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BG mulls Ridge lot's future PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:28
File photo. Former Ridge Elementary property.
Three dozen people spent about 45 minutes Monday night sharing ideas and submitting written comments about how Bowling Green’s Department of Parks and Recreation should use the former Ridge Elementary property.
The three-acre property will represent the first public green space in the city’s First Ward, following demolition of the school building this spring. The city acquired the property from the BG Board of Education last fall, following closure of the school last May.
Director of Parks and Recreation Dr. Michelle Grigore said she will continue to accept written comments through March 24. “At that point I will prepare a report based on the comments and submit it to Municipal Administrator John Fawcett,” she said. Copies of the document will also be provided to all who left an email address Monday night and those who submit written comments.
Comments may be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or dropped off at the Community Center, 1245 W. Newton Road.
Grigore said based on federal safety standards for playground equipment it has been determined the funnel ball site and basketball hoop can remain, while other playground equipment will have to be removed. The stone gravel track at the north end of the playground needs regrading, if it is retained.
“What is the best use? How do you want to see this area used?” Grigore asked.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:31
Eastwood waiting on insurance payment PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD, Sentinel Education Editor   
Monday, 24 February 2014 11:25
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PEMBERVILLE - Eastwood Schools administrators are waiting on an insurance payment to decide how to replace buildings lost in a January fire.
Superintendent Brent Welker also has asked community members for feedback on adding time to school days to make up class time lost to calamity days.
The question regarding buildings is "what are we going to build," said Welker
Whether to combine a bus garage and board office, similar to what was destroyed in a Jan. 25 fire, or build separate facilities will depend on the insurance payout, he said.
The district will be paid replacement costs plus code upgrades.
If the offices are combined, Welker said he'll make sure there is a fire wall between the departments, and if required by code, that both buildings have fire suppression systems installed.
Water sprinklers were not required when the original structure was build 22 years ago.
"We need to be 100 percent clear on what insurance will pay," he stated.
He said the district may decide on a Locally Funded Initiative to add an administration office at the new elementary that is hoped for on the main campus.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 12:04
Costco inching ahead PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:01
PERRYSBURG - Several meetings over the next month will pave the way for decisions on whether a Costco retail store should be built near Eckel Junction Road and Ohio 25.
City officials gave an updated timeline at a Planning and Zoning Committee meeting Monday, during which members asked for more information on the proposal.
Two OKs are needed for the project to move forward - on the final site plan by Planning Commission, and a special-approval use by city council on whether to allow the 150,000-square-foot store.
The company's plans have been delayed due to negotiations with Columbia Gas Transmission over what can be placed on top of a 16-inch gas line. An updated site plan shows the line rerouted to the eastern portion of the property, rather than underneath the area where the parking lot would be located.
The gas line placement is nearly resolved, but Costco has still not submitted a final site plan to the city, said Brody Walters, planning and zoning administrator.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:03
New dimension PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 24 February 2014 10:27
Ceramic ring produced by Greg Pugh using 3D printer developed at BGSU. (Photo provided)
HURON - Bowling Green State University is ready to cash in on a technological breakthrough developed in its School of Art.
Meeting Friday at the Firelands campus, the Board of Trustees gave the president's office the authority to commercialize two patents related to a 3D printer developed by John Balistreri who teaches ceramics at BGSU.
The printer has been in the works since 2009. Its initial uses were to create ceramic pieces, especially intricate abstract constructions by Greg Pugh, then a student who has been hired to work on the project. But Balistreri already saw far wider possible applications for the printer.
Balistreri has been on research leave in Omaha and has continued to work on the printer there. In fall he told the Sentinel-Tribune he was working with researchers at the University of Nebraska to replacement bone.
Using ash from cow bones, hydroxy apitite, the researchers will construct a material to replace thin bone structures such as those in the skull and face. Researchers envision a material that will take the place of bone and allow new bone to grow into the replacement.
That's just one of many uses Balistreri envisions.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 10:41
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