Community Voices

Ice arena gets new name as part of golden anniversary celebration

  From BGSU Bowling Green State University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ice arena with a weekend full of activities. That includes: The ceremony officially changing the Ice Arena’s name to the Slater Family Ice Arena. Appearances by some of BGSU’s greatest hockey players and Olympian Scott Hamilton ’94 (Hon.) Mike “Doc” Emrick ’76 doing the play-by-play for the BGSU Hockey game. A free figure skating show featuring Hamilton and two-time U.S. national champion Alissa Czisny ’09. EVENTS Friday, Feb. 10 BGHS/Bobcat Hockey vs. Findlay, 7 p.m. Skate with the Bobcats, 8:30 – 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 Pre-game Party and Coaches Chalk Talk, 3:30 – 5 p.m. BGSU vs. Mercyhurst, 5:05 p.m. Ice Arena 50th Anniversary Celebration (emceed by “Doc” Emrick), 7:30 – 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 Figure Skating Show, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Community Open Skate, 3:30 – 5:20 p.m. To register:

Two Wood County farms named Ohio Historic Family Farms

(Submitted by State Rep. Theresa Gavarone) State Representative Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, applauded the recent announcement from the Ohio Department of Agriculture that two farms located within Wood County have been registered in the Ohio Historic Family Farms program. The Ohio Historic Family Farms program recognizes century, sesquicentennial, or bicentennial farms that have been owned by the same family for 100, 150, or 200 years. It has more than 1,300 farms across Ohio registered. This past year, the program recognized Lang Farms, operated since 1909, and Reynolds Farms, operated since 1907, which are both located within the 3rd House District. “This is truly an incredible accomplishment for the Reynolds and Lang families,” said Rep. Gavarone. “Agriculture is vital for Wood County, and it certainly is not an easy industry to make a living.  It is a testament to the hard work of these two families to be the only ones out of over 1,000 farms in the county to have both been established and run by the same family for over a century.” With over 1,066 farms averaging at 287 acres each in Wood County, agriculture is a critically important industry within the region. According to the 2015 report by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, approximately 67 percent of land in Wood County is dedicated to farming, and it is the third ranked county in the state in terms of soybean and wheat production. Other agriculture products include hogs and cattle. More information regarding the registration requirements and application process to be considered an Ohio Historic Family Farm can be found at

Wood County Historical Museum fully accessible to public

(Submitted by Wood County Historical Center & Museum) The Wood County Historical Center & Museum is pleased to offer elevator access throughout the museum as the Accessibility Project comes to a close. The museum opened as the Wood County Infirmary in 1869, and while it has been maintained, has not received a modern update of this magnitude until this time. The Accessibility Project included not only a service-grade elevator that opens from both the exterior as well as the interior of the building, but also four new handicap accessible restrooms, handicap parking, and bus access from County Home Road. The improvements will benefit visitors with mobility conflicts or strollers, group tours, and provide a safer way to move large and heavy Society artifacts. The first elevator ride was honored to Felicia Konrad, who is a life member of the Historical Society, Accessibility Donor, and has a family legacy to Edwin Farmer, Infirmary Superintendent from 1878-1904. During Edwin’s tenure, his son was admitted to the Infirmary when he became confined to a wheelchair, and could not even share a room with his wife because her room was on the second floor. The story of Alfred and Amy Farmer is chronicled on the museum’s website at The physical limitations reached their peak in the 1960s when the building was slated for closure in lieu of a new nursing home (Wood Haven). Since becoming a museum in 1975, studies and feedback from members and visitors put accessibility as one of the site’s biggest challenges. To support the $1.2 million project, the Historical Center was awarded $600,000 from the State of Ohio’s capital funds as well as support from Wood County Commissioners Jim Carter, Doris Herringshaw, and Joel Kuhlman, State Senator Randy Gardner, State Representative Tim Brown, Hancock Wood Electric Community Trust Fund, CSX Community Grant, and generous donations from community supporters. The Collaborative, Inc. was the architectural firm on the project and Focht Construction Company served as…

Great Decisions lecture series starts Jan. 21

The Great Decisions Series is again being presented by the American Association of University Women and the Wood County Committee on Aging, beginning Jan. 21. The lecture series will be held on Saturdays through Feb. 25, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main St., Bowling Green. The series will be facilitated by Bowling Green State University professors. Dates and topics are subject to change. Jan. 21 –  Conflict with the South China Sea, Dr. Neil Englehart The South China Sea is a locus of competing territorial claims, and China its most vocal claimant. Beijing’s interest has intensified disputes with other countries in the region in recent years, especially since China has increased its naval presence. Despite rising international pressure, including an unfavorable ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, China staunchly defends its policies in the region. Jan. 28 – Nuclear Security, Dr. Marc Simon Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration. While the Iran Deal was a diplomatic victory toward this end, major threats persist from both state and non-state actors. Countries like North Korea, Russia, and India and Pakistan continue to challenge nonproliferation efforts. The possibility that terrorists will carry out an attack using a ―dirty bomb, made from captured nuclear materials, looks increasingly real. Feb. 4 – Saudi Arabia in Transition, Dr. Jacqueline Sievert As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to the drastic decline in oil revenue, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to boldly transform the country and shift more power to the younger generation. At the same time, many countries such as the U.S. point out the lack of democracy, women’s rights and human rights in Saudi Arabia, and blame its promotion of Wahhabism, an extremely conservative version of Islam, for creating jihadists. Bipartisan criticism of Saudi Arabia is rising in Congress. Both countries need each other, but they are at a crossroads in bilateral…

Community group wants to hear from Bob Latta on plans to repeal Affordable Care Act

From INDIVISIBLE DISTRICT 5 A new community group called Indivisible District 5 is calling on Congressman Bob Latta to hold a public forum with his constituents about his recent vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act — a plan that will lead to nearly one million Ohioans losing their health coverage. Eight members of Indivisible District 5—from Bowling Green, Findlay, and Cygnet—met with Latta’s district director yesterday afternoon at his district office in Bowling Green to share their stories about how the Affordable Care Act has benefitted them and their families and to advocate for the millions of Ohioans who received coverage for the first time, have access to free preventive care, and receive help paying their premiums based on their incomes. “Latta’s staff listened to our stories and the facts we presented and promised to share them with the congressman. But we really need to hear from Latta first-hand about why he is voting to hurt hundreds of thousands of Ohioans,” said Melissa Wynemia Kritzell, a founding member of Indivisible District 5. “Although we learned that Latta intends to hold tele-townhalls in the coming months, we do not know whether that will happen before the next vote to rip away health coverage from thousands of his constituents.” “We agree with Governor John Kasich, who wants to know what will happen to the 700,000 Ohioans who have gotten covered under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. Unfortunately, we have received only platitudes, but no plan from Congressman Latta,” said Becca Klaver, a visiting professor at Bowling Green State University who was able to come to Ohio in part because she could get insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s individual marketplace. But, she added, “I am far more concerned about those workers, in Wood County and around the country, who are cobbling together several part-time hourly wage jobs, none of them providing benefits, than I am about my own position.” According to an Urban Institute study,…

BGSU sociologists’ research garners close to $2 million in grant funding

By BOB CUNNINGHAM BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University recently was awarded three grants for sociology research totaling nearly $2 million. The largest grant is $1.1 million from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/National Institutes of Health (NICHD/NIH) for the support of the Center for Family and Demographic Research. The center was formed on BGSU’s campus in 2000, and has been continuously funded by NICHD since 2002. There are fewer than 25 universities that are funded for a population research center in the country. The other two grants are for the studies “Pathways Linking Parental Incarceration and Child Well-being” for $500,000, funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ); and for the “Social Influences on the Long-term Cessation of Violence” for $384,000, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grants were written by Wendy D. Manning, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, Peggy C. Giordano, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and Monica A. Longmore, Professor of Sociology. The three professors, who also are close friends, have been working together on research at the University since the late 1990s. “We are happy to have support for the Center for Family and Demographic Research,” said Manning, who is the director of the CFDR and the principal investigator (PI) on the NIH grant. “The Center grant is an infrastructure grant that provides work space, security, conference rooms and skilled staff to support research at Bowling Green on health and well-being of children, youth and families.” Since its inception in 2000, research at the Center has aligned with the Population Dynamics Branch scientific mission with a focus on family demography, fertility and reproductive health, and social contexts and well-being. The CFDR provides national leadership, and continues to foster an environment of innovation and collaboration that yields high-impact research on cutting-edge issues in demography including new work on same-sex couples, family trajectories of reproductive health, and the role of the criminal justice…

BGSU Arts Calendar through Feb. 1

Jan. 18 – The Faculty Artist Series features Conor Nelson on flute. Nelson has appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Flint Symphony, among others. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 19 – The 59th annual Honor Band and Directors Clinic will feature the BGSU Wind Symphony in performance at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 19 – Poet Bruce Weigl will read from his work as part of the Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writer Series. Weigl is author of “The Circle of Hanah” and more than a dozen books of poetry, including “The Abundance of Nothing”(2012) and “Song of Napalm”(1988), both of which were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Jan. 20 – The Brown Bag Music Series will feature a musical theatre extravaganza by students and faculty from the College of Musical Arts. The program will begin at 11:45 a.m. in the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green. Free Jan. 21 – The 59th annual Honor Band and Directors Clinic will feature all Ohio Honor Bands. The concert will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 25 – The Faculty Artist Series presents pianist Robert Satterlee. He has appeared on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, San Francisco’s Old First Concert Series and the Schubert club in St. Paul, Minn., among others. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 26 – The Creative Writing Program’s Reading Series features graduate students Sam Adams and Dan Gualtieri. They will present their work at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Jan. 26 – BGSU’s Jazz Lab Band I will perform with guest artist and saxophonist Loren…

The death of an advocate

By ELIZABETH ROBERTS-ZIBBEL I couldn’t stop weeping when Carrie Fisher died. Every new photo, tweet from one of her co-stars, or thoughtful personal statement from a Facebook friend would bring me to fresh tears.  My grief pounded through me like the migraine that followed, triggered by crying and strong emotion. I saw The Empire Strikes Back at a drive-in with my family when I was seven. I played Star Wars with my brother every day, Princess Leia to his Luke Skywalker. Of course I wanted to be Leia, wearing my hair in braids, brandishing her visage on tee shirts. In elementary school while anticipating the release of Return of the Jedi I had no idea how unusual it was for my favorite movies to have such a strong, fearless female character to emulate, more a warrior than a princess. Yes, she was beautiful, but in one of her very first scenes she stared unflinchingly right into Darth Vader’s helmeted face and informed him with steely eyes that he would regret holding her hostage. It would become clear that she was less afraid of him than any of her male counterparts were. Carrie Fisher was a warrior herself, and a multi-talented one with much more to offer than adorable hair buns, a blaster, and a metal bikini. But rather than continuing to be bitter about the role that defined her, she decided to embrace Princess Leia, much as she did the experience of growing up as Hollywood royalty. Then, in the downtime after the Star Wars movies had been (everyone thought) completed, her drug use increased and she found herself in rehab after an overdose. That experience inspired her to write the thinly-veiled autobiographical novel Postcards From the Edge, and from that point on, she became a more and more outspoken advocate for mental health. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder she wrote and spoke publicly about her private struggles with a refreshing forthrightness that made me feel not…

Drug-free workforce initiative launched

(Submitted by Working Partners Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative in Wood County) In an effort to address the safety and economic threat of drug abuse in the workplace, the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board has partnered with 13 local stakeholders and Working Partners to launch the Working Partners Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative in Wood County. Similar community initiatives are occurring in 17 counties across Ohio. The local program launched with the first official meeting of stakeholders held on January 13 th at Wood County Job and Family Services. During the initial stakeholder meeting, the group learned about the objectives of the initiative: to increase workforce readiness and employability; build healthier, stronger, more productive workplaces; and to create systems to educate employees – who are parents or have influence over young people – to prevent drug use among that population. In addition, they discussed current substance abuse trends in the local community, explored community- specific assets and liabilities and reviewed the initial tasks of the initiative. “We are excited to begin the important work of bringing employers and community leaders together to address the drug-related issues facing our community,” said Amanda Moser, Community Educator for the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board. “Our initial stakeholder meeting was the first step in the process of making our workplaces safer and our workforce and community stronger.”

Benefit to raise funds for Standing Rock Water Protectors

By ELENA ENRIQUEZ Join us on Saturday, Jan 21, from noon until closing for BG Standing With Standing Rock at Howard’s Club H to raise money to bring vital supplies to the Water Protectors who are risking their lives in sub zero temperature so that we all may share a healthy planet. The fight for clean water and life is far from over! Acoustic Stage Matt Ingles noon-12:30 April Freed 12:30-1 Jimmy Lambert 1-1:30 Sarah Connelly 1:30-2 Adamantium Experiment 2-2:30 Justin Payne 3-4 Main Stage Cadillac Jukebox 4-4:45 Getting Out Alive 5-5:45 2nd Mile Society 6-6:45 Moths In The Attic 7-7:45 Wood N Strings 8-8:45 Weak Little Ears 9-9:45 Awesome Job 10-10:45 Split Second 11-11:30 Daniken 12-12:45 Musical interludes between acts on the acoustic stage performed by; Matt Cordy, Barry Johnson ,Boo Lee Crosser, Bruce Lilly, and Zack Wilson. There will also be a silent auction, bake sale and food. $5 entry All proceeds from the event go directly into support for either firewood, or to supplies for the Medic Healer council. Let’s come together, the day after the inauguration, in solidarity as a positive, progressive community. Share passions and ideas, speak from your heart of how to transform this reality and how to grow as a community. We are creating a better, more inclusive and caring world for each other. Stand in support of a healthier planet and those who are peacefully protecting this dream. Mni Wiconi! Water is life! (Related story:

Kehinde Wiley’s urban take on Old Masters coming to Toledo Museum

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART The Toledo Museum of Art presents Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, an exhibition of 60 paintings and sculptures questioning ideas of race, gender and the politics of representation. On view Feb. 10-May 14, 2017, A New Republic spans Wiley’s 14-year career including his earliest explorations of the male figure, his unique take on Old Master portraiture and his later forays into sculpture and iconography. The exhibition is organized by the Brooklyn Museum. “The magnitude of this exhibition will impress even those familiar with Wiley’s work,” said Brian P. Kennedy, TMA director, president and CEO. “He has taken the grandeur of portrait painting and translated it with his portrayals of contemporary African American men and women. Wiley bridges the gap between traditional portraiture and our daily lives, and in doing so, he raises questions about identity and how we perceive ourselves and others.” Wiley’s signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on specific paintings by Old Masters, replacing the European aristocrats depicted in those paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives. “The Toledo Museum of Art is home to a wide array of singular masterpieces gathered together from across time and geographic regions,” said Halona Norton-Westbrook, TMA director of collections. “The museum’s strong collection of Old Master paintings offers a particularly compelling framework for the presentation of Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic. Playing with traditional conventions of European portraiture, Wiley examines symbols of power, wealth, status and identity in today’s world. Juxtaposing A New Republic with the Old Master portraits hung in TMA’s adjacent galleries provides context for Wiley’s work. Visitors will be encouraged to examine the paintings that inform his portraits through a new lens.” The subjects in Wiley’s paintings often wear sneakers, hoodies and baseball caps, and are set against contrasting ornate decorative backgrounds that evoke earlier eras and a range of cultures. Through the process of…

Wood County Hospital launches new website

(Submitted by Wood County Hospital) Wood County Hospital (WCH) has launched a brand new website that highlights the technology with a personal touch for which WCH is known. The new site has a new framework making the experience on the site faster, simpler and more user friendly. The site is intuitive with quick links that save time for the user. There is a new brighter color palette that accents the Wood County Hospital green. Users will find a simple, more robust physician search that provides contact info, office information and short bios of the providers available through Wood County Hospital. One of the biggest enhancements was the reworking of the site to be fully responsive making it mobile and tablet friendly. With the amount of information consumed through mobile phones and tablets today, it is essential to provide a site that will function on these devices. The look, design and structure of the new site were tested thoroughly before the completion and launch. A full website usability and experience study was conducted using a cross section of community members that have and have not had experience with Wood County Hospital. The study began with phone interviews and evolved into focus groups and finally neuro research that measured brainwaves, eye movement and emotional responses to the site design and structure. This information was then used to create a website experience that meets the expectations of the user. The new website is the place to go to find physicians and contact information, medical service information, maps, photos, account information and volunteer opportunities. Here you will find the most robust and relevant information pertaining to the Wood County Hospital.

The Andersons announces it will exit retail business

From THE ANDERSONS INC. / PRNewswire The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq:ANDE) announces today (Jan. 15)  its plans to exit the retail business and close its remaining four retail stores in the second quarter of 2017. The retail closings will have no impact on the Company’s grain, ethanol, plant nutrient and rail operations. “The decision to close The Andersons stores was not easy for anyone involved,” says CEO Pat Bowe. “Choosing to cease a business that has spanned 65 years and employs about 1,050 people is tremendously difficult.” The closing will eliminate approximately 650 positions in the Toledo area and 400 positions in Columbus, of which approximately 75 percent are part-time positions. The Company will provide employees with severance packages and outplacement services to assist them in their career transitioning. During the past eight years the Retail Group has incurred pre-tax losses, including previous asset impairments, in excess of $20 million and closed three stores. The full financial impact of this closure has not been determined. The Company expects to record pre-tax impairment charges on long-lived assets related to the Retail segment of approximately $6.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The Company expects to record a pre-tax charge in the range of $9 to $14 million in the first half of 2017 for severance costs and other costs associated with the closure. The Company also anticipates that the full carrying value of its inventory may not be recoverable during the store liquidation process. Gains or losses are anticipated on individual properties upon sale, however the Company is uncertain of the timing and amount of those sales. Subsequent to the impairment charges noted above, the Retail Group’s assets at their December 31, 2016 carrying values include: Inventory and other assets       $21.0 million Long-lived assets                     $9.8 million About The Andersons, Inc. Founded in Maumee, Ohio, in 1947, The Andersons is a diversified company rooted in agriculture conducting business across North America in the grain, ethanol, plant nutrient and…

Bobcat musicians selected for honor bands

From BOWLING GREEN BOBCAT  BANDS Seven Bowling Green Middle School band members  were selected to perform in the Ohio Music Education Association District One Middle School Honor Band 2017.  They include:  Culley Foos (bassoon), Sasha Zengel (Clarinet), Cyrus Koogan (Horn), Simon Metzger (Percussion), James Eddington (Trombone), Colin Crawford (Trumpet), and Nolan Miller (Trumpet).  Selected as first chair players for their sections were Culley Foos, Simon Metzger, James Eddington, and Colin Crawford.   These students prepared and recorded audition materials and were chosen among students from six counties in northwest Ohio.   Dr. Lisa Martin, currently a member of the BGSU music faculty, will be rehearsing and conducting the Middle School Honors Band.     The following students from the Bowling Green High School Bands were selected for the OMEA High School Honor Band 2017:  Saralynn George (flute), Megan Eddington (clarinet), Elana Cable (alto saxophone), Allan Landgraf (bari saxophone), Joseph Kalmar (horn), Frances Zengel (percussion), Joey Craig (percussion).  In addition, Saralynn George and Joey Craig were selected as first chair players.     These students will represent Bowling Green at the Ohio Music Educators Association Honors Festival on Sunday, February 12th at the Stranahan theater in Toledo.  The middle school concert will begin at 2:30pm and the high school concert will begin at7:00pm.  Both concerts are free and open to the public. Nine students from Bowling Green high school were selected to perform in the BGSU Honors Bands on January 18th, 19th, and 20th.  They include Natalie Avery (alto saxophone), Kerica Bucks (trombone), Elana Cable (alto saxophone), Joey Craig (percussion), Saralynn George (flute), Alex Munson (trumpet), Mary Shilling (flute), Skye Sloane (percussion), and Frances Zengel (percussion).  They will be performing with students throughout the state of Ohio.  

Ostrowski named ’emerging investigator’

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Dr. Alexis Ostrowski’s childhood fascination with light and its properties led her to a career in photochemical sciences and a faculty position at BGSU. Since joining the chemistry  faculty in 2012, she has published novel research on using light to control the mechanical properties of biomaterials and metal-containing polymers. Ostrowski was recently named as one of 16 “ Emerging Investigators in Inorganic Photochemistry and Photophysics” by the American Chemical Society and was featured in the ACS Select Virtual Issue. The 16 researchers, all of whom received their doctorates in 2004 or thereafter and are working in inorganic photochemistry and photophysics, were chosen based on papers published in such journals as Inorganic Chemistry and Chemistry of Materials. Ph.D. student Anton Razgoniaev and recent Ph.D. graduate Giuseppe Giammanco are co-authors on the two papers published in 2016 and 2015 in Inorganic Chemistry and Chemistry of Materials, respectively. The 16 researchers’ work “highlights the exciting diversity of research surrounding the utilization, generation and/or manipulation of photons (fundamental particles of light),” according to the ACS. Ostrowski’s BGSU group’s research focuses on the development of photoresponsive materials that utilize metal coordination. The group is interested in understanding the fundamental photochemistry of these materials, specifically how the polymers affect the photochemical mechanisms and dynamics of the metal coordination groups. Her group’s publications highlighted by the ACS build on research by students in her lab on a method of making biomaterials light responsive. “These are just a few representative examples of new, promising classes of optomechanical materials that are poised to emerge from this laboratory,” wrote Dr. Felix Castellano in the editorial introduction to the virtual edition. Castellano is a former colleague of Ostrowski’s at BGSU’s Center for Photochemical Sciences. Ostrowski received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 2004. She then completed her Ph.D. in 2010 at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), where she received a National…