Published: Monday, 27 February 2017 01:30
Written by Martha Trese
GAMBIER — Elected officials on the state, county and local levels will come together for a panel discussion Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater, 101 ½ College Drive.
The panel, titled “All Politics Is Local,” will address current concerns and challenges facing Knox County and how state, county and local governments can contribute to solutions. Panelists also will examine how state, county, city and village issues intersect, said Nancy Powers, assistant director of Kenyon’s Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD), which is sponsoring the event.
“One of the purposes of this event is to raise awareness of important areas of daily life that are affected by decisions at these unsung levels of government,” Powers said.
Panelists include State Representative Rick Carfagna, Knox County Commissioner Teresa Bemiller, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis and Gambier Mayor Kachen Kimmell. CSAD Director Tom Karako will moderate the discussion.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call CSAD at 740-427-5423.
Published: Tuesday, 21 February 2017 08:31
Written by Martha Trese
MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Park District joins Knox County OSU Extension to present the next Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) training series on Fridays, March 17 through May 12, from 1-6 p.m.
If you are an adult who enjoys the natural world or has a passion for managing ecosystems and/or you love sharing your knowledge of nature with others, then this OCVN training program may be just for you.
The OCVN program is a research-based scientific training program that emphasizes hands-on natural resource education, coupled with volunteer service. The training program is to provide a balanced integrated practical course in natural resource science.
Certification includes 40 hours of combined classroom and field instruction, and 40 hours of approved volunteer service projects. Currently Knox County OCVN's volunteer their time and skills for the Knox County Park District, Ramser Arboretum, Philander Chase, Brown Family Environmental Center, Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association, ODNR Division of Watercraft and Scenic Rivers and other places throughout the state.
Applications can be found at http://knox.osu.edu If you are interested in becoming an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist contact the Knox County Extension Educator, Sabrina Schirtzinger at: 740.397.0401 or [email protected]
There is a cost per person and will include: 3-ring binder notebook with all the session topics, name tag, a flash drive of resources and light refreshments. The program requires a minimum of 10 participants in order for the classes to be held.
Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) Training Schedule
March 17 1-3 pm, Orientation & Introduction
March 17 3-6 pm, Herpetology
March 24 1-3 pm, Ecological Concepts
March 24 3-6 pm, Geology
March 31 1-3:30 pm, Stewardship
March 31 3:30-6 pm, Nature Interpretation
April 7 1-6 pm Aquatic Life - Fish & Macro-invertebrates
April 21 1-3:30 pm, Botany
April 21 3:30-6 pm, Forestry
April 28 1-3:30 pm, Ornithology
April 28 3:30-6 pm, Mammals
May 5 1-4 pm, Entomology
May 5 4-6 pm, Ohio's Watersheds
May 12 1-3:30 pm, Soils
May 12 3:30-6 pm, Presentations & Exam