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Kenyon College: Gas station returning to Gambier

By Dylan McCament, KnoxPages.com Reporter

GAMBIER - Village residents have had to drive elsewhere to get gas ever since the only station in town closed in early January.

Kenyon College owns Campus Auto & Fuel, located at 101 West Brooklyn Street, and rents the location to operators who run the station and auto repair shop.

College officials are currently working to find a new operator, according to Mark Kohlman, chief business officer.

"We expect to have the station reopened by April," Kohlman said. "The closure was a result of the college terminating the lease with the previous operator."

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Campus Auto sits vacant now but will soon re-open in Gambier - KP Photo by Dylan McCament

Kohlman said that Campus Auto & Fuel will remain a full-service gas station with auto repair services. He added that there will be no real changes or additions.

"We have gotten a lot of feedback," Kohlman said. "People in the community like having the gas station. It does have to be sustainable as a business."

He added that the college does not discuss the terms of such contracts, adding that he cannot comment as to the reason why the contract with the previous operator was terminated.


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Elected officials to speak on the importance of local politics

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.

Certified Volunteer Naturalist training to be offered

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

Local People: new podiatric surgeon Dr. Abigail Elliott joins KCH

MOUNT VERNON - Knox Community Hospital Department of Specialty Care--Podiatric Medicine & Surgery is pleased to announce the addition of Abigail Elliott, DMP, AACFAS to our staff. Board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Elliott

earned her medical degree from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. She completed a residency in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery with reconstructive rearfoot and ankle certification at Kingwood Medical Center in Kingwood, Texas.

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Dr. Abigail Elliott - photo submitted

Dr. Elliott’s area of expertise includes treatment of arthritis of the foot and ankle, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain/plantar fasciitis, tendonitis of the foot and ankle, gout, and nerve pain. She offers wound care, sports medicine and surgery as well as palliative care. Her goal is to provide her patients the best care and utilize the most advanced treatment options available for their condition.

A native of Knox County, Dr. Elliott is excited to be home and serve the patients our community and surrounding areas. She joins Dr. Robert A. Atwell at 809 Coshocton Road. For more information or to make an appointment call

MVHS 'Fill the Floor' event benefits pediatric cancer patients

MOUNT VERNON - MVHS Gymnasium was filled with more than basketballs on a recent Friday evening. New stuffed animals for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cancer patients were tossed to “Fill the Floor,” during half-times during all three boys games and the girls games on January 28th. The collection total 263 animals.

Mount Vernon High School FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), organized the event with the support of the Girls & Boys Basketball teams and coaches and Cheerleaders.

Purple is the color of cancer prevention, and was worn by both the Boys & Girls Basketball team members and coaches to help promote cancer awareness and prevention. Fans joined the cause by wearing purple and purchasing Jacket Relay for Life lavender t-shirts. Almost $300 was raised through t-shirt sales which will support cancer research.

The special “Fill the Floor” event involved fans bringing a new stuffed animal - with the tags intact - and getting into the game for ½ price. Fans whose animal landed closest to the center court bucket won an 18 inch chocolate chip cookie. Friday’s winners were: Debbie Phillips, David Wicker and Avery Mullins. FCCLA was Hoping to collect 200 stuffed animals.



Project leaders Ben Williams and Darrien Orr were impressed with the incredible response from teachers, students and basketball fans, and are elated to have exceeded their goal.

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Left to right: FCCLA Members: Ben Williams, Tabitha Clouse, Darrien Orr, Sarah Payne, and FCCLA Adviser Martha Melick - photo submitted


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