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New Year challenges offered PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 30 December 2013 11:02
File photo. Participants prepare for the Polar Plunge in Waterville. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Looking for some ways to "take the plunge" or challenge yourself on the first day of 2014?
You don't have to look far.
Two events on Wednesday invite area residents to brave the cold and jump start the New Year.
The 84th annual Polar Plunge will take place at precisely 2:30 p.m. along the Maumee River at Memorial Park in Waterville.
Mike Hill, of the Waterville Polar Bear Club, noted the event began in 1929 with Herb Mericle, who founded the club.
"When it started out years ago, it was only about one or two people that would go out and watch him do it."
The 2:30 p.m. start time is kept as a tribute to Mericle, who went into the water at that time.
Frisch's fascination with quilts started at Bowling Green Junior High School PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Saturday, 28 December 2013 09:14
Janice Frisch is becoming an international quilt historian. She just got her Ph.D. in folklore and just presented a talk at a conference in England about her disertation research on 1800s English and American quilts. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Way back when she was a Wood County 4-H member, Janice Frisch decided she wanted most of all to do a quilting project.
She was dismayed to discover 4-H had no such project. Sewing coats, prom dresses and pajamas, yes; food, animals, photography, first aid, furniture-making and a host of other projects, sure; but not quilting.
“So I did a create-your-own project on quilting - twice,” Frisch recalled. A decade and a half later, 4-H now offers a quilting project that anyone can take.
Frisch didn’t know it back then, when she was serving as president of the Bowling Green-Portage based Four Leaf Clover Kids, volunteering as a 4-H Camp counselor and on the Food, Fashion and Family Board, but those early 4-H experiences have formed the cornerstone of her emerging career.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 12:47
Drivers on drunk driving list PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Monday, 30 December 2013 10:59
Sixteen Wood County residents are listed on an enhanced state registry of those with at least five drunk driving convictions.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) launched the listing this week.
The registry, which lists those convicted at least five times of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and meet certain other criteria established by law, was created by automating what have formerly been a paper-driven process.
The registry is available online at It may be searched through a variety of criteria, including name, county, and ZIP code.
Several recent media reports had identified gaps in the registry, which was created in 2008. The upgrades reportedly improve the system and the results.
Instead of relying on local court jurisdictions to submit forms to add a habitual offender to the registry, the new system compiles the information automatically from already existing electronic records.
The Associated Press reports that the list now contains more than 5,300 names, where it had included about 400 prior to the updated registry. Previously, courts from only about half of Ohio's counties were included on the list.
Hospital wants property rezoned PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 28 December 2013 09:12
Wood County Hospital has petitioned to have its 37.2717-acre property at 950 W. Wooster St. rezoned from S-3, planned institutional, to I-1, institutional.
The petition comes before the Bowling Green Planning Commission Jan. 8, which will likely follow its long-standing policy of setting the issue for a public hearing at the following month's meeting, which would be Feb. 5.
The property stretches from Wooster Street to Conneaut Avenue. Parcels are owned by a combination of Wood County Hospital Inc. and Wood County Hospital Association.
On the petition, Vice President of Support Services William R. Kidd indicated the reason for the request was "quicker plan review process to allow hospital to implement changes to benefit community."
Zoning classifications with the "S" designation require the property owner to present a detailed site plan to show proposed changes.
The changes must meet city specifications before going before the commission. The commission almost always holds an optional hearing before passing such requests on to city council.
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