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Lake Twp. wants full-time sexton at cemetery PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:03
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File photo. Lake Township Cemetery. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
MILLBURY - A new, full-time sexton will oversee Lake Township Cemetery for the first time in more than 25 years.
At Tuesday's meeting, the trustees hired Dan Sprinski, who's worked for the cemetery for 15 years. He is taking over for veteran Gary Schulte, who retires this month after 30 years of working for the township - 25 of which were as cemetery sexton.
Sprinski will be paid $22 an hour. The action was taken after a 20-minute executive session.
After the meeting, Sprinski said he lives in Elmore and is a Lake High School graduate.
The hiring was the subject of hours of executive session discussion over the last few trustee meetings.
Trustee Chairwoman Melanie Bowen said there was debate about full time versus part time. The trustees also recently increased rates for non-residential burials and foundations.
Over the last couple years, the amount of burials at the cemetery has dropped, leading to reduced staffing in the summers. The cemetery budget has gone from $200,000 annually to $160,000. That's also why the trustees were discussing hiring a part-time sexton.
"We've had money issues over there," Bowen said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:38
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Pemberville debates zoning change PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:50
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File. Downtown Pemberville. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PEMBERVILLE - Several residents shared concerns with Pemberville Village Council Tuesday night about a proposed rezoning request that could eventually lead to dozens of new homes being constructed.
Comments came after council introduced and gave first reading to an ordinance that would rezone 19.46 acres at the west edge of the village from A, agricultural, to R-1, single-family residential. The rezoning was recommended to council by the Pemberville Planning Commission.
The land is owned by Tom Oberhouse and is located north of Front Street (Ohio 105).
Residents of Sycamore and Sherman streets, which dead-end into the Oberhouse property, were especially concerned. One property owner said he could not see how the development could be built without widening Sherman and expressed concern a widened street might come within two feet of the house. Another said his family had recently purchased a house there after renting for many years in the village.
Another suggested council needed to take a "field trip" to the area to get a better idea of how existing property would be affected.
Council also heard concerns about the effect of new housing on the value/price of existing houses and another wondered about the width of the right-of-way for Sycamore and Sherman streets.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:47
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BGSU wants to lure non-traditional students PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:51
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Students walk across campus Wednesday afternoon. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
The student in Bowling Green State University's future will not be your father's college student, but it may be a student's father.
Facing a decline in the college-age population, university officials are looking to attract non-traditional students, that includes older students who may want to return to complete degrees after years away from campus, and it may include those now employed who want to study part time to get professional masters degrees.
Those are just a few of the ideas put forward at Tuesday's Faculty Senate meeting.
The senate took a different tack when tackling the issue that is seen as a key to the university's financial health in the future.
After hearing a presentation by Provost Rodney Rogers, senators broke into small groups of a half-dozen or so to discuss ways to attract this new kind of student.
That's necessary because the core of BGSU's student body remains between the ages of 18 to 22. That part of the population is expected to decline nationally, and even more so in Ohio and Michigan.
Those new prospects include students starting in community college, international students and out-of-state students.
Rogers said about 91 percent of the university's student body are traditional students, with 1.4 percent international students, 3.1 percent transfers from community college, 3.6 percent professional masters degree students and 1 percent returning adult students completing a degree.
In her remarks President Mary Ellen Mazey noted that there's a market for serving adult students. In the area, she said 24 percent of adults have a college degree and that's well behind both the state and national average.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:43
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Ties to Ukraine get even stronger as tensions rise PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 10:11
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Father George Mullonkal of St. Michaels Ukrainian Catholic Church in Rossford. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
As protests and military action continue to beleaguer Ukraine, the crisis is eliciting reactions - along with prayers and donations - from Wood County residents with ties to the country.
"They want, like everybody else, (to have) their independence," said Father George Mullonkal, priest at St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Rossford.
The conflict began in November, when then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych announced Ukraine would not go forward with a plan to move the country closer to the European Union, seeking instead to align Ukraine more with Russia.
The move sparked protests and violent episodes throughout Ukraine, and late last month Yanukovych fled the capital, Kiev, for Russia. A new national government was formed in the wake of Yanukovych's departure.
Russian troops subsequently moved into Ukraine's Crimea region, an area with strong cultural ties to Russia.
Timothy Pogacar, a professor of Russian at Bowling Green State University, pointed out that the struggle between Russia and Ukraine is not a recent development.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 11:03
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