With only one month into the new year, it already appears the Newcomerstown Relay For Life may surpass last year's team goals and monetary contributions.

Relay had a recent "Ladies Night Out" and brought in $900, which was an increase over last year according to team member, Karen Shepherd.

According to information gathered from a committee meeting Jan. 13, the total monetary contributions are $3,500.

This year's goal for the number of participating teams has already been met. The goal was for ten teams according to chairperson, Helene Moncman. Among those ten teams are seven new teams and three returning teams. Some of the new teams are: Medi-Wise Pharmacy, Terry's Pizza Shoppe, April's Country Kitch'n, East Elementary School, and the Port Washington Elementary School.

The most recent fundraiser is the Relay cookbooks that are being offered this year. Everyone is being encouraged to pre-order the cookbook due to it's limited volume. The cookbooks are already selling quickly according to team members that are working on the project, Shepherd and Wilma Freeland.

A Relay For Life kickoff was held at the middle school on Jan. 20. This event was brought back compared to last year when it was decided that there was not enough interest for the traditional kick off.

Chairperson Moncman reports attendance was somewhat lower than she had anticipated, but the event was still deemed to be a success. Teams took orders for cookbooks and sold candy. Snack foods, cake, punch and activities were enjoyed by those attending the event.

A winter training session will be held for committee members in Aurora on Feb. 2.