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BGSU still shut down PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:47
Even as the city and county have eased off their snow alerts, the Bowling Green State University campus remains closed for a third day.
That's actually longer than the university was shuttered for the fabled Blizzard of '78.
University spokesman David Kielmeyer in an email wrote: "While we don't keep official records of such things, it is accurate to say that we rarely close. Long-time employees have confirmed for me that they do not recall a time when we closed three days in a row."
Those he talked to remember back to 1978 when campus closed for two days, but the storm hit on a Thursday, so a weekend intervened.
Circumstances are different this year, he noted. First, university policy is to close whenever there's a Level 3 snow emergency, and as of Tuesday afternoon Wood County was still on that highest level of snow emergency.
That was lowered at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. The decision was made earlier Tuesday to close campus until 5 p.m. today.
Curing cabin fever for kids PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:09
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.
Level 3 lifted in county... but what kind of penalties did violators face during the storm PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:27
Snowdrifts block the intersection of Deshler Road and Wingston Road west of North Baltimore. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
What happens if you're caught out driving during a Level 3 Snow Emergency?
The Wood County Sheriff's Office website defines a Level 3 Snow Emergency by saying that "All municipal, township, county, state and U.S. routes in Wood County are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions. Those traveling on the roadways may subject themselves to arrest. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work as only employees designated by their employer as essential may go to work and only if their route is passable."
Indeed, the Ohio Revised Code section 311.07 allows a sheriff's office to temporarily close roads within its jurisdiction "for the preservation of public peace" during a snow emergency.
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
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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