Community Voices

Free dental care for kids offered, Feb. 2

Submitted by GIVE KIDS A SMILE . On Friday, February 2, 2018, members of the Toledo Dental Society will provide free dental care to hundreds of Northwest Ohio children at three locations as part of the annual “Give Kids a Smile” program. As many as 400 children will receive free dental care, including simple teeth cleanings, fillings and even tooth extractions. This is the fifteenth year that the Toledo Dental Society has locally sponsored the “Give Kids a Smile” program. The American Dental Association created “Give Kids a Smile” in 2003 as a way to raise awareness of the importance of dental care for disadvantaged children. Dentists and hygienists will provide the care for children up to and including age 18, from 8 AM until 5 PM, at these three locations. Appointments fill quickly. Call as soon as possible. The Dental Center of Northwest Ohio 2138 Madison Avenue, Toledo, OH. Appointments: (419) 241-6215 U.T.M.C. Dental Residency Program, Main Hospital 2nd floor – Clinic 2-A 3000 Arlington Avenue, Toledo. Appointments: (419) 383-3504y 1 in 4 children aged 2 to 11 years has untreated cavities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Poor diet and lack of adequate oral hygiene are largely responsible. The National Institutes of Health report that 80 percent of tooth decay is found in just 25 percent of children. # The Owens Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic, 2nd floor of Health Technology Hall (The tall building with the big “O” sign at the top) 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg, OH. Appointments: (567) 661-7294 The need for pediatric dental care is great. Nearly 1 in 4 children aged 2 to 11 years has untreated cavities, according to…

Ohio Farmers Union sets priorities as nutrient management, water quality, ag checkoffs

(Submitted by Ohio Farmers Union) Debate on how the Ohio Farmers Union may react to a federal “impaired” designation for the western basin of Lake Erie and the potential to further limit agricultural nutrients in the Maumee River watershed dominated the family farm organization’s policy deliberations over the weekend in Columbus. OFU held its eighty-fourth annual meeting through Saturday. Attending were Wood County Chapter President Phil Bresler, Wood County Sec/Treas Tom Harrison, Vickie Askins, Larry Askins and Karen Wood. Special programming this year focused on young and beginning farmers and State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, (D-Kent), was honored as Legislator of the Year. “Kathleen Clyde served for several years on the House Agriculture Committee and was always a common-sense voice for family farmers and just as importantly, Ohio’s consumers,” Logan said. “Rep. Clyde’s determination on fair elections and ending gerrymandering in Ohio’s legislative districts has kept our attention since she left the ag committee,” Logan said. “Representing a district in northeast Ohio, I have come to know many of the challenges facing our Ohio farmers, as well as the critically important role they play in our communities and in our economy,” Clyde said. “I am truly honored to receive the Legislator of the Year award from the Ohio Farmers Union and look forward to continuing to advocate for the hardworking farming families that keep Ohio moving forward,” Clyde said. OFU passed two ‘special orders of business’ – or policy priorities for 2018 – concerning Lake Erie water quality and nutrient management. The first, put forth by the Wood County Farmers Union, states that OFU will cooperate with federal and state officials who may declare the open waters of the western basin…

Wood County Hospital awarded for bariatric surgery

(Submitted by Wood County Hospital) Wood County Hospital has been named as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery by the Women’s Choice Award, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that Wood County Hospital is in the top 1% of 4,812 U.S. hospitals reviewed. The methodology for the bariatric surgery award is unique in that it combines national accreditations, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results and hospital outcome scores with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in bariatric surgery based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. Wood County Hospital achieved the America’s Best distinction by meeting the following criteria: – Accreditation by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery joint-sponsored Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) – At least 72% of patients reporting on the HCAPHS survey that they would definitely recommend the hospital – A high patient safety ranking based on 11 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ measures of infection and complication rates Wood County Hospital is one of 422 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for bariatric surgery across the U.S. “As the FDA approves more bariatric procedures and treatment options increase, the Women’s Choice Award is helping women make educated, confident decisions about where they should go to get the very best care,” said Delia Passi, Founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “There are many women who struggle with their weight, especially as they age. For some, diet and exercise alone aren’t enough and they…

By outsourcing shuttle, BGSU looking to save $1 million over five years

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University has announced plans to partner with Groome Transportation to provide campus shuttle services in an effort to reduce costs, create efficiencies and provide a new fleet of buses for users. The initiative is one of the ways BGSU is responding to the Governor’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency, which requires state institutions of higher education to look for ways to continue offering a high-quality education while decreasing costs. “BGSU has a strong history of partnering with private companies to increase efficiency and improve services for our students. This initiative is no exception,” said BGSU Interim President Rodney Rogers. “Collaborations like these allow us to concentrate on our core mission of educating students.” Additional University partnerships include those with Chartwells, which provides dining services; Wood County Hospital, which operates the Falcon Health Center; and the Bowling Green Flight Center, which provides flight instruction. BGSU’s current fleet of buses will require nearly $250,000 in new equipment replacement and maintenance costs over the next two years. The shuttle service operated at a deficit in fiscal year 17. As part of this agreement, Groome Transportation will bring a new fleet of BGSU-branded buses to campus, helping to reduce the University’s operating costs. Employment opportunities will be offered to existing staff members who meet Groome’s hiring requirements. At BGSU’s request, the company is exploring possible changes to its hiring policy to permit drivers to be under age 25. If that is not possible, the University will work with the approximately seven student drivers who would be displaced to find them other employment on campus. “Ohio House Bill 64 requires institutions to develop and implement…

St. Aloysius marks Catholic Schools Week

Submitted by ST. ALOYSIUS CATHOLIC SCHOOL An open house, mayoral address and teacher/student appreciations will highlight a week of activities at St. Aloysius Catholic School in honor of Catholic Schools Week on January 28-February 3. “So many good things happen at our school year round, and Catholic Schools Week is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the great successes of our faculty and students,” said Andrea Puhl, principal. “I particularly encourage the public to visit St. Aloysius during our  pen house and experience the education of which we are so proud.” The open house kicks off the weeklong celebration, which will be held Sunday, Jan. 28 from 11:15 a.m.  to 1:30 p.m., following the 10 a.m. Mass; all are welcome. Building tours will be available, as well as presentations for preschool (11:30 a.m.), junior high (11:30 a.m.) and kindergarten (12:00 p.m.). Other activities throughout the week include:  Monday, Jan. 29 Community service projects by various grades.  Tuesday, Jan. 30 Bowling Green Mayor Richard A. Edwards will present a proclamation to the entire school at 2:45 p.m.  Wed., Jan. 31 Students get to dress up as their future profession. Sweet treats will be distributed to locations around the community who help show students the way to success.  Thursday, Feb. 1 Teacher luncheon in gratitude for their service. All-school liturgy and dress-up day.  Friday, Feb. 3 School spirit day, treat at lunch, plus a Catholic Schools Week gift for all. Academic pep rally, followed by 1BookBG kick-off for preschool-Grade 5. More information on St. Aloysius School is available at

BG Community Center offers 55+ Walking Club

(Submitted by BG Parks and Recreation Department) BG Community Center passholders have a new opportunity to get fit and healthy with the 55+ Walking Club.  Let us help you live a healthier lifestyle, build stamina or take your current walking plan to the next level. This program is designed for the 55+ crowd. We will start on Jan. 29th, and run six-week cycles with one recovery week.  You can start at any time and each workout is designed to be scored so you can easily track your progress. Six days per week a Silver Sneaker friendly workout will be posted on the whiteboard by the drinking fountain. The program will have two to three days in a row of walking, followed by a recovery day designed to help you recover faster and gain flexibility and range of motion. Do a couple a weeks or do them all, it’s up to you. It is so easy to get started, all we ask is that you please submit your name and email at the fitness desk. This way we can send you program updates and information.  Your email will not be used for anything else. Check in at the fitness desk if you have any additional questions.  Or email Josh at We look forward to seeing you at the BG Community Center.

Toledo Museum exhibit puts mummies in a new light

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) is once more displaying the two Egyptian mummies that launched the Museum’s early collection and have fascinated visitors for more than a century. The exhibition explores how TMA acquired Young Priest (ca. 800 BCE, Third Intermediate Period) and Old Man (ca. 100 CE, Roman Period), their historical significance in the Museum and the phenomenon of Egyptomania – Western civilization’s interest and obsession with ancient Egypt during the 19th- and 20th-centuries. The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo is a rare opportunity to see the mummies, alongside other ancient Egyptian artifacts, and is on view exclusively at TMA from Feb. 3 through May 6. “We want to offer the public an opportunity to consider the various questions that arise today regarding the collecting that occurred in Egypt over 100 years ago, and what these objects mean in today’s context,” said Brian Kennedy, the museum’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey Director, President and CEO . The exhibition is co-curated by Adam Levine, deputy director, and Mike Deetsch, the Emma Leah Bippus director of education and engagement. The exhibition is organized into three thematic sections: the rise of Egyptomania beginning with Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in the late 18th-century; ancient Egyptian religion and the afterlife; and burial practice, human remains and the humanization of an ancient civilization. The exhibition places the mummies in historical context by including additional Egyptian objects and artifacts from the TMA collection as well as loans from other institutions and private collections. Memorabilia from the Libbeys’ travels to Egypt will be on display along with examples of Egyptomania portraying ancient Egypt in film, art and advertising. Related programming includes a Saturday matinee film series titled “He Went…

Heartland Sings to perform at Pemberville Opera House

From the PEMBERVILLE OPERA HOUSE Heartland Sings will present “In the Mix” Saturday,  February 3, 7:30 p.m, in the historic Pemberville Opera House as part of the Live in the House Concert series. The vocal ensemble principal vocal artists, along with Maestro Robert Nance, will present a unique program showcases vocal harmony and vocal jazz style at its finest. Heartland Sings’ high energy and originality makes for a memorable concert experience.   Tickets are $12 and  available for $12.00 @ Beeker’s General Store, at the door or by  contacting Carol Bailey at 419-287-4848, Heartland Sings is a nonprofit vocal music production company based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Always striving for excellence and innovation, we serve Northeast Indiana and beyond with entertaining productions, cultural programming, and quality education in the vocal arts. Founded in 1997, by Maestro Robert Nance, Heartland Sings has since grown into a broad based vocal arts company, consisting of full-time and part-time administrative and artistic staff. For nearly two decades, Heartland Sings has been changing the lives of participants and patrons through song. Heartland Sings entertains and enriches audiences within a 225-mile radius of Fort Wayne, with the purpose of serving as a professional, educational resource for the vocal arts, cultivating a community of artistic and cultural appreciation, and providing performance opportunities to area vocalists and musicians. Performers are: Maestro Robert Nance – President & Artistic Director, piano Elaina Robbins – Soprano, Principal Vocal Artist Ashlee Bickley – Mezzo-Soprano, Principal Vocal Artist Mark Phillips – Tenor, Principal Vocal Artist Jerome Síbulo – Baritone, Principal Vocal Artist Ian Williams – Bass-Baritone, Principal Vocal Artist To benefit the opera house elevator fund, the Historical Society will host a…

Wood County Hospital offers programs on celebrating life and alternative medicine

(Submitted by Wood County Hospital) February wellness initiatives are being planned at Wood County Hospital. February is American Heart Month and a great time to increase awareness of the dangers of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women over the age of 25. It kills one of every three women and one in every four males and claims approximately 600,000 lives annually. Fortunately, 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events are prevented with education and action. On Feb. 2, National Wear Red Day, at 9 a.m. and again at 10 a.m., Michael Brown, Ph.D., BGSU life coach, and mentor, will be speaking in the Wood County Hospital Meeting rooms on celebrating each day. Healthcare professionals are often on the front lines of witnessing firsthand the pain, suffering, and often unhealthy choices of people. Those who spend the best hours of their days tending to the needs of others are often the most susceptible to neglecting their health and well-being. Dr. Michael Brown will explain the four perspectives, four principles, four practices, four problems, and four prescriptions of maximizing the miracle of your life, so that you can once again, begin to celebrate each day. The community is invited to this free presentation. Also, there will be information tables, free health screenings, chair massages, refreshments and door prizes available from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The Positively Pink Women’s Health Series meets monthly and covers a range of topics relevant to women in the community. The next meeting is on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting rooms at the Wood County Hospital. The topic for February will be “What about Alternative Medicine?” presented…

BGSU sports management students to get behind the scenes look at Super Bowl

By PARKER BROWN Submitted by the SPORTS MANAGEMENT ALLIANCE AT BGSU The Sport Management Alliance (SMA) is sending 32 lucky Bowling Green State University (BGSU) students to one of the largest sporting events on the face of the Earth: Super Bowl LII. Come February, they will spend a week in Minneapolis, getting a first-hand glimpse on what it takes to put on such a massive entertainment spectacle. On February 2, 2014, 112.2 million Americans tuned in to watch the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos in a 43 – 8 affair. It remains the last time SMA had student representatives working the Super Bowl until this coming year. But it’s not just the game that matters to SMA and the students. What matters is what the opportunity represents. “This trip provides the opportunity for our members to get experience in the field, build their resumes and network with professionals,” said Courtney Burson, Travel Coordinator for SMA and Junior in the Sport Management program. “Ultimately though, the goal is help them with professional development.” Trips like these are where SMA’s main purpose truly comes to life. The organization is founded on the belief that providing students interested in the sports industry with real life experience and opportunities to pick the brains of executives and employers not only directly benefits the student but gives SMA and BGSU more prestige as well. This aspect goes beyond just the students preparing to graduate, extending to the underclassmen who likely have little to no professional athletic experience in a collegiate or professional environment. Out of the 32 students who will be heading North to Minneapolis in late January, just under half are either freshmen or…

BGHS hockey to be focus of ‘Fire on Ice’ event

(Submitted by BGHS Bobcat Hockey Team) The Bowling Green Bobcat Hockey Team will face the Findlay Trojans during the “Fire on Ice” game at the BGSU Slater Family Ice Arena on Jan. 27, at 9 p.m. The game is part of the return of Youth Hockey Day, said BG hockey coach Eddie Powers. “It’s an opportunity for us to showcase our youth hockey program and our high school program,” Powers said. The event will feature a pre-game tailgate time from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Ice Arena Lounge. Those attending can meet the Bobcat hockey players. A $10 ticket includes a burger or hot dog, favorite tailgate side dishes, and a ticket to the game. Tickets are $5 for Blueliner members and students. Other Youth Hockey Day activities include the “Chuck a Puck” competition, raffle baskets, plus an opportunity to skate with the Bobcat players after the game. The Madrigals are scheduled to sing, and students will be allowed in free to the game which will have a “Black Out” game theme. Bowling Green DECA students are helping to market the event. “We want to do this every year to make it a big event,” Powers said. Powers is hoping BGHS hockey alumni attend the “Fire on Ice” event.

Wood County Recorder reports transactions for last quarter in 2017

(Submitted by the Wood County Recorder’s Office) Wood County Recorder Julie Baumgardner has released a report covering the transactions of the recorder’s office for the fourth quarter, Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017. 1,280 deeds were recorded for this quarter, compared to 1,480 deeds being recorded for the same quarter last year. 1,134 mortgages, with a valuation of $376,851,520.50, were recorded for this quarter, compared to 1,295 mortgages, with a valuation of $268,225,729.52 being recorded for the same quarter last year. Numerous other documents were recorded, in addition to the above, for a total of  4,324 documents being recorded for this quarter, compared to  4,807 documents being recorded for the same quarter last year. Baumgardner paid a total of $256,049.82 into the county for this quarter, compared to $292,262.61 for the same quarter last year. $112,581.42 of the total for this quarter was paid directly into the county general fund, compared with $128,845.31 for the same quarter last year. $126,588.40 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 $144,501.30 for the same quarter last year, less one percent paid back to the county general fund. The remaining balance of $16,880.00 was paid into the recorder’s equipment fund for this quarter, compared with $18,916.00 for the same quarter last year.

Scholarships offered for graduating high school seniors

(Submitted by the Wood County Republican Women’s Club) The Wood County Republican Women’s Club (WCRWC) is pleased to announce applications are being accepted for two $500 scholarships for women who are Wood County residents and who are graduating high school seniors in the class of 2018. All Wood County graduating high school seniors are eligible to apply. Information packets have been sent to 30 area school districts. Interested members of the 2018 senior class should contact their guidance counselors for information or send your inquiry to WCRWC became active in 1935, and is part of one of the largest women’s political organizations in the country. The grassroots organization works to promote the principles and objectives of the Republican Party, elect Republican candidates, inform the public through political education and activity, and increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government.

Candidates sought for Boys State and Girls State

(Submitted by Bowling Green American Legion and Auxiliary) The Bowling Green American Legion Post 45 and the Bowling Green American Legion Auxiliary Unit 45 will begin interviewing candidates for the 2018 American Legion Buckeye Boys State and the 2018 American Legion Auxiliary Buckeye Girls State. The Boys State and Girls State programs are part of a national educational program for high school juniors to learn about and set up a working state government. Interviews will begin in February at the Bowling Green High School.  Juniors from the Bowling Green School District who are home schooled or attend private schools are also eligible for consideration. Home schooled and privately schooled students should contact David and Jane Ridenour at 419-352-5054 (or e-mail at for more information. The Bowling Green American Legion and Auxiliary are also seeking outside sponsors for eligible boys and girls to send to Boys State and Girls State. Sponsorships allow our post to send more local students to these outstanding programs than we could otherwise.  For sponsorship information please contact David and Jane Ridenour.

Beeker’s General Store to host ‘Sampling Saturday’

(Submitted by Beeker’s General Store) In honor of the “Big Game” in February, Beeker’s General Store is pulling together its best food vendors for a taste testing extravaganza. Join us on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for “Sampling Saturday.” This unique event provides ample opportunity to try our Amish edibles, local honey, homemade baked goods, Gianno’s Chocolates, Sechler’s pickles, Faro coffee, and more! Not only will guests have a chance to sample many items, but they will also have a chance to “Meet the Maker” and ask questions of the purveyor. Vendors include: Cook’s Delights baked goods, Country Grains breads, Poppin’ George’s Kettle Corn, and SoBee Honey just to name a few. Recipes incorporating products that we sell will also be available. Of course, the shelves will be brimming with your edible favorites for you to stock up and take home to create delicious appetizers, savory main dishes, and sweet treats for the “Big Game” and beyond. An additional highlight of this event, includes the opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice” recipe that best tantalizes your taste buds! Local “celebrities” and residents are participating in a contest in which Beeker’s will provide a product that we feature. The “mystery cooks” are being asked to create a delicious recipe with samples for taste testing. Products in the mystery brown bags include such items as: Amish Wedding Pineapple Salsa, Sechler’s Green Tomatoes, Dei Fratelli sloppy joe sauce, Chef JC’s baking extracts, My-T- Fine Chocolate Pudding mix, and more!