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Perrysburg transit users want input PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 03 February 2014 11:09
PERRYSBURG - Public transit users want more input on the city's transportation system, and officials are working to further involve them in discussions.
Gil Lutz said he relies heavily on Ride Right, and at Tuesday's meeting of the Health, Sanitation and Public Utilities Committee, pushed for more influence among riders to make suggestions and offer concerns.
"I'm a heavy user of public transportation here in Perrysburg. I think Ride Right is doing an excellent job, I really do. It's wonderful. But there are a couple bugs I'd like to have addressed, or at least looked at," he said.
Lutz, who is blind, said that while the service operates until 9 p.m., there is no way to reach drivers after 5 p.m. if an appointment runs long or a meeting is canceled, for instance, and a rider needs to make an adjustment. In that event, he said taxis either won't come from Toledo, or will charge a premium and not arrive for several hours.
"There are not a whole lot of other opportunities if you're tied to public transportation, and my situation is not unique," Lutz said.
While admitting frequent Ride Right users have the cell phone numbers of several drivers, he asked for a way information could be forwarded.
The group's contract with the city indicates Ride Right will not staff someone to answer the phones after 5 p.m., but officials will open discussions for a possible solution, said Administrator Bridgette Kabat.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 12:05
Wi-Fi risks noted PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor   
Monday, 03 February 2014 10:28
Users of public wireless internet networks need to be aware of the risks and take precautions to guard against the theft of their private and business information, representatives of Frontier Communications said recently in Bowling Green.
Frontier recently kicked off a 27-state tour to boost knowledge of the threats presented by the use of public Wi-Fi and ways to prevent it during a Business After Hours program of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce in the Atrium of the Wood County District Public Library.
"Experts tell us that Wi-Fi use increased 240 percent during the past year," said Kelly Morgan, vice president and general manager for Frontier Secure. "Without question, Wi-Fi offers great conveniences, but we're seeing more and more people become victims of identity theft." Kelly said 44 percent of Americans don't understand the risks associated with public Wi-Fi.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 11:11
BG, Otsego try to make up snow days PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 February 2014 10:41
Bowling Green and Otsego school districts are taking steps to make up school lost to calamity days.
On Saturday, the Bowling Green Board of Education voted to hold classes Feb. 17, Presidents' Day, which previously had been a scheduled day off.
"That's the only thing we're doing definitely right now," said school board President Steve Cernkovich.
The board also passed a resolution to allow the use of "Blizzard Bags" as an online class makeup option.
"Our preference is to not use the Blizzard Bags because we would prefer student/teacher contact," Cernkovich added. "We're not implementing that now, but if it turns out we need to, we have the option."
The state Department of Education allows the pre-made online materials to make up for up to three days.
Bowling Green has missed 11 school days and Otsego has missed 12 as of today. Schools are allowed five calamity days. State officials may raise that limit to nine.
Sandlin oversees the ‘fan experience’ at BGSU PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 01 February 2014 09:47
Craig Sandlin at the Stroh Center. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Emails concerning the National Anthem singer.
Concerns with overly vocal fans.
Complaints about concessions.
Or anything else involving the game day experience for Bowling Green State University athletics, Craig Sandlin is going to hear about it.
The 26-year-old Sandlin is BGSU's assistant athletics director for marketing and promotions. While it's a 24/7 job, Sandlin is enjoying himself.
''I love sports. There are days when I am in a little bit of a mood,'' Sandlin said. ''But ultimately we're here to ensure that our student-athletes have a great experience when they are here ... That's a very big part of it.
''That includes playing in front of good crowds,'' he continued. ''It's rewarding after a hockey game when your hear (head coach) Chris Bergeron or some of the players talk about the great crowd, and how important that was to them.''
Sandlin got into the sport management field after his first year at Ohio University, when he decided being a teacher wasn't the career path he wanted to follow.
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