Mark’s Musings – May 16, 2012

| May 16, 2012
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

Are you ready for summer yet? The beautiful spring days and warm temperatures surely have you begging for more. Maybe your pursuit is backyard grilling (I burn everything!), yard work (makes my back hurt), clearing fence lines (those darn multi-flora roses!) lawn care (allergies), swimming (ah sunburn), car care (busted knuckles and dirt under the fingernails), golf (shoulders ache from swinging the club) bicycling (tired legs) . . . well, you get the idea. I think I’ll just curl up with a good book or two this summer. Thinking ahead to this winter – hibernation sounds pretty good. It works for the bears. Ha, ha.

Our community is blessed to have so much opportunity for things to do this coming weekend. The Taste of Summer event at Clary Gardens is on Saturday – the 17th annual Coshocton County Relay for Life event begins Friday, May 18 at 6 p.m. at the fairgrounds and concludes at 6 p.m. on Saturday. This 24 hour event is held to raise funds for cancer research and is always loaded with fun – and free – entertainment, team spirit, folks enjoying time together and lots of food. Hey Browns Backers – you ready?

Many of the Relay teams have held fund-raisers year round to help reach the overall Coshocton County goal of $150,000. This edition of The Beacon has the official program for the event inside. Hope to see you there. Perhaps most poignant each year is the first lap for cancer survivors followed by the caregivers lap. At 9 p.m. is the luminaria ceremony, a special service dedicated to the memory of those who have lost their struggle in the fight against cancer and honoring those who have braved – or are braving the fight. This year there are over 1300 names listed in memory of or in honor of in the luminaria section of the program.

As if all of the above isn’t enough, the Coshocton Youth Chorale performs Friday evening at Roscoe United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. This is always a great opportunity to see some wonderful – and very talented – young people as they present a program of music conducted by Mr. Charles Snyder. This group counts several Coshocton County youth among its numbers. It’s always a treat.

As Memorial Day draws close, I hope everyone can pause to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. With graduation ceremonies, graduation parties, parades, Indy 500, NASCAR and more spread throughout the weekend – it might be easy to forget as we grill some hamburgers – but we still need to reflect and remember our heroes on this day. They deserve it. This day was originally called Decoration Day – and originated after the Civil War. It is meant to observe those that have died serving our country. Please remember them on this day.

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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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