Mark’s Musings – March 14, 2012

| March 14, 2012
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

The saying is that when one door closes, another opens. That is certainly true with regard to our very own Main Street as Peeble’s prepares to relocate to the suburbs of our community. Okay, near Wal-Mart. I was just trying to interject some humor here.

We are now being presented with an opportunity. An opportunity to perhaps alter the path of our downtown and the impact that this could have on Main Street. Notice I said, “Could”. The right decision could very well mean a stronger future and a more positive path. Things happen for a reason, as the saying goes. This location has a long history of serving our community and there are probably few, if any, of the Beacon Nation, that can’t recall the magnificence and grandeur of the O’Neil’s store. Let’s allow for a positive vision with cause and effect to set the stage for a return of Main Street.

Any surprises on your bracket yet? Doubtful of course as the tournament gets going in a big way this Thursday. I need more time to make my predictions come true, for example, when the tournament is over! Ha, ha. I don’t see the Buckeyes making it to the final four – they do have a talented team – but there are so many other loaded teams. Kentucky, Syracuse and North Carolina to name three. But you never know, and that’s why they play the game.

We are excited to introduce a new premium section called “Boomer Times”, which is included in this week’s Beacon. The “boomer” generation, typically defined as those born between 1946 and 1964, are a huge demographic group not only in the United States, but here in Coshocton County. This section takes a look at this group with articles and features targeted just for you. Naturally, I think everyone will enjoy the locally written features, photos and articles. We are appreciative to those that helped make this new section possible through contributing columns, photos or talking with our news team. Thank you.

People were out in a big way this past weekend with the balmy weather and almost early summer like temperatures. Whether they were biking, walking, playing softball, or just enjoying an early barbecue, people were out in droves enjoying the outdoor activities that our community has to offer. Of particular interest was the number of vehicles and people enjoying the park in Roscoe that was cleaned up by the REACT gang. Your efforts are being enjoyed and that’s always a positive thing.

Let’s hope that spring, like so many of our Ohio sports teams, is not just being a tease. Yes, it is almost time for that team by the lake to start their attempt at playing baseball again. It’s not even fun to make a prediction of any sort. It’s just too painful.

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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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