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General Assembly Church of God at Newton Falls, OH announces its 6th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival. Bands which are currently scheduled to perform are Vertical Limit, Limited Edition and Joe Click & Family. Well-known local bluegrass personality, Charlie Lape has volunteered his time to emcee the event. The Festival will be held at the Newton Falls Community Center located at 52 East Quarry Street on Saturday, September 21 beginning at 2 pm. Food and refreshments will be available to purchase.

Newton Falls – It’s that time of year again (believe it or not): the air is growing a little bit crisper, the leaves are starting to turn a little bit more colorful, and the shops we know and love have seemingly morphed into purveyors of all things autumn with their warm-toned décor and pointed wafting of delicious pumpkin-y and cider smells. Not only do all of these favorite things signify the arrival of the chillier months, but they also serve as harbingers for some of Newton Falls’ favorite things: the yearly fall events looked forward to by residents and visitors alike.

Newton Falls – Tickets are on sale at the Superintendent’s Office located at 909 ½ Milton Blvd., for the upcoming Newton Falls Tiger football season from 7:00 am – 2:00 pm. The cost for reserved season passes for 5 home games will be $40.00. We also have a 10-game pass available for adults to purchase for $50.00, and students 10-game pass for $30.00, which is good for any varsity game, i.e., volleyball, soccer, football or basketball.


Newton Falls – Getting ready to take a trip abroad this summer or in the fall?  Children and teens looking for something to do before the school year begins again? Or simply wishing you knew how to speak another language? The Newton Falls Public Library has Mango Languages, an online self-directed language instruction focusing on everyday conversational skills and cultural awareness. There are a total of 61 different courses offered, including the very popular Pirate. Children and teens can be prepared to speak fluently on “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” on September 19th.
In addition to the user friendly foreign language instruction, there are 15 English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) packages to help various foreign language speakers learn English. There is also a translation tool for translating between 54 different languages.
To use this database, simply go to the library’s website www.newtonfalls.org, select Ohio Web Library, and then Mango Languages.  From a smartphone or other device, go to the app store, choose the free library version of Mango, and download the app.  Now let the fun begin.
More information about free library programs and hours is available at the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal St., Newton Falls, phone 330-872-1282.


Newton Falls – The Newton Falls Schoolmates and Friends 94th Reunion was celebrated June 15tg at DeVieste’s Banquet Room in Warren, with 374 people in attendance. Welcoming the schoolmates were: Connie Swartz Ansley, Jenny Gordon Clark, Diane Winters Coss, Kathy Rudolph Fowler, Jackie Hrenko Kanaan, Kathy Kezele Lewis and Louise and Wendell Montgomery, all members of the class of 1964.


Newton Falls –  Beginning on June 30th, entertainment and fun begins in Newton Falls leading up to the grand finale — an amazing firework display on July 4th.
Listed below are highlights of what is sure to be a great time in Newton Falls.
Entertainment at the Band Tent
• June 30,2013     5:00-10:00   Satellite Radio

• July 1, 2013        7:00-11:00    Neil Hogue

• July 2, 2013        7:00-11:00    Dixie Soul

• July 3, 2013        8:00-12:00    THE FUZZ

• July 4, 2013        6:00-10:00     Short Circuit

67th Annual 4th of July Parade – Starts at 10:00 a.m.  on July 4th (line-up begins at 8:00 a.m. at Church of God)

4th of July Raffle Drawing –  Takes place on July 4th at 9:00 p.m. at the band tent in the city park.  Winners do not need to be present.  Tickets are $10 each.
Grand Prize – 2 year lease on Chevy Cruze or $5,000
1st – $1,000 Airlines Gift card or cash
2nd – 47” or larger HD TV
3rd – $250 Sunoco Gift card

4th of July Fireworks will be at 10:00 p.m.
(Rain or shine, No Rain Date)

Newton Falls – Kiwanis Club of Newton Falls would like to thank several donors who helped us create the perennial garden at the corner of Broad and Center Streets.  Newton Falls TOPS donated 17 perennials after their plant sale.  Mayor Lyle Waddell donated time, labor and water as we set up our garden.  Susan Holub and Chris Drake donated all the extra plants from their plant exchange May 25 at the Community Center.  Kiwanis member Alma Griffith provided care for the plants at her home until our May 30 planting date, and brought potting soil to help improve the quality of the ground.  She also coordinated the planting arrangement. Other members donated plants, too.  Eric Read, friend of Kiwanis, helped us dig and plant for several hours.
Kiwanis hopes everyone will enjoy the perennial garden.

Newton Falls – While residents of Garrettsville and the surrounding neighborhoods are getting ready for next weekend’s Summerfest, the town of Newton Falls and its community members are hard at work planning for the rapidly-approaching Fourth of July festivities. Part of that preparation every year is the organization of the warm-weather favorite that is the annual Car and Bike Show which helps raise money for the approaching July activities.


Newton Falls Kiwanis Club would like to announce the recipients of the 2013 scholarships.  Andrew Ferguson and Sam Pittman were presented with their awards by Mrs. Kathy Wujcik, their former teacher and new Kiwanis member, at the May 28 senior assembly at the high school.

Club members on the scholarship committee unanimously voted for these two deserving students after comparing the quality of their essays and amount of volunteerism in the community to other seniors.  The scholarships were judged anonymously in order to be as fair as possible.  Kiwanis, an international service organization, would like to remind students how important it is to be active in helping others.


Newton Falls – Dr. Charles Verbanic and Dr. Scott Werner are proud to welcome their new associate, Dr. Justin Yun.  Dr. Yun is looking forward to creating a comfortable environment for his patients and having them enjoy the experience of getting involved in their dental treatment.  He is excited about being mentored at Dental Associates of Newton Falls.  Justin says, “There is no better feeling than being able to help someone and put a smile on his/her face.”

Newton Falls – Newton Falls Kiwanis Club announces its new website.  Members are happy to share news of our events and volunteer work in the community.  The site also links to Kiwanis International, UNICEF, Trumbull County Tourism Bureau, and to our upcoming Labor Day 4-mile race / or 2-mile walk, which benefits the Senior Citizen Van program.  Set the date:  September 2.  Registration forms are online.  We’d like to see many families participate together in the walk or run this year.  See more at  http://newtonfallskiwanisclub.webs.com .

Newton Falls – The Newton Falls Crescendo Club is please to announce the winner of this year’s Scholarship.  Band Senior Taylor Phelps was selected by the Scholarship Committee to receive the $500 award.  Taylor will be attending Kent State next year to study Zoology.  Congratulations!  


Newton Twp. – The Newton Township Cemetery Association will hold its monthly meeting on June 20, Thursday, at 6 o’clock at the Township Administration Building on Arlington Road. The public is welcome and invited.

The 2014 calendar should be available any day now and may be purchased thru any member of the association or by phoning Lois Wynkoop, president, at 330-872-3116. They will also be available for purchase at the Newton Falls Alumni Reunion on June 15.

Plans are being made for another Cemetery Walk this fall with the format being different from last year. It will again be held at the North Canal Street cemetery, but attendees will be able to walk at their leisure and read information about particular graves. Members of the association will be available to answer questions and maps will be available marking the graves being highlighted. The calendars will also be available to purchase at the event.


Newton Falls – The Eagle Creek Conservation Club is pleased to announce that they will be holding their 40th Annual Youth Fishing Derby on Sunday, June 2, 2013.  The event will take place at the Newton Falls Community Center pond located at 52 East Quarry Street in Newton Falls. The derby is a free event open to all children ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 11am and the contest will run from noon until 2pm. The event has been a local tradition for years where those who have participated in the past are now bringing their children for the experience. The fishing derby is held to help foster children’s appreciation of the outdoors and interest in fishing. Additional information is available at www.eaglecreekconservationclub.com as well as a list of other upcoming youth and community events sponsored by the club.

Newton Falls – During the May meeting of the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association, the agenda focused on town events.

As the president, secretary and treasurer were excused, no voting could be done, due to only having one officer present. However, the gathering time was put to good use as much was to be discussed. The minutes from the previous meeting were accepted as submitted and will be revisited at the next meeting with a vote to officially enter them into record. As there were no specific communications that needed to be addressed and the financial report will be postponed until June, the floor was given to a special guest, Christine Newman who is the organizer of the Arts in the Park which will be in its third year this summer. Ms. Newman spoke about the upcoming festival, scheduled for August 10th, namely the benefits of having a gathering of creative artists, and the costs associated with creating the free event for the community. Local artists of varied genres gather in Veterans Park and use the backdrop of the waterfalls as an inspirational setting for an afternoon of demonstrations, exhibits, and hands-on activities for all ages. This year the organizers are looking for sponsors to help defray the financial responsibilities and there are multiple sponsorship levels available for those who wish to help support the cause. Ms. Newman’s specific proposal to the Association involved an option tailored to the multiple-business organization and will be reviewed by the Finance Committee and will then be voted on by the members at a future meeting. Sponsorships are open to anyone in the community regardless of business affliation, so for more information interested individuals can contact the Arts in the Park chairperson at (440) 781-4578. To see highlights of last year’s event, search for “Newton Falls Arts in the Park” on your favorite web-browser.


Newton Twp. – The NTCA held its regular monthly meeting on May 16 at the township administration building in Newton Falls. Plans were made to resume the repair work on headstones at Pricetown Cemetery which is at the Pricetown Methodist Church. A tentative date of June 3 is scheduled for the work to resume and be completed that week. Volunteers are always welcome. Work begins early in the morning and will continue until approximately noon.

Newton Falls - Newton Falls Kiwanis Club and nearly sixty enthusiastic 6- to 12-year olds spent a chilly May 11 morning enjoying track and field events.  Co-sponsored by Positive Images, and with much help from Coach Brian Bugos and the high school track team, these games allow our young people to exercise and have fun with their peers, while learning about track skills.  These games originated over thirty years ago, beginning with an idea from Trooper Tim DelVecchio and Andy Jacob, then developed by Kiwanis member Andy Jacob.  Mr. Jacob was honored by having the name of the games changed to the Andy Jacob Junior Olympics, and Kiwanis is happy to carry out the games in his memory.

IMG_1693athletes&parents@awardsStudents participated in a softball throw, with measurements for distance and accuracy.  Another fun event was the obstacle course, which concluded with a little silliness–a run around a bucket.  The running long jump was interesting for the children, who learned about the white take-off line.  The games concluded with 25-meter, 50-meter, 100-meter, and 200-meter races.  It was exciting for the children to be in a race that began by starter pistol.

At the awards ceremony, participants received t-shirts and either a ribbon or medal for each event.  Special thanks go to the school board and Superintendent Woodard for allowing these events at the school, Coach Bugos and the track team, Positive Images, the wonderfully supportive parents, and the booster club for having the concession stand open.  Kiwanis also thanks the Church of God for a donation to help with expenses.

Kiwanis welcomes new members.  Consider coming to a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays (except the last Tuesday of the month) at Covered Bridge Inn Restaurant, 22 W. Broad Street

Newton Falls – The Newton Falls Kiwanis Club would like to thank the community for their support of our annual Steak Dinner which was a great success. We also want to thank George, Mary, & Staff of the Covered Bridge Inn for the hard work that they put into the event. Kiwanis appreciates the help of wives and friends who gave their time to help out. Finally, we owe a huge thank you to the leaders and girls of Girl Scout Troops 124, 239, and 80796. The girls did this as a community service project. 

Newton Falls – For many Americans April 16th was a day to breathe a little easier now that their government-required financial filing is done for another year. But Newton Falls Mayor Lyle Waddell had more to celebrate last Tuesday than just the end of tax season.

Members of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and their guests gathered at Ciminero’s Banquet Centre in Niles for a congratulatory dinner commemorating the accomplishments of the graduates of the 2013 Mahoning Valley Local Government Leadership Academy, a nine-week course that helps students become more effective leaders in their communities. 


Newton Falls – Despite the very cold weather in the week preceding, Saturday, March 23, was a great day for the 60th Newton Falls  Community Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the  Girl Scouts.    A cool, but sunny day made the crowd a little less than previous years but gave those attending a bigger haul of prizes.  Over 7000 eggs were stuffed with candy and prizes for the kids to gather.  Big Top the Clown, the Easter Bunny, and Shelly the Good Egg entertained the kids with balloon animals, high-fives, and pictures.  Again, it was a joy to see at least one of Janice Dietelbach’s original junior high girl scouts who started this service project attend bringing a grandchild (or maybe a great-grandchild) to gather eggs.

Newton Falls – Opening the March meeting of the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association, President Lyle Waddell mentioned that he had been repeatedly receiving calls from a production company interested in promoting the town by way of some type of video such as a mini movie or a commercial. Details of the potential project and the exact intention of the company are as of yet unclear, so Mr. Waddell stated he will look further into the matter before seriously considering the pitch. Also under the communication category, Secretary Lara Reibold suggested making progress on a suggestion that would allow members to use the Association’s logo with the statement “Proud member of…” on their business cards, individual websites, or as a decal in their shop windows to announce their status as a member in good standing.


Newton Falls – Several new faces and prospective members gathered at Roby Lee’s Restaurant for the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association’s February meeting. With what was the largest crowd in attendance in recent history, Association President Lyle Waddell started off the business meeting by requesting the financial report update and approval of the last meeting’s minutes before recognizing the various guests which included representatives from the local veterans’ organizations as well as association members who have not been able to attend many previous meetings but who plan to make a stronger effort in joining in the discussion to help promote local businesses. 


Newton Falls – Congratulations to Boy Scout Troop 112 of Newton Falls, Ohio for Winning the 2013 Winter Events Catapult Event at Camp Stambaugh in Canfield!

Every year Boy Scout Troops from all over the Greater Western Reserve Council gather to test the skills they have learned.  First, patrols must build a sled made of wood and lashed together using rope or twine.  This event is timed and helps the boys learn to work together as a team.  Other Events include, fire building, first aide, dutch oven cooking, Alaskan pipeline, tomahawk throwing, and finally the catapult.  All events are about working together and utilizing the skills the boys have learned through out the year.  Troop 112 meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30 next to the Amvets in Newton Falls.  For more information on Troop 112 call Trish 330-507-3886 or email troop112@yahoo.com.  For more information on a troop closer to you call the Greater Western Reserve Council at 1-800-234-7268.


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.

Newton Falls – If you’ve thought about joining Kiwanis Club, you are welcome to attend a meeting at Covered Bridge Inn Restaurant, 22 W. Broad Street, Newton Falls. We meet Tuesdays for supper at 6:30 p.m., then begin the meeting about 7:15 p.m.; however, please note that we conduct bingo games at Laurie Ann Nursing Home and Allan Dell Assisted Living on the last Tuesday of the month instead of having a supper/meeting. 

Newton Falls – Dozens of brides-to-be, their future grooms, and supportive friends and family members walked down the aisle from the foyer of Roby Lee’s Restaurant & Banquet Center last Sunday and into the reception hall which has served as the celebratory place for many newly-knot-tied couples. Serving as a glimpse to just a few of the myriad of possibilities to peruse in the planning process, the 16th Annual Bridal and Catering Show presented an array of all things nuptial whether it be the eye-candy that is gown fashions from Alfred Angelo and tuxedo options from American Commodore Tuxedo or the real sugar stuff of freshly baked cookies and deliciously-decorated cakes from the Warren Baking Company (their Red Velvet is DIVINE) and the aromatic assortment of flavors served by Carolyn’s Cakes.

Newton Falls – No, it wasn’t Black Friday. No, it wasn’t a Harry Potter midnight release party. And no, a famous celebrity from one of those vampire movies wasn’t making an impromptu appearance. But judging by the line of customers outside the door during the early hours of last Thursday morning, the store formerly known as Pamida was the place to be.

Newton Falls – It’s a new year and a new  look for one local hometown business that has been around for nearly twenty years. Known for the past decade and a half as Pamida, the one-stop-shop store located just on the outskirts of town on Rt. 534 has fresh paint, updated displays, a more customer-friendly layout, paving upgrades to the parking lot entrance and, most importantly, a new moniker on its bright, glow-in-the-dark sign.


Newton Falls – Ever since the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association announced they would be unable to host this year’s Home 44444 the Holidays due to lack of available volunteers from the community, various local groups have pulled together to plan their own holiday celebrations at the Community Center on Quarry Street. November saw a small gathering of homemade crafters presenting their wares in an attempt to promote a beat-the-shopping-season-rush opportunity for those wishing to avoid the big box stores and inevitable craziness that is the mall environment. This past weekend brought another such event: a Community Christmas festival to keep everyone’s spirits high with the gift-giving day right around the corner.


Newton Falls – There’s a relatively new trend emerging in the business world called the “3rd Place” and it has nothing to do with bronze medals.

Store owners have recognized the need for a space that people can come to and temporarily “forget” their responsibilities, or at the very least set them aside for a brief time. Typically, in daily life there is the home place and then there is the workplace, both of which harbor duties that need to be done and to-do lists longer than Santa’s delivery notes. The “3rd Place” serves as that middle ground, an in-between rest stop, a limbo of sorts where the sink full of dishes isn’t calling your name or the files on your desk aren’t threatening to bury you under their impending avalanche. Though the concept may seem like nothing novel to the centuries of townsfolk who stopped at the local watering hole for a nightcap or to shoot a game of pool before heading home from a hard day’s work, the modern 3rd Place ideally doesn’t require opening a tab or the upfront admission fee that is a cover charge at the door.

Newton Falls – Resident, Rose Decapito from Laurie Ann Nursing Home in Newton Falls, OH turned 104 years old on 11/23/2012!
Residents celebrated her birthday with a party .
Rose is a very sweet lady who loves Bingo and the Pittsburgh Steelers!

A sure sign that Thanksgiving is around the corner is not the changing leaves, not the nip in the air, not even the countless advertisements and barrage of notices for Black Friday bottom-bargain-basement sales. Nope. The truest harbinger is that “turkey” suddenly becomes buzzword of the season. And this buzzword was in everyone’s vocabulary at the Newton Falls Fire Department’s Annual Turkey Raffle Friday night.


Each year the Newton Falls Public Library celebrates autumn with our annual Harvest Fest. This year the library has decided to turn it into a true harvest with a Food For Fines program. People who owe fines for overdue materials or are just feeling generous may bring nonperishable items into the library. All items brought in during Harvest Fest week, October 29 – November 3, will be donated to the Newton Falls Church Mouse.

Newton Township – Did you know that approximately three dozen of Newton Township’s founding fathers never left? They are still here, buried in the cemetery on North Canal Street which is just one of many final resting places currently under the watchful care of the Newton Township Cemetery Association.


Newton Falls – After the traditional summer hiatus, the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association reconvened last Tuesday for their September meeting.
Proceeding with business as usual with the financial report and approval of the previous meeting’s minutes, those present then welcomed guest Carrie Anderson, the community liaison of the school district. She spoke briefly about her role in reaching out to the community by assisting at-risk kids, plans to look at the drug and alcohol issue as “prevention has to start somewhere”, other ways to strengthen bonds with the community, the need to address the bullying issue, and intentions of exploring grants to help bring a prevention curriculum to the school.


The glittering red and gold makeshift artifact that has been proudly stored in the Newton Falls fire station for the last year may LOOK like a trophy and may FEEL like a trophy, but it is, in fact, a ping-pong ball, as that is exactly how it has lived its short career.

In 2010, the inaugural Battle for the City between the guns and hoses, the boots and badges, the police department and the fire department (or fire department and police department depending on your loyalties), concluded with the trophy making its home behind the bullet-proof glass of the police station’s half of City Hall. That home was only a temporary rental though, as the next year, in 2011, the first-responders of Squad 43 handily brought the trophy back to their side of the City Hall wall. The contest continues yet again as now, at the conclusion of 2012’s meet-up on the diamond, the trophy left the scene of this incident in the back of a cruiser. 

Newton Falls – Residents of Newton Falls and recent visitors to the small town may have noticed a lot more orange and black than usual and it’s not because locals are getting into the school spirit a month early. Summer may be almost over, which means football season is right around the corner, but there’s a different reason for the presence of all the extra additions to the color palette: construction, construction and more construction!

Photo: Mialie T. Szymanski

As much as driving through, or completely around, construction can be a well-known hassle, in general construction, construction and more construction is intended to equal improvement, improvement and more improvement, and in this case the end result should be just that.

So, when all the dust settles, what can we expect to see? There are three major projects going on right in the main part of town. First of all, the fire department has been busily remodeling the building across from Arby’s where they used to store extra fire trucks and turning it into a fully operational second fire station. Station #2 is very nearly complete and will feature a live-in environment including kitchen, bathroom with shower, sleeping quarters, common area, and offices for the duty crew. The upgrade was made possible in part by a generous donation of $100,000 from the American Legion Post 236 in Newton Falls. The new facility, which will also house an ambulance, a rescue squad and a fire engine, will be up and running soon!

For another means of improving the safety of the town’s residents and also helping to aid the first-responders in doing their jobs, one only needs to look to the intersections throughout town to see a second project under development. A new traffic light system is being installed at the major intersections throughout the town. Provided by a grant, this more high-tech system will, among other things, be sensitive to the needs of approaching emergency vehicles by recognizing special receivers placed within the vehicles and will adapt the traffic pattern to allow the emergency vehicles a more rapid passage. The installation of the new lights will not be fully completed until at least next year (maybe longer) but progress is well underway.

Neither of these projects has significantly affected the flow of normal traffic, however, one set of ROAD BLOCK signs definitely has and drivers need to be aware, though certainly not surprised. The historic covered bridge, a long-time staple and visitor attraction, is yet again closed for repair due to damage by a passing vehicle. This is at least the third time in as many years that the route through the short bridge has been blocked and there is no definitive word when it will be open to traffic this time around as the city decides on the best course of action for restoring a beam that was broken by a moving truck at the end of July and has been hanging from its truss.

The bridge had been closed for a restoration project lasting two years and was reopened in 2007. The 9’6” clearance is clearly marked at both entrances of the path and large trucks are prohibited. When it is finally back in operation, drivers should use extra caution when approaching the one-lane covered bridge so that passers-by will not find it so quickly out-of-service and needing more repairs yet again in the near future.

A Retirement Ceremony was held on Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB), California for Newton Falls, Ohio native MSgt John H. Shade. MSgt Shade is the son of Eleanor Shade of Newton Falls and the late Harry Lee Shade. MSgt Shade’s 24 year career began shortly after graduating from Newton Falls High School in 1988. He attended basic training at Lackland AFB and technical training at Goodfellow AFB, and then went to his First Duty Station at Royal Air Force Base Chicksands, England. Assignments followed to Fort Meade, Maryland; Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea; back to Goodfellow AFB, Texas and finally to Vandenberg AFB. In his tenure in the Air Force, Master Sergeant Shade was an Intelligence Analyst and an Instructor in his career field, and finished the last four years as a First Sergeant. He deployed to the countries of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan during his career. His last unit of assignment was with the 30th Security Forces Squadron, where he took care of the morale, health and welfare and advised the Commander on discipline and various issues for the over 560 assigned personnel and their families. At the retirement ceremony MSgt Shade received Meritorious Service Medal, third oak leaf cluster, as well as many certificates and letters of appreciation from the President of the United States, and Governor of the Ohio, amongst many others.

Submitted by Cyndi Hogue