Community Voices

‘Orange Is the New Black’ author to visit BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Piper Kerman, best-selling author of “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” will be on BGSU’s campus Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 to discuss her book and her life story. Kerman will be presenting as part of the Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories lecture series sponsored by BGSU University Libraries and its Leadership Council. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation following at 7:30 p.m. A VIP event will begin at 5:30 p.m. All events are hosted in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Tickets for the event are $30 for dinner and $100 for the VIP event and dinner. Tickets are available now at bgsu.edu/libraryevent. Kerman’s book chronicles her 13 months spent in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. In her book she explores the experience of incarceration and the intersection of her life with the lives of the women she met while in prison: their friendships and families, mental illnesses and substance abuse issues, cliques and codes of behavior. Since her release, Kerman has worked tirelessly to promote criminal justice reform. She serves on the board of the Women’s Prison Association, which provides preventative services for at-risk women, works to create alternatives to incarceration, advocates against practices like shackling during childbirth and offers programs to aid reentry into society. In her professional career as a communications consultant with Spitfire Strategies, she has worked on a number of criminal justice issues, including public defense reform, juvenile justice reform and the legal challenge to the “stop and frisk” laws in New York. She is a…


‘Paramedic One-Pager’ recommended for refrigerators

(Submitted by Steve Long) In late June my mom and I ventured up to northern Ontario. The trip was wonderful in many ways, especially as a reminder of the importance of gathering with family and friends. As VISA Card advertisements point out, what price tag can be placed on the value of dining with 33 Canadian kin? starting a wonderful night of Hootenanny music by singing national anthems of 7 countries represented by the participants? “having a coffee” with Canadian friends (the kids now know this is code word for spending several hours talking)? sharing time with family boating and fishing pristine waters in Algonquin Provincial Park (roughly two-thirds the size of Yellowstone)?  PRICELESS. My hope and prayer is that each of you readers will be able to experience and appreciate one or more similar activities this summer. Each act of making, capturing, organizing and sharing such memories allows for a genuine feeling and/or expression of gratitude in our lives. An extra bonus on this trip came totally by surprise. While staying with Canadian cousins, I spied on their refrigerator a “Paramedic Information” card provided by their county EMS service. With their permission I took a look and was startled with how similar much of this was with Binder of a Lifetime thinking. Their “Paramedic Information” one page document contains information all in one place that would be ever-so-helpful should a health care emergency ever occur. Enhanced with key Binder of a Lifetime information, the Long Memories “Paramedic One-Pager” can now be found as a link here: www.BinderOfALifetime.com. Please check it out if you’re interested, and consider printing and filling…


Annual pet show winners named

(Submitted by Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department) There were 38 entries by participants, and more than 100 in attendance at the 55th annual pet show sponsored recently by the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department in City Park. Following is a list of the results. Funniest pet name: 1. Brandi Rizer (Ziggi) 2. Heidi Reger (Ozma) Most unusual pet: 1. Ashley Eblin (Spike) 2. Kaylie Bishop (Garth) Pet that looks most like its owner: 1. Heidi Reger (Ozma) Best behaved pet: 1. Ashley Eblin (Spike) Largest dog: 1. Kristin Corp (Jasper) 2. Regan and Maggie Otley (Buckeye) Prettiest girl dog: 1. Becky Ridgely (Gabby) 2. Mark Wongrowski (Lucy) 3. Regan Otley (Buckeye) Best pet super hero sidekick: 1. Jennie Henschen (Bella) 2. Brandi Rizer (Ziggi, Diva, Diesel) Best groomed pet : Jennifer Gutierrez (Baxter) Best dressed pet : 1. Karlie Salyers (Hunter) 2. tied Brandi Rizer (Diva) and Mary Grazybowski (Riley) 3. Kathy Baker (Ski) Pet with largest ears: 1. Kaylie Bishop (Garth) Best pet trick: 1. Kendel Kissinger (Bella) 2. Brandi Rizer (Diva) 3. Mark Wongrowski (Lucy) Smallest dog: 1. Debi Love (Maya) 2. Mark Asmus (Colonel) 3. Kathy Baker (Ski) Cutest boy dog: 1. Jennifer Guttierez (Baxter) 2. Mark Asmus (Colonel) 3. Becky Ridgely (Gabby)


The United States of Pokémon Go

An opinion piece by ELIZABETH ROBERTS-ZIBBEL Just a few days after the now infamous app Pokémon Go was released, after we had finally broken through the frustratingly busy servers, I took both girls on a Pokémon-catching journey to City Park. They got out and ran toward the playground, clutching their devices. I immediately spotted another player and watched from the car, curious about whether they would cross paths with him. He was a large young man with a buzz cut and a sleeveless t-shirt, his arms covered with tattoos. He paused, looked up from his phone and smiled at my daughters, and Alexandra brushed her hair out of her face and said something to him. Excitedly, she held up her phone and the man nodded, pointing into the distance, and Isobel began jumping up and down, they chatted some more, and then went their separate ways. I got out and sat down on a bench, and as Alexandra walked around Isobel handed me her tablet and went to play in the sandbox. Soon Alexandra decided, on her own, to approach a group of several other young adult Pokémon Goers, and they conferred for a while. She ran over to me. “There are so many people playing this game! It’s so much fun to talk to everyone!” This, my shy girl who has a hard time even talking to people she knows sometimes. She went over to the sandbox to join Isobel, and there was another pair obviously playing nearby; she began talking to them too. I heard the man exclaim, “You got a Lickitung? Where did you find that?” Sand Ridge Road, I…


Rapid Fired Pizza to open BG location

Ed. note: The company now reports that the target date to open the new store is March 1, 2017.   Submitted by RAPID FIRED PIZZA Rapid Fired Pizza is happy to announce yet another new location coming soon to Southwood Plaza, 816 S. Main St. in Bowling Green. The new store is scheduled to open in December “We felt Bowling Green was a great community and was a market we just had to be in!” said Kelly Gray a co-founder. This restaurant will be operated by a franchise group planning at least five stores in the northern Ohio market including the Lima location that will open in August. The Bowling Green location features 4,500-square-feet and will have enough seating for 100 people. “We were looking for easy access for students, residents and area professionals plus with our new online ordering system, it will be easy to skip the line and have your freshly made pizza or salad ready for a quick bite between classes or on a lunch break.” Gray said. Rapid Fired Pizza allows customers to choose from an 11” thin or 9” pan pizza, eight sauces, eight cheeses, over thirty toppings, and fourteen dipping sauces to build their perfect pizza, or try one of the 10 craft pizzas on the menu. It’s then cooked in 180 seconds. Customers can also order craft or custom salads in addition to breadsticks and desserts. The concept was founded in Kettering. Less than 1-year-old, Rapid Fired Pizza has 11 locations under construction or open with the signing of this location. Opening dates will continue to be announced on the website. A typical Rapid…


Ohio National Guard turning 228 years old

The Ohio National Guard was organized on July 25, 1788 — nearly 15 years before Ohio gained statehood — in Marietta, Ohio, as the Northwest Territory Militia. On Monday, the Ohio National Guard turns 228 years old, celebrating more than two centuries of being a trusted team of Soldiers and Airmen serving their communities, state and nation. In honor of the organization’s birthday, here are some notable historical facts about the Ohio National Guard: – On March 25, 1863, Jacob Parrott, a member of Company K, 33rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, became the first recipient of the Medal of Honor, a new military award first presented by the U.S. War Department to six Union Army Soldiers who participated in the Great Locomotive Chase in 1862. Parrott was originally a native of Fairfield County, and settled in Kenton, Ohio after the war, where he is buried. – Maj. Gen. Charles Dick, a U.S. senator, Ohio National Guard officer and Akron, Ohio native, sponsored the Militia Act of 1903, which gave increased federal funds and equipment to the National Guard. The act became the most important piece of legislation in Guard history. – This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Ohio National Guard’s mobilization for Mexican Border Service. On June 18, 1916, in accordance with the commands of the President of the United States, the governor called up 7,000 Ohio troops who began to arrive in Texas by late August. – On June 20, 1927, Ohio’s first air unit, the 37th Division Aviation, was organized at the Central Armory in Cleveland. It had 101 men but no airplanes or building. The unit’s…


BGSU’s College of Education and Human Development Receives National Accreditation

Bowling Green State University’s College of Education and Human Development recently received accreditation for 2016-2022 under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in PK-12 student learning. This accreditation decision indicates that Bowling Green State University’s education preparation programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community. Dr. Dawn Shinew, Dean of the College, acknowledged the importance of the accreditation process in ensuring that BGSU’s graduates are prepared to be effective educators and leaders. The review team, comprised of a prestigious group of educators from around the country, commented that they found BGSU’s students “to be bright; interpersonally engaging; academically serious; extremely fond of their university, college, faculty, and friends; and, with great potential to become education leaders.” Shinew noted, “Our faculty and school partners work collaboratively to ensure that we have quality programs. I am delighted to have affirmation of the good work we do.” BGSU’s program is one of the largest in the state of Ohio and has led the state in developing innovative educator preparation programs, including several dual-license programs. The institution’s long-standing reputation for excellence in education is well-known with many PK-12 administrators from around the country embarking on BGSU in the spring to recruit at the Teacher Job Fair. Providers accredited under NCATE standards, as well as those accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles, are now served by the single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)….


Winners of Ohioana Book Awards announced

From The OHIOANA LIBRARY COLIMBUS —  The Ohioana Library has announced the winners of the 2016 Ohioana Book Awards. The awards, established in 1942, honor Ohio authors in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Juvenile Literature, and Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature. The final category, About Ohio or an Ohioan, may also include books by non-Ohio authors. The Ohioana Awards are among the oldest and longest-established state literary prizes in the nation. “From the nearly 300 books that were eligible for this year’s awards, thirty finalists in six categories were selected by jurors,” said David Weaver, Executive Director of the Ohioana Library. “To make this short list is itself recognition of excellence and selecting a winner is a challenge. The books and authors chosen as 2016’s honorees are truly stellar.” This year marks the 75th anniversary of the awards, which will be presented at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Friday, September 23. The winners are: Fiction: Mary Doria Russell. Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral. Ecco, 2015. Nonfiction: Wil Haygood. Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America. Knopf, 2015. About Ohio or an Ohioan: David McCullough. The Wright Brothers. Simon & Schuster, 2015. Poetry: Nin Andrews. Why God Is a Woman. BOA Editions Ltd., 2015. Juvenile Literature: Loren Long. Little Tree. Philomel Books, 2015. Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature: Shelley Pearsall. The Seventh Most Important Thing. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2015. In addition to the juried awards, Ohioana for the first time invited the public to vote for one of the finalists to receive a Readers’ Choice Award. More than 1,100 people voted, and the winning book was Russell’s Epitaph. Ohioana also named Eliese Colette Goldbach of Cleveland as the…


Zak Vassar named Toledo Symphony president & CEO

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TOLEDO — The Toledo Symphony Orchestra announced today that Zak Vassar has accepted the position as the Symphony’s President and CEO with a start date of July 18. Board Chairman Randy Oostra and George Chapman, head of the search committee, led the executive search process guided by Arts Consulting Group. “Zak has the energy, personality and experience to build an enhanced TSO business model, drive strong development, and promote collaboration throughout the community,” Chapman said. “We look forward to working with Zak as he builds on the tremendous work by Bob Bell and Kathy Carroll in leading the TSO into the future. He will be an innovative leader who will drive our efforts to become the leading regional orchestra in the nation.”Over the last 15 years, Vassar has built an extensive career conducting domestic and international market research for Fortune 100 and entrepreneurial firms alike. “After an extensive search process, we are pleased to have found a local candidate who met our hopes of finding a dynamic leader that will lead TSO into the future,” Oostra said. “Zak brings the TSO an excellent background in business, marketing, and participative management, which coupled with his longstanding passion and commitment to the TSO and local arts prepares him to be an exceptional leader.” “I am thrilled to come to this organization that has meant so much to me for over 20 years,” Vassar said. “I see great potential to build upon the strong history and reputation built by my predecessors and look forward to working with the entire organization.” A graduate of Boston College with a degree in…


BG police seek comments as part of accreditation process

Submittted by BOWLING GREEN POLICE DIVISION The Bowling Green Police Division is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to maintain accreditation by verifying the agency meets professional standards. Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with internationally accepted best practices and standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at the public information session on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. The session will be conducted at the Simpson Garden Park Building, 1291 Conneaut Avenue. The session will conclude when everyone that has signed in has had an opportunity to speak. Agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling (419) 353-7459 on Tuesday July 26, 2016 between the hours of 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team. Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to ten (10) minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Bowling Green Police Division , 175 W. Wooster Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Local contact is Accreditation Manager Lt. Daniel Mancuso at (419) 352-1131. Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Bowling Green Police Division’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.


Simpson Garden in July

By FRANCES BRENT A stately delphinium provides an accent amid a riot of day lilies. Summer display gardens are in full bloom in the Simpson Garden Park located at the corner of Conneaut and Wintergarden.


Nominations sought for Spirit of Wood County Awards

Submitted by Wood County Commissioners Nominations for the 2016 Spirit of Wood County Awards are being accepted through August 15.  Commissioners Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote and Joel Kuhlman encourage residents of Wood County to nominate current or former residents for one of seven awards that will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23 during a special ceremony in the Alvin L. Perkins Atrium at the Wood County Courthouse Complex. The seven award categories include Agricultural Leadership; Industrial/Economic Development; Education for Civic Responsibility; Liberty through Law/Human Freedom; Religion and Liberty; Self-Government; and the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award. Nomination forms and category descriptions are available on the Wood County website, www.co.wood.oh.us, by following the “Spirit Awards” link.  A list of previous award recipients is also posted on the website.  Forms may also be obtained by contacting the Commissioners’ Office at 419-354-9100 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In celebration of the Bicentennial of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, the Ohio Northwest Ordinance and U.S. Constitution Bicentennial Commission developed the Spirit of ‘87 Awards Program.  The awards were established to recognize and honor citizens at the local level whose daily actions embody the principles set forth in the Northwest Ordinance. Nominations were taken in six different categories directly related to the Ordinance.  Every Ohio community was able to participate in the program and local Spirit of ‘87 Award honorees qualified for statewide recognition. In 1988 the Wood County Commissioners decided to continue with the awards to honor services rendered by Wood County citizens.  Although the names of some awards have changed over the years, the spirit…


Ohio Prairie Association Conference comes to county

Submitted by Wood County Park District With foci on prairies and savannas, this regional conference will bring expert speakers and field trips to enhance our area knowledge of the value and purpose of the prairies in our Wood County flatlands. Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 13th at Simpson Garden Park. Doors open at 8:00 am and the conference starts at 9:00 am. Lunch is included in the price of admission as well as a choice of three field trips to area locations representing prairie remnant gems, a native plant nursery and greenhouse, as well as several prairie and savanna restorations areas. The conference will end by 4:30 pm and entirely open to the public, but registration is limited, so sign-up today by visiting ohioprairie.org. The OPA Mission Statement: The Ohio Prairie Association is a non-profit volunteer organization that promotes knowledge, appreciation, conservation, restoration, management, and expansion of Ohio prairie communities and their native plant and animal species to individuals, conservation organizations, public agencies educational institutions and others with an interest in native ecosystems. The OPA Vision Statement The Ohio Prairie Association envisions a time when Ohioans will have a strong public understanding and appreciation for Ohio prairies and their native plant and animal species; and these prairies are widely conserved, restored, managed, expanded, and are frequently encountered in the state. A native plant is defined as: a species that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem and/or habitat and was present prior to European settlement. Native plants are beneficial to ecosystems in a myriad of ways such as providing habitats and food for local wildlife & pollinators, filtering the watershed and…


Sign of the times

An opinion piece by Elizabeth Roberts-Zibbel The sight was arresting. Frightening, even. A solitary masked figure, seated in a red cloth folding chair near a busy downtown intersection, a black bowler hat on his head and a green, Guy Fawkes style mask covering his face. Both middle fingers extended, pointing directly toward the Bowling Green Police Department. In the unremitting midday sun cars slowed while drivers and passengers gaped. I myself drove around the block twice, almost as though what I’d seen must have been a mirage, and would disappear. What struck me about this man was his resolute stillness. He had a statement to make, and he wasn’t going anywhere. From a journalistic standpoint, there wasn’t much of a story. Chief of Police Tony Hetrick stated that the protestor is “upset with government corruption.” He explained to the chief that he has disabilities but felt well enough to be there, and as he wasn’t doing anything illegal, Hetrick let him stay. He would not remove his mask, but said his name is Alvin. Struggling with a disability myself, I certainly understand the frustration of government red tape, and I can’t imagine what other specific indignities Alvin has suffered. However, it’s hard to imagine our Not In Our Town-involved, “Coffee With a Cop” approachable police department being the enemy in this scenario. I’m not sure it matters. Alvin chose a symbol of authority at which to direct his anger, in this case only his presence and an unmistakable yet nonviolent gesture. But his solitary protest is indicative of so much rising desperation and unhappiness in this country. For us today…


Chamber seeking applicants for Leadership BG

From BG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Applications are available to participate in the 2016-2017 Leadership BG Program, sponsored by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. Leadership BG is a fantastic opportunity to be immersed into different components of the BG community, meet decision makers, participate in mini seminars on leadership/communication/team building, develop life-long connections with classmates, and give back to the community via a class project. Since its inception in 1992, 507 graduates have completed the program! A 1-day per month commitment for 9 months is required. Program components include city and county governments, health care industry, social services, municipal and county judicial systems, manufacturing, and education. Leadership BG also gives participants an opportunity to take part in a community service project (uniquely designed by the class), enabling the group to work together toward a common goal while administering their leadership style. After completion of the class, participants become a part of the Leadership BG Alumni Association. The LBGAA continues the education/leadership process by providing networking and coalition building and supports philanthropic endeavors through fundraisers. To apply for this beneficial advancement opportunity, download application and cover sheet at www.bgchamber.net or obtain a copy from the Chamber Office, 130 S. Main St. Applications are due by August 19th, 2016. Prompt return of applications is highly advisable as the class size is limited. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce is a professional network that creates relationships between businesses, customers and community. We support our investors by offering value-added benefits, discounts on health insurance, business improvement seminars, networking programs, legislative updates, and educational opportunities through scholarships and grants. For more information contact the BG…