Community Voices

Secretary of the Air Force to Visit 180th Fighter Wing

From 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard The 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, will host the Secretary of the Air Force, the Honorable Deborah Lee James, for a visit at the base June 6. The visit will provide Secretary James with a behind-the-scenes look at the wing, its Airmen, missions and capabilities. Throughout the day, Secretary James will meet with members of Ohio’s congressional delegation, Ohio National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, 180FW senior leaders and local community leaders. The group will learn about the wing’s missions, tour key facilities and discuss the wing’s current and potential future missions such as the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, as well as potential joint-basing opportunities and community initiatives. U.S. Rep. Robert Latta – Ohio’s 5th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur – Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, Sen. Sherrod Brown – Ohio’s 61st District, Sen. Rob Portman – Ohio’s 2nd District, Rep. Rob McColley – Ohio’s 81st District, Rep. Cliff Rosenberger – Ohio Speaker of the House, Rep. Teresa Fedor – Ohio’s 45th District will all be in attendance. Secretary James will also spend time with 180FW Airmen during a luncheon and Town Hall discussion, where the secretary will address questions from Airmen.

Fatal crashes in Wood County down this year

From Wood County Safe Communities Wood County Safe Communities has reported there have been four fatal crashes in Wood County this year compared to nine last year at this time. Safe Communities is also releasing other final statistics from 2015 fatal and serious injury car crashes. Older driver (recognized as people over the age of 65) involvement in crashes was the top cause of fatalities last year in the category of high risk driving behaviors. Older drivers were involved in 37 percent of fatalities related to driving and 28 percent of all serious injury vehicular crashes. In Wood County in 2015, intersection crashes accounted for 28 percent of fatalities and were the top contributor of serious injuries. Fixed object crashes were the cause of 26 percent of serious injury accidents and 30 percent of all fatalities. Drivers of all ages are reminded to be aware of these alarming statistics and encouraged to do their part to reduce crashes throughout the remainder of 2016 by buckling up and obeying all traffic laws.

Library offers adult summer reading programs & more

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Reading contributes to a limber mind, so Summer Reading Programs aren’t just for kids at Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green. A Summer Reading Program for Adults, “Exercise Your Mind: Read!” has begun and will continue through July 29. Participation is easy—simply report books read this summer either online at or by completing an entry form available at the library. Sponsors of the program include the Friends of the Library, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation, and Wendy’s. The library also has more activities for adults in store in the upcoming week: Monday, June 6 Monday Mysteries book group meets at 7pm at the Carter House (directly behind the library) to discuss Blackout by Connie Willis. The group is led by Mary Callahan Boone and Doris Ann Norris. Thursday, June 9 “BG’s Got Talent” starts at 6:30 pm in the Atrium. Enjoy an evening of family-friendly performances featuring Bowling Green’s brightest stars. Saturday, June 11 WCDPL IT assistant Nick Sluka offers an Introduction to Computers in the library’s TechLab starting at 10 am. Ideal for beginners, this class covers the basics of operating systems, parts of the computer—including important buttons and ports, and understanding basic applications. Due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, call 419-352-5050. While some programs may require registering in advance due to space limitation, all library events are free. For more information contact the Adult Services department at 419-352-5050.

Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa’s “Human Landscape” to be displayed outside & inside of Toledo Museum of Art

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART Works by one of Spain’s most celebrated contemporary artists will stretch across the Toledo Museum of Art’s galleries and grounds when “Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape” opens June 17. The major exhibition, which continues through Nov. 6, spotlights Plensa’s sculptures, drawings, paintings and installations that explore the human body in relation to landscape and language. Northwest Ohio is the final destination of this traveling show organized by the Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, in partnership with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. It’s also the last chance to see so many of these outstanding works in one place – in this case in the Museum’s Levis Galleries indoors and outside on the 36-acre campus. “Jaume is one of the most important contemporary sculptors working today,” said Amy Gilman, Toledo Museum of Art associate director and curator of contemporary art. “He is a poet. He is very thoughtful about language, and he’s choosing to express that in this visual way. You leave his work having had a moment of reflection and thoughtfulness that is a hard thing to come by in the very data-driven and internet-connected world that we live in.” Six large-scale sculptures and sculpture groups by Jaume Plensa (pronounced zhow-muh plens-sah) are positioned in various locations on the Museum’s campus while a selection of works on paper, including 18 drawings and 6 etchings, are on display in the Levis Galleries along with large-scale installations that hang on the walls and ceiling. “The addition of Plensa’s sculptures to surroundings that are familiar will give our visitors an opportunity to experience the campus in a new way. And, given the immediate popularity of Plensa’s “Spiegel” when it was added to our collection, we believe the works themselves will really resonate with visitors,” Gilman said. Visitors familiar with Spiegel, which was acquired by the Museum four years ago for the Welles Sculpture Garden, will instantly recognize Plensa’s singular style in Human Landscape. “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil” (2010) shows three human figures demonstrating the parable. But the bodies in…

OPINION: Professor emeritus questions fitness of new BGSU trustee

Submitted by WALLY PRETZER I find it incredible that Governor John Kasich appointed the former state school superintendent to the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees when he retired after a year of several controversies.  Equally incredible is President Mary Ellen Mazey’s referring to this appointee, Dr. Richard Ross, as “highly qualified.”  Both overlooked the fact that Ross’s “retirement” came after he had received criticism over significant problems under his supervision. Under the former superintendent’s watch, David Hansen, the then Ohio charter schools chief, admitted that he had omitted some failing grades from charter-school sponsored evaluations.  Presumably, Governor Kasich considered Dr. Ross’s advisory position with him before becoming state superintendent a major reason for appointing him a BGSU trustee.  I would ask, “Is there no recourse for the BGSU administration to turn down an appointment by the governor?  Why should BGSU have to accept the appointment of Dr. Richard Ross?”                           Wally Pretzer                          Bowling Green

Kasich appoints Richard Ross to BGSU Board of Trustees

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Ohio Governor John Kasich has appointed Dr. Richard Ross of Columbus to the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees for a term running until May 17, 2025. Cody Clemens of Malta has been appointed as the graduate student trustee member of the Board for a term running until May 17, 2018. “We appreciate Governor Kasich’s appointment of two highly qualified individuals to our Board of Trustees,” said BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey. “Dr. Ross brings a wealth of experience in education and can offer tremendous insight to our Board. As a BGSU graduate student, Mr. Clemens has a unique understanding of the University and the issues facing our students.” Ross has been involved in public schools for more than 40 years and most recently served as the superintendent of Ohio’s Department of Education. Before becoming superintendent, Ross was the superintendent of several public school districts and worked closely with Governor Kasich on an overhaul of Cleveland City Schools in 2012. Ross is credited with school reforms in Cleveland and Youngstown and the implementation of an adult high school diploma program and improving literacy in the state through the third grade reading guarantee. He earned a doctorate in education administration from BGSU in 1981. “I am pleased to be joining the BGSU Board of Trustees,” Ross said. “I’ve worked with the University in various roles and look forward to helping the University achieve its mission and serve students. As a graduate, I have a special place in my heart for the University.” Graduate student trustee member Clemens is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Health and Development Communication at BGSU. Previously, he worked for Target Corporation, where he was an executive team leader of logistics in Pittsburgh. Clemens has also worked at Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta College, Duquesne University and Bowling Green State University, and he has consulted with The Ohio State University’s Morgan County Extension Office. Clemens earned his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication & Public Relations from Marietta College and his Master of Arts in Corporate Communication from Duquesne…

Authors contend cooperation essential in solving problems

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Despite our best efforts, our attempts to resolve conflict sometimes fall short, and that feeling of being stuck at a dead end can cause us to give up and walk away. Yet we are social beings, and are instinctively drawn to working together, say Dr. Donald Scherer, a professor emeritus of philosophy, and Carolyn Jabs, journalist, author and BGSU alumna. When cooperation fails, “What is the missing ingredient and what steps can we take to supply it?” Scherer asked. In their new book, “Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart,” published by Green Wave Press, Scherer and Jabs explore this vexing question and posit five virtues that can help jumpstart efforts at solving problems together. For each virtue, they include three concrete practices to use. “There will always be conflict,” Scherer observed, whether in public or private life, among organizations and individuals. “We can’t prevent that, but we offer tools to resolve it and initiatives that show good faith — constructive steps that ameliorate the problem and help ward off further problems.” The virtues he and Jabs present are: Proactive Compassion: becoming more attuned to what is really distressing to the other party and attempting to foresee harm before it happens Deep Discernment: discovering where the problem actually lies and realizing that sometimes it is simply the way things are arranged that produces the conflict, and not the values involved Intentional Imagination: reconceiving what is possible, looking for the resources available and the connections to be made Inclusive Integrity: looking holistically at how well potential solutions integrate with other aspects, on both sides of the conflict. “We have to think about what it is and what it is in the process of becoming,” Scherer said. Creative Courage: recognizing that there will always be risks in any step and that not everything can be predicted, but still being willing to sort out which risks to take to achieve common purposes In “Cooperative Wisdom,” Scherer and Jabs share the dialogue they engaged in over several years after Jabs, then a graduate student at…

Residents urged to ‘dump the pump’ and ride public transportation

(Submitted by BG Transit) The B.G. Transit announced that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the eleventh annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 16. The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump. Ride Public Transit.” Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2016 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and to take them where they need to go, instead of driving a car. Started in June 2006, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money. According to the April APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,312 annually by downsizing to one car. Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, a public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization. The B.G. Transit is Bowling Green’s public transportation system, providing service to the general public throughout the entire city limits. All seven transit vehicles are accessible to persons with disabilities. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For rides originating and ending within Bowling Green’s corporation limits, the general fare (one way) is $3.50. For rides originating and/or ending outside the city limits, the general fare is $4. Half-priced fares are available to persons aged 65 years or older, children (4-13 years of age) and those with disabilities. For more information about the B.G. Transit (including how to receive the reduced fares noted above), please call (419) 354-6203. When scheduling a ride call 1-800- 579-4299. Persons with hearing impairments may make contact through the Ohio Relay Network at 1-800- 750-0750 (speech 1-877- 750-9097).

BGSU offers lifelong learning through Summer College

Bowling Green State University’s Alumni Summer College is not just for alumni – this special programming is open to anyone who wants to stretch their mind. “BGSU provides experiences that enhance lives,” said Becky Kocher, assistant vice president for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. “Through Summer College we can provide lifelong learning opportunities to a wide range of people interested in stimulating classes and discussions.” This series of educational, and fun, classes will promote lively, thought-provoking discussions and include a variety of excursions. Class will be taught by BGSU’s nationally recognized faculty and attendees will be able to choose nine of 22 possible courses, including: The Art Car in Popular Culture The History of Rock and Roll (with a visit to BGSU’s Sound Recordings Archives) The Heavy Metal T-shirt in Popular Culture U.S. Elections in Comparative Perspective Brainstorming the Novel Social Media is Changing how Business is Conducted Today What is the Value of a College Education Female Hard-Boiled Detective Tradition Technology “Sandbox” Alumni Summer College runs from June 29 to July 1 and costs $190 per person. This includes classes, some meals, special guests and tours. A one-day only session is $100. Some excursions may have an additional cost. Attendees may stay on campus, in one of BGSU’s newest and most comfortable residence halls, Centennial Hall, for $79 per night. Off-campus lodging is at attendees’ expense; most local hotels offer a special “BGSU rate.” To our guests with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Disability Services,, 419-3728495. Please notify us prior to the event.

Ticks are Bad this Year… or are They?

By Chris Gajewicz, BG Naturalist Recently I have heard from a couple of people in town that, “the ticks are bad this year. I had one on me after I went to Wintergarden.” For whatever reason, we as nature enthusiasts seem to have a limit on what type of nature we’re willing to tolerate. As a nature educator, I often find myself researching and re-researching information on a variety of topics to make sure I am as up to date as I can be on knowledge I give out to the public. Thanks to the internet we can all be informed, but then again, for whatever reason, second hand stories from friends seem to carry an awful lot of weight. In court, it’s called “hearsay,” and it’s inadmissible as evidence. Proof is required and casual observations and anecdotal stories are not “proof.” The question is, “are the ticks bad this year?” The answer is… “Maybe.” Unless someone collects empirical data, the only information we can rely on is information we have collected ourselves. Like above, “hearsay” is not “data.” Tick populations, like all populations of EVERYTHING in nature go through cycles. Some years seem to be better for animals, and some are worse. Asian Lady Bird Beetles… remember them?… massive numbers of them were everywhere a few years ago. Where are those massive numbers now? Stinkbugs… they’ve had good population years in 2015 and 2016. Where were those good populations before 2015? One year in the summer I came in to the nature center and the patio and sidewalks were literally moving there were so many millipedes. This went on for days and I had to use the leaf blower to blow them off the patio every day. When I looked in the grass there were millions more. I have seen relatively few since that year. The point is that some years for animals are good years and some are not so good. During the years when habitat, climate, food availability, etc. are good, then populations are generally good as well. When one piece of the puzzle is missing, then the…

Farm Credit System honored on its 100th anniversary

(As submitted by Farm Credit System) The Ohio Senate recognized Farm Credit System members that serve Ohio farmers, agribusiness and rural homeowners with a resolution honoring and recognizing the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Federal Farm Loan Act of 1916 on May 25. State Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) presented leaders representing AgCredit, which serves 18 counties in northwest and northern Ohio, and Farm Credit Mid-America, which serves 79 counties, with the resolution. Joining Senator Hite in co-sponsoring the resolution were state senators Keith Faber (R-Celina), Kevin Bacon (R-Columbus), Bob Hackett (R-London), Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House), David Burke (R-Marysville) and Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green). Additionally, Ohio Director of Agriculture David Daniels paid tribute to the passage of the Act by issuing and sharing a proclamation with AgCredit and Farm Credit Mid-America a couple of months ago. The Senate resolution – as well as the director’s proclamation – praised the Federal Farm Loan Act of 1916 for creating the Farm Credit System, which has served as a means for rural communities and agricultural producers to obtain financing. The resolution and proclamation also applauded and commended those associated with the passage of the act for their foresight. Congress designed the Farm Credit System, created through the original Act, as a network of cooperatives, independently owned and controlled by their borrowers, responsive to their individual needs for credit and financial services and continually adapting to meet the changing needs of rural communities and agriculture. “Today, the more than 75 Farm Credit associations located throughout the country – which includes AgCredit and Farm Credit Mid-America – continue to function in a very similar manner,” said Brian Ricker, AgCredit CEO and President. “Agricultural and political leadership that helped create the system should indeed be praised for their intuition, as well as various changes that have been made since 1916 that have allowed Farm Credit System members to better serve their customers who are also their member borrowers.” The act was originally passed by Congress and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson to address problems farmers were having in obtaining loans from banks…

Wood County Historical Center plans June events

Submitted by the Wood County Historical Center Following are the June events scheduled at the Wood County Historical Center. Mommy & Me at the Museum First Wednesday of each month from 10 AM – Noon. Tour, story, and snack. <> Power of Yesteryear Farm & Tractor Show June 4 & 5 • FREE Family Event featuring “orphan-brand” tractors that are rare and unique plus farm-themed demonstrations, working oil derrick and blacksmith shop, and kiddie pedal pull. <> Julie’s Dance Studio Star-style Benefit Show for the Wood County Historical Society Accessibility Project Saturday, June 4, 7:00-8:00 PM BG High School Performing Arts Center (430 W. Poe Rd. BG) 100% of donations accepted and this star-style show will benefit the Accessibility Project. Thank you Julie’s Dance Studio and all of the dancers for your contribution! <> Monthly Tea Series – Second Thursday of each month Next Tea: “Collections Gone Wild: Hoarding” with Dr. Bill O’Brien, BGSU Department of Psychology June 9 at 2 PM at the Historical Museum! RSVP by June 3 – 419-352-0967 <> Wood County Employee Picnic & Safety Fair Tuesday, June 14, 10:30-2 PM Lunch provided by SWIG, Pioneer Packing, & Belleville’s. All proceeds benefit the WCHS Accessibility Project. Rain Location: Courthouse Atrium Amateur Radio Demonstration Day June 25-26 at the Historical Center’s Boomtown Area FREE Family Event with the Wood County Amateur Radio Club (WCARC) 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 25, and if weather permits, through the night until Sunday at 2:00 PM. Field Day is a nationwide exercise sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) as a means to practice emergency communication procedures by setting up amateur (ham) radio stations in remote areas using temporary antennas and emergency power. <> Wood County Time Capsule There is still time to submit an item for the Wood County Time Capsule. Contact Holly at or 419-352-0967 <> The Museum is open Monday – Friday 10 AM – 4 PM, and weekends 1-4 PM. Closed on holidays. The grounds are open dawn to dusk for photos, picnics, and walks.

City Park to come alive with sound of music

Information from BG PARKS & RECREATION Bowling Green Parks and Recreation will present six shows in its Concerts in the Park series, starting on June 12. All concerts are Sunday nights at 7 on the Needle Hall stage in City Park. Scheduled to perform are: June 12, The Bowling Green Area Community Band. June 19, The Joe Baker Band, playing standards, rock, blues and country standards. June 26, Kerry Patrick Clark and Band, playing folk and original songs. July 10, The Jeff Tucker Band, originals and rock classics. July 17, Swingmania, swing and big band sounds. July 24, The Pride of Toledo Chorus and Voices of Harmony, barbershop singing.

Undergrads win awards for research & scholarship

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS There were smiles and pride all around at the awards ceremony May 18 for the winners of this year’s Undergraduate Symposium for Research and Scholarship. The winners were chosen from among the 80 students who gave poster presentations and another 24 who gave oral presentations at the April 23 event. Also honored was Dr. Andrew Gregory of the School of Earth, Environment and Society, who received the Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award. Gregory, a spatial geneticist, has involved students in his research into reproduction among sage grouse and prairie chickens as well as ecology and sustainability issues in Kenya. Students and their faculty mentors and parents gathered for the presentation of original glass pieces created by BGSU School of Art faculty member Joel O’Dorisio. President Mary Ellen Mazey congratulated the winners on their work, telling them they would remember it their entire lives, as she has her own experience. Winners in the poster presentation division were: Andrew Witte, a geology major and student of Dr. Margaret Yacobucci, geology, for his quantitative analysis of the shape and size of trilobite fossils in the Great Lakes region to understand geographic distribution of genetic populations across the Appalachian and Michigan basins Lydia Dempsey, a music composition major and student of Distinguished Artist Professor Marilyn Shrude, for her contemporary music composition “The Wishing Well: A Children’s Ballet,” which was staged in April in a collaboration with BGSU student choreographer Sophia Schmitz and conductor Robert Ragoonanan Gregory Grecco, a neuroscience major, for his study of life-threatening hyperthermia as a side effect of illicit designer phenethylamines, drugs commonly known as bath salts. Working with Dr. Jon Sprague, director of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Science at BGSU, Grecco compared the hyperthermic effects of six permutations to the more well-known MDMA. Anthony Colosimo, a physics major and student of Dr. Farida Selim, for his research into scintillation mechanisms in wide and direct band gap oxides Oral presentation winners were: Elizabeth Herring, a student of psychology faculty member Dr. Anne Gordon, for her work…

WBGU-TV gets Emmy nod for tea episode & addiction coverage

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has nominated WBGU-TV staff for two 2016 Emmys. The nominations were given to Tom Zapiecki, production manager, and Marcus Harrison, producer/director and Bowling Green State University adjunct instructor. “I’m very excited that our work has gotten recognized beyond our immediate audience,” said Zapiecki, who has won two Emmys previously. Those awards were for the documentaries “Made in America: Lima Locomotive Works” and “Ketchup: King of Condiments.” This year’s nomination, Zapiecki’s 12th, was in the Magazine Program – Feature/Segment category for a segment of “Scenic Stops” called “Pappy’s Sassafras Tea.” Zapiecki produced and directed this segment, which told the story of a small, family-run business in Columbus Grove, Ohio, that that makes authentic sassafras tea with a worldwide demand. “Scenic Stops” featured unique, unusual and unknown stories of people and places in northwest Ohio. Harrison was nominated for the first segment of a yearlong series, “Addiction: Heroin and Pills,” which raised awareness and provided resources for opiate abuse and addiction. This was Harrison’s second nomination; last year he was nominated for the Magazine program category. This year’s nomination was in the Crafts: Research category. “It always feels good to be recognized for your work,” he said. “I think it’s a good thing for the station as well as the University to be put on that scale.” Earlier this year, Harrison won an Award of Excellence from the Impact Docs Awards, which are part of the Global Film Awards competition, for the same “Addiction” segment. “Adding to the significance of this honor for both Tom and Marcus is that each of these productions used BGSU student employees to help produce these nominated productions,” said Anthony Short, WBGU-TV general manager. “We are very proud of Tom and Marcus and the students that helped them produce these informative and important pieces that impact northwest and west central Ohio.”