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Local Business: Crickets set to open in downtown Mount Vernon

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - Antique lovers will soon have a new place to shop downtown as Crickets is set to open soon at 120 S. Main Street. Vendors will be selling antiques, jewelry, primitives, vintage period items, curios, books, art objects, toys and more.

Several local vendors have come together as Crickets partners. They are Ann Hudson, Barbara Gibson, Ann Laudeman, Cindy Sperry, Laurie Duchesne, and Perry Brokaw. Laudeman says more vendors are being sought. Consignments will not be taken initially and the store will not be a flea market.

Laudeman said, "We're eager to be open to enhance the retail spaces downtown while other businesses are starting this year."

Crickets will be open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vendors interested in more information about Crickets may call Ann Hudson at 740-397-3565.

Knox DD honors contest winners

MOUNT VERNON – Winners of the county wide coloring and essay contest initiated by the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness month gathered Tuesday to receive their awards. 1040 students from all of Knox County’s public schools submitted their entries. Students were given information to help them appreciate diversity and consider how to people with differences. They then colored picture of a diverse group of children and wrote a few sentences about what diversity or inclusion means to them.

The winners were selected by ICAN2, a group of adults with disabilities who advocate for positive changes to make the community more accessible for all.

One classroom was selected for a prize as well as first, second and third place winners in the age groups of grades kindergarten to second and third through fifth. Winners were provided with gift certificates to Paragraphs Bookstore. Mrs. Warner’s classroom at East Knox elementary was awarded a $100 gift certificate to Paragraph’s Bookstore. The students that won in grades kindergarten to second were: 1st Raylee Harry, 2nd Hailey King, 3rd Jared B. In grades three through five the winners were: 1st Kristen Cobb, 2nd Haider Potter, 3rd Alexis Cook.

DD coloring winners 2017 

Student coloring and Essay Contest winners (left to right): Raylee Harry (1st place), Kristen Cobb (1st place), Alexis Cook (3rd place), Hailey King (2nd place), Not pictured: Haiden Potter (2nd place), Jared B. (3rd place). -photo submitted

The community can see displays of the submitted works across the county including at: MVNU, Kenyon College Wright Center, First Knox National Bank in Fredericktown and Danville, the Howard Post Office and Killbuck Savings Bank in Danville.

Building Doctors program being offered by Main Street Mount Vernon and others

MOUNT VERNON - Main Street Mount Vernon (MSMV, formerly Heritage Centre Association) has invited the Building Doctors, a preservation education program provided by the Ohio History Connection, to come to Mount Vernon. One of MSMV’s many goals is to increase efforts within Mount Vernon that promote safe and proper preservation practices to maintain the aesthetic qualities that make our community a unique and viable destination for businesses, visitors, and residents. The Building Doctor Clinic, to be held Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28, intends to do just that.

Building Doctors teach property owners how to recognize and solve some of the most common sources of problems they face in maintaining older buildings. Thursday evening’s program is free and open to the public. Participants will learn how to make informed decisions about repairs and improvements to their historic structures. The Building Doctors will make one-on-one site visits throughout the day on Friday. Individuals interested in having the Building Doctors come to their property to examine specific issues with their building must schedule a consultation in advance.

The Building Doctor Clinic is sponsored by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, part of the Ohio History Connection. Main Street Mount Vernon is co-sponsoring the clinic, with assistance from the Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Knox County Chamber of Commerce, Knox County Landmarks Foundation (formerly Knox County Renaissance Foundation), and the Woodward Development Corporation.

For more information, please contact Aubrey Brown at the Knox County CVB by phone at 740-392-6102, or email [email protected] To learn more or to pre-register, click here.

Abuse Survivor Rene Marie shares story at New Directions annual dinner

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

GAMBIER - New Directions Domestic Abuse Shelter and Rape Crisis Center of Knox County held their annual fundraising dinner and celebration benefit Thursday night in Thomas Hall at Kenyon College.

About 200 attendees were on hand to celebrate the agency’s mission to join with the community to create safe, respectful and loving relationships.   A delicious meal was served by AVI Food systems, a silent auction was held, and two special awards were presented.

The most poignant event of the evening was the presentation by featured speaker/singer Rene Marie. She shared her experiences with music and domestic abuse through words and song.

She grew up in Virginia with her family, including several siblings, in a household full of music. The house was also full of violence as her father drank and beat her mother every single night.  Her mother was a teacher and would go to school with black eyes.  Once during a sleepover with her friends, Rene says she sang songs to distract her friends from the violence in the home.  The music became a shield.

When she was 15 Rene started singing in a band and met a keyboard player who would later become her abusive husband. When the pair married she became a Jehovah’s  witness. The couple gave up being in the band because that’s what they thought God wanted them to do.  The couple had children and eventually said Rene, “There was an insidious creeping of domination in the home.”

“In a religion where women are to be quiet it was a perfect breeding ground,” said Rene, “for domestic abuse – verbal and emotional. “

When their two boys were grown and out of the house Rene got the opportunity to get back to her passion, to sing and be around musical people,  but her husband asked her to quit.  When Rene wouldn’t quit and even had a chance to make a recording (with money from her dad) her husband gave her an ultimatum.  He said, “If you go to the studio, do not come home.”

He told Rene, “My job is to cut you down to size and keep you in your place to make sure you don’t think more of yourself than you should.” Rene says there was always verbal and emotional abuse in the home.

He also physically beat her, once.  After the beating Rene got up off the floor and picked up a packed suitcase and her music and walked out the door.

Eventually Rene managed to become a professional singer at age 41 and quit her job as a customer service representative at a bank. It was a tough decision but one of her brothers told her, “Jump and the net will appear.”

The net appeared, Rene has been nominated twice for a Grammy award.  She has recorded seveal CD’s and she sang parts of some of her songs throughout her presentation.  The audience was captivated during her entire speech and gave her a standing ovation.

New Directions Executive Director Matt Hellman thanked the many sponsors who made the evening possible. He shared highlights of the past year including the opening of an administrative office on East Gambier Street which made way for more rooms for domestic violence survivors to stay at the shelter. The agency also built a pet kennel and placed it behind the shelter.  The first dog is staying there now and his name is King, a Rottweiler.

Board member Joan Stallard introduced a video that highlighted the accomplishments of Jean Riley, the recipient of this year’s Mary Hendrickson Award.  Riley was the volunteer coordinator for New Directions shelter for decades, beginning in the early 1980’s.

The Volunteer Award was presented by board member Margaret Clor to board member Haley Shipley, a Kenyon College senior from Knox County.

Weister music scholarship applications being accepted

MOUNT VERNON – Submissions will be accepted through April 17, 2017, at the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County for the Seventh Annual Vaughn Wiester Music Scholarship. Any graduating high school senior residing in Knox County, who intends to continue the study of music at the college level, may apply for the $2,500 scholarship.

Preference will once again be given to applicants who will declare an academic major, or minor, in instrumental or vocal music; however, consideration will also be given to non-music majors or minors, who will combine some academic study of music at college with continued extracurricular performance of music, according to Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County Foundation executive Director Sam Barone.

Vaughn Wiester file photo

Jazz geat Vaughn Weister - file photo

Applicants need only submit a one-page letter summarizing their musical performance experience to date, and state their intentions for post-secondary music education. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member, or from a private music instructor, may be attached to letters of application, if desired.

Letters of application and letters of recommendation should be postmarked, or hand-delivered to the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County Foundation by the deadline, along with an audio CD (mp3 or other popular format) containing two to three minutes of solo vocal or instrumental performance (or ensemble performance, if the applicant’s performance is clearly discernable), preceded by a descriptive audio introduction of the student and the performance setting.

A panel of music professionals, including Mount Vernon native Vaughn Wiester, will review all application materials and recommend a scholarship recipient to the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County Foundation Board of Directors.

The Community Foundation office is located on the third floor of First-Knox National Bank Main Branch, P.O. Box 309, 1 South Main Street, Mount Vernon. Please call 740.326.2118 if additional information is needed.

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