News from BG: October 21, 2020

October is Fire Prevention Month. Each edition of the eNews in October will feature a message from the Fire Division about this important topic. These messages will include information about common mistakes or issues.

Visit the Fire Division webpage for more information!
The Fire Division encourages everyone to spend a little bit of time thinking through the process of getting out of their home in case of a fire.

When a fire starts in your home, seconds count! A fire is smoky and scary, so being prepared is very important. Does each member of your family know two ways out of each room of your home? Have you practiced going through your home fire escape plan? As a family, get together and make a simple sketch of your home. Make your escape routes and come up with a meeting spot away from your home. Then practice…practice and practice some more! The first time may be scary, especially for small children. However, the more you practice, the more routine and efficient it becomes.

For more information on home escape plans:

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to use caution and plan ahead for Halloween festivities. Click HERE for Recommended Best Practices provided by the State.
and Leave'Em!

Fall leaves are a valuable resource that most home-owners let go to waste by having them blown or raked into piles curbside, left for City pickup. Leaf collection, hauling, and disposal are a huge annual cost to our City! In addition, the nutrients in the leaves are lost instead of being returned to nourish the soil and the grass or plants that grow on your property.

The best thing you can do with your leaves is… Leave them on your property!

  • Shred them with a lawn mower and leave them in place on your lawn.
  • Compost them in a pile or container (with or without shredding).
  • Shred them and use them as mulch on your borders and flowerbeds.

Safety Protocols

The Wood County Health Department offers the following suggestions for enjoying a safe Halloween:

Families should approach trick-or-treat differently this year in order to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19:

  • Avoid having children select their own treats from a bowl or common container.
  • Limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far as possible from anyone you don’t live with. Celebrate Halloween in your own community, and don’t visit other areas.
  • Wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes, and allow children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid home-made treats made by strangers....MORE

BG Transit Provides Free Transport Option to Polls

Need a ride to the polls? Consider using the B.G. Transit, Bowling Green’s public transportation system. The B.G. Transit’s service area is the corporation limits of Bowling Green and up to one mile outside the city. The B.G. Transit is fully accessible to persons with disabilities, and open to all for use. At this time, passenger fares are still free of charge.

Those using the B.G. Transit are encouraged to schedule rides in advance (at least one hour beforehand). The transit operates Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 

For more information about the B.G. Transit, please call (419) 354-6203. To schedule a ride, please call 1-800-579-4299. For persons with speech and/or hearing impairments, contact us through the Ohio Relay Network at 1-877-750-9097 or 1-800-750-0750, respectively.
Community Reads: "So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
The City of BG Human Relations Commission invites you to join in our Community Reads: So You Want To Talk About Race, By Ijeoma Oluo. This is an opportunity for all members of the BG Community to engage in compelling literature that invites empathetic learning and meaningful, constructive dialogue about racism and how to deal with racial injustices and biases.

The book discussion will occur over three sessions: November 9, December 7, and January 11, with one section of the book discussed at each session. To accommodate busy schedules, a variety meeting times are offered. Registration is required by clicking HERE or by calling the Wood County District Public Library at 419 352-5050.
Photo Credit: Holli Gray-Luring

  • Open to any amateur photographer residing in Bowling Green
  • Photos must be taken within Bowling Green City Limits
  • Photo must be of a tree (no shrubs, etc.)
  • Top photos in each category will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to Bostdorff's, Klotz's or North Branch and a photo print from Main Street Photo and Portrait Studio.
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