Mark’s Musings – June 24, 2015

| June 23, 2015
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

Thanks to everyone for the Happy Birthday wishes. They are flowing in from family and friends as I write this column for the June 24 issue of The Beacon. It is indeed a blessing to live in a community where people know one another and appreciate the friendships made over the years. And while many of my friends from high school no longer reside in Coshocton County – it is cool to be able to hear from them and even former co-workers – via social media on a special day.

But perhaps the most special Happy Birthday wish comes from my dad, “Pinky”, who, at 86 years young, still reaches out with a phone call to wish me a Happy Birthday. This one was made even more special with both he and mom giving me best wishes on this “double nickel” day.

I thought the Indians were making up some ground – but a quick glance at the standings reveals otherwise. Now 8 and a half games behind Kansas City – the Tribe is making it hard to make up ground – which, as we all know from the past few seasons, is their claim to fame following the All Star break.

According to a source close to The Beacon, the Dulcimer Days concert held at the Roscoe United Methodist Church on Saturday evening, June 20 (you know, the day that it rained, and rained and rained some more!) was performed to a packed house with some nationally known talent displaying their gifts on the hammered and mountain dulcimer. The 41st annual event was held at Roscoe Village this past weekend with visitors coming to our community from near and far. Okay, I know that sounds cliché, but really, they did. I saw plates from many Ohio counties, Kansas and other state. The national dulcimer contest is held in Kansas each year. I just think it’s neat that our county hosts so many different events and plays host to so many unique and varied organizations from around the nation.

We have beagle contests, musical contests and entertainment, air shows, quilters, scouting, this weekend brings the Indian Mud Run to Lake Park, some years we host GOBA, coming in July is Ohio Chautauqua, and of course, there are many more. Each one brings an opportunity to showcase what we have to offer and while we may still dream that one of these folks is the CEO of Honda and can bring us that new plant – it is highly more likely and a fact that some of these folks have bought land and put down roots in little ‘ol Coshocton County.

And the definition of “Chautauqua”, according to Webster online – “any of various traveling shows and local assemblies that flourished in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that provided popular education combined with entertainment in the form of lectures, concerts, and plays, and that were modeled after activities at the Chautauqua Institution of western New York”.

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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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