Community Voices

Special Olympics to hold annual prime rib and crab fest

(Submitted by Wood County Special Olympics) Community members are invited to the Wood County Special Olympics’ 20th Annual Prime Rib and Crab Fest on Saturday, Nov. 4. The event will take place from 6-9 p.m. at Graystone Banquet Hall in Perrysburg (29101 Hufford Road) with social hour beginning at 6 p.m. and a silent auction until 8 p.m. The dinner includes the choice of all-you- can-eat prime rib or crab legs, appetizers, salad bar, potato, vegetable, roll and beverage. In addition, attendees can bid on more than 100 items donated for the event’s silent and live auction. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at the Wood Lane School office (1921 East Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green). The office is open Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Individual, organization, and business sponsor opportunities are available. Contact Lynne Beard at Wood Lane School (419-352-5115 or to make reservations. Wood County Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition in athletics (track & field), basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, golf, softball, swimming, and volleyball. Over 450 youth and adults participate in one or more sports in Wood County. Athletes must be 6 years of age or older, meet Special Olympics International eligibility requirements, be enrolled in an eligible special education program in their home school district or through Wood Lane. Adults involved in Special Olympics receive services through Wood Lane. The program is operated by Wood Lane (Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities).

Ohio House passes bill for specialty license plates

(Submitted by State Rep. Theresa Gavarone) The Ohio House of Representatives has passed legislation to create two new Ohio specialty license plates. Sponsored by Reps. Steven Arndt (R-Port Clinton) and Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green), House Bill 76 creates the following: “Ohio National Guard Ohio Cross” license plate – This plate would be available to anyone who has been awarded the Ohio National Guard Ohio Cross Medal, which is granted to service members of the Ohio National Guard who exude voluntary acts of courage and are above and beyond the call of duty. It contains an illustration of the Ohio National Guard Ohio Cross and features the words, “Ohio Cross Medal Recipient.” “Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge” license plate – Available to all applicants, this license plate is designed by representatives of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Part of the proceeds collected from the plates will be used for wildlife preservation purposes. “It was a privilege and an honor to sponsor this legislation with Representative Gavarone,” said State Representative Steve Arndt. “The Ohio National Guard Ohio Cross award is only given to a select few—military service members who have performed an act of extraordinary bravery while on the job. With the continued efforts of my constituent, Chief Jody Hatfield, his service and the service of other brave men and women will be recognized here in Ohio.” “I appreciate Shirley Haar reaching out to me to try to get something done for the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge,” Gavarone said. “This is just another example of how engaged my constituents are within their communities and I am proud to have their dedication recognized on…

Spirit of Wood County Awards to be presented Oct. 22

(Submitted by Wood County Commissioners’ Office) On Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m., the public is invited as the county commissioners present the annual Spirit of Wood County Awards in the Alvin L. Perkins Atrium at the Wood County Courthouse Complex. The 2017 award recipients include Bowling Green residents Barbara Rothrock, Industrial/Economic Development; Reverends Mary Jane and Gary Saunders, Religion and Liberty; Dan Van Vorhis, Liberty Through Law/Human Freedom; Tim Brown, Self-Government; and Gwen Andrix and Amy Holland, Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship. Mary Kuhlman of Pemberville is the recipient of the Education for Civic Responsibility Award.  Also being recognized for Agricultural Leadership are the Leadership BG Ag Day Organizers, Gordon and Cathy Wenig, Paul Herringshaw, and Lesley Riker. 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 spirit of the awards is alive today.

BGSU kick off public phase of $200 million comprehensive camapign

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will host the premiere of its Changing Lives for the World comprehensive campaign Oct. 13 as part of Homecoming Weekend on Friday, Oct.  from 7 to 9 p.m. in University Hall. The special event will include inspirational stories from students, faculty and alumni who are changing lives for the world; tours of the renovated University Hall and Moseley Hall; and musical entertainment.   Guests will also learn more about the four campaign priorities, which include scholarships to support students in all majors, endowed faculty and staff positions to recruit and retain outstanding educators and coaches, creating state-of-the-art facilities and named academic programs and units. Campaign committee co-chair and 1984 BGSU alumnus Larry Benz will give a welcome, and remarks will be made by BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey, campaign committee member and 1975 alumnus Paul Hooker, political science/pre-law student Meg Burrell and political science student Jauntez Bates. More than $104 million has been raised for this comprehensive campaign, which has a goal of $200 million, as of September 2017. Nearly 14,000 individuals made outright gifts, new pledges, gifts-in-kind and new planned gifts in 2016-17.

United Falcons ready to celebrate Homecoming 2017

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will celebrate Homecoming Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15 with a variety of events for students, alumni and community members. The festivities will formally kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a Homecoming Parade featuring floats, faculty/staff queen and king, undergraduate Homecoming Court, local dignitaries, special entries and members of the Bowling Green community. The parade will travel from South Grove and Wooster to Wooster and North Mercer. This year’s parade theme is BG Falcons: United as one and second to none. Other events Friday include campus tours and the Taste of BG, which features samples from local restaurants (while quantities last). Oct. 14 will feature the Freddie & Frieda 5K, Greek Village open houses and tailgating before the Falcons face the Ohio University Bobcats at 3:30 p.m. at Doyt Perry Stadium. Sunday events include a Falcon women’s soccer match. A complete list of 2017 Homecoming events is available online at:

“Rocky Horror Show” on stage in Maumee

From 3B PRODUCTIONS 3B Productions will present the musical stage version of “The Rocky Horror Show,” Oct.19-22 at the Maumee Indoor Theatre. Performance schedule is: Thursday, October 19, 8 p.m., Friday, October 20, 8 p.m., Saturday, October 21 7 p.m., followed by a midnight performance. Conversations with the cast and crew immediately follow each performance. Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his merry band of misfits take you on a strange journey of love, lust, and the quest for ultimate satisfaction in this updated version of the 1975 Broadway musical that inspired the cult film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. One dark and stormy night, Brad and Janet, a newly-engaged couple, set out to begin their journey toward matrimonial bliss when a sudden blowout forces them down a path of domination, illumination, and sensual debauchery that ultimately leaves them searching for more than just help with a flat tire. A parody tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through early 1970s, this hilariously dark and foreboding musical invites you to leave your inhibitions at the door, and revel in the strange and absurd. Fans of the film will recognize many of the songs, such as “Science Fiction Double Feature”, “Damn it Janet”, “Time Warp”, “Sweet Transvestite”, “Hot Patootie”, and more. The production features many local actors, including: Emily Popp, Janet: Courtney Gilliland, Bradley King, Bradley King, Durrell Johnson, Matt Badyna, Shannon Ruhe, Mara Connor, Tanner Duvall, Zachary, Patrick Davis, and Dylan Coale. Audience members are encouraged to dress in costume, bring props (non-food only), to dance, or to sing-along. This show is recommended for ages 18 and up. “Rocky Horror”  is directed…

Bill allows for greater access to dental care in underserved areas

(Submitted by State Rep. Theresa Gavarone) State Representatives Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) and Anthony DeVitis (R-Green), joint sponsors of House Bill 184, the Ohio Dental Care Optimization Act of 2017, applauded its passage from the Ohio House of Representatives. House Bill 184 expands access to dental care by allowing for state of the art technology and innovative strategies through the use of teledentistry. The bill permits dentists to perform exams and supervise dental hygienists and expanded function dental assistants through the use of technology. Under this proposal, Ohio will be one of the first states to permit dental hygienists and expanded function dental auxillary with appropriate training to provide interim therapeutic restorations and administer Silver Diamine Fluoride to patients, after the dentist conducts a teledentistry exam and diagnoses the need for such restorative materials and procedures. The bill also allows dentists to prescribe non-controlled substances, including antibiotics, via teledentistry. The legislation creates the Primary Care Dental Student Scholarship which falls under the umbrella of the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program. The scholarship is designated for dental students who will practice in designated underserved areas upon graduation, increasing efforts to ensure dentists provide care to Medicaid-eligible and other low-income Ohioans. “Expanding access to medical professionals is vitally important as many Ohioans live in areas where professional care is not available,” Gavarone said. “Embracing the technology we currently have at our disposal and encouraging our medical professionals to live in underserved areas will result in a better and healthier Ohio.” The goal of this bill is to provide dental care to those communities that have limited access,” said DeVitis. Barriers are reduced…

Exchange Club to hold reverse raffle

(Submitted by Bowling Green Exchange Club) A top prize of $1,000 and other cash awards highlight the Exchange Club’s annual Reverse Raffle on Friday, Oct. 20 at the Simpson Garden Park Building. In addition to the raffle, which is open to the public, there will be several games of chance that will provide attendees with several opportunities to be winners. Food and beverages will also be served. The fundraiser will support the club’s several community activities, as well as scholarships for Bowling Green High School students. Also there will be a silent auction featuring a variety of items including gift cards to local restaurants and businesses, tickets to BGSU sports events, golf course passes and various other gift baskets. Doors open at 6:30 and tickets are $65 ($15 for food only) and can be obtained from any Exchange Club member. Call 419-308-5995 for details and further information.

Pemberville to host Flying Quail Model A Car Club

(Submitted by Todd Sheets) Pemberville is putting out the red carpet for the Flying Quail Model A Car Club featuring 1920’s -1930’s Model A vintage cars on Sunday, Oct. 15. The group plans to arrive in Downtown Pemberville at approximately 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. They will be parked in the downtown business district and spectators are welcome to view these vintage beauties. This event is weather permitting. Highlights of their visit to Pemberville include: – Pemberville’s Opera House – Located on the second floor of Pemberville’s Town Hall. This theater was once home to Old Medicine/Vaudeville Shows. The ceiling fresco is truly amazing. – Beeker’s General Store – Unique Gifts, Keepsakes & Candies Galore. One of Ohio’s oldest general stores – over 141 years old! The tin ceiling & wood floor are a must see! – Riverbank Antiques – Featuring three levels of quality antiques & collectibles. This historic building was once home to the local bank and then in later years the telephone company. – Pember-Furry House – Pemberville’s oldest frame house built by Pemberville’s founder, James Pember. Completely restored by the Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society. A step back in time… The Flying Quail Model A Club is a social and driving club for Model A owners and admirers from southern Michigan to central Ohio. The Flying Quails are part of the PENN-OHIO Model A Club, that includes other Model A clubs in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. During trips, the cars travel as a group with “CB radios.” The Lead Car is responsible for the route and maintaining the speed (usually 47-49mph). The last car or “back door” alerts…

BGSU Arts Events through Oct. 24

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING  & COMMUNICATIONS Oct. 11 – The Faculty Artist Series presents BGSU tuba/euphonium instructor David Saltzman. An active soloist and chamber musician, Saltzman was the winner of the 1996 Colonial Euphonium Tuba Quartet’s Tuba Solo Competition in Albany, New York. Since then, he has performed solo recitals at many regional and international festivals, and he has most recently been part of a consortium of tuba players commissioning a new concerto for tuba by Samuel Adler, currently slated to premiere in October 2018. Salzman’s performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Oct. 12 – The Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble will perform as part of a small ensemble with guest artist Matthew Murchison. Murchison is known as a varied performer, composer, arranger, educator, conductor and producer. He was a member of the River City Brass in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 2002-15, and was the principal solo euphonium for the last nine of those years. Since then, Murchison has performed solo and chamber music concerts across the U.S. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Oct. 13 – The BGSU Concert Band will perform as part of Homecoming festivities. The band will perform traditional repertoire and new compositions by the world’s leading composers, conducted by Dr. Bruce Moss. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets in advance are $3 for students and $7 for adults and available at or by calling 419-372-8171. Oct. 15 – The Sunday Matinee Series presents “Bedroom, Parlor and Bath” (1931, U.S.A., 85 minutes, directed by Edward Sedwick, with Buster Keaton, Charlotte Greenwood and…

Project Connect in need of volunteers

Project Connect has put out a call for volunteers for the annual event on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 315 S. College Ave. Training for volunteers will be provided. Link to Volunteer: Several different opportunities available, particularly hosts from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 10:15 a.m. – 2 p.m., and 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., and of course all day volunteers. There are also opportunities to help with meals services. Project Connect is a one-day, one -stop event with free goods and services for Wood County individuals, families, elders and veterans in need.  Many volunteers are needed to ensure a successful event.  Volunteer roles include: welcoming guests, guiding guests through the event, serving and cooking hot meals, and distributing coats, hats, and gloves. The project had a huge impact last year by providing 574 individuals and families supportive services from one of the many service providers who work to make the program a success. This is the fifth year for Project Connect Wood County and will take approximately 300 volunteers to make this year’s event a success. You will be required to attend a volunteer training prior to participating at the event on Oct. 18. Please include your email at sign-up so you can be notified of training dates and times. Please indicate in the comment box when you sign-up for a volunteer slot if you are bilingual or have an interest in volunteering prior to the event. All volunteers must be 18 years old to participate.  

Commemorative Trail opens at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve

(Submitted by Wood County Park District) The Wood County Park District and the Friends of the Wood County Parks are pleased to announce the grand opening for the Commemorative Trail. The trail has engraved legacy bricks along its 310 foot length which winds between a native plant prairie and a wetland pond at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve located at 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. Additional legacy bricks are available for purchase. Newly engraved bricks will be installed each quarter. To purchase a brick, find an order form at the park, or online at An eight-inch by four-inch legacy brick with three lines of engraved text is $100. An eight-inch by eight-inch legacy brick with five lines of engraved text is $125. All proceeds support the Friends of the Parks, a non-profit, 501c-3 agency. The Friends of the Parks in turn, support park programming, facilities and activities for the citizens of Wood County. The W.W. Knight Nature Preserve is open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. until 30 minutes past sunset. The preserve, the natural playscape (playground with all natural materials), pollinator gardens, recycled bottle house, the nature center, the library, and the windows on wildlife are all free and open to the public. The special event space in the Hankison Great Room is available to rent for a modest fee. For more information visit

“All Hands on Deck! Show” claims Branson honors

Submitted by JODY MADARAS “Let the drums roll out, Let the trumpets call, while the people shout, “Strike Up The Band!” The “All Hands On Deck! Show” has been awarded the 2017 Branson Terry Music Award for “Morning Show Of The Year.” “The All Hands On Deck! Show” is an homage to Bob Hope, and an American 1942 Roadshow & Radio Broadcast reproduction featuring the songs, dances, laughs, and favorite radio commercials that America has loved for 70 years! The production was nominated for: Morning Show of the Year, Band of the Year, and Drummer of the Year. “We love sharing our musical message of patriotism with folks all across the U.S.A, and they really seem to enjoy the fact that we transport them back to a time our country had that can-do spirit of working together,” said creator/producer Jody Madaras in a recent intervieweing a part of the Branson community. The people here are just the best, and we are deeply honored by receiving the award for outstanding “Morning Show of the Year.” “The ALL HANDS ON DECK! Show” features Broadway veteran and Pemberville, Ohio native Jody Madaras (creator, producer, Ted Crosley), Valerie Hill (Betty Blake), Emily Gardenhire (Daisy Maxwell), and Taylor Hopkins (John Handley), and the rich sounds of the LIVE 9-piece Hollywood Victory Caravan Orchestra (featuring Branson’s Drummer of the Year nominee Rob Wilson), classic commercials, tight harmonies, impromptu skits, and 42 of the greatest American songs ever written, as well as a full-circle patriotic salute celebrating the American way of life; reminding us of a time when our country was fully united. Songs include: “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,”…

Humane Society’s pizza booth raises $2,600 for organization

(Submitted by Wood County Humane Society) The Wood County Humane Society (WCHS) worked the Pisanello’s Pizza Booth at the Black Swamp Arts Festival (BSAF) which ran from Friday, September 8th to Sunday, September 10th. All of the proceeds benefited The WCHS. The pizza booth brought in approximately $2,600.00 for the organization. President of The Wood County Humane Society, Heath Diehl, stated, “We at The Wood County Humane Society are very fortunate to have a community partner like Pisanello’s that whole-heartedly supports our mission by partnering with us on such a successful fundraising event each year. It is through partnerships like this that we are able to provide the best possible treatment and quality of life for all animals in Wood County. Working a shift or two in the Pisanello’s booth at the Black Swamp Arts Festival is one of the highlights of my year. Not only do I get to help raise money for a cause that I care deeply about, but also I get to do so while listening to fantastic music and being surrounded by the delicious smells of Pisanello’s pizza.” The BSAF has become a staple fundraising event for the WCHS. Bethany DeLuca, Fundraising Committee Chair, wanted to emphasize, “A huge thank you goes out to our volunteers who make this event successful year after year! Their help and the fabulous crew at Pisanello’s allow the WCHS to raise crucial funds and provide the festival goers with great pizza! We also want to thank Tom and The Bowling Green Country Club for providing our transportation for the weekend.” The WCHS, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, is a…

Peace Symposium to address nuclear threat

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS  “Seeking Peace in the Nuclear Era: A Peace Symposium” is the focus of a series of presentations Oct. 16-19 at Bowling Green State University. Four speakers will provide insights on the dangers of nuclear war and threats to peace facing the world today. At the end of the Cold War, the constant threat of nuclear annihilation seemed to be over. Today, though nuclear stockpiles have been reduced, the weapons are still with us. In recent years, new political and military conflicts, especially between western democracies and North Korea and Russia, have revived the specter of nuclear war. Yet the U.S. public, especially young people, are generally unaware of the issues, the nature of nuclear war, the history of Hiroshima, and effective ways to achieve peace. BGSU alumnus Dr. Thomas Snitch ’75, ’15 (Hon.), a scientist and policymaker who spent decades working on nuclear policy for the U.S. State Department, will give the Hiroko Nakamoto Peace Lecture Oct. 16. He will tell the story, based on declassified intelligence, diplomatic history, political intrigue, technology diversions, skullduggery, and his trips to North Korea, about how Pyongyang was able to successfully build, test, and now, possibly deploy a thermonuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile. His presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater (Room 206). Gwynne Dyer, a renowned journalist, military historian, author, and filmmaker, will provide an overview and analysis of an array of current threats to peace, with a focus on nuclear issues and North Korea. His Oct. 17 lecture at 7:30 p.m. in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, titled “Don’t Panic: Threats to Peace in this Nuclear Age,” will explain how people…