If you have been downtown Newcomerstown, improvements to the streetscape have been taking shape -- all in preparation of next year's Newcomerstown Bicentennial.

A total of 37 light green flower planters were made by the Newcomerstown High School Industrial Arts class, Newcomerstown Rotary Club and planter organizer Barbara McNeilly of the Garden Basket Greenhouses.

Funds to build the flower boxes came from donations from private citizens and local businesses, as well as selling pansy baskets.

Boy Scout Troop 424 set the planters on the sidewalks, and filled them with gravel and top soil. The gravel was donated by McDonnell Excavating of Newcomerstown and a private citizen donated the top soil. Eureka-Orme Hardware and Baker's IGA store donated the potting soil.

The flowers were donated by The Garden Basket Greenhouses.

On April 29, the Newcomerstown Girl Scouts planted the petunias in the new planters on Main Street, as well as the planting beds at Huntington National Bank parking lot. They were assisted by Joyce and Roger Norman.

Throughout the summer, the Boy Scots will be watering the plants.

Finally, on May 5, the Buckhorn Tribe 4-H Club completed a community service project by helping the Newcomerstown Bicentennial Committee. They painted the gazebo and benches in the Memorial Park on Bridge Street. They also planted flowers around the area.