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ODOT plans for work near turnpike PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Monday, 09 June 2014 08:43
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Wood County will receive $140,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation for transportation infrastructure improvements along the Ohio Turnpike.
The improvements, to take place over the next two years, are part of $1.1 million invested in four projects in the region through ODOT's Turnpike Mitigation Program.
"As ODOT officials travelled the northern part of Ohio discussing with local leaders how we could best leverage the turnpike, we heard time and time again of needs that were not being met because of the mere existence of the turnpike, and the impacts it has on surrounding local roadways," said ODOT Director Jerry Wray in a press release. "In response, we developed a program to award money to local communities in need of transportation-related improvements along the turnpike."
Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 11:20
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Bell choir director chimes in 43 years PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Religion Editor   
Saturday, 07 June 2014 02:11
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Kathy Rupp stands in the sanctuary of First Christian Church in Bowling Green. (Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Kathy Rupp has chosen to eliminate more than four decades of ringing in her ears.
Not a medical issue, rather she has retired after 43 years as the bell choir director at First Christian Church in Bowling Green. The bells and the music, however, remain part of her.
“It kind of gets in your blood. I always said I would quit when it was no longer fun and when I couldn’t lift the bell cases,” Rupp said.
Despite it still being fun and her continued ability to lift the cases, she said the time was right to step aside.
“I just wanted to get away from the regular obligation,” Rupp said.
She joined the church shortly after moving to Bowling Green. With Rupp’s background as a music teacher in public schools, she was a natural fit for the bell choir director post.
She has led the teen bell choir, the children’s choir and served a stint as the church organist. She also taught private piano lessons from 1982-2008.
“Of all the jobs, this was the most fun,” Rupp said of her role as bell choir director.
Last Updated on Saturday, 07 June 2014 02:31
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Reining in runoff PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Farm Editor   
Saturday, 07 June 2014 02:13
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Paul Herringshaw kneels near a drainage structure to reduce runoff on his farmland near Rudolph. (Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Though farm work often deals with contaminants, today’s farmers are making a concerted effort to assure minimal runoff from their fields into public waterways.
According to Paul Herringshaw, an increasing number of producers are implementing the “4R” program on their farms. For those not familiar, the 4R system stresses using the right fertilizer source at the right rate, the right time and the right place.
Kirk Merritt, Ohio Soybean Council executive director, concurs, “Our organization is finding a lot of receptivity to the program. There is a high level of awareness.”
Herringshaw, a Bowling Green farmer who has represented the Ohio Corn Marketing Program with national and international contacts, also spoke about the investment of more than $2 million by a variety of Ohio farm entities to assure the agriculture committee is doing its part to ensure there are healthy watersheds in Ohio. The investment involves research conducted by Ohio State University and Ohio’s agricultural organizations to determine how much fertilizer is making its way into the watersheds.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 11:19
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BG might streamline zoning PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 07 June 2014 02:10
Proposed zoning changes that would significantly speed up the approval process for some properties — in part by removing Bowling Green City Council from the equation — will move on to council for consideration.
The measure, suggested by council, passed Planning Commission Wednesday night by a vote of 6-1, with two abstentions.
“This came from city council, and I think there’s a reason” they’re suggesting it, said commission member Jeff Betts prior to the vote.
The proposed changes concern three sections of the site plan approval process for S-District, or planned, zoned properties. This included certain residential, commercial, institutional and park properties.
If approved, the move could cut three months or more from the review process, which can often take as long as six months otherwise. Included in the changes is the removal of a final public hearing before city council, and a council vote. A public hearing and vote would still be held by the Planning Commission.
Last Updated on Saturday, 07 June 2014 02:32
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