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BG named one of Ohio’s best hometowns

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   As editor of Ohio Magazine, Jim Vickers is accustomed to visiting communities throughout the state. But during a recent 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 downtown, and the beautiful Simpson Garden Park. Bowling Green left such an impression, that the city was named one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns by Ohio Magazine. 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. “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 together.” City officials were pleased that Bowling Green was awarded the honor. “It helps to continue and foster the community that we all know Bowling Green is. There’s a strong sense of community here,” said Assistant Municipal Administrator Joe Fawcett. “It’s…


Everyday People Cafe cooks up new twists on classic diner dishes

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Everyday People Café, the newest eatery in Bowling Green, has deep roots in the city’s culinary culture. The proprietor Pat McDermott has a long history with the Corner Grill, Cohen and Cooke’s, and other restaurants in the area, and he wants to bring the skills honed in those kitchens to his own operation at 309S. Main St. At the Grill, where he worked third shift for 15 or so years, it was cranking out diner favorites quickly and simply. At Cohen and Cooke’s he got to see the adventurous side of the culinary enterprise. What was on hand, he said, is what went into that day’ menu selections. He wants to blend those two approaches. “I want it to be classics, just trumped up a little bit,” he said. He’ll have plenty of help in that with his fellow cooks out back. Steve Bishop was McDermott’s mentor at the Corner Grill from the time McDermott was a dishwasher. Chris Parratt is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked locally at Reverend’s and the Oaks on campus as well as in Portland, Oregon. McDermott has been wanting to launch his own place for a while, and the opportunity popped up when Andy Halleck and Ammar Mufleh bought the building that formerly housed the Falcon Market and Café Havana. Finding financing proved difficult, then McDermott was approached by local bar owners Nate Cordes, Michael Wahle, and Troy Myers. They were looking for a home for a liquor license they’d recently acquired, and suggested a four-way partnership. So Everyday People Café was born,…


BG gives tax break to company bringing 35 jobs to city

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green officials plan to give a tax break to a company promising to create at least 35 jobs in the city. City Council heard the first reading of a resolution Monday evening that would give Mosser Construction Co. a 100 percent tax abatement for a 10-year period. Mosser is planning to build an approximately 200,000 square foot warehouse, and anticipates an initial hiring of at least 35 employees. The warehouse is expected to be an investment of $8.6 million in the Wood Bridge Business Park, off Dunbridge Road on the east side of the city. In addition to the project creating jobs, the warehouse will also provide storage space for existing companies in Bowling Green. “For many years, on our economic development visits, companies have relayed concerns about warehousing,” the legislative package given to council stated. “We’ve learned that, in many cases, companies are warehousing out of town.” City officials have also been told by local manufacturers that finding adequate warehousing is important because companies want to find space for new equipment or processes within their existing plants, and moving inventory into a warehousing facility could create that additional space. The problem, however, has been that no such space is available in Bowling Green. But the Community Development Foundation, which facilitated the Mosser site, said the new warehouse will fill that need. The tax break given to Mosser is part of a deal in the city’s new Community Reinvestment Area. The company has negotiated directly with Bowling Green City Schools to make the school district whole on the tax break being…


News to them… Corpe & Weiss of “Morning Show” win I Love BG award

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Even such perceptive radio personalities as Clint Corpe and Larry Weiss had trouble ferreting out who was the winner of this year’s I Love BG Award. As Dave Horger, their predecessor at “The Morning Show” on WBGU-FM, provided details of the winner’s “life,” they sensed something amiss. For one thing there was enough resume for two people. Corpe wondered: Who else beside him attending the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce’s Mid-Year Meeting and Awards Program went to school in Bowling Green… Kentucky? But the detail about working for Bowling Green State University didn’t fit. Born in Germany fit him, but Corpe never worked as a youngster at A&W Root Beer. That story, however, clinched the winner’s identity for Weiss. He remembered well the day that Horger was describing. Weiss was 13 or 14 and his friend’s uncle’s A&W stand was busy and desperate for help.  So they called him in. A shiny, new convertible pulled up and ordered three root beers. The young Larry delivered them, spilling them into and onto the car. He returned with another round of pop, and, as Horger related, after he dumped those in the car, he called his mother to pick him up. His career at A&W was over after one car. Far greater success lay ahead. He went on to graduate from BGSU in 1967 and to work in industry before returning to the university with a job in alumni relations in 1973. When he was approached about returning to BGSU, he responded: “Those were the best years of my life. I’d love to come back to…


Closing time at Ginny’s Inspired Fashions is bittersweet

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News For stylish women, Ginny’s Inspired Fashions in downtown Bowling Green let them dress to a T, from socks for their toes to hats to top off their assemblage with outerwear and underwear for parts in between. The shop, though, was more than a place to find what to wear to go out and have a good time, but a destination in itself, a gathering spot, founder and owner Ginny Stewart said. A place to share stories, drinks, laughs, and, now that Stewart has announced she’s closing, tears. “I’m going to cry,” one customer declared as she walked into Ginny’s Tuesday. Just a few racks of dresses, tops, and skirts remained. The supply of headwear was thinning out. Stewart wrapped purchases in Christmas paper, and she had no more bags. Though Stewart originally said she’d stay open until late in July, it now looks like Friday, July 14, will be her last day. Stewart said after seven years she’s retiring. “My husband (Scott) is going to be working fewer hours in the next year, and we want to spend more time doing the things we’ve talked about doing. I want to spend more time involved in the social causes that matter to me, and I want to give more time to the schools.” Stewart is in her first term as a member of the Board of Education. The district has a bond issue to fund a major building project on the ballot in November. She announced the news of the shop closing in an email to customers late Friday night. But, she said, word started…


No more glass to be recycled in BG – costs blamed for shattering program

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The glass bottles and jars gathering in the garage for recycling may as well be tossed in the trash. Effective immediately, the Bowling Green Recycling Center is no longer accepting glass. This applies to all the center’s locations, including the 24-hour drop-off site in Bowling Green, plus the satellite trailers and satellite facilities scattered throughout Wood County. It was just last month that a citizen spoke in front of Bowling Green City Council, challenging the body to do more to encourage greater recycling in the city – including more efforts to save glass from being landfilled. Years ago, the recycling center ceased taking glass in curbside bins, but continued to accept it at its drop-off site. But on Tuesday, the officials at the recycling center said that practice was over. “We’ve been struggling with it for a long time,” said Ken Rieman, of the recycling center. “Basically, the market conditions are just to the point it’s too expensive to send the glass out.” The center had been sending glass from Wood County to a recycling site near Dayton. It was costing $30 a ton to ship the glass, for which it was paid $25 a ton. Late last year, the Dayton company raised its shipping costs to $40 a ton, and cut its payments to $10 a ton. The BG center then found a company in Sylvania to take the glass at no cost. However, that agreement ended abruptly, leaving the Dayton site as the only option, Rieman said. “It’s simple economics,” he said, estimating the center shipped out 350 to 400 tons…


Too many gyms in BG may be unhealthy for business

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   As Bowling Green area residents try to work off their butts or guts, the city is seeing a glut of gyms in the community. Gym members trying to burn off calories on cardio equipment and build muscles on weight machines may benefit from the exercise options – but the number of gyms could be unhealthy for the businesses. There are many similarities at the gyms – lots of equipment for those who prefer solitary exercise, or classes in spinning, zumba or pilates for those who thrive on group motivation. There are some differences at each location. The community center has a track, basketball and volleyball courts. St. Julian’s Fitness has free classes with memberships and is the official Silver Sneaker location in the city. Anytime Fitness is open round the clock and allows use of any other Anytime Fitness in the world. BGSU Recreation Center has a couple indoor pools. And Crossfit offers its own brand of specialized workouts. Soon, people looking for just the perfect fit to perfect their bodies, will have another choice. Planet Fitness has announced plans to open a gym on South Main Street, near the Staples store. Generally, Kristin Otley, director of the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department, is in favor of new business growth to the city – especially since that means new tax revenue – even if it is another gym. “I think competition is a great thing. It keeps us all on our game,” she said. However, this latest entry has some gym officials breaking out into a sweat. “That is concerning. This…


Ginny’s Inspired Fashions closing

After seven years of helping Bowling Green look classy, Ginny Stewart has announced that she is closing Ginny’s Inspired Fashions by the close of July. Saturday marked the beginning of what she’s calling a retirement sale, and at mid-afternoon customers were lined up to purchase goods at as much as 70 percent off. Stewart said she’ll close when she no longer has enough stock. What remains will be donated. Stewart said that this was the right time to step aside. In an email to customers, she wrote she was looking forward to spending time reading, spending time with family, including her husband, Scott, and friends, and working for causes she believes in. Stewart is a member of the Bowling Green Board of Education. The shop got its start inside Coyote Beads selling stylish hats for men and women, before moving across the street to its current 133 S. Main St., location, where she did business at first as BG Hats and Apparel selling an expanded range of men’s and women’s fashion items. Not long after she opened her doors there, however, a fire in an upstairs apartment closed the shop for a number of months. But she reopened, and later changed the name to Ginny’s Inspired Fashions.    


Manufacturing no longer dead-end and dirty jobs

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   From childhood on, kids dream of what they will become when they grow up. Doctor? Teacher? Scientist? Few set their sights on working in a manufacturing plant. But maybe they should. The Wood County Economic Development Commission is working with others to put on the first “manufacturing camp” in the county for middle school age students. Wade Gottschalk, executive director of the county economic development commission, explained the concept Thursday to the county commissioners. “We want to introduce middle school kids to modern manufacturing,” Gottschalk said. “We think there’s a misconception of what manufacturing is.” It’s not like the old days when factories were thought of as dirty worksites with mundane, repetitious routines. Today’s manufacturing plants are often spotless and require high tech skills. And the jobs are plentiful. “We visit the manufacturers and we hear constantly that they can’t find people,” Gottschalk said. “There’s a lot of demand.” So students who choose jobs in the manufacturing sector over getting a college degree often come out ahead of their peers. They have an easier time finding work, they make similar wages to those people with degrees, and they aren’t saddled with the debt from college. But most kids don’t even think about manufacturing as a career. To help change that mindset, the first “manufacturing camp” is being planned in Wood County. Partnering with the economic development commission is U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, the local Ohio Means Jobs office, Bowling Green City Schools, Penta Career Center, BGSU, the Wood County District Public Library, and the Wood County Educational Service Center. The local industries…


Naslada celebrates fine & local food with wine tastings

From NASLADA BISTRO Naslada Bistro, 182 S. Main St. in historic downtown Bowling Green, is highlighting its commitment to high quality and locally sourced foods with weekly wine tastings offered in conjunction with the Downtown Farmers Market. Opening Wednesdays at 5 p.m., the European flavored restaurant offers a tasting of distinctive fine wines from Europe accompanied by a plate of olives, cheese and savory treats and a selection of breads. As part of the bistro’s commitment to providing food that is good on the palate and good for the rest of the body, Chef Boby Mitov has worked with local bread baker David Dupont to come up with an exclusive bread. The recipe created by Dupont uses ancient and whole grains – einkorn, the earliest form of wheat, spelt, rye and buckwheat, to produce a rich, full flavor to complement the restaurant’s fare. Mitov sources as much of the restaurant’s meat and produce from as close as possible. That includes selecting the best he can find at the weekly Farmer’s Market. Mitov, who started his career back in his native Bulgaria, started Naslada in the Woodland Mall in 2003. He moved the eatery downtown in 2006 bringing an authentic continental flair to BG’s dining scene.


Chamber to present honors at Mid-Year Meeting

From BOWLING GREEN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is once again presenting ITS Mid-Year Meeting for all to attend. The luncheon will be held at Stone Ridge Golf Club, 1553 Muirfield Drive, Bowling Green, OH 43402 on Friday, July 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Michael Brown, founder, lead coach and consultant at DMB Coaching, is the guest speaker. Presentation of the following annual awards: Small Business of the Year Award Outstanding Customer Service Award ‘I Love BG’ Award Recognition of the 2017 Scholarship Award recipients The Mid Year Meeting is open to all. Cost to attend is $20 for Bowling Green Chamber Investors and $30 for Non-Investors. Invitation and response card can be downloaded at from the Chamber website. Send/email RSVP Response Card to MarissaMuniz@bgchamber.net or call the chamber office at 419-353-7945. RSVPs are required by June 30th. Mail payment to: BG Chamber of Commerce, 130 S. Main St., Bowling Green, OH 43402 with checks payable to BG Chamber of Commerce, or pay by credit card at www.bgchamber.net (a small fee applies).


Crystal Bowersox headlines first of ProMedica sponsored concerts in downtown Toledo

From PROMEDICA & TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ProMedica will celebrate the opening of its new downtown headquarters and a renovated Promenade Park with three free summer concerts, featuring singers with local connections and national acts, all with musicians from the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. The event will be free and open to the community. The inaugural ProMedica Summer Concert Series will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 21, with a concert featuring Crystal Bowersox and Calysta Bevier. Bowersox, an Ottawa County native, burst onto the national entertainment scene in 2010. The singer-songwriter now lives in Nashville and in June released a new album called “Alive.” Musicians from the TSO will join Bowersox on stage for her portion of the concert. Bevier of Grand Rapids, Ohio, is a singer-songwriter who survived a rare form of cancer. She was a semi-finalist last fall on America’s Got Talent, which propelled her to a budding music career. She continues to be an inspirational speaker to cancer patients. The second concert will be 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, and features Grammy Award-winning producer and vocalist Steve Tyrell. The third concert, A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Prince, will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. A tribute band made up of former members of Prince’s New Power Generation will perform his biggest hits, including “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” “U Got the Look,” “Raspberry Beret,” and more. The concerts will be reminiscent of the Rally by the River events at Promenade Park in the 1980s and early 1990s, but larger in scope of entertainment. The stage will be near the Maumee River; the performers…


BG set to grow by another 103 acres on east side

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green is on the verge of growing by another 103 acres on its northeast edge. Annexation petitions have been filed for acreage to join in the Wood Bridge Business Park. The annexations from Center Township to the city came up at a recent Bowling Green Planning Commission meeting. The request comes from two owners: 43 acres on the south side of East Poe Road by petitioner Susan J. Ragan. 60 acres on the north side of East Wooster Street by petitioners Richard and Judith Carpenter. The annexations meet the city’s desire to expand Wood Bridge Business Park, according to Sue Clark, director of Bowling Green Economic Development. Plans call for Moser Construction to build a 100,000 square foot warehouse and connecting roadway this summer, Clark said. “This is a need that has been in the community for the last three to four years,” she said. Several manufacturers in Wood Bridge have already committed to renting the warehouse space, “so they can have more room for manufacturing” in their own facilities, Clark explained to the planning commission members. Clark said the warehouse is coming just in time – especially for one of the factories that was talking about moving to Michigan in order to get more warehouse space. If the annexations are approved, the acreage will be divided into 20 and 15 acre sections and sold to prospective manufacturers. Clark said she believes the first building is already filled with tenants. The city will install necessary water and sewer services, and roadways. The annexation will also allow for the construction of another…


Maurer criticizes city donation of land to Habitat

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   A Bowling Green landlord is taking issue with the city’s plan to donate building lots to Habitat for Humanity. Bob Maurer sent a letter to city officials questioning a proposal to give Habitat the vacant lots where a water tower used to sit at the southwest corner of Manville Avenue and Clough Street. While Maurer said the donation is a “noble gesture,” he suggested the city should reconsider. ”We would point out that the three lots in question are not worthless,” Maurer wrote.  “If they are (zoned residential) the value is over $100,000. We would pay that amount in cash for them.” “At a time when there is a ‘budget problem’ is it a good time to donate $100,000 of the taxpayers’ monies to two people? The City of Bowling Green must not have any financial problems if it can fund a $100,000 donation like this,” Maurer wrote. “We do think it makes more sense to have ‘individuals’ give their personal monies for gifts than have taxpayer funds used? We feel the majority of the taxpayers of Bowling Green would prefer that. Please weigh and consider the proposed transaction,” Maurer wrote. Mark Ohashi, director of Habitat for Humanity of Wood County, was surprised by the criticism of the land donation. “I did not see that coming,” he said on Thursday. Ohashi said the benefits of Habitat houses go far beyond two individuals. “The benefit is generational. The impact may look like you are only serving two families, but the implications of decent housing extend past the home,” Ohashi said. Habitat homes turn families…


Volunteer Gary Jones thanks Dana Corp for hosting Adopt-a-Pet event

I would like to commend the Dana Corporation on Technology Drive in Maumee for hosting an Adopt-a-Pet day for their employees. Jenny Miranda organized the event because she loves animals, she supports the work of rescue sites and humane societies and she wanted a fun day where employees might adopt a pet. What a remarkable event for a corporate company to support local efforts. It was a fun day and pets were adopted. And generous gifts of toys, food and blankets, enough to fill the bed of a pickup truck were given to each of the participating humane groups. To me, it was a remarkable day spent with enthusiastic Dana employees. Kudos to Dana and Miranda. Gary Jones, Volunteer Bowling Green