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BG plans progress for athletic fields PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor   
Monday, 09 December 2013 09:59
This map shows the location of the 20 acres devoted to recreation fields highlighted in blue. (Map provided by Wood County Auditors Office)
Initial development of 20 acres devoted to recreation fields at Bowling Green's National Guard Training and Community Center should begin next spring.
The city has selected Feller-Finch of Maumee to design the layout of the fields along with engineering the drainage and irrigation and writing bid documents. Parks and Recreation Director Dr. Michelle Grigore said Wednesday the project will be bid in the spring to begin as soon as weather conditions permit. "Even with an early start and irrigation system it is 'iffy' we'll be able use any of the fields next fall," she said.
Feller-Finch was one of five firms that submitted qualifications and was interviewed about the project. Grigore said Feller-Finch has done similar work for the athletic fields at St. John's Jesuit in Toledo and for other cities.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 10:59
County health clinic needs more room PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 09:40
With services expanding at the Wood County Health District's clinic thanks to a federal grant, the agency needs more room to grow.
The Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center, operated within the health district, will receive $787,500 for a 15-month period beginning in 2014, and $650,000 the next year. If terms of the grant, which include extra services and an increased client load, are met, it will become an ongoing source of funding.
County commissioners heard a very basic proposal Thursday from Health Commissioner Pam Butler, two members of the board of health, and Ben Batey, who is director of nursing in the health district and CEO of the health center.
"We've always been the safety net, but this will help us do more and provide more services," Butler said of the grant.
"It's a big win for Wood County," Batey added, though the award is not without challenges.
"We don't have any room for any of this expansion, so we would like to be able to add on to the building," Butler said.
Photos net teacher 26,000 Instagram fans PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 09:47
Eric Ward
Every evening until a few years ago, Eric Ward used to go through the same ritual.
You might call it a habit.
He would upload a day's worth of photos from his simple point-and-shoot camera to his computer, download them to his iPod, then upload them again to Instagram, a social media photo-sharing website.
Things have changed since then. Now, a smartphone makes the process simpler. And since becoming known on Instagram as @littlecoal, Ward has become kind of a big deal.
At a young age, he used his mother's camera to teach himself the basics.
"Looking back at that, I give her so much credit for it, because I wasted so much film and money.
"That was fantastic, to give a kid free reign over it and let them see what they could do."
Ward went on to take a photography class in high school, falling in love with the dark room as he watched his pictures develop. He maintained an interest as a student at Miami University, but "just for fun" - snapping photos of friends and taking shots while on vacation.
BGSU faculty fights cuts PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 09:37
Protestors are seen during at BGSU board of trustees meeting. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Dozens of faculty and supporters including students packed the meeting room to express their displeasure at recently announced cuts of 30 non-tenure track faculty with another 10 teachers with terminal contracts also not expecting to return in fall.
The protest was mostly silent except for some boos when visitor Ohio Speaker of the House William Batchelder said that the state was struggling to get its finances set because of the Affordable Care Act. Then he thanked the trustees for "their sacrifices" in working for BGSU, a remark that was met with derisive laughter.
They enthusiastically cheered after the Sheri Wells-Jensen president of the Faculty Senate addressed the board .
Wells-Jensen said that non-tenure track faculty are "on the frontline" of providing a quality education. "They are going beyond the call making a difference for our students," she said.
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