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Faculty, Mazey face off PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 06 December 2013 12:05
File photo. BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
As the long Faculty Senate meeting wound to a close Tuesday, President Sheri Wells-Jensen reflected on the conversation that had dominated the proceedings.
"This discussion was a long time coming," she said.
That discussion had Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey, face-to-face, engaging members of the faculty in a courteous, yet contentious debate.
The spark for the conversation was the announcement of the non-renewal of contracts for 30 non-tenure tract full-time faculty members.
But even that number is subject to debate. It does not include faculty members who have one-year terminal contracts.
If those faculty are included, the union maintains, the numbers increase to 40.
"Some very productive people have lost their jobs," said Peter Blass, of the Chemistry Department. "They're very good teachers ... they're what brings people to BGSU ... I can't see how this will not affect the quality of education at BGSU."
"We'll work to make sure that doesn't happen," Mazey said.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 12:08
New ag hub in works PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Farm Editor   
Friday, 06 December 2013 11:49
Large tanks that hold seed are seen at the Luckey Farmers facility on U.S. Route 6, one mile west of U.S. Route 23. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)

BRADNER — Luckey Farmers Co-op and Sunrise Cooperative have entered discussions to explore a joint venture in developing a “state-of-the-art grain and agronomy hub” in Wood County. While still in the early stages of planning, it is expected the facility would be located near Bradner at the present site of the Luckey Farmers facility on U.S. 6, one mile west of U.S. 23.

The new facility would be located along the CSX rail lines and thus provide the members of both cooperatives greater marketing ability for their grain.
"We are in the beginning stages of organizing the structure of the LLC and gathering the necessary information required to build a facility of this nature," said Luckey Farmers President and CEO Andy Swerlein. "This venture will expand both cooperatives' presence into Wood County and grow both organizations with the goal of returning equity and value to our member owners."
Swerlein said, "We're always continuing to look for new markets and growth for our members."
He added he expects this to come to fruition and bring added value to both cooperatives as well as their members.
Today, all of Luckey Farmers grain handling facilities are in locations where grain must be trucked to other terminals. The new hub will allow farmers better access to other markets for selling their grain and for receiving better size, scope and product availability for incoming agronomy supplies such as fertilizer.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 12:12
Perrysburg teachers approve contract PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 06 December 2013 11:54
PERRYSBURG - The teachers union ratified a new contract Thursday night, which may be approved by the school board Monday.
Superintendent Tom Hosler said the deal includes a pay increase, but additional details won't be available until it's approved by both sides.
The roughly 300 employees of the Perrysburg Education Association have been working under an expired contract since August. The Ohio Association of Public School Employees, the union in the district that includes non-teaching staff, recently accepted a new contract with a first-year raise of 1.25 percent and 1 percent in each of the following two years. Pay increases are typically held consistent between the two groups.
Tom Przybylski, president elect of the union, said negotiations were difficult but ultimately worth it.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 13:56
Poinsettia trials PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Garden Editor   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 12:29
Claudio Pasian, of Ohio State University, studies a plant during the poinsettia trials at Bostdorff Greenhouse. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Bostdorffs are doing their part to perpetuate the beauty and variety of the poinsettia plant, which over the years has become an iconic symbol and the unofficial plant of Christmas.
On Monday, growers and breeders and other horticulture experts participated in the Ohio State Poinsettia trials held at Bostdorff Greenhouse in Bowling Green. At the trials, 55 different varieties were examined and evaluated.
“We have the largest collection of poinsettias in one greenhouse in the entire United States,” boasts Dick Bostdorff.
The display at the North Dixie Highway business was coordinated by Claudio Pasian, associate professor in the department of horticulture and crop science at Ohio State University.
In the trials the visual impact is obviously important; however, those trained eyes on Monday were looking at many other aspects of the plant such as shape, height, attention required, hardiness, ease of growing and, as Bostdorff notes, how well will it sell.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 12:33
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