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Poster contest winners announced

2013 Poster Contest WinnersWinners in the 32nd annual Mount Vernon Elementary School Poster Contest were announced on Thursday, December 5 at the First National Bank of Mount Vernon. Students were instructed to create a poster that illustrates what they believe is an “Old Fashioned Christmas.”

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Sidewalk Ribbon Cutting Monday

A ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the $200,000 Main Street sidewalk project has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m on Monday, December 16. Mayor Margaret Sears will address those attending and hot cider will be available. See the December 12 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more information.

“Christmas Store” in need of clothing

The Christmas Store sponsored by the Communities in School program is still in need of clothing for elementary age students, pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.

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Food baskets to be distributed Saturday, December 14

Christmas For All Food Baskets will be distributed to qualified applicants between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, December 14. This year 528 individuals from 224 families are scheduled to receive help through the program.

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Fun at the ice rink

Jacque Greenwood, front, had problems staying vertical at the Holiday on Ice Rink at Little Creek ParkJacque Greenwood, front, had problems staying vertical at the Holiday on Ice Rink at Little Creek Park this weekend. Her friends Liz Etheridge, Maaike Plantinga, and Cheryl Hood did everything they could to keep her upright.  A total of 400 people visited the rink Thursday through Sunday last week.

Bales retiring

Claudia BalesA retirement reception for Claudia Bales will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 15 in the lobby at the United States Post Office in Talco. Mrs. Bales is retiring from the USPS after 31 years of service. She began as a postal sub in 1982 and became a full time employee in 2006.

Deadline is Thursday, December 5 for Christmas food baskets

The deadline to apply for food assistance in the Christmas For All program is today, Thursday, December 5. Applications are available from 4 to 5:30 p.m. only at the Community Food Bank of Franklin County.

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HOME applications now being accepted

The City of Mount Vernon is accepting applications for  the third round of assistance for the replacement of substandard housing. The assistance is in the form of a grant or a deferred forgivable loan.

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Route set for Saturday’s annual Christmas Parade

The route for the 74th annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 7 was announced this week. All parade entries are asked to report to parade coordinators no later than 10 a.m. for lineup instructions at the intersection of Kaufman and Jackson streets just north of the courthouse.

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