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Depression era Scouting charters find way home from New York

Mark Walters (left) holds the charter for Boy Scout Troop 40 in Carrollton from the 1930s and Jim Painting holds the scoutmaster certification. The items were donated to The Ashton House Museum by Boy Scout Troop 141 where Walters serves as scoutmaster. Shown in the display case between the men is a copy of a 1944 Boys Life Scouting Magazine sent to John Ashton during his tenure as a scoutmaster.

CARROLLTON – After more than 80 years, two Boy Scout charters have returned to Carrollton and become part of The Ashton House Museum collection.

Mark Walters, scoutmaster of Troop 141, received a call in February from Mark Wells, Carrollton village administrator, regarding a letter addressed to the village. The letter was from Don McMahon who lives in Williston Park, NY.

The letter stated, “I have been involved with the Boy Scouts of America since I was a young boy here in New York, and have been an adult leader now for over 20 years. I am writing to you this afternoon, in hopes of putting these pieces of Carrollton history to some good purpose.”

McMahon acquired the charters for Troop #40 for 1934 and 1935 and the certifications from the National Council for Scoutmaster Moreland at a yard sale. He planned to turn them over to a local scouting unit but was unable to find one, so he mailed them to the village.

McMahon closed his letter saying, “Carrollton should be proud that, in the midst of the Great Depression, men, like Scoutmaster Moreland and his assistant, Mr. Butler, stepped forward to help keep young boys on the right track.”

Walters has been involved with the scouting program for nearly 20 years, serving most of the time as scoutmaster.

John T. “Ted” Rhuark, 84

John T. “Ted” Rhuark, 84, formerly of Massillon and East Canton, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in Genesis Hospital, Zanesville, OH.

Born June 10, 1933, in Dayton, he was a son to the late Elwood and Ida “Sid” (Campbell) Rhuark.

He was a Massillon resident for two years and formerly of East Canton for more than 20 years. Ted was a U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran. He retired from the U.S. Army reserves after 22 years where he served with the Army Security Agency. Ted was also retired from RTI Technologies Inc. He was a member of the Massillon Church of Christ, life member of the American Legion, Lowell D. Oberly American Legion Post #667 for 22 years, Massillon American Legion Post #0221 and the G.D.I. Club.

He is survived by his wife, Julia Ann Rhuark; 11 children, Lisa (Lewis) Miller, Larry (Sue) Kessler, Ron (Pam) Kessler, Carol (Randy) Sauers, Barney (Barb) Kessler, Barb (Doug) Slabaugh, Jane (Ray) Kmatz, Rich (Kris) Kessler, Tob (Mary Ann) Coss, Todd (Jennifer) Coss and Timothy (Tara) Coss; 23 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and one sister, Judith Eynon of Carrollton.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Georgia Munn; second wife, Anne E. Rhuark in 2012; and one grandson, Kevin Kessler in 2010.

Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. in Sanders Funeral Home in East Canton with Glenn Hawkins officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday from 1 – 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care, 713 Forest Ave., Zanesville, OH 43701 or the American Legion.

Sanders Funeral Home


Dental van delivers services to residents through HARCATUS

CARROLLTON – Senior citizens and those who meet income guidelines may qualify for dental services offered through HARCATUS.

The St. Elizabeth Mobile Dental Service van will make stops at the HARCATUS office located at 276 Second St. SW, Carrollton, on the following days: Aug. 29, Sept. 21, Oct. 25, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21. Services are by appointment only.

Services offered include: oral exams, teeth cleanings, sealants, tooth extraction, fillings, fluoride treatments, x-rays, denture adjustments, oral hygiene instruction, oral cancer screenings, referrals and education.

“This is very exciting,” said Bonnie Mitchell, director of HARCATUS in Carrollton. “Many of our low-income families and seniors don’t have the opportunity to have dental care.”

A three-person staff, including a dentist and dental hygienist, provide services on the St. Elizabeth Mobile Dental Service van. They are usually able to see two patients at a time.

To schedule an appointment or for more information such as fee schedule, call Mitchell at HARCATUS at 330-627-4101.

Annual extravaganza marks end of summer; back to school

With the first day of school right around the corner, the annual Back to School Safety and Wellness Extravaganza will take place Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Carroll County Fairgrounds just north of Carrollton on SR 9 (Kensington Rd.).

Safe Kids Carroll County wants to help kick off the school year right by inviting the public to the event.

Free school supplies and a healthy weekend lunch will be provided to Carroll County school age through fifth grade students. Children must be present in order to receive school supplies. Those attending can participate in a variety of interactive safety and wellness stations providing education on safety in the home, vehicles, sun and water. Along with safety tips for playing sports and riding a bike. Information on nutrition, physical activity and more will be available. Free haircuts, raffles and giveaways will also be provided.

The Carroll County Early Childhood Coordinating Committee will sponsor free preschool screenings that include hearing, vision, dental and medical screenings. Parents must bring child’s shot record for screening. The Carroll County General Health District Nursing Division will check immunization records to make sure the child is up to date.

The Back to School Safety and Wellness Extravaganza is hosted by Safe Kids Carroll County, which is led by the Carroll County General Health District.

For more information on this event and Safe Kids, contact Michelle Genetin, Safe Kids Carroll County coordinator at 330-627-4866 ext. 1556.

Garden Club bringing floral aspect to art displays

Suburban Garden Club members Liz Sweeney (left) and Linda Shotwell stand by a watercolor painting on display at the Carroll County Arts Center and a floral display interpretation. More paintings and floral interpretations will be on display in the Arts Center during the Flower Show Aug. 17-19.

Two area non-profits have joined forces to bring “Posies and Paintings,” a flower and art show to the public.

The Suburban Garden Club is working in conjunction with the Carroll County Arts on the community outreach project. For the show, garden club members will choose a painting and make a floral interpretation to be placed nearby. The display will be held Aug. 17-19 in the Carroll County Arts Center in Carrollton.

The Suburban Garden Club does several other community outreach projects annually. They plant and tend flowerbeds at the Carrollton Safety Building, Kiddie Land Park and on S. Lisbon St. beside the McCook House Civil War Museum.

Club members send birthday cards and flowers to residents at the Carroll Golden Age Retreat on Kensington Rd. The club donated bouquets for the Carroll County Fair Royalty and Carrollton High School Homecoming Queen.

They make and decorate a themed tree for the McCook House Christmas Open House, hang holiday wreaths on village street sign posts and donate to Community Christmas and Coats for Kids.

The Suburban Garden Club was instrumental in placing and landscaping a Blue Star Memorial marker honoring members of the Armed Forces who have served, are serving or will serve. The Blue Star marker is located at the south end of Public Square and is part of a national project of garden clubs across the United States.

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