Community Voices

Child Passenger Safety Seat Awareness Week

(As submitted by Safe Communities of Wood County) Safe Communities of Wood County announced that there have been 8 fatal crashes to date in 2016 in Wood County compared to 10 from this time last year. September 18-24 is Child Passenger Safety Seat Awareness week. In Wood County, there were no fatalities involving children under the age of 13 in calendar year 2016. Child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. Car seats are most effective when installed properly in your vehicle and used correctly. It is essential for parents to make sure their child safety equipment in their vehicles is current with state and federal regulations and is installed properly. Residents of Wood County are encouraged to contact either Wood County Hospital or Safe Kids of Greater Toledo to schedule a car seat inspection.


Bryan rededication concert to raise funds for scholarships

The College of Musical Arts will present a rededication concert of the newly renovated Bryan Recital Hall Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. in the venue.The concert will feature performances by 38 university faculty and graduate student musicians. Interim Dean of the College of Musical Arts William Mathis will host the concert which will raise money for music scholarships. Tickets are $50. Contact: https://commerce.cashnet.com/cashnetk/selfserve/BrowseCatalog.aspx. Further questions call 419-372-8654. The concert will be followed by a reception and tour of the hall. Brad Cresswell, of WGTE Radio will serve as master of ceremonies. The program will feature music for voice, piano, strings, brass and woodwinds, jazz, and opera and Broadway selections. In his notes for the performance, Mathis writes: “The impact and rich history of music performance, music instruction and community outreach in Bryan Hall is difficult to measure. Notable guests have performed and taught here including names such as David Brubeck, Yo Yo Ma, Ray Brown, Marilyn Horne, John Cage, and BGSU alumna and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon. The hall plays host to featured guest artists, faculty recitals, daily classes and rehearsals, and scores of student performances each year. “ The recital hall was originally supported by a gift from Ashel and Dorothy Bryan. The renovation was made possible by a gift from their son David Bryan and his wife, Myrna.


Library offers programs on books, technology, cooking & more

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY September winds up at Wood County District Public Library (251 N. Main St., Bowling Green) with book discussion groups (including a live conversation via Skype with author Sam Quinones), an opportunity for adults to treat themselves to an evening of coloring with friends, a class on getting the most from your tablet and smartphone, and a Skype presentation from the Federal Trade Commission on safe online practices and behaviors. Staff from the Federal Trade Commission share free resources and answer parents’ questions about online safety for kids during a live Skype presentation, “Living Life Online” on Monday, Sept. 19 at 7 pm in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Coffee Talk with Kristin Wetzel meets Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room to discuss “Fall of the Marigolds” by Susan Meissner. The library’s popular “Job Coach,” HR expert Frank Day, will be available Wednesday, Sept. 21 starting at 9:30 am to provide advice on polishing your resume, exploring online job sites, or filling out an online application. Please call ahead, 419-352-5050, to make an appointment for your half-hour session with Mr. Day. On Monday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 pm adults are invited to join us for “Coloring: It’s Not Just for Kids” in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Rediscover the relaxing and creative pastime of coloring. The first in a series of “Tablet and Smartphone Classes,” presented in partnership with the Wood County Committee on Aging and the BGSU School of Media and Communications, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6:15 pm in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. These classes are structured to suit your needs and to help you to get the most from your phone or mobile device. Registration is required. For details and to register call the Senior Center at 419-353-5661. The Page to Table cookbook group, led by Kristin Wetzel, explores Asian cuisine on Tuesday, September 20 in the Carter House (307 N. Church Street, directly behind WCDPL). Participants bring a prepared dish to share, and copy of its recipe (noting any changes made), and a serving utensil. A display of suggested cookbooks for finding recipes is located across from the first floor Check-out Desk. Just the Facts with Anne Render discusses the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” on Tuesday, Sept. 27 am 10:30 am in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Author and former LA Times journalist Sam Quinones joins the group’s live via Skype. Events are…


Misfeldt honored at the 2016 OCTA Conference

At the sixty-third annual conference of the Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA), held at the Holiday Inn in Independence, Ohio, over the Labor Day weekend, Willard Misfeldt of Black Swamp Players was one of three OCTA members inducted into the state organization’s Hall of Fame.  This is an honor which recognizes outstanding achievements, contributions, and support by members of the organization. Willard has been involved in amateur theatricals since his high school senior class play and has been a member of Black Swamp Players since 1975, serving the group in various capacities including as President and as representative to the state organization.  He has been a regular attendee at regional and state OCTA conferences and has brought home a number of awards. In February and March of this year his more than forty years of theatre design work was surveyed in an exhibition at the Four Corners Center gallery in downtown Bowling Green. Dr. Misfeldt was a professor of art history in BGSU’s School of Art for 31 years.  For him theatre was a strong hobby and good way to have fun away from the job.


BGSU hosts forum on “The Broadband Imperative”

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Like water, sewers and electricity, broadband has become an essential, fourth utility. Sufficient access is now critical to the economic success and survival of communities, whether urban, suburban or rural. Bowling Green State University’s Center for Regional Development is partnering with the Dublin, Ohio-based Global Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community to explore the challenges, opportunities and next steps involved in the effort to create an “Intelligent Ohio” through the deployment, access and use of broadband capabilities. The center will host a forum on “The Broadband Imperative: Creating an Intelligent Ohio” from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in 201 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The agenda will include an overview of the broad band imperative, a brief case study of a community that has seen success through deployment and an hour of gathering input from attendees about their challenges and needs in order to move forward with deployment. In order to help plan seating space, attendees are requested to register http://globalinstitute.dublinohiousa.gov/events/the-broadband-imperative-creating-an-intelligent-ohio-northwest-region Now sponsored by the city of Dublin, the intelligent community institute will eventually become a nonprofit organization. Its goal is to serve as a resource for local governments and as a consortium of thought leaders from numerous disciplines and organizations interested in advancing broadband. It is affiliated with the Intelligent Community Forum http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/, a global network of cities and regions with a think tank at its center. Its mission is to help communities use information and communications technology to create inclusive prosperity, tackle social and governance challenges and enrich their quality of life.


The musical evolution of Corey Baum

By LUDMILA POLYAKOVA For BG Independent News Corey Baum picked up his guitar in second grade and has yet to set it down. Baum has been creating music as long as he can remember, from first taking guitar lessons to playing the upright bass in the Kenwood Elementary Orchestra—that’s right, he’s a Bowling Green native—which eventually led to a music scholarship to Bowling Green State University. Along the way, Baum has had a rap persona (The Suave Farmer) and a hip-hop group (IDB Rangers), played drums for a punk outfit (Bullet Teeth), and was the front man for two indie rock bands (The Press Gang, Stop Don’t Stop). And that’s just to name a few. In 2007, Baum started a new project and called himself Taber Maine. “That’s when I started to get serious about myself as a songwriter.” Baum had been writing songs that were hard to categorize, and began to channel a southern, Appalachian sound. Taber Maine inspired Baum to move to Austin, Texas, where the vibrant, progressive country music scene has helped him grow into the artist he is today. “In Ohio I was an observer of it,” he said. “Moving down here, I became a direct participant. My joke is always that I moved to Austin calling myself a country artist, but I was actually a folk artist.” Taber Maine was a character; he played rough cowboy-sounding songs fueled by late nights and whisky. But like the many iterations of Baum, it led him to the next phase. “Coming down here, I just felt like my songwriting became more honest, so I didn’t need that persona anymore,” he explained. Baum took his sound from acoustic-folk to full on, honky-tonk country. He began playing under his given name, and when he felt ready to have a band behind him, he adopted the nickname “Croy” to form Croy and the Boys. Croy and The Boys will play Black Swamp Arts Festival on Sunday at the Main Stage, 11 a.m., and the Community Stage at 2 p.m. The band features Baum on vocals and guitar, Amy Hawthorne on Bass, Steve Carlson on lead guitar, and Felipe Granados on drums. Baum is eager to share this new sound with his hometown. “I’ve never been up with a full band in Bowling Green,” he said. “I’m really, really excited to do that.” His homecoming is part of a Midwest tour supporting the release of Croy and the Boys’ debut album titled Hey, Come Back. Baum described this album as “the record of his dreams,” crafted with…


Philly glass artists display work at River House Arts

River House Arts and Contemporary Art Toledo will present HUSH.ex, an exhibition of works in glass and mixed media by Megan Biddle, Amber Cowan, Jessica Jane Julius, and Sharyn O’Mara. The show opens with a public artists’ reception on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will be on view through Oct. 22, running concurrently with Hot Glass/Cool Music, a month-long community celebration of glass and music in Toledo. HUSH.ex is the second iteration of a body of work that debuted last spring at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Working over the course of a year, the artists, who are also colleagues on the glass faculty at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, created visually and conceptually diverse works that include site-specific installations as well as individual sculptures and drawings. At the outset, the artists recognized commonalities in their practice: reflection (literal and figurative) and distillation. They began with a collective desire to see past the overstimulus of the digital age and to focus on the analog, narrow the vocabulary from color to gray scale, and capture the power of memory and reflection in interpretation of experience. And yet, there is nothing simplistic either in the ambition or scope of any of the artists’ work. This ambition and scope has not gone unnoticed. In the September 2016 edition of Glass Quarterly, Alexander Rosenberg writes. “It is uncommon to find the flashy and performative medium of glass used to express silence or solitude, but the four artists here offer a convincing alternative to the noise and hyper-connectivity of digital culture.” Megan Biddle is an interdisciplinary artist whose work orbits between sculpture, installation, drawing and video. Rooted in glass, she produces experiment and process driven work with an emphasis on materials and their distinct characteristics. As an observer of nature she responds to the elusive and subtle, reflecting on variations of time, cycles of growth and erosion. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work was acquired into the American Embassy’s permanent collection in Riga, Latvia. She teaches in the Glass Program at Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania. www.meganbiddle.com Amber Cowan’s sculptural glasswork is based around the use of recycled, up-cycled, and second-life glass, usually American pressed glass from the 1940’s – 1980’s. She uses the processes of flameworking, hot-sculpting and glassblowing to create large-scale sculptures that overwhelm the viewer with ornate abstraction and viral accrual. With an instinctive nature towards horror vacui, her pieces reference memory, domesticity and the loss of an industry through the re-use of common items from the…


180th Fighter Wing to host 9/11 ceremony

(As submitted by the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard) The 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, will host a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, at Northwest Ohio’s 9/11 Memorial, currently under construction at the 180FW, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Ceremony, commemorating the 15th anniversary of the attacks on our great nation, will include a flag ceremony, hoisting the flag on the new flagstaff at the center of the memorial, remarks from Col. Kevin Doyle, 180FW Commander, Mr. Steve Way, Principle Director of DGL Consulting Engineers and TRACE Executive Board Member, and Mrs. Wendy Gramza, President of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce. Concluding the ceremony, Mr. Brian Lauderman, Project Manager for jdi Group and TRACE Project Manager for the memorial will conduct a walk-through of the memorial, highlighting each artifact of the memorial as well as a special musical presentation from the Springfield High School Marching Band. Members of the 180FW worked diligently to collect various artifacts for the memorial to include steel beams from the World Trade Center, limestone from the pentagon and soil from Pennsylvania where Flight 93 crashed. The memorial, designed as a sun dial, will also include locally, hand-blown glass pieces representing the 2,977 lives lost in the attacks. TRACE – Toledo Regional Architects, Contractors & Engineers, along with support from other Toledo community partners are working together to engineer and construct their vision and plan to complete the permanent memorial by Sept. 11, 2017, the 16th anniversary of the attacks. For more information about the memorial, visit: http://web.toledochamber.com/cwt/external/wcpagestrace/what/911_memorial.aspx


BGSU Lively Arts Calendar, Sept. 6- 21

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Sept. 6 – Tuesdays at the Gish kicks off with “Almost Famous” (2000), directed by Cameron Crowe. Set in the 1970s, this semi-autobiographical story based on the director’s experiences as a rock journalist for Rolling Stone continues to be a beloved coming-of-age and rock-n-roll film. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater located in Hanna Hall. Free Sept. 7 – The Faculty Artist Series continues with Penny Thompson Kruse performing on violin presenting a recital on the theme of Farewell to Summer. The recital begins at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Sept. 8 – The Visiting Writer Series welcomes American fiction writer Alissa Nutting, author of “Tampa” and the short story collection “Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls.” The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Sept. 8 – BGSU’s International Film Series commences with “Fordson: Faith, Fasting and Football,” directed by Rashid Ghazi. The 2016 documentary follows a predominantly Arab-American high school football team from Dearborn, Mich., during the last 10 days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and unearths the story of a community desperately holding onto its Islamic faith while struggling to gain acceptance in post 9-11 America. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Free Sept. 10 – The Falcon Marching Band will perform during the BGSU vs North Dakota football game. Join in the festivities at 3 p.m. in the Doyt Perry Stadium. Tickets to the football game are available at bgsufalcons.com/buytickets or 1-877-247-8842. Sept. 10 – Guest artist Stacy Mastrian, soprano, will perform in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center at 8 p.m. Free Sept. 11 – The Sunday Matinee Series begins with the 1912 films “An Unseen Enemy” and “Musketeers of Pig Alley,” directed by D.W. Griffith, followed by “Harvest” (1953), directed by James Sheldon. In this “Robert Montgomery Presents,” two legendary figures appear: Dorothy Gish is James Dean’s mother in a highly charged farm-country drama, which has been preserved in Kinescope form. The screening begins at 3 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater located in Hanna Hall. Free Sept. 11 – The Faculty Artist Series continues with assistant professor of violin Caroline Chin performing at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. The recital begins at 3 p.m. in the Great Gallery. Free Sept. 13 – Tuesdays at the Gish continues with “Eve’s Bayou,” a 1997 film directed by Kasi Lemmons. A gothic story that transforms the family home into…


Comedy troupe to improv on Shakespeare in conjunction with Bard exhibit

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART What will happen on stage is anybody’s guess, but one thing is for sure: whatever you see and hear will be created right on the spot when the Improvised Shakespeare Company appears Oct. 8 at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle as part of Holy Toledo Laughfest. The 6 p.m. performance by the critically acclaimed improv group is among a series of fall programs being offered in conjunction with the Museum’s free exhibition Shakespeare’s Characters: Playing the Part, on view Sept. 2 through Jan. 8, 2017 in Gallery 6.The Museum is honoring the great playwright 400 years after his death with an exhibition that explores The Bard’ s band of characters and a series of performances, a Shakespeare on Film series and a lecture by exhibition curator Christina Larson, TMA’s Mellon Fellow. The Improvised Shakespeare Company has been performing to sold-out audiences in Chicago since 2005. Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written), the company creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right on stage. Each of the actors has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to provide an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Nothing is planned out, rehearsed or written in advance. Tickets for the performance at the Peristyle are $20 each and available for purchase online at improvshakespeare.eventbrite.com. Approximately 30 paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs and illustrated books bring the beloved playwright’s works to life in the Shakespeare’s Characters exhibition. Among the works of art are Fred Wilson’s sculpture Iago’s Mirror (2009), which references “Othello,” and Arthur Hughes’s painting Ophelia (1865), which takes its subject from “Hamlet.” Other works dramatically represent scenes from “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “The Tempest” and other plays. Other events related to the free exhibition include: FREE Midweek Shakespeare –  Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 2016 through Jan. 4, 2017: 2 p.m., Libbey Court. This midweek, mid-afternoon series celebrates the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare, including a reading of all 154 sonnets, famous and lesser-known scenes and monologues, plus music and other Shakespeare-inspired creative works. Participants include students, faculty, and actors drawn from the Toledo School for the Arts, the Actors Collaborative of Toledo, the Bedford Community Players, the University of Toledo and more. Toledo Symphony Orchestra: Shakespeare under Glass  –   Sept. 18: 7 p.m., GlasSalon, Admission charged. Visit toledosymphony.org for more information and to purchase tickets.  Toledo Symphony Orchestra: “Romeo & Juliet” and “Much Ado About Nothing” Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1: 8…


Festival etiquette: Little things that make it better for all of us

From DAVE SHAFFER Chair, Black Swamp Arts Festival   Of course Bowling Green and the Black Swamp Arts Festival welcome you wholeheartedly to the festival coming up this weekend.  We are so enthusiastic about making you all feel welcome that I would like to take a little of your time to discuss what it takes to do just that (make everyone feel welcome). The classic advice to never discuss politics or religions is maybe going a bit too far.  Civil, considerate discussion amongst consenting adults is fine, yelling at people to think like you, no matter how important the cause, is best done elsewhere.  Come to enrich yourself: enjoy the art, the food, the music and the people watching.  How we each interpret and present ourselves to the world is an art we bring to our own lives and the best thing about people watching is that the people you watch are different than you.  Open yourself up to the differences. Personally, I love to see dogs at the festival and if you do want to bring your “best friend,” it would be best to do it earlier when the crowds are fewer and the pavement is cooler.  People will pet your dogs.  Some will ask and some won’t.  You and they should be ok with that. One of my favorite movies, A Blast from the Past, summed it up well: “good manners are just a way of showing other people we have respect for them.” and “…a lady or a gentleman is, someone who always tries to make sure the people around him or her are as comfortable as possible.”  So, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the festival.  


Live in the House season opens tonight (Sept. 3) in Pemberville

From THE PEMBERVILLE OPERA HOUSE The Pemberville Opera House opens its ninth season of Live in the House concerts tonight (Sept. 3) with Dwight Lenox and the Lenox Avenue Express. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. From blues to ballads and jazz to swing, Dwight shines. His impeccable instincts and mellow sound have garnered the attention of some of the finest musicians in the industry. Dwight’s fluid style lends itself to a vast repertoire from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, James Ingram, Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls and many more. But his raw abilities are evidenced in his performance of original music. He’s sung on numerous recordings, including works for commercial and corporate use. He’s an accomplished studio session singer. Growing up in New York, Lenox honed his talent in the church choir. He went on to study and perform musical styles as diverse as country and rock n’ roll. But his gospel roots, combined with such childhood influences as Nancy Wilson, Nat Cole, and Sarah Vaughn, made jazz a natural showcase for his talent. The Live! In The House Concert Series started in 2008 and has since brought well over 100 performances to the opera house stage. The Pemberville Opera House was built in 1892 and completely restored to its’ original glory in 1999. Built as a true ‘theatre on the second floor, the opera house has recently completed an elevator tower and is now handicapped accessible. Programs are nearly always the first Saturday of each month, Sept thru May and tickets are available as a series for $90 or individually at $12 each. Upcoming shows are: Oct. 1: The Midwestern Swing is a Cincinnati based band inspired by the great Western Swing bands of the 40s, 50s & 60s coupled with equal parts tradition and modernity. The group’s repertoire features tight arrangements from the classic Western Swing and Great American Songbooks. www.themidwesternswing.com Nov. 12: The Juggernaut Jug Band What do you get when you blend jazz, blues ragtime, swing and original music with washboards, washtubs, kazoos, jugs and various other sundry hardware? Nothing less than the strange concoction called the Juggernaut Jug Band. www.juggernautjugband.com Dec. 3: Matt Watroba and Robert Jones American Roots Music (Folk, Blues, Spirituals, Work Songs, Chants, etc.) as the music that matters. This is the music that America and that the world has in common, that reflects history, social change, migration, hopes and dreams. www.mattwatroba.net Jan. 7: Silent Movie Night, once again featuring Lynne Long on the piano. Feb. 4: Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic America’s premier youth fiddling show band present an energetic and…


Kaptur: Dana project example of business & government working together

From U.S. REP. MARCY KAPTUR  Yesterday (Aug. 31, 2016)  Dana Corporation broke ground for an $70 million, 200,000 square foot expansion to triple the size of its new facility in Toledo and create 300 new jobs. It’s a great story, about a storied American company with long local roots. Dana will make axles for the new version of a great American brand, the Jeep Wrangler, on the site of the old Jeep and Willys Overland plant, restoring it from brownfield status. How this came to be is a story about the proper role of government, and how a local community, its leaders and citizens, and private business can join together and work collaboratively for mutual benefit. It wasn’t that long ago when the American auto industry was flat on its back, in bankruptcy, with serious doubts about its very survival. There were some who wanted to give up on the American auto industry and its two million workers.  They chose the easy path, turned their backs, choosing ideological purity over pragmatism.  They voted against providing a funding bridge that was necessary to retool and rebuild the American automobile industry, the backbone of the American economy – and our region’s economy. But the rest of us weren’t going to concede our future.  We weren’t going to simply give up and foreclose on it.  We organized; we planned and made our best case; we fought; we won. Thanks to our efforts, the American auto industry is back, better than ever. I am proud of my role as a leader in the fight on behalf of Toledo’s economy — its auto workers, the auto manufacturers, and its suppliers, like Dana, which has supplied Jeep Wranglers with axles since before World War II. I am honored to have secured the first federal funding necessary to purchase the property and then to arrange funding for the clean-up of the 110 acres of the Overland Park brownfield site. With the Port Authority’s leadership we transitioned the property to a clean, workable manufacturing site. Were it not for securing those federal funds we would not be celebrating Dana’s expansion, nor would there be the future prospects of 300 new quality good-paying jobs for Toledo. America never succeeded by thinking small.  America never thrived by giving up. America succeeds when it dreams big dreams, when it competes to win.  When we are allowed to compete fairly, we win.  


NAMI offers classes on mental illness issues

(As submitted by National Alliance on Mental Illness of Wood County) Family-to-Family class Those who care for or about people with mental illness face daily challenges. Their loved ones’ symptoms can be hard to understand and even harder to live with. They may wonder how best to help their loved one, or to get help for him or her. That’s why NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Wood County offers its free Family-to- Family class. This course for relatives, caregivers, and friends of people with mental illness educates participants about mental illness’ symptoms and treatments. It educates them about local resources, helping them to navigate through the mental health system. Family-to- Family begins September 12 at 5:30 PM in the NAMI Wood County office (541 West Wooster, Bowling Green.) The twelve-week course also allows participants to share coping strategies with each other. Its trained facilitators have also cared for family members struggling with mental illness. Family-to- Family was one of the first classes NAMI Wood County offered when it formed in 1987. Graduates of the course give it high marks. One graduate stated: “My outlook on our son and his mental illness has changed. I now understand why he does what he does and have a different outlook on dealing with it. “ Another says: “The class has been life-changing. “ Family-to- Family has been designated an evidence-based practice by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The class combines presentations, personal testimonials, and exercises in an informal, relaxed setting. Family-to- Family is just one of the many free courses and support groups NAMI Wood County offers. For more information on other classes and events, please call NAMI Wood County at (419) 352-0626 or go online at www.namiwoodcounty.org. Peer-to-Peer class Mental illness is common; one in four American families has a member living with it. Despite the numbers, however, people struggling with these disorders can feel isolated. Friends and even family may not understand their symptoms, and the stigma that still haunts mental illness sometimes prevents sufferers from seeking help. But people living with mental illness can provide crucial help to each other. That’s the rationale behind Peer-to- Peer, a free class offered by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Wood County. The class– used all over the country—is designed and facilitated by people recovering from mental illness. It teaches adults (eighteen and over) about mental illness’ symptoms and treatments, presents up-to- date research on brain biology, and gives them tools for interacting with health care providers. Participants also develop a…


Ohio scores $2 million in federal $ to address opioid epidemic

From Office of U.S. REP. MARCY KAPTUR Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) today (Aug. 31, 2016) announced that Ohio will receive nearly $2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under three health-related programs to address the statewide epidemic of opioid misuse and overdoses. The awards announced today were made by two agencies within HHS, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which focus on opioid misuse and overdoses.  Ohio was selected for three separate programs and will receive a total of $1,998,455 out of $53 million allocated nationwide to 44 States, four tribes and the District of Columbia to “improve access to treatment for opioid use disorders, reduce opioid related deaths, and strengthen drug abuse prevention efforts. In addition, funding will also support improved data collection and analysis around opioid misuse and overdose as well as better tracking of fatal and nonfatal opioid-involved overdoses.”   “This is welcome news, of course. Any additional resources are a help,” said Congresswoman Kaptur. “But this is an epidemic, and it’s getting worse, based on what I have been told by medical professionals and law enforcement officials in northern Ohio.  Everyone acknowledges this isn’t enough – everyone except the Republicans in Congress, that is.” In Ohio, deaths and overdoses from heroin and opioids have reached epidemic proportions.  According to data released last week by the Ohio Department of Health, opioid overdoses killed a record 3,050 people in Ohio in 2015, more than one-third of them from fentanyl, a super-potent opiate often mixed with heroin. When the data includes heroin and opioids, Cuyahoga County has seen 1,386 people die from overdoses between 2010 to 2015. Deaths in 2016 are expected to exceed 500 in number, nearly double the total from 2015, according to William Denihan, the chief executive officer of the Cuyahoga County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board. In Lucas County, 113 people died of heroin or other opioid overdoses in 2015, with roughly 3,000 reported non-fatal overdoses, according to law enforcement sources.   Ohio will be awarded funds under one program administered by the Substances Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, or SAMHSA, and two programs oversee by the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC.