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Sheriff defends his snow level decisions PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 31 March 2014 10:43
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Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn speaks on the decision-making for snow emergencies in the county. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn acknowledged that he's not always the most popular guy, particularly when Wood County encounters severe weather.
Speaking Friday to the county township association, the sheriff explained what factors determine whether he declares a snow emergency, still a touchy subject on the heels of the region's worst winter in decades.
Wasylyshyn heard complaints and concerns from every direction this winter - from those who wanted the roads shut down under a Level 3, and from others fed up with being home-bound at other times when the restriction was imposed.
"Believe me, many, many people call me and give me their opinion of what the snow level should be," Wasylyshyn said.
Drawn up by the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association, the snow emergency levels are intended to give information on the general condition of roadways, not just whether they're open or closed, he said, though there is little difference between the first and second levels.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 11:34
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Healing mental health trauma PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 31 March 2014 10:06
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An international trauma expert, known for her work in helping communities work together to address treatment and healing for those in need, is coming to Bowling Green on April 7.
Dr. Sandra Bloom, a board-certified psychiatrist, international trauma expert, author, associate professor of Public Health at Drexel University, and co-founder of the Sanctuary Institute, will present a workshop on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union's Grand Ballroom at BGSU. The workshop has already drawn 500 registrations.
"Traumatic experiences are devastating to individuals and families and negatively impacts mental and physical health. It is associated with increases in interpersonal violence, addictions, mental illness and crime. Trauma is much more common that we want to acknowledge," said Tom Clemons executive director of the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board.
"Dr. Bloom is an international trauma expert and her work offers our community a very effective approach to treatment and healing, if we work together across agencies and systems of care," Clemons said.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 11:33
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Health council ekes out quorum PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 31 March 2014 10:21
The Wood County Health District Advisory Council mustered a quorum Friday, but interest in the meetings still remains low.
The board, which typically meets once per year, had to schedule a second meeting after one earlier this month was not well-attended, leaving the group without enough members present to conduct any official business.
The DAC is made up of the mayors of Wood County's cities and villages, the president of each township board of trustees, and the president of the board of county commissioners. If they're unable to be present, those office-holders are permitted to appoint other representatives to attend. The council is responsible for filling certain seats on the Wood County Board of Health and the Health District Licensing Council, reviewing the health district's annual report and advising the board on public health matters.
Some DAC members attempted a meeting in January to renew the appointments of health board members Richard Strow and DJ Mears, but minutes were incomplete and did not show a full record of who was and was not present when the group formed an executive committee to make appointments in lieu of a quorum.
The Wood County Prosecutor's Office later determined the appointments should be made again, but fewer than half of DAC members were present at the annual meeting March 6, which prompted another session to be scheduled for Friday following a meeting of the Wood County Township Association.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 11:34
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FitzGerald stumps in BG PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 31 March 2014 10:03
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Ohio gubernatorial candidate, Ed Fitzgerald (left), addresses a crowd of supporter's Saturday afternoon at the home of Kelly Wicks in Bowling Green. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
For Ed FitzGerald, it all boils down to one questions.
"When you get up every morning, who do you think you work for? Who do you think you answer to?"
The Democratic gubernatorial candidate brought that questions as well as his views on education, the economy, and the administration of incumbent Republican Governor John Kasich to Bowling Green on Saturday.
FitzGerald appeared at a fundraising event hosted at the home of Kelly and Laura Wicks.
The stop was the latest in a series FitzGerald has made in the area over the last 15 months. A former FBI special agent, he is currently serving as Cuyahoga County executive.
Prior to making official remarks, the candidate said Kasich was polling at 43 percent in a recent survey, which he characterized as a difficult situation for an incumbent.
"I think that shows our message is resonating," FitzGerald said.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 11:31
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