Community Voices

Volunteers needed for downtown farmers market

(Submitted by Downtown BG) It’s hard to believe we are heading into mid-July, and farmer’s market season is half way through! As the sweet corn, apples, and pumpkins begin to appear, your market needs volunteers to help make this event a continued success! Every Wednesday from 2-7:30 p.m. there are tons of volunteer opportunities downtown! Positions include helping run the Downtown BG informational tent, assisting with vendor set-up/tear-down, crowd control, event assistance, and market tear-down. With each half hour you volunteer you have a chance to really bond with our many wonderful vendors, and do a little VIP market shopping. Keeping with tradition our Bowling Green Mayor will be present on our last day of market; Oct. 10, to recognize that day as “Thank you Volunteers Day!” This annual ‘thank you’ has become a market favorite, and a wonderful positive way to end our summer season. You can sign-up to volunteer multiple ways! First by utilizing our sign-up genius link;  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084eadaa2cabfb6-downtown ; or contacting the farmer’s market manager, Samantha Beane at bgfarmersmarket@downtownbgohio.org . We are always available on Instagram or Facebook as well! All ages are welcome, help make your downtown market a continued success!

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Annual Pet Show in City Park set for July 11

(Submitted by BG Parks & Recreation Department) The City of Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring the 56th Annual Pet Show at City Park on Wednesday, July 11, at 7 p.m. Participants can register that evening at the Needle Hall Stage. All legal pets are welcome. The categories are as follows: Funniest Pet Name, Largest Dog, Shaggiest Pet, Best Groomed Pet, Smallest Dog, Smallest Cat, Best Dressed Pet, Largest Cat, Cutest Boy Dog, Most Unusual Pet, Prettiest Girl Cat, Best Pet Trick, Biggest Rodent, Cutest Boy Cat, Prettiest Girl Dog, Pet with Largest Ears, Best Behaved Pet, Smallest Dog, Pet That Looks Most Like Its Owner, Best Pet Trick, Most interesting farm pet, Prettiest Bird, Bird that tweets/talks loudest, Slimiest Reptile, and Best Pet Rock. The rain date for this event will be July 18 at 7 p.m. For questions or more information call the Parks & Recreation Department at (419)354-6223 or visit website at www.bgohio.org/parks.


County Job & Family Services distributing school supplies

From WOOD COUNTY JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES The Wood County Department of Job and Family Services is now accepting applications for the K-12 Fitted for Success program for the 2018-2019 school year.  This is the third year for the program. 400 children who live in Wood County will be provided with backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies and vouchers for the purchase of new shoes and socks. Assistance is provided on a first come/first serve basis.  Proof of household income, Birth Certificates or other proof of citizenship and Social Security cards for all family members as well as verification of school enrollment for children must be provided.  Families must have an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level to qualify. For a family of 4, this is 4,180 or less in gross income per month. The income amount varies based on family size. Applications should be received by July 31, 2018 but be accepted until 400 children are approved.  Backpacks and vouchers will be distributed to approved families in early August. Interested families may contact 419-352-7566 ext. 8492 to request an application to be sent by mail or with questions on eligibility.  Applications may also be picked up at Wood County DJFS at 1928 East Gypsy Lane Road Bowling Green, OH.


Registration underway for July 18 workshop on opioid addiction and older adults

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Registration is now open for the Opioid Crisis Workshop: The Unseen Impact on Older Adults, to be held from noon to 5 p.m. July 18 at Penta Career Center. Guests will learn from key leaders from northwest Ohio who will discuss the impact of the opioid crisis on middle-aged and older adults. Information on opioid use, misuse, abuse and dependency will be provided, along with information on alternative strategies for pain management and community resources. This workshop will also address the unique challenges faced by grandparents who are raising the children of the opioid epidemic. The workshop is free for grandparents raising their grandchildren and individuals aged 60 and older. For others, the cost is $25 per person. CEUs are available for social workers, counselors and marriage family therapists. Registration is required. Guests can download an application at https://areaofficeonaging.com/event/4930 to register. More information is available at bgsu.edu/oai. The Bowling Green State University Optimal Aging Institute, the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio Inc. and the Wood County Committee on Aging are hosting the workshop. Guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at access@bgsu.edu or 419-372-8495 prior to the event.


Backpacks filled with school supplies to be given to kids in need

(Submitted by Salvation Army and United Way) The Salvation Army in Bowling Green and United Way in Wood County are partnered again this year to provide backpacks filled with school supplies to families with children in need. The local nonprofits are sponsoring the Wood County Back to School Fair from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Woodland Mall, 1234 N. Main St. in Bowling Green. Contact the Salvation Army at 419-352-5918 or United Way at 419-352-2390 to pre-register for a backpack filled with supplies. Backpack registration will also be held on the day of the event. Interested families will need to bring their picture ID and proof of children in the household. Example documentation includes, but is not limited to, birth certificates, immunization records or school paperwork for children in need. As part of the back to school event, local organizations will also provide information about their services and opportunities available to local students and their families. This information will include out of school programming, health care options, rent and utility assistance, early intervention services and more. Activities for kids and snacks will also be provided. This event is free and open to the public. The Wood County Early Childhood Task Force will be conducting free early childhood screenings, for children birth to 5 years old, with activities, giveaways and snacks. Participating agencies also include the BGSU Athletics Department, YWCA Girl Scouts, Wood County Job and Family Services, Wood County Child Support Enforcement Agency, The Cocoon and the Wood County Educational Service Center Drug Prevention Program with many more to come. If you would like to be a vendor, are interested in volunteering, or wish to make a donation, please contact the Salvation Army in Bowling Green at 419-352-5918 or United Way in Wood County at 419-352-2390. More information is also available on Facebook @BGSalvationArmy and @woodcoUW.


BG fireworks display to go off July 3 at dusk

The Bowling Green Community Fireworks will be held on July 3 at dusk at the Bowling Green State University Intramural Fields. Prior to the fireworks display, the Bowling Green Area Community Bands will perform a free patriotic-themed concert near the BGSU Mileti Alumni Center beginning at 8 p.m. Parking will be available at the Stroh Center and Ice Arena. Those attending the fireworks should be aware that no sparklers, fireworks or sky lanterns will be allowed on the grounds of BGSU. Doyt Perry Stadium will not be accessible this year due to construction. Following the event, the Bowling Green Police Division will implement a traffic exit strategy to aid in traffic flow. In order to maximize safety and efficiency of travel, the police will be directing traffic onto predetermined routes. After the fireworks, Mercer Road will be closed between Stadium Drive and Ridge Street. In conjunction, the police will be requiring traffic to exit via the following routes: • North Exit Route (Ice arena lot, Stadium Drive): will be directed north to Poe Road or west to Merry. • South Exit Route (lots to the south of the stadium): will be directed to Wooster via Mercer or Alumni. In other cases, depending on traffic patterns, police may be directing vehicles to the “outer belt” of the city to aid in traffic movement. For example, Clough Street traffic will be directed to Napoleon in order to reduce traffic on Wooster Street. Event attendees, or those traveling in the Bowling Green area on the evening of July 3, are encouraged to utilize outlying routes and entrances to I-75 at U.S. 6 or Ohio 582 in lieu of the Wooster entrance for I-75. Attendees are asked to be alert and mindful of the directions provided by police. For the safety of all, those attending need to follow the directions of the police and should not circumvent barricades. The rain date for the fireworks is July 5.


BG residents asked to conserve energy during heat wave

(Submitted by City of Bowling Green) Community Energy Savings Days are called for when demand for electricity is expected to be high. This can occur during very hot or very cold weather, when homes and businesses are using high amounts of electricity at the same time. When a Community Energy Savings Day is called, residents can help by simply using less energy between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. If residents use less energy during these times of peak demand, we can spread demand more evenly on the network, reduce the cost of providing energy and reduce the amount of greenhouse gases generated. Participating in a Community Energy Savings Day is easy. Residents can take simple conservation steps such as: shutting off lights when not needed; unplugging small appliances and electric chargers (especially those with small lights); raising the air conditioner thermostat a degree or two; closing curtains, drapes and blinds; doing laundry and other household chores requiring electricity during hours other than 2 to 6 p.m.; and turning off televisions, computers, gaming consoles, and other electronic devices when not being used. There’s plenty of power available and the grid is in good shape, but if we can conserve during these peak hours, the city can save on transmission and capacity costs in the future. Bowling Green residents are requested to voluntarily lower electricity usage during the peak period from 2 to 6 p.m. over the course of the next few days when extreme high temperatures have been forecasted. As a municipal electric system, owned by its citizens and customers, it is contingent upon those same citizens and customers to keep the electric rates for themselves and all other customers of Bowling Green Municipal Utilities as low as possible. Our citizens and customers have the opportunity to make a difference in their system and their rates by conserving energy during the periods stated for the upcoming days. As the forecast dictates, we will most likely be asking our citizens and customers to again conserve energy at additional times this summer.