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Dancer in training

Carmilito Ramirez Jr., age two, is in training to become a member of the Dancea de Matacines team.Carmilito Ramirez Jr., age two, is in training to become a member of the Dancea de Matacines team. The group performed during the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Sunday, May 4.

Serious birding enthusiasts

You can tell the serious birding enthusiasts by their equipment and when conversation is minimal in order to not distract from attracting or hearing the next feathered prey for their lenses. You can tell the serious birding enthusiasts by their equipment and when conversation is minimal in order to not distract from attracting or hearing the next feathered prey for their lenses.

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Purley fire house

Kami and Kendal Labutis took a turn sitting in one of the Purley fire department’s trucks during an open house/fund raising eventKami and Kendal Labutis took a turn sitting in one of the Purley fire department’s trucks during an open house/fund raising event on Saturday, April 26. The department treated the 150 people who stopped by to hot dogs and cold drinks. About $500 in donations was received.

Inaugural BirdFest dubbed successful

With picture perfect weather and good attendance for a first year birding event, Chairperson Donna McFarland was ecstatic about the attendance and the number of birds seen on all five tours offered throughout Franklin County last weekend.

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Arbor Day celebration

Tiger Cub Gage Sixkiller, Abby Lovier, Bear Cub Phillip DeBruijn, and Wolf Cub Riley Henderson work together to plant a Butterfly shrub on the downtown plaza at the City of Mount Vernon’s Arbor Day celebration.Tiger Cub Gage Sixkiller, Abby Lovier, Bear Cub Phillip DeBruijn, and Wolf Cub Riley Henderson work together to plant a Butterfly shrub on the downtown plaza at the City of Mount Vernon’s Arbor Day celebration.

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Relay for Life raises $35,000 to fight cancer

Ariana Duvall, Kami Labutis, Emmy McCamant, Cheyenne Foster, and Melody Anderson, members of the Mount Vernon Gym Spirit Cheer Team, led the procession for the opening victory lap for cancer survivors at the Relay for Life event on Saturday, May 3.The seventh annual Franklin County Relay for Life began Saturday, May 3 at Don Meredith Stadium with $22,000 already collected. A total of $35,616.76 was collected by the end of the event with money still coming in.

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Fish Fry

Members of the Order of the Eastern Star dish up fried fish and all the fixings during their fund raiser at the Masonic LodgeMembers of the Order of the Eastern Star dish up fried fish and all the fixings during their fund raiser at the Masonic Lodge on Saturday, April 26.

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Sears elected United Way prexy, funding letters go out

Brandon Sears, vice-president and branch manager for Guaranty Bond Bank in Mount Vernon, was elected president of the United Way of Franklin County last week.

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Bank reports 400 at picnic

Brad Sears ladles chili onto hot dogs for JoAnn and George Turner. Brad Sears ladles chili onto hot dogs for JoAnn and George Turner. Approximately 400 people attended the annual First National Bank Spring Picnic at their Cypress Springs Branch office on Saturday, April 26.

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