(Submitted by Wood Lane) Melanie Stretchbery was awarded the Betty Macintosh Award for Professional Leadership and Advocacy on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the Annual Meeting of the Ohio Association of County Boards for Developmental Disabilities. The award is given annually to a professional in the DD service delivery system who exhibits extraordinary accomplishments in professional leadership and advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities. Like the late Betty Macintosh, Stretchbery has been a “visionary agent of change.” For her entire career she has worked to advocate and further the lives and wellbeing of people with developmental disabilities in Wood County. Beginning in the field in 1982, Stretchbery worked as a case manager out of the Toledo Regional Office for the State of Ohio. Her move to Wood County in 1983 as Support Services Supervisor was, as she describes, “a dream job.” Stretchbery moved quickly into a leadership position as the Director of Case Management in 1986. Always interested in learning more to do more, she switched positions in 1998 to become Director of Adult Services. She then served as Superintendent for eight years beginning in September, 2008 until her retirement this year. During her early years of service, Stretchbery was instrumental in deinstitutionalizing people with developmental disabilities and assisted with finding homes in the community where people could live and participate beside their friends and family. Stretchbery is a humble leader who does not list her accomplishments easily. She has also been employed as a CARF Program Surveyor, field instructor at Eastern Michigan University, adjunct instructor at Bowling Green State University and as a social work consultant at Tiffin Developmental Center, all while tirelessly serving the individuals of Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities for 33 years. Over her career, she has served on more than twenty board or committee appointments and has given more than seventy presentations. While Stretchbery retired in October of this year, her passionate support and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities and their families will not stop. She continues to be sought out as a voice and leader. She continues to be active in several area clubs and committees. Additionally, she gives countless hours to volunteering in her community.
Submitted by NORTHWESTERN WATER & SEWER DISTRICT After placing first overall in the State of Ohio State competition, the NWWSD Operations Challenge Team represented the Buckeye State in October at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans. The Northwestern Water & Sewer Operations Challenge Team competed nationally against 42 other teams. The team participated in many challenge events such as process control, laboratory procedures, collection event, maintenance, and safety. “We are so proud of our Operations Challenge team as they placed 2nd in the lab Event and 8th overall in the final standings. No doubt, they did Ohio and our District proud.” states Northwestern Water & Sewer District President Jerry Greiner.” The District’s team consists of: Todd Saums Bryan Martikan Jarred Myers Tom McGrain Claud Barringer (Coach)
Submitted by NATHAN EBERLY Local resident and long time advocate, Nathan Eberly, has pulled petitions to run as an Independent in the 2017 Bowling Green City Council race for one of two At-Large seats on the ballot. As a resident of Bowling Green since 2003 and family roots traced back for many years in the community, Nathan Eberly wishes to see the community stronger with more business investment, job growth, and the full implementation on the Land Use Plan, specifically the East Wooster Corridor with new Mixed-Use Buildings and Business Centers. “Bowling Green has been my home for over 13 years now, and I see great opportunity for the City to see an increase in business investments, new well-paying jobs, and increased opportunities for all residents and business owners”, provided Nathan Eberly as reason for running for Council. Eberly believes his financial background in several industries provide him the best opportunity to be the business and fiscal representative on City Council. With the new Land Use Plan and solid relationship with Economic Development groups, Bowling Green can see growth in jobs and business investment. Nathan has had concerns for the slow pace in which work has been accomplished regarding the new plans, which has possibly led to lack of business investment and interest and probably loss of potential jobs in Bowling Green. “I wish to help usher in a more efficient and effective city governance and Council, which quickly decides upon issues facing our community. I hope to provide leadership that will allow solid connection and working relationship between the City, BGSU, local business owners, and residents alike for solid growth in our town,” Nathan added in his discussion. Further Eberly added, “We have a great opportunity to be a leader in our region for job creation and growth, partnering with BGSU to retain talent in our community, but it will take some changes in Council to assist in making that a reality”. Nathan Eberly is a Financial Representative for Modern Woodmen of America, with focus on Insurance and Retirement Planning. Formerly a Commercial Lender and Accountant, Eberly has the solid educational background with degrees in Business Management and Finance from the University of Maryland, and work experience necessary to protect Bowling Green as a representative on City Council. Eberly is a member of the Exchange Club of Bowling Green, Bowling Green Toastmasters, and volunteers for various charities in Bowling Green on a regular basis. Though formally aligned with a political party locally, Nathan Eberly has made the decision to be nonpartisan in this race as it reflects his belief that City Council is not a place for partisanship and that Bowling Green deserves the best representation without political leanings.
Submitted by WOOD COUNTY FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE The Wood County Fraternal Order of Police held its annual Cops and Kids Shopping Event on Saturday December 3 2016. This is an event where police officers are paired up with a child from the area and provided a $100.00 gift card to spend on clothing and toys. This is more than just about shopping, it is about building relationships between the kids and police officers. This year Meijer in Rossford again hosted Cops and Kids here in Wood County. This past Saturday, approximately 72 local law enforcement officers were able to take 127 kids shopping. The majority of the financial support comes from the community, local businesses and local organizations. The FOP certainly could not achieve this without the support of the community. This event is a great opportunity for law enforcement and the community to work together to make local children’s holiday season a little brighter. The kids that are invited to participate are referred by the local schools as well as from the officers. On a daily basis, police officers are responding to calls here in Wood County. As a result, they are in homes where they can see firsthand that a particular family could benefit from a helping hand. The officers are paired up with a child from their jurisdiction and given a cart, a gift card and sent on their way to shop and more importantly, build that positive relationship. They must first buy a coat. The remaining money can be spent on toys. A lot of times, the kids want to buy their brother or sister a gift as well. The positive impact this has on the local kids and community is not really measurable. And again, our local police officers could not pull it off without the financial support of the community. The Wood County FOP Cops an Kids Program not only hosts this shopping event in December, but other programs through out the year. In the Spring, the FOP host a movie night. Officers invite area kids to come to the movie theater and watch a movie and share some popcorn. In May of each year, the FOP invites 4th and 5th graders with perfect attendance to a day of fishing at Bass Pro. The FOP continues to work with the community to come up with different programs were officers get to spend time with area kids in positive events. Our goal is to have the kids see the officers past their uniforms, and realize they are there to help.
Submitted by KAREN PENDLETON Seventeen Bowling Green Middle School students were selected to participate in the Bowling Green State University Honors Band Clinic held at BGSU on November 10th. The BGMS students had the privilege of performing under guest conductors Damien Crutcher, Chief Executive Officer of Crescendo Detroit: and Joseph Dobos, Conductor of Wayne State University Concert Band. The students selected to participate were Dyllan Atkin, Matthew Bowlus, Lucy Busselle, Samantha Codding Colin Crawford, Brynn Depinet, Sarah Elder, Culley Foos, Gianna Hemming, Kelsey Kerr, Heather Knowlton, Cyrus Koogan, Simon Metzger, Nolan Miller, Joe Porter, Jordan Schuman and Eli Smith. Congratulations on their great performances! Bobcat Middle School band performs their Holiday Concert on Dec. 6 at the Performance Arts Center and Bowling Green High School at 7 p.m.
(Submitted by University Women) University Women of Bowling Green State University will host their annual Holiday Party on Friday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. This evening of entertainment, food and fellowship is one of the main social events of UW’s annual calendar. Again this year, it will be held at the Bowling Green home of Dr. Roger and Barbara Sanchez. Live holiday music will be presented by Bob Manley and pianist Michael Peslikis. Reservations are not needed, but those who attend are asked to bring a hearty appetizer and beverage to share. The event doubles as a way to aid local families in need. Each year members “adopt” several families during this season. They donate food for the families, as well as clothing, wrapped gifts and books for the children. The families have been recommended by the Salvation Army. Anne Bullerjahn, UW’s community service chairperson, heads the committee in charge of the 2016 family adoption project. Monetary gifts or food donations should be brought directly to the Sanchez home on the night of the party.
(Submitted for ‘Come to the Stable’) New church construction is not halting Bowling Green Alliance’s annual display of Nativities, “Come to the Stable.” For the 16th year, hundreds of Nativities and creches from around the world will be on display Dec. 8-11 in the church’s current sanctuary. A new sanctuary and an all-purpose room are being built just to the west of its current site, and while that has limited parking by a few spaces, it did not stop planning of the Nativity show. The free event opens Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. Guests have all day Dec. 9 (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and 10 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) to see it before it concludes Dec. 11 from noon to 3 p.m. Bowling Green Alliance will hold two shorter worship services Dec. 11, at 9 and 10:30 a.m., because of limited space in the sanctuary. “Come to the Stable” also features free refreshments, live and recorded Christmas music, and drawings for Nativities. Food items and donations to the BG Christian Food Pantry are welcomed. The church is handicapped accessible. “This event is our free gift to the community, and anyone from far and wide, to help remind us all what the season is truly about,” explained Sherrie Binkley of Perrysburg, who has been involved in the event since its founding. “It’s like a labor of love that we are pleased to do this for the community.” She noted the ambiance of the votive candles, miniature white lights and Christmas music “has a calming effect and is an opportunity to push the ‘pause button’ on the fast paced, hectic hustle and bustle.” The Nativities range from the reverent to the whimsical, making the display ideal for all ages. A Native American-themed crèche shows Baby Jesus as a papoose visited by hunters instead of shepherds, while an Amazon River-themed one shows Mary and Joseph with Jesus on a raft, accompanied by a monkey and turtle. Large groups planning to attend may wish to call the church ahead of time at (419) 352-3623 or email email@example.com.
Dec. 1—The International Film Series concludes with the 1977 film “Neokanchennaia P’esa Dlia Mekhanicheskogo Pianino (An Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano),” directed by Nikita Mikhalkov. From Russia’s most well-known contemporary filmmaker, an intriguing story of former lovers who meet at a pre-revolutionary country estate. Casual conversations on social issues and the music of Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Donizetti supply background to a Chekhovian treatment of returning past love. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater located in Hanna Hall. Free Dec. 1—Creative writing students in the bachelor of fine arts program will present their work. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Dec. 1—World Percussion Night features multiple styles including performances by the Taiko, Afro-Caribbean and Gamelan ensembles. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased from the BGSU Arts Box Office at 419-372-8171. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students and children. All tickets the day of the concert are $10. Dec. 3— BG Philharmonia will perform a Holiday Concert to kick off the 12th annual ArtsX events. The performance will begin at 4 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre located in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Free Dec. 3—The 12th annual ArtsX will take place from 5-9 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center and the Wolfe Center for the Arts, including the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries, where student and faculty artists and performers show off their talents to the community. The evening includes works from the College of Musical Arts, the School of Art, the Department of Theatre and Film, the Creative Writing Program, the Dance Program, and numerous other organizations, along with holiday shopping. Free Dec. 3—The Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition opening reception will be held from 5-9 p.m. in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries located in the Fine Arts Center as part of ArtsX events. Free Dec. 4-14—The Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition will be on display in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries in the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Dec. 4— The University Choral Society performs Handel’s “Messiah” with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in the Peristyle at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. in Toledo. The performance begins at 2 p.m. Call the Toledo Symphony Orchestra box office at 419-246-8000 for ticket information. Dec. 5—BGSU’s Wind Symphony will give a chamber concert at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Dec. 4-14—The Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition will be on display in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries in the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Dec. 5—BGSU’s Wind Symphony will give a chamber concert at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Dec. 8–Creative writing students in the BFA program will present their work. Their reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Dec. 8 and 9—Students in the BGSU Dance Program present the Footfalls Dance Concert, featuring…
Submitted by ROB PIASECKI Rob Piasecki announced that he has pulled petitions to run for Bowling Green City Council At-Large in 2017. Rob has lived in Bowling Green for the past 34 Years. He and his wife of 21 years Suzanne, a BGSU grad, along with their four children : Rachel, Robbie, Samantha and Hope and dog Hawkeye love Bowling Green. Rob is an alumni of Bowling Green High School (1988) and a graduate of Owens Community College (1996). He is employed by the Dr. Pepper/Snapple group. Rob and his family are members of Peace Lutheran Church. Rob has served the community in numerous ways. He has served with the United Way, a Past Master of the Wood County Masonic Lodge, a volunteer coach for Upward Basketball and with BG Parks and Rec leagues, a judge at the Wood County Fair, and has volunteered at for BG City Schools. Rob has also volunteered for many years at the Black Swamp Atrs Festival, having served as the Volunteer Coordinator . Rob is an alum of Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Leadership BG. Rob has previously served on BG City Council, lived in all four wards of the city, and has the ability to bring people together to get things accomplished. “I loved my previous experience on council. One of my proudest moments was helping to create Ridge Park.” “I want to make city government work for the citizens” Piasecki said. “Bowling Green has wonderful parks, schools and some of the very best local businesses around. I wants to grow and maintain these excellent community resources.”
Submitted by WOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL Dr. Lillian Miller is joining Doctors Abeer Ahmed, Ian Leggat, Megan Porter and CRNP Marcia Amstutz in Women’s Care of Wood County. Dr. Miller is a native of Bowling Green and graduated from the Ohio State University. She completed residency training at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and most recently came from Sunforest OBGYN Associates where she practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology. She focused primarily on high risk obstetrics, gynecological and breast screenings as well as general genealogical care for women of all ages. Dr. Miller practices faith based medicine and is trained in natural family planning. She is focused on listening to her patients and hearing their concerns and creating a cooperative environment of care between her and her patients. Hours: Mon-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For an appointment, call 419-352-8427.
(Submitted by Wood County Historical Center) The annual Old Home Holiday Tour at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum will explore holiday traditions from around the globe – all representing countries of origin of many Wood County Infirmary residents. The self-guided tours run from December 3 – 17, weekdays 10 AM – 4 PM and weekends from 1-4 PM. Admission is $5 per adult and $1 per child; free admission for Historical Society members. The Museum is located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green. SPECIAL EVENTS INCLUDE: · Visit with Santa – Dec. 3 & 17, 1-4 PM · Costumed interpreters invite the public to join a Civil War-era Christmas with holiday games and customs inside the Log Cabin – Dec. 3 & 4, 1-4 PM · Watch The Polar Express run and meet the conductor – Weekends 1-4 PM · Live music on weekends including Tom Gorman, The Grande Royale Ukulelists of the Black Swamp, Toraigh an Sonas, and the Back Porch Dulcimers · Christmas Nutcracker Teas Dec. 8 & 15 (must RSVP 419-352-0967) · Mommy & Me tour, story, and snack – Dec. 7 from 10 AM – Noon · Holiday Gala Fundraiser and International Wine Tasting – December 10 GALA FUNDRAISER A gala fundraiser will be held at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum on Saturday, December 10 from 6-9 PM. In addition to the global holiday tour, an international wine tasting is available. Tickets can be purchased from the museum or online at woodcountyhistory.org. HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP The Museum Gift Shop is filled to the brim with holiday gifts and stocking stuffers – many unique items like Presidential socks, much needed winter scarves and hats, and locally made artwork including jewelry, pottery, and NEW hand-blown glass ornaments from Larry Zengel of Hothouse Glass. Outside Bring your camera and snap some photos for your Christmas Cards or Facebook page – The Historical Center provides a winter backdrop of decorated Christmas trees and jumbo Christmas Cards. Trees courtesy of Rick & Carl’s Trees with support from the WCHS Barn Bums. All events detailed at www.woodcountyhistory.org
Nov. 29—Undergraduate and graduate piano students will perform at 7 p.m. at the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St., Bowling Green. Free Nov. 29—Percussion ensembles will perform at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 30—The Early Music Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Dec. 1—The International Film Series concludes with the 1977 film “Neokanchennaia P’esa Dlia Mekhanicheskogo Pianino (An Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano),” directed by Nikita Mikhalkov. From Russia’s most well-known contemporary filmmaker, an intriguing story of former lovers who meet at a pre-revolutionary country estate. Casual conversations on social issues and the music of Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Donizetti supply background to a Chekhovian treatment of returning past love. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater located in Hanna Hall. Free Dec. 1—Creative writing students in the bachelor of fine arts program will present their work. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Dec. 1—World Percussion Night features multiple styles including performances by the Taiko, Afro-Caribbean and Gamelan ensembles. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased from the BGSU Arts Box Office at 419-372-8171. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students and children. All tickets the day of the concert are $10. Dec. 3—Ensembles of the BGSU College of Musical Arts will perform a Holiday Concert as part of the 12th annual ArtsX events. The performance will begin at 4 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre located in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Free Dec. 3—The 12th annual ArtsX will take place from 5-9 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center and the Wolfe Center for the Arts, including the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries, where student and faculty artists and performers show off their talents to the community. The evening includes works from the College of Musical Arts, the School of Art, the Department of Theatre and Film, the Creative Writing Program, the Dance Program, and numerous other organizations, along with holiday shopping. Free Dec. 3—The Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition opening reception will be held from 5-9 p.m. in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries located in the Fine Arts Center as part of ArtsX events. Free Dec. 4-14—The Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition will be on display in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries in the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Dec. 4— The University Choral Society performs Handel’s “Messiah” with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in the Peristyle at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. in Toledo. The performance begins at 2 p.m. Call the Toledo Symphony Orchestra box office at 419-246-8000 for ticket information. Dec. 5—BGSU’s Wind Symphony will give a chamber concert at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free.
By ALYSSA ANN ALFANO Student Contributor Bowling Green State University have started their Thanksgiving pilgrimages to gather with friends and family to celebrate, give thanks, and to eat way more than any one person should without judgement. After speaking with several Bowling Green State University students, I learned that this food filled American holiday is all about tradition. From the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie to how time is spent with family and friends, many people do not stray from their holiday habits. In some cases, the cooking is not left to just one person. Shannon Andrews, BGSU senior, says that everyone in her family brings something. Andrews said, for example, “my grandma brings the stuffing and green bean casserole. Where my uncle always prepares the turkey.” Family time is also an important tradition for many people on this holiday. “I just look forward every year to having my family all together in one place to enjoy a meal. It is a nice time to just relax and enjoy family time,” Andrews said. Tiffany Gibson, BGSU junior, said that she and her family usually get together and play games as a family throughout the day. Usually this day is spent with more than just one’s immediate family. Many say that extended family and significant others, and sometimes friends, are also included in the Thanksgiving festivities. Although family and loved ones play an important role in this holiday, religious beliefs can also have a big part. Gibson, Andrews, and many others say grace before their Thanksgiving meal. In addition, they go around the table and take turns sharing what each person is thankful for. When asked what Thanksgiving means to them, most answered in a similar fashion. Gibson said that Thanksgiving means “family, and stuffing yourself.” Andrews said, family. “It is one day of the year everyone has to be together. We eat great food, enjoy company, and usually sit around watching football after we ate too much food. It is just a relaxing and great time to be thankful and appreciative for all the blessings you have in life.” Traditions and family are important to many Americans, but in a town as diverse as Bowling Green, Thanksgiving can look a little different for some people. BGSU has international students from many different areas of the world. These students did not grow up in America and therefore don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. The holiday break is so short that not all students get to go home to visit family. Several international students at BG are using the break to travel to places such as Canada, New York, or other cities in Ohio. Others are using the time to study for finals. For many international students, this holiday represents nothing more than time off from school. Chun Wai Ma, a student at BGSU from Hong Kong, said that he didn’t learn about what Thanksgiving was until he came to the U.S. He celebrated his first Thanksgiving last weekend with a friend and her family. His favorite part was the turkey. Ma said that he will be celebrating a little over the break from school by taking a trip to Toronto. He also said he might be doing some Black Friday shopping. Seeing posts on social media and promotions online for Thanksgiving sales is…
(Submitted by Wood County Probate Court) Wood County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge David Woessner has announced the reappointments of Mr. Robert Hawker and Mr. Dennis Parish to the Wood County Park District Board of Commissioners. Both appointments are for three year terms beginning January 1, 2017 and ending on December 31, 2019. Mr. Hawker has been a member of the Wood County Park District Board of Commissioners since March of 2013. He is currently completing his first, full, three year term on the Board. Mr. Hawker has been an active participant on the Park District Board and currently serves as its chairman. In addition to a wide variety of prior business work experience, Mr. Hawker has previously assisted the Friends of the Wood County Parks, the YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo, Junior Achievement, and the Perrysburg Symphony Association. Mr. Parish has been on the Park District Board since March of 2015. He is currently completing an unexpired term. As with Mr. Hawker, Mr. Parish has been an active member of the Park District Board since his appointment. Mr. Parish has over 40 years of public service in a wide variety of professional and volunteer capacities. His professional experience includes having been a judge on the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals and serving as a Magistrate for both the Lucas and Wood County Juvenile Courts. Mr. Parish currently is an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo, College of Law. Mr. Parish’s past volunteer experience includes, but is not limited to, participating with the Baldwin Woods Advisory Committee for the Wood County Park District and being the past president of and a board member of the Wood County Historical Society. In reappointing Mr. Hawker and Mr. Parish, Judge Woessner noted: “I am happy to reappoint Bob Hawker and Denny Parish to the Wood County Park District Board of Commissioners. The experience brought to the Park District Board by Bob and Denny has and will continue to benefit the Wood County Park District in the future.” The Wood Count Park district is comprised of 19 parks covering 1,100 acres. The other remaining Park District Board members include John Caldernello, Christine Seiler, and Robert Dorn.
By AMY FRY In the last several weeks I have heard more and more often about how people are living in “information bubbles.” As a librarian, this concerns me. One of my chief missions is to make high-quality information sources available so students can engage in critical thought bolstered by the best information. I’m not casting blame: I’ll admit that a few months ago I was getting most of my news through my Facebook feed. But I just got tired of it, so I paid for a subscription to a national newspaper and got more deliberate about reading the weekly magazine I’ve been subscribing to for the last 25 years. I was struck by the time and effort it takes to stay informed. I think it’s funny how in an age when such an overwhelming amount of information is available we need to make more of a concerted effort to seek out and engage with it, because it’s so easy to only see what shows up in our social media feeds. “Facebook is hosting a huge portion of the political conversation in America,” according to an August article in the New York Times Magazine. 61% of respondents to a 2014 survey of 18-33 year olds said they get news about politics from Facebook. My guess is that number would be higher now. And a lot of what we see there is not quality, fact-based journalism but opinion, conjecture, and outright garbage, making it like the carnival claw game in some ways – fishing around the limited options (much of which is junk), you win whatever’s accessible at the moment, if you win at all. Like most people, I immerse myself in information from a wide variety of sources of with a wide range of credibility and authority. Some of my choices are clearly based on how easy they are to get to (Wikipedia) and how entertaining I find them (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver). Others are based on my desire for depth, nuance and realism (books and newspapers). There’s nothing wrong with this approach to getting information – what becomes key is how you a) supplement the most accessible and entertaining information, b) evaluate how each source balances bias and authority, and c) sort opinion from fact. Even legitimate and very factual news sources are filled with instances of opinion: cable news has pundits and commentators, and newspapers have editorials and letters. So you must always be an active participant in the evaluation of your own consumption of media. My favorite guide to how to do this comes from the totally non-authoritative site Cracked.com, but you may have also seen Matt Masur’s more recent piece in the Huffington Post, “Bernie Sanders Could Replace President Trump With Little-Known Loophole,” which is NOT about what the title claims at all. There are untrustworthy sites that sow misinformation on both the right and the left (the Wall Street Journal’s Blue Feed, Red Feed compellingly demonstrates this) and, fortunately, both Google and Facebook recently announced plans to address this. If you aren’t sure about something, there are plenty of ways to check it out. When my mom posted this picture to her Facebook account, I turned to snopes.com for a quick fact check. Snopes also has a list of fake news sites, several people have shared this similar Google docs list with me, and FakeNewsWatch.com categorizes sites into fake/hoax news, satire, and clickbait. This is…