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Newton Falls group laughs for funds

NEWTON FALLS — It was a night of comedy, magic and dining, all to help raise funds for the Newton Falls Preservation Foundation, whose focus will be showcasing historic homes and buildings in the community and improving them.

Pat Layshock of the foundation said the sold-out event of nearly 300 people raised $5,500, which will help with planned projects such as getting lights by the falls.

Connie Talcott, a member and chairwoman of the preservation committee, said she used county records to identify 70 historic homes in the village built in the 1800s.

”We are starting with historic homes in the village and then intend to reach out to the township,” Talcott said.

She said she will be submitting applications with the Trumbull County Historical Society to get historic plaques for many of the homes and has been working with Meghan Reed, curator of the John Stark Edwards House, and with the historical society.

”Any property before 1930s could be considered historic. We are starting with the oldest homes first,” Talcott said.

Talcott said the foundation is also looking at the community center, which is also a historic landmark.

”That state is already aware of the building,” she said.

The committee is also looking at reopening the center, beautification of the river banks, enhancements of the parks and preservation of buildings.

Talcott, who recently purchased an 1880s home off Church Street, said she will use the home for meetings and community events by the foundation.

”The couple who owned the home started renovations on it,” she said.

The foundation is focusing on preservation of the local historic architecture and cultural heritage through education, advocacy and stewardship.

Eric Thompson and Rod Zeck, who performed at the comedy event, said the foundation has a good vision for the community.

”You have a great deal of success ahead of you,” Zeck said.

Talcott said records show there are more than 62 homes in the village built before the 1930s, mostly in the Canal Street area when the Pennsylvania-Ohio canal came through the area.

She said she would like to get some plaques in place this year.

“The foundation wants to give our little town the recognition for its history,” Talcott said.

The Underground Railroad came through a section of the village.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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