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Holiday Fire Safety Tips

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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But seriously, if you’re going to fry a turkey – 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!

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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 16th, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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The Board of Commissioner Swearing-In Ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. immediately before the open house in the City Hall lobby.  Judge Steve Wilson will swear in our 2017/2018 Board.

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Citizens are encouraged to attend the open house to meet the elected officials and City staff who work for the City of Bowling Green. As always, we will have great food, conversation, music and more during this event.

Appetizers, punch and dessert will be provided by Cambridge Market which always gets rave revues from those who joins us.

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In addition to visiting with staff, be sure to pick up a copy of our 2016/2017 Calendar and Annual Report. Each year, the City releases a 12-month calendar that features pictures of Bowling Green with a theme.  This year will highlight the “diversity of Bowling Green.”  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.

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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 2016/2017 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!

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Each year, around November, the City releases a 12-month calendar that features pictures of Bowling Green with a theme.  This year we will highlight the diversity in our great City.  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.

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Approximately 4,500 copies of this calendar are produced each year and they can be picked up at a variety of local businesses including Cambridge Market, Greenwood Mall, Warren County Library, JD Bakery, all US Bank locations, the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and of course, City Hall and all other public city buildings. We will also have plenty of copies available at our Christmas Open House this year which will take place on Friday, December 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1001 College Street.

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Want to make sure that you don’t miss out on a calendar this year?  Feel free to “pre-order” your copy by contacting 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 your copy when they are hot off the presses.

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!

Calendars will be distributed by early December!

Toys for Tots

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.

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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 Bowling Green Firefighters to provide Christmas toys for local children that might not otherwise receive a gift of any kind.

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This year, Bowling Green Firefighters will be collecting toys at Toys R Us on Sunday, November 13th from noon to 3 p.m. and at Walmart on Campbell Lane on Saturday November 19th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Toys may be purchased on these days and handed to a local first responder or toys may be dropped off at any of the six Bowling Green Fire Stations or Fire Administrative building through December 1th. Please keep in mind that all toys need to be new, unused and unwrapped to be accepted.

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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 230 local children having toys delivered to their door on Christmas morning by Bowling Green Firefighters who play Santa in the effort.

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Toys are always needed for the 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.

Neighborhoods are the places where the everyday practice of life occurs. In 2014, the Neighborhood and Community Services Department started planning a program that would help maintain the beauty, safety, and recreation of neighborhoods throughout the City.

Watch our new Spotlight on Bowling Green about the City’s new Neighborhood Improvement Program.

 

 

BGPD School Liaison Program

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The Bowling Green Police Department School Liaison Program involves assigning a police officer to each elementary, junior and senior high school in Bowling Green. The officers are responsible for law enforcement services at their assigned schools. Liaison officers work closely with school staff and administrators to provide a safe and positive learning atmosphere in the school systems served by the program.

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Officers often to spend time in the schools having lunch, attending programs or even shooting some hoops with the kids.  It affords the officers the ability to give great first impressions and to create trusting relationships with students.  The kids become accustomed to seeing an officer in their school from kindergarten through high school.

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Officers also answer calls for service at their assigned schools when working which also builds trust and rapport.  Some officers have seen children through graduation and are now dealing with a second generation in the schools.  Officers enjoy their time and know their efforts ultimately pay off when the children openly trust and genuinely enjoy their interactions with them.

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Below are comments from a few of BGPD’s finest regarding their interactions with students, staff and schools.

Officer Matt Davis: 

“The school liaison is very important to me because it is yet another way our department strives to bridge the gap between the police and our community. I believe our students (especially young kids) need to see us during times other than just during an emergency.  This fosters a positive relationship and shows children police really are humans, just like them, and can always be approached for safety or in times when they simply need a role model or friend. I still have positive memories of my DARE officer coming and speaking to my class when I was young and that really set the standard for me of how to live a respectful and productive life. Often times the kids view police as nothing short of Superman himself but, I want the children to know we are certainly no different than them or their parents. We simply have different jobs or roles in our community.”

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Officer Wade Hughes: 

“This program benefits the children as well as the officer.  It allows the children to see us a regular people, not just people who come to their house to enforce laws upon their parents.  It also helps the officer remember the children are people who look up to us.  They have fears and excitements just like anyone else.  The interactions help reinforce future relationships with the children as they grow into adulthood.”

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Officer Jan Tuttle: 

“As an officer I believe being a part of a school makes a huge difference.  Spending time in schools help officers get to know the kids, teachers and administrators.  Officers are always available to help when problems arise but, mostly they like to hang out with the students whether it’s playing ball or reading books.  Officers spending time in schools could change the life of a child who seems to be headed in a bad direction.  Keeping kids on a positive path is what it is all about.”

 

2016 Veterans Day Parade

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November 5th will mark the 2016 Veterans Day Parade in downtown Bowling Green hosted by the Bowling Green-Warren County Military Liaison Board. The parade is expected to feature more than 300 units honoring our past, present and future troops and their families. Veterans Day is a Federal holiday that recognizes those who have served in our armed forces and who have fought for our freedoms.

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The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at 6th Street and College Street near Circus Square Park and will wind its way through the streets of downtown Bowling Green by traveling up College Street towards WKU, then turning left onto 10th Avenue and then left on to State Street. The parade will end at 6th Street and State Street near Circus Square Park. A meet and greet for all Veterans will take place at 8:30 a.m. at Kummer/Little Recreation Center and will include refreshments.

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Parade entries will include “Vets in Vettes,” the Bowling Green-Warren County All-Star Band featuring members from all local high schools, Floats, Broadway the Clown, Sparky the Fire Dog and so much more.

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Immediately following the parade there will be a flag-raising ceremony at the Warren County Courthouse Veterans Memorial Courtyard at 429 E. 10th Avenue with remarks from Judge Executive Mike Buchanon and Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.

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The Veterans Parade student essay winner will also be announced at the flag raising ceremony and will be awarded $100 from the American Legion and VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary. Student essays were solicited from 4th and 5th grade classes in Bowling Green and Warren County.

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In addition this year, food collection boxes are set up at Parks and Rec Community Centers to support the VA clinic and their food pantry. Please consider donating items such as peanut butter, canned meals, soups, tuna, macaroni and cheese, and fruit and grain bars.

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All events are entirely free and open to the public. For more information about the parade or other November 7th events, contact parade coordinator Sabrina Johnson at (270) 393-3310 or email: Sabrina.johnson@bgky.org.

 

Halloween!

On Monday, October 31, 2016, 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 Monday, the 31st between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Leaf Pick Up

As the cold weather moves in and the leaves continue to change color and fall, the City’s Leaf Pickup Season kicks off. Starting on October 17th, residents can call 393-3333 to request a pick-up at their residence. Requested pick-ups will take place through November 3rd and are not guaranteed.

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Scheduled zone pick-up will tentatively begin on October 31 and will run through January 1, 2017. Dates may change depending on weather, equipment breakdown, or the rate of leaf fall in certain zones. Each zone will be picked up at least twice during this three month period. Please remember that Scott Waste will also pick up bagged leaves if you miss your City date or if you would simply rather bag them.

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Please remember that no pick-up will occur on major holidays as our crews will be home with their families during that time.

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Zone pick-up dates, zone descriptions, maps and leaf pickup guidelines are already published on the city’s web site at http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/leafpickup/ and will be published in the Daily News, in SOKY Happenings, the City’s Facebook Page, Twitter and on Government Access Channel 4. Pickup dates will also be available on a weekly basis via the Leaf Hotline (393-3333). Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns about your zone.

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Finally and MOST importantly, please remember these simple rules when raking leaves to your curb. Although leaves may damage your grass, that is where they belong. Leaves that are raked into the street or onto a sidewalk may cause stormwater, traffic and/or pedestrian issues, and the City reserves the right not to pick these leaves up.  DO NOT put debris, pumpkins, rocks, tires, trash or other non-foliage items in your leaf pile.  The trucks that pick up these leaves are meant for just that – leaves.  Other items can damage this equipment causing delays in zone pick-up. Always try and rake your leaves to the curb a few days early just in case there are changes to the schedule.

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If your leaves are INTENTIONALLY not picked up, you may not have followed one of the above rules. If this is the case, an orange door hanger will be placed on your door explaining the reason why your leaves were not picked up along with a contact number.

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May your leaf gathering go smoothly and here’s to hoping that they fall all at once and you don’t have to spend too many beautiful fall weekends outdoors with a rake!

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Each November, the City of Bowling Green celebrates Veteran’s Day with a fun-filled parade that winds its way through the downtown streets of our great City.

We are still accepting applications for our 16th annual parade taking place on Saturday, November 5th starting at 10 a.m.

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Each group or individual who would like to participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade will need to complete an entry form by Friday, October 21, 2016. The form can be found online at www.bgky.org or by calling 270-393-3603.

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All participants will need to make plans to arrive for the line-up at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Kummer/Little Gym located at 333 College Street. Applicants will need to list things such as; how many feet they requite for their entry, what kind of vehicle they will use, and the number of people involved with each entry.

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The City of Bowling Green encourages all of our residents to get involved in this great yearly event that recognizes the Veterans of our community.

In addition to the parade, there will be a meet and greet for all veterans at the Kummer/Little Gym from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.

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If you are making plans to attend the parade as a spectator, make sure to remember to get there early and enjoy the route which starts near Circus Square and travels up College Street turning left onto 10th Avenue and then left onto State Street. Food collection boxes will also be located along the route if you would like to donate and support the VA Clinic Food Pantry.

 

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