Mark’s Musings – October 9, 2019

| October 8, 2019

Mark Fortune

As with each year the Coshocton County Fair concluded as the last of the livestock was being hauled home or to other places. You might be able to track down a solitary French fry floating around the grounds but I would advise against consuming it. Hopefully you got your fill at the fair.

It takes a lot of people to make the fair happen and sometimes I think we forget about the unsung heroes of the fair – all of the folks that keep the rides running, provide security for the buildings, make sure the electricity is flowing, staff and manage the school – and other – food stands, keep the grounds clean and uncluttered, and of course, clean up the mess afterwards. It is a lot of work and it is appreciated by the community. If you happen to see someone that puts in a lot of hours at the fair, be sure to give them a thank you.

What’s next up in the community you might ask? The annual Apple Butter Festival and the Fall Farm Foliage Tour arrive the weekend of Oct. 19 and 20. The Apple Butter Festival starts on Friday, Oct. 18 with the tour on Saturday and Sunday. Fall is always a great time to be in Coshocton County. And something tells me it won’t be as warm as the county fair. At least let’s hope not.

Are the Buckeyes for real? A drubbing of the Spartans would seem to indicate that they are, indeed, one of the top four teams in the nation. A few tests remain but the level of depth that Coach Ryan Day is building with this year’s team is phenomenal and will come in handy at a critical point of the season. It at least lets a lot of youngsters get some playing time that they otherwise might not.

As of this week’s rankings there are nine undefeated teams in the top 10 with Notre Dame being the only team in the top 10 that has lost a game. But I wouldn’t count the Irish out.

Baseball is in its final month of the 2019 season with the Yankees and Astros looking dominant in the American League while the Dodgers are probably the team to beat in the National League. When all is said and done I still think it will be the Astros and the Dodgers playing in the World Series.

The Three Rivers Bridge project is coming along quite nicely and I would imagine the ramp heading towards Tyndall, Conesville and larger places will soon be open to traffic. This is going to be one sweet project when it is done – the brick sidewalks are just fabulous and really add to the authenticity and flow of Roscoe Village and COTC. Nice job.

Have you taken a look at all of the scarecrows around town – or at Clary Gardens? There are some that are really cool and required a lot of work. It does add a bit of panache to the community.

Right now it seems to be a fairly tame election cycle – I am sure that will end as we head into January – I wonder how many millions of dollars will be spent in 2020 to retain a seat in Congress that pays $174,000 per year. And by the way, that pay is for a U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator and has not increased since at least 2016. I am not begrudging the amount – just pointing it out – and I am pretty sure not many of us would want their job. It seems to be a thankless position – we should be grateful to the people doing the job.

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