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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Mark Fortune, along with his wife Nancy, is the former owner and founder of The Coshocton County Beacon, the highest circulated newspaper in Coshocton County. He has over 40 years in the publishing business with sales, marketing, and journalism experience. After selling The Beacon to the AloNovus Corp., in January 2020, Mark has been a Business Development Strategist with the company. They publish a network of weekly news publications with almost a half million distribution weekly, a quarterly tourism magazine and a digital division. Mark enjoys history, and has a passion for genealogy, currently researching and discovering his Fortune ancestry. He and his wife Nancy live on a small farm outside of Coshocton.

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