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Flu season has arrived: Time to get vaccinated

CARROLLTON – With the arrival of flu season, the Carroll County General Health District is recommending all Ohioans six months and older get a flu shot now.

Flu activity traditionally begins to increase in October and can last as late as May, with cases typically peaking between December and February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the best protection against seasonal flu viruses. Flu vaccines have been updated this year to better match circulating flu viruses.

“Flu vaccination can help keep you from getting sick, missing work or school, and prevent flu-related hospitalization and death,” said Leann Cline, Carroll County General Health District health commissioner. “The more people who get vaccinated help protect others, including older adults, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain long-term health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.”

Nature Trail Hike set at Malvern

Dick Wackerly and his Golden Retriever, Nikki, take a break while preparing for the Nature Trail Hike at Malvern Community Park Oct. 28.

Lace up your hiking boots for a walk!

The Malvern Community Development Fund is inviting the public to hike on the Nature Trail in Community Park Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. Dick Wackerly and Nikki, his Golden Retriever, will lead the hike, which will be held rain or shine.

The trail begins at the back of the park, near the Big Sandy Creek. The new trail marker signs will show walkers and runners the direction to go and mark the quarter, half and full miles. The total distance is one mile. The nature trail will give people who use the walking track a new and different place for fitness.

Everyone is welcome to join for a morning of exercise and the opportunity to enjoy the autumn weather.

For questions, call Carol Brawley at 330-863-9234.

Antique Club surprises member by restoring tractor

A simple question asked in the spring of 2017 resulted in a big surprise for a local man.

John Tubaugh of Carrollton operates a farm on Bacon Rd. He is also a member of the Carroll County Antique Collector’s Club. During the club’s spring drive, he asked fellow member, Dave Seck, if he would paint his 1947 Farmall W4 tractor. Seck told him he didn’t have time.

Tubaugh had the tractor in his garage and was in the beginning stages of restoring it when he became ill. When time arrived for the Tubaugh reunion, his son moved the tractor to his house in order to set up tables, etc. Tubaugh said he forgot about the tractor.

Helping increase Monarch butterfly population turns into school-wide activity

Members of Travis Ledford’s first grade class at Carrollton Elementary raised Monarch butterfly larve and released them. Shown above is a class and butterfly selfie taken by Ledford.

Those who attended the Carroll County Arts Garden Art Stroll Aug. 19 not only had the chance to visit seven unique gardens, but to witness the miracle of nature.

One of the stops on the tour was Carrollton Schools POWER Building on SR 332. Garnet Brown, building coordinator, had an aquarium filled with Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars. During the garden stroll, butterflies were hatching. Others were being released outside.

Brown gave The FPS an update on the fate of the Monarchs. Brown successfully raised and released 130 Monarchs that would have perished in the hayfield on her family’s farm when her father mowed hay. (Her father now knows what to watch for when in the field.)

She noted there are four stages of egg laying during the summer for the Monarch butterfly. The butterflies released during and after the garden stroll were from the last laying stage. They are the butterflies that migrate to Mexico and California.

Brown also gave monarch larva to five classroom teachers throughout the district so students could see first hand the different stages of Monarch metamorphosis.

“We also participated in research to be contributed to the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology,” Brown explained. “This research was relatively simple. It involved testing individuals for parasitic spores before the butterflies were released.”

Despite traffic snafu, Algonquin Mill Festival attracts large crowds

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor

Amanda Cintula, of near Akron, removed bread from the bread oven at the Alqonquin Mill Festival Friday. Her fiance’s stepfather is a festival volunteer and Carroll County Historical Society member. Cintula became a member this year.

The 47th annual Algonquin Mill Festival could be one for the record books.

The weather was wonderful all three days with rain holding off until after 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The crowd was on par with attendance at the last three for four festivals.

Carroll County Historical Society President Dave McMahon felt the threat of rain and wind Sunday is what drew a large crowd Saturday. McMahon noted over the years, Sunday was the day for the big crowd, but lately it has changed to Saturday drawing the big crowd.

“This year we had the perfect storm,” McMahon stated. “We had beautiful weather Saturday and the public listened to the weather forecast predicting rain and storms Sunday.”

McMahon said the society did a great job of advertising and promoting the festival, which helped with the large turnout of people. However, the large turnout did cause issues with parking. People were stuck in traffic for up to 90 minutes at times. One of the issues involved non-society related parking and pedestrians having to cross the busy road, holding up traffic.

“I want to thank everyone who had patience and survived the hour plus wait in traffic,” McMahon said. “I commend you for your dedication.”

Despite weather reports, Sunday’s turnout was, in McMahon’s opinion, “Like the best Friday we’ve had.” McMahon said a lot of food was sold out by the time the rain hit Sunday, with less than 10 chicken dinners available.

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