Mark’s Musings – Oct. 01, 2014

| September 30, 2014
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

The question of the day seems to be . . . “what is your favorite fair food?” Or it could be . . . “Are we at war with ISIS?” Choose your question and response carefully. There is no easy way around either. And hopefully you’re not offended by the combination of two rather – seemingly – totally unrelated topics. Of course, they are not related at all. But admittedly both are on our minds this week. And I’m tired from the fair. But also thankful for all the wonderful people that have stopped by The Beacon booth in the large commercial building to tell us how much they like The Beacon. That makes it all worth it. Thanks.

If you used to receive The Beacon in the mail – and it stopped coming – all you need to do is sign up online – visit our website at and click on the yellow box to renew. That will take care of it. Of course, if you are not getting The Beacon – you’re not going to see this unless you happen to pick up a copy around town. And many choose to do that.

It’s been a terrific fair so far. The weather is excellent – albeit perhaps a few degrees warmer than many would like. Makes it hard on the livestock when it’s this warm and your ice cream tends to melt a bit more quickly than in most years. A large crowd on Saturday and Sunday is certainly welcome news to fair board members and will provide monies to continue fairground improvements. Notice some new black top? A welcome addition.

Well, that’s all she wrote for the Indians this year. Now we wait until April. But basketball season is coming ever closer – and the return of LeBron (love it or hate it) is certain to put some people in the seats and a chance for a championship banner in round-ball. I imagine most diehard Cleveland sports fans would prefer an Indians or Browns title. You have to be willing to spend the money!

The Coshocton County Fair would not be what it is without all of the volunteer hours – many hundreds and probably thousands – that are contributed by fair board members – junior and senior – building guards, parking attendants, REACT, area first responders, 4-H and FFA advisors and the list goes on and on. To those that take the time to prepare their entries for exhibit – it all takes time and talent. Local school and the Rube bands, school choirs, everyone that performs at the Rotary Pavilion, everyone doing their part is what makes The Coshocton County Fair one of the state’s best county fairs.

I know that those Coshocton County based Pirates fans would think I was not being fair if I didn’t mention their successful ride to the post season as a wildcard team – coming up against the Giants later this week. My pick going to the World Series right now would be the Dodgers and the Angels.

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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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