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Perrysburg couple partners for BGSU’s Literacy in Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:35
Joe and Judith Conda pose with some of the books written by authors who have been featured at BGSU’s Literacy in the Park. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Judith and Joe Conda lavish their time, talent and treasure on dozens of organizations - they call them jewels - around the area.
Bowling Green State University could be the crown jewel, in the Perrysburg couple's opinion.
The Condas have set up scholarships, serve on boards there and are the main sponsors of Literacy in the Park, which is in its 10th year.
Their partnership with BGSU started a few years after they moved to the area when Joe Conda took a job with Owens-Illinois.
"We came in 1988. In 1993, my mother moved here with my sister, who was developmentally handicapped," Judith Conda said. "I became very involved with Wood Lane."
As they got to know the Wood Lane staff, the Condas kept seeing a common thread: Almost all of them were BGSU graduates, interns or students.
They established a scholarship for Wood Lane staff members who were also BGSU students.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:26
BG court employees get mental health training PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:43
Helping people with a broken arm is easy - get them to the hospital and sign their casts. But for those assisting people with mental illness, help is hard to give and the need is harder to recognize.
Mental health issues like depression and schizophrenia aren't as obvious as that broken arm, but they deserve just as much attention from people who can help.
"There's a lot of emphasis on physical illness, not mental illnesses," said Laura Selders, criminal justice coordinator for the Family Service of NW Ohio. "They affect life the same way and we want to help put this into perspective."
Selders shared this perspective with Bowling Green Municipal Court employees during a "Mental Health First Aid" training March 25.
Along with Jessica Schmitt, Wood County's National Alliance on Mental Illness Executive Director, Selders taught employees how to recognize and assist people with mental illnesses.
The all-day training taught participants how to asses for risk of suicide or harm, listen non-judgmentally, give reassurance and information and encourage appropriate help.
"The point of the mental health first aid training is not to diagnose, but to teach people to recognize the signs," Schmitt said. "People really took a lot away from it."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:09
Students rally for change PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:09
BGSU student Jessica Echales (right) leads a march on campus for clean energy. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The students gathered for the Rally for Change on campus Wednesday had many messages and one goal — they want to be heard.
About 50 Bowling Green State university students, representing a variety of interest groups, gathered in 20-degree weather to hear speeches, chant and deliver a message to President Mary Ellen Mazey.
After listening to speakers representing the constituent groups, the students marched from the union area to McFall in hopes of speaking with Mazey face to face. Trudging up to the second floor, they were met at the door by a security official who said only one of them, amended to two, could come in and they couldn’t bring anything with them, not the banner, not even purses.
Kaitlyn Trent, one of the students who was admitted to Mazey’s office, said they were told she was “out.,” though Trent said she heard what she believed to be Mazey laughing in another room. “She has a very distinctive laugh.”
David Kielmeyer, university spokesman, said the president was in meetings outside of McFall. She has met with the group three times in the past year, he said.
“We largely agree with their goals, and we appreciate their passion and enthusiasm,” but Kielmeyer added, “we cannot agree “to some arbitrary deadline.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:25
N.Baltimore to send home spring break blizzard bags PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:42
NORTH BALTIMORE - School district administrators have announced plans to make up lost days due to inclement weather, and it might take some of the fun out of spring break.
At Tuesday's board of education meeting, Superintendent Marlene North announced that teachers for all grades have put together three "blizzard bags" for students to complete while on spring break.
Spring break runs from March 31 to April 4.
North stressed while students will not be in school during that week, students will be expected to complete the take-home and online homework.
The district has missed 13 days of school due to bad weather. The state forgives the first five, and earlier this month forgave four more as long as districts makes up four.
North Baltimore also will add one day to the school calendar, making May 30 the last day for students.
North said if four more days are missed, they will be forgiven by the state.
High School Principal Bob Falkenstein said he was hugged when he told seniors they will graduate as planned and won't need to return to school after the ceremony. Seniors' last day is May 23.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:07
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