Published: Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:02
Welcome to the West by The Diversified Diner
Head ‘em up, move ‘em out.
If you enjoy country-western music, wood floor boards – complete with knot holes – and mixed drinks in a relaxed atmosphere then you’ll appreciate Door 142 Restaurant and Bar in Fredericktown. Housed on the street-level of a three story early 20th century hotel, Door 142 welcomes diners and drinkers.
Upon entering, I get a wave from a woman behind the bar. I assume we seat ourselves. Taking a table, a server greets me. She takes my order and I sit and watch the woman behind the bar feeding herself. While I enjoy a casual atmosphere, I find it unprofessional and distracting to watch an employee stab food and continually fork feed herself.
Three bar patrons chat, drink and eat. Then I notice a young child – maybe 10-years-old mingling among the bar patrons. Isn’t it against the law to allow minors in a bar? I wonder.
Country music booms in the background with, “Louisiana Saturday Night.”
Voices echo, two TVs are on, and I have a hard time hearing my dinner partner. Maybe it’s because the restaurant isn’t crowded and noise echoes.
I amuse myself with the antique décor including original doors from the once-busy hotel. Framed black and white pictures hang on the wall with barb wire. Occasionally I look down to insure the leg of my chair isn’t sinking into a large knot hole. “This could be a truck stop in Wyoming,” quips my partner.
Two adult diners amble in and take a table. She orders a Margarita. The server delivers my beverage, an Angus burger and hot, hot French fries on a large, white square plate. I eat my fries first; they’re like large crunchy planks with a soft center. Lightly salted and steaming. I love ‘em. Western songs play.
The Angus burger is piled with fresh tomato, lettuce, and onion. I take a bite and it’s a bit dry but tasty. Since there are no condiments on the table, I ask the server, “May I have ketchup and mustard?”
The large French fries nearly fill me so I ask for a take-home box for the remainder of my burger. I will enjoy it later that evening or next day.
“The desserts are good. Do you want any?” asks the server.
“I’m full. Thanks.”
She smiles and leaves, returning a short time later with my bill.
Door 142 is recycling a historic building and offering Fredericktown citizens a choice of eating establishments.
Come as you are and come after 7:00 PM when live music adds to the din.
Atmosphere: 2 Forks
Fare: 4 Forks
Service: 4 Forks
Value: 3 Forks
Overall: 3 Forks
Door 142 in Fredericktown - KP Photo
Published: Monday, 08 May 2017 17:25
By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter
MOUNT VERNON — The Exchange Club of Mount Vernon/Knox County honored five local high school students on Friday for their efforts in overcoming adversity and obstacles in their lives.
The ACE Award (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) recognizes high school students who made a dramatic change in their attitude and performance sometime during their high school years and are now eligible for graduation. Ginny Williams, coordinator of the ACE award program, presented a certificate and $100 to Richard Mejia, Centerburg; Kathryn Carr, Danville; Nancy Avery, Fredericktown; and Megan Wolfe, Knox County Career Center. Dakota Shock, Mount Vernon, was not present but will also receive a certificate and $100.
As the overall winner, Carr also received a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship. She is eligible for the district competition.
Students are nominated by their school's guidance counselor or principal, who write a short essay describing why the student is being nominated. The students also write a short essay describing events they are most proud of and their plans for the future.
In preparing for the award presentations, Williams researched each student's first name. “I found each one interesting and true to their meaning,” she said.
Mejia did not have enough credits to graduate in 2017. He, along with his counselor, Stephen Parpart, developed a plan for him to graduate in 2018. With his hard work and motivation, he achieved enough credits to graduate this year with his classmates. Parpart said he is proud of Mejia's achievements and that he made the third-quarter honor roll for the first time. Mejia plans to learn a trade at the Knox County Career Center. His name means powerful, strong and brave.
Carr overcame the loss of her father and then, a few years later, her mother. She plans to attend Knox Technical Center to learn massage therapy. Her counselor, Cynthia Durbin, said she is continually awed by Kathryn's ability to cope and commit to achieving her goals. The name Kathryn means Pure One and innocent.
Avery is proud to serve her church, school and hospital while overcoming the obstacles of diabetes. Her favorite thing to do is mentor a group of young girls at Knox Community Hospital, encouraging them to do all activities within their personal limits. She wants to give a voice to children in the foster care system and plans to attend Mount Vernon Nazarene University this fall. Her counselor, LeeAnn Jurkowitz, said Avery is the most resilient student she has ever met. The name Nancy is the English form of Agnes and means grace, chaste and pure.
Wolfe said she is most proud that she met her goals through hard work and overcoming personal challenges. She joined the JROTC because of its focus on integrity, service before self and excellence. She plans to attend basic training in Texas for the Air National Guard; when she returns home, she plans to attend North Central State College for academics and then pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing at Ashland University. Wolfe's counselor, Beth Marhefka, wrote that she was impressed with Wolfe's hard work, high goals and determination to be a positive influence. The name Megan means a pearl.
Shock persevered after losing all of his personal belongings when his father's house burned down. He is most proud of how that experience made him a stronger person. He applied himself to his studies and sports and excelled in track. He plans to attend The Ohio State University, Newark campus, this fall. His counselor, Jacqueline Earnest, writes that she is proud of his persistence in making good decisions and encouraging other students with his desire to achieve. The name Dakota is a tribal name from the Native American Sioux and means friend.
The Exchange Club of Mount Vernon/Knox County presented its annual ACE Awards (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) on Friday. Each student received a certificate and $100. Pictured are, from left, Richard Mejia, Centerburg; Nancy Avery, Fredericktown; Megan Wolfe, Knox County Career Center; Kathryn Carr, Danville; and Ginny Williams, Exchange Club member and coordinator of the ACE awards. Carr also won the overall award and received a plaque and $1,000 scholarship. Not pictured: Dakota Shock, Mount Vernon High School.
Photo courtesy of Cathern Collier