News from BG: November 18, 2020
COVID-19 cases continue to increase across Ohio, and the upcoming holidays create a risk that this will continue:

  • Most people are doing a good job at school and work, but the things we do at home around our friends and family are just as important to prevent COVID-19.
  • If we’re smart, we can enjoy the holidays and drive cases down, because we know how to effectively reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Find tips from the CDC about how families can safely enjoy the holidays HERE.

Consider alternative ways of celebrating Thanksgiving this year so that you do not put your family and friends at risk:

  • The safest gathering will involve only people you live with.
  • Share your great recipes rather than exchanging dishes or treats.
  • If you host guests, talk ahead of time about ways to keep the group safe, and make sure everyone understands why it’s important.
  • Set up smaller dining areas or card tables that allow people to be together while keeping distance between groups.
  • Limit people going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, and identify one person to do the serving so no one shares utensils.
  • Instead of potluck-style gatherings, encourage guests to bring food and drinks for themselves and for members of their own household only.
2020 Leaf Collection - Began November 9
Public Works began collecting leaves on November 9. Leaf collection is available for addresses that are eligible for refuse/recycling collection and is not connected to the regular refuse/recycling collection schedule.

CREWS BEGAN COLLECTING IN WARD 3. When Ward 3 is finished, they will move to Ward 4, then to Ward 1, and then to Ward 2. A MAP has been posted to the City’s website allowing residents to follow crews as they move through the City:
If you choose to use this method, please follow PROGRAM GUIDELINES.

Questions may be directed to the Public Works Department by calling 419-354-6227.
Thanksgiving Refuse/Recycling Schedule

City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. 

As a result, the following collection schedule will occur for refuse and recycling next week:

Monday's route will be collected on Monday.

Tuesday's route will be collected on Tuesday.

Wednesday's route will be collected on Wednesday.

Thursday's route will also be collected on Wednesday.

Questions about this schedule may be directed to Public Works at 419-354-6227.

Never miss a "trash day" again! Download the Recycle Coach App to receive a custom calendar and reminder notifications for special collections.
Tree Commission
2020 Tree Photo Contest

Thank you to all who entered the Tree Commission's 3rd annual photo contest! The finalists for each season have been selected. We are asking you to help us select the top photo in each category: Fall, Spring, Summer, & Winter.

We invite you to scroll through the photos in the Finalist Album on our Facebook page and "like" or "love" your favorite(s). Voting ends November 30, 2020. The photo with the most "likes" or "loves" in each category will receive a $25 gift card to Bostdorff's, Klotz's, or North Branch and a print from Main Street Photo. Click HERE to learn more about the City's urban forestry program.

Questions about the photo contest or the City’s urban forestry program may be directed to the City Arborist, Grant Jones, at 419-353-4101.

Tucker Woods Turkey Trail
November 21 - 29, 2020

Enjoy a short interpretive hike about a favorite fall animal, the wild turkey! The Tucker Woods Turkey Trail is an all ages adventure you will want to incorporate into your Thanksgiving celebrations.

Fun facts and a fictitious flock can be found along the way. Find the hidden turkeys while learning about the wild animal whose domesticated version is the center of attention every fourth Thursday of November.

The trail can be found at Wintergarden/St. John’s Nature Preserve from Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, November 29, 2020. Maps are located outside the Nature Center office to assist you in navigating your way to Tucker Woods.

For more information or questions please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 419-354-6223.
Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade Reimagined
The BG Community Holiday Parade has been reimagined into a 2 ½ hour broadcast on November 21 from 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm on WTOL. It will begin with a half-hour pre-parade presentation with new interviews, exciting new performances, and holiday wishes from our community and will conclude with last year’s parade in its entirety.

Downtown Bowling Green - Virtual Community Tree Lighting

The Holidays are right around the corner! Tune in on November 20th at 6:45 pm for the Virtual Community Tree Lighting!

This event kicks off the holiday season and is a partnership with Downtown Bowling Green SID, the Wood County District Public Library, the City, BGSU, and BG High School. Tune in to watch some amazing performances! There will also be a special guest this year!

Access the virtual event HERE
Refuse & Recycling Container Address Labels
The Public Works Department has resumed the work of placing address labels on all refuse and recycling containers that are picked up by the City. Crews have completed the majority of Wards 1 & 2 and have begun Wards 3 & 4. City employees will be applying labels on containers placed at the curb on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday’s collection route.

Residents, whose scheduled collection day is on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday, are asked to help in this effort by placing containers – full or empty – at the curb on their regular collection day. Containers should not be pulled back to the house until 4:00 PM that day. This will help crews move through streets efficiently, missing as few addresses as possible. This work will be ongoing over the next several months and...MORE