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Local author honored by Rotary

AT  RIGHT: Members of the Rotary Club of Malvern presented Dr. Andrew Opritza the Paul Harris Fellow Award. Shown at right are: Jack Polen; Randy Smith, club president; Dr. Opritza and Roger Bartley.

AT  RIGHT: Members of the Rotary Club of Malvern presented Dr. Andrew Opritza the Paul Harris Fellow Award. Shown at right are: Jack Polen; Randy Smith, club president; Dr. Opritza and Roger Bartley.

The Rotary Club of Malvern honored Dr. Andrew Opritza with a Paul Harris Fellow award at the April 10 meeting at Malvern United Methodist Church.

Dr. Opritza, of Lake Mohawk, is the author of three books and is currently working on a fourth. He read several selections from his latest manuscript.

Roger Bartley, a member of the club, presented the Paul Harris Fellow award, which he purchased, to Dr. Opritza to honor him for his insights about life and writing, which he has offered in a writer’s group he attends in Carrollton.

Dr. Opritza began publishing, in part, as an outlet for his grief over his wife’s descent into Alzheimer’s disease 10 years ago. The two have been married 65 years. He visits her several times a week in the care center she resides in.

Dr. Opritza wrote his first book, “Descent into Shadows”, to talk about his experience caring for her during her first five years of the disease. His other books are collections of short stories, “mostly autobiographical”, about his reflections on life.

Dr. Opritza told the club one of his motivations for entering the medical field was his mother’s death. She died a year after his birth when she was refused medical care because of her inability to pay. When he became a doctor he vowed he would never refuse anyone treatment for that reason, he noted.

A Paul Harris Fellow award is a Rotary International award given to donors of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation was started by Arch Klumph in 1917 to support Rotary projects around the world. Donations to the Foundation are held by Rotary International for three years. The interest received pays for all of the Foundation’s administrative expenses. Then the full $1,000 is divided between Rotary International and the local Rotary District to be used for projects.

Plans underway for Field of Honor

Malvern Rotary Club members (from left) Randy Smith, Roger Bartley, Gary Pearce and Wally Anderson discuss plans for the upcoming Field of Honor during a recent meeting.

Malvern Rotary Club members (from left) Randy Smith, Roger Bartley, Gary Pearce and Wally Anderson discuss plans for the upcoming Field of Honor during a recent meeting.

The Rotary Club of Malvern is sponsoring a Field of Honor flag display July 12-16 on the Malvern United Methodist Church grounds.

The Field of Honor, similar to the Healing Fields in Minerva in 2010, is intended to be a patriotic display of American flags to honor veterans and other military servicemen and women. The Club hopes to post over 800 flags which can be purchased by community members and sponsoring organizations in and around the Malvern area.

Organizations in the Malvern area were contacted in October to begin planning the event. A large number of volunteers are needed to assemble the flags, lay out the field, sell flags, and man the area throughout the five days of the event. Sponsorships are currently being sought from private citizens and area businesses and organizations. Individual flags will be available for $30. Sponsorships can be purchased for up to $2,500 for 50 flags.

At the organizational meeting, the Rotary Club hosted area organizations to dinner and a presentation. The committee of Roger Bartley, who is heading up the Field of Honor, Rev. Wally Anderson, Club President Randy Smith and Gary Pearce got down to the initial planning of the event. The field beside the Malvern United Methodist Church was chosen. The date coincides with the FliteFest 2017 event at the John Furey airstrip. Further information will be posted online or people can contact Roger Bartley at 330-868-4114 concerning sponsorships or volunteerism.

Drew M. Johnson

Drew M. Johnson, infant son of David and Katie (Hinkle) Johnson of Salem, was stillborn Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Aultman Hospital.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by maternal grandparents, Anna Hinkle of Minerva, John Hinkle of Dellroy, paternal grandparents, David and Karen Johnson of Rogers, paternal great grandparents, Katherine Fay Linger of Negley, aunts and uncles, Sean (Cheryl) Hinkle of Dellroy, Kallan Kinkle of Lakewood, Kim (Terry) Rankin of Columbiana and Adam (Janice) Johnson of Rogers.

A graveside service will be held April 28 at 11 a.m, in Zion Cemetery near Dellroy with Terry Rankin officiating. Those wishing to send condolences may sign the online register at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Veterans eligible to receive free ID card, good for discounts

Cheryl Harter, a Recorders office employee, hands a Veterans ID card to Carl Miller as John Bales, the first to receive a card, displays the card he received.

Cheryl Harter, a Recorders office employee, hands a Veterans ID card to Carl Miller as John Bales, the first to receive a card, displays the card he received.

Carroll County Recorder Patricia Oyer is issuing state of Ohio United States Veteran Identification cards to military veterans.

Any veteran who would like to receive a free card should visit the Recorder’s office, located on the second floor of the Carroll County Courthouse.

Veterans should bring their DD214 (if it has not been recorded in the Recorder’s office) and one form of identification, which can include a valid driver’s license, certified birth certificate, Social Security card, U.S. passport, conceal carry permit or identification from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. One of the forms of identification must be a photo ID.

The Recorder’s office is responsible for maintaining veterans’ military service discharge records, known as a DD214 form. The form is used by veterans to prove eligibility for certain military benefits. The identification card contains the specific document number so the discharge record can be easily located when necessary.

DD board caps off month-long celebration with banquet

Those honored during the Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities Awards and Recognition dinner are shown above.  They are (front from left): Anna Oyer,  Linda Bosler,  Aliana Ulman  and Bentley Brooks. Back row: Mark Mayle, Steve Rose, Michael Murphy, Riley Sprague and Marie Dehnart.

Those honored during the Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities Awards and Recognition dinner are shown above.
They are (front from left): Anna Oyer, Linda Bosler, Aliana Ulman and Bentley Brooks.
Back row: Mark Mayle, Steve Rose, Michael Murphy, Riley Sprague and Marie Dehnart.

The Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD) held their Annual Awards and Recognition Dinner March 21.

The event is held each March in conjunction with Developmental Disabilities Month. The theme for this year is “Believe and you Achieve.” It was also noted 2017 marks 50 years of Ohio County Boards of Developmental Disabilities.

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