Community Voices

Soil & Water Conservation District holding tree sale

(Submitted by Wood Soil and Water Conservation District) The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its annual tree sale. This year’s tree seedling sale offers Conifers: American Arborvitae,  Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Concolor Fir, White Pine, and Bald Cypress; Hardwoods: Swamp White Oak, Red Maple, Pin Oak, Sycamore, and Ohio Buckeye; Wildlife Shrubs: Red Bud, Common Lilac, Butterfly Bush, Highbush Cranberry, and Sargent Crabapple; A mixed Conifer, Hardwood and Wildlife packet is also available. Prices range from $10-$12 per packet of 10. Red Raspberry and Black Raspberry are also offered. The order and payment deadline is Feb. 28.  Order forms are available on the website at www.woodswcd.com, on Facebook, or at the district office: 1616 E Wooster Street (Greenwood Centre – The Courtyard).


Great Decisions Lecture Series for 2018 planned

(Submitted by BG AAUW Branch and Wood County Committee on Aging) The Great Decisions Lecture Series 2018 is being presented by the BG AAUW Branch and the Wood County Committee on Aging. The series will be held at the Wood County Senior Center,  305 N. Main St., Bowling Green. Manuals are $25, but are not required). All sessions are free and open to the public Advanced registration is encouraged by calling  419.353.5661 or 1.800.367.4935 or e-mail: programs@wccoa.net The lecture series will be held on Saturdays, Jan. 20 to Feb. 24, from 9:30 – 11 a.m.  The lectures will be facilitated by Bowling Green State University professors  This series is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women  and the WCCOA Inc.  Dates and topics are subject to change. Jan. 20: The waning of Pax Americana –  Dr. Ben Greene.  Since 1945, Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations and an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. In championing “America First” isolationism and protectionism, President Trump has shifted the political mood toward selective U.S. engagement, where foreign commitments are limited to areas of vital U.S. interest and economic nationalism is the order of the day. Geopolitical allies and challengers alike…


St. Tim’s Discovers features music of Irving Berlin

Submitted by KAREN SMITH FOR ST. TIMOTHY’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH The Song is Ended (but the Melody Lingers on): An Afternoon with the Vocal Music of Irving Berlin is the third offering of the 2017-18 season of St. Tim’s Discovers, the classical music series sponsored by St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Perrysburg. Using a concert format similar to the well-received 2016 concert St. Tim’s Friends Sing Broadway, several local musicians are presenting standards specifically from the Irving Berlin songbook.  The concert is Sunday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. Vocal soloists will include soprano Cheryl Babb, who has been featured with many area ensembles including the Canterbury Singers, USA; soprano Ann Corrigan recently retired from BGSU and the current St. Tim’s choir director; current BGSU faculty member Ryan Ebright (baritone) and Sara Ebright, soprano; tenor Father Jeff Bunke, the rector of St. Timothy’s and accompanist Michael Gartz, a staff member at both BGSU and St. Timothy’s. Special guest artist for this event is Gabe Hunyor, currently a sophomore at St. John’s High School and an active member of the Perrysburg Musical Theater. Ensemble pieces will include a medley from the musical Let’s Dance,  I Love a Piano and seasonably appropriate selections from White…


Photo exhibit at Way Library brings those served by WCBDD into focus

Submittted by PRIZM “Lens on Learning; A Social Documentary of Developmental Disabilities,” a collaborative photography project completed this past year by BGSU students with individuals served by the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities, is  on display through February 15 exhibit at The Way Public Library Gallery. The exhibit is presented by the library in collaboration with PRIZM Creative Community. The project not only brought awareness to the BGSU student who were paired with an individual served by the WCBDD and captured their story through photography,  but it helps the community at large to be aware of the community integration program administered by the WCBDD for our disabled citizens.   This five year old program has captured the life of many developmental disabled individuals who live, work and contribute in our community. (See related story http://bgindependentmedia.org/portraits-in-friendships-between-bgsu-student-photographers-wood-lane-individuals-exhibited-at-toledo-museum/) In 1990 the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act addressed the needs of people with disabilities and prohibited discrimination in employment, public services, and public accommodations. Thirty-five years before the ADA, The Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities, a county agency, began to support and assist Wood County residents with developmental delays in increasing their skills, capabilities and independence. “The camera provides a tangible means…


Vegan Toledo hosts discussion of ‘How Not to Die’

Submitted by VEGAN TOLEDO Vegan Toledo will present a book discussion of New York Times bestseller “How Not to Die” by Michael Greger, M.D. at Gathering Volumes Bookstore, 196 E South Boundary St, Perrysburg, on Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will include free food samples as well as drawings for food baskets, T-shirts and books. The book offers a detailed account of how our American lifestyle can cause preventable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It gives practical advice about not only what foods to avoid, but many positive suggestions about delicious foods that are particularly useful in protecting our health and promoting longevity. Attendees may have read the book, or they may participate even if they are just considering reading it in the future and wish to learn more about it. “This is an eye-opening, evidence-based book,” shared Mike Zickar of Vegan Toledo. “We are excited to partner with Gathering Volumes to bring this important discussion to our community. We all struggle with our food choices and we’ve found this book to offer clear and manageable strategies to help lead to a longer and healthier life.” “Our motto at Vegan…


County auditor’s office recognized for financial reporting

(Submitted by Wood County Auditor’s Office) Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich accepted the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting on behalf of his office. This distinction is presented by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for Wood County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The GFOA states the award’s “attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. [Wood County’s] CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive ‘spirit of full disclosure’ to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential user groups to read the CAFR.” Wood County has received this prestigious award for 21 consecutive years. In order to be awarded a Certificate of Achievement, a government must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive annual financial report. This report must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements. “I am extremely proud of my staff who work so hard to make this award possible,” said Auditor Oestreich. “In particular, I need to highlight the efforts of Rick Rosendale, our Audit & Financial Reporting Accountant. Rick spends all year compiling our CAFR, making…


Humane society offers cat adoption special

(Submitted by Wood County Humane Society) Dating back innumerable years, 10,000 to be exact, is the relationship between humans and cats. For 2018, why not start out the new year with a resolution to begin a life-long relationship with a feline friend. The Wood County Humane Society (WCHS) is holding a cat adoption special from Tuesday, Jan. 23, through Thursday, Jan. 25. All adult cats, six months or older, are available for the special. Potential adopters will draw a coin with fee reductions from values of $45 to having the adoption fee waived. All of The WCHS adoptable animals have been spayed/neutered, received age appropriate vaccinations, are microchipped, and have an initial deworming. If you are interested in hearing more about the cat adoption special please check our website at https://www.woodcountyhumanesociety.org or feel free to call the shelter 419-352-7339. The WCHS, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, 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 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…


BGSU Arts Events through Jan. 23

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Jan. 10 — BGSU’s Guest Artist Series welcomes back former faculty member and pianist Yu-Lien The. A prizewinner of the 12th International Piano Competition Viotti-Valsesia and the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb, The has performed at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and at Carnegie Hall, with the new music ensemble Opus21. Frequent collaborations with saxophonists Joe Lulloff and Henning Schröder have led to several world premieres of new commissions for both piano and saxophone. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, located in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 13 — Sigma Alpha Iota members will present a Winter Musicale at 6 p.m. in the Choral Rehearsal Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 14 — Praecepta, the student chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc., will present a performance of their work titled “24/24.” The group promotes new music activities in the Bowling Green community. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, located in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 16 — Violinist Harvey Thurmer is the next performer in the Guest Artist Series. Thurmer is active in the promotion and recording of new music. His recording of Kurtag’s “Kafka Fragmente” with soprano Audrey Luna, available on the Ars Moderno label, represents the first…


Chillabration offers businesses, organizations the chance to sponsor ice sculptures

Submitted by DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN Winterfest BG Chillabration is back for 2018 even bigger and better than last year, Feb. 9, 10, and 11. The Saturday evening (Feb. 10) of live bands in a heated tent, incredible ice bar and amazing ice garden met with rave reviews.  This year the Frozen Swamp Tent will not only provide shelter for live music from 4-11 pm, it will also present the first ever Winter Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..  All this happens in the Huntington parking lot on the corner of Clough and South Main Streets. This is also the location for our beautiful ice garden and live ice carving demonstrations.  This year we will host mascots from the area from 10 a.m. to 5 p..m and they will be the models for our talented ice carvers.  This is sure to be a hit with every age group. This event offers something for everyone.  Families come out for the day and another crowd comes out to enjoy the hours of entertainment and craft beer and wine served from behind the incredible ice bar.   The Downtown Foundation will be overseeing the ice sculpture sales as a fundraiser. We are asking…


Two wheelchairs being donated to Wood County Historical Center

(Submitted by the Wood County Historical Center & Museum) The Wood County Historical Center & Museum is pleased to be the recipient of two new wheelchairs, courtesy of BG Manor and BG Care Center. The donation will be presented to the Historical Center on Jan. 9, at 10:30 a.m., by Jim Miller, Business Development Coordinator for the organization. “BG Manor and BG Care Center is a family-owned company that just wants to give back to the community,” said Miller. The Bowling Green facilities offer short-term and long-term care in the Bowling Green area, and have done so for over 40 years. The Historical Center was originally the County Infirmary, a pre-cursor to the nursing homes and rehabilitation centers of today, so this partnership is a good fit. The wheelchairs will be available to any visiting guest at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum, located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green. Since the completion of the “Step Up” Accessibility Capital Project in 2017, the museum is now fully accessible with an elevator, four improved restrooms, and handicap parking. This improvement on the 150-year old building has come with a great response from the community, as seen by an…


BG Chamber awards dinner set for Jan. 27

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Meeting Dinner and Awards on Saturday, January 27 beginning at 6 p.m. in the BGSU Bowen-Thompson Student Union Lenhart Grand Ballroom. The 2018 theme is “There’s No Place Like Our Best Hometown.” This event is the community’s opportunity to celebrate business, honor two Outstanding Citizens, an Athena award recipient, a Zeus award recipient, with the chance to take a retrospective look of the year in action. Social hour will start at 6 p.m. with cocktails, dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the program will begin at 8 p.m.. The cost for the evening is $50 for Investors and $60 for Non-Investors. Any community member is invited to participate. Reservations can be made by submitting RSVP cards to the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. RSVP cards can be found on our website, www.bgchamber.net or by calling the office at 419-353-7945. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce supports an environment for the development and success of business within the Bowling Green area. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Celebrates, Educates, and Strengthens its Investors through Business Improvement Events, Grants, Services, Leadership, Legislative Updates and…


Noted young pianist Stewart Goodyear to perform ‘Emperor’ concerto with Toledo Symphony

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Proclaimed “a phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times and “one of the best pianists of his generation” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and composer. Goodyear will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”- known for its virtuosic style and wide dynamic ranges – with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on January 12 & 13 at 8:00 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater. Goodyear began his musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and later went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with legendary pianist Leon Fleisher. He then received his master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Mr. Goodyear has performed with major orchestras all over the world including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Following Beethoven’s heroic Piano Concerto No. 5, Maestro Giordano Bellincampi will conduct Brahms’s radiant Symphony No. 2 on Friday and Saturday evening. “This is a…


Deadline for Chamber’s Citizen of the Year nominations, Jan. 8

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Nominations are currently being sought for the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards. The public is invited to submit nominations for these awards. Nomination forms, including criteria and submission information, are available from the Chamber of Commerce, Four Corners Center at 130 S. Main St., and can also be obtained from the Chamber’s website at www.bgchamber.net. Completed Athena & Zeus nomination forms should be returned by December 18th, 2017; Completed Outstanding Citizen of the Year nomination forms should be returned by January 8th, 2018; no late submissions will be accepted. For questions contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 419-353-7945 or chamber@bgchamber.net. These awards will be presented at the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Dinner & Awards to be held on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Lenhart Grand Ballroom on the campus of BGSU. ATHENA AWARD, SPONSORED BY HERITAGE CORNER – The Athena Award Program celebrates the achievement of women as valued members and leaders of the community and recognizes those who support them. “Athena Goddesses” are women who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment, have devoted their own time and energy to give back…


Family Fun Night set at BG Community Center

(Submitted by Bowling Green Parks and Recreation) Family Fun Night will be held Friday, Jan. 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the BG Community Center. Get out of the cold and into the fun!  Get your healthier 2018 off to a great start and join us for our Family Fun Night at the BG Community Center, hosted by BG Parks & Recreation with the assistance of BG Christian Academy volunteers. Plenty of fun individual and group games and contests planned that the whole family can enjoy. This event is free for passholders of the BG Community Center.  For Non-passholders interested in attending, one child gets in free with each paid adult daily admission fee of $8 Resident/$10 Nonresident.  Additional children are $5 Resident/$6 Nonresidents. Consider purchasing a Family Pass to the BG Community Center in 2018 and enjoy all we have to offer all year long.


People urged to check in on older neighbors during cold

(Submitted by Ohio Department of Aging) Forecasters are predicting continued frigid temperatures and very cold wind chills across Ohio. Current temperatures are well below average for this time of year, with single-digit lows and negative wind-chill readings. “Older adults are at increased risk for complications from conditions including snow, ice, bitter cold and more. Factors like age-related changes and medication side effects can intensify the impact,” said Beverley Laubert, Interim Director of the department. “Extremely cold temperatures equal severe weather, and we ask all Ohioans to check on older loved ones, neighbors and friends during this and other severe weather.” Check on your neighbors Before, during and after severe winter conditions, check in on older loved ones, friends and neighbors to ensure that they are okay and have the resources they need to remain safe and healthy. Do they need medical attention? Have they fallen? Are they staying warm enough? Are they taking their medicines as prescribed? Do they have safe food and water? Are they eating and drinking regularly? Is the temperature in their home comfortable? Do they have safe means to heat the home if temperatures continue to fall? Whom will they call if they need help? Do…