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Holiday season kicks off in Carrollton this weekend

CARROLLTON – The holiday season kicks off in Carrollton this weekend with a variety of events.

Santa Claus is scheduled to make his first official visit to the village during the annual Christmas parade Nov. 25, sponsored by the Rotary Club.

Lineup begins at noon on Third St. NE (high school street). The parade steps off at 1 p.m. Those planning to enter the parade should enter Third St. off Park Ave. and follow the instructions of Rotary Club members.

Caring Hands formed to lend a helping hand

By Carol McIntire


Carroll County Caring Hands Board Member Carol McIntire (left) accepts the organization’s first funds from Abigail Matoszkia. Matoszkia made Christmas ornaments and two pictures, which she sold, and donated the proceeds to the organization.

Carroll County residents in need of a helping hand have somewhere to turn, thanks to a new local, non-profit agency.

Carroll County Caring Hands (CCCH) was formed just over a year ago and obtained non-profit status with the state of Ohio in July.

A group of seasoned fundraisers saw a need in the county for this type of service and acted upon it.

“We volunteered our time for a national non-profit organization for many years,” said CCCH President Melanie Campbell. “We raised a lot of money that was sent out of the county with only a very small percentage returned to help our local residents through the programs they offered. There was a void. We had local residents who needed help and couldn’t get it. It was frustrating. We got together and decided to do something about it. That’s how Caring Hands was born.”

The group’s first donation came from Abigail Matoszkia in a small tie-string bag. Her $20 donation came from money she raised making Christmas ornaments and a couple pictures and selling them.

“Our goal from the start was to raise funds locally and then keep them local for disbursement, to families who need a helping hand,” said Debbie Herrington, a board member.

Ohio EPA files suit against Rover

CANTON –Two of the waterways Rover Pipeline is accused of polluting in a lawsuit filed by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine are located in Carroll County.

The lawsuit, filed in Stark County Common Pleas Court Nov. 3 on behalf of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), accuses Rover, a Texas company, of polluting the waterways while constructing a 713-mile interstate pipeline across Ohio.

The lawsuit alleges on at least 12 occasions, Rover caused point source discharges of sediment-laden storm waters that violated water quality standards. These locations included Brushy Fork Creek on Slater Rd. and Brush Creek near Cadiz (both Harrison County) and Huff Run and Wetland on Lindentree Rd., an unnamed tributary of Conotton Creek on Dawn Rd. and an unnamed tributary of Sandy Creek on Sandyville Rd. (all Tuscarawas County).

Minerva merchants gearing up for Small Business Saturday

MINERVA – The village business community will celebrate Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and ensure communities stay strong and vibrant, Nov. 25.

Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers.

That day, a wide variety of businesses throughout the village will offer discounts, giveaways, door prizes, activities and more. A map of all participating businesses, their hours, and special offers will be available at the businesses, and the first 10 customers at each location will receive a goody bag filled with information, coupons and treats.

New downtown lights coming to Carrollton

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
FPS Reporter


Carrollton Council is “lighting the way” for a more visible village.

Village Administrator Mark Wells asked council for a motion to change the light post fixtures to LED during the meeting Monday evening.

Wells explained there are 47 light posts in the downtown area that light the park and walkways. Approximately 10 bulbs need replaced each year and some of the fixtures are in need of repair. The existing fixtures are a metal halide 175 watt bulb rated for 20,000 and costs $78 per year to run.

The new fixtures would be LED Light Plant 120-watt bulbs rated at 100,000 hours and cost $54 per year to run. Over the lifetime of the LED fixture, the village would change approximately five light bulbs per fixture at a cost of $250 each amounting to $1,250 in maintenance cost in addition to the energy cost.

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