Community Voices

Gathering Volumes hosting Harry Potter House Party, June 26

In celebration of their one year anniversary Gathering Volumes invites you to a Harry Potter House Party on June 26 at 7 p.m. Gathering Volumes bookstore in Perrysburg will be hosting events throughout the day on Monday, June 26 to celebrate their first anniversary. The day will include special discounts throughout the day, children’s activities including an introductory class on coding, a special story time, and book giveaways. They will end the day with a special house-themed Harry Potter party at 7 p.m. During the party guests will be sorted into their house based on the color of their clothes, so if you know your preferred house, dress appropriately. “Many fans know what house they belong to based on personal preference or the quiz on the Pottermore site,” says Denise Phillips, owner of Gathering Volumes. “So we have encouraged them to attend the party dressed in the color of their house. For example, anyone wearing predominantly green apparel will be sorted into Slytherin. E ach house will compete in four competitions and one house will be deemed the winner of the house cup. Members of the winning house will receive prizes at the end of the night.” Additionally, the party will involve Hogwarts appropriate snacks, and The Glass City Mashers will be offering samples of beer brewed locally, possibly even a Butterbeer. The Glass City Mashers are a beer, mead, and cider homebrewing club of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, formed in 2011. The non-profit organization looks to find ways to raise awareness for homebrewed and craft beer along with helping other charities in Northwest Ohio. “Internationally the first book of…

Group says political corruption, not algae is hurting Lake Erie

(Submitted by Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie) A Toledo environmental group today charged that the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) lacks legal authority to issue or enforce permits for more than 200 concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs or factory farms) it has permitted since 2002, and recommended four actions to respond to what it called “an ongoing scandal hidden in plain sight.” Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie (ACLE) asserts that Ohio Senate Bill 141, signed by former Governor Bob Taft, claimed to transfer authority over CAFOs from the Ohio EPA to the ODA.  However, the ODA never received the requisite U.S. EPA approval of this transfer, making all ODA CAFO permits moot. “We are here today to explain how authority to regulate CAFOs was illegitimately transferred from the Ohio EPA to the ODA, but this is not the fundamental reason Lake Erie and our health are both under siege from factory farms.  The fundamental reason is that an undemocratic process, built on political corruption, has created an agricultural model that places profit over health and sustainability at every turn,” said Mike Ferner, coordinator of ACLE. “The enormity of this problem almost defies belief,” Ferner explained.  “If you took Ohio’s five largest cities – Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo and Akron – doubled their annual output of raw sewage and dumped it, untreated, on farm fields draining into western Lake Erie, you would equal what CAFOs in Northwest Ohio do every year – and just the ones big enough to require a permit.  How much additional comes from perhaps hundreds of factory farms just under the size needed to register…

Simpson Garden hosts open air arts celebration

From BOWLING GREEN ARTS COUNCIL The Bowling Green Arts Council and Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department will host Art in the Park on the grounds of Simpson Garden Park, 1291 Conneaut Avenue, on Friday, June 9, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Festive fun in a beautiful garden setting with live music, dance, and theatrical performances, artists painting on easels, interactive art activities for children and light refreshments. FREE and open to the public. As they stroll through beautiful Simpson Garden Park, attendees will have an opportunity to view and vote for their favorite artist at work. They will also enjoy local musicians, music by students of the BGSU College of Musical Arts and performances at the Amphitheater by Julie’s Dance Studio, the Black Swamp Players, and Horizon Youth Theatre. Julie’s Dance Studio will kick off the performances at the Amphitheater at 4:45 with a presentation of a mix of difference dance styles from ballet to musical theatre. The Black Swamp Players will present an excerpt from “Dixie Swim Club” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten at 5:30 and at 6:30 in the Amphitheater. Horizon Youth Theatre will present two excerpts from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at 6:15 and at 7:00. Strolling and stationary musicians throughout the grounds will include the Root Cellar String Band featuring Lucy Long, Dave Strickler, Steve O’Regan, and Tom Goodwin; Toraigh an Sonas featuring Mary Dennis, Kathy Moss, Bill Lake, and Bob Midden; the Grande Royale Ükulelists of the Black Swamp, a.k.a. GRÜBS, with Sheri Wells-Jensen, Jason Wells-Jensen, Anne Kidder and Geoff Howes; Fire Breathing Sloths From Mars featuring Henrique Battista, Hong-Da Chin, and Aaron…

Historical center hosts demonstrations and picnic

(Submitted by Wood County Historical Center & Museum) Enjoy free family fun and historic demonstration at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum on Saturday, June 24 – Sunday, June 25 for Demonstration Days Weekend. The Historical Center is located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green and both the event and museum offer free admission all weekend. The Wood County Amateur Radio Club (WCARC) will hold their annual Field Day in the Boom Town area of the Historical Center grounds at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, and if weather permits, through the night until Sunday at 2 p.m. The Wood County Board of County Commissioners will recognize the work of the Wood County Amateur Radio Club with a proclamation on Saturday, June 24, at 3 p.m. Every June, more than 40,000 Amateur (Ham) Radio operators throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate radio science, as well as their importance to our communities. Field Day is a nationwide exercise sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) as a means to practice emergency communication procedures using temporary antennas and emergency power. In the event of a disaster, hams are ready and able to set up communication facilities on short notice almost anywhere. Other demonstrations will include a pioneer picnic and 1860s-era outdoor games on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is welcome to pack a lunch to enjoy on the grounds alongside costumed interpreters. The museum will also be open from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday with free admission as part of the Demonstration Days festivities….

Gavarone gets fellowship for leadership institute

(Submitted by State Rep. Theresa Gavarone) State Representative Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) recently was selected to participate in a training program that annually identifies and assists promising state leaders in the Midwest. Gavarone will join lawmakers from Ohio and 10 other midwestern states and four Canadian provinces August 11-15 in Minneapolis, Minn., as part of the Council of State Governments’ 23rd Annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD). “I was thrilled just to find out that Speaker Rosenberger nominated me to go through the selection process, let alone actually being selected for the fellowship,” Gavarone said. “I look at this as yet another opportunity for me to learn what is working in other states so that I can be a better representative for the people of Wood County.” BILLD was founded in 1995 to help new legislators meet the demands of increased policy responsibility being shifted to the states and, in many states, term limits.  These two emerging forces highlight the shortage of training available for legislators—a void that BILLD aims to fill. Courses and seminars will be conducted by faculty at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. In addition to courses designed to develop leadership skills, the program analyzes a variety of public policy issues, including the economy, health care and transportation policy. The Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development is named in honor of the late James Bowhay, longtime director of The Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Office. The program is funded through grants from foundation and corporate sponsors and an in-kind contribution provided by The Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Office. Gavarone is…

BG Transit joins Dump the Pump Day on June 15

(Submitted by BG Transit) On Thursday, June 15, 2017, B.G. Transit will join with a host of other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the twelfth annual National Dump the Pump Day. The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit.” Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2017 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and save money, instead of driving a car. This national day emphasizes that public transportation is a great travel option that also helps people save money. According to the April APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,823 annually by downsizing to one car. Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, a public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization. WHAT: 12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day WHERE: at B.G. Transit and a host of other transit agencies nationwide WHEN: Thursday, June 15, 2017 The B.G. Transit is the City of Bowling Green’s public transit system, and it is open to all for use. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For rides originating and ending within Bowling Green’s corporation limits, the general fare (one way) is $3.50. For rides originating and/or ending outside the city limits, the general fare is $4….

Push to change the way congressional districts are drawn gets underway

From INDIVISIBLE DISTRICT 5 Indivisible District 5 will hold an information session and training for those seeking signatures on petitions in support of an effort to change the way Congressional District are drawn Thursday, June 8, 7-8 p.m., Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St., Bowling Green The Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio campaign is obtaining signatures to get redistricting reform on the Ohio ballot in 2017. When in power, politicians from both major political parties have drawn the district lines to favor their own political party—commonly referred to as “gerrymandering”—and created noncompetitive “safe seats” for members of Congress. This lack of competition leads to more extreme views in Congress and means that members of Congress increasingly do not reflect the views of most Americans. Redistricting reform will curtail gerrymandering by requiring a bipartisan commission to draw district lines according to specific rules. In order to get this initiative on the ballot, the campaign needs to collect more than 300,000 signatures. We are looking for volunteers to pledge to collect signatures at area events and around town. This information session will include an introduction to gerrymandering and why reform is needed, a short training session for those interested in volunteering, and a question and answer session. To sign up to volunteer to collect petition signatures, go to Volunteers will also be at Grounds for Thought all day on June 8 (9 a.m. – 8 p.m.) to gather signatures.

Program to focus on PTSD and veterans

(Submitted by NAMI) Trauma is at the root of many emotional and social problems. Soldiers may endure physical and emotional trauma both during and after service. According to the RAND Corporation, at least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and/or depression. (“Post-traumatic Stress Disorder” describes lingering effects of trauma that are severe enough to warrant psychiatric intervention.) With this in mind, NAMI Wood County is focusing on military trauma in the second installment of spring mental health mini-series. On June 7 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Rossford Public Library, Pam Smith, founder and president of Arms Forces, a veterans’ services organization in Maumee, will talk about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and military service. A print and online journalist, Pam has presented to the Department of Defense, AMVETS, and Vietnam Veterans of America. She is a survivor of severe traumatic brain injury. Those interested in attending the presentation may call 419-352-0626 or go online at to sign up. CEUs for attending are pending. NAMI Wood County has provided support, education, and advocacy for all those affected by mental illness since 1987. More information on the organization’s many programs is available at

Don Scherer’s “Cooperative Wisdom” wins Nautilus Award

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS A book co-authored by Dr. Donald Scherer, professor emeritus of philosophy, and BGSU alumna Carolyn Jabs, a journalist and author, is the recipient of a gold Nautilus Award. “Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart” won recognition for illuminating an innovative and highly effective approach to conflict resolution. “We started working on the book in 2008, long before the recent election,” Scherer said. “Today, we find that people are deeply tired of endless conflict. There’s a real hunger for the benefits that come only from cooperation.” Scherer, who specialized in environmental ethics during his teaching career, spent a lifetime studying social systems to understand what makes them sustainable. “Cooperative Wisdom” distills his research, describing five principles that promote the kind of cooperation that undergirds thriving human communities. “The book is rooted in rigorous ethical philosophy,” Scherer said, “but the principles are relevant for families, schools, workplaces, nonprofit organizations and even governments.” Scherer and Jabs wrote the book as a conversation, a time-honored way of presenting philosophical ideas. Using living examples from history, current events, family life and Scripture, the book guides readers through 15 practices that will help them master this new way of responding to conflict. Jabs writes the award-winning column “Growing Up Online” and has published hundreds of articles on families, ethics, environmental issues and the internet. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Working Mother and Family PC, among many others. She is also the author of “The Heirloom Gardener.” The Nautilus Book Awards recognize books that transcend barriers of culture, gender, race and class….

Programs on using iPad & books for WWI soldiers on tap at library

Submitted by WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT LIBRARY Each Monday in June (6/ 5, 6/12, 6/19, and 6/26) the Wood County District Public Library (Bowling Green) offers iPad for Beginners classes in its 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Class sessions start at 11 am, and will cover new material each week. The workshops will provide an easy-going, fun environment in which to explore the basic functions of your iPad. Areas covered include: the hardware, settings, navigation, app basics. Registration required. To register, call 419-352-5050. Join us Tuesday, June 6 at 7 pm, for “Books Wanted for Our Men Over There.” Learn how the Library War Service, established in 1917 by the American Library Association, used money from private donations to create camp libraries and distribute over 7 million books and magazines to U.S. soldiers serving in World War I. WCDPL’s Michele Raine shares the history of this service and insights into the impact access to books had on those serving in the war. 2nd Floor Meeting Room. All programs are free and open to all. For more information, contact the library at 419-352-5104,

Sharma earns doctorate in osteopathic medicine

Submitted by Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Saurabh Sharma of Bowling Green was among the students who received a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at the college’s May 6 commencement exercises. In 2008 Dr. Sharma earned a B.S. and M.S. in biology from Bowling Green State University, and is a 2000 graduate of Don Bosco School in Siliguri, India. After graduation, Dr. Sharma will begin a residency in internal medicine in Columbus. The 2017 graduating class was the 38th to graduate from the Heritage College, which was created by the Ohio Legislature in 1975, and is the only institution in the state accredited to educate osteopathic physicians.

Ancient Mediterranean artisan gets first solo show at Toledo Museum of Art

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART The first major museum exhibition focused on the art and career of the influential ancient Mediterranean artist known as the Berlin Painter will visit the Toledo Museum of Art July 8 through Oct. 1, 2017. Eighty-four vessels and statuettes of bronze and terracotta from the early fifth century B.C. will be shown – including dozens of the finest vases attributed to the Berlin Painter along with works by other noteworthy artists of the period. University of Oxford scholar Sir John Beazley (1885-1970) identified the work of a single anonymous artist in over 200 vessels worldwide, and named him after a characteristically painted vase found in a museum in Berlin in 1911. The exhibition features masterpieces on loan from 15 renowned museums and two private collections, including the British Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; J. Paul Getty Museum; Vatican Museums; Musée du Louvre and the Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. “The Berlin Painter and His World represents the exceedingly rare opportunity for the individual style of one of the most important and prolific ceramic artists in history to be traced through extraordinary works of art gathered together from around the world,” said TMA Director, President and CEO Brian P. Kennedy, Ph.D. “It also provides a rich glimpse of Athenian life 2,500 years ago.” Divided into four sections – “The Berlin Painter’s World,” “The Berlin Painter’s Style,” “Gods” and “Heroes” – the exhibition explores a range of painted subjects, from athletics and musical performances to the rich body of Greek myth and epic. “We look forward to making these wondrous works of ancient…

Bethany Ash receives BGSU Rookie of the Year Award for work with COSMOS

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Beginning a new job is challenging enough, but Bethany Ash, research program manager for COSMOS (Northwest Ohio Center of Excellence in STEM Education), has not only mastered her own duties since joining Bowling Green State University in February 2016, she has already made improvements to the program to further benefit students. She has also taken on an additional role left vacant by a departing staff member. Ash was recognized for her many contributions with the 2017 Rookie of the Year Award at the Administrative Staff spring reception and awards. The Rookie of the Year is awarded annually by Administrative Staff Council in recognition of an administrative staff member who has played an integral part in implementing an idea, program or procedure designed to enhance or improve student recruitment, retention and/or engagement. To be eligible for the award, employees must have worked at BGSU a minimum of one year but no more than three years. As manager of the research program, Ash works on multiple projects and grant programs. She works very closely with students who conduct water quality research, providing them with an experiential learning opportunity and a chance to be a part of local, state and national discussions surrounding water quality and farm run-off. “In mid-2016 Beth learned that the grants covering the research did not have funding for students to work in the lab and that the students were volunteering their time,” said her nominator, Jessica Belcher, COSMOS associate director. “She took it upon herself to write a grant specifically to fund the students’ work. Because of her efforts these students now…

Michael McLaughlin, Robert Snyder win BGSU classified staff awards for caring for lab animals

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Like most classified staff members, Michael McLaughlin and Robert Snyder serve the needs of students and faculty. But their responsibilities also include nonhuman clients. As the Bowling Green State University Animal Facilities technicians, they care for research subjects such as pigeons and rats. In addition, they maintain the research facilities for faculty and students in the areas of biology, forensic science and psychology. Their dedication to their wards and to enabling research to be conducted in a clean, safe and compliant situation have earned them the 2017 Classified Staff Team Award. The award was presented May 17 at the annual Classified Staff Council reception and ceremony. The team will share a $1,500 award and their names will be displayed on a commemorative plaque in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Caring for animals is a seven-day-a week job, with no holidays and no two days the same. The University has two on-campus facilities plus a satellite location. McLaughlin and Snyder work diligently to ensure that not only are the needs of the animals met, but also the needs of the faculty, staff and students who utilize the facilities in their own important work, said Jenifer Baranski, director of BGSU animal research facilities. Each research project is different, with different requirements, but all must meet strict federal guidelines for safety and the well-being of the animals. McLaughlin and Snyder are thorough and careful in maintaining these standards while making sure that researchers have what they need to conduct their studies. Dr. Jon Sprague, Bureau of Criminal Investigation Eminent Scholar and director of the Center for the…

Marsha Bostelman presented with service award at BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Persistence, kindness, professionalism and skill are but some of the characteristics Marsha Bostelman brings to her job as administrative assistant in the Department of Marketing at Bowling Green State Universty. Her unflagging commitment to excellence and service was Marsha Bostelman recognized with the presentation of the 2017 Classified Staff Outstanding Service Award, given to Bostelman at the annual Classified Staff Council awards and reception on May 17. She received a $1,000 check and a plaque bearing her name, to be permanently displayed on the second floor of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Bostelman’s role in keeping the department running smoothly is appreciated by faculty, administrators and students alike, and they joined to nominate her for the award. “Marsha’s wealth of information, understanding of institutional policy and legacy knowledge of the University is inimitable,” wrote marketing faculty members Kirk Kern and Drs. Douglas Ewing and Jeffrey Meyer. “Her talents for efficient organization and effective communication with our faculty members and department chair keeps our diverse department operating. In short, she is invaluable.” “To say that Marsha exhibits exemplary job performance (one of the criteria for the award) is an understatement,” said former faculty member and chair Dr. Susan Kleine. “In fact, in an annual performance review, it is a challenge to identify something Marsha could improve; her work is nothing less than excellent in every way.” The marketing department is a challenging environment, her nominators agreed. Comprising a variety of disciplines from marketing to entrepreneurship to business communications to BIZX to hospitality management, it serves all business students plus others outside the College of Business…