The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce has re-elected Jim Friel to serve as the chamber president. His new term will begin in May 2010.

This will be Friel's second two-year term as president of the board.

Other officers elected at the monthly meeting Nov. 16 include Carolyn Woodring, first vice president; Becki Allen, second vice president; Christie McMillan, secretary; and Gary Chaney, treasurer.

In other business, Friel said he has nominated the Roger Dale Lewis, Tuscarawas Valley Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Chapter No. 532 for the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce's Organization of the Year.

Chamber members also discussed the chamber's Web site and the need for someone to maintain and update it.

"We've got to be aggressive because we're getting killed on the Internet," chamber member Vane Scott said about the need for an updated and accurate Web site.

He said there should be key words that will make the chamber's Web site automatically come up when someone searches for "Cy Young," "Woody Hayes" or "Newcomerstown."

The chamber will ask the county visitors and convention bureau for assistance.

Chamber member Marlene Ross said there will be a Christmas tree lighting with caroling and carriage rides at Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. They will be planting a permanent 10-foot Spruce tree to be decorated each year for the event.

The Newcomerstown Historical Society will have its Christmas tree candlelighting and caroling on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.

The chamber was updated on the Newcomerstown Christmas Parade, which is Saturday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m., from organizers Bonnie Johnson and Jane Wilson. They said they have 24 entries so far for the parade, however, they need members to walk alongside the float.

Baker's IGA will also be donating donut holes, punch and coffee during Santa's visit with the children at the East School. Santa will visit with children immediately following the parade. Children may drop off their letters to Santa the night of the parade or at Baker's IGA.

Chaney said the chamber and the Newcomerstown Rotary Club almost broke even on the recent Health Fair. It ended up costing the chamber $24.46.

In reports from members:

* Chaney said the Cy Young Festival is once again selling its Holiday Magic drawing tickets. They are one for $5, three tickets for $10 or seven tickets for $20.

* McMillan said Spectrum Publications will be in the village starting in December to sell the Newcomerstown Community Guide.

* Scott said he is working on booking bus tours for next summer already.

* Roger Seitz of Baker's IGA said the store will be donating $2,500 towards a new "Welcome to Newcomerstown" sign on County Road 9.

The chamber's next meeting will be Monday, Dec. 21 at noon at April's Country Kitch'n, Newcomerstown.