Mark’s Musings – May 25, 2016

| May 24, 2016
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

For those that had the pleasure to eat at Workman’s Restaurant in Coshocton – whether it was breakfast, lunch or a piece of that famous pie – sharing part of your life with Fred and Charlie Workman is certainly something that is remembered with fondness. With the passing of Fred, an era in the lore of Coshocton County has come to a close.

And, although the restaurant has been gone now for many years, every once in a while I am pretty sure that I can hear bacon frying and the delicious smell of a cherry pie baking. For those that don’t know, The Beacon office is located in the former Workman’s Restaurant and it is something that we are proud to share with the likes of Fred and Charlie Workman. I like to humbly think that our locally owned business and hardworking team reflects well on the two hard working men that graced this location for many years and shared their humor and talent with the community.

Be careful of the phone calls coming from someone – or some group – claiming to be the IRS. I received a couple of them last week. Of course, the catch is – all you have to do is send them “this much” of what you “owe” the IRS and all is good. First, the IRS does NOT work this way. According to my sources, they use the good ol’ post office to inform you of any communications, good or bad. No phone calls is my point. Senior citizens, beware. You are the most targeted group for scam calls and tactics.  Never give out your bank account numbers or other private information over the phone. Make them send you a letter requesting that information. If it is that important, they will. It is best to err on the side of caution in these matters.

Fast food restaurants, including Wendy’s, are installing kiosks to reduce costs in a tight labor and business climate. With the minimum wage climbing in states like California and New York (New York City will be $11 at the end of 2016 for businesses with at least 11 employees) – fast food and other restaurants are at the forefront of the battle for profits, wages and workers. You can Google this for some interesting reading and more knowledge on the matter.

This edition of The Coshocton County Beacon is dedicated to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country. To say thank you to their families and survivors is not nearly enough. We encourage you to attend one of the services held throughout Coshocton County in honor of a fallen veteran. Second, we urge you to correspond with our elected officials at the state and Federal level to ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs, which oversees the VA Hospitals, is given the proper amount of funding – it was a promise from President Lincoln in his second inaugural address and has been the mission since 1959 of the VA – “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan”.



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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