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Making room for troubled kids PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 03 March 2014 10:27
Janel LaFond (left) and Julie Hall inside the new CRC expanded residential unit. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
During tough times, nothing is more important than being close to home - especially for children.
Children's Resource Center Executive Director Janelle LaFond couldn't agree more.
Thanks to the CRC's new expanded residential unit, LaFond and her staff can continue treating short-term hospitalized children in-house in a space that feels almost like home.
"We keep kids close to home and get them back to their home schools," she said. "We like to keep those parts of their lives consistent."
The new residential unit reopened Feb. 17 after construction began last October. The unit had not been remodeled since the CRC opened 30 years ago.
The original unit offered four bedrooms - two doubles and two singles. However, some children couldn't be placed with a roommate due to treatment needs, thus leaving some rooms unused.
"The atmosphere and the lighting weren't good. It wasn't as inviting," said Julie Wilhelm, program manager. "Now it's a lot lighter and there's more space."
That new space includes eight single, dorm-style bedrooms, a handicap-accessible bathroom and an extended living room area.
The CRC received $20,000 worth of new bedroom furniture from BGSU and a $150,000 match from the community.
"The kids who had been in the unit before were very curious to see what it would look like," Wilhelm said. "They said, 'wow, it looks so different.' We've had a very positive response."
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:29
Rock and Roll a hit with students PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Saturday, 01 March 2014 09:13
Gifted students in Bowling Green are visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without leaving their classroom.
Laura Weaver's sixth-grade PACE students are spending four weeks "visiting" the Hall of Fame via a distance learning lab at the middle school.
The program started Tuesday with "The Big Bang: The Birth of Rock and Roll," led by HOF education coordinator John Goehrke.
During the hour-long session, students were introduced to the beginning of rock and roll and artists Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry.
When Goehrke asked for related definitions learned by students, Ethan Brown's hand went up and he defined "rhythm" while Miram Yun defined "segregation."
Students learned that the term "rock and roll" was first used by DJ Alan Freed in 1951, and the music exploded among teens but was viewed as trouble by adults who thought it was a bad influence.
The class examined the importance of technology, teen culture, race and geography in the popularization of rock and roll and watched movie clips of each star.
Help keeping babies healthy PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 03 March 2014 10:23
Carol Beckley (left) speaks with Denice Huth, a WSOS Family Advocate at the Perrysburg/Rossford Center, during a Baby Fair at the Wood County District Public Library. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
While it may take a village to raise a child, it takes all of a village's resources to keep that child healthy.
Wood County gathered its village of resources for that goal during the Community Baby Fair at the Wood County District Public Library yesterday afternoon.
About 25 families collected baby information from community tables around the library.
"We wanted people to walk around and see how family-friendly everything is and get recommendations from all the different agencies," said Maria Simon, children's librarian. "With learning about babies and brain development, you really can't start soon enough."
It all starts with eating right. One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to ensure a healthy baby is breast-feeding.
Aside from saving the mother about $2,000 a year, Wood County Hospital lactation consultants Jennifer Tansel and Dawn Miller like to show women another side to nursing.
"People in general figure out that breast-feeding is good," Miller said. "So instead, we focus on the effects of breast-feeding."
Breast-feeding burns about 500 calories a day and lowers the risk of breast cancer and diabetes for the mother and baby.
These health benefits develop because breast milk contains about 300 different ingredients, while store-bought formulas contain only 100.
"I like to compare it to a test," Tansel said. "You can't pass a test with 300 questions and only get 100 right."
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:25
State of the county planned March 18 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 01 March 2014 09:11
The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Business Council will present the State of the County Address on March 18 in the Wood County Courthouse atrium.
Doors will open at 7:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 8 a.m. Light refreshments will be available.
This event is sponsored by the Wood County Economic Development Commission, McDonalds and Frontier Communications.
Wood County Commissioners James Carter, Doris Herringshaw and Joel Kuhlman will speak.
Attendees are asked to park in the lots to the east of the courthouse, on Summit Street. All spaces (except those with a meter) are free to people on county business.
This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are appreciated.
RSVP by March 17 by calling 419-353-7945 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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