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Four BG groups get grant to explore one-stop shop PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor   
Monday, 09 December 2013 10:18
Four groups that work in various ways to promote Bowling Green will use a grant from the Toledo Community Foundation to help determine the feasibility of setting up a one-stop-shop for their services.
The $15,000 grant will be administered by the Downtown BG Foundation and also involve the BG Chamber of Commerce, BG Convention and Visitor's Bureau and BG Community Development Foundation. Downtown BG and the CDF share office space on East Wooster Street, while the chamber is on North Main Street and the CVB on East Court Street.
"This will allow us to do our due diligence on things we're not experts on," Barb Ruland, director of Downtown BG, told chamber trustees Friday morning. "The Community Foundation is looking to us to provide a model for other agencies around the state," she said.
Chamber President Bruce Stevens said "Now it's time for us to roll up our sleeves and go to work."
Ruland learned of the grant possibility early in 2013 and shared the possibility with the other groups. The idea was also promoted in the 2012 visioning program between the city and Bowling Green State University.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 10:27
BG plans progress for athletic fields PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor   
Monday, 09 December 2013 09:59
This map shows the location of the 20 acres devoted to recreation fields highlighted in blue. (Map provided by Wood County Auditors Office)
Initial development of 20 acres devoted to recreation fields at Bowling Green's National Guard Training and Community Center should begin next spring.
The city has selected Feller-Finch of Maumee to design the layout of the fields along with engineering the drainage and irrigation and writing bid documents. Parks and Recreation Director Dr. Michelle Grigore said Wednesday the project will be bid in the spring to begin as soon as weather conditions permit. "Even with an early start and irrigation system it is 'iffy' we'll be able use any of the fields next fall," she said.
Feller-Finch was one of five firms that submitted qualifications and was interviewed about the project. Grigore said Feller-Finch has done similar work for the athletic fields at St. John's Jesuit in Toledo and for other cities.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 10:59
Otsego fights bullying PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 09 December 2013 10:17
This poster will be placed in Otsego school buildings to show support in spreading an anti-bullying message. (Image provided by Otsego Schools)
WESTON - Being kind can be a positive approach to suppressing bullying. The Otsego Local Schools are continuing to build on their quest to minimize if not eliminate bullying in their community. They are now taking the message out to the four villages within the district.
On Monday Cindy Johnson, a counselor with the elementary school, appeared before the Weston Village Council seeking and receiving their support. Johnson said it was the third of four meetings, having previously received support from both Tontogany and Haskins. Her next visit will be to Grand Rapids.
Johnson noted the district is using the Olweus bullying prevention program through grant money in cooperation with the Wood County Educational Service Center.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 10:56
Photos net teacher 26,000 Instagram fans PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 09:47
Eric Ward
Every evening until a few years ago, Eric Ward used to go through the same ritual.
You might call it a habit.
He would upload a day's worth of photos from his simple point-and-shoot camera to his computer, download them to his iPod, then upload them again to Instagram, a social media photo-sharing website.
Things have changed since then. Now, a smartphone makes the process simpler. And since becoming known on Instagram as @littlecoal, Ward has become kind of a big deal.
At a young age, he used his mother's camera to teach himself the basics.
"Looking back at that, I give her so much credit for it, because I wasted so much film and money.
"That was fantastic, to give a kid free reign over it and let them see what they could do."
Ward went on to take a photography class in high school, falling in love with the dark room as he watched his pictures develop. He maintained an interest as a student at Miami University, but "just for fun" - snapping photos of friends and taking shots while on vacation.
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