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Cold & snow costly to local businesses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:35
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Server Amber Bodi clears a table Wednesday at Kermits in BG. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Monday and Tuesday's snow fall, high winds, and arctic temperatures shuttered many businesses around the county.
"A 'seat of the pants' view from a walk around downtown Tuesday showed about 95 percent of the businesses were closed," Barbara Ruland, executive director of Downtown BG said Wednesday.
"It was like a ghost town," Ruland added.
"Numerous businesses were, of course, closed" in Bowling Green, said Earlene Kilpatrick, executive director of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, "but we are seeing more traffic, and more cars out and about just in general. I'm sure our businesses are very anxious to get back to normal and be able to serve their customers."
As far as putting a number on how much the storm has cost the area, Michael Carroll, director for the Center for Regional Development at Bowling Green State University, said that's hard to figure.
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Warm-hearted help moves in with animals during cold PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:44
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Megan Baker, Assistant Manager of the Wood County Humane Society. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Two dedicated employees hunkered down and spent this week's storm helping animals.
Cassie Williams and Megan Baker, employees at the Wood County Humane Society, packed their sleeping bags and pillows and spent Sunday afternoon through Wednesday morning at the Van Camp Road department to care for seven dogs and more than 80 cats.
They slept on the floor of the office, said Kathy Dean, vice president of shelter operations.
The two started to run out of the casseroles and chili they brought with them by Tuesday, so they sent Facebook messages to friends asking for replenishments. Their plea was answered by friends who brought pizza and sandwiches. 
The duo let the dogs out, fed the animals, cleaned kitty litter and took care of all medical issues, according to Dean.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:08
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Perrysburg Twp. may try zoning... again PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:27
LIME CITY - Those living in the unzoned areas of Perrysburg Township will likely decide in November whether more regulations should be brought to the area.
During Wednesday's trustees meeting, Administrator Walt Celley provided a timeline of how the zoning proposal will proceed leading up to the election.
The goal is to design a new zoning map that would allow all existing uses of property without new zoning, creating non-conforming uses that make it difficult to sell land, borrow against it or refinance debt. Celley said once the map is developed, it will require input from property owners, who should check to ensure the proposed zoning would fit with their land use so that adjustments can be made if needed.
"For the residents out there, particularly the commercial properties, we're going to try to identify you. But if you have a small commercial enterprise in an unzoned area, you really need to look at this at some point," Celley said. "We're certainly available to take calls, we'll meet with individuals, we'll do whatever it takes to get it as good as possible."
Trustee Craig LaHote noted it's been 10 years since residents were last asked to consider zoning.
"I think it's time to put it up for a vote again," he said.
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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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