Mark’s Musings – July 11, 2018

| July 12, 2018

Mark Fortune

Ever find yourself wondering where the time goes? As I age it seems that time has sped up despite the fact that there is no more running after the kids or attending school events. The year is now more than half over with the July 4th holiday just a fleeting memory of red, white and blue, hamburgers, ice cream and fireworks.

Is there even one month on the calendar where school activities are not happening – whether it is band practice, informal practices for fall sports or just graduated seniors getting ready to head off to the college campus? I doubt it.

And of course, you know as soon as July is over August looms large with families preparing their youngsters for the coming school year. For some it will be their first year to experience being away from home or the sitter while for others this will be their capstone moment as seniors. Enjoy the ride!

The LeBron James era is now over in Cleveland. Thanks for the memories and a championship that will forever be in the history books as one of the greatest in NBA lore.

The Central Division leading Indians have a 9 ½ game lead over Minnesota as of Monday, July 9 with 49 wins yet they lag far behind the American League East division leading Red Sox who have 62 wins and the West leading Astros with 61 victories notched in their belt. The Reds, despite showing significant improvement since the beginning of the season – are still in last place in the National League Central.

The Indians also have bragging rights with five players selected to the All-Star roster.

Planning a “stay-cation” this year? Pick up a copy of the 2018 Coshocton Visitor’s Guide magazine at the CVB office in Roscoe Village, The Beacon office at 226 Main Street in Coshocton or you can browse a digital edition online at There is much more to do in Coshocton County than you might realize. You can easily plan an entire week of activities for the whole family right here.

The Coshocton County Agricultural Society – otherwise known as the Fair Board, deserves a huge shout out for the wonderful fireworks show at the fairgrounds on Tuesday evening, July 3. All of the folks that helped sponsor the show and those that put it on also deserve a big “Thank You”.

For many members of our community it’s ice cream social time – as in, time to travel the ice cream social circuit. It doesn’t get much better than homemade noodles, baked beans, shredded chicken sandwiches and ice cream. And of course, my personal favorite, the pie. Custard, blackberry, raspberry, apple, blueberry, raisin, cherry, peach, rhubarb and others are among the favorites. And let’s not forget about the cream pies! Coconut cream, chocolate and butterscotch! I’m sure there are more flavors but now I’m hungry. Yum, yum! I’ll bet they don’t serve pie at the All-Star game.

Make plans to attend the Coshocton County Antique Power Association tractor show this weekend at the fairgrounds. You can see some lovingly restored tractors, farm equipment and meet the people that put food on the table for all of us. And I think they have a food stand too!

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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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