Holiday Happy Hour offers non-alcoholic fun

| December 5, 2014

COSHOCTON – Ten teams made up of local businesses and organizations accepted the Coshocton County Safe Communities Coalition’s challenge to make fun and festive non-alcoholic drinks during the group’s Holiday Happy Hour.

“We wanted to do this to show people you can have a good time and not drink and if you are hosting a party there are still fun drinks you can offer designated drivers,” said Christy Mosier, coalition coordinator.

The event was held Dec. 4, at the RiverFront Lounge and Restaurant on Pine Street and the public was encouraged to attend to vote for their favorite drink and the people’s choice award. Local celebrity judges, Municipal Court Judge Timothy France, Emily McBurney, victim/witness coordinator, with the county prosecutor’s office, and Lt. Matt Boyd, with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, also presented a judge’s choice award.

The people’s choice award went to Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices for the agency’s Hawaiian themed Mela Kaliki Maka drink. The judges then had the pleasure of presenting their award to the awesome elves from the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office for their Choco-mel Coffee Mocktail.

Both award winners will keep their trophies for a year and then will have to earn them back at next year’s event. They also will have the opportunity to ride in the sheriff office’s MRAP during the 2015 Memorial Day Parade.

The evening also included music by Maxine Matheney and cookies and door prizes donated by various community members, businesses and organizations.

“We really appreciate everyone coming out and the time and effort the teams put into this,” said Boyd. “I was shocked by the effort they all put into their mocktails, their tables and their presentations. I also want to thank Christy for doing this.”

The goals of the Coshocton County Safe Communities Coalition are to increase seat belt usage, reduce impaired and distracted driving, increase motorcycle safety awareness, and reduce traffic crashes by reviewing local crash data and prioritizing areas in greatest need of attention.

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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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