It’s only days away until the annual Rummage Sale at Charlestown United Methodist Church. The doors will open at 10 a.m. Friday until 6 p.m. and again on from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. It will be held in the community room of the church, located at 6408 Rock Spring Road. There are always many treasures to be found, a bake sale and a lunch counter.

If you would like to donate any items to the sale, the drop-off dates are 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. For any questions, call Darla at 330-524-3628 or Lisa at 330-221-7672.

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The yearly dumpster provided by the township will be at the township park on May 5. Township residents may bring non-recyclable items for disposal. Please do not bring trash, tires, paint or batteries.

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Charlestown will observe Memorial Day on May 27 with a parade beginning at 11 a.m. and will proceed to the cemetery, where a brief service will be held. The parade will form at the township park at 10:30 a.m. and is open to all. If you have a classic car, truck, or tractor, please consider joining in. Organizations or families can enter a float, and children are invited to decorate their bicycles in a patriotic theme to compete for a prize. Free coffee and doughnuts for the parade viewers will be served across from the town hall, compliments of the Charlestown United Methodist Church.

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The Charlestown Township-Wide Yard Sale Days will be June 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. this year. If you would like to participate, your sale will be included in a group advertisement in the Record-Courier, paid for by the Activity Committee. A map showing the address and location of each sale will be made available to be handed out by participants. You may sign up by emailing your name, address and phone number to ruthannbartholomew@yahoo.com or by calling me at 330-296-7573.

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Jim Eskridge has been a dedicated, well-respected trustee in Charlestown for 25 years. During those years, he served on the Portage County Township Trustees Association as president for two years and vice president for four years. He also served as the chairman of the Advisory Council to the Health Department through the tenures of three directors. He has worked for the betterment of the township and has always made himself available to the residents for questions, comments and problems.

Jim turned 65 this month, so that meant he needed to sign up for Medicare. During the process, he was told he could not continue to serve as a trustee or it would adversely effect his benefits. After much consideration, Jim decided that he must resign his position as trustee.

Jim told me that he has enjoyed every minute of his service to the township and is sad that he can’t continue to serve the residents. He has enjoyed working with fellow trustees, Tim Patrick and Bruce Lang, and clerk Ruth Craft and added that they all have the best interests of the township in mind.

Jim’s replacement will be appointed by the remaining trustees after they interview the applicants. The seat will then come up for election this November.

I’m sure I am just one of many who hates to see Jim resign. However, Jim says he isn’t going anywhere and he will continue to volunteer and will help with anything the township needs. Thank you, Jim, for your many years of dedication to a mostly thankless job. You will be missed.

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Contact Ruth Ann Bartholomew at 330-296-7573 or ruthannbartholomew@yahoo.com with your Charlestown news.