Adopt-a-Highway effort commemorates late teacher

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Written by LAURIE STEVENS BERTKE, Chronicle Writer   
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 04:01
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ASSUMPTION—Members of Assumption Holy Trinity have adopted a section of U.S. 20 to honor the late Charolette “Charlie” Adair, a parishioner who was struck by a vehicle and killed there last October while assisting at a crash scene.

The stretch of highway, which spans approximately three miles including the intersection at U.S. 20 and Fulton-Lucas Road where the accident occurred, is marked by a sign that reads, “Holy Trinity Church Remembers Charlie Adair.”

Members of Assumption Holy Trinity adopted a section of U.S. 20 to honor the late Charlie Adair, a parishioner who was struck by a vehicle and killed there last October while assisting at a crash scene. They completed their first litter pick-up along the route June 23. (Photo courtesy of Assumption Holy Trinity)
Members of Assumption Holy Trinity adopted a section of U.S. 20 to honor the late Charlie Adair, a parishioner who was struck by a vehicle and killed there last October while assisting at a crash scene. They completed their first litter pickup along the route June 23. (Photo courtesy of Assumption Holy Trinity)

A crew of eight volunteers completed their first litter pickup along the route June 23, according to Layth Istefan, the parishioner who initiated the project. Working for about two hours, they filled 16 trash bags in addition to cleaning up larger debris such as tire treads and hub caps.

Mr. Istefan, who serves on Holy Trinity’s pastoral council, says he drove past a wreath marking the spot where Mrs. Adair was killed every day for months and wanted to come up with a permanent way to remember her on that section of highway. As an employee of the Ohio Department of Transportation, he was familiar with the Adopt-a-Highway program and suggested it at a pastoral council meeting.

The idea was well received so he got to work making the arrangements. “Here we are six months later and we’ve got Charlie’s name on that section of highway, and it’s a recognition for her service and her dedication to the community,” says Mr. Istefan.

Twelve parishioners have already signed up to help with the project, which requires a commitment to pick up litter along the route at least four times a year.

“I’m sure every member of this group has their own story about Charlie because she touched a lot of lives, as a teacher, as a friend, as a volunteer,” says Mr. Istefan.

Mrs. Adair coached his daughter’s volleyball team and taught sixth grade at Holy Trinity, where she was an active parishioner. Her service also extended into the wider community through her work as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for Richfield Township.

“She was a friend, a parishioner, a teacher — she’s missed,” says Mr. Istefan. “But hopefully this will show the community and everybody that travels by how much we care about Charlie.”

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