Newton Falls ready to Relay

NEWTON FALLS – The final Relay For Life this year in Trumbull County will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at the Newton Falls High School football stadium.

A kickoff party was held recently at the fire station where team members purchased items to help promote the relay while “painting the town purple.”

Other relays have been held this spring in Cortland, Liberty, Niles and Warren.

“We want to remind people to be in spirit and support our Relay For Life,” said Catie Karl Moran, a team co-captain.

She said the goal was to have teams decorate the town in purple. The elementary school decorated its windows with purple at the end of May, as did local businesses and organizations.

More than 10 teams from Lordstown and Newton Falls signed up. This year’s theme is “Superheroes: Anyone Can Be a Hero.” Three former Lordstown teams from last year have combined into one large team for the event.

“They are all working together. … We’d like to have 13 to 14 teams this year,” Karl Moran said.

Tristan Condner with the American Cancer Society said teams have been very excited for the event.

Registration for the survivors lap and meal will be held until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Terri Baldwin, volunteer chair with the Relay, said the event is in its sixth year at the stadium.

“We were in Lordstown a few years before we came here,” she said.

She said the 2012 event set a goal of $32,000 and raised $54,000.

Local organizers hope to raise $54,000 this year.