Mark’s Musings – September 25, 2013

| September 24, 2013
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

The 2013 Wings Over Coshocton Air Show would have to be deemed a success – especially considering that Saturday’s planned events were rained out and the entire event shifted to Sunday. A nice crowd attended and enjoyed a terrific demonstration of some great and talented performers.

Jason Flood delighted the crowd in his bright red Pitts Special. This young man is a story of dedication, perseverance and a miracle all at the same time. Barely surviving a crash in 2011, Jason is back performing to the delight of thousands and don’t be surprised if a movie is made of his miraculous comeback.

The Flags of Honor ceremony is a moving tribute to honor the now 285 servicemen and servicewomen from Ohio that have given the ultimate sacrifice in the war against terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. The organization started on its journey in May of 2004. Gino and Lisa Zimmer, parents of Specialist Nicholas E. Zimmer, U.S. Army, were notified on Memorial Day that their son Nick had been killed in Kufa, Iraq. The organization went forward from there, and you can find out more and make a donation at

Our community owes all those that volunteered their time and energy to help with this year’s airshow a big thank you.

Coming up next is of course, the Coshocton County Fair, our area’s single largest event and always a fun time filled with great food, fun and time to talk with neighbors and friends. This event also has its share of volunteers who put in countless hours leading up to, during and after the fair. Thank you.

The Buckeyes appear to have things well in hand for the season – and this is without the starting quarterback for the past two games. The Big 10 season looms and we will find out then what the Buckeyes are truly made of. Still standing in fourth place in the BCS standings, the Big 10 season provides the opportunity to move up a place or two. They don’t have to be first – second will do just fine to get a berth in the big game on Jan. 6.

I imagine all those in Browns land are still smarting from last week’s trade. Especially as the highlight reel showed him prancing into the end zone for a touchdown for his new team. This shouldn’t be any surprise to a true Browns fan – as this seems to be the curse of being a Browns fan since that cold night many years ago when they snuck off to Baltimore. Oh come on, you remember – the night was cold, dark and foggy. It may have been snowing too. With lightning and high winds. Somewhere, a volcano was probably erupting and certainly a star or too burst apart. And that light is still approaching the Lake Erie shoreline.

But we do have the Indians and they are now in first place in the wildcard spot. At least as of Monday. How about Pittsburgh? I mean the Steelers, not the Pirates. Jeez, what is happening over there?

Now, pass me those French fries, corn dog, elephant ear, popcorn, caramel apple, chili and then get yourself something.

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Mark Fortune, along with his wife Nancy, is the former owner and founder of The Coshocton County Beacon, the highest circulated newspaper in Coshocton County. He has over 40 years in the publishing business with sales, marketing, and journalism experience. After selling The Beacon to the AloNovus Corp., in January 2020, Mark has been a Business Development Strategist with the company. They publish a network of weekly news publications with almost a half million distribution weekly, a quarterly tourism magazine and a digital division. Mark enjoys history, and has a passion for genealogy, currently researching and discovering his Fortune ancestry. He and his wife Nancy live on a small farm outside of Coshocton.

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