In the News: Newcomerstown going 'Festive' again

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NEWCOMERSTOWN — “Paint the Town Festive” is back for a second year in the village.

Last year's “Paint the Town Festive” contest helped to encourage over 372 Newcomerstown residences to decorate their properties in holiday lights and other holiday decors.

Organized by ARTSNCT, with prizes sponsored by Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce, $600 in prizes will be awarded in three categories; Best in Show, First Prize and Second Prize.

There are no registration requirements. All Newcomerstown residents are automatically entered.

Residents wishing to participate are asked to be sure to have their properties lit up on Monday night, Dec. 20, for judging.

All prizes will be awarded Tuesday, Dec. 21.

Michael Wise, director of ARTSNCT, said, “Thank you to the Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce for joining us again this year to ‘Paint the Town Festive’.”

Open council seat

New council members Jan McCune and Michael Wise were elected to Newcomerstown Village Council in the November general election, along with incumbent David Shepherd, who was re-elected.

The Village of Newcomerstown Council still has an open seat available. Anyone interested in the position should submit a letter of application with qualifications to the Mayor's Office by 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19.

Council will select and approve the new council person in December.

Lots for sale

The village of Newcomerstown has two lots for sale.

One is an empty lot adjacent to 440 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, beside another empty lot not owned by the village. The minimum bid is $3,000. Bids will be accepted starting at 8 a.m. on Nov. 10 and end Nov. 24 at 3 p.m.

For more information please follow the link to the website: or visit the village website,

The second is a lot at 516 E. State St. with a minimum bid of $3,000

Bidding opened Nov. 8 at 8 a.m. and will close Nov. 19 at 3 p.m.

There are some requirements for those interested in purchasing this; refer to the website link: or visit the village website,

Art exhibition

The November exhibit at ARTSNCT in Newcomerstown presents the paintings of Regina Schilling.

Regina is a teacher at West Elementary School and grew up in Newcomerstown, graduating from Newcomerstown High School in 1979. She now lives in Dover with her husband, Ken. They have three children and nine grandchildren.

Regina started her recent painting journey in 2018. After watching several YouTube teachers, she found one to follow and has tried numerous videos. She considers herself more of a painter of realism but enjoys trying many different subjects.

She said she finds painting to be a great way to relieve stress and suggests everyone try their hand at it, saying, “You just never know where your talent will take you.”

Leaf pickup

Monday, Nov. 15, is the start of the next leaf pickup in the village. Leaves should be ready by 7 a.m. on the scheduled day.

• Mondays: Section 1 - From River Street west to the corporation limit, south of the railroad tracks.

• Tuesdays: Section 2 - From River Street east to the corporation limit, south of the railroad tracks.

• Wednesdays: Section 3 - From Bridge Street east to Pilling Street, north of the railroad tracks. Includes Scott Addition.

• Thursdays: Section 4 - From Bridge Street west to the corporation limit, north of the railroad tracks.

Leaves are to be raked into the street on the assigned days. Residents are to rake them about one foot from the curb, which allows the water to flow to the drains. Do not put leaves in the curb strip. If leaves are in the curb strip, the only thing that will be picked up is what the machine can reach. Crews do not have time to rake leaves in the street, because it puts them behind to get each zone completed on the assigned day. Crews will start at 7 a.m. Officials said it was important to rake leaves into the street the night before the scheduled day. Crews will only make one pass each day. Do not place brush and trash in the piles of leaves. If these items are found, the leaves will not be picked up. Do not park cars in front of the pile of leaves so the leaf machine has room to pick them up.

For more information, call 740-498-8655 and leave a message and the call will be returned.

Student of the Month

Kaylyn Kinsey, daughter of April Burger and Ryan Kinsey, has been selected the October Student of the Month by the seventh grade team.

Teachers’ comments included, “Kaylyn is always ready to engage in class discussions and is very personable and friendly to teachers and peers. She completed assignments each day while working from home. She is willing to help other students. Her work ethic will help her achieve whatever goals she sets for herself.”

Information provided by Kaylyn included:

• My hobbies and activities are riding my bike, playing my Nintendo, hanging with my friends, and playing my clarinet.

• My pets: Cat, Jocelynn; Lizard, Spike; and Dogs, Gunner and Chip.

• My favorite class is science because Mr. (Don) Stevens is very funny and lets us do fun projects.

• My favorite meal is Hot Cheetos and pizza.

• If I were the principal, I would throw a pizza party with hot fudge sundaes for everyone in the school.

• The best piece of advice I have ever received was ”Don’t be afraid to be you — there is only one YOU!”

• My strengths: Non-stop talking!

• All-time favorite books: Harry Potter series.

• My greatest achievement is getting straight A’s last year and getting Student of the Month!

• I can’t live without my phone and my friends.

• In the future I hope to become a preschool or kindergarten teacher and have at least two dogs.

• My worst fear: Losing my phone

• If I were invisible, I would scare all my best friends and teachers.

Thanksgiving Dinner

The Newcomerstown Church of God will have its second annual Thanksgiving Dinner drive-thru event from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21. Participants will have a choice of Ham or Turkey with all the trimmings and a slice of pie.

There will be random gift card giveaways.

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