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County mails out 9,100 homestead exemption renewals

(Submitted by Wood County Auditor’s Office) Approximately 9,100 Homestead Exemption Renewals have been mailed, according to Michael Sibbersen, Wood County Auditor. These renewal forms are mailed to all taxpayers who currently have the Homestead Exemption on their residence. If there are no changes in the Homestead applicant’s status the form need not be returned. New applicants wishing to apply for the Homestead Exemption for real estate and manufactured homes must meet the following qualifications: applicants must be at least 65 years of age on or before December 31, 2017 or permanently disabled as of January 1, 2017 and have an Ohio Adjusted Gross Income of less than $31,800 per year. Applicants must also own and occupy the home as their principal place of residence as of January 1, 2017. A person has only one principal place of residence, therefore, the law allows for only one exemption per household. Homeowners who were receiving the Homestead Exemption as of January 1, 2013 or prior are not subject to the income verification and do not need to take any action to continue receiving the exemption. Homeowners who were receiving the Homestead Exemption after January 1, 2014 are subject to income verification each year and should return the form if the 2016 Ohio Adjusted Gross Income is over $31,800. Homeowners needing assistance with the renewal form may contact the Auditor’s Office at: 419-354-1925, Toll Free: 866-860- 4140, wait for the operator and ask for extension 1925, or via email bgraber@co.wood.oh.us. Homeowners who need a new application form may visit the website at www.co.wood.oh.us/auditor to print a copy of the new application form or contact…

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AgCredit announces profit sharing

(Submitted by AgCredit) AgCredit – one of northern Ohio’s largest lenders for farmers, rural homeowners and agribusiness – recently declared a patronage refund of 24.57 percent for 2016 that results in $18.4 million being refunded to its member borrowers. The patronage payment will provide a refund to the lending cooperative’s shareholders of 24 cents for every dollar they accrued in interest on their loans for the past year. The patronage refund is the equivalent of 1.21 percent net savings on interest. Over the past five years, AgCredit has averaged a 29.43% patronage refund rate and has paid patronage refunds for 30 consecutive years. During this time, it has distributed more than $246 million to its borrowers. Earnings for 2016 were $49.6 million. AgCredit’s year-end numbers reflected a 4.66 percent growth rate and $80 million increase as loan volume increased from $1.716 billion to $1.796 billion. “Though our business continues to perform very well, due to the cyclical nature of agriculture, we are seeing an increasing number of farm operations being negatively impacted by lower net margins. Many operations will need time to adjust to the lower margins. Even with the challenges facing agriculture, our mission to serve agriculture and our rural communities has never been stronger,” said AgCredit CEO and president, Brian Ricker, who shared and reviewed information about the co-op’s financial status with approximately 500 members and guests who attended its annual meeting held April 12 at Meadowbrook Park in Bascom. Even with historically high asset quality levels the cooperative lending association continues to mitigate credit risk as a preferred lender working with the United States Department of Agriculture’s…


Earth Month events planned throughout county

(Submitted by Wood County Solid Waste Management District) April is Earth Month and multiple agencies are collaborating throughout Wood County to provide events geared toward conservation, education and family fun. The Eighth Annual Community Earth Day Celebration will be the culminating event held on Sunday, April 30th, 2017 from 2-4 pm.  This free family event is open to all and is filled with fun hands-on learning stations. Try your hand at archery hosted by the Wood County Park District, take a nature walk with the Bowling Green Parks & Rec Department, power a light bulb with the City of Bowling Green’s power generating bicycle, give the Solid Waste Management District’s giant Earth Ball a roll, and hold a crayfish at ODNR’s Scenic Rivers station.  Interactive games will be provided by the Northwestern Water & Sewer District, BGSU, and Snapology.  The City of Perrysburg, the Wood County Master Gardeners, and Partners for Clean Streams will host earth friendly activities, and the Wood County Library’s CNG bookmobile will be onsite providing earth friendly stories! The Montessori School of BG, located at 515 Sand Ridge Road, provides an ideal backdrop for this Earth Day Celebration!  Enjoy 14 acres of land, visit a Learning Lab, play on the playground and spend some time at the Black Swamp Preserve and Slippery Elm Trail. We encourage you to get involved throughout the month of April to make Earth Day every day!  For a full list of volunteer and educational activities, please visit www.communityearthday.com.    


Chris Buzzelli presents new jazz choir, CB Singers, at April 30 concert

From FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH First Unitarian Church, 3205 Glendale Ave. will host the CB Singers, a jazz choir of 11 accomplished singers, at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 30. The choir, founded by BGSU Professor Emeritus of Music Chris Buzzelli, will perform jazz arrangements 11 songs including “Both Sides Now,” “Bridge over Troubled Water/Lean on Me”, and “It’s De-Lovely.” Suggested donation $8.Solo and tight-harmony choral music in the style of groups such as Manhattan Transfer and The New York Voices will be performed by the CB Singers under the direction of Bowling Green State University Professor Emeritus of Music, Chris Buzzelli. For years, Buzzelli directed the Bowling Green Vocal Jazz Ensemble. When he retired last year, he fulfilled his dream for starting an independent jazz choir. The CB Singers is an intergenerational group of accomplished singers, mostly professional musicians and music teachers. It is one of very few volunteer jazz choirs in the country. (See related story: http://bgindependentmedia.org/chris-buzzelli-still-in-tune-with-jazz/) The group’s repertoire consists mostly of Buzzelli’s arrangements of songs, many of them familiar, for example, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “So Many Stars,” “Both Sides Now,” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” Most have a small jazz combo as accompaniment, but some are sung without accompaniment. Readers can hear the BGSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble singing Buzzelli’s arrangement of “Bridge over Troubled Water,” at http://tinyurl.com/mst2gew. Buzzelli has his own “harmonic vocabulary.” He started arranging for instrumental groups in high school. Since then, he has always arranged for the groups he was working with. “The advantage of that,” he says, “is that you get to hear your arrangement immediately.” He had written only a handful of…


Businesses being recruited to work on drug abuse in workplace

(Submitted by the The Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board) In an effort to address the safety and economic threat of drug abuse in the workplace, the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board recently partnered with the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, Safety Council, Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, County Commissioners and Working Partners to launch the Working Partners Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative (DFWCI) in Wood County. One of the key objectives of the initiative is to establish a nucleus of five businesses that have been facilitated through an intensive drug-free workplace (DFWP) management consultation and technical assistance course designed to help them implement or refine their drug-free operations, including second-chance policies. To that end, the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board is currently seeking applications from local businesses to participate in the Working Partners Technical Assistance Course. Participation in the two-day course is free and allows for each business to send three representatives to the session. Business leaders who are interested in applying for the course may complete an online application at https://form.jotform.us/70715706440149 or should contact Amanda Moser at 419-352- 0626 to learn more information about the opportunity. Businesses that complete the course can expect to receive an operational road map to guide them in administering a DFWP policy/program, systems to attract and keep quality employees, increased risk management and insulation against corporate liability, enhanced public relations, and savings in time and dollars. “We believe this is an excellent opportunity for several local businesses to really take a deep dive into their drug-free workplace policies and create systems…


County recorder reports first quarter transactions

(Submitted by Wood County Recorder’s Office) Wood County Recorder Julie Baumgardner has released a report covering the transactions of the recorder’s office for the first quarter, January 1 thru March 31, 2017: 1,295 deeds were recorded for this quarter, compared to 1,435 deeds being recorded for the same quarter last year. 967 mortgages, with a valuation of $4,216,562,440.16, were recorded for this quarter, compared to 991 mortgages, with a valuation of $3,763,692,164.90 being recorded for the same quarter last year. Numerous other documents were recorded, in addition to the above, for a total of 4,142 documents being recorded for this quarter, compared to 4,285 documents being recorded for the same quarter last year. Baumgardner paid a total of: $239,290.11 into the county for this quarter, compared to $248,368.41 for the same quarter last year. $104,833.81 of the total for this quarter was paid directly into the county general fund, compared with $109,026.91 for the same quarter last year. $118,288.30 of the total for this quarter was paid into the housing trust fund, less one percent back to the county general fund by the state for the timely distribution of the money to the fund, compared with $122,665.50 for the same quarter last year, less one percent paid back to the county general fund. The remaining balance of $16,168.00 was paid into the recorder’s equipment fund for this quarter, compared with $16,676.00 for the same quarter last year.  


BGSU arts events through April 28

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS April 13 – The International Film Series continues with the Swedish film “Force Majeure,” directed by Ruben Östlund. An award winner at the Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, and other internationally recognized venues, the film deftly explores the emotional dimensions of the legal term “force majeure,” an unexpected event (such as a hurricane) that releases both parties from the obligations of a contract. In this story, the ski vacation of a seemingly ideal family takes a sudden turn when an avalanche approaches them as they are having a pleasant lunch at the lodge. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater located in Hanna Hall. Free April 13 – Prout Readings conclude with B.F.A. student readings at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free April 13 – Bowling Green Opera Theater presents a variety of opera scenes. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free April 14 – The University Choral Society and Early Music Ensemble present Bach’s “St. John Passion.” The moving and sacred oratorio of Johann Sebastian Bach is a dramatic representation of the Passion as told in the Gospel of John for the Good Friday Vespers of 1724. Revel in the extravagant, expressive music of the season. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, East Wooster St., Bowling Green. Free April 14 – The Toledo Museum of Art and BGSU’s College of Musical Arts present EAR | EYE Listening and Looking: Contemporary Music and Art. The performance and discussion…