Around Charlestown by Ruth Ann Bartholomew

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Township Trustee Bruce Lang has a lot to be thankful for. As he was driving home from work the Friday before Christmas, during a horrible snowstorm, a vehicle traveling toward him lost control and slid sideways into his lane.

The crash that followed also involved the car behind him, who slammed into him from behind. Unable to get out of his truck, he calmly called 911. The dispatcher wanted to call his wife, Amy, but he said no.

He knew she was already taking her parents home and didn't want her out in the terrible conditions longer than needed. When the emergency crew arrived, they had to cut Bruce out of his truck. While lying in the emergency room, Amy called to let him know she had made it to her parents' home and how bad the roads had been.

Bruce finally told her where he was, what had happened, that he was OK and she didn't need to come. Wanting reassurance, Amy called to speak with the emergency room nurse who also said Bruce would be fine. Still not totally satisfied, she sent her twin, Susie Knudsen, to the hospital to check up on Bruce. (Sisters are a wonderful thing!) Bruce was blessed to only have some bumps and bruises and is already back to his mischievous ways.

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Sincere condolences to the family of longtime resident and member of Charlestown United Methodist Church, Kathryn Armentrout. Mrs. Armentrout died just before Christmas. The church provided a luncheon for her family and friends after the funeral service. Life events such as this bring people back into your lives that you may not see often, or people from your past that you might never see again.

I've known the Armentrout family for many years. As youngsters, the Armentrout boys were playmates and tormentors to my sister and me, so at the gathering, it was fun to tell some "stories" to their nieces.

I also got the chance to speak with Mike and Becky (Marik) Sterling. Both are Southeast High School graduates and Mike's family were residents of Charlestown many moons ago. His younger sister, Lisa, was also a playmate of mine. She and her family live in Cleveland Heights. His older sister, Sue, who had a beautiful singing voice as I remember, now lives in Cuyahoga Falls with her family. Mike and Becky also live in Cuyahoga Falls and Mike is the owner of Ansco Machine. His mother, Vera Sterling, is 94 years old and is a resident of an assisted living community. His father, Dale, died several years ago.

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David and Pam Burt treated their family to a wonderful Christmas gift. They took daughter Leslie and Jeff Abbuhl and children Lydia, 5, and Parker, 3, and Kyle and Holli Burt and daughter Cheyenne, 4, to Florida to enjoy a five-day Disney cruise and four days at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

On the cruise to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, they enjoyed many fun activities and time with Disney characters. While at the Magic Kingdom, Lydia rode all the rides with the younger ones almost keeping up with her. Papa (David) and Nani (Pam) had to call it quits after a roller coaster did Nani in, but everyone got to enjoy Mickey's Christmas Spectacular Parade and Party.

Lydia and Cheyenne were in awe of all the princesses and Parker became their little pirate and really liked Mickey. Pam said it was beautiful to visit at Christmas time and it even snowed on Main Street Disney! They all agree that Disney really is a magical place.

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Mark your calendars for the next all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet hosted by Charlestown United Methodist Church.

The delicious buffet will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the town hall, located at Newton Falls Road and Rock Spring Road.

Included on the buffet are pancakes, biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, ham, muffins and fruit crisp.

Coffee, orange juice or tea are included at $6 for adults, $3 for ages 6 to 10, while children 5 and under eat for free. Proceeds will benefit the church's Building On The Rock building fund.

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The Southeast Ministerial Association will once again host weekly combined services at area churches during Lent. All services will begin at 7 p.m.

n Feb. 13 -- Edinburg United Church of Christ -- Ash Wednesday

n Feb. 17 -- Palmyra United Methodist Church -- The Rev. Brian Oglesbee

n Feb. 24 -- Charlestown United Methodist Church -- The Rev. Don Booth

n March 3 -- Edinburg United Church of Christ -- The Rev. Tom Holbrook

n March 10 --Deerfield United Methodist Church -- The Rev. Tim Payrose

n March 17 -- Wayland Community Church -- The Rev. Jody Hill

n March 24 -- Deerfield Friends Church -- Palm Sunday Cantata

If you would like to participate, the combined church choir will meet weekly before each service at 5 p.m.

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Contact Ruth Ann Bartholomew at 330-296-7573 or

ruthannbartholomew@yahoo.com with your Charlestown news.

Posing with Mickey are, from left, Cheyenne Burt, Parker Abbuhl and Lydia Abbuhl.

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