Community Voices

Old-fashioned Democratic Rally set for Sunday in BG

(Submitted by Galbraith for Congress) The Wood County Democratic Party and Galbraith for Congress, Ohio 5th District, will sponsor a Good Old-Fashioned Democratic Rally this Sunday, Sept. 23, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1163 N. Main St., in Bowling Green. Michael Galbraith, the endorsed Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative of the 5th Congressional District in Ohio will attend a rally in Bowlng Green on Sunday. Meet Michael, ask questions, learn about his values and hear about the issues. Music will be provided by Old State Line, of Toledo. Slingers of Tiffin will provide special food. There will be a cash bar. The event is open to the public. A fee of $25 per person is requested, but not required. For more information on Galbraith for Congress, please visit the candidate online at or Facebook or Twitter.

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Free admission to historical center on ‘Museum Day’

(Submitted by Wood County Historical Center & Museum) The Wood County Historical Center & Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday Sept. 22, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums. Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. More than 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before. Museum Day tickets are available for download at Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on Sept, 22. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at  For more information, please visit The Wood County Historical Museum is located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green. Groups are welcome and the museum is handicap accessible. Other museum events are detailed at

Toledo Symphony, Toledo Ballet to merge

From TOLEDO ALLIANCE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS The Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet today announced plans to merge the area’s oldest performing arts institutions. The Toledo Symphony, celebrating its 75th anniversary, is recognized as one of the finest regional orchestras in the country. The Toledo Ballet, celebrating its 78th season, is recognized as one of America’s finest pre-professional dance programs. By joining forces, the Symphony and Ballet will build on an accumulated 153 years of performing arts history to present the finest performing arts in the region and reaffirm their shared focus upon education. The merged organization will be known as the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts, or T.A.P.A. The new non-profit is expected to form effective January 1, 2019. The Symphony and Ballet will continue to operate as sibling brands under the T.A.P.A. umbrella. Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony will become CEO of the combined organization. The Toledo Ballet has operated for several months without an Executive Director. “This partnership is a natural one,” says Vassar, “The Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet have worked together for over 70 years, with the Symphony serving as the Ballet’s pit orchestra. Our archives are rich with collaborations, and we have a great history of working together to entertain and inspire this community.” The Toledo Symphony first performed with the Toledo Ballet in the 1949 performance of the Nutcracker. The orchestra has supported the Ballet in every Nutcrackersince, celebrating the nation’s longest-running production of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. Additionally, the Symphony has presented dancers from Toledo Ballet in many of its series performances, including the Rite of Springin 2015. “Marie Vogt choreographed several special performances for the Toledo Symphony in the 1950s under then-Music Director Wolfgang Streseman,” recalls Robert Bell, President Emeritus of the Toledo Symphony. “There were special performances of music by Copland and Enescu at the Paramount and Rivoli theaters, too. The Ballet’s dancers beautifully enhanced each program with fresh choreography.” During this formative period of the Toledo Ballet under Marie’s passionate and unwavering commitment to the art, the Symphony retained the Ballet for a variety of educational concerts as well imaginatively staged productions of the Nutcracker Suite. Besides presenting memorable performances, the Symphony and Ballet have common roots in education. The Toledo Symphony, through the Toledo Symphony School of Music and…

Annual BG Zombie Mud Run set for Oct. 21

(Bowling Green Parks and Recreation) The date has been set for the 3rd Annual BG Zombie Mud Run – Sunday, Oct. 21. This is a truly collaborative community event as BG Parks & Recreation works with the Bowling Green High School DECA students in planning and promoting the event as part of their Senior Class project. We have also worked with the university students in various capacities including having their Construction Management majors construct some of our obstacles and having various student clubs and organizations volunteer at the event. The Obstacle Course has also received support in the form of grants to purchase equipment from organizations such as the Bowling Green Community Foundation and Wood County Park District. This is truly a fun experience for all ages and fitness levels as past participants have ranged in age from 5 years to 74 years. Participants put on a flag football belt and run through the 1 mile Obstacle Course Trail while evading the more than 50 Zombies they will encounter along the way. The goal, besides having fun, is to make it through the run with at least 1 of your 3 flags still intact while the goal of the zombies, is to grab and remove your flags from the belt. Make it to the finish line with at least one flag and you are a “Survivor.” Fail to make it to the finish line with at least one flag and you are “Infected” from your encounter with the zombies. So get dirty and have fun at the BG Zombie Mud Run! More registrations and details will be made available in the next few days. 

Park district programs share nature with public

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT   Intro to Nature Photography Tuesday, September 18; 5:30 – 7:30 pm Bradner Interpretive Center 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner Interested in capturing the wonders of the outdoors in photographs but unsure how to do so? Bring your camera and practice honing your skills at our Nature Interpretation Center. This session will focus on making the most of natural lighting and taking great pictures without a flash. Register at, or call (419) 353-1897   Friends’ Migration Field Trip Tuesday, September 18; 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Park District Headquarters 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green Join the Friends of the Parks on a tour of the parks in search of migrating songbirds. A light lunch will be provided. Leader: Jim Witter (14) Emerge: Space is limited on the park bus, but participants may follow behind. Register at, or call (419) 353-1897   Wonderful Wooly Bears! Tuesday, September 18, 6:00 – 7:30 pm Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve 26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg Do these cute fuzzy “bears” have the ability to forecast our winter? We will search out the answer as we look for them on the trail and in the quarry. All winter prognostications are the responsibility of the larvae of the Isabella tiger moth and are not necessarily the viewpoint of the Wood County Parks.  Register at, or call (419) 353-1897     Parks Bus Tour Saturday, September 22; 9:00 am – noon Park District Headquarters 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green Enjoy a naturalist-led tour of a few parks, with a brief hike at each. Register at, or call (419) 353-1897   Canoeing with Crayfish Saturday, September 22; 9:00 am – noon Weirs Rapids Access 21095 Range Line Rd, Bowling Green Enjoy a scenic float down the Maumee River with Naturalists and ODNR stream scientists who will point out interesting river features. Experience how experts evaluate the health of the river by investigating the critters that call it home! Cost: $10, FWCP $7. Register at, or call (419) 353-1897   Hunter Education Class Sundays, September 23 and October 28, 2:00 – 6:00 pm Park District Headquarters: Community Classroom 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green Need to complete an Ohio Division of Wildlife Hunter Education course for your hunting license? Finish your Home-Study course with a park officer….

Program on children’s mental health planned at PAC

Local families are invited to join a program on children’s mental health on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The program on what Wood County has to offer children and families will be held in the Bowling Green City Schools Performing Arts Center. Resource tables will be set up from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and from 8 to 8:30 p.m. From 7 to 8 p.m. there will be a presentation on children’s mental health. Topics to be covered include: What is mental health and mental illness. Signs of a mental health condition. Signs of suicide. Trauma and the brain. Treatment in Wood County. Resources in Wood County. Anyone wanting more information may contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 419-352-0626, or at INFO@NAMIWOODCOUNTY.ORG. This program is sponsored by NAMI, Bowling Green City Schools, League of Women Voters, Unison Health, Children’s Resource Center, and Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services.  

Habitat to host hockey fundraiser at City Park

(Submitted by Habitat for Humanity of Wood County) In support of Habitat for Humanity of Wood County, eight teams will compete in the third annual Hockey for Habitat charity ball hockey tournament on Sept. 29. The event will raise thousands of dollars to support the first Habitat home to be built in Bowling Green. Future Homeowner, Marlene Lerch will make the ceremonial ball drop. The event will feature retired Walleye great Kyle Rogers, and WTOL meteorologist Ryan Wichman, among others, who will participate as Free Agents. Also playing will be local Habitat Executive Director Mark Ohashi. There will be activities for the entire family, including a skills activity area. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Bowling Green City Park outdoor hockey rink. Habitat for Humanity of Wood County partners with people in Wood County 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 39 homes.