Community Voices

Prize-winning writers to visit Gathering Volumes

From GATHERING VOLUMES Three Award-Winning Authors will be visiting Gathering Volumes in Perrysburg on Friday, September 21 at 6 p.m. Brad Felver is a fiction writer, essayist, and teacher of writing. His honors include the O. Henry Award, a Pushcart Prize special mention, and the Zone 3 Fiction Prize. Currently he serves as Lecturer and Associate Chair of the English Department at Bowling Green State University. Felver’s short story collection, The Dogs of Detroit, which releases on Tuesday, September 4, was recently in the news for winning the 2018 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for short fiction. Each of the collection’s 14 stories focuses on grief and its many permutations. “This grief alternately devolves into violence, silence, solitude, and utter isolation. In some cases, grief drives the stories as a strong, reactionary force, and yet in other stories, that grief evolves quietly over long stretches of time,” Mr. Felver said in a statement. Michael A. Ferro has been awarded an Honorable Mention by Glimmer Train for their New Writers Award, received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award for Fiction, and been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Michael graduated with a degree in Creative Writing from Michigan State University. In addition to his fiction and humor publications, Michael is also a Sportswriter and a Features Writer for CBS Detroit. Ferro will be visiting with his debut novel, Title 13. A darkly comic, cautionary tale of mental illness and unconventional love, Title 13 deftly blends satirical comedy aimed at the hot-button issues of modern society with the gut-wrenching reality of an intensely personal descent into addiction. When asked what compels him to write, Mr. Ferro said, “I think what compels me to write stories is the simple act of getting them out of my head. In an effort to become better people, we’re always trying to make sense of our past or some trauma that we suffered through, and for many, we use art and creativity to do this. Musicians create songs, painters paint paintings, and writers write stories.” Lillian Li is the recipient of a Hopwood Award in Short Fiction, as well as Glimmer Train’s New Writer Award. Her debut novel, Number One Chinese Restaurant, was named a Summer Must-Read by TIME, Buzzfeed, The Wall Street Journal, Star Tribune, Fast Company, The Village Voice, Toronto Star, Fortune Magazine,…

Spaghetti dinner to benefit toddler with serious health issues

(Submitted by Modern Woodmen) Modern Woodmen will partner with Plain Congregational Church for a spaghetti dinner to benefit an 18-month-old who is facing many life-threatening surgeries. The spaghetti dinner will include salad and garlic bread. The cost is $10 per meal. The dinner will be held Sept. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m., in Plain Congregational Church, 16011 W. Poe Road, Bowling Green. A bake sale will run concurrently with the dinner. Rolando Hernandez has been in the Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan almost every month of his life. The church has a goal to sell 250 tickets for $10 in order to raise $2,500. The church will donate all proceeds to help with medical expenses. Modern Woodmen will match any funds they raise up to a maximum of $2,500. If we achieve this goal, then combined, this family will receive a $5,000 check to help with much needed medical expenses.  We’ve had some great donations from area businesses, which will help pay for the ingredients needed for the dinner. The more we can get donated, the more we can give to this family.

Festival announces Sunday music schedule

The Black Arts Festival in downtown Bowling Green will conclude Sunday, Sept. 9, with musical performances in Howard’s Club H, 210 N. Main St., and Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St. All acts originally scheduled for the Main Stage will appear at Howard’s starting at noon with Nikki D and the Browns and followed by Kittel & Co. Singer-songwriter Tim Tegge will perform at 2:30. The show will conclude with rising blues star Samantha Fish at 3:30 p.m. Starting at 11 a.m. at Grounds for Thought, acts scheduled for the Community Stage, with the exception of Kittle & Co. will perform at Grounds for Thought. Bands on the bill, in order of appearance, will be: Toraigh, Inside Voices A Capella, Grande Ukulelists of the Black Swamp,  and Libby DeCamp. All outdoor events, including the Youth Arts and the art shows were canceled in anticipation of a severe weather system moving through, including thunderstorms.

Chalk Walk competition changes format after cancellation

Though the Chalk Walk competition at the Black Swamp Arts Festival was canceled on Saturday, schools will still have a chance to compete. The organizers decided rather than judging the more than 5 teams’ efforts based on the designs, each team will execute their designs at their home schools and time-stamped video will be submitted along with images of the final rendering. The visiting artist Chris Fry was on hand and did discuss his work and techniques with some other saddest who were on hand. He also created his own design on the street.  

Explorer-scientist to discuss the future of the world’s oceans at BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Dr. Sylvia Earle is known as a trailblazer for the world’s oceans. She also is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who will come to Bowling Green State University for two days to explore the value of our waters with the public, students and faculty. As this year’s McMaster Visiting Scientist, she will present “The World Is Blue” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 in 202A Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Her presentation is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow her talk. Earle’s reputation as an ecologist and conservator of marine ecosystems aligns with BGSU’s expansive involvement in the research and work being done on water quality locally, nationally and internationally. The lecture this year is focused on the importance of taking care of our water systems. Based on her book “The World Is Blue,” Earle will discuss how our fate and the oceans’ are one. She will share stories that put the current and future peril of the ocean and the life it supports in perspective for a public audience. Earle is founder of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.) / Mission Blue and Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Inc. (DOER). She is chair of the Advisory Council for the Harte Research Institute and former chief scientist of NOAA. The author of more than 200 publications and leader of more than 100 expeditions with over 7,000 hours underwater, Earle is a graduate of Florida State University with M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University and 27 honorary doctorates. Her research concerns the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems and development of technology for access to the deep sea. She is the subject of the Emmy® Award-winning Netflix documentary “Mission Blue,” and the recipient of more than 100 national and international honors and awards, including being named Time magazine’s first Hero for the Planet, a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, 2014 UNEP Champion of the Earth, Glamour magazine’s 2014 Woman of the Year, a member of the Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark, and winner of the 2009 TED Prize, the Walter Cronkite Award, the 1996 Explorers Club Medal, the Royal Geographic Society 2011 Patron’s Medal, and the National Geographic 2013 Hubbard Medal. The McMaster Visiting Scientist program is underwritten by an endowment funded by Helen and the late Harold McMaster. The longtime BGSU benefactors, from Perrysburg established the interdisciplinary program to…

Toledo Symphony board elects first female president

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TOLEDO — At its annual meeting on Thursday, June 21, 2018, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Trustees elected long-time board member Pam S. Hershberger to be the organization’s 27th Board Chair. In this role, she will oversee the direction and governance of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO), working with the Board’s officers, committees, and Trustees, alongside the orchestra’s President & CEO, Zak Vassar. Pam Hershberger was first elected to the orchestra’s Board of Trustees in 2008 and is the first female Board Chair to be elected since Emma Endres-Kountz, Founding President of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (1951). “I am proud and excited to assume the Board leadership of our outstanding Toledo Symphony Orchestra. We have much momentum thanks in large part to the leadership of Randy Oostra over the past four years,” said Pam Hershberger, Board Chair of the Toledo Symphony. “I look forward to working with Zak Vassar and the rest of our team to continue to move the orchestra forward to even greater heights.” “I’ve worked with Pam for two years now,” said TSO President & CEO Zak Vassar “and I appreciate her wisdom, prudence, and guidance very much. We have already tackled several large projects together, and I am excited to see where her bold leadership and strategy will take the orchestra in the coming seasons.” Pam Hershberger succeeds Randy Oostra, President & CEO of ProMedica, who has led the organization as Board Chairman since 2014. “It has been my pleasure serving as Chairman of the Toledo Symphony Board. The musicians and staff of the TSO are truly an impressive group of dedicated professionals who bring a wonderful variety of musical experiences to our community,” said Randy Oostra, Past Chair. “As I pass the baton to Pam, I know the organization is in extremely talented hands, and I look forward to continuing to support TSO as it continues to bring a myriad of fantastic opportunities for engagement to our entire region. Thank you to all of the TSO’s volunteers and supporters who make the Symphony a success.” The Toledo Symphony Board of Trustees elected nine new Board members to join the organization at its annual meeting: James Adams, Jameel Burkett, Susan L. Conda, Debbie Sauder David, Charlene D. Gilbert, Saga Shoffner, Rebecca E. Shope, Olivia Summons, and Stephen…

Unconventional fundraiser collects emergency funds for LaConexion

A rather unconventional fundraiser recently raised at least $3,300 for LaConexion. The “non-event” fundraiser didn’t require donors to dress up or make idle chit-chat. All they had to do was drop off a check. The collected amount will be matched by an anonymous donor. Organizers Ginny and Scott Stewart, Sandy Rowland, Diane Vogtsberger, Janet Parks and Dianne Klein sat under a tent in the Stewarts’ front yard and collected funds from donors. Some drove by, some walked, and some rode bikes to drop off their donations. Scott Stewart, wearing a “tuxedo” shirt and carrying a silver platter, greeted donors and gave them cookies donated by Grounds for Thought, and coupons from Qdoba. After the fundraiser, organizers had a Qdoba dinner with LaConexion members. The money collected will be put toward emergency funds for LaConexion, potentially for local residents picked up by ICE. Previously, fundraising to help local residents in ICE detention had to be raised quickly when they were apprehended. “Now we know we have this fund for that. We won’t have to do this fundraising quickly,” Ginny Stewart said.    

Downtown BG announces change in trick or treat event

From DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN Downtown Bowling Green, OH is excited to announce there are big changes to its annual Downtown Trick or Treat event. Mark your calendar for October 19. Last year about 2,000 children filled the sidewalks to collect treats from the local businesses. It’s an incredible sight to see so many young children dressed up. It also raised some concerns about keeping all the children safe. The best solution was for us to close the street this year. When this was talked about at the Downtown Merchants meeting it was very apparent that if the street was closed we should consider the possibility of having another Firefly Nights. Talks with the Bowling Green Central Business Special Improvement District dba Downtown Bowling Green and the Firefly Nights creators were agreeable and we are moving forward. This will be the Firefly Nights Fall Festival and you can expect to experience music, food, kids activities, and so much more. Don’t worry; there will be plenty of treats for the children too! This will all happen October 19th, 6-10 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Bowling Green and is taking the place of what was planned for October 26th, not the regular city wide trick or treat. Expect more details to be announced soon.

BGSU hosting dialogue on race

From the BGSU OFFICE OF RESIDENCE LIFE Bowling Green State University is hosting  Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, current President of the American College Student Personnel Association (ACPA), for an honest dialogue across race. The session will be held Wednesday, September 5, 1:00pm 2:30 p.m. in room 201 of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. It is designed to help participants move into deep, authentic conversation. Topics of Discussion include: Acknowledging the impact and power of coded language Understanding of microaggressions and how they impact their targets Interrupting (effectively) offensive language Managing triggers as we converse across difference A session geared toward faculty and staff will be held Thursday, 10:30 a..m to noon, also in BTSU 201. Topics of Discussion include: Understanding microaggressions and the impact of coded language Balancing both legal and ethical First Amendment concerns Beginning to create a system of support for targeted minoritized students Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington is the president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group (WCG). In October of 2015, WCG was named by the Economist as one of the Top 10 Global Diversity Consultants in the world. He is the President and Co-Founder of the Social Justice Training Institute and the President of ACPA, American College Educators International. Dr. Washington has served as an educator, administrator, and consultant in higher education for over 34 years. Dr. Washington is invested in working with colleges and universities to build capacity for greater inclusion in support of student learning and development. He works with campus leaders, staff, faculty and students to create a culture that values, respects and includes all of its members, while helping campuses to address the historical and residual impacts of exclusion. Leadership, Change Management and Social Justice Issues are at the core of his work. He has received many awards and honors. Most recently he was honored with the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Legends of Excellence Award for his contribution to the lives and education of Black and LatinX faculty, staff and students. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key, Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Delta Kappa and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Inc. Dr. Washington earned his B.S. degree from Slippery Rock State College; a double Masters’ of Science degrees from Indiana University/Bloomington; a Ph.D. is in College Student Development, from the University of Maryland College Park; and…

Library to host telescope workshop on Sept. 18

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY The Toledo Astronomical Association has donated two telescopes for public use to the Wood County District Public Library and members of the Association will lead a workshop on using the telescopes on Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Wood County District Public Library (251 N. Main). “We are absolutely thrilled to expand the kinds of items people can check out from the library and sincerely thank the Toledo Astronomical Association,” said Michele Raine, Assistant Director. “I know when I’ve tried using a telescope I end up not really seeing anything, so we are looking forward to Association members showing everyone exactly how they work.” “What really gets you going is when you see the rings of Saturn,” said Jeff Thomas, Toledo Astronomical Association member.  Thomas delivered the two Orion FunScope 4.5″ telescopes and took a few moments to show the equipment to library staff earlier this summer. “These telescopes will be a wonderful resource for star gazers of all ages,” said Raine.  After the workshop on Sept. 18, people with Wood County District Public Library cards will be able to check out the telescopes for 7 days. Once people have finished using the telescope, it will have to be returned inside the building during library hours. For more information about the telescope workshop contact the Library’s Information Services Department at 419-352-5050 or the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.

Commissioners support prostate cancer awareness

(Submitted by the Wood County Commissioners) The Wood County commissioners Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote and Ted Bowlus are pleased to join with Stan Korducki, president of Wood County Hospital, and Dr. Dhaval Parikh, Cancer Care Center medical director, in support of prostate cancer awareness during the month of September. A short presentation will be made on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. at the Maurer Family Cancer Care Center, located in the medical office building next to the Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green. Every year, an estimated 165,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and about 29,430 will die of the disease.  Additionally, men with relatives with a history of prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease, but have a five-year survival rate of nearly 100 percent if it is caught early.

West Nile virus outbreaks hard to predict, BGSU biologist cautions

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS West Nile virus already claimed its first Ohio victim of the season in July. More fatalities could follow — or not, according to Dr. Dan Pavuk, an insect biologist and lecturer in biological sciences at Bowling Green State University. “It will be interesting to see what happens with human cases this year because even though we have all of those mosquitoes out there carrying West Nile virus, we may not see a huge outbreak in humans,” Pavuk said. “It’s hard to predict that. It’s a very complicated situation with the mosquitoes, where humans are and how mosquitoes, bird reservoir hosts, and humans interact with each other. There’s a correlation, but there are a lot of epidemiological factors that come into play. People over the age of 50 are the most susceptible.” There have been five humans infected with West Nile virus this year, including Clyde Warth, 81, who died July 29 in Ross County, southern Ohio, of health complications caused by the virus. So far, 52 of Ohio’s 88 counties have West Nile-positive mosquitoes, “so that’s a large proportion of the state that’s had positive mosquitoes and that’s a concern,” Pavuk said. Pavuk and three BGSU undergraduate researchers have submitted more than 10,000 mosquitoes to the Ohio Department of Health so far this summer, and 22 batches of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus. That total exceeded Wood County’s number of positive cases last year, and is occurring earlier in the season than last year, Pavuk said. “Many counties around northwest Ohio probably also have many more mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus, but they just don’t have the funds to trap as much as we do in Wood County,” he said. BGSU’s work is funded by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency through the Ohio Department of Health and the Wood County Health District. “In terms of the timing of? mosquito infection by West Nile virus, we are way ahead of last year, which is always a concern,” Pavuk said. Typically, August through early October is when most human cases of West Nile virus occur. Last year in Wood County, West Nile virus didn’t show up in mosquitoes “probably until mid to late August,” Pavuk said. “This summer, we had positive tests in the third week of June at…

Annual milkweed pod collection to help butterflies

(Submitted by Wood Soil and Water Conservation District) It’s that time again! The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative is calling on Ohioans for a second year of Milkweed pod collections. This project started in 2015 as a seven-county pilot and last year hundreds of Ohioans worked together. Since then the volunteers have collected approximately 5000 gallons of common milkweed seed pods, totaling over 22 million seeds. Milkweed is the only host plant for the Monarch butterfly for egg laying and caterpillar rearing. It also serves as a food source for Monarchs as well as many other pollinator species. The disappearance of milkweed across the U.S. has contributed to the 80 percent decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population over the last 20 years. We are working hard to change this, and you can help. Let’s make our collection efforts in 2018 even better by following these simple tips: • Make sure that before you collect seed, you become familiar with the common milkweed to avoid harvesting pods from similar plants such as hemp dogbane and swamp milkweed. • It is best to collect the pods when they are dry, grey, or brown. It is important to check this. • If the center seam pops with gentle pressure, they can be harvested. • Store the pods in paper bags; plastic bags collect unwanted moisture. • Put the date and county collected on the bag when you turn them in. • Keep the pods in a cool, dry area until you can deliver them to the nearest collection site. • You can find the nearest collection site at Collections start Sept. 1 and goes until Oct. 30 (we will accept pods until Nov. 1) If you have questions regarding milkweed collection, please contact Marci Lininger at  or Lori Stevenson at For more information on Milkweeds refer to this video!

Gavarone introduces legislation on health care access

(Submitted by State Rep Theresa Gavarone) State Rep. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) has introduced legislation that will give Ohioans across the state more healthcare providers from which to choose for primary care services. House Bill 726, also known as the “Better Access, Better Care Act,” will modernize Ohio law to allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to practice independently and to the full extent of their education, training, and certification, according to Gavarone. Current law requires APRNs to have a supervisory agreement with a physician in order to provide primary care services. “Improving access to healthcare for people in Wood County and the state has always been a priority of mine,” Gavarone said. “The reality is that Ohio has one of the oldest physician populations—sixth—in the country and ranks near the middle or worse in retaining new physicians who have completed their education in the state. Enacting the ‘Better Access, Better Care Act’ is one step we should take to ensure that the physician shortage doesn’t diminish access and quality of healthcare services to Ohioans.” According to Gavarone, by eliminating this unnecessary requirement, more qualified healthcare providers will be able to practice in Ohio to offer certain services, addressing the decline of primary care physicians in the state. This reform will not only give Ohioans a safe and accessible option to high-quality care, but it will also help serve vulnerable populations in medically underserved areas, she said. House Bill 726 now awaits a committee designation.

Antique Motorcycle Cannonball Run headed to BG

From BG CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU Jason Sims, owner of the Motorcycle Cannonball Run, has announced that the fifth iteration of the world-famous transcontinental endurance run for vintage motorcycles is in the final stages of planning and the roster is full. On September 7, over 100 riders from around the world will line up to take the green flag from Portland, Maine and finish 16 days later in Portland, Oregon. The Motorcycle Cannonball Run is known as the most difficult antique motorcycle run in the world and this year will include a variety of marques produced before 1929 with entrants coming to America from 6 countries. The riders will cover some 3,674 miles by the time they complete their journey on September 23. The caravan will arrive in Bowling Green on Sept. 11 at Buffalo Wild Wings. Sims has extended an open invitation to the public to come out to see the antique motorcycles and visit with the riders at various stops along the way. At these hosted events, citizens will be able to meet their favorite riders in person and share in the excitement by cheering the travelers on as they make their way across these great United States. A week into travel, riders will have a day of rest, repairs, and some scheduled festivities after a ceremonial finish on Harley-Davidson Way in the well-known motorcycle town of Sturgis, SD on September 16. A Grand Finish celebration is scheduled a week later in Stevenson, Washington. For a complete list of hosted events all across the country, please got to the website at