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Senior center taking a trip down memory lane

| January 6, 2017

DSC_0001COSHOCTON – The Coshocton County Senior Center is traveling through the decades this month.

On Jan. 6 they revisited the 1960s with co-directors Christy Neighbor and Jamie Williams dressed in their best tie dyed shirts. Music from the 1960s was prepared for patrons to listen to and crossword puzzles about songs from the 1960s were passed out to work on during lunch. Tie dyed napkins matched the day’s theme and Neighbor said everyone got silly putty, which became big in the 1960s.

Ronald Hutchison grew up in Coshocton County and in the 1960s was in his 20s.

“It was a good place to live then,” he said. “There was work and Main Street was full. At home and school you also had discipline. You did what you were told or you got worse (punishment).”

DSC_0004Ronald’s wife Diane was born and raised in Indiana and didn’t move to Coshocton County with her family until 1968.

“It was cheaper living here,” she said. “I remember in Indiana when I was a sophomore we had to pay $89 to rent my school books. It was different moving from the big town of Elkhart, Ind. to the small town of Conesville. I wasn’t used to living in a town where everyone knew everybody and their business.”

The communities also had different trends.

“One of the first things off our truck was a bicycle built for two,” Diane said. “They were popular in Indiana, but here people had never seen them before.”

For Robert Hall the 60s were a time of change. He got out of the U.S. Navy, got married and bought a house. During the 1960s he also had in his opinion one of the fastest cars in Coshocton, a 1965 Mercury Comet Cyclone.

“There were a couple of guys with GTOs that could outrun me, but I was young then and wasn’t afraid to drive it,” Hall said. “They built real cars back in the 1950s and 1960s.”

The staff at the senior center plans to continue looking back at past decades on Fridays for the rest of this month and have more fun activities planned to stir up memories about the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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