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More than 270 sites will be available tomorrow (April 29) where Ohioans can safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs on “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in an effort to provide safe, convenient and responsible means for disposal of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse and medications.
In Carroll County, the site is the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, located at 43 Second St. SE. Carrollton.
“Prescription drug abuse and misuse has devastated Ohio communities. Too often, individuals can get prescription drugs from the family medicine cabinet or from family and friends who no longer use the medicine they were legally prescribed,” Said Senator Sherrod Brown said. “That’s why this DEA-sponsored Drug Take Back Day is so important in Ohio. All prescription medications—especially addictive opioid painkillers—should be disposed of safely to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.”
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.
Numerous Carrollton High School students planning to attend the April 29 high school prom have taken a pledge to have a “Safe, Sober, Fun Night.”
The students signed a prom promise that they will not drink and drive or engage in distracted driving practices such as texting and driving, emailing, or even putting on makeup.
Local emergency personnel, law enforcement, teachers and interested citizens are spearing an event to reward the students for their pledge.
Those who signed the promise will receive a coupon for McDonald’s, Dairy Queen or Wendy’s and have their name entered into a drawing for one of five raffle baskets to be given away during the April 18 mock crash at the high school.
Dr. Mandal Haas, one of the organizers, said this year the group has broadened the scope of the event.
“In the past it normally focused on drinking and driving,” he said. “This year we have expanded it to include all types of distracted driving. We have been fortunate in our community not to have experienced tragic events on prom weekend for many years. We hope to continue that trend.”
By Leigh Ann Rutledge
CARROLLTON – Taco Tuesday has a new meaning for students in Carrollton Schools.
The Spanish “ Tapas de Carnitas” was voted the judges favorite in the first “Warrior Test Kitchen Challenge” held March 23.
The team, Los Guerros, comprised of Sadie Pozderac, Diana Luyster, Kira McHale and Brianna Carson, is the Spanish II class under the direction of Robin Hauenstein, created the dish to be similar to a taco salad in a taco bowl. A baked flour tortilla was filled with pulled pork, a homemade cheese sauce and fresh salsa with tomatoes, peppers and onion.
Barbara Burns, school nutrition services, was in charge of the challenge, which was held in conjunction with “March is National Nutrition Month.” Teams could be student-led with 3-4 students coordinating with a teacher or teacher/staff teams. The teams were to design a recipe/entrée they would like to see served in the school cafeteria. Each recipe was required to contain a commodity food (beef/chicken/cheese, etc.) and a red/orange vegetable or dark green vegetable.
A panel of judges including students, community leaders and selected staff/cooks would rate the creations on three categories: Taste, presentation/appeal and creativity. Burns judged on ease of menu incorporation. The winning recipe will become a part of the school menu.
A total of 11 teams competed in the event using the Family/Consumer Science room to cook/bake their creations.
“I wasn’t expecting 11 teams,” Burns stated. “They (recipes) were all so good. It just stole my heart.”
With so many good recipes and such creativity, Burns announced not only will the winning recipe be included on the school menu, but the creations placing in the top three by each set of judges will be incorporated in the menu.
The panel of judges consisted of: Sheriff Dale R. Williams, Carrollton Chief of Police Bob Ellington, Carroll County Juvenile and Probate Judge John Campbell, Zach Van Voorhis, resource officer; Butch Wood, dean of students at Augusta and Dellroy elementary schools; Matthew Nicholas, Bell-Herron Middle School principal; Chris Barto, dean of students, Carrollton Elementary; Rose Seck, school board member; Paula Zippay, high school cook; Tyler Abrahims, chef; and Marcia Schaffer, librarian.
They tasted foods, questioned team members and voted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 “being great.”
Second place went to Mrs. Payne de Chavez’s Spanish IV team, The Zodiacs, who created En “CHA-CHA” ladas. Along with Payne de Chavez, students included: Asthon Coad, Gabe McNeely, Kendal McFarland, Brianna Dawson and Mikayla Brannick.
Renee Leslie’s math team, The Hash Slingers, placed third with their “Hash Brown Skillet Bowl.” The team included: Shelby Koah, Quinn Meredith and Taylor Keefer.
The other judges were fifth grade students. They chose The Principal (Dave Davis) Cooks and his Chipotle Chicken Build a Bowl as their winner.
Second place was a tie between Les Filles Voilettes and their Pizza Grilled Cheese and The FFAer’s Ham & Cheese Pinwheels.
Belinda Mach and her French IV team of Deanna Carlisle, Morgan Timberlake, Tori Snider and Ellie Nichols, created the Pizza Grilled Cheese.
Kaitlyn Laugison’s FFA team consisted of: Emmy Days, Bailey McKarns, Travis Rutledge and Adam Bryan.
Burns plans to have the two winning recipes on the menu by the end of April and hopes to feature the top three by the end of the school year.
“We will be working with the senior team members to learn how they created their dishes before the end of school,” Burns stated. “Over the summer, we will work to get all the winners incorporated in the menu for next year.”
Burns noted, she has had a lot of requests from students wanting her to hold the challenge every year. “We would like to make that happen. This is too good of an event to let go,” she said. “I have even had students ask if it could be held after school or with another event.”
Burns thanks her daughter, Emily Burns, for the idea. Emily works for the Colorado Department of Higher Education and is a “big” for the Big Brothers Big Sisters. Her “little” wants to be a chef so they competed in a cook-off in February in Denver, CO, with their “Fall in Love with Me Macaroni & Cheese.”
Other recipes included: Weiner Winks with dipping sauce, Nacho’s Italiano, Summer Delight Lemonade, Fancy Man’s Mac & Chicken and Chicken Gyro’s Salad.
Each team received a one-hour chef consultation and cook guidance and matching aprons and t-shirts.
The Warrior Test Kitchen Challenge was sponsored by the Carrollton Café and Ohio Department of Education Team Nutrition Grant to help revitalize the cafeteria menu.
CARROLLTON – Work is expected to start April 24 that will restrict traffic on State Route 9 (SR 9) north of Carrollton as part of the $1.13 million intersection improvement project that began last fall.
Next week, SR 9 traffic will be maintained in one lane with flaggers for pipe installation prior to the road closing May 1 for 30 days.
Starting May 1, SR 9 traffic will be detoured on SR 39 west to SR 43 north to SR 171 east back to SR 9, and reverse.
The project will improve the intersection by horizontally realigning SR 9 (Kensington Rd.) and raising the vertical profile of SR 171 (Waynesburg Rd.).
Tree and stump cutting work was completed last year to allow for required utility relocations.
ODOT’s contractor is Central-Allied Enterprises Inc., from Canton. The completion date is Sept. 30, 2017.