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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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BGSU faculty fights cuts PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 09:37
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Protestors are seen during at BGSU board of trustees meeting. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Dozens of faculty and supporters including students packed the meeting room to express their displeasure at recently announced cuts of 30 non-tenure track faculty with another 10 teachers with terminal contracts also not expecting to return in fall.
The protest was mostly silent except for some boos when visitor Ohio Speaker of the House William Batchelder said that the state was struggling to get its finances set because of the Affordable Care Act. Then he thanked the trustees for "their sacrifices" in working for BGSU, a remark that was met with derisive laughter.
They enthusiastically cheered after the Sheri Wells-Jensen president of the Faculty Senate addressed the board .
Wells-Jensen said that non-tenure track faculty are "on the frontline" of providing a quality education. "They are going beyond the call making a difference for our students," she said.
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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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Walbridge settles suit with former law officer PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 09:28
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WALBRIDGE - A former village police officer who sued the village for defamation of character has settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
At Wednesday's meeting, council voted to pay its insurance company the $10,000 deductible associated with the civil lawsuit, which was settled in mediation. The action was taken after a seven-minute executive session.
"This was the best scenario," said Mayor Ed Kolanko.
He said the action was recommended by Solicitor Brian Ballenger.
"No, I'm not happy with the settlement. But, given the situation, we're trying to clean up issues from previous administrations," Kolanko said after the council meeting. "No, I'm not happy with it."
Aimee Bixler was hired as a part-time officer in January 2008, according to council minutes. She was promoted to full time in February 2009. She resigned in 2010.
Kolanko was on council when Bixler was hired and when she resigned, he confirmed. He has been mayor since January when Dan Wilczynski left.
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