of the tumor for precise treatment. He is well-versed in a variety of advanced treatment techniques and specializes in the latest therapies including external and internal radiation therapy. “Maintaining a compassionate connection with the patient has always been at the core of my career,” says Dr. Parikh. Dr. Parikh earned his medical degree from the Hahnemann University and Medical School in Philadelphia where he received honors. He completed internship training at Reading Hospital and Medical Center, focusing on oncology. Following his internship, Dr. Parikh completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC, serving as chief resident. His extensive knowledge and experience in the field of radiation oncology combined with his compassionate care for his patients make Dr. Parikh the ideal choice to lead the team at the Maurer Family Cancer Care Center at Wood County Hospital at the forefront of cancer treatment. “Dr. Parikh brings a wealth of contemporary clinical experience and training to the Maurer Family Cancer Care Center. He is well known in Northwest Ohio and offers a blend of excellent oncology care skills combined with compassion and just a nice way with people. We are thrilled to have him join us in our effort to continue growing our center for the benefit of our patients in Bowling Green and the surrounding communities,” said Stan Korducki, president of Wood County Hospital. The Maurer Family Cancer Care Center at Wood County Hospital offers a full spectrum of advanced cancer services delivered by a skilled team of experienced, onsite cancer specialists. The Center houses the most technologically advanced radiation therapy equipment available, specializing in the highest quality chemotherapy treatments and the latest FDA-approved clinical trials.

BG school board talks about teachers, task forces & transparency

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green Board of Education heard some tough talk on Tuesday about teachers leaving the district, huge community task forces, and mysterious phone surveys asking local residents how they voted on the last school bond issue. With school starting in six weeks, Superintendent Francis Scruci noted that the district had hired 25 new teachers. During exit interviews with outgoing teachers, the two most common reasons given for leaving the district were the salaries and the perceived lack of support from the community on the last two bond issues. “We’re losing young teachers,” Scruci said. “We’re losing them to neighboring districts.” The hope is that the community support issue may be resolved with two task forces being formed to come up with solutions to the district’s building issues and financing of those buildings. David Conley, of Rockmill Financial, has been hired by the district to help find answers. Conley reported to the board Tuesday on updates in the task force effort. “This is really exciting, for a lot of people to start over and have the opportunity to be involved,” he said. Conley presented the most recent numbers of people joining the task forces, with 94 signing up for the facilities group, and 64 signing up for the finance group. “To me, that’s really, really nice,” he said. “This is intended to be an inclusive process.” School board member Bill Clifford questioned if the size of the task forces would make them difficult to manage. “You can’t have too many people,” Conley said, adding that leadership, positivity, and genuine participation make it work. However, he noted that if members of a task force aren’t working sincerely on the goals, they can be asked to leave the group. “This is the community’s task force, not the board’s task force,” he said. Members of the task force will not agree on everything, but they will at least represent the diverse feelings of the community, Conley said. The first gathering of the task forces will be a joint meeting of both groups on Aug. 28, at 7 p.m., in one of the school cafeterias. The meeting, which is expected to last an hour, will cover the ground rules of the task force process. Conley will be the facilitator of the finance task force. He is still searching for someone to lead the facilities task force. He is looking for someone from outside the district who has some knowledge of school facilities and construction. The person must be “independent.” “There’s a lot…

BG sees success attracting tourists & their spending

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Wendy Chambers has long been saying that tourism brings big bucks into Bowling Green. Now she has the official numbers to back that up. Chambers, executive director of the Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau, reported to City Council Monday evening that Bowling Green is attracting more visitors. In 2017, BG hotels saw an increase in room rentals of 6.62 percent, with revenue up 8 percent from the previous year. For the first time the state’s study of the economic impact from tourism gave specific numbers just for Bowling Green. According to study, tourism created: $110.9 million in visitor spending in the local economy. $30.2 million in wages. $12.6 million in taxes. 1,527 in employment – or one in every 13 jobs. “Bowing Green is alive and well – and doing well,” Chambers said. The study found that tourism creates jobs in Bowling Green, estimating it sustains 7.8 percent of private employment. The benefits span across various businesses, such as transportation, recreation, retail, lodging, plus food and beverage industries. Of the counties in Northwest Ohio, Wood County ranks third of 22 counties for tourism impact. Ranking first was Lucas County, followed by Erie County in second place. Wood County racked up $504 million in visitor spending, 6,598 jobs with total wages of $139.6 million, and $63.5 million generated in tax revenue in 2017. Recent trends in Bowling Green tourism show a growth in visitor spending from $82.1 million in 2015 to $88.1 million in 2017. In addition to the tourism numbers, Chambers was also excited about the city’s “Best of BG: A Hometown Celebration” planned for Thursday, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Simpson Garden Park. The event will recognize the city’s second time in the last decade of being named one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns by Ohio Magazine. “It’s a week of celebrations,” Chambers said. The next project for the Convention & Visitors Bureau will be to work with various businesses and groups on designing a “community brand.” “We’re pretty excited about that,” she said. Also at Monday’s meeting, Mayor Dick Edwards recognized Margaret Montague for her service on the city’s Human Relations Commission. “What you have done for our Human Relations Commission is nothing short of truly outstanding,” Edwards said to Montague, who has served on the commission since 2011. “You’ve been so generous with your time.” Montague headed the Welcome BG Task Force, which puts an emphasis on local employment opportunities for legal immigrants, the mayor said. The effort is helping to meet manpower…

Volunteers needed for downtown farmers market

(Submitted by Downtown BG) It’s hard to believe we are heading into mid-July, and farmer’s market season is half way through! As the sweet corn, apples, and pumpkins begin to appear, your market needs volunteers to help make this event a continued success! Every Wednesday from 2-7:30 p.m. there are tons of volunteer opportunities downtown! Positions include helping run the Downtown BG informational tent, assisting with vendor set-up/tear-down, crowd control, event assistance, and market tear-down. With each half hour you volunteer you have a chance to really bond with our many wonderful vendors, and do a little VIP market shopping. Keeping with tradition our Bowling Green Mayor will be present on our last day of market; Oct. 10, to recognize that day as “Thank you Volunteers Day!” This annual ‘thank you’ has become a market favorite, and a wonderful positive way to end our summer season. You can sign-up to volunteer multiple ways! First by utilizing our sign-up genius link; ; or contacting the farmer’s market manager, Samantha Beane at . We are always available on Instagram or Facebook as well! All ages are welcome, help make your downtown market a continued success!

Nominations sought for Spirit of Wood County Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Spirit of Wood County Awards are being accepted through Aug. 15. Commissioners Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote and Ted Bowlus encourage residents of Wood County to nominate current or former residents for one of seven awards that will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 during a special ceremony in the Alvin L. Perkins Atrium at the Wood County Courthouse Complex. The seven award categories include Agricultural Leadership; Industrial/Economic Development; Education for Civic Responsibility; Liberty through Law/Human Freedom; Religion and Liberty; Self-Government; and the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award. Nomination forms and category descriptions are available on the Wood County website,, by following the “Spirit Awards” link. A list of previous award recipients is also posted on the website. Forms may also be obtained by contacting the Commissioners’ Office at 419-354-9100 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In celebration of the Bicentennial of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, the Ohio Northwest Ordinance and U.S. Constitution Bicentennial Commission developed the Spirit of ‘87 Awards Program. The awards were established to recognize and honor citizens at the local level whose daily actions embody the principles set forth in the Northwest Ordinance. Nominations were taken in six different categories directly related to the ordinance. Every Ohio community was able to participate in the program and local Spirit of ‘87 Award honorees qualified for statewide recognition. In 1988 the commissioners decided to continue with the awards to honor the service of Wood County citizens. Although the names of some awards have changed over the years, the spirit of the awards is alive today.

More than 100 sign up to join BG School task forces

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   More than 100 citizens have signed up to help find the best path forward for Bowling Green City Schools. An email went out Friday to the 117 people who have agreed to serve on two task forces created to study future school facilities and how they will be financed. “Both are big,” school finance consultant David Conley said of the task forces. But he is not concerned about the citizen groups being so large that they are cumbersome or complicate the process. “As long as the participants involved are sincere,” the size of the task forces will not be unmanageable, Conley said on Saturday. “It’s only difficult if people aren’t sincere about the process.” Conley said he has worked with task forces numbering more than 100 people in two other school districts – Rootstown and Lexington. Like Bowling Green, those school districts had to make decisions about the future of multiple buildings. The notice sent out last week suggested the first gathering be a joint meeting of both the facilities and financial task forces on Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. The primary goals will be to set up ground rules for how the task forces will operate, review the purposes of the task forces, and establish an estimated timeline. Conley will be serving as facilitator of the financial task force. A facilitator for the facilities group has not yet been selected. Conley is searching for a person with general experience in construction, who is not a resident of the Bowling Green School District. “It would be helpful if it’s someone who can leave their feelings out of it,” he said. “I’m dead set on finding a good candidate.” Conley predicted the process – for determining the future of school facilities and how they will be paid for – will not be quick. “I fully anticipate this being a year,” he said. “There’s a lot of work to be done. A lot of clarity needed. It’s absolutely worth it.” Not only will the task forces need to make decisions on multiple building issues, but the district also needs to overcome the divide that formed during the last two levy attempts, Conley said. The goal of the task forces is to work together to find a solution. “They have to be sincere and genuine about working toward a common goal,” he said. The ground rules of the task forces will require all members to focus on a common cause. Disagreement will be welcomed. However, if a member is disruptive…

Streets to be closed for Firefly Nights on Friday

In conjunction with the July Firefly Nights Festival scheduled for July 20, certain street closures and parking restrictions will be imposed in downtown Bowling Green. Beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, on-street parking will be prohibited on Main Street. At 4 p.m. on Friday, Main Street, between Court Street and Washington Street will be closed to vehicular traffic. While Main Street is closed, no through traffic will be permitted on Clough Street. Wooster Street will remain open for east and westbound traffic throughout the festival. During the Main Street closure, detour routes for local and truck traffic will be posted. All streets will reopen and parking will be reinstated on Friday following the event. The festival is scheduled to occur from 6 to 10 p.m. Details may be found on the Firefly Nights Festival website –

BG celebrates community’s ‘Best Hometown’ status

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   It was a year ago that Bowling Green was named one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns by Ohio Magazine. Next week, the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau will remind local residents why their community won that honor. A “Best of BG” event is planned for July 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Simpson Garden Park Building, and the surrounding gardens. It’s fitting that the event be held at the park, since the gardens were one of the factors that won Bowling Green its “Best Hometown” status. The event will feature at least 35 businesses in the hospitality, restaurant, retail and lodging sectors, plus non-profit organizations. “We’re pretty excited about it,” said Wendy Chambers, executive director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We’re having the opportunity to celebrate again our hometown honor.” Next week is a busy one for local officials. The city and university are hosting the Ohio Town & Gown Summit, with an estimated 150 attending. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual luncheon on Friday, followed by the second Firefly Nights downtown in the evening. “It’s a big week,” Chambers said. “Our town’s always got something going on.” That buzz of activity helped the city secure its “Best Hometown” status. As editor of Ohio Magazine, Jim Vickers is accustomed to visiting communities throughout the state. But during his stop in Bowling Green, Vickers was struck by three features of the city – the energy from the university even though most students were gone for the summer, the healthy historic downtown, and the beautiful Simpson Garden Park. The 12th annual Ohio’s Best Hometowns issue of the magazine recognizes four communities in addition to Bowling Green: Marietta, Milford, Mount Vernon and Wooster. Bowling Green beat out other communities because of its vibrant college town atmosphere, strong sense of community and shared vision for the future. “I was in Bowling Green for the site visit,” Vickers said, so he had first-hand knowledge of why the city ranked so high. “Every year we look for towns that exemplify a strong community.” They checked out the campus. “It’s a vibrant college town, even in the summertime,” he said last year shortly after the awards were announced. “There’s an energy there.” They went downtown. “The health of the downtown really struck us. There’s a lot of work that goes into a downtown that works.” And they visited Simpson Garden Park. “That was a true community effort,” Vickers said. “That wouldn’t have happened without the community bonding…

Wood County residents urged to get up and get active

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Wood County residents are being politely prodded to get up off their sedentary seats. The Wood County Health Department has launched a campaign encouraging local residents to get more exercise using free community parks and trails. Health surveys have shown that too many people are overweight, and too few are getting the recommended 2.5 hours of moderate exercise each week. Only 28 percent of Wood County adults surveyed last year said they exercise five days or more per week. Ten percent said they did not have any physical activity in the past week. Inactivity and obesity are tied to many areas of a person’s health and can lead to a variety of serious diseases. And last year’s physical activity and nutrition survey showed that Wood County residents need to do better at both. “It was enough to give us some ideas of where we should prioritize,” said Alex Aspacher, community outreach coordinator for the Wood County Health Department. “It’s pretty much common knowledge that lack of physical activity and obesity are big problems across the country,” Aspacher added. The survey conducted last year showed that not only were many people not getting enough exercise, but many also weren’t aware of local exercise options available to them. So health department officials decided to start a motivational campaign, encouraging local residents to use the exercise options already available throughout the county. “We have great parks. We want to promote what we already have,” Aspacher said. In addition to the county parks, nearly every community in Wood County also has its own park. “You can go to the park in Grand Rapids and see something completely different than you would see in the park in Bradner.” A new website,, lists parks and trails in different communities, as well as events such as 5Ks and fun runs, and links to recreation programs, fitness groups, SilverSneakers sites for seniors, and several links to cycling resources. “There is one place to go for the information,” Aspacher said of the website. “This might inspire someone to go to a park.” Having a goal in mind can create the motivation people need to stick with an exercise routine, but many people have a tough time getting started. Wood County Health Department will post encouraging messages, exercise tips and photos showing the diverse parks and recreation opportunities that Wood County has to offer. Local residents are asked to share those messages on social media. “We want them to help amplify the people we reach,” Aspacher…

Results listed for annual pet show

(Submitted by BG Parks and Recreation Department) The 57th Annual Pet Show, sponsored by the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department was held on Wednesday, July 11, in City Park. There were 73 entries by the participants, and more than 200 in attendance. The results are as follows: Funniest Pet Name Debbie Allgire (Sir Oliver Purssalot) Quinn Rader (Fiesty) Jean Holbrook (Mia Wallace) Largest Dog Kennedy Brown (Brutus) Gene Klotz (Tucker) Carmen Cano (Rigley) Shaggiest Pet Alana & Taylor (Max) Mia Beck (Thomas) Best Groomed Pet Chris Witzler (Murphy) Noah Reger (Olive) Drew Holbrook (Marla) Smallest Dog Jose (My Lady) Becca (Lola) Corey McCarty (Henry) Smallest Cat Morgan Gale ( Casper) Denise Krupp (Lela) Best Dressed Pet Elizabeth Reger (Ozma) Kyla Crawford (Lily) Danica West (Beethoven) Largest Cat Dane (Dexter) Cutest Boy Dog Kent Strange (Alli Baba) Rose (Dojo) Grace Hovest (Brutus) Most Unusual Pet Quinn Rader (Fiesty) Simon & Sophie (Hermie) Hayley Baker (Tiny, Jessie, Cosmo, Shelly) Prettiest Girl Cat Leandra Muniz (Salsa) Best Pet Trick Alice (Dojo) Becca (Josie) Grace Hovest (Brutus) Biggest Rodent Mia Beck (Thomas) Reagan Otley (Sandy) Cutest Boy Cat Marrissa Munez (Loki) Morgan Gale (Casper) Prettiest Girl Dog Drew (Marla) Emma Walker (Villa) Clay Giesige (Ky) Pet That Looks Most Like Its Owner Ellie Brown (Lulu) Carly (Hunter) Peyton & Nolan (Rosco) Best Behaved Pet Chris Witzler (Murphy) Reagan Otley (Sandy) Debbie Allgire (Sir Oliver Purssalot) Best Pet Rock Amelia (The Rock) Sophia (Babs) Alice (Fuzzy Fish) Luke (Cat Cat)

Meeker, Wallace and Curtis street closures planned

The Bowling Green Water Distribution/Wastewater Collection Division will be conducting various projects beginning next week requiring street closures. These projects include: • Closing Meeker Street, from Conneaut to Wallace, beginning July 16 at 8 am. The closure is planned to last at least the entire week, with the possibility of work continuing into the week of July 23. Residents within the affected area will have access to Morton Avenue from the north via Conneaut. The closure is due to the installation of a new water main. • Closing Wallace Avenue, from Grove to Maple, on July 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Through traffic will be prohibited; however, residents within the affected area will have access to their homes. The closure is required in order to repair a sanitary sewer lateral. • Curtis Avenue will be closed, between Grove and Main, on July 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Through traffic will be prohibited; however, residents within the affected area will have access to their homes. The closure is required in order to replace a catch basin. Questions about this work may be directed to the Water Distribution/Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277.

Pets get all groomed and gussied up for annual show

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Like a pageant mom arriving without hairspray, it didn’t take Jordan Cravens long to realize she and bulldog Reggie were going to be out-glamoured at the pet show in City Park Wednesday evening. “We can already see we’re way out of our league,” Cravens said as she looked out over the competition at the annual show sponsored by the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department. Reggie had been signed up for the categories of cutest and best dressed – but both seemed out of grasp with the throng of dolled up dogs waiting to take the stage. “I can see the bow tie is not going to be enough,” Cravens said. How could Reggie possibly compete with the golden retriever dressed as Harry Potter, the German shepherd as football player Johnny Manziel, not to mention the smaller breeds in their tutus and tiaras? “Clearly, these dogs prepare year-round,” Cravens said with a smile. On the plus side, Reggie had not yet puked due to pre-pageant jitters. The pet show featured the furry and funny pets of the community. There were the customary dogs and cats, but also guinea pigs, hedge hogs and hermit crabs. And as usual, the competition was fierce, and the judging was nerve-wracking. Before any animals took to the stage at Needle Hall, judges Bowling Green Assistant Municipal Administrator Joe Fawcett and BG Police Animal Control Officer Tom Sieving agreed that some categories are always difficult to decide. Take, for example, the cutest dog category. That’s really subjective, the judges said. “The tough part is when the kids are really into it, and you let them down,” Fawcett said. “Some of the parents are really into it, too,” Sieving added. The pets were judged in categories like best pet trick, best dressed, birds that talk or tweet the loudest, and pet that looks most like its owner. There were also categories for shaggiest, longest ears, slimiest reptile and funniest name – which was won this year by Sir Oliver Purrsalot. The feline beat out the hedgehog named Feisty, who lives up to his name, according to young owner Quinn Rader. “He’s feisty at night and unfortunately at day, too – even though he’s supposed to be nocturnal,” Quinn said. This year, the pet show had a new category of Pet Rocks, working with the Wood County District Public Library’s summer reading program called “Libraries Rock.” Some kids stuck with squirming contestants. Kylah Crawford dolled up her guinea pig, Lilly, with gold beads and a…