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Center for Innovative Food Technology to host seminar on food trucks

Submitted by the CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE FOOD TECHNOLOGY Food transport, service and catering requirements will be the topic of discussion at a seminar hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK). Four experts, who specialize in working closely with mobile food companies, food service operations, caterers, and other similar entities, will address the various regulations for obtaining and maintaining licenses, food safety rules, inspections, and numerous other aspects of the industry. A growing trend within this area is the growth of food trucks.  According to a 2015 IBISWorld survey, revenue in the food truck business industry has increased 9.3 percent from 2010 to 2015, with more than 5,000 food truck businesses throughout the U.S. employing 14,000 people. Featured speakers include Brad Sherrick and Jerry Bingham from the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, and Jillan Bodey and Julie Nye from the Wood County Health District. These processing procedures will be explained within the NOCK – a kitchen-based setting that educates and advises entrepreneurs interested in starting a food business.  Food-related business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and those who are producing a product to sell at markets and/or other retail establishments are encouraged to attend. The cost is just $25/person or $20/person for group of two or more (pay online, or cash/check at the door) which includes great networking opportunities and light refreshments.  Advanced registration is preferred.  The NOCK/AIF is located at 13737 Middleton Pike (St. Rt. 582) in Bowling Green, Ohio.

WGTE launching new children’s service

Submitted WGTE PUBLIC MEDIA WGTE Public Media announced that it will launch a new, free localized 24/7 children’s service on Jan. 16.  The free services include a new TV channel and live stream on digital platforms. The effort is WGTE’s latest initiative to support early learning in the community. WGTE will broadcast PBS KIDS shows 24 hours a day on the television channel previously called WGTE Family. WGTE will also offer a live stream, making it easy for Toledo-area children to watch their favorite series during primetime and other after-school hours when viewing among families is high. Viewers will be able to watch the WGTE-branded live stream through and on the PBS KIDS Video App, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and tablets. The live stream complements on-demand clips and full episodes, which will continue to be available for free on the PBS KIDS Video App and streaming via Following its initial launch, the localized live stream experience will expand to offer an integrated games feature, enabling children to toggle between a PBS KIDS show and an activity that extends learning – all in one seamless digital experience. The live stream and games feature is grounded in research demonstrating that measurable gains in learning are achieved when children engage with PBS KIDS content on multiple platforms. The games will align with the learning goals of each TV series, deepening children’s involvement and supporting learning. “WGTE Public Media has been an integral part of the community for 63 years, delivering content and services that parents trust and that move the needle in early learning,” said Marlon Kiser, President and CEO of WGTE Public Media “We are excited to build on the work we do every day for northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan’s families by adding these new 24/7 services to our offerings, ensuring that our proven educational content is accessible anytime and anywhere to all kids – especially those who need it the most.” PBS stations reach more kids aged 2-5, more moms with children under 6 years old and more children from low-income families than…

BGSU Arts Events, through Jan. 25

Jan. 11—The Faculty Artist Series begins the semester with a performance by cellist Brian Snow. Snow has earned a reputation as a gifted and versatile performer in chamber music, orchestral and solo settings after spending the past decade performing and teaching in the New York City area. His recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 12—The reading series hosted by the Creative Writing Program and the Mid-American Review begins with BGSU graduate students Nick Heeb and Roseanna Boswell. They will present their work at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free 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. Free Jan. 19—Poet Bruce Weigl will read from his work as part of the Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writer Series. Weigl is the author of “The Circle of Hanh”and more than a dozen other 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…

Free parenting class offered at CRC

(Submitted for Children’s Resource Center) Another session of “ACT: Raising Safe Kids” will begin January 24 at Children’s Resource Center (1045 Klotz Road, Bowling Green.) The free course teaches parents with young children positive forms of discipline and how to deal with tantrums and fights. Endorsed by the American Psychological Association, ACT: Raising Safe Kids, has been taught all over the country. It has become so popular in Wood County that CRC offers it year-round. The class will meet every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 PM from January 24 to March 14. Child care and a family meal are provided during each session. To register for the class, contact Kristen Junga or Pam McKinley at Children’s Resource Center, 419-352- 7588. Most adults– whether consciously or not—fall back on their parents’ child-rearing style when raising their own children. But that may not be the best choice for their kids. ACT (Adults and Children Together:) Raising Safe Kids helps moms and dads find alternatives to the parenting style they have “inherited” from their parents. An independent study performed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that graduates of the course used less harsh discipline and benefited from the support of their classmates in the course. “ACT: Raising Safe Kids” recognizes that children live what they learn. It is never too early to learn peaceful ways to resolve conflicts. For more information on this and CRC’s many other programs, contact Children’s Resource Center at 419-352- 7588.

County records fewer fatal crashes in 2016

Submitted by WOOD COUNTY SAFE COMMUNITIES There were a 13 fatal crashes in 2016, compared to 23 in 2015, a decrease of 10 crashes, according to Wood County Safe Communities . Seat belts are the most effective traffic safety feature ever invented and have helped save thousands of lives. Unfortunately, one in five Americans fail to regularly wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. The Click It or Ticket campaign focuses on safety education, strong laws, and law enforcement officers saving lives. The annual safety campaign is designed to urge all occupants to always buckle safety belts while riding in vehicles on America’s roadways. Thousands of Americans are alive today because a seat belt saved them during a crash. In 2015, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,941 lives of occupants ages 5 and older. “We have made enormous progress as a nation in increasing seat belt use, but far too many people are still dying because they are not buckled up during crashes,” said National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind. “Before you even turn the key, make sure that everyone in your car has their seat belt on, every trip, day and night.” Last year in Ohio, seat belt use was recorded at 83.9%. This is down 1.1% from 2014, which was recorded at 85.0%. While these numbers are great, Safe Communities would like to remind everyone to wear seat belts, every time, in order to save lives.

BG recycling center dealing with holiday surge

(Submitted by Bowling Green Recycling Center) The Bowling Green Recycling Center has been scrambling to keep up with the Holiday surge. Both curbside collection and the dropoff volumes increase dramatically right after Christmas and this will continue for another week or so. While there has been improvement in the reduction of trash in curbside recyclables the trash problem has increased with the Christmas surge. Christmas wrapping paper in bags has been a problem. Plastic bags are not accepted and neither is wrapping paper. Toy boxes with plastic windows are another big Holiday problem. The boxes are recyclable but the plastic must be removed.Please breakdown boxes to save space. The boxes also run up the feed conveyor better if broken down. The following are guidelines for Bowling Green curbside and dropoff recycling. BOWLING GREEN  RECYCLING GUIDELINES Curbside recycling collection is designed to capture high volume recyclables generated in the family home that can be separated at a recovery facility. Not all recyclables can be collected curbside. Not all communities accept the same materials for curbside collection. Sort lines to separate commingled materials are not designed to handle all recyclables. It is labor intensive and too expensive to collect everything that is recyclable curbside. Several materials collected at the Bowling Green Recycling 24hr drop off are not accepted for curbside collection due to Sort line processing limitations of people and equipment. Curbside materials must be placed LOOSE inside the city recycling cart (not bagged). Here is a list of items NOT accepted for Bowling Green curbside recycling: No plastic bags—they get wrapped up in equipment–take back to the store. Nothing in plastic bags–it is not cost effective or safe to tear open plastic bags. No glass curbside–broken glass is a safety hazard and contaminates the paper–take to  drop off. No shredded paper—it cannot be separated on the Sortline –take to drop off in plastic bags. No scrap metal—metal gets caught in equipment and causes damage–take to drop off. No miscellaneous plastic–PLASTIC BOTTLES ONLY–neck smaller than body with screw on lids. No books—-they can’t be separated from the paper by the equipment–take to…

Deadline Extended: BG Chamber seeks nominations for annual awards

Submitted by BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Nominations are currently being sought for the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards. The public is invited to submit nominations for these awards. Nomination forms, including criteria and submission information, are available from the Chamber of Commerce, Four Corners Center at 130 S. Main St., and can also be obtained from the Chamber’s website at Completed nomination forms should be returned to the Chamber of Commerce office by Tuesday, Jan. 3 ; no late submissions will be accepted. For questions contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 419-353-7945 or These awards will be presented at the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Dinner & Awards to be held on Saturday, Jan. 28,  at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Lenhart Grand Ballroom on the campus of BGSU. ATHENA AWARD, SPONSORED BY HERITAGE CORNER – The Athena Award Program celebrates the achievement of women as valued members and leaders of the community and recognizes those who support them. “Athena Goddesses” are women who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment, have devoted their own time and energy to give back to their community, and also initiate paths so that others may follow. An Athena recipient is someone who assists women in reaching their full leadership potential; they exhibit excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession, and provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community. ZEUS AWARD, SPONSORED BY HERITAGE CORNER – The Zeus Award Program is the counterpart to the Athena. “Zeus Award” recipients are male individuals who support a culture that encourages women to achieve their full leadership potential through active mentoring, support systems, and development actions. A Zeus Award nominee is someone who continually gives back to the larger community of women by providing and/or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives. A Zeus demonstrates excellence, creativity, and shows initiative in their business or profession while providing valuable services and contributing their time and energy to improve the quality of life for community members. OUTSTANDING CITIZEN OF…

BG Kiwanis Club honors Gene Klotz

(Submitted by Bowling Green Kiwanis Club) Gene Klotz was recently awarded the highest award from the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club for his service to the community. Klotz, a long-time member of the local Kiwanis Club, has delivered and set up the grills for the club’s pancake breakfasts for decades. His dedication to the Kiwanis Club is just the tip of the iceberg, according to Becca Ferguson, president of the organization. “He’s one of the folks in the community who believes that you do things for those who can’t do for themselves,” Ferguson said of Klotz. Klotz is known for donating his time, funding and his products from Klotz Floral Design and Garden to so many organizations and individuals in the community. Earlier this year, he was given the Outstanding Citizen Award by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. “He just doesn’t stop,” Ferguson said. “If you need something, you just have to ask.”

Auto title office to close for software upgrade

(Submitted by Wood County Clerk of Courts) Cindy A. Hofner, Wood County Clerk of Courts is announcing that the Wood County Clerk of Courts, Auto Title Office will be closed all day on Friday, December 30 th , 2016 and Saturday, December 31 st , 2016 due to the upgrade of the Automated Title Processing System software. All title offices across the state of Ohio will be unable to process any vehicle or watercraft titles during the implementation of the new software. The current software was last updated in year 2000. This upgrade has been a work in progress since 2013, with the coordination of the State of Ohio, Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and the Ohio Clerk of Courts. Several Clerk of Courts’ staff members from across the State of Ohio participated in the development of the software including Wood County resident and staff member, Amy Johnson. The Clerk of Courts staff were considered “Subject Matter Experts“. This upgrade is providing many new processes which will allow the Clerk’s Offices to generate vehicle titles more efficiently and accurately for the titling community. Two examples are: ability to swipe customers Driver’s License information directly into the Title System instead of staff keying personal information into the system and automatic access to NMVITIS which verifies if a vehicle is a stolen vehicle (especially helpful for customers purchasing vehicles from a non-dealer owner.) The Auto-Dealer community will now be able to electronically submit a customer’s title application and all supporting evidence from their dealer offices to the appropriate title office for a speedier turn around on the processing of titles. Again, an added efficiency for the titling community. The holiday schedule and implementation schedule will be as follows: December 24, 2016-Closed; December 26 th , 2016 (Legal Holiday)-Closed; Thursday, December 29 th , 2016—open 8:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M to allow the titling community an additional opportunity to process titles for end of year 2016; Friday, December 30, 2016-Closed; Saturday, December 31, 2016-Closed; Monday, January 2, 2017 (Legal Holiday)–Closed. The title office expects to be open for business at 8:30 A.M. on…

Drive carefully – Wood County had 28 crashes over Christmas holiday last year

(Submitted by Safe Communities of Wood County) During the holidays, the number of travelers on our nation’s roads peak as friends and family come together to celebrate. As a result of holiday parties and gatherings, more drivers are impaired by alcohol. Unfortunately, fatalities resulting from accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers have become so predictable that many state highway patrol departments now issue fatality estimates, which usually prove to be all too accurate. In just the few days surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Eve, an average of 304 people die in drunk driving crashes nationwide. There are more motor vehicle deaths during these times and the proportion of drivers and motorcycle riders who are legally drunk exceeds the annual average. Many people try to calculate their blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) after drinking – it’s not so simple. It involves the number of drinks consumed, and the type of drink, the size of the glass, your body weight and gender, the elapsed time, the amount and kind of food in your stomach, and health conditions you may have. Driving with a BAC at zero is the only absolute safe level. The best advice is not to drive after drinking. The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that 40% of traffic-related deaths during Christmas and New Year’s involve drunk drivers — a 12% increase over the rest of the month of December. In Wood County over the Christmas holiday period (December 24 – 27, 2015), there were a total of 28 crashes including 12 injury crashes. Of these, one was an alcohol related crash. Safe Communities would like to commend our citizens for the great job in reducing the percentage of alcohol related crashes as opposed to the national average. We would like to thank you in advance for driving sober or choosing safe options to get home if impaired.

BGSU’s Russell Mills to join federal working group on community airports

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS With holiday travel at a fever pitch, many residents of smaller communities like Toledo must journey to airports a distance from their homes due to the lack of direct, nonstop air service to smaller, regional airports. Now the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is looking to help smaller communities attract and retain air service. Dr. Russell Mills, a Research Fellow at Bowling Green State University’s Center for Regional Development and associate professor of political science, has been named to the Working Group on Improving Air Service to Small Communities of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The announcement was made Dec. 19 by Acting Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs Jenny T. Rosenberg. “As we know here in the Toledo region, airline consolidation, pilot shortages and competition from nearby airports have drastically limited air service options at Toledo Express and other small airports across the United States,” Mills said. “Commercial air service is significant enabler of economic growth, particularly in small rural communities. I am very excited to serve on the DOT working group to assist small communities and Congress in identifying best practices in attracting and retaining sustainable air service.” The Working Group will consist of 25 stakeholders involved in air transportation to small communities. The group will advise Congress on current and emerging priorities, issues and funding needs related to providing air service to small communities. The group’s inaugural meeting is expected to be held next month. Based on its findings, the Secretary of Transportation will issue a report to Congress by July 2017. Mills’ research focuses on regulatory politics, especially with respect to air transportation. Before joining BGSU in 2012, he was a policy analyst with the Federal Aviation Administration. More generally, his work deals with applications of public administration theory to empirical problems. One of his first projects with Center for Regional Development was an 18-month study of the economic impact of small, regional airports on their communities, funded by the Transportation Research Board of the Airport Cooperative Research Program. The study resulted in recommendations of strategies for retaining…

CIFT appoints Rebecca A. Singer as president and CEO

From CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE FOOD TECHNOLOGY TOLEDO – The governing board of the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), the northwest Ohio affiliate of the Ohio Manufacturing Partnership, and a recognized leader in providing technical innovations and solutions to regional manufacturers with special expertise in the food processing industry, appointed Rebecca A. Singer as president and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2017. After more than eight years at the helm, current CIFT president and CEO Dave Beck announced his retirement in August.  Beck has been with the organization since its inception in 1995. “Rebecca is the perfect choice to lead CIFT on its continued path of success,” stated William J. Hirzel, chairman of the board, CIFT.  “Rebecca recognizes the importance of the manufacturing sector to our region, and understands the tools that can be used to help it grow.” One of the senior staff members at CIFT, Singer has identified and evaluated numerous strategies to advance emerging technologies, provided direction to many small business initiatives, and helped to establish a network of regional partners to represent the Ohio MEP throughout the 19 counties of northwest Ohio. Prior to joining CIFT in 2001, she worked with the Ohio Department of Agriculture as the OHIO PROUD coordinator and direct marketing specialist.  A graduate of the Ohio Leadership Education and Development program, Singer participated in tours of various statewide and international businesses.  In 2006, she traveled to Israel at the invitation of the Negev Foundation, touring various agricultural and food technology facilities.  She was a recipient of the 2007 Young Professional Achievement Award given by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society.  It was at Ohio State where she earned her bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and applied economics.  She has also attended many professional development programs in Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, manufacturing quality systems, food safety programs, and has served on several planning and advisory boards. Singer joined the organization in 2001, and becomes the third president and CEO in the history of CIFT.

BGSU Toys for Tickets a success

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Students, faculty, staff and community members who received tickets from the University’s Parking Services traded in nearly 600 toys for their tickets this holiday season. This is the first year for the Toys for Tickets program, whose great success took organizers by surprise. “I would say it more than exceeded our expectations,” said Ashley Allen, public relations coordinator for Parking Services. “Students kept commenting on how they really loved the program.” The toys were donated to Wood County Children’s Services, which promotes the protection and safety of children and the well-being of families, and Wood County Children’s Resource Center, which provides mental health and addiction services to children, adolescents and families. “Wood County Children’s Services thanks everyone for the donation of toys,” said Brandy Laux, family assessment unit supervisor. “These toys will be given to children who may not be receiving much for Christmas. This not only puts a smile on the children’s faces, but the parents’ as well, who, for unforeseen circumstances, may not be able to give their child a gift for Christmas.” Anyone who received a citation between Oct. 1, 2016, and Dec. 9, 2016, was invited to bring it to the Parking Office with a new, unwrapped toy and have the citation dismissed. The toy needed to be of similar value to the citation amount. Citations such as for forged/illegal permits and those received for parking in a handicap area did not qualify for this program. “So many families in Wood County have been blessed by your generosity, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” said Cindy Eckel from the Children’s Resource Center. Toys were also accepted from students, faculty, staff and community members who did not have citations, but who wanted to donate to these organizations. “They heard about what we were doing and brought in bags of toys, or they received a warning citation, saw the flier and still wanted to donate,” Allen said. Organizers already are anticipating a toy drive in 2017. “I cannot thank the everyone enough for the outpouring of toys…

BGSU to graduate more than 1,000 at ceremonies Friday & Saturday

Submitted by BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will celebrate its 287th graduation in two ceremonies in the Stroh Center Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17. The December graduating class includes 1,002 candidates. Among the undergraduates, 57 will be presented associate degrees and 727 bachelor’s degrees. Of those, 159 have received honors for their high grade point averages. The 201 graduate students include 175 candidates for master’s degrees and 26 for doctoral degrees. BGSU students come from all around the world. This graduating class includes 66 international students representing 21 countries. There is also a wide range in overall age, with degree candidates ranging from 18 to 61. Commencement for the Graduate College and the colleges of Business Administration, Health and Human Services; Musical Arts; Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering; and BGSU Firelands will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. The colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Development will hold commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday. Addressing the Friday candidates will be BGSU alumnus Mark Sirower, who received a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1983. He is a principal at Deloitte Consulting in New York and U.S. leader of the firm’s merger and acquisition strategy practice. Addressing the Saturday candidates will be BGSU alumnus D.C. Crenshaw, who received a Bachelor of Science in biology in 1991. He is a food and lifestyle expert and a two-time Emmy-nominated television personality and executive producer. He is the CEO of Fete Business Group and publisher/editor-in-chief of Fete Lifestyle Magazine.

BGSU biologist studies how ants adjust to climate change

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The world of forest ants may provide a macrocosm of the complex reactions and interactions among species affected by global climate change, according to a research project involving Bowling Green State University biologist Dr. Shannon Pelini. As escalating amounts of carbon dioxide are introduced into the atmosphere, a chain reaction is induced, leading to increasingly warmer temperatures, Pelini said. This is taking place at an alarming rate, making it more important than ever that we understand how climate change will affect our natural world. Many scientists have attempted to tackle this issue by determining the thermal tolerance of various species, then predicting what will happen to them as our world warms. However, this approach as a way to understand nature has its drawbacks because one species never acts alone. Individuals are constantly interacting with other species and the environment in which they live, so comprehending how global change impacts these interactions is crucial to a holistic understanding. Pelini and her colleagues have made significant progress in this direction with their new study, “Climatic Warming Destabilizes Forest Ant Communities,” which looks at complex interactions of ant communities and their responses to warming. The study was published in the Oct. 26 edition of the journal Science Advances, and has received wide attention in other publications, including Harvard Forest, Phys/Org  and Science News. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Program for Ecosystem Research and the National Science Foundation, the long-term experiment looked at the interactions ants exhibit over nesting structures in two distinctly different geographical areas. As a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University, and in collaboration with investigators from the University of Vermont, the University of Tennessee and North Carolina State University, Pelini designed and built large warming chambers within Harvard Forest in Massachusetts. These chambers were also replicated in Duke Forest in North Carolina to provide a comparison to the cooler Harvard Forest. “It’s one of the biggest climate change experiments in the entire world, which is a really exciting thing to be a part of,” Pelini said. “We were shooting for understanding what goes…