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Drone Flight Over Columbia Elementary School in Mount Vernon Ohio

by Sam Miller

Time To Tiger Up!

Columbia Elementary School in Mount Vernon, Ohio has a mission to cater to each students' specific needs, grades K-5, and want to provide them with hands on experiences to better prepare them for the global marketplace. Their dedicated staff helps with leading each child down the path of excellence by pushing them to their very best potential. Columbia Elementary School strives to be the very best elementary school around and motivates students to "Tiger Up". To tiger up, one must focus on life dreams and goals, put in hard work, strengthen their inner character and leadership skills, pay it forward, and make sure to have fun while doing so. Big or small, Columbia Elementary loves to celebrate their students' successes.

Alternative View

We have shared with you our custom drone footage that captures Columbia Elementary School in a very unique way. Start off viewing a quick glance of the school with Ariel-Foundation Park and its Rastin Tower in the background. Find surrounding homes and neighborhoods and up close, elevated views of the building and different perspectives of the playground.

If you love Columbia Elementary School, consider moving to the school district! Click HERE to find homes for sale in the Columbia Elementary School District and find Knox County, Ohio homes for sale HERE.

This feature article is part of our ongoing series titled 365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio by Sam Miller of REMAX Stars Realty 740-397-7800.




Mount Vernon, Ohio - One of Ohio's Best Hometowns

by Sam Miller

Ohio's Best Hometown

Founded back in 1805, Mount Vernon, Ohio is home to over 16,000 people and is a sizeable community with a small town feel. Lined with 7 miles of brick streets, this thriving city continues to grow with modern cultural experiences, industry, and agriculture.

Industrial Growth

The city of Mount Vernon, Ohio offers many industries that provide continued expansion to the community. Businesses such as AMG, Ariel, Burrows Paper Corporation, Dayton Supply and Tool Company, Jeld-Wen, Mauser, Owens Corning, and Sanoh decorate the streets of our beloved hometown and display the hardwork of Mount Vernon's inhabitors.



The opportunity for higher level education flows in Mount Vernon's town. Colleges such as The Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Central Ohio Technical College, and nearby Kenyon College supply the best educations for students and give so much opportunity to each individual as well as giving back to the community. The Mount Vernon City Schools, Knox County Career Center and Adult Education programs are consistently raising the bar and developing ways to better improve the educational system as well as providing the best educational experience.

Valuble Assets To The Community

Ariel-Foundation park is the home to many of the city's events and provides pathways, structures, and ruins to climb and walk among, promoting health, wellness, and social freedom. This cherished community treasure holds so many footsteps from visitors year round and is the initiator of celebrated memories, loved ones, and provokes the exploration of the Rastin Tower that harbors quite possibly the best view physically possible of the entire Mount Vernon, Ohio city.

People can take a walk through the history of the railroad on what is now the Kokosing Gap Trail connecting the towns of Danville, Gambier, Howard, and Mount Vernon. Find the Restored Steam Locomotive next to the Kenyon Athletic Center in Gambier, Ohio that was constructed back in 1940 and was once used for transferring cargo in Alabama, or make a rest stop at Rotary Park in Howard, Ohio where there are water fountains, picnic tables, restrooms, freshly planted trees, and a playset for kids to enjoy the outdoors. 

Hiawatha Water Park and Pool continues to draw in sizable crowds each summer with its many platforms to climb, tunnels to explore, fountains to stand under, and pools to swim in.

Live performances held at the Memorial Theater attract visitors near and far to see plays like Beauty and The Beast, Annie, Grease, 12 Angry Men, The Diary of Anne Frank, and many many more.

Pay respect to Mount Vernon, Ohio's veterans by visiting the Public Square's Walk of Honor that's lined with bricks dedicated to each hero. Taking a moment to walk the square, you'll find several monuments capturing moments in history that are proudly acknowledged by the society.

Ohio's Best Hometown Continues To Thrive

Just as any city, Mount Vernon faces challenges, however, the community faces them head on with determination to continually improve and make the city the best possible place to call home. We've shared with you a captivating video that discusses the successes to Ohio's Best Hometown and captured stunning drone views of the community. Residents of Mount Vernon, Ohio and Mayor Richard Mavis take you on a tour of our beloved city and give a personal view of what it's like to have Mount Vernon as their home. Mount Vernon Ohio is a place constantly evolving and progressing, all while consistenly maintaining a small town feel with neighbors coming together hand in hand, to make the community a better place.


This blog is brought to you by Mount Vernon, Ohio REALTOR Sam Miller of REMAX Stars Realty 740-397-7800.

View all Mount Vernon, Ohio homes for sale by clicking HERE.



The Rastin Tower at Ariel-Foundation Park in Mount Vernon Ohio

by Sam Miller

The Tallest Structure in Mount Vernon Ohio

Towering 280 feet high, the Rastin Tower at Ariel-Foundation Park allows visitors to view the city of Mount Vernon, Ohio from a very unique perspecitve. Climb 224 steps high to reach its observation deck to take in the gorgeous views of Ariel-Foundation Park, Columbia Elementary School, and the neighborhood surroundings. The Rastin Tower was once the PPG smokestack until 1979 and is the tallest structure in town.

Light Up The Night Sky

Ariel-Foundation Park offers opportunity to those who would love to celebrate a certain loved one or special occasion by allowing people to be a Rastin Tower Lighting Partner. By application, you can choose from the following below, and have the tower radiate your choice of color(s) for either one night or an entire week.

  • $50 for a single color, one night
  • $75 for two colors, one night
  • $200 for a single color, one week
  • $250 for multiple colors, one week.
**The park needs a minimum of a week notice in order to prepare.

Renting the Rastin Tower and becoming a Rastin Tower Lighting Partner comes with an announcement on the Ariel-Foundation Facebook Page, a certificate with a picture of the tower and your color choice(s) mailed to the honoree, as well as a live web cam feed on the Rastin Tower Page of the Ariel-Foundation website with mention of the honoree.

Elevated Views

Below, we've shared with you a short custom drone video that provides a very unique perspective highlighting the Rastin Tower, gorgeous features of the Ariel-Foundation park, and the surrounding neighborhoods.


The Rastin Tower is located by the Urton Clock House on Pittsburg Avenue in Mount Vernon, Ohio, 43050.

If you love visiting Ariel-Foundation Park and climbing the Rastin Tower, check out the homes for sale in Mount Vernon, Ohio by clicking HERE!

This feature aritcle is part of our ongoing series titled 365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio by Sam Miller of REMAX Stars Realty 740-397-7800.




The Lakes at Ariel-Foundation Park in Mount Vernon Ohio

by Sam Miller

You've Never Seen A Park Like This..

Ariel-Foundation Park in Mount Vernon, Ohio offers many things to do for all visitors to come each year. Once gravel quarries, the 3 lakes are now used (with restrictions) for boating and fishing. Surrounding the lakes are 7 pavilions that offer the perfect place to sit down and enjoy a picnic, as well as paved pathways, public restrooms, and park benches to sit down and enjoy the picturesque environment.

The Isthmus to Mavis Island

Visitors enjoy the historic bowstring truss bridge and especially love the isthmus that guide you to Mavis Island, which was named after Mayor Richard Mavis for his support and leadership in the park's development. Make reservations at The First Knox Pavilion or an alternate pavilion to hold a family gathering, class reunion, or birthday party to have a gorgeous setting and plenty of space to celebrate. 

360 Panorama and Birds Eye Views

Ariel-Foundation Park is a gorgeous addition to Mount Vernon, Ohio and is captured in a unique perspective in our custom drone footage below. Our video captures highlights of the lakes, the surrounding greenery, Mavis Island, walking paths, and more.

If you love visiting Ariel-Foundation Park and its lakes, check out Mount Vernon, Ohio's homes for sale HERE.

This feature article is part of our ongoing series titled 365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio by Sam Miller of REMAX Stars Realty 740-397-7800.




Ariel Foundation Park Winter Time View Photo Taken by DroneThe peak of Rastin Tower at the Ariel Foundation Park in Mount Vernon, Ohio is the quite possible the best location to experience a 360 degree panoramic birds eye view of this spectacular park.  During the winter season the Rastin Tower is usually closed to the public for safety reasons because the snow and ice can make the steps and railing very slippery.  We thought sharing this drone video flying over a section of the Ariel Foundation Park would give viewers an opportunity to experience the park from a viewing perspective that is generally not possible during the winter months.

This video is part of an ongoing series titled 365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio by REALTOR Sam Miller of REMAX Stars Realty 740-397-7800.    

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