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Principle Business Enterprises acquires Absorbent Products Company

(Submitted by Principle Business Enterprises) Principle Business Enterprises (PBE), Inc., a technology leader in moisture management products, announces the acquisition of the business assets and operations of Absorbent Products Company, Inc. of Bowling Green, Ohio. “The acquisition of APCI is consistent with our mission, by allowing us to enter new markets and expand our ability to provide the highest quality products and services to our customers and business partners,” says Chuck Stocking, Co-CEO of PBE. “APCI employs a technical workforce with skills that complement the current PBE team. They also have valuable production machinery that is needed to fuel PBE’s current growth in the incontinence and personal care marketplace.” Stocking adds “This acquisition is also great for Northwest Ohio because it keeps at least 35 jobs in the area that might otherwise be moved out of the state or possibly out of the country.” PBE is widely recognized as the leading manufacturer of high-performing adult incontinence products under the brand name Tranquility. The company also serves Medicaid Managed Care organizations with its best-in-class Select brand of incontinence products. The high quality of these products has been shown to drive waste and cost out of healthcare, improve clinical outcomes, and uplift the quality of life for users and caregivers dealing with incontinence. Building on 30 years of success in the healthcare sector, PBE has recently expanded its moisture management technology to wound care. The company’s absorbent and wound cleansing products marketed under the brand name NovaGran have demonstrated the highest effectiveness in accelerating healing of the most difficult-to-heal wounds. PBE is headquartered in Dunbridge, Ohio where it manufactures its moisture management products. “Our mission is to uplift, enlighten, and enrich the lives of those we serve, including our associates, customers, business partners, and the surrounding community,” says Chuck Stocking. APCI, founded by Paul and Amy Rankin, is a highly-respected producer of private label absorbent products as well as incontinence products marketed under the brand name CompaireTM. APCI’s absorbent pads, lab tray liners, and specialty dressings have proven effective in the trapping and disposal of undesirable fluids. Chuck Stocking says “Paul Rankin has built a respected company with an excellent team that we are honored to preserve as an ongoing business operation.”


BGSU library acquires trove of Great Lakes research materials

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The University Libraries at Bowling Green State University has greatly expanded its collection of Great Lakes research materials thanks to a significant donation from the National Museum of the Great Lakes, which is owned and operated by the Great Lakes Historical Society. More than 160 cubic feet of photos, pamphlets, slides, bound materials, postcards and archival materials have found a new home in the Libraries’ Historical Collections of the Great Lakes (HCGL), housed within the Center for Archival Collection. “We are grateful to the National Museum of the Great Lakes for entrusting us with their extensive collection, and we are excited that the consolidation of their materials with our existing Great Lakes archives has now created the largest collection of its kind on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes,” said Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D., president of Bowling Green State University. “Thank you to the Museum, its board of directors, the Great Lakes Historical Society and the University Libraries staff who helped to facilitate this exciting and symbiotic new alliance in the name of historic preservation.” These additional materials bolster the already robust offering of Great Lakes-related research and artifacts curated by the University Libraries at BGSU. “The Great Lakes materials recently donated to HCGL is a wonderful addition to our holdings and provides many opportunities for collaboration between BGSU, the National Museum of the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes Historical Society,” said University Libraries Dean Sara A. Bushong. The addition of these materials to BGSU also will make University Libraries a major research destination in the U.S. for Great Lakes history. “The added scope and depth of the HCGL collection expands research opportunities for BGSU students and faculty, National Museum of the Great Lakes staff and patrons, as well as researchers from beyond campus,” said retired HCGL archivist Bob Graham, who played an instrumental role in bringing the collection to BGSU. “Both organizations view this donation as the first step in an evolving partnership involving students, faculty and museum staff.” Potential areas of collaboration include internships, lectures series, exhibits, new courses and digital galleries. “The merging of these incredible archival collections is just the beginning of a long, synergistic journey between our two organizations that will both preserve Great Lakes history, but more important, elevate the perception of Great Lakes history in our national culture,” said Christopher Gillcrist, National Museum of the Great Lakes Executive Director. “This collaboration will help ensure the understanding of the role Great Lake history has played in our national story.” Founded in 1944, the Great Lakes Historical Society was one of the earliest organizations to focus on the history of the Great Lakes region. For the past seven decades, the society has created one of the premier collections of historical materials documenting the Great Lakes, which was previously housed in the Clarence S. Metcalf Great Lakes Maritime Research Library at the former Inland Seas Maritime Museum in Vermilion, Ohio. “The archival collection that we donated to BGSU represents over 70 years of library-based materials donated to and acquired by our organization,” said Anna Kolin, development director for the National Museum of the Great Lakes. “By merging it with a large university, it increases its access to those looking to do research on Great Lakes topics, which is why, in part, BGSU was chosen.” The National Museum of the Great Lakes is owned and operated by the Great Lakes Historical Society. Founded in 1944, the Great Lakes Historical Society has been preserving our shared cultural history by publishing a quarterly journal Inland Seas since 1945; by operating a maritime…


BG recognizes National Fair Housing Month

(Submitted by the City of Bowling Green) The Fair Housing Act was signed into law on April 11, 1968, one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability and familial status. April is National Fair Housing Month, and the City of Bowling Green City proclaims endorsement and commitment to the policy of fair and equal access to housing. The City of Bowling Green further encourages the citizens of the municipality to acquaint themselves with their rights that are protected under the law, and join in reaffirming a commitment to Fair Housing for all regardless of race, color, religion, nation origin, sex, familial status, or handicap (disability). On April 3 rd , Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards read a Proclamation establishing April as Fair Housing Month in Bowling Green, Ohio, during the City of Bowling Green City Council meeting. The City is undertaking various additional marketing campaigns throughout the month in an effort to ensure all residents know their rights under the Fair Housing Act, and how to seek assistance with Fair Housing matters. The City of Bowling Green supports fair housing efforts to eliminate discrimination in housing by providing education to seekers of housing, rental property owners/managers and others regarding state and federal fair housing laws; monitors local advertising for potential fair housing violations; and reports violations of the fair housing acts to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. If you are a resident of the City of Bowling Green, we are ready to help you with any problem of housing discrimination. If you think your rights have been violated you may contact us at (419) 354-6221 or bggrants@bgohio.org.


Tickets on sale for Black Swamp Players’ comedy “The Dixie Swim Club”

From the BLACK SWAMP PLAYERS Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. “The Dixie Swim Club” focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Sheree (Deb Weiser), the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, and continues to be the group’s leader. Dinah (Deb Shaffer), the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie (Nicole Tuttle), pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married—over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette (Monica Hiris), acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal (Ellen Bean Larabee) experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally ’round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. “The Dixie Swim Club” is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever… The production is directed by Aggie Alt. Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors and are available online at BlackSwampPlayers.org and at the door. The show runs two weekends: April 28-30 and May 5-7 at First United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster in Bowling Green.


Letts’ art speculates on future of humanity

From RIVER HOUSE ARTS Ann Arbor based artist KA Letts will present new or in the exhibit TransHuman, opening Thursday, April 20, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. in River House Arts, in the Secor Building, 425 Jefferson, Toledo. The exhibit continues through May 14. In this work, Letts speculates on the promising and terrifying future of our species. Using paper and paint, Letts re-works and reclaims myths of origin drawn from ancient cultures and cultural memory. Letts has shown her work regionally and nationally and in 2015 won the Toledo Federation of Art Societies Purchase Award while participating in the Toledo Area Artist Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art. She is a graduate of Barnard College (BA History) and Yale Drama School (MFA Set and Costume Design). In addition to her exhibition at River House Arts, she is preparing for a solo show at Firecat Projects in Chicago (Winter 2017). Gallery hours are 4-9 p.m, Tuesday through Friday. Appointments available daily by calling 419-441-4025. Formore information visit: riverhousearts.com.


Free speech & hearing screenings offered at BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The Bowling Green State University Speech and Hearing Clinic is celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month early this year, in April instead of May. The clinic will provide free hearing screenings and speech/language screenings for children and adults of all ages. Screenings are available by appointment April 10, 12 and 14 at the BGSU Speech and Hearing Clinic in 200 Health and Human Services Building on Ridge Street. Call 419-372-2515 for an appointment. Everyone is invited to take advantage of this offer — faculty, staff, family and friends and both the on- and off-campus communities. The BGSU Speech and Hearing Clinic offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic speech, language, and hearing services while acting as a training facility for master’s- and doctoral-level speech-language pathologists. Professionally experienced faculty and clinical staff are state licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Under the supervision of these professionals, enthusiastic graduate students receive valuable academic and clinical experiences.


Gathering Volumes to host Independent Bookstore Day event

From GATHERING VOLUMES The 2017 Independent Bookstore Day marks its third year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide on Saturday, April 29th, with literary parties around the country. 450 Independent Bookstores nationwide will be participating in Independent Bookstore day on April 29, 2017. Gathering Volumes bookstore in Perrysburg will be hosting a local author event as well as additional activities for Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29. The event will host multiple authors both inside and outside of the store, live musical acts , children’s activities, The Glass City Mashers will be offering samples of beer brewed locally, and Mom’s Mobile Mission. The Glass City Mashers are a beer, mead, and cider homebrewing club of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, formed in 2011. The non-profit organization looks to find ways to raise awareness for homebrewed and craft beer along with helping other charities in Northwest Ohio. They will be offering samples of beer brewed locally. Mom’s Mobile Mission is a nonprofit Organization helping those in need in the Perrysburg Height and surrounding area. They will be collecting non-perishable food during the event. “Gathering Volumes will open an hour early, at 10 am, for a special Elephant & Piggie story time, coffee, tea, and doughnuts. The store will also stay open late for Literary Trivia and snacks from 7 to 9 pm. Additionally, multiple food trucks have been invited to attend the outdoor author event from 10 am to 4 pm including Displaced Chef, whose brick-and-mortar restaurant is located in the Shoppes at South Boundary a few doors down from Gathering Volumes. Finally, the store will have special deals and give-aways all day long including Go Fish cards with popular children’s book authors, and a signed short story by Michael Chabon,” says Denise Phillips, owner of Gathering Volumes. “Since its inception in 2014, more than 120 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day. We are excited to be offering work by Michael Chabon and Rainbow Rowell on April 29 and are also equally excited to help introduce the community to a large number of local authors. Part of our mission as an independent bookstore is to introduce our customers to authors they may not discover elsewhere, including the highly talented local authors in the area.” Independent Bookstore day was first celebrated in California in 2014. In 2015 it went national and 2016 saw over 400 bookstores participating. Independent Bookstore day is a chance to not only pick up some of the special limited edition stock, but also a chance to meet many local authors, other book enthusiasts, and great new books! Limited-edition books and exclusive day-of merchandise are created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors and will be available on April 29 only. Items will be in store starting on April 15, but will not be available for sale until April 29 and will only be available until stock runs out. At Gathering Volumes on April 29 there will be authors in the bookstore and in the parking lot of the Shoppes at South Boundary from 10 am to 4 pm. Inside the store there will also be activities such as a literary photo booth, create your own Little Golden Book, an Other People’s Poetry event, and a Go Fish playing area. Outside in the parking lot, along with authors signing their books, food trucks will be selling food, and live musicians will be performing. All outdoor events will be delayed until April 30 in the case of bad weather on April 29. Keep an eye on Gathering Volumes Facebook page…


Baldemar Velasquez to speak on immigration crisis

(Submitted by Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation) Internationally-Known Labor Leader, Baldemar Velasquez, to Speak on the Nation’s Growing Crisis Over Illegal Immigration When: Sunday, April 9, 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM Where: Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20189 N. Dixie Highway (Route 25) Bowling Green, OH. The church is located 6 minutes south of Levis Commons on Route 25, between Perrysburg and Bowling Green. Transportation: BGSU students needing free transportation to the event can call (419) 885-1162 to make arrangements. Details: Marches and protests against immigration policies have a benefit, but now is the time for action, according to Baldemar Velasquez, President and Founder of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. Velasquez has called on the Farm Labor Organizing Committee and on the Toledo community to “adopt” families at risk of deportation and assist with taking care of children and property left behind. “We need to act proactively and take care of our people,” he said, adding that he and his wife will be the first to commit to adopting a family if necessary. Proposed immigration policies by the Trump Administration have prompted a lot of fear around the country and locally, according Velasquez. Advocates for Basic Legal Equality estimates that Toledo has between 6,000 and 10,000 immigrants who are living here without documentation. A draft proposal from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security calls for members of the National Guard to assist in the round-up and deportation of immigrants who are in the US illegally. Baldemar Velasquez is an internationally-recognized leader in the farmworker and immigrants’ rights movements. Born in 1947, Velasquez grew up in a migrant farmworker family based in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. As a small child, he would work in the fields, planting, weeding, and harvesting crops like pickles, tomatoes, sugar beets, and berries. The family eventually settled in Ohio and he worked in the fields seasonally through his high school years to help support the family. In 1969 Baldemar Velasquez became the first member of his family to earn a college degree, graduating from Bluffton College with a BA in Sociology. Incensed by the injustices suffered by his family and other farmworkers, Velasquez founded the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in 1967. Under his leadership, FLOC has set international precedents in labor history, including being the first union to negotiate multi-party collective bargaining agreements, and the first to represent seasonal guest workers under a labor agreement. His commitment to justice and human dignity has led to recognition by many labor, government, academic, and progressive organizations, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, a Development of People Award by the Campaign for Human Development of the U.S. Catholic Conference, an Aguila Azteca Award by the Government of México, and Honorary Doctorates from Bowling Green State University, Bluffton University, and the University of Toledo. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Anyone 18 years of age or older is encouraged to attend. There is no need to pre-register. Velasquez’s appearance is the next in a series of “Sunday Specials” offered by the MVUUC.


BGSU celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit during E-Week

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will celebrate and encourage entrepreneurial spirit through a variety of lunch and learn sessions, panel discussions and presentations during Entrepreneurship Week, April 3-7. The week kicks off April 3 with the first of three lunch and learn sessions: “From Student Worker to Owner” with Julie Harbal. Adam Goldberg will present the second lunch and learn April 4: “From Artist to Entrepreneur.” And Elsa Vogel will complete the series April 5 with “Pieces of Me – Building a Brand from Scratch.” This year’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence is Rick Kappel, a 1969 BGSU alumnus. Kappel, president and CEO (retired) of Advanced Computer Systems and 2015 Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame honoree, will be available to meet with students, faculty, staff and community members April 4 and 5. Appointments are required. Also on April 5 is one of E–Week’s signature events: Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame. This invitation-only event recognizes innovative BGSU alumni who have achieved distinction founding, leading or building a new business. This year’s honorees are alumni Maribeth S. Rahe, Peggy Schmeltz and David Stickler. This is the Hall of Fame’s 10th year. In addition to The Hatch (information to come), April 6 will include a Women in Leadership presentation with Rebecca Li, CEO and lifestyle curator at Rebecca Total Wellbeing. The week concludes April 7 with the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurial Success: Pursuing Your Passion. Named in honor of BGSU alumnus J. Robert Sebo, this sold-out lecture series features dynamic speakers to spark the entrepreneurial spirit among students and community members. Sir Ken Robinson, author, TED Talk presenter and internationally acclaimed expert on creativity and innovation, will serve as keynote speaker for this signature event. Videos of his talks to the TED Conference are among the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in more than 150 countries. Featured presenters include alumni D.C. Crenshaw, CEO of Fete Business Group; Gordon Hamm, partner and CEO of Garage Management Corporation; and Rahe, president and CEO of Fort Washington Investment Advisors Inc. Most E–Week events are free and open to the public, space permitting, but registration is required: bgsu.edu/eweek. Bloomberg Businessweek ranks BGSU’s entrepreneurship program in the top 3 percent of universities in the United States. The University’s College of Business Administration offers an entrepreneurial minor open to both business and non-business students, which focuses on preparing students to start businesses that creatively solve the challenges of life. More than 650 students enroll in this minor each year.


BGSU Arts Events through April 12

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS March 31 – Jazz Week continues with a trombone performance from Jazz Lab Band I with Grammy-nominated guest artist Alan Ferber. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the Wolfe Center, by phone at 419-372-8171, or online at www.bgsu.edu/the-arts/. Advance tickets are $3 for students and children and $7 for adults. All tickets are $10 the day of the performance. April 1 – Bravo! BGSU celebrates the very best of the arts. Experience a magical evening of vocal, instrumental and theatrical performances, plus exhibitions and demonstrations by student and faculty artists in glass, ceramics, metals and digital arts. Enjoy a festive atmosphere and an array of appetizers and tasty treats. The celebration will begin at 7 p.m. in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. To purchase tickets to the event, contact Lisa Mattiace in the President’s Office at 419-372-6780 or by email at lmattia@bgsu.edu April 1 – Students from BGSU’s College of Musical Arts will be featured in an afternoon chamber music concert at 1 p.m. at the Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. Hosted by Pro Musica, friends of music at the college, the program will feature students who have received travel grants from the organization. The concert is free and open to the public. April 2 – The Gish Sunday Matinee series kicks off with the 1945 film “And Then There Were None,” directed by René Clair. Agatha Christie’s celebrated who-done-it “Ten Little Indians,” under the deft guidance of French director Clair, becomes a delightful, sly, topnotch film noir. The skillful adaptation boasts a strong cast of Hollywood’s most memorable character actors, with a score by esteemed Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. The program will also include a Technicolor cartoon. The screening begins at 3 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater located in Hanna Hall. Free April 2 – The A Cappella Choir and University Men’s Chorus will perform at 3 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the Wolfe Center, by phone at 419-372-8171, or online at www.bgsu.edu/the-arts/. Advance tickets are $3 for students and children and $7 for adults. All tickets are $10 the day of the performance. April 3 – Pianist Phyllis Lehrer is the next performer in the Guest Artist Series. Known internationally as a performer, teacher, clinician, author and adjudicator, Lehrer has enjoyed an active concert career as a soloist and collaborative artist in the United States, Canada, Central America, Asia and Europe. Her performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts center. Free April 4-6 — The College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University will host a residency on the rare, snakelike, historical horn called the serpent, featuring Douglas Yeo, the leading scholar on the instrument. Events include a free public concert, a seminar and a lesson on playing the serpent, plus master classes with college students and faculty members on the serpent and the trombone. The serpent master class, led by faculty member David Saltzman, will take place from 9:30-10:20 a.m.April 5 in 2002 Moore Musical Arts Center, and is open to the public. The seminar will be held from 2-3:15 p.m. April 6 in 2117 Moore. “The Ruth P. Varney Serpent: A Conversation and Concert Led by Douglas Yeo” will begin at 8 p.m. April 6 in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Center, with a reception following in the Kennedy Green Room….


Gavarone backs bill making state renewable energy standards optional

(Submitted by State Rep. Theresa Gavarone) State Rep. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives has passed legislation that would make Ohio’s renewable energy standards optional, promoting business growth in the state. House Bill 114, sponsored by Representative Blessing, R-Colerain, reflects some of the recommendations made in a report issued by the Energy Mandates Study Committee in 2015. The bill reforms Ohio’s law on renewable energy to remove mandates, instead making them optional. It also decreases the state’s energy efficiency benchmarks from approximately 22 percent to 17 percent. “I am a strong proponent of encouraging our energy companies to increase their use of renewable energy sources,” Gavarone said. “However, my duty is to serve my constituents and forcing them to pay a higher cost for their utilities because of a government mandate is not why they elected me to represent them in Columbus.” Replacing these often costly mandates with goals and incentives keeps benchmarks in place for energy companies looking to increase production of renewable energy without the influence of government. This helps reduce unnecessary costs on businesses and, ultimately, consumers. Many companies are already beginning to shift to renewable energy sources, regardless of whether mandates are in place. Therefore, House Bill 114 frees up energy markets, making it possible to achieve a positive outcome without enforcing government mandates that often prove detrimental to Ohio’s economic interests. Among other provisions included in the legislation, House Bill 114 would allow customers and businesses to opt out of renewable energy goals without facing penalties for not meeting benchmarks on the purchase of renewable energy. House Bill 114, which passed with bipartisan support, now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.


BGSU students look for help launching business ideas at The Hatch

From BGSU MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University student entrepreneurs will present their business ideas to alumni investors during The Hatch on Thursday, April 6, vying for funds to launch their businesses in a format similar to the television show “Shark Tank.” The Hatch will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Registration is required at bgsu.edu/thehatch. This is the fifth year for the event in which alumni investors make equity investments providing real money for students to launch real businesses. To date, more than $500,000 has been committed to student startups. New this year is HatchTonight, like ESPN’s “College GameDay,” except featuring business ideas. High school students, the BGSU community and alumni will watch as a panel of experts analyzes and discusses each Hatchling’s business idea, determines who it thinks will be funded and predicts who will receive the Eggy (fan favorite) award. Hatch Tonight will be presented 5-5:30 p.m. in The Falcon’s Nest on the first floor of the union. The student entrepreneurs, Hatchlings, come to this night after being paired with mentors, mostly BGSU alumni, who have helped coach business ideas, plans and presentations. This event is streamed to Hatch Watch parties across the country and to several countries. The 2017 Hatchlings are: Fatima Camara 10,000 Threads Camara created 10,000 Threads, a clothing line that merges rich traditional African textiles and forecasted fashion styles of Western society. Growing up on different continents made her realize that although African immigrants constitute a large population in Europe and America, there is no substantial effort to market to them in particular. She wants to make a social impact in the African textile industry by providing better job opportunities to the local artisans who will be a part of this journey. Shannon Ebert Workforce Academy Ebert created Workforce Academy, an online learning software that high schools can subscribe to so that they can offer more elective classes to students to help better prepare them for college, careers and the real world. Subjects include areas like personal finance, professional development, career exploration and college readiness. Andrew Hood and Sarah Walter Medication Dispenser The team created a new form of dispensing prescription medicines with the implementation of a new pill canister design. The idea derived from the rising abuse of prescription drugs and the effects on families and loved ones. Their main goal is to ensure pharmaceutical drugs are being used in the way they were intended, to help people. Jacob Kielmeyer Nostalgia – Alzheimer’s Assistance Kielmeyer created Nostalgia, a multi-functional Alzheimer’s therapy tool. Nostalgia started out as a senior DECA project inspired by his late grandfather, but quickly morphed into an obsession that he has been working on for over a year. Nostalgia is a personalized tool that features four established Alzheimer’s therapies as well as one Kielmeyer developed himself. He hopes that the personalization that Nostalgia provides will help reconnect families with their loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s. Joe Lisa Wearable Charging Device Lisa created a wearable charging device for phones. His idea will make forgetting phone chargers practically impossible and will give users the freedom to have them without even realizing it. Lisa believes he is the perfect candidate for this venture, as he has a knack for creativity, design and fashion. He also has a solid base on circuit theory and basic electrical principles from the engineering courses he took while in high school. Thomas Moody Virtual Reality Sales Trainer Moody created a virtual reality sales software used for hiring positions in the sales industry. His idea is a…


Musical serpent to be celebrated at BGSU

There’s a serpent in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University. Not of the reptilian variety, but rather the musical type. The college will host a residency on the snakelike historical horn featuring Douglas Yeo, the leading scholar on the instrument. The event takes place April 4-6 at Moore Musical Arts Center and includes a free public concert, a seminar and a lesson on playing the serpent, plus master classes with college students and faculty members on the serpent and the trombone. The serpent master class, led by faculty member David Saltzman, will take place from 9:30-10:20 a.m. April 5 in 2002 Moore Musical Arts Center and is open to the public. The seminar will be held from 2-3:15 p.m. April 6 in 2117 Moore. “The Ruth P. Varney Serpent: A Conversation and Concert Led by Douglas Yeo” will begin at 8 p.m. that evening in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Center, with a reception following in the Kennedy Green Room. The program includes marches written by Christopher Eley, Samuel Wesley and Josef Haydn for the Duke of York, the Prince of Wales and the Derbyshire Cavalry Regiment, plus a divertimento in four movements attributed to Haydn. Yeo’s performance will be accompanied by students and faculty from the College of Musical Arts. The idea for the BGSU serpent conference came about when the college received the donation of a serpent from Dr. Glenn Varney, professor emeritus of marketing. The instrument had belonged to his late wife, Ruth, whose grandparents had purchased it for her mother. “It is an English military serpent with four keys by an anonymous maker, likely constructed in the mid to late 1830s in England,” Varney wrote in the concert program. “This serpent was purchased at an antique store in London, England, in the early 1900s.” Ruth Varney stored it in their living room next to the piano until its historical value was discovered in the 2013 after the Varneys contacted expert Craig Kridel of the University of South Carolina. Upon receiving the donation of the serpent and its original ivory mouthpiece, the college sent it to Yeo, who kept it in his home in Arizona for several months and played it regularly. “In the course of my work with the serpent, I prepared a fingering chart, such as one can be prepared for an instrument like the serpent where one is constantly discovering new ways to do things,” he reported last summer. “Fingerings are an inexact science with serpents and no two fingering charts are alike. I’m reminded of what my friend Phil Humphries, serpentist of ‘The Mellstock Band’ in England, says to his serpent each morning when he takes it out of the case: “’So, what kind of mood are you in today?’” Yeo retired last year from the trombone faculty at Arizona State University, where he had served for four years after a 27-year career as bass trombonist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. One of the leading exponents of historical bass brass instruments in the world as a performer, teacher and scholar, he began playing serpent in 1994 for performances in Boston, New York and Tokyo of Hector Berlioz’s newly discovered “Messe solennelle” with the Boston Symphony conducted by Seiji Ozawa. Since that time he has performed on it regularly with the Boston Symphony as well as period orchestras. In 2011, he organized concerts of chamber music featuring serpent in Rouen and Paris, France, as part of the first international symposium devoted to the serpent. In 2003, Yeo’s ground-breaking compact disc, “Le Monde du Serpent (The World of the Serpent),” was released to critical acclaim. This was followed in 2010…


Citizens group files report on pipeline with FERC

(Submitted by Lisa Kochheiser of UC4Power) The grassroots Bowling Green/Waterville organization United Citizens for Protecting Our Water and Elevating Rights (UC4POWER) has filed a new scientific report (attached) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the NEXUS pipeline licensing case which forewarns of a serious chance of an earthquake from constructing the pipeline. In its March 27 FERC filing, UC4POWER’s expert witness, Dr. Andrew Kear, a hydrogeologist and professor of environmental policy at Bowling Green State University, warned of a “1.7 to 4.4 magnitude human- triggered earthquake” at the Waterville site where NEXUS, a natural gas megapipline, is planned to intersect the Bowling Green Fault and cross underneath the Maumee River riverbed.  The Bowling Green Fault is a 100-mile-long crack in the Earth’s crust extending from southeastern Michigan southward through Waterville and Bowling Green to the Findlay area. Dr. Kear finds the risk of human-induced earthquakes at the Nexus Maumee River crossing to be perpetual. The region could be faced with a catastrophic explosion if an earthquake occurs once the pipeline is in the ground. Independent from the possibility of an earthquake, Dr. Kear also projects that millions of gallons of lubricating fluid planned for drilling the 4,000 foot tunnel for NEXUS will disappear into the Fault and the area’s well-known system of fractured rock and contaminate water in unpredictable places which could easily include up-river of the BG facility’s water intake. Additionally, UC4POWER activists worry that the City of Bowling Green’s water intake facility and above-ground reservoir on the Wood County side of the river across from Waterville could be damaged in the event of a human-induced earthquake from pipeline construction. The group has sought since a February 1 filing to have FERC order an extensive study of seismic and water pollution threats listed by Dr. Kear. According to the group, NEXUS and the FERC staff failed to identify and evaluate risks associated with the plan to drill, blast, and ream a tunnel underneath the Maumee River through bad geologic conditions, using a process of drilling which NEXUS’ own consultants consider to be “high risk.” There has been no formal consideration of the implications of these potential combined effects by FERC. “NEXUS failed to acknowledge/analyze its own contractor’s ‘high risk’ assessment of constructing a tunnel underneath the Maumee for the pipeline,” noted Lisa Kochheiser, convenor of UC4POWER. “NEXUS never even identified the existence of the Bowling Green water treatment plant. Through the ‘politics of erasure’ this regional water source hasn’t been properly evaluated as being at risk from the pipeline project even though it stands only 800 feet away from the spot where the pipeline will cross the Bowling Green Fault.” NEXUS plans to use a high-impact process to tunnel underneath the Maumee River called Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD).  The HDD part of the project will take roughly 100 days of drilling and will blast 12,000,000 to 24,000,000 gallons of drilling fluids through poor geologic conditions next to the municipal water supply, and near an active blasting quarry on the western edge of the City of Waterville. These interactive risks have not been noted nor considered by FERC, as required by law.  Dr. Kear has determined that during horizontal drilling operations, drilling fluids will likely enter the fractures, lubricate the Bowling Green Fault, and could potentially induce earthquakes. Even if earthquakes do not occur, the loss of drilling fluids to the fractures and potential karst features in the subsurface risks contamination of aquifers and the Maumee River, a complication which also has not been noted or assessed by FERC in its environmental study. NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC intends to…


Horizon Youth Theatre presents 2017 Festival of Shorts

Submitted by Horizon Youth Theatre Horizon Youth Theatre is pleased to announce its 2017 Festival of Shorts. Three different shows will consist of one act plays written and acted by students; monologues by students from Cassie Greenlee’s Character Acting & Monologue workshop; and the emcee talents of Scarlet Frishman and Katie Partlow. Performances are at Otsego Elementary School, 18505 Tontogany Creek Road, on Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1 at 7:00 pm; and Sunday April 2 at 2:00 pm. Admission is by donation. The plays, with their performance days and cast lists, are as follows: Featherwary by The 2017 Devising Class, directed by Keith Guion Performing Friday and Sunday Cast: Firecloud, an elf-dragon thief – Alexandra Roberts-Zibbel Lainey, a mushroom fairy – Paige Suelzer Penny, a bewildered sudden visitor – Katie Partlow Tim Brown II, a squatter and housekeeper – Eli Marx Vanessa West, a spoiled, rich brat – Emma Kate Holbrook Dr. Cecilia Goldberg, a medical prodigy – Grace Holbrook Greenhouse by Bindi Hoskay, directed by Terra Sloane with mentor Brittany Albrecht Performing Friday and Saturday Cast: Gardener – Ethan Headley Daisy – Isobel Roberts-Zibbel Sunflower – Scarlett Strausbaugh Rose – Calista Wilkins Primrose – Alice Walters Shopper 1 – Noah Carpenter Shopper 2 – Lydia Korzeniewski Shopper 3 – Elise Allen Gwen – Izzy Douglass Home? by Alexandra Roberts-Zibbel & Rose Walters, directed by Alli Kulbago Performing Friday and Saturday Cast: Mom – Sasha Meade Karsyn – Lydia Mackiewicz Cassidy – Lauren Clifford Penny – Bindi Hoskay Peyton – Gray Frishman The Secret Alliance for Lonely Kids by Terra Sloane, directed by Kelly Frailly Performing Friday and Sunday Cast: Ezra – Luke Weaver Pearl – Amalia Cloeter Taylor – Lola Truman Tyler – Isaac Douglass Mom – Annie Oberlander Classmate 1 – Ayla Weinandy Classmate 2 – Ligaya Edge The Somewhat Unlucky Consequences of a Short Bus Ride by Libby Barnett, Amalia Cloeter & Paige Suelzer, directed by Cole Stiriz Performing Friday and Saturday Cast: Pebble – Emy Wilkins Luna – Ari Allen Eric – Maddox Brosius Sofia – Madison Kline Selsius – Bella Truman Fairinheight – Ella McNamara With Friends Like These (Who Needs Enemies?) by Sophi Hachtel, Narnia Rieske & Anne Weaver, directed by Cassie Greenlee Performing Saturday and Sunday Cast: Lady Foxglove / Addie – Megan Clifford Captain Man / Calvin – Gavin Miller Baroness Monolith / Georgie – Aria Weaver Viscount Voltage / Bob – Vance Weaver Nox / Daniel – Liam Rogel Sandy – Emily Pollock Stacy – Haley Premo Agatha – Gianna Hemming Emil – Amelia Mazzarella HYT would like to thank OTSEGO SCHOOLS for the generous access to its facilities we’ve enjoyed since 2014. We couldn’t do this without you. We’d also like to thank St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, Vineyard Church, and Grounds For Thought for providing practice space.