. . . the Knox Horsethief Days 2021 Citizen of the Year is . . “COMMUNITY”. Our citizens, businesses, churches and children who make up this community as we know it. We pulled together to get through 2020 and 2021. Whether it was the Knox Caring Cupboard providing food, the businesses coming together to have parades, dances & extracurricular activities for our young people, or the children giving us the drive to do more & make sure they didn’t miss out, and most of all the churches who provided faith, hope and strength to help us through this terrible time.
The Knox Area always comes through in times of need because we care.... Organizations made sure families had food and presents for Christmas, clothing drives through the churches, the Coat Drive for Youth run by Glenda Raybuck and Knox Auto Supply, Keystone Smiles and the Keystone School District provided meals and snacks for students, Tom’s Riverside helping stock the food cupboard. We know many others helped and we say thank you!
We want to say thank you to Doug Rhea, Rhea Lumber and Rhea Building Supply for the years of support to the community. We wish Brad and Jenny Heeter, Heeter Lumber of Knox the best of luck and support. The Heeters have supported our area as Heeter Enterprises for years, during the past year they purchased Rhea Building Supply from Doug Rhea and now have brought their sons into the lumber business.
Paster Brian Houser has left Edenburg Presbyterian Church. We thank him for all his work, support and leadership. We wish him and the family the best as they move to Mars, PA.
Congratulations to Terry W. Kahle for 50 years in business in Knox. Terry has supported our community and community events for years. Terry was raised in Knox and chose to build his life here. We couldn’t have a parade without a TWK tilt bed or a KUBOTA tractor. Thank you, Terry.
We recognize Larry Lewis, Lewis Barber Shop, the Pizza Shop “home of the wedgies”, Swartfager Welding, Knox Country Farm Supply, Sportsmen’s Outfitters, Knox Bakery, Carriage Inn, Knox Auto Supply, Shear Cheveux Hair & Tanning, Beels Insurance to name a few of the businesses who always support Knox.
As we compiled this letter we tried to not omit anyone or any businesses. Many who are not recognized have not been forgotten or are under appreciated. We could not have a community celebration without their support, so here is our group list: the major sponsors, the Rod & Gun Club of Clarion County, the American Legion of Knox, the Knox Volunteer Fire Company, the Knox Area Ambulance Company, Good Tire, the Masons, the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts. A special thanks to Gary Weaver who provides tents, covered shelters, etc. we always are appreciative, so much so! So many have done so much to make Horsethief Days a success!
Thank you to the Knox Borough Council, the Maintenance department and the Police department. We say a special good-bye to Chief Bowen as he moves from the area to a new job. Jason was so supportive of programs for young people of the community and he will be missed. We welcome our new Chief of Police, Nicole Bauer. AND finally. the Horsethief Committee, the ones who make all this possible.