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  • Carroll County Collage: Shedding light on the Carrollton Music Study Club

  • M and M. No, not Mantle and Maris. And not that sugar-coated candy that melts in your … well, you know. I mean music and medicine. I’ve been told that music is the medicine for a troubled soul. So today’s column is about music and medicine.

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  • M and M. No, not Mantle and Maris. And not that sugar-coated candy that melts in your … well, you know. I mean music and medicine. I’ve been told that music is the medicine for a troubled soul. So today’s column is about music and medicine.
    Rose Seck has been a member of the Carrollton Music Study Club for 25 years, a mere pittance compared to the number of years that have passed since the club was formed in 1924. I can’t believe I’d never heard of this, and I wonder how many other Carroll Countians share my ignorance.
    “The purpose is to bring the community together and to support our musicians,” Seck said. “We do that by offering scholarships to sophomores, juniors and seniors.”
    The scholarships aren’t large, and often aren’t used for college fees.
     “Most kids use them for vocal or instrumental lessons, and maybe to help some who are going to college to study music,” she said. “Some even use the money to buy sheet music or instruments.”
    A total of four scholarships totaling $1,200 will be given this year at the Carrollton High School choir concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the high school. One is for $500 in honor of Kathryn Cramblett and another for $300 in memory of Betty Coe. Both women were long-time members of the club who died this year. The other scholarships are for $250 and $150.
    The scholarships are open to any student at Carrollton, Brown Local or Conotton Valley schools who live in Carroll County. Seck said the club has not received scholarship applications from Brown Local or Conotton Valley for several years. Applications for next year’s scholarships will be available in each of the schools.
    Applicants for scholarships will be required to audition before a club committee.
    “Every September, we have what we call a Community Tea where we honor a local musician, and it could be anybody, not just students,” Seck said. “And we have an annual Christmas Vesper Service the first Sunday in December at the Church of Christ (Christian Disciples) on Moody Avenue. What a beautiful program to kick off the Christmas season as it was meant to be.”
    The club meets on a Saturday every month, but not a particular Saturday. It once had 25 members during Seck’s years but only 12 now. And they really do study music, including classical, American composers, rag time and Seck’s presentation at the next meeting called “Golden Oldies.”
    Seck is the club’s treasurer and scholarship chairman. Other officers are president Debra Nign, vice president Helen Maffett and secretary Cleo Young.
    “To be a member, you do not need to play an instrument or be a professional vocalist,” she said. “Just be interested in music and have a love for it.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Sound good to you? Call Seck at 330-627-4113.
    MEDCAMP
    MEDCAMP is a program at the Northeast Ohio Medical University set for July11-13 this year. It is geared to eighth-grade students who have demonstrated proficiency in science and an interest in a career in health.
    “The students will have experiences in bio-medical science workshops involving research, clinical problem-solving and an introduction to the fields of clinical medicine and pharmacy,” said Gina Ralston, program director. “They will join professors and college students in taking blood pressures, reading EKGs, working in the pharmacy lab and identifying bacteria under a microscope.
    “They also will complete a case study of a fictitious patient,” Ralston said. “The students can be recommended by a teacher, a guidance counselor, or even themselves.
    “The tuition cost is $125, but we do have tuition waivers based on household income,” she said.
    Ralston said she has not received any applications from the Carroll County area and hopes the program can grow some roots here this year.
    For info on how to apply, go to www.neomed.edu/academics/ahec/medcamp or call Ralston at 330-325-6584, but you had better hurry. The deadline to apply is Monday, but Ralston said she is willing to accept any applications that are postmarked by April 26. It will involve getting information, including teacher recommendations, to her as quickly as possible.
    SUPPORT CCVFD
    The Carroll County Volunteer Fire Department is holding another fundraising spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the station at 1101 N. Lisbon St. Presale costs are $7 for adults, $5 for ages 4-12 and those younger than 4 eat free. Tickets at the door are $1 higher. Tickets are available from any department member.
    CHURCH CRAFT SHOW
    Carrollton Assembly of God Church’s third annual craft show is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Yes, TODAY. It’s at the Carrollton YMCA on Moody Avenue SW. It is the major fundraiser for the Women’s Ministries and all proceeds will be used to fund future projects. There will be more than 30 crafters/vendors, door prizes and a lunch stand. Admission is free.
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