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Home tour will reveal early Mount Vernon history

 MOUNT VERNON – Several generations of Mount Vernon history will come to light June 25 as buildings on several prominent streets are opened to the public.

The Winter Sanctuary’s third annual historic home tour, from 1-5 p.m., will highlight five homes with a rich history and a variety of architectural styles.
Shown on the east side will be an 1840s Greek Revival home whose most prominent feature is an Ionic portico that highlights the doorway; a Gothic Revival style home built by a local Civil War hero; and a stately 19th-century home with lovely roofline ornaments.

Turning north, the tour will take visitors to an Italianate building that was for many years a home for elderly women and now houses the Christian Star Academy, and to the former Ohio National Guard Armory, built in 1931 and recently renovated as the home of The Escape Zone, a community center for youth.
“They are all very different and all are of them are historical delights,” said Winter Sanctuary board member Kasie Alexander.
In addition, the men’s and women’s shelters will be open for viewing 5-6 p.m.

Never mind that his home is over 160 years old: Peter Boutin still hears the echoes of the voices of the original owner, a local attorney and Civil War hero.
Boutin and his late wife Cathy moved into the 1850s Gothic Revival home in 1992, and soon became immersed in its history and the life of Col. Joseph W. Vance, who died in a Civil War battle fought in Louisiana. The Boutin’s son Brian even wrote an essay on Vance for high school history course.
“When we bought the home it was remarkably original,” said Peter Boutin. It was just as it was when it was built.”

In the exquisite living room, white woodwork brings out the rich, flowered wallpaper, and a chandelier with crystal ornaments hangs below a medallion embossed in the ceiling. Two of its entries are through double French doors, of which there are a total of five sets in the home. The Boutins have made several improvements that maintain the flavor of the home, including installation of crown molding in the sitting room and construction of a back deck that features a railing with woodwork mimicking the original exterior trim.

Home tour E. Gambier 2017

Recessed V-shaped spaces in the porch columns and a steeply-pitched roof help define this Gothic Revival home on East Gambier Street

Comfortable and artistic defines the interior of the home of Kenyon faculty members Vernon Schubel and his wife, Nurten Kilic-Schubel. The couple moved into the spacious home on Chestnut Street in 2009. They found in the straight lines of the rooms and original wood floors a congenial setting for their artwork and other decorations, which are either contemporary or from the Mideast. “It’s very much like an Ottoman house,” said Vernon. “It has plain floors and white walls.”
Their energy has been focused on redecorating the kitchen, relocating a rear entry to align with a new garage, and landscaping the side and front yards. The prominent, maroon and white front door and exterior wall and roofline ornaments complement the shaded rear patio and serene beds of coleuses in the front of the home.

Home tour E Chestnut interior

Intricate grillwork decorates the front door of the Schubel-Kilic home on East Chestnut Street - photos submitted

There is a charge for tickets and they will be available the day of the tour only beginning at 12:30 p.m., at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 200 N. Main St., where the tour will begin.

Proceeds will help offset operation costs for the men’s and women’s homeless shelters, located at 401 W. Vine St. The Winter Sanctuary is a nonprofit partner with United Way of Knox County. It receives grant support from the Ariel Foundation and depends heavily on community involvement and donations.
A description and map of homes on the tour will be made available at the time of ticket purchase. Parking is available in the lot of The Living Center, across the street from the church.

For more information, call 740-392-9277.


Centerburg Methodist to honor Oswalts


CENTERBURG - Centerburg United Methodist Church will hold its annual Choir Sunday on June 25 at the 10:00 a.m. service. Chancel Choir members recently voted for their 10 favorite anthems and closing responses. The top five anthems and top response will be presented on Sunday. The Joyful Tones Handbell Choir also voted for their top pieces and will be presenting the top 3 to the congregation on that day as well. Please plan to join us for a morning of song and music and celebration.

The Chancel Choir and Joyful Tones present Choir Sunday as a thank-you to the congregation for their help and support during the year. The choir chose the anthems and closing response for today by voting on everything they sang from June 2016 through May 2017.
A special addition this year will be Marina Arishina Myers playing one of the pieces she performed at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Texas earlier this month.

Following the service, the Worship Committee and “Kitchen Ladies” will host a carry-in for present and past members and guests in honor of Jim and Susie Oswalt, who will be moving away from Centerburg. Susie has directed the Chancel Choir for 25 years and the Joyful Tones since its inception, which no one really remembers. Prior to that, at various times she directed the Herald Choir (2nd grade - 6th grade), and organized and directed the Cherub Choir (age 3 - 1st grade) and Alleluia Chorus (grades 7 - 12). Besides other duties with the church, Jim has been in the bass section of the Chancel Choir since 1999.

The church is located at 65 South Hartford Avenue in Centerburg.


No charges in parking lot accident that claimed Mount Vernon woman's life

MOUNT VERNON - Six weeks after an accident in the Mount Vernon Shopping Plaza parking lot near the Dollar General store that claimed the life of a 70-year-old local woman word is that no charges will be filed.

Glenda Waldron was leaving the Dollar General store when she was struck by a pick up truck. She was taken to the local hospital and pronounced dead. 

City Law Director Rob Broeren told KnoxPages.com that after reviewing statements from the driver, the victim's husband, a witness, and security camera video no charges will be filed against the driver of the pickup truck. Broeren also said that there is no proof that the driver committed any traffic offenses.

Ms. Waldron's family has retained a local attorney.

Woolson buys Odd Fellows Building


By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — The Odd Fellows building, 114 S. Main St., is under new ownership. Michael Woolson of Main Street Creative bought the building from the Knox Landmarks Foundation for $135,000.

Jeff Gottke, president of KLF, said the foundation sold the building because it did not want to be a landlord, it wanted to be a catalyst for historical preservation.

“We bought it in 2009 from the Odd Fellows because they knew we were an organization dedicated to preserving the historical character of buildings. So that was our mission in acquiring it,” said Gottke. “Over seven years we pretty much restored it top to bottom to its 1880s style and character. We felt like we did our job with the building; they could take care of it and we could focus on preservation.”

Shakti Fit is a tenant on the first floor of the Odd Fellows building and will remain there through the end of July. “We've had some considerable growth and need more space, so we're using this opportunity of transition in ownership to take that step,” said Shakti Fit owner Sarah Schlievert. “We just signed a lease at 14 E. Gambier St., where the LJJA martial arts studio used to be.”

Moving forward, the Knox Landmarks Foundation has other projects on tap, including grants for improving houses on the east side of town and a mural on the Masonic Hall building. Gottke said he would also like to start semi-permanent historical home tours in the downtown area and around the county. Another project involves starting a group for historical homeowners to get help with restoration projects.



Suicide prevention coalition bringing awareness with 5K walk/run

MOUNT VERNON - The 2017 Knox County Suicide Prevention 5KWalk/Run event is set for Saturday, September 16, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Gambier. The event is held to bring about awareness that suicides can be prevented.

To sign up visit this link.

On the average local police, fire, and sheriff responders are called to about 25 incidents per month on suicidal threats or attempt calls. In 2016 there were 12 such deaths in Knox County and 5 accidental overdose statistics suspected as death by suicide. 

Kathy Wantland coordinates the coalition’s Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (L.O.S.S.) Team. Coalition volunteers respond to the scene to offer support and resources. Wantland also facilitates the Survivor of Suicide Support group that meets each month at Hospice of Knox County.

NAMI (Natioinal Alliance on Mental Illness) facilitates a Peer group every Thursday for folks challenged by such illnesses as depression, bipolar, anxiety, and others. This group meets at 7:00 p.m., at the Gay Street United Methodist Church. Statistics show that some 90% of deaths by suicide are attributed to clinical depression.

The annual Suicide Survivor Memory dinner is planned for Thursday, September 14. Details will be announced.


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