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Local theater: Chancel Players set to stage Godspell

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - A new youth theater group, the Chancel Players, has been organized by the Rev. Scott Elliott and the group's first production of Godspell is about to open at Gay Street United Methodist Church, 18 N. Gay St. Godspell is a musical based on the Gospel of Matthew featuring interpretations of bible parables.  The production was first performed on Broadway in the early 1970's and features well known songs such as "Day by Day," "Prepare Ye (the say of the Lord)," and "Turn Back, Oh Man."

Four adults and a cast of youth actors between the ages of 11 to 21 have been rehearsing since the beginning of the year. Rev. Elliott says he is interested in connecting youth and the community through the performing arts. The youth players are from Fredericktown, Highland, Mount Vernon high and middle schools, some are homeschooled.

Godspell Charlotte Watson photo

Chancel Players cast members rehearse a scene from Godspell - Photo courtesy Charlotte Watson

"It's about community -  showing the youth that they are loved in a unique, wonderful way. If you've ever been in a play you can't help but bond because you have to travel through this journey putting on this piece of art. It's highly disciplined. It takes lots of hours and so no matter what age you are you have to be dependent on each other so there is this wonderful bonding going on," said Elliott. Local theater veteran Joe Bell of Right Brain Productions has collaborated with Rev. Elliott as producer.

Godspell will be performed March 23-31, April 1st and 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at Gay Street United Methodist Church. Tickets will be available at the door.

 

 

 

 

Jason McCulloch joins First-Knox National Bank

MOUNT VERNON – Jason R. McCulloch has joined First-Knox National Bank’s Millersburg office as an Assistant Vice President and Financial Advisor through the bank’s partnership with Raymond James Financial Services.  Jason will work in the Millersburg and Wooster offices.

“Our investment services business in the Holmes and Wayne county markets has grown over the years to the point that it makes sense for us to have a dedicated professional on staff in the Millersburg office,” said Cheri Butcher, senior vice president of Trust and Investment Services.  “Jay’s style and approach to customer service fits right in with the First-Knox philosophy.”

Jay brings over 20 years of investment management experience to First-Knox.  He has worked as a financial analyst, credit analyst, commercial lender, and brokerage manager.  Jay received his bachelor of science in finance from Franklin University.  He holds Series 7, 66, and life and health licenses.  Jay’s specialty is creating a financial plan that focuses on the client’s unique circumstances.  He is committed to and has successfully demonstrated delivering excellent ongoing service.

“I had the pleasure of working with Jay a few years back and he’s an excellent addition to First-Knox,” said executive vice president Bob Boss.  “It will be nice to have a dedicated investment professional available to current and future customers in the Holmes and Wayne county markets.”

A West Holmes graduate, Jay resides in Millersburg with his three children:  Ian, Isabel, and Alexander.  He has served on the Holmes County Board of Developmental Disabilities for the past eight years.

Jay can be reached at the Millersburg office by calling 330.674.2610 or email [email protected]   He will also be available in the Wooster office by appointment.  

McCulloch Joins First-Knox National Bank

 

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Jason R. McCulloch has joined First-Knox National Bank’s Millersburg office as an Assistant Vice President and Financial Advisor through the bank’s partnership with Raymond James Financial Services.  Jason will work in the Millersburg and Wooster offices.

“Our investment services business in the Holmes and Wayne county markets has grown over the years to the point that it makes sense for us to have a dedicated professional on staff in the Millersburg office,” said Cheri Butcher, senior vice president of Trust and Investment Services.  “Jay’s style and approach to customer service fits right in with the First-Knox philosophy.”

Jay brings over 20 years of investment management experience to First-Knox.  He has worked as a financial analyst, credit analyst, commercial lender, and brokerage manager.  Jay received his bachelor of science in finance from Franklin University.  He holds Series 7, 66, and life and health licenses.  Jay’s specialty is creating a financial plan that focuses on the client’s unique circumstances.  He is committed to and has successfully demonstrated delivering excellent ongoing service.

“I had the pleasure of working with Jay a few years back and he’s an excellent addition to First-Knox,” said executive vice president Bob Boss.  “It will be nice to have a dedicated investment professional available to current and future customers in the Holmes and Wayne county markets.”

A West Holmes graduate, Jay resides in Millersburg with his three children:  Ian, Isabel, and Alexander.  He has served on the Holmes County Board of Developmental Disabilities for the past eight years.

Jay can be reached at the Millersburg office by calling 330.674.2610 or email [email protected].   He will also be available in the Wooster office by appointment.  

Changes in store for Hiawatha Water Park/Pool

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — Changes at Hiawatha Water Park for 2017 will increase safety and relieve some stress on water park personnel.

Jerry Clinger, the city's recreation director and assistant director for the water park, told council members about the changes on Monday.

The city runs two park programs:
*Tot Lots, a two-week program for 3- to 5-year-olds. Between 10 and 15 preschoolers are usually enrolled. The program runs from  10 a.m. to noon with two staffers.
*Elementary Park Program, a 10-week program for students kindergarten through fifth grade. Slightly more than 200 usually  register; about 135 show up each day. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Four employees staff the elementary program. In past years, staffers took the children to the water park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Clinger said that it was very difficult for the four staffers to keep track of 135 children among all of the other park visitors.

This year, the time for swimming lessons has been moved earlier in the day. Children from the elementary program will go to the water park from 10:30 a.m. to noon. They will be the only ones swimming in the leisure pool during that time. When the water park opens to the public at noon, the park program children will move to the park. Clinger said the change will add one hour a day to the cost of providing lifeguards.

The fees for both programs will increase from $30 for the first child and $20 for each additional child to $50 and $35, respectively. Clinger said that parents must pay at least half of the cost by the first day of attendance; the remaining amount can be paid over the next few weeks. The fees cover the cost of two of the six employees.

 

Improvements on the way to Ariel Foundation Park thanks to grant funds

MOUNT VERNON - Foundation Park Conservancy has announced that it has received a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County and a generous grant from Ariel Foundation.

The Ariel Foundation grant will support the addition of beautiful smoked glass garage doors to the Schnormeier Event Center, allowing the facility to be used in all weather conditions and minimizing the entry of rain and wind.

“The addition of these doors to the Event Center will be a huge improvement to the building, especially for brides and grooms worried about rain on their wedding day. That won’t be an issue anymore,” said Conservancy Member Michael Percy. “We anticipate the doors being added by June 1.”

A portion of the Community Foundation funds are earmarked for a new message center sign that will be located along South Main Street at the CA&C Depot. This allows the park to advertise upcoming events and thank sponsors for their support. A new outdoor flat screen TV and portable cart will also be purchased for the Schnormeier Event Center for a similar purpose, and will be available to brides and others who rent the facility.

Funds will also be used to complete a catering kitchen in the Community Foundation Pavilion, allowing for greater and varied use of that facility. Plus, an ice maker will be purchased for the Schnormeier Event Center for summer events.

Some funds will be directed to Movie Mondays at the park for specialized projection equipment. The Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), part of the Community Foundation, has also sponsored the summer Movie Mondays at the Park with $2,000 of financial support.

“We are incredibly grateful for the Community Foundation’s and YPI’s gift to the Park. We believe that these funds will enable us to better market park events while offering our sponsors a great way to promote their businesses as well,” said Executive Director Carrie Haver.

See www.arielfoundationpark.org for details.

A few additional park updates include the planting of more than 50 trees—arborvitae, Norway spruce, regal prince trees and snow dogwoods—by the Shade Tree Commission, the fact that nearly 120 events/rentals are already scheduled at the park this summer, and that Columbia Elementary School’s playground is now accessible from the Heart of Ohio Trail heading west out of the park.

To learn more about Ariel-Foundation Park and to sign up for the free newsletter, visit www.arielfoundationpark.org or visit the Park’s Facebook page.

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.

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