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Towne Center Association reorganizes, plans 4th of July fun

| July 1, 2014

COSHOCTON – There will be a 4th of July celebration in Coshocton thanks to the efforts of local business owners who brought back the Towne Center Association.

“The Towne Center Association was just about to collapse and that would have ended not only the 4th of July celebration, but other events like the Canal Days Parade and Miracle on Main,” said Stan Braxton, who is the new president of the Towne Center Association. “I couldn’t just sit by idly and let that happen.”

The 4th of July celebration will be Friday, July 4, at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds. Gates and vendors open at 3 p.m. There also will be entertainment, with the highlight being a 7 p.m. performance by Double Cut. The fun will wrap up with fireworks going off at approximately 9:15 p.m.

“We would like to see people come to the fairgrounds all day and celebrate,” Braxton said. “I remember growing up in Chicago and they had Blues Fest during the fireworks display. The whole park was open for families to picnic and enjoy good entertainment. It made for a lot of good memories in my life and I think we can do that here.”

Admission to the 4th of July celebration will be a donation at the gate.

“Before I thought to organize Town Center, the fireworks display was not going to happen, but we are committed to it now and the fireworks are ordered,” Braxton said. “This is a positive event and positive news for Coshocton. I think it’s important that the community understands that the Towne Center Association has completely reorganized. None of the people previously associated with it are associated with it now.”

As of right now, the Towne Center Association represents at least 10 businesses in the community.

“I pounded on a lot of doors, walked a lot of sidewalks and saw a lot of people to get support,” Braxton said.

The Towne Center Association covers basically Water Street to Seventh Street and Chestnut Street to Walnut Street.

“We are expecting to not just have business owners join us,” Braxton said. “We also want people who may not own a business but want a voice. We also will have seats for other organizations like City Hall, Roscoe and Our Town Coshocton.”

Anyone who wants to learn more about the Towne Center Association is welcome to contact Braxton at his business, Apex Communications at 610-0980. If it’s after hours, leave a message and he will get back to you as soon as possible.

“Right now our primary concern is getting the word out,” he said. “I won’t build this around me. I want to surround myself with like-minded people and equip them and enable them to be a part of everything this organization does. I’ve heard a lot of rumors about the Towne Center Association and wish people would use that same energy to let people know that we’ve reorganized. The 4th of July has a heavy price tag and we need to support our local businesses.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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