We’re coming down to the line and headed to spring

| March 4, 2021

And I don’t mean a line in the sand. New COVID-19 cases are declining across the nation and as more and more people are vaccinated, we should see a continued decline in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Cases continue to decline following a peak in early January but are still too high. And now with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine approved this provides a third vaccine in the arsenal to beat the virus. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is unique in that it is only one shot and does not require being in a freezer – refrigeration will suffice.

Perhaps, perhaps, we are starting to return to some patterns of normalcy – and by summer we could see – it would be nice to see – restaurants open at full capacity, live events being held with increased attendance and more. The best news of course would be that by fall schools across the nation are back in the classroom in a big way. If we can hold proms and graduation, I would think that we can be in the classroom. And some are already.

But the worst thing we could do right now is to take our eye off the ball, get complacent and think that the virus is already defeated. It is not. As new strains begin to take hold, the battle could be far from over. It would be nice to see a consistent message from the officials on where we stand. Is it one mask, no mask, two masks, or?

The Buckeyes put up a solid effort against both TTUN and the Hawkeyes – but came up short in both contests. The Buckeyes men’s basketball team is still a solid contender and should be able to advance in March Madness depending on who they come up against.

Well, we’re now into March! You know what that means! Daylight Savings Time is only a couple of weeks away and spring is getting close! I can tell by the piles of dirt in the yard – whatever critters are digging away – they are either digging up or digging down. I guess they could be tunneling horizontally? But there is one less as a red-tailed hawk grabbed an unlucky creature this morning. They have keen eyesight without glasses. I don’t.

Nationwide Arena opens back up to fans after one year of absence as the Blue Jackets “5th line” gets back in the action – with caution being the word of the day. Fans can sit in “pods” of two or four – but fans are excited to be back in the stands.

The weather forecast has sunshine for the week – and the long-range outlook has temperatures climbing into the 50s and 60s next week! We could see “tulips” popping through the ground in the next couple of weeks!

Sure, we have probably not seen the last of this year’s snow – we typically get one or two in March and sometimes a doozy or two in April. Regardless of what happens, you always know that with the passing of each day, there is more daylight and warmer temperatures are on the way. Bring it on – we’re all ready for spring this year!

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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