POMEROY — Plans for Pomeroy’s downtown observance of Halloween on Oct. 31, and for decorating the village for the Christmas holidays, along with electing a new president, were highlights of the Tuesday meeting of the Pomeroy Merchants Association held at Peoples Bank.
Luke Ortman, director of the Meigs County Chamber of Commerce, reported on plans for the village Halloween party. He said that registration of children will take place in the Court Street mini park and that the children will be taken though the downtown area in groups where treats will be given out by the merchants. Appropriate music for the season will be played and a photographer will be on hand to take pictures of costumed children. Fire trucks will be stationed at either end of the trick or treat area which is where there will be sidewalk displays of merchandise for sale and fun activities like a pumpkin decorating contest will be taking place. The parking lot will be open for parking cars.
President Dan Short reported that new lights and garlands for use in decorating the downtown period light posts for Christmas have been purchased by the association. Since the downtown businesses will be observing holiday open houses the week of Nov. 4, arrangements were made to do the decorating on that day. Volunteers from schools are expected to be used and will meet at 9 a.m. on Nov. 4 at Peoples Bank. The work will be done under the supervision of Dan Short, president.
As for the parking lot stage and the two gazebos, the churches will again this year be asked to decorate them in the holiday theme.
Toney Dingess will again this year be in charge of the Christmas parade which will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 1, which is the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Tina Rees, branch manager of Peoples Bank, volunteered to arrange for Santa to be present to greet the children following the parade.
The question of freeing the parking meters for the holiday season and the advantage or not to merchants was discussed. Ed Zatta of Swisher-Lohse Drugs contended it was a disadvantage to his business because of all-day parking by downtown workers leaving no open spaces for customers.
The candy, cookie and crafts contests will again be staged this year with the candy contest to take place on Dec. 7 at Peoples Bank, the cookie contest at the Meigs Branch of the Ohio Valley Bank in Foodland on the 14th, and the contest for crafts at Farmers Bank on Dec. 21. Winners in each contest will be given a $50 prize by the host bank with a second place prize of the bank’s choice being awarded. Again this year the children will be taken on a shopping tour of the village.
Ortman also announced that on Oct. 26 the National Honor Society of Meigs High School will be having a haunted walk on the cross country trail as a fund raiser for the organization. He also noted that Chamber of Commerce recognition dinner will be held on Nov. 7 at the Family Life Center in Middleport.
Short announced the Oct. 19 Christian concert by Big Daddy Weave and other musicians to be held on the Pomeroy parking lot. The expectation is that people will be coming in from around the state. Free food will be available to those attending.
Following Short’s announcement that he could not serve as president for another year, Ed Zatta of Swisher and Lohse was elected to the lead position.