Mark’s Musings – May 11, 2016

| May 11, 2016
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

Thank you for all of the positive feedback regarding our redesign of Coshocton County’s only locally owned print publication. It is greatly appreciated. People taking their valuable time to offer encouragement and positive comments is part of the fuel that keeps us going during a tough week when there are more events to cover than we have the resources or the time.

Thank you.

It is humbling to be able to provide this wonderful community with a free publication that focuses on the positive happenings in and around Coshocton County. The support that we have received over the past eight years is tremendous and means more to us than any press association accolades could ever mean for our team and our organization.

It is also important that we remain humble. The reason is simple. We know that we don’t get to everything and we also know that there are some very positive happenings that don’t receive the attention that they deserve from our publication. We certainly try and all we can do is continue to reach for that upper level that will probably remain elusive. As the old saying goes, “If you shoot for the stars you may hit the moon.” I recall it being something close to that. I did not take the time to Google it.

Cavs are moving on. Local sports teams are moving on. And speaking of that, you will see area spring sports teams in this week’s issue of The Beacon – baseball, softball, tennis and track. We know these are a bit late as some teams are either wrapping up the season or are full on into tournament time. I think a shout out to the Coshocton Redskins boys’ baseball and girls’ softball teams on winning the ECOL championship is important. Great job young people!

We were challenged this year with our own shortage of resources and getting the photos necessary for publication. Why are we doing it now? Because our young people deserve it. It’s that simple. So please thank the sponsors that made it possible. Supporting local businesses is as important in today’s internet driven world – indeed, more important, than ever before. Local businesses provide part of the tax revenue that helps keep our economy going.

Speaking of our local economy, several new businesses have either opened or are in the process of opening. This is great news for all of us. Our local farmers markets are back at it – with locally grown produce and more.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not focus part of this week’s column on the local businesses and organizations that support The Beacon and our family of publications with their marketing dollars. Today’s landscape offers many choices when it comes to investing valuable advertising and marketing dollars – and we are so grateful to the many customers that support us with a classified for sale, garage and yard sale ad, help wanted, the business and service directory, display ads in The Beacon, Portrait Magazine, CVB Magazine, the monthly Homes & More magazine, our digital platforms and more. You are a major reason why we are celebrating our eighth year of providing Coshocton County with positive news. Thank you.

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; 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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