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So, let me tell you a story.  A teenager makes a phone call to his grandmother and says “Grandma, this is Johnny, I’ve gotten into trouble.  Me and one of my friends went to Mexico for the weekend and got in a car accident.  My friend had some marijuana on him and we both got arrested.  I need money for bail.  Please don’t tell mom and dad because they don’t know I’m gone.”

Frightening words, right?  What would you do?  We all want to help our family as much as we can and would do anything to get them out of a bind.  You see, as this story unfolds, Grandma wires money to a person who calls later and says they need more money for the court costs.  When Grandma gets suspicious and calls her daughter to ask about Lil’ Johnny only to find out Lil’ Johnny is at work.   After all is said and done, Grandma could be out a thousand or more dollars because of this scam.

Scams have become a way of life.  We are bombarded with scams over the phone, email, texts and even the mail.  We find them on auction sites, trading sites and for sale by owner sites.  We all love the “too good to be true deal.”  I know a percentage of our population grew up in a different time; a time we didn’t say “no” to our neighbors or friends.  We offered help wherever we could.  Times have changed.  The scammers who call us are not our friends.  These scammers could care less what happens to you when you lose your hard-earned money.

I want to share some scams with you.  The best advice I can give is “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”   Here are a few to watch for:

IRS Scam – Someone posing as an IRS agent calls and says you owe money to the IRS.  If you don’t pay, a warrant will be issued and you will be taken to jail.  Folks, our government can’t and doesn’t work this way.  Firstly, you will receive a letter from the IRS if you owe money, not a phone call.  After a few correspondences with the IRS, they will work out a payment plan or something similar.  The first phone call you have with the real IRS will not include a conversation about you going to jail.  HANG UP immediately.

Warrant Scam – Someone posing as a police officer calls and says you have a warrant but if you take care of this over the phone, you won’t be arrested.  In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a police officer will not call you and tell you there is a warrant for your arrest.  Your first notification will generally be a knock on the door.  HANG UP immediately.

You’ve won the Nigerian Lottery – An email comes to you notifying you of a winning lottery number in a foreign country.  If you pay so much money the taxes will be covered and you can claim your winnings!  Did you play the lottery in another country?  It does not seem like a very good deal if you have to pay for something you “won.”  DELETE and empty your recycle bin.

Mystery Shopper Scam – You receive a check in the mail with instructions to deposit the check, keep a certain dollar amount and send the rest back to the company.  Your instructions are to shop at a particular store and fill out some paperwork as to your experience in the store and mail everything back to your “employer” along with the extra cash.  The problem is, the check is a fake and you have to cover the money.  Several scams are designed this way, meaning, you cash a check and send money to someone else, work from home, etc…. SHRED!

The greatest of scams comes in the form of Phishing.  Your personal identity can be compromised in a number of ways.  In the past, someone would go through your trash or a dumpster and take documents with personal information.  Now, the computer is the fastest for identity theft.  Your computer can be “hacked” and you are completely unaware.  Don’t open an attachment in an email form anyone you don’t know.  Make sure your virus software is up-to-date and your email is protected.  There are local computer repair companies who can educate you on the best way to protect your information in your computer.  Computers are a way of life but we need to take steps to protect ourselves.

If you become the victim of a scam, file a report with the police department.  For more information and ways to protect yourself, go to https://www.usa.gov/scams-and-frauds

 

The cold weather and the holidays bring warm fires, good food, friends, family and great decorations. Unfortunately, the holidays can also bring a higher risk for fires.

While you are celebrating the holidays this year, take time to make sure that you follow the guidelines below provided by the Bowling Green Fire Department:

Only burn well-seasoned dry wood in your fireplace and never burn paper in a fireplace.
Never leave burning candles unattended or place them near anything combustible.
Always use power strips so that you don’t overload electrical outlets.
Inspect and replace lights and extension cords with exposed wires or damage.
Never run electrical cords through doorways or under rugs.
Unplug all of your lights before leaving your home or going to bed.
Never decorate metal trees with electric lights.
Keep Christmas trees away from all heat sources and exits.
Keep fresh cut Christmas trees sufficiently watered so the needles don’t dry out and shed.
Never leave your holiday cooking unattended.

 

For additional fire safety tips on candles, cooking, fire place, or turkey frying, visit http://www.bgky.org/announcements/407.  Please remember to be safe and have fun this holiday season!!!!!!  For more information on live Christmas trees, please visit http://www.bgky.org/announcements/408.

And seriously, if you decide to fry a turkey over the Christmas break – make sure you follow ALL safety guidelines. The Bowling Green Fire Department has been tweeting for weeks on what to do and what NOT to do. Follow us on Twitter or email kim.lancaster@bgky.org for tips!

Each year in December City Hall opens its doors to the residents of Bowling Green and Warren County during our annual Christmas Open House. This year will be no exception as we will welcome guests on Friday, December 7th, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Expect a slightly different twist to our open house this year as we partner with the The District and multiple Downtown Businesses to combine the City Hall Christmas Open House and the Downtown Lights Up Event.

While residents of all ages are still encouraged to attend the open house to meet elected officials and the staff who work for the City of Bowling Green, this year will offer so much more. Mission Catering will provide a variety of holiday treats including shrimp and grits, prime rib sliders, holiday cake pops and more. Free keepsake holiday ornaments will be provided to the first 500 visitors and the 2018/2019 Annual Report and Calendar will also be offered free of charge.

In addition to holiday cheer, ornaments and great food, we will have special visitors from the North Pole and the City of Arendelle (think Disney), a reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, a holiday photo booth, BG Gov To Go and so much more.


Oh – and did we mention FREE carriage rides?

After you have toured City Hall, grabbed a bite to eat, ridden in a horse drawn carriage, and picked up your holiday gifts, make sure to head down to Fountain Square Park where we will be officially lighting the Square just after 5:30 p.m.!

Be sure to join us downtown for Holiday Cheer!

Snow and Inclement Weather

It seems as though we skipped fall this year and moved straight into the colder temperatures of winter. We all know that winter weather and snow can make the roads hazardous, but the City of Bowling Green Public Works Department always works hard to clear and de-ice our streets in order to keep the City up and running.

There are many factors that play into how and why our streets get plowed. Plowing will only begin when snowfall reaches two inches unless the forecast predicts considerable snowfall. There are 271 miles of City streets broken up into 10 zones that are maintained by our Crews. These roads are broken down into A (129 miles); B (32 miles); C (45 miles); and D (65 miles) routes. “A” routes consist of roads traveled most often by emergency services, school routes and major thoroughfares. These roads are required to be cleared first. Often times, neighborhoods and especially cul-de-sacs are “D” routes which are cleared last.

When large scale snow events happen, crews begin working in 8 hour shifts 24 hours a day. The City has 8 large trucks and 2 small trucks for plowing. The crew rotation is continued 24 hours per day until the event is over and streets are in good condition.

The City has approximately 2,000 tons of deicer that is designed to last throughout a winter season. In addition, there is about 5,800 gallons of salt brine in stock.  Salt brine is applied to the streets prior to a snow event which helps keep the snow from adhering to the asphalt and aids in the plowing process. Deicer (rock salt with magnesium chloride) is also used to aide in the melting of ice and snow. The average snowfall for Bowling Green is 9 inches per year and deicer and salt brine is purchased based off those averages.

Three separate weather forecasts are monitored during the winter months and the Operations Division of the Public Works Department heads out into the elements when light to moderate snowfall or ice is predicted.  All Operations personnel are subject to recall 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, year round, including holidays, in order to keep the roadways safe for the residents of Bowling Green.

Please also remember that City crews clear only City streets. It is not uncommon to see a City/County/State truck out on the roads without their plows down. These vehicles must travel through each other’s roads in order to get to the appropriate streets. All agencies do their best to work together during major events for the safety of our residents.

Thanks to all of our hard working staff who brave the cold, wind, snow and ice in order to keep us moving throughout the City! For more information about snow, routes and what zone/route you are in, visit http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/snow-routes.

 

Toys For Tots 2018

 

It may be hard to imagine a five year old child with no gifts to open on Christmas day.  For many of us the more common problem is trying to rein in the excess of toys coming from grandparents, aunts, uncles and all the other relatives.

 

The reality is that right here in our city, for a lot of different reasons, many kids may not see Christmas Day as different from any other day. No gifts, no celebration, just another day.

The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is designed to keep that from happening. Each year the local Marine Corps League teams up with BGFD and BGPD to provide Christmas toys for local children that might not otherwise receive a gift of any kind.

This year, Bowling Green Firefighters and Police Officers will be collecting toys at Walmart on Campbell Lane on Saturday, November 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Toys may be purchased on this day and handed to a local first responder or toys may be dropped off at any of the six Bowling Green Fire Stations or the Fire Administrative building through December 20th. Please keep in mind that all toys need to be new, unused and unwrapped to be accepted.

This successful program would not be possible without the generous support of the community.  Toys are needed for boys and girls ages birth to 12.

Last year was a great success with more than 400 local children having toys delivered to their door on Christmas morning by Bowling Green Firefighters who play Santa in the effort.

Toys are still needed for this year’s Toys for Tots program. Again, new unwrapped toys may be delivered to any City Fire Station.  For more information you may call the BGFD at 270 393-3702 or visit www.toysfortots.org.

 

Each year in December, City Hall opens its doors to the residents of Bowling Green and Warren County during our annual Christmas Open House. This year will be no exception as we will welcome guests on Friday, December 7th, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Expect a slightly different twist to our open house this year as we partner with the The District and multiple Downtown Businesses to combine the City Hall Christmas Open House and the Downtown Lights Up Event.

While residents of all ages are still encouraged to attend the open house to meet elected officials and the staff who work for the City of Bowling Green, this year will offer so much more. Mission Catering will provide a variety of holiday treats including shrimp and grits, prime rib sliders, holiday cake pops and more. Free keepsake holiday ornaments will be provided to the first 500 visitors and the 2018/2019 Annual Report and Calendar will also be offered free of charge.

In addition to holiday cheer, ornaments and great food, we will have special visitors from the North Pole and the City of Arendelle (think Disney), a reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, a holiday photo booth, BG Gov To Go and so much more.

Oh – and did we mention FREE carriage rides sponsored by the City of Bowling Green and Morris Jewelry?


Alex Slitz/Daily News

After you have toured City Hall, grabbed a bite to eat, ridden in a horse drawn carriage, and picked up your holiday gifts, make sure to head down to Fountain Square Park where we will be officially lighting the Square just after 5:30 p.m.!

Be sure to join us downtown for Holiday Cheer!

Do you ever wonder where your tax dollars are going or what your local government has done lately? Are you ever curious about the City’s upcoming budget, road projects, public safety goals or Parks and Recreation Facilities? If so, the 2018/2019 Annual Report and Calendar is just for you. If you are also someone who wants to have a yearly calendar but you don’t want to buy one, then our calendar is REALLY for you!

Each year, in the month of November, the City releases a 12-month calendar that features pictures of Bowling Green with a theme.  This year we will highlight some of the amazing ‘We are Bowling Green’ photos from our 2018 contest.  Along with beautiful photography comes information on our budget, past projects, future ideas and general information of what government has done for you over the past year.

Approximately 4,500 copies of this calendar are produced each year and they can be picked up at a variety of local businesses, City Hall, and all other public city buildings. An entire list of all locations will be posted when the calendars arrive. We will also have plenty of copies available at our Christmas Open House this year which will take place on Friday, December 7th, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 1001 College Street.

Want to make sure that you don’t miss out on a calendar this year?  Feel free to contact us through Facebook, Twitter, or this blog to provide your contact information. We will take down your name and/or address and make sure that you receive yours.

Enjoy this sneak-peek at some of the pictures we will feature this year! We’re always open to future ideas and themes so feel free to contact us with feedback and ideas or to contribute photos!

How Do You BG?

How do you BG?

Danette Idlett is a superstar and a shining example of someone who knows how to BG.

After her first husband passed away due to cancer in 2010, Danette turned the loss into her life’s work. In 2015, she and her husband took initiative and started a non-profit called ‘Life’s Better Together Foundation’.  The foundation’s mission is to provide direct financial assistance to families with a child or parent battling an ongoing illness in South Central Kentucky.  This includes, but is not limited to, paying mortgages, rent, utilities, car payments, insurance, and travel expenses. The main goal is to take some of the immediate financial stress off of the families so they can focus on what’s most important – getting their loved one better.

Danette learned the importance of having a strong support system first hand while her husband was seeking his treatments.  As she has learned through the years, many families in our community aren’t as lucky.  Danette spends countless hours meeting face to face with and talking on the phone with families to see how the organization can help.

Before Life’s Better Together, Danette had been running a very successful insurance practice. In 2017 she decided to take the leap at running Life’s Better Together full-time.  From the beginning, Danette decided that she would take no salary, benefits, or pay any administrative expenses from donations. 100% of funding goes directly to families in need.  This is a complete volunteer Executive Director role.  Since January 2015, Life’s Better Together has provided direct support to approximately 90 local families totaling over $185,000.

In addition to her role at Life’s Better Together Danette is wife and mother of four. She is a member of the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club of Bowing Green, where she is the immediate past President and has served on the Board of Directors for 4 years.  Danette is the co-President of the Briarwood PTO and serves are the head of the K-Kids at the school.  She also serves and heads up many other committees within our community.

Danette is a wonderful example of how to BG!

If you know someone who is an outstanding resident of our community, nominate them today by contacting kim.lancaster@bgky.org.

 

Halloween 2018

 

On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, the ghosts and the goblins will come out in the City of Bowling Green for candy, costumes and parties. Whether you have kids who are excited about going out to their neighbor’s house for candy or you are planning on passing out treats to others, remember that the recommended day for trick-or-treating for the City will be on Wednesday, the 31st between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


Even if you forget to buy candy and your goal is to turn off all of your lights and lay low during the trick-or-treating process, being aware of the recommended day and times will help you succeed in your hiding game.

The ultimate goal on this spooky and candy-filled holiday is safety and fun! Help make sure that your child is in a safe costume with good vision, that jack-o-lanterns or other decorations with candles in them are far enough away from trick-or-treaters that they do not pose a fire threat, and make sure that any prop your child carries is smooth and flexible to avoid injury. Above all, teach your little ones basic safety for this Halloween and everyday including not talking to strangers, looking both ways before crossing the street and never getting in a car with someone they don’t know.


On top of the safety tips, always remember that making a nice Halloween dinner before trick-or-treating will help curb the sugar and candy appetite later in the evening and will give you more of a chance to look over their haul.


And finally, don’t forget to sneak a few of your favorite treats out of your kid’s pumpkin when they aren’t looking – you’re doing them a favor as ALL of that candy wouldn’t really be good for them.


Happy Halloween!

How Do You BG? Arnie Petrus

How Do You BG?

Arnie Petrus knows how to BG and has been doing it for a long time.

Arnie is the consummate volunteer.

He gives of his time and has done so for many years. Arnie has been ushering for Orchestra KY since their days at Van Meter and has been ushering for SkyPac and the Capital Arts Center since SkyPac opened in 2010. As Emissary, Arnie is in charge of overseeing 4 to 10 ushers and seeing that up to 1,000 patrons get seated in the allowable 28 minutes or less. Arnie has worked 95% of the events at SkyPac and the Capital.

After ushering, Arnie becomes the door man which includes directing traffic in and out of the hall and to the lobby and back during intermission and at the end of show.  He is always at the double doors inside the hall giving directions and answering questions.

When asked why he likes to usher, Arnie’s answer is always, “I like to tell people where to go!” (in a polite and courteous manner). J

In addition to his work in theater, Arnie has also served as a ticket scanner and usher for six seasons with the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Over the years, his smiling face has welcomed thousands to Bowling Green events. He has directed the lost, assisted those in need, and been a staple in our theater community.

If all of that is not enough, Arnie also taught at Dishman Elementary School from 1964-1968 and produced 10 original musicals during that time. He was a Cub Scout sponsor, intramural basketball coach, and he became the first single male to adopt children (three boys) in the state of Kentucky.

Arnie Petrus knows how to BG. Thank you Arnie for all you have done for this City.

Nominate someone today who does amazing things in this community.

How do you BG?

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