Newton Twp. – The cemetery association held their monthly meeting on July 19, 2012, Thursday, at 6 o’clock at the Township Building. Twelve people attended including two new members; one new member was not in attendance. It is great to see the interest of the community in becoming involved! There is so much history in the seven township cemeteries that many do not realize. This would make a wonderful school history project; assigning the students each a grave to research. There are so many very old markers and headstones of which many have been repaired by the cemetery association workers. This takes a lot of time and hard labor. Some of these repaired stones have already been damaged. We ask the public to please report any vandalism they notice. This is sad as these graves are the final resting place for the deceased. They deserve to be treated with respect and pride. This is hurtful to the surviving families and to those who labor hard to repair them.
The association is in the process of planning an event for this fall that will be a great event for the whole family to attend. And at the same time, it will be a learning experience of the history in Newton Falls. Watch the papers for more news about the event and also advertising in local stores and buildings closer to the event time.
The 2013 calendar should be released soon and will be available for sale. Reading and documentation of the headstones continues. Repair work was completed in June at the Duck Creek Cemetery on Hallock-Sook Road, which is off Hallock-Young Road.
For more information you may call Lois Wynkoop, President of the NTCA, at 330-872- 3116 or Elsie Whetzel, Treasurer, at 330-872-0236. The next monthly meeting will be held on August 16, 2012 at the township administration building on Arlington Road in Newton Falls at 6 o’clock and is open to the public and we welcome you.
Submitted by Linda Gundros