Around Charlestown by Ruth Ann Bartholomew

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The weather was perfect for the 11th annual Charlestown Summer Festival and Car Show. The event was well attended and enjoyable for all ages.

Patty Eskridge was the lucky winner of the iPad mini. The winners of the Chinese auction baskets were Linda Bragg, Lori Artz, Tim Patrick and Tim Ubienski.

The car show had a record number of entries. The winners of the public favorites were Favorite Truck -- Anthony Gray's 1952 Ford F1; Favorite Car -- Carl and Linda Hollendonner's 1965 Corvair; Favorite Motorcycle -- David Dobrilovic's 1948 Indian Chief; and Favorite Tractor -- Frank E. Toth's Speedex.

The judged awards were Best Classic Car -- Lynn Rundo's 1955 Ford Thunderbird; Best Paint -- John Wanacheck's 1966 Mustang Mach I; Best Engine -- Jerry Cafarelli's 1970 Mustang Boss 302; and Best Prepared Car 2000 and newer -- Dennis and Pam Harner's 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona.

The winner of the I Did It With Pride Award was Anthony Gray's 1952 Ford F1 pickup and the Trustee Best of Show Award went to Alex and Debra Stall's 1941 Ford Convertible.

The Activity Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make the festival a success. Special thanks to our sponsors: Portage Community Bank, Maplecrest Farms (Dale and Don Nething), Tim Patrick Trucking, Griffith Trucking, Sabetti's Auto Body, Forgacs Farm, Amerigas, Wesley Electric, Shaggy Doo Dog Grooming, James R. Eskridge, Attorney, Shorts, Spicer & Crislip Funeral Homes, Ravenna Oil, Copper Kettle Antiques, Scott and Diane Morgan, Bruce and Amy Lang, A-1 Auto, Advance Auto Parts, Garro Tire and Automotive, Shayler Engraving, O'Reilly's Auto Parts, Car Quest and Sports Express.

The committee is already planning for next year's festival so make plans to attend Aug. 2, 2014.

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Cameron Cline takes a spin on the mechanical bull.

Anthony Gray's award wining 1952 Ford F1 pickup.

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The family of Charlie and Alice Griffith held their family reunion at Wingfoot Lake State Park in Suffield with 109 in attendance. Special guests were the three surviving sisters of the original 14 siblings, Joanne (Schwab) Butz, Marcene Sorboro and Phoebe (Beetler) Swain. In all, there were 10 families represented.

The highlight of the gathering was the Lee triplets. The miracle babies, who were born premature, are now 3 years old and are perfect in every way. Their parents are Joshua and Christal Lee. Great-great-grandmother Phoebe says they all thank God for them. Everyone had fun reminiscing about the good old days with special guests Stanley and Mary Ann Davis.

They had such a wonderful time that they made reservations for 2 p.m. July 26, 2014, and encourage the family to mark their calendars and plan to come.

(photo) Enjoying the Griffith family reunion are, from left, Joanne Schwab Butz, Marcene Sorboro, Eleanor Griffith and Phoebe Beetler Swain.

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Of interest to area friends and family, Ruth Beutler Strong will be 90 years young on Thursday. Her family would appreciate a card shower to mark this occasion for her.

They would love for her to receive 90 greetings. Ruth's address is 6637 Gettysburg Drive, Madison, WI 53705-4206.

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For Charlestown news, contact Ruth Ann Bartholomew at 330-296-7573 or ruthannbartholomew@yahoo.com.

 

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