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BGSU responds to instances of hate speech

The administration at Bowling Green State University has released a statement to the community in response to five instances of white supremacist and anti-gay postings on campus as well as an anti-gay demonstration by several members of an outside group. “These viewpoints do not represent our core values of fostering diversity and a culture of inclusion.,” the messge signed by President Mary Ellen Mazey, Provost Rodney Rogers, and Vice President for Student Affairs Thomas Gibson, states. The statement promises to keep the BGSU community informed of instances when people “spread messages of hate on our campuses.” The message notes that white supremacist groups are targeting campuses across the country. The message outlines what the university can and cannot do. “The University is committed to protecting the open exchange and debate of ideas and opinions. … BGSU cannot shield individuals from ideas that they find unwelcome or even repugnant.” However, it draws a line when such postings deface property, as the stickers did, or violate university policy as other postings do. “Rather than suppressing speech, we can, and will, speak out against individuals or groups that espouse racism, anti-Semitism, intolerance or hate. We will also continue to work to support members of our community affected by such speech.” The message concludes by encouraging those at BGSU to report such instances. The complete message is below. Members of the BGSU community: At Bowling Green State University, we are dedicated to ensuring that all members of our community feel valued, appreciated, respected and safe. We will communicate to you when members of our community fail to live up to our values, or when…

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BG brush pickup to begin Sept. 25

Beginning Monday, Sept. 25, the City of Bowling Green will be conducting a brush pickup. Brush should not be placed curbside any sooner than one week prior to pickup. Brush and limbs should be placed curbside loosely, not bundled. Stumps and limbs in excess of 12 inches in diameter and 10 feet in length will not be picked up. Brush mixed with leaves or other yard debris will not be collected. The city, at its discretion, will not collect entire trees placed in the right of way as a result of work by a contractor or are of such size and multitude, that it surpasses the intent of the tree clipping collected Ordinance 94.07. This is not an unlimited brush collection. For cul-de-sacs, do not place brush in the cul-de-sac green space as it may block fire hydrants and/or it is unmanageable for city equipment to remove. There will be one citywide sweep of all four wards. Once the crew leaves a street, they will not return. Pickup is by ward and not by your normal refuse collection day. Brush collection is only for locations which receive city refuse collection. To ensure pick up of your brush – it should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. on Sept. 25. Any questions regarding the brush pickup should be directed to the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.


Scam under investigation involving fictitious call from sheriff’s office

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, a local resident reported that he received a suspicious phone call from a subject posing as an employee of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. The call appeared legitimate as his caller ID showed the sheriff’s office phone number 419-354-9001. The caller told him that he had a warrant for his arrest. The caller requested gift card information be provided over the telephone to post bond and avoid arrest. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office will not contact anyone via telephone regarding an arrest warrant. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office will not request or accept financial information or gift cards over the telephone to post bond. This incident is currently under investigation. If you have received a similar phone call, contact your local police department to report it. Additional information can be provided to Chief Deputy Eric Reynolds at ereynolds@co.wood.oh.us or 419-354-9348.


Forum on single payer health care planned

On Sunday, Sept. 17, the Wood County Green Party will be hosting a forum on single payer health care, starting at 7 p.m., at Grounds For Thought in Bowling Green. Local Green Party groups from around the state of Ohio will be holding similar events that day. The purpose of the forum is to discuss the necessity of switching to universal, single payer health care in the United States and discussing the Green Party’s strategies for making the transition.


Sewer work on West Gypsy Lane Road rescheduled

Previously it was announced that the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division would be conducting sewer work on West Gypsy Lane Road on Sept. 11 and 12. Due to contractor availability, this work has been re-scheduled until Sept. 19 and 20. The work will still require the section of West Gypsy Lane between Rudolph Road and Sand Ridge Road to be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The project schedule is dependent upon weather and progress of work. Questions about this work should be directed to the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277.


Green Party to hold ‘meet the candidates’ event

The Wood County Green Party is hosting a “Meet the Green Party Candidates” event on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Wood County District Public Library. Beverly Keeling Elwazani and Carolyn Kawecka were the two candidates who won a four way Green Party primary in May and will appear on the ballot in November. Keeling Elwazani is a long time Bowling Green resident and mother of four. Kawecka is currently working as a house renovator. She moved to Bowling Green about seven years ago. Both these women will share their vision for Bowling Green and will have a dialog with participants on ways to “green” Bowling Green. The two women are running for two open at-large seats on the City Council.


Reminder: BG large item trash pickup starts Sept. 11

A large item pick-up, to collect items which are too heavy or of such composition or configuration that they cannot be placed in the regular weekly refuse collection containers, will be held during the week of Sept. 11. All items should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, to ensure pick-up. Items may be placed curbside no earlier than 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10. There will only be one pick-up for each location and, once the crews leave a street, they will not return. Pickup is by ward and not by the normal refuse collection day. City crews will collect the large items throughout the city independent of the normal refuse collection schedule. Additional information can be found at www.bgohio.org. This is not an unlimited refuse collection. As with the city’s residential refuse collection program, this special collection is only for one and two family dwellings on public streets, per city ordinance. Mattresses/box springs will be collected for an additional fee. The fee is $25 for the first mattress or box spring and $15 per mattress or box spring thereafter up to a total of three. The fee must be paid prior to collection at 304 N. Church St. – Public Works. Phone: 419-354-6227. This service is provided anytime of the year, not just at large item collection. Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers are not eligible for collection. By law, the city is not authorized to pick up building materials, construction or demolition refuse, sod and rocks. For a fee, property owners may dispose of these items at the Wood County Landfill on U.S. 6….