Community Voices

Black Swamp Players get investor grant from Chamber

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce has selected the Black Swamp Players, Inc.  as the recipient of its Third Quarter Investor Grant of $1000.   The application for the grant was submitted by Deb Shaffer, Vice President.  The funds they receive will be used to purchase equipment to help them continue to present excellent productions.  The organization was in need of new wireless microphones, which are used in the musicals so the singers can be heard over the band.  Some of their current equipment is 15-20 years old.  The need is immediate for them for their very next production. The Black Swamp Players are starting their 51st season this fall with “Clue: The Musical.” They look forward to being able to use the new equipment for many years to come. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce offers this $1000 Investor Grant every quarter and the application process is very simple.  Investors can download an application from our website at   For additional information about the grant or membership, you can contact us at 419-353-7945. The mission of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce shall be to support an environment for the development and success of business within the Bowling Green area.

Wood County recorder reports quarterly transactions

(Submitted by the Wood County Recorder’s Office) The Wood County Recorder, Julie Baumgardner, has released a report covering the transactions of the recorder’s office for the third quarter, July 1 through Sept. 30, 2018. – 1,396 deeds were recorded for this quarter, compared to 1,580 deeds being recorded for the same quarter last year. – 1,125 mortgages, with a valuation of $418,026,703.08, were recorded for this quarter, compared to  1,247 mortgages, with a valuation of $866,262,910.19 being recorded for the same quarter last year. – Numerous other documents were recorded, in addition to the above, for a total of  4,293 documents being recorded for this quarter, compared to 4,606 documents being recorded for the same quarter last year. The Wood County Recorder’s Office paid a total of $247,016.16 into the county for this quarter, compared to $273,789.08 for the same quarter last year. $108,248.66 of  the total for this quarter was paid directly into the county general fund, compared with $120,448.58 for the same quarter last year.     $122,067.50 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 $135,236.50 for the same quarter last year, less one percent paid back to the county general fund.   The remaining balance of  $16,700 was paid into the recorder’s equipment fund for this quarter, compared with $18,104 for the same quarter last year.

Safe Communities urges caution as time changes

From SAFE COMMUNITIES OF WOOD COUNTY Safe Communities announced today that there have been 11 fatal crashes to date compared to the 13 last year at this time. *** As the end of the year approaches, we are now reaching the time of the year everyone enjoys Daylight Savings Time. However, this one-hour change may have negative effects when it comes to road safety. According to the National Safety Council, the risk of being in a fatal crash is three times greater at night. Therefore, with night approaching sooner and the days getting shorter, please take extra caution when driving in the dark. Along with being more cautious at night, every driver should know the warning signs of, and how to avoid, drowsy driving. Having trouble keeping your head up, nodding off, veering into another lane or onto the rumble strip, and frequent yawning — are all signals that you are too drowsy to drive safely. Drowsy driving is estimated to contribute to 1.2 million collisions annually, resulting in potentially 5,000 to 8,000 fatalities per year. Despite these risks, experts agree that drowsy driving is far too prevalent. Lack of sleep slows reaction time, impairs judgment, and increases the risk of dozing off while driving. As we fall back and head towards winter, follow these tips to reduce accidents after the clocks change: • Keep your regular sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time you normally would, so you can benefit from that extra hour of sleep. • Before you pull out of the driveway, clean your headlights, brake lights and signal lights. • Give yourself plenty of time, time to get where you need or want to go. • Approach all crosswalks, intersections and transit stops with caution, as it will be harder to see pedestrians and cyclists • Heed the speed limits and adjust your speed accordingly to the weather conditions. • Maintain a safe following distance so you’re prepared to react under any situation

Tony Vetter named new director of Downtown Bowling Green

From DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN Tony Vetter has been selected as the new Director of Downtown Bowling Green and The Downtown Foundation. He started on October 29, 2018. Downtown Bowling Green is a Special Improvement District within the downtown area. It serves the downtown as a liaison with government offices, other merchants and the media. Downtown BG strives to enhance and stabilize the economic vitality of the Central Business District through long-term improvement projects and ongoing promotional activities that benefit the community and surrounding area. Downtown Bowling Green hosts the Art Walk, Classics on Main Car Show, Farmers Market, the new Winter Market, Community Tree Lightning, Downtown Beautification, Holiday Decorations, and Holly Days along with sponsoring Firefly Nights, Fall Festival and Shop Small Business Saturday. It also supports other events promoted by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, BG Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bowling Green Economic Development (all located in the Four Corners Building) and the city of Bowling Green.  Volunteers for these events shows the strong support the community provides to Downtown Bowling Green. Working with Bowling Green State University and providing internship opportunities has benefited both organizations. Downtown Bowling Green promotes Downtown Dollars which are gift certificates that can be used just like cash in downtown businesses. It also furnishes enhanced maintenance for the downtown business district.   “Mary Hinkelman, new Executive Director of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, has done an excellent job as Director of Downtown Bowling Green and I wish to continue that same level of service along with implementing new ways to serve downtown and the community”, said Tony Vetter. Tony has over 27 years in leadership, sales and marketing experience. Recently he was Director of Sales and Interim President for the Toledo Convention and Visitors Bureau promoting our region to state, regional, national and international groups. Tony earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation in 2016, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the destination marketing industry. The focus of the program is on vision, leadership, productivity and the implementation of business strategies. “Tony Vetter, as CDME graduate, has been awarded the profession’s highest educational standing.” said Richard Nachazel, past President and CEO of Destination Toledo. Tony graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations and started his own business to pay his way through college. He and his wife, Cheryl ,have lived in Bowling Green for over 24 years.  Cheryl has been a business owner in Bowling Green for over 31 years operating Hagemeyer Fine Photography with her sister Kathy Wilhelm. Tony is the son a farmer and grew up in a family of 12 near Hicksville, OH.  

Connection Center benefits from St. Aloysius rummage sale

From CONNECTION CENTER OF HARBOR Colleen Schroeder and her Co-Chair Carol Beckley from St. Aloysius recently  presented the Connection Center of Harbor with a  check for $2700 from their annual rummage sale. Although St. Aloysius has conducted an annual rummage sale for many years, Colleen and Carol have co-chaired the Benefit Rummage Sale together for the past nine years. Every year the rummage sale proceeds are split in half; half to fund the St. Aloysius Food Pantry and half donated to a community agency, program or a local charity. This is the fifth time in those nine years proceeds were given to a mental health and/or substance use disorder program. It was Carol’s idea the Connection Center receive the donation this year. As a member of the Connection Center, Carol knew the Center was moving this year into a larger space and needed additional furnishings and supplies for the new building and expanded programming. Verna Mullins, Manager of the Connection Center of Harbor, says “The timing couldn’t be more perfect. We will use this money to purchase furnishings for our new building as well as obtain items for the expansion of our exercise and nutrition programs. Fitness equipment and a group pass to the BG Community Center will be first on our list.” Our community becomes stronger when community collaborations like these, match resources with relevant needs.

Not In Our Town BG responds to killings, plans vigil

(Submitted by Not In Our Town Bowling Green) NIOT BG joins the country in expressing our profound sadness and outrage at the senseless killing of these individuals who were living their faith and for those living their daily lives. How many more lives need to be lost for action to take place? Just before 10 a.m. on Saturday, Robert Bowers shot and killed 11 people while congregants were at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Six more people were injured, including three police officers in the line of duty. Clearly this was a hate crime as Bowers yelled “all Jews must die.” Those killed were Daniel Stein, 71; Joyce Feinberg, 75; Richard Gottfried, 65; Rose Mallinger, 97; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66; brothers Cecil Rosenthal, 59, and David Rosenthal, 54; husband and wife Bernice Simon, 84 and Sylvan Simon, 86; Melvin Wax, 88; and Irving Younger, 69. Also, last Wednesday, a gunman fatally shot Vickie Lee Jones and Maurice E. Stallard in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, at a supermarket. While this is still under investigation, a witness trying to intervene reported the gunman told him “whites don’t kill whites,” indicating this shooting was likely race-related. In two different towns, citizens lie dead and others remain critically injured, leaving behind pain, anguish, disbelief, uncertainty, sadness and anger in families and all communities involved. We reach out with our deepest sympathy, sharing immeasurable heartache in a world where hate and violence are firmly embedded. We cannot become numb to the hate and violence. No community is immune from this, but we do have choices on how we aspire to live together in our particular communities. NIOT BG holds up a vision of a Bowling Green community in which community relationships are nurtured in positive ways from school aged on up; a community in which all diversity is not only respected but welcomed, and in which no one need live in fear, regardless of religion, color of skin, sexual orientation, ability, gender, or any other dimension of identity. We need to work together to continue fostering relationships with each other – our neighbors, our co-workers, strangers who may look different and strangers who may look the same. We need to reassure our children and grandchildren – the next generation – that we care about all human-beings. As the famed children’s television star and Squirrel Hill resident Mr. Rogers often told children that in times of trouble, “look for the helpers.” Let us all aspire to be “helpers” in all walks of life as we aspire to create a world of hope and love. We all must be convinced by now that being silent is being complacent. NIOT BG supports all efforts to express solidarity with the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh, to comfort its members, and the community of Jeffersontown, Kentucky, to squarely face the underlying roots of white supremacy and violence in our society. We ask that all in our BG community stand with the people of Pittsburgh and Jeffersontown. We have to do more to stand together to show that hate cannot prevail. A vigil is being planned for this weekend. Details will be made available as soon as they are confirmed.

Women’s Club of BG to host holiday boutique

(Submitted by the Women’s Club of Bowling Green) Women’s Club of Bowling Green will present its 15th Annual Holiday Boutique on Saturday, Nov. 3,  at the Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main St. in Downtown Bowling Green, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More than 20 vendors will offer seasonal and holiday items including fine arts, home décor, jewelry, quilted items, jams/jellies, and beauty products. Admission is free of charge. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase, until drawing at the close of the boutique, for 12 themed baskets which include the themes of gardening, wine, spa items, child’s play, among others, and a money tree worth $150. Additionally, the club will be hosting a bake sale. Proceeds support the Women’s Club of Bowling Green scholarships and community service projects. Raffle tickets may be obtained from any Women’s Club member or, for more information, call 419-354-0809.

Not In Our Town Annual Peace March set for Nov. 14

(Submitted by Not In Our Town Bowling Green) The community is invited to join in the Not in Our Town’s Annual Peace March on Nov. 14. The march promotes an inclusive and welcoming Bowling Green. This event is a part of the national efforts of United Against Hate Week. Those participating will assemble near the intersection of Main and Wooster in Downtown Bowling Green, near the alley in the middle of the 100 block of East Wooster Street — next to the Amish Deli. People will begin assembling at 11:30 a.m., with the march stepping off at noon. People are also invited to join participants at BGSU’s Oval at 1 p.m. for pizza and to hear remarks from community members.

Chocolate makers to share family tradition

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Around 80 years ago, Carolyn Morgan attempted to make chocolate at home and found she needed help learning how to make fine chocolate.  She found a local chocolatier and traded work as a dipper in the shop for lessons on how to make the treats.  When the Great Depression hit, Carolyn began working at the chocolate shop to help support her family.  When the Great Depression ended, Carolyn Morgan never wanted to sell chocolate again. She wanted to give it away to friends and family. Now, four generations later the Guion family is continuing Carolyn Morgan’s mission of  passing on chocolate-making lessons. “We are going on four generations of chocolate making as a family,” said Cassie Greenlee, Carolyn Morgan’s great-granddaughter. Cassie and her father Keith Guion will teach a chocolate-making class at the Wood County District Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at 10 am.  “Three branches of our family come to Bowling Green each year and we make about 250 pounds of chocolate,” said Greenlee.  “This year, we are looking forward to sharing this tradition and cooking tips with the community.” The class will take place in the historic Carter House and registration for the event is required. Attendees will learn the entire process, from cooking the centers to hand-dipping the finished product. To register, please call the Library’s Information Services Department at 419-352-5050.

BG elementary students learn fire safety lessons

Students at all the Bowling Green elementary schools learned safety lessons this week from the “Firefighter Phil,” program, brought to the schools by Bowling Green Fire Division. The program teaches the basics of fire safety to students in kindergarten through fourth grade, according to BG Firefighter Rob Rath. The fire training is provided in the elementaries each year, with the type of programs being switched around to keep the students’ attention, Rath said.

BGSU names a new class of distinguished alumni

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS In 2011, Bowling Green State University created the Academy of Distinguished Alumni, the highest honor bestowed by the University, to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of alumni. On Oct. 11, the University honored four alumni who have made significant contributions to their chosen professional field and/or through their community involvement by inducting them into the 2018 Class of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Honorees include: Dr. Jennifer Higdon ’86, ’14 (Hon.) Jennifer Higdon is one of the most-performed living American composers working today. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music in 2010 and is a two-time Grammy winner. She was recently named the recipient of the prestigious Nemmers Prize from Northwestern, and has also been the recipient of Guggenheim, Koussevitzky and Pew fellowships, as well as two awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Higdon currently holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and she serves as composer-in-residence with various orchestras throughout the country. Her works have been recorded on over 60 CDs. Her composition blue cathedral is one of the most-performed orchestral works by a living composer, with more than 700 orchestras performing the work since its 2000 premiere. Some of her recent commissions include works for The Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Chicago Symphony, The President’s Own Marine Band, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird, Tokyo String Quartet and Ying Quartet, in addition to works for individual artists such as singer Thomas Hampson, violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Yuja Wang. Her first opera on Charles Frazier’s best-selling book “Cold Mountain” was commissioned by Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, North Carolina Opera and Minnesota Opera. It has been a resounding success, selling out all of its runs and winning the International Opera Award. Higdon, a self-taught flutist, studied at BGSU’s College of Musical Arts and earned a bachelor’s in music performance. She later studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, earning an Artist Diploma, followed by a master’s and Ph.D. in composition from the University of Pennsylvania. Higdon and her partner, Cheryl, reside in Philadelphia. Richard A. (Dick) Maxwell ’70 Dick Maxwell served 36 years in the National Football League before retiring in 2006 as senior director of NFL broadcasting. Since his retirement, Maxwell has continued to serve as a national game representative for the Commissioner’s Office at high-profile games. He also has coordinated the annual NFL Broadcast and Sports Media Boot Camps, both successful player transition programs. BGSU will host one of these Boot Camps for the seventh time next April. Maxwell’s career with the NFL began in 1971 when he was hired to work as part of the public relations team for the Denver Broncos shortly after graduating from BGSU with his journalism degree. In 1976, he left the Broncos to become the first public relations director of the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 1978, Maxwell was asked to join Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s staff in New York City as National Football Conference information director, and then became NFL director of broadcasting under Commissioner Paul Tagliabue in 1989. He continued to serve as senior director of NFL broadcasting under Commissioner Roger Goodell until his formal retirement. Maxwell has worked 34 Super Bowls, dozens of AFC-NFC Pro Bowls…

Workshop to focus on clean water and conservation for women farmers

(Submitted by Wood Soil & Water Conservation District) American Farmland Trust, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Team, and Ohio’s Wood Soil & Water Conservation District have joined together to announce a Great Lakes Conservation Connect women-dedicated learning circle in Woodville. This workshop on Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will focus on farming for clean water for women farmers and land owners. Learning Circles provide women the opportunity to meet other land owners, share their farm successes and challenges, discuss their goals for their land and access advice and technical assistance. Nearly 301 million acres of U.S. land – about a third of the nation’s land in farms – are now farmed or co-farmed by women and at least 87 million additional acres are in the hands of women landowners. Over the next 20 years, the numbers of women farming and or taking on a management role on farmland is likely to increase as  340 million acres of farmland are expected to change hands when farmers retire or leave their land to the next generation. At this learning circle, women will have the opportunity to learn about how water moves through and over the farmland and the best practices to help retain nutrients in your fields where you want them, instead of running into nearby streams and lakes. “In the Midwest, women now own or co-own between one-fourth and one-half of the farmland. These women are very interested in farming practices that benefit the health of their land. Our focus is to connect these women with each other and with the resource professionals who can help them with their farmland management goals,” said Jennifer Filipiak, Midwest director for American Farmland Trust. She continues, “Surveys show that 50 to 66 percent of women who attend a meeting take at least one conservation action in partnership with their tenants within one year. Actions range from planting cover crops to contacting NRCS for a whole-farm conservation plan to incorporating conservation provisions into their leases with tenants. Women consistently rate the women-only, peer meeting format very highly in surveys.” “Farmers are sometimes hesitant to make long-term investments in conservation on fields they rent. This has been one of the barriers to adoption of water quality practices in the Western Lake Erie Basin.” said Beth Landers of Wood Soil and Water Conservation District. “If we can help the landowner and the farmer both understand the economic and environmental factors of a specific practice, it is easier for them to reach a working agreement that incorporates soil health and water quality improvements.” Topic: Conservation and farming practices that promote clean water Location: Luckey Farmers Inc., 1200 Main St., Woodville. Time: Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch is provided, and the program will end at 3 p.m. RSVP by 5 p.m., Nov. 9 , by signing up online at or calling 419-354-5517. If you need an accommodation, please notify us when you RSVP. You are more than welcome to bring a friend or family member, just let us know when you RSVP.

BGSU honors 10 under 10

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS From basketball coaches and photographers, to environmentalists and advocates, leaders and visionaries, risk takers and dreamers, recent Falcon alumni are changing lives for the world. To honor the accomplishments of recent alumni, the Bowling Green State University 10 Under 10 Award was established in 2017. The 2018 class was honored during Homecoming festivities Oct. 12: Kate Achter ’08,’10 Kate Achter is a former women’s basketball player who led the Falcons to four MAC Championships and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 during her four years as a starter. During her senior year, she was named All-American and Mid-American Conference (MAC) Player of the Year. She is the only player in school history with 1,000 career points and 600 career assists. After playing professionally with Palaio Faliro in Greece and holding several assistant coaching positions at St. Bonaventure and Xavier, she was named the head women’s basketball coach at Loyola University in Chicago and is starting her third season at the helm of the Ramblers. She is a graduate of BGSU’s acclaimed sport management program and also has a master’s in sport administration. Leo Almeida ’10 Leo Almeida is a policy associate for the Nature Conservancy in Ohio, where he develops and executes strategies to broaden support for the organization’s climate and energy policies. He is actively involved in politics, having worked as a senior legislative aide in the Ohio Senate and volunteering for numerous organizations and election campaigns. He is particularly interested in engaging new Americans and the Latino community, as well as working with groups to promote voter registration and education about voter rights. As an immigrant, he has committed himself to helping others become U.S. citizens. He currently serves as president of the board of Community Refugee and Immigration Services, a nonprofit organization that helps refugees in the Columbus area find housing and employment and also learn English. He graduated from BGSU with a degree in ethnic studies. Scott Hochenberg ’12 After earning a master’s in sport administration from BGSU, Scott Hochenberg took a career path into public service after having the opportunity to intern at the Clinton Foundation. He now works as a program analyst for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he has received several awards for his teamwork, leadership and contributions. He held a previous role in USAID’s U.S. Global Development Lab, where he worked on innovative practices to defeat extreme poverty. He also served as a three-term president of Young Professionals at USAID. He continues to give back to BGSU by hosting a student group at his agency’s offices in Washington, D.C., every spring. Sara Houlihan ’09 Sara Houlihan is a physical therapist at Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan in the departments of General Medicine, Oncology and Emergency Medicine. Since being promoted to her current position as a clinical specialist in 2017, she has played a vital role in developing the physical therapy program and new training methods for residents in the Emergency Department. She also is the lead trainer for the electronic medical record system. Houlihan has served BGSU in many capacities since earning her degree in applied health science, including as a member of the Pre-Professional Programs Advisory Board, Honors College Leadership Council member and as a BGSU One Day…

BGSU professor helps young people find their voice to protest gun violence

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Young people singing their original songs about the impact of gun violence and the desperate need for a change took the stage at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco recently. Their songs and others’ are part of a new album called “Raise Your Voice: The Sound of Student Protest.” The 11 tracks came from students across the United States, performing as soloists or in groups, from hip-hop to rock to spoken word to voice and piano. They are united in their insistence that gun violence has to stop. The impetus for the album came from Dr. Katherine Meizel, an associate professor of musicology in the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts. With the help of the Little Village Foundation, she found a way to preserve those voices and share the students’ message. “The project has two goals: to encourage young people to vote and to raise money for gun safety,” Meizel said. Proceeds from the album will be donated to the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety organization, which works to end gun violence, create safer communities and assist victims of gun violence. “Raise Your Voice: The Sound of Student Protest” is available at Grounds For Thought, for a discounted price of $16.50. For each album sold, $15 will go to Everytown for Gun Safety ( The album is available for download and streaming on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. “It’s important for young people to feel they can make a difference, and these students are demonstrating that in a really powerful, beautiful way,” Meizel said. “One of the reasons I’m so impressed with this movement is that they don’t imagine they can’t make a difference; it’s absolutely clear to them they can make a difference, and they are doing it. They don’t sit back and say, ‘My voice doesn’t count.’ They are making it count. “The students have different ideas about what reform should look like, but they all want to be safe in school and they all want to help heal people who have been harmed. They want to tell their representatives to care more about young people than about the gun lobby. Some want to tell policymakers they will soon be able to vote and will be making an impact politically. The want to encourage other young people to use their voices the way they have, and vote.” Last spring, as the country reeled from yet another school shooting, this time in Parkland, Florida, students organized a walkout on March 14, 2018, memorializing the 17 students and teachers who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It was the first of a series of rallies organized by students calling for an end to gun violence. The first walkout was followed on March 24 by the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., and other cities across the country, and then a walkout for the April 20 remembrance of the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. Meizel said she watched in rapt attention. As an ethnomusicologist, one of her primary focus areas is music in culture and human life, “what music means to people in life,” she said. “I like to use contemporary examples for my classes, where we talk a lot about music in politics and music in resistance,”…

Female figure at center of Martha Gaustad’s art

“Liberated Figuratively,” art by Martha Gonter Gaustad, is now on exhibit through  Nov. 9 in the  Fisher/Wall Gallery of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Findlay. This show contains 15 works across the spectrum of 2D media including paintings, drawings and photography. At the heart of Gaustad’s art is the female figure, its beautiful forms, tones, and textures revealed by the light cast in both contrived and natural settings. The work evokes the viewer’s appreciation for the visual subtlety and complexity of the human form as well as a psychological response to the posture, expression and narrative composition of each piece. Since 2013, Martha has received varied recognitions and awards for her participation in international, national and regional juried gallery and museum shows. In addition to exhibition catalogs, her work has been published in surveys of contemporary painting. A native of Buffalo NY, “Marti” has lived and worked in the Toledo area for over 30 years. After retiring as a professor and administrator from Bowling Green State University, she returned there as an art student for five years; also traveling to study art conservation and painting techniques in Florence, Italy. She currently maintains a studio in downtown Toledo.