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Flags assembled for Field of Honor

MALVERN – Over 800 flags were assembled and are on display at the Rotary Club of Malvern’s Field of Honor event through July 16.

Scouts from Girl Scout Troop 60314, Boy Scout Troop 155, and Cub Pack 155 helped the Rotary Club of Malvern assemble 801 flags, working nine hours over two days. The flags are on display in the Rotary’s Field Of Honor at Malvern United Methodist Church, 121 Wood St. in Malvern. The event will coincide with FliteFest 2017 which takes place at the John Furey airstrip.

The flags arrived at the rear door of the Damascus Friends Church from the Colonial Flag Company in Utah on three large pallets June 30. They were unloaded and moved into the building with the help of a tow motor from Crowl Lumber Company and two pallet jacks from Robertson’s Building Supply.

Local women take addiction message on the road

Two local women are taking addiction awareness on the road, hoping to change the stigma that surrounds addiction.

Tonda DaRe, founder of Holly’s Song of Hope (HSOH), and Marcie Miller, outreach director, embarked on a six-week tour June 29 that will take them to 13 states and 20 cities.

Holly’s Song of Hope’s mission is to “Change Stigma surrounding Addiction one Heart at a Time through Education and Understanding.” With that in mind the duo decided to take their educational presentation, Addiction 101, on the road “to reach even more hearts”, according to DaRe.

“The preliminary numbers coming in for overdose deaths in 2016 are staggering. In the state of Ohio alone we lost 3,050 of our sons and daughters in 2015, and we are looking at that number being at least 4,150 for 2016”, said DaRe. “That is the equivalent to 10 747 jets crashing a year in one state! Can you imagine what would occur if we had a 747 crashing in every state once a month for a year? Local, state and federal leaders would probably shut down all air traffic completely and millions of dollars (if not billions) would be released immediately to find out what was going on, as well as to provide support to the families: without a second thought from our leaders in Washington DC.”

Local man pens book of lessons learned

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


Jim Painting holds his book “My Bumpy Journey on the Road to Find God!.”He is holding a book signing July 8 in the Ashton House Museum.

CARROLLTON – Like most children, Jim Painting was curious as a child. He is now telling on himself.

Painting, of Carrollton, has written a book of these adventures titled, “My Bumpy Journey on the Road to Find God! (Recollections of a Wayward Pipsqueak)”. The book has many humorous stories and each chapter ends with a spiritual message.

He is holding a book signing July 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ashton House Museum, 120 Third St. NW, Carrollton. Books will be available to purchase. Cost is $20.

Painting grew up in Olmstead Falls in an area similar to Carrollton. He was always outside in the woods or fields.

After illness, Wendy Ledger, RN, focuses on patient care; nominated for Health Care Worker of the Year award

Wendy Ledger, orientation resource nurse at Union Hospital, talks with a patient. Ledger was nominted for the Healthcare Worker of the Year award.

A Jewett woman has been both – a patient and a nurse.

Wendy Ledger, orientation resource nurse at the Union Hospital (UH) Lauren Emergency Center, can relate to the anxiety, concern and sometimes the fear patients experience.

She was a patient, too, several years ago when she received and then beat a diagnosis of breast cancer. The experience left her with a strong focus on patient-centered care, as well as working on community programs to increase awareness and education about prevention, including starting a 5K fund-raising run/walk known as “Wendy’s Walk.”

Ledger, a registered nurse with 16 years of experience at Union Hospital and a total of 23 years in healthcare, was the UH nominee for the Ohio Hospital Association’s (OHA) 2017 Health Care Worker of the Year Award. Ledger is one of many nominees from around Ohio who attended the OHA Recognition Dinner June 13 in Columbus.

“I want to help other women who are going through what I did and I want to help promote the message of awareness and prevention,” said Ledger, who received a diagnosis of Stage 3 breast cancer in 2008. “I was fortunate because of the support I received in my community, and I remember all of the great people who gave to me in my time of need. So I have been looking at ways to give back since then. Wendy’s Walk is an annual event that is a way to pay it forward.”

Good weather helps draw crowd for Fox Twp. parade

The Warriorettes were named the Best Walking Group in the Fox Twp. Homecoming Parade.

Clear skies and a cool breeze greeted spectators of the Fox Twp. Homecoming Parade June 22.

The parade kicked off the annual homecoming that featured tractor pulls, entertainment and a variety of food stands. Friday events were cancelled due to rain.

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