Foundation gets support from Newton Falls basketball team

NEWTON FALLS — Members of the Newton Falls High School boys basketball team are helping the new  Newton Falls Preservation Foundation by donating all tickets sales from a Thanksgiving weekend scrimmage to the foundation.

Pat Layshock of the foundation’s board of directors said the nonprofit group was formed last summer to enhance Newton Falls with community-based improvement projects.

”One of our first goals is to place lights by the falls by the Mahoning River. We also hope to be able to save our community center and preserve historic buildings in the community,” Layshock said.

Boys varsity basketball coach Roy Simbach said the Newton Falls vs. Bristol high schools scrimmage game is a ”foundation game” that does not count toward the season. The state allows teams to take part in such events that help nonprofits.

Kristie Drake, treasurer of the Newton Falls Athletic Boosters Club, which sells food at the games, said a donation from the Nov. 25 scrimmage game will be made to the foundation from sales that day.

The game also included a 50-50 and other fundraising activities.

Joe Urso, a Newton Falls senior and varsity basketball player, said the team was glad to be do something to benefit the town, especially people in the local community who will benefit from what the foundation is planning.

The foundation’s  short-term goals will be cleaning up and enhancing the parks and beautifying the riverbanks, including by restoring lighting at the falls and replacing vegetation.

Long-term goals are to reopen the center, which was closed at the end of last year because of budget shortfalls and needed repairs, and to preserve historic buildings and homes.

Foundation members hope to form a partnership with the village to work on projects and implement procedures to protect and preserve local resources, he said.

The group has met with village council and plans to meet with the parks and recreation board, Layshock said.

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