News Break

Trash collection delayed due to Labor Day

The City of Bowling Green offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 in observation of Labor 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.

Brush collection in BG can be scheduled soon

The window to schedule a September brush collection will be open from Sept. 1 to Sept. 10. Residents requesting brush collection should call 419-354-6227 no later than Sept. 10 so that they may be added to the list of locations where crews will stop. Collection is scheduled to begin on Sept. 17. Brush collection will occur during the third week of April, May, September and October. Residents need to call Public Works by the second Monday of the respective month to schedule a brush collection. Current restrictions for brush collection remain – such as the size of tree limbs and no yard waste (grass clippings). Residents are encouraged to visit the city’s website for more information and details. Information about these changes may be found on the Public Works Division webpage or residents may call Public Works at 419-354-6227.

BG to discuss parking rates and liquor permit for Firefly Nights

The Bowling Green City Council Committee of the Whole will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber located in the City Administrative Services Building, 304 N. Church St., to discuss proposed increases to parking rates. Immediately following, the committee will hold a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. to hear an appeal of an F-type liquor permit for a Firefly Nights event scheduled for Oct. 19. A regular Bowling Green City Council meeting will follow at 7 p.m.  

Road construction worker killed by car crash

A road construction worker was killed Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 24 near Fallen Timbers. According to the Ohio State Patrol, a 2007 Ford 500, driven by Michael Massucci of Waterville, age 34, was eastbound on Route 24. A 2013 Chevrolet 2500 construction truck owned by Gerken Paving was parked on the right side of Route 24. The driver, Nathan Soto of Napoleon, age 42 was outside of the vehicle. Massucci changed lanes from the left to the right, and reportedly struck Soto. Soto was pronounced deceased on scene. Massucci was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.

Troopers respond to Otsego school bus crash

Troopers from the Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating a non-injury crash that occurred on Forst Road at Ohio 582, in Middleton Township, this morning at approximately 7:04. A 2014 Ford Fiesta, operated by Blake McHenry, 17 years of age, of Weston, was traveling southbound on Forst Road and struck an Otsego School Bus which was stopped at the stop sign at Route 582. The school bus had 43 students on board. None of the students or the bus driver were injured. McHenry was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Impairment by alcohol and/or drugs is not believed to be a factor. McHenry was cited for failing to maintain assured clear distance. The Ford Fiesta sustained heavy front end damage and the school bus sustained very minor damage as a result of the crash. The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Middletown Township Fire & EMS, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Otsego School District personnel, and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

Nominations sought for Black Swamp Humanitarian Awards

Nominations are being sought for the annual Black Swamp Humanitarian Awards for people who have risked their lives for others, performed extraordinary service for others, or acted as Good Samaritans in the past year. To be nominated for an award, the nominee either must be a Wood County resident at the time of the event or the event had to occur in Wood County. Any nominations should to sent by Sept. 15 to Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn at 1960 E. Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green, 43402, or to The recipients will be honored during a dinner and program at Nazareth Hall.

Boy Scout half marathon set for Saturday

The Boy Scouts annual half marathon and 5k run will take place in Bowling Green on Sept. 1. The run will begin at 7:30 a.m. from the Wood County Fairgrounds. It is anticipated that there will be nearly 1,000 participants. The route will be as follows: • West on Poe Road • North on Haskins Road • East on West Newton Road • South on Fairview Avenue • East on Poe Road • South on Main Street • West on Sand Ridge Road to the Slippery Elm Trail • Exit the Slippery Elm Trail onto West Gypsy Lane Road • West onto Sand Ridge Road • North on Wintergarden Road • West on Pine Valley Drive through the Stone Ridge subdivision exiting onto Mitchell Road • North on Mitchell Road • East on Conneaut Avenue • North on Fairview Avenue • West on Poe Road • North on Village Drive through the Village subdivision exiting into the fairgrounds While runners are present on each road, traffic will be affected and traffic patterns may be altered.

BG Schools to dismiss early Tuesday due to heat

The Bowling Green City Schools will dismiss early Tuesday, Aug.28. Middle school and high school students will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Elementary students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. There will be no afternoon preschool. Parents and guardians are reminded to dress children in light clothing and remind them to stay hydrated as extreme heat is expected to make room temperatures over 100. The district will monitor the temps at Conneaut, Kenwood and high school, which don’t have air conditioning. The middle school and Crim Elementary School have air conditioning, but due to transportation issues, those students will also be released early.

Take a survey on your physical activity

Wood County Health Department is asking for feedback on a recent six-week campaign promoting the importance of physical activity. The health department is asking people to complete a quick survey to help evaluate the effectiveness of messages used during the campaign. The survey can be accessed at Over six weeks, social media posts and promotions encouraged people to get more exercise using existing resources such as parks, bike trails and community events. Parks and trails provide great places to run or walk at no cost, in a variety of different surroundings. Events like 5Ks are good ways to work toward an exercise or goal or fitness level. The health department now lists information about these resources at Obesity is an important public health issue and will continue to be a focal point of the health department’s mission to improve the health of people in Wood County. Earlier this month, the health department and Wood County Community Health Center hosted an event to share information about factors that influence childhood obesity, as part of National Health Center Week. If you are interested in participating in a new group being organized to promote physical activity and nutrition in Wood County, please email The mission of Wood County Health Department is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. Our Community Health Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. We welcome all patients, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay, and we accept most third-party insurance. For more information, visit

Some BG schools may close early due to heat

Bowling Green Superintendent Francis Scruci sent an email to school district parents and staff on Sunday, stating the school buildings without air conditioning may close early today and Tuesday due to extreme heat. The predicted temperatures for Monday and Tuesday are in the 90s with a heat index approaching and possibly exceeding 100.  That could raise the temperatures in Conneaut, Kenwood, and the high school to well over 100 degrees. Scruci said he will monitor the temperatures as has been done in the past, and will consider sending students and staff home from those three buildings early. Scruci suggests that parents dress their students in light clothing, feel free to send them to school with water bottles, and remind them to stay hydrated to deal with oppressive heat.

Sewer work to close South Prospect and Clough intersection

The Bowling Green Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will be repairing a sewer line within the intersection of South Prospect and Clough Street on Aug. 28 through Aug. 30. Each day the intersection will close to through traffic from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This schedule is dependent upon weather and progress of work. Questions may be directed to the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277.

Unsettled weather in weekend forecast

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: A storm system moving through the Great Lakes this weekend will bring unsettled weather to the area both days.  Showers and thunderstorms will be likely early Saturday morning with some clearing by late morning and into the afternoon hours.  Scattered thunderstorms will be on the increase again in the late afternoon and evening on Saturday.  Some of the thunderstorms could be strong to even isolated severe.  A repeat of this scenario is likely on Sunday with rain early in the morning and a little better chance of thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening.  More widespread severe weather will be likely across lower Michigan all the way to the Ohio/Michigan line on Sunday.  There will be periods of sunshine with very warm and humid conditions throughout the weekend as well. The Storm Prediction Center has most of NW Ohio in the “Marginal” risk category for severe weather on both days.  A higher risk category of “Slight” will be in place across southern lower Michigan down to the Ohio/Michigan line, so stronger weather is expected to our immediate north.  Please monitor weather conditions this weekend especially if you have outside activities.

Columbia Gas outlines more downtown work

Columbia Gas of Ohio has provided the City of Bowling Green with the following tentative work schedule for the continued installation of the natural gas line installation occurring downtown. On Aug. 23-25: • Alley north of the 100 block of West Wooster between Frontier Communications and China Village for natural gas main line installation. Service line installation is scheduled to occur along the 100 block of West Wooster. On Aug. 27-31: • East Wooster – natural gas service line installation. • Alley north of the Police Division for main line installation. • West Washington closure – between Main and the U.S. Post Office to install natural gas main line along the north side of the street. 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.

Construction updates on Conneaut, Manville, Donbar, Rosalind

The City of Bowling Green has reported updates on construction projects throughout the city. Conneaut Avenue sewer line – Work continues to progress on the Conneaut Avenue sanitary sewer line and lift station project.  It is anticipated that beginning the week of Sept. 4, the contractor will begin work on the deep gravity sewer line.  This portion of the project will entail closing Conneaut to through traffic from Wintergarden to Lafayette.  This closure is anticipated to last through the month of October.  During this work, the contractor will be excavating and installing the deep gravity sewer line.  Once this portion of the project is complete, Conneaut from Wintergarden to Lafayette will be re-paved. Manville Avenue paving – Soft surface restoration is scheduled to continue this week which includes laying of topsoil and seeding.  Dependent upon weather, the contractor is scheduled to begin milling and paving next week – beginning Aug. 27.  This portion of the project is anticipated to last through next week and into the week of Sept. 3.  Once pavement has been installed, striping will occur. Donbar/Rosalind sewer line – Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division crews are scheduled to begin work on the Donbar and Rosalind sewer line next week – Aug. 27. This work is anticipated to last through October. The above work schedules are dependent upon weather and progress of work.