Community Voices

Brigitte Reinke aims to attend American Institute of Musical Studies (Updated)

Updated on June 22: Brigitte Reinke reports she’s almost there with about $2,000 more n donations still to raise Brigitte Reinke, a soprano and Bowling Green High School graduate, is ready to start her professional career. She received her Master’s in Voice Performance with an emphasis in Pedagogy from Texas Christian University and her Bachelor’s in Voice Performance with a German minor from Bowling Green State University. She currently teaches voice lessons to undergraduate students at Southwestern Adventist University, is a section leader at First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Worth, TX, and is in the beginning stages of launching her professional career. That got a boost with her acceptance to AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies), a prestigious opera program lasts six weeks this summer in Graz, Austria. AIMS in Graz focuses on individual technical development and a professional, strategic approach to music as a profession The program offers Reinke the opportunity to work with world-renowned singers, coaches, agents, and directors—including her favorite artist and long-time idol, Barbara Bonney. “This program will provide opportunities that will jumpstart my career,” Reinke said. According to Reinke: “Bowling Green is where I discovered my love of the stage. I participated in plays, musicals, operettas, and operas with Horizon Youth Theatre, The Black Swamp Players, at Bowling Green High School, and at Bowling Green State University. The foundation of performance skills I learned in Bowling Green will carry me through AIMS, and I’m very thankful for that. AIMS is what I need now to get to the next level with professional skills and connections. Thank you all for your support over the years and for your continuing support.” She has previously performed in operas, operettas, and opera scenes as Pamina and die Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte) Just Jeannette (Too Many Sopranos), ein Blumenmädchen (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Yum-Yum (The Mikado), among others, and has performed as a soloist in various recitals and benefit concerts. her solo career as a soprano. Reinke…

ACT*BG’s role in staging Amazing Race appreciated

From BRUCE CORRIGAN On behalf of the Bowling Green High School Bobcat Bands, I would like to thank Drew Headley, Nick Peiffer, and the entire ACT*BG committee and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the Amazing Race held on May 13. Their efforts planning, organizing, and advertising for this event were phenomenal. On a yearly basis, our band parents and students raise thousands of dollars to support the needs of our Bowling Green students. We have had at least 17 fundraisers this past year alone to raise money for a band trip to Florida in December. ACT*BG took care of nearly every detail of this event and raised $1,800 for the Bobcat Bands. This is greatly appreciated by the many parents and students that have been working to raise funds throughout the year! ACT*BG is an impressive group that continues to find ways to make Bowling Green a better community. They have raised funds for various causes in recent years. Additionally, they have found fun and creative ways to bring together people in the community while raising funds. The participants in the Amazing Race clearly had a blast taking part in the activities throughout the evening. In recent years our schools have had a theme of Bobcat Proud. Personally, I am feeling BG Grateful for the members of the ACT*BG committee and the Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the Bowling Green community.

Library ready to color your world with programs for adults

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY As June winds down, the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green provides several programs for adults that will help beat the “summertime blues.” Join us for a bike ride along the Slippery Elm Trail, learn about five free apps you may be unaware of for reading free eBooks; rediscover coloring as a creative and relaxing pastime, and much more. Events are free and open to all. See you at the library.  Wednesday, June 22, 10 a.m. “Coloring: It’s Not Just for Kids.” Adults, rediscover the relaxing and creative pastime of coloring.Second Floor Meeting Room.  Thursday, June 23, 7 p.m. “Slow Roll BG: A Social Bike Ride.” Families are invited to join a leisurely bike ride along the Slippery Elm Trail. Led by a Wood County Parks Ranger, the Slow Roll starts promptly at 7 p.m., rain or shine, from the trail’s Sand Ridge Road entrance (at the Montessori School). Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. WCDPL’s IT specialist Nick Sluka shares tips and tricks for finding your way around and getting the most out of your computer. Due to space limitation, registration is required. Call 419-352-5050 to register. Second Floor TechLab. Tuesday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. “Just the Facts” book group, led by Anne Render, discusses “Dark Money” by Jane Meyer. Second Floor Meeting Room.  Friday, July 1, 10:30 a.m. “Library Apps for Your Tablet.”We’ll explore five apps you’re probably unaware of for reading eBooks. Second Floor Meeting Room. Sunday, July 3 & Monday July 4. WCDPL closed in observance of 4th of July, Independence Day. For more details about these and other programs for adults at WCDPL, call the library at 419-352-5050.  

Opinion: ‘Her Choice’ does not offer all choices

Opinion piece as submitted by J. Murphy One day I noticed a bright, cheery yellow building with big windows encasing the front with what appeared to be a lotus flower under the words “Her Choice” on them. Wondering what this organization does I decided to speak to a staff member. I found out that Her Choice is a Christian, Pro-Life clinic which offers limited services. While this is itself is not an issue, I do take issue with the fact that the center provides false statistics, inaccurate medical information, and hides behind a façade of a neutral, safe place that educates women on all their choices. While they claim to provide guidance and support for women in need, according to the staff member I spoke with, they also talk to women about certain medical aspects of pregnancy, emergency contraception, and all their options with the exception of abortion. Upon further research I discovered the information they provide in these capacities is medically inaccurate, irrelevant, and/or falsified. The location of Her Choice across from campus and the name “Her Choice” is as strategic as its veiled attempts at “offering choice” and “empowering women.” They may not explicitly say “You cannot have an abortion” however, the messages they imply and sometimes explicitly express are biased, inaccurate, false, and are positioned to encourage women to carry the pregnancy to term under false pretenses. From the moment these women step in the door they feel supported, and guided, but they are being guided under a ruse of an “unbiased organization.” This is not to say this organization does not help some women in their time of need. Her Choice offers two “medical” services: they offer free pregnancy tests, and a free ultrasound at the center. They do not refer for abortions. According to the individual I interviewed they will recommend an ultrasound for three reasons. The first is to “…check for an ectopic pregnancy.” Considering only 1-2% of pregnancies are ectopic, I feel this…

BGSU student group gets grant to upgrade veterans center

From BGSU OFFICE MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS BGSU has been nationally recognized numerous times for its outreach to student veterans and their families. Now a new grant from the Student Veterans of America (SVA) and the Home Depot Foundation to the BGSU Student Veterans Organization (SVO) will help the University make physical improvements to its Veterans Center. The $10,000 grant comes through the SVA Vet Center Initiative in the form of Home Depot gift cards. The Home Depot Foundation this year has made $400,000 in awards to 50 SVA chapters, of which BGSU is one. In addition to the funding, the local Home Depot may provide help with projects. The University has been enhancing its Veterans Center, which is located in the College Park Office Building. Construction is nearly complete and furniture has been ordered. The Student Veterans Organization will use the grant to complete the project. “It took a lot of hard work, and a lot of long nights putting the Vet Center Initiative grant together,” said SVO President Austin Craft. “I am just glad that we were able to get this extra money to make the Vet Center that much better for all of our students. It will be a really fun place for veteran and military students to come socialize, study and unwind.” Campus veteran centers are very important to active duty and veteran students, who may be juggling jobs, family and adjustment to student life. Having a place to connect with other veterans as well as find convenient, centrally located services can be invaluable, said Dr. Barbara Henry, assistant vice president for nontraditional and transfer student services. BGSU offers veterans support services such as help with enrollment and VA benefits along with other resources and the camaraderie of fellow service members. The Bowling Green SVO was founded in 2011 by veterans Geoff Roberts and Tim Plowman, who realized that BGSU lacked an organization specifically for veterans and military service members. Its goal is to support and guide…

BG utilities director receives national award

Submitted by City of Bowling Green The Director of Public Utilities for the City of Bowling Green, Brian O’Connell, has been named the 2016 Robert E. Roundtree Rising Star Award recipient by the American Public Power Association. Mayor Richard Edwards stated, “Bowling Green is fortunate to have such a talented, thoughtful, and dedicated person leading our Utilities Department and working closely with the City’s independent Board of Public Utilities. Brian deserves this recognition and this award reinforces what we have known about him for a long time.” O’Connell has served as the Director of Public Utilities since 2011. He began his career with the City in 2004 in the Engineering Division. He has a passion for public power issues at the federal, state and local level, and regularly attends the APPA National Conference and Legislative Rally. He represents Bowling Green as well as 14 other municipal electric systems on the American Municipal Power Board of Trustees. Under Mr. O’Connell’s leadership, Bowling Green is on track to achieve a balanced portfolio that is responsible, sustainable, and derived by nearly 37 percent from renewable sources such as wind, hydro, and soon to be solar. Bowling Green’s rates remain competitive with the local investor-owned utility, and the system has a strong credit rating from AMP. O’Connell received the Roundtree Rising Star award at the Association’s national conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Now OH show open to all regional artists

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University Art Galleries is hosting the Ninth Annual Northwest Ohio (Now OH) Community Art Exhibition. Now OH celebrates the talents of regional artists in a professional setting. The show will open on Friday, July 15 at 7 p.m. with a gallery talk by the award juror Sarah Rose Sharp, followed by the opening reception with light refreshments. Located at the BGSU Fine Arts Center, the exhibition is free and open to the public. A Detroit-based writer, activist, photographer and multimedia artist, Sharp writes about art and culture for Art in America, Hyperallergic, FlashArt, Knight Arts, and others. She was named a 2015 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow for Arts Criticism, and was a 2016 participant in the Art Writer’s Grant Mentorship Program. Artists who display their work at the exhibition are eligible to win up to $1,500 in cash prizes and gift certificates. Among these awards, are a Best of Show award, the Kiwanis Young Artist Awards, Toledo Federation of Arts Societies Award and a People’s Choice Award. Artists of all skill levels 16 years of age and older are encouraged to enter. Online registration is open until July 1. Further information regarding how to enter can be found Artists from the following counties are eligible: Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams and Wood. For artists ages 16-18 the entry fees are $15, and for artists 19 and older entry fees are $30. All entrants are able to submit up to three entries. Volunteers are needed to assist with the set up and take down of the event as well as gallery hosting during the exhibition. Artists who volunteer for the event will receive a registration discount. Contact Jacqueline Nathan at for more information about volunteering. Now OH hours are Thursday evenings, 6-8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The exhibit will continue until July 30. Show Sponsors include the Toledo Federation…

Jazz acts ready to jam at Toledo Botanical Garden

From TOLEDO BOTANICAL GARDEN TOLEDO – The Toledo Botanical Garden will present another season of Jazz in the Garden starting July 7 and continuing through Sept. 8. The Thursday night concerts run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Scheduled to perform are: • July 7, Toledo Jazz Orchestra • July 14, Gene Parker • July 21, Straight Up • July 28, Cakewalkin’ Jass Band • Aug. 4, 6th Edition • Aug. 11, Ramona Collins • Aug. 18, Kelly Broadway • Aug. 25, Mike Lorenz • Sept. 1, Quartet Bernadette • Sept. 8, Soul Hustle Tickets are $10, $5 TBG members and kids under 12 are free. Season passes are $80 adults and $40 TBG members. Parking Main parking at Bancroft entrance with free trolley across garden. Handicap only at Elmer entrance. A barbeque baked goods for sale on grounds. Guests may bring food, wine and beer.

Not In Our Town BG stands with those grieving in Orlando

(Submitted by NIOT-BG) Not In Our Town BG stands with all people, nationally and locally, who grieve in Orlando.  Our hearts are broken by the loss of innocent lives and we are outraged by the fact that the victims were targeted representatives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in our society.   We acknowledge this grim reminder that there are those who feel hatred toward the LGBTQ community and display their feelings through action. NIOT-BG stands against all actions of discrimination, prejudice and hate, and stands firm with groups subject to such behavior.  We will support and join the vigil planned for Wednesday June 15 at 7 p.m. on the community “greenspace” at Grove Street and Wooster Street.  As we extend our thoughts and prayers to the City of Orlando, and those grieving around the country, we give voice to our continuing vision of an inclusive, respectful community here in Bowling Green.

Perrysburg Musical Theatre brings stage version of “Big Fish” to Northwest Ohio

From PERRYSBURG MUSICAL THEATRE Perrysburg Musical Theatre will be the first theatre company in Northwest Ohio to debut the funny, fanciful and heartwarming new musical “Big Fish” this summer. “Big Fish” will be staged  June 23, 24, & 25 at 7 p.m. and 26 at 2 p.m. at Perrysburg High School. “Big Fish” is based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel, “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions.” The story which features flashbacks and tall tales that come to life, quickly caught the attention of American Screenwriter John August who adapted the novel for the 2003 film “Big Fish.” In 2013, John August brought the story to Broadway with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Variety called it “(A) wholly satisfying show: meaningful, emotional, tasteful, theatrically imaginative and engaging.” PMT’s Big Fish is cast with gifted and talented actors. D. Ward Ensign stars as the charming, charismatic storyteller and father, Edward Bloom. Ensign has been a part of numerous theatrical and musical productions, both on and off stage since being in his first musical, Godspell in 1988. Elizabeth Cottle plays Sandra Bloom, who is patient, calm – the perfect balance to Edward’s enthusiasm. Elizabeth is no stranger to the stage, but this is her 1st production with PMT. “When we had callbacks for the roles of Sandra and Edward, we paired Ward and Elizabeth together to duet the song, “Daffodils”. It was instant chemistry, they became Sandra and Edward,” said Julie Bermudez, Artistic Director for PMT. Also making his 1st time appearance with PMT is Garrett Leininger as Will Bloom. Garrett is the Choir Director for Perrysburg High School. His character, Will is a critical part of the story. He is an earnest, serious, thoughtful young man wanting to reconnect with his storytelling father, but unable to appreciate Edward’s romantic view of life. He has to able to take us on the journey of understanding and make us believe the complex relationship and final heartfelt embrace of his father’s legacy. Playing Will’s…

BG Curling Club proud of teams at national championships

Submitted by BG Curling Club On May 10-15, Ice Line Arena in West Chester, Pennsylvania, hosted the United States Curling Association’s Arena National Curling Championships, which included both a men’s and a women’s team from the Bowling Green Curling Club, located in northwest Ohio. The men’s team finished 2-2, in a three-way tie for ninth place among a field of 20 teams from across the U.S., while the women’s team finished 2-4, in tenth place among 18 teams, after a tie-breaker. Both teams just missed advancing to the quarter-final rounds. “The Bowling Green Curling Club is very proud of both our teams and how they performed at Arena Nationals,” said Shannon Orr, club president. “As we move forward with our new dedicated curling facility, which will be opening this fall, we look forward to sending even more local curlers to regional, national, and international competitions. We hope more folks will come to the new club and try one of our learn-to- curls.” The move to a dedicated ice facility will mean, however, that the club will be unable to participate in this event again, which is reserved for curlers from arena-based clubs that share ice with skaters and hockey. The women’s team, consisting of Elizabeth Spencer of Toledo, Angie Jones of Sylvania, Beth Landers of Bowling Green, and Jen Henkel of Perrysburg, lost to San Francisco Bay III (11-2), lost to Lansing (8-1), lost to Palmetto-South Carolina (7-6), won against Dakota-Minnesota, (6-2, with alternate Jennifer Williams of Norwalk), and won against Kansas City (7-5). A second place result for their division in the team draw shot challenge, and sixth place DSC result overall, allowed the women’s team to go to a tie-breaker game, to resolve a three-way tie for third place in their division, and try to advance to the quarter-final round. A re-match with Kansas City did not go in their favor, however, ending with a 10-3 loss. “The women’s team had a great time bonding with each other,…

Falcon helped roll out Oval Office carpet

By MATT MARKEY BGSU Office of Marketing & Communications The next time the news cameras are rolling from inside The White House and relaying video from the Oval Office, skip the ornate window dressings, the massive desk and the stoic portraits on the walls, and just focus on the floor. The elegant carpet that President Barack Obama is standing on in his official workplace as he greets foreign dignitaries or huddles with his closest advisors – that carpet has a Falcon imprint on it. There’s no visible logo, no orange and brown threads, but 1978 BGSU graduate Michael Ruggeri leads the company that produced the distinctive piece of floor covering, as well as many others. Ruggeri’s Michigan-based Scott Group Custom Carpets has carved out a unique niche as the leading producer of high-end, one-of-a-kind, ultra-premium carpets. The firm has created a variety of rugs for The White House, including the prestigious Oval Office rug for two different administrations. “In our industry, the Oval Office is the pinnacle,” Ruggeri said about Scott Group being selected to work with The White House interior designers for both the Obama and Clinton presidencies. Each president decorates the Oval Office to suit his tastes, and President Obama selected an oval-shaped rug made of 25 percent recycled wool. This rug features the Presidential Seal in the center, and around its border carries five historical quotations of significance from Martin Luther King, Jr. and Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy. As you would expect, discretion is critical when preparing décor for the home of the president, so when a specific order for The White House arrives at the Scott manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids, Ruggeri said it carries a code name to keep the eventual destination under wraps as long as possible. But once the Oval Office carpet is completed, there comes a time for all of the company employees to take a photo-op standing alongside the soon-to-be-famous rug. “Everything we…

Start a new chapter by learning to play ukulele at library

From Wood County District Public Library Book groups and ukuleles take center stage at Wood County District Public Library (251 N. Main St., BG) in the library’s upcoming adult programming for the week of June 13 – 19. Events are free and open to all. Monday, June 13 · Kristin Wetzel leads the Page to Table cookbook discussion group meeting at 6:30 pm in the Carter House. This month’s meeting focuses on “Food Network Stars.” Participants, may bring a dish prepared from a cookbook by their favorite Food Network chef, along with a copy of the recipe, noting any changes made. The library will supply flatware and dinnerware. Tuesday, June 14 · The library’s Diversity in America book group, led by Jim Litwin meets in the 1st Floor Meeting Room to discuss Sally Denton’s American Massacre. Thursday, June 16 · Coffee Talk book group, led by Kristin Wetzel, holds its annual “Book to Film Day” in the 1st Floor Meeting Room. At 10:00 am the group will discuss Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Following a break for lunch, the group resumes its meeting at 1:00 pm to watch the book’s critically acclaimed film adaptation (Oscar nominee Best Film and Best Screenplay, Nick Hornby), featuring Saoirse Ronan (Oscar nominee, Best Actress). Sunday, June 19 · Ukulele playing is taking the area by storm, thanks in no small part to the Grande Royale Ükulelists of the Black Swamp (GRÜBS). If you have a ukulele and are looking for a fun, friendly, and helpful group to explore your instrument with, join members of the GRÜBS at 3:00 pm this Sunday in WCDPL’s 1st Floor Meeting Room. All skill levels are welcome; all you need is a ukulele and sense of adventure. Due to space limitations, RSVPs to the Adult Services department (419-352-5050) is appreciated, but not required. For more details about these and other programs for adults at WCDPL, call the library at 419-352-5050.

Buckeye Boys State convenes at BGSU

More than 1,200 young scholars from throughout Ohio will be at Bowling Green State University Sunday,June 12, through Sunday, June 19, for American Legion Buckeye Boys State. Students learn about city, county and state government by creating a mock government. City, county and state officials, along with American Legion volunteers, typically take part. Participants at Buckeye Boys State are also eligible for the BGSU Buckeye Boys State Achievement Scholarship. The automatic $1,000 scholarship for Boys State participants is renewable yearly and may be combined with other university scholarships. Buckeye Boys State was founded in 1936 and has been held at BGSU since 1978. In a letter this week to staff and faculty President Mary Ellen Mazey stated: “We’re committed to doing everything we can to continue this great collaboration.” She continued: “Buckeye Boys State and the dozens of summer conferences and camps we host give us the opportunity to showcase our campus and provide prospective students and their families with a taste of the BGSU experience. Our incoming freshman class includes 68 alumni from last year’s Boys State.

BGSU photochemical researchers make breakthrough

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS A BGSU photochemical sciences research team has shown that a new and unusual reaction path in chemistry occurs not only in the gas phase, but also in solution. According to Dr. Alexander N. Tarnovsky, the finding, which is important to atmospheric photochemistry, also establishes the direct link between chemical reactivity in the gas phase and in solution. Tarnovsky and doctoral graduate assistants Andrey Mereschenko, Evgeniia V. Butaeva, Veniamin Borin and Anna Eyzips are the listed authors of a Nature Chemistry journal article about the finding. “Dissociation, the process of breaking a chemical bond, lies at the heart of chemistry,” Tarnovsky said. Dissociation of molecular bromine is one of the key steps in ozone depletion chemistry, so establishing the connection between bromoform and bromine is important in atmospheric photochemistry, he explained. About 10 years ago, chemists discovered a novel reaction mechanism in dissociation reactions of gas-phase molecules, called roaming. In roaming, a fragment, which can be an atom or a group, moves away from the rest of a molecule, as if the molecule were breaking into two pieces. But instead, the fragment separates just enough to give itself some space, and then starts wandering around in the vicinity of the remaining atoms. If long-range attractive and repulsive molecular forces are fairly balanced, the fragment roams other fragments until it finds a second attractive domain or opens enough space for the other group or atom to move in. The BGSU team showed that following ultraviolet excitation of geminal tribromides, including bromoform, what looks like simple fission of a carbon-bromine bond at first look is in fact isomerization (the process by which one molecule is transformed into another molecule with exactly the same atoms but in a different arrangement, and with different chemical properties) at fairly large distances via roaming of the molecular fragments. This new and unusual reaction path occurs not only in the gas phase, but also in solution. Bromoform is abundantly produced by…