TEN YEARS AGO - 2001

The Polar Express train, which started at the Dennison Depot, stops at Nugent Street crossing here, also known as The North Pole.

For the second consecutive year, Kenyon College stand-out Cori Arnold of West Lafayette was selected to attend the All-North Coast Athletic Conference volleyball team.

Trojans begin the basketball season with wins over Tusky Central Catholic and Strasburg. Girls post victory over Conotton Valley but lost to Garaway.

Braves open season with impressive victory over Danville.

Ridgewood upset by Garaway.

Newcomerstown Rotary purchases a dictionary for every third grader in Newcomerstown Schools.

TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1991

The Youth Ministry of St. Paul Lutheran Church was presenting their outdoor Christmas drama, A Journey Through Christmas.

Alford D. Miskimen was installed as worshipful master of Lone Star Lodge No. 175, F&AM, Newcomerstown.

Larry Gaskill and Harry Kenney, both Newcomerstown, attended the 64th National Future Farmers of American (FFA) Convention in Kansas City, Mo., where they received the American FFA Degree, the highest degree of membership of the Buckeye Joint Vocational School FFA, and Kenney was an Indian Valley FFA member.

Jayne Spring was winner of $100 in the Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce Lucky Barrel drawing.

Daisy Hagan hosted the Christmas luncheon meeting of the Hartwood United Methodist Women.

Marian Frank was elected president of Newcomerstown AARP.

Oriental Chapter No. 106, Order of Eastern Star, installed officers for the new year with Mabel Thornton, worthy matron, and Jack Thornton, worthy patron.

Birds Run Grange held a Thanksgiving dinner and program titled, Remember the Day and Give Thanks. Mary Bates was in charge.

Local girls basketball: Ridgewood Lady Generals beat Newcomerstown 56-47; Newcomerstown defeated Conotton Valley in overtime 57-55; Indian Valley Lady Braves lost 48-42 to Ridgewood, and 42-40 to Buckeye Trail.

Married: Nancy Ellen Rehard and Luigi Guiseppe Damasceno, Aug. 31.

Deaths: Carrie N. Lindell, 94; Agnes A. Gaskill, 71; Harry Q. Bates, 71; Rhea L. Cacioppo, 62.

THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1981

First shoveful of dirt was turned on Dec. 7 in preparation for construction of a new senior citizens center in Newcomerstown. The 30x60-foot structure was being built on the former Keith Hotel property on Bridge Street.

Some 75 area residents gathered at a banquet to honor former mayor Charles Holdsworth, who resigned from office due to family illness. Holdsworth devoted more than 12 years to public service as mayor or councilman. His successor, Dennis Belle, served as master of ceremonies for the dinner held at the Lions Den.

Alwilda Starkey and Stanley Fish were installed as worthy matron and worth patron of the Oriental Chapter of Eastern Star, Newcomerstown.

Bill Thompson and Jodi Huffman were Trojan players of the week. The boys team lost to Garaway 68-44 and to east Canton 59-51, and the girls won 48-36 over Hiland, but lost to Jewett-Scio 60-28.

Coach Jim Fahnckes Ridgewood Generals won 63-68 over Claymont and 77-42 over Hiland.

Indian Valley South Rebels upped their record to 4-1 with a 57-53 overtime win over Badger and a 60-56 victory over Lakeland.

Kurz-Kasch announced plans to upgrade its Newcomerstown facility.

Twelve Newcomerstown area churches were represented by 122 persons at St. Paul Lutheran Churchs Advent Breakfast Dec. 7. The Ruth Group, with Lucy Loader as chairman, hosted the holiday event.

Buckhorn Grange honored Don Fenton for 35 years of Grange membership. Recognized for 30 years of membership were Mrs. Charles Arth, Charles Lahmers, Clifford Overholt, Mrs. John Wiandt, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Decker.

Ingrid Bjerre, a Rotary exchange student from Johannesburg, South Africa, was a guest at Newcomerstown Rotary Clubs Ladies Night at the Foremans Club Dec. 7.

Chet Mizer of Heifners Sporting Goods in Newcomerstown registered 503 deer, up slightly from the previous years deer hunt kill of 495.

Tom Darner, Fresno, was elected president of the Briar Patch Beagle Club of Newcomerstown for 1982.

Over 100 women attended the Advent Breakfast at Grace United Church of Christ, Stone Creek.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Booth, Guernsey R.D. 2, (Birds Run) observe their 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 22.

Deaths: L.M. (Mack) Wiandt, 85; Merle Jim Tedrick, 68; Mrs. Robert (Jennie) Korns, 93; Carrol J. Makepeace, 77.