Community Voices

3B to present “Little Mermaid” in Maumee, July 21-24

Submitted by 3B PRODUCTIONS 3B Productions will present “Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the Musical,” July 21 through July 24 at the Maumee Indoor Theatre. Performance schedule is: Thursday July 21 – 8 p.m. Friday, July 22 – 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23 – 2:30 p.m. . Saturday, July 23 – 8 p.m. Sunday, July 24 – 2:30 p.m. Conversations with the cast and crew immediately follow each performances. Tickets are $15 general seating. For tickets, visit, or stop in at The Maumee Indoor Theatre. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” is a  love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable includes the songs “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.” Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Joe Barton will direct this Disney classic at the intimate Maumee Indoor Theatre He will be supported in bringing this vision to the Maumee Indoor stage by musical director Jennifer Bollinger, choreographer/assistant director Bob Marzola, and scenic designer Jesse Bernal. Maumee High School’s Joelle Stiles joins the cast of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” as Ariel, having last been seen in 3B Productions, “Legally Blonde.” An honor student, a member of Select Choir, and a member of Panther Productions Drama Club, Joelle was a dancer for ten years at Dance Expressions with classes in tap, ballet, and jazz. She has been performing in musicals since she was 11 years old and has been in over 20 productions, including “Shrek the Musical,” “Children of Eden,” and “Into the Woods.” She also has worked behind the scenes on lights, sound, backstage, and has stage managed, and in “The Sound of Music” (Maria) at Maumee High School. “This is an incredible opportunity, who doesn’t want to play a Disney princess. It’s a dream come true.”, said Joelle. Sarah Matlow plays the evil sea witch bent on taking control of the ocean by manipulating King Triton’s youngest daughter. Sarah will be attending Ohio Northern University to study musical theater performance, and arts administration. She is no stranger to 3B Productions. Some of her favorite rolls include Yonah (“Children of Eden’” Fiona (“Shrek the Musical”) for 3B. She has also performed with many other community theatre groups which include roles such as Bet (“Oliver”) for the Croswell Opera House, and Maria Rainer (“Sound of Music”) for Bedford High School. 3B…

BG Pregnancy Center responds to criticism

Opinion submitted by Shelly Burkhart, Executive Director of BG Pregnancy Center   The Bowling Green Pregnancy Center (HerChoice) has been serving women and their partners in Wood County for over 30 years. We lovingly serve all clients regardless of race, age, gender, or situation. Our reputation and integrity are very important to us. A recent June 16 opinion article written by Ms. Murphy (, has prompted us to appropriately explain the services and information we provide to our clients. HerChoice provides only medically accurate information to clients. Pregnant women are given the right to choose between abortion and having a baby in the United States and we believe they deserve accurate information and support. HerChoice provides this information, which has been reviewed and approved by our medical director, a board certified M.D., concerning all options including abortion. We also provide ongoing support, regardless of a client’s decision. And, unlike an abortion provider, we never benefit financially from any woman’s choice. Because we are faith-based, which is clearly stated in our client intake form, all of our services are free. Our medical services and accurate information are designed to give women peace of mind and to provide early intervention in difficult pregnancy situations. One of the medical services mentioned in the article was our use of the limited ultrasound. These ultrasounds can confirm an intrauterine pregnancy, locate and measure a fetal heart rate and measures the CRL (crown rump length). To clarify, we are confirming intrauterine pregnancies. All of our resources and information are medically accurate. The Care Net Publication Before You Decide contains 335 references. Most are authoritative medical publications and government resources. Because space is limited, only selected references are included in the back of the publication. As noted in the magazine on the selected references page, a full list of citations is available at Our statistics concerning miscarriage are included among this medically accurate information. There is some uncertainty even in the medical community about miscarriage rates While the overall risk of miscarriage for a clinically confirmed pregnancy is 10-15%, many clients at HerChoice have not yet had their pregnancy confirmed by a medical professional. Risk for miscarriage also increases for women over 30 (see ACOG practice bulletin). Miscarriage rates prior to the confirmation of pregnancy are likely even higher. We care for all clients and their needs. Our care for victims of sexual assault agrees with the highest evidence-based standards of care in the medical community. While we do not collect evidence (the role of a SANE nurse), our medical professionals and caring client advocates assist assault survivors in every appropriate way, including referral for SANE nursing services when needed. We do NOT make a report to law enforcement, however, we do assist clients in this process if they desire. There is an exception for legally mandated reporting requirements if child…

Toledo Symphony’s Music Under the Stars returns to zoo

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Mercy Health, and the Toledo Zoo are joining forces again to continue a six-decade-old tradition of providing fun family entertainment in a relaxed setting: Music Under the Stars, a free series of concerts on four summer Sunday evenings in July in the Zoo’s Amphitheatre. Each of the 7:30 p.m. concerts, produced by the Toledo Symphony and performed by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band, features a special theme: July 10: American Portraits July 17: Fun and Games July 24: Just Dance July 31: Broadway Showstoppers Conductor Bruce Moss, director of band activities at Bowling Green State University, returns for his third summer. Guest artists will include the Toledo Symphony School of Music, Glass City Steel (the steel drum band from Toledo School for the Arts), Manhattan Dance Company, Toledo Choral Society, and the Ballet Theater of Toledo, among others to be announced. Masters of ceremonies will be Tony Geftos of WTVG (13ABC) and Jerry Anderson of WTOL. “By offering free family-oriented events for the public to enjoy; not one but two, local treasured gems, the music of the Toledo Symphony Concert Band at the venue of the Toledo Zoo not only enriches lives, it truly enhances the overall health and well-being of the community,” said Imran Andrabi, M.D., Regional President and CEO/Chief Network Integration Officer, Mercy Health – Toledo. “Mercy is proud to be the title sponsor once again for this year’s Music Under the Stars concerts.” “The Toledo Symphony Concert Band is honored to be an integral part of this wonderful summer tradition, which started in the late 1930s, before it was called ‘Music Under the Stars.’” said Keith McWatters, the Symphony’s general manager and a Concert Band percussionist. “There is nothing quite like it in the nation: a warm summer evening with your family and friends, set in the beautiful Toledo Zoo Amphiteatre complete with the sound of fabulous music –and it’s free! “For anyone who has had the experience, we look forward to seeing you again,” McWatters said. “For anyone who has not yet enjoyed this tradition, please join us this summer.” “The Zoo is very proud to continue a more than six-decade summer tradition with the 2016 season of Mercy Music Under the Stars presented by The Andersons with support from Huntington, Taylor Automotive Family, and Welltower, Inc.,” said Jeff Sailer, the Zoo’s executive director. “Community collaborations like this help make the Toledo Zoo the fun-for-the-whole-family destination that the region has come to know and love. Together with the Symphony and our sponsors, we invite everyone to come out and enjoy the beautiful live music in the amazing ambiance of our historic Amphitheatre at sunset!” The Amphitheatre opens for seating at 6:30 p.m. Concert admission is free. Parking at the zoo is free to zoo members. Parking is $7 for non-members and $15 for…

Toledo Symphony, musicians reach contract agreement

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Toledo Orchestra Association, Inc., Board of Trustees approved a new three-year contract with Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s musicians at its year-end meeting on June 21. The musicians, members of the Toledo Federation of Musicians Local 15-286, approved the contract in voting conducted on May 21. The three-year contract takes effect on Sept. 1, 2016, and provides for a 2 percent raise on base salaries each year. It covers 60 contracted musicians, and extends to other musicians who are brought in to supplement the core group as needed. “The seasoned professionals of the Toledo Symphony are fundamental to the high quality of music produced across our entire region, so it makes sense for the association to invest in this important music asset,” said Randy Oostra, president and CEO of ProMedica and board trustee chairman. “It is our responsibility to sustain the orchestra’s mission of preservation and education if we intend to continue to be the best regional orchestra in America.” “The TSO is currently facing many challenges and is in a period of transition in both its artistic and administrative leadership,” Garth Simmons, chairman of the orchestra’s bargaining committee and the symphony’s principal trombonist, said. “This new agreement demonstrates the shared commitment of the Board, musicians, and management to the long-term stability and growth of the orchestra.” Entering its 73rd season, the Toledo Symphony annually performs nearly 100 concerts in its Classics, Mozart, Chamber, Pops, and Family series, six operas, and neighborhood and regional shows. Additionally, members of the orchestra’s chamber ensembles perform in every elementary school in the Toledo Public Schools system, as well as in many other schools across Northwest Ohio. The symphony performs at the Toledo of Art Museum’s Peristyle, Lourdes University’s Franciscan Center, The Toledo Club, the Stranahan Theater, the Valentine Theater, Rosary Cathedral, and on occasion the Huntington Center. The symphony has performed at venues as far away as Bryan, Greenville, New Bremen, and Portsmouth, all in Ohio.

Water & sewer district wants to know how it’s doing

From NORTHWESTERN WATER & SEWER DISTRICT The Northwestern Water & Sewer District recently launched a digital survey to its customers, contractors, vendors, and other organizations it deals with to gauge satisfaction levels and the quality of the work the District does. According to Jerry Greiner, President of Northwestern Water Sewer District, “We need feedback so we can see how we are doing, and just as importantly, find out what we could do better.” Greiner continues “Primarily we are focusing on our customers, but we also want feedback from organizations we do business with such as our contractors, other government agencies, and even media organizations.” The survey strives to create a baseline or current snapshot of satisfaction and quality, and then will proceed with a comprehensive analysis of the data and information. According to Gavin Smith, Director of GIS and IT at the District “We are going to intently study the results and communicate the results in a way that illustrates our current position across many measured factors, but then we will use this as a starting point to help us keep our strengths impactful while identifying and correcting weaknesses.” Additionally, the District plans follow up surveys, and maybe even focus groups, on a consistent long term schedule to create a constant feedback loop. Freelance marketer and public relations guru Tom Konecny, who helps the District with these types of tasks adds “Evaluation and continuous improvement is critical. For example, a laborer in a factory, a teller at a bank, or even a nurse at a hospital are continually evaluated so that current performance is measured and future performance is enhanced- certainly organizations should do this as well!” The District asks that its customers and all the other organizations associated with them take a brief five minutes to complete this survey. The survey is readily available on the District website. The survey is also available on the NWWSD Facebook Page and Twitter feed.

BGSU faculty member’s ideas on democracy to guide health system discussions in United Kingdom

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Dr. Albert Dzur, political science, has a vision of democracy that is inspiring people around the world to take a new look at the ways in which work can be organized and ethical decisions deliberated. Dzur calls this “democratic professionalism,” in which power is shared rather than hierarchical and social change is accomplished, not from above or by one-time movements, but in the daily business of life. He has researched and written extensively on the topic, including the books “Democratic Professionalism: Citizen Participation and the Reconstruction of Professional Ethics,” published in 2008 by Pennsylvania State Press, “Punishment, Participatory Democracy and the Jury,” published in 2012 by Oxford University Press, and a recent series for the Boston Review called “Trench Democracy: Participatory Innovation in Unlikely Places.” Dzur contends that while professionals such as doctors, judges or educators bring valuable specialized knowledge to decision-making and planning processes, the wisdom and experience of laypeople can be equally important. He advocates for spaces in which public deliberation can take place and presents compelling examples of change brought about by what he calls “load-bearing” citizens. They are those who are doing the work of transforming neighborhoods and schools, helping provide justice for those denied it, and helping gain broader access to health care. This democratization can also take place within the professions. Dzur’s research is being used as a framework for a two-year series of seminars called “Re-imagining Professionalism in Mental Health: Towards Co-Production,” held at Leeds and Oxford universities. Sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council, one of seven research councils in the U.K., the series will focus on new approaches to mental health care that will embrace co-production, or authentic power-sharing, among service users, caregivers and professionals. According to the organizers, “One question which crops up quite often is ‘How does co-production differ from shared decision-making?’ A quick answer is that shared decision-making involves listening to service user perspectives, but co-production goes further than this. Co-production requires a fundamental democratizing of relationships. “The starting point for the seminar series is taken from political science, specifically Albert Dzur’s concept of democratic professionalism. Democratic professionalism is based on the idea that professional values, ethics and practices should be informed by public deliberation and debates.” Five organizations devoted to mental health will participate in the series, representing service providers, caregivers, public organizations and academics from a variety of disciplines. The hope is that by building bridges between the various players in the mental health care arena, everyone will benefit and professionals can find a way to be both democratic and professional.

Optimal Aging Institute hires administrator & schedules community fair

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS BGSU’s new Optimal Aging Institute (OAI) is moving ahead. Its inaugural project administrator has been recently named and a community fair is planned. Paula Davis has been named project administrator effective July 11, Dr. Marie Huff, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, has announced. Currently serving as BGSU’s director of corporate and Foundation relations, Davis served as both the assistant director and outreach coordinator of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute from 2012-15. In addition, she successfully completed the Geriatric Scholar Certificate Program sponsored by the Columbia-New York Geriatric Education Center in 2013. “Paula’s many years of experience in marketing and fundraising, along with her experience in gerontology, make her uniquely qualified to lead the Optimal Aging Institute,” Huff said. “We look forward to collaborating with her and our community partners and other individuals on campus to develop our long-term strategic plan and beginning to provide engaging programs and resources for the community.” Davis will also be a speaker at the institute’s Optimal Aging Community Fair, to he held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The fair is open to all ages but does require advance registration by July 28. It will include an international keynote speaker discussing active aging, followed by panel discussions and interactive breakout sessions and health screenings in the afternoon emphasizing the seven dimensions of wellness. This event is free for people age 60 and over, BGSU employees and students, and $20 for others. Lunch is included. For more information, visit the OAI website or call 419-372-8243. The institute, based in the College of Health and Human Services, was strategically developed in 2016 to provide learning opportunities and educational materials focusing on optimal aging for service providers, health systems, entrepreneurs, corporations, caregivers, and older adults. The OAI has received a generous five-year commitment of financial support from Medical Mutual of Ohio.

AgCredit announces 2016 election results

(As submitted by AgCredit) Three farmers have been elected to serve on the board of directors for one of northern Ohio’s largest lenders to farmers, agribusiness and rural home owners. Dusty Sonnenberg of Hamler, Jerry Layman from Kenton and Deborah Johlin-Bach who resides near Elmore, have been elected to serve three-year terms on AgCredit’s board of directors. Mr. Sonnenberg will be serving his first term on the board, representing members of the co-op in region 2 which consists of Henry, Wood and western Lucas counties. He replaces former board chair Charles Bostdorff, from Wood County, whose tenure on the board expired after serving five consecutive three-year terms. Mr. Layman and Ms. Johlin-Bach were each re-elected to serve an additional three-year term. Jerry was originally elected to serve on the board in 2004 and will continue to represent members in Region 3 (Hancock and Hardin counties). Deborah will continue to serve members who live in Region 4 (eastern Lucas, Ottawa and Sandusky counties). She was originally elected to the board in 2007. In addition to board elections, AgCredit members have also elected their 2017 nominating committee. Named to the committee, which will help identify candidates for next year’s board election, were Gregory S. Hartschuh, Crawford County; Brian A. Miller, Erie; Gary L. Wittenmeyer, Hancock; Mark Billenstein, Hardin; Sam Woodruff, Huron; Ron Baumann, Lorain; Thomas Wardell, Lucas; Michael A Sager, Marion; Bryan Bush, Morrow; Joseph Kapp, Ottawa; Gary Derck, Paulding; Daniel Ellerbrock, Putnam; Scot Haar, Sandusky; David L Hawk, Seneca; Mark Keber, Van Wert; Dale Brown, Wood, and Kyle Brown, Wyandot. At AgCredit’s board re-organization meeting, held in early June, Scott Schroeder and Gary Baldosser were re-elected to serve another one-year term as president and vice-president, respectively. Mr. Schroeder was originally elected to Ag Credit’s board in 2008 and re-elected in 2011 and 2014, serving Region 1 (Putnam, Van Wert and Paulding counties). Mr. Baldosser was originally elected to the AgCredit board in 2009 and re-elected in 2012 and 2015, serving members in Region 5 (Seneca County). AgCredit’s board of directors consists of ten members, eight of whom are elected by stockholders, and two who are appointed by the board to bring greater diversity and experience. AgCredit is a cooperative lender and proud member of the Farm Credit system created 100 years ago to provide a reliable source of credit for the nation’s farmers and ranchers. It supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services and is dedicated to serving the financial needs of farmers, agribusinesses, rural homeowners and rural communities in its 18-county district. For more information about AgCredit, please visit:

Committee on Aging gets Meals on Wheels grant

(As submitted by Wood County Committee on Aging) Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) is proud to announce that it has received a $1250 grant award from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in the 14th Annual March for Meals campaign. This past March was WCCOA’s ninth year participating in the national Meals on Wheels awareness campaign designed to celebrate the proven collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, all levels of government and compassionate individuals to ensure that our seniors are not forgotten. “It is events like this that helps to increase awareness of how important our services and programs are,” said Angie Bradford, Director of Food Service. “The participation we receive from elected officials and other community champions for this event help to spread the word of the importance of a nutritious, hot lunch and daily check to our frail, homebound older adults.” Throughout the month of March elected officials, and other community champions, including realtors and bankers, delivered home delivered meals out of one of WCCOA’s seven senior centers and the production kitchen. Nearly $400,000 has been granted to 265 local Meals on Wheels programs and one Meals on Wheels America-affiliated State Association based on their March for Meals efforts. This year’s grants were made possible through the generosity of Subaru of America, Inc. and its eighth annual Share the Love Event. During the event held from November 19, 2015 through January 2, 2016, $250 was donated to a customer’s choice of a national or hometown charity for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased. Meals on Wheels America has been a participating national charity since the event’s inception in 2008. “The March for Meals grant program is our way of recognizing Meals on Wheels America Members for their efforts to raise awareness and much-needed support for the critical service they provide their communities,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “Together, we can change the way this country cares for its seniors.” The annual March for Meals campaign is an effort led by Meals on Wheels America to present opportunities for volunteers, businesses and governments to support seniors in a variety of ways that make communities stronger, safer and healthier. For more information, visit Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. provides meals, programs, and services daily (Monday- Friday) to the 60 year and older population, throughout Wood County. To receive more information about these services or others that WCCOA has to offer please call 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935. Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that…

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

Updated on June 22: Brigitte Reinke reports she’s almost there with about $2,000 more n donations still to raise Brigitte Reinke, a soprano and Bowling Green High School graduate, is ready to start her professional career. She received her Master’s in Voice Performance with an emphasis in Pedagogy from Texas Christian University and her Bachelor’s in Voice Performance with a German minor from Bowling Green State University. She currently teaches voice lessons to undergraduate students at Southwestern Adventist University, is a section leader at First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Worth, TX, and is in the beginning stages of launching her professional career. That got a boost with her acceptance to AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies), a prestigious opera program lasts six weeks this summer in Graz, Austria. AIMS in Graz focuses on individual technical development and a professional, strategic approach to music as a profession The program offers Reinke the opportunity to work with world-renowned singers, coaches, agents, and directors—including her favorite artist and long-time idol, Barbara Bonney. “This program will provide opportunities that will jumpstart my career,” Reinke said. According to Reinke: “Bowling Green is where I discovered my love of the stage. I participated in plays, musicals, operettas, and operas with Horizon Youth Theatre, The Black Swamp Players, at Bowling Green High School, and at Bowling Green State University. The foundation of performance skills I learned in Bowling Green will carry me through AIMS, and I’m very thankful for that. AIMS is what I need now to get to the next level with professional skills and connections. Thank you all for your support over the years and for your continuing support.” She has previously performed in operas, operettas, and opera scenes as Pamina and die Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte) Just Jeannette (Too Many Sopranos), ein Blumenmädchen (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Yum-Yum (The Mikado), among others, and has performed as a soloist in various recitals and benefit concerts. her solo career as a soprano. Reinke has launched a fundraising effort to help her afford her travel to Austria and participation in AIMS. That included an April 24 recital in Texas. “The program has been gracious enough to grant me a $1,000 scholarship and a $250 work-study grant, but I am still in need of significant funds to attend this excellent institution,” Reinke wrote in a recent email. A letter supporting Reinke from the program states:  “Although AIMS in Graz is considered the best value of any summer music program, raising the funds to attend a six-week program in Europe can still be a daunting task.” Donations can be made at: For all donations will be acknowledge with a handwritten thank you note with photo upon return Other incentives include: $25: Ringtone of me singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” $75: Private voice lesson (1 hour) $200: Group voice lesson…

ACT*BG’s role in staging Amazing Race appreciated

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

Library ready to color your world with programs for adults

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

Opinion: ‘Her Choice’ does not offer all choices

Opinion piece as submitted by J. Murphy One day I noticed a bright, cheery yellow building with big windows encasing the front with what appeared to be a lotus flower under the words “Her Choice” on them. Wondering what this organization does I decided to speak to a staff member. I found out that Her Choice is a Christian, Pro-Life clinic which offers limited services. While this is itself is not an issue, I do take issue with the fact that the center provides false statistics, inaccurate medical information, and hides behind a façade of a neutral, safe place that educates women on all their choices. While they claim to provide guidance and support for women in need, according to the staff member I spoke with, they also talk to women about certain medical aspects of pregnancy, emergency contraception, and all their options with the exception of abortion. Upon further research I discovered the information they provide in these capacities is medically inaccurate, irrelevant, and/or falsified. The location of Her Choice across from campus and the name “Her Choice” is as strategic as its veiled attempts at “offering choice” and “empowering women.” They may not explicitly say “You cannot have an abortion” however, the messages they imply and sometimes explicitly express are biased, inaccurate, false, and are positioned to encourage women to carry the pregnancy to term under false pretenses. From the moment these women step in the door they feel supported, and guided, but they are being guided under a ruse of an “unbiased organization.” This is not to say this organization does not help some women in their time of need. Her Choice offers two “medical” services: they offer free pregnancy tests, and a free ultrasound at the center. They do not refer for abortions. According to the individual I interviewed they will recommend an ultrasound for three reasons. The first is to “…check for an ectopic pregnancy.” Considering only 1-2% of pregnancies are ectopic, I feel this is a tactic used to scare women into getting the ultrasound by telling them there is a risk of ectopic pregnancy without revealing that there is only a 1-2% chance the pregnancy will be ectopic (Kirk, Bottomley, Bourne). The second reason to perform an ultrasound is to measure the baby and determine how far along the woman is. The third to check for a heartbeat and to “determine if a natural miscarriage might occur.” At Her Choice I was told they tell women that 1 out of every 4 pregnancies end in a miscarriage. This false statistic is used to convince women that they have a 25% chance of having a “natural miscarriage” when the reality 10-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage (“Diseases and Conditions: Miscarriages”). This falsified statistic is a tactic to convince a young woman to “wait it out” and “see what happens”…

BGSU student group gets grant to upgrade veterans center

From BGSU OFFICE MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS BGSU has been nationally recognized numerous times for its outreach to student veterans and their families. Now a new grant from the Student Veterans of America (SVA) and the Home Depot Foundation to the BGSU Student Veterans Organization (SVO) will help the University make physical improvements to its Veterans Center. The $10,000 grant comes through the SVA Vet Center Initiative in the form of Home Depot gift cards. The Home Depot Foundation this year has made $400,000 in awards to 50 SVA chapters, of which BGSU is one. In addition to the funding, the local Home Depot may provide help with projects. The University has been enhancing its Veterans Center, which is located in the College Park Office Building. Construction is nearly complete and furniture has been ordered. The Student Veterans Organization will use the grant to complete the project. “It took a lot of hard work, and a lot of long nights putting the Vet Center Initiative grant together,” said SVO President Austin Craft. “I am just glad that we were able to get this extra money to make the Vet Center that much better for all of our students. It will be a really fun place for veteran and military students to come socialize, study and unwind.” Campus veteran centers are very important to active duty and veteran students, who may be juggling jobs, family and adjustment to student life. Having a place to connect with other veterans as well as find convenient, centrally located services can be invaluable, said Dr. Barbara Henry, assistant vice president for nontraditional and transfer student services. BGSU offers veterans support services such as help with enrollment and VA benefits along with other resources and the camaraderie of fellow service members. The Bowling Green SVO was founded in 2011 by veterans Geoff Roberts and Tim Plowman, who realized that BGSU lacked an organization specifically for veterans and military service members. Its goal is to support and guide veterans, current military members, dependents and advocates throughout their academic careers and beyond. The SVO quickly grew and was selected as a pilot school for the Peer Advisor for Veteran Education (PAVE) program. This allows the SVO to have direct access to all incoming military and veteran students, ensuring that each student is properly informed of all of BGSU’s resources. SVA is a nonprofit coalition of more than 1,300 student veteran chapters, representing more than 540,000 veterans in higher education, across the country. Its mission is to provide military veterans the resources, support and advocacy to ease veteran and active military students’ transition into higher education and leverage military experience to launch successful careers in high-demand fields after graduation.

BG utilities director receives national award

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