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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…

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BGSU celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit during E-Week

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will celebrate and encourage entrepreneurial spirit through a variety of lunch and learn sessions, panel discussions and presentations during Entrepreneurship Week, April 3-7. The week kicks off April 3 with the first of three lunch and learn sessions: “From Student Worker to Owner” with Julie Harbal. Adam Goldberg will present the second lunch and learn April 4: “From Artist to Entrepreneur.” And Elsa Vogel will complete the series April 5 with “Pieces of Me – Building a Brand from Scratch.” This year’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence is Rick Kappel, a 1969 BGSU alumnus. Kappel, president and CEO (retired) of Advanced Computer Systems and 2015 Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame honoree, will be available to meet with students, faculty, staff and community members April 4 and 5. Appointments are required. Also on April 5 is one of E–Week’s signature events: Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame. This invitation-only event recognizes innovative BGSU alumni who have achieved distinction founding, leading or building a new business. This year’s honorees are alumni Maribeth S. Rahe, Peggy Schmeltz and David Stickler. This is the Hall of Fame’s 10th year. In addition to The Hatch (information to come), April 6 will include a Women in Leadership presentation with Rebecca Li, CEO and lifestyle curator at Rebecca Total Wellbeing. The week concludes April 7 with the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurial Success: Pursuing Your Passion. Named in honor of BGSU alumnus J. Robert Sebo, this sold-out lecture series features dynamic speakers to spark the entrepreneurial spirit among students and community members. Sir Ken…


Transportation district expansion in county detoured

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Before the Wood County Commissioners give their blessing to a countywide roadwork district, they want to make sure the route ahead has no hazards for the county. For 20 years, the Rossford Transportation Improvement District has been aiding business by helping to find funding for roadways. But the Rossford TID has found its borders to be too confining, since the organization can only assist projects in Rossford and the adjoining Perrysburg Township. Other projects have had to be rejected – like a request in Lake Township off Tracy Road for the Jones Hamilton plant. Though the plant is just on the border of Perrysburg Township, it had to be turned down, said Lane Williamson, legal counsel for the Rossford TID. “We really can’t do a project in Lake Township” since it’s outside the TID jurisdiction,” Williamson said. So organizers of the Rossford TID were back before the county commissioners again on Thursday, asking to expand the TID to the entire county. Ed Pavuc, chairman of the Rossford TID, said the organization allows access to Ohio Department of Transportation funding. “It is an economic development tool,” Pavuc told the commissioners. “They would be much more successful accessing grants,” if the county had the benefit of an expanded TID, he said. Mike Scott, Rossford municipal administrator, said the current TID is the only TID in the state that is not countywide. “It’s another great economic development tool,” Scott said. “It expands the tools in your arsenal.” Wood County Engineer John Musteric agreed, noting the possibility of getting funds for the Jones Hamilton project and…


BGSU students look for help launching business ideas at The Hatch

From BGSU MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University student entrepreneurs will present their business ideas to alumni investors during The Hatch on Thursday, April 6, vying for funds to launch their businesses in a format similar to the television show “Shark Tank.” The Hatch will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Registration is required at bgsu.edu/thehatch. This is the fifth year for the event in which alumni investors make equity investments providing real money for students to launch real businesses. To date, more than $500,000 has been committed to student startups. New this year is HatchTonight, like ESPN’s “College GameDay,” except featuring business ideas. High school students, the BGSU community and alumni will watch as a panel of experts analyzes and discusses each Hatchling’s business idea, determines who it thinks will be funded and predicts who will receive the Eggy (fan favorite) award. Hatch Tonight will be presented 5-5:30 p.m. in The Falcon’s Nest on the first floor of the union. The student entrepreneurs, Hatchlings, come to this night after being paired with mentors, mostly BGSU alumni, who have helped coach business ideas, plans and presentations. This event is streamed to Hatch Watch parties across the country and to several countries. The 2017 Hatchlings are: Fatima Camara 10,000 Threads Camara created 10,000 Threads, a clothing line that merges rich traditional African textiles and forecasted fashion styles of Western society. Growing up on different continents made her realize that although African immigrants constitute a large population in Europe and America, there is no substantial effort to market to them in particular….


Market holds the key to a sustainable future, Lamb Peace speaker contends

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Speaking on the day that Donald Trump started reversing the country’s commitments to combat global warming, author and entrepreneur Hunter Lovins had some news for him. “The era of fossil fuel is over,” she said. “I don’t care what Mr. Trump does.” Lovins, the founder of Natural Capital Solutions and author of 1 books with another in the works, is a proponent of using capitalist solutions to combat global warning. Tuesday night she took the stage at Bowling Green State University as the Edward Lamb Peace lecturer to promote her views. In his introduction, political scientist professor Mark Simon noted that the lecture series originally started dealing with military threats to world peace. When the Cold War ended, it was determined that environmental issues now posed the greatest threat to world peace. Lovins was the latest in a long line of noted environmentalists to speak. Climate change has already sparked or contributed to conflicts in Darfur and Syria, and driven 65 million people from their homes, Lovins said. That will only get worse as the global temperatures rise. The Middle East is projected to become too hot to live in by the year by 2040. A study funded by NASA found that “total system collapse will be difficult to avoid” if current patterns of resource depletion and economic inequality continue. That means no water, no food, and no money. Lovins cited a survey that found that the eight richest individuals on the planet control more wealth that the bottom 50 percent. As bleak as that picture is, she took a different tack, inspired in…


County touts high economic development, low unemployment

Wood County continues to see high economic development successes and a low unemployment rate, according to the report presented Wednesday during the annual meeting of the Wood County Economic Development Commission. The report, from WCEDC President Doug Miller, talked about the great success achieved with limited resources. “Over the past several years, we have attracted a number of businesses to Wood County,” Miller wrote in his report. Those newer businesses include Home Depot fulfillment center in Troy Township, the CSX intermodal facility in Henry Township, the Harmon Business Park in Rossford, and the FedEx Ground Hub in Perrysburg Township. “Scores of existing businesses choose to remain in Wood County and have or are expanding,” Miller continued. Those businesses include Phoenix Technologies, Northwood Industries, First Solar, Principle Business Enterprises, Schuetz Container, IMCO Carbide Tool, and Pilkington North America. “As a result, unemployment hovers around an amazing 4 percent,” Miller stated in his report. Much of the credit should go to the spirit of cooperation among elected officials, those appointed by elected officials, and community volunteers, he said. “Feedback we receive from developers and others from outside the area remains positive and often hear that the process is Wood County runs so much better than in other places,” Miller stated. In an effort to work with local communities to meet their needs, Wood County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Wade Gottschalk and other executive committee members often hold informal monthly breakfast or lunch meetings with entities. “The meetings serve as a way for attendees to update others on matters being faced, projects and other general information,” Miller said in his report. “The…


Tractor pullers named corporate citizen of year

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Wood County’s Corporate Citizens of the Year are typically firms that quietly go about their business – like past recipients Phoenix Technologies, Poggemeyer Design Group and Wood County Hospital. Not so with this year’s winner – the National Tractor Pullers Association Inc. For the past 50 years, the tractor pull has roared into Bowling Green for one weekend each summer. The event creates an awful lot of noise, but also brings in a lot of spectators spending a lot of money in the county. The group started quietly enough in 1962 as a “small group of people with a passion for competition,” said Wood County Commissioner Doris Herringshaw. Since then, the tractor pullers association has continued to grow in size and popularity, attracting participants and spectators from around the world. “It is the largest truck and tractor pull in the world,” Herringshaw said as she presented the Corporate Citizen of the Year award to the group Wednesday evening during the annual meeting of the Wood County Economic Development Commission. The organization was recognized for being able to “put us on the map,” she said. “This is definitely quite an honor,” Mike Erford, president of the organization, said as he accepted the award. “On behalf of all the blue shirts, thank you very much.” Erford reflected on the group’s early “dream and a desire to compete,” that gradually grew beyond expectations. The very first tractor pull was put on at the county fairgrounds by the Wood County Agricultural Society with 40 volunteers. By 1964, it had grown to draw people from many surrounding…