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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Karen Buchwald Wright

by Sherrie Toth

So here’s a typical conversation I find myself in quite often:

 

“So, where are you from?”

 

“Apple Valley.”

 

  --Blank Stare--

 

 

 

 

 

“Um, Apple Valley, you know, near Kenyon College?  Central Ohio?”

 

“OOOHHH! You mean Apple CREEK?”

 

“No, I mean Apple Valley LAKE. Just east of  Mount Vernon.”

 

“Oh, gotcha!  Mount Vernon; I know exactly where that’s at.”


People are always familiar with Mount Vernon.  Even if they’re not familiar with Apple Valley-- Knox County’s best kept secret.  So while I’m super eager to speak the praises of OUR quaint little town, I figured that starting with Mount Vernon is probably the easiest segway.

 

When you do a little digging on Mount Vernon, Ohio--so as to be more knowledgeable about our neighboring city. And, like any other scholarly search, I started with Google.

 

My search brought up about 12,000,000 hits.  I immediately went to Wikipedia; it normally has other links within its article that will lead me to other places.

 

But what I found in this internet encyclopedia, grasped my attention immediately.

 

Underneath Mount Vernon’s rich history, and picturesque geography, there was one name that stood out to me:

 

Karen Buchwald Wright.  The only female under the heading, “Notable People.”  

 

I was intrigued.  I clicked on her link and I found more than just a name.  I found a humble, quiet, philanthropic, person.  Someone who’d rather go without than let the people around her fail.

 

Karen Buchwald Wright is the president and CEO of the Ariel Corporation, which manufactures gas compressors and is responsible for employing over 1,200 people in the Knox County area.  She took over the business from her father in 2001 and the company has taken off in the years since.

 

In 2009, Ms. Wright started the Ariel Foundation which was crafted to improve the quality of life for the residents of her hometown, Mt. Vernon.  And through this foundation and the generosity of her own heart, Wright has given to just about every cause/charity that one could muster up in their mind, specifically the parks, arts, and education.

 

One of her latest projects was the Ariel Foundation Park. An incredible 250 acre Park built on the former Pittsburgh Plate Glass manufacturing plant. Visitors will be able to enjoy lakes, woods, trails, picnic areas, a bike path, an events center, a restored railroad depot, historic ruins, terraced landscaping and more

 

She may earn well above the median income in her area, but she doesn’t parade it with flashing lights.  In fact, she rarely attaches her name to these donations or projects. Out of the kindness of her heart, she gives.

 

If you ask us, her name should be first on the list of notable people.

 

Central Ohio-- Home of Apple Valley Lake (not Apple Creek) and home of our blog’s first “In the Spotlight,” Karen Buchwald Wright.  



 

 

 

...And the Greatest of These is Love...

by Sherrie Toth

In June of 2015, Toth and Team hosted a charity event, “Luau for Love” at the Bad Apple, a local bar and grille just outside the entrance of Apple Valley Lake.  Proceeds from this event directly benefited Hospice of Knox county.  Sometime this year, Toth and Team will host another charity event. We will be announcing this in February.  

 

Although the following list is NOT inclusive of all of the awesome charities in our area, here are a few charitable and nonprofit organizations that might be calling your name.

 

  1. Hospice of Knox County-   Hospice of Knox County’s mission is to provide care to all regardless of the ability to pay.  Please visit their website to find out how YOU can help.  

  2. United Way-  United way believes that everyone is entitled to a quality education, a family-sustaining income and good health.  Please visit their website to see what role you can play.

  3. Big Brothers Big Sisters-  84% of former “Littles” surveyed agree that their Big taught them the importance of helping others.  Click here to see how you can help perpetuate this! 300x250_bigbrothers.jpg

  4. Community Foundation- Mt. Vernon- The community foundation sets up funds for a variety of philanthropic purposes.  To find out more about who they serve, click here.

  5. Underdog Society- The UnderDog Society of Knox County seeks to identify dogs in need by finding and implementing solutions with their best interest in mind.

  6. Habitat for Humanity- Habitat for humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Please access their website here to see how you can fit into their mission.

  7. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)- This group strives to provide help for those struggling with a mental illness.  They also specialize in suicide prevention and bullying prevention. They are not funded by any local state or federal dollars.  Founded in 1949 and struggling to stay afloat currently, they depend on and need our dollars.  Consider donating here.

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  1. Canine Companions for Independence- The North Central Regional Center of Canine Companions for Independence®, located in Delaware, Ohio, provides highly trained assistance dogs to adults and children with disabilities in 14 states including Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

  2. Donations 4 People- Beside the obvious Goodwill, Amvets, and Salvation Army, Donations 4 People will take your gently used clothing and furniture which will directly benefit those in Howard, Ohio.donations.jpg

 

10. Donate a Car- Are you ready to part with a car that wouldn’t make you much profit?  You can donate a car to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  Visit this website to sign up.  Someone will be out as early as the next day to haul your car away for FREE.



 

So if you’re feeling charitable this time of the year, there are many options as you can see to do something to give back.  What charities are you aware of that are not on this list?

NEVERLAND FOR SALE

by Sherrie Toth

You probably remember that Neverland is the dwelling place of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and the Lost boys.
Well, if you have an extra $100 million lying around, maybe you can call Neverland home, too. Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is still available.

Sadly, the amusement park rides and all the animals in the petting zoo are gone, but there is still plenty to keep you busy. From its swimming pool and tennis court to its movie theater and basketball court, you shouldn’t be bored. The property also boasts 2700 acres of land and 22 structures, including the 12,000 square foot main house


Although the name of the property has reverted back to Sycamore Valley Ranch, the flower clock that spells out “Neverland” has been restored.

Interested? 
Take a peek here at this amazing property.                       

Winter Can Be An Adventure At The Lake

by Sherrie Toth

When you think of purchasing a home on Apple Valley Lake,  you immediately envision yourself enjoying your home on a nice, warm, slightly breezy summer day.  You can picture the boats on the lake, hear the children playing in the water, the birds are chirping, and you’re on your dock sipping a Mai Tai just soaking up the rays.  

 

But just as you begin to take another sip of that delicious Mai Tai, your alarm goes off and you wake up to the realization that it’s January in Central Ohio.  You can’t ride the boat, you can’t soak up the rays, the children are at school, and you’re wondering when these Canadian geese will finally go south for the winter.

 

While Apple Valley Lake summers are gorgeous and packed with fun, our winters can be too.

 

So if you’ve been contemplating flying south with those darned geese because you’re locked up in the house, you might want to reconsider because Apple Valley Lake and its surrounding areas have a slew of clubs and events to pick from while we are anxiously counting down the days until we can take those boats out of storage.

 

Friday Night Skate

Check the cider press or call Floral Valley (740) 397-1027 for  details and dates.

 

Apple Valley Garden Club

The next meeting is January 20th.  Contact Robin Rapp (740) 485-0046

 

Bird Watching

This can be done from the comfort of your own home! Make it your goal to spot one of Knox County’s many bald eagles!

 

Apple Valley Singles’ Club

Contact Mary McMasters for more information (740) 397-4936

 

Cards, Games, and Euchre

Contact Judy Reed (419) 262-8829

 

Swimming Lessons in the Valley

See the January edition of the Cider Press for enrollment form (page 10).

 

Apple Blossoms Children’s Play Group

Call Kate Fuller for details (614) 330-0129

 

Public Euchre Party (Danville)

Starts March 29th at St. Luke Community Center

 

Adopt Your Street

A “Green” way to give back all year long.  See the Cider Press Page 19 for enrollment form.

 

More!

See page 31 of the Cider Press for a whole calendar full of fun activities and events.


When the kids were young, we used to play board games, cook together, read, tell stories, ice fish.. it was precious family time - creating memories..  So, regardless of the time of year, Apple Valley Lake has so much to offer you, your family and friends. .

 

Looking for a lake home that you can enjoy ALL year round? Get your adventure started today with the Apple Valley Lake Team!

 

RE/MAX Consultant Group -at the lake

Joe and Sherrie Toth

844-411-LAKE (5253)

Contact us via email [email protected]




 

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