Community Voices

Earth Month events planned throughout county

(Submitted by Wood County Solid Waste Management District) April is Earth Month and multiple agencies are collaborating throughout Wood County to provide events geared toward conservation, education and family fun. The Eighth Annual Community Earth Day Celebration will be the culminating event held on Sunday, April 30th, 2017 from 2-4 pm.  This free family event is open to all and is filled with fun hands-on learning stations. Try your hand at archery hosted by the Wood County Park District, take a nature walk with the Bowling Green Parks & Rec Department, power a light bulb with the City of Bowling Green’s power generating bicycle, give the Solid Waste Management District’s giant Earth Ball a roll, and hold a crayfish at ODNR’s Scenic Rivers station.  Interactive games will be provided by the Northwestern Water & Sewer District, BGSU, and Snapology.  The City of Perrysburg, the Wood County Master Gardeners, and Partners for Clean Streams will host earth friendly activities, and the Wood County Library’s CNG bookmobile will be onsite providing earth friendly stories! The Montessori School of BG, located at 515 Sand Ridge Road, provides an ideal backdrop for this Earth Day Celebration!  Enjoy 14 acres of land, visit a Learning Lab, play on the playground and spend some time at the Black Swamp Preserve and Slippery Elm Trail. We encourage you to get involved throughout the month of April to make Earth Day every day!  For a full list of volunteer and educational activities, please visit www.communityearthday.com.    


Chris Buzzelli presents new jazz choir, CB Singers, at April 30 concert

From FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH First Unitarian Church, 3205 Glendale Ave. will host the CB Singers, a jazz choir of 11 accomplished singers, at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 30. The choir, founded by BGSU Professor Emeritus of Music Chris Buzzelli, will perform jazz arrangements 11 songs including “Both Sides Now,” “Bridge over Troubled Water/Lean on Me”, and “It’s De-Lovely.” Suggested donation $8.Solo and tight-harmony choral music in the style of groups such as Manhattan Transfer and The New York Voices will be performed by the CB Singers under the direction of Bowling Green State University Professor Emeritus of Music, Chris Buzzelli. For years, Buzzelli directed the Bowling Green Vocal Jazz Ensemble. When he retired last year, he fulfilled his dream for starting an independent jazz choir. The CB Singers is an intergenerational group of accomplished singers, mostly professional musicians and music teachers. It is one of very few volunteer jazz choirs in the country. (See related story: http://bgindependentmedia.org/chris-buzzelli-still-in-tune-with-jazz/) The group’s repertoire consists mostly of Buzzelli’s arrangements of songs, many of them familiar, for example, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “So Many Stars,” “Both Sides Now,” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” Most have a small jazz combo as accompaniment, but some are sung without accompaniment. Readers can hear the BGSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble singing Buzzelli’s arrangement of “Bridge over Troubled Water,” at http://tinyurl.com/mst2gew. Buzzelli has his own “harmonic vocabulary.” He started arranging for instrumental groups in high school. Since then, he has always arranged for the groups he was working with. “The advantage of that,” he says, “is that you get to hear your arrangement immediately.” He had written only a handful of…


Businesses being recruited to work on drug abuse in workplace

(Submitted by the The Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board) In an effort to address the safety and economic threat of drug abuse in the workplace, the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board recently partnered with the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, Safety Council, Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, County Commissioners and Working Partners to launch the Working Partners Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative (DFWCI) in Wood County. One of the key objectives of the initiative is to establish a nucleus of five businesses that have been facilitated through an intensive drug-free workplace (DFWP) management consultation and technical assistance course designed to help them implement or refine their drug-free operations, including second-chance policies. To that end, the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board is currently seeking applications from local businesses to participate in the Working Partners Technical Assistance Course. Participation in the two-day course is free and allows for each business to send three representatives to the session. Business leaders who are interested in applying for the course may complete an online application at https://form.jotform.us/70715706440149 or should contact Amanda Moser at 419-352- 0626 to learn more information about the opportunity. Businesses that complete the course can expect to receive an operational road map to guide them in administering a DFWP policy/program, systems to attract and keep quality employees, increased risk management and insulation against corporate liability, enhanced public relations, and savings in time and dollars. “We believe this is an excellent opportunity for several local businesses to really take a deep dive into their drug-free workplace policies and create systems…


County recorder reports first quarter transactions

(Submitted by Wood County Recorder’s Office) Wood County Recorder Julie Baumgardner has released a report covering the transactions of the recorder’s office for the first quarter, January 1 thru March 31, 2017: 1,295 deeds were recorded for this quarter, compared to 1,435 deeds being recorded for the same quarter last year. 967 mortgages, with a valuation of $4,216,562,440.16, were recorded for this quarter, compared to 991 mortgages, with a valuation of $3,763,692,164.90 being recorded for the same quarter last year. Numerous other documents were recorded, in addition to the above, for a total of 4,142 documents being recorded for this quarter, compared to 4,285 documents being recorded for the same quarter last year. Baumgardner paid a total of: $239,290.11 into the county for this quarter, compared to $248,368.41 for the same quarter last year. $104,833.81 of the total for this quarter was paid directly into the county general fund, compared with $109,026.91 for the same quarter last year. $118,288.30 of the total for this quarter was paid into the housing trust fund, less one percent back to the county general fund by the state for the timely distribution of the money to the fund, compared with $122,665.50 for the same quarter last year, less one percent paid back to the county general fund. The remaining balance of $16,168.00 was paid into the recorder’s equipment fund for this quarter, compared with $16,676.00 for the same quarter last year.  


BGSU arts events through April 28

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS April 13 – The International Film Series continues with the Swedish film “Force Majeure,” directed by Ruben Östlund. An award winner at the Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, and other internationally recognized venues, the film deftly explores the emotional dimensions of the legal term “force majeure,” an unexpected event (such as a hurricane) that releases both parties from the obligations of a contract. In this story, the ski vacation of a seemingly ideal family takes a sudden turn when an avalanche approaches them as they are having a pleasant lunch at the lodge. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater located in Hanna Hall. Free April 13 – Prout Readings conclude with B.F.A. student readings at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free April 13 – Bowling Green Opera Theater presents a variety of opera scenes. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free April 14 – The University Choral Society and Early Music Ensemble present Bach’s “St. John Passion.” The moving and sacred oratorio of Johann Sebastian Bach is a dramatic representation of the Passion as told in the Gospel of John for the Good Friday Vespers of 1724. Revel in the extravagant, expressive music of the season. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, East Wooster St., Bowling Green. Free April 14 – The Toledo Museum of Art and BGSU’s College of Musical Arts present EAR | EYE Listening and Looking: Contemporary Music and Art. The performance and discussion…


Alarm Will Sound to perform “Ten Thousand Birds” in sculpture garden

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Area residents will have the opportunity to experience new music in a new way when acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound gives a special performance of “Ten Thousand Birds,” a work commissioned from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams. The performance will follow the cycle of a day, starting with bird songs heard in the morning, then afternoon, evening, night and returning to morning. The audience is encouraged to walk around to experience the music from multiple perspectives. The performance will begin at dusk (approximately 7 p.m.) April 21 in and around the sculpture gardens at the Toledo Museum of Art. The event is sponsored by Bowling Green State University’s MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and the Toledo Museum of Art. Both Alarm Will Sound and John Luther Adams have appeared on BGSU’s annual New Music Festival at the College of Musical Arts. Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member band committed to innovative performances and recordings of today’s music. It has established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic skill. Its performances have been described as “equal parts exuberance, nonchalance, and virtuosity” by the Financial Times of London and as “a triumph of ensemble playing” by the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times says that Alarm Will Sound is “one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene.” The versatility of Alarm Will Sound allows it to take on music from a wide variety of styles. Its repertoire ranges from European to American works, from the arch-modernist to the pop-influenced. Alarm Will Sound has been associated since…


Michigan author Patricia Polacco Literacy in the Park guest

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University’s annual Literacy in the Park event will feature popular children’s author Patricia Polacco. The Lansing native has written and illustrated more than 115 books for children in addition to being a playwright and penning for adults. She is a much-sought-after lecturer and keynote speaker. Some of her most popular books include “The Keeping Quilt,” “Thunder Cake” and “Thank you, Mr. Falker.” Presented by BGSU’s College of Education and Human Development, Literacy in the Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29, at Perry Field House. The event is free and open to the public. Last year, more than 2,000 people attended the event. Literacy in the Park, which has taken place for more than a decade, promotes the importance of literacy in the lives of children and features more than 40 interactive exhibitor booths and displays. The focus of the event has been expanded to address all of the different ways literacy is important in our lives. In addition to reading and writing activities, families will have opportunities to engage in activities about digital literacy, science and environmental literacy, financial literacy, nutritional literacy, physical education literacy and many other forms of literacy that can be found in their lives and communities. In addition to these literacy-related activities going on throughout the day, there will also be entertainment on the main stage and two presentations from Polacco. Born in Michigan, Polacco’s family on her mother’s side were Jewish immigrants from Russia and the Ukraine, and her father’s people were from the County of Limerick in Ireland….


“Smoke Signals screening, food in the trenches on tap at library

Thursday, April 13 Community Reads presents the award-winning film, “Smoke Signals,” based on Sherman Alexie’s short story collection, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven.” The PG-13 film, with screenplay by Alexie and featuring Adam Beach, Evan Adams, and Irene Bedard, will be shown in the second Floor Meeting Room at 10 a.m., with an encore presentation at 6:45 p.m. Ever wonder what American dough boys ate in the trenches of World War I? Saturday, April 15, come hear author and food historian Nathan Crook (“A Culinary History of the Great Black Swamp”) talk about the good, the bad, and the unusual food that fueled the front for U. S. soldiers during the Great War. The library will be closed Sunday, April 16, and will resume regular hours on Monday, April 17. All programs are free and open to all. For more information, contact the library at 419-352-5104,


Schmeltz inducted into Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame

  From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Peggy Schmeltz of Bowling Green was inducted into the 2017 Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame during Entrepreneurship Week at Bowling Green State University. Schmeltz, a 1950 and 1970 alumna, was one of three BGSU alumni inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. She is a longtime investment educator and independent investor. Her investment career started while she was still an undergraduate business student at BGSU; later, she turned a $75,000 inheritance into a portfolio worth more than 30 times that amount. Schmeltz went on to share her investment knowledge with many others, lecturing throughout the United States with her “learn to earn” strategies. Alumni are invited back to campus each year to share their entrepreneurial journeys with students during the College of Business Administration’s celebration of entrepreneurship, dubbed E-Week. This year’s event featured alumnus Rick Kappel ’69, a 2015 Hall of Fame honoree, as the entrepreneur-in-residence. Kappel owned and served as president and CEO of ACS, Inc., a software company located in Dayton, Ohio, that specializes in the development and sale of software products for use by the commercial bank industry. Maribeth S. Rahe, a 1970 alumna and honorary 2016 alumna, and David Stickler, a 1983 alumnus, were inducted alongside Schmeltz. Rahe is president and CEO of Fort Washington Investment Advisors Inc. Under her leadership, the company has become one of Ohio’s largest investment advisers. Rahe is a past president and former board member of the United States Trust Co. of New York, and has served as vice chair of the board of The Harris Bank in Chicago,…


Workshop offers strategies for communicating with the those with dementia

From THE OPTIMAL AGING INSTITUTE On April 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Simpson Garden Community Center, “Communicating with Loved Ones Who Have Dementia: Practical Pointers” will offer simple strategies to help make communication easier and to provide stimulation and mental exercise for people with dementia. In partnership with the Optimal Aging Institute, this event is co-sponsored by Bowling Green Manor and Bowling Green Care Center, Brookdale Bowling Green, and Sincera Supportive Care and Symptom Relief. Brent Archer, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders at BGSU, and his wife, Ramona Olvera, Ph.D., head of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department at Owens Community College, will be presenting their professional expertise as well as their personal experiences with a family member with dementia. With a Ph.D. in Applied Languages and Speech Sciences, Dr. Archer specializes in aphasia, an inability to comprehend and formulate language because of damage to specific brain regions. He has worked in a professional capacity with people with degenerative brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. He also has personal experience interacting with his mother in-law, who had dementia and lived with his family for two years. Throughout the program, Dr. Archer and Dr. Olvera will have an interactive discussion and give communication pointers, as Dr. Olvera was the primary caregiver for her mother. “Having dementia has a big impact on people’s [sense of] identity and who they are,” Dr. Archer said. “Some people don’t realize that, in the end, all [brain] functions can be affected.” Communicating with someone who has dementia can be difficult, and it gradually gets worse. According to Dr. Archer,…


BGSU Dance Marathon raises $369,457 for ‘miracle children’

By ALYSSA ALFANO BGSU Student Contributor   Months of fundraising, 120 miles of biking, and 24 hours of dancing brought Ziggython to an end at the Perry Field House on Sunday evening. The amount of time and energy that went into this event was well worth it for the dancers, bikers and miracle children. Money was raised throughout the event in several ways. Visitors paid 5 dollars at the door to enter Dance Marathon. Eric’s Ice Cream had a stand and there were several stands selling T-shirts and other DM apparel. Dancers could pay to sit down, for time to nap, to take a shower and other luxuries throughout the event. Visitors could pay to send their friends who were dancing to “jail,” among many other things. Throughout the event, morale captains taught dancers pieces of the final dance and by the end of the 24 hours, bikers and dancers were able to join together to close Ziggython with a funny, uplifting and exciting dance. Dancers were able to play cornhole, basketball, and other games with the miracle children and their families. Food was provided for the dancers at the event. Acapella groups on campus came to perform for the dancers and visitors at Ziggython. There was a fun rave for the dancers to participate in. Zumba and other activities were also provided to help keep the dancers active, motivated, and excited throughout the event. A grand total of $369,457 was raised by the end of the end of the event. The months of fundraising followed by the money raised during the 24 hours really paid off. The end of…


‘Right to Repair’ would be good for consumers

(Submitted by Michael Oberdick, president of iOutlet in Bowling Green. Oberdick has testified in Nebraska and lobbied in Tennessee for ‘right to repair’ bills. He was elected to the Board for Right to Repair and started an effort in Ohio to get a bill on the table in 2018. He is working with farm bureaus in Northwest Ohio, since this affects them.) As an average appreciator of your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook, you may or may not have heard about this little thing called ‘Right to Repair’. Basically, repair shops both large and small are working together to pass legislation that would win local repair shops like mine access to parts, service manuals, and diagnostic tools from electronics manufacturers at a fair price. This sounds good for me, and it is, but it’s really, really good for you. Let me tell you why. But before I do that, let me clarify something: this isn’t just for Apple devices, or even just electronic gadgets. According to the Repair Association, there is good to be had in the industries of agriculture, automotive, consumer electronics, information technology, medical, appliances, equipment resellers, and industrial equipment. Many of you know that I’m homegrown in the farmlands of Northwest Ohio. Here in Northwest Ohio, we do lots of farming, and we use lots of John Deere to do it. But, let’s say something goes wrong with my combine or my tractor. Today’s John Deere is so sophisticated that you can’t figure out what’s wrong without special equipment. And your average farmer doesn’t have access to this equipment. Instead, he has to call out a technician to…


BGSU environmental group protests Nexus pipeline

(Submitted by BGSU Environmental Action Group) Bowling Green State University students with the Environmental Action Group marched through campus Friday, ending at the I-75 overpass, with their banners calling attention to the Nexus Pipeline. The pipeline is scheduled to cross the Maumee River in close proximity to the Bowling Green water treatment plant. If constructed, the pipeline would endanger the drinking water of Bowling Green residents, including the 17,000 students who attend the University, along with the roughly 40,000 people in 12 neighboring communities who also rely on the treatment plant for drinking water. The BGSU students who planned the march are part of the Environmental Action Group, a student organization that has been active on campus since 1977. EAG has been fighting the Nexus pipeline since November of 2016. “The Nexus pipeline will affect everyone in our community. It is our responsibility as students to leave the town in better shape than we found it,” said sophomore EAG member Gabby Ysassi. EAG first got involved in the fight against Nexus when they heard about the City Council vote to accept or reject the $151,000 easement, which would have allowed Spectra Energy, the company seeking to build the pipeline, to start construction. On the day of the final vote, they helped to turn out enough citizens in opposition to the easement to fill the council room and the overflow room, in addition to forming a large crowd outside the building. Senior Alexis Kuch added, “Change can only happen when recognition happens. That’s why we are organizing to inform and involve the community, and that’s why we marched today.” Following the…


BGSU arts events through April 18

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS April 7 – The Collegiate Chorale and University Women’s Chorus will perform at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets are $3 for students and children and $7 for adults. All tickets are $10 the day of the performance. Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the Wolfe Center, by phone at 419-372-8171, or online at http://www.bgsu.edu/the-arts/. April 7 – The elsewhere theater season concludes with “Dying City,” written by Christopher Shin and directed by Tanner Lias. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre located in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Additional performances will be at 8 p.m. on April 8 and 9. Free April 8 – The Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition will take place in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Preliminaries will begin at noon, with finals following at 8 p.m. Free April 8 – An opening reception for the MFA I Thesis Exhibition will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman Galleries in the Fine Arts Center. Free Through April 18 – The MFA I Thesis Exhibition will be on display in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman Galleries in the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free April 9 – The Sunday Matinee Series continues with the 1925 film “The Lost World,” directed by Harry G. Hoyt. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was not only the creator of Sherlock…


Tickets on sale for BG High’s production of “Shrek”

From BGHS THEATRE The musical “Shrek”  is based on the beloved Dreamwork’s cartoon about an ogre, named Shrek, who along with several other fairy-tale creatures who are forced off their land by the evil Lord Farquaad.k the Musical” The show will be on stage at the Bowling Green Performing Arts Center, April 20-22  at 7 p.m. and April 23 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at showtix4u.com until April 14. Then tickets can be purchased at the PAC box office April 17-19th from 3-6 pm. In an attempt to regain his land, Shrek decides to take Lord Farquaad’s challenge to rescue the “fair Princess Fiona” from a tower that happens to be guarded by a dragon. Shrek, with his “trusty steed” Donkey, and Fiona make the journey towards Lord Farquaad’s kingdom. Along the way, Shrek and Fiona discover that they are now friends who are also in love. The play teaches us to love our true natures which sometimes include “our warts and all.” Shrek is played by junior, Justin McKenzie. Fiona is played by junior Elaine Hudson. Donkey is played by senior Josh Coleman with the voice of “the dragon” sung by Olivia Strang. Lord Farquaad is performed by senior Micah McKanna. The cast includes  Rachel Amburgey, Stephanie Bell, Alex Bellavia, Sophia Bird, Hannah Bowlus, Abraham Brockway, Ethan Brown, Natalie Carty, Alyssa Clemens, Megan Clifford, Brian Condon, Nova Cullison, Kaitlyn Dorman, Fran Flores, Saralynn George, Sophi Hachtel, Devon Jackson, Moe Kellow, Sarah Kelly, Sarah Kerr, Darin Kirchner, Hailey Kirchner, Luke Kobylski, Dea Kukeli, Thomas Long, Jadyn Lundquest, Julie Maas, Michael Martin, Jessica Miller, Darryl Moorehead, Sophia Nelson, Naila Ortega, Hudson Pendleton, Mr….