Chamber ends Music in the Park

Niki Wolfe

Newcomerstown News

The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce-sponsored "Music in the Park" at Cy Young Park will soon be a thing of the past. At least for a year.

"I think we ought to forget about it," Chamber Treasurer Gary Chaney said at the chamber meeting Aug. 17. "At least that's my recommendation."

The most recent Music in the Park was Aug. 15 where the Silver Eclipse band performed. Chaney said only about 30 people came to the free event. Chaney said they have had different types of music and even a disc jockey, but the people just aren't coming out for it.

The chamber vote unanimously to end Music in the Park for one year and they may go back and revisit the idea later.

In other chamber business, the recent golf outing on Aug. 12 was a success. There were 13 teams, minus one less person participating. The chamber raised about $1,100 and next year's event has been reserved for the last Wednesday in July.

The chamber is planning a "Community Event Calendar" or bulletin board to be placed at Baker's IGA in Newcomerstown. A dry erase board will be purchased and Melba Guy will be updating the board as often as need be. The announcements will also be placed on the chamber's Web site and in the Newcomerstown News.

To place an item on the events calendar, call Guy at 498-4683.

The chamber is also planning to take part in the official ribbon cutting ceremony at Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Newcomerstown on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m.

Other announcements:

Halloween Merchants' Trick or Treat has been set for Friday, Oct. 30 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The Christmas Parade will be the first Saturday in December or Dec. 5 at 4 p.m.

Caroling and candlelighting at the three museums in Newcomerstown will be Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. The decorating of the community Christmas tree will be Sunday, Nov. 29 at the museum.

In business from chamber members:

* Debbie Rehard said a former professional baseball player is under contract for next year's Cy Young Days Festival. Also, Jim Perry and Dean Chance will be returning to the festival.

* Vane Scott said attendance at the USS Radford National Naval Museum in town has been slow, however, two weeks ago, they had the best attendance ever.

* Marlene Ross said the museums, especially the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center, has been busy with class reunions and several other bookings.

* Tiffany Gerber from the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau said the CVB can help organizations with spreading the word of their attraction.

* John Barr of the Buckeye Career Center said they are offering more online courses to students.

* Sherrie Eicholtz from the Coshocton County Memorial Hospital discussed federal stimulus money for updating hospitals in the state.

* Pat Cadle, West School principal, said school starts Wednesday.

The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce will meet again Monday, Sept. 21 at noon at April's Country Kitch'n.