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Dollars equal votes in annual Shelter Dog calendar promotion

MOUNT VERNON - Do you ever feel like your vote doesn’t count? During the Dan Emmett Festival in downtown Mount Vernon, you can vote for your favorite shelter dog. In fact, you can buy this election. Vote as often as you like, with your wallet.

The shelter dogs that raise the most money will be featured in the 2018 Knox County Shelter Dog calendar, published by the Friends of the Knox County Animal Shelter organization. The dog with the highest dollar amount will be featured on the cover. All donations will go toward needed medicine, medical care or supplies for the dogs at the shelter.

Plenty of qualified candidates will be available to choose from: German Shepherd, Coonhound, even a Beagle, and no doubt a mixed breed or two as well.

Look for the shelter booth outside 121 South Main Street in Mount Vernon, during the Festival, August 10-13, 2017 and come cast your votes.

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Shelter dogs, L to R, Amber, Sludge, Chip and Leo - photos submitted



Free Yoga, Tai-Chi, Zumba classes this summer at park

MOUNT VERNON – Foundation Park Conservancy is offering a variety of free physical fitness activities at the park this summer, including tai chi, yoga, and Zumba®. All will be held in the Schnormeier Event Center and are sponsored by the Knox County Health Department, Ohio Eastern Star Home and the Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County.

“We’re so excited to offer these great activities, free at the park this summer, thanks to our marvelous sponsors,” said park executive director Carrie A. Haver. “For anyone who has wanted to be more active, wanted to try one of these classes, now is the perfect time. What better place than the serene setting of the park while being in the shade offered by Schnormeier Event Center? Get involved in these wonderful physical activities that have a variety of mental and spiritual health benefits as well. And bring a friend!”

Tai chi will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. and led by Marshall Winkle, starting June 19. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is a low impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.

Yoga will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., starting June 20 and going through August 30. Participants will need to bring a mat. Tuesday’s sessions will be led by Hot Yoga Escape and Wednesday’s sessions will be led by Shakti Fit. Yoga is quickly becoming one of the most popular workout regime among those who are looking to gain flexibility, strength and even lose weight. It is great for reducing stress and allowing for greater relaxation. Yoga is said to have originated in India during the Golden Age, nearly 26,000 years ago. Yoga can do a lot for the human body and has been proven to increase health and body awareness allowing yoga participants to better control their bodies. From flexibility increases to better body alignment, Yoga can help with a variety of ailments.

Zumba® is offered on Thursdays from 2-3 p.m., starting on June 1, led by Amber Hawkins. Perfect for everybody and every body, each Zumba® takes the “work” out of workout, mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, participants will see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Effective and fun, it’s a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, flexibility and boosted energy.

Ariel-Foundation Park, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a 250-acre civic park that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages. 


OSU Alumni Band performs for scholarship fundraiser

MOUNT VERNON - The Ohio State University Alumni Band performed for the annual OSU Alumni Club of Knox County scholarship fundraiser at Ariel Foundation Park's Schnormeier Event Center Sunday afternoon. The alumni band wrapped up their performance with the Armed Forces Medley and Le Regiment, the music the OSU Marching Band performs during the infamous Script Ohio.  

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OSU Band drum major John Lavange of Warren leads fans through Ariel Foundation Park's Schnormeier Event Center as the alumni band plays the music for Script Ohio, Robert Planquette’s "Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse. KnoxPages.com photo by Marty Trese


Former Centerburg resident to portray Horton in Seussical the Musical

CENTERBURG - Seussical the Musical, the summer musical production of the Madison County Arts Council in London, Ohio, will feature Centerburg graduate Paul Oswalt as Horton the Elephant. Performances will be Friday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 22, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Joyce Hildebrand Auditorium in the London High School.

Tickets will be sold only at the door.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

For information, call 740-625-5856.

New Guitar store brings music back to Public Square

By Dylan McCament, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON - Marcus Brandenburg wants to bring music back to town.

"Music is my love," he said. "Apart from my children, I don't think there is anything that has brought me more joy."

Brandenburg, a Mount Vernon native, opened Brandenburg Guitar on May 15 at 37 Public Square, formerly the location of a smoke shop.

Visitors to the store will encounter drum kits, keyboards, as well as many kinds of acoustic and electric guitars lining the wall.

While he had an initial focus on guitars, Brandenburg said, the store offers "all things musical." He said he offers DJ services; he cleans and strings guitars; he gives a couple of free lessons to anyone who buys a guitar.

"I'm trying to get a feel for what the community wants. The store will become what they want." he said. "We welcome people to come in and play the instruments. Hang out and play. You don't have to come to buy."

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Marcus Brandenburg plays his favorite guitar: an Oregon Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar. Brandenburg recently opened Brandenburg Guitar at 37 Public Square  KP photo



Brandenburg said that he would like to see his store become something of a community center for music: a place for bands and a place for bands to find musicians. He said he had been a customer of the two musical mainstays in Mount Vernon: Jet Music and Flynn's Guitar Store.

Flynn's closed in 2015 after more than 30 years in business; Jet Music closed in 2016 after more than 50 years in business.

"That's part of my inspiration," he said, "I would have to drive to Newark or Westerville for just about anything music-related."

Brandenburg said that much of his focus lies in offering afforable instruments to aspiring musicians who are just getting started. However, he added, he can offer an $1,000 dollar guitar to the right person and will also track down more expensive, rare guitars to those who are interested.

"Growing up here, I knew that for a lot of the musicians in this community, and it just seemed like something that the community needed," he said. "There's been a great response. People seem very happy."

Brandenburg said that he hopes to form a musician's co-op in Mount Vernon and find a local space for local musicians to come to practice.

"A while ago. I made a personal commitment to pursue music," he said. "It's part of personal reaching out to the community."

Brandenburg said he comes from a musical family in which learning classical piano was required from an early age. He played trombone in middle and high school. He studied Jazz at Kenyon College for a time. Over the years, an interest in acoustic guitar led to an interest in rock music. He said that, in recent years, he has developed an interest in electric guitar.

"I have wide musical tastes," Brandenburg said. "I'm not pretentious."


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