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Curing cabin fever for kids PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:09
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Gerwin borthers Ryan, 8, (from left) Matthew, 10, and Aaron, 4, are seen at their home in Bowling Green. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Wood County is well-populated with young families.
As of today, most of those families are parented by increasingly frantic moms and dads caught trying to entertain snow-bound children who were already on the threshold of boredom days ago. After all, this biggest of snowstorms in two decades, complete with unprecedented subpolar temperatures, struck right on the tail-end of what was, for most, a two-week holiday break.
Children in many area school districts haven't seen their classrooms since Dec. 20.
Pity Sarah Gerwin, a Bowling Green mother of three boys, ages 10, 8 and 4.
"In trying to prove (to the boys) that it's not safe to be out in the snow," she has resorted to a string of increasingly creative winter science experiments.
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Deep freeze settles in PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER and PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writers   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:34
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Drifting snow surrounds cars traveling on North Dixie Highway Monday in Perrysburg. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Blowing snow and record-breaking temperatures tested the mettle of drivers and residents as a Level 3 Snow Emergency was in force in Wood County for a second straight day.
The air temperature was minus 15 in Bowling Green as of midnight, which breaks the record of 12 below zero set in 1924. Many city and village offices remained closed, and all county offices and departments were closed, with the exception of 24-hour facilities.
“We’re still at a Level 3,” said Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn, who was driving and checking roadways this morning.
He indicated that while the winds had died down from their Monday velocities, many sections of State Routes 582 and 199 were drifting, causing only a single lane to be available, though crews were working to get them cleared.
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Some seek shelter from the storms PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER and PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writers   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:37
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Tegan Rankin (left) and Rosa Navarro (right) of Perrysburg, watch friends play video games while staying at the Perrysburg Heights Community Center in Perrysburg, Ohio. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Threatened by record-low temperatures overnight, Wood County residents hunkered down to stay safe from the cold Monday.
Sites and agencies around the county stand ready if the frigid conditions should cause power to go out or create other emergencies.
Over the weekend, members of the Perrysburg Heights Community Association announced they would open the neighborhood’s community center near Levis Commons for anyone in need of shelter.
Jason Craig, PHCA director of operations, gathered food and other supplies for those expected to seek refuge at the center, which includes a gym, activity rooms and other ways for people, especially children, to keep from going “stir crazy.” “I’m afraid people will underestimate how cold it will be,” Craig said Monday.
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Wood County snowplow drivers brave the cold PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:09
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John Ziegler is a snow plow driver based at the Wood County Highway Garage in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
John Ziegler knows first-hand the perils of wintry weather: when others are safe at home watching the snow fall and drift, he's out in it.
Ziegler is one of more than 20 truck operators at the Wood County Highway Garage, and has been plowing the area's highways and byways for 17 winters.
"Of course, I always compare everything to the Blizzard (of '78)," he said of the wintry conditions he's experienced over the years.
For the past 15 years of his tenure, Ziegler has plowed Liberty Hi Road, Bishop Road, Poe Road and Bowling Green Road West.
A North Baltimore resident, Ziegler noted that Monday's conditions made it difficult to keep roads clear. He said that no sooner had one road been cleared than it was "plugged shut" by the blowing and drifting snow.
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