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Village hosts Family Day

October 5, 2012
By JESS LOOMAN - Staff correspondent , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - Cornhole tournaments, free-throw and 3-point shooting contests, as well as a Pac Man video game tournament and a concert highlighted by Christian hip-hop artists Fight Back Crew will be part of Crossroads Christian Church's Family Day and Teen Night set Nov. 10 at the church.

"The purpose is to create a positive atmosphere in which the local area can have fellowship and fun while raising funds for Group WorkCamps," said the Rev. Jeff Greco, Crossroads' pastor, who presented the information before Village Council members Thursday.

"In July, our community will be hosting nearly 400 teems from across the U.S. who will perform home improvements and repairs for 60 or more local, needy families. We need to raise $20,000 to $30,000 to maximize the impact of this blessing to our neighbors and nurture community involvement with servant leadership," Greco said.

The family day will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a free-throw shooting contest, a 3-point shooting contest and a Pac Man video game tournament sponsored by Acuity Specialty Hospital. A family-style barbecue, which will cost $5 per plate, will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., along with a cornhole tournament sponsored by Trinity Health System. A free family concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. that day, with the band Crossover performing, and the teen night will commence at 7:30 p.m. costing $3 per person. The Christian rock band So Loved will be the opening act with Fight Back Crew closing out the night.

The church is located on Springdale Avenue, and the public is invited to attend the family day and teen night activities.

All proceeds will benefit Group WorkCamps Missions, Greco said.

"Group WorkCamps facilitates Christian mission camps for youth that serve a dual purpose," he explained. "They're a summer camp and a mission trip in one. At these camps, youth groups come together to serve individuals and communities, while building strong, long-lasting relationships with their friends and youth leaders."

The group will be in the community from July 21-27, Greco added.

For information on family day and teen night events at the church or to donate to the Group WorkCamps project, call (740) 264-9679 or send an e-mail to

In other matters, Village Administrator Walt Ziemba updated council on Phases 1 and 2 of the waste water treatment plant project.

"The loan was recently approved for Phase 1," he stated. "There is no more assessment work needed. The total project cost will be $3 million, with the village responsible for $2.5 million over 20 years. A notice to proceed meeting will be held soon.

"Regarding Phase 2, a scope meeting was recently held," he continued. "We will be looking at the manholes again soon and then moving onto the preliminary design meetings soon."

Council then approved the purchase of an additional security camera for Walnut Park.

"The camera will cost about $6,000, but it will include more storage for the DVR and a clearer lense," he noted.

Ziemba also told council the Springdale paving project is complete and said "1,900 tons of asphalt were used to complete the project."

In other business, council:

Reminded residents that Trick-or-Treat will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. The annual village Halloween party will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Wintersville Elementary School.

Announced village offices will be closed Monday in observance of Columbus Day. There will be no change in sanitation.

Announced the Thanksgiving Day parade will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 25 beginning at Riesbeck's and traveling down Main Street to Kroger. For information, contact Marci Zangrando at (740) 424-5419 or Janine Gale at (740) 317-2982.

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