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By Leigh Ann Rutledge
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) county presidents and/or vice presidents, members of local media and other guests visited Washington D.C. for the OFBF County President’s Trip March 13-15.
The tour is held in March each year and gives county presidents the opportunity to talk with their congressmen and various representatives from agencies related to the agriculture industry.
The whirlwind trip includes brainstorming, presentations and, of course, good food. A total of 73 presidents and/or vice-presidents, including Carroll County Farm Bureau President Bernie Heffelbower, attended the 71st annual trip. Flying in from all over Ohio to five different airports, early arrivals had an opportunity to learn tips for advocacy on “The Hill” and how to be a successful Farm Bureau advocate. Groups met at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Office, located at 600 Maryland Ave. SW.
Participants had the option to tour the facility and check out the view from the roof. Though windy, the roof gave a fabulous view of the Capitol Building and the National Archives, among other sites. Following a box lunch, participants were briefed on the following American Farm Bureau issues: Regulatory reform, tax reform and trade.
By Nancy Schaar
DELLROY – The former Atwood Lake Lodge and Resort has a new owner, a new name and a new life.
The facility, now known as The Bluffs, is schedule to open July 1. It will offer 150 beds for clients who need alcohol or drug addiction rehabilitation treatment. Construction and remodeling is expected to begin April 1 and be completed by June 1 of this year.
The property was purchased by Bill Burns at a public auction from county commissioners last August. It has been leased to Addiction Campuses. Brent Clements is the chief executive officer of Addiction Campuses and Eric Mitchell serves as chief marketing officer for the company.
Clements announced during a community meeting held at The Bluffs last week that Addiction Campuses has a lease for the property, but is in partnership with Burns at this time. He said investment partners will purchase the real estate in the coming months and Addiction Campuses will own the 75-acre property.
Monroe Township trustees previously hosted two meetings with local residents to address safety and other issues regarding the business.
The Thursday meeting, held in the dining room of the former lodge, had more than 100 people in attendance. Many questions were asked and answered. Only a few residents were still concerned about their safety from the clients who will be staying at The Bluffs.
Clements patiently explained again the clients sign in for a 30-day treatment plan and continue with a one-year long follow-up program.
“These aren’t criminals. These aren’t people who are sent here by a court order. These are people who have decided they need to make a big change in their life and they are committed to doing that,” said Clements.
By Nancy Schaar
CARROLLTON – With three board members present, the Carrollton Exempted Village School District board of education approved a one-sentence agenda item that allows armed staff in the school safety zone.
The sentence read: “That the board resolve to allow selected and trained armed staff in school safety zone as presented.”
The issue was on the agenda at the February board meeting, but was tabled. It was not listed on the agenda publicized prior to the March 14 meeting, but listed on an addendum to the agenda handed out at Tuesday’s meeting.
“I spoke to the sheriff and police chief. I wanted to make sure we were on the same page. We discussed training that will take place with these individuals. I will work closely with the police on this matter. When it’s time to select, I will ask the sheriff and police chief to be involved with that process. I have other items I want to look at too. What qualifications for those to go to the three-day training?” said Superintendent Dave Quattrochi.
Quattrochi criticized an article and headline in The Free Press Standard (FPS) following the February meeting which stated the board was considering having trained, armed staff at the schools.
“This shouldn’t be headlines. This is a safety plan used to keep our student safe. Many schools have done this,” continued Quattrochi.
Last month the Free Press asked Quattrochi who suggested the resolution, when was it suggested, when was it discussed, who will make these decisions, is there an application, does the person have to have a concealed carry permit, when will it go in effect, and for what period of time will the permit be approved?
The questions were not answered at the February meeting and were not answered again at the March meeting.
Quattrochi said it is not a matter of public record, it is a school safety issue, and no further information will be provided.
Board members Eric Roberts and Helen Skinner were not present at the meeting. Board president Rose Seck, Michael Pozderac, and Wendy Gotschall voted in favor of the resolution.
The true story of a real fake “Catch Me If You Can”, the Carrollton High School spring musical, will be held March 23-25 at 7 p.m. in Bell-Herron Middle School.
Tickets are $5 presale or $8 at the door. For tickets, call Mindy Domer at 330-627-8228 or email Alzana Nuzzolillo at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Fine Arts room in the high school.
Based on the hit film, the true story is a high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager, Frank Abagnale, Jr., portrayed by Kody Bennett, runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, doctor and a lawyer-living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. When Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, portrayed by Robert Husted, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes.
Six Carrollton High School students have qualified for the 2017 Ohio High School Speech League’s (OHSSL) state finals to represent Carrollton High School and the Canton District, according to Alzana Nuzzolillo, CHS speech team advisor.
Celia Meek, the sophomore daughter of Shane and Anitra Meek, qualified in Dramatic Interpretation.
Emma Lane, the sophomore daughter of Nate and Janice Lane, qualified in Program Oral Interpretation.
Grace Barnhart, freshman daughter of Vonda Barnhart, Jared DeGarmo, sophomore son of Rebecca Everhart, Brooke Geis, sophomore daughter of Jason and CJ Geis, and Desarae Gorney, junior daughter of Wayne and Teresa Gorney, all qualified to compete in Congressional Debate.
Earning a place as second alternates to the OHSSL state finals were sophomores Ashlee Copeland and Sam Soisson in Duo Interpretation. The students will be accompanied by coaches Ron and Alzana Nuzzolillo and coach Brad Eick at Olmsted Falls High School in March.
Nuzzolillo said CHS continues to rank in the top 10% nationally while competing in the Eastern Ohio National Speech and Debate Association. Eastern Ohio ranks 8th in the nation as a district, she said.
CHS also has four students ranked in the top 50 in their category as students across the state prepare to attend the OHSSL state finals. They are Isaiah Meek, Celia Meek, Brooke Geis and Grace Barnhart.