News from BG: September 16, 2020
Bowling Green Remembers 9/11
Video: JD Pooley, Sentinel-Tribune
In accordance with current health and safety guidelines, a private ceremony occurred on Friday, September 11th to honor and remember those who lost their lives 19 years ago. The ceremony, organized by City Employee, Les Southwick, included members of the Police & Fire Honor Guard and words from Mayor Aspacher, Chief Hetrick, Bowling Green Police Division, and Chief Moorman, Bowling Green Fire Division.
BGFD Receives American Heart Association Award
At the September 8 City Council meeting, Mayor Aspacher announced that the Fire Division has been recognized by the American Heart Association by receiving the 2020 Mission: Lifeline Silver Plus award for pre-hospital cardiac care. This award is the result of a combined superior performance by paramedics at the Fire Division. Firefighter/Paramedic Brandon Westerman organized the effort, briefing Division personnel of the criteria needed to achieve recognition, and then analyzed all pertinent EMS responses from 2019 to compile the data for AHA to demonstrate that BGFD excels in all the set criteria.

Visit the City's website for more information!
September Brush Collection
Begins September 21

The window to register your address for the City's September Brush Collection has closed. The next opportunity to register will be in October.

For those who registered, the collection will begin on September 21. Brush will only be collected from registered addresses. For addresses on the list, please follow the guidelines posted HERE

If you missed the registration window, or find yourself in need of getting rid of brush later, the Wood County Landfill accepts brush, for a small fee, at their Yard Waste Recycling area. The brush is not added to the landfill itself, it is added to the pile that will be turned into mulch next year...MORE
2020 Census:
Respond by September 30

It's not too late to respond to the 2020 Census. Households can respond by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received, by responding ONLINE, or by phone at 844-330-2020. Those who respond will not need to be visited to obtain their census response.  

Field data collection will end by September 30, 2020. Self-response options will also close on that date to permit the commencement of data processing. Under this plan, the Census Bureau intends to meet a similar level of household responses as collected in prior censuses, including outreach to hard-to-count communities...MORE

New Geocaches at Wintergarden

Adults and kids can enjoy this high-tech treasure hunt! Use your smart phone to seek 8 different containers hidden in the preserve. Not familiar with geocaching? You can find these containers with the free Geocaching® app. Create an account, find a cache, sign the log book, log your find on your app, trade trinkets if you like and enjoy your hike!

Remember to stay on the trails until you are within 50-80 feet of a cache and only take a trackable if you are familiar with them. Caches are typically not far off the trail, but wearing pants is advised. Caches will be in place for one year and make a great fall activity!

Need help getting started? Contact Cinda Stutzman at cinda.stutzman@bgohio.org 
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
Ohio Public Health Advisory System
The Public Health Advisory Alert System is a color-coded system designed to supplement existing statewide orders through a data-driven framework to assess the degree of the virus’ spread and to engage and empower individuals, businesses, communities, local governments, and others in their response and actions.

The system consists of four levels that provide Ohioans with guidance as to the severity of the problem in the counties in which they live. The levels are determined by seven data indicators that identify the risk level for each county and a corresponding color code to represent that risk level.
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