Sentinel-Tribune: Dinner Dialogue brings community and BGSU together over opioid crisis

We wanted to devise an educational / prevention program that would be the most effective.

This type of Dialogue Presentation Program allows audience participation with the purpose of not only asking questions, but also suggesting answers.

This Dialogue Program promises to be very educational and will be most effective in terms of prevention.

–Commissioner Ted Bowlus

Read the Sentinel-Tribune article here.

State of the County Address

The Wood County Commissioners will deliver a State of the County address on March 13 in the Alvin Perkins Atrium at the Wood County Courthouse.

Ted Bowlus, Doris Herringshaw and Craig LaHote will present the 2019 program beginning at 8 a.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

Speakers will include Bowlus, Herringshaw, LaHote, Wood County Common Pleas Judge Alan Mayberry, Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich and Wood County Clerk of Courts Cindy Hofner.

This event is free and open to the public.

Attendees are asked to park in the lot east of the courthouse off Summit Street. All spaces (except those with a meter) are free to people on county business.

RSVP to the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce by March 12 by calling 419-353-7945 or emailing

From the Sentinel Tribune article Local Briefs: 3-4-19
Pemberville Ohio’s Priceless Pancakes 5th Anniversary

Pemberville Ohio’s Priceless Pancakes 5th Anniversary

The Priceless Pancake crew served more than 100 meals on their 5th anniversary at First United Presbyterian Church in Pemberville, Ohio. Pancakes are free of charge to all on the last Saturday of every month.

Pictured From left to right: Tom Bowlus (chief flipper), Larry Tussing (Chief Operating Officer), Ted Bowlus (Specialty Pancake Chef), and Tom Swartz (Quality Control Engineer).

Not pictured are Pastor Jim Miller, Larry the Deliverer (not from Deliverance), Jim and Rose Jones, Dave and Ruth Wigent, and of course Shelly, Sheila, and Sherry, the CEOs.

Battling The Ohio Opioid Epidemic in Wood County

Battling The Ohio Opioid Epidemic in Wood County

Unfortunately, Ohio has the distinction of having one of the nation’s highest rates of opiate deaths, with 4,139 dying of overdoses in 2016–an average of 11.3 people a day. Wood County has not been immune to the Ohio Opioid Epidemic. In 2016 there were at least 16 opiate overdose deaths in Wood County.

Commissioner Ted Bowlus is working as a member of the Wood County Opiate Task Force, which has helped to develop an Addiction Response Collaborative program (ARC). The ARC is a multi-pronged approach to battling Wood County’s opioid crisis. It is a hybrid form of the Drug Abuse Response Team (DART), which is currently implemented in Lucas County, Ohio. The intent of ARC is to obtain treatment for overdose victims and other drug offenders. With certain offenders, the program can be implemented instead of placing offenders into the traditional court system.

In order to implement the program, ARC has been placed under the umbrella of Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson’s office. Prosecutor Dobson has designated a Coordinator, Belinda Brooks, who is responsible for following up with cases and keeping records. Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylysyn has also designated a Deputy, Ryan Richards, who is assigned to cases from the perspective of law enforcement.

The Wood County Opiate Task Force is working on the narcotic epidemic from many different angles, including education, drug awareness and prevention, and advocating for legislative changes. The Task Force will continue its work until we control this deadly epidemic in our county and, hopefully, across Ohio.

For more information about the Wood County Opiate Task Force, visit their Facebook Page.

Click here for useful links about the Ohio Opioid Epidemic.

Do you or someone you know in the greater Toledo Ohio area need mental health or addiction assistance? Dial 211 to talk to the Northwest Ohio Recovery Helpline to receive mental health and addiction treatment.

Wood County Commissioners Visit Washington, DC

Vice President Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence


Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue


On August 29 2017, Wood County Commissioners Dr. Ted Bowlus, Doris Herringshaw, and Craig LaHote gathered in Washington D.C., along with 77 other Ohio County Commissioners. This is the first time in the history of the United States that County Commissioners were invited to Washington DC to meet with federal government officials. The purpose of this gathering at the nation’s capital was for Ohio’s County Commissioners to open up the lines of communication between local and federal governments, and also for the Commissioners to learn more about how the federal government operates. Individual invitations eventually will be issued to each of the fifty states’ County Commissioners. Ohio is the fourth state to receive such an invitation. read more…