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Childhood dream becomes reality for Doug Ash

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


Doug Ash is carving a model of Shasta, a Golden Retriever from Golden Acres, nursing 10 puppies. The finished carving will go to Shasta’s owner, Mary Ann Smith.

PERRYSVILLE – A school field trip left a lasting impression on a young boy who, years later, is embarking on a new career.

Doug Ash of Perrysville has been drawing since he could hold a pencil in his hand. In second grade, his class toured the Warther Museum in Dover. Ernest “Mooney” Warther’s carvings made such an impression, Ash said, “From then I wanted to be a wood carver. They would give out one small pair of carved pliers to a lucky child in the class. I didn’t get them.”

Ash feels he has taken steps in his life that have led him to opening a wood carving business. He does not have an official name yet, but he is in the process of establishing the business side. Often times, his creations can be seen in his yard located at 7037 Scio Rd. near Perrysville.

Ash began whittling wood and took art class in high school, graduating from Carrollton in 2000. After high school, he held some miscellaneous jobs before coming back to his artistic talent. He became a tattoo artist and, with his fiancé, Erica Burrier, opened a shop in Minerva.

While in Minerva, he met Joel Bowman who owns Bowman Tree Service. Bowman now supplies the pine logs Ash uses for carving.

Community, friends come together to help dairy operation after fire destroys milk house

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


The Frase family stand near the milk house that was damaged by a March 18 fire. They were able to continue milking their cows thanks to the assistance from many friends, family, and neighbors.
Shown above are (from left): Kelly Frase, LuAnne Frase (pink jacket), Chloe Frase, London Frase and Liberty Frase standing in front of Lois Frase.
Standing behind are: Kenneth Frase holding son, Ledger Frase, Dennis Frase, Gary Frase, Rammie Frase, Chelsea Frase holding daughter, Remington, and Shelbi Frase.

WAYNESBURG – Thanks to quick thinking and help from friends, daily milking continues for the Lois Frase family after a fire severely damaged the milk house March 18.

The farm is located at 6647 June Rd., Waynesburg, where Lois and her late husband, Ray, farmed. Their children assist her in operating the farm. Dennis (Rammie) works full-time on the farm, while brothers Gary (Robin) and Kenneth (LuAnne) and sister, Kelly Frase, work off the farm and pitch in daily. All the Frase siblings live on an area of the farm.

The cattle were inside the barn waiting to be milked and hay was stacked in the upstairs of the barn when the fire occurred.

Lois Frase headed to the barn to begin morning milking around 6 a.m. and walked into the milk house like any other day. She saw the clock lying on the floor and wondered why it had fallen down. Then she saw smoke. Seeing fire in the ceiling, she quickly went outside, closed the door and dialed 911.

Chloe, Dennis and Rammie’s youngest daughter, spent the night with Lois and called her Uncle Gary. When he answered the phone, Gary said he knew he was running late. “No Uncle Gary, there is a fire,” Chloe told him. He and girlfriend, Robin, rushed over. Gary turned off the gas, grabbed the fire extinguishers and tried to cut the flames down. They went into the barn that was so thick with smoke, they couldn’t hardly see to walk.

Discover Minerva offers variety of gifts for Mother’s Day

MINERVA – There’s still time for some last-minute Mother’s Day shopping at Minerva’s Discover Downtown Friday, May 11, from 5-9 p.m., on N. Market St.

The Market Street Art Spot will feature the work of Ruth Koomler, a painter, basket weaver and designer, as well as live music by Roger Romeo and refreshments, 5-9 p.m.

Sphon’s CCW & Armory and Simply Scarves . . . and Such will be open until 7 p.m., with Simply Scarves featuring LuLaRoe leggings. Treasured Sensations will be open until 8 p.m., hosting Rebecca Kerr, jewelry stylist from Premier Designs Jewelry, 5-8 p.m., and featuring newly arrived handmade items and Mother’s Day specials.

The Minerva Historical Society’s Haas Museum will be open 6-8 p.m.

The Roxy Theatre will host a pop-up shop, including Blackburn Bath & Beauty, Doterra, Kris’ $5 Bling Corner, Usborne Books, DeeLightful Stitching, and more. Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival 50/50 raffle tickets will be for sale in the Roxy. Tickets will be sold through the festival May 19, with the drawing taking place at 7 p.m.

Que Pasa Mexican Restaurant will be open until 10:30 p.m. and Sandy Springs Brewing Company until 10 p.m.

For more information, contact the Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-868-7979 or

Living Art Series is new addition to Arts Center classes

CARROLLTON – The Carroll County Arts Center is featuring a Living Art Series featuring a variety of plants.

The series is hosted by Barbara Burns, director of Nutrition Services for Carrollton Schools, and her sister-in-law, Jackie Pozderac, Carrollton High School art teacher.

After the success of the first class where participants created a succulent container garden and learned how to care for succulents, they decided to continue the series.

The second class is May 19 from 10-11:30 a.m. at The Ashton House Museum and is an introductory workshop on culinary herbs. During the “hands-on” event, participants will learn how to plant and care for these useful, incredible edibles that take meals from ordinary to extraordinary! (You may not miss the salt shaker!) Attendees will walk away with a lovely herb planter, new skills and a handy recipe packet. The class will also make homemade herb butter. 

Barto named commander of Carrollton American Legion Post 428

CARROLLTON – New officers were inducted during the May 3 meeting of American Legion Post 428.
Fred Barnett, a past commander, served as installing officer.
Officers include (from left): Rodger Barto, commander; John McLoney, past commander; Fred Barnett, Jr., first vice commander; Tom Barnett, financial officer and chaplain; Larry Tasker, post adjuant; and Gary Boone, sergeant at arms and service officer. Glenn George, Sr., second vice commander, was absent when the photo was taken.

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