Moving history doesn’t come cheap

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Park officials don’t want to rewrite history, just the bid requirements for moving a piece of it in Wood County. The Wood County Park District Board voted Monday to re-advertise for bids to move the historic one-room Zimmerman School down the road a spell to the historic Carter Farm. The action was necessary because the last job description did not require a bid bond. The board discussed the costs involved with moving the structure or leaving it at its existing location on Carter Road, north of Bowling Green. The last bids came in at $105,545 for moving the school, putting in a foundation, relocating the restrooms, running electric and propane, and then demolishing the old foundation. The other option of not moving the school came in at $122,485. That cost would cover adding a bus turnaround and parking area, installing a wider culvert, replacing the foundation, relocating the propane tank, moving the restroom, constructing a sidewalk and electrical work. By moving the school, the district officials hope to save money and make the historic farm and one-room school a more all-inclusive learning experience for visiting families and school children. Also at the meeting, the board voted to accept tasers for park rangers at no cost for park district. The tasers were offered by Bradner Police Department, which had received more than needed from Miamisburg’s police department. Munger explained that the tasers would give the rangers another option in their “use of force continuum.” The rangers carry batons, but those instruments are more likely to cause physical damage than tasers, Munger said. The tasers can be used to immobilize someone with no lasting injury, he said. Board approval for the tasers was not unanimous, with board member John Calderonello objecting. He asked for information on how often the district’s park rangers have to resort to force. No information on that frequency was available at the meeting, but Munger said he would try to track down the data. In other business, the park district board: Approved contracting with K&K Construction, Weston, for $6,470, to put a concrete floor in the Beaver Creek Retreat Center. The previous floor was ruined by flooding. Agreed to have a new well put in at the interpretive center at the Bradner Preserve. The current well is running dry, and will cost $5,589 to replace. Voiced support for an effort by the Friends of the Parks to put in a brick memorial trail at the W.W. Knight Preserve. The group was asked to come back with more details so the board could determine how best to help. Learned the park district had received a $21,200 grant to purchase 12 kayaks and related equipment. The kayaks will be for the public to use on park ponds and the Maumee River. Heard a report on the work of the park rangers, who cover the district 365 days a year.


Helping the county avoid growing pains

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Armed with blue, green and red markers, citizens circled areas of Wood County ripe for development, deserving of preservation, and worthy of reinvestment. They came with different purposes – farmers, developers, elected officials – but with one goal to help chart the direction for land use in the county. “I’m just interested to see what their plan is, and how that’s going to affect me,” said Paul Braucksiek, who lives in rural Webster Township, northeast of Bowling Green. He estimated his township is 99.9 percent agricultural. “And it probably needs to stay that way.” The planning open house Wednesday evening was part of the public input portion of the county’s effort to update the land use plan adopted in 2007. The new plan will consider where zoning changes would be appropriate, where utilities should be expanded, where roadways should be built. The process will also identify areas that should not be developed, but preserved. As people milled about looking at county maps at the planning open house, Braucksiek chatted with Denny Henline, of Pemberville. “I came tonight because I watched Levis Commons and I watched the Golden Triangle,” both areas of retail development in the Perrysburg area, Henline said. While he isn’t opposed to growth, Henline would like to see it directed to areas that are not prime farmland. “For my grandkids, my goal is to have a good vision,” he said. “It just breaks my heart when they come out and gobble up prime farmland. It’s like a runaway horse. You can’t stop a runaway horse.” Henline, however, would like to see more development occur in the Pemberville Road corridor that would encompass Luckey, Pemberville, Bradner and Wayne. But to encourage growth in specific areas, utilities like water and sewer have to head that way. From the southern end of the county came Henry Township Trustee John Stewart, who knows something about planning for development. “We got our planned business district,” by the CSX intermodal hub, Stewart explained. “It’s something other townships should look at.” Alice Brown, who grew up on a farm in Perrysburg Township and now lives in Bowling Green, came to keep an eye on the county’s roadmap for the future. “My concern is the future of Wood County,” she said. “Are they controlling development and then in three years it will be obsolete?” Rick Metz, a developer from Bowling Green, shared similar concerns. “We need to look ahead, not backwards,” he said. Metz talked about the demise of shopping malls in the region, and the decay of small towns. “Should we be running utilities out there to preserve the inevitable,” he said, referring to rural towns with dwindling populations. “We need to think ahead.” The county is contracting with McBride Dale, Cincinnati, for $63,000 for the land use plan. The planning process is expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete. For more information, contact the Wood County Planning Commission’s Dave Steiner or Katie Baltz at (419) 354-9128 or the website: http://planning.co.wood.oh.us/land-use-plan/      


Challenge hatred…whether it’s shouted by politicians or whispered by relatives

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Gone unchallenged, fear can mutate into hatred. Whether shouted at a campaign stop, or whispered at a family dinner, hate speech gains credence if it’s not stopped in its tracks. So those gathered for the Islamophobia discussion Tuesday were told to not remain silent when confronted with hatred. Tolerating talk that equates Islam to terrorism, Jihad to violence, and hatred as acceptable, only allows the fear to fester and spread. “Challenge them,” said panel member Sgt. Dale Waltz, of the Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition in Michigan. “Pay attention to the whispering conversations. Shed some light and educate people.” That includes everyone from national politicians spewing hatred from televised podiums, to family members spreading long-held prejudices. “Speak up not just here, but in places where you might feel uncomfortable,” said Eva Davis, also from the Canton coalition. Tuesday’s program was the second Islamophobia discussion sponsored by the Bowling Green Not In Our Town organization. The first, held at Bowling Green State University, brought about an unexpected reaction for one of the panelists, who was told by a faculty member after the program that it is completely legal for someone to hate him. While true, Susana Pena, director of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies at BGSU, questioned the value of the statement. “Is that the bar we’re setting for our community,” she asked. Panelist Wafaa Hassan Aburahma, a BGSU student, tried to imagine how she would respond to such hatred. “Trying mingling with Muslims. Try knowing us first,” she suggested. Islamophobia did not exist here until 15 years ago, according to Cherrefe Kadri, of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo. “It was a non-issue until, oh, about Sept. 11, 2001.” That same night, someone used a high-powered rifle to shoot windows in the mosque near Perrysburg. When called by the media, Kadri was reluctant to release the news, expecting copycats to repeat the violence. But instead of more violence, the community responded with kindness and concern. “We found that there’s a lot more good than evil in the world,” she said. Bowling Green resident So Shaheen, who owns Southside Six, found the same sentiment after 9/11. “I was amazed at the people who stopped by the store to see if I was OK, if anyone was bothering me,” he said. But the hate speech and illogical fear surrounding Islam continues to be fueled by politicians, media and the entertainment industry, according to those present. No matter how many good and charitable acts are organized by the local Islamic center, the works are often in the shadow of horrific acts by radicals. “Unfortunately ISIS and al Qaida take our headlines,” Kadri said. “That’s not us and it’s not our religion.” The wife of the Islamic center’s Imam spoke briefly, pointing out that all citizens came to this country as immigrants. “We are just like everybody else,” she said. “Terrorism has no religion, whatsoever.” Aburahma noted that the stereotypes are promoted not just in news coverage, but also in Hollywood, Bollywood and Disney products. The villains are frequently dark-skinned, with accents, and often with Muslim-sounding names. Programs like Not In Our Town, and those taking proactive approaches to hate crimes in Canton, Michigan, can do much to challenge Islamophobia, Waltz said. “Be…


BGSU’s Hanna Hall will be new home for College of Business

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The plan of constructing a new “signature building” on campus to house the School of Business has been scrapped. Instead, one of Bowling Green State University’s Traditions Buildings, Hanna Hall, will be renovated and added onto to house the College of Business. While the decision was made months ago, it was news to many at the Faculty Senate meeting Tuesday. Steve Krakoff, vice president for capital planning and campus operations, presented to the senate his annual review of construction projects on campus, including plans for Hanna Hall. One senator, Bill Albertini, of English, asked if he had been dreaming when he’d heard that the Education Building would come down after a new School of Business was built. No, Krakoff said, it was not a dream. “There’s comfort there.” Plans change as needs and resources are assessed. The second floor of the Education Building has been renovated with high tech classrooms. In the case of the School of Business it came down to money. Krakoff said university officials studied three options: renovating the existing building, constructing a new School of Business, or renovating Hanna Hall. They concluded that even after spending “tens of millions of dollars,” the existing building would not meet the program’s needs. A new building would cost $53 million to build now, but by 2020 or 2021 when the project would be started, inflation would push the cost to $79 million. In August, 2014, Krakoff said that the university was hoping to find private funding for the project. The Hanna renovation would cost $39 million today, and $49 million when the project commenced. Also “it has advantages of location and prominence on campus second to none.” However, giving up on a new signature building will mean that a signature feature of BGSU, the Gish Film Theater, will be uprooted. “I understand that’s a sensitive subject,” Krakoff said. The current plans call for the theater, gallery and video archive and screening room to be moved. “The plan does include finding another location that acknowledges its historical significance,” he said. University officials will work to find a suitable home for the theater, said Dave Kielmeyer, director of the office of Marketing and Communication. Work wouldn’t start in the building for three years, so the university has time to find a new home for the theater honoring the Ohio-born silent movie stars, Lillian and Dorothy Gish. Provost Rodney Rogers said he was glad to see all the tape going up around campus, cordoning off the construction sites in the center of campus. The traditions buildings are central to BGSU’s legacy, he said. “This is important work restoring these to their glory and making them into cutting-edge teaching spaces.” Moseley is first on line to be completed, then University Hall, with the Hanna renovation following that.


Cold cooperates with Winterfest…but vandals send ice sculptures packing to park

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   After an atypical winter of almost balmy temperatures, cold weather will cooperate by returning for this weekend’s annual Winterfest in Bowling Green. But while the chilly temperatures will accommodate winter activities, it appears the downtown is just too hot for the ice sculptures that normally decorate Main Street during the annual event. The decision was made this year for the bulk of the ice carvings to be exhibited in City Park. The change was made due to the cost of protecting the sculptures from vandals who have knocked over the ice art during the night previous years. “Anytime we’ve had them up downtown, we’ve lost one or two,” said Wendy Chambers, head of the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. Because of the frequency of the vandalism in the past, the city police have provided extra protection for the carvings. In 2014, the cost for two patrolmen during the nights of the Winterfest was $666, according to Police Chief Tony Hetrick. To avoid that cost, last year the police division put two cruisers in the downtown area, and trained volunteers to secure the sculptures, at no charge. But asking people to watch the carvings during the icy hours of the night proved too much for the volunteers, Chambers said. “It’s tough to get volunteers to stay out in those temperatures all night,” Chambers said. And since the ice sculptures are used as a fundraiser for the BG Skating Club, paying for protection was seen as counterproductive. So instead, this year the carvings will be displayed in City Park. But organizers don’t see the move as having a chilling effect on the Winterfest. There will still be a few ice carvings at the courtyard downtown and BGSU Ice Arena. “Spreading them out around town is not a bad thing,” Chambers said. Other events will be spread across the city from the ice arena and the community center, to the library and City Park. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, ice skating, a chili and soup cook-off, Frostbite Fun Run, youth snow games, Snow Globe Adult Bubble Soccer, family nature hike, Red Cross Fire & Ice Event, and Snow Science with Imagination Station. The downtown will remain a focus of the weekend event. “There’s still a lot of activity going on in the downtown,” Assistant Municipal Administrator Joe Fawcett said. “I think there’s a lot going on all around town,” said Kristin Otley, head of the city parks and recreation department. Included in that will be a youth hockey event that selected BG because the Winterfest would give family members options for activities. “They picked BG because of the Winterfest,” Chambers said. “It’s fun to try new things and see how it flies.” And the weather promises to cater to winter activities – including the ice sculptures. “Two weeks ago, they might have melted,” Otley said. “I think the cold is good. We’ll just all have to bundle up,” Chambers said. Following is a list of all the events scheduled: FRIDAY Outdoor Ice Skating, City Park, dawn to dusk, weather permitting BGHS Art Show, Four Corners Gallery, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Youth Dodgeball Tournament, Community Center, 3:45 to 6 p.m. BGSU Hockey Game vs. Miami, Ice Arena, 7 p.m. Family Friday Night Hike, Wintergarden…


Reflections on time & space win top prize at BGSU undergraduate exhibit

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent Media Kai Lee Liu has time on her side. The Bowling Green State University art major junior already has had her work included in international exhibits. Sunday at the opening of the Undergraduate Art Exhibit on campus she got some hometown love to go with it. Her video installation won the Medici Circle Best of Show Award and her piece “Time Is Passing Because Of People” won first prize in ceramics. Faculty member Leigh-Ann Pahapill, who Liu said was her “inspiration,” said that the young artist had great prospects. That’s evident from pieces being selected for shows in Dubai and China. Standing near her prize-winning ceramic piece, done under the tutelage of John Balistreri, Liu talked about the concept behind it. Time exists, yet it is people who give it meaning. The two towering sections of the piece evoke a canyon. The viewer feels small next to them. The piece opens up on one side, with a narrower opening on the other. Nearby is a small companion piece. This play on scale changes the way the viewer perceives their sense of scale and time, Liu said. The installation has an 18-minute video of nature scenes, including a looming moon and cascading waves, marking the passage of a day that is viewed through a thicket of glass tubes. Liu said the idea was to animate the glass as it catches the reflections of light from the video. University music student Nicholas Taylor provided the ambient score for the piece. He noted that his collaborator had submitted five pieces for inclusion in the show. Four were accepted. Liu also has another ceramic piece and a video also on display. In introducing the awards, faculty member Charles Kanwischer said that for all 89 exhibitors inclusion in the show was a mark of success. “It’s a validation of all that work you’ve produced.” Exhibiting in the show should “fill you with confidence on that journey from student to artist.” Among the dozens of awards announced Sunday were those selected by the external jurors Brian Spolans, of Eastern Michigan, and Sophia Brueckner, of the University of Michigan. In addition to the best of show, the jurors honored: • Madison Walsh and Mark Cooper, Alumni Association Award • Cara Taylor, Main Street Photo Award • Anatasia Baker, Marietta Kirschner Wigg Print Award. • Madison Walsh, Ringholz Art Supply Award 2D. • Alexis Hartel, Ringholz Art Supply Award 3D. See complete list of winners at: http://bgindependentmedia.org/2016/02/09/415/


Curling club to leave BGSU for new site

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   For nearly 50 years, Bowling Green Curling Club has been hurling stones at the BGSU Ice Arena. But the relationship between the ice arena and the curlers has cooled enough that the club is moving out. “There’s a really long history there,” said Shannon Orr, president of the BG Curling Club. For years, the sheet of ice on the south end of the ice arena was dedicated to curling. But recently, the curlers have had to share their ice with expanding hockey and skating programs. And though all the sports are played on sheets of ice, the surface is very different for curlers than for skating. So the curling club, with its more than 100 members, is packing up its brooms and stones and is preparing to set up shop in a new site the group plans to buy or lease north of Bowling Green. “This is a pretty exciting adventure,” Orr said. The new site is the former Perry House furniture building at 19901 Ohio 25. “It’s perfect. It’s huge,” Orr said. The site will have room for four sheets of ice that the club won’t have to share with skaters or hockey. Because of reduced ice time at the BGSU ice arena, the club had lost its weekend curling and time for its youth program. Dave Kielmeyer, spokesman for BGSU, said the university was faced with more demand for limited ice space at the arena. “We’re sad to see them go, but we understand their decision,” Kielmeyer said. “We certainly do our best to meet the ice needs of the community, but we have limited resources.” The problem isn’t just ice time, but also ice preparation time, Orr explained. Once the curling ice is converted for playing hockey, it takes about two hours to make it suitable for curling. Ice with ruts made by skates, or ridges caused by Zambonis, are incompatable with curling, she said. Roger Mazzarella, a member of the curling club, said his team has to relearn how to compete on real curling ice when they travel to other places to play. Like many of the local curlers, he is frustrated by the lack of commitment by BGSU to the 50-year-old club. But he is also excited about the opportunities the new facility will offer. “It was the vision with the guys who created this that there should be recreation opportunities,” for curlers at the ice arena, Mazzarella said. “It’s sad, but it is exciting, too.” As they gathered for practice in the ice arena last week, many of the club members agreed. “Yea, I am sad,” said Ed Glowacki, who has been playing at the arena about 30 years. “This is where I learned to curl. There’s a lot of tradition in these buildings.” But the move is necessary if the club hopes to continue. “We’re hoping to get a better surface,” Glowacki said. Curler Paul Haas agreed. “I’m ecstatic. It will be good ice because we’ll take care of it,” he said. The new facility will have many advantages, Orr said. Curling ice is very limited, with Detroit being the next closest location. “We serve the whole Northwest Ohio region,” so this will give the group room to expand, she said. The facility will give…


Recycling efforts grow, but still short in some areas

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   More than 300 local businesses save on garbage pickup costs and conserve landfill space by separating their recyclables from their trash. Businesses from Northwood to North Baltimore use a program operated by Wood Lane’s Community Employment Service, called R&R, to pick up their recyclables. “This is truly intended to be a county-wide program,” said Vic Gable, head of CES. But while the program picks up recyclables for many private businesses, schools and government offices, it collects items from just two apartment complexes in Bowling Green. While the city picks up recyclables at residences, it does not collect them at apartment complexes. During a recent meeting of the Bowling Green City-University Relations Commission, members discussed the lack of recycling at apartment complexes and downtown businesses. Chris Ostrowski, a member of the commission, said he was the first to start apartment recycling in Bowling Green in the 1980s at Summit Terrace, which has 96 units. “We started because it made economic sense,” Ostrowski said. “It was cheaper than having someone pick it up as trash.” Most of the student renters want to recycle, he said. “For the most part, the students see it as a positive thing.” According to Ostrowski, many apartment complexes don’t offer recycling since the owners are responsible for the start-up costs. Unlike other residences, where curbside containers are provided by the city, the apartments would have to purchase the bins. The Wood Lane program partners with the Wood County Solid Waste District to provide recycling containers to school districts throughout the county. The R&R program does not charge for its services, but it does require private businesses to buy their own containers. “One of the challenges with the business community is they have to purchase the containers themselves,” Gable said. “We have to try to break even.” The three trucks used for pickups were purchased with grant funding. Some of the larger corporate customers are Calphalon and Johnson Controls. About 50 small businesses in Bowling Green are involved. But only a few downtown Bowling Green businesses, like Ben Franklin, Finders and Panera, are part of the recycling program, Gable said. “I know there are other entities interested,” he explained. “But there are a lot of challenges to make that happen. There’s really no place to put big recycling containers.” The R&R program collects aluminum and steel cans, plastic, cardboard, newspaper, magazines, office paper, books and shredded paper, which are then sold to the BG Recycling Center. Last year, the program saved several million tons of cardboard from being landfilled, Gable said.    


Globe trotting pianist Spencer Myer visits familiar ground in Bowling Green

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Pianist Spencer Myer is no stranger to Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts. Growing up in North Ridgefield, he traveled to BGSU for a workshop with the Men’s Choir and a couple master classes with Jerome Rose. When he returns next weekend guest artist for the David D. Dubois Piano Competition, he’ll be the one presenting the master class. The master class will be Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Myer will present a recital in Kobacker Hall Saturday Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and BGSU music majors are free with student ID. He will then serve on the jury for the finals of the piano competition on Sunday morning starting at 9 a.m. Two of the pieces on his recital program may well be played by Dubois competitors. Myer will open his Saturday concert with Mozart’s Sonata in G Major, which he said is common for students to play but often neglected by professionals. He’ll also perform Maurice Ravel’s “Jeux D’Eau.” A technically difficult piece that has been played in past Dubois events. The centerpiece of his concert will be Robert Schumann’s “Fantasie.” It’s been in his concert repertoire for two years. “I’ve just adored the piece for so long and how poignant it is. It’s been hard to let go of it.” The piece “is so deep and so sincere. … It’s clearly a statement of love from Schumann to Clara. It has so many special moments. “It’s a piece I’ve held on a pedestal for so long, and I waited to learn it until I was grown up. … That’s why I’ve held onto it for so long.” Myer also will perform Ravel’s Sonatine and close with four rags by William Bolcom. Myer has recorded 16 of the contemporary composer’s rags – “they’re so inventive and clever.” That recording will be released later this year. Myer said he strives for a balance of styles within a program. He also strives for a balance in his professional life. He performs internationally as a soloist, but also frequently collaborates with other instrumentalists in chamber ensembles and with singers. Myer credits his undergraduate education at Oberlin with his discovery of collaboration especially with vocalists. Oberlin wasn’t his first choice of conservatories. He wanted to go to the Juilliard School in New York City. He auditioned at Oberlin because it was close to home and would be good practice. Despite its proximity, he said, he really didn’t know much about the school. But he didn’t get into Juilliard. “It was the best thing that could have happened to me because Oberlin was an unforgettable place” that gave him a well-rounded education. Undergraduates could blossom there without being overshadowed by graduate students, he said. “Juilliard for me was a much more appropriate place for me as a graduate student.” He’s remained in New York, but his love of collaborative piano fostered at Oberlin has played an important part in his career. “It forces you to listen in a different way,” he said of accompanying. “It allows you to explore different coloristic capabilities because you have to expand the lower end, the softer end, of the color spectrum…


County wants help with land use plan

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Calling it a land use plan update is somewhat of a misnomer. Dave Steiner sees it more as a chance to make a clean slate for county planning. Wood County is in the process of replacing its existing land use plan that was adopted in 2007. “I just want to toss out what we have and start from fresh,” said Steiner, director of the county planning commission, the office in charge of the land use effort. The plan adopted nine years ago hit a brick wall when the economy tanked. “The recession hit right after that and everything stalled,” Steiner said. But development is picking up again in the county, and a land use plan is needed to help direct that growth to the right areas. The plan will consider where zoning changes would be appropriate, where utilities should be expanded, where roadways should be built. “I’m very pro economic development in the right places and I’m very pro farmland preservation in the right places,” Steiner said. The plan will help guide that growth. “It’s not a set-in-stone document,” Steiner said, but rather a roadmap with suggested directions. But first, the county needs its citizens to give them the directions they would like to see the county develop or preserve. County officials are very aware that development concerns are very different in the southern rural areas than they are in the urban fringe areas in the northern part of the county. So local residents are being invited to express their opinions about the future growth during a public workshop being held by the Wood County Planning Commission on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Junior Fair Building at the Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 West Poe Road, in Bowling Green. The event is designed to engage participants in discussions on the opportunities and challenges the county may face over the next 20 years. The event will also include exercises for participants to identify critical areas for protection, reinvestment, and growth on maps of the county. A 15-minute reception and sign-in will be followed by small group work for approximately one and a half hours. The event will be led by county staff and consultants. “For this effort to be successful, it is vital that the final plan accurately represents both a sustainable countywide vision and a more detailed vision held by the townships, so it is important the citizens of Wood County be actively involved in updating their plan from the very beginning,” Steiner said. The land use plan only covers the unincorporated areas of the county, so no cities or villages are part of the plan. The update process involves the work of a steering committee, made up of members representing business, agricultural, conservation, educational and social service interests. The county is contracting with McBride Dale, Cincinnati, for $63,000 for the land use plan. The planning process is expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete. For more information, contact David Steiner or Katie Baltz at (419) 354-9128 or on the website: http://planning.co.wood.oh.us/land-use-plan/    


Concerto concert puts spotlight on top BGSU musicians

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The annual Concerto Concert at the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts puts students in the spotlight. The soloists are students who won their chance in the spotlight in a competition in December. The conductors are students. And the Bowling Green Philharmonia is a student orchestra. Listeners should expect, however, nothing less than a top quality in the performance. Graduate student Zachary Nyce’s performance in the dress rehearsal of Witold Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Piano was proof of that. The notes had hardly stopped reverberating in Kobacker Hall when Emily Freeman Brown, director of orchestral studies at BGSU, strode onto the stage. “There are very few university situations where this could be done,” she told the assembled musicians including conductor Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia. The concerto composed in 1988 will conclude the concert Saturday at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall on campus. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and free for BGSU music majors (and minors enrolled in MUS 99) with stickers on their IDs. Also on the program will be: • Undergraduate division winner Brianna Buck, saxophone, playing Elergie and Rondo by Karl Husa, conducted by Robert Ragoonanan. • Undergraduate division winner Yuefeng Liu, piano, playing Piano Concerto in G minor by Camille Saint-Saens, conducted by Santiago Piñeros-Serrano. • Graduate division winner, Benjamin Crook, piano, playing Piano Concerto in C minor by Ludwig von Beethoven, conducted by Evan Meccarello. Nyce was well aware of the challenge the Lutoslawski piece posed for his fellow musicians. “It’s a real challenge. I picked a very difficult piece. It’s something that needs to be heard and deserves to be heard.” The pianist said he is dedicated to “enlarging the footprint of new music. … I think largely people have a problem with the dissonance in new music. There’s really no absence of color and intensity and even beauty. You just have to expose yourself to it.” Buck “fell in love with this piece due to the emotion it evokes.” The Elegie was written after the death of the composer’s mother. “In this movement, it is so easy to note the different emotions one goes through when mourning a loss. There are points that reflect sorrow and others that seem to show anger. I enjoy playing this piece because I can give my own interpretation in these moments.” Everyone experiences emotion differently, just as each performer plays this piece slightly different. It has been an insightful experience, playing this piece and experiencing those emotions each time I perform.” The concert gives musicians the rare chance to play in front of an orchestra. “The amount of sound, the amount of color, the amount of timbres, it’s a really a strong presence,” Nyce said. “It has a profound effect.” Crook said the orchestra “really brings the music to life.” “When I hear the orchestra behind me I sometimes get goosebumps,” he said, “It’s really powerful.” Liu said that the experience demands that the soloist work with the conductor. “I cannot play for myself,” she said. As with the other soloists, Liu was drawn to BGSU by a professor. The freshman had heard of Laura Melton before she arrived on campus to audition. “She’s a very nice and patient teacher.” Nyce echoed her assessment of Melton. “I actually enjoy going…


Man arrested for felony drug possession

A Bradner man was arrested after a search turned up illegal drugs, a gun, and money in a local home. According to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, Ryan M. Anderson was arrested for felony drug possession. The arrest was made after the sheriff’s office, in cooperation with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation Division, and the Sandusky County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 1362 U.S. 6, Lot 13 of Twin Maples Trailer Park. The raid uncovered approximately one ounce of suspected crack cocaine, 60 Oxycodone pills, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and about $3,000, according to Det. Sgt. Rod Smith with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.  


House for recovering addicts to open

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The average opiate addict relapses seven times before finally being able to shake the addiction. However, if the person gets intensive treatment, the number of relapses drops significantly, according to Tom Clemons, executive director of the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board. For that reason, the board is helping to set up recovery housing for addicts here in Wood County. The board is working with Zepf Center, which operates rehab centers in the region, to establish a home here that can house eight to 10 men trying to kick drug or alcohol habits. The recovery housing will be set up in an existing home on agricultural land near Cygnet, south of Bowling Green. The exact location of the home was not released. Structured settings are important for people trying the shake addictions, according to Clemons. “They really need to have a living environment free from people using drugs,” he said. Wood County residents needing such treatment have had to travel to the Toledo area for services. There is no such program in Wood County. “The program has a lot of success in Lucas County, but they are full,” Clemons said. “The need is urgent in both men and women,” he said. But this home will just allow men. The board may consider helping with a women’s recovery housing program next. “This is really important for success for a lot of people,” Clemons said. “We were looking for how we can meet the need.” Zepf Center will pay for the capital costs, and WCADAMHS will pay for the services provided. That will cost an estimated $280,000 a year. The men accepted at the center will have addictions to alcohol or drugs such as opiates or cocaine. They will be tested frequently to make sure they are complying with rules. “They have to stay clean and sober,” Clemons said. They will be required to participate in treatment programs and follow the plans. The average stay at recovery housing programs is 3.5 months, though longer stays often have better results. Most of the residents at the center will have jobs or work in vocational rehabilitation. “It’s not a jail,” Clemons stressed.        


More than 3,800 landowners to be assessed for creek cleanup

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   A creek maintenance project that cuts across Wood County will affect the owners of more than 29,000 acres here that drain into the waterway. Wood County is working with Sandusky and Ottawa counties to clear blockages in the Toussaint Creek, which starts on the north side of Bowling Green, and winds its way north of Luckey on its way to Lake Erie. The total cost for the maintenance, which was petitioned by Wood County landowners, is about $860,000. The cost will be divided among landowners of acreage in the Toussaint Creek watershed area. More than 3,800 notices have been mailed out to the landowners who will be assessed, said Wood County Administrator Andrew Kalmar. The cost and acreage in each county is estimated as follows: 29,204 acres in Wood County, costing $608,000 7,763 acres in Sandusky County, costing $123,000 12,982 acres in Ottawa County, costing $131,000 Some people receiving the assessment notices may not even realize they are in the watershed, since the creek may not be visible from their property, Kalmar said. But that doesn’t mean it’s not draining into the waterway, he added. So far, 199 objections to the project or the assessments have been filed. The petition for the work, which is being handled by the soil and water districts of the three counties, asks for the removal of log jams and leaning trees along the creek. There will be no channelizing, or moving of dirt, Kalmar explained. A public meeting will be held on the project, but has not yet been scheduled. “Everyone will have the opportunity to speak their piece,” Kalmar said. The creek cleanup won’t start until fall, after this year’s crops have been harvested.    


Former Stroh director indicted

BG INDEPENDENT NEWS The Bowling Green State University employee who oversaw the Stroh Center has been indicted on five felony counts. Ben Spence, a Bowling Green native, was indicted by a Wood County Grand Jury on two felony counts of theft in office and three felony counts of tampering with records. Spence, 34, who had been the Stroh director since 2013, had already resigned over financial irregularities. A statement from the university said in August, university internal auditors “discovered irregularities with cash handling practices done in connection with Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) tournaments held at the Stroh Center.” Spence was suspended at that time, and resigned in October. The university then presented the information to the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office, which is conducting an investigation. Last August, BGSU internal auditors conducted an audit of cash handling practices related to the OHSAA tournaments and discovered facts that warranted referring the matter to the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office to determine whether criminal conduct was involved. The university immediately suspended Spence. According to Dave Kielmeyer, BGSU spokesperson, the prosecutor’s office started its own investigation. While the prosecutor’s investigation was ongoing, Spence resigned his position on Oct. 12, 2015. He is no longer employed by the university. After reviewing the draft audit findings, the university put additional procedures into place at the Stroh Center, according to a statement from BGSU.