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Christmas arrives at Browse ‘N Buy Store!

CARROLLTON – The shelves at Community Hospice Browse ‘N Buy Store are loaded with Christmas decorations, gifts and wrappings.

The Carrollton store accepts donations of Christmas related items year round in anticipation for the holiday season. New items are displayed daily and include Santa and snowman decorations, Christmas CDs and DVDs, reindeer, stocking holders and more.

Along with the holiday items, the store features a variety of clothing, household items, shoes, purses, books, toys and small furniture items.

Ruritan candy ready to please sweet tooth!

The annual Carrollton Ruritan Candy sale is underway.

Boxes of assorted chocolates are available to purchase at Ace Hardware, Archer’s Restaurant, Airport Restaurant and Consumer’s National Bank.

Cost is $7 per box. Boxes can also be purchased from any Ruritan member or by calling Kenny Scott at 330-627-5008.

Ruritan members Ralph Lucas, president; John Rutledge; and Scott Rutledge, vice president; stand with packed boxes ready for sale. Secretary Kenny Scott was delivering boxes to sale locations and was absent when the photo was taken.

Members and helpers gathered at Carroll Court to pack numerous boxes.

Favor for family leads to business venture

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


Kristen Huffman fills a pan with cake batter as she prepares to fill an order for “Kristen’s Confections”.

CARROLL COUNTY – A favor for a relative resulted in a career for Kristen Huffman.

In May 2015, Huffman’s aunt asked her to make a graduation cake for her preschool class. She decided on a three-layer cake with a nursery rhyme theme featuring Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffett and Hey Diddle Diddle. Each layer was a different color and at the top sat Humpty Dumpty on his wall. Little did Huffman know, that was the beginning of Kristen’s Confections.

Huffman has been working out of her home and recently purchased a home in Hanoverton. She has also been working on remodeling a building in Minerva where she will open a bakery.

Huffman comes from a large family who cooks and bakes, but no one specifically made cakes. After creating the preschool graduation cake, Huffman began searching for cake recipes to try. Finding a chocolate recipe was easy, she admitted. But she had to try several before she found a vanilla recipe she liked. She bakes from scratch and tries to buy ingredients locally, such as butter and eggs.

Having no formal training, Huffman watched videos, researched and practiced. She makes a variety of flavors of cakes for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings or family gatherings.

The eagle has landed at the FFA Camp

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


Dan Kidd uses a regular chainsaw to carve an eagle from an oak tree marked for removal at FFA Camp Muskingum. Kidd worked over 20 hours completing the project.

Todd Davis (left), director of FFA Camp Muskingum, stands with Dan Kidd and the eagle Kidd carved from a white oak tree marked for removal. The carving is located at the edge of the parking lot near the camp kitchen.

A tree marked for removal + a man with a chainsaw = a majestic piece of art.

A white oak tree, which stood majestically by a gathering area off the parking lot at FFA Camp Muskingum, was marked for removal.

“Forestry officials told me it’s on borrowed time,” Todd Davis, camp director, said. “Several branches were dying and where it was located made it unsafe for kids to be near.”

Davis did not want to remove the tree but knew it had to be cut for safety reasons. He remembered meeting a chainsaw carver while he was working on a carving at Camp Firebird. A phone call to Dan Kidd of Conotton Creek Woodworks of Scio led to a carving of an eagle by the parking lot.

Kidd worked more than 20 hours over three days carving and painting/staining the eagle. The white on the eagle’s head is paint. Kidd used a torch to burn the body and then stained it to create the dark color.

Generous donation doubles number of children who will receive weekly Blessing in a Backpack

Members of the Caring, Helping and Sharing (CHS) Club donate their time each Thursday to pack bags for the Blessings in a Backpack program. They sort and deliver the bags to various classrooms.
They include (from left clockwise): Ashlee Sheppard, Holly Sheppard, Lily Reed, Emily Schaar, Raegan Sears, CHS Club Advisor Belinda Mach, Avery Toothman, Adam Arbogast, Kenny Barkan, Haven Krichbaum, Lexi Swearingen, Alex Ulman, Erica McCauley and Diana Gomez.

CARROLL COUNTY – An $8,000 donation will allow nearly 300 school age children to participate in the “Blessing in a Backpack” program.

Carrollton Schools cafeteria was working under a grant from the Carroll County Health Department, preparing 146 backpacks each week. The grant ended Sept. 30.

Utica East Midstream, LLC, presented the donation asking for the funds to be used during the 2017-18 school year. A letter from an area manager stated, “Given there are 40 weeks between school and holiday breaks, we are asking $200 be used weekly.”

Barb Burns, cafeteria supervisor and a registered dietician, explained the donation will allow almost double the amount of children to participate.

Blessings in a Backpack is designed to provide non-perishable food every Friday to identified school children who would benefit from supplemental nourishment over the weekend.

Each Thursday, members of the Caring, Helping and Sharing (CHS) Club pack disposable bags with two entrée items, two breakfast items and two healthy snacks. Burns orders the food, and with having the specific amount to spend, will be able to add additional food to the bag most weeks.

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