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Perrysburg credit score bumped up PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 23 December 2013 10:18
PERRYSBURG - Don't expect a sudden windfall or a tax reduction, but a bump in the city's credit rating announced last week has officials counting their financial blessings.
Perrysburg's long- and short-term credit ratings, established by Standard & Poor's as AA- in 2008, were boosted to AA+, a two-step increase Administrator Bridgette Kabat called "unbelievable" at last week's city council meeting.
"In 18 years (working) in the public, I have never been in an entity that's experienced a jump like that. It's usually a big struggle to upgrade," she later said in an interview.
The ratings agency's analysis indicates that in the past few years, the city has reduced its debt, built a reserve fund and maintained policies and practices that limit financial risks.
"The stable outlook reflects our view of the city's consistent financial performance and underlying economy benefiting from strong management," Standard & Poor's stated in a summary of the adjustment. 
"That's a real testament to the council and administration we've had in place here for a number of years," Kabat added. "They've held strong convictions on budgeting practices and putting away funds for a reserve fund."
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:27
Cable pioneer tuned in at BGSU PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 23 December 2013 10:09
(From left) Chyloh Thokey, Jessie Foster, Korie Asner, and Melissa Kennedy, smile after the symbolic turning of the tassles during the commencement ceremony in the Stroh Center at BGSU Saturday morning. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Cable industry pioneer and two-time Bowling Green State University alumnus Robert Clasen had three nuggets of wisdom to impart on his fellow Falcons: be reflective, adapt to change and understand that excellence and integrity are not mutually exclusive.
Clasen, who earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from BGSU, addressed graduates on Saturday during the university's 278th commencement ceremony at the Stroh Center.
"I've had quite a career, but sooner or later there comes a time to look back and see how it all happened," Clasen said.
"What I discovered is when I left BG, I was already a pretty complete package," he said. 
It was lessons he learned while in college, he said, that helped prepare him for a successful career in the media industry. His 40-year career included time as chairman and chief executive officer of Starz, LLC;
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:26
Walbridge paves way for town work PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 23 December 2013 10:14
WALBRIDGE - New curbs, streets and sidewalks, plus park improvements, are in store for the new year in the village.
At Wednesday's meeting, council approved the 2014 budget, which is heavy on grants - some with matching funds - for infrastructure.
"Definitely the highlight of the budget is our commitment into investing in our infrastructure," said Mayor Ed Kolanko after the meeting.
The main project is repaving, updating sewers and installing new curbs on Union Street from Main to Dixon streets, with the work starting in early summer. The village received an Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement Grant, also known as Issue 1, for $209,000. Walbridge has to match it.
Walbridge also received a Community Development Block Grant through Wood County for $49,980, with a $5,000 cost to the village. It will pay for Americans with Disabilities Act curb ramp improvements.
Kolanko said the village also hopes to use a state NatureWorks grant and a Wood County Park District grant to fund improvements at the parks.
Perrysburg grad shares passion for film PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 21 December 2013 09:51
Perrysburg High graduate Jeff Seibenick shared his experience in the film and television industry Friday afternoon with PHS drama students. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - Christmas came early for drama students at Perrysburg High School.
Instead of their usual Friday class, teacher Rob Gentry's students listened intently as alumnus Jeff Seibenick shared how he's been able to make a career in film and television - with tales of his celebrity encounters mixed in.
Seibenick's message was straightforward - if a job like his is the only one you can picture yourself doing, then go for it. And don't give up.
To be successful in show business, you have to "literally know this is all that you can do for the rest of your life," he said.
"Because if it's not, there's 100 people lining up outside the door to do the job that you don't want to do."
Seibenick, a 1994 PHS graduate, attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he worked with a few people whose names may be a bit more recognizable, at least nationally.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013 09:30
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