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Niese testifies for senior citizens PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:22
Snow continues to fall as a sidewalk is cleared of snow at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
It's not every day that Washington calls, but when it does, Denise Niese answers.
Niese, executive director of the Wood County Committee on Aging, was invited to the nation's capital Tuesday to testify before a U.S. Congressional subcommittee considering whether to reauthorize the Older Americans Act
Originally passed into law in 1965, during the Johnson administration, the Older Americans Act "has a significant impact on the real lives of older adults," Niese argued during the five minutes of oral testimony she was allotted in an appearance before the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.
"My role" in addressing the subcommittee "was as the service provider who is providing the direct service," as opposed to the other three people on the witness list, including a representative of the National Hispanic Council on Aging, whom Niese defined as "more policy-based, bureaucratic."
BG plans heat up for annual Winterfest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:44
Ari Magelssen, 4, marvels at the ice sculpture in the courtyard of the old Huntington Bank building during last year's Winterfest. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green's Sixth Annual Winterfest runs Friday through Sunday with events all around the community.
More than 25 ice sculptures will line the downtown streets.
"We have a lot of Valentine's Day activities, trying to put a little romance into life," said Wendy Stram, director of the BG Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The carriage rides Friday (6 to 9 p.m.) will be a bit more romantic than the trolley rides meant for families Saturday (6 to 8 p.m.)"
Both leave from the Huntington Courtyard in the 100 block of South Main Street.
Ice carvers will create a giant heart Friday at 4 p.m. and Cupids at 10 a.m. Saturday, both in the courtyard.
"It is supposed to be warmer this weekend and we'll probably get more snow," Stram said. "We hope people want to get over their cabin fever and enjoy three days of Winterfest activities."
Among the activities are ice skating, a sandwich stroll, pancake breakfast, chili and soup cook-off, Frostbite Fun Run, snow games, an art exhibition and the Red Cross Fire and Ice fundraiser. There is musical entertainment at three venues Saturday night.
Elmwood band room not designed for 75 musicians PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:19
Elmwood High School students fill the band room during practice. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
JERRY CITY - Elmwood Schools administrators have four projects they want to start this spring including one that would solve a health hazard to band students.
Superintendent Tony Borton presented the top four projects he'd like the district to commit to in the immediate future: A new band room, updating the infrastructure for technology, improving the energy efficiency of outside lights, and repairing parking lots.
These projects are, "in my eyes, I think we should be addressing at this time," Borton stated.
Students moved into the school 10 years ago this month, and already a new phone system and PA system have been installed, the district has had to recommission the HVAC system, has insulated the perimeter of the building with foam insulation, and has added new more-efficient lighting to all three gyms, the cafeteria and the shops.
BG takes criticism for coal connection PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:43
A group of Bowling Green residents continued to raise questions Monday about the 2008 decision of the Bowling Green Board of Public Utilities decision to be a part of the Prairie States coaled-fired power plant in southwest Illinois.
Individuals expressed concerns about the cost of the project, how it could affect the city and its power customers, suggested the city had been misled by Peabody Energy and American Municipal Power and promoted more use of wind and solar power, which city officials pointed out is more expensive than the Prairie States power.
More than 200 communities in the Midwest and 68 in Ohio are involved in the Prairie States project.
"We are not trying to disparage anybody's integrity. We are here to help and ask questions. There are things that we are not understanding," Summit Street resident Neocles Leontis said. Leontis cited city-furnished data to indicate that the Prairie States power is roughly twice the $48 per megawatt hour promised in 2008.
Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell said the price the city expects to pay for the Prairie States power this year is $73.66 per megawatt hour. That charge includes about $750,000 in debt service, which O'Connell said is also part of the megawatt per hour charge on power the city buys from the wind turbines and hydro plants. O'Connell admitted there have been startup issues with the Prairie States plant and said that is not unusual for a new facility.
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