Around Charlestown: Eclipse party and more recaps from the early days of spring

L-R Front row: Tristan Burt, Kylar Burt, Hank Ruggles Middle row: Ruth Ann Bartholomew, Kelly Burt, Tracy Burt, Sophie Ruggles, Janet Burt(Charlestown), Duke Ruggles, Jeff Phile(Charlestown), Top row: Claudia and Bob Lewis(Charlestown), Kim Bradley, Debbie Phile(Charlestown), Jenna Phile, Rick Burt(Charlestown), Paula and Jon Rogers, Erin and Joe Ruggles.

What do you do when a once in a lifetime event is happening? You plan a party, right? That’s exactly what I did! An eclipse party! I asked my daughter, Erin and son-in-law, Joe to host the party because their deck provided the perfect unrestricted view of the sun. In all, there were 20 good friends and family members there to enjoy lunch and witness the eclipse, one that won’t happen in Ohio again until 2099.

During the totality the dusk to dawn lights came on around the neighborhood, there was no traffic and the birds were quiet. We were able to see Venus and Jupiter and the awesome flare of bright light. All agreed that it was a fun way to spend the afternoon.

Activity Committee members, (L-R) Kasey Keller and Kerri Fotheringham help the children select a toy.
Haisley Tenney (age 2) appears to be “hiding” from the Easter Bunny while big sister, Harper Tenney (age 7) Their parents are Joe and Angela Tenney of Charlestown.

The Easter Bunny finally made it to Charlestown on March 30. He was scheduled to come on March 23 but the wind chill was 16 degrees and the park was very muddy! Little did he know that the weather would be worse on the 30th but the Fire Chief, Randy Porter offered the use of the fire department to keep the Bunny and the children dry.

Of course the kiddos couldn’t actually hunt for the eggs but they were given filled eggs, picked out a toy from the Easter Bunny and had the opportunity to have their picture taken with the Bunny. A special added attraction: They were able to check out the fire trucks!

It’s Spring clean up time!. The trustees have arranged to have a large dumpster at the township park on Saturday May 4. No tires, chemicals or paint will be accepted. Proof of residency is required.

Ruth Ann Bartholomew
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