With no business on the agenda at the Dec. 21 Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce Christmas luncheon, members had the chance celebrate the holiday season as well as give updates on activities taking place in the community.

* Denny Ross said local veterans presented about 40 veterans living in the Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with holiday gifts.

* Gary Chaney said the Toys for Local Tots project has raised approximately $3,700 -- just shy of the $4,000 goal. He said about 80 children will receive gifts this Christmas. He also thanked Pat Cadle and Cindy Ramey for the donation of toys and NASCAR memorabilia for the children. Chaney said they will have money left over to start funds for next Christmas.

* Marlene Ross said the caroling and candlelighting, presented by the Newcomerstown Historical Society Dec. 19, was great. She said about 35 residents took part in the event. The PACCT group even went up and down Canal Street caroling that night.

* The Newcomerstown Christmas Parade was discussed. Members discussed changing the date of the parade to possibly the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

* Bob Pell thanked officers for this year and for leading the chamber.

* Ed Gibson wanted members to remember soldiers serving overseas this holiday season.

* Melba Guy said the Queens' Contest Committee for the Cy Young Days Festival will be meeting in February. She said she already has three individuals who agreed to be judges for the contest.

The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce will meet again Monday, Jan. 18 at noon at April's Country Kitch'n, Newcomerstown.