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Chamber members share updates at luncheon

| October 28, 2013

COSHOCTON – John Larson makes it a point to constantly strive to get better at what he does and that effort was recently recognized by the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce.

Larson was presented with a Community Improvement Award during the chamber’s Oct. 24 quarterly meeting at the Frontier Power Community Room. He is the owner of the Warehouse Steak n’ Stein and Oscar Rose Steak and Seafood restaurants in Coshocton.

“I appreciate this honor and I will continue to strive to make Coshocton a better place,” Larson said. “I always tell people I live in Coshocton, but I still sleep in Zanesville.

During the meeting, the chamber also announced plans for its second annual health, safety & wellness expo, which is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18 at Kids America.

“Last year was our first year having this and we have already outgrown the pavilion,” said Amy Stockdale, director of the chamber.

The expo is a family event and will feature activities for all ages.

“There will be something for everyone from toddlers to young children to adults,” Stockdale said. “There also will be life saving screenings offered by the hospital, speakers and we plan to really amp up the safety and wellness part of it.”

Those in attendance also were given the opportunity to give updates about their business and organizations they are involved in.

Some business representatives announced anniversaries such as RockTenn’s 150th, which will be celebrated in November and the 34th anniversary of Fischer Funeral Home’s Danville location, which will be marked in 2014.

The accomplishments of new businesses, such as Three Rivers Energy, located at the old Coshocton Ethanol plant, also were shared. The plant sold its first truck of ethanol the morning of the luncheon and is looking forward to many more leaving the facility.

Dorothy Skowrunski, director of the Coshocton Port Authority also announced a change to cell phone service in Coshocton County.

“We will have AT&T cell phone coverage by this time next year,” she said.

News about upcoming community events like the Warsaw Lions Club 56th annual Minstrel Show also was shared. The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at River View High School. Tickets are $9 and can be obtained by calling 622-5031 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Mayor Steve Mercer also shared that the city has lots to celebrate with the opening of a new elementary school, Columbia Gas making major improvement to certain sections of the city, Chestnut Street being paved and the old Wal-Mart building now being occupied by Rural King.

“We are alive and working our way out of the recession,” he said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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