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Knox Community Jazz Orchestra draws large crowd to AF Park

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox Community Jazz Orchestra concert at Ariel Foundation Park drew over 300 people Sunday evening. The orchestra is in its inaugural season and is under the direction of Ted Buehrer who also plays trumpet with the group. 

The concert featured toe-tapping music by composers including Henry Mancini, Benny Goodman and more. Some could not keep their seats and were encouraged to dance. The finale, "Sing Sing Sing" by Benny Goodman featured a fantastic drum solo by Skip Trask. Special guest Mount Vernon native and professional trombonist Vaughn Weister performed two numbers with the orchestra. Vocalist Alison Cline sang several tunes with the orchestra including, Frederick Loewe's "Almost like being in Love."

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This talented dancing duo was among the hundreds who enjoyed Sunday's KCJO concert - KP Photo

The jazz orchestra is a revival of community jazz bands in Knox County that date back to the 1960's and the Riley Norris Orchestra. In the 1980's it was the Bob Bechtel Big Band and the Colonial City Big Band after that.

Orchestra personnel includes Buehrer, Saxophones: Ross Feller, Chuck Dettmar, Jack Eyre, Gary McCutcheon, and Bob Milnikel.

Trumpets: Dane Heuchemer, Buehrer,, Carol McCutcheon, Dan Laskin, Ethan Buehrer

Trombones: Bob Pelfry, Jim Frady, Bonnie Warren, Tracy Smith

Rythm Section: Andrew Clarkson, Jr., guitar; John Schmoll, piano; Andrew Clarkson, Sr., bass; Trask, drums.

The Knox Community Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) arts organization that was incorporated in 2016.




St Vincent's honored by Diocese of Columbus

COLUMBUS - The Joe Sestitio—Kathryn Buckerfield Sportsmanhip Award, presented annually to a parish exhibiting excellent sportsmanship by the Diocesan Recreation Association, was presented to St. Vincent De Paul Parish from Mount Vernon during the pregame at the Columbus Clippers Catholic Family Night on May 17.

Representatives from St. Vincent, including pastor Father Hammond, principal Mrs. Martha Downs and Athletic Director, Mr. Doug Brenneman were joined on the field by Mr. Julius Palazzo, the Boys Diocesan Director; Mr. Jeff Martin, Boys Commissioner; and Ms. Marty Raines, the Girls Diocesan Director and Associate Director of the Diocesan Recreation Association for the presentation of the plaque to St. Vincent.

In addition, a St. Vincent student will receive a $500 grant towards their tuition.

A ceremonial first pitch thrown by Maggie Richardson. Maggie, a 4th grader, plays volleyball, basketball and runs track for the Blue Streaks.

St. V award at Clippers

L to R: Julius Palazzo, Father Hammond, Martha Downs, Doug Brenneman, Marty Raines, Jeff Martin - photo submitted

Local People: Harris, Kidwell, Rose elected to First-Knox board


MOUNT VERNON – Korey M. Kidwell, Jeffry D. Harris, and Kim M. Rose were elected to the First-Knox National Bank board of directors at the April 18, 2017 meeting. “The addition of these gentlemen will bring some new perspectives to our advisory board,” said Vickie A. Sant, president of First-Knox National Bank.

“Their involvement in community and business activities will help First-Knox better understand and respond to local needs and developments."


Jeffry D. Harris is the president of the Area Development Foundation. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Bowling Green State University and a masters of public administration and juris doctor from The Ohio State University. Harris has extensive experience in various aspects of public
sector organizations, with a focus on economic development. He is a practicing attorney, providing legal counsel to political subdivisions and private property owners in commercial real estate development. He also volunteers his services for the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.

“Jeff brings a different angle to the board that can help provide a unique viewpoint,” Sant stated. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him in a variety of capacities. I look forward to Jeff’s fresh perspective.” Harris plays an active role on many community boards, including the following: secretary, Knox Labs, Inc; secretary, Fredericktown Community Development Foundation; chairman of the MVNU Engineering Department Industrial Advisory Board; board member of United Way, Knox County Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Mount Vernon; member, Rotary Club of Mount Vernon; advisory committee member, Knox Works; and city finance study committee member for the city of Mount Vernon. He lives in Mount Vernon with his wife, Adrienne.


Korey M. Kidwell is a local attorney and partner in the law firm of Murray, Rauzi, Kidwell and Cunningham, Ltd. He is a graduate of East Knox High School and completed his bachelor of science at Ohio Northern University. He subsequently obtained his masters of health administration from The Ohio State University and spent a number of years in health care operations before graduating cum laude with his juris doctor from Capital University Law
School. Active in the Mount Vernon community, Kidwell sits on a number of local boards: president, Rotary Club of Mount Vernon; board of trustee member of Knox Community Hospital; voting board member of the Knox Community Hospital Foundation; member and past president of the
Knox County Bar Association; past member and president of Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries, Inc.; and past board member and past president of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce.

“Korey brings a well-rounded understanding to the board and we appreciate the guidance his experience can provide,” said Sant. “He’s well-known and well-liked in the community and we are thrilled that he has joined the board."
Kidwell resides near Walhonding with his wife, Kelly, and daughters, Ellie and Josie.

Kim M. Rose is an attorney with Critchfield, Critchfield, & Johnston, Ltd. He attended the United States Military Academy and subsequently graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s in business. He received his juris doctor from Capital University, and completed his masters in business administration from Ashland College.

“Kim and I have worked together for many years, professionally and within the community”, said Sant. “His extensive legal background, avid community involvement, and overall knowledge make him an excellent choice to sit on our board." Currently, Rose’s community involvement includes: chair, Foundation Park Conservancy board; secretary and member, Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County; member, Knox County Airport Authority; and president, Mount Vernon Development Corporation. He has previously served on the Knox Community Hospital board, Knox County Salvation Army advisory board, Knox County Mental Health Association, Metropolitan Housing Board, and many more.
Rose and his wife, Pam, live in Mount Vernon.

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   Harris                                                      Kidwell                                            Rose - photos submitted


Adult and youth bands wanted for competition


MOUNT VERNON - Foundation Park Conservancy is looking for both youth and adult bands to perform in a Knox County Battle of the Bands at Ariel-Foundation Park in the Schnormeier Event Center on Saturday, June 24. The youth competition is 4 p.m. and adult competition at 7:30 p.m.

Youth band members must be between 13 and 21 years of age. Adult band members should be 22+. Bands must have 3-8 members in order to compete and should include bass, guitar and drum. Absolutely no lip syncing or tracking vocals. Bands are not guaranteed a spot. Applications will be reviewed to ensure bands meet specified criteria for Battle of the Bands.

Bands may perform up to two songs in a 20-minute time period. Songs should be appropriate for a family-oriented environment. All bands must bring their own instruments and amplifiers. One microphone with speaker will be provided. Band must be able to set up in 10 minutes and tear down in 10 minutes upon completion of the set. Management and/or judges have the right to disqualify a band at their discretion based on misconduct.

Prizes will be offered for both youth and adult categories and include $300 for first prize, $200 for second and $100 for third. A guest judge panel will judge the competition based on four elements: music, stage presence, appearance/personality and crowd support/interaction.

The band application can be found at www.arielfoundationpark.org under the Battle of the Bands event. Bands should submit the completed application along with the $25 entry fee (non-refundable under all circumstances) to Ariel-Foundation Park, P.O. Box 644, Mount Vernon, OH 43050 no later than May 30.

For more information, contact Event Coordinator Carrie Hyman at 740-501-9293 or [email protected]


11 valedictorians in CHS class of 2017

By Alan Grove, KnoxPages.com Reporter

CENTERBURG - For most schools, the valedictorian is the top student, and there is typically only one, the student ranked first; but not at Centerburg. Centerburg High School has a set of requirements where multiple students can be a valedictorian. Now, you would think this wouldn’t be a problem for the requirements are typically hard to achieve, but that’s not the case for the class of 2017 at Centerburg. This class has 11 valedictorians graduating May 21 at 2 p.m.

Senior valedictorian Gabe Coffing said he thinks it is strange to have 11 valedictorians.

“I’ve heard many say it takes away the true meaning of being valedictorian when there is a range [of GPA] for people to meet instead of having the actual highest GPA,” Coffing said. “I understand what those people mean, but personally, I don’t think too much about it. I’m just glad to have a high GPA.”

Another one of the senior valedictorians, Savannah Glasscock, said she thinks having 11 valedictorians shows how intelligent and competitive of a class they are, but she thinks that it is a tad too many valedictorians.

“[It] almost takes away the honor from the title because there are so many of us,” Glasscock said. “At the ceremony we are going to have a few people give speeches, and then I believe we are going to read a book aloud to [the rest of] the class.” 

Glasscock thinks to avoid a situation like this in the future the standards for valedictorian should be higher and even more competitive.
“From what I had always understood before hearing how Centerburg did it, it was just the top ranked person in the class, which I think makes it very competitive and obviously limits the valedictorians to only one.”

Centerburg principal Ryan Gallwitz said this is because of a unique problem with weighted grades. All post secondary classes were weighted, which allowed for the number of valedictorians to go up. “Next year’s class will not see this problem,” Gallwitz said. “We saw this coming, and that’s why we made this change.”

CHS guidance counselor Stephen Parpart said the GPA requirement for valedictorian used to be 4.2 or higher thanks to the availability of weighted classes, now it will be 3.97 or higher for valedictorian and 3.95 or higher for salutatorian for future years and no weighted classes.

“I can’t think of anything that is going to be different except for the ceremony at graduation;” Parpart said. “Valedictorians have always done a speech that can go 5 to 10 minutes, obviously we cannot have 11 five to ten minute speeches at a graduation that is already two hours long.”
Parpart said starting with the class of 2018, all eight requirements for the honors diploma will have to be met to be a valedictorian or salutatorian.
“Three foreign language, four math, four English, four social studies, four science including physics, one fine art, 27 or higher on the ACT, and 3.5 or higher GPA are the eight requirements,” Parpart said. “That’s going to knock down the number of valedictorians significantly. I expect between one and three valedictorians for the years to come.”

Junior Cassy Losego said she understands why the changes are being made, but without weighted classes it is hard to show who is taking harder classes or not.

“By making the requirements different, it does make it harder to get honors,” Losego said.


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