Mark’s Musings – November 6, 2013

| November 5, 2013
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

Browns – good. Buckeyes – good. Ridgewood Lady Generals volleyball to state. Priceless – as the oft used phrase goes. What an incredible ride these young women are on – let’s keep it going! Good luck Lady Generals! And we would be remiss if we did not have a shout-out for the Coshocton Redskins boys soccer season – way to go boys and congrats on a terrific year.

Let’s take a moment to thank our Veterans – as Veterans Day is next Monday, Nov. 11. Previously called Armistice Day, this day gives us an official opportunity to pay tribute to our Veterans.

Unfortunately there is a disappointing side to this in our local community. It seems that someone is taking literal potshots at the Bridge Memorial Plaques – these plaques honor local fallen heroes. How dare someone trespass on this sacred tribute to our fallen and those that have gone before and paid the ultimate sacrifice. This is a truly selfish and childish act that deserves to be punished.

When you receive this edition of The Beacon at home in your mailbox the election will be over and the results of the local levies, city council at large and township trustees – along with various township levies – will be known – at least unofficially. Regardless of how you voted – I hope you at least took the time to cast your ballot. Our freedom to vote was purchased in blood by our forefathers and our Veterans. The same Veterans who gave their lives so that a certain someone or someone’s could vandalize the markers at local cemeteries and the plaques on the Memorial Bridges. I doubt that person voted. They shouldn’t be allowed to.

I hope you can attend Kiwanis Pancake Day this Thursday at the Elks Lodge on Main Street. Following many years at Roberta’s Catering & Event Center Pancake Day is back at the Elks Lodge. It starts at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 and concludes at 7 p.m. Remember, it’s for the kids.

As the holidays approach and the days become shorter, we know that winter cannot be far behind. And apparently some are predicting a tough one this year with more snow and cold than in previous winters. I must admit, as a youngster I enjoyed the cold, the snowy days (or was it school being canceled?) sled-riding and more. Now? Not really so much. One nice snow per year – around Christmas of course – is all I need. Just keep the barren trees and brownish gray landscape covered up with the white stuff during that joyous season as I listen to Christmas music and sip on my eggnog. Ahhh, Christmas.

I know it’s too early to be writing about the blessed season but alas, the television commercials are to be blamed, not I. I noted several this past weekend as a matter of fact. Gosh, the pumpkins are not even smashed yet. Speaking of pumpkins, that reminds me – where did I put that piece of pumpkin pie?

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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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