TILTONSVILLE - Activities related to the second annual Yorkville, Tiltonsville, Rayland Community Christmas Parade, known as "Christmas in the 'Villes," and a Neighborhood Watch Program for the village were reported this week at the village council meeting.
Rayland Mayor Tammy Morelli and Jim Doughty, committee member, discussed the parade set for 6 p.m. on Dec. 14, noting entries can be mailed to YTR Christmas Parade, P.O. Box 135, Rayland, OH 43943. There is no entry fee, and the entry deadline is Dec. 7. Parade lineup will be at 4 p.m.
"Last year's initial parade was a huge success, and we, the committee, would like to thank all donors and entrants (92 entries last year) for making this special event so wonderful. The parade will again begin in Rayland and conclude in Yorkville at the Warren Township Park. The parade is approximately 3 miles long," Doughty said.
At the conclusion of the parade, a community gathering is planned at the park. Professional photos with Santa Claus will be available for $2 each.
The committee pointed out there is no parade entry fee, "and there will be no judging any entries, as all entries are winners."
Anyone wishing to serve on the committee or wishing to make a donation is asked to contact Morelli at (740) 953-1531; Dana Brown at (724) 579-6408; or Doughty at (740) 317-6667.
Entry forms, parade rules and entry inspection safety checklists are available.
Tiltonsville Mayor Kris Prati said residents who want to help, have an idea, want to participate and help with a float may call her at (740) 859-2551.
Giving an update on the Neighborhood Watch Program, Trina Palmer said a meeting is planned at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the Village Council chambers.
After the Oct. 8 meeting, plans are to have flyers available with application forms on the back. Applications also are available at the tiltonsvillepolice.com website.
As requested by Palmer, council granted permission for a Neighborhood Watch tag day to be held Oct. 26.. Village officials also approved a motion to endorse the Neighborhood Watch program.
In other matters, Police Chief Jerry Davis reported two 911 radios have been purchased.
Prati read a letter sent by state Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, to Ohio Gov. John Kasich in support of getting the mill up and running. Councilman Ty Lollini asked for a resolution making it a top priority to reopen the mill in support of Gentile's letter and to send a copy to Gentile.
Lollini commended the Tiltonsville Fire Department on its recent fundraiser - a steak fry held Sept. 7 - and also praised the Warren Township Lions Club on its Adopt-A-Highway program and its Sept. 14 cleanup.
Prati reported an anti-bully pledge activity is planned at 11 a.m. on Oct. 2 at center court in the Fort Steuben Mall.
Councilman Ray Viola reported pigeons are coming from the area of the Yorkville Mill and he asked who could be contacted about the matter. Prati indicated it's difficult to know who to contact at the mill, adding the police chief had a hard time getting the grass cut on mill property.
Trick-or-treat will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the village. Residents wishing to give treats are to have their porch lights on.
Council's next regular meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 1.