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BG friends tough it out in igloo PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:36
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Aaron Hermes built and spent eight hours in a igloo. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Aaron Hermes and his buddy had just returned from a winter break trip to Colorado that included skiing, snowmobiling and dog-sledding.
They still hadn't gotten their fill of snow and fresh air when the "Polar Vortex" of 2014 descended on Bowling Green.
The 2010 Bowling Green High School graduate, currently a junior at Bowling Green State University, got the bright idea of building an ice-block igloo in the back yard of his campus neighborhood rental home on Crim Street.
"I called two friends who are on the BGSU sailing team with me" and they were immediately on board with the idea.
"We used recycle bins to make the (snow) blocks."
In all, four friends pitched in and for eight straight hours they labored to construct an igloo-style block house ascending nearly seven feet tall.
"It definitely took awhile, and my body is paying for it now," Hermes said late Wednesday.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:43
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Deliveries slowed by snow PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:51
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US Postal carrier Bryan Mancini walks south on Main Street while delivering the mail. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
While most were barred from roadways during a snow emergency this week, some drivers were doing everything they could to make deliveries on time.
With the creed of the U.S. Postal Service driving them, letter carriers trudged through snow and ice to ensure the mail remained as efficient as possible.
Rob Girlie, Bowling Green's postmaster, said 25 carriers were braving the elements at their discretion, facing challenges such as unshoveled sidewalks, deep snow drifts and buried mailboxes.
"We always encourage residents to shovel a path to their mailbox, whether it's on the house or on the road," Girlie said. "A lot of times plows won't get to the box, so we can't get to it to deliver."
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Schools run out of snow days (updated) PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 11:11
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Schools throughout Wood County are quickly running out of calamity days as winter snow and chill continues to pound the area.
All county schools are closed again today.
Many districts, however, have planned to deal with the exigency.
Today’s school closing due to weather marks the fifth and last calamity day that Bowling Green City School had to use.
“There have been years in the past where some of the calamity days were waived,” said Superintendent Ann McVey, “and so I think with such widespread severe weather it’s possible we’ll get some of the days waived. But if not, we have built into our calendar five additional days at the end of the year so that then we would make them up.”
She said that the school buildings are holding up to the cold.
“Chuck Martin, who’s our director of building and grounds, has been in all this week, as have our maintenance and custodial crew, and what they’ve done has just been amazing,” said McVey.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 18:23
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BGSU still shut down PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:47
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Even as the city and county have eased off their snow alerts, the Bowling Green State University campus remains closed for a third day.
That's actually longer than the university was shuttered for the fabled Blizzard of '78.
University spokesman David Kielmeyer in an email wrote: "While we don't keep official records of such things, it is accurate to say that we rarely close. Long-time employees have confirmed for me that they do not recall a time when we closed three days in a row."
Those he talked to remember back to 1978 when campus closed for two days, but the storm hit on a Thursday, so a weekend intervened.
Circumstances are different this year, he noted. First, university policy is to close whenever there's a Level 3 snow emergency, and as of Tuesday afternoon Wood County was still on that highest level of snow emergency.
That was lowered at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. The decision was made earlier Tuesday to close campus until 5 p.m. today.
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