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.

After the Arts in the Park presentation, the agenda proceeded to old business with continued discussion about the effort required to bring back Dicker Days as well as planning for the upcoming Community Wide Yard Sale which is currently scheduled this year for August 9th and 10th. Plans should be finalized for that NFACA-sponsored event at the next meeting. The Home 44444 the Holidays committee had no new developments but plans to have something ready to discuss next month.

By way of the advertising effort updates, reports were given about the Excellence in Government award received by Mayor Lyle Waddell last month. Stories and photos of the presentation ran on the cover of both The Villager and The Bridge newspapers. The Association ads featuring members will officially begin rotation this month with the next ad being published in The Villager, then next month in The Review, and completing the cycle with The Bridge.

In new business, a committee will be forming soon to plan the Association’s August picnic.

The City Manager was also excused for a class, so there was no official report but Rick Zamecnik mentioned that during the recent May clean-up day 500 tires were collected for recycling!

The NFACA’s next meeting will be noon on Tuesday, June 11 at Roby Lee’s.