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Hope Players change May production

Hope Players change May production

HOPEDALE – The Hope Players have made a change in their May production, and need more actors for the new show. Instead of Walter Blake’s comedy, “The Nutt Family,” the Players will present Charles Aidman’s adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters’ classic poetry cycle, “Spoon River Anthology.” The show examines the lives of people in a small town shortly after the turn of the twentieth century. “Spoon River Anthology” will be presented at Harrison East Elementary School in Hopedale at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4. According to Hope Players executive director Andrew Pelegreen III, who is directing the production, the change of plays was made after auditions were held for “The Nutt Family.” Pelegreen explained, “After we saw the level of talented people trying out for “The Nutt Family,” we decided to offer them the opportunity perform a more challenging play.” But Pelegreen noted that “Spoon River Anthology” presents an additional challenge: it requires more actors than tried out for “The Nutt Family.” “Because of the need for more actors, we’re inviting all available area actors to come to our rehearsal at noon this Saturday, March 29, at Harrison East Elementary, to audition,” Pelegreen said. “Because actors will be playing multiple characters, we can be flexible with rehearsals, and we’ll be able to work around scheduling conflicts,” Pelegreen added. Rehearsals are held Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at noon at the school.  Pelegreen also noted that anyone interested in working on the technical aspects of “Spoon River Anthology” should come to the rehearsal this Saturday at noon to volunteer their services. Anyone with questions about participating in “Spoon River Anthology,” and those unable to attend Saturday’s rehearsal, should contact Pelegreen at 740-937-2629, prior to the rehearsal. The Hope Players are dedicated to presenting family-friendly community theater for area residents. More information about the organization is available at their Web site, www.hopeplayers.org.

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CADIZ – Cadiz VFD responds to a building collapse on Market Street. Initially, a small portion of the wall collapsed, however, approximately an hour after the incident, the structure lost stability causing more damage. The building housed Hair Haven hair salon. There were no injuries, and no one in the structure at the time. Officials are currently unclear as to the cause of the structure failure, and stated that an investigation is forthcoming. Photos by Mike Sieber                    

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Hope Players Reader’s Theater production presents unique challenges

Hope Players Reader’s Theater production presents unique challenges

HOPEDALE – The Hope Players’ readers’ theater production of Roi Cooper Megrue’s comedy, “Seven Chances,” to be presented this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Hopedale Social Hall, presented a number of unique challenges, according to Charles Calabrese of Wintersville, who adapted and directed the play from the public domain script. The play tells the story of Jimmie Shannon, a young stockbroker whose grandfather leaves him twelve million dollars, provided he gets married by a looming deadline. With his friends at a men’s club lining up the ladies, Jimmie goes through a series of hilarious and embarrassing proposals before he finds that true love has been staring him in the face from the beginning. “The first challenge was adapting the script for a modern audience without losing the flavor of the original,” Calabrese said. “There are certain words and terms that have a very different meaning than they did in 1920, when the play was written, and the adapter has to find words and terms that mean the same as the original, but are understandable to a twenty-first century audience, while still fitting in with the spirit of the original dialogue,” he explained. “The second challenge was casting a play requiring 16 actors at this time of year,” Calabrese said. “Some actors have problems with the winter weather, and others have other commitments,” he noted. “This play could not have been presented without a lot of friends willing to do the show, and vital assistance from Andy Pelegreen in using his resources to recruit others,” he added. Andrew Pelegreen III, executive director of the Hope Players, said he was glad to help with the casting. “I’ve been there myself, calling everyone I could think of, asking actors to do parts or give suggestions for other actors to be contacted,” he acknowledged. “Every community theater has the same problem when not enough actors are available,” he said. Calabrese said the third challenge is presented by the age range of the actors. “Our youngest cast member is twelve, and our oldest are in their sixties, with a lot of ages in between, so we have many different frames of reference through which they interpret the play,” he noted. “But we’re fortunate that every cast member, regardless of age, is very smart and very dedicated to making this readers’ theater production the best it can be,” he added. Advance tickets for “Seven Chances” are available from any cast member or at the Hopedale Municipal Building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For further information, contact executive director Andrew Pelegreen III at 740-937-2629 or President Donna Runt at 740- 937-2208. Advance tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for Tickets will be sold at the door at a price of $7 for adults and $5 for students. More information about the Hope Players is available at their Web site, www.hopeplayers.org. Pictured above, Brooklyn Binger, Ruby Foutz, Roger Van Horn, Ellie Talbott and Aqua Beckett rehearse for the Hope Players’ readers’ theater production of “Seven Chances” by Roi Cooper Megrue, and adapted for readers’ theater by Charles Calabrese.

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Lakeland Academy begins anew

Lakeland Academy begins anew

By AMY GAREIS, News-Herald Staff Writer  FREEPORT – Lakeland Academy Community School is beginning a new year with a refurbished space and more students yearning to learn. The school has completed renovations at its site along 101 Main St.  Superintendent Chuck Bizzari said the building will be showcased during an open house on Feb. 14 from 1-4 p.m. Area officials and others will be invited to view the newly remodeled facility, which houses four classrooms for combined grades K-1, 2-4, 5-8 and 9-12 and even a computer lab. A light lunch will also be featured that day. “[The work] finished during Christmas break. We had floors and carpeting done after the holiday break. A lot of usable rooms were done between Thanksgiving and Christmas and we’ve pretty much gotten a clean bill of health from the state,” Bizzari said. “We moved in mid-October of 2012 and changed contractors during the summer of 2013. We put a new roof on during the summer and will probably paint this summer.” The 80-foot-by-70-foot facility was also retrofitted with new restrooms, a small cafeteria, conference room, staff kitchen, office and a maintenance room. Additionally, some lockers were donated from the former Indian Creek Middle School in Mingo Junction and Lakeland acquired 24 desktop computers in the centralized lab, as well as 12 laptops, and Bizzari mentioned that each teacher received a laptop to work at home. “Our goal is to have a computer for every student and we are about 20 computers shy, but in the lab each class can work with them and we can rotate them out.” Lakeland Academy opened with 28 pupils in the fall of 2012 and presently has 62 attendants, which Bizzari attributed to a mixture of open enrollment from surrounding schools and the influx of oil and gas workers’ families. Businesses such as TJ’s Gas-N-Go and The Raider have provided drinks and food to the site while the recently formed Lakeland Academy Community Organization provides one hot lunch per month since no actual kitchen is on-site. Students primarily brown bag their lunches or have the opportunity to go home, while high school pupils can walk the short distance to the Raider for a meal. The organization has also held fundraisers and other events to promote Lakeland Academy and some charities. “I think with every year of the school’s presence it will become more accepted,” Bizzari concluded. “Right now, it seems to fill a niche for the younger kids.” For more information about the school, call 740-658-1042. Details of Lakeland Academy Community School’s renovations can be found in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

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Gable’s 113th birthday set

Gable’s 113th birthday set

By AMY GAREIS, News-Herald Staff Writer  CADIZ – Happy Birthday, Mr. Gable! The Clark Gable Foundation Museum will observe what would have been the local native and Hollywood legend’s 113th birthday on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. with cake and coffee at the museum on Charleston Street in Cadiz. Executive Director Nan Mattern said it will be a low-key affair and it is open to the public while tours will be available. She said some newer items were recently donated by resident Shelly Coffelt and will be on hand for viewing. “We’ll open to celebrate his birthday [because] he was born on Feb. 1, 1901,” Mattern said. “We’ve been doing this for the past five years. People are welcome to come and celebrate Clark Gable’s birthday.” The museum is closed until March 1 but will open by appointment. Come the spring, hours of operation will be Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with extended days in summer. The site will be open on Saturdays in May and Sundays in June. For more information, contact the museum at 740-942-4989 (GWTW) or Mattern at 740-942-2505. More information on this annual event can be found in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

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Nile K. Rhoads

Nile K. Rhoads

Nile K. Rhoads, age 65, of 234 Penn Avenue, Bowerston, Ohio, died Monday afternoon, April 14, 2014 in the Aultman Hospital at Canton following a long illness.  He was born November 22, 1948 in Dennison, Ohio, and was the son of the late Glenn Earl Rhoads and Betty E. Fick Rhoads Echelberry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter Carrie Ann, a brother Mark, a niece Alyssa Echelberry, his step-father Everett Echelberry and a step-brother Alvin Echelberry. Public graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 in the Longview Cemetery at Bowerston with Mr. Karl Henry officiating. The Carroll County combined units of the V.F.W., D.A.V. and the American Legion will provide military honors. A time of private visitation will be observed by the family in the Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home at Sherrodsville, who is handling arrangements. To leave an online condolence message, please visit the funeral home Web site www.baxtergardner.com. A full obituary will appear in the next print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

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Video highlights from Huskies vs Indian Creek, October 25, 2013.                                                                            

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CADIZ – Cadiz VFD responds to a building collapse on Market Street. Initially, a small portion of the wall collapsed, however, approximately an hour after the incident, the structure lost stability causing more damage. The building housed Hair Haven hair salon. There were no injuries, and no one in the structure at the time. Officials are currently unclear as to the cause of the structure failure, and stated that an investigation is forthcoming. Photos by Mike Sieber                    

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Nile K. Rhoads

Nile K. Rhoads

Nile K. Rhoads, age 65, of 234 Penn Avenue, Bowerston, Ohio, died Monday afternoon, April 14, 2014 in the Aultman Hospital at Canton following a long illness.  He was born November 22, 1948 in Dennison, Ohio, and was the son of the late Glenn Earl Rhoads and Betty E. Fick Rhoads Echelberry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter Carrie Ann, a brother Mark, a niece Alyssa Echelberry, his step-father Everett Echelberry and a step-brother Alvin Echelberry. Public graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 in the Longview Cemetery at Bowerston with Mr. Karl Henry officiating. The Carroll County combined units of the V.F.W., D.A.V. and the American Legion will provide military honors. A time of private visitation will be observed by the family in the Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home at Sherrodsville, who is handling arrangements. To leave an online condolence message, please visit the funeral home Web site www.baxtergardner.com. A full obituary will appear in the next print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

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James A. Smith

James A. Smith

James A. Smith, 74, of Cadiz, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Trinity Medical Center West in Steubenville. He was born June 2, 1939 in McIntyre, Ohio, a son of the late Minnie White. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, “Dump” Smith. A memorial service will be held on a date to be announced. Online condolences may be made at www.clark-kirkland.com. A full obituary will appear in the next print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

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Oma E. Ralston

Oma E. Ralston

Oma E. Ralston, age 79, of Scio died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Carriage Inn Nursing Home, Cadiz after a lengthy illness. Born January 30, 1935 in Hagerstown she was a daughter of the late James P. Cotter and Opal King Cotter. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, James E. Ralston, on January 27, 1998, an infant daughter Karen Ralston and two brothers and a sister. Services will be held Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. in Hanover Methodist Church with Pastor Roger Zimmerman officiating. Friends may call prior to the service from 12 – 3 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hanover Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Jerry Valdinger 36880 Gundy Ridge Rd., Scio 43988. Koch Funeral Home, Scio has been entrusted with her arrangements. A full obituary will appear in the next print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

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Robert E. “Robbie” Harmon, Jr.

Robert E. “Robbie” Harmon, Jr.

  Robert E. “Robbie” Harmon, Jr., 52, of Cadiz, Ohio formerly of Freeport, Ohio and Cudahy, California, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Carriage Inn of Cadiz. He was born August 30, 1961 in Dennison, Ohio, a son of Robert Harmon Sr. and Beverly Blake Harmon of Cadiz. Friends may call Wednesday, 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, Cadiz, with Rev. Craig Haney and Rev. Ernest Creamer officiating. Burial will follow at Cadiz Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.clark-kirkland.com.A full obituary will appear in the next print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

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Frances B. Reven

Frances B. Reven

Frances B. Reven, age 87, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 at her family home in Londonderry Township. She was born in Barberton, Ohio on May 10, 1926 to the late John Wesley and Grace (Arnold) Hannum. She wed John Reven on January 11, 1958 to whom she was married for forty-five years until his death in 2003. Services were held at the Bond Funeral Home April 9 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Richard Robertson officiating. Burial followed at Sunset View Cemetery. The Family wishes to thank Cari Howdyshell, Kathy Bassett, Breanna Cooper, and Darla Kahrig who were kind and compassionate care givers for our mother. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.bondfuneral.com . A full obituary will appear in the next  print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

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Elizabeth Anne Williams Buck

Elizabeth Anne Williams Buck

Elizabeth Anne Williams Buck age 85 died Tuesday morning, April 8, 2014. Her mother, Sara Williams and her father Dean Williams, precede her in death. Her brother, William Bryant, a B-24 bombardier, was killed in World War II. Friends may call Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Robert Hooker officiating. Burial will follow at Cadiz Union Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.clark-kirkland.com. A full obituary will appear in the next  print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

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Martha (Jozwiak) Haney

Martha (Jozwiak) Haney

Martha (Jozwiak) Haney, 92, of Cadiz, Ohio, passed Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Carriage Inn of Cadiz. She was born in Lafferty, Ohio on October 30, 1921, a daughter of the late Frank and Leona Opelar Jozwiak. Martha was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Haney; brothers, Edward, Michael, Joseph and Walter Jozwiak; sisters, Virginia Sconzo, Gertrude Sconzo, and Elizabeth Palicka. Friends were received Monday March 31, 2014 from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. at Borkoski Funeral Home, 555 East Market Street, Cadiz, Ohio, with Rev. Tim McGuire officiating. Interment followed at Cadiz Union Cemetery.  Offer online condolences at www.borkoskifuneral.com. A full obituary will appear in the next print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

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Gilbert R. Schoolcraft

Gilbert R. Schoolcraft

 Gilbert R. Schoolcraft, 83, of 3069 Amsterdam Rd. SE, Scio, died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Minerva Eldercare after a short illness. Born June 26, 1930 in Roane Co., W.Va. he was a son of the late Homer and Ada Perkins Schoolcraft. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a step-brother Danise Perkins and sisters Garnet Byrd, Pat Smith, Emma Purcell and Opal Woodson. Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in Koch Funeral Home, Scio with Pastor Deborah Kellar officiating. Burial will follow in Hanover Methodist Cemetery, Scio. Friends may call Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Dr. Suite E, Green, OH 44685. A full obituary will appear in the next print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

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Emma Ball Harden

Emma Ball Harden

Emma Ball Harden, 78, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, in Panama City Beach, Florida on April 5, 2014. Emma was born in Boone County, W.Va. on January 2, 1936. She was the beloved wife and best buddy of Robert Harden, her husband of 58 years. Robert is from Cadiz, Ohio, and graduated from Cadiz High School in 1951. She was preceded in death by her father, Cyril Ball, and her sister Marilyn, of Boone County, W.Va. Celebration of her life will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy in her honor, be made to Emerald Coast Hospice, 2925 Hwy. 77 North, Panama City, Florida 32405. A full obituary will appear in the next print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

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Vera V. Copeland

Vera V. Copeland

Vera V. Copeland, 91, formerly of Cadiz,died peacefully on Friday morning, April 4, 2014, with her family at her side. She was born in Cadiz on June 15, 1922, the daughter of the late Lattimer and Mabel (Mallernee) Davis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Martha, Kathleen and her brothers Donnie and Ernie. A graveside funeral service, celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 7,  2014, in the Union Cemetery, Cadiz, with her Pastor, Rev. Richard Hasley  as celebrant. The family prefers that memorials be directed to the Scott United Methodist Church or the foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio, PO Box 430, Newark, Ohio 43058. Hoskinson Funeral & Cremation Service, Kirkersville, is honored to care for the Copeland Family. A full obituary will appear in the next print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

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