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Grant applications open for Soroptimist Live your Dream award

MOUNT VERNON — Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to continue their education or receive training can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women. Applications are available at the from your school guidance department , or by contacting Contact Connie Cline ([email protected]) or Sabrina Pugh ([email protected].  The application deadline is November 15.

The Soroptimist club will provide a $2,000 cash grant to its award recipient, who will then advance to the Soroptimist Midwest Region level, where recipients could receive up to an additional $5,000. The program culminates with three finalist $10,000 awards. An addition $1000 cash grant will also be awarded.
Recipients can use the Live Your Dream Award to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. This includes tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense.

The Live Your Dream Award provides over $2 million in cash grants to head-of-household women in need each year. Since the program’s inception in 1972, more than $30 million has helped tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families. A study conducted by The Fels Institute of Government, a research and consulting organization based at the University of Pennsylvania, confirmed the efficacy and impact of this program. It improves the recipients’ quality of life; builds their confidence; strengthens their self-determination and makes them want to, in turn, help others. Helping women in this way has the demonstrated effect of leading to stronger communities, nations and the world.

Founded in 1987, the Mount Vernon and Knox County club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Local members join with almost 80,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women and girls.

Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers LiveYourDream.org—an online community offering
offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls. For more information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit www.soroptimist.org.

Local Business: Ribbon cut at North Main Cafe

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - A new place to grab a bite or a cup of coffee downtown is officially open.  Friends, family and Chamber of Commerce ambassadors were on hand for the ribbon cutting at North Main Cafe, 108 N. Main Street Tuesday morning. The cafe is owned by Rachel Miller and Sarah Eash. Sarah's husband, Laverne said, "We loved the idea of small cafe in a small town." He described the history of the renovation of the space that took place over 600 days. He also thanked the contractors who worked on the project. 

In addition to a variety of coffees, beverages and snacks, the cafe offers breakfast items such as cinnamon swirl pancakes, baked oatmeal and a unique breakfast bowl with hash browns, eggs, sausage and a homemade cream. The lunch menu includes specially seasoned hamburgers made with fresh beef, paninis, wraps, sandwiches and a variety of salads made with homemade dressings.

Cafe North Main ribbon

Rachel Miller, left and Sarah Eash cut the ribbon on North Main Cafe Tuesday morning - KP Photo by Marty Trese

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.

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]


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