Community Voices

Tickets Available for HYT’s “Magic Harmonica”

Submitted by HORIZON YOUTH THEATRE Horizon Youth Theatre is pleased to present their third annual fall production for younger actors aged 6 – 12, The Magic Harmonica and Other Fanciful Tales. Directed by Keith Guion and featuring thirty children from many area schools, Magic Harmonica will be performed at Otsego High School (18505 Tontogany Creek Road) on Thursday, October 12 and Saturday, October 14 at 7:00 pm; and Sunday, October 15 at 2:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online now at for just $5.00. The Magic Harmonica and Other Fanciful Tales by Janet Layberry is a collection of four enchanting plays sparkling with charm, wit, imagination, and a quirky sense of humor. In You Call That a Bedmonster?, Princess Julia discovers that Humphrey, the monster under her bed, is missing, and sends her guard out to find him. The Magic Harmonica brings a bit of excitement and adventure into an otherwise dull kingdom. But Hoo Is It For? takes us through an enchanted forest where nothing is what it appears to be, and the party which is rumored to be happening is hard to find. The Woobly Fiasco is a play within a play about a Stage Manager having trouble with her actors, who are supposed to be narrating a play about Wooblies, mysterious creatures who have become the caretakers of the animals with whom they share a crowded forest.   The cast members all play at least two roles within the four mini-plays and are as follows: Simon Baney, Lauren Carmen, Arianna Chung, Greta Chung, Emily Coan, Brianna Dunham, Reece Hall,    Emma Kate Holbrook, Bindi Hoskay, Emma Montion, Kathryn Mullins,…

Hockey tournament raises funds for Habitat for Humanity

Submitted by HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF WOOD COUNTY In support of Habitat for Humanity of Wood County, celebrity hockey players and Wood County-area residents competed in the 2nd annual Hockey for Habitat charity ball hockey tournament on September 30. Taking place at Bowling Green City Park, the event raised thousands of dollars to support Habitat for Humanity’s home building and home repair programs. The event featured several celebrity players including Kyle Rogers (Walleye, retired), and Ryan Wichman of WTOL. “Hockey for Habitat is all about mixing mission with fun, and we’re thrilled to be able to present this event once again,” said Mark Ohashi, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Wood County. “Last year, it was a huge success, so we’re looking forward to raising even more money this year.” The tournament weekend kicked off with a celebrity hockey player “draft night” on September 29. At the event, teams were able to select from former professional hockey players to add to their teams. Draft order was based on fundraising totals, with the highest fundraising team awarded the top draft pick. Ryan Wichman of WTOL helped MC the event as well as serving as a celebrity free agent. Hockey fans had an opportunity to meet and greet with the celebrity hockey players in an intimate setting before the Saturday tournament. The Hockey for Habitat tournament featured a number of children’s games, silent auctions, raffles, and food. Dozens of volunteers helped support the event, including the BGSU Alpha Phi Omega chapter, BGSU Habitat for Humanity Chapter, BG Aktion Club members, and members of the BGSU IT Department staff.

Best farm practices for Lake Erie Watershed to be discussed at ag breakfast

From CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE FOOD TECHNOLOGY An environmental expert with the Ohio Lake Erie Commission will discuss Maumee River watershed best management practices for agricultural producers at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, Thursday, Oct. 19 from 8 – 9:30 a.m.  The event is hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology  at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF). Environmental specialist Dr. Sandra Kosek-Sills will share information on the Ohio Domestic Action Plan and how this will advance state level efforts toward proposed nutrient reduction targets. OLEC’s role is to preserve Lake Erie’s natural resources, to protect the quality of its waters and ecosystem, and to promote economic development of the region by ensuring the coordination of policies and programs of state government pertaining to water quality, toxic substances, and coastal resource management. Arrive early, as breakfast and informal networking will start at 8 a.m., with the program to follow.  The cost is just $10 per person when you RSVP in advance, or $12 per person at the door without RSVP (cash or check) which includes breakfast and networking opportunities. The Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum is an educational networking opportunity to provide information on current issues, trends and programs available to the agricultural community and those who support its advancement. The AIF is located at 13737 Middleton Pike (St. Rt. 582) in Bowling Green.  Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by visiting

Library partners on Spanish Civil War, WWI programs

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Two Wood County Public Library Partnership programs will explore 20th century conflicts. On Thursday, October 12 Bowling Green State University’s Department of History presents a screening of the documentary “Souls Without Borders: The Untold Story of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade” (2006) in the Wood County District Public Library’s 1st Floor Meeting Room starting at 6 .pm. The 53-minute film, part of the History Department’s program “America and World Fascism” seris is shown in partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights. ALBA’s work is inspired by the American volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Drawing on the ALBA collections in New York University’s Tamiment Library, and working to expand such collections, ALBA works to preserve the legacy of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade as an inspiration for present and future generations. The film will be followed by a question and answer session with scholars Peter Carroll (Standford University) and Sebastiann Faber (Oberlin College). Also on October 12 at 7 p.m., WCDPL’s Michele Raine will be the guest speaker at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum’s (13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green) October Tea. Her talk, “Home Fires Burning: WWI Fiction,” examines the literature which grew out of the shock and horror of that war’s battlefields, and its depiction of the lives forever changed by the war–both on the home front and in the trenches. The Tea costs $12 for Wood County Historical Society members and $15 for non-member adults. Payments and…

BG Chamber offers computer training sessions

Submitted BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will present two computer and device training session in partnership with Huffine Software Consulting Services, October 11 at 9 a.m. and October 17 at 1:30 p.m., both s at The Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main St., Bowling Green, OH 43402. October 11 – Quickbooks 102: The Deep Mystery of COA (Chart of Accounts) Dive deep in understanding the significance of your company’s Chart of Accounts (e.g., account types, recording transactions, and running accurate reports). Learn how to properly record your fixed assets, interest and principal payments, expenses and income, depreciation and much more! The Chart of Accounts can make or break your recordkeeping processes. Learn the ins and outs of this list. Join us for this session to learn how to properly setup: Banking & Online Connections, Fixed Assets & Depreciation, Mortgage, Loans & Credit Cards, Income & Expenses & Inventory. October 17 – Microsoft Office: Caution-Mail Merge Ahead! Join us in learning how to create mail merge documents and sources (e.g., labels, envelopes, letters). Learn how to merge utilizing outside data sources from your system, Excel, and Access, just to name a few. Find out how to insert logos and pictures to create eye catching labels for your company. You must have basic knowledge of Microsoft Word to attend this session. The cost for these classes: $99 per session or October Package Rate $175. Reservations are required. RSVP by contacting Marissa Muniz at or by calling (419) 353-7945. This event is presented by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Huffine Software Consulting Services.

Wood County Hospital announces advanced cancer treatment technology

(Submitted by Wood County Hospital) Precision is key to fighting cancer The Maurer Family Cancer Care Center at Wood County Hospital now offers radiation treatments so precise, they actually track a patient’s breathing. The center recently acquired Real-time Position Management™(RPM) Respiratory Gating equipment, making it one of a select number of area providers to offer this new technology. Tracking tumors while you breathe RPM is a non-invasive, video-based positioning assistant the continuously monitors the position of a patient’s tumor. As the center’s Medical Director Dr. Robert Lavey explains, “Tumors in the chest and abdomen move as the patient breathes. Respiratory Gating permits us to deliver radiation in pulses when the tumor is in the optimal phase of the respiratory cycle.” Higher doses, fewer side effects During a patient’s radiation therapy session, RPM turns the radiation beam on and off as the patient breathes to avoid areas that the tumor moves through during treatment. This allows doctors to deliver higher doses of radiation with fewer side effects. It is particularly useful for the imaging and treatment of lung, breast, esophagus, pancreas and stomach cancers. This RPM technology was funded through donations to the Wood County Hospital Foundation. The latest immune system therapies The Maurer Family Cancer Care Center also offers up-to- the-minute advances in immunotherapy and chemotherapy. Immunotherapy uses a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer cells. Wood County Hospital administers immunotherapy and chemotherapy drugs as soon as they are cleared by the FDA, offering patients cutting-edge care close to home. About Wood County Hospital Founded in 1951, Wood County Hospital is a private, not-for-profit general acute care facility, licensed…

How to find success with your health and fitness, once and for all

(Submitted by Tim Waller, owner/trainer at In-Home Fitness Training) So, you’ve decided that it’s time to make a change and start improving your health and fitness, but where do you start? Success needs the foundation of a good plan. Here are a few tips to help you make that plan and set you on the path to reaching your goals. An effective health and fitness program consists of strength training, cardio, and nutrition. I call these the three pillars of fitness. Depending on your goals, wants, and ability, you will need to adjust the balance of these pillars. However, when just beginning, put an even focus on each until you learn your body and how it responds to the activity. A very important key to your success is to strive to be consistent, rather than perfect. The idea of perfection is a trap that can leave you burnt out and discouraged. It is ok to make a mistake every now and then. The key is that you keep moving forward. For the average person, just sticking to their program the majority of the time will bring about success. Lastly, before you do any of the aforementioned, you will need to make a commitment to yourself. A good health and fitness program is meant to be part of your lifestyle and it takes time to settle in to a new routine. Rest assured, there will be days when you will not feel like working out or preparing meals. Commit to yourself for six weeks. Why six weeks? Take a look at the gym in the beginning of January compared to mid-February….

Astronaut & author Mark Kelly to speak at BGSU, Oct. 24

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS As part of events commemorating the celebration of Jerome Library’s 50th anniversary, University Libraries will host astronaut and author Mark Kelly as part of its Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories lecture series Oct. 24 with a free presentation at  7 p.m. Lenhart Grand Ballroom | Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Kelly’s talk will be preceded by a VIP reception at 5: p.m. Tockets, which include premium reserved seating for the lecture, are $100. To tickets click here To register for free lecture click here With an extraordinary career of service to our military, our nation and humanity, Kelly has secured his place in history as a role model, modern-day pioneer and leader of distinction. Together with his identical twin brother, Scott, he has laid the groundwork for the future of space exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body. Kelly, author of “Gabby: A Story f Courage and Hope,” is known for captivating audiences with lessons learned from his extensive travels and experiences in the Navy, outer space and on the ground. From leading teams in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable, to the thrill of spaceflight, and the recovery and resilience of his wife Gabrielle Giffords, he will reveal what he believes are the foundations for success to accomplish your mission in life and work.

Crop Walk tries to end hunger one step at a time

(Submitted by Bowling Green Area Crop Hunger Walk) The annual Crop Hunger Walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 15, in Bowling Green City Park. The walk will begin at 1 p.m., in the Kiwanis Shelter. Each year, the Bowling Green community comes together to raise money and awareness for hunger relief locally and around the world through the Crop Hunger Walk. Roughly 1,000 walks happen each year in the U.S. Walkers ask family, neighbors, colleagues and places of worship to pledge dollars for their participation in the walk. Our steps symbolize the daily journey others must make for food and clean water. One-fourth of the funds raised will stay in our community to support local hunger and poverty fighting programs. This year’s walk will support the work of Bowling Green Christian Food Pantry and the Brown Bag Food Project. The remaining money is used by Church World Service to alleviate hunger in poor communities throughout the world. In addition to assisting hungry families in our area, Crop Hunger Walks help families in the U.S. and around the world who are victims of disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, and refugees fleeing war or famine. The walks also support development projects in the world’s poorest communities – agricultural training, health clinics, micro-businesses, schools and fresh water wells. Crop Hunger Walks are community events involving everyone who want to fight hunger around the block and around the world. Non-walkers are welcome. Children are also welcome, and can earn dollars to donate by walking. Some Bowling Green State University athletes are also planning to attend the walk. There will be live music by the BGSU…

Planning association recognizes BG for Court Street Connects

(Submitted by the City of Bowling Green) The Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Ohio) has announced the winners of the 2017 Ohio Planning Awards. The biennial awards program honors outstanding planning and planning leadership in Ohio, recognizing the highest levels of achievement. APA Ohio presented the following awards at the 2017 APA Ohio Statewide Planning Conference in Athens today, Sept. 28. APA Ohio President Kimberly Lieber, AICP, City of North Olmsted Planning Director, noted that the 2017 awards “highlight the best and brightest plans, projects, and people in Ohio. It is clear from these awards that strong partnerships are critical components of successful planning work.” The City of Bowling Green received a “Best Practice” award for Court Street Connects. Thirty nominations were received in seven categories. Award nominations were reviewed and winners selected by a jury of professional planners from the APA Wisconsin Chapter. Evaluation criteria include innovation, creativity, transferability and public participation. Jury chair Kristan Grygiel Sanchez, AICP, Senior Urban Designer & Planner at GRAEF, stated “there were many excellent nominations from Ohio this year, and the decisions were often very difficult. There were numerous best practices and innovative ideas applicable to both Wisconsin communities and other areas of the country.” Questions about this should be directed to the Planning Department, 419-354-6218.

BG puts bike sharrows on some streets

(Submitted by the City of Bowling Green) Bowling Green has a tradition of being a bicycle friendly community. In 2013, BG was officially named a “Cyclist Friendly Community” by the Ohio Bicycle Federation, and in 2016, the city partnered with a bicycling advocacy group called “Yay Bikes!” to learn more about bicycle safety education and engineering. Yay Bikes emphasizes the “6 E” principles to promote expanded, safe cycling – education, engineering, enforcement, equity, enthusiasm, and engagement. With the completion of the Conneaut Avenue and Fairview Avenue paving project, residents might be wondering what the new graphics of a bicyclist are and why the city added them to the road. The new graphic is called a sharrow. These symbols serve a purpose much like other commonly used traffic markings – visual reminders of the rules of the road. Sharrows serve as a reminder that under the Ohio Revised Code, a bicyclist on the roadway has the same rights as a vehicle. Recently enacted state legislation requires motorists to pass a bicyclist with at least 3 feet distance. They also show where on the road the rider is safest, which is in the lane and not along the curb. Most items that are hazardous to bicyclists can be found along the curb. As a result, if a bicyclist were to ride in that location on the road, they would be moving in and out of traffic. One of the educational points of “Yay Bikes” is that a bicycle should act like a vehicle – meaning the bicyclist should be predictable to others using the road, much like a vehicle. To learn more…

Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 1 to 7

(Submitted by National Alliance on Mental Illness) Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 1–7. Each year, the first full week of October provides an opportunity to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. One in five adults experiences mental illness problems every year, and 50% of chronic mental illness begins by age 14. Although many people today understand that mental illness is a medical condition, individuals and families affected by mental illness are still often subjected to stigma and discrimination. This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is calling on everyone to get “Into Mental Health” and replace stigma with hope. Follow NAMI Wood County on Facebook for great material on being Inspired, Informed and Involved locally! Part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, National Depression Screening Day is Thursday Oct. 5. Take this anonymous questionnaire that can help identify potential signs of depression “We are calling on everyone to join NAMI and replace stigma with hope by pledging to be #StigmaFree,” said Terra Davenport, Director of Programs at NAMI Wood County. To take the #StigmaFree pledge, visit NAMI offers information about mental illness conditions, symptoms and treatment at or through its HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI (6264). Learn more about Mental Illness Awareness Week at

“Our Best Hometown Holiday” theme for 2017 Holiday Parade

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Annual Bowling Green Parade Project Team announces the 2017 Community Holiday Parade to take place Saturday, November 18th 2017, starting at 10:00 a.m., in Downtown Bowling Green. The theme this year is “Our Best Hometown Holiday” complimenting the award given to Bowling Green by Ohio Magazine. Come and join community groups, businesses, bands, and Santa for some fun in the sun this year. With many local participants, this can be your year to join in on all the excitement! Unit Registration and Sponsorship forms are now available for the parade in the Chamber office or at The deadline to register units for the 2017 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is 5 p.m. Monday, November 6th 2017. Registration is $50 for Non-Investors, $25 for Investors and $15 for Non-Profits, with the fees supporting band stipends, parade publicity, general administrative costs, as well as the cost of filming and rebroadcasting the parade (dates and times TBD). Sponsorships and/or donations to help offset expenses of the parade are also appreciated. Sponsorship and unit registration forms can be downloaded from and mailed to the BG Chamber at P.O Box 31, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Sponsorship forms must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, November 6th to be recognized in the media outlets. The 2017 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is brought to you by the Premiere Sponsor, Julie’s Dance Studio, with support from BGSU-WBGU-PBS and the City of Bowling Green.  

Sports broadcaster Jay Crawford to return to BGSU as executive in residence

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS Longtime sports broadcaster and Bowling Green State University alumnus Jay Crawford will join the university as an executive in residence later this fall. “Jay has left his mark on the sports and communications industry and we are so pleased that he has agreed to share his wealth of knowledge with our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends,” said BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey. Crawford is well known in the sports industry, from anchoring ESPN’s SportsCenter to calling the Little League World Series. He earned a Bachelor of Art in radio, television and film from BGSU in 1987. As an executive in residence, Crawford will share his expertise with students and faculty in the School of Media and Communication, in the Department of Sport Management and with student-athletes. “When students ask about colleges, I always push BGSU,” Crawford said. “My experience here was a springboard to my career. Being asked to come back to the place where I learned so much, and met my wife Tracy, is an honor. “I am excited about the future of Bowling Green State University and eager to give back to students pursuing careers in media, communication and sport management.” The executive-in-residence program will feature mentorship opportunities, classroom lectures and special event appearances. “BGSU offers a world-class educational experience both inside and out of the classroom, with faculty who shape critical thinking skills and staff who empower students to become leaders,” Mazey said. “That experience is enhanced by our executive-in-residence program, which brings thought leaders and industry experts to campus to enrich student learning, aid in faculty development and…

UC4Power and Kear formally refute Nexus pipeline approval

(Submitted by United Communities for Protecting our Water and Elevating Rights) United Communities for Protecting our Water and Elevating Rights (UC4POWER) filed a “Request for Rehearing/Reconsideration and Motion for Stay” on September 25 with FERC. Included with the filing was Dr. Andrew Kear’s NEW report, Bureaucratic Seismicity: Finding Fault with the Nexus Pipeline Maumee River Crossing expressly written for the groups refute of FERC’s Nexus Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. Toledo Attorney Terry J. Lodge filed the request on behalf of UC4POWER. The group wants residents of Bowling Green, Waterville, and the16 communities served by BG’s water system to know that no matter how much BG Mayor Edwards insists that agency oversight will protect the BG Regional Water Intake/Treatment Facility, their drinking water supply remains far from being safe. Dr. Kear’s report explains in depth and detail why this continues to be the case, even after the permits have been issued which supposedly protect public health and safety and the environment. Since FERC helped Nexus define their risks associated with the pipeline project, the deck has been stacked against communities like Bowling Green which want to protect their own interests and public health and safety. Meanwhile, the “facts,” which agencies like Ohio EPA use while monitoring pipeline construction, have been skewed or falsely defined by Nexus/FERC to favor the project’s rushed timeline. Dr. Kear’s report states, “In an egregious example of bureaucratic seismicity, FERC and Nexus have accomplished in less than 1 year what the earth’s crust has failed to do during the past 100 million years – move the Bowling Green Fault System.” Furthermore Dr. Kear states, “Rather…