Mark’s Musings – July 10, 2013

| July 9, 2013
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

If you look to the right of this column you will see a letter to the editor regarding the Fourth of July celebration held at the fairgrounds last Thursday. A celebration that was in question until many persons, businesses and organizations joined together to make it happen. A lot of youngsters, (kids of all ages I might add) had a smile on their face watching the fireworks. This is once again proof positive that we live in a community that pulls together when the need arises. Indeed, I would say that we pull together on many occasions for many worthwhile causes.

The community is moving forward; businesses are expanding, adding employees, space and making things happen in Coshocton County. Campgrounds are overflowing with campers, recreational vehicles. Restaurants are busy and traffic is increasing. That is not always a good thing but an increase in activity means that Coshocton County is finally seeing some of the economic recovery that Washington has been talking about for over two years now. Presumably this will be another example of “trickle down” economics whereby an increase in business results in an increase throughout. Let’s hope so.

The new Coshocton elementary school is taking shape and will be a wonderful addition to the Coshocton City Schools and our community. Another positive step forward. Beautiful benches adorn the court square – another positive step forward. Woodbury Outfitters is expanding – another positive step forward. There’s more of course – and you see signs of it throughout Coshocton County. Great, let’s keep going!

The ethanol plant has been purchased and has plans of reopening. More jobs, more business, more positive news.

State Route 83 north is being paved, more good news. Once a few of the city streets get their needed facelift, that is more good stuff.

It’s happening. For those that have ridden the rails of “just hanging on” for the past few years, there are certainly signs that those days are coming to an end; albeit not too soon for some. Keep your eyes open for more good things happening in Coshocton County.

Even the Indians are only two and a half games out of first place. And another game against Detroit (this is Monday) coming today. The Reds are only three and a half games out of first place with the Pirates and Cardinals tied. The National League central will be a nasty place come August and September. And of course, it’s always nice to see the Yankees not in first place. (No offense Yankees fans!)

To all of those that made last week at Camp Ohio fun for our local youth despite the rain, job well done! The counselors, adult volunteers and camp staff work hard to ensure that our kids are safe, healthy, and enjoy a few days outside, learning about nature and themselves. Thanks for enduring the rain, heat and humidity to give our kids a good time. You are all awesome.

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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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