Community Voices

Residents reminded to keep grass clippings out of streets

(Submitted by City of Bowling Green) Residents and landscapers are reminded to keep grass clippings out of the street and the city’s storm drains. Blowing grass and other yard debris into the sidewalk, street, or storm drainage system is a violation of the city’s littering and stormwater ordinances. Grass clippings, leaves, and other lawn debris can clog storm drains, resulting in street and private property flooding. Also, storm drains flow directly to local waterways untreated. Grass clippings add unnecessary nutrients, which help feed harmful algal blooms. In addition to environmental harm, you may be creating a safety hazard. When blown into the street, clippings can create a slippery and dangerous surface for traveling motorcyclists and bicyclists. Using a mulching mower puts clippings back into the turf and keeps the nutrients where they belong. Should you choose to use a discharging mower, please be sure to point the blower toward your property (away from the street) to prevent clippings from leaving the lawn. You may also choose to bag your clippings, but they may not be disposed of in your regular refuse containers. City residents are encouraged to compost clippings on their property or take them to the city’s Yard Waste Drop-off Site, located on Tarragon Drive behind the Public Works Garage. When finished mowing, please be sure to use a blower, broom, or rake to clean up any grass clippings or debris that have inadvertently made their way into the street, sidewalk, or storm drain.

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WBGU-TV director of engineering Tom Cummings receives Ferrari Award

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The fact that the WBGU-TV, Bowling Green State University’s public television station, stays on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year is due in large part to the efforts of Tom Cummings, director of engineering and technical services. In addition, Cummings assists the University community and the external community in numerous significant ways. His many years of dedication and expertise have earned Cummings’ the 2018 Michael R. Ferrari Award from Administrative Staff Council. He accepted the award at the council’s annual spring reception May 15. As the top administrative staff award, it includes a $1,000 cash prize and a reserved parking spot for a year. “Whether it’s providing the streaming service for important University addresses or events or managing the vastly more complex transition of the station’s signal as a result of the FCC bandwidth auction, Tom brings his considerable knowledge, expertise and organizational skills to the job at hand,” wrote nominator Dave Kielmeyer, chief marketing and communications officer. “He is a calm and steady presence in keeping the station on the air and in handling the various problems that can arise in such a technical environment.” According to Tony Short, co-manager of the station, “Tom can always be counted on to cover every aspect of the broadcast and IT area. His knowledge of broadcasting and the television station’s computer systems is extraordinarily thorough and his outstanding job performance reflects his understanding and expertise in all of these areas. His professionalism and organizational skills have proved invaluable to the success and the digital advancement of WBGU-TV.” Cummings’ latest project is leading the move of the WBGU-TV signal from Channel 27 to Channel 22 after the spectrum auction, a nearly $400,000 project that must meet a deadline of Nov. 1. He is working closely with local cable and satellite providers, the FCC, television tower engineers, tower riggers and television broadcast vendors to design the project, supervise the…

Local organizations join Habitat for Humanity during National Women Build Week

(Submitted by Habitat for Humanity) Volunteers from several local organizations joined Habitat for Humanity of Wood County for Women Build activities last week. National Women Build Week (NWBW) is a nationwide partnership with Lowe’s that supports Women Build programs in hundreds of communities across the nation. Lowe’s donated nearly $2 million this year to various Habitat for Humanity affiliates. Volunteers from Women in the Wind, Rudolph Libbe Group, Wells Fargo, Danberry and State Rep. Theresa Gavarone participated in Women Build by working on the build site of a Habitat home in Walbridge. Calvary Lutheran, St. Paul’s United Methodist and St. John’s Lutheran churches provided lunches for the volunteers. Future homeowner Danielle Bowles brought her sister and best friend to get involved with the construction of her new home. “I feel so blessed that I was able to participate in Women Build and to have met so many other women by my side,” Bowles said. “It was amazing.” As part of the NWBW grant, Habitat will be receiving money from Lowe’s to use for future builds in Wood County. “Women Build educates, inspires and empowers women to advocate for decent housing,” said Clara Maynard, Community Outreach Director. “We are so appreciative of Lowe’s for supporting not only our affiliate, but affiliates across the nation through this amazing program.” Since Habitat and Lowe’s created NWBW in 2008, the nationwide initiative has brought together more than 117,000 women volunteers to build or repair homes. Habitat for Humanity of Wood County partners with people in Wood County, Ohio and all over the world to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Since its inception, Habitat for Humanity of Wood County has built 37 homes. For more information, visit

Wood County Health Department rolls out new logos, name changes

(Submitted by Wood County Health Department) Wood County Health Department released a package of new logos and informational materials today that will be used to visually represent the agency, which is also replacing “district” in its name. The agency’s vibrant new logo includes shades of blue and green in a shape that reflects unity, and the sense that each of the health department’s four main divisions represents one distinct piece of a whole. In addition to a new health department logo, there is a separate image for each of the four main divisions: Environmental Health, Health Promotion and Preparedness, the Community Health Center and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. The name Wood County Health District was created about 10 years ago to better represent the health department’s service territory, which includes all of Wood County. Despite that change, most people continued to refer to the more commonly used “health department.” “We’ve been known as the health department for so long that the term ‘district’ never really caught on. A lot of people continued to refer to us as the health department, which created some confusion that we would like to get away from,” said Ben Batey, Wood County Health Commissioner. Beginning last fall, the health department worked with students from Bowling Green State University’s Graphic Design program, who generated ideas and provided valuable artistic contributions. One of the students, Zach Nelson, joined the health department as an intern this spring to refine and implement the new logos. Additional tweaks and changes are likely over the next several weeks. The health department’s brand realignment also shortened name of the Community Health Center to better reflect industry standards. “All of our patients will continue to receive the same great primary care and other services that we offer, just under a logo that represents how Wood County Community Health Center is one part of the services offered by our local health department,” said Diane Krill, CEO of the health center. Wood…

Arts to take over Simpson Garden, June 8

From THE BOWLING GREEN ARTS COUNCIL The Bowling Green Arts Council and Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department will host the 4th annual Art in the Park on the grounds of Simpson Garden Park, 1291 Conneaut Avenue, on Friday, June 8, from 5-7 p.m. Festive fun in a beautiful garden setting with live music, theatrical performances, artists painting on easels, interactive art activities for children and light refreshments. free and open to the public. As they stroll through beautiful Simpson Garden Park, attendees will have an opportunity to view and vote for their favorite artist at work. They will also enjoy music by local musicians and students of the BGSU College of Musical Arts and performances by the Black Swamp Players and the Horizon Youth Theatre. The Black Swamp Players will present a readers’ theater performance of an excerpt from “Peanuts and Crackerjacks” by Scott Regan at 5:50 in the Amphitheater. Also in the Amphitheater, Horizon Youth Theatre will present two excerpts from the musical “Dorothy in Wonderland” at 5:15 and at 6:30. Strolling and stationary musicians and music groups throughout the grounds will include The Root Cellar String Band; Tom Gorman; Toraigh an Sonas; Inside Voices; Black Swamp Drum Circle; and Kazenodaichi Taiko. Immediately after Art in the Park, the Sunset Bistro, 1220 W. Wooster, will host a post-event celebration from 7-10 pm and donate 15% to the BG Arts Council. This event is sponsored by Bowling Green Arts Council and Bowling Green Parks & Recreation with additional support from Montessori School of Bowling Green, the Art Supply Depo of Bowling Green, the BGSU Fine Arts Galleries, the BGSU School of Music, and Sunset Bistro.

Library seeks nominations of exceptional staff members

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Are there staff members at the Wood County District Public Library who always go the extra mile for you and your family when you visit the library? Say “Thank You” to library staff by nominating them for the John M. Gibson Award, a tradition which was begun by the library’s Board of Trustees in 2005 to recognize excellence in customer service. Since then it has been presented annually by the Trustees, who select the recipient from nominations submitted by both library users and staff members themselves. Any WCDPL employee (except the library director and assistant director) may be nominated for the Gibson award, which was named after the late John M. Gibson in honor of his contributions to the library and his integral role in the library’s 2003 renovation. All nominees will be recognized by the Library Board of Trustees and the Gibson Award will be August 17. Since being established in 2005, the Gibson Award has been presented to 14 library employees: Mandy Hackley (2005), Mary Boone (2006), AJ Heilman and Donna Mertz (2007), Debra Born (2008), Kristin Wetzel (2009), Linda Conrad (2010), Maria Simon (2011), Nancy Weiland (2012), Katherine Lawn (2013), Anne Render (2014), Matt Mehling (2015), Victoria Forgette (2016), and Tara Bahnsen (2017). Easy to use nomination forms will be available at the main library in Bowling Green, on the Bookmobile, and at the branch library in Walbridge starting Monday, May 21. Nominations may also be submitted directly from the library’s website, Deadline for all nominations is noon, Monday, July 2, 2018. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have your favorite WCDPL staff member recognized and honored. For additional information about the John M. Gibson Award, contact WCDPL at 419-352-5104.

Hospital offers robotic-assisted surgical system

From WOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL Wood County Hospital is excited to announce the recent acquisition of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. The da Vinci Xi System was designed with the goal of further advancing the technology used in minimally invasive surgery. The System can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in gynecology, urology, and general surgery. The system’s advanced features include wristed instruments, 3D-HD visualization, intuitive motion, and an ergonomic design. As with all da Vinci Surgical Systems, the surgeon is 100 percent  in control of the robotic-assisted da Vinci System, which translates his/her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. The Xi System’s immersive 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient. Wood County Hospital will welcome the community to attend an open house, and the opportunity test drive this new technology on May 31 from 5-7 p.m. in the Wood County Hospital Surgery Waiting Area. There will be live demonstrations from the surgical staff and interactive tables for the community to learn more about the technology offered at the hospital as well as behind the scenes tours of the state-of-the-art surgery center. Beverages and snacks will be available, and an iPad mini will be raffled off to one lucky attendee. Register for the event by visiting “Wood County Hospital has a long history of innovation in offering surgical services to its community.  We have been studying the robotic technology for some time, and believe that the Xi robot will truly make good the promised benefits of robotic surgery.  Patients receiving robotic procedures often have reduced blood loss, shorter lengths of stay, and faster returns to normal activity than with traditional approaches.  We have six surgeons on our Medical Staff who have experience using robotic technology and are thrilled to be bringing this capability to the patients of Wood County.”…