Community Voices

Yep, snow, that’s what we’re talking about

From Brad Gilbert, Wood County Emergency Management director I REALLY hate to say it, but the NWS Cleveland office just provided and updated forecast. Forecasting models have shifted heavier snow bands further west putting most of Wood County in the 4” to 6” of snow potential by Saturday morning. The NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Wood County until 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Winds will be from the northwest at 15-25 mph. Convection within this storm system will be giving us the heavy snow potential. The convection will also make it likely that you could hear “thunder snow” especially when the snowfall is heavy at times later tonight. This is a vey unusual spring storm system, so please use extra caution this evening into the overnight hours and early Saturday morning if you have to travel.

Cookie Jar has hit the sweet spot with Bowling Green shop

By AMY STEIGERWALD It is 11:30 on a Sunday morning in Bowling Green and much of the town is pounding down Tylenol and dragging themselves to Bob Evans in order to cure last night’s hangover. But Maureen Lanigan is cracking eggs while chugging Red Bull, in order to prepare for the coming day’s demands of sugar and smiles. The head baker of The Cookie Jar stops for no one and is known around town for her famous cookies and hospitality. Armed with a mixing bowl the size of a laundry basket, the baker whips up five to 10 batches of dough per day, which often leaves her covered in flour from head to toe. In a kitchen with two stoves, four large sinks, four freezers and an endless supply of cookie ingredients, Lanigan bakes up new recipes from 10 a.m. to noon every day except Monday, known her “business day of rest.” The small business owner and baker is known for her sweet sense of humor and giving heart, which leave customers wanting more. Those who know Lanigan are aware that she throws her whole self into her business, which includes her personality. Many employees attest that her sense of humor is something that brightens up both the employees’ and customers’ day. Additionally, Lanigan incorporates elements of herself into her cookies. “My secret ingredient in every recipe I make is love,” she said. The average person may find that a tad corny, but she disagreed. “I use the best ingredients available and mix the dough with care and a whole lot of love.” Regardless of how far she has to travel, Lanigan will go the distance to find the best possible ingredients for her cookies. Perhaps the best adjective that describes Lanigan, (or as she’s known around the Jar as “Mo”) is “understanding.” Mo is known to be consistently understanding and patient with all her employees. “Mo understands that everybody makes mistakes, especially when they are training and learning new things. She is so good at being able to see where we all are coming from, while also helping us learn from our mistakes and showing us the best way to approach things” said Cookie Jar employee Bekah Pastor. Others agree, and say that this is why they’ve worked for Lanigan for so long. “I…

Local Family Owned Funeral Homes Merge

Story provided by Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory Kraig and Kay Hanneman announced Thursday they have acquired the Wright-Habegger Funeral Homes in Grand Rapids and Liberty Center. The Wright-Habegger Funeral Homes will undergo a name change to Wright-Hanneman-Habegger Funeral Homes & Crematory, while Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory in Bowling Green and Loomis-Hanneman Funeral Home in Weston will remain the same. Kraig and Kay Hanneman along with Brian and Kathy Habegger are very proud and excited to have all four family owned and operated funeral homes working together to provide families in our communities with professional and compassionate service. “With our knowledgeable funeral directors who also include Drew DeVore and Daniel Billings along with our staff who are deeply involved within the community, it is our goal to offer families peace of mind and personal choices.” Kraig Hanneman – said the strong reputations of each business will serve as the foundation on which to continue to serve families with dignity and respect. “With our continued commitment I feel this endeavor will benefit our communities greatly. Additionally we own and operate our own crematory. Therefore, if your family chooses cremation, your loved one would never leave our care.” Habegger stated. Kraig and Kay Hanneman noted that by uniting the talents of all the funeral service professionals of these establishments it will allow us to continue the caring service that our families deserve. Kraig and Kay Hanneman went on to say that “It will also allow us to have better schedules, affording us the opportunity to be even more attentive to the families we serve. Brian is a perfect example. As basically a one-man operation he now can draw from the personnel resources of Deck-Hanneman. “We will share our staff.” “Our people make the difference,” Hanneman and Habegger added. “We are members of the communities we serve and are privileged to be here.” The Hanneman Family have worked in years past side by side with former owner Paul Croll and his family at the Grand Rapids Location and also helped in the training of former owner Ray Wright who served his apprenticeship with Hanneman Funeral Homes. Deck-Hanneman Funeral Homes, established in 1912 , and Wright-Habegger Funeral Home, formerly the Croll Funeral Home have been providing personal, friendly and professional care to the families of Wood, Henry and…

Local Democrats discuss guns

By FRANCES BRENT Toby Hoover, Ohio Coalition to End Gun Violence, spoke at the monthly Wood County Democratic Committee meeting. Hoover became a “gun” widow in 1973. She has been active with The Ohio Coalition to End Gun Violence for decades. She presented a petition sponsored by a coalition of Ohio gun control advocates. The ballot petition is designed to create legislative language that will allow restoration of local gun possession regulations. Difficulties, including the threat of fines, encountered by recent Bowling Green Council attempts to ban firearms from City Park, were discussed. Note was made that a Democratic Party professional, unaffiliated with any Presidential candidate, had been assigned to this region.

Kenwood open Friday…with stipulations

Dear parents and guardians, We have received the most important test results and I am happy to report that there are no harmful chemicals in the water.  We however are waiting for one test which will verify that there is no bacteria in the water and we are expecting that mid-day tomorrow.  Therefore, Kenwood Elementary WILL BE OPEN for students tomorrow,Friday, April 8, 2016 with a few stipulations.  Water bottles will be made available to all students throughout the day and hand sanitizer will be provided in all restrooms until we have received the final result.  Essentially the building is following a boil alert protocol like we follow in our homes.  As I stated yesterday, the problem was simply Kenwood is an older building with older pipes that was closed for 10 days (spring break) resulting in discolored water.  We have worked with the City, the EPA, and the water testing company the past two days and are confident to allow students to come back to school.  Therefore we will have a normal day of school beginning with breakfast through dismissal.  Again, we will always err on the side of caution for the safety of our students.  Thanks for your continued support and understanding through these past two days. Bobcat Proud, Superintendent Francis Scruci

Amazing Race Bowling Green planned

On Friday May 13, the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce ACT*BG Project Team will host their annual event, Amazing Race Bowling Green with proceeds benefitting the Bowling Green High School Band Boosters.  Contestants can either sign up their own team, or sign up alone and be assigned to a team. Tickets are $25 a person if signed up by May 6 and $30 a person if signed up before May 10.  Contestants can RSVP to the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. The event will begin at 6:30 pm on May 13 at Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home located at 1460 W. Wooster St. in Bowling Green.  Contestants will participate in challenges and solve puzzles around the Bowling Green area to find the secret party location.  The party will include heavy Hors d ’Oeuvres, a cash bar and entertainment. For more information, contact Stephanie Fleming ( or checkout the flyer on the BG Chamber website. ACT*BG (which stands for Active – Community – Teamwork) is a highly active project team of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. ACT*BG has a mission to attract and retain professionals in the Bowling Green area. The focus is connecting active professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable, educational, and professional development events.

Former Peace Corps volunteer to further nutrition studies at BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Ariel Dodgson is finding another way to serve. She is pursuing a master’s degree in food and nutrition at BGSU following her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer, through the Coverdell Fellows Program. She completed her undergraduate degree in food science and human nutrition with a specialization in dietetics at the University of Florida and became interested in the Peace Corps as a break from formal education. One of the most appealing aspects for Dodgson was the cultural exchange. The Peace Corps created an opportunity for a greater understanding of a culture, language and people from an inside perspective. From 2013-15, she served as a health volunteer in Zambia, where she spent her days teaching local Zambians about prevention of malaria and HIV as well as maternal and child health care. Dodgson began looking for graduate schools that offered a master’s degree program in nutrition about halfway through her service. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), she was eligible for the Coverdell program, which offers financial assistance to graduate students. BGSU is the only school in the country to offer a master’s degree in food and nutrition through the program. “I chose to study nutrition because I really love food and science,” Dodgson said. “Putting those two things together is really rewarding and enjoyable.” She completed her Peace Corps service just four weeks before starting her degree this past fall, and said the transition back to more structured days was difficult after living with flexibility in each day’s schedule for more than two years. But through her Peace Corps experience, she and other RPCVs at BGSU “have an understanding about each other that nobody else quite grasps.” The most valuable part of her experience has been the friendships and relationships that she built. “As a RPCV, Ariel provides a global, real-world perspective in class discussions on community nutrition and firsthand examples of the challenges facing individuals and families trying to eat a healthy diet,” said Dr. Dawn Anderson, associate professor and graduate coordinator in food and nutrition. “Ariel is our first RPCV and is a very welcome addition to the food and nutrition graduate program.” In January, Dodgson began a dietetic internship with Food For Thought, a nonprofit that provides supplemental food assistance to the Toledo area…

Toledo Museum marks 10th anniversary of opening of Glass Pavilion with “Hot Spot” exhibit

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART TOLEDO – A rare opportunity to see more than 80 modern works of studio glass from private and corporate collections is being offered in a special exhibition this spring and summer at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Hot Spot: Contemporary Glass from Private Collections, which opens April 15 and continues through Sept. 18 showcases contemporary North American, European, Australian and Asian studio glass. Many of the objects are on public view for the first time. Curated by Jutta-Annette Page, TMA’s senior curator of glass and decorative art, the exhibition celebrates the 10th anniversary of the opening of the SANAA-designed Glass Pavilion as well as shines a light on the impressive and storied glass legacy at TMA. The works of art will be featured in seven thematic groups – the human figure, animals and plants, landscapes, vessel forms, the spirit world, abstract forms and outer space. Among the artists are Joyce Scott, Nicholas Africano, Tom Moore, Kimiake Higuchi, Preston Singletary, Debora Moore and Tobias Møhl. “This exhibition is the perfect way to reflect on current directions in the studio glass movement in the U.S. as well as studio glass from around the world, particularly work by glass artists not currently represented in TMA’s collection,” Page said. “Toledo is the Glass City and the Toledo Museum of Art, as a major player in the history of studio glass as an art form, is committed to nurturing innovative contemporary glass artists through its collections, programs and facilities.” The Hot Spot exhibition is made possible by 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica, by Museum members and by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Admission to the Glass Pavilion and the exhibition is free. Parking is free for Museum members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, visit TMA’s role in the American Studio Glass movement It was in 1962 in a garage on Museum grounds where glass pioneer Harvey Littleton, then a pottery instructor, received the support of TMA Director Otto Wittmann to conduct a glass workshop to explore molten glass in a studio setting rather than a factory. An experimental furnace was built, and though initial attempts to fuse molten glass failed, with assistance from artist and master glass craftsman Dominick Labino on furnace construction, the artists were able to…

Wood Lane to host family forums to discuss changes at industries

Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities will host a series of Family Forums to discuss the upcoming changes at Wood Lane Industries. The dates are as follows: April 11, at Wood Lane Industries Conference Rooms 2&3 at 6 p.m.; April 14,  at Perrysburg’s Way Public Library Meeting Room D at 6 p.m.; April 15,  at Wood Lane Industries Conference Rooms 2&3 at 2 p.m. The forums are open to the families, guardians and close friends of individuals served by Wood Lane. Families are encouraged to attend and will have the opportunity to have an open dialogue with Melanie Stretchbery about the future of Wood Lane Industries and other topics of interest. Wood Lane supports and assists Wood County residents with developmental disabilities in increasing their skills, capabilities, and independence. Established in 1955, Wood Lane’s vision is for individuals with developmental disabilities live, work, and participate as contributing members of their community.

BGSU Lively Arts Calendar, April 7–20

April 7­—“More Than War and Wine: Anxiety and Relief in Antiquity” is an exhibition by BGSU graphic design students of Todd Childers and graduate-level art history students of Dr. Sean Leatherbury in collaboration with the Toledo Museum of Art. The students will present an “Object Talk” about the artifacts, exploring the anxieties that may have influenced the creation of ancient works of art. The talk will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery lobby in the Fine Arts Center followed by a reception at 4:30 p.m. The exhibition remains on display through April 15. Free April 7—The College of Musical Arts’ Guitar Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free April 7—The Visiting Writer Series features prize-winning writer Amy Gustine. Her short fiction has appeared in The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, The Kenyon Review and The Wisconsin Review, among others. Gustine’s book, “Pity Us Instead,” was released in February and has appeared on numerous featured lists including Publisher’s Weekly and The Millions. Her reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free April 7—The International Film Series concludes with the 2013 Chinese film “Bei Jing yu shang Xi Ya Tu (Finding Mr. Right).” A city girl travels to Seattle to give birth to a child who will help her win a rich, married boyfriend. When she arrives in Seattle, nothing goes right; she’s stuck sharing a small house with two other pregnant women, she has trouble reaching her boyfriend on the phone and eventually, even his credit card stops working. The only person willing to spend time with her is a man who is the opposite of all she ever wanted … or maybe exactly whom she needs. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall. Free April 8—The College of Musical Arts’ University Choral Society will give a performance in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $3 for students and children, $7 for adults. All tickets the day of the performance are $10. Music majors have free admission with ID. To purchase online, visit, or call the box office at 419-372-8171. April 9—The School of Art presents a Graphic Design Portfolio Review Day, featuring keynote…

Police arrest two breaking and entering suspects

Bowling Green police have arrested two men for breaking and entering a city park maintenance building in City Park. Police Chief Tony Hetrick said his department today arrested Micky Smith, 56, of 307 N. Enterprise St., Bowling Green. A warrant had been issued for Smith in connection with a March 7 breaking and entering in the park building and an adjacent maintenance building for Bowling Green Country Club. Another Bowling Green man, Jeremy Murray, 22, of 119 E. Napoleon Road, has already been picked up on the same charge. Several items were taken from the park and country club buildings, including tools, chainsaws, and office equipment.

April is Fair Housing Month

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 4, 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

Four fatal crashes in Wood County so far this year

Wood County Safe Communities announced today that there have been four fatal crashes in Wood County for calendar year 2016, compared to two for the same time period in 2015. In an effort to make our roads safer, Wood County Safe Communities is continuing to promote the dangers of distracted driving. Wood County Safe Communities has pledged its support to help spread the message that distracted drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but everyone else on the road. “We all know that talking on our cell phones while driving is distracting, but that doesn’t stop most people from continuing to do it,” said Sandy Wiechman, Coordinator for Wood County Safe Communities. “Our efforts are intended to educate our community about the dangers of cell phone use and other distractions while driving. We hope that once people see the startling statistics and realize every danger involved, they will change their driving habits to help protect themselves, their families, and others on the road.” In 2015 in Wood County, there were 6,500 total crashes: 323 of those involved some type of Distracted Driving with a reported 45 injury crashes. The same time period for Ohio saw 20,000 Distracted Driving Crashes with 3,500 injury crashes and 15 deaths. That is 15 too many. The national mobilization to stop distracted driving focuses on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness, and education – the same activities that have curbed drunk driving and increased seat belt use. “Every driver in Wood County has a role in this effort,” said Ms. Wiechman. “However, we especially want to reach out to parents with teen drivers because we know that statistically, the under-20 age group had the highest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes.” Our goal is simple – we need work together to save lives by ending Distracted Driving.

Earth Month events planned throughout Wood County

April is Earth Month and Wood County and Bowling Green agencies are collaborating to provide multiple events geared toward conservation, education and family fun. The Seventh Annual Community Earth Day Celebration will be the culminating event held on Sunday, April 24th, 2016 from 2-4 pm at the Montessori School of BG, 515 Sand Ridge Road. This free family event has nature science education stations including: a giant Earth Ball, archery, a power-generating bicycle, bookmobile, art projects and crafts, nature walks, various giveaways including live saplings and much more. There is a Passport for the Community Earth Day Celebration that can be picked up at the welcome table on the day of the event. Have the passport stamped at each booth and once complete, turn in the passport to be registered for great giveaways. For a list of the activities during April, please visit Community Earth Day Celebration booths include the following participants and family-friendly interactive activities: The City of Bowling Green Utilities Division will be providing attendees with the opportunity to generate electricity using the Energy Bike. This stationary bicycle is connected to an electric motor that produces energy to power light bulbs, a radio, a fan and a heater. Through the resistance created by the motor, riders get direct feedback on the energy required to operate each appliance. BG Parks and Recreation will have both an interactive booth and naturalist-led nature walks that are fun for the whole family. Nature walk times are 2:30 and 3:30 pm. Ohio Department of Natural Resources activity: The Maumee State Scenic and Recreational River is an important resource for aquatic organisms and people.  At the ODNR, Scenic Rivers table, families will have an opportunity to see the types of critters that live in the river and how they function as water quality indicators. The Wood County Park District will have multiple activities including: an archery range, pet rock making, a water filtration activity, free program guides and a hands-on craft giveaway. The Wood County District Public Library will have stories, a craft and the earth-friendly bookmobile that runs on compressed natural gas. On the bookmobile, books and media can be checked out using a WCDPL library card. There will also be a special storybook walk of The Earth Book by Todd Parr The Wood Soil & Water…