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Window gets new life with custom made, stained glass replacement

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


Carl Smith holds the completed frame which is ready for installation.

HARLEM SPRINGS – Carl Smith has done carpentry work for 40 years and recently put his skills to work on rebuilding, creating and installing a stained glass window in the Lee Twp. Community Building in Harlem Springs.

The building, a former Methodist Church, was built in 1884 and the bottom of the original window was rotten. Smith and the trustees determined it was not worth repairing and Smith was asked to build a new one. The old window was filled with clear glass and had only five glass panels still intact.

Smith decided to install large panels of stained glass held in place with wood instead of going the traditional way with lead kame. This would be more cost effective and less time consuming.

It took Smith about three months of working in the evenings to complete the window. He chose poplar wood to build the window due to it holding up well outdoors. He drew the pattern on the wood and began cutting the shapes out to make a star. He used a router on the edges and hand carved all the points of the triangle shapes.

T-shirt sales help hurricane victims

Riley Sprague (left), Celia Meek and Alaina Ulman model “Warrriors Give Back” t-shirts.

CARROLLTON – Residents can buy a t-shirt locally and help those displaced by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Carrollton High School junior Celia Meek was on social media watching reports of the destruction and what was happening in the areas hit by Hurricane Harvey.

“I thought, we do fundraisers all the time,” Meek explained. “Why not do one and give back to the hurricane victims.”

She approached Renee Sprague at Pieces with Purpose about working together on the fundraiser. Sprague gave Meek three designs to choose from. By the time the design was chosen, Hurricane Irma roared through. Both decided to add Irma victims to the fundraiser.

The shirts are $15 each regardless of size. They can be purchased through Meek or by stopping at Pieces with Purpose located at 581 6th St. NW, in Carrollton. Sales will be ongoing through the end of October.

Proceeds will be given to the American Red Cross and split between Texas and Florida.

Erich Haas publishes second book in baseball trilogy

Erich Haas holds son, Alex, and a copy of his second book in the baseball trilogy “The Quest for the Tri-County Trophy.”

CARROLL COUNTY – Erich Haas has come out swinging in the second inning.

He has completed book two in the three-book series based on a fictional high school baseball team. “The Quest for the Tri-County Trophy: The Season” is available for purchase.

Main character Ricky Cooper returns in book two as the catcher and senior captain for the Beaver Falls High baseball team. Winning the Tri County Trophy has been his goal since he was a child, after seeing the great Louie Parker and his teammates celebrate atop a hay wagon while parading the award through the streets of Beaver Falls.

Cooper, along with a seasoned team of ball players, have the ability to capture the coveted trophy. However when the season begins, so do the distractions.

Girl Scouts efforts earn them prestigious Silver Award

Hailey Edie (left) and Jaden Cook received the Girl Scout Silver Award during a ceremony Aug. 24 at Centreville Village.

CARROLLTON – Two Girl Scouts were honored Aug. 24 during a ceremony at Centreville Village in Carrollton.

Jaden Cook and Hailey Edie earned the Girl Scout Silver Award which is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. The award encompasses the mission of Girl Scouting of building “girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.”

Colleen Joseph, leader of Girl Scout Troop 60225, explained the Silver Award represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others. The first four requirements of the Silver Award help girls build skills, explore careers, gain leadership skills and make a commitment to self-improvements.

Girls earn the award by focusing on an issue they care about, building a team, exploring their community, picking, planning and putting their Action Project in place. The minimum time for earning the Girl Scout Silver Award is investing 50 hours, Joseph noted.

Recycling event planned for electronics, large appliances

CARROLLTON – CCH Environmental Group (Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison Solid Waste District) is holding a second collection event in Carroll County Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Carroll County Fairgrounds.

The collection is being held due to outstanding attendance at previous events.

“We wanted to make it more convenient for the residents by combining electronics, household hazardous waste and tires in one event, but that has proven cumbersome,” stated Barb Walton, CCH director. “The last several years have been a bit overwhelming with between 250-300 cars coming through out the three-hour event. By separating the items collected, we feel that we will decrease the wait time for residents, keep cars off the streets and improve the overall experience for everyone.”

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