Community Voices

May Wellness Initiatives set at Wood County Hospital

(Submitted by Wood County Hospital) The Wood County Wellness department offers classes and meetings monthly on a variety of relevant topics that are important to the community. “Health promotion and disease prevention programs can empower individuals to make healthier choices and reduce risk of disease and disability. Because good health is our most valuable possession, it is our mission in wellness to provide the tools and resources that assist in promoting healthy lifestyles, decreasing risk, and enhancing quality of life,” said Teri Laurer, director of Wellness and Occupational Medicine, Wood County Hospital. The Positively Pink Women’s Health Series meets quarterly and covers a range of topics important to women in the community. The event begins with vendor tables offering pertinent health information on popular women’s health topics. Each event offers an expert speaker that presents a topic to improve women’s health or offer solutions to common problems women face. The next Positively Pink event occurs on Thursday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital meeting rooms. The knee is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body. Knee pain affects people of all ages, and is a common problem with many causes, from acute injuries to complications of medical conditions. Dr. Carlos Gomez will discuss the causes, symptoms and current treatment options for knee pain. He will also explain how to be proactive in taking care of your body and your joints. In addition, The Bowling Green Police Division and Wood County Hospital Wellness Services Department are offering a free personal safety & self-defense class on Thursday, May 24, from 5:30-9 p.m. in the meeting rooms at the hospital. The instruction of this free class centers on prevention strategies to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim. This includes tips on how to not look like a victim, ideas to make your home more secure while there and away, tips for safe traveling and when necessary, how to take action. In addition, participants will be…

Free dental treatment offered to area veterans

(Submitted by dental office of Drs. Phipps, Levin & Hebeka) The dental office of Drs. Phipps, Levin & Hebeka is holding its second annual veterans appreciation day, with free dental treatment for area veterans on May 4. During the Stars Stripes and Smiles event, the dental office will offer every veterans a free cleaning, filling or extraction. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, between 7 a.m. and noon on that Friday. The dental office is located at 970 W. Wooster St., in the Wood County Hospital Medical Building, near Jak’s Pharmacy. The office phone number is 419-352-2569.

Renovated University Hall wins gold for being green

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS It was the first building on Bowling Green State University’s campus, and now University Hall becomes the first renovated building on campus to receive the gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation. Awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is “the most widely used green building rating system in the world and provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.” While BGSU has received LEED designations for other new and renovated buildings, the gold designation for University Hall is particularly meaningful, President Rodney Rogers said. This LEED award further validates our commitment to good environmental stewardship and our pledge to reduce our carbon footprint. University Hall is the entry point for prospective students with the Office of Admissions, and also houses key, high-impact programs that contribute to student success, such as the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship and Math and Science Education in Action. Designed by BPHD Architecture, the upgrades focused not only on energy efficiency but also on health, such as using low-emitting materials that are beneficial to the indoor environment for daily occupants and visitors. Plans for the renovation included a commitment to providing at least 35 percent of the building’s electrical energy from renewable sources. New windows throughout let in natural light, reducing electric demands while also restoring University Hall’s grandeur and views across the center of campus. The new electric lights are LEDs, which, again, reduce energy consumption and the building’s carbon footprint. Water consumption was also taken into consideration; the plumbing fixtures use non-potable water. The physical footprint of University Hall was reduced in the renovation, and materials that were removed were re-incorporated into the new structure, reducing the impact on landfills. More green space around the building was also gained. Even transportation was taken into account, with designated parking spaces provided for low-emitting vehicles and increased bicycle parking areas….

Toledo Museum exhibits works from 100 years of Toledo Area Artists exhibits

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART In 1917 the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) and three local artist collectives established the Toledo Federation of Art Societies (TFAS). The following year, the first Toledo Area Artists (TAA) exhibition sponsored by TFAS was held at TMA. Today TFAS is affiliated with more than 40 area art organizations—including artist clubs, galleries, college and university art departments —and hundreds of individual members within a 150-mile radius of the city of Toledo. This retrospective exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of TFAS and the century-long tradition of celebrating and recognizing the best artists in the region by TMA. It will showcase more than 20 works of art in a wide variety of media from the approximately 270 works purchased by TFAS for its collection over the last 60 years of TAA exhibitions at TMA. Decades in the Making will be on view at the Museum from April 28 through June 24. “The greater Toledo area has a history of incubating some of the most forward-thinking creative practitioners in the country,” said Brian Kennedy, TMA’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director. “This legacy is in large part the result of the support provided by the Toledo Federation of Art Societies. Decades in the Making commemorates the 100th anniversary of TFAS and recognizes our joint commitment to the region’s outstanding arts and artists.” The works were selected by Halona Norton-Westbrook, Director of Curatorial Affairs at TMA. Among the featured artists will be Diana Attie (drawing), Edith Franklin (ceramics), Dominick Labino (glassblowing), and Kenneth Thompson (sculpture). “Since 1948 the Toledo Federation of Art Societies has been investing in Toledo-area artists while at the same time growing a permanent collection of some of the most dynamic works of art created in our region,” said Doug Adams-Arman, TFAS president. “We look forward to sharing highlights of these noteworthy acquisitions with the entire community as part of our 100th anniversary festivities.” Decades in the Making: Highlights from the Toledo Federation of Art…

OSU and Wood County Extension to hold “weGrill” program

(Submitted by OSU Extension, Wood County) Ohio State University Extension, Wood County is offering a free program that brings fathers and their child (ages 10-16) together around a grill to learn basic nutrition, food safety and other life skills that can strengthen their relationships. This program is a research project with Ohio State University and OSU Extension in Wood County. They need your help to provide input on an educational program called weGrill designed to help fathers and father-figures and their teenage child be healthy As a research participant, you’ll be asked to participate in a series of workshops around food grilling and family time. You’ll be asked about how fathers and father-figures can best enhance relationships with their teens and about healthy eating and food grilling. Teens will be asked about the characteristics they need to be successful in the future.  This is a non-invasive study. WeGrill program consists of eight sessions. At each session fathers and youth learn about food safety and nutrition and have the opportunity to grill a healthy meal together. Once the food is done families gather around tables to enjoy their meal together. This is the second, and final series offered in 2018. Current participants have stated, “this is a great program for my child and I’m so happy this program is offered in Wood County.” Youth have said, “I really enjoy the cooking, and spending time with my dad. I have tried foods I have never tried before!” Registration Orientation Thursday, May 31, 5:15-7:15 – to complete paperwork forms. Dates for the 8 series session are: Tuesday, June 12, and Wednesday, June 13 Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20 Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27 Tuesday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 11 All sessions will take place at the Wood County Extension Office from 5:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. at 639 South Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green. Registration is required for the series, and space is limited to the first eight families…

Art Walk in downtown BG is a sure sign of spring

From DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN Art Walk is here! It’s a sure sign of spring when the artist come out after the long winter to wake us from the gray and whites of that season to the vast array of colors that will be the focus of the weekend. April 28th, Downtown Bowling Green in cooperation with the BG Arts Council will present the 26th Annual Art Walk. This year, there will be 31 “walking galleries” featured at the businesses that offered space to the local artists. So much wonderful art to take in, but this is not all there is to the Art Walk experience. There is also a Quilt Show and Exhibit, performing artists and a culinary art component. Each of the gallery artists’ work will be judged for a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize as well as 3 People’s Choice Awards. Brochures with a listing of each artist and gallery location will be available at participating merchants and the Four Corners Center on the day of the Art Walk. All the galleries and the performing arts are free and open to the public. Art Walk is really a community event as it features 25 local artists, 20 plus quilters, a multitude of performing artists, 14 casual artists and charities in Project Chair-Art-Y, BG local schools as well as BGSU art departments. One of the galleries, located at 157 N. Main St., features BG Elementary school students’ art and a hands-on activities for visitors to partake in. BG High School students will display metal work at Waddington Jewelers and other artwork at Grounds for Thought. The Quilt Exhibit and Demonstrations, located at the Four Corners Center, is another major highlight of the Art Walk. Over 20 quilters will display their work and several will be demonstrating techniques. This exhibit is sponsored by the Busy Thimble and the Black Swamp Quilters and organized by Connie Miller. This year marks the 5th year for this exhibit. A beautiful quilt that…

Health district encourages vaccines during National Infant Immunization Week

(Submitted by Wood County Health District) Wood County Health District will emphasize the benefits of vaccines during National Infant Immunization Week (April 21-28) and conduct an immunization clinic from 1-3:30 p.m. on Friday. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. Giving babies the recommended immunizations by age 2 is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, such as whooping cough and measles. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor to ensure that their baby is up to date on immunizations. Physician offices often become busy with immunization appointments in the fall, so the health department is encouraging parents to begin making plans now for vaccines that will be required when their children return to school. Wood County Health District has appointments available from 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, for children whose doctors do not offer immunizations. Most insurance and Medicaid is accepted, and the cost without insurance is $20 per vaccine. Call 419-352-8402 ext. 3252. If you or your child does not have a primary care provider, Wood County Community Health Center is accepting new patients. Call 419-354-9049 to schedule an appointment. The mission of Wood County Health District is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. Our Community Health and Wellness Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. We welcome all patients, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay, and we accept most third-party insurance. For more information, visit  

BG Tree Commission to hold photo contest

(Submitted by City of Bowling Green) The City of Bowling Green Tree Commission is kicking off its inaugural photo contest. The commissioners want to raise awareness of Bowling Green’s Urban Forest that is found both on public and private property. Throughout 2018 we are asking citizens to submit photos highlighting trees in three seasons of the year: spring, summer, and fall. How the contest works: • Submit any eligible photo on the Arborist section of the city website ( • The contest will run until Oct. 31. • The Tree Commission will select the top photos from the tree categories: Spring, Summer, and Fall. • The public can vote on the selected photos to choose the top overall photo in each category. Eligibility: • Any amateur photographer residing in Bowling Green • Photos must be taken within the Bowling Green City Limits • Photos must be of a tree and not other landscape plants (i.e. shrubs, annuals, perennials, etc) Prizes: • The top photo in each category will receive a $25 gift certificate to one of thefollowing: Bostdorff’s, Klotz Floral Design and Garden Center, or North Branch Nursery.

BGSU Arts Events through April 29

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS At  the galleries  — The School of Art will host its second MFA Thesis Exhibition April 21-29 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries in the Fine Arts Center. The opening reception is at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20. Exhibitors include Fernanda Ruocco, Jacob Nolt and Ericsson De La Paz Lugo. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. The galleries are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the upper level of the Wankelman Gallery. For more information, visit April 19 — The International Film Series presents “Dear Pyongyang” (2005, Japan/South Korea, 107 minutes, directed by Yang Hong-Hi), with an introduction by Dr. Ryoko Okamura from the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Filmed in both Osaka, Japan, and Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2004, this deeply moving and intimate documentary features Zainichi (North) Korean immigrants living in Japan and their complex allegiances to family, host country, and their “fatherland.” A daughter interviews her parents as they return to Pyongyang to celebrate her father’s 70th birthday with her brothers. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater, located in Hanna Hall. Free April 19-22 — The BGSU Theatre Department presents “The Threepenny Opera,” Bertolt Brecht’s “play with music.” Brecht turned John Gay’s 18th century “The Beggar’s Opera” into a biting commentary on the bourgeoisie and modern morality. Set in Victorian London, this tale of the outlaw Mack the Knife offers a socialist critique of a capitalist world. Advance tickets are $5 for BGSU students and $15 for other adults; all tickets the day of the concert are $20. Tickets can also be purchased at For more information, call the box office between noon and 5 p.m. weekdays at 419-372-8171. The show opens at 8 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Additional performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on April 20 and 21, and 2…

Safe Communities sending out warning not to drive distracted

From WOOD COUNTY SAFE COMMUNITIES Wood County Safe Communities announced today that there have been four fatal crashes in Wood County for calendar year 2018, compared to five for the same time frame in 2017. *** At some point, many of us have witnessed a distracted driver; they are often easy to spot. Some reading this article may even admit to driving distracted in the past. With so many individuals tuned in to smartphones, distracted driving has become one of the most common causes of fatalities on the roads. This scenario provides an example of why Safe Communities of Wood County is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to reach all drivers with an important warning: U Drive. U Text. U Pay. According to NHTSA, in 2016, 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Nearly one-tenth of all fatal crashes in 2016 were reported as distraction-affected. Texting while driving has become an especially problematic trend among millennials. According to NHTSA, young drivers, ages 16 to 24, have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007. “We can’t say it enough: distracted driving is a life or death issue,” said Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator for Wood County. “What people need to understand is how dangerous it is to take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and concentration off the task of driving safely. It only takes a few seconds for a child to run into the street or for you to drive through a red light or stop sign and crash, potentially killing someone or yourself. That’s why during April, the police presence on Ohio roads will increase. Anyone who is caught texting and driving will pay.” “Too many drivers are ignoring their responsibilities behind the wheel,” said Wiechman. “Do the right thing—put your phone away when you get behind the wheel.

Creation Care Celebration, April 29, at Peace Lutheran

From BLACK SWAMP GREEN TEAM We warmly invite you to attend the third annual Creation Care Celebration on Sunday, April 29 from 1-3 p.m., at Peace Lutheran Church, BG Water care will be the primary focus of this year’s gathering. Sandy Bihn of Lake Erie Water Keeper ( will be our keynote speaker. The recent federal designation of Lake Erie Impaired and what next steps are underway will be discussed as well as other efforts to keep our water safe! Lake Erie Water Keeper is part of the National Water Keeper Alliance. United as one powerful force, Waterkeeper Alliance fights for every community’s right to drinkable, fishable, swimmable water. This event is being organized by the Black Swamp Green Team, an ecumenical group of religious and community leaders and ordinary citizens committed to greening Northwest Ohio to ensure our region does its part in the worldwide effort to avoid climate disruption and ensure a sustainably prosperous future for ourselves and the next generations.

Ninth annual Community Earth Day Celebration set

(Submitted by the City of Bowling Green) April is Earth Month and multiple agencies are collaborating throughout Wood County to provide events geared toward conservation, education and family fun. The 9th Annual Community Earth Day Celebration will be the culminating event held on Sunday, April 22, from 2-4 p.m. 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 & Recreation 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 others. 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

BGHS Drama Club to stage original mime production

Submitted by BGHS DRAMA CLUB Bowling Green High School Drama Club explores a unique art form in their upcoming production NAME: (You Are Mistaken – I am Identity). The production is an original piece created by the students and performed through poetic movement – in other words, crafted through the technique of pure mime. The cast of eleven has been learning about the art form in workshop intensives led by professional mime artist Mr. Michael Lee, who received training from world-famous mime Marcel Marceau. Students have devised original performance pieces rooted in personal experience that stem from the themes of names and identity. Integrated among the students’ performances are demonstrations by Mr. Lee, who will explain the notable skills of the art form. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7:00 PM in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5.00 for students and $7.00 for adults. Student performers are Kalista Beair, Sophia Bird, Ethan Brown, Megan Carmen, Megan Clifford, Maddy Depinet, Fran Flores, Elaine Hudson, Hudson Pendleton, Charlotte Perez, and Olivia Strang. Drama Club advisor Dr. Jo Beth Gonzalez co-directs the collaborative project with Mr. Lee.

NIOT to celebrate five-year anniversary on April 17

(Submitted by Not In Our Town) Not in Our Town (NIOT) BG is hosting their five-year anniversary celebration on April 17 at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, in the basement area, 126 S. Church St., Bowling Green. Doors open at 5 p.m. with welcoming remarks by the BGSU President Rodney Rogers, and BG City Council President Mike Aspacher, commencing at 5:30 p.m. The keynote address will be given by Vicky Kulicke, who inspired the city of Bowling Green and Bowling Green State University to start a Not in Our Town chapter in April 2013. That kick-off was on April 17, after a series of racially-charged incidents were directed at African-American community members and BGSU students. Kulicke will give her remarks starting at 5:45 p.m. A cake to celebrate the event, raffle prizes, and a kids’ corner are planned for the evening. In addition, four student groups from Dr. Khani Begum’s Palestinians in Film class will share their end-year projects beginning at 6:15 p.m. and subsequently on the half hour. People are invited to come and go as they please during the evening. The event is free and open to the public. Holly Cipriani, the Programming chair stated, “NIOT BG has a strong presence in the community and on campus and we are excited to celebrate five years to the day from the initial launch of this nationwide initiative. We hope many people are equally as excited to note this accomplishment and will join us.” Please contact Holly Cipriani at with any questions or for more information.

BGSU marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month with multiple events

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will host several events during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Highlights of the month include “What Were You Wearing,” an exhibit by sexual assault survivors to challenge victim-blaming statements; the Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K and Dog Walk; and the Clothesline Project. Additional events include free and confidential HIV testing, peer education presentations and a Step Up Step In basketball tournament. Guests can visit “What Were You Wearing” between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 11 in 208 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. This event is a collaboration between BGSU and the community, co-hosted by It’s on Us and The Cocoon, with support from the BGSU Women’s Center and Apparel Merchandising and Product Development Program. The Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K and Dog Walk begins at 10 a.m. April 14 at the BGSU Student Recreation Center. Participants can register at Participants can also register for the We Are One Team (WA1T) Walk/Run, which aims to promote social justice, diversity, inclusion and teamwork through the power of sport. This year’s event will begin at 11 a.m. April 15 at Doyt Perry Stadium. For more information, contact Amanda Washko at The Clothesline Project, a visual display that bears witness to violence against women, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 on the Education Lawn. In the event of rain, it will be held in 208 Union. The shirts in this display have been designed by survivors or those who care about them. The Wood County Clothesline Project began in 1995 and is protected and maintained by The Cocoon. On April 25, everyone is encouraged to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. To view a complete list of calendar events and learn more about BGSU’s sexual violence prevention efforts, visit