Community Voices

Principle Business Enterprises acquires Absorbent Products Company

(Submitted by Principle Business Enterprises) Principle Business Enterprises (PBE), Inc., a technology leader in moisture management products, announces the acquisition of the business assets and operations of Absorbent Products Company, Inc. of Bowling Green, Ohio. “The acquisition of APCI is consistent with our mission, by allowing us to enter new markets and expand our ability to provide the highest quality products and services to our customers and business partners,” says Chuck Stocking, Co-CEO of PBE. “APCI employs a technical workforce with skills that complement the current PBE team. They also have valuable production machinery that is needed to fuel PBE’s current growth in the incontinence and personal care marketplace.” Stocking adds “This acquisition is also great for Northwest Ohio because it keeps at least 35 jobs in the area that might otherwise be moved out of the state or possibly out of the country.” PBE is widely recognized as the leading manufacturer of high-performing adult incontinence products under the brand name Tranquility. The company also serves Medicaid Managed Care organizations with its best-in-class Select brand of incontinence products. The high quality of these products has been shown to drive waste and cost out of healthcare, improve clinical outcomes, and uplift the quality of life for users and caregivers dealing with incontinence. Building on 30 years of success in the healthcare sector, PBE has recently expanded its moisture management technology to wound care. The company’s absorbent and wound cleansing products marketed under the brand name NovaGran have demonstrated the highest effectiveness in accelerating healing of the most difficult-to-heal wounds. PBE is headquartered in Dunbridge, Ohio where it manufactures its moisture management…


BGSU library acquires trove of Great Lakes research materials

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The University Libraries at Bowling Green State University has greatly expanded its collection of Great Lakes research materials thanks to a significant donation from the National Museum of the Great Lakes, which is owned and operated by the Great Lakes Historical Society. More than 160 cubic feet of photos, pamphlets, slides, bound materials, postcards and archival materials have found a new home in the Libraries’ Historical Collections of the Great Lakes (HCGL), housed within the Center for Archival Collection. “We are grateful to the National Museum of the Great Lakes for entrusting us with their extensive collection, and we are excited that the consolidation of their materials with our existing Great Lakes archives has now created the largest collection of its kind on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes,” said Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D., president of Bowling Green State University. “Thank you to the Museum, its board of directors, the Great Lakes Historical Society and the University Libraries staff who helped to facilitate this exciting and symbiotic new alliance in the name of historic preservation.” These additional materials bolster the already robust offering of Great Lakes-related research and artifacts curated by the University Libraries at BGSU. “The Great Lakes materials recently donated to HCGL is a wonderful addition to our holdings and provides many opportunities for collaboration between BGSU, the National Museum of the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes Historical Society,” said University Libraries Dean Sara A. Bushong. The addition of these materials to BGSU also will make University Libraries a major research destination in the U.S. for Great Lakes history….


BG recognizes National Fair Housing Month

(Submitted by the City of Bowling Green) The Fair Housing Act was signed into law on April 11, 1968, one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability and familial status. April is National Fair Housing Month, and the City of Bowling Green City proclaims endorsement and commitment to the policy of fair and equal access to housing. The City of Bowling Green further encourages the citizens of the municipality to acquaint themselves with their rights that are protected under the law, and join in reaffirming a commitment to Fair Housing for all regardless of race, color, religion, nation origin, sex, familial status, or handicap (disability). On April 3 rd , Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards read a Proclamation establishing April as Fair Housing Month in Bowling Green, Ohio, during the City of Bowling Green City Council meeting. The City is undertaking various additional marketing campaigns throughout the month in an effort to ensure all residents know their rights under the Fair Housing Act, and how to seek assistance with Fair Housing matters. The City of Bowling Green supports fair housing efforts to eliminate discrimination in housing by providing education to seekers of housing, rental property owners/managers and others regarding state and federal fair housing laws; monitors local advertising for potential fair housing violations; and reports violations of the fair housing acts to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. If you are a resident of the City of Bowling Green, we are ready to help you…


Tickets on sale for Black Swamp Players’ comedy “The Dixie Swim Club”

From the BLACK SWAMP PLAYERS Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. “The Dixie Swim Club” focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Sheree (Deb Weiser), the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, and continues to be the group’s leader. Dinah (Deb Shaffer), the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie (Nicole Tuttle), pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married—over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette (Monica Hiris), acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal (Ellen Bean Larabee) experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally ’round their own with the strength and love…


Letts’ art speculates on future of humanity

From RIVER HOUSE ARTS Ann Arbor based artist KA Letts will present new or in the exhibit TransHuman, opening Thursday, April 20, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. in River House Arts, in the Secor Building, 425 Jefferson, Toledo. The exhibit continues through May 14. In this work, Letts speculates on the promising and terrifying future of our species. Using paper and paint, Letts re-works and reclaims myths of origin drawn from ancient cultures and cultural memory. Letts has shown her work regionally and nationally and in 2015 won the Toledo Federation of Art Societies Purchase Award while participating in the Toledo Area Artist Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art. She is a graduate of Barnard College (BA History) and Yale Drama School (MFA Set and Costume Design). In addition to her exhibition at River House Arts, she is preparing for a solo show at Firecat Projects in Chicago (Winter 2017). Gallery hours are 4-9 p.m, Tuesday through Friday. Appointments available daily by calling 419-441-4025. Formore information visit: riverhousearts.com.


Free speech & hearing screenings offered at BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The Bowling Green State University Speech and Hearing Clinic is celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month early this year, in April instead of May. The clinic will provide free hearing screenings and speech/language screenings for children and adults of all ages. Screenings are available by appointment April 10, 12 and 14 at the BGSU Speech and Hearing Clinic in 200 Health and Human Services Building on Ridge Street. Call 419-372-2515 for an appointment. Everyone is invited to take advantage of this offer — faculty, staff, family and friends and both the on- and off-campus communities. The BGSU Speech and Hearing Clinic offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic speech, language, and hearing services while acting as a training facility for master’s- and doctoral-level speech-language pathologists. Professionally experienced faculty and clinical staff are state licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Under the supervision of these professionals, enthusiastic graduate students receive valuable academic and clinical experiences.


Gathering Volumes to host Independent Bookstore Day event

From GATHERING VOLUMES The 2017 Independent Bookstore Day marks its third year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide on Saturday, April 29th, with literary parties around the country. 450 Independent Bookstores nationwide will be participating in Independent Bookstore day on April 29, 2017. Gathering Volumes bookstore in Perrysburg will be hosting a local author event as well as additional activities for Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29. The event will host multiple authors both inside and outside of the store, live musical acts , children’s activities, The Glass City Mashers will be offering samples of beer brewed locally, and Mom’s Mobile Mission. 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. They will be offering samples of beer brewed locally. Mom’s Mobile Mission is a nonprofit Organization helping those in need in the Perrysburg Height and surrounding area. They will be collecting non-perishable food during the event. “Gathering Volumes will open an hour early, at 10 am, for a special Elephant & Piggie story time, coffee, tea, and doughnuts. The store will also stay open late for Literary Trivia and snacks from 7 to 9 pm. Additionally, multiple food trucks have been invited to attend the outdoor author event from 10 am to 4 pm including Displaced Chef, whose brick-and-mortar restaurant is located in the Shoppes at South Boundary a few doors down from Gathering Volumes. Finally, the store will have special deals and give-aways all…


Baldemar Velasquez to speak on immigration crisis

(Submitted by Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation) Internationally-Known Labor Leader, Baldemar Velasquez, to Speak on the Nation’s Growing Crisis Over Illegal Immigration When: Sunday, April 9, 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM Where: Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20189 N. Dixie Highway (Route 25) Bowling Green, OH. The church is located 6 minutes south of Levis Commons on Route 25, between Perrysburg and Bowling Green. Transportation: BGSU students needing free transportation to the event can call (419) 885-1162 to make arrangements. Details: Marches and protests against immigration policies have a benefit, but now is the time for action, according to Baldemar Velasquez, President and Founder of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. Velasquez has called on the Farm Labor Organizing Committee and on the Toledo community to “adopt” families at risk of deportation and assist with taking care of children and property left behind. “We need to act proactively and take care of our people,” he said, adding that he and his wife will be the first to commit to adopting a family if necessary. Proposed immigration policies by the Trump Administration have prompted a lot of fear around the country and locally, according Velasquez. Advocates for Basic Legal Equality estimates that Toledo has between 6,000 and 10,000 immigrants who are living here without documentation. A draft proposal from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security calls for members of the National Guard to assist in the round-up and deportation of immigrants who are in the US illegally. Baldemar Velasquez is an internationally-recognized leader in the farmworker and immigrants’ rights movements. Born in 1947, Velasquez grew up in a migrant farmworker family based…


BGSU celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit during E-Week

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will celebrate and encourage entrepreneurial spirit through a variety of lunch and learn sessions, panel discussions and presentations during Entrepreneurship Week, April 3-7. The week kicks off April 3 with the first of three lunch and learn sessions: “From Student Worker to Owner” with Julie Harbal. Adam Goldberg will present the second lunch and learn April 4: “From Artist to Entrepreneur.” And Elsa Vogel will complete the series April 5 with “Pieces of Me – Building a Brand from Scratch.” This year’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence is Rick Kappel, a 1969 BGSU alumnus. Kappel, president and CEO (retired) of Advanced Computer Systems and 2015 Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame honoree, will be available to meet with students, faculty, staff and community members April 4 and 5. Appointments are required. Also on April 5 is one of E–Week’s signature events: Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame. This invitation-only event recognizes innovative BGSU alumni who have achieved distinction founding, leading or building a new business. This year’s honorees are alumni Maribeth S. Rahe, Peggy Schmeltz and David Stickler. This is the Hall of Fame’s 10th year. In addition to The Hatch (information to come), April 6 will include a Women in Leadership presentation with Rebecca Li, CEO and lifestyle curator at Rebecca Total Wellbeing. The week concludes April 7 with the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurial Success: Pursuing Your Passion. Named in honor of BGSU alumnus J. Robert Sebo, this sold-out lecture series features dynamic speakers to spark the entrepreneurial spirit among students and community members. Sir Ken…


BGSU Arts Events through April 12

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS March 31 – Jazz Week continues with a trombone performance from Jazz Lab Band I with Grammy-nominated guest artist Alan Ferber. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the Wolfe Center, by phone at 419-372-8171, or online at www.bgsu.edu/the-arts/. Advance tickets are $3 for students and children and $7 for adults. All tickets are $10 the day of the performance. April 1 – Bravo! BGSU celebrates the very best of the arts. Experience a magical evening of vocal, instrumental and theatrical performances, plus exhibitions and demonstrations by student and faculty artists in glass, ceramics, metals and digital arts. Enjoy a festive atmosphere and an array of appetizers and tasty treats. The celebration will begin at 7 p.m. in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. To purchase tickets to the event, contact Lisa Mattiace in the President’s Office at 419-372-6780 or by email at lmattia@bgsu.edu April 1 – Students from BGSU’s College of Musical Arts will be featured in an afternoon chamber music concert at 1 p.m. at the Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. Hosted by Pro Musica, friends of music at the college, the program will feature students who have received travel grants from the organization. The concert is free and open to the public. April 2 – The Gish Sunday Matinee series kicks off with the 1945 film “And Then There Were None,” directed by René Clair. Agatha Christie’s celebrated who-done-it “Ten Little Indians,” under the deft guidance of French director…


Gavarone backs bill making state renewable energy standards optional

(Submitted by State Rep. Theresa Gavarone) State Rep. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives has passed legislation that would make Ohio’s renewable energy standards optional, promoting business growth in the state. House Bill 114, sponsored by Representative Blessing, R-Colerain, reflects some of the recommendations made in a report issued by the Energy Mandates Study Committee in 2015. The bill reforms Ohio’s law on renewable energy to remove mandates, instead making them optional. It also decreases the state’s energy efficiency benchmarks from approximately 22 percent to 17 percent. “I am a strong proponent of encouraging our energy companies to increase their use of renewable energy sources,” Gavarone said. “However, my duty is to serve my constituents and forcing them to pay a higher cost for their utilities because of a government mandate is not why they elected me to represent them in Columbus.” Replacing these often costly mandates with goals and incentives keeps benchmarks in place for energy companies looking to increase production of renewable energy without the influence of government. This helps reduce unnecessary costs on businesses and, ultimately, consumers. Many companies are already beginning to shift to renewable energy sources, regardless of whether mandates are in place. Therefore, House Bill 114 frees up energy markets, making it possible to achieve a positive outcome without enforcing government mandates that often prove detrimental to Ohio’s economic interests. Among other provisions included in the legislation, House Bill 114 would allow customers and businesses to opt out of renewable energy goals without facing penalties for not meeting benchmarks on the purchase of renewable energy. House Bill 114,…


BGSU students look for help launching business ideas at The Hatch

From BGSU MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University student entrepreneurs will present their business ideas to alumni investors during The Hatch on Thursday, April 6, vying for funds to launch their businesses in a format similar to the television show “Shark Tank.” The Hatch will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Registration is required at bgsu.edu/thehatch. This is the fifth year for the event in which alumni investors make equity investments providing real money for students to launch real businesses. To date, more than $500,000 has been committed to student startups. New this year is HatchTonight, like ESPN’s “College GameDay,” except featuring business ideas. High school students, the BGSU community and alumni will watch as a panel of experts analyzes and discusses each Hatchling’s business idea, determines who it thinks will be funded and predicts who will receive the Eggy (fan favorite) award. Hatch Tonight will be presented 5-5:30 p.m. in The Falcon’s Nest on the first floor of the union. The student entrepreneurs, Hatchlings, come to this night after being paired with mentors, mostly BGSU alumni, who have helped coach business ideas, plans and presentations. This event is streamed to Hatch Watch parties across the country and to several countries. The 2017 Hatchlings are: Fatima Camara 10,000 Threads Camara created 10,000 Threads, a clothing line that merges rich traditional African textiles and forecasted fashion styles of Western society. Growing up on different continents made her realize that although African immigrants constitute a large population in Europe and America, there is no substantial effort to market to them in particular….


Musical serpent to be celebrated at BGSU

There’s a serpent in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University. Not of the reptilian variety, but rather the musical type. The college will host a residency on the snakelike historical horn featuring Douglas Yeo, the leading scholar on the instrument. The event takes place April 4-6 at Moore Musical Arts Center and includes a free public concert, a seminar and a lesson on playing the serpent, plus master classes with college students and faculty members on the serpent and the trombone. The serpent master class, led by faculty member David Saltzman, will take place from 9:30-10:20 a.m. April 5 in 2002 Moore Musical Arts Center and is open to the public. The seminar will be held from 2-3:15 p.m. April 6 in 2117 Moore. “The Ruth P. Varney Serpent: A Conversation and Concert Led by Douglas Yeo” will begin at 8 p.m. that evening in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Center, with a reception following in the Kennedy Green Room. The program includes marches written by Christopher Eley, Samuel Wesley and Josef Haydn for the Duke of York, the Prince of Wales and the Derbyshire Cavalry Regiment, plus a divertimento in four movements attributed to Haydn. Yeo’s performance will be accompanied by students and faculty from the College of Musical Arts. The idea for the BGSU serpent conference came about when the college received the donation of a serpent from Dr. Glenn Varney, professor emeritus of marketing. The instrument had belonged to his late wife, Ruth, whose grandparents had purchased it for her mother. “It is an English military serpent with four keys by an anonymous maker, likely constructed in the mid to late 1830s…


Citizens group files report on pipeline with FERC

(Submitted by Lisa Kochheiser of UC4Power) The grassroots Bowling Green/Waterville organization United Citizens for Protecting Our Water and Elevating Rights (UC4POWER) has filed a new scientific report (attached) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the NEXUS pipeline licensing case which forewarns of a serious chance of an earthquake from constructing the pipeline. In its March 27 FERC filing, UC4POWER’s expert witness, Dr. Andrew Kear, a hydrogeologist and professor of environmental policy at Bowling Green State University, warned of a “1.7 to 4.4 magnitude human- triggered earthquake” at the Waterville site where NEXUS, a natural gas megapipline, is planned to intersect the Bowling Green Fault and cross underneath the Maumee River riverbed.  The Bowling Green Fault is a 100-mile-long crack in the Earth’s crust extending from southeastern Michigan southward through Waterville and Bowling Green to the Findlay area. Dr. Kear finds the risk of human-induced earthquakes at the Nexus Maumee River crossing to be perpetual. The region could be faced with a catastrophic explosion if an earthquake occurs once the pipeline is in the ground. Independent from the possibility of an earthquake, Dr. Kear also projects that millions of gallons of lubricating fluid planned for drilling the 4,000 foot tunnel for NEXUS will disappear into the Fault and the area’s well-known system of fractured rock and contaminate water in unpredictable places which could easily include up-river of the BG facility’s water intake. Additionally, UC4POWER activists worry that the City of Bowling Green’s water intake facility and above-ground reservoir on the Wood County side of the river across from Waterville could be damaged in the event of a human-induced earthquake from…


Horizon Youth Theatre presents 2017 Festival of Shorts

Submitted by Horizon Youth Theatre Horizon Youth Theatre is pleased to announce its 2017 Festival of Shorts. Three different shows will consist of one act plays written and acted by students; monologues by students from Cassie Greenlee’s Character Acting & Monologue workshop; and the emcee talents of Scarlet Frishman and Katie Partlow. Performances are at Otsego Elementary School, 18505 Tontogany Creek Road, on Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1 at 7:00 pm; and Sunday April 2 at 2:00 pm. Admission is by donation. The plays, with their performance days and cast lists, are as follows: Featherwary by The 2017 Devising Class, directed by Keith Guion Performing Friday and Sunday Cast: Firecloud, an elf-dragon thief – Alexandra Roberts-Zibbel Lainey, a mushroom fairy – Paige Suelzer Penny, a bewildered sudden visitor – Katie Partlow Tim Brown II, a squatter and housekeeper – Eli Marx Vanessa West, a spoiled, rich brat – Emma Kate Holbrook Dr. Cecilia Goldberg, a medical prodigy – Grace Holbrook Greenhouse by Bindi Hoskay, directed by Terra Sloane with mentor Brittany Albrecht Performing Friday and Saturday Cast: Gardener – Ethan Headley Daisy – Isobel Roberts-Zibbel Sunflower – Scarlett Strausbaugh Rose – Calista Wilkins Primrose – Alice Walters Shopper 1 – Noah Carpenter Shopper 2 – Lydia Korzeniewski Shopper 3 – Elise Allen Gwen – Izzy Douglass Home? by Alexandra Roberts-Zibbel & Rose Walters, directed by Alli Kulbago Performing Friday and Saturday Cast: Mom – Sasha Meade Karsyn – Lydia Mackiewicz Cassidy – Lauren Clifford Penny – Bindi Hoskay Peyton – Gray Frishman The Secret Alliance for Lonely Kids by Terra Sloane, directed by Kelly Frailly Performing Friday and…