Roscoe Village featured on cover of Ohio Magazine

| October 28, 2015
Pooch Blackson received a copy of Ohio Magazine and was surprised to see that he had been featured on the cover of the publication in the southeast region of Ohio. Coshocton was chosen as one of five Best Hometowns in Ohio by the Ohio Magazine last August.

Pooch Blackson received a copy of Ohio Magazine and was surprised to see that he had been featured on the cover of the publication in the southeast region of Ohio. Coshocton was chosen as one of five Best Hometowns in Ohio by the Ohio Magazine last August.

COSHOCTON – Most people who live in Coshocton believe it’s a special place to live, but in the November issue of Ohio Magazine, Coshocton received the recognition it deserves. The city, along with four other small towns in Ohio, was named one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns. The other four communities in Ohio that were named are Hudson, Huron, Powell, and Tipp City.

Last August, the Coshocton County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau was notified that Coshocton had been selected as a finalist for the magazine’s 10th annual Ohio’s Best Hometowns issue. Reporters from the magazine came to Coshocton for an initial interview. Not long after, the CVB was notified that Coshocton had been selected as one of the five best hometowns in the state. Reporters and photographers came back to the city on Sept. 16 for a photoshoot where they took pictures of the Court House and Roscoe Village.

Coshocton was named Best Hometown in the southeast region of the state. All subscribers to the magazine in our region will receive a copy of Ohio Magazine with Coshocton featured on the cover. Each region will have their chosen best hometown featured on the cover of the magazine delivered in their region. For the southeast region, the magazine staff chose a photo showing Pooch Blackson at Roscoe Village playing his banjo and talking to a little girl.

“I like to go down to Roscoe and just sit on the streets and talk with people,” said Blackson. “I always ask them where they’re from. I’ve been around long enough now that no matter where they’re from, I always have a connection to that place. I remember the people on the cover were from Cleveland.”

Blackson found out about the cover of the magazine from Mindy Brehms, who knocked on his door one afternoon to hand-deliver a copy to him.

“She looked at me and said, ‘Pooch, we did it!’” said Blackson. “I think it’s just wonderful and I’m very honored.”

Blackson is such a regular in Roscoe Village that when the Coshocton County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau was notified about the photoshoot in September, they called Blackson to see if he could come to the village that day to play his banjo.

“He is a gem and a delight to have in our community,” said Jan Myers, director of the CVB. “People just love him. He is a regular icon at the welcome center. He is a volunteer ambassador for Roscoe Village and people just love interacting with him and visiting with him. He helps make their visit to Coshocton more enjoyable and memorable.”

Coshocton has been named one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns for the 2015 – 2016 year and there will be more about Coshocton featured in later issues of Ohio Magazine next year.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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