Community Voices

Artist Beth Genson receives Arts Commission grant

Beth Genson, a northwest Ohio resident, is the recipient of an Accelerator Grant from The Arts Commission of Toledo.  The Accelerator Grant is a competitive program offering financial support with quick turn-around for artists to advance their creative projects, thereby advancing their careers.  Genson received the grant for encaustic painting equipment to enable her to provide a traveling workshop experience.  “Encaustic painting allows the participant to get creative without fear,” said Genson.“Whether you are an artist or just want to have fun, you can’t help but be inspired as you discover the process of applying hot wax and pigment along with other materials to create abstract or representational works of art.” Genson has two upcoming workshops scheduled with two 3-4 hours sessions per day, Intro to Encaustics, a beginner-level encaustic workshop will give participants a hands-on introduction to the encaustic process and Encaustic Studio will explore techniques and best practices for using wax including brushwork, fusing, layering, mark making and mixed media. A few spots remain in the workshop this Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Schooner Farms / Inspired by Nature, 14890 Otsego Pike, (Corner of Rt. 6 & Rt. 235), Weston, Ohio for half-day or full-day workshops exploring the medium of encaustic. Genson will host the same workshop on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Art-a-Site! Gallery & Studio, 139 W Wooster St, Bowling Green, Ohio.  Full details and registration are available on her website at www.BethGenson.comunder ‘Events’.  All equipment, tools and supplies for the workshops are included in the cost. Beth Genson is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with degrees in Fine Art and Education.  She recently completed an Advanced Teaching Encaustics course at R&F Paints in New York.  In her own practice, Genson explores the nature of light on water and specializes in transforming your favorite vacation photo into a beautiful oil painting for your home.  Contact the artist at BethGensonArt@gmail.comor 419-308-7530.

Tickets available now for HYT’s Silly Goose

Submitted by HORIZON YOUTH THEATRE Award-winning Horizon Youth Theatre is proud to present Silly Goose, written and directed by Keith Guion, October 26th and 27th at 7 p.m. and October 28 at 2 p.m. at Otsego High School. According to its author, Silly Goose is the life story of a goose named Silvia who finds herself in three separate fairy tale adventures. As one of The Young Goslings, she and her mother and siblings have to contend with a determined fox who wants to eat them all. A mysterious man named Channer builds an iron house to protect the geese from the fox, and the fox tries several ways to trick them into opening the door so he can get at them.When Silvia is a bit older, Channer takes her to join the royal flock of geese at King Delroy’s palace. There, she meets The Goose Girl, a sad and lonely maid with a terrible secret that she cannot divulge to a human soul. So she tells Silvia, and Silvia,, with some guidance from Channer, helps the Goose Girl achieve her happy ending. After that adventure, Silvia and Channer form a partnership and travel from kingdom to kingdom helping other people achieve their happy endings and punishing the evil people who stand in their way. At some point, Silvia becomes The Golden Goose who is found by a young lad who travels to the castle with an assortment of people stuck to the goose and each other, thanks to Channer’s magic, and when the princess sees this odd parade, she laughs for the first time in years. So Silvia and Channer achieve a happy ending for the young lad and the princess. But what about Silvia’s own happy ending? Where will she find that? Is her life one wild goose chase after another? And what is it with all these goose idioms anyway?  The play features 33 student actors and crew members ages 6 to 14 from several area schools including Bowling Green Public (and St. Al’s, BG Christian, BG Montessori and Sleek Academy); Perrysburg, Rossford, and Otsego. The rest of the production team: Haven Bradham, stage manager; Stephanie Truman, producer; Christina Hoekstra, costumer; Wendy Guion, props; Steve Rieske, set designer; Anne Weaver, set artist; Gray Frishman, light board operator; and Calista Wilkins, crew chief.  Cast: Aidan Thomas – Fox Hannah Campbell – Silvia 2 John Simpson – Dirk Lilly Koralewski – Peasant 1 Sam Koralewski – Prince Anders Amy Claypool – Goose 2 Drew Thomas –  Channer Alice Walters – Princess Elmina Sophia Milks – Child 2, Gosling Claire Nelson – Child 1, Gosling Lauren Peppers – Deedee Sarah Keller – Silvia 1 Calista Motisher – Goose 1 Liam Rogel – Jack Addie Smith – Princess Marisa Adam Proulx – Parson Charlie Vostal – Lance Angie Ruiz – Jack’s Mother Reece Hall – Silvia 3 Emy Wilkins – Gigi Isobel Roberts-Zibbel – Bebe Ella McNamara – Clerk Emily Coen – Casey Lauren Clifford – Silvia’s Mother Lila Stover – Gosling Nash Valentine – Conrad Jonah Truman – King Delroy Crew: Stacy Anderson, Lauren Carmen, Steven Edwards, Gavin Miller, Rose Walters, Calista Wilkins Otsego High School is only seven miles from Downtown BG. Tickets available now at the HYT website or at the door for only $5.00. Fun for the whole family! As always…

Auther to discuss the duty of the bystander

From JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER TOLEDO What is the duty of a bystander? Should bystanders to crimes be required by law to intervene? Author Amos N. Guiora will discuss these concepts at the 2018 David S. Stone Law Lecture on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the University of Toledo College of Law, 1825 W. Rocket Dr. Guiora’s experience as the child of Holocaust survivors and career as a professor of law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah have informed his involvement in bystander legislation efforts in Utah and across the country. In his House testimony to address Representative Brian S. King’s proposed bill “The Duty to Assist in an Emergency,” Guiora said the injustices his parents suffered were “exacerbated by bystander inaction.” His recent book “The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust” addresses the consequences of the bystander during the Holocaust and that of today, with a focus on sexual assault. “I have come to the conclusion that the law can no longer remain a bystander to victim suffering,” Guiora said in his testimony.  A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, Guiora has an A.B. in history from Kenyon College, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and a Ph.D from Leiden University. He has published extensively in the United States and Europe on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, the limits of power, multiculturalism, and human rights. Prior to “The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust” he wrote several books including “Freedom from Religion: Rights and National Security,” “Tolerating Intolerance: The Price of Protecting Extremism,” and most recently “Earl Warren, Ernesto Miranda and Terrorism.”

Downtown Farmers Market moving indoors

From DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN One of the many tell-tale signs of summer and favorite for all locals in Downtown Bowling Green is the Downtown Bowling Green Farmer’s Market. For years this annual event has brought hundreds to downtown to sample, purchase and enjoy local vendors and artisans from the area, and spend more time in our voted Best Small Town! Downtown BG is so thrilled to announce we are not done yet! On October 24th, with new winter hours of 3-6 p.m., Downtown BG will open their first Winter Market for the community! The cozy indoor space is directly attached to Calico, Sage, and Thyme & the new Tea Room along Clay and Main Street. While the weather is willing to cooperate, vendors will also be placed outside around the gorgeous iconic tree! What vendors are coming along you may ask? Can produce still be purchased this time of year? We’re happy to say YES! 10-15 market vendors will be present each week providing everything from fresh produce including; squash, pumpkins, mushrooms, microgreens, asparagus, and more! On top of that, there will be baked goods from both Bella Cuisine & Country Grains- and sweet treats and bars from 2 Sharp Cookies! River Valley Pasta will be back with a variety of difference flavors to try each week, and Viking Coffee will have fresh roasted options for all the caffeine enthusiasts! There will also be amazing artistic vendors like Bottles by Ada, providing soy candles and recycled wine bottles with succulents, stunning holiday wreaths from Clay Hill  and tie dye clothing from Magical Mystery Shop! Vendors will constantly be changing as each week goes by, so make sure to stop in an see who is new to the lineup! Riehm Produce Farm will have their CSA bags available for pick-up at our new location through the holiday as well! Great Lakes Custom Sharpening will not be sharpening tools on site, but our market location will be a drop off/pick-up for your sharpening needs each week! WIC and SNAP programs will also continue into our Winter Market season with vendors who are eligible for them. Downtown Dollars can still be purchased and used for market shopping from our market manager Sam. BGSU Dining & Training Kitchen will also play a fun role during our market. Each week a new chef will utilize local ingredients from our vendors and make a fun new free sample for market customers to try the following week! This partnership is a wonderful connection to campus for us, and we hope to see an increase in students for this new winter event! The market also recently brought on a student representative, Nicole Lembo, who will be showing students each week the perks to shopping local and fresh even with her crazy student schedule! Make sure to follow her on instagram for weekly updates at @niclem_fit. COSTCO has committed to have a fun festive corner every week at market with complimentary sweet treats and drinks like christmas cookies, hot chocolate and MORE! Huge thank you to COSTCO for partnering with us this season- make sure to stop by their table and say hello! We’d also like to give a huge thank you to State Bank for jumping on board as a featured sponsor for this market. Their very generous donation…

Time to sign up to join BG Holiday Parade

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Annual Bowling Green Parade Project Team announces the 2018 Community Holiday Parade to take place Saturday, Nov. 17, starting at 10 a.m., in Downtown Bowling Green.  The theme this year is “Our Best Hometown Holiday” complementing the award given to Bowling Green by Ohio Magazine.  Come and join community groups, businesses, bands, and Santa for some fun this year. With many local participants, this can be your year to join in on all the excitement. Unit Registration & Sponsorship forms are now available in the Chamber office or at  The deadline to register units for the 2018 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. 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 WTOL broadcasting the Parade. 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 130 S. Main St., Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.  Sponsorship forms must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, November 5th to be recognized in the media outlets. The 2018 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is brought to you by the Presenting Sponsors, Julie’s Dance Studio, Rosenboom Custom Crafted Cylinders, Regal Beloit and the City of Bowling Green.  And WTOL Channel 11 will be broadcasting the parade live this year! The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce supports an environment for the development and success of business within the Bowling Green area.  The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Celebrates, Educates, and Strengthens its Investors through Business Improvement Events, Grants, Services, Leadership, Legislative Updates and Group Savings Programs.  We are your Community Connection via ‘The Morning Show’ radio program WBGU 88.1FM, Wood County Safety Council, Annual Awards, Holiday Parade and Fireworks.  The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce is Celebrating 82 years; Established 1936.

‘Spooks & Spokes’ community bike ride planned

(Submitted by the City of Bowling Green) The City of Bowling Green’s last slow roll bike ride for 2018 will have a Halloween twist.  The ride, titled Spooks & Spokes, will be held Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes and dress up in bike friendly costumes. This ride will begin and end at Wintergarden Park.  Stops will feature local lore, treats, and some of Bowling Green’s most (allegedly) haunted locations. Upon completion of the ride, we’ll return to Wintergarden Park for S’mores and a fire. Rides are free, family-friendly, and open to everyone. Each rider is required to wear a properly-fitted helmet and ride a correctly-sized bicycle in safe, working mechanical order.  The route for this ride covers five miles.  It is highly recommended that young riders, not able to travel this distance on their own, participate via a tow behind trailer or child bike seat.  These rides are meant to be more recreational in nature and will travel at a speed comfortable for all riders. While designed for fun and exploration, monthly rides will also stress the importance of safe riding practices and responsibilities of riders while navigating city streets.  Multiple trained leaders will facilitate the ride to ensure that all riders complete the route, including providing assistance for mechanical or personal issues that may arise. This will be the last slow roll ride for 2018.  Rides will resume again in Spring 2019. To register, please visit:

Soil and Water Conservation celebrates 75 years

(Submitted by the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts) On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD) will officially celebrate the association’s 75th birthday, the “Diamond Jubilee.” Officially created in law in October of 1943, the OFSWCD has used this year to celebrate the “Year of Conservation” and the tremendous conservation accomplishments done by Ohio’s 88 soil and water conservation districts. Formed from supervisors representing Ohio’s first county Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) – Clark, Butler and Highland – for 75 years the OFSWCD has supported the work of Ohio’s 88 SWCDs in an effort to provide locally-driven, voluntary focused solutions to natural resource concerns in rural, suburban and urban settings. Today, the OFSWCD is led by 440 SWCD supervisors from all 88 SWCDs. These supervisors lead nearly 500 employees who provide invaluable services to landowners, farmers, developers, educators, and many more within the counties they represent. The OFSWCD and SWCDs partner with local, state and federal partners to provide various programs and opportunities to the local constituency. “I am humbled and honored to represent the OFSWCD,” shared OFSWCD President Harold Neuenschwander, also a Holmes SWCD Supervisor. “I’ve experienced firsthand the conservation stewardship ethic that our districts demonstrate day-in and day-out in an effort to leave the land better for future generations. Taking care of our soil, our water and our resources is truly vital to living a good life. I am pleased we are doing things today that were envisioned 75 years ago — and done with the same focus and vigor,” concluded Neuenschwander. Learn more about conservation efforts in Ohio by visiting the OFSWCD website at or contact your county SWCD.

Adult trick, treat and tours offered at historical center

(Submitted by Wood County Historical Center) The Friday Night Folklore Trick, Treat & Tour will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green. Guests will set their own path around the Wood County Historical Center with story-stops inside the museum and across the grounds. The story stops will include Grimm’s Fairy Tales at the Log Cabin, Carnival Games in the Lunatic Asylum, Scarecrow Alley, 1920s Dancing & Slang in the Ice House, Carnival Sideshow, Zoltar Fortune Telling, Hall of Haunts Folklore Tales, the Mary Bach fingers, and a special feature from local magician and entertainer Eli Martin. Magic performances are limited to only five shows. Tickets are $15 per adult with discounts for Wood County Historical Society members and student ID holders, and can be purchased by calling 419-352-0967 or visiting Dress appropriately for weather, especially footwear and outerwear, and bring a flashlight.  The museum gift shop will be open. The Wood County Historical Center & Museum will also host several Wood County Park District folklore events in October including a pumpkin contest and workshop on Oct. 18, and the annual free Folklore & Funfest on Oct. 20. Details for this and all museum events can be found at

Volunteers sought for pollinator project at solar field

(From City of Bowling Green) On Tuesday, Oct. 23,  at 9 a.m., volunteers will be gathering at the AMP DG Solar Site on Carter Road to plant 350 various types of flowering shrubs for the pollinator project.  These are the tallest of the pollinators being planted and are located outside the fence on the north side so as not to shade the solar field. The holes will be pre-drilled for the 1 gallon to 3 gallon shrubs to be unloaded and set into the ground.  Work will continue on Oct. 24 at a time to be determined. Those interested are encouraged to call the Director of Utilities office at 419-354-6246.

Aaron Dussing & Polka Revolution to perform at BGSU Oktoberfest

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The Bowling Green State University German Club and the Department of World Languages and Cultures are hosting an Oktoberfest Polka event Oct. 24 in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. This event will be an opportunity to learn about – and dance to – German-American polkas and popular music, played by Aaron Dussing and Polka Revolution. Dussing formed Polka Revolution in 2010 with two of his high school friends. Ever since his German grandparents introduced him to ethnic music at a young age, he has carried on the musical traditions of his family. He sings in eight languages, specializes in authentic Alpine yodeling, and can play a wide range of 20 different musical instruments, but accordion is his instrument of choice on stage. He is a composer as well, and had his high school band composition performed in Cleveland’s Severance Hall in 2013. He is also a popular international German internet radio personality. Polka Revolution has become an Oktoberfest favorite, having been called to play shows throughout eight states. Though they specialize in German music, they are happy to play other European music and ballroom dance music as well as American standards, jazz and rock. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a traditional German buffet featuring bratwurst and German potato salad will be served from 6-8 p.m. A cash bar serving soft drinks and beer will also be available. The $10 advance admission fee covers the buffet. Advance tickets may be purchased online at General public tickets will be $15 at the door.

Community bands to scare up seasonal sounds

From BG AREA COMMUNITY BANDS The BG Area Community Bands present the annual Fall  “family concert,” Halloween Hi-Jinks,  Sunday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m. at the Bowling Green Schools Performing Arts Center.  The afternoon program will include familiar seasonal selections with a focus on “family friendly” music.  Children of all ages are most welcome to attend, and are encouraged to wear “non scary” costumes. The Concert Band, conducted by Thomas Headley, will feature “76 Trombones” by Meredith Willson, John Philip Sousa’s delightful setting of “Yankee Doodle,” a Pixar salute to the movie “UP!” and a medley of a number of Disney favorites skillfully arranged by John Higgins. BiG Band BG, the Bowling Green Area Jazz Band directed by William E. Lake, will feature Jazz vocalist Elizabeth Green on “Cry Me a River” and Tenor Saxophonist Dan VanVorhis on Louis Prima’s “Jump, Jive, and Wail.” The family-friendly one-hour concert is free, and the public cordially invited to attend.  The Performing Arts Center is easily accessed from nearby parking at the 530 West Poe Road school campus.  Free-will donations will be gratefully accepted, along with information about the Patron program.

NAMI offers event for kids affected by mental illness

(Submitted by National Alliance on Mental Illness) Want to be one of the cool kids? On Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Wood County will be hosting an event called KidShop. KidShop is a fun affair for adolescents affected by mental illness. The workshop teaches kids about mental illness, coping skills, and assists them to form friendships with peers that have lived through comparable experiences. The event will be hosted at the NAMI Wood County office at 541 W. Wooster St., Bowling Green. Parents can RSVP for their kids by calling 419-352-0626. Please note that everyone must be registered by Monday, Oct. 15. Children will be required to bring a paint shirt and should be dropped off at 9 a.m. to complete mandatory program forms. For more information, call (419) 352-0626, email, or visit NAMI’s Facebook page @namiwoodcounty.

Local Special Olympian honored for national medals

(Submitted by State Rep. Theresa Gavarone) State Rep. Theresa Gavarone and State Sen. Randy Gardner, both R-Bowling Green, presented resolutions this week to Special Olympics USA athlete Maggie Hunt, honoring and congratulating her for her medals at the 2018 games in Seattle. As a first-time USA games competitor, Hunt earned a bronze medal in the 100 meters, a gold in the 4×100 relay and a gold in the 400 meters. Hunt, a resident of Perrysburg, has participated in Special Olympics since she was 8 years old, and practices three times a week at the Bowling Green State University Rec Center. “Maggie is an inspiring individual and is really motivated to succeed whether it be on the track, in the swimming pool or at her job,” Gavarone said. “I am excited to see what she accomplishes next.” Hunt was selected after participating in qualifying state games at the Ohio State University and landing in the top three. In addition to practicing, she holds positions with the BGSU grounds crew and Carranor Hunt Club.

‘You Got Older’ opens at BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University’s Department of Theatre and Film will present “You Got Older,” a play by Clare Barron Oct. 18-27. “You Got Older,” which won the Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, tells the story of Mae, who returns home to care for her ill father in Washington State just as her own life has come crashing down around her. Living in her childhood home, Mae must nurse her father back to health, while tending to emotional wounds of her own. Engaging in surreal fantasies, the heartbreaking particulars of caretaking, and reconnecting with her siblings, Mae struggles to come to terms with the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes devastating, and often wildly unpredictable events that populate the human experience. At turns humorous and reflective, Barron’s play is a poignant account of the way we must sometimes deal simultaneously with standing still and moving on. BGSU Instructor Sara Lipinski Chambers directs “You Got Older,” assisted by Libby Zamiska and Lorna Patterson. The play includes scenic and lighting design by Steve Boone, costume design by Margaret McCubbin, and properties by Kelly Mangan. The cast is led by BGSU senior musical theatre student Kelly Dunn as Mae and Bowling Green resident and theatre business operations manager Jim Dachik as Dad.  Additional cast members include Hope Elizabeth Eller, Tyler Fugitt, Adam Hensley, Missy Snyder and Caleb Wise. Dramaturgical research is performed by Mohamadreza Babaee, choreography by Alec Batton, and fight choreography by Macaela Carder. Stage manager Jillian Fournier is assisted by Kate Tayler. Performances, in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts on the BGSU campus, are Oct. 18-20 and 25-27 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 20, 21 and 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance are $5 for students, $10 for seniors, and $15 for adults. All tickets are $20 if purchased on the day of performance. Tickets can be purchased through the BGSU Arts Box Office in the Wolfe Center, online at, or by calling 419-372-8171. Guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at or Theatre and Film, 419-372-8495, prior to the event.

BG Browns Backers to hold annual fundraiser for autism

(Submitted by Lauren Kostelnik, president of Bowling Green Browns Backers) Bowling Green Browns Backers and Campus Quarters have once again joined forces to help support the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, and raise awareness of autism. Our 6th Annual Autism Fundraiser will be held this year on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Campus Quarters. Financial support is extremely important to the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, as they rely on donations to provide services in the community that are greatly needed. Help us to allow them to continue this service for others by supporting our fundraiser. This event started when one of my twins, Mason, was diagnosed with autism just before his second birthday. Organizations like the ASNO provide guidance, support, and direction to families facing this diagnosis, and help create a community where they feel supported. Without their help and input I can’t image where my son would be. Because of their support and information, we were able to connect with the right services, meet others going through what we were, and give my son a headstart on therapy, treatments, and support. He is now in second grade, talking up a storm, reading, and for the first time, participating in school without an IEP. The years of hard work he put in with speech therapists, occupational therapy, learning to communicate and more shows in everything he does. And as a family, we met some wonderful people, found our footing in our autism journey, and look forward to giving back. In 2013, we decided teaming the Bowling Green Browns Backers with Campus Quarters, and hosting a fundraiser to benefit ASNO was a no-brainer. We planned our first event, and with help from BGBB members and local businesses, we offered basket raffles, and 50/50 raffles, with tickets for each going in corresponding “Mason Jars” in honor of our son. The response from the community was amazing. Since then, we have raised almost $10,000 dollars for ASNO, and the event gets better each year. We greatly rely on community members, our Browns Backers, and local businesses to pull this off! It is a wonderful event that is a combination of Football, Fundraising, and community. Whether the Browns win or lose, our community and ASNO wins for sure!     This year we will be lucky enough to have Ed Bettridge, a BGSU Graduate and Football alum, as well as a member of the 1964 Cleveland Browns Championship Team, attending our event to visit, talk shop, and sign some autographs. We will have a TV Raffle, a 50/50 Raffle, and of course, our Mason Jar Basket Raffle! The event starts just before kick off and goes until the end of the game, with drawings at half time and end of game. Our Autism Fundraiser attracts more attendees each year, but we depend on the added support of our friends in the business community to supply us with auction items. Would you be willing to donate either a gift certificate or merchandise from your business? Donors receive recognition on social media before and after the event, verbal recognition during the event, as well as logo/company name displayed during the event. It is a win/win situation – we get to offer your item for raffle, and you get the support of the attendees who see your generosity…