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To the Editor:
Fireworks related injuries are at an all-time low which makes a strong case for changing the old and out-dated consumer fireworks laws in this state to provide for sensible and regulated use of all consumer fireworks.

In 2008, fireworks related injuries reported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission dropped to 7,000, a reduction of over 28 percent from the year before and a reduction of 44 percent in the last 15 years since 1994.

1994 is a very relevant year because that is when the American Fireworks Standards Laboratory (AFSL) began its Quality Improvement Program, which includes the testing of the consumer fireworks products at the factory level in China before the products are permitted to be exported to the U.S. If the products fail the AFSL testing, they cannot be exported to  America. Phantom Fireworks is one of the founding members of the AFSL.

In 1994, 117,000 pounds of fireworks were imported into the U.S. and that amount almost doubled to 213,000 pounds in 2008. When you factor in usage, based on injuries per 100,000 pounds of fireworks used, the fireworks related injuries actually dropped from 10.7 injuries per 100,000 pounds of fireworks in 1994 to 3.3 in 2008, a reduction of over 69 percent. That is seriously impressive.

The norm with consumer products is more use results in more injuries. Consider such products with which risk is associated such as ATVs, Jet Skis, trampolines and the like, and the result is undisputed that increased injuries occur with increased use. Not so with consumer fireworks where use has increased and injuries have decreased.

Indiana legalized the regulated use of all consumer fireworks in 2006 and the result, in addition to more tax revenue and more employment for Indiana residents, is an amazing reduction in fireworks related injuries over the three seasons. For 2006, the Indiana Dept. of Health reported 251 fireworks related injuries. That reported number dropped to 156 in 2007 and to 141 in 2008. Legalization of the products actually resulted in safer use through education and public service announcements.

The consumer fireworks safety record and greatly improving injury statistics are manipulated and misrepresented by anti-fireworks ground intended on taking away one more freedom from citizens in this country – the freedom to celebrate our heritage of independence with fireworks. The facts are undisputable. Fireworks related injuries have decreased when fireworks use has significantly increased.

Future second U.S. President John Adams suggested on July 3, 1776, in a famous letter to his wife, Abigail, that Independence Day “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade…bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward forevermore.”

It is time to write or e-mail your state legislator and ask that the state legislature reconsider the out-dated consumer fireworks laws. Tell your legislator you support the right to celebrate freedom with fireworks in the spirit of John Adams and that you support the sensible and regulated use of all consumer fireworks.

Please enjoy the Independence Day holiday with your family and celebrate safely.

William A. Weimer
Vice President
Phantom Fireworks
Youngstown, OH


To the Editor:
The Carroll County Unit of the American Cancer Society wants to express our sincere gratitude to all volunteers and participants in the 2010 RELAY FOR LIFE held on June 18 - 19 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. We raised over $27,500 surpassing our goal of $25,000. This was only accomplished by the wonderful people who worked all year on such great projects of every kind, large and small. We hope that each person who did anything to help with Relay: business owners who donated goods or gifts, was a team captain, was a team member, was a supporter of a team, bought a luminary or just came out and enjoyed encouraging the participants will take a moment and appreciate that the money we raised that goes to research might be the dollar that supports the cure or the new medicine that stops the advancement of any of the types of cancer. We did a great service for our loved ones, the ones we honored and the ones we remembered at Relay.

Each year our survivor participation increases in numbers and that is the reason we can all feel pride in what is being accomplished. We would like to thank and recognize the following businesses for their contributions: Ace Hardware,  Aultman, PNC Bank, Carrollton Business Women, Creekside Springs, Dellroy Market, Free Press Standard, Fusion Ceramics, Gionino’s Pizza, Manfull’s Market, Subway, Thorne’s Neighborhood Market, Wendy’s, Woods Grocery, McDonald’s, Ashton’s 5 c & 10 c Store, Dollar General Market, Bud’s Flowers & Gifts, Mercy Medical Center, Paint & Carpet,  Paperworks & More, Deluxe Body Shop, Inc.,  and Jean Miller – SS&E Laundry Service. The organizations for their services: Mark Walters and Boy Scout Troops #141, The Friendship Center, Malvern Elementary 2nd Grade Classes and the Carroll County Fair Board.  And the following individuals for their time, hard work and patience: Ruth Ann Albaugh, John and Melanie Campbell, Ron Eick, Jennifer Gotschall, Rev Kimberly Arbaugh, 7th & 8th Grade Cheerleading Squad, Avis Payne, Amy Pitts, Glenda Carter,  Robin Palmer, Chelsea McIntire, Aneissa Randal, Tammy Sanderson, Nancy Whitmore and Dan Yost.

Also, thanks to the teams and the team captains who worked so hard with us and pulled it all together with their numerous financial supporter: Aultman, Aultman Cancer Warriors, CC Weekend Warriors, Countryview Manor, Donna’s Deli, Estella’s Team, Free Press Standard, Huntington Bank, Grace for a Cure, Hope Walkers, Lady Basketball Warriors, Pan Thin or Hand Tossed,  Angels of Mercy, Pups for Life, Lucy’s Chuckwagon, Malvern Rotary, Stars of Hope, Team Super Cooper and Working for Hope. We apologize to any donor not listed; we appreciate all your support.

RELAY FOR LIFE brings together cancer survivors, patients and their loved ones, families, friends, and co-workers for a common cause, TO FIND THE CURE FOR CANCER. We hope that each one of you feels a smile in your heart for your reason for participating, and thank you for helping us raise over $27,500 to be used toward the cause.
There is no finish line until we find a cure!

Board Members of the
Carroll County Unit
of the American Cancer Society
Debbie Senko, Carol McIntire– Co Chairs
Wendy Gotchall – Board President


To the Editor:
I recently read a letter written by Ms. Shari Howells of the Carroll County Veterans Service office. Shari Howells plans to retire in March 2011 and here is a question about her accumulated sick and vacation time.

Apparently due to circumstances beyond her control, she accumulated more vacation and sick time than she was suppose to be allowed. Now there is some question as to whether or not she will receive these benefits upon her retirement.

I am a retired military veteran and I know Ms. Howells. I know her to be honest, kind and caring. She was helpful to me when I needed help. From all I can find out, she has done an outstanding job for our veterans and she has always been there for us.

I understand that Common Pleas Court is the appointing authority in this matter. I assume and hope there is no attempt to influence the Veterans Board in this matter.

In closing, I hope Shari Howells gets the consideration she deserves for her years of service to our veterans. I would like to see the area veterans respond to this situation and help Shari Howells as she has helped us. When she retires she will be sorely missed by all of us.


Robert K. “Skip” Bailey
Carrollton, OH

To the Editor:
We would like to thank the probation department and Judge Olivito for an outstanding job of collecting restitution for property that was stolen from BW Auto Wrecking and Sales.

Your dedication and prevalence on this matter is surely appreciated. Carroll County is very fortunate to have such a great working force. Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

BW Auto Wrecking and Sales
Bill and Cyndy Wells
Carrollton, OH


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