Lake Township trustees for April 22

By MARY ANN KANNAM CantonRep.com staff writer

LakeLogoColorLAKE TWP. —Lake Township trusteesApril 22 meeting

KEY ACTION  Announced that the new Lake Township Recycle Center is open.

DISCUSSION  The new center is located slightly to the east of the previous recycle center and the township garage at 1499 Midway St. NW. Signs will direct township residents to the new larger center that includes a paved lot, fencing and security cameras. The center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

OTHER ACTION

  • Declared a nuisance exists at 12980 Grange Ave. NW because of “garbage, refuse and other debris.” If the owner does not clean up the property within seven days of receiving a certified notice, the township will hire someone to do the work and put the cost on the owner’s tax duplicate.
  • Declared that nuisances exist at 3393 Edison St. NW and 3407 Edison St. NW because of “junk motor vehicles,” according to the resolution.
  • Granted a request from the director of the Hall of Fame Senior Olympics to use the track and surrounding area at Lake Township Community Park for a 5k run on June 22.

UP NEXT  Meet at 6:30 p.m. May 13 at Township Hall.

Jeff Durbin: Life on a farm, strong work ethic shaped the man

By Todd Porter CantonRep.com staff writer

lakeFootballJeffLAKE TWP. —Everyone wonders where their place is in the world. It took Jeff Durbin a few years — 34 of them to be exact — but he found his in little Uniontown, Ohio, in 1985.

Durbin grew up on a farm in Danville, just north of Columbus. There isn’t much to do in Danville. Still, Durbin doesn’t complain.

He grew up the youngest of seven children. His father worked for the gas company and farmed the land. His mother worked in a small factory in town.

“Danville is a place for turkeys,” Durbin said. “Mom worked in a dressing plant there and she helped on the farm. My parents were workers and instilled that in all of us. It was a great experience for me. We never had a boring day. Ever.”

Durbin has built up the football program over the years the same way he learned to farm. He took his time. He cultivated the land. He worked hard. He respected players. He didn’t just get to know the community in Lake, he became a part of it.

Wednesday afternoon he told Lake athletic director Bruce Brown he was ready to spend time traveling with his wife Teresa. Durbin has acquired a taste for wine and enjoys visiting wineries in Northeast Ohio.

After 35 years of coaching football, Teresa finally gets her husband back in the falls. Durbin is only 61. He’s healthy. He can enjoy life … for the next year or two.

Maybe, he said, he would get back into football.

Selfishly, though, Stark County high school football lost a piece of its fabric. When a man spends 27 years coaching in one place, cultivating young people to become so much more than high school football memories, he leaves behind a void.

Likely in the next few years, Central Catholic head coach Lowell Klinefelter will retire, too. Klinefelter has been the Crusaders’ head coach for 40 years.

Combined, that’s 63 years of head coaching experience.

There is a great pressure on Brown, Lake Principal Kevin Tobin and Superintendent Jeff Wendorf to find not just any replacement for Durbin — who wants to fill those shoes — but the right replacement.

“I would say they are institutions,” Tobin said. “Someone like Lowell and Jeff … I push young coaches toward those guys. I hope young people will continue to look to them as mentors.”

Coaching, even in the high school level, has changed. Many young coaches aren’t looking to become fabrics of the communities they inherit as much as they look to them as a steppingstone.

“That’s one of the things that’s most disheartening,” Tobin said. “Coaches are looking at their own pieces and parts as opposed to we’re all in this together. You would go to a Stark County coaches’ meeting 30 years ago and the camaraderie was second to none. We’ve lost a little bit of that.”

Maybe it never comes back. Maybe coaches such as Klinefelter and Durbin, who came from parents who understood spots on a roster and, more importantly in life, were earned and not given, are a breed from yesteryear.

Over the last several years, Lake has built one of the finest Division II stadiums in the state without taxpayer money. They held fundraisers. Durbin recycled cans when he first started.

“We built that with fundraisers and sweat equity,” Durbin said.

It was common to find Durbin pushing a wheelbarrow through the stadium during the summer when the press box was being built.

Career stories such as Durbin’s don’t come along every day. He worked hard. He coached hard. He taught hard. His face has more wrinkles in it than when he started. He looks like a leathery old cuss. His handshake is still firm.

Now he gets to ride off into the sunset, holding the hand of the bride he wed 35 years ago and enjoy the twilight.

You wonder how many young men’s lives he changed, or shaped over the last three decades.

And Jeff Durbin answers the same way leaving as when he arrived.

“A lot of people deserve credit for it beyond me,” Durbin said.

He found his place in the world. He farmed it. He cultivated it.

Stark County is better off because of it, too.

FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT LAKE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA.

SONY DSCHARTVILLE SPITZER FORD INVITES YOU TO AN EXCITING FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT LAKE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA.

Hartville Spitzer Ford is bringing Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR School program to the Hartville/Uniontown community in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for the Lake High School Orchestra. For every person who takes the wheel and test-drives a new Ford vehicle at Lake High School Door on April 6th, Hartville Spitzer Ford will donate $20 to Lake High School Orchestra. “We know funding for school programs is hard to come by, and we want to do our part to help make sure these programs remain available,” said Julius Nagy, General Manager at Hartville Spitzer Ford .” “We’re excited to raise money for Lake High School Orchestra.”
The event, which will be held from 9:30 AM to 4 PM will feature many vehicles from Ford’s impressive line-up. “The orchestra participated in the Drive 4 UR School for the first time in 2010 and the support from the community was overwhelming,” said Debbie Lingenhoel, President of Friends of Lake Orchestra. “This is a great opportunity to help. It doesn’t cost you anything, except 10-15 minutes of time and the money raised will provide activities that extend beyond the classroom.”
To participate in this exciting event and get behind the wheel of your favorite Ford vehicle, please visit Lake High School Door #1 between 9:30and 4:00 on April 6th.

Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license. There is a limit of one test-drive per household. All test-drive will last approximately 7-10 minutes.

Naomi Harter Moore, 101

MooreNaomi Harter Moore, a life resident in this area, will celebrate her 101st birthday on March 25, 2013.  She was born in Cairo, Ohio in 1912 to John and Mary Harter.

Naomi went to school for the first eight years in a one-room schoolhouse. She played on a softball team made up of boys and girls and walked to schools in the area to compete with other teams. Naomi relates that the girls’ “uniforms” were the dresses they wore to school. In 1927, when Hartville High School was built, Naomi walked four miles to attend there until she was sixteen when she had to stop her formal education to go to work with her father, a local wallpaper hanger. When she married George Moore in 1932, the couple lived in Uniontown, Ohio on a small truck farm where they raised their two sons. In 1955, George and Naomi, working together, built a home in Uniontown doing most of the labor. In fact, Naomi helped shingle the roof, laid the bricks on the garage and installed the flooring in the kitchen.

The couple traveled extensively throughout the United States in campers they built and furnished themselves. After George died in 1983, Naomi continued to reside in her home until she was 98 years old. She did her own housework, laundry, cooking, and sewing until she moved to St. Luke Lutheran Community due to health issues.  Now, Naomi moves at a slower pace physically but still enjoys doing word puzzles, reading newspapers, novels, and her devotionals. She also likes playing board games and dining out. Her visits with friends and family are pleasurable to all because of her remarkable memory and knowledge of current events as well as reminiscing about her childhood and family genealogy.

Naomi’s two sons, Dean and Glenn, are deceased, as is Dean’s wife, Marlene. Her daughter-in-law, Janice Moore Dwenger, and husband Tom Dwenger are her present caregivers.  She also has six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She is the oldest member at St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church in North Canton, Ohio where she was baptized 100 years ago.  She has many friends at this church, old and young alike, who lovingly support her with welcomed cards and visits.

In February 2012, she went to Hartville Elementary School and helped the students including her two great-granddaughters celebrate the 100th Day of School. She told them stories of what it was like when she attended school some eighty-five years prior when the same building was then Hartville High School. In October 2012, Naomi enjoyed going to her Hartville High School Reunion when they honored the Class of 1930.

Naomi’s formula for her longevity is hard work, her faith in God and the love of life and other people. She celebrated her 101st birthday with a party attended by her many friends including some staff members from the St. Luke Lutheran Community, former neighbors, her St. Jacob’s Family, and her immediate and extended family. Birthday wishes can be sent to Naomi Moore at St. Luke Lutheran Community, 220  Applegrove St. NE, North Canton, OH 44720.

Local students sending snowflakes to Sandy Hook

LAKE TWP. —

Lake Local students sending snow flakes to Sandy HookWhen Sandy Hook Elementary School students return to class in January, their new school will be decorated with what could turn out to be thousands upon thousands of homemade snowflakes.

The Sandy Hook Parent-Teacher Association and Connecticut Parent Teacher Student Association sent out the call last week asking other PTAs to help create a “winter wonderland” to welcome the students to the unfamiliar environment of their new school in a neighboring town.

It’s been two weeks since a gunman entered their school and killed 20 first-grade students and six adult school employees.

Torie Utterback, a North Canton mother of two, received an email about the project and felt compelled to act.

“The email caught my attention. I love snowflakes, my friends will tell you,” she said.

And her friends showed up. Through Facebook and email, Utterback said, 22 families agreed to attend a snowflake-making marathon in the cafe room at Elite Sports, a business owned by Utterback’s sister, Laurie Thewes. Other families are making them at home and sending them to her.

With the help of girlfriends, Utterback set out several tables of materials, including snowflake cookie cutters, paper plates, glitter, markers, beads, coffee filters and pattern books. Hot cocoa, Goldfish crackers and popcorn were well stocked, too.

 

 

While she can’t explain the unexplainable to her children, Utterback said, this display of support was a good way for them to show solidarity and feel empathy.

Discussing the events of that awful day was not something she had on Thursday’s agenda.

“We have some preschoolers here that have the luxury of not knowing why we are doing this,” she said, adding, “I felt strongly that it was up to each individual family (to explain.)”

Her first-grader, Addy, had lots of questions, Utterback said, and they discussed the tragedy as a family.

She explained the snowflake project to Addy by asking her, if something bad were to happen, “wouldn’t it be nice if people you don’t know tried to make it better?”

Kim Rimmele, a teacher at Portage Collaborative Montessori School, brought her daughter, Tylar, a Greentown Intermediate School fifth-grader.

Rimmele said getting the Sandy Hook students in the door the first day will be an important step in their lives.

“Every corner they turn will be something they need to overcome, a hill to climb,” she said.

Tylar, 10, knew the purpose of the day and was hoping to make a difference.

“I hope the snowflakes make the kids feel happy that they have a new school and they can forget about the bad,” Tylar said.

Uniontown officer Daniel Stiles honored at memorial ceremony

captStilesA member of the Uniontown Police Department is among six law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty last year being honored during a ceremony in London, Ohio.

Thursday’s gathering at a training academy in London, west of Columbus, marks the 25th annual Ohio Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony. The attorney general’s office says the event honors six Ohio officers who died in 2011.

They include Capt. Daniel Stiles from the Uniontown Police Department. He was hit by a car while directing traffic on Feb. 15, 2011.

The other officers who died were from the Columbus, Sandusky and Stow police departments and the Warren and Clark county sheriff’s departments.

Officials also are adding six historical inductees to a memorial wall for fallen officers.

The state says 749 Ohio officers have been killed in the line of duty since 1823.

Drilling inspectors needed: Ohio looks to hire as shale play spreads to more counties

By Alison Grant, The Plain Dealer

Ohio_frackingOhio expects to triple the number of its oil and gas field inspectors, as horizontal drilling and fracking of shale formations intensifies and moves west across the state.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources wants to have 90 inspectors in the field by early next year, up from more than 30 today, spokeswoman Heidi Hetzel-Evans said.

State regulators are scrambling to keep up with Ohio’s latest energy push. They inspected 18 percent of the state’s 64,481 operating wells in 2011, leaving more than 50,000 wells unchecked.

“It’s almost a daunting task, but you gotta do the best you can,” said Gene Chini, district supervisor of the north region of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management.

Ohio has inspected a smaller share of its wells since 2009 than its neighbor in the shale boom, Pennsylvania. Ohio’s inspections also lagged those in three other big oil- and gas-producing states — Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma, though funding shortfalls in Oklahoma have cut inspection rates almost in half in recent years.

By Kari Matsko’s reckoning, hundreds of thousands of Ohio oil and gas wells go without annual inspections. Matsko, director of the People’s Oil and Gas Collaborative, a Lake County grassroots group, said the state has more than 275,000 wells when adding in those that are plugged or abandoned.

Some of them pose contamination danger, she said, pointing to a finding by federal investigators that natural gas in two residential water wells in Medina could have migrated from an abandoned gas well.

“Wells require a lifetime of care and feeding,” said Matsko. “They never go away.”

But others contend the focus most keenly belongs on wells under construction. Meanwhile, many existing wells are scant producers.

“Keep in mind that many of the 64,000 wells are classified as marginal wells that may produce less than 10 barrels of oil a year,” said Rhonda Reda, executive director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, which does public outreach for the industry. “If you took those out of there, I think you would look at a very high rate of visits (inspections) for those that are producing significant volume.”

James Zehringer, ODNR director, said the agency has begun hiring and training additional inspectors to insure that shale wells are correctly built and inspected.

Natural gas and oil reserves in Ohio’s Utica shale formations have attracted a rush of major companies leasing rights to drill horizontal wells and then fracture, or “frack,” the rock to release the gas and oil. Sixteen horizontal wells have been drilled and completed; nine so far are in production.

Zehringer said money from permit fees for shale exploration and drilling will pay for new workers to help not only with inspections but also enforcement and administrative work.

“A strong regulatory staff at ODNR will enable inspectors to be present at every critical stage of well construction, insuring these sophisticated structures are built in a manner that protects both people and the ecosystem,” Zehringer said in a statement late Tuesday.

Chini, based in Uniontown in Summit County, said inspectors monitor new wells at critical points in their construction. They’re on site when the “conductor pipe” is installed in glacial drift or other loose surface material to keep gravelly layers from washing away and destabilizing the drilling rig.

They police installation of the “surface casing” that is cemented in place and protects groundwater. When available, they also monitor installation of the “production casing” that carries oil and gas out of the ground. And they monitor “frack jobs,” when water under intense pressure is forced into well bores to fracture the shale.

If there is a violation, they continue to visit a well until it’s corrected, Hetzel-Evans said.

Inspectors also check wells when they close and the well site is graded and reseeded.

The shale push has also turned a spotlight on some of Ohio’s old wells.

Landowners are asking inspectors to check wells that may have lapsed out of production. Property owners hope that happens because then they might be freed from old leases and able to negotiate new contracts that pay more per acre and have fatter production royalties.

“With the advent of this shale gas, the Utica play, we’re getting a lot of calls,” Chini said.

Lake police to stay on job, for now

uniontown-police-officerThe Lake Township Police Department will continue patrolling the community at least until April, according to an order issued Tuesday.

Stark County Common Pleas Court Judge John G. Haas continued an order he issued in January, making a ruling that overturns results of the Nov. 8 election, when voters narrowly approved a levy creating the police department.

A hearing to review the status of the appeal and the stay has been set for April 9.

Haas’ decision has been appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court. Because the ruling deals with an election, the court will review the case. Lake Township trustees and a citizens group that supported the levy filed the appeal.

In November, voters approved a 4.5-mill levy to create a police agency to serve the township. Plans were to have the Uniontown Police Department become a townshipwide department.

Opponents filed a lawsuit because the ballot incorrectly stated the tax would cost 45 cents per $1,000 of valuation, instead of the correct $4.50 per $1,000.

Stark County reviews Lake Twp. levy error

By Nancy Molnar

Uniontown Police LevyCANTON: A state official alerted the Stark County Board of Elections in July about flawed ballot language in a Lake Township police levy that was approved in November but successfully challenged in court.

Gretchen Quinn, elections counsel for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, pinpointed the error in the statement about the cost of the levy that caused Common Pleas Judge John G. Haas to void the election results Wednesday.

“(B)allot language states tax will be levied ‘at a rate not exceeding four and one-half (4.50) mills per dollar of taxable valuation, which amounts to forty-five cents per one thousand dollars in taxable valuation.

“A 4.5 mill levy yields $0.45 per $100, but $4.50 per $1,000,’’ she continued in a handwritten note. “BOE may want to confirm millage with taxing authority.”

The July 27 communication to an election board employee included approved ballot language reflecting the correct cost.

What happened after that is in dispute.

Jeffrey Matthews, deputy director of the county board of elections, said an elections worker said she told township attorney Charles D. Hall III about the problem over the phone.

“That did not happen,” Hall said Monday.

He said township officials first learned of the matter when Uniontown police Chief Harold Britt went to the board of elections to get a list of township voters. The information then was relayed to township Fiscal Officer Ben Sommers on Oct. 13. Sommers then told Hall.

But by then absentee ballots already had been mailed and others had been prepared.

Hall said local elections officials missed the chance to attach the memo from the Secretary of State’s Office on Aug. 25, when Stark elections Director Jeannette Mullane sent the township a notice saying the police levy would be Issue 6 on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The letter, received at the township office Aug. 26, says in part, “You will receive a copy of the ballot language once it is approved by the Ohio Secretary of State.”

“If that attachment had been delivered to the Board of Lake Township Trustees on Aug. 25, the Lake Township Board of Trustees would still have had the opportunity to correct the ballot language,” Hall said.

Matthews acknowledged the mistake in the ballot wording should have been communicated to the township in writing.

“It’s clear there were errors made in procedure, but ultimately what was submitted to the voters matched the resolution that was passed by the township trustees,” Matthews said.

A similar mistake recently occurred in ballot language Hall submitted to the Board of Elections for Perry Township, where he serves as law director.

The resolution to put the issue in the March primary election said the 0.5-mill police renewal levy would cost 50 cents for each $100 of property valuation.

Matthews and Mullane sent a letter to Hall on Dec. 21, telling him, “One-half mill should be five cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation.”

Hall said he fixed the error promptly, as he would have done if notified in a timely manner of the problem in Lake.

Lake Township trustees are appealing to the Ohio Supreme Court the ruling that negated the results of the November police levy vote. The county Board of Elections decided Monday not to join the appeal.

The ballot issue expanded the territory and taxing authority of the former Uniontown Police Department to all parts of Lake Township not served by the Hartville Police Department.

Judge Haas’ order has been stayed by Stark County Common Pleas Judge Frank Forchione, and Lake Township police cruisers are still patrolling the newly created district.

Lexington ministry helps former adult entertainers find their way to better lives

By Karla Ward
Kim Paschall’s life as a prostitute was filled with horrors.”I’ve been pistol whipped. I’ve been thrown out of a moving car. I’ve been robbed. I’ve been raped. I’ve disappeared for two days and no one on the earth knew I was gone,” she said.Paschall said her pimp — also the father of her 2-year-old son — would “spit on me, would leave me places with no food, no money, no car. “He made me crave his attention and his love,” she said.
That was everyday life for Paschall, 28, until July 11, when she moved from Dallas to the Refuge for Women, a 50-acre farm in Central Kentucky that helps women find their way out of careers as strippers, prostitutes, escorts or working in the porn industry. The Refuge, which has been open for a year and a half, provides free room and board.Refuge founder Ked Frank has several success stories to tell, including that of a former strip club dancer from inner city Detroit who now works full-time at the Toyota plant in Georgetown.
There’s a former prostitute from Toledo, Ohio, who is now working with an organization that helps other young women in similar circumstances. And a former stripper from Indiana who went to the Refuge for Women straight from jail is on track to regain full custody of the children she lost and is working two jobs, neither in the adult entertainment industry.
The faith-based non-profit uses what it calls a “mentoring approach” to help the women learn life skills, deal with past traumas, overcome financial concerns and develop a plan for a new life. But underlying all that are the organization’s spiritual values.”The foundation of what we’ve built this ministry on is faith,” Frank said. Finding RefugeFrank said he unknowingly became prepared to form the Refuge for Women during the three years he and his wife spent working at an Ohio facility called The Refuge, which is for men struggling with substance abuse and other issues.
The couple previously had lived in Lexington from 2000 to 2003, and they moved back in 2006, when Frank took a job as pastoral care minister at Southland Christian Church. While working there, he learned about a local ministry in which women regularly take meals to the dancers at area strip clubs as an expression of God’s love for them.”I had never heard of anything like that before,” Frank said. “They started talking about a next step for girls that wanted to get out.”Then, Frank said, his best friend bought a 50-acre farm and “made the mistake of telling me one day that it had an old farmhouse.
“So he formed a non-profit organization, started raising money, and gutted and renovated the five-bedroom house. The location of the home is a closely kept secret because of concerns about the women’s safety. Meetings with outsiders are arranged at the organization’s offices on Waller Avenue.The farmhouse has room for eight women, but Frank wants to expand the organization’s capacity to help others.”There’s a hope in my heart that what we’re doing is just kind of getting started,” he said.Paschall said she’s just getting started in her own way.
“I’ve looked back,” she admitted. “I do have that rebellion in me. I do.”She said she feels some guilt about having lured other young women into the world of prostitution.”I ultimately feel responsible,” she said, “but I can’t dwell on it, because I know God’s going to bring redemption to it.”She said she’s already starting to see good results from her decision to leave her former life behind.She said one of the women she influenced to become a prostitute is considering coming to the Refuge, too.She is working on a business plan for a café she hopes to open some day. And Paschall said she has developed a close bond with the others at the farmhouse.
“We’re not used to that family closeness,” she said. “The Refuge becomes that family for us.”Making a changeWhile most of the women in the program are former strippers, Frank said escorts, prostitutes and workers in the porn industry have been through the program.The Refuge has served 25 women, including seven now in residence. The women have come from 10 states.The Refuge takes referrals from all over the country, having formed partnerships with 49 other organizations across the nation that are reaching out to women working in strip clubs.
“There’s not a lot of other places in the country that are doing this kind of work for this population of people,” he said of the residential nature of the program. Women at the Refuge stay at least three months, but they can stay for up to a year if they wish. The women must attend church weekly.”One of the first things we try to offer the ladies is a place to find some rest,” Frank said, noting that many come to the house exhausted from stress, non-stop working and a lifestyle of late nights, drinking and drugs.Many women at the Refuge had chemical dependency issues. Frank said they must go through detoxification before they arrive.After 90 days at the Refuge, the women are expected to begin working part-time jobs that will help them begin exploring new kinds of employment.
Frank says a local Christian-run temporary service helps provide those opportunities for the women, many of whom have criminal records.”It does help to have relationships with people that want to help,” Frank said.There is no fee to the women for the services they receive.Many of the women have left behind children to be cared for by others while they work to put their lives back together, although the Refuge does have some children staying there from time to time. Frank said one woman recently gave birth to a boy, who is now staying at the Refuge with her and a 4-year-old sibling. Another woman is pregnant and will deliver her baby soon.Paschall’s little boy is staying with a host family.
“Most of these girls, their biggest motivator for getting help is their kids,” Frank said. The organization has nine staff members, three of whom are full-time, who help facilitate group activities, hold Bible studies and help the women develop life skills.Frank said many people do not realize the devastation wreaked on the lives of women who get involved in such work.”People think they’re making all this money, they’re there by choice, it’s all in good fun,” Frank said.
“They have no idea the trauma that these girls suffer.”A whole new lifeJen Lasko of Uniontown, Ohio, said the Refuge “completely and totally saved my life.”Lasko grew up in a stable home, where her father was a fire chief. She was a cheerleader in high school, participated in 4-H, and enjoyed riding and showing horses.She said her journey into the adult entertainment industry began when she was 18 and dropped out of high school to be with an older boyfriend.”I started dancing at a topless club to pay the bills” while attending cosmetology school, she said, adding that the glittering outfits she wore “made me feel beautiful and powerful.
“But soon, Lasko, now 34, said a regular customer introduced her to a fully nude club.Over the years, she said, she had relationships with men who beat and raped her, she struggled with drugs and alcohol, and she attempted suicide twice.”Just being in the clubs, there’s so much drugs and violence,” Lasko said. “To get up there and do what you have to do in a sound mind, I wouldn’t have been able to do it sober. Sex had no value to me.”She said she might have been beaten black and blue at home, but when she was onstage she “felt almost powerful over men, no longer being the one controlled.”While Lasko stopped working at strip clubs some time ago and went through a detox program, she said she still carried the emotional baggage with her.”Even after being sober I had an emptiness inside me,” she said.
“I didn’t know I could ask God to forgive me. I didn’t know how to pray.”It doesn’t heal you when you walk out those doors.”With the help of her sister, she found the Refuge, and, Lasko said, a new hope.She came to the Refuge last summer and was baptized Oct. 2. When she leaves next year, she said she wants to start a ministry of her own, reaching out to women working in the clubs.”Now I have such a relationship with Christ,” she said. “It’s a whole new life. … Now I can look in the mirror and look at myself and be proud of the person I am.”