Community Voices

BG fireworks display to go off July 3 at dusk

The Bowling Green Community Fireworks will be held on July 3 at dusk at the Bowling Green State University Intramural Fields. Prior to the fireworks display, the Bowling Green Area Community Bands will perform a free patriotic-themed concert near the BGSU Mileti Alumni Center beginning at 8 p.m. Parking will be available at the Stroh Center and Ice Arena. Those attending the fireworks should be aware that no sparklers, fireworks or sky lanterns will be allowed on the grounds of BGSU. Doyt Perry Stadium will not be accessible this year due to construction. Following the event, the Bowling Green Police Division will implement a traffic exit strategy to aid in traffic flow. In order to maximize safety and efficiency of travel, the police will be directing traffic onto predetermined routes. After the fireworks, Mercer Road will be closed between Stadium Drive and Ridge Street. In conjunction, the police will be requiring traffic to exit via the following routes: • North Exit Route (Ice arena lot, Stadium Drive): will be directed north to Poe Road or west to Merry. • South Exit Route (lots to the south of the stadium): will be directed to Wooster via Mercer or Alumni. In other cases, depending on traffic patterns, police may be directing vehicles to the “outer belt” of the city to aid in traffic movement. For example, Clough Street traffic will be directed to Napoleon in order to reduce traffic on Wooster Street. Event attendees, or those traveling in the Bowling Green area on the evening of July 3, are encouraged to utilize outlying routes and entrances to I-75 at U.S. 6 or Ohio 582 in lieu of the Wooster entrance for I-75. Attendees are asked to be alert and mindful of the directions provided by police. For the safety of all, those attending need to follow the directions of the police and should not circumvent barricades. The rain date for the fireworks is July 5.

BG residents asked to conserve energy during heat wave

(Submitted by City of Bowling Green) Community Energy Savings Days are called for when demand for electricity is expected to be high. This can occur during very hot or very cold weather, when homes and businesses are using high amounts of electricity at the same time. When a Community Energy Savings Day is called, residents can help by simply using less energy between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. If residents use less energy during these times of peak demand, we can spread demand more evenly on the network, reduce the cost of providing energy and reduce the amount of greenhouse gases generated. Participating in a Community Energy Savings Day is easy. Residents can take simple conservation steps such as: shutting off lights when not needed; unplugging small appliances and electric chargers (especially those with small lights); raising the air conditioner thermostat a degree or two; closing curtains, drapes and blinds; doing laundry and other household chores requiring electricity during hours other than 2 to 6 p.m.; and turning off televisions, computers, gaming consoles, and other electronic devices when not being used. There’s plenty of power available and the grid is in good shape, but if we can conserve during these peak hours, the city can save on transmission and capacity costs in the future. Bowling Green residents are requested to voluntarily lower electricity usage during the peak period from 2 to 6 p.m. over the course of the next few days when extreme high temperatures have been forecasted. As a municipal electric system, owned by its citizens and customers, it is contingent upon those same citizens and customers to keep the electric rates for themselves and all other customers of Bowling Green Municipal Utilities as low as possible. Our citizens and customers have the opportunity to make a difference in their system and their rates by conserving energy during the periods stated for the upcoming days. As the forecast dictates, we will most likely be asking our citizens and customers to again conserve energy at additional times this summer.

Safe Communities cautions against drinking & driving over the July 4th holiday

From SAFE COMMUNITIES OF WOOD COUNTY This year as we celebrate our country’s birthday, thousands of families take to their cars driving to neighborhood cookouts, family picnics, and other summer festivities. Sadly, some of their Independence Day celebrations will end in tragedy as too many people decide to drink and drive. Unfortunately, their bad choices have lasting effects on families. According to NHTSA, 37,361 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2017, and 28 percent (10,497) of those fatalities occurred in a crash during which the driver had a BAC over the legal limit of .08. With Fourth of July festivities wrapping up in the evening or late at night, more cars will be on the roads. Nighttime is especially dangerous: the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes during the 2017 July Fourth holiday period was more than three times higher at night than it was during the day. It’s essential that our community members understand the safety and financial risks they take when they drink and drive. Under no circumstance is it ever acceptable to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after you’ve been drinking. Doing so endangers you and everyone on the road with you. Before you head out for your celebrations, make sure you plan a sober way home. Law enforcement in Wood County is taking part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign during the Fourth of July holiday weekend to put an end to drunk driving. In support of law enforcement’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, you’ll see increased enforcement on the roads zero tolerance for those who drive impaired.

Habitat for Humanity of Wood County dedicates home in North Baltimore

(Submitted by Habitat for Humanity of Wood County) Habitat for Humanity of Wood County hosted a home dedication ceremony Wednesday evening in North Baltimore. Howard and Amanda Rhoads were passed symbolic keychains to their new home to kick off the celebration. They will soon move out of their mobile home in need of expensive, significant repairs. “There’s water leaking, there’s mold growing in the closet of one of the bedrooms, too. That can be very dangerous,” Amanda Rhoads said. “We won’t have to think about how much money is it going to take to fix this, this and this. It’s dollar-ing us to death.” The Rhoads applied to the program after learning about the organization’s presence in Weston. “I drove around and noticed those houses behind us, and those are Habitat houses,” Howard Rhoads said. “I stopped and asked the guy, ‘What would it take for us to get one of these?’” After speaking to the homeowner, he contacted the office and learned the house in North Baltimore was looking for a family. “And that really caught his ear because he has family in North Baltimore,” Amanda Rhoads said. The home was originally built by Habitat for Humanity in 2012, and was rehabbed for the family last year. The project was made possible with support from Cedar Creek Church, Charter Steel and a Hancock-Wood Cooperative grant. Members of the family also contributed 500 hours of sweat equity through volunteering, including chore charts for the kids, before closing on the home. “I just want these guys to know what it feels like to have something that we’ve worked for,” Howard Rhoads said. “They’ve worked for it, too. They’ve worked really hard at this.” Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Mark Ohashi acknowledges just how hard the family worked through the process. “From completing landscaping to attending community events, this family really got behind our mission and we are proud to have them as our newest homeowners,” Ohashi said. As for the Rhoads, their involvement is just getting started. The family has already been a source of successful referrals for the homeownership program. “We’re continuing to work with Habitat and promote it. They’ve really helped us so much—I mean, they’ve changed our lives pretty much,” Howard Rhoads said. Habitat for Humanity will dedicate another home at 5:30 p.m., July 28 in Walbridge. 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…

BGSU’s supply chain management program ranks in top 25

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The Bowling Green State University College of Business supply chain management program has been ranked among the nation’s top 25 supply chain management programs by Gartner, a leading IT and supply chain management research and advisory company. The Gartner 2018 Supply Chain University Top 25 ranked BGSU’s supply chain management program No. 21 in the nation, making it the second-highest ranking supply chain management program in Ohio. This is the BGSU program’s first appearance on the list. BGSU’s supply chain management program features an integrated approach to the movement of goods from the supplier to the final customer. BGSU supply chain graduates work in a variety of industries, including technology, manufacturing, retail, logistics, health care and consulting. The Gartner Supply Chain University Top 25 is a biennial program that assesses and ranks undergraduate and advanced supply chain degree programs in North America.

Toledo deal likely dead in the water, but search for options continues

By JERRY GREINER President, Northwestern Water & Sewer District At The District, we continue to explore options for water for our 6,500 customers in Northern Wood County who are currently served with water provided by The City of Toledo. The District owns and operates the water and sewer systems within the political subdivisions of Northwood, Rossford, Walbridge, Lake Township, Perrysburg Township, and Troy Township.  We have provided quality water services to these communities for years and will continue to focus on quality water and fair rates during these talks. If you are confused by media reports or are wondering where The District stands, hopefully, this summary can clear things up.  Keep in mind that talks continue and there are new developments daily, so the opinion in this entry is subject to change. The Toledo Area Water Authority (TAWA) The Toledo Chamber of Commerce-led proposal for Toledo to share ownership of their plant etc. has stalled most likely ended.  The current mayor of Toledo’s representative said they had no support from Toledo City Council to proceed with it.  The Toledo Chamber has done a remarkable job with the effort and expense and continues to have hope in some form of regional cooperation.  The District continues to participate in TAWA discussions, but at this point does not see it moving forward. TOLEDO WATER COMMISSION IDEA In late May, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz proposed a regional water commission.  In this plan, water purchasers (like The District) could buy water at a wholesale rate and have a “commission-like” board seat that would oversee rates.  However, Toledo would withhold the right to set final rates and retain ownership.  A technical committee has been meeting to review details of this plan. I think our Board of Trustees may support this idea for this concept as it meets our long-term goal; reasonable, uniform fair water rates.  While it keeps all suburban parties at the table, until Toledo’s council “weighs-in” on this idea, it’s just more talk.   PERRYSBURG-MAUMEE-THE NORTHWESTERN WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT AND THE CITY OF BOWLING GREEN Last Thursday, The District’s Board of Trustees passed a resolution to partner with the Cities of Perrysburg and Maumee to fund exploring alternative water options, of which there are several under consideration.  For example: Continued talks with the city of Bowling Green Discussions with Artesian of Pioneer (AOP) on a groundwater source Review of using Ottawa County as a water source A request for detailed specifics on what all parties require (RFQ) will soon be issued. SUMMARY The devil is in the details, which will hopefully be outlined by the…

Former students to gather to honor legacy of late BGSU band director Mark Kelly

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATION They called him “The Chief,” and at 10:30 a.m. June 23, 101 of his former students will play at Bowling Green State University’s Kobacker Hall in his memory. Mark Kelly, who directed the BGSU bands from 1966 to 1994, died in November 2017 at the age of 91. The BGSU College of Musical Arts will host the memorial service Saturday. His daughter, Karen Kelly, brought together dozens of alumni and former students of her father to perform together as a band at the service. Capt. Ryan Nowlin, assistant director of the “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, will conduct the band during its performance. Karen Kelly ’75, ’82 is touched that so many alumni are coming back to the University to pay their respects to her father. “It speaks to the interest Dad maintained in the life and careers of the students, whether they continued in music, or completely different careers, away from music,” said Kelly, who was the band director at Van Wert (Ohio) High School for 34 years. “Outside of music, the careers included Air Force pilots, business entrepreneurs and scientists. His leadership was not music education specific.” Before Mark Kelly came to BGSU, he taught high school band at his alma mater in Centerville, Iowa, for several years. Three of his students from that time period will play in the memorial concert. Others are traveling from Washington D.C., Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire and Texas. Alumni performing Saturday include Lisa Welling Baker ’84, flute, a retired Shelby (Ohio) High School band director whose daughter is a twirler with the Falcon Marching Band; George Edge ’79, oboe, retired Grove City (Ohio) band director; Roger Kantner ’88, bassoon retired member of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band; Patty Ruckman ’90, clarinet, New Bremen (Ohio) choirs; Stan George ’80, alto sax, Perrysburg (Ohio) Schools; Ray Novak ’83, trumpet, retired (Toledo) Whitmer High School band director; Amy Horn ’89, French horn, retired member of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band; Dale Laukhuf ’67, trombone, retired Bath (Ohio) Local Schools; and Jeff Macomber ’75, euphonium, Missouri State Southern University. “To say that Mark Kelly made a meaningful contribution to BGSU as director of bands is an understatement,” said William B. Mathis, College of Musical Arts dean. “His influence and legacy is felt in the College of Musical Arts every day as students rehearse in Kelly Hall, through the Mark S. Kelly Band Scholarship and through lives and careers of the hundreds of students that he taught and mentored. “Anyone…

Wood County Humane Society to participate in mentorship initiative

(Submitted by Wood County Humane Society) The Wood County Humane Society (WCHS) has been selected as one of the first shelters in the nation to participate in a newly-launched, innovative initiative by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Called The Shelter Ally Project, this new initiative pairs one of HSUS’s Emergency Placement Partners, like WCHS, with a shelter in need located somewhere in the continental United States in order to provide much-needed mentorship to the host shelter. In particular, this initiative is designed to assist shelters in streamlining operational practices and locating necessary resources in order to reduce the number of animals annually euthanized in shelters. According to the HSUS website, approximately 4000 animals are euthanized each year in U.S.-based shelters. WCHS will work with the Clarke County Animal Shelter in Grove Hill, Alabama. Two representatives from WCHS will travel to the Alabama-based shelter later this month and work for a week with the staff of the shelter, sharing both knowledge and resources in order to help the partnering organization improve its practices and better serve its community. WCHS representatives include Shelter Manager Erin Moore and Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator April McCurdy. When asked to explain the need for such an initiative, Kimberly Alboum, Director of Shelter Outreach and Policy Engagement with HSUS stated, “There are still many shelters that are overwhelmed and want to change, but need outside support, both in the form of funding and guidance, to help animals in their community in the most effective way possible.” Alboum went on to note, “We’re very excited that we and our placement partners will be giving shelters that want to improve the opportunity and, most importantly, the support necessary to do so.” 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. All animals admitted into our adoption program are housed and cared for as long as it takes to find their fur-ever home. For more information on adopting and/or volunteering, see:

Toledo Zoo to host symphony & swing concerts

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Mercy Health Music Under the Stars at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheater will begin Sunday, July 8. Unwind on a warm Sunday evening and enjoy great music performed by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band, Toledo Symphony Chamber Players, Toledo Jazz Orchestra, and more. This year, each show will feature a fun musical theme aimed at family enjoyment. Each performance will be held at the Toledo Zoo’s Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. July 8 – Stars, Stripes, and Sousa with the Toledo Symphony Concert Band July 15 – Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars: The Music of John Williams with the Toledo Symphony Concert Band July 22 – Christmas in July with the Toledo Symphony Chamber Players July 29 – Swing, Swing, Swing: Music of the Big Band Stars with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra. The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) will be offering its Music Under the Stars Shuttle once again for those wishing to participate in the Park-N-Ride Service. Music Under the Stars Shuttle Park-N-Ride locations are: Maumee – St. Luke’s Hospital (5901 Monclova Road) Sylvania – Centennial Terrace (main parking lot, 5773 Centennial Road) Toledo – Franklin Park Mall (parking lot behind Old Navy; pick up at shelters on Royer Road) Toledo – Miracle Mile Shopping Center (near the shelter, 1727 West Laskey Road) Waterville – Kroger (8730 Waterville Swanton Road) Patrons are to arrive at any TARTA Music Under the Stars Shuttle Park-N-Ride location at 6:30 PM for a direct round trip ride to the Toledo Zoo’s Broadway entrance. Bus fare is $1.25 per person each way (60 cents for Seniors 65+ and Medicare cardholders) and is payable before each trip from the Toledo Zoo’s Amphitheatre aboard shuttle. Return trips will leave 20 minutes after the end of each concert.

Author to give talk on pollinators and native plants

(Submitted by BG Parks & Rec and Oak Openings Wild Ones) Author Heather Holm will speak at a special event in Bowling Green on Wednesday, July 11. Heather is an award-winning author and nationally sought-after speaker spending much of her time passionately educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them. Her first book, Pollinators of Native Plants, published in 2014, helped establish her as a knowledgeable resource about interactions between native bees and native plants. Her latest book, Bees, published in 2017, has won five book awards. This special event will be held at Simpson Garden Park in Bowling Green. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a wine & cheese reception during which you can meet the author and get your book signed. Books will be available for purchase at the book signing. Beginning at 7 p.m., Heather will deliver her talk entitled, “Forget Television – The Real Entertainment is Happening Outside in Your Pollinator-Friendly Garden.” If you want to learn more about the fascinating world unfolding in your garden, attend this information-packed talk. Heather will showcase many types of insect pollinators, their foraging behavior, and the tricks that flowers employ to attract pollinators. You will also learn about how you can use technology to document what you see and ultimately contribute to science. This event is co-sponsored by Bowling Green Parks and Recreation and Oak Openings Wild Ones. It is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come first-served. Wild Ones is a national not-for-profit organization with local chapters that teach the many benefits of growing native wildflowers and plants in your yard.  The Oak Openings Region chapter serves the globally-threatened ecosystem of Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. From September to May, this chapter meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Nederhouser Community Hall at Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania, OH.  Membership information is available at

BG, BGSU to host Ohio Town & Gown Summit

From BG CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU Bowling Green and Bowling Green State University were chosen to be the hosts of the Third Annual Ohio Town and Gown Summit this summer.  The summit is scheduled for Wednesday, July 18 through Friday, July 20, at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union on the campus of Bowling Green State University.  The summit provides an opportunity for networking and learning more about successful strategies and best practices for universities and their host communities to work together to create a cohesive and thriving community. Discussions and presentations will be designed to strengthen the relationships between Ohio higher education institutions and their respective municipalities, along with focusing on the unique opportunities and challenges that have been minimized with specific approaches.   Bowling Green Mayor Richard A. Edwards and BGSU President Rodney Rogers will provide the welcoming to the approximately 250 attendees anticipated.  BGSU President Emeritus Mary Ellen Mazey will be the keynote speaker during lunch on Thursday, July 19, which will focus on Bowling Green’s relationship from a comprehensive, community-wide visioning process to implementation and how the relationship has strengthened through the visioning process.  Bowling Green and BGSU have much to be proud of and to celebrate with the wide-ranging partnerships that have been created to best serve both the interests of the university, city and their constituents. The summit will also offer the opportunity to reflect on the progression of partnerships and brainstorm ways to further collaborate.     A broad variety of attendees will likely include elected officials, city planners, safety officials, city administrators, community ambassadors, higher education professionals, college students and downtown, chamber and visitor organizations to discuss important topics and opportunities related to community and university relations.   Committees comprised of city, community, and higher education officials have been meeting to coordinate the logistics of this large event and to develop programming that will be informative, meaningful, and include presenters from across the state of Ohio. There will also be opportunities for the attendees to tour the campus and community to highlight the many exciting and unique features of both the campus and community.  The planning committee is working on special programming to bring attendees to local businesses and attractions, especially to the beautiful historic downtown Bowling Green. The group will be invited to attend the next Best Hometown Celebration that will be hosted at the Simpson Building & Park on Thursday, July 19 from 4:30-6:30 pm.   The idea for the Town and Gown Summit originated when representatives from Ohio attended the 2015 International Town and Gown Association (ITGA) conference…

Tickets available now for HYT’s ‘Dorothy in Wonderland’

Submitted by HORIZON YOUTH THEATRE Horizon Youth Theatre is proud to present Brian D. Taylor’s musical “Dorothy in Wonderland” June 21, 22, and 23rd at 7 p.m. at Otsego High School, sponsored by The Wood County Historical Center & Museum and the Cagle Family. About this creative combination of two beloved classics, Taylor states on his website that “it’s natural that Dorothy and Alice would become instant friends if they met. After all, they’re both girls who want to return home from the fantasy worlds in which they find themselves.” Dorothy, Toto and the characters of Oz get caught in another whirlwind, sweeping them off to Wonderland where they encounter Alice, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, Cheshire Cat, and other familiar characters from Lewis Carroll’s famous Alice stories. And if you thought the Wicked Witch of the West was bad, facing a dangerous and irrational new foe — the Queen of Hearts – causes Dorothy and her friends to nearly lose their heads. Will a wild game of croquet be enough to defeat the Queen and return both girls home? Songs include “Two Worlds,” “A Mad Adventure,” “The Heartless Executioner,” and “Back Where It All Began.” Helmed by first time director Allison Kulbago, the musical features 47 students age 8 – 16 from many area schools including Bowling Green. The rest of the production team: Kat Knoell, stage manager; Tim Barker, choreographer; Hanna Felver, music director; Scarlet Frishman, assistant director; Christina Hoekstra, costumer; and Brittany Albrecht, consultant. Terra Sloane and Sophia Nelson star in the title roles of Dorothy and Alice. Other cast members are as follows: Dorothy understudy: Kaitlyn Valantine Alice understudy: Izzy Douglass Tin Man: Thomas Long (u/s Bob Walters) Scarecrow: Calista Wilkins (u/s Lola Truman) Lion: Nash Valantine (u/s Aiden Thomas) Wizard of Oz: Bella Truman (u/s Gray Frishman) Glinda the Good: Anne Weaver (u/s Aubrey Evans) Mad Hatter: M Clifford March Hare: Sophi Hachtel (u/s Gavin Miller) Queen of Hearts: Isaac Douglass (u/s Narnia Rieske) Dormouse: Narnia Rieske (u/s Thomas Long) Cheshire Cats: Aria Weaver, Alice Walters, Ligaya Edge Tweedle Dee: Violet Grossman Tweedle Dum: Katie Partlow Toto: Lila Stover White Rabbit: Gavin Miller (u/s Sophi Hachtel) Tigerlily: Izzy Douglass (u/s Isobel Roberts-Zibbel) Rose: Lauren Peppers (u/s Calista Wilkins) Tulip: Emy Wilkins (u/s Reece Hall) Caterpillar: Lola Truman (u/s Lauren Clifford) Humpty Dumpty: Aubrey Evans (u/s Rose Walters) King of Hearts: Bob Walters (u/s Lauren Peppers) Rook: Alexandra Roberts-Zibbel Pawns: Calan Amos, Amelia Mazzarella, Simon Baney, Aiden Thomas (u/s Jonah Truman) Knight: Amalia Cloeter Frog Footman: Reece Hall (u/s Emy Wilkins)…

Wood County Amateur Radio Club to hold field day at museum

(Submitted by Wood County Amateur Radio Club) Members of the Wood County Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 23-24, at the Wood County Historical Museum, 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. For over 100 years, Amateur Radio—sometimes called ham radio—has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2017. “It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Dave Isgur of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham Radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.” “Hams can literally throw a wire in tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate half-way around the world.” he added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronics do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communications infrastructure goes down.” Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And, with clubs such as the Wood County Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Wood County. For more information about Field Day, contact Bob Willman or visit:

‘Secret Garden Tour’ focuses on six BG gardens

(Submitted by University Women of BGSU) Wood County residents looking for summer gardening inspiration have a once-only opportunity for an insider’s peek at what some of Bowling Green’s most talented private gardeners are doing in 2018. This year’s Secret Garden Tour, slated for Saturday, June 23, draws inspiration from the garden meccas of Japan, Scotland, and Polynesia, along with the best of Midwest style gardening. The annual event, sponsored by the University Women of Bowling Green State University, is open to the public. It features six memorable Bowling Green gardens, each on view from 1 to 5 p.m.  Sunday, June 24 is the rain date. The gardens, along with some of the unique features of each, are listed here: – Alice Calderonello — 307 Haskins Road. Enjoy the calm, relaxing atmosphere of shade plants, a water feature with waterfall, handmade wooden arbors, astilbe garden, and multi-level flower beds. Park on Wallace or in the nearby Wood County Hospital parking lot. – Denise Robins — 521 Lorraine Ave. Savor scenic front and back yard hosta plantings, garden ornaments, a peace pole, hand-painted bench and chairs used as planters, a variety of garden ornaments, sun and shade perennials. There are also pots filled with annuals and herbs. Park on the east side of the street. – Karen Seeliger — 208 Syracuse Drive. Sense this homeowner’s love of tropical plants through the lens of a 20-foot water feature, Bird of Paradise, Moon Flower, bouganville, hibiscus, Staghorn fern, lemon and lime trees. Visitors may park on the opposite side of the street. – Royce L. Parker — 158 S. Maple St. The obvious attractions of this exotic garden include a colorful array of flowers, an extensive water garden with koi fish, a Japanese Golden Chain Tree, hosta, ferns, and an intriguing garden statue of a head. Park on the street. – Marie Rogers — 916 Lambert Drive. It’s hard to know where to look first, with so many unique garden art items in Rogers’ yard, including a sundial from the Scottish Highlands, a metal bench, hand-carved wooden statue, and an artist-made granite table and stools. Park in the hospital parking lot. Look for the ornate gate, which will be open. – Dinah Vincent — 1423 Turnberry Court. This is a new garden, in just its second summer. Emphasis here is placed on low-maintenance perennials and annuals that attract pollinators. Parking is in the driveway or around the cul-de-sac. Secret Garden tickets, at $10, include admission to all six homes. Tickets are currently available at Grounds For Thought, 174 S….

Frontier life re-enactment planned at Seven Eagles, June 23-28

(Submitted by Seven Eagles) Frontier Ohio will come life June 23-28 at Seven Eagles Historical Education Center, Grand Rapids, when re-enactors from Ohio and neighboring states converge to take part in the Friends of the Old Northwest Primitive Rendezvous. The entire camp will be open to visitors 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, June 23-25. Visitors can see a primitive encampment of people living as early pioneers, hear period music, learn about history, tour the site’s historic buildings and shop at stores to buy historical items. “This is a great place to bring your family,” said event leader Jaret Nye of Bowling Green. “Adults and kids can learn about history and see how people lived when this part of Ohio was the frontier.” Happening throughout the days will be demonstrations of frontier skills. “There will be people cooking over campfires, dipping candles, operating a blacksmith forge, shooting muzzleloaders, and probably throwing tomahawks and doing other things like sewing and spinning yarn,” Nye said. Periodic tours of the historic buildings at Seven Eagles will be available including a 200-year-old pioneer cabin and homestead; the Catfish Inn, a reproduction Scottish inn; a French trapper’s cabin; and a Native American longhouse. On the stage, the schedule for Saturday, June 23, begins at 11 a.m. with a presentation on the Battle of Fallen Timbers by Pat Stephens with the 1st Sub Legion of the United States, a partner of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Commission, Maumee. He plans to talk about uniforms of the battle, the importance of the battle and ravine area of the battlefield. Also Saturday, visitors can hear period music on the stage all afternoon. Period musicians expected to take part during the week are “Buffalo Woman” Jane Cassidy of Virginia, Hand Hewn of Delta, Amie and Bruce Brodie of Oregon (Ohio), Steve Keefer of Sidney, and others. Sunday, June 24, begins at 10 a.m. with an old-time church service conducted by Mike Kaufman of Defiance, who portrays a frontier preacher. A muzzleloader shooting demonstration is set for 11 a.m. Sunday as well as period music on the stage. At 1 p.m. Sunday, visitors may watch rendezvous participants take part in Highland Games, a rendition of Scottish contests in which men wearing kilts and also ladies compete in various contests of skill and strength such as the caber toss, the sheaf pitch and the haggis toss. Featured presenter for Monday, June 25, is Carol Jarboe, of Woodburn, Kentucky, who will tell her first-person story at 11 a.m. She portrays Maggie Delaney, an Irish indentured servant in…