WNZR presents the December 2022 MVNU Presidential Update

MVNU’s President, Dr. Henry Spaulding, talked with The Morning Thing for his monthly Presidential Update.

Dr. Spaulding shared his thoughts on the last month of the year. He shared an update from MVNU’s Leadership Team including some openings for new positions that have been created by the new strategic investment initiatives.

He shared his biggest goals for the month of December and a highlight of MVNU’s calendar.

Dr. Spaulding also shared special messages for MVNU students, faculty, and staff as they get ready to celebrate Christmas.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

Click HERE to stay up to date with MVNU.

WNZR talks with Carol Grubaugh about the Service Club Challenge

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart has a conversation with Carol Grubaugh of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce and Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau about the Service Club Challenge to benefit Food For The Hungry.

Click HERE to listen to their conversation.

They discuss:
What got Carol and her husband interested in Food For The Hungry
Details about the 3rd year of the Service Club Challenge
The importance of giving
What the slogan of Food For The Hungry, “Working Together to Care for our Neighbors” means to her.

For more information about all the ways you can be involved with Food For The Hungry, go to foodforthehungrycares.org

WNZR talks with Robin McClay and Ellen Hoam about the Fredericktown Christmas Walk

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart and Allison Prouty talked with Robin McClay and Ellen Hoam, Committee Members for the Fredericktown Christmas Walk.

Click HERE to listen to the conversations.

They talk about the following:

How long they’ve been involved with the Fredericktown Christmas Walk.
Their roles on the committee
A sneak peak of performances at the Gazebo
Activities they’re looking forward to
What working with Food For The Hungry Means to them
Details about the 5K and Fun Run

You can find more information about the Fredericktown Christmas Walk on their Facebook page: Fredericktown Annual Christmas Walk and Auction

WNZR talks with Joely Lepley about the 22nd Fredericktown Christmas Walk

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart talked with Joely Lepley from TD Landscaping about this Saturday’s Fredericktown Christmas Walk.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

Joely has been with the Christmas Walk Committee for over 9 years!

She shares a list of activities at the Walk this year. She is very excited about a live ice sculptor that will be making sculptures in the Splash Pad Area. He will also be offering hands-on activities for kids.

Joely also shares details about this year’s collectible ornament. It is a horse-drawn carriage in front of a barn. It brings the theme of “A Country Christmas” to life.

Here is the schedule:

Date” December 3, 2022
Time: 3-7pm

12pm – 3pm – Scrumptious Food Drop Off – Council Chambers
2:30pm – 3:15pm – Catch Me If You Can 5K – Gazebo
3pm – 6pm – Santa, Reindeer & Hot Cocoa – Red Tent on Square, Sponsored by FC Bank
3pm – 7pm – Craft Show – First Presbyterian Church
3pm – 7pm – Ornament Sales – First Presbyterian Church 
3pm – 7pm – Gingerbread House Contest – Park National Bank Lot, Sponsored by The Shoppe on Main
3pm – 7pm – Kids Crafts – First Baptist Church
3pm – 6pm – Candle Making – Brickhouse Grind
3pm – 7pm – Card Making – First Presbyterian Church Basement
3pm – 7pm – Food – Masonic Lodge
3pm – 5pm – People Mover Up and Down Main Street, Provided by Fredericktown Recreation District
3:15pm – Christmas Walk Tree Lighting – Gazebo 3:15
3:20pm – Fredericktown High School Choir – Gazebo
3:45pm – Fredericktown Christian Preschool – Gazebo
4pm – Scrumptious Food Auction – Council Chambers
4:15pm – 6:30pm – Live Ice Sculpting – Kokosing Splash Pad
4:30pm – Fredericktown Methodist Choir – Gazebo
5pm – Granny Creek Band -Gazebo
5pm – 7pm – People Mover Up and Down Main Street plus taking trips to see Christmas Lights at Sockman Lake

To stay up to date on the Fredericktown Christmas Walk, go to their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Fredericktown-Annual-Christmas-Walk-and-Auction-750047435033075

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart sat down with Kathryn Brechler to talk about the Snowflake Gala at Kenyon College.

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart sat down with Kathryn Brechler to talk about the Snowflake Gala at Kenyon College.

Click HERE to listen to their conversation

They talked about the following:

  • Kathryn’s position as Director of Board Relations and Presidential Events at Kenyon College
  • The excitement of the committee members in charge of the Snowflake Gala. This is the first Gala in two years!
  • The Snowflake Gala’s theme of “Swinging Into The Holidays”
  • The events, including time set aside for dancing, mingling, food, Fund-A-Cause, and the William A. Stroud Jr. Award
  • The Snowflake Gala will be held on December 9th at 6pm. Attire is formal. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased HERE. Funds raised go towards Food For The Hungry
  • Peggy and Dick Mavis will be honored with the William A. Stroud Jr. Award this year. Kathryn gives us the history of this award.
  • The deadline to purchase tickets is December 2nd.
  • Kathryn tells us how the slogan “Working Together to Care for Our Neighbors” shows that we can all work together to help our neighbors in need.

You can help with Food For The Hungry this year. Stay up to date on all the events at www.foodforthehungrycares.org

WNZR talks with Cecelia McClelland about the Crafts and Vendors at the Fredericktown Christmas Walk

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart sat down with Cecelia McClelland about the Crafts and Vendors at the Fredericktown Christmas Walk.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

They talked about the following:

  • The history of the Fredericktown Christmas Walk
  • The vendors and crafters that will be there
  • The activities and the auctions that will happen
  • The date and times of the event (December 3rd from 3-7)
  • Their Facebook Page – Fredericktown Annual Christmas Walk and Auction
  • Their Instagram – @FredericktownChristmasWalk
  • The theme of the Fredericktown Christmas Walk this year

The Knox County Career Center Online Auction to Benefit Food for the Hungry is Now Live!

The Knox County Career Center online auction of themed baskets returns to benefit Food For The Hungry!
The KCCC students and staff are helping you with your Christmas shopping through this great event.

This is an online silent auction featuring 11 themed gift baskets and 8 individual items/collections. Local businesses donated over $8500 worth of product and services, and that doesn’t even count what the KCCC labs are providing! Thanks to these generous donations, every dollar brought in goes to benefit Food for the Hungry.

WNZR had the chance to speak with Jim Riggle, KCCC principal, about this year’s auction and other FFTH Collection endeavors. You can listen to the entire conversation HERE.

The themed baskets include:

  • K9 Christmas (valued at $70)
  • OSU Basket (valued at $300 – $400)
  • Two Car Care Baskets (Each valued at over $300)
  • Downtown Date Night Basket (valued at $550)
  • Family Fun Basket ($590)
  • Foodies Basket (valued at over $750)
  • For Her Basket (valued at over $550)
  • For Him Basket (valued at almost $550)
  • Getaway Date Night Basket (valued at over $500)
  • Graduation Party Basket (valued at over $1200)

Individual Items or Collections up for bid this year:

  • Cherished Teddies Figurines
  • Four Crown Barclay China – 6 Place settings
  • Two 3 Month memberships to the MV YMCA
  • One ton of wood pellets from Buckeye Stoves
  • 8 Stacking chairs from Staples
  • Wedding Reception at the Gallagher Center (valued at $1,000)
  • 2021 YCF Lite F110 Motorcycle from Mid-Ohio Powersports (valued at $1,349)

Bidding ends at 3pm on Friday, 12/9. The winning bidders will be announced in the Food for the Hungry broadcast from the Memorial Theater at the Knox Memorial later that day.

To view the baskets and items and to place your bid, click HERE.

The Morning Thing loves a holiday weekend!

The Morning Thing Friday Favorites 11/25/22

For our Friday Favorites this week, The Morning Thing hosts shared their favorite family activities to do during the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.
We are ready for some fun! How about you?

Click HERE to hear from Marcy, Allison and Wesley.

November 2022 Spotlight on Mount Vernon with Mayor Matt Starr

Mount Vernon Mayor Matt Starr shared updates on the City with The Morning Thing on Friday, 11/25/22.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

Topics included:

  • An update on current construction and maintenance projects
    • Finishing the Municipal Parking Garage
    • The curbing and guttering work is wrapped up for the year
    • The island at South Main Street and Columbus Road is done!
    • The city is continuing to study the intersection at South Main and Columbus Road to see traffic patterns
  • Updates from Mount Vernon City Council:
    • It is budget season. A work session will take place in January with the City and City Council.- Police cruisers that were ordered in February 2022 have finally arrived. There was a delay because of the lack of micro-processing chips that were in high demand.- City Council is discussing the purchase of a new fire truck
    • – City Council has approved the position of an alternate voting member for the City Recreation Board
  • Mayor Matt Starr shares an update on the City’s Police Department.  He talks about the 6-month trial run of the traffic division. There is an assigned patrol officer to handle traffic-related incidents.
  • Mayor Matt Starr shares an update on the City’s Fire Department.
    • They just hired 3 new part-time firefighters.
    • They are also trying to get a new fire truck.
    • There will be a firefighter paramedic test on December 14. The deadline to apply is December 9. You can apply on the city’s website – Website: http://www.mountvernonohio.org
    • The fire department is also participating in Toys for Tots. You can drop them off at the MV Fire Department on West Gambier Street.
  • Mayor Matt Starr shares his goals for the month of December.
    • He wants to wrap up the budget meetings with all departments
    • He encourages taking time to be thankful this Thanksgiving – pause and realize that this is a remarkable community.
    • Finish the construction on the Municipal Parking Garage
  • Mayor Matt Starr shares upcoming events for the City.
    • Shop Small Saturday on 11/26The lighting of the Public Square, 11/26Mount Vernon Christmas Parade, 11/27, 2pmWinter Sanctuary fundraiser – A Christmas Carol presentation
    • Food For The Hungry, 12/9
  • Mayor Matt Starr shares what he is thankful for this Thanksgiving. He is thankful for your prayers and the amazing community.
  • Mayor Matt Starr explains how residents can stay connected to City Hall and the Mayor’s Office by checking out the website and social media accounts.
  • He tells us that as we go into this holiday season, and he asks that we pray for folks that have lost loved ones. He also shares how we can pray for him and his team as they get ready to go into 2023.

To stay in touch with the City, go to:

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