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BG flight program takes off PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:28
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HURON - Bowling Green State University trustees agreed Friday to lease its airport facilities to a Minnesota firm that has already started providing flight training to students.
The partnership with North Star Aviation, operating as the Bowling Green Flight Center, took off this semester. The trustees' action leases the land the airport sits on to the company.  That will allow the flight center to build a new hangar and classroom space along with providing flight instruction.
Trustees met at the Firelands campus.
University faculty will continue to provide the classroom instruction for students working toward a bachelor's of science in technology with a concentration in aviation.
"Our faculty will continue to oversee the program," said David Kielmeyer, university spokesman. "No faculty positions have been eliminated as a result of this."
The university hopes the new arrangement will give students "a better flight  experience," said Venu Dasigi, interim dean of the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering.
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A new leash on life PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:25
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Andrew Snyder, Chief Dog Warden of Wood County. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
At a place where guests aren't looking for a long stay, the Wood County Dog Shelter is now taking reservations.
The shelter is rolling out a new policy next month that will allow people and rescue organizations to reserve dogs while making arrangements to bring them home.
Andrew Snyder, chief dog warden, explained his proposed change to commissioners this week. They did not act but are expected to approve the policy, which may take effect March 1.
"Essentially what we created was a process by which they could submit requests for certain dogs to indicate to us that they would like that dog. It's essentially a hold on that animal, so whoever submits the first hold is the one who is going to get the dog first," Snyder said.
Those interested in adopting a dog can reserve the animal by calling or emailing the shelter. Requests submitted by email must be followed up with a phone call.
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:42
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Library sees more paper and ebook borrowing PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:27
Feet through the door and eyes on the website: The Wood County District Public Library had plenty of both last year.
Ebook usage increased a dramatic 82 percent in 2013, members of the library's Board of Trustees learned at their monthly meeting Wednesday.
"But ebooks still account for only 4 percent (24,385) of total borrowing," library Director Michael Penrod reported.
According to official statistics from the state library board, foot traffic into the building increased 2.4 percent and the library averaged 18,459 visits to the BG building per month.
Circulation continues at a high level after breaking all-time records in 2012. A total of 601,404 items were borrowed in 2013, compared to 605,799 in 2012.
Penrod attributed the decrease in usage to the board's September 2013 decision to lengthen the loan period for new fiction from 7 days to the current four weeks, and said the drop was actually not as large as expected.
"Since 2002, borrowing of items has increased 36 percent, from 441,573 to 601,404," he added.
In 2013 the library had a total of 26,209 cardholders, 22,888 of them adults and 3,321 children. The library deletes cards which have been inactive for more than two years.
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Walbridge gets state money for street work (2-21-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 21 February 2014 11:45
WALBRIDGE — Just as a huge improvement project is set to start on Union Street, village council has learned that it will receive state money to fund a second wave of street repairs.
At Wednesday’s council meeting, Mayor Ed Kolanko said Walbridge has received a $262,000 Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement Grant, also known as Issue 1. The grant is a matching one, meaning the village also has to put in $262,000.
The grant also “matches” a similar one awarded to Walbridge this time last year. An OPWC grant of $209,000 was announced in February 2013 to start the Union Street project. The village also has to match that with $209,000.
The first one, which is set to begin this spring, entails repaving, updating sewers and installing new curbs on Union Street from Main to Dixon streets. Bids will be opened on Feb. 28. The first phase of the project has a Sept. 1 completion date.
The second grant, which Kolanko said was announced this week, continues the work down Union Street to Martendale Place. The second phase will wrap up in 2015.
“I think we’re pretty fortunate to get that second award,” the mayor said after the meeting. “I’m very excited that project will continue.”
Kolanko said Walbridge’s matches for the two phases will come out of savings.
“It does make sense to use our money for needed projects,” he said.
But Walbridge will be getting a windfall of sorts in a couple months.
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