Mark’s Musings – June 11, 2014

| June 10, 2014
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

Welcome GOBA riders! The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure is coming to a community near you – as a matter of fact, Coshocton is expecting over 2,000 bicyclists to ride into Coshocton next Monday – June 16 and camp over for a couple of days as a stop on the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. GOBA starts on Saturday, June 14 from Mansfield – heads to Orrville and then stops in Coshocton for a layover day. The friendly folks on the GOBA trip then hop back on their bikes for a trek to Mount Vernon on Wednesday – up hills and over dales on that segment. The trip ends back in Mansfield on Saturday, June 21. Let’s have a warm Coshocton welcome for the cyclists while they’re in our community.

The Tribe is back above the .500 mark as I write this column following a tremendously successful home stand and a sweep of Boston last week. Awesome! And hard to believe, but the Indians are in second place only behind Detroit. The Reds are in third place and closing in on .500.

On the local level, it was another very busy weekend if you wanted to participate in local activities. The hot air balloon festival folks put it all together for a successful event – with balloon launches, good food and great entertainment including Coshocton native Danielle Peck, Timothy Paul, Sticks ‘n Stones and newcomer Tristen Smith and several local acts like Chestnut Ridge Bluegrass, Jody’s Dance, Coshocton Elementary Choir, Musical Mark, Kiddie Tractor Pedal Pull and the magic of Jeff Leonard. The Balloon festival committee of volunteers, balloon sponsors, entertainment sponsors, and especially The Frontier Power Company all deserve our thanks for another great hot air balloon festival and putting another positive stamp on our community.

You may be in training for the Indian Mud Run – which is Saturday, June 21. This event is another one of those great examples of how someone with determination and persistence makes things happen. Hubie Cushman and a group of volunteers have made this event something that people from all over Ohio and the surrounding region look forward to. Challenge your mind and your body as you take on the obstacles on June 21st!

Hopefully you read the letter to the community from Coshocton Hospital in last week’s issue of The Beacon. Coshocton Hospital is not only our area’s largest employer, but is a vital cog in the economic engine of our county. They said it best with their stated objective, “Keep a Hospital in Coshocton County!” Imagine our community without a hospital – that is not a pretty picture. I would also ask you to keep in mind that most visits to a hospital are not pleasant – yet, the folks that work at our hospital do their absolute best to put on a smile and make our experience a pleasant one. Let’s remember that the U.S. healthcare system is the best in the world – and the team at our local hospital are part of that mix – doing all they can to help neighbors, co-workers, family and friends. Let’s be positive about our local hospital –and for that matter, our community. We have much to be grateful for.

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