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Clean Plate Awards to be presented to restaurants

The Wood County Health District will present this year’s Clean Plate Awards on Thursday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. The presentation will take place at the Wood County Health District located at 1840 E. Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green. The 2017 Clean Plate Awards will be presented to 34 licensed food service operations out of more than 800 food service operations in Wood County.  These restaurants and other food service operations have been dedicated to upholding excellent sanitation and food safety knowledge within their facility. The recipients will receive a certificate of excellence and recognition of excellent performance in food safety from the Wood County Health District.  The winners of the Clean Plate Award will also receive a Clean Plate Award decal to display at their facility. This is the seventh year that the Wood County Board of Health will hand out the awards. “The Food Service Operations in Wood County that are presented with the Clean Plate Award have gone above and beyond in the practice of safe food handling,” said Lana Glore, Director of Environmental Services at the Wood County Health District. This year’s recipients include: Arby’s #7372, Bass Pro Shop, BG’s Frosty Fare, Bowling Green Middle School, Carolyn’s Personalized Catering, Conneaut Elementary School, Crim Elementary School, Eagle Point Elementary School, Eastwood Middle School, Eastwood High School, Frobose Meat Locker, Kenwood Elementary School, Kingston Care Center of Perrysburg, Luckey Elementary School, Marco’s Pizza #8, McDonald’s, Meijer Gas Station #116, Northwest Community Corrections Center, Pagliai’s Pizza, Pemberville Elementary School, Pisanello’s Pizza, Poppin George’s Kettle Corn, Rita’s Dairy Bar and Deli, Rite Aid #7728, Rossford High School, Super Suppers Perrysburg-Maumee,…

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BG to put up tree tags to show benefits of city trees

The City of Bowling Green Tree Commission is hanging tree tags around town to show the environmental benefits city trees provide in a year. Tags will be displayed for two weeks between April 17 and May 1 which overlaps with both Earth Day and Arbor Day. Benefits of trees can easily be listed, but until recently it has been difficult to actually put dollar values on these benefits. Tag values were calculated using the MyTree app which estimates benefits of individual trees. The stormwater avoidance provides the largest value as falling rain collects on leaves and bark until it evaporates rather than running off and entering storm drains. Factors that influence each tree’s value include: tree species and condition, trunk diameter (DBH), and proximity to a building. Residents can calculate the value of their trees by visiting on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. The free MyTree app is available from the US Forest Service through the iTree suite of programs. iTree programs are a tool to estimate environmental benefits of trees and all calculations are based on peer-reviewed research.

BG Police and DEA to accept expired, unused drugs

On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Bowling Green Police Division and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the 1st floor lobby of the Bowling Green Police Division at 175 W. Wooster St., Bowling Green. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event,…

BG Police Division seeks info on 2 attempted breaking and entering incidents

The Bowling Green Police Division is currently investigating two attempted breaking and entering incidents, which occurred in the early morning hours of April 7. The businesses were Walgreens, located at 1013 N. Main St., and the PNC Bank branch, at 735 S. Main St.  No entry was made at either location. Anyone with information regarding these cases can call the Bowling Green Police at 419-352-2571 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at 419-352-0077.  You may remain anonymous and if information results in the arrest and conviction of a suspect, you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

BG reminds drivers about new law on golf carts, etc.

As warmer weather approaches, the City of Bowling Green and Bowling Green Police Division remind residents of state law changes that went in to effect at the beginning of the year. As of Jan. 1,. unless registered, the State of Ohio has deemed it illegal to operate an under-speed or utility vehicle or a mini-truck on the public streets. This law change includes the prohibition of operating golf carts along the public street.

Nominations sought for Bicycle Spokesperson of Year

The Bowling Green Bicycle Safety Commission is sponsoring the 17th annual Bicycle Spokesperson of the Year award. Nomination forms for this annual award are now available at the City Administration Building, Community Center, Simpson Building and the Bicycle Safety Commission’s webpage. Any Bowling Green citizen can be nominated who exemplifies the spirit of bicycling through involvement in biking, bike safety or bike-related activities. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, May 1. For questions or more information call the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department at (419) 354-6225.

Idea for legislation came from Wood County resident

State Representative Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, has introduced legislation aimed at better facilitating communication between law enforcement and individuals with communication disabilities. House Bill 115 would establish a program through the Ohio Department of Public Safety (DPS) through which an individual may voluntarily submit a verification form, signed by his or her physician, to the local Bureau of Motor Vehicles to be designated as an individual with a communication disability. This information is then made available to state and local law enforcement only through the Law Enforcement Automated Data Systems, more commonly referred to as LEADS. Individuals over the age of 18 would be eligible to enroll in this system, as well as minors who are enrolled by their parents or guardians. Jenny Hughes, a constituent of Rep. Gavarone’s 3rd House District, brought forward the idea for the legislation. Hughes is the mother of two autistic children, one of whom drives. Because some of the symptoms of autism can be similar to those of an impaired driver, the mother raised concern that her son potentially fidgeting, not responding or not making eye contact could lead an officer to the false conclusion that her son is under the influence or even a threat to the officer’s safety. “House Bill 115 is an example of how great ideas can come from constituents who bring forward their concerns,” Gavarone said. “I am so happy that Jenny Hughes met with me to get the ball rolling on this well thought out piece of legislation.” Through working with local police chiefs in the district, Gavarone introduced House Bill 115 along with joint-sponsor Rep. Scott Wiggam…