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Volunteers recover tires, trash at Kokosing River Rally cleanup

MOUNT VERNON - Over 170 volunteers worked together to clean up the Kokosing River from Riverside Park to Millwood at the annual River Rally Cleanup Saturday. Knox County Recycling Coordinator Randy Canterbury says the volunteers came from the community, Kenyon College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon High School Key Club and a veterans group - Paddle for Heroes.

River clean up staging 2017

Dozens of volunteers participated in the Kokosing River Rally Saturday - Photo courtesy of Randy Canterbury

Beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing into the early afternoon volunteers recovered the following:

-69 tires
-2 car batteries
-1 box spring
-office chair
-metal push lawn mower
-sleeping bags
-miscellaneous trash

River Cleanup tires

This collection of tires was pulled out of the Kokosing River Saturday - photo courtesy of Randy Canterbury

Canoes were provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Kokosing Valley Canoe Livery, and private donors. Transportation was provided by Knox Area Transit, the local Fish and Game Association and ODNR.

The Ohio EPA provided grants to provide posters, disposal, and waterproof radios.

To learn more about reycling in Knox County contact Canterbury at 740-393-6704.


Prospects for Riverbank Stabilization Grant look good

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — Jeff Pickrell, water/wastewater superintendent, told County Commissioners Teresa Bemiller and Roger Reed on Tuesday that things look good for the county to receive a riverbank stabilization grant.

Officials representing the Ohio Public Works Commission visited the site on Friday. The riverbank needing stabilized is near the Howard well field. Erosion has changed the course of the river so that it now is within 50 feet of Well No. 5 and 150 feet of Well No. 3. The goal of the stabilization project is to stop further erosion into the well field.

David Heithaus, director of green initiatives at Kenyon College, is one of the OPWC officials who reviewed the site. Heithaus is a Gambier resident, kayaker and outdoorsman.

“I think that's a positive note for us because he will be able to see that the river has eroded over the years,” Pickrell told the commissioners.

OPWC received four grant applications totaling $1.5 million; $1.2 million is available. “The good news is … they like our project very much. Other projects had land acquisition; ours does not,” said Pickrell, adding that OPWC has not done a stabilization project for a number of years. “They will meet within the next week or so to do the scoring [of the projects].”

The OPWC Nature Works grant would cover 45 percent of the project's cost. Pickrell plans to apply for a Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District grant to cover the remaining amount.

Pickrell said he is in the process of getting approval for sludge disposal on 400 acres on Pipesville Road. The county is contracted through this year with Burch Hydro.

The water/wastewater department continues to work on finding and fixing water breaks. Pickrell said six have been found and fixed in the last five days.

Congressional Candidate Harbaugh among speakers at Knox County Democratic Party Dinner


MOUNT VERNON--The Knox County Democratic Party hosts its annual Knox County Democratic Dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Glenn A. Gallagher Centre. Featured speakers for the evening are Aftab Pureval, Ken Harbaugh and Zack Space.

Aftab Pureval, the clerk of courts of Hamilton County (Cincinnati), Ohio, won election in 2016 as the first Democrat to win that position in more than 100 years. With a campaign combining a humorous take on his unusual first name and proposals for serious reforms to the county's court system, Pureval won recognition as an up-and-coming Democrat with statewide potential.

Ken Harbaugh is the Democratic candidate for Congress for Ohio's 7th Congressional District. A Navy pilot who flew reconnaissance missions in the Middle East and off North Korea, Harbaugh also served as the president of Team Rubicon Global, a disaster-relief organization that has trained more than 45,000 military veterans to deploy worldwide.

Zack Space is the Democratic candidate for Ohio auditor of state. Space represented Knox County in Congress for two terms as the representative from Ohio's 18th Congressional district and previously served as law director for the City of Dover.

The dinner also features presentations of the party's Democratic Volunteer of the Year Award and Legacy Award as well as the Elaine Mayhew Award from the Knox County Democratic Women.

For more information, contact Adam Gilson at [email protected]


Local People: Carrie Hyman named Executive Director of Main Street Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON — Main Street Mount Vernon is proud to announce the appointment of a new executive director. Following an extensive search, the MSMV Board of Directors found an executive director in Carrie Hyman.

“We are very excited to have Carrie join us in this role. Earlier this year she accepted a seat on our board, so she has had the opportunity to see first-hand how Main Street Mount Vernon operates,” said Heather Brayshaw, President, Main Street Mount Vernon Board of Directors.

“Carrie brings a wealth of diverse experience to our organization, such as having been a business owner in the downtown area, working at a local nonprofit, and volunteering with MTVarts productions. She understands the depth and breadth of this position and how important it is as the downtown and Central Business District continues to grow and thrive,” said Brayshaw.

Carrie Hyman

Carrie Hyman - submitted photo

Hyman is a 2005 graduate of Bowling Green State University and has been active in the Mount Vernon community.  Most recently she was the assistant for the Ariel Foundation and an event coordinator with Foundation Park Conservancy. Hyman will begin with MSMV on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. She can be reached at [email protected]

For more information on MSMV visit mainstreetmountvernon.com.

The mission of Main Street Mount Vernon is to energize and strengthen an authentic and uniquely local downtown experience. First Fridays are held the first Friday of each month May through October.

United Way kicks off $1 million "Give where you live" campaign

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - The 2017 United Way Kick-Off Breakfast, Good Morning Knox County, was held Friday morning and it was announced that the fundraising effort is already at 29% of its one million dollar goal.  United Way has three investment areas  - education, financial stability and health. For 2018 United Way will invest in 26 programs in 16 partner agencies.

United Way wide shot breakfast

Friday morning's United Way kick off breakfast held at MVNU's Ariel Hall - KP Photo

 The breakfast, held at MVNU's Ariel Hall, featured the introduction of the United Way's new Resource Development Coordinator Karen Schroeder. She replaced Katie Peterson who left the agency earlier this year to move out of state. A humorous video was shown highlighting Schroeder's first day at the United Way office in which she was incessantly reminded that Katie previously had Karen's job and was told she had big shoes to fill. Video of the program can be seen here. MVNU staff and students and local producer Matt Starr collaborated on the video.

Videos were also shown highlighting the Knox County Health Department's FACES program. FACES stands for falls, assessment, community, EMA, and support & service which is designed to help elderly persons stay in their own home longer. The idea is to ease the demand on first responders who are sometimes dispatched to help someone who has fallen at a cost of $800 per run. Through FACES, a dedicated nurse - funded by United Way - can go out and assist those who have fallen or may need help getting something off the floor or even turn on a nightlight. 

The ROX (ruling our experiences) program helps middle school girls develop and maintain self-esteem in this day of bullying via social media.

Schroeder announced that 29.2 percent, or $292,723 has already been raised by individuals and companies known as Early Bird Pacesetters.   

This year's campaign is chaired by Ryan Sponsler who announced that his car dealership, Donley Auto Group, will give away a two year lease on a Ford Escape or 5,000 via a drawing for those who contribute $250 or more. The board chair this year is Clint Bailey.  

Sponsler at UWAy breakfast

Ryan Sponsler is this year's United Way Campaign Chair - KP Photo

Executive Director Kelly Brenneman acknowledged the Women United Affinity Group which was founded last year. It fills the gaps inthe community that can't be accomplished with traditional funding. The members are investing $42,000 back into Knox County with the O'Hara Chris-Fit Porgram, Women in Recovery Breakfasts, Girls on the Run, Recovery Housing for Women and children, ROX, Stuff the Book Bags and Diaper Bars/Wine and Cheese Night. 

Community members can donate to United Way through their employer or directly to United Way.  For more information visit uwayknox.org.

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