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Otsego fights bullying PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 09 December 2013 10:17
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This poster will be placed in Otsego school buildings to show support in spreading an anti-bullying message. (Image provided by Otsego Schools)
WESTON - Being kind can be a positive approach to suppressing bullying. The Otsego Local Schools are continuing to build on their quest to minimize if not eliminate bullying in their community. They are now taking the message out to the four villages within the district.
On Monday Cindy Johnson, a counselor with the elementary school, appeared before the Weston Village Council seeking and receiving their support. Johnson said it was the third of four meetings, having previously received support from both Tontogany and Haskins. Her next visit will be to Grand Rapids.
Johnson noted the district is using the Olweus bullying prevention program through grant money in cooperation with the Wood County Educational Service Center.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 10:56
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Photos net teacher 26,000 Instagram fans PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 09:47
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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.
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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
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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.
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County health clinic needs more room PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 09:40
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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.
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