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The City of Bowling Green is currently working with Time Warner (now owned by Charter Communications and known locally as Spectrum) on the local Cable Franchise Agreement which expired December 31, 2016. All past and any future franchise agreements are nonexclusive agreements which means that other cable television providers may provide service in Bowling Green if they choose to.

The City was recently notified by Spectrum Cable of certain changes to their services in the City. The City of Bowling Green’s Government Access Channel 4 will become Bowling Green TV 196 on April 18, 2017.

In addition to this channel change, Spectrum customers will also be required to have a Spectrum receiver on each television they own by April 18, 2017.  Some existing customers will not be impacted by this action due to their current service arrangements. Customers of Spectrum Cable will need to call 1-844-830-4787 or visit the local cable office to order boxes or to enquire about any changes in their services.

The City of Bowling Green has very limited authority to regulate cable television service pursuant to Federal Law. Neither of the actions pointed out above are, or can be regulated or prohibited by the City. The City does not oversee Spectrum Cable.

All questions relating to Spectrum Services should be directed to 1-844-830-4787.  For more information on Bowling Green TV 196, please contact Kim Lancaster at 270-393-3642.

 

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season. The idea for Arbor Day originally came from Nebraska. A visit to Nebraska today wouldn’t disclose that the state was once a treeless plain. Yet it was the lack of trees there that led to the founding of Arbor Day by J. Sterling Morton in the 1800s.

On January 4, 1872, Morton first proposed a tree-planting holiday to be called “Arbor Day” at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture. The date was set for April 10, 1872. Prizes were offered to counties and individuals for properly planting the largest number of trees on that day. It was estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.

The Bowling Green Community Tree Advisory Board, in conjunction with the City of Bowling Green, organizes an Arbor Day celebration every year to help make the public aware of how trees benefit us. This year, the annual Arbor Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Kereiakes Park from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.

A variety of trees will be given away during Arbor Day including Hemlock, Serviceberry, Pawpaw, Tulip Poplar and River Branch trees. In total there will be 1,300 saplings available on a first come first served basis.

In addition to free trees, there will be a tree planting and care demonstration, tree planting items, stormwater information, children’s activities, inflatables and more.

Arbor Day is FREE and open to the public. We encourage everyone to spend time among trees and to learn about proper tree care and planting.

Please come join us for this fun and educational day.  For more information about the Tree Advisory Board or Arbor Day, please call 270-393-3111 or visit http://www2.bgky.org/tree/index.php

The Bowling Green Police Department operates the Advanced Tactical Training Center located in the Hobson Grove area. While this facility has been around for many years, it hasn’t always been the quality training facility that it is today.  In May of 2010 a flood devastated the training center either destroying or severely damaging the entire training area. The City of Bowling green took this opportunity to update the facility in many ways.

After a major construction project and input from many sources, the range was updated and became a great tool in the belt for the City.  In more recent times, the facility was expanded and upgraded again by adding a K-9 training area and a Critical Response Team component.

Today, the Critical Response Team can put themselves through rigorous training using a variety of challenging obstacles.  The K-9s can hone skills needed to search large areas and the obstacles encountered during these tasks. 

Having a facility covering many facets of training keeps the City from being dependent on other facilities thus lowering the cost of training.  The department feels fortunate to have such a quality training center.

The City of Bowling Green is inviting photographers of all ages and skill levels to submit their best, high resolution images celebrating our community in the inaugural City of Bowling Green Photography Contest – ‘We are Bowling Green’. Submission begins April 1 and will run through April 30th!

Entering is free and easy. Visit http://www.bgky.org/preview/photo-contest-2017 to view all rules, criteria, prizes and to upload your photo.

Participants should select images that best depict Bowling Green’s beautiful environment, active people, and vibrant community life. This includes but is not limited to sky, parks, rivers, wildlife, cityscapes, landmarks, people participating in sports and arts, or special events, and other activities. We want to know what you love about Bowling Green and what makes you think makes Bowling Green is the special place that it is.

Check out a few of our sample photos to give you an idea of what we are looking for! Be creative, have fun and represent BG! Are your kids or animals the cutest around? Show them to us! Do you have a great pic of one of our beautiful parks? We want to see it. The sky is the limit.

First, second and third place winners will be chosen by a panel of Judges and a first place People’s Choice award will be chosen by online voting. A $100, B and H gift certificate will be presented to both the first place judges’ choice and the People’s Choice winner. Second and third place judges’ choice will receive a $75 and $25, B and H gift card respectively.

Start snapping those photos today and upload April 1st – 30th.

Potholes on City Streets

The City proactively repairs potholes on a regular basis, but in order to make sure our streets are safe and repaired, we would like to solicit the public’s assistance.

If you notice a pothole on a City street, please contact our City Central Division at 270.393.3444 to report it, or visit the City’s Service Request Portal.

If you want information about City, State, or County roads, pleas visit the GIS section of the City’s Website to get a good idea of where the boundaries are.

Did you know that there is a new place in Bowling Green to run and walk? With a 1.6 mile gravel outer loop and a .7 mile paved inner loop, ‘The Loops at Lovers Lane’ weave around and through the Lovers Lane Soccer Complex at 385 Lovers Lane. This new trail is designed to give runners and walkers alike a great place to exercise and to connect to the City’s Greenways.

The City of Bowling Green will hold a Ribbon Cutting and 5k Race for the new Loops on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 at 2 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the local Bowling Green Special Olympics Program. We are inviting people to come out and walk or run to support this great cause.

Pre-registration is $25; or $30 the day of the event and all entries will receive a goody bag and t-shirt. Winners will be announced for overall male and female, senior male and female and City staff male and female. Refreshments will be provided before and after the race and we will run rain or shine!

We hope to see Bowling Green residents come out to support the Special Olympics and to use this great new trail.

Registration can be done online at https://playbgpr.bgky.org or by visiting 225 East Third Avenue. For more information, please contact Kim Lancaster at 270-393-3642 or kim.lancaster@bgky.org.

Have you ever wondered what the rules are at Fairview Cemetery? Maybe you haven’t unless you have loved ones buried there or you have purchased burial plots for you or your family members. Some of the more common rules are often broken and we want to explain why we have them in place.


One of the main rules that can be broken is the planting of unapproved landscaping. Often times, people come into the cemetery on a weekend and plant items for their loved ones. But we ask that before you plant, please check with the staff to make sure what you have planned is approved landscaping. We have over 30,000 burial plots on 109 acres that we maintain on a weekly basis. This includes mowing, weed eating, weed killing and general maintenance.


Another rule at Fairview Cemetery is to keep all items off the ground during mowing season. We do not want the mowers and weed eaters to accidentally destroy something that might be of sentimental value to the family member that placed it there. If you want to place something at the head of the grave, please stop by the office and we will be happy to assist you with what is allowed. Many families and friends also place beautiful artificial flower arrangements at their loved ones grave. Unfortunately, many times these arrangements come up missing. There are many reasons for this. The wind might blow them off during a storm or they weren’t placed tightly enough on the headstone or in the vases. But unfortunately, the main reason for these arrangements to disappear is theft so we ask that you not place anything sentimental or valuable at a grave.


During the second or third week of March every year we have our annual Spring Cleanup. We advertise this event for several weeks before in the newspaper, through PSA’s, at www.bgky.org, on social media, and we post signs in all three of our cemeteries which include: Fairview Cemetery #1 & #2, Mount Moriah Cemetery, and Pioneer Cemetery. The Maintenance Supervisor goes through all cemeteries and picks up old and discolored arrangements, broken items and all past holiday decorations.


If you have any questions regarding our Spring Cleanup please call our office at 270-393-3018, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.

Spring Break Camp

Spring Break is designed to give kids a break from school and to help them try new and exciting experiences while growing mentally, physically and socially. Let your child enjoy fun, games, arts & crafts, music, dance, and even a field trip at the F.O. Moxley Community Center Spring Break Camp.

The F.O. Moxley Community Center is located at 225 East Third Avenue and facilities include a game room with billiard tables and video games, a TV room with board games, two wallybally/racquetball courts and two high school regulation basketball courts.

Camp Dates are April 3 – 7 and children ages 5 to 13 are welcome (all 5 year olds must have attended kindergarten).  Registration for camp is open March 1 through March 31, 2017.  More information and registration forms are posted online at www2.bgky.org/bgpr/. Camp will be held daily from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at F.O. Moxley Center.

Space is limited for camp, and pre-registration is required. The regular weekly fee is $40 and payment is required at the time of registration. Lunch is not provided during Spring Break Camp.

If you are interested in being a Spring Break or Summer Camp Counselor for the City of Bowling Green, you can visit http://www.bgky.org/hr/jobs for more information.

For more information about Spring Break Camp, Summer Camp, or any other Parks and Recreation programs, please call 270-393-3642.

 

Spring is coming (with some saying it’s already here), which means the start of Youth Tee Ball and Coach Pitch leagues through Parks and Recreation.

The following ages and fees apply to each league:

  • Tee Ball: ages 4-6 ($45)
  • Boys Coach Pitch: ages 6-8 ($50)
  • Girls Coach Pitch: ages 6-9 ($50)

Registration for all the leagues will be held at the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation office at 225 East 3rd Avenue on:

  • Wednesday, March 1 / 3-6 pm
  • Thursday, March 2 / 3-6 pm
  • Saturday, March 4 / 10 am – 12 pm

Early Registration can be turned in prior to these dates. All games are played at Lampkin Park and players ages are based as of May 1, 2017. Birth certificates are required at registration.

 

 

 

The first session of the 2nd annual Academy for New Americans launches this Thursday, February 23.  This year’s class features 27 participants from 13 different countries: Argentina, Burkina-Faso, Burma, Burundi, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Iraq, Kenya, Japan, Mexico, Rwanda, and Ukraine.  And get this – combined they speak 18 different languages!

This year’s participants are geared up for an exceptional time!  The Academy for New Americans combines much of the same structure of a conventional Citizen’s Academy which takes an inside look at City Government services, but adds a leadership and civic engagement component.  The City has also partnered with Warren Co. Government to feature a session solely devoted to public safety and the courts.

The success of the City’s Academy for New American has created a ripple effect statewide.  At the end of June, 2016 the City of Bowling Green entered into an agreement with Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government through its Department of Economic Development to use Bowling Green’s Academy for New Americans Curriculum.

But the greatest successes are seen right here in our own community!  Take for instance 2016 Academy graduate Ghung Om, who left his native country of Burma at 17 years of age with only two pairs of pants and two shirts. Leaving his Father, Mother and twelve younger siblings behind, he arrived in Buffalo, NY June 15, 2011 through the Refugee Resettlement Program.   He visited Bowling Green, KY in 2014 and having had difficulty securing employment in Buffalo, was enticed to stay in the City after a friend promised he could find a job immediately.  He applied and landed a job the next day in Portland, TN working at a distribution center for Kroger, Inc.  After working a year and commuting to Portland, TN, Ghung Om sought assistance from the Refugee Employment Program at Community Action of Southern Kentucky and was successful at securing a full-time job at Magna International in Bowling Green, KY.

Ghung Om learned about the launch of the City-sponsored Academy for New Americans through the City’s International Communities Advisory Council and was encouraged to apply.  Ghung Om became one of seventeen participants who made up the inaugural class of the Academy for New Americans, which met monthly from February 2016 until June 2016.

Since his graduation from the Academy, Ghung Om has been able to advance within his company, he now works as a welder making $17.61 an hour.  He has invested back into the community, in the last year he has purchased a vehicle and in November 2016 received the keys to his first home in Bowling Green.

On January 5, 2017 Ghung Om took the ultimately step of allegiance, he became a newly naturalized US Citizen.  He continues to be engaged and connected to the City’s International Communities Liaison office through Academy Alumni reunions and other City services.  He dreams of one day being a business owner and providing job opportunities for others.  When asked what his plans for the future look like, he says he wants to make Bowling Green, KY his forever home.

Ghung Om is one of many success stories we can share about our Academy for New Americans!  We are thrilled of what’s in store for our 2017 class.  For more information about the Academy for New Americans watch our Spotlight on Bowling Green video here or visit our website at http://www.bgky.org/new-americans

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