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County groups get $27M from state PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 11:00
File photo. Construction workers are seen on the site of the new BCI lab on the campus of Bowling Green State University. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Nearly $27 million will be given to Wood County agencies and organizations as part of the state's capital budget.
Only five counties in Ohio received more money under the program.
The capital budget bill totaling nearly $2.4 billion, approved by the Senate earlier this week, was signed by Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday. Funds will be available by July 1.
Math and science instruction at Bowling Green State University gets a major boost in the capital budget, including $16 million to renovate Moseley Hall, one of the university's original buildings, into a state-of-the-art home for science and math on campus.
In November, university officials said work would begin in about a year. Earlier this year, university trustees approved spending $1.6 million for architectural and engineering work on the project that has an estimated price tag of $23 million. 
The budget also includes $1,250,000 to renovate space yet-to-be determined as the home for the Math Emporium, the university's initiative to provide the basic math instruction. The program is now in temporary space in Olscamp Hall.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 12:43
Three sisters from Weston have twins PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:59
Julia McKenzie (from left) holding Harper Steiner, three weeks, Courtney Steiner holding Henry Steiner, three weeks, Molleigh Brown, 2, Mason Brown, 2, and Megan Brown. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Pink or blue?
None of the three McKenzie sisters could decide, so they ordered one of each.
Now the Weston-based family is seeing double, three times over.
Put another way, Julia and Tim McKenzie have gone from having three grandkids at the start of 2012 to having nine a little over two years later.
It all started with oldest sister Megan Brown, a 1995 Otsego High School graduate, who gave birth to boy-and-girl twins Mason and Molleigh on Jan. 24, 2012.
Middle sister Andrea Gebhart, Otsego class of 1999, became pregnant even before Brown delivered and amazingly, she followed suit, giving birth to boy-girl twins Reid and Reese on Sept. 5, 2012.
When youngest sister Courtney Steiner (Otsego 2001) announced her pregnancy several months ago, there was almost immediate speculation.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 12:40
Zoning changes supported PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:29
Wood County Planning Commission recommended a handful of rezoning requests for township approval Tuesday.
The most detailed conversation surrounded a request to change five parcels in northern Perrysburg Township just south of Rossford from A-1 Agricultural zoning to I-2 Industrial.
Five parcels which total 94 acres were recommended to be approved, but that decision rests with the township zoning committee. No end use has been specified for the land, and agent Brian McMahon of Danberry National Ltd. said it would simply help in marketing the properties to prospective companies if they were zoned industrial. He explained how other properties were passed up by developers because of zoning, even if other aspects of the sites such as highway access were ideal.
"When the consultants for those companies came to the market, their prerequisite was: 'We will only look at sites that are zoned, have utilities and have good access to major arteries (highways),'" McMahon said.
While there is some medium-density residential use nearby, it is in an employment opportunity area that is typically made up of industrial and commercial uses, said Dave Steiner, planning commission director.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 12:42
Otsego plans peer mentoring PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:53
TONTOGANY - The Otsego School District hopes a new initiative will help ease the anxieties and issues freshmen feel as they transition from junior high into high school.
School board members on Monday heard about the upcoming Knight Link Crew program during their regular meeting. High school teachers Carrie Lockhart and Megan Pierce, as well as Emily Krynock of the Wood County Education Service Center, delivered the presentation.
The trio noted that freshmen coming into the high school from the junior high can feel overwhelmed. The Knight Link Crew program will involve pods of about eight students led by upperclassmen mentors who will be trained with the goal of helping the students become more involved in school and community activities. The program will be mandatory for freshmen.
More than one million students are involved in similar programs nationwide; locally, Anthony Wayne and Rossford are among the school districts with their own Link Crews.
"It'll be a big deal that we have that transition piece," said Kevin O'Shea, principal at the high school.
The number of applications from rising juniors and seniors to be mentors reportedly exceeded expectations.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 12:38
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