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FootGolf

FootGolf is a growing sports trend that has found its way to the USA from its origins in Europe.  Last fall, BGPR installed a nine-hole course at the Golf Course at RiverView and offered our inaugural event, “FootGolf Doubles Cup” in November.  We had a tremendous response and are now excited to announce that, beginning in April, we will offer regular opportunities to play more footgolf.

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Here’s the scoop on this new BGPR program:

“What is FootGolf?”

Footgolf is a pretty simple concept; the game combines soccer and golf.  All the equipment you need to play is a soccer ball and your foot.  No clubs!  The goal is to put the regulation size soccer ball (size 5) into a 21′ diameter cup in the fewest amount of kicks.

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“Where is the FootGolf course?”

The Golf Course at RiverView has installed a nine-hole FootGolf course within the nine-hole golf course.

“When can I play?”

The Golf Course at RiverView has set aside Monday and Friday evenings as FootGolf times.  BGPR will also look to offer routine Foot Golf special events! Riverview is located at 1200 West Main Street.

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“What’s the cost?”

The cost is the same as playing regular golf at RiverView (WHICH IS SUPER CHEAP!!).  18 holes with a cart = $17; 18 holes walking = $6; 9 holes with a cart = $12, and 9 holes walking =$5.

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“How long does it take to play 9 holes?”

FootGolf is roughly (no golf pun intended) at least twice as fast to play as regular golf.  Just consider that you are using the same club (your foot) around the entire course.

Want more information about this exciting new game?  Call BGPR at 270-393-3249 and we would be happy to answer any of your questions not listed.

Want to know more about BGPR, please visit www.bgky.org.

 

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.

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The Annual Household Hazardous Waste and E-scrap Collection Day will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greenwood High School (5065 Scottsville Road).  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.

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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.

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Arbor Day 2016

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.

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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.

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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 16, 2016 at Kereiakes Park from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.

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A variety of trees will be given away during Arbor Day including Red Maple, Kousa Dogwood, and White Pine. In total there will be 1,900 saplings available on a first come first served basis.

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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.

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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.

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

 

I met M’munga Ramadhani soon after his arrival to the City of Bowling Green in 2012.  A young father in his early 30’s, M’munga had already experienced more in life than most people do in a lifetime.  His eagerness to be involved and to learn compelled me to ask him to join the newly formed International Communities Advisory Council.   Soon after, I learned more about his life. He was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he and his family were displaced because of Civil War and unrest.  In 2000 he finally made it to a refugee Camp in Tanzania where he lived for 10 years before being resettled as a refugee in the United States.

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Today M’munga and his wife along with his 7 children have built a new life in Bowling Green, KY far away from the dangers of war.  Both parents work at nearby factories and recently purchased their first home in Bowling Green and soon plan to pursue U.S. Citizenship.  M’munga is who we call a New American.

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Capitalizing on the skills and leadership capacities of individuals like M’munga, the City recently launched the inaugural Academy for New Americans.  The first ever initiative of its kind in the State of Kentucky, the Academy  is a free leadership-training program that empowers New Americans to understand and participate in City Government. The purpose of the program is to provide New Americans the tools necessary to successfully navigate City services, community information and resources in order to become key stakeholders in assisting their respective ethnic communities and neighborhoods.

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The Academy for New Americans welcomed 17 participants who collectively represent 8 different countries and speak 12 different languages.  The largest participant group comes from Burma, with representatives also from Chile, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Peru and Rwanda.  Participants were selected through an application process on a first-come, first-serve basis.  To meet and learn more about the participants of the 2016 class follow this link: http://www.bgky.org/new-americans/2016

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Through the Academy for New Americans, participants will:

  1. Gain an in-depth understanding of City government services. Government services vary greatly from country to country; often times they may be non-existent or unreliable.
  2. Have greater accessibility to existing City and community resources. Language barriers, lack of knowledge, and lack of access are some of the obstacles that New Americans encounter in accessing services. The Academy for New Americans will help bridge the gap in accessing existing resources.
  3. Build leadership capacity. Leadership is viewed and interpreted in many different ways across the world. The Academy for New Americans will offer culturally appropriate pedagogy in leadership skills for the successful integration into American culture.
  4. Become part of the larger community network. Participants will connect to existing network in the community, broadening their opportunities to actively participate in leadership roles.

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The Academy for New Americans consists of day-long sessions meeting the third Thursday of every month, culminating with a graduation at the end of June.  Sessions focus on the following topics, in no particular order: City Government Services, Public Safety and the Courts, Citizenship and Civic Engagement, Leadership Development, and Volunteerism and Community Engagement.

If you are interested in learning more about the Academy for New Americans please contact Leyda Becker at (270)393-3766 or email me at leyda.becker@bgky.org

Scam Tips ~ Ronnie Ward

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

BGPD Junior Police Academy

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Many people in the City of Bowling Green are familiar with the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) hosted by the Bowling Green Police Department each year. The CPA is a 10 week course for adults 18 years of age and over which provides an opportunity to learn first-hand about police operations through a series of classes and hands on demonstrations.

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In addition to the CPA, the BGPD holds a two day Junior Police Academy camp every year for student’s age 10 to 13 years old. The class takes place at Safety City in front of Greenwood High School on Scottsville Road and at the Bowling Green Police Department at 911 Kentucky Street.

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This year’s Junior Police Academy will be held June 20th 21st and 22nd.

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This action packed program covers several aspects of police work including presentations on patrol operations, the BGPD K9 unit, the Critical Response Team, traffic safety, Crime Scene Processing and much more. Students will have a hands-on experience with staff by getting their finger prints taken, testing their traffic safety skills, trying on equipment and getting up close and personal with a patrol car. Campers will also experience a jail tour, BGPD tour, and a mock trial at the Warren County Justice Center. Lunches, t-shirts, caps, transportation and back packs are provided.

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The cost of the Junior Police Academy is $50. The June 2016 class will enroll at the Bowling Green Ball Park on April 26th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and we look forward to welcoming new students each and every year.  If you or your child has an interest in the Bowling Green Police Department and learning more about the organization, please call 270-393-BGPD.

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Cemetery Spring Cleanup

Have you ever wondered why Fairview Cemetery has so many rules?  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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pickle Ball

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Pickle Ball is currently all the rage, and the City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department offers play from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at the F.O. Moxley Center. There is a $2.00 registration fee and all ages are welcome.

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Pickle Ball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Pickle Ball combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and is played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. The game is played with a paddle and plastic ball.

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Pickle Ball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum – whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities are credited for creating game. Pickle Ball has evolved from original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada. The game is growing internationally as well with many European and Asian countries adding courts. ‘

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A Pickle Ball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. In Pickle Ball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the “kitchen”). Courts can be constructed specifically for Pickle Ball or they can be converted using existing tennis or badminton courts.

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Popularity is growing with all ages but especially with seniors and youth. Come out to join the City of Bowling Green in experiencing this great activity.

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Potholes

The City of Bowling Green has experienced a significant amount of snow again this winter along with multiple freeze and thaw temperature cycles.  This type of weather can often cause potholes to develop.

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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, please contact our City Central Division at 270-393-3444 to report it, or visit the City’s website at www.bgky.org and select the service request link.

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Please remember that pot holes need to be on City owned roads in order for us to repair them. Below is a quick lesson on roads:

If a road has a number on it, it is State maintained. This is not always easy to determine.  For example, nearly everyone who lives in or travels through Bowling Green knows of Scottsville Road.  While the average motorist may call it Scottsville Road, its official name is KY 231.  Other examples include, Nashville Road (31-W), Russellville Road (68/80), and Three Springs Road (844) to name a few.  These “number roads” are maintained by the State regardless of whether or not they are located in the City or County limits.  As such, the City and County have no authority over the way these roads are maintained.

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In addition to State maintained roads, the County is responsible for roads and streets as you leave the City limits. Often times, one road may be partially maintained by the City and partially by the County.  A good example of this type of situation is Dishman Lane/Dishman Lane Extension/Cave Mill Road (why this same stretch of road has three different names is the subject of a whole other blog post) which connects Russellville Road and Scottsville Road running in an East to West direction.  This road meanders in and out of the City and County limits more times than it has names. J

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We know this can be confusing.  If you want more information, please visit the GIS section of the City website at http://www.bgky.org/gis/ to get a good idea of where the City/County boundaries are.

The City continually tracks pothole statistics throughout the years.  Within the last three years, Public Works has repaired an average of over 450 potholes annually.  Peak repair months are January through March and the average response time to repair a pothole is six days from the initial report.

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We would like to thank the citizens of Bowling Green in advance for your assistance in making our streets better and safer.

Lampkin Park has a long history of serving our community through the many years of youth tee-ball and coaches pitch games, pony tail softball, teen baseball, adult softball, tennis, basketball, futsol, volleyball and the Warren County Jaycees fair. Lampkin Park has long played a major role for our city’s residents and visitors alike.

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Beginning in 2008, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation began making many renovations to ensure Lampkin Park will be just as prominent in Bowling Green’s future as it has been in our past. Improved restrooms, renovated dugouts on multiple fields, and new score boxes were some of our first endeavors.

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Now we are onto constructing our department’s single largest shelter — a 34 x 60 shelter that will seat over 140 people.  The former shelter provided many memories from family reunions to summer picnics. We know the new shelter will be just as popular and will serve this community for decades to come.  We are looking for a completion date this spring and can’t be more excited about this project.

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Furthermore, we’ve got even bigger plans for the upcoming years. Want to know more, you might want to check out our newly approved master plan.  Find it on www.bgky.org under the parks tab.

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