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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?

2018 Veteran’s Day Parade

November 10th will mark the 2018 Veteran’s 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.

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.

Immediately following the parade there will be a Flag-raising ceremony and remarks at the Warren County Courthouse Veterans Memorial Courtyard, 429 E. 10th Avenue. In addition, the Veterans Parade student essay winner will be awarded $100 from the American Legion and VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary. Student essays were solicited from 4th & 5th grade classes from the Bowling Green and Warren County Schools.

All events are entirely free and open to the public. For more information about the parade or other additional events, contact Parade Coordinator Parks Administration at 270-393-3549 or email bgpr@bgky.org

Come out and join us for this fun and patriotic day.

 

Coats for Kids

As the winter weather moves into our community, many children in the area will be in need of warm winter coats. This year like many others, you can help to keep our kids warm by donating a new or gently used coat to Coats for Kids.

The Bowling Green Police Department, The Bowling Green Junior Woman’s Club and many others have joined together again this year to collect coats for kids in The Bowling Green and Warren County area.

This year’s Coats for Kids event will take place from October 1st – December 1st. Gently used coats can be donated at the Bowling Green Police Department and many other locations.

You can help families in need by donating a coat that can last throughout the winter. All sizes and brands are accepted. All used coats are cleaned as they are donated. Coats are distributed to all local schools and non-profit organizations throughout the campaign. These donated coats are vital to so many young people in our area.

For a complete list of drop off locations as well as distribution days and general information, please visit www.bgky.org or www.bgjwc.com.

 

Have you been holding on to old paint, chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, oils, antifreeze or other products that cannot be disposed of easily? If so, the City of Bowling Green and Warren County have partnered to provide one day only to dispose of these items for you.

The Annual Household Hazardous Waste and E-scrap Collection Day will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greenwood High School (Scottsville Road – rear parking lot).  Warren County residents can bring items such as old paint, chemicals, household appliances and electronics to dispose of in a safe and legal manner.

This event is FREE and open to all Warren County residents.

While most home computers and appliances are acceptable (most anything with a circuit board or a cord), Freon devices, yard equipment, radioactive materials and large appliances such as stoves, washers, dryers, etc. are not acceptable. Single containers larger than 5 gallons will require prior inspections and approval, and tires will not be accepted.

In addition, shredding will be available on site to dispose of and shred papers, cds/dvds, magazines, phone books, folders, etc.

For more information, a full list of acceptable and unacceptable items along with a map of the disposal location, please visit http://www.warrencountyky.gov/household-hazardous-waste-day.

How Do You BG?

Daniel and Alice Tarnagda DEFINITELY know how to BG.

 

This amazing husband and wife duo live in Bowling Green and dedicate countless hours enriching the lives of others.

Daniel came to Bowling Green from Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso in March of 2013 and became inspired to help refugees resettled in this area.  Daniel and Alice are a part of Refuge International Bowling Green which is a local intra-church agency designed to assist with refugee services. They provide services in several areas to help immigrants and refugees acclimate to life in BG.

Recently, the Tarnagda’s organized an international soccer tournament at The Foundry in Bowling Green consisting of 7 teams with players from Egypt, Mexico, Cameroon, DR Congo, Dominican Republic, Haiti, various West African nations and more. The tournament provided young men the opportunity to visit with City staff, BGPD, share similar experiences, and to connect with a non-profit that can provide them assistance in various areas.

The refugee services include but aren’t limited to:

  • driving school/classes including actual driving instruction in a vehicle
  • workforce development (soft skills and employment placement)
  • ESL classes
  • cooking & nutrition classes
  • budgeting
  • help getting to and from doctor’s appointments
  • help completing applications
  • help understanding forms mailed to clients (i.e. food stamp letters, bills, etc.)
  • help understanding and registering for WIC
  • help getting documents translated
  • completion of green card applications
  • soccer teams and mentoring

Alice and Daniel both have full time jobs and they work with Refugee International BG in their spare time. If you’d like more information about the Tarnagdas or Refugee International BG you can visit their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/RefugeBG/?ref=bookmarks.

How do you or someone you know BG? Tell us today!

Harvest Festival 2018

re you ready Bowling Green? The first ever Harvest Festival will take place in Downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky on Friday, October 12th starting at 5:30 pm! This family-friendly fall event will have activities for ALL AGES.

Pumpkin Palooza, brought to you by Warren County Public Library and the City of Bowling Green, KY – Municipal Government Parks and Recreation, will be at Circus Square Park and will have tons of kids activities including pumpkin painting, cake walk, fall festival games, and a hay bale fort for kids to climb on and through. Beginning at dusk, an outdoor showing of the movie Coco will take place for everyone ages 2 to 82 to enjoy.

Right outside Circus Square, College Street will be closed to traffic from 6th to 7th Avenue and there will be inflatables, food vendors and “Toot” the Train rides.

Looking for something more adult? Lost River Sessions will begin at 7 p.m. at the SOKY Marketplace and 6-4-3 will be offering specialty fall drinks and deals along with a fire pit for marshmallow roasting.

Up for some spine-tingling story-telling?  Sign up for the Historic Railpark’s “Unseen Bowling Green” walking tours!  There will be two story tours during the night, leaving from the historic Standard Oil gas pumps and winding through some spooky corners of downtown.

Last but definitely not least, the BG Zombie Walk, benefiting VSA Kentucky, will take place during the Harvest Festival with face painting beginning at 5:30 PM. Dress in your best Zombie attire! More information and ticket pricing for this even can be found at www.bgkiwanis.org.

Come one and come all! Bowling Green Harvest Festival is going to be the best kick off to the Fall season that BG has ever seen. Special surprises and additional events will also take place.

Leaf Season is almost here!

Leaf season is almost here!

As the stifling heat moves out and the cooler weather moves in, the leaves will begin to change color and fall, and the City’s Leaf Pickup Season will kick off. Starting in October, residents can call 270-393-3333 to request a pick-up at their residence. Requested pick-ups will take place through early late October and are not guaranteed.

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Scheduled zone pick-up will tentatively begin in late October and will run through January 2019. 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.

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

Zone pick-up dates, zone descriptions, maps and leaf pickup guidelines are published on the city’s web site at http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/leaf-pickup 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 (270-393-3333). Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns about your zone.

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.

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.

May your leaf gathering go smoothly and here’s hoping that your leaves fall all at once and you don’t have to spend too many beautiful fall weekends outdoors with a rake! More dates and information will follow in the next month.

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 now accepting applications for our 18th annual parade taking place on Saturday, November 6th starting at 10 a.m.

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 26th, 2018. The form can be found online at www.bgky.org or by calling 270-393-3603.

 

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.

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.

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.

More information will follow on the parade!

Disc Golf

It has been said before that Bowling Green is a Mecca for Disc Golf. While there is no way of confirming this statement, it is clear that Bowling Green has an abundance of great Disc Golf Courses.

Eighteen hole courses are located at Lovers Lane, Hobson Grove, Preston Miller and Kereiakes Parks. Oliver French, an individual sponsored by the largest producer of discs in the world, was sent to Bowling Green to document our fields.

The Bowling Green Disc Golf Association play weekly Doubles at Kereiakes, Hobson Grove, Ephram White (County) and Lovers Lane Parks.

The Bowling Green Disc Golf Courses offer challenging and fun play in all areas of town. With a variety of pars and holes ranging in distance and difficultly levels, there is something for everyone from novice to the most experienced players.

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970’s and shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws).

A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole”. The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® an elevated metal basket.

As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed.

Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it’s sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are a few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won’t need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad “tee time.” It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.

If you have yet to try disc golf, we encourage you to get out see what you think. Enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise and try and fun new activity.

2018 Puppy Paddle

 

August has arrived and there are a lot of great things coming up in the City that we will work very hard to keep everyone up to date on. Over the next several months, we will have free Annual Report Calendars, leaf pick-up will begin, the Veteran’s Day Parade, Fire Safety Month and more.

Saturday, September 8th marks the 16th Annual Puppy Paddle in Bowling Green. Russell Sims Aquatic Center will be open from 10 a.m. until noon for you and your pooch to come out and take a dip one last time.

The fee for each dog is $10 but humans are FREE and there will be activities and contests for the pups as well as plenty of playmates. And speaking of playmates, please make sure that your dog is sufficiently socialized in order for everyone to enjoy this event. Basically, if your dog thinks that other dogs are a chew toy, you may want to re-consider coming out.

All dogs must also have proof of current rabies vaccine either through a tag or documentation in order to join in the fun.

The weather will hopefully be sunny and beautiful so mark your calendars now to come out and enjoy the last bit of summer while donating to the Bowling Green Humane Society and taking advantage of the City’s beautiful facilities.

 

Russell Sims Aquatic Center is located at 2303 Tomblinson Way.

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