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BGSU enrollment sees drop PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:58
Fewer students are attending Bowling Green State University this January than last.
BGSU's enrollment on the main campus is 15,709 undergraduate and graduate students for the spring semester, that's down 2.7 percent from the 16,070 enrolled at the same time last year.
Those numbers are not surprising according to Joe Frizado, Vice Provost for Academic Operations and Assessment. Much of that decline reflects the smaller freshman class that entered in fall. Looking at the decline of 361, he said, "345 of that comes from starting with a smaller freshman class."
While Frizado said the university would always prefer to be reporting higher numbers, there's positives to be seen in the data.
More of those first year students are sticking around. This spring the university retained 91.5 percent of its freshman class, up from 89 percent last year.
"In our world that's a big deal," said university spokesman Dave Kielmeyer.
President Mary Ellen Mazey has stated on several occasions that increasing enrollment is the key to the university's financial health.
Perrysburg Twp. logs onto computer-aided dispatching PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:53
Perrysburg Township Dispatcher Morgan Donnell shows new system they will be using. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
LIME CITY - Perrysburg Township unveiled a computer-aided dispatch and records system this week that will allow better communication during emergencies.
Once the system goes live Saturday, rather than take notes when a call comes in and relay that information to police officers and firefighters, dispatchers will be able to load some details automatically and send them to computers in an officer's cruiser.
The change will not only make the department more efficient but also allow more information to reach responders while they're in the field. Mapping software will keep track of an officer's location, allowing the right personnel to be sent to an emergency. In addition, officers and firefighters will have access to images and more details about the locations to which they are responding.
"The difference is going to be night and day," said Morgan Donnell, one of six township dispatchers who currently use simple options like word processors and spreadsheets.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:08
Keeping livestock warm a challenge PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:55
Gary Reynolds feeds his pigs inside a heated barn. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
"It ain't a fit night out for man or beast," is an oft-quoted line from a W.C. Fields short.
With very few exceptions, nobody likes the extreme cold temperatures we are enduring this month. But what about the beasts known as livestock in our farming community? How are farmers caring for their animals?
"We pamper them because this is our livelihood," said Jonathan Haines, a livestock farmer as well as the director of the Wood County Farm Service Agency office.
He said animals are very good at adapting to the climate, noting how horses, cattle and other livestock will turn their backsides to the wind to help shield themselves. He also noted how they may herd up and seek wooded areas or other natural shelters.
Tim Seedorf concurred. He raises steers with his brother, Jason, as herd managers for Nichols Farm.
"It can be dangerous for livestock. One of most important things is to get them out of the wind," Seedorf said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:05
N. Baltimore debates EMS future PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:43
NORTH BALTIMORE - Decisions on restructuring emergency medical service in the village and how to fund it were put on a temporary hold Tuesday night.
While change is imminent in the EMS department, be it moving to part-time pay for its current EMS volunteers, or bringing in an outside agency like Hanco or LifeStar, council members are considering multiple options for how to pay for it.
Council is considering a property tax, income tax or a mix of both on the May ballot. They are also exploring the option of holding off to put an EMS tax on the ballot for a special election in August, or the general election in November.
"This is the most important decision of this community - ever," said council member Bill Cameron. "You can't compare a $20 million sewer separation project to somebody's life. We've just got to get it right."
Council is expected to make decisions at its next meeting on Tuesday.
In advance of next week's meeting, council members moved forward on two resolutions to keep its options open for placing a levy on the May ballot.
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