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Winter workshop focuses on fencing, grazing and hay storage

The Eastern Ohio Grazing Council is hosting a winter grazing workshop Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Senior Friendship Center in Carrollton.

Topics include: Basic Fencing for Grazing, Pete Conkle, Columbiana Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD); Hay Storage: Why & How, Fred Kungl, Carrollton Farmer’s Exchange; and Converting from Continuous to Rotational Grazing, Kevin Swope, United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service and Katelyn Valdinger, Carroll SWCD.

Registration is requested by calling 330-627-9852.

Two additional winter workshops will be held Feb. 22 and March 22. Pasture walks run April – October.

The Senior Friendship Center is located at 100 Kensington Rd. NE, Carrollton, at the Carroll County Fairgrounds.

New brewery opens in Minerva

By Leigh Ann Rutledge

Accent Editor

Andy and Amanda Conrad stand in front of the fermenting tanks in Sandy Springs Brewing Company in Minerva.

MINERVA – An interest in home brewing beer led a Minerva couple to build their own brewery.

Andy and Amanda Conrad opened Sandy Springs Brewing Company, located at 232 N. Market St., Minerva, Nov. 4. Beginning the end of December, they expanded their hours on Fridays to open for lunch. The menu includes a selection of appetizers, flatbreads and sandwiches. Non-alcoholic beverages, such as coffee, flavored sodas and craft root beer is available along with Strongbow Gold Apple Cider, for those with a gluten allergy.

Big screen televisions line the walls and various forms of entertainment are offered.


The couple, graduates of Minerva High School, watched a pharmacology professor brew beer and, liking different kinds of beer, began home brewing and creating recipes during college.

Andy and Amanda received college degrees in Physical Therapy and headed west to work. As traveling therapists, they saw a lot of small craft breweries. They spent three years out west tasting a variety of beers, learning different brewing techniques and experiencing the atmosphere of each brewery.

A glance back at 2017

As FPS readers prepare to watch the ball drop in Times Square and sing Auld Lang Syne, The FPS is talking a look back at 2017 and the events that shaped the year.


  • New officers took the helm of Suburban Garden Club. They were Janice Holland and Dee Dee Michel, co-presidents; Kelley Broadwater, vice president; Joni Yeager, secretary; and Karla Dreier, treasurer.
  • Marcus Benson began serving as the administrator for the village of Malvern, while Bob DeLong took over mayor duties and Atty. Chad Murdock from Ravenna was named village solicitor.
  • Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Fighting McCook Post 3301, chartered May 17, 1935, asked the community for assistance in maintaining ownership of the post home on Chase Rd., Carrollton. After the bank filed a foreclosure against the organization, the case was referred to mediation. A final hearing was set for Jan. 20. “This is basically an 11th hour plea on our part to keep our post home,” said Commander Jim Newbold, who was installed Sept. 12, 2016.
  • Carrollton boys/girls cross country/track coach Mike Aukerman received the Fred Dalfer Career State Coach of the Year award for boys cross-country. In 11-years of coaching, he has had eight cross country teams go to state, coached six All-Ohio athletes and 63 total state cross country qualifiers.
  • William “Billy” Burns of the Youngstown area signed the final paperwork Jan. 27 to transfer ownership of Atwood Lodge. He purchased the property Aug. 10, 2016, for $1.1 million at public auction. The property includes the resort, Par 3 golf course, the former ski chalet and about 75 acres.

“I will develop the facilities into a world class drug and alcohol treatment center…,” said Burns.

Oil, gas industry assists with Toys for Tots collection, distribution

Businesses involved in the gas and oil industry helped fill numerous tables in Carroll Hills School for a Toys for Tots distribution for Carroll County children.
Shown above from left are: Rebecca Heimlich, API Energy campaign manager, Deborah Oberlin, local Toys for Tots coordinating officer; and Mike Chadsey, Ohio Oil and Gas Association director of public relations.

CARROLL COUNTY – With the help of businesses in the gas and oil industry, more than 500 Carroll County children will have something extra under the Christmas tree this year.

The Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) reached out to members in six Ohio counties and asked for one to volunteer to be a coordinator for the county Toys for Tots collection. Carroll County Energy took on the role and members of the industry donated their time (to assist) and/or treasure (toys or money), explained Mike Chadsey, OOGA director of public relations.

A distribution day was held Dec. 11 in Carroll Hills School where the gymnasium was filled with tables. Toys were sorted for infants and toddlers and older boys and girls.

“These are our neighbors. Their needs and concerns are our needs and concerns,” said Chadsey. “If we can play a small role in making the holidays brighter, we are happy too.”

Participants signed up online or were recommended through the Department of Job and Family Services and/or area schools. Each child received two toys, a board game and stocking stuffers.

“We try to keep the mood lighthearted for participants,” Chadsey stated, “but there are some tearful hugs that say more than any words.”

Distribution in the other counties was held the week of Dec. 11 and included Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, Monroe and Jefferson.

Remembering Christmas past

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent



CARROLLTON – The celebration and traditions of Christmas may have changed over the years, but residents of the Carroll County Golden Age Retreat remember the Christmas’s of their childhood with smiles and laughter.

David Householder, age 91, was born in Harrisonville, Ohio.  His parents had three children and so did he.  Householder said they were a lot a like.

“Our big town had 300 people in it.  Our ornaments for our tree were mostly handmade but there were a few store bought ones,” recalled Householder.

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