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Mark’s Musings – Sept. 16, 2015

| September 15, 2015
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

Our community lost a hero last week with the passing of Mr. Lewis Baker. Mr. Baker was a World War II Army Air Force veteran and was taken prisoner in France in September 1943. He was a POW for 20 months until May 1945. Mr. Baker was an avid supporter of POW’s and widows and founded a grocery store in Freeport, Ohio in 1946. When he retired in 1985 Baker’s AG had three stores. Anyone that has ever talked to Mr. Baker knows that he was a great man in our community. Mr. Baker will be missed.

Main Street is set to be paved in the next couple of weeks. This is another feather in the cap of our city leaders and goes right along with the recently completed paving of State Route 541 to the city limits east and west. There is more paving being completed by the county as we move into fall and perhaps, thankfully, less rainy days. Although the rain on Saturday was needed and appreciated.

The Buckeyes turned into a second half team against Hawaii on Saturday and seem to be getting their “legs.” SEC coaches are taking potshots at the Buckeyes schedule – it is a bit weak in the first few weeks but there are some large games looming that will allow the team from Columbus to show their stuff. My prediction is that they will do so in a big way. Games on Nov. 7 and 21 against Minnesota and Michigan State loom large right now.

The Browns. Hmm? Not quite sure what to write here. Not quite sure what I am thinking here. Now a franchise record 0-11 on season openers. A meaningless stat in some ways but in others a telling tale of where this once proud dynasty of the NFL currently stands. Surely there is a curse somewhere that needs broken like the billy goat curse of the Cubs. Speaking of the Cubs, let’s switch to baseball. Do the Indians still have a chance, albeit a small one?

As of Sept. 14 the Tribe is four and a half games behind in the Wild Card. A very slim chance if any, really. The season that was to be has just about come and gone. Remember that “Sports Illustrated” had the Tribe on the cover in the spring. The Yankees will make the wildcard for sure and then it is a tossup between probably Texas and Minnesota. Right now, going back to the Cubs, they are in. Right now. Oh, and the Pirates are in too. I had to mention this for that one guy. So I did.

Kentucky (Rowan County) clerk Kim Davis returned to work today (Monday) after five days in jail saying that she will not interfere with deputy clerks issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. However, she has questioned the validity of licenses issued by the deputy clerks in her absence. Time will tell.

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; 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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