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BG fireworks and concert scheduled for July 3

(Submitted by City of Bowling Green) The Bowling Green Community Fireworks will be held on Monday, 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. 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, with the exception of the restrooms. 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 Interstate 75 at…

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Thayer Chevrolet gets excellence award

From THAYER CHEVROLET General Motors and Chevrolet recognized Thayer Chevrolet with the 2016 Mark of Excellence Award. The award is presented to Chevrolet dealers from across the country who achieve outstanding sales performance and customer satisfaction. Thayer Chevrolet has now been the recipient of this honorable award for 81 years. “The commitment that our Chevrolet dealers have made to deliver world class customer service is key to the brand’s overall success and continued growth,” U.S. vice president, Chevrolet, Brian Sweeney said. “The Mark of Excellence Award is recognition for the Chevrolet dealers who have grown their sales and gone above and beyond to ensure their customers are truly satisfied. We sincerely appreciate and applaud their efforts.” Awarded dealers met or exceeded criteria for sales, customer service, and facility maintenance within their competitive groups, and set an outstanding leadership standard for the Chevrolet network. “At Thayer Chevrolet, our goal is to earn customers for life and we are so honored to have our efforts recognized,” Tony Lake of Thayer Chevrolet said. “This award is a testament to the entire team’s dedication to making sure every touch point we have with our Chevrolet customers exceeds their expectations.” GM and Chevrolet recognized dealerships in the U.S. with the Mark of Excellence starting in 2000. Chevrolet’s current product portfolio is the best in the brand’s history, offering Bowling Green customers the latest technologies and safety features.


Gathering Volumes hosting Harry Potter House Party, June 26

In celebration of their one year anniversary Gathering Volumes invites you to a Harry Potter House Party on June 26 at 7 p.m. Gathering Volumes bookstore in Perrysburg will be hosting events throughout the day on Monday, June 26 to celebrate their first anniversary. The day will include special discounts throughout the day, children’s activities including an introductory class on coding, a special story time, and book giveaways. They will end the day with a special house-themed Harry Potter party at 7 p.m. During the party guests will be sorted into their house based on the color of their clothes, so if you know your preferred house, dress appropriately. “Many fans know what house they belong to based on personal preference or the quiz on the Pottermore site,” says Denise Phillips, owner of Gathering Volumes. “So we have encouraged them to attend the party dressed in the color of their house. For example, anyone wearing predominantly green apparel will be sorted into Slytherin. E ach house will compete in four competitions and one house will be deemed the winner of the house cup. Members of the winning house will receive prizes at the end of the night.” Additionally, the party will involve Hogwarts appropriate snacks, and The Glass City Mashers will be offering samples of beer brewed locally, possibly even a Butterbeer. The Glass City Mashers are a beer, mead, and cider homebrewing club of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, formed in 2011. The non-profit organization looks to find ways to raise awareness for homebrewed and craft beer along with helping other charities in Northwest Ohio. “Internationally the first book of…


Group says political corruption, not algae is hurting Lake Erie

(Submitted by Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie) A Toledo environmental group today charged that the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) lacks legal authority to issue or enforce permits for more than 200 concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs or factory farms) it has permitted since 2002, and recommended four actions to respond to what it called “an ongoing scandal hidden in plain sight.” Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie (ACLE) asserts that Ohio Senate Bill 141, signed by former Governor Bob Taft, claimed to transfer authority over CAFOs from the Ohio EPA to the ODA.  However, the ODA never received the requisite U.S. EPA approval of this transfer, making all ODA CAFO permits moot. “We are here today to explain how authority to regulate CAFOs was illegitimately transferred from the Ohio EPA to the ODA, but this is not the fundamental reason Lake Erie and our health are both under siege from factory farms.  The fundamental reason is that an undemocratic process, built on political corruption, has created an agricultural model that places profit over health and sustainability at every turn,” said Mike Ferner, coordinator of ACLE. “The enormity of this problem almost defies belief,” Ferner explained.  “If you took Ohio’s five largest cities – Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo and Akron – doubled their annual output of raw sewage and dumped it, untreated, on farm fields draining into western Lake Erie, you would equal what CAFOs in Northwest Ohio do every year – and just the ones big enough to require a permit.  How much additional comes from perhaps hundreds of factory farms just under the size needed to register…


Simpson Garden hosts open air arts celebration

From BOWLING GREEN ARTS COUNCIL The Bowling Green Arts Council and Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department will host Art in the Park on the grounds of Simpson Garden Park, 1291 Conneaut Avenue, on Friday, June 9, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Festive fun in a beautiful garden setting with live music, dance, and 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 local musicians, music by students of the BGSU College of Musical Arts and performances at the Amphitheater by Julie’s Dance Studio, the Black Swamp Players, and Horizon Youth Theatre. Julie’s Dance Studio will kick off the performances at the Amphitheater at 4:45 with a presentation of a mix of difference dance styles from ballet to musical theatre. The Black Swamp Players will present an excerpt from “Dixie Swim Club” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten at 5:30 and at 6:30 in the Amphitheater. Horizon Youth Theatre will present two excerpts from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at 6:15 and at 7:00. Strolling and stationary musicians throughout the grounds will include the Root Cellar String Band featuring Lucy Long, Dave Strickler, Steve O’Regan, and Tom Goodwin; Toraigh an Sonas featuring Mary Dennis, Kathy Moss, Bill Lake, and Bob Midden; the Grande Royale Ükulelists of the Black Swamp, a.k.a. GRÜBS, with Sheri Wells-Jensen, Jason Wells-Jensen, Anne Kidder and Geoff Howes; Fire Breathing Sloths From Mars featuring Henrique Battista, Hong-Da Chin, and Aaron…


Historical center hosts demonstrations and picnic

(Submitted by Wood County Historical Center & Museum) Enjoy free family fun and historic demonstration at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum on Saturday, June 24 – Sunday, June 25 for Demonstration Days Weekend. The Historical Center is located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green and both the event and museum offer free admission all weekend. The Wood County Amateur Radio Club (WCARC) will hold their annual Field Day in the Boom Town area of the Historical Center grounds at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, and if weather permits, through the night until Sunday at 2 p.m. The Wood County Board of County Commissioners will recognize the work of the Wood County Amateur Radio Club with a proclamation on Saturday, June 24, at 3 p.m. Every June, more than 40,000 Amateur (Ham) Radio operators throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate radio science, as well as their importance to our communities. Field Day is a nationwide exercise sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) as a means to practice emergency communication procedures using temporary antennas and emergency power. In the event of a disaster, hams are ready and able to set up communication facilities on short notice almost anywhere. Other demonstrations will include a pioneer picnic and 1860s-era outdoor games on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is welcome to pack a lunch to enjoy on the grounds alongside costumed interpreters. The museum will also be open from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday with free admission as part of the Demonstration Days festivities….


Gavarone gets fellowship for leadership institute

(Submitted by State Rep. Theresa Gavarone) State Representative Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) recently was selected to participate in a training program that annually identifies and assists promising state leaders in the Midwest. Gavarone will join lawmakers from Ohio and 10 other midwestern states and four Canadian provinces August 11-15 in Minneapolis, Minn., as part of the Council of State Governments’ 23rd Annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD). “I was thrilled just to find out that Speaker Rosenberger nominated me to go through the selection process, let alone actually being selected for the fellowship,” Gavarone said. “I look at this as yet another opportunity for me to learn what is working in other states so that I can be a better representative for the people of Wood County.” BILLD was founded in 1995 to help new legislators meet the demands of increased policy responsibility being shifted to the states and, in many states, term limits.  These two emerging forces highlight the shortage of training available for legislators—a void that BILLD aims to fill. Courses and seminars will be conducted by faculty at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. In addition to courses designed to develop leadership skills, the program analyzes a variety of public policy issues, including the economy, health care and transportation policy. The Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development is named in honor of the late James Bowhay, longtime director of The Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Office. The program is funded through grants from foundation and corporate sponsors and an in-kind contribution provided by The Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Office. Gavarone is…