MOUNT VERNON — A threat of rain in the afternoon seemed to slow the arrival of people at the final First Friday of the year, but the evening turned into a pleasant one and the crowds turned out to have one more good time before winter.
A few raindrops fell as Mayor Richard Mavis handed out the city’s annual Volunteer of the Year awards, but that was almost the last attempt of the evening by Mother Nature to disrupt the party.
Honored for their volunteer service were Shirley Timpe, a member of the Knox County Health District Board since 1996; Mona Nacey, a member of the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals since 1996; Gail LaBenne, a member of the Historical Review Commission since 1996, and Hank Snow, Mount Vernon Babe Ruth Baseball volunteer since 1990.
Snow said he was surprised and very honored by the award and just liked to work with young people. “I’ll accept this for everybody who works with the program,” he said.
Tempe and LaBenne also expressed surprise.
“I had no idea this was coming,” said LaBenne. “I just enjoy what I’m doing.”
Tempe commented that it’s been fascinating to find out how people keep Knox County safe.
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