Mark’s Musings – December 18, 2013

| December 17, 2013
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

Talk about a return to tried and true technology this past week. Not only did a man keep his family warm by burning a spare tire in an almost return to the smoke signals of old, but Newsweek magazine is returning to . . . a print edition of all things. Gee, with all this talk about social media, digital, tablets and the like one might think that the print animal is just about extinct. As the saying from a familiar Christmas story goes, well, yes, Virginia, there is still a fondness and need for print. Yes indeed, I said a fondness and need. For the more articles I see that try to write the last epitaph for print are far outweighed by the pundits and even research on the other side that wax poetic about the positive numbers of print. Of course, that is all good news for us here at The Beacon.

But what we think is not really all that important. It is what you, our readers, think. And to that we say thanks for your continued words of support, notes and cards of thanks and appreciation. They are all appreciated as we begin preparing for our third year of publishing The Beacon every single week, including Christmas week. That would not be possible without the continued support of our advertisers and readers.

Perhaps if the Browns could play a game consisting of only three quarters they might be in playoff contention. But it doesn’t work that way and it appears that another season is lost. Wait ‘til next year (when the city of Cleveland spends multi-millions of dollars on refurbishing the stadium instead of putting that money into their children’s education) is the mantra of the day for Cleveland fans once again.

At least there is one bright spot in the city by the lake – and that is, of course, the house that started it all – the house where “A Christmas Story” was filmed. Ha, ha!

The house is located at 3159 W 11th St. in Cleveland and, according to the website, is open 7 days a week. Across the street is the museum where you can purchase your very own leg lamp. Nice!

And to make it even more special, this is the 30th anniversary. Enough said.

If you want more information than you could possibly use visit the website at:

Speaking of gifts, if you are a home delivered customer of The Beacon, you will receive a copy of the 2014 edition of Portrait Magazine in this week’s edition. Provided to you at no charge, this magazine contains updated information about our community that we hope you will find useful and pertinent. It will also be available on our website. Thanks to all of the advertisers that made Portrait Magazine possible.

And as we head into Christmas week, may you and yours have a very happy, peaceful and enjoyable Christmas.

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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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