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Patrol reminds drivers to keep eyes, focus on the road

MOUNT GILEAD – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Mount Gilead Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to keep their eyes and focus on the roadway while driving.

Last year 13,994 crashes in Ohio had a reported distraction, including 26 fatal crashes. From 2015 to 2016, the number of reported distracted drivers rose 5 percent over the previous year after rising 11 percent from 2014 to 2015.

“Every time someone takes their eyes or their off the road - even for just a few seconds - they put their lives and the lives of others in danger,” said Lt. G. S. Grewal, Commander of the Mount Gilead Post. “Distracted driving is unsafe and irresponsible. In a split second, its consequences can be devastating.”
Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field when traveling at 55 mph.

Ohio law bans all “electronic wireless communication device” usage for drivers under 18. Texting while driving is illegal for all drivers, as a secondary offense.Distracted driving is any non-driving activity with the potential to distract a person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. Distractions can be visual, taking eyes off of the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; or cognitive, taking the mind off driving.

Texting while driving is an example that results in all three types of distraction.

Knox Community Jazz Orchestra to make debut in May

MOUNT VERNON - Knox County is home to a thriving arts scene. We boast a symphony, choirs, theater groups, a concert series, and many other cultural organizations, offering great opportunities for local performers as well as entertainment for audiences.

Now jazz joins the mix. Beginning in the summer of 2017, big band sounds from every era will fill the air, as the newly created Knox Community Jazz Orchestra makes its debut.

Under the direction of Kenyon College Professor of Music Ted Buehrer, the KCJO plans to begin its inaugural season with a kickoff event in May. An August performance will follow, and the season will conclude with a Christmas concert in December. The group envisions a repertoire embracing the jazz tradition in all its richness, from early swing to contemporary pieces. As part of that tradition, plans include not just sit-down concerts but also dancing.

In one sense, the Knox Community Jazz Orchestra represents a revival. Community jazz bands in Knox County date back to the Riley Norris Orchestra of the 1960s, the Bob Bechtel Big Band of the 1980s and the Colonial City Big Band that followed it. Like those groups, the KCJO looks to draw on the talents of local musicians while adding to the rich and varied music scene our community already enjoys.

The KCJO is a non-profit, 501c3 organization. For more information, contact Ted Buehrer: [email protected]

KCH Foundation to host Spring and a Song benefit auction

MOUNT VERNON - The Foundation for Knox Community Hospital will be hosting the Spring and a Song benefit auction in the Gund Commons at Kenyon College on Tuesday, April 25th from 6-9 p.m.  The event will benefit the Knox Community Hospital Birthing Center, and the entire community is invited.

The Foundation’s goal is to raise funds to purchase wireless maternal-fetal monitors and an advanced training birthing simulator.

“The community has been very generous in donating to the auctions,” states Charlie Brenneman, the Chair of the Foundation for KCH. “There is something for everybody—from yoga classes to 8 tons of topsoil.  We expect this to be a fun, high-energy event that will help us raise the funds necessary to purchase this new equipment.”   Singer and comedienne, Mary Miller, will provide the entertainment while professional auctioneer John Ruckman will preside over the bidding.

Tickets to the event are $45. They may be purchased online at  www.kch.org/foundation or by contacting Lori Wilkes at 740.393.9602.


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LJJA to roll out new self-defense courses

By Adam Taylor for KnoxPages.com

MOUNT VERNON – Providing practical self-defense training has always been a goal for David Lashley in his two decades as a martial artist and instructor.

The latest project the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt undertaking is to bridge the gap between basic self-defense and the Jiu Jitsu system he has poured his heart into. A new curriculum will be deployed at the LJJA Training Center in the coming weeks, offering beginners with little to no experience an introductory path into the world of unarmed self-defense.

Inspired by the TRITAC self-defense system, the course will focus on the skills to survive and teach students ways to fight and protect others in crisis situations. The long-term goal is to provide a smooth transition from basic self-defense to a more involved defensive tactics program where students can polish their skills over time. Although the first course is a great pre-requisite for those without experience, anyone who feels they are ready may enroll in the TRITAC defensive tactics class.

“We’ll start with simple tactics that will work for men, women and even children,” said Lashley. “Think of it compared to a basic first aid class. You’ll learn some the basics in something like a three to four hour course. It’s basically the essentials.”

The idea of the introductory courses is not to groom students as fighters.

“We’ll go over situational and environmental awareness and look at basic tactics to avoid and escape bad situations,” he said. “We want to give you the tools to get out of a bad situation and into a safe space.”

The program will not only deploy techniques and ideas from the TRITAC system, but also from Lashley’s toolbox of multi-disciplined training, which includes certification in Defensive Tactics for Law Enforcement. Aside from his time in the dojo earning belt rankings, Lashley can pull from his training and experience with 15 years in the criminal justice field.

As more and more people look for ways to protect themselves and their family members, nothing makes more sense than to begin with unarmed self-defense, he said. Course participants can expect a streamlined, practical system of reality-based martial arts.

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“This is not a traditional-based martial arts program,” said Lashley. “Everything we teach is reality based.” TRITAC’s system is broad and equipped to teach the integration of knife, handgun and empty handed fighting skills rolled up into one modern martial art designed for the streets.

The bridge into an advanced combatives program can occur when a student feels he or she is ready to take it to the next step. This, he said, is where classes will become more intense. Announcements on upcoming class schedules will be available on the training center’s website at www.ljja.org.

With practical self-defense in mind, also coming soon to the LJJA course catalog is the “Dirty Dozen” which will feature 12 of Kenpo Karate’s deadliest techniques. Drawing from origins of Chinese Kenpo, the class will be taught by fellow Jiu Jitsuist Michael Hunter, who also holds a Second-Degree Black Belt ranking in the Tracy’s Kenpo Karate system.

Recognized as one of the most popular self-defense systems in martial arts, participants can expect a more intense spin on techniques from the manual originally taught by American Kenpo Founder Ed Parker and refined by Jim and Al Tracy.

Information on the Dirty Dozen will be announced on the LJJA Training Center home page and on Facebook.

The LJJA Training Center is located on South Main Street in Mount Vernon, across from Domino’s Pizza in the former Escape Zone building.

Gunderson exhibit "Water Works" exhibit coming to Schnormeier Gallery

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Barry Gunderson’s “Water Works” art exhibit will be on display at Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Schnormeier Gallery May 3 through June 23, 2017. A reception for the show will be held on Friday, May 5, from 6-9 p.m.

In this exhibition, artist Barry Gunderson imagines key moments of his life in relation to specific bodies of water, and the metaphors that arise from each. Walking along bridges reveal topographic patterns, colors and texture of the Mississippi River that are constant features in his work and become the source material for a series entitled “Currents.” In later sculptures he reflects upon hours spent in fishing boats on Minnesota lakes conversing with family and quietly awaiting the excitement of a catch. The narrative of water as a source of life and reflection upon life is fluid in each series.

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One of Barry Gunderson's "Water Works" sculptures - photo submitted 

Gunderson is a Professor of Art, Sculpture at Kenyon College, and is widely exhibited in Ohio and throughout the United States. Schnormeier Gallery is excited to present Gunderson’s work and celebrate his ongoing contributions to the field of visual art.
This exhibit and reception are open to the public. The show will be on display at Schnormeier Gallery weekdays from noon to 4:30 p.m.

For more information on this exhibit and others coming to Buchwald Center visit mvnu.edu/art-design.

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