Community Voices

Local Family Owned Funeral Homes Merge

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

Local Democrats discuss guns

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

Kenwood open Friday…with stipulations

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

Amazing Race Bowling Green planned

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

Former Peace Corps volunteer to further nutrition studies at BGSU

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

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

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART TOLEDO – A rare opportunity to see more than 80 modern works of studio glass from private and corporate collections is being offered in a special exhibition this spring and summer at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Hot Spot: Contemporary Glass from Private Collections, which opens April 15 and continues through Sept. 18 showcases contemporary North American, European, Australian and Asian studio glass. Many of the objects are on public view for the first time. Curated by Jutta-Annette Page, TMA’s senior curator of glass and decorative art, the exhibition celebrates the 10th anniversary of the opening of the SANAA-designed Glass Pavilion as well as shines a light on the impressive and storied glass legacy at TMA. The works of art will be featured in seven thematic groups – the human figure, animals and plants, landscapes, vessel forms, the spirit world, abstract forms and outer space. Among the artists are Joyce Scott, Nicholas Africano, Tom Moore, Kimiake Higuchi, Preston Singletary, Debora Moore and Tobias Møhl. “This exhibition is the perfect way to reflect on current directions in the studio glass movement in the U.S. as well as studio glass from around the world, particularly work by glass artists not currently represented in TMA’s collection,” Page said. “Toledo is the Glass City and the Toledo Museum of Art, as a major player in the history of studio glass as an art form, is committed to nurturing innovative contemporary glass artists through its collections, programs and facilities.” The Hot Spot exhibition is made possible by 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica, by Museum members and by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Admission to the Glass Pavilion and the exhibition is free. Parking is free for Museum members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, visit TMA’s role in the American Studio Glass movement It was in 1962 in a garage on Museum grounds where glass pioneer Harvey Littleton, then a pottery instructor, received the support of TMA Director Otto Wittmann to conduct a glass workshop to explore molten glass in a studio setting rather than a factory. An experimental furnace was built, and though initial attempts to fuse molten glass failed, with assistance from artist and master glass craftsman Dominick Labino on furnace construction, the artists were able to realize the fundamental requirements for this new studio technique. In 1969, TMA became the first…

Wood Lane to host family forums to discuss changes at industries

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

BGSU Lively Arts Calendar, April 7–20

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

Police arrest two breaking and entering suspects

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

April is Fair Housing Month

The Fair Housing Act was signed into law on April 11, 1968, one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability and familial status. April is National Fair Housing Month, and the City of Bowling Green City proclaims endorsement and commitment to the policy of fair and equal access to housing.  The City of Bowling Green further encourages the citizens of the municipality to acquaint themselves with their rights that are protected under the law, and join in reaffirming a commitment to Fair Housing for all regardless of race, color, religion, nation origin, sex, familial status, or handicap (disability). On April 4, Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards read a Proclamation establishing April as Fair Housing Month in Bowling Green, Ohio, during the City of Bowling Green City Council meeting. The City is undertaking various additional marketing campaigns throughout the month in an effort to ensure all residents know their rights under the Fair Housing Act, and how to seek assistance with Fair Housing matters. The City of Bowling Green supports fair housing efforts to eliminate discrimination in housing by providing education to seekers of housing, rental property owners/managers and others regarding state and federal fair housing laws; monitors local advertising for potential fair housing violations; and reports violations of the fair housing acts to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.  If you are a resident of the City of Bowling Green, we are ready to help you with any problem of housing discrimination. If you think your rights have been violated you may contact us at (419) 354-6221 or

Four fatal crashes in Wood County so far this year

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

Earth Month events planned throughout Wood County

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

BGSU honors staff & faculty for service

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The University expressed appreciation for the dedicated service of faculty, classified and administrative staff at the annual Employee Years of Service Awards March 30, recognizing those with five to 40 years with BGSU. President Mary Ellen Mazey, Provost Rodney Rogers and Chief Human Resources Officer Viva McCarver praised their contributions and the importance of each person’s role in making the University a success. With 40 years of service was library technical assistant Matt Hungling, who has oversight of the Item Record Database — the computerized record of almost every item in the main library. Hungling began working in the library as a student employee and then transitioned to his full-time job in 1976. Over the past 40 years he has seen many changes in the way things are done, from the old Dewey Decimal System for cataloguing materials to today’s Optimal Character Recognition software. Although his work is primarily behind the scenes, his name may be familiar to patrons and researchers as the donor of the Hungling Disney Collection, more than 700 items from his vast collection of books, movies, music and more. Today they reside in the Curriculum Resource Center, where they may be enjoyed by all. Hungling was the first recipient, in 1986, of the Friends of the Libraries Staff Award.

BCI Lab recognized for energy efficient design

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey announced today that the BCI laboratory on the BGSU campus has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. “Opening the new BCI lab at Bowling Green was an exciting milestone. It added the latest technology and increased capacity to help the crime-fighting efforts of Ohio’s law enforcement agencies,” said Attorney General DeWine. “And this certification confirms that this important work is being done in a facility that is environmentally friendly and energy efficient.” “We’re proud to have the BCI facility on our campus for the opportunities it offers our students and faculty, and especially pleased that it reflects our goal of achieving carbon neutrality and being a good environmental role model for the citizens of Ohio,” BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey said. LEED certification comes from the U.S. Green Building Council – a national green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. The LEED certification encompasses numerous categories of energy efficiency and environmentally sound design. For example, the BCI lab is expected to be 14 percent more energy efficient than the standard building baseline, thanks to its HVAC and lighting units, in addition to its windows and insulation. Water consumption is estimated to be more than 40 percent below the standard baseline. In building the 30,000-square foot facility, which opened in 2014, more than 20 percent of the materials cost went toward recycled products. At the same time, construction waste was recycled or reused, diverting more than 90 percent of construction waste from landfills. Indoor air quality is enhanced through the use of low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) finishes, such as paint and sealants. BCI laboratory services include: Chemistry; Evidence receiving; Firearms and Toolmark Examination; Forensic Biology; Latent Print Analysis; and Trace Evidence Analysis. Investigative services include: Crime Scene Unit; Crimes Against Children Unit; Criminal Intelligence Unit; Special Operations Unit; Special Investigations Unit; and polygraph examination. In addition to the building, the Attorney General’s Office and Bowling Green State University partnered to create the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Science. The Center’s mission is to foster innovative forensic scientific research and to create training opportunities for forensic professionals and for students in forensic science-related fields.