Local Briefs

Food distribution is Friday in BG

Bowling Green will offer its monthly food distribution and senior food box program Friday from 10-11:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster St.

Free fresh produce and food will be available in limited quantities. This is for anyone in Wood County who meets the income guidelines or who has recently lost their job. SeaGate Food Bank also will be present at the same time to handout Senior Boxes to those who meet their eligibility requirements.

There will be drive-thru set-up this month to distribute food. Visitors are asked to remain in vehicles in the church parking lot and wait for volunteer instructions. The pantry will not open early, so early line-ups are discouraged.

Call First United Methodist Church with any questions at 419-353-0682.

Wichman will receive Drum Major for Peace Award from BG

On Jan. 16 at 7 p.m., the City of Bowling Green Human Relations Commission will host the 34th annual tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event will be held virtually on the city’s YouTube Live channel.

During this event, the Drum Major for Peace Award will be presented. This award is given to someone who benefits the BG community and exemplifies the teaching and the values of King — courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service.

This year’s recipient is Ryan Wichman.

Wichman has been a leader for Wood County Plays, which has installed two inclusive playgrounds in Perrysburg and Bowling Green. He is a meteorologist for WTOL-TV and annually does the commentary for the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade.

The tribute will feature keynote speaker Katie Bochi, a NICU speech-language pathologist and active member of the Wood County Plays steering committee.

Various musical selections will be performed by Mike Williams on saxophone and Bowling Green State University Music College Faculty Ariel Kasler.

Communications utilities to continue work in BG

Communications companies, including Frontier, Spectrum and Buckeye, continue to work throughout the city to install conduits, wires and other necessary service upgrades.

All are considered a utility and can legally operate anywhere within the public right-of-way or where there is a utility easement.

The location of the utility easement on a property will determine the area the company is permitted to perform work – this may include back and side yards. Existing utilities in the construction area will be marked prior to the installation of the new conduits. The installation of these services is typically done by trenchless directional boring methods to minimize damage to yards. Residents will not be forced to change service providers because of this work.

The city is not responsible for the scheduling and/or completion of this work. Questions or concerns should be directed to the contractor/company working in the area.


Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Southwest wind 8 to 11 mph.

Thursday: A slight chance of showers after 1 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Southwest wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A slight chance of rain before 10 p.m., then a slight chance of rain and snow between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., then a slight chance of snow after 1 a.m. Cloudy at night, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Extended: Mostly cloudy Friday, with a high near 38. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 32. A chance of snow before 1 p.m. Saturday, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 26. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 27. Partly sunny Monday, with a high near 38.