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Humane Society offers special rate for cat adoptions

To accommodate higher feline intake numbers during summer months, The Wood County Humane Society will be hosting a Feline Frenzy Adoption Special. From now until the end of July, all adult cats aged 7 months and older can be adopted for a fee of $5. All kittens aged 6 months and younger can be adopted for a fee of $25. All animals adopted from The WCHS have been spayed/neutered, have received age-appropriate vaccinations and a microchip, and have undergone an initial de-working as well as booster doses. Regular adoption fees are $90 for any cat under 6 months old and $70 for any cat over one year old. Summer months witness greater numbers of feline intakes in the sheltering industry because warmer weather means more strays roaming freely and more cats in heat. Those two factors combined lead to a dramatic increase in the number of kittens born during the spring and summer months, and the number of felines that are brought into shelters. The public can help curb this problem by spaying and neutering their pets and neighborhood cats. The WCHS, located in Bowling Green, is a private, non-profit managed admission shelter providing care for homeless and abused pets and investigating cruelty complaints in Wood County. The organization receives no funding from The United Way, or national humane organizations, instead relying on earned revenue and the generosity of individual donors and businesses to fund our programs such as Safe Haven and food assistance programs, spay/neuter transport, and educational presentations. The WCHS provides care for hundreds of animals each year– -from dogs and cats, to horses, goats, and pocket pets….

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Nominations sought for Spirit of Wood County Awards

(Submitted by Wood County Commissioners Office) Nominations for the 2017 Spirit of Wood County Awards are being accepted through Aug. 15.  Commissioners Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote and Ted Bowlus encourage residents of Wood County to nominate current or former residents for one of seven awards that will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22 during a special ceremony in the Alvin L. Perkins Atrium at the Wood County Courthouse Complex. The seven award categories include Agricultural Leadership; Industrial/Economic Development; Education for Civic Responsibility; Liberty through Law/Human Freedom; Religion and Liberty; Self-Government; and the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award. Nomination forms and category descriptions are available on the Wood County website,, by following the “Spirit Awards” link.  A list of previous award recipients is also posted on the website.  Forms may also be obtained by contacting the Commissioners’ Office at 419/354-9100 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In celebration of the Bicentennial of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, the Ohio Northwest Ordinance and U.S. Constitution Bicentennial Commission developed the Spirit of ‘87 Awards Program.  The awards were established to recognize and honor citizens at the local level whose daily actions embody the principles set forth in the Northwest Ordinance. Nominations were taken in six different categories directly related to the Ordinance.  Every Ohio community was able to participate in the program and local Spirit of ‘87 Award honorees qualified for statewide recognition. In 1988 the Wood County Commissioners decided to continue with the awards to honor the service of Wood County citizens.  Although the names of some awards have changed over the years, the…

Africa’s future is here and now

By PATRICK MAKOKORO Mandela Washington Fellow 2017 Bowling Green State University The United Nations estimates that Africa is home to some 200 million people aged 15-24 years old and they predict that this figure will double by the year 2045. Participation by the youth in matters that affect them politically, socially and economically is vital because it has a direct bearing on how they live their lives. Africa’s young and emerging leadership is made of people who have a vision of the continent’s future that is expressed through focused passion and skills. Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is playing a role in this by hosting 25 Young African Leaders for a six week intensive leadership development institute. The Young African Leaders Institute (YALI) is jointly sponsored by the Mandela Washington Fellowship ( and BGSU. The YALI are from 19 African countries: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. As one of the young leaders from Zimbabwe attending the 2017 Institute at BGSU, I am very excited to be amongst my colleagues from countries as far North as Mauritania and as far South as South Africa. The various YALI fellows at BGSU have such depth of knowledge on the immediate challenges of African development that when I see their passion and zeal when discussing their countries’ burning issues, I get really excited. My colleagues have inspired me to look at the world through different lenses particularly when addressing issues like poverty, corruption, hunger and disease. A colleague from Guinea-Conakry, Boubacar Diallo,…

Young African leaders to discuss their aspirations in BGSU Ignite Talk, July 10

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Twenty-five young African leaders will share the work they are doing or plan to do in their home countries or share their thoughts on an issue of importance to them at Ignite Talks July 10, at 7 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre in Bowling Green State University’s Wolfe Center for the Arts.  The leaders are participating in the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship program, which engages young African leaders from the Sub-Saharan region who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations and communities. The Ignite Talks are designed to provide a platform for fellows to share the work they are doing or plan to do. The five-minute presentations focus on the overarching themes for this year’s Ignite Talks: empowerment, innovation and servant leadership. The cohort is currently staying at Bowling Green State University, which was selected as an institute partner for the program. The six-week program focuses on civic leadership and engagement and includes activities related to the issue areas of water quality, migration, refugee issues and human trafficking, youth poverty, and women’s, minority and disability rights. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a U.S. government program funded by the U.S. Department of State and supported in its implementation by IREX. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit WHAT: Ignite Talks WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Monday, July 10; doors open at 6:30

Schedel Gardens benefit helps keep library strong

By CLIF BOUTELLE Board President WCDPL Foundation Board On July 20, the Wood County District Public Library (WCDPL) Foundation will be hosting its ninth annual Library Benefit at Schedel Gardens in Elmore.  This unique event raises funds to purchase new books, audiobooks, large print books, picture books, and ebooks for the library. Successfully raising private funds remains critical to the success of the library.  WCDPL exists as a true public-private operation.  Local fundraising allows for expanded service without increasing the burden on taxpayers. Tickets for the evening are $100 each ($75 of which is tax deductible) and are available at the library at this time.  The evening runs from 6pm to 8pm, with garden tours starting at 4:30pm (golf carts available).  Do not worry about high temperatures or bad weather – the event is inside and air-conditioned.  Come enjoy good company in an idyllic setting with delicious hors d’oeuvres and fine beverages (included with the ticket). Live and silent auction items are available, including one-of-a-kind artwork such as Labino glass, an OSU football signed by Urban Meyer, a gas grill with accessories, gift certificates and baskets from local businesses, and much more.  You can review the items at The Library Foundation is extremely grateful for all of the support the community has given the library and this event over the years.  This support makes a difference in the lives of children, new parents, families and all of us by providing new books for learning, exploration, and leisure reading.  We hope to see you on July 20!    

Swartz named medical director of Falcon Health Center

(Submitted by Wood County Hospital) Dr. Jeffery Swartz has returned to his alma mater as the Medical Director of the Falcon Health Center at Bowling Green State University. He comes from Partners in Primary Care in Greensville, South Carolina, where he also served as medical director. Dr. Swartz was born at Wood County Hospital and grew up on a farm just outside of Perrysburg. He’s a 1977 BGSU graduate who earned his M.D. at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo and is board certified in family medicine. He has been in practice for 37 years and has an extensive background in sports medicine and special interest in cardiovascular risk reduction, anti-aging medicine, and patient education. Dr. Swartz is a strong believer in the Collaborative Care approach to family medicine, in which a personal care physician serves as the patient’s advocate encouraging better healthcare. As part of his role at Falcon Health Center, Dr. Swartz will also be providing patient primary and family care and will be available for appointments beginning the end of July. Appointments can be made by calling (419) 372-2271. Of his new home, Dr. Swartz says, “Falcon Health Center is in a unique position to provide high-quality, cost-effective care. It’s centrally located on Wooster Street at South College Drive, and with the extended hours and onsite services, care is more convenient.”

WGTE-FM personality Haley Taylor summer library guest

Submitted by WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Wood County District Public Library (251 N. Main, Bowling Green) offers adults a double-helping of appealing events on Saturday, July 15. First up, author Gwendolyn Hiles and her collaborator, Dick Rogers, talk about Hiles’ book, Jersey Gold, a true story of the Gold Rush of 1849. Hiles and Rogers share stories of fortune, lawlessness, and scandal, and reveal the roles played by unique family heirlooms in creating this exciting story. Catch the Jersey Gold book talk starting at 11 am in the 2nd floor meeting room. Free and open to all. Then, at 2 p.m., members of book groups and readers of all stripes will want to join us in the first floor meeting room for our “Summer Scoop Ice Cream Social.” You’ll get the inside scoop on summer’s coolest reads, enjoy refreshments from our ice cream bar, and hear keynote speaker, Haley Taylor, host of WGTE’s “The Rough Draft Diaries.” Space is limited and registration is required for this program. To register call,419-352-5050. For more information, contact the library at 419-352-5050