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Group Creates Friendship Garden in New Concord


A group of 10-12 residents of the New Concord area have come together to create a community garden behind College Drive Presbyterian Church.

Heather Coen, Friendship Garden Coordinator, saw a Facebook post earlier this year of a Zanesville-based community garden and contacted the group with interest of creating one in New Concord.

The space that Friendship Garden is located was given to the group by Muskingum University and is being used for free. The garden has raised beds still available and free to New Concord residents while some of the produce will go the College Drive Food Pantry.

“Our intent is for anybody to come into the garden, put in a few hours and then take home some of the produce themselves. Our whole goal is to raise fresh produce for the food pantry,” said Coen.

Friendship Garden has been funded by village residents, a GoFundMe page, the College Drive Presbyterian Church, and the district for the United Methodist Church. Orme-West Do it Best Hardware donated tools and plants and McDonald’s and McDaniel’s Greenhouses donated plants.

“Everyone around town has chipped in a little,” said Coen.

The garden was built May 27 with around 40 to 50 people from the village and they are looking to build a shed to collect rain water.

For more information about Friendship Garden visit their Facebook page or email Coen at

New Concord to Replace Ground Water Storage Tank


New Concord will be building a new ground water storage tank this summer, replacing the current tank built before 1930.

According to New Concord Village Administrator Charlotte Colley, the project started in 2014 when she first took the position.  The current ground water storage tank is leaking water from the roof and isn’t structurally sound, adding to the necessity of replacing it.

The project will begin this July and will cost $860,000.  New Concord Village Council has approved bids on two companies who will tend to the replacement of the storage tank. Zemba Bros., Inc. will work on the waterline while Mid Atlantic Storage works on the tank. Colley said by raising water rates in 2016, obtaining $613,000 in 0% interest loans from an Ohio Public Works Commission Grant/Loan and a low interest loan from the Ohio Water Development Authority, that it will cover the full cost of the project.

Colley said during the replacement village residents might experience low water pressure or some sediment within the water lines. The village will notify residents if these problems will occur.

Colley said any questions or concerns can be directed to her by calling 740-826-7671 and the village will have more information on their website as the replacement date of the ground water storage tank gets closer.