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Perrysburg hires school officer PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:08
PERRYSBURG - Police officer Mark Lepkowski was introduced Monday as the school resource officer soon to be stationed at Perrysburg High School.
The board and those present at the meeting met Lepkowski, a 1984 Perrysburg graduate, who will focus on interacting with students beginning this spring, and likely full-time in the fall.
Hosler said until now, Perrysburg was the largest district in Northwest Ohio without a school resource officer.
"It was time to do something about putting an officer in our schools," Hosler said. "The role of that officer is pivotal - it's not someone that is going to be looking to arrest students during the middle of the day, but it is somebody who wants to be a good and strong role model, someone that (students) see in an officer the qualities that will build confidence and trust, and then have that ability to talk to the officer about issues that they're facing. It's vital to prevention, and it's vital to keeping the communication lines open."
Park district warms up to solar energy PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 17 March 2014 10:01
Those with the greenest of thumbs are interested in using more renewable energy.
Wood County Park District staff and board members have been looking to a high school solar project for ideas on how to incorporate more green energy. That goal was suggested by the public as part of the park district's master plan, said Director Neil Munger.
"We heard that from the public, that we should be a role model and a leader in looking at green forms of energy and conserving," Munger said.
St. John's high school in Toledo has a solar set-up that uses panels to produce heat, rather than electricity. The panels heat liquid glycol, which is then pumped through pipes beneath a gravel floor, Munger explained at Monday's park board meeting.
"We're looking at that to get an idea of what it could do for it," he said.
Data on the system's efficiency is incomplete, as the St. John's system wasn't operating correctly for some time, so park staff and board members don't yet know whether it would be a good use of funds.
"It sounds wonderful, and it would be really cool to be on the leading edge of something like that," said Bryan Bockbrader, stewardship coordinator.
"It was disappointing that we didn't have that information, but it still looks promising," said board member John Calderonello.
Munger said he would need to see convincing data to work a solar project into the park district's budget. But if grant funding could be obtained, it could be worth trying before it's fully proven.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:22
Kids compete without conflict (3-17-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 17 March 2014 10:02
Fifth grader Nolan Schaefer, of Perrysburg, competes in the ping pong ball toss Saturday, March 15, 2014, during the 2014 Wood County Olympics at BGSU's Perry Field House. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
On Saturday at the Perry Field House, 500 Wood County youth showcased their skills and talents in the 16th annual Wood County Youth Olympics.
Held on the campus of Bowing Green State University, fourth- and fifth-graders from across the county spent either their morning or afternoon in the event which operates under the banner of "Celebrating Competition Without Conflict." PHOTO GALLERY
The students were divided into teams randomly mixing grades, genders and school districts to allow a greater amount of mixture among the teams. Each team worked together on some of the 10 different events, while at other times striving for individual success in some of the events.
New this year to the festivities was the conversion of the snack and food sale break to become the "Olympic Village." When the teams rotated into the Olympic Village they were provided snacks, were asked questions and played some games.
But the real action was out on the Field House floor as well as on the Turf Side of the facility.
The competitions were both athletic and intellectual and sometimes both such as in the pipeline relay, where the students had to work together to construct a pipeline for the ball to be maneuvered successfully from one end of the PVC pipe to the other. There was also a puzzle relay requiring the students to work together to solve a puzzle as quickly as possible.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 13:36
Ice jam breaks but flooding limited PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 17 March 2014 09:57
Two members of the U.S. Coast Guard are seen at Hood Park in Perrysburg where ice builds. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
GRAND RAPIDS - Despite reports of high water that closed sections of roadways this morning, the village appears to have dodged a bullet with the movement of a long-standing ice jam on the Maumee River.
"Last night on the Maumee a flash flood warning was issued because the large ice jam just west of Grand Rapids finally broke loose," said Wood County Emergency Management Director Brad Gilbert. "That was about 5:45 last night."
As a result of the news, Gilbert said the village and its fire department went on "high alert" in case of flooding.
"That tends to be about the most dangerous time for potential flash flooding," he said. "But it went well, it broke up well as it went over the dam - the ice - and it was able to flow right past Grand Rapids and keep moving. So by about 8 o'clock last night the threat level" had gone down.
The ice jam had been causing concern since the very deep cold that visited the area in January. The ice on the Maumee, more than a foot thick at points, had jammed up in Henry County and caused minor flooding to properties along the river there.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:11
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