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Fab lab to help inventors get start PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 08:13
If local educators and industry leaders have their way, there may be a new makerspace in Bowling Green.
A group of more than 40 people representing area school districts, colleges, industry and economic development met for an hour Thursday in the former Steve & Barry's site at Woodland Mall.
That space, with the help of a grant being applied for by Bowling Green Schools, would be turned into a makerspace.
Makerspaces are community centers with tools, combining manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn't be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone.
The STEM grant, through the Ohio Department of Education and due next week, is reportedly for between $4 million and $6 million to develop the space.
The makerspace would be called The BiG Fab Lab and will offer opportunities to engage community, education and industry under one roof.
Last Updated on Saturday, 12 April 2014 09:19
Health center to expand services PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 11 April 2014 09:44
Part of the Wood County Health District needs restructuring as the clock ticks on renovations included in a grant to its health center.
The board of health shuffled staff and created new positions Thursday to accommodate more clients and expand services at the health center.
In addition to naming a permanent chief executive officer and creating positions for an expanded pharmacy, board members heard an update on plans to restructure space and create a better flow within the Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center, located within the health district.
The clinic late last year received a federal grant that's expected to become an ongoing funding source as long as its requirements are met, namely serving more patients and offering more treatment options. It has received $787,500 this year and will get $650,000 in 2015, with up to $100,000 in this year's money allowed to go to renovations. The grant will be re-evaluated after two years.
There will be additional exam rooms and a general restructuring that will allow patients to move through clinic areas without creating bottlenecks or the need to return to other areas. Another focus is reconstructing the pharmacy area that will offer patient prescriptions, rather than just samples and basic medications as it does now.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 11:48
Driven to donate gift of life PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 11 April 2014 10:04
Norm Almanson (left), an organ donation recipient, and Rob Holley, the deputy registrar for the BMV of Ohio, share a laugh after the award ceremony at the BMV in Bowling Green. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
It’s a question everyone is asked when going to get an ID at their local Bureau of Motor Vehicles:
“Would you like to register as an organ and tissue donor?”
How they answer that question can save a life.
That fact was on display Wednesday as the Bowling Green BMV was presented with the Front Line Award from Life Connection of Ohio on Wednesday. Five Ohio BMV agencies receive the award annually for their efforts to grow the number of registered organ and tissue donors in the state.
This was the 11th consecutive year that the Bowling Green BMV has received the honor – a distinction unprecedented in the state. In fact, the BG office has won 12 of the last 13 years – only a win by the Perrysburg BMV office in 2002 broke their streak.
“I’m getting the award, but I’m not asking the question,” said Rob Holley, the head of the BG office. “It’s my staff.”
Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 11:49
‘Out of Darkness’ puts light on suicide PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 11 April 2014 09:30
Bowling Green State University freshman Kate Johnson wants no credit for her part in organizing Saturday's "Out Of Darkness" suicide prevention and awareness walk.
That credit goes to Johnson's cousin, Matthew, who committed suicide in January.
"Right now, I feel like he's working through me," Johnson said. "This kind of work has gotten me through his suicide. I know Matthew's work is being done in Heaven through me."
The family and pet-friendly walk, sponsored by the northern Ohio chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at BGSU.
Pre-registration starts on University Lawn at 12:30 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to enjoy the three-mile walk or run around campus and spread hope for those who are having trouble finding it.
"The walk is a good way to show support and to show students we're all connected," she said. "It's for students who have thought about suicide, or have been affected by it personally, who don't feel comfortable going to the counseling center, to just go on a walk."
The walk is free to participate and those who donate or raise $20 will receive a t-shirt. So far, Johnson and the chapter have raised $2,500 thanks to friends of the organization and local businesses. 
The funds raised from the walk will go directly to the AFSP for suicide prevention education.
"It's incredibly humbling to be a part of," Johnson said. "If one person hears about this walk and reconsiders the suicidal thoughts, then it's worth it."
Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 11:43
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