Township roundup: Charlestown, Atwater, Rootstown, Palmyra


Charlestown will observe Memorial Day with a short parade and ceremony at 11 a.m. May 30. Children are encouraged to decorate their bicycles and join the procession. Participants should arrive at the fire station at 10:30 a.m. to get organized for the short parade to the cemetery.

This year’s guest speaker will be Major Shaun Robinson from Camp Garfield (the former Ravenna Arsenal). Boy scouts will lay a wreath for each war, and a roll call of veterans will be read. The Ravenna VFW will present a 21 gun salute.

Trustees are pleased to announce that the township website is up and running. Visit for the latest news and links to resources and information.


Atwater trustees authorized tearing down two unoccupied, condemned houses, one at 1499 Whittlesey Ave. and one at 1326 Wilson Ave. The owners have not cared for the properties despite having received notice, Trustee Peggy Bainey said.

Trustees are hoping to acquire a used mower with a ditch boom from Marlboro Township, which is looking to replace theirs. No word on when or if that deal will actually come through.

A veteran banner featuring John Grate, one of Atwater’s first veterans, will soon hang on a township utility pole. Trustees approved the last-minute $100 purchase just in time to meet the May 14 deadline.


Kelly Avenue is about to get a facelift as trustees approved a repaving bid earlier this week. No word on when work will start, but the hope is to get the job started “sooner rather than later,” Trustee Dave McIntyre said.

Zoning personnel are working with the county to ensure the township’s subdivision regulations are correct and will protect the township.


Palmyra will hold its spring cleanup from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 11 and from 7:30 a.m. to noon June 12 in front of the fire station. Township personnel will be on hand to assist. The cleanup is for township residents only, and ID will be checked. The township is accepting appliances and electronic waste such as computers, TVs and batteries. No tires will be accepted, and trustees encourage contractors with large amounts of building material to find other means to dispose of it.

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Wendy DiAlesandro is a former Record Publishing Co. reporter and contributing writer for The Portager.