With a little less than two years until the Newcomerstown Bicentennial celebration, the committee that has been challenged to promote it has been busy making plans.

The committee has been broken into seven sub-committees which includes: Crafts, entertainment, finance/donations, futures, history, public relations and volunteers.

The public relations co-chairpersons Janet Chaney and Judy Wilcox have been busy. They have created the first quarterly newsletter named, "Newcomerstown Bictenennial Newsletter."

The first issue was published April 14, 2012. The newsletter is continuing the committee's goal of "Celebrating with pride, our history, our present, the legacy of our future."

The newsletter, which will be available in quarterly installments in 2012, will become a monthly newsletter in 2013 and 2014.

Not only will it feature historical items about Newcomerstown and upcoming plans of the committee, but it will highlight one committee member each issue.

"Our plan is to place a few out in high traffic areas," Chaney said.

For now, Chaney said to see any committee member to get a copy of the newsletter.

As part of the public relations committee, Chaney said they are working on getting souvenirs and items available for sale for the celebration.

She said they are thinking of selling T-shirts, mugs, plates, etc. with the Newcomerstown Bicentennial celebration logos on them.

For now, Chaney said donations are needed to help continue the push of the planning committee.

Donations may be made online at the new Newcomerstown Bicentennial celebration website, www.newcomerstownbicentennial2014.com. She said most of the donations to this point have come from those living outside of Newcomerstown -- in other states.

In order to be able to complete the planned schedule of events, donations are needed.

The preliminary schedule of events for the 2014 celebration include: January, First Night, fireworks to bring in the New Year, Mayor's Kickoff Luncheon, beard contest begins (winners selected at Cy Young Days Festival in June); February, "I Love Newcomerstown" dance and Newcomerstown photograph contest; March, Spring Fling Dance; April, Easter (April 20) egg hunt and Veteran Recognition Prom; May, Senior Citizen Celebration with Riverside Manor Nursing Home and golf outing; June, Cy Young Days Festival with beard contest decided, "olde tyme" baseball game and "olde tyme" clothes modeling show; July, Fourth of July fireworks, Rotary Car Show and NERS car show and barbecue; August, historical tour and historical scavenger hunt; September, alumni recognitions and celebrations at each home football game and selected basketball games with family/adult dances after the events; September, Homecoming with past queen's dance; October, Halloweenfest and Newcomerstown Art Contest; November, Bicentennial Community Town Play; and December, Christmas parade, tree lighting, Polar Express and time capsule on New Year's Eve.

The committee meets the second Saturday of each month at the high school.

The next meeting is Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m.