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BG plans ahead for another water treatment reservoir

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green officials plan to spend $220,000 to buy some acreage for another water treatment reservoir. A few years ago, the city purchased 76 acres on Hull Prairie Road with the thought of putting another reservoir there in the future. The one problem was a house that sat on four acres in the center of the acreage at 23134 Hull Prairie Road. But the owner of the house, Jay Largent, has now asked if the city is interested in purchasing his house and the four acres for the appraised price of $220,000. The Board of Public Utilities voted Monday evening to do so. “This could be advantageous for us,” Director of Public Utilities Brian O’Connell said, explaining that 80 acres is much more desirable than 76 acres with a house in the middle. “It does give us a more viable site for a reservoir.” A larger reservoir would provide additional raw water storage as well as better quality raw water to the plant. Until the new reservoir is needed and the house is demolished, the city may rent it out to make some income. Or the city may trade the land for other acreage closer to the water treatment plant that is four miles away from the Hull Prairie acreage. According to O’Connell, there’s enough money for the land acquisition in the 2017 Water & Sewer Capital Improvement Fund. Also at Monday’s meeting, the board of public utilities voted to enter an agreement with the Wood County Port Authority to help extend services to a new portion of the Woodbridge Business Park….

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Works inspired by nature win top prizes at Art Walk

By BG INDEPENDENT NEWS With the gray dreary weather for Art Walk in Bowling Green, Carole Kauber’s paintings of brilliant Southwestern landscapes certainly had an added appeal “She’s not afraid to use striking colors,” Sara Busler, one of the jurors, said. With the large paintings set up in a back space in Coyote Beads, “I felt really small around them.” “It’s like you were there,” fellow juror Lauren Canavan said Her abstract realistic work won the top juror’s prize at the 25th Art Walk. The top People’s Choice honor went to a fixture at Art Walk, Tom Roller for his nature-inspired metal sculpture. Roller has been a frequent award winner. Last year, he won both the top jury prize and the top People’s Choice honor. Roller said this will be his last appearance at Art Walk. He’s already stopped doing other art fairs. This was the only show he did this year. Not that he’ll stop sculpting at his Clark Street workshop. “I have to do something to keep busy.” Other winners were: Ann Beck, jewelry, Ginny’s Inspired Fashion, second place, Jury Award. Mary Dennis, ceramics, Grounds for Thought, third place, Jury Award. Diana Bibler, sculpture, Mode Elle Boutique, second place, People’s Choice. Victoria Thompson, body painting, Encore Bridal, third place, People’s Choice. (BG Independent News will post an expanded story later.)


BG teamwork touted in ‘State of the City’ address

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Though it may sound trite, it’s teamwork that makes Bowling Green work, and it’s those teammates who will get it through tough times in the future. That teamwork was seen in city government last year, with a solar field being built, a park levy being passed, streets being paved, sidewalks being replaced and trees being planted, Mayor Dick Edwards said Thursday during the annual State of the City address. Vital members of the team are Bowling Green City Schools and Bowling Green State University, which have the ability to bring new residents and businesses to the community. “There are hundreds of details,” to make a community work, Edwards said during the address hosted by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. Among the many teammates are the fire division which responded to more than 3,000 calls last year, and the police division that reached out to the community with a new “Coffee with Cops” program. Both divisions are nationally accredited – which only six cities in Ohio can boast. “This speaks directly to their extremely high level of service,” Edwards said. “It’s a very, very demanding process.” Last year, economic development in the city brought in investments of more than $47 million in machinery and equipment, and more than $24 million in business construction. “Bowling Green is on the right track for 2017,” the mayor said, noting that during his annual visits with industries, many have indicated they are likely to add more jobs. The city’s utilities also continue to be a point of pride – with a state-of-the-art water treatment plant, an…


Global network honors BGSU for entrepreneurial education

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Today (April 27) AACSB International, the world’s largest global education network, recognized Bowling Green State University’s College of Business Administration for its commitment to creating and incubating cutting-edge business innovations and fostering entrepreneurship in the next generation of business leaders. BGSU is the only entrepreneurship center in Ohio, and one of just 20 entrepreneurship centers around the globe, to earn this distinction. “Our faculty and staff in the College of Business Administration are dedicated to transforming lives and preparing the next generation of business leaders through education, research and service,” said Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D., president of BGSU. “We are extremely proud of this recognition for the work they are doing.” BGSU was recognized for its Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, which is one of the region’s premier entrepreneurial resources. The Center is best known for The Hatch, based on the show “Shark Tank.” This entrepreneurial immersion program is open to BGSU students and their business ideas. Finalists enroll in a 10-week curriculum, which takes students through the entrepreneurial experience, from customer discovery to venture launch. It all comes together on one night in April, when alumni mentors and investors join the finalists to decide whose business ideas earn funding. “We are honored that AACSB has recognized the incredible work that happens here every day with our faculty, staff and students,” Raymond Braun, dean of the College of Business Administration, said. “The Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership’s programs have positively impacted this region and even reached overseas through live-streaming of The Hatch. The best part is that we are just getting started; this…


BG sees more than $70 million in business investments

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Last year came in like a lamb and went out like a lion for Bowling Green economic development. When it was done, it all added up to more than $47 million being invested in machinery and equipment, and another $24.6 million being spent on construction. “We’ve had another excellent year,” Bowling Green Economic Development Executive Director Sue Clark told members Wednesday during their annual luncheon meeting. The first two quarters of 2016 started out slowly, but the last two quarters picked up, Clark said. “We ended the year with a bang.” And the start of 2017 is already proving to be “exceptionally busy,” she said. Bowling Green now has just under 4,000 manufacturing jobs. Add that to the approximately 3,000 jobs at Bowling Green State University, and “that’s an excellent healthy sign we have a balanced economy,” Clark said. The city has no empty industrial buildings except for a portion of the former Lear plant. MICC, a British firm that makes high heat resistant cable, is now using part of the facility. “We’re encouraging people to come look at land, because we can’t show them any buildings,” Clark said. But even available land in the city’s industrial parks is getting low. There are just a couple acres left in Wood Bridge – though the city is in the process of trying to expand that business park off Dunbridge Road. The John Quinn Innovative Tech Park, off Napoleon Road, has just 7.5 acres left. And Bellard Park on Brim Road has a total of about 28 acres remaining. The biggest dilemma, however, is…


BG may swap land for business park expansion

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green is proposing a land swap in order to expand the Wood Bridge Business Park on the northeast edge of the city. A developer has purchased 43 acres just east of the business park for warehousing and logistic services, Bowling Green Utilities Director Brian O’Connell reported to the city’s Board of Public Utilities on Monday evening. The warehouse space will benefit existing Wood Bridge businesses, O’Connell said, since many of them will use that space for storage which will allow them then to expand manufacturing spaces. That will create more jobs – which will increase income tax revenues for the city, O’Connell said. The warehouse development will require the extension of a public road and public utilities. Sue Clark, executive director of the Bowling Green Community Development Foundation, is working to secure state grants for the road and storm sewer extensions. State funds are not available for water and sewer infrastructure, which O’Connell estimated to cost $100,000 and $120,000 respectively. The extension of Wood Bridge Business Park to the east opens up the possibility for the park’s expansion to the south – eventually connecting with Bowling Green Road East. It would become an L-shaped development around the Meijer store. According to O’Connell, the expansion to the south to Bowling Green Road East would provide another road access to the business park which currently only has an entrance off Dunbridge Road. It would also provide for a redundant water main connection to improve reliability in case of a water main break. But to expand the business park to the south means a…


Angelwood Gallery opens new show FLUX

Submitted by ANGELWOOD GALLERY Angelwood Gallery is pleased to present FLUX celebrating our 24 years in business. The show opens on April 29 and runs until June 18. There will be a weekend long Open House to kick off the show on Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 30 from noon to 5 p.m. The weekend will also feature pottery demonstrations, specialty food tasting and refreshments. Angelwood Gallery, which has featured regional artists since its inception, will continue that tradition with a wonderful line up of talented artists. The artists will include, gallery owner and potter Julie A. Beutler. She will be featuring over a 100 new pots with a strong emphasis on functional/kitchen ware as well as garden inspired pottery. Her work will feature finishes from wood kiln as well oxidation and raku firings. Other artists featured are mixed media artists Andrea Feller and Shannon Eis who both work with found objects to create funky animal sculptures, jewelry and wall work. They use common household goods, pieces of wood, found objects and other interesting finds to make these cool sculptures and 2D works. Glass artists joining the show are: Lars Glass, Beth Ziss, and Peg Briggs featuring home and garden glass as well as jewelry. Potters Brandon Knott, Joyce Donahue, Maggie Trzcinski, Rachel Burks and Scott Jones will be have an impressive collection of functional pottery as well as some sculpture. Metal artists will include furniture, wrought iron wall pieces and sculptures by Mike Leady of Southpaw Metal Studio and silverware jewelry, kitchen ware and garden pieces by Nadine Musser. New acrylic paintings by Jenny…