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Utica wreaths

he Utica Area Foundation and members of local veterans groups took part in the “Wreaths Across America” ceremony recognized nationally on Saturday.

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December 21, 2016

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Alan Reed/News A few Knox County veteran families received a little treat for the holidays Tuesday. Baker’s IGA decided to donate boxes of food to the Knox County Veterans Service Office to distribute to area veterans in Knox County. Eight boxes of food for eight families were prepared consisting of ham, potatoes, fruit, bread, vegetables, eggs, milk and juice. The donations came from Baker’s IGA as well as employees and customers. Pictured are, from left, Brett Bantum and Kisty Wheeler of Baker’s IGA, and Melissa Latham and Kevin Henthorn from the Knox County VSO.

Food boxes donated

A few Knox County veteran families received a little treat for the holidays Tuesday. Baker’s IGA decided to donate boxes of food to the Knox County Veterans Service Office to distribute to area veterans in Knox County.

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Joshua Morrison/News Fitting in with the Mount Vernon Christmas Parade’s theme of “Comic Strip Christmas,” this Snoopy with Woodstock and lit up Christmas tree with packages underneath in the front yard of Wooster Avenue will make you smile. You can view more light displays on a three-part video series this week on mountvernonnews.com or via the e-edition.

A ‘Joe Cool’ kind of Christmas

Fitting in with the Mount Vernon Christmas Parade’s theme of “Comic Strip Christmas,” this Snoopy with Woodstock and lit up Christmas tree with packages underneath in the front yard of Wooster Avenue will make you smile.

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December 20, 2016

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Joshua Morrison/News On Monday, Wiggin Street Elementary first-graders performed three traditional Christmas songs, “Must Be Santa,” “Star Light, Star Bright” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” for parents and friends at a packed Rosse Hall on the Kenyon College Campus in Gambier. The elementary school performed the program “With All My Heart” which included songs like “Jingle Bells,” “Auld Lang Syne” and ended with “Song of Peace.”

Off key? Nope, right on the nose

On Monday, Wiggin Street Elementary first-graders performed three traditional Christmas songs, “Must Be Santa,” “Star Light, Star Bright” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” for parents and friends at a packed Rosse Hall on the Kenyon College Campus in Gambier.

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Virgil Shipley/News Expansion at The People’s Bank at 11423 Upper Gilchrist Road was celebrated Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in conjunction with the Knox County Chamber of Commerce. The People’s Bank recently took over one suite in their existing building and have remodeled for the addition of a new loan office and three processing stations. A move into the new office is planned in the near future. Instead of cutting a ribbon, bills, totaling $250 were taped together. Pictured at Friday’s ribbon cutting are Deb Kirk, chamber ambassador; Jean Coe, vice president lending; Deanna Johnson, bank manager; Joan Jones, president and CFO, cutting the bills; Alicia Freeman, president, FRC; Paul Wreede, CEO; Amy Boyd, commercial lending; and Michael Percy, chamber ambassador. The money will go to United Way.

Bank expands

Expansion at The People’s Bank at 11423 Upper Gilchrist Road was celebrated Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in conjunction with the Knox County Chamber of Commerce.

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Virgil Shipley/News The Dan Emmett Elementary School presented their “With All My Heart,” holiday program Friday evening the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University. This fifth-grade group sang “Carol of the Bell,” accompanied by instrumentalists, from left, Evan Gibson, Hunter Hamman and Kylee Stone.

Ringing in the holidays

The Dan Emmett Elementary School presented their “With All My Heart,” holiday program Friday evening the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

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Joshua Morrison/News LJJA Training Center owners, Troy Butts, left, Ian Lashley, center, and David Lashley, right, dropped off 200 Christmas toys for children at the Salvation Army. Members of the gym, along with businesses, community members, co-workers and family members donated toys at the South Main Street gym and, on Friday, they were delivered to The Salvation Army.

Business helps out

LJJA Training Center owners, Troy Butts, left, Ian Lashley, center, and David Lashley, right, dropped off 200 Christmas toys for children at the Salvation Army.

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Virgil Shipley/News An October Toy Ride raised $13,009 for the Fraternal Order of Police, as well as toys. The ride, a memorial to fallen Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell, included 87 motorcycle riders and travelled to Newark, where a service for Cottrell was held. The ride continued to Utica and Danville for another service and finished at The Station Break. Pictured, from left, are Lt. Brandon Gonzalez-Cottrell, The Salvation Army; Capt. Jay Sheffer, KCSO; Danville police officer Mark Perkins; Capt. Scott McKnight, MVPD; Kevin Mishey, The Salvation Army and Sgt. Wayne Noggle, KCSO.

Cottrell Toy Ride

An October Toy Ride raised $13,009 for the Fraternal Order of Police, as well as toys. The ride, a memorial to fallen Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell, included 87 motorcycle riders and travelled to Newark, where a service for Cottrell was held.

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December 17, 2016

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