Community Night tonight at BGSU men’s basketball game

(Submitted by BG Parks and Recreation) Come on out to the BGSU Men’s Basketball Game tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 8, for Community Night.  See representatives from Bowling Green Parks & Recreation, the Mayor’s Office, Downtown BG, BG City Schools and the BG Chamber be recognized throughout the game as you cheer on the Falcons. Click the following for a link that will take you to special pricing for the game – https://www.fevo.com/edp/BGSU-MBB-vs-Ohio–BG-Community-Night-WecfiR

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University Choral Society, church choirs to join voices in Festival of Psalms

From UNIVERSITY CHORAL SOCIETY Festival of Psalms will bring togetherBowling Green State University and community singers on  Sunday, October 21 at 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. The University Choral Society, conducted by Mark Munson, will open the program with Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” in observance of the 100-year anniversary of the birth of the composer. Graduate student Brad Morris, who is a counter tenor and a voice performance major, will be the featured soloist. The singers will be accompanied by Julie Buzzelli, harpist; Frances Zengel, percussionist; and Kevin McGill, organist for St. Mark’s. Following the “Chichester Psalms,” Mr. McGill will lead the audience from the organ in a community sing of six hymns based on Psalm texts. The hymns will be sung in grand style, complete with creative organ accompaniments and soprano descants. Four local church choirs will join the University Choral Society to close the program. In addition to choristers from the host church and the choral society singers from St. Aloysius Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church, and First Presbyterian Church will share in a performance of César Franck’s setting of Psalm 150. The program is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Weston waterline work begins Tuesday

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District will be replacing an existing six-inch diameter waterline on Center Street, from Main Street to Euler Road.  A small portion of waterline along Euler Road will also be replaced.  As part of the project, crews will also replace an existing four-inch waterline in Cygnet on Cygnet Road from I-75 to Elm Street.  The purpose of the project is to improve water quality and fire flow protection.  Work will be performed by Salenbein Trucking and Excavation.  This $338,000project will begin Tuesday, Oct. 2 and continue through December.  Restoration work will take place following substantial completion of the project in December.  This work is weather dependent and may not take place until the spring.  PROJECT IMPACT:  There will be a slight impact to traffic and local traffic to homes will be maintained.  There will also be scheduled water service interruptions.  All impacted homeowners will be notified in advance through door tags or automated phone call.

Lifters from Crossfit do well in state competition

From CROSSFIT BOWLING GREEN BG Lifts from  Crossfit  Bowling Green had six  lifters compete recently in the Ohio Weightlifting Championships.  Competing lifters were Colton Barricklow, Spencer Cole, Tim Newman, Nora Castaneda, Emily Barnes-Hanna and Eric Hanna  Ohio Weightlifting Championships is an olympic lifting style weightlifting competition. It involves two main lifts which are the snatch and clean and jerk. The annualcompetition was Sept 22 and 23 in Dayton, Ohio at AKP CrossFit. Six lifters from our barbell team competed and all six placed in their respective age groups and weight classes. Five lifters qualified for the American Open Weightlifting Championships and 4 of our lifters qualified to compete at the National Weightlifting championships Colton ( 9yo 55kg weight class) placed 3rd in the senior division and 2nd in the youth division Spencer ( 20yo 81kg weight class) placed 2nd in the senior division and 1st in the junior division. Qualified for University Nationals and American Open Series Tim ( 50yo 73kg weight class) placed 1st in his age group. Qualified for American Open Series Nora ( 40yo 64kg Weight class) placed 3rd in her age group. Qualified for American Open and Masters Nationals Emily (35yo 55kg weight class) placed 1st in her age group. Qualified for American Open and Masters Nationals Eric (36yo 81kg weight class) placed 1st in his age group. Qualified for American Open and Masters Nationals The team has has several meets upcoming, The Strongest Unicorn October 27-28 held at Project Lift in Hilliard, Ohio and the Arnold Classic the first weekend of March 2019 at the Columbus Expo Center.

BG school district sees growth in state report card

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   This Bowling Green report card may make the refrigerator door. The state released its school report cards this morning – a moment that many districts await with great anxiety. Bowling Green City School District shows improvement in student achievement and gap closing for students. It also shows continued “A”s for progress and graduation rates. And overall, the district received a final grade of “B.” The state did not award overall grades last year. But if it had assigned grades, Bowling Green would definitely have scored lower last year, according to Ann McCarty, executive director of teaching and learning for BG Schools. Most importantly, Superintendent Francis Scruci said this morning, is the fact that the district continues to score high for student progress, and has shown improvement in closing the gaps for students. “We are showing progress and we are showing growth,” Scruci said. “We’re showing improvement and that’s the most important thing.” “Our goal is to make sure a kid grows at least one grade level every school year,” he said. “We’re doing straight ‘A’ work in that area.” The state report card gave BG City Schools an “A” for the growth of students from one year to the next. The district received a “B” for gap closing. That looks at how well the district meets expectations for vulnerable students in English language arts, math and graduation. “When you’re looking at measures that mean something, certainly those are areas that mean something,” Scruci said. Though there is plenty for the district to be proud of in the preliminary report, Scruci said he realizes there is still room for improvement. While B is a good overall grade, the district needs to keep aiming for an A. “Until we have that, we’ve got work to do,” he said. The district also scored two “D”s on the state report card. Scruci repeated his belief that the state report cards use a flawed system for scoring schools. “It’s a convoluted formula. It’s a formula with a flaw,” he said. At a special board meeting earlier this week, school board members questioned how the district could receive a grade of “D” in the “prepared for success” category – yet an “A” for graduation rates. That is just one example, McCarty said, of the flawed results in state testing. Bowling Green’s grade is hurt by the state’s metric measuring four- and five-year graduation rates. Since Bowling Green High School graduates students in four years, it is penalized. “We’re getting punished because we don’t have a five-year graduation rate,” McCarty said. The scoring is “unusually cruel,” McCarty said. McCarty also addressed the preliminary “D” for improving at-risk kindergarten through third grade readers. In the last three years, the district has gone from an “F” to a “C” and this year to a “D.” That…

Lawmakers quizzed on Lake Erie, school testing, gas taxes

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   When local officials had a chance to quiz their state legislators Wednesday, there were more questions than time for answers. Lawmakers were asked about some hot button issues like Lake Erie efforts, school testing, gas taxes, and the state’s growing rainy day fund. Fielding the questions were State Senator Randy Gardner and State Rep. Theresa Gavarone, both R-Bowling Green, plus Ohio state representatives Jim Hoops, Derek Merrin, Mike Sheehy, and Michigan state representative Jason Sheppard. Asking the questions were members of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, during the organization’s summer caucuses with state lawmakers at Penta Career Center. Acting as moderator was Wood County Commissioner Doris Herringshaw, current chairperson of TMACOG. Tim Brown, executive director of TMACOG, said the agency has a 50-year history of going beyond politics to solve problems. “We lay the politics aside, put the partisanship at the door, and talk,” Brown said. The first question was about state efforts to stop harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. While actions already taken have been appreciated, the local officials wanted to know “What’s next?” Gardner acknowledged that the work on Lake Erie is far from over. “There is no misunderstanding that we’ve done all that we can do,” he said. “We can find a way to do more and do better. We must.” Gardner said he hasn’t given up on a proposal to create a clean water bond issue. “Quite frankly, we haven’t received strong support from the governor to go forward,” he said. But Gardner is hopeful the bond issue can be revisited next year. Sheehy said environmental groups are “tired of failure” as the state struggles to find solutions. “We’ve all been saying this a long time. More needs to be done.” School officials asked about state testing requirements for students. Gavarone said testing requirements have been reduced, but more needs to be done to get timely feedback to teachers and parents, so they know how to help students. Gardner added that any testing requirements that aren’t federally mandated need to be reviewed. “They should be questioned and scrutinized as to their value,” he said. The legislators were asked about the state’s role in helping with workforce development. While Merrin said it isn’t the state legislature’s job to help create workforces, Gavarone and Gardner both offered other perspectives. Gavarone said students should be exposed to construction trades early on. “Kids need to be aware of the multitude of paths available to them after graduation,” she said. Gardner agreed that four-year colleges are just one option for Ohio’s youth. “I’m for an all-of-the-above education policy,” he said, noting the quality apprenticeship and training programs in the region. However, Gardner also said that four-year degrees still offer students the best long-run success. He suggested that the audience Google to find unemployment rates based…