The saying “Treat others as you want to be treated” certainly applies to Bob and Sandy Baker of Bergholz. The Bakers, who run Just BeClause Charity, spend the holiday season making those More »
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Fireworks are planned at Carrollton, Atwood Lake and Tappan Lake over the July 4th weekend.
An all-day celebration is planned July 2 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds, sponsored by the Ohio Appalachian Veterans Memorial and Community Center.
The event includes a breakfast, flea market, mini tractor pull, car show, band and fireworks display. Admission and parking are free. The event is supported by donations from people who attend.
The breakfast kicks off the celebration from 8-10 a.m. The flea market opens at 8 a.m. as well. A flag raising ceremony, featuring vocalist Ashlee Green, will be held at 10 a.m.
Ohio Mod Rod Pullers will compete from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the pulling track in front of the grandstand. A car show begins at noon. Food and beverage stands and a beer wagon will be open throughout the day.
Entertainment includes skydivers at 7 and 9 p.m. and the band Old School Rockers will perform beginning at 9 p.m. until the fireworks begin and return to the stage following the fireworks.
In case of rain, the fireworks will be held July 3.
The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) is hosting fireworks displays at Tappan Lake Park July 2 and Atwood Park July 4. Both events begin at dusk.
The Bakers, who run Just BeClause Charity, spend the holiday season making those less fortunate believe in the miracle of Christmas. They received their own miracle June 23 when the Amsterdam Fire Department donated their old ambulance to Just BeClause.
For nearly two decades, Bob has portrayed Santa for thousands of people, including elementary students, the mentally challenged and elderly residents in nursing homes and young children with illnesses.
Santa and his elves visited and delivered gifts and food in an old 90s ambulance. “Last December we were in Bergholz and it quit,” explained Bob. “We worked on it but have not been able to get it to run again.”
Amsterdam FD was discussing the purchase of another ambulance. “They told me last Thursday they purchased an ambulance and would I want their old one,” Bob stated. “I asked what the selling price was because times are tough.”
Amsterdam Fire Chief Jason Gallagher told Baker they didn’t want to sell it to him but to donate to Just BeClause.
“We decided we wanted to donate it to Just BeClause because of all they do for the community and unfortunate,” Gallagher said. “There isn’t a better place for it to go.”
The ambulance was delivered to the Just BeClause Workshop, a large garage the Bakers and helpers transformed into a storage area with shelves to store totes full of toys, clothing and non-perishable food items, and a separate area where the “elves” wrap gifts.
However, the ambulance was not the only surprise the department had for Just BeClause. Gallagher opened the back doors to show the Bakers and their helpers how much room there was only for them to realize it was filled with six new bicycles.
“We saved for a period of time to get a new [to us] ambulance,” Gallagher said. “We also saved to purchase the bikes to help Just BeClause.”
“This is so cool,” said Bob, who turned to Andrea Allender (the head elf) and continued, “There is so much room in here for activities.”
Just BeClause accepts donations year-round for the holiday season. They serve approximately 60 families in the Bergholz-Amsterdam area.
To make a food, toy, clothing or monetary donation, contact the Bakers at 740-768-273 or visit their Facebook page at JustBeclausecharity jbc.
By Carol McIntire
A longtime dream that turned into a vision and developed into a plan is about to come true for Carrollton Schools.
The Ohio Controlling Board last week released the first payment of state funds under the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) for the construction of a new school on SR 332 south of Carrollton.
“This is a great day for the students, staff and community of the Carrollton Exempted Village School District,” said Superintendent Dr. David Quattrochi. “Since the day I was hired here, my goal has been to give the students of Carroll County an opportunity to stay in Carroll County if they so desire and to make a good living.”
Both Quattrochi and Director of Programs Ed Robinson acknowledged the foresight and creativity that went into the project.
“The forward thinking of former superintendent Larry Pontuti to purchase this farm 25 years ago was incredible,” said Robinson. “I’m sure he took a lot of heat at that time, but how many school districts today get the opportunity to build a new school and not have to buy land?”
The 61 percent local share of the $38 million Segment One cost is coming from Carroll County Energy in the form a yearly payment of $1.3 million for 30 years negotiated by Quattrochi. “We are building a new school without going to the taxpayers for a levy,” he said.
The first payment of $488,000 will be used for design and pre-construction services. Robinson said the land survey is complete and soil borings are underway on the land where the school will be constructed. Robinson said the goal is to tie the new school campus into the football field.
“We would like to build a locker room on the west end of the football field and tie that into the campus entrance,” he said. “We already have an entrance to the property which we could use as an entrance to the campus. The plan is to extend that driveway around the back of the campus and use the lower drive at the ball fields to complete the loop.”
The architect for the project, Lesko Architecture of Cleveland, developed a plan for a 243,428 square foot campus designed with separate pods for elementary, middle and high schools. The pods will connect to a central cafeteria, kitchen, gymnasiums and auditorium. The learning spaces are flexible, adaptable and sustainable to support the district’s collaborative, student-centered and problem-based approach to learning, according to Robinson.
“We already have the POWER (Providing Opportunities with Exceptional Results) Center and great outdoor learning stations on the farm and we want to continue to use the four miles of trails constructed under the guidance of Amy Miller and improve upon them,” Robinson said. “We want to utilize our beautiful surroundings in our educational program. How many schools get to do that?”
Quattrochi said segment one includes a building for grades 9-12 but noted that will change this fall and plans are to construct a building for grades 6-12.
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The building will include classrooms, or pods as they are now called, two gymnasiums, an auditorium with 500-550 seats, a centralized kitchen and two eating areas.
At this point, the plan is to bring PreK-5 students from Augusta and Dellroy into Carrollton and move all students into the high school building, but preserve the elementary building for the time being, since it is connected to the high school. The plan is to demolish the Bell-Herron building, but preserve the new Bell-Herron gym.
Quattrochi said additional discussion is needed on the future of the Fine Arts Wing at the high school, once a new elementary pod is constructed at the new site.
“We also need to have discussion about the present buildings at the farm, which include the house and the barn,” he said. “Robinson said the goal is to incorporate the history and possibly some of the materials from both buildings into the new school. The farm was established in 1872 and we understand the importance of history and want to preserve it.”
Working with Lesko, the goal is to share plans with teachers when they return to school this fall, have the final design completed by end of October, break ground in March 2017 and open the building to students for the 2018-19 school year.
There is no timetable for the completion of Segment II at this time. “The cost of the entire campus is about $60 million at this time,” said Robinson. “Our goal, of course, is to begin construction as soon as possible, to keep the cost as close to that as possible, but we will have to secure funding for that segment prior to construction.”
By Carol McIntire
The food service staff for Carrollton Schools will be serving up free meals to any student in the district under the age of 18 for the next five weeks.
Barabara Burns, director of Nutrition Services for the district, said the staff will provide a free “grab-n-go” breakfast snack and noon meal Monday through Thursday from July 5 through Aug. 5. The breakfast snack will be served from 9-10 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Both will be available in the cafeteria.
Burns said the snack will be simple such as milk and cereal, a cheese stick and a cereal bar, fruit juice and a pop tart or a yogurt cup and granola.
Lunch will include some of the cafeteria favorites from the school year such as the turkey sub, chicken patty and pizza meals.
“All will meet USDA guidelines,” Burns noted. “A really nice aspect of this program is that we can incorporate fresh vegetables from the school garden into our menu. We are really excited about that aspect.”
The program is part of the state’s Seamless Summer Program. Carrollton Schools qualify to participate in the program due to the percentage of students enrolled in the free and reduced breakfast and lunch program during the school year.
“Approximately 55 percent of the students in the elementary school are eligible for the program,” she explained. The Seamless Summer program combines features from the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Summer Food Service Program. The goal is to make it easier to feed children from low-income areas during the traditional summer vacation period.”
Burns noted every child under the age of 18 in the school district is welcome.
“There are no forms to fill out, no income guidelines, no requirements,” she said. “If there are a group of children at a church camp, they are welcome to attend. It is open to anyone. In fact, I would love to feed the entire football team!” she said.
Burn said in Ohio in 2014, 3,920 children, or 13.7 percent of the county’s 28,539 residents, were food insecure, which means they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
“We want to provide those children with the food they need so they are ready to learn when they return to the classroom in August,” she said.
Those wishing to participate should enter the cafeteria through the doors on Second St. NE near the entrance to the elementary school.
Zucchini Madness will hit the Carrollton Farmers Market July 2 from 8 a.m. to noon.
OSU Extension, Family and Consumer Science is spotlighting zucchini with recipes and nutrition information handouts. Zucchini races for kids will begin at 11 a.m. Kids can bring their own zucchini or use one provided. OSU Extension will provide wheels and the track. Contestants may cut, shape, and/or decorate their zucchini or leave it in its natural form! A table and supplies will be available for customizing zucchini racers. Ribbons will be awarded for race winners in each heat.
For questions or more information, contact Cheryl Mickley at OSU Extension at 330-627-4310.