The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

August 18, 2013

Plymouth Township residents greet one another at annual gathering

Star Beacon

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — The food choices were many and the conversation pleasant as dozens of township residents gathered to relax and catch up on the latest happenings in the area.

“Meet Your Neighbor Day” had a long history in Plymouth Township, but was revitalized in 2000 and has been drawing people together for more than a decade, organizers said.

“It’s a nice community event. It brings residents together and gives them a chance to reminisce,” said Plymouth Township Fire Chief Bill Strubbe while waiting for a helicopter to land.

The medical helicopter made a landing in a field on the site of the former Plymouth Township Elementary School and area residents toured the chopper.

Two-year-old Lyric Hutson, of Ashtabula, was happier than most as he sat on his father Travis’s shoulders and watched the helicopter land.

“He loves helicopters. He’s been on us to bring him all morning,” Travis Hutson said.

Pat Costilow is new to the area and wanted to meet some neighbors and attended the event with other family members including son Mark Costilow.

“They are brand new to the neighborhood and wanted to meet some neighbors,” said Mark Costilow who farms local land, but lives in Amherst.

“We hope to retire here,” he said.

The fire hall was packed with people eating a variety of food that was provided free to the community.

Plymouth Township Trustee Kevin Presley said it is a great time to get together and enjoy the “end of summer.”

Strubbe said it is a great time to display the fire department’s equipment for residents to see.