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As remnants of Alberto move in keep an eye on weather

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: The remnants of sub-tropical storm Alberto will move into Indiana today and impact Ohio.  Periods of heavy rain will be possible late this afternoon into the overnight hours.  Rain chances will continue on Thursday.  Total rainfall through Friday morning will be 0.50” to 1.5” of rain in isolated areas.  The SPC also has NW Ohio in the “Marginal” risk category for severe weather late this afternoon and evening.  This storm system will allow for some rotation in the atmosphere that could cause an isolated brief tornado as well as damaging straight-line winds.  Please monitor weather conditions today and into this evening.

Veteran administrator Sue Houston to take on expanded chief of staff role in BGSU president’s office

President Rodney Rogers has announced a key change in the Cabinet. Tuesday (May 29) he announced to the Bowling Green State University community that chief of state Lisa Mattiance “has decided to leave the University in early June to pursue new opportunities.” Dr. Sue Houston, who is serving as interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services, is being appointed to fill the vacancy. Rogers said the position will be expanded to vice president for partnerships and chief of staff Houston “will be responsible for the overall strategy and coordination of the University’s various external academic partnerships, drive the strategic plan and liaise with the senior leadership of Cabinet. In addition, she will serve as a senior policy advisor to me and marshal the operations of the Office of the President. This comes as Rogers continues to emphasize the need for a public university to create “public good.” “To meet the changing needs of our students and our responsibility to serve our communities, we must focus on raising BGSU’s national profile and continue to innovate,” Rogers wrote. Houston joined th university in 1991 teaching in the Food and Nutrition program. She has held various administrative positions, including associate dean in the College of Education and Human Development, vice provost for academic affairs, and director of institutional effectiveness. She will assume her new duties after the new HHS dean, Dr. James Ciesla, arrives on June 28. Mattiance has been at BGSU since 2009, having served with three presidents. She focused on donor relations, events, communications, and external relations. She played a key role in various initiatives including the comprehensive campaign and strategic planning. She was very active in helping to launch Bravo! BGSU and other events. Rogers thanked Mattiance for her assistance during the transition between the administration of Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey and his own, first as interim president and now as president.

Tree trimming planned along North and South Main streets

Nelson Tree Service will be trimming trees along North and South Main streets in Bowling Green beginning May 30 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The tree trimming crew will block the northbound lane within the active work zone. This work will occur at numerous locations along North and South Main streets and is required to keep tree limbs away from power lines. Weather dependent, it is anticipated that this work should be complete by Friday, June 1. Questions about this work may be directed to the City Arborist Grant Jones at 419-353-4101.

Section of South Grove to be closed for work

The Bowling Green Water Distribution/Wastewater Collection Division will be closing South Grove Street from Wooster Street to Clough Street, on May 31, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The closure is required to install a sanitary tap and lateral sanitary line in the area. Questions about this work may be directed to the Water Distribution/Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277.

Daniel Gordon withdraws from State Representative race

Daniel Gordon, the Democratic candidate for state representative serving Bowling Green, announced this evening that he will withdraw from the race. In a letter sent out tonight, Gordon stated: “As of this writing, on advice from my doctor, I am ending my campaign for State Representative. Given the current condition of my health, I am not able to continue to campaign effectively, and I will not run unless I can give it my all.” Gordon’s letter continued, “While I must withdraw from the race, I will never stop advocating for our community. I will continue serving on Bowling Green City Council and doing my best to strengthen our quality of life locally. Part of that service necessarily involves continuing to speak out about how Ohio’s state government has made bad choices that have damaged our quality of life here at home.” The letter continues to note Ohio’s status in the following areas: – 1st in highest number of opioid-related deaths – 
3rd in highest number of reported hate crimes – 1st in amount of student tuition debt – 50th in funding of children’s services (we are literally the worst) – 
45th in college affordability – 40th in quality of life – 34th in median household income – 22nd in education “This is on top of stagnant wages, a weak job record, severe cuts to local government funding, and one of the worst state economies around. There’s no excuse for any of this, and we deserve better,” Gordon wrote. “Our leaders must demand that all of us have access to living wage-paying jobs, quality and affordable education and health care, an end to the opioid epidemic, and adequate state support for education, renewable energy, and children’s and elder services. “They must prefer cutting corporate welfare instead of cutting financial protections for the working poor. And they must demonstrate good stewardship of taxpayer dollars by finally stopping the annual cuts to local government funding, restoring those funds, and expanding those funds. Because that’s our money. “So I encourage our next State Representative, whoever that may be in 2019, to use their influence to make things better — to rein in Columbus and stop state government from failing us in Wood County year after year.”  

Kelli Kling named new director of Wood County Historical Society

Kelli Kling has been hired as the new director of the Wood County Historical Society. The Wood County Commissioners announced the selection this morning. Kling has been a member of the historical center staff since 2003, serving initially as assistant to the director, which evolved into marketing and events coordinator. Throughout this time she has done significant work to plan and promote exhibits, events and programs at the historical center. The appointment will take effect immediately, with an annual salary of $48,742. Kling is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a bachelor’s of arts in telecommunications, and master of education in career and technology education. She has been significantly involved with the Black Swamp Arts Festival, the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Main Street Bowling Green.

City gives more details on downtown Columbia Gas project

Columbia Gas of Ohio has announced that it will be upgrading existing low-pressure gas lines to medium pressure lines within the downtown of Bowling Green in 2018. Work is scheduled to begin the first week of June and is expected to last through August, possibly in to September. As a result of this work, changes to traffic patterns will occur and on-street parking will be affected. The total project area will encompass Main Street, roughly from Clay to the area of Ordway and Lehman. Certain side streets, alleys, and city parking lots will also be affected. Columbia Gas plans to work 1-2 blocks at a time, working Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., possibly working periodic Saturday’s as well. Work will primarily occur within the curb lane of Main Street, with some crossings and installation on side streets and in alley’s as well. At the end of each work day, steel plates or backfill will cover any open work areas. Before leaving the respective blocks, Columbia Gas has indicated that a temporary patch will be installed. Once the entire network of upgraded gas lines has been installed, final site restoration will take place – including sidewalk and street repairs. Columbia Gas has been supplied with a list of downtown events including Classics on Main, Firefly Nights, and Black Swamp Arts Festival. This work is in anticipation of the city replacing water and sewer lines late in 2018 prior to the downtown paving project in 2019 on Main Street, from Oak to Ordway, and Wooster Street, from Church to Prospect. Questions about the Columbia Gas project should be directed to Raquel Colon, External Affairs Specialist for Columbia Gas. Colon may be reached at or 419-539-6206. Questions about the city utility work or paving project may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

Two men reportedly picked up for immigration issues during FBI search in BG

Bowling Green Police Division has confirmed that the FBI was at a home on Sand Ridge Road near South Main Street, on Tuesday afternoon. BG Police Major Justin White said the FBI would have release any information on the incident. However, FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson, from the Cleveland office, said information could not be released now. “We did have law enforcement out there,” she said. Anderson said the FBI did not take anyone into custody, however, she suggested that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection be contacted about anyone placed under arrest. White said the arrests may be connected with two men being taken due to their undocumented immigration status. Two Bowling Green men were reportedly taken to the Seneca County Jail, in Tiffin, which has an immigration detention center. An officer at the jail said any information on the arrests would need to come from ICE. No information was available this afternoon.

Garbage and recycling collection delayed due to holiday

The City of Bowling Green offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observation of Memorial 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.

BGSU, UT to go separate ways with nursing programs

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS In order to meet the demand for more nurses in the region and across the country, The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University will pursue independent nursing programs to educate additional health care providers. UT and BGSU currently partner in a joint nursing consortium. Moving forward with independent programs will provide opportunities for both universities to focus on separate strategies to educate and grow the supply of nurses, which is critical to meeting the future healthcare needs of the region. All current BGSU nursing students and new students beginning their studies in Fall 2018 will continue with the consortium program through graduation and will not be impacted by the change. Under the existing agreement, about 50 BGSU pre-nursing students annually go on to complete their required nursing coursework and clinicals through the UT College of Nursing after two years of pre-nursing studies at BGSU. While the students take their classes at UT during their junior and senior years, they remain BGSU students and are awarded their bachelor’s degree by BGSU. “Health care is a rapidly changing industry and universities need to continue to adapt to the changing environment in order to provide the best education for future health care providers,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “The nursing profession is more critical than ever and this new organizational structure will allow both UT and BGSU to grow our programs to better meet the need for more high-quality nurses in Ohio and beyond.” The demand for nurses in Ohio and across the nation far exceeds the current supply. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing is among the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2024. The nursing workforce is expected to grow by 16 percent to 3.2 million by 2024 with more than one million job openings for nurses due to growth and replacements. “We agree that the time is right to pursue new partnerships,” BGSU President Rodney Rogers said. “We recognize that there is growing demand for nurses throughout northwest Ohio. This provides both universities the opportunity to grow their respective programs.” UT and BGSU continue to be strong partners. Last year the universities announced a foreign language course exchange program. The universities also are partners in the Building Ohio’s Sustainable Energy Future (BOSEF) initiative, a joint program that encourages students to pursue research careers in renewable energy and sustainable environmental practices. Additionally, UT and BGSU are collaborating on the Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) program, which allows universities to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for use in learning laboratories specific to regional workforce needs and then share these resources with other colleges and universities to help more students get a quality education more affordably. The universities also are focusing efforts on addressing the opioid crisis and…

BG Memorial Day Parade plans announced

Bowling Green’s Memorial Day Parade leaves the post office parking lot at South Main and Washington streets at 10 a.m. on Monday.  The parade moves north on Main, turns east on Court Street, makes a stop at the Wood County Courthouse for a brief ceremony and then moves east to Enterprise Street, north to Ridge Street and then east to Oak Grove Cemetery. LTC Steve Hopingardner, US Army Aviation, will deliver the keynote address at the Memorial Day Services at Oak Grove Cemetery and Memory Gardens Cemetery. Hopingardner is a professor of Military Science at Bowling Green State University and has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Music will be provided by the Bowling Green High School Band and vocalist Evie Van Vohris. Members of the 14th Ohio Volunteer Infantry/3rd Arkansas Civil War re-enactors will provide rifle salutes.  BGSU Army ROTC Pershing Rifles and the Paul C. Ladd VFW Post 1148 will provide color guards. In case of rain the program will be held at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building in City Park.  A service will also be held at the Memory Gardens Cemetery on Liberty High Road at 1 p.m.  Paul C. Ladd VFW Post 1148 will also host coffee and doughnuts for veterans prior to the parade at the post.

BG police investigating scam using officer’s names

The Bowling Green Police Division is investigating a report filed by a Bowling Green resident who was deceived into sending money to two individuals met on the internet. After receiving numerous requests and making several wire transfers, the victim refused to send any more funds. Subsequently, the victim received phone calls threatening to press charges of fraud and money laundering unless additional money was wired immediately. One of the callers used a last name belonging to a Bowling Green Police Lieutenant and claimed to be calling from 175 W. Wooster St., which is the address of the Bowling Green Police Division. Members of the Bowling Green Police Division will not call authorizing citizens to participate in money transfers of any type. Residents are reminded that anytime they receive a phone call or internet request to wire money, they should immediately be suspicious. Individuals should not provide any personal or bank information to unsolicited callers.

Shifting warm front increases chance of severe weather today

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: Forecast models are now indicating that a warm front will likely make it as far north as Central Wood County this afternoon, May 21,  (originally forecasted to move no further north than Findlay this morning).  As a result, the Storm Prediction Center has now included most of Wood County in the “Slight” risk category for severe weather this afternoon and evening.  Damaging straight-line winds, hail, and heavy rainfall will be the primary threats; however, near and just south of the warm front will have the potential to develop some rotation and an isolated tornado. At this hour, showers and some thunderstorms are developing across Indiana.  With the heating of the afternoon (and the more northerly position of the warm front), the atmosphere will destabilize and allow more thunderstorms to develop especially after 3:00 p.m. and into the evening hours.  Please monitor weather conditions closely this afternoon and evening.

Construction plans in BG may affect your routes

Following is a list of construction projects affecting BG streets: Liberty Street Water and Sewer Project: work continues with the sewer replacement project on Liberty Street.  The Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division has finished the waterline portion of the project and has transitioned to replacing the sewer line.  This work is anticipated to last another 3 weeks.  Once all underground work is finished, Liberty, from Fairview to Grove, will be repaved including the temporary patch located within the intersection of Grove Street. Morton/Meeker Water and Sewer Project: this project will occur within the intersection of Morton and Meeker and will proceed east along Morton Avenue.  It is scheduled to begin once work is complete on Liberty Street (towards the beginning part of June).  Crews from the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will begin with replacing the sewer line, which is anticipated to last roughly 4 weeks.  Once that work is complete, the waterline is scheduled to be replaced as well.  Pavement restoration will be conducted once all underground work is complete – estimated to be in August. Conneaut Sewer and Pump Station: the force main portion of the sewer line replacement portion of this project is nearly complete.  Work on the new sanitary sewer lift station construction located at 1353 Conneaut Ave. continues.  The installation of a new gravity sewer located along Conneaut, from roughly Lafayette to the pump station, is scheduled to begin later this summer.  This portion of the project will include a deep trench excavation, which will impact traffic.  Once all underground infrastructure has been installed, site restoration throughout the project area will be conducted.  This includes repaving Conneaut, from Wintergarden to Lafayette. Manville Avenue Paving: Manville Avenue, from Napoleon Road to Wooster Street, is scheduled to be repaved beginning May 21.  The contractor is expected to work Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Throughout the project, temporary traffic changes may occur including detours around the work zone.  Access to properties will be maintained throughout the project. Thurstin Avenue Closure: In conjunction with Bowling Green State University rehabilitation work on a utility tunnel, Thurstin Avenue, between Court Street and Pike Street, will be closed to traffic beginning May 21 until July 2.  A posted detour will be established using Court Street, Enterprise Street, and Pike Street.