BG's fireworks fund for 2014 has good start, Chamber told PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 03 August 2013 08:29
File photo. People watch the Independence Day fireworks in Bowling Green. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green's annual Independence Day fireworks display looks to be on more solid financial footing for 2014.
Andy Newlove, a member of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce's fireworks committee, announced at Friday's Chamber Board meeting that the fireworks have a substantial carryover that can be used in 2014.
All told, he said, the fireworks have about $6,400 left over from this year, twice the carryover from 2012 into 2013.
The 2013 fireworks cost a total of $16,000, with $14,000 of that paying for the actual fireworks display. Roughly $18,500 total was raised for the 2013 display, with additional money raised for the carryover.
The committee undertook a number of efforts to bring in funding for the event, including a letter-writing campaign.
Larry Weiss, co-host of WBGU 88.1 FM's "The Morning Show" program, delivered the monthly Business Climate Report.
"I never thought in retirement I'd say I enjoy getting up at 4 in the morning," he said of working on the show, which runs from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays. Weiss hosts the program the fourth week of each month, with Clint Cort hosting the remaining weeks.
Weiss began on the show last August to assist Dave Horger, who was planning to retire. Weiss later took over for Horger due to health issues.
He said that over the past year he has conducted 159 interviews with people ranging in age from 11 to 91, and the show has conducted three one-hour specials, with another planned for Aug. 28. Additionally, The Morning Show had its first remote broadcast ever, from the Wood County Fair, on Tuesday.
"We're looking for other ways to bring The Morning Show into the community, to bring it closer to our audience," Weiss said. He told the board that the show has an email address, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and is interested in suggestions from community members.
In other business, the board:
•    Inducted Cal Bowers, director of corporate and foundation relations for Bowling Green State University's Office of Development, as BGSU's new ex-officio director. Bowers is replacing former Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development Tim Smith, who recently retired.
Bowers indicated that BGSU's freshman class is anticipated to be four to five percent larger than last year's, with an average grade point average of 3.31, an all-time high.
•    Heard from Municipal Administrator John Fawcett that the city is working on pointing up and painting elements of the downtown. This year, he said, marks 13 years since the downtown had its major renovation. He also reported that the city entered into an agreement with ODOT to purchase 1,000 tons of road salt at a cost of $32.52 a ton, a savings of roughly $20 per ton over last year.
•    Heard from Wood County Hospital President Stan Korducki, who said that the Falcon Health Center, located across East Wooster Street from the BGSU campus, is slated to open when students return to campus later this month. The facility is a joint venture between the hospital and the university.
"On the 26th, we're planning on being in business," he said. Equipment will be moved out of the current BGSU Health Center on Aug. 17 and 18, and a "soft opening" of the site will follow prior to its official opening on Aug. 26.
"It really has been quite a fast-paced project," said Korducki.

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