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  • CHRIS PARKER/THISWEEKNEWS
    Henry Dyer, 6, reads to Sheri Weiner and therapy dog Murphy during Tail Waggin' Tutors session Thursday, July 30, at the Mary E. Babcock Library in Johnstown.

    Kids respond to gentle, tailed tutor

    At the Mary E. Babcock Library, a sandy-colored goldendoodle named Murphy lay on a lime-green fleece blanket, softly panting, his tail wagging.
  • JOSHUA A. BICKEL/THISWEEKNEWS
    Summer Prevost exercises Ditto on July 15 at the Green Oak Equestrian Center and Riding School in Pataskala. Although 14-year-old Ditto went blind in both eyes, Prevost continued to train him and recently has competed with him.

    Bond of trust sees horse, rider through

    When Summer Prevost and her horse, Ditto, glided through a dressage competition June 13, most observers would never have guessed how difficult it was for the pair.
  • LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEKNEWS
    Laney Shull, co-owner of The Crafty Garden, works on an arrangement. Shull and fellow owner Maria Rogers opened The Crafty Garden at 28 S. Main St. in Johnstown.

    Business blooming for The Crafty Garden

    Maria Rogers said since she was 15 years old her dream has been to open a flower shop.
  • Lettuce Work

    JOSHUA A. BICKEL/THISWEEKNEWS (2)
    Joe Scheiderich of New Albany harvests lettuce while working June 17, at Lettuce Work in New Albany. The nonprofit business, owned by Julie and Doug Sharp of Johnstown, employs adults with autism who have barriers to employment. Kroger and Giant Eagle carry the company's lettuce in stores throughout the central Ohio area.

    Nonprofit sprouting future for those with autism

    Like other parents of autistic teenagers, Esther Brody began to wonder about her son's future.
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