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By ruth Ann Bartholomew Published:

Santa Claus is coming to town! It is not too late to arrange a visit from the jolly old fellow for your child. Chauffeured by the Charlestown Volunteer Fire Department, Santa and his elf, Alyssa, will be in the township on Dec. 8 beginning at 5 p.m. All you need to do is purchase a gift for your child, wrap it and label it with the child's name, age and address. You must deliver it to the fire station on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. The delivery address must be in the township. This exciting surprise is free and is sponsored by the Activity Committee and the fire department.

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Excitement is in the air at Charlestown United Methodist Church. At a special service on Nov. 11, preliminary plans for an addition to the church were unveiled to the congregation. A vision committee has been meeting monthly for more than two years to prayerfully determine the needs of the church and community. It was decided that a community life center would meet those needs.

The addition will house a new kitchen, large bathrooms, classrooms and better handicap-accessibility. There will also be a community room that will seat up to 180 and will be used for dinners, receptions and community events. The original church building was built in 1859 and remained much the same until 1954 when an addition was built on the west side which was used for Sunday School rooms.

There was no indoor plumbing until 1968 when an addition on the south side added an office, restrooms and a small kitchen in the existing classroom area. The plans are to begin a fundraising campaign, Building On The Rock, in March 2013. For more information or to see how you can help, call the church office at 330-297-5391.

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The cold rainy weather didn't keep the trick-or-treaters from BOO! at the Park this year. The event was held at the town hall and the children enjoyed the decorations and treats handed out by the CUMC Youth Group.

Winners of the costume contest were 3 years and under: Parker Abbuhl, Mikayla Talliafero, and Mason Smith; ages 4 to 7: Cohen Oglesbee, Matthew Donovan and Savanah Tacklet; and 8 years and older: Maria Roderick, Shane McCulty and Casey Hartung. Each of the winners received a McDonald's gift card and a free wrist band for the 2013 Summer Festival.

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The Chili Cook Off hosted by the CUMC Youth Group in October was a tasty success. Ron Spicer ran away with the first-place entry, Joe Ruggles came in second place with Erika Obert placing third. The winners received a lovely trophy suitable for display and gift cards to area eateries. They are already working on their recipes for next year.

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Now that Thanksgiving is past, we look toward the Christmas season and wonder "How will I get everything done in time?" I hope you will take time to enjoy the gatherings of friends and family, worry a little less about finding the perfect gift and take a drive to look at Christmas lights.

But to truly experience Christmas, come to Charlestown United Methodist Church on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. The candlelight service, led by Pastor Brian Oglesbee, is a beautiful and meaningful experience. All are invited to attend. May you enjoy all the blessings of Christmas.

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For Charlestown news, contact Ruth Ann Bartholomew at 330-296-9573 or ruthannbartholomew@yahoo.com.

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