We’re ready for the big game and more than ready for spring

| February 4, 2021

Spring is less than two months away – in fact, if we use the date of this issue of The Beacon, Feb. 4, as the date to count “from” – we have a mere 46 days until spring. I am confident when I say this that all of us are ready and waiting for a new season to bring warmer weather, hope of a better year and a continued successful battle against COVID-19.

According to several sources, the number of new cases in Ohio this past weekend was the lowest since the beginning of November. This is certainly encouraging news. And as the vaccine continues to be rolled out and distributed more people being vaccinated will reduce new cases even more rapidly. It is possible that the worst of this is past but sadly we have lost many, many wonderful people and members of our community during this pandemic.

Are you ready for the Super Bowl? Or should it be called the “Brady Bowl?” Right now, the pundits have the Kansas City Chiefs as a three-point favorite over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But wait, this is home field for the Buccaneers, the first time in Super Bowl history that a team has participated in the Super Bowl at home. And it is Tom Brady. Tom Brady! I believe playing in his 10th Super Bowl – my prediction – Buccaneers 31 – Chiefs 24. I think it will either be really close or a blowout one way or the other – let’s hope the refs let ‘em play! No cheesy fourth quarter or “missed” helmet to helmet hits in the endzone that – yes, let’s be honest here folks, that missed call quite possibly cost the Browns a win over the Chiefs.

Disagree? Let me know.

Coshocton County continues to move forward with store openings, ribbon cuttings and expansions. Things are positive and there are many people working hard to ensure that our community, our towns and villages, and Main Street and beyond are productive and making giant strides of improvement.

Every so often I like to give an update on The Beacon. Our office at 226 Main Street in Coshocton is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. We do ask that you wear a facemask as a common courtesy for our employees and their families. Our readership is loyal, and the number of households reached has been consistent over the past several years.

The Beacon continues to buck the trend of more traditional print publications – but – if the truth was being told – weekly community newspapers and magazines are becoming the platform on which communities can rely on for news and information across the nation. There were several new startups last year, the year before, and the year before that.

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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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