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Newton Falls – January 2013 for the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association started off with an invitation to get healthier through the NOACC Wellness Challenge. Members were encouraged to participate if interested and given information on what to do to be involved as well as the benefits of joining the challenge.The agenda continued as usual with the financial report and approval of previous minutes. With no business spotlight or guests in attendance, the meeting turned to old business. A time was scheduled to take down the holiday decorations in Four Corners Park, and progress was mentioned on the next step in the new banner project.

In new business, goals for 2013 were expressed, including bringing in new members, as there are several new businesses in town or businesses that are rebranding or upgrading their facilities. It should also be noted that members do not have to be business owners – individual citizens wishing to contribute to the cause and volunteer to help plan events and serve on committees can join the Association as well. Though those memberships do not have voting privileges or rights to serve as officers, they can certainly make a difference. For more information on the various levels of membership, including fees for businesses outside of the Association’s geographical boundaries and non-profit organizations visit www.nfaca.net. Ideas for promoting the Association were discussed including a welcome packet with brochures and informational paperwork for new or prospective members. To honor existing members, ideas included a regular rotation of spotlights in the three local papers as well as various distinctions such as “the oldest business in town.”

The City Manager reported that Newton Falls did receive a $95,000 grant for the pump station to improve that infrastructure which will help the community and does not have to come out of the City’s budget; volunteers are needed for the Charter Review committee which must consist of both democrat and republican members; the Parks & Recreation committee as well as various other town committees are looking for volunteers to contribute ideas and help make a difference – for more information, call the city office at (330) 872-0806; there will be a new city survey available online to share opinions – access instructions will also be available on the community television channel.

Open discussion focused on the recent Cole Valley Chevrolet grand opening as well as making plans for the Shopko grand opening to be held on January 10th. Closing his first meeting as president, Mr. Waddell mentioned that he will work to encourage membership, promote businesses, involve businesses, support businesses, and recognize businesses for their service to our community.

The Association’s next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 12th at noon

 

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In addition to her role as a contributing reporter for the Weekly Villager, Mialie T. Szymanski is the creator of the bi-weekly column “Puppy Tails”. This children’s story time column stars Doodle Dog, a floppy-eared puppy who has an optimistic perspective of the world around him. Szymanski's picture book “Doodle Dog Enjoys the Day” chronicles a day in the life of this “paws”itive pup. The upcoming read-aloud anthology “Puppy Tails: Adventures of Doodle Dog” is a collection of the columns and illustrations as seen in The Weekly Villager over the last year.