Mark’s Musings – December 05, 2012

| December 5, 2012
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

You could have found many things to do in Coshocton County this past weekend. And many of those were held outdoors on what was thankfully a somewhat balmy weekend for this time of year.

Perhaps you enjoyed the West Lafayette Christmas Parade with all its magic, or were entertained by the carolers. Nice idea there.

The annual Christmas candle lightings at Roscoe Village provide an early glimpse into the spirit of the holiday’s for many. Families with youngsters are plentiful as the glowing faces alight with smiles when they get to light their candle from a family member or even a stranger. This past weekend saw the first of three candle lightings with the River View certified gold chorale entertaining the crowd with holiday favorites. As people sipped on warm cider, Roscoe Village historian Chris Hart gave some insight into the meaning of this annual tradition. Tom Thompson from WTNS Radio was the honorary candle lighter and shared stories with the audience about Christmas as a youth, parent and now as a grandparent. John Bunn of NewPointe Community Church gave the invocation.

The Coshocton Community Choir presented what I believe is one of their finest Christmas concert performances. Lively music, wonderful narration and an appreciative audience helped bring a feeling of warmth and sunshine on a gloomy Sunday afternoon. While it was drizzling and overcast outside, the mood inside McKinley Auditorium was festive. Accompanied by a bell choir, musicians, the Coshocton Children’s Choir and the Coshocton Youth Chorale, the 200 voices of the Coshocton Community Choir, directed by Mr. Charles R. Snyder once again proved that they can top previous performances. I am not sure how they manage to do that year after year, and concert after concert, but they do. And the result is nothing short of magnificent. What a tremendous positive contribution this group makes to our community. The hours and hours of rehearsals bring a flawless performance to fruition. Thank you.

It certainly takes a lot of people to make this happen and many of those are behind the scenes. Thank you for what you do. This would certainly include the volunteers of Coshocton County R.E.A.C.T., who were at several events this past weekend safely directing traffic. Thank you to these wonderful volunteers.

We have to venture down the sports road at least once per column. Prediction anyone, on the BCS Championship Game? Alabama or Notre Dame? Most seem to think that it will be Alabama but I would never count out the Irish. The Browns? Wow. This is a nice surprise, a really nice surprise.

That’s it for this week. Enjoy the weather. And watch out for that cliff. It is getting closer.


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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; 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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