Published: Wednesday, 26 April 2017 12:26
By the Diversified Diner
I’ve joined ‘em for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each time service is swift and my order correct. Each time I see old and new friends and I can’t get to a table without hearing laughter and waving, “Hi” to familiar faces. It’s like being at a family gathering.
Where’s this homey eatery? Southside Diner at 620 S. Main Street.
Early this month, I schlepped to Southside for a wee hour breakfast. They open at 6:45 AM. At this time, seats are easy to select. Experience taught me to avoid 8:00 and 9:00 AM or I’ll wait for a vacant table. A few familiar faces greet me as I scoot into a nearby booth.
While every server is friendly and fast, I’m amazed at the skills of one in particular. Crissy. How does she do it? I’m not her only customer yet she remembers our previous conversations, my former orders, and my favorites. It’s Crissy and other long-time employees who add to the family environment.
My eggs arrive, prepared to order. My ham – from a local butcher – is juicy, tasty, and satisfying. It’s so tender I cut it with my fork and there’s hardly any fat to remove. My servings are generous. Coffee is hot and my cup refilled several times throughout breakfast.
The atmosphere is comfortable, at times crowded – like Mom’s house. The customers, including tots to teens, are noisy, jovial – like my family. The walls are adorned with beloved 1950-60’s era items – like Grandma’s home. And like Grandma, the bathroom needs updated.
Southside is neither elegant nor upscale. Working people seem to be a large representation; I see uniforms, jeans, and jogging outfits. It’s like coming in off the job or track and joining kinfolk for a casual meal.
As a family owned and operated diner, Southside is one of our hometown gathering places. Don’t leave without buying the homemade sugar cookies or a pie. And if you want a quiet and quick meal, go during their off-hours.
Atmosphere: 3 Forks
Fare: 4 Forks
Service: 4 Forks
Value: 4 Forks
Overall: 4 Forks
Published: Sunday, 23 April 2017 06:08
MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Community Health Center is officially open.
The Health Center is located inside the Knox County Health Department at the corner of Upper Gilchrist and Coshocton Roads. Presently, the Center’s hours are the same as the health department: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – Noon and 1 – 4:30 p.m. The Center is open until 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month and plans to add additional evening hours as well as hours on Saturday.
The new Health Center is a patient-centered medical home offering preventive and primary care to patients of all ages. Patient-centered means that individuals can come to the center for medical services and also get dental care and help with mental health issues and receive education on how to avoid high blood pressure. “We will be a one-stop shop for healthcare,” said Lane Belangia, chief operating officer for the center
Medical services include, but are not limited to: treatment of illness such as ear aches, colds, sore throats, sinus infections and management of chronic disease such as diabetes; physical exams for work, school and sports; well-child exams; immunizations for children and adults; and women’s health including pregnancy tests and Pap tests.
Dental services include cleanings, fillings, sealants, extractions, x-rays, fluoride treatments, oral health exams and oral cancer screenings.
“The lack of insurance or income should never be a barrier to getting heath care,” said Belangia. “We will strive to serve the entire community.”
The Health Center accepts uninsured individuals as well as those on Medicaid, all Medicaid managed care plans, Medicare, and with other insurance companies. If patients do not have health insurance, there is a sliding fee with proof of income. Also, there is Health Center staff who can assist patients with enrolling in health insurance or Medicaid if they qualify.
Health Center staff will also connect patients with other community services that can help them including tobacco cessation classes, nutrition counseling, substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling.
To make an appointment at the new Health Center, call 740-399-8008.