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The almost absolute best time of the year is here

| April 28, 2022

That’s my opinion of course. For obvious reasons, many folks enjoy fall – and I am sure there are a few fans of winter while many are fans of the glorious summertime. My personal favorite time of the year is fall – with the county fair, the crisp air, apples, pumpkins, harvest time and the gorgeous colors of fall.

That brings us to my second favorite time of the year – spring. All is new, fresh and green. The bright yellow of the Forsythia, the pinks, whites and purples of blooming plants and trees provide a colorful landscape following the brown, gray – and oftentimes white of our winter season here in Coshocton County.

And now, after absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the community was once again blessed with the performance of the Coshocton Community Choir and soon downtown will be alive with the music of the Dogwood Festival. Come to the artPARK on Sunday, May 1 from 1-3 p.m. and bring your bicycle for some terrific fun! Performances from our area schools will be featured May 2-5, Monday thru Thursday at noon in the artPARK. Box lunches will be available for $9 from the Warehouse Steak ‘n Stein.

It’s time to prep the garden, check the mower, weed the flower beds, put down your mulch and then take a couple of adult inflammation reducers for your tired and sore muscles if you’re of the older persuasion. (I must refrain from using brand names) Most have already checked the mower – and have a couple of mows already under their belt – so to speak. Get the blades sharpened, change the oil and plugs and don’t forget the air cleaner! Or you could just hire someone to do it. Spring is here, let’s get to it.

Let’s hope that ODOT gets State Route 16 open soon as the alternate routes are quite busy – can we perhaps keep our eyes on the road while driving on State Route 541? It’s not quite as straight as State Route 16 last time I checked. Vehicles swerving into my lane are not a pleasant experience.

The Ukrainian government has reported that nearly 2,500 civilians have been killed since Russia invaded their nation on Feb. 24. This includes more than 200 children. The toll will certainly be higher and probably never totally known. As of April 16, Russia has reported more than 20,000 military fatalities while Ukraine says it has suffered between 2,500 and 3,000 military casualties.

Following a wonderful weekend of warm temperatures – which seemed to bring out every wasp and bug that made it through winter – it looks like we will return to a somewhat more normal range later this week – I wrote this column on Monday when it was predicted to be 80 degrees then falling with thunderstorms expected in the afternoon. As we know from experience, we’re not quite consistent with temperatures this early in the spring season. But rest assured it’s on the way!

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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