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From flowers to fairies, Becky Day’s gardens offer array of aesthetic beauty

The National Garden Clubs, Inc. is sponsoring National Garden Week June 3-9. The theme is “Help Us Plant America.”

In accordance with the week long celebration, The FPS toured the gardens at the home of Becky Day which were included in the Carroll County Arts “Garden Art Stroll” last August.



By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


ABOVE: Becky Day (left) and her sister, Chris Herd, take a break on a bench in the shade on one of the gardens at Day’s home in Carrollton.

CARROLLTON – To say Becky Day has a green thumb is an understatement.

The flower gardens at her Meadowbrook Rd., Carrollton, home are filled with blooms of vibrant colors, ornamental grasses and hidden surprises.

The gardens are situated on three tiers with walkways and benches located throughout. Taking a tour of the gardens on a hot, sunny day, Becky and her sister, Chris Herd, banter back and forth over who is the most creative of the two.

The sisters grew up on a farm in Hartville. Both worked in the large family garden and Chris also liked to draw and paint. Today their artistic talents meld into creations both inside and outside the home.

Day collected dolls for years before one day switching to fairies. (She likes the magic of them.) Several fairy gardens are hidden among the assortment of perennials in the gardens. Day claims Herd is the creative one, thinking up ideas for the fairy garden designs. Herd, of course, disagrees.

Families gather to recreate 1939 photo of ancestors

The original “Boys of Magnolia” photo was taken in 1939.
Shown above are (from left): Tony Tozzi, Chappy Cascioli, Mike Costello, Mike Tozzi I and Lawrence Cascioli.

The recreation of the “Boys of Magnolia” was taken in 2017 by members of the Costello, Tozzi and Cascioli families represented in the original photo.
Shown above (from left) are: Jordan Tozzi, Josh Zwick, Bart Remark, Michael Tozzi III and Michael Mayle.

MAGNOLIA – In the fall of 1939, five friends, ‘The Boys of Magnolia” gathered for a picture on the corner of Main St. in Magnolia.

The photo consisted of two sets of brothers and a close friend, Tony Tozzi, Daniel (Chappy) Cascioli, Mike Costello, Mike Tozzi and Lawrence Cascioli. The photograph was taken shortly before each of them was sent off to fight in World War II.

In the fall of 2017, another five men, all relatives of “the Boys of Magnolia” gathered at the same corner of Main St. in Magnolia, to pose for the recreation of a picture their ancestors had taken in 1939. The weather threatened to ruin the long awaited photo opportunity, but the rain subsided just long enough to capture the picture, with the men in similar attire and stance as their grandfathers and great uncles had done almost 80 years ago.

Childhood dream becomes reality for Doug Ash

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


Doug Ash is carving a model of Shasta, a Golden Retriever from Golden Acres, nursing 10 puppies. The finished carving will go to Shasta’s owner, Mary Ann Smith.

PERRYSVILLE – A school field trip left a lasting impression on a young boy who, years later, is embarking on a new career.

Doug Ash of Perrysville has been drawing since he could hold a pencil in his hand. In second grade, his class toured the Warther Museum in Dover. Ernest “Mooney” Warther’s carvings made such an impression, Ash said, “From then I wanted to be a wood carver. They would give out one small pair of carved pliers to a lucky child in the class. I didn’t get them.”

Ash feels he has taken steps in his life that have led him to opening a wood carving business. He does not have an official name yet, but he is in the process of establishing the business side. Often times, his creations can be seen in his yard located at 7037 Scio Rd. near Perrysville.

Ash began whittling wood and took art class in high school, graduating from Carrollton in 2000. After high school, he held some miscellaneous jobs before coming back to his artistic talent. He became a tattoo artist and, with his fiancé, Erica Burrier, opened a shop in Minerva.

While in Minerva, he met Joel Bowman who owns Bowman Tree Service. Bowman now supplies the pine logs Ash uses for carving.

Community, friends come together to help dairy operation after fire destroys milk house

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


The Frase family stand near the milk house that was damaged by a March 18 fire. They were able to continue milking their cows thanks to the assistance from many friends, family, and neighbors.
Shown above are (from left): Kelly Frase, LuAnne Frase (pink jacket), Chloe Frase, London Frase and Liberty Frase standing in front of Lois Frase.
Standing behind are: Kenneth Frase holding son, Ledger Frase, Dennis Frase, Gary Frase, Rammie Frase, Chelsea Frase holding daughter, Remington, and Shelbi Frase.

WAYNESBURG – Thanks to quick thinking and help from friends, daily milking continues for the Lois Frase family after a fire severely damaged the milk house March 18.

The farm is located at 6647 June Rd., Waynesburg, where Lois and her late husband, Ray, farmed. Their children assist her in operating the farm. Dennis (Rammie) works full-time on the farm, while brothers Gary (Robin) and Kenneth (LuAnne) and sister, Kelly Frase, work off the farm and pitch in daily. All the Frase siblings live on an area of the farm.

The cattle were inside the barn waiting to be milked and hay was stacked in the upstairs of the barn when the fire occurred.

Lois Frase headed to the barn to begin morning milking around 6 a.m. and walked into the milk house like any other day. She saw the clock lying on the floor and wondered why it had fallen down. Then she saw smoke. Seeing fire in the ceiling, she quickly went outside, closed the door and dialed 911.

Chloe, Dennis and Rammie’s youngest daughter, spent the night with Lois and called her Uncle Gary. When he answered the phone, Gary said he knew he was running late. “No Uncle Gary, there is a fire,” Chloe told him. He and girlfriend, Robin, rushed over. Gary turned off the gas, grabbed the fire extinguishers and tried to cut the flames down. They went into the barn that was so thick with smoke, they couldn’t hardly see to walk.

Discover Minerva offers variety of gifts for Mother’s Day

MINERVA – There’s still time for some last-minute Mother’s Day shopping at Minerva’s Discover Downtown Friday, May 11, from 5-9 p.m., on N. Market St.

The Market Street Art Spot will feature the work of Ruth Koomler, a painter, basket weaver and designer, as well as live music by Roger Romeo and refreshments, 5-9 p.m.

Sphon’s CCW & Armory and Simply Scarves . . . and Such will be open until 7 p.m., with Simply Scarves featuring LuLaRoe leggings. Treasured Sensations will be open until 8 p.m., hosting Rebecca Kerr, jewelry stylist from Premier Designs Jewelry, 5-8 p.m., and featuring newly arrived handmade items and Mother’s Day specials.

The Minerva Historical Society’s Haas Museum will be open 6-8 p.m.

The Roxy Theatre will host a pop-up shop, including Blackburn Bath & Beauty, Doterra, Kris’ $5 Bling Corner, Usborne Books, DeeLightful Stitching, and more. Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival 50/50 raffle tickets will be for sale in the Roxy. Tickets will be sold through the festival May 19, with the drawing taking place at 7 p.m.

Que Pasa Mexican Restaurant will be open until 10:30 p.m. and Sandy Springs Brewing Company until 10 p.m.

For more information, contact the Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-868-7979 or

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