Due to some other obligations I am putting this together on Sunday before The Masters. Obviously, by the time you read this another iconic green jacket will have been awarded.
As I write this edition of Mark’s Musings, a Brit and a Spaniard are leading The Masters heading into Sunday’s round with three Americans right on their heels at five under par and two tied at four under par. Can Jordan Spieth, currently in third place, do it again? Spieth’s recent performance at The Masters is nothing short of someone that has truly “mastered” the course. Finishing second in 2014, donning the green jacket in 2015 and losing a seemingly unsurmountable five stroke lead with a quadruple bogey on the 12th hole last year resulting in another second place would have one believing that this young man has been to the top of the mountain with the mountaintop well within sight in 2014 and 2016. It would not be a stretch to predict that Spieth will win another green jacket in 2017 with a championship round on Sunday. (Update – it was Garcia in a one-hole playoff – missed that one)
Speaking of awards, the 2017 Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce Dinner was held on Friday evening, April 7 at the Lake Park Pavilion with the largest number of people in attendance ever recorded. The dinner was delicious and I think everyone there would agree that this year’s award winners, like in past years, were all well deserving of the recognition and accepted their award with much humility. This seems to be a hallmark of our community – people that go above and beyond in their personal and professional lives to make a lasting impact and difference without seeking recognition. They truly epitomize the spirit of giving that runs deep in Coshocton County.
A new award was announced earlier this year for first responders in our community. The award is sponsored by the Coshocton County Commissioners and this years’ recipient is Ray Worthington of Conesville. Those that know Ray will not be surprised by the honor and his selection from the many very worthy nominees. Congratulations go to Ray and to all of the other award winners: Bill Brown, 2017 Coshoctonian Award, Dustin Haywood and Terry Guilliams, employees of the year, Emily Adams, young leader award, and Erwin Family Eye Care, small business of the year. All very well deserved!
It is fitting that April is National Volunteer Month. Even a cursory glance around our community leaves one with a sense of awe with the number of volunteer hours racked up each year in our community by volunteers. Volunteer firemen, coaches, Sunday school teachers, scout leaders, those that serve on the many boards that make up our community, fair board members, 4-H advisors, R.E.A.C.T. members, senior citizen volunteers, and the list goes on and on. It would literally contain the names of hundreds if not thousands of people in Coshocton County. Even our youth get involved with the junior fair board, junior leaders and many others.
And speaking of volunteers, thanks goes out to all those that helped with the Lake Park Clean Up on Saturday, April 8. Your next opportunity to volunteer to help is Clean Up Coshocton County on Saturday, April 22. Watch The Beacon for more details.