John Fischer has been named Bowling Green State University’s acting senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. The appointment was announced this afternoon by Interim President Rodney Rogers, who had served as provost previous to his appointment as interim president. The move comes as the university sets up its administrative team in the wake of former President Mary Ellen Mazey’s retirement on Dec. 31. Fischer had been serving as vice provost for academic affairs since August 2014. According to Rogers’ announcement to the university, Fischer “led the finalization and implementation of the revised General Education Program – BG Perspective.” Also, “he was vital to centralizing the BG Experience programs in the newly renovated University Hall, and has been instrumental in the Early Alert System and other programs aimed at increasing retention and student engagement. He helped to develop and implement BGSU’s successful eCampus and assisted in the development and implementation of BGSU’s College Credit Plus program as well as our new winter session, which begins in 2019.” Fischer taught for 14 years in the School of Teaching and Learning and served for three years as associate dean for administration. He received his degree in elementary education from BGSU and…
Wood County has been placed under a Level 1 snow advisory by Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn. Level 1 means roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Drive very cautiously.
Bowling Green City Schools will be closed Friday due to bitter cold. The temperature is expected to dip to minus 2 Friday morning, with the wind chill hitting about minus 20.
On Friday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m., a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held at the Performing Arts Center located at the Bowling Green High/Middle School, 530 W. Poe Road. The tribute is sponsored by the City of Bowling Green Human Relations Commission and will feature keynote speaker and Tuskegee Airman, Dr. Harold Brown as well as Dr. Marsha Bordner. Brown’s and Bordner’s presentation is titled – “Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman.” Musical selections will be performed by the BGHS Madrigals along with Sheila Brown and Kingdom M’Powerment Praise Team. Also at the event, the Human Relations Commission will present the annual Drum Major for Peace Award, named in honor of King.
Wood County Probate Court Judge David Woessner has appointed Thomas Myers of Perrysburg, Bill Cameron of North Baltimore, and Sandy Wiechman of Bowling Green, to the Wood County Park District Board of Commissioners. Both Myers and Cameron will serve terms beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and continuing through Dec. 31, 2020. Wiechman will fill an unexpired term which runs through Dec. 31, 2018. Myers is currently division director of operations support for HCR Manor Care. In this capacity, he is involved in financial analysis, budget preparation, strategic planning and customer service. Myers has a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management from the University of Toledo. Myers is an active user of the Wood County and Toledo metro park community. Cameron has been involved in public service for many years. He is the current president of the North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce and previously served on the North Baltimore Village Council. Cameron has also been a member of the North Baltimore Historical Society, the North Baltimore EMS, and the North Baltimore Tree Commission. Wiechman has more than 30 years of public service – including work with the Bowling Green Municipal Court and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office….
Due to the extreme cold temperatures forecasted for this weekend, recycling collections at the Bloomdale, Grand Rapids and Rudolph satellite locations for Saturday, Jan. 6, have been canceled. For a full list of recycling locations in Wood County, visit www.recyclewoodcounty.org.
The “Swallow Your Pride, Call for a Ride” program provided transportation for 85 people on New Year’s Eve. For the fifth time, Safe Communities of Wood County provided safe rides home for people who felt unable to drive after celebrating the New Year. This year, the 85 rides were provided by two vans for 28 males and 57 females. A total of 26 volunteer hours supported the program. The program has supplied more than 685 rides in its first five years.
Bowling Green City Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 5 p.m., to swear-in newly elected council members Bill Herald and Greg Robinette, and to elect a council president and president pro-tem. No other city business will be conducted at that time.
Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: A “clipper” type storm system will move just to our south tonight and into the early morning hours of Saturday. The heavier snow bands will stay well south of Wood County; however, light snow will fall across Wood County tonight as a result of this storm system. 2” or less will fall across the area by Saturday morning which is enough to make roads slippery once again, so please use extra caution when driving tonight and early Saturday morning. 3” – 5” of snow will fall across west central and central Ohio with this storm system if you plan on traveling south tonight or tomorrow. Those areas are under a Winter Weather Advisory. Very cold arctic air will once again move into the area behind this storm system creating a dry but very cold New Years weekend. Please check on elderly neighbors, pets, and other functional needs people this weekend as temperatures plumet below zero once again.
The City of Bowling Green offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 1, in observation of New Year’s Day. As a result, all refuse and recycling collection will be delayed by one day per the following: – Regular Monday collection will be collected on Tuesday. – Regular Tuesday collection will be collected on Wednesday. – Regular Wednesday collection will be collected on Thursday. – Regular Thursday collection will be collected on Friday. Questions about this schedule or the city’s refuse/recycling program may be directed to the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.
The Wood County jail had its annual inspection by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections on Oct. 5, 2017. Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn received a letter last week notifying him that the jail is in compliance with all 113 standards checked by the state. Wasylyshyn gave credit to the deputies and staff working in the jail, and to the Wood County Commissioners for appropriating funding to properly operate the facility.
Bowling Green City Council will conduct its final business meeting of the year on Thursday, Dec. 28, at 5 p.m., in the city council chambers, 304 N. Church St.
The Wood County Auditor’s Office completed six annexations comprising 15 parcels during the year 2017. These annexations included existing homes on 1.25 acres in Plain Township annexed by the City of Bowling Green; Center Township parcels comprising 103.05 acres were annexed by the City of Bowling Green for the construction of a warehouse facility in the city and other potential industrial development; Washington Township acreage comprising 5.72 acres was annexed by the Village of Tontogany for a housing development; and six Perrysburg Heights lots were annexed by the City of Perrysburg for the construction of a AAA building. “These annexations indicate the strength of our expanding local economy,” Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich said.
Bowling Green Safety Director Lori Tretter has declared a snow emergency for the City of Bowling Green effective at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24. Cars must be moved off designated snow streets and from cul-de-sacs within two hours of this emergency declaration. Vehicles not removed are subject to being towed and/or issued a citation.
In anticipation of additional snow tonight, the city is suggesting that residents can assist in keeping roads passable by moving parked vehicles from streets and planning ahead for visitors over the holiday. Keeping streets free and clear of parked vehicles is a tremendous help in the snow removal process, allowing the entire street to be cleared and treated. This request is being made in preparation of additional snow and decreasing temperatures creating potentially unsafe conditions that may require the declaration of a snow emergency. Residents are encouraged to plan ahead and park their vehicles off the street. The city has snow plow crews on standby. If two inches of snow is received, a snow emergency may be declared, implementing parking restrictions. As a reminder, if a snow emergency is declared between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., vehicles must be removed from snow streets within two hours of the declaration. If a snow emergency is declared after 9 p.m., vehicles must be removed by 9 a.m. the following morning. Residents are encouraged to monitor the city’s website, local news, or sign up for the eNews or the snow emergency text notification. As a reminder, the eNews sign up…