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Mark’s Musings – June 8, 2016

| June 7, 2016
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

Are you tired of the incessant noise? The constant buzzing and whirring? If you answered with a resounding yes, you can bask in this moment of revelation and inspiration – the next time that the Cicadas – both the 13 and 17 year variety – will be here at the same time will no doubt also be the next time that a major (think Indians, Browns or Cavs) Cleveland sports franchise wins a championship – that is in the year 2115. Apparently the little red eyed buggers co-emerge (is that even a word – buggers not co-emerge?) every 221 years. That’s a long time.

Thus, that brings us to the year 2115. I stand firm by my above prediction. I do not see – as much as I want to – the Cavs winning this series against Golden State. The Warriors just seem too fluid and strong on defense. Game 2 on Sunday night was pretty much a must win game for the Cavs. Sure, like many of you, I want the Cavs to bring a championship to the shores of Lake Erie but . . .

The Balloon Festival hits town this weekend. Great entertainment, good food, and hopefully pleasant balloon launching weather will hit Coshocton County for the enjoyment of all. The Hot Air Balloon Festival committee has put in a lot of volunteer hours to ensure that kids and adults of all ages can enjoy the festivities. The committee has really gone all out for the entertainment portion of the festival. So bring the family out to the fairgrounds this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the fun and food.

You can find the program with the schedule of events, balloon sponsors, balloon pilots and more for the 2016 Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival presented by the Frontier Power Company inside this edition of The Beacon. Enjoy and here’s to great balloon flying weather!

As we now head full bore into the summer months – even though summer is still officially almost two weeks away, that means Vacation Bible School, swimming, bike riding, picnics, ice cream socials and more are plentiful throughout the community.

For those that attended Miss Jennifer’s dance recital this past weekend it will be something they will long remember with fondness and tears as the recital was dedicated to Jennifer’s mother, Becky Lowe.

One weekend before the auditorium at Coshocton High School was also filled with emotion as the Coshocton senior class of 2016 graduated and a special recognition and diploma was presented to Mike Newell. Earlier in the week, graduates from the Coshocton Opportunity School celebrated receiving their diplomas.

And as alumni banquets complete the school year and are held for West Lafayette, Union, Conesville, Keene, Roscoe and other county schools that have long ceased being high schools, more memories and no doubt in many cases, a few tears are shed for those that are no longer with us in this world.

Regardless of your alma mater and how long ago that was, one thing is certain, the last time that you walk the halls of your school before graduating is a special time not easily – or maybe ever – forgotten.

Category: Mark's Musings, Opinion

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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; www.fortunes4advocare.com. 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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