The unofficial start of summer has come. I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend and took the opportunity to honor those who have given their lives to protect our freedom. We also honor our veterans and those who bravely serve in our military currently.

However, I also am thankful for our first responders, law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, who daily protect us. It seems the meaning of Memorial Day has broadened. We will still remember those who have served and given their lives while honoring those who currently serve and protect. May God bless them all.

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It is yard sale season and here in Charlestown we are looking forward to the Community-Wide Yard Sale Days. All residents are invited to plan their yard sale for June 21 and 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (June 23 is optional). The Charlestown Activity Committee will advertise all sales in a community ad in the Record-Courier and on the township sign next to the fire department. Maps will be drawn and distributed marking the location of the sales to be handed out to shoppers.

To be included in the ad and the map, you must register your sale. Please call 330-296-7573 (if no answer, please leave a phone number) or email ruthannbartholomew@yahoo.com. The more people who participate will draw more people to your sale.

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Just a reminder to mark your calendar for Saturday, Aug. 3, 3 to 7 p.m., for the 17th Annual Charlestown Summer Festival and Car Show. There will be something fun for all ages. The bungee is back this year along with many favorite activities.

There will be a petting zoo with pony rides, food and lots more. The Car Show will be fabulous. Set in all shade, the cars never disappoint. Vendors are welcome and may call Susan Forgacs at 330-607-7824 for information. All are welcome so plan on attending for a fun afternoon!

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The Robinstine family recently took a seven-night cruise on the Celebrity Equinox. Joining Rance and Susie were sons Todd Hurd and fiancée Suzanne Lewis of Charlestown and Rance Michael and Adrienne Robinstine of Reminderville.

They boarded the ship in Miami. Their first port was Key West and then continued to Costa Maya, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. The ship offered great entertainment both day and night. They enjoyed comedians, music, dancers and food, of course.

During the day they planned their own activities but they had dinner together nightly, trying different foods and indulging in some favorites. I’m told that Todd had 3 1/2 lobster tails on lobster night and Susie had pizza and ice cream everyday!

They took land excursions of sightseeing, shopping and eating. In Costa Maya, they swam with the dolphins (a dream of Suzanne's) and in Grand Cayman, they swam with and fed the stingrays. Adrienne even took a class in "hot glass" and brought home a beautiful creation to remind her of this vacation. Susie thanks Rance Michael for making all the travel arrangements and is ready to go on another family vacation soon.

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The Activity Committee would like to welcome new member, Megan Harris. She will be a great addition to the group. If anyone would like to be a member of this committee, please contact me at the phone number or email address below. We are always looking new people.

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Contact Ruth Ann Bartholomew at 330-296-7573 or ruthannbartholomew@yahoo.com.