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Mark’s Musings – Nov. 25, 2015

| November 24, 2015
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

Thankful. Let’s try making a list. Honestly, I have never – well, maybe in grade school when asked by a teacher. But not for a long time. Let’s give it a whirl.

Faith. Family. Freedom. The right to publish this paper and write about subjects that we and others deem important without fear of reprisal.

For our community. For people that volunteer, make sacrifices on behalf of themselves and their family so that we can have electricity and power, baked goods, food on the shelves, trash hauled away, running water, indoor plumbing and all the “little” things that we take for granted every day.

For all of the folks that volunteer their time to coach, staff the concession stands, lead boy scouts and girl scouts, 4-H advisors, referees, umpires and moms, dads, aunts and uncles that drive a lot of miles to root their kids and relatives on.

For pastors and assistants, their spouses and families, elders, choir directors, choir members, Sunday school teachers of all ages, band members and all those that help keep our churches strong and vibrant.

For those that staff local food banks, places to get clothes, Habitat for Humanity volunteers and shelters.


Red Cross staff and volunteers, those that give blood, provide hot coffee and food in a crisis.

First responders, REACT, EMS, Sheriff’s deputies and auxiliary. Volunteer firefighters in this great county. You are appreciated.

Elected officials, county commissioners, city council, mayors, sheriff, engineer, law director, prosecutor, city services, city and county health, township trustees and fiscal officers, auditors, treasurers and staff.

Teachers, principals, cooks, administrative staff, maintenance, bus drivers, board members, superintendents and janitorial staff. You make our kids great.

Parade volunteers, local bands, board members all around the county, American Legion, Elks, Moose, VFWs and more.

Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis. Key Club and Leo.

Nurses, doctors, LPN’s, STNA’s, health care workers, dentists, chiropractors, orthodontists, opticians, and everyone that helps us stay healthy and vibrant.

Factory workers, small business owners, auto repair and body shops, the folks at the grocery stores, waiters and waitresses, cooks and cleaning folks.

Librarians. Quilters. Craftspeople of all trades. Artists. Beekeepers.

Fair board members – junior and senior. Those that organize all of the queen contests in our community.

Farmers and florists. Post office staff and mail carriers. Delivery drivers. And to all those that I forgot, please accept my apologies and know that you are appreciated.

When you make a list, it really does take a lot of folks to make a community. It takes all of us.

Category: Mark's Musings, Opinion

About the Author ()

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; www.fortunes4advocare.com. 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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