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Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:50
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Sara Scacchi presents a glove for artists that would prevent pencil drawings from smudging Wednesday night during "The Hatch" at BGSU. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Business ideas with a social conscience and others that would be helpful to students caught the fancy of investors Wednesday night  at "The Hatch," Bowling Green State University's version of "Shark Tank."
A dozen students, chosen from 76 entrants, spent 10 weeks working with mentors leading up to the chance to pitch their ideas to a half-dozen investors, referred to as "Falcons."
A few of the students walked away with financing, others with offers of help with "due diligence" and several with no more than words of encouragement.
The "hatchlings" pitched their ideas in front of a high-energy live audience of hundreds in the Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. There were 67 high school and alumni "Hatch Watch" parties around the world. The event was streamed live over the BGSU College of Business website. A bus-load of students from Hicksville High School was in the ballroom.
Master of ceremonies Kirk D. Kern, director of BGSU's Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, frequently reminded everyone to keep in mind "It's not personal, it's business."
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:12
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Shining light on child abuse PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:20
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Gracelynn Mills (left) and Aliyah Bridges (middle) of the First United Methodist Church Preschool, carry pinwheels to plant in commemeration of child abuse prevention. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Beams of colored light shined off spinning pinwheel blades Wednesday morning, recognizing child abuse cases in Wood County and the hope for a better future.
The 777 blue pinwheels, one for each case investigated in 2013, are five fewer than last year, but they represent a steady stream of child abuse incidents.
"It represents the whole gamut of the cases that we receive," Sandi Carsey, Children's Services administrator, said of the shimmering field of pinwheels.
Several child deaths contributed to the numbers early in 2013, but fortunately fell off and balanced out with no fatalities the rest of the year, said Dave Wigent, director of Wood County Job and Family Services.
While deaths were few, abuse was still high, and many cases, particularly those involving neglect, were connected to drug use, Wigent said.
"Our toughest cases tend to be neglect cases. They cycle through - you can work with a family for a period of time, close out the case, and a high percentage of those cases come back into the system," he said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:10
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Penta students take state ‘field tests’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:47
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PERRYSBURG - Students statewide next year will take a series of new tests, but some at Penta Career Center got a first look last month by taking "field tests."
Ryan Lee, supervisor of academics at Penta, on Tuesday explained the changes forthcoming in student testing with the 2014-15 school year.
"Our students are going to be testing quite a bit," Lee told the board.
With current OGT testing, students take one test a day for math, reading and science; with the new PARCC assessments, there has been no guidance from the Ohio Department of Education on what order tests will be given.
PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and is directly tied to the new Common Core State Standards.
Next year's assessments will cover kindergarten through grade 12.
"This is definitely a challenge for these kids," Lee stated.
Student feedback after the "field test," or a "test the test" experiment, was "this was very difficult," Lee shared; however, there was no issue with the technology knowledge students needed to complete the test.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:11
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(Updated) Six pulled from Maumee River near Waterville PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:01
A water rescue boat from the Perrysburg Fire  Division moves up the Maumee River after rescue efforts Wednesday, April  9, 2014. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
A water rescue boat from the Perrysburg Fire Division moves up the Maumee River after rescue efforts Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
WATERVILLE - Six people had to be fished out of the Maumee River Wednesday after three kayakers capsized and three firefighters took a boat out to get the kayakers to shore. The firefighters' boat took on water, and the rescuers ended up having to be rescued themselves.
The kayakers were in the Waterville area of the Maumee River when they overturned around noon, and got stranded on the island just upstream from the Route 64 bridge.
According to Waterville Fire Chief Patrick Wambo, three firefighters were taking a boat out to the island to rescue the kayakers, when the fire boat took on water. The motor stalled out while the boat was raised, allowing water to swamp the craft, Wambo said.
A boat from Monclova Fire Department was then dispatched to pick up the three firefighters in the river, and two of the kayakers on the
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:09
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