Newton Twp. – The Newton Township Cemetery Association held its first meeting of 2015 on January 15 at the Newton Township Administration Building. Members voted to continue with completing the restoration of the wrought iron fence at the East Side Cemetery on North Canal Street as the project for 2015. When weather permits, the third group of ten repaired sections will be re-installed. Another ten sections are scheduled for removal by Todd Clark who, along with his father Richard Clark, is working on the repair and restoration  of the fence. When these are re-installed, repair of the fence will be near the two-thirds completion mark.

Additional contributions toward the cost of this project were received from the following:  American Legion Post #236 Auxiliary, Larry and Jacqueline Hayes, two anonymous donors and Donald G. MacNaughton. Appreciation is extended to everyone for their generous monetary gifts for the fence restoration. Contributions are still being accepted and may be sent to: Newton Township Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 233 Newton Falls, Ohio 44444.

On February 19, 2015, the Association met and approved having a fund raising dinner. It will be held on April 11, 2015 at the First Christian Church on North Center Street in Newton Falls. The time will be 4:00- 7:00 p.m. The menu will be baked boneless chicken breast, loaded baked potato, California blend vegetables, coleslaw, rolls, dessert and beverages. Ticket prices are: $9 for adults; $6 for ages 4-11; free for children under age 3. Advanced tickets are available from Association members or call 330.872.1354. Co-chairing the dinner will be Louanne Dubos, Mary Lou O’Lear and Doreen Lutz. Proceeds from the dinner will help with the East Side Cemetery fence project.

Cemetery rules and regulations are being reviewed for proposed updates. The association will submit the proposals to the Board of Trustees for further review. When the final form of the rules and regulations has been approved by the board, the association will print updated brochures for distribution.

A 2016 calendar featuring early photos of Newton Falls and Newton Township is being produced by the Association and will be available in June. The calendar price is $10.00 and pre-publication orders can be placed with Association members or by calling (330) 872-0236. All of the 2015 calendars featuring the 1985 tornado pictures have been sold.

Membership dues remain the same as previous years ($10.00 per person, $5.00 for one additional family member). Dues may be paid at the meeting or sent to the Association at P.O. Box 233 Newton Falls, Ohio 44444.

The next meeting for the Association will be March 19, 2015, 6:00 p.m., at the Newton Township