Mark’s Musings – March 2, 2016

| March 2, 2016
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

Athletes from Coshocton, Ridgewood and River View enjoyed a successful weekend with Coshocton Redskin senior Bryce Philabaum earning All Ohio honors after placing fifth in the 100 meter backstroke with a time of :52.25 in the state swimming meet. He also competed in the 50 meter freestyle swim – placing 12th at a time of :22.17. Congratulations Bryce on a terrific senior season!

The Coshocton Redskins boys’ basketball team moves on to play Hiland on Tuesday, March 1 after defeating Fort Frye 61-48 in tournament action last Friday.

The Ridgewood Lady Generals are moving on as well with their next tournament game against Lynchburg Clay on March 2 after defeating arch rival Garaway 57 to 41. The game is played in Logan.

Three wrestlers from Coshocton County are moving on to the state tournament – held later this week at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus. Colton Bethel from Ridgewood is wrestling in the 106 pound weight class, Brennan Alverson from Coshocton will be wrestling in the 152 pound weight class and fellow Redskin Jeremy Bresciani of Coshocton will be wrestling in the 182 pound weight class. Good luck gentlemen!

The Buckeyes took a positive step toward making the NCAA tournament on Sunday with a huge and thrilling win over Iowa. The Lady Buckeyes are in a strong position for the women’s tournament.

I highly recommend you visit the Ohio University Bobcats website to read the article posted there about Coshocton County’s – and River View’s – very own Caroline (Mast) Daugherty. The article was very well written by Christian Hoppens and several of the paragraphs give deeper meaning to her accomplishments. Do it–you will enjoy it. Caroline was honored in Athens this past weekend with Caroline Mast day on Saturday, Feb. 27 as her number 40 jersey was retired and now hangs from the rafters in the Convocation Center. Visit for more details. Caroline’s number 40 is the first woman’s jersey to be retired at OU. Congratulations Caroline!

The city of Coshocton has a tough decision regarding water rates. The closure of WestRock – easily the city’s number one consumer of water – late in 2015 has ushered in meetings and discussions at City Hall around the subject of H2O. We believe that our city leaders will make the best decision that they can under the circumstances. A special meeting on water rates was called for 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb 29.

Harper Lee passed away on Feb. 19 of this year at the age of 89. She won the Pulitzer Prize for writing “To Kill a Mockingbird” in 1960.

Our community lost a beloved member last week with the sudden passing of Rebecca “Becky” Lowe. She was a true entrepreneur in every sense of the word, a hard-working and determined woman who strove to make every day a good one. Of all her accomplishments – and there were many – I believe the most precious thing to Becky would be her grand-children. Becky will be greatly missed.

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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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