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BG Winterfest packed with snow & romance PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:57
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Joshua Smith carves ice during Winterfest on Saturday morning. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
This year's Bowling Green Winterfest had a touch of romance.
About 20 sparkling ice sculptures, carriage rides, live music and activities were all on hand to entertain visitors this past Valentine's Day weekend during the sixth annual event.
"I really thought it was nice being able to celebrate Winterfest during Valentine's Day," said Wendy Stram, director of the BG Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It was a nice added touch."
On Friday, couples and families alike strolled downtown to check out the ice sculptures and catch a ride on one of the horse-drawn carriages.
The Napoleon-based company, Ice Creations, offered carving demonstrations. Popular sculptures included a diamond engagement ring, a giant heart and a falcon.
"At one point, we had about 20 people stop and look at the falcon," Stram said. "Somebody was always taking a picture of the falcon."
For Ronald Hayhurst, Winterfest meant a chance for him to show his wife of four and half years, Sharon, a romantic Valentine's Day.
The couple checked out all the sculptures and enjoyed downtown's glittering lights.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 12:29
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Snow day makeup may short BGSU tour PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:42
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Bowling Green State University expects about a thousand prospective students and their parents to campus Monday for the university's annual Presidents' Day Open House.
The particularly harsh weather though is apparently putting a bit of a crimp in attendance.
University spokesman David Kielmeyer said reservations were down "slightly."
The likely reason, he said, is because a number of school districts will now be in session. The districts are trying to make up for snow days taken since the beginning of the year.
Visiting students will check in at The Wolfe Center for the Arts for the event that runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Representatives from college offices and more than 40 student services areas on campus, including admissions, financial aid and housing, will be available to answer questions.
The university is in session, so some classes will be open to visitors.
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Civil War re-enacting is in chief deputy’s blood PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:57
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Eric Reynolds, chief deputy with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, shows some of his Civil War memorabilia and re-enactor props. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
For Eric Reynolds, the Civil War isn’t simply an interest. It’s in his blood.
The discovery of a Civil War ancestor 13 years ago prompted Reynolds into research, historical re-enacting, and sharing his learning with the community.
“I want to bring to light the daily life of a soldier from Ohio,” said Reynolds, rural Wayne, who is chief deputy with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. He’s been with the sheriff’s office since 1989.
“Ohio was the total, number-wise, the third-largest state to dedicate troops into the war effort behind New York and Pennsylvania.”
“So Ohio was very instrumental. Oftentimes we think we were so removed from it, but we weren’t.”
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As snow leaves, flooding expected PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:33
Local agencies are starting to warn area businesses and homeowners of possible flooding along county waterways in the face of warmer weather forecasted in the coming weeks.
"As a matter of fact, for about the last two weeks we started the planning process with the flooding potential," said Brad Gilbert, director of the Wood County Emergency Management Association.
"We've been working with both the village of Pemberville and the village of Grand Rapids just kind of reviewing resources, trying to get some information out to property owners, some helpful reminders."
Gilbert said the issues are stemming from the "unprecedented amount of snowfall this year, combine that with the unusual ice on the (Maumee) River and on Lake Erie," along with possible rainfall and predicted thawing temperatures.
"That's just a combination for flooding, unfortunately."
Local authorities have kept a watch on high water on local rivers throughout the early weeks of this year. An ice jam on the Portage River caused minor flooding in Pemberville in mid-January, and a similar jam on the Maumee River just west of Grand Rapids caused issues for properties in Henry County just days later.
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