Newton 101 program closes with graduation

NEWTON, NC (Oct. 28, 2013) – The fifth annual Newton 101 Citizens Academy came to a close Oct. 24 as 18 participants celebrated with a graduation ceremony at Newton City Hall.

The 2013 graduating class: Nancy Burgess, Ron Carson, Mary FitzPatrick, Csaba Kulcsar, Paula Long, Johnnie McIver, Richard Painchaud, Steven Painchaud, Rick Setzer, Fay Smith, Andrea Walshak, Annie Walshak, Erik Walshak, Evan Walshak, John Walshak, Leah Walshak, Toni Woods and Ulrike Wright.

At the graduation ceremony, Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman encouraged the graduates to stay involved with the City of Newton by participating on a board or committee. Past Newton 101 graduates currently serve in such roles on the Festival and Events Committee, Human Relations Committee, Appearance Commission and more.

Newton 101 is a free program that delves into local government and features presentations from all city departments. Participants toured City Hall, the Newton Recreation Center, Newton Police Department, Newton Fire Department, water treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant and raw water intake facility. This year, the program began Sept. 12 and ran for seven consecutive Thursdays.

Anyone interested in participating in future Newton 101 classes may contact the Public Information Officer throughout the year. For more information, call PIO Julie Chang a 828-695-4266 or email

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From left: Fay Smith, Newton Council Member Tom Rowe, Newton Council Member Wes Weaver, John Walshak, Evan Walshak, Erik Walshak, Annie Walshak, Leah Walshak, Csaba Kulcsar, Paula Long, Nancy Burgess, Steven Painchaud, Mary FitzPatrick, Richard Painchaud, Ulrike Wright, Toni Woods, Johnnie McIver, Ron Carson, Rick Setzer, Newton Council Member Mary Bess Lawing and Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman.