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Black Bear Fest celebrates students excellence

| May 13, 2013

Travis Kniffen, a River View junior high teacher, climbs out of the water following another of his oft repeated dunks at the annual Black Bear Fest, held May 11 at the high school. For some reason, this event seems to fall on a somewhat chilly Saturday each year (not really, it just seems that way!) and teachers endured the brisk breeze as they waited on another student to drop them into the water. Funds raised for this event went to the Black Bear Relay for Life team. (Beacon photo by Mark Fortune)

WARSAW – The annual River View Black Bear Fest celebrates the best of River View Local Schools each year and this year’s event, held Saturday, May 11 from 10 am to 2 pm, was no exception. With art exhibits, singing, bounce houses in the gym, pony rides and animal petting opportunities in the FFA area, a fly-in by Med Flight and of course, the dunk tank on a typical chilly day, hundreds of students and their families enjoyed a day of activities and fun.

Renee Anderson, who coordinates the event, said, “This is our sixth annual Black Bear Fest. We do this every year to celebrate the educational excellence of our school district. It’s just a good time to showcase student work. We have a new art show display this year, dunk tank for Relay for Life, there’s so much to do. We just want everyone to come out and have a good day.”

“It’s important to showcase our school district and get a lot of people involved. We like to let people know all the good things about our school district. It’s just a time where the volunteers come together, the teachers work hard behind the scenes and it just takes everybody to put this event on for the day.”


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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; www.fortunes4advocare.com. I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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