By RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY
PDT Staff Writer
NEW BOSTON — The fourth annual New Boston Community Yard Sale will be Saturday, June 2. Residents of the village are invited to participated in this free one-day event by hosting their own yard sale at their home or business in New Boston. A yard sale permit is not required.
The annual Community Yard Sale began when New Boston resident Bryce Flowers pitched the idea to Village Council in 2009. The village liked the idea and agreed to set aside one day a year — the first Saturday of June — when everyone was invited to have a yard sale, and wouldn’t have to purchase a permit.
“My hope was, and still is, that people will come into our community and see the friendliness, and also give us the opportunity as a community to get to know one another,” Flowers said. “I think it has absolutely been a success. Throughout the year, I have New Boston people who talk to me now who never did in the stores. We are beginning to know one another as neighbors, as it was in the good old days.”
Food vendors and New Boston churches are also invited to join by setting up their own booths.
After a strong start, participation in the Community Yard Sale waned last year. Flowers said he hopes it will pick up again this year, but fears that the ongoing road construction on Ohio 139 might keep it down.
“That’s unfortunate, but in order to have a good community we have to do repairs,” Flowers said.
The New Boston Community Yard Sale is 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2.
Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 235, or firstname.lastname@example.org.