Community Voices

CROP Walk on Oct. 23 in City Park to help hungry

(Submitted by Bowling Green First Presbyterian Church) Each year, Bowling Green area residents join the CROP Hunger Walk to raise funds to end hunger in their community and around the world. On Oct. 23, at 1 p.m., in Bowling Green City Park, the walkers will raise money and awareness one step at a time. A quarter of the money raised will stay locally for Bowling Green Christian Food Pantry. Walkers will meet in the Kiwanis Shelter.  There will be pizza, live music and activities. The CROP Hunger Walk is an interfaith event that builds community while also making a difference locally and globally. The walk is open to anyone. The walk impacts individuals and families in more than 30 countries. In many developing nations, people walk as many as six miles a day to get food and water. One in nine people worldwide lack access to clean water and a healthy diet. In walking as they walk, our steps take on meaning. We walk to be in solidarity with their struggle. In the last 25 years, CROP Hunger Walks have raised more than $300 million to help people struggling to feed their families – both around the world and around the corner.

BGSU graduate Julia Arroyo receives sociology fellowship

BGSU alumna Julia Arroyo ’14 is one of five individuals selected for the American Sociological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program. The national program recognizes and supports exceptional minority Ph.D. candidates. Arroyo, who is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Florida, worked as a research assistant at the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at BGSU. Arroyo’s research interests include race and ethnicity, child welfare systems and families, children and youth. Her work promotes positive outcomes among racial-ethnic minority youth and youth in zero-parent households, which includes living with grandparents or foster parents, and creates space for their experiences in theories of their well-being. Her dissertation examines the changing prevalence and characteristics of zero-parent households in the United States. Applying qualitative and quantitative methods, it links the formation of these households, and the destinies of those within them, to broader social, economic and political circumstances. Arroyo’s co-authored works address historical change in women’s age at first birth and marriage, and child welfare caseworkers’ attitudes toward nonresident fathers. Among works that are forthcoming are an interdisciplinary brief on preventing children’s use of racial-ethnic stereotypes and a review of “Spheres of Influence” by Massey and Brodmann (2014). Her in-progress works problematize the role of caseworkers’ attitudes in father-engagement outcomes, critique measurements of family environments and characterize young adult pathways out of non-parental households. Her awards include the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research summer program’s Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship (2014); UF Sociology, Criminology and Law’s Gorman Award for Innovative Methods (2014), and the UF Connor Dissertation Award (2016). Learn more about the Minority Fellowship Program.

State police chiefs spotlight BGSU department’s outreach to community

From OHIO ASSOCIATION FOR CHIEFS OF POLICE Connecting with the community on a deeper level with community policing programs is a difficult challenge for many local law enforcement agencies, but the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Police Department faces an especially unique challenge – their constituency is always changing. Chief Monica Moll was recently interviewed while over 19,800 students were just beginning classes for the 2016-2017 school year. As Chief Moll pointed out, “it is a continuous effort to reconnect with the students.” Of the over 6,300 students living on campus, almost half of them are new to the BGSU community and they bring their own perceptions of police with them — good or bad. How does the BGSU Police Department seek to connect with students? Through continuous outreach efforts that focus on those groups that may be most likely to have experienced discrimination or have a distrust of police officers. BGSU has embraced and been very successful in their outreach efforts through the program “Not in Our Town.” “Not in Our Town” is a national program launched in 1995 with the mission “to guide, support and inspire people and communities to work together to stop hate and build safe, inclusive environments for all.” Four years ago Bowling Green was struggling with how to confront acts of racism and hatred on campus and in the community. City and university leaders joined together and adopted the “Notin Our Town” program. However, the initiative is not merely a one-size fits all template – each community develops its own program recognizing that real change and success will only take root on a local level. The effort took off in Bowling Green. More than 12 community organizations and over 50,000 individual pledges were behind the effort. In June 2016, Bowling Green was recognized by Not in Our Town with a National Award for enhancing the quality of life in the community and on campus. Chief Monica Moll is quick to point out that the “Not in Our Town” initiative is a “joint effort requiring collaboration between the community, the University, the City of Bowling Green’s Police Division, and the BGSU Police Department”. To support the movement on campus, the BGSU Police Department is active in sponsoring community forums, connecting with minority communities, participating in “Coffee with a Cop” events, and hosting forums on campus called “Real Talk with Real Cops.”  (See story They have also co-sponsored a basketball tournament with minority students and local law enforcement officers called “Together We Ball.” The key is to connect with students…

County recorder reports transactions for quarter

The Wood County Recorder, Julie Baumgardner, has released a report covering the transactions of the recorder’s office for the third quarter, July 1 thru September 30, 2016. 1,460 deeds were recorded for this quarter, compared to 1,513 deeds being recorded for the same quarter last year. 1,376 mortgages, with a valuation of $842,313,534.63, were recorded for this quarter, compared to 1,230 mortgages, with a valuation of $209,640,392.31 being recorded for the same quarter last year. Numerous other documents were recorded, in addition to the above, for a total of  4,940 documents being recorded for this quarter, compared to  4,710 documents being recorded for the same quarter last year. Julie Baumgardner, Wood County Recorder, paid a total of $300,955.74 into the county for this quarter, compared to $272,446.82 for the same quarter last year. $133,026.34 of the total for this quarter was paid directly into the county general fund, compared with $119,827.07 for the same quarter last year. $148,569.40 of the total for this quarter was paid into the housing trust fund, less one percent back to the county general fund by the state for the timely distribution of the money to the fund, compared with $134,451.75 for the same quarter last year, less one percent paid back to the county general fund. The remaining balance of  $19,360.00 was paid into the recorder’s equipment fund for this quarter, compared with $18,168.00 for the same quarter last year.  

BGSU grad returns to campus with Singing Sergeants & Air Force Band

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants, two of the six performing ensembles within The United States Air Force Band, will perform at Bowling Green State University Oct. 24 as part of a 10-day community relations tour. Senior Master Sgt. Christine (Adamick) Germain, a soprano vocalist and the superintendent of the Singing Sergeants, is a 1995 BGSU graduate. She was also a resident artist with the Toledo Opera Company and made several guest appearances with the Black Swamp Players Theater of Ohio. Several other members of the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants are natives of Ohio, and many are graduates of Ohio schools, including the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., the Air Force Band honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America. For two years in a row, the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants have been the featured performing ensemble of the nationally broadcast Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York City. Germain came to BGSU from Newington, Conn., to major in music education, but performance was her real love. After attending a performance of the Air Force Singing Sergeants in 1994, she auditioned. “I was still preparing to teach music until I found out I got the job in February 1995,” she said. “I had never heard of performing opportunities in the military, so it wasn’t anything I had considered before, but I went to basic training in June immediately following graduation.” Germain was a founding member of the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Middle Tier Council, a member of the Washington Area Top 3 and a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy. Her Air Force career highlights include performing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII and Super Bowl 50 and singing at the funerals of former presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. “I get to serve the country and do what I love,” she said. “It’s been a life-altering experience.” While at BGSU, Germain was an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota music sorority and Alpha Phi sorority. In addition, she was awarded the Helen McMasters Scholarship for Education in 1994, the College of Musical Arts’ Vocal Talent Award for three consecutive years and the Bowling Green Women’s Club Talented Artist of the Year award. She also performed a variety of roles with…

BGSU grad student Katherine Eboch wins national service award

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Katherine Eboch, an MBA student who is specializing in supply chain management at Bowling Green State University has received the 2016 Student Voluntary Service Award from APICS, a leading professional association for supply chain and operations management in the world. This award chooses one supply chain management student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to volunteering to the local supply chain management association chapter and community. Eboch lives in Bowling Green with her husband. Out of more than 6,000 supply chain and operations management student members worldwide, a Bowling Green State University student has been the recipient of the prestigious APICS Student Voluntary Service Award since 2013. “I am very honored to receive this prestigious award and to be the fourth consecutive BGSU student to be awarded the APICS Student Voluntary Service Award,” Eboch said. “After completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama and working for a few years, I saw the importance of business, specifically supply chain management, in the arts as well as the importance of networking. When I decided to return to school for my MBA, I was determined to get involved and maximize my experience at BGSU, which is why I joined the Supply Chain Management Association. “Looking to the future, I plan to take what I have learned from BGSU about supply chain management and incorporate it into the work I hope to do with nonprofits and arts organizations.” Among Eboch’s many leadership roles, she served as the president of the BGSU student chapter of Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) last spring, and under her leadership helped BGSU finish its 11th consecutive “gold” year and earned its seventh straight “platinum” award maintaining SCMA as one of the top 10 chapters in the world. Dr. Janet Hartley, professor and director of the BGSU Supply Chain Management Institute, recommended Eboch for the award. “Under her leadership the SCMA hosted professional development speakers from Diebold, Expeditors, and Marathon Petroleum and toured Bittersweet Farms, a non-profit organization that assists autistic adults. Eboch serves as a mentor to freshman and sophomore members to help them develop the skills needed to take on leadership positions in SCMA. Katherine enthusiastically promotes the benefits of being a member of the SCMA and APICS to other students, prospective students and alumni.” As the organization’s president, Eboch worked with the SCMA board to plan and execute other activities ranging from recruitment, professional development, fundraising and social events and helped streamline processes of the organization. Besides SCMA, Eboch serves in a leadership…

Orange is the New Black stars to visit BG on behalf of Kelly Wicks

Submitted by the Kelly Wicks Campaign BOWLING GREEN, OH – Kelly Wicks, Democratic State House Candidate for District Three, will be joined Saturday, October 15, by stars of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black Taylor Schilling and Kate Mulgrew. Schilling and Mulgrew will speak at Wicks’ coffee shop, Grounds for Thought, at 1:00 p.m. about the importance of electing Kelly Wicks, and Democrats up and down the ballot, in November. Schilling and Mulgrew will encourage those in attendance to get involved in the campaign, and to canvass after the event on behalf of Kelly Wicks. Wicks said, “I’m thrilled to be joined by Taylor and Kate to talk about how important this year is for Democrats here in Wood County. I’m excited about the energy they will bring to our community.” The event is open to the public and free of charge.  

Interview with “Beautiful Question” author at public library

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY The library’s popular “Job Coach,” HR expert Frank Day, will be available Wednesday, Oct. 19 starting at 9:30 a.m. to provide advice on polishing your resume, exploring online job sites, or filling out an online application. Please call ahead, 419-352-5050, to make an appointment for your half-hour session with Day. Library users are invited to rediscover the relaxing pastime of coloring on Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the second Floor Meeting Room. The library provides supplies, but participants may bring their own if they wish. A “Tablet and Smartphone Class,” presented in partnership with the Wood County Committee on Aging and the BGSU School of Media and Communications, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6:15 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. The class is structured to suit your needs and to help you to get the most from your phone or mobile device. Registration is required. For details and to register call the Senior Center at 419-353-5661. Join us for an intimate “Coffee at the Carter House” on Wednesday Oct. 26 at 9:30 am. Special guest will be Warren Berger, author of the BGSU Common Read selection, “A More Beautiful Question.” Hosted by Community Reads in partnership with the BGSU Common Read, the event includes an interview with Berger by Clif Boutelle, with a book signing to follow. Library users are encouraged to take a moment to help WCDPL’s Board of Trustees thank library staff by submitting nominations for the John M. Gibson Outstanding Performance Award. The award, which recognizes library staff who have “gone the extra mile,” has been presented annually since 2005. Details and nomination forms may be seen online at WCDPL’s full programming calendar, including scheduling and current selections of its popular book discussion groups, may be seen on line at These events are free and open to all. For more details about these and other programs for adults at WCDPL, call the library at 419-352-5050.

Wicks calls on Gavarone to denounce Trump

Submitted by the Kelly Wicks Campaign BOWLING GREEN, OH – Kelly Wicks, Democratic State House Candidate for District Three, is calling on his Republican opponent to denounce the remarks as well as the candidacy of Republican standard-bearer Donald Trump. Wicks said, “On a day when the nation was reeling from the disclosure of the crude and degrading comments Republican standard-bearer Donald Trump made about women, my opponent, Theresa Gavarone, was introducing the ticket in Rossford. This is an appalling affront to women that has no place in America. I call on my opponent to denounce in the strongest possible terms not only these unconscionable remarks, but the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump.” Kelly Wicks is a small businessman who owns and has run Grounds for Thought, a coffee shop and bookstore in downtown Bowling Green, for 27 years. He is the former President of the Bowling Green Downtown Business Association. Kelly Wicks is a family man, married to Laura Wicks and has two children, Declan and Rowan who attend BGSU.

Wood Soil & Water Conservation District meets

(As submitted by the Wood Soil & Water Conservation District) The Wood SWCD held its 67th Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet and the 4th annual Conservation ATV Tour on Saturday, September 10th at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), near Hoytville. The day began at 9:00 a.m. with a conservation ATV tour, sponsored by Mid-Wood, in southern Wood County. Over 50 ATV riders were escorted by the Wood County Sheriff Auxiliary as they traveled the byways visiting the lagoon in Custar managed by the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, learning how the data collected at the Edge of Field (EOF) monitoring stations is helping farmers manage applied nutrients, touring Graminex pollen collection facility, and stopping by the fields of an organic grain farmer. The Wood SWCD board of supervisors election was held at OARDC 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with Dale Limes, Dennis Ferrell, and Lee Sundermeier as candidates. Incumbents, Dennis and Lee, were elected to serve three year terms beginning January 1, 2017. Ron Snyder, National Association of Soil and Water Conservation District’s Soil Health Champion and Wood SWCD supervisor, presented “Soil Your Undies.” In addition to the election during the lunch program, awards were presented for Farm Beautification to Dan and Jan Wilson, of Rudolph; Backyard Conservationist to Doug and Cathy Irick; and Friend of the District to the Wood County Sheriff. The John Hirzel Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Amanda Barndt, Bowling Green. Amanda is a junior at Northwest State Community College. In 1975, the late Harold and Iva Lou Bordner established the Farm Beautification Award. The award was designed to encourage farmers’ pride in their farmsteads and is continued through the Wood Soil & Water Conservation District. Each year nominations are accepted and the winning farm is chosen after considering such things as the condition of the buildings, care and upkeep of the garden and lawn, landscaping, windbreaks, absence of unnecessary equipment, and the overall appearance. The 2016 Farm Beautification Award is presented to Dan and Jan Wilson of Rudolph. For nearly 130 years the Potter farmstead is the place the family has called home. Dan’s great-grandfather, Clarence Potter, purchased the house and surrounding land in 1889 and continued to build the family farm for livestock and grain production. The larger remaining outbuilding is one of two 3-story buildings used to store straw and hay. An intricate trolley system made it possible to stack the barn full. The smaller remaining outbuilding is known as the playhouse. It has been relocated multiple times on the property through the years with…

Irish poet Paul Durcan to read work inspired by visits to Toledo Museum of Art & environs

Poet Paul Durcan is celebrated as a national treasure in his native Ireland. Illustrious literary figures, including British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, are to be found in the audience of his theatrical, dramatic readings – performed in his deep Irish brogue.        Now Durcan will cross the Atlantic to give a free reading of poetry he penned about works of art in the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection during a Masters Series on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle. Titled Wild, Wild Erie, the book was commissioned by the Museum’s Director Brian Kennedy, a fellow Irishman who asked whether Durcan would be willing to apply his heartfelt and humorous approach to prose about the TMA art collection.        The talk will be followed by a book signing at 7:15 p.m.        “Paul Durcan is one of Ireland’s great poets,” Kennedy said. “His wit, humor and intelligence make him a magnetic character in the cultural life of Ireland.”        This marks Durcan’s first project with an American museum. He embarked on similar collaborations twice before, with the National Gallery of Ireland (producing “Crazy About Women”) and the National Gallery, London (resulting in “Give Me Your Hand”). Born in Dublin in 1944, he has enjoyed a very successful writing career. His poetry often critiques social mores with a heartfelt humor. In 2014, he was awarded the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Irish Book Awards.        Durcan researched extensively for Wild, Wild Erie, visiting the region multiple times over the past year to observe the works of art in the collection, visit parks and experience the city and its culture. In his poetry, he offers delightful observations of familiar Toledo moments, in the Museum and outside it. In his poem “The Cloister Gallery,” he writes of the awe he saw children experience in this popular Museum space. “The two boys asked the man: “Who are you? What are you?”/ Gently, gently, kindly, kindly, beaming crinkles and wrinkles— / The old guard bowed down low into their ears: / “I am Al Tennyson–the Cloister’s Stellar Manipulator.”        The book features full-color photographs of the works of art Durcan writes about, and is available for sale at the Museum Store and It also will be available later on Visitors can get a taste of his work in the Museum galleries, where excerpts of some of his poems can be seen hanging next to the works of art that inspired them.        Durcan will also give a free reading…

Grammy nominee Hunter Hayes to perform at Stroh, Oct. 15

Hailed as a “country-rock-blues guitar hero in the making” by the Los Angeles Times, five-time Grammy nominee Hunter Hayes is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who roared onto the music scene with his Platinum-selling, No. 1 self-titled debut album and chart-topping sophomore album “Storyline,” on Atlantic/Warner Music Nashville. He will perform at the Bowling Green State University Stroh Center Saturday, Oct. 15. Doors at 7 p.m. With three No. 1 singles already under his belt (including the multi-Platinum smash “Wanted,” “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” and “I Want Crazy”), Hayes delved into unprecedented territory with the innovative rollout of new music via streaming and digital platforms in 2015, culminating in the release of a special, three-disc collection (seven acoustic, seven studio and seven live songs) dubbed The 21 Project. Ticket prices are: $43 for Floor Seats (General Admission); $35 for Lower Bowl; and $29 for Upper Bowl Purchase tickets online, by calling 1-800-745-3000, or by visiting the Stroh Center Ticket Office.

Juvenile Court, school officials and service providers meet

(As submitted by Wood County Juvenile Court) On September 21, 2016, the twenty-ninth Wood County Juvenile Court open house and informational meeting was held for Wood County school administrators and service providers.  The event was held at the Wood County Juvenile Court Center located on Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, Ohio.  This well attended and popular event allows for both a formal and informal exchange of information between the Wood County Juvenile Court, schools, and service providers throughout Wood County. A wide variety of school districts and service providers were represented.  School districts in attendance included Bowling Green, Otsego, Perrysburg, Penta, Northwood, Eastwood, Elmwood, Lakota, Fostoria, McComb, and North Baltimore schools.  In addition, representatives from the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, the Wood County Educational Service Center, the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office, the Wood County Department of Job and Family Services, the Juvenile Residential Center of Northwest Ohio, the Ohio Department of Youth Services, Behavioral Connections/Harbor, the Children’s Resource Center, as well as the Perrysburg Police Department, North Baltimore Police Department, and the Bowling Green Police Department all were in attendance.   Wood County’s School Resource Officers also attended. During the program portion of the September 21, 2016 event, Judge Woessner outlined a variety of programs and services offered through the Wood County Juvenile Court.  Judge Woessner also outlined a number of court procedures and legal updates impacting schools and service providers.  Attendees also heard presentations made by the Wood County Department of Job and Family Services and Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Dobson and staff on issues impacting schools in particular. Reflecting on the 2016 open house and meeting, Judge Woessner noted: “It is my pleasure to continue hosting this event.  This is a tremendous opportunity for those in attendance to exchange thoughts and ideas and to receive information for the benefit of youth and families throughout Wood County. We are truly fortunate in Wood County to have a network and system in place that facilitates communication and efforts benefiting Wood County residents.”      

Congressman Tim Ryan to speak on behalf of Kelly Wicks

Submitted by the Kelly Wicks Campaign BOWLING GREEN, OH – BGSU alumnus, U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan will be in Bowling Green Saturday to tell supporters why Kelly Wicks, Democratic State House candidate for District Three, is the clear choice to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives. The visit coincides with Wicks’ 50th birthday. The event will take place at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 8, 1225 Brownwood Drive, Bowling Green. “I am honored to have Congressman Ryan’s support as well as his good birthday wishes,” said Wicks. “Congressman Ryan knows the policies decided in the state legislature have a direct impact on all Ohioans. Congressman Ryan knows how important this state house race is and I am happy to have him join us.” Kelly Wicks is a small business owner who owns and has run Grounds for Thought, a coffee shop and bookstore in downtown Bowling Green, for 27 years. He is former President of the Bowling Green Downtown Business Association. Kelly and Laura Wicks have two children, Declan and Rowan. Kelly has lived in Bowling Green all of his life. The visit will be a homecoming for Ryan, who is a Bowling Green State University graduate. Ryan was widely reported to have been on Secretary’s Clinton’s short list for vice president and could now be expected to serve in the Cabinet of a possible Clinton Administration. Tim Ryan is a relentless advocate for working families in Ohio’s 13th District. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and was sworn in on January 3, 2003. Successfully reelected six times, he is now serving in his seventh term. Congressman Ryan currently serves as a member of the prominent House Appropriations Committee which controls the expenditure of money by the federal government. Ryan is also a member of the House Budget Committee which has oversight over the federal budget process.

Grads & students bleed orange & brown at BGSU Homecoming

By ALYSSA ANN ALFANO BGIN Student Contributor BGSU alumni and students came together and took the opportunity to bleed orange and brown this past homecoming weekend. Homecoming weekend was filled with many ways for alumni and students to show their spirit for the university and to bleed orange and brown. Friday, there were several events on campus such as the bed races put on by resident life, and the Setting The Pace Lecture. The parade was scheduled to be on Friday night as well but was cancelled due to poor weather and persistent rain. On Saturday, most of the university’s alumni and the students favorite traditions and activities took place. Many Greek chapters welcomed alumni into the new houses. The new houses received many praises this past weekend as alumni visited. Many alumni said that the new Greek village seemed like more of a community than in the past when the houses were more spread out. Tailgating took place all day outside of the stadium and in the parking lot of the Stroh Center. Tents for alumni and organizations on campus were set up, motorhomes and RVs were parked, and people cooked out and spent time together before the game. Tailgating, as well as the game provided the chance for alumni to have fun, catch up, and show their spirit for the university and it allowed students to have a good time during the weekend. Tailgating and the game are a couple the most popular events of the weekend for both alumni and students. In four years, I have never witnessed as many people in the small area between the Stroh and the Doyt out side of homecoming weekend. The game, against Eastern Michigan University, was scheduled to start at 3 but was delayed due to weather. Students filed out of the stands and stood under the stadium. The rain and lightning held off despite the radar that was displayed at on the video screen in the stadium and after a few minutes, fans were allowed to reenter the stadium. Students and alumni rushed back in, racing to get reclaim their seats. I didn’t make it back to my first row seat, but my friends and I managed to get third row seats. Still pretty good seats compared to others. Once the game started, the stadium was filled with orange and brown as students and alumni fill the stands. Many BG fans reuniting with friends while others still seemed to be getting over the effects of tailgating. Members of the Alumni Band and alumni cheerleaders performed…