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State treasurer pushes skilled trades PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:17
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Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (left) with Phoenix Technology's Henry Schworm, Engineering Manager for the company. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Josh Mandel hopes students will start taking a new look at the skilled trades.
"I believe we need to put shop class back in high school," the state Treasurer said Monday during a stop at Phoenix Technologies International in Bowling Green.
Mandel came by to present an inaugural "Ohio Strong" award at the company. The event was one of multiple stops planned by Mandel in the area, including Toledo, Findlay and Lima.
The Ohio Strong awards are intended to help recognize workers in manufacturing and the skilled trades across Ohio, and to raise public awareness to encourage people to pursue careers in those fields.
Prior to presenting the award to Henry Schworm of Phoenix - engineering manager and a 21-year employee at the company who started welding early in his life - Mandel noted that students today are largely told the only way to success is through a four-year degree. Such a degree is only one of the options available, he said, later noting figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that 48 percent of young adults are employed in jobs that don't require a four-year degree - and as a result they are getting in debt for their education needlessly.
"No one's really out there recognizing the worker," Mandel said.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 14:51
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2 sentenced in pot bust worth $4.1M PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 24 March 2014 10:34
Two men involved in a $4.1 million marijuana bust last summer were sentenced to prison Friday.
Justin Gould, 27, and William Luciano Jr., 33, both of New Rochester, N.Y., appeared in the courtroom of Wood County Judge Alan Mayberry.
They were among seven people indicted in the incident, which occurred on the Ohio Turnpike in Lake Township last July. A Subaru Outback and motor home with Massachusetts plates containing the suspects were stopped, and more than 907 pounds of marijuana - valued at $4.1 million - was found in the vehicles, as well as $14,000 in cash. A number of cell phones and other devices were also found.
The group was reportedly on its way back to the East Coast from Chicago.
The others indicted in the incident were Arriel Concepcion, 28, Rochester; Kevin Concepcion, 20, Rochester; Frankie Layz, 22, Rochester; Jose Manzanares, 37, Houston; and Jimmy Pross Jr., 38, Charlotte, N.C. All were indicted on charges of trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, money laundering and possession of criminal tools.
Gould previously pleaded to one count each of third-degree drug trafficking and possession of criminal tools, and Luciano had pleaded to one count of second-degree trafficking, as part of a plea agreement.
Luciano was sentenced to a total of eight years in prison on Friday, as well as a $7,500 fine. Gould was sentenced to 24 months in prison and given credit for 250 days served in the Wood County jail.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 11:35
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Author to appear at ‘Pizza and Pages’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 24 March 2014 10:35
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There's something special about meeting the author of a favorite book - seeing the person behind the words can make readers appreciate those words even more.
Library media specialist Patti Rish is hoping her Bowling Green Middle School students will get that moment from young adult author Sharon Draper.  
Draper will stop by the BGMS media center Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. after a 1 p.m. lecture at Bowling Green State University's Bowen-Thompson Student Union in room 201.
The middle school visit is open to students only, while the public is invited to the university lecture.
"It's really great when kids get to meet real authors," said Rish. "They really inspire the kids."
The former teacher-turned writer will answer readers' questions during the school's Pizza & Pages book club meeting.
Her New York Times bestselling books like "Tears of a Tiger" and "The Battle of Jericho" explore issues like teen suicide, child abuse, family and love.
The Wood County District Public Library partnered with BGMS and BGSU's College of Education and Human Development to arrange Draper's visit.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 11:38
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Appropriations dip for county library PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Monday, 24 March 2014 10:32
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In spite of inflation and higher fuel and grounds expenses already incurred in the first three months of the year, the Wood County District Public Library's appropriated budget for 2014 will be $280,000 lower than the budget for 2013.
The library Board of Trustees approved an anticipated budget for the year totaling $2.5 million at its March board meeting on Wednesday.
The comparable figure for last year was $2.8 million.
"We spent triple what we had for the last four years on snow removal" and "we've added an extra $20,000 for utilities. It's just been so cold, we've had abnormally high gas bills," said library director Michael Penrod.
So what makes the end figure lower?
"We don't have the expense of the Carter House renovations running through the books" in 2014, board President Brian Paskvan pointed out. The children's department renovations, too, are all but complete.
The one area of exterior work still planned for the Carter House is repainting the historic dwelling, with advice being sought from Wood County Historical Museum personnel on the best method to treat the bricks and the ornate metal railing.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 11:34
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