The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce is wanting the Newcomerstown Village Council to make changes to the appearance of the downtown business district. At the heart of the request is street lights on Main Street.

"We just want to see some nice (street light) poles," said chamber member Christy Penland. "We can't wait. We have to start somewhere. We need to take pride in Main Street, then the whole town."

The chamber urged councilmember Janet Bush, who was in attendance at the Jan. 18 chamber meeting, to discuss the matter with council and create an action plan to get it started.

"It would be nice if they all looked the same," Bush said regarding the light poles, but she said the project is very costly.

The chamber would like new street light poles not only for more light in the downtown area, but also as a way to hang banners, flags, etc. for special events, festivals and holidays.

Bush said she would report back to the chamber after discussing the matter at the next council meeting.

In other business, chamber member Denny Ross asked to either get a smaller float or not have one in the Newcomerstown Christmas Parade. He said it's hard to get veterans to ride on the float. This year, there was only one veteran who participated.

The chamber still wants to participate in the parade; therefore, they may combine the chamber's float with veterans and queens from the Cy Young Days Festival.

Chamber member Janet Chaney said the chamber's Web site will be officially updated this week with current information. The address is www.newcomerstownchamber.com.

Chaney also said Toys for Local Tots was a big success this year. A total of 88 children received gifts and there is still money left over to start the 2010 fundraising campaign.

Ed Gibson said the Cy Young Youth League sign-ups have been set for Feb. 23 from 3 to 7 p.m., and Feb. 27 and March 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at April's Country Kitch'n. The cost is $25 for children under 12 and $30 for children 13- to 14-years old; with a family cap of not more than $60.

Also, a Texas Hold'em tournament is planned for April 10 at the Sportsman's Club with proceeds to go to the youth league.

He said the Cy Young Days Festival Committee will be having a roast beef dinner fundraiser on Sunday, March 7 at Dick's Place in Newcomerstown. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. The meal includes roast beef, two sides and dessert. Pre-sale tickets are recommended.

The chamber banquet date was also announced. The banquet, with the theme of "Our future's so bright, we have to wear shades," will be Wednesday, May 5 at the David Barber Civic Center. A luau -- complete with roast hog -- for the event is planned.

In other business, Penland said the Newcomerstown Area Community Guide, which is due out later this year, has been going really well and the community has been very receptive.

Ross also reminded the chamber members to keep veterans and soldiers in their thoughts and prayers.

Chamber member Carolyn Woodring reminded and asked chamber members to volunteer for committees and committee chairman positions.

The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce and Newcomerstown Rotary blood test for the first Saturday in April has been canceled this year due to the Easter holiday weekend. It has been tentatively scheduled for April 2011.

The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce meets the third Monday of the month at April's Country Kitch'n. The next meeting is Monday, Feb. 15 at noon. All chamber members are encouraged to attend.