Community Voices

WBGU part of emergency alert system

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS WBGU-TV is collaborating with Ohio’s 12 public television stations in developing and introducing a secure, alternative delivery system to provide the public with emergency information. OEAS Public AlertNet is a new statewide, multilingual, technology backbone that uses television signals to deliver critical emergency alerts and messaging to other broadcasters and public safety officials, who in turn deliver them to the public. OEAS will automatically provide the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) alerts and messaging in both English and Spanish. Ohio’s public stations are partnering with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the state’s Broadcast Educational Media Commission to make this new technology the strongest and safest way to get the emergency information to the people who deliver it to the public. “Existing emergency systems have sometimes failed during crisis periods such as Hurricane Sandy, but OEAS relies on broadcast signals immune to the hacking and information congestion that commercial Internet services can experience when the need is greatest,” according to Dave Ford, Communications Branch Chief, Ohio EMA. A single digital data stream with all digital emergency messaging for the state of Ohio will be sent from the EMA headquarters in Columbus and distributed to the 12 public television stations for broadcast in support of the legacy Emergency Alerting System (EAS). OEAS has been built with the flexibility to accept new messaging formats as they are developed. Funding for OEAS was made possible through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through the collaboration of Ohio public television stations in partnership with the Ohio EMA and the Broadcast Educational Media Commission. Participants in the project also include the Ohio Association of Broadcasters and the State Emergency Communications Committee, representing both the local commercial and educational radio and TV stations that are the heart of EAS in Ohio. With support from FEMA and the FCC, this innovative emergency alert service has received national attention from a variety of other states. This service is at the core of public broadcasting and speaks to WBGU-TV’s mission to serve our communities and help keep the public safe today and into the future. For additional information on the emergency alert service, please contact Dave Carwile, administrator for Ohio Educational Television Stations at 614-292-9567 or

Gathering in BG to show solidarity for Standing Rock protest

Submitted by MEGAN SUTHERLAND There will be an open and public Standing Rock Peace Gathering this Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at the public green space in Bowling Green, located next to the First Presbyterian Church,. All are invited to attend this gathering, which is rooted in peace, prayer and education. Our hope is to show our support for the non-violent water protectors from over 250 Native American tribes, which have gathered in North Dakota, on the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s reservation, in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, a crude oil pipeline that will be running under the Missouri River, just upstream from the reservation. Our hope is to educate the public, gain awareness to what is happening, and show our support. love and respect for those in Standing Rock. The Native Americans’ peaceful gathering has been met with brutal force from the authorities, and we wish to send our prayers to them, as well as open the conversation on what we can do, in our own hometowns, to address these issues. Please join us to learn, pray, and show your support for Standing Rock with your community! If you have any questions about the gathering, or if you know of a professor or faith leader which would like to speak, please contact Megan Sutherland at 419-341-0164 or at

BG Women in Computing gets Google grant

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The BG Women in Computing (BGWIC) student organization at the University has received a Google igniteCS grant for a proposed mentorship program benefiting middle school girls (grades 5-8). The $10,000 grant to promote computer science education provides funding and resources for Code4Her, a new computer science mentorship program for girls. Proposed and administered by BGWIC, the program will connect middle school-aged girls with BGWIC mentors to learn about computer programming. In the session that will begin in January 2017, lessons will be come through exploration of Lego EV3 Mindstorms robots. Each girl will work with her own BGSU student mentor; the mentors are all computer science majors and BGWIC members. “Our members are very passionate about supporting girls in computer science, and we wanted to expand our outreach to the community,” said Rebeccah Knoop, BGWIC president. “We have deep admiration for Google’s commitment to making computer science accessible to all, so we are incredibly honored to have been selected. We are not a large organization, but we believe that we can have a great impact on the community and are very thankful to igniteCS for recognizing that and supporting our program.” The Google igniteCS website indicates only one other program in Ohio has received funding. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the middle school girls and the BGSU student mentors,” said BGWIC adviser Jadwiga Carlson, a computer science faculty member. “The girls are paired with BGWIC members to learn about programming and computer science education. The BGWIC members are able to share their enthusiasm and interest in computer science in hopes of encouraging the girls to pursue computer science careers.” Knoop pointed out that she and other members of BGWIC did not have access to computer science education until college. “We are beyond excited to give these girls that opportunity. We want to introduce young women to programming concepts in a fun way and inspire them to pursue computer science in the future.” According to Google igniteCS website, the company is “committed to developing programs, resources, tools and community partnerships which make computer science engaging and accessible for all students.” A computer science education offers “a pathway to innovation, creativity and exciting career opportunities.” BGWIC’s inaugural session will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. in 020 Hayes Hall computer lab on five Sundays starting in January: Jan. 22, Feb. 19, March 19, April 2 and April 23. Spaces are limited; registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will close Dec. 9. All forms and additional information can be found on the CODE4her website. For more information, contact Carlson at or 419-372-8704.

Horizon Youth Theatre presents ‘The Fabulous Fables of Aesop’

Submitted by Horizon Youth Theatre Horizon Youth Theatre is pleased to announce its 2016 winter production, The Fabulous Fables of Aesop, adapted and directed by Keith Guion. Performances are at Otsego High School, 18505 Tontogany Creek Road, on Friday November 11 and Saturday November 12 at 7:00 pm; and Sunday November 13 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $5.00 and will be available at or at the door. There will also be a preview at Wood County District Public Library on Saturday, November 5 at 10:30 am, which is free and open to the public. An excerpt will also be performed for John Zibbel’s Foundations of Inclusive Early Childhood class at BGSU on Tuesday evening to help demonstrate the benefits of theatre for elementary-age children. Actors aged 6 to 12 from six area schools are featured, as well as online / home schooled: BG Middle School, Conneaut Elementary, Otsego Elementary, Montessori School of Bowling Green, Maumee Valley Country Day School, and Ohio Virtual Academy.  The play involves a company of twelve young players who arrive to share the fables of Aesop. Since Aesop wrote as many as 600 fables, this is an enormous undertaking. Several players try to accomplish this challenging task by sharing different fables at the same time, speaking over one another to be heard. When this method isn’t effective, the remaining players explain, through one of Aesop’s fables, exactly why it didn’t work. Then all the players collaborate to share several additional fables, some of them familiar, others not as well known. By using very simple costumes and set pieces, and the players themselves in multiple roles as well as occasionally becoming inanimate objects to represent certain props, this unique version of Aesop’s classic fables will surprise and delight audiences of all ages. Keith would like to emphasize the importance of the entire ensemble in this production, stating “the production team is as much a part of the ensemble as the actors.” Therefore, the stage crew members are also being listed, which is unusual for a pre-show press release. Cast members: Player 1          Gavin Miller Player 2          Lauren Carmen Player 3          Elijah Marx Player 4          Rose Walters Player 5          Alice Walters Player 6          Emma Montion Player 7          Emma Kate Holbrook Player 8          Liam Rogel Player 9          Emy Wilkins Player 10        Paige Suelzer Player 11        Yelia Xu Player 12        Mary Helen DeLisle Production Team: Stage Manager – Alli Kulbago Technical Director and Set Construction – Greg Hall Costume Designer – Lynette Cooley Props – Wendy Guion Backstage Crew: Ligaya Edge, Bindi Hoskay, Kate Ludwig, Alexandra and Isobel Roberts-Zibbel, Bob Walters* HYT would like to thank OTSEGO SCHOOLS for the generous access to its facilities we’ve enjoyed since 2014. We couldn’t do this without you. *Additional crew members and production staff may be added at a later date

BGSU arts events through Nov. 16

Through Nov. 21 – “The Deathworks of May Elizabeth Kramer,” a mixed media installation by The Poyais Group, continues through Nov. 21 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery in the Fine Arts Center. The exhibit is a purported recreation by the Poyais Group of outsider artist Kranmer’s (1867-1977) private lifework, a tent version of the town where she lived, with each tent representing someone who had died. Discovered by a team of anthropologists after her death but then lost in a fire, the installation was remade by the Poyais Group (Jesse Ball, Thordis Bjornsdottir, Olivia Robinson and Jesse Stiles) based on notes by one of the original anthropologists. Gallery Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Through Nov. 22 – “Criminal Justice?” an exhibit by activist artists Carol Jacobson and Andrea Bowers, investigates the attitudes and biases embedded in the U.S. criminal justice system. Jacobson is an award-winning social documentary artist whose works in video and photography address issues of women’s criminalization and censorship. See story: Bowers’ video “#sweetjane” and drawings explore the 2012 Steubenville, Ohio rape case and the citizens whose activism resulted in two rape convictions. The drawings reproduce the text messages sent among the teenage witnesses to the assault on an underage young woman. “Criminal Justice?” is on view in the Willard Wankelman Gallery at the Fine Arts Center. Gallery Hours are 11 a.m. – 4p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Nov. 2 – The Faculty Artist Series features the BGSU woodwind faculty in an 8 p.m.performance in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 3 – The International Film Series continues with the 2015 film “Le Dernier Loup (Wolf Totem),” directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Life is tenuous for humans and animals in the wonderfully filmed Mongolian steppe. The story presents a stark view of the region 50 years ago, during China’s Cultural Revolution, focusing on Beijing student who goes to live among nomadic herdsmen in 1967. The modern world imperils the ecosystem form the south, while wolves, who hold spiritual meaning for the indigenous people, threaten from the North. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Free Nov. 3-5 – The 16th annual Winter Wheat festival of writing celebrates writers and readers alike. Created in 2001 and produced by the Mid-American Review on the BGSU campus, the event will host writing workshops, question-and-answer sessions with authors, a book fair of literary journals and presses and an open mic opportunity. Most events will be located in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Winter Wheat is open to the public. A donation is suggested, but events are free for all participants. Nov. 4 – The Bowling Green Opera Theater presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers.” This classic opera marks the 12th comic opera collaboration of Gilbert and Sullivan. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased from the BGSU Arts Box Office at 419-372-8171 or visit Advance tickets are $15 and $5 for students and children. All tickets the day of the performance are $20. Nov. 4 – An Elsewhere production of “Two Rooms” will begin at 8 p.m. in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolfe Center for…

Finding middle ground in the debate over guns

By SHANE HUGHES   As a child, I spent every other weekend on 47 acres of wooded hills in Laurel, Indiana with my grandparents and three cousins. Loaded rifles and shotguns lined the walls of my grandfather’s office and lay haphazardly on the kitchen table or leaned against the railing of the back porch. My earliest memories involve my grandfather gently shaking me awake in the pre-dawn hours of the night, dressing in warm woodland camouflage overalls, and following my grandfather as he taught me how to track and stalk deer in autumn. It was these early years which taught me to respect guns of every kind. As a teenager, I enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. There I learned to disassemble and reassemble an M16A2 rifle in lightning quick time under the stressful presence and watchful eye of a drill instructor wearing a Smoky Bear campaign cover. I learned how to clean and care for my rifle by applying generous quantities of CLP and the judicious scrubbing of a cleaning brush similar to a hard-bristle toothbrush. I learned how to hit a man-sized silhouette target from 500 yards using only bare iron sights. As a young man, I deployed to Fallujah, Iraq where I fought against a terrorist insurgency in 2006 and again in 2008. It was there I experienced the terrible consequences of guns – and other weapons of war – when people use them against one another. Just before I left the Marine Corps in 2009, I experienced profound and intense anxiety issues. A friend recommended visiting a pistol range, where I unloaded my first magazine of 9mm rounds in a rage. Realizing I missed nearly every shot at a laughably easy range, I forced myself to control my breathing and steady myself, slowing down to aim each shot and pull the trigger with a slow, steady squeeze. All the rounds from the next magazine were grouped in a pattern no larger than a silver dollar. It was the first of many visits to the pistol range. These visits helped me achieve a state of calm I can only think to compare to the moment of zen people achieve through yoga. My anxiety issues disappeared completely after a few months. It is because of all these experiences that I find myself in a unique position regarding the debate over the 2nd amendment and gun regulations in America; a debate with little to no middle ground between Republicans and Democrats. It is long past time that we put aside these titles we attach to ourselves and others, and try to reach a consensus of mutual understanding and respect for on another’s viewpoints. There was little to no consensus, understanding or respect during the recent panel on gun violence held Oct. 27th, at the Wood County Public Library. The first thing people need to understand is gun culture is deeply ingrained in many places in this country. Places like Laurel, Indiana or Bowling Green, Ohio. Many people respect guns and handle them with care, and feel they should not be punished because of the high profile instances of mass shootings highlighted in the national headlines. These people are not wrong. If they haven’t committed any crime which would prohibit them from lawfully possessing a gun, then their rights should…

Local heroes to be honored at Black Swamp Humanitarian Awards

(As submitted by the Black Swamp Humanitarian Awards Committee) This year marks the 28th annual Black Swamp Humanitarian Awards dinner that will be held on Friday, Nov. 11, at Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids. The first Black Swamp Humanitarian Awards dinner, held in 1989, was organized by former Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Betty Montgomery, and the late David C. Miller, former editor of the Sentinel-Tribune. Since 1989, more than 400 awards have been presented to individuals in recognition of their heroic deeds. To be nominated for an award, the nominee either must be a Wood County resident at the time of the event or the event had to occur in Wood County. This year 11 awards will be given including the Life Risk, Service to Others and Good Samaritan awards. The Life Risk recipients are Brian Robinson, Brandon Conine, Dino Babers, Chelsea Lowe and Conner Beck. Patrolmen Tyson Richmond is receiving the Service to Others award. The Good Samaritan awards are being received by Wesley Stiner, Corey Stulpin, Robert Fyfe, James Oberlander and Thomas Harper. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. with the dinner following at 6:30 p.m. This event is open to the public. Friends, relatives and co-workers of the award recipients are welcome to attend the event for $15 per person. Those interested in attending may contact Dean King, committee secretary, at 419-463-4838 or Nine Wood County funeral homes underwrite the cost of the awards program, paying for the plaques and dinners proved for the award recipients and their guests. The sponsoring funeral homes are Barndt Funeral Home, Wayne; Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, Bowling Green; Dunn Funeral Home, Bowling Green; Marsh Funeral Homes, Luckey & Pemberville; Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, Tontogany; Smith-Crates Funeral Home, North Baltimore; Sujkowski Funeral Home, Rossford; Witzler-Shank Funeral Homes, Perrysburg & Walbridge and Wright-Habegger Funeral Homes, Grand Rapids. The all-volunteer humanitarian awards committee is headed by Mark Wasylyshyn, Wood County Sheriff’s Department. Other committee members include Allan Baer, North Baltimore Police Department; Kathy Bomer, Boy Scouts of America; Tony Hetrick, Bowling Green Police Department; Holli Engle, Wood County Hospital; Dr. Joe Frederick of New Rochester; Kathy Heyman, Weston EMS; Dean King, Bowling Green Lincoln Auto Sales; Jeff Klein, Perrysburg Fire Department, Jan Larson McLaughlin, Bowling Green Independent News; Ryan Lee, Central Joint Fire Department; Steve Meredith, Bowling Green Fire Department; Jessica Miller-Blakely, Wood Lane Residential Services; Tom Sanderson, Bowling Green Fire Department; Gary Spencer, Bowling Green Police Department; and Rick Van Mooy of North Baltimore.

Randy Gardner receives award from Ohio Council of Behavioral Health Providers

From the office of Randy Gardner Senator Randy Gardner was named Ohio Legislator of the Year Thursday by the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health Providers for his work on important mental health issues and legislation.  He was joined at the awards luncheon by Marsha Mruk, Vice President for Behavioral Health at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky.

Library posts photos of BG’s Tomato Festival

Submitted by the WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY With the Bowling Green Holiday parade just a month off, take time to look back at parades from an earlier time. In August of 1938 and 1939, Bowling Green hosted a first and second Tomato Festival. The Wood County District Public Library has just posted 64 photos from the Jim and Joan Gordon Collection of the two festivals at: Photos feature marching units, floats from local businesses and the contestants for the crown of Tomato Queen.  

BGSU makes list of green colleges

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS BGSU is among the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the 2016 Princeton Review Guide to 361 Green Colleges. The review chose the colleges for the seventh annual edition based on data from the company’s 2015-16 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning their commitment to the environment and sustainability. BGSU scored 90 on the 100-point scale. Except for the top 50 schools, colleges are not ranked in any order. The ranking provides a good reference for prospective students. Environmentally conscious, college-bound students increasingly seek schools compatible with their beliefs, said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “I’m so very proud that our sustainability efforts have been recognized by the Princeton Review guide,” said BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey, who in 2012 signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, lending BGSU’s support to the effort to promote climate neutrality and sustainability. “Students, faculty and staff have all taken leadership roles in moving us toward our goals and making us a more environmentally aware and responsible institution.” The profiles in the Green Colleges Guide include “Green Facts” about the schools with details on such things as the availability of transportation alternatives and whether the school employs a sustainability officer. They also provide information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid and student body statistics. To be included in the guide, schools must submit an exhaustive report. “It’s quite detailed in so many areas,” said Dr. Nicholas Hennessy, campus sustainability manager, adding that it goes far beyond most people’s basic concept of recycling as a sustainability marker. People might be surprised to know that, in addition to the obvious criteria like sustainable practices in the operations area, the green guide also places a strong emphasis on academics, Hennessy said. “They look at the courses offered and ask ‘What are you teaching your students about the environment and sustainability?’ What opportunities are available to them outside of class?’ They also look at who on the faculty is doing sustainability research. The idea is that, as a higher education institution, we have the talent, the opportunity and the resources to educate more civically engaged citizens.” Hennessy pointed out BGSU’s alternative break programs as good examples of extracurricular activities that can have an environmental focus. Students have worked in watershed areas and alternative energy projects in North Carolina, for example. Other big events on campus, such as the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service conducted by the Center for Community and Civic Engagement, use sustainable practices, he added. And, along with tangible projects, a major goal of the student-led Student Green Initiative Fund is raising consciousness. “So much of making progress is about changing attitudes and changing behaviors,” said Steven Krakoff, vice president for capital planning and campus operations. “Sustainability has to become ingrained in the way we function and raise awareness on campus.” Hennessy compiled BGSU’s report for Princeton, including such things as institutional policies, purchasing practices and operational areas such as how much renewable energy the university uses and the school’s carbon footprint, he said. Even campus dining services are included in the audit. For example, BGSU gets points for the percentage of the food budget spent on local or organic food (78 percent) and its pre-consumer…

BGSU earns place on Community Service Honor Roll

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University has a strong history of community engagement – and as part of the BG experience, emphasizes learning in and out of the classroom. Much of that outside-the-classroom learning takes place during service-learning and community service opportunities. Because of this commitment to community service and service learning, the University has once again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, published annually by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The honor roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. The application for these awards was submitted by the BGSU Center for Community and Civic Engagement, which works to create a vision, infrastructure and programs to drive high-impact community and civic engagement priorities in service to the public good. These awards are for activities in the 2013-2014 academic year: 2015 Honor Roll General Category – with Distinction 2015 Honor Roll Economic Opportunity Category 2015 Honor Roll Education Category The programs highlighted in the application for General Service were the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Challenge, When You Move Out Don’t Throw it Out and Bowling Green Alternative Breaks. The programs highlighted in the Economic Opportunity category were the Free Tax Preparation Program, Project Connect Wood County and the Wood County Re-Entry Coalition. The programs highlighted in the Education category were BGSU America READS, Educators in Context and Community and STEM in the Park. Last year, nearly 9,000 BGSU students participated in service-learning and/or community service projects, serving several thousand hours.

BGSU arts events calendar through Nov. 9

At the galleries – “The Deathworks of May Elizabeth Kramer,” a mixed media installation by The Poyais Group, continues through Nov. 21 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery in the Fine Arts Center. The exhibit, a collaboration with the New Music Festival, claims to be a recreation by the Poyais Group of outsider artist Kranmer’s (1867-1977) private lifework, a tent version of the town where she lived, with each tent representing someone who had died. Discovered by a team of anthropologists after her death but then lost in a fire, the installation was remade by the Poyais Group (Jesse Ball, Thordis Bjornsdottir, Olivia Robinson and Jesse Stiles) based on notes by one of the original anthropologists. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Oct. 27–Creative writing M.F.A. students will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Oct. 27–The International Film Series continues with the 2012 German film “Oh Boy (A Coffee in Berlin),” directed by Jan Ole Gerster. A young man in the dreamy process of losing everything he has wanders through Berlin to the accompaniment of comedic mood music. His contemporary angst plays out on the black-and-white background of a city with a dark past. It’s never been so difficult to get a cup of coffee in a huge city. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall. Free Oct. 27 – A performance of “Evelyn in Purgatory,” an award-winning dark comedy by Topher Payne, will begin at 8 p.m. in the Eva Marie Saint Theater located in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Tickets can be purchased form the BGSU Arts Box Office at 419-372-8171, or visit Advance tickets are $15 and $5 for students and children. All tickets the day of the performance are $20. (See story at Oct. 28–The exhibition “Criminal Justice?” opens in the Willard Wankelman Gallery at the Fine Arts Center with a 5:30 p.m. ARTalk by Carol Jacobsen in the gallery. A Stamps School of Art & Design faculty member at the University of Michigan, Jacobson is known for video and photography that addresses issues of women’s criminalization and censorship. Curated by BGSU Galleries Director Jacqueline Nathan, “Criminal Justice?” features activist artists Jacobson and Andrea Bowers, whose work investigates the attitudes and biases embedded in the U.S. justice system. A reception will follow the ARTalk. The exhibit runs through Nov. 20 in the Wankelman Gallery. Free Oct. 28–A performance of “Evelyn in Purgatory,” by Topher Payne, will begin at 8 the Eva Marie Saint Theater at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Tickets can be purchased from the BGSU Arts Box Office at 419-372-8171, or Advance tickets are $15 and $5 for students and children. All tickets the day of the performance are $20. Oct. 28–Guest artists baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and pianist Paula Fan will perform. Williams has appeared in more than 60 operatic roles and has given performances at major venues in North and South America, Australia, Hong Kong and many European countries. Fan has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician on five continents. She has recorded 20 albums and has broadcast for the BBC, National Public Radio, Radio Television China and internationally. Their recital will begin at 8…

WCESC presents an inspirational evening with LeDerick R. Horne

State Support Team 1, Wood County Educational Service Center, and Wood Lane present an evening at the Bowling Green Community Center with motivational speaker LeDerick Horne. The presentation will be on November 30 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Dolores Black Gym, 1245 W. Newton Rd, in Bowling Green. LeDerick Horne was labeled as neurologically impaired in third grade.  He defies all labels.  He’s a dynamic spoken word poet, disability advocate, and motivational speaker.  His work addresses the challenges of all disabilities, uniting the efforts of diverse groups in order to achieve substantive, systemic change.  He is on the governing board of Project Eye-to-Eye, a national nonprofit that provides mentoring programs.  Learn more at Supported by Wood Lane in collaboration with the Wood County Educational Service Center Parent Mentors Jennifer Vanlerberg and Jenny Myers. Registration Deadline is Nov 23rd!  To register call Jennifer or Jenny at 419-354-9010 or send an email to or   Please include the number of people attending, their names, and the email address and/or phone number of a contact person with their registration request.  Seating is limited, so registration is required.   

Downtown BG dumpster corrals get a facelift

From DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN Great things are happening in Downtown Bowling Green as a summer-long project is nearing completion.  This summer, it was approved by the Board of Directors for the Special Improvement District to work on the dumpster corrals that were constructed as a part of the Heritage 2000 project.   These corrals house dumpsters that are used by all the businesses and residents in the downtown and over the last 16 years have seen a lot of use and abuse.  The project included replacing all broken or deteriorating wood, repairing original doors and any other structural problems.   This work was completed by the local small business Lewallen Construction.  “Justin Lewallen was excited for the opportunity to work with our Downtown and gave us a very competitive quote, making it possible to move ahead with the project.  The work completed was to specifications and finished on time.” per Mary Hinkelman, managing director for the Downtown.  “We have our maintenance people prepping the metal work at this time and the final portion of the project, the painting will be completed October 25th and 26th.”   The painting is being completed as a part of a Day of Caring project organized by Sue Clanton, area director for the United Way. The Downtown has also received generous donations from the businesses Newlove Realty, Finders Records, Randall Roberts, CPA, Ace Hardware, Greenbriar, and Homeworks Decorating Center for the painting project. Downtown Bowling Green is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to preserve and promote the historic heart of the city and create civic pride and community through opportunities for citizen involvement.  The Downtown Foundation’s annual campaign will begin in November. To make donations toward holiday decorations or flowers, contact 419-354-4332.

Cheney reappointed to water & sewer district board

By NORTHWESTERN WATER & SEWER DISTRICT John Cheney, long-time resident of Henry Township, was reappointed to the Northwestern Water and Sewer District board effective January 1, 2017. Mr. Cheney is the longest-term board member of the District’s nine-person board of directors.  He was first appointed to the planning organization looking to form the District in 1992. He will start his 25th year with the District when his new three-year term starts in 2017.  He has served as an officer of the District on several occasions in the past. As one of the nine board members of the District, he is appointed as one of three Wood County Commissioner board members, joining three others appointed by the Wood County townships and three other from Wood County Municipalities.   Board members are responsible for the overall operations of the District, who now serves over 19,000 accounts in the region with approximately $200 million in assets with 65 employees. “We’ve come a long way during my tenure here with the District and it’s been a gratifying experience serving all ends of the County,” says John Cheney.