Community Voices

BGSU bestows emeritus status on retiring faculty

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees granted emeritus status to 15 retired or retiring faculty members during the May 6 meeting. Emeritus status is conferred in recognition of distinguished service to the University. To be designated as emeritus, individuals must have been at the University for at least 10 years and been recommended by their department for the designation. Emerita Lecturer, humanities Patricia Antonelli, assistant librarian at BGSU Firelands and a faculty member in the humanities department, joined the Firelands staff in 1996 and retired May 6. She brought new courses and library research instruction to students. She was actively involved in the transition to OhioLINK, and maintained strong ties to faculty in the Jerome Library on the Bowling Green campus. In the latter part of her tenure, she served as interim director of the library, a role in which she further strengthened its holdings and links to Jerome as well as services to students. Emerita Senior Lecturer, applied sciences Mona Burke will retire June 1 after serving as the health information management technology program director in the BGSU Firelands applied sciences department for over 30 years. Recognized many times for her excellence in teaching, she received the Distinguished Teacher Award in 1995. Burke was one of the first faculty at BGSU to offer online courses. A nationally recognized expert in her field, in 2010 she was named a fellow of the American Health Information Management Association. Emerita Associate Professor, journalism and public relations Dr. Nancy Brendlinger, who will retire June 1, has served as a faculty member in journalism and public relations since 1990. Known as an engaged teacher and mentor, she incorporated what she learned from her two Fulbright teaching/scholarship experiences and two BGSU faculty leaves to other countries into her teaching, expanding students’ horizons regarding international issues and relationships. She began as an assistant professor in charge of the magazine sequence and in 1995 became the first woman to chair the Department of Journalism, a position she held two more times. She was active in leading curriculum changes and in enlarging the then-School of Mass Communication into the current School of Media and Communication. Emeritus Professor, music performance studies Christopher Buzzelli retired in 2015. A specialist in jazz and jazz guitar, he joined the music performance studies department in 1984. In addition to teaching an array of related courses, he led student ensembles and taught summer jazz and guitar camps. A composer and arranger as well as frequent performer, he is also the author of “The Complete Book of 7-String Guitar” and co-author of numerous other books on jazz guitar. He has performed on many solo and group recordings. Emerita Senior Lecturer, English Lynn Campbell joined the BGSU English department as a graduate assistant in 1980 and began teaching full time in 1987. She will retire June 1. A dedicated educator, she was nominated four times for the Master Teacher Award. Campbell developed themed literature courses targeted to specific majors, such as Literature and the Natural World and The Self in Family and Marriage, strengthening students’ connections not only with their majors but with the world of literature. She was promoted to the rank of senior lecturer in 2009. Emeritus Associate Professor, romance and classical studies Dr. Federico Chalupa taught at BGSU from 1990 until his retirement July 1, 2015. He served as chair of the Department ofRomance and Classical Studies from 2002-06 and as the director of International Studies from 2010 until his retirement. He was hired to the Spanish faculty with the mission of broadening the emphasis to include…


Trombonist John Gruber featured soloist for community band’s salute to veterans, May 26

From KAREN SMITH Bowling Green Area Community Band A Memorial Day Salute to America’s Finest is the season finale for the Bowling Green Area Community Band’s ninth season. Set in the style of a “Boston Pops” concert, with seating at tables complete with refreshments, the evening promises a great variety of patriotic, pop and traditional band music. The Thursday, May 26, 7:30 pm Americana salute also will feature the talents of two hometown musical success stories. John Gruber, BGHS Class of 2006, is the featured trombone soloist. The son of John and Sue Gruber, John started playing trombone in the fifth grade at Kenwood Elementary. During high school, John earned many musical honors, including the OMEA All-State Concert Band, The Toledo Youth Orchestra and was a drum major at BGHS. In 2010, he earned a BME from Bowling Green State University and subsequently taught public school music. John received his M.M. in Trombone Performance from the University of Michigan (2015) and is continuing his studies there as a doctoral student. In addition, he is active as a performer, educator and clinician, including holding the Principal Trombone chair of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. John teaches low brass at Siena Heights University, is the assistant director of the Trombone Ensemble at University of Michigan and has a private teaching studio in Southeast Michigan. For the BGACB performance, John will be featured in the Norman Leyden Concerto for Trombones, joined by two of his former trombone teachers, Dan Saygers of the Tower Brass Quintet and Dr. William Mathis, interim dean of the College of Musical Arts, BGSU. A tour de force for three performers, the Concerto has classical, jazz and cinematic influences. It’s very fitting for the Concert Band to include this masterwork on the patriotic program, as the late Mr. Leyden was a WWII veteran, served as an Army Air Corps musician and was a contemporary of the famous Glenn Miller. Among the patriotic selections chosen by director, Thomas R. Headley, the Concert Band is performing The Battle Cry For Freedom, Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever March and The Armed Forces Salute. Bowling Green native, Elizabeth Dally Green, vocal soloist, and principal flutist, Kim Kucharski, will open Within These Hallowed Halls, a newer composition combining Amazing Grace and The Battle Hymn of the Republic. BiG Band BG, the jazz ensemble led by Dr. William Lake, will spotlight Elizabeth’s vocal stylings on At Last, the Etta James classic. I’ll Take Les, a tribute to Navy vet Les McCann and Moment’s Notice, composed by John Coltrane, also a Navy vet, will complete the jazz portion of the evening. This concert is held in the Bowling Green State University Lenhart Grand Ballroom, inside the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Advanced sale tickets are available at Grounds for Thought Coffee Shop, 174 South Main St., Bowling Green, OH. Tickets, priced at $10.00 each, will be available until 3:00 pm on concert day, Thursday, May 26. No tickets will be available at the door. On the night of the concert, free parking will be available in the University Lots E and F, accessible from Thurstin Avenue. Starting at 6:30 pm, there will be shuttle busses available, courtesy of BGSU, from the parking lots to Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The Bowling Green Area Community Band is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer organization. Members include advanced high school musicians to retirees, meeting Monday evenings from September- May. More information can be obtained at the website www.bgacb.org, or follow us on Facebook.


Prizes awarded to BGHS senior show artists

Submitted by BGHS Art Department Monday the awards for the Senior Art Show now on display at Four Corners Center in downtown BG were announced. In announcing the awards, art teacher Nicole Myers said: “To be in Senior Studio, students need to have great work ethic, great creativity, be independently motivated and take art all four years. “Student artists complete teacher driven prompts while trying new materials and solving problems that may arise. Each student is responsible for exhibiting their best work from the four years in the Senior Studio Show.” The show is in its 19th year and includes the work 26 seniors, the most ever in Senior Studio history. Participating in the show were: Savannah Artiaga, Hannah Brose, Brittney Bushman, Ashley Cochrane, Rebecca Elsasser, Conner Erdody, Kurt Greiger, Angie Hoffsis, Lydia Kalmar, Maeve Kennedy, Alexandra Knoell, Michael Koldan, Miranda Lentz, Keller Martin, Sydney Mason, Zach McCurdy, Alex Noble, Drew Peterson, Lilly Rakas, Tony Reisberg, Adam Schroeder, Katy Slaughterbeck, Micah Smith, Morgan Smith, Allison Swanka and Rowan Wicks. Awards for a total of $1,000 were sponsored by businesses, organizations and individuals. Award winners were: • PTO Purchase Award, Miranda Lentz, “Another Brick in the Wall,” a pen and ink drawing. • 2-D purchase award courtesy of Black Swamp Arts Festival, Micah Smith for “Cinnamon Teal,” colored pencil drawing. Matt Reger selected this piece for its incredible detail and overall display. Reger selected a second piece as well, Sydney Mason’s “Aquarelle,” acrylic painting. He was drawn to the bright colors and said it is just fun to look at. Copies of Sydney and Micah’s pieces will be displayed on the second floor of the high school. • 2-D purchase award courtesy of Black Swamp Arts Festival, Adam Schroeder for “Pierre the Pigeon,” clay. • Principal’s Award sponsored by Mr. Jeff Dever, which goes to a student with high work ethic, Lilly Rakas. • Outstanding Technical Merit Award sponsored by Ben and Jen Waddington of Waddington Jewelers, Brittney Bushman, “3 Shades of Blue” necklace, an enameled piece made by melting glass on individual pennies and then attaching each with jump rings. • The People’s Choice award courtesy of Floyd Craft, owner of Ben Franklin, Keller Martin, “Elvis,” acrylic painting. The last two awards were selected by Mr. Francis Scruci, superintendent and Mrs. Rhonda Melchi, treasurer. The first award is the Superintendent Award wen to Micah Smith’s “Cinnamon Teal.” This piece will be added to the Central Administration’s permanent gallery. The Board of Education Award went to Conner Erdody’s Diversion, sculpey triptych. This piece will hang permanently in the high school conference room. The exhibit remains on view at the Four Corner Center during the day through Wednesday.


County park district plans programs

Following is a list of Wood County Park District programs scheduled from May 20 t0 25. PiPs – Preschoolers in the Parks: Be Prepared! Friday, May 20; 10:00 – 11:00 am W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 29530 White Road, Perrysburg Children ages 3 – 6 years enjoy a presentation and craft to discover how to be prepared for their future outdoor adventures. Adult companions must remain with their children. Please register the participating child only. Leader: Craig Spicer. Register at www.wcparks.org   Blue Week Bike and Hike Friday, May 20; 10:00 am – noon Black Swamp Preserve 1014 S. Maple Street, BG Celebrate the Oak Openings Region’s Blue Week with a ride down to Rudolph Savanna to find out what makes it “blue.” The ride is about 8 miles total. Bring a bike lock and waterbottle. Leader: Jim Witter. Register at www.wcparks.org   Ready, Set, Wear it! Paddle the Pond Saturday, May 21; 1:00 – 4:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 29530 White Road, Perrysburg Start your paddling season off by breaking a world record! We’ll collectively be wearing the most life jackets in one day as a part of the, “Ready, Set, Wear It!” campaign. Paddle the pond anytime between 1-4 pm. An instructor will be available for brief safety and paddling lessons. All equipment and life jackets are provided. Canoes and kayaks are first-come, first-served. For more information visit www.readysetwearit.com. Leader: Craig Spicer. Register at www.wcparks.org   Farm Chores: Dirty Laundry Campfire Saturday, May 21; 6:30 – 8:30 pm Carter Historic Farm 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green Let’s do laundry at the farm using 1930s’ equipment and supplies. Learn how to make your own laundry soap with a sample to try at home. We’ll finish with some farm play and a spring-fresh snack over the fire. Leader: Tim Gaddie. Register at www.wcparks.org   Ohio Boating Education Course Monday, May 23; 5:00 – 9:00 pm and Tuesday, May 24; 5:00 – 9:00 pm Wood County Park District Headquarters 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green Ohio’s official boating education course – FREE. This standardized 8-hour course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Course content focuses on Ohio and Federal boating laws including equipment requirements, operating laws, rules of the, “road” and buoy systems, plus topics of risk management, basic safety practices, and survival in emergencies. Registration is required – call Maumee Bay Division of Watercraft Office (419) 836-6003.   Intro to Nature Photography Monday, May 23; 6:00 – 7:30 pm Otsego Park, Stone Hall 20000 West River Road, Bowling Green Capture the wonders of the outdoors! Bring your camera to learn the basics of taking beautiful nature photos. We will focus on the camera and general photography basics.  Leader: Zeb Albert. Register at www.wcparks.org   Nature Journaling Wednesday, May 25; 6:00 – 7:30 pm W. Knight Nature Preserve 29530 White Road, Perrysburg We provide the sketchbook for your outdoor journaling adventure.  Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist, Sue Frankforther is your guide. She’ll share her passion for nature, writing, and illustration. Register at www.wcparks.org    


Click it or Ticket campaign kickoff set

Wood County Safe Communities Coalition invites you to their fourth annual Click it or Ticket Campaign kickoff. This event is planned at the Perrysburg Wal-Mart at 10400 Fremont Pike on Friday, May 20, from 4:30-7 p.m., and is sponsored by the Perrysburg Wal-Mart, and Perrysburg Chick-Fil-A. The Click it or Ticket campaign educates individuals on the importance of wearing a seatbelt while operating a motor vehicle. Law-enforcement agencies are on hand to reward drivers and passengers for being buckled up and numerous displays and safety demonstrations are scheduled. “Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes. In Wood County alone, 45 percent of unbelted vehicle occupants died in 2015. That is up 5 percent from 2014,” said Sandy Wiechman, coordinator of Safe Communities of Wood County. “As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up.” According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, 1,110 fatal crashes occurred in 2015 in Ohio with 46  percent of occupants unbuckled. The main focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is seat-belt education and awareness. “If you ask the family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes, they’ll tell you—they wish their loved ones had buckled up,” added Wiechman. “The bottom line is that seat belts save lives. If these enforcement and education crackdowns get people’s attention and get them to buckle up, then we’ve done our job.”


Bowling Green Pregnancy Center moves

Submitted by BG Pregnancy Center The Bowling Green Pregnancy Center recently moved to a newly renovated office space at 531 Ridge St. (across from Dunkin Donuts). The Center has been in Bowling Green for 31 years and decided to move locations to be closer to campus and to have more space due to an increase in clients.  The Center will continue to empower women to make informed decisions and offer free services including pregnancy testing, nurse appointments, limited ultrasounds, parenting classes, post-abortive counseling, as well as providing for material needs. The Center’s new location includes a revised marketing plan to be more relevant to the younger generation.  This plan includes adding the tag line “HerChoice” to its current name. The Bowling Green Pregnancy Center is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) which provides every client, no matter their situation, with free services and education so they may know all their options. By providing medically accurate information, including ultrasounds performed by a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer as well as two Registered Nurses, women will be able to make the most informed decision. The Center recently hosted two Open Houses, but has its doors open to the community for walk-in tours. The Center’s hours are: Monday 11:00-7:00 and Tuesday-Friday 9:30-4:30. For further information, please call 419-354- 4673.  


Gish Theater, Hanna Hall should be preserved

Professors emeriti Wally and Diane Pretzer argue for preserving Hanna Hall & Gish Film Theater. Is history important? We think that it is. The current BGSU administration, headed by President Mary Ellen Mazey, apparently does not think so. Some of us objected,a few years ago, to the demolition of the unique house on the corner of East Wooster and South College, built from a Montgomery Ward kit, which had served the Department of Popular Culture for a number of years. President Mazey takes great pride in the Health Center now located there; it could have been constructed elsewhere on campus. But, when the current administration dictates, the Board of Trustees falls into submission. Progress is, of course, important; however, when it thoughtlessly pushes history aside, one can become discouraged. What has, we think, become an egregious dismissal of history is the eventual planned demolition of a gem — namely the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall. This gem encompasses not only the theater itself (formerly 105 Hanna Hall) but also the accompanying gallery of memorabilia honoring the Gish sisters’ achievements, and the Ralph Wolfe Viewing Center. It is certainly possible that Dean Ray Braun of the College of Business Administration, which is scheduled to take over a remodeled Hanna Hall, could approve of keeping the Gish complex in its current location as a treasure in shared space. It is also possible that the College of Business Administration could happily occupy a building elsewhere on campus, leaving the most traditional BGSU buildings, Hanna, University, and Moseley Halls, retaining their focus on the arts and sciences. The current university administration’s focus is clearly only on business; might President Mazey want neon lights along East Wooster to point out the relocated College of Business Administration, thus diminishing the importance of the arts and sciences? It would be helpful, we hope, if others would speak for and write about preserving the Gish Film Theater and its related aspects in their present location. Make an appointment to talk with President Mazey and/or Provost Rodney Rogers, or send an e-mail, or write a letter in support of this preservation. Wally and Diane Pretzer Bowling Green


Quilting group gives quilts to 44 children

This past Tuesday, 44 pre kindergarten Eastwood children received hand made kid quilts from the Quilting Eagles. The 25 members of the Quilting Eagles give back to the community in many ways, this gesture is just one example.  Each quilt was accompanied with a short story book that was read to the child by the quilter. The expressions on the children faces was like Christmas morning – especially when they realized they got to not only take the book home, but the lovely quilt made just for them! The Quilting Eagles meet twice a month and work on group projects such as making quilts of valor for the area veterans, making hero capes for children undergoing chemo therapy.  We also make mittens and hats for the various angel trees at Christmas time.  


Library offers variety of adult activities

A tour of downtown Bowling Green highlighting the city’s historic past, coloring for adults, job coach sessions, and book discussions are among the programs being offered for adults at Wood County District Public Library in BG. Saturday, May 21 Join WCDPL’s Local History librarian Marnie Pratt and Kelli Kling of the Wood County Museum at 10 am and discover downtown BG’s historic past with a “Business in Boomtown Walking Tour.” The tour leaves promptly at 10, rain or shine, from the Carter House parking lot. Light refreshments will be served in the Carter House at the tour’s conclusion. Registration required. Call 419-352-5050. Monday, May 23 Coloring It’s Not Just for Kids. Come, join friends and neighbors who have rediscovered coloring—a relaxing and creative pastime for adults. Coloring sheets ad colored pencils provided, but feel free to bring your own supplies. “Coloring: It’s Not Just for Kids” takes place in the library’s newly renovated 2nd Floor Meeting Room starting at 7 pm. Tuesday, May 24 Just the Facts, the library’s popular nonfiction book group led by Anne Render discusses Going Clear by Lawrence Wright at 10:30 am in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Thursday, May 26 Meet with retired HR expert Frank Day from 9:30 am – 12 pm for a half-hour, personalized “Job Coach Session.” From polishing resume to reviewing job skills to filling out online forms: Mr. Day will you help brush-up where needed to stand out in today’s job market. To book a 30 minute session, call 419-352-5050. 2nd Floor. 10 am. Coffee Talk book group meets at 10 am in the library’s new 2nd floor meeting room. The group, led by Kristin Wetzel, will discuss Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Sunday, May 29 & Monday May 30 WCDPL will be closed in observance of Memorial Day Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30. Wednesday, June 1 Deb Born leads the Read for Inspiration book group in a discussion of To Win Her Favor by Tamara Alexander. The group meets at 10:30 am on the 2nd Floor. Friday, June 3 Discover the top 5 free apps for Library Apps for Tablets at 10:30 am in the 2nd Floor TechLab and get your summer reading off to a great start. Performers wishing to participate in the library’s BG’s Got Talent extravaganza should sign-up by 6 pm today. For details call the Adult Services department at 419-352-5050. Download a registration form for performers from the attachment online at http://wcdpl.org/AdultServicesEvents. For more information contact the Adult Services department at 419-352-5050


Benefit for Jordan Powell to be held

A celebration of the life of Jordan Powell and a benefit to help raise money to ease the cost of his funeral for his family will be held Saturday May 28 at 2:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Sunday May 29 at Howard’s Club H, 210 N. Main St., Bowling Green. The event will be a chance for everyone to share love and happy memories of Jordan. Food is being provided by friends and local businesses throughout the day. Also a silent auction and 50/50 raffle will be held. A $5 donation will be charged. Entertainment provided by:Jordan Breitigam, 3-3:30 p.m.; Chris Salyer, 3:30-4:10 p.m.; Chris MtCastle 4:20-5 p.m.; Justin Payne 5:10-6 p.m.; Ghetto T 6:10-6:45 p.m.; Adamnantium Experiment 7-7:40Insolent Sons 8-8:45 p.m.; and Casket Company 11 p.m. to midnight.


Dr. Terrence Fondessy joins BG Family Care

Dr. Terrence Fondessy has joined Dr. D. Wayne Bell and Nurse Practitioner Tina Jaworski at Bowling Green Family Care. Dr. Fondessy is a native of Northwest Ohio and graduated from Toledo’s Medical College of Ohio. He completed residency training at the W. W. Knight Family Practice Program in Toledo and most recently came from the Fostoria Community Medical Hospital where he practiced family medicine and focused on quality management. Dr. Fondessy is Family Board Certified and his clinical interests include family practice, intensive care, surgery and outpatient medicine. Dr. Fondessy will provide general health care for patients of all ages. For an appointment, call 419-353-6225.


BG art students win carving, painting honors

Four Bowling Green High School art students won awards at the state and national levels for their wildlife carving and painting entries. Senior Tony Reisberg won 2nd place, and sophomore Dana Kleman won 3rd place in their age groups in the Youth Silhouette Division at the 46th Annual Ward World Competition held in Ocean City Maryland, April 22– 26. Their entries were a wood carved and painted Laughing Gull mounted shorebird-style on a base. Over 300 entries were submitted in the silhouette category and judged according to competition rules at the show. At the state level, sophomore, Lucie Moore won 3rd place for her drawing of an American Widgeon in the Ohio Junior Duck Stamp Competition, hosted in Strongsville, Ohio, by the Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association, a non-profit, volunteer organization. The contest is organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the national Junior Duck Stamp Program. The Duck Stamp competition is a dynamic art and science-based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The First Place entry at the state level is then eligible to compete at the National Level. Artwork of the winning entry is produced on a pictorial stamp by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Junior Duck Stamp Program educational curriculum. Ms. Kleman also won 1st Place for her carved and painted Mini Blue-Winged Teal, and 2015 graduate, Tim Kleman, won 3rd Place Best of Show for his Golden Plover entry in the ODCCA Novice, Rest of the Marsh competition. “I have been really fortunate to work with the members of the Maumee Bay Carvers. Since 2013, Bob Lund, Steve Secord and Garrett Secord have donated their time, expertise, and materials to the students of Bowling Green High School. Students have worked outside of school and during enrichments to try their hand at wildlife art. It has been great to see my students embrace the art of carving decoys. Some students really take to working with wood and you can see their passion grow for it,” said Lloyd Triggs, Bowling Green High School art teacher. Junior Duck Stamp program guides are available at http://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp conservation-program.php. For rules and/or entry forms contact, Rebecca Lewis, JDSP Coordinator, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, (419) 898-0014, or rebecca_hinkle@fws.gov. Visit the Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association website, www.odcca.net for competition rules and information about their 40th anniversary show, March 11-12, 2017.


Two BG curling teams to compete in nationals

If you didn’t get enough of curling in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics, then you are in luck—but you may have to drive to Pennsylvania. The Bowling Green Curling Club will be fielding both a men’s and a women’s team in the upcoming Arena National Curling Championships, set for May 10-15, at the Ice Line Arena in West Chester, PA. “We are very excited to have two teams representing our club at Arena Nationals this year,” said Shannon Orr, club president. “Both teams are highly competitive, and we look forward to a strong showing by all of them.” The championship games encompass 20 men’s and women’s teams each from around the nation, including other Great Lakes Curling Association teams from arena-based clubs in Lansing, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis. Tournament selection was made based on application and lottery. This event was initiated 4 years ago, in recognition that the ice in arena-based clubs poses more challenges than dedicated club ice, and the majority of club growth in the United States is occurring on arena ice. “Arena” ice is shared between hockey, skating, and curling. “We have a very supportive and encouraging club, and new members are always welcome,” Orr said. “We hope more folks will come and try one of our learn-to- curls.” Curling dates back to the 16th century, and is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., in part for its accessibility to curlers of all ages and physical abilities. A sport of precision, curling is sometimes referred to as “chess on ice,” and requires a combination of strategy, finesse, teamwork, and camaraderie. Teams must deliver each 40-pound curling stone across more than 100 feet of ice and assure it comes to rest in a specific location. In curling, mere inches can make the difference between loss and success. “Curling is a great sport,” said Orr. “It is easy to learn, but challenging to master.” Orr said curlers delight in the “thrill of throwing a great rock or hearing your rock crash into another one and knock it out of play.” Club members traveling to West Chester to compete include Jay Clark of Saline, Michigan; Matthew Smith of Holland, Ohio; and Scott Piroth and Cameron Roehl of Bowling Green, Ohio; for the men’s team. Jen Henkel of Perrysburg, Ohio; Beth Landers of Bowling Green, Ohio; Angie Jones of Sylvania, Ohio; Elizabeth Spencer of Toledo, Ohio, and alternate Jennifer Williams of Norwalk, Ohio; will comprise the women’s team. The Bowling Green Curling Club was formed in 1968 and has since played continuously at the Bowling Green State University Ice Arena. This fall, the club is moving to its own dedicated ice facility to accommodate growing interest, and will have the full accessibility to allow for offering wheelchair curling. With 4 “sheets” of ice for simultaneous game play, the new curling facility will be the only one in Northwest Ohio and the largest dedicated curling facility in all of Ohio, once it opens its doors. The club will offer beginner instruction for adults and youth programs, and weekly leagues during the October to April season, and will host local tournaments. Right now, team members are preparing for the upcoming national tournament, and are seeking sponsorships and donations to help defray the costs of the trip as well as toward the new curling center. Details are not yet available on webstreaming of this event, but it is possible that there may be some live or recorded coverage through the United States Curling Association website or one of its partners.    


BG erects two LED message signs

Bowling Green city officials have a new way of communicating with city residents. Two electronic message signs have been purchased, with one in front of the police station on West Wooster Street and the other by the public works area on East Poe Road. The signs will alert residents about such items as traffic changes for construction or special events in the community, and about seasonal services such as brush pickup. The sign in front of the police station may also make public service announcements on buckling up and not drinking and driving. The signs cost $10,250 each, according to Bowling Green Assistant Municipal Administrator Joe Fawcett.  


St. John’s Woods was hog heaven

By CHRIS GAJEWICZ BG Naturalist   Stephen W. St. John came to Bowling Green in the 1840s. He was an attorney from New York State and came to BG with the hope of developing a successful law firm in Wood County and of becoming what we would call today, a “Gentleman Farmer”. St. John owned much of what is currently Wintergarden/St. John’s Nature Preserve although its appearance in the 1800s was very different from what it is today. We know from land records, all of the meadow area was utilized for the planting of row crops and the St. John’s Woods woodlot was used as a pasture for hogs. We also know someone lived in the general area of the west side of St. John’s Woods, although no foundations or structures have been found to date. We have located a dump site within St. John’s Woods and it looks as if it was active for quite a long time leading us to believe that human habitation was not far away. From the plant record, (meaning plants that are currently growing in the general vicinity of the west side of St. John’s Woods), someone who had knowledge of medicinal plant use had a loose garden of healing plants. Perhaps the people responsible for these plants were share croppers of some sort and their dwellings were not built on foundations making it difficult for us to now determine where they actually lived. The St. John house still stands on Sand Ridge Road and is occupied. St. John’s Woods is a leftover from a time when farmers actively managed woodlots on their farms. Many used these woodlots for lumber, fuel, fencing materials and in St. John’s case, for pasture. For the longest time I was under the assumption that St. John pastured his hogs in the woodlot out of frugality; there was a free food crop and natural shade. Oak trees in the woodlot were large and could provide shade but they also provided acorns and in all likelihood, there may have been American Chestnut trees growing in the woods prior to the introduction of the blight in the early 1900s which killed them all. The oaks; Red, White, and Black, all produced fruit abundantly as did the Chestnuts. Recently, I was listening to NPR and I heard an interview with a woman from Connecticut who has revisited the European tradition of finishing her hogs with … acorns! Mr. St. John wasn’t just being frugal, he was being true to his family’s French roots. It was, and still is, a common practice in many parts of Europe, including France, to let the hogs roam free. The hogs eat natural foods that include a steady diet of acorns and chestnuts which add a great deal of flavor to the meat. Each year at the end of the season, St. John would take his acorn stuffed, “piggies”, off to market and the next year the cycle began all over. Historically, that’s how St. John’s Woods was managed… indirectly… by hogs. The hogs didn’t limit themselves to the acorn and chestnut crop, however. They ate pretty much everything they could find that was palatable. This means that any wildflower that poked up out of the ground in the spring was immediately consumed. Today, there really aren’t a lot of types of wildflowers growing in St. John’s Woods as a result. The wildflowers in abundance seem to be those which contain high amounts of oxalic acid like Mayapple, Jack-in- the-Pulpit, and Wild Geranium, all of which either taste bad or sting the mouth. Normally in a Midwest…