Maybe we’re returning to normal, and this could be it

| July 29, 2021

Last year “returning to normal,” “returning to a new normal” and several other phrases were all the rage. I hesitated to say, “all the norm.” Our new normal could be anything but as we now face the “Delta variant” of the COVID-19 virus. There is an Alpha variant, a Beta variant, a Delta variant and even a P.1 (Gamma) variant now circulating in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

This mutation of the COVID-19 virus surfaced in India and is in more than 98 countries – and it now has a variant called “Delta Plus.” The delta variant is believed to be the most transmissible variant yet, so to think that we are out of the woods yet would not be true. With the variant, sources are saying that the loss of taste and smell that were symptoms of the original virus are not as prevalent or may not occur at all with the delta variant. Headaches, runny nose, sore throat and fever are the more likely symptoms you will experience.

The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics are in full swing, and the medal count as of Monday, July 26 has Japan with the most gold medals followed by the U.S. and China, respectively. China leads in the overall medal count with 18. There are more than 1,000 medals to be awarded.

Is my official Cleveland Indians baseball cap now worth more money? That is the question of the day as Indian fans everywhere reacted to the name change. The Cleveland Indians will now be known as the Cleveland Guardians in a move that team owner Paul Dolan said would happen. The Guardians? Where did this come from? Why did the team not choose to return to the Naps? It may take some time for “old” Indians fans to adapt to the new name, logo, etc. One thing is for certain, this now changes the perspective of the movie “Major League.”

Speaking of baseball, the Reds have won more games than the team from Cleveland as of today. Fifty-one versus 49.

The fourth annual Sunflower Festival at the Coshocton KOA is almost here – starting on Saturday, Aug. 7. You can read all about this year’s festival on page four of “The Beacon.”

There is positivity galore happening in Coshocton County. People are starting businesses, restaurants, cleaning up, renovating and much, much more. Main Street is bouncing back in a big way with improvements including the removal of some trees in the 200 block and even First Farm Friday returns on Aug. 6. There are so many things to be thankful for in our community.

There are also events happening at the fairgrounds with the recently concluded Rough Truck and the upcoming UTV Rally. It won’t be long before we can head to the fairgrounds for a real fair this fall!

Speaking of fall and late summer, it’s almost time for those youngsters to head back to you know where. The Ohio sales tax “holiday” starts Friday, Aug. 6 at noon and carries through Sunday, Aug. 8 at 11:59 p.m. It’s a good time to get those school supplies!

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; 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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